Fashion-Forward-Fall

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It’s finally feeling like “fall” where I live. Yay!!! We’ve had some crisp cool days with bright blue skies lately and I haven’t had to use a fan more than twice a week – a MAJOR joy, for sure!  (It’s hard to think about cute fall/winter clothes when I stay at a constant temperature of hot-flash. haha)  But alas, the weather has cooled, and it’s time to think about what’s fashion forward for fall 2014.  The good news is that it looks like EVERYTHING is in style right now.  So whether your clothes are 30 or 20 or 10 or 2 years old, there seems to be a fashion-forward place for everything.

We can be fashion forward by going “fashion backward.” Good to know, if you care about those things. ;)

Btw, I feel a little old knowing that this is the 3rd and 4th time some of these things have come in style during my lifetime… Just sayin’.

See for yourself:
(These are some pics from Instyle magazine, the August/fall preview edition)

Culottes, gouchos… yep… been there and worn that several times! ;-)

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Big color for fall = green.  Any shade.  Good news for Delta State fans!

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And, anything animal print has come back around again… and again…

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The big knit sweater and turtle neck are back…

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As well as florals in muted, bright, and pastel hues…

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Stripes, stripes, and more stripes…

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And the ever comfy boxy blazer.  Or the boyfriend blazer, as we used to call it.  (Are these clothes making you travel down memory lane, too?)

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The long skirt has made a resurgence…

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So have Faux Fur handbags… I still have mine from the early 2000′s. :-)

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Look at these sweaters… Preppy Handbook styles as well as what we used to call “Eskimo” sweaters.  (Is that politically correct anymore?)

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 One of my personal favorites… the all winter white ensembles.  This reminds me of college and some of my favorite outfits! The classier side of the ’80′s…

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Want to know what type of heel is in for this season?  Apparently all of them.  Square, spike, flat, tapered, wedge… they all remain current.

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Camo and military have seemed to stayed current for years… and are still hot this season too…

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And lastly, did anyone save their long wool coats from the late 80′s? If so, get them out of the mothballs because they are making a big comeback. When hem lengths get longer & shoulders get wider, coats grow with them. {At least that’s my humble opinion.}

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So, my friends, if you are at all concerned about staying current and on trend, it seems like for this season everything and anything goes.  That’s great news!  To update your wardrobe, simply climb up in the attic and pull out that box of old clothes from the 80′s or 90′s or hit the local Goodwill stores.  Or just keep wearing what you’ve been wearing for the past several years… at least for this season, “it’s all good.”  ;-)

HOWEVER, there is one accessory that will never go out of style & that beautifies every single wearer… That is LOVE.

And above all these things {see this wonderful list} put on love, which binds everything together in perfect harmony.” Col. 3:14. ESV

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May the Lord’s beauty be upon you this fall & always…
Jennifer

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22 Years and Counting!

Today, James and I celebrate our 22nd anniversary.

For this man I prayed, and waited, and wrote.  :-)  Our love story can be read here – Part 1, and here – Part 2.

This is us 22 years ago when James rocked the ‘stache and my hair was deep and wide…

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And here we are now… 22 years (with smoother face and hair) later…

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It’s been wonderful “dancing” through life with you, James Walker! I love you!!!

To see our anniversary “dance,”  click here. :-)

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Wednesday’s Word of the Day: A Reminder that NOTHING is too Hard for God!

Hi friends ~You have been on my heart & mind a lot lately. Although I’m out of the loop on what’s going on in your lives, I’m assured that when God brings you to mind, He knows the details. And as I pray for you, He knows exactly how to interpret those prayers according to His amazing love for you & His glorious will.

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A while ago, I started a new page in my prayer/QT journal. I call it my “Nothing is Too Hard for God” page. On the top of the page, I have some wonderful Scriptural truths about God’s Power and our need to never give up as we pray. Verses like Jeremiah 32:17-19, Luke 18:1, Luke 1:37

Then, underneath those verses, I listed those situations in and around my life and in the lives of those I love where unless God intervenes, there is no human hope. I listed dear friends fighting cancer, the salvation of a few “stubborn, but good” people, the restoration of some marriages that had previously glorified the Lord, some “difficult” people God has placed in our paths, a family of children who experienced a terrible tragedy & trauma that would seem impossible to ever recover from …

I LOVE this page in my journal! It gives me great joy to turn to it and to pray about the impossible situations listed before the Lord! One of these days, He will work the “impossible” in these lives. He may not answer in the way I think He should, but He will answer. And when He does, I’ll get to do my most favorite part of my prayer journaling: putting a big, fat X right in the blank I drew before I ever wrote the request.

Do you have some “impossible” needs before you today? Are they weighing you down with worry or fear? If so, I encourage you to write them down, and give them to The Lord.

“For with God, nothing is impossible and no word from God shall be without power or impossible of fulfillment.” (Luke 1:37)

If you know you are praying in line with God’s Word and God’s will, don’t give up! Nothing is too hard or too wonderful for God! (From Jer. 32:17-19)

I love each one of you, and pray for God to strengthen, encourage, & guide you through those “impossible” situations. Our Lord knows your needs and is Great in Counsel and Mighty in Deeds! Seek Him in His Word, obey Him and Trust Him. He IS the God of the impossible!

 “O Sovereign Lord!  
You made the heavens and earth by your strong hand and powerful arm.
Nothing is too hard for you!

…You are the great and powerful God, theLord of Heaven’s Armies.
You have all wisdom and do great and mighty miracles.
You see the conduct of all people,
and you give them what they deserve.”
Jeremiah 32:17-19, NLT

With much love ~
Have a great day in The Lord! He loves you so!

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Monday’s Makes Me Smile – The Nathan Edition

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Here We Go!

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