Faith & Fashion by Ruthie Ridley

 

Ruthie and I are more excited about this collaboration than you’ll ever know…like, if 2017 wasn’t off to such a full throttle start, I maaaay not have been able to sleep last night for sheer first-day-of-school-feels. Good thing I’m living for my next sleep already, so that wasn’t a problem! :) Needless to say, I’m thrilled to have Ruthie share her heart full of faith and fashion on today’s post. We’re trading spaces, so head here to read my perspective!

Shop the post:

RUTHIE'S LOOK - Dress: Charlotte Russe | Boots: ASOS (30% off) | Bag: Marshall's

JESSICA'S LOOK - Sequin Top: ASOS | Shift Dress: similar here | Tights: ASOS | Over-the-knee Boots: Nordstrom Rack (60% off) | Lip Color: Tarte Moody

What is faith?! This Scripture sums it up so well for me and I have to remind myself of my core beliefs through this verse often: "Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen." (Hebrews 11:1) So many times in my life, I’ve had to rely on my faith to get me through difficult seasons, provide me hope even when I don’t have an answer. Countless times I’ve not seen the fruit of what I’m believing for or needing right away, but then I remember… “The evidence of things not seen.” God is faithful.

A person's belief system is built off of experience. My experience with God is this: He will always come through for me. It is almost NEVER the way I anticipate or expect, but He comes through in His way and in His timing. A Scripture that reminds me of this truth is this one: "My thoughts are nothing like your thoughts," says the Lord. "And My ways are far beyond anything you could imagine." (Isaiah 55:8) My relationship with God has become an issue of trust. Every day, every hour, and every season, I have to ask myself these questions honestly: "Do I believe that you are good? Do I believe that you are going to do what you say you will in your Word? Do I believe that you are faithful?" I have not mastered the art of zero fear, anxiety and restlessness, but I know that I am not looking back…I continue to choose Him even when I don't understand and I can't see two feet in front of me! Faith is a choice and a daily decision. It is what enlarges our hearts toward God and causes us to believe more and more.

On to a lighter topic, shall we?! Fashion. Fashion makes me happy…it brings me joy. I know that sounds totally crazy, but I get excited when I see a beautiful piece, gorgeous design, a nice print, cool shoes, outlandish tights and so on! Just about anything in the fashion world gets my wheels turning. I think what I love the most about fashion is that there are really no rules. What you think is cool is cool! What you don't think works doesn't have to work for you! Fashion has become a form of expression to me. I know that when I put something on, I am making a statement…I am saying something. Sometimes what I'm saying with what I wear is loud and sometimes it's quiet…but it’s a statement either way. You can make a statement in something as simple and as small as a pair of earrings or a lipstick shade, and the rest your outfit could be completely "plain."

Fashion is an art and it is a form of creativity that is always changing and evolving. It is a space where people can learn from one another and appreciate each other's tastes. I love that. Here are a few fashion bloggers that I look up to you quite a bit! You will notice that each of their styles are very different from one another but I still love their sense of style.

Happily Grey, www.happilygrey.com

Sincerely Jules, http://sincerelyjules.com

Amberfillerup, http://www.barefootblonde.com


The Pin from our Pinterest board that drove our inspiration for these looks: http://patterncurator.org

Thank you for letting me hang out in Jessica's space today! We had such a great time shooting these looks and planning it all out! We spent a few months on Pinterest adding pins to a board to get our creative juices flowing! Here you see the final product!

Stay tuned, because Jessica and I have one more really fun look coming next week that is all about the pantone colors for 2017! You do not want to miss this post! Until then, I would love to hear YOUR thoughts on faith and fashion!

Happy Monday and have an amazing week!

Ruthie

Faith, FashionJessica Sheppard