Blue Jean Baby, Nashville Lady, Seamstress for the Band



“As iron sharpens iron, so one person sharpens another.” proverbs 27

Some of my favorite photos of Audrey Hepburn are the ones with a scarf in her hair, high wasted denim and a tank top. I love gowns, chandelier earrings, high heels and glamour… But there’s something to be said for denim on denim, hot summer days, popsicles in hand and adventure on your mind.  I loved running around my favorite city in this jacket I found at the melrose trading post in LA – some of my best pieces are from flea markets. My tank top is from Forever 21, I wear it pretty much everyday. If there’s one basic item I can’t live without it’s a lacy tank top that goes with everything from mom jeans to tea skirts. My shorts are so comfy and from american apparel, and the shoes are the greatest find on earth at asos.

This weekend I got to travel to nashville to speak to some amazing young women, and also spend time with some of my closest friends in the world. I know that a lot of you saw my photos from the trip on instagram! A lot of them taken by the fantastic Stephi Valez of – my most favorite website on the whole internet. Stephi is the most compassionate, talented, wildly creative mind that inspires me daily, and soul that encourages constantly. I implore you to check out her site… She’s one of the best.

I loved spending time, serving God, eating too much ice cream and laughing every moment. But even between the donuts and the laughs- there were tears. There were tough conversations and real moments that were shared. Sometimes, we get into this routine of work, home, work, home. We get so tired that at the end of the day, I usually just want to be alone. In my loft with hot tea and the bachelorette (which i actually can’t watch alone anymore because Byron is SUPER into it – he’ll deny if you ask, but it’s the truth). And as necessary as it is to spend time alone, with yourself and with God, I think it’s equally as important to surround yourself with a – as the kids say- squad. Who will fight for you in your life? Who will text you right when you need it because they ask God to keep their ears open for you? Who is going to worship with you when you don’t even have the strength to raise your hands… who’s door can you knock on in the middle of the night? For me- I had to pray for these kinds of people. I was a little island, and still have the habit of isolating myself at times. But this weekend I was reminded that, in the midst of it all, God gives us people that are an extension of His love. The biggest trick of the enemy is lying to you that you’re alone, no one cares and your not worthy of people’s love and time. If that’s how you feel – please know that’s a really big lie. Iron sharpens iron, and scheduling time to let your hair down and put some records on with the people you love is a major key.

I’m feeling full and thankful, reminded that even in the stress of life and the chaos of the character of reality – His strength is so tangible. Even in just the reminder that He loves us enough to not want us to be alone. Hold your friends close, and if you find yourself feeling like you don’t really have those people you can count us, trust, and love unconditionally – pray for them. I’ve been there and I understand. But honestly, until then, know that you’ve got a friend in me. xx Mariah





Leysi Downer


Such a beautiful message! It’s amazing how the right words come just in time. I’ve felt like a little island most of my life. I’ve given my frienship unconditionally a million times, and I’ve been let down many times.. So I tend to isolate from everyone and I don’t mind because I truly enjoy spending time alone. But some days you really need to be surrounded by those good friends.. And I keep praying for the ones I have and for the ones to come 🙂

Cecile Victoire


I have been praying for good friends for a little wile now, and this article encourages me to keep pushing. God is good. proverbs17:17″ A friend loves at all times, And a brother is born for adversity.” Love, from Toronto xo xo



Such a beautifully said post, Mariah

Katlego Makua


You are absolutely gorgeous! Inside and out! I am officially confessing about my stalking tendencies, I’m obsessed with you I must say. And I look up to you in every way. Stay beautiful xx




Exactly what I needed to hear. Thank you for this message, it means more than you’ll ever know. Thank you.



Those were some very encouraging words, thanks so much! Love your style and I’m glad for you knowing that God has blessed you with some amazing friends! All the best!



Thank you friend of mine <3



Time and time again this rings true. When you’ve felt like all your life you’ve had to figure it out on your own, fight on your own, it’s hard to get out of that mindset, but then God shows u just how much you are loved and that you really aren’t an island. Thanks for the post.

Kensley Tolliver


You’re such an inspiration. I feel like we are so much alike. So happy I came across your page!

Deyanira Hurtado


beautiful post! G

Cheraldina Mae Planas


I love your optimism, how God’s love is evident in you. And yeah, I woke up early today and so surprised when I checked my Facebook/IG. I got an appreciation post from my best friend who’s now in the states. And I’m here in the Philippines. She is my SEIHY-Ster since college, we started as part of the music ministry and we worship together, went to the same school, know each others secrets(deepest secrets) She is super amazing and I’m just thankful that i met her. She is heaven sent! I am one blessed girl right here to have found a genuine friendship with her. Well it is all because the AUTHOR of this story of ours is the BEST AUTHOR _AWARD WINNING, Daddy God up there! To God be all the glory! 🙂 Hugs and Kisses to you dear! I’m always excited every time i open my IG just to see your posts. 🙂

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