Monday, January 27, 2014

Winter Hats

I love hats!  They are especially versatile in winter and just as practical and feminine as well.  Here are some winter hat photos for inspiration:



 

 So feminine and elegant!
 
 

 
Pretty!
 
 


This would be pretty for cold spring days!

 


 
Royal Fascinator- I love the colors!

 
 
 


 
Red is always fashionable!

 
 


 
So classy!
 
 


 
Of course a pink coat is quite necessary with a large hat!
 


 
A favorite millinery shop on ETSY:
 
 
 
Do you wear hats in the winter?

An Excellent Article!

I am sharing this excellent article here that a friend was kind enough to share with me!  It is about the Hat Ladies of Charleston.  Please visit the link and let me know what you think!

More for A Weeekend in Feminine Dress!!!

I am so excited to share these photos with you today for A Weekend In Feminine Dress!  They are from Joanna who I think looks absolutely beautiful!  She has shared her pictures here before.  I especially love that they are from the summer!  It is so encouraging to think that summer will come again during all this cold weather.
 
 



 
Thank you so much, Joanna!

 

A Weekend in Feminine Dress

Welcome to A Weekend In Feminine Dress on the Catholic Lady Blog!  If you are interested in submitting your own photos for publication here, please contact me at: thecatholiclady@gmail.com!  The purpose is to encourage women to consider the apostolate of feminine dress which is especially important to restore society to the natural law of God.
 
Here is Rebecca Margaret at one week old!  She has already changed so much and needless to say, we absolutely love her to pieces!
 
Here is what I am wearing today.  I took the pictures this morning and I was still a little tired:)
 
I have found that layers flatter my postpartum figure more than anything else.  A jacket or cardigan over a blouse or shirt is quite forgiving and a line skirts are best for me.  Let me know please if you have any other advice. 

 
I am planning to get my hair cut soon since it is getting to long to do much with; hopefully this perpetual ponytail will be gone soon!  I am really tired of it!
 
 
 

 
 
I'm Wearing:
 
Black Top- Gabriel Brothers
Black Cardigan- Gabriel Brothers
Brown Plaid Skirt- Kohl's
Grey Socks- Payless
Brown Flats- Payless
Necklace- Gabriel Brothers
Earrings- Gabriel Brothers
 
 
Thanks for visiting!


 

 

Friday, January 24, 2014

Rebecca Margaret is here!

Here she is, Rebecca Margaret!!  Born Saturday, January 18, 2014!  This was when she was less than a day old, but she is already changing.  Get ready for postpartum weekends in feminine dress- unless I get some generous volunteers!

Tuesday, January 21, 2014

A Weekend In Feminine Dress

I have a surprise for you this week and that is these two photos of some friends who decided to help me out with A Weekend in Feminine Dress!  I absolutely love the dresses and I really appreciate including their brother as well since fine dressing is not only about ladies!  I cannot tell you how much I appreciate this!  I included the message their father sent along with the photos:
 
"Here are two photos of some of my family taken before Midnight Mass
on Christmas Eve.  Sorry about the closed eyes.

    From the left is my daughter Mariana who purchased her dress at
Dillards an apartments store a little nicer than Macy's.  It was too
short but my wife sewed a wide black ribbon to the hem.  Next is
Margaret who received this dress or at least half of it from Mariana as
a Christmas gift.  Her dress was also purchased at Dillards.  It was too
low, but she added some fabric and voila a beautiful what she calls her
Grace Kelly dress.  In the center is my eldest daughter Katie, who
receives good hand me downs from a dear friend. Finally, is Anthony in
his suit that was given to him by Katie for Christmas.  I don't know
where she purchased it.

    My daughters believe that there is a Downton Abbey effect in
clothing.  They haven't found dresses this nice at either Macy's or
Dillards in years."
 
 

 
Thank you!!!

Monday, January 13, 2014

A Weekend In Feminine Dress: 39 Weeks!

A Weekend In Feminine Dress is when I post pictures of a modest, feminine outfit to encourage women to take up the important apostolate of dress!  If you are interested in submitting your own photos for publication here, please email me at: thecatholiclady@gmail.com.
 
 
Here is what I wore yesterday.  I took pictures late in the day again which I really have to get better at; I am sorry for the messy hair:(  The skirt is the same one featured two weeks ago from Motherhood Maternity.  I really like it for dressy occasions and I have been wearing it almost every Sunday since I got it!  So many ladies have given me maternity clothes lately (including this skirt) that I have a few new outfits now!  I am so grateful for this!
 


 
 
 
I'm Wearing:
 
Skirt- Motherhood Maternity
Pink Top- Gabriel  Brothers
Pink Cardigan- Consignment, originally the Limited
Necklace and Earrings- Kohl's
Brown Flats- Payless
White Cami- Walmart
 
 
 

Friday, January 10, 2014

Men are Embodied Souls

The Proper Care and Feeding of Husbands: Laura Schlessinger

    I just checked out a book from the library called, "The Proper Care and Feeding of Husbands," by Dr. Laura Schlesinger.  I read some very good reviews about it on the internet and so far I am really enjoying this book!  I am planning to write more about it on the blog later.  Dr. Laura uses interesting and very praiseworthy concepts for justifying the necessity of caring for husbands.  For example, she writes in her chapter about the wife keeping up her appearance:

      “In reading all the letters from men, I was struck by their depth of sensitivity about the issue of women’s appearance. It wasn’t an impersonal, animal reaction (as it is with women the men don’t personally know), it was a deeply personal one. The wife’s comfort with and appreciation of her own body and femininity, and her willingness to share that with her husband, actually fed his sense of well-being, his feeling of being loved as a husband and valued as a ‘man.’”

   Although she does not say it explicitly, Dr. Laura is justifying femininity based on the fact that men are embodied souls.  Marriage elevates the relationship for men to something much deeper than physical.  The soul too possesses qualities unique to one's own sex.  Men want someone in marriage who respects their masculinity deeply enough to care about embracing her own femininity, both physically and spiritually and emotionally.  This is what drives the usual desire of men to have pretty, feminine, kept up wives.  Dr. Laura apparently realizes that the institution of marriage is more than social, it is also spiritual.  I just loved this concept!

    It is the subject really that interested me most about this book.  "The Proper Care and Feeding of Husbands" is something that I really do need to work on.  I am very excited to get to the feeding part next!

Monday, January 6, 2014

A Weekend In Feminine Dress: for Girls

A Weekend In Feminine Dress is when I post pictures of pretty outfits to encourage women to dress in a feminine manner.  Today I am posting some ideas for girls for those of you who have daughters engaged in this apostolate.  (I also didn't get around to taking photos yesterday:)
 
 
 
Here are some of my favorites:
 
Girl's dress from April Cornell.  I love this one!
 

Another pretty dress from Land's End.
 
Sweater Knit Cardigan Carters Baby
Girl's Fair Isle Cardigan from Carter's.  Warm sweaters are very versatile during cold months.
 
Girls winter cord skirt cath kidston fabric
I found this adorable girl's skirt on Etsy!

Gray Flower Headband, Velvety Flower w/ Pearl & Crystal Center Headband or Hair Clip, The Eva, Baby Toddler Child Girls Headband
 
Headbands and bows are a must for little girls.  I thought this one was cute from Etsy:
autumn
Tights!  I just liked this cute picture, but girl's tights are available almost anywhere.
 
 
 
 
 
Shoes can be feminine too!  Girl's shoes from Startright, I thought a very pretty design.
 
 
 
What are your ideas for dressing little girls in a feminine manner?

Friday, January 3, 2014

On Indoctrinating Daughters

         I have found myself saying things to my daughter more than once that would seem to most people to be indoctrination.  I think that other mothers probably do this too because we feel inside us a love of femininity that we intrinsically want our daughters to know too.

       Anyway, an example is the other day after dinner when Beatrice was quite dirty (unfortunately, not a very ladylike situation) and she really needed a bath.  As I poured bubbles under the faucet and undressed her, I found myself saying quite unconsciously, "Don't you just love bubble baths?  All ladies do!"



      Indoctrinating daughters with femininity is in fact just teaching them who they are.  Femininity is an art that must be learned and passed on from mother to daughter.

      What is femininity?  It is a sharp contrast to masculinity, a softness, a lightness, a delicacy which comes naturally to those of a female nature.  In clothing, speech, movements, activities and ideas even, these things are very much emphasized.  This is femininity.

      It is such a simple and beautiful thing to see women express femininity.  However, today being feminine is often replaced with "being sexy", both of which I honestly think some girls take to mean the same thing.  Obviously, there is a vast difference between the two consisting in intentionally loving the natural charms of a Catholic lady and merely bragging about the fact that one is a woman.

      Indoctrinating our daughters with femininity should not be neglected!  Indoctrination is really just the sound teaching of doctrine and since femininity is quite appropriate to a girl's nature, it stands to reason that she should learn it and love it!

     

    

On the Persecution of Christian Motherhood



"To be Queen Elizabeth within a definite area, deciding sales, banquets, labors and holidays; to be Whiteley within a certain area, providing toys, boots, sheet cakes and books, to be Aristotle within a certain area, teaching morals, manners, theology, and hygiene; I can understand how this might exhaust the mind, but I cannot imagine how it could narrow it. How can it be a large career to tell other people's children about the Rule of Three, and a small career to tell one's own children about the universe? How can it be broad to be the same thing to everyone, and narrow to be everything to someone? No; a woman's function is laborious, but because it is gigantic, not because it is minute I will pity Mrs. Jones for the hugeness of her task; I will never pity her for its smallness."
 
-From G.K. Chesterton, What's Wrong With the World
Teaching children right and wrong is increasingly looked down upon as a profession.
Mothers have the most important position in the world of teaching children right and wrong.  Unfortunately, this seems to increasingly become an old fashioned (and even criminal) profession.
 
Children are born with God's objective law written on their hearts, yet society denies this and teaches that everything is relative, subject to feelings or abstract thought.
 
Christian mothers fight back.
 

You probably heard of the recent story about A&E firing Phil Robertson for his condemnation of homosexuality and then their quick decision to retain him after the backlash from his fans?  Or the new law that allows public school children in some places to use either bathroom depending on which gender they "identify" with.  These are just examples of the outright persecution of Christian values that pervades our society today.  Parents and private business owners are constantly being persecuted by society for deciding between right and wrong.  Free speech is all a lie when there is no objective realty to base freedom on.  In the end the lie of "tolerance" is just another way of saying, "It is forbidden to forbid!"

Mothers know the importance of God's Law.  The Catholic mother is a woman who teaches her children what they already intrinsically know and naturally respond to.  Children learn quickly when all is right between their little bodies and souls, when all fits together in their little innocent minds, when their parents agree that good is good and bad is bad.  When they get spanked for doing wrong and commended for doing right.



What do you think?

On the Disappearance of Manners


My husband and I visited a family recently for the Legion of Mary to pick up a statue of Our Lady of Fatima.  I have been to visit many homes in this way and usually we are met with politeness and consideration.  This time was different.
 
It was apparent that the father of the family was the one instigating Our Lady's visit.  He met us in the driveway and led us inside.  He tried to be welcoming and was possibly a little nervous or apologetic.  I understood why when we entered the house.  The mother sat at the kitchen counter smoking.  She did not really acknowledge us until we said hello and I initially thought that maybe she was just shy.  But she was dressed in sweatpants and slippers and did not make the slightest effort to welcome us.  I wasn't sure about her.  We moved on into the living room.
 
There were two teenage boys seated in armchairs, engaged most earnestly on their phones.  One said hi and the other did not look up.  Neither one stood or offered to introduce himself.  This was when I began to feel a little uncomfortable.
 
Manners, anyone?
 
What I have just described is not an uncommon scene in American households.  The picture above says it all.  "Hanging out," has become the typical standard of relaxation and even when activities are business related, there is an increasingly relaxed code of manners.  In fact, etiquette is almost gone.
 
The usual greeting is, "Hey!" "What's up?" or some other insignificant, meaningless, genderless phrase.  Could this be because people are too busy to really care?
 
How can we preserve the precious remnants of a more virtuous era?  How can we revive manners and customs that spring only from Christian ideals?  How can we relate outward words and gestures once again most properly to inward emotions?
 
Possibly by teaching our children timeless etiquette.  And please and thank you is not enough.
 
My husband was reading a book recently about George Washington and his code of conduct.  The rules he lists are extensive and almost ridiculous.  Yet they have a meaning.  Proper manners protect civilization and Christian principle.  They do not fade away for no reason.  Our society is loosing its very basis.  That is why manners disappear.  Because God is disappearing.
 
It's scary.
 
What do you think?
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