Saturday, November 22, 2014

Hair Tutorial: Casual Gibson Tuck

 Happy weekend folks! At long last, I have another hair tutorial for you. Allow me to introduce my own version of the popular Gibson (or Hairband) Tuck. I'm still perfecting it (though it's much easier with shorter hair!), and it's a little messier than the usual tuck, mainly because that's just the way my hair is. However, I like the part boho, part early 20th century look. It has old-fashioned charm, while still being casual. :)

You Will Need:
* A comb or brush (or just your fingers, depending on your hair type)
* A headband 
* Plenty of pins

1) Unless you have very curly hair, comb your locks so that there are no tangles.

2) Now place the hairband *over* your hair instead of *under* it. Let some hair flop over your ears.Smooth down any wayward strands on the back of your head.

3) Pull out a section of  about 1" of hair from above your ear.

4) Tuck this section underneath the hairband and pull in through.

Note: I pulled the sections of my hair all the way through so that the ends hang with the rest of my hair. This is where my tutorial differs from others. Most of them just tuck and don't pull through all the way, creating a loop of hair underneath with the ends still poking up through the top. It's entirely up to you. My hair is fine and slippery, so I think it was easier to keep in place this way.

5) Now take a larger section of hair from behind your ear.

6) Tuck it beneath the headband and pull through, just as you did the first section. This creates a little loop or "tunnel" of hair. Don't pull too tightly, or you won't have as much volume to your loop.

7) Pin the loop in place however you wish. I put my pin in sideways. Continue to section out hair, tuck it, pull in through, and pin it  until...

8 ) reach the the other side of your head. My hair was already partitioned into two sections - one went over my ear and one was the ends of my last loop. If yours doesn't already have these two segments, adjust it so that it does.

9) Pull through a 1" section of hair from above your ear, as you did in step 2. 

10) Incorporate the end of the "ear section" into the other section and continue pinning and tucking until all your hair is up. I ended up with a bit of a confusing mess at this point, so I apologize for the lack of explanation for finishing the tuck. To cover up the trouble spot, I took a segment of the last complete loop of hair and pulled it over the little mess. 

11) Pin up any stray pieces, tighten floppy loops and adjust to your heart's content until you're finished! Mine was far from being a perfect shape, but it had a fun, casual look to it.

  And there you have my version of the Gibson tuck! I hope that you all enjoyed this tutorial. Please share any questions or comments below. 

Have a simply lovely weekend! :)

But the very hairs of your head are all numbered. Do not fear therefore; you are of more value than many sparrows.
Luke 12:7

Tuesday, November 18, 2014

Chambray Tunic

   Top o' the evening to you ladies! Are you keeping off the chill of this November day? Or do you live somewhere that's getting warm and toasty?  It's definitely cooling off here on the Pacific Coast. :)

   Today's outfit is an example of something that absolutely, positively needs a belt. Do you know the kind of outfit I'm talking about? It's the kind that needs a little waist definition to keep you from looking like a sack of potatoes! At times like these, it's useful to have a small collection of belts. I now have four belts (one of which I never wear and should probably get rid of), plus one that I borrow from my mom a lot. It might sound like a lot, but I have definitely found them to come in handy!
   This chambray tunic is cute, but in order to wear it with a full skirt, it needs something to cinch in the waist. On this particular day, I paired it with a knee-length floral skirt. The blue color of my top pulled out the blue flowers of the skirt, while the embroidery on the breast pocket matched the other blooms. Though the colors went together brilliantly, I required a belt in order to make the two pieces really work well with each other. My well-loved crochet + faux leather belt came to the rescue, and then I had a fun outfit that was all ready to go!

Tunic ~ Hand-me-down from Mom (she added embroidery); Skirt ~ Friend Find; Leggings ~ Target; Flats ~ Target?

How many belts do you have? Do you have outfits that you always wear them with? 
Any fun belt tips to share?

The Lord is my light and my salvation;
Whom shall I fear?
The Lord is the strength of my life;
Of whom shall I be afraid?
Psalm 27:1

Friday, November 14, 2014

Casual Wednesday

   Greetings readers! We are now returning to our regularly scheduled program. ;) Last week I only wrote one post, so I decided that instead of trying to make up by doing three this week I'd go ahead and just do two as usual. Life happens, as I'm sure you all well know!


   Last week, Mom and I had an afternoon completely free to do whatever we wished with it. Don't you just love days like that? We ended up doing a photo shoot at our local boardwalk. Mom took outfit photos for the blog, while I captured some shots of strutting seagulls and whatever else caught my fancy. It was fun to explore the beauties of my hometown, all while wearing a casual but cute outfit that picked up on the natural colors of the bay. My only regret was not bringing a jacket - the scarf was cute, but not nearly thick enough to keep off the chill! :)

Outfit details: 
Shirt ~ Thrifted; Skirt ~ Mom made; Tights ~ Target?; Boots ~ Ross; Scarf ~ Gift

What do you like to do when you have a day free of obligations?
Has a wild or feral animal ever let you take a close-up picture of it?

Then they cry out to the Lord in their trouble,
And He brings them out of their distresses

He calms the storm,
So that its waves are still.

Psalm 107:28-29

Sunday, November 9, 2014

Historical Fashion How-To: 1940's Formal

   Greetings all! I hope you are having a restful Sunday. Sit back, relax, and enjoy this comeback post of Historical Fashion. My best friend had a mystery party that was set in the 1940's, and I'm here to show you what I wore and how I did my hair and makeup for this special event!

   I'm going to be completely honest and tell you that for once, I wasn't being picky about historical accuracy with my costume. I had two formal dress options and ended up going with this one, borrowed from a friend. However, this lovely gown does have a certain degree of 40's style. Its skirt is not very full, which would have been typical for the wartime era. Also, its shiny fabric and sparkles would definitely have been in use by the 1940's. The shrug I wore for modesty mimics the bolero jackets which were worn during the time (see below). Accuracy aside, I felt quite elegant in my floor length evening gown!

   My hair and makeup were both historically inspired. The ends of my hair were curled using the flat iron method (courtesy of Mom), while my crown was kept smooth and straight. Having shorter hair certainly helped to make this more period correct! Meanwhile, my makeup was influenced by the glamorous screen stars of the 40's (such as Gene Tierney, see above!). I wore cocoa colored shadow on my eyelids and creamy shadow on my brow bone, and used black liner, and put on plenty of mascara. On my lips, I wore a dark red shade. After putting on some pearls and silver heeled sandals, my look was complete! 

   In wrapping up (pun not intended), I'd like to share a brief modesty tip! The corset-back bodice I wore did not fasten all the way. A camisole in a nearly matching color that my mom let me borrow came to the rescue. Yes, it looks awkward and rumply in this photo, but I think it actually worked well. :) 

Have you ever been to a mystery party? 
How about an event where you wore formal historic fashion?

The Lord shall preserve you from all evil;
He shall preserve your soul.
The Lord shall preserve your going out and your coming in
From this time forth, and even forevermore.
Psalm 121:7-8

Tuesday, November 4, 2014

Cozy Plaid/ Debt Free!

    Hi all! I mixed prints...AGAIN! It was actually unplanned. Well, just scroll down. ;)

Saturday, November 1, 2014

Modesty Tips

   Happy weekend ladies! How has your Saturday been so far? Mine has been busy with church cleaning, exercising, and blogging, with Sunday School lesson planning and hopefully movie watching this evening!
   Today I would like to do something different from my usual Saturday post. Yesterday I was inspired to show you some little "tricks of the trade" I have used in order to make my wardrobe more modest. So far, I've only come up with three that go beyond the obvious realm of camisoles and leggings. Maybe another post will come down the road when I try something new. :) For now, let's roll the

Tuesday, October 28, 2014

Sweater Weather / Wedding Dress Expediton

   Good week to you, readers! October is nearly over - can you believe it?! And do you know what that means? It's sweater weather! Well, it is for me anyway. ;)

   This green sweater has been a favorite of mine for two years now, yet somehow has not made its way into an outfit post until today! Part of the reason I like this photo is that the subtle boat neck always makes me think of 1950's style necklines. Yesterday, I paired this piece with my well-worn denim skirt. Gray tights and black boots were in keeping with the outfit's cool colors. A silver necklace jazzed up the ensemble, while also carrying on the winter color scheme. "Casual but cute" describes the overall look of this cool-weather outfit. 

   Over this past weekend I enjoyed having a little out-of-town getaway and fellowship with friends as I joined in a wedding dress shopping expedition. You see, I have a friend who is getting married and asked me to be one of her bridesmaids because she felt that I was like a little sister to her. Yay! Going shopping was a fun and new experience for me, and I'd like to share it with you, especially since you most likely are interested in clothes if you're reading this. 
   I traveled to the bride's town with her mom, then set off to another city with them and her grandma early the next morning. We went to a Dress Dash event held by Brides for a Cause; They sell  the dresses for $150, and the proceeds go to give weddings to women with terminal illnesses. On this day, the doors opened to the room with the dresses at 7 am. The gowns were arranged on racks by size, and a small army of women was ready to grab them. Thankfully, they were all polite and there weren't any"bride-zillas". My friend tried on a few dresses, but didn't find anything that was just right.
   After breakfast, we went to a David's Bridal store and  the bride made an appointment for that afternoon. We went window shopping downtown (yes yes, I visited some consignment stores!), had lunch, then went to the appointment. You can be sure I had a fun time looking at all those dresses! Here, they were arranged by style, with various sizes in each design. There were also sale dresses (I'm guessing they were on clearance) that were arranged by size. My friend tried on several gowns, and ended up finding the one that she wanted. With a few alterations, it will meet her modesty standards. I'm looking forward to seeing her wear it on her special day. :)

Some dresses in my size...I had to look, right?

Rows of covered dresses

Have you been part of shopping for a bridal gown
Where did the bride (or you, if you're married!) find the perfect dress?

 Let us be glad and rejoice and give Him glory, for the marriage of the Lamb has come, and His wife has made herself ready.”
 And to her it was granted to be arrayed in fine linen, clean and bright, for the fine linen is the righteous acts of the saints.
Revelation 19:7-8