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Tuesday, August 25, 2015

From my first few posts, I'm sure there isn't *too* much you can come to conclusion to about me. You know that I'm eighteen, that pink is my favorite color and that I live in NYC. How about we get to the nitty gritty of who I am... well at least five things that make up who I am!
1// I am a Christian. I received Jesus into my heart and life when I was five years old,  a rough time for me, believe it or not. He has made my life beautiful since then and has changed my heart for the better! I can't even begin (well, I technically can, but that'd take a while:) to tell you of all He's done for me, how much He's shown His love for me and watched over me before and since becoming His child! #TooBlessedToBeStressed!

2// I'm a bit clumsy. In my life time, I've, dropped an iron on my forehead, fallen off my Heely's (did you have those too?!) and as a result, scrapped my elbow, fallen off the bed in my sleep (more than once!), and even got a suction cup stuck on my forehead! I'm know there were other minor injuries along the way but I'm sure you already get the picture :)

3// I'm *really* good a saying tongue twisters. As a child, I always had a knack for saying tongue twisters and because of that (and for a bunch of other reasons), I was the cool kid at school. My classmates would ask me to say the Peter Piper tongue twister and marvel when I had successfully said the whole thing, at lightning speed.

4// Wrinkles are my biggest pet peeve! On clothes, I mean! Ever since I started ironing my own clothes, I've liked them to be as wrinkle-free as they can be. I like my long sleeve shirts to have a sharp crease along the edges and for my skirts to be stick straight, especially if they're midi skirts that flare out. Weird? Maybe... #PressedForSuccess

5// Pasta dishes are my favorite! I know I mentioned this before here and here but it's worth mentioning again. Something about starchy pasta and any variant of white sauce is just so delicious!

What are some things about you not many people know about? Any faves, pet peeves, or theological beliefs? I'm all ears. And I promise: I won't laugh!

Kianna Rose


Wednesday, August 19, 2015

If you didn't already know, I will be attending college this fall! Despite being homeschooled from grades 7 to 12 and wearing pjs ALL DAY (or for most of the day, anyway...), I still have a pretty good idea of what I'll need for my first day, thanks to my time spent in public school.

When it comes to clothes shopping, I've taken on a more realistic mindset:

1. Quality over quantity. For my college wardrobe, I prefer well-made, durable, pieces over a poorly made piece in three different colors, that will only only last a season. Now, don't get me wrong, I sometimes buy shirts, skirts, dresses and shoes just for the looks of them, but I won't pay much if I know they won't last too long.

2. Basics should be neutral. This school year, I've purchased a lot of neutral colored pieces. I seem to have added a lot of blue, brown, black and white colored things into my shopping bags almost unconsciously. I gravitate to these colors now because I know that I'll be able to wear them with more than one outfit and customize the look with brighter, colored accessories later. Again, this is not to say that I won't buy a brightly colored spring jacket. Of course I would! I LOVE BRGHT COLORS! I just mean to say, that for the most part, I plan to keep the bulk of my basic items (jackets, sweaters, tees, etc.) neutral toned so as to allow me to add other pieces to fancy them up.

As far as wardrobe essentials go, I think every closet, no matter if you're going back to school or just off to work, needs:
1. basics tees // 2. trench coat // 3. comfy slip-ons // 4. midi dresses // 5. scarves one, two and three // 6. structured bag one and two

In addition to the dress, I think a pencil skirt and a flared, midi skirt are a must!

What are some wardrobe basics for your closet? Ooh! Do you think I should do a skirt version of this post, detailing what style and cut of skirts I think are essential?!
Kianna Rose


Tuesday, August 4, 2015

Happy 4th of August to you! I say this quite often, but I can hardly believe how quickly the months go by! I feel like sometimes, time goes by a little too quickly but this is in part my own fault. You see, I haven't taken time regularly to selah (and for those of you who aren't Hebraic linguists, selah means "to pause and calmly think") Just recently, I've taken to writing, journaling and snapping a lot more pictures. Doing this has helped me to pause and calmly think on the beauty of everyday, ordinary life that is actually, quite extraordinary! Also, having quiet time in the morning, spent reading the Bible and praying really helps me get my head in the game and ready for the day.
This month, I've decided to read one new book and complete as many short, Bible reading plans as I can. They're usually about 3 days long and, for the most part, are just a few paragraphs. These shorter plans are taken right off the YouVersion Bible App that I'm sure your probably already have!

Here are some of my #JesusTime essentials + what I'm reading this month.
{1} Streams in the Desert- I like to begin my morning #JesusTime with this daily devotional. Streams in the Desert is an extremely popular series among believers, so I'm sure that you've either heard of it or even have your own copy! Each devotional begins with a verse and then a passage based upon that verse. Sometimes, they'll jazz it up and include a poem or hymn that also goes along with the theme for that day. This one is a tried and true favorite!!!

{2} ESV Journaling Bible- I bought this Bible with the intention of writing thoughts, prayers and question in the margins. I'll admit, I haven't done so yet, but I do highlight a quite a bit in there as well as add sticky notes to the  pages with the aforementioned thoughts, prayers and questions. If and when I do begin to write in it, I feel confident knowing that there is ample room in the margins for me to write in. Best of all, there are lines! Raise your hand if you write sloppy and/or slanted without lines!

{3} Every Day in His Presence- For my birthday, my grandmother gave me this absolutely exquisite, leather bound copy of one of Dr. Charles Stanley's daily devotionals. I like to read this right after or before the Streams in the Desert one as they're both short. So far, what I've read has challenged me in my walk with God! I've examined my life and found some things that I should both change and implement in my spiritual life.

{4} Wrestling Prayer- This book came as a recommendation from my cousin, Alicia. Eric and Leslie Ludy are new authors for me but I can already tell that I'll enjoy their laid-back yet passionate writing style. Just from the introduction and first chapter that I've read, I'm convicted and inspired to grow in prayer and make it more of a priority! Excited for this one!

{5} Rifle Paper Journal- A journal is definitely an essential; I like to have one with me during my morning time with the Lord. Jotting down the things that have ministered my heart and encouraged me gives me a place to look back to when I need to be reminded of them. I also write down my memorization verses and prayer petitions for others and myself.

Of course, a pen, a highlighter and a mug of chai tea are some of my other essentials. Ooh, and I also keep my phone nearby. And no, it's not to check Instagram! I like to look up other verses as well as tune in my Spotify app to instrumental music.

What are your #JesusTime essentials? Any good books I should look into for next month's read?

Kianna Rose