Friday, May 15, 2015

Stitchfix 20 and 21

 Hey hey hey!  I've been missing in action around here lately.  
I've got so many things to share and lessons I've learned if I would just sit down long enough to blog about them.   The Lord has had me in a season of "going" right now and life has been busy.  I'm so honored that He would use me and open the doors that He has.  Giving Him glory.

In all my going, I haven't kept y'all up to date on all my Stitch Fix goodness.
These are two of my latest fixes...20 and 21.  We snapped these pictures on a Sunday night after church.  The sun was setting at warp speed so I didn't get to change into different outfits to show the versatility of each piece the way I like to.  But we got er done.  ;)

So... here we go.  Fix number 21

This Necklace.
We didn't take any super close ups but it is gonna be a favorite of mine.  The chain is super dainty and sparkly and the brushed gold feather is going to look great with everything.  Those awesome earrings I'm wearing are from Noonday Collection.  They are made from cow horn.  I love em.   

This Coral Top
I could eat the color.  I love the easiness of the top.  It's flattering and hides my lil muffin top I have picked up from all my traveling and not exercising regularly. (ughh. more on that later)  I adore that I  can totally remember my mom wearing tops almost just like this in the 80's.  Most of all, its brand is Honey Punch.  I mean...I kinda had to.  Plus it was a favorite of Nick's.  This one was a keeper.




This Dress
I instantly loved the colors.  Its a beautiful periwinkle and coral.  Crazy about the print too.  It is borderline too short for me.  I probably won't wear it with the 3 inch wedges I have on in these pictures.  I just couldn't locate my gold flip flops in time to snap these before the sun set.   Again, I love the style because it is flattering to my lil problem area.  Look for this dress to show up really soon in my instagram feed on a certain trip I'm about to embark on.  Eeeeep!  I totally kept it just for that trip.


These Cobalt Blue Pants
I loved the color!  I double LOVE that they had a tummy panel in them.  Super flattering and SO comfortable.  I liked that they are textured. However,  I already have a pair of cobalt blue skinnies that they sent me last summer in Fix 10. Those don't fit quite as nice and flattering as these do, but these were a little pricey so the practical side of me decided not to keep them.  The necklace I have on is from a fix last summer. Fix 14.  I still love it.

This Top
The last piece in this fix was my favorite.  This top.  I love the detail and quality. Again it is a super flattering style and I love the retro feel of it.

When I threw on my high waisted flair leg jeans I knew it was a definite keeper.  I would wear this everyday.  Those awesome beads are vintage that Nick and I found in a great little antique in a little town in Mississippi when he was preaching a revival there.  I always try to find a little sumpin sumpin from each place we travel to and this was a favorite of mine. I think I paid like $3 for them.  #holla    That amazing purse is one designed by a dear friend of mine Jeanne Oliver.  It's fabric is vintage and I would totally marry it if I could. I love it that much.  


So I kept all but the blue pants in Fix 21.


Next are a few things I kept from fix 20.
My entire outfit is Stitchfix.  The jeans are from several fixes ago.  Fix 15. I wear them a ton.

The top is sleeveless and I can't wait to wear it with my white linen pants and flip flops this summer.
The zipper sweater/ hoodie is a favorite.  It's super soft and comfortable and can be zipped up for an entirely different look.  Very edgy and modern.    My necklace is from Fix 18.

I kept a great red slug knit pullover, with a big cowl neck and drawstrings too from this fix.  I wish I had a pic to show you.  It looks so cute with white denim skinnies and my converse.

Here is my awesome photographer. 
I mean. How cute is he?
I've been blessed to be his bride for almost twenty seven years now. 
Hashtag blessed.


There ya go.  I hope you enjoyed the pics and maybe got some ideas for a few outfits of your own.
If you ever want to know more about getting a personal stylist yourself and have boxes of goodness delivered right to your door, please don't hesitate to ask me about it.
You can email me at honeyholden25@gmail.com or click the link below.


                                                     
ps. If you follow me on instagram, be on the lookout for some new pictures of #TheAdventuresofHoneyAndLoni. 
We are pulling out in the morning for #HoneysEpicBirthdayAdventure!

Wednesday, May 13, 2015

The Sweetest Gift

Last week while I was at Elizabeth's she took some pics for me with the grandkids for Mother's Day.    It was the sweetest gift. 
It was also an adventure with four kids. More specifically, it was an adventure with Nate Dog.
I don't think there were any "perfect" pictures taken at all.   Someone was always not looking.

But like I've told my girls for years..
Perfect is overrated anyways.








cuff by my girl Becky farmgirlpaints
(her shop re-opens Friday!)

My sweet first born Rosalyn.
The one who made me a Honey.
Our deep thinker, quick witted, best dance moves, sometimes bossy, always sweet, doesn't forget a thing, soon to be first grader.



My precious Julia Rose.
The one who recalls every detail of her dreams and has the best morning conversations in the world.
She's our dreamer, peacemaker, left handed artist, deeply sensitive, romantic, funny,  almost kindergartner.

My Little Man Nate
The first grandson
He's our wild child, hilarious, full of energy, hard headed, keeps us humble, loves to lead, all boy,  soon to be fully potty trained (we hope)

My Darling little Hazel Jane
The baby and caboose of this crazy love train
Our little drooler, momma lover, chubby legged, loves to nurse, wiggle worm!
Can't wait to watch your little personality continue to emerge.




Paw Paw
The love of my life and my lover.
He's our wise rock, our problem solver, nurse of the family, the one with all the answers, the one who sees the very best in everyone. Especially me.



And My Dearest Elizabeth
The one who has had to put up with a momma basically growing up with her.
She's a giver,  people lover,  best listener,  deep feeler, patient momma and great friend
Thanks sweet love for always showing your momma grace.
And thank you for taking these pictures for me.
You are so incredibly talented.  I love you.

( For Elizabeth's sake please know that none of these pics are edited.  They are straight out the camera.  Momma was hasty. ;) )
And thank you for those of you who still actually come hang out with me here.
Seriously.  Y'all are the best.








Wednesday, March 11, 2015

Stitch Fix No 18 {and a fun new announcement from Stitch Fix HQ}


 First let me say,  this isn't the fix I was all excited about the other day when I posted a picture of the my beauteous teal box.  I'm once again behind on sharing my fixes with y'all.  THIS fix is number 18 and 19 combined.  I'm hoping to share Fix Numba Twentay  in a week or so with y'all.

And don't forget to check out the big news from Stitchfix at the bottom of the post too!  It's exciting!

Without further adu  here is Fix number 18 which arrived at my door in the beginning of January.


I've wearing three of the pieces that were in my fix in this pic:
1. This classy navy and white top. ( it's sheer...forgive me for not throwing on a cami underneath when I snapped these. yikes!)  I think it's gonna look so darling with my white linen pants and flip flops (that I intend to pull out soon).
2. This necklace.  Super simple and chic. It's silver and gold mixed so I can wear it with everything. And I love the length.
3. These jeans. I didn't like them at first.  In fact, I "check out" and had already "returned them" and then snapped these pics before throwing what I wasn't keeping back in the return envelope to mail later that day.  But after trying them on with stuff, I realized how super duper stretchy and comfortable they were. Plus so many of my jeans are distressed and full of holes.  This was a nice change. So I ended up emailing the customer service and telling them I wanted to keep them.

 Here I am the next day wearing them on the way to a party....


 ....for the sweetest and most beautiful 80 year old I know.  I wish everyone had a Mama Rob in their life.

Here I am in the jeans and necklace but with a different look.  This is what I wore to town the same day I did this little shoot.  Love the jeans and necklace.  The top is from my way back in my second fix and its still a favorite of mine.  The jacket was a gift from my mom who is one of the most stylish 70-somethings I know.   She bought herself one too and she rocks it way better than me. ( I believe she bought them at Target)


The last two pieces that were in my box were the things I decided not to keep.
4. This burgundy long sleeve top.  The back was open which was kinda neat. But it was short on me and my long torso.
5. This aztec sleeveless cardigan thingy.  Didn't care for the sleeveless part and I already have a sweater very similar to this.

So I popped these babies in the postage paid envelope and dropped then in the post office. Easy Peasy.


This last pic was snapped with my phone at 4:30 in the morning in the AIRPORT because I was about to catch my VERY FIRST FLIGHT to go be there for when MY GRANDAUGHTER was born! EEEP!  That is a whole other post in the works.

But I am wearing Stitchfix from head to toe and it was a Friday but I was too excited about all that was happening and forgot to post for Stitchfix Friday.  Y'all know about that right? Post a pic of you wearing your stitch fix on instagram and use the hashtag #stitchfixfriday and you could be chosen to win the $50 credit they give to someone each week!   Whoop Whoop!....Do it girl.

Anyways, here's my total stitch fix outfit:
  • My new necklace from this fix 
  • My jeans and sweater from my fix 15 
  • And the only thing I kept from Fix 19...this burgundy dolman sleeve knit top.  I love how my stylist builds upon the things that I have already kept from previous fixes.  I really love the way it looks by itself but it was a little cold that morning so I threw the sweater on top. Can't wait to wear this one too with my white linen pants and thinking it will be super cute with my white denim boyfriend jean too.  Hashtag hurry up Spring.


 Well there you go for fixes 18 & 19.  Now for the announcement I was telling you about!

Stitch Fix just got better!
Now introducing Maternity and Petites!
For you sweet pregnant mommas, you need to update your profile with your due date, let your stylist know what you are looking for and then she will take it from there and have you rocking that baby bump in no time!   You can read a little more about it here.


All of you sweet petite girls can read all about it here to get all the scoop on what this means for you!

I'm so excited about how they are expanding to reach the needs of more ladies. Who knows....maybe plus sizes will be next!  Hope so!

If you ready to take the plunge and give Stitchfix a try then just click the pic below and let's get started!  And as always, you can email me with any questions.  
honeyholden@gmail.com

                                                     

Thursday, January 29, 2015

Saying yes to the Ms Dots in your life



There is a hashtag going around on Instagram called #thestoriesofourhouses. My wise friend Lori (environmentsofgrace) started it to encourage us to share the memories attached to our houses, furniture and special pieces in our homes.  That is right up my alley because  pretty much all my stuff comes with a story.  The one I wanted to share about today was  apparently three sentences too long for Instagram  and there was nothing in the story I wanted to cut out so here I am.... forced to blog. lol.

Anyways, thank you for taking the time to pop over here to read it.  I pray it blesses you.  

Years ago when Nick was called to his first church, there was a sweet lady who lived in the community named Ms Dot. She and her husband were very active at a church in town where they had been members  for many years. I would stop by to visit them from time to time to check on them and was so drawn to Ms Dot's demeanor. She had a quiet spirit, the most inviting smile and always had a twinkle in her eye.

She would call me often to invite me to the ladies bible study that her church had each week and always mentioned it when I stopped to visit. But as a brand new pastor's wife with young children and demands of our own church activities, I would always decline her invitation. Ms Dot never gave up though and one day she caught me in a "weak" moment and I said yes.  Mad at myself for adding yet another thing to my over committed schedule, I begrudgingly kept my promise out of my respect for Ms Dot and went with her. 

 Well, that bible study turned out to be a game changer for my entire life. It was the first in-depth bible study I had ever done and God used it to ignite a flame and passion for His word that I had never experienced before. This became the foundation for all that I am and all that I am still becoming in Christ today!  I am forever grateful for Ms Dot's quiet tenacity and persistence to not give up on the young new preachers wife down the road.  

Now how do these peacocks fit into this story??  Well, a few years later Ms Dot's husband passed away and she decided to move into town to be closer to her church family. Our church bought her house and  it became our new parsonage. When we moved in, I found these little beauties in a box out in the shed that Ms Dot had made years ago.  They became instant treasures of mine...reminding me of Titus 2 & the role we as women of God, have to mentor and invest into the next generation whose coming behind us. 

"Tell older women to live their lives in a way that shows they are dedicated to God.  Tell then not to be gossips or addicted to alcohol, but to be examples of virtue.  In this way they will teach young women to show love to their husbands and children, to use good judgment, and to be morally pure, Also, tell them to teach young women to be homemakers, to be kind, and to place themselves under their husbands' authority.  Then no one can speak evil of God's word." Titus 2:3-5


Maybe you have a Ms Dot in your life that you have been putting off because life is just too busy to add one more thing. Girl, when you have a woman whose willing to make time to pour into you what God has taught her through the years from His Word along with her life experience, she is worth her weight in gold!  Make the time. You won't regret it.

 And maybe some of us are supposed to BE a Ms Dot to a young woman in our lives. Not only is that a privilege, it's a command for us in God's word. It's how we help make the Body of Christ beautiful and  powerful  and functioning the way God designed.  
Make the time.

#sayyestoyourMsDottoday #beaMsDot

Wednesday, January 28, 2015

The Gorilla and the Pig {repost and update}


Today is my big bro's birthday.   
There is so much I could say about him.   
If you know him personally then you know what I'm talking about.
He's a mess in the best kind of way.  
But this blog post from three years ago popped up on my Time Hop app and it made me smile reading it.
I thought I'd just share it again...it might make you smile too.


And....when you get to the end of the post, I share a recent funny story about the three of us and a few favorite updated pics of us.  :)

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This here is my big brother.
His name is Marvin and it's his birthday tomorrow.

Here he is trying to aggravate me...he still does this hand on my head thing.
When I was a little girl, he dubbed me with the nickname "Sow".
So I've been called that my entire life.
Except when he calls me, Sowpig, Swamp Sow (yeah..I dunno about that one, I guess cuz we're from Louisiana), Momma Sow, and my new favorite....Sow Maw, which he is trying desperately to get my grandkids to call me. 

He's not into my fab themed birthday parties I throw.
In fact, he told me this year they're stupid.
So I'm not gonna throw him a party this year. 
Nope. Not gonna do it.
Oh and he really hates that I take pictures all the time
He never cooperates.  
Like this, for instance...

and this..
Oh, and he REALLY hates when pics of him end up on my blog or on fb.
So PLEASE, don't tell him about this one ....
or this one..
 or this one.

Even though he can be a pain
He really is a great big brother.
I love him to pieces.
We usually laugh a bunch when we're together.






And I'm incredibly proud of him and how the Lord is using him.
I mean, everyone who is saved by God's grace is transformed,
but some of our transformations are a little more outwardly noticeable.
Like my brother for instance.
This is before Jesus interrupted his life...
He used to be a high school drop out drug addict.

And this is what God did...
He went from being a high school drop out to seminary graduate.
He delivered him, transformed him, and then called him into the ministry.
That is what grace looks like.

His passion for people and desire to see them know Jesus inspires me.
Don't tell him, but I think he's one of the most awesome guys I know.
We tease each other a lot but I'm so proud I'm his sister and he's my big brother.






Oh....and about the title "The Gorilla and the Pig"...
Well I've had to live my entire life being called Sow right?
So.... when the Lord blessed me with grandchildren, I taught them to call him Gorilla!
And they do!




Ahhh...revenge is so sweet.

Happy Birthday Gorilla!
This little pig loves you :)
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The pic below is my all time favorite picture of him.  It was taken when we he and Nick both preached at the Louisiana Evangelism Conference last year.  I snapped this as we were walking in the building and was just overwhelmed thinking about our lives and how the Lord has changed us... our family.  
Just him. By himself armed with God's word.  Step after step,  day after day,  year after year sharing the gospel, spreading hope, bringing truth to those who are still in darkness like we once were.
I need to frame this I love it so much.

I cry almost every time I get to hear him preach.
God changes lives people.  He transforms marriages. This guy right here is living proof.
 I'm literally in tears as I type this thinking about what all He has done in Marvin's life.  In our family.  It's so good to remember.


But I promised you a funny story before I go.  It's probably funnier to our family than it will be to y'all. But anyways, here goes. 
The older I get my girls keep telling me how much I look/act like Marvin.  I usually tell them they are crazy but honestly there are times I will say something or make a face and I totally know it was a "Marvin Moment".  After being in denial of our obvious similarities, it was a trip to our favorite Chinese restaurant a couple of months ago that made me face reality.  

We had a new waitress that none of us knew.  She was Asian and spoke very little English.  Our mom was down visiting and we were all at the table together along with Ms Dianne, Marvin's wife/Nick's mom. (yeah, you read that right. You can check out our crazy, wonderful, grace covered family tree here)

Anyways, this waitress takes our order and then starts patting her face with her hands saying, "Same same."  We were so confused and had no idea what she was talking about so we told her what we wanted to drink again.  And she shook here head and again said. "Same same" , while she patted her face.  Then she kept saying it over and over while pointing to me, Marvin and my mom.  Finally Ms Dianne starts dying laughing and says, "She's trying to tell y'all that the three of you all look the same!"  Well, when the waitress heard that, her eyes lit up and she nodded her head..."Same same!! Same same!"     She was so fascinated with us that a little later, she even came back with another lady, who also spoke little English, to point us out to her!  

I don't know if it's our beady eyes, laugh lines or big mouths but apparently to this total stranger thought we looked....

"Same same."
And I guess I'm okay with that after all.

Happy Birthday Gorilla! I love you more than you know.

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