Fresh You: Spring/Summer Essentials

Makeup, if used, is to complement and not compete with your features. It can be a challenge to find the perfect foundation. While no foundation is truly the be-all and end-all of makeup, CK One is one of my favorites, and is the inspiration for this beauty set. It applies smoothly and holds up well, even in hot/humid conditions. From the EcoTools brushes to NYX concealer, these are beauty supplies I have in my “Fresh You Essentials Kit.” What’s in yours?

Enjoy a fresh you…from the inside out!

{Fresh You} Spring/Summer Essentials

Fashion Collage: Shine in Color & Boldness

Sometimes we are not as bold as we should be when it comes to living out this Christian walk of love and faith. Other times, we become intimidated by the world and hold back words to witness to a dying generation that Jesus saves.

The Apostle Paul asked for prayer, that while he was in bonds as an ambassador of Jesus Christ, he might speak boldly…as he should.

 Ephesians 6:19 And [pray] for me, that utterance may be given unto me, that I may open my mouth boldly, to make known the mystery of the gospel, 20 For which I am an ambassador in bonds: that therein I may speak boldly, as I ought to speak.

We should or ought to speak boldly when it comes to God’s Word. There is no reason for us to fear or be ashamed of the glorious gospel of Jesus Christ.

Whether we work in the realm of fashion, art, music, natural or behavioral sciences, mathematics or a vocational field, we need not shrink back because we are Christians.

I follow Christ. I am a spiritual Jew, as the Scriptures and evidence of the Holy Ghost proclaim that I am. I shine in color and boldness. There is nothing dry, unsaturated, dull or timid about this walk.

Romans 2:29 But he is a Jew, which is one inwardly; and circumcision is that of the heart, in the spirit, and not in the letter; whose praise is not of men, but of God.

What about you? Are you a shrinking violet or are you shining in color and boldness?

Be bold. Live your life in color and shine on!

Shine in Color & Boldness

ASOS: Spring Midi Dress Trends with a Modest Twist

The rising trend of the midi-skirt over the last few seasons has been to modest, yet fashion-forward girls everywhere. Once dismissed as dowdy and out of date, length is back with a vengeance, and we’re finding it right at the cutting edge of this season’s styles.

SS13 catwalks were bursting with midi skirts and dresses from hot designers like Jason Wu and Proenza Schouler, and the look is quickly filtering through to our favorite retailers. Paying special attention to details like sleeves and necklines, we’ve gathered up a few of the most wearable, modest spring midi dress trends of the season.

Spring Midi Dress Trends

ASOS Midi Dress In Tapestry Style Print

ASOS Midi Style Dress in Tapestry Style Print

Feminizing grunge and pulling it up to date, this carefree 90s inspired casual dress is as comfortable as it is cute. Winter florals are reworked to pull looks from day to night, and soft scoop necklines with gently gathered waists are sweet and flattering. Pair this with ankle boots, a pastel sweater, and a knit hat for day, or a leather jacket and top knot for night.

ASOS Midi Dress In Washed Woven

ASOS Midi Dress in Washed Woven

The flow of this sky-blue, silk-touch fabric is mesmerizing, skimming without ever clinging. This gorgeous midi dress is hugely versatile: you can dress it up or down with just a few accessories.

ASOS Midi Dress in Floral Stripe Print

ASOS Midi Dress In Floral Stripe Print

Here’s a dress that combines the best of several decades into one amazing look. With a nod to recent homespun trends, this structured cut, with slightly puffed sleeves, creates an hourglass shape, bringing in a fitted waistline and strong neckshape to elongate. Warm up with a vibrant lip and braided hair styles.

ASOS Midi Dress With Full Skirt And Belt

ASOS Midi Dress with Full Skirt & Belt

The classic  bettylook. A full pleated skirt, high boat neck, and sweet ¾ length sleeves conjure up visions of Audrey Hepburn in her heyday. The effect is restrained and elegant, ladylike without ever being stuffy. The contrasting skinny belt works overtime to define a tiny waist.

ASOS Skater Dress With Waist Tab Detail

ASOS Skater Dress with Waist Tab Detail

The stunning color of this flowing chiffon beauty will stop you in your tracks. Lovely cropped blouson sleeves and clever button tab details at the nipped-in waist give this dress a timeless air.

ASOS Tulip Dress With Waterfall Skirt

ASOS Tulip Dress with Waterfall Skirt

We’re nuts about this polka dot day dress with adorable ruffled detail. Demure but spirited, it’s easy to wear, and the lightweight woven fabric moves beautifully wherever you go. Pair it with pretty pumps for a blast of vintage style.

The White Pepper Shirt Dress with Sheer Top

The White Pepper Shirt Dress with Sheer Top

A playful breath of fresh air, this flirty dress just shouts spring.From cute and creative designers The White Pepper, this sweet-as-candy color is kept in check with smart tailored details: cuffed sleeves and shirt styling on the top, and soft but neat pleats through the skirt.

ASOS Midi Dress With Victorian Detailing

ASOS Midi Dress with Victorian Detailing

Lace insets and pretty pintucks give this lovely gray dress a taste of Victorian styling, while the asymmetrical hem brings a modern edge. Layer and wear it with tights until the mornings warm up for a look with a lot of storybook charm.

Find the Perfect Spring Midi Dress

Fun, practical, and endlessly adaptable, this spring’s midis are a great staple to
get you through those in-between days as winter lets go and the sun reappears.
They’re the perfect length to show off a new pair of shoes and they pair
beautifully with cardigans and scarves. Have you found a favorite on or off the
runway this spring?

Floppy Hat Meets Pink Print Dress


Hide a bad hair day and look super chic with a wide brim floppy hat paired with a cotton pink print dress. It’s a great look for spring. Try out the Floppy Hat Meets Pink Print Dress Collection for yourself!

Floppy Hat Meets Pink Print Dress

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How to Layer Clothes in Spring/Summer


Layering clothes is not just for the fall and winter seasons. You can layer in the spring and summer, too. Layering can be especially important if you purchase something that’s a little less modest than you’d like it to be, and would like to find a solution for that. Also, layering can provide a barrier from the sun’s heat. Continue Reading

Green Spring 2012


Liven up your wardrobe with shades of green—like the grass, leaves, peas and flower stems.

Get motivated to imitate this Green Spring 2012 Collection, which features a ’50s inspired silk dress, black plastic bangles, black acrylic bow necklace, and neon and suede fold sandal.

Green Spring 2012



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Western Spring 2012


Still feeling the whole white, soft, clean and simple vibe for spring. Here’s another look for you to sample: Western Spring—a clean, simple white dress, western styled booties and an ethereal hairstyle, complemented with a turquoise leather bag.

Western Spring 2012



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Clean, polished and sophisticated looks never go out of style. You can get a comfortable, modern spring look by layering white and light colored outfits (dresses, skirts, and tops) with denim jackets. Add some simple accessories—like an inexpensive gold clutch and white bangles—to complete the look.

Airy Spring 2012