Sunday, April 13, 2014

What I Wore~Sunday Style{30's Inspired}

Hello! Hope you're having a wonderful Sunday. This morning's church service as left me full of praises to my Savior Jesus Christ for all that He did on the cross that I{and all who believe in Him} might receive eternal life! Several weeks back in this post here, I mentioned that I wanted to show you how I styled my houndstooth check cardigan in a 1930's inspired outfit. Well here it is!
Note my neighbor's pretty cherry tree in the background...thanks neighbors for the lovely back drop!
One of the things listed on my 104 list was to wear a pair of vintage gloves. I have to admit, I didn't actually wear these to church as I only thought about them afterwards when doing the photo shoot! ;) But they definitely give my outfit more of a polished 1930's look. 

My outfit is reminiscent of the pretty suits ladies would wear when they went to shop, go to an appointment, to church, etc. The only thing I'm missing is a cute little hat! The big collar and buttons on my cardigan as well as my long maxi-skirt lend to the 30's feel.

Of course no 1930's inspired outfit would be complete without a pair of oxford heels. These are probably my favorite pair of shoes!
I wasn't quite sure how to pose with my gloves when I wasn't wearing them. ;) You can see my new earrings given to me by one of my sweet friends. It was so thoughtful of her{you know who you are!}; she remembered that I love wearing screw-back earrings since my ears are not pierced. 
Cardigan: thrifted; $4.00
Black turtle-neck: thrifted; $5.00
Maxi-skirt: H&M{via Goodwill}; $2.00
Tights: gift; free
Oxfords: Sears; $20.00{although they were purchased with Christmas kinda' free ;)}
Gloves{vintage}: yard sale; borrowed from Mom
Screw-back earrings{vintage}: gift from friend; free

How was your Sunday? 
Do you ever wear vintage inspired outfits?
What are some of your favorite time periods to re-create? 
Own a pair of oxford heels?  
Please leave your comments below!

"Wherefore seeing we also are compassed about with so great a cloud of witnesses, let us lay aside every weight, and the sin which doth so easily beset us, and let us run with patience the race that is set before us, Looking unto Jesus the author and finisher of our faith; who for the joy that was set before him endured the cross, despising the shame, and is set down at the right hand of the throne of God." Hebrews 12:1,2 KJV

Love in Christ,

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Saturday, April 12, 2014

Vintage Finds~Make Up Case

Hello there! I can't believe it's been a whole week since I last posted! For today's post I want to share one of my favorite vintage's guessed it{or you read the title ;)}...make up case! I found this lovely blue case at one of my favorite local flea markets for only $7.00!

 So lets open the latches to see what's on the inside.
A neat little mirror, a tray to hold all your make up necessities, and pretty fabric adorned with little blue roses! The reflection in the mirror is a little "sneak peak" of my room.
 The neat latches and all the great threading add lovely detail to this pretty blue case.
The handle is probably one of my favorite parts as it just says,"This make up case is vintage!"{Well you know, it would say that if suitcase handles could talk. ;)}

Thought I would include some vintage luggage ads. I love the quirky ad with the penguin! Oh to travel in such style with a beautiful set of luggage, but alas times have changed and now to carry such a suitcase{if it would get passed security} would cost a fortune. I can just picture some lady in her stylish travel ensemble, complete with gloves and a hat, dashing about the airport with such a make up case. It brings an instant smile to my face to think that this pretty{and practical} piece from a bygone era is mine. Hope you enjoyed this post and my ramblings!

If you could go anywhere in the world were would it be? Would you like to travel with vintage luggage? Own any neat vintage pieces{jewelry, books, clothing, luggage, etc.}? Please leave your comments below!

Love in Christ,

Saturday, April 5, 2014

1Top 3Days~Day 3

Hello again! If you've been keeping up with my blog then you know that I'm participating in the 1Button Down| 3Ways| 3Days challenge! It just so happens that today is the last day of the challenge. :( It has been so much fun rethinking how I can wear this button up top. Today's outfit required me to get very creative with how I styled my button up shirt{not button down...if you read my day two post you know why it's a not a button down}. I think this is by far my favorite outfit out of all three!
So are you wondering where my button up shirt is? Take a close look at my head. That's right I wore the shirt on my head...I told you I had to get creative! ;) I actually got the idea from Callie's{Creations by Callie} introduction post on to the challenge. To quote her she said, "...just so long as the chosen button-down is included in each outfit in some way{you could wear it on your head if you wanted! Special points to the person who actually does that!}". So Callie do I get those special points? ;)
This is my "I'm a mysterious gypsy" look...I think I need some more practice!
As soon as I put the shirt on my head{that sure is a funny thing to say!} I thought this looks like a gypsy. I first put on my bohemian style skirt with a simple black top. Then I put some scarfs around my waist which gives it that distinct gypsy look. The next step was to pile on the jewelry so on went my only pair of dangly clip-on earrings, tons of bracelets, and two multi-strand necklaces. And as in my second outfit I went barefoot. This outfit is kinda' more of a costume to me, but if I ever got the courage I might...just might...wear it to something other than a costume party! ;) Be sure to check out the Boyer Family Singers, Bramblewood Fashion, Fresh Modesty, and Creations by Callie for their outfits!

My Outfit
Black skirt: gift from friend; free
Black top: thrifted; $2.00
Button up shirt: thrifted; $4.00
Blue scarf: borrowed from Mom; free
Multi-color scarf: Dollar General; free{read story about it here}
Red multi-strand necklace: I think I got from my Mom; free
Gold multi-strand necklace{it's vintage!}: local senior center{which sells things to raise money for the center}; $1.00
Bracelets: also think I got from Mom; free
Earrings: Claire's; ???

How do you like my outfit? Ever worn a shirt has a headscarf? Would you ever wear this kind of outfit to something other than a costume party? Please leave your comments below!

Love in Christ,

Friday, April 4, 2014

1Top 3Days~Day 2

Hello there! For day two of the 1Button Down| 3Ways| 3Days challenge I chose a simple jewelry and no shoes! If you missed yesterday's post be sure to check it out.
I wore a pair of capris rolled up with a white tank and my button down blouse tied into a little knot. I noticed yesterday that most of the ladies participating chose to also wear their button downs tied in a knot; I guess great minds do think alike! :) Since this seemed very "country girl" I chose to wear my hair in two braids and go barefoot! It being pretty warm in the South it was nice to just let my feet "go free" for a little while. I loved this simple outfit; it reminds me very much of Debbie Reynolds in Tammy and the Bachelor. All I'm missing is the rope around my waist...and the goat! ;)
Be sure to visit the Boyer Family Singers, Bramblewood Fashion, Fresh Modesty, and Creations by Callie to see how they styled their button downs.

My Outfit
Button down shirt: thrift store; $4.00
Capris: Old Navy{via Goodwill}; $3.00
White tank: Wal-Mart; $2.00

Have you ever scene Tammy and the Bachelor? Do you ever go around barefoot? What's the weather like where you live? Please leave your comments below!

In Christ,

PS: Just a little note, technically this shirt should be called a button up{not down} according to my mother, who knows a great deal about fashion, a button down shirt is a shirt{usually a man's} with a collar that buttons down to the shirt so it won't flap. A button up shirt can be any shirt that buttons up whether or not it has a collar. Just a little fashion note for you all! ;)

Thursday, April 3, 2014

1Top 3Days~ Day 1

I'm so excited to be participating in the 1Button Down| 3Ways| 3Days challenge! This event is hosted by some of my favorite blogs, Boyer Family SingersBramblewood Fashion, Fresh Modesty, and Creations by Callie. The whole idea is to pick one top and style it three different ways for the next three days, counting today! So here is the top I've chosen...
I gave myself more of a challenge by picking a top that is way too big for me. If you read this post here you know that I lost a considerable amount of weight and as a result I have several over sized clothes...this button down{or is it button up?} being one of them! ;) For today's outfit I decided to "disguise" the hugeness of my blouse by tucking it into my grey maxi-skirt. Since it was cool outside I decided to throw on my denim jacket which works well with the shirts country look.
Since I didn't want to go all the way with a country/cowgirl look I decided to put on my new leather heels which are very reminiscent of the 1940's. I added a scarf around my waist to tie in some more blue; the scarf is almost the exact same color as my shoes! My mom, who collects scarfs, had it tucked away in one of her many drawers full of them{scarfs that is}. It belonged to one of my great grandmothers. I also added some blue earrings to carry the blue all throughout my outfit.

My Outfit
Button down shirt: thrift store; $4.00
Jean Jacket: Gap{via Goodwill}; $5.00
Maxi skirt: H&M{via Goodwill}; $2.00
Leather heels: Hush Puppies{birthday gift from Mom}; free
Scarf: borrowed from Mom; free
Earrings: Claire's; ???

I hope you enjoyed this outfit post and be sure to stayed tuned for the next two featuring this same blouse! Are you joining in on the 1 Top| 3 Ways challenge? Do you every try to refashion a familiar item of clothing or just tend to stick with the same way of wearing it? Please let me know in the comments below!

Love in Christ,

Wednesday, April 2, 2014

"Wink, Blink, Jump!"

Hello lovelies! I've been wanting to write so many posts this week but I've been having too much fun playing with my little niece, Kiley.  She came to stay for a few days with her Grandma and Aunt Sarah! We did a lot of fun things together like having an impromptu tea party, playing hide n' seek, watching movies, and playing fairies/princesses/anything else that would pop into her head! Another fun activity we did was to get out the chalk and draw all over the driveway. The past couple of days the weather has been very pleasant with sunshine and warm temps{the high for today was 82} which made it a perfect time to be outside!
I had a lot of fun taking photos of Kiley; look at the concentration on her face! She didn't even notice I was taking photos. ;)
One of several mermaids she drew...this one being a mermaid ballerina!
Kiley wasn't the only one to get in on the creative{and slightly messy} act of chalk drawing! The top left picture is of some mermaids my mom drew and the two pics. at the bottom are some drawings I did. The bottom right being a "portrait" of Grandma, Aunt Sarah, and Kiley! ;)
The colors in my chalk rainbow are so bright and cheerful! It's a shame the colors won't last forever. :(
Of course when one is chalk drawing one has to play hopscotch! I loved playing this old fashioned game with my niece; she delighted in being able to jump on one foot!

It's funny how a simple piece of chalk can bring giant smiles to faces of all ages; each colorful stroke adds to the cheerful pictures on the pavement. The whole time I was drawing I thought about that delightful scene in Mary Poppins when Bert, Mary Poppins, and the children step through Bert's lovely chalk drawings. If you were wondering were the title for this post came from it's from that scene; Bert is trying to jump in the chalk picture but can't so Mary Poppins has to do it. That is actually my favorite scene in the whole movie...sorry I couldn't find the entire clip!

How long as it been since you drew with chalk on your driveway? What's your favorite scene from Mary Poppins? Please leave your comments below!

Love in Christ,

Friday, March 28, 2014

"Like A Big Pizza Pie"

Today's Friday and for me that usually means watching some vintage movies. Some of my favorite go to classics are anything directed by Frank Capra, a fun musical like; The Music Man or Singing in the Rain, or perhaps a suspenseful Hitchcock film.
When watching a movie what can go better with it then eating a deliciously cheesy pepperoni pizza! However I'm not talking about your generic frozen pizza from the store or even an expense delivery pizza; I'm talking about a homemade pizza with plenty of flavor and fewer,"I wonder what's in this?" ingredients. My mom and I have been making this particular pizza for a while now and absolutely love it! The crust as well as the pizza are made from recipes found over on, Gwen's Nest, a website filled with plenty of delicious recipes, natural remedies, and creative DIYs. 
 Look at all those yummy Italian seasonings; oregano, garlic, parsley, fresh cracked salt n' pepper, and plenty of shredded Parmesan cheese...and that's just the crust!
 Next of course comes tomato sauce and a generous amount of mozzarella cheese. Is your mouth watering yet?

And for a finishing touch, one of my favorite parts, the pepperonis! After a quick bake in the oven all that cheese turns into chewy, gooey goodness. The pepperonis get nice n' crispy and the crust is fluffy on the inside,but crispy on the outside...yum! Not only is this pizza mouthwateringly{not sure if that's a word ;)} delicious, it's also weight contentious. When eaten the write way it won't be detrimental to your waist line. :) This recipe is part of an eating lifestyle{not diet} known as THM or Trim Healthy Mama which was created by sisters, Serene and Pearl. Now don't let the name mislead you it's not just an eating plan for moms but for anyone who needs to lose weight and wants to stay healthy! I've had tremendous success with this new way of eating as it has helped me to not only loose a large amount of unhealthy weight but also keep it off! Be sure to check the links out! {I am not being paid to advertise for THM, I just wanted to share this incredible eating plan with you do to my own success with it!}

How do you like to spend your Fridays/weekend? What's some of your favorite classic movies? Have you ever made a pizza from scratch? Please leave your comments below!

Love in Christ,

PS: If you wondering where the title for this post is from, then check out this song!