Fall Color Inspiration

Hey lovely!!

I hope you enjoyed last week’s post about fall colors. To continue the color theme, I am sharing some style boards I created in Polyvore.

 

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Follow the russet orange trend by adding a basic sweater to your jeans,  knee boots & matching bag (or not!) and fun accessories.

 

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Wear a red pear blouse with your black slacks to work. The bright color adds a touch of class as well as warmth.

 

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Why not mix the lovely shades of ceylon yellow and valiant poppy? So elegant!

 

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Or go for full out glam wearing nebulas blue like this sheath dress and statement necklace.

I hope I’ve enticed you to try these bold colors. Let me know how you work them into your own wardrobe in the comments section below.

Happy styling!

Debra💋

Photo sources: All boards were created and belong exclusively to Stylewise by Debra.

Woman of Courage: Ruth

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We aren’t born courageous. It’s something that happens over time. You must first be tested.

I often find myself saying , “Oh no! I’m not a strong woman. ”  Until I actually look back on where I have been and where I am today.

Have you had struggles that built your character too? Then you know what I’m talking about. If not, you soon will so you must prepare yourself to stand tall and be strong. How do you do that? KNOW your Bible.

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Some of the most beautiful women that I draw strenth from are the women of the Bible.  Ruth, Esther, Mary Magdalene. All of them chose to trust God in the toughest days of their lives.

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Ruth was a bereaved widow who followed her mother in law to a foreign land. She knew no one. She worked long hours in the fields harvesting barley to feed herself and her mother in law. One day she was noticed by Boaz, the land owner, and he told her to remain in his fields. He warned his men to let her follow the harevesters and not to harm her. When her mother in law instructed her to go down to the field and lay at the feet of Boaz, Ruth obeyed.  This had to be terrifying. She could have been raped and killed by the other men. Instead this set the stage to a second marriage and motherhood.

The story of Ruth is not only beautiful but it shows how courageous she was because of her trust in God.

It would have been easier for Ruth to return home to her own family where she could have been looked after. Instead she chose to follow her mother in law to a foreign land and cared for her doing hard labor. Following God’s plan for you is bravery.

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May the Lord repay you for what you have done. May you be richly rewarded by the Lord, the God of Isreal, under whose wings you have come to take refuge.  Ruth 2:12

And now my daughter, don’t be afraid. I will do for you all you ask. All of the people of my town know that you are a woman of noble character.  Ruth 3:11

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You can read more about Ruth in the Holy Bible. There is also a wonderful movie called The Book of Ruth: Journey of Faith.

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I hope this post brings you peace and a renewed strength.

Do you like this new series of brave women? Let me know in the comments below.

All photos were found at Pinterest.

 

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*

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

Bohemian Woman

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Hello gorgeous!

Recently someone mentioned on an online thrifting group I moderate, Thrifting, that they can’t  pull off the Bohemian look. I think we can all identify with that feeling regarding one style or another. So I want to share some “stylespiration” with you. Are you ready?! Let’s go!!

The bohemian woman woman is a free spirit. She is an explorer. She is creative. She is a peacekeeper. So her clothing must speak this.

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Because she is so colorful, she chooses vibrant clothing. Sometimes she does this via fabrics or prints.

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Lightweight, free flowing fabrics flutter about her gracing her silhouette.

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She uses strategically placed accessories to complete her look.

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Fringe, lace, leather, beads, tassles, embroidery. All these she calls her friends.

 

As you can see, there are many ways you can add this look to your wardrobe.  Think texture. c0acec84a01ca15ba6b4454cfdbc7db0Pair your shorts or jeans with a tee shirt and a cropped or long length coat with boots to gain a boho vibe. Toss on a long or chunky statement necklace, dangly earrings and some rings to complete your ensemble.  Below is an example of how I would create a bohemian summer look.

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Or modify this look with a floaty maxi dress, beaded sandals, and a natural stone jewelry.

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The Bohemian woman breathes easy. She is confident. She is fearless. She is in each of us.

Are you ready to take a walk on the wild side?

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Photo source: Pinterest and Polyvore