Sunday, September 14, 2014

The Compliment Challenge

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I have been thinking about this blog post for a couple of weeks. It actually came to mind when I was at church a couple of Sundays ago. I always try to compliment every person I come in to contact with. I noticed the people always smile when I compliment them! As Christian ladies we ought to try to make everyone that we come in contact feel better about themselves! Find something nice to say! It's not that hard!!! Tell someone you like their dress, their shoes, that their hair looks good, that they look like they've lost weight, or that their special in church was great. The Bible says, "Let no corrupt communication proceed out of your mouth, but that which is good to the use of edifying, that it may minister grace unto the hearers." Ephesians 4:29

Seriously, how great does it feel when someone notices your outfit you spent hours picking out?! If you see something nice, say something nice!

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The reason most ladies don't compliment other ladies is because they are secretly jealous or insecure. I promise you, you will feel better about yourself if you try to make others feel good about themselves. Yes, it takes a little humility. Especially, when it's a beautiful skinny, tall, lady that ALWAYS dresses nice. You think to yourself, "She doesn't need compliments, look at her, she knows she's pretty." FALSE. Every lady needs to hear they look nice, and you never know if someone is having a bad day, so try to make each and every person you come in contact with, smile!

I want to challenge every lady that reads this post to try to compliment each and every person that passes your way. Even strangers! You never know, you might be able to win them to the Lord or invite them to church, since you started your conversation out with a compliment. Now don't say the same thing to everyone to the extent people think you're being fake. Sincerely try to find something kind to say to every one individually. Let's go make someone's day by telling them how beautiful they look! :)

She openeth her mouth with wisdom; and in her tongue is the law of kindness.
Proverbs 31:16

This Sunday was a "AHHHH I have nothing to wear Sunday..." So I played it safe with a classic black and white dress!

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Dress: Maurices
Wedges: Bealls
Cardigan: Nordstrom Rack

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And of course a good-bye picture of me and my little guy! Don't forget to stop by Wednesday for the Fall Color Combo Series Week 2!


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Wednesday, September 10, 2014

Fall Color Combo Series: Navy & Mustard

Ok, so I asked my friends and fellow Modern Modesty admins (from my Facebook group) to do another 6 week color combo series with me, but this time for fall! I know a lot of you enjoyed the Spring color series, and asked if we would do a fall one, so here it is! I'm kicking off the series with my favorite fall color, mustard! My favorite color to pair with mustard is navy! I know I may be the only person that loves navy this much...but it is seriously my favorite color in my wardrobe! I have TONS of navy and it's so easy to remix with other colors!

I took all of these pictures at the same time...let me just say my husband can handle one or two pictures, but with 3 outfit changes, he wasn't very happy...haha

So for all my outfits I used my new navy skirt I bought from JCPenney last weekend. I am SO happy to have a new navy skirt, I can wear SO many more outfits now that I have one again!

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This was a pretty simple, classic outfit. I try to stay pretty classic at school during the week.

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Shirt: JCPenney
Skirt: JCPenney
Cardigan: TJMaxx
Flats: Payless
Necklace: Forever 21

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Today's challenge from Melissa's #stellarsemptemberstyle was to mix mustard & mint. This was a first for me! I played it safe and just paired my navy & mustard with a mint necklace.

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Skirt: JCPenney
Shirt: TJMaxx
Cardigan: Thrifted
Necklace: Gifted
Flats: Payless

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It's definitely still 90 degrees here in Florida, but just giving some inspiration for my ladies in the North that can start wearing scarves in the summer!

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Stay tuned for next week's post for the second week of the fall color combo series!

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Sunday, September 7, 2014

Mint Galore

I had such a great week! So, of course that called for a shopping trip to celebrate! I FINALLY found a new navy skirt! My whole wardrobe literally revolved around my navy skirt, and it doesn't fit yet, so I felt so limited in what I could wear..but now that I have a navy skirt again, look out for some new combos! :) I will be doing a post later this week on all my new creations with my navy skirt, so stay tuned! Anyways, I wanted to share an e-mail I got last night thanking me for my blog. I was so touched and wanted to share with you why I love blogging!

Dear Lauren,
First off I want to thank you personally for your blog. You truly are an inspiration. I too am a Pastor's wife and I am still in my twenties with a one year old boy. This summer while taking our youth group to camp in Georgia, one of the Pastor's wives did a devotional on dress. I have always wore skirts to church and occasional to work. I am a first grade teacher in a public school system, so skirts are not something you see everyday. However while at camp God started to convict my heart about being an example for him. I work with a girl who doesn't believe in God. You cannot to talk to her about it because she gets very defensive. He spoke to me about being a witness to her through my dress and being different from the world. Not only to be an example to her but also to my youth girls. Which when my husband took the youth pastors position at our new church in December the girls were not wearing skirts to youth but now just by being that example they are. To make a long story short, when I got home from camp I stated searching on Pinterest modern modest clothing. I got really upset when finding clothes for camp, that I had to buy them at a store that my grandmother shopped at. I thought to myself I can look pretty and still be modest. By searching I came across your blog. You have inspired me to dress more modern but still modest. You have given me ideas that I can use in my own wardrobe. I don't consider myself to be a style guru but at the same time I don't won't to dress like my grand mother. I like to dress up and feel pretty. Thank you for listening to God and doing your blog. This truly is your mission field, and I appreciate you. Thank you for inspiring me to dress more modest and to be an example. That truly is my desire, to be a witness and example to others. My life verse is "And of some have compassion, making a difference:" ‭Jude‬ ‭1‬:‭22‬ KJV) that is my desire to live my life for The Lord and make a difference.

God bless,
Christie


Wasn't that an awesome testimony and super encouraging!?! Love it!

Now onto my outfits...I found this adorable Chevron dress, that is the perfect length at Ross yesterday for only $14.99! I was super excited! :) Here is how I styled it:

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Dress: Ross
Necklace: Forever 21
Heels: Marshalls

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I have never put purple & mint together, but on Saturday when I was getting ready, this outfit kind of just happened, and I loved it! :) My darling child broke this necklace I was wearing...I never even got to wear it out of my house. Guess that's what happens when you buy Wal-Mart statement necklaces! ;) I'm going to try to hot glue it back on though!

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Top: TJMaxx
Cami: Forever 21
Skirt: Thrifted
Flats: Ann Taylor
Necklace: Wal-Mart

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Annnnnnd last but not least, my little ham :) Have a great week!

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Sunday, August 31, 2014

Stripes & The Lily Stitch Review

Anyone that knows me, knows I love stripes! It's my favorite pattern of all time. Polka dots are up there for a close second. I just think stripes are so classy. I hate spending money on clothes that are trendy and will be out of style within a few months. But, stripes never go out of style. Thank God, because I think half of my wardrobe is striped! :)

This is my all-time favorite dress I bought from the Ann Taylor outlet a few years back. It is so versatile and I can mix and match a million different colors with it! Today, I was feeling bright and sunny, so I paired it with yellow. :)

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Dress: Ann Taylor Outlet
Heels: Marshalls
Cardigan: Nordstrom Rack
Necklace: Rue 21

I had to get one with my little man since he matched me!

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God blessed me with two handsome boys!

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I also wore stripes this past week to school. I told you I have lots of striped items! :)

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Maxi: JCPenney
Shirt: TJMaxx
Cardigan: Nordstrom Rack
Shoes: Bealls
Necklace: Fred Meyer

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I was asked to review some baby items by a sweet lady named Gail, who is opening up a new Etsy shop The Lily Stitch that sells custom burp cloths, bibs, and blankets. She made my little guy a cute and very soft matching bib and burp cloth set! I loved the material and how big they were. Luke can be quite the spitter-upper so burp cloths are a MUST! I definitely recommend her products! :)

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And one more Lukeygram to say good bye and thank you for reading! :) Can you believe how big this munchkin is getting!?? 10 weeks already!!! (And yes, I'm brainwashing my child to know that I'm the best! ;)

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Thursday, August 28, 2014

The Modern Man

If you've been following my blog for a while now, you would know my purpose is to help ladies not get stuck in the jean skirt, t-shirt, pony-tail, & tennis shoes rut...Well, I also hope by helping ladies become more modern, that their husbands feel the need to "modernize" their wardrobe as well.

I am blessed with a husband who doesn't need me to help him get dressed, actually he usually helps me get dressed! My husband was a missionary's kid to Mexico his whole life, so he didn't have nice fashionable clothes growing up. He had second-hand, Wal-Mart clothes that people gave them. When my husband moved to America to go to college, he started buying his own clothes. He starting studying GQ and advertisements to see what was in style for men. When we were in college, guys would always tell me I was dating the best-dressed man in college. I agree. He is seriously the best dressed man I have ever seen. :)

So many pastors, missionaries, and laymen are still wearing their shirts and ties from the 90s! It's not only feminine to dress nice. Men need to know how to wear a suit and pair ties with shirts. So, since I have my very own GQ model living with me, I asked him to give men some pointers on how to be modern and look sharp.

Suits

First, make sure your suit is the right size. Any major department store can measure you and fit you for the correct size suit. Your suit shouldn't overlap in the front, but it should be able to be buttoned comfortably. Your jacket should not be pulling in the back or across the front. Your pants should not be bunched up at the end, but should rest comfortably at the top of your shoe and fall to the bottom of your heel. Every man that wears suits regularly should have a gray, navy, and tan suit. Keep it simple and classic with suits!

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Dress Shirts

Stay away from bright solid-colored shirts. (Especially ones with matching ties in boxes, actually stay away from ALL boxed shirts/ties!) You should have shirts that match all your suits and that are remixable with many different ties. Try to keep it to classic colors, white, blue, and light colored patterned shirts. Never dry your dress shirts. That makes the collars deformed and the color fade. Hang up and iron your shirts. Nothing worse than seeing a man in a wrinkled dress shirt.

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Ties

Graphics, words, cartoons, etc... are a NO-NO! Keep it classic, with stripes, polka dots, or solids.

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Dress Shoes

Square toed dress shoes are not "in" right now. Instead, look for round toed brown dress shoes. Cole Haan are the most comfortable and nicest leather. Here's an example of nice dress shoes.

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Jeans/Casual Wear

Look for darker wash jeans. Make sure your jeans fit correctly. Not super relaxed, but not skinny jeans either. Find the perfect happy-medium. Currently, my favorite jeans are Buffalo Jeans. Don't forget you can always ask your wife for her opinion.

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Causal Shoes

No tennis shoes with jeans! There is a difference between casual wear and active wear. Tennis shoes are meant for sports/working out. Find some nice casual brown shoes. Sperry's or Toms are a great casual shoe.


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Sunday, August 24, 2014

Lime & Coral

It is still SO hot here in sunny Florida, so I'm still wearing sundresses and sandals, while every one else is already busting out their boots and sweaters. I actually can't wait until our fall kicks in, so I can wear all my warm, autumn colors! But, for now I'm still bright and summery! Today for church I wore my new dress from Maurice's. I think I only paid $6.00 for it! (I found it on the 75% clearance rack.)

I am starting an 8-week FIT challenge starting tomorrow to try to shed these last 20 lbs. that need to go! My goal isn't really the weight as much as it is to fit back into all my skirts! My wardrobe is VERY limited right now, as I can only fit into 4 or 5 of my skirts. So I'm wearing a lot of dresses and buying a few more "bigger" pieces here and there. I just really don't want to spend a lot of money on bigger sizes, because I KNOW I will not stay this size. I am determined to get back into my old clothes! :) So, pray for me as I start my new HEALTHY lifestyle change tomorrow! And, hopefully you will get to see my pre-pregnancy pieces start coming back into my posts! :)

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Dress: Maurice's
Cardigan: Ann Taylor
Necklace: Forever 21
Sandals: Fred Meyer

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Also, here's my church outfit from Wednesday! I LOVE this new skirt I bought at Old Navy! It's so comfy, go get one!

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Happy 2 month birthday to my little man! I can't believe how big he's getting!

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Sunday, August 17, 2014

Raezy's Peplum LBD

I was contacted by Raezy to review one of her modest dresses, so I looked over her website and picked out the peplum dress. I had been looking for a nice peplum piece, since they are super flattering for postpartum mommas. One thing that is hard about finding cute dresses in "normal" stores is that they are always too short on me! So, when I received this Peplum LBD from Raezy, I tried it on right away, and it was the PERFECT length! I was so happy! It also is SUPER comfortable. It's made from a very soft jersey-knit like cotton. So, if you've been looking for a nice, modest dress, Raezy's is the place to look! One thing that I LOVE about this shop, is that everything is hand-made and she even can do custom dresses! So, when I can't find something I'm looking for again, I'm just going to show her what I want, and ask her to make it the same, but longer!

Here's how I styled the Peplum LBD

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Dress: Peplum LBD
Necklace: Rue 21
Shoes: Marshalls
Belt: Ann Taylor

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And here's one of my cute little man! He's growing so fast! Already 8 weeks old!

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