FASHION

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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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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Plaid Blazer x Graphic Tee

BY TARA BURKE

This plaid (really tartan pattern) blazer from the 90s was an amazing find I took straight out of my Mom’s stockpile. It came with shoulder pads and all, which I usually take out, but this blazer had them sewn into the entire stitching of the shoulder, so that was a no-go. I love that this blazer isn’t stiff, but is made out of a cloth-like material. It makes it the perfect casual piece to add a little more interest to a fun graphic tee.


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Over the Rainbow

Rainbows are just awesome. They always remind me of Genesis 9:16 and how God not only keeps His promises, but that He cares enough to send us beautiful reminders of who He is. They also remind me of my Kindergartners because whenever I ask them what their favorite color is, they always say, “Rainbow!”

One of the recent color trends in fashion has been rainbow! I’m all about this fun and bold look, so when I saw this skirt on Forever21 for $7 I was in. It’s also fuzzy, which is the absolute best and makes it work as a winter skirt.

Now that I’m writing this I’ve realized this outfit is all Forever21 from the sweater to the boots. I ordered everything offline since there are way more unique pieces on their website compared to the store. I love this sweater because it is distressed and has such fun chain details. It makes a classic black sweater a little more edgy.

We ended up finding another cool photo background in the endless creative possibilities that NYC has to offer, so Cai and I took a ton of shots!

Bright Vintage

BY TARA BURKE

Vintage is my fave thing for so many reasons. First, I love 1930s-50s fashion. The hunt to find great vintage among the junk in a thrift store is so fun, plus everything you find is unique. It’s a great way to be a sustainable shopper. I’m also a history nerd and like looking up the brands and their stories, and that is exactly what I did for this vintage Jack Winter top.

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Random Car Garage shoots

BY TARA BURKE

Where are all my people who are bad at directions? I’m not the best navigator when it comes to street names, main roads and highway exits I should know. I’m really good at visually remembering where I am. When there are no formal directions, I’m the one who get us home because I remember that tree with a strange nook in it that we turned right at to get to the main road. Just had to defend myself for a second (for what it’s worth, haha) because Cailin can get a little annoyed of my version of having a sense of direction.

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