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!!
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.
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.
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.
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