Outward Adornment

“Your beauty should not come from outward adornment, such as braided hair and the wearing of gold jewelry and fine clothes. Instead, it should be that of your inner self, the unfading beauty of a gentle and quiet spirit, which is of great worth in God’s sight.”

I Peter 3:3-4 (NIV)

I think about these verses a lot. I started this blog because I really enjoy fashion and I wanted an outlet for that beyond just dressing myself on a daily basis. I’m really excited to continue on, and I have a lot of ideas for future posts. But still I want to be mindful of these verses: verses that don’t forbid putting thought into your outward appearance, as some believe, but instead warn against finding your identity in your outward appearance.

I plan to write every post from the perspective that no amount of time in front of a mirror or camera can make me beautiful or give me value. My value comes from the fact that I am fearfully and wonderfully made by God (Psalm 139:14). My identity is that of his beloved child (1 John 3:1) and that knowledge gives me so much peace of mind.

But anyway…

Here are a couple outfits that I wore this past weekend. Everything came from American Eagle, except the wedges, which I bought at Marshall’s two years ago.

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We went to a brewery last Saturday and this is what I wore. I really love these groovy high-waisted flares and I actually just bought another pair. Everything comes back, baby! 

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Easter Sunday outfit! I’m sure this jeans jacket will make many appearances in this blog because I wear it ALL THE TIME. It’s one of my favorite wardrobe staples–super comfy and goes with almost everything I own. Full disclosure: those curls lasted about an hour thanks to humid Georgia weather. But look how cute they were! (Also, sorry for the smudgy mirror and bad lighting.)

 That’s all for today.

Peace,

J.C.

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Pen to Page (sort of), featuring a Very Special Dress

So, this is my first blog post. Or, to be totally honest, my first blog post on this particular blog. Yes, I had a Xanga page back in the day (does that still exist? I’m afraid to look. 15-year-old me was so full of angst) and I blogged about my time in Costa Rica with YWAM in 2013. But nothing since then.

I have some ideas for things I’d like to write about, but starting is scarier than I thought it would be.

The original idea was a fashion blog, a place for me to channel my love of personal fashion. I see fashion as art. A fun way to express yourself.

But after I had that idea, I started to worry. What if…people think I’m frivolous? Writing about what I like to wear when there are people in the world who have no options as to what to wear? What if…people think I’m self-centered because I post pictures of myself? Don’t we have enough narcissistic millennials as it is?

But after worrying about these things for awhile, I remembered. This is 2017. This is the internet. If someone comes across this page and doesn’t like me or what I have to say, I’m sure he or she will let me know. And it doesn’t matter what people think. I know who I am.

So without further ado, here is my first OOTD…

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This is the first time it’s been warm enough (and sunny enough–hence the squinting) to wear this dress since I bought it.  It may look simple in design, and it is, but it’s actually very special.  It’s made by Juana Sanchez, a woman who works with an organization called Krochet Kids Intl.

Here’s a statement from their website:“Empowerment is the reason why we exist. Our products, our programs, and our community work in unison to help people accomplish this goal. We believe in the capabilities of people. Our goal is to holistically equip people living in poverty with the skills, education, and resources to change their circumstances forever. Work provides worth. Education breeds innovation. Mentorship nourishes relationships. Through this multifaceted and measured approach we work with each beneficiary to create a path toward independence.”

Every single piece of clothing that they sell is signed by the woman who made it.  You can even go on their website and find a picture of her and write her a thank you note.

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Like I said, very special.

I’ll end there for now. That wasn’t so scary. This is kind of exciting.