Monday, May 31, 2010

What I Wore | Memorial Day Inspired


-What I'm Wearing-

Jeans - St. John's Bay J.C.Penny
Chambray Tunic - St. John's Bay J.C.Penny
Red & White Stripe Tank - St. John's Bay J.C.Penny
Purple Handbag - St. John's Bay J.C.Penny
Polka-Dot Headband - Claire's
Key Watch Necklace - Maurices
Tan Wedges - Target
Pearl Earrings - Gift
  
Wow! Today's outfit could be an add for St. John's Bay! :p How crazy is that? Anyways, today's outfit theme was nautical, in honor of all of those who served in the Navy. I don't know anyone in the Navy. I just don't have any Air-force, Army, Marines kinda-of clothes.  

I went to Joann Fabrics today for their Memorial Day sale. I picked up a ton of fabric to sew into skirts for etsy.  Which reminds me, I have a poll on the sidebar regarding skirt sizes. Please take the time to vote for your size. That way I know what sizes are needed. Thanks so much! 
~Ashley

Saturday, May 29, 2010

Modest Swimwear e-book



Hello everyone! Summertime is here, and it is time for the beach and pool. But wait, you don't know what to wear that is modest to the beach and pool. Look no more, if you can sew, Olivia has created an e-book on how to make a stylish, but modest swimsuit. Hurray! =)

Visit her website here: http://freshmodesty.com/

Or, enter a giveaway for the e-book here: http://workingwitheagerhands.blogspot.com/2010/05/fresh-modesty-giveaway.html


~Ashley

Picture is not mine. It is from Olivia's site. =)

Thursday, May 27, 2010

What I'm Wearing | Brown & Orange


-What I'm Wearing-

Brown T-shirt - St. John's Bay J.C.Penny
Orange Flowered Skirt - Route 66 Skirt Made by me
Tan Wedges - Xhilaration Target
Key Watch Necklace - Maurices 
Brown Purse - Relic Fossil

In my last few posts I've been posting larger sized pictures. Do you all like the larger size pictures, or would you rather have the old size back?

I also redid the look of the blog, again. I like changing things up. Do you like the new format? Do you like having a large blog header, or would a smaller one?  

It is Memorial weekend this week (in America), and I have some outfit ideas. So be on the look out for those special themed outfits. I think you all will like them. =) 

 ~Ashley   

Wednesday, May 26, 2010

Shabby Apple Giveaways



No, I'm not doing a Shabby Apple giveaway. Wish I was. =) But I did find two blogs who are.

Down and Out Chic - http://downandoutchic.blogspot.com/2010/05/shabby-apple-dress-giveaway.html

Tatertots and Jello - http://tatertotsandjello.blogspot.com/2010/05/new-giveaway-shabby-apple.html

Good luck.


~Ashley

Tuesday, May 25, 2010

What I'm Wearing | Burst of Spring Colors

Summer time is a hard season to dress for. As there are only some many ways you can wear a skirt and top, or dress. But during the Winter and Fall you can layer your clothes in so many ways. But come summer time, you want the lest amount of layers as possible. I'm starting to see how important accessories are. So last night, I put together some new outfits trying some new combination's. Let's just see, if I can keep up with the new fresh outfit inspiration all summer long. =)

Today's outfit was one of those "new" outfits I put together last night. Do you like it?

 

-What I'm Wearing-

Pink Shirtwaist Dress - Liz Claiborne Outlet
White Skirt - Epcot at Walt Disney World
Blue Belt - Kohl's
Scarf - Made by me
Black Flats - American Eagle Payless
Handbag - Made by me


    ~Ashley

Sunday, May 23, 2010

My "Anne of Green Gables" Inspired Outfit

Here is my "Anne of Green Gables" inspired outfit everyone. Remember that list I made of things that make me think of Anne? From that list I'm wearing a mint green dress, pearls, and a form of flowers in my hair. =)



-What I'm Wearing-

Mint Green Dress - Made by Gabrielle
Layer Necklace - Bass Shoe Outlet
Gold Flats - American Eagle Payless
Cream Flower Headband - Claire's 
Pearl Earrings - Gift
Purse - Made by me 


  Another idea for a modern "Anne" inspired outfit is to pair an Edwardian style blouse with jeans, or a skirt. If it wasn't so hot today, I would show you how it looks. Maybe some other day I will. =) 


~Ashley

Friday, May 21, 2010

"Anne of Green Gables" Style for Today


Chances are that you played, "Anne of Green Gables" growing up, or still do. ;-) You read all the books and watched the movies. You may have even dreamed of owning Anne's clothes in the Sullivan series. Right? Well, me and two of my sisters do. =) I love the story of Anne so much that I decided to do a post on her style and how to recreate it for today. Wonderful, huh? =)

First off, let me mention some fashion pieces that make me think of Anne.

  • Puff sleeves 
  • Mint green dresses (This is Gilbert's favorite color on Anne.)
  • Heart Necklaces from Gilbert
  • Pearl Ring (Anne's Engagment ring)
  • Flowers in hair (Various occasions)      
  • Carpet Bag (Most memorial occasion, when Matthew picks her up at the train station.)
  • Pinafore Apron (Wore aprons over dresses when a girl.)
  • Locket
  • Pearl Necklace from Matthew

You can try to insert one, or more of the above pieces into you outfits for a more Anne look. Another thing is to find modern clothes that Anne might wear. Yes, I have some options for you.

                       


 1. Frontier Fashionista Tunic (Modcloth) 2. Streaming Sunshine Top (Modcloth) 3. Rosamond Vest (Modcloth) 4. Savannah Sweetness Top (Modcloth)


1. Summer Friday Top (Modcloth) 2. Don't Be Bashful Blouse (Modcloth) 3. Naturally Chic Bag (Modcloth) 4. Paint the Roses Blue Dress (Ruche)


For some odd reason the rest of my photos won't format like the ones above.  I wonder why? So you will have to endure the following longgg column format. 



All for the Love of You Daisy Dress (Ruche)

Seeking Sage Advice Green Peasant Top (Ruche)

 Fairytale Perfection Ruffle Blouse (Ruche)

Carefree Delight Ruffle Blouse (Ruche)

At the break of dawn denim bowtie skirt (Ruche)

Blowfish Festival Canvas Peeptoe Shoes (Ruche)

Nicole Behave Ankle Bootie (Ruche)



All of the above I feel Anne might wear if she lived today. They are pretty, girly, and homey.  You can pair the tops with either dark jeans or pretty skirts.

I have a fun idea in my head for a Anne outfit from my closet. So look forward to that. =) Plus, a post on her costumes in the movies and some ideas on how to recreate them. Sound good?



Til then!


~Ashley

Thursday, May 20, 2010

Tags & Awards

My I have a ton of tags and awards to do! Well, here we go.

I want to thank Bess of Bess' Bag for the following tags. THANK YOU! 

Instructions:

~Choose any amount of friends, blog friends, or real life friends, & say at least two things (or more!) you admire or like about them.
~Tag the friends you wrote about.
~If those friends have blogs, be sure to link back to them!


I want to tag my following friends. 

Rebecca - Singing in His Name - My real life and blogging friend. We were able to meet on Mrs. Chancey's Historical Costuming Tour 2009. =) I admire that she is learning to do what God wants in her life. And that she loves vintage styles of clothing. =) <3


Gabrielle - Bramblewood Fashion - My own dear sister and blogging buddy. ;-) I admire that in some areas of sewing (example: pattern drafting) you are ahead of me. I'm also glad that she is my best friend. =) <3


Instructions:
~Tag at least five 'sweet friends,' on Blogger.
~Answer the tag (below) in your post.
~You may tag the person who gave you this award.
~Don't forget to comment on the post that awarded you!


-Let's Get Started-

You are _______ in your family.
I’m the oldest.

Do you have your own camera?
Yes!

List three of your character qualities:
Creative, Thrifty, Persevering.

What is your favorite thing to blog about?
AH!!!! Maybe vintage fashion, or my sewing projects!

How long have you had your blog?
August 16, 2009. 

I pass on this award to:

The "Dashwood Sisters" - http://hooks-and-needles.blogspot.com/
Amanda- http://amandabethonline.blogspot.com/
Beth - http://the-ripple-effects.blogspot.com/
Rebecca - http://singinginhisname.blogspot.com/
Hanne-col
Natasha - http://natashaatkerson.blogspot.com/



I will pass on this award to:


Jasmine - http://www.joyfullyathomeblog.com/
The Long Ladies - http://mariemadelinestudio.typepad.com/
Disney @ Ruffles and Stuff - http://www.rufflesandstuff.com/




Instructions:
-List 5 random things about yourself.
-Award 5 stylish blogging friends.


5 random things:

1. I have a fear of Aquariums. Or any tanks that are full of water that surround me. 

2. I also have a fear of Snakes. And guess what!?!? I saw my first wild one in South Carolina, it was a black snake. Lets just say, I wanted to get out of that area as fast as I could. =)

3. My favorite animals are on the same food chain. How sad. They are Killer Whales, Dolphins, Seal Lions, and Penguins.  

4. I enjoy writing/telling children's stories (picture book type).

5. I love saving things! May that be stuff from trips, fabric, buttons, just about anything. It was really bad, when I was younger I would save candy wrappers and every single scrap of paper I wrote on. I'm now able to through things away.  ;-) But sometimes that is hard to do, for everything has a memory for me. 

I tag the following blogs for their cute fashion ideas:

Elaine - http://clothedmuch.blogspot.com/


Tieka - http://selectivepotential.blogspot.com/


KT -  http://modlychic.blogspot.com/

What Would a Nerd Wear - http://whatwouldanerdwear.blogspot.com/ 


Jessica - http://whatiwore.tumblr.com/








The following tag was from Natasha - What I Wear, What I Do, and Why I Did It. Thank You Natasha! =) Now both me (Ashley) and Gabrielle were tagged. So I'll go first and Gabby will do hers in another post. =)


This award is for those girls whose blog is lovely, pure and Godly!

If you have been tagged, here's what you do:

A) Post about your tag!

B) pick ten bloggers who deserve the PURE IN HEART award.

C) leave a comment on the ten people's blog, and tell them that you tagged them! You might want to leave the link, too (you may tag whoever you want, including the person who tagged you, if you like).

D) Answer these questions and put them up in your post:

1: Apples, Oranges or Bananas? APPLES!

2: How many siblings do you have? 4.

3: How old are you? 19.

4: Do you live on a prairie, woodland, swamp, city or other? I live in a sub-division in the country surrounded by farmland. :-)

5: Scissors or glue? Scissors! That way I can cut out fabric. :P

6: describe your dream house.
An old house with lots of character and charm, in a city. Yes, I'm a city girl.  

7: Is your room clean? Kinda. Sometimes it is and other times NOT.

8: If you could be a movie character for a day, who would you be? Oh boy, I guess I would be Anne of Green Gables, or Pollyanna.

9: Italy, Greece, France, Spain or England?
AH! I would love to return to England. But I guess I'll go with Italy, got to love the food and sites!

10: What denomination are you?
*
 

11: Do you sleep with a stuffed toy (BE HONEST!!!!) When I was "younger" I slept with my huge rag doll. She used to be the same height as me, then I grew. 

12: Gum, chocolate, or jelly beans? CHOCOLATE!

13: What is your favorite book? WHAT A QUESTION FOR ME! I have so many favorites! I will go with....The Bible. :)

14: Favorite ice cream flavor? Mint Chocolate chip.

15: If you had to eat one type of food for two weeks, what would that food be?If I wasn't gluten-free right now, I would say pizza. Now, Almond Flour Flapjacks or Almond Flour Chocolate Chip Cookies. They are the BEST!

16: What is your favorite Olympic sport? Figure skating.

17: If you woke up and discovered that you had turned into Miley Cyrus for the day, what would you do (note, I am NOT a fan)? I don't really know who Miley Cyrus is! :P I guess take my family to Walt Disney World.

18: Describe yourself in three words. Shy (But once I get to really know you, I'm not anymore.), creative, loves her family.

19: What chore do you positively hate? Cleaning all of the windows in our house. =)

20: If elmo cam into your room with a gun, what would you do? Laugh, then go and tickle him! =)


Any who hasn't done this tag considered yourself tagged!


And the final award is from Grace. Thank you Grace!




A prolific blogger is one who is intellectually productive, keeping up on an active blog with enjoyable content, after accepting this award, the recipients are asked to pass it forward to 7 other deserving blogs.

 AH!!! Again, anyone who hasn't been tagged can take this one too! =) 

Thank you everyone for your tags!

~Ashley

Wednesday, May 19, 2010

What I'm Wearing - Cowgirl Vintage


-What I'm Wearing-
Floral Dress - Made by me (I used a vintage 50s pattern)
Blue Belt - Kohls
Cowgirl Boots - Children's Place
Pearl Earrings - Gift


~Ashley

The winner of the e-pattern giveaway!


And the winner is.....Samantha! Congratulations Samantha! =) I'll send an email to Mrs. Chancey letting her know that you won. She will then contact you asking what e-pattern you want.

Thank you to everyone who enter!



~Ashley

Tuesday, May 18, 2010

Who Inspires Me (Fashion Wise) | Grace Kelly


“Who Inspires Me” (Fashion Wise) will be a new series that I will try to do once every 2-3 weeks, or even once a month. =) My first post will be on Grace Kelly. Grace Kelly, a lady whose style matches her name - Graceful. Though I have never seen a film with Grace Kelly I love her style.

Her wedding dress is one of my favorite weddings dresses ever! She is also the only actress I have a book on; which I recommend picking up. It is called, Grace Kelly: Icon of Style to Royal Bride and it has lovely pictures and even has a section on her wedding dress. :)


Some of my favorite outfits/pictures of Grace Kelly are the following:

 This look can easily be worn today. It is only a simple button down shirt, cardigan, skirt, and belt; very simple, yet stylish.

One of my favorite causal looks. Jeans (rolled up slightly), button down shirt, and penny loafers.

I LOVE this dress from High Society!

This lovely  dress is from Rear Window.

A lovely party dress! Very modest too.

So far I have recreated only one of her dresses. And it is her fancy dress seen in Rear Window (1954) with Jimmy Stewart. 


My version has two changes from hers, I raised my necklines (in front and back), and my over-skirt has no embroidery, instead it sparkles. =)


::My version::



I know you all are going to ask, 'what pattern did you use?' Yes? Well, I drafted it. Meaning I made my own pattern. =) And this was my first try, back in 2008.

What is your favorite Grace Kelly outfit or movie?

~Ashley

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