Friday, March 31, 2017

EXCITING NEWS: The BB Shop







YALL!! Happy Friday!! I am so so so excited to annouce that my graphic tee line: Bloom With Grace has officially launched!! I could not be more thrilled! My dream of creating a clothing line has finally happened and I am so so excited to share it with you all! You'll notice on the pages tab at the top of my blog is a page titled "The BB Shop." This will take you to directly where you can purchase the shirts. 

A little back story on why I am so excited to share these with you: I’ve always had a dream and a desire to share my heart with others and create something that had my stamp and name on it. My blog is a platform where I can do that and now I have something you can physically wear! (My heart sings when I read that sentence out loud!) With this, I hope each of you would be encouraged and inspired. Bloomability is an outlet where I share my heart, love for fashion, beauty and more! I hope it’s a place where you come for encouragement and know exactly what you are going to get. I hope Bloomability inspires you and pushes you to be the best version of yourself. Life isn’t always daisies and roses but it’s about becoming more of who we are called to be and striving to be the BEST versions of ourselves. The phrase “Bloom with Grace” truly comes from a place of realness for me. For me, that's battling anxiety and depression. For you, it may be something else, whether that’s anxiety, depression, self worth, jealousy, pride, self harm, whatever your struggle may be and whatever life may throw at you, I hope you'll remember life's about the journey, not just the destination and you'll be inspired to Bloom With Grace. Thanks for giving me some of your day and letting me share my heart. Know you are loved, treasured and adored! 

I am so grateful for all the encourage and support!! It does not go unnoticed! If you decide to buy a shirt, please post it and share the love with the #BloomWithGrace! 

You can see all the goodies here!

Thanks so much for reading! Have a wonderful weekend!

Thursday, March 30, 2017

The Perfect Easter Dress










Hi, Friend! First off, did you notice my blog makeover?? I got on a creative kick last night and decided it was time for a change! I'm super excited about this new look! Tell me what you think!! 

On another note, Easter is rapidly approaching and I can hardly believe it! It's about to be April... three months of this year have flown by?! SAY WHAT?!

I thought two weeks out from Easter would be the perfect time to share a dress I'm currently swooning over and think would work perfectly for all your Easter festivities. Lets first talk about the color, dusty blue is my absolute favorite color. It goes so well with so many skin tones! I know dusty blue will be in my wedding someday because it literally looks good on everyone! Next, lets talk about the style. It's a very appropriate length without being too short or too long and you don't have to worry about it not staying up over your chest. It sits high and tight but still has some fabric in the front that lays beautifully! This dress is extremely affordable. It can be dressed up or down, worn with a sweater or shrug if you want to cover your shoulders and can be paired with any neutral clutch, or a bold one if that's what suites your fancy. 😉  The dress does most of the talking so I won't say too much more BUT please let me know if you get it and end up wearing! Take an adorable picture and shoot me an email! 
P.S. Please forgive me that the dusty blue sold out of course right before I posted. There is still white and black though!! 

You can shop the look below! 


Photography by: Century Tree Productions

Tuesday, March 28, 2017

My Nightly Routine







Finding the perfect balance at night and determining what works best for you to relax can be one of the hardest things. Everyone is different but finding the balance is the key to success in your sleep habits and truly one key factor to being happy in life, at least for me that is, no sleep = unhappy Abi. Am I the only one?! 

I thought it would be fun to share how I relax, the nightly products I use and the habits I'm trying to implement in my nightly routine. 

Currently, my bedtime routine usually starts around 9-930. Call me grandma but sleep is so so important. I take some time to wind down and by starting the get ready process my body goes into relax mode which eventually leads to sleep. Getting ready for me can be quite the process, at night I'll tell Zach, I'll call you once I'm in bed and he says "okay, talk to you in an hour." 😉  This is definitely an exaggeration BUT at night I don't have to be anywhere (usually) so I usually move slowly to get some "me" time. 

The first thing I do every night is grab a face wipe and remove all my makeup. This isn't the only step I take for cleaning my face because you can't truly wash your skin without removing the layer of makeup so before I do anything I get off as much makeup as possible with a face wipe. I really like these from Target. 

After wiping my face off, I run a shower and just rinse off. This is something I do every night and morning regardless of how early or late it is (funny fact about me). I just wash my face in the shower and clean my body. This helps me wake up in the morning and wind down at night. I shared previously on the blog my nightly skin routine but it's changed some. The products I use on a regular basis are: 
3. Face Scrubbie (this is life changing and I highly recommend it)
The CeraVe products have been absolutely amazing. Whatever formula they have works on my skin. Yes, I still get the occasional breakout but this has completely eliminated my acne and works beautifully on my skin. A drugstore WIN to say the least! 

After rinsing off and washing my face I apply the moisturizer I linked above and then apply Jergens Body Lotion to my hands and feet. Lastly, I'll apply some oils to my skin to really relax me. I use Rocky Mountain Oils or DoTerra. Some of my favorites are:
1. Peace and Quiet
2. Feminine Aid (I'm convinced it helps with cramps and reducing hormone craziness when that time of the month rolls around)
3. Serenity 
4. Balance
These are some of my favorite oils that relax and get me ready for a good night sleep. A lot of these help with anxiety too!

Aside from my nightly routine, I am really trying to implement some good nightly habits. Here are some that I am hoping to start soon/some day. 
  1. Not watching Netflix every night and picking up a good book. They say light from electronics is not good for us at night and so I am really trying to be better about finding a good read that will calm me and not require a lot of attention. 
  2. I know once I'm married I'll want to implement this but picking a time to put my phone down and not pick it back up. I think it's important that we unplug at night and I know once I am married that I'll want to implement this into my life. Any married gals do this and recommend it?
Anyway, that's a little glimpse of my nightly routine and so things I plan to implement in the future. What are some of your nightly routines that you love and would suggest? 

Thanks so much for reading! 

Photography by: Century Tree Productions

Thursday, March 23, 2017

Off the Shoulder Top









Little life update, my life is practically booked from now till the end of the semester (every weekend at least) All good things but so busy!! Why does that always happen in late spring? Can anyone relate? *life update over* 😉

Let me tell you, I feel like a total movie star in this outfit! I think it's the glasses with the top, don't you?! I felt absolutely beautiful while shooting, so I cannot recommend this outfit enough to y'all because I truly think it will make everyone that wears it feel like a pop star! 

I cannot get enough of off the shoulder tops! They are fun, sexy, and fabulous! They create a fun flirty vibe that is just carefree and truly perfect for summer and spring! Also, can I talk about these Articles of Society jeans.. so stretchy and SO comfortable! It felt like I was wearing leggings practically. I've been told the investment in good quality jeans is one of the best you can make. Does anyone else agree with that statement?

This outfit has to be my favorite that I've shared this week! It's cute for a date night or a girls day! Everyone needs an off the shoulder top, especially one with a beautiful bow in the back! 

All these looks were so fun to shoot over my break so thanks for being excited with me!! 
I hope you love them! Thanks for giving me a few minutes of your time!

You can shop this look below! 


Tuesday, March 21, 2017

Swing Dress and Ball Cap









Sometimes subtle statements are the way to go, especially in Texas as it starts to get warmer. Ball caps are actually becoming my new best friend. Never did I ever think I'd say that but here I am. Totally loving adding a little wave to my hair and then throwing a ball cap on. It makes life simple and easy and I don't have to worry about my hair the rest of the day! 

I am absolutely loving this dress as well. It's so soft and loose which makes it nice and airy for the hot spring and summer months. Yesterday it was mid 80's in College Station...too.dang.hot.
 It's a nice length to be able to wear out if you pair it with the right shoes and some fun jewelry or completely dress it down like I've done here. It's a versatile piece that you absolutely cannot go wrong with! I completely forgot to take pictures of the back but it's got a cute cut out at the top. (so sorry, blogger fail) I am wearing an XS and it's definitely spacious so don't go up a size, if anything I would go down one. It comes in three colors and is currently 40% off!! It's definitely something I cannot live without. Do you agree?! 

Thanks so much for reading!! 

Shop my full look here:
(I've paired some other adorable hats as well as another pair of shoes that would look great with it) 

Monday, March 20, 2017

Chiffon Maxi Skirt








Happy Monday, y'all! Not going to lie.. the Spring Break blues are a real thing, especially with Daylight Savings but that's okay because I only have about six weeks left. I. Can. Do. It. My week was fun, relaxing and very restful. Exactly what my heart needed! I shot some great looks and I cant wait to share them with you all!

To brighten up your Monday I am sharing a beautiful green chiffon maxi skirt outfit that is just to die for! It's so inexpensive. It's so easy to throw on in the spring or summer with a top and feel absolutely beautiful. You could wear it to the beach, to a wedding (with the right top), or for a girls night. You seriously cannot go wrong. For the price of this piece, the quality is great! It's under $26!! Not to mention, it's long enough for me and that's saying something considering I'm 5'8! 😉  I love how bold the color is making it a complete statement! I can see some adorable Bauble Bar tassel earrings with this for a Mexico outfit, can you picture it too?! 

I hope you love this outfit as much as I do! I've linked all the details below! 






Thursday, March 9, 2017

Recouping, relaxation and rest


First off, thank you all for your sweet comments and love from my blog post on Tuesday. It was such a treasure and a joy to write that post and I'm so glad you each loved it so much. 

My week is about over and that means spring break is about here. I can't tell you how ready I am for a break, to be able to rest, work on things and just prepare for the second half of my semester! I have lots of exciting, fun things I'll be shooting over break and one is something I've been working on for awhile. I'll also be doing a giveaway when I get back so stay tuned for that. 😊  I'll be taking the week off next week to just fully relax and recoup. Just when I thought this week would be easy, God decided He wanted to throw me a few curve balls. He is still good through it all but I'm just exhausted from the week! Have you ever had a week like that?! 

I hope you each enjoy your break if that's what next week is for you! If not, know your break is coming! See you all soon! 


Pictures: LMB Photography



Tuesday, March 7, 2017

Our Story


Today will be a long post full of lots of interesting facts, a story that I absolutely love and treasure and some raw honesty as well. I haven't ever done this before but have felt compelled to share Zach and I's story from the past five years.. I think being a blogger is more than just sharing beauty and fashion tips but also sharing a glimpse of real life.
I can't believe it's actually been five years since Zach and My journey began. It feels like just yesterday (but also decades ago) that we started "dating." I use that term lightly only because we were fifteen and sixteen and couldn't drive anywhere together. 😉  So let's just say friends that liked each other a lot. lol

It all started back in the summer of 2011 when I met Zach's mom (Chenoa) and sister (Bailey) on a church youth group trip. We were headed to Daytona Beach Florida for a conference and I immediately hit it off with his mom and sister. (Fourteen hours in the car will do that to you, right?)
Our trip was sweet and fun and Chenoa had mentioned that she had a son and another daughter. I didn't think much of it until after we came back from Florida and I saw Zach. I'll just say that the first time I saw him I was a little starstruck but it turns out he was dating another girl. So I let that go and went on my merry way.

Later that summer, in July I want to say, I saw Zach, Bailey and their dad (Tom) at another youth event. We were camping on the church property but eating at a restaurant before. It had been awhile since I had seen Zach but I felt a little more confident to approach him since another girl wasn't with him. I was my loud bubbly self talking and carrying on about who knows what. Zach didn't say too much because lets just say, back in the day, he was rather shy, but that didn't really stop me. 😂  Nothing happened that night other than a sweet conversation between the four of us.

In August, Zach, Bailey, my brother Zak and I all hung out together one day in August. It was a fun time, but Zach was still dating the other girl so nothing really happened. Just a sweet cordial friendship hanging out outside, watching movies and just having good fun. Zach had asked for my number that night we all hung out (not really sure why, to be totally honest) and I gave it to him but we never texted. 

Now, let's go to November of that same year (2011).. I was going to a Christian school part time and being homeschooled the other half (interesting fact #1 if you didn't already know that about me). There was an event at the Christian school and it turns out Zach and his mom were at the event. Again, Zach and I's relationship at the time was purely friends. We didn't talk other than if I saw him on Sunday's or other events. Zach's throat was hurting that night and his mom asked if I could find Zach a glass of water. Once I got Zach the glass of water he asked me if he could sit with me. To be totally honest, I was completely shocked. I had no idea why he wanted to sit with me or even hang out with me but I said yes and we enjoyed the show. Zach was much more talkative than he had ever been towards me that night. He asked if I was attending a youth event that weekend and I was. This is where I like to say that the spark started. 😉

That weekend at the youth retreat, Zach and I completely hit it off. Everyone in the group was talking and basically predicting when we would start dating. It was that weekend that I was just 😍  for Zach.

High school spirit day! 


Between the time of November and January 1st is when we were talking and I was basically getting permission to date Zach before I was 16 (interesting fact #2, in my house the dating age was 16). My parents agreed to let me date at fifteen and a half which is what age I was when Zach and I officially started dating. Before we started dating though we hung out lots of times, but a chaperon always had to be with us and we also had to use separate blankets (interesting fact #3) 😂. My dad actually had to go out Zach to chat about his intentions, why he liked me and go over some ground rules. One of those ground rules was.... no kissing until you've been dating a year. (When I tell people that, most fall out of their chair completely and say "you didn't actually follow that did you?") Zach and I went 11 months before we kissed (interesting fact #4). It was right around Thanksgiving when we finally did. But I'm jumping a little ahead of myself... in between January 1st and November, lots happened! We celebrated our first Valentine's Day, went on a huge mission trip to Guatemala, told each other we loved each other and all that mushy gushy young love stuff. I want to say for that first whole year we weren't allowed to drive alone together, one of our parents always had to be with us. I don't think our first date was until December or January of 2013. I can't quite remember but regardless there were lots of rules that Zach and I were asked to abide by and we did. As hard as they were, it was really good for us and truly what I believe to be the beautiful Godly foundation that we have. Another thing that Zach and I talked about and agreed on from the beginning was that we would save sex for marriage and I am proud to say that we are still saving that. I don't share that to make you impressed or make anyone feel bad if that's not the decision that you've made but to encourage you that if you set your mind to something and really feel strongly about it, you can do it. Don't let society or anyone tell you its not worth it. Fight for what you believe is right, regardless of what it is.

So lets fast forward to graduation in May of 2014. Zach and I have been dating for over two years at this point and are about to endure long distance. His family was moving to California and my family was moving to Texas. We didn't know if long distance would work but we wanted to give it our best shot, praise God we did! Long distance, up until that point had been the hardest thing that we had endured. If you are currently in a long distance relationship, be encouraged to know that they are hard hard work and you aren't alone in thinking or feeling like that. How can you connect with someone other than over Facetime or the phone? The physical aspect of your relationship is out and so with Zach at times it just felt like the sweetest friendship which is great but its not just a friendship, its more than that. My advice for you is if you're currently in a long distance relationship, make time for talking on the phone every night (or whenever is best for you) just like you would with every other relationship. Get games that you can play each other like Words with Friends or something competitive that makes you feel like you're close throughout the day. Get a book and read it together and talk about it a couple times a week. Pick a TV show and designate a time you can walk and then text each other throughout. These are just some of the things Zach and I did that made all the
difference.

Now back to the story..

After about 8 months or so, on March 10th of 2015 Zach enlisted into the Air Force and was off to boot camp for 8 weeks. Our communication was cut off completely only to a few mere letters. This was about the time when I personally hit rock bottom and started to struggle with major anxiety and depression. I wasn't passing my classes, I had no friends in Texas and I felt my absolute worst. Zach had been my companion during the huge move to Texas and starting a brand new phase of life. When he left, I really struggled. I learned a lot about not depending on the person you are with to complete you but instead compliment you. It's okay to be sad and miss them but you can't stop your life if they aren't with you. You have to keep pursuing what you are called to. I was becoming co dependent and so I had to work through some of that as well. But through it God was faithful.. I learned a lot and grew a lot in 8 weeks.

Excuse the poor picture quality, but this was when we were reunited for the first time in October of 2014 after saying goodbye in July!



Zach made it through boot camp and we were reunited in late April right as I was finishing up my freshman year. After basic Zach stayed in San Antonio, he pursued two different career paths with the Air Force but the Lord shut the doors. During that time period in the fall of 2015 was when I actually thought for awhile that Zach and I were going to break up. I was struggling to love myself with my anxiety and depression and couldn't even begin to think about another person and caring for them. I felt in my heart that we needed to take a break and to be totally honest, I wasn't sure if we were going to get back together but I asked him for some space with zero communication. It was one of the hardest decisions I have ever had to make. It wasn't something I had been planning but one day just woke up and knew it was what I needed to do. I really hurt him by doing so because I didn't have an explanation other than "this is what I feel is right" but I had to trust my gut and know that if our relationship was going to last I needed some space. Throughout those six weeks I cried a lot, sought Jesus and worked at becoming healthier. In October, we were able to talk through a lot and I was in a more stable place to be able to love someone. Even though that period was one of the hardest I truly believe it's the reason we are so close and have such a deep appreciation for one another.

Zach's first day in Texas = no more long distance!

So like I said, during our break Zach's original career plans were being rerouted and he opted for become a Mechanic. He left for California not long after we got back together. Once his training was done he was stationed in west Texas in April of 2016. I cannot believe that he has been within a few hours of me for close to a year! We are now in 2017 and absolutely loving life and our situation. 

It's been a roller coaster for sure. I can't believe how far we have come and what more life will throw at us. Zach is so much more than I could ask for, such a Godly man, who loves me and treats me with so much respect. He has such a heart to help and serve others. It's one of my favorite things about him! We laugh till we are practically peeing our pants and I truly can't get enough of him. 😊


Anyway, if you're still reading..thank you for listening to my long winded story! I hope throughout you've been encouraged. I am not a relationship expert by any means but if you need encouragement please shoot me an email! I'd love to chat with you! Have a wonderful Tuesday!

Thank you so much for reading!!! 

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