Sunday, April 13, 2014

April Road Trip: Packing, Style, and Sightseeing!


   Greetings everyone! :) Today I would like to share with you the reason I only posted once last week - the latter part of my week was spent on a trip out of town! We attended a conference held by a Bible college which features speakers on Creation science and end times, with an emphasis on the inerrant nature of God's word. Not only were we able to enjoy the conference, but also spent time seeing sights outdoors in the warm weather. 
   I will definitely show you my vacation outfits, but first there's something else I would like to include. Following are some pictures of what I packed and a few tips about planning outfits for going out of town. I don't know about you, but I actually enjoy packing my clothes...it's probably because of my fondness for fashion and categorizing. ;)


   So, I'll start with the "bottoms" that i packed. You see, I already knew that the weather for the area we were traveling to was predicted to be in the 80's, so I wanted to wear shorter skirts. Just in case we were going hiking, I packed shorts (far left). I also packed jeans, because there is always an element of unpredictability with weather. I always over pack. Most people prefer to consolidate, but my motto is "Be prepared".  Another important thing to consider when packing clothes is making sure that you bring tops and bottoms that go well together; you might want to mentally plan outfits.


   Next are the tops that I packed (the t-shirt that I wore on the way to our destination is not shown). Since the weather was going to be warm, I packed t-shirts instead of tops that I would need to layer. If I had something like a Halftee or Cami Secret, that might be different, but my goal here was to keep cool. When packing, I always bring extra items, because I know that a shirt might get dirty, wet, or stained, and I will want another. 


  Here are the layers that I packed. I brought two tanks, a cardigan, and a chambray top in case the weather ended up being cooler than what was expected. I ended up using the chambray shirt (and a jacket not pictured) on the drive there and when I needed to keep a bit warmer a couple of times.


   I packed three pairs of shoes. The flats were for general wearing around, the sneakers were for walking, and the sandals were there for any instance when the other shoes were too warm. As it turned out, I didn't end up needing the sandals. Oh, and in the background you can see Copper looking forlorn at my packing -he's pretty smart. ;)


   Last, but not least, are the accessories I brought. I packed a hat, two hairbands, a scarf, a necklace and a bracelet. Since my warm weather clothes are fairly unexciting, I like to add a little pizzazz to what I wear.

On to the outfits!


  This is what I wore on the first day of the trip. My floral skirt, green t-shirt and flats made a cute and simple traveling outfit. The lace headband adds some interest and makes my poor dehydrated hair look a bit better (it didn't like the climate). Those of you not familiar with California might be wondering what I'm standing in front of. It's actually a bridge that is a giant sundial! Another shot of it is at the top of my post. 


  On the second day of the trip I wore a purple t-shirt, denim skirt, and coordinating sneakers. For jewelry, I put on my trusty silver chain and pendants. It was another simple but feminine outfit that kept me cool and was serviceable for walking around outside. As you can see, we visited a small waterfall! 


   For the last day of our trip, I wore my favorite jeans, because I knew that we would be traveling into cooler weather. A graphic tee, flats, hairband, and silver necklace made up the rest of the outfit. The photograph was taken on one of our stops along the way home - isn't it a beautiful place with the sun shining through the leaves and dappling the meadow with spots of shadow and light? :D


   Well, I hope that you enjoyed seeing how I pack and what I wear out of town! Do you have any packing tips? Are you interested in Creation science and/or end times study? I like to hear your feedback! :)

"Thou, even thou, art Lord alone; thou hast made the heaven, the heaven of heavens, with all their host, the earth, and all things that are therein, the seas, and all that is therein, and thou preservest them all; and the host of heaven worshippeth thee."
~Nehemiah 9:6

Wednesday, April 9, 2014

Awkward + Awesome / New Cardi



  Good afternoon, all! I hope that you have been having a superb week. I'm here to catch you up on what's been awkward and awesome about my week. :)

Awkward:

* Walking into a room to get something, coming out with something completely different, and having to go back for the original item.
* Thinking that I left the beach unscathed by sunburn, then several hours later finding four places that got burnt.
* Wading in the water with Mom and a friend at aforesaid beach, when suddenly a wave comes up, and we run away, and I become far wetter than I had intended.
* Tripping on my maxi skirt, then bumping my wrist on the corner of the wall, proceeding to get a tingly sensation from hitting a nerve.
* Scraping my wrist on the teeth of a box of plastic wrap.
* Having a desk so piled up with art-related things that it is never actually used as a surface for creating artwork.

Awesome:

* Helping my parents celebrate their anniversary by going to brunch with them and taking photographs on a country road under a brilliant blue sky (see above photo!).
*Attending a party on the beach, and seeing the sunshine - even if it did burn me, at least it dried me off after the wave escapade ;) !
* Participating in the 3 Day Button-Down challenge.
* Eating treats high in processed sugar. ;)
* Rubbing behind the dog's ear (why do these things always include him!?), causing him to do his happy grunt higher and higher every time, as if he's going up the musical scale.
* Finally getting around to cleaning the desk piled high with art.


  To be honest, these outfit pictures were taken a couple of weeks ago. There were more interesting things to post in the meantime, however (why do I feel like I've said that before? ;). Showcased here is one of my recent thrift store finds, a short sleeved brown cardigan. This cozy little number has a hood, tie for the waist, and delicate knit pattern on its lower half. Though not something I would normally buy, I decided to give it a try and ended up liking it!
  Here, I styled it with a long-sleeved tee, jeans, and my brown boots. This look almost has the air of being inspired by Robin Hood or some other medieval person. The purple t-shirt adds some bright color to the otherwise neutral toned outfit.

Cardigan ~ Consignment Store; T-shirt ~ Thrifted; Jeans ~ Thrifted; Boots ~ Ross  


So, does my outfit remind you of a medieval woods person? How would you style my new cardi? :)

"The earth is the LORD'S, and the fulness thereof; the world, and they that dwell therein. For he hath founded it upon the seas, 
and established it upon the floods."
 ~ Psalm 24:1-2

Saturday, April 5, 2014

Day Three of 1 Button-Down | 3 Days | 3 Ways

   Well, it's safe to say that this is the most blogging I've done in a single week thus far! :) The Button-Down challenge has been a fun event. Not only have I found splendid ways to wear my new shirt, but have also been able to enjoy interaction with other bloggers. May the fun continue today! :)



   Day three's outfit has a slightly preppy look to it - one has to incorporate that at some point when wearing J. Crew, right? ;) . My challenge shirt's sleeves are rolled over the sleeves of a cardigan that sports a similar shade to the top's brown stripes. Meanwhile, a dark denim skirt and brown boots give a simple and neutral base to the outfit. For a finishing touch, I'm wearing a cute hairband Mom made out of the same denim as the skirt!

Shirt ~ Consignment Store; Cardigan ~ Clothing Swap; Skirt ~ Made by Mom; Tights ~ ? 
Hairband ~ Made by Mom; Boots ~ Ross



   If you've been participating in the challenge, I hope that you have been enjoying it as well. If not, perhaps now you have been inspired to give your button-downs more outings! Take a look the outfits of hostesses Olivia, The Boyer Family Singers, Ashley and Callie to find more looks to try. Many thanks to them for putting together this event! :) Have a beautiful rest of your weekend!

"This is the day which the LORD hath made; we will rejoice and be glad in it."
~Psalm 118: 24

Friday, April 4, 2014

Day Two of 1 Button-Down | 3 Days | 3 Ways

   It's Friday! Yay...one more day 'til the weekend (unless you count it as starting tonight ;). Not only is today Friday, but it's the second day of the Button-Down challenge. It will be fun to see what everyone comes up with!


  
 


   This morning, I tucked my challenge shirt into a knee-length black skirt. My purple tights added a pop of color, while a braided brown belt pulled out the brown stripes of the top. I wore brown flats, which showed off the color of my tights - though it's supposed to be a fashion faux pas, I'm okay with putting brown and black together ;). Boots or heels in coordinating colors could easily be swapped for the flats to give the outfit a different feel.

Shirt ~ Consignment Store; Skirt ~ Thrifted; Tights ~ Gift; Boots ~ Bought new at Village Shoes; 
Belt ~ (?), Borrowed from Mom

   Well, today is a busy day, so I should make this post snappy. "See" you all again tomorrow for the conclusion of the challenge. Check out the hostess Ashley's outfit for today. Have a lovely weekend!

"A merry heart maketh a cheerful countenance: but by sorrow of the heart the spirit is broken."
~Proverbs 15:13

Thursday, April 3, 2014

Day One of 1 Button-Down | 3 Days | 3 Ways

   Greetings! In case you hadn't inferred the fact from post title (I doubt not your intelligence), today is the first day of the Button-Down challenge! For this event, I have chosen a new favorite shirt of mine. The purple and brown striped button-down by J. Crew was bought from a consignment store for $7. Not only does it have a lovely, classic cut, but it is also comfortable. :)

 
                                         
  

   Today I styled the shirt by taking Mom's suggestion and wearing it over a long, green dress. I thought it would look best tied on, rather buttoned. Since it's still a little chilly outside, I'm wearing my boots.  My sole accessory is a sparkly necklace which picks up on the cool tones of the outfit. There we have it!
   Lately, I've enjoyed combining classic and boho style, which this outfit is an ideal example of. What about you - do you enjoy combining these two styles? Would you wear an outfit similar to mine?

Shirt ~ Consignment Store; Dress ~ Thrifted (?); T-shirt ~ Thrifted (?); Boots ~ Bought new at Ross; Necklace ~ Gift

Have a blessed day, and stop by again tomorrow to see the next outfit. :) Also, be sure to see what a some of the event hostesses are wearing at Boyer Family Singers.

"O Lord, our Lord, how excellent is they name in all the earth! who has set thy 
glory above the heavens."
~Psalm 8:1

Wednesday, April 2, 2014

Awkward + Awesome / Outfit / This n' That

  Hi all! How has your first week of April been? I hope you didn't get pranked too many times yesterday. ;) Well, it's the middle of the week, and that can mean only one thing.... awkward and awesome!

Awkward:

* Mom and I both completely forgetting an appointment I had this morning.
* Developing the inability to open cans (how does that skill even disappear?) .
* Getting tomato {puree} all over my hands after opening said can.
* A city councilman coming to the door campaigning, and being barked at by my diminutive dog, who then proceeds to slide off the front porch (the dog, not the councilman).
* Reading the clues incorrectly on a crossword puzzle, resulting in confusion.

Awesome:

* Buying new watercolors and paper.
* Attending a formal banquet for homeschool high school students and alumni.
* Spending a relaxing day at home yesterday and drinking hot cocoa for the first time in ....?
* Getting three lovely blouses at a consignment store over the weekend (you'll be seeing at least one quite soon!)
* Seeing prayers answered! Though immediate results shouldn't be what we strive for, it's always an encouragement to faith to see the very things that you prayed about being answered.



  The outfit featured today includes one of my newer items, the denim skirt my Mom made me. I wore a t-shirt that I got at a clothing swap, and my trusty cardigan, tights, and boots. That day I also tried anew hairdo - the headband tuck! I suppose it's really a version of the Gibson tuck. In any case, it had a fun, retro look.


  So, now for the miscellaneous items. 1) Above is a scan of the watercolor pencil project that I mentioned last week, as requested by Sarah . :) 2) Tomorrow begins an event hosted by several bloggers called "1 Button-Down 3 Ways ". For the next three days, I will be putting up a brief post showing how I style my top. Check out the event button by Boyer Family Singers on my sidebar for more info, especially if you are a blogger who wants to link up.
  Last, but not least, please be praying for those affected by the shooting in Fort Hood and the earthquake in Chile. They all need the Lord's comfort tonight.

"God is our refuge and strength, A very present help in trouble."
~Psalm 46:1

Tuesday, April 1, 2014

Makeup Tutorial Guest Post

   Happy Tuesday, lovely readers! :) Today I am pleased to present to you Sunday Best's first guest post. My best friend Moriah will be sharing with you a tutorial on how to do her favorite go-to makeup look. Enjoy! 

 Hi! Thanks to Paige for graciously including me in her blog, I'm here to show you how do my all-time favorite makeup look. This is the look I go back to just about 90% of the time I do my makeup, give or a take a couple steps. ;) It's minimal, natural, pretty, and flattering on just about every face! I'll list products and give suggestions for substitutes, too.


 Alright, first we want to start with a clean, prepared face. I use Ulta's "Fabulous Face" compact foundation. It smells like vanilla pudding and goes on with as much coverage as you'd like! For day to day use, I mostly just use it on blemishes, under my eyes, and around my nose. For this tutorial, I applied it all over lightly. If you want it to last all day, invest in a matte primer and apply that first.


Next, sweep a shimmery, light-colored eyeshadow all over your lids, up to the browbone. For this tutorial, I used Urban Decay's "Naked Basics" palette, which is expensive but so worth the purchase! The color in step two is "venus". If you don't want to spend that money (and believe me, that is the only expensive makeup I own! I'm all about the cheap stuff) you can get the same effect with just about any cream, ivory, or flesh-toned shimmery eyeshadow!


Switch to a fluffier eyeshadow brush and thoroughly blend "faint" from the same palette into your crease. Again, if you don't have that particular eyeshadow set, any neutral (as in, not cool and not warm) brown eyeshadow with no shimmer works perfectly! Remember to blend this into oblivion!


Take a white eyeliner pencil and line the very inside of your eyes with it. (I'm using Wet'n'Wild here). I always make two "uppercase Y" shapes, as shown with my totally sketchy Paint job. Once the white has been drawn in, blend gently with your fingertips so there's no harsh line. Not shown, but - next step is to take the same light colored shimmer and dab a little of that on top of the white and blend as well.


Don't my eyes look large and wide awake? :)


 Next, line your upper lashline only. Don't line it ALL the way across, either. Start about two thirds of the way and make a line all the way out to the end. Flick the line up if you wish. Don't worry if it's sloppy or spotty - that will be fixed next! (I'm using an black Aveda eyeliner pencil. Yes, Aveda is expensive. Only reason I have it is because I got it for free! But I love it - it's the only brand that never irritates my eyes.) You can intensify this look for a more formal event by simply adding MORE liner, making it darker, or putting a little on  your lower lashline as well. 

 

Using a small eyeshadow brush (I'm using a very stubby one here), gently blend/smudge the line all the way across. This makes the line soft and light, while smoothing out any bumps. 


Curl lashes and add mascara. The one I've been using lately (and loving!) is Ulta's "Voluptuous Volume" mascara. It's slightly thick, which I love, and does its job well! Of course, I haven't had the chance to test MANY mascaras, so I'm sure there's a better one out there. ;)


Another Ulta product! This time it's blush in "Sweet Cheeks". I love this shade of blush - it's so pretty and natural! Just smile and fluff it onto the apples of your cheeks. Of course, everyone knows what shade of blush works best for them - use whatever is your favorite! :) I would always recommend whatever looks most natural on your skin tone.


 Last but not least, lip gloss! My lips are usually red naturally, so there's not much I can do with them. I usually go for a natural-looking pink or coral. In this case, I used "softlips" which apparently is a Dollar Store brand (the gloss was a gift; also, forgive the goopy wand!) This entire look can be stepped up a notch with a matte lip-toned lipstick (I LOVE Rimmel's Kate Moss in color 08. It's basically my lip color but slightly more intense) or stepped up a huge notch with red lipstick (still haven't found the one I love) or wine colored lipgloss like NYC's "Big Bold Gloss" (I have one called "wined and dined" but I think it's discontinued). Lips are one way to really change your look. :) 


And there you have it! My go-to, very favorite, so-easy-I-can-do-it-in-my-sleep-now makeup look! I hope you enjoyed this tutorial and will possibly give it a try in the future! Thanks for "watching"! ;D

   Isn't that a simple yet lovely look? Comment to let us know if you try it. Meanwhile, enjoy this beautiful verse that I thought was fitting, since it speaks of faces.

 "But we all, with open face beholding as in a glass the glory of the Lord, are changed into the same image from glory to glory,  
even as by the Spirit of the Lord."
 ~ II Corinthians 3:18