Sunday Bests // A Few 70s Vibes

Hello, all! Today I’ve got a quick Sunday Bests post to share!

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This 1970s inspired outfit is so enjoyable to wear! It’s comfy and carefree, two things that are a must in every wardrobe! The head scarf, pumps, and long hair add a few 70s vibes.

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A twirl is always fun!

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skirt // thrifted

blouse // thrifted

shoes // thrifted

purse // thrifted

head scarf // thrifted

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What do you think about 1970s styles?

Do you like polka dots?

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Megan Joy

Sunday Bests // Ode to Jackie

Hello, again!

Today is a very 1960s day as I pull out my three-piece checkered skirt suit, pumps, and pillbox hat! This style was made famous by the First Lady, Jackie Kennedy, who is known for her chic outfits and hats!

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Below is a photo of Jackie Kennedy sporting a white pillbox hat, pearls, sunglasses, and a checkered jacket.

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Her style was very popular in the early 60s.

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I bought this hat at church sale last fall. Someone had pushed the top up to make it rounded, so it didn’t look like a pillbox hat at all. I bought it for $4, brought it home, and later discovered that the top should be pressed in to make it look right! It was a happy surprise to find that I had bought such a classic hat! It was good lesson learned, that sometimes things are not at all how they seem. When we first perceive something, it’s very possible that it will turn out to be completely different than the first impression it made. This doesn’t go just for hats, either. We can apply this to pretty much everything, including people, places, and other items.

When a first impression is made, let’s remember that it may not determine the future. It may turn out to be completely different after time. We just have to be patient and see!

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skirt suit // thrifted

pillbox hat // thrifted

shoes // payless

earrings // gift

necklace // my sister’s

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What do you think about the 1960s pillbox hat?

Have you had any experiences with first impressions that didn’t establish the future?

Are you enjoying your summer?

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

Schoolgirl in Summertime

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I happen to love this dress so much that I wish I had seven of them in different colors, one to wear each day of the week! It’s so cute and comfortable I wear it all day long!

When I wore this dress to church one day, a lady came up to me and told me that she used to be a teacher in Australia many years ago and that the schoolgirls down under would wear something like this every day to school! That conversation is what inspired this post!

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I love collecting old book! Pictured here we have:

“Mrs. Browning’s Poems”, by Elizabeth Barrett Browning. There isn’t a date printed, but it was first published in the mid-eighteen hundreds.

“The Clue in the Crumbling Wall”, by Carolyn Keene, 1945.

“Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland”, by Lewis Carroll. It was first published in 1865 but since this copy also includes “Through the Looking Glass” which was written in 1871, it would have to have been printed after that date.

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dress // thrifted

belt // thrifted

shoes // payless (my sister’s)

glasses // gift

bobby-socks // dance store

books // thrifted

book ribbon // my great-grandmother’s

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Do you like old books?

Have you ever read the three in the post?

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

Hello friends! Today was chilly and blustery so I pulled out my woolen skirt and argyle sweater to wear today!SAMSUNG CAMERA PICTURES

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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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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

Sunday Bests // Winter in the Woods

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Hello friends! It’s time for Sunday Bests once again, a series about my church outfits! Today consisted of 18-degree weather in my snow-covered world, mittens, thick stockings, and a new kindred spirit! First, let me show you a bit of my outfit!

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Waltzing in the Wintery Woods

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(If you notice, both my jacket and bag are pieces from my

Civil War outfit, which you can see here!)

I’ve been yearning to wear these wonderful garments together to church for such a long time, but had to work up the courage to do so. You see, I had once worn my Civil War attire to church last year because we were heading to a reenactment right after the service. Although many people had expressed how remarkable and surprising my outfit was, I also had received some odd looks, as expected! So I was a little weary of fashioning another completely historical outfit today.

My Grandmom told me that I looked like I had stepped out of the Little House on the Prairie, which I took as a great compliment! But here was my dilemma – I planned to attend an event in town after church and was debating wearing my Laura Ingalls ensemble or a chic modern outfit for the event. After all, I had misplaced the shirt I had wanted to wear with my prairie outfit, so I would have to wear my second choice. Nevertheless, the prairie outfit won the silent election.

After the church service, I attended the afternoon event and watched the people around me. Everyone was styling something new and modern, as I had predicted. But then something familiar caught my attention. It was a pair of shoes! They were the same style as my blue ballet shoes that I have and wore in this post!

The shoes I saw were worn by a girl my age who also wore a smile. I wanted to go tell her that I liked her shoes and that I had the same ones in blue and had just gotten them in red as well. My nerve hadn’t collected before it was time to move along. It wasn’t until she came up to me and told me that she liked my shoes that we actually spoke! She went on to say how she loved vintage fashion and was even designing her own 1920s style dress! An instant bond was secured and I instantly gained a kindred spirit! I told her how I felt unsure about my outfit choice for the day, but she replied saying that I shouldn’t be! Just then she had reminded me of something that I had failed to remember – that our own passions shouldn’t be disregarded just because of what others may think! My passion is vintage and historical fashion, and I shouldn’t change that for anything! If I hadn’t worn this outfit today, I probably would not have met my new friend!

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It wasn’t just a happy accident that I made a new friend today. I believe that God placed us both there for a reason. Meeting someone who shares your own passions is so exciting! But, it was more than that. It made me think of many things that I had forgotten.

Here’s a list.

  • We are each special and given a unique and personal style that no one else can claim.
  • We shouldn’t change our style, even temporarily, to satisfy someone else.
  • Even if our outfit isn’t perfect, (like me not having the right shirt) God can still use our clothing in a special way. It can open doors to friendships and opportunities, as the clothing we wear represents us and who we are.
  • Being bold and speaking with others is much better than being shy and missing out on the friendships that God has provided.

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So to sum up this gathering of new thoughts that have flooded my mind, I leave one last note that I will always keep in my heart.

Romans 8:28 “And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to his purpose.” KJV

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P.S. Thank you, Olivia for inspiring me to be bold and not fear what others may think! You are a very special person who has helped me in my journey, even if we only spoke for 5 minutes!

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Skirt // thrifted

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Jacket // thrifted

Shoes // thrifted

Bag // thrifted

Mittens // Target

Stockings // Boscov’s

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Would you wear this outfit to church?

Has God ever used your clothing choices in a special way?

 Do you think that being bold about friendships is better than being shy?

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Megan Joy

Sunday Bests // The Rust Colored Garment

Hello everyone! It’s time for Sunday Bests again! I have been waiting to wear this dress ever since I found it in the Summer! I got it at a flea market for a few dollars and fell in love with the shape of the dress! It reminded me of a dress worn by Katharine Hepburn in the 1938 movie “Bringing Up Baby” (one of my favorite movies)! I was a little nervous as to how to it would look because of its odd style. It was hand-sewn by someone many decades ago and has a zipper down the front, a sort of turtle neck collar, a belt, and an odd extra bit of fabric which I think is to be worn as a tie. I left out the tie this time but will try to style it with the outfit someday!

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These earrings once belonged to my Great Aunt and I just love wearing them. They’re little white roses carved out of wood and they are probably many decades older than the dress!

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Here I am, staring into the sunset, which I wouldn’t recommend.

So, this is a very odd dress, but I still love it. It makes me feel like such a vintage soul! One thing that I think would be fun to have for this outfit is short hair! Again, another post where I didn’t do anything to my hair! When will I ever learn?

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Dress: thrifted, flea market

Hat: Kohl’s

Shoes: Payless

Earrings: once my Great Aunt’s

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Did you ever find an odd piece of clothing at a flea market?

Have you ever seen the 1938 movie “Bringing Up Baby”?

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Megan Joy