One Look, Two Ways

As I have lived in LA for 2 years, I can say I have mastered the ability to transition looks from a work meeting to a brunch day with the homies. The easiest way to do that is by having a solid foundation of your outfit and switching up the layers, accessories, and shoes.

CASUAL VIBES

With this look, I knew I was going to meet up for coffee with my friend + officially LA photographer (yay!) @MikaiellaJones and then head to work.

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How to make the quick switch up??

Wear the foundation (basic outfit) and accessorize with casual yet statement accessories. In example, poppin’ sunnies, trendy sneakers (currently loving the dad shoe game), and a polished handbag to look more put together.

Details:

Top: The Saint Ruth Tee by Bianca Olthoff , Biker Shorts: Alexander Wang x UNIQLO, Bag: Zara , Sunnies: ZeroUV

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LATER – PROFESSIONAL VIBES

About  hour later, I had to get ready for work, so how do I finesse this? Don’t worry sis, I got you.

Simple. A structured layer – a blazer. Mind you, this day was so hot lol. But I knew I needed to look more professional and it gets cold anyway, so this worked out well.

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Of course, I removed my sunnies and bought an oat milk vanilla iced latte before heading to work at the new VERVE Coffee location in DTLA.

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Now who is ready to go to work?

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What other things should I style for you? Follow me on IG and let me know @TimaGStyle

Hugs!

 

 

 

Life Update: 2018 in LA and 2019 Expectations

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Hi family!

For those of you who don’t follow me on IG (@TimaGStyle) I just uploaded my update video on how my life is currently going as I now live in Los Angeles on my YouTube channel.

Watch and make sure that you like, comment, + SUBSCRIBE!

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More content coming soon.

#LiveLimitless | Tima G. ❤

Contentment

Hi everyone! It has been way too long since I have written a blog post and honestly, I missed it. For the most part, I use my IG account to share my everyday life (or as much as I think I should share). All that to say, I really wanted to share a small part of the current season I am in.

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I feel like most people think I am living my best life simply because I am in the city of many dreams, the city of the creatives, the city of angels. And do not, seriously, get me wrong, I love being here. BUT. Everything in life comes at a cost. Whether Christian or not, there are sacrifices you have to make and decisions you have to choose in order to move forward.

So… This last season I have endured probably the toughest test of my faith (still am). I am not the strongest person in the bunch, but what I am finding is that as long as I am standing on God’s word, I can withstand anything. Some would dare to say withstanding the hits of life makes you weak; you should protect yourself, fight back, do all that you can to make it work, etc. etc. but honestly there is only so much you can do on your own that at a very opportune time, you will crack. And I have.

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It all started at the end of February, when I had a crazy feeling I would need to transition from my current job then to another. I ignored the feeling, tried to ride the wave, and boom. On March 29th I was laid off.

Compared to most popular reactions, I was very excited to not be a part of the company because I disliked my position. I was not growing and I was simply not thriving in my skills or talents. Like anyone would, I began to apply to jobs I was most certainly qualified for (or at least I thought) and got a few calls back.

Interview after interview, I did not receive any follow up and did not land a thing. Month after month, I cried and waited and prayed, and doubted, and feared, and you can only imagine. I was near depression. Those 3 long months of April, May, and June without a job IN LOS ANGELES have been the hardest. I was stressed. For sure not financially stable. I had to catch rides in order to save gas. Did I mention my car had the most issues during those three months, totaling up to more than my rent??? I even had to ask my younger brother to help me pay a bill I just could not afford.

Most of you know that I like to think things through (sometimes too long) when making decisions and man… staying in LA has been the hardest yet most growing choice I have made. During that dark time of my life, I have evolved into a passionate, relentless woman who believes the impossible can still happen despite circumstance.

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I now work part time, thank God, but it is still hard. Trying to get out of debt and feed myself on a budget is VERY hard. But you know what, I simply want to share this reality because it is not always what it seems. I used to be so open about my wounds and pains in the past, but recently I have only shared highlights of LA living because I felt shame in the reality I am in. Of course, not everyone needs to know the details of my life, but I do believe that by being real in the process I can absolutely encourage someone in a similar situation.

Throughout this time, I have learned that my contentment cannot be established in a job, people with access, money, or possessions. I have developed the most raw and organic way to Jesus’ heart by being very very very open with how I have felt and I would not trade those beautiful moments with Him for any career. My soul is refreshed with His sweet reminders of old promises I forgot about and I cannot wait to see them unfold.

 

During this time though, I have been working on my personal brand, and a project that is very dear to my heart. You will soon know about this so stay tuned!

Until the pre-view… #LiveLimitless.

❤ Tima G.

Muddled

Hey everyone! It has absolutely been a while since my last post and to be honest with you, I was all over the place mentally for a hot minute. I didn’t really have a clear focus on many things, including what I was/am supposed to be doing this year, or even yet, this month.

In midst of it all, I told my closest circle that I struggled with discouragement and shame because the plans that I had did not go as planned, haha. From relocating, to having a new job or career path, and even creating more content, I was so blinded by the fact that what I wanted to see was still not there. Ironic, right?

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Soon enough though, I decided to run back to God and to repent for my distractions. I decided to get out of my funk and simply surrender what I was holding on to. I decided to repent for my own deception in not seeing what He saw for me in this season. I took some time to just cry out and only release things I was dealing with internally and in return God filled me with His love in a new way every single day.

Ever since I came to God in a new level of vulnerability, I have been learning so much about being a woman, about being an adult, about being a mature Christian, and about being a leader in this generation. This might seem like a lot all at once, but I LOVE to learn. I enjoy being taught, especially by the Holy Spirit. All because I chose to repent. All because I made a decision to focus on what was before me and not only on what is ahead.

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DETAILS: jeans and mules-Ross, top-beau&arrow boutique, jacket&earrings-Forever21

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If you have recently found yourself in a rut of WHAT IS GOING ON WITH MY LIFE RIGHT NOW, be encouraged. It is OKAY. I am finding that we get so focused on goals at times, that we forget about our current mission. We forget to finish what we started. We get confused on what to do. We get muddled and all of a sudden there is nothing clear. Or we can get to the place where we are being consistent with what we are called to, yet still have no results. And this can also bring discouragement.

Like a good Father though, God is always there and He is willing to guide us with His right hand (Isaiah 41:13). Sometimes it might not be the way we envision it, but He is always leading us step by step (Psalms 37:23). Step by step! Dude that is SO hard! You only see your immediate next and not the step after. It can go in so many ways but man, your trust with God grows so much in those moments. Sometimes I think it takes more faith to follow step by step orders because it also requires submission and discipline.

It is so easy to have an end goal and try to figure it out as you go, in which is partly what God does, but more importantly, He was us to depend on Him. HIM. Not our understanding, not our practicality, but HIM.

There is so much joy and hope exerted when you obey what God is telling you to do. As hard as it can be at times, the peace of knowing that you are in the right place at the right is so freeing. All this to say: TRUST HIM. Focus on His orders. Finish this assignment strong. Run the race you were called to. Fix your eyes on the current goal. Discipline your attention. Be intentional about your energy placement. He is faithful to those who are faithful (Psalms 18:25).

Until next time..

LIVE LIMITLESS | TIMA G. ❤

*projects coming soon; be ready!*

Refreshed

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When I went into this Daniel’s Fast at the beginning of January, I expected to be rejuvenated and encouraged in many areas of my life. But to be honest, more than relaxing and taking a break from distractions, I had to passionately fight so many internal thoughts of doubt, fear, and impatience. Needless to say, on the very last day of the fast, everything changed.

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Breakthrough came and I feel completely new. I feel inspired. Accepting what is before me and being faithful with it. Simply refreshed.

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I have learned a lot of lessons over the last 21 days. I would say the most important one is that I am human and in desperate need of help from the One above. Not that I didn’t know this, but sometimes in our human nature we tend to think we have it all together. In reality, no matter how good we think we have it, there will always be something we will susceptibly fall for.

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Have there been any areas in your life that you need to fight?

I think it is important to be real with yourself and face all those insecurities head on to tell them who is boss. Confession is a huge part of transformation. Open up, cry a little or a lot, and allow God to help you in your deepest.

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Outfit Details –  Denim: american eagle | Boots and Top: H&M | Jacket: Thrifted | Hat: @MCMERCH

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Share any thoughts about your inner struggles. Let’s help each other in the fight.

#LiveLimitless | Tima G. ❤

What Would I Wear If In NYFW

DAY 1:

I would absolutely stick to neutrals. No heels; just boots, and big natural hair.

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Wearing: F21 Trench, Old Navy Top, HM Pants, Louis Vuitton Wallet, Beau and Arrow Choker, Michael Kors Watch, Ray Ban Sunnies, and Estee Lauder Gloss.

How would you rock an outfit the first day of NYFW?

I’m ready for day 2 😉

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#LiveLimitless || Tima G. ❤

OOTD

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Sometimes less is more. T-shirt, jeans, and dope shoes is what gets me through the day. And of course, great earrings.

Did I mention I LOVE MY NEW SHOES!?

[Details] Earrings & Shoes: Forever21, Jeans: J Brand, Top: Wild Fox

Also, I edited my video talking about being a blogger/vlogger and tips on how to do it. I’m having trouble uploading, so bare with me and it will be up soon! 🙂

Have an awesome weekend!

#LiveLimitless || Tima G. ❤

Just Be

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If I tell you to close your eyes and tell me what you think about when I say the phrase “end of the school year,” most likely your mind pondered on:

  • A dirty room and car, turning in assignments late, being overly caffeinated
  • Attempting to get all the extra credit possible, wishing of more sleep, barely making it through the day
  • Not taking anything, anyone, or yourself seriously
  • Having a 3.5 or above GPA, celebrating with your friends, and getting prepared for graduation

There are some people that stay on top of things, schedule their every move, and succeed in multiple areas of their life easily, or so it appears. Meanwhile, there is a few of us, that as we become consistent and have built up a momentum, we slowly get distracted and all of a sudden, BAM. What happened?! Everything is running behind.

When I began the school year, I slowly had to transition back into that “student” mindset because after graduation, classes and homework are the last things to think about. First and second quarters were fairly nice. But once I got to third quarter, my schedule and mind was affected. I began to slack off in some of my work and be as attentive as I was in the first two quarters. As much as I wanted to blame others, my job, etc., it was truly my fault. I had to be woken up, just a bit to see what was going on with me for a while.

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Last week, as I randomly woke up during the night to change my sleeping position, I heard the Holy Spirit say, “Lethargy is trying to take you out.” I didn’t think much about it, so I went to sleep. But as soon as I woke up in the morning, I realized what this lethargic habit was doing to me.

In my devotional time, multiple times of me being lazy and nonchalant came to mind. From not working out on a regular basis, to having my off-campus classes behind schedule, I was immediately aware that I was being lethargic for a while.

I had to repent. I had to change how I thought and I had to ask the Lord to renew me. And He has.

Yesterday, I was reminded to this scripture. It is of Jesus speaking to the Pharisees (the religious, thinking they know it all people) about prayer. In previous scriptures, He emphasizes that they prayed in public settings to appear close to God, but in reality, the ones close to God begin their prayer at home.

“Here’s what I want you to do: Find a quiet, secluded place so you won’t be tempted to role-play before God. Just be there as simply and honestly as you can manage. The focus will shift from you to God, and you will begin to sense his grace.” Matthew 6:6 (MSG)

After reading this passage, I was reminded that I needed to slow down, and just seek God honestly and simply. And not just that, but to JUST BE in His presence, to JUST BE honest and vulnerable, to JUST BE broken and admitting my weaknesses, fears, and even my prideful perspective, to JUST BE who Jesus designed me to be, to JUST BE loved by Him. As believers we can get in a religious schedule, like the Pharisees, doing what we have been taught. Do not get me wrong, we are supposed to do those things, but not just out a habit. It should be done out of the willingness of the heart.

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We make Christianity to much harder than it is because most of the time, we get in the way, “role-playing” what we think we should be doing. In reality, God wants us the way we are. Mad, sad, disappointed, joyful, amazed, surprised, etc.

This is just an encouragement to you, and to myself. You do not have to pretend to have it all together. You do not have to entertain God with your attempts of being a good Christian. We are saved by grace through faith, not through our works. This faith should empower us to walk in His ways, and the other way around. Clearly, I haven’t had my habits in a perfect path in a while and I had to be awakened from this lethargy. I cannot be lethargic when there is a purpose I am called to fulfill. It will distract me, slow me down, and people are not reached because of my ignorance. There is more to be done in the Kingdom of Jesus. Same for you! Get moving in faith, but even before that, JUST BE honest with God and repent. Ask Him to show you what your purpose is, what He wants you to do NOW, and JUST BE. And even if you do have it all together, I am pretty sure there is an area where God is the only One that can sustain, like the air we breathe. We are all to be humble and humility is a choice. Do not let this religious perspective (being full of ourselves) keep you from Jesus filling your heart. JUST BE real. Keep it 100 and let’s move forward.

#LiveLimitless || Tima G. ❤

Trend: Revisited Denim

Western vibes has us thinking of the Gold Rush and the awesome invention of denim. I love jeans and denim tops, but I figured I would try something out of my comfort zone, like a dress, to rock this spring.

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Since most shift dresses look like potato sacks on me, I belted this with a western tribal printed belt I already had, and also paired the dress with more tribal accents, like the ones on my shoes. I love these!

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Shooting downtown is always my favorite. I feel at home. The structures, the heights, the industrial spirit, all of it is a YAY in my heart. 🙂

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Nevertheless, I am glad I purchased this dress.

It was on sale ($8.99), looks super dope due to the raw edges, and I cannot wait to wear it again with sneakers or block-heeled sandals.

*Key to Shopping: Always look at the sale rack first. There are usually hidden gems in the chaotic mess. Just be patient and take a peek 😉

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Are you going to try and wear denim dresses this summer? There are multiple variations of design, details, and colors, that I am sure you can find something for your taste and body-type.

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Details- Dress: F21, Belt: F21, Shoes: Charlotte Russe, Sunnies: Tory Burch, Watch: Michael Kors

See you guys in my next post! I will be uploading the mini-vlog of my birthday celebration events.

#LiveLimitless || Tima G. ❤