Sunday Style

Hey apostolic girls! Have a hard time mixing and matching outfits? Not sure what goes with what? Well I’m here to help! In this Sunday style montage I have put together your Sunday essentials. As summer has arrived, it’s hard to transition from winter to summer because the weather can’t make up its mind! At least not for me over here in Indiana. Some Sundays are going to be warmer or cooler than others. So to create a balance, thin blouses that are 3 quarter length or long sleeves would be perfect. This blue and white striped blouse is complimented by this vibrant yellow skirt for a pop of color. You could also do a black pencil skirt, but it’s nice to let your clothes be loud every once an a while. But to tone this outfit down a bit I have paired it with some white heels.

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Accessories:

When picking out a purse you don’t want to over do the color combinations. So matching your shoes or a color in your blouse would be a good idea. I have picked out this white Prada purse to pair with the white shoes. They blend together but still stand out on their own. What you put in your purse is up to you! My three essentials are my phone, my Glossier lip gloss, and my Tweezerman eyelash curler. And the most important thing would be your King James Version bible, but mine is on my phone so I already have my bible in my purse -haha! When pairing a watch with your outfit, look at what metallics you are wearing. If you’re carrying a purse with gold, perhaps try a gold watch. Or if you are wearing black shoes, wear a black watch. Since this outfit is brighter, I put a more monotone watch with a brown band (Daniel Wellington).

Hair:

I have attached a hairdo that will maybe give you inspiration when your hair doesn’t seem to work any way. Just part your hair from top and bottom and twist the bottom into a bun, stick a couple pins in it, and curl the top, place the curls how you want them to or how they will work and pin them to cover the bun. Pull out some curls in the front and there you have it! You can even put in some cute hair pins. You’ll find them anywhere in stores like Walmart, Target, and even online on places like Amazon or SHEIN. When I have time on Sundays, Starbucks is what gets me through those Sundays where you have choir and all these extra things. If you sing on the praise team or you’re a musician, you know what I’m talkin’ about! A boost of caffeine from Starbucks can get you going with the help of the Lord of course -ha!

With the right patterns, color combinations, and these tips, you can create some super cute Sunday outfits. I often find really good deals on high-in brands at Marshalls, TJmaxx, Ross, Burlington, etc. etc. Class doesn’t come at a price. Neither does modesty. Modestly is a lifestyle choice. When you chose to be modest you are being a light and standing out. Make the difference good not shameful. Modestly glorify His kingdom, ladies! And you will be ultimately be blessed.

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Celebrate Love

Valentine’s Day is a day of celebration for love and the only way to enjoy it is you must have a boyfriend! Wrong! Yes, this day is a celebration of love but it is not just between a boy and a girl. It is about spending time with your loved ones like your friends and family. As a single young lady, it was hard for me to be “single.” I would always joke with my friends that I was on a record setting “single” streak; Single September, Only Me October, No Man November, Don’t Date December, Just Me January, and Forever Alone February. This joke made for some great laughs but there was always this discouraging voice in my heard declaring that I was truly forever alone. Would there ever be someone I could love during this holiday? I would see couples together and roll my eyes because I was again reminded that I was single. I then began to question if I should even celebrate Valentine’s Day.

The year it all changed for me was when God gave me the revelation that all my other girl friends were also single and it was not because of anything we had done wrong – it was because we were not in that season of our lives. God answered my question and said, “I have given you numerous friends and family to love. Do not miss out on this time with them just because the world deems this a ‘couples’ holiday.” Ever since that moment, I treat Valentine’s Day like I do any other holiday and I make sure to be surrounded by family and friends that I love and who love me. I chose to not wallow in self-pity (I can be very dramatic sometimes) and instead celebrate with all my friends!

God will place people in our paths for us to love and to be loved in return. God has shown us this promise – when He brought together David and Jonathan in 1 Samuel – of always bringing special people in our lives at the moment we need them. So instead of looking at this holiday as a reminder that you are “single” like I did,  learn how to show God’s love to all those around you. And if you are reading this but you are not single, it is always a good reminder to remember all your friends and family that might want to share your love on this special red and pink holiday!


Valentine’s Day is perhaps my most favorite holiday besides Christmas! I am a romantic at heart and am very sappy when participating in the festivities. I want to share with you a couple things that always brighten up my Valentine’s Day!

First, we all know that a great outfit can set our entire mood throughout the day (FACTS. HA!). For every holiday I always dress in festive colors and for this holiday, anything pink or red goes! Here, I have paired a red Zara shirt with a Target jean skirt and a pink purse from TJ Maxx. This is a simple but festive outfit to run around town in or have a Valentine’s Day brunch with my girls!

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Another tradition I enjoy is getting my friends Valentine’s cards. You can buy these Valentine cards (or others like these) at TJ Maxx for a reasonable price. These specific ones are the brand “Meri & Meri” and cost only $7.99. Valentine’s Cards are simple but perfect to let all your friends and family know you were thinking of them!

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I pray you enjoy this Valentine’s Day with all those you love and who love you! Please share some great ideas you do for Valentine’s Day in the comments below.

 

Alisha Eason

AG Moms: Bump Style

Hey Apostolic Girls! It’s been a while since I’ve contributed to AG and I am so excited to be back! Since you last heard from me, I have added a sweet baby girl to my now family of five (Brooklyn, age 4, Bronx, age 2 and Gramercy, age 5 months). I love being a momma bear to a young family and I’m ready to share some mommy lifestyle pieces that I’ve been brainstorming for months… ok maybe years. I truly hope to inspire, entertain, and begin to build a strong community of Apostolic moms to support each other through this blessed and, let’s be honest, sometimes difficult journey we call “motherhood”.

So why not start at the beginning? Something most mommas have to deal with at the beginning of our journey into motherhood, maternity style. Now I feel I should preface this with a disclaimer, I do not claim to be a fashionista or style-icon of any kind. However, over the course of three pregnancies, I do believe I have learned a thing or two about how to dress a baby bump modestly and on a reasonable budget. Here are a few tips I put together specifically for this Apostolic community and the AG mommy readers. Enjoy!

maternity 11. LAYER, layer, layer! It can be very difficult to find modest maternity wear that is both belly hugging, and not too tight on the rest of the body. In fact, towards the end of pregnancy it can feel like an impossible task. We want to dress modestly but we do not want to look like a walking human tent. One way to achieve this is to layer your more form-fitting maternity pieces (dresses, skirts) under longer, looser items (tunics, vests, cardigans, jackets, etc.) This will give you a cute, hey I’m obviously pregnant hold the door open for me vibe, but should still maintain your personal modesty. Also, adding skirt extenders or knit skirts under dresses that become too short once your bump starts to grow is a great trick as well. Shorter waist length tops can also be layered over tighter fitting shirts and dresses to add another layer of modestly or even just spruce things up a bit.

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2. That leads me to my next tip, buy maternity basics! Some pieces I can not live without during pregnancy are white, black and navy (long or short sleeved depending on the season) knit maternity tops, a black maternity dress, a maternity jean skirt (harder to find but sometimes you can find them in Facebook resale groups) and a black knit knee-length skirt (maternity if you want but also a size up in a normal knit skirt works as well). I found all of mine at H&M but you should be able to find them at Target, ASOS US online or many other maternity stores. These pieces are really the gift that keeps on giving. They are great for layering and should fit you throughout the entire maternity process. They recommend that when buying maternity you buy the size that you normally wear. So for example if you wear a medium shirt at Target, a medium maternity shirt should provide you with the right fit.

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3. All knit everything. Ok well not “everything” but knit fabric is a maternity must. Many knit pieces will see you through your entire pregnancy, even postpartum and beyond! Finding things that you know you can wear after you have the baby just makes the maternity shopping even more justified. There are many online modest boutiques you can find that sell a number of different knit dresses whether they be A-line, empire waist, maxis, etc. Find a style that you like both during and after pregnancy and use different accessories (belts, scarves, vests, etc.) to better cater these pieces your body and bump style.

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4. Belts! Belts saved my life during my pregnancies. Cinching the “waist” of regular tops and dresses right above your belly helps to accentuate the bump and make everything look a little less shapeless. There is definitely a time and place for a subtle, hidden bump but when you want to give your belly a little more attention this is the trick for you. There’s no need to add holes to belts you already own, just look up some tricks for tying your belts (Pinterest, Youtube) and skip the holes altogether. It is also not a bad idea to invest in a couple new, slightly larger belts, one more casual for every day outfits and a nicer one for church and dressier occasions. I like to go with shades of brown and rose gold personally but of course black and more colorful belts work great as well. This also helped open up the possibilities of my pre-pregnancy wardrobe and gave me more wearable options for what I already had, without having to make a bunch of maternity specific purchases.

5. Shop online! Let’s get real. The typical mall maternity stores are not always full of trendy maternity options, and when you do find something cute, it is rarely very modest. There are a ton of great online options for maternity wear including ASOS US, Zara, H&M, Old Navy and Gap (some stores have a few pieces but you will do much better shopping their online selections), and even Modest Resale sites. This is a great way to shop a wider selection and find things that fit your personal style more appropriately than what you may find in your normal retail stores and in person.

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6. Knot your shirts, pull up your skirts. Knotting your shirts works for knit and woven shirts and can add a more interesting element to your outfit as well as help accentuate your bump. Again, this is a great way to repurpose things you already have. Shirts that may no longer cover your belly can be super cute knotted up with a high waisted skirt! Also, pulling your skirt up above your belly can keep those favorites in your outfit rotation a bit longer especially if they are a bit longer.

I’m sure I could talk on this subject for hours but I will leave you with these six tips. Whether you are repurposing your current wardrobe for your growing belly or finding some new maternity staples, I hope you find these suggestions helpful! I’d love to see how you style your own modest baby bump! Use the hashtag #AGmodestbabybumpstyle to share your pictures and tips with us, we would love to hear them!

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Christi Witt is a mother of 3 from Cincinnati, OH. She attends Calvary Church where she is involved in music ministry. She’s a strong believer in Jesus, caffeine and the power of chocolate. Her greatest job is being a stay-at-home mommy, crafter, creator, and maker!

 

My Spring Obsessions

Every season brings about one or two new fashion trends. Usually this means that you can buy a couple key pieces to bring your wardrobe up to date! You do not have to buy an entirely new closet. If you plan strategically you can have a fresh look with just a few buys. Here are my top 3 favorites for Spring 2017!

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1. Special Sleeves – It is ALL about the sleeves for Spring 2017. I am obsessed with ruffled sleeves, bell sleeves, and puff cuffs. You name it, I love it. You might not find these in stores like Marshall’s or TJ Maxx (my favorites) because it’s a very new trend. But you can find it in stores that have brand new inventory like White House Black Market, Dillard’s or any mainstream store in the mall. They are the perfect piece to add to your pre-existing closet. Wear these tops with your favorite skirts to give them a new spin!

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2. Floral Print Dresses – Every designer is in on this fashion statement for Spring 2017. Big, bold, bright floral prints are on dresses for Calvin Klein, Ivanka Trump, Tahari and other more mature brands. You can also find them just as easily at Old Navy, Forever 21 and department stores. I just snagged a stunning maxi dress with a beautiful blush pink rose print from Nordstrom Rack for $36. It is literally spring on your dress and it makes me so happy!

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3. Chunky Heels – They aren’t wedges but they aren’t spiked pumps either. They are a new and improved heel. A little more comfy than tall, thin heels and a little edgier than wedges. I’m loving this new style and it goes great with whatever you’re wearing. The thin strap and chunky heeled sandals in particular (see above photo) are incredibly versatile and would fit into your closet seamlessly. This pair is from Dillard’s and are Steve Madden brand. They are also trickling into your usual shops like Ross, Marshall’s and TJ Maxx around the $40 price mark.

What’s your favorite new fashion trend? Share it with us at mail@apostolicgirl.com and we will feature it on our next blog! Whatever has you smiling this Spring season, I’m just incredibly delighted that everything floral, colorful and feminine seems to be trending. It’s a great day for modest fashion! So put on those chunky heels and float about you wonderful girl, you.

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Shenae Elizabeth Andrus, is the founder of Apostolic Girl. She is married to Pastor Joel Andrus from Milford, DE where they serve at Lighthouse Christian Center. She loves her fur-baby, Behr, enjoys Starbucks runs, shopping, traveling the globe, music ministry, motivational speaking and co-adventuring with her hubby.

2016 AG Birthday T-Shirts

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(AG 2016 Birthday T-Shirt Design)

In honor of Apostolic Girl’s 12th year in production, we have created a special new AG t-shirt design to commemorate this momentous occasion and all of the beautiful AG’s over the years that have supported this ministry!

It’s simple, it’s sleek and it states what we’re all so proud of, “I am an Apostolic Girl!” Pre-order yours today for only $15 with a $5 flat rate shipping fee. Simply fill out the form below and include the email address that you would like a PayPal invoice to be sent to. Once the invoice has been paid, your trendy AG t-shirt will be mailed directly to the address on file with PayPal. All shirts can be expected within 30 days of pre-ordering.