On the religion beat [Buy]5/13/2013 2:22:34 PM
On the religion beat Forget white collars, the black and gray sweaters, pants and blazers. The Rev. "For some people, that's their creative moment for the day." Since starting her blog in 2008, Carson says she's discovered the topic of fashion can be a way to connect with her flock. "Sometimes on Sunday mornings, the elderly ladies as they're coming through the line at the end of the service, they'll say, 'Hey, look at my shoes today,'" Carson said. "Sometimes that's the entry point into a much deeper level of conversation. Sometimes you need something a little more surface level to get people's guard down." In recent weeks, Carson says she's revised the blog, where she also reflects on music, food and some of her other interests. She also links to the weekly "Lady Pastor" column she writes in Rochester's Post-Bulletin. Carson said she got the idea to blog more about fashion after a friend encouraged her to be more "authentic." "When I first got into ministry, I think I felt a pressure to be a certain kind of pastor, and I thought my personal hobbies and interests need to be separate from my pastoral life. And then I had a great friend just talk to me about being authentic, and I realized it's OK to like fashion. That's one part of who I am. I just love fashion, and I love fashion blogs so I thought, 'Why not experiment?' I think that self-expression is .
How to Dress in Simple Alternative Fashion [Shop]5/13/2013 1:46:34 PM
How to Dress in Simple Alternative Fashion Go through your closet. A lot of times you can still use a lot of your current clothes in your new wardrobe. Get rid of anything that is too small or too large, that you dislike, or that you find uncomfortable or unflattering. Check basic stores such as Kohl's, JC Penny, and even Macy's to see if you can find anything that catches your eye. Make sure to always get the basics, and buy them good-quality so you don't have to keep buying them again. Even if they don't seem like they will help you in your new fashion, they definitely will. Next, try some stores that are more in your range of fashion. Hot Topic has some good band tees and accessories, but be warned; many alternative people shop there, so you most likely won't be "one-of-a-kind" unless it is very unpopular in your area. Zumiez, Journey's, and even Claire's all are good places to shop. Don't be afraid to shop in unusual places or places that don't look like they'd have any potential; it's easy to miss a needle in a haystack. Thrift stores can have some of the best pieces! Basics for most alternative fashions include black jeans, band tees, sneakers or boots, different types of jewelry, tights or leggings, dark skirts or shorts, and a few dressy outfits. Remember those clothes that could be altered? Try changing them around if you want to. Cut up your tees, rip up your jeans, and add embellishments. If you can sew, try attaching buttons and different fabrics to really customize your old clothes and make them look brand new!Once you have everything you need, from basics to special things, begin finding different ways to style your hair. You can have short and punkish hair, long and flowing hair, cute and wavy hair; whatever you want. Learn how to dye your hair, or go to a friend or hairdresser, and maybe dye your hair different colors. You can make it all black, two-toned, rainbow; whatever floats your boat. Don't be afraid to wear something you would think would never match; it may look really good. Have a friend who wears similar styles help you decide whether they look good or not. Some good examples would include: