Feeling Feminine

Feeling Feminine

I have to be honest.  I love to feel feminine.  Feeling feminine is one of the main reasons that I wear dresses or skirts 95% of the time.  It’s the reason I have a strand of pearls and wear earrings on a daily basis.

 

feeling feminine

 

Recently I received a wooden watch to review in the mail from Tempus Wood Watches to add to my list of things that make me feel feminine.  I love the design and over all feel of the watch.  It’s definitely a watch that accentuates femininity.  So many watches these days that women wear just look like men’s watches.  I wanted to stay away from those.

A wooden watch has been on my wishlist for quite some time but the price tag was a bit more than I could handle. Enter Tempus Wood Watches. This company makes affordable and gorgeous watches that are also wooden.

Wooden watches are both pretty and practical which is what I’m looking for in a watch.  Something that’s going to leave me feeling feminine instead of self conscious about the huge thing on my wrist.

The watch I received as part of this review is the Tempus Callista Women’s Bamboo Watch.  It retails for $79.99 in the United States.  I chose this watch as I loved the rose gold coloring and the leather band.  The other two watches highlighted in the women’s collection are the all wooden Tempus Elinor and the Tempus Willoughby.  The Elinor has gorgeous wooden links as a band while the Willoughby has a fabric band which reminds me of a watch you’d wear while playing sports or being very active.

 

Feeling Feminine

 

It’s gorgeous! I love that it has a leather band instead of plastic. Most watches that I’ve been seeing lately have a plastic band. In fact, I have one. I really don’t appreciate it as it’s extra hot and does not breathe. The leather band breathes and is also a great place to put a drop of essential oils for diffusing.

I love that the watch face is large enough to easily read. It’s also a gorgeous color with a rose gold frame. I’m not a fan of typical yellow gold as it’s not a good color for me. White gold and rose gold are much better for my skin tone but they’re harder to find.

 

feeling feminine

 

I love that this watch can be dressed up or down.  If I’m feeling a need to look my best I can put on a “going out” dress or skirt and it still looks completely natural.  Same with just wearing a denim skirt and blouse.  This gorgeous watch goes with everything!  I’m so pleased with it and can’t wait to purchase a second one just so I have a variety of colors in my life.  They say you can’t have too many shoes but what about eco-friendly wooden watches?  I’m thinking you can’t have too many of those.  What do you think??

Because Tempus Wood Watches is a fairly new company they don’t have a huge selection yet.  But the watches they do have are gorgeous and well made.  I highly recommend them.  Feel free to check out their social media accounts as well.  You can find them on facebook, twitter, instagram, pinterest, and youtube.

Fashion for Today

Fashion for Today

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Fashion For Today {maternity edition}

 

My fashion tends to stay the same.  The fashion for today focuses on maternity though.  Since I’m pregnant my fashion has to have a few tweaks so that I can remain modest and yet comfortable through the months of pregnancy.

Fashion for today for me is different than it is for many people.  I like to wear skirts and dresses.  I never realized how hard it was to find skirts and dresses that were modest and yet also maternity until recently.  When you do find them, they’re normally pretty expensive. 

I recently decided to give stitch fix a go.  They now offer maternity boxes which is just what I needed!  I got my first box the other day.  I had left notes for the stylist to tell them about my style but I’d forgotten to say what colors I enjoy and what colors definitely don’t look good on me as well as styles, etc.

For those who might not know, Stitch Fix hand chooses via a stylist five pieces for you and your wardrobe and they mail them to you.  You get a few days to look them over and then send back what you don’t like.  If you like it, you keep it.  There is a $20 styling fee but that is taken off the price of any of the articles you choose.

My box contained an infinity scarf in a lumberjack type shirt flannel print.  I’m not a huge scarf wearer and definitely did not keep this one.  Red and black lumberjack print is not my thing.  I have red hair.  Just did not go together well.

Next I  pulled out a pretty blue dress.  It was a gorgeous color but had ruching on the side that did not line up with where my natural waist is and just didn’t look very nice on me.  It was lined and a nice knee length so it could have been worn with or without leggings.  A nice dress was on my list of things that I wanted but sadly I had to send it back.

The next piece I didn’t even try on.  It was a cardigan.  I love cardigans!  This one was an open drape front which is fine with me but it was tiny black and white checks.  For some reason this style of print just did not appeal to me so back in the box it went.

Fourth item I pulled out was a blue and pink print loose type maternity top with a pocket.  It was a bit see through and the pink was a coral that made me looked washed out.  

 

Fashion for Today {stitch fix maternity}

 

At this point I was beginning to despair a bit.  And then I pulled out my keeper item.  A nice black t shirt with ruching on the side.  It can be longer or shorter depending on the ruching and I was in love. It easily dresses up a skirt for church or works with a denim skirt for everyday!  Also a cardigan looks super cute over it.

I do apologize that I’m having to take the photos inside and with my phone in a mirror, but it’s cold outside.  And I don’t have anyone else handy to take photos unless you want just the belly which is what my kids focus on!

 

Fashion for Today {stitch fix maternity}

 

So all in all my first stitch fix and my fashion for today brought me a new top to style several ways.  I learned that I needed to add more information to my stitch fix profile and notes and can’t wait to try again.

Some of their items are pricey while others are reasonable.  Others might find all their prices reasonable, but as a frugal mom of 9 soon to be 10 I would have a hard time spending almost $100 on a dress.  I mentioned this in my review as well.  They have you review all the items in your box and give them feedback so they can better style you next time.  I think this is going to be a great service for me and am looking forward to hopefully getting a few new spring pieces next month.

Did I mention that you get a prepaid envelope to send the pieces you don’t like back in?  That really sealed it for me.  I can just toss that in my mail box and I don’t have to go to the post office with all the kids.  It’s easy!  I really don’t like clothes shopping either so if I can get the stylist to understand what I do and don’t like then this is going to be awesome I do believe!  Have you tried stitch fix before?  What was your experience like?

So my fashion for today remains the same.  Maxi type skirts or denim skirts that are maternity with t shirt type tops and cardigans.  I’m hoping to branch that out and change it up a bit but for now it looks to be staying the same.

Let me mention that both the skirts I’m wearing in these photos are from Deborah and Co.  They’re both awesome maternity skirts as well and so so so comfy.  If you’ve never tried their clothing line you should check it out!

 

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Decidedly Feminine

Decidedly Feminine

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I don’t know about you, but I like to be feminine.  I like for other people to know that I’m a lady.  I consider myself decidedly feminine.  

 

Decidedly Feminine

 

There have been times that I wasn’t quite so feminine.  It was all I could do on days to pull on a pair of pajama pants and one of my husbands t-shirts.  I’d throw my hair in a ponytail and that’s all I’d do for the day.  I would be embarrassed if anyone just happened to pop over.  My husband didn’t especially feel I was attractive.  I personally did not feel good about myself or the way I looked either.  I was worn down.  I was tired.  I was overwhelmed.

I decided to take action.  I decided to be decidedly feminine.  Now I make sure that I get real clothes on everyday.  And I do it early in the day soon after rising.  I put my hair up or half up in a pretty flexi clip from Lilla Rose.  They help me to feel feminine.  

I like to wear skirts.  I feel feminine and pretty in a skirt or dress.  Dresses don’t make up as much of my wardrobe simply because I’ve been pregnant and breastfeeding so many years that they weren’t practical.  At some point in my life I’m hoping I can bring them back!

I have a favorite skirt.  It’s the Rainbow Denim Skirt from Deborah and Co.  I have it in regular and maternity and I find that it’s my go to skirt for wearing around the house or out and about.  I’d love to add this dress to my closet at some point!

Another decision I made was to stop wearing my husbands t-shirts.  I could find something that fit me that emphasized I was a woman without making me feel on display or being uncomfortable for me to move.  I settled on plain colored t-shirts in a feminine cut.  They fit well and look nice on me.  Sometimes they’ll have a v in the front but that’s okay because I normally layer them with a tank top or a nursing tank so that I feel more covered.  It also helps me to feel that my extra weight is held in a little better.

I also wash my face every morning when I get up.  Simply washing my face is a great way of helping me wake up and feel actually awake and capable of taking on the day!  I love my L’Bri facial system.  It’s a face wash, toner, and lotion trio.  I use the Deep Pore Trio currently and it’s amazing!!

After washing my face I’ll get the kids breakfast and start my coffee for the day.  After I set them down to eat breakfast I’ll go back to the bathroom and quickly apply some makeup.  On days I stay at home I love a soft natural neutral low key doesn’t take much look.  When I’m going to be out and about I take more care with my makeup.  Even  if I’m extremely rushed and behind I try to always put on mascara and eye shadow/liner.  It makes me feel pretty and feminine so it’s worth it!  You can check out one of my makeup posts for more information on what I use and how it looks!

If I’m going out I’ll try to spruce up a bit with some jewelry.  I don’t own a lot and none of it is high dollar, but I do have a few favorite necklaces and I love earrings.  I found that I rarely wore earrings.  The dangly ones would get caught in my hair.  So now I wear the dangly ones that I love when my hair is all up!  

Another fun way that I’m being decidedly feminine is in my aprons!  I love a good frilly cute apron.  Come on ladies!  If you’re going to wear aprons at least make sure they’re cute.  I even got two sets of matching mom/child aprons.  They’re so pretty.  I need to find a pattern and make some more aprons for myself.  They cover my clothes and still make me feel pretty.

I’m also finding a love of sweaters.  I don’t wear them much around the house since we have a woodstove and we stay toasty, but they’re replacing the sweatshirts that I’d throw on when I left the house.  There are so many cute sweaters and sweater designs out there ladies.  Try some on and find one that makes you feel lovely.

Another small thing that I’m doing is trying to have my nails done.  I don’t like to paint my nails because I hate when they chip.  I also don’t like the chemicals in commercial nail polish.  Instead I use Jamberry nail wraps.  They’re non toxic and work wonderfully.  They tend to last 1-2 weeks even when all the stuff I throw at them.  Plus they have some super cute decidedly feminine designs!

 

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Seasonal Skirt Wearing -Spring #seasonalskirt plus a linkup

Seasonal Skirt Wearing -Spring Edition

 

Season Skirts

I don’t know about you, but I think that wearing a skirt makes me feel more feminine and like a lady.  Now, I’m not saying you can’t be feminine or ladylike in a pair of jeans or slacks.  You can.  But for me, I get that special feeling from skirts.   I didn’t have a lot of time to take pictures of myself this past week so I’m sharing a picture a friend (photographer friend) of mine did for me last year this time while I was pregnant with our youngest who is now 10 months old.

 

spring skirt

 

I live on a farm and I love a good long skirt.  This can be a bit problematic at times and requires me to have a free hand to hold up my skirt when I’m walking around the farm due to all our wonderful animals.  Yes those are our free range chickens.  I’ll show you how the look can change through the seasons, but today on seasonal skirt wearing it’s the spring edition!

 

seasonal skirt wearing- spring

 

This shows how I hold up the skirt to walk around.  See the little bucket behind me.  That’s the scrap bucket we feed to the chickens.  Gotta love it!  This is actually a super simple denim skirt I made out of some maternity jeans.  I’ll be showing you how to make this type of skirt in my summer post so make sure to pop back over for that one in a few months!

A big thing about wearing skirts in spring or even jeans to me is layering.  I layer my tops.  I love to wear a camisole on bottom.  Now if you’re breastfeeding I recommend the Undercover Mama tops.  They are great and modest.  Otherwise I buy regular camis and make them into my own nursing tanks(yeap coming to a blog post near you soon).   If you are not nursing then a normal cami top will do.  Then a short sleeve top comes next for me.  I like the cami under because then I don’t have to spend as much time looking for a modest neckline.  On top of that I like to pair a sweater.  I’m a sweater lover.  I love big bulky sweaters that keep you good and warm.

Now, I’m not pregnant anymore so let me talk about what skirts I like to wear.  I’m a denim lover.  90% of my skirts are denim.  I have a few soft jersey type material skirts that I use when I’m working out or just hanging at home with the kids.  I also have a few cotton skirts that I use when I’m going out on a date with my husband or church.  I have 2 dresses.  Only 2 dresses, and neither of them are ones I can wear currently because they are not breastfeeding friendly.

Let’s talk length now.  I have to have my knees covered up.  My knees I don’t like to show.  That really isn’t that hard for me to do because I’m so short!  The problem I have is the one shown above by everything being too long.  So the easiest solution is to make my own.  That’s not always the best though because of the time factor.  I rarely have time for sewing these days with 9 kids!  So, the  next thing I do is go to thrift stores because I can’t afford to buy brand new.  I also go to places like ThredUp and Twice for clothing for myself and my kids.

seasonal skirt wearing spring

Kierrah Jane showing off how to walk in a dress. 

I had to bring in a few pictures of my girls in dresses.  This time it’s the baby.  Here she is in a super cute little GAP dress(they are adorable) that I got at a thrift store for 25 cents.  Yeap one quarter.  Because it was a chillier day I layered it with a long sleeved loose t shirt.  She is in cloth diapers so I try not to do onesies as they require more fastening and unfastening and I like to make diaper changes fast.

I know some people often tell me that they can’t believe or don’t think that little girls can crawl or learn to walk in dresses and I shouldn’t put mine in them until they are older.  Well let me see Kierrah is 10 months old.  Kierrah loves wearing her dresses and skirts and she was crawling at 5.5 months and walking at 7.5 months.  Now, she is running everywhere and her dresses do not slow her down!

Seasonal Skirt Wearing

Spring in a skirt!

Okay so this was too adorable not to share.  Here is my little enjoying some sun on our deck.  She has on just a tshirt and a homemade skirt.  This is another design I’ll be sharing about in a coming post.  Super simple to make and super cute to wear!  Oh and don’t forget the cute little Flip diaper peeking out!  She hates shoes though so we put little gripper booties on over her socks when we go outside as an extra protection on her feet.

I know this post is shorter than I wanted it to be as life happens and I didn’t get pictures taken.  Keep looking for the summer post which will contain links to at least two different skirts that I’m hoping to teach you how to make plus more on what my daughters and I wear when we’re gardening, hiking, and just plain having fun!  And some on how to stay cool, because everyone knows that summers in MO are hot and humid.

Make sure to visit the other blogs that are participating in this link up and see what they have to say about their Seasonal Skirt Wearing for Spring.  If you have a post about wearing skirts or what you do for spring fashion feel free to link it up below as well!  Please share around with all your friends!

 


Dusty at To the Moon and Back
Erin at For Him and My Family

Laura at Raising Soldiers 4 Christ

Kyndra at Sticks, Stones, and Chicken Bones

Selena at Look! We’re Learning!

Mrs Warde at Sceleratus Classical Academy

Cynthia at Cynce’s Place

Melissa at Life Off the Paved Road

Dawnita at Fogleman Forerunner

Hilary at Our Homeschool Studio

Annette at In All You Do