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! 🙂
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! 🙂 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’t 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!)
Xoxo – Chrissy Joy
One month ago there was a change that occurred in the United Sates. Our season shifted from winter to spring! Although we can hardly feel the physical difference, our calendar tells us that we are midway through pollen season. One day after this changed occurred another season shifted, but its effects were truly felt, because the changed occurred in my life! 🙂
For the past ten months God has truly been working on my faith and preparing me for something that I have yet to discover. I have been asked to step out on faith on numerous occasions with my only safety net being my full reliance on him, I have felt more uncomfortable than comfortable, and I have lost count of how many times I have asked God “WHY?!”. But through it all he has been crazy faithful and so full of grace and mercy! He has given me more reasons than not to love him more than my issues and miniscule problems. <3 This love was translated into gratefulness on March 21st, 2017 when I woke up to start my first day at a new job that God blessed me with! Everything felt different on that beautiful Tuesday morning and I feel like I have been riding on a cloud ever since. I have witnessed prayers and goals that I have written down start to unfold before my eyes in my personal and spiritual life! NONE of these blessings have come in the form that I expected them to come in, but nonetheless I am so beyond grateful to God for opening them and showing me that his ways are better than mine! 🙂
I have learned from this season change that trusting in God is not merely for your benefit, but for God’s amazing blessings to be displayed through your life for his glory! So if you’re in your season of “why?!”, know that your season change may not always be displayed in a way that you expect, but it will definitely be felt in a way that is undeniable! 🙂
Vintage Vest: Shirley & Alice || Leather Pants: Shirley & Alice || Sheer Top: Vintage || Heels: Forever 21 || Sunglasses : Sunglass Spot
XO- Chrissy Joy
Patience is a gift that’s available to all but few decide to actually receive it. Some people accept their gift and have been using it faithfully, some take it out of storage as needed, and others have been letting it collect dust in the back of the closet for ages! lol I would like to think that I have been using my gift of patience everyday but the reality is that I take it out sparingly. I know that there are certain situations in which I should use it, but I seem to only use it in extreme cases. I asked God recently how I could make better use of the gift He has given me. I really wanted to learn how to have patience in every situation, not just when I have been pushed to the limit and chose to use it grudgingly.
God later showed me that patience can only grow by using it often. This can come from serving in areas that require you to use patience. Think of it like working out, your body will not get use to working out often and will always get sore until you begin to work those muscles often. The same can be said for patience! When you take the advantage of the opportunity to serve in the children’s ministry of your church, or biting your tongue at work whenever that nagging nancy says little things to get under your skin. Every response to ignorance doesn’t need to be anger. No one has been given the right to disturb your peace, it’s yours to control and keep! Practicing patience is just what the doctor (God) has ordered to keep your gift alive and well!
Check out what the other doctor (Dr. Marten) has prescribed for my look today! 🙂
Beaded Sweater : Shirley & Alice Vintage || Jacket: Zara || Pants: H&M || Boots: Dr. Marten || Sunglasses : Sunglasses Spot
Photograoher : Alexandra Reynolds
XX- Chrissy Joy
New York Fashion Week was very interesting for me this season. It started off cold and nasty but ended on a brighter and less messy note. I only attended about 2.5 days of shows (even though I originally planned to attend 5 days) due to being sick on the first day and booking a styling gig on the last three days of shows. At first I was annoyed at how everything I’d planned seemed to be getting derailed and flipped around. Many of the shows that I was most excited about seeing…I missed!
I forced myself to change my perspective on day four. This was the day that I was offered a styling gig for the remaining three days of Fashion Week, but wondered if it would be worth it to miss the rest of the week. However, God showed me that this was exactly what I had been praying for, but in a different package.
One of my goals for the year is to have multiple streams of income from various jobs (styling, blogging, contributing, commercial modeling, etc.) I wrote within my goals that I wanted to always have money coming in from one of these areas. God quickly reminded me of this when I accepted a styling job during a time that I really wanted to see my favorite designers new collections come down the runway (up close and personal.) He also reminded me that I don’t have to always be on the scene and in front of the lights to have an experience. I was not at the shows for the majority of this season, but the time I attended was memorable. I made awesome connections, caught up with old friends, and made new ones. It was the perfect example of how sometimes less is more!
This season, I only have two looks for my NYFW Style Diary, but I am in love with each look and had fun putting them together! They’re both layered looks that include pieces from Brooklyn vintage boutique, Shirley and Alice! Check them out below and let me know which one is your favorite! 🙂
Jumpsuit & Jacket : Shirley & Alice Vintage Boutique || Silk Printed Scarf : Crossroads Trading Company || Bag: Ralph Lauren || Sunglasses : Sunglass Spot || Booties : Zara
Jacket : Shirley & Alice Vintage Shop || Turtleneck & Long Button Down: H&M || Lace Skirt: Crossroad Trading Company || Shoes: Converse || Sunglasses : Mahps Vintage
Until next season! 🙂
-xo- Chrissy Joy
It brings me great pleasure to talk about this next brand on my list of favorite Fall/Winter 2017 collections from the season’s NYFW shows. I usually like to save her review for last, but I’ve been so gitty to talk about the collection since I saw the designs come down the runway! This designer is non-other than my fav, Georgine! 🙂
If you’ve been following my New York Fashion Week coverage for at least the past three season’s, you may already know that my love for the brand Georgine runs deep! I always find myself in awe of her collections and gushing about it days after the show has ended. This season was no exception! Designer, Georgine Ratelband brought her A-game once again in a Fall/Winter collection that was inspired by “permanent hotel dwellers, the glamorous creatures that have called the most prestigious properties home.” Think Coco Chanel’s iconic suite at “The Ritz” and Howard Hughes bungalow at “The Hotel Beverly Hills”. Georgine translated this inspiration into lavish designs that included metallics, fur, leather and lace. It gave me the vibes of an Upper East Side young woman with a Soho flair of style. She showcased looks that a woman may wear to work or a night on the town. Even the nightgown looked as though it could be effortlessly dressed up and worn from her hotel to the fabulous streets of Paris or New York. It was a beautiful representation of how the transient energy of these legends living in chic quarters fueled their creativity and made everyday feel like a permanent fabulous vacation.
Overall, I am in love with this ENTIRE collection and would definetly rock any of these pieces on any given day! Georgine continues to blow my mind with her extraordinary designs with intricate detailing. I am super anxious to see next season’s designs as I know it will again be a home-run ball that gets knocked out of the park! 🙂
Check out my favorites from the collection below and let me know which look is your favorite!
Thank you for the invite MAO PR!
-xo- Chrissy Joy