Happy Wednesday! This weeks weekly inspiration comes from Ephesians 4:2-

“Be completely humble and gentle, be patient, bearing with one another in love.”

I can admit that I am probably one of the most impatient people ever! I hate waiting for anything- I hate traffic, lines, all of that. Although I still have much room for improvement,  I can say my patience has grown over time. I still hate lines, but I have learned to tolerate them. I will never “enjoy” traffic, but I have accepted (sadly, ha!) that living in Houston, it is something that will never go away. Patience is something that is need to be had by each and every one of us!

Ephesians 4:2 reminds us not only to be patient, but to do so “bearing with one another in love.” That not only means to be patient, it means to be patient without an attitude (LOL)! This verse also tell us to be humble and gently before even getting to the patient part. Basically, Ephesians 4:2 is reminding us to be good people!  Be nice, be humble, be gentle, be understanding. Let your light shine through & make a positive impact on a regular basis!

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

Until Next Time!

-B

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I was asked by Carusele to participate in the on behalf of Skintimate ® #NeverMissASpot Skintimate® at Target. Although I was asked to write this post, all opinions are my own.
As if I needed another reason to visit Target! Living in the store already, it figures that I found my most recent deal there while picking up my essentials for the week. With the warmer weather in full swing (especially in Houston!), there’ a few things I currently can’t live without –

Skintimate® Shave Gels are an essential beauty product for someone on the go during the summer season! This shave gel offers luxurious scent that delivers the ultimate close shave for smooth and healthy feeling skin. In addition to this, it’s perfect for dry skin as it is formulated with ingredients like Vitamin E and Shea Butter in the product! I am known to be clumsy here and there, so I’m convinced that this product was made for people like me.

You can get this fab product for 5% off at Target in-store from July 30th – August 19th. Don’t miss out on this deal- you’ll totally regret it! With that extra 5%, you can buy even more stuff from your favorite store! In my case- I will be sure to use my savings to buy another double pack of this stuff- it’s just that good!

This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of Skintimate at Target. The opinions and text are all mine.

Until Next Time!

-B

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New York & Company has always been my go to for great staple items. From basic tops to super fun printed bottoms- they literally have everything. My experience was no different when I stopped by the New York & Company over in Rice Village last week- I literally saw so many things that I could use! I recently went on work trip- so stopping in before I left was a must!

I picked up the cutest pink lace top- who would’ve known! One thing I love about NY&C is that they have items that are versatile. “Work clothes” are no longer work clothes, and can be transitioned from work to dinner easily! I plan on doing that with all of the things that I got! For example- the pink top I got was perfect for a work presentation that I had, but can also be worn with some dark denim for a night out with the girls! Either way- I’m winning & this top is the perfect transitional piece for my closet!

Another thing I love about this store is their fab collab with some of my favorites! They have the Eva Mendes collection which is amazing, but better yet they have a line with Gabrielle Union as well! Picture  Olivia Pope in Scandal meets Carrie Bradshaw in Sex in the City  in this collection- it’s sophisticated yet sassy at the same time. I love it and I just read an article stating that the line was going to continue for a while longer, so I am so excited to see more.

New York & Company always has great deals too! I literally can build a whole outfit for under $100 and most of the time have some extra money to spare! So if you haven’t had a chance to stop by the store- make sure you do so soon! If you just can’t wait- you can of course shop online, but I promise the Rice Village location is so much better!

Until Next Time!

-B

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Happy Wednesday! This weeks weekly inspiration comes from Exodus 15:2-

“The Lord is my strength and my song, and he has become my salvation; this is my God, and I will praise him, my Father’s God , and I will exalt him.”

I went to the gym for the first time in a long time a couple weeks ago! I made plans to go to the gym earlier in the day, and planned on coming back home and cooking dinner (a healthy one of course), etc. Well- that for sure did not happen! Right when I got home from the gym- I took a shower and literally passed out. I was so exhausted and physically weak. I was tired and all I wanted to do was sleep, I had no energy to do anything else. Many times- this scenario is played out in our daily lives. We get physically from life. Many times- when this happens, it human nature to just give up and say whatever the situation is is “too hard” or “too much to bear”. This, my dear, is when our strength from God comes into perfect play!

Exodus 15:2 says “The Lord is my strength”. It doesn’t say “The Lord is my strength sometimes”, it says “The Lord of my strength and my song!” When I read the words “my song”, I  go to a favorite song that I have in my head. When we think of a favorite song, it’s a song that we love- that we know inside and out- knowing all the lyrics as well as the tune. Exodus 15:2 reminds us that “the Lord is our song.” He’s our go-to, never leaving our side and is always there when we need him! This week- my challenge for is to remember this whenever you are feeling a little weak! No matter the situation- you can find strength in God!

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

Until Next Time!

-B

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So for the past few weeks (in addition to being beyond busy), I’ve totes have had a case of writers block!  I would open my computer, stare at a blank page for a while, and eventually close it shut. I haven’t felt like writing (journaling or anything), let alone blogging! Writing has always been such a passion of mine- so the fact that it felt like a job rather than a passion was a problem for me- so I fixed it! I figured out what was wrong and fixed the problem. Below I’ve written the top 5 things that have gotten me out of many writers blocks, and have never seemed to fail.

1. Go back to your old notes

If you’re anything like me- your mind is constantly going 24/7. Because of this- I literally am always jotting down random thoughts throughout the day. Due to this- I’ve learned to carry a small notebook around with me to do so. When I don’t have my notebook, I am sure to write my random ideas down in the notes section in my phone. By doing this- I have created a very organic archive of ideas that I have thought of myself. Non of them are scripted- none are from anyone else- they are all things that I have thought of at some point. Whenever I am in a writing block, I always go back to my notes. My notes are my “little secret” when I literally have nothing to write about & I am so thankful for that!

2. Take a little break & come back to the drawing board

Many a times when I can’t think of anything to write about, or just don’t feel like writing- I simply don’t. Not for long- but I do something that I love then come back to the drawing board. I most times take a step back and go read for a bit a book I’m reading with a cup of my favorite tea in hand! After I’m done reading- most times I feel inspired and go back and write something that is more authentic than forced. You can always (always) tell when something that was written is authentic or not- a writers true voice will always come through.

3. ..but not too long!

The last part of the last point is so, so important- come back! Make sure to not take a break for too long losing sight of your goals. Writing is a form of expression, so always be sure to express yourself in a timely manner. If you are feeling some way about something- write about it! If there’s some new trend that you hate (or love), let your followers know! People follow/read your blog for a reason- never lose sight of that and stay true to yourself!

P.S.- I actually took a “blogging break” once, & it was great!

4. Have guest bloggers

Sometimes when I need to give myself  a break, I have a guest blogger write an article! I have done this through my series “Finance Friday’s with Stacy“. It’s so great to have a friend that loves writing just like you & can add a different voice to your platform! Doing so not only gives you a break for a post or two, but also can maybe give your readers insight on something you might not being as knowledgeable in! For example, I knew that I wanted to give my readers a little bit of financial wisdom, as that is something that I am interested in. I knew that I had friends who knew way more about this than me- so I asked them to write about it (all while giving credit, of course) rather than myself! Adding another voice to your platform is so rewarding and also something your readers might really look forward to!

5. Remember why you started

Whenever I am having writers block- I always remind myself why I started my blog. I remind myself that Styl’d Grace was started not only for fashion, but always for so much more! I love that I have created a platform where I have the ability to talk about all of my favorite things am so blessed to so! Remind yourself this- and writing will be so much easier!

These are just a few things that have helped me when I don’t feel like writing, and I hope that they help you as well! What are some things that you do when you don’t feel like writing?

Deets on the outfit below can be found here

Until Next Time!

-B

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