Thursday, March 30, 2017

| Awkward/ Awesome |

Hi there, ya'll! =)
Apparently the weather didn't get the memo about it being Spring now -_- ...On the bright side, I get to wear scarves and wool hats a little longer before it gets too hot!


Every year at Springtime, I like to do some things to change up my life.  Not a big change, just little ways to switch things up and feel refreshed...mainly in my personal appearance, but also in other aspects of my life.  For example, last year, I changed up my everyday makeup a bit by switching from brown eyeliner to liquid black, and, even though I doubt anyone but my mom noticed, it made me feel like I had a makeover!  I also started wearing lipstick (which was a HUGE change for me because before I never wore anything on my lips besides tinted lip balm) and I still am not sure how I lived so many years without realizing how important lipstick should be to every woman XD.  Besides changes appearance wise, I also made an effort to start reading more than I had before, specifically informational books, and to write more letters.  I guess you could say my New Year's Resolutions are made in March instead of January ;P...This year, I've decided to try my hand at growing flowers and herbs in pots to decorate our porch and kitchen, and to learn about interior design so I can redecorate our home as best (and inexpensively) as I can.  As far as appearance goes, I'm thinking I might experiment a bit with different eye shadow looks, and I also want to start incorporating more blazers and dresses into my wardrobe.  As Christians (and as a Catholic, personally) we are supposed to be always growing and moving forward, never stopping or becoming stagnant in any area of our lives, and this is the best way I have found of keeping myself in a perpetual state of improving. =)   


Awkward...

  • introducing friends to Sheil Silverstein's poetry, and trying to see who could read the furthest without collapsing into fits of laughter
  • taking nearly a month to finish a one hour and forty-five minute long movie my friend let me borrow 
  • my little brother's comment on reading spoilers for "Downton Abbey": "If you're just going to kill all my favorite characters, why even make the show in the first place?!" XD
  • searching for a pair of brown shoes to wear this summer for nearly three months, and finally having to admit to myself that I may be a very picky person
  • being unable to focus on doing anything because my brother is watching "Lobster Bisque" in the same room
  • cracking my phone screen
  • my favorite sandals giving my feet blisters

Awesome...

  • finding a whole new collection of delicious looking recipes on Pinterest to try
  • researching budget-friendly ways to re-decorate our home
  • our new Nutri-Bullet...it makes my coffee SO FROTHY
  • a thrift store I was shopping at closed an hour earlier than I thought it would, and I didn't have time to try on the clothes I'd picked out, so I just said a prayer they'd fit and bought them anyway....When I got home and tried them on THEY ALL FIT PERFECTLY =D
  • this article...there are a few things I disagreed with (some Protestant errors) but overall it was a very well written article about lies of feminism
  • wildflowers and dogwood trees blooming everywhere
  • my rose bushes surviving the winter(!)
  • early morning Mass with my brother 
  • my favorite coffee shop hiring a new barista, who happens to make THE BEST caramel frappe-chinos I have ever tasted



//Outfit Details//
Cardigan: Thrift Store/Old Navy Brand
Camisole: Forever 21/$1.00
Maxi Skirt: Thrift Store
Sandals: J.Cole's Shoes/Old
Earrings: Amazon/Old
Diamond Necklace: Gift

I hope you are having a wonderful week! =)



Monday, March 27, 2017

| Sunday Style/ Laetare Sunday |

Hi there, ya'll! =)
This week was a busy one for my family, so I apologize for the lack of posts.  Last Sunday we had a couple of families over for dinner, drinks, and conversation to celebrate all the feast days that were last week, and then this recent weekend we ran a booth at the Claremore Home and Garden show...and of course we had all our normal day-to-day activities throughout the week.  Springtime is always the busiest time of year for us, but hopefully I'll be able to post more throughout the week soon.  I have some post ideas in mind that I think ya'll will enjoy, including some reviews for a few products I love! =D 


For me, Laetare Sunday is one of the loveliest Sundays out of the whole Liturgical year.  It's a sort of signal that we're getting close to Easter, and you can just feel the excitement growing throughtout the whole liturgy! The weather always seems to join in on the excitement as well, at least where I live; the flowers and trees start to bloom every year on this Sunday, no matter what actual date it happens to land on.  Nearly all the young women and girls were wearing pink or rose at Mass to match the altar cloths and the vestments worn by the priest, and it was such a beautiful sight to see.  I usually join in on this tradition as well, but I had just found this dress in the back of my closet on Saturday, and really wanted to wear it, so I really stood out this year ;P.



I made this dress years ago for Easter, and wore it all the time...that is, until the neckline stretched out and became to low for comfort or modesty (word of advice; when buying cotton knit material, spend a little extra to get better, more sturdy quality).  I didn't like the way it looked with a camisole underneath, but I didn't want to get rid of it, so it just sat in the back of my closet, waiting for the day it would be worn again.  On Saturday, while I was cleaning my closet, I found it and discovered it actually went REALLY well with my favorite scarf! The scarf fixed my neckline problem, as well as dressed up the...well, dress XD.  


//Outfit Details//
Dress: Made By Me
Cardigan: Thrift Store/ Old Navy Brand
Scarf: Gift
Heels: J.Cole's Shoes/Sofft Brand
Earrings: Gift 

I hope you're all having a lovely Monday so far! =)
What are some of your tips for making an outfit more modest?

Monday, March 20, 2017

丨Sunday Style/ Veiling丨

Hi there, ya'll =)
This morning I woke before dawn and was able to watch the sun rise...as sleepy as I am now, it was so, so worth it to be able to hear the birds and see the whole sky tinted with pink.  I don't get to see sunrises very often, so I try to enjoy them whenever I can.


Today I thought I'd write a bit on a topic that is should be an important one for all Catholic women and girls, but is overlooked for the most part today; namely, the tradition of women and girls veiling or covering their heads when in the presence of the Blessed Sacrament.  (I am going to avoid bringing up the argument about whether or not it is still required by church law to cover your head in church because I find it more fruitful to explain to a person why it would be best to do something, as opposed to telling them they have to do it.  None of us greatly like being told what to do (myself included), and take more kindly to being shown why something is good, rather than being given a command.  Also, the question of whether or not it is still required tends to cause more heated arguments than fruitful debates, and I'd like to avoid that as much as possible.) 
This tradition has been ignored, and even abhorred, by women of the last couple of generations mainly because of an ignorant or twisted view of why it was done, or because of a lack of understanding of why women of past generations so loved their veils and wore them proudly.  When a woman covers her head, it is not (despite what the feminists would like us to believe) a sign of degradation, shame, or meant to portray her as any less of worth than a man.  It is in fact an outward way of portraying her dignity as one who is capable of bringing another life into the world, and her humility in the presence of God.  Traditionally, holy or sacred things were always covered with a veil or curtain.  The Holy of Holies in the Jewish Temple was always hidden from the world by a curtain, in all approved apparitions of Our Lady she is veiled, and the Tabernacle in which Our Lord resides, hidden in the Blessed Sacrament, is kept is covered with a veil, just to name a few examples.  Our Lady is proof enough of the veil being a sign of respect; there is no other woman more honored or more deserving of honor in Heaven or Earth, and whenever she is portrayed in art and in all her apparitions, she is almost always veiled.  A woman also shows humility by covering her hair in the presence of the Blessed sacrament; a woman's hair is her glory and her pride, by covering it she shows that she knows that whatever beauty or glory she may have is still nothing compared to the majesty of God.  Another lesser (but still important) reason for covering your hair in church is out of charity for your neighbor, namely your male neighbors.  A woman's hair can be very distracting because it is beautiful, and while this is not a bad thing AT ALL, we should help the men around us to focus on Our Lord during Mass and not us.  And this isn't just for the men; I myself have become distracted from my prayers by admiring some young lady's beautiful hair.  It's is one of a woman's greatest charms and beauties, but when in the Presence of God, all focus and admiration should be for Him and Him alone.  There are many, many more reasons for keeping this beautiful tradition, but these are my personal favorites. =)


There many ways of covering your hair for Mass (veils, scarves, hats, etc.), but every woman has her own style, and can follow this tradition in whichever way she likes best. Personally, I love all three options, and generally pick whichever one I like best with my outfit ;P.  My favorite place to purchase gorgeous, high-quality veils is from Robin Nest Lane on Etsy; her veils are the most beautiful and feminine I have ever seen, and very well priced for such exquisite craftsmanship.  This veil is my favorite I have purchased from her; the scarf style looks so lovely and always stays on my head throughout Mass without my having to pin it on. =)

 
//Outfit Details//
Dress: Florence Adams/ $55.00 (is sold out now)
Heels: J.Cole's/Old
Necklace and Earring: Consignment Store
Veil: Robin Nest Lane

I hope you all had a lovely weekend! =)
How do you feel about wearing a veil or hat in church? Tell me in the comments!

Monday, March 13, 2017

| Sunday Style/Cashmere and Blue |

Hi there, ya'll! =)
First of all, I have no idea why I look so serious in all these pictures! I'm really a rather cheerful person and yesterday I *thought* I was smiling when we took these photos, but apparently I wasn't smiling wide enough for the camera to pick up on it. =/


Anyways...How was everyone's weekend? Mine was lovely; peaceful, with plenty of time for resting (at least until the time change arrived -_-) and reading, not to mention the delicious apple turnovers I made for our Sunday dessert ;).  My family and I (finally) started watching "Downton Abbey" to see for ourselves what the whole world has been obsessing over for the past few years and so far we have very much enjoyed it! We all agree that we want Matthew and Mary to get married, Sybil and Tom to get married, Bates and Anna to get married, William and Daisy to get married, and someone to kindly punch Thomas in the face a few hundred times XD.  Knowing TV shows, though, none of that will happen and all my favorite characters will die :(....


This particular Sunday, I felt like wearing a more vintage look for Mass, so I stole my mom's sweater (once again) and paired it with a flared midi skirt, Mary Jane heels, red lipstick, and my favorite scarf.  I've worn this same outfit before with boots instead of heels, pink lipstick, and a blanket scarf to look more modern and casual, and I'm in love with how easy it was to make two different looks by just changing the accessories! :)


//Outfit Details//
Cashmere Sweater: Stolen From Mom
Midi Skirt: Thrift store/Old
Tights: Target/ $10.00
Heels: J.Cole's/ Old
Scarf: Gift
Earrings: Victorian Trading Co./$19.95

Have a lovely week! =)


Thursday, March 9, 2017

│Awkward/Awesome│

Hi there, ya'll! =)
I cannot believe it's Thursday already 0_0...it feels like it was Monday just yesterday! I'm not complaining, mind you; the weekend may come as quickly as it pleases ;P.


 Awkward:

  • ordering two hats because I convinced myself I would only keep the one I liked best and return the other one.  Unfortunately, I now cannot decide which I like best and want to keep both -_-
  • having zero appetite for weeks, then becoming suddenly hungry everyday as soon Lent starts
  • group chats.  No more need be said...XD
  • YouTube videos that make me laugh so hard I can't breathe
  • sewing problems
  • trying to finish the whole first season of Once Upon A Time before midnight on Fat Tuesday
  • being compared to a duck (that was definitely a first for me XD)
  • not realizing how wrinkled my skirt was until I uploaded these pictures =/

Awesome:

  • the new Ed Sheeran album
  • finally getting myself a beauty blender to try, and OH MY WORD...=D
  • my hair finally being long enough to braid without it looking strange
  • poetry ;) 
  • spicy fried chicken 
  • planning out a flower garden
  • re-reading "At The Foot Of The Cross" by Father Faber (PHENOMENAL book!)
  • cleaning out my "hope chest" and finding all sorts of things I've saved since I was little =)



I never used to wear hats before, but now I find myself trying to find ways to wear one of my hats every time I leave the house XD.  Maybe it's because they're so convenient and save me the time I'd normally spend fixing my hair, or maybe it's because they just look classy...I don't know which, but I do know I will be adding to my collection as soon as possible ;P.  Next on my wish list is a dark cranberry colored fedora :).


//Outfit Details//
Shirt: Old Navy/Old
Skirt: Thrift Store/Land's End Brand
Scarf: Gift

I hope you're all having a blessed Lent!
Let me know what was awesome or awkward for you this week in the comments! =)

Monday, March 6, 2017

│Sunday Style/Ready For Spring │

Hi there, ya'll! =)
Spring is here!!! Yes, I am aware that it's not *officially* here yet, but it feels like it is, and I am more than ready to begin wearing some more Spring themed outfits.


The colors in this outfit just make me happy =).  They remind of the ocean, pink sunsets, cotton candy, and wildflowers ( don't know why, they just do ;)).  I made this dress several years ago and always wore it with a blue sweater of some sort; it never occurred to me to try it with pink till now, and I'm just in love with the way it turned out... 
As you can see, the March winds have arrived. ;P 


I considered wearing a belt to add some shape to the outfit and make it more flattering, but I just couldn't bear to take away from the flowy-ness.  Next time, maybe...actually, probably not...XD 


//Outfit Details//
Dress: Made by me
Cardigan: Consignment Store/$5.00
Shoes: J.Cole's/Old (Madden Girl Brand)
Earrings: Consignment Store

I hope your all having a wonderful Monday! =)

Do you prefer your clothes more fitted or flowing?

Thursday, March 2, 2017

丨Formal Updo Tutorial丨

Hi there, ya'll! =)
A couple of people requested a tutorial for the hairstyle I wore to the Masquerade, so here it is! The end result looks complicated and super fancy, but it's really very simple to put together.  I had a difficult time getting good pictures of each step, so I hope they don't confuse you all too much :/...

For this hairstyle you will need:
  • a curling rod (I use this one from Amazon: I've had it for over four years and I L-O-V-E it)
  • bobby pins (a LOT of bobby pins)
  • hair spray
  • clips (optional)
Step One: Curl your hair... You want to curl small, one inch sections because this look requires very tight curls to look right.  I clip up each curl to cool while I curl the rest of my hair; it helps the curl keep it's shape longer, but is optional.


Step Two: Take the front three or four inches of your hair and pin it back from your forehead to add some volume.  It's best to use bobby pins that match your hair color so they're not visible.



Step Three: Take the section of hair above your ear (at about eyebrow height) and twist together.  Loosen up the twist a bit with your fingers, then pin across the back of your head.  Repeat with other side and add bobby pins as needed to keep in place.



Step Four: Starting directly below the pinned sections of hair, begin rolling each curl up to the back of your head and pinning them in place.


Continue rolling up the curls, filling the back of your head as much as you like, then adding to the sides.



 Step Five: When all the curls are pinned in place, go back and gently loosen each curl with your fingers and spritz with hairspray.  Pull out a few strands of hair at the front to frame your face.


And there you go! I hope this tutorial was helpful and not too confusing...If you have any questions or don't understand a step, feel free to ask! =)