Monthly Archives: August, 2014

What I Wore Sunday: Scarf to Vest


Right on the heels of my post from today about last week, here’s what I wore this week. Whew! I am on top of things tonight!



T-shirt: Mossimo for Target
Scarf worn as a vest: Target
Skirt: Mossimo for Target
Shoes: DSW
Toenails: New York Color, Pink Pomegranate Creme (again)
Necklace: First Communion present

Well, I didn’t re-do my toenails this week, but I did remember to touch up over the chips before I went out in public, so that counts, right? Before I planned this outfit, I thought about doing red this week. Then I decided to sleep for that extra thirty minutes. I am satisfied with my decision.

You might wonder why I am so specific about this simple white t-shirt. I have been slowly building a wardrobe that has fewer t-shirts in it, actually. I’m aiming for a more grown-up style, and grown-ups don’t wear so many t-shirts with stuff written on them. They definitely don’t wear them to church. So when I spotted a bunch of shirts like this, I bought a pretty teal one. No writing, 60/40 blend, great fit, basic cut. I had to go back to Target later during the week, so I swung by that rack just in case because my Cartwheel coupon was still valid, and they had been marked down even further! So I bought three more. A $15 splurge isn’t that bad, right?

On to my scarf vest. I started using Pinterest mostly for hair tutorials, but I’ve branched out to recipes and style tips as well. My goal is to actually try as many pins as possible. I’ve posted a few successful sock buns to my Instagram feed. This is one of my favorite style pins, though: how to turn a giant scarf into a vest.

It’s super easy! I’ve worn this with a red shirt and basic black pants to work a few times, but this is the first time I’ve tried styling it for Mass. I’m not quite sure my shirt is fancy enough (despite its ridiculous level of comfort), but I am glad I went with neutrals under the red.

This particular scarf is awesome tied like this. It has a random pattern of dark red spots that fade toward the center of the scarf, so it adds dimension to the billowing of the scarf-plus-skirt combo. You can see the spots in the close-up on the left above. Around my side and toward the back, the solid red shows up.


My hair accidentally looks super short at that angle, but I promise I did not suddenly cut off all my hair between photos. If you have a large, lightweight scarf on hand, give this a try!

We had Fr. Associate Pastor again. In the six weeks since Msgr. Retired Pastor left, we’ve only had our main pastor twice. I’m trying to get to know him, but it’s hard when I show up and he doesn’t. Patience, Lindsay, patience. His homily this week was about the importance of protecting nature, God’s creation, to which the natural law first applied. I’ve read many discussions about natural law, but I don’t think I’ve ever actually connected the dots that natural law applies to nature as in the Earth as well as human nature. You learn something new every day! I am humbled.

Both Elijah and Peter had encounters with the tougher side of nature: an earthquake, fire, and the sea during a storm. In both cases, though, the Lord was present and in control. There was nothing to be afraid of. That didn’t stop either man from feeling fear, though. In the end, they recognized the presence of God despite the fearsome movements of nature. These days, man is much scarier than nature. How can we find God in our hearts despite our natural impulse to fear?

Check out what everyone else wore over at Fine Linen and Purple.

What I Wore Sunday, Vol. 94


I am posting this on August 10, but this is what I wore August 3. I would just do a two-fer post, as I have many times before, but those get so long and unwieldy. This helps keep things organized, and I love organization. This is one of my favorite shopping seasons because the back-to-college crowd inspires sales on storage supplies!

That is a post for another day, though. Here’s what I wore last week:



Tank top: Target
Undershirt: Target
Skirt: Old Navy
Sandals: Payless
Necklace: holy medals
Toenails: New York Color, Pink Pomegranate Creme (again)

For the record, I actually re-did my toenails on Friday night. I’m so fancy; you already know. I like this tank top a lot. I got in on clearance for $3. I have worn it without an undershirt, but I always cover up my shoulders for church, so it got layered for this look.

Tangential story: When one of my oldest friends got married a few years ago, I was a bridesmaid. The dress she chose had one shoulder strap. She is Catholic; that’s how I know her. I asked for (and received) permission to wear a lacy scarf as a shawl to cover my shoulders. I was the only bridesmaid to request such a concession, but the white scarf against the cobalt blue dress wound up making a beautiful contrast for the photos. At the reception, I abandoned the scarf because (a) I was not in church anymore, and not even on the church grounds, and (b) I can’t figure out how to dance while holding a scarf wrapped around my shoulders. One of the bride’s other friends had worn a sweater in the church that she similarly ditched for the reception. The difference: she’s Jewish. So, for the record, I believe in covering my shoulders while in any house of worship; I’ve just never been anywhere except churches.

Moving on! I love this skirt. I wear it as often as I can during the summer. I usually wear it with simpler tops, but I thought the lace went well with the uniform pattern of the tank top.

Fr. Associate Pastor focused his homily on the poor. He is from southeast Asia, where the poverty makes the U.S. look ridiculously wealthy, so I wasn’t surprised. It tied together the first reading, psalm, and Gospel nicely, which I appreciated. I live for the slam-dunks when all four readings converge, but I will take what I can get. At least there wasn’t a long version of the Gospel for me to not hear!

Check out what everyone else wore over at Fine Linen and Purple.

Booking Through Thursday: Bookcases


It is late and I am very tired, but I caught up on a lot of blogs today that made me feel guilty about not blogging, so here we go. (Note: I felt the guilt all on my own; they didn’t shame me for not posting. They could have, though. Then again, I mostly read blogs by kind people.)

When you visit a friend’s house, do you find time to browse their bookcases? Does it shock you if they don’t have one?

I don’t usually browse bookshelves casually. I do love to check them out as part of the Grand Tour of someone’s home, though. I have three mini bookshelf-browsing stories that come to mind.

  1. I attended an open house for some friends recently, and I was very pleased to see that their book collection has grown. The wife told me that she and her husband have only the most amusing duplicates. Their collection has expanded in anticipation of their baby due this fall, who will grow up in quite a lovely home.

  2. When I was in undergrad, my roommate Maura was visiting with her mom in our shared room while I was out. Maura later told me that, although she hadn’t met me, her mom had decided she liked me because I had a complete set of Harry Potter books, an English dictionary, and a Spanish dictionary. As far as I know, she only liked me more after we actually met.

  3. When I moved into my current home, the departing roommate had taken her large bookshelf with her, leaving space in the living room for mine. Full bookshelves lack room for hope, so I left space in mine. One of the remaining roommates added hers to the empty spaces on my shelves. That is absolutely the only reason I have ever allowed a Twilight book onto my bookshelves. And if I have it my way, I never will again!

Do you have visceral reactions to book intruders on your shelves? Is there something you expect to see or that would make you run if you spotted it?

For more answers, visit Booking Through Thursday.

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