There’s a world-wide debate on what to call those little bugs that have flashing lights on their rumps – I however, live in North Carolina – where everyone knows “exactly” how to pronounce and say EVERYTHING. The majority of people around here say lightning bugs. I deem them fireflies. I think fire is way more appealing than lightning. Anyway, on to the real point of this post – a story!
Fireflies are everywhere in North Carolina in the Summer and my backyard is full of them. There is nothing more relaxing at night than sitting on the porch watching these fairy-like creatures dance and put on a show. I decided I wanted to relive my childhood and catch some of them in a jar! Who doesn’t love that?! I spent a good hour trying to catch these things with NO luck!!! I was getting so frustrated. I managed to catch 2. Neither lit up once I caught them. It was all a big tease.
Here’s the really funny part, when I finally gave up and went inside, I saw one of those Facebook posts that warn people about super scary phenomenons that never really happen, and it was about these bugs called blister bugs. They look like fireflies, but will cause blisters on your skin. Now, I knew what I was trying to catch outside was a firefly, but I thought, “What if God didn’t want me to catch any fireflies tonight because he was protecting me from blister bugs?”
SIPS TEA Y’ALL.
If there is something that you want SO bad but you’re not coming across it as fast as you wish, or hope, or pray for, it might be a blister bug. There are plenty of things that are imposter fireflies. They feel and look as they would be a blessing but it’s a curse in disguise. I really believe that God will unfold opportunities and paths that are meant just for you and will guard you from those blister bug situations. The whole key is to let him. It will be frustrating and could even seem like a bad game, but I’m clinging to His promise that it will be worth it.
“For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.” Jeremiah 29:11
Nothing beats getting clothes for free, so hand-me-downs are always one of my favorite things. This romper is the product of one of those hand-me-down times! I love the floral details and that it buttons down the front. It’s a skort romper (very 90’s) and is beyond comfortable. It reminds me so much of the rompers made by Show Me Your Mumu – a few similar ones can be found here and here. I paired it with a hat from Forever 21 (similar here) my favorite Lucky Brand Shoes from Belk, and sunnies from It’s Fashion Metro.
“My flesh and my heart my fail, but God is the strength of my heart and my portion forever.” Psalm 73:26
I know it’s July. I also know that when I took these pictures it was around 98 degrees, but it’s never too early to think about Fall right?! I styled this bubblegum pink Express Sweater that I purchased from Rugged Warehouse with some of my favorite jeans ever from Gap Factory Store. My sweater reminds me so much of this sweater from Express. I also paired them with these Lucky Brand booties that I purchased last season. My necklace is from Jane.com and my earrings are from It’s Fashion Metro. I think this is a great casual outfit for this coming Fall!
“Our hope is alive because He lives!”
I’m super proud of all the girls celebrating the many sales department stores are currently holding – I’m not going to lie, I’ve done my fair share of looking as well as shopping, but I just wanted to share a little thought with y’all – your worth isn’t based on the clothes you have. It’s not based on the brands you work or don’t work with. Your worth isn’t measured in the number of Instagram followers you have, what your engagement for the week was, or how strong you SEO is – your worth is found in Christ. Clichè to say, I know, but it’s true. It’s found in Him because He declares your worth as priceless. You’re beautiful, smart, special, and incredibly unique. Don’t become so enveloped with “things” that you lose your purpose. In a world where how “liked” you are is measured quantitatively, it’s easy to compare yourself to everyone around you and visually see their strengths. I’ve dealt with insecurities and compared myself to girls only to realize they share similar insecurities. People only put their best self on the internet and deal with their struggles offline. You’re amazing girl! Now roll with it!
For the last several months I’ve been testing out these four self tanning products to share my thoughts on their effectiveness and to share my overall opinion of them in hopes it will make your decision of which to purchase a lot easier.
1. St. Tropez Classic Bronzing Mousse – I purchased this from Sephora in November, while it did what it is supposed to (make me tan) I think I would have gotten better results from a darker shade. This particular mousse becomes patchy after about the third day and has an awful scent and you would need to purchase a tanning mitt to apply it. It transfers horribly – my sheets are literally brown when I wake up in the mornings. For the price I paid for it (which I won’t share because of my pride) I’m going to have to give this a 3 out of 5 stars.
2. LA Tan Sunless Mousse in Medium/Dark – I purchased this from Walmart for less than $10 and it’s bomb. I develop a natural tan overnight that seems to fade evenly over several days. The scent it still pretty strong, but it isn’t anything worse than what you would expect from a normal self-tanner. And again, you will need a tanning mitt to apply this product and it does transfer, but for the price it’s not horrible. I give this one a 4.5 out of 5 stars.
3. Loreal Sublime Bronze in Deep – This aerosol self-tanner is great for a slight dose of color, but not the best to deepen your skin tone. I purchased it from a local drugstore a few months ago. I used this in combination with the above product to avoid patchiness and help my tan last longer. It can be a little time consuming waiting for the product to dry and keeping it from spraying all over the room. The scent isn’t terrible, and it is fairly inexpensive. I give it 3.5 out of 5 stars.
4. Neutrogena Build A Tan – I’m going to cut to the chase, this product is AMAZING. It is a lotion self-tanning product that deepens your skin tone the more you use it. It has a great scent and isn’t streaky or patchy. It actually makes my skin feel hydrated and isn’t orange (or at least I don’t think so). It dries in less than five minutes and doesn’t transfer. I purchased it from Walmart and it’s at an affordable price point. I would totally recommend this product! 5 out of 5 stars!
What are some of your favorite self tanning products?
“He counts the stars and He calls them by name.” Psalm 147:4
This dress has been a tried and true Summer staple for the last several years. I am in love with the detailed beadwork mixed with the simplicity of a black slip dress. I purchased it from my favorite store – It’s Fashion Metro, and it’s by the brand Truth. It’s double lined and really well made. I paired it with this black hat from Forever 21, gold hoops from It’s Fashion Metro and these bomb sandals by Sanuk. I think black dresses are a must have wardrobe item year round, and this one takes the prize as my favorite. Some great alternatives can be found here and here. Happy Wednesday my sweet friends!
“Set your mind and heart to seek the Lord.” 1 Chronicles 22:19
I’ve been seeing a ton of Instagram bloggers share a super fun peplum top. Of course I wanted in on the action, but I wasn’t going to spend the money that these Insta-bloggers dropped, so I went thrifty. By thrifty, I mean TJMaxx! I found this dupe for $15.00 and I’m in love. I’ve worn it so many times in the last couple of weeks. It’s such a staple piece and will be a bomb transition item for Fall. You can wear it with anything – jeans, shorts, leggings – it’s so versatile. I paired it with white jeans, also from TJMaxx, white pumps from Rack Room by XAppeal, a necklace from H&M, earrings from It’s Fashion Metro, watch by Kate Spade, and my purse is by Issac Mizrahi from Rugged Warehouse.
“May I never forget the good things He has done for me.” Psalm 103:2