Why Spanx Faux Leather Leggings are the Best Leggings Ever + How to Style

As a mom of two active young children (7 year old and 1 year old), I am constantly on the move and need some pants that can move right on with me.

Since my days of pregnancy, I have found leggings to be my go-to for comfort and multi-functional style. From running errands to Friday date night with my husband, leggings are a girl’s best friend!

Style Story: Why I Love Spanx Leggings

When I first tried Spanx leggings a few years ago, I was pleasantly surprised by how flattering they were. The high waist helped secure my stomach in all the right places and the quality of material was like nothing I’ve ever had. They’ve lasted me for several years with no fading, tearing or shrinking in the laundry! They truly are the best leggings I’ve ever had (and I’ve tried a ton!) and absolute must-have, even if you just save up for one pair.

Spanx Faux Leather Leggings are NEXT LEVEL

Now that the Spanx faux leather leggings are on the scene, the game has officially been forever changed.

And by the way, can we take a moment and acknowledge how much of an official GIRL BOSS Sara Blakely is?!!! Seriously though. I absolutely LOVE her story and it’s a joy to follow along the journey via her Instagram. She is totally repsiresenting for all the women out there working hard, raising young children and going after a dream that helps to empower others. Major shoutout!)

So back to these glorious faux leather leggings…

I first tried on the Spanx faux leather moto leggings for fun at Evereve (the ultimate mom store…they even have a kids play area near the fitting rooms!!) and I was shocked. I literally felt like Wonder Woman! Like, immediate hot mama factor. Haha. They were slimming. They were stretchy. They were comfy. They were snatching my waist like it’d never been snatched before. I knew that even though they were pricy, they’d be worth saving up for!

Fast forward to November 2018, I’m walking through Nordrstom Rack to peek and see if they have a pair by chance. I’ve seen Spanx leggings there before so I knew there may be a slight possibility. Well, I kid you not, after going through the checkout line for some tops I found for Josiah, I saw some leather peeking out from a go back rack near the window. After checking out, I went to investigate, and although the leather I first saw wasn’t the Spanx leggings, I looked behind that pair and y’all, these shiny, pebbled faux leather Spanx leggings were hanging pretty. IN MY SIZE and everything. I hurried to the fitting room, slid my way into those pants and boom. It was a done deal. And 60% retail!!! The rest is history.

Ways to Wear Spanx Faux Leather Leggings

Casual

There are SO many ways you can wear these leggings. The most common way I’ve worn them is for casual outings. Throw on a nice pair of gym shoes (or Cole Haan kicks for me), a long top & denim jacket and you’re good to go!

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Dressy

This day, I wore them to church and during our family time afterwards. I felt great all day.

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Starbucks Reserve coffee run / Basketball Game Night

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#Details 😍 - Here’s a closeup on the material! Looks slightly snakeskin. My Nikes are tagged on LIKEtoKnow!

#Details 😍 - Here’s a closeup on the material! Looks slightly snakeskin. My Nikes are tagged on LIKEtoKnow!

Well, as you can see, my Spanx faux leather leggings have been on HEAVY rotation in my wardrobe the last few months, and with good reason. I just feel great in them! I believe you will too.

Also, I’ve seen this specific pair on sale for 30% off recently! They’d be worth checking out.

So tell me, have you tried Spanx leggings?

If so, what are your thoughts?

Looking forward to hearing from you guys and hope you have a great weekend!

Whikeheartedly,

Emonne Markland

There's So Much More To See

There's So Much More To See

Today during our family day at the museum, I overheard a dialogue between a mother and her son. He had been playing in the play area for a while with Grace, and then his mother told him it was time to go. As with most children being gently peeled away from their beloved playtime, it came with resistance. “I don’t want to leave!” he said sadly. With sympathy yet expectancy, his mother responded,

The Pottery Shop: A Bible Lesson Comes to Life

The Pottery Shop: A Bible Lesson Comes to Life


“Mom!! Pleeeaasse take me to see a potter!”

For several weeks now, Grace as been begging me to find a pottery store where she can watch a potter throw clay & make pottery. She watched a few videos on YouTube, but she wanted to see it up close with her own eyes! It all started with our weekly bible study, and this particular week we were learning about story of the potter & the clay from Jeremiah 17.

Seasons / Change

Life is full of seasons. Summer just so happens to be my favorite. While several of my friends and family members prefer fall‘s cooler weather, I’m here for the heat. ☀️😍 Give me pool parties, iced lattes, sandals and shorts, white tees and high-waist jeans, sunglasses and orange lipstick. I bask in it all with a bright smile on my face.


But just like we all know, seasons will always inevitably change. Summer heat turns into a cool, fall breeze. Fall winds blow into Winter snowflakes and before you know it, Spring is in the air with its luscious blooms that prepare the way for Summer all over again. 


Seasons of our lives are no different. And that was one of the best pieces of advice Stephan and I received during our premarital counseling. Life (college, singleness, marriage, motherhood, entrepreneurship, etc.) is made up of seasons. And seasons always change. Don’t get stuck in one season and let discouragement cause you to doubt that things will never change. Life ALWAYS changes.


I remember the last time I saw my grandfather before he passed away and I asked him what was the one thing he loved most about life. His answer arrested my heart, “Change.” How profound and true. I’ve pondered on this ever since.


I don’t know what season you’re in right now, but I want to encourage you that it will change. If it’s really great right now and you’re loving the Summer sun of life, make memories and write down a note to your winter season so you can hold onto that joy. If it’s wintery cold in your relationships, workplace, business or even within your heart, look for the beauty in where you are and expect a brighter tomorrow.


“For everything there is a season, a time for every activity under heaven.”

Ecclesiastes 3:1 NLT


“While the earth remains,

Seedtime and harvest,

Cold and heat,

Winter and summer,

And day and night

Shall not cease.”

GENESIS 8:22 AMP

 

Don’t challenge the change. Embrace the newness to come.  

 

Emonne

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Don't Jump

As sweat drips from his brow, a man peers over the edge of a bridge to the speeding cars below. Wind blows through his hair as his heart beats fast and hard, feeling as if it will beat clear through his shirt. Thoughts of what happened swarm through his mind as the weight of his mistake holds him hostage, frozen in time. I can't take this anymore. I've had enough. I failed and there's no turning back.

He looks to his right and his left, wipes his brow and takes a deep breath of release before he takes his fateful plunge. When all of a sudden...

"DON'T JUMP!!!"

The loud, stern cry of a faraway bystander holds him back. The bystander walks calmly and cautiously in his direction with their hands in the air, reasoning with him to come down and realize that jumping won't solve his problem...

 This is the word that came to Jeremiah from the Lord:  “Go down to the potter’s house, and there I will give you my message.”  So I went down to the potter’s house, and I saw him working at the wheel. But the pot he was shaping from the clay was marred in his hands; so the potter formed it into another pot, shaping it as seemed best to him. Then the word of the Lord came to me.  He said, “Can I not do with you, Israel, as this potter does?” declares the Lord. “Like clay in the hand of the potter, so are you in my hand, Israel (Jeremiah 18:1-6 NIV).

Many of us have been on the Potter's wheel lately. Tossing and turning. Swirling and stretching. Painfully growing through the discomfort and heat of the process. I know it's been tough. The potter's wheel isn't glamorous. It isn't pretty. It's messy and quite confusing. It takes everything in you to stay the course and allow God to shape you and mold you through the trials of life, many of which make no sense to your logical thinking and reasoning. And yet, if we jump and abort the process, we will be left as an unfinished lump of clay, always wondering what could have and would have happened if only we'd stayed the course.

As someone who is right there with you, let me encourage you today. Before you make a drastic move and try to fix the circumstance yourself in an attempt to assist God (because of course, the God who runs the universe needs our help in running our lives), don't jump. Don't jump off the Potter's wheel. God is working in you something far greater and bigger than what your mind can even conceive right now. If you want to be used by Him in a great way, you've got to submit to the process. Looking back over your life, I'm sure that you can recall a time of transition and growth where you thought there was no way you would make it through. And yet, as you stayed the course and allowed the Potter to have His way, you came out of that situation as a better person and are thankful you went through it. The same thing applies to now. God is molding us, shaping us, and preparing us for His work through us. He is forming us into vessels of honor. And in the end, He will be glorified in our lives, sanctified and useful for Him.

But in a great house there are not only vessels of gold and silver, but also of wood and clay, some for honor and some for dishonor.  Therefore if anyone cleanses himself from the latter, he will be a vessel for honor, sanctified and useful for the Master, prepared for every good work (2 Timothy 2:20-21 NIV).

For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the LORD, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future. (Jeremiah 29:11 NIV)

 

Emonne Markland

Leave Your Beauty Mark

 

P.S. For more posts on this topic, check out Vessels and my mom's latest post, Vessels of Honor where she shares 5 keys to becoming a vessel of honor.

 

Yesterday. Today. And Forever.

Yesterday. Today. And Forever.

Right now, I'm in my early thirties and learning the ins and outs of this thing called "working mom." I easily doubt myself and often fight the temptation to put my joy on hold for a season to come instead of enjoying the now.

Yet in the midst of every changing season, I have a promise from scripture that reminds me of a Savior Who will never change...

Celebrating 10 Years Cancer Free

10 years ago on April 17, 2007,  I went through a major surgery to rid my body of cancer. I was 20 years old and had no idea how sick I was until coughing up blood in my dorm on Easter Sunday. (You can watch my story here.) After my parents traveled to Tulsa to take me back home to Dallas, I underwent one of the most difficult weeks of my life. Prior to the surgery, the enemy threw punch after punch to knock me down. Then the day of my surgery came and I was wheeled into the surgery room. All of the bright hospital lights & shiny silver knives on the table next to me. I asked if I could keep my bible with me on the table and the doctor agreed. 

After the surgery, I woke up to an unquenchable thirst...and quickly realized that I couldn't talk to tell the nurse I needed water. That was rough. She finally came over and gave me some ice cubes. (Thanks a lot. Lol) But that was all I could take. I spent the next few days in the hospital with these massage boots on my legs to keep my circulation flowing. I couldn't walk, talk, eat or drink. They basically shut my body down in order to remove half of my left lung to get rid of the malignant (cancer) mass and all the surrounding lymph nodes. I started practicing walking down the hall arm and arm with my dad a few days later. The nurse said if I could walk down the hall and to the windows and back, then I could go home. With my goal in mind, I practiced and prayed and gathered my strength to make it overtime. Finally, I was discharged and wheeled down to the hospital exit. I'll never forget the sound of the birds singing outside as my dad pulled up his SUV to take me home. I cry just thinking about that.... 

God has a way of turning our place of pain into our place of rejoicing.
— Emonne Markland

April has a special place in my heart. As does Easter. It was in this month that I suffered and recovered a disease that kills lives everyday. For whatever reason, God drew a bloodline around me and wouldn't let me die at 20. Then fast forward two years later, April 2009, I got married to the love of my life. Someone I didn't even deserve. Who had prayed for me and believed for my healing when I overlooked him for years. Fast forward to April 2011, Easter Sunday, I was in labor with my baby girl and gave birth on the following day, April 25. And now here I am, April 17, 2017, 30 years old and pregnant with my baby boy.

God has a way of turning our place of pain into our place of rejoicing. I pray that my story brings you encouragement to believe that the same hand that allows pain and suffering is faithful to bring joy and healing. IN THE SAME PLACE!

To God be the glory for reminding me yet again that He is the Resurrection and the Life. He will always give us beauty for ashes. The oil of joy for morning. And the garment of praise for the spirit of heaviness. The same God that did it for me, will do it for you.

 

Emonne Markland

Leave Your Beauty Mark

Vessels

Vessels

As I walked past a particular area of broken pots at the pottery store last week, I was reminded of a vision God gave me at MegaFest 2013. I was sitting in the upper balcony and in awe of beholding tens of thousands of women passionately praising God and rejoicing over His word. As we neared the end of the service, I saw a very vivid vision of a beautiful clay vessel, with a small top and larger bottom...

The Beauty of Isolation

The Beauty of Isolation

Isolation.

When I hear or think of this word, I am immediately transported back to a season of my life during college where everything and everyone that I trusted in was completely stripped away. Friends that I'd know since my freshman year all of a sudden acted like they didn't know me. My family that I love and trust was miles away. My image, the clothes, shoes, and hairstyles that I enjoyed and felt somewhat defined me where no longer appropriate for my current season. I was pregnant with change. See, when you're pregnant, you can't just wear the things you used to wear and do the things you used to do. Your diet changes. Your weight increases. Those high heeled stilettos that you used to wear all over town are no longer cutting it. It's time for the flats, baby. 

Warrior Wives: Inspired by War Room

Warrior Wives: Inspired by War Room

If you're a young wife like me, there's a chance that you're having a similar reaction to what I had. You love your husband, have a good marriage, and yet, you realize in this moment that you are not praying for him enough. Well-intended? Absolutely. Prayers before he leaves for work or has something coming up that he asks prayer for? You're on the job. But consistent, just-because, strategic prayer for specific areas of his life and heart? Well....we need some improvements here.

Walking in the Dark

Walking in the Dark

Have you ever been in a dark place?

A place where you can't see your way around or understand the purpose of your journey? The darkness isn't evil, yet it prohibits your sight and makes it difficult to move forward. What I've come to realize is that life will hand you seasons and situations that cause you to walk in the dark and question everything you've seen in the light...

Winter Whispers

Winter Whispers

I've never been one to like the cold.

Having been raised in Michigan and other Northern states amidst chilling winters and freezing temperatures, I've often given winter the cold shoulder. The weightless snowflakes that some find so beautiful have been like a disguised enemy to me. Masked in gentle white flakes, but once accumulated cause harmful road conditions and treacherous walkways.

But somehow, over the last few days, I've heard a whisper in the air. Seen a message in the desolate trees that appear barren and isolated. Oh, if winter could talk, I may have heard her gently share a lesson in my ears:

Your Mordecai Moment

Your Mordecai Moment

Have you ever felt unnoticed? Alone in a crowd... Lost in the shuffle...Good intentions gone unseen. I believe we all have. When considering these thoughts, I couldn't help but think of my boy Mordecai, the "supporting role" in the book/story of Esther.

Trusting God In Transition

Trusting God In Transition

I don't know what season you are in right now, but as for me and my house, we are right in the thick of transition. For the last few months, we have taken steps of faith down a road that seems uncertain, in obedience to three specific words from the Lord.