Stripes and flowers

Happy July everyone! I know, it’s halfway through the month, but I haven’t done a blog post yet this month, so I thought I’d say it anyway.

I went out shopping on 4th of July weekend and found some good deals at Ross and Marshall’s that I thought I’d share with y’all.

This Anne Klein skirt was only $13.99 on clearance at Ross. Whoohoo. I saw another striped skirt before I left that was only $10.99 regular price. I almost bought that instead, but you just can’t beat the quality of this Anne Klein skirt over the more cheaply made t-shirt material thin cotton skirt I thought of getting instead. That one was cute, but I decided to go with the better quality of this one.

And this shirt, though! I was admiring it when it was full price at the Marshall’s close to me, then just happened to spot it at another one a month or so down the road on clearance for only $10. Yes, please! Check out those cute floral details on the sleeves of this Kim & Cami tie front top.

The big asymmetrical stripes make a bold statement, while the florals add a softer feminine touch.

Also, the gold sandals are from Ross. Less than $15. Good deals are my jam!

We went to one of the historical houses in Portland to do this shoot, and it was packed because they were having a car show. We walked around a bit, took a few photos out back, then switched to a quieter historical house located in Troutdale. Much easier to do photos without the crowds.

I hope you all have a wonderful week ahead. Happy shopping!

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~ All photos were taken by Calvin Hodgson.  You can find his work on Flickr and on his blog.

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Floral romper plus a bit more please

Finally, I’m wearing a springy colored floral outfit. Now that it’s almost summer. Better late than never, right?

I found this one at Rue 21. They were having a buy one get one free sale last weekend on rompers, so a friend and I were checking out all the rompers. Only to discover it wasn’t all the rompers on the sale, just the ones where the signs were. Grrrr. I had two I wanted originally. However, the shoes were also on the BOGO sale, so I switched out the romper that wasn’t on the sale and got these adorable woven wedge heels instead. Win! My friend left with two rompers a jumper and a necklace. Both of us had the romper I’m wearing today. Not only is it cute, the material is also super soft. I’ll try to not run my hands all over the material while I’m wearing it. Nah, who am I kidding. It’s too soft to resist!

The absolutely adorable heart aviator sunglasses are Betsey Johnson found at TJ Maxx. Because who doesn’t need a new pair of sunglasses every summer?

 

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I love the concept of buying something and getting something free. Who doesn’t want a little more for less?

This weekend, my dad, son and I watched Oliver performed by the Eastside Theater Company. Before the show had even started I had already eaten all my popcorn and was wanting to go out and ask the man selling the popcorn for ‘A bit more please.’ (said in a British accent, of course.) I wanted a free refill – he probably would have told me I could pay for more.

I didn’t do this, but it also got me to thinking, there was no shame in asking for a bit more. If you have billions of dollars and ask for a bit more money, you may need to know when to quit while you’re ahead. But if you are hungry and just need a bit more to fill your belly up, why not ask for more? Many times, I haven’t had enough to make ends meet and ask God for a bit more to pay the bills. When it come to my mom’s cancer or any health issues I, or anyone around me is going for, I often ask for a bit more healing. Or a whole lot more and a miracle besides when it comes to the cancer!

I also find myself asking God for ‘a bit more please’ of things I want, realizing I may or may not get them. Especially if I don’t need them, I just want them. I find that some times I do get some of the things I want. Maybe years down the road from when I want them – by the time I don’t want them that much, but sometimes God throws in things you want as well as need.

I’ll never forget when I was growing up and I asked God for one of those soft floral flannel nightgowns ‘with pretty lace on it’ and a new doll and doll furniture. My family didn’t have a lot of money growing up. We were poor as church mice. In fact, being the pastor’s kids, we were the church mice. Our family was preparing to go overseas as missionaries and any gifts we got from our parents were always the cheap version of what we wanted.

My dad was preaching at a church while we were doing deputation (when missionaries go out and gather the funding and supporters needed to live on the mission field). After the service, they had refreshments in the basement. Lo and behold, they had gifts for us and guess what they were? The exact kind of night gown I was wanting, dolls for each of us and little doll furniture. I had to walk away from everyone because my eyes wouldn’t stop leaking.

I remember similar stories happening after we went to Papua New Guinea. Things I ‘wanted’ showing up way down the road from when I wanted them – mostly because back in that day, the cheapest way to get things to us was to send them surface mail. And surface mail is exactly what it sounds like. From truck to boat to truck until it got to us. No planes involved. Sometimes goodies from the states arrived and mice had eaten through packaging to get to the food inside. Super disappointing. But God never disappointed in looking out for us – not just needs, but things we wanted and missed from home and couldn’t get in a foreign country.

So, those knee high and ankle socks weren’t what I wanted by the time they arrived, and instead you were wanting the mid length ‘scrunchy’ socks that were now ‘in’.Here they came a year or so down the road. The edible goodies came chewed through by mice, but, by golly, they came. And, the Turtles chocolates were wrapped in plastic and still good! The clothes from the States I wanted came in sizes too big, but we could make them work somehow. Perhaps God sent everything just the way He did in the timing He did because after the doll / nightgown incident I got bolder about asking for just ‘a bit more please.’ and He was trying to teach me to be content with what I had because by the time I got what I wanted, it came in a way that wasn’t quite how I was wanting it or I no longer wanted it anymore. But I still see Him providing not just the needs, but some of the ‘wants’ as well.

Not that we should treat God like he’s Santa Claus. He’s not. He’s the other Big Guy. But I never stop expecting the unexpected from God. He’ll answer your prayers in His own time and His own way. My God is a mighty God.

‘If you then, being evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your Father who is in heaven give good things to those who ask him!’ Matthew 7:11.

Thank you for stopping by and have a wonderful week!

~ All photos were taken by Calvin Hodgson.  You can find his work on Flickr and on his blog.

 

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