Holiday Sparkle: Gold Lamé and Leather

Dress: Kensie via Marshalls
Jacket: CiSono via Marshalls
Jewelry: Bauble Bar: Pearl Dahlia Strand 
Boots: Langford Market
Tights: Target

Hip Hip Hooray for Gold Lamé!! The moment I laid eyes on this dress I knew it was going to be my 2013 holiday dress! A few weeks ago I wore it to a friends wedding and tonight it is going to help me ring in 2014 with some major sparkle (jus the way I like it!). At the wedding I paired it with a pair of killer patten leather pumps (I do literally mean killer, my feet about fell off!), gold and crystal drop earrings and a beautiful side swept hair. Tonight I am mixing things up a bit with oversized studs, pearl and crystal necklace, leather jacket, booties and lace tights! I also went ahead and decided to keep my hair lose and down!

Wedding look!

Here's to 2014 friends!! CHEERS!

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Snack Obsession: Lesser Evil Super 4

Remember when I went on a fangirl style rant about how much I LOVED Lesser Evil Chia Crisps? My obsession got me on Lesser Evil's Nice list this Holiday season. The kind people at Lesser Evil sent me their newest snack to try-- Super 4! Super 4 as in four ingredients that are SUPER good for you and taste even better-- white beans, quinoa, lentil and chia.

Here are the PRO's of this tasty little snack:
- SUPER crunchy
- SUPER great flavors (cheese, roasted red pepper--my fav, kale and roasted garlic)
- SUPER healthy (All Natural,Gluten Free,Low Glycemic,Kosher ,Cholesterol Free,Good Source of Fiber,No MSG,Socially Responsible,Not Genetically Modified ,Empty Calorie Free ,No artificial preservatives,No Milk Hormones) 
- SUPER popular - I barely got the box open before Reese was all "OPEN THE BAG!"
- SUPER great package design -- What can I say? I am a sucker for a well designed package
- SUPER flavor on fingers to snack ratio-- a la Doritos (come on you know the best part about a snack like this is licking your fingers afterwards!)

-gone SUPER fast
( I realize that I should probably have more con's for this to be a "fair and balanced" review, but they're just not any more)

As you are making your snack runs for your family Holiday gatherings this week I would SERIOUSLY consider grabbing a few (or 20) bags of these delectables! They are the perfect guilty free snack to munch on while you are practicing family togetherness (or hiding from your family binge watching Netflix)

Find the whole line of Lesser Evil products at a store near you with their handy dandy location finder HERE.
You can also shop directly from Lesser Evil HERE or stalk the grocery manager at your local grocery store and ask him 4 billion times to please keep Lesser evil products on the shelves like I will be doing.

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Criticism and Grace

If you haven't noticed, I have been pretty quiet lately, and regrettably it is my own fault; this is due to my own deflated pride, my own self doubt, my own allowance of people's words to hurt.
It has come to my attention that having a blog opens one up for criticism, but then again, living life opens one up for a lot of criticism as well.
Criticism is hard.
Grace is even harder.

Before I attack the rest of this post there are two things you need to know...
1. I have, at times, been very critical of other people, both bloggers and non-bloggers.
2. I am not perfect.

I thought about just jumping back into blogging with out even addressing what has been going on in my life/heart, but the more I thought on it the more I realized that we will all go through a period of criticism, either in blogging or in real life, and addressing the hard stuff is what keeps this community real. So I am addressing it.

There are three instances of deep heart wrenching criticism that have presented themselves over the past two years of blogging-- A fellow blogger, an acquaintance and  most recently real life friends. The most hurtful obviously being the real life friends. At the climax of each instance I have been faced with the same dilemma--respond or don't.

In each of the three instances I have chosen not to respond to the critic. On one hand it was a calculated response. I have seen what responding out of anger can do (you forget, I work in a middle school-- it normally ends up with "I hate so and so" written in eyeliner on the bathroom stall). On the other hand I wouldn't know what to say in response that would have helped the situation at all. Any words I had would have hurt--deeply, deeply hurt either the critic or myself.

Instead I choose grace.
I choose grace, because grace was chosen for me.

Living a God honoring life is difficult. I want to respond from my flesh 100% of the time. I would have loved nothing more than to fire off a flesh fueled text or email that made the critic feel stupid and small. But isn't that doing right back to them what was done to me? I know how that feels, I know how much that hurts. I don't want anyone to feel that way. We are all entitled to our own opinions (unless your opinion is physically hurting people or anti-chocolate, and then you are NOT entitled to it :) ).  That is what makes this world/community so unique. Why would we want to end that?

So what am I saying?
When you are being criticized, respond with grace.
When you think of criticizing remember how it feels (I sure know I will).
When you find something you don't like find two things that you do.
There is enough hate in the world, we don't need any more.
You don't have to like everything, but you do need to find value in it.

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