Jumpsuits in the Winter?

Photo by Ben Douma

One of my favorite kinds of clothing to wear are jumpsuits, but it’s so sad when they go out of season. Never fear, there are ways to keep your jumpsuits around for the winter season!

Photo by Ben Douma

My favorite jumpsuit is from Spring Sweet, and I love it because it’s classic, yet feels like I am wearing pajama pants! I paired it with one of my basic turtlenecks and put a pair of tights underneath it to keep warm in this chilly weather! I’ve linked two jumpsuits at the bottom of this article that are so cute and almost identical to the one I have.

It’s really easy to find some cute basics to put underneath a jumpsuit, and I found my turtleneck at Aeropostale. My favorite affordable and cute turtlenecks are also linked below.

Although my jumpsuit was originally purchased for the summer, the neutral tones definitely help my outfit mix into the winter season.

As always, thank you so much for reading! I love finding new ways to wear fun pieces, as fashion with a college budget can be difficult!

Xo, Brynne

Jumpsuits:

Forever 21: Polka Dot Palazzo Jumpsuit

https://www.forever21.com/us/shop/Catalog/Product/F21/Dummy_extra30/2000265866

Forever 21:

Smocked Polka Dot Jumpsuit

https://www.forever21.com/us/shop/Catalog/Product/F21/CLEARANCE_ZERO/2000295852

Turtlenecks:

https://www.ae.com/gifts-aerie-real-soft-ribbed-turtleneck-true-black/aerie/s-prod/5495_1183_073?cm=sUS-cUSD&mmCat=cat8010026

https://www.madewell.com/fine-ribbed-turtleneck-top-in-lesley-stripe-K4416.html?dwvar_K4416_color=KA5897&cgid=apparel-teestanks-turtlenecks&position=4&position=4&activeChunk=0#start=1

Navigating After-College Anxiety

As a senior in college, I can attest that I’m pretty scared for what’s coming next. Some people in my graduating class are engaged, have a job lined up, and know exactly where they’re going to live. I on the other hand, am sitting on the couch, eating a bag of doritos, with zero intentions of engagements, no idea where I’ll be living, and not a clue as to what job I’ll have. So my anxiety is asking me what happens if I don’t attain what I am hoping for right after college? Am I going to become a hermit? Will I live in my parents’ basements for ten years? The biggest question thus far: what if the things we end up doing never measure up to what we intended? We may never know, but God certainly does.

I was reading the book of Ruth a couple days ago and I thought it touches on my exact feelings on the future after school. If you haven’t read Ruth’s story, it’s a quick read and incredible. Ruth’s story begins with her husband passing away and her living with her mother-in-law, Naomi, and her sister-in-law, Orpah. Naomi begs Ruth and Orpah to leave her in order to find a husband and a better life, and while Orpah leaves, Ruth decides to stay. From the beginning I find this incredibly interesting. Ruth says “For where you go, I will go, and where you lodge, I will lodge. Your people shall be my people and your God my God. Where you die I will die, and there I will be buried. May the Lord do so to me and more also if anything but death parts me from you (1:16-17).”

Ruth had every reason to  leave. Naomi gave her permission and she truly had no other option in that moment to get remarried. But Ruth knew what was loving and chose to follow God’s will of being compassionate to others before satisfying her own needs. Her action of staying is a reminder that she chose what God wanted before her own. Ruth decides to stay with Naomi and find a job to provide for her and her mother-in-law, which leads Naomi to work in the fields of Boaz, an honorable man in the clan of Elimelech. Although Ruth was a Moabite, a race that was looked down upon in the eyes of the Israelites, Ruth was still kept safe from the harm of the male field workers (known for sexual assault/raping women) and caught the attention of Boaz himself. When Boaz told her why he favored her, he answered “All that you have done for your mother-in-law since the death of your husband has been fully told to me, and how you left your father and mother and your native land and came to a people that you did not know before. The Lord repay you full for what you have done, and a full reward be given you by the Lord, the God of Israel, under whose wings you have come to take refuge (2:11-12)!” Ruth’s obedience to God’s call not only kept her safe, but revealed the way that God provided resources for her.

Spoiler alert: by the end of the story, Ruth ends up marrying Boaz and giving birth to a son. Not only that, but Naomi, who felt defeated and useless as a widow, now had a child that came from her family line that she could care for. Because Ruth stayed patient, obedient, and put others needs before hers, she not only made her life better, but Naomi’s life as well. God put together exactly what she needed when she trusted that His will is all that she needs. Ruth had no idea that she would end up remarried after she chose to stay with Naomi. But God saw how much she loved Naomi and created an amazing life for Ruth she never knew would stem from obedience to the Lord.

At twenty-one years old, I am pretty scared for my future. As a reminder, I have no clue where I’m living after school, no idea what job I’ll have, and I’m surviving off of minimum wage jobs and freelance side hustles. Trusting that God has a future for me when all I see is a huge question mark can be pretty intimidating. I don’t know if I’ll ever be as easily trusting as Ruth was to give over her life to God, but this story inspires me to do so. It’s really scary when we don’t know what’s in front of us, but sometimes we aren’t meant to know. We have to take it day by day and understand that the things God slowly reveals to us are like points on a road map. The smaller points start showing up in front of us and he will make the points that are His will easy to recognize. Sometimes we just need to take the leap.

Fall Staples For Your Closet

This is my absolute favorite season guys! I feel like there are so many cute outfit combinations for this month and this is an easy go-to choice for my closet. If I’m in a rush, the easiest outfit for me is the cute sweatshirt/skinny jean/boot combination. Processed with VSCO with a6 preset

My top is from a boutique store in my town called Spring Sweet. I love a cute sweatshirt that has a little detail to it. Some of my favorite classy sweatshirts of the season are from Zara, Urban Outfitters, and Madewell.

My skinny jeans are from the Gap outlets but I found a super cute cropped pair of black skinny jeans from Madewell. My runner-up choices are from Free People and ASOS.

Lastly, my boots are from Clarks but a couple of my favorite boots that I’ve found this season are from Steve Madden, Doc Martens, and Aldo.

I’m so excited to find some more inspiration for my fall closet! I hope you found some great ideas for this beautiful and chilly season!

xo, Brynne

What I’ve Learned About Self-Worth

I’m going to be completely candid and say that last school year was especially difficult for me. In the beginning of that year I decided that because I was an upperclassman and I only had two years left of undergraduate, I would put all my effort into progressing in my art forms and feeling prepared for the real world. I got cast in a bigger role through the theatre department and I was taking a ton of dance classes. Nothing sounds too bad about that yet, right?

My schedule was packed with class at 8:30 in the morning until around 3 pm with work until 5 pm and then rehearsals for the play from 7-10 pm every night. My class schedule had me running from class to class, sometimes without time to eat a full lunch. My academics became my main focus to the point where that was the only thing I was thinking about. I wouldn’t take time to be in community and spend time with my closest friends and I’d practice or do something else related to my art forms on the weekends. Worst of all, I put God as my last priority. I went to church on Sundays and thought about Him every once in a while but I stopped praying and He became very distant to me.

What happens when you focus on one thing? It becomes your entire life. That can be good in some areas, like a relationship with Christ perhaps, but too much of anything outside of that ends up leaving me dissatisfied and upset. I ended that semester consistently being stressed out that because I wasn’t achieving certain academic standards in my majors and I felt like I wasn’t good enough. Since theatre and dance were my only focuses, that’s where I put all my self-worth. Because I didn’t reach out to God when I was struggling to find myself, I became so lost and felt worthless. Earthly things, even as important as academic studies, can never be your main focus. Eventually I got to a point where I felt like I had nothing to lose.

I was at my all time low and I had some incredible people remind me of what my real meaning in life is. I couldn’t find my value in academics anymore so I decided to find them in the Lord again. I cried and spoke prayers of hurt and sadness, and eventually prayers of healing and contentment. I started reading my bible more and seeing the truth in what God’s word says about me. 1 Peter 2:9 says that But you are a chosen race, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, a people for God’s own possession so that you may proclaim the excellencies of Him who has called you out of darkness into His marvelous light.” It doesn’t matter what my worth is in the world. I could be the best actress/singer/dancer yet never be satisfied with where I am if God isn’t the top priority of my life and the center of my focus.

Going into senior year, I’ve still been transitioning over to making God my main focus. It’s really hard to be completely honest. There are moments where I’ve gotten down on my performance level in the arts and I have to snap myself out of it real quick. The more I seek God as my first priority, the more I’ve seen God bless me with my friendships in my majors, church, and campus. I’ve found more worth in who God wants me to be rather than what I feel like I should be in this world.

I wanted to share for anyone who is struggling/or has struggled with the same things as I have. I hope you find comfort in the fact that other people struggle with this daily and that there’s always a way for God to change you self-worth to a confident one. Thanks for listening to my story! Xo, Brynne