Happy Wednesday! This weeks weekly inspiration comes from 1 Timothy 6:6-

“But godliness with contentment is great gain.”

Around every time this year, I start doing my fall shopping! I always make sure to get a couple new pairs of boots, some new pullovers, and of course a new bag. Most of the time, I would have gone to the mall at least once or twice by now. This year- I haven’t even bought much for fall! Not because I don’t want new fall clothes (trust ya girl- temptation of the shopping bug is hard), but because I can’t bring myself to go buy new stuff when I have so much already. I just recently moved (like in July), and moving really showed me just how much clothes I have. I didn’t realize I had so many shoes! I had so much stuff- most of which I had only worn about once or twice- that I had no problem donating about 3 boxes full of stuff. This was not just Target brand items (although I LOVE me some tar-get), I gave away some MK, Kate Spade & some other of my favorite brands, all without thinking twice. I’m saying all of this not to boast the fact that I gave away things- I’m saying this to say that learning to be content with what you have is such a good feeling!

I told myself that at the beginning of the year- I was going to be more of a minimalist. I was done buying tons of random things all the time and never using them. I told myself I was going to give back more & shop less. I was beginning to feel convicted that I had accumulated so much stuff that was just sitting. Realizing this has been one of the best things ever- learning to be content is such a weight lifted off of your shoulders! You’re not constantly worrying about what you want and don’t have quite yet- but are content with your now. This week- my challenge for you is simple- enjoy your now. Be happy with what you have- focus on what you’ve been blessed with instead of what you’re lacking.

P.S.- deets on the most comfy t-shirt ever here!

Until Next Time!

-B

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I totally said yesterday how I wasn’t going to to shopping & now here I am, sharing all the deets on my  top 5 fall essentials. I don’t feel too bad about this! They are all pretty fab and #MustHaves for this upcoming fall season! Whenever I shop for fall, I always start with shoes first, so it’s no coincidence that #1 fall item that I have to have this year are a pair of great mules. I normally can’t stand flats- I look young enough so most times I avoid them. These, however, are so chic and can make any jeans & t-shirt day instantly fab! I will swap out my heels for some mules any day (I think- LOL)!

Okay, this one is technically not “one thing”, but a collection of things (sorry, I cheated!). When I saw on some trending report a few months ago that beige was the new trending color- I think I literally screamed! I live for the neutrals,- to shoes to handbags to sweaters, you can never go wrong with beige. My #2 fall item (again, I’m kinda cheating) is ANYTHING BEIGE.  I linked below all of my favorite beige things…

from shoes

to sweaters & everything in between.

Speaking of sweaters, another one of my #musts is a cozy cardi! I love cozy cardi’s not just for winter, but formy planes too! I love a classic grey one- you just can’t go wrong with that! Since we’re talking about travel, I guess I should add my fav duffle to this list too!

I got the duffel above last year on Black Friday from Kate Spade. It was such a good deal & it’s the perfect size. Whether I’m going home to see the fam for the weekend or preparing for a long flight- this bag can hold it all! I also love how its not super thick material, so it doesn’t take up too much space when it’s not in use.

Last but not least- what’s fall without some denim?! I’m all about comfort and when it comes to my jeans I’m no different. I don’t splurge on a lot of items- but I will splurge on a god pair of jeans (or two!). My go-to brands for denim include Madewell, J Brand & Paige denim to  name a few! I love how all these brands don’t stretch out too much and look even better over time!

That rounds up my top essentials this year! Again- my minimalist approach for 2017 is in full effect and this list shows it even more! No longer are the days where I over-accessorize everything- simple is key for me. What are some of your go-to’s this fall season?

Until Next Time!

-B

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It’s nowhere near cold enough to wear this look in Houston yet- but I can pretend! I love summer and all but am so so ready to switch out my closet and bring out all my fall clothes! I live for the days where it’s okay to walk around in a oversized sweater and leggings and be considered “fashionable”! I can’t wait for winter this year, for more than one reason. One, of course, is the obvious fact that leggings will again be a “thing” (haha!). Besides that, I can’t wait to bring out my favorite over the knee boots from last year. I rounded up some similars- all of which are under $200!

Enough about my boots- can we talk about this top? I’m all about the over-dramatic sleeves right now! They’re the perfect way to add a little extra fab to any outfit. Tops like this are great for so many occasions- from brunch with the girls to a last minute event. I have worn this top to both of these & got so many compliments. Wearing such a statement top is great when you want to look effortless with some denim & call it a day! For some extra fab, pair with some wide-legged pants or a bold printed skirt.

Since it doesn’t really get cold here until way later in the season, I’ve become a pro at mixing my summer & fall wardrobes together! I layer everything, mixing my cropped denim and spring tops with winter favs that I am anxious to wear. For example, it’s obviously not going to (probable ever this season) get cold enough here in the H to wear these over the knee boots, but I can mix them with all of my summer items just fine. I’ve mastered pretending that it’s cold in Houston, even though it is going to be 80+ for a while still.

I am so exited to go fall shopping this year, I’ve been so good at not buying everything I see yet. I am so ready for comfy cardigans, baggy sweaters & everything else! My fall essentials will be on the blog soon, but for now you a shop the look in this photo! The top is on sale (like $12 sale), so be sure to grab it before it’s gone! This one-shoulder trend is one that we can still wear for  while here- so all of them going on sale right now is beyond tempting!

Until Next Time!

-B

 

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Whew- this year is literally flying right by us!  It’s been a while since I’ve rounded up some of the fab people that I know- life happened ya’ll. Between Harvey & life- I have no other excuse except the fact that I was busy bossin’ myself.  No worries- the series is back & in full effect! This month is packed with #BossBabes, with the first of the month being non other than Chelsea Coffey!

Tell me a little about yourself. Where did you grown up, get your degree in etc? What is your current job?

My name is Chelsea Coffey. I’m a 30 yr. old life and style blogger who recently relocated to New York City. For the last month I’ve been a resident of the Brooklyn neighborhood, Bed Stuy, and what a journey it’s been! I moved to New York without a job. Just blind faith that this transition was meant to be & that God would bless each and every step I took.  Thankfully, that was totally the case and almost a year later, I couldn’t be happier to have followed my gut.

I grew up in Maryland, and spent the last 15 years in Houston so I consider myself an east coast west coast hybrid.  The same can be said about a few areas of my life. To pay the bills (haha), I run operations for the US and Canada for a premium audio tech company out of Germany called, Sennheiser.  My creative outlet is my life and style blog, thecoffeybreak.com and my passion project is my nonprofit, Mia’s Closet.

What made you decide to start your career?

More or less, my day job was a gift from God, but blogging and my nonprofit work are both the most natural extensions of my personality. I always tell people to look back at their childhood. What was your default? What were the things you loved doing? What did you get lost in? For me, it was taking pictures and videos OF EVERYTHING haha And planning these little events for my neighborhood. It comes as no surprise that all those disposable cameras, the videos, and the photos were simply the blueprint for blogging, and that each and every event was essentially preparing me to do the same for kids in undeserved communities.

What inspires you on a daily basis?

My daily inspiration comes from a number of sources, but I’d have to say it’s got to be a cross between my sense of purpose and the ones I love most. That’s what gets me up in the morning.  For a little extra boost, I start (most days) with meditation, my daily devotional, Jesus Calling, and prayer.

I genuinely believe that mornings are sacred.

So, it’s so important to me that I my intentions on what I want to get out of each day before diving into anything else.

What is your favorite bible verse & why?

I have 2. Psalm 91:

Whoever dwells in the shelter of the Most High
will rest in the shadow of the Almighty.
I will say of the Lord, “He is my refuge and my fortress,
my God, in whom I trust.”

Surely he will save you
from the fowler’s snare
and from the deadly pestilence.
He will cover you with his feathers,
and under his wings you will find refuge;
his faithfulness will be your shield and rampart.
You will not fear the terror of night,
nor the arrow that flies by day,
nor the pestilence that stalks in the darkness,
nor the plague that destroys at midday.
A thousand may fall at your side,
ten thousand at your right hand,
but it will not come near you.
You will only observe with your eyes
and see the punishment of the wicked.

If you say, “The Lord is my refuge,”
and you make the Most High your dwelling,
10 no harm will overtake you,
no disaster will come near your tent.
11 For he will command his angels concerning you
to guard you in all your ways;
12 they will lift you up in their hands,
so that you will not strike your foot against a stone.
13 You will tread on the lion and the cobra;
you will trample the great lion and the serpent.

14 “Because he loves me,” says the Lord, “I will rescue him;
I will protect him, for he acknowledges my name.
15 He will call on me, and I will answer him;
I will be with him in trouble,
I will deliver him and honor him.
16 With long life I will satisfy him
and show him my salvation.

 

and Isaiah 40: 31:

 

31      But those who wait on the Lord
Shall renew their strength;
They shall mount up with wings like eagles,
They shall run and not be weary,
They shall walk and not faint. 

What’s something you would tell your 20-year-old self?

Have three sources of income. Your huge savings won’t last forever. Make a backup plan for your back up plan & whatever it is that you want to do, go for it. The next big thing is on the other side of fear.

What is your end goal with your career? What do you want to accomplish?

My end goal for The Coffey Break is simple, to be able to touch lives through my content and support myself full-time while doing so. There’s so much opportunity in the space, and I love knowing that one day it can be my story as well if I just stick with it. As for giving back, my heart yearns (I know that sounds dramatic, but it’s true haha) to be able to provide as many kids as possible with a boost in their confidence and self-esteem through events every year. There are so many kids out there with low self-esteem for this or that reason. Maybe they’re getting teased for wearing old/worn out clothes. Maybe they have all these great ideas and no one to share them with. Maybe their home life is in shambles. Whatever it might be, I just love the idea of being able to come in an disrupt the craziness if only for a time. You never know the impact you might have, however brief.

What are the 3 most important things you would tell someone starting off in their career?

  1. Trust your gut.
  2. Believe that the best is yet to come.
  3. Trust the process.

*Oh! And if nothing else, always ask God for clarity and confirmation first. Always. You can have the best plan in the world, but without His blessing, it can still fall short…  I learned this the hard way all of 2015, haha!

What is your favorite thing to do regarding your field?

Video blogging hands down. I love storytelling –it’s literally my favorite pastime, and it warms my heart to know that one day I’ll be sitting on the porch with all my people looking back on it all.

What is your least favorite?

Hmm. Sometimes I feel guilty because video editing takes so long. I know how important it is to stick with it, but in the meantime I feel like I’m always trying to find the balance

What has been the most surprising challenge within your field?

Tunnel Vision // Or the ability to maintain it. I know I hear people say this all the time, but it’s just the coolest thing to see the ways in which I’ve been able to connect with people all over the world. Staying true to genuine interests without playing into a blogging style or delivery that would be inauthentic is my goal.

Until Next Time!

-B

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Happy Wednesday! This weeks weekly inspiration comes from Philippians 2:3-4-

“Do nothing out of selfish ambition or vain conceit. Rather, in humility, value others above yourself, not looking to your own interests but each of you to the interests of others.”

Such a loaded sentence with so much truth in it! It’s so easy to get caught up in our own lives- in our own desires, our own “wish lists”, our own everything. I think this is sooo human nature and something that everyone can admit to. It’s easy to forget the needs of others when we are so so worried abut ourselves. Living in Houston, just a simple drive downtown, or anywhere honestly reminds me just how blessed I am. On most street corners, you can normally find someone who is homeless standing with a sign. Whether they are telling the truth or not, seeing someone standing outside in the rain, heat etc. asking for a few dollars really puts into perspective how blessed I am, no matter the “drama (as I claim it)” I’m dealing with at that given moment.

This week, regardless of anything, I want you to realize how blessed you are! If you are reading this you either have access to a phone or a computer, so you are blessed! I challenge you to be a blessing to someone else! Whether it is blessing someone on a large scale or a small one- remember that we were placed on this earth not for our own selfish needs, but to be a blessing to others. Just think if everyone blessed someone every day- so many unknown needs would be filled!

P.S.- Deets to the outfit above can be found here.  I love the fit, so I linked some similars below!

Until Next Time!

-B

 

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