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!



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