Simple Outfit Staples

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I’ve worn this outfit all over the place the last few weeks. I’ve had tons of questions and compliments on the top and I completely understand why! It’s such a functional piece that can transform from casual to dressy with just a few accessory changes. I’m in the short rows of wearing cute clothes everyday since the fall dance season starts in a week. Once I’m back at the studio full time, it’s athletic clothes all day everyday for me! So, I’m definitely going to make the most of it while I can. On a real note, these shoes are a dream. I’ve already told my mom I going to wear them on my wedding day, whenever that may be lol. They are more comfortable than any of my tennis shoes and look so similar to one of my favorite designer’s loafer pumps. I got them from TJMaxx for a STEAL! Happy Eclipse day everyone, don’t look at the sun!!!

Top: Forever 21 | Jeans: Kensie Jeans (similar jeans here) | Belt: Anne Klien (similar belt here) | Shoes: Franco Sarto (similar shoes herehere, and here) | Clutch: It’s Fashion Metro (similar here)| Watch: Kate Spade (similar here) | Bracelet: Amazon (similar here)

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Back To School: Sage Sweater

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I’m beyond bummed that I’m not returning to school this fall, but I am hopeful that I’ll be attending graduate school soon! I thought it would be fun to share an outfit that is great for going back to school or simply a cute outfit to wear out and about. While it’s an outfit that is more for cooler weather,  planning for fall is always an exciting time. I made a few purchases from Forever 21 and found this sweater at an INCREDIBLE price. I’m serious. You absolutely cannot beat the deal of this sweater. At any boutique this top would be almost triple the price. I love the sage color and cable knit fabric. I’m also in love with the cut out back. I think it’s very business in the front, party in the back! You’ll definitely love this sweater as much as I do.

Jeans: Gap Factory | Sunnies: Rue 21 | Earrings: It’s Fashion Metro | Booties: DibaTrue

(similar or exact items are linked below!)

Tortoise Shell Aviator Sunglasses •

Diba True Java Time (Women’s) •

Super high rise true skinny jeans •

Chunky Drop Hoop Earrings •

Cutout Back Sweater •

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Trend Alert: Caged Back Sweater

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I’ve already started shopping for cooler weather, even though it’s still pretty warm in NC. I found this sweater at Forever 21 and purchased it for its color, lightweight material, and caged back detail. It’s one of those pieces you can start wearing in the summer and easily transform it into a fall look. It’s less than $16, so it’s definitely budget friendly. I ordered a size up (medium) to have a more oversized look and just rolled the sleeves up. I love tucking in oversized tops and wearing a statement belt. I think it’s super fun! This sweater comes in three different colors, and all three are gorgeous, I am wearing the light blue.  You can shop this sweater here!

Sunglasses: Rue 21 | ring : TJMaxx | Jeans: Rugged Warehouse | Belt: Amazon

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Faith Friday – What do balloons and Jesus have in common?

I was dropping my Charlie off at his doggie daycare this morning – of course my dog goes to daycare. Doesn’t yours? I passed by a car dealership with balloons tied to the cars. I guess it’s supposed to make me want to buy a car? Kinda makes me want to go to a birthday party and eat cake. Anyway, I noticed one floating across the sky. It was being tossed in the wind across the road. Nothing too crazy. But my focus immediately stayed with that balloon.

I think Jesus would have noticed it too. Jesus was pretty keen on seeking out the one that had become separated from its home. He told the Pharisees the story of the lost sheep. He explains that if you had one hundred sheep and one went missing, you would leave the other ninety-nine to search and search for that one, and once you found it, you’d celebrate. He says all that to allude to finding you and me. Before I came to know my Jesus, He was actively searching for me. His desire was for me to know Him and build His kingdom. Thank God He loved me, the wandering balloon, rescued me and changed me. The cool thing is, since He found me, He hasn’t stopped showing me how precious I am to Him. His pursuit is continuous and His care is infinite. No matter how lost or gone anyone thinks they are. His desire is for you to come home. I’m so thankful for that! Happy Friday friends!

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Beauty Standouts

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I haven’t done a roundup of my favorite beauty products in a hot minute. I guess it’s because I haven’t been wearing much make-up since it’s 5 million degrees outside. However, the few products I have been using, are STUNNERS.

This Kenra Volume Spray is a travel sized hairspray/volume booster that I purchased out of impulse on Amazon. It keeps my hair full of volume throughout the day. Definitely worth a try.

Loreal’s Voluminous Lash Paradise Mascara – NOT  THE WATERPROOF KIND – I love, love, love this mascara. I bought mine from Target. I have puny, baby lashes, so anything that claims to give them life and volume is coming home with me.  The brush is a great quality and really separates and coats each lash evenly.

Dior’s Forever foundation is the best high-end foundation I have EVER used. I purchased it from Dillards. The coverage is super buildable, which may sound like a turn off to some, but I don’t like heavy foundations at all. It even smells high-end. So good.

This may take you back to your middle school years, but Nollie is one of my favorite perfumes. I purchased this from Pac Sun.  It’s scent has hints of citrus and is great to wear everyday, not just for special occasions.

NYX ultra HD concealer is a new favorite of mine. I am a die-hard Maybelline Fit Me girl, but this concealer is a close competitor.  It is so creamy, full coverage, and light weight. You need this in your beauty collection. I purchased it from Target.

I ran out of my trusty Kat Von D and my Stilla eyeliner and purchased a drugstore liner from Target to test out instead. This NYX Epic Eyeliner is such a good alternative for a lower price. It’s black, doesn’t bleed, and the felt tip applicator is super precise. It’s a game changer for me.

What are some of your beauty standouts? Let me know in the comments!

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Comfy Vibes

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If you’re like me, there are days when you feel like staying in your pajamas all day. Most of those times, staying in your pajamas isn’t an option. I’ve put together an outfit that has the same comfort level as good ole pj’s, but is more fashionable and practical. Let’s start with my top. I purchased it when I started high school…so like ten years ago (yikes). But I love it, obviously. You can find a similar top here. My trousers are from Forever 21 – similar pants are linked here and here. Lastly my sandals, which I’ve worn almost everyday this Summer, are from Target – you can find them here. I’ve also gotten a few questions about my jewelry lately. Most of my accessories come from It’s Fashion Metro. They have trendy jewelry, purses, hats, and sunnies at ridiculously low prices. It’s definitely my go-to place for accessories. Let’s tackle this week head on. Also, don’t forget about the giveaway I’m hosting in partnership with Jord Watches. You can enter at the bottom of my latest Jord Watch post!

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Faith Friday – Sunset and Endings

I think too many people see the beginning of something as the best part. A baby’s birth. A new job. A first kiss. God has been on a mission to show me that beginnings aren’t always the best. One of my favorite activities is walking my puppy, Charlie, after dinner. I like spending 45 minutes by myself, away from social media, away from people (is that too harsh?). Those walks are where I pray about things on my heart and decompress from the day.

In case you couldn’t tell from some of my last Faith Friday posts, I’ve been at a crossroads in my life. Everything I ever thought was certain became questionable. I’ve felt like I’m sinking in quicksand, trying every option to get out and nothing is working. I felt like every good thing was slipping out of my hands. That’s when I saw the sunset.

I was walking Charlie and saw the most fiery, vibrant, stunning sunset I’ve seen in a long time. You know, just God pointing out that there can be beauty in endings. Here I was, spending time with my pup while both of us were in our element. You know what I wasn’t doing? Worrying. God chose the end of the day – not just any day – a very disappointing day – to show off his sovereignty.

He holds the beginnings, the endings and everything in between. He chose to show His powerful artistry to prove to my heart that He is King of yesterday, today, and tomorrow.

“When you go through a trial, the Sovereignty of God is the pillow upon which you lay your head.” CH Spurgeon

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