Friday, December 28, 2012

“Bold COLOR Thrift Tips”

Our Four Fav Fall THRIFTED Trends to Add a Splash of COLOR to Your Wardrobe

Don’t neglect to incorporate a pop of COLOR in your fall wardrobe. Instead of shopping retail and following cookie cutter trends, try THRIFTING! Dare to be outside the box by doing something
BOLD that reflects your personality without breaking the bank.

 Here are a few of our favorite ways of incorporating color into our fall wardrobe:

 1.) Vibrant Vintage Scarves.

 2.) Bold Blazers

3.) Get Accessorized (ties for the guys and earrings and belts for the girls) 

4.) Sassy Skirts



"Fear: The Struggle is REAL!!"

Marriage is hard enough as it is but without God, it’s impossible. In fact, we are often negligent of the fact that God grants us grace for our daily life. We are told in Matthew 6:34 not to worry about tomorrow because it will take care of itself. In fact, it has trouble of it’s own!
Well, whether you are married, single, divorced or separated, God will answer your prayers. We all have fears that are related to those we love. If it’s that cousin that you fell out with or trying to mend a friendship, our God is a God of restoration.
First of all, fear is an emotion that is healthy to feel on occasion. But, if it is crippling your ability to function daily, make decisions or mend relationships, it has now become a manifestation in your spirit. 2 Timothy 1:7 states: “God has not given us the spirit of fear; but of power, and of love and of a sound mind.” Well, some may say, “Who gave us the spirit of fear?” I will be honest with you. Satan uses every single fear that we have against us. He uses it to cripple us and to render us defenseless against his attacks. If you are afraid to step out of your comfort zone, you aren’t a threat! You can’t walk in your purpose confidently if you are crippled by fear. You can’t mend that relationship that has been torturing you for years! You walk around with guilt on your shoulders and resentment in your heart!
The struggle is real, ya’ll! I know because it was mine. I had fears of reconciling a relationship that is most important to me. Satan attacked me in ways that you couldn’t believe. Temptation, denial, self-pity, guilt and resentment!

· I resented the way that person treated me and soon it turned to resenting them. THIS IS THE WRONG THING TO DO!
· I rejected their advice and the advice of all of my friends regarding this relationship. WRONG!

· I denied that there was any anger or unforgiveness in my heart towards them. WRONG AGAIN!

· Self-pity allowed me to justify my actions and rationalize my unwillingness to deal with the situation head on. SUPER WRONG!

· Satan sent a replacement along to distract me. Don’t be fooled, he knows what you like and that very thing can be presented to you to keep you useless to the kingdom! WRONG! WRONG! WRONG!

· Lastly, I struggled with guilt. After how I’d acted towards them for so long, I felt that they could never love me or forgive me. SMH WRONG AGAIN!

As a grateful believer, I’ve seen God do the impossible. He’s restored many situations all around me. He’s delivered loved ones from addiction. Turn cold-hearted individuals into allies. Healed permanent medical conditions. He has even delivered me from the hands of my enemies! But, I made this one situation BIGGER than my God! Fear crippled my belief that MY God was that GREAT! Fear had me blind to the fact that MY GOD CAN and WILL do ANYTHING! ONLY by the grace of God is my marriage restored! My husband and I love one another like never before! With the love of God! Believe me, it isn’t done in our own strength but by the power of the Holy Spirit, which resides in BOTH of us. It resides in you too!

If you are struggling to with fear or reconciliation, I urge you to give it to God! Whether it is financial responsibility, temptation, addiction, jealousy or even body image, God is able to restore and deliver you from your stuggles. Proverbs 3:5-6 says: “Lean on, trust in and be confident in the Lord with all your heart and mind and do not rely on your own understanding. In all your ways acknowledge Him and He will direct and make straight and plain your paths.”

-Bre, Team TT

"Tis the Season to be Thankful!"

“Oh Give thanks to the Lord, for He is good! For His mercy endures forever; Oh give thanks to God of gods! For His mercy endures forever. Oh, give thanks to the Lord of lords for his mercy endures forever; To Him who alone does great wonders, For His mercy endures forever; To Him who by wisdom made the heavens, For His mercy endures forever;” Psalm 136: 1-5

This year has been a tumultuous year for me. I’ve endured quite a bit, from broken relationships, to depleted finances, to death of a loved one, to defamation of character, etc. The list goes on and on, yet in spite of all the attacks of the enemy I am grateful. I am grateful for the opportunity to grow. Due to the trials and tribulations I have encountered this year, my faith has increased. I know God more intimately now than I ever did before because I know him as a provider, as a healer, as way maker and so much more. It is one thing to read God’s word but it is another to have actually experienced it. I have heard people get up in church and tell their testimony with such passion. I have seen people run around the church and even fall flat on their face in worship. I’m guilty as been one of those spectators in church who has looked & thought to myself, “does it really take all that?” I have even felt uneasy when during worship service the woman next to me began crying uncontrollably. –Hey I am being honest – There have also been times in church where I fought back tears because I did not want people to see me crying. I have even did a cute little two step instead of running around church (which is what I really wanted to do) because I did not want people looking at me. However, there is something about knowing God as a provider because He provided for you when you had no income and bills continued to increase. There is something about knowing God as a healer when you were sick and didn’t have the insurance or the money to go to the doctor. There is something about knowing God as a way maker when every door was closed. It is when you know God in an intimate way that you give praise when praise it due, and it does not matter who is looking.

“Be thankful in all circumstances, for this is God’s will for you who belongs to Christ Jesus” 1 Thessalonians 5:18

I have been blessed to know God in such a way that I am so grateful for every trial. Without trials and tribulations I would not know Him like I do. I am convinced that God is faithful, that He is powerful beyond measure, He loves me, He will protect me, He will keep me, He will provide for me, and that His mercy and grace endures forever. I have purposed in my heart to follow Him, to love Him, to seek Him, to please Him, to think about Him, to want Him, to need Him, to PRAISE Him. Truthfully, without those hardships I had experienced I would not have been so convinced nor my heart would not be as purposed as it is now. Due to my hardships I am able to say with confidence, “The Lord is my helper, so I will have no fear. What can mere people do to me?” Hebrews 13:6

Now because I know God like I do, I praise Him whenever and where ever and I do not care who is looking. There is something about PRAISE that when I release it into the environment, my atmosphere begins to change. When my inner most being releases that energy and it the anointing oozes out like fresh oil being crushed from its origin, an indescribable sense of peace falls on me and an overwhelming sense of joy engulfs me.

“Give thanks to the Lord, for he is good! His faithful love endures forever.” 1 Chronicles 16:34

As a Christian who struggles with her daily walk in Christ, I am grateful to know that in spite of whatever comes my way God is due all the glory, honor and praise just for who He is. I strongly encourage every being to praise Him! He is WORTHY!!!! Glory be to the KING of kings and the Lord of lords.
The american holidays are set aside to celebrate what you are thankful for. So, it is only appropriate for me to express to the world how truly THANKFUL I am for God’s unfailing love. After all, “God loved the world so much that he gave his one and only Son, so that everyone who believes in him will not perish but have eternal life” John 3:16

-Demo, Team TT

“Thrifty Threads Rips the RUNWAY”

TeamTT styles a scene for the Alabama A&M University’s Homecoming "Rip the Runway" Fashion Show on Oct 10, 2012.

Our team had the wonderful opportunity to style a fashion show scene for the “AAMU Rip the Runway Fashion Show” during homecoming week. It was a great learning experience for all of us! We wanted to share our experience with you. Check out these great photos captured by Regina Smith of A&G Photography and Letoria Mayberry of Models 4 Jesus Christ (M4JC) Inc.


Behind the Scene Shots:

Group Shots:

Runway Shots:

A special huge great BIG thanks to the awesome models chosen from WARD Modeling Troop of AAMU and M4JC Inc., for doing an amazing job of allowing us to use you all to bring forth our thrifted fashion ideas on the runway!!! You all were such a blessing and we love and appreciate your hard work! Shout out to our volunteer MUAs Faith Mosley, Yoneka Pride, and Shannon Lott thank you for the BEAT faces!! We appreciate any and everyone who had a hand in the process and success of the TT fashion show scene!


Monday, December 10, 2012

"A Father. A Musician. A Producer. A THRIFTER"

Introducing Brandon Pair (B. Pair)...
TT: Where are you originally from?
B. Pair: Mobile, AL.

TT: What school/university do/did you attend?
B. Pair: Alabama A&M University

TT: How did you begin thrifting?
B. Pair: I don’t know how I started, just kinda like the older style of clothing and plus it’s little more classy.

TT: What is your thrifting/style tip for male thrifters?
B. Pair: Do you and make it nice!

TT: It’s that simple, thanks Bran!

-Team TT