Wednesday, February 9, 2011

I've Found You At Long Last

katie dahl beautifully pure fashion personal modest clothes style modestyI once said that I would have a bubble hem skirt, and now I do.

When I first saw this dress however, it was several inches longer, and with the combat boots I was wearing when I tried it on, it appeared very Little House on the Prairie-ish. What a change fifteen minutes of work and a dozen or so pins can do!

katie dahl beautifully pure fashion personal modest clothes style modestykatie dahl beautifully pure fashion personal modest clothes style modestyI fixed this dress up Monday night because I thought I was going to have to work on Tuesday. After the rest of my family went to bed I put my ear phones in, and blasted Carrie Underwood, Taylor Swift, Demi Lovato and Selena Gomez while I set to work. It was so nice to have a few minutes of uninterrupted time to think.

I'm seventeen now. Most of my friends are eighteen or nineteen or even older (looks in Heather's direction with a grin) and even though only three of them do, sometimes it feels like they all have boy friends now.

Growing up my parents always made it very clear that my sisters and I would not be dating young, though they've yet to give us a serious answer for when "young" ends - not that it would matter. I've never had a serious crush (serious here meaning on a guy who is actually real and not a character from a book) and I don't mind. While I have to admit to being rather boy crazy (again, fictional), and wishing I could have a boy friend when I was fourteen or fifteen, I've grown up since then - with a lot of help from my big sister, but that's another story.

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I didn't know who I was when I was fourteen, and I didn't know who I was when Iwas fifteen. In fact, I only began to learn who I am when I was closer to being seventeen than to sixteen. When I was fourteen and fifteen I wanted to be a world famous authoress. I wanted to write novels, and I managed to convince myself that this was what God wanted for me, too. But now I've learned that I have little to no tallent for writing fiction.

Fashion is my new creative outlet. I love the feeling when I put together an outfit that I love - it just feels right. I have a new passion - or, a couple, actually (photography, and indie fashion); and I've found a new way to continue with some of my old interests (writing, and the science of marketing/networking). And what all this boils down to is that I love my life. I have a few plans for the next few years, but mostly I'm just enjoying being me and doing what I love, and trying to serve God the best I can. And while I of course want to get married someday, I'm loving being single. I love the freedom of it, and I know that this time of being single is preparing me for that day when I meet the guy I want to spend the rest of my life with - this time of being single is teaching me how to recognize him when I do meet him.

There's plenty of time to drag my guy thrifting and on photo shoots, but right now I'm going to have fun doing those things on my own, or with my girl friends - because really, being single is pretty awesome.

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(P.S. I was totally thinking of a recently-evicted depression era girl when I took these shots. Not sure why, though. Must be the suitcase.)

Outfit Details:
Dress - Mossimo (thrifted)
Tee Shirt - Merona
Scarf - From my little sister
Tights - Simply Vera by Vera Wang (Kohls)
Ankle Boots - Merona
Coat - Merona
Necklace - Black Market Minerals
Suitcase - Thrifted


  1. Ahhh, Katie, you're brilliant. I totally understand about the boyfriend thing :)
    I loooove your dress it is so pretty! The bubble hem is genius. And again, those amazing tights! Where did you get them?

  2. Great entry! Thanks for being so open about your life. and you did great on the skirt!

  3. this is such a wise post! i am the exact same way as you, i'm glad that i didn't date when i was young, because i didn't know who i was yet. obviously i'm still figuring all that out, but i think that waiting to date is a really smart decision :) i love the way you tied that belt! :)

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  5. I find that the more you work at being a child of God, the more He'll see the desire of your heart to being a wife one day and will grant you that desire. I know it probably doesn't help for me to give you relationship advice since I started dating at 16 and married my first boyfriend, but I have loads of friends who started dating later in life and married their first boyfriends. One of my friends from high school days always complained to me how she'd never find a boyfriend and she started to think about life as an old maid. However, when she was 23 she met her husband. She's 28 now and has been married close to 3 years. Don't lose hope. I have a single friend who is 25 right now and freaks out because she wants to get married and have kids and I always tell her to relax and enjoy life as God gives her life in general.

    Hope you have a wonderful year and I think it is good that you aren't dating yet. Take your time. When you start dating your mind starts to go a little crazy. . it is very hard to stay pure when you date young and can't get married right away. I would have married my husband while still in high school. It would have been helpful, but people don't think in that way these days. I'm a little too old fashioned I suppose when I think young couples are a great thing and I feel they should marry within a year or two haha.

  6. I have to say first, your outfit is just gorgeous! I love the skirt and the colors. I could keep on staring at it for a long time. :D

    I know what you mean. I too have the feeling that everyone else my age has a boyfriend. It can be so tempting to think that I must be 'behind' because guys don't play a huge role in my world yet. I love your attitude about this issue! It is such a breath of fresh air.

    I also love the fact that you haven't allowed your plans for the future to distract you from what you are doing here and now. That, to me, is just beautiful. (And what you're doing now is pretty awesome, as anyone with two eyes in their head can see by looking at this blog!)

    Thank you so much for this honest and thought-provoking post, my friend! :)

  7. I love, love, love these photos. You're so creative about coming up with great photo ideas!

  8. gorgeous pictures and lovely look.

  9. Just saying, bubble skirts remind me of these curtains we had once. We would stuff bags in them to make them bubble.
    Very, very cute. Only you could make gray look elegent. You have a great talent, deary.
    I agree on the matter of boys. Being 23 all my friends are getting married and having cute little babies. Something I would so very much love. But God has said wait and wait I shall. I am glad you are willing to wait as well until you trip that man God has for you.
    Love you, DLS
    Your, Jack

  10. I just came across your blog and have enjoyed reading it. It's hard to find people out there with positive morals and values. I just wanted to commend you for being so confident with the single life. It will definitely pay off in the long run. I dated through out my teen years and so forth, and it was very confusing and heartbreaking. It wasn't until I gave it all completely to God that I became truly content with myself (and also met the most wonderful man in the world!). You are a great example! And pretty stylish, too =)


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