Modest Swimwear

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Hello lovely,

Do you detest putting on a swimsuit as much as I do? Being a Christian, and a role model for my teenaged niece, makes finding  modest swim wear a challenge. I know I am not the only woman out there who feels this way.

So where do we begin the search? I went to my old reliable friend Pinterest and found some really pretty suits that give you great coverage.

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This first suit is a one piece that is slightly ruched  in the mid section  which helps camoflauge. This beautiful Lake Blue beauty can be found here Rosegal

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This next suit is actually a one piece. I truly love the deep red wrapped tie top that floats away from the body.  You can see more here Liligal

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You didn’t think I could post without one boho item did you? Digging the higher waist on the bottoms on this two piece bikini and that fabulous print. Shop here Vivimarks

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This gorgeous lily printed suit with fluttery sleeves is spot on for the trendy girl.  And you thought one piece suits were for ” little old ladies”. Grab yours here Iyasson

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Vintage meets modern in this beautiful scallope trimmed black and white confection. Dreamy! Find it here Iyasson

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Glammed up tiers on a one piece. You could wear a long flowy skirt and sandals with this and be ready for a dinner date  and romantic walk on a moonlit beach. So elegant.  Find your treasured pearl here Island Trends

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Dainty floral tankini that’s flirty but never vulgar.  This top could be paired with your favorite jeans and worn to shop as well.  More bang for your buck! Check out here Mob Fashion Boutique

As you can see you don’t have to be afraid to go to the beach or the pool anymore. There are so many nice choices in modest swimwear. Find your style today!

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All photos were found on Pinterest.

Love,

Debra

Cozy Home Decor Ideas

Hello lovely!!

I hope you are experiencing some warmer weather and are able to get outside to enjoy it. If not, maybe this post will inspire you to do a litle cozy decorating in your home while you wait for the weather to break.

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Rain giving you the blues? Add a a bit of floral to your room via pictures,  fabrics, or accessories. It’s like being in a beautiful garden.

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Mirrors and light colors reflect light. No matter it’s a dreary day. Light some candles to add just right amount of cozy.

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Handpainted furniture in bold colors and patterns add so much cheerfulness to an otherwise neutral background.

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I absolutely LOVE this idea for a tiny home. Instead of a sofa, why not add a pop of color using three coordinating chairs? So unexpected and cozy.

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You can extend your living space by using your porch as another room, just like Grandma used, by adding toss pillows and your favorite objects d’art to welcome guests.

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Soft lighting can be obtained by carefully placing a few lanterns and tea lights atop mantles or tables.

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Did you know the more plants you have in your home, the cleaner your air you breath is? Add a few easy to care for varieties, such as succulents, to your home.

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Fairy lights twinkle like stars in the heavens when strung above your bedding. Perfect for summer’s splendor.

I hope you enjoyed this quick guide to decorating. Have a favorite budget friendly decoarting idea? Leave your comments below & be featured in an upcoming decor post!

Happy decorating,

Debra

 

Photo source: Pinterest

Warrior Princess

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Hey lovely,

Remember Zena, the Warrior Princess, and how we all aspired to be as strong and as she was?  Oh, if only!

As some of my followers know my word for 2018 is courage. But what is courage? It may look as different to you as it does to me. Dictionary.com describes courage as “the quality of mind or spirit that enables a person to face difficulty, danger, pain, etc., without fear, bravery.”

Sometimes life comes at you like a raging river. Unexpected events catch us unaware. And sometimes being strong in a crisis is damn hard.

Where do you find your strength when the pressure is on?

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I find my strength in my faith. The Bible is filled with encouraging scripture. I hold tight to His promises in the storms of life because I have already tested His promises and found them to be true.

For everything that was written in the past was written to teach us, so that through endurance and the encouragement of the Scriptures we might have hope. *Romans 15:4*

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For I know the plans I have for you declares the Lord. Plans to prosper you and not harm you, plans to give you a future and a hope. *Jeremiah 29:11*

The above was my mantra during my scare with cancer and chemotherapy and then again through a divorce.

Recently I  found myself in a difficult situation with a co-worker. There were days that she tried my patience and I bite my tongue. Some days she would keep enticing me. But I  made the choice to be kind and not retaliate in hatred like the world would have me do because I am not of this world.  That’s what love is. Love is patient, love is kind. And if I am a Christian, as I proclaim to be, I must follow the lead of Jesus and live my life as He lived His.f8c397418094d35bf9578b8334059b7c1

Be completely humble and gentle; be patient, bearing with one another in love. *Epeshians 4:2*

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How do you build your faith so that when trouble comes you can stand firm? Know God. Seek Him. Read your Bible, highlight and study Bible verses ansd memorize them  so that when you need that comfort or strength it can quickly be found. There is a spiritual battle raging all around believers and we must put on the full armor of God.

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So many times I have looked back on my life and wondered how I got through. Jesus is my answer. He is my source of strength. Without Him I could NOT have found my courage.

We are hard pressed on every side, but not crushed; perplexed, but not in despair; persecuted, but not abandoned; struck down, but not destroyed. *2 Corinthians 4:8*

I hope this post somehow touched your life and gave you hope to be strong and courageous.

In love,

Debra

 

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Photo source: Pinterest

Be strong and courageous, do not be afraid or troubed, for the Lord your God is with you wherever you go. *Joshua 1:9*

Thrift Like a Pro

Hello loves!!

I am not a clothing snob. I don’t intentionally look for designer brands when shopping because, let’s be honest, I can’t afford them. I hunt for bargains when I shop. I enjoy quality clothing as well as accessories. Since my divorce and a big move a few years ago I have learned to hone my shopping skills and stretch my money. This is a good thing because I was quite the “mall rat” before.

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This 100% wool cardigan by Cynthia Rowley is a staple piece in my wardrobe. My multi colored scarf, also thrifted, was a  gift.

There are so many reasons to buy pre-owned items. It is good for the environment.  Less waste because you are saving an item from a landfill. You can find one of a kind items like a handmade skirt.  An item has history… think of that beaded bag you found from the 60s! It’s an inexpensive way to try a trend and you won’t feel guilty if it’s not really “you”. It’s an inexpensive way to shop, especially for college students or new moms.

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Thrited cordurouy jacket and American Eagle jeans.

Here are some tips on how you can shop like a pro when going thrifting.  The first thing I learned it to relax. Don’t go out planning to find a particular item because it can be much like a treasure hunt. You may or may not find that special item so be patient.

Do have an idea of what you already have at home. If you have a collection of jeans, you probably don’t need another pair. Think of what is lacking in your wardrobe.

Shop more than one section. I am small so I search the womens and the juniors racks. Grab some items you wouldn’t ordinarily choose such as a trendy pant or blouse. You may find a new love!

Try everything on. Don’t think just because it is marked the size you normally wear that it’s going to fit.  I can’t tell you how many times I have found the cutest top, but when I tried it on it was not cared for properly and was either stretched or shrunken.  (Do not let this discourage you. I take a TON of stuff in the dressing room for this very reason)

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I love this lilac cashmere sweater. It’s so warm  and I like dressing it up with different scarves from my collection.

Once you’ve tried your items on and decided what you love, check them  over. Are there any stains or holes? Are there buttons missing ? If so, can you either fix it or live with it the way it is?

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The red boho shirt above is a perfect example of an item that was not well cared for. I hadn’t checked it thoroughly and completely missed a few small holes on the bottom. Thankfully they are unnoticeable!

I don’t always shop with a friend, but if you do and you are unsure of the fit of an item it is good to have someone there who will give you an honest evaluation.

Lastly, BEFORE you get to the sales wrap, look at the items you chose once more. Sometimes you will discover you already have a simular item at home. This is where you can weed out what  don’t really need or were still deciding on.

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A stripped  Anne Taylor LOFT top with bow. Perfect with black slacks or jeans or cropped pants.

Now you are ready to thrift like a pro!! If you have any questions or tips of your own, please leave a comment below. Happy hunting!!

Love,

Debra 

*All photos belong to me. Please ask if you would like to borrow them & link back to my blog*

Tantalizing Tassels

Hey loves!!

Hope you are all well and enjoying the sunshine wherever you live. We’ve had sun as well as showers lately. But that’s ok. Rainy days are fun for crafting and DIYs.

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I adore tassels! They can be used in so many ways like these simple ribbons tied to a dreamcatcher. This is a fun project & can be made in a day.

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Tassels can be added to crocheted grannie squares and used as tree ornaments  for Christmas or as a suncatcher in a window.

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Added to clothing, tassels add so much pizzazz! Just look at this beautiful dress by Balmain!!

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Wrapped around the ankle, as these shoes show, tassels add a bit of subtle sex appeal.

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Homes get a makeover when added to blankets and toss pillows. Instant bohemian glamour

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Who can resist a fun accessory? Try a bold earring like the ones above with a basic tee shirt and jeans and let them be your showstopper.

Like these ideas? Stay tuned for a quick and easy tutorial on how you can create your own affordable tassels.

All photos found on Pinterest.d777415a6087f305ea89a1d91ff606c3

Beaches

Hello there beautiful!!

A new post is coming soon, but in the meantime here are some lovely things to dream about.

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Just looking at beach waves soothes my soul. I can feel their ebb and flow. And hear their crashes and whispers.

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I love shades of blue. All of them are so soothing. Blue reminds me of the ocean.

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This gorgeous dress above belongs to my dear friend Janice at Racked Vintage

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Mermaid hair above found on Style Craze.

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Sadly I can’t remember where I found this lovely photo. The details of this Victorian style blouse are stunning.

Check out this gorgeous embellished gown worn by Angela from Runway Done My Way. Have you seen her wonderful videos?! No?! Runway Done My Way

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Justa Google search for the very fine images of the beach and ocean.

I hope this post gives you comfort. I enjoyed putting together a little vacation for the mind.

Blessings lovelies! 💋

Photo sources: Google, Pinterest,  and Instagram.

Hollis Eve Kind of Girl

Hello friends!!

Today I want to introduce you to Hollis Eve Company , an online boutique featuring gently worn items. I discovered this shop on the Thrifting Amino app that I help moderate.

Hollis Eve is the brainchild of two sisters from the south who discovered a love of thrifted and vintage clothing.

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Influenced by fashion trends, 90’s  grunge and vintage style, the brand has a real bohemian vibe.

The Hollis Eve girl is a free spirit. She’s confident. She cares for others. But she is also shy and romantic at heart.

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The boutique was a thrift shop in it’s infant years, but has grown, with the sisters,  into a specialty shop. Paly Bo does personal styling and Hollis scouts for one of a kind pieces. Their Facebook page is managed by their talented employee Doree, a cosplay artist, whom they met on You Tube.

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Paly Bo explained, “I’m passionate about people loving themselves and others. I want to help individuals feel good about themselves personally and professionally. To help others discover their dreams and getting there in style.”

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As kids the sisters were picked on in school because of their choice of style, something many of us can relate to.

“We would like to create a program to help low income families with children have fashionable clothing. We are 100% against bullying and those making any one feel they have no worth”, Hollis shared.

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The ladies shared a piece of advice for other entrepreneurs. Find yourself  a niche, something unique to offer. Network. Help others. And be patient.

If you liked this post you can follow Hollis Eve Company via their website Hollis Eve. 

And other social media.

Facebook page @HollisEve

Depop @Hollis_Eve_Co

Instagram @bad_Hair_Day36

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All photos are owned by Hollis Eve Company and were used with permission.

I want to thank Paly Bo And Hollis for allowing me to share a bit of what they do. I hope you enjoyed this post and visit them via one of their shops or social media.