2 year blogiversary + bell sleeve dresses

2 year blogiversary + bell sleeve dresses

EEk, Happy Monday, friends!! Hope all is well, and you are recouping from the weekend. I am seriously blown away that it is already that time again to celebrate the birth of Dashing Darlin’. This darlin’, bell sleeve dress is the perfect touch to help in the celebration.

Shucks, this has been the most exciting yet the most challenging two years of my life. I would never have come this far if it wouldn’t be for the support and encouragement from my best friend, Michael, my amazing family, and for the support and encouragement from all of you.

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Many near and far have been puzzled to why I pursued this wild adventure. Many have made statements that have encouraged and some discouraged. It may seem strange to take pictures of outfits and beauty products. But, there is so much more to all of us than makeup and cute clothes.

It is the “so much more” that has been the mission and the assignment for Dashing Darlin’.

I didn’t step out in the blogging world to seek to be affirmed by fellow friends, mothers, or by my kind followers. I branched out because I felt compelled to affirm and to draw attention to the value that each woman contains deep within them. Outward beauty and immaculate style doesn’t make us more liked or more valuable. Our worth and value is only found in knowing that we are loved by God. He loves with no conditions or expectations.

“Live from the abundant place that YOU ARE LOVED, and you won’t find yourself begging others for scraps of love.”

“There is an abundant need in this world for your exact brand of BEAUTIFUL.”

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In honor of this two year blogiversary, I want to show appreciation to all of you. I will be giving away some amazing prizes on my instagram throughout the week: HERE. Check each day for all of the details.

“God is okay with me even when I’m not okay with me (that is a beautiful truth).”

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Thanks for every click, for every kind word, and every moment that you have spent reading my words and my post. I’m forever thankful for you. Can’t wait to celebrate all week.

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  1. Liz
    January 30, 2017 / 8:04 am

    I have been eyeballing that dress! It looks gorgeous on you! Congrats on your blogiversary!! Mine is in two weeks 🙂 yay!! Cheers to many more!


  2. January 30, 2017 / 12:39 pm

    What a beautiful dress and a beautiful post! Happy 2 years – here’s to many more!


  3. Ruthie
    January 30, 2017 / 3:32 pm

    CONGRATS on two years!!! I am so glad that we found each other along the way! You have been a HUGE source of encouragement and light to me on this journey. I believe the very best days lie ahead for you! This dress is AMAZING and so is that bouquet!! WOW!!!!

  4. January 30, 2017 / 4:44 pm

    Happy blogiversary. You have come along way and that dress is stunning. Love love

  5. Kelssey Layton
    January 30, 2017 / 6:45 pm

    This dress is so gorgeous on you and perfect to celebrate two years! What an exciting day! So glad I’ve gotten the chance to know you through blogging! xo

  6. Nataly
    January 30, 2017 / 6:54 pm

    Happy Blog Anniversary! You look so gorgeous in that dress! xo, Nataly

  7. January 30, 2017 / 7:16 pm

    I love why you reached out on the blog. I agree that outward beauty isn’t everything! I do love this dress though, it’s gorgeous on you!

  8. January 30, 2017 / 8:01 pm

    Congrats on two years!! That’s so exciting. I just discovered your blog and love it already 🙂 Keep up the beautiful work.

  9. January 30, 2017 / 8:29 pm

    This blog post is darling! I adore that dress!

  10. January 30, 2017 / 8:34 pm

    Congratulations! Your right, there really is so much more to blogging. Keep up the good work.

  11. January 30, 2017 / 10:33 pm

    Happy blog birthday babe!! Keep killing it. Also love love that dress.

  12. January 30, 2017 / 10:55 pm

    What a stunning dress, photography and floral arrangement! I can’t get over it. So lovely.

  13. January 30, 2017 / 11:10 pm

    Happy two year blogiversary!!! Those florals are amazing!! And that pink bell sleeve dress is to die for!

    Meghan | beyondbasicblog.com

  14. January 30, 2017 / 11:41 pm

    What a gorgeous dress! Love how you styled it with the heels and jewelry.

  15. January 30, 2017 / 11:51 pm

    You look absolutely gorgeous! Happy Blogiversary!

  16. January 31, 2017 / 12:12 am

    First, Happy Anniversary!! What you have accomplished in those two years is inspiring! Second, that dress is everything! So perfect for Valentines Day!


  17. January 31, 2017 / 12:22 am

    Such a beautiful girl and a beautiful bouquet! Congrats babe!

  18. January 31, 2017 / 12:41 am

    Congratulations on your 2 years! I’m loving the dress and the beautiful flowers!

  19. January 31, 2017 / 1:54 am

    This bell sleeve dress is too cute! Cheers to 2 years.

  20. January 31, 2017 / 1:55 am

    I love seeing people celebrate anniversaries and being successful.

  21. January 31, 2017 / 4:22 am

    Happy Blogiversary! Love your beautiful pictures.

  22. January 31, 2017 / 4:46 am

    Babe, you are gorgeous! Love the dress and flowers too.

  23. January 31, 2017 / 8:52 am

    amazing post!!! thanks for sharing xx

  24. January 31, 2017 / 11:06 am

    I am LOOOVING this dress! So freaking adorable and perfect for Valentine’s day. You and I have the same figure so I know it will look perfect on me. And congrats on your anniversary! Such an accomplishment to be doing what you love for 2 years 😉

  25. Lauren
    January 31, 2017 / 3:02 pm

    Congratulations on your blogiversary! I absolutely love these photos, that dress is stunning!


    Lauren | http://www.discodaydream.com

  26. January 31, 2017 / 4:12 pm

    Congrats on 2 years! Love your blog, and love that dress on you, so adorable!

  27. January 31, 2017 / 5:56 pm

    These photos are so gorgeous and that dress is so pretty! kimballandkedzie.com

  28. Nina
    January 31, 2017 / 8:09 pm

    Happy blogiversary pretty lady! Best wishes for continued success!

  29. February 1, 2017 / 11:30 pm

    Yay! Happy 2 years, pretty mama. Loving your style, keep it coming 🙂 xo

  30. February 10, 2017 / 7:16 pm

    Congratulations on this milestone! You are such a true beauty and huge inspiration to me and so many other women! 💕

  31. May 15, 2017 / 6:04 pm

    &nVe;;&nbsppAdelhsidbar litt finere vær da jeg passerte på de to øverste bildene i dag, men sånn som det blåste. Må visst begynne å ta på seg vindtett igjen.

  32. May 15, 2017 / 6:36 pm

    Going after the contmmeers? God, people make me sick. The only times I regret not continuing down the prelaw path after freshman year are when the Popehat Signal goes up. Hope whoever does sign up kicks some ass. (And if it’s the case I’m thinking of, local politics do seem like a likely factor. All the more reason for them to have all the help they can get.)

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