Waves & Being Mermaids

This skirt reminds me of waves because of the turquoise swirls and the tiered scalloped edges, topped with a “whitecap” of the white ruffled shirt.

I spent yesterday at the beach with my friends (read my post on how to pack your beach bag here) and really experienced the waves with a heart for the metaphor found in them. Thanks, in no small part, to this song, which has been soaking deeply into my heart this week. 

I’m not sure I can describe it. Not yet, anyway, this experience of ebbing and flowing with the waves, of the physicality involved in trying to avoid the waves, the fear that can so easily overcome us when facing waves. I was struggling to keep my back to them, to close my eyes and mouth and grin and bear it…and then I looked to my side and I saw a beautiful friend, embracing the waves like a mermaid, swimming through them with a purely joyous smile on her face. She was at home in the waves, while I was in survival mode. 
God tells us there will be waves. I repeat: There will be waves. 
We can choose to embrace the waves and realize that they are part of our story, part of our refining, and that God’s hand is always on us. He’s got us. We won’t get lost. When we swim under a wave, let us find the beauty in those waters until we surface again. And when we surface, we’ll take a big gulp of fresh air and feel stronger than we ever did before. Stronger, more full of the beauty of life, and more free. 
Let’s be mermaids, darlings.
Sunnies: GoFish Clothing//Shirt: J.Crew//Skirt: Thrifted//Sandals:F21

Summer Looks: Country Girl Cute

Chambray, gingham, seersucker, stripes, and straw….there’s just little more adorable than a Country Girl Cute look! Toss on a gingham or seersucker swimsuit, with a picnic skirt or seersucker shorts and an oversized white tee (tuck in a corner or tie it in a knot at the bottom), some gingham sunnies, and a gingham headband or straw hat. A chambray cover-up looks great with this theme, too. Striped Toms are such a cute casual shoe & a wonderful cause (when you buy a pair, they donate a pair).
Now pack up a picnic and get outside!

Country Girl Cute

Summer Looks: Red Hot Summer

What sort of summer are you planning to have? Red hot? Country Girl Cute? I’ve got some fun ideas up my sleeve to help make the most of your summer style, head to toe!

I am so in love with this look! It is captures all of that silver-screen style from a bygone era…a hint of mystery, a whole lot of glamour, and a little bit of kitsch. I love the vintage-styled swimsuits, high-waisted sailor shorts, and a movie-star worthy hat or scarf. Don’t forget some flirty & fun shades! Some simple gold sandals add classic elegance. 

Red Hot Summer