Blue & Billowy

     There’s something about a piece from a boutique that just makes it special, especially if that boutique is out of town.  The look I’m sharing today features one of my all time favorite tops – one I purchased from a boutique in my favorite beach town in Texas last year.  The great thing about boutiques is that it’s hard to find any one piece anywhere else, making it unique (and hard to link on the blog – sorry to tell y’all the top I’m linking today is not so similar to the one I’m wearing).  Finding creative ways to style unique pieces is strangely one of my favorite things to do, but today’s ensemble is a little more simple.  Enjoy!

     The cut of this top is so unique – I guess it’s technically a poncho, but the soft fabric is super flowy and yet somehow a little flattering at the same time.  Since the top is almost a denim blue color itself, I like to pair it with other dyes, like these grey jeans.  The shirt’s free spirited aura made for a perfect opportunity to wear my key necklace and some other fun jewelry like my star earrings.  I haven’t had the heart to part with my friendship bracelets from the summer, but I’ve kept on my MantraBand, cross bracelet, and simple rings as usual.  As far as shoes go, I opted for my gold Jack Rogers sandals to give the look a polished finish.

top (similar) // grey jeans // sandals // earrings (similar) // necklace (similar) // watch // MantraBand // cross bracelet // personalized beaded bracelet // rose gold ring // gold stacked rings

Thanks for reading!

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Victory Vibes in Jadelynn Brooke

     Ah, game day.  No matter who you’re rooting for, choosing an outfit is almost as fun as the game itself (maybe that’s just me?).  Some school colors can be harder to find than others, but luckily Jadelynn Brooke has us covered with some adorable football themed tees!  Today I’m sharing a cute and comfy look featuring their “Victory Vibes” long sleeve tee as well as one of their game day bags, which you can purchase 15% off with my code “FLHS”!  Enjoy!

     I adore this tee not only because it has the sweetest little phrase across the front, but also because the sleeve details (jersey stripes and footballs!) and super soft material make it both cute and comfortable.  Not to mention, the simple grey, black, and white color scheme makes it perfect for almost any school.  I dressed up the tee with a denim skirt but kept my feet comfy in my black Vans sneakers because we all know how much we’re on our feet during, before, and after games!  I accessorized with my favorite Kendra Scott Danielle earrings, a few white and gold bracelets, my gold Kate Spade watch, and one of Jadelynn Brooke’s stadium approved game day bags.  I especially love this crossbody because it follows the new clear bag rules without being ugly or plain thanks to the iridescent material and precious pompom – way to go Jadelynn Brooke!

tee (15% off with code FLHS) // skirt (similar) // sneakers // bag (15% off with code FLHS) // earrings // white and gold beaded bracelets (here and here) // watch (similar) // MantraBand // cross bracelet // rose gold ring // gold stacked rings

Thanks for reading!

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I received the tee and bag from Jadelynn Brooke as well as the beaded bracelets from Sashka Co. in exchange for features 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.

Scripture Sunday Vol. 39

     Happy Sunday!  As you might have noticed, I haven’t been posting as much as usual over the past few weeks.  The stress of starting a new school year paired with college applications isn’t leaving much time for blogging, but I promise the end of college applications and submission of my first major assignment are in sight!  I’m excited to have more time for blogging within the next month or so.  Anyways, today I’m sharing my thirty-ninth volume of “Scripture Sunday.”  I’m talking a little about the comfort God’s giving me in this weird season of life.  Enjoy!

Today’s Verse:

Proverbs 3:5; Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and do not lean on your own understanding.

     Deciding where to go to college is a big decision.  I have a list of schools I’m applying to where I could definitely see myself being happy, but that list is accompanied with so much fear that I won’t get into my top choice, or that when I get to tour I won’t even like my top choice.  The concept of college is tricky because you want to pick a school where you’ll be happy, get a good education, and meet people you genuinely want to be friends with forever.  This season of my life where I’m not sure where I’m going or exactly what I’m doing isn’t my favorite, I like order and plans.

     I’ve been reading Sarah Young’s Jesus Calling: Enjoying Peace in His Presence devotional every day for almost two months now, and recently Proverbs 3:5 was one of the Scriptures included in the reading.  This verse says “Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and do not lean on your own understanding.”  Right now, I really have no choice.  I can submit all of my applications and lay awake at night anxiously wondering where I’ll get in, but that brings no hope.  Remembering the ways God revealed Himself to me while on Work Crew and realizing that God frequently does things in my life that I couldn’t have planned for or wanted but always somehow turn out better than what I had planned, that brings hope.  I’ve memorized this verse as a reminder for all the little times when it doesn’t look like He’s working in my favor, like when I get a bad grade on a test or I can’t go to an event I’d been hoping for, because He’s most definitely doing something bigger and better for me than what I thought I needed.

     Instead of anxiously anticipating a decision from what I imagine to be the best place for me, I’m handing it over to God.  One thing I know for certain is that I’ll get in wherever God wants me to go, and I know the things He has planned for me there will be far better than the earthly and materialistic things I imagine accompanying where I want to attend.  I definitely still struggle with doubt and my own desires for my college path, but I can always find comfort in Scripture that God’s plan is bigger than my dreams.

     This week, remember that you can’t see the big picture.  Remember that God knows what He’s doing and why, and maybe one day you’ll look back and realize you’re glad nothing was any different.  He has a purpose for every perfect moment and every flaw in our lives.  He has a plan for you.

Thanks for reading!  Have a blessed week!

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White After Labor Day

     I think it’s pretty fair to say I’m typically a rule follower, whether that be at home, in school, or in fashion.  That said, I’ve been breaking a lot of my own fashion rules lately, including abiding by the good old “no white after Labor Day” rule.  Today I’m sharing an outfit that I think is just too good to give up when the weather is still so summery, and it just so happens to include a white denim skirt after Labor Day…sorry not sorry.  Enjoy!

     This pretty peplum top with ruffled sleeves and the flattering v-neck is my favorite shade of pink, so I knew I had to buy it when I saw it at my local Marshalls over the summer.  I’ve loved styling it in a variety of ways, but I prefer to pair it with a white pant or skirt to keep the look light and girly.  My white denim skirt is the perfect match and I love the way the skirt’s distressing balances out the top’s girly ruffles.  I’ve been super into stars lately (as you’ve probably noticed), so it’s no surprise that I reached for these gold star lace up sandals when searching for a shoe to complete the look.  As for jewelry, I went for a few simple white and pieces and decided to double wrap my favorite Azúcar Accessories white druzy necklace for a trendy touch!

top (similar) // skirt // sandals (similar – I just realized my pair from Forever 21 is definitely a dupe for these)// earrings // necklace // watch (similar) // MantraBand // cross bracelet // personalized beaded bracelet // rose gold ring // gold stacked rings

Thanks for reading!

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I was given a special discount on the necklace from Azúcar Accessories 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.

September Playlist 2018

     I’m not going to lie, most of this past month I’ve been listening to a mix of various Taylor Swift songs and worship music.  I haven’t been able to let “O Come to the Altar” and “Reckless Love” from last month’s playlist slip my daily life, and after seeing Taylor Swift in concert for the fourth time I’m in awe of each masterpiece of a song all over again.  That said, I’ve recently become a lot more open to actually listening to the songs people recommend via their Instagram stories (because I have to find new music to share with y’all somewhere!).  Boy do I recommend doing this – worst-case scenario you hate the song twenty seconds in and you turn it off, best case scenario it’s your new favorite!  My absolute favorites from this playlist are “Beige” (which I swear is a lot better than the name would suggest), “Sleeping With Roses,” and Taylor Swift’s Fearless Platinum Edition bonus song, “SuperStar.”  Enjoy!

September Playlist 2018

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

Beige // SuperStar // Happy Now // Freaking Out // I Did Something Bad // Choirs // Seven // I Don’t Wanna Love You Anymore // Sleeping With Roses // Quarter Past Midnight // Hello My Old Heart // Running // Outro // Coconuts // Put You On

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

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Advice to Rising High School Seniors from Molly of Gracefully Gingham

     Today’s Back to School post is something a little different and I’m really excited about it!  I’ve asked my good friend Molly from the blog Gracefully Gingham, a rising freshman in college, to guest post on the blog today and share some advice for all of you who may be rising high school seniors (like me!).  She’s sharing some awesome words of wisdom and I can’t wait for you to read her post below!  If you’re interested in reading my other Back to School posts from this year and/or years past you can find them here!  Enjoy!

     Faith reached out to me a while back asking me to write a guest post on her blog and I immediately jumped on the offer!  I have been reading Faith’s blog since way before I started my own!  My name is Molly and I am the girl behind the blog Gracefully Gingham and Instagram @gracefullygingham.  I post about fashion and lifestyle and I absolutely love it!  I am a recent high school graduate so today I am going to share some advice to seniors.  I hope you find this post helpful!

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  1. Take time to enjoy the little moments you normally take for granted. – Walking through your high school hallways, waking up each morning in your bed at home, and hanging out with all your best friends from high school.  Before you know it all of these experiences are going to turn into memories and you won’t relive them again, and if you do they will never be the same.  I don’t want this to come across as being depressing because the transition from high school to college is super exciting but it is important to remember all those little details about high school as much as possible.
  2. Start the college decision process as early as possible! – When I started looking at schools I had no clue where I wanted to go and it was so stressful.  I constantly felt like I was running out of time.  My first piece of advice would be to relax.  You have plenty of time and I promise everything will work out!
  3. Trust yourself. – I found that throughout my college decision process so many people would always ask me what my plans were and when I started talking they always told me their opinion.  While this was helpful because I took the opinions of the people who mattered most to me into consideration when making my list, some people may try to convince you to do something that you may not want.  Trust yourself and follow your heart.  You know whats best for you!
  4. Don’t compare yourself to others. – Everyone’s experience is going to be completely different so don’t feel discouraged if people start receiving scholarships and acceptance letters and you still haven’t.  Everything will work out!
  5. Have fun! – Try not to take a break from the pressure of college stuff and just enjoy your senior year!

I hope you found this post helpful! If you have any questions about senior year please feel free to message me at any time! I would love to chat!

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