June 10, 2016


I'm so excited to be joining a group of lovely blogger friends to give away an Anthropologie gift card to one lucky follower! Anthro has so many beautiful items perfect for summer, so crossing my fingers for you! Best of luck!
Prize: $100 Anthropologie Gift Card

Giveaway organized by: Oh My Gosh Beck!
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June 3, 2016


Has anyone else wished their lives were like a musical, where music and dancing in the midst of your life was the norm?...No? Just me?...Alright.

As a musician, it's natural to think of life as a running score in my own movie. There's a recurring theme with variations on moments of strife, suspense, sadness and joy leading to various climaxes of life. Ideally, there would be only sounds of joy. However, lately there has been a cacophony of sounds quite the opposite of joy. Yes, life has been filled with exhausting and challenging moments in the midst of residency. But that doesn't explain the lack of joy. The issue is with the rhythm chosen to follow. 

How easy is it for negativity to seep into our hearts? When our hearts are filled with pieces of garbage, that's the beat we step to. It's not pretty and it leaves us tripping on the dance floor of life with weights on our feet.

This is why we have to choose grace as the rhythm of our life. When we do, it becomes natural to dial in a joyful theme. When I forget to choose joy or let circumstances bring me down, life is bleak. But when I rest in God's grace, I can begin dancing through life. It may not be easy, but the hope we find in Christ, can carry us through the difficult times with a smile on our faces.

So thankful that there are seasons of joy that remind me to get in the groove of that rhythm of grace. Recently, I traveled to Bali where joy surrounded me in the beauty of the place. It was one of those getaways where God left me in awe of His goodness and reminded me of His promise to carry me through every moment of life. Not just the good moments, but also the challenging ones.

This dress from Shop the Mint was the perfect choice to dance through one of those joyful days in Bali. We discovered beautiful beaches and found rest at the incredible Four Seasons Resort.

The "Move Me Maxi Dress" is perfect for most body types, it makes you feel elegant, and it doesn't break the bank! It can be worn as a coverup to the beach, packed up for vacation without wrinkling or dressed up for a summer wedding. They have so many clothing options under $50!

Dress: c/o Shop The Mint
Necklace: 31Bits
Sandals: Old Navy {Similar

April 18, 2016


To celebrate this upcoming Mother's Day, I am teaming up with 10 other amazing women to give away $150 to one of our favorite stores, Fashion & Compassion!! We thought it'd be fun to also share stories about the influential women in our lives and how they have molded us to be the strong, confident & compassionate women we are today.

I love Fashion & Compassion because of their heart for women overcoming poverty and injustice in our own neighborhoods and around the world. Fashion & Compassion aims to connect caring consumers with vulnerable female artisans to bring dignity through economic opportunity and beauty through the lovely creations these women produce. Most importantly, F&C aims to give hope to women who are trying to build a life after serious hardships – from poverty to sex-trafficking. 

So, how do you enter this giveaway to win $150 to spend on this adorable Beauty & Dignity tote and beautiful wrap bracelet (pictured below) and so much more from Fashion & Compassion? Head over to Instagram tonight at 7PM CST and find the Giveaway image to enter! The giveaway is open until this Thursday, April 21st at 7PM! Good luck!! :)

My mother is too amazing for words to capture. Without her constant support & faith in my talents and gifts, I would not be where I am today. Through her love for God, I have learned what unconditional love is. Despite those angsty teenage years, she continues to love me and show me God's grace. Over the year, I have fought my own demons that tell me, "You are not enough." But my mom always helped me rid of those thoughts by reminding me, "you are enough!" God created me in His beautiful image, and in Him, I am enough! 

My mom is also my number one prayer warrior. Every day, multiple times a day, she lifts me up in prayer when she spends her one-on-one time with our Heavenly Father. To illustrate her amazingness, she has a prayer folder at her desk that is worn & bent from daily use as she kneels on it to pray for her family and friends. I know that God is always watching over me because her prayers cover my daily needs and those challenging times. 

I love my mom more than words can convey or music can express. I hope to be at least a fraction of the mom that you are one day! Thanks mom for showing me how to wear grace & style it with love!

Now, it's your turn! Who is the most influential woman in your life? It may not be your mom, it could be a best friend, mentor, teacher, etc. I can't wait to read your stories!


Top: Old Navy on SALE! {Similar | Similar}
Cardigan: J.Crew {Similar | Similar}
Heels: J.Crew {Similar | Similar}
Wrap Bracelet: c/o Fashion & Compassion

April 4, 2016


Springtime may or may not be here. Dearest Chicago, please make up your mind! But this is why I love this simple transitional outfit from winter into Spring!

I'll admit I'm a huge fan of the jegging. (Can I get an amen?) They're the only pants that will ever fit my seemingly unique bottom half. Seriously, how do people find jeans that fit them perfectly? That has never happened to me! But I do love being unique, so I'm going to keep calm and wear my jeggings.

I paired my favorite pleather jeggings with a chambray shirt. Simple and easily recreatable with items from your own closet! To add some pizzazz to the outfit, I topped the look off with this floral moto jacket! I got the jacket for a steal a couple years ago, and I'm planning to put it to use for years to come.

Here's a tip for purchasing statement pieces that will get multiple years of wear: Make sure the item is a classic style such as this moto jacket with a print that's bold but timeless like this floral print. What are your thoughts on investing in statement pieces?

While this look is pretty simple, you can take it from casual day wear to a night on the town with your girlfriends. All you need to do is simply add a statement piece like this jacket! You can try a big colorful scarf, bold statement necklace, a brightly colored trench coat, etc. But if you want something similar to this jacket, there are great options below under "Shop My Look"!

Jacket: Piperlime {Similar (on SALE!) | Similar}
Chambray shirt: Ann Taylor {Similar | Similar (WANT!)}
Pants: Tahari {Similar (On Sale!)}
Heels: J.Crew {Similar | Similar}
Purse: Rebecca Minkhoff {Similar}
Jewelry: Rocksbox {Get 1 unlimited month subscription FREE with code joannaxoxo}

March 28, 2016


Happy Monday, Friends!

As I mentioned last week, there is a lot of excitement coming your way. And today is the day I can unleash one exciting announcement!

I am hosting a giveaway on my Instagram with People Magazine! You can win the beautiful Soko V cuff designed specially for Soko's partnership with Pencils of Promise aka. Soko x PoP

If you are not familiar with these two amazing organizations, here's a quick run down. Pencils of Promise is working towards building much-needed schools in developing countries like Ghana. Soko is supporting local artisan entrepreneurs in Kenya! Both countries are near and dear to my heart so  I love the work that Pencils of Promise and Soko are doing!

Soko is donating 20% of every Soko x PoP purchase made to Pencils of Promise! I'm absolutely in love with the collection! They make the perfect meaningful gifts for him or here. This v cuff is my favorite simple cuff!

Now onto the giveaway!!
The giveaway will start Monday 3/28/16 at 10 PM and end Sunday 4/3/16 at 10 PM
To enter, head over to Instagram and follow these simple rules:
1. Follow me (@joannamhui) and People Mag (@PeopleMag)
2. Find & "like" the photo (shown below) on my Instagram feed
3. Tag 3 friends who you'd think would like to win this Soko V cuff for 1 extra entry
4. Repost the giveaway photo tagging @joannamhui with hashtag #peopleshop and #GivewithGrace for 3 extra entries (Your Instagram must be public until the winner is announced Monday 4/4/16 at noon)

Good luck friends!! Keep loving others and giving with grace!

Top: Ann Taylor {Similar}
Necklace: JewelMint {Similar}
V Cuff: c/o Soko x PoP
Rhinestone Bracelet: ILY Couture {Similar}
Rings: c/o Rocksbox {Get 1 unlimited month FREE with code "joannaxoxo"}
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