We shall have all eternity in which to celebrate our victories, but we have only one swift hour before the sunset in which to win them.” –Robert Moffat
Our Bites Of Style word for today is Waste
What does Waste mean to you?
There’s nothing like the icy temperatures of winter to make you see a new perspective. I hate when I’m Not prepared. I forgot my gloves on my morning run, and now my hands are FREEZing. OUCH. “Maybe I should give up and go home, I said.” Then I remembered I can do all things through CHRIST who strengthens ME. Instead of TURNING back towards home, I can Turn my MIND around and focus on what I still have left.
Today, I am thankful for the opportunity to RUN. Thankful that all my body parts are covered minus my hands. I’m Thankful that I lived in Germany ( one of the coldest places on earth) and my body should be use to this weather. I’m thankful for the opportunity to spend time with alone with God. Prepared or not, I will not WASTE this opportunity from God. I will Maximize this Moment and do my BEST. Don’t talk yourself out of opportunities today, instead #MaximizeEveryMoment
Ephesians 5: 15-17 So be careful how you live. Don’t live like fools, but like those who are wise. 16 Make the most of every opportunity in these evil days. 17 Don’t act thoughtlessly, but understand what the Lord wants you to do
How will you maximize the moments you have left today?
Today is Day #2 of Paris Fashion Week YEAH. I love Paris and can’t wait to get back someday. But for now, my home office is being turned into a FASHION WEEK War Room. My family can’t contain their excitement, right?
This week, I will be showcasing looks from some of my favorite designers from Paris Fashion Week. Please leave a comment below if you are inspired by anything you read or see. I would love to hear from you.
Gareth Pugh AW 2014-2015 collection
The futuristic unconventional designs of Gareth Pugh, are the perfect twist between whimsical-modern and sculptural luxury. He never designs for the masses, but always manages to capture the attention of practically everyone. He’s talented beyond measure and I can’t wait to see what he designs next.
Here are some of my favorite looks from today’s show in Paris.
All photos via Now Fashion
I hope everyone enjoyed lot’s of rest and had a fabulous weekend..
Let’s pray, he doesn’t ask to practice tennis on broken glass like Serena and Venus Williams . Thanks ESPN Documentary For the New Problem
The creativity in this kid.
Our BOS Word for the day is : RUN
What does RUN mean to you?
1 Corinthians 9:24-25
24 Do you not know that in a race all the runners run, but only one gets the prize? Run in such a way as to get the prize. 25 Everyone who competes in the games goes into strict training. They do it to get a crown that will not last, but we do it to get a crown that will last forever.
I found so many definitions for the word RUN. Here are my favorites
Mom, I thought you were training for a marathon
Today mom. We Must Run Today
- R-Relax. Relate. Release. - What’s really going on? Don’t let your mind out way your better judgement. You can overcomer and conqueror these LIMITATIONS. You are strong enough. Release Limitations.
- U-Uncomfortable and Unconventional- Training for anything is like going to WAR. You have to prepare, practice, go through hurdles and the list goes on. I just watched the story of Venus and Serena Williams, and discovered they practiced tennis on broken glass. Could you imagine this kind of training. They also took boxing, ballet, and tai chi lessons. They also practiced with baseball pitchers- to develop great arms for serving- . They did Uncomfortable and Unconventional training, but the proof is in the results. They are the BEST.
- N- No Complaining - I always encourage my son to be a leader, but in the moment , I wanted to complain- I planned to walk with the 10 pound bag, but who said I couldn’t try to run. I was ready to complain before I even TIRED. If the bag breaks, at least I now know ” This bag is not made for running” Instead of complaining, we should encourage others.. I immediately, thanked my son for the suggestion, and said” Wait for me.
So any guesses on what happened? Did we make it to the park
We did.. My son even learned how to jump rope.. And I learned how to run with restrictions. The bag got heavy, but I never gave up. Don’t let anything stop you.. Run Over your hurdles today, tomorrow and the next day.. God has not given us a spirit of fear.. Pray, prepare, and run your race today.
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Happy New Year to everyone and greetings from Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week I have missed everyone greatly, and I can’t wait to share inspiration from my travels. Check out a few photos of my favorite Red Dresses from Fashion Week below. My heart has ached, to write for months, and I am excited to get back to sharing Bites of Style.. Please know, every word I write is with Love. I am nuts about you guys.
I pray these messages are gifts to your soul. I hope they encourages you to do more, and achieve your dreams. Make 2014 the best year EVER and always stay ROOTED and Grounded in LOVE.
Our Bites of Style Word of the Day is Gift and Love
1. Something that is bestowed voluntarily and without compensation. 2. The act, right, or power of giving. 3. A talent, endowment, aptitude, or inclination.
A deep, tender, ineffable feeling of affection and solicitude toward a person, such as that arising from kinship, recognition of attractive qualities, or a sense of underlying oneness. 2 A feeling of intense desire and attraction toward a person
God is LOVE.. God’s words are a gift to us. This Bible passage sums up my thoughts on the Bites of Style words for the day.
Gifts and Love.
1. Love each and every gift.. Every body part.. Every moment of every day, is truly a gift from God.
1 Corinthians 12: 15-25
15 Now if the foot should say, “Because I am not a hand, I do not belong to the body,” it would not for that reason stop being part of the body. 16 And if the ear should say, “Because I am not an eye, I do not belong to the body,” it would not for that reason stop being part of the body. 17 If the whole body were an eye, where would the sense of hearing be? If the whole body were an ear, where would the sense of smell be? 18 But in fact God has placed the parts in the body, every one of them, just as he wanted them to be. 19 If they were all one part, where would the body be? 20 As it is, there are many parts, but one body.
21 The eye cannot say to the hand, “I don’t need you!” And the head cannot say to the feet, “I don’t need you!” 22 On the contrary, those parts of the body that seem to be weaker are indispensable, 23 and the parts that we think are less honorable we treat with special honor. And the parts that are unpresentable are treated with special modesty, 24 while our presentable parts need no special treatment. But God has put the body together, giving greater honor to the parts that lacked it, 25 so that there should be no division in the body, but that its parts should have equal concern for each other. 26 If one part suffers, every part suffers with it; if one part is honored, every part rejoices with it.
The Greatest Gift
13 Though I speak with the tongues of men and of angels, but have not love, I have become sounding brass or a clanging cymbal. 2 And though I have the gift of prophecy, and understand all mysteries and all knowledge, and though I have all faith, so that I could remove mountains, but have not love, I am nothing.3 And though I bestow all my goods to feed the poor, and though I give my body to be burned,[a] but have not love, it profits me nothing.
4 Love suffers long and is kind; love does not envy; love does not parade itself, is not puffed up; 5 does not behave rudely, does not seek its own, is not provoked, thinks no evil; 6 does not rejoice in iniquity, but rejoices in the truth;7 bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things.
8 Love never fails. But whether there are prophecies, they will fail; whetherthere are tongues, they will cease; whether there is knowledge, it will vanish away. 9 For we know in part and we prophesy in part. 10 But when that which is perfect has come, then that which is in part will be done away.
11 When I was a child, I spoke as a child, I understood as a child, I thought as a child; but when I became a man, I put away childish things. 12 For now we see in a mirror, dimly, but then face to face. Now I know in part, but then I shall know just as I also am known.
13 And now abide faith, hope, love, these three; but the greatest of these is love.
Valentines Day Gifts On A Budget.
Most people want to provide gifts with meaning, but what happens when you run out of time.
Last night, I was stuck trying to find the perfect V-Day gift for my sons teachers.. The list of options at the local drugstores are endless. I am a crafty-frugal mom, but since I was covering MBFW, I nearly forgot about V-Day.
I consider a few different options for teacher gifts-(healthy options)
- Candy- (NO) I am sure they will get plenty of candy from students- ( it’s cheap and available everywhere)
- Flowers- (NO) Maybe hand each of them a rose, daisy or tulip- wrapped in tissue paper ( great idea, but what if they die) Maybe a potted plant- Well the 10 plants would probably turnover before we got them to school -I am not the best driver, just saying.
- V-Day stationery This would be cute, but what if it’s never used. The stationary I found was pretty, only cost one-dollar, but was very small. Who needs more junk.
- $5 Gift cards to a Starbucks- Great idea, but my son has 7 teachers.( this can be expensive)
Most of us, want to give others our best, but we can’t always afford it. Then it hit me.. Tulips are nice( my favorite flower), but they die in a few days.. So instead I bought gorgeous Caspri TULIP Thank You cards and Two Leaves Whole Leaf Tea. I love tea and this tea is the best. Hands down. The tea also comes in cute, clear individual packages.. Perfect for a gift.
Why LOVE Two Leaves Tea - They are committed to Organic Tea, Small Farmers and Education. What more could a girl ask for, right? Read more about their values HERE
Why LOVE Caspari - Unique and Affordable- They are a respected publisher of exquisitely designed and printed paper products, with a reputation earned over the past sixty years by reproducing the work of established artists and museums from around the world. HERE
Here’s the breakdown
Two Leaves Tea $6-8 for 15 tea bags- Local grocery store
Note cards- Local grocery store $10 for 15 cards.
Total = 15 great gifts for $2 or less
What are you giving your love ones for V-Day
Sure or unsure, that is the question.
Have you ever been puzzled by which way to turn, or which step to take next? Yes! It happens to me on a daily basis.
Our BOS Word for the day is SURE
Sure: firmly established : steadfast <a sure hold>, reliable, trustworthy, a characterized by a lack of wavering or hesitation.
Proverbs 3: 5 Trust the lord with all your heart and lean not to your own understanding. In all your ways acknowledge him and he will direct your path.. Sometimes I feel unsure of myself. Sometimes it seems the opportunities God gives me are really too big for me..But when you trust in God and ask for wisdom, he will direct your path. God called David to be a king, when he was just a boy caring for sheep. Could you even imagine being told of your destiny years in advance? No one even saw him as a king until much later in life..
The lesson: God knows what is planted inside of each of us, and he will bring his plans to past in our lives.. Trust that God will send you the skills you need, and be with you every step of the way.
When I think of DKNY, I always think of the successful founder Donna Karan. You have to be SURE of your vision to take it to the next level. Learn how Mrs. Karan succeeded with DKNY.
Interview from Interview Magazine.
KLEIN: You were a major designer, a name people knew around the world. And suddenly you were going into price points that designers didn’t do, and you did it with a vision. The name, the whole thing—it’s genius.
KARAN: I’ll explain the whole thing, because it’s really very simple. I had been displaced from Anne Klein. I had to go back to grassroots when I started Donna Karan. I found this little showroom with a kitchen, and that’s where I started it. Patti [Cohen, public relations director] came with me because she was at Anne Klein. She said, “You can’t do all of this by yourself. You’re going to need someone—to do tags, labels, all of those things.” I had forgotten about that stuff. When you’re used to having your own posse in a huge organization, to start something from scratch is a challenge. You know this more than anybody. When Donna Karan started, I didn’t like the name Donna Karan. [laughs] I had a real problem with it. I was so used to designing under somebody else’s name that I didn’t want to go out there with my own. I’m sitting in the kitchen, and I see the name “Maud Frizon/Paris, London” on a shoebox. I’m thinking, “That’s cool. What about Donna Karan New York?” Because it won’t be about me. It will be about New York City. Why New York City? Because New York City says the world. I wanted an international brand. Donna Karan’s just another boring name. So I called up [marketing executive] Peter Arnell and said, “How about Donna Karan New York?” He says, “What are the people in Los Angeles going to say?” [laughs] I’ll never forget that.
KLEIN: That’s so great.
KARAN: He says, “You’re crazy. You can’t call it Donna Karan New York.” I go, “Why? I want everything to be about New York.” He says, “How are people living in the rest of the country gonna look at it?” I said, “Well, everybody lives in New York. I mean, everybody relates to New York as a bridge to the world.” So that’s how New York came in. Then things started to get juicy. I wanted to play myself down and play up New York, because I figured Ralph Lauren owns America, you own sex, what was I going to own? [laughs] I was frustrated. But DKNY came out of the inspiration I got from your jean business. Jeans are jeans—they are the core essence of American fashion, in my opinion.
KLEIN: I remember that the launch of DKNY was pretty amazing.
KARAN: When DKNY launched, I didn’t tell my partners about it at the time. They had no idea. I said, “I want to do a collection that is androgynous, that is not about women, not about men, not about children. It could be about dogs, about anything that our family communicates with—what are the pieces that are universal? She was his, he was hers . . . We both wear a blazer, and we both wear a T-shirt.” So it’s based on a man’s approach, and I wanted to start with menswear—men’s and womenswear. And Stephan [Weiss, Karan’s late husband] at that point said to me, “Donna, you can’t start with men’s, unless you do luxury men’s. If you start men’s at a less expensive rate, you’ll never be able to do luxury men’s.” I said, “Listen, this is my vision. I see it as the seven-easy-pieces collection.” It was the men’s blazer, a pair of jeans, a navy-blue blazer, a utility jumpsuit, an anorak, an oversized sweater, and a pair of Keds sneakers. All I wanted was to have these pieces in Times Square to show that this is New York and the streets of New York. People always asked me, “How does Donna Karan see New York?” I’d say, “In a car.” Then they’d ask, “How about DKNY?” And I’d say, “In a subway or a bus.” That was the difference.
Read the full interview HERE
Calling a cab in New York City can be pretty complicated.. During Fashion Week, I thought I had the system down, but many times I waited and waited.. and waited some more. First I tried standing with my hand out.. The next day I tried calling out ” Taxi, oh taxi.. ” Each day I tried different methods until finally I found one that actually worked..
The secret to calling a cab is to STAND OUT.
Our BOS word for the day is CALLED
Called: to command or request to come; summon: to ask or invite
Hurricane Sandy still brings up a plethora of emotions. When I think of all the people, and businesses that suffered from this tragedy my heart still aches. We never know exactly why these disaster happens, but I can always rely on my faith in God to get me through the hard times. He’s always in control and his plans are greater than mine. Pressure + Pain= Passion
“I used to punch in, go do my work, and leave at five in the afternoon. I work harder and a lot more now than I ever did in my life. . . . But I’m not just doing a job. I’m doing something I’m called to do.” Alyssa Durnien
Love conquerors all
Our Bites Of Style Word For The Day is Love
Love: a profoundly tender, passionate affection for another person. A feeling of warm personal attachment or deep affection
Today I was inspired by this video that talked about a mother’s love.. Being a mom, this video struck a core in me and I hope it does the same for you.
Click HERE to see the video from Dr. Maya Angelou
“I am grateful to have been loved and to be loved now and to be able to love, because that liberates. Love liberates. It doesn’t just hold—that’s ego. Love liberates. It doesn’t bind. Love says, ‘I love you. I love you if you’re in China. I love you if you’re across town. I love you if you’re in Harlem. I love you. I would like to be near you. I’d like to have your arms around me. I’d like to hear your voice in my ear. But that’s not possible now, so I love you. Go.’” — Dr. Maya Angelou
I also love the lucy Light Forrest created in Boston ( photo below)
“We love to move. We love the way it makes us feel when everything just clicks. It’s that amazing thing that gets us up each day — that thing we chase after. 10,000 lights are dancing across the Boston skyline inspired by just that feeling.
We created the lucy Light Forest for the love of motion, now help us make your commitment to movement a little more amazing. Check out this video from Lucy HERE
Our BOS Word of the day is Become
Become: To come, change or grow to be.
Fall is my favorite time of year.. It’s a time where everything in nature really comes alive.
But before you know it, old man winter will be here., so now is the time to become the person you were meant to be.
Since all this is true, we ought to pay much closer attention than ever to the truths that we have heard, lest in any way we drift past them and slip away.. Hebrews 2:1
Every moment is a gift from God. Find time today and use your moments to do something great today. Don’t let life pass you by. There is still time to be great..
Fall brings colors, coats, and lot’s of boots. Please enjoy some of my favorite fall looks…
I hope everyone had a great weekend.. If you have a case of the Mondays, then this post is for you.
Monday is the start of diets, work, new projects and beyond, but what happens when your day doesn’t turn out as planned? A case of the Mondays can sneak up when you lest expect it and completely takeover your day. For example, I had grandiose plans for today, and so far, three of my appointments have already canceled. It’s just the way the cookie crumbles, but it’s also put a major ripple in my day. What’s a girl to do?
Stay stuck.. or move on.?
Our BOS Word For The Week is: Move
- To change in position from one point to another; to progress in sequence
- To progress in sequence; go forward: a novel that moves slowly.
- To follow a specified course: Earth moves around the sun.
- To progress toward a particular state or condition
Hopefully you guys get my point by now.
Isaiah 43: 18-19 says
Don’t be afraid to keep moving on,
For what was before, now has gone,
God wants to accomplish so much more,
But we need to move forward in the Lord.
Don’t get stuck.. Move on today.. Whether you missed a workout, an appointment, the bus or the train, we all must purposely move on with our day. Don’t let anyone steal your joy. Today, I looked at the photo below for inspiration and decided to take control of my day. I hope you will do the same..
The many questions of the Emmy Awards
1. How far in advance did each celebrity pick out their outfits?
2. How many people worked on sewing their outfits?
3. How long do they really have to stand still on the red carpet?
Answer : A really long time.
The BOS word for the day: To Sow
Sow: To scatter (seed) over the ground for growing. 2. To spread
“Therefore encourage one another and build each other up, just as in fact you are doing.” Thessalonians 5:11
If other’s listened in on your conversations, would their lives be changed for the better or worse? Would they hear you speak about character flaws of others as if they were physical defects, or would the hear that you consider others beautiful in God’s eyes? Often times the smallest of seeds can make the biggest differences. Sow a seed of faith for a healing. Sow hope for restoration. A sincere compliment can sow confidence in someone who is starving for encouragement. Your forgiveness of an ongoing offense can sow a seed for a miracle breakthrough in that situation. Pray for someone else’s need or make a special offering to start someone positive in someone’s life today. God want ask you to sow anything he doesn’t give you the grace to give.
. All photos are via Glamour.com