December 3, 2016

WRAPPED IN HOPE


As we close out the advent week of hope, we are one week closer to celebrating Christmas! One of my favorite Holidays because of the Hope, Jesus, that was born that very day.

I'm reminded of how my life would look so different if I didn't have this Hope to cling to. And for that I am so thankful.

God doesn't promise an easy life. But He does promise to always be there in the mist of despair, sorrow and pain. How amazing is it to be wrapped up in the hope of the Greatest Comforter like a sweater or coat that wards off the winter cold.







Photography: Peter Ho

SHOP MY LOOK:
Coat: Old Navy {Similar}
Sweater: Piperlime {Similar}
Pants: Old Navy {Similar}
Bag: From a small shop in Thailand
Heels: JCrew {Similar}
Necklace: 31Bits

November 7, 2016

SMOOTH LIKE VELVET


Smooth like velvet.

If only life always went that way. Most of the time it's a bumpy and tiring road.

Thankful for grace that paves over the bumps and makes life smoother and a bit easier when the struggle gets real. When you look back at all the challenges you've overcome, doesn't it amaze you how you survived and how much stronger it made you?

This has been the story of my life. Every time I look back at those particularly rough chapters of my life, I'm amazed by how our Provider has always come through when everything seemed impossible and unconquerable.

As Romans 8 says, "we are more than conquerers through Him who loves us."

So conquer on my friends, and lean on God's grace to pull you through the mire and the muck of life.






Photographer: Peter Ho

SHOP MY LOOK:
Top: Anthropologie {Similar}
Pants: Calvin Klein (on sale!) {Similar}
Purse: Old Navy {Similar}
Heels: Payless {Similar}

October 31, 2016

ROMPING AROUND MAUI


Friends, it has been absolute paradise in Maui.

Anyone else find it hard to just sit and rest? I certainly do as my mind is constantly running at a million miles per hour even if I'm just sitting.

But Hawaii does something to me. There's something about the quietness, the beauty, and/or the nature that quiets my soul. All around me I see the majestic mountains and the endless ocean. Most likely its the vastness of all of the above that forces me to soak it all in. I've been in awe of my entire experience here.

Sadly, we missed our first day in Maui due to flight issues and weather, so once we got here, we rushed to the nearest beach, Big Beach, to start it all off. I'm not one to enjoy laying out on a beach. My sights were set on the water. Most were boogie boarding around me because the waves were crazy. Safe to say, I got owned by the waves the moment I walked in the water. But I still loved every moment of being tossed in the water.

Beachwear is always fun to pack. Being more modest, I have to have swimsuit coverups when I'm not by the water. Rompers have been my favorite go-to beach coverups. And they're the easiest outfit to wear, pack and plan for vacation since it's one piece.

This cute romper was an obvious choice for vacation with all the details. I love some colorful tassels, cut outs and scalloped hems! The best part is that it's now on sale for less than $20!!







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Romper: c/o Romwe

October 23, 2016

FALL COATS


Fall coats. An important statement piece and one I'm often tempted to splurge on. Thankfully I've found coats from SheIn that are perfect statement pieces but classic so they can be worn for years. But most importantly, they're affordable!

Here are some of my favorite finds under $100!

   

     

           

        

        

         

Here's how I styled my $28 (Yes, that's the actual price!) Fall coat on my recent weekend getaway to Door County. It is perfectly cozy for the brisk Fall days.






SHOP MY LOOK:
Coat: c/o SheIn {Similar}
Jeans: Gap {Similar}
Scarf: Target {Similar}
Shoes: Anthropologie {Similar}
Necklace: 31Bits (On sale!)

October 18, 2016

CULTURE OF KINDNESS (& GIVEAWAY!)


Create a culture of kindness.

We were created to create. I believe that the Creator created us in His good image, so what we create is for a greater and good purpose. This is why I love companies who create incredible products while doing good around the world. 

I've shared my love for Elegantees last Spring and I'm excited to keep the love fest going. If you don't remember, Elegantees is working to bring hope to women in Nepal who have been rescued from sex trafficking. 

We are joining up to give away this tee that was designed in collaboration with The Root Collective, a brand working towards ending gang violence in Guatemala. I love the message, "Create a culture of kindness." Can you imagine how amazing the world would be if everyone was kind to one another?

Entering the giveaway is simple:
1. Head over to Instagram
2. Follow me, @Joannamhui, and @Elegantees
3. Like the giveaway photo (first image below)
4. Leave a comment on Instagram and tag a few friends who you think would also want to join in on the giveaway.

That's it! The giveaway ends Friday, October 21st, 2016 at noon CST. One random winner will be announced after the giveaway ends on October 21st. Good luck!









Photographer: Peter Ho

SHOP MY LOOK:
Top: c/o Elegantees {Get 15% OFF purchases with code GRACEINSTYLE}
Jeans: Gap {Similar}
Jacket: Piperlime (old) {Similar}
Bag: Rebecca Minkoff (old) {Similar}
Heels: Aldo (old) {Similar}

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