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{polka-dots & a pop of pink}

4 May

I hope you’ve all had a great week!

This week kind of drug on nice & slowly for me…wasn’t much going on at work {athletes have all started with their finals so we can’t train them}, and we got news from Patrick.  He’s now a platoon leader!!  While I try to be happy & excited for him, knowing this is what he’d rather be doing, it’s hard for me to stay calm & not worry. Not to say I didn’t worry before, but I knew he was working on the base, now this means he will be out on missions each day.  Obviously, Patrick is highly trained to be doing this, but sometimes my mind gets the best of me & I start playing movie footage in my head.  I know that’s not realistic, but that’s the only image I have of “deployment”…needless to say, I DO NOT watch any more movies that are military related!

I’m so lucky to have such great support all around me.  My family & friends have all been there to support me in the change, and I couldn’t do it without them.  I got phone calls all week from his family, checking in on me, and I appreciate them so much for that!  I hate that we are so far apart, but even across the country, they do such a great job at keeping tabs on how I’m doing.  {thanks guys!!}

Pray, Pray, Pray!  That’s all we can do here for the troops.  Remember as the summer months hit over there, so does more action.  Please pray for the safety of all our military men & women!

Anyway, in other news…the sun was out a few days this week!!  After the cold front that seemed to have crept in on us, I was happy to see & feel the sunshine!

{forever21 tank, old navy pants, steve madden heels, thrifted jacket, forever21 & thrifted necklace, jcrew & DIY bracelets}

added a pop of blue for some color-blocking fun!

{True Friends}

27 Apr

Last weekend I got to enjoy pastor Mark Driscoll & his wife Grace on their “Real Marriage” book tour.  Their conference has sold out all over the nation & here they were right in my neighborhood!  I honestly had never heard of this couple before, but when I started getting facebook messages & emails from friends around the country saying, “you better be going to this?!”, I decided I should look into it!  lol I’m SO glad I did!

Obviously, I wished I could have been there with Pat, but circumstances don’t allow for that.  My amazing, very single sister, braved the MARRIAGE conference with me. I think we can both say, we left changed.  Mark & his wife have been through so much & are very open about their failures in one another, but in their honesty, they reveal hope & grace from the Lord…the same grace that got them to where they are today, best friends!

I wish I could share everything I learned, but that would take one very lOng post.  You can refer to Mars Hill Church for his podcast on his book, Real Marriage.

I will share with one of my favorite lessons from their book, FRIENDSHIP.  The biggest lesson they’ve learned over many years has been, you must be true FRIENDS with your spouse in order to have a deep intimate relationship.  Most would say, well DUH!  There’s a lot involved in the kind of friendship he’s defining:

Fruitful, Reciprocal, Intimate, Enjoyable, Needed, Devoted, Sanctifying

*check out part 2 of his podcast to hear an explanation of each parts.

This seems so easy to me, obviously Patrick & I are friends, but their honesty about what a marriage friendship should look like was so enlightening.  Men & women are different & that’s just the bottom line, but that’s not an excuse.  We both have to be selfless & thinking of the other.  Since we’re human, this is a commitment everyday to serving, not just serving your spouse, but serving the Lord in how He calls us to love.  He tells us to love our enemies?!  That’s powerful.  I don’t know if I do that all the time…

We must see our spouse as the Lord sees him/her.  When we can do that, we can love no matter what the circumstances.

Ephesians 4:32 “Be kind and compassionate to one another, forgiving each other, just as in Christ God forgave you.”

{Jcrew blouse, Victoria Secret pants, LV Speedy, H&M ring, Forever21 necklace, Thrifted earrings}

I hope you all have an amazing weekend!

{Spring Floral}

13 Apr

I shared this floral blazer find a few weeks ago {here}, and finally got around to wearing it!  I paired it with my vintage leather skirt, which I shared {here} and {here}.  I love this combination of the floral with the leather.  It’s chic, but a little rough around the edges.  I like how the leather skirt off sets the feminine feel of the blazer.  I topped the look off with a simple gray tank under the blazer & some ankle boots.

{Thrifted blazer, Target tank, Vintage skirt, Joie boots, Hobo clutch, Jcrew necklace, Jcrew bracelets, DIY neon bracelet, Gifted statement ring}

{OOTD::nothin’ better than stripes}

11 Apr

Introducing you to Ashley!  One of my bridesmaids & looking adorable in this Jcrew maxi dress number! Her and my sister {here} looked so beautiful the night of my tasting at my wedding venue {here} I just had to share their looks.  Ashley & I go way back to my sophomore year of college.  We were teammates then, but now she’s a sister!

Ashley is wearing a Jcrew maxi dress, Forever21 necklace, MK watch, Jcrew bracelets & ring

Ashley has this adorable “B” tattoo on her right hand ring finger that I just love!

{OOTD:: Water Colors}

10 Apr

First of all, I want to introduce you all to my sister, Kirstyn.  Most ask “are you twins?!”  No…all-though I take it as a huge compliment, because I think my little sis is absolutely GORGEOUS!  We are two years apart, but no one ever realizes that.  She’s my baby sis, but more that that, she’s my best friend!!  I don’t know what I’d do without her.

The night of my tasting, at my wedding venue {here}, I told my sister & my other roommate Ashley {who are both bridesmaids in my wedding} that I was going to do an outfit post on each of them because they both looked SO beautiful!

My sister is wearing a gorgeous water-colored dress by Jcrew, Urban Outfitters belt, Target heels, Forever21 ring, Jcrew bracelets.

PS:: did I mention she’s one of the biggest goofballs I know!!

OH, and she’s also been working out & very proud of her guns! {lol}

Stay tuned to see Ashley’s debut tomorrow!

{Oia Jules}

9 Apr

I’m so excited to share this jewelry designer with you!  Some of you may already know about the unique designs by Elizabeth at Oia Jules, but if you don’t, you must go check her out! {here}  Elizabeth describes her jewelry as “modern elegant jewelry inspired by the islands of Greece”.  It took me weeks to choose which piece I’d start with.  I actually went with this custom design.  I wanted something different, that I could wear with my gold & silver or just by itself.  I’m so happy with the results!

You can also find Oia Jules on facebook {here}.

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{a dress that twirls}

6 Apr

Earlier this week I shared my venue reveal {here}.  Today I wanted to share the details of my dress.  I scored this dress while I was home last month at Forever21!  I couldn’t believe when I saw it peaking out of the rack.  I had just mentioned I wanted a long pleated maxi dress to my sister, and when I saw the color of this dress, I knew I’d found it!

Twirling in this dress reminds me of being a little girl.  If you asked my mom what I wore as a little girl…she’d tell you, a dress that twirled &  shoes that clicked!  {lol}

{Dress: Forever21, Neckalces: Anthroplogie/Bittersweet, Sandals: Kensiegirl}

Be sure to check out the other girls over at Everybody Everywhere!

{making his debut…}

30 Mar

I am the proud owner of two wonderful miniature Yorkies…or as some would say, ankle biters.   Well, they are the best!  Beau & Bella’s little personalities bring so much fun & joy to my life.  When I was taking these pictures, believe it or not it was a rainy, gloomy day. The sun broke for about an hour, and I decided I’d pop outside & get these done.  Well, Beau, MR. TOUGH GUY…does NOT like the rain.  He turns into a little fraidy-cat.  As I walked out the door to take the pictures, he broke out so fast, no one was stopping him.  He was following me, because when it rains, the only place Beau wants to be, is in my arms.  SO…Beau is making his fashion debut!

Due to the weather, I went with a comfortable look.  There is nothing better than throwing on jeans, a slouchy t-shirt & a fun scarf.

{Target t-shirt, Madewell jeans, Jcrew scarf, Jcrew sandals, Forever21 ring, Jcrew bracelets}

{Spring 2012::Color Report}

28 Mar

Thanks to Pantone…you have your ultimate color guide for Spring 2012.  See how the top designers mix & match the colors of the season.  Personally I’m digging ALL of these colors, from the bright & bold to the pale pastels!! How will you mix & match this spring?!

{flower power}

8 Mar

{blazer, black pants, blue pants, white pants, shift dress, jump suit, dress, shorts, swim suit, book-bag, blouse}

The floral trend is taking the world by storm! The funny thing about this trend, is that I actually remember when it was popular years ago.  I remember seeing my mom wear many floral pieces all the time.  I landed a huge floral find the other day as I made my thrift shop rounds.  I saw it & immediately my insides jumped for joy.  I’ve yet to wear it…I must dry clean it first, BUT I did style it when I got home.  My first thought was to pair my new blazer with my vintage leather skirt (here), and some funky ankle boots.  I LOVE what it looks like!  I can’t wait to actually wear it!!

{My floral addition:: thrifted floral blazer, vintage leather, Josie boots, target tank, Jcrew necklace}

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