Easter Reflections by Design

Happy Easter, fashion fam! Today I’m going ‘offbook’ and wanted to share more about Easter and my experience, feelings and journey with this special holiday. I hope you and your loved ones are together today, whether you celebrate or not! You are all welcome here. 🙂

When you get down to the meaning of the holiday, it can feel a little…heavy. Mayybe that’s why we invented peeps and easter eggs to distract ourselves from the real meaning. But the optimism in me doesn’t like that answer, or really believe it. Because those Russell Stover easter eggs aren’t going to eat themselves, people.

When I think of Easter, I initially feel a little uncomfortable. I am reminded of early mornings, outfits not necessarily chosen by me (I valued fashion independence early on, as my mom will confirm). I think of cold mornings going to church as a family except for my dad, who says he is an atheist (who may be more agnostic now). I remember the thrill of carrying a palm leaf to the front of church on Palm Sundays with my sister. But we loved waking up and seeing what the Easter Bunny brought us and delighted in the chocolate and easter egg hunts and funtivities our mom made so special for us. Then our whole immediate family would eat an Easter lunch/dinner with our formalwear and sometimes candles, and call all of our relatives.

When I get down to it, it has been an ongoing journey to learn about the meaning of Easter and who Jesus is through loved ones in my life in so many ways. It will continue my whole life because the story of Jesus’ love for us is that rich and it is a love that is so much bigger than us and not of this world. I learn through community, church and noticing the small but personal interactions God delights in having with me every day. God doesn’t stop loving me or gives up on me even if I’ve barely made it to church this year, forgotten to pray or have a dusty bible (is virtual dust on bible apps a thing?) To think that Jesus died for me on a cross, abandoned by friends, betrayed by one, feeling forsaken from God – it’s almost too much to comprehend. Why would he die for me? If I just open 1% of my heart and mind up to this idea, I picture myself holding out an outstretched hand facing up, and I see so much movement and color and nature taking place in response, that was always there waiting and is unshakable by my own feelings or choices.

Stepping into this unshakeable, unmovable, personal and colorful love is an overwhelming feeling. I see why it can be unsettling at first. I can shout ‘I’m loved!’ to the mountaintops and the plants and sound wavelengths will dance with me. It moves me to my very core. I wonder – am I worth it? Why? Can you dim my feelings just a littleee? Emotions are uncomfortable! But then it becomes…this is new. I am seen. I am loved and cherished! As someone I know would say, it’s like trying on a leather jacket when you are used to the comfy sweatshirt. and I remind myself that God can handle all of my emotions in whatever jacket or tee I am wearing. (Idea for the future: clothes that create themselves every day based on your mood). Stephen (my husband) is someone that does an amazing job of this every day and reflects God’s love in such a steadfast way. With Stephen I can wear any piece of clothing, and he always loves me, and he will always talk about looks and ideas with me (literally and figuratively). As you can see, I have had to put in the work to learn about real love (still am!). Knowing we are loved, cherished, valued is essential for our souls and wellbeing and time on this planet. It can change lives, restore hearts, sprout truth and dance away demons. I hope this post reminds you that you are loved by a King and his love is unshakable and free to you, because you are worth it.

This year a LOT has happened to mess with our psyche, emotional state, physical vibes (um hellooo endless snacks). Reflecting on the meaning of Easter is great for resetting our spiritual soul and getting to reconnect on our journey with God and all that he wants to show us. What is God showing you today?

Much love,

Fashion Stoppe

Boho Fashion Inspiration

For some style inspiration, I’m happy to share with you this shoot from the lovely @bridalandbraids & @amylimaphotos 🤗

This look is boho inspired with a denim influence, infused with elements of pale pink. It started with the pink top and adding other layers to that. The “messy” bun enhances the style and complements the feel of “effortlessly boho chic”, thanks to Ryann’s uber talented hair styling and vision. (Spoiler alert: “messy buns” are not so easy!)

This look of a more structured jean on jeans + sheer flowy pink dress + pink chunky boots is a fun way to show how to incorporate different kinds of material into one look, mixing structure with a feminine feel. Hopefully this gives you some style inspiration. What other pieces do you like mixing together?

With the dream team!

Meet our Designers: Kitty and Rhodes

We know you are just as excited as we are for our first annual LAYERS Fashion Show 8.31.19 benefiting Layers of Dignity. To get ready for the show, we’d like to introduce you to an exclusive inside look to meet our talented designers. Below, meet Jasmine Tranai from Kitty and Rhodes and Continue reading

L A Y E R S Fashion Show

Oh hello, fashionistas!

Spring has given us that kick in our strut, er step, that we have so desperately been craving. extra sunlight, new adventures and oh, we have exciting news for you!

Fashion Stoppe is hosting our first annual Fashion Show + Talent Showcase!  Get ready for an unforgettable evening of fashion, mix and mingling, a  display of creative talent, and a chance to meet some fab people.  Continue reading

why we do what we do

have you ever thought about what motivates your soul? why do we get up in the morning? what keeps us up at night?

sleep is something i can never seem to snag enough of. but such is so much about life. time with friends, time to dream, (sleeping or awake), time to explore the unknown. God gives us so many moments and we can decide how to use them. *scrolls facebook sheepishly* so many tutorials, so little time! lolz! <tangent-my recent fave was Lucie Fink’s interview with Anna Akana, if you are in need of some creative vlogging inspo>

here is one thing I am working on currently. how to continue stepping into moments while trusting God at the same time. here is what i mean by that. i used to separate good/bad events from sharing my feelings with God. well, it was easier during the ‘good’ feelings to stay connected. such as positivity, happiness, thankfulness, joy, delight. but i would create so much distance between me and God when  I felt negative or ‘wrong’ feelings, such as disconnect, melancholy, anger, stuck, depression. and then some feelings i get stuck altogether in limbo, anxiety, frustration, it’s something i even do with people, I have learned. the question i have been asking myself is, am i willing to feel what I’m feeling w h i l e staying connected to the holy spirit at the same time, and at the same time, God. what happens when i connect instead of distance those two?  and dipping my boot into that is delightful and splashy like an ocean’s first kiss. salty, refreshing, restoring and real. it makes you wonder why you would stay dry on the sand in the first place.

i also worry no one will understand me. we are created to know and be known. of course Satan would want to create that divide and fake fear. when I express that, God has given me lots of confirmation through people that i am understandable. or people ask great clarifying questions and are patience to talk through something with me. the willingness to learn is as important as automatically being understood, different hues delight the soul.

has this every happened to you? i’d love to hear about it. until next time, thanks for stopping by, fashionistas!

xoxo FS

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oh so fab

Recently, I had the privilege of working with some talented artists on a photo collab.

We paired a subtle glittery French Connection strapless dress with a flowly Parisian silk  skirt + almost black Rampage combat boots. To add texture and variety, we added layers with a dark purple velvet J Crew jacket and jean jacket.

The dress can be worn simply or in combination with other pieces. I love starting with a simple yet stylish piece, and adding other colors and textures in you wouldn’t necessarily expect. Intentional eclection.

For the hair and makeup, Ryann curated a thoughtfully fun meets glamour bold look for going out, a fashion event or just plain #babealert. IF ONLY every day could start off this way! I lament. I’m always impressed with her thoughtfulness and creativity. Amy, our amazing photographer, worked with our vision and we created both stylishly urban looks. You will see Amy used natural light and city backgrounds to create the look we were going for. They are both divine to work with and I definitely recommend you check out their work, “Immediately, if not sooner,” – Stanford Blatch, SATC.

A few things I adore for shoots are natural light, inspired vibes and minimal editing. In this case, inspired vibes means the energy your team feeds off from each other.  I spent wayyy too much time agonizing over which photo to use, but what else is new, but finally fell into the perfect group for this post. Anyone else over hyper obsess over their flaws until you freeze from moving forward? Gulp. Guilty! I would like to invite you and myself to embrace the unique things that make you, y o u.

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Fashion Fairy

Hello, fashionistas!

Recently I had the opportunity to be adorned in flower crowns and painted with princess tribal paint. If only this could be how every day started! Was this a glimpse into the life of how the Kardashians everyday routine, with a boho dash? I could definitely get used to this.

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On personal style

Oh, hi! You look cute.

Yes, fashionista, you are rocking it today! And guess what – it is because you have a personal style and you are glowing u p.

I am currently wearing my yoga outfit with a jean jacket on top. Eclectic athleisure meets a random thing I found in the car. For the win!  Continue reading