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!"
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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?


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!


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..."

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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..."

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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!


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:

Jacket- Goodwill
Skirt- I made
Shoes- Consignment
Scarf- ?

Beatrice is Wearing:
Dress- Consignment
Cardigan- Ralph Lauren (gift)

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