Happy Monday! I hope y'all had an incredible weekend! We dedinitely did. If you follow me on Instagram you probably saw that we went to an Oakland Athletics game as a family Friday night, so much fun!! And then Omar and I had a date-day and went to the USC vs Cal game, go Trojans, on Saturday. It was a weekend full of sports, but it was fabulous! It's one of the best ways to welcome in fall.
Have y'all been paying attention to the craziness regarding the National Anthem and stuff? Wild, huh? This country is so divided, and the hate is almost unbelievable. It's like we are literally searching for reasons to be mad at people we don't agree with. I know God is so displeased at the hatred. 1 John 3:15, "Anyone who hates another brother or sister is really a murderer at heart. And you know that murderers don't have eternal life within them."
If that is not a sobering statement, I don't know what is. Hating for hates sake is horrible and then hating someone because they hate you stinks too! Scripture also says, “You have heard that it was said, ‘You shall love your neighbor and hate your enemy.’ But I say to you, Love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you," Matthew 5:43-44 I encourage you let verse 44 be your anthem when people are angry at you, when people hate on you, or when you feel like you have been treated unfairly. Be counter-cultural but doing the hard thing! Skin color is only a topical issue. What really lies beneith the surface is the evil heart of man. God promised to change our hearts through the blood of Jesus. So if you are struggling with hatred in your heart, or even having ill-will against another, ask Jesus to change your heart and your reactions. He will, I can promise you that.
So, moving on to something a bit more light-hearted! HA! This fall trend is a classic one that comes around almost every year, sometimes with a little style change here and there. And that trend is... Leopard print! One of the most fabulous statement patterns ever! I love it! Seriously, I would probably cover my house in it, if I could... Okay, maybe that's an exaggeration, but I still love it.
Thankfully, this is a pattern that goes with just about any style, and any color. I particularly like it with the rich cranberry color like wearing in these photos. You could style it with just about any color red, if you like that color, but I personally like the richer reds and not so much the bright ones. I bought the cranberry long sleeved tee a couple sizes up so I could tie it in the front or to the side, if I wanted to add some interest to what was going on underneath the bold print.
I paired the top and cardigan with a neutral distressed pant, because you seriously can't go wrong with black ripped denim! It goes with like, EVERYTHING! And to continue to tie in the black, I added this lovely beaded statement necklace (pssst: $5 at Walmart, I wasn't able to find it online though, so if you are interested, you may have to check out your store to see if they sell them)
When it came to the shoes, I would definitely say, if you already have a bold colored piece, as well as the leopard, keep the shoe neutral. Because I already had the black denim and black jewelry, I wanted to bring out a bit of the tan/camel color from the cardigan with the boot. That is usually a safe option. If you were to pair a similar cardigan with a black top underneath, then I would say make your shoes the other contrasting color.
Leopard print is very bold, so I tend to gravitate to an edgier look over all, or in contrast, and extremely clean and classic look like stark white and black. Either look usually comes out looking really spectacular!
If you aren't really a bold print person, a great way to add some leopard print is withpair of flats or boots, a necklace/choker, or a scarf. All those fit perfectly into an autumn wardrobe. There are plenty of ways to incorporate some leopard print into your fall wardrobe, so don't feel like it has to be a top or bottoms, it can be accessories too!
Leopard is a great print to pair with another pattern, so I will add some inspiration boxes to the COLOR tab at the top of the page. It is q great jump start to pattern mixing this autumn, as well.
Have a fabulous Monday! Stay tuned for some really exciting changes coming to G&C on Wednesday!
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