Trend: The Pleated Skirt

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When it comes to style, I am not much of a “girly-girl.” I love things with edge, that display that I don’t play–lol yet I love to throw slight hints of me being delicate and kind. Feminine pieces are great but I love to mix such items with unexpected hints of…ME.

I have seen a lot of my favorite bloggers and magazines displaying the pleated skirt in such lady-like ways that I decided to wear one in slightly two different ways. Of course I am a lady, but I have to express this femininity in my uniqueness.

Pleats and Sneaks

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The first way I wore the pleated skirt is with sneakers. (I found this skirt at my local Salvation Army Thrift Store.) I paired it with an old cargo bomber I had traded in at Urban Cheapskate and a white camisole to keep things neutral and airy, since it was hot as ever that afternoon.

I serve at my awesome local church (Transformation Church) in our media department, so being behind the scenes of photography and social media always has me on the move. This means that comfort, especially on my feet, matters. I tried the outfit on to make sure I did not look like a complete mess the previous night, even though 95% of the time I do not ever plan my outfits (I just wing them). Needless to day, I really enjoyed this look and plan on wearing my sneakers with another thrifted skirt I got for colder days. 😉

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Pleats and Studs

The second way I wore this skirt, in which I think is my favorite, is with my studded heels. I purchased these online at Forever21, and yes they are heavy and can be uncomfortable after wearing them over 5 hours BUT cmon, they are dope!

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Can we talk about slayage? LOL. Lowkey when I saw these pictures, I took a second look because my hair was unplanned, I was sweating, and my feet were throbbing after such a long day. Shoutout to my beautiful photographer that happens to be one of my best friends, Ryanne G.

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How do you prefer on wearing skirts? Dressed down or dressed up? Comment or tell me about it on my social media 🙂 follow me @TIMAGSTYLE on IG/SnapChat.

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…and don’t forget, #LiveLimitless.

Tima G. ❤


Light and Dark

With all the busyness in my life, I realized I had not been able to spend quality/fun time with my best friends. It didn’t feel right so I made time to hang out with one of them Saturday night after work. When I got off, I jumped in my car and drove on the highway for a while to her apartment. Eventually, I decided to just cruise on the streets until I arrived to my destination. It was about 7:45 pm while I was on 41st and I began to get super tired. I looked at the moon and God asked me, “Do you know why you are tired?” And my immediate answer was because it had been a long day. But honestly I had great rest the previous night, so I knew that He was trying to reveal something to me. I asked what He meant and He began to share His heart to me.

When you are in the light, you are productive, active, and energized. Yet when you are in the dark, you feel tired, sluggish, and can even fall asleep comfortably.”

I was like, yes Lord, I completely agree, but what are you trying to tell me? And because He has given me a mind that sees patterns and connects dots, I thought of the natural and spiritual parallel. I began to ponder and did further research to see what I could find out about light and darkness.

In the plainest terms without talking about photons, ultraviolet and infrared wavelengths, light is energy released (  When the sun rises, we feel energized, ready to take on the day, and go to work, etc. Yet when it is night, or even when clouds block sunlight, we tend to feel tired, ready to be in bed, and just want to be sound asleep.

Natural light allows us to see, to be active, to be productive, to grow, to do. This light (released energy) helps us to be charged up (shout out to Drake lol). Yet, natural darkness has no light (no energy released) and there is no progression in it. We are limited to what we can do, clearly because we cannot see, we are chillin’/in comfort, and usually in our beds asleep.

“In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth. The earth was formless and empty, and darkness covered the deep waters. And the Spirit of God was hovering over the surface of the waters. Then God said, “Let there be light,” and there was light. And God saw that the light was good. Then he separated the light from the darkness. God called the light “day” and the darkness “night.” Genesis 1:1-5 (NLT)

Due to darkness (no released energy) existing, God Himself had to release this energy (light) to make the environment productive. After God created the heavens and the earth, it says He spoke light into existence before His next creations. Why? Because only IN light can everything else can be produced and therefore be productive themselves.

As I am typing this, the Holy Spirit is reminding me of my time living in Mexico. I was born and raised in a very small town/village, with a population of probably less than 5,000. Due to the region, it was very secluded and lacked much technology. Thinking about it has me blown away because I remember everyone being dependent on the same electric power grid. If a small glitch were to happen, the entire town would be out of power/electricity. And no lie, I remember plenty of times when a glitch happened, about 97% happening after sunset, and all of the community was living in the dark. Due to having no light, no power, no energy, everyone was limited on what they could do, including my family. We couldn’t be entertained through television, or heat up pan con leche (bread and milk), yet alone know what time it was.

Without proper light, we are limited to our own skewed vision. What I am saying now is that we need the right light for work, productivity, and to simply see correctly. If we have NO light, we are susceptible to falling asleep and being unaware.

“Then Jesus spoke to them again, saying, “I AM the light of the world. He who follows Me shall not walk in the darkness, but have the light of LIFE.” John 8:12 (NKJV)

If Jesus is the light, that means that we need Him in our lives to see, to work, to produce, to create, to be aware of what is going on, to live a fulfilling life–unlimited and on purpose. I love that He states He is the light OF THE WORLD, not just of me or Christians, but of the world, and immediately proceeds with an action verb–follows. Light is for movement, not stagnation. Light is for productivity, not recession. Light is for progression, not regression. Light is for everyone to follow. Darkness limits where we walk, yet light enables us to see the unlimited.

If you find yourself getting a little comfortable, stagnant, or simply unaware of what is going on, analyze your heart. I had and have to do this myself continually. From time to time, I slip up and end up being lazy, wanting to stay comfortable in what I know, refusing to grow in ways I have never grown, and end up being deceived by the world. But because I am connected to light (Jesus) I have to choose to allow God’s productivity to take place in my life. God’s kingdom is a kingdom of reproduction. Because Jesus died and rose, I and among believers have chosen to die to ourselves and live through Jesus. Jesus (being LIGHT HIMSELF) reproduced many others! What an amazing God!

The first commandment to man was to produce and to multiply in the Garden of Eden. Just like Jesus, we can now ask ourselves, have I been productive? What is holding me back from producing? From creating? From shining God’s light? From following His ways? This might mean using proper light (God’s perspective/Word) and beginning to cut things out that are just keeping you busy and not productive. This might also mean apologizing to a coworker or old friend so that God’s love can radiate and not allow regret (darkness) to dwell in your heart.

I am forever thankful for God’s word in my life. His light guides me into places and to people whom I never thought I could meet. But His light is also so good, that it warns us of things ahead, corrects us of our current habits, and reminds us of things left behind. I pray this helps you get closer to the Light and enables you to live a life of productivity and purpose like He intended for you in the beginning of time.

Details|| Shoes, Top, and Faux Leather Joggers: F21, Vest: Ross

Love you!

-Tima G ❤