The Glitter Gospel Blog: A Lifestyle and Fashion Blog by Lacey Anne
January 23, 2017

Faux Fur Vest: Easy, Everyday Winter Look

Faux Fur Vest, Sweater Dress, Stuart Wietzman OTK boot dupes Winter look

Faux fur is seriously one of the easiest way to pull a winter outfit together. Really… just vests in general, but faux fur is the most “winter-esque” way to layer. I love layers… and with the weather here in Tennesee, they’re absolutely necessary. We go from snow one weekend to 70 degree days and sunshine the next. That’s crazy, right? That being said, this vest is an oldie in my closet. . . that’s the best part of finding classic, quality pieces though; you can wear them over and over and there will always be similar items available for you guys when I share! I love how it layered over one of my favorite winter everyday dresses. So cozy and comfortable… total win! It’s also under $40.

Throwing on a pair of tall boots also makes the look a little more on the fancy. I am 5’4″ so I love the extra height! These are the best dupes I’ve seen for the crazy expensive Stuart Weitzman boots that are almost $700. These are $100. Huge difference. They’re also really great quality so don’t worry about that!

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Photography: Hello Darlin by Breanna Franz

Vest: similar here, Dress, Boots, Bag (similar here), Earrings, Lip

Happy Monday, babes! I feel like life has just been flying by. It feels like yesterday was Christmas… and now I’m sitting here wondering what in the world am I going to get the hubby for Valentine’s day. I mean what? I also just wanted to side note a smidge here. Positivity is a huge thing in my life. I struggle enough with negative thoughts on my own… so when the world seems to be just WAY too full of the negatives it becomes a bit too much. Please know that this will never be a space for putting others down, getting into feuds, bashing eachother, or anything of that sort. Good vibes only people… so if you thrive on negativity… please take that else where. I really have it on my heart to share positive messages with those that read my blog and follow me on social media and that is going to continue. Thank you for your understanding.

Thanks so much for stopping by and reading, it means the world. Here’s to a great week!

January 13, 2017

Style X Style Linkup: Trends from 2016 to Carry into the New Year

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Back at it with my girls for the StyleXstyle series + linkup! 2016 was a year of TONS of trends. Some of them were great… and some not so much. We are sharing what trend (or trends) we loved in 2016 and showing you how to take them into 2017. For me, velvet was huge in 2016. I even purchased some velvet pieces for the store because I just loved it! There were a lot of options that made the trend come off tacky, but it can be done well! This velvet wrap dress is testimate to that! I found this pretty from Forever 21 and it was $23! I couldn’t believe it! It also comes in blush and seriously could not be more gorgeous. I really want the blush… I’m thinking Valentine’s day dress?

We were lucky enough to get a shoot in before the snow melted… this dress looks so regal up against the snow. Crazy enough we are up to 70 degree temps now… which is so nuts! Yesterday I went for a drive with the windows down… it felt like spring! Maybe we’ll get lucky and winter will pass quickly this year! I’m so ready!

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Dress: Forever 21 ($23!), Booties: Steve Madden, Socks: Urban Outfitters, Bracelets: Cable, Link, Lip: Fiona Stiles Dusty Rose (love the consistency of this!)

Happy Friday ya’ll! I’m so glad that the weekend starts today! I’ve honestly been feeling really just underwhelmed lately. I know that may sound crazy, especially with it being a new year… but the comparison trap got me good guys. Don’t you hate that? Needless to say that’s been added to my list of goals for 2017. I used to think that blogging was the reason behind it, but really we all (even men) encounter so much on social media every single day. We see families that look perfect, we see gorgeous women with perfect bodies, we see people with  jobs that we would kill to have… it never ends. My hope for myself and also you this year is to learn to live each day with a grateful heart. I was in a terrible rut and spent a couple of days EXTREMELY down… I couldn’t seem to shake it. Crazy enough I encountered someone who was a war veteran. He had lost the lower half of his limb due to an injury incurred during combat. That hit me hard. I felt like God sent him in my path to tell me “Girl, get it together! This man is smiling at you and so grateful for life… and he’s missing an arm.” WOW! Talk about perspective people! Let us all be grateful this year! If you’ve been struggling with this, I’m here for you! You can email me or we can connect on social media. Let’s hold ourselves accountable to have a wonderful year this year free of comparison!

Make sure to check out Amanda, Taylor, and Victoria to see their favorite trends from 2016! We are so excited to get this linkup started! It goes through next Friday, and we will choose one person each month to feature in the next linkup! This linkup is set to occur the first Friday of each month (weather impacted this month) and go through the Friday of the second week! We also have a collective group board for Style X Style on pinterest that we would be glad to add you to! Simply enter the linkup below and we will get you added.



Also linking up with: Trendspin Linkup

January 12, 2017

Winter Florals + Pastels

Wearing Anthropologie Reverie Floral Sweater, Articles of Society Denim, Zara Blush Satchel, Sam Edelman Pink Heels, TOPSHOP pink beanie.

Hey ya’ll! I have been busting at the seams to get this post up because I am absolutely in love with this floral sweater! Note: It’s really more of a sweatshirt, but I got this gorgeous floral sweater when we went to Asheville a couple weeks ago. It was directly inside the door and I booked it over to take a peek. I am seriously obsessed. It definitely has more of a terry cloth feel inside (which I love!) and I know it will wash well and last for years. That’s my favorite thing about Anthro. Everything is so unique and the quality cannot be beat. I’ve worn this more times than I would like to admit in the two weeks I’ve had it.

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Sweater: Anthropologie (also comes in another print that I MUST have!), Denim: Articles of Society (my all time fave brand of denim!), Bag: Zara (sold out similar here), Heels: Sam Edelman, Beanie: Topshop , Bracelet: Cable, Link (both David Yurman)

I hope you all are having an amazing week! Things have been a little crazy here, but I’m back in business and ready for the weekend. Hard to believe that just Monday it was freezing and we were covered in snow and today it’s 65… blows my mind! We have a long list of DIY projects to tackle this weekend and a dinner date planned. Follow along on snapchat and insta! I’m still deciding whether I like snapchat or instastories better…. what are your thoughts? Oh, and stay tuned for tomorrow’s post! I’m sharing a dress perfect for date night, a winter wedding, or really anything worth dressing up for! It’s the StyleXstyle challenge and we are sharing our favorite trends from 2016 that we are bringing into 2017. If you’re also a blogger make sure to also come linkup with us!

January 4, 2017

What I Want Wednesday: Resort

So today we are calling for snow… Monday I was shooting maternity pictures for a friend and it was 60 degrees and I was sweating in a sweater. Crazy pants! I’m not much for cold weather… so I’ve got vacay on my mind. Not sure where I want to go or when, but I want the sun! I’m also in love with the resort pieces I’ve been finding lately. I’ve rounded up my top resort picks for you here. From swim, to cover-ups, to shoes, and even accessories: I’ve got you covered! Resort season can be a little tricky because we are recovering from the holidays… so thinking of swimwear and sandals is hard to grasp. These flowy dresses and one pieces are sure to make you feel 100 and also be incredibly on trend and stylish for all your upcoming trips. PS: Did I tell you I love yellow? I’m thinking my theme for 2017 should be “This ‘ish is bananas. . .” Thoughts?

 

Happy Wednesday ya’ll!!! Enjoy today and do something that makes you happy!

 

** You can shop the image above simply by clicking on the item.

January 3, 2017

2016 Reflections. . .

2016 In Review and 2017 Goal Setting

2016 was quite the year. From opening our own small business (The Glitter Gospel Boutique), to completely re-branding this space, to traveling near and far, and much more. . . 2016 really took a lot out of us. While it was an amazing year in many ways… it was also one of the hardest. So today we will reflect on 2016 and what it taught me, but we will also goal set for 2017. We don’t do resolutions here… we goal set. I think resolutions are a lot of pressure. I have a long enough to-do list… I don’t want to add to it. I think the best idea is to find what is working in your life and what isn’t. Take what you learn from that… and re-evaluate. That way it’s small changes across the board rather than lose 10 pounds, clean the garage… etc. It’s more feasible for the average joe.

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These were our Christmas card photos. We had someone pop behind the camera after I did a Christmas shoot for one of Luke’s cousins! They were super low key, but I love them because they showcase who we are… and the fact that we would live out of a VW bus if we could.

 

Outfit Details:

Lacey:

Dress: The Glitter Gospel Boutique (on sale!)

Heels: J Crew

Earrings: Kendra Scott

Luke:

Shirt: J Crew

Pants: Gap (similar here)

Boots: Sperry

2016 was full of ups and downs… while the ups were seriously amazing and wonderful, the downs were the lowest of the low and definitely knocked me down to say the least. This is what I learned in 2016 about myself, my business, and the changes that I need to make along with my 2017 goal setting.

Plan accordingly and don’t make promises you can’t keep. The real statement here: LEARN TO SAY NO! Really though. . . I am the WORST at saying no. I end up doing a lot of things I really didn’t want to do… or the worst is over-scheduling myself to the point that I either have to eliminate things off my own to-do list to help complete someone else’s or I’m unable to deliver at all. It’s better to just say no in the first place. I think a lot of this comes from the search for love and acceptance, but girls just gotta say no this year ya’ll… that’s all there is to it!

Learn to separate personal from business. I found myself a lot of times this year thinking that if I didn’t reach a certain goal or the status of someone else that it made me “less than” or “worse than”. Nope… truth is opportunity comes knocking when it should and for who it should. Someone elses sparkle doesn’t dull your own, and just because someone isn’t on your bandwagon doesn’t mean the next person won’t be. You just can’t take it personal. Doing that is enough to make a girl lose her marbles.

Come to terms with what you love and what your strengths are. This was a major eye opener for me. Being just like everyone else really isn’t the point. The point (especially in the realm of blogging) is to be the most Y-O-U you can be. Really! People want to see you, not you trying to be someone else! For me… I used to think I needed to shop at one place and stay within the safety net of what everyone else was doing. NOPE. When I do something out of the box and showcase the real me… I get the best response and best of all: I REALLY feel better about MYSELF. Now I’m not saying you need to go overboard and show the world how in love with yourself you are, you just need to accept who that person is and play up the good parts. Me? I LOVE color! I love quirky interiors… I love antiques… I listen to WEIRD music. THAT is ME. That is the best of what I can share. Not a million looks that look just like your current pinterest and instagram feed. As Regina George would say… “Stop trying to make fetch happen… it isn’t going to happen. . .”

Less is MORE. Really though. Have you ever looked at how much crap you have in your life? De-clutter! Seriously! I highly recommend you watch the documentary by the Minimalists (obsessed ya’ll!). I am on a serious mission to de-clutter my life. Anything that doesn’t bring me joy gotsta go! Bye Felicia!!

Surround yourself with people that support you. It’s crazy what you learn when you are chasing your dreams. People I would have never expected to back me in the opening of our shop came out of the wood work and blew me away! On the other hand some who I really thought would be there guns a blazing were no where to be found. The truth is that no matter how busy people are. . . if they love you… they make the effort. Enough said. When  you find those people… HOLD ON TIGHT! They are a rarity these days!

Schedule time for the things that make you happy. This has been a huge struggle for me. I find myself booking myself to the max and forgetting the things that inspired me in the first place… and riding through life by the seat of my pants. Things I have to schedule time for are: photography, reading, exploring new places, and community. Those are the things that bring me joy… and the things that make this space a much better space to be.

Schedule out content a month in advance. While a lot of my blogger friends do this… I know a lot who don’t too. A lot of things here are last minute… finding items to share that are still in stock can be tough… making those collabs happen are often coming down to the wire… but really if you have a game plan and fill in the gaps that’s the real way to win here. My goal for 2017 is 3x per week. MWF. I hope to work my way up to 5… but I know I can do 3 and I’m going to start there and find my bearings first before I go too hard.

Content Goals… I found some serious love for storytelling this year. I want to keep that up. I also got a really great response to my Wednesday: Tell me Something Good series. I plan to keep that up also. Incorporating more lifestyle content is my main goal this year. Let’s make it happen.

Going Vegan. . . dun dun dun. Really though. We’ve already started. This is a tag team sitch in that hubby actually agreed (and recommended) we do this. All I have to say is: Thank you Netflix Documentary Gods! THANK YOU! That really is how it happened though. I highly recommend Food Inc, Fat, Sick, and Nearly Dead, Forks over Knives, Fed Up,and Vegucated. All so informative and SO SO good. I promise to not throw veganism down your throat. I’m doing this for both health and social reasons, but you do what is right for you! If you are on a plant based diet I would love to hear your tips! We are learning as we go… and learning that chili might save us from hunger for the next little bit.

 

Thanks so much for all your love and support through the last three years. I feel like 2013 was ages ago… it’s crazy how time flies and how much we grow in short periods of time. I can’t wait to see where 2017 takes me! Cheers!