April 3, 2015

Happy Easter & My Reading List

1. Necklace: BaubleBar // 2. Blouse: J. Crew Factory ($30) // 3. Skirt: Topshop (or here)
4. Necklace: BaubleBar // 5. Bucket Bag: Rebecca Minkoff (20% off) // 6. Tote: Kate Spade
7. Ring: BaubleBar //  8. Ring: BaubleBar // 9. Lipgloss: YSL
10. Lipgloss: YSL // 11. Sandal: Vince Camuto // 12. Shoes: Madden Girl
13. Parfum: Tom Ford // 14. Parfum: Estee Lauder

As I have mentioned before, I am not a "girly girl" when it comes to fashion.  Midi skirts and florals are not exactly my style; however, in thinking about spring (and Easter this weekend), I am putting together one look that I have styled two ways -- one more edgy (with black and gladiator sandals) and the other more feminine (with pink and floral sandals).

This week is also my Style Me Blogger series where we are discussing what we have been reading. This one is kind of out of the norm because I typically talk about all fashion and style, and this is more personal.
Be Anxious for Nothing by Joyce Meyer
For me, this past year has been one of my most difficult years.  Looking back, I have made it through things I never thought I could have dealt with.  I have gone through the immense pain of loosing my dad unexpectedly, and the many trials I have had to deal with associated with his death.  I will not go into details, but it has been more than I could bear alone.  In the midst of my deepest pain, I have been anxious.  My nature is to worry and think ahead to “what if's", but I have to constantly remind myself that I do not need to and I should not! I am learning (trying) to be joyful and hopeful in everything!

“To live in the fullness of the joy of the Lord we must find something to be glad about besides our current circumstances. The world is full of people and situations that are never going to please us….We must learn not to fret or have any anxiety about anything but in everything to give thanks and praise to God. Then the peace that passes all understanding will be ours.”

Jesus Calling by Sarah Young
Someone recommended this book a year ago, but I didn't think much about it.  Then, I started hearing more people talk about it, so I bought it. Now, I, too, highly recommend it. It is amazing how true each day's passage is - like this one...

"In Me you have everything. In Me you are complete. Your capacity to experience Me is increasing, through My removal of debris and clutter from your heart. As your yearning for Me increases, other desires are gradually lessening. Since I am infinite and abundantly accessible to you, desiring Me above all else is the best way to live. It is impossible for you to have a need that I cannot meet. After all, I created you and everything that is. The world is still at My beck and call, though it often appears otherwise. Do not be fooled by appearances. Things that are visible are brief and fleeting , while things that are invisible are everlasting. (
2 Corinthians 4:18)"

Now to him who is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine, according to his power that is at work within us.  Ephesians 3:20

God Has a Plan for Your Life by Charles Stanley

30 Life Principles
by Charles Stanley

Elements of Style by Erin Gates
This is a book by blogger, Erin Gates, who has a great sense of humor. This book takes the reader through each room of her home with associated personal stories.

I have had a subscription to InStyle since 1998.


  1. Great post and read. I'm inspired by the scriptures. Only God knows the best. Thanks for sharing this books with us. I will look into it.


  2. Thank you for sharing some great book recommendations! Also, I love your outfit styled two ways. I could never wear those shoes, but it is a very fun look!! Happy Easter, friend.

  3. Oh man I love that you included Jesus Calling! I totally should have too!! And your mags!! I'll be checking out all of these books!! Thanks!! Happy Easter!!

  4. Trying to look at things from the most positive perspective possible and the words of God help tremendously to deal with life challenges. Thank you for sharing these books! Wishing you happy Easter!
    Bogi | Red Reticule | Three Faces of a Woman

  5. Your style boards are always so amazing, and this is no exception. Love it! I am an avid reader. I enjoy Jesus Calling, but I've never heard of the blogger book. I like Joyce Meyer too.

    Amy Ann
    The Real Arnolds

  6. Lisa, I'm so sorry for your pain and grief this year with the loss of your dad. I've been through something similar and this hits close to home. I'm glad you were able to find some books to bring you comfort. And as always, your style boards are impeccable! I wish I had your skill with those!
    Gina- On the Daily Express

    1. Thanks, Gina! I am so sorry about your situation, too.

  7. I've been thinking about getting the Joyce Meyer book too because I'm such an anxious person. I'm very sorry that you've had such a difficult year. Thanks for all of the recommends. Have a great Easter!

    1. I would definitely recommend it - Joyce Meyer does a great job with this book. Thanks, Lana.

  8. This style board is so pretyy! Love your picks!

  9. Thanks for the recommends. I'm sorry to hear about the loss of your dad and the pain that has accompanied that event. I appreciate you sharing!

  10. those floral madden girl sandals . . . i must have them!!!!!!! love both ways you styled the yellow skirt!

    Tara Belle
    Northern Lights – Southern Belles

  11. Oh, Lisa...I wish I could hug you, I'm sorry that there is still stuff going that`s bringing you pain. I`m sending you much love from chez moi. Also- Jesus Calling has also been poking it's name here and there. Reading your recommend the last straw. I'm buying it this weekend.

  12. What a thoughtful list of thought-provoking books. I do read Jesus Calling on an almost daily basis and it always speaks to me. I am sorry that you have had such a difficult year. It seems that you have been reading books that will continue to strengthen you and provide you comfort. Thank you for sharing.

  13. I'm very sorry to hear that you had such a difficult year. I hope the following months will be easier and you'll only have happiness in your life :) Thank you for sharing those wise words with us.



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