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True Love

July 19, 2017

Compassion (noun): Concern for the sufferings or misfortunes of others.

In a world that has a mentality that focuses on one self with little regard to others and their needs, it is easy to find yourself becoming numb to the cares of this world. I have always considered myself a people person! I usually can connect well with others, and I love meeting new people. However, I’ve come to realize that although I have bonded easily with others in the past, I have not always shown love to others.

For the past few days I have been learning more about true love. It is selfless, kind, long-suffering, and does not envy. It puts the needs of others before itself and rejoices in the joy of others. I can best describe it as a father/child relationship in which the father wants the absolute best for their child and is happy to see them grow up and become all they have been destined to become. This is the type of love that I’m working towards having for others. Whether they’re related to me or know me personally, I’ve noticed that when I put the needs of others before my own and show them love (even when I don’t feel like it) it brings me joy. It may not always be immediate joy, but later down the line when I see that person thriving and becoming the best version of themselves and spreading that same love that I gave them to others, it brings me joy!

You may not always understand why God ask you to go above and beyond in loving the seemingly un-loveable person, or why He requires you to place the needs of someone else before your own (even when your issues are larger than theirs.). However, through my past experience in doing just this I have found that all of my issues have been solved through helping others. It’s something about dying to your flesh and helping to be the light in someone else’s life that brings about a change and allows God to move in our lives in miraculous ways. Try it!

Take this next week to focus your efforts on showing love to someone that you don’t know! Befriend that quiet co-worker who’s always by him/herself and show them the love of Christ! You’ll be surprised to find that pure happiness will make its way into your life through your efforts of true love! ūüôā

Mesh Crop Top: Nasty Gal | Dress: Crossroads Trading Company | Sunglasses: Mahps Vintage | Net Socks : Nasty Gal | Loafers : Zara

 

Photographer: @trustmyeye (IG)

 

XO- Chrissy Joy

27 !

July 13, 2017

Hey Lovies!

I am officially 27 years old! Today is my birthday and I am so excited to embark on a new year of endless possibilities and ventures! When I¬†first thought about my birthday and the¬†idea of turning 27 I¬†figured that¬†it was no big deal! ¬†In my mind it was another year that should not be given as¬†much celebration because it wasn’t anything spectacular. Year 16, 21 and 25 were my designated glory years that I decided to go all out on celebrating, but no other year would receive as much recognition…..or so I thought.

For the past week I have been fasting and decided to take some time away from social media, television, and¬†many other things that I give a lot of attention to on a daily basis.¬†During the week, I replaced that time with more God-time. This included reading my bible, prayer, meditation, and¬†listening¬†to worship music. It was a time to deepen my relationship with Christ and understand what He wants for me in this new year of life that I’m preparing to enter. It was challenging at times, because after a long day of work I really wanted to go home, curl up on the couch and watch a movie or an old episode of “Forensic Files” on YouTube (my fav!). However, while pushing past my television cravings I¬†realized¬†that my mindset changed a lot during the week! The areas of my¬†life and ministry that¬†seemed¬†to be difficult to accomplish suddenly became easier to complete. The views I had of certain people and the situations I encountered became different and more compassionate as well!

Overall, I feel as though¬†I see things with a new level of gratitude and appreciation! Nothing is too small or too trivial for a “Thank You Jesus” moment. Whether it’s getting a free meal at work or celebrating my 27th year of life. Every day that I wake up with breath in my lungs and good health is a reason to celebrate!

So today is a¬†ULTRA celebration of happiness, thanksgiving and gratefulness to God for allowing me to see another year.¬†I can’t¬†wait¬†to share another year of style and¬†faith¬†with you all¬†through this platform, so stay tuned because this year will be¬†the¬†BEST YET!! ūüôā

 

Jumpsuit: Nasty Gal | Belt : Delicate Raymond | Hoops : Delicate Raymond | Sunglasses : Mahps Vintage | Sandals : ALDO

 

Photographer: @trustmyeye (IG)

 

XO – Chrissy Joy

 

The Power of 3

June 13, 2017

Hey Lovies,

This past weekend has been one of the most amazing and inspiring weekends for me in a LONG TIME!¬†There were so¬†many small and large details that contributed to¬†its overall success that I¬†naturally had to share¬†it¬†with ya’ll to give you the same encouragement that it¬†gave me! ūüôā

It started with a bi-annual¬†three-day retreat that my church (The Rock Churches)¬†puts together every year called “The Encounter.” In summary, it is a retreat in which men and women come together to have a experience with God,¬†address and conquer¬†past issues/pain, and¬†grow a closer relationship with Him.¬†I have been going to¬†this retreat¬†for about¬†four years, however this year was VERY different. The first day we learned about Jesus and the cross, including what each nail that he took meant for our healing¬†both physically and spiritually. The second¬†day, we learned about self-esteem (viewing yourself the way God views you), conquering¬†forgiveness and overcoming spiritual attacks. Both of these days were equally amazing and gave¬†me with so much guidance! However, the third day was what brought it all home and put the icing on the cake! I was able to witness one of my sisters (in Christ), Martina Calcagno, get ordained as a pastor and given leadership over our European church¬†locations! ūüôā She moved to New York for dance and started coming to our church about three years ago.¬†After attending the church for about¬†six months she was determined to¬†start/open¬†a location in her home country of Italy! Not only did she start a church, she opened THREE LOCATIONS in Italy (all three are growing and flourishing daily!) ¬†

Martina is a young woman in her mid-twenties who’s a part of a traveling ballet dance company. She made time in her busy schedule to teach weekly bible studies to her family, and because of the continual growth the bible study became a church service. She eventually returned to her country to lead the service as she continued to start bible studies in other parts of Italy. They all yielded the same results! Her story and journey to becoming an ordained pastor is one that I have been fortunate to witness up-close and I could not be more inspired and motivated!

This weekend was an awesome lesson that no matter how busy your schedule may seem or how many excuses you may use as to why you aren’t walking in your full potential, YOU CAN DO IT! You don‚Äôt need more time, you just need to MAKE the time to do it! There are no acceptable excuses because God is with you and will always guide you into your victory! Our lives and¬†everything that happens within them¬†are not a surprise to God, he knows our capabilities and our weaknesses. If you trust in him he will lead you into a life that you couldn’t have imagined; a life that accomplishes goals, breaks barriers and lifts you to new heights!

 

 

 

Pictured below is Martina Calcagno at the Ordination Ceremony! She is the ray of sunshine sitting down with a huge smile on her face (per usual!)

 

 

Photographer: @trustmyeye

 

Xoxo – Chrissy Joy

No Comfort Zone!

June 6, 2017

Hey Lovies!

We are officially half-way through 2017, and ¬†so far¬†I’m feeling pretty good! Recently, I sat down with a small group of women that I’m close with and chatted about how we felt about our year thus far. We had all written a set of goals (and even made¬†vision boards!)¬†filled with things that we planned to accomplish¬†this¬†year. ¬†We decided to revisit those goals to check in on our progress¬†in order to¬†hold each other accountable. As we all went around in a circle sharing our successes and pitfalls during the first half of the year, I noticed a common word used to describe what we felt¬†was our drawback…COMPLACENCY!! God had blessed each of us in different ways during the year, however; we realized that we had in one way or another become complacent in our blessing. ¬†We knew this because God had given each of us various revelations/signs showing that He had more for us and telling us to keep moving forward and higher. ¬†It was as if we had small pieces of a puzzle, but when we came together and shared our stories our pieces formed a unified picture and message.

Complacency is something that many people¬†either¬†do¬†not¬†realize¬†they are dealing with or don’t know¬†how¬†to¬†move forward. It’s easy to get comfortable and relaxed in your current place and/or¬†situation when you know that going¬†to a higher level¬†will¬†require¬†you to become uncomfortable and step out on faith.¬† I will be the first to admit that I have been there many times, but thankfully God did not allow me to stay in the¬†situation too long.¬†He placed me on a path that I had no choice but to go higher. Even when I wanted to turn back and go back to my comfortable place, it was as though my past¬†had suddenly become a¬†barren desert that was no longer appealing to me. He changed my vision so that I could see my complacency the same way He had viewed it all along, dry and barren with no sign of direction.

As quickly as God blesses you and moves you forward, know that to whom much is given much is required. God is always desiring us to go higher and to new levels in Him. In doing so, He gives us the wisdom, strength and perseverance we need to be properly prepared for our next level of blessing and responsibilities.

2017 is your year of VICTORY!! God will only take you as high as you allow him! Be open and willing to change, advance and move in whichever direction He leads you.¬†Time to¬†say¬†sayonara to complacency! ūüôā

 

Striped Crop Top: H&M || Tulle Dress: Forever 21 || White Denim: Tory Burch || Heels: Forever 21 || Handbag: Gap || Rings: Forever 21 || Scarf: Crossroads Trading Company

 

Photographer: @trustmyeye (IG)

 

Xoxo- Chrissy Joy

Banana Republic S/S17 Style Party

May 17, 2017

Hey Lovies!

On Saturday, May 13th, 2017 I had the pleasure of hosting a Style Party at the Banana Republic- FlatIron store¬†in¬†Manhattan,¬†New York. During the event, I¬†styled¬†six influencers in Banana Republic Spring/Summer 2017¬†looks¬†for a¬†presentation, followed by shopping the store for new looks for their followers, friends and family.¬†The entire process leading up to this day was such a blessing that I¬†naturally had to tell you all about it,¬†plus the lesson I learned from the event! ūüôā

It all started a few months ago when I was invited by Banana Republic to¬†attend a “Pant Event” they were having at their FlatIron Store. Another blogger and I came to the store in our favorite¬†Banana Republic pants (given as a courtesy)¬†to show how we styled¬†our¬†pants and made it our own. After the event, I connected with the assistant store manager and expressed my interest in the store and¬†in attending future events.¬†¬†I¬†also threw out a random idea of possibly putting together an event at the store (which I thought would totally get shut down) only to have her instruct me to send her an email with my ideas. That evening I went home and¬†tried to brainstorm as many ideas as possible to send to her, yet I could only come up with one idea! I started to freak out¬†and thought that my creative juices weren’t¬†flowing! After hours of listening to music, taking a walk around the neighborhood, and researching¬†ideas online (things that I usually¬†do to get my¬†creativity flowing) I finally stopped¬†and started to¬†pray. I had come to the end of my rope¬†and realized that at this point I¬†had no choice but to¬†give it all to God¬†and ask for help. His answer was simple, “I have already given you what you need!”¬†¬†I didn’t need to have a million choices to present because he had already given me the winning choice ahead of time (which indeed¬†was¬†approved by the assistant manager)!

From that point on everything seemed to seamlessly fall into place! From the hair and makeup, to the DJ and photographer, and even the models/influencers (which I had the freedom in choosing). Everything fell within the allotted budget and happened at the perfect timing. It was as if God wanted to assure me that by trusting in him and the one idea that he gave me, everything else would be taken care of. He also wanted to remind me of my purpose, because to be completely honest, I was having a moment where it started to become foggy! I have always had a passion for fashion styling, but recently I was having a dry period and started to question whether I was meant to do it anymore. I began questioning my abilities, felt like I was in a rut, and even started to get anxiety at the thought of styling photo shoots and people.

On the day of the event, I spent the morning with God and told him to completely lead my day. I asked him to help me through my styling anxiety and to show me through this event what I should do next. On the day of the event it was cold, rainy and just overall nasty (which negatively affected the amount of foot traffic at the store and the event), but I’m thankful to those who braved the weather and made the event perfect! I was able to connect with others within my industry and my good friends. I felt some anxiety at first while styling the looks, but all of my doubts, fears and worried subsided when I looked at the beautiful models standing in their styled looks. It reaffirmed to me why I began styling and the feeling of sheer happiness when I see how beautiful and happy others feel and look when they are styled.

Overall, this experience was such a eye opener and faith builder all wrapped up in one! It taught me that with God you always have more than enough and are exactly where you need to be. Even when you have moments of doubt and question his abilities, he will always show you that he is control

 

 

Special Thanks to the Influencers/Models :

Monica Deldoc

Khalid Briggs

Brian Salvadore

Yoel Rodriguez

Ellese Launer

Micaela Verrelien

AND

@AnaMarGlam for Hair & Makeup

@Kylejgrahamphotography & @Deannaldn for Photography

 

A¬†HUGE¬†THANKS to Trevia Kinlocke and Banana Republic- FlatIron Store for the amazing opportunity, you all are awesome! ūüôā

 

XOXO- Chrissy Joy