Month in Review: Best of April 2013

Monday, April 29, 2013

This is coming to you a day early, but I'll be posting at Flock Together tomorrow, so here is The Best of April for Never Fully Dressed (Without a Style). It has been a crazy month of ups and downs, but I love to look back on the things that made me smile or made me stronger.

Outfits That Made Me Smile


Plus: don't miss these fun remixes for cigarette legged pants and blue shorts!

Movies That Made Me Smile

There was a little something for everyone on NFD- when it comes to films at least! Get a dose of romance and comedy with How to Steal a Million, watch The Agony and Ecstasy if you love drama and art, but if you want the thrill of horror see the 1931 classic Frankenstein.

Hair That Made Me Smile

Plans that made me Stronger

It's been a busy month- work on the wedding is starting to ratchet up a level, and for education related work, job hunting season has begun. I also was diagnosed with Type 1 Diabetes, which naturally has (or will) prompted some rather large life changes. In trying to see the silver lining of all this, we talked about what it means to live a Deliberate Life. On the sunnier side, we also did a sister style shoot,  celebrated The Boy's Birthday, and my sister threw me a lovely Bridal Shower!  Plus, little Stella is now eight weeks old- big enough to leave Mama.


Finds that Made Me Smile (Or Made Me Stronger)

  • You all know how I love movies, so it was especially sad to hear that Roger Ebert,  the epic film critic, passed away. He was at times a hilarious writer and other times a very poignant one, but his instincts were almost always 100% correct.  Check here to see what his best written film reviews were.


  1. April has been quite a month for you. Wow.

    I also loved Katherine's post about not thrifting-- I'm glad you shared it! And we definitely had a moment of silence in my household for Roger Ebert. As a native Chicagoan and film buff, I grew up watching and reading reviews by him-- he was truly an icon.

    I'm really glad I came across you blog and I hope May brings you flowers!

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    1. Thank you Jamie!

      Also, what are some of your favorite movies?

    2. I'm afraid I'll run out of room answering that question here but.... I'll give you a selection.

      Classics: It Happened One Night, Arsenic and Old Lace, The Philadelphia Story, The Thin Man, Casablanca, Citizen Kane, Laura, Singin' in the Rain, 10, Guys and Dolls, Kiss Me Kate, Harold and Maude, High Society, White Christmas, Holiday Inn

      Foreign: Amelie, Paris Je Taime, Brotherhood of the Wolf (as you can see I gravitate toward French cinema), Howl's Moving Castle, Spirited Away, and anything from the British Isles

      Most Disney animated features and Pixar films

      Movies I've seen a million times: Clue, Noises Off, LOTR, Pride and Prejudice (2005), Persuasion, Kill Bill 1 & 2, Lethal Weapon trilogy, HP & the Prisoner of Azkaban, Chitty Chitty Bang Bang, Bedknobs and Broomsticks, You've Got Mail, Something's Gotta Give, Chocolat, Saving Grace

  2. Thank you so much for linking to my blog!

    This certainly has been a big month for you. I was really sorry to hear about your diagnosis. I wish you all the best with that.

    We talk movies all the time in our house. We analyze them all - the good ones and bad. We were big fans of Rodger Ebert, so we were especially sad when he passed.

    I have to say I don't agree with Katherine on thrifting. I thought it was an interesting perspective on supporting jobs. But charity shops like Goodwill also create jobs - especially for people who would have trouble getting hired elsewhere. I also take issue with the use of sweatshops and child labor in making a lot of the products in retail stores like Target. I think it's great to support independent boutiques and even large retail establishments, (I love doing that) but only when *everyone* in the production line is treated ethically - not just the Americans who work at Target. Everyone deserves to be treated fairly. Thanks for sharing this link on another perspective - it's always healthy to hear a differing opinions.

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    1. You're welcome; it was a very interesting post!

      Also, thank you for your well-wishes.

      Katherine's post had a perspective that I'd not seen before on the issue of thrifting. I'd heard people discuss environmental impacts and thrifting as well as savings, but the job angle was interesting, and I also thought it interesting that the point was not No Thrifting, but "do I, me personally, need to thrift or can I afford this same thing at full price?" which some people might need to, while others not so much. Your point too of ethical clothing is not something I hear discussed as much (but would like to learn more and see more about it). And and equally interesting point about the jobs created by such places as Goodwill.

      Where I live is so far from most shopping of any sort, I never thrifted much (or normally clothes shopped more than two or so times a year!). Suddenly thrift stores are appearing in our downtown and now it becomes more relevant to consider all of these things, so thank you for sharing your thoughts on the subject.

    2. PS Katherine recently did a post talking about ethical shopping and I thought of this conversation. :)

  3. OH dang! I missed the beehive tutorial. I'm all over it!

    Wanna follow each other?
    The Nautical Owl

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    1. Oh, if you do a beehive, I'd love to see a photo. Send it my way with Twitter, maybe?

      P.S.In regards to your "Want to follow each other question," I do already follow you via twitter, and am reading if not always commenting, but you needn't feel obligated to follow me back if you do not want to. It would make me uncomfortable to think someone was reading along out of obligation rather than for enjoyment. After all, I just like to follow people whose blogs I like, rather than feel the pressure to reciprocate following etc. Have a good day!

  4. I love that you do this little recap for the month. That's such a fun idea! :)
    You've had quite the month, my dear! But, I'm glad there was good with the bad, and you're thinking positively about all of it! I, too, had a bridal shower this month. It was so much fun, but I'm just ready (whew, I have emotions about that one, haha).

    Love your blog, Kristian (and your name, because it's almost the same as mine, tehe). Makes me want to go to Wyoming badly!

    kristina in retroworter

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    1. How fun that you had a Bridal Shower too! When is your wedding date? Tell me about the wedding and plans? YAY!

      I'm ready to get married but not impatient for it; our engagement will be less than six months all together (I was way more impatient for him to ask me!) , and there's a lot to do....sigh...

      I love that our names are similar too. Makes me smile.

  5. I know I've been reading every post on Never Fully Dressed but boy, it sure sounds like you had quite the month! Its good to read that there were amazing events that made you happy and that could lift you up after the diagnosis. I hope you are doing well and may May bring you lots and lots of fun wedding - and other things! x

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  6. Lots of big stuff in April - when you list it all it's pretty crazy. The sister style shoot is so cute - how did I miss that? I love that idea! Wish I had a close sister to do that kind of thing with.

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    1. I'm pretty lucky to able to visit Danyon and then talk her into this :)

      It seems hard on people to have family so far away, though then people can make families-of-choice too.

  7. Yay, I love your monthly roundup posts! I think this month was pretty crazy, and the upcoming months are going to be so memorable for you :). My favorite post of yours this month was your sister style post. You two are the cutest!



    Southern (California) Belle

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    1. I think my sister one is a favorite post too. I love that girl!


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