My Handbag + Essentials

When Rue La La asked me to do a “what’s in your handbag” post, I wasn’t sure if my content would be suitable since I don’t carry an arsenal of girl items (contrast to what many may believe) but everyone is different right? And now, thanks to their new Handbag Guide, I have a total background on handbags through history, the various types, and even how to care for my everyday accessory.


hm crossbody fringe bag

An H&M fringed shoulder bag. When much of my style transitioned into boho-inspired, I was on the hunt for the perfect black, cross-body/shoulder bag with fringe because I knew it would go with just about anything I wore. Note: I am not one to switch out my purses often; I stick to one for months and months on end. So, I bought it early in the year and have been wearing it with practically every look since. I love how it not only reflects my personal style, but it’s the perfect size to fit everything that I need!


handbag essentialsLike I mentioned before, I keep it very simple in my bag! It includes:

1. Wallet with more essentials minus the stack of old receipts and movie theater tickets…
2. Life’s keys with a four-year old Liberty University lanyard.
3. 1-2 pairs of different styles of sunglasses.
4. That one thing called an iPhone.
5. Jewelry. This may be the most random thing I keep in my purse, whether it’d be a pair of earrings or scattered midi-rings. You just never know when you need to accessorize!
6. A pen for my checkbook (not pictured, and yes, I still use checks).
7. Also not pictured: breath mints. An essential for everyone!
8. Hand sanitizer
9. Lip products. When I clean out my purse I choose a lip balm and three main shades of lipsticks: red, pink, and a nude. However, over time it accumulates into three more of my favorite colors.

lip products(Left to right)
1. Palmer’s Cocoa Butter Swivel Stick (amazing)
2. NYC City Proof Lipgloss in “Round the Clock Ruby”
3. NYX Matte Lipstick in “Whipped Caviar”
4. NYC Lipstick in “Café”
5. NYC Lipstick in “Blue Rose”
6. NYX Matte Lipstick in “Alabama”
7. Shiseido Lipstick in “Perfect Rouge”
8. NYX Soft Matte Lip Cream in “Prague”

fashion meets god mobile• WHAT I HAVE MY EYE ON •

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121110060Nasty Gal x Nila Anthony Mixed Feelings Clutch

120750869Gina Stud Detail Fringed Shoulder Bag

121360092Eartha Soft Double Handle Mini Satchel

121325788Durango Kachina Bag

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Make sure to check out Rue La La’s Handbag Guide!

Rue La La's Handbag Guide“Guys, a woman’s purse, alright, it’s her secret source of power. Alright? There are many dark and dangerous things in there, that we, the male species, should know nothing about.”
– Matthew Mcconaughey as Ben in “How to Lose a Guy in 10 Days”

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“Those who listen to instruction will prosper; those who trust the Lord will be joyful.”
– Proverbs 16:20

FashionSpeak 2014: The Outfit

fashion blogger Jireh De Jose vintage blazer Quiapo necklace forever 21 leggings Photos by Nailah of The Moda Intersection

This blazer though.

I found this vintage beauty a couple weeks before FashionSpeak and immediately knew this would be a portion of my look for the conference. Fast forward fourteen days and a night’s worth of styling and I do not regret this purchase one bit- it received so many compliments!

FashionSpeak_2Photo via The Closet Confessional

Fashion-Speak-Detroit-52Photo via The Moda Intersection

FashionSpeak_41Photo via StyleMile

Detroit Fashion News writerPhoto via Shannon Lazovski (Detroit Fashion News)


Thanks for the photos, ladies!


Blazer: vintage • Neclace: Quiapo, Philippines • Leggings: Forever 21 • Shoes: Marikina, Philippines


Don’t forget to check out my recap from FashionSpeak on fashion meets God and Detroit Fashion News!



“Come now, let us reason together, says the Lord: though your sins are like scarlet, they shall be as white as snow; though they are red like crimson, they shall become like wool.”
- Isaiah 1:18

FashionSpeak 2014: Recap

Thursday, October 16- It may have been a cloudy, small-chance-of-rain kind of day in Detroit but on the second floor of the One Woodward Building, it was anything but gloomy. Fashion influencers, trendsetters, followers, and business owners from near and far came together for FashionSpeak 2014!

The nine-hour conference consisted of six presenters from Michigan that have thrived in their respective fields. It began promptly at 9am with Rachel Lutz of The Peacock Room. Lutz spoke on defining, creating loyalty, and handling a brand through different circumstances. Jeanette Puig-Pey and Bridget Sullivan of Lear Corporation soon followed and discussed the various processes that occurs from the design to manufacturing department while emphasizing the importance of fabric design within the automotive industry. Matthew Burnett, co-founder and CEO of Maker’s Row spoke to the audience via webcam on his innovative company and all things regarding a product’s supply chain.

Bridgett Sullivan car seats Matthew BurnettAfter lunch provided by Buddy’s, Malina Gilchrist, senior editor of The New York Times’ T Magazine, explained the importance of trend forecasting, building a quality portfolio, knowing your point of view as a designer, and having a dedicated heart in any field of work in order to succeed. The last presenter of the day was fashion designer Tracy Reese who is known for her feminine collections, her board membership of the Council of Fashion Designers of America, and dressing first lady, Michelle Obama. Her inspiring Q&A with Karen Buscemi was a testimony of her life’s work, risks, challenges, and triumphs along with helpful advice to young designers.

Malina Gilchrist IMG_1057 Tracy Reese Karen BuscemiThe event ended with an after party and continuous networking between the attendees while bloggers documented style shots.

the moda intersection wear is chelsea statement hat sequined top red blazer ponchos polka dot skirt Loren Danielle loafers IMG_1122 IMG_1093 IMG_1090 IMG_1027 IMG_1003 Dana Frost fashionspeak 2014 colour by numbr CMU FAMD central michigan university students bib necklace statement hat bruna sequined topShout out to all my lovely blogger buddies, too! Thank you Detroit Garment Guild Group and Styleshack for inviting us!

Detroit BloggersPhoto via @bruntunes

Until the next FashionSpeak!

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“The only One who can truly satisfy the human heart is the One who made it.”

Because He First Loved Us

Caution: Cheesy post ahead!

Today, my best friend of 23 years is getting married to her sweetheart of nearly a decade! Their story is like one of a Nicholas Sparks movie, just insert a wave of spiritual growth and passionate love for Christ into it. I’m ecstatic to see these two join hands and publicly declare and vow their love and lifetime commitment to each other as they step into life’s next chapter. Wow, cue the waterworks already!

I’m rusty on that dating life; my last relationship was more than three years ago. I don’t know much about marriage; insert obvious reasons here. But what I do know…what I’ve been taught… what I’ve seen…what I’ve discovered through pain…is that a relationship with Christ in the center is vital and worthwhile. Those who marry with the intention of serving God together and putting Him first in everything is a marvelous blessing. Truly.

To all my single ladies who doubt. Who have given up. Who have given in. Who are still stitching their heart back together. Who are trying to escape the past. Who fantasize about a love that we all so eagerly try to expedite. There is someone special in store for you. Someone who God has designed as a made-to-order. A man who will not be perfect, but a prime fit to your imperfectness. Don’t alter your destiny because of time and loneliness. For now, love, listen, and obey God with all that you’ve got. Be still before the Lord and wait patiently for him. Then, one day, you will experience this just as my friend will:

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“Love as distinct from ‘being in love’ is not merely a feeling. It is a deep unity, maintained by the will and deliberately strengthened by habit; reinforced by the grace which both partners ask, and receive from God. They can have this love for each other even at those moments when they do not like each other; as you love yourself even when you do not like yourself.”
- C.S. Lewis

Barnyard Jam 2014

Jireh De Jose fashion meets God layered necklaces floppy hat I will admit, these 50 degree fall days are not too shabby! The sunny, cool days are perfect for hayrides, munching on Yates everything, and Gaga Ball and Human Foosball. Yes, all of the above occurred this past Sunday during Bridgewood Church’s annual family event, “Barnyard Jam,” which was held at the gorgeous Hope Ranch. It was on full-swing with ziplining, inflatables, basketball, and more in the center of beautiful color transitioning trees. Ahh, I love my church!

Hope Ranch Metamora Michigan Hope RanchBe sure to check out Bridgewood Church’s podcasts, too! Just click here. Weekend services = <3

Until next time!

Poncho & jeans: thrifted
Hat & necklaces: Forever 21

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“Let every man abide in the calling wherein he is called and his work will be as sacred as the work of the ministry. It is not what a man does that determines whether his work is sacred or secular, it is why he does it.”
A.W. Tozer, The Pursuit of God