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! =)