Thursday, May 29, 2014

Trend: The Tea Length Skirt



"Now that spring is finally in the air, romance and whimsy walk down the runway in the form of an old classic: the tea-length skirt. This throwback was seen from designers such as Christian Dior, Alice + Olivia, and Proenza Schouler.
The hemline of this skirt hits about mid-calf for an ultra-ladylike look. Think Grace Kelly circa 1954 in “Rear Window” in that classic black and white tea length dress. Here are some tips for pulling this retro silhouette without looking like you’ve come straight from the 50s..."

Continue reading here:
http://www.fabulousafter40.com/how-to-wear-a-midi-skirt/

Monday, May 26, 2014

A Weekend In Feminine Dress

Welcome to A Weekend In Feminine Dress on The Catholic Lady Blog!  This is where we post pictures of a beautiful, modest outfit including where it was purchased to encourage other women to take up the apostolate of feminine dress.  If you would like to offer your photos, please send them to: thecatholiclady@gmail.com.
 
 
 
I have been trying to post some more everyday outfits since some of you have requested them.  This is a beautiful dress that I got as a hand-me-down from a friend.  I love the color red and this dress reminds me of April Cornell.  It is also just perfect for gardening.
 

 
 
 
 
 
 
 

 
 
 
I'm Wearing:

Dress- Hand-me-down
Top- Sister
Necklace- Sister
Shoes- Payless, last year
Earrings- Kohl's
 
 
Thanks for visiting!  What did you wear this weekend?
 
 
 
 





Monday, May 19, 2014

Tips for Hot Weather Elegance

There are a few things that help me out when it comes to hot weather and *trying* to dress elegantly.  I have outlined them below:
 
Stay in the shade!

Avoid the beach or dress in regular clothes when visiting it!
 

Wear longer sleeves and lighter fabric!
 
 
Wear hats!
 
 

Don't be afraid to wear a summer cardigan to make that summer dress more modest!
 
 
 
What are your tips for dressing with elegance in the hot weather?

A Weekend In Feminine Dress

Welcome to A Weekend In Feminine Dress on The Catholic Lady Blog.  This is when we post pictures of a modest, feminine outfit in order to encourage women to dress like a Catholic Lady.  If you want to give us your photos, contact me at: thecatholiclady@gmail.com.
 
 
Today I have some photos of my sister, Catherine's outfit.  She wore this yesterday for the Pittsburgh Diocese Eucharistic Rosary March (where they actually march through the city of Pittsburgh with the Blessed Sacrament) downtown where she was May Queen!  I think it was very fitting that they asked her since she just got married two weeks ago!  She looks gorgeous!  I love how she has such effortless elegance!
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Catherine is wearing:

Top- Dress Barn
Skirt- Thrift Store
Lace Bolero- Tulip Bridal
Brown Cutout Flats- Payless



Friday, May 16, 2014

Don't Give In

 
 
 
The snow glows white on the mountain tonight
Not a footprint to be seen
A kingdom of isolation,
And it looks like I’m the queen.

The wind is howling like this swirling storm inside
Couldn’t keep it in, heaven knows I tried

Don’t let them in, don’t let them see
Be the good girl you always have to be
Conceal, don’t feel, don’t let them know
Well, now they know

Let it go, let it go
Can’t hold it back anymore
Let it go, let it go
Turn away and slam the door

I don’t care
What they’re going to say
Let the storm rage on,
The cold never bothered me anyway

It’s funny how some distance
Makes everything seem small
And the fears that once controlled me
Can’t get to me at all

It’s time to see what I can do
To test the limits and break through
No right, no wrong, no rules for me
I’m free

Let it go, let it go
I am one with the wind and sky
Let it go, let it go
You’ll never see me cry

Here I stand
And here I'll stay
Let the storm rage on

My power flurries through the air into the ground
My soul is spiraling in frozen fractals all around
And one thought crystallizes like an icy blast
I’m never going back,
The past is in the past

Let it go, let it go
And I'll rise like the break of dawn
Let it go, let it go
That perfect girl is gone

Here I stand
In the light of day
Let the storm rage on,
The cold never bothered me anyway

I hope you are scandalized.

You probably realized those are the lyrics from the popular song Let It Go from Disney's new movie, Frozen.  Did you read them through?

Think about character, the mental and moral qualities distinctive to an individual, particularly a Catholic Lady.  Even basic civilizations have LAW for that matter.  Doesn't it take effort to sustain these qualities?  Are you like me, always trying to tell yourself, "Don't Give In!"

And is that not the exact opposite message of, "Let It Go"?

I do not see myself as a radical, conservative, right winger.  But in my opinion, Let It Go, is a rebellious, revolutionary message that tells children to forget the rules and do whatever they want, giving into unbridled passions and annihilating restraint.

Isn't this the exact opposite of what we try to teach them as Catholic mothers?

Morality is all about NOT GIVING IN to temptation.  We are born with the effects of Original Sin which include a weakness of our will and an attraction to sin.  This whole life is about struggling through this valley of tears in order to one day inherit the Kingdom of Heaven.  So, the last thing we ever want to tell ourselves is to, Let it Go!

Disney just dismissed any remaining fragment of Christian principle with this song and replaced it with blatant anarchy.

Get ready for a rising generation of indulgent, lazy slobs devoid of character, whose only coherent object is the destruction of civilization... Unless we as Catholic mothers decide to oppose this.

Monday, May 5, 2014

On Trends

There have been many trends throughout my lifetime like dinosaurs, Beanie Babies, Pokémon and the Macarena.  Those are pretty much gone now and been replaced by skinny jeans, The Hunger Games, maxi dresses and dancing to "Let it Go" from the movie Frozen.

Needless to say, these trends are usually not good.

Some of the most evil trends I've seen are zombie related.  This sticker can be seen on the back of cars.


It is disturbing to say the least.

Another one is the goth trend.  I saw a girl in Target a few weeks ago who looked something like this.  Someone asked to take her picture in the checkout line.





The sad thing was she couldn't have been older than fifteen.  Her mom looked resigned and a little sad.

A milder, Victorian version of the zombie/Gothic look is the Steampunk.  And from what I understand, this fad seems to be gaining popularity.


 
 
There is something similarly dark about all of these trends.  And that something is twisted and creepy.  It is identified by spiked hair, heavy metal and the color black.

All this reminds me of the disgusting displays of gory humanity that surround people's houses and cars and persons at Halloween.  Are we going to be made to see this all year long now?  Are zombies, Goths and Steampunks going to invade our civilization?  Why are people so obsessed with murder and cannibalism and the living dead?

There is a dark and fascinating appeal that acts as a trademark for things demonic.  Demonic black masses often include human sacrifice and cannibalism.  Besides being disgustingly perverted, zombie behavior (which includes eating people) is a sort of blasphemy of the human person, created in God's image and likeness.

I have no doubt that fashions are in the realm of Satan's influence.

Trends express the moral direction that a nation is headed.  And darkness is not a good direction.

What do you think?

Our Lady of La Leche

 
Our Lady of Le Leche
Nuestra Señora de la Leche y Buen Parto – Our Lady of the Milk and Happy Delivery has remained one of my favorite devotions since I conceived my first child.  I prayed numerous novenas for a year after my marriage in desperate want of a child and it was only after more than a year of very poor health and on the ninth day of my first novena to Our Lady of La Leche that I finally conceived.
 
Baby Thomas, born after many novenas.
Mine is not the only story of a pleading prayer answered by Our Lady of La Leche.  There are many others.  Her shrine in St. Augustine, Florida is a pilgrimage place for couples experiencing infertility and difficult pregnancies.  They go and place their petition before the statue of Our Lady nursing the Christ Child and come away with a sense of incredible peace.
 
Shrine of Our Lady of Le Leche in St. Augustine, Florida.
The devotion to Our Lady of La Leche can be traced back to about a century earlier than the shrine in Florida built by the Spanish settlers in the 1600's.  Her first miracle occurred in Spain in 1598 when a couple rescued a small statue of Our Lady nursing the Baby and placed it in their home.  The woman was pregnant and very ill.  The doctors were certain that she and the unborn child would die.  The husband prayed with such intense confidence before the statue, however, that Our Lady answered his prayers and his wife and child survived.  This family began to spread the devotion to Our Lady of Le Leche because of her help in their hour of need.  Her popularity grew so rapidly that King Philip III dedicated a public statue in her honor.
 
I would love to travel to St. Augustine, Florida someday and pray at the shrine of Our Lady there in thanksgiving for her blessing and protection of my three healthy children.  (My fear of flying and dislike of travel in general though will have to be overcome first.)  Has anyone ever been there?  And if so, what did you think?  Is this not a perfect devotion for Catholic mothers?


Inside of the Our Lady of Le Leche Shrine in Florida.

 

A Weekend In Feminine Dress

A Weekend in Feminine Dress is when I post pictures of my outfit (or a friend's outfit) from the past 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!

Joanna shared a photo with us today!

 
Dress- bought brand new from a thrift store for 10$!
 Shoes- my go to small heels thrifted
Jacket- from my mom, SAMs club
 
 
 
Beautiful!  What do you think?

Friday, May 2, 2014

Color Me Beautiful

I am going to share one of my favorite secrets with you friends of The Catholic Lady Blog and that secret is something I learned from a book my friend gave me many years ago.  It is called...
 
 
If you have never heard about the four seasons analysis system, you need to read on.  It is amazing and fascinating!
 
According to Carole Jackson, there are four basic color palettes.  You best colors can be determined based on your skin tone, hair and eye color.  Everyone has either a cool skin tone with blue undertones (Winter or Summer) or a warm skin tone with yellow undertones (Spring or Winter).  Some look best in vivid colors (Winter or Autumn) or soft colors (Spring or Summer).  The cool seasons can wear silver jewelry and cool toned clear blue toned colors and the warm seasons look best in gold, brown and warm beige based colors.  The book and ideas presented are extremely fascinating!  I was analyzed by a color specialist (who happens to be the grandmother of one of my best friends) a few years ago and I am a Winter!  Here are my colors:

 

 
 
Ever since I found out my colors, shopping and choosing outfits, shoes, jewelry, makeup and accessories has become much easier and a lot more fun!  I have my colors which eliminates some options and help me determine what suits me best.  Carole Jackson, the author of Color Me Beautiful, says that choosing hair color is much easier when you know your season for women who dye their hair.  I can just imagine!
 
My sister is a Spring and she looks best in these colors:
 

 
 
Here is a good example of four different Seasons:
 
 
 
 
 
Have you had your colors analyzed and if so, what Season are you?
 

Babies in Dresses

I have two baby girls, Beatrice who is one and a half years old and Rebecca who is four months.  Both of them have worn dresses as much as possible since they were born and here are some reasons why:



-Being a lady.  They get used to the idea that dresses define them and there is something very right and natural in this idea.  Dresses speak of elegance and delicacy, qualities naturally present in young girls that need to be developed in the protected environment of the home.
 

 
-Modesty.  Although modesty in dress is usually not necessary in the sense of protecting chastity for babies, it is important to teach baby girls this virtue so that they will be used to it when they are older.  A little girl who gets used to wearing a skirt will be more likely to understand without much fuss the importance of covering herself tactfully in the presence of others to avoid the near occasion of sin.
 
 
-Security.  Putting a dress on a baby girl helps her tremendously in feeling secure with who she is.  In a world like we live in today, this is something that cannot be stressed enough.  Children are taught to be insecure with their gender and personality by the schools and media and friends who present ideas of unnatural equality to them. Girls who are taught from a young age to embrace their femininity will be much more likely to become well-rounded women who are full of character and comfortable in their own skin.
 
 
 
-Friends.  My husband and I met because of what I was wearing- literally!  He noticed my at a picnic because I was the only one of a group of girls wearing a dress and he immediately formed some mythical image of surreal elegance and femininity of me (which of course I have probably destroyed by now)!  I certainly want my daughters to present themselves to the world as virtuous and beautiful women who are different than the crowd!
 
 
 
-Manners and Behavior.  Feminists devote time to bashing dresses mainly because of the fact that they are restrictive.  I do not believe that the Catholic lady should try to deny this!  Dresses are restrictive and they are made to be so.  They naturally encourage a girl to act like a lady and avoid those activities that are unladylike.  So in my opinion, don't try to make dresses into sporting clothes.  Instead, accept their restrictiveness and learn to behave like a lady.
 
 
 
 
These are just some ideas I had.  Please add yours and let me know what you think!




 

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