Monday, October 20, 2014

red lips are the best lips

Savannah and I took these pictures right before a business meeting at a new coffee shop, Barista Parlor Golden Sound. We had a 3 day long festival last weekend and this past weekend we had one on Saturday. After a festival we usually try to think about what sold well and what didn't, and we are constantly trying to think of ways to improve our booth design. So, we decided to leave the house to have a meeting to discuss these matters as well as Hey Wanderer the brand. Honestly, the whole concept of building a brand is overwhelming to us. There are so many decisions to make and directions we could take. In the end, we really want to build a brand that inspires others, and we really want to be able to hire underprivileged women. We want to be able to create jobs. So, we are just trying to figure out how to get there. Lots of business meetings and prayers in our future. 
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Friday, October 10, 2014

inspired five: go where the people dance

Find this place.

Dancing. So much fun, so carefree. This is why we all love dancing so much. It's a time to be yourself and not worry about what people are thinking. It's a time to be goofy with your friends, and a time to feel the rhythm deep down in your soul. I don't know about you, but our lives include many (necessary) dance parties. It is then when I forget everything else and just be me, with the people who know me best. So keep dancing! Yes, it can be good for your figure, but it's mostly just goodness for the soul.
Do this.
Paint this.
Buy this blanket.
Eat this.

xo, Savannah

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Thursday, October 9, 2014

what was I thinking?!


So I'm gonna be really honest with you guys. I don't love what I'm wearing in these pictures. I don't like my hair, and I don't like my lipstick :/ I wore this outfit all day and thought it was the bomb dot com. I looked at my outfit in the mirror before I left the house, but when I was reviewing the pictures... well, I did not like what I saw. Also, I'm attempting to grow out my bangs because I've had straight across bangs for an eternity. Everyone tells me how much they like my bangs in the growing out process (except my mother. She wants me to have bangs), so I'm pressing on. However, looking at these pictures, I'm like blehhhh. Then, there is the dark purple lipstick. Again, I looked in the mirror after I put it on, but after I looked at the pictures.... I feel like it ages me. Anyway, I don't tell you these things so you can tell me that I'm crazy and say nice things. It was just a funny/strange/upsetting experience I thought I'd share. It makes me think I should snap a picture of myself before I leave the house. Have you ever had this happen before?
Kimono & shirt from Hey Wanderer
XOXO
Casey
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Tuesday, October 7, 2014

the body image dilemma

I've been thinking about health and body image for a while. Savannah and I both have struggled with our weight most of our lives. I don't ever remember a time being content with the way my body looks. I know beyond of shadow of doubt that I have to accept myself and my body no matter what it looks like. I know that God designed me perfectly and that He thinks I'm beautiful. However, the fact is that I have been doing everything I can to be healthy. I know that I must treat my body like a temple of the Lord and drinking Diet Coke and processed foods doesn't really glorify God. 

I think women can use the "I'm choosing to love my body at any shape" thought process as a crutch and a justification for an unhealthy lifestyle. Yes, you have to accept yourself but that doesn't mean it's ok to be overweight and unhealthy. On the flip side, there are people who work out obsessively and over think every morsel of food they put into their mouths. In both cases, there isn't balance and self-worship is happening. 

So somewhere between the two is balance and God. I've never been able to find that balance. I know the problem is that I have never consistently turned this problem over to God. I'll pray about it for a period of time, but then I stop. This has been a life long problem, so I can't expect that everything will improve after praying for two weeks.  I just want to see food as nourishment for my body and to be able to enjoy food but not worship it. I've been fighting with food my whole life and I'm tired of it.

Then there is exercising. For me, I know I need to change my attitude towards exercising. Instead of focusing on having a body that will look good in a bikini, I need to focus on being healthy no matter what my body looks like. I'm not sure that spending hours in the gym to have a ripped body makes you more healthy than someone who is simply active. I really don't know the answer to that. 

Whether it's food or exercising, worship has to be the focus no matter what. Everything I do must be an act of worship and my every breath should aim to glorify God. Whew. That's easier said than done. However, with God as my focus, everything else doesn't seem to matter as much. But I can't let my guard down and I have to pick up that cross everyday. 

Love,
Casey

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Friday, October 3, 2014

inspired five: proper care

Decorate like this.

We recently purchased a rather large palm bush/tree thing because we love having plants in the house. It adds a nice touch to our living room and as soon as people walk in the house, they want to know when we got the giant tree. The thing about our houseplants is... it usually takes us a while to figure out how to properly care for each plant. In the beginning, it's always touch and go, never sure if the plant will make it or not. The less complicated plants seem to make it just fine, which is why we basically have a succulent garden. Succulents are easy for the most part. So here's to keeping the palm alive. (And the indoor rose bush that now resides outside on the porch.) The three yellowing leaves have me wondering what we've gotten ourselves into.
Wear this.
Make ALL of these.
Find this place.
Paint this.

xo, Savannah

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