One thing I love about fashion is that you can always learn new tricks and ways to add to outfits that you already have.
Summer is now in full swing. Time to buy those cute summer outfits, sandals, beach wear, and as the kids would say, “whatever!”
Speaking of new clothes, allow me to ask you a question. Are you into wearing labels on your clothing? Would you buy a designer’s label even though the style doesn’t look good on you? Do you buy labels that your budget can’t afford? I know that I have, and for good reason, or so I thought at the time. I wanted to fit in with the crowd.
Unfortunately, I’ve also worn labels within me that wasn’t the right thing to wear. In reality, the label I was wearing within was what I based my self-worth on.
Perhaps you can relate to what I am saying. Ask yourself these questions?
- Am I wearing a Performance Label that says I must meet certain standards in order to feel good about myself?
- Am I wearing an Approval Label that says I must be approved by certain others to feel good about myself?
- Am I wearing a Blame Label that says because of something in my past I am unworthy of love and deserve to be punished?
- Am I wearing a Shame Label that says I am what I am; I cannot change; I am hopeless.
Perhaps we should change our wardrobe within, dispense with the labels, and label ourselves the way God sees us which is: deeply loved, totally accepted, deeply loved, and absolutely complete in Him.
Only then can we become the woman God created us to be from the inside out.
We live in the world. We are women. We feel the expectations and pressures to "keep up with ourselves" from what the world tells us. We want to feel beautiful and desired. We want to feel valued. And because we are women, we have a God-given ability to see beauty and to bring that beauty into the world, starting in the most intimate of places, our hearts. A woman's heart reflects a pureness and love that is admired and should be cared for.
Proverbs 4:23 tells us, "Above all else, guard your heart, for everything you do flows from it."
When we guard our hearts and our purity, we bring beauty to others. We give a glimpse of God’s holiness and goodness. This kind of true beauty is what the Lord wants for us. The world sees through dark glasses; its vision stops at the surface level. Dressing to show off our body only brings a temporary value and a surface level self-worth that is quick to leave. As Christians we understand this.
"Women should adorn themselves in respectable apparel...not with braided hair and gold or pearls or costly attire, but with what is proper for women who profess godliness with good works." (1 Timothy 2:9-10)
"Do not let your adorning be external- the braiding of hair and the putting on of gold jewelry, or the clothing you wear." (1 Peter 3:3)
Dressing modestly is of value. It enhances our inner beauty and doesn't focus on our body. When the focus is on our inner beauty, our heart, we will be desired and valued because of the substance of this beauty.
But, so often this teaching of humility and modesty leaves us with the impression that we cannot and should not give any attention toward our outward beauty. We think we shouldn't be interested in the clothes we wear or what’s in style. That our desire to want to feel beautiful is vanity, and any indulgence in this is when guilt sets in. But, this is simply not true; it is a lie from the enemy that God does not want good things for us, or that these concerns are too small for God to care about.
The truth is God cares about ALL parts of our heart. Every little bit. He loves that we get joy from putting things together that make us feel beautiful. He loves our creativity and how we use it for our own style that inspires others. There is no shame in loving and wanting to feel beautiful. God created beauty; he loves to see us inspired by it!
I see style and fashion as a language that we use to connect with other women. Putting effort into our style shows we know our value and that we are loved. We make a conscious decision each morning on what outfit we will put on for that day that reflects the beauty, personality, creativity, and purity of our hearts. We can be stylish, modest, and confident knowing that the Lord delights in our happiness!
CW: Gather Her is an evening of fashion and faith meant to refresh her through power messages, dinner, pampering and a time to share, create and grow with other dreamers and women of purpose.
There’s something special that happens when women who live on purpose gather around a dinner table. The conversations are life changing causing a shift in momentum in where we are going.
~ A movement ~ An awakening ~
That’s why Created Woman has designed a monthly gathering called CW: Gather Her for women who desire to and are living on purpose and for a purpose on the 3rd Thursday of every month at the Arthouse Austin.
You’re invited to be refreshed, renewed and sharpened so that you can continue to be and become who you are created to be, run your race with endurance and show up well!
About the author
Sarah's love for textures, colors, fabrics and all things style started at a young age and quickly became a passion. She received a Bachelors degree from Texas State University, majoring in Fashion Merchandising with a minor in Business Administration. With an eye for style, she is intrigued by everyday fashion and finds happiness through constantly re-decorating her home. She believes laughing is one of the best parts of life. Having those much needed long phone calls to mom is a close second. Lover of white fluffy couches. Finds comfort in coffee & candles. And blooms where she is planted. Sarah recently married her high school sweetheart Phillip, and currently lives in San Antonio, Texas
Have you ever felt drained and worn out from the long week of work and daily routine? Like you just needed some time to yourself to rest and to re-energize to start the next day at your very best? We’ve all been there. In fact, I’m there every Friday evening, on my couch, ready to let Netflix take over and start my weekend!
The truth is, although we would like to think that we are superwoman, wife, mom, co-worker, sister, friend, or whatever it is that we do, we can’t do it all by ourselves, all of the time, without any help. And that’s okay! We are meant to rely on someone who can! There’s nothing like the refreshment I get from sitting down with my bible and journal and spending some much needed quiet time with the Lord. The overwhelming to-do- list is quieted, worries and doubts dissolve, and I feel I have been given a fresh start to take on whatever new opportunities come my way!
I feel REFRESHED.
The same feeling of excitement for newness in my wardrobe came this month when the fashion world was hit with a wave of refreshment, as style icon Olivia Palaermo partnered with Nordstrom’s Chelsea28 label to create an exclusive capsule collection of chic and fresh new pieces.
The inspiration for the collection comes from the recent 70’s colors and vibes from the runways. You’ll find dressed up denim elements, a fun “pajama look,” along with Olivia’s signature piece - a beautiful sleeveless suede trench dress. The Nordstrom exclusive collection is a blend of modern staples with a high fashion edge.
There is nothing like a new wardrobe to help me feel motivated and confident! A sleek sleeveless vest is my go-to statement piece at the moment, and I love the way this line portrays them in fun colors like camels and army greens; my favorite!
What I love most about this collection is how versatile the pieces are so that you can wear them all season long. There is a simple but classic feel, with a surprise of color and funky prints. All the looks feel like a breath of fresh air to the everyday staples and look effortlessly put together, leaving us refreshed, inspired, and ready to take on the day!
Dressing casual and the idea that workout clothes can be worn on a daily basis have become mainstream in this country. I’ve begun to notice this more and more recently not only as I walk around campus in between classes but also while out running errands and shopping. I understand the need to be comfortable in our day-to-day lives but in my opinion you do not need baggy sweatshirts and running shorts to be comfortable.
I think a lot of my belief in dressing comes from being raised in a French family. My grandmother is French, my grandfather is American and they met in France, had my mom and then moved to the United States. Even after being in the US for so long, my grandmother has stuck to her roots and raised my mom and I in the French traditions. Daily, you always have your hair and makeup done and attire looking put together. Holidays and special occasions were for more formal attire- dresses and heels for women, slacks and a jacket for men. Workout attire was for exactly that, working out.
This past summer was my grandparent’s 60th Anniversary. They took my parents, myself and my boyfriend on a week long cruise in celebration. That was where I really began to notice how casual Americans are. Dinners in the dining room had a dress code and two of those nights were formal attire. As my family walked in dressed to the nines, men around us were in khakis and bowling shirts while the women were in sundresses and sandals. Many completely ignored the dress code and came straight from the pool. I understand that this is vacation but they also told you what to pack when you booked your cruise.
It’s not hard to combine comfort with style. You don’t have to put on a ball gown to go to the grocery store. Leggings, a flowy top, flats and simple jewelry are enough; with leggings on, you can still pretend you’re in your favorite yoga pants and a flowy top feels almost like a worn in t-shirt. I know when I get dressed, I want to act in a way that matches my attire. I’m more polite and friendly when looking put together. I also get more compliments about how I look in general or just a piece I am wearing. When I get those complements, I feel better about myself and when my confidence goes up I believe I can do anything. The way you look is the first impression you give anybody around, so why not make a great first impression?
You don’t have to dress the same as everyone else. Style is about showing who you are. It is possible to look chic in jeans and a white shirt. Add fun accessories to a plain outfit to show your personality. Wear a cute pair of pumps with skinny jeans to stand out. When you have on those fabulous heels, your body language changes. You strut and show confidence.
I promise that dressing everyday is worth it and will make you feel happier and more confident in the end. Even on those days when you don’t feel like getting pretty, bright lipstick and a messy bun is in style. When you look in the mirror and think, “wow, I am gorgeous” you can feel like a supermodel. Nothing is more beautiful than a woman who believes she is beautiful. Get dressed in the morning for yourself, put on eye liner for yourself, your favorite red lipstick for yourself, show a bit of skin for yourself, be beautiful for yourself. All this does in the end is empower yourself.
“What you wear is how you present yourself to the world, especially today, when human contacts are so quick. Fashion is instant language.” –Miuccia Prada
All pictures found on pinterest!
Paris Fashion Week Ready-to-Wear ended last week and as an obsessive fashion addict, it is one of my favorite weeks. This is the week when design houses that I dream about show their ready-to-wear styles for the next season (because some of them are special enough to have haute couture lines.) I was a little surprised about how “wearable” many of the styles were from the runway. It’s easy to see them transitioning into the everyday wardrobe when spring comes. Some of my favorite shows were Balmain, Jean Paul Gaultier, Louis Vuitton and of course Chanel.
The looks at Balmain were all about power dressing. A sophisticated woman who can rise to the top while still dripping with sex appeal is the goal of Olivier Rousteing at Balmain. Many of the looks had black leather lattice work, dresses were tight but also longer, and pants were wide legged trousers paired either as a jumper or with an ultra chic top. With typical Balmain fashion, it was vintage in a way with references to past collections from designers like Yves Saint Laurent and Givenchy. I love how to collection is so sexy without it being revealing.
It makes me so sad to say this but Jean Paul Gaultier went out with an extravagant affair for his last Ready to Wear show. He is moving on and focusing only on haute couture and that might be one of the most depressing but exciting things I’ve ever heard. His final show was a “Miss Jean Paul Gaultier 2015” competition with with categories like Miss Smoking, Miss Wives and Girlfriends of Soccer Players, Miss Tour de France and Miss Meteo (or Miss Weather in English). The looks were all over the place- sharp pinstripes and tailoring to models in Mexican wrestling masks. The show was everything I expected and more. Monsieur Gaultier bid Ready to Wear goodbye in the best way possible.
I might be a little biased here because I have been in love with Louis Vuitton for years. Not because of their super cute brown and black monogram bags, but because of the brilliance that goes into making every piece they come out with whether it be clothing or accessories. The collection that went down this runway can best be described as preppy meets vintage. Models donned cropped flairs with beautifully designed boots, knit dresses with fabulous detailing, and skirts of multi color leather stripes. The bags however could have stood alone, exquisitely designed and unlike the bags we all have been used to seeing from the house. Not only were the bags new, the LV logo was too. It is clean and contemporary and the perfect fit for the direction Louis Vuitton is headed in. Nicolas Ghesquiére’s first year with Louis Vuitton has been a dream come true.
Chanel not only had an amazing collection, a runway made to look like Boulevard Chanel with actual puddles and my favorite model (Gisele Bündchen), they also held a protest to end the show. Karl Lagerfeld is one of my idols and an absolute genius in the world of fashion. He wanted every look that he sent down that Boulevard to be something that every woman could wear daily. Models walked in groups rather than alone as if they were strolling down the street with friends. He kept with traditional Chanel using tweed, florals and adorable cocktail dresses which is exactly what fans of Chanel want.
Now for the long wait until January for Haute Couture in Paris.
Featured Image - TheGuardian.com
Last week, Tribeza held their 11th annual style week in Austin full of great food and even better fashion. They had events like Smoked Meat & Metal with skate boarding demos, a rum garden and a live performance; a southern brunch with a lavish menu, cocktails and live bluegrass music; Blooms + Butter dinner with famous chef Gabrielle Hamilton with food prepared straight off the menu from her New York City restaurant Prune. However, we were able to attend their fashion show presented by Lexus of Austin.
The night started out in a beautifully decorated yard outside an industrial space in downtown Austin. I arrived early so I took a look around at the food and drink vendors to see what they had for the night. My first stop might have been my favorite stop. The Austin Winery is located just a few minutes from downtown on Austin’s east side. They work with family owned vintners and grape growers before they go to work crafting their wines. The CEO and founder, Ross McLauchlan, was running the table and he let me sample before choosing one and they were all delicious. I ended up choosing a glass of chardonnay and it may have been one of the best I’ve ever had. They also hold private wine tastings- I may have to have a mother daughter date there.
The food wasn’t quite ready so I made a second stop at Austin Cocktails where they were sampling their four different cocktails all with delicious sounding names. The Vodkarita, the Cucumber Vodka Mojito, the Tea Twister, and the one I chose later to have for the fashion show, Paradise Found. It was a mixture of vodka, natural coconut water, stone and citrus fruits, basil, and organic agave nectar topped off with a couple fresh raspberries- absolutely delightful. I’m not sure how I had never heard of Austin Cocktails. They pride themselves on creating better tasting cocktails made with better ingredients like natural herbs and fresh fruit juices.
From there I went to sample delicious foods from Fork & Vine, Chinatown, Barlatta and Delish. I wasn’t able to make it to Winebelly. Fork & Vine served the most incredible tacos I’ve ever had. Scallops, Cabbage, fresh lime juice and some sort of delicious sauce. I can’t wait to check them out after they finally open next week. Chinatown stood out from the crowd. Instead of serving on a plate or napkin like other vendors, they filled up the typical Chinese take out boxes for people to eat out of. Barlatta was my favorite. I love tapas and I feel like good tapas is hard to find. They were serving a dish called Arros Negre that had a mixture of black rice, squid, clams, and a few other ingredients thrown in. Delish supplied yummy cupcakes for dessert.
After everyone enjoyed a drink and a bite to eat, we all headed inside to our seats to enjoy the show. Reflecting current styles and Austin’s easy style, the show was broken into four parts- Yourself Exposed, Rugged Beauty: The Texas Landscape, Street Chic, and Steal the Party with music by The Nightowls.
Yourself Exposed featured delicate pretty lingerie in pastels and neutral colors styled with denim jackets, jeans and even a shawl that looked almost like a sarape blanket. The delicates came from designers such as Elle McPherson, Stella McCartney, Fleur and Simone Perele. If you loved any of them enough to purchase, you were in luck because they were all from two stores- Teddies for Bettys and Underwear.
Rugged Beauty: The Texas Landscape featured easy and relaxed style in colors that you would find throughout this state of ours. Flowy white dresses, gray jackets, blue button down shirts and cozy yellow sweaters were shown on the runway. Every outfit looked comfortable and fit perfectly with that Texas style. Pieces were from designers such as Hermès, BB Dakota, Creatures of Comfort and Billy Reid and were from many local Austin retailers like MOSS, Hoiden Supply Co., and Raven + Lily.
Street Chic was surprisingly wearable. Usually when a collection is “street chic” it’s not easily wearable for the everyday person. Street Chic featured bold pops of color paired on a fairly dark background. Stripes and polka dots seemed to be the prints of choice on the runway. Pretty scarves, bright pants and a sort of sophistication was the idea of Street Chic. I wish I could wake up every morning and have all of it in my closet. Some of the designers included were Saint Laurent, John Varvatos, and Nicole Miller from retailers like The Garden Room, Olive, and By George.
Steal the Party was exactly what is said. If you were to wear any of the outfits they showed on the runway from Steal the Party, you would do just that. Sparkle and shine was in every outfit and all the models even carried sparkling motorcycle helmets by Daytona Cruiser as they walked. If I was to ever own a bike, I would need one of those helmets. Glittering gold dresses and fun pants were available from designers such as Pauline Trigere, Babette, and Alice & Olivia. A few of the retailers were Kick Pleat, Beehive and Feathers Boutique.
Thank you so much to Tribeza for having us there and holding such an incredible show proving Austin fashion is still alive and strong. We can’t wait to see what next year has in store!
Photos from Tribeza, Amy Gentry from The Austin Chronicle, HungryGirlAustin and myself.
Style Speaks was a great day for fashion in Austin. All the women in attendance looked beautiful in their most stylish outfits while enjoying incredible speakers, delicious food, awesome shopping and most important, an entertaining fashion show with stunning pieces brought to us by three Austin brands- s.t.e.f., W by Worth, Capra and Cavelli and UAL.
s.t.e.f. had a pop-up shop with multiple pieces and also opened and closed the show with nine different looks. s.t.e.f. is a sustainable women’s clothing line designed and created in Austin, TX. They pride themselves on creating quality pieces that are designed to last using organic cotton and hemp blend fabrics. From my personal opinion, s.t.e.f. should be the brand that everyone gravitates towards. I love their use of natural fabrics and recycled materials and the quality of their pieces. I also love that their pieces aren’t too expensive. You may think that $200 for a cotton dress is a little pricey but when you’re paying that, you’re paying for a dress that is fitted perfectly to you that will last for years to come. The designer, Stephanie, prides herself on creating a line that is sustainable and also producing clothing that makes women feel beautiful and has a positive impact on her community.” She launched s.t.e.f. in Austin in 2013. If only I could afford to buy everything from s.t.e.f. all at once, especially the dress that Stephanie wore yesterday.
W by Worth also had a pop up shop and had 6 looks in the show. Worth is a New York City based company founded in 1991. They don’t sell their clothing in a store like most brands; you can shop online or in person with one-on-one appointments with a professional sales associate. They aim to provide personalized luxury experience for every woman that shops with them and remain dedicated to strong women of purpose, passion and style. I love the intimacy they offer while shopping because I know many women are like me and hate shopping with crowds.
Capra and Cavelli had six incredible looks in the show and also gave out gift cards to everyone in attendance. Capra and Cavelli has been around for over 19 years and has established a national reputation as the distinguished source of exceptional clothing for men and women. The women’s shop is located downtown in the Hilton Lobby and is the newer of the two locations. The women’s location emphasizes Austin casual dress and local designed jewelry. One of my personal favorite brands they carry is Tess. The men’s location is the original location and has been recognized by Esquire Magazine as one of the top 100 clothing stores in America. They even have an in-house tailor to make sure your purchases have an exceptional fit. I have to say I can’t wait to visit both locations to do some shopping for my boyfriend and I.
UAL was a personal favorite of mine because I got to help dress the girls wearing their clothing. UAL unfortunately did not have a shop but they did have six gorgeous looks on the runway. UAL, or United Apparel Liquidators, was founded by a husband and wife team in 1980 in Mississippi. Since then it has grown into a recognizable name and now has five retail stores in four states including the one in Austin along with an online store. They were built on the concept of obtaining high-fashion brands at affordable pricing. You can find incredible pieces from 70-90% off retail prices. I fell in love with all the pieces they had and almost had a heart attack when I saw how much they were. I’ll be stopping by there in the near future.
Every look in the show was a perfect representation of what to wear for this fall/winter season and I hope everyone that went to this event and reading this posts checks out all four of these incredible companies.
To top off the amazing show...
My dream came true at the end of the fashion show. I actually got to walk down a runway! I couldn't have been more excited!
Thank you to s.t.e.f.'s instagram and Asya for the great pictures!
This might be a little different than anything you would ever read at Created Woman and different than anything I would normally talk about unless you are one of my close friends but I’m going to spill a secret today. I’ve always wanted to be a mixture of Barbie and Elle Woods (Legally Blonde). I don’t know if it’s because of my blonde hair and blue eyes along with the fact that my signature color is pink or if I am just that strange. I’ve always owned it though and my friends and family know it.
Moschino has always been a little over the top with their collections and yesterday at Milan Fashion Week was no different. I believe Jeremy Scott had me in mind when he thought of the theme for Spring/Summer 2015.
As the show began, Aqua’s hit from the 90’s “Barbie Girl” started playing while a lifesize Barbie in a pink dress with black polka-dots strutted down the runway. Following her came looks from workout Barbie, travel Barbie, Malibu Barbie and more. In true outrageous Moschino style, bright colors, eccentric prints and unusual accessories adorned the runway.
Not only did Jeremy Scott channel his inner Barbie Girl in bright colors, he also showed styles in metallic gold and black as well as an exaggerated 1980’s high school prom, all still with that Barbie style. I loved the gold lamé trench coat with gold "Moschino" belt- tough girl vibe from Barbie.
Moschino has never been a brand that I am willing to spend money on and probably never will be, but it has been selling in huge numbers. With the release of this collection, I can only imagine that sales will continue to increase adding a customer base of other girls like me who actually have money to spend on a tshirt that states “it’s very expensive being Moschino.” However, I may have to waste $85 dollars on a pink iPhone case shaped like a hand mirror.
Featured images from Vogue
Summer time can come with an excitement and dread at the same time; after all, it does mean it's swimsuit season! But don't you worry, long are the days when the only option is the itsy, bitsy, teenie, weenie, yellow polka dot bikini! Swim itself has become a fashion statement and there's a style for every girl! Plus, don't forget about the fun accessories that come with the season, too. I don't leave the house without my favorite aviators and am constantly adorned with my comfortable flip flops. Summer time screams pedicure with a girlfriend! So as you pack your bag to head to the the water this summer, here's What's Hot poolside.
Thanks so the staying power of Mad Men on HBO, the pin-up girl-like bathing suit has made it's return. The great thing about high waisted is that it hides a multitudes of sins while still making you feel and look young.
Not a bikini yet not a one piece, cut out suits hit the runway in almost every show. The fun styles are functional and fashionable.
No matter what style you choose, this sun-kiss color screams summer and is the hottest color you'll see poolside.
This year's newest trend in eye wear is the cat eye. Fun, fashionable and sassy! Try in a cool leopard print or solid, but try you must!
No, it's not 1984 but the Risky Business Ray Ban is back - actually, they never left - but they are hotter than ever! Great new colors flank every sunglass hut!
My personal favorite of all summer! Like my American Express, I never leave home without them!