Sunday, September 22, 2013

Single Ladies Inspiration - Waiting for Greatness

I'm actually super excited to write this blog post...migraine and all.  Right now I'm propped up on my couch, with Hollywood Exes playing in the background on my TV with a fresh mug of my favorite Starbucks Tazo chai tea. All in all, I really felt like this was so important to write because so many women settle for the wrong man...thinking that God has forgotten about them, or maybe that it's "taking too long" for them to get settled down as they look around and see their friends getting hitched and starting a family one by one.

Anyways, I was recently given the assignment for a website that I write for,, to write a review on the book Redeeming Love by Francine Rivers. They only gave me 5 days to read the book and to write the review!  I was completely freaked out and pissed...because for one, I have a full-time job and two, I just don't have the time to read as much as I used to...for a 5 day turn around!  So, I picked the book up from Barnes and Nobles only to discover that the book was approximately 450+ pages long! *GROAN!*

Low and behold....I was blessed BEYOND MEASURE by reading this book and finished it in 2 days. I literally could not put the book down.

As a 30 year old Christian single woman, it can be easy sometimes to fall victim to society's pressures of "You're supposed to be married and have children by this age...." and yada yada yada.  I've been single for 2 years now and I'm like every other single woman out there that wants to love and be loved. my quest for a God-fearing Christian man, I'm not settling and definitely not desperate. I sometimes wonder "Is there really someone out there for me?  Is there really a guy out there with the same values as me? Does a man who loves God with all of his heart really exist? When will God deliver me my husband?"

Well after reading this book, I am so encouraged that just as God pursues us, so will my husband-to-be.  This book re-tells the bible story of Gomer and Hosea.  In the book, Gomer is likened to Angel, a prostitute who has been through many challenges in life and who feels unworthy of any man's love. She's only used to men wanting her for that one thing and is hardened to men because of that.  Hosea is Michael Hosea in the book...a man who looked at Angel walking in the street one time, and knew that she was his wife. He was a Christian man; well known and respected in the community but risked it pursue a prostitute who God put on his heart as his wife.

After catching just a glimpse of Angel, Michael pursued and pursued Angel...knowing that this is the woman that God wanted him to marry.  Many times Angel strayed away but he loved her nonetheless, praying to God that she will seek after Him.  Angel wasn't perfect...she was known in town as the best prostitute on the block...but Michael loved her through all of her imperfections and led her spiritually to God.

~He who finds a wife, finds what is good and receives favor from the Lord. Proverbs 18:22~

There are many lessons in this book--self-forgiveness, redemption, God's pursuit after us, restoration.  But the theme of what it truly means as a woman to have a man of God love us with all of his heart--to cherish us and pursue us, to pray with be there for us when we are weak and to lift us up spiritually was very comforting.

Could it be that I'm a hopeless romantic just entangled in a well-written love story?  Nah!  When it comes to relationships, I just always leave the outcome up to God...but reading this book at the most inopportune time and as my first assignment for was not a coincidence.  God was speaking to me and reassuring me that he's got this one in the bag.

One of my senior leaders at church told me: "Hey Leah, just as you are preparing yourself for your husband...just know that somewhere...your husband is doing the same for you."

So if you're single...or maybe not single, just in a tough area in your current're just wondering whether there really is a man out there for you.  One who's on fire for God, who goes to church and worships God for real and not for who will look at you like the queen that you are...then definitely read this book.  It will have you encouraged and comforted in knowing that your patience in waiting is not in vain--it's all a part of God's plan.

Pic taken in Lihu'e, Kauai, Hawaii...I was really just overtaken by how beautiful everything was and how fortunate I was to be there

~Favour is deceitful, and beauty is vain; but a woman that feareth the Lord, she shall be praised. Proverbs 31: 30~

Tuesday, September 17, 2013

Can I Act "Hollywood" Now? I'm on!

Proverbs 29:23 - A man's pride will bring him low, But the humble in spirit will retain honor.

So everyday when I wake up or even when I'm in my car I always pray to God that I continue to stay humble, to stay grounded.  It's hard when I'm getting boxes and boxes of fashion and beauty products sent to me everyday or this comped and that comped to not get full of myself.  When I think about the blood, sweat and tears I have put into fashion for the last 4 years, it's hard not to want to take all of the credit and think that I've gotten here on my own.  But as I continue to reflect on the verse above and at the end of the day I circle back to the thought that everything I do, everything I am is all for His glory.

Today was a big feat for us (me and God).  I was featured on  I had a great shoot with an amazing photographer, Thomas Garza displaying Fall looks.  To see my blog name "Beauty 4 Ashes" on literally just made me pause.  I want people to question what it means...I want people to come to my blog out of curiosity...whatever it takes to redirect people to Him.

With all of my personal goals with fashion and with all of the distractions of getting invites to this show or that show, so and so put you on their VIP list or here's a bag full of luxury items just cause...I want to let all my friends and family members know not to have any worries.  Leah's not going to go and get "Hollywood" anytime soon. My purpose through HIM is much bigger than all of this.

But.....if someone wants to put me at the Chef's table feeding me and my "plus one" a five-course meal while I sit in my Jimmy Choos and sip Veuve Clicquot, I won't complain! haha (Just kidding...kind of) Clarks Fall Shoes Promo 9.17.2013 (Best. Day. Ever) / Photography by Thomas Garza, Make-up By Melanie Ann

Sunday, September 15, 2013

My newest obsession: Hardware Clutches by Mel C.

It's high into Dallas fashion season right now and it seems like there are at least 4 or 5 events per week. Every event requires a different outfit and the probability of getting photographed is high.  I'll admit that my collection of clutches are few and I end up recycling between the same 2 or 3 bags.  It's one of those things where I tell myself to buy more clutches for the evening events and I just end up buying more shoes or jewelry. Anyways, I was scrolling through Instagram when one of the bloggers I follow posted a clutch by Mel C.-- From that moment on I was hooked!

Chevron and hot pink mini clutch by Hardware Clutches by Mel C. - $30.00
I purchased this mini clutch several days ago and I can't wait for it to get here.  According to Melissa, the creator of Hardware Clutches, she makes all of her clutches by hand and at times only one of each.  The prices are super affordable and I get extremely happy that I don't have to worry about seeing anyone else in Dallas carrying the same clutch as me.

Browse through her site today...her clutches are incredible!  

xoxo ~ Leah

Tuesday, September 10, 2013

Starbucks Tres Chic

My name is Leah....and I'm a coffee addict.  Specifically a Starbucks addict.  I would rather drive my financial advisor crazy by shelling out $100+ to Starbucks a month than to put that towards my credit cards (did I just admit that?). Let's face brightens my breathes life (literally) into me. I found this on instagram and it is so me.

Anyways, back to Starbucks.  So my friends think I am completely insane when it comes to my Starbucks addiction.  I literally light up like the fourth of July when two things happen...when it's pumpkin spice latte season and when the red holiday Starbucks coffee cups start popping up.  Something about it just makes me giddy.  

Anyways, so life has been so crazy that I didn't realize that Fall was approaching so I definitely wasn't expecting to see Pumpkin Spice Lattes so soon!  So apparently it's the Pumpkin Spice Latte's 10-year anniversary. (hashtag PSL) celebration of that, Starbucks has started Pumpkin Spice latte season early...JOY!   AND....the Pumpkin Spice Latte ads from Starbucks are super chic and super fashionable. SCORE!  So high five to Starbucks for bringing me Fall bliss early (Fall technically doesn't start until 9/22/13) AND for making the new ads appeal to the fashionable eye.  

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Starbucks just makes the latte look more chic...more fashionable with these new ads.

Check out the #PSL new sleeves!!!!

Ok my ode to Starbucks is done.  Now go out and order a PSL...enjoy enough until the little red holiday cups start popping up. #PureBliss