Friday, December 9, 2011

Heart To Heart: Live 31


"I would rather have a Proverbs 31 Woman than a Victoria's Secret Model."





This is a movement started by one young man declaring that he would rather be with a woman who lives for God and loves the Lord than a woman who lives for society's approval and who loves the superficial. He's not the only one. There are other Godly men out there who are also seeking to love and encourage women of faith and virtue. Because they know the truth, which is that there is nothing more beautiful than a woman with a righteous heart who puts Christ first.



For those women who wish to be a Proverbs 31 model - one who models the character of faithfulness and virtue - here are seven principles that will help guide you on your walk.


Ladies, don't let society and the things of this world influence you or trigger insecurities that will lead to you lowering your standards to less than God's best. Instead, strive to be a Proverbs 31 woman, a woman who is loved, admired and praised for her HEART. A woman who is truly beautiful in God's sight and in the sight of good, God-seeking men. Physical beauty fades over time, but true beauty - which is virtue - is timeless.

Guys, be someone a Proverbs 31 woman would want to serve, love and respect so that she can be set free to live it out! You have more power to inspire us than you realize. Don't just look for us, help us to get there! In living by God's standards you will empower us to do the same.

Monday, October 31, 2011

Heart to Heart: Beauty Is In The Eyes Of Our Creator

He has made everything beautiful in its time. He has also set eternity in the hearts of men; yet they cannot fathom what God has done from beginning to end. -Ecclesiastes 3:11

Do you ever feel unattractive? Maybe there are certain things about your appearance that you wish you could change. It's easy to look at others and see their beauty, but look at ourselves and see our imperfections. I think it is extremely important to first of all note, that almost everyone thinks this way. Most girls look at others and see their beauty and only see "flaws" in themselves. So you are your own biggest critic! But it's most important to know what God sees. Today's verse tells us that God has made everything beautiful in its time. He is our creator, and we are beautiful to Him! How comforting is that? God made you, and He made you beautiful.  If God made you beautiful, then He will show others your beauty as well. When He brings your future husband into your life, He will show him how beautiful you are. Who cares what everyone else thinks along the way?

Another important thing to note is that He has made everything beautiful "in its time". You might look at your acne in the mirror and think of how unattractive it is. First remember that no one notices it as much as you, then remember that God made you beautiful. It might just be part of puberty that passes, and in time, you will be acne free. Your issue might come more with a physical feature, maybe you think your nose is too big (or too small). While those things probably won't change, God can still use them to add to your beauty. Maybe your future husband finds that attractive, or maybe God wants you to learn to find it beautiful. God doesn't make mistakes. He made us beautiful, we just have to open our eyes to see us the way that He does.

Reflection:
Do you look in the mirror and see yourself as God's beautiful creation, or something less?
Application:
Spend today thanking God for making you beautiful! Praise Him for even the things about you that you don't find attractive, and ask Him to show you your beauty.

Prayer:
Heavenly Father, thank you so much for making me beautiful! Thank you for never making mistakes. Please show me my beauty, and help me to focus more on the beauty of your creation, and less on the things that I personally don't like. You are the perfect creator, who am I to pick apart what you designed to perfection? Thank you, Lord. In Jesus name I pray, Amen.

Thursday, October 27, 2011

Monday, October 24, 2011

Heart to Heart: Sharing God's Grace


Are you selfish with grace?


Why do you look at the speck of sawdust in your brother's eye and pay no attention to the plank in your own eye? Luke 6:41


It is so easy to see when other people are screwing up. We could sit there all day and point out flaws in other people's actions, especially those of other Christians. However, that isn't what God wants from us. I love that Jesus, the only perfect person to ever walk the face of the earth didn't do that. He could have. He is the only one who has ever had the right to cast stones, yet instead, He gave His life for us, so that we could be forgiven. But we don't offer grace like that. We are certainly happy to receive God's grace. We are thankful that He is so gracious towards us, but then we sit there and look down on others. We judge them because we don't think that they dress the right way, or talk the right way. We stick our noses up at others because we don't think that they are as good as we are, or worthy of our attention. I don't know about you, but I am certainly thankful that Jesus didn't treat us that way.

Unlike Jesus, who was perfect in every way, we are sinners. We sin every single day in some way or another. 1 John 1 says that if we say we have not sinned we make Christ out to be a liar, and if we say that there is no sin in us we deceive ourselves. We sin; all of us, each and every one of us sin. But instead of working through our own salvation, we focus on the sins of others. It may make us feel a whole lot better, but it isn't what God wants from us. He doesn't want us to hoard His grace all to ourselves, but to show that same grace to others. Jesus didn't die for our sins alone, but for the sins of the world. That includes the lady at church who frequently gossips about others. That includes the sins of your best friend, even if they are sins against you. It includes the sins of our parents, of our peers, teachers, and family.

Reflection:
Do you offer the same grace to others as God has offered to you? Or are you busy casting stones and worrying about others sins instead of your own?

Application:
Every time you catch yourself judging someone, compliment them on something that they do well. Even if it is someone clear across the room, walk over and compliment them. If it is someone who you aren't with, pick up a phone and call them just to tell them something nice.

Prayer:
Heavenly Father, I am so selfish with your grace! Please forgive me. I have been casting stones and pointing out their flaws instead of working on my own shortcomings. Help me to encourage others, even in my thoughts. Help me to focus on my own sins, and grow closer to you. My walk with you is the only one that I have control over, so help me to focus my thoughts on sharing your grace, and growing in my love for you. In the name of your Son I pray. Amen.



Written by Heather Hart

Friday, October 21, 2011

Jewelry Box: One In A Million

Inspired by the beautiful, talented and wise, Priscilla Shirer, I wanted to start a new series here on the blog. Jewelry Box posts will consist of treasures for the soul...words of wisdom shared by fellow believers who help us to grow deeper in our relationship with Jesus Christ. Whereas my Heart to Heart blog posts share more of my own experiences and encouragement, this series will focus more on the gifts and knowledge of others. There are so many Godly women (and men) who can teach and inspire and I want to make this a community of Christ-seeking people. To uplift one another through God's Word and grace.

So here is a brief video from Priscilla Shirer talking about her book: One In A Million. She is the author of several books, a great speaker, wife, mother and Christ follower. Be sure to check out her website at www.goingbeyond.com to learn more about her and her ministry.

Friday, September 30, 2011

FANTASY CLOSET: Autumn Is Upon Us

Autumn is officially here. And it is definitely my favourite season. I love the colours, the fashion, the weather, the smells....everything about it. It's finally time to bring out the boots, scarves and sweater dresses! :)

What are some of your favourite fall trends?

Autumn is upon us

 

Pleated dress
H&m boots
Deena Ozzy oversized bag
Bracelet
Yves Saint Laurent jade earrings
Pieces green shawl
Butter London Nail Polish

Wednesday, September 21, 2011

Heart to Heart: Know Your Worth

"We need to teach our daughters to distinguish between a man who flatters her, and a man who compliments her.
A man who spends money on her, and a man who invests in her.
A man who views her as property, and a man who views her properly.
A man who lusts after her, and a man who loves her.
A man who believes he is God's gift to women, and a man who remembers a woman was God's gift to man.
... And then teach our sons to be that kind of a man."




Wednesday, August 31, 2011

FANTASY CLOSET: Batman Fan

Has anyone else been feeling a little stressed, sort of down, or just in a funk lately? Whenever I feel myself slipping into a funk I like to find and focus on things that make me smile, make me laugh and can help boost my mood. This t-shirt did just that. I think I need one now, how about you?! :)


Batman Fan


1.) Call Batman T shirt
2.) American Eagle Outfitters ripped jeans
3.) Converse sneakers
4.) Marc by marc jacobs handbag
5.) CC SKYE yellow bracelet
6.) Juicy Couture stud earrings

Monday, August 29, 2011

Heart to Heart: Spiritual Vitamins

 Devote yourselves to prayer, being watchful and thankful.  
-Colossians 4:2


Just as taking vitamins daily is important to your body in order to stay healthy, so is taking vitamins to help your spiritual body.


Vitamin P:  Prayer  -- Have you prayed today?  Have you taken the time to pause and talk to God today?  Invited Him into your life and to your heart?  Have you told Him your fears, your desires, your joys, and your struggles?
Vitamin T:  Thankfulness -- Be thankful for this day, for your family, your friends, your health, your education, your church and all of life's blessings!
Vitamin W: The Word  -- Have you gotten into God's Word today?  It has everything you need to give you power and authority in your life.
Vitamin F: Fellowship  -- Fellowship with others who believe in Jesus is an amazing thing.  Find people who uplift you, encourage you, stretch you and keep you accountable.


Reflection:  
Have you taken your spiritual vitamins today?
Application Step: 
Make it part of your daily diet to pray, be thankful, read God's Word and associate with fellow Believers. It will keep you spiritually healthy and healthy as a whole.
Prayer: 
Dear God, I know that there are things missing from my everyday life. Help me get my daily dose of you and your Word.  Help me to be more thankful and to fellowship with other Christians more.  Help me find a group of people that I can spend time with that will strengthen me in my faith and help me to become all that I can be, for you. In the name of Jesus Christ I pray, amen.





Inspired by Erin Offermann

Friday, August 26, 2011

5 Tips For Making The Most Of Your High School Experience


We all approach back to school time with different attitudes. Some of us are anxious and terrified, others are anxious and excited. The best attitude to have whether this is your first year at a new school or not is a positive one. If you go in with a positive attitude you are more likely to have a positive experience. Instead of entering the year with a sense of dread and despair, go into the experience with reasonable expectations and a set of positive goals. Here are a few things to consider as you start the new school year that will help you to make the most of your experience.


1.) Stay True To Yourself.
Know what your standards and convictions are and stay true to them. Pressures are all around us and can often be more intense within the school setting. We all have this longing for acceptance and desire to be popular or well-liked but don't compromise your morals or your goals in order to please others. Each time you give in to pressure and do something you don't really want to do and you know is not truly in your best interest (whether it be drugs, sex, or cheating on an exam) you are settling for second best. The truth is you are EPIC and deserve an EPIC future. Don't blow future opportunities because you gave in to unwanted pressures. It may help you to write a list of goals and expectations for yourself and keep this list in your locker or backpack or somewhere you can easily return to it so you can frequently remind yourself of your bright future and ask yourself what choices will help you reach your goals as well as what choices will negatively effect your goals.


2.) Choose Your Friends Carefully.
Good friends promote good choices and bad company corrupts good morals. Having good, sound friends will help you stay strong in your convictions and assist you in reaching your goals by reinforcing healthy choices and good decisions. We choose who we surround ourselves with. Surround yourself with friends who will strengthen and encourage you to live a healthy lifestyle and who keep your best interest in mind. Keep in mind that good friends aren't always the popular people.


3.) Avoid Serious Relationships
If you are in high school, realize that few meet their future spouse during those years. You have plenty of time; there is no need to get into an intense relationship now. Most people find their spouses in college (or later) and do not get married until after graduation. The best foundation for any relationship is friendship. Start things off with a long, healthy friendship. After time, it should be clear if both of you desire the commitment of a relationship. There's no need to rush into it. Use this time to also decide if you're even ready to be in a relationship that could lead to marriage. Use your high school years to enjoy time with your friends and learn about yourself as an individual. Save serious relationships for when you are more prepared to support a spouse and family should it progress to that.


4.) Get Involved.
Boredom is the number one reason we lose our self control and get involved in negative activities. Keep  yourself occupied with good friends, service work, sports, healthy hobbies, and other positive interests. The less idle time you have, the less likely you will be involved in destructive activities. Find something beneficial that you enjoy doing and will keep you on the right track towards your goals.


5. Have Fun!
High school is the stepping stone into adulthood. It's meant to be a time where you learn the necessary skills and knowledge to be a successful adult so that after graduation you will be more prepared for the independence and responsibility that comes with adulthood. But it's also a time where you can enjoy certain freedoms that come with being a teenager. It's important to study hard and get good grades but it's also valuable to build good relationships with your fellow classmates, make memories that you will treasure for years to come and relish in the fact that at this stage in your life your responsibilities are minimal so enjoy that simplicity. Have fun!

Thursday, August 25, 2011

FANTASY CLOSET: Leather Lady

This edgy look would be great for a concert...like a SuperChick concert for example! :) It has that casual, rocker chic feel to it. You could easily rock this look with a killer pair of heels instead if you wanted too.

Leather Lady

1. Kova T jersey tank top
2. TopShop grey jacket
3. By Malene Birger faux leather skinny pants
4. Converse flat shoes
5. Christian Louboutin clutch handbag
6. Natalia Brilli leather jewelry
7. Rectangular watch
8. G by Guess black cross ring
9. Betsey Johnson heart earrings
10. All Saints striped scarve


How would you rock this look?



Monday, August 22, 2011

Heart to Heart: ♡ Labels ♡

For we are God's workmanship, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do. -Ephesians 2:10


Do you have designer labels in your closet?  Do you have to wear Juicy Couture or Louis Vuitton to fit in and be accepted by the crowd?  Do you put more emphasis on the designer labels in your closet than the designer labels you have on your life? Don't get me wrong, there's nothing wrong with having nice things or designer brands. It's when we start defining ourselves by these labels that we lose sight of who we are and our value.  


God created you.  He "broke the mold with you" as people like to say.  There has not, is not, and never will be anyone just like you.  God gave you fingerprints like no one else has.  He gave you DNA like no one else has.  He created a unique smile just for you and He has a specifically designed purpose entirely for you.  Doesn't that make you feel special?


Those designer clothes make you "think" you feel and look special, but don't forget about the labels God put on you.....extraordinary, loved, paid for, worthy and unique. Designer labels are costly, but "THE Designer's labels" are priceless.


Reflection: 
Do you care more about the labels in your closet or the labels on your life?
Application:
Make a list of all the things God says about you (His designer labels) and hang it near your closet for you to frequently see.
Prayer:
Dear God, so many times I just want to fit in and belong.  I want to be popular.  Help me to realize that designer clothes and labels are superficial, and really don't mean anything compared to the design you created me with and the labels you put on me.  Clothe me with your labels. In Jesus name I pray, Amen.


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Find these t-shirts and more at JCLU's online store HERE


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Source:  Erin Offermann

Friday, August 19, 2011

Heart to Heart: Life is Like Cake

Sometimes we wonder, What did I do to deserve this?' or 'Why did God have to do this to me?'Here is a wonderful explanation my Mom shared with me!

A daughter is telling her Mother how everything is going wrong, she's failing one of her classes, her boyfriend broke up with her and her best friend is moving away. 

Meanwhile, her Mother is baking a cake and
asks her daughter if she would like a snack, and the
daughter says, 'Absolutely Mom, I love your cake.'
'Here, have some cooking oil,' her Mother offers.
'Yuck' says her daughter.
'How about a couple raw eggs?'
'Gross, Mom!'
'Would you like some flour then? Or maybe baking soda?'
'Mom, those are all nasty!'
To which the mother replies:
'Yes, all those things seem bad all by themselves.
But when they are put together in the right way, they make a wonderfully delicious cake! ' 
God works the same way.

Many times we wonder why He would let us go through such bad and difficult times. But God knows that when He puts these things all in His order, they always work for good! We just have to trust Him and, eventually, they will all make something wonderful!

God is crazy about you!

He sends you flowers every spring and a sunrise every morning.  Whenever you want to talk, He'll listen. He can live anywhere in the universe and He chose your heart.

Try to remember this when life doesn't seem to go the way you think it should. I’m sure most of us can look back at a time that was really tough and in the midst of it we didn’t understand why it was happening but then later in our lives we realize those tough experiences served a positive purpose somehow in the end. We have to wait for the cake to bake before we can experience its goodness. Just as we have to wait on the Lord to experience His goodness.


Wednesday, August 17, 2011

FANTASY CLOSET: Blushing Beauty

This might be my favourite outfit in my Fantasy Closet so far. It's not too dressy for everyday and has a very girly feel. This outfit would be great for just about any occasion and blush pink looks great on nearly all skin tones. My favourite item in this look is definitely the bow earrings. Aren't they adorable?


Blushing Beauty


1. Bailey 44 slimming top
2. Marc Jacobs cotton tank top
3. Nudie Jeans Co. distressed jeans
4. Miu miu shoes
5. Miu Miu leather tote handbag
6. ASOS gold tone watch
7. Gold plated jewelry
8. Club Manhattan turquoise jewelry
9. Delfina Delettrez pearl drop earrings


What fashion items have you been dreaming about lately?




Tuesday, August 16, 2011

Heart to Heart: ♡ Confidence ♡




This is just a short video on the subject of self-confidence. Be sure to check out more videos like this on the Heart Over Heels YouTube Channel HERE.

Thursday, August 11, 2011

Healthy Habits: The Great Plate

The Great Plate is part of U-M's MHealthy GOOD CHOICE program for healthy eating.


I've been trying to eat healthier and just live healthier in general so I've done a bit of research on the subject of healthy eating that I thought might be helpful to others who are motivated towards cleaner living.
The idea behind the "Great Plate" is to illustrate that creating a healthy meal can be simple. People tend to think that eating healthy is complex and time-consuming, when it really isn't. We all have busy lives and don't have a lot of time to prepare meals; however, the goal of the Great Plate is to provide simple ideas to eating healthier: cooking on the weekend for the week ahead; having fresh fruit, veggies, or nuts readily available for healthy snacks, etc.
The Great Plate concept is designed to be an easy way to control portion sizes and create a healthier meal, simply by dividing a 10-inch size plate into three sections.

  • 1/2 of your plate should be veggies. Be sure to try and make your veggies section as colorful as possible—this will help ensure you are getting the proper nutrients your body needs. 
  • 1/4 of your plate should be healthy whole grains such as brown or wild rice, multigrain bread, oatmeal, or quinoa.
  • 1/4 of your plate should be a lean protein such as fish and shellfish, white meat poultry like chicken and turkey (be sure to remove the skin), beans or eggs.
  • Choose whole fruits over juice and again, enjoy a colorful variety of fruits to widen the range of nutrients you are taking in. Fruits with 100 calories or less per cup include bananas, blueberries and grapes.
  • Be sure to include calcium rich foods daily such as fat-free milk, low-fat yogurt, and reduced-fat cheese. There are also non-dairy products packed with calcium you can eat as alternatives many of which fit in your other daily nutrition categories such as salmon, almonds & calcium-fortified cereals.
  • A little bit of fat is okay…I'm not just talking about dessert... this includes the oils/butter/sauces that your foods are prepared with too!
The "Great Plate" also addresses one of the biggest challenges people face when it comes to eating healthier— understanding portion sizes. Most don't realize that portions have changed dramatically over the decades. What we think is one serving is, in actuality, closer to two or even three servings.


Leading a healthier lifestyle doesn't have to be complicated or time-consuming and the benefits cannot be denied: reduced risk of chronic diseases such as high blood pressure, cardiovascular disease and diabetes, as well as improved energy, strength, flexibility, stamina, muscle tone, sleep and stress release.  Nutrition is a key component to a healthy lifestyle. Combine nutrition with regular physical activity and you will be on track to living a longer, more fulfilling life.


*Note: I'm not a health expert, I'm just sharing what I've learned and what works for me. It's a good idea to contact your doctor or a nutritionist before changing up your diet.


What are some of your healthy habits? What healthy recipes can you share?



Wednesday, August 10, 2011

Back To School / Casual Cute Outfit

School is starting soon for many of you. This is a great back to school outfit whether you are in high school OR college. Very casual cute. You will look put together but not like you tried too hard...and most importantly you'll be COMFORTABLE! :) It's a great everyday look.


Casual Cute



1. Soul Cal slouch shirt
2. A L C racer back tank top
3. Dolce & Gabbana skinny fit jeans
4. Lacoste flat shoes
5. Leather hobo shoulder bag
6. FOSSIL water resistant watch
7. Shashi braided friendship bracelet
8. Shashi gold plated bangle
9. Shashi gold plated bangle
10. Disney Couture gold jewelry
11. 14k earrings

Monday, August 8, 2011

Heart to Heart: Bullying & Word Wounds

A dear friend of mine describes bullying just as the name implies, “like a bull charging for our self-esteem”.  I don’t think she could have come up with a more accurate definition. That is exactly how the victim of bullying feels….under attack where the damages can be devastating. 

Verbal and emotional abuse can leave the victim wounded and sometimes scarred for life. The bruises and cuts caused by our words may not be visible to the eye but the pain is real and can be felt deeply. Emotional pain can be just as damaging as physical pain. Word wounds often take longer — sometimes a lifetime — to heal. One person's divisive, dysfunctional behaviour can permeate an entire soul like a cancer. Think about that next time before you speak and ask yourself: “Could my words be cancerous?”

To the abusers:  Speaking wrongly or cruelly of others is a very dishonest and malicious way of praising yourself. Bringing others down in order to bring yourself up only brings you down in the end. Self-glory, especially at the expense of others, is distasteful and undesirable.  So if you’re looking for admiration or approval in some way then tormenting others is not the way to achieve your goal. It only makes you less likeable. You don’t have to be mean to be remembered or prove a point. Be an encourager rather than an intimidator.

To the victims: Know who you are and what you are capable of.  Believe in yourself and have faith in your abilities. When you find security in the fact that you are valuable simply because you are a capable, one-of-a-kind individual full of potential then you are less likely to fall victim to the verbal and emotional abuse of bullies. Don’t help the Devil do his job…don’t trash your confidence by allowing someone to manipulate you or make you believe false statements. When the enemy starts to whisper lies into your ear, speak truth to your heart. You know what is true and what isn’t….be the strong, capable person that you were created to be, not the false character others are trying to make you out to be. Don’t let what someone else says distract you from your goals. Don’t invest any energy into the false attacks from others. “No one can make you feel inferior without your consent.”

Also, don’t be afraid to seek help in the battles you may face. We weren’t meant to go through life alone. We have ALL been mistreated, hurt and misunderstood, so you are never alone in this. Find someone who will be your source of encouragement along the way and you be a source of encouragement to others. 



Wednesday, August 3, 2011

FANTASY CLOSET: Pink & Patterns

This solid hot pink dress is the perfect backdrop for mixing colors and patterns. Don't be afraid to mix different textures and prints into your outfit. Have fun and be bold!


Hot PINK w/ Patterns







1.Dorothy Perkins ruffle dress
2. Miu Miu patent pumps
3. Lulu Guinness flower clutch
4. GUESS diamante jewelry
5. Bounkit amethyst jewelry
6. Kitson diamante jewelry
7. Yves Saint Laurent gold plated jewelry


What kind of colors and patterns do you like to mix? Share in the comments or tweet a pic to @heartoverheels_

Monday, August 1, 2011

Heart to Heart: Gossip

Do not let any unwholesome talk come out of your mouths, but only what is helpful for building others up according to their needs, that it may benefit those who listen. – Ephesians 4:29

Gossip is bred out of boredom. Gossip is a sign that we are not really active in our faith and in our lives. If you think about it, the busier we are, the less time we have to gossip. We no longer have the time to get completely wrapped up in someone else’s life.


Gossip is one of the most dangerous evils because it is so subtle and ambiguous -- many are unable to recognize it. Be on alert against gossip whenever you hear of “secret information” being circulated, or if you hear anyone else’s name is specifically used in a conversation. Gossip exists whenever someone talks about others in less than a favorable way. The root of gossip is negativeness, judgementalism, slander, etc.


If you find yourself falling into gossip – stop. If you don’t pass on the gossip there is nowhere for it to go. This includes gossip magazines and gossip television. While it may seem "harmless" to read those magazines or watch those shows, you are contributing to gossip and you are feeding your unhealthy desire for it.

If you want to avoid gossip, focus on creating helpful and encouraging statements instead of destructive and damaging statements. NO PIECE OF GOSSIP IS WORTH THE DESTRUCTION IT CAUSES. Gossip is essentially verbal cancer. Destroying its victims by devouring them from the inside. Our fellow females need our love, forgiveness and encouragement, they don't need to be ravaged and consumed by our evil talk. Let the gossip spoken to you end with you and don't pass on the poison.

Also, when you are faced with a statement that may or may not be gossip, check out the facts. For instance, if you hear someone has an eating disorder or is abusing drugs, go to the person. If you don’t feel comfortable talking to the person yourself, and the rumor is something serious, you may want to go to a parent, pastor, or youth leader. Getting someone to help in a serious situation is not gossip as long as the information stays with you and the person you go to for help. Determine your intent before involving someone else. Is it sincere concern or gossip in disguise? 

Reflection:
What are you doing with your words? Are you using your words to lift people up by sharing words of encouragement and kindness OR to bring people down by spreading lies and rumors?
Application:
Don't be a part of the poison. When you are faced with gossip remember the Golden Rule – if you don’t want people to gossip about you, then don’t participate in gossip.
Prayer:
Heavenly Father, help me to use my words to help others, not to harm them. Help me to be more aware of what comes out of my mouth and protect me from the temptation to participate in gossip. Thank you for your guidance and grace. In Jesus name, Amen.

Friday, July 29, 2011

FANTASY CLOSET: Black and Gold

This is the first in my New Series entitled: "My Fantasy Closet". In this series I will share fashion pieces I've found that I would love to have in my personal closet but realistically can't at the moment (or perhaps ever). A girl can dream though can't she? :) This Black and Gold theme is my modern day Audrey Hepburn inspired look. Classic and classy.

Item Descriptions:

1. Kate Spade 'Pearl Street' Torsade Statement Necklace
2. ASOS Reiss Leah Frill Skirt Dress
3. Christian Louboutin Lace Up Patent Peep Toe Pumps
4. Tiffany&Co. Gold Somerset Knot Earrings
5. Michael Kors Glitz Chain Golden Watch
6. J.Crew Ice Cube Bracelet
7. Juicy Couture Riviera Wristlet

What's in YOUR Fantasy Closet?

Faux-Shopping and NEW Series...My Fantasy Closet


I enjoy what I liked to call "Faux Shopping" which is a lot like window shopping for the virtual world. Basically, I go to my favourite online boutiques and find items that I like and put them in the online shopping bag...but I never checkout. So I get my fix of feeling like I went shopping but I'm not spending the money. Which is great for your wallet. Some have said to me "How do you do it? I wouldn't be able to restrain myself from hitting the checkout button and buying things." To this I reply...it's "mind over matter." I enjoy shopping, but I'm not always in a place where I can spend money on luxury or non-essential items. When money is tight...I go Faux Shopping! And truth is...a few weeks after my "faux shopping spree"....I've forgotten about those items I thought were a "must have" at the time. That's why I avoid impulse buying.


So because of my love for fashion but lack of finances, I decided to start a special series for all of my ladies out there (like myself) who don't have an unlimited budget and begin blogging what I like to call my "Fantasy Closet". I will share beauty and fashion items that I'm loving and that aren't something I own but would love to. It will be mostly items I dream about. These outfits can inspire a search for affordable alternatives as well. I encourage you to start your own Fantasy Closet because there is nothing wrong with dreaming. Just as long as you remember that the things you now have were once among the things you only hoped for. In other words, don't get so caught up in what you DON'T have that you forget to be thankful for what you DO have. Keep a healthy perspective and dreams can be motivators.

Click HERE to see my first post of this New Series and take a peek inside my Fantasy Closet.

Tuesday, July 26, 2011

5 Hair Product Must Haves


These are the five hair care products that I loyally use. These products have worked so well that I see no reason to stray! :)

1. Garnier Fructis Sleek And Shine Anti-Humidity Hairspray - For those days when I want my hair to stay in place but not feel crunchy and stiff this is my go-to product. It gives me the hold I need, leaves my hair feeling soft and has a yummy fruity scent.

2. Lush Big Shampoo - First time users will probably raise their eyebrow at this shampoo. I know I did. I received my first bottle as a gift and wasn't quite sure what to make of it at first. It has a gritty texture because of the sea salt in it but that combined with the seaweed and citrus it contains makes your hair feel extra clean and super shiny! Not to mention it smells AH-mazing! You just have to get past the initial reaction of the sea salt texture. It actually lathers up nice and does wonders for the hair! All of Lush products are fresh and handmade quality products. Their Big shampoo is a definite fav!

3. Tresemm√© Heat Tamer Spray - if you use any kind of heat tools on your hair like a hair dryer, curling iron, flat iron, etc. then this is a must have product. Spray it on before using your heat tools and it protects your hair from being damaged. It has a great scent too!

4. Head and Shoulders Smooth and Silky Conditioner - I have a relatively dry scalp but the dandruff conditioners I've tried all smell like a medicine cabinet....except for this one. Not only does it leave my hair feeling soft and smooth, but it smells so incredibly good and the scent stays in my hair ALL day! I'll catch whiffs of my hair throughout the day and night after using this conditioner and I love that clean hair smell!

5. Garnier Fructis Surf Hair Texture Paste - I have naturally wavy/curly hair and this product is perfect for giving me those defined curls and wavy texture without weighing down my hair. I like the fruity scent too. 

What are YOUR hair product must haves? Share them in the comments.


Monday, July 25, 2011

Heart to Heart: Respond Rather Than React

Whatever happens, conduct yourselves in a manner worthy of the gospel of Christ. Philippians 1:27

Notice this verse doesn't say when good things happen, but in whatever happens. In other words, no matter what comes about in our lives we need to remember that we are representing Christ and therefor are held to a different set of standards. It's like that old saying "actions speak louder than words." The way we conduct ourselves speaks more about our hearts than the words that come out of our mouths. Scripture also says; As water reflects the face, so one’s life reflects the heart.    —Proverbs 27:19 When the world looks at us, we should desire for them to see Christ shining through.

So even if we don't "get our way", we should still act like Christ would want us too. Even when the whole world seems to be against us, we will still act like a Christian. Even if our family and friends let us down, we will conduct ourselves in a way that is appropriate for a believer. That's hard! It's so much easier to react emotionally when faced with challenges, but Christ wants us to respond with the same love and grace that He has shown us. When Christ was ridiculed, He looked the other way. When He was faced with animosity, He responded with control and compassion. When He was hanging on the cross, He prayed for those who were crucifying Him. We should strive to mirror Christ's conduct. 

Reflection:
Are you conducting yourself in a manner that is worthy of the gospel of Christ? Does your life positively reflect your heart?
Application:
Today, watch the way you act. Make a mindful effort to respond like Christ rather than react like the world.
Prayer:
Heavenly Father, thank you for loving me enough to show me where I need to improve. Thank you for giving me the Bible to help guide me. Please help me to act in a way that would bring honor to you. Keep me from reacting emotionally, and help me to respond as Christ would in every aspect of my life. In Your holy name, Amen.

Wednesday, July 20, 2011

What Do Guys Think About Modesty?

I stumbled upon this testimony from a young man that gives us a better understanding about a guy's thoughts on modesty. I think you'll find the following video eye-opening and convicting. I personally did.



Ladies, 1 Corinthians 8:9 says: Be careful, however, that the exercise of your rights does not become a stumbling block to the weak. Dressing immodestly provokes lust within men whether it is our intent or not. We must be aware that the clothing we wear can either help or hurt guys in their own struggle to be pure.


Our desire should be to help men in their walk with Christ...not to be the reason they stumble. We should desire for our relationship with guys to be centered around God and for our fellowship with them to be unhindered. Dressing modestly displays our respect not only for ourselves, but also our respect for the men who are striving to live by God's standards in a world that typically does not make it easy for them to do so. Guys appreciate modesty! They don't expect women to cover every inch of their skin but they are asking for our help in guarding themselves from sexual lust.


Outward modesty proclaims that we know what is on the inside is far more treasured than what is on the outside. Guys ARE attracted to a modest woman. Why? Because the heart is far more attractive than the body can ever be. And if we're honest with ourselves we acknowledge that we would much rather have someone attracted to our heart, than our body. But beyond that, we should desire to honor God above all else. One way we can honor God is by honoring His teachings about modesty and purity in our own life and in turn helping men to honor God without distraction. 


Modesty matters. Do you dress to lure....or to be pure?

Tuesday, July 19, 2011

Top 5 Perfume Picks




1. Breathless by Victoria's Secret
Notes: Sandalwood, Musk, Tangerine, Neroli Petals


Breathless is my #1 favourite perfume. I was so disappointed when they discontinued it. They did bring it back for awhile but unfortunately I think it has been discontinued again. It has a sensual yet sophisticated scent that isn't overpowering and lasts all day. I love the the hourglass shaped rosey pink bottle also. Very feminine                                                 and chic.





2. Daisy by Marc Jacobs
Notes: Strawberry, Violet Leaves, Ruby Red Grapefruit, Gardenia, Violet Petals, Jasmine Petals, Musk, Vanilla, White Woods.


One word: Daisy-licious! Surprisingly it doesn't smell like daisy's at all. It is fresh and feminine with a touch of vintage elegance but it's not too sophisticated. My only complaint is that the scent is not very long-lasting. But the bottle is precious.






3. In Bloom by Reese Witherspoon
Notes: Peach Tea Leaves, Gardenia, Jasmine Petals, Amber Wood


I received this as a gift about a year ago and it quickly became a favourite. It has all the class and elegance you would expect from actress Reese Witherspoon. Even the bottle is stunning with the crystal rose design. It has a very floral, romantic scent.






4. Lovely by Sarah Jessica Parker
Notes: Lavender, Patchouli, Orchid, White Amber, Sultry Woods, Musk


This is one of those timeless scents that is perfect for women of all ages. Very light, feminine, and whimsical. It's simplicity is what makes it such a fabulous perfume.






5. Love Spell by Victoria's Secret
Notes: Cherry Blossom, Red Apple, Peach, Blondewood


Love Spell is one of their most popular scents so it is very recognizable but guaranteed to get compliments. It has that irresistible blend of cherry blossom and sweet peach that makes it the perfect fruity floral scent.




What are YOUR favourite scents? Share them in the comments below!

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