Tuesday, December 22, 2015

Shop Your Closet: Capsule Wardrobe Holiday Outfits

The last several days, I have been looking constantly for holiday leggings and "cute" ugly Christmas sweaters. I don't have time to be looking for these items, and I don't want to spend much on them, but I keep seeing such cute outfits that involve snowflake sweaters, fair isle prints, reindeer, and more. I had convinced myself that I "needed" these items to create festive outfits. After finding nothing at two more stores tonight, I decided to make up a Polyvore set using items similar to ones I already own to create some festive holiday looks. I did a range of looks from casual to more dressy and I think I have some great ideas for outfits for the next few days.



Capsule Wardrobe Holiday Outfits

Look #1: Cream sweater, black ankle pants, black wedges, red scarf, black watch, and pearl studs

Look #2: Black short sleeve dress, gold open weave cardigan, riding boots, crystal statement necklace, and earrings

Look #3: Jeans, black and white striped top, buffalo check flannel, duck boots, and black stud earrings

Look #4: Black print ankle pants, black flats, dark green sleeveless blouse, green plaid blanket scarf, blue stud earrings

Look #5: Skinny jeans, black blouse, black wedge boots, red print scarf, red Christmas bow earrings

What will you be wearing for the holidays? Do you dress up for Christmas or stick with more casual looks?

Book Review: NIV Bible for Women

I'm getting caught up on some book reviews and have had this NIV Bible for Women for a few months, so I'm overdue to review it! I've been interested in getting a new Bible in a different translation for some time, so I was excited to get a chance to get this one to review. I think Bibles can be hard to review because each person is looking for something different in his/her Bible. I thought I'd break my opinions down into two categories - the parts of this Bible that aren't my favorite and then the things that I love about this particular Bible.

Drawbacks:

  • I think the outer cover of this Bible is really pretty - aqua with a sort of chalkboard look to the font on it. Unfortunately, this is a dust jacket and it's hard to keep it on the Bible. The Bible itself is just a hard cover and the cover is a really plain dark brown with an aqua "Holy Bible" printed on the cover. My preference is a leather cover or to have the pretty aqua outside to be printed on the cover.
  • This Bible is quite large/thick. My old Bible is a little smaller and less weighty, so it's easier to carry around with me. I also have a nice Bible cover for my older one.
Things I love:
  • The translation - I have had a New King James Bible for years and wanted to try a new translation. I really like the NIV. I find it much easier to read and understand. 
  • I like the size, color, and clarity of the text in the Bible. 
  • There are devotions included from a variety of women (many are popular authors and bloggers) and these are great practical applications of various verses, situations, and texts. 
  • The Bible contains different "myths" that women believe and applies Biblical truths to dispel these myths.
Overall, I think this is a great option for a modern Bible in a nice translation. I received a copy of this Bible from Book Look Bloggers in exchange for this review; all opinions are my own.

Thursday, December 3, 2015

Book Review: When Love Returns by Kim Vogel Sawyer


When Love Returns by Kim Vogel Sawyer is book 3 in the Zimmerman Restoration Trilogy. This book is the conclusion of the trilogy and brings closure to a difficult situation in Suzanne Zimmerman's past when she was sent away from her Mennonite community as a pregnant teenager twenty years earlier. Some in the community now know the truth about the baby she gave up for adoption, but many still do not know. In addition, Suzanne's adopted daughter Alexa has questions about her biological family. Both Suzanne and Alexa embark on journeys throughout the book, some literal and some figurative, as they seek to find restoration and redemption for the past.

I thought this book was a great conclusion to the series. I felt it was realistic and well thought out. There is a good happy ending to the story, but I thought the book tackled some of the tough emotions that come with difficult life situations. I enjoyed the characters in the story and thought this was a great realistic fiction novel. It would be helpful to have read the other books in the series, but the reader could comprehend the overall storyline without reading the first two books. I'd recommend this book to readers of Christian realistic fiction.

I received this book from Blogging for Books in exchange for this review; all opinions are my own.
 

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