Tuesday, December 30, 2014

Christmas Day Outfit! // Last Post of 2014!

  Hi friends! Can you believe that tomorrow is the last day of 2014?! What a year! It has been full of new experiences and milestones, and is a year that I won't soon forget. I'm excited to be wrapping up my first full year with Sunday Best, and even polished up my layout to kick off 2015. So, here's one last outfit post for 2014 as I look forward to a brand new set of twelve months in which to live and to blog. :)

Saturday, December 27, 2014

Christmas Eve Outfit

   Happy weekend-after-Christmas friends! I hope that you've all had a beauteous week. After such a momentous occasion, it of course follows that the fashion bloggers are rolling up their sleeves (J. Crew style ;) and getting down to business on outfit posts!

Saturday, December 20, 2014

Vintage Magazines Part 1

  Happy weekend! I've got a special treat for my vintage-loving ladies today. I'll be sharing a glimpse into the mid 20th century through my four antique magazines. This little collection started about two years ago and includes two LIFE magazines from 1946 and 1947, a 1953 edition of HOLIDAY, and a Saturday Evening Post from 1961. They provide an interesting first-hand look at the events, inventions and fashion of a bygone era. So sit back, relax, and head back in time with me.  

Wednesday, December 17, 2014

Birthday in Mint

   Greetings readers! I'm a bit behind in my posting this week - though I actually did have time, I was simply  a bit forgetful. Perhaps it was a combination of the whir of the season as well as my continuing virus (I'm finally starting to feel better today!). In any case, I'm here now! :D

Saturday, December 13, 2014

December Daze / God Became Man


  Hello and how do you do, everyone? This week I've spent my days fighting off a mild virus, my evenings attending parties, and my nights listening to wind and rain. December days are enough to put anyone in a December daze!

Tuesday, December 9, 2014

Why Knot?

  Greetings! What has been filling your December so far? Mine has been full of blogging, babysitting, more blogging, more babysitting, a Christmas party (the first of four parties this week), a couple of rainfalls, and plenty of tea. December is the month that makes me feel like there's almost too much fun. All the same, it is a cozy, celebratory time that is especially meaningful for those of us who are seeking to honor the birth of our Savior.

Friday, December 5, 2014

One Lovely Blog Award

   Greetings and Happy Friday to you, reader! The kind and talented Bethany of Liberty or Death nominated me for the One Lovely Blog Award last week, so today I'm sharing it with you - thanks Bethany! For this award, the blogger shares seven facts about themselves, then tags others. 

Monday, December 1, 2014

Thanksgiving Outfit


   It's the first week of December everyone...wait...what?! Another year has just absolutely flown by. It's already time again for cozy evenings with hot chocolate, the smell of spices in the air, Christmas carols, and going to sleep under a huge mound of blankets. Before I get too ahead of myself, take a look at what I wore for Thanksgiving. 

Thursday, November 27, 2014

Grateful Blogger Tag

   Happy Thanksgiving everyone! :D This is a great day to take some time to think on all the blessings God has given us, and to remember to thank Him for them! One handy way to do this is to participate in a blog tag. ;) Thank you to dear Evie (see her blog at Me, Myself and I) for tagging me. :)

Tuesday, November 25, 2014

Forest Fashion / Relationship #1

   Good afternoon and happy Thanksgiving week readers! I hope you have something special planned for this Thursday, and if not, at least a plan of sitting down and thanking God for His lovingkindness. Today I would like to share with you an outfit and the #1 thing we can thank the Lord for!

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. :)

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. :)

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!

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!

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 film...er...post...

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. ;)

Friday, October 24, 2014

Winsome Prints

   Hello all! Happy weekend to you! :) I hope you have something fun planned for this last bit of October. Today I'd like to show you another one of my print mixing experiments.

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Schoolgirl Chic / Poll Results

  Good day, all! Has your week been off to a good start? Mine began in a busy but fun way of cleaning house and fellowship with friends.

Saturday, October 18, 2014

Stripes+Chevron / Make a Day

  Since becoming a fashion blogger, I have definitely become braver in the world of clothes. For example, I've been mixing patterns that I wouldn't have before. This casual outfit from last week was a first time for me, as I paired pinstripes with a chevron pattern.

Tuesday, October 14, 2014

New Dress and Heeled Oxfords!


  Afternoon, friends! I hope you are having a good week so far. How's the weather where you live? In my neck of the woods we had a sudden transition from summer to fall during the early part of last week. Last Sunday I wore a wool skirt to church, whereas the week before I wore sandals to the evening service! It's definitely time for a wardrobe transition.

Saturday, October 11, 2014

Fashion Defined: Short Pants

Happy weekend ladies! Are you ready for another fashion defining adventure? Let's go!

   Once upon a time, I wanted short pants that weren't, well...shorts. I was glad to finally find some for this summer at a consignment store. They're jeans that hit me at my calf muscle and have a small notch on the outer seam. Because of my slender legs, they look better rolled up just below my knee, hence they appear shorter in these pictures than the actually are. I have called them capris and crop pants, but decided to find out for sure when writing a blog post including them (see here). I decided they were pedal pushers at the time, but it's not really as simple as that.

Tuesday, October 7, 2014

Cool in Blue / Laughing at Myself

 Hello ladies! I hope your week has been off to a lovely start. :) Here, we've been enjoying a very summery October so far. All the same, it's about time to talk about cool weather clothes - today I'd like to share with you another winter outfit styled by my mom!

Saturday, October 4, 2014

Guest Post: Costume Inspired Dress by Jill

Hi, my name is Jill and I blog over at the Wizard of Odds and Ends, my craft/fashion/chatty blog.
First off, I want to thank Paige for asking me to do a guest post! I am thrilled to have this opportunity!
I've been trying to figure out what to write about for nearly a week. Lately, I've been writing a Handmade Wardrobe Series on my blog where I try to build two or three outfits around one article of clothing that I made. It has been challenging, but SO much fun. Today, I decided I'd show an earlier piece of sewing that I did.

Wednesday, October 1, 2014

Waiting for Winter

   H'lo all! How has your week been so far? Mine has so far consisted of still trying to shake this cold, while getting back into normal weekly stuff, as well as attending a medieval festival!
   Last week in the throes of illness (obviously we weren't at death's door) Mom thought it would be fun to style a couple of outfits for me and do a photo shoot. Both of the winsome ensembles she put together have a wintry look, and as the air is beginning to chill a bit, they can be made use of before too long! Onward to the first outfit...

Saturday, September 27, 2014

Guest Post: Rebekah's Outfits

Hi, I'm Paige's friend Rebekah. Upon Paige's request, I'd like to share a couple outfits with you. These outfits really make me think of autumn, and even winter. They have a warm look, and work well for any lady, really. <3 Enjoy!

I love this outfit because it has a "fallish" look. I chose to do darker jeans, but I've found that a lighter wash works just as well. The leather jacket is warm, but stylish. This outfit also looks great with light brown heels if it's a warmer day. 

Jacket ~Kohl's, Turtle neck sweater  ~Kohl's, Jeans ~Kohl's, Boots ~Kohl's

Friday, September 19, 2014

Fashion Defined: A Matter of Shoes Part 2

   Okay, folks! Are you ready to learn more about shoes? Today we're launching into a lesson about the more comfortable side of the footwear spectrum - athletic and casual shoes!

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....

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