June 29, 2011

"We seek not rest but transformation. We are dancing through each other as doorways."- Marge Piercy


June 28, 2011

"People are trapped in history, and history is trapped in them."~James Baldwin, Notes of a Native Son

June 27, 2011

 "Peppermint swirled into my nostrils, sharp as glass, then raspberry almost to sweet, like too-ripe fruit. Apple, crisp and pure. Nuts, buttery, warm, earthy."— Maggie Stiefvater

100 things that make me happy; vol 4

June 26, 2011

Umbrellas make me happy.
 They're whimsical.
Frilly and fantastic.
Great for when it's raining.
Or even when it's not!
The come in all sizes.
And they're loads of fun.
So colorful and spunky.

modesty 101; vol. 3: dresses made modest

June 24, 2011

Listening to: More than Fine-Switchfoot
Wise Words: When GOD drops needles and pins along your path in LIFE, don't stay away. Instead pick them up and collect them. They were designed to be STRONG!
I could tell you all how to dress, but I don't want to control the way you dress. Or what you wear for that matter. I am all for you guys wearing what you want and how you want, as long as it's modest. 

But, who am I to judge? 

You are the best judge of your own modesty and it's up to all of you to choose to respect your body by wearing clothes that flatter your figure without exposing anything too personal. 

I know how difficult it is for taller girls (like me 5'9") to find a dress that falls at the perfect length without making us feel overly exposed and uncomfortable. And those with a big bust have a difficult time finding dresses that don't sport a low top. 

Well, with all of this being poured into one dress-a dress on the verge of a modesty disaster-how can we fix the problem without going on an endless search for that flattering modest dress?

There are several places to buy cute sundresses and such. Wal-Mart is one that carries some really cute dresses. Also, Target, K-Mart, Kholes, Belks, and (my favorite) Goodwill! Most have spaghetti straps, a low sweetheart neck like and the length comes right above the knee (if not higher). But, Goodwill is a fabulous place to shop for a modest dress, especially if you're looking to achieve that vintage look.

So, how to you turn an modest dress into a modest one? Simple. With a few items you can take a immodest dress and turn it into a very sweet, appropriate outfit that is respectable and flattering.

Here's the list of clothing items to always have in your Modesty First Aid Kit:

1) Leggings
2) Bermuda Shorts 
Mango shorts

3) Camisole

4) T-shirt
5) Jeans
Just some suggestions for you to consider. It's amazing what you can do with a little intuition and creativity. You can turn a totally bland, immodest dress into a cute, flattering fashion statement. :)

modesty 101; vol. 3: dresses

June 22, 2011

Dresses are another pet peeve for me. I despise seeing girls walk around in those supper short, bubbly, awkward ones. Gag! I also don't like wearing them myself. It's not that I don't like them or am against feminism; rather I feel restrained and confined. Claustrophobic almost. 

Anyhow, that's beside the point. Dresses, while they are a lovely way to dress up and sport a woman's unique and elegant attributes, they've become scandalous. Mainly in in the shortness of the skirt and the cut of the neckline. Dresses still retain (if they are modest) their essence of femininity and grace, but when scaled down to the standards of the average woman of today, you might as well wear a feed-sack (they're likely to be more modest!).

The dresses out there today on the racks are cute (on a manikin), but hold an alarming air of immodesty that must not go unnoticed. Provocative and indecent, dresses (the ones that hold a tasteless mystery), tend to expose more that just they womanly figure. Over the years, while out standards of clothing have greatly declined, the dress (or gown) has taken a turn for the worst. And while some heroines  are doing their best to erect the classic elegance of a modest dress, the sheer number of immodest dresses can be cumbersome and overwhelming.

So, today, my mission is to expose those nasty immodest dresses for what they are and, hopefully, give you all an idea of how to look shamelessly cute and feminine without compromising your modesty and virtue.

I love the color of this dress paired with that cute, pink blazer. (Great idea if you're wanting a modest, edgy look!). I like the first half of this dress. The top hits the collar bone perfectly and adds a hint of sophistication! But, I cannot overlook the bottom half of this dress. Girls, this half is simply too short. Now, this girl may have great legs and all, but it's not becoming. Any dress and/or skirt should come to the top of the knee or right below. Too long and you look short. Too short and....well....you get the idea.  
While you can't see the top of the dresses, take a look at the bottom half. The two distinct lengths of the girls' dresses are exactly the length one should strive to come close to (in my opinion). I'm not trying to tell you all how to dress, but from what I've seen, any girl who wears the length of dress (Pic 1; above) tends to look cheap. I tend to think that a girl who prides herself in her elegance and the delicate body God gave her, she would want to dress appropriate and wear a length similar to (Pic 2; above). By the way, I love the dress on the right! (Dress on left could be a tad longer). Just saying. :)
I'm trying so hard not to like this dress. But the boho crazed girl in me LOVES it! The only draw back for me would be the length, again! I mean, how am I supposed to walk outside on a windy day, and feel pretty, when there might be a possibility that I'll experience a severe draft! The last thing I want people to know is what color underwear I am wearing. I'll pass! Cute dress, love the style. Hate the length. Bummer.
What is this? No....don't tell me, I already know. It's a super stylish towel. Yep, that's it. I think I need to lay down and rest a bit. I feel somewhat faint. Whew! This dress is over the edge when it comes to breaking the rules of modesty. Too short and there is no support on the top half to make sure it doesn't end up falling down! Icky.
Just a note, aside from the picture, I find it repulsive and deplorable, as well as degrading to the female form when a girl wears a dress with a low-cut top. Hide the mystery, girls! One day that will be gone. Believe it or not, our body is our best kept secret and our most deadly weapon. Use it wisely and dress the way you'd want guys to treat you. Do you want a tramp or a gentleman? Anyhow, Brit Nicole is a wonderful example of a modest dress. If you are one who goes so far as to even cover up your shoulders, then put a cute sweater, blazer or cardigan over top. Timeless!

Listening to: Blink by Revive
Line Craze: "You have no idea of what I'm capable of."-I Am Number Four 

*I do not own any of these photos. credit.

What a discovery!

June 20, 2011

Hey peoples,

You're never going to guess what I ran across this week, er, last week. It's decadent, rich, buttery, smooth, and pairs really well with Soy Ice Cream!

Ahh! I am almost too excited to type straight. It's got my mouth watering just thinking about how good it tasted Father's Day.

For all you gluten intolerant lovelies, you're going to need to sit down for this. I came across a wonderful recipe for Vanilla Pound Cake! Yes, the very thing that goes over so well with all us Southern Belles; strawberries, blueberries, and a tall glass of milk sound good with it, too, if you ask me!

Promise me you're going to try this, because you'll be surprised just how good it truly is. I couldn't even tell a difference.

Hmm. This whole crazy Gluten-Free thing doesn't seem like such a battle. Pretty rewarding, actually.

Vanilla Pound Cake (Gluten-Free)

<p>There is no comparison! It&#8217;s almost too-good-to-be-true for a Gluten-free girl like myself. The taste is, well, the same as a regular pound cake. Same texture. Same great buttery flavor and density! </p> <p>Just like my grandma&#8217;s pound ...

See Vanilla Pound Cake (Gluten-Free) on Key Ingredient.

Happy Father's Day, Dad!

June 19, 2011

Listening To: Breakaway-Kelly Clarkson
Wise Words: "As we express our gratitude, we must never forget that the highest appreciation is not to utter words, but to live by them." -J.F. Kennedy 
A little girl needs Daddy
For many, many things:
Like holding her high off the ground
Where the sunlight sings!
Like being the deep music
That tells her all is right
When she awakens frantic with
The terrors of the night.

Like being the great mountain
That rises in her heart
And shows her how she might get home
When all else falls apart.

Like giving her the love
That is her sea and air,
So diving deep or soaring high
She'll always find him there.

I know we may not always see eye-to-eye, but it's kinda scary when we do! Thank you for all that you do, Dad. I'm very grateful. And I love you so much! I hope you have a wonderful day today. Love ya!

100 things that make me happy; vol 3

June 18, 2011

Color makes me happy!
 Bright and light.
 Energetic and sensual.
 Cute and fancy.
 Calming and soft.
 Creative and playful.
 Subtle and dreamy. 
Electrifying and bold.

Listening to: Beauty And The Beast by Jim Brickman
Wise Word: "Have courage for the great sorrows of life and patience for the small ones; and when you have laboriously accomplished your daily task, go to sleep in peace. " -Victor Hugo

*I do not claim to own these photos. credit.

modesty 101; vol. 3: tops

June 14, 2011

Immodest tops are not the way to go this summer! Hello, lets be real here, the less you wear doesn't necessarily mean you are going to be any cooler than if you were covered up! Let's be more conscious of how we  'choose to wear less' without looking cheap and immodest. It's everywhere, this fetish for flamboyant, flashy, flyway, and sometimes, if not all the time, showy tops: t-shirts, tank-tops, shirts-whatever you want to call them-are that sort of clothing item we wear all the time. We don't normally think about shirts, especially T-shirts as being a modesty problem. But, they can be, that is, if you're not careful. 

I wear shirts like the rest of you. I wouldn't be caught dead leaving the home without one on. Although, I know a few who could care less whether they were wearing one at all. Gross! I do stress modesty in all aspects of fashion (shoes and socks excluded). Quite honestly, I am even an advocate on modest lounge wear and undergarments. Nothing more disgusting than scanty panties and slutty nightgowns. Tisk-tisk.

But, we'll go over that another time. Since I did a segment on short-shorts last week, I am going to take a peek at the world of tops (big, little, tight, loose, etc.). I wonder what we'll find. I'm curious as to what types of tops will be relevant to this modesty movement. Hmmm...sprightly modest or hopelessly slutty. 

Either choice is up to you. For me, I'd much rather be sprightly modest-covered up, but still looking my best! Now let's see what I can dig up and nit-pick the styles.

Oh dear me! This is a perfect example of "showing too much". The sheer tops are elegant and cute, but too see-through. Wow...not impressed. And to think some actually wear these without t-shirts or camisoles underneath. The horror! Lord, I hope they at least have a bra of some sort on (excuse the slang). Cute, but needs more coverage. Way more. A lot more!
I don't care what anyone says about this, because frankly, a bralet doesn't exist in my vocabulary! I barely even know how to wear it, or what to wear it with! However, I have seen many girls wear this thing by itself with a pair of jeans or shorts and it's nasty! Not something I'd wear, especially if I'm trying to maintain a modest form.

Now, I'm partial to my plaid button-down shirts! They may appear masculine, but they also come tailored to the feminine form, too! Great for any cowgirl-western enthusiast. Or for those who just love button-down blouses! Just don't wear this shirt buttoned down too low. If you do, wear a camisole; and remember to keep it form fitting, but not too tight. 

WOW! This, um, is off the chart scary! How would someone wear this anyhow? I am confused as to why anyone would ever, in their right mind, want to wear something so sexual and tight? I'd suffocate and feel majorly exposed. :0
This top I have no problem with, until it becomes a problem. I like the top, actually. I like the style (which is a Racer-back tank top) because it is fairly modest. However, it is always probably for any modest piece of clothing to become immodest. Just a fact. I have seen dozens of girls wearing this style of shirt the wrong way. The Racer-back tank top is designed specifically for the Racer-back bra, which means that the bra straps are naturally covered by the way the back is designed. Here's how it can be an immodest top: if you wear this top with a regular bra. The bra straps show, because the back of the top isn't designed to hide that specific bra strap. Therefore, this top can have immodest properties. If worn correctly, it's a lovely piece to have in your closet. Make sure though, that you also have a Racer-back bra in your closet, too!

Listening to: Make It Shine by Victorious Cast
Words of wisdom: Everything begins with the resolve to take the first step. From that action, wisdom arises and change begins. Without action, nothing changes.

*I do not own these photos.

100 things that make me happy; vol 2

June 12, 2011

Lace makes me happy!
It's elegant.
 Beautiful, lovely and light.
 Graceful, sweet and frilly.
Gentle, soft and dainty.
Humble, ethereal and vintage.
 So intricately stitched together.

Listening To: I'm Yours by Jason Mraz
*Don't claim to own these photos. credit.


June 10, 2011

When the world says, “Give up,” Hope whispers, “Try it one more time.”
- Author Unknown

When you come to the end of your rope, tie a knot and hang on.
- Franklin D. Roosevelt

Consider the postage stamp: its usefulness consists in the ability to stick to one thing till it gets there.
- Josh Billings

Fall seven times, stand up eight.
- Japanese Proverb

Perseverance is the hard work you do after you get tired of doing the hard work you already did.
- Newt Gingrich

It’s not that I’m so smart, it’s just that I stay with problems longer.
- Albert Einstein

Perseverance is not a long race; it is many short races one after another.
- Walter Elliott

Don’t be discouraged. It’s often the last key in the bunch that opens the lock.
- Author Unknown

If we are facing in the right direction, all we have to do is keep on walking.
- Buddhist Saying

Keep on going, and the chances are that you will stumble on something, perhaps when you are least expecting it. I never heard of anyone ever stumbling on something sitting down.
- Charles F. Kettering

Most people never run far enough on their first wind to find out they’ve got a second.
- William James

Difficult things take a long time, impossible things a little longer.
- Author Unknown

Don’t let the fear of the time it will take to accomplish something stand in the way of your doing it. The time will pass anyway; we might just as well put that passing time to the best possible use.
- Earl Nightingale

Let me tell you the secret that has led me to my goal. My strength lies solely in my tenacity.
- Louis Pasteur

If you are going through hell, keep going.
- Winston Churchill

Success seems to be largely a matter of hanging on after others have let go.
- William Feather

Paralyze resistance with persistence.
- Woody Hayes

All right Mister, let me tell you what winning means… you’re willing to go longer, work harder, give more than anyone else.
- Vincent Lombardi

Many of life’s failures are people who did not realize how close they were to success when they gave up. 
- Thomas Edison

How long should you try? Until.
- Jim Rohn

Harvesting Wheat

June 8, 2011

Yesterday, I went with my mom to Volunteer at our local historical site, Mansker's Station. I have volunteered at this site for five years and love every minute of it! The people there are so friendly and the programs they have up an running are amazing.
 I love their education programs. Right now they've got a agriculture program set up for the next five years. This is pretty neat, because this year (this spring and summer) is their first full year involved in this program.
 Anyhow, in conjunction to the Agriculture program I helped them harvest the Wheat!
 Okay, I took the pictures of them harvesting the Wheat....
 But seriously, I helped too! That was earlier. Days before the 'photo shoot'. Honest!
 I love the hard work. I could do without the extreme heat, though.
 The Wheat is so beautiful. Ah, those amber waves of grain! They're so graceful as they blow in the summer's breeze. What I wouldn't give to have their felicity and frivolousness.
 Not a care in the world. They just stand erect and sway to their own tune.
The sound of the Scythe swooping to cut the stalks of the grain is relaxing.
 The sound of thrashing the Wheat is calming and is a very good means of anger management.
 It's hot at the station-where we're harvesting the Wheat. Water is greatly needed to keep hydrated. However, wetting down the do-rag is refreshing and allows us to work longer without a break. Still need that water, though!
 Oh....the weeds and flowers were pretty, too! I love the big fluffy head of this dandelion.
 Even the women work. Believe it or not, the clothes we wear (period correct 18th century clothing) is very cool. It breathes easily. I'd rather wear my linen clothing than my 21st century ones!
 I wonder what our fore-fathers would think of us today, if they knew what we were doing. Would they be proud?
All-in-all, it's an amazing experience. Going to Mansker's Station is really eye-opening to the ways of life back then for those who risked their lives to make ours more comfortable. It makes me thankful for the things God has blessed me with. And it makes me proud to call myself an American.