COLOR CRUSH

Do you follow the color trends each season? Or do you dress to the beat of your own drum? Whether you realize it or not, you’re more than likely subconsciously drawn the colors lining the shelves this fall. Sure, we all have our favorites, but you might gravitate more toward the “it colors” of the season without even knowing it! Sneaky how the fashion industry lures us in, right? The Pantone Color Institute produces a color trend report each season and the fashion industry is inevitably sure to deliver on these trend predictions. So, what in the world is a color prediction report? Read more about it here.

 

 

As a stylist and wardrobe maven, I am absolutely crushing on certain colors right now. Check out a few of my faves and how I’ve put outfits together using these it colors of the season.

Aurora red or a rich, bold shade of merlot is at the top of my list. Loving it in a skinny jean or a ponte legging pant.

 

Sunflower, or maybe more commonly referred to as a camel color, is showing up everywhere in your favorite threads. Pair with other neutrals like black or grey, or with a jewel tone print or vibrant solid for compliment worthy style.

 

Mountain view, or a moss colored green, is positively delicious in my book! I like to think of it as the new neutral. Love, love, love. It’s surprisingly versatile and looks great with just about anything.

 

Deep turquoise or dark blue is a gorgeous jewel tone sure to breathe new life into your wardrobe. Embrace color and treat it as a must have this season. A rich winter white or cream is a great option to pair with this hue. Loving these looks….

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Jennie Baumberger Summer Soirée

Jennie Baumberger Summer Soirée

Comfortably Chic

Comfortably Chic

Happy in your Heart

“If You’re Happy and You Know It….”

Ever gotten a song stuck in your head, rattling around incessantly in your brain, causing you to randomly sing its verses in your car, at your desk, or maybe even as you drift off to dreamland? It’s usually high on the annoying spectrum, has lyrics you’re embarrassed to know by heart, and one with an undeniably “catchy” tune, hence camping out in your brain for a few days.

What if, instead, we had wonderfully pleasant, upbeat songs serving as constant reminders throughout our day to “keep up the good work, stay positive among trials, and praise God from whom all blessings flow?” I recently got the old childhood song “If You’re Happy and You Know It” stuck in my head after reflecting on happiness being a choice, and more importantly, an infectious emotion that we can motivate others with. Don’t know it the song? Allow me to remind you!

If you’re happy and you know it, clap your hands (clap, clap!)
If you’re happy and you know it, clap your hands (clap, clap!)
If you’re happy and you know it, then your face will surely show it If you’re happy and you know, clap your hands!

What was that that third verse? The most important one about our face being a direct indication of what’s in our heart? You guessed it! If we’re happy, and we know it, our FACE will surely show it. Not only that, our attitude, our speech, our demeanor, even the company we keep, will surely reveal what lies in our heart.

It’s like a domino effect: what lies in our heart will be evident on our face, in our lives, and will ultimately affect those around us. The company we keep, our attitude, and outlook will saturate our hearts. Which leads me to another point…

Remember the old adage, y ou are the company you keep? It’s as if you can be polluted, or positively transformed by those around you. You can also be a pollutant or have a positive impact in someone else’s life. As a child, I remember my mother saying to me, “You’re acting like so­and­so, let’s take a little break from spending time with them.” I am sure I questioned her at the time, but as an adult, I am thankful for her wise counsel!

Make an effort to surround yourself with positive influences, and don’t be a “Poisonous Patsy” or “Bad Mood Betty” in someone’s life. Be that positive friend with an infectious smile and overwhelming positive outlook on life, surround yourself with like­minded people, and fill your head ( oh, and your heart!) with a happy tune. You’ll be surprised at how much y our face will surely show it!

Words to live by….

Psalm 100: 1­2

“Make a joyful noise to the Lord, all the Earth! Serve the Lord with gladness! Come into his presence with singing!” ESV

Psalm 118: 24

“This is the day the Lord has made. Let us rejoice and be glad in it.” ESV

Proverbs 4: 14­15

“Do not enter the path of the wicked, and do not walk in the way of the evil. Avoid it; do not go on it; turn away from it and pass on.” ESV

Jumpstart Your Joy….

Turn that frown upside down! Start a joy journal and record one short entry each day about what you have to be joyful about. Hint, read James 1: 2­4 first for some insightful perspective on JOY.

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“Grumble Your Way to Grateful”

I don’t know about you, but I have sure complained and grumbled my way into an absolutely horrible mood more times than I can count. I would be willing to bet that my company is the worst imaginable when I propel myself into these “pity party” states. In fact, I’ll paint a picture for you of one my most recent “grumble stumbles,” which delightfully turned into something beautiful in the end.

I was recently on a family beach trip with my in­laws in beautiful, sunny Seagrove Beach, Florida. Ordinarily, this is one of my favorite places on earth, and a trip I look forward to for months in advance. This tranquil setting often equals fun in the sun, relaxation, good food, beautiful scenery, and a carefree approach to life, if only for a few days. Well, imagine being seven months pregnant in 95 degree temps and suffocating humidity, suffering from swollen ankles, feeling like Humpty Dumpty in a swimsuit, and a permanent bad mood inevitably ensues. I can laugh about it now, but boy was I miserable to be around at the time!

My husband flat out called me on the carpet many times throughout the trip and basically conveyed his “no tolerance” approach to my whiny, complaint-­filled bad attitude. My misery was starting to want some company, but he wanted no part of it. Fast forward a week after returning home, and my bad mood had turned into a full blown FUNK. My thirtieth birthday was approaching, and I couldn’t be less excited about celebrating. Once again, my attempt to recruit

my husband into the pity party club was unsuccessful and he gave me a dose a tough love, telling me to suck it up and be grateful for this pregnancy and a new baby girl on the way.

I had no choice but to turn my grumbling heart into a grateful heart and vowed to make this a wonderful birthday, no matter what. I decided to make a “happy list,” filled with 30 things I am grateful for. Slowly but surely, my complaining turned into cheerfulness as I realized how MUCH I had to be celebrate in my life. I started feeling ashamed for my recent miserable state of mind and ended up celebrating how wonderful it was to be ME! I gave all the glory to God, praising Him, thanking Him, and asking for His grace and forgiveness regarding my pitiful attitude. I was humbled by His provision in my life!

I felt transformed, renewed, and GRATEFUL for a life worth living! Scriptures tells us to “rejoice in all circumstances…give thanks always” so stop contemplating these words and take them as a direct command from your Heavenly father on how to tackle your daily struggles. What are you waiting for? Start today!

Words to Live By…

1 Thessalonians 5: 16­18

“Rejoice always, pray without ceasing, give thanks in all circumstances; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you.”

Hebrews 12: 28

“ T h e r e f o r e l e t u s b e g r a t e f u l f o r r e c e i v i n g l

r a k i n g d o m t h a t c a n n o t b e s h a k e n , a n d t h u s s e t u s offer to God acceptable worship, with reverence and awe.”

Turn grumbling into grateful….

Here’s a little spiritual challenge for you: spend an entire day resisting any and all complaints and find a way to give thanks in all circumstances. In other words, you are basically turning a negative into a positive every chance you get. For example, “it is SO hot outside! It’s miserable!!” Instead, praise God for clean drinking water, a working air conditioner, and the ability to escape the overwhelming heat.

Moxie Must Haves {Sweet Summer Style}

In true minimalist style, I’ve hand picked four of my summer must haves to stock your closet with. And being from the south, we all know summer extends well into October so there’s plenty of time to shop your favorites! So, which picks made my list? Check out my guide to Moxie Must Haves..

Striped Swing Dress

Stripes! Oh, how I adore thee! Pair them with the most comfy, universally flattering swing dress and you’ve completely won my heart. Style with strappy sandals, wedges, or sneaks, mixing up this super versatile summer wardrobe staple is an oh so attainable fashion feat. I’d love to see pictures of your favorite summer swing dresses in the comments. Share the love!

 

Wrap Dress with a Twist

I’ve always loved a wrap dress. It truly can be flattering on any body type and its iconic silhouette will forever be in style. I’m love the new take on the wrap dress, whether it’s in an ethereal maxi dress or a slightly modern midi. Which one is your fave?

 

 

Colorful Strappy Sandals

A few words of advice when it comes to your summer shoe arsenal. Just. Add. Color. It is summer, after all! Neutrals are the foundation for our wardrobes, but color is the cherry on top of our summer shoe collection. I’m loving all the fun strapped options, a few metallic accents here and there, and even the fun perforation trend is making my shoe loving heart skip a beat. What have been your fave shoe finds this summer? I’d love to know! Coral, cobalt, lavender, oh my…

 

Always the Right Time for a Romper

While it may seem ridiculous, given the soaring 3-digit temps in the sweltering southeast, but I’m loving a romper with a bit of a sleeve. And while I agree that it may not be so practical, sometimes this style maven chooses fashion over function. Loving these romantic and whimsical options!

 

Thanks so much for stopping by the blog. I hope you’ve enjoyed my Moxie Musings. Stay tuned for next week’s edition of Moxie Must Haves…hint, hint, it’ll always be featured on Mondays!

Style Crush Alert

I am usually fairly good at resisting retail temptation, despite my profession. But even I get style crushes from time to time. Look, but don’t buy, right?! My current style crush is a cute little boutique I stumbled upon, thanks to the magical powers of good ole’ Pinterest. This little gem is called Bungalow 123 and is home to so many swoon worthy pieces you’re sure to  drool over and hopefully stock your summer wardrobe with. I’ve compiled a sampling of a few of the pieces high on my wish list. Do yourself a favor and hop on over to this little online boutique, where you’ll find cute clothes, fabulous footwear, awesome accessories and funky vintage pieces.

Think {HOT} Pink!

When it comes to stocking my girls’ closets, I love pink, pink, and more pink. But truthfully, I just don’t buy a lot of it for myself. Lately, I’ve been crushing on hot pink hues, especially for summer. These Kendra Scott-esque ear baubles are the perfect pop of pink if you’re looking to add subtle doses to your accessory arsenal. These earrings are so darn cute that they sold out as I was typing this blog post! But don’t worry, they’re sure to return soon.

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Stripes Make My Heart go Pitter-Patter

I am a sucker for anything striped. I mean, I will happily fill my shopping cart up with all stripes and not even think twice about it. It’s safe to say I have a mild obsession with this classic print. I’m loving this flirty and feminine Pilcro Top in stripes, and I know you will too. The sweet crochet detailing and the racerback style are the cherries are on top of this adorable top.

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Basic Black for the Win

Oh little black summer dresses, how I love thee. They are comfy, practical, and cute to boot. Who can deny the functionality of the lightweight black cotton dress? This girl can’t! Loving the simplicity of the Carlyle Dress. Too much black in your closet? I get it, I get it. The good news is that this darling dress comes in many more colors. Take your pick!

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Booties from the Bungalow

Something about peep toe booties in the height of winter makes me cringe, but I love them as a transitional shoe from summer to fall. And heck, summer into fall where I’m from lasts about three months. The Hyatte Booties are the perfect transitional shoe, and at just $42 I’m sold!

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