Wednesday, November 27, 2013

Thanksgiving

Thanksgiving



    Psalm 107:1
    "O GIVE thanks unto the LORD, for he is good; for his mercy endureth forever." (KJV)
    1 Chronicles 29:11-13
    "Yours, O LORD, is the greatness and the power
    and the glory and the majesty and the splendor,
    for everything in heaven and earth is yours.
    Yours, O LORD, is the kingdom;
    you are exalted as head over all. Wealth and honor come from you;
    you are the ruler of all things.
    In your hands are strength and power
    to exalt and give strength to all. Now, our God, we give you thanks,
    and praise your glorious name." (KJV)



    It's time to give God thanks for all he has done in our lives and even if you have been through more "downs" than "ups," you will find out that God has been and is still faithful in your life. All you have to do is; "COUNT YOUR BLESSINGS."


                                                         Beauty Ojo

Friday, November 22, 2013

Give me Green...

Scarf & Tee: Target
Pants: Loft
Jacket: Old
Shoes: DSW
Purse: Aldo



I fell in love with the color green lately and it really just makes me feel happy. Of course green symbolizes life and growth. There was a couple of sunny days last week and the temperature was not too cold and on this particular day, I stepped out without a jacket but had my comfortable green scarf around my neck for warmth.

It's not too late to give donations to the typhoon victims in the Philippines and the hurricane victims in Washington county in Illinois and never, never too late to  offer prayers.
Thanks so much for stopping by and do have a wonderful weekend.



Beauty Ojo

Saturday, November 16, 2013

Not even a bottle of Water...

Jacket: Old
Black tee: Victoriassecret.com
Pants: Calvin Klein via T. J. Maxx
Purse: Aldo
Shoes: Old

 
 I found these pictures in my folder today and I remember the day I took them; it was some time in the summer and a very hot day. For some reason, I couldn't let go of my water bottle in the first few shots and I think I actually forgot that I had it with me. I never really thought of the pictures since then and when I stumbled upon the pictures again today, I stared at the bottle of water in my hand and almost had tears in my eyes. I felt touched in my spirit knowing that somewhere, some place, some people do not even have clean fresh water to drink not to mention having a good meal to eat...





It's been a very quiet and somber week with the news of Typhoon Haiyan that hit the Philippines almost two weeks ago. The devastation and destruction was of such high magnitude that it's so difficult to grasp. The images and interviews about it have been so hard to view and comprehend and it kind of reminds me about Job's story in the bible. The book of Job in the bible tells us about a very righteous man named Job who was so rich and influential but lost everything he had in one day. Also, he was afflicted with a great chronic illness to the extent that he cursed the day he was born. His situation can be compared to that of the families in Philippines who lost everything in one day. Where do you begin to comfort people like that when you encounter them? What do you even say to console such people who have been devastated? How much can you give to them to take them back to their original state or even make them better off than they were? Can millions of dollars bring back loved ones who died in the typhoon? "Definitely not!" However, I am not saying we should not give to such people or give them counseling. I haven't given yet but I am preparing myself to give and have started researching the best organization or group to give to. For now I think the Red-Cross is one of the best organizations out there to donate to.

Now, to give a conclusion on this matter. Job in the bible was redeemed when he refused to curse God despite his devastation and actually held unto his confession of God as the almighty. At the end, God saw how faithful Job was and blessed him so much that his misfortune was totally forgotten at the end of the day. Job 42: 15-17. So, in addition to the giving and the counseling, let's take a moment to pray for the people of Philippines. Let's pray for God's grace to abound in that country so that people would be saved and feel the peace that only God can give. The kind of peace that comes with knowing that nothing in this life really matters; family, material possession, education...etc. The only thing that counts is the state of our soul. When we have God in us, our faith and confession makes us strong in the face of calamity and provides the strength to remain standing and overcome all obstacles.


Thanks so much for stopping by my blog and it's a pleasure to get your opinion or thoughts.


                                                                 Beauty Ojo

Monday, November 11, 2013

Leopard prints, fallen leaves

High-low dress: T. J. Maxx
Tee: Victoriassecret
Shoes: Target


I went to T. J. Maxx a few weeks ago to do some shopping for the kids and as usual, I slowly drifted to the women's department. I told myself I was not going to buy anything; "just taking a look." And then I spotted this cute high-low animal print dress and it was so hard to resist. I knew it was a summer piece and not meant for the cold weather but as you can see, it didn't have to stay in the closet for too long...:)



 I wore it a couple of days ago to lounge in the house and when it was time to go out to a friend's get-together party later in the day, I added accessories to the simple outfit and transitioned it from summer to fall. (I have been loving the color green lately and decided to do a quick home manicure to accentuate the green accessories but ended up with chipped nails...:) Now, I know I got a good deal out of the purchase. It's better to buy clothing pieces that can be worn in several ways than to splurge on one single item that can not be put into versatile use.








                                                                             Tights and Scarf: Target
                                                                              Denim Jacket: Deb (old)
                                                                              Bracelets: Neighborhood Boutique


                           Thanks so much for stopping by and for your sweet and lovely comments.


                                                                           Beauty Ojo




Friday, November 8, 2013

Earlier in the Fall...

Dress: Venus
Shoes: Target
Bracelets: Burlington
Tights: Express







It was sometime at the beginning of Fall; around the beginning of October when I took these pictures. I am always amazed at the color and beauty displayed in nature during the Fall season and this might be the main reason why I just love Fall. Spring is my next favorite season with all that blooming of nature and chirping of birds in the trees.

On this day, the weather was a little chilly outdoors but I was lounging indoors and was not really going anywhere. I wore one of my favorite dresses to lounge in; a purple floral dress I purchased from Venus a couple of years ago. The fabric is so soft and comfy  and I love the mix-match of the patterns in the fabric.

I just wanted to sign in to say hi. Presently, the weather is very cold and we had the first major snowfall of the season a couple of days ago and there is another storm in the forecast for next week. Now, it's the time to rearrange the closet again and thinking about it is really daunting and exciting at the same time.






Thanks so much for stopping by and do have a very beautiful and great weekend.


Beauty Ojo






Wednesday, November 6, 2013

Fall Chic..

Monday, November 4, 2013

Busy


It was a breezy, sunny day last week and there was a little chill in the air. It was just the right temperature for taking a walk or walking a dog only if I owned one...:) I stared through the window at the beautiful colors of fall displayed in the trees and the shrubs and I thought "how busy, yet beautiful." There were greens, browns, orange, wine; each color competing to be the finest and together all turning out to make this beautiful fall scenery. I took a cue and layered myself in a busy outfit; a black and white assemble accessorized with a colorful scarf I recently got from Wal-Mart. Over my white graphic tee, I threw on a grid jacket; a mixture of trends. It was indeed a busy outfit but it put a smile on my face.

Fashion aside; at this time of the year, everyone is so busy caught in the festivities and holidays and shopping that there is hardly any time spent on the reflection of what is most important. Halloween just ended and the stores are already stocking up for thanksgiving and black Friday sales, Then Christmas and New-year are just around the corner. The Christmas list is getting longer and longer and the check-out lines at the stores are getting a little crazy as each day comes.

I am taking some time to reflect and slowing things down a bit. For me, this season is not just all about getting the best deals or making that perfect dinner or planning the perfect party. It's about appreciation for God, life, family and friends and taking some time out of  my busy schedule to tell someone how much they are loved and appreciated.











Jacket: Thrifted
Graphic tee: Customink.com
Pants: Loft
Clutch: T. J. Maxx
Pumps: Colin Stuart via Victoriassecret.com
Scarf: Wal-Mart





              Thanks so much for stopping by and do have a beautiful and blessed week.




                                                                               Beauty Ojo

Sunday, November 3, 2013

Accessorize Me!

Dress: Chadwicks
Bag: Aldo
Scarf: T. J. Maxx
Bracelets: Target
Shoes: Colin Stuart via Victoriassecret
 










These are some of the pictures I took during the summer and I apologize for the poor quality. I lost my flash drive soon after then found it about a week ago. I am hoping to get a better camera soon.
Accessorizing does make a difference in the  styling of outfits. I used to wear this lime green dress with just black accessories; a black pair of shoes and a black purse. This time I decided to wear my pointed toe cobalt blue shoes and I tied a white and green scarf on  my purse; definitely made the dress more interesting.

                      Thanks so much for stopping by and have a blessed and wonderful Sunday.



                                                                         Beauty Ojo


Saturday, November 2, 2013

Summer Flashback


I attended a friend's wedding during the summer and really had a great time. This wine colored dress was purchased from Venus online store a couple of years ago. The warm color and high quality fabric makes it one of my favorite pieces. Some people get scared and judgmental when they see a pregnant woman in heels but  I'm glad I got none of those funny stares at my friend's wedding. My hubby drove and all I did when I got there was sit down and have a good time; I never danced though...:) I only got up to take a couple of pictures and also made all those endless trips to the bathroom...:) I'm in my last trimester right now and really feeling great. God is good to me and I never fail to thank him for his love and goodness. With thanksgiving just around the corner, let's pause to count all those endless blessings in our lives.









Dress: Venus
Bracelet: Target
Clutch: T. J. Maxx
Shoes: Cupid

I loved the purple and green décor



Thanks so much for stopping by and for your lovely comments; wishing you a great and fulfilled weekend.




                                                                            **Kisses**


                                                                              Beauty Ojo