Help Me, Jesus! I have nothing to wear! – Book Review

I’m so excited to share with you a book review of a book that I have read before and I just finished reading it for the second time.

 

If you love fashion, you will love this book. If you don’t really enjoy reading or thinking about fashion, but you want to look your best at all times, you will love this book!

 

A little backstory…

 

When I was a teen, I loved fashion and read everything I could get my hands on. I made many of my own clothes, so I spent a lot of time looking at patterns and studying different styles. At one time I had wanted to attend a school called Bauder Fashion College. I dreamed of being a fashion designer. But, that dream was short lived, as there was no way I could have ever been able to afford to go to a special school such as that. Which all in all, it really wasn’t the Lord’s plan for my life anyway. It didn’t stop me from always staying on top of fashion. Granted, as a pastor’s wife of small churches, I was fortunate to have a couple of outfits to work with. Over the years, I did the best I could on our budget to dress my family and myself.

 

I had recently reserved a spot on a cruise for my mom and I to travel to the Caribbean. This was a cruise with a group called, Cruise Chics. It is a group of Christian women who travel together. While on the cruise there would be workshops on the subject of fashion with my favorite Image Stylist, Shari Braendel.

 

I came down with a horrible cold/flu and didn’t think I should chance getting on the ship with a terrible cough. While I was resting and blowing my nose, I decided to read Shari’s book again. The information is so good; I just had to share it with you.

 

Several years ago, I had bought a book called, “Good Girls Don’t Have to Dress Bad” by Shari Braendel. I loved everything I read and called her up and asked her to come speak to the ladies of the church that I attended. She came and taught at a conference with our ladies. I loved it! She stayed in our home and what a treat she was. She was so much fun and such a godly woman. You can learn so much from women such as Shari.

 

Since that time, Shari’s book has been updated and the title has changed to, “Help Me, Jesus! I have nothing to wear!” I would encourage you to purchase this book and if you aren’t able to, hopefully, I can share enough to help you take a look at your fashion issues. I will just highlight her teachings and then if you have any questions, don’t hesitate to visit her site or maybe, just maybe, I can help out somehow. I will provide links to the various sites that will give you more information at the end of this post.

 

Are you ready? Here we go….

 

The first step is determining your body type. Shari has four categories that we will fit in. When you are in one of her workshops, Shari will ask you to think about where it is that you gain weight the most. For me, it’s my hips and thighs. Bummer…anyway, that makes me a D Body Type. If you gain in your tummy, you are a B body type. For those that gain up top, you are an O. For those that are evenly balanced and you gain evenly all over, you are an X. How easy is that! So, whatever you body type is, there are certain ways that you can dress that will balance you out so it doesn’t draw attention to those areas that you don’t want to “fluff” out. By the way, you don’t say “fat,” you use the word “fluff.” There are so many tips in this chapter; I’m thinking you need the book. Feel free to leave a comment if you have any questions and I will do my best to answer.

 

Once you have your body type figured out and what styles look best on you, you will learn that you have certain colors that work best on you. In learning how to determine this, you go by your hair, skin and eye color. There are six color groups; Light, Deep, Soft, Clear, Warm and Cool. I am a Soft. Here is a sample of the color swatches that are “my colors.”

 

 

Isn’t this fun? If you want to know what you color code is, Shari has a quiz that you can take that will help you determine what that is. You can also order your own swatches. These are great to take shopping with you to help in picking the correct colors.

 

Accessories!!! My Favorite! You will find a chart that helps you in learning how to have just the right amount of accessories.

 

The next chapter deals with undergarments! After you read this, you will understand why the correct fitting of undergarments are so important. It will change your world.

 

Shari will share with you how important the correct hairstyle, skin care and makeup are.

 

You will love the chapter devoted to the topic of finding the correct jeans. If you love jeans like I do, you will appreciate this chapter!

 

Towards the end of the book, Shari will give you your marching orders to hit the mall. There is an art to shopping. You don’t want to be an impulse shopper! You want to be organized and shop on purpose. You will then have a closet full of clothes that you love and can wear.

 

The last chapter in the book deals with my very favorite; Modesty! Whew, is anyone else so tired of seeing private parts popping out everywhere? Shari shares from her heart in a gentle but straightforward way of why and how to be discreet in our dress, but yet fashionable. It is possible. You can be Miss Fashion and still be modest.   I’ll share an excerpt from Shari:

“Dressing modestly doesn’t mean being old fashioned and dressing puritan-like. What it does mean is having an attitude in dressing that reflects a respect for God, our self, and even the opposite sex. Yep, that’s it!”

 

One more:

 

“Modesty is learning how to take each style and make it respectful. Doing this will bring out the fashionista in all of you (and your daughters) by allowing you to be creative with your clothes.”

 

I hope that sparks a desire to dress in just your style of fashion and reflect who your Savior is at the same time. We didn’t even talk about the styles. You have a style personality and Shari has a name for each one. Can you guess which one you are? There is the Pure Natural, Classic Modern, Style Fashionista and the Creative Original. You will have fun finding which one you are!

 

 

Here are the links to the resources I mentioned:

 

Help Me, Jesus! I have nothing to wear! By Shari Braendel

 

Fashion Meets Faith (Shari’s site)

 

Analysis to determine your color code by Shari Braendel

 

Cruise Chics with Michele Harkins, Travel Agent

Linking my post up with A Wise Woman Builds Her Home

An Idea To Get Your Closet Ready for 2017!

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Hi Friends!

Do you like to start the New Year by decluttering and getting organized?  I’ve already started on some decluttering.  I  love starting the New year by getting my house organized and cleaned from top to bottom!  One of the areas I have worked on this week is in my closet.  I think you might like the course, 27 Hangers to help you get organized and ready for the New Year!  27 Hangers was developed by Shari Braendel and is an online academy of learning that takes you step by step of how to have 27 items in your closet for each season.  If you struggle with too many clothes and trying to find something to wear each day, this course will help.

The great news is… the cost is now $27.00!    I purchased mine several months ago and I’m going through it again for the New Year.

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Just click here and it will take you to a link to learn more!  If you decide to try it, I would love to hear how it works for you.

Happy New Year!  (and….happy closet organizing!)

If you would like to read my first post on 27 Hangers, you can click here!

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27 Hangers

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Are you getting ready to transition your closet for the new season?

I’m so excited to share with you a new online video course by my friend, Shari Braendel.  Shari is a Christian Fashion Stylist and I had the privilege of training under her to do the same.  It has opened my eyes to so many things that pertain to fashion.  Body type, fashion style and wearing the correct colors in your wardrobe are some of the things that I learned and I can’t wait to share with you all that I’ve learned.  But first, let’s talk about Shari’s new course called, 27 Hangers.

Do you want to be able to walk in your closet and everything you see, you love, can wear and it all coordinates together to make several outfits that fit your lifestyle.   Not only that….only 27 items will be hanging in your closet.   I know!  I’m thinking what you are thinking!  I’m in the middle of getting there.  Join me and let’s put it to the test.  When you open your closet, do you feel chaos or peace?   If peace is what you are wanting, 27 Hangers just might be your answer!

I went through the course this weekend and I’m in the process of going through all my clothes and putting my 27 items together.  I’m excited about simplifying my closet.  The course has also made me rethink some things about my shopping habits.   I love Shari’s motto, “Shop on purpose, not on impulse.”

27 Hangers is set at a special price for a short time of $27.00.  **It will go up to $49.00 soon.  Click here to purchase your 27 Hangers course.  I look forward to hearing from you after you go through the course about how you have simplified your closet and began shopping with a purpose instead of on impulse.

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*The link in my post to 27 Hangers is an affiliate link, which means I will earn a percentage of purchases made through my site.  Any money earned on this post will be donated to ministries that are focused on human trafficking.

Fashion Friday!

 

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Welcome to my first attempt on a “What I Wore” picture!  I follow several fashion bloggers and I always love seeing their “OOTD.”  It took me a while to figure out that OOTD stood for “Outfit Of The Day.”  This was taken on a day that I was going to lunch with a friend and then running a few errands around town. So, here we go:

3/4 length t-shirt in light beige – Chico’s.

Blue vest with cream lace – Chico’s.

Denim ankle jeans with lace in rips (I don’t know how else to describe that) – Chico’s.

*can you tell that I like shopping at Chico’s?

Sandals with assorted color jewels – DSW Shoes

Most of my jewelry on this day was from Brighton.

*By the way,  if you go to Chico’s, be sure to sign up for their customer discount card.  You will get an extra percentage off plus receive coupons and catalogs.  I have found that you need to always ask when checking out if you have any coupons on your account. Chico’s has outlet stores in some cities and you can find some really good deals.  If you purchase from an outlet and you need to return it, you can’t return to a regular store….it has to be returned to an outlet store.  You can ask me how I know this.

*DSW Shoes has a customer card as well….I’ve received some really good coupons from them several times, including a birthday discount.  My favorite so far has been a $20.00 off coupon.  Woohoo!

*When you shop at Brighton, they will put you in their system and you will receive their catalogs and invitations to special events. Last Christmas I received an invitation for a special shopping night and I won a $50.00 gift card. Yay! They will also set up a wish list for you with all the things that you are dreaming of and when hubby goes shopping for you they can show him everything you have your eye on.  I have to say that I enjoy shopping at official Brighton Boutiques rather than stores that just carry a few Brighton pieces.  Oh, and if you ever go to the Brighton Outlet such as the one in San Marcos, Texas, pace yourself and breathe slowly!  Talk about some good deals!!!  Wow!

Speaking of fashion.….I recently completed a Christian Image Consulting course with Shari Braendel!

I am now a certified  Christian Image Consultant!  Yay!

I’m very excited!  What will I be doing as a CIC?  That’s a good question!  Tune in next Friday for more details.  And…we will see if I’m brave enough for another OOTD?