July 21, 2016

BOHO CHIC


Off-the-shoulder tops, bell sleeves and tassels! A few of my favorite things this summer.

Keeping this post short and sweet since there's a lot to process through before sharing my heart and the many lessons life is throwing at me lately. Hope summertime is treating you all well! Anyone traveling or have fun adventures planned this season? Do share so I can live vicariously through you!

Love big and choose joy each day my friends!






PHOTOGRAPHER: Cranberry Tantrums

SHOP MY LOOK:
Top: Hong Kong {Similar}
Shorts: Anthropologie (old) {Similar}
Crossbody: Old Navy {Similar}
Jewelry: T&J Designs

July 13, 2016

STYLE STORY: SUMMER GINGHAM


Chicago. What comes to mind when you think about this city? To many including myself, violence is one of our first thoughts. In just the past couple months, there were shootings on my block. That makes me sad because I love this city.

The other day, I was walking through my neighborhood thinking about all the negativity that darkens this city. But when I really looked around me, my eyes were opened to so much beauty. I chatted with a sweet lady working in the community gardens I passed by and she offered me some of her own freshly picked vegetables. Then practiced my people-watching skills (Yes, I admit, I'm one of those) and saw kids sharing their candy with each other with joy on their faces. I also thought about my friends in this city who work hard to make a difference in Chicago by using their gifts and resources. Near the end of my walk, I stumbled upon these gorgeous rose bushes. So much beauty!

In the midst of this city's brokenness, it's easy to forget how much good is happening in Chicago. All we have to do is seek beauty and goodness. But not only that, we need to embrace its goodness and live it so others can find the beauty in the broken.




SHOP MY LOOK:
Jacket: Old Navy (on sale!) {Similar}
Top: Hong Kong {Similar}
Shorts: Old Navy (on sale!) {Similar}
Heels: Old Navy (sold out) {Similar}
Purse: Old Navy (on sale!) {Similar}
Hat: Target (sold out) {Similar}

July 3, 2016

STYLE STORY: RED WHITE & BLUE



Happy 4th of July friends!

While most of you will be enjoying parties with friends and family to celebrate the holiday, I will be working and celebrating with the little babies. Unfortunate, but I'm just glad I had the chance to enjoy a couple days of freedom with friends from near and far. It was a packed weekend, but my favorite moment was getting the chance to take my friend visiting from Kenya to watch the fireworks at Navy Pier! So much fun!

Finding a red, white and blue ensemble to watch fireworks was simple this year. I wanted to wear white jeans which are sometimes tricky to wear because of how they look on you and fit. But Celebrity Pink Jeans' Body Sculpt line ensures that any problem areas are not an issue. With their stretchy fabric, they're super comfy! As always, my favorite part is the price point which doesn't break the bank.

Have a fun time celebrating! And be safe!





SHOP THIS LOOK:
Top: Boohoo
Earrings: T&J Designs

June 10, 2016

ANTHROPOLOGIE GIVEAWAY!


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!
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June 3, 2016

THE RHYTHM OF GRACE


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!





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