Walking in Hope

| Shop shoes here, similar shorts (same brand) here, and similar top (same brand) here. |

(About the Outfit:: Comfy shorts are my new favorite thing. Paired with this flouncy crop top, this outfit has a relaxed, airy look. The sandals, courtesy of  Oka-B, are my new favorites! They’re flexible, have amazing arch support, and are rainy day friendly!)

I’m currently perched on my sofa with a cup of tea, my favorite quilt, and a bowl of oatmeal. The funny thing is–It’s actually 10 p.m. What can I say? I love me some oatmeal, not just for breakfast. Healthy dessert, y’all. Try it. 😉

I contemplated what to write this evening for a great while. Just about every idea ran through my head: recipes, the online shopping trend, which Disney princess I relate to the most (just kidding! But that would actually be really fun. 😏), and the list goes on. But the funny thing is, I can plan posts. And I do. (You should see the list of content I have planned for the fall!!!) However, the best blog posts are the unplanned. The messy spontaneous-can’t type fast enough-posts.

Today I’m talkin’ hope. 

There’s different phases of everyone’s journey. I’m in the particular season where change is foreseeable. Timing not so much. Details? Don’t have those either. It’s so tempting to try to figure it all out for myself. To plan. But you can’t plan what you don’t know.

And that’s where hope comes in. I learned a long time ago to stop making plans. It’s good to have goals and pencil in some plans, but bearing in mind that these are not set in stone. That I am not the author here. And thank goodness for that! The hope for the unknown is in God’s hands, and there’s no safer place I’d rather be.

The other day I was amidst a minor trial. It was short lived. Popped up unexpectedly. But a trial, nonetheless. Amidst the crazy, one of our cars needed repairs, so Billy had to drive me to work. He put the Christian radio station on. I never listen to the radio while I drive, so it was fun to start the morning with some encouragement by a pastor. I was sleepy, sipping my breakfast shake, and gazing out the window. When all the sudden the pastor’s sermon hit me right where I needed it. He was talkin’ about hope. I can’t remember his exact words, but they were something like this…

If your put your hope in your abilities, those can go away. If you put your hope in your education, that can one day mean nothing. If you put your hope in your income, that can dissolve. If you put your hope in relationships, they can fail you. The only thing that is certain is: we can put our hope in the Lord! He never changes!

A little lump formed in my throat, as I tried not to completely break down. I had peace that day, and it didn’t even make sense. That’s when you know it’s from the Lord. 😉 So thankful I can have hope in Him!

So today, I encourage you to stop worrying. Stop trying to orchestrate everything. Just start walking in hope. It’s an enjoyable walk, with a peaceful destination. 😉


Gingham Style

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This feminine summer beauty was a birthday gift from my hubby this past June. I think it’s truly adorable and it’s so fun wearing a dress he surprised me with! It has affectionately been named “My Birthday Dress.” 

I love gingham. I think it’s so classic. I especially love the cut of this dress. The square neckline gives it that extra timeless look. It’s lightweight, yet fully lined. Since it’s very breathable, I’ve been really enjoying wearing it on these hot summer days!

I truly adore a lovely little summer dress. I’m sure I’ll enjoy this dress for many summers to come. This one reminds me of my birthday, iced coffee dates downtown, and the 4th of July spent in Georgia. It’s fun to make memories in certain outfits. It brings those memories back when you wear it. ❤️

If you like this dress, you can view it here and see the other colors it comes in!

The “Joanna” Dress

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I’ve quite enjoyed creating fashion content for The Youthful.  Not only is it delightful to share my favorite styles and pieces with my darling readers, but it is most amusing to use blogging as an excuse to shop.

“Billy, do you mind if I order this dress? It’s for the blog.” See what I did there? In all reality, it is for the blog, but it is certainly a fun little perk. I have a very patient and giving husband indeed!

Despite the title of this blog post, this dress is actually called “The Jewel Floral Dress.” However, Billy comically penned it “The Joanna Gaines Dress.” It couldn’t be more fitting. This dress screams southern charm with a whisper of simplicity.  Not to mention, I’m a huge fan of Chip and Jo, so I quite like the fun little nickname this dress has come to have.

While visiting Billy’s mom in Georgia, we shot some pictures for this blog post on her property. I’m positively smitten with this front porch. The woods in the background make the most serenely beautiful backdrop.

With pockets to hold safe keepings, and stretchy material to venture in, I absolutely adore this peach colored floral print. This is such an easy dress to throw on, and yet feel so beautiful in. While it makes for a fun summer dress, a cardigan or denim jacket paired with booties would make this outfit radiant in the fall. (Is it shameful to admit I’m already craving the fall?! I’ve found myself thinking about pumpkin spice lattes far too much lately. #sorrynotsorry)

I urge you to check out the other charming and affordable styles at the Piper & Scoot website!

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That LulaRoe Legging Life



Disclosure: The LulaRoe leggings in this post were gifted to me by 2 Sweet Sisters Boutique LLC. Thanks, ladies! All opinions are my own.


I’m going to be totally real with you here.

I was a LulaRoe skeptic. I used to think “Leggings are leggings.” I’ve come to discover that not all leggings are created equal. In fact, I can honestly tell you, LulaRoe leggings are not yo average leggings. And here’s why.

Comfort. I have a pair of VS leggings. I spent a pretty penny on them. They’re pretty constricting in the waist band and the over all stretch is mediocre. When I tried on the LulaRoe leggings, I was literally blown away. Not even kidding. They have so much give, yet they don’t get saggy or baggy after wearing them for awhile. They retain their shape flawlessly, while stretching with literally every move you make. The material itself is very soft to the touch. I feel like I can do anything in these leggings. Errands. Lounging. Yoga. You name it. Literally living in these.


I received my leggings the day before a road trip to Georgia with my husband. After trying them on and instantly falling in love, I packed them in my suitcase. Now let me tell you: I always overpack clothes. You know how it goes…I pack an outfit for each day. And an outfit for each night. But then I wonder, “What if it rains?” So I pack alternate outfits for different weather conditions, and before I know it, I’ve packed over 20 outfits for a 5 day trip. Whoops 😉 Anyone else do that? Anyways, while in Georgia, despite my plethora of a clothing selection, guess what I kept reaching for the entire trip? Yup. The LulaRoe leggings. Guess what I washed while I was there and wore it on the 8 hour car ride home? The LulaRoe leggings. Yes, they are the best travel outfit.

Needless to say, I am a new fan, and I am absolutely going to purchase a few more pairs of leggings.


Okay, so if you want in on all the comfortable Lula-goodness, let me tell you about.

Whether you’re interested in LulaRoe leggings, a variety of comfy dress styles, tops, and more, Natalie and Brittany of 2 Sweet Sisters Boutique have it all. They started selling LulaRoe in November 2016, so they are very seasoned in what looks good and how to combine different styles.  Not to mention they are two of the sweetest girls ever! Their business name is very fitting ;). Natalie and Brittany started their business after quickly becoming obsessed with LulaRoe’s comfortable and versatile clothes. “Selling it together means we get to spend more time together. We love that we spend more time together now,” says Natalie regarding why they love having their business.

Natalie and Brittany have a huge inventory, so be sure to check them out on Facebook! You can also find them on Instagram or email them at lularoenatbritt@gmail.com

They welcome people to schedule a time to stop by Natalie’s house to browse, try different styles on, and buy! This is a great way to familiarize yourself with the different styles they offer, and find what you love the most.

I encourage you to check out their Facebook group page! If you want to feel pretty and polished, yet comfortable and at ease, you’re going to love their products!

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For the Love of Wood: Featuring JORD Watches

JORD Frankie Series Zebrawood Champagne Watch

Disclosure: The watch featured in this post was gifted to me by JORD. I only partner with brands I truly love. All opinions are my own. Thank you, JORD!

I love wood. So much, in fact, I would live in a cabin if I could.

Upon discovering JORD wood watches, it was really a love at first sight kind of situation. After seeing the unique watch in person–opening it’s beautifully crafted wood box, feeling its quality, admiring its details–I’m smitten. Positively smitten.

JORD Frankie Series Zebrawood Champagne Watch
I’m a nature lover. I love me some lofty mountains, tall grassy fields, thick forests you can get lost in…funny thing is: I live in Florida…In the city. This watch not only tells the time, it takes me to another time. The wood material brings me straight back to my happy place: the mountains and the forest.

JORD Frankie Series Zebrawood Champagne Watch
JORD Frankie Series Zebrawood Champagne Watch
Here I am, sipping my iced mocha, enjoying my favorite local park. Surrounded by city sounds and the summer heat, it just takes a glance at my wrist to remind me of what lies close to my heart. Perhaps I could pretend I’m drinking hot cocoa and enjoying the Smoky Mountain National Park instead…😉

JORD Frankie Series Zebrawood Champagne WatchJORD Frankie Series Zebrawood Champagne Watch

I am wearing the stunning Frankie Series in Zebrawood and Champagne. Head on over to their website to swoon over their men’s watches and women’s watches. (Giveaway: To enter to win a $100 code to their shop, click here. All entrants will receive a $25 code! Contest ends 7/16/17.)

JORD has created a timepiece that fuses class and elegance, with simplicity and an earthy rawness. There’s a lot to love about JORD Watches. The best part is, to each person, their JORD wood watch represents something different. Maybe it was a Father’s Day present, an engraved anniversary gift, or a gift to yourself just because. Whatever it may be, JORD Watches are a beautiful reminder. And they do it so well.

JORD Frankie Series Zebrawood Champagne Watch

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Luxury Wooden Watch

Breezy Striped Jumpsuit

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Rain. It seems to have made its grand entrance for the summer. While it does hinder what can be done outside, I quite enjoy a cozy, rainy day spent with a blanket and a good book.

Yet, one must venture out eventually.

A few afternoons ago, the rain had finally ceased. Humidity filled its place. Perfect opportunity to go get a popsicle.

This lovely jumpsuit was the perfect outfit for a humid afternoon. With its light weight, breathable material, and slits down the side, it makes for a breezy outfit. I find it to be very chic, in an effortless kind of way.

I quite enjoy the nautical vibes this jumpsuit is giving me. With navy stripes, this outfit would make itself right at home in Nantucket, wouldn’t it?
As the days grow hotter, I can only imagine how many times I’ll be reaching for this lovely (and affordable) outfit.

Oka-B




Disclosure: The shoes in this blog post were gifted to me by Oka-B. Thank you, Oka-B! All opinions are my own.

A few years ago when I started working as a teacher’s aide, I noticed a number of the teachers wearing a specific brand of shoes. Really cute shoes. Colorful shoes. It seemed as though they all had a pair that perfectly matched each outfit. When I asked about them, they told me they were shoes from a company called Oka-B. “The comfiest shoes ever,” they said.

Now, three years later, I’m excited to be a brand ambassador for the very company that’s had me swooning all this time.

Allow me to introduce you to this fabulous company: Oka-B. The philosophy behind their products is that style does not need to be compromised at the expense of comfort. Cute and comfy can coexist. I believe they’ve really mastered this concept.

Each shoe is water resistant (you can literally put them in the washing machine!), slip resistant, recyclable, and have premium arch support. Based in Buford, Georgia, Oka-B shoes are 100% made in the U.S. They have a ton of cute sandals, flip flops, ballet flats, and wedges. Be sure to check out all the colors and styles in their Summer 2017 collection here.

Needless to say, I’m really feeling this company AND their products.


I’m wearing the Pauline in “Aged Gold.” I am a size 7 and I am wearing the size M. These shoes literally go with everything. Being that they’re water resistant, I can wear them to St. Pete’s sandy beaches or on a rainy day (the Florida summer storms are coming!), without worrying that they’ll get ruined. Cute and practical? Yes please.

Now that summer is in full swing, I’m pretty certain that I’ll be living in these! 😉

The Little Linen Romper


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Oh the romper. So much love for you. Whoever invented the romper, I’d love to give them a big hug, drink coffee with them, and be their friend. Because the romper is just about the comfiest garment that is socially acceptable to wear in public.

In all seriousness, rompers are not new in the fashion scene. They date back to the early 1900’s, as children’s play clothes. No wonder I love rompers! This kid at heart loves something that’s easy to play in! 😉 Women started wearing them in the ’50s, and they’ve reemerged through the years. Yet another reason to love rompers: timeless.

This romper in particular, is so effortless. It has a relaxed yet put together look. Being so versatile, you can dress it down with footbed sandals or dress it up for date night with some wedges.

And it couldn’t be more true: it’s all in the details. The gold buttons down the front. The low back. The linen material. It is all done so tastefully.

Well I’m off for a little adventure downtown! Being that it’s almost 90 degrees outside, I’m thinking I’ll throw on this romper. 

Lady in Linen




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When I was younger, I was quite the shopper. If there was a new trend, I would buy it. If it was on sale, I would buy it. But what ended up happening is, I had way too many clothes that I never wore. Half of my purchases were only in style for a couple of months.

As I grew older, I learned to buy more timeless clothes. Clothes that would never go out of style. If Audrey Hepburn would wear it, then I consider it a worthy purchase. Today, I’m all about quality over quantity. (But I still love me a good sale!)

Today I want to introduce you to this classic white linen dress.

Not only is this dress impeccably made, but it makes me feel like such a lady. It stirs up my yearning for travel. I’m pretty sure this dress would fit right in on the streets of Rome. Can’t you just see it? This dress. A charming Italian cafe. A bottle of lemoncello. A basket of fresh produce from a local market. It’s seriously giving me major Audrey Hepburn vibes from Roman Holiday.  

Pockets that I can sink my hands into. Classic button detailing. Perfect length. Breathable linen material that sways in all the right ways.

I’ll take this dress with a scoop of gelato and a cappuccino, please! You can bet you’ll see me wearing this darling sundress year after year!

(Great. Now I’ve inspired myself to look into tickets to Italy! I’m seriously dreaming. But dreaming is good. 😉)

Nonna’s Dress


Little Julia, perhaps 9 or 10 years old, had a huge imagination.

In her closet was a large plastic bin. A bin of possibilities. What some may call a bin of dress up clothes.

There was a Pocahontas costume. A shawl (that also doubled as a “net to catch fish”). A little house on the prairie outfit. A gypsy costume. Among other things.

There was one dress that was particularly beautiful. It was white and blush pink with a flowing cape. It was little Julia’s favorite. While it was much too big on her, she loved wearing it around the house, pretending she was a princess.

That dress was her Nonna’s.

…………..

Now I’m all grown up. Well, at least on the outside. On the inside, I’m still the same little Julia, with the wild imagination.

And now Nonna’s dress fits me. Nonna is in heaven now with the Lord. (And my Nonno ❤️)

When Billy and I decided to do a photoshoot for our 2 year anniversary, I knew exactly what I wanted to wear. Nonna’s dress. The usual “what should I wear?” dilemma never occurred. I knew it would be a lovely way to honor her.

You see, the beautiful dress in the pictures is more than just a beautiful dress. It is Nonna’s dress. The dress that little Julia couldn’t wait to grow into. The dress that reminds me of the beautiful person that my Nonna was, on the inside and the outside.

Wearing her dress made the photoshoot that much more special.


The above photo shows me holding a picture of my Nonna wearing the dress. 💗

I often wish Billy could’ve met my Nonna. She passed away before I ever knew Billy. But, sometimes I wonder if maybe in heaven she and my Nonno can see what’s going on down here. Perhaps one day they’ll say, “Billy! It’s nice to finally meet you in person.” Probably followed by, “Try this, it’s yummy.” Because that’s the Italian way. 😉


* All photographs in this post were taken by Stephanie Gamble.