September Vogue

Hope y'all are well.

The September issue of Vogue is now on shelves. I'm always excited to see the phone book and it made for nice commute reading. I have to say, though, there is not much I want to purchase.

I love these Ralph Lauren boots, but I own basically the same chunky heel, knee boots from Stuart Weitzman.

Supermodels in denim? Well, I guess I can do that (except the supermodel part.)

I own most of this already.

I adore this bag by Fontana Milano 1915. But it's US$5K. And honesty? The model does not look super happy to be carrying it. 

Love these Roger Viviers but $2,400 is de trop for feather slippers. 

I'll always be a fan of Betty Draper chic. Suburban ennui is the look I do best. But I can wear an old mink I got from a flea market when I want to blow bubbles with the kids. 

Love this Gucci cow but he's not for sale. Also, he's in danger of alien abduction and I have enough going on right now without that. 

Have you been inspired by the fall offerings?

If greeting cards and gifts are more your thing (how's that for a segue?), Dayspring is having their end of summer sale. I've just become an affiliate since I really like their journalling products. Sadly, they don't sell Fontana Milano handbags at deep discount...

I'm also loving Lysa TerKeurst's Uninvited Bible study on rejection. Her book was groundbreaking for me. It's totally free and she's an amazing teacher.


Taping, Churchill, and What to Wear this Fall.

Hello lovelies! Hope you are well. Hope you had a good weekend.

I taped a couple of shows for See Hear Love and Faith Strong Today last week.

I had my makeup done for Friday's shows. So I had cheekbones. And eyelashes! It was all very exciting. I'll post the links when they are up.

Saw Churchill on the weekend. The pacing is slow. But I loved Miranda Richardson as Clementine. It made me want to wear pearls every day.


I tuned into an interview of Kathleen Tucci by Focus on the Family. She is the wife of a widower and was talking about how things were in the early days. Some people discover my blog while looking for information on Wives and Girlfriends of Widowers and if you are one of them, you'll really enjoy the link.

I'm getting very excited for fall. I'm looking forward to getting into some work projects and wearing some fall fashions. Nothing has changed too much from last year fashion-wise, so I'll mainly be shopping in my closet, with the exception of a bell sleeved blazer from Zara that is cheap and cheerful. Generally, I'm not in favour of disposable fashion but I find a piece or two modernizes a more permanent wardrobe.

I hope you have a wonderful week. If you are in full eclipse-viewing territory, enjoy! It's meant to be spectacular.




I saw the movie Jackie on Netflix last night. I've been wanting to see it since it was in the theatres, but the timing never worked out.

The film focuses on Jacqueline Kennedy in the days following the President's assassination. Mainly, I wanted to see it for the fashion. And because the Kennedy family is an endless source of fascination. I had no idea the film was also about faith.

At many points in the film, Jackie feels despondent: her strong Catholic faith challenged by the deaths of two children in infancy and her husband. At several points in the film, she meets with her priest who continually provides her with wise council.

She is forced to wrestle with the question so many of us ask at some point: why does God allow suffering? If He loves us and is all-powerful and all knowing, how do we explain our pain?

The priest offers her a parable, taken from John 9:
Jesus once passed a blind beggar on the road, and his disciples asked, Who sinned, this man or his parents, that he should be born blind? And Jesus said, Neither this man nor his parents sinned. He was made blind so that the works of God could be revealed in him. And with that, he placed mud on his eyes and told him to wash in the Pool of Siloam. And the man did, and he came back seeing. 
Right now you are blind. Not because you've sinned, but because you've been chosen. So that the works of God can be revealed in you.

Isn't that a sound way of viewing things? Certainly, I'd like it to be true. If suffering can be viewed as a vessel for revealing God's love to others, then perhaps it's not so grim.

The movie is excellent and Natalie Portman is terrific as Jackie. It has a few brief scenes of violence that are quite disturbing, but if you are looking for a great rainy day film about an extraordinary woman, it's a must-see.

So Close to Amazing: Book Review

KariAnne Wood is a DIY blogger at her popular blog, Thistlewood Farm, where she writes about renovating her picturesque farmhouse. People like her leave me in awe, as I try to go through life DIYing as little as possible. I'd outsource breathing if I could get away with it! So when Tyndale House Publishers provided me with a complimentary advanced copy of her book, So Close to Amazing: Stories of a DIY Life Gone Wrong . . . and Learning to Find the Beauty in Every Imperfection, I thought that I might not like it. I was sure it would be a neatly spun story of how she renovated her vintage home in the country while homeschooling her perfect children, making her own jam, and modelling swimwear for extra cash. Books like that simply make me feel miserable.

But KariAnne is relatable and real. She's quick to point out her imperfections, including her struggle with her weight, messy minivan, and her feeling that she never quite gets things right: hence the book's title. She tells how her DIY projects were born of necessity (she spent the furniture budget on renovation cost overruns) and not always well received.

The story of her faith walk is a good one for - like many of us - she feels resistance when God puts a call on her life. She writes about the day she felt God wanted her to "just jump" and move her family out to the country:
I can't jump, I said silently. I have a husband and a family and friends and responsibilities and a house with a big mortgage, and I'm going to give a speech at the end-of-the-year program at school. And I finally found the perfect person to highlight my hair. 
She gets the highlights thing: I told you she was relatable.

She is self-aware, realizing she fell into the trap of being a classic big city type, who thinks she can teach the people of her new small town a thing or two:
I had been thinking an almighty God had called us to this place and this town at this time in our lives for the lessons we were going to teach.  
In reality, we were here for the lessons we were going to learn. 
This book is relatively light in tone. She alludes to darker days, such as when her twins were born and faced a number of medical issues. She alludes to feelings of loneliness when she moved so far from home and when her military husband was sent to war when they were first married. But she does not get into the details. I would love to hear how she maintained her faith during those times but this is not that kind of book. It remained light and funny and is not unlike the Hallmark movies she seems to love so much. For the record, this is not a bad thing.

Each chapter includes details for completing cute DIY projects like a Just Jump sign and a Flip the Script Centerpiece. As a non-DIYer, I did not pay much attention to these as I have no intention of attempting them. But I'm sure they are quite good since she's known for her excellent DIY advice.

If you've ever wanted to see the blooper reel behind your favourite DIY blog, you will love this book. KariAnne Wood is funny, charming, and relatable and reading this book is like having a coffee morning with a new, fun friend.

Return of the Lady

The fall magazines are starting to hit the shelves.

I'm longing for a return to lady-like dressing. Perhaps it's because the world seems particularly uncivilized right now and my flight to safety lies in the classics.

The only pieces that appeal so far are in the pre-fall offering from J. Crew. I love this Jackie cardigan with embroidered pheasants, lady jacket with fringe hem, and signet flap bag.

I'm starting to want to dress like my Aunt Esther. Perhaps that's the evolution of things as I age. My aunt used to babysit me on occasion and she'd take me to lunch with her friends at Woodward's (any Western Canadians out there remember $1.49 day?) I still miss the smell of White Shoulders and faint cigarette smoke. I'm longing for her brand of lady-like toughness. She never did suffer fools gladly. 

If you crave a return to adult dressing, you might enjoy this article at Racked. (Warning: The language is salty.) 

Do you have any style goals this fall or does the news have you craving nothing but pyjamas? 



I've given my blog a little refresh. I love the whole idea of a makeover. For people, houses, and blogs. Every once in a while, I think it's good to check in and ask, Is this working for me? 

I named the blog Saved by Salt Water at a time when I was living for my month by the sea. Now that I'm back home for a bit, I wanted something else. Given that I'm doing more faith blogging now, a return to Dwell on These Things made sense. Plus, Dwell on These Things works with the fact that I also write about design and style. It's a return to my roots which - not coincidentally - is what I'm doing with my hair, sporting a shorter and slightly darker style.

We are having a deliciously unstructured week. I always think that one of the signs that your life is where it should be, is you are happy to simply be. I used to spend lots of time dashing here, there, and everywhere to distract myself from my life. It's nice to be able to sit and enjoy the downtime without angst.

I've been able to stop and smell the roses a bit - or at least photograph some really pretty things.

I hope you are able to find some peaceful time this summer too.

In the red

Whenever fall is approaching, I'm always drawn to the colour red.

I love a red door.

Benjamin Moore Aura Grand Entrance Dutch Tulip

And a red dress.

And a red lip. 

Face Stockholm Cranberry Veil

Are you into any particular look right now as you start to plan for fall?

September Vogue

Hope y'all are well. The September issue of Vogue is now on shelves. I'm always excited to see the phone book and it made for nice...