Sunday, October 26, 2014

Thursday, October 16, 2014

Life Update //

  Hey Everyone,  I'm sorry it's taken me so long to update my blog. I've been meaning to upload a blog post for the past 3 weeks but every time I go down to write I get swept up with emotion.
 Three weeks ago 30 mins before my Latin class, my mother called me. I knew it was something serious because my Mom wouldn't call me during the school day. She called to inform me that my Grandmother had just tragically passed away. Never in my life have I experienced a death so close to my heart. It quite literally was the worst feeling I've ever experienced. Right after the phone call I ran to the 24 hr adoration chapel and cried and was completely stunned as thoughts swarmed my mind.  "Why did she leave us so early? I never got to say goodbye."
 I collected myself and went to class. I needed to be distracted. I went into class with my eyes bloodshot and swollen. The crazy part was while in class we had the most intense rain storm. No, it's not unusually for Florida to rain everyday. But, this rainstorm was like no other. It was as if the world was mourning with me.
 I felt a huge lump in my throat and held back tears during the entire class. Right after class, my brother and I went to Mass which probably was the most healing experience. So thankful to have him with me this year for all the love and support. 
The rest is kinda a blur honestly. My brother and I flew to Michigan for her funeral. Being able to see my family was the best thing in the entire world. Yes, it was under terrible circumstances but family was exactly what I needed. 
The whole weekend in Michigan was beautiful. It was exactly what Grandma would've wanted.  Anyways going to her funeral put me behind in schoolwork which I feel I've finally just caught up on. It's been hard getting back in the swing of things. But I miss blogging and I miss you guys. You guys are so important to me and I feel I offer it to you guys to keep you connected with my life. There will be more blog post coming. I promise I haven't left you guys. 
The past three weeks have made me appreciate my time in college and just how beautiful life is. And the importance of family.  I love you all. 

 If you want to read more up on my Grandma you can read the beautiful blog post my sister wrote right here.

                                                    My beautiful, Grandma.

                                      Thanks for reading! Now, back to studying for midterms...uck.

Thursday, September 18, 2014

Mar baby Musings // Goodness

Im excited to share another Mar baby Musings with you guys! 
Before I left for Florida, Susana and I thought it would be great to do one more outing. 
College life is great, and is serving me very well. 
But one of the biggest things I've been missing is homemade food. 
Don't get me wrong the cafeteria food isn't terrible. It's just not mamma's cooking. 
Tucson, is known for having some really great eateries and today I want to share a place called "goodness". 
Not only was the food delicious, and the juice bar heavenly. 
The set up of the restaurant gave off the most quaint urban feeling. 
I can't wait to go back in December. 
Speaking of which, this is our last Mar baby Musings until December. 
(try to control your emotions).


Kimono//Brickyard Buffalo
Shoes//Brickyard Buffalo
Jeans//Old Navy
Earrings//Nickel and Suede 

Blouse // H&M
Shorts // Oldnavy
purse // Forever 21
Shoes // Payless

Monday, September 15, 2014

Present Moment //

So thankful for my beautiful roommates. And their intoxicating love for God. 
Such an amazing witness in my life and many others. 

Today marks the 3rd week of school. You would think I would have the whole college routine down. But no, I don't. Everyday in college I learn something new.
 Obviously from my courses, but also new life experiences. This past week I learned how to swing dance, and that homesickness never really goes away.
 The friendships I make grow stronger everyday. My spiritual life has grown tremendously these past three weeks.
I've come to realize that my faith and spiritual life will be my strongest anchor the next four years and my whole life. Going to daily Mass during the week has taught me to take each day one at a time. Worrying about the future will get me no where. I have to learn to be completely content with whatever God's will is for me that very day.
Life is beautiful my friends. Enjoy the present moment.
And be thankful for another day to live out His will.

Skirt // DownEast basics
Shirt // Forever 21
Sandels // Payless

Monday, September 1, 2014

New beginnings //

I've been in Florida for almost a whole week now.  Today, was the first day of classes. It's so completely weird to think I'm now a college student. It quite amazing knowing how far my education has evolved.   It feels like I was just in middle school, like yesterday. Now I have to make big girl decisions. For instance going to bed at a good time, and making sure I have three meals a day.

I'm looking forward to the next four years at Ave.
I'm completely confident this is where God wants me.

Until next time!

God Bless,

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Guest Post // 5 Essential Items Every College Girl Should Have In Her Closet (And How To Put It All Together)

Hello readers of A Beautiful Mystery! My name is Maria Wendt and I blog about modest fashion and style at The Orange Purse.


Part One: The Essentials

Since school is starting soon (less than a week for me!) I wanted to talk about some essential staples every college girl should have in her closet. In creating this list, I wanted to pick things that wouldn’t be on your average college girl list. Like a “Little Black Dress”. Everyone knows that. So here are five essential (and specific) things that every college girl should own.

1. A White Cable Knit Sweater

This may seem like a very specific item to start with but let me tell you, this is incredibly versatile.
I bought a white sweater last year and I used it so much it pilled and now I have to get a new one.


As you can see, you can basically wear a white cable knit sweater with anything. Plus, it’s totally comfy - like getting to wear a polar bear all day long.

2. Tall Riding Boots

If you don’t have a pair, you should totally get one! These are great for walking to class in the rain or snow and still looking super cute and put together.

I certainly don’t have a lot of money (I’m in college, who does?), but I did invest in a nice pair of riding boots and they lasted all year long and still look nearly new.

Riding boots look amazing with jeans, dresses and skirts and can really take an outfit from “eh” to “wow, cutsie paloosi!”.

3. A Pair of Skinny Jeans (that actually fit!)

Something that I learned this year was how to buy a pair of jeans that fit my body type. It feels really good being able to walk out and know you look good in a pair of jeans that flatter (yet don’t hug) your body.

Wearing jeans modestly can certainly be tricky because some jeans can be pretty tight. It’s basically a matter of finding the balance between ugly baggy mom jeans and painted on jeans.


4. A Comfy Skirt

There are skirts and then there are comfy skirts. In my opinion, the perfect skirt is a skirt that makes you feel like a million bucks in more ways than one. You know you look fabulous but you also feel amazing because the skirt is like a swishy blanket around you.

I wrote a blog post about my all time favorite skirt (and why I love it so much) here.  (It also showcases my personality and is a great post to read to get a feel for my sense of style.)


5. Lightweight Hoodie

There’s a huge difference between a pull-over hoodie and a lightweight, soft, zip-up hoodie. Lightweight hoodies are genius because you can wear them with skirts.

It took me a long time to figure that out. I used to think that you could only wear hoodies with jeans and shorts. But I realized that if the hoodie is thin enough to not overwhelm the upper body with thick, heavy fabrics, they actually can go with skirts. As long as the skirt isn’t very dressy.

Basically, the formula is this: nicer hoodie + casual skirt = success.


Part Two: Putting It All Together

Looking cute and put-together is not the most complicated thing in the world. I have a theory that looking put together is more of a formula than anything else. Something + something + something = fabulous outfit.

I mentioned using a formula for wearing hoodie earlier and the idea behind that is basically how I get dressed in the morning.

While this method may not apply for everyone, it's an interesting theory because it helps build complete outfits.

The first combination I want to talk about is the

1. Classy dress

Dress + cardigan + cute shoes + accessories = adorable

You can see how this outfit has a complete and finished look to it. The reason behind this is because I added equations to the formula.
Below are several other examples.


The chambray dress becomes a canvas for colorful accessories and a brown leather messenger bag.


This classy outfit sets the focus on the dress and everything is kept subtle and muted.

2. Skinny Jeans

Jeans + nice top + riding boots + accessories = also adorable


Pretty self-explanatory concept here - I absolutely LOVE the way skinny jeans look so classy in riding boots. This is my go-to look during the school year.


I love the statement necklace on this one. Also, have you noticed how versatile these boots are?


Can we talk about how adorable these shoes are??

3. Favorite skirt

I already mentioned how awesome it is to have a favorite skirt earlier in this post. But a favorite skirt + cute top + shoes + accessories = adorable times three.



I hope you enjoyed this list! I’m sure every girl has something in her closet that she loves - what is yours? I would totally love to hear about it (and probably end up buying it!)

- Maria

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Eat Cake For Breakfast //

Top //  Old:  Skirt // Similar: Shoes // Payless: Purse // Forever 21
Phone case // Kate Spade 

Let's just pretend we live in a world where it's acceptable to eat cake for breakfast. 
A girl can dream.