Wednesday, June 28, 2017

Fourth of July Modest Outfit Inspo

4th of July Modest Outfit Inspiration

4th of July Modest Outfit Inspiration

4th of July Modest Outfit Inspiration

4th of July Modest Outfit Inspiration

4th of July Modest Outfit Inspiration


Whether you’re spending the holiday at the lake or your backyard, it’s fun to feel festive for the day, and what better way to do that than by playing dress up?
For any of you ladies needing some outfit inspiration for the upcoming cookouts and family get-togethers you came to the right place. I always like incorporating patterns or textures into my outfits. To start off with I wore a simple red pencil dress (this one was handcrafted, but you can find a similar one here). Other super cute fourth appropriate Dainty Jewell’s dresses include The Highlands Dress and the Sidewalk Stroll Dress.
I paired my dress with a navy and cream thin striped belt just for a touch of navy and a bit of a nautical look. This complemented my Seychelles sailboat espadrille wedges perfectly. These shoes are so fun to wear and they are definitely a statement piece on their own. Wedges are the way to go when you know you’re going to be outside on grass or unpaved terrain and they are so comfortable! Some other cute espadrilles I’ve been eyeing include these shiny ones and these pop-of-color ones. Lastly, I paired my small leather Dooney & Bourke bag with this outfit as a solid/neutral piece. I love this little bags classic shape, it is one of my favorite thrift finds to date. What will you be wearing this fourth of July?

4th of July Modest Outfit Inspiration

Happy Independence Day to you all!


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Friday, June 23, 2017

Dreams of Purpose


Those dreams that are lingering in the back of your mind, kept in the shadows on a shelf, the ones that you say you’ll get to; but deep down, you’re too afraid to try them out for fear of failure. 
Those dreams that glisten and shimmer around the edges. The ones that scare you, draw you, amaze you, and yet seem so out of reach. That is the great big dream you should be chasing daily. 
We all have goals and dreams we want to accomplish for God’s kingdom yet we hold back. Whether it’s because we are unsure of how to pursue this new path, or because we’re afraid of failing, we need to keep these three things in mind when considering our dreams of purpose:


    With God all things are possible. Yes! Even the great, big, scary things! The enemy will try to intimidate you and tell you are thinking too big and grand, he will try to scare you away, but the Bible says in Joshua 1:9 (KJV), Have not I commanded thee? Be strong and of a good courage; be not afraid, neither be thou dismayed: for the Lord thy God is with thee whithersoever thou goest.


    With prayer and guidance from The Lord, we are the vessels he has chosen to use. You CAN do it! Let God work in you, that when you accomplish something and seem to have reached the unattainable, God is glorified when people realize you couldn’t have done it on your own without His divine help. Don’t let the daily toil get in your way of pursuing your God-given dreams and wear you down. Be strong and determined! Philippians 4:13 (KJV) I can do all things through Christ which strengtheneth me.


    Be careful who you share your dreams with, as anyone who doubts and instills doubt in you can very well kill your dreams before they even had a chance to take flight. A Debbie downer can squash your dreams out quick. An example that comes to mind is Joseph the dreamer. Joseph had dreams at an early age, and when he shared them with his family, they mocked him and hated him because of these dreams. Joseph’s dreams were on a shelf for a very long time, and there was a point where he possibly laughed at himself for having those far-fetched , ridiculous dreams, especially while sitting in a jail cell! Joseph’s far-away dreams were probably a mere memory, but it wasn’t too long before God allowed them to come to fruition.
I believe Jesus has given us all our own individual dreams that align perfectly with what He has planned for our purpose. We can use this as our compass to guide us through life and follow the direction in which He leads us. 


That little one that pipes up when its quiet all around? Whether its starting a Sunday school van route, teaching a Bible study, or even starting up a new ministry at your church, I encourage you to pursue it. However, you make yourself available, God can and will use you. Those dusty dreams that seem all but forgotten, tucked away in between the pages of a prayer journal or diary…
Jesus still hears the echoing prayers you prayed as a child. He hasn’t given up on you or your dreams. He is working in you daily to prepare you and equip you to use those dreams of purpose for victory.


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Wednesday, May 31, 2017

Little Letters: Memories of May Edition

The month of May has been a fantastic one full of adventures and new things. Spring is in full swing, the cold a mere memory, and the pollen a very real reality. 


Dear Bible Book Club Gals,
Thank you for jumping on board with all of the enthusiasm, zest, and love possible! You girls are the best and I am soooo grateful that you are in my life. With all of your curious questions, helpful pointers, and friendship overflowing we just may have the best thing going. Not even going to lie, ya'll are the best!

Dear Bonfires,
I don't even really care for s'mores but there's something about the way that the fire burns and the smoke curls that always induces me to having all of the traditional fixin's. [PSA Daniel Chavez makes the best most perfect s'mores on the block! I repeat! Daniel Chavez makes the best most perfect s'mores on the block!] Zero crumbling, zero mess, and 100% ooey gooey goodness that didn't burn me. #onpoint

Dear Beef Jerky,
Carolina girls really like you. Thanks for staying salty.

Dear Sunsets at Jogging time,
Absolutely lovely is what you are. I am convinced that there is nothing more beautiful than the dappled shadows of the forest during golden hour. I'm glad that the days are longer now allowing room for me to enjoy some sunny outside time.

Dear Tennis Champions,
Ya'll are the real MVP's. I had a blast with our olympic team taking the gold and balling on the court like we were the next Serena Williams. #champs

Dear Mom,
Happy mother's day to you! You're the absolute best mom in the whole entire world that I have ever had. Which also makes you my favorite (and I know I'm your favorite, so we are even steven here). I love you!

Dear Neighbors,
You're seriously the cutest. Thanks for visiting me and asking me all the questions and keeping me laughing. Also, Sunday school with you was such fun!

Dear Memorial Day Weekend,
First of all, a huge thank you to all of those who have served and are currently serving our country. We are such a privileged nation because of people like you.

Dear Atlantic Ocean,
Thank you for the natural beach waves (tangles guaranteed) and the nice tan I've got now.

Dear Hiking Trips & Waterfalls,
I seem to never tire of your beauty. I just can't escape the beauty that is the green lush forest and the sound of rushing waters.

Also Dear Watermelon,
There is no better way to eat you than with those smile shaped slices that smear juice on both of your cheeks at the same time and leave you sticky with juice dripping down your wrist. Am I right?

Dear Almost Summer Time,