Waffles + DTA Turns 5 + Discount Code

Happy Friday! Does anyone else ever feel like the shortest weeks seem the longest?

Today I want to talk to you about waffle…cardigans! Downtown Allie has a great supply of these closet staples.

long waffle cardigan / henley tank / YMI jeggings / fedora (exact, similar) / booties (similar)

If you’re like me, and wishing for fall, a waffle cardigan is a great layer to add over your outfit, yet it won’t be as thick as winter sweater.

Additionally, Downtown Allie is having 5th anniversary on Saturday. There will be new arrivals, giveaways, and the first ten customers get a Downtown Allie gift card! Now that sounds like a good time.

If you’d like to visit her shop, you can use the code SARAH15 to get 15% off your purchase. My code works for her website, too.

Happy birthday, Downtown Allie!

Sarah

Life Lessons from Women in the Bible: Eve

Hi, all!

Last week, I did a few polls on Instagram about what kind of content you’d like to see from me. When I asked if posts about lessons we can learn from women in the Bible would be interesting, 100% of voters said, “Yes,” so here were are.

I recently started teaching the women’s Sunday School class at church, and we’re going through an in-depth study of women from the Bible. Eve was the first on that list.

If you’re unfamiliar with her story, Eve, and her husband, Adam, were the first people God created. They lived in the Garden of Eden, and everything was perfect. Then, a serpent, which was Satan incarnate, tempted Eve to eat fruit from the tree of knowledge of good and evil. This was the only thing God had warned her and Adam against.

Unfortunately, Eve gave into temptation, and Adam ate the fruit, too. With that “simple” act, sin entered the world.

Here are four lessons we can learn from Eve:

Satan told Eve that, when she ate from the tree of knowledge of good and evil, her eyes would be open, and she would be like God. He wasn’t lying about the first part; her eyes were opened. She realized that she was naked and felt shame. The lie was that she would be like God. No one is like Him.

We must be careful of believing half truths because essentially, they’re still lies. We might try to claim ignorance, but each of us is born with a basic understanding of right and wrong.

After Adam and Eve ate the fruit, and their eyes were opened, God came walking in the garden. They hid and covered themselves with leaves. When God found them, even though He knew what they’d done, He still gave them a chance to explain. What did Adam and Eve do? Adam blamed God and Eve, and she blamed the serpent.

When we sin, no one is to blame but ourselves. We must each stand accountable for our own wrongs. Remember, when we point a finger at someone else, there are three more pointing right back at us.

Adam, Eve, and the serpent (Satan) each received a curse as a result of their sin. Adam would have to work the land. Eve would experience pain in child birth. The serpent would crawl on his belly and would have his head crushed by man.

When we sin, we have to live with the repercussions. Even if it seems like we’re getting away with it, someone always finds out. Additionally, sometimes those consequences are long-lasting, and they usually affect others.

Yes, Eve messed up big time, but God is merciful and offered her [and Adam] redemption. They were allowed to continue living. They were able to have children. No, their lives were no longer perfect, but God showed them grace.

We are imperfect people and sin. That’s just the way it is. However, God offers redemption to us; His name is Jesus Christ. If we ask Jesus into our hearts, and believe in Him, we can have eternal life in heaven. That’s the ultimate redemption.

I hope you’ve learned as much from Eve as I have.

Sarah

How I Started Consistently Working Out

Happy Monday, everyone! If you’re off for Labor Day, I hope you’re enjoying it!

I’m coming to you today with a slightly different post than my usual material and that is how I started consistently working out.

When COVID-19 really started impacting our area in March, and schools closed, I suddenly had more free time than ever before. Like everyone, I went through various stages during quarantine, but one of those stages that stuck was exercising.

Let me preface this by saying that I’m not a fitness expert, but I am a creature of routine, so I want to explain some things that helped me, in the hopes that it’ll encourage you.

  1. Have an attainable goal. Everyone’s body is different; therefore, everyone’s fitness journey is different. By having a goal in mind, this will allow you to better tailor your workouts to those needs. In April, I made a goal to workout out 5 days a week. My objective was not to lose weight but to simply move my body. By having a goal that I can actually achieve, and by keeping track of my progress, it’s easier to stay motivated.

2. Lay your clothes out the night before. Since school started back, and my wake up time has gotten a lot earlier, I’ve discovered that the less effort I have to put into preparing to workout in the mornings, the better. Yes, I lay in bed for a few minutes when my alarm goes off, but when I do get up, my clothes and shoes are waiting for me.

3. Change up your workouts. If you do the same thing every day, the chances of getting burned out increases. Since I started this journey, I’ve gone through phases where I’ve run, done yoga, completed dance workout videos, and worked on strength training. YouTube is a treasure chest of workout videos. Find some that work for you, and don’t be afraid to try something new. This is my current favorite fitness channel.

leopard tank (similar, similar) / shorts / Nike Renew Run shoes

4. Show yourself grace. As previously stated, we’re all at a different point on our fitness journey. Even if you have goals, sometimes life happens. If you get off track, that’s totally fine! Just get back on when you’re ready.

5. Involve others. I told Daniel early on about my goals, and he was very supportive of them. Sometimes, he, Isaac, and I will go for walks on the weekends, which is great family time, yet counts toward my exercising goals. With social media and interactive fitness equipment, it’s also easy to join communities and have that accountability that we all seem to need.

6. Starting is the hardest part, but you’ll be so glad when you do! My friend, Emily, has a blog called Joy in the Light, and she likes to say, “Nothing changes if nothing changes.” She is absolutely right! Once you get into a routine, whether it’s exercising five days a week or two, the more you do it the easier it’ll be. Then, when you do see those positive changes in your body, and others do, too, you’ll be motivated to keep on moving forward (pun intended).

7. Have fun! The only wrong way to exercise is to not exercise. Find what works for you and what you enjoy doing. During the summer, I enjoyed running, but over time, it got less fun, so I stopped. Right, now I’m enjoying strength training because I like the definition that is appearing, as a result. I also recommend having something to listen to as you workout. I have an Audible account and enjoy listening to audiobooks, and these bluetooth headphones have been a game changer. Maybe you’re interested in podcasts or simply listening to music. I’ve discovered that if I can occupy my mind with something besides working out, the process is more enjoyable.

I hope this motivates you to move your body today! Let me know if you have any other tips.

Sarah

Leopard Set from Downtown Allie + Discount Code

Happy Labor Day weekend! I hope you’re getting a chance to relax and spend time with your family.

Today I want to talk to you about one of my favorite local boutiques: Downtown Allie.

leopard set

Allie and I graduated high school together, so I’ve known her for a long time. She has the sweetest soul, and her shop is so cute.

Each week, she receives new arrivals and does a Facebook Live, showing those items. This allows potential customers to check out her stock, so they have an idea of what’s coming to her store and website.

Another thing I admire about Allie is that she’s a hustler and pursued her dream of opening a store. She started by selling clothes out of the trunk of her vehicle and with the support of customers, now has a successful storefront and website.

denim jacket (similar) / top

I recently picked up this leopard set, and it is so comfortable! One thing I like about sets is that you can mix and match the pieces with other items in your closet. Also, if leopard sets aren’t your thing, here are a few more leopard items in her shop.

necklace (similar) / mustard skirt (similar) / bracelets

It’s so important to support small businesses like Downtown Allie because it takes support to remain open, especially in a small town like ours. If you’d like to check out her site, or visit her store, you can use the code SARAH15 to get 15% off your purchase.

Happy shopping!

Sarah

The Most Classy Dresses

Anyone who knows me, knows that I love dresses. They’re a one and done outfit, so what’s not to like? There are more styles available today than ever before, and a few months ago, I found a brand that checks every box on my dress dream list: The MW Anywhere Collection.

These dresses are comfortable, mom-friendly, and can be dressed up or down. Over the last few months, I’ve snagged a few when they were on sale.

MW Anywhere Tie Sleeve Dress in Gingham

This gingham one is my absolute favorite! I love the classic print, the tie sleeves, the pockets, and the removable belt. Not to mention, it’s a great length, and at the risk of sounding like Goldilocks, it’s not too long and not too short.

The MW Anywhere Collection also has other styles and lengths, including some that are nursing friendly. Finding dresses that I could nurse in was a challenge when I was going through that stage with Isaac, but these dresses alleviate those issues. I wish I’d had the olive and gray dresses back then.

Right now, The MW Anywhere Collection is having a 50% off sale on all of their summer dresses. This would be a great time to purchase one because I can attest that these are quality pieces suitable for all body types.

Have a great day!

Sarah

You Are Altogether Beautiful, My Darling

Hi, everyone! I hope you’re all having a good week and doing well!

Today I want to talk about one of my favorite Bible verses. It’s Song of Solomon 4:7, “You are altogether beautiful, my darling; there is no flaw in you.” While this verse doesn’t mean that we’re perfect, it does mean that God created us wonderfully unique. There is no one on Earth just like you or just like me. Even if you’re a twin, I guarantee there are plenty of differences that set you and your sibling(s) apart.

With social media, the world’s definition of “beauty” gets thrust in our faces on a daily basis. It’s so easy to play the comparison game, and think, “I’m not as beautiful as her because my clothes aren’t the latest trend,” “I’m not as beautiful as her because my house doesn’t look like it’s out of a magazine,” “Her relationships are so amazing because she’s beautiful,” “My body doesn’t look like that; no one will think I’m as beautiful as she is.”

I have fallen into this trap, too, but I want you to remember something: “You are altogether beautiful my darling; there is no flaw in you.” All Scripture is God-breathed, meaning He inspired every word. God created you and considers all of His creations beautiful.

Maybe you’re a mom, and your body doesn’t look like it used to. “You are altogether beautiful my darling; there is no flaw in you.” Your body is incredible! It conceived, carried, and birthed a human (or multiple ones)! This is an amazing feat that half the world (men) can’t do.

Maybe you’re battling cancer and have lost your hair due to treatments. “You are altogether beautiful my darling; there is no flaw in you.” You are fighting for your life everyday. The strength within you is astounding, and I admire you greatly!

Maybe you have a few more gray hairs and fine lines than you used to. “You are altogether beautiful my darling; there is no flaw in you.” You’ve lived long enough to have gray hairs, which is a privilege denied to many. Think about all of the experiences you’ve been through to get to this point!

Maybe your husband doesn’t look at you like he used to and your marriage is on shaky ground. “You are altogether beautiful my darling; there is no flaw in you.” Marriage is hard! Trust me, I know, but it’s worth fighting for! Also remember, you’re worthy of love, and if God is at the center of your marriage, you’ll make it through.

Maybe you feel like your body’s too big or too thin. “You are altogether beautiful my darling; there is no flaw in you.” Remember, God made you special, and while it’s important to take care of your body, everyone’s at a different point on that journey. Show yourself grace as you work toward your goals.

Maybe you’re a teenager and your skin is blemished or your body is going through uncomfortable changes. “You are altogether beautiful my darling; there is no flaw in you.” You’re not meant to look like all the other girls in the hallways. I guarantee that they have their own insecurities. Being a teenager is tough, especially in today’s world, but high school is only a moment in your life, and things get better!

I just want to end today’s post by reminding you, “You are altogether beautiful my darling; there is no flaw in you.” However, don’t let appearances deceive you; beauty starts from within. If our hearts aren’t right, then it doesn’t matter how “beautiful” we look on the outside. 1 Samuel 16:7 says, “…The Lord does not look at the things people look at. People look at the outward appearance, but the Lord looks at the heart.” God is not only our Creator, He also wants to be our Savior. By asking Jesus to be the Lord of your life, not only are you promised eternity with Him, but He will also create a pure, beautiful heart within you, that will spill out for others to see.

I hope you have a beautiful day.

Sarah

Transitional Fall Capsule Wardrobe

Happy Saturday, ladies! We finally made it to the weekend, and I’m here for it!

The phrase “capsule wardrobe” has gained momentum over the last few years. If you’re unfamiliar with this concept, it’s when a handful of clothing items is mixed and matched in as many ways as possible.

I put together my own 21 piece capsule wardrobe (with items already in my closet) and created 75 outfits using only those pieces. Yes, 75 outfits! Here’s a list of those items:

I took one “focal” piece, such as a dress or a pair of pants, and used everything else to style as many looks as possible. I was honestly surprised on how many different outfits came out of this process!

dress (The navy is sold out, but this gray one is cute, too.) / denim jacket (similar) / white sneakers

My goal with this capsule wardrobe was to use pieces that would work now when it’s blazing hot and later as fall arrives. By incorporating jackets, cardigans, and scarves, achieving this was easy.

olive jeggings (similar) / leopard scarf / striped top (similar)

Additionally, one thing you’ll learn about me is that I like to shop at inexpensive places, particularly Walmart and Amazon. Marshall’s and T.J. Maxx are also great places to look to find name brand clothing (if that’s your thing) for affordable prices.

dress / booties (similar) / Nike cap

Also, I’m definitely not telling you to go out and buy everything in my capsule wardrobe because chances are, you already have some of these pieces. “Shopping” in your own closet can produce some valuable finds!

leopard top / burgundy cardigan (similar) /  cream cardigan / black jeggings (similar)

olive jacket (similar) / fedora (similar) / cream scarf (similar) / cream tank (similar) / leopard flats

I hope that this post will inspire you to utilize what’s already in your closet. Let me know which look or piece is your favorite.

Sarah

Let’s Do This!

white dress / statement earrings

Hi, everyone! My name is Sarah Holt, and I’m so glad you stopped by my blog. This is an endeavor I’ve wanted to embark on for a while, and after receiving encouragement from various places, here we are!

floral dress (use SARAH15 to get 15% off purchase)

My husband, Daniel, and I have been married for almost five years. He is a full time pastor and a talented musician. I constantly tell him how many wrinkles I’ve gotten, since we got married, but fortunately those fine lines are due to constant smiling, so I “wear” them with pride.

floral dress

Our son, Isaac, is almost two, which is hard to believe. Our inspiration behind his name comes from the Bible. Isaac was Sarah’s son, so it was fitting for us. He is “all boy” as they say and constantly keeps us on our toes. We wouldn’t have it any other way, though!

I want my blog to be an encouraging and inspiring place for women. That seems to be a notion the world has forgotten and social media hasn’t helped matters. As a Christian and high school English teacher, I believe part of my job is to lift others up. Whether that’s telling my teenage students that they are valued and loved or helping other Christians fight through spiritual warfare, that’s what I want this site to be about.

leopard top / black shorts (similar) / nude heels / pearl headband / burgundy cardigan (similar) / cream cardigan / olive jeggings (similar) / olive jacket (similar) / black jeggings (similar)

Finally, I have a passion for fashion and believe it’s important to keep it classy when getting dressed, hence the name of my blog. I want women to know that they don’t have to show skin or keep up with the latest trends to feel beautiful. The Lord made each of us wonderfully unique, and I want to remind women of that. I also hope to offer affordable outfit inspiration and help others be the best versions of themselves, both inside and outside.

Thank you for stopping by my blog. I’m excited to see where this adventure leads!

Sarah