Friday, February 19, 2016

Benson Daniel||Birth Photography

Capturing the first moments of this precious little guy was such a special experience for me last year. There's nothing quite like those first moments after a baby is born---the proud daddy, the relieved + overjoyed mama, and overall just the rejoicing in the MIRACLE of life. I've been at three of my sibling's births before but that newness of life and those first moments never grows old and it was such a joy to see + photograph the instant love between this brand-new child and his parents.
It is truly beyond my comprehension how we have a God so great who gives gifts like these!
proud grandparents.
"For this child I prayed; and the Lord hath given me my petition which I asked of him."
1 Samuel 1:27
It was an extra honor to be there, as this little guy had many people praying for him before his little existence even began, and to see God answer prayer and give such a precious little life like his, was and is such a blessing!
{me with Benson, a few weeks after his birth}

And there's a little baby love for y'all this weekend! Happy Friday!
-Chels

Thursday, February 18, 2016

Feminine Fashion||Layering + Accessorizing

A little while back, one of you sweet readers asked for tips on putting together classy outfits for fall/winter. 

Contrary to what you might think, the cold season is my absolute favorite time of year for fashion. In the summer, one has to worry about how to take off as much as possible to stay comfortable and cool while obviously (obviously!) wanting to maintain a standard of modesty whilst trying to stay cool and  fashionable. It can be a challenge.

But winter? No worries! Cause baby its cold outside, and we wanna wear as many cozy layers as possible! 

The question is how to do this without looking like a snowman? Is it even possible to be warm and look halfways trim? I don't know about the rest of you girls, but I want to keep my waistline definable even if its cold. Absolutely. 

But...I don't want to live the whole winter in sweats and hoodies! Because we're going for beauty + fashion here, and while the afore mentioned combination may be toasty + comfy + appropriate for some times, its definitely not what I'm wanting as my normal fashion statement.

Listen up ladies...where there's a will, there's a way! =)

Today I'm going to share with you a few tips on layering, whilst keeping a slim and professionally fitted look, whilst looking classy and dressy, and whilst staying warm in those cozy layers!
My sista Alli was leaving one day last November for errands, and I thought her outfit was a perfect example of this whole layering concept, so I grabbed her for a few shots, and here they are.

First we'll start out with the outfit details, since its always fun to know where stuff is from. =)
Dress: Stuff Etc Consignment (we get most of our clothes at this fabulous Iowa chain. As much as possible, whenever we have fellow thrifter friends visit, we take them there to visit shop, and there's not been a ONE yet that hasn't fallen in love with the place =))
Tee: Downeast Basics brown wonder tee
Cardigan: Stuff Etc Consignment
Skinny Jeans: Kohls
Leg Warmers: Gifted
Necklace: borrowed from yours truly, who got it from a friend
Hair Flower: gifted
Boots: Ariat brand, gifted
In the fall/winter, my sister and I LOVE pairing skinnies with our dresses. This has to be done right or it can look frumpy; jeans don't work with just any dress. But if you can make the combination look right, it can be SO COZY, because you have double layers of material. 
Boots are a STAPLE for girls who live in the north. They keep your legs warm and keep your ankles out of the snow and they are just all around the greatest invention. I live in my boots in the winter. (actually my multiple pairs, ha!) 

And I don't know about y'all but I adore leg warmers! They add so much class and fun!
Sometime I might do a post just solely dedicated to the wonderfulness of DownEast Basics but for now let me just say that if you haven't been introduced to this company, here is the introduction and their wonder tees may very well change your life forever. 
I hate buying things new and hardly ever do (I almost always shop used) but I make an exception when it comes to the wonder tee because I haven't found other tees like them anywhere. 
They are very fitted which makes them AMAZING for layering, or you can buy a size larger and wear them on their own. I love them because they have more coverage than an average cami with the cap sleeves, which makes them perfect to wear underneath lace and/or sheer tops.
 They are sold in a multitude of colors and they are also LONG which is a huge plus in my book. =)
They are more expensive than what I would normally want to pay for just a tee shirt but I have found that as often as I wear mine, it is WORTH IT. I have the wonder tee in cream, black, and rust currently. My sister and I try to wait until they either have a sale or "free shipping over $50" or something like that and then buy a bunch together to make it more worth it and try to get the best deal possible.
 I really just can't rave about them enough. 
Just go buy your own. =)
Accessories. They can make an outfit go from 50 to 100 in no time flat.

These leg warmers are a perfect example. The lace peeking out of the boots ties in with the vintage and ruffled look of her cardigan and hair flower.

Plus it breaks up the dark look of jeans against boots, and brings a hint of the cream back into the outfit nearer the bottom.
"She maketh herself coverings of tapestry; her clothing is silk and purple....
Strength and honor are her clothing; and she shall rejoice in time to come.
Proverbs 31:22+25

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What are some of y'alls tips for classy layering and staying warm during these chilly fall/winter days?
Leave a comment and share! I'd love to hear your ideas!
-Chels