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March 2016

Sayonara!Β 

March 22, 2016

Hey Lovies!

Happy Holy Week!

One of the most amazing week’s of the year is now underway and I’m so excited about the revelations, blessings and power that comes from understanding the significant sacrifice made for our lives during this week.

To celebrate Holy Week I decided to take the time to sit down and figure out what parts of my life I haven’t found fulfillment in. Rather than complaining about these areas, I thought about Jesus and all that He went through during this week that led up to his ultimate sacrifice for us on the cross. The inhumane, yet beautiful act of selflessness that He made so I (and you too!) could live a life of freedom, joy, peace and abundance is priceless. I realized that nothing positive will come from us harping on the areas of our lives that we wish were different. Yes, it’s okay to recognize and be aware of those areas so that you can work towards making changes. But when we constantly think “why me ” or “might as well get used to this, it’s never gonna change”, we are devaluing the ultimate sacrifice that was made for us, and saying what He did isn’t enough to overcome our current obstacles. We’re also saying although He had the power to overcome ridicule, shame and torture, our issues are too big for him to take care of.

To overcome this lack of fulfillment, I wrote two list. On one list I put the areas of my life that I want to find fulfillment and breakthroughs, and on the other I wrote the things that I wanted to do for God in order receive these breakthroughs (to whom much is given, much is required).

I challenge you this week to do the same! What areas of your life seem to be stagnant and not moving forward? Write them down, let God know what you want to do for Him in return, and pray over it. Change your thought process and believe that the change will come.

At the end of this Holy Week, you will kiss your days of lack goodbye ! πŸ™‚ 

 

Eurros Metallic Slip-On Sneakers β€’ Steve Madden Truly Madly Deeply Brit Cropped Hoodie Sweatshirt β€’ Truly Madly Deeply Tie Waist Jogger Grey β€’ Missguided Peter Rutz Plus Size Houndstooth jacquard poncho

Photographer : Sadeqwa Davis

Xo- Chrissy Joy

Going Places

March 15, 2016

“The road to paradise is easy to pass, & you’ll never see the signs if you’re moving too fast” – W. Darling (Hunting Happiness)Β 

A few days ago, I found myself laying in bed at midnight listening to the lyrics of the song above and staring around my room. It was in that moment that God showed me the direction he was taking me, while giving me a huge sense of appreciation from where I’ve been.

It started 3.5 years ago when I moved back to New York after completing a short internship prior to graduating, and spending the summer in North Carolina. It was in that sporadic move that I decided to make it on my own (the first time I was living with a unknown uncle that a few family members told me about and suggested I stay with). Within the first 5 months of moving back to NYC I moved three to four times, and went from crashing on couches to the floor of a friend’s one room studio apartment.

After months of prayer, I finally found an apartment in Brooklyn in which I could rent a room. However, when I moved in I didn’t have any more than the two suitcases of clothes that I had brought with me when I moved back to New York earlier. Which meant that I had to sleep on an air mattress (that I borrowed from a friend), hang some of my clothes in the closet and put the rest in a makeshift dresser (which was really one of my suitcases that I left unzipped with my clothes folded nicely inside). It was a far comparison to my previous bedroom in North Carolina that was fully furnished with a private balcony & personal bathroom. But it was the best that I could do, and it was so great to have a space that I could call my own.

Fast forward to today. I am living in the same room, but as I lay down at midnight to listen to music, I realize that I am snuggled up in a comfortable bed instead of a air-mattress that had to be re-filled with air once every few days. I look over at a nice wooden dresser that replaced the leopard suitcase filled to the brim with folded clothes. I look around at sunglasses, shoes, jewelry and other fashionable things that I strategically placed in areas of my room that was once mere space used for my prayers and cries out to God for an answer on where my life was going.

To some it may look like another small NYC “fashion woman’s” room, but in that moment, to me it was a flashlight in the direction in which God is taking me. It’s a space of gratitude and appreciation for where I have come and the building up of things to come. I know that I will continue to outgrow this space and will move on to larger places, but in the meantime God has shown me how to take time to really notice the blessings that I have around me. To not get so caught up in life that I only pay attention to the large accomplishments that I’ve made, rather than saying “thank you” for the smaller strides made along the way.

Today’s look is more of a challenge that I have for you all! This look was a bit of an accident because I was originally going to wear a lace skirt that I had cut the lining out of, but the overall look turned out to be a bit more revealing than planned. So, I decided to wear a pencil skirt backwards on top of the lace skirt, and unzip the bottom detail to show beauty in unexpected places. My challenge to you this week is to find the beauty/blessing in your life that you may not have noticed before. Take the time to slow down and look at where you have come from and the amazing direction that God is taking you! πŸ™‚

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Pleaser Women’s Legend-8899 Boot β€’ $62–120

Nine West Women’s 3/8 Inch Skinny Box Panel Stud Belt β€’ $7.38–17.16

I Heart Ronson I ‘Heart’ Ronson Zip-Front Pencil Skirt β€’ $21.99

Kensie Women’s Open Floral Lace Pencil Skirt β€’ $19.14–35.99

Faux Leather Moto Jacket β€’ $49.99

H&M – Turtleneck Sweater – Light beige melange – Ladies β€’ $19.99

Women’s Flat Top Sunglasses – Black β€’ $12.99

 

Photographer: LloydΒ Edwards

 

Xo- Chrissy Joy

POWER

March 2, 2016

Power: (noun) the capacity or ability to direct or influence the behavior of others or the course of events.

Today was supposed to be the last day of my NYFW Style Roundup. I was planning to end things by showcasing my last two looks from the week and moving on to something else next week. However, the story behind this look and the emotions I felt while wearing it made me decide to give it a post on its own, which I will do for my last look next week.

The day that I wore this particular outfit was Day Five of Fashion Week. I only had one show that day, and although the designer for the show was well known, I didn’t feel the need to really put much together. It was an evening show and my intent was to go, and then back home afterwards. When I arrived to the show, I went to my assigned seat on the 3rd row. A little while later I saw one of my good friends sitting on the first row and I ran up to speak to her before the show began. After speaking for a bit, She said “just stay with me here on the first row.” Within five minutes of sitting beside her, an entire group of actresses and pageant queens dressed in the designer’s gowns/dresses emerged to take their seat…where I was. It was pretty clear to me that I should probably make my way back to my original seat because I wasn’t wearing a gown, and because PR had told two other people on the row to move because their picture wasn’t on her clipboard for those seats. I was gathering my things while one of the women dressed in her gown was walking to my seat, but before I could move the PR woman told her to sit beside me….not in my seat. The woman and I both looked confused because her face was on the clipboard and she was CLEARLY dressed in a design….I actually stuck out like a sore thumb among them! Lol

Without hesitation the PR woman made a small space for the woman to take a seat beside me, and told me to stay where I was and that I didn’t need to move. I looked over at my friend with a confused face and said “why didn’t she just tell me to go back to my seat?!”…..my friend says “it’s safer for her to keep you here because she probably doesn’t know who you are or the power that you could hold, so she doesn’t want to take the chance.”

After the show ended and I was headed back home, I couldn’t stop thinking about the statement that my friend made. Later that night I asked God, “What is it about a person that makes them look powerful to others? Is it their clothing? Their walk? Their demeanor?……He replied: “That’s what the world wants you to think it is, but it’s simply their Spirit. When a person opens themselves up to allow me to live inside of them, they exude a unexplainable beauty and power through the Holy Spirt that isn’t possessed by everyone. Only my chosen ones.”

It’s such a refreshing yet honorable feeling to know that I don’t have to walk, dress or portray myself in a particular way to feel important. I can just be who God called me to be, and know that I possess one of the most powerful roles that anyone could ever (physically) have.

  

FOREVER 21 twist-band wool fedora β€’ Forever 21

Sam Edelman Women’s Kammie Chelsea Boot β€’ Sam Edelman

FOREVER 21 longline plaid coat β€’ Forever 21

Ralph Lauren Denim & Supply Alena High-Rise Boyfriend Jean β€’ Denim & Supply Ralph Lauren

Glamorous Western Denim Button-Down Shirt β€’ Glamorous

 

Photographer: Chinaza Moses of BeautyBetweenTheLines

Xo-Chrissy Joy