God has gifted us all with weapons, and one of the most powerful weapons we are equipped with are our minds.
So, what you do in the midst of an unexpected surprise? You imagined things would go one way, but God had other plans. Perhaps you lost a job, loved one, or a promotion, and it caught you off guard.
So, what do you do when the road seems uncertain and others are inquiring of you.”what to do next?”
Over the years , I have learned how you to respond to the surprises, or honestly just situations in life really matter. Your responses will allow you to go up, or cause you to crumble down.
You aren’t in control of what people do, but you are in control of what you do. So don’t panic, don’t collapse and definitely don’t give up.
Even when God is silent, keep speaking what you believe. If you believe you will be successful than you will be, and no surprise can change your success.
I love how Psalms 118:30 MSG puts it “What a God! His road stretches straight and smooth. Every God-direction is road-tested. Everyone who runs toward him Makes it.”
Wow , aren’t those words inspiring? So many things aren’t road-tested, or come with a guarantee of victory. But when you follow God’s directions, no matter what’s spinning around you, always know the road you are on will ensure the victory.
Take a look at some of our favorite photos from Haute Couture Fashion Week in Paris
Faith, plus perseverance, plus a vision is the best recipe for success.”
Sequins as numerous as the grains of sand, intertwining with the deep blue sea, frothy pinks, blacks and velvets are the luxurious fabrics of Giorgio Armani’s dreams. Well at least this season that is.
Gracefully floating down the runways of Haute Couture Paris Fashion Week was the glossy, always impeccably tailored, cool enough for the boys but meant for the girls, Armani Prive Fall 2015 collection.
A visionary, even at the ripe age of 80, Armani isn’t short on supply of heavenly visions -in one word the collection is awe-inspiring. After 40 years at the helm of his company, he’s refuses to settle for a mediocre or even excellent life. Creating fantasy exceptionally made garments, whether the public and or media approves or not, is the only option. Bravo Mr. Armani!
Not only is Armani creating breathtaking looks for the modern women, he is also giving back with style. We hope you are inspired to join Mr. Armani’s charitable efforts as well.
Paris, Paris, Paris! Today, fashion month finally came to a screeching halt in Paris, France! And I can’t wait to share all the juicy details from this adventurous month. From Mercedes-Benz Fashion Weekdesigners Carmen Marc Valvo debuting a men’s collection, to the models of Libertine who performed piggy back rides off the runway, I saw it ALL. And I can’t wait to disclose the numerous lessons I learned along the way. Get ready for an insiders guide to the most fabulous fashion month in the world, starting this weekend!
Now, let’s start with our Bites of Style word of the day
What does vicissitude mean to you? Vicissitudes: a change or alternation, as of states or things..
Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Spring 2015 Shows Bites of Style founder Brandy Sebastian and writer Grace Yco)
Well, it took everything in me not to lose my temper when Kirk,( my neighbor) was rude to me today. First he came over uninvited, with tons of empty threats-then he finally resorted to pulling out the race card. Yep, working in the fashion industry isn’t all fun and games, people! Often times, it gets a little cray cray!
Actually, Kirk reminded me of a fisherman stuck on catching a prized fish. He was aggressive, bitter, and crazy! And worst of all, he was prepared to win at all costs. Honestly, the entire experience was just AWFUL. Thankfully, I successfully passed the test by not losing my cool. But, to say I wasn’t tempted to have reacted not in love, would be a bold-faced lie.
At the end of the day, I gained many points in heaven-I hoped, since I maintained my composure. But just when the battle was finally over – the moment of should had been celebrated my victory, I actually started meditating on the gruesome details of my convo with crazy Kirk. And, that’s when I nearly lost my temper!
Why, you might ask? Well I’m not entirely sure myself. Perhaps, because I hated being mistreated especially when I haven’t done anything WRONG. Can I get an Amen, please?
But why would I even considered reacting crazily after the battle had already been won? When you think about it, it really doesn’t make any sense at all. But how many times have you found yourself, retelling a story to a friend just to find yourself becoming angered all over again? Yep, been there, done that and I have a t-shirt.
So how do you stop yourself from rehearsing the moments of the past? How do you stop yourself from going backwards, so you can move stylishly into the future God has for you? Well, below you will find my 3 favorite steps to take your from crazy to calm in seconds. Trust me, it really works!
1. Turn off the NOISE and MOVE ON!- So many times we rehearse the past instead of turning off the unwanted noise. The battle was over, and if I couldn’t rehash a story without getting distracted, than that particular story doesn’t need to be told at this time. Turn your back on the noise, and let the light inside of you guide the way.
2. Opposites Attract: SO instead of becoming angry, bitter, hateful, and revengeful – which I had every right to be, I looked to the light and became HAPPY, HAPPY, and just plumb silly happy!
3: Meditate to bRenewed : Sure I had a ton of things to do, but spending time with God, is one of the best thing I can do for me! Whether you pray silently or spend hours studying the bible, every bite does really count! Meditating can help you feel centered immediately, while preparing you for the battles to come.
Bite 2 Remember: 2 Timothy 2:23-25 says,” Don’t have anything to do with foolish and stupid arguments, because you know they produce quarrels. 24 And the Lord’s servant must not be quarrelsome but must be kind to everyone, able to teach, not resentful. 25 Opponents must be gently instructed, in the hope that God will grant them repentance leading them to knowledge of the truth!
Here are some of my favorite moments from Fashion Month! Enjoy!
Now what about you, how do you deal with the vicissitudes of life? I would love to hear from you.
Here are a few photo from Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week shows in New York and Paris Fashion Week ! And come back this weekend for more exciting bites of style from Fashion Month..
Nicolas K Collection MBFW SS15 ( Photo Credit; MBFW)
The BOS Word of the day is Thankful. Need a reason to be thankful? Saint Laurent has officially stolen the weekend and that’s reason enough for me. If your weren’t in theaters viewing the Saint Laurent flick; then you were probably attending the menswear runway show in Paris, right? A girl could only dream. Not to worry, I’ve included my fav’s looks from the YSL show for your viewing pleasure. However your weekend transpired, I’m sure you experienced the many highs and lows of life–me too, and here are three lessons I learned along the way.
Every blessing has a battle: It just comes with the territory: Always remember, the battle arrives to ignite levels of greatness.
Be thankful for the battle: Don’t get frustrated! Try writing thank you cards!!
Confidence can speak louder than the battle : Always be confident in God’s ability to change ANY situation.. Just think of Peter ( from the Bible) who was stuck in jail. Yet while he slept soundly, he was untied and set free. Now that’s pretty amazing, right? The power of God is awe-inspiring to be exact.
When trouble comes, I immediately pray for wisdom AND find my most stylish outfit to wear. In the past, I have actually changed my clothes twice in one day. Double trouble means double the style.
Lastly remember, you’re way too blessed to be stress. Get ready for your week with God.. It will change your life.
Here’s a look at some of my favorite looks from the Saint Laurent Menswear SS15 show. All images are courtesy of Fashion GPS
We share so much on social media. Today I would love for my friends to share why they are sooo thankful today.
Our BOS word of the day is Training
What does training mean to you?
Training: the education, instruction, or discipline of a person or thing
James 1: 2-4 Consider it pure joy, my brothers and sisters,[a] whenever you face trials of many kinds, 3 because you know that the testing of your faith produces perseverance. 4 Let perseverance finish its work so that you may be mature and complete, not lacking anything.
Today I am thankful for TRAINING. God is the master trainer and his plans are always PERFECT. It’s Day 4 of Paris Fashion Week and Day 4 of a Sick Little Boy named Sebastian. It seems like every Fashion Week there’s some major challenge. A problem, a deadly road block, and a mountain to move. I kept telling myself, “God is bigger than anything you will face. You can do this.” But most importantly, I have been here before. I had been trained for situations just like this one. One year, I went to Fashion Week with NO cell phone. Try taking photos or finding your way around the city with no phone. It was pretty hard, but I made it through. The next year I got sick and was stuck in my hotel room for most of the entire Fashion Week. When I finally got better and ready to face the glamours shows-a huge winter storm tried to stop me in my tracks. Everywhere I looked, there was one obstacle after another!
Fast forward to September 2013- The year I decided to do a 7 day cleanse during Fashion Week. CRAZY, right? I was moody, forgetful, and sleepy all at the same time. My fashion team are used to these crazy challenges, but this one takes the cake. Thankfully, they all had a great sense of humor. I always remind myself not to be pushed by my problems, but to be led by God. Thank you God for all the training I have been through over the years.
What are you thankful for today?
I am thankful to God for sending me the perfect little pint size partner.. He might be under the weather, but he’s still pretty effective. Being A Fashion Mom to an amazing 4-year-old boy Rocks
Here are some of my favorite looks from the urban safari chic collection of Balmain
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
If you don’t know designer Gareth Hugh, wait I mean Pugh’s name, then today’s your lucky day. But first things first! Our Bites Of Style word for today is Waste
What does Waste mean to you?
To use, consume, spend, or expend thoughtlessly or carelessly.
To cause to lose energy, strength, or vigor; exhaust, tire, or enfeeble:
To fail to take advantage of or use for profit; lose:
There’s nothing like the icy temperatures of winter to make you see a new perspective. Don’t you just hate it when you’re not prepared for a challenge? Yeah, I hear you! I forgot my gloves on my morning run, and now my hands are FREEZing. OUCH. Then I thought, “Maybe I should give up and go home! Then I remembered I can do all things through CHRIST who strengthens ME. Instead of TURNING back towards home, I could Turn my MIND around and focus on my goal!
Today, I am thankful for the opportunity to RUN. Thankful that all my body parts are covered minus my hands. Thankful that I have lived in Germany ( one of the coldest places on earth) and my body should be used to this weather. I’m thankful for the opportunity to spend time alone with God. So prepared or not, I will not WASTE this opportunity from God. I will Maximize this Moment and do my very BEST.
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 living room floor is being turned into a FASHION WEEK War Room. My family can’t contain their excitement, right? Wrong- well my son shares my excitement and has offered to help with my Gareth Pugh fashion concept board ( see the photo, creative)! But back to Paris Fashion Week. 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 unconventional elaborate 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.