December Playlist 2018

     December is without a doubt my favorite month of the year.  I’m forever obsessed with the twinkle lights, Christmas songs, and ice skating rinks.  Today I’m sharing my December playlist, which includes a couple Christmas songs along with my usual mix of electronic, alternative, rap, and worship songs.  My favorite song right now is “Wylin'” by Always Never, but I’ve also been especially loving “God Be” by Chris Renzema and the incredible retake of “All I Want for Christmas Is You” by Cappa.  Enjoy!

December Playlist


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

Wylin’ // All I Want for Christmas Is You // Sunflower (Spider-Man Into the Spider-Verse) // Superposition // Peach // God Be // You Make My Dreams // Three Words Away // Be Like You // Life In Color // Touch of Heaven (Reimagined) // Drummer Boy // Close To Me // The One // Sleepless Nights

Thanks for reading!  What’s your favorite song right now?

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My Christmas Wishlist 2018

     Christmas is by far my favorite holiday, and Christmas blog posts are some of my favorite to write!  I’m starting my Christmas series this year as I typically do, with my Christmas wishlist!  As I’ve always said, I’m posting this list mainly to give y’all ideas because I know what it’s like to be stumped on what to ask for, not because I’m asking for all of this or expecting to receive any of it for that matter.  I can’t wait to start sharing gift guides so y’all can get some ideas as to what to buy for your friends!  Please shoot me a direct message on Instagram @apocketfuloffaith telling me what type of girl (or guy) you’d like to see gift recommendations for!  Without further adieu, here’s my first Christmas post of the season.  Enjoy!

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  1. Converse One Star Platform Suede Low Top Sneakers in “Mercury Grey” – I wear my black Vans, brown UGG slip-ons, and gold high top Converse sneakers nonstop, but I think it’s time I get a new pair of sneakers.  I don’t have any platforms so I think these taupe suede platform sneakers would be an awesome addition to my closet!  They’re a great neutral color that I know will match so much and I think the platform is such a fun, trendy touch.
  2. Madewell Glitter Shapes Statement Earrings in “Gold Glitter” – I love all of Madewell’s funky shape earrings and these have to be my favorite that I’ve ever seen.  The gold glitter is eye-catching and fun, yet they’ll match a ton.
  3. Kendra Scott Custom Gold Danielle Earrings in “Green” – I have the Kendra Scott Danielle earrings in two colors already, and as much as I love them I think I might just need them in my college colors too.  This green and gold combo would be perfect for Baylor gameday!
  4. New Balance 574 Floral Sneakers in “Sea Salt with Gold” – I’ve worn my white and gold New Balance x J.Crew sneakers out since I bought them sophomore year, and I think these would be a really fun replacement.  I love the gold floral embroidery around the heel, it’s a really unique detail for a sneaker!
  5. lululemon Hotty Hot Short II 2.5″ in “Figue/Rose Blush” – I’ve wanted a pair of lululemon shorts for a while, they’re just so expensive!  If I were to get a pair I’d love this pink pair, I think they’re such a neat color and I can see myself wearing them a lot.
  6. LANY’s Malibu Nights Limited LP – I love using the record player I got for Christmas last year and I’ve been obsessed with LANY’s newest songs for several months now, so I know this record would be a good investment!
  7. Urban Outfitters Out From Under Jojo Oversized Thermal Button-Front Top in “Neutral Multi” – I’ve been eyeing these button-down tops for almost a year and I want one so badly!  They look so comfortable and I can already see myself styling them so many ways.  I love the colors of this striped variant so I think it’d be a good one to start with!
  8. Hydro Flask 32 oz. Wide Mouth Bottle in “Lemon” – I’ve been wanting a new water bottle that will last a long time and keep my drinks cold and since being on Work Crew and hearing several of my friends there rave about theirs, I’ve decided that a Hydro Flask would be the perfect fit.  I want the 32 oz. because I drink a ton of water and I love the yellow because it’s a happy color plus yellow/gold is one of Baylor’s colors (sic ’em!).
  9. James Avery Horizon Cross Necklace in “Sterling Silver” – I love simple jewelry that can be worn with anything and I don’t have a cross necklace, so I think this necklace would be perfect.  I love the way the cross falls more to one side than the other, I just think this piece is so dainty and feminine!
  10. Patagonia Women’s Diamond Capra Fleece Hoody in “Century Pink” – If you’ve heard of the popular Melanzana pullovers, you probably also know that they’re currently only sold where they’re made in Colorado.  I think this might just be the most similar pullover I’ve seen and I’m obsessed with it!  I love the unique fabric pattern and I just adore this color!  This would be an awesome pullover to have just to throw on before class when I head to college next fall.

Thanks for reading!  I hope you can use my wishlist for inspiration when making your own.  If you’re interested in reading Christmas posts from previous years find them here, and if you’d like to specifically read previous Christmas wishlists find them here.

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Five Favorites; November 2018

     Pretty funny how I meant to write these posts every month this year and thought five items would be easy to come up with.  Anywho, this is my ninth “Five Favorites” post, so if you’re interested in reading my favorites from previous months you can find them here!  This month’s list includes three fashion pieces I’ve been loving lately along with a devotional and album.  Enjoy!

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  1. New Balance Heat Down 500D Jacket in Black – This isn’t the exact jacket I have, but it’s the most similar one I could find online.  I recently picked up a variation of this jacket (mine doesn’t have the hood) at my local Marshalls for just $30!  I love the simple black quilting and I think it’s the perfect winter jacket to throw on over a cute top and jeans or even a tee shirt and leggings.  Not to mention, even at the original price it’s still cheaper than the similar Patagonia black quilted jacket I’ve been seeing around lately.
  2. Old Navy Mid-Rise Micro-Flare Jeans – I’d been dying to try the flare jean trend for months now and these did not disappoint!  I seriously love the way these fit, so flattering and they’re under $40!
  3. Jesus Calling devotional – My friend gave this devotional to me as a birthday gift in 2017 and while I’ve been reading it for most of the year I’ve been extra obsessed lately.  I do my best to read Jesus Calling every morning before school and it makes such a difference in my mindset throughout the day.  It somehow always says exactly what I need to hear.
  4. Chan Luu Leopard Print Neckerchief – I purchased this neckerchief at the store I work at a couple months ago and I’ve been wearing it a ton lately (see it styled in this post).  I love putting my hair half up and tying the neckerchief over the elastic or just tying it around my neck with a basic top or sweater!
  5. Sleeping With Roses II album by Chelsea Cutler – I thought I’d never love anything by Chelsea Cutler more than Sleeping With Roses, but then she dropped a part two.  I’m obsessed with the tracks “AF1s,” “Three Words Away,” and “Cold Showers.”

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Yellow Surplice Sweater

     One random fun fact about my fall wardrobe is that I only have a few long sleeve tops, but I have a ton of sweaters.  For some reason, and that reason is not just cool weather, I gravitate towards sweaters.  The structure of the look I’m sharing today is one that you’re likely to find me wearing any given day between October and February.  Today’s particular variant of my go-to sweater-jean-and-bootie combo includes one of my new favorite sweaters.  Enjoy!

     I won’t lie, I’ve been extra drawn to yellow/gold and green ever since I got into Baylor.  I found this yellow surplice sweater at my local Marshalls and between the pretty fall color and soft material, I knew I had to buy it!  Because the sweater is a surplice style, I’m always sure to wear a tank underneath.  For this look, I paired the sweater with a pair of dark wash jeans, which I cuffed above a pair of TOMS booties.  I love these booties because they bring so many bright, fun colors to a look, including the purple that I also incorporated through my stacked purple tassel earrings.  As for the rest of my jewelry, I kept it simple with my plain gold rings and Kendra Scott Elisa pendent necklace in white pearl.

sweater (similar here and here) // jeans // booties (similar) // earrings (similar) // necklace // rose gold ring // gold stacked rings

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November Playlist 2018

     I’m not sure if this is my latest monthly playlist post ever but I’m sure it’s pretty close (oops).  I thought about saving this playlist for December but I’ve just found so much good music lately I needed to share it all!  I promise the December playlist is coming in a more timely manner though (December 5th to be exact).  Lately I’ve been obsessed with “So Will I (100 Billion X),” and yes, I know I’m super late to that party.  I’ve also been loving Chelsea Cutler’s new album, “Sleeping With Roses II,” and several songs by Maggie Rogers, especially “Light On.”  Okay, okay, let’s get to the playlist!  Enjoy!

November Playlist

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So Will I (100 Billion X) // When We Were Young // Thick and Thin // AF1s // Sunflower // Light On // Consideration // Again // thank u, next // Nothing I Hold on to (Live) // Beach House // Grown Up // Dreams // Wake Up in the Sky // Falling for U

Thanks for reading!  What’s your favorite song right now?

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Scripture Sunday Vol. 41

     Good morning and happy Sunday!  I feel like it’s been ages since my last “Scripture Sunday” post, and for that I’m so sorry.  Writing these posts is truly my favorite thing about this blog, I love having a platform to share the things God is teaching me.  Today I’m finally sharing a new installment in this Scripture study series and I’m excited for you to read it!  This verse has been so significant for me lately as I hold myself to a standard that I often fall short of.  Enjoy!

Today’s Verses:

Ephesians 2:8-9; For by grace you have been saved through faith. And this is not your own doing; it is the gift of God, not a result of works, so that no one may boast.

     Growing up in two households of families that go to church every Sunday, attending the 10:00am service each week feels like more than a routine, it’s part of who I am.  Even when we’re out of town, we often go to a relative’s church.  Missing a service, while this has never been explicitly said by anyone in my family, makes me feel as though I’m falling short in my faith.  Just last week I spent the night at a friend’s house with plans of going to church in the morning, but I overslept.  I beat myself up over missing church all day, even though I attended a Bible study that evening.  When I miss church, wake up late and don’t have time to read my Bible in the morning before school, or even skip weeks of writing these “Scripture Sunday” posts, I feel like a failure.

     The truth is, I’m falling short in more ways than just missing religious activities, we all are.  Whether it’s a white lie, falling into temptation in a high school relationship, or stealing something at the grocery store, sin invades our lives constantly.  We’re affected by sin every day, and if it’s not our own sin it’s the sin of someone around us.  We can easily see the brokenness in the world, from divorce to mass shootings.  So if we’re all constantly missing the mark, how are we ever supposed to be deserving of heaven?

     We aren’t.  The cool thing about Christianity is that our God isn’t tallying our good and bad actions to determine whether or not we’ve won the game of life and earned a spot in heaven, He’s wrapped up the gift and has His arm outstretched towards us.  All we have to do is accept it and begin to live a life affected by that choice, believing that it makes a difference.  Recently I’ve been loving Ephesians 2:8-9, which says “For by grace you have been saved through faith. And this is not your own doing; it is the gift of God, not a result of works, so that no one may boast.”

     Grace was defined to me by a YoungLife leader at camp a few years ago as “something the giver knows we don’t deserve, but gives us anyways.”  This definition was followed by the example of baking someone a cake after they punch you.  The “cake,” or gift of eternal life, is given to us by God even though we “punch Him,” or lie and skip church and cheat every day.  All of our sinful acts are like a slap in the face, but His hand never flinches, still outstretched for us.  No one, not Mother Theresa or your saint of a childhood Sunday school teacher, really deserves what He gives us, but that’s kind of the point.

    How crazy is it to think of baking someone a cake after they hit you?  No, not one of those cakes with something sarcastic and vicious iced on top, but the best cake you’ve ever baked.  Imagining receiving that from God is such a vivid picture to me of how recklessly He loves us.  I’m so reassured knowing that there’s nothing in my life I’ve done or will do to earn His love and the eternal life He gives.  What’s important is that I’m trying.  What’s more important is that He still gives eternal love and life to the full regardless of how many times I mess up.  Remember this when you’re beating yourself up for a comment that came out ruder than you meant for it to or when you sleep through your church service.

Thanks for reading!  Have a blessed week!