First, can I say I’m really excited about fall this year! I mean, I always love it, but as a blogger this year I am anticipating the different styles and colors a lot more. It’s really a lot of fun. For this shoot (with my little mini photographer, a.k.a my daughter) I used my friend’s driveway. I mean that view is amazing and the perfect fall backdrop, isn’t it? I literally picked out these outfits in a few minutes and jumped into my car to take these photos. Yes, I am a spur the moment girl, but that’s sometimes when the creative work flows!
I picked up this H&M dress from a local consignment store for $11. I had been seeing t-shirt dresses all over the place and had been wanting one for myself. This one isn’t exactly a traditional t-shirt dress as it has an empire waste design. It is very comfortable and flowy though. I love that it can be dressed up or down. It’s nice to have some versatile pieces in your wardrobe, especially when you are limited budget.
Here’s the dress styled with a more casual vibe. I could wear this to run errands with my kids or to the beach or park. I paired it with my American Eagle jean/sweater jacket and Adidas athletic shoes. This look is very practical with these shoes. It’s so nice with the whole “athleisure” trend that it’s become more acceptable to wear work out shoes outside of a work out atmosphere (and who am I kidding, when do I actually work out? ha) This American Eagle jacket is so comfortable because the sleeves are a sweater material which makes it more stretchy and soft to wear on the arms. And when you have monkey arms like me, it’s nice to have room in the sleeves department.
This second look is more dressy, something I could wear to church or if I have a hair and makeup client I was meeting. The vest is from Stitchfix and has a beautiful, flowy design. It adds texture to this look and so do the suede boots I purchased from a thrift store. Pairing neutral toned pieces together with different fabrics, creates a more classy, upscale look. Plus, I love grey and it just happens to be a popular color right now to wear.
I really enjoyed putting together this fall inspired look. With the weather changing and us approaching a new season of the year, it makes me think about seasons in our life. Maybe you are in a difficult season right now. Maybe it’s down right awful. I want you to know that it won’t always be this way. I have been in a trying season for the last few years, and if there’s one thing I could share with you, it would be that there is hope even if you don’t feel like it. I want to show you this photo I took yesterday.
Isn’t it pretty cool? You can’t see that the tide was up really high, the water was rough, and the rain was pouring. In the midst of all that, there’s a rainbow. It’s almost like a tiny glimmer of hope. And you know? When you are struggling, that’s all you need-a tiny glimmer of hope. Where does that hope come from? From believing in God’s promises. “No good thing will He withhold from them that walk uprightly.” Psalm 84:11 This verse has been on my mind so much lately, and I have literally been clinging to it. So if you are maneuvering a difficult season in your life, just keep your head up. Look to the Lord, and do the next right thing that He asks you to do. That’s all you have to do. Take one step at a time, and hold onto the fact that it won’t always be this way. There is hope.
“This hope is a strong and trustworthy anchor for our souls.” Hebrews 6:19