Tuesday, December 9, 2014

Crossbody Bags & Caged Booties




Navy Hat: Yard Sale. Sweater: Marshalls. Boyfriend Jeans: Sevens for All Mankind via Clothes Mentor. Caged Booties: Sam Edelman via Belk. Studded Crossbody: Marshalls Necklace: Old Navy.




I surprisingly didn't do much Black Friday shopping this year! I did have to run a bunch of errands that day and couldn't resist stepping into Marshalls to see what kind of goodies they had in stock for all the crazies out shopping. I stumbled upon this perfect, leather studded crossbody and I'm so glad I went with my intuition to grab it. Crossbodies have to be my favorite trend this year. Don't get me wrong, I love a big bag but there is just something about the convenience and cuteness of having a little crossbody especially during holiday shopping. Because let's be real- having to carry around tons of shopping bags on top of lugging around a big ole handbag is NO FUN! That's what's so convenient about the crossbody, you just sling it on and you're on your merry way. Perfect! And, what's even more amazing about this Marshalls fabfound is that its identical to this Valentino Studded Mini Crossbody, but I paid a whole lot less!! Try $24.99 for this bad boy. FABULOUS! I'm currently obsessed with these creme colored Sam Edelman booties that I scored at Belk. They go with almost everything and the caged texture gives my comfy casual look a little bit of extra edge. Are you a crossbody or big handbag kinda girl? Or both?


xoxo,

Shauntel






Thursday, December 4, 2014

Mix It Up


Camouflage Utility Jacket: Old Navy. Black & White Stripped Cotton Tee: Old Navy. Necklace: Old Navy. Black Skinnies w/ Leather Detail: Marshalls. Animal Print Pumps: Nine West. Bag: Marshalls



Hey  yall! If you spy something that looks very familiar in today's post then you're spot on. I styled this same black & white stripped cotton tee from Old Navy earlier this week which you can find here. I'm unashamed when it comes to wearing the same piece in a different way. Sometimes all you have to do to create a new outfit is mix up pieces that you already own which is the best because spending money isn't required! I'm a firm believer in mixing up pieces in your wardrobe and really getting your fair wear out of them. Just like I'm getting my fair wear out of this gorgeous bag...sorry not sorry! I just can't get enough. Unlike other fashion bloggers (which if you're like me then you follow aton), I'm unable to afford putting together a brand new outfit with different pieces from high end brands every day. I want people who follow along and read my blog to be able to relate to me and my style and to actually afford it! I love the comfort and fit of this Old Navy black and white stripped basic top. You can easily dress it up or down depending on the look you are going for. When building your wardrobe, I believe that every girl should have the essential skinnies and a pair of animal print pumps. Black skinnies will be your BFF in the fall/winter in that they go with basically everything whether its this super cute Camo utility jacket, a slouchy but chic baggy sweater/poncho and more. Animal print for me is an obvious yes in any case! I'm clearly obsessed. It's edgy and elegant when paired with the right outfit combo. Don't be afraid to wear pieces that you own more than once but in a different way! You'll be surprised what kind of looks you can put together with items that you already own!


xoxo,

Shauntel

Tuesday, December 2, 2014

Stripes X Animal Print


Black & White Stripped Tee: Old Navy. Black Leather Midi Skirt: French Connection- Belk. Gold & Black Necklace: Old Navy. Leopard Print Pumps: Nine West. Handbag: Marshalls




If someone could please tell me how we are already in the month of December that would be great. K thanks! Crazy to think that the year is almost over. It's the most wonderful time of the year! I get so giddy just thinking about the pure joy and magic of the holidays. The music, the shopping (for others of course ;)), the smell of fresh evergreen, and cheer in the air. It's almost more than my little heart can handle before bursting with excitement that Christmas time is finally here. AND, my birthday is right around the corner! December 13th to be exact. I'm accepting any and all forms of love offerings :) With the holidays comes the stress of figuring out what to wear to holiday parties. Us girls will look into a closet full of clothes and claim that we have nothing to wear. Oh, I've been there. Many times. Leather continues to be a chic trend for the winter and holiday season. I absolutely love the fit and flare of this French Connection leather midi skirt from Belk. Pattern mixing continues to be one of my favorite ways to really make an outfit pop. I paired this leather midi with a white and black stripped cotton tee and my new, Nine West leopard printed pumps. Holiday parties don't necessarily mean that you have to wear sparkle from head to toe because not everyone loves sparkle. This is a simple yet chic look that could easily go from work wear to holiday party glam. What trends are you guys loving for the holidays?

Monday, December 1, 2014

More of YOU Mondays: Patience.

"Patience is a virtue."

That is one quote that will forever be engrained in my mind. I've heard the saying ever since I could remember. Still, somehow I have YET to master the concept that is patience. It's something about myself that I've always wished that I could change. You see- that's the thing. I- me, myself...I can't change a thing. However, I can take the desires of my heart and surrender them to my Father and my Savior and ask him to do just that! To save me from myself, and do a mighty work in my heart. To put my pride aside, and cry out to the Lord telling Him that "I can't do this on my own! I need more of you! I need you to trust and rely on with every breath and with every step of my life." 

I've spent many nights crying out those exact words. A couple of nights ago I couldn't sleep. I tossed and turned for a good hour and a half before I begrudgingly pulled off the covers and got out of bed to spend time with the Lord. He was calling back out to me at 3 in the morning. He always has his ways of reaching us and they always seem in our minds to be at the most inconvenient times. So, there I sat at 3 AM in my bed, in the quiet just me and my King. I started out by praying. The Lord had placed many different people on my heart so I began to lift them up in prayer and then I began praying a prayer that I've been praying for the past couple of weeks..."Lord, show me what you want me to learn in this season. Reveal your truth and your promises to me." I flipped to Ecclesiastes 3:14-15. I've ready Ecclesiastes many times before but this moment in time the words jumped off the page and into my heart and the empty prayers that I had been praying for weeks. I've been loving the MSG version of scripture lately, so I pulled up those verses in the MSG version which reads:


"I've also concluded that whatever God does thats the way its going to be, always. No addition, no subtraction. God's done it and that's it. That's so we'll quit asking questions and simply worship in holy fear. Whatever was, is. Whatever will be, is. That's how it always is with God."

The very beginning of Ecclesiastes chapter 3 states that there is a time and purpose for everything in life. These simple words and promises were exactly what my anxious mind needed to hear. That there is indeed a purpose and reason for this season of my life, it just hasn't been revealed to me yet and that's okay...because one day I will look back on these moments and know exactly why this season is so necessary to my spiritual growth and walk with Him. So, stop letting your mind wander and letting your thoughts get the best of you. God is not a man that he should lie. He answers those who call out to him and who worship Him with their lives. Know that everything in life is made beautiful in God's perfect timing. Slow down. Breathe in and live knowing that the Lord will perfect that concerning YOU! Happy Monday loves! Have a great week! :)

xoxo,
Shauntel