Friday, August 8, 2014

random photos of Narelle's modest fashion life


In lieu of the BN modest fashion observations, tips, and promotions that I've planned to write in the past three months as we've plodded our way toward normality after our house fire (and for which I've even spent several hours at a time writing and preparing images but never managed to get one finished), here's a random sampling of photos that may or may not make it into a post in the future.


Narelle and Sarah: enjoying some fun during a joint creative project which we hope to post on YouTube. Guess who paints and who sings?
Spending time with family takes priority over web work. Any day.
Find a quiet corner with a baby and something to chew...bliss.
Narelle is very happy to get out of dark-coloured clothing required for soot-cleaning and into glad rags suitable for singing a program at Rahiri Retirement Home. The old folks love a modest and pretty dress as much as a sweet song. So does Narelle!

The scarf was a gift from Israel. It's made of net-fine wool, light yet remarkably warm, and a perfect accessory for the outfit Narelle last wore for her Princess Moment. See here for text and video:
Mum, this is for you: "It Will Be Worth It All" ~ Narelle and Sarah Worboys
Narelle and Sarah: we made a gift for our mother, and we've shared it on YouTube so you can bless your mother with it too. Go to
With limited choice in creative projects to occupy her during her 2-month sojourn at a motel, Narelle tries out a neckline alteration on her custom-made swimsuit from Simply Modest Swimwear.
 After the fire, Narelle is very thankful to have modest clothes and a clean place to launder them!
An unedited shot from a Fashion Fundraiser shoot (pre-fire) on a day that was plagued by lighting and focus troubles.
A shot for the BN Fashion Fundraiser that won't be used because the fleece jacket has now been sold.

Friday, August 1, 2014

The Value of Remembering: why World War One matters to you and me

4 August 2014 marks 100 years since the beginning of World War I, and I believe there are two good reasons to pay attention to the commemorations.

A STARTLING MEMORIAL: Pictures taken at the Cenotaph after the Dawn Parade, ANZAC Day. I wouldn't normally pair aqua with fire-engine red, but it was just ten days after our house fire and I had little choice in what I could wear. The angora/wool hat and layers of wool and polar fleece kept me warm. The waterproof skirt kept me dry (and clean) when photographic urges brought me in contact with the ground. =)

What Made New Zealand a Nation ?

First, Britain’s declaration of war on Germany marked not only the beginning of New Zealand’s involvement in WWI as part of the British Empire, but also the birth of New Zealand as a nation.
Our national identity was forged during those traumatic years.

The values that held us together during war and built our society after it were, to quote the RSA*, "compassion, comradeship, courage and commitment". Do we want these values in our lives, in our neighbourhoods today? What are we doing to teach them, to exercise them, to honour them?

Do We Actually Value Values?

Second, the price of international peace and security was massive for a small and pioneering country such as we were in 1914. Our forebears gave much to secure freedoms they thought worthy of sacrifice. The tragedy is that subsequent generations have neglected to nurture these freedoms or deliberately sought to erode them.

Today, these centenary commemorations have a very personal application. Lest we forget and mourn our loss of freedom and righteous values, let's recognize and emulate the integrity of our forefathers. Faith, family, country. Are they still worth dying for?

What we're doing about it

Click this link  for more details on "Women of Courage", presented by Isabel and Narelle Worboys during the "WWI Commemorative Concert" at the Dannevirke Town Hall, 3 August 2014.

* "Declaration of WWI was birth of nation"
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