My Crimson Christmas // Ft. Lindy Bop

Quick disclaimer: This is not a paid sponsorship nor am I in affiliation with Lindy Bop at this time.

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This wonderfully beautiful 1950s inspired dress called the “Marianne Red Swing Dress and Jacket Twin Set” came from Lindy Bop! It was the first time ordering from them and I can’t wait to order another dress in the future! I also bought the crinoline there which I’ve already wore this my last fashion post!

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The crimson color, the fullness of the skirt, the style of the jacket, and its perfect fit made this the best Christmas dress. I just love it! Incidentally, it also comes in dark blue, light blue, pink, burgundy, black, gray, and white, all of which I would love to have. Coming from London, it is of high quality and of wonderful craftsmanship. Unfortunately, the price matches the high quality, so I shall be content with this red one for a while. (P.S. I bought this particular dress on sale. Three cheers for Christmas sales!)

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If you love vintage fashion and classy clothes, you must head over to Lindy Bop! They have so many great finds, and coincidentally, they’re having a 60% off end of year sale, which includes the “Marianne Burgundy Swing Dress and Jacket Twin Set!” Go check it out and come back and tell me if you like it!

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The New Year will soon be upon us, so this will be the last fashion post of the year! Do you have any specific goals for 2018? Any fashion goals?

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dress and jacket // lindy bop

shoes // payless

crinoline // lindy bop

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Megan Joy

Retro With a Chance of Flurries

Snow flurries! What can be better than snow flurries? Hot chocolate and a book by a warm fire, actually! But before you sip your steamy cocoa topped with marshmallows, you have to get outside and frolic in the snow a bit! So that’s exactly what I did!

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I was very excited to finally wear the new crinoline I ordered from Lindy Bop! It works perfectly with this skirt that I made last year. They have so many color choices of crinoline, but I chose classic white. Lindy Bop has such a great vintage collection! If you love dressing vintage, wish to start, or just want to try it out, Lindy Bop is a great place to shop! I do suggest collecting all the things you want in your shopping cart, and then waiting for a sale because it can be on the pricey side.

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My sister did my hair and added the bows! The whole day I felt like Minnie Mouse!

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While you may see me smiling in these photos, what you are not seeing is: me shivering nearly to death, my feet frozen in the snow, my hands turning red and numb, and me yelling, “It doesn’t matter if it’s in focus! Just take the picture so we can go inside!

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To match all the colors of my outfit, I wore my “I Like Ike” pin! I once wore it to the voting polls and the people in front of me thought it was funny! Comment below if you know what my pin means!

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Besides liking Ike, I also like this little snowflake, resting on my sweater, all by itself. It reminds me of that well-known fact that no two snowflakes are alike. Out of all the times it snows, and all the millions of snowflakes that make up a storm, none are the same. Yes, this little snowflake is different, it doesn’t match another, and maybe it’s a little small among the countless other flakes, but it’s still beautiful. Just like us.

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skirt // made by me

sweater // target

shoes // old navy

crinoline // lindy bop

hair bows // (white) icing, red (christmas ornament)

pin // free

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How much snow did you get this week?

What do you think about snowflakes being different?

Do you know what my pin means?

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Megan Joy

First Year of Blogging + Giveaway!

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Guess what? This week Simply Megan Joy is celebrating its 1st year of existence anniversary! To celebrate, I’m hosting a little giveaway. Two separate winners will each receive a special Autumn-scented homemade candle!

The 1st name to be pulled out of the hat will get “Crisp Forest Leaves.”

The 2nd will be sent “Autumn Apple Pie.”

Inside each candle will be a specially designed hand-made piece of jewelry that can be retrieved once a few layers of the wax melts! All jewelry are original pieces created by an aspiring blacksmith who is in the process of starting his own business in that field. He also happens to be my brother!

To get one entry put in the hat you must:

  1. Be a follower/subscriber of Simply Megan Joy

  2. Comment on this post (just to let me know to enter your name into the hat)

(To get one extra entry, you can subscribe to my brand-new Instagram account here! Just notify me that you did this in your comment below)

That’s it! The deadline to enter is Wednesday, October 18th, 2017. The winners will be announced the following Friday. Unfortunately, I can only ship prizes within the U.S.A, so this giveaway is not available for international readers! My apologies!

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Do you like autumn candles?

Which Fall candle scent is your favorite?

Thanks for reading and don’t forget to enter the giveaway!

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Megan Joy

Stars and Stripes Forever

Happy belated Independence Day, America! Today I donned one of my patriotic outfits with a little bit of 1940s flare here and there!

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This the first time I’ve successfully worn my hair in a 1940s faux bob! It’s more of a lob because it fell before I even stepped out the door, but now, after looking at the photos, I think I have figured out a better way to do it! Hopefully, you’ll see a better version of it in some upcoming posts!

I just love these little hair clips! They’re really useful and can hold a lot of hair!

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dress // j.c. penney

sweater // thrifted

shoes // payless (my sister’s)

belt // thrifted

hat // boscovs

hair clips // icing

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Have you ever tried a faux bob?

Any ideas or tips on how to make a bob?

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Megan Joy

Quote of the Week // 27th Week

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Tomorrow, all of America will celebrate Independence Day! Hot dogs, fireworks, corn on the cob, family picnics, and parties will fill our day tomorrow as we remember what happened 241 years ago. In 1776, America declared freedom from Britain when the Declaration of Independence was signed in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. This historical document was written by Thomas Jefferson and is the foundation of our country. The quote above was taken from the 2nd paragraph of the document and has become well known across all 50 states!

I have included this snippet from the document in honor of the fifty-six men who signed the Declaration of Independence even though their signature would have put them under persecution for rebelling against King George III.

I’m very grateful for all of those who fought for my freedom during the American Revolution and also in the years leading all the way up to today. Sometimes, I think I take my freedom for granted, and don’t realize how much of a privilege it is to be free. This Fourth of July, I want to remember how much loss was endured for my gain and to use my freedom in the best way possible!

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If you live in America, how are you celebrating July Fourth!

Megan Joy

 

Hints of Pink // Sunday Bests

First, I’d like to say Happy Mother’s Day to my mom! I love you!

Here’s another Sunday Bests on this beautiful day!

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The hints of pink are my favorite things about this outfit!

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Lost in a jungle (not).

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dress // kohls

shoes // payless

headband // icing

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How was your Mother’s Day?

Do you like wearing hints of pink?

Megan Joy

Mother’s Day // DIY Creation

Mother’s Day is just around the corner! What do you have planned to celebrate the person who loves you most? Sometimes, a store-bought card just isn’t enough to say the words you want to say, so here’s a Do-It-Yourself project that will be ready before Sunday comes around.

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I made this for my mom last year for Mother’s Day. It’s really simple to make and is super cute. I also made one for my Grandmom, because she’s a mother, too!

Things needed for this project:

  • A small sized canvas (approx. 3” by 3”)
  • Non-perishable flowers
  • Colored paper
  • Markers
  • Mini clothespin
  • Hot glue gun
  • Acrylic paint
  • Craft glue
  • Sparkles or mini pearl beads (optional)
  • A mini easel or canvas stand (optional)

All of these things can be found at any craft store like Michaels or A.C. Moore.

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Instructions:

  • Paint your blank canvas your mom’s favorite color or colors. Let dry.
  • Add a sparkly or pearly border to your canvas with craft glue.
  • Hot glue flowers to your canvas.
  • Hot glue mini clothespin to canvas.
  • Cut out and write on colored paper, then apply to canvas with craft glue.
  • Set canvas on mini easel.
  • (Don’t forget to write your name and the year on the back!)

Mission Complete!

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You can choose to put it on a stand or hang it on the wall, whatever you choose! The photo below shows one that I covered completely in flowers. It didn’t quite turn out the way I had imagined, but I think it’s still unique!

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Happy early Mother’s Day to all moms!

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What are you planning for Mother’s Day?

What do you like most about your mom?

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Megan Joy

Sunday Bests // Easter Bloom

Happy Easter Sunday, everyone! It’s time to celebrate the resurrection of Christ on this joyous day! Here are a few photos of my Easter dress this year! It was so much fun wearing it, but also a hazard of either tripping on it or getting it muddy while hiding Easter eggs for our church kids! But I’m glad I wore it anyway. It’s a day to forget our troubles and just be thankful for a God who loves us no matter what those troubles are.

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This dress, having pink 3-D flowers all over it, is one of the most fun dresses to wear! It really says Spring and reminds me that the season is in full bloom!

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With this being a quick post on a busy day, I only have one thing left to say. “He is risen! He is risen indeed!”

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dress // macy’s

shoes // payless

pearl necklace // my sister’s

bracelet // icing

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Do you like Easter?

What did you wear for this special day?

Have you heard the news? (He is risen!)

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Megan Joy

A New Beginning: 2017

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Wait a minute! It can’t be the end of 2016 already! It just started a few months ago, right? It seems impossible that another new year is ready and eager to take the wheel and label 2016 as history! This past year held so many different events, emotions, stories, words, and thoughts in my life. It was a time for learning and growing, happiness and joy, and sorrow and heartache. Though I can’t truthfully say that I had continuously remembered that God was in control all 365 days in 2016, I can now look back at the year and know that He was and IS in control.

Now we must embark on a new adventure: 2017! The train has reached the station so we must step off and board the next one, with carpet bag in hand, and chin held high! With the new year, we must all change our calendars, retrain ourselves to write a different number at the end of every date, and make New Year’s resolutions that we pledge to keep, when really…they usually only last a month. Yet, a new chapter of our lives must commence, whether we’re ready for it or not.

Looking beyond the unknown aspects of a new year, I find a new beginning a wonderful thing to have once a year! It’s a time to set new goals and strive to accomplish certain tasks. For me some of those goals are learning how to crochet a hat, getting better at horseback riding, or practicing Irish dance more! This year, I have pledged to make a list of all the things I would like to accomplish before 2017 is over. I know that I won’t complete them all, but I’m okay with that.

The one thing that I would most like to accomplish this new year, is to remember that God is good, He is in control, and He knows what’s best.

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See you next year in 2017!

P.S. I’ve got a special new series coming up for the new year! Check back on Monday the 2nd to see what’s in store!

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Does is seem like the year just flew by to you, too?

Have you ever written the wrong date throughout the month

of January because you forgot that the year had changed?

What goals have you set for 2017?

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Megan

Merry Christmas!

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Merry Christmas, everyone! It’s Christmas Eve and all is busy-busy – getting ready for tomorrow’s celebration! Wrapping presents and finishing the last bits of decorating always puts that excitement of my second favorite holiday in my heart! I’m so thankful for the many blessings God has given me this Christmas season to celebrate His son’s approx. 2,012 Birthday!

Every year at Christmas I love to the read the story about the first ever Christmas which happened around 4 A.D. You can read the whole story in the book of Luke, chapter 2, verses 1-20!

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Does your family have any special Christmas traditions?

Have you ever read Luke 2 and imagined what it was

like for Mary or the shepherds?


Megan Joy