No, this isn't another fashion blog.
In fact, i don't think i look so pretty in this picture (here's your cue to drop a compliment)You know like the ladies in the style blogs look. I should have had a fierce and intense look, almost like I'm doing a 'Matilda' on the camera, and a pout like this...
But here i am, doing a 'Mary had a one leg' and smiling like Xi in 'gods must be crazy' Oh well...
This post goes beyond that. I had no idea what i was going to wear for a family portrait about two years ago, so i didn't prepare for it. The photographer was already around when i rushed to the room and grabbed at what i could lay my hands on. I turned out nice enough...
Belt: New look (£3)
Jewelry: errr... expensive sha.
Legs: Extremely Hot... all mine (you can't afford)
(seriously, i wonder how the fashion bloggers do this)
Ok, this post isn't just about how fine i looked(yeah, whatever)
My outfit is a cocktail of the cheap and expensive. Together they make a beautiful masterpiece :p.
I had a friend who was so fixated on labels, i think it kind of ruined her life. I know peeps who wouldn't go close to primark... or those who look at newlook with disdain.
They fail to realize that Expensive labels don't guarantee a good look. Sometimes you need that touch of a £2 earring to make your £2000 outfit POP.
I know for a fact that if i substitute my £3 belt with my sisters $500 belt, this outfit would be transformed from 'Hot' to 'Hot mess'. And If i was given more time to put together an outfit before the photo session, i may have used a Deola Sagoe 'paid a ridiculous price' pair of pants that wouldn't have turned out this great(pardon me for emphasizing on how great i look... I promise it's just to get my point across)
All I'm trying to say is, ALL things work together to make a perfect outfit. The expensive and the cheap come together to make a look pop, it doesn't matter if i buy a £3 belt... or if i buy a skirt from tesco, or thrift a top, as long as you have a sense of style. There's a bigger picture and that's what matters most. (I really do have a dress from Tesco, and everybody loves it, but they just can't imagine buying an F&F outfit *shrug*)
Same way, ALL things WORK TOGETHER for the GOOD of those who LOVE the LORD.(Rom 8:28) The pain, the joy, the highs and the lows, the laughter and the tears, they all come together to make you the beautiful person that you are. If all you've had is good times, how would you have learned to trust God and see his mighty hand in your life?
Like @Lecrea tweets "Trials and tribulations refine us and make us stronger. Don't run from them, grow from them."
We don't pray for trials and challenges, but we do good by knowing that they are a part of life, and we can choose to grow through them instead of caving under them.
"In the chemistry of the cross God takes things that, in and of themselves, are bad, and He puts them together, much as a chemist might take chemicals that, in and of themselves, may be deleterious and mixes them to make a medicine that brings healing.""Rising Above Your Circumstances," by Adrian Rogers
I have a feeling what I've written down is so far from what i had in my head, it seemed so clear in there...
Oh well, just remember the word doesn't say "some things" it says "ALL things work together for the good of those who love the lord" It's all inclusive, the louboutin shoes and the primark skirt all work together to make beautiful a girl who has a sense of style. The good, bad and ugly of your life, works together for your good... if you love the Lord that is. Take the Lord away from the equation and you're just a person going through rough patches that do you no good.