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Monday, May 21, 2018

My Makeup Routine!

Happy Sunday y’all! As promised, I’m going to begin blogging every week, so this week’s post is about my makeup routine!
 As a freshman in college I wore an elaborate makeup routine all the time. Now, I typically only wear makeup to church on Sunday’s or if I have some kind of event, like a wedding or concert. I also did a complete makeup overhaul where I got rid of a vast majority of my makeup and only kept the most essential, natural-looking product (all my makeup is what's shown in the picture above!), which has worked for me very well! Doing so has allowed me to simplify my routine, further de-clutter my space, and has helped me to embrace a more natural looking version of myself.
     I qualify, I have very fair combination skin with TONS of freckles, mild acne (usually just get a couple of  spots) and redness on my cheeks. If you had oilier skin than I, this foundation routine may not work for you, as it may leave your skin a little too dewy. Without further ado, here’s my makeup routine!

I begin by using this it Cosmetics CC cream in fair. What I really love about this product is that it matches my skin very well, it has SPF 50, and it leaves me with a much more natural finish than a majority of foundations leave me with. I usually use about a pea sized amount and rub it into my skin with my fingertips (make sure you wash your hands first!) and it blends out very easily.

My next step is blush. I use a Milani drug store blush which compliments my fair skin very well.

Following my blush, I put on my eyeshadow. I normally just stick with the lightest color in the palette   (the shimmery baby pink) and sweep it across my lids to add a little bit sparkle and brighten up my eyes. This Lancome palette was a gift from one of my Sunday school teachers!

After putting on my eyeshadow, I put on a coat of mascara. I have been using this drugstore mascara for a few weeks and it's been treating me really well, however, keep in mind that this particular one is not waterproof (I did that purposely so it could just come off when I shower :P) so I don't recommend it for any teary-eyed moments or in the rain!

Once my mascara is finished, I then lightly pencil in my brows with my Neutrogena brow pencil in Soft Brown. The pros to this pencil: it's natural, the color is a really good match for me, and I love that it has a spoolie at the other end of the pencil. The cons of this pencil: I am not really a huge fan of brow pencils that I have to sharpen, I usually prefer the twist-y ones, but it's simply a preference of mine. I line my brows using hair-like strokes, focusing a majority of my effort on the bottom of my brow and around the arches, where I have some patchiness.

The last step: Lips! I normally don't wear lipstick, I just stick with my very favorite Neutrogena tinted lip balms. They add a nice, natural looking color and are incredibly hydrating for my lips. If I do decide to wear lipstick, however, I use the lipsticks from the new Burt's Bees line (they can be found Walmart!) for a little extra color. I will warn you, however, I don't feel that the color you see on the bottom of the lipstick tube is true to the color of the lipstick for this line- so swatch before you buy if you're on the fence about how a color looks on you.

That's it ladies! My makeup routine is incredibly simple and normally does not take me more than 5-7 minutes to do. I really hope you enjoyed learning about what I do in my makeup routine!
What's y'alls essential beauty product that you just can't live without?

Saturday, May 12, 2018

My Summer Bucket List

Hey y'all! The semester just recently finished for me and it feels SO good to get back into blogging! Once the semester got rolling I got super busy, the blog kinda got put on the back-burner. But I'm back!! :)

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                               Picture Credit: 1Zoom.me

This summer is one of many goals for me. I am getting to a point in my education where I will be applying for internships, taking all courses for my major, etc.. so I was thinking I am in the need for some new good habits, to try new things and to further explore some of the things I love to do! Being a teacher-in-training, I really love to devise lists of goals. It helps me keep my thoughts organized and keeps me accountable. In order to accomplish that, I put together a "Summer Bucket List" of things to accomplish this summer!

1. Read a book every two weeks
I think this would be a great way to learn new things and fall in love with new authors. I want to tackle all kinds of Christian books- fiction, non-fiction, poetry, traditional, and everything in between.

2. Do a new Bible study.
I have found a website I really love called the TheKJVStore. All of the books, studies, tracts, and literature they sell have KJV Scripture in it, which is great since that's the version I use ;) I was able to find a Bible study called "Woman By Design: Designed to Influence" which consists of 13 weeks worth of study material. I am so excited to start it!

3. Blog once a week.
Because I miss blogging and I love to connect with others through my writing!

4. Take a road trip.
I'd really love to visit Alabama, Mississippi, or Tennessee in the near future! I've also wanted to visit small Independent Baptist churches along the way to see how the Lord is working in other churches.

5. Get 3-4 sewing projects done.
I've already started (and almost finished) one, so I am making good progress already!

6.  Throw some kind of a summer party.
I think a summer pool party with cute "mocktails" and friends would be so much fun!

7.  Start a new TV series on PureFlix.

8. Learn new baking recipes.

That's my list of things I wanna do this summer! Do y'all have any fun ideas or goals for summer this year?


Wednesday, February 28, 2018

My 3 Spring Accessory Essentials!

        Tomorrow’s March 1st... you know what that means! Spring is near!
        While my blog is primarily focused on clothing, accessories are just as important to the cohesion of an outfit as a good, fitted shirt! Accessories can help bring together shoes and a purse or can provide a pop of color to a normally fairly bland outfit. 
         Here’s a couple accessories that I personally know I won’t be able to live without this upcoming  spring. 

Bright, tassel jewelry

I think that these pieces would look so nice with a white/light colored dress to add a pop of color and make things more fun for spring. I really love tassels right now (can you tell??) and the turquoise adds a nice touch.
Pink Tassel Necklace: Baublebar for Target
Long, turquoise tassel necklace: Off Fifth Avenue
Shorter tassel necklace: Loft Outlet
Tassel Bracelet: Gift
Cuff bracelet: Mark and Graham, gift

Sky Blue Bag

This Kate Spade bag is actually from last year's collection, but it's still my favorite color they've produced so far, so I haven't bought one since :) It's generously spaced and fits everything I need inside of it. The sky blue color works great for some of spring's more muted tones- blush, light yellow, etc. I've worn it many times, and it's still in perfect shape!
Purse: Kate Spade Outlet

Sassy Glasses

I'm usually one to stick to more classic pieces for clothing, but I really love a pair of fun sunglasses! :) They can really change the whole look of an outfit, and they're great for those increasingly sunny spring days! I normally keep a cheap pair of standard aviators in my car in case I forget some at home, but if I can remember, I like to experiment with how these look with different outfits.
Sunglasses: All from Loft Outlet (they were all under $7!)

There you have it folks! That's my essential accessories list for the Spring of 2018. What accessories can you not live without?? 

Sunday, January 28, 2018

Established in Romans

Hey y'all! It's been such a long time since I've actually written a blog post.. but never fear! I'm back for good!
I have decided to start blogging at least once every two weeks for now since I am in the middle of my sophomore spring semester of college and life surely gets hectic as a result of that. In this blog post, I will be covering a delightful three part series in the book of Romans called "Established". Upon salvation, God gives us the foundations to be a follower in Jesus. He establishes us in three ways:

Established Identity- Romans 1:1-7
My identity in Christ was established in October 6, 2014 when I chose to follow Him. In that very moment, I was established in a new identity as a follower of Jesus. My old identity, habits, and everything else that was attributed with my past had to be put aside because I was called the be a servant for God. As believers, we all have a fresh, new identity that comes along with being a believer, and once that identity is established, each and every one of us are called to be a servant of God.
The title of "servant of God" is not demeaning or undermining in the slightest bit- it is actually incredibly empowering. We, as servants, have the opportunity to show the world what it's like to receive the endless love and mercy of Jesus Christ and show how depending on Him can really transform our lives for the better. We, as servants, get to show the world exactly who God is. What a privilege it is to be a servant for God!
Believers, we are set apart for the Gospel of God as part of our new identity. Now, being set apart comes with responsibilities, too. We are called to lead others to find their identity in Jesus and declare Him to the world around us. (Acts 1:8) There are also nasty habits of the world that we are no longer fit to partake in because of our new identity, too. (Romans 12:2) In doing so, there are certainly going to be times where we feel excluded- even ostracized- from those around us. Keep going. Stand up for your convictions, even if they come with social ramifications. We belong to Christ, and it is far more important to belong to Him than to belong to the world.
As human beings, we are simply bound to fall- and that's where God's amazing grace comes in. We all fall short of the glory of God. Every. Single. One. Of. Us. However, when we run home to God and ask Him to help clean up our mess, we are given so much more than we could ever imagine.
Our new identity comes with responsibilities, but the opportunity to be a serve a mighty God and experience His incredible grace in our journey of growth is more valuable than anything we could ever ask for during our short time on Earth.

Established Gospel Longings- Romans 1:8-15
Once our identity is established in God, one of the actions we begin to partake in is prayer. Our prayers include a variety of desires- we pray for our car to get fixed, we pray for the cute wallet to go on sale at the Kate Spade outlet, we pray for good health- the list goes on and on. God is always available to hear our prayers, regardless of what the desire is. The important thing to remember, however, is that our desires are not always Scriptural.
In this passage, there are three things that Paul desires.

  1. Strength- to strengthen each other through mutually encouraging relationships. Relationships where believers can express ideas, talk about and study Scripture, encourage one another, and keep each other accountable are SO CRUCIAL. A majority of our growth takes place with the people we're involved with, which is why going to church and being actively involved offers tremendous benefits for our relationship with God. 
  2. Submission to God's Will- Paul prayed the desires of his heart, however, he was open to having his plans changed according to God's will. There will be instances in our lives where God may leave prayers totally unanswered or give us different answers than we may want, but that's such a blessing to us. God's plan is always the better plan. We can only see our lives from our limited point of view, but God truly knows what is best for us. It is so refreshing to know that God's got us taken care of, no matter what happens. 
  3. The Harvest- Paul prayed for God to plant seeds in people's hearts and draw them near to Him. Bringing people to Jesus and praying for them to accept God is part of our identity as believers. The Kingdom of God is available to all that pursue it. 
As you can see, Paul prayed for substantially different things than we do today. A majority of us pray for financial stability, good health, and loving marriages (which are all important things and wonderful to pray for, don't get me wrong). However, perhaps we need to broaden the horizon of our prayers. Our first and foremost prayer should be to God. Pray for His purposes, pray for His will to be done, thank Him for the little things that happen. Pray for others. Pray for their needs, pray for their salvation, pray to deepen the Christ-like relationships you have with others. Finally, pray for the desires of your heart, but be open to have your prayers unanswered or even to be given different answers than what you want. Remember the old adage: God first, others second, us last.

Established Power- Romans 1:16-17
What is the thing you are the most proud of? Is it your child, your spouse, your career, or a prized collection? Whenever you meet people, isn't it the first thing you tell them about yourself? Take that pride and multiply it by the largest number you can conceive and that's how proud of your faith you should make you feel.
"For I am not ashamed of the gospel of Christ: for it is the power of God unto salvation to every one that believeth, to the Jew first, and also to the Greek." (Romans 1:16)
Being proud of the Gospel and our faith is something modern society makes us ashamed of. Many of us are told to "leave our faith at home", but Christian, we need to stand Gospel proud. The good news of Jesus is meant to be spread to those around us, not confined in the four walls of a church or a home. The Gospel is God's dynamite- it is so powerful, it can't be contained! Sharing Christ is not talent driven by any means. Anybody can share the good news. We have to do our best and let God do the rest!
It is important to note that we should not operate as morality police to those around us. At the end of the day each and every one of us is a sinner, and while it is important to be aware of the sins around us so we can do our best to avoid them to grow in our walk with Jesus, we do not serve as judges.  Christ is not for an elite group of ultra pious people- He is truly for everyone. We all can take part in the life-changing truth of Jesus Christ.
If you are saved, walk freely knowing that you are forgiven, and be proud of the gospel God has given us. Spread the good news to those around you and stand gospel strong.

Now for the outfit!  :P
Jared took these pictures of me many moons ago (May of last year, to be exact) but they're so beautiful, I had to share them with you!

My dress is from Franchesca's.. I can't wait to pull it back out for the warmer months again! When I think of this dress, Christ-like femininity is the first thing that comes to mind. It's so comfortable, flowy, and lady-like. Worn with a tank top underneath it is the perfect outfit for summer. I love it.
Shoes: Walmart, $8
Necklace: Altar'd State (if you haven't checked them out, they're a Christian women's store! They have some modest pieces I absolutely adore)

My next post is probably going to be the halfway point of a Beth Moore study I'm doing (and so far loving!)
Blessings until next time,
Tiffany H

My handsome photographer! <3

Sunday, October 16, 2016

Post #12: Stages of Faith Part II In Maroon and White

Hey y’all!
I’m so happy to be back to blogging after a period of not blogging at all. I greatly missed sharing God’s message with y’all, and also showing off some of my outfits!
For this post, I’ll be continuing something I should’ve finished awhile ago: the second part of my “Stages of Faith” post.

Since it’s been a while, I’d like to refresh your memory a bit on the first two stages of faith:
  • Beginning faith:
    • The people around us will begin to see changes around us
    • God should begin to take the throne in our lives
      • we must abandon idols
    • At this stage of faith, we must begin to change our habits in order to advance in faith.
  • Borrowed faith:
    • Beginning to follow Christ, but in the process of learning
      • trying to discover the best way of following Him and trying to change behaviors
    • we can use Biblical principles and mature believers in order to inspire us and to begin the process of holding ourselves to standards
      • this is the point behind fellowship

So now that I’ve given you a brief overview of the first two stages of faith (If you’d like to read in detail about them, check out my previous post! ) I’m going to jump into the third stage of faith.

Stage 3: Personal Faith
At this point of faith, we have learned the style of worship that suits us the best. However, we must not get caught up in the appearance of being a believer, rather, we must be focused on keeping our faith alive. 
My pastor used the great analogy of beautiful plates that have unappetizing food on them. While the plates may be gorgeous china plates with intricate gold detailing on them, if the food that you’re eating is not just as impressive, then plates don’t matter since the quality of what really matters is poor.
In this same way, while it is important to be different from unbelievers and we should definitely be proud of our faith, it is vital not to get so caught up in proclaiming yourself as a Christian that you forget what really matters: your personal relationship with Christ. Our walk with God must be evident to others for two important reasons:
  1. If we do not act any different than those around us, it makes our very legitimate faith seem illegitimate and not worthy of commitment.
  2. It also it makes it difficult to see the changes a relationship with Jesus has made in our life. Therefore, it seriously discredits our faith.
So what can we do in order to “walk the walk” and “talk the talk”? 
We must focus on maintaining the personal relationship that we fostered with Christ to begin with. That means partaking in daily prayer, daily devotionals, and giving God’s relationship the love and attention it deserves.
Many times this seems like a difficult task since we’re human beings and time gets away from us, but there are ways to incorporate it into our day.
Personally, I have an app that delivers my daily devotional every day at the exact same time, so that regardless of what I am doing, I’m reminded that I need to take ten minutes of my time and reflect on God’s word. You could also write a daily bible verse in an agenda or on a calendar that you look at everyday, or even make it something you do with friends in order to incorporate the accountability factor.
Whatever you do, make sure that you nourish and nurture God’s relationship with you, just as you would with any other relationship :)

For this outfit post, I’m sharing with you a dress that I got at Ross a while back. This dress fits me perfectly and really flatters the shape of my body without being immodest, which is why I love it so much.

Dress: Ross, $20 (?)
Shoes: Payless, $12
Tank Top: F21, $1.80
Necklace: Silver, gift from a family friend

How have y'all been?? I've missed blogging so much! Next post will be about the final stage of faith.
What stage of faith do y'all associate with the most?

Thursday, July 28, 2016

Post #11: Easiest Nail Tutorial Ever!

Hey y'all! Today I'll be showing you something incredible: How to have really awesome, long-lasting, natural looking acrylics for under $15!

I know, this sounds totally unbelievable. But a family friend of mine showed me how to accomplish the unthinkable, which was a breath of fresh air since as a college student, acrylics were way too much upkeep for me.
I had professional acrylic nails for 2 months, and to their credit, they looked beautiful. However, they also did not look like my nails, since they made my nails look unrealistically thick, and the tip flared out (which is totally not natural looking.) They also totally destroyed my natural nailIntr
But over Fourth of July break, a friend of mine showed me an awesome trick that has served me very well.
Introducing to you: Acrylic nails, drugstore edition!

For this process, you're going to need 3 products.

KISS Gel Fantasy Ready-to-wear Gel nails, sold at most major drug stores, but mine are from CVS $9

Coarse buffing board, CVS or any beauty supply store, $2

KISS Maximum Speed Nail Glue, CVS, $3

Alright, so here are the steps to putting on your fantastic nails! (And a homemade Youtube video to accompany it!)

Step 1 (For ladies that have painted nails/professional acrylics)
If you already have your nails painted, you need to take that off using any nail polish remover and some cotton balls. However, if you're like me and you had professional acrylics before putting these on, you're going to need to soak these off. First, using the coarse buffing board, rough up your acrylics. Then, soak your acrylics in PURE acetone for 45 minutes so that they'll dissolve.
Your hands are going to look a little dry afterwards, but with hand washing and either coconut oil or intensive hand cream, this will go away.

Step 1:
Using the coarse buffing board, rough up your natural nails. By the end of this step, they should look a bit like this.

Step 2:
Fit your fake nails. You can do this by putting the nails next to each individual nail and seeing which one fits. (Tip: there are numbers underneath the nail so that you can correctly match pairs.)

Step 3: After you've done that, using your nail glue, coat the entire bottom part of the nail. Press the nail onto your natural nail, and hold it there for about 5-7 seconds.

You're done! Now you just have to repeat the process to each of your nails.

The three benefits to this.
1) It doesn't cause a quarter of the damage that acrylic nails do. My natural nails are healthier now than when i had acrylics, since I'm not doing as much damage to them.
2) This is much more cost efficient than having acrylics. As opposed to going in every 2 weeks for a $20 refill (not to mention replacements if they break), this is a much cheaper alternative, since you only have to replace the glue and buffing board every 3 months.
3) Time effective. Instead of having to wait days to have my acrylics refilled or fixed, if one of them falls off or I want a different style of nail, all I have to do is either glue on the nail that's fallen off, or head to the drugstore and buy a new set! I have much more control over when and where my nails get done.

If you'd like to take these nails off, all you have to do is soak them in pure acetone for between 15-20 minutes, and they'll be totally off.

What do y'all think of the nails? Do you have any other nail hacks for college students?

Tuesday, July 26, 2016

Post #10: Stages of Faith Part I in Plum & Charcoal

Hey y’all! This week, I will be speaking to you about something pretty important in the Christian faith: the stages of faith.
This post is only going to be the first 2 stages of faith, since there is just so much to discuss, and the other part will be in a blog post in a few days ;)

Everybody is in a different place in their walk with Christ, whether they’re just starting out and they’re unsure, or they really have embraced the Lord and trust in Him fully. One thing to keep in mind, however, is that nobody has perfect faith. Everybody has flaws or things that make them fall into sin, and whatever stage you’re in, you certainly have room for improvement.

Stage 1: Beginning Faith
This is the very beginning of our faith, when the bud of Christianity is planted. At this point, the people around us will begin to see changes within us, (which is a good thing!) as we stride to be more diligent in our faith, and align our lifestyle to reflect it.
The big keyword here is Idols. Idols are anything we out before God, whether that be a nasty drinking problem, our careers, gambling habits, or anything that takes priority over Him. In biblical times, many times, idols were actually physical statues or carvings of other deities that the people worshipped and devoted their lives to (the gods of fire, wind, etc.) However, as a modern society, we no longer worship rocks or statues, but there are things in the modern culture that force God to take a backseat in people’s lives.
In order to progress from this part of our faith, we must remove he idols from our lives and allow God to become the enter of our lives.  Now why should God be the center of our lives?
Well, besides the fact that he commanded us to put Him first, 

“Thou shalt have no other Gods before me” (Exodus 20:3, KJV)

But also because ultimately, He is the one that has a plan for us and has created us.

How can we put God first? We must stop engaging in sinful behavior! The bible gives us the perfect medium of instruction on how we should live our lives, and what things God does/does not consider sinful. Yes, that means we may have to change some our our thoughts, behaviors, and actions. 

Heres a bible verse to consider for this stage: 

For they themselves she of us what manner of entering in we had unto you, and how ye turned to God from idols to serve the living and true God.” (1 Thess. 1:8, KJV) 

Stage 2: Borrowed Faith

In this stage of faith, you’re beginning to follow Christ and are in the process of learning the best way to follow Christ, as well as beginning to change sinful behaviors. Many times in the second stage of faith, we look to other people that we consider to be of mature faith in order to guide us.
This is why it’s called “borrowed faith”: because you’re following Christ, but since you’re new to the concept of faith and many times feel unsure of what to do next, you “borrow” other people’s behaviors!
This is perfectly ok, and is actually a great thing in my opinion, since it means that you’re really making an effort to seek Christ even though it may be unfamiliar territory to some.
Although the bible does teach us who God is and His expectations by giving us guidelines, biblical stories, and rules, many times we use human examples of faith in order to grow in Christ.

In the book of Thessalonians, the Paul was able to get the people of Thessalonica to follow Christ, and thus they used not only the Bible but Paul himself as an example of faith.

 “For our gospel came not unto you in word only, but also in power, and in the Holy Ghost, and in much assurance; as ye know what manner of men we were among you for your sake.
And ye became followers of us, and of the Lord, having received the word in much affliction, with joy of the Holy Ghost.
So that ye were ensamples to all that believe in Macedonia and Achaia.” (1 Thess. 1:5-7, KJV)

In short, this story shows us that we have two resources available to us during this stage of faith: the Bible and mature believers around us. New believers should be learning about what the bible says by immersing themselves in daily devotionals, bible studies, sermon audios, etc., but in addition to using these awesome resources, mature believers are another fantastic way of learning how to live like Christ and as the bible commands.

In my own life, I'd say that I have a couple people that I looked up to (and continue to do so) in order to learn about how you live as a good Christian. They include other bloggers (The Modest Mom Blog, Fresh Modesty, and Modern Modesty) as well as friends, my awesome pastor, and my pastor's lovely wife.

Many times, this is the purpose behind fellowship groups: in order to surround others with practicing believers. Not only is it a great way to learn about each other and form bonds, but when used as intended, it can lead to a growth and maturation in Christ of all attendees.
We must be reminded, however, that even the believers that seem the most mature are imperfect, meaning that they will not always provide the perfect example of Christian living.
The only true perfect example is the Bible, so if a believer has a question about their faith, the most accurate resource would be to consult the Bible.

Now, time for the fashion part!
Today’s ensemble was one of those outfits that I had never put together, but once I tried it, I was so glad I had.

I wore a plum colored tie-back-dressy shirt that I got at a greeeaat price at the Salvation Army. What I really loved about this top was that it seemed like a fantastic summer-to-fall transition piece, since it’s a cool, light fabric, but the color lent itself to a fall wardrobe palette.


Beneath it, I have a shimmery silver sequins tank that was a gift from Old Navy. I figured that it added a little pop of color and interest to the outfit, and was much more visually pleasing than a plain tank top underneath :P

The skirt is just a basic, cotton, charcoal colored pencil skirt from Forever 21. It’s very versatile and could work dressed up or dressed down for any occasion!

My shoes are sneaker-flats (anybody ever heard of those?) by Puma. I love these flats because they offer the slim profile of a flat, while maintaining the support and comfort of a sneaker. It’s a win-win! 

Shirt: Salvation Army, $3
Skirt: Forever 21, $9
Tank: Old Navy, Gift
Shoes: Puma, $30

In the next post, I'll be addressing stages 3 and 4 of faith, which I know many will relate to :)
Do y'all have a favorite fall transition wardrobe piece? Let me know in the comments below!