Faith Friday – Simple Reminder

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!

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Battle of the Self Tanners

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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

Faith Friday – Believing In Your Prayers

For, I’d say, the last 5 years, I’ve prayed for so many things to happen to my life. I prayed for jobs, relationships, health – a ton of things.  I prayed that God would create situations that I wanted to be in – and surprise – my prayers weren’t answered. I had almost started looking at life’s curveballs as a joke, I mean, if there was something I even remotely wanted, I automatically knew I didn’t stand a chance getting it, because it felt like God always had other plans for me. I got REALLY angry with the Lord. I was so mad that I could never make those big plans for my life. Why is He tossing all these curveballs? I saw friends living their best life and I felt like I was having a rainy day ALL THE TIME. I prayed to desire what God wanted for my life, but many things I prayed for, that I thought would make me happy, weren’t placed in my life. I’m a happy person, so don’t think this post means that I don’t have joy in my heart. I think God was just holding out His cards for my latest prayer. While, I hope to share it with y’all very soon, it’s still very personal. I hope you understand – but, the most important thing is, my prayer was answered. I’m writing all this to say, when your prayers and petitions are FINALLY in line with God’s will the world feels like magic. I think the difference between my answered prayer and my “redirected” prayers were my belief in the outcome. I believe our minds create our own reality by believing our own personal truths. For instance, if everyday I look in the mirror and say “I’m fat”, guess what, I’m going to start identifying myself as fat. If I speak confidence over my life, I’ll be bold and outgoing. If I claim something into existence, it exists. Your mind is so powerful. That’s why it’s so important to speak your prayers into existence. Speak LIFE over them, nurture your desires and give them completely to God. His word says they will be given to you. “Therefore I tell you, whatever you ask for in prayer, believe that you have received it, and it will be yours.” Mark 11:24

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Cold Shoulder Look

Image 7-5-17 at 9.03 PM (1)Image 7-5-17 at 9.02 PMImage 7-5-17 at 9.03 PMImage 7-5-17 at 9.03 PMI am actually really in love with this outfit. It’s beyond adorable, affordable, and I think it will transition perfectly into Fall. My top is a cold shoulder number from It’s Fashion Metro. It’s actually a crop top, but I opted to purchase a size Large to make sure it stays at an appropriate length. I purchased it on clearance for around $11.00. My earrings are also from It’s Fashion Metro, and are my favorite earrings for the Summer and were well under $10.00. My jeans are $7.99 from Forever 21 and my wedges are by Guess. I plan on styling this top with a skirt soon, so stay on the lookout and be sure to hit “follow” to receive updates when I post.I hope these outfit posts inspire you and help you find your own style. Happy Wednesday y’all!

“God didn’t design us to be sad. He created us to have joy!”

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Lazy Day – Atheleisure Outfit

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It’s a new week y’all and I’m sharing an outfit like I’ve never shared before! There is an AMAZING trend going around called “Atheleisure”. It’s a modge-podge of athletic and leisure attire. Going to the gym? Atheleisure. Going to the grocery store? Atheleisure. Going for a run? Atheleisure. Taking a nap? Atheleisure. It’s always the answer. As a dance teacher, I basically live in athletic attire, even when I haven’t been “athletic”. This is one of my favorite outfits.

I found these amazing cropped leggings from Target and I die for the white color blocking. This precious graphic “lazy day” shirt is from Rugged Warehouse, but is by Express. It’s longer in the back, so I love it for teaching! My favorite tennis shoes are Nike’s and are literally 5 years old. They don’t have laces and are the most comfortable get-ups ever – I think they are called Free Runs.

What’s one of your favorite fashion trends right now?

“I know now Lord, why You utter no answer. You are Yourself the answer.” C.S. Lewis

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Faith Friday – Making Plans

By the time most people graduate college, they have some sort of an idea about what they want to do for the rest of their life – especially when it comes to their career, relationships, and even where they want to live. Then, there’s me. I’m very go-with-the-flow, here-and-now oriented. I am NOT a planner. I am 10,000% okay with that. Just because I don’t have my entire life planned out perfectly, doesn’t mean there isn’t some sort of a plan. I guess the main reason I don’t really have a plan for my future is that my plans ALWAYS seem to fail. It’s one of the biggest lessons I’ve learned in my 23 years on this planet. That may seem like a bad thing to you. It’s quite the opposite. I am so glad that many of my “big” plans never worked out.

I’ve always wanted to live at the beach. As a little girl, while my friends were playing house, I was playing “go to the beach”. It was my happy place, and still is. I went to college near the beach and eventually moved within 5 minutes of the ocean after graduation. You would guess my life was a dream. Wrong. More horrible things happened in my life that year and a half than I could count. Why were so many things going wrong when I was finally where I wanted to be? In case you haven’t guessed it, I was completely out of God’s will. I decided the best way to change that was to leave. To forfeit MY plan.

I am in no way saying giving up is the answer to any problem.

I am saying that what I wanted was not what I needed. I didn’t need to spend my entire paycheck on rent. I didn’t need to live hours away from friends and my job. I didn’t need to be out of church. I didn’t need to be in a toxic situation. I was developing tiny habits in that place that would eventually ruin me. God saw that when I couldn’t. I am thankful to have had people in my life to encourage me in my decision to move, even though they knew it was a special place to me.

God took my plans and trashed them. He is slowly showing me how mighty His plans are for me. He has given me new passions and resources – none of which would have happened unless I surrendered to His plans. I’m writing this to remind you that you’re not a loser. You’re not a failure. You’re not worthless. There isn’t a master clock or timeline that we’re supposed to follow. Plans change. Plans fail. Plans also develop. Be hopeful in those developing plans. It’s God’s plan for you to succeed in His will. Timing is everything. Things may seem hopeless, but I promise, there are “far greater things ahead than any you leave behind.”

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Dying For Tie-dye

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Nothing beats a cotton sundress in the Summer time. Nothing also beats a $7.00 – on – clearance – sundress! I knew this was coming home with me before I even saw the price, which then assured my purchase. I love the flow-y cotton fabric, and I’m OBSESSED with the neckline. High necks are my jam. The dress has somewhat of a synched waist, which is super flattering on most body-types. I paired it with neutral accessories. Now to the important stuff…where everything is from! The dress and clutch are both from It’s Fashion Metro; the shoes are from Old Navy; the sunnies are mega old and I’m not sure where they are from! Let’s pray this week is a quick one. Have a great week friends!

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