Make it black

Sometimes you just wake up and pass all the color in your closet and go for the black edgy outfit. Granted, that doesn’t happen to me all too often, haha! I wear a lot of color & like crazy designs (the more unique the better), but when I found this PUMA x Selena Gomez collab athlesiure dress, I thought it was the coolest thing.

The details and quality of this piece are amazing, and it is beyond comfortable. The mesh sleeves are built in and the jersey material is super thick, which makes it a perfect fall dress to stay warm in. It also has a pull away snap button hem all the way down the dress AND is also a high-low cut.

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Fall Fashion

BY TARA BURKE

Being Upstate NY gals we’ve grown up around several apple orchards, so like clockwork every fall we go apple picking! It’s always such a fun way to welcome the new season, get some delicious apples, cider, and cider doughnuts…and it’s a great location for photos.

I like to wear comfy cozy sweaters as often as I can and this Volcom sweater is so warm and fuzzy. I like how the pattern is only on one side and how one sleeve ends in black and the other doesn’t.

My jeans are Wild Fable from Target. They are also super comfy and you can’t tell from any of these photos because my sweater is covering it, but they are actually high-waisted button ups! I finished my outfit with my clogs from MIA Shoes.

Do Your Thing

BY TARA BURKE

I’ve been doing more blogging on Instagram these days and this is what I posted as the caption for this outfit:

When you’re tempted to look to the right and left at other people’s callings, successes, & blessings, remember God chose you for a specific “thing” that He purposed for you before you were born. Do your thing, run your race, carry your cross. There’s freedom in not chasing after things God didn’t call you to, not running in multiple races and not putting crosses on your back that weren’t meant for you.

It’s so important to not get consumed with comparison and be confident in the purposes that God has for YOU and only YOU. It’s definitely easier said than done, but God has freedom for you when you trust in His plan for your life. This top reminds me of that and it was on sale at Target for $3 (lol) so it was a win-win on all accounts. I also got the pants and platform sandals from Target as well.

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Fresh Flowers Make Everything Better

BY TARA BURKE

Cailin and I love having fresh flowers around the house, as well as incorporating them into our photoshoots. It always adds another level of creativity when you add props to shoots and we had a lot of fun shooting this one!

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Keep pursuing your calling

BY TARA BURKE

Freely Clothing’s Giving Chain video is finally done! Thank you to all the supporters who have been patiently waiting for the video. To everyone who donated, shared, bought a tee, came to an event, or was just present throughout the whole process, I’m so grateful. I love you all, and seriously, you don’t even know what your support meant to me during what was a challenging season both personally and professionally. So, without further ado…here it is!

Video edited by my sweet sweet sister, Cailin.

I hope you liked the video and that it inspires you to give freely! Your generosity changes the lives of generations and you can make a difference. There is no telling the impact a generous spirit in action can have in the hands of God! Go out there and pursue your calling despite the circumstances, hardships and perseverance it may take. If there is anything I learned looking back on this video is that there is a story behind every “success” and that God is faithful to complete the good work He started in you.

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Athletic Style

BY TARA BURKE

You guys know I love my unique clothing pieces, so when I saw this Desigual sweater I got all heart eyed. It has a fun kind of sporty casual vibe, but is also filled with color and sequins!

If any piece of clothing combines several different fabrics and cuts I’m all about it. This sweater has so many color blocking, texture, and trim details. I really loved how the bottom was the trim of a traditional bomber jacket in the back, but they cut it off for a high-low hem line.

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Dealing with emotions

BY TARA BURKE

“The prayers and supplications that Christ offered up were, joined with strong cries and tears, herein setting us example not only to pray, but to be fervent and importunate in prayer. How many dry prayers, how few wet ones, do we offer up to God!” – Matthew Henry


Let them out. Yes, let all the ugly tears roll down your cheeks, let the ache sit in your heart for more than two seconds, let yourself break.

In a world that glorifies being strong and resilient I think we’ve lost touch with being vulnerable and weak. We love to quote, 2 Corinthians 12:10 – For when I am weak, then I am strong.”(ESV), but if we’re honest with ourselves we often don’t ever want to go through the weak part… we just want to make it to the strong part.

For most of my life I’ve been very good at the strong part in public and the weak part in private. As I’ve grown in God it has blended into a mixture of both public strength and weakness. I think God is most glorified when our weakness acts as a wick, laid in the oil of our pain, only to be lit on fire by the strength of God Almighty himself. As we embrace our hurt, our struggles, our shame and our failures we can lay them before God to spark effervescent light, which is why Paul talks so passionately about boasting in his weaknesses.

“Therefore I will boast all the more gladly of my weaknesses, so that the power of Christ may rest upon me.” 2 Corinthians 12:9 (ESV)

Our stay at Ember Hostel

Cai and I love a good hostel and have stayed in quite a few all over the world. Although there is sometimes a preconceived notion of hostels, if you do your research, a hostel can be one of the highlights of your trip! So, when we had a quick stop in Denver, CO before visiting our family in New Mexico we decided to look into hostels and found Ember! IT WAS AMAZING!

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Castle Foundations ♡’s Paperless Post

BY CAILIN BURKE

I am obsessed with cards. For real, I will give or make cards for any and every occasion when I can! So I was pumped when Paperless Post asked us to test out their site and share our thoughts! I am really big on making my own cards. I took tons of art classes throughout high school and college, so I always have fun taking out the paint or colored pencils and being super extra!

Sometimes though, I just don’t have the time or the supplies with me when I need to send out a card! What I love about Paperless Post, is that everything is so customizable, it’s like you made this card yourself! So if you don’t have the art skills, this is such a cool way to add your own special touch to a card.

I made quite a few cards to see how it all worked and was pumped with the results. First up, I headed to the “Just Because” section and found a cute card for my boyfriend. This one let you customize and add a photo which made this literally the coolest, because you can’t buy a card in the store with someone you know’s face on it!

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Easter Outfits & Encouragements

BY TARA BURKE

We’re a little delayed, but we hope you all had a wonderful Easter! I know we are beyond grateful for what Jesus did for us on the cross so we’d be free from sin and the grave. We are also extremely thankful that we are able to freely walk into church and worship our God. We are praying and doing what we can to help those who are targeted and persecuted for their love of Jesus. It felt kind of silly to post about our Easter outfits in the face of such violence and sadness in Sri Lanka, but those brothers and sisters went to praise their Savior even with probable danger lingering, and that sacrifice, in spite of the terrible injustice surrounding it, is beautifully honorable. So, before I jump into our outfits I’d ask you to stop and pray for the victim’s families and the persecuted church around the world.

Cailin and I always like to dress up for Easter. This year I wore a dress by Equipment. It has still been a little chilly here in New York, so I wanted a dress that was both springy, but didn’t have full-on warm weather vibes. This dress fit the bill with the netted full length sleeves and floral pattern.

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