Don’t Call It A Comeback

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Hey Lovies!

Do you have old items of clothing from your past that you can’t seem to let go?  It’s been through World War I & II, and may not even fit the same anymore, but you still hold on to that spaghetti noodle of hope that some day you can revive it to live in its glory again.

Well, that’s me and my old Madonna tank from High School!  It was dirt cheap and made out of the thinnest cotton material this side of the Mississippi! It even has a few holes (or what I like to call “battle wounds”) on it, but for some reason I’ve held onto it for 10 years.

Recently I found a way to slip it back into my everyday wear for the summer, but in a slightly new way. Wearing it backwards! It’s a racer back tank so it has a bit of a column in the middle and exposes the shoulder, so you wouldn’t be able to wear a bra with it. But that’s no problem with me, because in the summer I tend to let the girls go free (I’m not chugging double D’s to begin with).

I paired it with my sweat pant trouser from Zara, and my short sleeved/high neck jacket from Ann Taylor Loft. As a finishing touch, I accessorized it with a few old necklaces from high school that I found in my jewelry box!

I’d like to think that my tank is re-living its glory in a new way that exposes its battle wounds and blemishes shame-free! :)

What type of clothing from your past are you still holding on to?  Comment below, because I’d love to know! I can also answer any questions you may have on how to revive the item into an outfit….or if the possibility of its glory is long gone…lol

    

    

 Top: H&M // Pants: Zara // Jacket: Ann Taylor Loft // Jewelry: Vintage // Shoes: Converse

Photographer: Yaminah Mayo

Xo, Chrissy Joy

The Waiting Room

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Growing up, I’ve always heard the saying “patience is a virtue” in regards to my “I have to have it now!” personality. I never really understood what was so virtuous about it, and why people always made it seem like it was so wrong to receive what you want without having to wait 10+ years (or so it always feels like) to get it. I mean, if I pray and work hard for what I want, why can’t I just receive it when I want it?!

This has been a question in the back of my mind for awhile as I stand on his promises in what feels like the “waiting room” in my life. It wasn’t until recently that I had a revelation which made the lightbulb go off in my head, and finally my question was answered.

Failure. It’s a word that sends chills down my spine at just the thought of it, yet it is exactly what happens when we don’t allow patience to operate in our lives. Imagine having a mountain bike that you’ve worked hard at using every day, and now you’ve mastered how to ride it effortlessly. Now, imagine that you have just been gifted a brand new Harley Davidson motorcycle. Yes, it’s still a bike, but it’s on a new level and a lot more advanced than your mountain bike you’ve been riding every day. If you jump on and start riding without adequate training you’re gonna crash on the first ride. Or, if you encounter a situation on the bike that you’re not familiar with because you haven’t properly prepared, the results could be deadly.

Sometimes we feel like we are ready for what we’ve been hoping and praying for right away, but little do we know that God may be trying to give us that request plus more (which equals up to a Harley Davidson or bigger). Rather than gifting it to us as soon as we ask or when we feel we’re ready for it, he will have us wait and properly prepare ourselves so that we do not face inevitable failure once we receive it.

Now, I’m no genius, BUT I would consider myself to be very smart and I can usually learn things pretty quickly. So this made me think…if God has me in this “waiting room” for THIS LONG and still feels like I’m not quite ready for the magnitude of his blessing, well gosh darn-it this must be a MOUNTAIN-SIZE blessing coming my way!! :) I’m totally willing to wait because with something that big coming, I definitely don’t want failure to come anywhere near it!

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Jumpuit: H&M || Booties: Urban Outfitters || Sunglasses: Aldo || Lipstick: Sephora Luster Matte (deep plum)

Photographer: Roberto Johnson of FashionInSpanglish.com

Xo, Chrissy Joy

Life Line

Have you ever watched the show “Who wants to be a millionaire?”. On the show, contestants answer a series of questions that are worth a certain amount of money. With each question answered correctly, the person gains more money and hopefully, adds up to their ultimate goal of $1M. Along the way, the contestants are given three Lifelines that are used when they encounter problems answering the questions. They can phone a friend for help, have the audience vote for what they think the answer is, or just skip one question all together. Once you have used all of your Lifelines, you are on your own with no further help from anyone. It’s only you.

This past week I had an epiphany while on the subway train headed to work. Our lives can be like the gameshow (Who wants to be a millionaire). We are born into this world with the goal of fulfilling our destiny/purpose. Along the way, we are given three Lifelines that can be used NUMEROUS times. (Thank God because I would have been out of the game a LONG time ago if I only had three chances!) We use these Lifelines when we encounter problems getting to that goal or obstacles that block us from getting there. The Lifelines are Prayer, Reading the Bible, and Spending Time with God. These resources answer any and every problem that you could ever encounter in life, and will direct you to an alternate route when you bump into barriers that block you on your path. These Lifelines create an actual line in your life that directs your path on where to go to reach your ultimate goal.

After having this epiphany, I was so excited to share it. So, I purposely decided to rock an all-striped outfit to represent the straight and narrow path on which our life-line takes us and ultimately leads us to our God-given destiny! :)

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Striped dress: Gifted from my BFF (sorry idk the store) || Striped Jacket: TJ Maxx || Necklace & 1 bangle: Rocksbox || Shoes: Urban Outfitters

Before I sign off, I have a gift for you all!! Some of the jewelry from todays post is compliments of an awesome jewelry site called Rocksbox! For a limited time you can have your own curated jewelry box sent to you with an option to borrow, keep or swap the jewelry for a different box! Just use my coupon code: ChrissyJxoxo for a FREE one month membership!

Photographer: Roberto Johnson of FashionInSpanglish.com

Xo- Chrissy Joy

Uncharted Territory

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Hey Lovies!

I hope that you all had an amazing Holy Week and Easter Sunday! Its been about 2 weeks since my last post. I decided not to blog during Holy Week so that I could spend quality time with God. I’m glad that I did, because during that week I was able to really be refreshed and gain a new perspective on certain areas of my life.

I learned the importance of having trusting in the promises of God and having positive outlook on life even when things are not going as planned. At a early age some of us tend to write our plans of what we want to accomplish by a certain age in our lives. The age we want to be married, how many kids (if any) we want to have, all the places we want to travel, and what famous people we would like to meet/work with. But then life happens, and all those plans get thrown around and toss upside down. Although you may accomplish all of them, rarely will it happen in the order you hoped. I am currently in a place in my life where certain plans are being tossed around. At first this confused and upset me, but I later realized that where I am now didn’t happen as planned, but yet the timing was perfect!

This showed me that things in my life will never happen in the order that I hoped, but it will always happen in the timing of God’s great master plan. :)

Today’s look wasn’t inspired by anything or anyone, because it wasn’t planned at all. I was running around my apartment looking for the pants that went with this look, and remembered that they were still in the cleaners. After realizing my dilemma and not wanting to be late, I threw on my skinny belt and resolved that this was going to be my look for today, and it would have to work…which it did :)

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Long white button down: H&M | Parka: Anne Taylor Loft | Skinny Belt: Michael Kors | Socks: American Apparel | Shoes: Urban Outfitters

Photographer : Derek Sturdivant

Xo- Chrissy Joy

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