Style & Gratitude

November 16, 2015, by Carrie

Hello Lovelies!
I'm giddy today because there are lots of things going on in this post. I have been so excited while I planned and wrote this post. This post is also going live on The Blended Blog and I am finding it so fun to collaborate with the ladies that I met over a year ago through a Style Challenge at Get Your Pretty On.
I'm also collaborating with a new blogger friend, Emily who blogs at Darling Dearest. New friends just get me pumped! Collaborating also gets me pumped! Style and gratitude with the added bonus of a link-up has me over the top enthused today.
Glad you're along for the ride, so put on your happy face and let's get to it.

Recently, I participated in the Fall Style Challenge with Get Your Pretty On during the first part of October. Our Texas weather did not really cooperate but regardless I did wear a some of the looks and definitely want to share a couple of favorites.
The tone on tone was quite popular with the participants. What makes it such a popular look is the ability to change-up the color for tone on tone. The recommended look encompassed these shades of wine/pink but in the past I have worn a similar look in the grey tone family.

Present look. tone on tone

Past look. Monochromatic-Grey

Another favorite look of mine was olive and orange. I decided to pull from my closet and here's what I came up with on that day.
  fall challenge-2

Another look swapped the olive pants for boyfriend jeans. Super comfy! This day was just a work bathroom selfie kind of day. It happens!
  boyfriend + orange

These are all looks that I would wear to a family Thanksgiving dinner extravaganza. I would probably opt for the boyfriend jeans look because you know they allow for a little extra room for eating more than normal.
Who can relate to that truth?

Well right there smack dab in the middle of fall comes Thanksgiving.  In that vein, I become acutely aware of my need to be grateful. When I venture down that road I am immediately stopped by all I have in the realm of material wealth. Yes, I am wealthy, maybe not by some standards but I realize I have plenty to eat and wear. I also have a solid roof over my head when I lie down at night. There are so many who do not know that luxury.
Beyond those basic needs I can add more and more to the list of comforts I enjoy daily. I image you are most likely in that boat with me, friends. Although I am grateful for all I have I am even more grateful for "things" that cannot be purchased. For example, love.  From love flows the ability to forgive, to offer grace, to be reconciled, to grant mercy, to sacrifice, to care, and the list goes on. Love casts our fear {a big struggle for me}, it trusts, it hopes, it doesn't envy, it is patient and kind...I'm quoting a little bit of 1 Corinthians 13 here. But my point is without those "things" that money cannot buy I would be undone.   I would be lost and a person searching for a purpose through material wealth, which by the way is just fleeting.  Ultimately, I find all of the "things" that are most important to me through my faith.
My faith in Christ is what changes my perspective and allows me to really capture what is most important in life.   Honestly, it's what I'm most grateful for while I journey through this life.

What are you grateful for especially during this season?  I'd love to hear your thoughts in the comments, lovelies.

Lest I be an ogre, please let me not forget how thankful I am for people. My my hubster, daughter, parents, brother and his family and a multitude of friends (online and IRL) as well as brothers and sisters in Christ. My goodness, I am relationship blessed beyond my imagination. Thankful, thankful and thankful!
Remember I said there was lots going on in this post?

Here's a little more. Our weekly link up and a giveaway. I hope you'll take the time to enter. I wanted to participate in a giveaway and give you the opportunity to enter as a little thank you for following along and reading my blog.
I am truly thankful for you!
I appreciate you reading and commenting each week. It really does bless me. Thank you, lovelies! I've added the giveaway at the bottom of the post. And since it's Monday, it's time for our link-up. Thanks to everyone who joined in last week. Whitney, Casey and I enjoyed reading your posts and searching for our favorite looks. Can't wait to see what you lovely ladies link up this week.

Hosted by ~
Carrie/A Lovely Little Wardrobe ~ Bloglovin/Facebook/Instagram
Whitney/Whitney à La Mode ~ Bloglovin/Instagram
Casey/A Little Bit of Cheer ~ Bloglovin/Facebook/Instagram

Each week we choose a favorite...check out Casey & Whitney's blogs to see if it's you! My favorite this week is Irene from The Daily Lace. She featured a gorgeous feminine floral dress. A picture perfect look can be found in here in the post. Hope you'll stop by and visit her blog where you'll find gorgeous photos, spot on fashion and a few little extra surprises!

Now let's get linking! We like to keep things simple around here. Just link up your favorite posts--fashion, beauty, food, DIY, anything goes! Follow your hosts on social media, have fun and be inspired! Thanks for linking up! We have added a Pinterest board where we'll be pinning looks and an Instagram hashtag. Feel free to add #lovelylittlealamode to your looks on Instagram that you link up with us.
Nordstrom gift card giveaway

Happy Monday! A few of my blogger friends and I wanted to kick start your week by joining together to bring you a giveaway - a $150 Nordstrom gift card! Are you the one lucky reader? Simply enter via the widget below! Prize: $150 Nordstrom gift card Hosts: Sequins & DenimFashionably EmployedShopping My Closet Co-hosts: The Red Closet Diary Peaches In A PodThe Kissing Booth BlogA Lovely Little Wardrobeheid'nspeakStyle-Blueprint Giveaway open: Monday, November 16 at 12AM PST through Monday, November 23 at 11:59PM PST Are you a fellow blogger who'd be interested in hosting similar giveaways to help grow your blog? Then, click here to find out how you can join!

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Carrie is a regular contributor for The Blended Blog and also maintains her own blog over at A Lovely Little Wardrobe.  In her spare time Carrie can be found finding the beauty in the everyday through scripture or in her relationships.  She is a soft spoken Texas with a big heart and an even bigger desire to find the good in the world.