Wednesday, October 22, 2014

5 Steps to a gorgeous fall centerpiece

If I'm really honest, the only time I'm typically a seasonal decorator is for Christmas. At this point in my life, that's mostly because I just don't have the storage space for all of those off-season decorations!

But this year, I've caught the bug. The fall decor bug. And I just can't get enough of it. This weekend I revamped my kitchen table centerpiece to bring some of those gorgeous fall colors inside, and I'm sharing 5 steps to a perfect fall centerpiece.

1. Deep colors. There's nothing that says "fall" more than deep reds, oranges, browns and yellows. I love the explosion of colors that come with fall - bring that inside!

2. Candles. Fall brings cool nights and the darkness comes earlier. Since we can't have a fireplace inside, the next best thing for me is cozying up in a blanket with the heat on, sweats, and some pretty candles.

3. Budding sprigs or flowers that bloom in the fall. I really wanted a spriggy, twig look for my centerpiece, but I couldn't find exactly what I had pictured in the store. The buddy twigs pictured above are the closest I could find, but I think it really works. The last thing you want in your fall centerpiece is a very summery looking flower.

4. Pumpkins! I really want to get some small pumpkins to put inside (probably fake), and maybe even paint them. I've seen a lot of cute white pumpkins that have awesome designs painted on them - a cluster of those would make a great centerpiece.

5. Something that can be redecorated for the next season. The box in the pictures above usually looks like this. It's nice to have a "standard" that I can change up slightly each season, because it keeps me from storing gobs of decor all year long!

What would you add to the list? Have you done any fall decorating?


Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Layers on layers, please

Dress : Gap (old)  |  Shirt : Old Navy (old)  |  Scarf : Charming Charlie (old)  |  Earrings : Kohl's (old)  |  Tights : Target |  Boots : Payless (old)
There's nothing more cozy than layers, am I right? Jacob was teasing me yesterday because in the span of about 5 minutes, he had seen me walk in and out of our bedroom in six completely different outfits. What can I say, I'm a woman. ;)

I had a lot of fun picking out layers for today's Creative Closet layering challenge. Most of the time when I'm getting dressed, I'm in such a rush that I just grab what I know works and run out the door. This link up has challenged me to look at my closet in a new light to make a look that I hadn't really considered before. I'm thankful for this weekly challenge because it keeps me content in my own closet... rather than wishing I could fill it with new things all the time.

As I tried on layer after layer, though, I thought about how there are many layers to me. And I'm not talking about clothing - I'm talking about who I am at the core and all the different ways I disguise myself to fit where I think I need to fit.

For a long time in high school, that was being the cheery girl, who always had a smile. I definitely think I'm naturally a peppy person, but it's easy for me to put on that "layer" when I don't want to reveal what's really going on with me. Other times I'm overly reserved, because it's all I can do to not let bitterness take over. I'm sure you can relate, right? You try to change how you're perceived because you don't want the truth to be out. You don't want to be vulnerable.

Because I'm complicated, relationships are complicated and sometimes it's just complicated to even think of these things... I'm thankful that there's someone who knows the depths of me and loves me anyway. While many of you are probably thinking I'm about to get mushy about marriage, I'm not. Jacob does an awesome job at loving me, even in my darkest moments, but there's someone who meets that need even when Jacob cannot.

Our God knows the depths of you and me. He knows your innermost struggles, your insecurities, your most shameful thoughts, your secret dreams, your past you try to stuff out of your mind and even what brings you the most joy. He knows you and he loves you in who you are. In your imperfections, you are loved. In your layers, you are loved. Friend, you are loved and nothing can change that. I hope that reminder can settle your weary soul today.

But God, being rich in mercy, because of the great love with which he loved us, even when we were dead in our trespasses, made us alive together with Christ - by grace you have been saved - and raised us up with him and seated us with him in the heavenly places, so that in the coming ages he might show the immeasurable riches of his grace in kindness toward us in Christ Jesus.

For by grace you have been saved through faith. And this is not your own doing; it is the gift of God, not a result of works, so that no one may boast. For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand, that we should walk in them.  -- Ephesians 2:4-10

As you layer up for the cold weather today, I hope you can add this sweet and life-saving layer to your everyday get-up. It's worth wearing because it's hard to remember.

I'm linking up with Jana and Maegen for The Creative Closet.