Book Cover Reveal and Pre-Order!

 
 

Someone pinch me - is this real?! How did the past year go by so fast?! Because approximately 55 weeks ago a publisher got in touch and suggested I write a book on the topic of fashion and faith, a topic that both meant the world to me but also felt incredibly scary and off-limits. I hesitated at first and then jumped in with both feet, spending days on end at my computer in pajamas: writing, praying, researching, and interviewing women and listening to their stories. I laughed, I cried, I learned a ton, and I healed many old wounds on this important topic. Important because the longing to decorate ourselves and our surroundings and our deepest questions about beauty are a precious part of a woman's soul, and yet these topics often feel off-limits within the context of our faith, personal values, and/or global responsibility. I'm busting the doors open on these topics! I can't wait to share this book with you!

J's Everyday Fashion and Faith: Personal Style with Purpose (Waterfall Press) is available for pre-order on Amazon now! And the official launch date is October 3, 2017 (aka, when you'll be able to read it).

Fashion and faith book
J's Everyday Fashion and Faith

How can you support this project? Thanks so much for asking!! (wink wink) 

1.    Preorder a copy so that you can be one of the first to read it and leave an Amazon review! One of the easiest but most impactful ways you can help.

2.     Organize a book club with the book! We will be providing exclusive resources to anyone who organizes a group within the first few months ā€“ including free study guides and the opportunity for a group Skype session with me. Simply sign up for our new email list that is for book announcements only. If you sign up now, you will receive the study guide as soon as it becomes available. We don't plan to send more than a handful of book-specific emails over the next year, and you can unsubscribe at any time.

3.     Plan an event or book signing in your hometown! Or simply tell us what church or organization you think would be a good fit for an in-person book event and we will take it from there. Email us your ideas at j@jseverydayfashion.com.

4.    Join our Facebook group! Some book announcements will be posted there, but this community is really for anyone interested in going deeper on the topic of fashion and faith in a semi-private setting. I've posted a handful of things already so you can get a feel for what kind of content I will be sharing, and of course you are welcome to start your own discussions or pose questions as well.

I cannot wait to see the beautiful stories and dialogue that comes from this project! If you are interested in exploring the topic of fashion and faith, I hope you'll join me in one or more ways listed above.

[Tomorrow we will be back to outfit posts as usual!]

J's Everyday Fashion and Faith
 
J's Everyday Fashion and Faith
 

Head to Amazon to learn more and pre-order.

[Behind-the-scenes images courtesy of Jean Marie Biele and Wayne Denny.]

Today's Everyday Fashion: Old Favorites

 
White peplum, tweed jacket, bow pumps
White peplum, tweed jacket
White peplum, tweed jacket
White peplum, tweed jacket, bow pumps
 

I post so many outfits here - some experiments, some fails, some favorites - so it's interesting to look back and see what things "stick" and become most loved and worn repeatedly. This outfit was the clear winner for winter 2016. Originally published on January 6th, I wore it so many times last year that it was like slipping into an old uniform when I wore it again a couple weeks ago. Sometimes we (me included!) put so much pressure on ourselves to always be wearing something fresh and new, but today I'm taking a moment to enjoy the old, and a favorite from last year that's still just as much of a favorite this year!

Jacket: Zara, $40 (similar below)
Top: H&M, $35 (similar below)
Jeans: Hudson/Nordstrom Rack, $79 (similarsimilar)
Shoes: Betsey Johnson c/o Ross, $38 (samesamesamesame)
Purse: Aldo c/o Amazon, $40 (similarsimilar
Earrings: Kate Spade outlet, $15 (same)
Necklaces: My Stella & Dot and similar
Approx. dates: Jacket is 3 years ago. Shoes, top and purse are 1 year ago. Jeans are 6 months ago.

White peplum, tweed jackets

Today's Everyday Fashion: Two Types of Fashion

 
Blue ruffle top with white shorts
Blue ruffle top with white shorts, pink purse
Payless Rio sandals
 

Today's outfit features one very trendy shirt (styled for winter last week, and for summer today!), as well as some very on-trend sandals and accessories. What does "trendy" really mean though? To answer that question I think we have to define the two different types of fashion  - the fashion industry, and the fashion in our everyday lives. The fashion industry decides what's "in style" by putting it on the runway, in magazines and in retail stores. Our everyday fashion is what we really wear in real life. We are somewhat affected by the fashion industry because they determine what's in stores, but I also think the "rules" they come up with do not need to apply to us! I like seeing what creative new things the fashion industry puts out, but I also don't think there should be any pressure to wear it or "keep up." Wear it because you like it, and it speaks to your creative heart. Ruffles and bright colors have always been a favorite so these particular trends are really speaking to me and I can't wait to wear them this summer. Whether or not they make their way into your everyday fashion is totally up to you! 

Top: H&M, $34
Shorts: Levi's c/o Amazon, $27
Shoes: Payless, $19
Earrings: Stella & Dot (similar, similar, similar)
Purse: Vince Camuto c/o Off 5th, $70 (similar)
Bag charm: street vendor in India (similar, similar)
Approx. dates: Purse and shorts are 1 year ago. Top is recent. Shoes are new.

Ruffle tops on a budget