Feminine Friday: Miss Marple Meets Lady Mary

Saturday, December 29, 2012

Hello! I'm joining Deanna for Feminine Friday, over at A Heart Like Mary's, "by wearing a skirt or dress to celebrate our beautiful gift of femininity." Check out her lovely grey and magenta outfit from yesterday!  I'm feeling a bit under the weather, so I wasn't able to take pictures yesterday, but here is what I wore.

Skirt: thrifted
Sweater: thrifted
Shirt: Gap (thrifted)
Crocheted headband: Pacific Sun
Belt: Premier Jewelry necklace
Shoes: Lower East Side flats from Payless
Poncho: Last Kiss
Pea coat: Pacific Sun

I love everything about this headband, from the bright color to the way it doubles as an ear-warmer. I helped my younger brother pick it out as a Christmas present for myself. He has excellent taste! *cough*

The plaid "tweed" feel of the cape-like poncho and the classic leather handbag made me feel as if I had been transported to the charming English countryside and like I was a proper respectable Englishwoman. 

In other words, Agatha Christie's sweet old sleuth, Miss Marple!

A ruffly black skirt, glitter flats, and a jeweled belt for a modern touch. 

The fabulous thing about outfits is how you can switch them around.
 From Miss Marple...
to Lady Mary ala Downton Abbey

Structured pea coat: none of the young ladies of Downton Abby would leave the house on a blustery, chilly day without a gorgeous coat. 

      Long, sweeping skirt edged with ribbon + glittery flats. Very high fashion in the English countryside. ;)

 Je adore!

Happy Saturday, friends! I'm off to drink some tea and do some writing...hopefully that'll help me be beat my winter cold soon. 

Modest Monday: Christmas Eve

Monday, December 24, 2012

Just joining the Modest Monday party? Here's the original post. Each Monday, I post a modest, stylish outfit that I wear along with some thoughts on modesty. 

Why? Because I believe you don't have to sacrifice fashion for purity. 
 Modesty does not = frumpy. 
These are outfits I really, truly wear in my day-to-day life. I'm a girl determined to live a life of purity, modesty, and plenty of style. :)

Heello, everyone! Merry Christmas Eve! (We just got back from Christmas Eve vigil Mass and I've got some presents to wrap, some treats to bake, and I'm thinking there's going to be a Doctor Who episode in there somewhere also, hopefully.)  The wonderful season starts tonight and 'tis oh so exciting. Therefore, of course, today's Modest Monday was in the spirit of Christmas. 

It's almost Jesus's birthday and time to celebrate.
Bring on the red!

Cardigan: thrifted
Shirt: gift
Skirt: thrifted
Black heels: thrifted
Grey and black ring: Premier Jewelry
Rose veil: a Christmas present from one of my best friends - she made it herself!

Mistletoe: compliments of our yard. ;)

Love the idea of grey + black + red -  very festive, yet also sophisticated!

Love, love this ring. It's sparkly, chunky, goes with anything, and adds a fabulous bit of attitude to any outfit and the day. 

Simply adore this little vintage rose clip with bejeweled black tulle!

Red lips! 

I somehow ended up looking like a modern, Christmas Snow White...not necessarily a bad thing. 

Red, red, red...tis the season! 

My grandmother's vintage ring. 

Merry Christmas Eve once more! May you all have a lovely evening and whether you're celebrating Christmas, another holiday, or a day with your loved ones, may your morning tomorrow be merry and bright - and holy. May you feel God's precious love and peace, and spend some time with the Person that this holiday is truly about. 
Love to all of you and much thanks for reading My Spare Oom!

Feminine Friday: Advent Colors

Friday, December 21, 2012

Hello! Today I'm joining the lovely Deanna over at A Heart Like Mary's for Feminine Friday.

Every Friday Deanna posts her outfit that day (always a skirt or dress) as a celebration of our femininity and modesty. I've been meaning to join her and have finally gotten around to it!

 Because there's only a few days of Advent left, I thought I'd celebrate by wearing the liturgical color...and do some color blocking at the same time. :)

In other words, I look like a purple Smurf. Most reverent, no? 

Can't go wrong with orange and gold nail polish!

Bag and shirt: thrifted
Ring: Cato's
Tights and scarf: gift
Skirt: Cherokee
Belt: The Icing
Boots: Faded Glory


Slight announcement...my hair is now red! I was ready for a change, so I tried something a bit different. 

I love it. 

Christmas is only a few days away...wheeeee!

I'm ready - bring on the celebrating and good cheer to all. ;)

 I wish you all a wonderful weekend in this last week of Advent and a blessed beginning of the Christmas season!

Sharing My Heart: Longing for a Peaceful Advent and Christmas

Monday, December 17, 2012

I'm home...finally done with finals. With the impending pressure to do well, to spend every minute revising papers, underlining passages, memorizing dates, and cramming knowledge into my brain. Done with sleepless nights and days that blurred together, done with surviving on coffee and the occasional snatches of food. I no longer live in the library or in my dorm's study room...

And oh, it feels so nice.

To sleep, to eat, to not have to. do. anything.

And yet, as soon as I arrived home - after sleeping for 11 hours straight - a new kind of pressure and impending "To-Dos" threatened to settle in: the things that need to be done for Christmas.

After two days of being home, I slightly began to panic, I admit. There's so much to do - gifts to be gotten, treats to be made, packages to be mailed, gatherings and parties to plan...the fact that Advent quietly crept by and yesterday was the third Sunday of Advent (Gaudete or Rose Sunday) only added to the sense of time slipping by too quickly. So much to do and so little time!

And then I caught myself thinking wistfully of how I would rather spend this holy season, this time of joy and family and dwelling in hard-earned rest after such a busy, demanding fall semester.

I'd rather be reading, you see.

Curled up blissfully in an armchair or on a couch, enthralled and lost in a book that is decidedly un-school related.

Taking naps. Just because I can  - because, oh happy day, I actually have the time.

Spending time with my dear characters and reacquainting myself with the plot twists and turns of my novel, and writing again.

Going on walks, enjoying the silence of my surroundings, the calm of my own thoughts, and the stillness of the Advent season.

Praying and thinking about the sacred Gift we will soon receive...slowing down and contemplating the readiness or un-readiness of my heart.

Drinking deep of His word through #SheReadsTruth, which I've missed greatly.

Baking scrumptious fall and winter dishes and holiday treats - not  because it's something to be done quickly so I can check it off of my list, but because I love it.

Savoring each rich, magical sip in a mug of hot chocolate.

Eating delicious, homemade, nourishing and healthy food that I love.

Working on and wrapping gifts with intention and mindfulness - not in a busy flurry.

Rooting myself in blessed, hushed quiet and letting God work His balm of grace on my cynical, weary soul.

Experiencing the everyday, little moments of beauty, whether in the clear, soft, pure notes of music, a line of poetry that dances across the page, a description of another world found in a wardrobe, the cold crisp air of a winter's day, or the noisy laughter-and-shriek-filled sounds of little siblings in the house.

And sharing my heart on here.

I'm going to try. Because that's what really matters - that's what I really want to remember when I look back at this break. That is was a break. A rest, a time of rejuvenating and breathing, of recharging. That's what matters  - not checking everything off the list perfectly, not getting the best deal, or shopping until I drop, or spending money on extraneous things.

 I'm going to try at any rate. :)  May you find the same.

Wishing you a peace-filled and meaningful last week of Advent during this holiday season. 

My Story...

Sunday, December 16, 2012

My name is Grace.

And I have a story.

It comes from deep within me, born of wonder and childlike curiosity...fed with rich tales of goodness battling against evil, braveness shown in even the smallest of persons, friendships that bolster one to stand tall and proud, a Faith that is beautiful and mysterious and can never be fully understood by earthly minds or explained by earthly tongues, and a Love that transcends all thoughts the world urges upon us.

It's a story of inescapable awe. Of might and majesty. And the people fantastically blessed to dwell in it - this wild, wide, wonderful world, carved by the breath and hands of One who is greater than any of us can ever imagine.

It's one of laughter. Rich, deep, bubbling up and overflowing from one soul to another. A shared mirth, merriment passed on - blessing, healing, rejuvenating others.

This story is not particularly grand nor loquacious. It is not a sparrow masquerading as a peacock. It is, rather, simply and straightforwardly, a tale. Of a very small girl, a very large world, and the very wonderful people she meets.

 A story of scones, adventures, Stones, shrieks of laughter, elves, arrows, and a sprawling, breathtaking land that is both strange and yet homelike. 

These are my characters...each one as dear to my heart and as real as the people who walk alongside me on my path.

This is my world. 

My story.

- I'm back home from finals and delving delightedly into my novel, reintroducing myself to my beloved characters, and planning to plot, type, and develop The Book as much as possible over Christmas break. I might even share some snippets on here. :)

Bring on the Bold!

Wednesday, December 5, 2012

- Reemerging from the land of finals/Dead Days over here at college to wish you a happy December. Keep me in your prayers this week, please!

Hello, lovelies!

  It's been quite a few weeks since my last post and quite a few Mondays since my last Modest Monday...I've been buried in essays, great texts, and fake blood over here. Yep, you read that correctly - part of my duties as being on the costume crew for the Greek tragedy Hecuba involved slathering actors in fake blood.

 Hecuba finished up before Thanksgiving, so my only-somewhat insane schedule has been reinstated. That week was just sheer, utter madness. I've never been so tired and hungry in my life - and that was as the crew, not one of the actors!

Anyhoo...it's December! Say whaaaaaaat?

 Over here in Texas, the weather's still being bipolar. One day was 82 degrees and the next was in the 40s. Can we say indecisive, mmh?

 But anyways, there's a chill in the air (on some days at least), red cups at Starbucks, the reappearance of boots, an explosion of holiday treats, and all's well in the world. Since Thanksgiving flew by, Advent'has started, and Christmas is only a few weeks away, I'm all for enjoying every drop of the holiday season that I can.

 So with great ado, here's some of my favorite ways to be bold and some of my favorite things about this holiday season:

 Making some Christmas cookies.
 Peppermint sugar cookies are a good starting place.

Enjoying Starbucks' red cups and holiday flavors (Peppermint Mocha or Gingerbread, anyone?) with some God time during this Advent season. 

Bringing out a few Christmas decorations. Side note: Starbucks has the cutest military bears.

Pumpkin Spice Caramel cupcakes - yes, pumpkin is still in!

Peanut butter-filled pretzel bites. So. Addicting. I fully blame Jenn for this. Don't say I didn't warn you!

Using cheery red planners, colored pens, and winter lodge stationary to plan the holiday season and write adorable invitations/thank-you cards  

Christmas stockings - whether in a dorm hall or living room back home, they warm my heart 

Remembering why we say Noel...and preparing our hearts for the most wonderful person during this most wonderful, beautiful time of the year.

Happy Advent, y'all!