Tuesday, September 16, 2014

A Walk and an Outfit

 

  Good afternoon, ladies! Another week is in full swing. It's been a little while since I've given you more than a brief life update, so here goes!
   Lately, I've been babysitting for one family regularly at least once a week and on many weeks I have one or even two other childcare jobs. Last week I babysat at least a bit each day from Monday - Friday! I also have a once-a-week cleaning job of my own and one that I help my mom with whenever it works out. In addition to having jobs, there are things like teaching children's church, attending Bible study, blogging, volunteering at the pregnancy care center, practicing photography....life is full! Transitioning into the life of an adult has been a little bit stressful for me at times, I admit. All the same, it's exciting, and I enjoy the feeling of earning my own money and learning skills that will be useful for the rest of my life. :)

Saturday, September 13, 2014

Janeite Tag



  Happy Saturday, all! In lieu of the next installment of Fashion Defined I will be posting The Janeite tag today. Thank you for tagging me Evie! See Evie's blog here: A Period Drama Fangirl.

Thursday, September 11, 2014

50's Inspired Casual Outfit

  

  It's already Thursday, my friends! Due to certain circumstances (mainly me being easily distracted and having trouble focusing), I didn't get this post up yesterday. I thought Thursday would be a better day anyway. Right? ;) I any case, I'll stop this nonsense and get on to the outfit.

Tuesday, September 9, 2014

Giveaway Winner! / Taking Time to be With God

   Last night, the time had come to choose the winner of Sunday Best's Blogoversary Giveaway.


All the names were in the hat. 


The suspense grew as I mixed up the entries.


Who would it be?!? How intense could my face get?!?
( I have to post this pic to remind you that most of what ends up on here is the 
cream of the crop out of many silly shots :P)

*drum roll please*


   We had a winner! Congratulations Cassie! You just won a purse! :D Thank you to everyone who entered the giveaway. It was a great way to celebrate a year of blogging.
 
  So, what have you ladies been up to lately?  I am quite busy this week (yes, I said that AGAIN) with a small cold to boot! This whole "being an adult" thing can get kind of exhausting. ;) Anyway, I just might be able to get an outfit post up tomorrow afternoon or evening. It's been far too long!
   Whatever you are up to, I hope that you are taking time to be with the Lord each day. Even when your day seems completely full, try your best. Most of us have little nuggets of time we could be spending with the King. For example, I brought my Bible to my babysitting job today and had devotional time while the baby I was caring for took a nap.
   Sometimes, I can feel extra stress coming on when I haven't had quiet time with God in a couple of days - that's right folks...I'm not always faithful with my quiet times! Those dry spells remind me of how much I need it. Though we should not be so strict with our devotional times that it just makes things more stressful, being faithful does take discipline, because our flesh doesn't want to sit around praying and reading the Word. I encourage you to find the balance between schedule and spontaneity in your walk with the Lord and take time to be with Him.
   
Can you relate to having extra stress or anxiety during times when 
you haven't taken time to be with the Lord? 
Do you lean more towards have a strict, scheduled quiet time or a relaxed one?

" But from there you will seek the Lord your God, and you will find Him if you seek Him with all your heart and with all your soul."
~Deuteronomy 4:29

Photo credit for this post goesto Moriah Joy :)

Saturday, September 6, 2014

Guest Post: The Viola

Hello Everyone,
My name is Evie and I blog at “A Period Drama Fangirl”, I am very excited today because my new friend (the owner of this blog) Paige invited me to do a guest post. Of course I eagerly accepted, so thanks for having me Paige! :)


Today’s post will be on the viola as I personally think that the Viola is a very underrated instrument that deserves some love. So I am writing this post to hopefully raise awareness about this lovely instrument.

I have been playing the viola for 10 years (since I was 7)  and I think it has the most beautiful tonal quality. The Viola also  has the ability to have the melody (but that is rare) and  often provides the lower register notes to provide the much needed sound that is present in an orchestra.



Those are the four strings that are on a viola... so basically the most common question I am asked is "What exactly is a viola?"


Nope, it’s a completely different instrument!


You know this ^ diagram is sadly true, which makes me sad :(

To answer your question, as much as I hate saying it. The viola is like a big violin.. what I mean by a big violin is that it is played like a violin but has the same strings of a cello. It is also larger in size.. and is often much more heavy. Another difference is that it is an octave (8 notes for non musical people :) ) lower than a violin and an octave higher than a cello. Now that’s pretty cool! Because it means we can sound a little like a violin but that causes violists to freak out when we see this


See the size difference... violin on left and viola on right..



That is a viola! see what I mean when I say it is bigger...


One of the downsides to being a viola player is the number of viola jokes that we receive. It seems that there are more viola jokes than any other instrument. This is a shame because without violas the world would be a sad place.. you really need some violas in your life!


Next point, no offense to any Violin players out there but I have been the victim of having 3rd Violins playing with me.. for me I really don't enjoy my part written out so that other instruments can play it. Sadly at many schools I have visited it has been the case as people do not know what a Viola is or they only have the option to play the violin.. nothing against violins! I know some amazing Violinsts!  

Violas are an awesome instrument when it comes to auditions.. since there are not many of us out there, it really is a good platform for getting into ensembles and groups.

There are some lovely viola concertos out there... you just need to look!

But one of my biggest problems is finding sheet music for the viola. I mean seriously... there is so much free sheet music for violins out there and you search some for violas and it's a much more condensed version...

If you play in an orchestra, you will be deafened
Unlike the violins, cellos and basses on either side, the violas bear the brunt of most of the brass section. Fortunately the woodwind section forms something of a spit-barrier. But the noise is still horrendous.
Thanks again Paige and remember to be very nice to your viola buddies! :)
~Evie Brandon

  Thanks for this insightful article Evie! If you want to read more posts from Evie, be sure to check out A Period Drama Fangirl. Also, if you haven't seen my purse giveaway yet, see the details here: One Year Blogoversary Giveaway! Have a blessed weekend! 

"Praise Him with the timbrel and dance;
Praise Him with stringed instruments and flutes!"
~Psalm 150:4

Tuesday, September 2, 2014

One Year Blogoversary Giveaway!


 Woohoo! Sunday Best and All the Rest has existed for an entire year today! How quickly the time has flown. I would like to give a big THANK YOU to all my readers. After all, without you there would be no point in writing this blog. ;) Also, thank you to my mom for being such a willing photographer and to those who encouraged me to start blogging and helped me to get off on the right foot. Most of all, thanks be to the Lord who has given me the privilege of having this blog as an instrument of encouragement to others. Now, before this sounds too much like an award acceptance speech, let's get on to the....
                                                                                                                  
                                     Giveaway!

Saturday, August 30, 2014

Fashion Defined: A Matter of Shoes Part 1


  Oh, shoes! We girls seem to have no problem collecting footwear. There's a pair for every occasion in our lives, whether it's in our closet, our imagination, or on our pinboard. With all these shoes, there's plenty of room for confusing terms and styles; it's enough to make a gal's head spin! If you get online looking for a certain kind of heel, it might take you a while to find just what you're looking for. Knowing your shoe definitions will help you narrow down your search a lot faster, plus it's actually fun to learn (at least for me it is...;)!


  Let's get started by making sure we know the basic parts of a shoe. This will help us to know the variations between different shoe styles.The upper is the top part of the shoe, while the sole is the bottom. The upper can be divided into several sections. The toe box covers the toes. The vamp is the part of the upper that goes from the toe box to front of the leg. The quarters refer to the back part of upper, where the vamp ends. The throat is the front part of the shoe opening.
 
Loafer Source

 
                                        Derby Source                                                  Oxford Source                                                                                          
   Let's start by talking about shoes that most of us would consider dressy, those for special occasions or office work. First, there are the shoes that are worn by both men and women. Loafers are slip on shoes with an upper usually made of two pieces of material. Loafers and moccasins are similar, but differ in that the loafer has an additional outer sole. Brogues, simply put, are shoes with uppers made of several overlaid parts and have decorative edges. Derbies and oxfords are lace-up brogues that we women often see in high heeled versions. The difference between a derby and an oxford can be found in its eyelet tab, which is the section of the shoe with the laces. If the tab stitched under the vamp, it's an oxford and if the tab is stitched over the vamp, it's a derby.
 
      Pump Source                                                                 D'Orsay Source
 
Mary Jane Source                              Sling-Back Source
T-Strap Source

   The kind of heel we're most familiar with is the classic pump, which is a slip-on heel that traditionally covers the back of the foot. Pumps are available in many forms The D'orsay has its quarters and vamp curved down to create an open area in the upper. Mary Janes have a single strap going over the top of the shoe, while sling-backs have a strap above the heel. T-straps have a strap that goes over the top of the foot and connects with one going around the ankle.

 
Sandal Source

   Sandals are shoes that are held to the feet by straps, and leave the upper part of the foot exposed. Sandals can be both formal and casual.
Wedge Source

    A wedge is a shoe that has a heel shaped like, well, a wedge! It can be seen in various styles.

  I hope that this peek into the wonderful world of shoes has been informative! I learned a lot by researching all the terminology regarding footwear. Next time, I hope to cover casual shoes. :)

What is your favorite kind of shoe that I talked about today? Are there any footwear mysteries you'd like to see cleared up? Do you have any other ideas for this series? 

"How beautiful upon the mountains
Are the feet of him who brings good news,
Who proclaims peace,
Who brings glad tidings of good things,
Who proclaims salvation,
Who says to Zion,
“Your God reigns!”"
~Isaiah 52:7