WIW: Casual FFBO

Hi Fabbers,

I am so grateful for my FFBO's.  I had a few days of not feeling great last week and over the weekend, but I had an AGM to attend on Saturday morning for our local community radio station (I am a board member), so I had to get up AND get dressed :)

Our station is a Christian/Community station and we are regional.  It was established many years ago and over the past three years our new board has worked hard to make it much more contemporary and modern which does sometimes feel like a loosing battle :)  Our membership at this point are a predominately older and are a very conservative group of people, so even though I didn't give my outfit a huge amount of thought, I did purposely dress a little "not conservative" as I like to challenge (gently) stereotypes in this group - the point being that we can reach out to a broader listener base.

So I wore my older, more worn skinny black jeans, a slightly oversized black top, black booties and my cream and black skull scarf (thinking of Hil).

I know this is nothing special, but I loved this.  I wore it all day and felt great, despite not actually feeling great lol.

And I'm feeling good now :)  Seems I may have pulled or strained a muscle that then caused a great deal of pain in my chest/breast area.  Doc checked it out and things are almost back to normal.  I have however booked in for my very first mamogram/breast screen!!

Now I'm off to see if I can work out how to style one of my kimono jackets for the office:)

Your thoughts, suggestions etc always much appreciated and thanks for taking the time to look and read.

xxx Deborah

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  • Adelfa replied 7 years ago

    I love outfits like this! So comfy and appropriate. The scarf is the perfect touch of light near your face. I would love to have one like it. Hope you keep feeling better!

  • Hil replied 7 years ago

    Fab! And thanks for the skull scarf shout out! I love the idea of gently pushing boundaries!  So glad you are feeling better! xxx

  • Lyn D. replied 7 years ago

    Nice Deborah!
    Getting too warm for scarfs in the near future though- at last!

  • Lantana replied 7 years ago

    So very pretty Deborah.
    I think it's wonderful that you're volunteering, would that more of your generation would do the same.

  • pil replied 7 years ago

    Glad you're feeling better, you certainly look good! Nice subtle way to broaden your fellow boardmembers horizons ;)

  • replied 7 years ago

    Really nice look.

  • Karie replied 7 years ago

    Cream and black skull scarf? Where did you find such a treasure? You look fantastic, you boundary pusher you!

  • amiable replied 7 years ago

    I'm glad you're feeling better!  You FFBO looks wonderful - as always :)

  • shevia replied 7 years ago

    You look wonderful and I love the touch of subtle subversion!

  • Transcona Shannon replied 7 years ago

    This is a lovely outfit Deb and the scarf is beautiful with it. It's these occasions when we're busy but not feeling great that our FFBO really come in handy. Take care and feel better soon :)

  • Emily replied 7 years ago

    More love for the cream and black skull scarf.  Totally classy and punk rock.

  • Angie replied 7 years ago

    Great FFBO. Glad you're feeling better. xo

  • JG replied 7 years ago

    Being able to put together seemingly effortless outfits with different degrees of formality and for a range of audiences must be a hallmark of a successful wardrobe. I love seeing how your style adapts to weather changes, too, since I began reading the YLF forum during your winter.

  • replied 7 years ago

    Love the skull scarf. It adds a nice edge to your outfit. I sympathise with the chest breast pain. I damaged a muscle there myself a few weeks back; didn't know if it was a cracked rib, pleurisy or muscle tear, all good now though. Get better soon.

  • replied 7 years ago

    Oooo Debs, you bad girl! A pastor's wife in pants, and skinny black ones at that! I can't see the skulls on your scarf, but I love the way the pale colors bring light up to your face. Great FFBO and kudos for making people think. :D
    You look like you're still in winter, has your weather warmed up yet? 

  • catgirl replied 7 years ago

    Beautiful!  What Claire said. :)

  • E replied 7 years ago

    I'm glad you're feeling better.

    I'm so impressed with how you can adjust your outfits depending on your audience, and that you push boundaries when you don't have to! :)

  • Deborah replied 7 years ago

    Thanks ladies!

    Lantana, I agree with you. In my work life I have been working with volunteers for over 18 years and the percentage of younger vols is very small, and the way younger people want to volunteer is different too. I think volunteering and community work is in my DNA:). I love it!

    Claire I am a naughty Pastor's wife lol! I do like to gently push the boundaries in relation to this. I don't like stereotypes and I don't enjoy when people try to put me in the "pastors wife box". You should.meet my DH, he doesn't exactly fit the stereotype either ;)

    Diane, so glad you are ok now. It's one of the worst places to have pain. Apparently I need to stop moving furniture by myself;)

  • peacechick replied 7 years ago

    Deborah, you are the coolest pastor's wife I ever met! I don't know anything about your outreach efforts but do you work with the youth worship leaders? Feel like they have a lot of influence on the younger congregation's music tastes. I remember practically everyone at the superchurch I used to attend buying Hillsong albums because the worship band played the songs.

  • Marley replied 7 years ago

    I love the way you added the white watch and white (pearl?) earrings to brighten this up - as well as that fabulous skull scarf!  Whenever I wear skulls to church I always feel slightly rebellious - but you know what -  I bet most people don't even notice!
    Glad you're feeling better - and what's your weather doing these days?  This looks like a cold-weather outfit!

  • Caro in Oz replied 7 years ago

    YLF. Love the scarf, it looks wonderful wit your hair. Hope you are feeling better.

  • MuseumGal replied 7 years ago

    The outfit is lovely, and your bob is smashing.

  • Debra replied 7 years ago

    So glad to hear you are feeling better, you look lovely, great scarf :)

  • Deborah replied 7 years ago

    Peacechick, I am originally from a church in a similar vein to Hillsong.  But the church we are at now, while it is wonderful, is more conservative.  My husband is actually the Worship and Creative Ministries Pastor and his on going battle is bringing more contemporary music to the church.  We have some amazing and talented young people who form one of our worship bands and play on Sunday nights... this has been a big step for our church.   I am not gifted musically and my area of ministry is community outreach, developing programs (like community meals) that offer the opportunity for social inclusion.  Hillsong are still producing some awesome music.

    Marley our weather is insane.  Yesterday was very hot, today is 25 degrees.  So it is different from one day to the next.  We have however moved away from truly cold weather. 

    MuseumGal, thankyou.  My hair is about 2 weeks overdue for a cut and colour and it's not looking so good to me :)

  • karymk replied 7 years ago

    Deborah it must be hard in Australia being a Christian.  I don't know one Australian who is one.  Your ministry sounds fantastic to me. Keep it up.

    I love that you have the instinct to dress hip.  How will your message seem modern and relevant if YOU don't?  When I was doing wardrobing, I used to think about doing workshops for people in church leadership.  There were so many people who need a bit of help with their style. 

    Our male pastors dress really casual, but hip. Nothing fancy or attention getting. But that could mean jeans and a blazer and some loafers or cool sneakers.

    The women leaders at church love their sparkles and bows, bright colors galore.

  • Deborah replied 7 years ago

    Kary, one of my girlfriends travels to the US a lot for work (ministry based) and I used to help her assemble her travel wardrobe, and I was amazed at the difference between what she wore here for church related events and what she wore in the US.  Her US wardrobe was as you describe, much dressier and glitzy - she also felt there was a pressure to conform to this, whereas I think I would be tempted to just do my own thing:)    We do tend to be more casual here.

    I don't know what the stats are but in 2011 our census recorded that 61.1% of people considered themselves christians.  The Pentecostal movement is large and active and many young people are being attracted to church.  I don't think it's hard having a christian faith here.  This is one of the greatest places to love in terms of choice and freedom of faith and I have many friends and loved ones who share this part of my life :)

  • replied 7 years ago

    Deborah, I'd love to meet your DH and visit your church! Back when I was at the big (but not mega) church, we had the same situation with a very conservative older core, but lots of young families too. I enjoyed being on the worship team because I was in between age-wise, and I could see both sides. It was fun picking music that would appeal to both segments and challenging them both to stretch. I love how your style is sending an authentic message about who you are. There is no hypocrisy in the way you dress. :)

  • Deborah replied 7 years ago

    Thanks Claire.  I am sure we would have a place on our worship team for you if you decided to relocate ;)

  • Lisa replied 7 years ago

    This is a lovely FFBO, the scarf really brightens up your face. 

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