Fall Guest Posts~ Day 3

I had the opportunity to guest post over at my friend Melani’s blog, Reflections of the Heart! Go check it out, leave a comment and follow her blog!  Blessings, VictoriaHi everyone!  My name is Victoria and I blog over at Ruffles and Grace. I have a huge passion for modest, feminine fashion, and I am a seamstress with a love for my trade and an enjoyment in creati…

Source: Fall Guest Posts~ Day 3

Fall Fashion Inspiration Pt. 1

It is that time of year! WOOHOO! I love fall ya’ll! Really, though. I really do and I am so ready for it. The leaves are already starting to change colors up here! We had our first few days of cool, fallish weather just this weekend. (never mind the fact that it is supposed to be 80 tomorrow, we won’t discuss that) Here is a bunch of inspiration for my fall wardrobe and clothes this year!

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3 Easy Holiday Hairstyles Tutorial

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I Love this hairstyle. It is really easy and has a very natural, look and it appears that you spent hours on it, when really it just took a few min. I like to start with Curled hair. Even a little. I would really recommend it because it really helps with hold and overall finishedness. Smile 

1 Take one side of your hair from in front of your ear and twist it back and around your head. Pin in place.

2 Do the same to the other side and place this roll under the other. Pin in Place



3 Adjust as needed.


4 Split the remaining hair in half

5 Take one of the sections and twist it sideways. Place and pin this under the previous rolls.


6 Then, take the other half and do the same. Depending on how long your hair is, you may still have a short tail at the end.


7 If you have a small amount of hair left over, Twist that around your fingers continuing the roll, and pin in place. There really is no better way of describing this than rolling and tucking.



8 Pin anything that feels loose. Ta Da! It will look different every time, but that is the cool part about this hairstyle. It is a very loose and Romantic looking updo.




This Hairstyle is super easy and really interesting! I love the four strand braid, it makes it look so much cooler! I also started with curly hair on this one too. Curls half up always looks awesome. Plus, I love to curl my hair for the holidays.


1 Separate a section of hair from in front of your ear on one side.

2 Separate that into 4 strands. Here is a quick tutorial on how to fourstrand braid


It really is easy once you get the  hang of it.



3 Tie this off with a clear elastic, or just put a bobby pin at the bottom of the braid to hold it until you are ready to place it.

4 Do the same on the other side. Separate the hair in front of your ear, braid in a four strand braid, then tie off.



5 Wrap the first braid around the back of your head, and pin it down about a few inches from the back of the opposite ear.

6 Now wrap the other braid around and just under the other one. You want to make sure you don’t hide the previous braid so put them side by side. Pin in place.



Ta Da! All done! I love the way this one looks. That one extra strand in the braid sure adds some detail.




Chic Up-Do

I really like this hairstyle a lot as well! It is very sophisticated and chic and dressy looking! You don’t have to have curled hair for this style. Straight works just as well.

1 Using your thumbs or fingers, draw a section of hair on each side of your head about 2 inches above your ears and bring them to the back of your head. Using your index finger, loop the right side over the left and pin in place.


 2 About an inch below the last sections, do the same thing as above. But instead of looping right over left, loop left over right. Pin in place.


3 Do this one more time and loop right over left. Pin in place.


4 Now we are going to French Braid the rest of your hair.


5 Tie off the french braid with an elastic.

6 Wrap the braid around in the shape of a bun at the back of your head and tuck the tail under the circle you just made. Hold with one hand while you pin with the other. Use as many pins as are necessary.


7 Pin anything that feels loose.


8 (optional) I like to loosen up the style around my face and pull a few hairs out over my ears to give it a more lived in look.

Ta Da! There you go!



What did you think of these styles? Would you do them?

Should I do more tutorials like this?

 By His Grace,



The Effects of Wardrobe (Movie Analyst) Sherlock Holmes

So I am stepping out of my normal “regular scheduled programming” to share with you something I found fascinating!

My older siblings and I were watching this movie with my Mom and Dad. Sherlock Holmes featuring Robert Downey Jr. and Jude Law. *disclaimer* I don’t recommend this movie for younger viewers, and even for us adults, my parents still fast-forward several parts.

Loving Historical Costumes the way I do, I was analyzing what the characters wear and came up with a rather fun conclusion. Wardrobe really is essential to good story telling through visuals. It relays something about the character before you even get a chance to know them otherwise. I will start with Sherlock.


You can tell by his costumes right away that he is man of an eclectic and rather carefree nature. Looking perfect is not his top priority. Mixing and matching patterns. ( I do love his Brocade waistcoat thought!)



Again mixing patterns, styles. Not really caring that his belt is not in the proper place or that his buttons are all buttoned. They are doing their job and that is all that matters.


So what can we tell just by looking at his wardrobe? He is eclectic, doesn’t really care about the traditions or society rules of the day. Wears what he likes and is comfortable with that. Now compare him to Watson in the next picture. Watson is very put together and Holmes looks more ragged around the edges.





Again, in this picture, they are very different. Watson has a neat, orderly tidiness about him that Sherlock does not have.



He is organized, put together and dashing. Not necessarily in the self aware way, but he cares about presenting a good image and appearing professional. He is a professional and wants to put those around him at ease, so they know he is clean cut and upstanding.


Irene Adler:



Irene Adler is flamboyant to say the least. Definitely not what you would expect from a Victorian era lady. Hot pink is not something your average woman would be wearing to walk the streets. It shows us something about her though. She doesn’t care what other people think. She is different and she knows it. Modesty is not that important to her, yet the cut of her gown shows she has refined taste and is very fashionable.



Her overcoat of Brocade Velvet is gorgeous and shows that she does have some reason to be a little less forward with her costume, when it suits her purpose.

Sherlock Holmes


Her hat is gorgeous, probably acceptable, but her makeup is a little more than the average woman would wear. Makeup was a little more frowned upon in those days. She is definitely attention getting and sets the stage well with her wardrobe choices.




Now compare Irene with Mary, a sweet, upstanding young woman who has caught the eye, and heart, of John Watson. She is a beautiful woman, well dressed, and well carried. Her outfits speak of refinement, quiet taste, modesty, but appreciation for beauty and culture.



Her wedding gown in the second movie was beautiful, Modest, and simple. Allowing her natural beauty to shine through.


Her travelling outfit was simple, yet gorgeous. With no undue attraction added. The color and cut were very flattering, yet they did not call attention to themselves.



So from Mary we can gather that she is lovely, likes to dress well, but is not flamboyant or attention seeking. She is refined and simple, but well enough off.


Well, that caps off my analysis. Costumes, in my opinion, are very important in a film. They convey a small part of the characters overall personality and tell us things we don’t even realize sometimes, but are there none the less. Kudos to Jenny Beavan for the amazing job she did with the costume design for these movies. I was blown away by the beauty and complexity of each piece. I can only one day hope to achieve such greatness in my seamstress and designing abilities!


What did you think of the post? Should I do more like this?

By His Grace,