Sunday Bests // Red Tie in the Morning

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When I first put this outfit together, it was missing something, and it wasn’t until I walked past my brother’s tie collection that a bell chimed in my head. A tie! That’s what this jacket needs! I threw a red one around my neck, changed my shoes and purse to match, and ran out the door for church. At a reception afterward, a dear older man said that my outfit reminded him of a retro airline stewardess! I thought that was such a nice thing to say!

This “stewardess” outfit consists of mostly things that aren’t mine! The tie is my brother’s, the shoes are my sisters, and the skirt was sewn by my mom over 30 years ago. So now you know: I’m a clothes thief! However, the blouse and jacket are mine; they were gifts found at a thrift store. So I guess this outfit is even more special considering it didn’t cost me a cent! 

To go along with my post title, I’ve decided to include the old saying:

“Red sky at night,

Sailor’s delight.

Red sky in morning,

Sailor’s warning.”

It seems like I’ve known this little saying forever. Looking up at a blazing sky was a sign that tomorrow would be a beautiful day! What I didn’t know all those years, was that this little saying comes from the Bible! In the first book of the New Testament, Jesus was talking with the Pharisees and the Sadducees (leaders of the Jewish church). In Matthew 16:2-3 it says, “He answered and said unto them, when it is evening, ye say, it will be fair weather: for the sky is red. And in the morning, it will be foul weather today: for the sky is red and lowering. O ye hypocrites, ye can discern the face of the sky; but can ye not discern the signs of the times?” KJV

In my own words, Jesus basically said, “You can know what the weather is going to be like tomorrow by looking at the sky, but you can’t figure out what is going to happen in the future by looking at the past?”

Over 2,000 years ago, Jesus said this, and it is still entirely true in today’s modern world of complex technology. Weather forecasters have all these instruments and devices to predict the weather, which they broadcast all across the country. If we are so proficient in the weather in that we can know the exact percentage of tomorrow’s precipitation, why is not everyone capable of looking at past history and learning from it? We can detect, or as Jesus says, discern, the future by looking at the past. History is forever repeating itself, so why not use our own brains to research it and use our knowledge to better the future? We each hold the brainpower to learn and to discern. I, personally, love history, though I know many people who have pledged their hearts against it. But history is not just all about dates and names. It’s about stories, great legends, and the lives of our very own ancestors!

Let’s not forget how smart we can be,

when we learn from our history!

Ok, I’m done my rant now! Until next time, faithful readers, carry on!

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skirt // made by my mom

jacket // thrifted

blouse // thrifted

tie // my brother’s

shoes // payless (my sister’s)

purse // thrifted

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Do you like the little red sky saying?
Did you know that it is from the Bible?
What do you think about learning from history?
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Megan Joy

Sunday Bests // A Little Shabby Chic

Sunday Bests // A Little Shabby Chic

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Today, I ventured into “shabby chic” fashion! I’m not personally a big fan of the modern shabby chic styles, but with a more vintage twist, I don’t think I mind it! There’s something about a floppy hat and a baggy skirt that just has a homey feel about it, creating a comfortable yet stylish outfit for exploring the countryside!

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Last week, I made this necklace from a quartz rock and some copper wire. I think it turned out pretty well for my second try (I don’t think you even want to see my first try!). I asked my brother if he could make the stone into a heart shape. He whacked it with a hammer and it sort of ended up like a heart, maybe?

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I think autumn is the most photogenic season of them all. Just about anywhere you point your camera, you’re bound to capture the grand beauty of God’s nature through the lens!

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I really love this pair of sun glasses from Rue 21! The roundness is nicely balanced by the gold leaf design on the rims. When I wear them, it turns my world into a wild range of magical autumn hues! The photo below shows the difference. On the left half of the picture, is the view from the glasses and on the right what it looks like to the plain eye! It’s quite dramatic!

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So, that is my version of autumn shabby chic. Maybe I’ll visit it again someday soon?

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sweater // target

skirt // thrifted

hat // kohl’s

shoes // target (my sister’s)

necklace // made by me

sunglasses // rue 21

belt // thrifted

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Megan Joy

Sunday Bests // Nifty 50s

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What, another polka dot post?! Yes, indeed! You can never have too many polka dots. This 1950s outfit reminds me so much of “I Love Lucy,” my all-time favorite TV show!

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My Ginger Rogers moment, dancing atop a picnic table!

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Last night, I whipped up a crinoline to wear underneath the dress to make it fluffy. I still have to add a few more layers of tulle to make it puffier.

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dress // gift from my cousin

jacket // gift

shoes // payless

clutch purse // thrifted

dress crinoline // made by me

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What do you like about 50s styles?

Have you ever worn a crinoline under a skirt before?

Do you like “I Love Lucy?”

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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

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

Sunday Bests // Arrival of Spring

Happy Palm Sunday, everyone! This Sunday finally revealed the many green sprouts that have been hidden away all these months. Everywhere I turned, I saw something green!

This outfit is the first official spring ensemble I’ve worn this year and I’m so excited to finally switch my winter clothes out for spring!

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Fashion Tip – I’m actually wearing a sleeveless dress and a pull-over sweater on top. This gives the illusion that I’m wearing a skirt and sweater. This way I can wear the dress with a cute cardigan on a later occasion and have a completely different look!

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My attempt at a spin turned into a heel sinking disaster!

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Green! Precious green!

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I really like the decorative design on the rim of the dress! It almost looks like a Victorian wallpaper pattern.

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One week left until my favorite holiday; Easter! I can’t wait to celebrate the most wonderful story on Earth. What are your plans for Easter?

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dress // macy’s

sweater // target

shoes // payless

purse // thrifted

necklace // kohl’s

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Are you excited about Easter?

Do you have an Easter dress picked out?

How was your Sunday?

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Megan Joy

Sunday Bests // There’s Music Wherever I Go

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Hello, friends! Spring brings happy skirts and cheery (and sometimes cherry) shoes! This is one of my favorite outfits because of its fun use of music notes and also because it’s so comfortable! I sometimes wear it all day because it’s so comfy!

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I mostly wear this skirt to play at orchestra and ensemble performances, and once I even wore it to watch an Irish dance Feis (competition)! Every place I wear it, I’m asked where I got it, so, I say “Chicwish!” It was a present from my Grandmom for Christmas a few years ago. Thanks, Grandmom!

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Another fabulous addition to this skirt is that it has pockets! Skirts with pockets earn at least 10 points in my book! Unfortunately, these particular notes on the skirt aren’t put together to make a real tune. I’ve tried to play it but it just sounds like jibberish!

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Recognize the shoes from my other post?

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Ok, so now that you’re done reading my “awesome” post, you have to go check out Chicwish! This exact skirt is 28% off right now! I once put six-hundred dollars’ worth of dresses and skirts in the checkout and created a plan in which I would ask for one of them on each Birthday and by the time I was thirty-four, I would have all the ones I wanted, but that plan fell through. Go figure!

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skirt // Chicwish

sweater // Target

shoes // Old Navy

purse // thrifted

hair accessories // Icing

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Have you ever heard of Chicwish before?

If you are a musician or just love music, would you wear this skirt?

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Megan Joy

Sunday Bests // Tan and Argyle

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I love these trees! They may be scary in the wind storms, but they’re beautiful now! That’s the thing about trees. Because they’re so big, they can sometimes be intimidating, especially in a storm. When you see heavy branches swaying above your head in the strong winds, trees may seem angry and daunting because of their size.

Some may think that God is the same way; big, scary, angry, and intimidating. Some don’t think of God as a loving Father and friend. Maybe they don’t have a personal relationship with Him or were never introduced to the idea that God is someone we can talk to whenever we need to and know that he loves us no matter what we do!

Today, God put this song in my heart:

“What a friend we have in Jesus,
All our sins and griefs to bear!
What a privilege to carry
Everything to God in prayer!”

“Oh, what peace we often forfeit,
Oh, what needless pain we bear,
All because we do not carry
Everything to God in prayer!”

This is the first verse to a hymn written in the 1800s called “What a Friend We Have in Jesus.” The lyrics were written by Joseph M. Scriven and the tune by Charles C. Converse. It reminds us that Jesus is our friend who always wants to hear from us through prayer. We don’t have to believe that God is a stern black cloud in the sky. He is our Father, He is our Savior, and He is our Friend. I am so happy that I can rest assured and know that God is my friend who may be big, but not intimidating.

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Skirt // thrifted

Sweater // thrifted

Shoes // thrifted

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Do trees sometimes seem intimidating?

Do you know someone who doesn’t think of Jesus as a friend?

What could we do to show others who God really is?

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Megan Joy

Sunday Bests // French and Rainy

What a cold and rainy Sunday! It drizzled throughout the whole day like it does in the springtime, but the weather was certainly winter. The good news is – only 36 more days until the first day of spring! I am counting down the days and have made many plans for the forthcoming season!

So, to get back to the outfit, today I wore my French school girl dress! It has such a classic design to it that will never be left behind.

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Whenever I wear this dress, my younger sister calls me “Veruca Salt” from the movie, Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory, even though my dress is black and not red, and then I end up singing the song, “I Want It Now!”

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I love wearing fashion glasses! They’re so fun and bold! I usually wear this pair while writing my books. Not that it helps me to see, but they’re fun and, if anything, make me look like a writer! 

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Because I am a bit French, I am always looking out for outfits that could be worn on the streets of Paris! Wearing this outfit makes me wish I lived in France and knew of a large assortment of cute Parisian bistros and bakeries in which to dine. While sitting at a small outdoor table, surveying a lively avenue, and hearing a distant accordion playing, I would be content under a large umbrella with bread and cheese on my plate! Wouldn’t you?

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Dress // Marshall’s

Tights // Target

Shoes // Payless

Clutch purse // thrifted

Pearl bracelet // Target

Ring // handmade by my brother

Hair-bow // Icing

Fashion glasses // gift

Umbrella // Ikea

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Do you like the movie Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory?

Do you like classic French styles?

Are rainy or sunny days better?

What do you have planned for springtime?!

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Megan Joy

Sunday Bests // Red, White, Blue, and Red

Hello friends! It’s the dawn of a fresh new week and time for Sunday Bests!

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This outfit is so much fun to wear! It’s the first time I’ve worn it because I just finished sewing it the night before! Yes, you heard me right! I finally completed a sewing project. I say it like this because I’ve been known to start multiple sewing projects and then set them aside to finish later, which almost never happens. But this time I did it, and am so happy with the way it turned out!

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The blue denim fabric was once my Great Aunt’s. When it was given to me, I knew exactly what I wanted to make – this skirt.  The entire outfit was comprised of a red hat, white sweater, blue skirt, and red shoes (hence the post title).

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I used a vintage skirt pattern, added the two straps, and made them cross in the back like a 1940s school uniform.

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Here are my newest shoes! They’re almost identical to my blue ones!

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I ran into many problems making this skirt. I messed up the cutting three times, miscalculated the amount of fabric I had and ran out, and had to resew many pieces for the lack of noticing that the bobbin had run out of thread. But now that it’s finished and wearable, I can’t help but to be proud of it. Sewing is remarkable to me. To hold a piece of fabric and then create an article of clothing to wear is quite satisfying; almost like after finishing a painting to display on the wall, performing a hard dance step, or reaching a high vocal note in a choir. I’ve noticed that the satisfaction of accomplishing our personal goals can let us forget the hardships we confronted on our way to victory.

The many mistakes I made in the process of sewing this skirt were indeed my own fault, but I’m not sorry I continued to sew and eventually finish the skirt. I mustn’t dwell on the mistakes I’ve made, nor be forever ashamed of them. This applies to more than just sewing. We can relate it to our lives.

Dwelling on the mistakes we’ve made in the past is a sure way to dampen our daily attitude and make us feel shameful, but there is something that can free us of feeling this way! Isaiah 43:18 says “Remember ye not the former things, neither consider the things of old.” KJV. This verse tells us to stop worrying about the past and to forget about our mistakes. Now this doesn’t mean that we shouldn’t learn from our mistakes nor acknowledge them. It does mean that we should stop worrying about the things past us and look to the future. We need to remember the victories and goals that God has helped us accomplish throughout our lives.

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Just like I made mistakes while sewing this skirt, I make mistakes in life. We must all choose to first learn from our mistakes, and then let them go. God is a forgiving God, and His Word tells us to be relieved of our burdens of guilt from the past. We can feel free and new. 2nd Corinthians 5:17 says “Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature: old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new.” KJV

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Skirt // sewn by me

Sweater // thrifted

Shoes // Old Navy (clearance)

Hat // thrifted

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“Do you like sewing things to wear, too?”

“Is there a mistake from the past that is worrying you?”

“What helps you to forget the past?”

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Megan Joy