Happy Wednesday! This week’s Wardrobe Wednesday comes from 1 Samuel 16:7-

“But the Lord said to Samuel,” Do not consider his appearance or his height, for I have rejected him. The Lord does not look at the things people look at. People look at the outward appearance, but the Lord looks at the heart. “

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July 4th weekend always has some great sales in most of my favorite stores. Being one that likes to shop- I typically seem to buy more than I actually need during times like this. Although I definitely do a lot of shopping, I have learned more & more as I’ve gotten older that all the things that we buy during our lives are simply just “things”. They can’t get us a ticket into heaven & they certainly won’t assist God in overlooking our sins. At the end of the day, the “Lord looks at the heart.”

It is an old saying that some people “wear their heart on their shoulders”. Although many see this as a bad thing, I often do not. Showing emotion, kindness and compassion to others is not only a good thing, it is how God wants us to act during our time on earth. In the last days, we will not be judged by how many deals we got during Nordstroms amazing half-yearly sale, or by how many pairs of amazing shoes we had. We will be judged simply on how we treated those around us. This week, my challenge for you is to treat everyone with a little more kindness than you normally do. Take a few extra seconds to hold the door for someone, or maybe even give your waiter or waitress a larger tip then you normally would. Kindness is one of the many keys to a happy life.

Until next time!

-B

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Happy Wednesday! This week’s Wardrobe Wednesday comes from Obadiah 1:15-

“The day of the Lord is near for all nations. As you have done, it will be done to you; your deeds will return upon your own head.”

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Karma is defined in the dictionary as “the force created by a person’s actions that some people believe causes good or bad things to happen to that person.” Growing up, I was always told by others around me to watch how I treated people and to treat everyone with love & kindness. As I grew older, I realized how important this simple task was. Not only is the act of treating others well in the bible multiple times, it is a simple principle that we will be judged upon one day by God.

This verse says it clear- “your deeds will return upon your own head.”  Treating other people well will not only bless you in the long run, but will be a physical confirmation of God’s love & grace shining through you! Like how amazing is that- the way you treat others could be the reason a stranger comes up to you, asking why you’re always so loving, giving, etc. which could be an open door to speak to someone about Jesus! This week, my challenge for you is to really try to realize how you treat others around you. Pay close attention to not only what you say to people, but also how you react with them. Are you being friendly, or are you being meaninglessly rude because you’re sleepy? Are you being understanding, or are you being judgmental to others around you because the way they choose to do things or live is not something you agree with? Remember that your job on this earth as a Christian is to spread love to anyone & everyone. Our jobs are to treat others in a way that shows how God loves us all so much.

Until next time!

-B

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Neutrals are a huge part of my closet, & these pair of wedges explain exactly why! Not only are they the perfect height, they can be worn with any color, black included, and can be dressed up or down. Every shopper has the things that they like buying most often. Some prefer to buy clothes, some prefer shoes, some even enjoy buying house items. I have never been a “shoe person”. I don’t splurge on shoes often, nor do I buy one pair in all the colors. I’ve always wondered why I don’t enjoy buying shoes as much as some of my best friends &

I’ve never seemed to figure out why. Recently I’ve discovered that I don’t like buying shoes simply due to the fact that when it comes to shoes, I try my hardest to live by the “quality over quantity” rule. I buy shes far & few- but when I do,  I really do! I don’t mind spending on a quality pair, especially if they’re in a neutral color! Basically, I would much rather take the “minimalist” approach when it comes to my footwear (and it has taken me years to figure this out about myself). On another note, these wedges are fab & are actually on sale now. All links are below, happy shopping!

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Recently, I have been liking simple patterns with minimal accessories. Over the last few weeks, I’ve bought at least a few striped items, most of them being black & white. Although I normally wear some color, striped patterns are not only easy to wear, but can added to any other color! Shift dresses have always been one of my go-to’s during summer, and this striped shift dress is both easy to wear and can be worn different ways. For this look, I kept it pretty simple- adding denim to break up the black & white and keeping the rest of my outfit neutral. In a recent post, I talked all about lace-up sandals & why I love them so much (you can read that here). I wear these ones in particular on a regular basis, but wedges could’ve been worn to dress this casual dress up a little bit. All deets on this outfit are below, most are currently still available, besides the dress, which I have found some fab alternative options for!

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Henri Bendel has always been one of my best kept secrets..all of their items are so colorful & chic! I walk into the store & literally almost every time love everything. Their having their semi-annual sale now, and I def couldn’t help myself as I filled my online shopping cart with more & more items. Like, who doesn’t need an extra stackable bracelet or two?!  One thing I love about this store is that the items are unique- the colors are vivid and the styles are creative. Might I add their reasonably priced & most of their items can be monogrammed (helloo perfect!)? Needless to say, you definitely need to check them out for this sale, which has some great deals, if you haven’t yet.  I made a guide below to all my favs, from a bikini bag that is perfect for summer to a bucket back that is half off & comes in many fab colors. Happy shopping!

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