Hanging On to Summer

Friday, September 27, 2013

Happy weekend, friends - I'm off again on another retreat, this time as a staffer for my church's new student retreat. I'm a table leader and so looking forward to meeting the retreaters, building relationships with them, sharing our walks of faith, and pouring out the grace God has showered me with. May your weekend be as sweet, sun-filled, and refreshing.

summer is still here.

she's not left, but is lingering with her warm, golden smile. like the friend to whom you say goodbye and then continue talking to for three more hours. summer's magic hours are deep and long and warm and golden green. she stays golden, just for us, and spreads the folds of her sunny skirt out, just for us. ever-present and soul-stilling sweet.

she knows we're not quite ready for her younger brother fall, who is so energetic and vivid.

 she knows we are still clinging to the sweetness of the sun and golden hours and walks beneath the trees, and memories of friends and families...

we're clinging to the carefree breath of youth and impetuous breezes. the memories of our time with her. the magical moments where the entire world was made of light and laughter.

she helps us be young, reminds us to play, and slows our steps. she shows us the breaths in between the hours, the whisper of our souls beneath the bright, dazzling blue sky, the itch in our fingers on hot, blazing day to do something wonderful and spontaneous.

so she lingers. to remind us to laugh and breath in the sun and sky, and run wild and live long.

 to drink in the warm, life-giving rays of the sun. to remember our summer.

click here for sweet ideas to seize the last of summer. 

His and Her Style

Thursday, September 19, 2013

 Hello, everyone! Things are a bit crazy over here with tests, papers, and classes, so I haven't been able to get a post up since Monday, but since it's almost the weekend, I have a fun post for you today...

This is the first in a new series that I'll be updating periodically, 
"His and Her Style." 

I'm fortunate to know some stylish guys who are pretty sharp dressers. So I'll occasionally be posting a combo of girl + guy outfits, just to show that girls aren't the only ones with plenty of style.

Also, all of the guys you'll see on here are fellow college student and friends of mine, so this will be a bit different as it's not a series of "couple" pictures. Just some fun examples of girl and guy style.

Anyways, I'm excited for future posts! In the meantime, here's the official first one. I posted about my outfit on Monday, but while I was out and about on campus that day, I ran into my friend Grayson, who was also wearing a colorful outfit with red.

Naturally, of course, I convinced him to pose for some pictures. 

Ahem. Prince Caspian, anyone? 

Definitely an all-American look, like Tom Ford or Ralph Lauren. 

Green and blue with bold red? Always a good combo. 

(Apparently he decided he does a better job modeling my sunglasses than I do)

Like I said, you can see more pictures of my outfit here. I went more with accents of bright colors (especially red), whereas Grayson was entirely in bright colors. 

I love this scarf! My best friend, who constantly rocks turbans and head scarves, gave it to me as a graduation present. I probably wear it once a week. 

Our outfits even reflected our respective heights: small doses of color versus head-to-toe color. 

We also officially measured my height. 
Although Grayson realized afterwards that I was cheating by wearing wedges...

Oh, well. C'est la vie!