Sunday, October 27, 2013

Sunday Best Retro

  For the first time, I am actually posting my Sunday best on Sunday Best and All the Rest! It's about time, eh? ;) Yesterday, I wore this retro inspired outfit to church ( though later I had to change for an ultimate Frisbee game). It was modeled after the demure, ladylike styles of the 1940's and 50's.

 
  This entire outfit was actually built around a "new-to-me" pleated wool skirt. For only $5, I bought the Forever 21 piece from a friend who was selling it. My tank top, blouse, cardigan and belt are all from second hand stores. The only thing in my ensemble that was purchased brand new is the pair of leather heels!
  At first, I was not going to include the belt in this outfit, but the colors seemed too bland. When I wear neutral colors, I often like to have a pop of color. This is when the belt often comes in handy. Here, it picked up on the red stripes in the skirt and tied the whole outfit together.
 
 
  By the way, I would like to mention that this look was partly inspired by the Boyer Family Singers' blog. The gals there have fun retro style. If you haven't read them before, check out their button on my sidebar. --->
 
 
 
 
 
  I hope to post with more of a schedule from here on out. My goal is to post once in the earlier half of the week and once in the later half. Achieving that goal is the hard part! I have a tutorial planned for the latter part of this week, so that should be an encouragement for me to get to it.
  In closing today's post, I would like to thank my mom for taking the photographs of me for my blog, and helping to proofread my posts. Without her, this blog would have more typos and odd self portraits. :)
  Until next time, have a lovely week!
 
"Oh that men would praise the Lord for his goodness, and for his wonderful works to the children of men! For he satisfieth the longing soul, and filleth the hungry soul with goodness"
~Psalm 107:8-9
 
 
 
 

Wednesday, October 23, 2013

Preppy Autumn Outfit / Blogger Button Questions

 
"He changes times and seasons; he removes kings and sets up kings; he gives wisdom to the wise and knowledge to those who have understanding;"
~Daniel 2:21

  During this time of year, I enjoy being cozy inside sipping hot tea, reading, watching candles burn and curling up in blankets. Being outside is refreshing, as I take brisk walks in the chilly air and see all the trees that have put on their most brilliant colors. As beautiful as our warmer weather was, I am taking advantage of the new bracing cool in the air. Today I have not only had tea and taken a walk, but I am also wearing a sweater! When the outdoors look gloomy, it is fun to wear a pop of color to brighten up the day!
  I decided to call this outfit preppy, because a V-neck sweater layered with a white button-down shirt has a decidedly classic look. My flared jeans and boots are a little more western in style, but we shan't give that much consequence today. ;) Overall, the ensemble is fitting for October.
 
 
 

  The ruffled white shirt I am wearing is from my favorite consignment store. I believe that it could be called a tuxedo shirt, though it is definitely meant to be a ladies' blouse. Most likely, the sweater is from a thrift store - I think that friends found it for me, but it has been a while, so my memory fails me! My jeans and blazer are both thrifted. The boots are genuine leather and were definitely not cheap -- but they last a long time!

 
  One of my favorite easy hairstyles to do is a low side bun. To make it more interesting today I left the ends of my hair hanging out and added fabric flower pin. The pin's color contrasts my sweater, which keeps things from being dull. :)
 

  Now it is time for me to ask my fellow bloggers for help! I have been trying to make a button for my blog. If you are not a blogger who has made/is planning to make a button, the rest of this post will probably be boring and confusing to you, so feel free to skip it. :)
  Anyway, after research, trial and error I uploaded the image for my button onto imageshack.us, which made my photo into several kinds of links that I could paste in where needed. I used two different methods to make my button. One of them was to use a link that I found on Wikihow that had places to paste in my own blog info and image. The other method that I used was to paste everything into the Grab my Button code generator, which makes the code for the blogger.
  After using each of these methods, I viewed my blog. I see the code for my button there, but the image is not showing up. It's just a little box with an "x" in it. Right now I believe it is the code Grab My Button made for me. Does the image show up for you? Can any of you tell me what I might have done wrong? Do you have any better ideas? Thank you for your help! :)

Friday, October 18, 2013

Costumes

  Where I come from, costumes are a big deal. Since being in my teens, I've gone to way more events in costume than I ever did when I was little! My repertoire includes costume birthday parties, a ball, and a few medieval festivals. It's a good thing that I like fashion so much. ;)
  In my area, we are blessed to have several consignment stores that have vintage clothing and costumes. I have never had to order a costume off of the internet. Not everyone has the advantage of great local stores, but with a little ingenuity, you can pull together a marvelous outfit for your next dress up event!
 
  
 
  This was my costume for a nineteen twenties party. I searched high and low for a drop-waist dress (that wasn't an eighties prom dress), but couldn't find what I was looking for. Enter this lacy black frock. It is more reminiscent of the thirties, but the handkerchief hemline was definitely popular in the twenties.
  The dress was from a consignment/costume store and cost around $20, I believe. Besides a new peacock feather for my hair, I already had the other components for my costume in my home. The long "fur" and suede coat was given to my mom a couple of years prior, and has a wonderful twenties feel.

 
  This dress is one of my favorite wardrobe purchases EVER. I originally bought it for a middle ages birthday party, but have worn it since to a medieval festival, medieval history class party. It seems to be a vintage seventies Gunne Sax copy. The sleeves originally had elastic a few inches above the wrist, which Mom took out for me.
  I paid somewhere between $20 and $30 for it, but it was worth it. You also have to understand that with my very small build, it's amazing to find anything that fits without alteration! :)
 
 
  This outfit that I wore to a medieval festival was easy as pie to put together! I wore a maxi skirt and blouse that I had bought at different thrift stores, my mom's belt, a homemade necklace that someone gave me for a graduation gift, and my trusty boots. If you look at the clothes already in your closet with more a little more imagination than usual, you can come up with plenty of costumes!
 
 
                
 
  There's more about this outfit in a past post, so I'll just go over it briefly. My last birthday party had a classic sixties theme. I think that the dress (which I bought on sale at Kohl's) inspired the party more than vise versa. :) My blazer was from a consignment store and my shoes were from a thrift store. If a remember correctly, I only paid a couple of dollars for the oxfords.
 
 
   A few years ago, I went to a birthday party in which I was to come dressed up as a classic film star. I chose to come as Olivia de Havilland. I wanted to wear her 1930's style, so after some internet and library book research I decided that I needed a ruffled blouse. That's where my favorite consignment store came to the rescue with this watermelon frock. I already had the skirt, shoes and scarf, so it was another outfit that mostly required a reimagining of my wardrobe. My creative mother made the ring.
 
 
  For our homeschool high school banquet several years ago, my best friend and I decided to go in Georgian era costume. We were avid history scholars and our mothers were seamstresses, so thus our historical gowns were born. The dress is made out of taffeta, so it avoids the cheesy, cheap look that many store bought costumes have.
  
 By now, you have noticed that many of my costumes include elaborate hairstyles. These have required much hairspray, patience, hairspray, help from my mum and hairspray! This is where historical research and online tutorials can be enormously helpful.
 
  So, as you can see, I get to play "dress up" quite often! I have learned that I don't need to spend much money to look good, and that styling my own outfits adds a personal touch. I hope that you have been entertained, and maybe even gained some ideas for your next birthday party. ;)
 
"I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made; your works are wonderful, I know that full well." ~Psalm 139:14
 
 
 
 
 

Saturday, October 12, 2013

How to Wear a Military Jacket and Still Look Feminine!

  Through the years, my style has gone through many transitions as I've matured and my tastes have changed. Nonetheless, some things have remained part of my style for several years. Tailored, clean-lined garments have had an appeal to me for quite a while. This is probably why I am often drawn to military inspired and utilitarian clothing.
  No, that doesn't mean that I'm particularly into jumpsuits or camouflage pants. ;) My preferences encompass shirt dresses and military inspired outerwear. Today, I will showcase a military inspired jacket that I found at a thrift store about three years ago. Its subtle floral camo pattern and tie about the waist make it clear that it is a woman's jacket, but it still has a tough feel to it. Since I like to look like a girl, I make sure to add at least one feminine touch when I wear it.

 
 
  On Thursday, I wore the jacket with a bright t-shirt, dark jeans, and purple Converse. To top it all off, I put on an infinity scarf with lace edging that I crocheted. The outfit was perfect for grocery shopping and taking the dog for an autumn walk. Oddly enough, Copper's leash matched what I was wearing (I tried to get him to look at the camera, but he was too distracted by scents).

 
  Yesterday, I put my jacket over a stenciled t-shirt and plaid dress. I accessorized with my leather "Jesus is the Way" bracelet. With my polka dot purse and purple sneakers on I was all ready to head off to Bible study! Yes, I am modeling in the kitchen. :)
 

 
 
  Just for fun, I've thrown in a picture of the costume I wore two years ago for my best friend's superhero themed birthday party. I went as Peggy Carter from Captain America. The military jacket was quite helpful in achieving the WWII military look. By the way, I didn't blur my face out because I'm hiding from the law. ;) I'm just not comfortable posting my face on a public blog at this point.
 
I hope that everyone is having a wonderful weekend so far! I'm enjoying having a restful, "lazy" day. :) Lately, I've been reading a good deal in Romans, so here's a Romans treasure for you:
 
"For all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God; Being justified freely by his grace, through the redemption that is in Christ Jesus." ~Romans 3:23-24 <3
 

Tuesday, October 8, 2013

Sunshine Blogger Award!

  Thank you to the ladies at Calico Clodhoppers for nominating me for the Sunshine blogger award (check them out at http://calicoclodhoppers.blogspot.com/  :D)! It is for "bloggers who positively and creatively inspire others in the blogosphere".  Here are the rules for the award:
 
First, the nominee must
thank the blogger that nominated her and link to her blog. 
Next she must nominate ten bloggers for the award and let them know. 
Then, she must answer a list of 10 questions and post to her blog.  
Finally, the Sunshine Award button must be posted on the blog!

Now for the nominations!

1) Beastsbelle of Jane Austen & Unicorns: A Blog by Tess and Maggie (her advice helped me to get started blogging!) http://tessandmaggiesblog.blogspot.com/
2) Vicki of Decked Out in Ruffles http://deckedoutinruffles.blogspot.com/
3) The Boyer Sisters of Boyer Family Singers http://boyerfamilysingers.blogspot.com/
4) Ashley and Gabrielle of Bramblewood Fashion http://www.bramblewoodfashion.com/
5) Natasha of Natasha Atkerson - A Modest Fashion Blog http://natashaatkerson.blogspot.com/
6) Olivia of Fresh Modesty http://freshmodesty.blogspot.com/
7) Kellie of Accordion to Kellie http://kelliefalconer.blogspot.com/
8) Kristen of True Elegance http://trueelegance92.blogspot.com.au/

I think I just might cheat and stop there, since I don't follow many blogs yet. I also know that some of my more popular favorites have already been nominated. Consider yourself twice rewarded. :) For those of you who I just started following, I look forward to keeping up with you! :)

Now for the questions!

1) What is your favorite color?
Blue-greens like aqua and turquoise, then purple.
2) What are some of your favorite movies?
Jane Austen and Elizabeth Gaskell novel based movies, Captain America, Roman Holiday... other stuff that it's hard to decide on. :P
3) Where are you reading in your Bible right now?
Isaiah.
4) What's your favorite dessert?
That one is tough, because I like just about anything sweet, but I am going to have to say good quality ice cream!
5) What are your favorite animals?
Dogs
6) What is your favorite fashion era?
I quite like the 1950's and 60's!
7)  What is your favorite season?
Autumn, despite the spiders :-S
8) When did you start your blog?
September 2nd of this year
9) Is blogging different than you expected?
Yes!
10) Dark or milk chocolate?
Very dark! :)

Well, that was fun. Have a lovely evening, everyone!






Accessories Part Two!

 

  Alright, let's continue to talk about how to wear those fun little (or not so little) things we use to jazz up our clothes!


  I have a small collection of pins. I don't wear them often, but I have found that they look quite charming pinned on to scarves. Yes, I just mentioned another way to wear a scarf! :) This dachshund pin has a sweet vintage look to it. My Grandma gave it to me because of my mischievous dachshund, Copper.


  Handwarmers (or fingerless gloves) have come back into style in recent years. Honestly, I didn't start wearing them because I thought they made a cool fashion statement. I simply like to be warm and have the ability to do stuff with my hands at the same time. ;) My mom knit this pair, and I think they make for pretty cute accessories in the cool months!


  The ring on the left could probably be classified as a "cocktail" or "dinner" ring. Usually, I don't wear statement jewelry, but I like the cameo on this ring and wear it when I feel like being eccentric. :) The gold ring is a treasured gift from my parents, and I wear it 24/7.


  My trusty polka dot purse is carried with me nearly everywhere. So far, I don't feel the need for a fancy purse or for different handbags to match different outfits. However, I have several clutches that I like to match to what I'm wearing when going to a party or out for dinner. Carrying a clutch gives one elegance, and is easier than toting a large bag when one is out to dinner or at a party.

Thus concludes my commentary on accessories. I hope that you have enjoyed it and been inspired! :)
 
"A word fitly spoken is like apples of gold in settings of silver." ~Proverbs 25:11 

Wednesday, October 2, 2013

Accessories (Part One)!

  As fun as it is, I have to admit that keeping up with a blog is more work than I thought it would be. :) Nevertheless, (okay, it isn't so terribly hard), I am now writing my next post. Today, the subject is accessorizing! Because there is so much ground to cover, this will be a two-part post. I shall try to publish the next installment as soon as possible.
  As far as fashion goes, accessories are the icing on the cake! Though they may not be the centerpiece of an outfit, they pull it together and decide its theme or demeanor. Sometimes a simple necklace will do, whereas on other days, a girl likes to go all out with the embellishments. Getting creative with accessories is a simple way to step up one's style.
  Before I continue, I would like to note that several of the following items have been homemade by friends and family. Many thanks for their creativity!


  Necklaces are probably the easiest way to add some sparkle to an outfit. If you have one good chain, then you can switch or mix and match pendants, like I do with my silver chain. Some necklaces (above right) stand out and need to be worn with simple tops and not compete with other jewelry. Just make sure that your necklace doesn't hit right at your top's neckline; it looks slightly awkward (below)! :(



  Ribbons can be used in place of chains. The above pendant was gifted to me with the thin ribbon. I've also worn it with the lacy ribbon.


  Pearl necklaces are classy and timeless. Though pearls look lovely with a party dress, they also work for more less dressy occasions. Freshwater pearls can be worn in a more casual way, because of their imperfect shape and soft coloring.


  Bracelets are also great at giving your ensemble some pizzazz. They can be demure, like the simple beaded ones, or bold, like the chunky silver one. The leather band on the far left is from a craft at my church's VBS and says "Jesus is the Way". :)

 
  Wearing hair ornaments is both useful and pretty -- they help keep hair and place and cover up trouble spots! This Celtic style piece had a clip that fell off, so a friend attached it to a comb.
 
 
Flowers both fresh and synthetic are decidedly feminine. The above left flower is fabric, while the center flower is foam. On the right, I have a peacock feather in my hair! Though I've only ever worn it to a 1920's costume party, I think it's simply lovely. :)
 
 
Another fun way to add a floral touch to what you're wearing is to pin on a homemade flower. My mom knit this one, and I have crocheted many. Truthfully, yarn flowers aren't part of my own style, but they could be your next fashion statement! :)
 
 
Wearing belts is one way that I change the overall look of an outfit. They can make a plain dress or shirt more "fancy". In these photos, I have taken out the matching belt that came with my chambray shirt dress and tried on others. The carved leather belt makes the outfit seem slightly western, while the red belt ( which is my personal favorite) gives it a retro feel.
 
Stay tuned for part two!
 
"And whatever you do, do it heartily, as to the Lord and not to men, knowing that from the Lord you will receive the reward of the inheritance; for you serve the Lord Christ." - Colossians 3:23-24