Friday, March 27, 2009

Princess Incognito?

Here's one of my favourite posts from 2008, updated a little bit. I hope it inspires you once again to feel like a Princess. = )

Are you shy about your appearance? Avoid having your picture taken?

When someone asks you about your standards or comments on your clothing, how do you react? Make excuses…rather not talk about it…or are you prepared to give a reason for the hope that is in you?

Crown Princess Victoria of Sweden

I used to think that my desire to dress and behave like a princess was an unhealthy, highbrow attitude that was setting myself above those in my community. Who would countenance such stuck-up ideas? I kept my royal aspirations hidden in my heart and tried to blend in.

Princess Elizabeth of the United Kingdom

But I’ve recently discovered, to my astonishment, that conducting oneself as a princess is not self promotion or attracting attention to oneself if you understand that you ARE a princess, an ambassador representing someone worthy of respect and honour.

Firstly, if you have asked the Lord Jesus to be your Saviour, you have been born again into His heavenly family, making you the daughter of the King of Kings. A little mathematical figuring here discovers…um…Daughter of King = Princess, right?

Secondly, you are an ambassador for your earthly family. The way you present yourself helps make successful those who are closest to you – father, husband, even employer. To hide, make excuses, and be ashamed of our standards is counterproductive!

Anna Sofia Botkin says in “Strength and Dignity for Daughters”:

“In a generation that is starving for examples of femininity, modesty, and true princess-like behavior, we need to act as though the whole world is watching, because the whole world is watching.”

Anna Sofia continues, “God has given us standards of excellence. His standard dictates that we dress femininely and modestly, and we should take pride in the way we communicate this standard with the public. It should be obvious to the people who see us that we are confident and happy in the precepts that God has given us. We are not ashamed to honour Him. Some girls are so intimidated by the disapproval of the heathen that they become ashamed of God’s precepts and treat His standards like a big ball and chain that they have to drag around.”

Ladies, if we want to be effective in our service to the Lord Jesus Christ, we cannot allow ourselves to think that way.

Are you ashamed, or are you standing straight, holding your head high, being confident to share with the world that you honour the Lord Jesus Christ and your parents? I dare you to be a gloriously modest and feminine Princess.

Would you like to demonstrate your Princess status? Here are 2 ideas.

• Communicate your standard with the public by sending a photograph of yourself wearing an outfit you love, telling us why you like it. Email BoutiqueNarelle(at)xtra.co.nz.

• Send us a photo of yourself and your mother or mentor for our Tribute to Femininity.


Friday, March 20, 2009

Free Hat Pattern

Having a bad hair day? Cover up with a cute hat!

Free Downloadable Misses’ Bucket Hat

from Simplicity


Click on image.

Friday, March 13, 2009

Solutions for Plunging Necklines, Part 1

Are you frustrated and discouraged over low-cut clothing that exposes the d├ęcolletage? Weary of wandering along racks of deep v-necks? Tired of trying to find a blouse that has enough buttons?

Here are five different chemisettes and dickeys to help solve your low neckline problems. Offered in black or white, they layer well under shirts, sweaters, and jackets.

The chemisette has side tabs which wrap around your bra, camisole, or chemise straps. The dickeys are pulled on over your head like an ordinary shirt or sweater.

Some of the products pictured are available in a "buy 1, get 1 free" deal.

They are marketed by HealthPride, a company operating in Australia and New Zealand.

Oddly, neither the mail order catalogue nor the websites group these 5 neckline solutions together. It took me a while to discover there was a pile of them.

Remember, while the garments are one size fits all, people can differ greatly in their neck circumference. If you have a particularly slender neck, I suggest you avoid the lace and knit turtleneck styles.

Friday, March 6, 2009

Cinderella's Slippers

Have you ever got dressed for an important interview and then found there was something badly wrong with the shoes you planned to wear? Dirtied, scuffed, cracked, broken heel, missing buckle... How did you feel? What did you do about it?

OR

Have you ever been invited to a special event and spent hours putting together a ravishing outfit that makes you feel like the princess you are, only to realize you don't have shoes to match?

The Power of Footwear

All these feet belong to women.

It has been said that if you have a pretty pair of shoes on your feet, no-one will notice your dress is shabby. Appropriate footwear can either make or break an outfit -- and the wearer.

I grew up wearing black shoes. Princess-like outfits tended to be in light colours. Metallic-coloured footwear was out of style, and white shoes were exclusive to bridal shops, which our town did not have. I had to make do with black shoes. I didn't think they looked right, so I didn't feel right.

A different pair of shoes could have significantly improved this wedding guest outfit. (Okay, so a few other things could be done to it as well, but the point is the shoes just don't work.) I was very ill at the time and was going for comfort, hoping that the flowers would make up for whatever else I lacked. See how pretty they were?

Hmmm...it's a pity I couldn't have floated around like this.

How would you feel if you had to wear black shoes with your wedding gown? Brides in war-torn Israel are struggling with this very thing. Many do not have have the bridal shop option, either, but the Lord God is providing solutions in a miraculous way.

Do you remember the SOS for shoes in Meet Melissa, posted October 2008?

The CFI Bridal Salon is stocked by donations from kind-hearted people around the world. An English bride will send her wedding gown and accessories when she's finished with them. An American bridal designer will ship off all his remaining season's stock.

In nearly every issue of the magazine "The InGathering", there is a story of how God has met the need of another bride down to the exact details she dreamed of in private.

You don't have to be a bride in order to be part of this blessing. Remember the promise God made to Israel in Genesis 12:3? He will bless those who bless Israel.

Passing down the aisle of The Warehouse last week, I spotted a pair of white sandals in my size. My regular singing engagements means I'm always on the lookout for cheap, charming, comfortable footwear in an appropriate colour. I tried the sandals and liked them very much, greatly encouraged by the price tag of a mere NZ$14.99. I went back to the shelf for the shoebox (owning a pile of shoes gets complicated if you don't have a storage system), and noticed another pair in size 9.

The thought popped into my head, "Is there a bride in Israel with size 9 feet dreaming of these shoes?"

I bought both pairs.

I rolled each size 9 shoe in tissue paper from the shoebox, turned them end to end and bound them in a length of bubble wrap (recycled). The outside was treated to stiff brown paper. Postage cost NZ$15.20 economy air, sent to CFI - Bridal Salon, P.O. Box 1813, Jerusalem 91015, Israel.

Next time you see a pretty pair of white, open-toed sandals at bargain price, what will you do?

Spiffing up an old pair of dress shoes
Tips on Adding Accessories

Watch a demonstration of how to transform a boring pump with a bit of paint!



If you have a plain pair of jandals (thongs), sandals, flats, or pumps, here's how to add sparkle. Purchase crystals from a craft supplies store, glue them onto a buckle or bar then onto your shoe, or glue them directly onto the shoe. This forum offers advice on the dos and don'ts of achieving this.Clip-on earrings are a quick and easy way to transform a simple shoe into a stunning accessory. This article offers tips on how to achieve that comfortably without gluing the earring to your shoe, plus other decorative and interchangeable ideas using objects like lace, beads, and buttons.

Here is an example of vintage rhinestone clip-on earrings used as shoe clips for a wedding. They are about 1 inch in diameter*, and are available for purchase here. US$8. Sale expires March 28th, 2009.

Pretty decos, but too small. [Click on image to view enlargement.]

*If you're going earring shopping for this purpose, remember that the earrings have to be LARGE. What might look quite big on your ears will be small and insignificant on your shoes. More glamourous shoe-clip ideas can be viewed on the do-it-yourself network.

Browse wedding/shoe stores for more ideas of what you can do to cheer up your tootsies and add chic to your feet. A recommended place to start is at Crystal Bridal Accessories. (Click on the image to go to their website.)
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