Le Happy

Sometimes I just want things simple. No frills. No bells. No whistles. Simple.

The simplest things in life can bring the most happiness. The shade of a tree on a warm day, the smile of a baby, or curling up with a good book and your favorite blanket. Simple pleasures, they say.

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We live in a society where the quest for more reigns. Technology supposedly makes life simpler, yet adds its own layers of complications. Relationships are strained by the miscommunication and indifference of social media. While we don’t beg to go back to the era of yesterday, simplicity, if truly valued, can bring a blessed estate—contentment.

Just think about it. Going for a walk can help clear your head. Unplugging and “getting away from it all” can alleviate frustration. Eliminating clutter, both internal and external, creates order. Accepting the sovereignty of God brings calm. Simple.

A Happy Place

Happy is defined as glad, delighted, pleased, favored, joyful, contented, merry, satisfied and blessed.

How often have you heard someone say, “I just want to be happy”? I know I’ve said it plenty of times, especially when I’ve felt challenged or overwhelmed with life’s circumstances. Jesus should be our happy place. No matter how put together you may think you are, we all fall short sometimes. But God’s Word has the antidote for when we inadvertently step outside of our happy place.

Psalm 144:15 Happy is that people, that is in such a case: yea, happy is that people, whose God is the LORD.

It’s Satan’s job to plant discontent and convince you that you’re not happy, and your life is a failure because of some temporary situation. He wants you to forget God said, “Happy is…” He didn’t say, “Happy could, may, or might.”

When life gets too complicated, it’s time to do some house cleaning and prioritize. Whenever I think about simplicity, earth tones or pastels come to mind. Nothing bold and in your face. Just softness and easy to be received.

God said His Word is plain—simple. But there’s a catch. It’s plain to the person that understands. When you delight yourself in God’s Word and totally seek Him, God will open your understanding of His Word. It will become plain to you. Who doesn’t like plain directions?!

Proverbs 8:8 All the words of my mouth are in righteousness; there is nothing froward or perverse in them. 9 They are all plain to him that understandeth, and right to them that find knowledge.

The Pursuit of Happiness

The United States Declaration of Independence listed unalienable rights as “life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness.” As noted in the Declaration, these rights were given to us by our Creator. Our Creator is the God of Israel, our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ. History has challenged the good intentions of the Declaration and taught us that man cannot guarantee these rights, even through the administration of government. Life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness are truly attained, maintained and protected in God.

1 Corinthians 1:18, 24, 30

18 For the preaching of the cross is to them that perish foolishness; but unto us which are saved it is the power of God.
24 But unto them which are called, both Jews and Greeks, Christ the power of God, and the wisdom of God.
30 But of him are ye in Christ Jesus, who of God is made unto us wisdom, and righteousness, and sanctification, and redemption:

You have the right to pursue happiness. You can find it in the wisdom of God.  You have the right to possess all spiritual blessings. You have the right to be saved and sanctified. How happy you are if you’ve found the wisdom hidden in Jesus Christ!

Proverbs 3:13 Happy is the man that findeth wisdom, and the man that getteth understanding.

What about you? How do you pursue happiness? Where is your happy place? Are you happy?

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In the Set

»» Wildfox Airfox Polarized-Sunwear in Silver Women
»» Elle Sasson Blenny Silk Top
»» Valextra Isis iPad Clutch
»» Balmain Sika Flat Leather Sandals
»» MARC BY MARC JACOBS ‘Baker’ Leather Strap Watch, 37mm

Remembering Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

Today we remember the life and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. He assumed his predestined place on the front-line of the Civil Rights Movement with passion, dignity and hope. It was a divine appointment that rocked a nation.

Unashamed

Dr. King was a great orator. Of all his speeches, “I Have a Dream” continues to resonate throughout time with fervency.

We know Dr. King was a preacher. As such, he infused his speeches with Scripture; unashamed to make mention of the Lord — our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ, who is the essence of hope. He is the epitome of the dream.

In his speech, Dr. King quoted Isaiah 40:4-5

4 Every valley shall be exalted, and every mountain and hill shall be made low: and the crooked shall be made straight, and the rough places plain: 5 And the glory of the LORD shall be revealed, and all flesh shall see it together: for the mouth of the LORD hath spoken it.

Isaiah 40:3 states, “The voice of him that crieth in the wilderness, Prepare ye the way of the LORD, make straight in the desert a highway for our God.”

Matthew 3:3 says, “For this is he that was spoken of by the prophet Esaias, saying, The voice of one crying in the wilderness, Prepare ye the way of the Lord, make his paths straight.”

John the Baptist indeed was the voice of one crying in the wilderness who prepared the way of the Lord, as prophesied in Isaiah. Surely Dr. King was familiar with this, and for whatever reason, saw fit to place a portion of Isaiah 40 in his speech. Perhaps he, too, could be likened to one crying in the wilderness; only this wilderness was a nation shackled by racism and marred by the stain of slavery.

Dr. Martin Luther King Jr - I Have A Dream

The Dream

King’s dream is a marvelous and beautiful dream. Yet, it is a dream of equity and justice that man cannot deliver. Only when the Prince of Peace returns will Dr. King’s dream truly ring true. Only then will we see the fullness of the glory of the Lord revealed.

Only God can exalt valleys, bring mountains and hills low, make the crooked straight, and the rough places plain. Not only is earth subject to the Creator and Almighty God, so are the hearts of men, women and children. God can humble or exalt us in due season. He can make our crooked paths straight, and lead us down the Highway of Holiness.

Isaiah 35:8 And an highway shall be there, and a way, and it shall be called The way of holiness; the unclean shall not pass over it; but it shall be for those: the wayfaring men, though fools, shall not err therein.

I’m reminded of a Revelation 7:9, which says:

“After this I beheld, and, lo, a great multitude, which no man could number, of all nations, and kindreds, and people, and tongues, stood before the throne, and before the Lamb, clothed with white robes, and palms in their hands;”

Did you get that? Of all nations, and kindreds, and people, and tongues… In Christ, no one’s nationality, kindred, race or language has preeminence over another’s. In Christ alone are we able to become one, and walk righteously before God and one another.

I thank God for the work and life of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. I thank God for the dream and for the glory of the Lord that shall be revealed.

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Marsala Fashion Mix

Have you gotten your fill of the Pantone 2015 Color of the Year? Marsala is spicy and warm. It’s a berry-red wine color that suits many skin tones. The Marsala Fashion Mix set centers around the Ellery floral top and skirt.

Unfortunately, the Ellery Black Rose Dynasty Skirt and Marc Jacobs round sunglasses in Marsala are sold out. With so much Marsala around, you can easily find suitable replacements.

Are you sporting this year’s must love color?

Marsala Fashion Mix-2

»» Ellery Floral Bonfire Panelled Top • $192.00
»» Marc Jacobs Round Sunglasses • $350.00
»» M Missoni Boucle Knit Bag • $297.00–346.50
»» NARS Blush • $30.00
»» Essie Nail Polish – Mauves • $8.50
»» Gianvito Rossi ‘Drew’ ankle boots • $436.82
»» Luv Aj The Dagger Hoop Earrings • $35.00
»» Essie Nail Color, In Stitches • $8.50
»» SEPHORA+PANTONE UNIVERSE Bold Marsala Mascara & Brow Highlighter • $20.00

Denim Skirt Days: Pretty Pastels

I’m a total skirt girl. What would the life of a skirt girl be without Denim Skirt Days? I’m particularly fond of knee-length, pencil skirt styles. A little distressed denim, if done tastefully, never hurt anyone.

The Denim Skirt Days: Pretty Pastels set includes a cool mint-green with yummy cream. What wonderful denim complements.

Get prepster chic with the 2-in-1 hummingbird jumper from Oasis. What’s a 2-in-1 jumper you ask? It’s a two piece top — cardigan with shirt underlay. Studded ballerina flats and a quilted leather bag complete the look.

The River Island mid-wash denim pencil skirt I used in the set is sold out. I included an alternative denim skirt from the Gap in a link below.

What’s your favorite denim skirt style?

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In the Set

Hummingbird 2 in 1 Jumper, Green • Oasis
Factory Denim Pencil Skirt • Gap {River Island Mid-Wash Denim Pencil Skirt — Sold Out}
Wild Diva Lounge Studded Pointed Toe Ballet Flats • Charlotte Russe
Fontanelli Ivory Quilted Leather Satchel • Fontanelli

Water – Quenching the Thirst

We cannot live without water. Earth is made up of 71% water. All life on earth depends on water to survive.  Our bodies contain 55-78% water.

Clean, safe drinking water is critical. Water suitable for drinking is called potable water. We lose water throughout the day during normal functions, such as respiration, sweating and waste excretion. Our bodies cannot store water. We must replenish the water we lose daily.

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If we do not replace lost water, we become dehydrated. Dehydration is dangerous and deadly because it lowers the blood pressure and decreases blood volume. Alcoholic beverages cannot replace water because of the ethanol used to produce it causes dehydration. But other types of fluids work, along with plain water.

Survival

School Review – How long can the average human survive without water?

On average, humans can survive three to five days without water. Some can survive one week, but that’s usually the limit. Factors such as climate, age, gender, overall health, level of activity and body fat play a role.

 Quenching the Thirst

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Sometimes you have a song that’s on constant replay. This past week, I’ve been listening to Water by Anthony Brown & Group Therapy.

One part of the song says, “Your presence is water. Come fill me, then fill me again.”

John 6:35 And Jesus said unto them, I am the bread of life: he that cometh to me shall never hunger; and he that believeth on me shall never thirst.

God likens His Spirit to water. This water is represented as a river, the rain, and a well or fountain of living water. It’s alive and gives life.

John 7:37-38

37 In the last day, that great day of the feast, Jesus stood and cried, saying, If any man thirst, let him come unto me, and drink.
38 He that believeth on me, as the scripture hath said, out of his belly shall flow rivers of living water.
39 (But this spake he of the Spirit, which they that believe on him should receive: for the Holy Ghost was not yet given; because that Jesus was not yet glorified.)

The Lord has promised to quench the thirst of the faithful.

Isaiah 44:3 For I will pour water upon him that is thirsty, and floods upon the dry ground: I will pour my spirit upon thy seed, and my blessing upon thine offspring:

Jesus is the Lord, and when He walked this earth, He testified of the life-giving and thirst quenching power of His spirit.

John 4:10 Jesus answered and said unto her, If thou knewest the gift of God, and who it is that saith to thee, Give me to drink; thou wouldest have asked of him, and he would have given thee living water.

John 4:13 Jesus answered and said unto her, Whosoever drinketh of this water shall thirst again:
14 But whosoever drinketh of the water that I shall give him shall never thirst; but the water that I shall give him shall be in him a well of water springing up into everlasting life.

When a River Runs Dry

Just as we cannot survive naturally without water, we cannot survive spiritually without the refreshing Water from heaven.

Being naturally dehydrated causes both blood pressure and blood volume to plummet. What about spiritual dehydration? Surely this, too, has fatal consequences if not remedied.

A natural river can run dry from overuse, reduced flow, the effects of climate and land changes, or low rainfall.

If we are not careful to stay focused on Christ, trials, tribulations, afflictions and persecution can weary and drain us to the point of “reducing and limiting the flow” of the Holy Spirit in our lives.

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What About You?

Have joy, faith and love flown out the window? Are you more carnal minded than ever before? Have you backslidden and gone AWOL on God?

Jeremiah 2:13 For my people have committed two evils; they have forsaken me the fountain of living waters, and hewed them out cisterns, broken cisterns, that can hold no water.

Are you sampling beggarly methods and false doctrines, thinking they can solve your problems and bring you joy? Or is humanism your faith and climbing the achievement ladder your glory? Has your pining away for another person, money or things evicted the Word of God, praise and worship from your heart? The things of the world are broken cisterns. The world cannot receive, understand or replace the things of God.

How long can you trudge along dry and on empty before you perish? When a person forsakes the True and Living God, s/he becomes spiritually dead. There is no hope of survival without water. The rain will never come without possessing a repentant heart.

A river cannot flow if it has not been replenished by the rain. Jesus Christ is the Rainmaker – both naturally and spiritually. A river can run dry if the rain clouds do not gather and pour out its blessed and abundant gift. What’s left behind is dry, hardened and empty. No good fruit can spring forth from land destroyed by drought.

A Watered Garden

Have you beheld the beauty of a watered garden? What loveliness! Just thinking about it incites a remembrance of the wonderful colors and fragrances.

Isaiah 58:11 And the LORD shall guide thee continually, and satisfy thy soul in drought, and make fat thy bones: and thou shalt be like a watered garden, and like a spring of water, whose waters fail not.

Song of Solomon 4:12 A garden inclosed is my sister, my spouse; a spring shut up, a fountain sealed.

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God wants us to delight in Him and draw water out of the wells of salvation with joy. He wants us to guard our hearts against corruption and pollution that can defile the fountain. If your river has run dry or if you’ve built broken wells, it’s not too late to be refreshed and revived with the gift of the Holy Ghost.

Isaiah 12:3 Therefore with joy shall ye draw water out of the wells of salvation.

 

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Surviving the Arctic Blast

An arctic blast has taken hold of the United States. Warnings have been issued. Extremely cold weather can be damaging and deadly, and we should take necessary precautions to stay safe.

Amid its brutal freezing effects, daily duties still have to be attended to. One such duty for me is taking out my shih tzu. He’s an old fellow who enjoys an expansive backyard, shared only with unwelcome cats known as neighborhood squatters.

I typically take my dog out the patio door to the back yard. On this day, it was so cold the patio door was frozen shut. I could have taken him out the front, back or side, but I was intent on taking him out the patio. Apart from wanting to get the door unstuck, that’s his “exit to go potty” portal. My brilliant ah-ha moment was grabbing a hot pink hair dryer and defrosting the patio door so we could exit out that way and confront the chill. It worked.

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Arctic Blast

I began to think about the cold weather, particularly this current arctic blast. Brr… A particular verse came to mind.

Matthew 24:12 And because iniquity shall abound, the love of many shall wax cold.

What on earth does this have to do with the current arctic blast? Nothing, in and of itself. But one thought leads to another, and I began to consider the cold on a spiritual note. Signs and seasons point to where we are according to God’s prophecies contained in the Bible. We are in the time of witnessing the love of many waxing cold.

Just look around. While you’re looking, be sure to look in the mirror, too. The love of many waxing cold could be you.

Are you in the part of the country where you feel the sting of ice? The lashings of bitter-cold wind beating you down? In other words, are you on the receiving end of an arctic blast? If you’re like most of us, you want out of the freezing weather and into somewhere safe, toasty and inviting. Respite.

Or are you the giver of all things arctic? The one blowing chilly comments, giving icy looks and assuming a frozen presence with below freezing esteem for God and others?

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Arctic Love

What manner of love is this?

Cold love. Callous love. Selfish love. Is that a such thing? Prideful love. Indifferent love. It’s not real love. It’s dead. It seeks its own. A puffed up, proud little thing. Hollow showmanship, making merchandise of God’s people. Despising the poor. Unkind. No hospitality. Rude and discourteous. Unforgiving. Greedy. Hateful. Boastful. Disobedient. Blasphemous. Indignant. Lovers of self. Wanton. Without natural affection. Cold.

Anything that is cold is dead. Anything that is warm gets spewed out, according to the Word of the Lord. God wants our love to be fervent, kindled by the power and fire of His Spirit – the Holy Ghost.

Iniquity

Iniquity is perverse immorality, wickedness and lawlessness. It is sin that you willingly commit, knowing it is wrong and knowing the consequences. There’s more and more iniquity in the world. And because many are willfully transgressing God’s law out of knowledge and not of ignorance, their love is growing cold.

The knowledge of the glory of the LORD is abundant. We, literally, are without excuse, no matter where or who we are.

Habakkuk 2:14 For the earth shall be filled with the knowledge of the glory of the LORD, as the waters cover the sea.

We are witnessing many falling away; losing faith, fervent love and hope in Christ to attain status, fame, acceptance and adoration from the world.

No love. No life.

We need protection from the cold in order to keep our bodies and temperature regulated. Protection from extreme cold and its effects preserves life. Did you hear the warning to bring in pets and vulnerable plants?

Maybe you’ve been in sitting in bitterness and damaging others with cold love for so long, you’re sort of stuck — like my patio door was. I remember the Sims® when a frozen Sim could be thawed with a hair dryer.

Do you need a hair dryer moment? Some thawing of the heart and limbs so you can love the way God wants you to? If your love waxes cold and is never set on fire again, you lose eternal life. No love; no life.

If you are repentant and believe, there’s some faith-driven kindling on the way just for you. What are you waiting for? Let’s turn up the heat.

 

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And We’re Walking…

Our tour guide on an overseas trip had a way to announce to the group it was time to move on with, “And we’re walking.” And walk we did.

Walking gets us from point A to point B. Some walk for leisure and not merely necessity. But you can also walk for fitness or athletics.

Walk for Health, Fun & Sport

If you’re looking for a fitness routine that’s easy on the budget and requires no or limited special equipment, consider walking. Yes, walking is a workout.

Many times we don’t feel like we’re working out unless our feet are pounding the pavement in a run or jog. I am sensitive to the fact that not everyone is willing or able to hit the pavement running. Start where you are and build up over time. Always consult a medical doctor before beginning any health/fitness program.

We’ll look at several types of walking.

Pedestrian Walking

Pedestrian walking is basic or normal walking. It can be walking the city streets or taking a stroll in the park. Ideally, you should use correct posture no matter what type of walking you’re doing. However, there’s not a particular technique for pedestrian walking. This is the type of walking to start with if you’re not in shape or have been out of the exercise loop for a while. Gradually build up.

  • If there are no sidewalks or paths, walk on the side facing road traffic.
  • Wear comfortable clothes and walking shoes. Wear reflective clothes/shoes if walking at night.

 Fitness Walking

Introduce fitness walking when you’re ready to pick up speed, endurance and intensity. Fitness walking may incorporate other movements, such as arm exercises and small hand-weights/gloves. Speed, brisk and power walking are types of fitness walking.

You begin to thoughtfully use correct form and posture with fitness walking. Techniques are introduced to get the best benefits from fitness walking.

  • Do not lean backward or forward when walking.
  • Your body should be straight up and down with a vertical torso.

Nordic Walking

Nordic walking involves using Nordic walking poles. The poles enhance basic or normal walking and you burn more calories. Ski poles are not substitutes for Nordic walking poles. Proper equipment and form are key.

Hiking or Trekking

A nice stroll in the park to admire fallen snow or colorful leaves is definitely leisure with health benefits. Perhaps you’d like your stroll to turn into a pleasurable workout challenge while enjoying the scenery. There’s hiking and trekking. There may be designated hiking trails in your area. You’ll also need some supplies/equipment for a safe hiking or trekking experience.

Trekking is arduous, and involves greater distances, time, heights and challenges than hiking. Check out Lonely Planet’s 10 Best Treks in the World for inspiration.

 Race Walking

Walkers are athletes, too. Race walking, anyone?

Race walking is not speed or power walking. To differentiate race walking from running, USA Track & Field (USATF) defines race walking as requiring the competitor to “maintain contact with the ground at all times and requires the leading leg to be straightened as the foot makes contact with the ground until in the vertical upright position.” It’s about proper form, flexibility, strength and endurance. The goal is to not violate the USATF rule or definition of race walking during a competition.

 Are You Ready?

Are you ready for a walking challenge? Now is the perfect time to walk your way into wellness. And we’re walking…

And We're Walking

Street Style in Lemon and Gray

Street fashion or street style reflects what everyday people wear on the streets versus the trends passed along from studios and designers. In fact, street style may influence designers and show up as street fashion trends. It’s part of what we call popular and contemporary culture. Whatever is popular is mainstream. Street fashion is typically urban, youthful and stylish, and may be part of a subculture.

In the Street Style in Lemon and Gray set, I included a soft, fully lined gray tulle skirt with the very edgy gray and yellow burnout jumper with sheer mesh cutouts by Alexander Wang. On a modesty note, the burnout jumper can be modest-fied with a long or short sleeve top underneath. Pumps, flats or sandals need not apply. Bryan Blake high-tops in yellow and white get my approval.

What’s your definition of street style?

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In the Set

»» Marc by Marc Jacobs Dtm Bolts Leather Bracelet
»» Chicwish Amore Tulle Skirt in Gray
»» Michael Kors loose fit long sleeve T-shirt
»» Alexander Wang Gray Burn Out Mesh Jumper
»» Bryan Blake High-tops
»» H&M – Wool Ski Hat – Gray melange – Ladies *different style
»» Marc by Marc Jacobs Link To Katie Rubberized Stud Earrings
»» Alexander Wang Prisma Envelope Small Sling Bag

Get Organized: Beauty Organizers and Trays

It’s time to get organized with beauty organizers and trays. I like the idea of an organization system that has hierarchy — making everything accessible and visually appealing. I have plenty of makeup bags of various sizes and styles for storage. Apart from being travel friendly, depending on the style of the bag, things seem to get lost at the bottom. Eyeliner tops come off, marking up the inside of the bag. I can’t get to my favorite NYX concealer because it rolled to the bottom during the journey down the hall.

Beauty Organizers and Trays

Thankfully there are plenty of organizers and trays for your at-home beauty needs. There’s bold and colorful, clear acrylic, wood, metal and everything in between to suit your style.

There are many items you can use to organize beauty products, tools and essentials. A vase or cute toothbrush holder can be converted into storage for makeup brushes. You can also re-purpose kitchen organizers, like spice racks and drawer organizers, for your beauty needs. Breakfast and serving trays make wonderful vanity trays.

Feeling a little crafty? You can make a tiered makeup tray on the cheap with dollar store goodies.

When you’re not in DIY, Pinterest generating mood, many stores, like Bed, Bath & Beyond, offer organizers and trays specific to beauty and makeup storage.

Enjoy!

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Winter White on White – Just Add Cream

I never understood the logic behind “don’t wear white after labor day.” Why not? Nature itself paints a portrait of winter as white with snow and a variety of animals that change into winter white coats for the season. By all means, wear white.

Just Add Cream

Too shy to wear bright white in the winter? Opt for white with a gold/yellow tone that warms up the color, such as cream and ivory.

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In the Set

»» Tory Burch ‘Reva’ Logo Dial Double Wrap Leather Strap Watch, 28mm
»» Tory Burch Evie Logo Stud Earrings/Goldtone
»» DAILYLOOK Shimmering Knitted Beanie in ivory
»» Fendi Perforated Lace-Up Leather Ankle Boots
»» Edun Ivory Plush Alpaca Rib Skirt
»» Marc by Marc Jacobs Ivory Don’t Panic Sweater
»» Valentino Rockstud Multi-Strand Crystal-Stud Leather Bracelet, Black
»» Salvatore Ferragamo Round Sunglasses with Buckle Detail, Ivory
»» Sophie Hulme Adjustable Tote Bag