Monday, December 28, 2015

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, elegant outfit to encourage women in the apostolate of feminine dress.  If you would like to share your photos for publication here, please send them to me at: thecatholiclady@gmail.com.  Please note: I reserve the right to reject those pictures that do not reflect the ideals of modesty and elegance this blog promotes.  Thank you!

Merry Christmas, everyone!!  I hope it is a blessed and grace filled season for you and your families.  Christmas here has been wonderful but really busy so far and I'm looking forward to settling down a little this week.


















I'M WEARING:

Shirt- J. Crew
Sweater- Second hand
Skirt- I made
Shoes- Payless






Thanks for visiting!!  What did you wear for Christmas this year??

Friday, December 18, 2015

Satanic Attack Against Mary on Christmas Eve

I have recently been informed of the plans of Oklahoma City Satanists to desecrate a statue of Our Lady on Christmas Eve.  I am asking you to sign this petition against the outrageous blasphemy.  Along with thousands of others, I also called the mayor's office (405-297-2424) and emailed the city manager Jim Couch (citymanager@okc.gov) to let them know how offensive this is to Catholics.  Here is what I wrote:

Dear Mr. Jim Couch,
 
I hear that a city permit was issued to Satanists who wish to desecrate a statue of Our Blessed Mother on public property this Christmas Eve.  This is very upsetting to me since I personally have a devotion to Our Lady, am a practicing Catholic and do not believe that your city should protect the right of haters to persecute and offend my religious beliefs.  An organization I belong to made me aware of this and I know that I am only one among thousands who are very upset at this outrage against the Mother of God.  There is undeniably a double standard when it comes to freedom of speech in our country as demonstrated by the arrest of a Florida pastor in 2013 for his plans to burn Qurans.  So I am not swallowing the "freedom of speech" pill.  Revoke the permit on the grounds that he is harassing Catholics and Christians!

I called a city office and was told that this Satanist is looking for notoriety, so we should just be quiet and let him do this thing.  I say no; I am not sitting down while baby Jesus' Mother is blasphemed in the public square.  This is Christmas!  This is America!  What an unpatriotic thing to do, allowing Christianity to be attacked on Christmas Eve!  There's no such thing as absolute freedom.  Christianity and violence against Christianity cannot coexist in a peaceful nation.  If you choose Satan, we have crossed the line to outright persecution of Christian civilization, thus the end of peace on Earth and goodwill toward men.

I look forward to your answer and pray that you will stand up for the Mother of Baby Jesus this Christmas.  There are millions of Christians behind you!

Sincerely,
Colette Zimmerman
Pittsburgh, PA
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The Modesty Journey

This is a not so clear picture of me with my husband a few years ago along the modesty journey.
My advice to those committed to this apostolate: never let down your guard.

Many women go through a journey of modesty that slowly evolves, at last becoming well-grounded and principled.  This is not to say her standards are free from assault at last.  In fact, the beautifully dressed lady is constantly assaulted by temptations of fitting in or looking "good".  I thought you might enjoy to read about my journey here.

When I was about fourteen I became friends with a girl from Church who greatly inspired me in the apostolate of femininity.  In her I saw the mythical "Catholic Lady" and desired to imitate her style.  I found some pretty dresses at second hand stores and began wearing them.  This was a time when I marveled at and really fell in love with the idea of beautiful femininity.

I am a very critical person however, and I soon fell to the temptation of criticizing the lack of modesty in our world to the point that I began to dress in a plain, unattractive way.  I did not represent the beauty of Catholic identity.  For this brief time I wore a shapeless uniform of neutral colored long skirts and too-big jackets.  There were probably people who were turned off by my quiet and judgmental way.

Fortunately, I soon grew tired of such a boring life and my dress naturally moved on to become more feminine once again, yet I still lacked the classy touch of maturity and elegance.  By this time I was about eighteen years old and I was married that year.  I really began to feel like a lady and appreciate how reasonable it is to express femininity with my clothes.

It was at this point I encountered a temptation to try out more provocative clothing.  I had time on my hands and I often used it to shop, even around clothes that were not modest.  This is not pleasant to admit, but I felt very attracted to some modern fashions and it is still difficult for me to constantly reject them.  I have worn skirts and tops that are a little too short or low cut and am not proud of that at all.  It is important to note though that the commitment I have to modesty never left me wearing something very immodest.

I recall the horror of eternal damnation that will someday meet immodest women and often remind myself of the glorious reward awaiting those who love modesty.  It is not enough to dress modestly, we must absolutely go to extremes in this virtue, especially as the evil one intensifies his assault against holy purity.  And I cannot emphasize this enough: we must constantly be on guard!  I realized only recently after all these years of embracing femininity, the really combative nature of this apostolate.  There is an intimate connection between body and soul, human and Divine, natural and supernatural.  We express goodness and virtue- or evil and corruption- with our clothes and manner.  We are fighting evil, quite directly.

The dress and manner is directly proportionate to the state of the soul.  How we live is what we are.

Thanks to those of you who join me in this important journey of modesty.


Let your modesty be a sufficient incitement, yea, an exhortation to everyone, to be at peace on their merely looking at you."
 
-St. Ignatius of Loyola

Tuesday, December 15, 2015

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, elegant outfit to encourage women in the apostolate of feminine dress.  If you would like to share your photos for publication here, please send them to me at: thecatholiclady@gmail.com.  Please note: I reserve the right to reject those pictures that do not reflect the ideals of modesty and elegance this blog promotes.  Thank you!


Well, I am late again!  But better late than never, right?  I feel like I've been saying that to too many people lately...  It is such a busy season though, a busy yet truly wonderful time of year.

This weekend we spent with out of town friends, Christmas shopping and lunch out for a special treat on Sunday.  It was so much fun, but I am still working on last minute gifts.  I am sure your lives are just as busy but hopefully more organized!  Here is what I wore Sunday.  I actually wore the skirt Saturday too.  It was a thoughtful hand-me-down from my sister-in-law.





 
 
 
 

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
I'M WEARING:

Skirt- Max Studio Brand (My sister-in-law)
Cardigan- Consignment
Top- Banana Republic (Goodwill)
Boots- Steve Madden (Poshmark)
Bag- BCBG Paris (Marshalls)
 
 
 
 
 
 
THANKS FOR VISITING!  How are your Christmas plans coming?

Monday, December 7, 2015

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, elegant outfit to encourage women in the apostolate of feminine dress.  If you would like to share your photos for publication here, please send them to me at: thecatholiclady@gmail.com.  Thank you!
 
 
 
It's been such a long time!  I keep meaning to post an outfit and then never get around to taking pictures and getting them on here...  I wore this outfit on Saturday and I loved what Beatrice was wearing that day too, so included her.
 
 
 
 
 
I'M WEARING:

Skirt- I made
Top- Goodwill
Jacket- Banana Republic
Shoes- Goodwill
 
 
BEATRICE IS WEARING:

Dress- Hand-me-down
Cardigan- Children's Place
Shoes- Children's Place
 
 
 
 
 
THANKS FOR VISITING!



Monday, November 23, 2015

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, elegant outfit to encourage women in the apostolate of feminine dress.  If you would like to share your photos for publication here, please send them to me at: thecatholiclady@gmail.com.  Thank you!
 
 
 
Here is what I wore yesterday.  It's finally getting cold here, kind of exciting!  And Thanksgiving is coming!  What are you doing for Thanksgiving and what are you planning to wear?  I would love to hear about both!
 
 
 

 
 
 
I'M WEARING:
Sweater- Thrift Store
Shirt- Consignment (Banana Republic)
Skirt- I made
Shoes- Famous Footwear
Jewelry- Gifts
 
 
 
 
 
THANKS FOR VISITING!

Monday, November 9, 2015

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, elegant outfit to encourage women in the apostolate of feminine dress.  If you would like to share your photos for publication here, please send them to me at: thecatholiclady@gmail.com.  Thank you!
 
 
 
Here's what I wore yesterday.  It is a cape/poncho but hard to see in the pictures.  It's finally starting to get cooler here so time to get out the winter clothes!  I REALLY need to evaluate my wardrobe and maybe make a few more skirts.  I could use a nice black one.  I have a few skirts/dresses in a pile that are just a little too short for me and I am trying to get motivated to either lengthen them somehow or get rid of them for good AND especially quit wearing them just because they fit and are comfortable.  Please pray for me in this endeavor.
 
 






 
 
 
 
 
I'M WEARING:

Skirt- I made
Poncho- A friend
Top- A friend
Pearls- My husband
Shoes- Payless
 
 
 
THANKS FOR VISITING!!!  I would love to hear about your weekend...

Monday, November 2, 2015

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, elegant outfit to encourage women in the apostolate of feminine dress.  If you would like to share your photos for publication here, please send them to me at: thecatholiclady@gmail.com.  Thank you!

Today is All Souls Day, one of my favorites.  The prayers for the poor souls are so Catholic and so haunting and beautiful.  It's like a Catholic Halloween.  I have always loved this time of year since forever, the holidays and holy days.
Here is what I wore yesterday to Mass.  There was an All Saints Day party afterwards and my Mom's friend loaned this outfit to Oliver:
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
I'M WEARING:
 
Dress- I made (from a few different patterns)
Cardigan- Thrift Store
Boots- Franco Sarto



THANKS FOR VISITING!

Saturday, October 31, 2015

The Ultimate Enemy of Vocation

No one can do it all.

Homesteaders try.  Feminists try.  Smart phone try.  But they all fail to be that flawless jack-of-all-trades.

This desire to do it all comes from those who reject their vocation.  They miss that one job they were meant for and so search fruitlessly for a broader and necessarily inferior alternative.
 
A sad sacrifice of quality for quantity.

We see it everywhere.  Online markets, giant department stores, fast food and even homes become a place of everything and yet nothing.  There is time to do so many things except perfect the duties of our vocation.

The ideal vocation must be exclusive.

The mythical Catholic Lady is an ideal.  She represents God's creation of woman, the unique qualities that pertain to being a wife, mother, nurse, teacher or housekeeper.  And she develops her natural and hereditary skills whether they are artistic, resourceful or compassionate.  And she avoids distraction.

We must specialize in our work to build up years of knowledge and skill.  This of course means recognizing the natural abilities given by God and man and defying the popular trend to go against reason.  Too often the sex, the personality, the parents of one seeking his vocation are heartlessly disregarded.  But these should be his strongest points!  Christian society thrives on this ability to recognize and enjoy each other's skill.  For example, the butcher, baker and candlestick maker form a society that is nearer perfection than just the butcher.

Trust is vital when it comes to trade.  And human relationships- not inhuman efficiency- build trust.
 
The one who realizes his limitations and simultaneously recognizes his skill is one who is wise and knows the effects of Original Sin and the hope of Heaven.

The one who wants to know everything or do anything is presumptuous, pretentious and atheistic.  He is the ultimate enemy of vocation.

"Do not wish to be anything but what you are, and try to be that perfectly." -St. Francis de Sales
 
WHAT DO YOU THINK?

Tuesday, October 27, 2015

HATS!

Here are some beautiful hats that a reader sent me to share with you all!  I think they are so lovely and perfect for Fall.  Thanks, Theresa!
 
 




Monday, October 26, 2015

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, elegant outfit to encourage women in the apostolate of feminine dress.  If you would like to share your photos for publication here, please send them to me at: thecatholiclady@gmail.com.  Thank you!
 
 
 
Here is an outfit I wore this weekend to a wonderful conference our family attended.  I found this jacket at the thrift store and really liked it.  This is not the best picture ever, but it's the best I have!  I also got about four inches cut off my hair and REALLY dislike it.  I always have trouble with my hair after having a baby.  Until it grows back, let me know if you have any ideas for short hair.
 
 

 
 
I'M WEARING:

Jacket- Ann Taylor
Skirt- I made
Black Top- Hand-me-down
Shoes- Famous Footwear
Necklace- Target
 
 
 
THANKS FOR VISITING!

Monday, October 19, 2015

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, elegant outfit to encourage women in the apostolate of feminine dress.  If you would like to share your photos for publication here, please send them to me at: thecatholiclady@gmail.com.  Thank you!
 
 
 
Is it really getting cold already?  I don't think I'm ready for Winter yet, still holding out hope for that welcome Indian Summer...  And just in case you were wondering, I still have an amazing baby.  I keep thinking one day he'll wake up and become grumpy but no, just an angel!  We have been so busy lately with errands and events on the weekends which is why I have not posted for awhile.  But here is what I wore yesterday:



 
 
I'M WEARING:

Top- Hand-me-down
Skirt- I made
Boots- Franco Sarto
Scarf- Gabes
 
 
 
 
 
THANKS FOR VISITING!!

Friday, October 9, 2015

A Week In Feminine Dress: Valleri

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, elegant outfit to encourage women in the apostolate of feminine dress.  If you would like to share your photos for publication here, please send them to me at: thecatholiclady@gmail.com.  Thank you!
 
 
Here are some photos from a longtime reader who I am blessed to know in real life, Valleri.  I especially love her apron.  Here they are along with her informative message:
 
 
Here are a couple photos.  This is a typical fall outfit for me around the house and errands.
 The skirt is dark blue-black polka dot from a thrift store.
 The burnt orange shirt is from Boscovs and comes in many colors.  It is a medium weight knit that is slightly fitted, but not too much, and retains its shape well.
 The shoes are my “house shoes” which are too lightweight to be worn outside, but a just-right step-up from slippers.  They are the genuine leather slip-ons from Target.
 I am trying to observe the comments made by Padre Pio concerning women avoiding flesh-colored stockings, so I am wearing off-white ones.
 The apron is a favorite find of mine from the Victorian Trading Post catalog. 
 Use photos as you wish, I will try to remember to send more.
 Blessings, Val  : )
 
 

 
 
 
THANK YOU!  YOU LOOK ABSOLUTELY BEAUTIFUL AND ELEGANT!
 

Wednesday, October 7, 2015

My Favorite Fall Fashions!

I've finally got this post together and am so excited to share it with you- some of my favorite Fall fashions!  Here is my idea of Autumn modesty and elegance for the Catholic lady:






There's just something about the way this poncho blends warm and cozy with undeniable elegance.





Ankle boots are becoming quite popular.  Unfortunately, the ones pictured above from Ann Taylor are no longer available!  Yes, I am very sad. :(
 
 
 
 


 I've had my eye on this skirt from Chadwicks of Boston for awhile now.





What is Fall without a beautiful brown leather handbag?
 
 


 
 One of my favorite styles, this classic layered sweater from Kohl's.
 
 
 
 
 
Do you ever shop on ETSY?  I love this necklace!
 
 
 
 
 
I think this dress would actually be long enough for me.  With a cardigan of course.  Can I celebrate?
 
 
 
 
 
What a unique and useful top this is!
 
 
 
 
 
Have you ever heard of hair sticks from Lila Rose?  How pretty would these be with a feminine hairstyle, not to mention the Warm Autumn Colors?
 
 
 
 
 
I really think this is pretty.  No need for a necklace with that beautiful stitching.  Christopher & Banks is one of the most modest mainstream retailers in my opinion, jeans excluded of course.





This skirt is beautiful, not to mention modest and elegant!  DressBarn is another store where I actually find things.
 
 
 
 
 
My next sewing project perhaps?  I recently fell in love with this elegantly tailored dress pattern.
 
 
 
 
 
I could go on and on but duty calls and I can't.  So, that's all for now folks!  Enjoy the beautiful crisp air and apple dumplings while they last. ;)
  

Monday, September 28, 2015

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, elegant outfit in order to encourage women in the important and wonderfully enriching apostolate of femininity.  If you are interested in sending in your photos for publication here, please do so at: thecatholiclady@gmail.com .  Thank you!
 
 
Oliver is an amazing baby!  He is so good and spends most of his time sleeping.  I don't know if I just forgot how much newborns sleep or what.  We have spent the past few weeks getting to know him and of course the children are all head over heels for him.  I thought today I would just post some pictures from the past few weeks especially noting the dress I wore to Oliver's Baptism which I made before he was born and it fit!!  I was so excited because it was impossible to determine the correct size when I was still pregnant and so I just took my best guess.
 
I hope you're all doing well.  And happy Fall!  This is my favorite season and I really want to do a post with outfit ideas soon.
 
 
 

 
  
 
 
 
  
 
 
 
 
I'M WEARING:

Dress- I made from this pattern (lengthened)
Cardigan- Target
Shoes- Payless
 Necklace- Old Navy
 
 
 
 
 

  

 
  
 

 
 
 
I'M WEARING:
 
Blouse- Walmart
Cardigan- Thrift Store
Skirt- Thrift Store
Shoes- Payless
Necklace- Old Navy
Earrings- Gift
 
 
 
 
THANKS FOR VISITING!!

 

 

 

Thursday, September 10, 2015

Introducing Baby Oliver

After what seemed like an eternity of waiting, he finally arrived two days late.  I don't know how those women do it who have to wait over a week to meet their little ones!  The last few weeks were so difficult and I was so sore and tired, but it's incredible how quickly those memories melt away as things change and children grow.  Anyway, I much prefer this nine pound baby on the outside!

So let me introduce...

 
OLIVER BRUCE ZIMMERMAN
Born September 6, 2015
9lbs 22in.
 

My husband originally choose it, but I do think Oliver is such an adorable, sweet name for a baby boy.  We are all falling in love with him and I'm spending most of my time trying to prevent too much cheek pinching (a very popular pastime of toddlers around here)!

Tuesday, September 8, 2015

"Free Kim Davis Rally" Draws a Thousand Supporters

“Free Kim Davis Rally” Draws A Thousand Supporters
 
"On September 5th, members of The American Society for the Defense of Tradition, Family and Property (TFP) joined nearly a thousand protesters at the “Free Kim Davis Rally” outside the Carter County Detention Center in Grayson, Kentucky.
The huge throng of local supporters dashed any hopes of making Mrs. Davis’ case an “example” to discourage further resistance to same-sex “marriage.” The crowd’s attitude was peaceful, but resolute. Signs in support of the jailed county clerk waved above their heads, while participants voiced indignation at the unjust court order of Judge David Bunning with cries of, “Show me the law or free Kim Davis!”"
 
Continue reading here.

Tuesday, September 1, 2015

A Weekend In Feminine Dress: Dee

Yes, I'm still here and wanted to share this beautiful picture I received today from a reader!  I think she is a lovely example of femininity- all the way from Colorado!
 
 
 


Sweater: Dillards (one of the few items I have purchased at full price, just for date nights)
T-shirt: JCpenny on clearance
Skirt: Thrift shop (Old navy brand)
Shoes: Justin boots (living in the country is tough on feet and sandals)
Earrings: Gift from husband. Handmade blown glass Leaves in blue.

Monday, August 31, 2015

The Weapon of Femininity

A Christian society is a gracious society.
Femininity is a weapon that ensures both.
Modesty and elegance define the Catholic lady.  These virtues support her in the apostolate of femininity.  In today's world, femininity is uniquely charming for it's rarity and sweetness, even for the innocence of it's mission.  But can it go further?
 
Femininity is also a weapon.  It combats; it refreshes an increasingly vulgar society, where even "conservative" politicians are admired for their arrogant and crude manners.  How extremely repulsive!  This brings to mind the intimate connection between a war on civility and a war Christianity.
 
Americans must not mistake rudeness for strength.  Real strength always has the power of Christian integrity behind it.  And the sacredness of Christianity always provides an aura of dignity and respect.
 
Femininity does much to combat this popular trend- even admiration- of rudeness.  The gentleness and morality of a feminine woman will inspire wonder.  This wonder can only lead to a discovery of Christian virtue and the awe and reverence that must accompany such a discovery.  Surely this is the secret of combative femininity and the joy to be found in the Catholic lady's wonderful apostolate?
 
WHAT DO YOU THINK?

A Weekend In Feminine Dress: SO CLOSE!

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, elegant outfit in order to encourage women in the important and wonderfully enriching apostolate of femininity.  If you are interested in sending in your photos for publication here, please do so at: thecatholiclady@gmail.com .  Thank you!


Well, we're finally getting down to the last pregnancy pictures...I hope!  I will be 40 weeks on Friday, so I think this baby is coming soon!  All my others were within a few days of their due date, so here is hoping.  I'm just getting to the point where it's difficult to move.  Anyway, this is an outfit I've been wearing around the house lately.  The top is courtesy of my sister and very comfortable.  The tank underneath I just found downstairs and it works!  I wear it backwards since the neckline on the back it higher, a little trick I invented FYI.  I throw on the scarf to dress up this outfit a bit and it's still just as comfortable!  (As you may notice, I am still having a little trouble with my camera's focusing AND our bathroom is much improved from it's last appearance thanks to my super handy husband!)









I'M WEARING:

Top- My Sister (Motherhood Maternity)
Layering Tank- Target (Merona)
Skirt- Consignment (Coldwater Creek)
Scarf- Gabriel Brothers
Necklace- Gift
 
 
THANKS FOR VISITING!
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