Wheat

forever 21 boyfriend denim flannel button-down wheat timberlands thrifted outfit timberland bootsYep, snow. Michigan winter is definitely making its appearance! How are you spending your “it’s practically winter” days?

Rather than leggings and Uggs, baggy and unfitted clothing is my favorite go-to way of being comfortable. This look’s inspiration was derived from these new babies on my feet. Flannel seemed obvious but instead of tying it around my waist like the usual due to lack of an oversize blouse that covers my tush and front side, I opted for distressed boyfriend denim to complete the rugged look. One accessory can be a catalyst to an entire look.

Praying you all have a great day ahead! Whether you’re going through the best time of your life or you feel like you’ve hit rock bottom, remember to always look towards Christ and soak in His love and presence every moment. His love is wide and long, deep and wide and He wants you to experience every inch of it!

Flannel, top, necklace: thrifted • Jeans: Forever 21 • Boots: Timberland

I pray that out of his glorious riches he may strengthen you with power through his Spirit in your inner being, 17 so that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith.”
- Ephesians 3:16

More Than a $1M Jackpot

Hello all and welcome to a new week!

Ever since my trip to Vegas, I really wanted to do a blog post on this specific something. While walking its strip at night and allowing all the flashing lights and towering hotels/casinos to sink in, there was one thing breaking my heart that I couldn’t believe was happening right before my eyes.

“R” rated business card-sized advertisements of various female bodies were being passed out by people who were only in need of an income to get by. Some tourists kept it for their own pleasure while others threw them on the ground where, sadly, kids were gallivanting around. My heart went out for those trying to revive their marriage, for those desiring freedom from sexual temptation, and other believers walking along that street.

Seeing half-naked women covered in sequins with feather headdresses and mobile billboards of temptresses is a norm in “Sin City.” In a place that is so magnificent of the creative ingenuity God has given to hotel entrepreneurs, architects, and performers, we still defile ourselves to lust and fast, cheap, and tacky satisfaction. God created us (body, soul, and mind) for so much more than just a one night stand and a sexual showcase. He designed you Himself not as a mistake but with purpose in mind. You are crafted and handmade by the One who holds the entire universe in His hand. You are worth more than a million dollar jackpot and the income of every operation on Las Vegas Boulevard in total. No matter what age and gender you are, your body is a one-of-a-kind masterpiece. Treat it, use it, and love it in such a way that is pleasing to Him. There’s no one quite like you, darling.

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“You are beautiful, and there is nothing more beautiful than a woman who embraces her femininity in her appearance while keeping true beauty and modesty in mind…This is how I choose to live not because I have to, not because I’m forced to, but because I want to and because this is where I find freedom to be the beautiful person God has created me to be.”
- Lauren DeMoss

Shimmer

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Happy Saturday!

Black and gold from head to toe for our last day in Vegas. I found this gold cardigan at a thrift store when searching for my Michigan Fashion Week outfit and while packing for the trip it said Vegas all over it. Pants were on sale at Forever 21 for almost $8 (get that 50% off!) and I love the gold studs trickling down on the sides that pour into these Steve Madden “Black Madhouse” booties. The ensemble was inspired by the boulevard at night that’s synonymous with the words “flashy,” “bright,” and “over the top.”

Necklace: Love Culture • Pants: Forever 21 • Shoes: DSW (Steve Madden)

On our last day we were “VIPs” to see the Westgate aka “buy a timeshare because Viva Las Vegas,” went to Fashion Show Mall where the name holds true as they have a built-in runway that rises during showtime, and walked along the strip towards the enticing Bellagio fountains as our finale. Sometimes you just have to step back and realize that real, creative people are behind these stunning productions and sights.Las Vegas Boulevard  Las Vegas Crazy Crepes Vegas Strip Arc de Triomph Vegas Bellagio Hotel Bellagio Bellagio Fountains mother and daughter Thanks for reading! xx

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“Nothing is more impressive than a woman who is secure in the unique way God made her.”

Mountains and Mystere

bohemian fashion Jireh De Jose TJMaxx Kimono Forever 21 hatVegas day two! And I got to wear shorts in November! Here’s another kimono I scored from TJMaxx for $7 that’s easy to work with during the winter since it’s dark based floral.

Hat & necklace: Forever 21 • Kimono: TJMaxx • Shoes: Marikina, Philippines

We spent most of the day on the outskirts of the strip which is completely different. You’re driving among skyscrapers and neon casinos and hotels then suddenly you feel like you’re in the suburbs. The beauty of it is the breathtaking background of desert mountains everywhere you look. So raw and untouched by man; it is purely from the hands of God. He created that!

Faiss School Nevada vegas mountains nevada mountainsI made it a point to watch a Vegas show. Since Britney [Spears] was apparently off for the following days, I decided to see Mystere of Cirque du Soleil. I give mad props to all those in the production who are dedicated performers and acrobats. The physicality and mentality they have to endure! Goodness!

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Make sure to check back soon for the last and final day in Vegas!

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“You may find it hard to believe that God could make everything out of nothing, but the alternative is that nothing turned itself into everything.”
- Mark Cahill

Blue (Da Ba Dee)

tjmaxx kimono fashion meets God fringe Here is my first post from my first trip to Vegas! After a long work week, landing in a state with 70 degree weather was all I could ask for. Shopping for Vegas was a challenge since there surprisingly wasn’t anything at my main thrift stores but when life hands you a bohemian clearance you take advantage of it (thanks TJMaxx!) Utilizing summer sales during the cold season can be easy if you watch for 1) color and 2) the potential. Potential being that it may be thin, but can you layer it? Is it easy to accessorize with your winter goods?

We stayed at the Westgate Flamingo Bay Resort (not to be confused with the Westgate…or Flamingo Hotel) about 5 minutes away from the strip. Walking, eating, and resting basically sums up day one plus reuniting with an old friend from Liberty University that night night. It’s funny how it feels like nothing’s changed after not seeing each other for four years even though everything has changed. Good times!

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Kimono & high-waist jeans: TJMaxx • Necklace: Forever 21 • Shoes: Marikina, Philippines

“I need to hear it every moment of every day and He is more than willing and wanting to tell me…and you. This is where the healing starts: in discovering His love for us.”
-Dara Maclean via UnleashedBeauty