Friday, January 22, 2016

2016


Well hello there!  I know, I know... I've been a bit MIA.  I took a much needed break and honestly I'm not quite sure I'm coming back yet to blogging, social media, craziness! Haha.  The time away from all my screens has been so good for me and my family.  We are also embarking on some new changes and challenges and I just don't think blogging fits into that schedule.

Blogging has just changed from when I started.  It was first about sharing outfit inspirations and slowly it was about just the stuff.  What have I bought, what am I doing, where am I going.  That's not what I want people to think of me.  That's not who I am.

You may have seen my posts in December about the refugees in Syria and the video my church shared.  I think this significantly changed me, my heart, my soul.  God really spoke to me and basically just said, "Stop."  This is not why I created you.  I began to get so antsy with all the stuff and clutter.  Not just the physical clutter but the needless mind clutter - Facebook, Instagram, Snapchat.  I needed to breathe.

So after the new year I started to think about what I want not just for my life but my family's life.  Cause ya know they are a BIG part of me.  I came up with 10 things that I am making a priority in my life.  These are not crazy things.  These are small but big things that will make a difference in me and people around me.

1.) Love God, love people.  This came from the book "For the Love" by Jen Hatmaker.  It's an amazing book full of belly laughs and warm thoughts.  This is just a basic saying right?   Love God, love people.  That's what it comes down to, but not always so easy.  It's a work in progress.

2.) Family first.  Again, should be a no brainier, but man it's hard sometimes.  When emails need to be answered, that blog post needs to get done, laundry is piling up.  It's also about those little moments we never get back.  The snuggling with my kiddos when you're waking them up for school, that high five after a great practice.  BE in the moment.   It's a work in progress.

3.) Wisdom.  Man I need this.  The Mr and I are making some pretty tough decisions lately and my biggest prayer lately has been wisdom.  Making decisions that affect your family and kiddos is so tough.  It's a work in progress.

4.) Slow down & have Peace.  For much of my life it's been all about hustle.  How fast can I get there, I have so much to do, how much can I get done in a short amount of time.  It's a never ending fast paced marathon.  It seems like everyone wants to have a fast paced life. All the house shows (that I love to watch) talk about their crazy fast paced life.  It's as if to say that if your busy, you're happy, productive and popular.  But is that true?  Is that a good thing?  I'm not so sure.  I'm making it my mission to ssslllooowww down.  It's a work in progress.

5.) Be Positive.  It's so easy to see the negative, complain (just caught myself in a major complaining tantrum tonight!), go in a downward spiral.  I'm trying hard to stop this thinking.  Breathe.  Turn it around.  Think of something positive about that situation, person, or thing.  It's a work in progress.

6.) Simplify.  Less IS more!  After Christmas I went on a cleaning and decluttering rage.  And ladies and gentlemen when I say rage I mean 16 trash bags to Goodwill, 2 huge garbage cans of trash, 3 ginormous Tupperware containers to second hand stores, and the cleaning is still going on.  Granted I did not part with my Louboutins or Valentinos but I parted with 50% of my closet.  I have come to realize that We. Have. So. Much. STUFF!  It's crazy and ridiculous right?  It's a work in progress.

7.) Need vs Want.  This goes along with #6.  I can completely recognize that I rarely NEED anything.  So I'm trying my best when I want something?  Think it through, why do I want it, will I use or wear it?  How often?  Over the last few years of blogging there were pieces that I literally wore 1 time!  It's a work in progress.

8.)  More Real.  Less Fake.  Facebook, Instagram, Snapchat... Do we really share our real life?  We often share the things, good or great things we want people to see. I just heard they people are more depressed after reading through their Facebook feed.  What a terrible testament to social media.  For sure it has done some incredible things, made people aware of great causes and given us some belly laughs but depression?  Wow, it's a work in progress.

9.) Who not What.  I am prepared to think about and become who I should, want to be, and be joy-filled in that.  Comfortable in my "who" ness. Not what I am now, mother, wife, co-worker, daughter, blogger.  Who am I?  Some days I'm still figuring it out.  I am heart felt, an introvert, artistic.  But I am also impatient and a know it all sometimes (Eek, that's hard to admit!).  Definitely a work in progress!

10.) More Pages, less Screens.  Seems like everything is going towards computers, iPads, Nooks, anything with a screen.  Gone are the days of reading a book that has pages!  Well some of this is fantastic (no more crazy heavy back packs), I think we need to not forget about the beautiful feeling of turning the page of a real book!  I told you about a great book in #1. Now I'm onto another wonderful book that I'll share soon.  I'm learning so much it's awesome!  It's a work in progress!

So there you have it.  My top 10.  You may not see me as much but I'll check in.  Know that I'm growing in Christ, learning to love more, and simplifying so that I can slowing down and be in the moments that mean the most.  Because life is a work in progress.


Much love to all of you dear friends.
xo Lulu


Thursday, December 24, 2015

Merry Christmas


From my family to yours, have a wonderfully Merry Christmas!  Enjoy this day with your family and let us not forget the reason for this season.  Happy Birthday Jesus, my Savior, my King.

With Love, xo Lulu

Monday, December 21, 2015

Life Lately


vest (similar)  ||  sweater  ||  pants  ||  booties  ||  clutch  ||  scarf  ||  mug  ||  nails


sweater  ||  jacket  ||  denim  ||  boots  ||  scarf  ||  mug  ||  nails


shirt  ||  jacket  ||  denim  ||  shoes  ||  clutch  ||  ring  ||  bracelet


shirt  ||  pants  ||  scarf  ||  booties  ||  bag


sweater  ||  jacket (similar)  ||  denim  ||  boots  ||  bag  ||  pom pom  ||  planner  ||  necklace


sweater  ||  denim  ||  boots  ||  bag  ||  scarf


Our little fur baby, Coco.  If you're wondering why my posts have been few and Instagram pics less - this is the reason!  She is so adorable, but quite a handful.  Since this is my first puppy, I'm pretty stressed!  Any tips are SO welcome!!  :)


Y'all I'm so thrilled to tell you that we raised $615 for the Christmas Offering.  These amazing people are in desperate need of hope and I'm happy to give to them.  These are the packages that so many of you bid on to raise money!  Mr. Jack our postman was delighted to pick them up for me (he's so great! ;)

It's Christmas week can you believe it?  I hope you had a great weekend, thanks for stopping by!
xo Lulu

Friday, December 18, 2015

Black X White





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Plaid shirt  ||  Hinge wrap (40% off)  ||  J.Crew leather pants  ||  Kate Spade booties (more booties here)  ||  Clare V clutch (similar under $50 here)  ||  Saint Laurent sunnies (similar here)  ||  Vita Fede bracelet  ||  YSL lips #5  ||  Dior nails "Nuit"



As you may have noticed I've had a lack of posts this week.  It has been a buster of a week.  Not just the time of year, but I have a very large new project I'm working on, plus our little fur baby.  Honestly it's been difficult to put my blog hat on.  

I don't think I've ever been so late in getting my Christmas gifts!  The Mr. and I are headed out Saturday for shopping and dinner.  So looking forward to it!

Are you done with your shopping?  :)  Thanks so much for stopping by and reading my little blog.  Love to you friends.
xo Lulu

Monday, December 14, 2015

Sapphire Stole

faux fur stole, halogen jacket, current elliot jeans, rebecca minkoff handbag, leopard heels

faux fur stole, halogen jacket, current elliot jeans, rebecca minkoff handbag, leopard heels

prada sunglasses, faux fur stole

faux fur stole, halogen jacket, current elliot jeans, rebecca minkoff handbag, leopard heels

leopard heels

rebecca minkoff

faux fur stole, halogen jacket, current elliot jeans, rebecca minkoff handbag, leopard heels

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I hope you had a great weekend!  I'm so happy and thankful that so many of your bid on the items from my auction.  We've raised quite a bit of money!  I still have yet to receive all payments, so I don't want to say a total yet.  I will share on Wednesday.

We had a busy weekend with our new puppy, dance, and gingerbread house decorating!  I'm so proud of my nuggets.  They are super creative and had a wonderful time.

Have a great day!
xo Lulu

Friday, December 11, 2015

I Need Your Help

Last Sunday I sat in church and watched a video that spoke to my heart.  With tears welling up in my eyes I knew I had to help, but I wasn't sure how.  On the drive home I figured out how I can make a little difference and I need your help.

My church is committed to helping Iraqi refugees living in the Mountains.  Many families are running, leaving their homes, fleeing from ISIS.  Now that they are in the mountains, they are still fearing for their lives because of the cold.  Bob Goff and his team have asked our church to partner with them to hope.  They are providing supplies, building schools, and most importantly the love of Jesus.  Please watch the video here.

Today I'm asking for your help.  I'm auctioning off 8 pieces from my closet and all proceeds will be donated to this cause through my church.  The auction will take place on my Instagram and start at a bid price.  If you're interested in a piece bid in the comments section.  Please bid in $2 increments.  The auctions will begin tomorrow and end on Sunday at 8 pm.   For complete transparency I will be posting the amount raised on Monday.  If you're not interested in any of my items I would love any donation.  Please also spread the word!

Auction for the refugees in Northern Iraq

Auction will be on my Instagram (@simplylulustyle)

Begins tomorrow morning and will end Sunday at 8 pm

All items have a starting bid price.  Please place bids in $2 increments.

Shipping will be between $2 and $10, in US only please.  They are non-returnable!

Donated items won should be paid to paypal: simplyluludesign@gmail.com

Take a look here at the pieces I'll be posting soon!  These items are used, but VERY gently.


Starting bid: $150 


Bid starting at $20


Bid starting at $50


Bid starting at $40, size 7


Bid starting at $10


Bid starting at $125


Bid starting at $20


Bid starting at $20


Bid starting at $75

Again, please consider donating to these amazing people and give them hope.  Thank you so much for stopping by.  Have a wonderful weekend.
xo Lulu

Thursday, December 10, 2015

A Simply Lulu Christmas






I love this time of year.  From Thanksgiving to New Years it's the best and I look forward to it every year.  This year was no exception but I wanted to keep things a little more simple.  I knew things were going to be extra hectic so I didn't want to put a lot up to have to take it all down!

I love this print I received from Minted.  Minted is an online marketplace connecting you with some amazing worldwide artists.  Minted chooses their artists through on-going art competitions.

Keeping things simple in my dining room I swopped out my usual art piece for the festive JOY artwork.  The JOY print just stuck out to me because that should be the word for the season.  Utter JOY right?  :)  I also added a small poinsettia and some green and red straws to our bar cart.  Easy changes like this can keep you sane for the holidays!

More holiday artwork I love from Minted:



Art work for all seasons!



Thanks so much for stopping by.  Have a wonderful day.
xo Lulu
 
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