Give the Perfect Gift

Looking for that perfect gift for someone on your shopping list?  Allow me to suggest a gift-giving idea that won't cost you a penny!  Take a stroll with me to the bedside of a dying father in the Old Testament by the name of Isaac as he was about to give this free gift to his oldest son, Esau.

The name of the gift?  The Blessing.

In keeping with the custom of the day, parents in the Old Testament set aside a special day to give The Blessing.  On this special day when The Blessing was given, the parent spoke words of:

  • Love
  • High Value
  • Acceptance
  • and words that Painted a Bright Future into their child's life.

Esau had been summoned to his dying father's bedside to receive The Blessing from his father.  However, his brother Jacob had deceived their father into believing that he was Esau, and Isaac had already given The Blessing to Jacob.  Unfortunately, custom also said that once the blessing was given, it could not be revoked - - it stood that Jacob should keep the blessing that was intended for Esau.

When Esau realized that Jacob had received The Blessing he should have gotten, he cried out:  "Oh, haven't you saved even one blessing for me?  Oh my father, bless me too!"

Can't you just feel the anguish Esau must have felt:

  • "Please bless me, too!"
  • "I want to know you love me "
  • "I want to know you value me!'
  • "I want to know you accept me!"
  • "Tell me that I have potential with a bright future!"

I submit to you that that same cry and unfulfilled longing is still being heard by people that you may be rubbing shoulders with everyday:  your family, friends, church members, neighbors.  Many are crying out as Esau did:  "Do you have one blessing for me?"

Why not give someone on your Christmas list The Blessing.  "It is the Perfect Gift."

** For ways to implement this gift, you might want to buy the book, The Blessing by Gary Smalley and John Trent.

Merry Christmas

Changing with the Seasons

“Hello, My name is Heather and I’m a coat-aholic!”  Yes, I have finally admitted my addiction after years of buying cardigans, coats, long jackets, short jackets, waist- length jackets, capes, throws, shawls…Oh, I love them all!  If only I could layer in the summer…..if only Austin had a longer winter!  What’s a coat lover to do especially when the seasons change almost everyday in central Texas?  I can barely keep my perfect, long, winter white Banana Republic jacket on long enough for my girlfriends to see before the sun peaks out turning the perfect winter day into a California beach day! Changing of the seasons can be difficult on your closet especially when each day is, well, a new season!  So to help all of my fellow coat-aholic friends out, here are a few great layering pieces that will get you from those cold winter mornings that turn in to mild spring afternoons.

1. Capes are a great way to keep warm, look stylish but not look too bundled up.  Capes come in classic looks like black, leopard or can be the main accessory of any outfit.  Capes have been around since fashion began.

2. Long Jackets & Cardigans are my favorite!  Especially in the every changing weather of Texas.  Wear them over short sleeves and take it off as the sun peaks out.

3. Trench coats have become one of may favorites as well.  Trench coats are classy, trendy, sophisticated and will always be the perfect coat from day to night.

4. If you're blessed to live in a climate that has seasons, you get to choose from a variety of coat lengths & styles.  Long, belted, pea, double breasted.  The list goes on.  Choose a great classic color like camel or black and wear it for years.

5. For those that love to stay on trend, a great faux fur vest makes you feel like you are in a winter wonder land without being over dressed.

6. The Military look appeared in full force this year and the trend carries over into our winter coats and capes as well.

Of course, the ultimate jacket, from my point of view, is the classic Burberry Trench Coat.  It doesn't get any better than that!

So enjoy the changing of the season and the daily changing of coats & capes!

The Perfect Holiday Dress

The holiday shopping season is here and so are holiday parties!  Usually with all the hustle and bustle, the party of the season you have been looking forward to all year suddenly sneaks up on you.  And somehow, every year you find yourself staring helplessly into your closet yelling, "I have nothing to wear!"  just hours before the big event.  Well, it's no time to fret because you still have least 2 weeks ....that's plenty of time for the girl on the go.  To help save you some extra time, here are some helpful tips on how to look your seasons best for the 2010 Holiday season.

Stick with Metallics

Try a dainty dress like the Mad Men Ladies who have brought back the 1950's lady-like full skirt.

Lace is sexy and sophisticated

Red of course is great for the Christmas Season!

Any sequin jacket can dress up a casual party outfit or compliment the most elegant party dress.

Don't forget a clutch like these from Banana Republic.

Finally, for the perfect holiday outfit that will never go out of style.

Have fun at all your holiday parties while looking your best!

In the Beginning...

When Kristian and I started talking marriage one of the first “rules” I gave him was that I did not want to be proposed to in Jacksonville. Actually, the first rule was that I wouldn’t wait around forever for a ring and our time was definitely ticking. We were approaching the two and a half year mark, which is way too long to spend with someone without them putting a ring on it. But that’s a different story; back to the “don’t propose in Jacksonville” point. Don’t get me wrong, Jacksonville has its up sides, but city life and romance are not two of them. Being from New Orleans I appreciate nightlife, history, and culture in a city.I never really “imagined” my proposal but I trusted that  Kristian would think of something much better for me  than I could come up with for myself. His first attempt, though he has never told me the whole story, went awry. He was planning a proposal in Austin but the ring arrived after we had already headed back to Jacksonville. After a few more months of waiting the time had finally come. We both had the day off and took a trip to St. Augustine, a city just outside of Jacksonville. It is so quaint and reminds me so much of home, I love it! We were riding around on a scooter when he popped the question. Yes, I waited two and a half years to be proposed to on the back of a scooter but I loved every minute of it! How perfect! I never imagined my proposal, but I always dreaded some guy being on his knee, literally taking my hand for marriage. How cliché! After he finally gave me my gorgeous ring I went into planning overload.

The happiest I've ever been on the back of a scooter!

The Nitty- Gritty The first thing we had to decide on was where we were going to tie the knot. Originally we said Dallas but after living away from home for so many years I really started to miss it. New Orleans just has a special place in my heart, even if it is never “home” again, it at least deserves to share this momentous day with me. I looked at several places online. The hard part was staying within our budget while choosing a place that personifies us. I finally decided on The Benachi House and Gardens, a historic venue in the heart of the city. It was only a short -lived relief to have the venue chosen though. I quickly realized we are technically having a destination wedding. Now I immediately start thinking time frame. Everything needs to be done a lot farther in advance in order to accommodate traveling guests. Kristian and I were having an engagement party in New Orleans just a couple of months after the proposal. We figured this was the perfect time to decide on our Save the Dates. I loved the idea of announcing our date by sending postcards from New Orleans to our friends and families in different states. Not only was this cute, but it proved to be an easy and economical idea as well. Since our wedding is only about 130 guests I hand wrote each card, which added a nice personal touch. I totally recommend this idea. I am personally technologically challenged, but for those of you who work well with computers, you can find great fonts and print straight onto the postcards. I also love all things old so if you have a typewriter this idea actually works too. I was a little worried about the postcard getting bent but I tried it in my own typewriter and no damage was done so I think its a safe suggestion!

So many wonderful options!