Wednesday, January 29, 2014

Day --> Night

Hey Everyone!

I thought I would do something short and sweet today!

I woke up at 5am to workout this morning- first time I have done that in a LONG time- & I actually liked it! But because I had to shower, I ended up wearing my hair in a bun.

I thought I would show you how I changed my look from day to night.


I glammed up my bun with some gold accessories and neutral makeup. 

Earrings: Francesca's
Necklace: Target
Blouse: Kohl's
Makeup: Bare Minerals foundation & bronzer

After I got home, I decided to dress it down with a hair change, some leggings, and a leather jacket to hang out with friends. This outfits reminds me of Grease! Lol but I think the boots looks so good with leggings!


I like to call this my "JLo" Outfit because I could totally see JLo wearing this with hoop earrings! (which I decided to rock) ha! ha!

Comfy.

Jacket: From Italy
Boots: DSW


From day hair to night hair- Sometimes I like just letting my hair be its natural, crazy, poofy self. LOL. 


Hope you had a Happy Hump Day! :)

Enjoy your night! I am ;)


xoxo,
A

Monday, January 27, 2014

Funday Monday Link Up ft. OOTD

Happy Monday! 

With the cold weather, I havent gotten to do an outfit post in awhile. I usually like to take my outfit posts outside because I love the natural lighting- but I havent been able to do that lately with how cold it's been (Today it is -20).

[OOTD]

So I improvised. I bought a new dress this weekend and wanted to show it off. This is how I wore it:







Dress: Nordstrom
Blazer: Windsor
Tights: Nordstrom
Shoes: Dont remember!
Necklace: Target
Belt: New York and Company

I hardly ever wear red lipstick because I tend to be conservative when it comes to my makeup but I decided to give my lips some pop with the red lipstick :)




I love these types of dressed with some black tights and nice shoes. Great for work, church and weddings- so versatile :)


[Grammy's]

Did you watch the Grammy's last night??
What are your top picks?

Here are mine:


Katy Perry in Valentino: Runway to Red Carpet.. she looks amazing! 




& it is not a surprise to me that Beyonce made it on my top yet again. She always wears such classic ensembles. And she rocked her performance! Wearing Michael Costello.

Best Dressed Couple?


John Legen and wife Christine Teigen- they both looked so elegant and his performance was amazing!

I am teaming up with other bloggers for the Funday Monday Link Up!


Click the button to see what its all about :)

Xoxo,
A

Saturday, January 25, 2014

One Word New Year

Happy Saturday Everyone!

I felt that this day would never come. Being in a new role at Target, it has been a little overwhelming getting everything situated and learning a new business.

That being said, I am so happy it is Saturday! I am starting off my day with an insanity workout and then meeting with a friend to do hot yoga... I love hot yoga. It's one of my favorite new things :)

I may be a little late on this but I have been thinking about what I want for my new years resolution since the new years started (LOL).

I didn't want a typical, lose 20 lbs., don't eat junk food, be nicer to people kind of resolution. I wanted something that would be easy to apply to my everyday life.

 That is when I thought about a One Word New Year. 

Instead of focusing on different things, I wanted to focus on applying one word to my life everyday.

I decided that my word would be:

I decided about a week and a half ago to make this my word because it is what Jesus calls us to do everyday. In the world we live in, though, filled with negativity and anger, it is sometimes more difficult for some to focus on the good things and focus on love above else- including myself.

I do not just want to focus on what I feel love is, but what Jesus says love is. 

I am thankful everyday for God's love towards us. He loves us just as the above scripture says- because He is One with His Word. So if you ever doubt God's love- you can turn to this scripture and remember God loves you, is patient with you, does not delight in our evil but rejoices with the truth, He keeps no records of wrongs, He is kind.

 I could keep going on how much He loves us- but because He loves us SO much, I want to remember to love as He does each and everyday.

Because with love comes so many other things: understanding, patience, positivity, kindness, etc... the list goes on.

When we choose to love each other and put love in front of our other feelings, it can do wondrous things. The last week, when I have tried to take a loving approach in conversations with loved ones instead of being focused on getting my point across or being right, it has made a world of a difference. Not just for the conversation, but to both people. & its because I just continued to focus on the one word and the the definition behind it. 

Jesus calls us to be like him- so my goal this year is to love like Him. 

So far its been great. I have still set other goals for myself this year but this has been the main one. Anytime I am having trouble, I just think about my one word and it helps me remember what I am trying to accomplish. I have told a couple people about my new years resolution, and how with this one word resolution, I want everyday to be a new day, as if any negativity from the previous day is washed away- from people and from things- because that will ensure that everyday, I wake up with love in my heart.

What is your One Word for this year? Is there anything that comes to mind?

You should try this! & see what it does for your daily life!

Have a good day everyone,
-A

Thursday, January 23, 2014

Thankful Thursday!




I am excited for another week of the Thankful Thursday linkup!

I love these types of linkups because there is so much to be thankful for! 

This week has been a brutal one in MN. Today is -17!

That being said...


1. I am thankful for being able to work from home this morning to avoid the cold weather. Being cuddled up on the couch with my blanket and computer is quite nice :)



2. I am thankful for my new breakfast concoction. It is muesli and fat free greek yogurt. I was introduced to by one of my buyer's whose friends created this. Its like granola, but much better for you. I love the vanilla cherry pecan one. I would add fruit but we are out! A healthy yogurt parfait :)



3. I am thankful for my dumbbells I got for Christmas... I like adding some weight to my exercises at home. (Down 1.2 inches!) It is easy to be sitting on the couch and doing different arm exercises instead of being a plain couch potato :)


4. I am thankful for the safe arrival of my god-daughter, Layla Grace! She is such a bundle of joy! She is healthy and as her mom said- she is a lil' diva! Nothin' wrong with that :) I thank God for her and am so happy that I get to be the god-mom of such a precious blessing. Congrats, J! 

 Pic taken of J and baby Layla by Lovelyladyjb.

Happy Thursday! 

Tuesday, January 21, 2014

Negative Degree Fashion



It is SO cold in MN! It is getting down to -10 today. 

The second you get outside all your mind thinks about is going back inside, lol. This kind of weather makes me extra thankful for a warm home and having our heater working! 

I have said how much I love fall fashion because of the colors and layering- same goes for winter. But when it's this cold, you have to be creative about how to stay warm and remain "in style". 

Because I am one that has to be creative, I have created a collage on some must haves to stay warm and fashionable! 

Take a look:


Negative Degree Fashion

Negative Degree Fashion by aishalc featuring lace up booties

1) A good hat. I like to wear the stylish beanie hats because they cover my ears and arent heavy on my head.
2) Good earmuffs! I like fur ones because they are fashionable and warm!
3) Good boots. Sorel's are the "it" snow boot here in MN this year and boy do they keep their feet warm.
4) Good leather gloves. Leather blocks out wind so I like them the best. Plus, they keep my hands warm!
5) A good scarf. Not only is a scarf a fashion accessory, but they help if you don't have earmuffs or dont like wearing hats.
6) Warm socks! Believe it or not, sometimes I will wear a pair of fuzzy socks to work and then switch out of the boots and socks into heels when I get into the office. Thats how cold it gets!
7) A good pair of tights. I even wear tights under my work pants because its simply another layer of clothing. It is a must to wear tights in the winter anyway- because bare legs against -10 degrees is unbearable!
8) There are such things as warm, fashionable boots. These are a pair of Sorel's that arent only warm, but more fashionable if you arent interested in the traditional winter boot.
9) Not surprising, you need a good coat. My coat weighs a good few pounds and is wool. Leather coats are also good because like I mentioned, they blog wind. I like my coat because it has an option to cover the neck if it gets really cold. Also, when its a longer coat, it helps to cover your legs better for us ladies that have to wear tights.

These are my top picks... what are yours?

What are your secrets to staying warm??

xoxo,
A

Wednesday, January 15, 2014

Journey to Restoration

Happy Hump Day, Lovelies!

Woofta, it seems like I haven't blogged in forever. Well, it HAS been almost a week! A lot has been going on! I have spent that last week just kind of taking a break from some things to enjoy time to myself as well as spend some time with loved ones. It was a nice change of pace.

Lately, I have been wanting to start getting back into shape and eating healthy but it is very much easier said than done. 

I have been spending more time learning about all the things I can do to honor God and then I realized from reading scripture and doing my devotional that eating right and not committing gluttony or over indulgence of any kind is a form of honoring God.

So, I simply prayed about it. I asked God to help me get motivated to get back into shape because our bodies are not our own- but His! & I want it to be a happy and HEALTHY place for Him to dwell.

I love this scripture because it not only tells us that the Holy Spirit indeed dwells in us, but it helps us understand why we keeping ourselves healthy and pure is so important- its because we were bought at such a price- Jesus gave His life for us so we could have everlasting life. How beautiful!

With Jesus's help, I started feeling motivated to workout again, and He reminded me of workouts I really loved to do.

So I started doing the workout Insanity again through Team Beach Body. I had done it last year- & I lose 12 pounds! I forgot how much I enjoyed it until I started it again this week.
I also started doing Hot Yoga. I never knew how much I would love it until I tried it out with some of my girlfriends. I started on Saturday and my abs are still SO sore! 

I also started having smaller meals and only eating until satisfied. I also decided to cut out sugars because that is one thing that keeps me bloated!

So far, I have lost 4 lbs in 1.5 weeks! Just from working out and eating right- & only eating what i need.

It feels great and I am happy to know I am honoring God even just a little more- but I also have been learning to honor and please God in other ways as well. Here is a scripture I studied that I love.


This scripture is not only referring to a woman's physical strength, but it is also referring to the Lord as her strength. When you dress yourself with the Holy Spirit each and everyday (and the armor of God) you will be given strength. (Reference how she dresses herself with strength)

Proverbs 31 is talking about a excellent and virtuous woman and wife. If you read all of proverbs 31, it is a woman who is of strong character, great wisdom, many skills, and great compassion. She is an excellent and strong woman because she takes what she is given and does good with it. Her strength and dignity do not come from her amazing achievements, however, but they are a result of her reverence for God. 

In our society where physical appearance counts so much, 
it may surprise us to realize that her appearance is not mentioned (except if you count the one above). Her attractiveness comes entirely of character.

Some of her qualities: hard worker, fearing of God, respectful of her spouse, foreseeing, encouraging, caring for others, concerned for the poor, wisdom in handling money, and even more.

All in all, God continues to show us that we should do all things to honor Him, because when you fear Him and live your life to glorify Him- there are many benefits. 

So whether it is to become stronger on the inside or the outside or both- when you do it for God- it is not only so much more rewarding, but there are many benefits- spiritually, physically & mentally! 

I always say "Honor before Increase!" 

So if you are like me and have a hard time getting motivated, think about it as if you are doing it to honor and please God to get a little extra push inside of you :)

Have a good one!





Thursday, January 9, 2014

Thankful Thursday

Today for Thankful Thursday, I wanted to share with a testimony that I have regarding something that means a lot to me- & that I am thankful for!

6 months ago, I started at my dream job. I was on track to being what I always wanted to be- which is a buyer. I knew going into my new role that it wasn't going to be easy, but I remained confident anyway.

Well, about a couple months into my job, I started feeling nervous going to work and almost dreading it. That was because I felt my leader was giving me a lot of negative feedback rather than good. I felt that they were looking for me to fail rather than helping with my success. I began asking other people to give me feedback on my job and I always heard great feedback from them- but I found myself being to concerned about what this person thought rather than what other people actually saw and what I saw in myself. 

I was working hard, but I was wearing myself out
 I was only doing it to shine to this one person, which was draining me of any good feelings I had. I was full of worry rather than motivation and determination.



One night, I was praying to God that he place me somewhere else in my job in a different area because I didn't like the strained feeling I was having. I was also asking God to help me be the best I can be in my position no matter what the circumstances and help remind me that no weapon formed against me shall prosper. If that person was really out for me to fail, they were not going to succeed ( Isaiah 54:17) because I am a child of the One True King. 

I started looking at the situation through eyes of faith rather than natural sight.
 I suddenly would be getting all these ideas that I hadn't thought of before on how I could shine to everyone and make a difference on my team. & I got great responses from everyone around me. Not so much that one person, but I knew I was making a difference even they could see.



I started gaining my confidence back because I was trusting Jesus
I knew He put me in my job for a reason. I started working as though I was working for God and doing things that were pleasing to Him, rather than working for my leader who made me feel inadequate.

Just last week, I found out that I was going to be officially placed at my job in a different area with new leadership. It made me realize that sometimes God will make us go through things that help us learn and help us grow our faith. That was definitely a test of faith and I am more thankful now than I would have been if it happened any earlier. My new team is awesome (so was my last) and I am so thankful to God on how He always delivers.

There's a saying I heard at church this Sunday:

"God may not always come when you want Him, but He is ALWAYS on time!"

I am thankful for Jesus and everyone around me who helped keep me strong and helped encourage me.

I live such a beautiful and abundant life because of HIM! 

What are you thankful for??



xoxo,

-A


Wednesday, January 8, 2014

Working Late Calls For Office Pics

Today I had to work late tonight, so I decided to make it somewhat fun and take some pics! 

I wore my new cheetah blazer to work today 

& added my new red heels :)

Snatched a pic of my favorite watch and a bracelet I got for Christmas

& got a full body mirror selfie!

But my favorite picture is this one:
I got a picture of the sunset against the buildings. Pure beauty. You wouldn't think it was -10 degrees outside!

So there are some upsides to working late :-). 

Xoxo,

-A

Monday, January 6, 2014

Blogger Focus: Tori Camille from Thirty Seven Four

Hey Everyone!

Say hello to Tori from Thirty Seven Four



She is such an inspiration! She blogs about fashion, make-up, and hair! So if you need any tips or ideas, make sure to check out her page :)

I have enjoyed working with her in the past and looking forward to working with her in the future. She is such a great blogger with such eye-catching posts. Check out my favorite post of hers here.

Xoxo,
-A

Sunday, January 5, 2014

Foodspirations: Fish Tacos!

Hey Lovelies!

I have recently started being on a health kick so I am starting a new segment called Foodspirations! Basically, any new food that I see and would like to make myself- I am actually going to attempt!

Today I am going to share a recipe with you that I have recently fallen in love with. I was at Crave America on Friday and I got their blackened Walleye fish tacos for lunch- and they were so amazing! 

So last, I decided to try and make my own version of fish tacos with a healthier twist with a side of a cheesy sweet corn, black bean and rice casserole.

Take a look:









Serving Size: About 6 tacos
Whole pan of 

Ingredients:

3 tilapia fillets
spices of choice to add flavor to fish (I used paprika and a little Lowry's salt)
Limes
1 bushel Cilantro
Cabbage
Light Spicy Mayo (make homemade or buy from store)
1-2 bags light Mexican blend cheese
1 can black beans
1 bag sweet corn kernels
6" tortilla of choice
1 small red onion

How I made it:

Fish:
I heated a pan with a little olive oil
I cut the fillets into bite size pieces
I put the fish into the pan and added the salt and spices right away to help soak them in
Let the fish cook for about 10- 15 min or until cooked on low heat 

Rice: 
for a 9x9 pan of casserole, heat about 1.5 cups of water and bring to boil in pot
after water boils, put 1 cup of rice in and bring to boil again
Let it simmer with lid on pot on low heat
Let rice cook for about 20 minutes.. you will be the best judger to know if your rice is cooked. 

Casserole:
While Rice is cooking, dice onions in to small pieces in cook in a small pan until cooked completely. 
In a small pot, poor can of black beans into the pot and cook for about 10 min or until beans are cooked. After beans are cooked, rinse the beans and place in separate in separate bowl. 

After I cooked the beans, I used the same pot to cook the corn kernels. Depending on what kind you get- just follow cooking instructions on the bag. I added 1/2 cup of water and cooked over heat for 5 min. After cooked, add into the same bowl as black beans.

Once onions are cooked, put them into the bowl with the corn and black beans and mix together.

When the rice is cooked, mix rice, black beans, onion and corn together.
Place into a 9x9 pan and spread shredded cheese on top.

Heat oven to 350 degrees. 
Once heated, put pan in the oven and cook for about 15 min.

Toppings:
Cut up cabbage for desired amount as well as the cilantro


Once everything is cooked, put fish into the tortillas and add toppings including spicy mayo.
I also squeezed some lime on top to add more flavor and then I also added a slice of lime on the plate for those who like extra lime (like me!)

Once cheese is melted on casserole, take out of the oven and serve. 

Note that you can cook everything simultaneously in the way you desire. 

Overall, its pretty simple! Cooking instructions for everything should be on its packaging so you can make them the way that fits you best. 

They turned out delicious! 

Please comment with any questions or comments! I love to hear from you :)

-A



Friday, January 3, 2014

Everyday Blessings: Benefits of Prayer & Thankfulness

Do you ever think to yourself "Why do I have to pray if God knows what I need already?" or have you ever prayed but had doubts of your prayers being answered?

We all have had these types of thoughts.

Yet, prayer is very important to God- it is a way of showing our devotion towards him as well as a way to stay in fellowship with Him.

Fellowship with God is very important.

Often times, my prayers are more of just having a conversation with God as a friend or parent. Prayer is also a way to stay in God's love with what each day faces.

Its a way to seek Him, love Him, and know Him.

God can do all things- so anything you bring to Him, He can handle.

That is why we are able to pray to Him and have faith that what we ask will work out. One thing that God loves is seeing our faith in action. So when you pray, thank Him for answering your prayer and have faith that He is working to answer your prayer and give you more abundantly above what you could ask or think.

So when I pray and requests things from God, I often thank Him knowing it is already done instead of keep praying about it. It builds your faith and helps you start thinkin more positively.

One thing to remember is God does everything in the right time, according to His plan and purpose. So have faith and hope that even if things dont work out the way you asked, it will work out to fit Gods will- which is always good and full of love.

There is no need to worry about God hearing you, because the bible says God always has an open ear.
We are his children, and He loves to have that fellowship with us.
As I sometimes say, a thankful heart is a happy heart. & thanking Jesus in advance has many benefits, not just spiritually but mentally! When you decide to be thankful and hopeful, you will have less time to be anxious and doubtful. Remember from my last Everyday Blessing post, worrying doesnt add not even one hour to your life!

I hope this helps you remain hopeful for a prayer you may have prayed once where you may have had doubts. Be thankful in the things God has given you and the things He is going to give you. Remember, Gods Word never comes back void and God is a Provider, Faithful, and will never foresake you!

He knows what you need and is able to give you the desires of your heart. Just remain obedient and thankful!

xoxo,

ALC

Thursday, January 2, 2014

$100 Lululemon Giveaway


Hi Loves!



Happy New Year! 
I love the verse above. There are so many things to be thankful for! A couple things I am thankful for starting the new year:

1] Today I found out at work that I will be officially placed! That means that I will no longer be considered a "trainee" and I get to have my own chair and run my own business. I have been at my job for 6 months and have been waiting to be placed since about 4.5 months! I was praying to God that He places me after Christmas because I was ready and I wanted to be in my permanent role. He is so good He had it happen the day I came back from vacation! He is so good!

2] I got to ring in the New Year with a couple friends of mine I don't get to see often. It was so fun to spend 5 days with them in DC and see my Goddaughter. We miss them back home.

3] I got to spend the holidays with my honey. He always can make me laugh :)

4] I renewed my gym membership! So no only will I be able to work out at home, but I will be able to work out with my friends who go to the same gym. I am thankful to have them! 
As resolutions begin, we thought we would do a giveaway that fit the resolution of being for active and getting fit!

A couple other bloggers and I are teaming up to give you a $100 giftcard to Lululemon!

 Make sure to check out their blogs :)

Aisha | Barbie | Jena

Lululemon is one of the most comfortable and stylish workout gear I have worn and think you will think the same thing!

Here are some of the items you could get:


Just enter in the rafflecopter below and get started on your fitness goals with Lululemon :)

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