Meredith Andrews – In Your Arms

-I can totally relate to this song. I get caught in “life.” I get stressed out about finding a job or trying to do this and that–I get physically and emotionally drained. Sometimes I don’t even realize how busy I’ve become until someone reminds me that I just need to rest. Continue reading

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My Valentine’s Day Lookbook

Still looking for something to wear for that Valentine’s Day event, dinner, or date? Me too! Even though I probably have more clothes than enough for me to put something together–I always like trying new things.

Here’s a video to help inspire you on your outfit journey =)

(OH, and if you’re not going anywhere special with anyone special…or if you’re just going to go and hangout with some friends, this video will still help you find that perfect casual look)

Whether you think this up-coming holiday is superficial or actually special, it’s still a great reminder how much we, as humans, still need to learn about loving others.

Nonetheless, I wish you all the best =)

-mc

“Even though a hard rock may not break, strong water can still shape it”

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January 29, 2014 · 9:28 AM

Esterlyn – Esther “You make Beauty from the Ashes”

-I was on the Kari Jobe Pandora station and this song comes on. Often times I find myself just listening to music without actually listening to the song. However, when this song came on–it stopped me from what I was doing. I sat on my chair and just listened to the lyrics, the story, the music, the song. Then I found myself on YouTube, replaying this song. I’ve never heard of this band or group or any of their songs prior to that moment. But, somehow the lyrics just struck me as true. Continue reading

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The Black Dress for Valentine’s Day

All the holiday treats and gifts and cards are now on sale. Guess what displays are up?

Valentine’s Day things! Yup. It’s true.

Nonetheless, I’m looking for to Valentine’s Day this year. (This is not to say that I only go out with my boyfriend during this time of year, because I don’t. When we have time we spend it together: go to nice dinners, enjoy a movie, cook a meal, go take a walk). Some may say that Valentine’s Day is superficial–and I would agree–to a certain degree it is, like all the candy hearts and reds and pinks and purples and endless heart designs. But like Kina Grannis’ song “Valentine”…I’ll take advantage of the holiday =)

(Here’s the link to the music video, in case you missed it–she’s one of my favorite YouTubers)

Now, the black dress for Valentine’s Day. Yeahp. I think black is always classy–and it’s a staple…appropriate for almost every occasion.

So…without further adieu, here are a few of my favorite black dress and when/where I would wear them during this love holiday!

Strapless Dress

The Strapless

I think a strapless dress is always a safe way to go if you can decide on a one-shoulder strap, thin straps, or halter. Nonetheless, a dress with a satin material is great for Valentine Banquets or Valentine dinners (the ones that will consist of more than you and a significant other). It may seem a bit prom-ish or home-coming-ish, but these dresses are elegant and will definitely catch the eye of other attendees.

I love the ruffles of this dress–they add a feminine and artsy touch to the dress.

{Dress Details Here}

lulu dress

The LuLu Dress

I like to call this the skater dress because the bottom half represents a skater skirt (or very similar to one). This dress is great if you are just going to a casual dinner with some girlfriends, or if you and your date are not attending a fancy restaurant. The soft flare of the bottom gives off a flirty and fun but casual touch to the dress. However, you can most definitely wear this type of dress to a fancy dinner if you choose–I would wear a nice pair of heels and add soft jewelry (like pearls). Continue reading

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Shop Chic: Favorite Findings from H&M

So…H&M is probably one of my favorite clothing stores ever…like ever. I just like a lot of things about it (both in-store and online). But since the closest H&M is about an hour away from where I live, I shop mostly online. If it was summer I would take the trip to the store but since it’s winter and the roads can get bad in less than half an hour and there is basically snow everywhere–online is my friend.

With all that said, I will be sharing a few of my favorite findings. If I share everything I like, this post can get extremely loooonnngggg. So, with further adieu here they are:

hmdress

Strapless Dress

Details Here

I love the pattern of this dress. I like how it kind of looks like splatter paint but it also had a gradient effect. This dress is one I would wear to a wedding, a banquet, a formal event…just anywhere that requires me in a dress. I guess I also like this dress because it’s a twist to the typical “little black dress”

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Melange Coat

Details Here

I fell in love with this coat when I saw it. I love the black and white pattern. I love the form/style of the jacket. It’s modern yet chic and has a hint of sophistication. This is also a versatile coat. It will look great with a dress, trousers, jeans, or a skirt. Continue reading

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Shop Chic: Favorite Findings from Zara

I like to screen shop..or window shop online. I’ve been shopping online for the past few days (not buying anything–just simply adding things into my cart and looking at them, then moving on to the next shop).

With all that said, I want to share some of my favorite findings with you!

zaradress

Woollen Dress with Lace Trim

Details Here

I think this dress is simple but beautiful and also a bit sexy. It has just the right amount of everything. This is a dress that can be worn casually or formally. I would wear this dress on dates with my boyfriend or out to dinner with my girlfriends. Continue reading

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Going Somewhere

“I’m on the next flight to London,” she said. London–a place I can only dream of going. I wished her a safe trip as she left the store. In the midst of her limited time, she still attempted to come shopping for gifts.

People are always moving–to work, to school, to the store, to the bank, to the gas station, to the library, to the airport.

I often find myself wondering where everyone is going. The driver next to me at the stop light–I wonder where she is off to; the family that I just checked out at the register–I wonder where they will be off to. Sometimes I get so caught up in my own life and my own world I forget to think about others.

When I do think about others, my writer-brain comes on and I end up writing stories in my head inspired by these people. And at the end of the day, everyone is just trying to figure out this thing humans call “life.”

Some people appear to have this “life” figured out better than others. But at the same time, we choose how we live this “life.”

While someone is catching a flight to London, someone is studying for an exam, and someone else is trying to figure out how to pay for rent.

With that said, people are always going somewhere–always moving.

-mc

“Be genuine in your ways”

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