Tuesday, December 23, 2014

Ten Tips for Holiday Party Outfits

"Tis the season for holiday parties — and the stress of what to wear to them. Sometimes those bells you hear aren’t the Salvation Army, but warning bells of panic that accompany that alarmed feeling of making a fashion faux pas.
The goal? Dress festive but not tacky. You don’t want to be so over-blingy that you look like a garish Christmas tree, and you don’t want to don the same outfit you’d wear to the grocery store. Fashion is fun, which matches the joy of the Christmas season!"
Continue reading here:
http://dynamicwomenfaith.com/daily-take/ten-tips-holiday-party-outfits/

The Principle of the Incarnation

 
The Principle of the Incarnation allows us to see the supernatural aspect of beauty.

The Principle of the Incarnation was born with the Christ Child thousands of years ago at Bethlehem and again this Christmas in our Churches.  Exquisitely beautiful, it is essentially the blending of human and Divine.

The Incarnation of the Christ Child is a Mystery and it is impossible for us to fully understand the wondrous nature of God becoming man.  Yet we can touch this mystery with our human reasoning and contemplate it, especially at the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass.  The Mass is when Heaven touches earth.  Human and Divine are perfectly blended.

But can we take this principle further?  Do exterior things outside of the Mass represent the interior and supernatural as well?  I think that everything beautiful somehow represents goodness and God.  Everything ugly represents evil.  This is how culture, and every aspect of how we live become important enough to analyze daily.

The Catholic Lady can apply the Principle of the Incarnation quite directly to everyday life.  Dressing children, preparing dinner, everyday decisions are made with special care and consideration, knowing this life is merely a reflection of Heaven.

Do we live in our bodies and souls the mystery of the Incarnation?
Do we recall at Christmastime the Eternal importance of beauty?

WHAT DO YOU THINK?

Monday, December 22, 2014

Weekend In Feminine Dress: Christmas


For A Weekend in Feminine Dress I post pictures of my outfit (or a friend's outfit) that I take sometime over the weekend to encourage other women to dress like a Catholic lady!  I'm also posting where the outfit was purchased to hopefully give you some ideas for finding modest clothes!

I am always looking for volunteers to submit pictures of their feminine outfit, so please don't hesitate to do so at, thecatholiclady@gmail.com.
 
This is a photo of my sister, Christina's Christmas outfit from three years ago!  I loved it so much at the time that I asked her to photograph it and have recently found the picture on my computer.  So now you get to enjoy this outfit:
 
 
 

I really like how she combined the simple burgundy sweater and long black skirt with the pearls for a little touch of elegance.  What a good inspiration for a modest, dignified Christmas outfit!

Unfortunately, I didn't have time to call her and ask if she remembered where the outfit was purchased, so we will just have to use the inspiration to dream up our own versions!

I would love to hear about what you are planning to wear for Christmas!  I am sewing my dress and look forward to sharing some pictures next week!

 
THANKS FOR VISITING!

Monday, December 15, 2014

A Good Article

"At the time Brittany Maynard [1] was diagnosed with terminal brain cancer Donielle Wilde, of Charlotte, North Carolina, was given an equally somber diagnosis of stage four breast cancer. The similarities between the two stop there. Donielle was pregnant with her tenth child and was given two unacceptable options that could save her life, abortion or aggressive cancer treatment, [2] which might injure her baby. Whereas Brittany chose to die, “on my own terms,” Donielle and husband Keith rejected both options and chose “God’s terms.” They remained upbeat about what might have been a life-ending, dream-shattering choice not knowing that God clearly had other plans..."

Continue reading here:
http://www.tfp.org/tfp-home/news-commentary/every-woman-dies-but-not-every-woman-truly-lives.html

Thursday, December 11, 2014

A Good Article

 

Grace Kelly, Audrey Hepburn, Jackie Kennedy inspire Styles

"NEW YORK- In an age where the word is grossly overused, they remain, incontrovertibly, icons: elegance-embodied high fashion at the dawn of the television era, with charmed lives and striking beauty.
Celebrities fuel fashion — that comes as no surprise. But the women with the most influence over today's tastemakers aren't the ones on the covers of all those celebrity magazines..."

"Of course, the three were the closest thing to American royalty. Kelly, already the toast of Hollywood, became a real-life princess when she married Prince Rainier III of Monaco; Kennedy was the face of the country's most famous family; and Hepburn modernized the Cinderella story as Eliza Doolittle and Sabrina on the silver screen..."

"In contrast, the Gwen Stefanis and Sheryl Crows, or even Lindsay Lohans and Paris Hiltons of today, may not have that same staying power. Refinement, elegance and a serious approach to style endure, Hilfiger said. Trendiness does not..."

"All fashion designers need inspiration and someone to look up to, and many times Grace, Audrey and Jackie have been the ones,” he said. "They're the most important women in fashion in the last 50 years.”"

"But it was the fusion of personality and impeccably designed garments that made Kelly, Kennedy and Hepburn stars in the first place, she said..."



Read more here:
http://newsok.com/women-start-fashion-trendsbrspan-classhl2grace-kelly-audrey-hepburn-jackie-kennedy-inspire-stylesspan/article/2989079

Monday, December 8, 2014

A Weekend In Feminine Dress

A Weekend In Feminine Dress is when I post pictures of myself or a friend wearing a modest, feminine outfit in order to encourage other women in the important apostolate of dress.  I am looking for volunteers to submit pictures, so if you are interested please contact me at: thecatholiclady@gmail.com.
 
 
I received this sweet email yesterday:
 
"Dear Mrs. Zimmerman,
I am attaching a photo of the outfit I wore last Sunday to Mass.  Feel free to use it on your blog!  The dress was handmade by me, my necklace was a gift and my boots are from Kohl's.
Thank you for being an inspiration to others to dress modestly.  Have a wonderful day!
God bless you!
Elizabeth"

 
 
 
 
THANK YOU!  YOU LOOK BEAUTIFUL!

Monday, December 1, 2014

A Weekend In Feminine Dress

A Weekend In Feminine Dress is when I post pictures of myself or a friend wearing a modest, feminine outfit in order to encourage other women in the important apostolate of dress.  I am looking for volunteers to submit pictures, so if you are interested please contact me at thecatholiclady@gmail.com.
 
 
Here is what Beatrice and I wore yesterday:
 



 
I'M WEARING:
 
Jacket- Goodwill
Skirt- I made
Shoes- Consignment
Scarf- ?
 
 
 

 
 
Beatrice is Wearing:
 
Dress- Consignment
Cardigan- Ralph Lauren (gift)
 
 
 
 
THANKS FOR VISITING!

Saturday, November 29, 2014

Who are We Thanking on Thanksgiving?

Norman Rockwell's depiction of Thanksgiving is full of happiness.

I picked up the newspaper Thanksgiving morning and saw the front page article about Giving Thanks.  "Well, that's good," I thought.  "Even in today's world, people are reminded to give thanks to God."

In another moment I was disappointed.  The article continued on the inside page, quoting people from around town giving thanks to "fate" and "happenstance" this Thanksgiving Day.

Is that even possible?

When God is taken out of the picture, how can they be thankful, let alone practice other important virtues?


Individual selfishness replaces family happiness.

They don't.  These same people are now shopping on Thanksgiving Day, formally a day set aside explicitly for slowing down and recalling family and Christian values.

For some people Black Friday chaos has become the all important event.  They run out on their turkey dinners to get whatever deal they can find and save a couple dollars.

And these people are not even happy.  They get into fights, they get trampled for their frantic desires.  Materialism has become their God and so we have to wonder: who are they thanking on Thanksgiving?

Read a good article on the topic here:
http://www.tfp.org/current-campaigns/return-to-order/stop-the-madness-of-un-thanksgiving.html


WHAT DO YOU THINK???

Monday, November 24, 2014

A Weekend in Feminine Dress

A Weekend In Feminine Dress is when I post pictures of myself or a friend wearing a modest, feminine outfit.  I am looking for volunteers to submit pictures, so if you are interested please contact me at thecatholiclady@gmail.com.  I really enjoy taking and posting pictures, so I glad to be back at it after such a long break!

These pictures are of what I wore to Mass yesterday.  It was a bit warmer so we enjoyed a little trip to the park afterwards with the children.  I wanted to wear something dressy but still modest and warm.  I would love so much to wear a really dressy dress, but it is impossible to find a dress in the stores that is long enough for me (or even covers my knees) since I am rather tall, so I have to wear outfits like this.  I would love to make a dress for Christmas, but since I don't sew nearly as much as I used to, I'm not sure if that is going to happen!










 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

 
 
 
 
I'M WEARING:

Skirt- Goodwill (Croft & Barrow)
Jacket- Goodwill (Ann Taylor LOFT)
Top- Goodwill
Shoes- Thrift Store
Necklace- Gabriel Brothers
 
 
 
 
 
THANKS FOR VISITING!!!
I would love to hear what you wear to dress up a bit in the cold weather months!

Saturday, November 22, 2014

Be What You Are, and Be That Perfectly


A Norwegian bride, preparing the traditional dress for the ceremony, Adolph Tidemand


Liberalism today indicates that anybody can be anybody or anything.  We are not allowed to have objective qualities determined by our family, character, temperament, or even sex.  Traditions and customs that formally identified us and were taken for granted become irrelevant and are intentionally forsaken.

But St. Francis de Sales instructs us, "Do not wish to be anything but what you are, and try to be that perfectly."

What we are, at least in part, is objective.

For example, we cannot change our sex, our heritage or our personal tendencies, strengths and weaknesses.  Instead, we should be proud of the good and take responsibility for the bad.

While the revolutionaries try to whitewash objective identity, we should encourage the development of specific traditions, interests, and preferences relevant to who we are.


What do you think?

Friday, November 21, 2014

Prophecies of Our Lady of Good Success

Statue of Our Lady of Good Success in Ecuador, designed by Our Lady herself!

Our Lady of Good Success divulged these prophecies concerning our days to a nun in Quito, Ecuador in the fifteenth century:

The Pope’s “infallibility will be declared a dogma of Faith by the same Pope chosen to proclaim the dogma of the mystery of my Immaculate Conception. He will be persecuted and imprisoned in the Vatican through the usurpation of the Pontifical States and through the malice, envy, and avarice of an earthly monarch.”

“Unbridled passions will give way to a total corruption of customs because Satan will reign through the Masonic sects, targeting the children in particular to insure general corruption.

“Unhappy, the children of those times! Seldom will they receive the sacraments of Baptism and Confirmation. As for the sacrament of Penance, they will confess only while attending Catholic schools, which the devil will do his utmost to destroy by means of persons in authority.

“The same will occur with Holy Communion. Oh, how it hurts me to tell you that there will be many and enormous public and hidden sacrileges!

“In those times, the sacrament of Extreme Unction will be largely ignored.… Many will die without receiving it, being thereby deprived of innumerable graces, consolation, and strength in the great leap from time to eternity.

“The sacrament of Matrimony, which symbolizes the union of Christ with the Church, will be thoroughly attacked and profaned. Masonry, then reigning, will implement iniquitous laws aimed at extinguishing this sacrament. They will make it easy for all to live in sin, thus multiplying the birth of illegitimate children without the Church’s blessing….

“Secular education will contribute to a scarcity of priestly and religious vocations.”

“The holy sacrament of Holy Orders will be ridiculed, oppressed, and despised, for in this both the Church and God Himself are oppressed and reviled, since He is represented by His priests.

“The devil will work to persecute the ministers of the Lord in every way, working with baneful cunning to destroy the spirit of their vocation and corrupting many. Those who will thus scandalize the Christian flock will bring upon all priests the hatred of bad Christians and the enemies of the One, Holy, Roman Catholic, and Apostolic Church. This apparent triumph of Satan will cause enormous suffering to the good pastors of the Church...and to the Supreme Pastor and Vicar of Christ on earth who, a prisoner in the Vatican, will shed secret and bitter tears in the presence of God Our Lord, asking for light, sanctity, and perfection for all the clergy of the world, to whom he is King and Father.”

“Unhappy times will come wherein those who should fearlessly defend the rights of the Church will instead, blinded despite the light, give their hand to the Church’s enemies and do their bidding. But when [evil] seems triumphant and when authority abuses its power, committing all manner of injustice and oppressing the weak, their ruin shall be near. They will fall and crash to the ground.



“Then will the Church, joyful and triumphant like a young girl, reawaken and be comfortably cradled in the arms of my most dear and elect son of those times. If he lends an ear to the inspirations of grace–one of which will be the reading of these great mercies that my Son and I have had toward you–we shall fill him with graces and very special gifts and will make him great on earth and much greater in Heaven. There we have reserved a precious seat for him because, heedless of men, he will have fought for truth and ceaselessly defended the rights of the Church, deserving to be called ‘martyr.’”

“At the end of the nineteenth century and throughout a great part of the twentieth, many heresies will be propagated in these lands.…

“The small number of souls who will secretly safeguard the treasure of Faith and virtues will suffer a cruel, unspeakable, and long martyrdom. Many will descend to their graves through the violence of suffering and will be counted among the martyrs who sacrificed themselves for the country and the Church.

“To be delivered from the slavery of these heresies, those whom the merciful love of my Son has destined for this restoration will need great will-power, perseverance, courage, and confidence in God. To try the faith and trust of these just ones, there will be times when all will seem lost and paralyzed. It will then be the happy beginning of the complete restoration….

“In those times the atmosphere will be saturated with the spirit of impurity which, like a filthy sea, will engulf the streets and public places with incredible license.… Innocence will scarcely be found in children, or modesty in women.

“He who should speak seasonably will remain silent.

“There shall be scarcely any virgin souls in the world. The delicate flower of virginity will seek refuge in the cloisters.…Without virginity, fire from heaven will be needed to purify these lands.…

“Sects, having permeated all social classes, will find ways of introducing themselves into the very heart of homes to corrupt the innocence of children. The children’s hearts will be dainty morsels to regale the devil.…

“Religious communities will remain to sustain the Church and work with courage for the salvation of souls.… The secular clergy will fall far short of what is expected of them because they will not pursue their sacred duty. Losing the divine compass, they will stray from the way of priestly ministry mapped out for them by God and will become devoted to money, seeking it too earnestly.

“Pray constantly, implore tirelessly, and weep bitter tears in the seclusion of your heart, beseeching the Eucharistic Heart of my most holy Son to take pity on His ministers and to end as soon as possible these unhappy times by sending to His Church the Prelate who shall restore the spirit of her priests.”
Obtained from:
http://www.tfp.org/tfp-home/about-our-lady/prophecies-of-our-lady-of-good-success-about-our-times.html

Tuesday, November 18, 2014

On Suffering

“Total abandonment; that’s my only law!” says St. Theresa of Liseaux.  It would be good for mothers to ponder this daily.

Sick babies are so pitiful; we must remind ourselves that God WILL take care of them and us!
 
 
I never considered the sacrifice of motherhood before it happened to me.  Instead, I had an extremely romantic idea of pregnancy, child rearing and everything that went along with it.  I begged for a child the months after marriage and when I found out I was expecting, I was thrilled.
 
Then the sickness hit.  For me it wasn't the typical nausea that lasts the first trimester.  I felt horrible for nine months and afterwards with thyroid, adrenal and hormone problems that seemed to have no cure.  I later found out that pregnancy can trigger autoimmune disease like it did in my case.  But at that time I only knew I had every awful symptom I could imagine and no answers.  My previous ideas of happily planning for a baby were replaced with fighting exhaustion and sickness just to eat and get dressed everyday.

This has been my story the past four years.  There are days and even weeks when I feel significantly better, but my illnesses always hang on.

And there is nothing wrong with that.  I know that ALOT of people suffer ALOT more!

We live in a valley of tears!  Even if it's not physical suffering, many women have poor or broken marriages, financial struggles, and sick children.  Still, it doesn't make it any easier.  It is so hard to watch people we love, especially children, going through hard times, illness and even death.

We are so blessed to be Catholic.  From a Catholic perspective, every trial and suffering is put in the right place.  We see the value of suffering.  Even when we are humanly not ready to accept it, inside we know that God has allowed suffering in our lives only to force us to turn to Him.  God wants us to beg favors from Him and Our Blessed Mother with Confidence.  This makes me think of the girl with terminal brain cancer who committed suicide a few weeks ago and how sad, sad, sad that story was.  She did not believe God would take care of her, so she took her life into her own hands and ended it.  She literally killed hope.  And isn't hope that we'll one day enjoy Heaven the whole purpose of life?

What do you think about suffering?  Do you agree that the Catholic Lady, mother or otherwise must practice total abandonment?

Tuesday, November 11, 2014

A Weekend In Feminine Dress

Welcome to A Weekend In Feminine Dress!  This is when I post pictures of a modest outfit to encourage women to adopt the important apostolate of feminine dress.  If you would like to send me your outfit picture to publish here, please contact me at: thecatholiclady@gmail.com.

It seems like I have been gone for so long!  I had so much going on and then I couldn't get the pictures to upload correctly on blogger for a few weeks.  Finally, my husband fixed it last night and so I can finally post!

Here is a picture from a kind reader:








Shirt, skirt and sandals - St. Vincent de Paul
 
 
Belt - Ross
Earrings - Gift


THANK YOU!

Tuesday, October 14, 2014

Skirts Exclusively

"Do not wish to be anything but what you are, and try to be that perfectly." -St. Francis de Sales

Do we dress to inspire an aura of virtue?
The Catholic Lady is a myth that exists inside the soul of every woman, a vision of the beauty of feminine virtue.  She is not lukewarm.  The Catholic Lady is decidedly counter-revolutionary and necessarily full of zeal.

And that brings me to the point: skirts exclusively.

There are two reasons why the Catholic Lady wears skirts exclusively: femininity and modesty.  The Catholic lady goes beyond what is acceptable in her dress and always does what is best.  Indeed, for thousands of years of Christian civilization and especially at its heights, women have worn beautiful elegant skirts to proudly identify themselves as ladies.  It is impossible today to wear such beautiful and feminine garments on an everyday basis, but we each go as far as we can.

What sets the standards for "modest dress" these days?  There are so many women who say they can allow short skirts, they can allow pants, they can allow sleeveless tops, they can allow low necklines, they can allow flip flops, and even shorts!  (I have too often been among these compromising women.)  But where does it stop?

Or do we defy compromise and dress only according to principle?  Do we accept our femininity as a fundamental truth that becomes the basis of our reasoning when it comes to choosing attire?

Don't we want to be the most elegant and the most modest we can be?  Shouldn't we desire to wear dresses like the Christian ladies of virtuous eras?  Unfortunately, we cannot walk around dressed like they did, but maybe we can appreciate their elegance in a more modernly tolerated a-line skirt and loafers or a beautiful up done hairstyle and modest blouse.  I am not putting down specific standards because of course it takes good taste more than anything to dress like a true Catholic lady.

Skirts exclusively is a given for the Catholic lady.  We do not compromise when it comes to principle.  Both the Catholic lady and skirts are modestly and elegance combined.


What do you think?

Monday, October 13, 2014

A Weekend In Feminine Dress: Wear to a Rosary Rally


 Welcome to A Weekend In Feminine Dress where I post pictures of myself or another lady and a modest, feminine outfit to encourage women in this apostolate!  If you would like to send me your pictures to feature in next week's edition, please do so at: thecatholiclady@gmail.com!

Here is what I wore Saturday to our Rosary Rally for America Needs Fatima.  There were over 12,000 Rosary Rallies that day across America.



 
The picture below is cropped so that you can kind of see my outfit in action.  It was so windy when we arrived and set up the banner at the rally, but as soon as we started praying the wind stopped!  Not surprising since we know Our Lady was watching out for us.
 

 
 
 

 
 
 
I'M WEARING:

Top- Dress Barn
Cardigan- XXI
Skirt- Christopher & Banks
Boots- Thrift Store
Necklace- Target
Bracelets- ??
Diaper Bag- Vera Bradley (from my sister!!)
 
REBECCA IS WEARING:

Coat and Dress- Consignment





Monday, October 6, 2014

A Weekend In Feminine Dress


 Welcome to A Weekend In Feminine Dress!  This is when I post pictures of a modest outfit (either myself or a volunteer) in order to encourage other women in this apostolate!  If you want to volunteer, please send your pictures to: thecatholiclady@gmail.com



This is what Rebecca and I wore yesterday:


 
Beatrice's dress can be half seen in the photo too:

 
 
 
 
I'M WEARING:

Skirt- I made
Jacket- Ann Taylor LOFT
Necklace- Target
Bracelet/earrings- Gift
Shoes- from a friend
 
 
REBECCA IS WEARING:
 
Dress- Consignment
 
 
 
THANKS FOR VISITING!  WHAT DID YOU WEAR THIS WEEKEND?

Tuesday, September 30, 2014

On Sticking Out Like a Sore Thumb



Christian mothers are very, very persecuted.  I have just been finding out the extent of this persecution recently.

I go to the grocery store, to the doctor, to the post office and everywhere the comment is, "Wow!  You really have your hands full!  How close together are they?  Are you going to have any more?"  Some people smile at little children and are gratified to see a little sanity left in the world in the form of my "large" family, others are absolutely scandalized that I have "chosen" to have three children and they feel they must share these feelings with me and warn me not to have any more (children) for the sake of my health, our finances and at the "expense" of society.  I think the latter response is partially due to the fact that these people assume every child is going to public school and taking advantage of every government grant and they believe the propaganda that babies must be born via planned surgery and thus destroy the mother's health.

So many lies!

We are fed this religion of "tolerance" in regard to any horrible sin or blasphemy and then when it comes to Christianity, the tables are turned on us.  There is no tolerance for Christian families.

We bother people.

This is a very good sign.  It means that we are doing something right.  We can have Christian pride in what we do.  Christian pride is necessary to endure these assaults on our rights as children of God and Christian parents.  Furthermore, we have grace.  We admit that life cannot be planned.  We submit to Divine Providence and we have the guidance and reassurance of tradition and the Church.  Revolutionaries are obsessed with planning everything, from their children to their death and thus they are morbidly superficial, motivated by fear, and often suicidal.

I will tell you what is a scandal and absolute child abuse: denying children a natural mother and father and neglecting their Christian education.  This type of horrible situation is occurring everywhere.  In-vitro fertilization is a common measure to "cure" infertility.  So called "gay couples" are legally allowed to adopt and "raise" children.  They are even allowed to give birth to children by insane and abusive measures.  There are numerous examples of this unspeakable horror.  Then there are "sex education" classes in grade schools that teach children lies that no one needs to know.  There are hormone and sex changes that are given to underage children to "switch" their gender.  They are allowed to dress and act like the opposite sex.  A great majority of these children commit suicide before they are adults or undergo multiple surgeries and psychological treatments to find out "who they really are".  This extreme neglect and perversion is demonic child abuse.  These are the poor children who need to be rescued.

Truth is objective.  Everyone deserves the truth.

Christians bother people for having children and raising them in a safe, holy environment.  We stick out like a sore thumb for doing so.  But who is the sane one in this picture?  Christians for accepting truth and elevating our human nature to the divine restraint of God's laws, or those people who reject every institution and prefer their unnatural fancies and chaotic anarchy.

We need to vehemently oppose and enlighten ignorant people as to the ACTUAL child abuse that is going on in our midst, protected by law and public institutions.



What do you think?

A Weekend In Feminine Dress

Welcome to A Weekend In Feminine Dress!  This is when I post pictures of a modest outfit to encourage women to adopt the apostolate of feminine dress.  If you want to have your outfit published here, please send me your photos to: thecatholiclady@gmail.com.
 
 
 
This weekend we attended a hayride and picnic hosted by our parish at a beautiful park.  It was so enjoyable and the weather we had was just perfect.  Here is what I wore:
 
 
(I only wish I could have avoided that road paint in the background...)
 
 
 
I'm Wearing:
 
Skirt- Kohl's (last year)
Top- New York & Co.
Sweater- Ann Taylor
Boots- Consignment
 
 
THANKS FOR VISITING!!!


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Thursday, September 25, 2014

On Fall Fashion

When it comes to fashion, Fall is my favorite season to dress!  I absolutely LOVE the deep warm colors, the plaids, and the fair isle knits!  It is a pleasant coincidence that with cooler weather usually comes more modest clothing.

I put together a few inspirational picture ideas below and I would love you to contribute with your favorite Fall ideas!  Please let us know what brings Fall into your life in the comments below!


 
Fall is nothing without British Country Clothing: http://www.houseofbruar.com/


 
 
 
 
Perfect Fall Style in my opinion is Emilia Fox's wardrobe in the Acorn Media documentary The Queen.
 


 
Austrian and German dress is not any less romantic in an Autumn setting!
 
 
Yes, a burgundy paisley scarf is quite necessary.


 
 
 
 

 
And once you're dressed, enjoy the weather!

 
 
Princess Beatrice is such a lovely example of cool weather elegance in this photo!
 
 
 
 
Here is a really cute idea for all those adorable baby pumpkins at the grocery store.
 
 
 
Or the table.  Thanksgiving?
 

 
And a cozy fireplace is SO necessary for these shorter evenings...
 
 
 
Last of all, do not neglect the hand knitted socks.  I've done it and it is worth all thirty hours of tiny needles!

Tuesday, September 23, 2014

Weekend In Feminine Dress

Welcome to A Weekend In Feminine Dress on The Catholic Lady Blog!  This is when I post pictures of myself or another lady wearing a modest outfit to encourage women in our apostolate of feminine dress!  If you would like to volunteer, please send your photos to: thecatholiclady@gmail.com


This weekend I did not get around to taking pictures, so this is what Beatrice and I wore today!  We went grocery shopping with the other children and did chores around the house today.  It was cool here; perfect weather for the first day of Fall!




 
 
 
I'M WEARING:

Top- Goodwill
Skirt- Goodwill
Shoes- Community Thrift Store
Jewelry- Gift
 

 
 
 
 
 
BEATRICE IS WEARING:

Dress- CHAPS brand, second hand
Top- CHEROKEE brand, second hand
Shoes- Oshkosh
 
 
THANKS FOR VISITING!!!!

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

A Weekend in Feminine Dress

Welcome to A Weekend In Feminine Dress!  This is when I post pictures of a modest, feminine outfit in order to encourage women to take up the apostolate of feminine dress!  If you would like to send in your photo, please contact me at: thecatholiclady@gmail.com.



My friend, Lisa, sent me a photo this week along with one of her daughter.  I really love both of their outfits!  I think they look absolutely beautiful!!




 
 
 
THANK YOU!!!!!!!!!!!

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

Almost 900 doctors sign Dublin Declaration, affirm abortion is not maternal health

"Almost 900 medical professionals have now signed the Dublin Declaration on Maternal Health, launched in 2012 to declare that abortion is not needed to save women's lives.
Unveiled at the International Symposium on Maternal Healthcare in Dublin, Ireland, the Declaration states: “As experienced practitioners and researchers in obstetrics and gynecology, we affirm that direct abortion – the purposeful destruction of the unborn child – is not medically necessary to save the life of a woman..."

Continue reading on Life Site News:
http://www.lifesitenews.com/news/almost-900-doctors-sign-dublin-declaration-affirm-abortion-is-not-maternal

Monday, September 8, 2014

A Weekend In Feminine Dress

Welcome to A Weekend In Feminine Dress when I post pictures of a modest, feminine outfit in order to encourage women to consider the important apostolate of dress!  If you would like to send in photos of your outfit to publish here, please contact me at: thecatholiclady@gmail.com.  Thank you!

I have recovered from my exhaustion of last week, thanks to the prayers and advice of many friends and help of my doctor.  I just started taking Armour Thyroid and hoping that helps!  I really appreciate all of the thoughtful messages I received.

I did not know what I would wear to my cousin's wedding this Saturday so I finally just decided to make a dress!  I went to JoAnn's and found this blue floral fabric on sale which I purchased three yards of for only $6 total!  I made the dress Friday and wore it with a black fascinator hat I purchased earlier this year for my brother-in-law's wedding (not seen in the picture).  The shoes were given to me by my little sister who found them at a thrift store in Virginia.

 
 
 
 
Below is the outfit I wore Sunday.  We visited my family to celebrate my Mom's birthday and Thomas, Beatrice and Rebecca had such a great time at their house.  They have a slide and swings and a garden that the children just love!  (I never got around to taking photos there so this photo was taken when we got home.)


 
 
I'm Wearing:
 
Skirt- Handmade
Top- Ann Taylor
Jewelry- Kohl's
 
 
 
 
Thanks for visiting!  What did you wear this weekend?


Tuesday, September 2, 2014

A Weekend In Feminine Dress: Feeling Sick

Welcome to A Weekend In Feminine Dress on The Catholic Lady Blog when I post pictures of myself or another lady wearing a modest, feminine outfit (including where it was purchased) in order to encourage other women in this apostolate.  If you want to send me your pictures to publish here, please contact me at: thecatholiclady@gmail.com.  I really appreciate the photos I have received lately from generous ladies!
 
 
 I love the month of September!  The weather is just so beautiful and it is when the Autumn festivals begin!  I also LOVE Fall fashion and plan to do some posts about that!  Layering, boots, burgundy and scarves can be SO beautiful in the crisp air!
 
 
I had a very difficult weekend.  I experienced a thyroid/adrenal crash like I do sometimes and could barely get out of bed Saturday and Sunday.  Fortunately, we did make it to Mass Sunday evening and I started to feel a little better yesterday. :)  I do look tired in this picture, but it was taken on an evening last week before I started to feel so awful.  I am trying to be patient as I experiment with different supplements and medications for my thyroid.  The doctor I have been working with has me taking Thytrophin PMG and Iodine Plus (with selenium and other thyroid nutrients) in addition to some adrenal supplements, but I have recently been considering going on Armor Thyroid because I feel like I need something stronger.  I am also exploring the idea that my problems could be autoimmune triggered and may need to address that issue.  I know thyroid and adrenal issues are common among pregnant and nursing women, so if anyone has suggestions, please let me know!
 
 
 
I recently found this black eyelet dress at Goodwill and I really like how it looks with the cardigan.  I added a strip of black fabric around the top and small sleeves to make it more modest.  I wore this outfit when we went miniature golfing last week.  It was fun and I won by a few strokes less than my husband which made it even better (although I think he was running after our children so it may have been on an advantage)!
 
 
 
 
 
 
I'M WEARING:

Dress- Goodwill
Cardigan- New York and Co.
Shoes- Payless
Necklace- Gabriel Brothers
Watch- Consignment
 
 
 
THANKS FOR VISITING!

Monday, August 25, 2014

A Weekend In Feminine Dress: Joyce Williams

Welcome to A Weekend In Feminine Dress!  This is when I post pictures of myself or another lady wearing a modest, feminine outfit to encourage other women in the apostolate of dress.  If you would like to volunteer your photos, please contact me at: thecatholiclady@gmail.com.
 
I was very pleased to receive this email a couple of days ago from the sweet lady in the photo who wanted to share her experience with us!  She looks lovely!
 
I just started wearing long skirts/dresses, a month ago, but awhile back below the knee skirts/ dresses and got rid of all my jeans and dress pants. I am a girly girl now and I feel more feminine. With the help of some Face Book friends and of course the Grace of God I finally said yes and took the MODESTY CHALLENGE!
Here I am :
 
 
 
 
THANK YOU!

Sunday, August 24, 2014

A Good Article



Read here:
http://www.tfp.org/tfp-home/catholic-perspective/how-advantageous-is-the-indissolubility-of-marriage.html

The Catholic Lady in Contrast

   
Princess Grace of Monaco with her daughter.                  Insecurity and loneliness lead only to depression.


The Catholic Lady knows the peace that comes with kneeling before the Blessed Virgin altar and the sweet innocence of children who are in a secure Christian family.  She knows the tremendous reassurance of the Easter Day Alleluia and the healing power of the Sacraments.  These things are just examples of the tremendous grace available to the Catholic Lady.

Women who lack this grace are insecure, lonely and often depressed.

What began this great disparity in the things we value as women?  Why is it that Catholic ladies enjoy such comfort while their friends are discussing divorce after being married little over a decade?  Even during times of suffering the variation of happiness between those with principles and those without is shocking.  Of course no one expects to be relieved of suffering entirely; but when we cannot see it's value, how can we be expected to bear it?  Character cannot be built on nothing.

A society without God is becoming a society without purpose.  Maybe there are those traditional values that still hang on; but when people stop to think about it, they realize how little they are willing to do for something they really don't believe in anymore.  People increasingly turn to evil to replace this lack of good.

Who thinks it is time for the Catholic Lady to step in?

What can she do?

Give the world children who have principles that are based on objective truth.  Give society back it's God and thus it's purpose.


What do you think?

Satanic Black Mass in Oklahoma: Sign Your e-Protest Against This Public Sacrilege

"After failing at Harvard University, satanists are now planning another "Black Mass," one on city property in the state of Oklahoma.  The event is currently listed on the web site of the Civic Center of Oklahoma City where the sacrilege is slated to take place on Sunday, September 21, at 7:00 PM.

One news item refers to the "Black Mass" in these terms:  “A Religious Black Mass will be conducted as a public event to help educate the public about Religious Satanism.  Enjoy the delights of the Devil.” 

According to reports, registered sex offender Adam Daniels will be leading the anti-Catholic satanic ritual on public property.

Every black mass is a direct, deliberate and sinful act of hatred against God.  Typically, a Consecrated Host is stolen from a Catholic Church and then used to desecrate, mock and insult the Catholic Mass.  The Person of Our Lord Jesus Christ is attacked in a most vile and unspeakable manner.  These insults against God are not only offensive to Christians, but also repulsive to everyone of good will. 

When government buildings open their doors and allow a satanic "Black Mass" that offends God so deeply, it begs the question: Are we still one nation under God?

To invite satan into a community is NO joke.  It’s a terrible sin that brings devils to the earth and provokes God to withdraw His graces and blessings.

To dismiss the satanic "Black Mass" at the Civic Center of Oklahoma City as a mere publicity stunt is to ignore the grave nature of this sin and its consequences.  There is no publicity stunt with Satan.  Satan plays for keeps.  No joke.

God-loving citizens in Oklahoma City and surrounding areas are peacefully yet boldly mobilizing to prevent this direct attack against the Holy Eucharist, which deserves all respect and honor."

Sign your peaceful protest and continue reading here:
http://www.tfpstudentaction.org/get-involved/online-petitions/satanic-black-mass-in-oklahoma-call-in-your-protest-against-this-public-sacrilege.html

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

A Weekend In Feminine Dress

Welcome to A Weekend In Feminine Dress on The Catholic Lady Blog!  This is when I post pictures of myself or another lady wearing a modest, feminine outfit in order to encourage other women in the apostolate of dress.  If you would like to volunteer and have your photo published here, please contact me at: thecatholiclady@gmail.com!


I am sorry for skipping last week's photos and publishing these a day late.  Hopefully, this will be rectified in the future!

Anyway, here is what I wore Sunday:

 
 
 

 
 
I'm Wearing:
 
Jacket- Thrift Store
Top- Gabriel Brothers
Skirt- Goodwill
Shoes- Nine West
Jewelry- Gift
 
 
 
 
 
 
THANKS FOR VISITING!!!
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