Rise Up

Truth be told, most of us are glad to see 2020 go. For most people Covid and Covid restrictions are the main reason. For me, it started before Covid when my mom passed away January 2nd of last year due to cancer. Then Covid hit, another friend got cancer and I got in a car accident just before Christmas. It felt like the year was cursed.

As we step into a new year, some are excited for a fresh new start. Others, like me are wary. I was joking that I wanted to sign a pre-nup with 2021 and if the year went bad, I was going to cut my losses and go my separate way. 2021 doesn’t get anything from me. No siree. Not happenin’.

Sometimes I like to pick a word for the year. This year my sister found a quiz you can take that will give you a word for the year. Only problem was that between 5 people, only two different words were assigned. My word was ‘Overcome.’ And while I do need to overcome the bad things that happened in 2020, I liked the word the other person who also got Overcome had picked for herself. Rise.

Overcoming is the first step in rising up. But there is something more powerful in the word Rise. It speaks to me more than the word Overcome.

So this year, I hope to Rise Up. Out of the ashes of 2020, like a phoenix reborn. Rise up to a new beginning. Rise up to a new dawn. Rise up to new hope.

 

Isaiah 60:1 ‘Arise, shine, for your light has come, and the glory of the Lord rises upon you.’

Happy New Year everyone. For all of you who are overcomers, or in need of overcoming, I hope you join me in rising up this year.

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How to style a sundress for colder weather

So you’ve got your favorite sundress in the closet that you want to keep wearing as the weather gets colder. Now, how to make it warm enough to keep wearing in the winter and fall? This post is all about transitioning warm weather dresses into a cute & cozy cold weather outfit.

In this look, I took a sweater and layered it over top of a sundress. Then I added a belt to bring in the waist and make the dress look more like a skirt. Perfect fall / winter look with the jewel toned purple sweater and black and white striped dress.

Other ways you can winterize your summer sundresses would be to:

  1. Wear a blazer over top. You can add a coat over that if needed for going outside, or wear it with just the blazer if the weather is warm enough.
  2. Add turtleneck underneath. A mock turtleneck works to add warmth and would still look cute.
  3. Add a button up shirt. Depending on the style of dress, you could add a button up shirt underneath, or over the top, belted or unbelted to warm up the look.
  4. Accessorize! I just had knee high boots in this look, but if the temps drop lower, I would add tights, a scarf, gloves, a poncho, or even leggings underneath to keep warm. Earmuffs, anyone? And how about a muff? Those warm cylinder shaped things Victorian women stuffed their hands in to keep them warm. Yeah. I want one of those. Let’s bring muffs back!
  5. Add a cardigan. I am always wearing cardigans at work to keep warm. Because, yes, sometimes we are cold indoors in the winter. Then you can just layer your coat over the top when you go out.
  6. Add a skirt. Under or over. Another skirt layered over the top or underneath can add volume and warmth.
  7. Add a sweater. I already did that in this look, but another way to add a sweater is to wear it underneath the dress. This sweater would have worked good under as well as over because it isn’t too bulky. If the sweater is really bulky or chunky, wear it over the top.

How are you bringing your summer clothes into winter? Mostly I wear a tank top underneath my tops everyday to add another thin layer of warmth to my core.

To anyone praying for my friend who has leukemia; after three different types of chemo, one finally worked! Her blood count has now gone from 90% of cancer cells to less than 5%. However, she has treatment resistant cancer so will be needing the bone marrow transplant. Pray that she finds a donor match needed for this. Her siblings are testing for this right now.

Merry Christmas to everyone near and far.

Fear not, for 2020 is almost over… 

(What? Is that not a traditional holiday greeting?)

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