Canvas Prints

So, I'm in the process of hanging things on the walls of my house, FINALLY. After several days of painting, I'm tired of staring at blank walls. One of the items that I'm so happy to hang is this 8x10 wrapped canvas that Easy Canvas Prints created for me. I wanted to make something inspiring for my office, so I decided to use a sketch by Sarah Ingham of the "paint dress," which was the project that really reminded me what my true passion has been all along - fashion.

It was working on that project with a group of architects from my old job, and then having our design win an award when I truly realized what I was missing in my life. After that moment the chase to be in the fashion started.

But, of course, I can't forget the One who I believe has given me the opportunity to pursue this passion - God. I often times forget why I'm simply breathing air today, let alone pursuing a career in styling.

So, of course, this canvas print is the perfect reminder to keep my motivated at my desk.

All I had to do was create my design, upload the file, pick what style of canvas I wanted, and then VOILA!...The canvas arrived on my doorstep.

Do you guys keep inspiring words in your work space?

November Giveaway - Catalyst 1 Day Conference Tickets

So, this month instead of giving away jewelry, makeup or a closet makeover, I'm giving away something that is REALLY valuable to those of you that are entrepreneurs and are striving to honor God with your passion and business - 2 tickets to Catalyst One Day.

It's not a secret that I'm a Christian, and that my WHOLE reason for pursuing styling and fashion is because I feel that I have a God-given talents and dreams that I believe He has called me to. SOOO...If you're like me, and you're trying to make an a positive impact on society by loving people and God first and your business second, Catalyst One Day is a fantastic conference to attend. It's just one day and you will walk away equipped with tools on how to be a better business leader. Andy Stanley and Craig Groeschel will speak on the theme of, "MOMENTUM. What is it? Why is it important? How do you get it? How do you keep it?"

Check out this video for a sneak peek of what you will hear!

Catalyst One Day from Catalyst on Vimeo.

* Catalyst One Day * Theme - Momentum * Thursday, November 18 * Christ’s Church of the Valley

Whether you need fresh insight for your staff, your church, your business, or yourself, this is an exceptional, can’t-miss opportunity!

OKAY...NOW for the giveaway....

To enter to win TWO tickets (one for you and a friend), leave your first and last name in the comment section below saying why you would like to attend the conference. A winner will be chosen on Friday at 12pm Arizona time.

If you want to bring others along with you, you can call Aaron today to receive a special discounted rate of $99! Aaron Foster (888) 334-6569.

Answered Prayers

wendy4I know this is not fashion related, but it's Alex related and this is after all. ;) My life has been NUTS these past few months and has put me on my knees with anxiety and stress. I believe that God hears our prayers always, though He may not answer them in the way we want or expect, I know He hears me and I find comfort in that. So, I would like to share with you a bit about my recent circumstances and encourage those of you that are struggling in your faith that God is with you. And though, the knots in your stomach may not cease, mine never did, keep clinging the best that you can. Click to keep reading.

I was sick for about a month and a half. I had severe joint pain to the point where I couldn't even walk to my bathroom, random episodes of nausea - one in particular forced me to cancel my trip to San Francisco where I was going to visit FIDM SF campus and vascular distress. The doctors were unable to figure out what was wrong with me after three different blood tests and four trips to the doctor until last week...It turns out it was a combination of the flu, flare up of old mono and severe allergies to ragweed, mold and cedar. Though I have been feeling better for awhile now, to know of these allergies is such an answered prayer because throughout my childhood I have dealt with allergic reactions of which we that we could not figure out the cause.

As most of you know, I was in a car accident the week of  Thanksgiving. You can read about the accident here. My paid off car was totaled, and now has put us in a situation of buying a car and paying for rentals - super stressful to say the least. Well, God has provided us with a used CRV that we will be picking up this Saturday. We are so excited! Not only is it a price we can afford, but it's our number one choice car.

Our new puppy, Wendy, broke her toe at the beginning of November, had to have a cast, got sores from her cast and then ate an ornament, which resulted in an emergency endoscopy to retrieve the top of the ornament from her stomach. These issues have resulted in five veterinarian visits within one month. Super pricey! Wendy has finally healed, and thank goodness stomach surgery wasn't necessary because that would be WAY more money.

Lastly, I work for a professional association - a non-profit that has been anticipating hard times. We have managed to stay strong through the economic downturn. Expecting to get a pay cut and a possible layoff in my year-end review, God not only spared me from that, but I received a raise and a bonus (which will be going to our dog and car)! Such a wonderful blessing!!!

This season has been very hard. Hard on my relationship with God, hard on my marriage and hard of my friendships. However, I've come out on the other side, breathing and joyful. Dealing with an illness and surviving what could well have been a fatal accident has made me really appreciate my health and life. I wish all of you a new year full of good health!

Obviously, finances have been a source of anxiety, but Ryan and I have been so blessed in this area of our lives, and we are glad that we can continue to bless others in this lagging economy.

By no means am I saying that prayers will always leave you with warm fuzzies and amazing blessings, but there is always growth and wisdom to be gained. For me, it's an appreciation for life and my job - something that many people are without this holiday season.

Praise be to God!

Gap Premium Denim

premium denimYou may have seen loads of advertisements lately for Gap Premium Denim. Let me tell ya, it's definitely all it's cracked up to be. I always buy Gap jeans, but I'm really liking these cuts of denim. I bought some premium skinny jeans a couple weeks ago and I love them. held a contest for Gap called, "Born to..." I created a look that described what I'm born to do. I said that I'm born to learn because that's exactly what I love doing every day. I love learning about God, fashion, people, music, name it. It might be cheesy, but it's true. I used items that reminded me of college. Simple and comfortable.