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Irregardless of what it LOOKS like and surely irregardless of what it FEELS like! What’s to come will supersede what’s been in your life! Make the declaration and speak it CONTINUOUSLY! It’s gotta happen! Your words are POWERFUL and you have the authority to speak things into existence. Declare today that your latter SHALL be greater than your past! 💪🏽  I know that we all can get lost with our day to day schedules and routines and just the busyness of LIFE, BUT do not let what’s going on around you affect what’s happening inside of you. Trials come as a test of our faith and to build us up in areas where we may lack. If we give in, then we also GIVE UP the promises. Don’t self sabotage in this season. See yourself winning and reaching EVERY goal you set for yourself. There are limitless possibilities of where your faith can and will take you. Believe it or not, our whole life is a FAITH WALK. I abruptly found this out in my adult years smh lol I moved out of my mom’s house at 22 and started to incur bills and of course that’s when life got REAL. Little did I know, as I got older I would go through many situations that would have me questioning my own faith. Truth be told, many experiences & failed expectations should have left me broken and if it wasn’t for my relationship (not religion), I wouldn’t have made it. I’m thoroughly convinced there’s a plan and purpose for my life so I must keep faith in an all powerful and an all knowing God. Don’t let your surroundings get the best of you. If you just have to know what the end of your life is going to be like, I’ll tell you this little secret before I go……Eyes haven’t seen, ears haven’t heard, neither has it entered into the heart of men the things God has prepared for them that love Him. ♥️

~Today’s Threads~

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🌷🖤🌷 This fun Summer Sunday look is a combination of Forever21+, Michael Kors, H&M, & Steve Madden! 🌷🖤🌷

The floral top was bought in store recently from F21 and it has a low v-neck so I paired it with a white undershirt. You never want to expose too much cleavage especially in church lol. The blush skirt which is also F21 was bought online. The belt was purchased at H&M where there’s always a huge variety to choose from. The black open-toe booties are Steve Madden which I love because you can wear them year round! My bag of the day is a simple Michael Kors shoulder purse which also has the ability to be a cross body. I love its versatility! And of course everything is affordable! Email me for your styling inquiries at StyledByJustJess@gmail.com!

#SundaySlay

Happy Father’s Day

In Honor Of My Father

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I think it’s safe to speak about my dad now without the waterworks lol I’ve truly come far from where I was a few years ago. With the help of God, my mother, close family & friends, I’ve overcome serious depression from losing someone so close. Since the moment I found out of my father’s passing, I became numb. For two weeks straight I couldn’t eat nor did I leave my room. My moment of transparency: I was forced to bathe and after this kinda loss, I secretly wanted to die. I slept most days away hoping I would wake up from this nightmare. It wasn’t the right or best time for this to happen in my life. I needed him longer. My dad wasn’t perfect, but he strived for perfection. He was a spiritual father to soooo many. Every kid in the church loved my dad. He had nicknames for just about everybody lol I was “Boo”. He always gave words of wisdom and praised me in all my endeavors. He had a singing voice like no other. He took me on dates even though half of them we ended up working and meeting his clients lol. He spoiled me by giving me anything I asked for. He bought my first car and is also the reason I have a shopping addiction. How could God take him from me when I was only 19? I had so many questions for God and I really didn’t care to hear the answers because none of them would be good enough. For the next 8 years, Father’s Day would leave me crippled in my own home. I didn’t go to church and I wouldn’t watch the tv because of the commercials. I’d make my post about him on social media then log off to avoid seeing others post about their dads. I called into work twice on the anniversary of his death because I couldn’t get out of bed. I would pass by his gravesite after my shift at the funeral home to only cry til I made myself sick. I didn’t grow up as a statistic who was fatherless. I am grateful for the time we shared and it wasn’t until 2 years ago that I separated myself from depression. Both of my parents pushed me to be successful and productive in life. I realized my daddy wouldn’t want me to be gripped by depression, but to utilize it as an opportunity to do and be better. He owned lucrative businesses and was such a hard worker. I see myself being the same way. I wear his last name proudly. It took a lot of prayer for God to take the anger away. I was angry with God AND my dad. It’s true that time heals all wounds but that doesn’t negate that you’ll still be left with a scar. Now, I can smile on his birthday and Father’s Day because of who he was to me. He always wanted the best for me. He’s sorely missed but I’m sure he’s not  too far from me. If you’ve read thus far, I pray that should you ever lose someone so close, God gives you peace that surpasses your understanding. Peace when you’re looking for answers you don’t care to even hear. Peace when you allow fear and depression to grasp you. Peace that will comfort you and ease the pain. Now I’m even more compassionate while servicing funerals because I know what it feels like to be on that front row. Don’t let your loved ones’ passing be in vain. Life isn’t promised tomorrow and death is inevitable. Live and Love each moment you’re blessed with! 💜

-jess

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CHIN•UP buttercup…times when you feel overwhelmed, just look back and see how far you’ve come…and then KEEP GOING. 💚

In the beginning of January, you couldn’t tell me I’d be where I am in June. It started rough…really rough..and now I’m finally seeing it shift! There were things I needed to let go of because there were things I needed to gain. I couldn’t receive what was destined for me still holding on to baggage and situations I shouldn’t have been in. Timing had literally played a huge part in every circumstance. I was forced to be patient and the only way I can have patience is if I trust the process. In a restaurant, you’ll be patient waiting for delicious food because you trust that it’s being made correctly and therefore worth the wait. Trust is simply Faith. Faith is the substance of things hoped for and the evidence of things not seen. When I can’t see it, I STILL say it and think it to be true! I trust that the Author of my life is mapping it out the way He wants it. Begin or continue to have faith that things will work out in your favor even when it looks like it won’t. There were many times I couldn’t see the exit sign let alone a green light to know which way to go. I HAD to have faith. Not much of this is needed, just a mustard seed amount will suffice. 👌🏽 Let past victories be a reminder that the SON always shines. He always does more than we could ever imagine! Keep Faithing It Even When It Gets Tough. You weren’t built to break!

-jess

•Fitting Room Chronicles•

I recently went shopping in one of my favorite stores which is Forever 21 and stumbled upon this vintage looking beauty! This is of course plus size due to my current curvy frame lol and it’s also super comfy! I’d wear this to work or choose it for date night all with a change of shoes. Shoes pictured are Steve Madden! Email me for any styling inquiries!

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Hello M A Y🌺🌸💐🌷🌺
[please be awesome to me] 🤗

🌟Hope your 1st is the start of something NEW with a NEW outlook and attitude for what this month will bring! Be in a posture of EXPECTATION! 🌸 It’s true that April showers bring May flowers….so no matter how last month may have failed you and “showered” on your parade, expect things to bloom in your FAVOR this month! It can happen! 🌟

So for this Sunday’s Slay Award, I have to give it to my fashion twin (Brandii Mariee) for bringing the slayage with a cute Spring outfit! The jumpsuit is from It’s Fashion Metro and the sandals can be found at Target! My outfit deets are affordable as well…I’m wearing the Velzera Off-The-Shoulder tunic from Forever21+ and the sandals are ALDO! Happy Shopping! ❤image