Friday, May 19, 2017

| Awkward/ Awesome |

Hi there, ya'll! =)


How have you all been spending your week? Now that the rain has been slowing down, and we have more sunny days than stormy, we've finally been back to working on making our yard look beautiful.  My dad and brother finally hung my window boxes up for me, and I'm planning to plant some petunias (try saying that five times really fast ;P) in them this weekend, as well as various other flowers and vines.  And, of course, I have more rose bushes to plant around the house, because, in my opinion, one can never have too many roses.


I'd heard about Neesee's Dresses from several other bloggers over the last few months and scrolled through their website a few times looking for something to catch my eye and that I wouldn't feel guilty about purchasing full price (this girl does most of her shopping at thrift stores, and it is almost physically painful for me to pay full price now XD).  A few weeks ago, though, I was looking through their formal dresses, and absolutely fell. in. love. with one in particular.  I had a formal ball to attend later that week, so I purchased it immediately without feeling too guilty about it.  Unfortunately, though the dress shipped very quickly and I received it in time for the ball, it was just a little bit too small, so I wasn't able to wear it for the ball.  I was able to exchange it for the correct size, and decided to throw another, more casual, one in my cart as well.  In my original purchase, they included a coupon code for a free maxi dress when I spent a certain amount on their site, so I ended up with *three* new, pretty dresses =D.  Let me tell you, this girl is a happy lady right now.  I'll share a post about my new, bee-yu-tee-ful, formal dress in the coming weeks so ya'll can see it too :).

Awkward...

  • allergies
  • Mishka finding a centipede and apparently thinking I'd love it as a present
  • red nail polish that stains my feet and not just my nails
  • someone who was MAYBE three years older than me asking me if I knew what I wanted to be when I grew up #shortgirlproblems XD
  • my friend simply texting "ice cream" when he's trying to get my attention...and it working
  • getting my dad to watch "Once Upon A Time" with me.  Not his kind of show, apparently, haha
  • going to a swimming party right after Mass...I couldn't get my face wet because I didn't think to wash off my mascara beforehand XD
  • a terrific thunderstorm that knocked out all our power for about five hours

Awesome...

  • packages in the mail
  • new dresses from Neesee's Dresses (including one for free!)
  • birds singing outside my window every morning
  • our long driveway smelling like honeysuckles...I have no idea why, because I can't find any honeysuckles at all, but it smells sooooo lovely
  • playing hide and seek with a friend's little boy at the park
  • a little girl I know running up to give me a hug and see if I liked her dress as I was leaving Mass =)
  • a dear friend coming to spend the night with us as a surprise while we were in Texas


//Outfit Details//
Blouse: Thrift Store
Earrings: Cato's (old)
Shoes: Amazon

I hope you all have a beautiful weekend!
Tell me what was awkward or awesome about your week in the comments!
God bless...=)

Monday, May 15, 2017

| Sunday Style/ Obedience |

Hi there, ya'll! =)
I hope all of my readers who are mothers had a lovely Mother's Day weekend! Unfortunately I wasn't feeling very well yesterday and wasn't able to make a special dinner for my mother like I usually do, but my brothers pitched in to help her make dinner in my place.  We had spent our whole Saturday at the park with friends, so we all opted for a quiet, peaceful Mother's Day this year.


As we were leaving for Mass, my brother exclaimed "You look like you stepped right out of the fifties!" I hadn't planned on wearing a vintage inspired outfit, but when I glanced in the mirror I realized he was right, haha!  To top it off, I wore my Audrey Hepburn sunglasses after Mass, so I really looked the part.


A couple of weeks ago, I heard a sermon that I thought I'd share my thoughts about with you all.  During the sermon, the priest pointed out that in everything God has created, there is a natural order, there is always someone in charge and someone obeying.  In our world today, obedience is looked upon as meaning that the one obeying is less in worth or dignity than the one giving the order or request, when this is not the case at all.  For there to be peace and a productive outcome in pretty much any area of life, there must be someone, or something, obeying something else.  The military, the religious life, any kind of business, families...all of these completely fail in their purpose when there is no obedience.  Today I'd like to talk about obedience in families because it is such an important problem right now.  Firstly, I'd like to point out there is a difference between voluntary obedience and slavery, but the lines have been intentionally blurred now so that we can hardly tell the difference between them.  I'd also like to mention that the virtue of obedience only requires you to obey as far as the person giving the command has authority to command you.  NO ONE can command you to sin, or to do something against your conscience, no matter who they are.
       
Thanks to the feminists of the last couple of centuries, most women are appalled and disgusted at the idea of obeying their husbands and respecting them as the head of the home.  They visualize living in servitude, with no rights, while their husbands may do as they please with no responsibilities, which is precisely what the devil wants them to think.  Obedience is a wonderful and holy virtue that was so prized by Our Lord that He spent His entire life living in obedience to His Mother, Our Lady.  There is absolutely no question as to whether Our Lord was inferior in any way whatsoever to Our Lady, but He still willingly submitted Himself to her God-given authority as His mother, even asking her permission before He began His Passion, and according to several saints, if she had withheld her permission, He would not have gone through with it.  Our Lady too, was far higher in dignity and sanctity than her husband, St. Joseph, but she obeyed him and trusted him as the head of their family regardless.  It was a refusal to obey authority that turned the angels into devils, and it was also a refusal to obey that caused our first parents to bring sin into our world.  With our fallen nature, obedience is difficult for us because we like having our own way, and this is how it helps us become saints.  By intentionally giving up our own wills and desires, we are growing in grace and virtue.  Men are called by God to be the leaders and protectors of the family, while women are given the task of supporting and helping them, as well as bearing and raising children.  We were all created specifically for these roles. despite all that the feminists and Marxists have done to try to convince us otherwise.  It is a well established fact that men are naturally better fighters and protectors, as well as more natural at taking charge in a situation, while women are natural caregivers and homemakers.  You can hand a man a baby and, nine times out of ten, he won't know what to do with it, but hand the same baby to a woman (or even a girl as young as nine years old, in my experience) and she will instantly know how to hold and and calm it because of her natural mothering instincts.  (This is one of the many reasons abortion is such a horrendous evil; it goes against a mother's most basic and important instinct to protect and nurture every child, especially her own, when she murders her unborn baby in the cruelest way possible.) For a woman to care for her children and run her home smoothly, she needs to be sure that she and her children will be safe and protected from whatever evils or difficulties that may come their way, and a good wife will trust her husband to do this.  For a man to protect and preserve his wife and children, he needs to know that they will respect his authority and trust him when he makes decisions.  If the husband and wife do not cooperate in this way, the family is in chaos.  The wife does not trust her husband enough to let him make the decisions for their family, the husband cannot lead the family without his wife's support, the children see the lack of unity and most of the time take advantage it by refusing to obey as well, and the home breaks apart. In Catholic marriages, one of the vows the woman makes is to obey her husband and trust him, and it's a very important vow for her to remember and keep.  Every family is like a small kingdom, and no kingdom can survive long when the queen does not support her king.  With this being said, obeying your husband does not mean you have no say in the decisions he makes: as his wife one of your jobs is to help him in making wise decisions, but to respect whatever is his final say. And it is the man's duty to see that he is not a tyrant, and makes sure his decisions are what is best for his family.  When husbands and wives live in this manner, in obedience to God's design for the family, not only their family, but all of society is benefited by it.


//Outfit Details//
Blouse: Goodwill
Camisole: ThredUp
Skirt: Consignment Store/$2.50
Shoes: The Shoe Dept./Old
Scarf: Gift
Earrings: Charming Charlie (I believe they're sold out now)

I hope you all have a blessed and beautiful week!
Tell me what your thoughts on obedience are in the comments! God bless...=)

Monday, May 1, 2017

| Sunday Style/ Stripes and Prints |

Hi there, ya'll! =)
Every year around this time the heavens open up and we get flooded in, without a way to leave the neighborhood. This year, the rains were so torrential we were unable to even leave our driveway! 



Luckily we have a suburban and were able to make it to Mass on Sunday, and the rains finally stopped later that night =).  Now we're all enjoying the beautiful. sunny days that always follow the yearly "deluge", along with all the new flowers blooming everywhere.


I've never tried mixing patterns before, but this week I thought I'd try a little bit of a mix to see how I liked it.  I ended up loving the stripes with the flower pattern, especially since it all matched my new purse from Charming Charlie so well =).


//Outfit Details//
Cardigan: Thrift Store
Skirt: Thrift Store
Purse: Charming Charlie ( I believe it's sold out now =(...)  

I hope you all have a blessed and peaceful week!
Tell me what your favorite patterns to mix together are (and how your weekend was!) in the comments! =)
God bless!

Monday, April 24, 2017

| Sunday Style/Low Sunday |

Hi there, ya'll! =)
I hope you all had a lovely Sunday; I know I did! Some dear friends invited my family and I over for an evening of visiting and enjoying the beautiful weather, and, between the pink champagne, chocolate truffles, and several rounds of Scattergories, it was a perfect way to catch up and enjoy the many blessings we have.  The best friendships are the ones where you can have deep conversations one minute, and be silly the next, and that is definitely what our friendship is. =)  


As can you probably tell from the pictures, it was a rather blustery Sunday, haha.  My hat nearly blew off a few times, but I didn't mind.  This hat has become one of my favorite accessories, and I can't get enough of the way the brim turns up.  It just...makes me happy =).  It's a girl thing, I guess... ;P


//Outfit Details//
Dress: Made by me
Cardigan: Thrift Store
Shoes: J.Cole's/Old
Scarf: Gift
Hat: Amazon
Earrings: Lulu's/Old


I hope you all have a wonderful week!
Tell me how you spent your Sunday in the comments...=)

Monday, April 17, 2017

| Sunday Style/Easter Sunday |

Happy Easter!!! He is risen!
I hope you all had a blessed and happy Easter Sunday! I was in bed with a horrible allergy attack for Good Friday and Holy Saturday, so I missed most of the Tridium, but I was able to make it to Mass on Easter Sunday, at least. =)

  

My mom bought this hat for herself a few weeks ago, but she didn't care for the color, so I ended up getting it.  By sheer coincidence, it matched my new dress from Florence Adams PERFECTLY.  I love the way the brim turns up just enough to be cute without looking too outlandish...My brother says it looks like something Lady Sybil would wear in "Downton Abbey". XD


It was a good thing I had a hat to wear, because Easter morning we had a glorious thunderstorm and pouring rain until right before Mass began.  I had curled my hair, but the rain soon took care of that XD.  As soon as Mass started, though, the clouds cleared and the sun came out...it was so beautiful, and perfect for Easter! 


//Outfit Details//
Dress: Florence Adams
Hat: Amazon (sold out in this color but other colors are still available)
Shoes: Goodwill

I hope you all have a blessed Easter Week!
God bless! =)

Monday, April 10, 2017

| Sunday Style | Why I Only Wear Dresses/Skirts |

Hi there. ya'll! =)
Those who knew about my desperate search for new shoes, you may rest easy now, knowing that I have finally found the perfect pair of black shoes.  This is the first time I have ever owned a pair of "pointed toe" shoes, and I am absolutely in love with how they look! My friends have been teasing me about them for the past couple of weeks (they say they're so pointed they can double as weapons of self defense XD), but I don't think I'll ever go back to rounded toe shoes again.  I just adore the bows on this pair...It softens the look and makes them so much more feminine and pretty.  These come in a few different colors and were decently priced, so I'll probably try to grab a few more pairs before summer :).


By now you've probably noticed that I pretty much always wear skirts or dresses, as opposed to pants or shorts, and today I thought I'd share my reasons for this with you all.  I'd like to clarify beforehand that I do not consider it a sin for women to wear pants, if they aren't too tight or revealing.  I've seen many women style their jeans in modest ways that I found to be really creative, and I think that it's really up to each woman to decide whether or not she wears pants or a skirt.  This post is not meant to point any fingers or make anyone feel uncomfortable; everyone has their own views and opinions and I am merely sharing my own on this subject. I personally choose to wear skirts and dresses because, first of all, I feel they look more feminine and encourage a woman to behave in more ladylike manner. while jeans tend to encourage a woman to be less aware how she is moving, sitting, etc.  There's something about wearing a dress or skirt that makes women of any age feel like a lady, and she almost subconsciously begins to act more like a lady the more often she dresses like one.  More women acting like ladies certainly won't hurt our world, and would be a wonderful improvement, to be honest.


Another reason I wear dresses and skirts is because I prefer looking more feminine and dressed up when I am going somewhere.  We live in a world of sweat pants, hoodies, messy hair, and almost no care is given to what kind of image we are presenting.  As women (this goes for men too, but this post is intended for women and girls), when we go out in public we are representing, not only ourselves, but our families, our religion, and our society.  When we look like we just rolled out of bed, what kind of message are we sending? That we really don't feel ourselves to be deserving of any respect, or that we don't care enough about what people will think of our families when they see us looking sloppy? On the other hand, when we look put together, feminine, and like we put at least a little effort into our appearance, we send a much different message to all that see us.  One also has to consider why it became popular for women to begin wearing what was once considered men's clothing in the first place. In bygone days, women wore skirts and dresses, and men wore trousers.  If a woman had to do a man's work (for example, running a farm, repairing her home, or something else that would be difficult or dangerous to do in a skirt) she would wear a man's clothes to make it simpler and safer to do.  The only women who wore pants in public or as everyday apparel were feminists who wanted to make a point that they could act and look just like a man.  As feminism became more popular and took over our country, more and more women joined in on the trend of dressing like men because they felt it "liberated" them from the so-called "oppressive" life they'd had before.  Celebrities and women in positions of respect began pushing the agenda that wearing a skirt or dress was outdated and a way of oppressing women, and, sadly, women listened and believed them.  Now, as a result, femininity and womanhood are looked down upon and flat out attacked on every side.  We should be showing how beautiful femininity truly is by our appearance and behavior as often as possible to combat this false mentality! Most young girls today have no idea what femininity even looks like anymore because these days, according to the media and Hollywood, wearing skirts and dresses make you either a Regina George or an Elle Woods, and wearing jeans and shorts make you an empowered, intelligent, human being (not a woman, mind you, because that would be supposing your gender).  When skirts are worn, they must be as short as possible to avoid being frowned upon, and by no means are you to let it make you feel like a woman, because that's a symptom of being oppressed.  Is it any wonder that there is so much "gender confusion" among children now, when there is no clear line drawn between the genders? Girls can wear boy's clothes, and boys can wear girl's clothes, and it makes no difference.  Obviously I'm not saying this is the only reason we have all the gender confusion now, but I do believe it is a big part of the problem.  As women, it is our job to turn civilization back on the right track by our example.  Most women don't want to hear this nowadays, but we have a lot of influence over men, and have a responsibility to make the society we live in a good one.  Men have a responsibility to do their part, too, but it is a well known fact that the morality of a society depends almost completely on the morality of the women who live in it.  We shape the future generations, we influence the men around us for better or worse, and we are the visible representation of what our families, country, and church believe.  Whether we like it or not, we cannot change this fact; it is the way God made us.


I hope I was able to explain this in a way that helps you see why dressing in a feminine way is something beautiful, and didn't just make you yawn with how long this post was ;P.  This is an issue I feel very strongly about, and is one of the main reasons I started this blog.  I hope I can show other women and girls that it really is very easy to wear skirts and dresses, and that they don't restrict you from doing anything that you would normally do in jeans.  I haven't really worn pants since I was twelve years old, and have yet to find anything I cannot do in a skirt.  It's just a matter of wearing the right kind of skirt for whatever it is you want to do.  Anyways, I hope this post will encourage you to at least think about adding some skirts and dresses to your closet. ;)


//Outfit Details//
Blouse: Magically appeared in my closet; I have NO IDEA where it came from XD
Skirt: Thrift Store
Shoes: Amazon/$38.99

Have a wonderful week! =)
Tell me what your views on wearing skirts and dresses are in the comments...
God bless!



Thursday, April 6, 2017

| Awkward/ Awesome | Avoiding Boredom |

Hi there, ya'll! =)
This week I decided to work on a plan to combat boredom.  Since I live at home and work for the family business, I often have to actively work to find productive things to do to fill the hours.  Housework, cooking, and teaching my brother only take up a portion of my day, so if I don't find other things to occupy myself with, I tend to become bored and just waste the precious hours away.  So, I decided this week I would work on a list of things I can do to be more productive and make my life more enjoyable...



At the top of my list for this week was de-cluttering and re-thinking my closet...and this will probably keep me busy for a few weeks, to be honest XD. I've already donated a box full of clothes that I didn't wear/need anymore, but I still have a ways to go before my closet is in any sort of shape whatsoever.  It's the main drawback to shopping at thrift stores, ya'll; you don't feel guilty about buying a ton of clothes because you get them for such great prices, but before you know it, you have a major closet catastrophe on your hands.


Another item on my list is to work on finding ways to add little details to my life, just to improve my life in general.  Using my essential oil diffuser, being more creative with how I prepare and serve food, practicing on the piano more often, going on walks with friends, working on improving my photography skills, picking flowers for the house, making cards and stationary, etc...there are so many tiny things that can make life more beautiful when you think about it.  Plus, it will be good practice for when I have a home of my own. :) 

Awkward...

  • catching a twenty-four hour flu.
  • giving Mishka a bath...she splashed soapy water all over me and then wouldn't sit with me for over an hour because baths always put her in a bad mood.
  • learning that this year the community Easter party will include an outdoor pig roast, with a spit and everything XD. 
  • every night when I would wash our NutriBullet, I'd leave the lid off so it wouldn't get a musty smell.  After I would go to bed, my dad would put the lid back on. In the morning, I would have to re-wash it to get rid of the smell. And so it went on for weeks, until we finally figured out what was going on and agreed to leave the lid off. XD
  • sending my dad to pick up as many trailer-fulls of mulch as possible because I AM DETERMINED TO HAVE GRASS IN OUR YARD NEXT YEAR. XD
  • my little brother teaching his computer to talk to him and answer questions...It's starting to really freak me out, honestly.
  • My brother remarking that the outfit I'm wearing in this post makes me look like a librarian... XD

Awesome...

  • getting about three-fourths of all my birthday gift shopping done at once (I had coupons XD).
  • sprinkling Lavender Oil on freshly laundered sheets...the faint scent of lavender in your bedroom just makes going to bed so much more enjoyable. 
  •  using sparkling water instead of plain water in my morning lemon drink...I'm never going back to plain water, ya'll, that extra little bit of bubblyness is necessary.
  • a local business giving us several wooden pallets for free.  I'm planning to turn them into shelves and flower boxes to decorate our living room and porch...
  • Easter Sunday being right around the corner =D
  • picking up a book called "The Only 127 Things You Need To Know" at the library...and realizing I already know all of them. XD
  • song recommendations from friends...

//Outfit Details//
Blouse: Consignment Store (I am IN LOVE with this blouse! The details, the soft fabric, the way it goes with everything...)
Cardigan: Thrift Store
Skirt: Thrift Store
Sandals: J. Cole's/Poetic License Brand
Earrings: Consignment Store


So, that's my goal for the next few weeks; to combat boredom and laziness by being creative and making life as interesting as possible.  I'll try to keep you all updated with how successful I end up being with this project, and if you have any suggestions for more ways of staying busy, please share them with me in the comments!
I hope you have a lovely weekend!
God bless...=)