Subtle Essentials.

   If you are insulted because of the name of Christ, you are blessed, for the Spirit of glory and of God rests on you.
    1 Peter 4:14 

I love this dress. It has long sleeves, which for me normally isn't ideal for summer, but it is so light and airy I couldn't help but see it as a wonderful dress for summer nights. I love the lace on the sleeves and hem. And its wide sleeves are so fun! 
I wore this outfit to my aunt's birthday dinner at The Melting Pot...mmmmmmmm.

dress- from Hen Feathers
shoes- Marni @ H&M 



 For Christ also suffered once for sins, the righteous for the unrighteous, to bring you to God. He was put to death in the body but made alive in the Spirit.
    1 Peter 3:18 

I love this outfit because it is so loose and comfortable. I felt like I was wearing pajamas all day and it was wonderful! 

shirt- Mom's
shorts- from Hen Feathers 
shoes- Pour La Victoire  "Ilissa" (also seen here and here)


Country Strong.

I am obsessed with this editorial with Karlie Kloss and male olympic athletes. Beautiful photos shot by Annie Leibovitz.
Source: Vogue



 Where, then, is boasting? It is excluded. On what principle? On that of observing the law? No, but on that of faith. For we maintain that a man is justified by faith apart from observing the law.
    Romans 3:27-28
This is an outfit I wore to a dinner date with a beautiful friend. We went to one of my favorite restaurants in Raleigh, NOFO, located in what was once a Piggly Wiggly. 


shirt- from Hen Feathers
white jeans- Rich & Skinny 
shoes- bought in Athens
jewelry- Christmas gifts 

Happy Friday everyone! 


Little Talks.

Blessed are those who have learned to acclaim you,
    who walk in the light of your presence, Lord.
Psalm 89:15

 shirt and shorts-J. Crew

I love to spruce up a simple summer outfit with some gold jewelry! You know, those go-to pieces that seem to always work. 
Last week my mom cleaned out her closet and gave me so much clothes! I got a whole new wardrobe for free! The shirt and the shorts were once hers. You will be seeing much of her closet on me this summer. 
Thanks to Mom for the clothes and my sister, Olivia, for taking these photos! 



I have only a short post today, but it is about something I hope you all will like! There is a great thing happening on twitter right now. It is better described by one of my favorite bloggers Tiny Twig, here. But basically, two women began to read the Soul Detox reading plan on the YouVersion Bible app. And in order to hold each other accountable, they began to tweet insight and advice with the hashtag #shereadstruth. I think this is such a fantastic idea and have joined in!! And it isn't too late for you to join, too! They are only on Day 7. So far, I am in love with this reading plan. The devotions are short, sweet, and to-the-point, with fantastic passages. 
This is such a great way to meet other women of faith from around the country!
Please, join this if you can! Oh, the wonders of modern social networking. Let us walk in our journeys of faith, together!!

oh yeah, and you can follow me on twitter here


You Go To My Head.

 So the law was put in charge to lead us to Christ that we might be justified by faith.
    Galatians 3:24

This is the outfit I wore to my cousin's graduation dinner at the Angus Barn. 

necklace-made by a good friend of mine, MaryBees
bracelet-vintage, Grandmother's :) 

thanks to my sister, Olivia, for taking the pictures :) 
I hope you all have had a great day! 


Southern Proper.

"... for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God, and are justified freely by His grace through the redemption that came by Christ Jesus."
     Romans 3:23-24
A beautiful verse. So much truth. 

Yesterday was my beautiful cousin's high school graduation. Though I miss Florence, I am happy to be back in the beautiful South. The ceremony was hosted by a historic school in Raleigh, in the most beautiful lawn, shaded by oaks. The food provided for us was nothing short of Southern, and I was so happy to have been a part of it all. 
In honor of the tradition I have missed so much, I went for a classic Southern look. This dress is the definition of "bouncy-flouncy". I'm not sure if flouncy is a word, spell check says it is. And so there we have it. My dress is flouncy. 
I bought this flouncy dress at one of my favorite boutiques in Mebane, NC. I posted about it a while back. If you live in the area, you definitely need to check this place out! It's called Hen Feathers and it is the most adorable shop. I want to spend hours and hours in there exploring their clothes and other goodies. 

dress- Ya 
shoes-Stuart Weitzman 



The Lord gives strength to his people;
    the Lord blesses his people with peace.
Psalm 29:11

sources can be found on my pinterest
I am so glad it is finally summer time. It's time to soak up the sun and bask in the warm, sweet air. 


Social Networking.

For nothing is impossible with God.
Luke 1:37

See the man in the funny hat with the drum on his back? One afternoon, while I was living in Firenze, I heard music and drums from outside our apartment. I went to look outside and this little man was putting on a show! I miss the little things like this. 

I think most online social networks are a beautiful way to connect and share inspiration. 
I go through phases with many, but here are the ones to whom I am loyal. Follow me, if you like!
Goodreads (for the book-lovers like me!)
Instagram (my username is makenagranger)


Summer Sandals.

In his heart a man plans his course, but the LORD determines his steps.
Proverbs 16:9

Here are the perfect sandals for summer. I see myself wearing these every day! So versatile, so many outfits, ah!!!