Hello dears! Among other things, my polka poplin outfit will be the main subject of today’s post. The heat is upon us, and the girls and I are trying to beat it by slowly acclimating ourselves by wearing very lightweight fabrics. Cotton poplin being just one.
Ever since Brigi’s discoveries in the makeup of fashion fabrics, the one thing we three have closely adhered ourselves to is this rule of thumb: Look at the fiber content when investing in clothes or material. This, more than anything, will help a person through the Summer heat, as well as knowing when it is okay to be a little more extravagant with how many clothes one wears in a day.
Extravagant? How about we make it sensibly extravagant, and I’ll play out a scenario so you understand what I mean…
I’ll wake up in the morning before the sun is up to go on an early walk, and because I know I will be sweaty by the time I’m done, I make sure to put on some grubby clothes–an old t-shirt with an old skirt. Then, when I get back and after the day has “picked itself up” around the house so to speak, I will shower and change into some nicer clothes like what I’m wearing in this post. If there is still some yard work to do before I change, then I will take the time to get that done before the heat sets in for the day. See? Like I said–sensibly extravagant.
Continuing the thought above, let me share with you a few tips I have learned about hair in the Summer months. If you live in a climate like mine, or remotely like it, you can easily predict the forecast without having to consult the weather channel app. For us, a week in Ohio may work out like this:
Humid. Very humid. It feels like mouth outside. Blessed rain bursts with the occasional blasting thunderstorm. Fair weather with no humidity for one day, possibly two.
So as you can see we live in a rainforest of sorts during our Ohioan Summer. 😉 But really, once you can console yourself with the knowledge of what the weather will be like (with at least one nice day after the build up to the storms), you can plan your hair accordingly so that it will look lovely all rainforest-Summer long.
This is what I like to do (washing my hair two times a week): On humid days I’ll wash my hair and pin curl it in a tight pattern mostly on top of my head in preparation for the next day. Because humidity can take the curl out during the next day, I will wear my hair piled on top (in this style) to reinforce the pin curls of the previous day. That night I may or may not pin curl my hair in a different pattern, depending on how crimped the roots are on the top of my head from the piled hairstyle. The third day, I wear my hair all fluffed out (like this) with the front held back in some style (victory rolls or hair combs) By this time, with my hair having been “set” so often over the course of the previous days, the curl won’t come out, even if it’s still dreadfully humid out.
Skirt: Refashioned Eshakti dress // Blouse: Thrifted // Necklace: Forever XXI // Earrings: Claire’s // Shoes: Swedish Hasbeens
Just like Charlotte, I refashioned an old eShakti dress into the skirt you see now. I like it much better.
Well my dears, now that I have shared with you some tips for the Summer months ahead, I would like to share a more personal matter. Our dear Church family, homeschool friends, and (best of all) many of you have been steadfastly praying for our family over the course of the past couple months. I have told you little of what has been going on, except that we have been living through some trials and challenges the Lord placed in our lives. Through your faithful prayers, we have at last come out of this time of trial and waiting for better days. Just this week the Lord has brought provision and relief from the trial we were walking through, and I thank the Lord that you and our dear friends at home have helped us through it all by the power of prayer. Thank you dear ones! You have greatly blessed us! And we hope to continue to bless you through the work that we will be doing. Best of all, I don’t think there will be any chance of us having to take a break from blogging! Praise the Lord! He is ever faithful.
Do you practice sensible extravagance throughout your summer?
What do you think of my refashion job?
How do you like to beat the heat?
Love and many blessings to you all for your support in prayer over our family.
Jessica, the eldest sister & singer