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Shopbop Sale Round-Up

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Hey guys! It’s that time of year where we are transitioning our closets over to spring/summer, donating/consigning things that we no longer wear, and making lists of a few new things that could be added to our wardrobes for a little freshness as we welcome the new season. Shopbop is having a great sale (20% off all orders and 25% off $500+ orders), so if you are planning a shopping spree, Shopbop is the place to do it. Below are some of my favorites for a casual spring wardrobe- a striped tee that I love, an oversized denim jacket, a linen baseball cap and more. Share your favorite links from this sale in the comments section! P.S. the code to use is EVENT18 when you checkout. xo

The Delight Of Discipleship

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The act of discipleship truly is a beautiful, powerful, incredible thing. Sometimes easier said than done though, as discipleship can seem daunting and intimidating, but this is not how the Lord wants us to view discipleship! Instead, let’s think of discipleship as it is: a true delight to spread His love and grace with those around us. It really is a lovely, delightful, Spirit-led journey that does not need to be intimidating at all!

Matthew 5:14-16 reads: “You are the light of the world. A town built on a hill cannot be hidden. Neither do people light a lamp and put it under a bowl. Instead they put it on its stand, and it gives light to everyone in the house.  In the same way, let your light shine before others, that they may see your good deeds and glorify your Father in heaven.” (NIV)

As the Bible says, we are to “let our light shine before others”. This alone is a huge part of discipleship and lays the groundwork for inviting others to experience that light which comes from God and God alone. Our “light” is really not our light…it is His light shining through us as believers in Jesus.

Living lives that glorify God and allow for His spirit to permeate in us and through us is the beginning of the beautiful, obedient act of discipleship. Just as a smile is contagious, so is a God-centered way of living. Letting His light shine through us on a daily basis with people can ultimately lead to wonderful conversations and serve as a gateway into bringing people to Him in His time. Of course discipleship takes time, patience, endurance and this is just the start, but it is such a necessary, important, and delightful start!

We would love to hear your thoughts on discipleship in the comments section below. Also, if you don’t follow them already on Instagram, IF:Gathering is an incredible group on a mission to inspire and equip women to share the gospel with other women in their lives so they can live life with Jesus.

THE OUTFIT

sunnies | top | skirt | sneaks

images by felicia lasala 

All The Feels: Lou & Grey

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You know when there is a store that you actually enjoy visiting? Where easy online shopping just doesn’t seem as wonderful? It’s rare, but Lou & Grey is that clothing store for me, and I am so thrilled to be partnering with them. It gives me #allthefeels 🙂 Living in Los Angeles, I remember how excited I was when the Pasadena location opened because I could physically walk in the store, touch the classic pieces, and be inspired! It is on a street in the most charming, family-filled town, and it always feels like the most lovely shopping experience.

I recently went in the store on the rainiest day (extra cozy feels) and found the best fitting skinny denim, a linen tee I couldn’t resist,  and a terry oversized sweatshirt that I wish I could wear every day. The staff is always so sweet and helpful, which always makes me love a brand even more. Not to mention, I am a sucker for sweatpants, and their’s are the softest on planet earth. And let’s talk accessories – hoop earrings and hair pins for the win.

OUTFIT DETAILS: sweatshirt & sweatpants & shoes

 

The New Nike Sneaker

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Let’s be honest. I pretty much live in yoga pants and tennis shoes. Who’s with me? Let’s be more honest; thank goodness that active wear became an every day trend rather than just an ensemble appropriate only for the gym a few years ago. What did I wear during the day before that? And what’s even greater? The fact that pairing sneakers with dresses, skirts, jeans, and trousers is cool creates another level. of. excitement.

All that to say, and speaking of tennis shoes, have you seen the new Nike shoe? By shoe, I am referring to the Air Max 270, which features the first-ever air unit designed for a lifestyle shoe, a unit that clocks in as the tallest-ever at 32-mm. Filled with fresh Oregon air right down the road from the main Nike campus, the Air Max 270 blends elements from the Air Max family’s past with a new, zonal-mesh upper for a hybrid sneaker that moves the legacy forward. They look super cool with mom jeans and socks that go above your ankle (nerdy look for the win), a feminine dress, or a denim skirt.

This shoe is just launching and it is a must-addition to your active wear collection.

A Brand To Love: ABLE

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Do you know that feeling when you discover a brand that you truly love?  When their products appeal to your personal style, when their aesthetic speaks to your lifestyle, when the brand’s mission hits a place in your heart, and when you feel confident, comfortable, and happy when wearing their items…that is when I know that I truly am in love with a brand. This and more happens when I think of and wear ABLE. Also known as liveFashionable, ABLE is a lifestyle brand with clothing, bags, shoes, and jewelry produced by women in cities here in America and in other countries, giving women the opportunity to work and create beautiful items.

ABLE’s commitment to and passion for providing jobs and new opportunities for women in need is so inspiring to me and makes their beautiful clothes, bags, shoes, and jewelry that much more beautiful. Not only are their items high-quality, but I know that there is so much heart and soul behind each product! The outfit that I am wearing below is one that I plan to live-in this spring and beyond. The maxi dress is so comfortable and versatile, the denim jacket is a forever-staple, the slides are edgy and cool, and the bag is a timeless style that I will carry for years to come. You can get the links to this outfit at the bottom of the post + links to a few more ABLE items that I am loving. Thank you to ABLE for sponsoring this post! xo

THE OUTFIT c/o ABLE

dress | denim jacket | bag | shoes

ABLE FAVORITES:

images by Felicia Lasala // post sponsored by ABLE

Spiritual Fasting

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Over the years we have heard people speak about fasting to further their relationship with Jesus, focus on prayer, get still, be open to wisdom, and help to receive clarity in the midst big decisions. Spiritual fasting has always seemed like this incredibly powerful biblical act, and therefore quite intimidating. Part of the intimidation factor could be a fast metabolism and the reality of hanger…it is so real, guys!

In all seriousness though, we have been in awe of, talking about, and researching spiritual fasting a lot lately and came across this article. These words really spoke to us about the value of the act of fasting and conveyed freedom in the fact that we can make fasting our own- there really isn’t one way right way to do it and the duration and frequency is up to us. The most freeing realization is that it is a building process…start slow and then grow into it. Once we realized this, the intimidation factor went away.

Melissa recently fasted a few times by skipping dinner…so she went about 18-22 hours without solid food, but still had water, matcha, tea, and even a cup of bone broth one day. She said that when she would normally be ravenous after work, she had a mug of bone broth or tea instead, then focused on prayer and reading the Bible and a devotional before bed and upon waking up. Getting over the initial hunger was hard, but she stayed focused on Jesus and really enjoyed the experience. Even though it wasn’t a full day, she described having a very clear mind during it and after it, plus a sense of being free of worry, extremely trusting and calm, and able to tune out the noise of the world and focus on her relationship with Jesus. 

As with anything like this, consult a loved one and/or doctor before fasting. We are definitely inspired by spiritual fasting and would love to hear from you in the comments section. Have you tried it? xo

// THE OUTFIT // 

hat (c/o) similar | sunnies (c/o) | tee (c/o) | pants (c/o) similar  | boots (similar + similar)

 

images by Felicia Lasala 

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