Sunday, May 29, 2016

Sunday Style: Black and White Floral

It's no secret that I love all things black and white- throw in a floral pattern and I'm in love for sure! I love this dress so much from karinadresses ! It's the perfect size floral pattern for me but it's also the best dress shape for my body type. I love the way it's a faux wrap adding interest but the vee neck elongates my body and the tie that wraps around my waist accentuates it.

I talk about karinadresses all the time. It's because they are so easy to wear and easy to love! This dress is the Margaret style. It fits almost as a maxi on me but it's really a midi dress. I've had other dresses that are similar but I love this one for summer because it's perfect with sandals! I'm wearing black wedges with mine that I got on a super sale last year. 

The print is so bold that minimal accessories are needed. I am wearing some bangle bracelets and earrings with mine. A small clutch or straw bag would also be perfect with this. 

It's getting so green in the park! I love watching the seasons change! Enjoy these pictures of this dress- love it? This weekend, you can get 20% off too during their Memorial Day sale! Shop the link on the blog and get yours today! 

Hope you all have a wonderful weekend! Thanks for reading and following along with me! 


Monday, May 23, 2016

Sunday Style: The Prom That Never Was

Maybe it's the fact that I am teaching every day now but I have become nostalgic and find myself reminiscing about my younger years when I was in school. Fifth and sixth graders don't go to proms but you would be surprised at the talk that I hear..."we are dating, he cheated on me"...I told one girl that she needs to enjoy her time being a kid and don't worry about dating. She will have plenty of time to get out there and date- but not when you are eleven!

Anyways, I digress. I didn't go to a prom because I went to Christian school. There was no prom but we did have a Junior-Senior Banquet each year. I remember fondly my Junior year and my double date. I wore a beautiful navy dress off the rack from TJ Maxx - I vividly remember how much I loved this dress. It was a regular dress, nothing fancy, and I remember wearing it to church as well. I've always been a bigger girl and I remember how this dress came in at the waist and made me feel good.

My Senior year was a different story. My graduating class was small- only one guy- and he and I went together to the banquet. That year we dressed up more. I wore the teal tea-length dress that I wore in my sister's wedding. That's right- I said teal tea-length and boy, was it gorgeous! Not to mention the white pantyhose with the black patent shoes. The dress was satin and the kicker was the tiers in the back and the bow. Again, I remember feeling good about myself and the dress that I wore.

I'm glad I had these experiences. I was talking to a friend of mine recently about not going to a prom and she proceeded to tell me all about hers. I'm not going to lie. I was a little jealous but at the same time, I'm glad I didn't have all of the pressures that go along with going to prom. I'm already admittedly nervous about when/if my son decides that he will attend one. I'm already thinking about what I would and would not want him to do. 

But back to me...A common theme was that I still remember these nights and how I felt. I still remember having so much fun and the dress I wore. I remember the way I felt when wearing these dresses so it's important to pick something that you love and that makes you feel good! 

Fast forward a few (ahem) years and I get to dress up again! This dress from Azazie is no exception when it comes to feeling beautiful! I was able to customize this dress with my measurements so it fits me. I chose a beautiful navy color in the Julianne style and I love the beautiful beading and lace. This dress is perfect for bridesmaids, proms, dances, and dates. It's a beautiful modest dress that can be worn over and over again for different occasions.

If I were going to prom, I might pay someone to put my hair in an updo. I might wear more jewelry or carry a different clutch or wear different shoes. I thought about all of those things as I was getting ready to put on this dress. If I could rewind and tell my future self some things it would be this: The best accessory that you can wear is a smile. Focus on the things that make you happy. This life is short and it's the only one that we've got. Make the most of it. Don't worry about what other people think about you. You are beautiful just the way you are. 

Here are some pictures of this beautiful dress from Azazie: 

And because I can't let you all go without seeing some flashback pictures: 

This is the only picture I could find of the navy dress I wore in my Junior year-

And this beauty is the teal dress- front and back! 

As you or your children or friends or whoever go through this season, make sure to check out Azazie  and the options that they have to offer! Many gorgeous dresses with amazing colors and styles! 

Dress: Azazie (online recent)
Shoes: Marshalls (old)
Clutch: Express (old) 

Thanks for reading and following along with me! 


Sunday, May 1, 2016

When Life Hands You Lemons...

When life hands you lemons, make lemonade! Anyone else ever get tired of hearing all of the positive things? Why can't I just be sour? Why can't I just wallow in my own self-pity? Well, you can. You can do this, but is that any way that you want to live your life? 

Recently, life handed me some lemons. Like a lot of lemons. Like bushels and bushels of lemons. For a while, I was sour. I was bitter. I didn't look on the bright side. I chose to dwell on the negative. Why did these things happen to me? Why can't my life be great like everyone else? 

I didn't realize that the lemons were handed to me so that I could make something more of myself. So that I could learn to trust, to love, to learn, to teach. I didn't realize that I was being used and will continue to be used to do His work. Sometimes we have to go through the fire to made into something beautiful. How can I expect my life to be polished if I get upset at every little swipe that is made at me? 

This past week I was able to help three different people. I was able to share experiences with each of these people and tell them how my experience helped me to become the person that I am today. Instead of crying and wallowing in my self-pity, I turned my lemons into lemonade. 

I learned something really important this week. Hebrews 12:2 says "Looking unto Jesus the author and finisher of our faith; who for the joy that was set before him endured the cross, despising the shame, and is set down at the right hand of the throne of God."  My story isn't finished yet. He is still writing it. Even though I am unsure and scared of the future sometimes, it isn't over yet. He knows what I need and will provide.

So I have humbled myself and found myself at my lowest but I know that He will lift me up.  I will look back one day and be thankful for these lemons. I will be thankful for everything that happened to me even though I may not know why He chose me to get the lemons. 

What better way to share a story than represent it in your clothing? When I saw this skirt, I was immediately drawn to it because of the whimsical print. I have a couple of other items with lemons on them and now every time I wear them, I will be constantly reminded of the lemons in my life-past, present and future.

Here are some pictures of this fun outfit that I wore today-I even found a yellow building which made me even happier!

Skirt- Eva Mendes for New York and Company (recent in store and online)
Striped tee- JCrew (old)
Heels- Loft (old)

Thank you for reading and following along with me!