All you need is pink

 

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Okay, let me just start off by saying that aside from the color purple, my favorite color is beige.  Beige and all the other shades of light brown. Because I  don’t  like the color white, I always opt for beige, light brown, off white, or blush. Hence you can see that my skirt, shoes, and bag are all in the same hue! But of course I wanted a pop of bright pink to go with the neutral colors. Yes, I already thought of this outfit for days, no weeks, and I have been searching for the perfect pink top! Once upon a weekday I found it on SM. It was not on sale though but it was a great buy cause I did not have to pay for it! HAHA  (Thank you Lolo and Lola).

These shoes were on 50% off when I saw them, I tried them on and fell in love. I knew I had to buy it but it was the pair on display meaning it has been tried on quite a number of times, and there was no more stock left for my size (5). See this is one of the reasons why I can’t buy any good shoes because once I like something, it is usually too worn out to be bought and stores don’t usually keep another pair of size 5 shoes! Despite my OC tendencies, I bought the pair and couldn’t be any happier!

Let’s talk about this bag for moment. It is stylish, sturdy, and you can basically shove all of your stuff inside. I even put my paperworks in there together with my make up bag, planner, and my other purchases.

Lastly, the skirt I’m wearing is only 250 pesos. Yes 250 pesos. When I read that this shop sold midi skirts for that price I knew I had to buy two! As you know, I personally prefer wearing midi/full circle skirts because it’s length are longer than skater skirts and I am on my road to modesty so I said goodbye to my skater skirts and said hello to midi skirts! So if you’re looking for midi skirts at a very reasonable price, then click on below to see where you can get them!

Let me know if you like this ensemble!

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Blouse | Philosophy Woman

Skirt | Taffie Shop

Shoes | Mario D’ Boro

Bag | True Color Shop

Great Finds

I started blogging so I can share to my readers where they can buy fashionable but affordable finds. And I am so excited to share to you that after buying from a lot of online shops, I have found a fairly new one that sells the most affordable skirts in the city of Cagayan de Oro! For my CDO readers, you don’t have to spend money on shipping fees, you just have to do meet ups to get your items! My maxi skirt is only for 300 pesos flat, no additional shipping or money transfer fees. How amazing is that?! Scroll down for a link to the shop!

I have been starting to collect black and white  pieces of clothing so it could go with anything I have in my closet. Maxi skirt + Monochrome color + Affordable = BUY NOW .

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I got my top during a Women’s Month sale and I fell in love with its color and fabric, as well as the SALE mark on its price tag. You know me, I couldn’t pass off a SALE item. IMG_9945

And my bracelet is originally a 100 peso necklace from WAGW that I used as an arm accessory.

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Hope you like it!

Blouse | Maldita

Skirt | Chick Flick

Bracelet | What A Girl Wants

Ballet Flats | Spruce

Bag | Crissa

Mother knows best

I’m singing to Tangled’s “Motheeeeeeeeer Knows Best” song by Mother Gothel. Haha.So once upon a shopping spree, my mom got this dress off a SALE rack. I loved the style and color so I placed it on the cart without trying it on cause we were in a hurry. My mom usually dreads going shopping with me cause I tend to put a lot of things on the cart, but on my defense, I only get on-sale pieces. HAHA. When I take my OOTD pictures, she laughs and asks why I have to post such things, but I know she supports me in my crazy shopping sprees and awkward photos especially when I explained to her about my quest for affordable modest clothes. She’s not a shopaholic and prefers simple clothes so I’m really glad that she got this awesome find for me. I’m so thankful for a mom who supports me !

I wore this dress today when I did errands for my cupcake business, a coffee date with the boyfriend, a meeting with my business partner. Today is a very productive day and I’m so glad I wore this comfortable yet classy outfit that can go from errands to business meeting to date night. :)

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My mom shares my SALE craze so she knows that buying this dress at 50% off was such a great deal. Imagine, we got this for only 500 pesos. My mom only buys clothes from SM Department store because of the variety and affordable price tag. That is why almost every post I have includes a piece from SM Girls Teen Wear or SM Ladies Fashion or SM Shoes and Bags or SM Accessories.

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When you look closer to the dress, you can see that it is not plain violet but has black lines all over. Details are amazing.Image

It comes with a free belt too!

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There you go! Hope you like it!

Dress | Paperdolls from SM Ladies Fashion

A Lifestyle of Serving

Last week’s messages posed a challenge for us Believers. What then should we do after the World Missions Conference? Do we just write down the sermon on our notebooks and let it stay there without applying it to our lives?

Today, we are reminded that our responsibility does not end here,it is in fact, only the beginning. Pastor Jerusalem Medel of Gospel Light Baptist Church preached about how we, as Christians should be the light of this world. We, should not be contented on being mere spectators only and letting others serve, because each and every one of us is called to serve.

The verse today is from Isaiah 6:1-8. Verse 8 has been my life verse , and yet I know in my heart that I have not been following what my life verse has been saying.

8 Also I heard the voice of the Lord, saying, Whom shall I send, and who will go for us? Then said I, Here am I; send me.

The last phrase is what struck me, that is why  chose this verse to be my life verse because I want myself to be willing and ready for God’s use. Today, I am reminded that giving yourself for God’s service is a joyful and blessed task every believer must follow. Keep in mind that the goal of Christian life is to serve God with first rate or excellent service. He deserves only the best.

I. God calls us to serve Him

 v 8 Here am I; send me.

I admit, I myself sometimes am a passive Christian, going to church and leaving without a goal. This should not be the case. Thankfully, the Lord Himself rescued me from that hole and allowed me to have a deeper relationship with Him.

In the book of Isaiah, we find that after the King Uzziah died, the prophet Isaiah was uncertain of what will happen to Him, but he freely gave Himself for the Master’s use. God uses human beings to accomplish His tasks. Just like the prophet, you and I can be used by God if we are willing to let Him. 

II. Saved people are to do good works

We are not saved because we do good works, we do good works because we are saved.

Ephesians 2:8-10

8 For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God:

9 Not of works, lest any man should boast.

10 For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus unto good works, which God hath before ordained that we should walk in them.

Verses 8 and 9 speaks about salvation, that it is only by the grace of God through our faith are we able to have eternal life. Thus, dear friend, if you are reading this and thinking that good works will save you, let me help you by telling you that only Jesus Christ can.

Verse 10 speaks to the saved people, the Christians that we are His workmanship, handcrafted by God for a special specific purpose and prepared in advance for the service. Every one of us is given the opportunity to serve Him. You may be a Sunday School teacher, a choir member, an instrumentalist, a youth director, a good cook, all of us can be used for Him. We don’t have to have the same talent as the others have for the sake of uniformity, instead, unity for Him is what is needed. Let us be warned that if we serve so we can be like other people, we will only end up living an unfulfilled life. Instead, do your service for the glory of God alone.

III. Working for God is Evidence of Faithfulness

I Peter 4:10-11

10 As every man hath received the gift, even so minister the same one to another, as good stewards of the manifold grace of God.

11 If any man speak, let him speak as the oracles of God; if any man minister, let him do it as of the ability which God giveth: that God in all things may be glorified through Jesus Christ, to whom be praise and dominion for ever and ever. Amen.

If you are like me who grew up in a Christian home, you would think that you are included in the service your parents do for God . But the preacher warns us that service is not a package deal. It is done individually. In verse 10 we see that God gave each of us spiritual gifts which is unique from each other and this is what we should use for His work. In verse 11 we see that some are speakers, and some are ministers and both are needed for the ministry in the local church. Your gift may be preaching, thus you can be a Preacher, or teaching and be a Sunday School teacher, or the gift of music to help in the music ministry, or the gift of cooking to help in church events. Together, our spiritual gifts will help the church grow and spread the Gospel.

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IV. God’s Kingdom Should Come First

Matthew 6:33

33 But seek ye first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you

When serving God , one could not help but question what he should prioritize: God’s work or his family’s needs? We find in the Bible that God used ordinary people to serve alongside Him as His disciples. These ordinary people have needs too and are not exempted from the concerns of life. But we see that they followed God and all their needs were provided for, with added blessings of course. God is concerned about the quality of life of His followers, but not on earthly terms. He promises to proect and bless those who commit to make His Kingdom and His righteousness their priority and He will provide their needs. Have you ever experienced so much blessings because you put God first? I know I have, countless times.

Just like a caterpillar turning into a butterfly, we cannot reverse the process of turning away from our sinful lifestyle to following Christ. The transformation is is impossible to undo. Once we are saved, we are ALWAYS saved. There is no turning back, thus we must live the life like that of a butterfly, no longer desiring sin but desiring the works of our Savior.

The challenge for us is to not to live a life like that of a caterpillar for a sinful life is a frustrating one. Instead, let us live and serve only for our King, and all things will be added unto us.

Photo Credits: http://firstbaptistcramerton.com/serving-god.php

Bee

This is an outfit inspired by my favorite insect: BEES! Let me hear you say “Black and Yellow. Black and Yellow!”

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Of course I would not wear black and yellow stripes so I chose the classic black and white tandem and added a plain yellow skirtt. I bought this pullover for only 230 pesos at Dress Me Up CDO, an online shop in my own city.  Stripes are a must-have in my closet,  so when I saw a pullover with stripes design, I knew I had to buy it immediately. And for only 230 pesos? That, dear reader, is comfort and style at a low price. :)

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You’ve seen this skirt in my previous blog already but it’s so cute, I had to wear it again. The chiffon fabric with uneven cuts make it more comfortable and unique than any other skater skirts you see these days.

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There you go! Hope you like it!

Pullover | Dress Me Up CDO

Skirt | Betty from SM GTW

Ballet Flats | Spruce

Bag | True Color Shop

World Evangelism

God has used this Missions Conference to bless so many hearts. Now that it has ended, it is now our challenge to apply all that we have learned. These are excerpts of the message during the Sunday Morning Service and focuses on World Evangelism.

The book of Romans is the greatest book in the Bible when it comes to Missions. We find in Romans 15:18-24 that the Apostle Paul’s desire is to bring to Spain the Gospel in the same way that he did in the 20 years he spent at Jerusalem, in Corinth, in Rome and all the other cities he ministered to.

18 For I will not dare to speak of any of those things which Christ hath not wrought by me, to make the Gentiles obedient, by word and deed,

19 Through mighty signs and wonders, by the power of the Spirit of God; so that from Jerusalem, and round about unto Illyricum, I have fully preached the gospel of Christ.

20 Yea, so have I strived to preach the gospel, not where Christ was named, lest I should build upon another man’s foundation:

21 But as it is written, To whom he was not spoken of, they shall see: and they that have not heard shall understand.

22 For which cause also I have been much hindered from coming to you.

23 But now having no more place in these parts, and having a great desire these many years to come unto you;

24 Whensoever I take my journey into Spain, I will come to you: for I trust to see you in my journey, and to be brought on my way thitherward by you, if first I be somewhat filled with your company.

I . The Power of World Evangelism – The Holy Spirit
In the mission field, money does not equal success, education too does not equal success, as well as physical well-being and size. We know that Paul was the greatest missionary after, of course , Jesus himself. Paul reached multitudes to the Lord. He was probably a good-looking dynamic speaker. But Scholars of the Bible have studied and found that the Apostle Paul was probably a short , bald man with problems in hearing and speech. How then could Paul bring so many people to Christ? It is because your physical appearance won’t lead others to Him. It is only by the power of the Holy Spirit

Romans 15:19

19 Through mighty signs and wonders, by the power of the Spirit of God; so that from Jerusalem, and round about unto Illyricum, I have fully preached the gospel of Christ.

II. The Preaching of World Evangelism – The Gospel of Jesus Christ
There is only one message we are to tell the world, it is the Gospel Of Jesus Christ. It is clearly stated in v19 . Plain and simple. Black and white.  Are we gonna share other messages apart from what He commanded us to? No. Let us stick to the Gospel because nothing else can save us.

19 Through mighty signs and wonders, by the power of the Spirit of God; so that from Jerusalem, and round about unto Illyricum, I have fully preached the gospel of Christ.

III. The Principle of World Evangelism - Go

Go to those who do not know Christ. The speaker challenges us to go and support missionaries in the Foreign land. The local Filipino missionaries are of equal importance to our hearts yet we know that every single Filipino has already heard about the name of Jesus Christ. There are churches everywhere, in every town and city. Yet there are foreign countries like Thailand, Cambodia, Sri Langka, who have never heard of the name of Jesus Christ. When you ask them “Have you heard of Jesus Christs?”, some may respond “No. Is that a soft drink?” . You see the great need for missionaries in the foreign field? We Filipinos hear of Jesus Christ everyday yet there are some countries who are dying everyday without Jesus in their lives.

20 Yea, so have I strived to preach the gospel, not where Christ was named, lest I should build upon another man’s foundation:

IV. The Problem of World Evangelism - too much work, not enough workers
We read in Romans 15:22 that Paul has been desiring to go to Rome but it took a while before he finally got to leave. Perhaps because he needed a worker to help him.

22 For which cause also I have been much hindered from coming to you.

23 But now having no more place in these parts, and having a great desire these many years to come unto you;

There is so much to do! The harvest truly is plentious but the the laborers are few!  Children of God, we may not go to the field ourselves but here in our cities we can give out tracts, invite our unsaved loved ones, and bear fruit in Christ. This may be something very easy to say but the Lord requires sacrifice and denial of self in order for one to work for His cause.

V. The Plan for World Evangelism – Support

In verse 25 of Romans 15 we find that Paul asked the church to support him in his mission work to reach the people of Spain who have never heard of the Savior.

24 Whensoever I take my journey into Spain, I will come to you: for I trust to see you in my journey, and to be brought on my way thitherward by you, if first I be somewhat filled with your company.

You see in the bold words that Paul asked for the church to support him. This is what we ought to do too.

Those who will not go to the mission field, MUST support those who will go. We must hold the rope for the missionaries. If we pray and give for the spreading of the Gospel, not only do we bring another soul to God’s feet, we also reap blessings because of our faithfulness.

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Sunday’s Best

Out of sheer impulsivity, I started a photo challenge on Instagram. I have started lots of photo challenges but never finished any. Especially since the first challenge is always a selfie. And I think selfies and I aren’t really compatible. My face doesn’t seem to cooperate with the camera and when I see my picture,I always ask myself “What?  My face looked like that this whole time?”  haha. I’m kidding. I don’t know, maybe I’m just not the one for close ups. I prefer OOTD shots where the camera doesn’t focus on my face. And it’s a good thing cause today’s photochallenge is OOTD! Yes I’m on Number 2 because today is March 2. Number genius alert. This is the Photo Challenge I saw on Instagram. And yes I could have chosen a more attractive and non -pixelated picture but I like to cheer for the underdogs.

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I love that the OOTD challenge fell on a Sunday because I make it a point to wear my best every Sunday. And I think that everyone else should too. To be honest I feel happy every Sunday when I go out and see the people everywhere making an effort to wear something nice when they go to church whatever their faith must be but I see how people give importance to this day. Why should you wear your best on Sunday though? Think of it this way, if you go out to meet Queen Elizabeth, wouldn’t you wear your most precious pieces of clothing? Wouldn’t you make an effort to look presentable and please an important person because of the way you dress? If we wear our best on meetings, on parties, on interviews, why can’t we wear our best when we go to worship the Lord? He is the King of Kings after all! It is our duty to wear our best modest worship attire on Sundays because during that day, we , as a church come together to present ourselves to the Lord of lords, you would not want Him to see you in shorts and flip flops.

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Sorry for the low quality pictures, these were supposed to be taken only for Instagram purposes but then decided to go ahead and blog about it. I hope you had a blessed Sunday! I am blessed beyond measure today as the Missions Conference culminated. I will post the messages for today in a while! :>

Dress | Crissa