Refashion Project

  1. PicMonkey CollageDyed this lace tunic. It was originally kind of a skin tone shade of pink, but now it is royal blue (see top left photo).
  2. Then, I decided to use some of the material from the bottom of the tunic to add sleeves and raise the neckline, thus shortening it into a blouse length. It was quite a tricky task, especially the neckline (I was originally more nervous about the sleeves, but they turned out better than I had hoped). But, considering I’d never really sewn lace material, I was rather pleased with the results. ๐Ÿ™‚
  3. I also made the skirt from a dress (several years ago).

Halloween

A Living Sacrifice

Something that has lain heavily upon my heart lately has been certain holidays and their true meanings, particularly the one with all of the costumes, carved pumpkins and candy. You know exactly which one Iโ€™m referring toโ€”Halloween, of course!

Every holiday season, I ask myself, โ€œWhat exactly is the history behind such and such tradition,โ€ or โ€œwhy do we celebrate such and such holidayโ€. Iโ€™ve personally never been able to answer such questions when it comes to Halloween.

IMG_4491

Itโ€™s the same every yearโ€” I see houses with fake grave yards and ghosts; and youngsters (sometimes adults too) dressed up as ghastly characters (think vampires, witches, zombies, devils, grim-reapers; you get the idea). Iโ€™ve even known people, who call themselves Christians, participating in these โ€œfestivitiesโ€. Well, you might ask me, โ€œWhy does this bother you? Just get over it.โ€ As a Christian and follower of The Way, the Truth and theโ€ฆ

View original post 290 more words

Wedding Stylin’ {Outfits Post}

11997114_716432585155848_1849897318_n

A few weekends ago, I went to TWO weddings! It was especially crazy because one was in OK and the other in TX and the first (the one in OK) was one that my sisters and I filmed. But it was fun! ๐Ÿ™‚

Here is the wedding trailer for the one we filmed. ๐Ÿ™‚

For the first wedding, being it was outdoors, I wanted to wear something cool but not a skirt or dress (because of the wind XP). So, I chose some wide-legged, gray trousers (gift) and a lovely blue blouse and white gathered undershirt (also gifts) and canvas shoes (gift).

11998436_717156171750156_454827909_n

The second wedding was a little more relaxing for me, except in what I wore. ๐Ÿ˜‰ haha. Really, not the best choice of clothing considering it was prone to sweat stains. And that sounds gross, but during an outdoor wedding in TX in early September– it’s inevitable. Yeah. Yuck. Oh well. ๐Ÿ™‚ I love the dress so much! ๐Ÿ˜„ I actually won it in a giveaway from eShakti, but have since altered it– shortened the sleeves and the skirt length. I got the wedges for about $5 at a thrift store and the clutch was a gift from my mom. The necklace was actually up-cycled from some blingy sandals I had. haha. I also made and wore a rhinestone hair clasp in the back. ๐Ÿ™‚ 11998606_717156235083483_1470598497_n

I Danced the Night Away…

11846246_703933299739110_833816241_n
Photo credit: Phoebe (my sister)

My cousins, Rachel and Rowena (pictured with me above), had come up to spend several days with us. *That*, in and of itself, was a blast. We lightened our hair (using lemon juice and warm water– and sunshine), played games, went thrifting/garage sale-ing (I know, I know– that’s not a word! :P), and stayed up to the wee hours of the morning– laughing and sharing stories. ๐Ÿ™‚

But I think my favorite activity we shared together was the “barn” dance we went to the last night they were with us. ๐Ÿ™‚ Think Western film style dances (technically known as “Square Dancing”) and a few “Pride and Prejudice” style dances (that style of dancing is called “English Country Dancing”. ๐Ÿ˜‰ย  It was Rowena’s first time to dance, though we had shown her a few tips before hand. Rachel had been English Country Dancing with us before.

On this particular night, we also learned how to polka and do Contra Dancing (similar to Square Dancing, only more confusing, I think).

11951416_10155985521580158_6638596887024275979_o
Dancing the Dubleska Polka. It was the most fun I’d had in a LONNNG time! ๐Ÿ™‚ย ย  (photo credit: the N. family)
11894674_10155985517975158_3280236542328019014_o
One of the square dances… (photo credit: the N. family)
11053714_10155985518655158_8721992940793738666_o
It was fun having Jaden (my “little” brother in the orange-y shirt) and Rachel (the young lady in the pale green top) in my group for this dance. ๐Ÿ™‚ I also made friends with a few of the other dancers. ๐Ÿ™‚ย  (photo credit: the N. family)
11779868_10155985503535158_5309555856793486749_o
If you couldn’t tell, orange was the theme color. ๐Ÿ˜‰ I didn’t have anything orange, so…ย ย  (photo credit: the N. family)
11923270_10155985504010158_5900768546777646733_o
Dancin’ cousins (photo credit: the N. family)
11900115_10155985508975158_6141985828521111588_o
Abby (on the left) and Phoebe (in the orange shirt in the middle) look like they were enjoying themselves too! (Photo credit: the N. family)
11882399_10155985516920158_6824342193465221062_o
This is a classic example of the fun time one has when dancing! ๐Ÿ˜€ย  (Photo credit: the N. family)

Dress Re-fashion

As you can tell, I shortened the sleeves, but I also made the skirt of it to tea-length (before, it was almost ankle length). So now I can wear this in not-so-cold weather *and* cold weather (I can layer it with a cardigan or jacket).

PicMonkey Collage2IMG_70332 IMG_70482 Oh, and it so happens to be my favorite shade of green– emerald! ๐Ÿ˜„

Mash Up {Outfits Post}

IMG_9989

{Outfit No. 1}

– top {thrifted}

– pants {gifted}

– wedges {thrifted– I actually purchased them the day that photo was taken}

– “glasses” {just my sunglasses with their lenses taken out}

Side note: Isn’t my friend Kelsey the cutest?! ๐Ÿ˜„ And she has such an awesome sense of style! ๐Ÿ˜‰

IMG_1104

{Outfit No. 2}

– top {thrifted}

– vest {thrifted blouse that I refashioned}

– jeans {gifted}

– shoes {Kohls}

– necklace {won in a giveaway}

11873925_703933033072470_600783803_n{Outfit No. 3}

– blouse {thrifted}

– belt {gifted?}

– skirt {gifted– originally a tunic/dress that I refashioned into a skirt}

– necklace {same as in outfit no. 2}

Boho Chic {Outfit Post}

IMG_09202

~ The Outfit ~

– blouse {thrifted}

– belt {thrifted}

– pants {gifted}

– wedges {thrifted— basically brand new condition for only $5!!)

IMG_09312 IMG_09542 IMG_09572Also, I recently tried the “cat eye” type look in my eye make-up. I rarely use make-up, so this was a challenge. I also did light tan eye shadow instead of golden, which (I thought) made my eyes look brighter. I may do it again sometime… ๐Ÿ™‚ This is what I looked like: IMG_1030 IMG_1032 IMG_1053