Happy Wednesday! This weeks weekly inspiration comes from Psalm 62:5-

“Yes, my soul, find rest in God; my hope comes from him.”

Ya’ll.. I don’t know why, but it seems like every year around Christmas time I go into two moods- either really sad because I miss my family, or so busy that I don’t knot the day, or the time, or honestly the week. This year, I am for sure in the later. I feel like my days are getting shorter and shorter while my “to-do” list is getting longer and longer. Honestly, I feel like my agenda is not even an agenda anymore but more a list of things that I’m just praying to get done before the end of the year (LOL). All jokes aside, the end of the year is a busy time for anyone & also a good time to remember that we all need rest sometimes!

Psalm 62:5 is a simple reminder of this, telling us that our soul finds rest in Him, as well as hope. For me, I’m resting and hoping that the last few weeks of the year are productive for me (haha!). Even though I know that they will be in the end, it’s easy to get round up in the hectic-ness of the holidays & become a bit overwhelmed. This holiday season, no matter how stressed you are over all that you still need to do, remember to rest. Always know that our hope comes from him , as well as our strength, and we don’t need to always rely on ourselves. Actually, we can’t always rely on our own strength- it’s just simply not possible. Remember that worry, anxiousness, and stress are just down payments on things that might never happen. Hope is a down payment on the promise of things ahead.

 

P.S.- Deets on the outfit above can be found here !

Until Next Time!

-B

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The older I’ve gotten..the more I’ve learned to love Christmas. When I was younger..Christmas was honestly all about getting good presents. I used to get in trouble by my mom for “searching” around the house for them..always figuring out where they were hidden before she had a chance to wrap them. It was sooo fun to me finding all of the things I had begged my mom the whole entire year for..only to be just as happy to get it Christmas morning, even if I knew what it was already. Now that I am older, nothing more puts a smile on my face then watching someone’s face light up because they received a gift that they love. The joy of giving is what truly makes me happy. Christmas to me means so much more now that I truly understand the gift of giving to others. I was asked by Ignite Media to participate in the #ASGiveWarmth Campaign, sponsored by Altar’d State. Although I have been compensated, all opinions are my own.

Altar’d State’s mission is simple: serving as an inspiration, empowering others by giving more than they receive & standing out for good to glorify God (yasss!). Helping others has always been really important to me. For example, earlier this year the city that I love and have learned to call home, Houston, experienced a natural disaster. A flood ruined many peoples homes, all of their belongings and in lack of better terms, their lives as well. I spent days trying to figure out a way that Styl’d Grace could contribute. I decided to partner with my local Altar’d State store and host a shopping event where proceeds would go to Children who needed school supplies for the upcoming school year. Through my local Altar’d State partnership, I was able to donate to children in need and help them prepare for school this year, giving them a little bit of hope in an unfortunate circumstance.

Doing good has & always will feel good. My event was small compared to what Altar’d State does to give on a regular basis! Every Monday, proceeds of sales from every store go to a different charity. As if shopping for a cause could get any easier, all you have to do is buy something on a Monday from the store. I love that about this brand, as if the clothes aren’t enough to shop at the store anyways- you now have another reason! There’s so much cute stuff this gift giving season to pick from too- I was able to get some goodies for my mom, my dog, and my best gals all in one trip!

Giving is always worth it, knowing that you are going to put a smile on someone elses face. Altar’d State continues to give on a regular basis, and this Christmas is no different. Join me in giving this year and always remember to Stand out for Good.

Until Next Time!

-B

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This weekend was so good..but writing this (Sunday night), I totally already have a case of the Mondays! Mondays and I have such a love/hate relationship- I love them because they’re the beginning of another week…but also hate them because they’re the beginning of another week. Either way, Mondays are always a bit hectic for me, so what better than this cozy cardi?! It’s from my favorite, target, and was such a good deal.

I originally got this cardigan for a work trip to NYC I had last month. Although I didn’t wear it in the big apple, I did keep it and have been wearing it in Houston the last few weeks since it is actually for once. It’s so funny- I always complain that it’s not cold enough in Texas during this time of year, then complain when it’s actually cold. This grey cardigan has for sure come in handy, it’s long enough to wear with denim & I also wore it with a super cute mini skirt the other day and it was adorbs!

Most of the cardis below are under $50!:

Either way.. I for sure have been loving the fact that I am  actually getting to wear my winter wardrobe once. I mean..it snowed in Houston last week for crying out loud. That like never happens. Even though it wasn’t like “real snow” to me since I’m from NY. Real snow to me is considered a few inches and lasts longer than a day. The “snow” we had here in the H last week was more like “snow drizzle” (totally just made that up, ha), but either way I will take it. It actually feels like Christmas for once with the “cold weather” and all…and I hate to say that I kind of love it!

Until Next Time!

-B

 

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Happy Wednesday! This weeks weekly inspiration comes from Matthew 23:12-

“For those who exalt themselves will be humbled, and those who humble themselves will be exalted.”

 

I have always loved a play on words! The definition of exalt is to make noble in character, dignity. In this verse, it  means the same things both times, but in two very contrasting ways. In the beginning of the verse, it says those who “exalt themselves will be humbled.” Basically, it is saying (in terms of Beyonce) to always be gracious for what you have been blessed with. Don’t go around bragging boastfully “exalting yourselves”, but be sure to always be thankful for what God has given you, or you will be humbled.

The end of this verse is nothing more than a reminder of God’s love for us. “Those who humbles themselves will be exalted”. Give to others, be kind, love one another, and your reward will be plenty in the end. Don’t look to others as what they can do for you, look to others as what you can do for them. Think of each day as a new opportunity to do good in the world! By doing this, you are being a living example of Gods love for others.

P.S.- Deets on the outfit in the photo above can be found here

Until Next Time!

-B

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It’s finally cold (& rainy) this week in Houston & I actually for the first time ever had a realization that I barely have any sweaters! Since it hardly gets cold in here in Houston, I don’t really get to wear a “winter wardrobe” most of the time. I went out and picked up a few sweaters from H&M last week & got such good deals. I know what you’re thinking…no these were not on a special “Black Friday” sale..they were just really good deals!

Speaking of Black Friday… I totally dragged my mama out with my on Thanksgiving! We stuffed our faces all day, starting the morning off with homemade fruit tarts and ended with Lobster that it was the perfect excuse to go “walk our food off” at the mall. We started at Ulta & we both got some cute stocking stuffers…then headed to check out some of our favs! We had already gone to target, so our basics were already covered. This sweater though..is still a steal and comes in other colors!

One thing I like about this type of monochromatic look is that it’s super simple without much thought. Teal is my current fav color right now & looks really good with grey! I kept my color palette simple with only these two colors & as always, minimal accessories. My shoes were a fav too- mules (of course!). I did get some new shoes too..you’ll have to head over to my IG instastories later this week for those though!

Until Next Time!

-B

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