Seven Fall and Winter Essentials

As the days of November meld into the weeks of December, and the frigid air comes upon us, the transitional clothes of summer-fall slowly but surely are replaced with winter ones.

To get us started, one of the most basic pieces of any winter wardrobe is the jean. Invest in a good pair of jeans that will last you throughout the cold season for no other reason than that they are one staple you can count on. Skinny jeans (girls only please!) are a popular style in the current fashion world and can be found at numerous stores such as American Eagle, Macy’s, and even Target. Each of the previously listed stores carries both male and female jeans.

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Over-sized sweaters are a popular option for the chilly days – able to keep the occupant not only warm but comfortable as well! Definitely a win-win. These sweaters vary in lengths from practically touching the knee to just below the waist-line.

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For the guys, the top I would recommend having in your possession is the checkered shirt. Be it navy, white,  and gray or brown, black, and green – a good long-sleeved checkered top will serve you well during these next few months.

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Boots are a common shoe type to own and wear during autumn and winter.  Ankle boots, quite popular in and of themselves, have begun to come with fringes. I have seen them in a number of stores, on websites, and even worn by people in my town. Henceforth, fringed ankle boots are a must have for this fall!

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Anyone who knows me, knows that I have a great love for scarves. In my good fashion conscience, then, I absolutely could not write this list without listing…infinity scarves! Found in a multitude of patterns, colors, and materials, infinity scarves are a wonderful way to make a previously plain shirt interesting and exciting.

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Back to the guys! Wool socks are one necessary item as the days and nights get colder and the temperature drops to bitter depths. Colors can range from navy blue to charcoal gray; some even have patterns! You can easily find a pair at Macy’s, Kohl’s, or L.L. Bean.

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For the ladies, an adorable accessory to wear with your boots are leg warmers. There is no limit to the creativity you will find when searching for these! Many have lace and a button or two while the rest of it stays a lovely neutral. Etsy.com, for instance, has several options you can choose from.

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These are seven fall and winter essential items for this season, and I hope you have discovered one or two to add to your wardrobe!

~ Southern Dreamer

Trust

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Trust. That one word that can ignite so many different emotions in people: fear – can I really unveil my heart to someone without it being stomped on?, anger – betrayal by one previously held in your confidence, and for maybe, a few, excitement.

Nevertheless, trust has a different meaning in all of our souls. Yet…the one being we should trust the most, the one who is the most trustworthy – God, is sometimes the least trusted of all.

Why is that? Why does the idea of really, truly, utterly trusting God incur such fright? The One who is literally incapable of being fault-worthy in someone’s trust?

Could, it possibly be, that we have become jaded by the humanity around us? Those who have manipulated our trust…disclosed our trust…or perhaps, maybe even worst, did not come through when we trusted them with something of our heart. They failed us.

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I, for one, struggle with trusting others. Especially after my trust in someone backfired. It caused me to close off – to not want to be vulnerable again. Do you find yourself battling these same emotions?

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Although I still struggle with unveiling my heart to others, my trust in God has definitely increased. And I think a major component of it is belief. Having the faith that He is going to come through for me. Really, truly believing that makes ALL the difference.

“He said to them, ‘Because of your little faith. For truly, I say to you, if you have faith like a grain of mustard seed, you will say to this mountain, ‘Move from here to there,’ and it will move, and nothing will be impossible for you’” (Matthew 17:20, ESV).

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I love that last line – “nothing will be impossible for you.” And this is in the context of having faith the size of a mustard seed. Do you know how small, how miniscule these seeds are? Look, below, at the picture. Jesus is saying that if we would just have the faith of a mustard seed we could move mountains. Maybe it’s a mountain of fear, or a mountain of addiction. Or maybe…it’s a mountain of jaded, distrust.

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Mountains don’t move by themselves. But when you pair faith, the power of the Holy Spirit, and a willing heart that is all in, truly anything can be done. Trust can be restored and strengthened.

And Jesus said, “Truly, I say to you, whoever says to this mountain, ‘Be taken up and thrown into the sea,’ and does not doubt in his heart, but believes that what he says will come to pass, it will be done for him” (Mark 11:23).

~ Southern Dreamer

*Disclaimer: With the last reference of Scripture, I just wanted to make one, quick note. If what you ask for is not in God’s will then it will not happen.