And here I am trying to share a bit on fashion over 40. Ha!
Those ladies sure know how to put it all together! But... I'll share my 2 cents anyway...
I was feeling a bit more casual this morning.
That's one thing I love about our church. It doesn't matter what you wear.
This is also something I would wear out dinner with Hubby. Yep, still rockin the sweaters here... It's freezing!!! Jeans are St. Johns from JCP boot cut. The green sweater and the gray cardigan are steals from Wally World! I just picked up the cardigan for $5! I am not picky about labels or name brands. I have never shopped in a JCrew, The Limited or any other fancy high priced store and most likely never will. I am a bargain shopper, always have been and always will be. :) And I am very content with that and so is my checkbook! Oh and the scarf was from Kohls ages ago...
This Sunday, our pastor spoke on how God never changes. He is always faithful. No matter what we may go through, He has our good in mind. He will never love us more than He does today and He will never love us less than He does to day. His love never changes.
Don’t love money; be satisfied with what you have. For God has said,
“I will never fail you. I will never abandon you.”
So we can say with confidence,
“The Lord is my helper, so I will have no fear. What can mere people do to me?”
Remember your leaders who taught you the word of God. Think of all the good that has come from their lives, and follow the example of their faith.
Jesus Christ is the same yesterday, today, and forever.So do not be attracted by strange, new ideas. Your strength comes from God’s grace, not from rules about food, which don’t help those who follow them. Hebrews 13:5-9
Why am I adding Beauty to the mix of things here on The Stonybrook House?
Well, I'm finding a few challenges that come along with a g i n g....
And I thought, you know, someone should forewarn the those young 20-30 somethings what is coming up the pike. And, maybe some fellow 40-50 somethings might appreciate a person to understand their struggles and have a few suggestions.
We'll see how it goes....
So, I thought I'd start this by asking,
Why do we try to look beautiful?
Why do we want to look "better"?
Well, I'm just going to answer for myself and what I've tried to teach my daughter.
It makes me feel better.
I feel more put together, not like I just dragged myself out of bed.
I feel like it shows myself and others that I care about myself.
I want to share something my mom shared with me while growing up.
I have passed this down to my daughter and now to my niece.
It's a funny but truthful statement.
Let me share the scenario....
I was probably about 5-7 years old.
My mom is brushing my hair and I'm complaining that it hurts!
She wasn't being very gentle and I probably had a rats nest of knots in my hair... :)
And she tells me.... Oh, Lori, don't you know it hurts to be beautiful?
Yeah. Lots of compassion... I heard that saying many many times growing up.
I guess it's true.
Why else would we pluck our eyebrows
wear uncomfortable clothes
wear high heels
spend so much time doing our hair
(especially for a special occasion)
shave our legs
paint our nails
I could go on....but I think you get the idea.
But I wouldn't change a thing. I love being a girl!
I want to enhance the beauty God gave me.
Your beauty should not come from outward adornment, such as elaborate hairstyles and the wearing of gold jewelry or fine clothes.Rather, it should be that of your inner self, the unfading beauty of a gentle and quiet spirit, which is of great worth in God’s sight. 1 Peter 3:3-4
You know this verse has bothered me at times because, I want to look nice. But if you look at the verse it says our beauty should not come fromthe outward appearance. It doesn't mean we shouldn't try to look our best. I think it means that our outward beauty shouldn't be the only thing people see in you.
A kind heart, a good attitude, a gentle word, a helping hand.
We need to nourish our inner beauty by reading God's word and loving others.
And as God teaches us to be more like him, sometimes it is a bit uncomfortable when He shows you a bad attitude you had, or when you were unkind to someone, or calling the person that just cut you off on the highway a moron... :/
Sometimes that hurts too, but in a good way, to be more like HIM!
So, I'll be hitting on all of those things at sometime or another.
So, when I'm doing my niece's hair for school, just like I did my daughter's when she was young, and they say,
Who's ready for spring? I know I am. This has been a l o n g winter.
Here in PA we still have a few more weeks.
I'm ready for some warmer temps.... Ooooo flip flops... I live in them all summer long!
But the reality is there is still snow on the ground and our temps seem to be hovering in the 30's.
So, being that I run very cold, I'm still going to be wearing sweaters.
Don't get me wrong, I like sweaters. I'm just ready for short sleeves. :)
My style will become more and more apparent, as you read these posts.
Classic. Maybe with a little edge. I like classic, it's timeless.
I don't have to worry about something going out of style. Although, my daughter would say turtlenecks are done with. I still like them.
This outfit is very simple. A light gray cowl neck sweater, I picked up at Target on clearance. (You will notice a trend....Clearance. Yep, bargain shopper here!)
The pencil jean skirt, on clearance at Target. Yes, I love Target, especially since they built one in town a couple of years ago. I don't remember where I found the gray tights and the pumps I picked up at Ross Dress for Less.
I liked this picture because it showed how long my hair is!
It has been years since my hair has been this long. And growing out my bangs...
I've always had bangs! This is different for me. We'll see....
I like to do different things with my hair,
and I can do a lot more with it when it's longer.
What makes this outfit work for me is the pop of color
in red pumps (even though you can't see the color too well) and the jewelry.
Do you find anything funny in this picture?
Oh. No? Hmmm... When I saw this picture, I felt like Queen Amidala in the Star Wars movie wearing one of her weird headdresses... The chandelier looks like it's mounted on my head. ;P Hahaha!
Yesterday our guest speaker at church spoke about legacy.
What kind of legacy will you be leaving?
What will you be remembered for?
Hubby and I went to a funeral of wonderful dear woman in our church last week. He asked me if I ever think about what people will say about you at your funeral. To be honest, I can't remember ever thinking about that. I don't know why, but no. He said that he wants to be remembered as being a generous person, giving, and loving. Hmmm.
Well, so I thought about it....I pray that I will be remembered as a person that represented Christ with integrity and love, trustworthy and giving.
I pray that your love will overflow more and more, and that you will keep on growing in knowledge and understanding.For I want you to understand what really matters, so that you may live pure and blameless lives until the day of Christ’s return.May you always be filled with the fruit of your salvation—the righteous character produced in your life by Jesus Christ—for this will bring much glory and praise to God.