Sunday Encouragement-Thanksgiving Thoughts

It’s Thanksgiving week. Yes, we get to eat some turkey and stuffing. But that’s not all. This week comes with all kinds of emotions for each of us.

It’s a time to look at our life. We look at the blessings but we also look at the difficult seasons. It’s knowing through all of it Jesus was with us and that’s what we’re thankful for.

Sunday Encouragement-Thanksgiving Thoughts

I remember my first Thanksgiving without my Mom. It was hard and I wanted to get through it quickly.

Right before Thanksgiving week we sang, Blessed Be Your Name by Matt Redmon, in church. The words were hard to sing…

You give and take away
You give and take away
My heart will choose to say, Lord
Blessed be Your name, Lord

Those words pierced me. Jesus gives and he takes away but I will choose to say Blessed Be Your Name. For the first time I understood those words.

Let’s be honest, none of us like the “taking away” part. Loss is never easy.

I’m learning more and more that thankfulness doesn’t mean that life is easy. But thankfulness is a choice. No matter what the journey brings, I want to choose to say, Lord Blessed Be Your Name.

I know many of you have lost loved ones this year and Thanksgiving is going to be different. There’s one less seat around the table.

Please know that I’m praying for you! I may not know your name but Jesus does. Trust Him. He is always faithful.

Of course, I’m going to share, Blessed Be the Name Of The Lord. Maybe listen to it today with a different perspective. It’s easy to praise Him on the good days but can we praise Him during the difficult days?

 

Have a blessed Sunday friends!

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What To Wear In Family Photos

Welcome to our 12 Days of Holiday Outfits series!! Today we’re going to talk about What to Wear in Family Photos.

I’m partnering with Kristin from BonBon Rose Girls and Jo-Lynne from Jo-Lynne Shane to bring you 12 days of posts about what to wear for EVERY event this holiday season.

12 Days Of Holiday Outfits and More!
This post has made me realize we NEED a family photo!! It’s been a few years and we’re overdue.

First, let’s talk about 5 photo tips that will help you get ready for your pictures.

1. Coordinate but don’t match. Gone are the days when you want everyone in a white shirt and khaki pants. I know it was popular at one time but we’ve moved on. Try to be a little more creative!

2. Pick one focal piece. It’s good to have a child in a patterned outfit, you can use a floral dress for a girl or a plaid shirt for a boy. Then everyone else can pick colors from their pattern.

3. Textures are your friend. Add scarves, necklaces, vests, cardigans, or hats to your outfits. Layers & accessories add dimension to your photos.

4. Plan ahead. This is a no brainer but I’m typically a “fly by the seat of your pants girl” so I need this reminder. Pick out your outfits and then lay them out together and see what you need to add or take away.

5. Think classic and timeless. Remember you’ll keep these photos forever and fashion trends come and go. Think classic while picking out your outfits so they don’t instantly date you.

Now let me introduce you to Heather Ransdell Photography. (Heather took the photo of me that’s in my sidebar.)

She was nice enough to send me these photos she recently took and the families were gracious enough to let me share them with you!

I love the colors this family picked for their picture! They added texture with the daughter’s hair bow and her dress is the focal piece. Such cute kids!

What To Wear In Family Photos

Another great example of a family photo. The little boy has the focal piece and they built around him. The mom’s scarf adds some texture. Again, aren’t those kids adorable?

What To Wear In Family Photos

How cute are the hats? Not everyone could pull this off, but this family can. And again, their kids are adorable too!

What To Wear In Family Photos

I hope this gives you some ideas for family photos. I’m going to get on this for my family!!

How often do you have family photos taken??

Don’t miss my first post of the 12 Days of Holiday Outfits series, What to Wear To Thanksgiving, where you can enter to win a $250 Gift Card to Rack Room Shoes!

Make sure to visit Jo-Lynne and Kristin to see their tips on What To Wear In A Family Photo!

Beauty For the Heart~~Our families know us better than anyone. They see our good and our bad! But as women, we need to make sure we’re showing our families love and grace. We have an influence with them that no one else has!

A man (or woman) ought to live so that everybody knows he’s a christian… and most of all, his family ought to know. -DL Moody

Have a blessed day!

**There are affiliate links in this post. This does not mean you pay a dime more when you purchase a product through my link. It just means I made it easier for you to find something, so I make a few cents when you purchase it. I so appreciate your support of Walking in Grace & Beauty. Thank you!

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The Oversized Cardigan

Happy Thursday friends! I’ve been having so much fun with the 12 Days of holiday outfits! It’s been helping me get ready for all the get togethers that I have coming up.

Last Saturday I shared this oversized cardigan from Marshall’s with you on my What To Wear Black Friday Shopping post. The brand is an Italian brand that isn’t online.

The Oversized Cardigan

I love an oversized cardigan! They’re great on a cold day when you’re going to be running errands and you don’t want to lug a coat around.

Here are some oversized cardigans I found online. #5 is probably the closest to mine but they don’t have it in a tan color.

The Oversized Cardigan

1. Antonio Melani Long Wool-Blend Cardigan-Dillard’s //2. RACHEL Rachel Roy Shawl-Collar Open-Knit Cardigan-Macy’s//  3. Bar III Long-Sleeve Chevron-Knit Cardigan-Macy’s//4. Bar III Knee-Length Nubby-Knit Cardigan-Macy’s//5. RACHEL Rachel Roy Cable-Knit Maxi Cardigan-Macy’s

Tomorrow for the 12 Days of Holiday Outfits, we’re going to tackle, What To Wear To Your Holiday Family Photo.

Also, don’t forget we have $250 Giveaway with Rack Room Shoes going on right now! Go here to enter to win! Rack Room Shoes has some fabulous shoes and I styled a lot of them during the 31 Days of Fall Fashion.

The Oversized Cardigan

I really want to thank all of you for stopping by my blog! I’m overwhelmed with the emails and the comments. (My blog is known for having the nicest and kindest readers!! All my blog friends are amazed! :-) )

I do read all my emails and I try my best to answer any questions. It sometimes takes me a few weeks but please feel free to email me anytime with questions or ideas at cyndispivey(at) gmail(dot)com.

I’d also love for you to connect with me on your favorite social media platform. I’m on FacebookInstagram and Pinterest!

Beauty For the Heart~~Do not let kindness and truth leave you; Bind them around your neck, Write them on the tablet of your heart. Proverbs 3:3 (NASB)

**There are affiliate links in this post. This does not mean you pay a dime more when you purchase a product through my link. It just means I made it easier for you to find something, so I make a few cents when you purchase it. I so appreciate your support of Walking in Grace & Beauty. Thank you!

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What To Wear To An At Home Holiday Party

Welcome to Day 4 of our 12 Days of Holiday Outfits. Today is What To Wear To An At Home Holiday Party! I’m partnering with Kristin from BonBon Rose Girls and Jo-Lynne from Jo-Lynne Shane to bring you 12 days of posts about what to wear for EVERY event this holiday season.

12 Days Of Holiday Outfits and More!

Okay, if I weren’t my own boss, my boss might fire me. Why? Because I’m sharing such a traditional look! I meant isn’t it a no brainer to wear red at Christmas??

I’m definitely not stepping out of the box. But I’m a traditional girl at heart. I still love to decorate with red and green at Christmas. I love fresh greenery with berries and some magnolia leaves. Let’s just say I have a southern flair!

If the temperature were not 12 degrees outside, I might have skipped the black long sleeved top with this sweater. But hey, a girls gotta do what a girls gotta do.

What To Wear To An At Home Holiday Party
Am I freezing!! Umm, Yes! That’s why I have my coffee sitting close by. I’ve been drinking out of this cute coffee cup I purchased at Hobby Lobby a few weeks ago. So festive!

What To Wear To An At Home Holiday Party
It’s not just cold, it’s windy!!! Here’s an action shot of how most of my pictures look. This picture makes me want to start singing, “I’ll fly away oh glory, I’ll fly away in the morning, When I die hallelujah by and by, I’ll fly away” Please tell me someone knows that song??

What To Wear To An At Home Holiday Party

The one thing I would tell you is to wear a pair of shoes that you wouldn’t normally wear. A few years ago, I would have worn a pair of black boots. But I love my short boots and my scarf has some tan in it so I opted for a brown bootie.

What To Wear To An At Home Holiday Party

Plaid scarf-JC Penney//Red Sweater-JC Penney (not online)//Skinny jeans-Banana Republic//Brown booties-(similar here)

So what do you think? Are you traditional at Christmas? What’s your favorite color to wear?

In case you’ve missed any of my Holiday posts, here you go:

I’d love for you to connect with me on your favorite social media platform. I’m on FacebookInstagram and Pinterest!

Beauty For the Heart~~Suffering in inevitable but misery is optional.

The LORD is my strength and my shield; my heart trusts in him, and he helps me. My heart leaps for joy, and with my song I praise him. Psalm 28:7

Next up we’re going to share What to Wear to Your Holiday Family Photos. I’m so excited about this one!! I’ve got some cute pictures to share with you.

Make sure to visit Jo-Lynne and Kristin to see what they’re wearing for What To Wear To A Work Holiday Party!

Linking to The Pleated Poppy.

**There are affiliate links in this post. This does not mean you pay a dime more when you purchase a product through my link. It just means I made it easier for you to find something, so I make a few cents when you purchase it. I so appreciate your support of Walking in Grace & Beauty. Thank you!

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Rocksbox Review

Hey ladies!! I don’t know about you but I love jewelry. It’s one of the easiest ways to update an outfit. Wouldn’t it be nice to have the latest styles in jewelry delivered right to your door?

Umm, yes please! Well, let me introduce to you a box subscription for jewelry, it’s called Rocksbox.

RocksBox is your secret to an unlimited closet of designer jewelry. Members pay a flat rate of $19/month to get access to a personalized rotating closet of designer jewelry, sent in sets of three at a time.

Here’s the great thing. You don’t actually have to purchase the pieces you wear.

That’s right! You can wear them for as long as you want, and when you’re ready for a change, send them back with the pre-paid label and receive three more pieces. You can get several boxes in one month and still only pay the $19 a month.

For WIG&B readers use the coupon code beyourbrightest to receive your first month at only $9! Go here to redeem the coupon. No obligations, cancel at anytime!

Your jewelry comes in this adorable box.

Rocksbox Review

And they customize it with your name! (I have no idea why but I always love when they use my name, feels like they know me.)

Rocksbox Review

I got this Urban Gem Victoria necklace and Margaret Elizabeth Ophelia Cocktail ring in my box plus a pair of GorJana Taner Dagger earrings in gold (I didn’t get a picture with the earrings).

Rocksbox Review

I love love love the necklace and the ring. The necklace is $51 and the ring is $118. So I’m going to have to say goodbye to the ring. But I’m going to keep the necklace.

The great thing is, I’m going to tell them to send me another ring. I’ve had such fun wearing this one!

Okay, here’s exactly how it works!

1. SIGN UP
Take the style survey and tell your stylist what kind of jewelry you want to wear

2. RECEIVE YOUR ROCKSBOX
Get 3 pieces of designer jewelry handpicked for you to wear around town! Keep and flaunt your gems as long as you want

3. GET NEW PIECES ANYTIME
Swap out your Rocksbox set whenever you are ready for something new – or buy anything you love at 20% off. No obligations, cancel anytime.

Just in time for Christmas, they have gift cards, several to choose from!!

Alrighty, tell me what you all think?? Do you think this is a neat idea? Do you love getting new pieces of jewelry in the mail??

I will tell you, I like the idea of getting quality jewelry. I don’t buy as much fashion jewelry these days that’s going to turn green in a month. Do you know what I mean???

I’m trying to invest in quality pieces that I can keep for years.

Beauty For the Heart~~Someone told me this quote the other day and I love it. “Act the way you wish you felt, and you’ll eventually start to feel like the way you act.”  Sometimes we have to choose joy, even if we don’t feel joyful. Let’s claim it!!

Have a blessed day!

**There are affiliate links in this post. This does not mean you pay a dime more when you purchase a product through my link. It just means I made it easier for you to find something, so I make a few cents when you purchase it. I so appreciate your support of Walking in Grace & Beauty. Thank you!

***I was given a three month subscription to Rocksbox for my honest opinion.

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What To Wear To A Work Holiday Party

Welcome to Day 3 of our 12 Days of Holiday Outfits. Today is What To Wear To A Work Holiday Party! I’m partnering with Kristin from BonBon Rose Girls andJo-Lynne from Jo-Lynne Shane to bring you 12 days of posts about what to wear for EVERY event this holiday season.

12 Days Of Holiday Outfits and More!

So, let me tell you what a work holiday party looks like for me. My husband is a pastor. That means we go to Sunday School (we now call them small groups) parties.

He’s also on a board at the state level and we go to a dinner theatre which is lots of fun.

I know what you’re thinking. I live on the wild side! I’ve got to slow down. I know. Don’t be jealous, we can’t all be living this wild life. :-)

Anyway, I’ve shared some outfits over the last few years that all have red in them. I love red, especially around Christmas. It’s just festive!

Here I took a sweater from Gap and just added black pants and high heels. Pretty classic.

What To Wear To A Work Holiday Party

You can’t go wrong with a little black dress and of course a red scarf. Simple and easy.

What To Wear To A Work Holiday Party
This dress is from Stitch Fix. It’s perfect for the Christmas season!

What To Wear To A Work Holiday Party
Wrap dress-similar here//Black heels-similar here, BCBGeneration shoes are super comfortable!

This year, I decided to try a different color. This deep burgundy color is on trend and I added some bling with my necklace.

Of course I had to pop some leopard print with this clutch. (Don’t you love how I added the snow!)

What To Wear To A Work Holiday Party

Tunic blouse-Loft//Black pants-Loft//Necklace-Loft//Black boots-Marshall’s (last year)//Leopard clutch-Macy’s

Don’t miss my first post of the 12 Days of Holiday Outfits series, What to Wear To Thanksgiving, where you can enter to win a $250 Gift Card to Rack Room Shoes!

Make sure to visit Jo-Lynne and Kristin to see what they’re wearing for What To Wear To A Work Holiday Party!

Beauty for the Heart~~It seems we’ve already become numb to the beheadings with ISIS. It’s almost as if the news says, oh yeah there’s been another one.

Friends that’s someones son. Let’s pray today for that family!! This is a horrible tragedy.

Linking to The Pleated Poppy.

**There are affiliate links in this post. This does not mean you pay a dime more when you purchase a product through my link. It just means I made it easier for you to find something, so I make a few cents when you purchase it. I so appreciate your support of Walking in Grace & Beauty. Thank you!

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