outfits · Dressing with Grace

Keep Your Outfit Balanced

Have you ever gotten dressed in an outfit that you thought would be “comfy and easy to wear” and then said something like this –

This doesn’t look right! This makes me look like a big blob!

I sure have! The problem is those enticing/comfy loose clothes need to be accompanied with another garment that is more fitted, rather than flowing. Let me show an example using our dress form I’ve named Grace.

The peplum top in the picture above is full and loose below the waist, and also the sleeves, so styling it with a pair of straight legged white jeans keeps it looking balanced. However, if i styled this top with loose pants the result is quite different.

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Refreshment · wardrobe

A Shopping Give-Away!

Two weekends ago I had the blessing of speaking at The Wilds ladies’ retreat. Though the weather was CRAZY – (we had sun, wind, clouds, rain and then snow!) our time was like a spring day in my heart. To have the blessing of teaching God’s Word is always a joy! How our hearts need those times away to soak in Scripture, spend time alone with the Lord, and also enjoy encouragement from godly friends.

While teaching on my theme for this year in Colossians 3, I used the analogy of a friend of mine, Tricia Mosier, who owns a consignment shop in our area, Elizabeth Dean Boutique, . She has at her fingertips all kinds of clothing items that belong to her because she is the shop owner. All she has to do is appropriate what is hers to enjoy putting on clothing for each day. Spiritually, if we have trusted Christ, we have the same blessing in a much deeper sense. We can “wear” kindness, forgiveness and peace because it was purchased for us when we were saved. It’s such a beautiful life to live and it’s all because we have Christ living in us. Amazing!

Back to the boutique…It Is Beautiful. The store itself is lovely; the racks are color-coordinated and displayed according to size and type of clothing. There is even a $3 clearance store at the bottom of the parking lot where I’ve found lots of items. I have purchased items from her with prices that varied from $1 (on her occasional Dollar Days!), $3, $5 or a little above $10. She also carries purses, shoes, coats, accessories…well you get the picture!

Each day I spoke at The Wilds, I was sporting clothes from Elizabeth Dean. No one knew, but it was fun to know that I was appropriating what I had found in her boutique! Here’s one example – White House Black Market pants I purchased for $5! Every week she has one color of tag that is half off. These pants happened to be the right color tag!

I like buying high quality clothes at greatly reduced prices. That’s a big part of why I shop at this consignment store, located in Gray, Tennessee. I also love that Tricia is a believer, and desires to honor the Lord with her business. It’s also great to support local businesses! So many reasons to enjoy this boutique!

After the retreat was over, ladies from this area came home and told Tricia that I had used her store as an illustration while speaking, and she graciously reached out to me to say she would be happy to sponsor a give-away! So, because of her kindness, four ladies will win a $25 gift certificate to Elizabeth Dean Boutique! How fun is that?!

These pants and top were purchased at Elizabeth Dean for a total of $22.

Here’s how you can enter to win – Please read carefully.
There will be 4 winners, each winning one $25 gift certificate. This giveaway will be open until midnight on Thursday, April 28 and is only open in the United States. Elizabeth Dean Boutique is a brick and mortar store in Gray, Tennessee. You must be following both RefreshHerblog and Elizabeth Dean Boutique on Instagram to qualify for this giveaway.  I will contact the winner via email.  Please respond within 24 hours after receiving the email to claim your prize. If you do not respond, I will choose another winner. Thank you for entering this giveaway!

Click here to enter.

Even if you don’t win, I hope you’ll stop in to Tricia’s consignment store at 5025 Bobby Hicks Hwy #107, Gray, TN 37615 and tell her Denise sent you!

Refresh your wardrobe with some good deals, but even better, refresh your spiritual wardrobe by appropriating all that Christ has purchased for you!

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Using Pinterest To Help Your Closet

I’ve mentioned this idea before but I wonder, how often do you feel frustrated about what to wear?  I’m right there with you.  I feel like I can get into a boring routine of wearing the same things together.  Whenever I feel that way, I open up my PInterest account and find just the help and inspiration I need!  Let me expand the idea I’ve shared a couple years ago.   Here’s what I do:

  • In the search engine, I type in the main component of the wardrobe I want to wear, such as blue seersucker skirt.
  • I also add whether I need a casual outfit or dressy and add that to my search.
  • I hit “enter” and then scroll through its findings:

Salmon Pink Top:

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red pencil skirt outfits | pencil skirt, red cardigan, leopard print pumps and denim shirt outfit:

 

seersucker summer | styleatacertainage:

The pictures above are ones I would click on because they’re my style.  I pin it onto my wardrobe board, then though I don’t have the exact components for each of these outfits, I may find something that’s similar in my own closet.

The other things that helpful in these Pinterest pictures are the accessories that go well with the outfit.  It may give a different color or style of shoe that I’ve never thought of before!  It changes things up and makes getting dressed fun!

Keep your wardrobe refreshed by letting your Pinterest account come to your aid!  It’s like having a personal assistant for your closet!

Refresh your heart this weekend by attending all the services at your Bible believing church!

Stay refreshed,