Thursday, December 29, 2016

//Pink and Black//

Hi there! =)

The holidays have had me feeling like a tornado went through my life this past week or so, and I'm afraid it's only just beginning.  I had a few moments to catch my breath today, though, so I thought I'd share one of my new favorite outfits with you all...

  Don't you just love it when you have one piece of clothing that works for multiple outfits? For me, this dress definitely fits that description.  I've worn it over and over since I bought it last month and I don't think I've ever worn it the same way twice! So far this has been my favorite way of styling makes me so happy when I can add some pink to an outfit.=D

Originally I wore this outfit with my black leather boots, but now I like how the brown contrasts with the black on my dress better. I bought these boots for a barn dance I attended last Autumn and didn't think I'd wear them ever again (I'm not really a cowgirl sort of girl) but recently I've found they go well with a lot of my outfits.  Plus they make me look taller, which is always a plus in my book ;P.

//Outfit Details//
Dress: Thrift Store// $1.50
Cardigan: Salvation Army// $1.50
Pashmina Scarf: Gift
Boots: Amazon//Old

I hope you all had a very blessed and merry Christmas!

What's the most versatile piece of clothing you have in your closet? 
What's your favorite color to add to an outfit to make it more "you"?

Sunday, December 18, 2016

Fourth Sunday of Advent // Snow and Red Lipstick

...Drop down dew, you heavens, from above, and let the clouds rain the just one.  Let the earth be opened and bud forth a Savior...
Antiphon from the Fourth Sunday of Advent/ Isaiah 45:8

Hi there! =) 
I find it very fitting that this Antiphon was sung today, because, after praying and hoping all year, the heavens finally DID drop down something...not dew exactly, but something much, much better in my opinion: snow!!! For the past two years we haven't gotten ANY snow at all, so you can imagine how very, very happy I was to look out my window and see the beautiful whiteness begin to cover the ground...

I took the precaution of taking my outfit photos yesterday, and it's a good thing too because, let me tell you; taking photos in a snowstorm is no picnic =/. Even without the snow, though, it was still pretty chilly out, as you can probably tell from looking at my face XD...

On top of having a snow covered yard, I had yet another reason to smile today...I've always loved the red lipstick look on other girls and longed to try it for myself, but was unable to find a shade that I liked on me; not too bright and flashy, and yet not too dark and aging.  Well, everyone, this weekend I found the perfect shade of red lipstick and I am a very happy lady XD.  Red Apple Lipstick is my *favorite* place to get lipstick (and mascara...girls, their mascara is THE BEST), so I tried a few samples of their red shades, and voila! Hollypeno turned out to be "the one" :P.  I'm so glad I found it when I did, too, because to me it seems very Christmassy and festive...I'm probably going to be wearing it for the rest of the holiday season ;)

//Outfit Details//
Sweater: Thrift Store//Old
Plaid Skirt: Consignment Store//$2.00
Leather Boots: JustFab//Old
Wool Hat: Charming Charlie
Necklace: Gift

I hope you all have wonderful Sunday! =D

What's something that's made you smile this week?

Do you have a favorite shade of lipstick?

Monday, December 12, 2016

Sunday Style...Gaudete Sunday

Rejoice in the Lord always; again I say, rejoice! Let your moderation be known to all men.  The Lord is near.  Have no anxiety; but in every prayer let your petitions be made known to God.
Introit for Gaudete Sunday/Phillipp. 4:4-6

Hi there! =)
If there's one color I love more than blue, it's pink ;P Coincidentally, Gaudete Sunday is my favorite Sunday out of the whole year.   

I usually don't wear this sweater when it's as cold as it has been around here these past few weeks because it's rather thin.  This Sunday, however, I tried wearing it over a dress, instead of just a camisole, so I'd have a few more layers between me and the chilly air and I didn't feel cold hardly at all! 

This coat is just about my favorite thing in my closet right now.  I've been looking for a new coat all year, and was really, really, hoping to be able to find one with a fur collar (I love fur collars; don't even get me started).  Anyways, as I was leaving Salvation Army last Wednesday, I passed by a rack of clothes on display and voila! There it was...a beautiful, wool coat with a fur collar, in my size, and on sale for $3.00!!! When you consider the fact that the last winter coat I purchased was made of half polyester, had no collar, and cost $100.00 on sale, you can imagine how utterly ecstatic I was.=D 

*sigh of happiness*

//Ouftit Details//
Sweater: Thrift Store
Dress: Consignment Store
Leather Boots: JustFab
Coat: Salvation Army

Have a wonderful and blessed week!

Thursday, December 8, 2016

Running Errands/ Leather and Denim

Hi there! =)
This week has been busier than usual, with all the big feast days to celebrate and having to run into town twice for various errands (that may not sound like all that big of a deal, but it takes about an hour for us to just reach Tulsa :/).  I wanted to take some more casual outfit photos to share with ya'll, so I was on the lookout for a good picture spot as we drove around.  One of our appointments was in an older part of town with all kinds of lovely spots for posing; brick walls, old theaters, antique shops, etc....I honestly could have taken many, many more photos at all of the different places, but my long-suffering brother couldn't stand the cold any longer. ;P

I cannot begin to tell you how utterly ecstatic I was when I found this leather jacket last year...The chances of finding a genuine leather, handmade jacket in the very style I wanted, in my size, at a thrift store and for only THREE DOLLARS are virtually non-existent, but there it was, hanging on the rack, calling my name.  I actually had a similar experience last night, but that's for a different post. ;)

The only thing I really disliked about this outfit was my decision to leave my gloves at home.  My hands are STILL cold, even as I type now.

//Outfit Details//
Wool Sweater: Thrift Store/Old Navy Brand
Denim Skirt: Thrift Store/ L.L.Bean Brand
Leather Jacket: Thrift Store/
Scarf: Stolen from Mom
Boots: JustFab
Hat: Gift
Earrings: Amazon $12.50

Have you ever had any amazing thrift store finds that just make you smile every time you think of it? If so, leave a comment and tell me all about it! 
I hope you're all having a wonderful week and staying warm this winter.  
God bless! =)

Monday, December 5, 2016

Sunday Style...Second Sunday of Advent

...You will turn again, O God, and bring us to life, and Your people shall rejoice in You.  Show us Your mercy, O Lord, and grant us Your Salvation...
Offertory Antiphon Ps. 84:7-8

Hi there!
Sunday came just in time this week, for me at least! Our Lord certainly knew what he was doing when he gave us a day of rest each week =).  

For Mass I wore one of what I call my "emergency outfits".  I tend to be very indecisive about what I want to wear, so, since we attend an early morning Mass on Sundays and I don't have the luxury of hours to spend making up my mind, I put together several outfits ahead of time that I know look nice and which I can grab at a moments notice.  Someone told me I should try this years ago, and I honestly don't remember who it was, but it has been a lifesaver for me on many busy mornings.  Not my most colorful or festive outfit, but in real life one has to work with what you have and make it turn out as best you can ;).

When I first wore this outfit, I didn't care for it because I felt like it was too dull for me personally.  Luckily, I thought to try a new lipstick my mom had bought me from Red Apple Lipstick that I had originally found too bright for me, and voila! the dark brown and the bright pink perfectly balanced each other out and made the whole ensemble come together.  Plus I felt like adding a little color made this outfit more "me" ;).

//Outfit Details//
Cashmere Sweater: Stolen from Mom/ J.Crew Brand
Plaid Skirt: Thrift Store/ Old
Pashmina Scarf: Gift from my grandmother
Shoes: Payless $10 (old)
Earrings: LuLu's, old/ $4 on Cyber Monday
Lipstick: Red Apple Lipstick, Color "Unpinkable"

I hope you all had a very blessed Sunday and a lovely week! =)

Sunday, November 27, 2016

Sunday Style...First Sunday of Advent

Offertory From The First Sunday of Advent Ps. 24: 1-3
To Thee have I lifted up my soul: in Thee, O my God, I put my trust, let me not be ashamed: neither let my enemies laugh at me: for none of them that wait for Thee shall be confounded...

Happy Sunday, ya'll! Today is the first Sunday of Advent, which means Christmas is right around the corner! Mass was especially beautiful today with the addition of the Advent wreath and tall candles, as well as all the purple vestments.  Though I generally don't care for wearing the color purple, I love seeing it, especially the dark purple that is usually used by our monks for the liturgy.

This is my "too-cold-to-smile" face. ;P

Can we just take a moment to appreciate how much hats help me out in the wintertime? On days when I oversleep or just don't feel like fixing my hair, all I have to do is throw on a hat and no one would ever be able to tell I only got out of bed fifteen minutes before.  Plus, it keeps my ears from freezing off, which is a definite bonus.  I'm generally really particular about what hats I like to wear so I don't have very many, but I have found several darling hats at Charming Charlie that aren't expensive and just look lovely! This cloche and this fedora are my favorites, besides the one I wore today.

Grey, overcast, cold days are my favorite (second only to stormy days), especially if happens to be a grey, overcast, cold Sunday! It's the perfect time to bundle up into a cozy sweater in front of your fireplace (or wood stove, in my case) with a cup of coffee and play Scrabble all night.  In fact, that is precisely what I plan to do today ;).  

Cashmere Sweater: Stolen from my mom, Banana Republic Brand
Skirt: Consignment store
Scarf: Birthday gift
Boots: JustFab

Have a lovely Sunday and a blessed Advent!

Thursday, November 24, 2016

Happy Thanksgiving!

Happy Thanksgiving!

 But we Thy people, and the sheep of Thy pasture, will give thanks to Thee forever. We will shew forth Thy praise, unto generation and generation...
Psalm 78:13

Winter and Autumn are definitely my favorite times of the year for many reasons (who else loves the holidays?), but a few of the main ones are the styles that are worn during these seasons.  And not just because I love scarves, hats, and cozy sweaters; this time of the year is the easiest to put together modest outfits! Backless dress? Put on a cardigan! Neckline too low? Throw on a pretty scarf! Skirt a tad too short? Wear it with leggings and boots!  

After being sick with a cold for most of the week, it was so lovely to dress up for Thanksgiving dinner and feel like a lady again instead of a zombie ;P Autumn colors do NOT work well with my skin tone, so I tend to wear more blacks and blues instead of oranges and browns.  This is one of favorite outfits to wear because it has almost all my favorite colors =).

I think it's safe to say we are now officially out of "ballet flat"weather and into "warm boots"weather...As soon as I had finished taking these photos, I rushed back inside to throw on some fur boots before I froze to death.

I'm thankful for many things today, but most of all for my little brother who stood out in the cold with me to take these photos, even though he had a cold, and only complained three times about how particular I am ;P.  I apologize for the blurry pictures; my camera battery was dead and I haven't quite mastered Photoshop yet =).

Cardigan: Goodwill
Skirt: Goodwill
Flats: Payless Shoes
Earrings: Local Consignment Store

May Our Lord and Our Lady bless you with a happy and peaceful Thanksgiving!