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 

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

100th Post!

  The day has finally come! I'm publishing the 100th post of Sunday Best and All the Rest! *cue confetti*  I could talk about all the hard work and dedication I put in to get to this point, but it was really more like a lot of fun and, yes, some frustration ("Why won't this picture fit!?" "I've been sitting here for ages..."). Also, I would have baked you cookies, but they are a bit difficult to share over the internet. Feel free to bake yourself some cookies courtesy of me. ;)
  Instead of baked goods, I have a Q&A to share with you. Thank you to the gals who asked such intriguing questions. So, without further ado, I present to you...

Friday, August 22, 2014

Dutch Braid Side Bun / Last Call for Q&A!!!


  A few months ago someone asked me to do a hair tutorial for a certain hairdo I posted. Now I'm finally getting around to it. Hanna, I hope you are out there reading this! My humblest apologies are due for taking so long.

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Sunset Adventure Outfit / Persecution

   Do you ever have one of those days where you just want to go out and do something out of the ordinary? It doesn't have to be anything too unusual, like bungee jumping or diving for oysters. It just has to be something beyond the normal obligations of life. There was an evening last week when I felt exactly this way. Dad was away at a meeting, so Mom and I headed out to the beach with my camera in tow, hoping to find adventure.

Saturday, August 16, 2014

Fashion Defined: Sweater vs. Cardigan


By way of introduction I offer you the pitiful statement that I forgot to write a new series. Yes, I forgot. I was even excited about it. But life waits for no woman, and it became so busy that the blog series went into a far recess of my mind. Then, a couple of days ago the realization hit me when I saw that a blogger I follow on Pinterest started a new fashion vocab board (if you're reading this, you know who you are and I thank you for unintentionally reminding me). I had completely spaced it on starting the series! In any case, it's starting today, and will hopefully be continued every other week. You have my permission to remind me if it's been a while. ;)

Tuesday, August 12, 2014

Sunday Best in Hand-me-down

   Good evening, ladies! A busy week has begun again with all its flitting about and getting things accomplished. Did you have a restful Sunday? Mine was a foggy-turned-sunny day filled with going to church and attending a friend's goodbye party. Life never really stops being busy, but sometimes we need to take time out to rest, even if that means writing or reading a blog post.

   Sunday's outfit featured one of those "new to me" items of clothing. My blouse was one that Mom had just handed down to me a few days before. Not only do I like its delicate pink color, but find it delightful that the shape of its sleeves reminds me of the 1940's! The simple black skirt and patent leather heels that I wore lent to the slightly retro feel. I kept it simple, with my only accessory being a slender faux leather watch. The result was a classy and uncomplicated church outfit.

Blouse ~ Hand-me-down; Skirt ~ Thrifted; Shoes ~ Target ?; Watch ~ Target

   In my last post I made the announcement that there will be a Q&A for my 100th post. This is my the 96th, so if you want to ask me a question, don't hesitate to get in on the action now. Read the details here: The Return of Awkward+Awesome/ Shirt Dress!/ Announcement .

What do you like to do when you get a moment to rest from the stresses and busyness of life?

"Blessed are the pure in heart,
    For they shall see God."
~Matthew 5:8

Saturday, August 9, 2014

The Return of Awkward+ Awesome/ Shirt Dress! / Announcement

  I must confess that though it is the weekend, this post was originally started on Monday. Yes, I've had a rather busy week, mainly centered on Vacation Bible School! Now, however, I'm enjoying a restful Saturday of blogging, Netflix, Pinterest, and hopefully, a walk. On to the Awk and Awes!

VBS Snacks
* (More unpleasant than awkward) Getting bitten by mosquitoes on my front lawn.
* Talking to friends and gesturing with my hand while holding a cup of juice. Needless to say, the juice ended up on the floor.
* Having the memory of a goldfish sometimes.
* Stepping on my dog. Jumping onto my bed and kicking the dog, who had made himself a nest in the covers. Poor creature. :P
* Getting the addresses of the girls I counseled for, but forgetting to get their last names. Still works!

* Teaching and helping out at our church's Vacation Bible School! 
* Attending a sweet wedding last weekend.
* Having a girl's day out with three lovely ladies.
* Laughing with friends and family and a silly little dog (okay, maybe laughing at the dog) at various points throughout the week.
* Drinking hot chocolate my Dad brought me from a drive thru this morning. That's always a high point in the day for me.

   On our trip in June, I bought this shirt dress dress for about two dollars on Clearance at Old Navy. Last weekend, I wore it to an outdoor wedding. Mom let me borrow her tangerine colored scarf to wear as a belt, jazzing up the outfit a little bit. Flat, striped shoes were my soles of choice, as the wedding invitation advised against heels. The fanciest part of this outfit was my hair, inspired by a Pinterest updo. It is basically the French braided side bun I like so well, with the addition of a small braid going across the back of my head. A fabric flower pin completed the look, as well as hiding ends of my braid!

Dress ~ Old Navy; Scarf ~Borrowed from Mom; Shoes ~ Big K; Hair Flower ~ Made by Mom

  Now for my announcement! In five posts, I will have reached my 100th post! Woohoo! To celebrate, I would like to do something that Calico Sisters and Living and Dressing for My Savoir did for their 100th posts. I would like to do a Q&A with my readers, which I will post in a celebratory post. You can ask me about my favorite color, book of the Bible, movie recommendations, what tricks I taught my dog, or ask me to do a hair creative. :) My only requests are that 1) all questions are appropriate - I withhold the right not to include questions which I don't feel need to be here and that 2) you don't ask anything too personal, such as the city I live in or who the last person that annoyed me was. :P I look forward to getting to know each other better! :) I am opening the blog to questions starting with this post and continuing for the next four posts.

May the Lord bless your Sunday and draw you closer to Himself!

" Draw near to God and He will draw near to you. Cleanse your hands, you sinners; and purify your hearts, you double-minded."
~James 4:8

Wednesday, August 6, 2014

Sunshine Award

   Happy Wednesday to you! I hope you are all having a lovely week. My focus this week has been on our church's Vacation Bible School. We just started today (it's only three days), and so far it's been a good time!
  As you may have suspected from the title of this post, I have been nominated for the Sunshine Award. Thank you for nominating me Evie! If you want to check out Evie's blog, go to A Period Drama Fangirl.

Friday, August 1, 2014

In Floral and Creativity

   Can you believe it!? August first is already here! This year seems to be passing all too quickly. They say "time flies when you're having fun", so I must be enjoying life, right? In any case, having my busiest year yet is definitely making the days fly by with alacrity. :)