Wednesday, November 19, 2014

How to Wear a Blanket Scarf

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So, my Zara inspired blanket scarf finally got here yesterday and I've been playing with it ever since! :) I was a tad shocked on how HUGE it really is! I figured I would do a post showing you how to fold it and wear it! Hope you enjoy! ♥

So when I said it was huge, I wasn't lying! It is a LITERAL blanket!

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The first step is to fold your scarf into a big triangle like so (it was super windy, sorry for the weirdness!)

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Second, you wrap the two ends around your neck and then you're going to tie them one time.

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Third, after you tie the ends, you bring them around the front.

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Ta-da! This is one way you can wear it! :)

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Or, you can do an extra step and tie the ends together and tuck them under the "triangle" and wear it like this:

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These are my favorite ways to wear the oh-so famous blanket scarf! (so far) By the way, if you live in a cold state, these are SUPER warm!! :) I will definitely be wearing mine in Chicago next week!

I made a collage of all the steps. Feel free to pin these steps on Pinterest for easy access for later by hovering over the picture and pinning it. :)

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Sunday, November 16, 2014

You Are A Lady, Embrace It!

As a 25 year-old, I was brought up in a "world" where femininity was not very prevalent. I was taught if I didn't have a career making tons of money, I was a not a successful person. I was taught that I can do anything a man can do, and maybe even better. I was taught that it is not a "job" to stay at home and raise your children. The bad thing about our generation is that these "teachings" are being told to all girls, Christian or not.

I read this in an article, and loved it...

Femininity can be cultivated to reflect your values and priorities. It can communicate enormous self-confidence as well, as you embrace being feminine, and refuse to be ashamed of “acting like a girl.”

Today women aren’t just complementary to men – we’re also frequently in direct competition. However, being feminine doesn’t mean being weak and dependent. It means embracing your identity as a woman. I believe that smart, strong women can be very feminine.


Here's some things I love about being a lady...

1. I love getting to be a help-meet to my husband.

2. I love being able to bring another human life into the world.

3. I love getting to dress up, do my make-up, and my hair. (Poor men will never get that blessing ;) )

4. I love being hospitable and cooking for guests.

5. I love being able to teach younger girls to follow Christ.

I am really burdened to get this feminist mind-set out of the minds of high school girls I teach. I try my best to show them that being a lady is a wonderful thing!

Here is my outfit from today! I got my hair done yesterday. I love the dark auburn!

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Here's my outfits from the last week!

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One thing that makes my week so much better, is to plan out my outfits for the week in advance. I am ready for the week! See you next week! God Bless ♥
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Sunday, November 9, 2014

Freedom & Fashion

With Veteran's Day coming up on Tuesday, we had a special service in church today. My husband and I sang, "God Bless the USA" to honor the Veterans in our church. I love to give thanks to the men who made our country great. They gave so much, some even gave their lives, so that we can live in a free country today. I'm thankful that I can carry my Bible, share my faith, and go to church without getting persecuated like they do in other countries. Be thankful today to live in America, and don't take our freedoms for granted! Talk about Jesus to the people you come in contact with when you're in the checkout line in the store. Pray before you eat at a restaurant. Leave a tract for your waitress. Go soul-winning. Be glad you're free! ♥

Now for the "fashion" part of the post! I love following style challenges on instagram, I get so many more outfits out of my closet!

Today's outfit was patriotic! I always have fun finding new ways to wear red, white, and blue!

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I just got this red pencil skirt from JCPenney with a $10 off coupon, so I only paid $15 for it! I was super excited, because I've been looking for a red pencil for a couple of years!

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Cardigan: TJMaxx
Skirt: JCPenney (link above)
Flats: Payless
Necklace: Rue21

Here's my outfits from last week!

This is a super comfy dress I found at Goodwill a couple years ago for $3! Such a great basic to style!

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Dress: Goodwill
Scarf: Charlotte Russe
Cardigan: Nordstrom Rack
Belt: Wet Seal
Shoes: Payless

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Shirt: G&H Bass Co.
Cardigan: JCPenney
Skirt: Ann Taylor (thrifted)
Belt: Wet Seal
Shoes: Payless

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Shirt: TJMaxx
Skirt: JCPenney (thrifted)
Necklace: Charlotte Russe
Shoes: Payless

I wore this dress on a date last night with my husband! It's his birthday today! ((Happy Birthday, Babe!))

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Dress: Romy
Jean Jacket: Old Navy
Shoes: Belk

Here's a picture from our date! It was so nice to eat alone, without our baby demanding for our attention! Thank God for grandmas!

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And last but not least, here's a picture of my favorite baby! :) Have a great week!

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Monday, November 3, 2014

Fall in Love with Fall Loop Giveaway

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Today is your Lucky day! I have teamed up with 29 other amazing bloggers and shops on Instagram to bring you a fabulous Fall in Love with Fall Loop Giveaway. We will each be giving away our own prize, so you have 29 different chances to win!!

I am giving away this warm, plaid scarf!

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To Enter:

((You must do all these steps on instagram!))

1. Follow @lauren_modernmodesty on instagram

2. Like the post with the giveaway graphic and rules.

3. Answer the question in the comments. (What is your favorite Starbucks drink?)

4. Tap the photo once to see where to go next and enter all the other giveaways! You have finished the loop when you return where you started! Pretty easy right?

Loop will run from Sunday 11/2 - Monday 11/3 at Midnight EST. Winners will be chosen randomly sometime on Tuesday 11/4! Good luck!! ❤

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Sunday, November 2, 2014

Fall is Finally Here!

Oh my word, a cold front came in and it is SOOOO cold here! (Yes, 50s is freezing to us Floridians!) So I actually got to bust out my scarves, tights and sweaters! :) I have tons of winter clothes thanks to my many years in Chicago and Oregon, but haven't really gotten to wear them very much in the past 2 years being in the South. So, I get a tad excited when it gets cold, because that means I get to pull out more clothes to wear!

This dress is actually a short sleeve dress, but for some reason I think it looks wintery, so I always bring it out on cold days with some tights and a sweater. Another trick to stretch your wardrobe is to wear your neutral dresses year round, and when it gets cold add a sweater/jacket, tights, and boots! :)

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Dress: TJMaxx
Tights: Goodwill
Shoes: Sears
Sweater: H&M

I love patterned tights! They are so much fun!

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Luke had such a fun time trick or treating for the first time! He was batman, but it was too cold for that costume, so he changed into Tigger :)

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Hope you had a wonderful weekend! God Bless ♥

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Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Tips for Stay at Home Moms

I am so excited to share this post with you! Jordin is a stay at home Mommy who is very wise in the area of looking cute but being very stay at home friendly! I hope you enjoy this post and use some of her tips!!


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Hello ladies! First of all, I would like to thank Lauren for giving me the opportunity to post on her blog! Lauren has been an inspiration to many of us, including myself and I appreciate her endeavor in this ministry. As Christian ladies we should aspire to build each other up, and Lauren does a good job of encouraging us all to look our best! Second of all, I want to say that while these tips can be helpful to many ladies, I want to mainly direct this post to Stay At Home Mommies (SAHM)! It can get discouraging sometimes when you don’t have the time or energy or confidence to put into fashion, so I wanted to share what I’ve learned along the way and what the Lord has taught me. I will try to keep it “short and sweet.” ☺



Get Ready First Thing

I’ve found that the longer I put something off, the less likely it is to happen. There have been days I had good intentions, but never saw them through because one thing after another happened, and the day went by before I realized it! Make it a goal to get dressed first thing each morning. I try to remind myself that my daughter is watching me, and I need to set an example for her by trying to be presentable each day!


Basic and Comfy Can Still Be Cute

I don’t know about you guys, but sometimes between Pinterest, Instagram, and yes, Modern Modesty (heehee) I tend to feel a bit intimidated sometimes! So many cute outfits that I could never pull off! But then I remind myself that I don’t have to wear bootie wedges and pencil skirts just to look cute. Basic and comfy can still be cute and put together! You don’t have to dress up “fancy” every day to still be cute.


Remember Your Hubby

As SAHM, there are days we never see anyone but our husbands and kids. I know it can be easy to skip doing hair or makeup those days. And occasionally we all deserve to have a lazy day! But I personally try not to make it a habit to “forget” about my hubby. Our husbands are exposed to other women every day, usually nicely dressed, fixed up women (depending on his job). I like to give him something nice to come home to. I also try to remember what my husband does or doesn’t like when it comes to hairstyles, fashion, and to ask his opinion when I wear new things!


Have a 5-minute Face

I go natural most days; there is nothing wrong with not wearing makeup! But for those days you want to wear makeup, or those who like to wear makeup every day, it’s very helpful to have a “quick look” especially after you become a mom! Here a few tips, I will fire them out really quickly! Don’t skip blush, it helps you look more awake. Curl your lashes; it also gives you an “awake” look. Use your finger to apply eye shadows, it’s faster. Go for neutral shadows so you don’t have to be perfect with the application. Don’t skip filling in your brows, it will help pull your face together! Skip lining the lower lash line, it can enhance dark “mom” circles and make you look older. Use highlighter on your brow bone and cheekbones to give a youthful glow! And last but not least, find products that can multitask to save time. For example a primer and eye shadow in one (Mary Kay has some good ones) or a tinted moisturizer.


Have a Couple of “Go-to” Outfits

There are some days that are very rushed as a mom. You may have to leave the house with 5 minutes notice, or maybe your outfit gets ruined right as you’re walking out the door. Or maybe you are just having a blah day and you don’t have the energy to pick out a cute outfit one morning. It helps to have a couple of “go-to, never fail” outfits for these occasions. Things you know work together and look polished and pulled together. When you have time, go through your closet and put a few of these outfits together. I suggest a couple of casual outfits and one church outfit. Always have these in the back of your “mental closet” for occasions such as these!


Mommy “Beauty-Hacks”

Maybe I’m lazy, but I’m all about whatever will save me time, effort, money, and too much energy! Here are few hacks that have helped me. It’s not always easy finding time to take a shower as a mom, so my secret is dry shampoo! On days your hair needs help, just spray some of this in and your hair looks clean! It won’t feel clean but it looks clean, so fake it till you make it! When you DO have time to get a shower (ha-ha) here’s a tip: to keep your skin beautiful, apply a mask in the shower! I put mine on right away, then let it sit while I shampoo and lather up. It won’t dry like it would if you weren’t in the shower but it still does the job, and the steam helps penetrate your pores. Another hack that I’ve found to be helpful is to fix your hair BEFORE you go to bed. You can blow out, curl, or flat iron, however you choose to do your hair. That way, you only have to do touch ups in the morning! Huge time saver! One more: I also lay out my outfits the night before, especially if we have somewhere to be in the morning. Not just mine, but also my child’s!



Rethink Your Wardrobe

Becoming a mother has really helped me to rethink my wardrobe. Before, I would just buy something if it was cute, not really caring about the price or the comfort and durability of the garment. As moms, we need to first of all aim for comfort. Secondly, how “baby-proof” is it? And third, will it last longer than 10 washings? And of course it needs to be cute! I try to remember to choose “forgiving” garments when I’m shopping. For example, stretchy waistbands on skirts are helpful because it can take up to 6 months or longer to lose baby weight. Plus the stretchier the waistband, the easier it is to move, bend over, chase kids, etc.! You also want to think “Forgiving” in terms of materials and colors (how easy will you be able to get something clean if it gets food/snot/dirt all over it or how well can the fabric hide stains if something happens in public?) Here are a few of my top essentials for mommy wardrobes. Denim skirts, maxi skirts and dresses, blazers made from stretchy and comfy material, basic fitted tee shirts, cardigans, and high tank tops.


Go Through Your Closet

It’s hard to choose an outfit if your closet is jam-packed, unorganized, and outdated! Take some time to go through your closet. Reevaluate, reorganize, and get rid of anything that isn’t conducive to your lifestyle or anything that is outdated or worn out. Take inventory of items you need or would like to have. Then slowly start to build a modern, modest, mommy-friendly wardrobe!



Make Time for Yourself

So what does this tip have to do with fashion for SAHM you may ask? If you are completely worn out and emotionally drained, never getting time to recharge, you are not going to have energy or maybe even the desire to put into dressing stylishly. Try to make some time each week to have at least an hour to yourself. Do something to relax or just get a break and it will make a difference!


Prepare Your Heart


1 Samuel 16:7 (KJV)

“But the Lord said unto Samuel, Look not on his countenance, or on the height of his stature; because I have refused him: for the Lord seeth not as man seeth; for man looketh on the outward appearance, but the Lord looketh on the heart.”

You could spend hours choosing an outfit, but it will not make a whit of difference in the Lord’s eyes if your heart attitude isn’t right. It’s important to make an effort in our appearance as Christians. We are the only light the lost world sees! But God sees our heart, and that’s where we should strive to please him.

Being a mom is one of the toughest jobs on the planet. It’s also one of the most rewarding, and one of the most important. You are shaping and molding lives and personalities! What are your kids learning from you every day? Preparing your heart everyday is going to make a difference in how the day goes, attitudes, and your emotional well being.


Ecclesiastes 9:10 says “Whatsoever thy hand findeth to do, do it with thy might; for there is no work, nor device, nor knowledge, nor wisdom, in the grave, whither thou goest”.

Now what does that have to do with fashion and beauty you ask? In my personal experience, when I have taken time to do my devotions, get dressed, brush my hair, and put even a smidge of effort into my appearance, the day goes better and I feel better about myself. It’s very small yes, but it goes a long way.

Moms, God has given us a tremendous job! Let’s make sure we do it heartily as unto the Lord!
Even though you may have days of feeling like you’re not making a difference, remember the little eyes watching you, and know that to THEM you are ALL the difference. Continue to do the very best you can at the job God has given you.

I’ve put together a couple of pictures of some outfit ideas for SAHM. They are very basic but still cute and functional and of course comfortable. One final tip I’d like to share with you is how I plan my outfits based on my day. The picture on the left is what I put on in the morning and wear throughout the day in my house. The picture on the right is what I add to the outfit if we have to leave the house in order to help my outfit look more pulled together and interesting.

I hope these tips have been helpful! I know the post was long, but I just shared what was on my heart. Thanks for reading ladies! Have a wonderful day!

**** Please ladies, don’t think I am bashing moms who wear yoga pants and tee shirts all day. If that’s your choice that’s fine! (I’ve done it myself). This post was mainly geared for SAHM who want to get out of that habit and have been asking for advice in this department.

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Tuesday, October 28, 2014

In All Modesty

If you follow my blog, you will know this outfit is absolutely outside of my comfort zone! But, I LOVE the look of full, pleated skirts, so when Shirley from In All Modesty asked me to review her Black Taffeta Skirt, I just had to try it out!

Even though it's not "me," I really like it! I will most definitely look for some more full skirts when I'm out shopping now! This skirt was custom made exactly for my measurements, so it fit like a gem!

Also, In All Modesty is giving ALL of Modern Modesty followers FREE international shipping of any items you buy! All you have to do is use the coupon code MODERNMODESTY for that discount! You can check their website or etsy shop! :)

Please forgive me, for some reasons my pictures turned out horrible! I don't know what happened with the lighting and my top! It looks like I'm a white, topless ghost! LOL!

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I felt very chic when I added my suede booties and my peter pan collar top!

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Since the lighting was so bad, here's a selfie that shows a little more detail!

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If I can step outside my comfort zone, so can you! :) I hope this inspires you to try a different style out, you never know, you might like it!


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