What I’m Wearing: Easter 2017

 

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Dress: Francesca’s (similar) Red Necklace: Francesca’s Shoes: Old Navy

Easter is one of my favorite holidays for a couple of reasons. It is a day that I am reminded that Jesus has risen and that I am made new because of His great sacrifice! It is also a day filled with pastel dresses, chocolate eggs and family brunches, so yeah, of course I am excited.

I love planning my outfit for this special day! This year, I choose to break away from the traditional floral-printed dress and decided to go with something trendy!

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I’ve been obsessed with both the embroidery and the cold-shoulder trend, so I thought I would go with this fantastic dress from Francesca’s that combines both of these spring trends!

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Purse: Forever 21

I added a red, chunky beaded necklace, a baby-blue bucket bag, and lace-up brown sandals to complete the look. I must say, I love this outfit and I am so excited to wear it on Easter Sunday!

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Do have any special plans for Easter weekend? If so, what are you wearing? 🙂

Have a beautiful day,

Jenny

He is not here; he has risen! Remember how he told you, while he was still with you in Galilee: ‘The Son of Man must be delivered over to the hands of sinners, be crucified and on the third day be raised again.’ Luke 24:6-7

 

April Endeavors

To be honest, this past month, the words “self-control” have not been in my vocabulary. I’m hoping this next month looks a little different.

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I have two things that I want to challenge myself with:

  1. I will not eat any sweets in the month of April, besides two pieces of dark chocolate a day. (Dark chocolate is medicinal, so I can’t take that out of my life.)
  2. I will not buy anything “new” in the month of April. (This refers to retail stores. Thrifting and consigning is okay, because the pieces are not “new,” but they are just new to me!)

I chose to challenge myself in these two things for a couple of reasons:

  • I have a sweet-tooth right now and I cannot seem to get a hold of it!
  • I need to save money and watch how much I am spending.
  • I have recently wanted to establish a general practice in my life of only thrifting for clothing pieces, to not only to push past my comfort zone in style but also for the environmental aspect.
  • I want to focus on what I do have, rather than what I do not have.
  • I “reward” myself by eating sweets and going shopping, and I want to learn how to do that in a healthier, more practical way.
  • I want to be challenged and uncomfortable in order to rely more on the Lord.
  • I want to know that I can do these things, for a month, or longer.

I will keep you all updated. How do you want to challenge yourself this next month?

Jenny 🙂

 

 

Current Faves for Spring 2017

SO many cute things are available for spring, but unlike the fashion magazines and retailers believe, you DON’T have to break the bank to pick some pieces to upgrade your spring wardrobe!

Here are some pieces that I am loving for this spring, that are all under $20!

I have linked them all for you below. Happy shopping!! 🙂

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Slides,cacti flats, floral neck tie, off the shoulder top and chambray dress: Forever 21 // Skirt and earrings: Francesca’s // Lavender Bomber: H&M // Ruffle tank top: Free People

Have a great week friends!

Jenny

P.S. If you like these types of blog posts, let me know! I love looking for deals for you all!

 

 

Life’s a Balance

“Life is a balance” is a phrase that my dad has stressed to me and my siblings over the years. I didn’t fully understand this phrase, nor did I believe it was true, until I got to college.

Currently, I am navigating what it looks like to balance personal and physical growth while being content with where I am at currently. (Disclaimer: if you are looking for a way to find that perfect balance, you got the wrong blog post.)

Lately, I have been saying blanket statements about things I want to improve upon. To be more specific, I can give a few examples that have been on repeat in my head lately:

  • I want to go outside more and be physically active more often.
  • I want to further develop and improve my blog and Instagram.
  • I want to save money.
  • I want to cook healthier food more often.
  • I want to spend more time with people I love and care for.
  • I want to get more involved in my church community.

Don’t get me wrong, these are all good things that I hope I always strive towards. But notice that, all of these things are not specific goals. I just tell myself, ‘I should do all these things more than I am doing them now, or I should have more success at them than I am currently experiencing.’

Clearly, I am never going to fully reach these unattainable, ambiguous and unspecific goals. It would be impossible, because no matter how much I do these things or how much success I will have, I will always want more. 

J. Paul Getty, founder of Getty Oil, was named the “richest living American” in 1957. After gaining an enormous amount of wealth and success, he was posed the question, “how much money is enough?” He answered, “Just a little bit more.”

That is the all-consuming trap–the trap that prevents us from being content, leaving us even more unsatisfied than before.

To avoid or get out of this trap, an attitude of thankfulness has to be adopted. This can be done by writing down a list of things you are grateful for, acknowledging things that you have accomplished during the day, or reflecting on how much progress you have made in the last year or so. Additionally, consider making a clear and specific plan on how you want to move forward. Instead of having all these unspecific goals, consider setting specific times for each thing that you wish to accomplish.

At the end of the day, I believe that it is more significant to be content with where I am now than to always be striving towards something. 

Here is a book that I am currently reading that has helped me navigate some of these thoughts and I would highly recommend it: “Telling Yourself the Truth” by William Backus and Marie Chapian.

Sincerely,

Jenny

February Thrift Finds

This past month I rediscovered my love for the thrift store.

I found some great pieces that I think fit the latest spring trends.

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I have seen embroidered pinstriped blouses everywhere, but I am loving how different and unique this find was!

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Embroidered Button-up: Savers Jeans: J. Crew Oxfords: Buffalo Exchange

Lately, I have also been playing with patterns, so when I found this overall floral dress, I knew that it would be the perfect staple for spring! Here’s to many more pattern play outfits.

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Striped tee and overall dress: Buffalo Exchange

“Florals for spring…groundbreaking.” (gotta love that movie!!)

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Free People Ringer Tee: Goodwill Boyfriend Jeans: Forever 21 ($8!!) Shoes: Converse

Cute and comfy tees, boyfriend jeans, and converse are my current uniform, so when I found this Free People top at Goodwill for $3, I knew I had to pick it up!!

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Tank top: Goodwill (Forever 21) Skirt: Buffalo Exchange Shoes: Savers

This last outfit is all thrifted–head to toe! I am loving this outfit and these rich colors lately, and personally, I think they work all year round, not just in the fall time.

Did you find anything you absolutely love from the thrift store this month? If not, I hope I at least encouraged you to give thrifting a try 🙂

Jenny

Treat Yo’ Self

Some may think that treating yourself to something means spending money, but I beg to differ. I think that you can “treat yourself” even better if you don’t spend a lot or any money!

 

 

After long weeks of classes, work, homework and adulting, I normally treat myself to something on the weekends. Here are my ten favorite ways to show myself a little love and appreciation for free:

  1. Cook yourself dinner. Make something super easy or try that new complicated, 12-step recipe that you found on Pinterest.
  2. Paint your nails. I love this because it requires making myself sit down for about an hour and do nothing while I wait for them to dry.
  3. Write a letter. You would be surprised about how good you feel after you send it off in the mail!
  4. Journal. Journaling is one of my favorite things to do, but I don’t get to do it very often in the middle of the week. Take time to sit down and write about how you are doing and process through your week.
  5. Watch a movie. I love curling up on the couch to watch a movie! I have a few favorites that I love to watch, but I am always up for watching something new too. Maybe put on a face mask while you are at it too!
  6. Go on a hike/walk. Hikes and walks put me in such a good mood, and if I am not rushing to get somewhere, then it is even better!
  7. Shop your closet. Create 3 new outfit combinations with things that you already own. I love doing this, because it makes me focus on what I have, not on what I want.
  8. Brain dump. This is similar to journaling, but I love to treat myself by writing EVERYTHING that has been circling in my head down on paper. You might end up with a long list of things that you feel like you need to do, but I have learned that it is less stressful to see them all on paper.
  9. Call someone you haven’t talked to in a while. Connecting with others is a great way to destress, as well as let someone know that you care about them and are thinking of them!
  10. Read a book. One of my FAVORITE things to do is to stay in bed or on the couch for an hour or two and read for pleasure. It is also a perfect way to sneak in a short afternoon nap!

I think that it is safe to say that our consumeristic culture promotes spending a lot of money and buying luxury goods to help ourselves feel better and well-cared for, but these feelings do not last long. While it is okay to buy yourself something nice every once in a while, I think it is more important to know what makes you feel relaxed, refreshed and renewed, without having to deplete your savings account.

What are some ways that you treat yourself? 🙂

Jenny

Outfit Ideas for February 14th

So, a holiday is coming up soon. Can anyone guess what it is?

I absolutely love February 14th for two reasons: 1) I get to celebrate and show others around me how much I care about them and 2) It is Arizona’s birthday!

So yeah, the day is pretty wonderful.

While I will most likely be celebrating with my fav gals and eating cupcakes in honor of good ole AZ, I thought I would show you some potential outfit ideas, for whatever you have planned!

Date night? How about a lacy black, bell-sleeved dress! Yes, please.

 

Going out for lunch or coffee with some friends? I’d opt for a blouse and some fun accessories to complete the outfit.

 

Whatever you choose to wear, I hope that you have the best Valentine’s Day and that you feel loved and special!

Love, Jenny

P.S. 10 ways to treat yourself (for free!!) are coming soon to the blog, so be on the lookout! 🙂

 

Real Talk

There is a difference between jealousy and comparison.

Jealousy: “She looks like she is having a lot of fun because of her picture on Instagram. I wish that my day was going better and that I could have that much fun.”

Comparison: “She looks like she is having a lot of fun because of her picture on Instagram. I must not be very fun to be around because I am not having a good time with my friends.”

As from these somewhat elementary examples, it is clear to see that jealousy and comparison are not synonyms.

Jealousy is wanting something that someone else has, and maybe holding a grudge or some anger against the person who has the desired thing. Comparison results in feelings of inadequacy in one’s character, ability and/or appearance. It could also result in someone thinking of themselves as being above another person.

Either way, jealousy and comparison are toxic.

However, they are everywhere and seem to be inescapable. To be honest, this past week has been hard, as I have compared myself to other people in my life, whether it be because of how they look, how they can relate to others, or how successful, in their own unique way, they are.

Don’t get me wrong, comparison is and has always been an issue in my life, but this week it has been harder. Is it just because I am around more successful, beautiful, intelligent and wonderful people? Or is it because I am not feeling confident in who I am or what I am doing?

I didn’t start this blog post to come to a conclusion on how to erase any sense of comparison or jealousy in my or anyone else’s life. I don’t think it happens that easily. However, I know a few things to believe and tell myself in order to combat these feelings of inadequacy:

  • I am unique from everyone in the world. Even if I tried to be someone else, I could not do it. If someone tried to be me, they could not do it, because we are all different. (Isn’t that so freeing?)
  • Other people’s successes do not lessen my own.
  • Even those who I compare myself to, compare themselves to another. I am not alone in feeling inadequate at times.
  • I have a unique set of skills and experiences that no one else can exactly reciprocate.
  • I can rejoice in the fact that other people are awesome and do awesome things, because that is how I am able to have opportunities and be inspired and grow as a person doing my own awesome stuff.
  • I am constantly growing, adapting, changing, failing and succeeding in things I am doing and in who I am. However, I am and will always be God’s chosen daughter, whom He loves and is pleased with.
  • He has created me to be different from the rest, so who am I to suggest that I am not good enough?

I am never going to be perfect, but neither is the person I am comparing myself to. But, thank the Lord that I do not have to be. He tells me it is okay that I am the way I am, because he made me that way. He tells me that I am as worthy, adored and valuable as the next person. He tells me that I will fall into thoughts of comparison, but to not lose heart, for when I am weak and worn out from trying to be someone I am not, He is strong.

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“But he said to me, ‘My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in your weakness.’ Therefore I will boast all the more gladly of my weaknesses, so that the power of Christ may rest upon me. For the sake of Christ, then, I am content with weakness, insults, hardships, persecutions, and calamities. For when I am weak, then I am strong.” 

Jenny

 

classy combo

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Button up: Loft Vest: Forever 21 Purse: Rebecca Minkoff   Shoes/Jeans: Old Navy 

Something about fluffy vests and button-ups make me feel much classier than I actually am. And don’t even get me started on the snakeskin flats.

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This vest has been in the back of my closet for a while now. I’ve worn it before, but it is definitely out of my comfort zone. But I’ve realized that comfort zones are overrated, especially when it comes to personal style. So I went for it.

I have a few fashion role models that I look up to, who never seem too afraid to try something new or wear something a little out of the ordinary.

I used to think that there was a set formula to being “fashionable” and I had to fit this mold. Fortunately, I was wrong.

Personal style is different from fashion. Personal style is a way to express yourself as you interpret trends and fads and use pieces in your wardrobe to create something new! Fashion is something that the designers create and the stores sell, however, you can buy as many “fashionable” pieces as you want and still lack personal style. More on this later, but I just thought I would share some of my thoughts.

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Have a great Sunday 🙂

Jenny

spring teaser

If you know me personally, you know that I have always loved and will love two things: embroidery and floral.

So, when I saw a pair of high waisted jeans that had floral embroidery on them at Forever 21, I knew I had to try them on. And then when they ACTUALLY fit me (Forever 21 pants and my legs do not normally get along), I knew I couldn’t leave the store without them.

Of the many ways that I know I will wear them in the near future, here are two ways that I styled them:

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bomber: Buffalo Exchange – tank: Old Navy – Jeans: Forever 21 – Shoes: Steve Madden

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Sweater: H&M (similar) Booties: Qupid Shoes

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So, yes, you might be seeing these jeans a lot this spring. And probably lots of other embroidered pieces from me.

I hope you enjoyed my first outfit post and that you stick around for more in the future! I loved putting it together and I am super excited about this blog.

A little bit of truth for this Thursday:

“Therefore I tell you, do not be anxious about your life, what you will eat or what you will drink, nor about your body, what you will put on. Is not life more than food, and the body more than clothing?” Matthew 6:25

Sincerely, Jenny