Sunday, February 15, 2015

The Blessing Jar: Stop Putting God In a Box

Right before the start of 2015 while people were creating vision boards and getting revitalized for the New Year, a friend of mine in the blogger circuit Vanna Collins, suggested to make a Blessing Jar. The premise of the Blessing Jar is that for every blessing that God gives you throughout the year, you write it down and place it in the jar. At any point during the year, should you feel down, discouraged, or hopeless -- open the jar and receive a spiritual push by reading all of the ways that God has blessed you up until that point. At the conclusion of the year, you can also go through and read all of the ways that God has blessed you throughout the year.

Mark 5:19 ~ ..."Go home to your own people and tell them how much the Lord has done for you, and how he has had mercy on you."~

I was completely head over heels in love with this idea and immediately went to Hobby Lobby to get supplies. I called up my sister for an impromptu girl's night of dinner, wine, and decorating our 2015 Blessing Jars!


Blessing Jar


As we got done laughing and totally acting like we were in grade school hot glue gunning our jars, we were totally ready to see what God was going to do. As 2015 kicked into full gear and I was putting in blessing after blessing into the jar -- I took note that while on days where there may not have been something relevant for me to put something in the jar, there were days where I was putting in 3 or 4 separate pieces of paper.

After a month of putting my blessings into the jar, I realized that there was an even greater lesson to learn in all of this -- and frankly I was a bit embarrassed. When I first started this project and I was looking for jars, I went for the medium sized Mason Jar, truly thinking that this was going to be big enough to have all of my blessings for 2015 fill it to the brim.

Blessing Jar
Me and my sister's completed 2015 Blessing Jars

Little did I know, was that by Mid-February, my blessing jar was more than halfway full. The lesson to be learned is that often we internally humanize God -- we put him in a box. We don't often give Him credit and we surely can't grasp the magnitude of who He is. After seeing and having a tangible way of visualizing His presence in my life, I realize that I probably should have decorated a trash can, rather than a jar, because my God is capable of filling up so much more than a jar.


Blessing Jar
Blessing Jar as of February 15, 2015

Now that little revelation, was truly a blessing.

Saturday, February 14, 2015

Play the Print Game: ShoeDazzle Pops with Bold 2015 Collection

This upcoming spring and summer will be all about prints -- and how well you are able to master mixing and matching them is entirely up to you. If you fare on the side of the conservative, then maybe your shoes will be the only prints donned in your wardrobe. However, if you're like many of the daring and trendy darlings, then not only will your shoes pop with prints, but your accessories and apparel will as well. (Click here to read my article on 2015 spring trends)

For a little "mix me, match me" #inspo, check out the latest in ShoeDazzle's 2015 collection. From reptile prints to splashes of floral to chevron waves, one thing is clear -- everyone's "going to print." Here are some of my favorites that I can't wait to pair:

ShoeDazzle 2015 Collection
Zelda by Scene VIP Price $39.95

ShoeDazzle 2015 Collection
Keely by Madison VIP Price $39.95

ShoeDazzle 2015 Collection
Estelle by Paper Fox VIP Price $49.95


I really suggest checking out Shoedazzle when you can. I've mentioned it to you guys before, but it really is one of my go-to sources for not just shoes that are on trend and of quality, but also available at an affordable price. Headed up by chief stylist and my ultimate style icon Rachel Zoe, "Shoedazzle brings you a personal stylist experience by curating major trends, in shoes and more, and showing you what works for your style..." Check it out today and get a fix for your shoe addiction at www.shoedazzle.com.


Images provided courtesy of Shoedazzle.

Saturday, January 10, 2015

Dallas Frosty Fashion: Featuring Allison Mitchell, Kissue, & FM Fashion Music

The weather here in Dallas has finally dropped, so I headed out to Addison Circle to take some pics of how I layer, yet stay fashion-forward in the frostier weather. I always tell my personal shopping clients that layering is key for the cooler weather seasons. While it may appear that this concept is simple, it really could be a cinch if done correctly. The art to great layering is still having a consistent, fluid look as each piece is removed off of each other.

FM Fashion Music Freedom Tee


For this look, I took a basic black fashion FREEDOM tee from FM Fashion Music (pictured above) and layered it with a shearling vest from Kissue.  This ensemble by itself is perfect indoors.  As I stepped outside, I completed this already layered look with a leather jacket. I chose one of my shorter leather jackets to let the flaps from my Kissue vests hang out -- creating an assymetrical, yet warm appearance. Add in a great pair of slouch boots and how could I forget -- a fabulous Allison Mitchell foldover clutch for a pop of color and now I'm good to go!


Leah Frazier Dallas Fashion Blogger Addison Circle Winter Fashion
 
Allison Mitchell Clutch
 
Allison Mitchell Clutch
 
Allison Mitchell Clutch
 
All images from Addison Circle credit: Cameron Pate
 
 

Sunday, December 7, 2014

When Destiny Calls: NFL Player Jason Brown Leaves $37.5 Million Contract to Follow God's Calling

When I first wrote my blog post on pursuing my dreams in fashion, it was welcomed with an overwhelmingly positive response. I openly discussed acknowledging God's voice, following his calling, and going after my purpose regardless of what others said or without the necessity for their approval. (Read more here: Dream Big: What God Has For You is Just That--For You)

Today I was on Facebook when I came across the story of Jason Brown, an NFL player who turned down a $37.5 million contract in order to follow God's calling on his life and start a farm. Not only did Brown admit that he had never farmed a day in his life, he also admitted to having to watch YouTube in order to learn more about the business and how he was going to make it work. All he knew, was that there was more purpose in growing crops on his farm to feed the less fortunate, than making money in the NFL.

Jason Brown NFL First Fruits Farms


I am so incredibly inspired by this story and hope that it touches your heart too.  Read this post here on Examiner.com for more on Jason Brown and his farm called First Fruits Farms. Hopefully it will light a fire for you to go after your passion and calling. Life is not always about the money.

~Your Purpose Is Greater Than A Paycheck~


Urban Decay Goes 'On the Run' With Newly Released Palette

First it was Bonnie and Clyde, then it was Jay and Bey, and now it’s Urban Decay. For these ultimates, going on the run is king. Following right in line with these infamous duos is Urban Decay with its recently released “On the Run” palette — a surprise from the cosmetics company just in time for the holidays. In sync with its name and rightfully so, the all-in-one travel kit was designed for the girl on the go.
After the successes of its trio of Naked palettes, beauty junkies are chomping at the bits to get their paws on this limited edition carry-on of makeup products that are guaranteed to give you a completely fresh and well, naked look.

Urban Decay On the Run Palette

The all-in-one palette includes.... Read the full article here.

Image via Urban Decay.

Monday, November 10, 2014

Jessica and Ashlee Simpson Head to Belk Galleria Dallas November 22

Mark your calendars fashionistas, Jessica Simpson and Ashlee Simpson are coming to town! The sisterly duo will make the trek to Belk Galleria Dallas on Saturday, November 22 to celebrate the launch of Jessica's new bedding line under her latest venture of "Jessica Simpson Home."

Jessica Simpson Ashlee Simpson Belk Galleria Dallas

Both sisters will be making a personal appearance at the mega-retailer from 1-4 p.m. and invite guests to come out for the special meet and greet. For a purchase of $50 or more under the Jessica Simpson or Jessica Simpson Girls line, receive a free gift bag and an autographed photo!

Mark your calendars and get ready to celebrate the native Texan sisters being "Home for the Holidays"!

Thursday, October 30, 2014

NFL Game Day Style: Making Fan Gear Stylish

So what do you do when you have your favorite NFL team's jersey or tee but want to spice it up just a bit for an extra added style factor? Ditch the ordinary jeans and tee recipe and go for a more edgier and feminine approach by adding statement jewelry, heels and of course leather!

NFL Fan Style NFLShop.com NFL Women's Apparel Jordin Sparks
Image Credit: NFLShop.com
I was asked by Vogue to come up with an NFL game day style for my home team which would be the Dallas Cowboys! As I drew inspiration from how celebrity Jordin Sparks styled her game day look (pictured below), I came up with a sweet and edgy combo.

Dallas Fashion Blogger NFL Game Day Style Leah Frazier Beauty4Ashes




Shades: Tom Ford from Hautelook
Jacket: H&M
Liquid Leggings: TopShop
Studded Heels: Shoedazzle
Statement Necklace: Black Beauty Accessories








How would you style your favorite NFL team? Would you go fun and flirty in a skirt like Jordin or edgy and rebellious in leather like me?

Dallas Fashion Blogger NFL Game Day Style Leah Frazier Beauty4Ashes


Dallas Fashion Blogger NFL Game Day Style Leah Frazier Beauty4Ashes

Photo Credit: Meagan Frazier