When most of us think of Fall season, we automatically think of adding layers to our wardrobe or the most stylish bootie to pair with our boyfriend jeans. Not this girl, I'm thinking cut and color! Why not have that same enthusiasm about your hair?  Who doesn't appreciate a fresh start?  If you aren't a daring diva then you can start small with a cute saucy angled bob or a pixie cut with a pop of color to give it a little sass!

Angled bob: Simple but still adds a little spice to your look.

Every girl loves color but you have to be attentive to which color best complements your skin tone.  You don't want to look like the walking dead. And of course the type of cut depends on the shape of your face. Check out a couple cut and color combos that I think will heighten every diva for the Fall occasion!

Simple blonde, brown, auburn mixtures are great for olive skin tones.
Layers are perfect for pear-shaped faces.

Red Orange (Autumn): Complements all skin tones whether pale,
caramel or brown. This ultra short cut fits slender frames. 

Blonde Bombshell! My absolute favorite color ever!
This shape is ideal for oval and heart-shaped faces. 

Pumpkin Spice: Great for light skin tones with gold undertones.
Texture such as these full curls are best for fuller faces.

What's your look for Fall?! Are you fearless enough to chop it off?!

Madelyn Monroe
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Wrap Up Summer in Fall Fashion

While I much rather the warmer months, I am a true blue fan of fall if for nothing else but the fashion. Light jackets, plaid button ups, scarves, and boots give my wardrobe life that I can't resist. Layers upon layers with enough sunshine for shades can add spice and complexity to any outfit.

Take a peek at some of my fave fall looks below. What styles do you love most in fall? What new trends do you plan on dabbling in?

Saturday Chic

Layers!!!! A blazer overlapping a sweater overlapping a plaid button up paired with cut-up jeans, a pair of pumps, and a bold accessory.

Casual Friday

My favorite part of fall is dusting off the good old knee-high boots. I love mixing my Vince Camuto's with some skinnies, a tank, oversized cardigan and a colorful scarf. Hey, fall doesn't have to be all beige, black, and nude. Add a pop of peach or turquoise to adorn your neck with pizazz.

Monday in the Office

There are still some hot days left. Stay true to the sunshine with a spicy skirt, bangles, and bejeweled necklace. Add a burgundy blazer for the nighttime low temps and to blend into the dark skies. 

Sunday Funday

Who said bell-bottoms went out in the 70's? These bad boys or a wide-legged jean with booties and a small satchel are so perfect for Sunday brunch.

-Renée Nicole
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Mid-Week Inspiration: Authentic Discipleship

Are you an authentic disciple? This is the study that we dove into at last night’s bible study at my church. The pastor defined discipleship as being more like God and less like man. One of the easiest mistakes to make as a Christian is to compare yourself to other Christians. There is only one perfect example of how we should live and we can find that in the scriptures when Jesus walked the earth. 

“Immaturity copies men. Maturity learns to copy God.” It is acceptable to have mentors and those we seek for godly wisdom due to their maturity in their walk. However, there is no perfect model on this earth of how we should conduct ourselves as Christians. We should simply strive to be more and more like God each day.

Be perfect, therefore, as your heavenly Father is perfect.” Matt 5:48
“…until we all reach unity in the faith and in the knowledge of the Son of God and become mature, attaining to the whole measure of the fullness of Christ.” Ephesians 4:13
Now we all know that none of us will ever be perfect. There will not be a time on this earth where we will be one in the faith and knowledge of Jesus. BUT we should strive to be. Every day that we wake up we should ask God, “Make me more like you. Aid me in glorifying you today. Allow me to bless others and walk confidently in you as Jesus did.” Our aim should be for perfection in that we want to be as close to Christ as humanly possible.
I often mention a song by Kirk Franklin called "The Last Jesus." The  song says, “If I say I love Jesus, but you can’t see my Jesus, my words are empty if they can’t see Jesus in me.” It continues to say “because I may be the only Jesus they see.” Wow! Imagine that. God may be putting you in the space of unbelievers to represent Him. There may even be believers who are not strong in their faith simply because they have not been exposed to believers like YOU. It is our job in these instances to use our knowledge and our faith to sow a seed in these individuals that will lead them to the Kingdom; whether it be by sharing spiritual wisdom or simply by being consistently friendly, greeting with a smile, a hug, and a pleasant “hello.” We don’t always realize the impact of our daily behavior.
Authentic discipleship is leading others to God. That is why we are placed here on this earth. We are not to say, “Hey follow me, I’m perfect. Just do what I do.” No, that would lead some people to doom. But we should be exemplary in that others can model their prayers, their daily walk, and their interaction with others to us. When people run to us with a crisis, we can let them know that we are merely people so we do not have all of the answers, but we know how to guide them in finding God. Man should not be our first outlet. We should always seek God first and then if He directs us to a particular individual for guidance, we will know that the knowledge we receive is from Him and not flesh.
Practice your faith every day. Live a life that will result in a “Well done” from God. He does not expect you to be perfect but He wants you to be a good example. He wants you to take the messages He has instilled in you, apply them to your life, but not stop there. Take these lessons and bless others with them. Be an authentic disciple; not posing as Jesus but striving to be just like Him.
-Renée Nicole
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Ray Rice: Consequences That We Must Face

If you’ve ever known a friend, sister, mother or even yourself to be hit by a man I can’t imagine how you could make light of the actions that Ray Rice took against his then fiancé, Janay Palmer. Even if you don't know anyone in that situation, I still cannot fathom excusing this horrible mistake. There is nothing that an unarmed woman can do to provoke the type of behavior that Rice displayed in that elevator. Not only did he knock this woman (whom he so called loves) out cold, but he dragged her revealing her undergarments, and then  nudged her with his foot to move her out of the way.

Some argue that this is simply a man caught in a dark moment who should not be punished so severely that his job be terminated. While I believe that we as people have no room to judge him because we are not God, I do believe that the Baltimore Ravens made the right decision. If Rice went unpunished by an employer of the status of the NFL, it makes his actions appear acceptable. If there were a tape of me punching a four-year-old child unconscious there would be an uproar of how much of a disgraceful, despicable woman I am. Why, because I am stronger than a four-year-old and the child would have no defense against me. People would say that I should be locked up under the jail. How is this any different from an NFL player, a grown man who clocks a defenseless woman? I don’t care how big and bad women may think they are, unless they spend countless hours in the gym pumping iron and throwing back protein drinks with a side of steroids, they are not beating a grown man in a fist fight; especially not a grown man that drags 300lb linemen by his calves on a regular basis.

Another argument that I hear is that we still support Chris Brown and others who were in the same predicament as Rice. I, personally was just as disgusted with Brown in his antics. I love his talent and there’s nothing I can do to stop that but I don’t support what he did. And much like what Rice is facing now, Brown’s career was drastically affected by his actions. All of his endorsements were pulled, he was banned from awards shows and other public appearances, and he will always have to deal with the questions that come with what happened the weekend of the 2009 Grammy’s. He had to face punishment for his actions, just like we do in our lives, in order to learn that his behavior was wrong (now whether he’s learned his lesson is up for question).

Much like many of us have with Chris Brown, I am not saying that we cannot move on from Rice’s bad decision. I am not saying that we can never support him again and wish for his future success. But he had to endure punishment. With celebrity comes responsibility and you can choose to agree with that or not but it’s the truth. When you sign up to be a public figure, you sign up to be an automatic role model. I don’t want our sons, brothers, cousins, etc. following the lead of Ray Rice. This may be one dark moment that surfaced but most men that hit women don’t just do it once. 

As far as Janay Rice, her decision to stay with him is her own. We don’t know what she’s going through mentally, physically, emotionally but to even discuss her in this is unnecessary. All we can do is pray for her protection and a healthy relationship between she and her husband. That’s not getting in their business, our prayers have power and we should always pray for others’ well being, not just those that we know personally.

My only hope is for us to be able to support and pray for others in their weakest moments while not trying to excuse them of God’s punishment for their wrongdoing. We all have to face consequences when we make terrible mistakes. This may be God’s wake up call to Rice. He may need to be hit in the area where he has the most confidence in order to become a better man. He may be able to use this to build a platform for all men that suffer the illness of domestic abuse. He may change lives.

-Renée Nicole
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The Path Back to Righteousness

When you get to a breaking point in your life, God will use the situation you are facing to reveal major things. This revelation may require a complete stripping of all things that you rely on and cherish. But it’s ok. The removal of toxic influences in your life is for your own good. The purpose is for you to have room to evolve and grow. We often put too much thought into planning our own stories. But God has already developed a plan before our conception that will lead to our ultimate success. We have to release the reins and give Him full control so that He can lead us to a land flowing with milk and honey.

Despite what you may think, God wants all things to go well in your life. He is not some big and obnoxious God testing you all day and punishing you for your sin. He will, however intervene when you are heading down the wrong path for too long. When you get to a point where you have no conscience regarding your mistakes, He will step in and show you what time it is. He is the ruler and you must fall in line.

He may allow some bad circumstances to occur in your life. He may take away people you love. He may throw you into a difficult situation all so that you will yield to Him. Wait on His instruction rather than try to make it happen on your own. If you act without seeking His approval first, you will fail miserably. Why? Because our human nature acts in selfishness rather than selflessness. We want to be happy over caring about what we have to do to obtain that happiness.

You have to make a decision that pleasing God is more important to you than satisfying your flesh. Your own desires will tell you that it is okay to continue hanging with crowds that encourage you to participate in negative behavior; that everybody lives in sin so it's not a big deal, but you know better. And when you start to see things repetitively go wrong in your life, you will realize that you are reaping the harvest of your bad decisions. At some point you will get tired of putting yourself through unnecessary suffering and choose to do what is right.

11 Jesus continued: “There was a man who had two sons. 12 The younger one said to his father, ‘Father, give me my share of the estate.’ So he divided his property between them.
13 “Not long after that, the younger son got together all he had, set off for a distant country and there squandered his wealth in wild living. 14 After he had spent everything, there was a severe famine in that whole country, and he began to be in need. 15 So he went and hired himself out to a citizen of that country, who sent him to his fields to feed pigs. 16 He longed to fill his stomach with the pods that the pigs were eating, but no one gave him anything.
17 “When he came to his senses, he said, ‘How many of my father’s hired servants have food to spare, and here I am starving to death! 18 I will set out and go back to my father and say to him: Father, I have sinned against heaven and against you. 19 I am no longer worthy to be called your son; make me like one of your hired servants.’ 20 So he got up and went to his father. “But while he was still a long way off, his father saw him and was filled with compassion for him; he ran to his son, threw his arms around him and kissed him.

When you choose to live soley for God, He is waiting with open arms. All He requires is for you to repent and commit to living for Him. He will take care of the rest. Are you willing to let go of your vices and surrender all to Him today? The rewards on earth are immeasurable but the treasure in Heaven is everlasting. And beyond all of those things, He is worthy of all that you have. It belongs to Him in the first place.

-Renée Nicole
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