Wednesday, December 12, 2012

Outfit Post : Daily Uniform Featuring Shoxie!

First Outfit: 

Vegan Leather Shoulder Top - c/o Shoxie // Leggings - Zara // Boots - Vintage // Sunnies - Maude 
Bag - Mason's

Second Outfit:

Leather Bomber Jacket - Kenneth Cole // Tank - PebbyForevee // Necklace - Spike the Punch Leggings - Zara // Boots - Vintage // Sunnies - Maude 
Bag - Mason's

I would like to introduce to a totally a-w-e-s-o-m-e online boutique,! Not only is the inventory insanely cute, and cutting edge, but the prices are INSANE! Head on over and take a look-sie! Also, look forward to a few more posts featuring clothing from this awesome website!!

As for the similar looks, this is what I've been living in all season. Nothing is better than a good pair of vintage boots and cozy ponte pants!!

Happy holidays!!!



Tuesday, November 6, 2012

Everything Beautiful in His Time

Everything Beautiful in His Time - Things may look like a mess now, but someday it will all make sense.

He has made everything beautiful in its time. ~ Ecclesiastes 3:11

God has painted time with changes. The kaleidoscopic movement of innumerable processes will be seen in the end as “beautiful in its time.”  It may look a mess up close, just as putting your face too near a big painting will distort your view of it. Stepping back puts it in better perspective.  One day we will step back, look at the finished canvas of life with the Artist by our side, and see it in all its beauty and completeness.
The same thought inspired some unknown author to write:
Not till the loom is silent,
And the shuttle ceases to fly
Will God unveil the canvas,
And show the reason why
The black threads were as needful
In the weaver’s skillful hand
As the threads of gold and silver
In the pattern He has planned.

Ecclesiastes 3:11 goes on to say, “Also He has put eternity in their hearts.”  People who have a world view from a worldly perspective will fail to see beauty in black threads.  All will be meaningless to them.
But for those of us who have eternity in our hearts, it is another matter.  We are lent faith to believe that “…every man should eat and drink and enjoy the good of all his labor – it is the gift of God” (Ecc. 3:12).  And, it is the grace of God that will enable us to leave the explanations of the dark threads till heaven.  This faith will help us “…to rejoice, and to do good in [our] lives” (Ecc. 3:12).
To everything there is a season; a time for this and a time for that.  There is a time to ask God to put eternity in your heart – now!  Ask Him.

By Jill Bricoe

devo via here, images via here

Monday, October 29, 2012

Outfit Post : Geometric

Sunnies - House of Harlow // Vest - Old Navy (similar)  // Top - Vintage (actually a backwards vest) 
Dress Worn as Skirt - Forever 21, Necklace - Indigo (similar) // Shoes - Steve Madden 
Bracelets - Loft and Savoir-Faire



Sunday, October 14, 2012

Max Lucado : To Reach the Destination

In order to reach the destination, we have to say no to some requests!  Can you imagine the chaos if a parent honored each request of a child during a trip? Can you imagine the chaos if God indulged each of ours? “No!” is a necessary word to take on a trip!
Scripture says, “For God has not destined us to the terrors of judgment but to the full attainment of salvation through our Lord Jesus Christ.” (I Thess. 5:9)
Note God’s destiny for your life: Salvation. God’s overarching desire is that you to reach that destiny. His itinerary includes stops that encourage your journey. He frowns on stops that deter you. When His sovereign plan and your earthly plan collide, a decision must be made. Who’s in charge of this journey?
If God must choose between your earthly satisfaction and your heavenly salvation, which do you hope He chooses?

*Devo via here, images via here

Monday, September 24, 2012

Outfit Post : Introducing Yella Boutique!

Top - c/o Yella Boutique // Shorts - Tibi // Shoes - Zara // Sunnies - Ray Ban // Arrow Necklace - Stella & Dot c/o my friends at Savoir Faire

Absolutely in L-O-V-E with my Stella & Dot arrow necklace from my friends at Savoir Faire! You ladies are the absolute best!

One of my adorable friends opened up a {fabulous} store on Facebook called Yella Boutique! If you haven't checked it out already, you can do so here! Go ahead and set up your shopping account and shop right through Facebook.  I am loving their coral cape dress and mustard and cream tunic! Head on over to check this cute new boutique out!!



Wednesday, August 22, 2012

A Godly Touch: Max Lucado

August has been absolutely crazy for me! I apologize for the lack of posts. My instagram (@ashesoflaughter) is still seeing some action ;) Promise to get back into the swing of things soon. Until then, I'm really trying to lean on God during this crazy month. Hope you are too. Here is a quick devo from Max Lucado for some hump day inspiration!

The power of a godly touch. Have you known it? The doctor who treated you, or the teacher who dried your tears?  Was there a hand holding yours at a funeral?
Haven’t we known the power of a godly touch? Can’t we offer the same?
Some of you use your hands to pray for the sick. If you aren’t touching them personally, you’re writing notes, calling, baking pies.  You’ve learned the power of a touch.
But others tend to forget. Our hearts are good; it’s just that our memories are bad. We forget how significant one touch can be.
We fear saying the wrong thing, or using the wrong tone or acting the wrong way. So rather than do it incorrectly, we do nothing at all.
Aren’t we glad Jesus didn’t make the same mistake? Jesus touched the untouchables of the world. Will you do the same?

*Devo via here, images via here



Tuesday, August 7, 2012

Outfit Post: Glitzy Haze

Top - // Shoes - DV by Dolce Vita (similar, and awesome  here)
Shorts - H&M // Clutch - TJ Maxx 

If you haven't already, check out! It's one of my all time favorite boutiques, and they now have a new website!!!



For more of my instagram pics, follow me @ashesoflaughter!

Wednesday, July 25, 2012

And I Was Baptized!

 For by one Spirit are we all baptized into one body, whether we be Jews or Gentiles, whether we be bond or free; and have been all made to drink into one Spirit.” -1 Corinthians 12:13

Let me start off by saying that I have a terrible fear of public speaking. Something that has stood in the way of my baptism for 24 years now. You see, at my church we do not christen (sprinkle holy water on a baby). At my church it is customary to be baptized when you can make the decision to publicly profess your faith and testimony on you own.

Since last Fall, I have really felt the Holy Spirit tugging on me to be baptized. I filled out a bulletin at church to learn more about baptism. I learned that there would be an outdoor baptism the following summer (not in front of all 5000+ members). I immediately decided that this was for me.

As the time drew nearer, I was nervous, but also very excited. This would be my chance to publicly share my faith (and speak in front of a crowd for Jesus). Did I mention that I was blessed to have my father do the honors (tear-fest, I know)?  

We walked out into the water, and he spoke a little into his mic about me and our relationship, then it was my turn....

I couldn't find the mic for myself so I took a deep breath, leaned over to my fathers mic and said the following:

"Hi my name is Erin Baskin. I was very blessed to be raised in a Christian household, and accepted Jesus Christ in my heart at a very early age. For the last few years I have felt the Holy Spirit tugging on my heart to get baptized, and I decided it was time. Jesus Christ is my personal Lord and Savior, and I believe that He is the Son of God."

Don't worry,  I found out afterwards that not one person in the crowd could hear me considering I used my dad's mic... The important part is that God heard me.

I'm glad that I have the opportunity to share this story with you. I am so blessed to have such loyal and encouraging followers. 

Here are a few more pictures of my special day! 



Wednesday, July 18, 2012

Outfit Post: Teatro di Marcello

Dress - Parasol via Topshop // Jacket - G.E.T. (similar here) // Bag - F21 // Shoes - Zara 
Watch - BCBG Max Azria // Necklace - Max & Chloe



Tuesday, July 10, 2012

Outfit Post: Pull Shapes

Dress - Savoir-Faire // Earrings - Kate Spade // Shoes - Miss. Trish for Target // Purse - F21 

Isn't that dress to die for? Shop their page here!

Tuesday, July 3, 2012

Making Allowances for Others

By Jill Briscoe

With all lowliness and gentleness, with longsuffering, bearing with one another in love. ~ Ephesians 4:2

Are you good at making allowances for people?  Or do you have ridiculously high expectations?
Our lives should say, “I make allowances for people,” for this is the language of love.  Forbearance is a divine quality.  Romans 11:4 talks of the “forbearance of God”; Phillips translates the verse, “making allowances for one another, because ye love one another”; Moffatt says, “Forbearance is related to patience.”  This means I should hold back my quick judgment, and should not evaluate or dissect people’s motives.

What a challenge to walk through life like this!  Are we making allowances for our teen-agers, for example?  I remember Pete, our youngest, growing daily right out of his socks – at fourteen years of age he was six feet four inches tall.  Quite an achievement over such a small amount of time!  But I didn’t make allowances for his grand accomplishments!  His schoolwork zeroed; around the house he was lazy and undisciplined; he couldn’t be bothered even to pretend he wanted to go to church anymore!  “No wonder,” laughed the wise counselor I resorted to in deep distress.  “He’s put everything he’s got into blood and bones and height!”  I got the point and made allowances.
Bishop H.C. Moule has said that forbearance is “allowing for each other’s frailties and mistakes; aye, when they turn and wound you ‘in love,’ finding it easy to see with their eyes and if need be to take sides with them against yourselves!”  That’s making allowances!

Happy 4th, everyone! Hope you have a very blessed holiday filled with those you love.

*devo via here, images via here

Wednesday, June 27, 2012

Outfit Post: Blue Dots

 Dress - Maude Boutique // Purse - Kate Spade // Shoes - Sam Edelman
Earrings - Kate Spade // Necklace - F21 (similar)

An evening out in Florence. Missing Italy already. 

Oh and before I forget, Maude Boutique (where you can find this lovely dress) just launched a new website! Check it out here!



Friday, June 22, 2012

Love for All

By Jill Briscoe

“How is it that You, being a Jew, ask a drink from me, a Samaritan woman?”  For Jews have no dealings with Samaritans.  ~ John 4:9

Start talking about things the other person understands.  Jesus started with a bucket!  Next, make sure you show interest in people as people!  Jesus cared about the Samaritan woman’s personal problems, and she knew it!  Don’t be sidetracked.  The woman wanted to start arguing about which church to go to, but Jesus reminded her that it was the Person she worshiped that was important, not the place of worship.
Don’t be shocked.  Know your world and what’s going on out there; there is a difference between isolation and separation.  Jesus was never isolated from sinners, but He was always separate from sin.  Next, realize that sin is a symptom of the real problem – a soul-thirst only God can quench.  Tell people that Jesus is the answer to their thirsty quest.  Don’t be afraid to talk about salvation, souls, and sin; Jesus did.
Talk naturally.  You should be able to talk about your faith as freely as you do about your family.  Jesus made spiritual talk easy and comfortable for others, because it was easy and comfortable for Him.  Be sure not to put on a special voice when you talk about God – use your usual one!
And, finally, don’t run after your prospective converts; Jesus didn’t.  When they’ve had enough, let them go – but pray for them.  And then watch them come back with their friends.  What joy!  Talking of truth satisfies as nothing else can.  You may even conquer your appetite the way Jesus did, just with the fullness of it all!

Take my voice, and let me sing
Always, only for my King.
Take my lips, and let them be
Filled with messages from Thee.

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