Windy Gap Travel Diary 2017

     I spent the weekend of September 22-24 at Windy Gap, a YoungLife camp in Weaverville, NC.  I love few things more than going to YoungLife camp and this year’s fall weekend definitely didn’t disappoint.  Today I’m sharing a little travel diary from one of my favorite weekends of the year!  I’m so excited to share this with you, I skipped writing a Windy Gap travel diary last year (I wrote a travel diary about Windy Gap in 2015 that you can read my here!) but I seriously love talking about time spent at YoungLife camp.  I’m recapping each day with lengthy descriptions and photos plus I actually made a video this year!  I recommend you watch the video in HD by clicking the HD button in the bottom right corner of the video.  Enjoy!

This video was created using iMovie.  All of the clips were taken with a Canon EOS Rebel T6 and either an EF-S 18-55mm lens or a Sigma 30mm F1.4 DC HSM lens.  The background song is “The World Is Ours” by Jai Wolf.

Friday

    The bus left around 9:45 p.m, just after halftime of our high school’s homecoming football game.  The bus ride was approximately an hour and a half of screaming the words to throwback songs and talking under blankets.  , so we got to camp around 11:45 p.m., just in time for the first club!  We sprinted to the club room as soon as we dropped our bags in the cabins.  Even in the rush, I love getting off the bus in the dark at Windy Gap and I couldn’t help but notice the gorgeous navy sky of stars behind the silhouettes of the tall trees.

     We came into club a little late but came just in time to watch a hilarious skit, sing a couple songs, and send some kids from our area up to the stage to participate in a few games.  The first night’s talk was about how we can’t fix the mess our sin has created and the speaker was amazing all weekend long.  After club, we went back to the cabin for cabin time.

     During cabin time, we talked about the talk and what we learned/found interesting.  I love cabin time, it’s always one of my favorite things about YoungLife camp.  Cabin time gives you a chance to verbally process what you’re learning about Jesus, yourself, and your relationship with Him while getting to know your friends better.  Once cabin time concluded we all got ready for bed and went to sleep.

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Saturday

     Knowing that breakfast was around 9:00 a.m., I woke up at 8:00 a.m. and quickly got ready for the day.  Once I was prepared for one of my favorite days of the fall, I took my friend Emma, who was experiencing Windy Gap for the first time, on a little walk around camp.  I showed her the gorgeous willow tree (literally my favorite tree on this planet), the Sippin’ Parlor where you can find the best birthday cake milkshakes ever, club room entrances, the dining hall, the camp store, and how to get to the zip-line and swing.  After we finished this little tour, we returned to the cabin to walk down to the dining hall with the rest of our friends and leaders to wait for breakfast.  While anticipating breakfast, we took a few pictures.

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     For breakfast we had delicious pancakes and some really good sausage (I don’t even really like sausage but I love YoungLife camp sausage, I swear it’s way better).  Towards the end of breakfast, a continuation of the skit that we saw Friday night introduced the cabin challenge.  The cabin challenge is a list of activities each cabin completes in an approximately ten minute time period for points in competition with the other cabins.  These activities included rolling down the hill, sliding into the lake fully clothed, making a basket from mid-court, and doing ten pushups.  We didn’t win, but the cabin challenge is always super fun, we’ve done it every year I’ve gone to YoungLife camp!

     After the cabin challenge we had about twenty minutes of free time before club.  Club was pretty much the same as the night before; more skits, more games, and more songs.  The talk was great again, talking about the separation from God that our sin has created. The end of club led into cabin time, where we returned to the cabin and again discussed what we heard.  Cabin time ended with the five minute bell, meaning we had five minutes until lunch.

Lunch included pepperoni and cheese pizza.  The skit continued at the end of the meal and led us into our free time.  Free time was spent packing everything Windy Gap has to offer into a six hour time period.  As soon as lunch was released, I sprinted to the back door of the dining hall with a few of my friends and from there we ran up to the swing.  I love the swing, it puts any other swing imaginable to complete shame.  Once my friend Came and I got off the swing, we changed into bathing suits and zip-lined into the lake.  After the zip-line we went back to the cabin to shower before going to the camp store where I bought a tee and YoungLife blanket (if you don’t have a YoungLife blanket you need to buy one next time you go to camp, they’re made out of the softest sweatshirt material and are very possibly the best thirty dollars you’ll ever spend).  Next we hit the Sippin’ Parlor, where I ordered my annual birthday cake milkshake and it was just as delicious as always.  We enjoyed our milkshakes under the gorgeous oak tree and then took a few pictures on the adorable little island.

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     A couple hours after our little photoshoot, the five minute bell rang and we all ran to the dining hall again.  While we waited a little longer than five minutes we took even more pictures with some of our leaders.  I switched camera lenses in our final minutes of free time before dinner and I just love how these pictures came out!

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     I honestly forgot what we even had for dinner because the memory was overshadowed by the fact that we had the big cookie for dessert.  If you’ve never been to a YoungLife camp this might sound foreign to you, but big cookie is a huge cookie served in a circular pan fresh out of the oven with a ton of vanilla ice cream and chocolate syrup on top.  It’s so good that no one stops to divide it evenly, everyone just digs in with a spoon.  It’s so much fun and it’s so good.  Once we finished eating the big cookie we met up with our area by the basketball court to get our area tee shirts that we’d be wearing the next day (you’ll see we’re all wearing matching navy tee shirts in the pictures from Sunday and that’s why!) before having a little free time before club.

     The final evening club of YoungLife camp is always my favorite, whether it’s fall weekend or a week at summer camp.  This particular club is used to describe Christ’s death on the cross in immense depth, the kind of depth that makes you wince.  Once the crucifixion is explained, campers are gifted with a fifteen minute period of silence and darkness in camp.  You get to pick a spot, then you just sit and stare at the stars and talk to God.  I love this, I always have.  At this point I’m always reminded of my amazement that the same God that made those stars made me, and even though He blessed me with all of this I still sin and turn my back to Him, yet He still wants me.

Once the fifteen minutes were up, a bell rang and the camp turned the lights back on.  We all walked back to our cabin for the most personal and emotional of the cabin times.  This year’s wasn’t nearly as tear-jerking as some of my past years’ cabin times have been, but it was equally as eye-opening.  When cabin time concluded, we were led back to the club room where some of the leaders from various counties present that weekend were putting on skits.

These were some of the absolute funniest things I have ever seen, my stomach hurt from laughing so much.  At the end of the skits, we had a big camp dance party and were then told that Tim Halperin, our camp musician for the weekend, would be having a little concert in the club room about an hour later.  Tim Halperin was so good (he was actually on American Idol at one point, be sure to check him out on iTunes!), I especially love his song “Hey 17.”  His concert ended the night, so when it was over we walked back to our cabins and got ready for bed.

Sunday

     I woke up at 7:00 a.m. to go on a little walk with one of my YoungLife leaders, Adrian, before her morning leader meeting.  We ended up sitting in rocking chairs in front of the Sippin’ Parlor and reading the Bible.  It was so nice to have some one on one time with Adrian and to just open up the word!  Around 7:45 a.m., Adrian had to go to her meeting so I walked back to the cabin and began to change into my area tee shirt and actually get ready for the day.

     Around 8:30 a.m. our cabin walked down to the dining hall to get some coffee and wait for breakfast.  Our delicious breakfast included biscuits, eggs, grits, and bacon.  When breakfast was over, we went to the club room for “say so’s.”  Say so’s are a little period of time in the club room with some music playing in which campers who have accepted/recommitted to Christ can stand up and say so.  I love getting to clap for and congratulate my friends and all the other campers who are making such a big step!

Once say so’s finished, we went back to the cabin to clean up and pack.  When we finished cleaning and packing we took all of our bags to the bus then returned to the basketball court to hang out with the rest of the people from our area.  We then went to the leader lounge for an area meeting before taking a group picture of everyone from our area in front of the camp store.  Shortly after, the five minute bell rang for lunch.

For lunch we had sandwiches and some really good chocolate chip cookies.  The skit concluded on stage as we ate and once we finished eating we walked up to the buses to leave.  It was such an awesome weekend and I was so sad to see it end!

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If you ever get the chance to go to YoungLife camp you need to go!  You can read about a couple of my other YoungLife camp experiences here and here.  Thanks for reading!

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A Fall Look for Warm Weather

     Every few days I’ll get lucky with a cooler day where I can actually wear seasonally appropriate clothes like booties and light jackets, but most days it’s still pretty warm in South Carolina this time of year.  Today I’m sharing one of my favorite looks for these awkward fall days; one that features classic fall tones but won’t have you sweating by the end of the day!  Enjoy!

     I picked up the cutest army green top from Altar’d State over the summer.  It has the worn in, flowy look that most of Altar’d State’s pieces seem to have as well as fun lace detailing on the hem and flattering stitching across the midriff.  I love this top for this time of year because the hue is so perfect for the season but the top itself has short sleeves and isn’t too heavy of a material.  I paired the top with ankle jeans and my Birkenstock Madrid sandals for a comfy fall look.  I dressed up the look a little with a pretty necklace I recently received from an Instagram jewelry boutique, Beads by Syd.  I adore the necklace’s dainty white and gold beading and the large statement stone!  This necklace is definitely on trend right now, but I don’t see it going out of style anytime soon, which is great because it seems to be great quality!  I kept the rest of my jewelry pretty simple given the size of stone on the necklace.

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top (similar) // jeans // sandals // necklace (shop Sydney’s Instagram shop here!) // hoop earrings // beaded bracelets (here and here) // MantraBand // cross bracelet (similar) // watch (similar) // rose gold ring // gold stacked rings

Thanks for reading!

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The necklace from Beads by Syd 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!

Music Midtown 2017

     I spent the weekend of September 16th and 17th standing within crowds that totaled 78,000 at Music Midtown.  This was my second year attending the festival, and it was just as great as my first!  I was completely awestruck the first time I saw the lineup over the summer and I’m so blessed to have been able to attend.  This year I went with my friends Scout (who came with my family last year) and Patty as well as Scout’s mom.  I decided not to attempt bringing in my Canon camera again because it was such a struggle to get through security with it last year so unfortunately I didn’t make a montage video.  However, I’ve included a ton of videos I took of the performers on my phone, so hopefully you’ll forgive me!  I’m so excited to share a little about this fun weekend with y’all, enjoy!

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Saturday

10:00 a.m. – I drove over to Scout’s house where we all (Scout, Patty, Scout’s mom, and I) packed and piled into her mother’s car and left for Atlanta.

12:30: p.m. – Finally, after a fun ride of singing songs we would soon hear live, we arrived in Atlanta.  We checked into our hotel, the Atlanta Marriott Suites Midtown, which was an amazing place to stay, then quickly changed into our outfits for the festival.

1:00 p.m. – We walked from the hotel to Which Wich? for lunch.  After we finished eating, we walked around a few furniture stores in the area for a couple hours or so with Scout’s mom since the first set we wanted to see wasn’t until 4:30 p.m.  Once she’d finished shopping we walked back to the hotel to make sure we had everything we’d need for Music Midtown.  When we were sure we were ready, we got in the car and rode to Piedmont Park.

3:00 p.m. – After much anticipation, we made it to Music Midtown.  Security seemed surprisingly less taxing this year, so it only took a few minutes to actually get in.  Immediately after getting in, we found a water fountain to fill up our reusable water bottles (you’re allowed to bring in one factory-sealed bottle full of water or one reusable bottle that holds equal or less than a liter) then hit the merchandise stands because by the time we got to the merchandise stands Saturday night last year everything we wanted had already sold out.  I bought a super soft light blue tee with the Music Midtown lineup and logo on it and found a way to stuff it into the small crossbody bag I brought in.

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4:30 p.m. – AJR’s set began at the Cotton Club Stage and the band was so fun to see live, they’re all great performers!  You might recognize this name from their hits “Weak” and “I’m Not Famous” – they’ve finally been getting some recognition lately and I have a feeling they won’t be going away anytime soon.   They opened with “I’m Not Famous” but my favorite song in the set was definitely “Drama.”

5:30 p.m. – Tove Lo came out on time and was such a hoot.  I’d technically seen her another time as Taylor Swift’s guest in Atlanta on the 1989 World Tour (read my post about that concert here), but she’s way different when she’s not performing for a Taylor Swift audience.  Regardless of the age rating that should be on her set, she’s crazy talented.  I’d been dying to hear her sing “Say It” by Flume since I found out I was going to Music Midtown and aside from the absence of the iconic DJ’s base drops, it fulfilled my expectations.  After her set ended, we stayed in the crowd and slowly moved towards the front, eventually scoring third row for Big Sean.

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7:30 p.m. – I had been so excited to see Big Sean and he definitely didn’t disappoint.  He’s so humble and grateful for how far he’s come.  My favorite moments in his set were his moment of silence and prayer for all the victims of recent tragedies and hearing “Beware,” “Bounce Back,” “Blessings,” and “I Know.”

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8:45 p.m. – We had planned on staying at the Salesforce Stage to wait out a good spot for Bruno Mars, but then we realized we had all run out of water and still hadn’t eaten dinner.  We ended up leaving the crowd to eat dinner and refill our water bottles.  The food truck lines were crazy long so I actually ended up buying a Minute Made soft frozen strawberry lemonade for dinner (so healthy right?).  As we were walking back to the Salesforce Stage we briefly stopped to listen to Wiz Khalifa.

9:30 p.m. – The moment we’d been waiting for, Bruno Mars’ set, had finally come.  Hearing his hits, new and old, like “Treasure,” “That’s What I Like,” “24K Magic,” “Uptown Funk,” “Marry You,” and so many more was surreal.  My favorite song had to be “Versace On The Floor” but he’s such an incredible dancer and overall performer I even loved his songs I didn’t know.  He sounds exactly like he does on his records, I’m so lucky I had the chance to hear him live!

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10:30 p.m. – After Bruno Mars’ set we headed back to the hotel to shower and rest up for another exciting day at the festival.

Sunday

11:00 a.m. – We slept in a lot then threw on some comfortable clothes to go to brunch in.  We went to the West Egg Cafe and it was awesome.  I got this incredible banana bread French toast and it lasted me through lunch.  After breakfast we went back to the hotel room to finish getting ready for the day (glitter and all) and pack our stuff.  On the way to the festival we picked up another friend of ours, Anna, who was staying with some family friends in Atlanta.

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2:00 p.m. – We got to Music Midtown over an hour before any of the artists we wanted to see were performing so I could get in line to meet Zara Larsson (but we stopped on the way to the Honda x Waterloo Records Artist Signing Stage to take a few pictures!).  I’ve been listening to Zara Larsson since I was in eighth grade and I was ecstatic when I saw they put her name on the meet and greet list.  I purchased her album to have her sign then waited in line for over an hour but was so lucky to meet her!  She’s so sweet and absolutely gorgeous in person (we aren’t smiling at the camera in the picture because security said they wouldn’t have time for everyone to meet her if we did posed pictures).

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3:30 p.m. – Once we left the meet and greet we saw Judah and the Lion at the Honda Stage.  I absolutely love their songs “Take It All Back” and “Suit and Jacket” and they sounded just as good live.  The band members loved to dance and get the crowd involved so it was a really fun set!

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4:30 p.m. – We walked over to the Roxy Stage to go see Zara Larsson perform.  She was wearing the coolest dress and looked just as pretty as when I met her earlier.  I didn’t realize she was such a good dancer, but she had a ton of choreography, so much that she actually ran backstage and got sick in the heat.  She handled her queasiness like a champ and finished her set in a more stationary position.  My favorite songs from the set were “TG4M,” “Symphony,” and “So Good.”

5:30 p.m. – As we were walking to the water station we heard Lizzo’s set starting at the Cotton Club Stage and decided to stop and listen for a while.  Lizzo has quite the personality and despite not really knowing who she was we had a fun time watching her.

5:45 p.m. – After about fifteen minutes of Lizzo we decided to grab some pizza for dinner.  The pizza at Music Midtown is overpriced (like all of the food there), but actually comes in pretty large slices, so I’d say it’s the best food option there.  Once we finished our food we returned to the Cotton Club Stage in anticipation of Russ’ set.

7:30 p.m. – When Russ finally came out the crowd went crazy.  My favorite songs from the set were “Do It Myself,” “What They Want,” and “Psycho Pt. 2.”  We left Russ’ set twenty minutes early to start finding a spot in the Future crowd and I’m really glad we did, about ten minutes after we got to the Roxy Stage a huge crowd came in.

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8:40 p.m. – Future, being one of the biggest names in rap music right now, was such a neat experience and a fun “I can say I…”.  I hate to admit this but I haven’t actually listened to a lot of Future’s music so I enjoyed his more popular songs “Jumpman,” “Mask Off,” and “Low Life.”  He actually brought out Young Thug (who I also don’t listen to oops) for a rendition of “Pick Up the Phone.”

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(I’m sorry the “Jumpman” video is sideways… I’m still really not sure why that happened.)

9:30 p.m. – We left before the end of Future’s set to avoid the traffic getting out and get home a little earlier since we were going to school the next day.

Just like last year, Music Midtown was an incredible experience.  If you ever get the chance to go I’d definitely recommend going!  If you’d like to read my post about Music Midtown 2016 you can find it here!  Thanks for reading!

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An Outfit Inspired by Abigail of Belle of the Ball

     Unfortunately, due to a ton of weekend travels and busy school weeks I was unable to follow through with several of my monthly series during September.  I really hate that that happened but I have to prioritize school and I hate turning down an adventure!  Anyways, today I’m continuing one of my favorite series, “An Outfit Inspired by…” with a post featuring an outfit inspired by the well known Instagrammer and blogger behind Belle of the Ball (@belleoftheball45 on Instagram); Abigail.  I love coming up with outfits for this series because it’s so neat to realize how many things I have that I could totally see some of my fashion idols wearing.  You can find my other “An Outfit Inspired by…” posts here if you’re interested in reading more!  Enjoy!

     Abigail is a current sophomore at Mercyhurst University.  Despite her considerably young age, she has a ton of blogging experience under her belt, including working with countless brands like Vineyard Vines, SheIn, and Carolina Clothing Company and even being featured by Teen Vogue.  She’s been blogging since 2014 and I’d say she’s one of the girls who paved the road for teenage fashion bloggers everywhere.  Abigail uses her 60,100 follower Instagram, 8,000 follower Pinterest, and the occasional YouTube video to share her classic, preppy style with the world.  Abigail was without a doubt one of my biggest influences when I began my own blog and I still look up to her style.

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(The images above are from the Belle of the Ball website and belong to Abigail.  Their respective blog posts are linked within the images!)

     Abigail styled the most adorable brown corduroy skirt last fall, and at the time I loved it so much I decided to purchase the same one for myself (I still wear it all the time!).  When she styled it again more recently, it occurred to me that this skirt should definitely make it to my outfit inspired by Abigail.  It’s easy to see just by scrolling through Abigail’s Instagram that she loves feminine details as well as layering, so I thought this pale blue button down with a ruffled collar would be perfect to layer under my blue vintage Ralph Lauren sweater.  She also seems to be pretty fond of leopard print right now, so I finished the ensemble with a pair of leopard print flats from J.Crew.  I kept the jewelry pretty simple with a gold monogram necklace, gold Kate Spade watch, and a little gold pave heart cuff from Aqua Kiwi.  The earrings are somewhat hard to see, but they’re just little pearl dangles.  Abigail doesn’t actually have pierced ears and often converts fun styles to clip ons so she can wear them anyways (I know this from watching her Instagram stories haha I’m not creepy I swear)!  I could definitely see her doing that with these classic pearls.

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sweater (similar) // button down (similar) // skirt (skirt) // flats (similar) // monogram necklace // earrings (similar) // bracelet // watch (similar) // rose gold ring // gold stacked rings

Thanks for reading!  Let me know who you’d like to see an outfit inspired by next!

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The bracelet from Aqua Kiwi 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!

Scripture Sunday Vol. 19

     Happy Sunday!  I hope you’re having a fabulous weekend.  Today I’m sharing my nineteenth “Scripture Sunday” post, you can read all of my previous “Scripture Sundays” here!  I love today’s verse and I hope y’all do too!  Just like always, if you are offended by the Christian religion please feel free to scroll past and find another post that better suits you.  Let’s get into the post!  Enjoy!

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Jeremiah 31:3; the Lord appeared to him from far away.  I have loved you with an everlasting love; therefore, I have continued to extend faithful love to you.

     Junior year is infamous for being the hardest.  I went in with the mindset that this idea was really a matter of opinion and would depend on what classes you take.  My course load includes A.P. U.S. History, A.P. Environmental Science, A.P. English III (Language), honors Pre-Calculus, Spanish III, and yearbook, so I didn’t think it would be too much to handle.  Now, a couple months into the year, I understand that it’s not the courses themselves that make the year harder, but the expectations placed upon the junior student.  Teachers expect you to have ample free time to focus exclusively on their subject’s work.  Coaches expect you to excel and focus on your sport.  Parents expect you to keep yourself in line and make good grades (luckily mine are relatively lenient and understanding unlike some of my friends’).  Friends expect you to hang out and party with them.  Future school options expect you to be very involved in your community and school.

     My personal struggles have been in keeping up with school work while also keeping up with blog posts (hence why there was only one post this past week) and at the same time participating in YoungLife and Wyldlife leadership and attending our weekly two-hour lacrosse offseason practices (which just so happen to be the same evening as YoungLife…perfect *sense the sarcasm*).  Forget a social life.  The hard part about this is that none of these things are things I don’t love to do.  I value my education and like to do well in school, therefore I want to get my schoolwork done.  I love writing this blog so much and absolutely do not feel inclined to let it go, no matter how convenient it might be to do so.  Going to YoungLife and learning more about developing a relationship with Jesus is the highlight of my week and I’m never willing to skip a club, same goes for leading Wyldlife.  I enjoy playing lacrosse and I want to continue improving, so I don’t want to skip practice either.  Life has become overwhelming and all I want to do is sleep.

A couple weekends ago I got to step away from it all and go to Windy Gap with my area’s YoungLife group.  Because we left our schoolwork and electronics at home, the weekend was an incredible reminder of God’s presence in my life, even when I’m blinded by the world’s (and my own) expectations of me.  I recently came across a verse, Jeremiah 31:3 that reminds me of that feeling and goodness, it’s so beautiful.  The verse says “the Lord appeared to him from far away.  I have loved you with an everlasting love; therefore, I have continued to extend faithful love to you.”  When I’m distracted by earthly things, Jesus is still standing there, I’m just not looking for him.  He loves me with such an everlasting love and will never leave me, even when I push my relationship with Him aside.  There’s no other love that works like that, how could you turn it down?  The best part of this is that even when I don’t live up to the world’s expectations of me, like when I fail a test or don’t post enough blog posts one week, He’s still there and He still loves me, and that relationship is all that really matters.

This week, remind yourself that Jesus has appeared to you from far away.  His love is unconditional and everlasting, no matter how distracted you are.  Take just a few minutes each day to talk to him, while you brush your teeth in the morning or unmake your bed at night.  Give him your troubles and let Him love you.  Your relationship with Him is all that truly matters.

Thanks for reading!  Have a blessed week.

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Army Green Accents

     Now that the temperatures are finally beginning to drop here in South Carolina I’m starting to look at my fall wardrobe.  Fall fashion has to be my favorite; layering is just so fun and I love traditional fall tones like maroon, taupe, grey, blush pink, and army green.  I’m honestly ecstatic to start posting more autumn outfit posts, but in the mean time you can read mine from previous years here.  Today I’m sharing a fun fall look that I absolutely adore, and I think y’all will love it too!  Enjoy!

     About a month ago I purchased the cutest red tank from J.Crew Factory, complete with fringe and embroidered details.  The best part about this purchase had to be the price, this tank was only $9.99!  It’s still on sale and also comes in navy, white, and yellow, shop it here!  I toned down the vibrant red with an army green utility jacket from a local boutique, dark wash ankle jeans, and my favorite pair of taupe colored booties.  I recently received a pearl choker from Bella Designs by Bree which is strung on army green suede that matches the jacket perfectly.  Be sure to check out Bella Designs by Bree and use my code “FAITH15” for 15% off!  The rest of my jewelry consisted of simple white and gold pieces including white pearl Kendra Scott Danielle earrings, a gold Kate Spade watch, and an adorable cuff from Cuffed by Nano.  The simple gold cuff says “Eat Pray Hustle,” which I think is too cute! Cuffed by Nano carries a ton of pretty and customizable jewelry pieces, check them out here!  I love this look for the fall and I’m sure I’ll get a ton of use out of it throughout the season.

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top // jacket (similar) // jeans // booties // earrings // choker // cuff bracelet // watch (similar) // rose gold ring // gold stacked rings

Thanks for reading!

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The choker from Bella Designs by Bree as well as the cuff bracelet from Cuffed by Nano 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!