October 12, 2017

Throw Some Denim On It

It's true, this has definitely become one of my life mottos. Ask anyone that sees me on a regular basis. When Anna doesn't know what to wear, her go-to is almost always denim. Sometimes even denim on denim (shout out to Britney Spears and Justin Timberlake 2001 AMA red carpet reveal).

If you've been following along with me you'll probably already know the secret love affair I have with comfy, cute, snuggle-friendly clothing. You probably also know the love I have for my sweet friends and inspiring girl bosses over at Dwell And Slumber. I figured with the weather changing (finally!) it was time to get outside, throw on a denim jacket, and prance around in my favorite caftan lounge gown.

Another motto to live by: Everything is better with a fedora 

I paired my black ripped denim with my Desert Rose Classic Caftan (LINK)
along with my black leather booties and of course that denim jacket I've been ranting about. 

I've said it a thousand times, but boy am I thankful for seasons changing. Bring on the fall/winter days. 

There are those pockets again...could you just scream? *heart eyes*

If you decide to recreate this look, shoot me an email or tag me in your posts because I would love to see it! You can't go wrong with denim. 

September 3, 2017

Changing Seasons

A little creative writing piece to get you ready for the best time of the year:

There's something about those days; somehow we forget the feeling of the chilly autumn breeze whispering tales of crisp winters from years ago. There is a point I hit in the middle of the blazing summer, when I think it will never be cold again, but thankfully it always happens. Just when I think I'll never be able to wear wool sweaters again or enjoy a hot chai latte without breaking a sweat...the seasons shift.

One of my most favorite things is waking up early in the morning before the sun has come up, looking out my window and seeing the icy fog rising from the earth. That feeling of being wrapped up in a thousand blankets and being the warmest thing in the room. 

I love having to wear fuzzy socks in the winter because otherwise your toes will freeze like the icicles hanging from your porch. I love being able to invite your friends over to sit around the bonfire in your backyard in matching flannels and boots.

I know this might raise an eyebrow or two, but I would trade my bikini and flip flops for a cardigan and beanie any day.
Don't even get me started on my love for snow...
actually do...

What is it about snow? That absolutely perfect and untainted pure white after it freshly falls from the clouds. The hazy overcast grey in the sky reflecting the bright blanket covering the ground. The sound of kids laughing and sleigh bells ringing...*cue Bing Crosby.

Ah yes of course,
another thing that makes Fall/Winter the absolute best: The Holidays

I realize I might be getting ahead of myself because it is only September, but I figure if Tjmaxx and Hobby Lobby think its okay to start prepping than I can too.
Thanksgiving and Christmas alone are enough to get me excited and ready for the cooler months, but add on all of these other things I've mentioned and there's no question as to why this is my favorite time of the year.

I'm sure you're wondering where on earth I got these little blue suede puppies pictured above.
I finally get to share them with you
Introducing: Franco Sarto
Link to their website

Let it be noted that this is the first brand that after browsing their website, I fell in love with every single pair of shoes I saw. It has taken a load of self control to not break bank by filling my closet with their gorgeous brand.

They are also currently running a Labor Day sale until 11:59pm tomorrow night! Get 20% off when you use the code: WEEKENDER

I hope you are gearing up for the most beautiful weather and time of the year because I know I am, and boy and I excited. Let me know down below why or why not Fall/Winter are your favorite times of the year.

All photo credit goes to my lovely friend: Anna Erickson
Check her out on Instagram

August 17, 2017

What I Learned In Hawaii: Over One Year Later

I've put this off long enough. It's time to talk about last summer. 
I thought I would take this opportunity to share some key things that learned from living in Hawaii as well as some things I learned about the Lord and about myself. I also though I would share some "never before seen" pics as well. 

Alright, so, July 7th 2016 I hoped on a plane and flew from the lovey midwest to an island in the middle of the Pacific. You can read all about that in my previous posts:

And several more

I learned very quickly as my plane was taking off that fear masks itself in many different ways. I felt completely put together, exited, hopeful, positive...UNTIL I SAW THE ISLAND. I realized I was surrounded by nothing but ocean and so so far from home. I didn't know a single soul, I had never flown that far alone before, and yet I was going anyway; no turning around at that point. 
I learned I could do it. 

I learned how to sleep in a room without Air Conditioning.

I learned that if you're walking in God's will for your life than all things will work out for your good, every freakin' time. 

I learned I'm not the strongest swimmer and should be careful when swimming in hectic waves or waterfalls (another story for another time).

I learned that sunscreen, coconut oil, and aloe vera are your best friends. 

I learned to fall in love with island life (this was just a given honestly). 

I learned to stop and watch the sunset because it's always worth it, EVERY TIME.

I learned that if the Lord asks you to do something, even something you never thought you could do, you should do it. 

I learned that time goes by to fast and that I should never complain about the season that the Lord has me in (CAN I GET AN AMEN)

I learned that when you surround yourself with likeminded people, you are way more likely to flourish and live up to your full potential.

I learned that God is actually extremely and wonderfully kind. 

I learned that I'm pretty without makeup on. 

I learned that there is a difference between missing a place or a person -and- wanting to be in a place or with a person. 

I learned that I could pass as a native Hawaiian island child.

I learned that no matter how strong someone's opinion of you might be (both negative and positive) your identity comes from God, the one that created you. 

I learned that to feel outrageously loved, you must learn to outrageously love others. 

I learned that if you pray for the Lord to give you patience, He will put you in very difficult situations where you must exercise it. #becarefulwhenprayingdangerousprayers

I learned that you can become best friends with someone in two weeks.

I learned that I'm an ugly crier. 

I learned that Lychee, Okinawan, and Lilikoi are the best things since sliced bread. 

I learned that lava really is that hot.

I learned that the stars from the top of a volcano can bring you to tears. 
(have a look for yourself)
(yes, that's hot lava reflecting from the bottom right corner)

I could keep going for days. 
Ultimately, all this to say, if you have an opportunity to do something for the Lord that is completely insane, crazy expensive, scary as crap, and as uncharted as a pirate ship in the it. It will change your life forever. 

Fast forward a year and a few months (give or take), I still stare at these pictures in awe. I think to myself "I can't believe I lived there," "I can't believe that Jesus sent me there." 
I went there a nervous, immature 17 year old and left and confident, slightly less immature, 18 year old, daughter of Christ. 
I can't wait to go back. 

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