W E A R | burnt sunset

Gosh, I haven't been here for awhile. I do have a few archived posts though, that I never shared, so I wanted to go ahead and post them. These photos are from a couple of months ago when I visited my family in San Antonio - they have the best view.

If you want to keep up with me, you can follow me on instagram (@pienthesky). I've been posting much more frequently there.

love. Melisa

W E A R | country living

DETAILS | dress:urban outfitters, sweater: forever21

I took these photos in San Antonio in my parents' backyard; their view is unbelievable. I couldn't help but be completely moved by God's creation. All too often I take these small things for granted. I've tried to be more intentional as of late. Intentional with my time and energy, intentional with my thoughts and expression of love and appreciation, and intentional in my words and actions. My goal this year is to create a meaningful presence, and so far I have seen the powerful effects of words of kindness; not only for those I speak them to, but in my own life. It's difficult to feel sad, stressed, overwhelmed or insecure when you're speaking life into someone. It'll do a world of good, for you to shift your focus off of yourself and to start blessing people for no other reason, than simply because people deserve kindness. 

xo. Mel

W E A R | save all the dogs

 DETAILS || jeans:target, top:hello apparel, boots:steve madden, necklace:rocksbox

I was so excited when I saw this top being featured on the Hello Apparel instagram! I love all things dogs (obvi), so it was a no brainer to get this tee! I opted for a medium for a looser fit (in case you care). And I felt it only appropriate that Gretchen make a cameo. I sure do love this hound!

My family is in town so we're having a blast hanging out. Tomorrow we head out to Austin to visit Adrienne and watch Elisha run in his Super Spartan. I have my race next week and I couldn't be more nervous excited! I never thought I would try to complete a Spartan Race, but when you set your mind to something, you just make it happen. I'm really thankful that Elisha has been so encouraging and supportive. Here's hoping I don't die, ha! I'll keep you all posted.

xo. mel 

W E A R | in my backyard

 D E T A I L S || top:anthropologie | denim & duster:urban | boots:nordstrom 

Okay, long story, but my computer crashed (like dead) about 3 months ago, and with it it took all of my photos, documents, music and basically any other digital thing I had of value. Insert crying panic emoji. Elisha was able to help me recover a few things, but I realized that I had a few photos still on my camera; they would just need to be re-edited, so all was not lost! So, I found this style shoot I did while visiting my parents in San Antonio, and I figured I'd share! Yes, I have bangs in these, and they are finally starting to grow out of the awkward "we don't know what we are" phase, so praise God! 

Today I'm headed out to a fun conference with some women from my church. I'm excited to have a time to recharge and refocus. I got to catch up with a friend this last week who I hadn't seen in two years. It's always great when you can pick up right where you left off without skipping a beat, isn't it?! While we were talking I was reminded of how wonderful it is to have friends who speak life into you, call you out and inspire you to keep dreaming big. I love the people God has placed in my life and I'm realizing how important it is to feed into those relationships and foster the good things I've been given. I'm finding myself in a place of reprioritizing and like a new season is kicking in, and I'm excited to see what's next!

xo. mel

W E A R :: typical

 D E T A I L S :: top c/o blondes make better tshirts, jeans/target, boots/lucky brand

I'm currently living in these jeans; they're just so dang comfy! I felt a bit of nostalgia when purchasing them, as ripped jeans were most of my wardrobe at the end of high school. What are you gonna do?? When it works, it works. 

I have quite the busy week ahead and I wanted to drop a line and say hello. I have a few posts lined up and a craft fair coming up next week! I'll be sharing some more details soon, for those of you in the area - I'd love to meet you! I hope y'all have a fab day and a wonderful week!

love. mel

W E A R :: sea of white

D E T A I L S :: jeans/free people, poncho/francesca's, thermal/target, boots/lucky brand

Normally, I'm not a huge fan of snow; primarily because I hate being cold. However, this time around, I don't know what it is, but I'm love love loving it! It may have something to do with added time off to spend at home cuddling with husband and Gretchen... but who knows! I ventured out to take a few photos until I couldn't feel my fingers anymore! I bought this poncho like 3 years ago and it's still one of my favorite pieces in my closet! It's literally like I'm wearing a blanket and who can complain about that??

I have been working on some new pieces for the shop, that I have yet to share here, but if you follow me on instagram, you've had plenty of peeks! I'll be sure to share a few photos and a more in depth look, soon! 

Happy Friday! Enjoy your weekend - relax, hug a friend, remember how blessed you are!

xo. mel

W E A R :: snowed in

D E T A I L S :: dress/macy's, tights/chicwish, sweater/kohls, boots/nordstrom, beanie/free people

This last week we got a ton of ice and snow, which resulted in early releases, days off and tons of cozy netflix marathons! We did venture out into the snow a few times, and I found myself extremely grateful for a husband that lived in Wisconsin for two years! He knew how to handle the roads, but it was sorry to see those that did not.

To catch you up: I've been going full speed with work and school. Our church is moving into our new building next month!! My sister and I are headed to CAMP Texas Style Council in 3 weeks! The PS shop is back - and I added a few new items! I'll be at Walk the Light in April, so there will be a ton more items being stocked in the shop soon! Gretchen is still as cute as ever. I'm training for a Spartan Race in May, with Elisha. Whew. Got all that?

How about you?? What's new!? I know I've been on hiatus, but I have some fun posts in the works and you can expect to see a lot more from me! 

xo. mel

W E A R :: Violets

details :: dress & hat/free people, tights/target, boots/sam edelman

God will often gives me short phrases throughout my day,when I am praying or giving in to worry or stress. These words help me to refocus and gain perspective. I usually write them on sticky notes and place them on my computer or desk as a reminder. I'm actually pulling them out fo my drawer now to write them down because I thought I'd share a few of them with each of you; in case you find yourself in a place in need of encouragement of inspiration.
Create a meaningful presence - I don't want to be easily forgotten. I want to be missed.
When I feel like there's nothing I can do, it means that He can now do everything - this one was from today.
Don't Compare. Don't Compete. Don't Complain.
"What if I say something wrong?" "What if you say nothing at all?" - this was actually a conversation I had with God; wrestling with whether or not I should reach out to a friend to let her know what I felt like God wanted her to know. Sometimes saying nothing is much worse than saying something "the wrong way".
Change is inevitable. Embrace the change. - definitely living in this season!
Unrelenting focus on God.
What in your life truly makes you feel "good enough". - great question to ask yourself to help you evaluate where your head is at and what you place your priorities in.
Where you are willing to lead, I am willing to follow.
True humility is not thinking less of yourself; it is thinking of yourself less. - this one got me good!
When you rush, you forget who you are and whose you are. - I struggle with "being still" anyone else?
Hope these give some of you a boost of encouragement! Do any of you post notes throughout the day? If so, I would love to hear some of your thoughts or phrases that help you get through each day; share in the comments below!
xo. melisa

W E A R :: all a blur

details :: sweater/anthropologie, denim/urbanoutfitters, scarf & thermal/target

Elisha and I had so much fun this Christmas visiting my Dad and Stepmom at their new home. Their land has the best views and I had so much fun exploring. I'll be sharing a few more posts with some peeks of their backyard soon.

While I was taking these photos, the settings got a bit mixed up and they didn't actually focus - womp. But as I was going through them, I decided I still liked them! Everything doesn't always have to be clear and in focus, sometimes a little blur creates some wonder.

Do you have any fun New Year's plans?? 

xo. mel

W E A R :: spot on


details :: top/american apparel, sweater/united colors of bennetton, pants/olsenboye, boots/nordstrom
It's been awhile, friends! I have been ultra silent for months. It's been a time of refreshing, reorganizing and other re- words; mostly it was just necessary. I went back to school to work on my Master's degree and my second semester just ended (hooray), I've been working full time, and experiencing a ton of life change with our friends and family.
I love where life has us right now; however chaotic it may feel at times.
I am not leaving blogging, but I'm not making my big return just yet either. I just wanted to let you all know that I'm still here and I'm not going anywhere! I hope to start posting at a more regular pace so so soon. Thank you for your patience and support. Be back soon!
xo. mel