Monday, March 4, 2013

Modest Monday & Spring Cleaning

I just had to share this outfit, not because of the outfit itself, but because of what I was able to DO in the outfit.  This was my Saturday spring-cleaning outfit (I wore a full apron over it while I cleaned).  I cleaned out our entire entry way and music room; washing walls, windows, dusting the plant shelves and ceiling fan, and washing the window treatments.  Maybe not such a big deal, but you have to realize that our ceilings in some places are over 20 feet tall!  So, I had to get out James' large extension ladder and I was up and down all Saturday long, in my skirt.  If you can do that, you can do just about anything in a skirt!

White Cable Cardigan:  Liz Claiborne (free hand-me-down from Mom)
Blue Polka Dot Tank: Lane Bryant ($10 or so, three or four years ago)
Black Embroidered Calla Lily Skirt: Coldwater Creek (free hand-me-down from Mom)
Black Flats with Buckles: Steve Madden (about $50, but they are at least eight years old - I prefer to buy expensive shoes and keep them for a decade+)

This floral broach was just the right touch, and the best part is it's an antique that belonged to my Great-Grandma

My hair is finally getting long enough to put all the way up again, which is the way I like it.  It has a brown plain clip in it, half-pony style, pushed forward to "bump" it up and held with two bobby pins, then the bottom half is twisted up and held with a LillaRose clip with additional decorative bobby pins to hold the short "tails" closer to my head so that they cover my half-pony clip (when my hair has another four or five inches, I won't need to do this, but for not it's a bit short)

The rest of my pictures are all of my spring cleaning handiwork from this weekend - see how tall everything is, especially that corner by the front door.  I'm not afraid of heights, but even I didn't really care for that!


The Fifes said...

Just beautiful! You styled your hair so perfectly, love it. I'm up for getting together next week!

The Merry Band of Fife said...

Thanks Kimberly! I'm so relieved for my hair to be longer because it's so easy to just put it up, but it doesn't necessarily LOOK easier, so win-win. Will chat via email this week!

Mama to 12, so far said...

Great outfit!

Serena said...

Oh my! You would DIE if you saw the clothes I wear for that kind of cleaning.

You are on some kind of a roll! Homekeeper's binder, spring cleaning, pantry remodel, bread making, music lessons, 6 kids, AND TIME TO READ?!?!? How do you do it?

The Merry Band of Fife said...

Serena - Oh, I'm not afraid of doing my cleaning in jammies, so no worries there. It just so happened that James and I had some errands to run that morning anyways, so I got dressed up, and my laziness prevented me from changing LOL. You'll notice that my pictures are ONLY of the cleaned area, that's key. I didn't show you what the rest of the house looked like. And the fact that some of those places hadn't been dusted in at least five years ;-P