Toast to the New Year 2014!

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I’m so grateful with all that God has done for my family and I; not because we deserve it by any means because that’s not how God works.  We couldn’t earn His grace and mercy if we tried.   You couldn’t have told me 10 years ago that in 2014 I would be expecting my fourth child, entering my eighth year of married bliss and embarking on my first year of really trying my faith and working for myself.

Of course, life hasn’t been a bed of roses.  There’s been ups and downs and everything in between both personally and in my blog world, but I try to keep things in perspective when it comes to balancing home and this business of blogging.  There’s nothing that matters more to me than the five people I share my heart with.  I’d give it all up in a split-second, with no hesitation and not even a glance back, if I was ever forced to choose.  But let’s not go there. LOL

In the coming months you’re going to notice a transition with FASHION du jour.  Although, I love working my wardrobe, I love my life even more and I want to let you in.  So, not only will you see my outfit posts, but I’ll also share more of my home life and what it’s like raising 4 kids and keeping a happy hubby.  I’ll share more of my faith walk and the world of a “first lady in training”, the challenges, triumphs, and lessons with running my own business, and even some of my favorite fun stuff like pins, instagram pics, life hacks, and random commentary.

I hope you’ll stick with me through the ride.  Beginning January 1st you’ll see a new look to FASHION du jour, so you’ll have to tell me how you like it.

Happy New Year Friends!

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No Do Overs

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Ever wonder why God doesn’t give us do-overs in life?  Probably because God knows we’d be calling do-overs like they were going out of style.  How often do you wonder how things would be different if you had…

1.  calmed down before you sent that text.

2. not ran that red light?

3.  decided not to answer the door.

4.  chosen a different major.

5.  said “I do” and did.

6.  didn’t buy another pair of designer shoes.

7.  just picked up the phone and talked it out.

8.  said thank you.

9.  said I’m sorry.

10.  said I love you.

Rarely does life give you do-overs or second chances.  But often life gives us the luxury of righting our wrongs.

Dear God, Thank you for your grace and mercy.  Thank you for not returning to me the wrongs that I’ve done to others.  Thank you for allowing me to see my faults and giving me the courage to do what’s right, especially when it’s hard.  I ask you to continue to bridle my tongue, to calm  my spirit and instill the wisdom in me to know how and when to speak in love.  Amen.

What wrongs can you right before the New Year?  So, what’s stopping you?

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Stroke of Luck

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For some, the new year brings with it hopes for the future, a fresh start pr a time to turn over a new leaf.  Sadly, for others, the new year brings resentment towards people and things that didn’t fall into the perfect plan they had concocted.  Everything didn’t go quite as planned.

I wonder how many of us stop to understand that sometimes not getting what we want can be a blessing.  Not getting what we want is sometimes a wonderful stroke of good luck, because it forces us to reevaluate things and before we know it,  new doors to opportunities are opening and experiences you would have otherwise overlooked suddenly becomes clear as day.

What am I saying?  The next time you begin to count all the many “unanswered” prayers you’ve sent up, stop and realize that God always answers prayers.  The answer may not be what you had envisioned, but God always answers.

// earrings: vintage // jacket: DKNY // tennies: Nike Airmax //

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Let’s Hear it for 2010!

Words can’t express my gratitude.  I count it a blessing to be in good health, have family and friends who love me, and have a growing relationship with God.  There are so many out there that for one reason or another are not at peace and are living in a constant state of confusion, guilt and remorse.  To them I say, repent and be done with it.  If God’s forgiven you, who are you not to forgive yourself?  I don’t know who this brief message was for, because it’s not what I had intended to blog about.  Hmm…maybe it was for me!

Believe it or not, I’ve been working on this post since…oh…about two days ago.  I just couldnt seem to get my act together.  Anyways, I wanted to share some of my favorite looks from 2010.  As I was going through the archives, I realized how much I remember about the events of the day.  For example, my April outfit was one that I was hesitant in wearing because I wasn’t sure if the D.I.Y. top that I created looked as good as I thought it did.  And, in my January shot, I was hoping and praying that my arm didn’t look like a Christmas hamhock.  I’m overly self-conscious about my arms, but they just seems so flabby to me.  Oh and my May outfit was almost a no g0 because the hubs was teasing me about my sequin jacket.

January | February | March | April | May

June | July | August | September

October | November | December

It’s been a fun year and I’m so glad that you’ve joined me on this ride.  I’ve learned a lot about myself.  I’ve learned that I’m not as confident as I portray and that I’m pretty sensitive to criticism.  I’ve learned that the grass isn’t always greener on the other blogs and I’m happy with what I’ve got going here.  I’ve also learned that although this began as a fashion blog, it’s turned more into a lifestyle blog.  While I enjoy talking about clothes and shoes, etc, I get so much more out of sharing with you some of the intricate details of my life as well as the nothings that some times fill my day.  I also feel like this platform has given me a soapbox in a sense for helping others.  I’ve received so many comments about how something I’ve shared has offered insight, comfort or reassurance in one way or another.  For me, that’s more rewarding than any compliment could ever be (let’s be clear though, I still welcome positive feedback with open arms. LOL)  So, while I’ll continue to share my daily outfits, I’ll also be sharing with you more about my life as a mother of two toddlers (maaaaaybe three in a year or two), the challenges and highlights of being a “preacher’s wife”, my successes and failures of every day life and just about everything in between.  All I ask is that you, too, share with me.  Tell me about yourself.  Tell me what you want to hear and see more of.  Talk to me!

Well, I don’t normally make New Years resolutions on the first of the year because I typically save that for MY new year, meaning my birthday, but no New Years blog post is complete without them, so here are a few of mine:

  1. Drink more water.
  2. Continue to grow in my faith.
  3. Slow down in every aspect of my life (even driving LOL).
  4. Build and establish relationships with like minded and positive women.
  5. Get more sleep.
  6. Be a good example.

Thanks again for sticking with me.  You’re appreciated more than you’ll ever know!

P.S. I couldn’t find a single post from January that I liked, so I subbed with a July outfit. :)