Sooo I know I promised on Insta that a sneak peak of our house plans would be on the blog and I didn’t deliver BUT I promise that is coming soon. Actually, I will be blogging about the whole construction/decorating process in a new series called “The Harrison Homestead” and I hope to roll that out ASAP.
I transitioned to a lifestyle blog because I want my lifestyle to be my witness. Not just religious posts. I love to write and I love to write about the Lord but he has also blessed me with a very full, abundant life. And, part of my witness is joyfully sharing that with you. From fashion, shopping and decorating to recipes, farming and in between, I want my life to reflect one that is hidden in the Lord. Even if at times it’s been totally baptized in manure.
Lately, I have been preparing fervently for “She Speaks”, a Christian writers conference hosted by Proverbs 31 Ministries. I leave on Thursday for a 4 day trip to the Carolinas for some much needed inspiration, worship and blogging crash courses. As I packed for the conference, I noticed that I have a tendency to shop with purpose. Most of the items that I have stacked in the office ready to be packed in my bright yellow bag are either faith based or mission inspired. I constantly get complements on these “signature” pieces of mine and I wanted to share them with you. In a world that is materialistic in nature, the least you can do is shop on purpose, with purpose. Here are my road trip “faith based” fashion essentials
- “Fearfully and Wonderfully Made” Tank from Sarah Collins Brand
This tank from Sarah Collins is one of my FAVORITE articles of clothing of all time. It’s almost too worn to continue wearing in public, but I refuse to let it go. I could burst with confidence every time I wear the message printed on the front of this tank, whether I have makeup on or not. This tank is currently sold out on the website, but no worries: there are plenty of other cute options to choose from.
- Mission Lazarus “Cecilia Tote”
One of my mentors and dearest friends has carried this tote since I have known her and I finally broke down and got one myself. BEST.PURCHASE.EVER. This tote is a perfect bag. It’s genuine leather and was handmade in Honduras. Mission Lazarus works with individuals in Honduras and Hati in an effort to show the love of Christ by means of holistic ministry. Mission Lazarus provides those in need with resources such as agricultural assistance, social enterprise, medical assistance and access to education. By purchasing a tote or bag from Mission Lazarus, you provide funding for vocational schools, and agriculture programs in the social enterprise program. Proceeds also provide funding for the operating costs of the Mission Lazarus Refuge children’s home. The Cecilia Tote retails for $160. You can visit the Mission Lazarus site to purchase one of your own, or visit Iddy and Oscars Boutique on the square in Lebanon, TN.
- Tiny Brass BRANDED Cuffs by BRANDED Collective
These cuffs are the perfect accessory for any outfit AND they make a stand against human trafficking. With the slogan “Wear a number to restore a name”, BRANDED literally captured me at first site. These beautiful bracelets are handmade in Nashville, Tennessee by victims of human trafficking. As explained on their website, many victims of human trafficking and slavery are branded with a series of numbers for identification. BRANDED provides jobs and steady incomes to help victims restore their names. (If that doesn’t give you faith in humanity, I don’t know what will). These dainty little cuffs come in all different sizes and each one is stamped with a number. When you receive your bracelet, be sure to look the number on BRANDED’s website. Each one is unique and is paired with a story of a former victim who is now FREE. I am wearing the “Tiny Brass BRANDED Cuff” here which retails for $20.00. You can purchase yours here or at Iddy and Oscars.
“615” Hat from Iddy and Oscars
Well, if it hasn’t been apparent so far, Iddy and Oscars is one of my favorite little places to shop in Middle Tennessee. A relaxing boho vibe fills the boutique and makes for a perfect shopping experience. A plethora of high end and “purpose” filled brands alike, this place is truly my go to when I need something new. Bonus, Iddy and Oscars donates 10% of their total sales to charities that help aid Kenyan Orphans. The “615” hat retails for $25 and can be purchased in-store.
- Olive Tree Heels from Lizard Thicket Boutique
One of my newest favorite stores is the Lizard Thicket Boutique. Why? Because look at these shoes. The store is packed with a ton of trendy clothes and shoes for mind-blowingly low prices. The best part? Lizard Thicket is dedicated to making a difference in the communities they serve. Through their signature brand “Wednesdays” and their initiative We Give Wednesday, Lizard Thicket has given $176,619 to local charities. These shoes retail for $38.50 and can be purchased here.
With that, I am finishing my packing and signing off for the rest of the week to head to “She Speaks”. Be sure you are following me on Instagram and Facebook to keep up with my adventures this weekend. Also, be on the lookout for a She Speaks review next week.
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