Scripture Sunday Vol. 27

     Happy Sunday!  I hope you’re having a wonderful weekend!  Today I’m sharing another “Scripture Sunday” post.  In these posts, I pick a little piece of Scripture to break down for y’all and relate to my (and hopefully also your) life.  If Christianity-related posts aren’t really your thing (no hard feelings!) feel free to continue scrolling through my blog, I hope you find something else you like!  I really adore the verses I’m sharing today, to me they’re all about comparison and they’re something I really needed to read this past week.  I hope they hit you with the same positivity in which they hit me!  Enjoy!

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Today’s Verses:

Romans 12:4-6; For as in one body we have many members, and the members do not all have the same function, so we, though many, are one body in Christ, and individually members one of another.  Having gifts that differ according to the grace given to us, let us use them.

     As a teenage girl, I’ll be the first person to admit I compare myself to others all the time.  Thought such as “I wish I had her closet,” “I’d love to have her hair,” and “Why can’t I have her GPA?” fill my mind all day long.  It’s so easy to forget the fact that we’re not all the same, and we shouldn’t be.  It’s also easy to forget that there are probably aspects of our own lives that this “perfect she” wishes she had too.

     The really important thing about our differences that I think we don’t remember often enough is that God gave us all certain gifts for His specific purposes.  Recently I’ve been reading Romans, one of my favorite books in the Bible thus far, and within Romans 12 I found a few verses that painted such a perfect picture of His purpose for our differences.  Verse four says “For as in one body we have many members, and the members do not all have the same function.”  When I read this I really had to stop and think.  We, as humans, are like a human body, each part with a different function.  Only two arms are needed, so why would God have made us all arms instead of creating eyes, a nose, ears, and fingers?  Each part of the body is so incredibly useful and truly a miracle of God’s, even though they’re not all the same.  We are created the same way, to be different and useful and miraculous.

     In verse five the sentence continues to say “so we, though many, are one body in Christ, and individually members one of another.”  All of our many varying talents, interests, and thought processes are part of Christ’s body and have a purpose in serving Him and spreading His love as a unit.  Verse six says “Having gifts that differ according to the grace given to us, let us use them.”  God thought through each and every one of our lives and by His grace gave us gifts that we specifically would be able to use.  The end of the verse, “let us use them,” is one of my favorite parts of this little chunk of goodness.  Let us stop dwelling on our desires for other gifts, but use the ones God blessed us with and trust that He must have had a pretty good reason to give them to us.

     This week, catch yourself in your comparisons and remind yourself that God doesn’t compare you to anyone.  Recognize your own beauty and see the wonders of your own being instead of yearning for those of others.  Consider the fact that, like an arm and an eye, you are special and were created for a unique purpose of His.

Thanks for reading!  Have a blessed week!

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Valentine’s Day Gifts for Your Girl Gang

     Happy February!  As Valentine’s Day approaches, I’m always reminded that I’m not in a relationship.  However, in recent years I’ve discovered Galentine’s Day.  “What on earth is Galentine’s Day?” you’re probably wondering.  Well, this is when us single ladies choose to hang out with our best (often also single) friends instead of dwelling on our loneliness with chocolates our moms (or we) bought us and a chick flick on the Netflix queue.  I personally love this sassy, female-empowering take on the mushy holiday and see it as an awesome opportunity to treat your closest gal pals to a little something special!  Instead of pretending I know what you should get your boyfriend for Valentine’s Day (like I did here last year), this year I’m sharing ten Valentine’s Day gift ideas for your girl gang.  Each item shown and numbered in the graphic below is named, linked, priced, and described under the graphic next to its corresponding number.  I hope you love this post and find something fun to celebrate the close relationships you’ve formed with your best friends!

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  1. Target West Emory “XOXO” Ceramic Mug ($9.99) – If this mug isn’t a perfect Galentine’s Day gift I don’t know what is.  Yes, it carries the pink “XOXO” Valentine’s Day theme, but thanks to Gossip Girl we know the chic sign off phrase lives past the most romantic holiday of the year, making this adorable pink and gold mug perfect for everyday use.
  2. Glossier Balm Dotcom ($12.00) – While I can’t say I’ve tried Glossier’s products, I have heard a lot about them.  These balms are supposed to double for both lips and skin but come in a variety of tints, flavors, and shimmer qualities including original, birthday, rose (pictured), mint, and coconut, for more specific uses.  These are $12.00 each but you can also save by buying three for $30.00!
  3. Target Striped Heart Valentine’s Day Socks ($4.00) – As lame as socks might sound, I think we all love to receive socks for any occasion.  This festive gold, pink, and white pair would be so perfect to give for Valentine’s Day and their minuscule price makes them an easy gift to give to a group.
  4. Glamglow #Multimasking Mask Treatment Set ($39.00) – Nothing says “I love you and you deserve a break” like a face mask, so why not give your favorite stressed girl Glamglow’s set of bestselling face masks?  I haven’t tried Glamglow’s face masks but my favorite influencers (like Dani Austin) rave about them!
  5. Baublebar Gabriela Stud Fringe Drops in Rose Gold ($48.00) – Please, try to tell me these aren’t the prettiest tassel earrings you’ve seen yet.  I’m waiting!  These gorgeous statement earrings would go with everything thanks to their metallic rose gold coloring but would also steal the show in any outfit with their shimmer.
  6. Bath and Body Works Pink Prosecco 3-Wick Candle ($24.50) – Aside from having the prettiest pink and red print on the outside of the jar, any Bath and Body Works candle is guaranteed to smell delightful.
  7. Kate Spade Yours Truly Pave Heart Studs ($48.00) – These adorable heart shaped rose gold pave studs will definitely get tons of wear!  Their simplicity and sparkle are sure to bring a smile to any girl’s face.
  8. Kendra Scott Rose Gold Drusy Nail Lacquer ($18.00) – I don’t know about you, but personally I never like to spend money on my own nail polish, so receiving a nice nail polish like this rose gold drusy nail lacquer from Kendra Scott would be so appreciated.  Kendra Scott also offers 15% off when you buy two of their nail lacquers at a time and 20% off when you buy three (perfect for buying for your entire clique)!
  9. Urban Outfitters Pucker Up Charm Necklace ($10.00) – Another item that hints at Valentine’s Day but not enough that its wear is limited, this adorable and dainty Urban Outfitters necklace with a kiss charm!  It comes in both gold and rose gold, so you have options if your gal pals have metal color preferences (most girls definitely do).  I think these necklaces would be perfect to wear everyday and can totally see a group of best friends matching in them 24/7.
  10. “She Believed She Could, So She Did” MantraBand ($35.00) – Ah, the ultimate cliché girl power phrase (although I’ve got to admit the quote has gained its popularity for a good reason!).  This simple, motivational gold cuff goes with just about everything (I have it and wear it every single day) but it also comes in silver, rose gold, and moon gray!

Thanks for reading!

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Five Favorites; January 2018

     As January comes to a close, I thought it would be fun to share a few of my favorite things from this month with y’all!  I’m hoping this monthly favorite ordeal, which I’m calling “Five Favorites,” will become a monthly series!  I thought five would be a good number to stick to because such a small number indicates a legitimate significance of each item.  This post includes not only fashion pieces, but also some random things that I’ve found myself using (and loving) a ton this month.  I think you might love some of these items just as much as I do!  Enjoy!

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  1. J.Crew Pearl Hoop Earrings – A friend gave these pretty earrings to me for Christmas and I’ve worn them nonstop since opening them!  I love the simplicity of a gold hoop but the pearls add such a trendy yet classic twist.  These match just about everything and I know I’m going to continue wearing them for months and months to come.
  2. UGG Cas Slip-On Sneakers – One change I’ve definitely noticed in my personal style over the past year or so has been my sudden love of chic sneakers.  This pair has quickly joined the ranks of my most worn shoes thanks to their oh so versatile color and comfort!  See one of my favorite ways to style them in this post from earlier this month.
  3. Khalid’s American Teen 2XLP – Another favorite Christmas gift of mine was a Crosley record player, and I only had it for a few days before I ordered Khalid’s album, American Teen, on vinyl.  I absolutely adore this album, my current favorites including “Hopeless,” “Another Sad Love Song,” and “8teen.”  I know y’all hear enough about my music taste in my monthly playlist posts, but there’s something so special about physically putting a record on and listening to an album on vinyl, and I know I’ve felt that with American Teen.
  4. Bath & Body Works Campfire Donut 3-Wick Candle – To say my friends know me too well would be an understatement.  I received several candles from friends this past Christmas and this “Campfire Donut” scent has to be my favorite that I’ve burned so far!  I’ve always been a fan of sweet, bakery-esque scents and this one is certainly filling the role for me right now.
  5. Sam Edelman Paloma Over the Knee Boot – After searching for the perfect black over the knee boot for ages I finally got this pair to wear to my best friend’s birthday dinner and I’m so glad I did!  This pair has the perfect low heel and tie behind the knee for width adjustments.  I love the fun touch they add to a winter outfit! (Limited sizes left, super similar styles linked here and here in a few more sizes!)

Thanks for reading!  What have you been loving this month?

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An Outfit Inspired by Kelly Larkin of Kelly in the City

     Today I’m sharing another installment in my “An Outfit Inspired by…” series!  This look mimics the style of one of my all-time favorite style bloggers, Kelly Larkin.  In my “An Outfit Inspired by…” posts, I tell y’all about one of my favorite influencers then share an outfit inspired by them that I came up with in my own closet.  If you’d like to read some of my previous posts in this series, you can find them here.  Enjoy!

     Kelly Larkin is a wife, mother, and blogger who moved from New York City to Chicago in 2014.  She’s had her blog, Kelly in the City, since 2013 and also has a 70,800 follower Instagram, @kellyinthecity, where she frequently posts photos of her outfits and family, as well as a 7,120 follower Pinterest, @kellyinthecity.  She’s been married to her husband, Mitch, for a few years and had the most adorable daughter, Emma, in 2016.  Given that she lives in Chicago, a city known for being windy and cold, Kelly’s style is warm and preppy chic, often including lots of plaids, pastels, bright prints, sparkles, and stripes.

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(The images above are from the Kelly in the City blog and belong to Kelly.  Their respective posts are linked within the images!)

     The first piece I knew I had to include in my outfit inspired by Kelly was my pink coat.  Coats are a must for Kelly in the cold Chicago weather and she’s not one to shy away from wearing them in fun colors like this pale pink!  Kelly loves a classy cable knit, so I thought my favorite white knit sweater could serve as a Kelly-esque top.  I opted for grey jeans to keep the look light and wore some fun leopard flats, as I’ve seen Kelly incorporate leopard flats into her daily looks several times.  Kelly keeps her jewelry pretty simple and preppy, so I stuck to some pearl earrings, a gold monogram necklace, and my Kate Spade watch.

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sweater // coat (similar) // grey jeans // flats (similar) // monogram necklace // fake pearl earrings (I don’t even try to keep real pearls anymore because I lose them constantly.  Anyone else?) // watch (similar) // rose gold ring // gold stacked rings

Thanks for reading!  Who would you like to see me create an outfit inspired by next?

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DIY Faux Calligraphy

     A few years ago I began playing with faux calligraphy.  “Why does she call it ‘faux’ calligraphy?” you might be wondering.  I refer to my calligraphy as faux calligraphy because while it often looks like the real thing, I don’t use a legitimate calligraphy pen.  As a matter of fact, I don’t use any fancy supplies at all!  Since I began posting biweekly “Scripture Sunday” posts around this time last year, I’ve received several questions about how I write that way and a few requests to write a post explaining it so today I’m finally getting around to doing just that!  Before I get started I’d like to reference my friend Meg’s post from 2015 which is where I first found my bearings in the realm of faux calligraphy.  I’ve narrowed my process down to four simple steps, but before we get started you need two things: a piece of paper and a writing utensil of any kind, I’ve used wooden pencils, Sharpies, ballpoint pens, Crayola markers, and just about everything else.  Truly anything goes!

Step #1: Write your words in cursive.

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     Believe it or not, this step is probably the hardest of all.  Your cursive doesn’t have to be spectacular for the calligraphy to turn out well, but putting thought into each letter certainly doesn’t hurt.  As you improve your calligraphy over time you might begin to add extra curls to the ends of words and things of that sort, but I decided to keep it simple for the sake of this post.  I typically wait until the end to dot my i’s and cross my t’s but if you choose to do so now that’s totally fine.

Step #2: Create blocks on the parts of each letter in which your hand makes a downward motion when writing.

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     This might sound confusing but it’s very easy!  Think about where in each letter your hand made a downward motion and use another line to thicken that part(s) of the letter as shown above.  Creating this little block area on each letter before doing the next step will keep your words looking clean and elegant!

Step #3: Fill in the block spaces with your pen or pencil.

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     This is the fun part!  Now you get to fill in the spaces you just created as if you’re using a coloring book.  Being meticulous in this step will work in your favor because coloring outside your lines can result in sloppy letters.

Step #4: Dot your I’s and cross your T’s.

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     You’re almost done!  Now just go back and dot your i’s and cross your t’s.  I typically make the lines on my t’s somewhat wavy as shown above to add an elegant touch but that’s just a matter of opinion.

     Doesn’t your phrase look pretty?  The best part about faux calligraphy is that the more you do it, the better it will look.  My lettering has improved over years of doodles on algebra notes and in my Bible journal.  I love making my friends birthday and Christmas cards in this faux calligraphy!  As you now understand, this process is so easy but it looks beautiful and everyone assumes it takes some type of immense talent.

Thanks for reading!  Enjoy your new “calligraphy” skills!

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Jadelynn Brooke Pom Pom Hoodie

     Being a high school ambassador for Jadelynn Brooke for the past two years has been a ton of fun (read about my experience my first school year as an ambassador here), almost as fun as the sweet ladies’ designs!  Today I’m sharing an outfit featuring one of my all time favorite Jadelynn Brooke products.  This piece is one of the cutest and coziest things I’ve ever worn, and I’m beyond tempted to wear it all winter long.  Enjoy!

     The Jadelynn Brooke pom pom hoodie’s super soft material and relaxed oversized fit make it just as comfortable as it is adorable with its pom pom drawstrings, drop tail hemline, and pockets (yes, pockets!).  You can use my code “FLHS” for 15% off this pullover or any other purchase at Jadelynn Brooke!  In this outfit I paired the hoodie with dark wash jeans for a cute and casual look.  To complete the ensemble, I slipped on my recent favorite sneakers from Ugg, which match just about anything with their neutral brown suede!  I opted for some simple jewelry, including a couple dainty necklaces, some Sashka Co. bracelets, thin hoop earrings, and my gold Kate Spade watch, to match the hoodie’s casual appearance.

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hoodie (15% off with my code “FLHS”) // jeans // sneakers (updated version of mine) // pendant necklace // bar necklace (similar) // hoop earrings // watch (similar) // white and gold beaded bracelets (here and here) // MantraBand // cross bracelet // rose gold ring // gold stacked rings

Thanks for reading!

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The hoodie from Jadelynn Brooke 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.