Intentional Style: Wedding Dress

Wedding Dress | Intentional Style by Megan Michele and Ashlee Proffitt

It’s wedding season! Rather than waiting until the day of to plan your wedding attire, we thought we would give you an opportunity, as well as a bit of inspiration, to create your own intentional look for any weddings you might be attending this season.

For those of you who know anything about Ashlee, you know that she loves white! However, most brides may not appreciate the guests wearing white along with her. So instead, for this wedding season, we found the perfect compromise for Ashlee! It’s casual, yet tailored and feminine! And those pumps. I die.

Ashlee is a minimalist by nature so we kept her accessories accordingly with a thin gold bar necklace, gold stud earrings and simple stack of bangles.

The side low bun is again simple while still being pretty and feminine.

Ensemble Details

  1. Essential Tank
  2. Jogger Skirt in Cool Slate Grey
  3. Claudette Pump in Nude
  4. Nails: Marshmallow by Essie
  5. Bangles
  6. Necklace
  7. Earrings

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Intentional Mama: Correction Vs. Shaming

Intentional Mama: Correction vs Shaming | by Ashlee Proffitt

Pursuing a heart of intentionality towards our children is so much more than craft projects, activities, games and learning the alphabet. It’s a lifestyle.

You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your might. And these words that I command you today shall be on your heart. You shall teach them diligently to your children, and shall talk of them when you sit in your house, and when you walk by the way, and when you lie down, and when you rise. You shall bind them as a sign on your hand, and they shall be as frontlets between your eyes. You shall write them on the doorposts of your house and on your gates. Deuteronomy 6:6-9

Pursuing the hearts of my children and desiring to point them to Jesus is done in the big moments when everyone is watching and in the secret mundane moments that no one else, but their little eyes, will ever see.

My pastor (also, conveniently known as my husband) taught from 1 Corinthians 4 this past Sunday and though it was not implicitly about parenting, there were a few major correlations that I thought would be helpful to those of you parenting or those of you desiring to parent one day.

Paul is writing this letter to the Corinthians, who by most anyone’s standards were a people marked by disfunction, poor decisions, and a lifestyle that was less than ideal. They were living in a way that was harmful to themselves and those around them. They had laid aside the Gospel.

And what we see in 1 Corinthians is Paul’s response to their wayward hearts, a letter of instruction. He is addressing deep concerns over their spiritual well-being and in doing so is having to say the very hard thing. He is pointing out their sin and mistakes and all the ways they are missing it but then he says:

I do not write these things to make you ashamed, but to admonish you as my beloved children.” Verse 14

Such beauty is uncovered in the meaning of those words.

Ashamed: in the original language the New Testament was written in, Greek, we see that this word would have meant to look inward. To focus on one’s self.

As believer’s our goal is never to be focused on ourself but on our Savior.

Mamas, in our instruction to our children are we shaming them? Are we turning their focus inward, to themselves? Or are we pointing them to Jesus? 

Is our goal in our instruction and correction to just make their mistakes known to them? Are we handing out guilty sentences to our children, indicting them with questions like “Why did you… ” and “How could you…” Statements such as those are harsh and often laden with self-righteous undertones (i.e. I would have never done that so I am better.)

Or do we truly desire to see their hearts changed? If the latter is true then our goal should be so much deeper than pointing out their mistakes and instead putting the focus on the one who died for their mistakes.

Admonish: means to warn or exhort. We see the same word used in Colossians 3:16 “Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly, teaching and admonishing one another in all wisdom, singing psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, with thankfulness in your hearts to God.”

We see by that verse that admonishing is not something to be feared or viewed as a negative, the way our english language or culture would deem it to be but rather an act that leads to worship.

Our admonishing, our warning, our instruction and correction should lead to worship.

Beloved Children: Paul calls the Corinthians ‘beloved children’ which means: esteemed, favorite, worthy of love. His instruction and correction to them is not from a place of superiority, making them feel inferior but rather from a place of love. He genuinely loved them. He was for them. He wanted them to know Jesus more deeply and profoundly so he is bringing their sin in view but then quickly reminding them that they are loved by a Savior who died for all of that sin.

As mamas, we can pursue the hearts of our children and point them to Jesus when we recognize that we are not going to get this right all the time. And when we make a mistake, apologize. Ask for their forgiveness, let them hear you praying and asking Jesus for forgiveness over the way you missed it and let them hear you saying “thank you Jesus that you died for that and have forgiven me.”

As mamas, we can pursue the hearts of our children and point them to Jesus when we (with His grace) stop viewing their behavior as a reflection on how great a job we are doing at this parenting thing. The pressure is off mamas. He loves them even more than you do.

As mamas, we can pursue the hearts of our children and point them to Jesus when we (with His grace) stop putting the pressure on our children to “do good” and “be better.” That is not Good News. That is not the Gospel. Only Jesus can change our hearts.

As mamas, we can pursue the hearts of our children and point them to Jesus when we (with His grace) lovingly remind them Jesus loves sinners.

Now rather than shaming my grandchildren by saying things like, ‘I can’t believe you’re so selfish to not share your toys!’ I can say, ‘I know what it’s like to feel as if I have to have something to be happy. When we know we should share but don’t want to, we can go to Jesus, who loves sinners, and ask for His grace.” Elyse Fitzpatrick, Good News for Weary Women

Intentional Style: Wardrobe Essentials

Wardrobe Essentials: 10 Key Pieces | Intentional Style by Megan Michele and Ashlee Proffitt

Goal Be intentional and purposeful with how we build a wardrobe.

Once we completed the overhauling of Ashlee’s closet, we created a 10 Key Pieces list best suited for her lifestyle. And then, we went shopping to build up her wardrobe!

Wardrobe Essentials: 10 Key Pieces | Intentional Style by Megan Michele and Ashlee Proffitt

1. Plain White Tee

2. Ballet Flats

  • What we purchased: D’Orsay Flat
  • Why: Because these are a staple style that are flattering with most looks. Also, for Ashlee this would be an everyday shoe so it was important to invest in a quality shoe that is built for comfort.

3. Slip-on Sneaker

  • What Ashlee already had: White Converse
  • Why: Because chucks rock, are forever in style, and for whatever reason, you can always pair them with most anything!

4. An Elegant Blazer

  • What we purchased: Tailored Jacket
  • Why: Ashlee’s lifestyle doesn’t always demand an elegant blazer, so we opted instead for something a bit more casual that could easily be dressed up or down. And because this won’t be a weekly wear for her, we choose a blazer on the more inexpensive side.

5. Classic White

  • What Ashlee already had: Oxford Shirt
  • Why: Because it just always makes sense to have at least one collared shirt in your wardrobe, no matter who you are.

6. Striped Shirt

7. Black Pant

  • What we purchased: Pixie Pant
  • Why: Because a well-fitting black pant makes us feel like a million bucks! This particular pant fit Ashlee so well and with it’s structured yet relaxed fit, it could easily be styled for a casual look (chucks and a denim jacket) OR for a date night (classic pumps and blouse).

8. Classic Pumps

9. Black Dress

  • What Ashlee already had: Fit-and-Flare Dress (similar)
  • Why: Because a black dress is perfect for most occasions, it’s worth the investment.

10. Dark Denim

  • What we purchased: Essential Skinny in Dark Wash
  • Why: Because we all love denim and a dark wash is the most versatile of any wash. Good denim is always a good investment. These (and others like the J.Crew Toothpick Denim) use premium fabrics and are constructed in such a way where they always maintain their shape.

Intentional Style | Megan Michele

Blessed.

Proverbs 31 Art Print by Ashlee Proffitt

Happy Mother’s Day weekend sweet ladies.

I have much more I would like to say about this special (and yet oftentimes very difficult day) but for now, I leave you with a sweet little art print. When in doubt, make an art print. Give one to your own mother or to yourself or to any woman who has filled that role of nurturer and caregiver and listener and provider and encourager and biggest fan in your own life.

Enjoy.

Proverbs 31 Art Print by Ashlee Proffitt

Proverbs 31 Art Print [Click here to download]


PLEASE NOTE
The Ashlee Proffitt free printables and downloads are for personal use only. Ashlee Proffitt remains the sole and exclusive owner and holder of the copyright of the graphic and you may not sell or give away the image in any way.

Intentional Style: Closet Overhaul

Closet Overhaul | Intentional Style by Ashlee Proffitt & Megan Michele

Overhauling a closet can be scary because it requires true honesty. Often times, it’s fear of having too little that keeps us holding on to excess items and hinders us from being truly intentional with our wardrobe. But, it doesn’t have to be a fearful process! It can actually be rewarding because it will allow you to become more intentional with the wardrobe you currently have and the future pieces you will begin to invest in.

The first question to consider when overhauling your closet is “Who am I?” And by that I mean, what is the context of your life: 

  • What do your days look like? 
  • Who is your audience? 
  • What is your budget? 
  • What is your age? 
  • What is your true size?

Let’s take Ashlee for instance, she’s a life-of-the-party 31 year old, mommy entrepreneur and pastor’s wife whose days may consist of branding consultations, or carpool line, or hosting church small group, or ALL of the above. It’s important that Ashlee builds a wardrobe of casual and versatile pieces, yet tailored and easily pulled together!

So when we began the process of overhauling Ashlee’s closet, we wanted to consider a few unsaid rules:

  • If it no longer fits, it’s time to give away. Embrace your body!
  • If you genuinely have not worn an item in over a year and it’s not an heirloom piece, it’s time to donate.
  • If you’re nearing your late 20’s, or older, and your pant size is an odd number (aka, juniors size), it’s also time to donate.
  • If your sweaters are too nubby and pilly beyond repair, it’s time to toss.
  • If your tops have discoloration in the armpit area, it’s best those are tossed as well.
  • If you continue to say, “It just needs to be tailored”, but you haven’t gotten around to it yet, donate.
  • If your young daughter has a similar dress as you do, you might want to consider giving yours away.
  • And let’s not forget shoes, if the soles are significantly worn or taps are missing on the heels, either take them to the shoe cobbler or toss.

It was a comical and scary overhaul for Ashlee… there might have been a few more empty hangers than she would have liked! But nonetheless, it enabled us to bring her current wardrobe to where she wanted it to be, so we could then better assess the essentials to invest in. (The 10 Key Pieces for Every Woman’s Wardrobe coming next week!)

Closet Overhaul | Intentional Style by Ashlee Proffitt & Megan Michele


Intentional Style | Megan Michele

Intentional Mama: Cinco De Mayo!

Memory Verse Printable| Cinco De Mayo | Intentional Mama Series by Ashlee Proffitt
BIBLE FOCUS
  • Bible Verse: Declare His glory among the nations, His wonders among all peoples. Psalm 96:3
  • Memory Verse Printable (Download your version of the memory verse seen above.)
  • Talk About
    • Ask: What does this Bible verse mean?
    • Ask: What does ‘Declare’ mean?
    • Ask: What does ‘His Glory’ mean?
    • Ask: What does ‘the nations’ mean?
    • Ask: What does the ‘His wonders’ mean?
    • Ask: Let’s name some ‘nations’ that we know of in the world.
    • Ask: How do we know God loves all the nations? All people of different races, cultures, people groups?
  • Pray a prayer of thanksgiving to God for creating all people and all nations. Pray that He would make Himself known to the nations and help us, His people, to declare His glory to the world
FUN ACTIVITY IDEAS
      1. Craft: Mini Piñata (See our version and step by step instructions below.)
      2. Recipe: Baked Churros (Seriously! These are SO yummy!!) | Cinco De Mayo Sipper (Yummy drink!)
      3. Math: Cinco De Mayo Math Mini Book (FREE) | Cinco De Mayo Count & Graph Worksheets (FREE)
      4. Read: Marco’s Cinco De Mayo
      5. Coloring & Creating: Cinco De Mayo Coloring Sheets

Mini Pinata Tutorial | Intentional Mama Series by Ashlee Proffitt

Idea + Instructions adapted from  Parents.com

Mini Pinata Tutorial | Intentional Mama Series by Ashlee Proffitt

Materials
      • Toilet Paper Tubes
      • Tissue Paper or Paper Streamers (In a variety of colors)
      • Glue
      • Scissors
      • Hole String
      • Ribbon
Instructions
      1. Cut square pieces of tissue paper (large enough to cover the toilet paper tube opening)
      2. Cut a 3/4″ X in the center of the square
      3. Glue the square over the bottom of the toilet paper tube
      4. If using tissue paper, cut into 1 1/2 inch wide strips long enough to go around the tube
      5. If using paper streamers, cut into strips long enough to go around the tube
      6. Cut fringe into the strips
      7. Use glue to adhere strips to the tube, starting from the bottom and working your way to the top, alternating colors.
      8. Punch two holes in the top of the tube and tie a 5 inch piece of ribbon to create a handle
      9. Tape a length of ribbon/string over the X on the bottom of the tube
      10. Fill piñata with lightweight candy and toys.

Use ribbon/string to pull and release all the candy!

Mini Pinata Tutorial | Intentional Mama Series by Ashlee Proffitt

Coloring Sheets

Cinco De Mayo Coloring Sheets | Intentional Mama Series by Ashlee Proffitt Cinco De Mayo Coloring Sheets | Intentional Mama Series by Ashlee Proffitt


 

May Desktop + IPhone Wallpapers

Free Computer Desktop + iPhone Wallpapers | ashleeproffitt.com/blog | Brush Lettering by Ashlee Proffitt

May! The month where I celebrate 10 years of marriage to my sweet husband (!!!!!), the month where I get to head back to Italy for the first time in 11 years (!!!!) and the month where I get to celebrate my baby girl turning 3 (!!!!). And then have a mini panic attack that we are 5 months into the year. What?! I’m so excited for all this month has to offer and am prayerfully attempting to be abundantly present, not wishing a single day away.

Enjoy these wallpapers friends! His grace truly is sufficient.

Free Computer Desktop + iPhone Wallpapers | ashleeproffitt.com/blog | Brush Lettering by Ashlee Proffitt

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To use Desktop WallpaperClick on the links below, and save the large image to your computer. Then set it as your desktop wallpaper.

To use iPhone Wallpaper + Lock ScreenClick on the links below, and save the image to your photos. Open your camera roll, select the image and click next. A box should pop up with icons (message, mail, copy, etc.) choose ‘Use as Wallpaper.’ Scale or position the image to your liking and then select ‘Set Lock Screen.’

ENJOY!

PLEASE NOTE
The Ashlee Proffitt free monthly wallpapers are for personal use only. Ashlee Proffitt remains the sole and exclusive owner and holder of the copyright of the graphic and you may not sell or give away the image in any way.

Make the Most from Your Investment: Attending Conferences & Workshops

How To Make the Most from Attending a Conference or Workshop | Ashlee Proffitt

I am an enormously vocal proponent of conferences, workshops and retreats. Not only do I strongly believe that continued education is of utmost importance, I also believe that seeking opportunities to be in community and to make lasting friendships with people who can identify with our struggles and joys is invaluable.

I am currently packing my bags for such an opportunity! I will be heading to the Inspired Retreat in just a few days and although I am a speaker (so fun!!!) I have so much to learn and so many new friendships to make. I cannot wait!

The challenge for many of us is this at although we save and invest, anticipate and value the experience, we can easily be too overwhelmed to make the most of our time while attending a conference or a workshop. I have listed here a few helpful tips that allow me to fully engage and make the most of my time and investment in these experiences.

  1. Finish Your Work. Make a list of the most pressing work related tasks and do your best to complete those tasks a few days before you leave. As a type a, driven woman, the tendency can be to try and tackle the world before leaving for a trip. Instead of trying to finish every major project you have ever started, plan to tackle only the most pressing and important projects.
  2. To Do List. Make a to-do list for your first work day back in the office. It can be hard to get back in work rhythm and even remember where you left off with each client so making a list while you are still fully dialed in to the projects will ensure that you don’t skip a beat when you get back to work. This simple action also allows you to not feel the pressure to complete every little project before leaving because you have given it space in your calendar to actually complete.
  3. Communicate to Clients. Let all your current clients know that you will be out of the office, where you will be and for how long. Let them know ahead of time that communication will be minimal, if at all. Make sure to include the most immediate tasks that will be addressed once you are back in the office, this assures your client that you are on top of their project and that they are valued by you.
  4.  Auto Responder.  This is the single most important action you can do while you will be away from the office. Having an auto-responder active will let everyone who contacts you know where you are (obtaining education in craft, etc.)  and set the expectation about when you will return their email. This small action gives you the freedom to not even open email while away. And we all know how amazing that freedom can feel. Embrace and enjoy your time away. Don’t spend it in email or worrying about the fact that you aren’t able to check it.
  5. Home + Family Responsibilities.  My primary responsibility is my family. I have 3 children and a husband who look to me for lots of things. In my preparation to leave there are a few things I do my very best to take care of beforehand so that while I am away I am not endlessly worrying (and they are having the optimal amount of stress-free fun.)
    1. Meal Plan – I create a simple meal plan and go over it with my husband. If I am super ambitious I may even prep a few of the meals for him. Not super likely but a great idea. 😉
    2.  Stock the Fridge – A meal plan is worthless if husband has to take 3 kids to the grocery store. Even I hate that.
    3. Schedule – If necessary (i.e. mama does most of the taxiing) write out a schedule for the days you will be gone. Where everyone needs to be and when.
    4. Need To Know – Make a note of anything you do that maybe sweet husband or a sitter does not know or anything out of the ordinary that is happening while you are gone (school projects or special appointments)
    5. Special Letters + Presents – This may seem silly but I write each little (and husband) a little love note and leave it for them to see after I have gone. I just want them to know that I love them more than even this great opportunity and that even though I am really excited about it, I am thinking about them the most. I sometimes throw in a special treat for them too. A new small toy or a gift card for their favorite fro yo place to enjoy while I’m gone.
  6. Attendees.  Try your best to get to know who else will be attending the workshop. Use social media to your advantage and ask who will be going. Some conferences and workshops create a facebook group where the other attendees will introduce themselves. Read the introductions and ‘get to know them.’ This simple action gives you a headstart to making those meaningful connections.
  7. Speakers. Who are the speakers? What are they speaking about? Can you think of specific questions you would like to ask them? This is a great opportunity to hear candid answers to your questions, so come ready to pick their brains!

I hope gives you a tangible way to make the most of your next workshop/conference experience!

 

April Desktop + Iphone Wallpapers

Free Computer Desktop + iPhone Wallpapers | ashleeproffitt.com/blog | Brush Lettering by Ashlee Proffitt

Hello April!

I pray your April is off to a great start.  I pray especially that as we celebrate the death, burial and resurrection of Jesus this Easter weekend you would celebrate the living hope we have in Him; because we serve a God who is not dead, but one who is ALIVE. And that same living God deeply loves you today and desires to be near you. And at your absolutely worst, that’s the moment He died for you. Trust in Him and His love for you.

Enjoy these wallpapers.

Free Computer Desktop + iPhone Wallpapers | ashleeproffitt.com/blog | Brush Lettering by Ashlee Proffitt

Free Computer Desktop + iPhone Wallpapers | ashleeproffitt.com/blog | Brush Lettering by Ashlee ProffittFree Computer Desktop + iPhone Wallpapers | ashleeproffitt.com/blog | Brush Lettering by Ashlee Proffitt

To use Desktop WallpaperClick on the links below, and save the large image to your computer. Then set it as your desktop wallpaper.

To use iPhone Wallpaper + Lock ScreenClick on the links below, and save the image to your photos. Open your camera roll, select the image and click next. A box should pop up with icons (message, mail, copy, etc.) choose ‘Use as Wallpaper.’ Scale or position the image to your liking and then select ‘Set Lock Screen.’

ENJOY!

PLEASE NOTE
The Ashlee Proffitt free monthly wallpapers are for personal use only. Ashlee Proffitt remains the sole and exclusive owner and holder of the copyright of the graphic and you may not sell or give away the image in any way.

Choosing a Branding Designer

Choosing Your Branding Designer by Ashlee Proffitt

Branding is a buzz word among creative entrepreneurs. Something that many now offer their expertise and opinion on. But when it comes down to it choosing a branding a designer one must consider 3 things.

  1. Expertise & Experience
    • Education: While a graphic design degree is not a must it sure is an added bonus. Some type of education is definitely necessary though; whether it is studying under an experienced branding designer or taking classes through a local college or even online. Training and education give opportunities for designers to learn the fundamentals of strong design, what works, what doesn’t work, to gain invaluable feedback on their own creative work and to hone their skills (before getting their hands on your very important project.)
    • Experience: What experience does your designer have? The benefit of an experienced designer is a fluidity in the way they work and creatively produce. An experienced designer has created and put into place systems and processes that enable the best end result. While a designer who has less experience may achieve the same end result (a strong, powerful new brand!) the process getting to that end result may be a bit more arduous as the experienced designer has simply had more time to work out all those kinks.
  2. Testimonials & Portfolio
    • Testimonials: You can learn a lot about a designer by the types of clients they have previously worked with. What do previous clients say about the designer, the work, the end result, the process? If testimonials are not posted, simply ask for a list of previous clients during your inquiry and send them a message. This is a normal request and one that you should feel free to make before investing in such a major project with both your finances and your time.
    • Portfolio: Is there a portfolio available on their website? Is the portfolio extensive (more than a handful of projects)? Does the portfolio display a range of details that are included within the project so you can see examples of what is included in the branding package? Is there a range of ability and general design application.
  3. Style, Aesthetic & Being a Good Fit
    • Style & Aesthetic: Does the designer’s approach to branding fit your style and aesthetic? Does his/her general style and aesthetic resonate with you? Do you generally like the work they produce?
    • A Good Fit: Are there opportunities in the designer’s process to get to know one another before committing to an entire branding project? Together you will be creating the foundation for your business. Branding is not just about a logo but instead a set of carefully executed decisions that makeup the entirety of your clients’ experience; so, ensuring that the designer is a good fit (the one who will be assisting you in making all of those decisions) is absolutely necessary. Do the two of you connect easily? Is it relatively easy to communicate with him/her? Do you feel heard, understood and valued?

This is for certain not an exhaustive list but it is a great place to start when choosing a branding a designer.


Branding by Ashlee Proffitt

 

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