Two Year Blogiversary

Today I’d like to share something sort of special with you all.  While I have prewritten this post to go up while I’m at YoungLife camp, this specific date is so special to me and I want y’all to know that.  May 31st is the anniversary, “blogiversary” if you will, of this blog, and today marks two years.  It’s so crazy to think that it’s been two years since I decided to make my own blog and it’s even crazier to look at how far it, and I, have come.

Two years ago, I was leaving middle school with a big love for Lilly Pulitzer and monograms (which has since decreased a little), passion for writing and style (that definitely hasn’t changed), and some outfit photos taken on my iPhone 5s (boy am I glad that has changed).  I had no idea what I was getting into and if you told me then that I would become an ambassador for Jadelynn Brooke, own a DSLR camera, have over three thousand Instagram followers, make travel videos, and write a total of 111 blog posts in the next two years, I would’ve thought you had the wrong Faith.  I didn’t realize the commitment that having a successful blog entailed nor did I realize how much fun it had the potential to be.

As a person I have shifted from large obsessions with material possessions to grasping onto experiences, whether it’s a concert, trip, or night at YoungLife club.  As my relationship with Christ grew, I decided to use this platform as a place to share God’s love every once in a while and I think that’s one of the best decisions I could have made for this blog.  I have begun living a life of adventure with God and I have never been happier.  I hope you can see this through some of what I write, as that has become my one of my greatest missions.

A year ago, I was almost somewhat ashamed of this blog.  I was teased for my blog all through freshman year which wore down my motivation for blogging and ultimately led to me taking a long hiatus.  Before sophomore year began, I decided I wanted to own up to this creative space I had made and make it something to be proud of.  I reread and edited all of my old posts, adjusted and reorganized my site, and began posting regularly again.  I invested in a blog domain and renamed my site A Pocketful of Faith to expand the blog and leave the name I was teased about for a year.  I came to realize that this is something I love, something worth fighting for.  This blog has illuminated my passion for style, writing, photography, and God’s love.  It has helped me realize what I want to do with my life and with my future.

Thank you so so much for your support in this blog, whether you’ve been following me from the very start or you’re reading it for the first time today.  It means the absolute world to me that you take time out of your day to read the things I have to say and look at what I’m wearing.  That’s still so surreal to me.  I appreciate you all more than you could ever know and your comments, direct messages, likes, participation in livestreams, and emails never fail to brighten my day.

I love you all so very much.  Please come back tomorrow for a new outfit post!

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My 16 Favorite Blogs of 2016

If you follow multiple blogs, you’ve probably seen a number of “Links I Love” posts or something of the sort where bloggers share their favorite blogs with their readers.  I’ve always thought about it, but have never gotten around to writing a post like that.  Today, in honor of approaching the end of the year, I thought I would share sixteen of my favorite blogs of 2016.  These blogs are run by young women in whom I see class, kindness, ambition, and style in and I am so happy to share the works of these lovely ladies with you all.  It is my pleasure to have acquaintances with a few of these girls and I have truly loved getting to know them through collaborations, giveaways, and snail mail throughout 2016.  Without further adieu, here are my sixteen favorite blogs of 2016!

  1. A Sunny State of Mind – Meg is a high school blogger I’ve read from and collaborated with and I have to say I just can’t get enough.  She’s so sweet and all of her posts on her blog and Instagram are just plain adorable.  Her style started as “preppy” but has definitely evolved and I love it.
  2. The Road Les Traveled – If you’re looking for a blogger that will give you a serious case of wanderlust, Lesley Murphy will fulfill your need.  Not only does she get to travel 24/7, have the cutest closet, and is absolutely drop dead gorgeous, she was also on season 17 of The Bachelor.  Cool, huh?
  3. Belleoftheball45 – Abby is one of the bloggers that made me want to start my own blog.  Her style is classic New England prep and her blog is so well done!  She’s worked with a ton of companies including Vineyard Vines, KJP, and Jadelynn Brooke.
  4. Lonestar Southern – Kate is a fashion blogger from Texas and her style is seriously my favorite.  She follows trends but always stays modest and classy which I love!  I also follow her on Snapchat and her Southern accent is the cutest.
  5. Classy Girls Wear Pearls – Sarah Vickers, better known as the wife of KJP, has one of the oldest preppy blogs and has been an inspiration to each of the newer preppy bloggers in some shape or form.  She’s such a classy woman and her relationship with Kiel is actual goals.
  6. Navy Striped Peonies – Paulina is a high school senior from New England.  Her style is also best described as classic New England prep, much like that of Abby and Sarah Vickers who are described above.  Paulina began her blog just a few months before I started mine and I’ve always loved reading her posts.  She has made stickers and sent them out to readers and I was so happy to receive one (little fangirl moment haha!)
  7. The College Prepster – Carly Heitlinger is one of the first bloggers I ever followed and I have loved every post she’s written from the start.  Her super chic, classy Kate Spade-esque style and constant travel into New York City never fails to draw me in.  I also love watching Carly’s vlogs, she has the cutest dogs named Theodore and Hamilton (are those not the cutest dog names you’ve ever heard??)
  8. I Believe in Pink –  Amy is a college senior at the University of Richmond as well as a life, style, and travel blogger.  Her style is similar to Kate (from Lonestar Southern, mentioned above) in its class and simultaneous trendiness.  Her bright smile and fun style radiates in my Instagram feed and her blog posts are some of my favorites!
  9. Lucky Day – Shelby Revis is a Lilly lover and Disney parks pass holder located in Florida.  Her blog posts are typically fashion or Disney related, which are two things I adore!  Her younger sister, Bailey, has an Etsy shop called SailBows (I’m pretty sure Shelby c0-owns it) in which she sells “preppy park ears” (the original Lilly Pulitzer mouse ears,) which honestly totally describe them both.
  10. Kelly in the City – Kelly Larkin is a preppy Chicago blogger who is often seen in a Lilly Pulitzer shift or a Barbour jacket.  She’s married and this year she had the most beautiful baby girl named Emma!  Emma has already made appearances on her mother’s blog and adds to the love I already had for Kelly’s blog posts.
  11. Preppy NYC – You might recognize this name from a couple collaborative posts I’ve done this year (here and here.)  Fiona is a super sweet friend that I’ve made through blogging who lives in New York and travels yearly to Nantucket (I’m so jealous.)  She, like a few other bloggers I’ve mentioned, has a classic New England style and I love it!
  12. Live the Prep Life – Brooke is another friend I’ve made through blogging who is located in Texas.  She’s so sweet and her style is what I would describe as Southern prep, consisting of Lilly shorts, Lauren James dresses, and things of that sort.  Her blog reminds me of mine when I first started in summer of 2015 and I love reading her posts!
  13. Daily Dose of Prep – Lucy, who goes to James Madison University in Virginia, is preppy life and style blogger from Richmond, VA.  I love her sense of style and when she is home from college she works at the Lilly store in her local mall (job goals!)  She is also a rep for KJP (the brand owned by Sarah Vickers, listed above, and her husband Kiel,) which I think is super cool.
  14. XOXO Allison Nicole – Allison Nicole is a college student at the University of Kansas who runs a lifestyle blog with the occasional fashion post.  What I really love about this blog is how authentic and incredibly herself Allison Nicole seems to be.  Read a few of her posts and you’ll see she seems so fun and spirited!
  15. Preppy Life Texas – This blog is run by three super sweet middle school girls I have met through the Jadelynn Brooke ambassador program; Mackenzie, Gabrielle, and Avery.  Mackenzie and Avery are twins, and Gabrielle completes their best friend group.  Their blog is absolutely adorable and I can’t wait to read more of their posts as their blog grows!
  16. Classic Katie – Katie is a preppy blogger from the Richmond area with a super classy style.  It’s not at all rare to see her blog and YouTube channel feature pieces from Lilly Pulitzer and Vineyard Vines.

Thanks for reading!  I hope you check out some of these blogs and enjoy them as much as I do!

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