Mini Me Monday : Easter 2018

 

Just six years ago we celebrated the new life of our three-day old baby girl, on Easter. It was a day full of love, joy and life. I will never forget that Sunday. It was the first Easter my understanding in the power of the cross was deepened. First, as a woman who finally gave birth I had an immediate sense of empowerment physically. Then, in the same moment as a daughter of Christ I was overwhelmed with the power of conquering spiritually. I had enduringly overcame the loss of pregnancies with life in my daughter and most importantly the battle of faith with life in Jesus. Jesus conquered death and then promised eternal life. He not only conquered death on the cross but death for each and every one of us who believes. “For God so loved the world that He sent His one and only Son that who ever believes in Him shall not perish but have everlasting life. ”

Six years later, on Easter ( of all days! ) and wearing all white we are still celebrating that same precious baby girl. This Sunday we celebrated Lyianna’s declaration to the world that she too believes in this promise by getting baptized. I even had the honor and privilege of baptizing her alongside her Sunday school teacher Madison.

With family watching online to friends that were present and the rest of the day at the beloved Hillman lake house this day was an answered prayer. How can I ever forget this Easter too?

He is Risen,

D

 

 

 

 

 

Lyianna,

Since before you were born you were teaching me how to have faith. The day you were born I became a believer of unbroken promises and in the power of prayer. More than intelligence, knowledge, understanding, health, beauty, joy and love I have been praying for you to believe and accept Jesus. Your boldness and fearlessness in sharing that decision with the world is an inspiration! Baptizing you was an unexpected joy to my answered prayers. I am excited to see how you change the world!

love,

mommy

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Sunday Tulle

Necklace: Bauble Bar | Top: Nordstrom Rack | Skirt: Windsor | Heels: Sara Jessica Parker | Purse: Michael Khors

 

Happy Sunday! I know I have been MIA for a bit (a long bit) and I can explain! First let me say thank you. Thank you to all who love and support me with constant encouragement of getting back on here. Thank you for your patience and understanding. I appreciate you.

Right before the holidays I took a trip to Georgia with my family who I don’t get to see often. We celebrated one of my little cousin’s Army boot camp graduation. It was a time full of pride, tears, hope and love. Being a military family I value time with loved ones much more than I did before. So this short and quick week together was really meaningful. I chose to put my phone away and focus on being in their presence. Well one week turned into the next once I got back home. Decidedly, I took a break from social media life.

Looking back now I realize how crucial that break was because life got so busy with expected and unexpected experiences. Some of those experiences I will be sharing soon.

Until then I’m continuing with bringing you Sundays in Style and I’m starting with this tulle skirt ensemble. Just something about wearing tulle that makes me feel even more like the princess that I am. Especially on a Sunday when I’m going before the king with heart and worship!

Blessings,

d

 

Mini Me Monday: Smiles 

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Girl bow: Target | Toddler Bow: Little Poppy Co | Dresses/Romper: Old Navy | Heels: Jessica Simpson & Disney | Toddler Shoes: Native

Mini Me Monday is here y’all. Photographing us girls in matching outfits is my favorite. It has never been this exact either. Surprisingly, (and thankfully!) I found these dresses and this romper last year while on vacation with family. On our family vacations there is always shopping! We decided to stop and look around an outlet Old Navy. It’s always just looking, right? Yeah right! Boy am I sure glad we did a little more than looking. Purchasing these mommy and me outfits has become a gift that keeps on giving. It has brought so many smiles every time we have worn this. I bet you are even smiling right now too!

Lyianna and Camrielle, I can’t tell you enough that the best thing you can ever wear is a smile. You may not remember but I will always remember, so let me tell you. When we wear these matching outfits we get a lot of sweet and encouraging remarks. We make a lot of people smile. I know fashion can be vain but when you have the right heart and context it can be a tool to bring joy. Lyianna, you ask me almost daily if we can wear the same thing and beg to wear these snow white high heels everywhere. You crack your daddy and me up. Camrielle, you love shoes too! You don’t talk a lot quite yet but you sure do know how to say shoes! Girls, thank you for making a mundane thing as getting you dressed everyday fun. Thank you for loving this as much as me even if it is just for right now. When you read this I know you will be smiling. I love you.

Blessings,

d

 

Tuesday Travel: Embroidered Tulle & Teotihuacan, Mexico

Top: Zara | Shorts: Walmart | Sandals: Unlimited

 

This Tuesday’s Travel post is brought to you by a recent mission trip to Mexico City. I had no idea that we would be having a free day as my mind had been set on working my butt off the entire week, however, I see how taking a day of rest was fruitful for our group. Especially knowing that it would be our last day of rest, lol.

We had been resting from work over a meal the night before when this little adventurous “free” day was confirmed by our youth leader. We just happened to be at a mall eating that meal. I just happened to eat my meal quicker than everyone else. Everything just seemed to be “happening” so perfectly. Can you see where I am going with how this look was transpired? My decision helped me work in twenty-five minutes of extra time to shop. I apparently had a couple of enthusiasts so my friends Bridget and Ryker joined me. Oh sweet Ryker, he had no idea what it was like to shop with females. His hope of getting a baseball cap quickly dissipated when we were at the fifteen minute mark and still in the same store, lol.

Zara (pink version here) is that one store where I laid my eyes on this beauty. The stunning embroidery is what caught my eye but the tulle is what finalized my purchase. I figured this blouse would not only be fashionable but functional. It was made of breathable material. I was told the sun was pretty hot at the pyramids so you know, it was meant to be y’all. OK, ok. I still find laughter in my thought process of deciding this would be a great choice for hiking up what I didn’t know at the time to be steep stairs. I made it work! I do suggest to be like everyone else and wear more athletic clothes.

I thought the first set of stairs up to the moon pyramid were challening but boy was I wrong. I had a tiny bit of trouble with the Sun Pyramid and thankfully (ok maybe I’m not actually thankful they had issues … ) so did a couple of other people from our group. I fit right in. The pyramids were truly breathtaking! Yes, they both physically and asthetically took my breath away. If you ever have the chance to visit. Do a guided tour and preferably a guide you can understand! Here is a link to read up on the history and archeolgy of Teotihuacan Pyramids.

Lyianna and Camrielle, these are one of those moments you are either rolling your eyes and making fun of me or admiring my spirit. The thought of that warms my heart. I wonder if I have taken you to see these by now and if not, take a trip together. Not alone of course but with trusted friends and/or family. I love you both and will save this top just for you .. kisses!

Blessings,

d

Mini Me Monday

 

ME:  Coat: Nordstrom Rack |DRESS: Target | Flats: Tory Birch | HER: Coat: Zara | Dress: Zara | Necklace: Gifted | Shoes: Target | Doll: American Girl Truly Me

ME: Coat: Nordstrom Rack |DRESS: Target | Flats: Tory Birch |
HER: Coat: Zara | Dress: Zara | Necklace: Gifted | Shoes: Target | Doll: American Girl Truly Me

 

Welcome back everyone! It has been so long that I almost forgot how to blog, lol. Anyone else wonder where the pictures and content were when this first posted? I did. Thankfully, I have corrected the post …

I find myself being apologetic for the long absence and at the same time not. That whole sorry not sorry motto can be inserted here , right? Life happened and I am glad that living my life was priority over blogging about it.The break was needed and wonderful but since I have a few fans constantly requesting my return, especially that of my four-year old, I have decided to spend time again in one of my favorite corners of life. So, it is official to say I am back. 

As you see in the photos our oldest daughter, Lyianna, has acquired a new love. Please meet Isla Rose, our American Girl doll. She became a part of our family on Christmas morning. Isla really does everything with us and it brings me so much joy to see Lyianna so happy with her doll. It has also brought us even closer as I even enjoy playing with my own doll that I gifted myself. Lyianna’s excitement in having a Isla to dress up and play with reminds me of that same emotion in hearing I was having a girl. I remember how undescribably joyful it was to know I was going to have a girl, my own real american girl.

Blessings,

“D”

p.s. If you are contemplating jumping on the American Girl wagon I would love to answer any questions you may have. Let me know if you would like to read a post on America Girl Dolls!

 

 

Mariachi Fashion

 

Sombrero: Walmart | Sunglasses: Betsey Johnson |Tank & Denim YTop: Target | Skinny Jeans: H&M | Heels: Nordstrom Rack

Sombrero: Walmart | Sunglasses: Betsey Johnson |Tank & Denim Top: Target | Skinny Jeans: H&M | Heels: Nordstrom Rack

 

It’s day seven of the famous Fiesta here in San Antonio, Texas and we are enjoying the celebration. It has been a beautifully cultured experience for my little family. Last night we were serenaded by Mariachi bands at dinner. Many of you have experienced this but this was unique because the bands were on boats floating by on the river, known as the Ford Mariachi Festival.

You may least expect it when traveling but fashion is just a huge part of life even on vacation. I packed my bags with my own style but have been so inspired by the cultural fashion on this trip. The Mexican and Spanish sophistication here is so traditional and colorful that I have to endeavor by brightening up my wardrobe.

I have started with this Mariachi sombrero. It literally took me about an hour to decide on a color! To know me is to know that if I truly like something, I want it in every color. Guess what? I want one in every color, lol. This iconic hat is a statement piece in itself but with this shade of fuchsia it just pops that much more.

Have a great day,

d

Spring Fur

 

Fur Vest: Steve Madden | Top: Nordstrom Rack | Jean s: Target | Rain Boots: Hunter

Fur Vest: Steve Madden | Top: Nordstrom Rack | Jean s: Target | Rain Boots: Hunter

 

Hi! Although I wore this ensemble a couple weeks ago I want to wear it again. It is officially Spring but for many of us out there it still feels like Winter. As tempted as I am to get dressed up in this cozy ensemble I have opted for staying home in pajamas and turning up the heat …

xoxo,

d

A Grey Day

Ear muffs: Nordstrom Rack / Pancho: c/o Pink Blush Maternity / Leggings & Boots: Ross

Ear muffs: Nordstrom Rack / Poncho: c/o Pink Blush Maternity / Leggings & Boots: Ross

 

I am loving the grey weather today. It made for a great excuse to sleep in and cozy up to my babes. I was also happy to cozy up in this grey fringed poncho. No, I didn’t match my look to the weather on purpose, lol.

I recently shared that I appreciate capes and ponchos but it has to be stated again, especially, for my preggos. I really love having these pieces in my wardrobe and more so while I have been pregnant. You can dress them up or down with such ease and yes, it is another great find among Pink Blush’s maternity clothes. 

Being this far into my pregnancy many things are getting quite uncomfortable so it felt really good to be able to wear this. I was able to move around freely and stay warm for our cold activities today.

Enjoy your Saturday folks!

Danica

Happy New Year

 

 

Top: c/o Pink BLush Maternity / Bottoms: Target / Heels: Jessica Simpson

 

Happy New Year! I have started the year off with a surprise baby moon getaway. I was not expecting this at all. However, I have to agree with my sweet and romantic husband. Time away for both of us to be pampered and catered to is a necessity before becoming a family of four, especially since that is going to be “any day now”.

Of course, knowing me my husband told me to pack something a little fancy. Now this is usually not a problem but when you are in your ninth month of expecting fancy is hard. However, thanks to Pink Blush Maternity it was no big deal. I knew exactly what to pack. When searching through their maternity clothes I found this top. I am a sucker for anything black but I”m even more of a sucker for anything sequins. So the combination of black with sequins elbows had me at hello. The holidays also known as “sequins season” may be officially over but this is not the case for me. It is always sequins season in my life. I couldn’t even go the first day of the year without a little sparkle, baby bump and all!

While baby moons and sequins tops have me like YAY, I am most excited for yet another year’s new beginnings through Jesus Christ! ” Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creature; the old things passed away; behold the new things have come.” 2 Corinthians 5:17

Blessings to your New Year,

Danica

 

Winter

Sunglasses: Cotton On / Coat: Pink Blush Maternity / Blouse & Leggings: Mossimo / Purse: Michael Khors / Booties: Franco Sarto

Sunglasses: Cotton On / Coat: c/o Pink Blush Maternity / Blouse & Leggings: Mossimo / Purse: Michael Khors / Booties: Franco Sarto

 

Happy Winter ya’ll! I was beginning to worry because it was feeling more like Cali or Miami weather here. Today, however, this was not the case. Temperatures dropped down into the forties and this is what I prefer. It can be quite challenging to bundle up during winter as a pregnant woman without spending a fortune. I am happy to announce that I have by partnered with Pink Blush Maternity  to bring you affordable options! Ladies, they have really cute maternity clothes!

I already own more than enough coats but none of them fit my baby bump. This presented a problem with Winter’s arrival. So I can’t tell you enough how grateful I am for this maternity boutique. While browsing through their maternity clothes I found this white tweed coat and immediately fell in love.  I am even more fortunate that it is something I can wear before and after pregnancy too.

I decided on a casual black & white look for the holidays and this coat brought my look into balance. I subtly added a touch of bling with my earrings! If you prefer to be less casual and more fancy check out Pink Blush’s maternity dresses! Did I forget to mention the best thing about this online boutique? Oh, well I apologize. Are you ready? They are not a maternity only boutique so for all of my non preggo readers out there I still have your back! Go on be excited now that you know you can check them out too.

xoxo,

Danica

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