Friday Favorites - February 23rd 2018

Friday is here and it's the last Friday of the month!  What-what?  February is a short month, but it actually felt long to me with so much packed into these four weeks.  I'll chat more about that next week though.  For now, let's bask in the delight that the weekend is here again!

I'm linking up with Andrea to share my favorite things from the past week(s).  In no particular order...

Favorite #1

Nordstrom's sale.

It ends February 25th.  I tried really hard not to order these things over the last month or two and then BOOM.  They went on sale.  I ordered them all before my sizes could sell out, thinking I could always return them.  WRONG.  I love them all.  Soft, comfortable, perfect for work or leisure, and a great price.  UGH.  I can just feel my dad shaking his head at my spending right now from several states away.  ;)  But, at this discount I simply had to buy them.  And, I don't regret it.  Neither will you.

I mentioned this BP Gathered Waist Midi dress before and how incredible it is.  I now own it in four colors.  It can be worn with sandals, heels, boots, and possibly some Chucks.  It's on sale for $23.40 from $39.  Snatch it up while you can!

I actually needed a new black cardigan as mine have been through the ringer and worn out and shrinking from washing so many times.  I finally bit the bullet on this BP Ribbed Knit Cardigan when it went on sale and it is so soft and perfect for work or play.  It's on sale for $23.40 from $39 as well!

Some other favorites on Nordstrom's sale:

Lush Knit Maxi Dress - 25% off and because when would you not use this from March through November with or without a jacket or cardigan?

This Leith Easy Circle Cardigan just looks so cozy.  It makes me want/miss/need cold weather and a fireplace.  It's almost completely sold out, but you may can catch it in your size or keep an eye out for it.  40% off!

This BP pendant necklace is just so pretty and easy to wear.  Great for you or for a gift, on sale and less than $12.

These are 25% off and less than $9.  Need I say more about these BP Medallion Tassel Earrings? Comes in four colors.

And for good measure but from DSW, these Lucky Brand Kaelyia boots are fabulous and comfortable.  I sized up 1/2 size.  The gray looks more like a taupe, and the black are gorgeous.

Favorite #2

This past weekend.

It was a long weekend for me (hooray!) because of President's Day which is always a fave, but what made it exceptional was that it was jam packed full of time with some of my girlfriends.  I had them over for a wine night so they could see where I'm living now and they surprised me with a mini shower because I had declined my family and their offers to throw me a bridal shower with all of the wonderful ladies in my life (I don't like the attention of a giant shower).  It was so sweet of them all to find a way to celebrate me, despite my insistence not to!  

Part of the decor they sprung upon me was a bunch of wooden signs with bible verses about love and marriage.  I had to share at least one of them with you.  I stood in shock and they whipped into the house with boxes of food, flowers, and these signs.  I took one look at it and cried.  God is so good.  I can't wait to figure out places to put each of them.

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I also got to go wedding dress shopping for one of my newly engaged friends, and spent Sunday catching up with another all day in front of the fireplace, over lunch, and getting our nails done.  My heart is full.

Favorite #3

This past week/weekend marks the 3rd anniversary of my trip to Europe with one of my besties and we try to celebrate it every year with a meal from one of the countries we visited on that trip.  Well, now that she's moved out of state and I'm not as centrally located, we opted to visit at the casa instead of meeting at an Irish, English, or Scottish (do they exist?) Pub like we have before. 

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February 2016

So, I opted to use the quintessential Irish Country Cooking cookbook she gifted me a while back to make us Cottage Pie and butternut squash soup from the recipes in the book - because she basically flagged 80 recipes with YUM! and MUST MAKE!! when she gave it to me.  ;)  I failed to take pictures of the meal itself, but I did take one photo of the before content.

This time I followed the recipes precisely by the cookbook.  Next time, I'll make them Whole 30 or Paleo friendly.  Meanwhile...#kerrygoldforlife

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Favorite #4

On Monday, I jetted out the door for a couple of errands and to meet some of my ladies for lunch (before heading home to cook the above meal).  I paused long enough to snap a photo because I love my new jeans from Old Navy I wanted to share.  They're so soft and comfy, yet feel slimming at the same time.  I'm so glad I randomly gave them a try and I love the "distressed" knees.

Jeans: Old Navy mid-rise raw-edge Rockstar jeans 

Similar blouse: option 1 / option 2 / option 3

Similar grey cardigan: option 1 / option 2 / option 3 (cashmere) / option 4 (duster) / option 5 (faux fur) / option 6 

Similar sandals: Jack Rogers (on sale) / Francesca's / Bernardo

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Favorite #5

Rachel.

I have so many amazing women in my life doing wonderful things that are making an impact in this world.  One person at a time.  One day at a time.  We can all make a difference somehow that will have a lasting affect on the world, glorifying the Lord's kingdom.  I am becoming more aware of this every day, watching my friends blossom, my female family members blossom, and even the women I don't know very well but interact with on social media or other blogs.  It is inspiring!

Well, my Rachel is doing some pretty incredible things to raise awareness and fight human trafficking and sex trafficking in our (large) city.  Her church, Bayou City Fellowship, created this snippet of Rachel to share during their service last weekend.  It brought me to tears. To say I am proud is an understatement of my emotions.  She is courageous and walking in faith.  I LOVE this video.

I've visited her church in the past a dozen times as well, and if you're looking for a great podcast to add into your listening feed or a church to try out - you might find a home at Bayou City Fellowship.  I enjoy the podcasts from their services.

Favorite #6 **Bonus**

This song.  Every word.

"Reckless Love"
 

Before I spoke a word, You were singing over me
You have been so, so good to me
Before I took a breath, You breathed Your life in me
You have been so, so kind to me

Oh, the overwhelming, never-ending, reckless love of God
Oh, it chases me down, fights 'til I'm found, leaves the ninety-nine
I couldn't earn it, and I don't deserve it, still, You give Yourself away
Oh, the overwhelming, never-ending, reckless love of God, yeah

When I was Your foe, still Your love fought for me
You have been so, so good to me
When I felt no worth, You paid it all for me
You have been so, so kind to me

Oh, the overwhelming, never-ending, reckless love of God
Oh, it chases me down, fights 'til I'm found, leaves the ninety-nine
I couldn't earn it, and I don't deserve it, still, You give Yourself away
Oh, the overwhelming, never-ending, reckless love of God, yeah

There's no shadow You won't light up
Mountain You won't climb up
Coming after me
There's no wall You won't kick down
Lie You won't tear down
Coming after me
There's no shadow You won't light up
Mountain You won't climb up
Coming after me
There's no wall You won't kick down
Lie You won't tear down
Coming after me
There's no shadow You won't light up
Mountain You won't climb up
Coming after me
There's no wall You won't kick down
Lie You won't tear down
Coming after me
There's no shadow You won't light up
Mountain You won't climb up
Coming after me
There's no wall You won't kick down
Lie You won't tear down
Coming after me

Oh, the overwhelming, never-ending, reckless love of God
Oh, it chases me down, fights 'til I'm found, leaves the ninety-nine
And I couldn't earn it, I don't deserve it, still, You give Yourself away
Oh, the overwhelming, never-ending, reckless love of God, yeah


How was your week?  What were the best things that happened to you or that you discovered this week?  I have a list of things I could keep talking about, but know this is long so will let you know officially enjoy your weekend.  I hope it's amazing and relaxing!  For those of you headed out to enjoy the last two nights of the rodeo cook-off I hope you have fun and stay safe!

XOXO

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Friday Favorites - December 1st 2017

Happy Friday!  Can you believe it's here?  The holidays are HEREHERE.  Are you excited yet?   We can officially celebrate CHRISTMAS with decor, music, our trees, and other merriment without being frowned upon by others who choose not to begin celebrating Christmas in June like I do.  ;) I kid, I kid.  Sort of... If you've been following along with my blog for a while then you do know that I started listening to Christmas music many months ago intermittently and I'm not the least bit ashamed.  It helped keep me in a good mood on days I felt stressed out.

So now here we are!  Praise God.  

I am linking up with Andrea today to share my Friday Favorites.  In no particular order:

Favorite #1

"As It Is" by Hillsong Worship. 

I bawled like a baby...for a long while.  It is so beautifully written and sung.  My heart might have exploded with an outpouring of love and the gratefulness for what Jesus died to give me each and every day.  Nine minutes is nothing compared to the worship and praise we should be giving our Lord each day.  Please spend at least your next nine minutes listening to this!

Favorite #2

Boots & Booties.  All the boots.  All the time.  Is it just me or have boots gotten cutie this year?

My go-to brands are Nine West, Steve Madden, and Dolce Vita for comfort.  Read reviews before ordering a size!  This is very helpful to determine if a brand/style runs smaller or bigger.

Favorite #3

This outfit combo.  Comfy.  Chic.  Easily mixed and matched, dressed up or down.  What's there to lose?  Absolutely nothing.

The Gibson twist front top is surprisingly flattering and comes in multiple color options (Christmas red!!!).  It's long enough in the back to just cover up if you wear leggings and has a high neckline for modesty and a blank canvas for all those dazzling statement necklaces for the holidays OR to don a scarf with your statement earrings.  

My Old Navy gray jeans I scored on sale for $15 and I am so glad I did!  Not only for the color that is so versatile, but also the comfort.  Watch for Old Navy sales and you're bound to get them for a similar price.

My Sam Edelman boots were on sale too, but you can find similar styles in just about every brand and price point.

OTK boots / grey jeans / twist front top / fringe infinity scarf

Favorite #4

Cashmere anytime, anywhere.  Add in a blanket scarf and these low heeled booties and I was oh-so-cozy.  I wore this outfit to work last week and didn't want to change out of it when I got home!

I bought my cashmere tunic in five colors (oopsie) as they would pop up on sale over the past 2 years on Rue La La.  They are my absolute favorite winter item to wear because they're loose, cover the rear, look great with jeans, slacks, skirts, etc and can be dressed up or down.  That being said I must let you down.  I cannot locate them online (yet...).  Here's another sweater similar in color.

I shameless wear these 1822 Denim "Butter" black jeans for work and play.  They feel like pajamas and look nice enough that no one seems to notice that they're even jeans!

These BP earrings are the best!  They look similar to Kendra Scott but without the price tag and heavy weight.  For $12, they can't be beat.  I've received compliments on them multiple times since I received them a couple of weeks ago.

Low heeled booties are my new must-haves.  My feet have been hurting me in every imaginable way lately for various reasons and as the fall/winter season approached I knew I'd keep my eyes open for sales on low heeled booties.  There's a a gagillion to choose from and I read a lot of reviews.  I bit the bullet on these inexpensive ones (they were on sale) to get a feel for if I would wear them enough to actually purchase a nice pair.  I ended up wearing them all weekend this past weekend, so I guess that's a yes!  #savethefeet

Similar sweater / 1822 Denim Butter Jeans / similar scarves /

BP drop earrings / Style&Co booties

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Favorite #5

Fun jewelry.  'Tis the season.

My friend sent me a pic of this necklace she recently purchased from Anthropologie and I thought it was beautiful so wanted to share!  I rarely think of shopping at Anthropologie so this was a nice reminder to me to take a look every now and then.  It comes in four different colors and not only is it pretty for you, it would make a nice Christmas gift for someone else. =)

Have you checked out Baublebar?  I am a huge fan.  They have gorgeous statement earrings and really good flash sales to snag up great pieces for yourself or for gifts (as I have made a point of doing over the past year).  Tassel earrings for everyone!  And I'm not even ashamed of it.  I love the pop of color they give.  Here's a few examples that come in multiple color options:

Click on the earrings to be taken directly to Baublebar's site.

Favorite #6

This guy on Instagram.  @wolfgang2242 He rescues senior dogs and other various animals.

I've been following him for a while and delight in his animal pictures and captions.  They never disappoint.  


And that's a wrap!  I have more to share but don't like to make these too long of a post.  I'll save it for another day.  Wishing everyone a wonderful weekend ahead!

XOXO

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