Thrift Shop Finds!

Hey there, Fashionistas! 

About 3-4 years ago, I bought this top at a Thrift shop in Troy, Al. I liked that it was off the shoulder and I loved the floral pattern but I never actually wore it because of the bottom. It was first a tunic type of top that had ruffles at the bottom (yeah, I know I should have taken a before and after picture but I totally forgot) that was quite uncomfortable. Just the other day, I decided to cut them off and make it a shirt that I could tuck into basically anything I want and I LOVE IT!  HERE ARE THE RESULTS!


The Whatever Gathering:


Hi everyone!!

The other day I was able to work with Ruby Blue Boutique and Whatever Ministry on a promotional video for an event coming up in September. Whatever Ministry is a ministry whose mission is to show young girls their Beauty, value and purpose in God’s eyes. Knowing your Beauty, value, and purpose is something that God wants us to discover before we can step into the destiny God has for us. Beauty, Value and Purpose kind of go hand and hand to me because beauty isn’t just about your appearance to the world but how God sees you. He loves us because we are all unique and can be used in different ways. We might not all be supermodels but we all have talents and a purpose that is just as beautiful and important! Sometimes people look at celebrities and wish they were like them when God is trying to tell us that He didn’t make us to be like others! He made us to be originals and that is what we as adults and young women need to tap into.


(Behind the scenes photos of the video shoot for ‘The Whatever Gathering’.)

Through high school I had really bad self-esteem issues. People would call me pretty but I would discard it because I didn’t believe it to be true. I based my value on if I had a boyfriend or not and since I didn’t, I felt as if something was wrong with me.Sometimes I would cry myself to sleep because I didn’t understand why I didn’t have a boyfriend or why I didn’t have this many friends, and etc. I dealt with this issue for a while and even through college at times, I still battled with it. I didn’t truly change my views of myself until I fully understood that God loves me and He has made me an original. HE MADE US ORIGINALS! Just the thought of God handcrafting my destiny and leading me down a path that no one else has been through exactly, makes me feel special. We don’t have to compare ourselves to others because quite frankly, they are not us. I MATTER AND NO ONE ELSE CAN DO ME LIKE ME, EVEN IF IT’S JUST MY SMILE. (PASTOR SCOTTY QUOTE!)

It hurts my heart to know that young girls are going through what I went through when I was their age. Feeling like you have to be a certain way to have friends or to be noticed by the right guy. It isn’t a joyful life, if anything it’s depressing. Not feeling free to just be yourself! I’m thankful for Whatever Ministry because I know that their purpose is God-designed. Women of all ages need to know that they are beautiful! They need to know that they matter and their talents matter! They need to know that they have value and that Jesus loves them with an overwhelming love! And they need to know that they have a purpose that only they can do! WE ARE ORIGINALS BECAUSE OUR GOD IS AN AWESOME GOD WHO DOESN’T CREATE DUPLICATES!

With that being said, Whatever Ministry is having an event called the Whatever Gathering on September 17 (for my followers who live in the Mobile, Alabama area or near it). There will be Games, activities, a beauty bar, food trucks, a fashion show, shopping, and more. If you would like to register, all the information you need will be attached at the end of this post! I HOPE EVERYONE ENJOYED THE POST TODAY AND I HOPE YOU ALL HAVE A BLESSED REST OF THE WEEK!

(Special thanks to Whatever Ministry for letting me style the girls for this video! Also, another thanks to Ruby Boutique for letting us use their shop for the clothing and accessories used in the video!!! –blows kisses!!-)

-Jessica Shelter

Creator of Life Fashion Styling

Personal/ Fashion Stylist

Whatever Gathering information: