Laura’s Boho Themed Baby Shower

So, I may be a couple months late (excuse the pregnancy brain) on sharing this but better late than never! On June 3rd, Jen and I threw a baby shower for our sweet friend, Laura and her baby girl, Kennedy (who made her debut on July 30th. Yay!). I take great pride in planning special baby showers for all my pregnant friends and so I couldn’t pass up an opportunity to share that day with all of you…even if it’s a couple months late!

I’ve known Laura for about a year and a half or so and since getting to know her style, seeing her home decor and getting an idea of the style baby shower she wanted, we decided to do a Boho-themed baby shower! Although she was aware of the theme (and was nice enough to allow me to borrow some of her home decor), we were able to pull it off while still giving her an element of surprise on her shower day! Since both Jen and I tried to be budget-friendly with this shower, I thought I’d share with you some of the details I was most proud of at the shower and how we tried to stay on budget!

Some budget-friendly details I was proud of:
Flower Crown// This is one thing that Laura specifically asked for and I knew that I wasn’t crafty enough to make one myself, so Etsy to the rescue! I believe this one was only $18! I thought this accessory made Laura’s outfit match the theme of the shower perfectly!
Ribbon Banner// In Boho-style fashion, I saw a lot of great ideas for ribbon and tassle banners. After looking online for various prices on the banners that were $35+, I decided to head to Wal-Mart and pick up four different kinds of ribbon that fit our style. Jen had the twine and we were able to make the adorable ribbon banner for Laura’s chair in ten minutes or so and for less than $10!
Photobooth Backdrop// After falling in love with some ideas on Pinterest of a macrame backdrop, I couldn’t convince myself to spend $100+ on one from Urban Outfitters. Props to Jen for finding these awesome curtains for $1 at a garage sale! They fit our budget-friendly goals and style perfectly!
Greenery// I found the greenery at Marshall’s and decided that I couldn’t pass it up for the baby shower! Both Jen and I had some fun ideas of using greenery as part of the photobooth backdrop. Once I found that, I knew it would be perfect! At $25, I decided to buckle down and purchase it. Laura ended up taking it home with her and making an adorable wreath in Kennedy’s nursery afterwards so it was well worth the price!

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Jen’s Baby Shower

On November 5th, I hosted a Woodland themed baby shower for my dear friend, Jennifer. Jen and I have been friends for close to 6 1/2 years. If you are a consistent reader of my blog, you’ll probably remember Jennifer from my Friendship Photoshoot post. As soon as I found out that Jen was expecting, I knew instantly that I wanted to throw her a baby shower! This baby has been prayed for for quite a long time so all I could do was celebrate with her!

Jen and I have very similar styles, so when I found out she was having a boy, I knew I wanted the theme of the baby shower to be an outdoorsy and woodland style. I wanted to go “above and beyond” with this shower but I didn’t want to break the bank either. Thankfully, I was able to keep the costs minimal by using much of my own home decor! It was such a joy, not only to see Jen’s excitement, but also because I’ve had these ideas in my head for the last couple months and it was finally able to come to fruition! There was a great turn out and everyone seemed to have a fun time, especially the “Momma-to-Be.”

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Fashion on a Budget

Happy Friday, friends! When I wrote my first blog post, I shared with you my love for fashion and style in hopes that I would share some style ideas, tips and inspiration on this blog at some point. So today I’m going to share what I do to have good style on a budget!

I have always enjoyed clothes and accessories because they’ve allowed me to express myself and be who I want to be. “Dress for Success” has always been a phrase that I’ve taken to heart. I’ve come to find that the days that I dress well are days that I am much more productive. My style is always evolving but typically you’ll find me wearing jeans with a dressy top, a leather handbag and some killer shoes (lately it’s been booties, cowboy boots or flats). Jeans are what I am most comfortable in so I like to dress up the look as much as possible. This look below was taken by a friend of mine at the Columns in the heart of University of Missouri’s campus. MIZ! What I love about styles like this are that I can do virtually anything in it! I love how casual and laid back it is but yet it was dressy and perfect for walking downtown (which is what we did that night)!

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When I graduated college, I graduated with a ridiculous amount of student debt. Over the last five years, Zach and I have been trying to pay off my student loans as quickly as possible. Recently, we both reevaluated our budget and made some tweaks so that we could be more conscientious with the way we spent our money. Unfortunately, that changes the way I shop. I’ve always liked to shop for a bargain, but since we’ve tightened up the reins on our budget, it’s really caused me to be more careful with what I spend money on. My desire to be debt-free has been greater than the desire to invest in current fashion fads that will soon fade, so I’ve been doing these following things to ensure I have great style while still on a budget.

Thrift Stores & Consignment Shops: Like I said previously, thrift stores and consignment shops are the perfect places to find awesome pieces for cheap! I do like name-brand things, but there are tons of items in my closet that are brands I have never heard of before! Also, shopping at thrift stores in big cities is a great way to get expensive items for cheap! I once found a pair of brand new Birkenstock clogs for Zach at a Goodwill in St. Louis for $0.75! Talk about a bargain when they retail for $100-120!

Closet Rotations with Friends: I have recently started to rotate some of my unwanted clothes and accessories with friends in exchange for some of their unwanted items! My friend, Laura and I discovered that we basically wear the same size jeans and the same size tops, so we decided that whenever we are ready for some new clothes, we exchange with each other. It’s so fun to look in my closet the next day and have new things to wear that didn’t cost me a penny!

Discovering New Outfits with Clothes I Already Own: Some days I look in my closet and think to myself, “You have nothing to wear” but that is absolutely not true! Taking the time to mix and match some of the pieces I have and pairing them with something I’ve never worn with it gives my clothes new life. When I dig deep into my drawers and find things I haven’t worn in months and then make a new outfit with it, it allows me to get the most out of my wardrobe for cheap!

Saving for What I Really Want: I love to have great quality pieces!  I’ve learned that I’d rather spend more money on purses and shoes that are good quality then to have to purchase new every year. But, since I am on a budget, I have been teaching myself to save up to buy what I really want or ask for it for my birthday or for Christmas. This gives me the opportunity to still get the item I really want but also prevent myself from being a victim of “buyer’s remorse” and living outside of my budget. The purse pictured above is from Coach and it’s one of my absolute favorites. It was also my Christmas present from my parents last year! So, again, I saved money!

Those are just a few things that I’ve been doing lately that have helped curb my appetite for shopping and allowed me to pay down more debt. I hope those are helpful for you, too, and will allow you to reinvent the closet you already have! Hope you have a great weekend!

 

 

 

Why Start a Blog?

This is the excerpt for your very first post.

Creating a blog has been a thought in the back of my mind for several years now. I’ve always had the desire to start one but have convinced myself otherwise. Between self-doubt and lack of a “vision” for a blog, it has never seemed to come to fruition…until now.

One reason for starting this blog has been mostly in part due to my faith journey. I have grown in my faith and my spiritual journey more in the last three years then in my entire life. The multiple moves Zach and I have done in a span of 5 years have been both exciting and challenging all at the same time. We’ve moved from Columbia, Missouri to Stockton, Missouri to Kansas City, Missouri and finally back to Columbia, Missouri. In each of these cities my faith has grown a little bit more, especially since I’ve moved back to Columbia. Zach and I got connected and committed to the planting of Anthem Church. I can’t even begin to describe the love I have for this church and the people that are a part of it! The people of Anthem Church are some of the Godliest people I’ve ever known; each of them deeply committed to sharing the Gospel and discipling other Christians. Being a part of this body of believers has challenged and grown me in my faith more in the last nine months then ever in my life. I sure have a long way to go in my faith journey but the passion I have for Christ has led me to wanting to share the joy I’ve found in Him through this blog!

Another reason for starting this blog is to share some of my favorite moments in life with you! My husband, Zach, is one of the biggest hunters and outdoor enthusiasts you’ll ever meet. Besides his faith in God, I don’t think something makes up Zach more than the outdoors. Since we’ve been together, we’ve had some fun and exciting adventures in the great outdoors! I’ve always enjoyed being out in nature but Zach has definitely brought out some hidden interests in me: hunting, fishing and archery. I’d love to share with you these new-found passions and adventures that have brought me such joy over the last eight years!

The last reason for starting this blog is to share some of my clothing styles with you! I’ve always been passionate about clothes, shoes, purses and accessories and I’d love to share some of my favorite looks with you all!

I’m excited to see this vision of starting a blog become a reality. I’ve named this blog, Clothed in Strength, based on Proverbs 31 because a woman who fears the Lord is to be praised. I want to be that woman. I hope that I can be a light in this dark, dark world through the hope of Jesus! Thanks for stopping by and joining me in my journey in this so-called LIFE!