The Black Coffee Date Dress

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It’s been a minute since I’ve done a fashion post, but I adore this black dress so much, it inspired me to get back at it!

This dress says “coffee date”. Whether catching up with a dear friend, or day dreaming at a cafe with your love, this dress just seems right. A cappuccino just seems like the most fitting accessory, doesn’t it? ☕️

Something I’ve been focusing on the last year and a half when it comes to fashion is—do I like it or do I love it? If you simply like it, the chances are great it will tire you in 6 months, and will end up taking valuable space in your closet.  I carefully select clothing items that I love! Those pieces that I just can’t wait to wear.  Closet staples that are classic and comfortable.  Sure to stand the test of time.

This black dress is a new closet staple of mine.  Its elegant, simple, and so comfortable. It’s cool and breezy, which is perfect for the humid Florida days that are soon to commence.  It’s stretchy and basically feels like you’re wearing a giant t-shirt. Not mad about it.

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Also, I gotta tell you–I am a sucker for buttons down the front of anything.  I just think it gives such a subtle detail, and a touch of class.

I appreciate versatile clothing pieces, and this one is just that.  You can easily dress this up with some wedges and dressy earrings.  Or you can keep things casual like I have pictured here.  The darling coffee date dress.

It makes me happy to know that I can wear this dress in the fall too! Some loafers and a long cardigan will cozy this dress up.  Worth every penny!

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Well, before I begin making dinner, I must mention that straw purse I’m holding! It’s a cute little vintage find and was only $12 at a local vintage market.  I was smitten when I laid eyes on it. I wonder what adventures it’s been on? 😉

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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

| Shop dress here and shoes here. |

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

| Shop dress here , watch here , and similar shoes here. |

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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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…😉

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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