Wednesday, January 29, 2014

A Perfect Day for Blue

  A wonderful thing has happened - it rained! Yes, while other parts of the country are snowed in, my area is rejoicing over the long absent sight of precipitation. The rain began to fall the night before last, mellowed into a general misty dampness the next day, and poured again last night and this morning.

   Perhaps the cool tones brought out by the damp air inspired me to wear cool colors of clothing yesterday. Whether or not that was the case, I tried an entirely new outfit with tops in shades of blue. The base for my outfit was one of my favorite shirts for last summer, a tee with music notes printed on it. I tucked this into my tan BCBG skirt (more on that later) and wore a chambray shirt over it. This was a combination that I had never put together before, but I like the classy yet adventurous look it has. Copper also looked charming with his turquoise leash. ;)

Chambray Shirt ~ Bought new at Kohl's; T-shirt ~ Thrifted; Skirt ~ Thrifted; Tights ~ Gift; Boots ~ Bought new at Ross; Necklace and Pendants ~ Gift

Above you can see the mushrooms that litter our front yard and the first blossoms of the trees - I believe that both are enjoying the rain!

   I would like to expound a bit on the skirt that I wore yesterday. About a year and a half ago at a Goodwill I found a simply adorable skirt priced at $10, if I remember correctly. Its waistband refuses to be starched into standing upright, but as you can see, it looks fine with a shirt covering the trouble spot. Are you wondering what is the big deal about the skirt? Well, BCBGMAXAZRIA (yes, it's a strange tittle, but I think "Max Azria" is a person's name) is a designer label with skirts that typically run from $100 - $200 - Yikes! Quality, beauty and modesty (oh, and price *cough*) matter more in garments than brand names, but you never know when you will unwittingly find haute couture in the thrift store. ;)
  In closing, I would like to share that as of today I have reached 3,000 pageviews! Thank you to all who have looked at my blog. Also, thank you to my 10 followers, a few of which have only just joined in the past couple of weeks. I hope that Sunday Best has inspired you and will continue to encourage you in time to come! :)

"Finally, brethren, whatsoever things are true, whatsoever things are honest, whatsoever things are just, whatsoever things are pure, whatsoever things are lovely, whatsoever things are of good report; if there be any virtue, and if there be any praise, think on these things."
~Philippians 4:8

Saturday, January 25, 2014

Historical Fashion How-To ~ 1920's

   How do you do, ladies? Unfortunately, I'm home sick. There's a bright side though - I've had plenty of time to research and put together another post for the Historical Fashion How-To series! Today's era is the 1920's. Let's get right to it! :D




   The 1920's was a time of massive transformation for society. Prohibition, women's independence, and extravagance defined the decade. Women's new ideals reflected in their clothing styles. Hemlines were the shortest that they had ever been, and the feminine figure eventually left the scene with straight-lined dresses.
  I believe that several aspects of the clothing in this era display the great moral decline of society that was occurring. As in most times, however, there were also some beautiful styles to gain inspiration from. Long coats, handkerchief hemlines, and futuristic Art Deco designs were all popular. Drop waist dresses, cloche hats and finger-waved hair characterized 1920's style as we know it today.

   This outfit was originally a costume that I wore for a 20's costume party. Before the party, I searched high and low for a drop-waist dress and simply couldn't find what I was looking for (an 80's prom gown just wasn't going to work). Then, I came upon this pretty black frock. Its shape may not have been what I was looking for, but the fabric and handkerchief hemline were reminiscent of the 20's. As I said in the last post, not everything has to be perfect to get the general feel of an era. After researching the fashion of this particular time again, I found a picture of an evening gown that is similar in shape to my dress. You can see it on the bottom right of the historical photo display above. :)
   For outerwear, I borrowed my mom's long faux fur and suede coat, which is ideal for imitating the era. My shoes are black patent Mary Janes that have a pretty, old-fashioned appearance. In my hair, I wore a barrette that has a distinct Art Deco flavor. The finishing touch to my ensemble was a pair of over-the-elbow vintage gloves. And there we have my 1920's outfit!

Coat ~ Borrowed from Mom (gift);  Dress ~ Thrifted; Shoes ~ Bought new from ?; Barrette ~ Gift

   Oh, how I enjoy combining fashion and history! Did you have fun with this blast from the past? If so, keep an eye out for a 1930's post! :) Have a blessed Sunday!

"For whatever things were written before were written for our learning, that we through the patience and comfort of the Scriptures might have hope. Now may the God of patience and comfort grant you to be like-minded toward one another, according to Christ Jesus, that you may with one mind and one mouth glorify the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ." 
~Psalm 15:4-6


Wednesday, January 22, 2014

A Post of Randomness

   This week, I wasn't feeling particularly inspired towards doing an outfit post. Don't worry, I'm not hiding days spent in a t-shirt and sweats from you. I promise that I didn't wear anything more casual than jeans (pajamas not counting, obviously). To put it briefly, I wanted a wee bit of a break. None of you have ever felt that way, have you? ..........Yeah, I didn't think so. ;)

   This is what my hands look like as I type away my blog posts, such as this strange replacement for an outfit post. You may have noticed two interesting things about my hands from these photos. First of all, they are rather small and childlike for a nineteen-year-old. Second of all, you can see the one piece of jewelry that I keep on 24/7. As a special gift on my 16th birthday, my parents gave me this lovely Black Hills gold ring. :) The reason that it is not on my ring finger is because of the aforesaid fact that I have rather small and childlike hands - in other words, it's a little too big for that finger. ;)

   Seeing as this is a random post, now is the perfect time to show you some photos taken a few days ago whilst perusing thrift stores with my parents. No, I didn't buy new boots, but I just had to model these cuties a bit. They were of good quality, had allegedly never been worn, and were being sold for between $40 and $50. Those buttons and laces are the picture of "olden days" inspired beauty! Someone go buy them. ;)

  Oddly enough, I've realized that the "hands" pictures and the "boots" pictures were taken on the same day. One could almost say that this is an outfit post...... In any case, I hope that this little post has added a spot of brightness to your day! Also, I hope that you find my sense of humor amusing, or at least coherent. ;) In closing, I leave you with the best thing that I can share - it is of course, a passage of scripture!

"For I know the thoughts that I think toward you, saith the Lord, thoughts of peace, and not of evil, to give you an expected end. Then shall ye call upon me, and ye shall go and pray unto me, and I will hearken unto you. And ye shall seek me, and find me, when ye shall search for me with all your heart."
~Jeremiah 29:11-13

Saturday, January 18, 2014

New Series!!! Historical Fashion How-To ~ 1910's

   Hello all! I am excited to present to you the opening post of Sunday Best's first series - it's called Historical Fashion How-To! In this series, I will be showing you how to copy specific eras of fashion for costume parties or your own personal enjoyment. The goal is to give you ideas of how to use either what is already in your closet, or just waiting for you to purchase at your local second-hand store. My plan is to explore several decades of the 20th century in chronological order, then tackle some even older looks. ;) )
   In school, history never seemed dry and boring to me. On the contrary, I found it fascinating. The clothes of bygone days have always intrigued me, and studying past times is more exciting when I can imagine what the people were wearing. As a result, I have made a bit of a study of historical costume. This blog is now the perfect platform for sharing my knowledge, as well as learning more (and getting to dress up ;) !



   In the early 20th century, many things were changing, including clothing. Gone were the days of full skirts and stiff outlines of the 19th century. Now, women's styles were of softer lines, and higher, narrower hemlines. Delicate details and classical (Grecian and Roman) inspiration gave the fashion of this decade a romantic look. As with any era, there were strange fads -the hobble skirt forced women to take tiny steps.

   For the base of my 1910's inspired outfit, I wore a dress with a fairly straight skirt. The ruffle on the bottom of the dress is reminiscent of the decade's detailing, and the length is ideal. Over the dress, I wore a loose top with feminine ruffles and lace and topped it all off with a cardigan. Though I don't think this style of cardigan was popular in the early 20th century, three quarters sleeves were definitely typical of era. The style of boot I'm wearing is not necessarily period correct, but it too gets the general idea across. One doesn't have to wear the exact replica of a historic costume to make a beautiful and fairly convincing outfit. :) 
   Hairstyles are a great way to capture the look of a certain era. Today I didn't copy any particular updo, but my hair had a general vintage look. I put it in Gibson tuck/bun crossover (I have yet to master the Gibson tuck, you see). Hair accessories seemed to be all the rage in the 1910's, so I wore a pretty headband that pulled the whole look together. :)


  I hope that you have enjoyed this "pilot" post of Historical Fashion How-To. I look forward to bringing you the next installment. Have a lovely Sunday! :) 

"The royal daughter is all glorious within the palace; 
Her clothing is woven with gold."
~Psalm 45:13

(This Psalm is interpreted as being about Christ and His bride, which would make 
"the royal daughter" the church. :) )

Tuesday, January 14, 2014

A Winter Walk in Purple and Stripes

  Here on the West Coast, today was a fresh and sunny winter's day! It was ideal for a walk to our friends' house. Late this morning, Mom and I set off with camera in tow.

   Today I was in the mood for purple tights, so I wore them with a matching turtleneck sweater and my go-to gray and white striped skirt. Because the tights are rather thin, they needed cozy legwarmers over them. To add a bit of sparkle, I wore a necklace that I was given for my birthday. After donning my black coat and boots, I was ready to brave the elements! As it turned out, not much bravery was needed, since I ended up shedding my coat for the last part of the sunny walk. ;)

Sweater ~ ?; Skirt ~ Thrifted; Tights ~ Gift; Legwarmers ~ Gift;
Boots ~ Bought new at Village Shoes in Ashland, OR; Coat ~ Gift; Necklace ~ Gift;

   My mom was also dressed in cute garb today! Her new gold sweater is lovely, especially styled with her handmade knit hat. The sweet purse she is carrying is also one of her knitted creations. 
   This afternoon I read a Psalm with a passage in it that seemed to speak to me, and I wanted to share on this post. You see, today ended up being a bit of a difficult day, almost completely due to my klutziness. However, I remembered that I needed to thank God for the good things that had happened. These verses should be helpful in reminding me to keep a perspective of thankfulness on the bad days (which is not always something I'm good at! ;) ). So, goodnight and enjoy the following words!

"I have preached righteousness in the great congregation: lo, I have not refrained my lips, O Lord, thou knowest. I have not hid thy righteousness within  my heart; I have declared they faithfulness and thy salvation: I have not concealed thy lovingkindess and thy truth from the great congregation. Withhold not thou thy tender mercies from me, O Lord: Let they lovingkindess and thy truth continually preserve me."
~Psalm 40:8-11


Saturday, January 11, 2014

Out With the Old and In With the New!

   I don't know about any of you, but after Christmas I usually feel the need to clean out my room a bit. My birthday is the week before Christmas, and by the end of December I find that there is a pile of cards and gifts perched precariously on my desk. While I feel blessed to receive such lovely things, it can also be a bit overwhelming trying to figure out where to put them, even if they're small. In any case, I (if somewhat grudgingly) take up the task of putting away the old and making room for the new.
  This time around, the job involved rearranging the bedroom furniture to make space for a newer, bigger, bookshelf than the one I had. Though I hadn't intended to go through my closet that very day it was hard to stop cleaning once I had started! That day, I ended up setting aside a few garments to donate to the thrift store.
  Earlier this week, I participated in a clothing swap that my best friend held. Somehow, I ended up finding more clothes that I wanted to pass on to someone else. ;) What a feeling of relief it is to see so many empty hangers in the closet!

  Above are the items that my Mom and I found at the clothing swap. The young women there definitely have cute style (if you're reading this you know who you are, and thank you for the "new" stuff ;) ). My finds are the striped yellow top, purple top, brown cardigan, teal skirt, striped cap, lotion, nail polish and necklace. Below are a few close-ups of what I got.

   Yesterday, I went to a couple of consignment and thrift stores with two of my girlfriends. I didn't end up finding anything that I really wanted (or could afford ) to buy, but it was fun to look. Though I didn't make any purchases, I did take a couple of pictures to share with you. Look at all those heels!

Do you ladies execute a closet cleanse for the new year? Do you donate old clothes to a local thrift store? Have  you ever attended a clothing swap?

"that you put off, concerning your former conduct, the old man which grows corrupt according to the deceitful lusts, and be renewed in the spirit of your mind, and that you put on the new man which was created according to God, in righteousness and true holiness."
~Ephesians 4:22-24

Wednesday, January 8, 2014

New-To-Me Tiered Maxi Skirt

  Good evening lovely readers! I hope that you have been having a beautiful and productive week thus far. I've been keeping busy at home, "abroad" and in the cyber world. As of late, much of my time has been spent reading camera reviews on the internet, trying to find just the right model for me. Having better quality images will be a splendid improvement for this blog. :)
  In September, my parents, best friend and I went out of town for a few days and hit several clothing shops and thrift stores. I scored a few great pieces, including the tiered maxi skirt that I'm wearing today. It was too long for my petite stature, so until this week I had only worn it to a medieval festival (see that outfit here ). The resident seamstress (aka, Mom) shortened it for me this week, so now I can wear it! Though still long, it no longer drags along the ground as I walk. Yay! Sometimes it's a good idea to consider buying an item that doesn't fit quite right if you or someone you know has the ability to make any small alterations that are needed for the garment.

  Wearing anything with a bohemian flavor, such as this skirt, can be a challenge. I don't exactly want to look like a hippie. Fashion advice that I have read and found to be true is that adding classic elements to the clothing  in question keeps the outfit from being too far-out. Cardigans, blazers, sleek boots and quality jewelry are all helpful in this area.
   Today I decided to wear a cropped cardigan and coordinating camisole with the "new" skirt. To jazz it up a bit, I wore my favorite mauve scarf and delicate gold cross necklace. While the effect is casual and feminine, it is still somewhat dignified. After all, I wouldn't want to look as if I'm part of a reenactment troupe when the last medieval festival was months ago. ;)

Cardigan ~ Gift; Camisole ~ Thrifted; Skirt ~ Thrifted; Scarf ~ Thrifted; Necklace ~ Gift;
Boots ~ Bought new from Village Shoes

  Well, I hope to be back here at the end of the week with a post about some new second-hand treasures! Until then, keep cultivating your inner character as well as your outer appearance. Here's a beautiful verse to encourage you along the way. :)

"I sought the Lord, and He heard me, And delivered me from all my fears.
They looked to Him and were radiant, 
And their faces were not ashamed." 
~Psalm 34:4-5

Saturday, January 4, 2014

Twisted Sides Bun Tutorial

   Hello and happy weekend to you all! I hope that you have had a splendid first few days of 2014. My week has been spent in drawing, volunteering, studying God's word, watching movies and visiting with friends. :)
   This evening, I am pleased to present my second hair tutorial! Tonight's updo is a simple bun with two twists of hair on each side of the head. Twisted hair is one of my favorite ways to add uncomplicated elegance to my hair. This style is tailor-made to my lengthy tresses, but there is no reason it shouldn't work with a shoulder-length cut. If your hair is any shorter, you may need to experiment with your own lovely variation. :)

  1. I begin by twisting a section of hair from the top of my head on one side of my part.

2. When I've twisted enough of my hair, I pin the section in place in the center of my head

3. I twist another section on the other side of my head, and pin it crisscross over the other bobby pin.

4. Now, I take a section of hair from the side of my head below the first twist, and pin it beneath where I pinned the first one.

5. I repeat step four on the opposite side.

6. Now, I take up the rest of my hair and pull it up into a pony tail position. I begin to twist it to the left.

7. Next, I coil the hair in a counterclockwise direction to make a bun.
8. After tucking in the ends, I pin the bun into place. This could be the end, but it looks rather sloppy, so...

9. ... I  put a cute flower clip over the pins! Now I have a sophisticated hairdo equally comfortable at home doing chores or an evening out to dinner.
   There you have it ladies! Let me know if you try this style, and how it works for you. Whatever you do, have a lovely Sunday!
"Jesus saith unto him, I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father,
but by me." ~John 14:6