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Knitted Hat

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A few weeks ago, I bought this thick Lion Brand yarn with the intent of knitting a warm winter hat with it. Mom had found this really nice hat pattern on Etsy and it was fairly easy to knit too!

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I had never knit on the round before so it was an exciting project. I’m planning on knitting a scarf out of the same yarn, I just have to find a pattern first! ūüėČ

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~ Gabrielle

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Summer Sunday Fashion

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It’s no secret that we girls love dressing up, especially on¬†Sundays! On Saturday nights, we sort through each other’s closets and generously advise each other on what to wear. Here is the outfit that I assembled this past Sunday:

 

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My pink v-neck ruffle shirt is¬†Candie’s brand from Kohls. I fell in love with it’s bright color and feminine style, and it was on clearance for $8.00. I just couldn’t go wrong, now could I?

 

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The skirt is¬†Worthington brand,¬†originally from JCPenney’s, but I found it at a thrift store¬†for $7. What a deal! I love its¬†straight-cut style and subtle plaid print. The faux belt is another favorite detail. I’m sure I’ll be wearing it a great deal¬†this fall… imagine¬†it with a cranberry blazer perhaps?

 

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Check out those shoes! That’s right, they are my favorite black heels from Payless Shoes. They cost $21 brand new, but I’ve used¬†them so much this summer that they hardly cost anything now.

(Please tell me that I’m not the only girl who divides the cost of an item by the number of times she wears it!! It must be the economist in me.)

 

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I wore my hair in no-heat curls¬†over night. In the morning¬†I loosened the curls¬†and¬†divided them into a few sections. Then I twisted them into several “mini buns” and pinned them up. I added a healthy splash of hairspray to hold it together and a white bow clip with gold polka dots.

 

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Thanks for visiting A Homespun Country Life!

~Kerstin

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Modcloth Dress Review

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Two¬†weeks ago I purchased a few¬†dresses from Modcloth. This is my favorite of the three, but I will share the others another day. When I first tried it on, I fell in love with the classic¬†style and chic polka dot print. The length is modest and retro, and the neckline is feminine¬†and pretty. I love fit-and-flare style dresses¬†because they are so flattering; they are considered a staple in 50’s-era wardrobes. I felt like it was a good addition to my collection of classic-modern dresses!

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The dress itself is very well made; the material feels like it is good quality, and the stitching seems durable. The only concern I have at all is that the washing directions are hand wash only. So I plan to be careful when I am wearing it, and wash it as gently and infrequently as possible. After reading other reviews on this dress, I guessed that the size small would be about right, and I was pleased to find that it fits me perfectly!

 

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The little bow and the button-down front are some of my favorite details. The dress actually has a zipper in the back, which is much nicer than having to deal with all those buttons (that might have killed me!).

 

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I chose my favorite black heels to complete¬†the¬†look. They’re classy, and added¬†just enough extra¬†height without making me too¬†tall.

 

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As usual, I have my hair in curls, half pinned up in the back. I teased my hair a little bit at the top just to add some volume.

 

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Overall, I am extremely pleased with my purchase from Modcloth! I will most definitely be ordering from their website again. If you have ever ordered from Modcloth or any similar online boutique, I would love to hear about your experience!

 

Thank you for visiting A Homespun Country Life!

~Kerstin

 

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Modest Spring Fashion Outfit #3

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My third spring outfit is actually a dress, not a skirt and top combination like usual. The gray and black knit material makes this dress perfect for the months between winter and summer, and I think it will be wonderful this fall, too!

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So, I must tell you about this wonderful bargain!! We girls and Mom were at Sears a few weeks ago, and I was casually sifting through a few of the winter clearance racks with no intention of purchasing anything. Then I spied this dress. The chic¬†details of it immediately caught my attention: my favorites are the soft cowl neckline, the subtle high-low¬†hem, and the short¬†ruched sleeves. I must tell you, the¬†ruching on the sleeves sealed the deal. And for $20, I surely couldn’t go wrong!

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This dress did come with it’s own¬†belt, but it wasn’t just right, so I borrowed a¬†belt from a different dress in my wardrobe.

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These classic black heels were perfect for drawing the outfit together. I just bought them last week at Payless Shoes for about $22. Besides being super comfortable, they are¬†the perfect height (about 2 1/2″), in my opinion. While I love wearing¬†4-inch or taller¬†heels sometimes, most of the time¬†I don’t want the extra height.

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And I curled my hair again for fun.

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You can see the ruching of the sleeves a bit better in this photo.

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When General interrupted the photo shoot, I¬†had to stop and give him some kisses. ‚̧

He’s the best dog ever!!

Thank you for visiting A Homespun Country Life!

~Kerstin

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Modest Spring Fashion Outfit #2

DSCN4860I think this spring outfit¬†is perfect for the winter-spring transition, considering the somewhat darker color of the skirt. I wore this on St. Patrick’s Day, too, so I wouldn’t get pinched by a leprechaun. (It worked!!)

The skirt was a thrift store find for $5. It took me several minutes to decide if I liked it at first, and¬†even as¬†I took it to the checkout I had my doubts. So, really you could say it was an impulse that made me finally purchase it! I’m so glad I did now, because I love the length and¬†fullness of it. The girls over at Skirtfixation would say it has great twirl potential!! I have tested it, and it definitely does. ūüôā

 

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The lacy cream top is one of my favorites from last summer. I found it on sale at Maurices for…let me think… about $10. I felt like it was the perfect top for this skirt because its¬†fitted style contrasts well with the full skirt.

I borrowed the belt from another skirt I have, and it ties the outfit together. Literally. ūüėČ

 

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Like last time, I curled my hair overnight and followed the same method of fixing it this morning.

 

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And the shoes! These cream heels are from Kohls. I bought them last spring to wear to my sister’s wedding, and they are still some of my favorites. I love the bow accents!

 

Thank you for visiting A Homespun Country Life!

~Kerstin