Creative Layering

Shirt: American Eagle Outfitters
Dress: Aeropostle
Belt: Value Village? My parent’s closet?  Not quite sure…

One great thing about the current trends is that maxi (ie: long) dresses are REALLY in and when combined with the bright colours in-style now, there are a lot of great pieces to be found. On the downside, these dresses are often strapless or very strappy.  

Enter: creative layering.  You’d be surprised how many ways you can use what’s already in your closet as layers with a dress like this. Most commonly I wear it with a teal t-shirt underneath, but I also like it with a black cardigan and some funky jewelry, and as pictured here – a slouchy shirt with a belted waist. The shirt is new and I think it is going to come in really handy, especially in the fall. The denim here works as a neutral colour, especially against the bold, bright print of this dress.

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Don’t Read This Blog If…

My husband is a great challenger and a great encourager – a killer combo!

Last week he challenged me not to go on the computer until I had read a chapter from John – which I am currently reading in my private devotions.

The problem for me and private devotions is that I forget to do them.

When I first started reading the Bible daily, I would do it first thing before I even got out of bed, thanks to the encouragement of a very wise friend.  That worked really well for me…until I got married and went on a month-long honeymoon and came back to find out I was pregnant and just got too busy thinking about all my life changes to remember to read my Bible daily!  Now, having my little guy makes the “read before you get out of bed” strategy difficult because 99% of the time I am getting out of bed to go pick up said crying baby!  And then nursing and changing diapers and making breakfast or if I’m lucky, promptly falling asleep.  And then the day gets going, etc etc, and I haven’t even thought about reading the Bible.

In other background news, I struggle with wasting time on the internet and over the years have come up with various strategies for combating this.  Most recently, Andrew and I happened upon one that is sort of working.  Before I even turn on the computer each morning – I do any dishes from the day before, tidy the house, and usually do a few other little tasks Andrew asked me to. Keeping a tidy house has always been a struggle for me, but this system was really working due to the fact that there wasn’t ever a backlog of tidying to do!  Wonderful!  Also it kick-started my productiveness and made me want to be MORE productive! This, combined with the Frumps to Pumps challenge, made last week really great!

That was when hubby threw out the great idea to add reading John to the list of things to do before turning on the computer.  He figured that this would also help me REMEMBER to read, as I would hopefully think of it when I went to check out the latest recipe that Pioneer Woman posted!

Do you have any tips or tricks you use to remember to do your daily devotions?

PS: Shoutout to Bambi and Why You Shouldn’t Read This Blog…a great post which originally got us thinking about things to do before blogging!

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Frumps to Pumps

Skirt: Old Navy

Today I started the “Frumps to Pumps” challenge!  I’m making it my own extra challenge to not only get out of pjs everyday, but also to look nice!  Its been so easy for me since getting pregnant and then having a little one to just throw on jeans and a t-shirt, but when I make an effort to put together an “outfit” – I feel better too!  My husband especially loves when I wear long skirts, and since I especially love making him happy – I’m trying to wear them more often!

In the summer of 2008 I took “What I Wore” photos every day and found it to be an excellent incentive to be more creative with my wardrobe, as well as made for a great library of “got to” outfits when I needed some inspiration.  My style has changed a bit since then, but I still have a love for mixing it up and keeping people guessing!  I’ve since been convicted about femininity and modesty when it comes to dress, and yet I think it’s possible to have the two and still look stylish and funky.

Today I enjoyed a beautiful dinner outside with my husband and baby boy, and then changed into jeans to toss a frisbee around in the park – Hello, summer!
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