What to Wear for Valentine’s Day if You’re a Neutral Style Lover

It’s Valentine’s week! No matter if you’re married, in a relationship, single, etc.–there are so many people you can show love to and things you can celebrate! Whatever your week looks like and the things you might have planned, I’ve put together some outfits to help you decide what to wear. However, I typically do not wear colors like red, purple, or pink–everything in my closet is pretty much grey, black, navy, olive, and stripes. I have recently found a few pieces of clothing, though, that I’ve integrated into my wardrobe to provide a bit more color. I also used ASOS for the first time not long ago and I was really impressed by their selection and range of price points! If you are a neutral style lover, like me, here are some ways you can dress for Valentine’s Day–without having to wear a lot of the traditional colors. I am, also, pretty much a jeans and t-shirt kind of girl–so these outfits are more on the casual side but can be dressed up easily. Enjoy!

*Oh, and I’d like to introduce the hair chop! I’m still getting used to short hair, it’s been forever since it’s been this short. Any styling tips are welcomed!

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SWEATER: Loft TSHIRT: ASOS JEANS: Old Navy SLIDES: ASOS

Some of these items are still on sale! I wore these slides in California and received so many complements about them! I think these are a perfect statement piece for wearing color when you don’t typically wear bright colors.

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CARDIGAN: ASOS TSHIRT: GAP JEANS: Old Navy FLATS: Lucky Brand (I found mine at Nordstrom Rack for a little less expensive)

I love this cardigan because of the color and detail! This will be a great piece to have during the spring.

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JACKET: Old Navy (this color is sold out but this is a nice coral colored one) LONG SLEEVE TEE: ASOS JEANS: GAP (similar ones hereFLATS: Lucky Brand

Black and white is such a classic look and a colored jacket can help make the whole look pop!

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CARDIGAN: similar one here TSHIRT: similar one here JEANS: GAP BOOTIES: Target (similar ones here)

A basic maroon/wine colored t-shirt, a grey cardigan, and black booties can be such a staple outfit for a casual Valentine’s Day.

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CARDIGAN: Target (similar one here) TSHIRT: ASOS JEANS: similar ones here FLATS: similar ones here

Look! I’m wearing some pink! I do like this shade though because it’s a little more on the blush\neutral pink side. This is such an easy outfit to wear!

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TOP: ASOS JEANS: GAP FLATS: similar ones here

If you like an all-black outfit, here’s an idea for you! Throw on a slightly dressier top with some black jeans and ballet flats, and you’re set!

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For the Heart at Christmas

It’s Christmas weekend! Have you finished all your shopping and made all your preparations? I hope you have just a wonderful and special weekend of savoring this season with your family and friends. I can’t wait for all of my siblings, nieces and nephews, and parents to all be together–it’s chaos, but I wouldn’t have it any other way.

I wanted to leave you with some scriptures for this weekend as we celebrate the birth of Christ and remembering of all He has done for us. I hope these will touch your heart as you go about your weekend.

Galatians 4:4-5 But when the time had fully come, God sent His son, born of a woman, under the law, to redeem those under the law, that we might receive adoption to sonship.

1 Timothy 1:15-17 Here is a trustworthy saying that deserves full acceptance: Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners—of whom I am the worst. But for that very reason I was shown mercy so that in me, the worst of sinners, Christ Jesus might display his immense patience as an example for those who would believe in him and receive eternal life. Now to the King eternal, immortal, invisible, the only God, be honor and glory for ever and ever. Amen.

Isaiah 9:6-7 For to us a child is born, to us a son is given, and the government will be on his shoulders. And he will be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace. Of the greatness of his government and peace there will be no end. He will reign on David’s throne and over his kingdom, establishing and upholding it with justice and righteousness from that time on and forever. The zeal of the LORD Almighty will accomplish this.

Micah 5:2 But you, Bethlehem Ephrathah, though you are small among the clans of Judah, out of you will come for me one who will be ruler over Israel, whose origins are from of old, from ancient times.

Luke 1:46-55 And Mary said: “My soul glorifies the Lord and my spirit rejoices in God my Savior, for he has been mindful of the humble state of his servant. From now on all generations will call me blessed, for the Mighty One has done great things for me— holy is his name. His mercy extends to those who fear him, from generation to generation. He has performed mighty deeds with his arm; he has scattered those who are proud in their inmost thoughts. He has brought down rulers from their thrones but has lifted up the humble. He has filled the hungry with good things but has sent the rich away empty. He has helped his servant Israel, remembering to be merciful to Abraham and his descendants forever, just as he promised our ancestors.”

Merry Christmas! I am taking all of next week off from blogging but I will be back in the new year! Thank you so much for your support this year, it means so much to me!

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No Gifts for Christmas: Things to Do with Family Instead of Buying and Giving Gifts

Last night I finished all of my Christmas gift preparation! Gifts have been wrapped and are just waiting for Christmas day. However, although it’s fun to give and receive gifts at Christmas–you don’t need gifts to have a wonderful Christmas. As my siblings and I have grown up, some being married and have children now, we have changed the ways in which we approach gift-giving at Christmas. We all seem to agree that Christmas is less and less about presents and more about quality, special time together. My whole family is probably all together only about once a year and so our time together has become one of the most precious gifts.

Today I’m giving you some ideas for how to celebrate Christmas with your family (and/or friends)–without having to have gifts involved.

Go on a trip together

The Christmas before my oldest sister was married, my family went on a skiing vacation to North Carolina. We rented a huge van and road-tripped all the way from Oklahoma. That was also the year that we each had portable, personal DVD players (anyone remember those?). Although the majority of the road trip was probably spent watching 5 seasons of Gilmore Girls, I still remember that experience and it was so much fun. Once we arrived at our destination, we checked into our cabin rental that overlooked the mountains and the ski lodge. We cooked food, watched movies, and prepared to go skiing the next day. The weather was so warm that the ski resort had to create fake snow–that was interesting to watch! Once there was enough “snow,” we headed out and had a great time. Who knew skiing in t-shirts wouldn’t be so bad? Haha! I’m so thankful for that time we had together before the dynamic of our family changed. We have been on trips together with my brothers-in-law, nieces, and nephew since then–and it just keeps getting better. Why not save and invest in a family vacation instead of buying gifts? I highly recommend it!

Make and serve a meal to a family in need

Last year my family and I made some meals for the families of patients at our local hospice house, instead of doing gifts. I loved being able to do that for some of our local families who were experiencing grief, loss, and sadness during what should be one of the happiest times of the year. We weren’t able to personally meet any of the families, but it was an awesome experience to know that we helped to take care of them in a small way during Christmas. There are so many other ways you can help others during Christmas and it doesn’t have to even be a grand gesture–anything, no matter how big/small, helps!

Have a family night

Instead of gift exchanging, have a day/night just for family fun! You could bake cookies, make hot cider, play board/card games, watch Christmas movies, drive around and look at Christmas lights, make a bunch of Dubsmash videos, etc, and just focus on spending time together. My most favorite memories are definitely of my parents, siblings, grandchildren, and pets all housed up together and it being just wild!

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Packing List for Winter Travels | Including PDF

Happy December! Today I’m on my way to see family in Chicago, for a long weekend, and I can’t wait to get there! Traveling around the holidays is always fun for me because I get to go on an adventure and see people I love. I think that I have stream-lined my packing process, over the years, and there are a few packing lists that I use depending on the time of the year/weather/destination. Today I have a packing list for you to view and use if you are traveling over the holidays or in the winter months to come. Feel free to download this list for your future use–I have the attachment linked below.

This packing list can be modified depending on your mode of transportation–but for the most part, here are the basics that you might need when traveling.

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**Download My Winter Packing List**

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For the Thankful Heart

Happy Thanksgiving week my friends! Today I am sharing some scripture with you and giving thanks to the Lord for the blessings in my life. God is so good and it’s my prayer that you know that and Him. I am thankful for each of you who read these posts and support my blog. I hope you have a wonderful Thanksgiving!

Psalm 107:1 Give thanks to the Lord, for He is good; His love endures forever.

I am thankful for my parents–their love for each other, their love for God, and how they love their children. I am thankful for my sisters and my brother–they truly are my best friends and we love each other so much. I am thankful for my brothers-in-law–they are each different but they hold very special/specific places in our family and have been supportive in so many ways. I am thankful for my nephews and nieces–they have completely changed my life and have taught me so much about love. I am thankful for my extended family and opportunities to re-connect with cousins–they are some of the most special people in my life and I am so glad they are family.

Psalm 30: 4 Sing praises to the Lord, O you His saints, and give thanks to His holy name.

I am thankful for my friends. I am thankful for the ones who live far away and how wonderful it is to pick up right where we left off. It’s really hard to be so far from some friends–but I am thankful for times to be together. I am thankful for my local friends and how they are a part of every day life. I am thankful for friends to laugh with, cry with, pray with, celebrate with, travel with, and simply go through life with.

Psalm 1:9 I will give thanks to the Lord with my whole heart; I will recount all of your wonderful deeds.

I am thankful for the small moments when I feel God’s presence. I am thankful for the big moments when God reminds me that He’s in control. I am thankful for the ways this year that God worked in my life and my family’s life. I am thankful that God never leaves me alone. I am thankful that God is so much more powerful and loving than I can ever fathom. I am thankful that God wants to know me.

Psalm 86:12 I will give thanks to You, O Lord my God, with my whole heart, and I will glorify Your name forever.

I am thankful for technology and the abilities we have to work, create, and communicate through the internet and devices. I am thankful that technology connects us to people who live far away. I am thankful for work and the skills God has given me. I am thankful that God has called me to my specific field and that He sustains and directs me through my career.

Psalm 118:28 You are my God, and I will give thanks to You; You are my God; I will extol You.

I am thankful for food. I am thankful for the ability to travel. I am thankful for Celiac Disease research. I am thankful for days that I can sleep in. I am thankful for safety. I am thankful for design and art. I am thankful for memories.

Psalm 136:1 Give thanks to the Lord, for He is good, for His steadfast love endures forever.

What are you thankful for?

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