Tuesday, July 29, 2014

A Weekend In Feminine Dress: Housework

Welcome to A Weekend In Feminine Dress on The Catholic Lady Blog.  This is when I post a picture of myself or a volunteer wearing a modest, feminine outfit and where it was purchased in order to encourage women in this apostolate!  If you would like to volunteer, please send your photos to: thecatholiclady@gmail.com.
Due to various reasons including having Rebecca in January, dealing with my postpartum thyroiditis and a couple of family weddings and events, I never got in my Spring cleaning this year, so the past few weeks have been devoted to house cleaning and gardening at our house!  Things have progressed slowly but surely and I am finally feeling a little better about the condition of our home.  I just need to keep up that cleaning!
My cleaning outfit is usually a variable of this one.  I have another dark blue skirt that I sometimes wear if I know I will be getting it dirty or stained.  I like to wear this blouse over another top to dress it up a little.  I have a pink top with longer sleeves that I wear often, even though this day it was really hot so I thought I would compromise. :(  Gardening is my favorite chore...and scrubbing the bathtub is probably my least...!

I'm Wearing:
Top- Walmart
Skirt- Goodwill
Shoes- very comfortable, I love to wear these around the house, From a friend
Hair- twisted up with a butterfly clip, Giant Eagle
Necklace- Gift
Thanks for visiting!  What do you wear to do housework?

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Why it is Necessary to be a Catholic as Well as to be a Lady

“Reason is itself a matter of faith. It is an act of faith to assert that our thoughts have any relation to reality at all.”  -G.K. Chesterton, Orthodoxy

Some people today deny that God made them male or female, many like to pretend they are some made up sex, and increasingly these people's fantasies are protected by law!

We conclude that without God's Law, there is no basis for reality, even in something as simple as the two sexes.

Most people reading this blog will agree that femininity should be studied and cultivated by women for the express purpose of protecting the family, the basic institution of Christian civilization.  This is in itself a very necessary apostolate as can be seen from the radical subjectivity of morals in today's society.

But what upholds this great apostolate of the modern day Catholic Lady?  Dwelling on this thought will perhaps lead to it's reasonable conclusion: that it is necessary to be a Catholic as well as to be a lady.

Strong principles and steadfast Faith are indispensable when it comes to butting heads with society and often directly waging war on radical ideas like same-sex "marriage".  The Catholic Lady is someone who must rely entirely on the Catholic Church's Commandments and fountains of grace to confront these challenges.

Murillo, The Holy Family with the Little Bird
The Catholic Church recognizes so exactly the role of women in society.  It gives a comprehensive, beautiful example of femininity in tradition and role models.  And on top of this, the Catholic Church offers infinite strength to women in the Sacraments.

The Catholic Lady is an ideal that exists inside the soul of every woman.  She is simply a specimen of objective truth, she is the genuine ideal of femininity and the one that all women need to aspire to if we hope to renew civilization.

And in support of an unchanging standard of womanhood:

“Because children have abounding vitality, because they are in spirit fierce and free, therefore they want things repeated and unchanged. They always say, "Do it again"; and the grown-up person does it again until he is nearly dead. For grown-up people are not strong enough to exult in monotony. But perhaps God is strong enough to exult in monotony. It is possible that God says every morning, "Do it again" to the sun; and every evening, "Do it again" to the moon. It may not be automatic necessity that makes all daisies alike; it may be that God makes every daisy separately, but has never got tired of making them. It may be that He has the eternal appetite of infancy; for we have sinned and grown old, and our Father is younger than we.”  -G.K. Chesterton, Orthodoxy
What do you think?



Monday, July 21, 2014

Modesty of Dress and Love of God: And Effective Way to Defend the Family

"“I love vulgarity. Good taste is death, vulgarity is life." These words by English fashion designer Mary Quant, who took credit for inventing the miniskirt and hot pants, reveal one of the most important, though rarely pointed out, aspects of the “fashion revolution” that started in the sixties: vulgarity.

Indeed, fashions have increasingly tended toward vulgarity. It is a vulgarity that tramples upon not only good taste and decorum but which reflects a mentality opposed to all order and discipline and to every kind of restraint, be it esthetic, moral or social, and which ultimately suggests a completely “liberated” standard of behavior.

Are Comfort and Practicality Supreme Criteria?
The rationale for introducing ever shorter skirts was “to be practical and liberating, allowing women the ability to run for a bus.” The notion that comfort, practicality and freedom of movement must be the only criteria for dress has led to a breakdown in the general standard of sobriety and elegance, not to speak of the norms of modesty.

Thus, casual dress, being more comfortable and practical, increasingly becomes the norm regardless of people’s sex, age and circumstances. Jeans and the T-shirt (formerly a piece of underwear) became part of common attire..."

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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, including where it was purchased, in order to encourage other women in the apostolate of dress.  If you are interested in submitting your photos, please send them to: thecatholiclady@gmail.com.

I know that I promised to do "themed" Weekends, but today is back to the old routine again!  I considered taking photos of my cleaning outfit this week, but never actually got around to it.  I am going to post some pictures of everyday chore and more intense cleaning outfits next week.  But for now, here is what I wore yesterday:


Skirt- Thrift Store
Ruffle Cardigan- Gabriel Brothers
Shoes- Thrift Store
Pearls- Gift
Thanks for visiting!  What did you wear yesterday?

Tuesday, July 15, 2014

Fly Lady Says, "Get Dressed to Shoes!"

"Dear Friends,
Since starting this group, I have continually harped on putting your shoes on your feet each morning. I want you to do this and you are not the exception to the rule. Here is why. Several years ago I worked for a direct sales cosmetics company. One main rule for that company was that you could not make a single phone call in the morning unless you were totally dressed, and I mean really dressed! All the way to dress shoes. The reason behind this duty was that you act different when you have clothes and shoes on. You are more professional. The customer can tell when you don’t feel good about the way you look. Even when you think you do. So if getting dressed makes that big of an impression on someone that can’t even see you, then what is going to happen to those that can see you. Mainly yourself. Putting shoes on your feet that lace up are better than slip-ons or sandals, because they are harder to take off. Instead of kicking your shoes off for a quick snooze on the couch, you actually have to go to a bit more trouble. Maybe in that short instant you will realize that there is something more that you can do. With shoes on those feet of yours, your mind says “OK”, it’s time to go to work. You have no excuse for not taking the trash out or putting that box of give-away stuff into the car. You are literally ready for anything. Believe me, when you get that call from school that your child needs you, or that dear friend calls up and says that she needs to talk “can we have lunch?” you are ready! Including shoes..."

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Monday, July 14, 2014

Weekend in Feminine Dress: Identity

At a Forth of July party last week I had a conversation with two good friends about the difficulty of finding modest AND feminine clothes for their eleven year old daughters.  In my opinion, they are just getting into the hardest years to dress since there is really very little offered in the way of modest, elegant options for teenagers these days.

For the Catholic Lady, the first thing that should be identified with clothing is femininity!  And considering the problems we have with sexual equality today, femininity in itself is a huge apostolate.

Going beyond femininity is the next step.  Clothing can identify more about a person than his or her gender as I expressed in my article Your Clothes Say It For You http://thecatholicladyblog.blogspot.com/2014/02/your-clothes-say-it-for-you_25.html.  Clothing can tell a story, as it often did in the past, about the culture, the temperament and the very essence of the people who wear it.

When a friend sent me these photos taken at a conference in Florida, I was very excited to incorporate them below.  There are still women who dress to represent themselves!  Wouldn't it be great if more women viewed clothing from this perspective instead of searching through the department stores in vain for something ladylike?  What about those precious young girls whose mothers want to dress them well??





Togo, West Africa
Germany (this is me!)
What do you think about clothing and identity?

Monday, July 7, 2014

A Week In Feminine Dress: Christine

Welcome to A Weekend in Feminine Dress with Christine!  She is a good friend of mine from Church and I really appreciate her photos and her encouragement for other Catholic mothers.  You can find her blog here: http://ourordinarylifeextraordinary.blogspot.com/.


THANK YOU!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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