Christmas Spirit, ModCloth Style

Can you believe Christmas is just over ONE week away? Here in Michigan we are used to seeing a winter wonderland, or, a blizzard with no mercy to some. It’s so strange we’ve had warm days and green to see; I’ll admit it’s even hard to get into the Christmas spirit without seeing some snow outside! However there’s one way to get into it without the means of weather- holiday wear! I’ve had the opportunity to style one of ModCloth’s holiday sweaters and I truly enjoyed creating an outfit based around this cute “Courtly Nutcracker Sweater:” Screen Shot 2014-12-14 at 9.11.22 PMScroll through ModCloth’s items and you can quickly see the wide variety of styles they have to offer- vintage to edgy, bohemian to feminine chic. For this particular look I decided to step out of my comfort zone of hip-hop, urban girl/bohemian flower child to create a preppy and youthful yet sophisticated ensemble. Take a look! Modcloth-fashionmeetsgodMeet Gossip Girl’s Blair Waldorf’s younger sister. I always love to highlight red in accessories as I did with these oxford flats and studs. Knee high socks seemed obvious with this plaid skirt to fully emulate that preppy school girl look and to top it off, a full circle hat with an oversize bow. You can wear this look to any Christmas party or even to school to help spread holiday cheer!

ModCloth items used:

Courtly Nutcracker Sweater Makes the Grade Skirt How ‘Bout a Bow Socks Candy Apple Sweet Flat Strum Full Circle Hat Retro Dollie Earrings

Be sure to check out the rest of ModCloth’s holiday sweaters and style your own look! Need some gift ideas, too? Look over their new Holiday Gift Guide for men and women! Happy shopping!

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“You can never truly enjoy Christmas until you can look up into the Father’s face and tell him you have received his Christmas gift.”  -John R. Rice 

Why Pinterest (for Fashion) Still Matters

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Pinterest: the media site where you can “pin” countless of pictures onto your own creative boards ranging from food recipes, art work, history, health and fitness, DIYs, photography, hairstyles, interior decorating, inspirational quotes, and, of course, fashion. Personal style inspiration, sew-your-owns, and e-commerce has become an essential department within  Pinterest. The site quickly grew and became the next “it” destination next to Facebook and Twitter.

Fast forward to today and the board haven is still buzzing. It provides something that many social media sites don’t and should implement- organization and the control over creating a personalized fantasy from 35+ categories with just the touch of a few clicks.

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Despite what some fashionistas say who have fallen out of the Pinterest world and wonder why it’s still a major influencer, I personally am grateful for it. Not only can I be my OCD self of organizing and seasonally dating my boards, I also look to Pinterest for inspiration when I am at a dead end for new looks. Say I buy something but am stuck on how to style it, I type it in the search bar and hundreds of pictures flood onto my dashboard. I create a new board, pin what I like, then grab pieces from my own closet and create a new outfit derived from that pin. When I’m in need of more inspiration, I know I can depend on that board for inspo. For example (which was a real-case scenario):

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Try it out for yourself and let the imagination flow! The more boards you create just goes to show the vastness of your creativity. Happy pinning!

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“And he has filled him with the Spirit of God, with skill, with intelligence, with knowledge, and with all craftsmanship, to devise artistic designs.”
- Exodus 35: 31,32

The New Old-Fashioned Peplum

 

vintage style thrifted style fashion meets God peplum top Jireh De Jose ombre hairNothing like finding a cute little gem when thrifting just because. This vintage peplum top with embroidered-like floral print looks something straight from one of my Lola’s/grandmother’s hand stitched wall hangings…and I don’t mind! Peplums are the perfect way to create a smaller waistline and hourglass figure while channeling your inner girly girl. This peplum, clearly from an older generation, just goes to show how the fashion cycle stays true as they have made their comeback in the previous years.

Click here to gain more fall peplum inspiration here!

Top, shoes, skirt: thrifted • Earrings: Charming Charlie’s

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“If you’re not daring to believe God for the impossible, you’re sleeping through some of the best parts of your Christian life. And further still: if the size of your vision for your life isn’t intimidating to you, there’s a good chance it’s insulting to God.”
– Steven Furtick

Wake Up the Wonder

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Here’s a new Music Monday which is well overdue! Elevation Worship of Elevation Church recently came out with a new album, “Wake Up the Wonder.” Mack Brock, Chris Brown, and their whole team has done it again. I believe the title says it all: to awaken our slumbered spirits and remember that God is with us everywhere. Whether we’re at His church with our congregation, at work as we’re physically or mentally spent, or whether we’re alone in a time of despair and in need of a reviving faith. Make sure to listen to Pastor Steven’s sermon, “Wake Our Wonder” too! Here are a few of my faves that I cling onto when I feel beaten or when I’m swooned by the love of my Redeemer.

I pray this album is encouraging as you go about your week! Love you guys!

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“A love that will not let me go, my soul will rest in You alone. I give You back this life I owe, to know you Jesus more and more.”
– “I Love You Lord,” Elevation Worship, “Wake Up the Wonder”