17 different women, 36 crazy children, 0 babies in utero
Adventures, Advice and Questions from a group of Mormon women who met in Queens, NY and have now scattered all over the place.

Friday, December 30, 2005

Goodbye Garments

No, I am not going apostate. I just hate constantly tugging and tucking at my garments everytime I bend down to pick up toys, laundry, kids, etc. It actually one of my huge pet peeves when women (or men) walk around with any part of their garments showing. That is why when I found all these UT based companies that produce these awesome long shirts, I feel I must shout it from the rooftops!

I am not from UT so I very well could be the last mormon to know about the mormon modest t-shirt craze. I have ordered them from a few different companies off the internet. I just found a new one: DownEast Basics that sells the t-shirt and camisole for a whole lot cheaper than everone else. I don't know what the quality will be like, but the company has been in the clothing business for a while - over 10 years (before they got into the modest t-shirt market).

If you don't have at least one of the cap sleeve shirts in your dresser, I highly suggest you try it out. When layered with other clothing, it solves so many issues: shirts that are too short, pants that are too low, necklines that are too wide or too low, armholes that are too open, shirts that are too sheer, etc, etc. With the fashions that are in the market right now, they have quickly become this garment-wearing mom's best friend.
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Wednesday, December 28, 2005

What a Mormon Woman Should Wear To a Cocktail Party

Rosalynde said...
Carrie (or anyone)--

I have a recurring fashion conundrum that stumps me every time: the cocktail party. I have to go to a number of these for my husband's work, and I never know what I should wear. In the past I've worn a black blouse, black-and-white knee-length pencil skirt, and black knee boots---but that feels more clubbish than cocktail party, especially with all the other women in halter dresses or spaghetti straps and stilletos. The problem, of course, modesty. I recently found a black-and-champagne short-sleeved, knee length silk dress, which I like, but it still feels a little churchy. Any suggestions for suitable yet modest cocktail attire?


Definitely get yourself a great/sexy pair of black shoes - thin heel and strappy or with a pointy toe (doesn't have to be stiletto, kitten heels are great and more comfortable for most cocktail parties).

I think the thing for making modest work at a cocktail party is having something in the outfit that is a little "flashy" - a purse, a brooch, big "diamond" earrings, a shirt that has sequins (even if it is a more casual style). A great look is to find a camisole with some lace and sequins at the top (I think I even saw something like this in Old Navy the other day) and wear it under a fitted white button shirt with a black skirt. Throw on those sexy shoes that you just bought and grab your silver clutch and you are out the door!

Also, every women needs a little black dress. Every Mormon woman needs a modest little black dress. These can be really hard to find. This means, the time to look for such a dress is NOT right before the office Christmas party. You have to be on the lookout ALL YEAR LONG. If you see one, snatch it up. I promise it will get well worn. Just remember: go for simple and classic. You can wear something like this year after year after year by updating it with new accessories (my little black jersey wrap dress is so versitile, I can even wear it while pregnant! I love that dress! 5 years and still going strong).

Right now is also the time to go out and pick up some "shrugs". That's what they are calling the little cropped shirts/sweaters that either tie in the front or sometimes button with one button. They are so popular right now - you can get them in just about every color and with all sorts of little trims (including sequins!). You can take these little guys and wear them over any number of strappy dresses (you just don't have the option of taking it off--but no one will know that). They are so much more flattering than a regular cardigan (which are a little matronly in my opinion) and they give you a little more freedom with the styles you can try on.

The bottom line is stay simple with the actual outfit and concentrate on the shoes, earrings and bag!!!!
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Saturday, December 10, 2005

Baby Shower Game: First Line Trivia

  1. "Once upon a time there were four little rabbits…"

  2. "In an old house in Paris that was covered with vines…"

  3. "In a great green room there was a telephone… "

  4. "Once there was a little bunny who wanted to run away…"

  5. "Little Nutbrown Hare, who was going to bed, held on tight to Big Nutbrown Hare’s very Long Ears."

  6. "These two very old people are the father and mother of Mr. Bucket."

  7. "The night Max wore his wolf suit and made mischief of one kind and another…"

  8. "In the light of the moon a little egg lay on a leaf"

  9. "One evening, after thinking it over for some time, Harold decide to go for a walk in the moonlight.."

  10. "The Mole had been working very hard all the morning, spring cleaning his little home..."

  11. ""WHERE IS Edward Bear, coming downstairs now, bump, bump, bump, on the back of his head..”

  12. "“I am Sam."

  13. "Mr. and Mrs. Mallard were looking for a place to live..."

  14. "“Where’s papa going with that ax?”

  15. "Mr and Mrs Dursley of number four, privet Drive were proud to say that they were perfectly normal, thank you very much."


  1. The Tale of Peter Rabbit by Beatrix Potter

  2. Madeline by Ludwig Bemelmans

  3. Goodnight Moon by Margaret Wise Brown

  4. The Runaway Bunny by Margaret Wise Brown

  5. Guess How Much I Love You by Sam McBratney

  6. Charlie and the Chocolate Factory by Roald Dahl

  7. Where the Wild Things Are by Maurice Sendak

  8. The Very Hungry Caterpillar the Eric Carle

  9. Harold and the Purple Crayon by Crockett Johnson

  10. The Wind in the Willows by Kenneth Grahame

  11. Winnie the Pooh by A.A. Milne

  12. Green Eggs and Ham by Dr. Suess

  13. Make way for Ducklings by Robert McCloske

  14. Charlotte’s Web by E.B. White

  15. Harry Potter and the Sorcerers Stone by J.K. Rowling
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