Colour me: fashionable or frumpy?

I don't know about you... but my wardrobe consists of three sizes of clothing:
The first size I keep around for those days I just want to lounge around, eat sugar, or feel like the post-pregnancy physique has room to jiggle.

The second/third options are for the days of actually 'trying'.. you know, to be fashionable dressed half-decent.

This past weekend I decided to de-frumpify (sure, that's a word) my wardrobe a bit:

 Example 1:  The uber baggy.. two-sizes-too-big navy cordurouy pants.
Turn inside out, pin to fit... sew a new seam up the sides, voila!
The more fitting tapered cords.

 Example 2:  The bell-bottomed baggy mustard corduroy pants.
Tapered in from the knee down.  Hemmed up at the ankle.
I could take them in a bit more... and attempt the hipster 'skinny' jeans look, but I'd likely end up looking like I was riding a chicken.  Yep.
So, subtle it is, but that's enough difference to fit them in my boots.
 Now, a word about fashion.
I believe a woman's beauty goes way deeper than an inch of fabric on the external.
I know I've said this kind of thing before... but I need the reminder.

Seems our mother's always tried to remind us that it's "what's inside that counts"... when we came home crying about how our outfit was teased at school.
Yet, we still find ourselves primping, preening, perfecting the exterior so often.
Looking at beauty/fashion magazines (blogs) and coming away feeling... uglier.

Now, imagine a world where our beauty was determined by the quality of our heart?
Because when the makeup cracks off, and the hair loses it's shimmer, and the clothes are eaten by moths... that's what we'll be left with, our heart.


Frumpy or fashionable... doesn't need to be my focus.

Grant me a heart that glows and grows in beauty.
3 "Do not let your adornment be merely outward—arranging the hair, wearing gold, or putting on fine apparel— rather let it be the hidden person of the heart, with the incorruptible beauty of a gentle and quiet spirit, which is very precious in the sight of God."

1 Peter 3:3-4

Have a beauty-full weekend friends,

Mel ;o) 


  1. Good reminder Mel! I know I personally often feel very frumpy- especially when I compare myself to others, or to my B.C. (before children) body. Shining up the outside might make us feel a little happier with ourselves, yet doesn't do much for the heart. But I'm sure our husbands appreciate it!! ( I need to make a little more effort for him, even when I don't feel like it.... sigh) I love this picture of you outdoors. Keep it up! I'm always encouraged by your blog.

  2. I love the colors of your outfit!



  3. Beautiful and timely - feeling decidedly old and frumpy today - but definitely need to focus on inward.
    Thanks Bee!

  4. There is no doubt that you are beautiful inside and out. I have honestly read less and less fashion blogs in recent months. I don't need the pressure to find the perfect vintage dress and the perfect hairdo and outfit. I need people to feed me inspiration through their thoughts and their values. You, my friend, provide me with endless inspiration.

    Happy weekend.

  5. What a beautiful reminder.
    And I love that God reminds us too.
    Thank you for your heart Mel!

  6. Beautiful and Inspiring! There are so many times lately where I fall into a frumpy slump of fretting about my exterior...something that's hard not to do in a society so hyper focused on physical beauty. And than I have to give myself a good proper nudge...if i take care of my heart and soul...that's what will matter in the end. So 3 cheers to nourishing inner beauty!

  7. It's true Stace, we're in a hyper-crazy culture consumed with the exterior.. it can get pretty exhausting to fight that 'flow' always.... but like a better cream, the good ones rise to the top I'd say.. 3 cheers to you being a good one! ;o)

  8. Thank you sweet sis in Him! ;o)

  9. Awww, you're kind. I know, reading those blogs is eye candy.. but often leaves me feeling more 'sickly' in the end! lol

  10. xo! You're a fine wine .. remember that! ;o)

  11. thank you! Fall palette at its best!

  12. You raise a good point for sure ~ frumpy is not best for your husband... tho I know Ben thinks I look great in sweats too! lol... THanks so much for being here friend, I truly wish you lived closer.. we'd be besties... I'm sure! xo


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