Tie Back Talk

     One of my favorite parts of being a high school ambassador for Jadelynn Brooke is repping all of their adorable designs!  Today I’m sharing an outfit including one of the cutest things they’ve ever sent me; their “Can’t Adult Today” coral short sleeve tie back top!  This top can easily be dressed down, but today’s look dresses it up a bit!  You can get 15% off any Jadelynn Brooke purchase with my code “FLHS”!  Enjoy!

     Like I said, this look dresses the adorable tie back top up a bit, but it’s still pretty casual!  I’ve been obsessed with styling my denim skirt in creative ways lately, and I love the way it looks paired with the coral top!  Along with the embroidered “can’t adult today” phrase, the top also has some white, teal, and cobalt colored threading along the neckline.  This threading matched one of my favorite pairs of tassel earrings perfectly, so I thought they’d be a fun addition to the look!  Since the earrings are so loud, I kept the rest of my jewelry pretty simple with my cross bracelet and MantraBand, Kate Spade watch, Kendra Scott ivory pearl Elisa necklace, and thin rings.  I kept this look casual with my Birkenstock Madrid sandals, which are super comfy but still cute and trendy!  My favorite things about this top are the cuffed sleeves, pop of color on the neckline, and the crazy soft material.  The ladies at Jadelynn Brooke pay so much attention to detail, and this top showcases that for sure!  The tie back detail of this top is sure to make it a long time favorite of mine.  Again, you can use my code “FLHS” for 15% off this top and any other purchase at Jadelynn Brooke!

a22857f9-454f-454e-9f48-f3cfb8195899

bda517d9-55dd-4c31-94a5-8531c8a7f7f1

c9639238-b0f6-4fef-a121-7818735fae7f

d90926d6-3044-4743-9827-ff3bbeb8cefb

08a895f6-51e9-47e3-aab1-01ce4503a4b0

c5ac51af-0e08-4e79-beb0-3594e96826e9

716a1c05-a5c5-44e6-8848-709574e88362

a639509a-aca2-4c28-a940-48207f37520c

98d17067-62bf-4516-9c8e-f12b35fb9135

c7ff80d9-6234-4a84-8ada-b368ac695d0d

d655a314-70e7-4834-8010-1593b9037e99

87be912d-c8f0-4e41-b97c-bdd0f590c56a

8b74228e-a8e5-4239-8037-e5e35c3f62a4

e94a56f0-a804-4057-98be-8e4b05b7f02d

4eb0b35d-c757-40be-a167-3e79d89b4e78

981c32c3-e6ce-4a29-a7bf-7c5601664cd3

f13f89f2-67b8-4d59-b70f-b7b40c7b1cd2

9713e0a2-0276-4688-9dcc-45cbe7ecdf9b

165f2206-c4a6-46fc-8439-0f48e91604a7

top (15% off with my code “FLHS”!) // skirt // sandals // earrings // necklace // watch (similar) // MantraBand // cross bracelet // rose gold ring // gold stacked rings

Thanks for reading!

Screen Shot 2017-05-20 at 7.53.30 PM

I received the top from Jadelynn Brooke in exchange for promotion on my blog and Instagram.  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.

May Playlist 2018

     If you ask me, music is seasonal.  I don’t just mean Christmas music and songs that literally talk about summer, I mean the sound.  Y’all know I love electronic and alternative music, but I often lean towards more electronic and pop during the spring and summer, as the upbeat sounds set the tone for the exciting activities of spring and warm summer days.  As we make the transition into spring (I know it’s already mid-spring but the weather here’s just now starting to feel like we’re exiting winter!), I think this playlist reflects that mood change pretty well!  Slower alternative numbers like “White Lie” and “Gale Song” by The Lumineers reflect the darkness and long days of winter and recent upbeat favorites of mine like “Boy” by ODESZA (by the way it doesn’t have words but I swear the sounds are just so pretty!) and “Say My Name” by Tove Styrke excite me for the warm months ahead!  Other than those that I already mentioned, “One Day At A Time” and “Ultralife” are standout songs on my personal charts for this month.  Enjoy!

IMG_3955.JPG

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

Say My Name // Ultralife // Boy // White Lie // MICHUUL. // Everybody Hurts // One Day At A Time // For You (Fifty Shades Freed) // Gale Song /// The Other (Ryan Riback Remix) // Talk Too Much // Falls // Koto // Capital Letters // Throwback

Thanks for reading!

Screen Shot 2017-05-20 at 7.53.30 PM

Spring Wishlist 2018

       It’d be an understatement to say I’ve never been so happy to see warm weather in my life.  Summer seriously can’t come soon enough, but I guess I can settle for spring right now!  Along with spring comes spring fashion, and today I’m sharing ten pieces I currently have my eyes on!  You’ll notice recurring themes of blush pink, embroidery, and beading, I’ve been obsessed with these trends lately and think they’re so fun for spring!  Enjoy!

Fall Wishlist Graphic.jpg

  1. Marc Fisher Renni Platform Espadrille Sandals in Blue Suede – We got these shoes I at the store a month or so ago and I’m absolutely obsessed.  I’ve tried them on a handful of times and I just think they’d be such a fun addition to any spring/summer shoe collection!
  2. Sheila Fajl Silvina Hoop Earrings in Gold – I warned you, I’m obsessed with stars right now and these earrings are just the cutest!  I love the trendy accent the stars add to otherwise classic gold hoops.
  3. Apple Watch Series 3 (GPS) 38mm Gold Aluminum Case with Pink Sand Sport Band – I didn’t think I loved the idea of a screen as a watch face, but the more I see Apple watches the more I want one!  You shouldn’t be surprised that of all the casing and band options I want gold and blush pink.
  4. Zara Short Crossover Jumpsuit in Only One – This bright romper is probably the first thing I’ll buy on this list.  I just adore the side tie and love all the bright colors!  This would be so perfect to throw on for any type of party this season.
  5. J.Crew Factory Mercantile Tissue Tank Top in Pale Sea – This light tank top is the prettiest color of blue and would be such a nice piece to have in your closet this season!  You could wear this under a cardigan, tucked into a skirt, with white jeans and a jean jacket, and infinite other ways!
  6. Madewell Texture & Thread Tiered Tank Top in Sheer Pink – If there’s one color I love it’s this beautiful blush pink.  The girly ruffle and criss-cross back on this top make it an easy yes from me!
  7. Kendra Scott Elyse Double Band Ring in Gold – I’m not typically one for big rings but this one is gorgeous!  I love the trendy double band and the stone’s eye-catching shimmer.
  8. Rebecca Minkoff Leo Clutch in Natural Multi – Any outfit could be spiced up with this fun clutch!  The beading is absolutely stunning and would be perfect to accent an all white outfit.
  9. Essie Nail Polish in Romper Room – I’m not typically one to paint my nails but this color is just gorgeous!  I think this would be the perfect shade for spring, it’s pretty but not too loud for the season.
  10. Soludos Embroidered Ibiza Smoking Slippers – The “smoking slipper” style is super on trend right now, but I love this summery espadrille take!  The white embroidery on the black shoe would go with any solid top or sundress.

Thanks for reading!  What’s on your wishlist right now?

Screen Shot 2017-05-20 at 7.53.30 PM

My blog contains affiliate links, meaning I may earn commission from your purchase of the products mentioned.

Scripture Sunday Vol. 33

     Happy Sunday!  Today I’m posting my first “Scripture Sunday” post since my little month-long hiatus and I’m so excited to share what God’s been teaching me lately!  This is my thirty-third “Scripture Sunday” post I’ve written in the past year or so (crazy right?), so if you’re interested in reading any of my previous Scripture posts you can find them here.  I hope you love today’s post as much as I loved writing it!  Enjoy!

IMG_8028 2

Today’s Verse:

James 1:11; For the sun rises with its scorching heat and withers the grass; its flower falls, and its beauty perishes.  So also will the rich man fade away in the midst of his pursuits.

     I love to travel.  I love seizing every opportunity I get to see more of the world, and I’m never disappointed.  God’s creation never ceases to amaze me, from the crashing of ocean waves to tall purple mountains it’s all so beautiful and it’s such a blessing to see.  One of my favorite things about traveling, especially by plane, is that it puts in perspective just how little my life really is.  As a junior in high school, it’s so easy to get caught up in myself, not necessarily in intentionally selfish ways, but caught up in things like bringing up my SAT score, being disappointed in my GPA, or getting involved in as many extracurriculars as I can manage.  The compounding of these expectations that I, and those around me, have for the remainder of my high school career easily creates stress and a sense of drowning.  I constantly get stuck in the cycle of feeling like nothing I’m doing is good enough, like my grades will never be as high as I want them to be or my athletic performance will never be enough to get played in lacrosse games.

     A couple weeks ago I read the book of James.  I love the number of metaphors in the short, five chapter book, and I especially love the one found in verse eleven of chapter one.  It says “For the sun rises with its scorching heat and withers the grass; its flower falls, and its beauty perishes.  So also will the rich man fade away in the midst of his pursuits.”  While this can definitely be taken as targeting the selfish ambitions of those who only focus on money, I think the “pursuits” of the “rich man” mentioned can also refer to our earthly goals that aren’t based on God.  If we choose to spend our whole lives focusing only on our grades, athletic performance, or income, not only will we never be content, we won’t be living for God.  While high academic achievement and athletic talent are by no means bad things, they are still distractions from God.

     The funny thing about all of these earthly aims that we place such high value on is that they won’t matter at all when we get to heaven.  When we meet our Creator all that will matter is how we loved others, how we shared His word, and how we poured into our relationship with Him.  We aren’t going to have a nicer house when we get to heaven because we had higher paying jobs on Earth.  We aren’t going to get an extra high five from God because we got into the most prestigious college.  God loves us as we are and for who we are, not who we present ourselves as to the world based on what we’ve accomplished or how we look.

     This week, remember what actually matters.  Remember what the Bible says about our earthly pursuits and our God-based goals.  Don’t let a failure get you down and remember who God says you are!

Thanks for reading!  Have a blessed week!

Screen Shot 2017-05-20 at 7.53.30 PM

Fill In on Faith Vol. 1

     Dear friends, I cannot explain how sorry I am for my month long absence!  Today I’m doing the first of what will likely become a sporadic series of life updates, something I’ve decided to call “Fill In on Faith.”  This post is going to tell y’all about what I’ve been up to recently and how my life is going, as well as spill a few pieces of exciting news!  Enjoy!

     To start, the main source of my business this semester was lacrosse season.  For those of you who don’t know, I play on my high school’s varsity girls lacrosse team.  While I’m definitely not the best player on the team and honestly don’t get played a ton in actual games, the sport is still a huge time commitment considering I attended daily practices from 3:45 p.m. to 5:45 p.m. and typically had one or two games per week.  My team had an amazing season, only losing two official games in all!  We had a lot of impressive and unexpected wins and despite my only minor contribution, I’m really proud to be part of something so big.  Girls lacrosse has never been a particularly successful sport at my school and we’re genuinely shocking our classmates with our accomplishments.  We ended our season with a loss at the state semi-finals, and while we were disappointed that we didn’t make it to state this year we’re still proud because that is the farthest our school’s girls lacrosse team has ever made it in the playoffs!  We celebrated an amazing season with a dinner at a player’s house on April 29th and, like any other time that our team is together, it was a blast filled with countless laughs.

DBE7E23F-823A-43E9-848D-EA2F2A83F156.jpg

5147E3B7-7D4E-426C-A998-01DD19CD3E9B.jpg

2B4AB31A-1AD1-4131-99C5-4B4233F8C97F.jpg

35D73E4A-3117-41EB-8E1C-0C07C53636A5.jpg

20494ED3-48BF-4D7A-A7D5-866562F258C5.jpg

     Continuing on the topic of extracurricular obligations, while it might not sound like anything special, yearbook distribution day was quite possibly my favorite day of the school year.  Getting out of class all day to hand out the book I’ve poured my heart and soul into in seventh period every day this year while wearing matching tee shirts was so much fun and receiving compliments on the book made all of those long Saga Days (our yearbook is called Saga and “Saga Days” are the Wednesdays we stayed after school until 5:30 p.m. from October to January to do some extra work on the spreads and eat pizza) so incredibly worth it.  In other yearbook news, I’m going to be a co-editor-in-chief next year!  I’m so honored and ecstatic that my yearbook advisor asked me to work with one of my best friends, Evan, as co-editors of the entire yearbook and I’ll also be the section editor of clubademics (school club and class spreads)!  We commemorated a successful year with a staff feast at one of this year’s co-editor-in-chief’s houses, where we shared lots of delicious snacks and funny memories.

712F2002-ADAA-48B6-9013-3CA7F4C776DA.jpg

D35F93FE-FF77-461D-B2BC-AEDDA8D4E612.jpg

     Next, let’s talk prom.  My school’s prom was April 21st and I had a great time with my best friends and date!  My date “promposed” by surprising me with a poster and roses one Saturday in March while I was at work.  We went as friends and part of a group of four total couples (including my best friends Cammie, Evan, and Sarah Grace) and while I’ll be the first to admit prom definitely isn’t the “night of nights” that High School Musical and my older peers hyped it up to be, it was still a lot of fun!

b82708b9-d135-48ff-8159-6190ac0db42f

505FB86E-B939-4983-BFCE-ED56C1DE6A7F.jpg

EE38EFCF-84C9-49D6-9832-402D7B954BF3.jpg

BDCDD992-7127-4284-BD8B-47A0ED1A3CCA.jpg

51C2D1C3-0E55-4D92-BE6D-2CBD853FC5D8.jpg

AFB659FC-B365-41FE-BA78-9597AF6C753C.jpg

     It’s no secret that I’m super involved in YoungLife, so it shouldn’t come as a surprise that I recently completed Work Crew training and applied for a spot on Work Crew at Saranac Village, a YoungLife camp in New York.  I couldn’t be more thrilled to announce that I will be on Work Crew at Saranac Village for second session (June 23rd through July 21st)!  I just found out last week that I will be a tawashie, which means I’ll be on the housekeeping team all month!  Going to a YoungLife camp for Work Crew is completely voluntary, so I won’t get paid and I don’t have to pay to be there.  If you’re going to Saranac Village during second session for Work Crew or as a camper let me know, I’d love to meet you!

BoathouseandBeaches_1920x864.jpg

(This photo belongs to YoungLife’s Saranac Village website but please look how pretty it is!)

     Speaking of YoungLife, I spent the weekend of April 27th through 29th serving at YoungLife’s camp in Brevard, NC, Carolina Point, for Family Camp Weekend.  This was my second time participating in my area’s Work Crew Weekend at Carolina Point (read my post about last year’s here) and the trip was just as fun as last year.  Even though the work is exhausting it’s so worth it.  Serving for the weekend made me so excited to serve at Saranac for a whole month!

4D575A27-77BD-459A-BAB5-8EC9863E0C81.jpg

43652516-FC32-45F5-867E-662DE6DCDC6A.jpg

     Last, and probably least interestingly, I’m finally through with my AP course load!  Yesterday I took my last AP exam and I could not be more relieved that they’re all over with.  In case you’re curious, I took AP English III (Lang), AP Environmental Science, and AP U.S. History this year.  Junior year has been a tough one for sure but the end is near!  Since my schedule includes three AP classes and a study hall, the only exams I’ll have to take during my school’s actual exam week are Spanish III (my last high school Spanish!), Pre-Calculus, and Yearbook (which is really just a grade we receive for spending the long period actually working ahead on next year’s book).  I’m relieved that now I can channel all of my energy into Pre-Cal because our current content needs all the focus I can give it!

Thanks for reading!  Consider yourself filled in on my life.

Screen Shot 2017-05-20 at 7.53.30 PM

Three Trends, One Dress

     Experimenting with trends has become one of my favorite fashion activities, but why stop at trying out just one?  Today I’m sharing an adorable dress that incorporates three of my current favorite trends; an off the shoulder neckline, embroidery, and bell sleeves!  This dress was recently sent to me by a new online boutique called Violet Skye, so be sure to check them out!  I hope you love the way I styled the dress.  Enjoy!

     Before I start talking about this look, I just want to say that I am so beyond impressed with the quality of this dress.  It’s super soft and comfortable, has an elastic band in the top to prevent slipping (aka the biggest downfalls of off the shoulder pieces), and has the cutest details including embroidery and fringe!  I’m also obsessed with the color; this bright indigo is perfect for spring and summer!  Be sure to check out Violet Skye Boutique here for more fun pieces this season!  Between the fun hue and elaborate embroidery, the dress makes enough of a statement on its own, so I opted for simple jewelry including my pearl hoops, Kendra Scott necklace, MantraBand, cross cuff, and some dainty rings.  The gold wiry layered ring you’ll notice you haven’t seen me wear before is a new favorite of mine from Milk & Honey Market!  Milk & Honey Market was introduced to me by one of my YoungLife leaders and is a neat site that allows you to shop several small jewelry brands that provide safe jobs to women in areas where trafficking is common.  Read more about Milk & Honey Market here!   To dress up the look a bit, I chose a neutral pair of block heels.

dress // heels // earrings (similar) // necklace // MantraBand // cross bracelet // rose gold ring // gold stacked rings // gold layered ring

Thanks for reading!

Screen Shot 2017-05-20 at 7.53.30 PM

The dress from Violet Skye Boutique 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.