Sunday, May 31, 2015

A Weekend In Feminine Dress

Welcome to A Weekend In Feminine Dress!  This is when I post pictures of a modest and elegant outfit to encourage women in the apostolate of feminine dress.  If you would like to send me your photos to feature here, please do at: thecatholiclady@gmail.com!  Thank you!
 
 
Here is what I wore yesterday.  Twenty-seven weeks and already I feel huge!  I really hope this is all baby.
 
 
 





 
 
I'M WEARING:
 
Skirt- Ebay (Motherhood)
Top- Kohl's (Oh Baby By Motherhood)
Shoes- Payless
Earrings- Gift
 
BEA IS WEARING:

Dress- Consignment (Faded Glory)
Shoes- Consignment (Stride Rite)
 
 
 
 
 
THANKS FOR VISITING!

Thursday, May 28, 2015

Why to Wear Clothes This Summer

*I wrote this article recently for a local Catholic newsletter and wanted to share it here on my blog!*

WHY TO WEAR CLOTHES THIS SUMMER
By Colette Zimmerman (thecatholicladyblog.blogspot.com)
 

“It is often said almost with passive resignation that fashions reflect the customs of a people. But it would be more exact and much more useful to say that they express the decision and moral direction that a nation intends to take: either to be shipwrecked in licentiousness or maintain itself at the level to which it has been raised by religion and civilization.”   -Di gran cuore - an allocution of Pope Pius XII to a Congress of the "Latin Union of High Fashion” on November 8, 1957

So what are you going to wear this Summer?

I ask myself this question every year and possibly more so this year, being heavily pregnant and more sensitive to the heat, with a more limited choice of clothing.  But God is good and I know He will provide.

There are a few vital points to remember when it comes to clothing.

First, identify and express yourself!  The first purpose of clothing in a civilized culture is to express heritage, religion, sex, occupation, position or status.  Femininity and masculinity in dress are a very important apostolate today since they combat such radical trends as subjective “sexual identity” and same-sex “marriage”.  There are many beautiful traditions in different cultures that use clothing to represent identity.  A bride wearing a wedding dress shows her innocence and elegance.  A monarch wearing a crown represents his nobility and power from God.  The habit of a nun shows her modesty and the unique virtue of the order.  A businessman wearing a fine suit shows the respect and seriousness of his work.  The medals of a soldier probably signify his uncommon valor.  Even shoes can and should identify the wearer.

Second, remember modesty.  Modesty in dress is necessary not because we are ashamed of our bodies, but because we are ashamed of our fallen nature and tendency to sin.  Original Sin begets concupiscence and we rise above it by wearing modest clothing.  An innocent soul has an inherent disposition towards modesty that is disgusted by witnessing the scandalous dress and behavior that pervades society today.  Modesty in dress is directly proportional to the values of a society and perusing the fashion progression of the twentieth century illustrates this fact quite clearly.

Third, dress to provide protection from the elements.  Of course it is necessary to wear a coat in the winter and carry the umbrella in the rain.  Wearing an apron is very proper and functional for a cook.  Dressing for the elements has a lot to do with reason.  And as society strays from God, reason quickly becomes perverted.  I noticed a trend this past winter for school children to wear shorts in the snow.  Although it is necessary and right to dress for the elements, it is also important to remember that modesty should never be compromised.

Tuesday, May 26, 2015

The Catholic Lady and Moral Relativism

"Morality is always dreadfully complicated to a man who has lost all his principles."
-G. K. Chesterton

Try to debate or just converse with many college students and you will soon realize the extent of a modern epidemic called moral relativism.  The cause of this disorder can be explained quite simply; without God there is no basis for reality and everything becomes radically subjective.  The natural order is thrown into chaos.

There was a time when hospitals were run by nuns and starving children were given food and shelter by charitable families.  There was a time when the Law of God ruled and society was supported by the many institutions of Christian civilization.

Now moral relativism threatens to destroy this natural order by giving anyone the right to question anything.

Absolute freedom is not possible.  There must be positive laws to restrain us from the concupiscence of our own fallen nature.  I wonder how something so simple could have ever become so complicated?  A Christian perspective is after all just a reasonable perspective since everyone is born with the natural moral law engraved on our hearts.  Traditional marriage, two sexes, children born in wedlock, large and vibrant families, modesty and elegance in dress, private property...  Children don't question these things unless they are prompted to.  The right way is actually just the way that makes sense to an innocent mind!

Because of the direct assault against God's Law- and increasingly against the natural law itself- by radicals, friends, governments, and even from inside the Church, the Catholic Lady needs to rise to the occasion.  It is her duty not only to understand, but to defend and explain right from wrong to her children, family and in turn to society at large.  Have (God's) principles and follow them!  There is nothing so important to maintaining order and upholding civilization!  Neglecting this will literally undermine order itself.

To a great extent the level of any civilization is the level of its womanhood. When a man loves a woman, he has to become worthy of her. The higher her virtue, the more her character, the more devoted she is to truth, justice, goodness, the more a man has to aspire to be worthy of her. The history of civilization could actually be written in terms of the level of its womanhood."
-Archbishop Fulton Sheen

Monday, May 25, 2015

A Week In Feminine Dress Challenge!

Guess what, ladies and girls!?  I have a challenge for you!!  Can you guess what it is?  It has to do with hot weather and the refusal to dress in an uncivilized and unprincipled fashion.  Instead, I want to be uplifted and inspired by you!!!


This was me at Virginia Beach almost exactly 3 years ago!
We are going back again this June with my husband's family and so
I will be doing the Weekend In Feminine Dress Challenge while 6 1/2 months pregnant and AT THE BEACH!!!
I am already wondering what I will find to wear but am confident that with God's grace
and the help of Our Lady I will find something that works!
I prefer to enjoy the beauty of the beach in modesty and elegance.
If I can take up this challenge, ladies, than so can you!


Don't forget, ladies, that June begins the "Week In Feminine Dress" challenge!  I will be posting pictures of seven days of feminine outfits at intervals throughout the month!  Please contribute with your very own "Week In Feminine Dress".  It is not at all difficult to take pictures of your outfit every day for a week!  Send your photos to me at: thecatholiclady@gmail.com!

Thursday, May 21, 2015

A Weekday in Feminine Dress

Welcome to A Weekend In Feminine Dress!  This is when I post pictures of a modest and elegant outfit to encourage women in the apostolate of feminine dress.  If you would like to send me your photos to feature here, please do at: thecatholiclady@gmail.com!  Thank you!
 
 
   I received an exciting package in the mail today from a friend, who I was blessed to meet through The Catholic Lady Blog!  She lives in West Virginia, only about forty minutes away from me, so we have actually had the opportunity to meet in person.  She is one of the most lovely examples of modesty and elegance!  My friend sent me this beautiful blouse from Phyllis Jean, a handmade modest clothing company.  I was impressed by the high quality and serged seaming inside.  What a kind and sweet gift from a dear friend!  This is not a maternity blouse, but they do make maternity ones too and modest skirts as well which I am going to have to try out in the future!  I obviously had to photograph the blouse for my blog and you can see it below.  It's actually a pretty floral light sage color.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
I'M WEARING:

Blouse: Phyllis Jean
Black Top- Motherhood
Skirt- I made
Shoes- Payless
 
 
 
THANKS FOR VISITING!  WHAT ARE YOU WEARING TODAY?


Monday, May 18, 2015

A Weekend In Feminine Dress

Welcome to A Weekend In Feminine Dress!  This is when I post pictures of a modest and elegant outfit to encourage women in the apostolate of feminine dress.  If you would like to send me your photos to feature here, please do at: thecatholiclady@gmail.com!  Thank you!
 
 
Saturday was my sister's baby shower.  She is having a little girl in July so it was lots of fun seeing all the cute pink gifts!  I had no idea what I was going to wear until I saw this beautiful embroidered linen fabric at JoAnn's and decided to just go ahead and make myself a dress.  It was not easy to adapt a pattern for pregnancy, but I did it and this is what I came up with.  I added a lot of length to the pattern but even so, I would have liked this dress to be even a few inches longer.  If I make the pattern again I will remember that.  After all the trouble though, this dress was a big success for me!
 
 
 

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
I'M WEARING:

Dress- I made!
Shoes- Nine West
Earrings- Sears
 
 
 
THANKS FOR VISITING!!!
 
 
 

 

 

Sunday, May 10, 2015

On Family

MARCH FOR MARRIAGE- WASHINGTON, D.C.- APRIL 2015

      The Christian family is the basis of society.  It is the foundation for order and justice and charity.  It is the beginning of great men and great virtue.  The family provides a safe, fertile environment for the flourishment of talent.  The family is a very beautiful and essential part of life!

    Coming from big Catholic families, this is something my husband and I can take for granted.  Many people of our generation desire an unhealthy independence that breaks the ties of family, tradition and inheritance.  But this is very foolish.  We have natural tendencies, skills and even social privileges that come from our parents and the unique support and guidance they can give is irreplaceable.  In the normal course of things parents have the best (if sometimes misguided) intentions.  This desire to want the best for their children is very admirable and the root of worldly and spiritual advancement.  I have learned to try to resist the trend of forging my own way and embrace the wisdom of my forefathers.  After all, do I think I can do better than where God has put me?

    Just like embracing the privilege of being a woman, I am learning to embrace the privilege of my family.  I have found that in doing so, my life is so much more accordingly enriched and I hope my children's lives will be so as well.  Knowing where we come from in life is essential to knowing where we are going.  Actual skill is what companies are looking for, not college degrees.  Many are clueless simply because they have neglected to draw upon the resources they have from God and within the family!

In this undertaking I have come across many revelations.  Brothers and sisters are our natural friends, the ones who help us understand and appreciate life!  It might take sacrifice to live with them, but it also teaches self-denial and brings so much joy.  Fathers are the rock and reason of life.  A father delights in seeing his children succeed.  Mothers will watch their children fall and be the gentle hand that perseveres and works and loves and shows mercy.  Like Our Blessed Lady, mothers are unceasing intercessors for the salvation of all.  A happy family is one that aspires to being God's Kingdom on Earth.  Of course this takes much patience and a great charity towards one another!!

Happy Mothers Day by the way!  I hope this day recalls to you the privilege of family and the appreciation we should have for the beautiful designs of God.


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Monday, May 4, 2015

A Weekend In Feminine Dress

Welcome to A Weekend In Feminine Dress!  This is when I post pictures of a modest, feminine outfit to encourage women in the apostolate of feminine dress.  If you would like to send me your photos to feature here, please do at: thecatholiclady@gmail.com!  Thank you!
 
 
This is what Rebecca and I wore yesterday.  I don't know why the pictures are so blurry.  We took them later in the day so maybe it was the lighting.  We had gorgeous weather!
 




 
 
 
I'M WEARING:

Top- Motherhood?
Cardigan- LOFT
Skirt- Motherhood from ThreadUp
Shoes- Payless
 
 
 
THANKS FOR VISITING!!!





 

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