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. 

Thursday, August 14, 2014

Guest Post // How To Get Ready Faster (And Still Look Fabulous!) - A Guide For College Girls

Hey Ladies, special treat for you today! Maria from the Orange Purse has agreed to guest post for A Beautiful Mystery.. A lot of us will be going back to school in a couple of weeks and Maria has given us some very great and practical tips. Please enjoy you guys. 

"I know how it goes. You wake up and you have to be at your early morning English class in 25 minutes. But you hate starting your day in sweatpants and a hoodie. You want to look fabulous but you don't think you have the time. I am here to tell you you can look GREAT in 25 minutes or less if you focus on these six tips.

1. Make looking good a priority

I always say that the days that you just want to wear sweatpants to class are the days you need to put a little extra effort into looking fabulous. It's good for character and it will turn your day around. So if you really want to look put together and polished during your busy day, you have to make it a priority.

Waking up 15 - 25 minutes earlier than you normally would and putting out that little extra bit of effort can make the difference between a productive, happy good day and a crappy, slouchy day. I can personally guarantee it. 

2. Plan outfits ahead of time

I generally don't lay my outfits out on a chair before I go to bed. The only time I would do that is if I am unsure how an outfit will turn out and I can't visualize it it my head.

Usually though, I think about what I have in my closet and what it would go with and plan out my outfits in my head. This is great because then I can wake up and jump out of bed and I know exactly what I want to wear.

Of course, this doesn't always work. There have definitely been those days when I try on seven or eight different outfits and leave the rejects all over my bed and room. Which leads into Tip 3. 

3. Try to keep a clean living space

If you're in college, this is probably a dorm. Look, I know it can be super hard to take to clean during your busy semester. In fact, it's basically impossible. I'm a naturally messy person, I should know.

The way I combat messiness is by owning less things. Anything I don't use frequently, I just throw away or donate. This eliminates clutter and makes the room seem clean and empty. The only other tidying thing I do is try to make my bed everyday but that sometimes doesn't happen.

The reason I bring this whole issue up is because clean living space makes for much calmer and easier getting ready. Think about it, if you know where everything is, you won't have to spend time looking for it.

4. Keep a simple makeup routine

The secret to a simple makeup routine is a good skin routine. As long as your face is fairly clear and acne-free, you really don't need a lot of makeup.

Click here to see my simple yet very effective skin routine.

My quick makeup routine is normally just foundation, eyeliner and mascara. It takes ten minutes tops and Rose is even faster at it then I am. 

4. Choose simple hairstyles

My hair is totally something I wish I did more with. I am sooo boring when it comes to my hair - it's either down, in a high ponytail or a messy bun. Once in a blue moon, I'll french braid it. These simple variations do have their advantages though; I can do my hair in five minutes or less. 

If you are trying to rush to class, it's probably not a good idea to start making plans to try some crazy-fancy braid combination you saw on Pinterest. I would love to learn how to do more things with my hair, and I plan on it, but if I'm in a rush, I stick to the basics.

5. Pack your backpack the night before

Imagine this scenario: you're rushing to class and scrambling to get everything together and yourself ready and class is in six minutes and you grab your backpack and rush out of the dorm. Once you're sitting in class, proud of yourself for actually making it in time, and your professor asks you to turn in your paper that is due. You reach into your backpack and freeze. You forgot to put it in your backpack because of the morning rush. End Scenario. 

I don't know about you, but personally I am much more able to remember to pack things like papers due, important textbooks, etc, the night before. I try to put everything that I am going to need for the next day in my backpack the night before. That way I don't forget anything I need the next morning. 

6. Take advantage of less busy days

Less busy days are the days you might want to wash your laundry, iron anything that needs to be ironed (ain't nobody got time for that!) and do longer, high maintenance things like plucking your brows or trimming your nails. 

For me last year as a freshman, my less busy day was Sunday. I would wash, dry and put away all my laundry (ick!), pluck my brow, paint my nails and do a deep cleaning of my room. I would also go through my backpack and throw away any papers, notes or handouts I no longer needed. 

This was a great way to take advantage of the quieter days when I had less going on." 

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