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6 Ways to Style a Maxi Dress

how to style a maxi dress

A knit maxi dress is a versatile wardrobe piece. It is simple and comfortable to wear and easy to accessorize. There are so many ways to style a maxi dress!

Being that it’s one of my personal favorite items in my own closet, I wanted to share a few of my favorite ways to style a simple knit maxi dress. You very easily bring it from day to evening, casual to dressy with a few well chosen accessories. The possibilities truly are endless!

Here my 6 favorite ways to style a knit maxi dress….

With a scarf

Adding a scarf elevates a simple dress to another level and gives an added element of interest and style. You can express your personality with a fun or pretty scarf. And it’s so easy to change out the look simply by changing the scarf.

With a wide belt

I love the simplicity of a knit maxi dress with a wide belt. Not only does it emphasize the waistline, but the right belt can really make a statement. Choose one that’s colorful and interesting, and your outfit will be simple by far from boring.

With a jacket

Make a maxi dress office ready by adding a jacket or blazer. It can take the look up to a much dressier level. Worn with a pair of pumps and some statement jewelry, you have a comfortable by sophisticated look that’s work-wear ready.

With statement jewelry

Adding a statement necklace or earrings to a simple knit dress can really spice up the look and make an impact on the overall feel of the outfit. It’s a super simple way to look amazing. Let the simplicity of the dress be the perfect backdrop for an interesting and eye catching piece of jewelry to shine.

With a button down

Wear a button down shirt over your maxi dress, and you’ll instantly change the look completely. By adding a shirt over the top of the dress, you are creating an entirely new look. It will give the impression of a top worn with a skirt, and will multiply your styling options.

With a cardigan

I love this look for church, date night, or some other semi-dressy event where you want to look pretty without having to put in a ton of effort. A colorful cardigan over a neutral dress with be eye-catching and eye pleasing. Add some jewelry and a pair of feminine shoes are your good to go!

So, which of these options is your favorite? Personally, I’ve worn and love them all!

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One Stop Shopping for All Natural Beauty Products

Do you, like me, try to use beauty products that contain natural and non-harmful ingredients? Do you ever find it challenging to find these items? Wouldn’t it be great to have a trusted source for all natural beauty products that you knew would have just what you needed when you needed it? Wouldn’t it be great if you could order those products from the comfort of your own home and have them delivered right to your door?

Well, I’m happy to tell you, there is such a place! Grove Collaborative is the place for beauty products containing natural and healthy ingredients and no harsh or harmful chemicals. Not only do they have beauty related items, such as shampoo, make up remover wipes, and moisturizer, they also carry products for the home and other personal care items. It’s a one stop shop for all things naturally based!

I love shopping at Grove. Every month, I receive a box from Grove filled with items like soap, laundry detergent, body wash, and multipurpose cleaner. These items come from brands such as Seventh Generation, Mrs. Meyers, and Acure.

They are continually adding more products and expanding their inventory to include more brands like these. And the website is super easy to navigate. It’s a great place to shop and I’ve always been extremely happy with the service I’ve received from the company.

An added bonus is that because it’s an online company, they can keep their costs down, and they pass on the savings to the customer. That means their prices are almost always less than you’d find in stores.

I know it sounds like I’m a walking commercial for the company, but I just love it that much! No, this is not a sponsored post. I really do love the company and wanted to share it with you!

Check out a few of the things you can find when you shop with Grove Collaborative:

 

Go ahead, give Grove a try! I think you love it as much as I do!

 

 

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10 Books That Will Forever Change Your Prayer Life

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Prayer in the life of a Christian is very important, and worthy of special focus. Recently, I’ve been intentionally trying to learn more about prayer and to develop my prayer life more fully. I believe it is something all Christians should strive for.

The following is a list of books on prayer which I have found helpful and encouraging in developing my own prayer life more fully. Perhaps they will be encouraging to you as well.

 

A Simple Way to Pray by Martin Luther

A classic treatise on prayer written by a giant of the faith. This book is surprisingly easy to read, yet profound in the truths it contains about prayer. It is a quick and deceptively simple read with an enormous amount of depth and written (and translated) in an easy to understand style.

 

With Christ in the School of Prayer by Andrew Murray

Another classic book on prayer by a well known preacher of old. From amazon.com: “This is one of the most beloved books on prayer, written by a man whose entire life was devoted to prayer. With Christ in the School of Prayer presents a thirty-one day tutorial: each chapter presents a new aspect of prayer, in a concise way that is at the same time rich and joyful, coming from the author’s vital relationship with God. A favorite book for generation after generation, it is as fresh today as when it was first published in the 1890’s.”

 

The Complete Works of E.M. Bounds on Prayer by E.M. Bounds

Yet another well known and much loved book on prayer. This is a thoroughly presented collection of eight books written by E.M. Bounds and covering every aspect of prayer in a readable way. Included in this collection are all that this great pastoral leader taught about the essentials, necessity, possibilities, power, purpose, reality, and weapon of prayer.

 

Psalms: The Prayer Book of the Bible by Dietrich Bonhoeffer

I find the life of Dietrich Bonhoeffer so inspiring. His courage and depth of conviction in the face of the evils of World War II is a shining example of what it means to have true faith. In this book, he gives one of his secrets behind the powerful witness of his own life. He had learned to pray the Psalms and from them drew on the power of God in his years of imprisonment.

 

Taking Hold of God: Reformed and Puritan Perspectives on Prayer by Joel Beeke and Brian Najapfour

From Amazon.com: “In ‘Taking Hold of God’, you will enter the treasury of the church of Jesus Christ and discover some of its most valuable gems on the subject of Christian prayer. The writings of the Reformers and Puritans shine with the glory of God in Christ, offering us much wisdom and insight today that can make our own prayer lives more informed, more extensive, more fervent, and more effectual.”

 

Developing a Healthy Prayer Life by Joel Beeke and James W. Beeke

This is an extremely practical yet inspiring look at the place prayer should have in our everyday life. It is a gentle challenge to examine your prayer life and an helpful motivation to focus on making it more effective and enjoyable. I love the emphasis this book places on the joy to be found in prayer.

 

The Power of Prayer by Charles Spurgeon

This is a collection of six sermons on the subject of prayer by the Prince of Preachers himself. In it, Spurgeon shows why prayer is so powerful and how a believer might best go about praying.

 

Prayer: Experiencing Awe and Intimacy With God by Timothy Keller

In this book, Timothy Keller offers biblical guidance as well as specific prayers for certain situations, such as dealing with grief, loss, love, and forgiveness. He discusses ways to make prayers more personal and powerful, and how to establish a practice of prayer that works for each reader.

 

Becoming a Woman of Prayer by Cynthia Heald

I first read this book as a newly married young woman. It shaped my view of prayer and it’s place in my life. Prayer is our response to the One who has called out to us and desires to be in a relationship with us.  In this book, Cynthia Heald will encourage you to respond to God’s invitation to deeper intimacy with Him.

 

The Battle Plan for Prayer by Stephen Kendrick and Alex Kendrick

From Amazon.com: “Inspired by the Kendrick Brothers’ movie, War Room, this resource is designed to help anyone learn how to become a powerful person of prayer. The Battle Plan for Prayer begins with prayer’s core purpose, its biblical design, and its impact throughout history. Readers will be guided scripturally through the fundamentals of how effective prayer works, inspired towards a closer, more intimate relationship with God, and shown how to develop specific prayer strategies for each area of life. Prayer can accomplish what a willing God can accomplish. It should be your first plan of attack in all of life’s battles, not your last resort. If you want to experience the joy of mightily answered prayer, then it’s time to engage with God at another level.”

 

I hope this list inspires you to take a deeper look at the subject of prayer, just as it has done for me. Do you have any favorite books about prayer? I’d love to hear about them in the comments, if you’d care to share!

 

 

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Transitional Style in Blue and Paisley

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I’m back with another modest fashion post. This one features an outfit in blue and paisley for transitional style to bridge the seasons from summer into fall.

This is a simple outfit, but the look can be quite dressy. The flowing quality of the blouse and the length of the skirt lend itself to situations when personal style might need to elevated a bit. There is an easy elegance in this look. It was simple to put together, too.

The blouse featured in this outfit is a nice neutral navy. The material of the blouse has a crinkled texture and the silhouette is loose and flowy. The blouse is really more of a tunic style and looks really good as part of an outfit with a slimmer fitting bottom half.

I paired the blouse with an a-line knit maxi skirt with a subtle paisley pattern. Even thought the pattern is a very subdued gray, it has a nice impact. Although it is a patterned skirt, it feels like a neutral that can be styled with a lot of different looks. It’s a nice seasonal transitional piece that can be paired with a t-shirt or with a sweater to extend the season.

My favorite pair of denim colored espadrille wedge sandals round out the look. A few simple pieces of jewelry complete the outfit.

This outfit is a great transitional style for this time of year, with the warmer fall temperatures creeping into cooler days that will soon be turning into truly chilly weather.

navy-and-paisley

What I Wore

Blouse: NY & Co. (thrifted—find similar here)
Skirt: Chris & Carol (similar)
Shoes: Clarks
Earrings: Amazon Collection

 

 

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6 Simple Ways to Celebrate Fall

6 simple ways to celebrate fall

Autumn is my favorite time of year. There’s just something about the cool crispness of the air, the crunch of fallen leaves under my feet, the hillsides around my home blanketed with riotous color, that makes my heart beat faster. The smell of woodsmoke and the taste of fresh apple cider calls to me and tells me it’s that time of year, a time of warm sweaters and cool mornings and hot cups of tea in the afternoon. The beauty of fall is singular among the seasons. How can everything be so beautiful when it is in the midst of dying? Come, come with me as I celebrate fall….

I know I’m not the only one who loves fall. There are so many wonderful ways to celebrate the season of autumn. I’ll share a few of my personal favorite ways to savor and celebrate all things autumn.

1.  Host a bonfire night

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Woodsmoke on the cool crisp air of an autumn evening is one of the season’s most delightful pleasures. Build a fire pit in your backyard (it’s not hard) or find a state park or campground near you that has fire pits for use. Invite some friends over for the evening’s festivities. Set up some chairs and bring out your warmest blankets. Snuggle down and enjoy the company of your favorite people for an hour or two as you roast marshmallows and watch the sunset. I guarantee you’ll create some wonderful memories to treasure for many years to come.

2.   Go apple picking

Do you live near a pick your own apple orchard? I’m privileged to live in a rural area with many local orchards. (I also happen to be blessed to have a little orchard in my backyard.) Search out an orchard where you can pick your own apples. It’s worth the drive if you don’t have one locally. Spend an afternoon in the fresh air, plucking some red, shiny fruit off some old apple trees. Be sure you bite into one of those lovely fresh, crisp apples and enjoy the tart juiciness.

3.   Read a book under a tree

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Wrap yourself in a warm sweater and relax with a good book under the canopy of a big tree. Savor the feeling of the colorful leaves falling to the ground around you.

4.   Bake a pumpkin pie

Pumpkin pie on rustic background

With the advent of pumpkin spice everything, the simple goodness of an old fashioned pumpkin pie is sometimes lost. It’s the original pumpkin flavor that never gets old. You may not want a pumpkin spice latte or a pumpkin donut, but who doesn’t love a homemade pumpkin pie? The cozy feeling of baking in the fall,and the spicy sweet smells filling the house, are matched only by the deliciousness of eating what you baked!

5.   Have a cup of fresh apple cider

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In my opinion apple cider is the most delicious flavor of fall. If you can get a cup of the good stuff, the kind that hasn’t been pasteurized. It’s full of wonderful nutrients and it just tastes so yummy!

6.   Take a walk in the autumn woods

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Take the time for a long walk in the woods this fall. Take deep breaths and savor the scents and sounds around you. Walking through the woods in autumn can be a wonderful opportunity for reflection and relaxation. Slow down and enjoy the beauty surrounding you.

Those are just a few of my favorite ways to celebrate fall. Do you have any favorite activities you enjoy this time of year? What do you do to savor the autumn season? Please share in the comments. I’d love to hear your ideas on how to celebrate fall.

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