Monday, September 11, 2017

Monday Morning Inspiration/Wearing It Well

Today is September 11th. Sixteen years ago today, the unimaginable happened. When we think of that day, our thoughts take us back to the horrific images that played over and over for days, weeks, months. But the unimaginable also happened in so many other ways that day. 
As most of us know, the unimaginable happened in a small Newfoundland town of merely 10,000 citizens. That day, they opened their town, their hearts, and welcomed people of every race and religion. They looked past the judgments that many of us make when we see someone who is not like us, and only saw fellow human beings who were suffering. 
Within a matter of hours, 38 wide body planes landed, almost doubling the size of Gander. On a day when a few humans exhibited the worst that humanity can offer, here, this small town banded together and expressed the very best.    

When the planes were finally given permission to leave, one woman had an idea. A notebook was passed around asking fellow passengers to contribute to a scholarship fund. $15,000 was pledged, and that money has now grown to over $2,000,000. Over 200 high school students have received money to advance their education, with 1 becoming a doctor.

Tragedy can bring out the very best that we have to offer.

Kyle of Vacuuming The Lawn's "I Have a Heart for Texas" bag raised almost $400.00 for the Houston Food Bank. Another example of when all seems lost, we can be at our best. Yes, I won the bag, but the donation did not come from me. Nor will the bag be coming to me. It will be going to Houston, just as it should :) 

If you would like to read something inspirational, I highly recommend, The Day the World Came to Town: 9/11 in Gander, Newfoundland

Last Saturday was the first meeting of the season for the Haute Couture Club of Chicago. Cennetta of The Mahogany Stylist did a wonderful presentation on making shirts. If you pop over to her blog, you'll see some of the wonderful examples that she shared with us, and I think you'll be inspired!

Over the weekend, I received a message from Pinterest that included the shirt below as inspiration. So I thought I would look around a bit and see what else I could find. 

With this shirt, I love the idea of using beads to attach the sleeve.

This shirt shows that a you don't have to look like a man, it can be ultra feminine. 

From Gucci. Love the soft pleats.

Absolutely love the yoke detail!

The shirt is very structured on top, but the soft peplums make it easy to wear.

A simple to do back opening.

And finally, for a little peekaboo fun, a sheer yoke inset.

Each and everyday, we have the chance to bring a little beauty into our world, with good deeds and presenting ourselves at our very best.

May today bring you the opportunity to be someone's blessing.

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  1. What a great reminder, Rhonda! Thank you! I absolutely love the first shirtdress. Would you consider creating a tutorial about how to insert these sleeves?

  2. If you have a chance to see Come from Away, the play based on Gander's response, do see it! I saw it in Seattle, with several people from Gander in attendance--it was a joy.

  3. You remind us of just how wonderful people can be. I always try to see the good in the world - sometimes it can be difficult. It's nice to be shown just how fabulously people can behave in the face of adversity (and nice people are in the majority 😃).

    1. I think we are so bombarded with all the news that's now available and we begin to feel that the world is horrible. But, I too believe that it's just a few, most are loving, kind, and giving.

  4. 9/11 was a day I will never forget. I live in NJ near NYC. I remember seeing the cars in the commuter parking lots that were left unmoved for a long time. I knew the drivers did not make it. I remember driving to work and seeing the plume of smoke where the buildings had been. Unbelievable...