Friday, April 13, 2018

ICYMI: Fashion, Confessions & Cupcakes


Hello sweet friend! I hope your week is going well! I'm going to be honest, mine has been up and down. And the most frustrating aspect of this is that there's no good reason for it. My family is healthy, I'm healthy, we can pay our bills, and the list goes on. I will say that we are experiencing some changes in my husband's place of work, which also happens to be our church family. He is not the lead pastor, in fact, as of October 2017, our lead pastor resigned to work for a wonderful ministry not too far from us. So we are in a big transition and I hesitate to mention this, more because I worry that I'll bore you. I keep the blog light, however I want a balance of my silly side as well as my "adulting" side.

In full confession, I'm allowing little circumstance that are out of my control to dictate my emotions. I'm getting distracted and taking my focus off the things that truly matter, which brings about discontent for me. For example, I love this blog and the beautiful blogging community, but sometimes I run to it for comfort or escape. I'll scroll through Instagram repeatedly throughout the day, check emails looking for affirmation, inspiration, a hope of better things, etc. Of course I'm not saying it's bad to scroll IG for inspiration and I think affirmation is fabulous and necessary. However, it can not be my hope; my end all be all. There's no peace in that. It's just temporary.


So this morning I took some time to journal, pray and chew on a couple of verses. Paul, from the Bible, said, "I count all things as loss in view of the surpassing value of knowing Christ Jesus" (Phil 3:8). That's not what I've been doing. I've had a case of misplaced value going on and it weakens me. When my focus is on what other's think of me or when I'm selfish in my own pursuits, I find myself trailing down a path that slips into a free-falling pit of comparison and insatiable hunger for approval. Strong opinions that stem from personal preference begin to form in my heart, cloaked as truth and I become irritated with those that disagree.

What a sad case I can be! That is until I seek HIM out. Oh the sweet blessing, when I confess and turn my heart back to Him. He loves me. There is no condemnation in Christ. So I journal. I talk to Him and I start a new day and begin to refocus...


Once again I'm reminded that there's FREEDOM! Freedom in who I am, Freedom from that icky selfishness, freedom from worry about what everyone else is thinking and concerning myself with what they should or shouldn't be doing. FREEDOM!

Ok! Now that I'm feeling footloose and fancy-free let's get back to silliness, the rest of these outfits and cupcake snippets. ;)


Outfit Breakdown:


Look...my mom is feel free too. ;)


This time I brought a whole box of cupcakes to share with my family. Thank you Splat!


Kimono & Olive Green



With the lingering chill, I grabbed my lightweight turtleneck, paired it with my black denim and threw on my floral kimono - I'm looking for any excuse to wear this Altar'd State find. I matched my top with my green wedges and added gold accessories - Oh and a Salted Carmel cupcake! ;)

Outfit Breakdown:

Gorgeous Fan Earrings: Fan Club by Premier - only $29!




Zoo Style


This is a perfect example of a super casual and comfortable while still looking put together. I simply paired animal print leggings (it's the zoo afterall!), a tunic top, and sport sandals and completed the outfit with a layered top, hat and statement earrings.

Outfit Breakdown:


Others In My Zoo Party...

Evan, Hubby, Collin, Caden, Kesler, SIL Jessi and Ethan


Coffee Tee Returns with Some New Sandals




This outfit features one of my favorite tees, utility jacket, a bracelet I wear all the time, my latest sandals from Target (linked below) and of course a trip to Splat!

Outfit Breakdown:

Rose Gold & Leather Bracelet: Earth Angel


What are YOUR tell-tale signs that you're misplacing your value or focusing on the wrong values? Let's chat! Your thoughts are important to me, whether they are light, silly or about struggles you may be having!

Have a wonderful weekend beautiful!

Chrissy

Linking up HERE with these lovely bloggers.
SHARE:

19 comments

  1. Your mom is too cute. It's hard sometimes not to compare yourself, but I have to remind myself people ALWAYS put the best stuff on the internet, they almost never put the negative stuff. At the end of the day, everyone has off days, me included where we covet something someone else has, yell a little too much at the kids or are just impatient with life. But it's a good reminder to refocus on what's important. Happy weekend!

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. You are so right Sarah. At least I know I'm not alone and that in itself is so encouraging! We all struggle with it from time to time and I know I need continual reminders to keep me from going there. Happy weekend to you as well and thank you so much for your kind words and taking time to encourage!!

      Delete
  2. Oh friend, I can relate on so many levels! You speak the truth and I am so glad to have you in my life! This world makes it very easy for us to get lured away from The One that really matters and it's reminders like these that help us re-focus. I'm so guilty of doing all that you mentioned and it always feels good to return to what really matters and makes me wonder how I ever got so far off base in the first place! Oh well, we're not alone.
    Now, on to the superficial yet fun stuff - I just love your style and those cupcakes are making my mouth water - oh Splat, I love you and I don't even know you!
    xo,
    Kellyann

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Kellyann, I just feel so grateful. Thank you for reminding me that I'm not alone in this struggle! Your comment made me smile and laugh, especially about the Splat statement. It is easy to fall in love with their bakery!

      Delete
  3. Oh Chrissy, we all go through that! I think it's our nature to lean on the things our physical eyes can see and touch and taste rather than God who gave us the ability to see and touch and taste those things. But, He so patiently and gently, like the Good Father He is, waits until our Prodigal hearts find their way back home, and then the celebration begins! I'm so thankful for ALL of my internet friends who are such an encouragement, but especially my sisters in Christ who can keep me grounded and remind me where my true focus needs to be and where my identity truly is.

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Yes, yes and yes! I too am thankful for the encouragement of the blogger babes and I'm thanking God for connecting us. It's so great to read about your story and journey and I LOVE that you're now studying fashion! How neat is that?!

      Delete
  4. First I just have to say---yay for your mom making a visit!! You ought to include her more often, and then I won't be the only mother/daughter fashion blog!!!
    And second, we all go through this I think. We need the lows to realize the changes we need to make. Good for you for coming around!!
    XOXO
    Jodie
    www.jtouchofstyle.com

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Haha! So true Jodie. :) I should include my mom in more posts! Maybe I can do mother/daughter features! Thanks for the idea and inspiration. That never crossed my mind. And good point on the lows prompting us to make change. Well said Jodie. And thank you so much for taking the time to share your thoughts with me!

      Delete
  5. Replies
    1. Yay! It worked! Thank you so much for chiming in my friend. I'm glad I'm not alone!

      Delete
  6. Oh my goodness is your mama ever precious and I love that Zoo Crew of yours! Freedom, that is going to be my word of the week, the month! All eyes on the prize, our sweet heavenly Father, yet I falter with the do the bloggers like me?, my post?, did I say it right?, am I worthy?, oh how I misplace a lot of things...at my age, material things too, lol~ The important thing is that you recognize and refocus and reshift your sights!!! And can I say LOVING all the outfits you stylin' sweetie!

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Yes, yes and yes! Eyes on the prize...I need to put that above my desk as a reminder. And thank you for ensuring me that I'm not alone in this. I can't wait to meet you in person, as I'm already blessed by the meeting of you week to week on our blogs. :)

      Delete
  7. Lovely peek into your life! Have a great weekend!

    ReplyDelete
  8. Great post! I learned so much more about you today! I had no idea your husband was a pastor! Thanks for sharing your challenges this week—and how you re-focused.

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Thank you Kristen! Putting myself out there was a little scary, but of course everyone has been so supportive. :) :) And I didn't realize I hadn't shared those extras about my family! lol. Thanks so much for visiting!

      Delete
  9. Chrissy, I don't know of a soul that can't identify with this, life it tough, can throw curve balls our way but that's when our faith is put to the test and we really grow. My husband and I are facing a huge decision in our lives involving the church we have been members of for 43 years. It is a very difficult time for
    sure.
    On a lighter note, you sure wear the outfits well and your tribe is just so cute. Blessings abundant as you wade these waters.

    ReplyDelete

© Granola and Grace
Blogger Templates made by pipdig