11 August 2014

Up Next.


Ooooh, my dear tlsg friends. It has been a while, hasn't it? Well, I do have a couple of things I would like to share with you all. Like, my hair, for one. It's not finished at the moment which is why I wore a hat to church yesterday. But, I think I'll dig it when I'm done.

 Top: Express, buy here
Pants: Forever21, buy similar here and love these here

Hat: Forever21, buy similar here
Necklace: Express, buy similar here and here
Rings: Charlotte Russe, assorted varieties here
Bracelet: my fave from my dear friend Erica
Shoes: GoJane.com, buy here

Now I am not a huge fan of long hair, particularly on myself.  But I am sooooo in love with this beautiful style worn by @ishateria and was itching to recreate it. Once I'm done, I'm sure I'll trim it a bit. Maybe a little longer than my shoulders.


The style that I'm wearing is crochet braids or latch hook braids. I've worn this style a number of times. Even documented it here on my YouTube channel. Anywho, it's a fairly quick, easy, and cheap way to achieve a variety of different looks, so I thought, 'why not'? 

Look for a post documenting this exact style... soon?
Something else I'd like to share with you all is my recent sermon. Nooo, I kid, I kid. Not a sermon. But I was asked to teach Bible Study last Wednesday. I have been in Leadership Training for some months now at my church and the Pastors have been asking all of the leaders in training to teach Sunday School or Bible Study. 'Cause there's no need in us sitting in the pews, week after week, getting all we can get and not be prepared to share. So... yeah. I'm not going to say too much more about it now. But yes, I am ready to share that with you all.

I'm also trying new recipes to share with you all. The last one, I photographed and was all hyped about sharing. It um... Yeah, you won't ever see it. Ha!


I've tried to curb my spending lately, but there are still some items in my closet with tags on them, so I hope to have more Fashion Fix posts for you. I am in an odd place with my fashion lately. I bounce back and forth between wanting to dress grown (whatever that is) since I will be 30 this year and dressing edgy and trendy. I am also exploring what I think is conservative sexy while also presenting myself modestly and pleasing before the Lord. I'm still weeding that out.


As I'm rattling off all these posts I want to bring to you guys, I honestly can't say when I'll get around to it. Always busy, right? I'm working a crazy amount of hours over the next week or so. I have projects I need to do, personal, for friends, for church. And my friend Alexis will be done soon for some much needed girl's time. So, if I dip out on you guys for a while, you know why.

I'll be back though.



But can we just note how awesomely this blond hair curled? Uh-huh. I see ya.


25 July 2014

What's For Dinner?: Chicken and Spinach Casserole.


Erica and I made this dish a few nights ago after I found the recipe on allrecipes.com. It was pretty good the first night but reeeeally good the day after. I don't remember the last time I actually scraped a pan, pot, or dish clean, but as of today, it is all gone!

The recipe we followed said this was enough for 4 servings. I'd say it was more like 6-8 as we had plenty of leftover afterwards. Anywho, if you give it a try, drop me a comment below to let me know how you liked it! I'm sure this is one I will be making again in the future.


Ingredients

  • 6 ounces of spinach (could be substituted with frozen spinach for convenience)
  • 1 can of Cream of Celery
  • 1 cup of water
  • 1/4 cup of butter
  • 5 cups of Herb seasoned stuffing mix
  • 6-8 chicken breast tenders or 2 chicken breasts
  • 2/3 cup of milk
  • 3 tablespoons of grated Parmesan cheese
  • Italian dressing
  • 3 garlic cloves minced
  • salt
  • pepper
  • garlic powder
  • garlic salt



Directions

 1. Preheat oven to 350º.
 2. In a plastic bag, marinate chicken in Italian dressing. Use enough to completely cover and coat the   
     chicken then place in the refrigerator until time to use.
 3. Rinse spinach and sauté in a large saucepan on low-medium heat in olive oil until it begins to wilt.





 4. Add the Cream of Celery, water, and butter. Then bring to a boil.
 5. Cover and simmer for five minutes.



 6. Add 4 cups of stuffing to the saucepan and stir to moisten.
 7. Spread mixture into an ungreased 3-quart baking dish.
 8. Add minced garlic to the saucepan.



 9. Season chicken to taste using salt, pepper, garlic powder, and onion powder.
 10. Cook until done.
 11. Add chicken and milk to the baking dish and mix well.



 12. Cover the mixture with remaining stuffing and parmesan cheese.
 13. Bake for 25 minutes or until heated thoroughly.



This recipe was taken from allrecipes.com using added suggestions from one of the reviewers.




17 July 2014

Heal.

Never, ever, EVER, in my life have I felt so disrespected.
Never have I felt so taken advantage of.
Never have I felt so belittled.

And all because I cared.

I guess I thought my caring would be enough to "fix" the crap going on with you. And in you.

I.
Was.
Wrong.

Learned that one the hard way. Shrugs. But I guess I can't be too mad. This experience taught me some stuff. Some valuable stuff. It taught me that caring about someone who is too broken to even care about themselves is the ultimate okey-doke. A lose, lose. They'll say just enough to make you think they're worth it. And out of the goodness of your heart, you say, "If God won't give up on them, neither should I." Baaaaa ha. That's a joke. By all means, don't give up on them. BUT. Regroup. Assess the situation. Come to your senses. Realize that you can still care about them. From a distance. A safe distance. A distance that allows you to maintain your sanity. And your peace. And yourself. Don't get so sucked in until it starts to affect you negatively. Then it's not worth it. At all. The saying that "Hurt people hurt people" is so totally true. Don't allow someone else's brokeness to break you. Two broken people offer the world nothing. Except the potential to break two other people. And nobody wins there.

So. Get yourself together. Put a healthy distance between you and the source of the hurt. Don't feel guilty about it. Always know, that even if that distance has to be an actual physical distance, there is no distance too vast that a prayer can't transcend. If you have nothing else to offer, you have a prayer. Sometimes that's the only thing possible.

Speaking for my situation right now, that's all that I can give. Frankly, I hope I have enough faith in my heart that I actually will.

*Note that I wrote this on a whim. While at work. Just thinking. Of course it's all over the place but I had to get it out while I was genuinely feeling it. This kind of writing is a big part of the way I heal. It's what works for me. So I do it. And I actually feel a lot better now. I knew I would.
17 June 2014

Afterwards.

Sooo, by now, everyone in the fashion know is well familiar with Target's collaboration with high end designers to mass produce their designs at affordable price points. I've always thought this was a cool idea, but never really bought into the hype. Like, literally. I've never bought any of the pieces before.
Because there is always such fanfare surrounding the release of the collections, I know every fashion blogger and every fashion enthusiast will be standing in line, copping all the garments, and posting the looks to every one of their social media outlets. For days. And after seeing the same print over and over on my Instagram timeline, I kind of get a bit nauseated with it. I hope that doesn't sound too "hoity toity" of me. I'm just saying.
For real. It's just a bit of overload. So. Being that I don't want to walk around looking exactly like everyone else and because I'm rather tight with my pennies, I decided to avoid it. Once again. Only with plans to possibly purchase a piece after (everything had already been picked over and) everyone had moved on to the next thing. By that time, if there were one or two items remaining that had been thrown onto the clearance rack, I'd consider adding it to my closet.
And that's just what happened. With the latest Peter Pilotto collaboration. I stumbled upon this one remaining dress in a size "XS" marked down from $39.99, to I think, maybe 12 bucks. It's like it was placed there just for me. So I grabbed it.

I'm in no rush to follow the crowd or look exactly like everyone else. And it's definitely not a priority of mine to be the first with the latest. Paired with an ALDO envelope bag and Express sandals, both purchased on clearance months ago, and a skinny belt from God knows where, I knew I could make the little ditty just as relevant and look just as good. Even wearing it during the season afterwards.


16 June 2014

Late Nights With God.


I remember some years back when I was going through a really tough time, I would listen to Pastor Hart Ramsey's series on faith daily. It was about 4 or 5 sermons that I would keep in constant rotation on my laptop. Even when I was asleep, it would still be playing. Let me tell you. They helped me tremendously! This one particular quote stuck with me, even years later.

God wants us to believe him. Like, really, truly believe him. All God has ever promised you, he will do every bit of it if you just believed him. I have to remind myself of this at times. I tend to get a little grown and try to take matters into my own hands. Then when I cause a royal mess, I am brought right back to this quote. God is just there waiting. Sitting on ready. Wanting to do that and more for us, but we keep binding his hands trying to figure it out on our own. Stop putting so much faith in your strength and your abilities. We hinder him when we do this. Just believe God. That's what causes him to move. Not your emotions. Not your good deeds. It's simply your belief. Because God can't lie, when you believe him, he HAS to act. He'll send all the angels in Heaven to move, block, dive for you. If you just believed him. God will move Heaven and earth for you. If you just believed him. God will cause your enemies to write you checks and your superiors to submit to you. If you just believed him. It becomes a "by any means necessary" type scenario to do it for you. If you just believed him.

There is soooo much higher, greater, deeper that God has for me. And I've been cheating myself out of such for waaaay too long. Blocking everything else out, God I believe you. Like my life depended on it, I believe you.



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