Cold-Shoulder Dress OOTD
I bought this dress the day I got home from Egypt on a Target run while I was trying to stay awake because jet lag, and now I wear it every holiday season. I love wearing dresses like this that are covered and long for winter, but still chic and sleek. Less is more!
This looks great with nude pumps, white sock booties, or simple metallic pointed toe heels. It's super comfy, warm, and it helps me fake some curves, which I am all about.
Christmas party approved! ✓
leather pants ootd
I am a lover of pants, and everytime I get a new pair, I say they're my fave, but this time I mean it: These are my FAVORITE PANTS EVER.
I love these cuties, and this was my Thanksgiving outfit this year. I love this outfit and will for sure be wearing this again. I wore my leather pants with my favorite pair of leather slippers from Egypt, a burnt-yellow crop top, and a gorgeous pashmina I also got in my fave place, Egypt. It was cute, cozy, and let me tell you what, leather pants will keep you warm this holiday. Get yourself a pair of leather pants here:
Moms, sisters, girlfriends, grandmas, and girl besties can be the hardest on your list to buy for, so I put together a compilation of all my favorite gifts I've given and been gifted! Snacks, jammies, skin-care, I covered it all.
Make your momma or sister's Christmas morning bright with my faves:
One of my favorite gifts to give and get from my mom is a super cute pajama set. I love giving gifts that people can use on the regular
These marshmallows are the bomb. They come in a handful of flavors that are super fun to snack on and great for stocking stuffers!
3. Derma-Roller Set
I got a derma-roller for myself and this little gift set is my go-to gift this Christmas. It comes with a vitamin c serum, soothing cream, derma-roller, and case. The best thing is it's only $23 on Amazon and included with Prime!
My sister is an esthetician-in-training, and she is a sucker for some gloss. I am obsessed with all things Kylie Cosmetics, and her cute boxes and packaging make for perfect gifts and stocking stuffers.
My mom, grandma, sister, and besties LOVE to get face masks, and this LUSH mask is one of faves! It's so soothing, refreshing, and good for all skin types.
My mom and grandma are allll about Joanna Gaines, so her new book will definitely find its way under the tree this year.
A few years ago, I decided to share my story of sexual abuse.
Let me tell you, it was not an easy decision. I wrestled with it for months. I mulled over it every day before I finally shared. I didn’t know if I even wanted everyone to know. I knew it would upset a lot of people that would prefer it stayed under the rug, but I felt so silenced and ignored. So many other people had been telling their own versions of what they thought my story was, and I wanted people to finally know the truth. But, more than that, it was about gaining a sense of freedom. I didn’t want the weight of the secrets and hiding the truth to keep weighing on me. One of the worst feelings in the world is when other people lie or tell rumors about you and you have no control over the story of your own life. But, in the end, what really made me click “publish” was thinking of other survivors. I prayed and prayed for weeks if sharing was the right thing to do.
I felt God burden my heart with the realization that maybe me sharing could help someone else share their story. If I could encourage even one person to share, if one person would feel comfort that they aren’t alone, if one person on the outside could hear my pain that I felt from my friends and the Church and treat survivors better, the backlash would be worth it. So, I started a platform on my blog for survivors to share our stories, and a few others and I did. Owning your story is one of the hardest but best freedoms you can experience. There was a lot of encouraging words and kindness, but there definitely was a strong backlash. Some people were outraged that “I made” certain Christian groups they supported “look bad”. I was so confused because I didn’t use any names, I didn’t trash talk anyone, I just shared what actually happened, what people actually said. However, they felt that no one should share details that make any Christian group “look bad” whether the truth is told or not, and they preferred a lie. Some people were upset that I “didn’t just let it go”. Even after I shared the painful, nightmare details, some people still told me “it was my fault”. A lot of people just really didn’t want to believe it, and because of that chose not to. Some friends left me, some told rumors and lies about me.
At the end of the day, I did feel freedom and control over my life, but honestly I still thought maybe I shouldn’t have done that. I thought it would magically make everything get better, but that’s not how it works. My heart aches for the friends I had back. I wished more than anything it would all just go back to “normal”. More than anything, I just wanted people to know the truth; not just know the truth but tell the truth. My story used to make me feel weak. I felt like it was my fault. I felt like if I was more beautiful, smart, valuable, or had more worth, he never would have abused me in the first place. I felt like if my story mattered people would have believed me more and treated me better. I felt the weight of the lies and labels people put on me: “Slut”, “liar”, “asking for it”, “attention-seeker”. It all just made me feel worthless.
But, the day I really understood God was going to use my story, even just to help one person, even just one time, it changed. When I fully owned my story, all the parts I didn’t want to own, I felt the fullness of the freedom God gives when you own the truth. Not only did it help me share more, God used it opened doors for me to new ministry opportunities. God used it to open the door for me to become a sexual assault counselor, to start a ministry to train the Church and Christian ministries on how to Biblically care for victims of sexual abuse.
I still feel the hurt. I still feel the pain sometimes. I still miss the friendships. I still get scared and feel weak. I still wish deep in my heart, everyday it never happened and I could forget. But the difference is now I know from firsthand experience that God is still good and will use it for His glory. And I know God will use whatever hurt and pain you’ve experienced for His glory too.
God is God of truth, not covering up what people would rather not believe. God is a God of freedom, not of being shackled in the pain of hiding what really happened. God is a God that calls you what you are, He doesn’t use the labels people give you. He calls you Child of God; not “slut” or “liar” or “asking for it”. He calls you His.
When they tell you not to tell your story, keep speaking the truth. When they tell you to be quiet speak louder. When they tell you it doesn’t matter, remind them it does to God. When they call you by the labels they’ve given you, remind them your a Child of God. When they say it would be better to sweep it under the rug, remind them that God will use it for His ultimate good, and your story is worth telling.
It will not be easy. It’s a long, hard road. But some days will be easier. Some days it will get better. God will use it for good. You might not understand how and you might never understand why, but rest in knowing He is always good. Don’t listen to any voice but His. Look to Jesus when you need to be reminded of why it’s important to tell your story, because He will remind you and strengthen you to share. The great thing about ministry is, you’ll never be out of business. If one person is helped, it all becomes worth it, and until every person is helped, you have work yet to do. So speak up, tell the truth, keep pushing on.
Even if only one person hears, if one person is helped, if one person changes how they treat others, it is all worth it.
If you are a survivor of sexual abuse who would like a platform to share your story, we would love to help you share your story and the truth through the real truth project.
I have to be honest, for the past few years I have been a little bit of a Christmas downer, but this year I am so all in! Big, fun events are totally my jam, so Christmas parties and family holiday dinners are some of my favorite things ever. And let's be real, who can resist the Great American Baking Show Holiday Edition.
I'm a Christmas in November kind of woman, so I have a whole list, ready to share so you can brighten up your December with some fun, new, holiday gems! ❤️
Here are my top faves:
1. Sequin Fringe Christmas Dress
All I have to say about this is that this dress was MADE for dancing at a Christmas party
2. Satin Pajamas
One of my favorite family traditions is opening Christmas jammies on Christmas Eve. These are silky, comfy, and so cute!
3. Crumbl cookies
This is my most favorite fave I have ever shared. Ever. In my life. I love Crumbl cookies. Love. Them. If you follow me on Instagram, you'll see me on my story pretty much every Saturday getting my hands on one [or 5] of these. My fave are these pink, chilled sugar cookies. The best part? Crumbl ships now! You can get these bad boys anywhere now!
4. Pom Pom Wreath
Target has the cutest and most whimsical decorations for any Christmas style. I love this bright colored, vintage wreath!
5. TRader Joe's Antipasto
There are so many good things to eat at Christmas! I'm a Trader's believer and antipasto is basically all I eat on a regular basis anyways, so this super easy, crazy delish platter is the perfect platter to pull out for a Christmas party hors d'oeuvres.
6. Rose gold tinsel tree
I all about tinsel trees, and this rose gold cutie comes in 3 sizes at Walmart!
7. John and Chrissy Teigen: A Legendary Christmas
This is the cutest Christmas special I have seen in a long time! I am totally obsessed with John Legend's new album, and this fun, spoof-y Christmas show has all of my favorite songs from him! Watch it here on Hulu:
8. Kylie cosmetics: Cold as ice lipstick
Kylie's holiday collection is bomb. I love her lip line because there are so many nude lip shades, and this is a fun but still subtle lip color that's mistletoe ready
9. pre-built gingerbread house
I love party games, and this pre-built gingerbread house is the ideal little cookie for a gingerbread house decorating contest! Who doesn't love decorating gingerbread?
Share your Christmas faves in the comments below!
It's that time of year again where all the girlfriends in the world are wondering "what in the world do we get our boyfriends?"
If you're like me, you've used every romantic, homemade, Pinterest-y gift that was ever blogged, and you've run out of ideas. Lets face it, boys are hard to buy for and their gifts can be expensivvve. Take my word for it boo, there is hope for you and your gifting skills.
I've searched far and wide for the best boyfriend gifts out there this year and here are my faves that your boi will love. And the best part? They're all $25 or under!
Shop it up girl:
My boyfriend has coffee every morning, and this one-person, on-the-go coffee maker is the best combo for busy coffee lover. The best part is you can take the cup it pours into on the go!
Okay I'll be honest, this is more of a gift for me so he can dress up when we go out. But if your guy is into fashion, he might actually be excited to open this one 😘
Mason loves sunglasses and he takes his everywhere. I love this customizable box, and for a few dollars more, you can buy customized bamboo sunglasses too!
Groomsmen gifts are the best gifts for boyfriends. I gave Mason this flask last year for Christmas and he totally loves it.
If your boo likes a sip of whisky at the end of the day, this is the perfect classy gentleman gift.
This is a really trendy and super fun gift to give. If your guy is a traveler, this is a great stocking stuffer.
Comment with your best boyfriend/Husband gifts below:
I am all for outfits that are comfy and cute enough to wear to a family Thanksgiving brunch or dinner, and this outfit does it all. This adorable peplum top is the softest and warmest and it's so cute! I paired it with my comfiest jeans and some suede booties. Warm, fun, and still chic 👌💖
Find a cute thanksgiving top here:
With the holidays coming up, I've been putting together some looks for family dinners, Christmas parties, and different celebrations. Right now, I'm totally into chic and monochromatic. For this look I took my favorite pair of snakeskin-patterned, platform, slip-ons and my favorite glittery wrap top tucked into a black, tulip hem mini skirt. I love that even though this outfit is pretty mono-tone, it has dimension from the texture, pattern, and shine [you're welcome Stacy London and Clinton Kelly]
It's the perfect, chic look for your upcoming holiday soirees! 😘
Homemade crispy fried chicken
Fall may not be my fave, but the things I do love about it are fall family vacays, the September issue of Vogue, the trees, and an actual excuse to wear long sleeves.
I packed this Autumn-inspired outfit for a not-too-cold, not-too-hot trip to the mountains for a trip with my fam. I wore this adorable, striped crop top with a button down, suede skirt and some chunky, brown, Steve Madden heels.
Get this top for under $5
I am a bargain hunter and I will search to the ends of Amazon for a good fashion find, and this little gem is only $4.59! 😍
Today we said goodbye to the best pup in the world 🐾 He was a fluffy, loyal, loving, weirdo who stuck with us through thick and thin. We love him bunches and will miss him so much in our family ♥️🐶
If you know me, you know two things: I love fashion and I watch Keeping Up With the Kardashians every week like it's going out of style. This year, I've been working on revamping my closet, and the queen of reality TV, the one and only Kim Kardashian, has been my go to style icon. Her easy, breezy, yeezy style in 2018 has interested me because it's been minimalistic and simple but it still keeps up with her signature chic, show stopping style. You may not be shopping in Beverly Hills or checking into Calabasas anytime soon, but you can still get a Kim K vibe in your wardrobe with these Forever 21 pieces:
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When fall comes back around, I like to stick more to the neutral color palette side rather than deep darks. My go-to's are nude shades, blushes, and neutral colored animal prints.
I put this outfit together for a say spent on vacation in the mountains, so I wanted something comfy, cute, and warm. I wore a white, ribbed-knit tank, a blush moto jacket, and black skinny jeans with my new pair of black and white, snakeskin, platform shoes.
My boyfriend convinced me to buy these ADORABLE white ankle boots with kitten heels and they are my new favorite fall footwear. I wore these booties with a lavender sweater, and lace trimmed denim shorts.
I was so in love with bold and bright this summer, so I am taking my happy shades of yellow with me into fall [even though I'm pretty sure fall is a fake season created by Starbucks to make people sad, but whatever]
I wore this ruffley yellow blouse, a distressed denim skirt, floral headwrap and my lace-up flats.
Sunshiney summer forever 🤟
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