Havana (Na Na Na)

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Greetings from the Philippines! After a whirlwind of events with my laptop (a water accident, keyboard replacement, re-installation of my most used blogging programs) I am back online! And finally get to post these photos from my last few days in Cali before I flew to the RP!

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A ’90s Dress in the 90’s

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At last, we are finally seeing full weeks of beautiful sunshine without the surprise of snow in the forecast (knock on wood). Bikers accessorized with leather, convertibles with their tops down, grills are dusted off, and a slew of grad parties, picnics, outdoor concerts, and road trips are already scheduled in for the coming months. Yep, summer is a’comin’! And ladies, what’s a summer without a good ol’ summer dress?

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I love, love, love dresses with a basic silhouette like this because it’s so easy to get up and go with especially when its fabric is convenient and you don’t have to iron it. And while this dress clearly looks like it’s from the ’90s, bright colors with floral NEVER ceases to get me all giddy inside. Whether you’re a heels or sandals kinda girl or hair down or twisted in a quick bun, it’s so simple to look like you actually put in the effort, and let’s be honest, with this kind of weather, all we want is to be outside, right?!

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Remember, summer does not have to equal immodesty! It’s humid and we get sweaty. I get it. But it is possible to still look hot when it’s HOT (hah). Take a look at Liz’s post from her blog Downtown Demure. She and 12 other modest fashion bloggers give their tips on how to look cool while staying cool when it’s the temperatures are anything but.

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Have a great weekend!

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Dress: thrifted • Shoes: Chinese Laundry (thrifted) • Earrings: Philippines • Bracelet: Forever 21

“Modesty is not a bad word. It’s the characteristic of a woman whose heart has been changed from self-will to godliness. It reveals the attitude of a woman that lives to honor God.”

A New Beginning

thrifted blazerLabor Day weekend is coming to an end and we’re entering an exciting new season! I’m not just talking about summer ending and fall being right around the corner, but other seasons of life such as returning to the back-to-school grind, a new job, the start of a marriage, and some may even be heading towards a completely different career venture who may just find themselves getting dressed in corporate wear more often with blazers, tailored pants, and stilettos. Just maybe.

forever 21 black pantsChristian fashion bloggerI’ll admit that this style department is not a forte of mine, but I strongly believe you don’t have to sacrifice style for the corporate world. There’s no need to resort to frumpy, black slacks and oversize blouses, but rather tailored pieces…and optional statement jewelry.

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Blazer: Loft • Top: thrifted • Necklace: H&M • Pants: Forever 21 • Heels: Rampage

Whatever season you may be starting, I pray that you will flourish and be blessed in whatever you put your hands to that’s of God. If you’re feeling uncomfortable and a little nervous, I am with you! But I love the fact that we can rest in the arms of Christ through these new beginnings because He is with us and as He promises in Jeremiah 29:11, “‘For I know the plans I have for you,’ declares the LORD, ‘plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.'” As God declared it, declare it in your mind and in your heart. You already hold the victory because our God is victorious!

Chicago Day 3: Magnificent Avenue

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Third and final day in Chicago! After that rainy second day, we finally had the opportunity to walk around- and when I say walk around, I mean we spent the whole day strolling up and down Magnificent Ave. AKA shopping street galore. I mainly did window shopping (hey, there’s a mission to be saving for!) but when I saw a gorgeous statement necklace at H&M on sale for $3 from $35, it was a no brainer. Also, it has been a while since I’ve seen jewelry that took my breath away and I basically needed my inhaler at this H&M. We ate lunch at Shake Shack, did more shopping while being mesmerized by those painted statue sidewalk actors, randomly bumped into my little lovebug from Bridgewood at Forever 21 (still in shock), then went back to our relative’s house for a Carpio reunion. Great last day spent!

I wore a floral chambray button-down with one of my favorite thrift finds, a pink, fringed lace scarf. There are so many ways to style it and a fun piece to accessorize for the summer :). But these items definitely came in handy since Chicago lived up to its name, “The Windy City.” Don’t let the beautiful sun fool ya! #chillyinthecity

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Button-down & scarf: thrifted • Jeans & sunglasses: Forever 21 • Purse: H&M

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