Florals & Flare Jeans

     I recently got my first pair of flare jeans since skinny jeans became a thing.  It’s so funny to think how regularly I wore these in elementary school and how big of a fashion statement I feel like they are now!  I’ve loved experimenting with these pants and I’m so excited to share my first outfit post with them today.  Enjoy!

     This probably makes me sound like such a teenager but I feel as though this jean style has a bit of a ’70s look to it (maybe that’s just because this is the closest thing to bell bottoms I’ve ever owned?  Or maybe just because I’ve been watching too much That ’70s Show?).  Anywho, I love pairing the jeans with fun florals like this flowy tank.  Since it’s not summer anymore, I kept warm with a long beige cardigan.  For this look, I opted for an old pair of TOMS booties, but I’d really love to get a pair of mules to wear with these jeans!  I accessorized with a simple crocheted freshwater pearl necklace from Cute Loops Jewelry.  I’m obsessed with this necklace and I’ve been wearing it nonstop!  Get 15% off your Cute Loops Jewelry purchase of $25 or more with my code FAITH15!  I matched the necklace with a pair of faux pearl earrings.

top (similar) // cardigan // flare jeans // booties (similar) // necklace // earrings // rose gold ring // gold stacked rings

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I received the necklace from Cute Loops Jewelry in exchange for features 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.

Scripture Sunday Vol. 40

     I’m back.  I feel like I haven’t posted in decades (yes I know it’s just been ten days), but life lately has been crazy in all the best, and worst, ways.  I have a lot of exciting events and decisions taking place within the next few months and I can’t wait to be in a place that I can share that with you.  I’m planning on posting another “Fill In on Faith” soon so you can get a better idea of what’s been happening in my life lately!  Today I’m sharing a new “Scripture Sunday” which features a verse that has been really special to me lately.  Enjoy!

Today’s Verse:

1 Corinthians 13:12; For now we see in a mirror dimly, but then face to face.  Now I know in part; then I shall know fully, even as I have been fully known.

     I’m sure you’ve heard something along the lines of “it’s hard to see the big picture when you’re in the frame” at some point in your life.  Maybe this was while you were dwelling over a rough breakup or receiving a college rejection letter (irrelevant side note: isn’t it funny to think we’re never reminded of this when we’re experiencing a high point?).  It’s often hard to see how something difficult that isn’t part of my own plan is going to weave its way into my life story in such a way that could be anything near good. In my last “Scripture Sunday” I talked about Proverbs 3:5 and how we need to trust in God in times of doubt, but this week I want to remind you that we might just see a little bit of His plan right now.

     Something significant in my life happened the summer before my seventh-grade year.  This event led to my sister and I’s relocation to South Carolina with my father, and at the time it was really difficult.  In those first weeks in the city I now call home, I questioned the way God cared for me and my family.  I wondered what kind of loving God would allow terrible things to happen to a (divided) family full of people that loved Him.  Now, I look back at that move and see the way my life would be completely different without it, and not necessarily in the positive way my seventh-grade self would have thought.  Without that move, I wouldn’t have the best friends I love so dearly now.  I wouldn’t be so close to my father, step-mother, and half brother.  I wouldn’t have had access to YoungLife (my previous town was insanely small and I hadn’t even heard of YoungLife before moving here), and therefore wouldn’t have met my leaders that are some of the best friends and role models I could have asked for.  I would’ve never had the opportunity to serve on Work Crew, a month that taught me what it looks like to be a servant, gave me countless incredible memories, and introduced me to some of the most amazing friends I’ll ever know.  I wouldn’t know God the way I do now, I might not even believe in Him at all.

     I don’t know if everyone can pinpoint life changes like that, but I’m really grateful I can.  Seeing just this part of the way He’s worked in my life, 1 Corinthians 13:12 has become really important for me lately.  The verse says “For now we see in a mirror dimly, but then face to face.  Now I know in part; then I shall know fully, even as I have been fully known.”  What I know in part now is just a dim image in a mirror, but when I meet God, who knows me fully, in heaven and look back on my life, I’ll understand everything He’s done in my life.  I completely believe that the “big pictures” each of us see from above one day are going to be masterpieces, so carefully crafted with immense thought in every brushstroke.

     Believe me, I know there are moments when it won’t make sense, but just hold on.  He’s doing crazy big things in your life that you can’t even begin to understand right now — but I hope someday soon you’ll get a glimpse in that dim mirror.  This week, remember that God is sovereign in our lives and that we should trust that the artist who paints each sunset and sunrise knows how to make our lives just as beautiful.

Thanks for reading!  Have a blessed week!

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Autumn White

     One thing I have a few too many of in my closet is white tops, especially embroidered ones.  They’re so simple and easy to style, I just can’t get enough!  Today I’m sharing yet another look featuring this wardrobe essential – one that I think is perfect for early fall!  Enjoy!

     If I’m wearing a white top in the fall, the bottom clearly needs to be a more autumnal tone, like this maroon skirt!  The maroon denim matches the shirt’s embroidery perfectly and it’s definitely one of my favorite fall pieces.  The only reason I really love this weird “fall but still 80 degrees” time of year is that I can pair sandals, like Jack Rogers, with my fall looks, which I think really works here.  This look’s jewelry was pretty simple with the friendship bracelets I’ve been wearing every day and my favorite Kendra Scott earrings.

top (similar) // skirt (similar) // sandals // earrings // MantraBand // cross bracelet // personalized beaded bracelet // rose gold ring // gold stacked rings

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Blue & Billowy

     There’s something about a piece from a boutique that just makes it special, especially if that boutique is out of town.  The look I’m sharing today features one of my all time favorite tops – one I purchased from a boutique in my favorite beach town in Texas last year.  The great thing about boutiques is that it’s hard to find any one piece anywhere else, making it unique (and hard to link on the blog – sorry to tell y’all the top I’m linking today is not so similar to the one I’m wearing).  Finding creative ways to style unique pieces is strangely one of my favorite things to do, but today’s ensemble is a little more simple.  Enjoy!

     The cut of this top is so unique – I guess it’s technically a poncho, but the soft fabric is super flowy and yet somehow a little flattering at the same time.  Since the top is almost a denim blue color itself, I like to pair it with other dyes, like these grey jeans.  The shirt’s free spirited aura made for a perfect opportunity to wear my key necklace and some other fun jewelry like my star earrings.  I haven’t had the heart to part with my friendship bracelets from the summer, but I’ve kept on my MantraBand, cross bracelet, and simple rings as usual.  As far as shoes go, I opted for my gold Jack Rogers sandals to give the look a polished finish.

top (similar) // grey jeans // sandals // earrings (similar) // necklace (similar) // watch // MantraBand // cross bracelet // personalized beaded bracelet // rose gold ring // gold stacked rings

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Victory Vibes in Jadelynn Brooke

     Ah, game day.  No matter who you’re rooting for, choosing an outfit is almost as fun as the game itself (maybe that’s just me?).  Some school colors can be harder to find than others, but luckily Jadelynn Brooke has us covered with some adorable football themed tees!  Today I’m sharing a cute and comfy look featuring their “Victory Vibes” long sleeve tee as well as one of their game day bags, which you can purchase 15% off with my code “FLHS”!  Enjoy!

     I adore this tee not only because it has the sweetest little phrase across the front, but also because the sleeve details (jersey stripes and footballs!) and super soft material make it both cute and comfortable.  Not to mention, the simple grey, black, and white color scheme makes it perfect for almost any school.  I dressed up the tee with a denim skirt but kept my feet comfy in my black Vans sneakers because we all know how much we’re on our feet during, before, and after games!  I accessorized with my favorite Kendra Scott Danielle earrings, a few white and gold bracelets, my gold Kate Spade watch, and one of Jadelynn Brooke’s stadium approved game day bags.  I especially love this crossbody because it follows the new clear bag rules without being ugly or plain thanks to the iridescent material and precious pompom – way to go Jadelynn Brooke!

tee (15% off with code FLHS) // skirt (similar) // sneakers // bag (15% off with code FLHS) // earrings // white and gold beaded bracelets (here and here) // watch (similar) // MantraBand // cross bracelet // rose gold ring // gold stacked rings

Thanks for reading!

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I received the tee and bag from Jadelynn Brooke as well as the beaded bracelets from Sashka Co. in exchange for features 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.

Scripture Sunday Vol. 39

     Happy Sunday!  As you might have noticed, I haven’t been posting as much as usual over the past few weeks.  The stress of starting a new school year paired with college applications isn’t leaving much time for blogging, but I promise the end of college applications and submission of my first major assignment are in sight!  I’m excited to have more time for blogging within the next month or so.  Anyways, today I’m sharing my thirty-ninth volume of “Scripture Sunday.”  I’m talking a little about the comfort God’s giving me in this weird season of life.  Enjoy!

Today’s Verse:

Proverbs 3:5; Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and do not lean on your own understanding.

     Deciding where to go to college is a big decision.  I have a list of schools I’m applying to where I could definitely see myself being happy, but that list is accompanied with so much fear that I won’t get into my top choice, or that when I get to tour I won’t even like my top choice.  The concept of college is tricky because you want to pick a school where you’ll be happy, get a good education, and meet people you genuinely want to be friends with forever.  This season of my life where I’m not sure where I’m going or exactly what I’m doing isn’t my favorite, I like order and plans.

     I’ve been reading Sarah Young’s Jesus Calling: Enjoying Peace in His Presence devotional every day for almost two months now, and recently Proverbs 3:5 was one of the Scriptures included in the reading.  This verse says “Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and do not lean on your own understanding.”  Right now, I really have no choice.  I can submit all of my applications and lay awake at night anxiously wondering where I’ll get in, but that brings no hope.  Remembering the ways God revealed Himself to me while on Work Crew and realizing that God frequently does things in my life that I couldn’t have planned for or wanted but always somehow turn out better than what I had planned, that brings hope.  I’ve memorized this verse as a reminder for all the little times when it doesn’t look like He’s working in my favor, like when I get a bad grade on a test or I can’t go to an event I’d been hoping for, because He’s most definitely doing something bigger and better for me than what I thought I needed.

     Instead of anxiously anticipating a decision from what I imagine to be the best place for me, I’m handing it over to God.  One thing I know for certain is that I’ll get in wherever God wants me to go, and I know the things He has planned for me there will be far better than the earthly and materialistic things I imagine accompanying where I want to attend.  I definitely still struggle with doubt and my own desires for my college path, but I can always find comfort in Scripture that God’s plan is bigger than my dreams.

     This week, remember that you can’t see the big picture.  Remember that God knows what He’s doing and why, and maybe one day you’ll look back and realize you’re glad nothing was any different.  He has a purpose for every perfect moment and every flaw in our lives.  He has a plan for you.

Thanks for reading!  Have a blessed week!

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