Tuesday, November 22, 2011

Vogue Special: Adorable Modest Wedding or Formal Dress

We're posting early this week because the following is a limited-time special deal.
This is a screenshot of an email that arrived in my mailbox this morning. If you love this dress style and you've got a formal event coming soon, this week is the time to grab the pattern.

Here's where you can view more details about the pattern: http://voguepatterns.mccall.com/v8766---pattern-of-the-week----products-15146.php?page_id=174 This link will probably expire once the sale is over, but if you type the pattern number 8766 in the search box at www.voguepatterns.com, you'll be able to view the details at leisure. There's also a button where you can sign up to get such emails in your own mailbox. (Note: the discounts will be most applicable to those living on the American continent, but pictorial inspiration works on every continent and island.)

Boutique Narelle has been working to update recommendations on where to find ready-made modest and gorgeous wedding or formal occasion dresses, and we're excited about what we've found to share with you! Here's Part 1: http://www.boutiquenarelle.blogspot.com/2011/12/best-modest-bridal-formal-part-1.html

Is it a piano or is it a sewing machine?

I'm a fashion journalist. I'm also a singer/songwriter [visit Songuine here]. I looked at this sewing machine and saw a piano. =) Just had to share.

Friday, November 18, 2011

The Great Shirt Hunt, Chapter 7

The 2011 warm-season brochure that RD1 kindly sent to my mailbox featured these modest top styles.

RD1 shops are in most rural centres around the North Island of New Zealand.  If you're a South Island shopper, pop into CRT and ask for a copy of their catalogue "Clobber".

My sister Sarah sent me a Clobber (kind-hearted gal) and I was impressed with the practical garments available for women through this farm supplies chain. Sarah said that the Rangiora branch had many more options than hinted at in the catalogue, which sounds promising provided you can get to a store or you have a sister/chum who can shop for you.

CRT stocks R. M. Williams ladies shirts, a brand which Boutique Narelle explored in chapters five and six of The Great Shirt Hunt [click here]. I promised a wearability update of my R.M. Williams Ashville shirt, coloured vibrant lime-green.

I can report it's my favourite shirt for everyday feel-good pleasure. For 100% cotton, it launders like a dream, and appears to be fade-resistant. I'm certain this shirt will live forever and that my purchase was utterly worthwhile.

Friday, November 11, 2011

FREE Swimsuit Giveaway!

Would you like a new swimsuit for the holidays...FREE?

Simply Modest Swimwear has announced this week that they are giving away 1 ready-made swimsuit!

To enter:
1. "Like" Simply Modest Swimwear's Facebook page: http://www.facebook.com/simplymodestswimwear
2. "Share" the Swimsuit Giveaway post on your wall, and
3. Write a "comment" below the post telling SMS which swimsuit (from their website) you would like for Christmas!

You must do all 3 things to be entered into the contest. Ends Christmas Eve 2011. Winning entry will be drawn at random from those who have completed all 3 things. Swimsuit of your choice will be shipped out completely free of charge to the winner (to anywhere in the world)! Their selection of swimsuits does change frequently, so if the swimsuit you chose becomes unavailable before then, or you change your mind, the winner can choose another ready-made swimsuit from the website after the contest ends.

Boutique Narelle TV* provides a video summary of what Simply Modest Swimwear offers you.

*For more Boutique Narelle videos, click "BNTV" on the navigation bar below the BN title banner.

Have you viewed the other modest swimwear stores recommended by Boutique Narelle? We'd love to know which is your favourite style and why! You don't have to be a blogger to use Blogger's comment feature, and we really appreciate hearing from our readers.

Friday, November 4, 2011

Misleading our Girls about Beauty

"Never Too Young? Misleading our Girls about Beauty" by Dr. Albert Mohler

The New York Times reports that even the youngest of girls are being targeted as consumers of cosmetics and beauty treatments. The elementary [primary school] set is showing up in trendy salons for pedicures and manicures.

The intense self-focus that many young women display and their attention to how they present themselves is affecting 6- to 9-year-olds. “We live in a culture of insta-celebrity,” Ms. Skey said. “Our little girls now grow up thinking they need to be ready for their close-up, lest the paparazzi arrive.”

You can read the article by Dr. Albert Mohler here, or listen to or download the audio version here.

Are you training yourself in True Beauty? Are you sharing what you've learned with your daughters, nieces,  younger sisters or friends? Or, are you and they, through neglect, wide open to the destructive influences of the pagan culture in which we live?

Girls are never too young to start learning, and if wise women do not take up the mantle of instruction, they will automatically assume the prevalent characteristics of their environment which flood insidiously from television, movies, the internet, books, magazines, and urban graphics, and are cultivated as attentively in churches as they are in the world. Suicides, eating disorders, and early promiscuity are just some of the tragic results. Now that you're warned, what are you going to do about it?

The illustrations in this post are of my niece Elizabeth on her 2nd birthday. In the second picture, she is singing Happy Birthday to herself along with everyone else. =)

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