Hello dears! It seems like it’s been so long since I’ve checked in here, but then my schedule has been so busy lately, so who’s to wonder? 😉 Life has been a bit of a rocky boat as of recently, and I’m here to not only share the outfit that I wore on the 1st day of Fall, but also give you a peek into our lives.
Most of you know that we girls sing Andrews Sisters 1940s tunes at various events, from county fairs to reenactments like Remembering WWII; and that has pretty much been our “job” besides the blog for the past 2 years. Well, it would seem now that the Lord is putting a little halt to that career at the moment, and it’s a bit of a storm that we are getting through. Brigid and I have been dealing with strained vocal chords for the past few weeks, and we finally have listened to what our bodies are telling us, and are putting our foot down. After our next 2 gigs in October, no more singing for the rest of the year. Pretty much complete vocal rest. That was a big jump that we made in a very short amount of time, and I still look at the calendar in disbelief at how many gigs we had to cancel for the upcoming Christmas season. The thought that we won’t be performing for this extended period of time just shakes me to the core. It’s a part of who we girls are now, and it’s like having a broken arm or leg: you can’t do what you’re so used to doing.
On top of this, Brigid and I, Lord willing, will be going to see an ENT doctor soon about our voices, and that in itself is a little scary. Who knows what he or she might find? Will we have to not sing for several months? Maybe not even talk? What is the extent of the damage that we have done to our voices? So many questions, so many fears.
But in the midst of all of this, I know that the Lord’s hand is at work. The hidden hand that moves in all of our lives, playing out His will to His ultimate glory. That is a comfort, like a warm blanket to wrap around your shoulders in a cold night. The Rock we stand on is strong, and our course sure, whatever might happen. And really, without these “adventures”, what would our lives look like? There’s this beautiful song that Jessica once sang as a solo back before we got into the 1940s, a broadway tune called “The Colors of my Life”. It tells the story of two people with two totally different worlds made up of entirely different colors, one with “the splendor of a sunrise, the dazzle of a flame”, the other “the amber of a wheat field, hazel of a seed”. It makes me think of our lives like pages in a coloring book: we all start out as mere outlines, and as we journey through life, those outlines get filled in with the different adventures, experiences, and trials that make up who we are, till in the end we have a page filled with myriads of colors and hues. Without trials like the one we girls are going through right now, the pages of our lives wouldn’t be much to look at.
I want my life to be a page filled with bright and beautiful colors that tells a story of God’s providence and glory. No, this may not mean marrying an overseas missionary and going to Africa to minister. Rather, whatever trials, adventures, and experiences, small or great, I want to come out of those with a new brightness and boldness like tarnished silver having gone through a purifying fire (Psalm 66:8-12).
Ok, now onto what I wore 😉 This outfit is one of my favorites to style, because it is rather vintage appropriate, while still incorporating a few modern twists here and there. The overall silhouette is that of the late 1940s-early 50s, and yet the pattern of my blouse has a more modern edge to it. I have been experimenting lately in styling my hair in a more vintage fashion, with two rolls in front to keep my bangs back and frame my face, and the rest of my locks left down and curly. It’s amazing what a nice hairstyle can do for your face, and help in creating that old-fashioned look we girls are so enamoured with! My only makeup the day I wore this outfit was a bit of shading in my eyebrows, and a lip color. That’s it! And yet I don’t look washed out, tired, or undone like I usually do sans mascara and all the rest. I guess that sometimes less is more.
My necklace from Chronically Vintage matches my shirt to a T, and though it does blend in because of this, it still adds a nice bit of quirky texture that makes me quite happy 🙂
Can we talk about my shoes for a sec? The last time we went thrifting I scored big in the nice-high-quality-leather-vintage-style shoe department 🙂 These beauties are a result of that, and I am utterly in love. They have the perfect 1940s silhouette and style, without sacrificing practicality, comfort, and quality. Oh, and they were brand new, but I only paid $6 for them, so big-time score 😀
Skirt: eShakti (similar) / Blouse: Thrifted, Boden / Shoes: Thrifted, Gianni Bini / Belt: Thrifted / Necklace c/o Chronically Vintage / Lip Color: Burt’s Bees Lip Shimmer in Cherry
All in all, a very satisfactory outfit. I didn’t make a stitch of it, yet I was able to pull off a retro look! Not as hard as it may seem, given the right pieces!
Have you been facing any stormy trials lately?
What pieces do you like to wear in pulling off vintage style?
-Charlotte, the youngest sister & singer