Sunny & Seventies

That title’s a play on words. Since it’s been in the 70s all week, gorgeous and lovely, I decided to go with a 70s-themed outfit.
Because everyone matches the theme of their outfit to the weather, right?
{no?}

Big hat, big sunnies, big hair, big sleeves. Higher-waisted jeans.
I really would have loved being a 20-something in the 70s, I have no doubt.
I’m sure I could rock gold lame and Disco Fever.

I wonder what this decade’s (the teens) defining characteristics will be. What do you think? 
Modern Luxe or Hipster Grunge?

Hat: American Eagle//Sunnies: Local store//Necklace: Von Maur//Merino Wool Sweater-Tee: Banana Republic (thrifted) //Jacket: F21, Thrifted // Jeans: Thrifted // Belt: Thrifted // Shoes: Thrifted
xo
Natalie

Grace

{new dress that was on crazy-clearance at TJ Maxx. It was a size medium so I sewed it up to a small 🙂 The lace on the top has gold threads through it!)
I’ve been thinking about grace lately. 
I’ve been having some hard thoughts about grace lately. 
We talk a lot about seeking grace (an unmerited pardoning of our transgression or shortcoming).
But we seem to think that grace just IS and it’s always there and it’s free and we can take as much as we need for every little thing. 
{Who needs a wind machine when you’ve got the real thing?!}
Which is mostly true. Grace is free and available to us. But I don’t want us to forget that it was not free for God. God? Yeah, He PAID that price. He sent His only son to DIE on the cross for us. 
And to rise again. 
That is the reason we have grace. 
Grace is powerful. 
Grace should be transformative in our lives. 
So here’s what I propose: instead of shouting “grace” over ourselves, let’s not claim grace without going to the GIVER of GRACE and being on our knees before Him for a moment. 
Isn’t that the point of grace?

To point us back to God?

To be grace-filled by the giver of all good things, so that we, too, may go out into the world and give grace to others. 
{now I’ve got the doxology in my head. anyone else? #praiseGodfromwhomallblessingsflow}
Your thoughts on grace?
xo
Natalie

Pink Polka Dots

I’ve been lapping up every second of this November sunshine. Just sitting in the window like a cat, keeping it open a crack to get the crisp air inside. I soak in the sunshine and store it away for the days that are gray. 

This skirt is like a big security blanket. 
I’ve thrown it on with boots to return a movie right at the strike of the 9pm return deadline, I’ve worn it out in the rain to get Chinese food well past a decent dinner hour, and I’ve worn it to work and church. You’ve seen me throw the bottom hem up in a knot because I will admit it IS a tripping hazard. Which for me is life-threatening since I’m just a bit clumsy.  

Here I paired it with pearl earrings to mimic the polka dots, a pink polka dot tee, and my polka dot sleeve blazer. Then I threw on my new favorite blingy-bling ring. Bam. This ring practically walks into the room before I do.

Before I trip on my skirt and fall into the room, that is. 
One of these days, no doubt. 

Textures

This outfit is jam-packed with texture. A metal necklace, a silk shirt, a cotton scarf, a tweed jacket, corduroys, and suede wedges.

I’ve been thinking today how God sometimes takes things from us for a season. 
Our God who gives and takes.
Do you know what I mean?

Sometimes God says, “Here, you know what? We’re going to take this thing and put it on the shelf for a bit. Let’s focus on something else for a little while.” 
This feels so scary. It feels very unsettling. 
But the cool thing is, our God is a detail-oriented God. 
And oftentimes, He takes things we thought got shelved, and He works them back into our lives in the coolest ways.
You know, He works them together like mixing different textures. It may sound silly, but its true…He puts together our lives with the finesse of a God who cares about the details. A God who cares about the beautiful big picture.
Oh I just love that.

Summer Looks: Palm Beach Pretty

This might be my favorite so far! One would be tempted to assume I’d go “Red Hot Summer” but this—this pretty, sophisticated palette, oh it does make my heart flutter so! Stunning yet subtle pinks, grays, and palm branches along with a sophisticated hat and pink shades for keeping your face out of the sun. You’re probably an heiress of some sort, so you’ll need your bling…vintage inspired earrings and a big cocktail ring, along with a stack of bracelets…yes, even in the summer. You don’t plan on actually swimming in that beautiful backyard pool, do you? And of course you wouldn’t even consider a dip in the ocean, but you’d be perfectly content lounging in your cabana, then slipping on lace, polka dots, and ballet flats for an al fresco dinner.

Palm Beach Pretty Summer Look

Extra Weekend

 This is my It’s Monday. But it’s still the ‘weekend’! expression.
With Monday being a holiday we had an extra day to wear our weekend duds! If you know me, you know that practically no weekend ensemble is complete without a splash of neon!  Monochromatic with a pop of neon is always right, but since neon is such a trend right now, it’s even more on point.

Add sparkles, stripes, braided belt, lace-edged skirt, and ‘snakeskin’ sandals for even more visual interest. 
Did you notice how this outfit is really, really simple in its foundations? It’s a tank, sweater, an ‘easy’ bottom (skirt with shorts underneath to keep things modest), and sandals.  How quickly could a tank top, sweater, and shorts look uninspired and boring? Mixing up the details are what really make the outfit stand out.

{hot pink details}


Style Secrets
Sunnies: Target
Sweater: Tag Sale
Tank: Tag Sale
Skirt: American Eagle
Purse: Consignment Shop
Sandals: Thrifted
Nail Polish (not on in pics): Pixi

Have a great week!
xo

Good Days


I’ve decided there’s an easy formula for a good spring day. A full skirt and wellies. Done deal 🙂
You know those conversations that you can only get to after a nice dinner, sweet dessert, and a cup of tea or two? It was a night for that kind of conversation. A night where you can dig down and share life. Fellowship is so sweet! Try to carve out some talking time with a friend or two this week to dig into life a bit more. I know sometimes it seems that we don’t have time for talking. What a waste of time when you could be accomplishing something! Or blogging/tweeting/etc., right? Oh, how wrong we are, sometimes. Sit on the porch with a friend. Sit and talk. And listen. 
You’ll be amazed, I know it.

Mint Jeans & Teenage Years

It’s only Tuesday? I feel like it’s been an awesome, busy week so far. Good effort everyone. I call an early weekend, ok? Aaaaaaaaand cue the movie marathon and ice cream sundaes. 
Ok, so maybe it doesn’t actually work that way. Drat. 
Today was rainy, rainy, rainy. Rainy. (photos from a few days ago) And the Lord was gracious enough to bless me with a rather cheerful attitude for the day. Don’t you love that? Love it.
Sometimes, I try to reclaim my teenage years, and I use sky blue eyeliner. Can you see it? So much fun, and I love the way it catches the light.
Until next time! Chins up, my dears!
xo,

Paris Lovin’

Something about an Eiffel tower sweater that demands bling, sunglasses, and red lipstick.

Wow, I’m so ridiculous. Paperbag-waist pants (hehe silly name) bring out the silly in me. Or caffeine & sunshine. They do that, too. 

Just FYI, my belt is sparkly. And my shoes are silver.
I can’t figure these pants out, you guys. Some days, I love them. Other days, I hate them. Some days, I think they look good with flats only. Other days, only with heels. But they are super comfy, I must admit, and I find the paper bag waist super fun. But there are so many good things in this outfit that I’m quite sure I like: stripes, pink, blingy necklace, red lipstick, sparkly belt, silver driving mocs.
Style Secrets
Coat: Thrifted
Sunnies: Dollar Store
Earrings: F21
Necklace: Kohls
Sweater: Topshop (via consignment shop)
Belt: Banana Republic
Pants: Express
Driving Mocs: Thrifted
I hope your week is starting off well!
xo

Hello Sunshine

I dug out some of my summer dresses the other day, just to play around with them before it gets too hot to style them with any sweaters/scarves (boooooooooring). I found this yellow dress coordinated perfectly with a little cardigan I found at the thrift store last fall. It’s fun to see pieces from different seasons mix so effortlessly, don’t you think? 
And that beautiful forsythia! Welcome, spring! 
Style Secrets
Sunnies: H&M
Necklace: Self-made
Tank Top: JP
Dress: RubyRox
Cardigan: Thrifted
Handbag: Thrifted
Flats: Gap Outlet