"Sweeter Than Fiction" by Taylor Swift
Monday, June 30, 2014
"Sweeter Than Fiction" by Taylor Swift
Friday, June 27, 2014
Monday, June 23, 2014
Sunday, June 22, 2014
I have lost some of my shine in the whole growing-up process. Who hasn't? I am way more confused and skeptical than I used to be. My heart has been bruised. My confidence has been shaken. I have been so full of fear that for a while my life was more about getting through than living.
But there is this beautiful thing called healing. God is healing all my scars and making me stronger. He is restoring me. And while the hard times aren't fun, in the end God is going to make me more whole than I ever was.
He wants to do the same for you. He wants to make you stronger.
You just have to let him.
Saturday, June 21, 2014
Thursday, June 19, 2014
This was awarded to me by Abigail at Sweeter Gets the Journey ... Thanks, Abigail!
There are 2 rules:
List 7 facts about yourself.
2. I have been outside of the U.S. three times-- once to Dublin and twice to the Caribbean.
3. I love Nancy Rue.
4. My favorite fiction book is Little Women by Louisa May Alcott.
5. My first concert was at Thompson-Boiling Arena to see Taylor Swift's Speak Now Tour.
6. I found a cute tee that says "Jesus Is My Rock & That's How I Roll" on Pinterest and thought it was awesome.
7. I am currently wearing a purple t-shirt and sheep-printed pajama pants.
I am passing this award on to Jill at The Wizard of Odds and Ends, Sarah at All Things Vintage, and Paige at Sunday Best and All the Rest.
Man, it sure feels like awards season!:)
Sunday, June 15, 2014
Saturday, June 14, 2014
|Please ignore the fact that my fitness plan has nothing to do with soccer.|
I took my ACT today at the community college! I think I did a little better on science and a little worse in English than I was expecting. Oh, the suspense.... I wonder what score I made?!
Anyway, that final test marked the conclusion of my sophomore year of high school! Yay! I like school, but it feels great to have tenth grade under my belt... or, under my stretchy waistband. See, I'm wearing Soffe shorts. (Gasp: I just admitted I'm wearing sweats on a fashion blog. Oops. You won't hold it against me, will you? :))
I have a few goals for this summer. Including to work harder on my fitness routine. Which, as of now, is less than 2 hours a week.
So, I enlisted my lovely mom of Bodies on a Budget to make me a two-week exercise plan to get me on the road to success with fitness. (Perks of having a mother with a background in Health Education.)
40 min. interval training cardio—30 min. treadmill, 5 min. trampoline, 5 min. step
20 min. resistance (arms and abs)
20 min. cardio— 1.7 miles
40 min. resistance—(legs, shoulders, delts, abs)
40 min. cardio—run 3 miles; walk the rest.
20 min. resistance (delts, back, traps)
30 min. cardio—10 min. treadmill, 10 min. tramp, 10 min. step
30 min. resistance (biceps, tris, delts, back)
Isn't she awesome?
So, now I wanna know:
Monday, June 9, 2014
Wednesday, June 4, 2014
Tuesday, June 3, 2014
- Where do you live? City, country, somewhere in between?
- What is the weather like there?
- What are your daily activities? School, sports, office job, grocery store runs? Do you travel?
- What kind of events do you attend? You probably don't need anything more formal than some nice dresses for special occasions. You can work your way down from there.
- My example: Where I live, I can use any warm-weather item. While it can get cold in the winter, I don't need too many coats. I need outfits for school, church, babysitting jobs, working out, and going to outdoor events.
- Eighty percent of your closet should be made of basic items that go with all your other clothing. The other things you like make up the other 20 percent.
Learn what you like.
- Do some research on fashion blogs, Pinterest, etc. You could also buy a couple books on fashion. I recommend Seventeen's Ultimate Guide to Style or Lauren Conrad Style. (These books aren't perfect-- not all the outfits are modest, the advice is not infallible, and LC Style has one mild use of language-- but they are really good overall.)
- Go through your closet. Donate or sell what you don't like or don't wear, and examine what you do. What does that say about you and your tastes? When you shop, keep that in mind, and don't buy things that you won't know how to pair with the stuff already in your closet.
- Remember that beauty without modesty isn't really beauty.
- My example: I like clothes that are Audrey-Hepburn-meets-fun-21st-century-teenager on a budget. I like a mix of classic, girly-girl, and creative. I like pretty shoes. And color. I don't like things that are ill-fitting or too "funky" and I don't take huge fashion risks. I generally can tell when something just doesn't work (that is, when it comes to everyday fashion... high fashion is still somewhat foreign to me, although I can appreciate it).
- While you're styling outfits, note which pieces you don't have that would really come in handy. Consider purchasing a few of those. (But make sure you don't get into that zone where what you have is not enough, if only you had more options, etc., etc. Not a godly place to be. Remember you already have enough. Talking to myself here as well.)
Monday, June 2, 2014
Sunday, June 1, 2014
Okay, so yesterday we talked about hygiene/beauty stuff, and today we're going to talk about actual fashion.
- Find someone in your life who has more experience with style than you do, and ask for her advice and opinions. I love having my mom as a mentor because she is totally honest if something doesn't work. She helps me cultivate my taste, which is one of the biggest parts of the whole fashion-thing.
- To avoid looking frumpy: be careful with accessories, sweaters/shawls, jeans, long skirts, and secondhand/vintage clothing. I like ALL of these things, as you could easily tell by going through my closet, but just know that they can be tricky. In a future post I plan to discuss how to stay on the chic side of these pieces.
- At first, stick with easy, mix-and-match basics. Concentrate on developing a wardrobe with easy-to-style pieces such as cute, quality tops, great-fitting jeans, and versatile flats. Dresses are also great because they instantly create an all-in-one outfit.
- Buy one complete, fabulous outfit that you know works and then use those pieces with the rest of your closet to create some great looks.
- Doing outfit posts has really helped me learn to style outfits better. If you're so inclined, you could start a blog or a little fashion journal to keep track of the outfits you make that you like. Just right it down, have someone take a picture, and keep it all organized. You might be able to track your improvement in a remarkable way.
- Follow the outfit checklist at the bottom of this post
Tomorrow I will have a post on wardrobe building :)
P.S. This advice is obviously not necessary for survival, and you don't have to follow every single tip. When I say you "need" to do something it's probably only in terms of fashion. Anyway, just a reminder that while the way you look and how you dress is important, it is not everything, not even close.