Monday, September 23, 2013

Stripes and Blue

   Lately I've been quite fond of greenish shades of blue. At a thrift store on our vacation, I bought a t-shirt in this color family; I believe it is somewhere between aqua and robin's egg blue. What do you think? In any case, it's a lovely, bright color!
   One item in my closet that I like to pair with colors is my black and gray striped cotton skirt. I bought it earlier this year at a thrift store for $10, though I had just seen the same kind at Target a month or so before! It looks good with both warm and cool colors. Though I like the slightly asymmetrical design, it's too short for me to be comfortable wearing it without leggings.
  A few days ago, I put the skirt, top, and leggings together. I decided that it was a good day to try putting one of my favorite scarves in my hair. After folding in the same way shown in the tutorial of my last post, I just tied it on! In keeping with the color scheme, I wore a heart pendant on my silver chain. After slipping my brown flats on, I was ready to go outside! :)



 


   I hope that this post inspired you in some way. Perhaps you will put a scarf in your hair or risk trying a matchy matchy outfit for the cute effect! Until next time, happy styling!

Tuesday, September 17, 2013

Of Scarves

  Scarves are one of my fashion weaknesses. I have a wide collection of them in varying materials, lengths, widths, and colors. Adding a scarf to an outfit can completely tie it together (pardon the pun). Colorful scarves brighten up a monochromatic look. Silky ones make a posh addition. Knits are cozy for the winter. Lacy scarves lend a feminine touch. The versatility of scarves is part of what makes them fun to wear.
  Following are my first attempts at tutorials! They are quite simple, so I hope they make sense. :)


My version of folding a square scarf:

1) This is the scarf laid out flat. The dollar bill is for scale.
2) I begin by folding it in half diagonally.
3) Next, I fold it in half lengthwise.
4) Then, I fold it in half again.
5) I flipped it over so that there are no edges showing.

Wearing the Square Scarf:


1) I first knot the scarf like I would if I were beginning to tie a shoe. Double-knotting will probably work best with slippery material such as this.
2) I turn it so that the knot is in the back and bring the ends around to the front.
3) Then, I double-knot the loose ends.
4) Lastly, I tuck the knot and loose ends
 
  Usually when I wear this square scarf I just double-knot it. Because of the stripes, it reminds me of Audrey Hepburn's scarf in Roman Holiday!
 
 
 
  My other favorite scarf (as seen on my essentials post) is long and of medium width, though it seems to be permanently folded into skinniness. :) I normally wear it wrapped around once.
 
 
Another way to wear a long scarf is to knot the ends together.
 
 
 Well, that's enough of scarves for one post! :) Have a wonderful evening (or morning, or afternoon, or night, depending on when you read this)!
 
"O worship the LORD in the beauty of holiness: fear before him, all the earth." ~Psalm 96:9
 

Thursday, September 12, 2013

New Dress and Chambray Experimentation

  This week, I went on a trip with my parents and best friend to a town that is artistic, touristy, and a home to fun shops and consignment stores. Of course, that means that we went shopping! One of my purchases was a brand new floral print summer dress (Yes, I do buy new clothing now and then, but it was on a superb sale of about $15. Also, the state we were in has no sales tax :D.)! The color scheme of the dress will make a great transition into autumn, and I think it will look cute with tights and boots. You will have to stay tuned to see what I do with it next. ;)

        


  Today I wore the dress layered with a t-shirt and leggings, since it doesn't quite meet my modesty standards on its own. Later, I decided to put a chambray shirt over it to wear outside. The chambray shirt is also new, and this was actually the first time I wore it. My mom got it at Kohl's on sale, and we are now sharing it. Having seen similar shirts tied in the front, I wanted to give the look a spin. Although it adds warmth, it's in keeping with the casual, summery effect. I'm quite pleased with the outfit, and look forward to wearing it again!
 
  In closing, I leave you with this scriptural reminder of what beauty is really about:
"likewise also that women should adorn themselves in respectable apparel, with modesty and self-control, not with braided hair and gold or pearls or costly attire, but with what is proper for women who profess godliness—with good works." ~ 1 Timothy 2:9-10, ESV

Saturday, September 7, 2013

Print + Print


     To be completely honest, I’ve always been a little suspicious of the idea of putting one piece of printed clothing with another. But  every now and then in the world of fashion, a girl has to try new things. One day, my mom suggested that I wear my striped tee with my floral print skirt. I tried it, and ended up enjoying the results. Yesterday I decided to wear a printed t-shirt under my beloved plaid sundress. They made a cute combination, and I wondered why I hadn’t thought to join them before!

 

In the first outfit, the top and skirt are both second-hand. The dog was just about brand new when I got him. ;)

 


Here, the t-shirt is from a thrift store, and the dress (Converse brand!) is from Target.

 
     Since I am new to this idea of print + print, I can’t give out any wonderful advice about it. So far, I think a good deal of making it work is using colors that look great together. The green on the striped shirt nearly matches a shade on the skirt, while the muted purple on the dress harmonizes well with the demure blue of the top. Another thing that I think helps out is that the patterns I paired are dissimilar. If you have never put prints together before, perhaps now is the time to try. :)



 

Wednesday, September 4, 2013

My Essentials (and why you might like them too!)

(above items are from Modcloth, Ruche and Anthropologie, respectively)

We all have go-to items in our closets and dressers that have more outings than our other clothes. Their cute-factor, practicality and versatility have us wearing them again and again. In short, they make the outfit. Here, I have compiled a list of my essential shoes and clothes. They are great for starting you on your way to being more stylish, or just sprucing up your present wardrobe. Though you may not like them as much as I do, or find them to fit your lifestyle, they are what has worked for me and I just want to share them. J

Striped knit tee

This is so simple and yet so fun. The secret is in the stripes! If you want a quick way to make a casual outfit more chic, wear some stripes.

 
A Neutral Cardigan
After buying this oatmeal cardigan, I wore it almost nonstop until a recent heat wave. I usually wear it with the sleeves pushed up, and it goes with nearly everything. Cardigans add warmth and are classier than an ordinary hoodie.


A Neutral Casual Dress

When I'm not sure what to wear, I need to look no further than this brown button-down dress. It goes with both sneakers and heels, looks great with my red leather belt, and has an updated 40's/50's feel to it.




 
 

A Full Knee-length Skirt              
This item is wonderfully feminine! It can be worn with tights, leggings or bare legs, depending on the weather. It’s another one of those garments equally at home with either dress shoes or sneakers.



 
 
 Jean Skirt

This skirt has taken me through many years, and thus needs to be replaced. It goes with every color and is among the most easy-going of skirts.

 

Good Jeans
Most of the time I wear skirts and dresses, but there some occasions – such as cold weather, or lack of coming up with a more complex outfit - when I prefer to wear jeans. I like the dark color and contrast stitching on this boot cut pair. I enjoy wearing them with my favorite Converse or flats. Note that these are the good jeans and not the ones with a hole in the knee.
 
 
 
Beloved Shoes
As far as shoes go, here are my three most-worn pairs. These are soles that I think most ladies would do well to have: A favorite pair of sneakers (I’m a Converse fan), riding/biker style boots (or some kind of comfy casual boot), and ladylike flats that go with everything.
 
Mauve scarf
I wear this often, because A) I like shades in the purple family and B) I really like scarves. You don’t want to know how many I have. ;) They can be useful for adding a cute or colorful element to an otherwise ho-hum ensemble.
 
 
Neutral Blazer
To top it all off (literally), here is a blazer. It is admittedly not the best blazer in the world, but a blazer of any kind is great when you require outerwear that has a sharper look than a baggy sweatshirt or windbreaker.
 
 So, those are “a few of my favorite things”. :)  
"He has made everything beautiful in its time. He has also set eternity in the human heart; yet no one can fathom what God has done from beginning to end"
~ Ecclesiastes 3:11
 



Monday, September 2, 2013

Indroduction and Classic 60's

As this is my first post, I suppose that an apt way to begin would be to explain why I started this blog. :)  First of all, I greatly enjoy clothes. Putting together outfits is one of the ways I express my creativity. Lately, I've been wanting to share my hobby with others. Most girls want to wear cute clothes, but some don't know "wear" to start. A blog seemed like a splendid way to show others what I've found to work in the world of fashion. Also, I have pored over books about clothes and style. They are just so fun, that I thought I would try my hand at a similar, if smaller, endeavor. At the same time, another reason for starting this blog was to be different from other sources. Following are the two big differences: 1) As a servant of Jesus Christ, I will present modest fashions. Before I go further, I will say that I realize modesty is different for different people. My standard is probably too high for some and too low for others, but never outlandish. 2) Things that most fashionistas call "discounts" are not! I want to show other women and girls that you can look lovely and be economical at the same time. After all, most of my clothing comes from second-hand stores!

Well, now that you know WHY I'm blogging, let's get on with this post! One of my favorite ways to get inspiration for outfits is to try a "look". Again and again I find myself trying the "classic" look. For my latest birthday party, I wore a sophisticated 1960's look. With a black sheath dress, colorful blazer, pearl necklace and heeled oxfords, I was going for an Audrey Hepburn or Jackie Kennedy style.
 
Sheath dresses and blazers were popular with classy ladies in the 60's, and bright colors were typical of the era. My blazer is from a thrift store that sells unique and vintage items, while the dress was on sale at Kohl's. The fun thing about a black dress is that it can be worn many different ways for various occasions.
 
 
 
I wouldn't say that heeled oxfords are quintessentially 60's, but in my opinion, they are full of vintage charm. For a long time I wanted lace-up heeled oxfords, and after months of waiting I found my pair in a thrift store. They are ever so slightly large, but otherwise wonderful. So, you see, second-hand shopping is usually the way to go!
 
 
This pearl necklace was a gift from friends. With that, I leave you until the next post. Meanwhile, experiment with classy 60's style!