Old Town

Old Town



Dress: Minnie's Menagerie Vintage
Blouse: Thrifted (LOFT)
Belt: Sister's
Heels: Old Navy (last season)
Earrings: Forever 21
**Pictures By @katie.g.photography**

Well, March has certainly turned out to be a record breaking month for the number of posts that have gone live on the blog...13 in total! YAY! That averages out to about two posts a week:) Anyways, you all might remember my post highlighting my plans for spring break, one of which was doing a photo shoot with an up and coming young photographer friend of mine and well....this post is all about those pictures! Now granted, I cannot include all of the pictures (unfortunately) and this post is already verging on picture overload but I couldn't help but include all of my favorite images:)

For the shoot we decided to head to the historic part of our downtown Tomball area which includes a lovely old church, two old homes, two log cabins, a school house, two other building, and a gazebo....needless to day it houses (no pun intended) a number of fabulous picture spots that go perfectly for a vintage shoot. I still remember visiting these historic houses one December for their "Old Town Christmas" celebration fully decked out in my own fabulous 1800's creation (I even got to take a picture with the Mayor in one of the house's elegant parlors) and since then this old historic area of town makes me reminisce about the olden days. 

While brainstorming what ensemble I would wear for the shoot I remembered this darling and one of a kind dress from my grandmothers collection! While it is probably straight from the 1940's it also gives of a slight 1930's feel to me and when paired with this flouncy collared shirt I thought it the perfect combination to capture. Even though the wind at times proved trying in regards to keeping the ruffled collar flat, the over all look of the ensemble made me feel quite elegant :) Ever since discovering this dress I have always loved it. From the big white side buttons, checkered trim and back pocket it is truly a treasure. Thus, I chose to pair it with a tan belt, matching tan heeled sandals, large earrings and simple curled/twisted style. 

I can't help myself from looking at these pictures over and over again as I LOVE them sooooo MUCH! It was such a wonderful experience to collaborate with an actual photographer for a shoot since I am used to always talking my own pictures. On that note, it was also different because I am not used posing in front of someone who actually holds the camera (apart from my sister), but after awhile it simply became natural! 

I can't wait to collaborate and work with Katie again for a blog shoot later on down the road, but for now I am simply LOVING these shots that she captured:)

Have you ever worked with a photographer? 
Would you consider this 30's or 40's? 

-Madison

A 1960's Easter

A 1960's Easter

Dress: Me Made (1960's Sheet)
Hat: Vintage
Shoes: Grandma's
Sweater: Thrifted


Happy one day after Easter! I hope you all enjoyed the short break in which we celebrated the resurrection of our Savior as Jesus conquered death and washed us forever pure and clean with his blood. I for one thoroughly enjoyed my short break which thankfully felt like an eternity, which was nice to enjoy the long days. I always miss spending time with my family while I am up at school so an extra weekend to go home was great! 

As is my method every year, Easter dress preparations start at least a month on advance for brainstorming and usually a few weeks out to actually make the dress. Thankfully I was able to make a slight dent in my sewing pile over spring break, and this 1960's sack dress was one of those projects. Like most of my dresses, this one is made from an old 1960's sheet. Oddly enough, I received the sheet about three years ago from a friend and just now got around to using it for a project. From the moment I first saw this sheet I immediately imagined making a 60's dress out of it and every vision in my mind came true when it was all said and done! I have really been on a 1960's spree recently and this dress was the icing on the cake! 

Of course, you cannot have a fabulous 1960's look  let alone an Easter ensemble without having the perfect hat! Of course, this hat was a treasure I found probably 2 years ago and right when I got it I knew that I wanted to wear it with the dress I was planning on making from the sheet. Needless to say, this ensemble three years in the making but it was all worth it! I have to admit that the 1960's seem to be my spring inspiration and I will most likely be making a few more dresses like this in the future. 

As every Easter is my time to pick a decade, dress up, and wear a fabulous Easter Bonnet this Easter was no different! The fact that my family goes to an old small town Church on Easter Sunday makes the thrill of wearing a vintage ensemble all the more rewarding as the ladies in the congregation grew up in the decades that I dress from and I love seeing their smiles as I walk into the Church, as if stepping from a different decade. One lady even even came up to me when we were greeting everyone and said "I admire you in wearing that hat, it looks lovely.

Until next time! 

What did you do for Easter?
What do you like to wear on Easter Sunday?
Do you like wearing Easter Bonnets?

-Madison





Perfectly Framed : Firmoo Review

Perfectly Framed : Firmoo Review

Glasses: c/o Firmoo
Shirt: Target
Sweater: Walmart
Jeans: Thrifted (Levi)

If you have been a follower of my blog for awhile than you probably know I am the BIGGEST fan of glasses! I do not actually need glasses or have a perscription but I LOVE fake glasses, so when Firmoo contacted me and asked if I wanted to do a review on a pair of their glasses I was thrilled and immidiately said YES! 

I can't get over how perfect these glasses are! I have been wanting a pair of tortoise glasses with a round frame and right when I saw this style I knew they were the ones I wanted to order. Of course I had to try them out as soon as I received them in the mail and decided to wear them to class today. One of my favorite things about Firmoo glasses (especially since mine  are not perscription) is that they are very high quality.....exactly like you would find at an actual glasses store or the eye doctor. Unlike most of my other fake glasses these fit perfectly to my face, are comfortable, and are not crooked which is a bonus! I also love that the lense is super clear so it almost feels like I am not even wearing glasses. Besides the glasses themselves they came with the cutest case ever which has a printing of a map on it and makes me want to go traveling around the country, and of course these glasses would be the perfect accessory to those excursions. 

Of course if this style of glasses isn't for you, Firmoo has a number of other styles including a completely adorable pair of cat eye glasses which I almost got :) They also have sunglasses which is another weakness of mine......so go check them out if you are in need of glasses or a nice pair of shades. 

It was so great working with Firmoo to put together this review. They were in contact the whole time and always asked if there was something they could do or if I was satisfied with my order. I will say though the only down side was that it took over two weeks for me to get my glasses, but sometimes that is the case, so just make sure to order a decent way out. 

Also.....even more exciting and so wonderful of Firmoo to do is to offer you all a voucher for a free pair of glasses!! Therefore, if you are a first time customer of Firmoo you can use the voucher code "minnieblog2" for any of THESE GLASSES and at the checkout get your glasses for free (shipping is not included). The voucher code is only available for the first 10 people who use it for their order so if you are interested in trying out their glasses you better act quickly because it expires April 24th :) 

All in all I am thoroughly thrilled with my glasses from Firmoo and will probably be ordering another pair sometime in the future. because just like you can never have enough sunglasses, I don't think I could ever have to many glasses! 

Have a wonderful Easter Weekend!! 

What you you think of the glasses? 
Have you ever heard of Firmoo?
Do you think you will give them a try with the voucher? 

-Madison 



Part 2: Q&A #2

Part 2: Q&A #2


It's a new week and time for Part 2 of Q&A #2!!! YAY!! 
Hope you all enjoy hearing my answers to the rest of the questions as I talk about some things you didn't know about me, my future hopes for the blog, and maybe a quote from Lizzie Bennett Diaries.....however, pardon my strange seriousness and lack of smiles in this second video (I have no clue why I wasn't more animated in this one.....it is soooo serious...)

I am hoping to possibly start doing more videos for the blog such as makeup and hair tutorials, thrift hauls, and maybe even a spring/summer look book video? If you have any idea, suggestions, or things you really want to see leave a comment down below.

ENJOY!!!


-Madison

//Thoughts & Realizations// A Higher Calling

//Thoughts & Realizations// A Higher Calling



Instagram has become a place for discovering new things and Tapestry Magazine is one of them. Somehow I stumbled upon their Instagram  page one day (I believe it was via their Creative Curator's Instagram which is a must see also) and was completely captivated by the beauty and the message of their vision! Tapestry Magazine is not simply a style and lifestyle magazine but it is a creative endeavor filled to the brim with real life stories of growth and lessons from our Heavenly Father. It is an invitation to discover who you are in the light of Christ. Needless to say not only are the images of this masterpiece stunning and beautiful, but the words within the pages are powerful as well! On that note, I thought I would share some of my thoughts that I took away the other day from reading one of the articles. 
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I have always been moved and inspired by the charge and mindset of a "Higher Calling" because after all our lives as a whole are all about living out a higher calling, in the since that this world is not our home for we are meant for a place far more incredible and breathtaking than we could ever comprehend. The "Higher Calling" is a charge and call to something More.....something GREATER.....something bigger than ourselves.....something ABOVE the world! A call to something we could never do on our own, but only accomplish through the mighty power of God and his work in our lives. The Higher Calling is not just the promise that when we leave this earth we will than enter our true home, a glorious heavenly kingdom to worship day and night with our Heavenly Father; but also that our "Higher Calling" is our destiny and calling from God upon our lives here on earth.....what we are meant to do and the people we are meant to be. 

Romans 12:2 
"Therefore do not conform any longer to the pattern of this world but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Than you will be able to test and approve what God's will is, his good, pleasing, and perfect will."

We are called to a life of "non-conformity" where we don't go with the flow! We are the people called to walk to the right when everyone else is walking to the left....to stand out in a crowd and not blend in. I loved what Jessi Cross, the founder of Tapestry Magazine said, when she mentioned the idea of a Higher Calling by relating it to the life of Moses, a man who went up a mountain to experience God fully in his bright and radiant GLORY! Essentially the higher calling is the idea of climbing up the mountain.....of taking the road less traveled and moving beyond yourself  to truly experience God for all that he is rather than contenting yourself to a life of the steady unchanging norm as you make camp at the bottom of the mountain and don't bother to venture up the peak. For Jesus tells us in 1 John 2:15 "Do not love the world or anything in the world." 

The world is the camp at the bottom of the mountain and God....our Higher Calling is at the point of the peak cutting through the clouds to Heaven. Therefore what will you choose? Will you allow yourself to get caught up in the flow of the world, slowly loosing yourself in its pressures and lifestyle or will you hike up the mountain to experience God for all that he is and take hold of all that he has planned for your life, 

Jessi Cross said: "When we assume the posture of the higher call we become like Moses, a man who would refuse to move unless the Lord moved before Him, who wanted more than a shadow of the Lord, a ma who dared to see His face and a man who didn't think much about his own name-- he just wanted to make 'His' name known." 

2 Corinthians 4:17
"For monetary, light affliction is producing for us an eternal weight of glory, far beyond all comparison.

That is our Higher Calling....to Know HIM and Be Know! To suffer and live as Christ so that his glory may be revealed in and through us as we are be called higher towards our eternal glory! 

When I think of the topic and vision of a Higher Calling I can't help but be reminded of C.S. Lewis's The Weight of Glory which is packed to the brim with words that inspire a desire for something more within our souls and a realization that this world is truly NOT our home, for we long for a place further away and far more splendorous than our worldly earth. 

“It is a serious thing to live in a society of possible gods and goddesses, to remember that the dullest most uninteresting person you can talk to may one day be a creature which,if you saw it now, you would be strongly tempted to worship, or else a horror and a corruption such as you now meet, if at all, only in a nightmare. All day long we are, in some degree helping each other to one or the other of these destinations. It is in the light of these overwhelming possibilities, it is with the awe and the circumspection proper to them, that we should conduct all of our dealings with one another, all friendships, all loves, all play, all politics. There are no ordinary people. You have never talked to a mere mortal. Nations, cultures, arts, civilizations - these are mortal, and their life is to ours as the life of a gnat. But it is immortals whom we joke with, work with, marry, snub, and exploit - immortal horrors or everlasting splendors.” 
― C.S. LewisThe Weight of Glory

 We are aliens and this world is not our home! Don't be swayed by the world or Satan's schemes to turn you onto another path. Embrace your Higher Calling and climb the mountain as your eyes are fixed confidently on the author and perfecter of your life and your higher glory! For just as C.S. Lewis states: 

“The sense that in this universe we are treated as strangers, the longing to be acknowledged, to meet with some response, to bridge some chasm that yawns between us and reality, is part of our inconsolable secret. And surely, from this point of view, the promise of glory, in the sense described, becomes highly relevant to our deep desire. For glory means good report with God, acceptance by God, response, acknowledgment, and welcome into the heart of things. The door on which we have been knocking all our lives will open at last.” 
― C.S. LewisThe Weight of Glory

-Madison

Have you hard of Tapestry Magazine?
Are you familiar with The Weight of Glory? 
What are your thoughts on a Higher Calling?



Part 1: Q&A #2

Part 1: Q&A #2


Cue the confetti, throw the glitter, find a cozy place to sit, grab yourself a cup of coffee or brew a pot of tea and settle in for Part 1 of my second Q&A video.

I told you it was just around the corner and here it is! After much blood, sweat, and tears (not really....that is a bit of an exaggeration) it is finally edited and all put together! I had some trouble with my video editor at first, and video file compatibility, and other such headache nonsense but all is well and good now.
Therefore, it is time to get started!

I loved reading all the questions you all left for me and I loved answering them even more. Take a look down below to watch the video.....Enjoy:)




-Madison

//Bramblewood Thrifted// Day 4: In The Mood for 1940's

//Bramblewood Thrifted// Day 4: In The Mood for 1940's


Dress: Thrifted (Liz Claiborne)
Shirt: Thrifted (Express)
Belt: Vintage
Shoes: Thrifted (Target)
Flower Pin: Gift

Welcome to the bonus day for Bramblewood Thrifted blog event. Even though creating this post for today meant using my entire morning to get ready and venture out on campus amongst a sea of people passing by as I tried to snap pictures and act "normal" I couldn't pass up the opportunity for the bonus Vintage day! It has been awhile since I posted a 1940's look (to long actually) and I have missed this decade dearly. The 1940's has always held a special place in my heart as the styles to me are always impeccable and red lipstick is my FAVE:) 

I picked up this dress earlier this semester at Goodwill and absolutely fell in love with it. The cut and tailoring of the dress are utter perfection and yield itself to looking like a 1940's dress even though it is Liz Claiborne (which I love). I thought it would be nice to layer this dress over a while collared shirt and boy will I be doing a lot more layering with this shirt because it totally gives the dress a different look. As per the 1940's many women liked to wear flowers pinned to their dresses as a way of making the dress look new and different even if it was old (due to the war). Thus, I thought this darling lace flower pin that I received as a birthday gift from a dear friend would be the perfect touch! I have never worn a flower pin on a dress before but like the layering of the collared shirt, this trick might have to be used more often as well. 

Nearly everything for this ensemble was thrifted except for the belt which is vintage and the pin which was a gift. The shoes are a pair of nude pumps I picked up at a thrift store last summer and they are the perfect pair of shoes for the spring when you need a pair of shoes to match everything! Oh.....and might I add that my new hair cut is quickly becoming a fave because of the look I get when it is curled! I always tried to get that perfect 1940's / 1950's short bob curl and now I know that short hair helps tremendously! 

All in all, most of my vintage inspired pieces in my wardrobe are thrifted. Some pieces I find at thrift stores are actual vintage pieces but other pieces are more modern but give a vintage feel and look which I absolutely LOVE! 

I hope you all enjoyed the last four days of posts!! I know I greatly enjoyed posting outfits every day and wish my blog could work more like this so fingers crossed somewhere in the near future this will be possible. Don't forget to visit Bramblewood Fashion for the last day of the event! 

Have you ever layered a collared blouse? 
Have you ever tried pairing a flower pin with a dress?

-Madison