BACK TO MY BASICS

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This week we are going back to the basics, what everyone needs in their closet. Basics are my life, I wear them all the time.  The thing with basics is that you can either dress them up or down. 20170414_12325520170414_123344

Everyone needs a plane white t-shirt, I have several. This one is from Cotton on and it is very comfortable. It has little grey dots which I think is pretty unique. My jeans are from Mr Price, these stretch which is pretty amazing and comfortable of course. My tennis shoes are also from Mr Price, these have become my signature and I love them so much.

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Thank you so much for reading, I hope you are inspired by this look. Please do not forget to leave me comment on what you think or suggestions of future topics or looks. Have an amazing week.

PREPARING FOR AFTER THE STORM DURING THE STORM

Lately it has been raining almost every single and the weather just changes suddenly without warning. It can be sunny one moment and the next moment it’s pouring down. So, I am walking to Campus with my friend for a photo shoot and this was after heavy rains and I see ants running around gathering grass and food. As I am watching this God spoke to me right in this moment. As I am in my rainy cloudy season I asked myself if I am preparing for after the storm.

When we are in a dark space at times we lose hope and we cannot see beyond the darkness. When these ants where gathering the grass the weather was not as clear, it was still cloudy and it looked like it was going to rain later and it did. That did not stop the ants from gathering, they continued and they were fast about it. I did not see one ant strolling and taking its time, I think that they understand the concept of time and how its limited. The speed at which they move tells you they are not wasting time.

As people after a rainy period we just want to lay indoors and feel sorry for ourselves. You might have heard this before but let me remind you again, feeling sorry for yourself gets you know where and this is something that I have to remind myself constantly. In the storm prepare to go out and gather as soon as the rain subsides even if it looks like it’s going to rain soon. Be ready to get back out there despite the embarrassment, shame, and disappointment. Dust yourself up and keep it moving do not remain in the same place, get something to do.

Proverbs 6:6 New International Version (NIV)

Go to the ant, you sluggard;
    consider its ways and be wise!

The bible even encourages us to look at the ants and copy how hardworking they are. In the storm is the time to get your thoughts together and make a plan so that when the sky is clear you are ready to and get a head start whilst some are still recovering. Every trial that we go through is not for nothing, this makes us stronger and builds endurance. Now you might not be able to tell why you are going through what you are going through but it’s for your benefit and not punishment.

I hope this short post inspires you and helps you to stop feeling sorry for yourself. Please leave a comment of what you do in your storm in order to prepare and be ready to get back out there.

ALL ABOUT MY KIMONO

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From the title I guess its pretty obvious that today it’s all about my kimono. I never thought that one day I would actually wear a kimono but l am trying new things and playing around with my personal style.

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From previous post l am sure most of you have noticed that l love my basics and neutral colors. I am wearing all black and the kimono spices the look up and brings more color to a basic look.

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Both my black jeans and vest are from Mr Price. The kimono I actually thrift-ed. If you are on a budget Mr Price is the place to go for your basics but for me if I am looking for something a little more unique thrift shopping is the way to go. I have also realized that in thrift shops or markets most of the clothes have tags which is pretty amazing. I splurge more on my bags and shoes, everything else I really do not spend a lot.

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Thank you so much for reading, please leave me a comment on what you think of this look or suggestions of thrift stores l should try.

WORKING HARD FOR WHAT YOU WANT.

Recently I have been feeling really inspired by a lot of women that I have been following for a while and I keep discovering more almost every day. I look at some women and they are doing what I would want to be doing one day and I am in awe of their life and how they got there. Looking at social media you get to see people progress in life, I look at some people I know and they are doing amazing things.
I had a real deep conversation with myself today, I realized that the time to dream is over. I am an adult and I cannot expect things to fall in my lap. All the people  I admire the You Tubers, bloggers, fashion designers and anyone else I admire work so hard and that is why they are where they are today. As people, there is this thinking where people assume that because someone is paid through Instagram that they are not hardworking. I know of people that are paid for makeup looks, they put on makeup to take pictures and wipe it if off right away as they are not going anywhere. To me this is still working hard, these people push themselves to do their job, which some do not count as a job.
The world has shifted and the traditional jobs are not the only ones that are important. I remember I mentioned in one of my posts that with social media we only get to see one side to a person’s life. Whilst we are busy admiring people are working hard behind the scenes and we only get to see the results.

 

I have decided that instead of sitting around and admiring other people’s craft, I want to admire and be inspired and push with my own craft. I am talking about action plans on a daily basis, what am I doing to move a step or two closer to what I want? I refuse to live in a bubble, I am going to work hard like I have never done in my life in order to live the life I want. Starting from now not tomorrow or in the evening but I start now.

 

One thing I have started with is to make sure I accomplish every goal I set for the day, not only accomplish but do it wholeheartedly and do it to the best of my abilities. I used to move some goals to the next day because I had no time and yet I have time to watch series. If I have time to watch a series I have time for my goals. Of course, I take time to refresh but not half of the day procrastinating and saying I will start later. That is the first step. Gone are the days where I spend all my time sitting around and admiring people who are working hard. My eyes are opened and in as much as we are blessed and God had blessed us with everything, those things will not come by us waiting and not doing anything . I chose to take action. Even in the bible encourages to work hard.

 

Proverbs 14:23: Diligent hands will rule, but laziness ends in forced labor

Proverbs 14:23: All hard work brings profit, but mere talk leads to poverty.

Proverbs 6:10-12: A little sleep, a little slumber, a little folding of hands to rest and poverty will come on you like a thief and scarcity like an armed man. A troublemaker and villain, who goes about with corrupt mouth.

There are many more verses on hard work especially in Proverbs which you can look at. Even God worked when he created the world and men then He rested. My prayer is that me or any of you not will be resting when you have not worked. Ask yourself at the end of the day what have you done to move towards your dream, if your answer in nothing then you have some soul-searching to do. Do you really want whatever you want bad enough, if yes then work for it. I want to be on top in life, not on top of anyone but make sure I am working to the best of my abilities.
One thing I told myself is that I have to give it my all and put all my energy into what I do, what is the use of doing anything if it is half-hearted. My work and everything about me must speak for itself, from my blog, school work and anything I decide to do, it must be excellent.

 

Today make up your mind to work hard and not only hard my wisely as well, ask God to guide you. No more day dreaming and not working. Set goals, follow through and every single day do at least one thing towards your dreams and purpose. My life and what I want to see I have to be able to see it and make it happen, work towards it.

Decide in your mind to work hard be a hard worker.

THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN FASHION AND PERSONAL STYLE

Not so many people know the difference between fashion and style, a lot of people confuse the two and yet they are so different. Fashion is what you are offered four times a year and style is what you pick out of that fashion. Fashion is seasonal, it is externally imposed.
Fashion is just another accessory for someone with great style.
Fashion is what designers offer the public and it comes and it goes. It also includes the trends st that time. Here are some examples of what is in fashion right now: chockers, crop tops, shirt dresses, bomber jackets, ripped jeans, shirts and sweaters. For men here are the trendy items chino pants, tactile backpacks, loafers just to mention a few. In most cases trends start when people see a celebrity wearing a clothing items and everyone will now want what they are wearing.

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Style is something personal, it is the way you say who you are without having to speak. It is an extension of you, it reflects who you are as a person. Personal style is about how you wear an outfit, it is the confidence that one portrays in an outfit.  Here is a list of some  personal styles;

Bohemian, arty, chic, classic, exotic, flamboyant, glamorous, romantic, sexy, sophisticated, western, traditional, preppy, punk, tomboy, rocker, goth, I am sure they are many more. You can be several of these styles or lean towards a couple of styles depending with your mood [let me know if the comments if you ant me to do a blog post on some of these].

 

Style is very personal. It is nothing to do with fashion. Fashion is over quickly style is forever. Ralph Lauren

 

Personal style distinguishes you, from everyone else, it makes you stand out. Personal style starts from within because its an attitude that one has. If you are honest and true to yourself, you will have the best sense of personal style.Personal style is an extension of who you are. As one grows older personal style changes and this is a good thing.
Personal style should be effortless. It is not about what you wear, but how confident you are when you wear it. Monica Rose
Your style come from within, it’s the women, her individuality and spirit comes through one uses what they wear to express how they feel. It all starts with confidence to wear what you love and you do not care what others think.
Create your own style. Let it be unique for yourself and yet identifiable for others. Tanesha Awasthi

Please do not make the mistake of thinking that what suits someone will definitely suit you, we are all different. you can take an aspect if someone’s outfit and make it your own. Rather than copy the whole outfit maybe get the shoes or the colors and pair up the outfit. fashion comes and goes and you cannot keep up and buy everything.
My personal has evolved over the years and for the better I must day. As I was growing up, in my high school days it was mostly laid back, I was a jeans and t-shirt kind of girl. I had not yet discovered what I liked and what suited me. Now I would describe my style as classic, simple and sophisticated. I am still experimenting with print and color and I never thought I would say this but I love experimenting with color and print. As I grow I am dressing more elegant and I could not be happier. I find it fun dressing up and discovering about fashion. If you take a look from my very first fashion post I am sure you will be able to tell my kind of style.

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I hope by now you know the difference, leave me a comment down below of your personal style or any questions.

Be your own style and stay true to yourself.

HAVING PEACE OF MIND

In this day and age where there is so much going on and there always, seems to be an issue bothering us. All around people are walking in fear – fear of the past, present and the future. Bad news is coming from every corner and there is no way of escaping. When you turn on the TV you are bombarded by terrible news of war, economic hardships, droughts, sicknesses, the list is endless. This can be discouraging. Nothing seems to be going right and people have lost their culture and lost hope which is really sad.

 
A couple of days or so ago I was reflecting on my life – thinking of where I am. To be honest it is not the best of situations. It is a bit uncomfortable when I think about it but I do not feel uncomfortable [if that makes sense at all]. Despite all this I have peace of mind and I cannot even explain the feeling, it feels amazing.

 
I would define peace of mind as not worrying or being anxious in the midst of trying times. Here are some dictionary definitions:
Miriam Webster: a feeling of being safe or protected.
Oxford dictionary defines it as freedom from disturbance: tranquility

 
As a Christian, to me peace of mind does not mean the absence of trials or problems; it is having peace when things are not going right. My Father is the Alpha and Omega, meaning He is the beginning and the end, He was there from the start, He is in the present and He is in the future! God is not surprised by anything that happens in my life and this is something that I have to remind myself often.

 
Having peace of mind means that you fully trust God and you trust that He will take care of you. One of my favorite verses is;

Hebrews 13:5:
Let your character [your moral essence, your inner nature] be free from the love of money [shun greed—be financially ethical], being content with what you have; for He has said, “I WILL NEVER [under any circumstances] DESERT YOU [nor give you up nor leave you without support, nor will I in any degree leave you helpless], NOR WILL I FORSAKE or LET YOU DOWN or RELAX MY HOLD ON YOU [assuredly not]!”
Amplified Bible (AMP)

God is with you, He has not left you! He knows how you feel and He truly and affectionately cares. If for some reason, you have no peace in challenging times, ask the Holy Spirit and He will give you peace. All you have to do is ask.

 
John 16:33
“These things I have spoken to you, that in me you may have peace. In the world you will have tribulation; but be of good cheer, I have overcome the world.”
God has overcome the world, do not worry yourself about anything.

 
John 14:27
“Peace I leave with you, my peace I give to you; not as the world gives do I give to you. Let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid.”

 
Philippians 4:6-7
“Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication, with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known to God; and the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.”

 
With bad news coming from every corner; keep your mind, guard your heart and be diligent about it. I hope this encourages and uplifts you, lets continue the discussion below and give tips on what you do in times of trouble. Enjoy the rest of your week and be blessed.

GOLD AND LACE

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To say that l love this look would be an understatement. I mean it is my favorite piece of clothing that I own and it is so comfortable. I really do not know what I can call it, to me it seems like a blazer but made of lace. The fabric is so soft and classy, this is me in blazer. The blazer fits my personal style to the tee and it feels like gold as well. Lace is one my favorite materials, I was really happy when I got it.

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The blazer is vintage, I got it from a thrift market but I am pretty sure can find something similar in some stores. Both my vest and pants are from Mr Price. The pants fit really well and are not too big but are just perfect. I have them in different colors as they fit me perfectly, like me if you have trouble finding pants that fit you perfectly these would do the trick.

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Thank you so much for reading this post feel free to leave any comments below or any suggestions. Have an amazing week and be blessed.

WHAT IT MEANS TO CONFIDENTLY TRUST GOD.

PSALM 9:9-10

The Lord also will be a refuge and a stronghold for the oppressed,
A refuge in times of trouble;

And those who know Your name [who have experienced Your precious mercy] will put their confident trust in You,
For You, O Lord, have not abandoned those who seek You.
Amplified Bible (AMP)

I am currently in a situation that seems as if l have no control over and I found myself  frustrated as I did not know what to do. Yesterday I woke up on the wrong side of the bed and I just was not in the best of moods and as the day went by it did not get better. Later on at night when I was praying I had a lot of things to ask from God but I decided to thank Him instead for all my family, friends and all that He had blessed me with. I thanked him for waking me up that morning, that I was healthy and for the many things that He had blessed me with.

After this I took my bible and I started reading Psalm 9 and I was really blessed by this. I was busy stressing  when I am always telling God I trust Him but my actions were not portraying this very well. If you read the Amplified bible you will see the phrase confidently trust and rely on God so many times especially in the book of Psalm. I had read this term many many times and it did not really hit me until yesterday.

God was telling me that confidently trusting me means you are not worried as you know I have got you. You are not over thinking and trying to do your own Math in your head. I spent the day thinking what will l do in this situation and I was panicking. To confidently trust God means that you have this joy in the midst of a hard situation knowing God will take care of you.

Confidence means: 

a feeling or consciousness of one’s powers or of reliance on one’s circumstances had perfect confidence in her ability to succeed met the risk with brash confidence

 faith or belief that one will act in a right, proper, or effective way have confidence in a leader 

   

I know God is the Lord God almighty and there is nothing He cannot do. God has helped me in harder situations and yet I find myself questioning Him. My prayer is that I do not grieve God or the Holy Spirit by making Him prove Himself over and over.

I choose to trust God with my life, I have confidence in His abilities, He is with me, He is for me and everything will work out for my good.

GREY IT UP

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Grey is one of my favorite colors, as some of you might have noticed. I love being  comfortable and this look was just that, comfortable. I had worn this days before but l wore light washed jeans and on this particular day l carried the wrong jeans lol. It however came together pretty well, even better than wearing it with blue jeans.

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Everything l am wearing is from Mr Price [this is not sponsored by the way, I wish it was though, hint hint lol ]. You really have to be careful when you are shopping at Mr Price and look closely at the material to see where it is of great quality.

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I really love the jeans they are so stretchy and so comfortable. They fit perfectly but they are way too long that is why I have folded but I never find my perfect size anyway so I have to make it work. The shoes are my favorite flat shoes that I own although they easily get dirty.

Thank you so much for taking the time to read my blog, please feel free to leave a comment down below and leave any suggestions on future blog posts.

BETTER A DIAMOND WITH A FLAW THAN A PERFECT PEBBLE.