Tuesday, July 29, 2014

Just so Classic- Underthings


Nothing more necessary than classic underthings!Both smooth line bras and panties are requirement to look polished in any outfit. Keeping a nude color also helps keep it undetected.Of course, a little something lacy is also a classic. For special occasions and on days you really want to feel your best, these are the flare that cant be seen! (At least not be everyone!)

I also included a slimming full and skirt slip. Although the slimming aspect is not a requirement, it sure helps keep clothing smooth.

Monday, July 28, 2014

Just so Classic- Handbags


Although the colors can range for purses and hangbags, classic colors include tans, browns, nude, black, and navy. However classic styles keep the basics are made well and can last a life time. I believe there is three main types of purses/handbags that every woman should own.
  1. A clutch- A smaller handbag that can go from day to night.
  2. A handbag- This one is for everyday use.
  3. A tote- This is really just a larger purse that is useful especially for working women. It could also be used for a more fashion friendly diaper bag for mothers!
Although I mentioned the classic colors, I love to play with color. This is one of those areas that I can do that. I do own a few classic pieces that are timeless, however I also have some great funky ones as well!

Friday, July 25, 2014

Just so Classic: Shoes


Probably one of my favorite of accessories; shoes can make or break an outfit. Above I covered a few shoes I consider to be modern basics. I find that having a black and brown or nude pair of almost every type of shoe seems to cover most wardrobe choices. They only places this varies is the classic red heal and sandals. Sandals are one of those things you can go a bit crazy with or stay as simple as you like. They are usually affordable and can be replaced yearly so its fine to wear whatever fits your personality. The same goes for sneakers/tennis shoes. I prefer a simple design but color doesn't need to be avoided!

Some ladies avoid heels altogether, and that is perfectly acceptable too. As long as you have option for work and formal wear!

Do you have any styles you feel are classic that I missed?

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Just so Classic: Sun Covers

Sun Covers

In the last post we spoke about the most classic accessory of them all, pearls. Now, we are going to keep with the accessory theme and talk about sun covers. This includes hats and sunglasses but its not that limited. It can also include head scarves and umbrellas. I included just a few of my favorite classic sun covers, however fedora hats can be just as classic!

There is always an aspect of personality that should come out in every outfit. This is true for every woman, especially a classic woman in this modern world. Accessories are my favorite way to add a flare and uniqueness to my wardrobe.

Friday, July 18, 2014

Just so Classic-Pearls

If little black dress are the most classic wardrobe choice, than today's pick is the most classic accessory!


Lovely, simple, and timeless- they work with nearly everything. Great thing is that today we have more options than ever for earing pearls. Although I do no own any of these exact pieces, they are dreamy!


What do you think is the most classic accessory?

Thursday, July 17, 2014

Just so Classic: The Little Black Dress

The Little Black Dress

The Little Black Dress by amandadear featuring a flare dress

 I decided to start my fashion part of being a classic woman series with the most classic garment of all- the little black dress! 

The next few posts are going to have these fun little pictures created on Polyvore. Although I was not at all brand specific, I did try to pick out a few of my favorite styles of  the little black dress. It can be instantly dressed up or down and is GREAT for personalizing. 

I find that nearly every woman looks classy in a black dress! The great thing about a little black dress is that is still very available in our modern world. The key is not to show too much skin. keeping the hem line no shorter than right above the knee and the neckline modest add to the timelessness of this wardrobe basic.

Tuesday, July 15, 2014

The Classic Woman

There is a lot that goes with being a classy woman. From style to manners and education and demeanor, a lady is purposefully one of a kind. Although there are many things that are similar between each classic woman, there are no two alike. Audrey Hepburn and Marilyn Monroe are very different, however both so classic.

Characteristics of a classic woman include
  • modesty
  • poise
  • grace
  • considerate
  • knowledge of her own selfworth
  • respectfulness 
  • well-spoken
  • educated
  • humble
  • good manners
  • (often times) well dressed
Being a classy or classic woman doesn't mean you have one or just a few of those characteristics. It means embodying so many of them that people can almost instantly recognize that there is something different about you. A classic woman stands out in a crowd, not because she acts or dresses exuberantly so that people are forced to notice, but because she doesn't have to do those things.

She is the one that can remain calms when in a challenging situation, can laugh at her own mistakes, and makes the best of what life throws her way. It is just as much about attitude as it is about style. That being said, style is often the first thing people think about when it comes to a classic woman. That is where our journey will begin!

Monday, July 14, 2014

Starting a Series

I've been off on mini tangents for a few weeks and I thought it about time to get to a series again. For at least the rest of July we well be discussing and looking at being

Classic in a Modern World

Although this series is more based for the ladies, I will attempt to hit some points for gentlemen as well. I plan on making it quite a fun few weeks of reading.

Here are a few things I really want to cover!

Parties and Events
The Home

Several of these have subcategories galore! I am also looking for fellow bloggers who are inspired by the topic to join me as a guest writer. If you are interested please shoot me an email at casseruoladolcedellavita@gmail.com. I look forward to hearing from you.

For your viewing pleasure:

Friday, July 11, 2014

Skeletons in My Closet

Reading other bloggers has made me brave.

This post is going to be personal and probably shocking to many people who know me. First, here is non- shocking part. I am not a perfect person. I said it. It's true and I don't like it. If I were perfect I am positive my life would be different and my past would be too. We can't change the past now. However, I can use it to help others and strengthen me.

I'm here to tell you that there is life, love, and even forgiveness after sexual and emotional abuse. I wont go into great detail about the whys and hows of getting into this relationship, but I will give you an understanding. I never thought it could happen to me. I always said that if someone did "this" or "that" I'd be out so fast their head would spin. However, this is harder than you think when you are actually in an abusive relationship.

When I was in college an "old friend" found me via Myspace (whoa, no one uses that anymore). As children we had a bout of puppy love and I was excited to hear from him. We begin an internet friendship that led into disaster. I'm no longer ashamed to say I used to struggle greatly with self esteem. I have always been a bigger girl and the world was not always kind to me. I went to great lengths in college to hide my personal struggle, but abusers know what to look for.

This "friend" slowly worked his way into a lot aspects of my life. I didn't see him often, but he controlled what I wore, who I spoke with, if I slept, he even made great efforts to crush relationships with me and my family. I'm not really sure how I let it go on. It was a mix of compliments, put downs, and manipulation. I was scared. I wanted to be found attractive. I wanted to find worth. (Although I was and am a Christian, it was a time of weakness for me). I rarely slept. I obeyed his requests. I took from me anything he could  get. Its really frightening now when I think about it. Somewhere deep down I know I knew this was not a good thing.

As time went on, this internet relationship got real. We met up once or twice at school and public places. Those were awkward but fine and I convinced myself he was good to me. I convinced myself he cared about me. I'm telling you now, that if you have that weird feeling in your gut.... those are lies! From those awkward meetings he invited me to his home. He lived with his parents and the whole idea was supposed to be safe. I arrived, we went "hiking" and I was alone with him in the woods. Although he never took my most precious gifts during the several meetings we had like that, I was forever changed. What he did take can never be returned. My innocence was shattered. My trust in men was greatly damaged. He was abusive and aggressive. Slowly this relationship that I thought was like "love" was one more of fear. The moment he had me pinned to a wall, hand on my neck, body against mine, in my own home... I knew I had to get out.

I'd love to say I gave him "one for" and it was over that night. That is not the truth. He still controlled a lot of my life. When he saw me begin to push away, he would play games. He would make me have to beg and I was pulled in for more of a life I hated to live. I felt worried constantly. I was tired and my relationships with my family were strained. During this time I am ashamed to say that friends and family got pulled in to this terrible cycle too. I saw him begin to do what he was doing me, to them. I warned them. I pleaded with them. They were fragile like me and he took advantage. I can't say that they were able to keep him at bay as well as I did physically. I will never know.

The light at the end of the tunnel came when my now husband stepped into the picture. He treated me with respect. He never crossed boundaries and he started showing me what it was like to have the correct kind of attention from a man. I slowly and painfully pulled myself out of the relationship with that "man". It was an ugly event. As he lost control he began to get straight out mean. Finally admitting that he sought me out to take advantage of me. Although I did finally break free of the painful cycle, the damage had lasting effects.

Early in Andrew and I's relationship I struggled with physical touch. I would give mixed signals. At times I would shirk away from his embrace. For a long time it confused him. He didn't know my past and it was very difficult to tell him. Eventually I did tell him. I shared every painful detail. He understands me better now. It doesn't make the damage I have from it any easier for him to deal with. Even to this day I deal with emotions and struggles I shouldn't have. At times I find my emotions, and esteem greatly effected by things that shouldn't matter. There are I times where I required a lot of physical and emotional attention to feel worthy and loved. These times happen less now, but there was a time is was pretty constant.

It is a lie to say that life can go back to normal after abuse, rape, or trauma. It is never the same. However, I now see the strengths that have bloomed in me since. I am learning to find self worth outside of what others think. I have strong desire for my husband that is no longer held back by fear or past memories. I have even come to the point where I can forgive the man who created this past in me. There must be a lot of pain in his life/heart that created the monster he had become. I hope someday God finds him and he can find repentance and help dealing with the guilt he will surely have.

I'm by no means glad this happened to me. Still, its only a small sliver of the the life and testimony that creates the enigma that I am. God can use pain to create something beautiful and I know that is what he is trying to do with me.

Thursday, July 10, 2014

Heroes of the City Baby App

Once again I have been impressed by my friends over at Heroes of the City! Last time I posted about them I was sharing an app for ages 3 and up, this time we have one for babies and toddlers. My youngest is a year and a half and is really in love with this app! He has gotten to the point where he can find and access it all on his own. Even better, this app is FREE!

The app includes:

• 3 animated short movies (Language: English and Swedish )
• Music Panel with two different themes
• Color and shape game
• Magic coloring game
• Balloon Game

If you are interested in downloading this fun new app, you can find it for both itunes and Google Play. There really is no risk and its super cute!

Google Play: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.rutaett.HeroesBaby&hl=en
 While your at it, you can also check out some of the videos that are included in the app on You-tube!

Tuesday, July 8, 2014

A Sonic Screwdriver is not the only tool!

Let's be honest here, we would all love to have a single tool that opens anything, defends us, turn things off and on for us, and could be used as a GPS. This my friends is the brilliant type of tool the Doctor carries along with him. However the Sonic Screwdriver is no the only tool! Weapons and pens have also been seen to do the trick. [source] So, if you were a Time Lord what would you carry? How would you upgrade the little beauty for your purposes?

Let us go down this rabbit trail a while...

If Ms. Frizzle was indeed a Time Lord, her sonic tool may have been those gorgeous light up earrings of hers. Although something on the Magic School Bus may have also been sonic!

If Mary Poppins was a Time Lord her umbrella was surely the tool of choice!

The Doctor himself carried a cane at one time that he used as a sonic device!

I am not really sure yet what I might carry, but it would likely look like a cellphone or perhaps be attached to my necklace.

So, what about you?

For a little more enjoyment, check out this cool video of "If Doctor Who was an American show" Brilliant!

Saturday, July 5, 2014


Ok, let's stray from our Doctor Who for a moment to talk about what Ive been up to. I am sure that I have you wondering with my very creative post name. I enjoy reading and researching things I consider to be self improvement. I am also always on the prowl for a properly fitting bra. I don't believe I have ever truly worn one. That being said, I may have found the answer. I have been reading a lot about finding and understanding bra sizes. Over several sites and forums I have discovered a very interesting way to measure bra fitting. It seems practical and I am hopeful! However, I am a tad frightened. The sizing that was suggested is so drastically different from what I am already wearing! See for yourself:

Wearing 42G = New size 40M (us sizing)


If you haven't already guessed, that's HUGE. Im nervous and excited to see if this is actually what a proper bra would look like. If your curious why and how I got this size change, you can check out this cool link. It gives all the why and how. As you may have guessed, I doubt I can find this size ANYWHERE. So, I had to order it online. When it comes in a few days I'll fill you in. I'd say I'll share pictures, but I'm not sure I'm ready to be quite that open with the world yet. We'll see. If this does work though, I'll be sharing this news from every mountain top.

Tuesday, July 1, 2014

What does your TARDIS look like?

May I make a confession? It is a little embarrassing, and once it's out I can't ever take it back... Here it goes! I've been dreaming Doctor Who for days. There, I said it. That's right, every night I have entertained Doctors, played the roll of a companion, or stared as River Song. I am not necessarily proud of my new obsession, but it hasn't cost me any money, injures, or extra time. I guess you can say  its a pretty safe one.

That being said, I will continue on my little Whovian series I've started. Today's project is finding that TARDIS. I have a theory that some of my very favorite fictional characters are actually Time Lords. I'll show you what I mean:

 That is just a few!! Oh so many possibilities. Anyway, if you created your Time Lord name the other day, you will need some transportation! Here is what you need to consider! First, you are not restricted to things that are actually considered to be transportation. Take the Doctor, a police phone box. This is possible because basically all a TARDIS is, is a time machine is disguise!

Although you don't have to use transportation, you could very well choose to.Take Ms. Frizzle up there, how practical that she would have a bus for a TARDIS. Choosing a TARDIS is less about formula (like your name) and more about what speaks to you. My husband selected a very large, orient, grandfather clock for his. If you are as stumped by the idea as I am, here are a few good ideas:
  •  cars, trains, plane, buses
  • pieces of furniture with doors
  • large appliances
  • phone booths, photo booths
  • large boxes of all kinds
Still stumped? Consider this:
  • What is in your favorite room in the house?
  • What is your dream transportation?
  •  What was your Time Lord name? Pick something fitting.
  • Go against the flow, do something random. (I.E. Police Phone box!?)