// Q&A //

Tuesday, February 24, 2015

Happy Tuesday dear readers! Some of you might be enjoying gorgeous weather right now and for others ,like myself, might be bundled up inside waiting out the frigid cold (which I really don't mind). Due to this, and the fact that I probably will not get around to posting any outfits this week, I thought I would take the time and put out a Q&A post for you all to comment on!!
I know a lot of bloggers have been doing Q&A videos lately (and I am not trying to copy you) but like many of them have said (and I whole heartedly agree) that Q&A videos allow you to interact with the them on a more personal level rather than through pictures and post every week. And for me personally, I absolutely LOVE to watch the Q&A videos by the bloggers I follow!

So let's begin!!!!! Leave a comment below and ask me your questions. 
Here are a few ideas for questions you could steal and ask me :) :) :)

Do you have any favorite wed series?

If you could only read one book (excluding the obvious choice, the Bible) for the rest of your life what would it be?

What is your favorite part about starting Minnie Muse?

Who is your favorite author (past and present)?

Those are just a few examples of some questions, but I am sure you lovely readers have questions of your own!!! I can't wait to see what you ask me!!!

I am planning on filming the Q&A video the week of spring break (March 9-14th) so make sure to check the blog around that time or follow me on Instagram for the update!!

Happy Twist

Thursday, February 19, 2015

Well dear readers, it is another week and time for a new post. I must admit that my main inspiration for this post was my hair, but I do have to say that this ensemble I wore on Monday was so much fun and really made me feel like I had stepped back in time (more than usual of course)!

Oh, where do I start? I suppose I will start with what I wore and end with my hairstyle :) Thus, here is the story behind what I wore......I have always loved the idea of a Nancy Drew inspired look, with pleated skirts loafers, maybe a sweater and sometimes a clotch hat (dreadfully missing from this ensemble). Therefore when I woke up Monday morning that was my inspiration and the fact that I had a new sweater vest from a dear friend that I was dying to wear.

Coat: Thrifted (Forever21); Tights: Old Navy; Scarf: Target
As you can tell from these first two photos, it was very cold Monday. Lets just say that I did started the day wearing loafers and ankle socks but quickly had to change into something warmer (when it dropped 20 degrees). 
I am sure that with this ensemble I received some unique stares as I went to class on Monday, but that is always the fun and humor of wearing vintage. However, enough with my ramblings, and on to talking about the important things!!

Sweater: Old Navy
Shirt: Minnie's Menagerie; Vest: Vintage (gift)
First off, can we all just take a minute to marvel at this coral/peach/pink sweater vest!! I absolutely LOVE it!! One of my dear friends gave it to me since she had never worn it and of course I was happy to give it a new home. 
I decided to pair the vest with a green and white 50's checkered button up (which was probably my dad or uncles growing up!). Of course, what is a wonderful sweater vest without a perfect skirt....and this skirt most certainly has to be one of my favorite finds from Goodwill. It is a pleated wool skirt with very tiny stripes that make up a barely distinguishable plaid print. I have always loved this skirt for the fact that I feel like Nancy Drew when I wear it; pulling out my magnifying glass, prepared to do some sleuthing (I don't know why?). 
All in all, I was very satisfied with what I wore to class. It was definitely one of those outfits that makes you appreciate why you wear vintage and makes you feel so happy, like "Wow, I really nailed the whole vintage thing today!" (completely without being prideful of course!)

Now I am sure you dear readers are wondering when I will talk about my main inspiration for this post: my hair! Well, now is the time.......
I must say that I have been inspired these past couple of weeks with seeing all of the fabulous vintage hairstyles all over Instagram, and because of this, I decided to try something new. It has been almost a year since I did any kind of pin curls or victory rolls (yes, so sad) and I was really missing them! I guess I always think that they will take longer than straightening or curling my hair (which is not true) and I get lazy. However, Monday was different...I was determined to try. I have realized that hair is not only fun to do, but it can also add so much to a look and really add to the whole vintage theme that you are going for!! 

Before I started, I first had to get my annoying bangs (which are fairly grown out) out of the way by twisting them into a swooped side roll. Then I did another roll on my right side and pulled the hair from my left side over to the right and rolled it the same way. Last but not least, I took the rest of my hair and twisted it into a Cinnamon roll bun (that  is what I like to call it) in the back. I was very pleased with the result, though I need to work on fixing my cobweb fly aways, but over all I was so excited to discover a new and easy vintage hairstyle. 

Shoes: Target

Broach: Grandma's
Well dear readers, I hope you enjoyed this post! Maybe this will inspire you to try something new with your hair? Experiment with victory rolls, pin curls, or other vintage hairstyles! If you want any ideas you can check out my Pinterest Board :) 

Have you tried any new hairstyles recently?
Do you think hairstyles add to a vintage ensemble?
What is one of your favorite hairstyles?

Happy Valentines Day

Saturday, February 14, 2015

On behalf of all the support of you lovely and dear readers, I wanted to wish you a very happy Valentines Day (obviously!). I know some of you might not celebrate this holiday, or if you do, you might choose to celebrate it differently, but no matter how you view this day, always remember the "True Love" that all of us have received through our savior Jesus Christ !! 
Love comes in many different shapes and forms. Some of us might view love as a fairytale (like me sometimes), but in all honestly, love is not truly emotions and butterflies....Love is Promise Keeping!!

Paul writes in Corinthians 13:4-7: 
Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud.  It does not dishonor others, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs.  Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres." 


That is a promise...no matter what happens...no matter what is said...no matter what is done...LOVE IS THE GREATEST!!! (1Corinthans 13:13) 
Even if you don't celebrate this day, take the time to show someone the "True Love" that was shown to us so many years ago.

Ephesians 3:18-20
 "I pray that you, being rooted and established in love, may have power, together with all the Lord’s holy people, to grasp how wide and long and high and deep is the love of Christ, and to know this love that surpasses knowledge—that you may be filled to the measure of all the fullness of God."


Friday, February 13, 2015

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I am so honored and excited to be a part of The Modest Fashion Network weekly blog roll again! The Modest Fashion Network is a super unique outlet for all modest fashion bloggers, so make sure to go and check out there amazing site and join so that you can share your love for modest dressing with other like minded bloggers.
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Project Jumper

Well dear readers, I am so excited to share this post with you all today!!! 
I finally managed to capture some pictures of my newest creation.
Over the winter break (yes, that long ago, I know) I was finally able to make a small dent in my pile of sewing projects, this skirt/jumper being one of them, so without further adieu, here we go......

I have had this checkered fabric forever, but as my life has been so unwilling to open up in order to sew anything I never was able to sit down and brainstorm ideas. However, I finally got that opportunity before school started, and this is what I created. 
First of all, I have really been wanting to make a jumper for awhile and after running across some delightful ensemble on some lovely bloggers who donned some terrific 50's circle skirt, I decided "Why not just combine both ideas" and voila my 50's checkered circle skirt / convertible jumper was born. YAY!!

Sweater: Express (hand me down); Skirt: me made; Shoes: Neutralizers (Thrifted)

I absolutely love this fabric! Checkered prints have always been a favorite of mine, and this particular print with its red, pink, purple, and hints of silver stripes was particularly lovely. However, I didn't actually have a 50's circle skirt pattern to use, but that is when you improvise off of an old dance skirt pattern that you already have. :) 
The checkered fabric proved to be thinner than expected and very clingy, so I decided (as dreadful as it was) to add a lining underneath. This was my first time adding a lining to a skirt (I like taking the easy way out) but I am so glad it worked, and it actually helped add a little bit of body to the skirts shape. 

One of my favorite things about 50's circle skirts is that they are so full!! You can wear them as is, or you can have fun and add a petticoat underneath which always looks marvelous!! I have also always loved the fitted waist of these styles; what with the full skirted style and the delicate waistband, it gives an elegant air to the piece. 
And as I said before, I made the skirt convertible between being a circle skirt and a jumper! How did I do this? Well, I simply added two buttons in the front and back (hidden on the inside of the skirt mind you) and made a pair of straps with buttons holes and there you have it, a jumper (though my sister thinks it looks weird, hehe). 

I was pretty excited with my finished project! Oh, and I was super excited that one of may favorite sweaters happened to be the same lovely shade of purple/lavender that was in the skirt. However, while this sweater might go, I actually made a purple blouse from a 1940's reproduction pattern to accompany this ensemble, but as you can see it was not photographed (sorry). However, I am sure it will be featured on the blog sometime.

That is all for now, but I do hope you dear readers enjoyed this post and anticipate more "Project" post to come in the future. 

Have you ever made a convertible piece?
What has been one of your recent projects?
Would you like to see more "Project" posts in the future?

New // Modest Fashion Network //

Thursday, February 5, 2015

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Hidden Places & Nippy Air

Well dear readers, I am sure you all have been waiting for me to finally post one of my recent ensembles, I know I myself in particular have been waiting and wanting to do this too!! Well, today you are in luck (if that is what you would call it). While a busy schedule and cold wet weather have been two factor keeping me from posting, there are a couple other factors as well. For one, I had to first muster up enough courage to go and take pictures on campus, which has taken a few days, or weeks, because I didn't want random people walking by and thinking "why is that girl dressed so weird posing in front of a camera out in this weather??" Yeah, that's what I was wondering too!! (hehe). No seriously, there are always people walking across campus (why wouldn't there be?), and the town that I am in is always so busy I would have to drive around for awhile to find a nice spot to actually take pictures (which I never did). Thus, I finally told myself that I didn't have a choice, as you lovely readers have waited long enough and I REALLY needed to post (plus I was having withdrawls from not being able to take pictures). 

Of course, everything always has a way of working itself out. As I was contemplating where to take pictures, I found the most perfectest (not sure if that's a word) of spots. There is a place on campus that has steps going down into this indention with a tree and a path, and well, it was perfect!! Not only because of the beautiful old brick walls, but the fact that it was down in the ground and I am somewhat hidden from people passing by.

Oh, and did I mention there was a simply enchanting archway (picture up above) which was completely inspiring for the imagination ( boy do I sound like Anne right now). But enough with the perfect picture spot, and on to what you really want to see, what I wore today!
Trench Coat: Forever 21
If you couldn't tell by the lighting in the pictures and the fact that I am wearing a jacket and rain boots, it was a dreary day. Apart from being misty and rainy this morning, it was also cold, thus I didn't feel much like taking the time in wearing something cute, so I quickly grabbed my high wasted jeans, a stripped shirt, sweater, rain boots, and a trench coat from my closet. I was meeting a friend for a quick lunch, so I decided to do something easy with my hair and tied on a bandanna. My thrown together ensemble ended up being a 1940's land girl inspired look, which I was happy to oblige you lovely's with today:)

Sweater: Kohl's (forever ago)
Boots: WallyWorld (Walmart)
Shirt: Thrifted (Vintage); Belt: Thrifted; Jeans: Thrifted (Ropers)
I must say that I absolutely love what I wore today! Well, for one, these are my favorite pair of jeans (even if my brother and sister make fun of me every time I wear them) because they are for one, comfortable and two because they are high wasted and make almost anything look vintage. Then again, it was also fun to wear as I hiked up and down the many stairs on campus exploring to find the perfect picture spot!!

Oh, and I found LEAVES!!! I know, not too exciting, but at this time of year there are not many fall looking leaves left, but I found some and was so excited that I just had to take a picture with one.

Like I said at the beginning, the spot I found to take pictures had this arched walkway which went around a corner to a set of stairs. Well, to me it was kind of enchanting (I like using that word for some reason) and so I had to explore where it led. 

Nail Polish: Sinful Colors - Hip To Be Square

While I am at it and since I was already taking pictures on campus today, I thought you all might like to see some pictures of campus, so here they are:

My FAVORITE building on campus!!
Looking down on my dorm

My dorm, built in the 1930's, so perfect for me!!!

Well dear readers, that is all I have but I think that was definitely what I needed to fill my blogging with drawls and I am sure it is exactly what you all needed after my absence of not having posted an updated ensemble!! I hope your side of life is dry and not to terribly cold, but if it is, you might as well enjoy the perfect opportunity to curl up with a cup of tea and a good book!

What do you like to do on cold and rainy days?

Have you ever found an "enchanting" picture place?