Maxi Dresses

I absolutely love maxi dresses! They are great for the hot summer months and there are so many fun ways to style them.  You can easily transition certain styles into Fall by adding a cardigan, duster or denim jacket just to name a few. (I have one shown below)

 

Here are a few of my absolute favorites and shop links below each photo. 

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Shop Fancy Free

I hope these gave you some fun ideas for maxi dresses and cute shops to check out!!! You can never go wrong with styling these!!

 

XOXO,

JENN

 

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"You make me new with every seasons change"

 " There is no need for junk drawers."- Grandma Jean (2015)

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2 years ago I wrote I blog post about the start of a minimalistic journey I was headed into. Gosh, when I think back on 2 years I see how much growth and change I had endured. I see how far I've come and  I say "endured" because it wasn't easy. The last 2 years I was in a major storm.   In the midst of the storm I was also being pruned and re-planted. 

My storm makes me think of the scene from the movie "The Shack". There were weeds growing in the beautiful garden (the garden represented the main character) and they had to cut them off, dig up the dirt and plant the new seeds. I related to this scene so much.  Then at the end his tears were what watered his new growth. 

 

John 15:2- "Every branch in Me that does not bear fruit, He takes away; and every branch that bears fruit, He prunes it so that it may bear more fruit.

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"Psalm 56:8 New Living Translation (NLT)

8 You keep track of all my sorrows.[a]
You have collected all my tears in your bottle. You have recorded each one in your book."

 The Lord put weight on my shoulders and it brought me to my knees. He removed so many things from life all at once and it hurt. At the time I didn't understand but He is a good Father and as always saw beyond the storm I was in. The minimalistic part was not only earthly but spiritual/emotional as well.  

I read a quote that said, "maybe it's about unbecoming everything that isn't you so you can become who you were meant to be in the first place."

It's not over yet  

 Starting from November thru this past June this storm got much worse but you know what they say , "it's the darkest just before the dawn".  Thankfully I had a rock.  My husband, to really walk with me from beginning to end of this whole thing. I'm not sure what I would do without him. He always "has me" when I feel I can't go on. This isn't bragging, it's stating the truth. 

"Hold up, there you go again
Puttin' on that smile again
Even though I know you've had a bad day
Doin' this and doin' that
Always puttin' yourself last
A whole lotta give and not enough take

But you can only be strong so long before you break

So fall, go on and fall apart
Fall into these arms of mine
I'll catch you every time you fall
Go on and lose it all
Every doubt, every fear, every worry, every tear
I'm right here
Baby, fall"-Clay Walker

 

I  can look back now over the 2 years and see the immense beauty in those ashes. The small space He grew me in for 2 years was the stepping stone for next chapter in my life. The small place I turned into my war room where I wrestled many times with Him, where I was angry, where I cried and where I even praised Him when I didn't understand. My relationship deepened with Him like never before. I learned to trust Him like never before. 

I have to admit it's bittersweet.  As we enter a new season that we are excited for I'm also beyond thankful for the one I'm coming out of. I'm so thankful for the pruning process. I wouldn't change a thing. The quality I have now is better. There are still unanswered questions of course and things I will probably never fully understand until I reach heaven but until then I will continue to walk with my Father and trust His calling for my life. He continues to amaze me and has never left my side. He gets me through this world and the more my heart is set on heaven the more I realize how fleeting each day is.  Someone from my church told me "Your either going into a storm, in the middle of a storm, or coming out of a storm." and that has stuck with me. 

 Forgiveness 

These last 2 years I also learned what the weight of unforgiveness was. I know most people will say forgiveness is an action not a feeling but I beg to differ. I believe it's both. I felt the walls I had baracated around my heart literally fall off one night because before that I thought I had forgiven. It wasn't until my husband told me gently as we were walking back to our truck from the dreaded hospital, "your still holding a grudge".

 In denial I was then put into a position literally right away that broke me. The situation I was put in broke my heart that particular night (I laid in bed for a full day feeling traumatized but I also allowed this time for God to work on my heart and that He did.) Compassion flooded my heart like never before. It was nothing I had ever experienced in my entire life. I genuinely saw the situation through His eyes and the weight left me that night. Let me tell you it's not worth it to be bitter. In my case, I really thought I had forgiven but deep down I was still hurt and didn't want to let go of it.  Trust me It's something way to heavy to carry around and you have the capability through God's strength to forgive. Some may say it was a small thing but I do know my Father cares about every little detail concerning me.   

I felt free.  

I knew then I had truly forgiven. 

Am I finished yet? Of course not. He is still working in my life everyday. Even on the days I mess up and need major grace. I'm human. We're all human. 

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 "Yes, I love Jesus but I do cuss a little".-admititly me  

 Why do I share something so personal because I hope to encourage someone out there.

 "There is purpose in your pain" 

Keep hanging on and trust Him even when it's hard. I personally know how hard it is to lift my hands in the middle of a storm but doing so changed me.  This world is fading fast.  Keep your eyes on the prize <3 

So here is my minimalistic journey. I look back in awe as new changes are coming. Grateful, thankful. The Lord always knows what's best for us. Like the quote at the top says, "there is no need junk drawers". What "junk" might you be holding onto?   

 "When you let go, you grow". 

  

xoxo, 

Jenn  

 

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Root Beer Floats

I have been craving this good ol' fashion American staple. What better way to make them in Mason jars ;)

Instead of using regular root beer and Ice cream I opted for the 365 brand from Whole Foods

The 365 Root Beer is sweetened with 100% Cane sugar, there is no caffeine, sodium free and nothing artificial. 

The vanilla Ice cream is certified fair trade made with cane sugar and vanilla extract. 

 

 

 

A fun little treat on a hot summer's day ;) 

XOXO,

Jenn

A Day at the Peach Farm & Shop the Mint

I am so loving the Acapulco Tunic from The Mint Julep! It's so comfy and cool and can be worn so many ways! It was so perfect to wear to the peach farm with my sweet family. As you know I don't show my legs because of my skin condition but this can be worn as a dress with flats or wedges. I paired mine with these blue skinny jeans and my fringe boots. (That I always wear =P) This could also be used as a swim suit cover-up! ;) The embroidered detail is just gorgeous! It also has two fun tassels that you can just let hang or tie. Comes in Small/Medium or Medium/Large. You can purchase it by clicking here > Acapulco Tunic and also see all the CUTE clothing they have! 

Fresh berries =) My girls had a blast getting to pick their own fruit.

 

We also stopped at one of my favorite places for fresh peach pie, cobbler, ice cream and tea!! =D I love when peaches are in season!

XOXO, 

Jenn

When saying I'll pray for you isn't enough

This blog post has been building up for quite sometime now. Someone posted something on Facebook that got me thinking about it even more. I write this with caution because I am learning as well. I'm not perfect and I'm not preaching. I'm no preacher! Thank goodness I wasn't  called to be one either! They go through so much and have to deal with a lot of stuff. They have to be thick skinned to do what they do. I'm so thankful though for all he pastors who have played a part in my life. 

I read a very good point today. How is it that you can get support, someone to lean on, someone to truly be there in secular settings but in church we tend to get the quick "I'll pray for you" and "God Bless you" as they change the subject and  talk about something else that's happy or funny.  I'm not saying this is the case for everyone or every church. I'm not calling anything or anyone out-this is just generally speaking. I hear people (and recently) say this.  It can also be the opposite too where it's in church and not in secular settings. 

My reply was.... Most people want easy. People don't want to be inconviencied. If someone is going through a hard time it becomes "heavy". Not everyone wants to deal with "heavy". I personally think character and integrity are shown when people genuinely put others before themselves especially in the busy times we are in and truly act out how Jesus would. He was not a selfish person. (obviously) It's not about depending on people more than Him either. People will always fail us-it's a given. No one is perfect.  However we need fellowship.  We need each other to lean on, not just in good seasons but especially the hard ones. The bible even states 

Proverbs 27:17New Living Translation (NLT)

 As iron sharpens iron,
so a friend sharpens a friend.

Sometimes saying I'll pray for you just isn't enough.  

Plain and simple. Sometimes someone might need that hug, someone might need your shoulder to cry on, someone might need that hand written note that you took the time to mail them. (Sadly a lost art) Someone might just need you to listen, they might need to verbally know your there for them. Our society has relationships with social media and their phones more then physical interaction now a days. Sometimes telling someone you'll pray for them on Facebook isn't enough. 

Jesus was physical. He was hands on. Now I know times are different now, trust me I know. People get busy-it's easier to text I know.I do it and I do a lot of my business stuff on social media. It drives my sales for brand repping, my make up and my photography so I need it, I love sharing things in my life too however I know if Jesus was walking the earth today He would still be the same. He wouldn't type I'll pray for you-He would physically do it. How do I know that because this verse says it. 

Hebrews 13:8King James Version (KJV)

8 Jesus Christ the same yesterday, and to day, and forever.

Take this scenario: More people tend to show up at highlight reels, exciting and fun times in life where as you may only have 5 show up during someone's struggle or hardship. I mean really show up. Physically like Jesus would.  Being the hands and feet of Jesus takes your time, it takes your service. 

A testimony from myself. When I was a teenager and going through a hard time I had stopped going to church. Just stopped. Didn't tell anyone. It was a Saturday and the weather was beautiful. I was in my pj's, hair in a bun and was doing laundry in the laundry mat of the apartments we lived in. I walked out to head back to my apartment to see a group of familiar faces walking towards me. Some leaders and non-leaders came to my "house" to ask me how I was doing and to tell me they missed me. I lived about 30 min from the church I attended then.,These were teenagers and I think one or two in their early 20's who took time out of their Saturday to come see me?! To ask how I was and that they missed me?! I will never forget that moment. They even prayed out loud with me.  At the time I was being rebellious and probably had an attitude but I am forever grateful for that moment. The imprint they left on my heart still remains to this day. 

Please know I'm not saying I'm perfect in this area because I'm not. God is working on my heart with this. Sometimes people need you to walk with them through their messiness. That's what Jesus was ALL about. He stuck with the messy hurt people.  He didn't pick and choose. 

This has been on my heart lately because I want to be that person. The shoulder that's cried on, the one who verbally says I'm there for you, the one who hand writes a note and mails it, someone that will hug you, someone who will just listen without judgement. The one who loves you unconditionally. Someone who will do more than just say or type I'll pray for you if your hurting or going through a hard season.  Life is short, we aren't promised tomorrow and none of us are  excempt from it. So how can you be the hands and feet of Jesus today? How can you draw closer to who He is? I've had pressure on my shoulders this last year but it's brought me to my knees, where I should be. It's been a "hell" of a year.  If some of you tried to walk in my shoes you would either fall the first step or die so I don't need critisim from the peanut gallery 😉  My life has been anything but easy! You can read my testiomony here and there's still more coming.  He's pruned me more than ever this last year and removed things from my life that weren't growing me. Which is a good thing! I'm excited to share that season soon and what He has done. 

I could not be more thankful for my husband and kids during my trial. Those 3 are the greatest blessings God has ever given me. My rocks for sure.  Especially during the season Im in. They constantly help me gain the right perspective when I lose sight of it. We aren't perfect either though. I'm not portraying a "perfect" life. I got T-Rex on my girls today because they wouldn't listen to me and we might be a team and Brian might try to rope the moon for me  but we do get on each other's nerves with certain things. Especially this last year. We both have grown SO much spiritually though.  We may not have it all in life but we do have each other.  

 

Im not at all saying it's bad. Prayer is powerful. If you do it . It might be all some can say to you however........ 

 But Lets be real.... Sometimes *saying* I'll pray for you isn't enough.  

 

 

Xoxo, 

Jenn  

 

Texas Heart Jewelry

 

Texas Heart Jewelry is the cutest Texas based shop around! Everything is handmade and I absolutely love that! 

 

About Texas Heart:

"Texas Heart is all behind a girl who has a love for clothes and jewelry & loves to express herself through her creativity and fashion sense. Her Texas Heart is as big as the state and her jewelry is as bright as the sunsets this beautiful state provides. Spread the love, share a simple gift at a reasonable price and let Texas Heart be your go to for your simple but classy accessories."

 

 Make sure to check out her shop here  and use code "Jennifer10" for 10% OFF! ;) 

 

Home State Tee

Absolutely in LOVE with this custom Home state tee from Shop A little Peace of Joy. The fabric so comfy!!! Make sure to get yourself one and represent your state!  Use my code "Jennifer15" for 15% off your order ;)  

 

Sizing: True to Size! These are not tight fitting shirts!
50% Polyester 25% Cotton 25% Rayon

Color Options:
1. Maroon
2. Red
3. Clay
4. Orange
5. Green
6. Teal
7. Grey
8. Charcoal
9. Aqua
10. Blue
11. True Royal
12. Navy
 

Evy's Tree -The Jennifer Shrug-in Olive

 The Jennifer Shrug, a lovely olive green lightweight vintage washed shrug that can be short or long sleeve; to add some fun to it, we made the wrist-length, tapered sleeves capable of being worn long or pushed up. The Jennifer goes over anything; a dress, a tee, a bathing suit. This shrug gives you the carefree coverage you desire during those warm summer days - it's oversized and airy and looks amazing on everyone! It boasts a high low hem that hugs under your bottom in just the right place and two giant pockets to stash all those summer necessities, and finished with an oversized hood. The perfect piece to dress up or dress down! This hoodie was created with a special burnout process which makes each and every tunic look unique and gives it a vintage and worn look.

 

Thank you for sponsoring this post Evy's Tree =)

 

XOXO, Jenn

Evy's Tree

I'm so excited to get to share with you about Evy's Tree! They make the most gorgeous hoodies.
I just love what this small company is founded on. The owner who was a teacher turned into a stay at home mom and started this business creating and teaching herself to sew her own products!! Her company has grown so much she no longer hand sews them but mass produces with high end fabrics that are from all over the world. I received the Azalea Reece in the mail and I am in LOVE! The color is so vibrant, beautiful and I just love the great quality.

Details:

  A shop favorite...our super lush, lightweight fabric with little ruffles on the shoulder, this basic hoodie has a high low hem and little thumb holes to help keep your hands warm. This hoodie will become a necessity all summer long, perfect to layer over those summer tank and beach outfits. Imported Fabric: 97% Rayon, 3% Spandex

 

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I highly recommend getting yourself one! They are so stylish, beautiful, comfortable and luxurious ;) 

Thank you Evy's Tree for sponsoring this post.

 

XOXO, Jenn

Lily Jade

In love with this Lily Jade bag. So versatile and stylish! It can go from a diaper bag to a purse or even for me a camera bag! The organizer inside works perfect for lenses and my camera  accessories. I love that I can change it up whenever I need. You get a great quality and something that will last throughout each season of life.

Details on my bag:

  • Elizabeth in Camel - Lily Jade designer diaper bag
  • Crafted from soft, premium leather
  • Silver hardware and zippers
  • Silver stud feet.
  • Converts to backpack or crossbody
  • Outside: Large front pockets with magnetic closure, two side pockets
  • Inside: Large leather trimmed zipper pocket, cell phone and medium size pockets
  • Each Lily Jade bag comes complete with a detachable, washable Baby Bag organizer and changing pad.
  • Baby Bag Organizer Patents Pending
  • The Elizabeth inner is lined with our signature red, silky smooth premium poly fabric.
  • Dimensions: 11" (h) x 7" (w) x 17" (l)
  • Arm carry: Top handle 7" drop.
  • Cross body/shoulder carry: Adjustable, detachable strap, 16" - 28" drop.
  • Weight (includes all accessories): 3.3 lbs

Thank you Lily Jade for sponsoring this post.

XOXO, Jenn