Monday, April 28, 2014

Princess Braid

My hair tends to become difficult after I have a baby and this time is no different.  My hair is falling out everywhere and although I know this will soon stop, I have been struggling to find a good hairstyle for the present situation.  Then I came across this photo of Princess Letizia of Spain!
 
I was already thinking braids and this photo decided it:
 
 
 
 
My version needs a little more practice, but it works for now.  I actually clipped it up in this picture since the braids were becoming loose on the bottom.  I need to do more of a French braid next time.
 
 
 
Get ready for a hair tutorial video of this style coming soon!





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 a volunteer wearing a modest, feminine outfit, including where it was purchased in order to encourage other women to take up the apostolate of feminine dress.  If you would like to submit your photos, please contact me at: thecatholiclady@gmail.com.
 
 
For today, here are some photos very kindly shared by Mrs. Gordon, a beautiful friend of The Catholic Lady Blog:
 

 

 
 
 
Skirt- Thrift Store (Karen Scott)
Shoes- Target

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Blouse- Consignment
Skirt- Ebay (Victoria Holley brand)
Shoes- Payless
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Sweater- Wal-Mart
Tee- Wal-Mart
Skirt- Kohl's
Shoes- Payless
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Thanks for these beautiful photos, Mrs. Gordon!  You are a wonderful example!
 
 
Thank you for visiting!  Let us know if we have encouraged you!
 
 
 
 

 

Monday, April 21, 2014

A Weekend In Feminine Dress: Easter Parade!

Welcome to A Weekend In Feminine Dress!  This is when I post pictures of myself or another lady wearing a modest, feminine outfit in order to encourage women to take up this important apostolate.  If you would like to submit your photos, please contact me at: thecatholiclady@gmail.com.
  
Happy Easter to all of my dear readers!  Thank you so much for the Easter photos!  I am very impressed by your outfits for being both modest AND beautiful!  It is encouraging to me and I'm sure many other women to see such lovely Catholic ladies!
 
And so, without further ado, the Easter Parade...!
 



 
Mrs. Gordon is Wearing:
 
Blouse- Ebay
Skirt- Thrift Store
Shoes- Sears
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 




 
Miss. Theresa is Wearing:
 
Outfit- St. Vincent de Paul Thrift Store
Shoes- Coloriffics
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 



 
Mrs. Spoor is Wearing:
 
Dress - JCPenny's
Dress sweater - Dillard's
Hat - Dillard's
Shoes - Macy's from the clearance rack
Earrings - from a friend
Necklace and bracelet - passed down to me from my mom
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
I'm Wearing:

Dress- I made
Bolero- Gabriel Brothers
Hat- My sister
Shoes- Nine West
Necklace, Earrings and Bracelet- Gift
 
 
 
 
 
Thank you so much, everyone!  Please feel free to share your comments below!



Friday, April 11, 2014

A Good Article: Liberals "War on Women"

"Thou shalt defend the weak and make thyself their protector.” – From the Ten Commandments of Chivalry

Leftists constantly remind the world about how much they care for the “oppressed classes,” while accusing conservatives of striving to perpetuate their “exploitation.” One such group that liberals claim to defend is women and during the 2012 Presidential campaign, the media loudly denounced the so-called war on women supposedly being waged by conservatives..."
But liberals’ cynical hypocrisy was exposed for all to see on January 24 when outgoing Secretary of Defense Leon Panetta announced, without any public debate or forewarning, that he was lifting the 1994 Pentagon ban on women serving in direct combat positions. Women will now be allowed to serve as infantry, tankers, fighter pilots, platoon commanders, and the thousands of other positions that expose them to direct enemy fire. Yet the same media and liberal establishment that decried the Romney campaign’s “war on women” were elated with the decision.

Just as the “war on women” has nothing to do with true femininity and everything to do with the promotion of abortion, contraception, and homosexual sin, so also the push to allow women in combat has nothing to do with “military readiness” or “combat effectiveness” and everything to do with “the dictatorship of equality.” The clamor for equality goes so far that its proponents are more than willing to sacrifice the dignity, honor and the very lives of America’s daughters, wives, and mothers on the battlefield rather than admit the reality that men and women are not equal. Indeed, the left is truly engaged in a “war on women,” an ideological war that declares its utter rejection of human nature and the natural inequalities between the sexes. Their war is a total one and aims to burn to the ground the last remnants of chivalry and the true expression of masculinity and femininity..."

Read more here:
http://www.tfp.org/tfp-home/fighting-for-our-culture/liberals-war-on-women.html?utm_source=sm-tfp&utm_medium=email&utm_content=T140411&utm_campaign=tfp_newsletter

A Good Article: Self-Respect and Defending Ourselves from Communist Massification

German clothing


"A certain standardization is needed to ensure adequate production. To insist that all production be adapted to the individual is not realistic.
But we must also avoid the opposite extreme of affirming that all products can be standardized indifferently without harming the individual
Tailors, Shoemakers, Hatters, Furriers, etc…tools of the trade
How standardization affects us differs as each individual is unique. We naturally tend to express ourselves in terms of consumption that corresponds to our psychological, moral, and physical development. Hence, some people might have a problem in using a particular standardized product while others experience none. To use a very simple example, a ready-to-wear coat might feel comfortable on some because of their particular build but uncomfortable on many others..."

Read more here:
http://americaneedsfatima.blogspot.com/2014/04/self-respect-and-defending-ourselves.html

Thursday, April 10, 2014

In Defense of Baby Worship


 "The two facts which attract almost any normal person to children are, first, that they are very serious, and secondly, that they are in consequence very happy.  They are jolly with the completeness which is possible only in the absence of humor.  The most unfathomable schools and sages have never attained to the gravity which dwells in the eyes of a baby of three months old.  It is the gravity of astonishment at the universe, and astonishment at the universe is not mysticism, but a transcendent common-sense.  The fascination of children lies in this: that with each of them all things are remade, and the universe is put again upon its trial...

But the influence of children goes further than its first trifling effect of remaking heaven and earth.  It forces us actually to remodel our conduct in accordance with this revolutionary theory of the marvelousness of all things.  We do (even when we are perfectly simple or ignorant) we do actually treat talking in children as marvelous, walking in children as marvelous, common intelligence in children as marvelous.  The cynical philosopher fancies he has a victory in this matter- that he can laugh when he shows that the words or antics of the child are common enough.  The fact is that this is precisely where baby-worship is so profoundly right.  Any words and any antics in a lump of clay are wonderful, the child's words and antics are wonderful, and it is only fair to say that the  philosopher's words and antics are equally wonderful."

-by G.K. Chesterton, excerpts from his article, "A Defense of Baby Worship"

A Good Article: Feminists Unite Against Kristen Dunst

"I feel like the feminine has been a little undervalued. We all have to get our own jobs and make our own money, but staying at home, nurturing, being the mother, cooking -- it’s a valuable thing my mom created. And sometimes, you need your knight in shining armor. I’m sorry. You need a man to be a man and a woman to be a woman. That’s why relationships work..."

Read more about what Kristen Dunst thinks about femininity here:

http://www.lifesitenews.com/blog/feminists-unite-against-kirsten-dunst

Tuesday, April 8, 2014

On Posture

Posture is very important for a Catholic Lady.

I came across this illustration in an old book called, The Girl's Book of Sewing, (a real treasure).  It shows two girls sewing, one sitting straight and the other slouching with the caption, "Beware of the sewing slouch!"


Some good advice on posture from the Girl's Book of Sewing by Jane Chapman


It continues, "Good light and good posture can do wonders for your sewing and disposition!"  I was intrigued when I thought about the disposition part.  What exactly does that mean?

Can this mean that good posture can influence not only the work, but the attitude and mood for better or worse?  Perhaps that a bad mood can be caused by too much time slouched over the sewing or- more likely- the computer or cell phone?  Maybe that our modern day epidemic of depression is due in part to posture as well as to poor diet and fickle relationships?!  Can it actually be as important to pay attention to posture as well as to dress?

Absolutely!

Just like wearing a skirt and high heels can influence a lady's soul, so can the way she walks in them.  Not curled up on the couch but sitting straight with her feet on the floor...  (Please note that I am no exception.)

I find this concept incredible.  Surely it can do an immense amount of good for those who contemplate it.  Good posture is something that people used to understand and society was all the better for it.  The way that we sit, stand and walk is just as likely to influence disposition as dress.


How do you keep from slouching?

Monday, April 7, 2014

On the Mantilla

The mantilla speaks a silent language.  It says very clearly, "Here is a Catholic lady".

Reverence, modesty, femininity, elegance, tradition, Christian pride and humility are all expressed in the simple act of wearing a mantilla at Mass.

External things define the soul.  Clothing, manner and speech are so important to teach that Faith is not an abstract feeling.  Indeed, all external acts of principle are very beautiful...  But there is something surreal about a woman wearing a mantilla.
Princess Grace and Prince Rainier III of Monaco
with Pope John XXIII.  Vatican City, June 18, 1959.
(Grace Kelly had the distinct aura of a 'Catholic Lady'
which can be seen in this picture.)

She kneels there in an ancient Church with the distilled light coming through the stained glass window and the ambiance of ancient chant only equaled by the bittersweet fragrance of incense...  What could be more exquisite- more right and proper-  than such a scene?

Men traditionally uncover their heads in a Church or on a sacred occasion showing their submission to God as the ultimate "head" and bowing down before Him.  Women veil themselves to hide their beauty and likewise show their submission to God as the One who should ultimately be adored.  These customs are so rich and important and beautiful.

Furthermore, a mantilla mimics the covering of a Chalice containing the Precious Bread of Life and shows how a woman also is made to be a reverent vessel of life.  It speaks strongly of tradition and regard for Catholic custom.  Most of all it gives a woman the honor of imitating the virtue of Our Lady.

So why is the mantilla going out of fashion?

It is, at least in my Church, and I find this very disturbing.  (I know at other Churches veiling went out of fashion long ago!)  There are forces that attempt to destroy Christian civilization and hate beautiful customs.  Women are tempted to give up such appropriate and influential practices.  And women are giving them up!

What better way to combat this than by wearing a mantilla?  Do you?  And if so, why?

A Weekend In Feminine Dress

Welcome to A Weekend In Feminine Dress!!  This is when I post pictures of myself or a friend wearing a modest, feminine outfit in order to encourage other women to adopt this rewarding apostolate.

I have been asked to do a post featuring your Easter photos!  I am so excited to see what my readers wore for Easter!!!  Please oblige me by sending in your photos to: thecatholiclady@gmail.com!



Here are my photos from yesterday at the lake.  (That is not a baby doll; it is Rebecca!)




 
 

 
 

 
 
 

 
 

 

 
 
 
 
I'm Wearing:

Cardigan- Goodwill
Top- Walmart
Skirt- Thrift Store
Shoes- Given to me by a friend
Necklace, Bracelet and Earrings- Gift
 
 
 
 
Thanks for visiting!!!

 

 
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