Sundress Season!

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Tis the season for sundresses! The heat has taken a giant leap this past week and we finally succumbed and turned the air conditioning on when the temp IN THE HOUSE was 86*. It was fine if you weren’t doing anything, but if you had to move you got kind of sticky! Plus it was super humid, so that made it worse.  I have found that as a Michigander, I am used to cooler weather all around, so when the heat does spike, it takes quite a bit of getting used to. Once summer hits, it takes a while for me to build an immunity to the heat.

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So, now I can officially wear sundresses! Last year, for some reason I couldn’t stand this dress. It was super uncomfortable. I can’t for the life of me remember why, but I am glad I didn’t pitch it! I put it on today, and fell in love with it. It was super comfortable, cool and I felt so feminine. There is something about a dress that just makes you feel so ladylike, graceful, feminine, and pretty. It is a little different than a skirt somehow, but even better!

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I wore my homemade petticoat underneath and it added just a bit of puff to the outfit. Not too much, but enough to make it feel even swishier.

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I have been wearing my hair like this for the last few days! I just love it! It is so easy, and it makes a statement with the fluffed out braid! I have gotten quite the hang of doing it. It looks a little more on the messy side because we went on a trail bike ride earlier in the day and I had to wear my helmet. So, it got a little messed up, but overall, I think it held pretty good!

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These flowering bushes in our front yard are ginormous and they look like giant white puffs sitting on the lawn. They are so full of blooms! I wanted to get pictures before the flowers disappeared. It is so good to see blooming things! I think I can finally say that Spring/Summer is finally here after much fickleness on the part of the weather.

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All day long, as I was wearing this dress, I would find myself doing a little twirl here, a dance there, lifting my head and standing straighter. Not only was my heart lighter and I felt happy and joyful, but wearing a dress made me feel that much more so. Even when I wasn’t dancing for real, I was in my heart. I often wish I could dance, I probably could if I learned some. My little sister and I enjoy it. Sometimes we look up youtube tutorials on swing dances, or ballroom dancing to try. I was also chatting with my little 4 year old niece who took ballet for a little. We were doing the moves together and she brought back memories to me of when I took ballet for one year when I was only a year or so older than her. I was so little. . .Smile There is such a beautiful feel to gliding across the floor and trying to be as graceful as possible.

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/////Outfit Details/////

Dress: thrifted Converse Brand $4

Tank: $1.99 forever 21

Earrings: Jewels by Julia

Necklace: Add to Beauty $4

Flip Flops: Flojoh’s brand from Costco $10

Petticoat: Made by Me

 

 

 

Saying this verse in my mind all day today.

“Praise ye the LORD. O give thanks unto the LORD; for he is good: for his mercy endureth for ever.” Psalm 106:1

When I don’t really feel all that light hearted, keeping my  mind focused on His mercy enduring forever, and the things I have to be thankful for are the best things to do! They lift my spirits and bring joy to my heart.

 

By God’s Grace and Praying you find His joy,

Victoria

Writing Prompt 013

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Genevieve stared at what was left of her house.

Amazing how something could be ravished so quickly. She had been out on a date with her fiancé, leaving her three year old daughter home with a baby sitter. She had returned from her date to find flames licking at the kitchen walls. Rushing in, she had scooped up her daughter, awakened the sitter from her nap on the couch and hightailed it out of the house. She now stood in the street in front of her house, shivering in the chilly evening air.

The firemen still played their hoses over the blackened and crusty wreckage of her home. The roof had collapsed in several minutes ago. Tears started to pour down her face. Everything she had owned in this world lay in a heap of ruins before her. Her diaries that she had kept since she was 8. The dress she had purchased to wear at her wedding. The videos of her daughter’s first steps and first words. Even the new toaster she had just bought last week. Everything was gone.

She wearily sank to her knees on the pavement, sobbing as she clutched her sleeping baby to her heart.

“God, where are you in all of this? Where were you?” The words were torn from her broken and devastated heart.

I’m still here. All things work together for the good of those who love God.

“Help me Father, help me to see that, give me peace.” she wept into the tousled mess of brown hair on the little head that rested on her shoulder. Peace filled her weary body.

 

Let me know what you thought in the comments below!

By God’s Grace,

Victoria

Learning to Trust in the Storm

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Last week I had a super full week. I usually stick closer to home, but I was all over the place and what I would consider “crazy busy”. With God’s grace I was able to handle it pretty well.

So much was going on. My sisters and I deep cleaned two houses, I had several Dr. appointments, I helped my dearest Nana because she just had knee surgery, we had Littles (aka, my niece and nephew) over for quite a few days, and numerous other busy stuff going on. I listed only about half of it. In addition to that stuff, several people that I know are battling heavy issues and it was starting to weigh down my spirit.

Saturday night, I was listening to a video by the Freckled Fox about how their family was doing and I finally lost it. I started crying to my mom, so hurting and overwhelmed. She was able to talk me through my emotions, (it was rather late in the evening at that point after an exhausting day).

Even when all around me is crazy, broken and even horrendous, I still need to find my trust in God. He is ever faithful and will provide for our every need. He knows what we need before we ask for it. He cares about every sparrow, how much more for us? I need to keep my eyes focused on who He is and what He has done, not on my current troubles. It is ok to weep and mourn, but it only endures for the night. Joy comes in the morning. I don’t need to hide or stuff my pain, but I need to be able to lean on God and overcome, rise above.

I can seek Him in prayer and fortify my faith by reading encouraging words in scripture. I have mentioned before how hard it can be when all you can do is pray, I need to hold close those time when His faithfulness has been evident. Reading this post that I wrote earlier this year has encouraged me.

I just heard the news. My sister-in-law’s mama went to see Jesus this evening. I am so happy for her. The thought of her in heaven getting to see Jesus and worship before the throne of God. In an instant she was there with Him. Tears again. If you think of it, please keep her family in your prayers.

Choosing to say, “I trust you Lord” Even when it seems so hard.

The words of “I surrender all” are running through my head.

By God’s Grace,

Victoria

Bohemian Tunic Outfit/Sharing Clothes

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I really love this outfit! It is super comfy, it has bohemian vibes, (which you know I like) and it is modest and practical without trying super hard. This tunic was a really great find. My mom got it and it didn’t fit her right and since it was on clearance and it wasn’t worth returning, she let me buy it from her. OH MY Goodness! I was so happy! It is nice and long but not with that super frumpy look and I think it is flattering.

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The green jacket I borrowed from my sister (who doesn’t wear it). It is so funny. My sisters and I and now my mom all share clothes. Let me rephrase that. They wear my clothes. LOL! I am the one in the family who really enjoys shopping, putting together outifts and finding what works. The hunt is so fun to me! Looking for something that is modest, or old fashioned, or special (gotta love thrift stores) is my specialty. I find great enjoyment out of popping into a few thrift stores and trying on clothes. Inevitably when I get home and show my finds, the girls or mom are like! “OOH! Can I have that?!” I compromise and say “we’ll share”. That way, in my head, it is still mine! LOL! Though, there are a few things in my wardrobe that are MINE and no one else can wear. For instance, my 2 pairs of good jeans, and my favorite homemade skirt.

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Now the complications of sharing things is that at a glance, the family doesn’t know who is who. One of my sisters looks like me, or I look like them when we interchange clothes. I think it is fun that we get to do that. When the girls come to me and are like “what do I wear?” I get to play fashion designer and dress them up in whatever is in the closet. It also is more convenient because we share 1 closet and 1 and a half dressers between us three girls, so we don’t have to worry about “this side is mine, the middle is yours, and that side is yours” We make do and I really am thankful for all of the character qualities that get worked on because we all have to share.

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OUTFIT DETAILS:

~ Tunic : from Kohls on clearance. $5

~ Jeans : Old Navy (these are the best jeans ever! and the only ones that fit me!) $35

~ Jacket: thrifted $3

~ Cami: Forever 21 $1.99

~ Bracelets: turquoise-thrifted $2 // Leather cuff-Genesis One Designs

~Necklace: thrifted $3

~Hat: purchased $7

~Flip Flops: $10 Flojos from Costco

 

Do you share your clothes? Do you like Tunics?

By His Grace,

Victoria

Writing Prompt 012

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Alice searched through the books, hoping desperately to find something that would enlighten her as to what her husband’s illness was. The Doctors had lost all hope. The pessimistic words of the men of medicine fell on stubborn ears however. She would not give up, something deep inside of her refused to give in to the inevitable reality. Her stubbornness is what brought her to her present predicament; secretly searching through the library of the greatest physician in England.

The man was so busy and often on tour and giving lectures, that she had failed to attain an appointment with him. His secretary had been brusque in her rejection of Alice’s desire to consult with him. So she took matters into her own hands and entered his domicile late in the afternoon of this day. It had been easy sneaking in. For a man of such means, his house was not very well guarded. It had taken but the slightest push with a kitchen knife on the latch of the window in his study to gain an opening large enough for an entrance. She had spent the last several hours searching through all of the books and had yet to find something that would give her any insight. Perspiration moistened her skin and the air felt hot and clammy as the shadows lengthened. Her breath came quickly with excitement. At last! Something that seemed to speak of similar symptoms to those of her husband.

She was so engrossed in reading what she had found that she did not hear the door open softly behind her, nor the tread of slippered feet.
A clearing of the throat roused her from her perusal of the medical journal. She started and turned suddenly, clutching the book to her chest which heaved in fright.

“Young lady, can I help you?” It was the Physician himself! She blushed. How on earth was she to explain her presence?

 

I went with something of a little less interest than normal in hopes to challenge myself a bit. It worked! I have been reading Pride and Prejudice for the first time and it showed in my writing I think.

Let me know what you thought in the comments below!

By His Grace,

Victoria

Black and Classy Outfit

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Finally! An outfit post! I have trying for weeks but it hasn’t worked out. We have been super busy. Our Family’s “Barn Boutique Sale” was this past weekend and everything revolved around that for two weeks leading up to it. Plus, we have had my little niece and nephew (4 and 3) a lot. They are such sweeties and I have enjoyed having them around! They call me “toria” because my name is a bit of a mouthful. Reminds me of when my siblings were little and couldn’t say my name either.

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I wore this to an eye appointment and you might notice that I am not wearing my glasses! I got contacts! I am slowly working my way up to wearing them. This morning was really hard, my eyes were all dry for a while. And I thought I had put the contact in inside out. LOL! Wearing contacts is a bit of an art and takes some practice and getting used to.

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I love this outfit! It is just so effortless, but so put together and classy at the same time.

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I had a lot of fun with my hair. These crown braids took a little extra work, but they were so worth it! They lasted great all day and I just loved them! I am hoping to doing a video tutorial on them soon! 

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I got this skirt from E-shakti. I have been looking for a black high-waisted gathered skirt for a long time. Like, several years. I also wanted to make one, but that didn’t pan out. I couldn’t find the right weight of fabric, so I bit the bullet and purchased this from E-shakti. I couldn’t be happier! They aren’t paying me to say this, but I love this skirt! Is a definite staple in my wardrobe and it goes with pretty much everything. You can pair it with a floral, stripes, solids, flannels. . . you get the idea. It is also a good weight that it can cross over from winter to summer. You can find it here and if you click here you get $30 off your first order! Here are two that are similar. They might seem a bit pricey, but the quality is fabulous and the customer service great. I ordered the wrong size and they paid the shipping back for a return and I received the right size. They want to make sure that you love what you get and that it fits perfectly. With the $30 off you can get one of these skirts for actually a decent price.

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Outfit Details:

Skirt: Eshakti $20 similar here and here

Top: Thrifted $3

Earrings: Antique Market $4

Flip-Flops: Flojo’s brand from Costco $10

Necklace: $3

 

Anyone have any contact wearing tips?

Have you tried Eshakti? Did you like them?

 

By God’s Grace,

Victoria