Presidents Day Sale!

We are excited to announce our Presidents Day Sale! Take 20% off all of our dresses with code PRESDAY20. Just apply at checkout!

This is the lowest our dresses have ever been priced! We are making room for new inventory for spring!

This includes all dresses in our Dress Collection, Curvy Collection, and our bYOUtique Collection!

Shop now, because this sale only runs Saturday, Sunday, and Monday!

Love Loyalty Programs?

Do you love loyalty programs? I do! I really love being rewarded for shopping at places I enjoy. Loyalty programs at your favorite restaurant, coffee shop, and stores are there way of saying, Thanks for being our customer, we really appreciate you!

We want our customers at Lydia & Lilac to know how much we appreciate them too! We now have a loyalty program!

It is really easy to sign up and only takes a few minutes. Plus, just by signing up you will get points! You can earn points for all sorts of things other than shopping like completing your profile, liking or sharing us on Facebook or Twitter, Referring a friend, and having a birthday!

Signing up also gives your exclusive access to different promotions throughout the year via email!

Find full details here.

Join our loyalty program and start earning today!!!

Ways We’re focusing on the Health of Our Marriage in 2018

You may have read my blog post on my theme for 2018. If you haven’t, you can read it here! This year, I’m focusing on healthy living. This goes beyond just physical health (although there is a place for this and I will have a blog post on this topic later) and reaches into spiritual and emotional health, finances, and relationships.

Each month I am focusing on one area and sharing what we are doing with you (you can read about our January topic here). Originally I was going to focus on physical health this month, but with our wedding anniversary and Valentine’s Day around the corner, I thought it would be fun to cover marriage instead.

My husband is one of my most treasured gifts here on this earth. I am so thankful that I get to experience life with him and raise our precious boys with him.

I grew up in a loving home with a beautiful example of marriage. There was never a doubt in my mind growing up that I wanted to be married some day. I never dreamt that at 12 I had already met my future husband! We of course did not get married until much later, but more about our story another time.

Today we are looking at some things that can contribute to the health of marriage. We won’t be delving in very deep on this post. However, in the future I would really like to take a closer look at the topic of marriage. I am just giving a brief overview of things Jerry and I will be working on throughout the year.

Spending time in God’s Word separately…and together

Spending time in the Word of God is essential to marriage. The only way to know how to love unconditionally, is to see the example set forth for us by Christ.

Trust me on this, there have been many times that Jerry and I thought we knew what unconditional love was, but were very much loving conditionally. Unfortunately this caused heartache, it it also taught us that in order to protect our marriage and keep it healthy we have got to be in the Word. If not, we are susceptible to the lies of this world.

We have to remember to be in scripture, not just individually, but also together. This can be challenging with busy schedules and although I would love to say that we do this every day, that would not be true. Right now we plan to set aside a time to do this weekly.

In the past, we have done different studies together that are marriage centered. This has always brought us closer together and we can both say that we thoroughly enjoyed them. We just need to get better about committing to time in the Word together.

I love that I get to share what God is teaching me with my best friend and I love that we are able to encourage each other!

This quote is beautiful! Yes, a happy marriage is a wonderful thing, but if you are both focused on having a holy marriage, joy takes residence deep in your soul and everything else seems to fall into place. No matter the circumstances that surround you, seeking a godly marriage gives you joy, peace, and strength that we could never get from seeking happiness alone.

Spending time in prayer separately…and together

Just as important as being in the Word is fostering our relationship with God through prayer. Prayer brings peace, encouragement, strength, and healing. Prayer gives us direct access to our Creator and it is through prayer that we commune and fellowship with Him.

There is nothing better than coming together with your spouse in prayer. One of my absolute favorite things is praying with my husband.

When we pray together, I feel security and peace like no other. Scripture even states that God is in our midst when two or more are gathered together in prayer (Matthew 18:20). How beautiful!

Spending time doing things together

Jerry and I love to be outdoors! We love hiking, going for bike rides, spending days at the beach, and kayaking. We also love simple things like getting coffee or going to the bookstore together.

The truth is that we did a fantastic job of setting aside time to do these together in 2016, but in 2017 we were so busy that we didn’t make this the priority that we should have.

We are committing to set aside time to do these things we enjoy together in 2018.

Spending time with our boys

As I said before, we love being outdoors. We also love to take our boys along with us on our adventures! It is important to not just set aside time to do things together as husband and wife, but also as a family. You see out of this beautiful love story of ours, we were given even more to love, our 3 precious boys!

There are seasons in life and there will be a day where it is just the two of us, but right now we are in the season of parenting children. This means that although we do get a little time to ourselves on occasion, most of our time is spent together as a family unit, which is just as God intended!

It is during these moments that we teach our sons about marriage, that we model a godly marriage for them. It is during these times that our boys learn about being a husband and father. It is during the time that we spend together that the greatest life lessons are learned.

Chapped Lips This Winter? 5 Tips to Beat the Cold

I’m not a huge fan of winter, it’s true, but I do enjoy some of the benefits of the season. On the top of my list is great hair! The dry air keeps the frizz at bay and I love that! I also love the clear night sky. There is nothing more beautiful then looking up on a crisp winter night and being able to see every star. Plus I’m able to wear my boots and scarves for a little while, which is rare in Florida.

Even though I love these things, truth is that I really don’t like being cold. One of the things that bothers me most due to cold weather is dry lips, so I’ve put together a list of things that help me get through the winter months.

Lip scrub

I just love sugar lip scrubs, my favorite one is a sugar lip scrub from Basin. Lips scrubs are a great way to remove the dry skin from you lips and moisturize, leaving your lips incredibly soft!

Lip treatment

I recently tried a fantastic lip treatment from Dermalogica. This treatment is meant to wear over night and provides intensive moisture to your lips. As soon as I put this treatment on, I can feel it working because it makes my lips tingle. This treatment is good for fine lines around your mouth and it also plumps lips.

Drink lots of water

If you could only do one things for your lips, it is drinking plenty of water. In fact, the first sign that you are not getting enough water is dry lips. A good rule of thumb is to drink at least 64 ounces a day. Don’t like water? Try adding a slice of lemon, lime, or some mint to enhance the taste. Try this water bottle to take fruit infused water on the go!

Lip balm

My favorite new lip balm is one created by a teenage entrepreneur. If you haven’t had the chance to check out Honestly Margo, you should! She has some adorable products. I also love Rosebud Salve and just can’t go wrong with this classic!

Avoid licking your lips

This one is difficult, but it is a must if you want to keep your lips moist! Licking, or even biting, your lips can actually cause them to dry out more, so if they feel dry reach for that lip balm!

Like this post? Check out our post on Tips for Clear Skin next!

Disclosure: Please note that some of the links above are affiliate links, and at no additional cost to you, I will earn a commission if you decide to make a purchase after clicking through the link. Please understand that I have experienced all of these products, and I recommend them because they are helpful and useful, not because of the small commissions I make if you decide to buy something through my links. Please do not spend any money on these products unless you feel you need them or that they will help you achieve your goals. Many times people ask me which products I use and where they can be purchased. I find supplying links to these products is helpful to those of you who may wish to purchase them for yourselves.

Cute Top Knot Tutorial

Looking for a fun, cute, and incredibly simple hairstyle? Look no further!

Products used in this tutorial:

Mabel Floral Dress in Marsala

MetaGrip Premium Bob Pins Bronze

AVEDA by Aveda: DAMAGE REMEDY DAILY HAIR REPAIR 3.4 OZ

Hask Nourishing Monoi Coconut Shine Oil Vial, 0.625 Ounce by Hask

Disclosure: Please note that some of the links above are affiliate links, and at no additional cost to you, I will earn a commission if you decide to make a purchase after clicking through the link. Please understand that I have experienced all of these products, and I recommend them because they are helpful and useful, not because of the small commissions I make if you decide to buy something through my links. Please do not spend any money on these products unless you feel you need them or that they will help you achieve your goals. Many times people ask me which products I use and where they can be purchased. I find supplying links to these products is helpful to those of you who may wish to purchase them for yourselves.

Modestly Beautiful

I have been mulling over this topic for a while now and wasn’t quite sure how I would start it off, I guess the best place to start is just by sharing what is on my heart. I, like most girls have always wanted to be beautiful. There are many times in my life that I have felt far from beautiful and then there have been times where I truly have felt beautiful. I think this is normal, as we all go through seasons in our lives. I grew up in the 90s and 00s where Jennifer Anniston’s stick figure and board straight hair were the very essence of what society called beautiful. It was difficult during that time for a girl with curves and wavy hair. However, I made it through, unscathed for the most part, with a better understanding of how to work with what I had rather than trying to achieve the impossible and all the while trying to accomplish this goal modestly.

A couple of months ago I was at youth on Friday evening (my husband leads youth at our church) when a young girl told me that she aspired to be like me. Whoa. She went on to tell me that I was beautiful and always looked put together (maybe not in these exact words, but it was what she meant). Talk about a humbling experience. Realizing that the choices you make about what you wear and how you act are being watched by these young adults. You see, I have all sons. Truly I could probably walk out of my room wearing a potato sack and they wouldn’t bat an eyelash. What I choose to put on each day is not because I have daughters at home watching what I wear. What I choose to put on each day is a representation of my walk with the Lord, wanting to honor my husband, and wanting to look appropriate for work or church.

This is the goal I hope to accomplish with Lydia & Lilac. Providing a selection of clothing that will make women feel and look beautiful and that will also honor the Lord. When you look through our collection or watch our sneak peeks on YouTube, you will see that we sometimes make suggestions on what to pair a dress with (a cami, a sweater, leggings, etc.). This is because we are sometimes provided clothing by our vendors that may be on the shorter side or low cut. However, most of the time you will find that out clothing is modest and appropriate for work, Church, etc. We desire to honor God through our clothing options, because we live in a society where this is becoming more difficult to find.

We have a responsibility as Christian women to dress in a God honoring way and set a godly example for the young girls in our churches today. When this young lady said this to me, it was a reminder that just because I don’t have daughters, doesn’t mean that there aren’t girls out there watching how I present myself and I can guarantee that they are watching you as well. The truth is they watch more than what’s on the outside, they watch our actions and they hear our words. Are we displaying the beauty of Christ through a gentle and quiet spirit (which does not mean to be a weak woman without a voice…but more on that at another time)? Are we displaying a look that is God honoring? Take some time to reflect on this today and join me in a conscious effort to set forth a godly example for these young girls with our actions, in our words, and in our dress.

Charm is deceptive, and beauty is fleeting; but a woman who fears the LORD is to be praised. Proverbs 31:30

Your beauty should not come from outward adornment, such as braided hair and the wearing of gold jewelry and fine clothes. Instead, it should be that of your inner self, the unfading beauty of a gentle and quiet spirit, which is of great worth in God’s sight. 1Peter 3:3-4

A Lovely Little Braid Hair Tutorial

I love being able to change up my hairstyles simply. This is a great tutorial to just change things up a bit!

You can find a similar hair clip to the one in the video here:
QTMY 2 PCS Metal Stars Hairpin Hair Clips Hair Accessories

I really like this one too:

Hair Clip Barrette Triple Stars Molten Lava Metallic Women & Girls Accessories (Golden)

You can find the tutorial on waves here.

Disclosure: Please note that some of the links above are affiliate links, and at no additional cost to you, I will earn a commission if you decide to make a purchase after clicking through the link. Please understand that I have experienced all of these products, and I recommend them because they are helpful and useful, not because of the small commissions I make if you decide to buy something through my links. Please do not spend any money on these products unless you feel you need them or that they will help you achieve your goals. Many times people ask me which products I use and where they can be purchased. I find supplying links to these products is helpful to those of you who may wish to purchase them for yourselves.