It’s Mayyy!! The sun is shining, the pools are opening and the cherry blossoms are in full bloom! I love everything about spring time which means I have been bopping around these NYC streets with a smile on my face for the past few days. The only thing that has been playing with my emotions lately has been the temperature of the weather! One day will be a high of 85 degrees and the next the high will be 60 degrees. The current scenery in NYC looks like spring but the temperature makes it feel like it’s fall.
This thought has been reigning in my mind for the past week, until God showed me how this current weather situation can be applied to other areas of my life. On Tuesday night, one of the ministers at my church made a statement that has been food for thought for me! She said that sometimes God can tell us we are in a certain season but the conditions that come with the season say otherwise. The season may feel and even look like your past season, yet God keeps telling you that it is a new season of endless possibilities. It is in those moments that you must learn to believe in what your (God) calendar is saying. The forecast of your life could lead you to believe that you are in the middle of hurricane season with no end in sight, but if your (God) calendar tells you that you are in the middle of spring with endless blossoms and flowers, BELIEVE IT!!
God cannot operate when doubt is present, but when you can walk with your head held high in the middle of hurricane, wearing a bright floral sundress and a smile, you wont need God to reassure you of your new season, because you will already be smelling the flowers! 🙂
Jumpsuit: Y&R Boutique || Jacket : Shirley & Alice Vintage Boutique || Sunglasses : Mahps Vintage || Shoes : ALDO
XO – 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
There are many professions that I have wanted to have in my short lifetime. In elementary, I wanted to be a veterinarian, in high school I wanted to be Dallas Cowboy cheerleader, and during college I wanted to be a boutique owner. Although all of these desires were important to me, being a boutique owner was hands down the most important goal that I have had. During my junior year of college I was so convinced that I needed to open my own boutique that I started to intern at a popular local boutique in Charlotte named “Lotus” to learn the ins and outs of the business.
Lotus had recently opened a new store location in the Metropolitan area of Charlotte, NC, when I came on board as a intern/sales stylist. I expressed to Jackie Rodney and Effie Loukas, (the owners of Lotus) that I wanted to absorb as much information from them as possible….and absorb I did! Over the course of five months I learned marketing and selling strategies, pricing, proper selling verbiage and store event planning/execution. While I loved learning these things there was one task that seemed to trump all of the others….Styling! It was something about having a woman come into the boutique desperate, stressed, on a mission, and watching her entire mood transform into happiness and relief through a styling session. It brought me happiness to see and feel someone else’s happiness! 🙂
Five months was all it took to open my eyes to my true passion beyond owning a boutique. Although interning at Lotus wasn’t my first experience with styling, it somehow changed my perspective of its beauty and helped me to realize that it was my true calling! It’s funny how God can use YOUR plan to show you HIS purpose for your life! 🙂
Fast forward five years and I have made my way back to Lotus! But I am now a full-time Freelance Fashion Stylist & Blogger, and my presence is for a collaboration! I teamed up with my favorite Charlotte (and Los Gatos!) boutique to style three looks from their Summer 2016 collection! Today’s look will be Part 1 of a 3-Part series! If you drool (which I’m sure you will!) over any of the items that you see in this series, head over to LotusLook.com and use my code : “LOTUSJOY” for 10% off your purchase! 🙂
Check out look my “Summer Date Night” look below!
Top: Lotus || Bottom: Lotus || Sunglasses : Lotus || Heels : Aldo
Photographer : Kerrisha Ealey
P.S : Huge thanks to Effie Loukas & Jackie Rodney for all that you have done for me! Special thanks to Krista as well for your amazing service and help! 🙂
Xo- Chrissy Joy