The Good District

IN THE DETAILS

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Things have been a little busy lately, from working two part time jobs, to re-launching the blog, I have been surviving on chai lattes, and then more chai lattes. 

But, the truth is that I am enjoying this time and trying not to lose sight of the little details.  From bow rings, to beaded collars, to fedoras, and my latest obsession with Rent the Runway Unlimited, (and of course, all of the meaningful things in life like family, old and new friends, and new opportunities) things are looking good.

VERSE OF THE DAY

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Genesis 9: 7 (NRSV)

[7] And you, be fruitful and multiply, abound on the earth and multiply in it.

At this point in Genesis, God is speaking with Noah after the great flood.  He is giving Noah and his sons direction to be fruitful and multiply. 

I have not yet taken a count, but this is a phrase that seems to be repeated on multiple occasions in the Bible.  As I was reading it this morning, I could not help but think that God is giving us the same direction today. 

As we build our lives, should we not be fruitful?  Should we not show the best of who we are and multiply?  With so many tools connecting us to each other, plant your best seeds, honor the best version of yourself, and allow God to do his work and multiply your effort.


#FEDORACELFIE

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The following is a true story.

Back in late July, early August, I popped into Forever 21 and found this blue fedora on sale for $11 - which seemed like a reasonable amount of money to spend, so I splurged and decided to treat myself. 

I have been eying this fedora in my closet, trying to wait patiently until the weather was cool enough to rock it.  With the temperatures dropping down into the brisk 60's and 70's here in DC - it seems frigid enough now to justify breaking out my Forever 21 find for a little #selfie action.

PS- Initial earrings are from C. Wonder.  Click here for the link.  Also, I tried to find the fedora on the Forever 21 website to share the link with you - but I could not track it down.  But I have seen some pretty inexpensive options if you go into the store. 

 

VERSE OF THE DAY

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EZEKIEL 2: 1 (NRSV)

[1] He said to me: O Mortal, stand up on your feet, and I will speak with you.

Be Brave. Do not be afraid to stand on your feet and listen. Is God quietly whispering for your attention? Or is He starting to speak a little louder?  If we listen, God speaks to us every day.  He encourages us, and He looks for ways to draw us close to Him.  He is the creator of it all.  He made us, He purposed our lives, and life with Him is so much better than trying to figure it all out on our own. Take some time to stand on your feet and start your week by listening to what He has to say. He promises that it will be worth it.


SHOP GOOD. FEEL GOOD.

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SHOP GOOD. DO GOOD. LOOK GOOD. FEEL GOOD.

I confess to being an internet troll. 

In my defense, instead of trolling You Tube looking for opportunities to make snarky comments, I get caught up looking at pretty things and bright colors. Since I have been a little uhhhbsessed with Instagram lately, I was attracted to all of the bright prints coming from a company called Banago

After liking entirely too many of their photos, I discovered they currently have a Kickstarter going, because this company not only makes beautiful items, but they support and sustain a communities in the Philippines  that were recently devastated by Typhoon Haiyan. Check out their video below. Fall in love with their products as much as I have.  Donate to their Kickstarter. 

Shop Good. Feel Good. 

 


VERSE OF THE DAY

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GENESIS 5: 1-2 (NRSV)

This is the list of the descendants of Adam.  When God created humankind, he made them in the likeness of God. [2] Male and female he created them, and he blessed them and named them "Humankind" when they were created.

Their kind.  Our kind.  It takes all kinds.  But God created us all as part of humankind.  I remember the details of the morning of September 11th, 2001.  Watching CNN in disbelief.  Not fully understanding what was happening.  In that moment, we were all humankind.  We prayed for our neighbors, we connected with our loved ones.  Let us never forget.  Let us always remember.  We are all created in His likeness.  We are all part of the same kind. 

GET 'EM: 20 UNDER $20

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CLICK HERE FOR THIS WEEK'S LIST.

Call me biased but I love everything on the list this week.  From the XO and OMG balloons, to the gold shoes, to some super comfy looking sweats from H&M.  It is all under $20 and ready to go to good homes.  Enjoy! XOXO.

VERSE OF THE DAY

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GENESIS 4: 7 (NRSV)

[7] "...If you do well, will you not be accepted? And if you do not do well, sin is lurking at the door; its desire is for you, but you must master it."

Are you the Master? Or are you being Mastered? I have bad habits and am prone to sin, because I am human, and I am normal.  But I was really struck by this passage, which lead me to realize sin is always lurking, wanting you to fall into behavior that will leave you feeling guilty, less worthy, and disconnected from God.  But that is not God's intention for us.  He wants us to take control, master temptations, and draw close to Him.  Sin will always be there, but so is our ability to master it.


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GENESIS 3: 6 (NRSV)

[6] So when the woman saw that the tree was good for food, and that it was a delight to the eye, and that the tree was to be desired to make one wise, she took of its fruit and ate; and she also gave some to her husband, who was with her, and he ate.

Have you ever been attracted to something or someone who you knew was not good for you?  I know I am guilty of Instagram stalking and Reality TV watching other people who appear to have perfect lives.  They have perfectly framed photos, perfectly accessorized outfits, perfectly adorable children, and the list could go on and on.  But, in truth, I know nothing about these strangers.  They portray a lifestyle, that on the surface is a delight to the eye, but what am I really feeding myself spiritually?  Before spending time filling my soul with images created by strangers on the internet or on TV, I should first spend time with God.  And listen to the quiet voice He has placed inside of me.  That is all I really need to delight, be wise, and be full.


VERSE OF THE DAY

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Genesis 2:18 (NRSV)

[18] Then the Lord God said, "It is not good that man should be alone; I will make him a helper as his partner."

Have you ever thought about it?  About what it means when the Lord our God speaks?  The Creator of the entire Universe actually spoke, and then said something as compassionate as "It is not good that man should be alone..."  The powerful force that created the wind, the air, the seas, and the sun.  The big guy who took time to create man, then realized that we need partnership, we need companionship, and we need each other.  Let us not ever forget.  We were not meant to go through the challenges and triumphs of life alone. We are so much better together.


VERSE OF THE DAY

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GENESIS 1: 28 (NRSV)

God blessed them, and God said to them, "Be fruitful and multiply, and fill the earth and subdue it; and have dominion over the fish of the sea and over the birds of the air and over every living thing that moves upon earth."

It's Friday.  Be Fruitful.  Go Multiply.  Take the good work that God has done for you and make it mean something.  Make it count. 


#FANCY IN GEORGETOWN

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A few weeks ago the very talented James Blake graciously snapped some photos at Dumbarton Oaks in Georgetown.  If you live or are visiting DC, it is worth the visit.  National Geographic listed Dumbarton Oaks as part of their Top 10 Gardens in the World, and it is truly visually stunning. 

My intention was to take a few photos to have on hand for a website update, but these were so fun, and it was such a great afternoon exploring, I had to share.

PS - This is a combination of James talent and a few photos I snapped on my iphone.  Including the last one of the photographer himself.

VERSE OF THE DAY

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Genesis 2: 1-3 (NSRV)

[1] Thus the heavens and the earth were finished, and all their multitude. [2] And on the seventh day God finished the work that he had done, and he rested on the seventh day from all the work that he had done. [3] So God blessed the seventh day and hallowed it, because on it God rested from all the work that he had done in creation.

Even God took a rest after completing a job that He was proud of.  Are you proud of the work that you are doing?  That is why we are all here, to do the work that God purposed us for.  So get your rest, but only after doing the work that honors God's purpose for your life. 


HUNTED & FOUND: 20 UNDER $20

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I like to shop. 

The main problem with that statement is that shopping costs money.  

What does not cost money is scouring the internet to find an assortment of items that I think are interesting, and all cost under $20.  

I have been a bargain shopper for as long as I can remember - mainly out of necessity - but as the saying goes, necessity is the mother of invention - so I am happy to introduce the newest feature on this blog: The '20 under $20' list.  

Every Monday I will post a new list (check out '20 under $20' link at the top of the page) with my latest picks.  

Because we just wrapped up a pretty intense Labor Day sale cycle at most of the major retailers, this assortment was truly a mix.  

From prints for your home, to my favorite hand soap, to some running fun socks from Forever 21 (I am not a runner, but I thought the socks would motivate me), and even a $10 swimsuit from LOFT in preparation for next summer, these items are a little bit of everything.  

So everyone wins in this scenario.  I get my shopping fix without spending a dime, and hopefully you will enjoy some unique finds and deals.

PS - Follow me on Instagram to see what unique deals I find everyday.

 

VERSE OF THE DAY

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Genesis 1: 31 (NRSV)

[31] God saw everything that he had made, and indeed, it was very good.

True story.  Everything that God made is good.  That includes you, me, and even Felicia.  Long story short is that if God thinks you are good, and he is proud of all of the hard work he put into making you, shouldn't you be happy about it too?  You are good.  God thinks so.  So quit giving yourself a hard time and just BE GREAT already. You deserve it. You are loved.


VERSE OF THE DAY

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GENESIS 1: 3-4 (NRSV)

[3] Then God said, "Let there be light"; and there was light. [4] And God saw that the light was good; and God separated the light from the darkness.

Let your light shine!  Remember, God sees that your light is #GOOD.  At times It may just feel like a little flicker, but it is enough to light your path and keep you separated from darkness.  XO, M


TURN ON THE LIGHTS

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YAY!


The Good District is brand spankin' new and I am totally in love with it.  Every little part of it.  After much trial and error, I am happy to report it is now the online home of all of my favorite things.

Everyday I plan on sharing content that gets me excited.  For example: Jesus excites me, as does any selfie that makes me look skinny.  So get ready for daily Bible verses meant to inspire, and as many selfies as I can crank out without being obnoxious.

Not for nothing, but there are some pretty exciting fashion and style finds coming, as well as a ton of other girly and pretty things to look at.

So rather than make this blog all things to all people, I am keeping it simple.

Faith. #Selfies. Fashion. Lifestyle.

I am excited about this guys.  It is going to be great.