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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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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»» Fendi Perforated Lace-Up Leather Ankle Boots
»» Edun Ivory Plush Alpaca Rib Skirt
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»» Valentino Rockstud Multi-Strand Crystal-Stud Leather Bracelet, Black
»» Salvatore Ferragamo Round Sunglasses with Buckle Detail, Ivory
»» Sophie Hulme Adjustable Tote Bag

Combat Dry Winter Lips

Combat Dry Winter Lips

 

Most, if not all of us, have been plagued with dry, cracked lips. If you’ve ever wondered why we experience this more in the winter time, it’s because the cold, winter air dries out the thin layer of oil on our lips. I don’t about you but, but I have been guilty of doing a major dry lip no-no—licking my lips. While we think licking our lips will alleviate the dryness, our saliva evaporates and makes the problem worse.

Causes

  • Lack of lip moisture due to low indoor humidity
  • Dry, cold winter air
  • Sun exposure
  • Smoking
  • Licking, picking, scrubbing or biting lips
  • Cold sores
  • Allergic reaction or irritation from toothpastes or mouthwash

Symptoms

Dry, peeling, burning, red, swollen, sensitive/tender, bleeding or cracked skin on lips. Excessive licking can also cause a dry, irritated ring to develop around the lips.

Prevention & Remedies

Drink adequate amounts of water.

Use lip balm or ointment, preferably with at least SPF 15. Depending on the severity, you may need a medicated lip balm.

Key ingredients include: petroleum jelly; lanolin; natural oils, like squalene, castor oil, jojoba oil, Vitamin E, cocoa butter or shea butter; glycerin and honey.

A creamy lip therapy will most likely be water based and provide needed moisture. Just like with your hair, think of oils as sealers—something to seal IN the moisture and provide a barrier from the environment and irritants.

Let’s recap and do your lips a favor!

  1. Drink water
  2. Moisturize & seal your lips with lip balm throughout the day. Don’t wait until you’re on your way out the door. Indoor air can dry out your lips, too.

Modest Inspiration: Merlot Pencil Skirts

I love beautiful shades of Merlot. Some are deeper; some have a more purplish hue. This color goes well with black, gray, and lavender or lilac.

Be inspired!

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More Merlot Fashion

 

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Boots to Wear: It’s Time to Choose Yours

With the official first day of winter just four days away, many of us have an important fashion question in mind—What kind of boots to wear? I love wearing boots but sometimes I even skip buying them, and think that winter is here for a short time. Why invest in boots when I already have a pair with me? But I have changed the way I think and I feel. Wearing boots is a must in winter and it will be unfair to your wardrobe, style and yourself if you don’t invest in at least one pair of great boots for this season. There is a variety of boots available in stores—from casual to formal, to leather and warm woolen boots.

When it comes to winter boots for women, there are thousands of different boots. Women  can choose among many styles, fabrics and type of heel they prefer. There are no limits.

Long Boots

Carlos by Carlos Santana at ShopStyle

 

You can choose long boots, which are the most popular. Long winter boots are easy to wear and the perfect winter footwear. You don’t get snow in them and they keep you warm from the freezing cold. Long boots are made of fur, leather, suede and man-made materials. Long boots often go up to and over your knees. Although high heels are not the most functional winter boots, you can get winter boots with different heels to match your style and personality.

Flat Winter Boots

I personally think flat winter boots are the most versatile ones to go with any outfit. They look super chic. Suede boots for women can suit casual wear, as well as formal wear. They can be a comfortable and easy fit. Suede boots are available for different dresses in different designs and patterns like ankle-length suede boots, knee-length suede boots and thigh-high suede boots. You can also get variations in size and style of toes—square, pointy, round—and heel of suede boots for women.

Knee-High Boots

The knee-high boots for women can be worn with dresses and skirts, such as with a short or mid-length skirt worn with stockings or leggings. They come in many colors as well as designs and patterns. They can be made of materials like synthetic rubber, polyvinyl carbonate or from pure leather. These boots can also be given a party look by making them glossy, shiny or sparkly.

I am definitely going to buy some cool and designer boots for myself. What about you? I am also buying some woolen and warm boots for my casual and chilly winter.

Coldwater Creek at ShopStyle

 

Author’s Bio: Suzy Walsh is a fashion blogger and style expert with ‘The House of Elegance Fashion’. She is one of the most prominent and active online fashion bloggers and has a huge fan following in varied parts of the globe that believe in her style statements and stick to her for advice.

Modest Inspiration: Feminine & Rustic Fashion

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Feminine and rustic fashion…just in time for fall. Be inspired!

Ralph Lauren Rustic Style

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 Rustic Style Layered Skirt

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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