Faith and Fashion by Jessica Sheppard

Jessica and I wanted to collaborate and share on things we are most passionate about! Isn’t it common ground and similarities that bring people together!?!  Faith and Fashion are our Jam. I can say that faith has been the foundation of my life for as long as I can remember.  I grew up in a home where faith was literally the air we breathed and the water we drank. Fashion has been a fun outlet for me for as long as I can remember as well. It makes me chuckle, but I really got into putting outfits together as young as 12 years old!! Hear more about my faith and fashion journey over on Jessica’s blog here.   Today Jessica is sharing about her perspective on the two subjects below… Let us know what you think in the comment section!!

 

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Faith is the foundation of my life, music is the rhythm, travel is the routine and fashion is the personality. Pictures are the gift by which I capture my life and my blog is the vehicle by which I share it. (To read more on that mouthful, click here .

I’ve never built a house, but evidently the foundation is very important. In Matthew 7, Jesus refers to a man who built his house on sand…when wind blew, the rain fell and the floods came…sandcastle kid’s house was done for. Sure, we think…yea, obviously! What dummy builds a house on sand?! Yet so many times we do the same thing in life and expect different results. Let it be heard! Don’t build your own kingdom on sand. Ask God to be at the center of everything you do and get busy building His kingdom…the one that lasts forever and cannot be shaken (Hebrews 12:28).

 

Unfortunately, we will face hard days, but He says, “Do not be afraid. When you go through deep waters, I will be with you. When you go through rivers of difficulty, you will not drown. When you walk through the fire of oppression, you will not be burned up; the flames will not consume you. For I am the Lord, your God, the holy one of Israel, your Savior.” (See also John 16:33.) You better believe God is my rock…my foundation.

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JESSICA’s LOOK:

Embellished Top  // Dress // Boots // Tights // Lipstick

RUTHIE’s LOOK:

Dress // Boots

Faith, as I’ve referred to up to this point, is speaking to my belief system, but biblically, the definition of faith is “the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen” (as discussed in Ruthie’s post on my blog today). This kind of faith has a way of constantly reminding me that anything is possible. Since nothing is impossible, anything is possible. Since the sky’s the limit, I ask BIG…because, He says so. (See Matthew 7:7 and Ephesians 3:20.) The expectation and imagination aspect of faith plays into fashion in such a whimsical way. After all, dressing is a form of hope in and of itself…you’re expecting something wonderful to happen. I mean, if you dressed for the occasion, so why wouldn’t it? Dress for what you expect.

 

If you ask my mom, she’d probably say I began “expressing” my styling opinion around age three, when I didn’t want to wear the hair bows anymore that she had custom-made to match each of my outfits. (Why I would ever turn any one-of-a-kind thing down, I haven’t a clue.) Growing up, it’s a good thing we wore uniforms to school…otherwise getting dressed each day would’ve been quite an ordeal. I seemed to always be ahead of the trend curve, wearing something that only made sense to others in hindsight. Grandmother Verna stored extra sewing scraps in an old trunk, and I became obsessed with digging through her fabric, piecing things together.

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When I arrived at University, I said, “What’s the closest thing you have to a fashion degree here?” That landed me a BAS in Art. I now find myself infatuated with how perfect life is when the arts come together and my worlds collide, which is why I love blogging so much. Remember the “mouthful” where I started?

 

My other favorite part of blogging is meeting new friends like Ruthie…sincerely, it’s been the secret ingredient to keeping me going throughout my short-lived blogging journey. I never would’ve dreamt I’d actually make friends doing this. Real friends. I feel so grateful that God has used such a simple “excuse” like fashion to connect Ruthie and me! Few things inspire me more than running with like-minded go-getters who are passionately pursuing the call of God on their lives.

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JESSICA’s LOOK:

Embellished Top  // Dress // Boots // Tights // Lipstick

 

 

RUTHIE’s LOOK:

Dress // Boots

The Pin from our Pinterest board that drove our inspiration for these looks: http://patterncurator.org

We had such a blast planning this look (we even included our original Pinterest inspiration here), shooting and FINALLY hanging out in real life! Keep an eye out, because we’re sharing the pantone color of 2017 next week!!!

 

Now remember, Ruthie’s friends (eh-umm my new friends): Build a foundation on the Rock of Faith, ask BIG through faith and dress for what you expect. There’s no time to waste and nothing to lose!

 

Much love, Jessica

80 Comments

  1. Travel Pockets (Crystal) January 9, 2017 / 5:52 am

    You ladies look lovely! I love blogging too because I’ve met so many new wonderful friends 🙂

  2. Samantha Nicole January 9, 2017 / 6:36 am

    What gorgeous looks on both of you! I love the colors, so pretty!

  3. Tiffani at Breton Bay January 9, 2017 / 7:16 am

    I just LOVED reading this!! First I love that y’all have this connection based on Faith and Fashion…2 things that resonate so deeply with people!! And the fact that you shared your Pinterest board for your inspiration for this shoot, shows how honest and transparent you are!! And LOVE your dress Ruthie and LOVE Jessica’s top layer…SO FUN!!

    xoxo
    Tiffani
    http://www.tiffaniatbretonbay.com

  4. Mary January 9, 2017 / 7:17 am

    I love the soft pink color on you both and the boot choices are great. Happy New Year, ladies!

  5. April January 9, 2017 / 7:25 am

    Both of you ladies look so pretty! Such an inspirational post too. I love hearing about what faith means to you and I like that you think that anything is possible through faith.

  6. Kat January 9, 2017 / 7:47 am

    I absolutely love this post! It is so inspirational and moving and it makes me really think about how I began this blogging journey and how faith has led me to stick through doing the things I love most. Also, I love how perfectly this matched up to your inspiration board!
    Thanks for sharing this wonderful post,
    Kat | http://DeliriumStyle.com

  7. Emily January 9, 2017 / 7:56 am

    Love this collaboration! Such beautiful girls, and lovely outfits! It’s incredible how our blogs can be such a catalyst for more. What a Great God we serve!
    Also, LOVE this quote: “Faith is the foundation of my life, music is the rhythm, travel is the routine and fashion is the personality.” YES.
    Emily
    http://darlingdearestblog.com

  8. Jessica January 9, 2017 / 8:05 am

    This collaboration is amazing! Reading this blog post makes me want to get closer to god. I use to be so religious and somehow I stop. I think it’s time to get back to the big man and let him back in my heart! As for your Pinterest is POPPING!!! Love everything about it.

  9. Nataly January 9, 2017 / 8:09 am

    You two are so beautiful! I love getting to meet other bloggers! So much fun!

  10. Ciera Chang January 9, 2017 / 8:34 am

    You know I love your faith posts! I am always inspired by you and thank you for sharing more about Jessica with us as well. Your Pinterest board is #goals and both of your outfits look amazing!!

    xoxo, CiCi
    http://www.worldwidestylista.com

  11. simplygailg January 9, 2017 / 10:32 am

    What an awesome collaboration between two ladies that I admire so much! I love how you two found each other and how you bonded through faith and fashion. Thank you so much for sharing. You both look gorgeous! xx

  12. Nicole Leffew January 9, 2017 / 12:03 pm

    You two are such inspirations! I love the Pinterest board you created. Your outfits are gorgeous! Faith is hard to find in people and so is good friendship so when you can find both in one person you’ve hit the jackpot! 🙂

  13. cara January 9, 2017 / 12:43 pm

    You all are too cute! Both absolute beauties!

  14. Linda Quinones January 9, 2017 / 1:09 pm

    I absolutely love this idea! You ladies look amazing together and I love the coordinating outfits and I also loved reading this and learning more about Jessica and your similarities. This was so beautiful!

    http://www.livelaughlinda.com

  15. Stephanie Benton January 9, 2017 / 1:20 pm

    Love that you aren’t afraid to talk about your faith! Precious outfits as well 🙂

  16. val hansen January 9, 2017 / 1:42 pm

    So loving this team up..you girls are gorgeous! I so love coming to your blog cuz of the faith focus…many blessings to you in 17 my friend!

    xo
    Valerie

  17. xoxobellablog January 9, 2017 / 1:54 pm

    This is such a lovely post Ruthie!!! I love the blush pink its suit you two so well! I loved this read.

  18. Julia January 9, 2017 / 1:59 pm

    This is sooo beautiful! I love those glasses – where did you get them?

  19. RunningInHeels January 9, 2017 / 5:07 pm

    This is such a cool post! I love how you did this together, so inovative! AND love your outfits!

  20. Chelsea January 9, 2017 / 5:43 pm

    Love this and absolutely LOVE your outfits!

  21. Ashley January 9, 2017 / 8:32 pm

    This is an amazing collaboration! Not only do you two look absolutely stunning, but I loved reading about Jessica’s faith. What an amazing bond you two have between fashion and faith! I am excited to check out Jessica’s blog!

    xo Ashley

  22. nha January 10, 2017 / 12:27 am

    This is so cute! Love both your dresses xx

  23. suzanne January 10, 2017 / 4:24 am

    You ladies are just so lovely. Thank you for sharing about your faith. Mine is my foundation, too. And fashion for some fun. Perfect.

  24. Shannon January 10, 2017 / 7:34 am

    That opening sentence is everything. SO GOOD! Love learning more your girls faith and what makes you who you are. You girls are definitely an inspiration! Keep it up!

    Shannon
    Clothes & Quotes

  25. Jaime Cittadino January 10, 2017 / 8:36 am

    I can’t even begin to tell you how much I adore this post with you two beautiful souls! You nailed both looks from your Pinterest Inspiration and I can’t wait to see what else you ladies come up with!!

  26. Kristina January 10, 2017 / 9:53 am

    Y’all look gorgeous in this post, what a great collaboration!

    xo, Kristina
    Medicine & Manicures

  27. Kimberly @ Berly's Kitchen January 10, 2017 / 4:56 pm

    I love these matching looks! The pink looks great on both of you.

  28. Meggan January 10, 2017 / 5:37 pm

    Great collaboration – you girls are lucky to have each other!

  29. Meaghan January 11, 2017 / 8:26 am

    You ladies look fabulous! My favorite shot is the black and white portrait of you both– sooooo beautiful!! It’s crazy the wonderful connections I’ve made through blogging as well. Thanks for sharing!

    Meaghan xx

  30. Emma January 11, 2017 / 9:46 am

    I am absolutely loving blush this season and these outfits are to die for!! Those boots: OMG.

    Emma | Seeking the South

  31. kage2015 January 11, 2017 / 10:34 am

    I am a advocate of modest clothing. So tired of see cleavage and women and men wearing skin tight clothing or hardly anything at all. Not attractive. If a person dresses like this they want to be looked at and then get all mad when it happens. Take some pride in yourself. I am a daughter of Heavenly Father and I express it everyday.

    • ruthieridley January 11, 2017 / 12:19 pm

      Are you referring to our outfits as being inappropriate? I am not sure I understand….

  32. Nicholle Brainard January 11, 2017 / 10:43 am

    This is beautifully written. Growing up in a Christian home with a dad that did ministry full time, it was hard to find a balance. I was the youngest of 4 so I had to find something that was ME. This is what fashion did. I am much like Jessica, starting my outfit expression around 3! Love you, ladies! I am so proud of you for expressing your faith like this! XO

  33. Dawn Darnell January 11, 2017 / 11:21 am

    Beautiful color pallet. Also really enjoyed how you shared the Pinterest inspiration board.

  34. Azanique January 11, 2017 / 11:51 am

    I love both looks so much! Your dress looks fab on you <3

    -xoxo, Azanique
    Lotsofsass.com

  35. Ashley DTKAustin January 11, 2017 / 1:31 pm

    I love this post so much! You are both such beautiful women!!

  36. Lauren January 11, 2017 / 4:41 pm

    This is such a beautiful post. I loved this collaboration and learning more about Jessica!

  37. Shelby Hart January 11, 2017 / 5:04 pm

    My favorite color! Love that lacy dress!

  38. Abby January 11, 2017 / 8:56 pm

    Love both of these dresses. The color is everything! Plus, I am a big fan of dresses with a lot of texture. Double yay!

    Abby of Life in the Fash Lane

  39. Bailey January 12, 2017 / 7:15 am

    How adorable, I really enjoyed your joint post! Love both of your outfits, too!

    xoxo,
    Bailey
    Here’s The Skinny

  40. Rochelle January 12, 2017 / 7:23 am

    You had me at that title! And, loving that blush color!

  41. Lexi Johnson January 12, 2017 / 7:41 am

    All I have to say is WOW to the entire post. The details that y’all include are top notch and just amazing. You guys set the bar high and I love it! Plus you are fabulous in blush! xo

  42. Victoria Schneider January 12, 2017 / 11:04 am

    I really love this collaboration and the verses you shared. The world needs more girls like you. Thank you for following your dreams and staying true to who you are.
    xx
    Victoria Schneider | http://www.thesoutherntrunk.com

  43. Stephanie January 12, 2017 / 3:04 pm

    This is such a neat post! I love that I’ve met so many ladies of strong faith in my blogging journey. It’s beautiful to see how they combine faith and fashion together and this is a perfect example! So beautiful!

    Stephanie // SheSawStyle.com

  44. Lexi January 12, 2017 / 4:55 pm

    What an awesome collaboration! You both are just beautiful. <3

  45. Jen Frick January 13, 2017 / 3:48 pm

    I am finally able to catch up on your blog and wow, I have missed quite a few AMAZING posts!! I absolutely love this collaboration – thank you so much for sharing more about Jessica! You ladies are so beautiful and so inspiring! God is GREAT! xoxo

    Jen | MrsJenFrick.com

  46. January Hart January 14, 2017 / 6:55 am

    Ahhh, I just love this!!! So beautiful seeing you two connect through faith and fashion!! This was a beautiful read and a great reminder!! And you two in these blush looks are insane!!! GORGEOUS!! XO

  47. Essy February 25, 2017 / 5:57 pm

    Perecft shot! Thanks for your post!

  48. River February 25, 2017 / 6:39 pm

    God did not call you because you were peftrce, but instead, He called you because He figured He could destroy you so that He might take your place. Humor helps and so does a good artist like Caleb.

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