Friday, November 30, 2007

Rash Vests

This is a rash vest, also known as a rashie or Rashguard. They were designed to protect the surfer’s skin from board rash, wetsuit irritation, and exposure to sun and wind.

Mrs Katrina Peake says, “I strongly encourage, no matter what style of swimwear gals decide is appropriate for them, that they have at least lined if not inbuilt support. There’s nothing like a slight chill to cause bumps in the fabric, which can be rather obvious no matter how "modest" the rest of the garment!!! Either that or keep your arms crossed or a towel handy at ALL TIMES! =)

“I bought my rashie off www.TradeMe.co.nz, brand new, normally NZ$80 but I got it for $23 + postage – I think it was $28.50... It covers me, is slimming (just what a young mum needs!) but "fashionable", and combined with board shorts and a black maternity bra – my baby Scott and I are ready for a day at the beach!!!! =)

"Rashies are probably a good thought for pregnant ladies still keen to swim (it's very good for you and baby). I haven't actually tried it, but the only thing available for pregnant togs – as far as I'm aware – is 2 piece outfits that have tiny pants and floating tops; not what most dictionaries would define as "modest"! I got a $10 suit from the Warehouse at end of season, and streeeeetched it a little, so next time will try stretching my rashie, I think!”

www.TradeMe.co.nz is an online auction site open to Australians and New Zealanders. America’s primary auction site is www.eBay.com. This company has an Australian branch, www.eBay.com.au Search for rash vest, rash, and rashie – I got different results for each. Set up an automatic daily search and you could find yourself a shirt for just a few dollars.

If you are not yet a member of the auction site you visit, be aware that it could take a week to process your membership. You cannot buy or sell until you are an authenticated member. TradeMe requires a security deposit of NZ$10 to open your account. This is to cover costs of listing items for sale. If you are just buying, your deposit remains untouched.

Stores selling rash vests on www.TradeMe.co.nz:

TradeMe trader "cmpleteoutdoors" sells the Adrenalin brand and claims it has a lifetime warranty. “Each size is generously cut to allow for a comfortable dry fit and has extra length to prevent ride up. It is robustly constructed to last season after season.” Their NZ website is found at www.completeoutdoors.biz

TradeMe trader "higheta" sells Australian brand Radicool, which has elbow length sleeves (see illustration) and a loose fit. I googled for Radicool’s home store and found www.radicoolaustralia.com which has an exciting range of rash vests including one with full length sleeves (prices listed in US$). They also stock knee length sport shorts.

Online Stores:

C Wear Australia, Australian-made swimwear found at www.cwear.com.au They have a New Zealand freephone number. Their USA store is found at www.cwear.com


If you’re researching overseas products, an extremely useful site to have on your browser tool bar is this currency calculator: http://www.x-rates.com/calculator.html
It gives you an instant translation at the current rate for whatever currencies you choose.

Swimwear in Stores

This is a muscle-back tank top I purchased from the Warehouse. I advise against swimming in white -- it becomes transparent when wet! I've used white here because a black one would have been hard to see on the mannequin. The white-on-black also shows the shelfbra support/bust lining which is not normally visible.



Stores in Australia and New Zealand:


The Warehouse (affectionately known as The Red Shed)

The Warehouse offers a wonderfully low-priced brand called "Active Intent". The useful sporting items include:

  • a shelf-bra muscle-back tank top that covers the hips -- make sure it's the type without the plunging neckline;
  • a sport short similar to boy-leg pants but with a much longer leg;
  • several types of t-shirt, some with shelf-bra support and some without;
  • and of course the colourful and varied board short.

Board shorts are fairly easy to come by in other stores, such as EziBuy, but tend to be much more expensive. I recommend you go for the dome-fastening board short -- avoid the lace-up version, as they're frustratingly tedious to get in and out of!

www.TheWarehouse.co.nz and www.TheWarehouse.com.au feature store locations, brand listings, and online viewing of catalogues/mailers. They are not online stores.

EziBuy

www.EziBuy.co.nz and www.EziBuy.com.au

Check the various women’s labels for swimwear sections. I didn’t get any joy out of typing ‘swimwear’ in the search feature.

My mannequin is wearing a rash vest on top of a muscle-back tank top. The bottom hem is elasticated to help prevent ride-up.

The Warehouse rarely stocks women’s rash vests, and I’ve never seen them at EziBuy. See the Rash Vest post for further ideas on where to get these.

Tuesday, November 27, 2007

Where to Find Modest Swimwear

Here are some options for where to purchase modest swimwear. If you have additional information, please do email us at BoutiqueNarelle(at)xtra.co.nz If you purchase any of the following items, drop us a line and tell us what you think of it!

USA websites:









www.WholesomeWear.com


Sew your own & adapt to your tastes:


http://biblicalwomanhoodonline.com/shop/index.php?main_page=index&cPath=10


We know that purchasing from overseas can be difficult/expensive. We are certainly working to find viable options for you. Here are some local ideas.

Australian websites:

www.SueRice.com.au
Check out this Sue Rice Poly-Chloroban swim jacket.





www.ozresort.com.au/index.php?main_page=product_info&cPath=1_8_27&products_id=113


OzResort’s Sun Protection section offers a zipped swim jacket with elbow-length sleeves, and a long sport short. They also have a range of kaftans, wraps, and board shorts, including full length trousers (resort wear).



New Zealand websites:

Blude Dude Swimwear Mecca is a store in Auckland that offers its catalogue online and takes phone or fax orders.


The end of Blue Dude's One Piece Swimwear section includes some wetsuit-like outfits with sleeves and legs, for both women and children. Something to be wary of when purchasing this type of suit is how the suit is sewn in the crotch. If there is a center back seam, it is likely to cling between your buttocks and be both revealing and uncomfortable. If the crotch does not have a complete gusset like regular underpants do (many suits are made with a small triangular gusset), it is likely to cause the same problems at the front.

http://www.swimwear.co.nz/currentstyles_test.asp?ProductType=1-piece

Blue Dude's clothing section includes board shorts, kurtas, wraps, and jandals (thongs/flip-flops).
http://www.swimwear.co.nz/currentstyles_test.asp?ProductType=Clothing


Stores:

The Warehouse (affectionately known as The Red Shed)

The Warehouse offers a wonderfully low-priced brand called "Active Intent". The useful sporting items include a shelf-bra muscle-back tank top that covers the hips -- make sure it's the type without the plunging neckline; a sport short similar to boy-leg pants but with a much longer leg; and several types of t-shirt, some with shelf-bra support and some without; and of course the colourful and varied board short. Board shorts are fairly easy to come by in other stores, such as EziBuy, but tend to be much more expensive. I recommend you go for the dome-fastening board short -- avoid the lace-up version, as they're frustratingly tedious to get in and out of!

www.TheWarehouse.co.nz and www.TheWarehouse.com.au feature store locations, brand listings, and online viewing of sale catalogues/mailers. They are not online stores.

EziBuy

www.EziBuy.co.nz and www.EziBuy.com.au

Check the various women’s labels for swimwear sections. I didn’t get any joy out of typing ‘swimwear’ in the search feature.

The Warehouse rarely stocks women’s rash vests, and I’ve never seen them at EziBuy. See the Rash Vest post for further ideas on where to get these.

Swimwear Rules at Public Pools

On a recent field trip, my parents took a school group to the Taupo A.C. Baths, an outdoor pool complex we have visited many times over the years. An awkward situation developped when the pool attendant called several girls over and explained the pool had a new use-less-chlorine policy which required that only basic swimsuits be worn (fabric absorbs chlorine at a hungry rate). Therefore the girls wearing board shorts and rash vests either had to remove them and swim in the small togs they had on underneath or they could not swim at all and their entrance fee would be refunded.

My mother had not seen any notice of this rule in the dressing room nor at the entrance. They had no warning and were four hours' drive from home. To miss out on the swim would have been hugely disappointing.

If you like to swim in public pools, I recommend that you phone ahead to inquire about their swimwear rules. The new options in modest swimwear may not be permitted in your local pool.

Board shorts and rash vests are commonly accepted as regular swimwear these days, but I remember a time before the invention of these useful garments when certain outdoor pools required me to remove my t-shirt, which at that stage of my youth was worn for sun protection.

Don't get caught out! Be prepared! The world doesn't think in terms of modesty and is usually taken aback and unhelpful at any mention that it is important to you, so you have to be proactive in making life comfortable.

Wednesday, November 7, 2007

WHAT'S A GIRL TO WEAR?!

Pardon this dropping
Of a wail of despair,
For I did go shopping
But there was nothing there
That covered and enhanced me.
Hitched to here and plunged to there,
Stretching tight most everywhere.
I like to think it's not just pink
That flatters curves and straights of mine
And proves in truth I'm feminine.
I can be pretty, I can be smart,
When I learn the ancient, gentle art
Of beauty, elegance, and charm,
A woman's strength, a woman's balm,
The Gilead river that flows supine
From the modest lassy's Christ-owned heart.
So I'll start on a separate, sweeter line,
A clothing quest for a modesty nest
To inspire, equip, and beautify.
Let's make a start to mine the Art —
Boutique Narelle has much to impart!

What is Boutique Narelle?

Modest femininity doesn’t mean you have to dress like a frump, hiding all your curves. The curves are part of your femininity. Our Creator doesn’t require a burqa mentality in order to glorify Him with your body.

Recognizing this, Narelle Worboys set out to construct a wardrobe for herself that was elegant and simple, with flowing lines and pleasing form that wouldn’t date. In her journey toward modest elegance, she learned secrets that have made her clothes more attractive whilst retaining the comfort factor. Realizing that she could shorten this journey for others, the concept of Boutique Narelle was born.

Discovering Boutique Narelle to be a vision with wonderful scope, Genevieve Smith and B’Ethel Williams formed a founding committee with Narelle. We hope you will be as excited as we are at the possibilities. These include:

  • A reference resource of web links, books, and articles on topics such as modesty, sewing, and fashion.
  • NewCreations: a regionally indexed list of seamstresses and others with fashion skills whose services are available for hire. Advertising through Boutique Narelle will draw a 5% commission from your sales which will go toward funding the website. If you have fashion skills and would like to operate a business from home but maybe don’t have the technical expertise or finances to create your own website, here’s your chance to get started. Boutique Narelle aims to encourage entrepreneurs with a desire to clothe women appropriate to their faith and figure.
  • Sewing Tips: illustrated articles on garment construction and reconstruction.
  • Closet Tips: articles and photographs providing ideas for your wardrobe appropriate to your figure.
  • Shopping Tips: seasonal fashion review and store assessment.
  • Social Tips: articles exploring what it means to be modest and feminine, dressing to blend in whilst glorifying God, being stylish rather than trendy or modish.
  • Mirror Stop: a personal elegance checklist.
  • Seasonal Secrets: summer or winter, drip or dry, there are ways to improve the comfort, practicality, and elegance of your clothing.
  • Encouraging production of modest swimwear and bridal and maternity clothing.
  • Art of Appearance: networking people who can help; girls with skills in clothing and other aspects of a girl’s appearance (i.e. figure, hairstyles, makeup) who are willing to share their knowledge on a one-to-one basis or in a group situation.
  • Catalyst for group activities such as mall or savemart shopping ventures, fashion-to-figure wardrobe planning parties, design competitions and model makeover shoots (with rewards donated by stores who support our project), workshops in pattern drafting, sewing, and hair and makeup,seminars on modesty and deportment…

There are a number of excellent American websites that cater for parts of this vision, but we believe a centralized bureau with a focus on making these services accessible to Australians and New Zealanders will be of particular benefit.

We will not endeavour on this website to set out rules of must-do’s and shalt-not’s, but rather to stimulate your awareness of how your appearance gives either a negative or positive testimony to the Lord Jesus Christ and to assist you in modelling modesty in every situation of your daily life, allowing you, no matter what religious slant you hold, to find something at Boutique Narelle which you can use to enhance your dressing experience.

If you would like to be part of the NewCreations index or Art of Appearance network, send your details to KyriellePublishing(at)xtra.co.nz.

We believe a foundation of prayer will be advantageous as we embark on this innovative project. If you’re excited about the Boutique Narelle concept and want to see it succeed, why don’t you place it on your prayer list?

If you have any comments or suggestions, please do email us at KyriellePublishing(at)xtra.co.nz.

Monday, November 5, 2007

Who is Narelle?

Narelle (pronounced nah-REL) was born to David and Isabel Worboys in 1976 and lives with them in Dannevirke, New Zealand. The only child remaining at home, Narelle is the second of six who were all educated using the Accelerated Christian Education program. The family began homeschooling when Narelle was eight. Her father David founded and directed New Zealand Christian Academy, a homeschooling branch of A.C.E., for twenty years, recently retiring from education and devoting his time to multiple community service endeavours.

Narelle has had a chronic illness since she was nineteen, a condition which severely limits her physical activity and social life. Despite this, Narelle is amazed at what the Lord has done in and through her. She has continued to educate herself in a variety of subjects, including music, creative writing, film media, and how a needle, thread, scissors, two hands, and an active mind can work together productively. Fascinated by fashion and design, she loves playing with colour, shape, and texture, often worked out in little things like drawing detailed floral vignettes with coloured pencils and creating beautiful greeting cards from paper and ribbon.

She is a published novelist, playwright, poet, and photographer. In 2006 she founded Script Haven, a library of scripts and tips for students and parents/teachers preparing for A.C.E. Student Conventions. Also in 2006, she participated in “The Way of the Master” eight-week training course and discovered the ease and excitement of witnessing to non-believers the way Jesus did.

Separated for a number of years from her singing siblings, in 2007 she achieved her dream to sing again, making her public debut as a soloist at the Dannevirke Town Hall. She’s eager for opportunities to minister with her music. Between July and October she accompanied her father to local churches and clubs giving presentations about Operation Christmas Child, a mission she has embraced with a passion.

Her teddy bear’s name is Charlie (he attached himself to her in a store, after which, naturally, she had to bring him home). Her daily encouragement is a star-gazing polar bear named Oscar hanging on her wall. Her Mum is the woman she most admires in the world, her sisters are her best friends, she likes to sing very loud when there’s nobody to be disturbed ;), and chocolate ├ęclairs (with real chocolate) are her favourite celebration food. She loves telling stories, she recently discovered she can Cook, and she gets a big kick out of making people laugh. She knows a lot about waiting, having a heart full of big dreams accompanied by the knowledge that if these are entrusted to the Creator’s hands, they will come to pass in a way more beautiful than she could ever engineer.

Her prayer since the age of eighteen has been that the Lord will use her to transform young lives, that He would make her humble that she might communicate the quality of life that is consistent with the work of the Holy Spirit.

For more details about Narelle’s projects visit www.NarelleWorboys.blogspot.com



Click on the picture to see it in a larger size. Other family pictures available at http://scripthaven.blogspot.com/2006_06_01_archive.html
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