Category Archives: THINGS I WEAR

JORD WOOD WATCH

Well, as expected October flew by, and now the holidays are upon us. Pretty soon the hustle and bustle of the season will hit us along with the “Shoot, I haven’t gotten my shopping done yet!”

I’ve never been a big online shopper until recently. I don’t know exactly what I was doing with my life until now. Actually driving to the mall? LOL! Thankfully, we do have the wonderful web to help us out when the hustle and bustle gets too hard.

If you’re like me, it’s tough choosing a fun gift for each loved one year after year. Before too long, you’ve exhausted the sweaters and mugs and holiday inspired knick-knacks, and you’re looking for something new. Something exciting.

Look no further!

This Christmas, I invite you to check out JORD Wood Watches. These beautifully crafted watches are fresh, affordable, and add a fun new twist to any outfit.

JORD watches come in many different shades and styles making them a perfect fit for any shopper wanting to personalize their present. These timeless pieces are stunningly unique and very versatile. I’m able to dress mine up for a night out or dress it down while I’m working from home.

Up to this point, I haven’t had anything resembling a wood watch in my accessories, and I’m really enjoying this new piece.

There are countless things to brag on with these watches but instead of carrying on, I’m going to invite YOU to join my friends and me at JORD to enter for a chance to win a $75 e-gift card! And for those of you that are grumbling because ‘you never win anything’, every person that enters gets a $20 gift card just for signing up!

Trust me, you won’t want to miss out.

ENTER HERE for the gift code!

This will remain open until midnight on Dec. 18, 2016. The gift code expires Feb. 28, 2017.

 

Don’t miss out on this amazing holiday deal! Your family and friends will love it.

MEN’S Watches  //  WOMEN’S Watches  //  MY Watch

*This post was sponsored by JORD Wood Watches.

NO FEAR IN LOVE

Lately, I’ve been making it a point not to buy things unless I’m absolutely in love with them. Over the years, my closet has expanded, my shoes have piled up, and my anxiety from the clutter has skyrocketed. But as I was scrolling through Instagram the other day (not an uncommon thing), I noticed a necklace that caught my attention.

@lovishly | No Fear In Love

No fear in love… It struck me. No fear in love? But isn’t love always scary and unpredictable and hurtful? We’re constantly disappointed by those we love. It never fails. Love kinda sucks.

But if I’m being completely honest, I’m always hurting people that love me too. I’m not exempt from that blame. We can all be selfish. It’s in our DNA. So what the HECK kind of love doesn’t include fear?

“There is no fear in love. But perfect love drives out fear…” 1 John 4:18

Perfect Love.

What is perfect love? Better yet, who is perfect love? It’s not me. And it’s not you. It’s not any of us.

“God is love.” 1 John 4:16

[ No fear in Love + God is Love = No fear in God ]

I used to think God was kind of cruel. He sometimes allows bad things to happen and sets boundaries for us that we don’t understand. But I’ve come to realize that I don’t understand because I’m not supposed to yet. He doesn’t give us all the answers in this life, but He does tell us this: He loved us first (1 John 4:19); He loved us so much that gave his only Son so that we could have eternal life with him (John 3:16); nothing can separate us from His love (Romans 8:37-39); we are made in His image (Genesis 1:26-27); He is in our midst (Zephaniah 3:17); He cares for us and wants us to lean on Him (1 Peter 5:6-7); He is merciful and gracious, slow to anger and abounding in love (Psalm 86:15); and love comes from Him (1 John 4:7).

God isn’t going to hurt us like we hurt each other, and He doesn’t keep things from us to be hateful. Everything He does serves a purpose, and that purpose is for our own good. We may be scared to love each other from time to time, but He’s constantly reminding us that we shouldn’t be scared to love Him.

We may not have all the answers we’d like to. And I think maybe we don’t know everything because all we need to know is that He loves us. He longs for a relationship with us. He cares for us. He is without fault, without blame, without flaw. And loving Him isn’t scary at all. It’s the most peaceful, consistent, fulfilling thing we could ever do. God is Love. And in His love, there is no fear.

Long story short, I bought the necklace.

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Happy Valentine’s Day

 

EXPLORE MORE

Welcome to Owings Mills, MD, the last place on earth you’d expect to wind up in a scene like this one. And believe me when I say that my mouth hit the floor when I stumbled upon this little corner of the earth. It’s incredible. I’ve visited this trail a few times lately, and I find myself thinking about it all the time.

It’s pet friendly, too!

As I get older, I find myself wanting more of this – more adventure, beauty, solitude, peacefulness, and reminders of God’s love. It’s places like these that cause me to think of how big the world is and how small I am. But it also shows us how much we’re loved.

“But ask the animals, and they will teach you, or the birds of the air, and they will tell you; or speak to the earth, and it will teach you, or let the fish of the sea inform you. Which of all these does not know that the hand of the LORD has done this?” Job 12:7-9

God is the only one responsible or capable of such beauty. It’s a beauty we should constantly seek and never stop giving thanks for.

So grab a friend and go exploring! You never know what you may find out there.

Jacket | Francesca’s

Sweater | H&M

Pants | Garage

Boots | Target

Hat | Under Armor

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OVERALLS

Summer is coming to an end, and I’ve been reflecting on a few things that made this summer so great. There were quite a few contributions, but one stuck out.

Sometimes the world does us a solid and brings wonderful things into our lives. Today, there’s something specific I want to thank it for. This particular piece I’ve loved since childhood, it’s gotten me through all phases of life. Devin Kelley agrees, “I grew up in the 90’s, so I’ve definitely resurrected many looks from my youth lately…” They’re dependable, practical, stylish… need I keep on? And yes, I’m talking about you, overalls.

Thomas A. Edison said it best, “I have friends in overalls whose friendship I would not swap for the favor of the kings of the world.” There’s a good chance this was spoken in an alternate context, but no matter! I agree! A friend in overalls is a friend for life.

I recently purchased my favorite pair from Madewell. They cost a few months wages in some countries, but at the rate I wear them, I’ve justified that cost. Plus I had a giftcard.

But how do I pull off overalls? I don’t think they’re my thing.

Good news – overalls are no one’s thing and everyone’s thing. They are one of the only multifaceted articles of clothing in history. What other clothing item fits such a broad range of usability?

For some, they are a work uniform covered in dirt by the day’s end, for others they are a regular outfit to be worn with stripes, polka dots, V-necks, flip flops, and Keds. Then you’ve got Kimmy K and the Pretty Little Liars clique in leather versions that TOTALLY up the game.

In all seriousness, you can’t go wrong.

But I wouldn’t even know the correct time or place to wear them?

Don’t fear. We’ve got you covered there. The answer is e) All of the above.

Overalls are perfect for so many occasions – school, lunch dates, brisk afternoon walks, ice cream outings, jumping in front of random walls.. I mean, what don’t they go with?

Friends, countrymen, literally I’m talking to all of you – go buy a pair. And don’t worry about the cool girl in school that’s all “OMG she copied me.” That’s impossible. Overalls have been around way longer than any of us. They’re amazing. Don’t miss out.

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Photography by Anna Grace Paulovkin


Overalls | Madewell

White Top | Target

Striped Top | Madewell

Converse Shoes | Macy’s

LET’S BE SMALL

I’ve had the privilege of working with The Simply Beloved for a few months now. This month, they had me write an article on whatever was on my heart. I contemplated the topic for a while, and one morning as I was doing a Beth Moore study, her message spoke to me, and I finally discovered what God was wanting me to share. Here we go…

“When I consider your heavens, the work of your fingers, the moon and the stars, which You have set in place, what is mankind that you are mindful of them, human beings that you care for them?” Psalm 8:3-4

Do you ever think about how tiny we are compared to the size of the universe and the amount of people that have walked the earth since the beginning of time? Thinking about the United States is overwhelming enough without throwing in the other six continents, all the planets, and then the billions of stars just in our galaxy alone. But God does not want us to dwell on the thought of insignificance. Let us remember this:

Jesus was sent by God to the world. 

God transcended time and space to create a world full of people so that He could love them. Out of all those mysterious planets and stars and galaxies, He sent Jesus to be among us. He made plans and paved futures for us. For God so loved the world… He smothers us with His affection, surrounds us with His blessings, covers us with His grace and mercy. And simply because He wants to. We are His creation. He chose us.

When I start to feel insignificant or get the sense that God forgot me for a day, I try to find verses that explain exactly what His love is like. Psalm 18:35 says, You give me your shield of victory, and Your right hand sustains me; You stoop down to make me great. Think of a mother kneeling down to help her tiny child walk for the first time. The baby is stumbling and falls over and over again, but she remains on the ground until he finally takes those few steps on his own. This is exactly how God is towards us. He stoops down to our level to help us succeed. He doesn’t root for us to fail or give up on us if we can’t get it right at first. He waits lovingly and patiently until we reach success.

When I picture the Father of all creation stopping to stoop down and make me significant, I am humbled. I think of all the areas of my life that His love invites a change of heart. No longer am I alone or a failure or stranded and forgotten. In times that require patience, I’m not restless. In times when I’m rejected, I know I’m being protected from something. If I’m angry or confused or frustrated, I’m not ashamed to admit it and ask for guidance.

Childlike faith requires us to remove any barriers so we can walk closer to Him. He wants us to draw near so that when we do start to feel unimportant, He can remind us that being small doesn’t mean we have no value. The God of the universe stoops down to us and loves us unconditionally. We are His.

Little ones to Him belong, they are weak but He is strong.

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Photo by the lovely Southern Fried Photography


Dress | Forever 21

Shoes | Nordstrom Rack

Suitcase | Antique

#TSHIRTPROJECT

I’m awkward. And lot of what I’ve been studying in the gospels is how important it is for us as believers to disciple to others. But how do you do that? How in the world are we supposed to show Christ to complete strangers when you may only have a minute in line at the coffee shop with them? I’m not going to be THAT girl obnoxiously bringing up my faith right off the bat because that’s just not me, and God knows that — He made me. Plus, we’ve talked about it.

So what then? Do I pull out my WWJD bracelets from 1999 and wear them everywhere? Carry my Bible from place to place and hope that a) someone sees it and b) asks me about it? I could always invest in some chacos? They’re pretty stereotypical if you’re going for the Young Life vibe, but that still isn’t enough!

Then, I suddenly felt the inspiration. I knew how to make this work and not look like a total dork! It’s funny the way God reaches you. For me, the more I spend time in His word, the more clear His word becomes. What used to come across as just any ole idea is now what I recognize as Him telling me to do something. Well, one day God spoke to me, and He said, “Make shirts.” I said, “Ok, what kind of shirts?” And He said, “Cool ones.” And I said, “Let’s get to Target then.”

So off to Target we go. I had been on Pinterest a ton, so I had some fun ideas of how I was going to make these shirts look. I got a few plain black and white tees, then headed to Michaels for the iron-on letters. Once the shopping was complete, I went home to find some verses for the shirts.

Now I knew that I wanted my message to be subtle — I wanted people to ask me what my shirt meant. So I found a few of my favorite passages and ironed on some words from those passages without including the actual verse. That way, when someone read ‘More Than Conquerors’ for example, they would have to ask me what it meant and TADA!! It was them approaching me instead of me approaching them! Once they became interested in what my shirt meant, I was able to share with them.

This tactic is great for a few reasons:

1 – I don’t look like a total dweeb trying to start an awkward conversation about Jesus with someone I don’t know.

2 – I’m challenged to actually memorize the full verse that my shirt represents and know what it is I’m going to share about that part of the Bible.

3 – I get a super cheap, super cute new wardrobe that has a cool meaning to it!

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I’m so excited about this new project and would be thrilled for all of YOU to play a part in it. I think this is a great opportunity to show our love for Christ in a way that is approachable and catchy. So I encourage all of you to find a cool verse, make your own shirts, add some fun jewelry/accessories, and go disciple to the world!

If you decide to take part in this fun movement, make sure to share your shirts with everyone! Upload your images + use the hashtag #tshirtproject. We want to see your works of art!

“Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you. And behold, I am with you always, to the end of the age.” Matthew 28:19-20

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#TSHIRTPROJECT

Photography by the lovely Southern Fried Photography 


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Shirt | Target

Letters | Michaels

Also have: iron/ironing board

STACKED

Rings on rings on rings. On coffee.

Some days, even though you have nothing to do, you still feel accomplished by getting dressed and drinking coffee. Maybe you read, watch some TV, send some emails. Whatever the case, it feels better to look like you didn’t just roll out of bed.

I work a lot from home, and most of the time if I do have to be somewhere, it’s later in the day. However! That doesn’t stop me from an early rise and a cup ‘o joe.

In this particular day’s wardrobe, I slipped on a nice comfy black sweater from H&M and filled my fingers with golden lovelies. Pretty sure I didn’t have anywhere to be until noon, but I felt better getting a jumpstart on the day and being dressed for it.

How early does your day start? What steps do you take to make it feel more productive? Let us know!

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Sweater | H&M

Necklace | Urban Outfitter

Rings | Francesca’sMadewell, Urban Outfitter

SNOW

This week, we woke up to a thick blanket of snow on the ground. I was glad to get one more good snowfall before I hop on the plane Saturday. Won’t be getting any of this in LA!

The snow made me kind of sad to leave — not because I’ll miss the cold, but because I had Morgan and Crosby to share it with. Watching our sweet pup run and get snow all over his face brought us so much enjoyment. I’m really going to miss those two. Living by myself in a new city for 3 months, when I’ve never lived by myself at all before, isn’t going to be easy. Not one bit.

But I’m blessed to have been given this opportunity, and I know it’s where I’m supposed to be. Too many ‘coincidences’ would have had to happen for this not to have been planned out by something More. And I know that. I guess I’ll try keep the sadness as minimal as possible for now and just play in the snow :)

Chin up, Lauren!

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Jacket | H&M

Boots | Dirty Laundry

LEATHER LEGGINGS + LEOPARD LOAFERS

So I’m the queen of looking like I ‘tried’ when I got dressed, but I actually just rolled out of bed. A lot of times, I don’t like to get ready until I go somewhere at night, so my ‘just throw something on’ game is strong. Very strong. And I like to keep it strong. When I go shopping, there are only three categories of items I keep in mind:

1) Items that can be mixed with others, and therefore, worn a ton.

2) Items that are comfortable but hide the comfort oh so well.

3) Items that I can get away with wearing in more than one season.

Having these three things in mind, you can create a fun, wide-span wardrobe that is affordable, convenient, and — you got it — comfortable.

With all that being said, my leather leggings and leopard loafers are quite possibly my favorite below-the-waist throw ons. They weren’t costly and they’re comfy as anything. Toss them on with a white tee and sweater, and you’re ready to run errands or go shopping; throw them on with a nice flowy top and some chunky jewelry, and you’re set for a nice dinner or night out.

Need more inspiration for what to wear with leather and loafers, just hop on Pinterest! They’ve got LOADS of different styling ideas, and may help you out with a few more looks to add to your wardrobe.

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Leggings | Nordstrom Rack

Shoes | Urban Outfitters