I Resolve To...

Thursday, January 9, 2014

I am not one for New Year's Resolutions, in fact I don't think I've really made one in a couple of years. However, I find nothing wrong with some fashion resolutions. For the month of January, I will be adding some "I Resolve To..." posts about how I want to fancy up my wardrobe for 2014. The first on the list: 

I Resolve To...

 J Crew top / Clare Vivier black handbag / Banana Republic black shawl / J.Crew Crinkle boy shirt in black check

Mixing prints is so fun and so easy. My mom has this idea that there are still rules in fashion, and I keep trying to tell her that all rules have gone out the window. There is so much freedom now  when it comes to how you dress. For  mixing patterns, I find that there are 3 simple rules:

1. Make sure you have at least one repeating color in each item of your outfit. (For example: black stripes with a leopard clutch or shoes).
2. Combine loose patterns with classic/structured patterns. (For example: leopard and polka dots with stripes and plaid). 
3. Blend small designs with larger designs (For example: small gingham with large bold stripes).

banana republic
 It's as easy as 1, 2, 3...and I plan on carrying this new trend throughout the year of 2014!!

Friendship at It's Finest

Friday, January 3, 2014

Do you ever stress over being a good enough friend? Whew, I do. I think every girl feels like they fail at friendship at some point in their lives -- we over-commit; get caught up with work, boys, life; or we simply just get selfish. With most of my friends living all over the country, it adds to the stress of whether or not I'm there for them enough.

As I've been looking back on the past year, I had a realization --> A strong friendship doesn't need daily conversation or constant togetherness (even though both of those things are amazing); but a good friendship needs commitment - commitment that at our darkest hour or most joyful of moments we stand by each others sides.

I have been taught this lesson throughout the past 6 months. My friends - new and old - have rallied around me through some of my lowest points and have truly blessed me with their words of encouragement and love. They turned what could have been horrible days into some of the best times of my life. And for that I am grateful.
I am taking this lesson and applying it to my new fresh start of a year. I resolve to be committed to my friends- to stand by them as they have stood by me.

A Fresh Start...2014

Wednesday, January 1, 2014

2013 is officially over, and all I can say is good riddance. I never expected a year to be so filled with heartache and change. Despite how hard the past year has been, I am thankful for all of the lessons I've learned, for the friendships I've made, and for how I know Him better because of it all. I've learned that things don't always turn out the way you planned, or the way you think they should. I've learned that there are things that go wrong that don't always get fixed or get put back together the way they were before. I've learned that change can be hard, but sometimes necessary. I've learned that some broken things stay broken, and that you can get through bad times, and keep looking for better ones as long as you surround yourself with people who love you. I am more than excited to put the past year behind me and start a new season in my life.

God has wiped my life clean of all distractions, and has given me a chance to reflect on who I want to be and where exactly I want to go. I'm trying to align my desires to His (a task easier said than done), and I know that 2014 will bring joy and direction to my life!! Here is to a VERY happy NEW YEAR!

Fear and Trust

Wednesday, October 30, 2013

My whole life I've been fearful. Fearful of being alone. Fearful of not being enough. Fearful of things not going according to my plan or timeline. I've been so anxiety ridden, that I've forgotten to trust and experience the amazing relationship God is begging me for.

My pastor always says that God ruins you in the best possible way. A couple months ago my world turned upside down. All of my worst fears came true. A love I truly thought would last forever ended, and I was left standing alone, insecure, and without a plan. To say that I was angry and confused with God is an understatement. This had been something I'd prayed fervently about for 3 years and I couldn't understand why He took it away.

As I reflect on where life has taken me these past few months, it's easy to see that God "ruined" my plans so that He could rebuild me for His divine purpose. He is the Master Planner and knows where our lives will take us. He doesn't want his children to live in fear and anxiety, he wants us to live in joy and freedom.

Trusting in the Lord's plan is not easy. The healing process I've been going through is certainly a struggle. It's hard to put complete faith in God when we have selfish hearts that want instant gratification. But if there is one thing I've learned, it's that there is so much freedom from fear, anxiety, and doubt when we trust in God's perfect plan and timing.

God's "NO" to things is actually in preparation for His plan when he says "GO."

Some truths I've learned about trusting: 
God never makes mistakes. 
Isaiah 46:10

God is enough. He is all we need. 
Psalm 23:1, Psalm 73:23-26, Colossians 1:9-10

We are not alone. God's love is infinite and unconditional. 
John 15:13, 1 John 4:7-10, Romans 8:38-39, Ephesians 3:14-19 

In life, we'll be thrown many curveballs, and we'll want to question His plan. But I'm finding joy in knowing that God is in control and am working on experiencing the freedom of giving it all to Him.

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Guilty Pleasures Update

Tuesday, March 26, 2013

Embarrassingly, it has been almost 4 months since I've posted. So much has happened that I can't wait to share with you. But first, it's all about my new favorites. Check out my guilty pleasures page to see what I've been crushing on lately! 

Pumpkin Streusel Bars

Monday, November 12, 2012

I am on a serious Pumpkin kick lately, and stock up on cans of pumpkin puree every time I go to Publix just in case I find a new recipe I want to try. I made these bars for bible study a couple week ago, and then brought the left overs to school for my teacher girls - let's just say, they were a hit! If you make them, make sure to share, otherwise, beware -- these bad boys are super yummy straight from the fridge!
1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
3/4 cup light brown sugar
1/2 cup sugar
1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon nutmeg
1/2 teaspoon salt
3 eggs
1 can pumpkin puree
1 1/2 teaspoons vanilla extract
3/4 cup canola oil

3/4 cup all-purpose flour
1/3 cup light brown sugar
6 tablespoons butter
1 teaspoon cinnamon
3/4 cup chopped pecans

1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Grease and flour a 13x9 inch baking pan. 

2. Mix together the flour, sugars, baking powder, cinnamon, nutmeg and salt in a medium bowl. 

3. Mix together the eggs, pumpkin, vanilla and oil in a large bowl. 

4. Stir the dry ingredients into the wet ingredients and mix until well blended. 

5. Spread pumpkin mixture into baking dish. 

6. Combine 3/4 cup flour, brown sugar and cinnamon in a small bowl. Cut the butter into the mixture until it becomes crumbly.  Mix in the pecans and then sprinkle the mixture evenly over the pumpkin batter. 

7. Bake for 25-30 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean. 

8. Cool completely, then cut into squares to serve. (Store in refrigerator). 

The Things I'm Grateful For

Saturday, November 10, 2012

5 more things I'm grateful for in this month of Thanksgiving...

6. A warm cup of coffee
I don't care if I've "brewed" it myself in my keurig, or I get it from Starbucks, Dunkin Donuts, or Panera...I am so thankful for coffee. It is truly something I look forward to everyday. 

7. Living by the Beach
I never thought I would say this, considering that I miss living somewhere that has all 4 seasons, but I am truly thankful for living by the beach. It is so fun to know that I can jump in the car and have my toes in the sand in a matter of minutes. I actually think that I take this for granted and I really want to make it a point to be more thankful for this wonderful state I live in. 

8. My love of Baking
I am grateful for a family of women who love to bake. My nana was a fabulous baker, and made everything from cookies, cakes, and pies. She instilled in all of us a serious love of sweets. My mom has this gift also. I'm attempting to be half as good as they are, and it truly is so soothing and fun to bake after a long week of stress. 

9. Books!!!!
I would be so lonely and lost without books. They are truly my escape after a long day or stress and craziness. They keep me calm, sane, and imagining! 

10. My iPhone
I know this sounds crazy, but I am so grateful for my iphone. It doesn't matter where I am, my iphone gives me the ability to check all of my fav apps - pinterest, facebook, etsy, tumblr, instagram, and twitter. I know you get it if you have an iphone. It's just a simple thing I would be lost without.  

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