Month: December 2013

Happy New Year!!! Thank You

Happy New Year

Happy New Year! Hope you had a wonderful Christmas with all your loved ones.

I wish you all a Happy New Year! Wish you good health, prosperity, happiness, peace and blessings. I hope you have a wonderful time wherever you are spending your New Year.

I would like to take this chance to say Thank You to all those who follow the blog, share blog posts and have supported it. I started the blog in June and its amazing to see people from Bermuda, Russia, Antigua and Barbuda, Zimbabwe, Egypt, Saudi Arabia and many more countries, reading the posts.

Keep on supporting and reading. Also share the blog with family, friends and on your social network pages. There is more Great Women of the Bible to come, more Business and Politics commentaries, Poems and so much more. If the blog is quiet, I haven’t gone-it’s me studying!

There are two songs I would like to share that are my anthems for 2014. I love William McDowell’s ‘Expecting’ song, the lyrics talk about expecting a move of God. Whatever you have been praying about or expecting, pray and declare you should see it in this New Year of 2014. The other song is Jonathan Nelson’s ‘Expect the Great’, this is a yearly anthem.

William McDowell-Expecting
Jonathan Nelson-Expect the Great

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Monochrome

There is nothing easier than pairing black and white pieces. Where it gets harder, is when working with embellishments, leather and patterns. Monochrome is one of the trends seen on the runway for this Autumn/Winter 2013-2014 season. Instead of colour blocking monochrome seen in previous seasons, it is all about monochrome patterns and textures.

Here are some pictures:

Monochrome 1

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Monochrome 4

Monochrome 6

Monochrome 8

Monochrome 3

Monochrome 5

What was I wearing?

Black Leather-esque Jumper- River Island

Houndstooth/Dogstooth Trousers- River Island

Necklace- Topshop

Shoes- Dune

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Check Out The Leather

 

Check out the Leather 3

Checks, Plaid and all things patterns are one of the key trends for Autumn Winter 2013/2014.  I saw this checked top when it first came out and thought to myself let me wait until the sale comes on. When I got to Marks and Spencer, my size wasn’t there *cries*. I looked online and read the reviews, everyone said how they loved the top but you had to go a size up. I don’t know what’s going on with sizing lately, sometimes it comes out bigger and sometimes it is way too small. Doesn’t it annoy you? I paired the checked top with a leather skirt and wine red courts.

Check out the leather 2

Check out the Leather 1

What was I wearing?

Checked Shell Top- Marks & Spencer (Limited Edition)

Leather Skirt- Marks & Spencer (Limited Edition)

Silver necklace- Marks & Spencer (Autograph)

Bangle- Marks & Spencer

Shoes-Kurt Geiger

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The Christmas Wardrobe- What to wear this festive season?

 

Yayy! It’s nearly Christmas. So excited, to have a little break so I can rest, eat and eat and eat some more.

I thought of some looks for any get-togethers or parties that you may have planned this season.

Take a look below:

Work Party

You can never wrong go with a LBD

Throw on some pointy stilettos with a embellished clutch and style your hair to the side. You will look sophisticated, classy and glamorous!

Work party

 

French Connection Black Twist dress (See here)

Accessorize Baroque Clutch (See here)

Accessorize Statement earrings (See here)

Kurt Geiger Black Pony Pointy Shoes

– Available at John Lewis (See here)

– Available at Kurt Geiger (See here)

 

Last Minute Shopping

Last minute shopping isn’t easy but make sure you’re warm and cosy

Busy wrapping all those presents, don’t have time to straighten your hair- cover it up with a fedora. Wear an oversize coat to keep yourself warm.

Last Minute Shopping

H&M Black Fedora (See here)

Whistles Tan coat (See here)

Dune Chelsea ankle boots (See here)

H&M Skinny Jeans (See here)

H&M Sweatshirt (See here)

 

Christmas Catch up with the Girls

Keep it glam with a mixture of textures. Leather or fur or both. The choice is yours!

Christmas catch up with the girls

Topshop Leather look high waist trousers (See here)

Topshop Fur coat (See here)

River Island Ankle boots (See here)

Wallis Chandelier earrings (See here)

 

Christmas Day

Keep it Casual but Smart

Christmas day

Topshop asymmetric kilt skirt (See here)

Dorothy Perkins White short sleeve shirt (See here)

Topshop fluffy cardigan (See here)

Zara Moccasins (See here)

Zara Blue Mini bag (See here)

 

Boxing Day Sales

Can you face the sales?

You will need something comfortable so you can run to get your bargains. A friend of mine, has ‘special trainers’ for the sales so she can whip them off and run to try things on lol. I’m not a trainer girl, so for me anything like flats or low heeled boots is comfortable for me. I usually wait until the 27th onwards to go to the shops, boxing day sales can be a tad manic. There is always online shopping- a oversized knit jumper with a nice cup of green tea and I can shop, shop, shop away.

Boxing day sales

Oasis Black Jeggings (See here)

Miss Selfridge Acid Wash denim shirt (See here)

New Look Cream Jumper (See here)

Warehouse Aztec cape (See here)

John Lewis Tan bag (See here)

Dune brown knee boots (See here)

New Years Eve

See into 2014 looking fabulous

For me I am usually casual on New Years Eve. I see into 2014 at Church- the best way to celebrate New Years :). Great praise and worship, preaching and prayers-there is no place I would rather be on NYE. After that,  I usually spend New Year’s day with family and friends. For those who have party plans wear something bright, glitzy, sparkly or lacy.

Look 1:

New Year's Eve

Ted Baker Red Dress (See here)

ASOS tan heeled sandals (See here)

River Island Gold stripe clutch (See here)

Look 2:

New Year's Eve 2

Ted Baker Lace Top (See here)

Ted Baker Lace pencil skirt (See here)

River Island black box clutch (See here)

Aldo black heels (See here)

Look 3:

New Year's Eve 3

River Island Black Sequin Jacket (See here)

Topshop black jumpsuit (See here)

Zara strappy heels (See here)

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Great Women of The Bible Challenge- Jemima & Joanna

 

Jemima- Most beautiful and a women of inheritance

Bible Reference- Job 42:12-15

Family Background- Jemima was the daughter of Job, the eldest of three daughters (sister to Keziah and Keren-Happuch)

Name Meaning- Jemima or Jemimah means dove in Hebrew

Who is Jemima?

Jemima was the eldest daughter of Job. Job, was a blessed man who lived righteously. God sings praises of Job and the Devil challenges Job’s character, suggesting that he only served God because God protects him. God removes his protection and allows Satan to take his children, his health and his wealth but not his life in order to test Job.  Despite what Job went through, he continued to serve, worship and praise God. For this, God restored his fortunes and gave him twice more than he had before. Jemima was born to him after his return to prosperity.

Why is Jemima great?

Even though there is little known about Jemima, she is a great character in the Bible. Not only were her and her sisters the most beautiful women of their time, their father granted them an inheritance along with their brothers. This is unusual especially at that time for women to receive inheritance. This demonstrates that Jemima and her siblings were distinguished women of their time. It was expected for men to receive inheritance but not for women.

What can we learn from Jemima?

It is interesting to see that Jemima and her sisters names were mentioned but not her brothers names. What we can take from this story, is that we can all be great regardless of our gender. It does not matter whether you are a woman or a man you have been called to be great. You may think that because you are a female you can not be in a particular position or achieve something that is not expected. You can! Look at Jemima and her sisters, they were not expected to receive inheritance yet they did.

Joanna- Jesus’ Supporter and a woman healed by Christ

Bible Reference- Luke 8:1-3, Luke 23:55-56, Luke 24:1-12

Family Background- Joanna was the wife of Chuza,the manager of Herod’s household.

Name Meaning- Joanna means God is gracious in Hebrew

Who is Joanna?

We are introduced to Joanna in Luke 8. We are told that Jesus travelled from one town to the other preaching the good news. There were twelve with him and some women who had been cured of diseases and evil spirits. This included Mary Magdalene,  Joanna, Susanna and many others. These women were helping to support using their own means.

We are not told whether she was delivered from evil sprits or healed from a disease. However we do know that Joanna gave her life to Christ and followed him.Her husband who held the position of a steward of Herod’s household suggests that Joanna and her husband had social prominence. It also suggests that they were a wealthy couple.

At the burial of the Jesus, Joanna and the women saw the tomb and his body laid in it. They then went home to prepare spices and perfumes. They stayed obedient by resting on the Sabbath.

Joanna and the rest of women took the spices they prepared and went to the tomb. They rolled the stone away from the tomb but the body was not there. They wondered where the body went, then two men appeared, telling them that Jesus had resurrected. The women including Joanna, Mary Magdalene and Mary the mother of James went to tell the apostles but they did not believe them.

Why is Joanna great?

Before I read this, I did not know much about Joanna. I am so glad I included Joanna as part of the Great Women of the Bible. What strikes me so much about this woman and the others, is their incredible faith. She along with the other women in Luke 24:1-12:

On the first day of the week, very early in the morning, the women took the spices they had prepared and went to the tomb. They found the stone rolled away from the tomb, but when they entered, they did not find the body of the Lord Jesus. While they were wondering about this, suddenly two men in clothes that gleamed like lightning stood beside them. In their fright the women bowed down with their faces to the ground, but the men said to them, “Why do you look for the living among the dead? He is not here; he has risen! Remember how he told you, while he was still with you in Galilee:  ‘The Son of Man must be delivered over to the hands of sinners, be crucified and on the third day be raised again.’ ” Then they remembered his words.When they came back from the tomb, they told all these things to the Eleven and to all the others. It was Mary Magdalene, Joanna, Mary the mother of James, and the others with them who told this to the apostles. But they did not believe the women, because their words seemed to them like nonsense. Peter, however, got up and ran to the tomb. Bending over, he saw the strips of linen lying by themselves, and he went away, wondering to himself what had happened.

Joanna and the women told the apostles that Jesus had risen and they did not believe it. Think about it for a minute, these were the guys that accompanied him everywhere in his ministry, knew him personally and loved him. These same men thought that the women were speaking nonsense.  Yet Joanna spoke boldly to the apostles and told them what she had heard.  She believed that Jesus was crucified and had risen by remembering his words. The bible tells us that faith comes through hearing by Christ which she did. She heard God’s word and believed it. She had great confidence in Jesus. You can tell she cared so much for Jesus by preparing spices and perfumes for his body. The one who cured her disease and her soul became precious to her. She showed this love by supporting him and his followers financially.

Joanna could have lead another life of power and riches, being married to Chuza (manager of Herod’s household). Yet she used the power that she had and found the greatest power of all, Jesus. God then honoured Joanna’s faithfulness by her being one of the first witnesses to the Resurrection.

Joanna was truly great!

What can we learn from Joanna?

The Bible tells us without faith it is impossible to please him. If we wish to draw near to God we must believe that he exists. Joanna and the other women believed in his words, they remembered that Jesus would die and rise on the third day. For this she was rewarded. We can learn from Joanna’s story, to believe in God always. When God tells us something, we should believe, we shouldn’t think it is nonsense like the apostles did or go out and check for evidence like Peter. We should build our confidence in Christ Jesus.

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