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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! 🙂

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!)

 

 

Photographer: @trustmyeye

 

Xoxo – Chrissy Joy

Center Stage : Designer Jerome LaMaar

May 22, 2017

Hey Lovies!

At the beginning of this year I re-launched my YouTube Channel! 🙂 There are many features that will be apart of this channel including beauty & hair tutorials, style videos, uplifting testimonies of faith and best of all, Center Stage!

Center Stage is a feature on the Chrissy Joy Style Channel in which I interview various men and women within the fashion & entertainment industry that have uplifting and inspiring testimonies of how they got to where they are at the pinnacle of their career. I believe that everyone has a story of perseverance, faith and hard work that allows them to succeed in their career and my goal is to share their story with YOU to keep you going and working toward the beautiful calling that God has over your life! 🙂

Todays Center Stage feature is on designer, boutique owner, and style philosopher, Jerome LaMaar! From becoming the Creative Director of Baby Phat before the age of 20, to showcasing his collections at New York Fashion Week, and dressing the likes of Beyoncé & Mariah Carey (to name a few). Jerome has paved his own lane in the fashion industry and done so with style and gratitude! Check out his story below and take a tour of his South Bronx gallotique, 9JBX!

 

 

Let me know your thoughts on Jerome’s story and if inspired you in any way! 🙂

 

Videographer: Zerline Alvarez

Video Editor: Destiny Jackson

 

XO- Chrissy Joy

NYFW 2017 Style Diary

February 22, 2017

Hey Lovies!

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

 

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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

HELLO 2017!

January 3, 2017

Happy New Year Lovies! 

2017 is here and I couldn’t be more excited! 2016 was a year of stepping out on faith and discovery for me. I left my job of three and a half years to pursue full-time Freelance Fashion Styling & Blogging. Needless to say my faith and strength was tested in so many ways, but I learned a lot about myself and my level of perseverance. My relationship with God grew and so did my ministry. Overall, I was very uncomfortable throughout the entire year! God continued to ask me to take new steps and He pushed me out of my comfort zone in many ways. However, I never made those steps alone because he made it clear to me that he was still in control throughout every uncomfortable situation. That reassurance is what kept me moving forward with my head held high throughout 2016. 

2017 is the year of grace and favor. I believe that what you have seen from my blog in the past three years will not compare to what will come this year. I’m so excited to share the new projects that I have began working on as well as new opportunities that are on the way! God is so faithful and he’s willing to help you accomplish every goal and request that you have for 2017, but you must first believe in those goals (even the crazy big ones) and know that they can and will happen in order to see them manifest in your life. 

Have you made your goals for the new year? If so, share them in the comments! I would love to hear what God is up to in your life for 2017! 🙂 

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Photographer: Najah Cobb (@russianroulette)

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) 

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! 🙂

  

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

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

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

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

Faux Leather Moto Jacket • $49.99

H&M – Turtleneck Sweater – Light beige melange – Ladies • $19.99

Women’s Flat Top Sunglasses – Black • $12.99

 

Photographer: Lloyd Edwards

 

Xo- Chrissy Joy