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My Tribe

I told y’all last week that I am currently obsessed with chokers. And I did not lie. I only have them in black right now, which is probably a good thing because if I had other colors, I might wear them EVERY. SINGLE. DAY.

I’m not sure that the choker in this outfit adds a whole lot, especially since the rest of my outfit is brown. But, it’s cute, so I went with it.

Not much else to say about this that I haven’t already said – chokers are back, and I love it. Shirts tied at the waist are back, and I love it. Tribal prints are probably about on their way out, but I still love it. And the cold(er) weather is here, bringing with it tights and boots – and I love it!

1-denim-shirt-tribal-skirtAre there any trends that you refuse to let go of, even if you know they’re on their way out? Or, maybe they’ve long passed an you just don’t care – fashion is all open to interpretation, anyway! Share your favorites!

Vacation Shopping!

One of my friends asked me last week if I’d help her find some clothes for her trip to the beach in August.  I was, of course, more than happy to oblige.

My friend had a couple specific things in mind, so I went to work.  Let me preface this by saying, if you want something specific in a designated amount of time, it is harder to find good bargains.  Most of my clothes have been obtained by just happening upon them; not by going out with a specific item in mind.

For the first outfit, she was looking for a sequin skirt in a tribal/Aztec print to wear with a simple tank and sandals.  I’ve seen these skirts a lot, but finding them online was a little trickier than I expected.  I did manage to find a few, though – the skirts on the left are all sequined; the one on the right is the print my friend wanted; just without the bling.

C's skirts

For the second outfit, my friend wanted some shorts – either lace or patterned, and preferably in blue or orange.  Well, shorts are much easier to find, and I was able to come up with quite a few choices I think she’ll like.

C's shorts

On the left are some patterned options (including one sequined Aztec print short), and the right are the lacy-options.  I realize it’s not the prettiest picture ever – cropping out models’ hands makes shorts look weird.  But, you at least get the point.

All of these items are for purchase  – just click the small pictures below each outfit.  And the shorts/skirts all come from some of my favorite stores for (fairly) reasonably-priced trendy clothes:  Dress Up (a Georgia boutique), Altar’d State (a faith-based store that gives back to the community with every purchase); Fiore (a sorority girl boutique), and Francesca’s (where my haul the other day was from).  If you’re looking for something specific and on a leaner budget, I would also recommend checking out Thread Up – it’s an online thrift store with a lot of cute clothes, a very user-friendly interface, and very affordable prices.

Also, I always feel compelled to say that I don’t really enjoy online shopping.  It takes the fun out of it for me really, plus sizing is hard.  But, if you hate malls, don’t have time to go to drive around shopping, or aren’t scared about possibly having to return something, it’s helpful.

And, if you need help shopping, I’m always happy to hassist!  At some point, I will have to start charging, but until then, let me use you as a guinea pig and we can find some great clothes together!  Happy Monday, everyone!

Who Am I?

To round out the week of Tim Tebow, here is one last blog post based on his message (since it’s a good point and since I don’t ever want to forget anything he said).

How do you define yourself and find your value?

I’ll be honest, this is something I’ve struggled with for years.  I know the Christian answer is, “I’m a child of God,” and value comes from knowing who you are in God’s eyes.  And I believe that is where we should find it, but it has always seemed so abstract to me.  What does that really mean and look like?

I think the answer of how we define ourselves varies for each person.  If you’re single, perhaps you define yourself by how many dates you go on, if you’re in a relationship, or even how many Tinder matches you get (guilty on all counts).  If you’re married, maybe its by how strong your relationship with your spouse seems to be on any given day.  Maybe you place all your value in your work performance (I had a college professor flat out tell me once I needed to define myself by more than just my grades, as I cried in his office over (an unfairly) low test score), or your friend network, or your fashion sense…  (I’ve shared before that I feel completely inadequate to write a fashion blog, so the value I place in myself based on that goes up and down like a roller coaster).

Tim gave an example of his own life where he was, in the same year, voted one of the most popular athletes in America and cut from his team.  Obviously, that had the potential to put him on the aforementioned proverbial roller coaster.  If he derived his value and meaning as an individual from those outside forces, he would have faced an identity crisis that year, as he was forced to choose which definition of himself to believe – that he was a beloved athlete, or that he just wasn’t good enough.

However, Tim doesn’t define himself by how other people see him.  Instead, he is confident in who he is in the Lord, knowing that God has a special purpose for his life, no matter what others may say, think, or do.  And that’s true of all of us.  Whether we are promoted or fired, His plans for us are good, to give us a future and a hope.  No matter if we have 5 facebook friends or 5,000, He promises He will never leave us or forsake us.  If our fashion taste is lauded by InStyle magazine, or bemoaned by Stacy London, God still enjoys our creativity.  And even if every Saturday night is spent at home alone watching Netflix with nary a text message alert, His opinion of us is still that we are lovely.

How are you defining yourself?  This is a journey that I am still on; even as recently as a few weeks ago, one of my friends kindly commented on my (above-average) need for validation, drawing my attention to the fact that I still have a long way to go in understanding God’s love and what that really means for my life.  But, I’m working on it.  I don’t want to be defined any more by outside forces that change with the wind.  Rather, I want to have that peace that comes from knowing you are deeply loved by a God who never changes and knows absolutely everything about you, yet still calls you His own.

Is this something you struggle with?  If so, what are some of the steps you can take to define yourself in a healthy way?  If not currently, but you’ve dealt with this in the past, what were some of the ways you learned to define yourself according to what God says, rather than what the world says?  What is your favorite promise from the Lord about how much He values you and who you are in Him?

Let’s celebrate ourselves today!  Have a good weekend everyone!

1 - patterned dress nude heels(This outfit is completely unrelated to anything else in this post.  I just wanted to have another fashion-related post this week, and I felt like this one needed a picture.)

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