Why I Cover My Head on Good Friday

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I love to cover my head on Good Friday with a veil or scarf. 
See I’m a big fan of tradition. Tradition has roots. Tradition has meaning. It has heart, if you let it. All of that feeling is up to us, though…tradition itself holds little, which is why we can so easily forget. What we bring in our hearts to tradition is where the beauty lies. The remembrance of things past that have lead us to this day, the longing of things yet to be…it’s all rather poetic and my heart clings to that. 

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Covering my head helps me feel the mourning of my Savior’s death. For MY sins. How could I not cover my head then, in sorrow and reverence for this act that was for ME? Because of me? I put myself in the place of the followers of Jesus who were there, who saw the God of the universe clinging to a cross, barely recognizable. And YES, we know He rises. But they didn’t, you see. They couldn’t comprehend that Jesus crucified, would soon be Jesus risen. Still today, 2000 years later, it is hard to comprehend the agony and beauty mixed together, even though I know He rises, that He is alive.
But the fact remains that the price was paid. The sacrifice was made. 
So I wear black.
And cover my head. 
A woman in mourning. For my Savior’s death. For my sins. 
For the bleak and hopeless outlook that would be ours had Jesus remained on the Cross. 
But this isn’t the end of the story.

Tell me, do you cover your head for Good Friday? 
Scarf: Burberry//Wool Bow Dress: Vintage//Cashmere Sweater: White + Warren//Heels: Ann Taylor
xo
Natalie

Exciting

Channeling some of the Duchess of Cambridge’s more casual style today as I await news of the #RoyalBaby. Also drinking English black tea all day. 
Although those two things (dressing a’la Kate and drinking black tea all day) are normal for me, so there’s that. I guess I, too, was born to be a Princess. Hi there, Prince Harry {though I’m pretty sure Harry got scolded for his bad behavior and it shows with the new succession line}
Anyway, carry on with your normal Monday routine.
For now.
Until we hear more news.
Ooo, this is exciting! 
Are you excited? 
UPDATE:

Possibilities

In a new town, everything seems like a possibility. 
I kid you not, in the past week, I have Google-d and decided I was absolutely going to try rock climbing, trampoline exercise classes, and being a mystery shopper. 
See, the problem is, there’s a disconnect. I can’t recreate my old life here. I must become a slightly, somehow different version of myself, just by the nature of moving. And while everything seems to be a possibility, I don’t want to lose my center of gravity either. 
Who are we kidding here? A trampoline exercise class would make me, at best, extremely dizzy and probably motion-sick.
So I guess I’ll keep on working on it.
And in the meantime, there’s still a small chance I’ll see you at trampoline exercise class. 
What?!

Textures

This outfit is jam-packed with texture. A metal necklace, a silk shirt, a cotton scarf, a tweed jacket, corduroys, and suede wedges.

I’ve been thinking today how God sometimes takes things from us for a season. 
Our God who gives and takes.
Do you know what I mean?

Sometimes God says, “Here, you know what? We’re going to take this thing and put it on the shelf for a bit. Let’s focus on something else for a little while.” 
This feels so scary. It feels very unsettling. 
But the cool thing is, our God is a detail-oriented God. 
And oftentimes, He takes things we thought got shelved, and He works them back into our lives in the coolest ways.
You know, He works them together like mixing different textures. It may sound silly, but its true…He puts together our lives with the finesse of a God who cares about the details. A God who cares about the beautiful big picture.
Oh I just love that.

A Casual Outfit and a Story

This is a basic, everyday outfit. It’s my “go-to” sort of outfit when I have to rush out the door in a hurry. Jeans, cute tee/tank, cardi, and fun scarf. 

Cute studded sandals, good jeans from Anthro, cute polka dot tank top, J.Crew cardi with nice buttons, and funky scarf. So easy, and all thrifted/tag sale-d except the sandals, which are F21.

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Yesterday I was able to spend a leisurely evening with one of my best friends and her two little boys. I sure got a pretty good fill of little-boy hugs! Her oldest boy would just look at me adoringly, this little boy on the eve of his 3rd birthday. His eyes shone as he sat next to me, put his hand on my shoulder, then patted me on the knee. “I am so glad to be here with you,” he said and gave me another big hug.
Later, this sweet friend of mine and I sat on my living room floor, two bottle caps popped on the floor at random trajectories, two Apple-Ginger hard ciders propped on handmade coasters. I felt so happy in the cozy cocoon of my small apartment, made entirely Natalie-like over the past handful of years. Sharing it with a best friend and her two darling boys (asleep at this point) made my heart feel so full, you know? So full of love, of questions, and of the future..but mostly, it felt filled with the presence of the holy spirit in this quiet evening of sister-hood. Utterly blessed and grateful. We chatted in that tumbling-rambling way that happens when two best friends haven’t seen each other for months. One topic was topsy-turvy onto another topic, as we animatedly shared life in a way that can’t be replicated online. It was so wonderful to experience that blessing of friendship from God. It feels so rare these days.
I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again: Dig in to life! Send roots deep down, invest in friendships, and really connect in real life. 
Goodness if it isn’t soul-filling! 
xo!

Happy & Skippy

{yet again, these shorts WERE ironed at the beginning of the day, fyi}

Screen-star style! Give me a touring car and let’s hit the roads of Monaco!

Since I’m fresh off my “It’s raining” kick, I won’t go on a new, “It’s hot” kick. But, just for the record: it’s really, really hot outside. 
Aaaaaaand moving on. 
This outfit makes me happy and skippy. As in, wanting to skip instead of walk. 
I love this outfit because it’s simple but punchy, and modern but retro. All of the pieces are new (ie. not vintage), and the colors are modern, but the whole look has a definite retro vibe.
Almost the weekend!
xo!

Summer Looks: Red Hot Summer

What sort of summer are you planning to have? Red hot? Country Girl Cute? I’ve got some fun ideas up my sleeve to help make the most of your summer style, head to toe!

I am so in love with this look! It is captures all of that silver-screen style from a bygone era…a hint of mystery, a whole lot of glamour, and a little bit of kitsch. I love the vintage-styled swimsuits, high-waisted sailor shorts, and a movie-star worthy hat or scarf. Don’t forget some flirty & fun shades! Some simple gold sandals add classic elegance. 




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A Few Years Older

{2012}

Today, I’m wearing a twin outfit. A twin of myself? Does that make sense? This is one of my all-time favorite outfits, I just love it! You can see the original post HERE from a few years ago.
You may have noticed that around lunchtime, I had posted a different incarnation of this post for a hot minute. Then I decided to buck up and take a new outfit photo, considering the day had warmed from an inhumane double-digit negative temperature outside to a slightly more considerate 20 degrees above.
And remind me again why I live in New England? 
Over and out! Have a great week!

Great Gift

{New coffee tumbler, because the lid on my hot pink one broke. Sad face for old one, happy face for new one!}
OoooooOOooooo! My brother did an AMAZING job bringing me a souvenir from India. Bro, go to India wheneevvveerrrrr you like {and bring me more souvenirs, hehe}. I am in LOVE with this STUNNING scarf he brought me {it deserves three capitalized words and two parentheticals, it’s so amazing}

{oh you have sharp eyes! yes I did switch boots for awhile}


Gah! Thank you, Brother! I am so glad you had an amazing trip to India and I still want to hear more about it and see the pictures! 
This post was going to be a Work to Weekend post, but I just loved both outfits too much, and wanted to give them their own posts. So you’ll see a similar outfit later 🙂 Hope you don’t mind! 
Pssst….those are capris in the boots. Didja catch that? Sometimes I think I’m so clever.
Style Secrets:
Coffee Tumbler: Whole Foods
Tank: Charlotte Russe
Jacket: BCBGirls, Thrifted
Scarf: Gift from India
Bracelets: ?
Capris: Gap, thrifted
Boots: Walmart & Consignment

Monochromatic

I really need some gray booties to go with this outfit. On the list!!!
Style Secrets: 
Hat: local store
Head scarf: Pucci
Turtleneck: Banana Republic
Sweater: hand-me-over
Neck Scarf: Walmart
Fuschia Wing Earrings: Local store
Belt: from another shirt
Jeans: F21
Shoes: F21