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?

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: .  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!)


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

Monday, August 24, 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 a modest, elegant outfit to encourage women in the enriching apostolate of feminine dress.  If you would like to send in your pictures, please do so at:  Thank you!
Good morning and happy Monday, everyone!
I am so ready for baby, just waiting really!  It is exciting to think that in just a few weeks I will be holding this little one.  My cousin recently loaned me a whole bag of maternity tops, so I am well equipped for the end of this pregnancy!  Here is me still looking a little tired before Church yesterday:

Top- Motherhood
Cardigan- Burlington
Skirt- Coldwater Creek
Shoes- Payless
THANKS FOR VISITING!  I'd love to hear what you've been up to!

Wednesday, August 19, 2015

Urgent Petition to Pope Francis

Have you signed the Petition to Pope Francis to protect the family at the upcoming Synod in October yet?  Nearly 500,000 Catholics worldwide have!

A Week in Feminine Dress: At the County Fair!

Welcome to A Week in Feminine Dress on The Catholic Lady Blog.  This is when I post pictures of a modest, elegant outfit to encourage women in the enriching apostolate of feminine dress.  If you would like to send in your pictures, please do so at:  Thank you!

To make up for my laziness lately in posting pictures, I'm going to add one today if only to be able to look back and recall forever these days of swollen feet and hugeness and- oh yes- the county fair!  We went yesterday to see the animals and exhibits and had a wonderful time.  Every year I find myself looking forward to it more, probably because of the children.  They loved going through the barns to see so many animals in one place.  I love seeing the sewing, baking, arts and crafts that are on display.  It's amazing how much talent can be right in your own neighborhood.

Here's what I wore.  Beatrice and Rebecca's dresses were both from friends.


Top- my cousin
Skirt- Target (Liz Lange Maternity)
Shoes- Payless
Necklace- Gift

Tuesday, August 18, 2015

Modest and Elegant Maternity Clothes

Modest maternity clothes are just so difficult to find, let alone elegant ones!  I have been through (almost) four pregnancies, two in Summer and two in Winter, and yet I still struggle finding something nice to wear while pregnant.  So, I thought I would outline a few things I've learned and PLEASE add your tips or suggestions in the comments below!

1. Buy one or two modest, quality everyday skirts or make them.  New Creation Apparel, Deborah & Co., or second hand have some that would work.  I recommend khaki, black or charcoal for a skirt that will get you through the majority of your pregnancy while holding up well and going with everything.  It is easy to make a comfortable maternity skirt like this or like this.

2. Get a white or black layering shirt or halftee.  These are so useful to layer under all kinds of pretty tops that are either sleeveless or low cut (everything is), but be sure to buy one that is not too thick since the added bulk can make your outfit very hot!  I have a nice white shirt that is made of thin material and although it is obviously too thin to wear alone, it is perfect for layering under most of my maternity shirts.

3. Do not forget the jewelry and shoes.  Even when dressed modestly, it is easy to forgo the little things that add elegance to an otherwise plain outfit.  Day to day I struggle to put on something decent enough to leave the house in and am often too lazy to add that extra touch.  But be aware of the fact that a little goes a long way in your maternity accessorizing.  A necklace, jewelry, some attention to the hair or adding neat classic shoes can do so much!

4. Comfort does not have to be compromised.  I find myself wearing my most comfortable clothes more and more as the aches and pains of pregnancy increase.  My black knit skirt is a staple and still very classic when paired with a nice top and simple hairstyle.  This is me for real, doing chores and just relaxing, especially those last few weeks of pregnancy.

5. Finally, wear what makes you happy!  Your favorite or best colors, lace, patterns, whatever it is that defines your regular wardrobe should be incorporated into those nine months.  It should not ever be a chore to get dressed; so keep it fun and interesting and beautiful by wearing only the clothes that define YOU.  (In case you didn't realize, black and pink and my husband make me happy!!!)  I really think it is worth spending a little time and money shopping for a few tops you really like and that can be make modest with that long skirt and layering shirts.  ENJOY your femininity during this wondrous time!

Monday, August 17, 2015

A Weekend In Feminine Dress: 37 Weeks!

Welcome once again to A Weekend In Feminine Dress on The Catholic Lady Blog.  This is where I post pictures of a modest, elegant outfit to encourage women in the important apostolate of femininity.  If you would like to send in your pictures, please do so at:  Thank you!
In regard to clothes right now, I feel exhausted.  I have only a few pieces that fit anymore and just the thought of moving is intimidating.  So I keep going and trying to find something beautiful to wear, but am longing for this baby to be born and on the outside of my body!  I did not get any pictures on Sunday, but thought I would share this simple, comfortable outfit I have been wearing around the house.  I know there is a trash can and a dirty floor in this picture...I'll have a more professional picture next time?!



Top- My cousin
Skirt- Consignment


Tuesday, August 11, 2015

The Spider and the Wasp

Guest post by Thomas Zimmerman
(my husband, who kindly wrote this article when I said I really needed new material to publish.)

In the dim shadows, hidden within a web of its own design the cunning spider waits for a hapless victim to fumble into the entanglement of its trap.  Once ensnared, the poor creature is all but doomed as the spider quickly stabs it with a powerful neurotoxin.  Hiding its prey in the folds of its web it devours it, then quietly prepares itself for its next victim.  Treacherous; deceitful; merciless; the Black Widow Spider will go so far as to consume its own mate to satisfy itself and its offspring.  Infamously known throughout the animal and human kingdom as something to be avoided, there is one who would challenge the terror of its web ... the Blue Wasp.

The Blue Mud Dauber has a passion for fighting the Widow Spider.  Flying ceaselessly about the crags and dark places the spider calls home, it has the remarkable ability to alight upon the web without ensnaring itself.  Once there, the Blue Wasp will pluck the strings of the web as if calling the spider out to do battle.  Greedily will the spider emerge, thinking a new morsel has ensnared itself; only to find a challenger on its doorstep!  Thus the battle between war-tank and fighter-jet ensues.  Though there is risk and its potency is less, the agility the wasp learned from flight usually proves the victor and the Blue Wasp’s battle against other spiders goes on.  Lacking the mad fury of the hornet, the Blue Wasp rarely stings animals or humans and is not widely known or recognized.
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Planned Parenthood is a spider.  They spin webs of lies and deceit hoping to ensnare confused mothers and fathers into the trap of abortion and contraception.  They do not offer helpful services to women but rather poison them against their own offspring, then kill the innocent child in a cruel and heartless fashion.  Like a merciless spider Planned Parenthood hides in the darkness of its slaughter-houses while profiting off the sale of murdered infants and ruining the lives and souls of parents.  Many know of the poison Planned Parenthood spreads but few dare to oppose the treachery of their grip.    

The Blue Wasp is a miniature prototype for the Pro-Life Movement.  We must have a passion for confronting and debunking Planned Parenthood, always peacefully and legally.  The potency of our resistance must be Catholic Moral Teaching.  Immodesty in dress and speech, which is the web laid out to trap us, must be combated with pure and upright clothing which defines and elevates us.  Risk, though calculated, should be undertaken by peacefully praying in front of Planned Parenthood and debating publicly against sodomite “marriage” and “transgenderism” which are the ‘offspring’ of a contraceptive and abortive mentality.  When Planned Parenthood is closed in your neighborhood, do not rest but thank God and keep struggling; for a Catholic’s life on earth is one of ‘sweat, blood and tears’ without recognition.  But our Heavenly Father knows and He is recording our deeds in the Book of Life.

Monday, August 10, 2015

A Weekend In Feminine Dress: I'm Back!

Welcome to A Weekend In Feminine Dress!  This is when I post pictures of myself or a volunteer wearing a modest and elegant outfit to encourage women to take up the rewarding apostolate of feminine dress!  If you want to submit your pictures, please contact me at:

I am back!  I know it's been forever since I last posted.  We are all doing well though, thanks to Our Lady.  My husband has been working; I have been nesting; and the kids have been busy taking out everything in the house to play with everyday!  So we've all been busy.  My sister and her husband just had their first baby, a little girl who was very sick and required brain surgery.  So we have been visiting and praying for her too.  She is stable and doing well, hopefully able to go home soon.

So anyway, there's my excuse.  I am now 36 1/2 weeks and feeling huge.  It is difficult to move let alone find something beautiful to wear.  But this challenge is something to be overcome!  I somehow found myself without any skirts that fit well and are appropriate for Summer (the girls were born in the Winter).  So I converted this brown linen skirt that didn't fit well pre-pregnancy anyway into a new maternity skirt which I really needed!  I also ordered a few new to me maternity tops from  (I love that website!)  This is something I've been wearing a lot lately.


Top- (Motherhood)
Black Shirt- Thrift Store
Skirt- I made maternity (originally from Dress Barn)
Shoes- Payless
Jewelry- Gifts
What have you been doing lately?
Does anyone have advice for flattering and pretty postpartum styles?
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