Tuesday, April 28, 2015

Modest and Pretty in Spring

How is your weather where you are this spring?

We talked to my grandmother, who lives up in Colorado, and she said
there has been heavy snow!  I could not believe that.  
Here in this part of the South, it has been warm and we have been
having showers and storms every few days.  I am hanging onto spring
and hoping that we have lots of rain and cooler, breezier days, because
I know that in our state, as we joke, there are a few weeks of spring
and about 9 months of summer.  Summer will be here soon
 in all its humid glory.  So, please stay, Spring!

In the increasingly warmer temperatures, I have been cleaning out
my closet amidst spring cleaning and have been excited to put together some
outfits for vacations coming up, as well as just things i can wear everyday
to go to the store or places with my family.
This has made me especially inspired in my sewing ideas for some things
I want to make for spring and summer and in my ideas for outfits.
Since I love dressing up and clothes altogether,
I wanted to share some of my favorite spring clothes...
because I love the femininity and beauty of getting dressed in
this season where so many beautiful patterns and bright colors are
everywhere ☺

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I love picking out clothes, finding modest and fun pieces,
 and putting things together, and I think that
is one reason that I have come to love so much one website that
allows you to pair any items you like to create outfits... or a whole
set or wardrobe.  
It is called Polyvore.  You may have heard of it.  
If you enjoy clothing, I think you will have fun on this site.
Below are some beautiful things I am inspired by that I wanted to share
that I think are so modest, pretty, and feminine...
then at the end, I will share a few of my Polyvore outfits...

I love this fuchsia color running through her outfit, from her
nail polish to her sash around the waist, and the clutch.  This is one of
my favorite colors for spring and summer.

A beautiful, polished feel.
This necklace is so simply elegant.  I like monogrammed everything ;)
  It adds such a pretty touch.  I get a feel of her outfit being
lovely and I can't even see it.

What a fun necklace.   Do you like to try out fun, bold accessories?
I think the coral is so bright and nice, and all of the flowers clustered together
make for such a unique addition to her outfit.

More monograms!  I love girly cotton blouses for spring.  They are my favorite
type of top to wear because they are modest and pretty and cool, letting in
a lot of air in around your body because they fit loosely.
Which is key, especially when the onset of summer hits.

This red bowed skirt is so cute.  And I think wearing
fun blouses is such a neat way to feel casually dressed-up in Spring.
This one with watermelons, cherries, and pineapples is so sweet.

Lovely floral dress made out of such wonderful fabric.

I love her dress (and especially the pretty view in the background! Looks
like Florida or somewhere in the SE to me?)... this is a simply beautiful
outfit that I would love to wear to a spring wedding or to church.

Ohh, this vintage dress♥
Elegant and delicate.  Just so beautiful.
That lace is gorgeous.  I love the pairing of the vintage hat with it.

Crisp, pretty white skirt.  The design of this skirt is interesting and
the fabric looks so cool and light.

Blouses like this are a dream to wear in spring and summer.
I think this might actually be a dress now that I see it is a wedding/
bridal photo, but it looked like a blouse to me at first, haha.
Going off of the idea that it were a blouse, I love these sleeves.  These light,
airy tops with open sheer sleeves like this are so girly and they feel
cool.   I love wearing these when out walking around town on vacation when
I know it's going to be warm so I can stay cool.

And speaking of blouses, I cannot get enough of these Mexican blouses.
Growing up somewhat near Mexico, these blouses are popular here.  There are
also dresses that look exactly like the blouses, just longer, and you can belt them.
Between my mama and I, we have a few.  Their embroidery is so intricately
and beautifully done.  And again, they are both modest and so cool to wear.
I have a bright yellow one that I think I wore more than any
other top last spring and summer because it was so breezy.
The ladies that embroider these are nothing short of amazing.
That work is incredible.

You may have heard of Lilly Pulitzer.  I wrote a post about her when she
passed away two years ago.  She is famous for her fun, vibrant, floral and other
prints that she designed her clothing and accessories with.
Her designs are extremely popular here in the South.
I love them because I really enjoy wearing bright and bold colors.
This scarf is such a stylish, pretty springy piece to add to a simple white

And my own outfits that I had fun putting together,
from casual to church wear, to special occasion...

This outfit makes me thirsty for lemonade.

And this one reminds me of cotton candy. ☺

Which is your favorite piece or outfit?
How do you like to dress in spring??

...I also found this beyond beautiful hat that I am inspired to make.
It makes me want to go buy a big straw hat and go get beautiful blossoms
from the garden (or the wildflowers blooming now!) and decorate it.
This is so elegant, a true Southern Belle meets tea party meets 
gorgeous garden hat!  I couldn't leave out a hat.

I am so happy to be linking up with my sweet
friend, Stephanie, at her beyond beautiful blog, The Enchanting Rose!
I am so thankful to have her as a friend and to know her through her
blog.  Her Link-up is called Roses of Inspiration.
If you are looking for inspiration in fashion, home decor, godliness and faith,
crafting, photography, and more, visit her link-up HERE to see what
 all of the ladies there are sharing this week!

I hope your day has been wonderful!

Until Friday... blessings & have a lovely week!

Saturday, April 25, 2015

Faithful Friday: Having the Words of Jesus With Me

I wanted to share something that has been such a blessing to me!  I recently got a new phone (my old phone was a graduation present from my parents, so it was a few years old and not working right anymore) and was so excited to have the free space that I had not had on my other phone so that I could download an app I had wanted to have for a long time.  The app is called "Words of Jesus Daily" and I am so in love with the fact that despite being so busy with school and life and everything, I still get to have a little spiritual 'breakfast', so to speak, that I could not have otherwise because of how I have to rush around in the mornings.  I often don't have any choice but to go to bed very late because of assignments and projects (like now, it is almost 3 A.M!  But that is okay- I'm a night owl☺), so I am someone who will sleep in and press snooze as many times as I possibly can and then get ready and out the door in fifteen minutes if I have to because I would rather sleep.  So, I find myself waking up and reading this right away or walking into my bathroom and plugging in my curling iron and reading the scripture for that day while it heats up.

This has been so wonderful.  I LOVE waking up and seeing the sweet yellow bird (a dove, I think?) in the corner of the screen and opening the verse of the day and getting to read it.  I made it a point to do this as the first thing I do when I wake up because I love the thought of starting my day off reading the very words that Jesus spoke... and applying them to my life as I think about them.

A couple of years ago, I had a Proverbs Daily and then a Psalms Daily, and those are two of my favorite books in the bible, I must say that my heart is especially overcome with the greatest joy when I read every day's verse with this because they are the words of the Savior!

This has blessed my day, my attitude, my strength, and my spirit each day.

If you are looking for a way to bring God's word with you or read a verse each day to make sure you can fit in at least something (because you can also skip ahead and read multiple days' verses), I recommend this.  I am loving it.  I am so thankful to have it start my day.

Have you ever used this app? Or do you have another app or another way that you start your day with faith inspiration or verses?

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This month has been so busy, and I realize I have been posting only on Fridays for the most part, but I am looking forward to having more time soon to share posts I have had ideas for and to write more often again :)  ...Especially since there are so many bright, fun things I am inspired by in spring!
(Speaking of spring, I had fun changing my header this week, which I decided to do when I realized my blog title was somewhat hard to read on top of the polka dots.  So, I switched it up a little bit and I found the pink watercolor and flowery, springy banner on top of it to be so cheerful!)

I hope you have a wonderful weekend!
Blessings to you!

Saturday, April 18, 2015

Too Short of a Dash

Instead of Faithful Friday this weekend,
I wanted to write about something that has been close to
my heart lately as I think about it... and I have to say that the
example of this girl and her attitude and faith have grown my own
faith, so this is fitting for a post about faith and character,
of which she was a model of, above and beyond.

Last week, the world lost Lauren Hill,
a girl whose story made headlines for her positive, 'never give up'
attitude and her beautiful spirit in spite of the imminent death she faced.
She was diagnosed at 18 with a rare form of brain cancer that is
inoperable.  She was told soon after her 18th birthday that she would
have zero percent chance of survival and would likely not make it through
the end of 2014.  But she did.  She made it to April 10th.
And thank the Lord that she did, because she deserved every last minute
possible to live the life she chose to, one of dreams and perseverance,
passion for helping others, and selflessly being determined to inspire and fight
for others despite her own illness.

I had followed her story and was so touched by her loss.
I found myself watching videos about her, like the ones I've shared above,
and crying... because of so many things... because I was so sad for
her that someone with such a beautiful heart and soul had such a short
life, because I am so close to her in age and I couldn't imagine being told
that it was the end of my life when it was just beginning, because we had
a lot in common, and because I imagined the loss her family felt, her parents
and siblings going through the worst kind of pain at losing her,
because they were expecting it and had to prepare
for it like no one should have to, and because she had to do the same.
At age 19.
And because I saw a photo of her with her dog where she is smiling
and healthy, before all of this, and I suddenly imagined her dog lying
on her empty bed and wondering where she was.  Perhaps
that made me saddest of all to think about, in a way.

Thank you, Lauren, for teaching me through your life 
and story the truest meaning of strength. Your attitude through
 what you faced and your grace and courage will forever inspire me
 and stay with me, especially your words that you were actually
 glad that you were the one this happened to so you could fight
 for the children and others who have the same type of cancer you did.
 We were close in age, and I can't imagine knowing suddenly
 that you have a zero percent chance to live and you cannot do anything
 about it, but you handled it without bitterness. 
I hope you knew what impact your beautiful life and resolve to 
not give up had on the world- and is still having.
 I'm glad you aren't suffering anymore. I pray I can
 live with a fraction of the drive and positivity you did, and
 I have faith I'll have the privilege of meeting you one day. 
Rest in peace emoji 1995-2015. WAY too short a dash.

Lauren's own words, an inspiration to me in faith and selflessness...

"Last January, I said to God I'll do anything to be a voice for this cancer and all the kids that can't speak their symptoms. I prayed I'd be the voice and that I'd do anything that gave me an opportunity to raise awareness and raise research money.
"I believe God has the last say. And I feel like I've accomplished what I intended."

And you did, Lauren... with the greatest strength imaginable.

Friday, April 10, 2015

Faithful Friday: "I'm Holding Onto Virtue"

These words are such an encouragement.
I have thought about this often, but probably never more than now.
I feel that I am at a place in life where people are talking more about and 
doing things that I do not wish to do or take part in.
I don't remember facing  this in high school nearly as much as now.
In my classes right now, there are so many sweet girls.  They all are, really.
And though several of them that I have gotten the chance to talk to
and get to know a little have upstanding values and have become friends
and girls I enjoy talking to, there are also some who are kind, but they
 lack morals.  Some of them talk openly about
certain things they did over the weekend or about how they just moved
in with their boyfriends, or even about how they got sick from drinking
too much over the weekend.  Some of them talk without any thought 
about these things and they are normal to them.

These things are so far from my mind and my values that it is
sometimes hard to sit there and listen to it.  And the most prominent reason
for this is that I feel sorry for them and it is sad for me to hear that
girls my age who have so much potential are living their lives like that...
that they are using these years seeking fulfillment in such empty
things.  They talk about bad breakups and being hurt and going through
things they wouldn't have to if they weren't doing the things they're doing.
I pray that maybe I would be able to say something that could make
them think twice, just subtly, even for a moment.
I pray that maybe they could be inspired to live more godly lives.

I think the strongest feeling I have about it is sadness
 that they don't know God or the rich beauty of living a life
 of pure and sweet release that comes certainly not from 
worldly pursuits, but from  seeking Him.  
And sadness in the same way for those who have
compromised their values when they got older and started 
to think that they could decide what was right better than
God could.

And then there is the feeling of thankfulness in a very different way...
 because those people whom I hope come to know the
amazing graces of living differently also encourage me...
to hold onto virtue, to not go their way.
When I started thinking about this, I thought it could be an
example- as it is to me- of how others who live the world's way
do not have to influence you badly.  Rather, they can have the opposite
effect; they can inspire you to walk righteously and to live the exact
opposite lifestyle.  They can remind you that you are 
and that you have the
not to settle or 

As you look around you and notice that you are one of
very few who are making the effort to keep up your standards
and live with values and morals and be a light for God- letting Him
lead you, not the world- you can be proud that you are holding onto
Don't ever feel ashamed or embarrassed to stand out from
the crowd, because surely this is the best way possible to
be different.  Through being different, what an amazing example you
have the chance to set for others who are lost or lack values,
an example that could even plant the seed in them for leaving
those worldly aspects of their lives behind.

And may we not only do that, but even more so,
pray that those ones could know God as you do...
know that unadulterated beauty and true fulfillment
that comes with knowing Him.

"...make every effort to supplement your faith
with virtue, and virtue with knowledge."
2 Peter 1:5

"Let no one despise you for your youth, but set
the believers an example in speech, in conduct,
in love, in faith, in purity."
1 Timothy 4:12

Have a lovely and blessed

Friday, April 3, 2015

Faithful Friday: He Sent His Son

The Faithful Friday falling on the week/end that the most incredible sacrifice ever made took place so many years ago is undoubtedly the most special... because at this time, I feel so indescribably and deeply aware of the amazement of how God sent His son on behalf of us- sinners through and through- that we might live.

This verse, along with perhaps the most well-known verse of all time, John 3:16, are so precious and beautiful because they convey in the most clear words the most significant sacrifice ever made and the very reason that we even have hope and faith in the first place.  Without this, we would not have the privilege of being owned and loved by our Savior.

Getting to read so many powerful verses tonight and meditating on the love that God has for you and me is so moving that it is emotional to think about.
Can you imagine anyone else who would show such immense love that He would lay down His life in sacrifice so that a group of people that would include ones who He knew would slander and even hate Him could have a chance at everlasting life?  I certainly cannot.  Only Jesus had that love for us, a love like no other.

When I study the verses over the last supper and the moments leading up to Christ's death, his death itself, and his resurrection, I am reminded of the greatest love that has ever or will ever exist... and I wonder whole-heartedly how it is that I ever doubt God's plan for my life in moments of weakness.   I hope God forgives me for those moments and helps my heart to trust Him fully, to show Him my appreciation for what He did for me despite my sins and imperfections. Something God and Jesus did not have to do, but wanted to.

Wanted to!  That is the most amazing part.

Happy Friday to you!

May you have a very blessed weekend!!

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