Friday, August 8, 2014

random photos of Narelle's modest fashion life


In lieu of the BN modest fashion observations, tips, and promotions that I've planned to write in the past three months as we've plodded our way toward normality after our house fire (and for which I've even spent several hours at a time writing and preparing images but never managed to get one finished), here's a random sampling of photos that may or may not make it into a post in the future.


Narelle and Sarah: enjoying some fun during a joint creative project which we hope to post on YouTube. Guess who paints and who sings?
Spending time with family takes priority over web work. Any day.
Find a quiet corner with a baby and something to chew...bliss.
Narelle is very happy to get out of dark-coloured clothing required for soot-cleaning and into glad rags suitable for singing a program at Rahiri Retirement Home. The old folks love a modest and pretty dress as much as a sweet song. So does Narelle!

The scarf was a gift from Israel. It's made of net-fine wool, light yet remarkably warm, and a perfect accessory for the outfit Narelle last wore for her Princess Moment. See here for text and video:
Mum, this is for you: "It Will Be Worth It All" ~ Narelle and Sarah Worboys
Narelle and Sarah: we made a gift for our mother, and we've shared it on YouTube so you can bless your mother with it too. Go to
With limited choice in creative projects to occupy her during her 2-month sojourn at a motel, Narelle tries out a neckline alteration on her custom-made swimsuit from Simply Modest Swimwear.
 After the fire, Narelle is very thankful to have modest clothes and a clean place to launder them!
An unedited shot from a Fashion Fundraiser shoot (pre-fire) on a day that was plagued by lighting and focus troubles.
A shot for the BN Fashion Fundraiser that won't be used because the fleece jacket has now been sold.

Friday, August 1, 2014

The Value of Remembering: why World War One matters to you and me

4 August 2014 marks 100 years since the beginning of World War I, and I believe there are two good reasons to pay attention to the commemorations.

A STARTLING MEMORIAL: Pictures taken at the Cenotaph after the Dawn Parade, ANZAC Day. I wouldn't normally pair aqua with fire-engine red, but it was just ten days after our house fire and I had little choice in what I could wear. The angora/wool hat and layers of wool and polar fleece kept me warm. The waterproof skirt kept me dry (and clean) when photographic urges brought me in contact with the ground. =)

What Made New Zealand a Nation ?

First, Britain’s declaration of war on Germany marked not only the beginning of New Zealand’s involvement in WWI as part of the British Empire, but also the birth of New Zealand as a nation.
Our national identity was forged during those traumatic years.

The values that held us together during war and built our society after it were, to quote the RSA*, "compassion, comradeship, courage and commitment". Do we want these values in our lives, in our neighbourhoods today? What are we doing to teach them, to exercise them, to honour them?

Do We Actually Value Values?

Second, the price of international peace and security was massive for a small and pioneering country such as we were in 1914. Our forebears gave much to secure freedoms they thought worthy of sacrifice. The tragedy is that subsequent generations have neglected to nurture these freedoms or deliberately sought to erode them.

Today, these centenary commemorations have a very personal application. Lest we forget and mourn our loss of freedom and righteous values, let's recognize and emulate the integrity of our forefathers. Faith, family, country. Are they still worth dying for?

What we're doing about it

Click this link  for more details on "Women of Courage", presented by Isabel and Narelle Worboys during the "WWI Commemorative Concert" at the Dannevirke Town Hall, 3 August 2014.

* "Declaration of WWI was birth of nation"

Sunday, July 27, 2014

WHAT COLOUR IS YOUR GOD? How a coat can misrepresent your character

I used to wear a charcoal grey winter coat. It was a nice coat and I liked it.

One day at a cosy Girly Getaway gathering with a focus on clothing that works for you, an image consultant gave me an ivory wool coat to try on.

The other ladies gasped and said, “You look warmer!”

Did they mean my body temperature had just risen? No. They were commenting on my personality. The colour I was wearing meant that now, instead of cool and distant, I seemed friendlier and more approachable. My character hadn’t changed, but the way others read me was influenced by the colours I wore.
This was very motivating for me to learn more about the seasonal palette and how God has designed me to fit into it*. This also makes me wonder about the way we read God. How do we know His true character? Are we relying on the “coat” some person told us God wears? Or do we trust the Book He wrote for us about what He’s really like?

Here are some of my favourite things He tells us about Himself in His Word, the Holy Bible:

  • He is the Rock, his work is perfect: for all his ways are judgment: a God of truth and without iniquity, just and right is he. (Deuteronomy 32:4)
  • The LORD is gracious, and full of compassion; slow to anger, and of great mercy. (Psalm 145:8)
  • For the LORD is good; his mercy is everlasting; and his truth endureth to all generations. (Psalm 100:5)
  • ...the Great, the Mighty God, the LORD of hosts, is his name, Great in counsel, and mighty in work: for thine eyes are open upon all the ways of the sons of men: to give every one according to his ways, and according to the fruit of his doings: (Jeremiah 32:18-19)
  • Thou hast also given me the shield of thy salvation: and thy right hand hath holden me up, and thy gentleness hath made me great. (Psalm 18:35)
  • …let all those that put their trust in thee rejoice: let them ever shout for joy, because thou defendest them... (Psalm 5:11)
  • The LORD is my rock, and my fortress, and my deliverer**; my God, my strength, in whom I will trust; my buckler, and the horn of my salvation, and my high tower. (Psalm 18:2)

That’s the colour of my God. What colour is your God?

May your week be filled with the colours of truth and hope!

*My natural colouring looks at its best when arrayed from the Spring palette.

**God is indeed my deliverer. Want to hear how He delivered me three months ago? To play the video now, click here: BUMP in the Night: Supernatural Rescue from a Fire

Sunday, May 11, 2014

Beauty Tip for Glamor Girl [Modesty WOF]

Here’s a beauty tip noted upon encounter with a dust-robed Ford Thunderbird that didn’t quite live up the promise of its number plate.

When driving out to take the air,
O Glamor Girl, do have a care
The dust upon your pink
Has showered down the sink.
A luxury interior
Is best enhanced by clean exterior.
What fellow yearns for flirt and dirt,
Or wink and stink?
No gentleman, I think.
Be sure your feminigning ways
Are true to what your signage says.

I’ve had a good chuckle creating this poem and poster, but it’s also a good reminder to “put my car in” for a warrant of fitness. If I claim to be a modest woman, how well does my behaviour and appearance match this? What about my thought life, and the way I speak?

When I dress in the morning, what attitudes am I putting on? Am I grooming my soul with as much care as I groom my body? Or, conversely, am I so focused on my inner grooming that I neglect my outward appearance?

Perhaps I need to devote time to improving my presentation skills. Maybe I’ve been lazy in both beauty skill and modest attitude.

Like the mechanic at the garage, I run a check list and when I see something that could impede the safe and efficient running of my “vehicle”, I note it and take steps to repair or replace the problem parts.

This is your friendly W.O.F. reminder. Fiat lux! [Let there be light!] In God’s light, we shall see light.*
Best wishes,

*Psalm 36:9
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