Episode_034 Common Sense: Do You Have Any?

What’s seems “common” is not always common to people we know. It’s amazing how people get lessons from God everyday and fail to soak in what he has been trying to teach them. Take a few seconds to look back over your life and reflect on how many times God placed you in the same type of situation for you to learn something… did you chuckle? Check out this week’s episode as we dig into some of the lessons we have had to repeat and the common knowledge we learned.

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Music:

Finesse Remix- Bruno Mars Ft. Cardi B

Original Release Date: January 4, 2018

Label: Atlantic Records

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These Boots Are Made For Walking

There is nothing like a nice pointed over the knee boot to get in you in  “dress up mode”.  I have always had a knack for finding cute items and trying to make it look expensive lol. A lot of my ideas come from Pintrest. I find styles and looks that I like and then go out and try to find inexpensive replicas.

To achieve this look I took light pink ruffle sweater I found a local store here in Houston called Trend Mall; it cost me roughly $20.00 and paired it with a inexpensive black pencil skirt I had tucked away in my closet. To add that winter “warm look” I put on a pair of camel colored over the knee boots I purchased on a clearance rack about 3 or 4 years ago. I never really had a chance to wear these boots until now because I didn’t know what to do with them. They were really a treasure hidden in the depths of my closet lol. 

Overall, you could pull this look off and still come in under a $100.00 if you take your time and find sales. Don’t rush at the first thing you see ladies, take your time and shop around a bit. Trends and hot fads for the “moment” die down and later you are stuck with clothes that no one is wearing anymore. (We all know that’s the worst…smh). The key to shopping getting timeless pieces that you can wear season after season.

Happy Shopping Ladies

Find The Look:

Pencil Skirt Here or Here

Boots Here or Here

Ruffle Sweater Here or Here

 

Mauve Moments In Winter

What do you do with all the crop tops and skirts you’ve accumulated over the summer but now its too cold to wear them? To heck with it, throw on some stockings and call it “Hello December!!!” We find that putting stockings underneath shorter (not so holy) items makes them Jesus approved!!! YES!!! Just Kidding…:) But don’t store those skirts and cropped tops just yet. Here, Christina has paired a striped circle skirt with traditional black stockings and a cropped quarter sleeve sweater. To finish it off she added some closed toed mauve shoes that wrap around the ankle. And whooooooo’s shoes were only $9? (^o^) *crickets* OH YEA, ain’t nobody got time for high dolla, wear only once, my feet need an Epsom salt soak type of shoe *blows raspberry*. We are ALL about the bargains here, trust and believe. This look is great for church, meeting parents for the first time or a Sunday brunch with your girls. You can change up the look and go more daring with fish net/embellished stockings or pair it with a long sleeve bodysuit, the choices are numerous! Love you guys! New fashion post coming soon!
~Krystal and Christina~

SEEN ON CHRISTINA
Mauve and White Circle Skirt – Bought at Ross
Similar HERE and HERE
Cropped Black Sweater- Bought at Target Years ago lol
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Mauve Heels – Just In Fashions
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Memories Of A Haunted Christmas

I was a little hesitant about writing this post but I am going to go ahead and share it. This morning I spent time with the Lord, did some journaling, and I broke down crying because I was reflecting on where I was this time last year.

This time last year was one of the lowest moments of my life. I had no money, no food, had an eviction notice that was laying on my kitchen counter, and had a car in the parking garage that had a note that was 70 days past due. I was four classes away from finishing graduate school but I had to sit out because I had failed a class and I didn’t have the money to pay to retake it.  ALL my relationships (family, friends, etc.) were in a bind and to be frank I really didn’t see the purpose of living anymore.  Yes, I was on the verge of committing suicide.

I had never been so low in my life. Nothing was working for me, I couldn’t get a job, all of the charities and places that help were out of funds for the fiscal year. I had called over 30 places in Houston to help me keep my lights on and to help pay my rent for the month but no one had it.  To make matters worse Christmas was a day away and I had NOTHING to take to my family, I barely had enough gas in car to make to their homes.

Last year was the first year I had to walk into my family’s homes gift less, food less, hopeless, depressed, embarrassed, and broken.  I was so ashamed and afraid; I was the daughter, niece, grandchild that usually had her life in order but not last year.  I remember going to my mom’s house and I was too embarrassed to even eat because I didn’t feel like I was worthy enough. I remember my mom grabbing me and holding me in her arms as I bawled for 20 mins straight. It was the worst feeling in the world to be in front of my mom and have nothing to offer her but tears and guilt.

(Picture from last year)

No one in my family judged me or said anything to bring up my dim situation but I could feel their “worry” for me.  No one asked, “are you okay?”, they just gave me reassuring hugs and subtly slipped money in my purse when I wasn’t around. No matter what I had or “didn’t have”, my family never made me feel less than. (That was a pure blessing).

Not sure why God wanted me to write this or share this but I decided that I was going to be obedient. I asked him why he wanted me to share such a humiliating moment of my life with the world and he told me that it wasn’t for me, it was for him.

I don’t know who this is for or who has been through something remotely similar but I am here to tell you everything is going to be okay, I promise.

Right now, it looks dim and your trying to figure out how you are going to make it until tomorrow but I am here to tell you that God sees you, he hears you, and he is not going to let you go. Everything you are feeling right now is to make you a stronger fighter! After this you will be able to with stand just about anything that comes your way.

This morning I was able to get up and write this so you know what that means? I am alive and doing well today, I made it! Despite all the hell I went through, I made it!  God kept me. My bills are all paid up, I kept my car, I kept my home, I now have an amazing job, I graduated with my master’s degree a couple of months ago, not only am I on my feet but I’m running.  If he did it for me, he is going to do it for you.

Remember, after every storm comes a rainbow.

I love you and most importantly God loves you.

Sincerely,

Krystal

 

 

 

 

 

 

Episode_032 Broken People: Holiday Edition

Christmas is around the corner, as we prepare to spend time with our friends and family during this joyous yet cliche time we wanted to help prepare our listeners to deal with the “brokenness” that surfaces when friends and family gather all in one place. Almost every family, social circle, clique, etc. has at least one  person who is  constantly battling rejection, low-self esteem, jealousy, bitterness, hopelessness, etc. Check out this week’s girl time to get the real scoop on preparing for the holidays.

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 Music:

Runnin’ Round- Xavier Omar

Release Date: November 17, 2017

Label: Never Sleep Music / EMPIRE