Kelly Savage | Senior Shoot

Meet Kelly. She's a no frills, no fuss kinda senior. The girl who maybe-possibly-probably-would-have-definitely-never gotten around to senior photos if it weren't for Mom's gentle nudge. :) But she got it knocked out: hair, eyebrows, nails, and glamour shots -- all before noontime. Now that's impressive. In the end, I think she surprised even herself with how much fun she had on our shoot! :) Mission accomplished.

A note from Kelly: "I had such a fun time with Jessica...she made it very relaxing and fun to take pictures that can usually be a stressful experience. Plus, she had an amazing eye for beautiful backgrounds. Thank you SO much, Jessica!"

Much love xo

Jess

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Saturday Q&A

This Easter weekend is quite busy for my family and me, as my dad and I are both serving on the worship team at Gateway Church! One of our favorite places in the whole wide world. :) Our church is having 40 church services across 6 campuses in the DFW metroplex this weekend...can you believe that?! Amazing. I'm SO grateful to play a small part in sharing the Good News of our risen Savior.

Between the Easter festivities, I paused to answer a few shopping and beauty questions from today's look! See below and leave me a comment if you enjoyed this post or have other questions you'd like answered in future Q&A posts. :)


Q: Where did you shop for your outfit?

A:  One of my favorite online stores is ASOS. They have unique pieces I can't always find locally. You can purchase 3-day shipping for a whole year for $12...basically the girliest version of Amazon Prime out there. This longline polo pictured above is on sale for $25! Don't walk, RUN to ASOS to get it while it's good. My fringe earrings are from Anthropologie...find them by clicking HERE!

Shirt: ASOS Longline Polo (ON SALE FOR $25!); Earrings: Anthropologie


Q: What are you listening to?

A: My favorite right now is Hillsong Young and Free's Youth Revival record, but this song is my favorite...today. :)


Q: How did you do your hair?

A: This is my dressy go-to hair style because it's SO easy, but looks glammed up! I washed my hair yesterday (for those of you wondering how long its been :) After it dried, I put it in a high ponytail and curled the pony in 4-5 individual sections (using my faithful Conair styling wand), curling one small section of the ponytail at a time. I bobby-pinned the end of each curled section -- making a loose bun out of the pinned up pieces. I squirted some medium hold hairspray in and kept my hair up in the makeshift bun for about 4 hours (giving it time to bake). I pulled it down, ran my hands through it, recurled a crazy curl or two, and I wah-lah! Last night, I slept on it in a bun, taking it down today and doing the same thing -- shaking it out, recurled a few wild ones, and I was good to go for another day of curled hair! I don't like sticky, heavy hairspray -- I can make my washes last longer with this Kenra flexible hold hairspray (plus, I LOVE the smell) for any final touches.



Q: What lipstick do you have on?

A: I'm wearing  LOREAL Vagabond Mauve today, but I'll have to do a full makeup post soon, because  I've been finding so many wonderful beauty products lately! 


Happy Easter and much love xo

Jess

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Hannah Gooden x Senior Photo Shoot

What a gorgeous senior to share! Spending a week last summer at Johnson Space Center, with her high school program "High School Aerospace Scholars," I'd say this girl's IQ is out of this world. ;) She's graduating in the spring and clearly off to great things. :)

Hannah wanted a few pics with her dog, Jingle, and I'm so glad she did. How cute?!

Much love xo

Jess

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SALE Alert! It's Mint To Be

Not sure what timezone I'm currently living in...can I get back to you on that? :) After only 3 days back in the U.S.A. was Gateway Generate's Night of Worship! I've had heavenly experiences on both sides of the world in a very short amount of time...it's been quite a whirlwind, to say the least, but I wouldn't have it any other way! Since the Night of Worship, I've been catching up on rest and the fashion weeks I've missed out on.

I put together a SALE board for my blog friends...from plaid trends (inspired by NYFW) to fringe booties (that can easily be taken into Spring) -- of course I had to throw in a few draped trench kimonos, cause they're my favorite. Each item on the board is on SALE -- it's like it was *mint to be* -- 😁

Wearing Stila's All Day Liquid Lipstick. << Click here for shopping details!

Much love xo

Jess

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My Favorite Fairytale

As for love stories, my parents' is the BEST. I'm not biased or anything...I'm sure you'll agree. ;) The way God wrote His faithfulness through every detail has always been a wonderful encouragement to me. My mom finally documented the fairy tale testimony on their 35th year of marriage and I thought it'd be fun to share this Valentine's Day. 

Kelly: I had just entered college and was still living with my parents in a small Louisiana town of less than 3,000 people located about an hour outside New Orleans. Living in an out-of-the-way place with virtually no good prospects for a husband (or so I thought) and also the aftermath of a disappointing dating relationship, I told the Lord that I was finished with dating. Never in my wildest dreams could I have imagined what He had waiting for me just around the corner.

I had fallen in love with Tim Sheppard’s music through Christian radio and had all his albums. During my high school and college years, I always attended his concerts any time he was ministering in the New Orleans area.

In May of 1981, Tim came to New Orleans again, and there I was, sitting in one of his concerts worshiping the Lord. I thought he was cute, but I wasn’t even sure if he was single. Besides…he would never notice me. I was just another person in a very large crowd of people.

Two weeks later, I received an envelope in the mail. Inside was a handwritten letter from someone claiming to be Tim Sheppard. I thought it was a prank until I noticed that the envelope was postmarked from Dallas, Texas. Later, I found out that Tim had tracked me down by contacting the concert sponsor who brought him into New Orleans. The sponsor just “so happened” to know who I was from the description Tim gave.

Tim said some encouraging things about the way I worshiped, but overall, I would say it was more of a get-to-know-you letter…or so I thought. I decided to write him back, and we began to exchange letters.

After a few weeks, Tim started calling me. Then, toward the end of June, he asked me what I was doing for the July 4 weekend. I told him I didn’t have anything special planned…that I was just going to be with my family and some friends. So, he asked if he could come visit my family and me, and I said…YES!!!

I was so nervous when he flew in to New Orleans that July day! Writing letters was one thing, but what would I actually say to him in person? Would we even “hit it off”?

Well…we did! I remember attending church together that weekend. No one could figure out how Tim Sheppard ended up coming to my little home church, and that he was with me!

After a weekend with my family and me, Tim flew back to Dallas and kept calling me every day for two weeks. Then, he offered to fly me to Dallas to meet his family, and I said…YES!!!

On our first evening together in Dallas, we joined Tim’s parents for dinner. Afterwards, he and I stayed up late to visit, and he asked me to marry him! (He had begun writing me only two months earlier, and we had only actually been together for less than a week’s time!) Tim said his proposal was conditional upon both his and my parents’ complete approval. He was confident that the Lord would speak through them to give us direction, and if any one of our parents didn't have peace about us moving forward, we would either postpone or completely cancel our plans. And I said…YES!!!

Both of our families said YES!!! They believed we were supposed to be husband and wife. We all realized there would be adjustments in marriage that most couples talk through and work out during their engagement. However, since Tim was in full-time ministry, there wasn’t a way for us to spend more time together in person (since I lived over 500 miles away). We did spend countless hours on the phone talking, though. We kept the phone bills as a reminder. :)

We were married on October 10, less than five months from the day I received Tim’s first letter. Now, over 34 years later, I’m as grateful as ever that the Lord miraculously connected the dots for us, and that He also blessed us with our daughter, Jessica, as a perfect completion to our family. She is now 25 and has always served the Lord with us in ministry.

When I was 12 years old, I wrote down my petition to the Lord for a godly husband and often prayed over the specifics of that “wish” list. One of the items on that list expressed my desire to marry an evangelist. (The main thrust of Tim’s music ministry from the 70’s through the 90’s was evangelism!) In the natural, living in such a small, rural area, there didn’t seem to be any hope. In spite of the obstacles, God took a Southern girl from a little country town and brought the man of her dreams all the way from Dallas, Texas, to her doorstep. And he fulfilled every desire on my list. What made the miracle even that much more miraculous is that since Tim traveled full time in ministry, it was challenging for him to pursue a relationship!

Our God can do anything! He will orchestrate divine connections and intersections to bring the spouse of your dreams to your doorstep. He has fulfilled the desires of my heart. If you're waiting on "the one," I encourage you to have faith and rest in the fact that your answer is on the way!


Happy Valentine's Day!

Much love xo

Jess

020316 x Sunny Side Up

Sunny side up life in Siesta Key. Enjoy our photo diaries!

Much love xo

Jess

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020216 x The Sunset Diaries

[The Sunset Diaries - because I can't choose ONE]

A series of 15 Siesta Key sunset photos in the order they were captured...I thought this would be a fun way to share my photos from the evening, especially for the fellow photographers out there. :) I'm already itching to have these images printed!!

P.S. - any photos featuring me in this post were taking by the bestie, Blaire Sanders👏]

Sweet dreams and much love xo

Jess

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