snakeskin blazer & pushing forward in stress

About this Blazer:

Can you tell I’m a fan of snakeskin?! Yes, it’s trending right now, but I have to say I love it no matter what! I never met an animal print I didn’t like as long as it’s done in a classic way! and what is more classic than this $22 blazer?! (ps. if you can’t find the blazer with my link, use search ID 628289).

Use code SH4131 for %15 off, no limitation, valid until march 31st, 2019!

Shein has one of the best selections of animal print that I’ve ever seen and this blazer is just one of the many items I own and love of theirs! Yes, I agree that if you’re looking for classic pieces on their site, sometimes you have to wade through a slew of neon, barely-there “party dresses,” but I’ll tell you it’s worth it!

My favorite way to search is from their homepage and go to the dropdown titled “CLOTHING” and “Blouses.” Then select from the “elegant” or “preppy” categories, though the casual section hosts many great options as well.

I also like to browse their “casual,” “maxi,” and “elegant” dresses because they have great options for everything from hot summer days to fancy weddings.

Speaking of animal prints, my Leopard Print *actual art print* is just $20 over on my shop!

Life lately:

Have you missed me? Yes, I’ve been a bit MIA, but it’s because I’m constantly working on a secret project. So far, I will say that it’s honestly the biggest, most difficult, most rewarding thing I’ve ever done in my entire life — other than motherhood. In my mind, I keep comparing the work I’m putting into it on the time and effort I spent on my Master’s degree, which scares me a little because that stress reminds me of grief.

If you knew me back when I lived in Sweden or afterward, you would know how important Sven was to me. He was an orange rag doll who behaved more like a dog than a cat, and I cared for him like a child. So when he suddenly passed away one Friday morning — in the midst of all of the work, writing, teaching, and research — I grieved very hard.

So now when I have times of intense stress, sometimes my mind reacts by feeling like it should go into grief or survival mode. Instead of focusing on the next steps I need to take, sometimes I start worrying about the what ifs and the future. I’m no psychologist, but I know that’s unhealthy and unbiblical. God’s Word tells us to not worry about anything… to not worry about things because God loves us even more than we imagine and He’s like a Father who wants us to run to Him so He can protect and teach us.

It’s a conscious decision for me to focus on my tasks at hand instead of worry, but I know it’s the right decision.

What makes you worry? How do you actively work to combat those negative thoughts and press on toward your goal?

Xo,

Kellie

“Why did it have to be…”

“SNAKES?!?!”

What’s that from? ūüôā

Can you tell I had a little fun taking these!? A little artsy, maybe?

Anywhoo, this snakeskin print bag from SheIn is so nice for just $17! I said it before and I’ll say it again… I am so impressed! To shop: http://bit.ly/2DodZKT or use search ID 655539 on the Shein Website!

It’s just $17 and you get 15% off of your purchase with code SH4131¬†now through March 31, 2019!!!!

Can you tell I had a little fun with this shoot?! But I also need to show you the smart compartments inside the bag too, which I think are great quality! See?

I really love that the purse’s flap closes really easily with the magnet!

Jeggings: AE high rise (on sale now!) | Blouse: similar here | Leopard Cami: VERY similar here from Nasty Gal

Xo,

Kellie

we wish you a berry Christmas…


Hello folks! I cannot believe Christmas is so close! I was thinking about helping y’all with more gift guides because you know I love to do those, but then I was thinking that if you don’t know what you’re getting people by now you will probably be running to your nearest Target for a quick pickup or Prime things to your house!

Quick gift idea:

If you are looking for a super unique gift, feel free to browse my art on my shop page, I will get it to you ASAP so it’s there in time for Christmas or I’ll make you a personalized downloadable printout to show your person what he/she is getting! I even have a gift card option on there if you would like to go that route for a custom piece!

Another quick gift idea could be using my 20% off code 4theclassyartist20 on Shein for someone in your life who wants a little closet pick-me-up!

Like my top?! 

This berry color top is from Shein (of course) and it is so classic for fall & winter! It is just $15 and comes in a gorgeous mustard yellow and blush pink! Use code 4theclassyartist20 for 20% off of your purchase now through January 1st!

I ordered this top along with that gold and white blouse I posted about yesterday and it is such a great one  that I’ve worn it twice this week!! It’s a little cropped compared to yesterday’s blouse, but it’s long enough to cover the goods if you’re wearing high-waisted pants like mine. I also love that it’s lined so I don’t need to wear an undershirt.

I’ll be posting our Christmas card photo tomorrow so check back for that! Also, Wellesley is 3 months old today! 

Wellesley Bea, we love you so so much! And just look at how cute they are together!

Xo,

Kellie 

all that glitters…

Howdy friends! I’m coming at you today with a spoonful of fashion and a little Christmas talk!

Quick tip: scroll to the end for 20% off this top + your entire Shein order!

Santa Tradition Idea: 

I often don’t spend a lot of time talking about much other than clothes or art on this blog, but I wanted to share about a Christmas tradition I thought was a cool idea! Don’t worry, I’ll talk about this top down below!!!

When I was a kid, we didn’t do Santa. I understand that a lot of it is personal conviction, but when my husband and I got married and began talking about kids, family traditions, and what we wanted to implement as parents, we decided we wanted to participate in the fun Santa Clause tradition. However, every once in awhile we hear from friends or family that it’s not a good idea if we want our kids to also believe in God. The reasoning: if the child finds out we were “lying” about Santa, they will doubt all of the things we tell them.

I agree with their logic to a certain extent, and I certainly don’t want my children to lose sight of the real meaning of Christmas (Jesus), but I also wanted to be able to participate in a fun Christmas tradition.

Enter a great idea I found on Pinterest! 

Give your kids gifts from Santa & let them go through the joy and magic of the season. Do advent calendars and read the Christmas message. Teach them about why Jesus came to earth and what that means for us. 

Then, once your child is old enough, take him/her out to get hot cocoa and have “the Santa talk.” Explain the history of Santa a bit and how he gave gifts to poor people because he wanted to show them God’s love. Then explain that though St. Nick is gone, we still keep the idea & “magic” of Santa alive by secretly giving to those around us.

Here comes the fun part!!! Now that this child is big enough to know about Santa, he/she gets to BE Santa! Let him/her pick one person in his/her life who needs something. Maybe a grandparent, neighbor, or kid in school. Then go on a top secret mission to the store, buy it, wrap it, and deliver it when it gets dark! And they can only talk about their 007 adventure with you!

Now you have taught your kid about the importance of giving, had a wonderful adventure, and didn’t lose their trust!

The Blouse:

Now, let’s move on and talk about this GORGEOUS top!!!!! I came across this¬†white and gold polka dot blouse¬†on Shein¬†a few weeks ago and fell hard ¬†because I love me some polka dots! I also adore anything with a gold accent (as you can tell from my artistic endeavors)!

The top is just $17 ($13.60 with code 4theclassyartist20) and will be perfect for the holidays or for year round amazing style! I can imagine it in summer with navy shorts and espadrilles, in spring with electric pink pops of color, and in fall layered under a cozy knit vest!

My jeggings are American Eagle and are linked here. Boots are from Walmart.com!

Size guide: This top runs one size too small. 

Special Discount: use 4theclassyartist20 for 20% off your entire purchase!!!

You’re welcome!!!

Xo,

Kellie