Kyle’s Right

These illustrations are too good! But how did you not choose this one? It’s the best… Thanks Rapha for doing cool stuff always

Summer Surf Safari

Been having fun going swimming here in Seattle, but man do I miss the real beach. After chatting with my good friend and photographer, Daniel Looman, I am excited that we are going to go surf sometime soon. Which of course made me day dream about the beach life I wish I had. Of course, I will need a ride to get out to the beach…

And a ride for once I’m there, if they match that doesn’t hurt either does it?

 

Pharrell’s Phunklectic Style

Pharrell’s fun-funky-fantastically-eclectic-mix-and-max-pattern-floral-embroidered-colorful style makes me HAPPY. He has begun doodling on his jackets and then having those doodles embroidered! How awesome is that? This recent interview with GQ really just made my day, not only talking about God, but his responses in general are just the opposite of snobby.

What I think I love most though, is that he is having fun with what he is wearing. He is not stuck to a certain trend that is deemed cool but is just wearing whatever he feels like! That is fashion to me.

All images found using Google search “Pharrell 2015 Style”.

 

Double Trouble

Burberry’s double breasted suit shown in it’s many shapes and forms over the season. Their is something I love about how the silhouette, although always changing, is always the same. The small dropped lapel, the tight button stance, and the standard length hem are such unique proportions. I’ve been having the hardest time finding a double breasted suit that is something I can see myself wearing for a long time; I am not a fan of cropped suit jackets but I don’t want something big and oversize. Christopher Bailey hits the nail on the head with his proportions.

 

Pitti Oumo in One Photo

Nothing else is need to be seen than this most perfect jacket ever. Photo by Tommy Ton

A Suit to Travel In

It’s good enough for acrobats… 

The Imitation Game

I just recently watched the movie the imitation game. It is a wonderful film that delivers on many levels. There was one scene in particular that stood out to me; the scene where Alan Turing confesses to Joan Clarke that he is a homosexual to try and protect her heart from a possible life married to him. Joan Clarke (Keira Knightley) loved the way that her and Alan Turing (Benedict Cumbercatch) minds connected. She had suspected he was homosexual and she loved him anyway and pictured a life that would work for her with him. Sacrificing the sexual nature of the relationship for something different a connection between their intellects.

So I found myself asking, what is love?

In that scene, I saw that I long for someone to love me, for me. To accept me and say, I see you are not perfect. I see you, fully for who you are, and I accept you. In fact I want to make my life intertwined with yours. I want to combine all that I am with all that you are, and I don’t want you to change.

The only problem with this feeling that I have, is that I don’t deserve anyone to love me that way, nor can I love someone that way on my own. On my own, I lie, I choose what is best for me, I am unable to love well, and I think I am right all of the time. Now, how can I expect another person, who is also this imperfect, to do that?

What I want is more than someone building their life on a partnership with me. I want them to make their life about me without me having to fully do that for them because then our relationship wouldn’t fully be about me.

Jesus destroys this ideal of an earthly relationship because He alone looks at us, and says,

“I see your dirt; I see your blood, and lies, and deceit. I see your sin and your lust, you wretch. I see your striving, your love of man’s praise; I see you seeking fulfillment in what this world has to offer. But I…. I love you still. I accept you; I know you cannot be perfect. I know you do not know fully what you do. You are blind; I want to make you see. You are deaf; let me give you hearing. You are lame; walk with me. Let me show you the world as it was created to be, where love and acceptance are given freely, not based on merit but based on an overflow of what I have done already. 

Do you need an example of my love? I died for you on the cross. Do you need a reason to trust me? My promises have always come true. Are you afraid of being left? I will never forsake you, my friend, my brother, my son. You will find no one closer to you than I, for how can anyone know you better than the one who created you, who knows the number of hairs on your head and predestined you for adoption, who works all things for your good. It is my love you long for. Come to me and find rest from searching for acceptance. Here you will taste and see unconditionality. Here you will find freedom from toil and striving and perfectionism. Here you are seen perfect because I have interceded. I do not gaze upon you insouciantly but my heart and body were broken for your sake. I care, more than anyone on this earth ever will, about your welfare.”

It is in Jesus’ words, works, and heart that I can see how love is to be. A lover on this earth cannot provide for me what my soul ultimately longs for, but God being God has, will, and shall. And so I place my heart on Him and allow the freedom of acceptance, the free grace and love shower upon me. I allow it to cleanse me from the desire of fulfillment in another, for I am fulfilled. And in that only will I be able to one day love someone else well; and only from that overflow will someone else be able to love me well.

Do you want to be encompassed in a love that does not cease? Do you long to have another look at you and saying, “I see you; I know you. You are welcome in my arms. In me is your home. Let me give my life up for you!” Gaze upon Christ and accept His love. Turn your longing for another into a longing for the creator, He alone will fulfill it. Allow the hole in your heart for relationship to be sealed by His love. And then walk out this love to others, imitating what we have received from Christ.

Fashion Friday


Meet Chet Baker, the most stylish musician to have lived. This cool blues trumpeter and singer’s style was once described as “James Dean, Sinatra, and Bix, rolled into one.” His insouciant style melds perfectly with his smooth, melodic timbre.


Tunes Tuesday

“Let my sighs give ways to songs that sing about your faithfulness.
Let my pain reveal your glory as my only real rest.
Let my losses show me all I truly have is you!”

Psalm 42
As a deer pants for flowing streams,
so pants my soul for you, O God.
My soul thirsts for God,
for the living God.
When shall I come and appear before God?
My tears have been my food
day and night,
while they say to me all the day long,
“Where is your God?”
These things I remember,
as I pour out my soul:
how I would go with the throng
and lead them in procession to the house of God
with glad shouts and songs of praise,
a multitude keeping festival.
Why are you cast down, O my soul,
and why are you in turmoil within me?
Hope in God; for I shall again praise him,
my salvation and my God.
My soul is cast down within me;
therefore I remember you
from the land of Jordan and of Hermon,
from Mount Mizar.
Deep calls to deep
at the roar of your waterfalls;
all your breakers and your waves
have gone over me.
By day the Lord commands his steadfast love,
and at night his song is with me,
a prayer to the God of my life.
I say to God, my rock:
“Why have you forgotten me?
Why do I go mourning
because of the oppression of the enemy?”
As with a deadly wound in my bones,
my adversaries taunt me,
while they say to me all the day long,
“Where is your God?”
Why are you cast down, O my soul,
and why are you in turmoil within me?
Hope in God; for I shall again praise him,
my salvation and my God.

Oh, My Beloved

I’ve been revisiting this album by Dust of Men and the song “Beloved” struck me as if I’m directly being spoken to.

BELOVED

Oh, my beloved I have wept for you
The pain and the heartache you’ve been walkin’ through
I see your troubles breakin’ you down
You’re lookin’ for somethin’ you still haven’t found
Take heart, I have overcome. Come and rest, here inside my love

Oh, my Father
Has given you to me
And long have I waited for your eyes to see
That my love is here oh, to make you new.
Open your heart to this love I have for you

In my heart, love burns like a fire
For you, my beloved, my desire
Run to me, run to me
My love will save you
Run to me, run to me
And I will heal your heart

Lift your eyes, lift your eyes
And see my glory
Lift your eyes, lift your eyes
And see I’ve come for you

Oh, my beloved