Monday, June 26, 2017

| Sunday Style / Compliments |

Hi there, ya'll! =)
With all the sunshine, it's getting harder and harder to take decent pictures, I'm afraid.  Thank the Lord for Photoshop, or you wouldn't be able to see anything from all the glare XD.  I'm afraid I may have to find a new "photo spot" soon because my heels were sinking into the rocks the whole time we were taking pictures.  Maybe someplace with concrete instead of mud and gravel... ;P


Yesterday, at Mass, I received a beautiful compliment, out of the blue, from a sweet lady who I know.  It was even more special to me because I hardly ever talk with her, and she was just being impulsively thoughtful when she really didn't have to be.  There was no ulterior motive behind her remark, and there was no flattery; just a sweet comment meant to make me smile.  It made me think about how often I give compliments, and how sincere they are.  Flattery is very dangerous, and must be avoided, but at the same time we should compliment others on their true gifts.  Not just physical gifts, either, but on their talents, their personality, their virtues, etc.  If you see someone who has a lovely smile, tell them so! If you are impressed by someone's work or kindness, be sure to say something! You may be the only person who ever does, and if you can make another person smile, you are a wonderful human!  On the other hand, we should also strive to accept compliments gracefully, and not protest when someone says something kind about us.  It is not vanity to be happy that someone admired us, as long as we realize that all our gifts are just that; gifts from God. All the glory belongs to Him; when someone shows admiration for them, we should be grateful to Him for giving them to us and happy that His gifts are being admired.  I personally used to find it very difficult to accept compliments most of the time, because I would feel I didn't deserve whatever praise I was receiving.  Once I learned to accept the praise as being meant for the Artist and not the canvas (if you know what I mean), though, I found it much easier to be grateful and not deny or reject the other person's kindness.  Because in the end, that's what a compliment is; someone else wanting to be kind and make you smile.


Normally I'm not much of a green sort of gal, but I really love this particular shade! I have gotten so much use out of this cardigan; it was definitely worth the $2.50 I spent on it, ;P!  


//Outfit Details//
Dress: Thrifted/ Old
Cardigan: Salvation Army
Sandals: Goodwill
Jewelry: Charming Charlie (sold out now)

Tell me in the comments what you think about giving/receiving compliments!
Have a beautiful week! =) 


Monday, June 12, 2017

| Sunday Style / Trinity Sunday |

Hi there, ya'll! =)
Happy Trinity Sunday! We were blessed to be able to attend a Pontifical High Mass this Sunday, celebrated by His Excellency Bishop Conley of Nebraska, and it was so beautiful! Between the chanting of our monks, the music from the organ, and the smell of the incense, I felt like I was in Heaven already!


You may recognize this dress from a few Sundays back when I wore it here.  This weekend I decided to freshen the dress up a bit by converting it from a maxi dress to a midi dress, and taking it in a little. Now, I have a sort-of-pretty-much-new dress for Summer that will hopefully last me a few more years! I'm telling you, every girl should learn at least the basics of sewing.  It will help you in so many areas of life, and save you so much time and money!


In case you haven't noticed yet, I tend to wear blue A LOT.  I actually hadn't really noticed until I started this blog, but after spending a couple of hours a week taking and editing photos of my outfits, I find myself analyzing my clothing selections a lot more than I did before, and I've begun to notice patterns.  For example, I've noticed when I'm not feeling well, having a bad hair day, or am short on time, I always reach for something blue.  When I'm nervous or feel overwhelmed, I always reach for something black.  When I am feeling on top of the world, I'll wear something with bold patterns or put together an outfit I've never worn before.  This is probably because blue is my favorite color and seeing it makes me feel better instantly, black makes me feel more invisible, and wearing colors, patterns, or styles that I've never tried before feels exciting! Well, at least to me it is, haha ;P.  My point is that what we wear is often a reflection of how we feel, whether we intend it or not.  I find myself analyzing my friend's outfits and noticing patterns now (that's not creepy, is it? XD) as well.  If you pay attention to movies and TV shows, you can see how the stylists use the costumes of the characters to tell you about what kind of person they are and how they're feeling before they even say a word! As the character grows and changes, their wardrobe changes as well.  I've probably lost you all with my crazy interest in the science of outfits by now, but I just thought it was really interesting.  There are so many parts of us that we never even think about, but are so important to our unique personality! It never ceases to amaze me how truly unique each person really is!


//Outfit Details//
Dress: Made by me
Jacket: Originally from a thrift store, but I took it apart and remade it into a more flattering style
Shoes: J. Cole's/Old
Scarf: Gift

Hope you're all staying cool and taking care! What are your thoughts on "the science of outfits", as I like to call it? Do you notice any patterns in what you wear or what your friends wear?
Have a lovely week and God bless! =)

Monday, June 5, 2017

| Sunday Style / Pentecost |

Hi there. ya'll! =)
This Sunday I discovered something interesting; I do not own a single piece of red clothing.  Not. One.  It's a bit of a tradition to where I live to wear red on Pentecost Sunday, but I had to make do with pink this year.  It still counts, though, right? ;P


As you can see, it was pouring down raining for most of our Sunday, so I had to resort to taking outfit pictures on our porch.  On the bright side, ya'll get to see my new flower boxes! After weeks of trying to decide what color to paint them, what kind of wood to use, where to put them, etc. we finally got them hung on the windows and planted some petunias inside them. Next I'm going to add some morning glory, and hopefully some lavender later on...In case you haven't noticed yet, this girl loves flowers. ;) 


My favorite thing about this dress (apart from being pink and made of lace) is the cut.  There are few things more annoying than wearing a beautiful dress and having to spend the whole day worrying about it blowing up in the wind, trust me. =)


// Outfit Details //
Dress: Made (kind of) by me
Hat: Amazon (out of stock in this color, but they have others)
Shoes: J.Coles/ Old
Earrings: Charming Charlie's (out of stock)

I hope you all had a wonderful and blessed Pentecost Sunday! =)

Wednesday, May 31, 2017

| Favorite Summer Dresses Roundup |

Hi there, ya'll! =)
For me, Summer is the time for wearing dresses.  In the colder months I tend to lean towards wearing more skirts, because they're easier to add layers to, but when it's one hundred plus degrees outside, nothing beats a light, cool, summery dress. Here's a little secret nobody ever tells you; not only do they make you look beautiful, they're even cooler than shorts! Plus you get to feel like a princess, so it's a win all around XD. Lately I've been looking for some new dresses to purchase this Summer, and I thought I 'd share my favorites with ya'll. 

MikaRose


The Elizabeth Dress
A girl can't go wrong with polka dots, in my humble opinion.  This dress just looks so classy, and could easily be dressed up or down for whatever occasion you wanted to wear it to.  Personally, I'd add some brightly colored accessories and shoes to make it a little more summery, and maybe a silk scarf. =)


There are few things that say "ladylike" more than a lace dress.  Lace just has this power to make a girl's heart beat faster, and when she wears it, she cannot help but feel like a princess.  Add some pearls, and she will be able to take on the world.

Neesee's Dresses


This is my favorite out of all the ones I've looked at.  It's an absolute dream of a dress...so light and airy, and just so feminine! I can't imagine a dress more perfect than this one.  I think I'm in love with this dress...


I'm definitely a Maxi dress kind of girl, especially in the Summer.  They just work for everything, from picnics, to beach days, to dinner at friend's homes...with the right accessories, they can even be appropriate for more formal events, like weddings.  This one would be adorable with a floppy straw hat and sandals.


I actually bought this dress a month or two ago and loved the style, but had ordered the wrong size and ended up exchanging it for different dress.  Now I wish I had just ordered a bigger size because the more I think about it, the more I realize how much I liked it.  So loose and comfy, the perfect length, and best of all, it has pockets, ya'll.  Not to mention the floral design is just so pretty! 

Which one of these was your favorite? Do you prefer dresses or skirts? 
Tell me in the comments, and have a blessed week! =)

Monday, May 29, 2017

| Sunday Style/Sandal Weather |

Hi there ya'll! =)
Last week my dad brought us home three fluffy little kittens.  You can't really tell in the pictures, but my arms and neck are covered in little scratch marks from being seen by them as something to climb on, as opposed to a human being XD.  As soon as I teach them how to tell the difference between arms and armchairs, though, I'm going to have to teach them not to eat headphones; they've already ruined one pair of mine.


This Sunday I wore my Florence Adam's dress again (what can I say, I'm IN LOVE with this dress), but instead of wearing my rose beaded necklace and earrings with like I normally do, I wore this gold and white set to make me feel less like I was wearing the same outfit over again.  It was a very small detail, and I doubt anyone noticed, but it made me feel better, haha.   


It felt so lovely to wear sandals this week! Between all the rain and unexpected cold spells, I've been having to stick to closed toe shoes all Spring.  On the downside, though, dainty heeled sandals are NOT the most practical footwear for where I live, as you can see.  As much as I love living in the country, I miss being able to wear whatever shoes I like without having to worry about whether we'll be flooded in or get a flat tire and have to walk back home.  Practicality often trumps vanity, I'm afraid, but sometimes I decide to risk it and wear something that has no real purpose except to look pretty. ;)  



//Outfit Details//
Dress: Florence Adams (sold out now, in stock here)
Sandals: Gift
Jewelry: Cato's/ Old

Hope you all have a beautiful Memorial Day! =)

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...=)