Tuesday, April 8, 2014

National Velvet Inspire Outfit

It's been a while since I've posted a casual outfit. Mainly because I'm a bit lazy when it comes to taking photos before I leave the house. I did however manage to snap this one. The look is inspired by the classic film "National Velvet" with young Elizabeth Taylor.
I'd admit the choice of shoes could have been better. I was in a bit of a hurry to get out the door that day. Hope ya'll enjoy!

Everything is either second hand or from Goodwill.

Thursday, March 27, 2014

Silly Me! I Lost the Camera...

Yes, I did... Hope to find it soon so I can post to ya'll the photos of the previous coords.  However, I do have a photo of an outfit taken a couple weeks back.
Another Dolly-kei sort of look. Super comfy and layered.
Break Down
Shoes, Vest, Pin: Thrifted
Jumper, Lace Underskirt: Sewn by me
Blouse: Forever 21

Saturday, March 15, 2014

Vintage coordinate & Super Cute Yorkie Pup!

I LOVE our family Yorkies! Cheerful, smart, and waaaay too distracted. These little dogs are charming.
 In the photos I'm holding our youngest of the bunch, Olivia (a.k.a. Olive). I've never met a puppy so happy and cuddly.
 This adorable vintage dress was purchased at Big Sandy's Goodwill for $9. There isn't much to see in that particular town. Stepping into their secondhand shops you could easily make the assumption that the population is mostly elderly. Which in the case of vintage shopping is perfect!   
I have no idea what was going on here, but it looks like she's fixen' to eat my face!
 Break Down
       Dress|Shoes: Goodwill
                                             Belt: Turguies Door (Boutique)
                 Clock: Bodyline

Tuesday, February 18, 2014

Dolly Kei Hostess Outfit

Dress: Vintage   
Blouse: Forever 21
Apron: Vintage    
Heels: Thifted    
Pin: Vintage

Monday, February 10, 2014

The Words I Choose

Fashion is a tool I use to express who I am, what I enjoy, what I feel is beautiful... What literally speaks louder are the words I choose.
The older I become and the more circles I take a step into, the question "Lydia, why don't you curse?" pops up. As if it's some sort of rarity. Well it is, even amongst Christians these days. But, before I continue; Please, take note... this post is not meant to judge any of it's readers. Simply just to express the answers to the questions that I've been asked. If what I have to say creates questioning and critical reasoning, that's just a plus!  


1) -Cursing-

"Out of the same mouth proceedeth blessing and cursing. My brethren, these things ought not so to be.
Doth a fountain send forth at the same place sweet water and bitter?
Can the fig tree, my brethren, bear olive berries? either a vine, figs? so can no fountain both yield salt water and fresh.
 Who is a wise man and endued with knowledge among you? let him shew out of a good conversation his works with meekness of wisdom."
-James 3:10-13-

It is not my responsibility nor my right to curse another person, only the Creator's. That's why you shouldn't hear me curse someone to Hell, or anything that is not my right to make judgment on. Because in reality, as a sinner I deserve every misfortunate punishment  known and unknown to man. I don't fit in the picture with a holy, sinless, and perfect God. Yet He loved me(and the whole world) so much that He made a way for me to be forgiven and made clean of my imperfectness through the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ. 

 "For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life."
-John 3:16-

I have believed on Jesus for salvation, and have been forgiven. Why through any logical reasoning should I think it's my right to curse another sinner and give him/her the "what for" when I have been forgiven of all the wrong I've ever done.

James wrote to his fellow believers asking a very thought provoking and humbling question. Can the source of something good produce both bad and good together?  What comes from my lips is a strong reflection of what is inside. When ever I have an urge to curse another, it's defiantly a red flag of what's going on in my heart. 
2) -"Adult Langue"-

As a child growing up in the US I've been told not to use potty words. I'm sure most every other child has too. "No one respectable would think well of your manner, nor would they take you seriously." How hypocritical when adults use "adult" words that have the same(or worse) meaning!

"Lydia, why do you talk so different?"

"What do you mean?"

"Like, you sound smart or something... maybe more cultured? You use bigger words? I don't know... You just talk nice and we talk like sh**."

Over the years I've had many questions like this. The one above being the latest. It took me quite some time to figure out what they were or weren't hearing. It couldn't have been my vocabulary as it's not that broad(despite being home schooled...haha). For real, the other day I had to look up the definition for "astronomical." Nope! Definitely not my vocabulary.
The more self-conscious I became, the more I paid notice to the way others spoke. This was the difference I found.
-If I were trying to express a feeling; I would choose a work possessing the same meaning of that emotion. Others would fill in the blank with a cuss word.
-When I couldn't make a thought or sentence long enough. It was simply displayed that I had a lack of what to say.
Others would dress it up with as much swearing they could fit into that sentence. (Sometimes I feel it's an unspoken sport)  
-Others would try to create urgency or more meaning to what they said by adding somewhat of a shocking term.
If my thoughts weren't moving without extras, than they didn't deserve to be made otherwise.  

What did I learn from this? That there was something to that childhood lesson my parents place much importance on.

One can naturally sound more respectable with using word having the proper meaning to describe what it is they are trying to communicate. Even when we don't consciously hold ourselves or others to that standard, somehow subconsciously we still notice. And, it never hurt anyone's mind to work a little harder to pull from their pool of vocabulary a different word of description. If anything it probably gives it a bit of healthy exercise.

3) -Blasphemy-

Out of all of these, this one is the categories I'm most mindful of. The Bible has not just warned, but also commanded us Christians not to take His name in vain(misuse). "I don't think God would mind too much if I misplaced His name every now and then. After all everyone says it, and sometimes it just slips. Not that big of a sin." I'd beg to differ! If God didn't take this one too seriously, why did He list it No. 3 on the Ten Commandments? Above don't kill, steal, or cheat on your spouse.

"Thou shalt not take the name of the Lord thy God in vain; for the Lord will not hold him guiltless that taketh his name in vain."
Exodus 20:7
So, dear Christians who would never let the "F" bomb drop, but on occasion misplace the name of the creator of heaven and earth, the one who has the power to blow you off face of this little planet... If I were you, I'd recalculate my priorities of speech. 
"I though you said your post wasn't meant to judge anyone!" It's not. I'm just giving you the "heads up!"

So, there you have it! Why I choose the words I do. Like I said earlier, these are just my opinions. If you have something to say or to add, please, feel free to do so in the comments below. I do enjoy reading other's thoughts and opinions.


Wednesday, February 5, 2014

Puppy Love | New JSK

I've been over joyed and distracted with these little furry babies! Just about the first thing I do every morning is hop down the stairs to stop by their pin. It's then I have difficulty deciding which puppy to hold as each one is trying to convince me that it is the most deserving. Out of the six I tend to choose mr. alpha male Walter. His bunny like face, energetic greet, and best of all his love for cuddles make him irresistible.
Yorkies are lots of fun. Six yorkie babies are more fun than a human being should be allowed to have. I'll be so sad to see them go. :(  
Recently I've been developing a basic JSK pattern. It's taken me time to figure out all the right proportions. I'm pretty pleased with how this one turned out.
 JSK: Sewn by me          
Blouse: Forever 21               
 Belt: Francesca's            
Heels:Urban Outfitters        
Purse: Gift from my mother 

Monday, February 3, 2014

Sunday's Look

I'm a bit behind on posting photos. I don't quiet have the week before last ready, but I do have yesterday's look to post.

A while back I was inspired by these two pieces, so I tried my hand at the "angel kiss" skirt.
I'll have to try later to get better photos of this piece.
This wasn't a difficult skirt to make. If you know how to make your basic pleated skirt, than your in good shape if you want to take a whack at it. It does however take some time to hand sew all the pinches.

Blouse: Sewn by me
Skirt: Sewn by me
Belt: Francesca's
Boots: Body Line
Necklace: Vintage

Monday, January 27, 2014

Catching Up: Part 3

This game of catching up is almost at an end! Here are the last of the looks from December. Photography isn't as awesome as the later two post. Thought ya'll like to see them anyhow!
   JSK: Target (when I used to shop there)
   Underskirt: Sewn by me                                              
   Blouse: Vintage                                            
   Vest: Thrift (Plato's closet)                   
   Shoes: Goodwill                                       
   Clock: Vintage                                        
   Bag: ISOS (Asian iCandy)               
JSK: Sewn by me             
Blouse: Dear Celine                
Boots: Target                       
Necklace: Forever21                      
Floral Crown: Handmade by me                 
Skirt: Sewn by me       
Blouse: Vintage               
                  Vest: Thrift (Plato's closet)        
Boots: Marshalls         
          Necklace: Forever21                        

Thursday, January 23, 2014

Some Winter Favorites

-Turkish Delight-
 Delicious jelly candy! Rose flavor being my favorite. No wonder Edmond traded his siblings! jk, that's horrible...
I pick up this treat at my local Marshalls or TJ Maxx. 

-Loreal EverCreme Leave-In Spray-
A beauty goal of mine is to grow my hair's length down to my waist line. In order to do that one must maintain healthy ends. I have very fine strands. Easy to brake and easy to tangle. The awesome leave-in helps fight the frizz, moisturized, and leave my tresses more equipped to battle the brakeage.
You can pick up this product in the US for $7-$8 an 8.5 oz bottle. Giving Redken's "Anti-Snap"($18-$22) a run for it's money! 
-ISOS Purse-
My sister gifted me this gorgeous bag for Christmas from Asian iCandy. It's a perfect fit for my wardrobe, and the size really suits my needs. The photo doesn't do it justice.
I've look up ISOS's taobao shop, they are very reasonable on price. The international shipping not so much.

 -Mama Z's Soap-
This stuff is magic! I've always struggled with acne, and not just the mild kind. I've fought a hard battle with deep cystic acne. I can count on one hand how many weeks I lived with clear skin in my teen years. Many years where spent ashamed and depress over my problemed skin. Never dared leaving the house without applying foundation.
I tried a wide variety of treatments, from Proactive(which is horrible for your skin) to Organic clay masks. All of these pretty costly. If you were to ask my family, they would tell you that I followed every prescribed treatment and routine religiously. The only method that ever made any headway was oil cleansing, but as a time consuming process it wasn't as practical and easy to keep up. 
A few months back my older sister was gifted a bar of Mama Z's pumpkin spice soap." This is some good stuff!", she said super excited. "That's nice...", I wasn't too impressed. The next morning she put to use her new product for the second time. "Look at my skin", She asked me to observe. I had to do a double take, here mild acne had noticeably cleared up, and here skin had a radiant shine. She lent her sample soaps to me. Less than a week later I could hardly believe my eyes. My skin was bright, with just the right kind of shin, and most importantly clear of acne! I could have cried I was so happy, but black belts don't cry.
Once in a while I'll go to bed with out washing off my make-up. The next day I'll be covered in acne with total regret. But, then... after cleansing my face for at least 3 times it'll be on it's way back to beauty.
This magic soap has not just worked for me and my sisters, but our friend who's shared the same acne problems as me. 
I promise you this is not a sales post. I'm not making one single cent for sharing this. The dear lady who makes this awesome product has no idea I've posted this.
Ranging for $2-$5 a bar. This product is worth a try.
My personal favorites for treating acne and scaring: Leather, Buttermilk Lavender Baby Love, and Pumpkin Spice.
Please, check out Mama Z's fb page here.

I love to share things that bring a little ray of sunshine to my world, and hopefully to yours if you decided to try them.


Thursday, January 16, 2014

Catching Up Part 2 : Dolly Kei

Another photo shoot shot a while back. This has to be one of my favorites. Though, my hair was a bit of a mess. That day was super hot and muggy! It was supposed to be well into Winter. Oh, well... that's Texas weather for you.
The look was inspired by the fairytale character Red Ridding Hood. I'm really liking the dolly-kei style as of late. I hope to arrange more looks of this style. What do ya'll think? "Love" or "Not too fond of...", Let me know in the comments below. 

Dress: Anthropologie (got an awesome deal from the sale rack + Birthday discount)
UnderSkirt: Sewn and dyed by me
Collar & Pin: Vintage
Belt: Thrifted (plato's closet)
Boots: Marshalls
Floral Crown : Crafted by me
~Lady Liddy

Tuesday, January 14, 2014

Time to Play Catch Up

Hi, ya'll!
I'm back with that photo shoot post I promised. There's more to come, and lots of catching up to do. I hope to be posting twice a week for the year of 2014.

Thanks for the views, and enjoy the photos taken by Sara Jane Photography.



Outfit Breakdown
Dress: an older handmade piece of mine
Blouse: Thrift (plato's closet)                       
Skirt: by me                                        
Choker: Vintage Shop                                 
Boots: Marshalls                                     
If there is anything you'd like to ask or see from LadyLiddy, feel free to drop me a message.  You might just be the inspiration for my next post.
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