Sunday, October 30, 2016

Styled // Victorian Rust Autumn

Hello, friends!

I hope you're having a blessed Lord's day and weekend!
It has been a weekend of lovely busyness with sewing and creating
and new ideas, as well as some deliciousness in a batch of homemade
treats.  A joyful weekend is so treasured because it seems to make for a blessed
week in the days that follow it ☺

Although autumn has not shown herself here for good and only in spurts so far, 
we did have our first real chill here in my little corner of the South last weekend☺
I could not have been more happy, that is except for if it had been even
colder.  I can't wait for those days to come, and one reason is the joy of dressing
for the blessed season of autumn!
Ahh, the burnt umber, rust, & forest tones that offer such rich hues in garments
they are found in to be worn, reflecting the ubiquitously scattered colors
 in the landscapes of nature this time of year.

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Here, I am sharing today what is most definitely one of my favorite outfits
I have ever worn, one I wore recently which felt like a most lovely
 transition outfit from summer to fall...

I took these on the side of and by the front window of my favorite antique store,
and the delight on my face is a mix of the joy I felt at looking at all of the
antiquities and wonderful items so full of history, and that which came from
feeling some cooler temperatures and wearing something autumn-inspired.





Dears, I must say I felt positively wonderful in this outfit...
You know that feeling when you are wearing some you just LOVE... a true feeling
of joy comes to me when I have something on that fits that bill, an outfit
that feels like it has a bit of extra beauty to it, while also being modest and pleasing
to God, and with a ladylike femininity and elegance.

My favorite parts of this outfit were the details of it that led me to call it
Victorian Rust Autumn ... the rich, rusty, deep shade of the cardigan and the
oh so vintage, almost Victorian feel of the lace pattern along its sleeves and bottom,
marrying with the added Victorian element of my cameo necklace!
I think the lacy, old-world feel of my sweater just felt so pretty that- as you can tell-
I couldn't help myself from pulling it out to the sides playfully to show it.


Having had my hair freshly cut was quite nice a feeling as well on this day,
and I decided to do a simple, delicate added touch to my hair with a pearl- adorned clip.

Living where I do, it is no uncommon to see girls wearing dresses or their Sunday best
with cowboy boots, and I love that look when the boots are paired with
a skirt or dress with a country feel, namely denim, calico, or cotton.  So I added
a casual element in by wearing this ensemble with my Roper boots.

Cardigan Decree (JC Penney) // Skirt No Boundaries // Shirt Forever 21
Boots Justin Roper // Necklace Pendant Timeline by Bead Treasures (Hobby Lobby) 


What a blessed day it has already been, and I am thankful to get
to look forward to spending the rest of it with my family and hopefully
working on some art and finishing a blouse! ☺
I hope the rest of your Sunday is full of happiness!


How has your weekend been?
What is your favorite item to wear in fall?
Do you like cameos?


Blessings and many hugs!
J


Friday, October 14, 2016

Lately // Old Hollywood & Cozy Autumn Mornings

Hooray for the weekend!
  Happy Friday to you all, sweet friends!
While I work on my first post in sharing the delights of my St. Louis trip,
I thought I would share a post of my "lately"☺
There are so many sweet moments in the days right now and simplicity
that is a joy, and the ethereal beauty of even the sunsets and the light of
each day seems lovelier in this blessed time as the seasons transition and fall
comes to grace us with its amber glow and glorious leafy briskness.

The Old Hollywood era with its encompassing elegance in the days of old
style and vintage style, and especially the ornately beautiful dresses, has been
a captivating interest to me.  So, I was so excited when I saw this book at the bookstore
last weekend at an unbelievable price, and for the cherry on top, they were 
having a twenty percent off sale for educators (which certainly made me appreciate my
choice to pursue teaching for my degree if I didn't before (smiles))!
Enjoying an old-fashioned soda and gazing at the pages of elaborate fashion of
Old Hollywood as I got inspiration for my style and sewing was truly relaxing
 time spent.
 Someone had to join in on relaxing in the grass, as that is kind of her
specialty.  Or maybe she was just waiting for me to open my coke? ;)
This plant blooms the cheeriest, little, yellow flowers and grows only a few
feet away from where I was sitting to read beneath our Post Oak.  It looked particularly
bright and perky that day, and I couldn't help photograph it, which was right
when Lucie decided to join in again as she walked up the front walk, dappled
with the morning sun.

Mornings have been a blessed time and I enjoy them so in autumn and winter
especially, such a time of renewing your spirit for a new day.  Now that I have graduated,
in this, my first fall not spent in school in 17 years, mornings have a different
feelings, a splendor to them of not being quite so rushed that I am so thankful for. 
I am also thankful for bible reading to start our day at the breakfast table
and times like this to follow... a ginger crisp or other fall candle burning, 
hot cocoa, and autumn inspiration.

Walking through Hobby Lobby and realizing that the patterns are on sale.
Ninety-nine cent patterns are just too wonderful and too much of a dream to pass,
so it seems that even when we think we have bought all the we need or want in the way
of patterns, we sit down with the catalog and find yet a few more.  I truly love
the vintage collection from Simplicity, and although I didn't find one from the
vintage collection on our most recent trip, we did pick these few.
I am rather excited at the prospect of a Regency-inspired dress and am imagining
the menagerie of glorious fabrics that could be used for such a project.

Ah, creating with my hands and practicing my lettering.  How much I have
enjoyed this in the past year really, but as of late, I am having an extra bit of fun with
this since I have been making some new signs for autumn decor.
I have been enthralled in creating, period, and have spent many delightful
free moments happily lost within my sketchbook or in writing, specifically
autumn-inspired and other poetry.

 My life has also changed much since last year (for some reason I'm 
thinking of these in this post suddenly☺...) in that I am able to exercise quite
a bit more often.  This is a great blessing.  It isn't necessarily that I am less busy,
but I am less stressed and because of that I don't feel as much pressure to have
everything done perfectly for the next day of school or interning.
I feel more like I can comfortably allow myself an hours or so a few times a week
to walk or jog or do something active that I enjoy without worrying that
I won't finish that essay in time or that I need to be researching something for
a project that is due soon.  
Jogging at the scenic park that is walking distance from our house makes
it more enjoyable to exercise, as well, especially with scenes like this
and even wildlife in a few places along the different areas of the stream.
This bird, which I believe is either an egret or crane species, makes his home
in the ecosystem within the park, and he's there most of the days that we go, often
perched in this same spot. He's so graceful and elegant in his stature.
One day a couple of weeks ago after running, I decided to go home and get my camera
and I was so happy that he hadn't moved at all and was in the same picturesque
spot and pose when I returned.


That is a little peek into my recent days and weeks and beginnings of autumn.
Is it just me, or is it hard to believe it is already the new season and before
we know it, it will be Thanksgiving?!
I'm having a bit of trouble wrapping my mind around that, but I'm
also looking quite forward to all that is to come.


What has your "lately" looked like?
What are you enjoying most about fall thus far?


May your weekend be filled with blessings!

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