Girl on a Mission

     Hopefully by now you know that I’m a Jadelynn Brooke high school ambassador, as I’m currently spending my fourth semester repping the brand (read the “My Experience as a Jadelynn Brooke High School Ambassador 2016-2017” post here!).  I absolutely love working with Jadelynn Brooke; their insanely personal customer service, inspirational designs, hilarious Instagram, and adorable family foundation remind me daily that these three sisters are seriously the coolest and sweetest business owners of all time.  Each year, Jade, Lexi Lynn, and Brooke choose a theme.  Past years have included themes “Live Every Day Like it’s Your Birthday” and “Live Out Your Bucket List,” but this year’s theme, “Girl on a Mission,” has to be my favorite yet.  Today I’m sharing an outfit featuring this year’s adorable theme tee as well as a little explanation of what “Girl on a Mission” means to me!  Enjoy!

     When I began pulling items from my closet to style with this adorable grey v-neck tee, I knew I wanted to incorporate lots of funky gold pieces.  I think my gold high top Converse sneakers and gold Madewell drop earrings fit this role pretty well!  I decided to pair the fun tee with a basic pair of jeans to keep it casual (although I think it’d be so cute with white jeans in the spring!).  Some of my favorite details on the tee include the pretty calligraphy font in pastel colors used in the front design, the word “happiness” printed along the sleeve, and the Jadelynn Brooke logo on the back of the neck.  Use my code “FLHS” for 15% off your Jadelynn Brooke purchase!

tee (15% off with my code “FLHS”) // jeans // sneakers // earrings // watch (similar) // necklace // MantraBand // cross bracelet // rose gold ring

     As a naturally fast walker, my friends often joke as they try to keep up me with in the school hallways, “Faith you’re walking like a girl on a mission.”  To be quite honest I always wonder how else I’d walk.  If you aren’t a girl on a mission, what are you doing?  This walking with a purpose is very metaphorical for real life; every step you take should be fast paced and with a legitimate goal.  To me, being a girl on a mission means striving for success and working hard in everything you do.  I would most definitely consider myself to be a girl on a mission.  My mission is to radiate God’s love, empower others, and earn success all while having fun and making memories.  I adore the fact that Jadelynn Brooke chose this term as a theme this year.  The brand’s choice to focus their whole year on this reminder that girls should aim for bigger and better things and pursue their dreams nonstop is something to be commended.  I know their promotion of this phrase will change someone’s life and I couldn’t be more excited about it.

Thanks for reading!

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The tee from Jadelynn Brooke featured in this post was sent to me in exchange for a feature in my blog.  However, all opinions are honest and my own.  I don’t feature products I don’t truly love!  My blog contains affiliate links, meaning I may earn commission from your purchase of the products mentioned.

March Playlist 2018

     Playlists are better late than never right?  I’ve been trying to get my playlists up earlier in the month recently but I just couldn’t compile worthy songs that quickly!  That being said, I think these are definitely worth the wait.  My favorites this month have to be “Irreplaceable” by Beyoncé (I know it’s so old but it’s also so good!), “Champagne Clouds” by Malia Civetz, DJDS and Empress Of’s rendition of Lana Del Rey’s “Love,” and Kasbo’s remix of “The Little Things” by the Big Gigantic.  I’ve loved listening to these songs in my car with the windows down lately.  Enjoy!

Tap on the name of a song below to listen to it on YouTube!

Champagne Clouds // Irreplaceable // You’re Not Missing Me // Drew Barrymore // Love // Unforgettable // Say It Again // The Little Things (Kasbo Remix) // Intro (Slow) // Volcanic Love // …Ready For It? (Bloodpop Remix) // Famous // I Wanna Know // Psycho // Nobody

(playlist background via Katy Smail)

Thanks for reading!

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Scripture Sunday Vol. 30

     Happy Sunday!  Today I’m sharing the thirtieth post in my “Scripture Sunday” series (read my previous “Scripture Sunday” posts here).  If you haven’t read one of these posts before, they typically include a verse or two I’ve been touched by recently and a little correlation to my life (that you can hopefully relate to as well!).  Obviously these posts are Christ-based, so if you don’t feel as though this kind of post is for you I encourage you to keep scrolling through my blog until you find something you like (this past week I shared two outfit posts here and here)!  If you’re sticking around I hope you enjoy!

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Today’s Verses:

Ephesians 4:1-2; I therefore, a prisoner for the Lord, urge you to walk in a manner worthy of the calling to which you have been called, with all humility and gentleness, with patience, bearing with one another in love

     Have you ever had a really cool opportunity you knew you weren’t deserving of?  I know I’ve had plenty.  One that I still feel completely honored to have had was the opportunity to go to Carolina Point (a YoungLife camp in Brevard, NC) as a Wyldlife leader (side note: stay tuned for a blog post on my weekend at Carolina Point soon, I promise I’m working on it!).  Being a Wyldlife leader had already brought me so much joy and getting to hang out with these middle school girls all weekend at a camp as beautiful and fun-packed as Carolina Point seemed like a dream come true, and believe me it totally was!

     I’m honestly still not one hundred percent sure what it feels like to be “called” by God to do something, but if I had to take a guess I’d say it was the feeling I got when my YoungLife leader Townsend texted me about being a Wyldlife leader back in July.  The thought of not leading didn’t even pass through my mind, I was as certain that I wanted to lead more as I am certain that I love chocolate (and if you know me you know that’s really certain).  Despite knowing that leading middle schoolers would require time-consuming training and eat up my Wednesday nights that could otherwise be spent studying or hanging out with friends my own age, I knew that I wanted to do it.

     I’m now reading the book of Ephesians, and while reading chapter four yesterday I came across what I think are two of the coolest verses I’ve read in the Bible thus far.  These verses, written by Paul, say “I therefore, a prisoner for the Lord, urge you to walk in a manner worthy of the calling to which you have been called, with all humility and gentleness, with patience, bearing with one another in love.”  Paul calls himself “a prisoner for the Lord” because he completely changed his life to follow God.  After years of persecuting Christians as Saul, He encountered God and began sharing His love from nation to nation, staring in the face consequences like the ones he had previously inflicted.  What does he mean though, by “to walk in a manner worthy of the calling to which you have been called”?  I think Paul’s referring to how we should approach those callings (i.e. awesome opportunities like leading at Wyldlife camp or even just everyday things like sharing His word with your friends).  If you ask me, getting to serve God in any way is a pretty cool thing, an honor if you will, but with great power comes great responsibility.  Matching that honor of leading at Carolina Point, should I have walked off that bus at camp cussing left and right, missing my leader meetings to sleep in, and helping my cabin sneak out at night?  Absolutely not!  Going into that weekend I intended to live up to the expectations of my head leaders and the hopes of God.  Looking back, I think I led that weekend “with all humility and gentleness, with patience, bearing with one another in love” as Paul advised.

     This week, recognize that even the small parts of your everyday life offer room to pursue what God has called you to do.  Do your best to live your life in such a way that reflects the great opportunity you have been given to serve such a loving God.

Thanks for reading!  Have a blessed week!

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A Pompom Pop of Color

     Winter’s fun and all for a month or so, but at this point (only five days from spring!) I’m just so ready for warm weather!  One of the things I hate the most about winter is the unnecessary restrictions it puts on style, such as the apparent need for absence of color.  Why is it that every piece of apparel that we buy in a bright color this time of year should be saved for spring?  Today I’m bringing some color to my winter wardrobe with a fun pompom necklace from Down to Earth!  I’m so excited to be sharing my styling of this adorable necklace for y’all today but I’m even more excited to share a 25% discount code for Down to Earth’s website, “FAITH25”!  I know y’all will love their jewelry as much as I do, be sure to check out their site!  Without further adieu, let’s get on with the outfit!

     I recently picked up the cutest (and softest) white top with flared sleeves ending with ruffles.  The best part of this top isn’t that it’s adorable or that it actually feels like wearing a sweatshirt (yes, it’s that soft!), but that I got it on sale at Banana Republic for $11.  I think this top is perfect to pair with such a bright necklace, given its subdued white color and accent sleeves.  Sadly, the top is out of stock online, but I linked a similar style below!  I wore some plain jeans and taupe suede booties to balance out the bright tones of the fun Down to Earth pompom necklace.  Aside from the bright necklace, I kept the rest of my jewelry pretty simple with a blue Sashka Co. bracelet, my gold “She Believed She Could So She Did” MantraBand, a silver cross cuff bracelet, delicate gold hoop earrings, a gold Kate Spade watch, and my everyday gold and rose gold rings.













top (similar) // jeans // booties // necklace (25% off with my code “FAITH25”) // blue and gold beaded bracelet (similar) // hoop earrings // watch (similar) // MantraBand // cross bracelet // rose gold ring // gold stacked rings

Thanks for reading!

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I was given a special discount on the necklace from Down to Earth and received the beaded bracelet from Sashka Co. in exchange for a feature in my blog.  However, all opinions are honest and my own.  I don’t feature products I don’t truly love!  My blog contains affiliate links, meaning I may earn commission from your purchase of the products mentioned.

The Jean Jacket is Back

     As winter comes to an end and the spring solstice begins, one trendy transition piece that I’m sure will make several appearances is my jean jacket.  While once an item I’d sworn would be left behind when I quit wearing Justice clothes in the fifth grade, I wished for a new jean jacket for months before picking this one up.  Today I’m sharing one of my favorite ways to style it for this awkward transition between freezing winter days and approaching spring weather!  Enjoy!

     One thing that hasn’t quite grown on me yet is denim on denim, so I decided to style my jean jacket with a fun pair of green ripped jeans.  As for a top, I opted for one of my all time favorite v-neck tees from J.Crew that has a little gold shimmer to it.  I love the way gold jewelry makes the shirt’s shimmery undertones pop, so I went for all gold jewelry, including my new Grace Elizabeth gold coin necklace!  I love this necklace because it’s so dainty and simple that it will match practically anything!  Use the code “Springbreak18” for 20% off this necklace now through Saturday!  Since it has been a little warmer here recently, I thought this would be the perfect opportunity to pull out my favorite brown lace up sandals from Target!  These shoes have lasted me three years and I couldn’t recommend them more, especially considering they’re under $25!  I seriously love this look for this time of year and I hope you do too!

tee (same style, no longer available in color shown) // jean jacket // green jeans (similar) // sandals // necklace (20% off with code “Springbreak18” // earrings // watch (similar) // white and gold beaded bracelets (here and here) // MantraBand // cross bracelet // rose gold ring

Thanks for reading!

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The necklace from Grace Elizabeth as well as the beaded bracelets from Sashka Co. featured in this post were sent to me in exchange for a feature in my blog.  However, all opinions are honest and my own.  I don’t feature products I don’t truly love!  My blog contains affiliate links, meaning I may earn commission from your purchase of the products mentioned.

Prom Prep 2018; Picking a Dress

     As early as it may sound, prom season is upon us.  Although my school’s prom isn’t until late April, the “promposals” began as early as mid-February here and several of my friends ordered their dresses before Christmas break!  Today I’m beginning what will be a short series on the blog throughout the spring leading up to my own prom; “Prom Prep.”  As I prepare for my first prom, I’m going to be sharing my tips for dress shopping, hairstyle choosing, jewelry selecting, etc. in this series and taking you along on what I’m sure will be one of the most stressful and fun parts of my junior year.  I hope y’all love this series!  This first installment is all about picking the perfect dress, enjoy!

My Experience

     Despite eyeing prom dresses since my babysitters showed me photos of theirs when I was in elementary school, finding the right dress was pretty difficult for me.  I guess it’s kind of like how you see a million things you want all year but can never think of anything to ask for when Christmas rolls around.  I had a vague idea of what I wanted at the beginning of junior year; something elegant but trendy (the last thing I want is for my future children to look at my prom photos the way I look at my mom’s with the ginormous ruffled flowers on her shoulder), simple but pretty (big, sparkly dresses aren’t very popular where I live, the girls typically stick to long gowns with simple details and minimal flare), $250 or less, long, and preferably grey or blush pink.  I was pretty openminded to all necklines as long as the dress had some type of straps.

     By fall I had come to the conclusion that my pale, pinkish skin tone was too close to blush pink to pull off a dress in the hue and narrowed my searches down to grey.  I also originally thought my fairly flat chested self would be able to pull off a plunging neckline, but big eyes from my stepmother upon showing her a moderately low v-neck dress turned me the other way.

     In January, I was looking for something grey yet eye catching, but was having practically no luck.  After shopping for a sweater on ASOS, I thought I’d give their bridesmaids dresses section a shot.  I ended up finding a $103 pretty one shoulder number in a blush pink color called “mink” that appeared to have more of a greyish undertone, meaning it had potential to not make me look naked (that obviously wouldn’t be good).  I ordered it in two sizes (which I highly recommend doing if you’re ordering online!) and one of them fit just right.  I’ve decided on this one and I’m so excited about it!  See the dress below and shop it here.


Where to Shop Online

     If you’re having trouble finding a prom dress due to lack of stores near you, definitely consider some online options!  I didn’t even go into a store and still found a great dress at an awesome price point!  I ultimately decided ASOS would be a good place to purchase my dress because the sweater I got there proved to be good quality (therefore it’s a reliable retailer) and I knew from conversations that most of the reasonably priced, large selection websites like Lulu’s and PromGirl would be the first websites everyone at my school would go to in search of their own prom dress.  If your school isn’t as Lulu’s obsessed (personally I just didn’t want a dress with such a large risk of being on someone else at prom), definitely check their website out, there are a ton of adorable prom dresses at really good price points!  PromGirl, Red Dress Boutique, Show Me Your MuMu, and Nordstrom Rack are also great online options!  If you have a higher budget, BCBG Max Azria and Free People also sell some beautiful gowns.  I’ve pictured and linked a few of my favorite prom dresses below!

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My Tips

  1. Have some ideas of what you want, but don’t hold yourself to your vision if you find something completely different that you really like. – Having a few color ideas can be really helpful when filtering website searches filled with tens of pages of prom dresses.  That being said, I thought I would definitely end up with a grey dress this year, and had I stuck to that I wouldn’t have found the dress that I now have and love so much!
  2. If you’re ordering your dress online, order it in multiple sizes and make sure you can return it. – Ordering my dress in two sizes in the first place was definitely one of the smartest decisions I’ve made so far in the prom process.  Ordering two sizes at once not only prevented me from having to return a dress and blindly choose another size, but also allowed me to compare the pros and cons of each size.  One of my dresses wouldn’t zip up the last inch, while the other might hang a little lower on the strapless side.  I know the last thing you want is to send one dress back just to find that its replacement is hardly different (or inducing the opposite problem) from the one you had before.
  3. Keep the type of dresses people in your area wear in mind. – While there’s absolutely nothing wrong with standing out, personally (as I’m sure holds true for plenty of you too I’m sure), walking into prom in a bedazzled dress unlike the simple jewel-toned frocks of my peers is one of the last things I want to happen.  Even if this is your first year going to prom (I know at my school only juniors and seniors/the dates of juniors and seniors are allowed to attend), look through some the past prom Instagram posts of upperclassmen or recent graduates from your school so you have an idea of what people in your area typically wear to prom.  Length, fluffiness, and sparkle are all likely to be factors your student body has a pretty clear stance on and you should investigate!
  4. Don’t shop where all your friends are shopping! – If it seems like everyone is getting their prom dress from a certain store or website, purchasing a dress at the popular location drastically increases your chances of showing up to prom in the same dress as everyone else.  This might not sound like the worst thing to you, but to me it sounds like a breeding ground for comparison (both in my head and by my peers) and the last thing I want to do on this fun night is feel like I don’t look as good in my dress as someone else does.

Thanks for reading!  I hope this post helps you in your prom dress shopping!  Stay tuned for more prom related posts in the next few weeks!

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