I'm super excited to share these next 12 days of fabulous modest outfits brought to you by some of my favorite modest bloggers/IGers. Each of the 12 girls will be hosting a giveaway over on Instagram for the the next 12 days, so be sure to be following: @modestlyhot, @pkidchicksfashion, @downtowndemure, @smartnsavvymom, @melbella14, @modest_style, @dressedbydiana, @lovely_deseret, @savvy_skirt_girl, @obsessionexpression, @skirts_and_heels_, and of course, me, @lauren_modernmodesty.

Here's the countdown of days starting today with Mistletoe Tulle.

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Wavy Hair Tutorial

I have had tons of ladies ask me how I do my hair wavy, so here is a quick, little tutorial!


Attitude of Gratitude

Call me crazy, but my favorite holiday is Thanksgiving! I absolutely love hearing what God has done in everyone's life. I love the thankful hearts. This year in my classes, I offered extra credit for any student that wrote a thank you letter thanking the person that won them to the Lord. I told them how grateful they should be to the person that shared the Gospel with them! I know I am eternally grateful to my best friend's mom who took me into the baptistry room on a Sunday morning, August 10, 2000, and told me how to accept Jesus into my heart! You would think tons of high schoolers would take advantage of this "easy" extra credit assignment...Do you want to know how many actually turned one in... 15 out of 100 students. I was kind of upset to think that if the student's couldn't even be bribed to be thankful, they definitely aren't going to be thankful on their own. My goal this year is to hopefully with God's help, teach these students to be more thankful. We teach others how to be thankful by what we do, so make sure your children, students, or whoever you are influencing sees you being thankful!

I have SO much to be thankful for! Here's just a few things I would like to share!

I want to thank God for His mercy & grace. I don't know where I would be with out His grace. I don't deserve anything that He has blessed me with!

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Lady Entrepreneur: Aly's Boots

I don't know about you, but I love entrepreneurs, especially Christian, lady ones! :) My friend Alyssa is an amazing entrepreneur who invented rain boots with reversible, removable wraps! She sent me a pair to show off to you ladies, and I know my fellow rain boot fans will love her idea!

Here's a little bit more about Aly's Boots.

Our unique patent-pending design features a specially made rain boot that has a slight indention which allows the wraps to sit flush on the boots. The wraps themselves are easy-to-clean, machine washable, and waterproof! How amazing is that? The wraps are also so easy to put on and take off. There are elastic bands on the boots that slip easily over the buttons on the wraps to keep the wraps secured to the boots. The wraps come in several different cute designs to help you complete any outfit. Now you can look cute and stylish on any gloomy day without spending a fortune!

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Dainty Jewell's: Charming in Lace

I'm super excited about today's post! This is my second collaboration with Dainty Jewell's and I am once again SOOOOOOO impressed with their dresses! I just want to get married all over again, so I can use their dresses as my bridesmaid's dresses! ;) LOL! But, seriously the delicate detail is to die for! If you are tall and can't find dresses long enough, I promise these dresses will be VERY modest! (It's actually a tad TOO long on me, but still pretty overall!) If you are interested in Dainty Jewell's dresses, I HIGHLY recommend them! They are very true to her sizing chart. I am a 10 and the medium fits perfectly.

The dress I ordered was the Charming in Lace dress in Beige.

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For When I am Weak...

Hello friends!! Yes, I'm still alive! :) I'm sorry, I kind of took a 2 week break! We've been SUPER busy and thank God I have been feeling a lot better! If you missed my last post, I explained how I have been sick for the past couple of months. Two weeks ago, I cut out all gluten out of my diet and it has seemed to really transform my stomach issues. The withdrawal process was hard, but thank God, I can function much better now! Since the majority of my pain is gone, my anxiety has gotten WAY better. I have also started using essential oils, which have helped immensely as well! Just wanted to give you all an update, since many of you have messaged me asking me how I was doing! Thank you for your love & prayers!

This past Friday, I was going to lunch and my husband met me with a huge vase of flowers & a card. I opened the card and was so shocked that 30 of my Modern Modesty friends had gotten together and raised some money and sent me three $100 gift cards to my favorite stores, just because! I have never been so surprised and felt SO LOVED in my entire life! Thank you to all the ladies who participating in making me feel SO loved during this hard time!

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I Struggle...

This is a very hard post for me to write, so bear with me. If you have noticed, my posts have been getting shorter and shorter with less and less pictures and posts. The reason is because I have been struggling for the past 3-4 months. I have been struggling with fear & anxiety that has interfered with every part of my life.

The past 2 months it has gotten worse and worse, to the point that I am sick all day long sometimes. I have rapidly lost weight, and lost my joyful, fun personality. When this fear & anxiety started interfering with my daily life, I knew I had to somehow figure out to get it under control.

I want to share you with you some things I have learned with God's help that has helped me during this time of struggle:

1. I've learned that I am NOT in control. Ever since I can remember, I have been a complete control-freak. I am the oldest child, which might be why, but I like to be in control of all situations. I don't like surprises, because I'm not in control. I don't like spur of the moment trips or adventures, because I am not in control. Bottom line, God has had to break me down and make me know who is REALLY in control. With many tears and fighting, I am finally starting to realize I can't control every single thing in my life. God is in control and that's a good thing, because He is good and He knows best. Just the fact that I can say that calms me! When we have fear and anxiety, it's practically us saying that we don't trust that God is good and that he is going to take care of us!


You're a Child of the King!

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Today as I was getting ready for my very busy Sunday, I couldn't help but feel overwhelmed that I get to serve the King of Kings! I think we forget sometimes that we are the children of the one and only true King! As Christian ladies, we are ALL Princesses! We must think, act & dress the part!

I've never seen Dutchess Kate Middleton do or say anything inappropriate or dress frumpy. She is always prim & proper! Not saying that we have to be perfect, but we should always try to do our best to represent the King we serve! This week as you go out and serve the Lord, try to remember you are a Princess!

Here's my Princess looks from last week! ;)

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Frumpy to Fabulous!

One thing that makes me sad is when teenagers or lost people associate modesty with frumpiness. My goal in starting this blog almost 3 years ago was to help ladies get out of their frumpy, modest clothes and into some modern, flattering, modest outfits!

I know as Moms we can put our looks on the back burner, but what we don't realize is that our lack of caring is a bad testimony to our teenagers, our church members, and lost people. If we want the next generation to appreciate modesty, we must make it look attractive to them. Of course, we are not going to compromise God's Word to do so, but we don't have to look like we just woke up either. It's all about balance!

So many ladies are hiding behind their baggy clothes, ponytails, and dark circles, and just honestly don't feel beautiful. I HATE to think that ladies don't think that they are beautiful. EVERY lady is beautiful, because first and foremost God made you perfectly! I want to help you get some of your confidence back. Not because we want to impress others, but because it's important to view yourself in a positive way. I want you to look in the mirror and be confident that you are beautiful.

I asked my good friend Melissa, to help me make the point that looking nice doesn't take THAT much more time, but it does, of course, take a little more effort.

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Church to Casual

As you all know, I love to remix my clothes into many different outfits! But, I am starting to also switch up my looks into dressy for church and more casual for everyday wear. Today, I'm going to show you how I wore my maxi dress to church this morning and then switched a few things and made it more casual for lunch and the night service.

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3D+ Fiber Lash Mascara GIVEAWAY

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It's GIVEAWAY time!!! I'm SOOOO excited about this giveaway! I've been using the 3D fiber lash mascara for about a year, and after hosting 3 parties and converting tons of my friends and family to Younique, I finally decided to become a presenter! This business has been such a blessing to me and my family!

This mascara is seriously a game-changer! If you haven't tried the brand new 3D+ formula, it's even BETTER than the original formula! It is naturally based, safe for contacts, and hypo-allergenic! Here is a quick tutorial I made on how to apply the new 3D+ fiber lash mascara! If you have any questions, feel free to ask me below!

It's super easy to apply! Gel, fibers, gel!

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If you want to win your very own 3D+ fiber lash mascara, enter the rafflecopter below! The giveaway will end Saturday morning and I will announce the winner on Facebook & Instagram!

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Keep Yourself Out of Trouble

So...I found a new life verse this week...

Whoso keepeth his mouth and his tongue keepeth his soul from troubles. -Proverbs 21:23

LOL! Not really my new life verse, but maybe it should be! ;) All of the drama, heartaches, and hurt feelings in my life usually are a result of my mouth running too much!

When I was a kid my dad used to tell me I had diarrhea of the mouth! (Pardon that mind-picture) But, it was/is true! Sometimes, I feel like I just HAVE to say whatever is on my mind, regardless of how it makes others feel.

How many of you get in trouble because of your mouth? (Raise your hand?) Me TOO! Well, hey, let's work on this together! Let's TRY to keep our unnecessary opinions & our unsolicited advice to ourselves and/or just in general listen twice as much as we talk! It will keep our souls from trouble!

Here's another week of #modmodaugust2015:

Day 17: Chambray Dame
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Midi-Skirt Wishlist

I know many of you ladies look wonderful in midi-skirts, (I unfortunately look like balloon), but I wanted to give you a heads up that Shein has GREAT skirts for a very, very cheap price! Just be careful with Chinese sizing!

She-in Wishlist

Pleated skirt

Black skirt

Skater skirt

White skirt

A line skirt

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Faint Not

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And let us not be weary in well doing: for in due season we shall reap, if we faint not.

This verse has been such an encouragement to me, so I thought I would share! Sometimes doing right is very hard and tiring. Following the Bible isn't always the easiest path. It's much easier to "go with the flow" and follow the crowd. But, I want to encourage you today to not get tired of doing what's right. Keep serving God, and you will reap the blessings!

This blog sometimes makes me VERY weary, due to the criticism and trolls that leave terrible, evil comments. But, it is worth it all when I get emails like this:



Save Time: Plan Your Outfits

I can't believe school starts tomorrow!! Where did the summer go?? It rained almost EVERY day in Florida this summer, so we barely got to go swimming or be outside! But, all in all, it was a fun, relaxing summer. Although, I'm not excited about having to wake up super early every morning, but one thing that really helps me cut down on time is to plan my outfits ahead of time. I learned a lot of other time saving tips from my 14-day Makeover Your Mornings e-course.

That is the main reason I LOVE style challenges! I can look at the week ahead and plan my outfits out, and not have to stress about that every morning!

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139Made & Avon Review

I just recently heard about the Christian clothing company based out of Houston, Texas called 139 Made. Their shirts are all faith based with a great message on each shirt. 10% of their profits go to stop human trafficking. I love to not only support Christian companies, but also ones who have a cause greater than themselves. My husband is wearing their Isaiah Eagle Tee and I am wearing their Sparrows Tee. 139 Made is giving all Modern Modesty followers 10% off their order by using the code MODERNMODESTY.

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Modest Wardrobe Staples


Ok, this post has been in the making for a VERY long time. I get asked almost daily (sometimes multiple times a day) for a list of modest wardrobe staples. This is kind of hard to make a "set list," since we all have different tastes and styles, but I tried to keep this list to classic and must-have items as much as possible.

This is not a capsule wardrobe, I can't only have a certain amount of items in my closet. So, instead this is a Modest REMIXABLE Wardrobe Staples list. I've shared with you many times that I only buy items that I can remix with many other pieces to create multitudes of outfits with my classic remixable pieces. I really don't think I own THAT many clothes, maybe I do compared to ladies who don't like shopping..but I think I have a pretty average sized closet, but I haven't repeated an outfit in I don't know how many years. That's not to brag or boast, it's just to show you that you can do the same if you build your wardrobe with remixable pieces that are able to be re-used in numerous outfits!

This list is not limited to the style pictured, for example if you prefer full midi skirts vs. pencil skirts, that is up to you! I personally prefer pencil skirts, since they are classic, flattering, and professional.


Modest Maven Monday: Lauren

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Today is the last week of our Modest Maven Monday series! I've really enjoyed it, and I will be thinking of more ways to incorporate my fellow ModMod ladies in more posts! Today's lady is one of my FAVORITE fashionistas! Lauren is SO stylish and resourceful with her wardrobe! I wish I could dress half as good as she does!

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Hi ModMod ladies! I’m Lauren Shaffer, and I’m really excited (honored) to be the ModMod Maven this week. I was added by my beautiful friend, Rachel Stene two years ago, and have thoroughly enjoyed participating in this inspiring page! I’ve always loved fashion, but I believe ModMod has really helped me to improve my style! I’m inspired daily by all of you, so thank you!

I grew up in a military family, moving every 2 years and traveling the world. I’m the oldest of 5, and thankfully grew up in a Christian home, where being in God’s House was a priority. I was saved at the age of 16, after making several false professions as a young child. It wasn’t until I was 16 that the Lord really showed my MY sin, and how awful MY wickedness was before a holy and righteous God. I was sick and tired of my sin, and truly wanted the Lord to have control of my life. I went forward one Sunday in October, wanting the Lord and none of me, I repented of my sins and turned to Christ in faith that He would save me and He did! I’m so thankful to say that I truly am a “new creature in Christ, all things have passed away and all things have become new!” Praise the Lord for his goodness!!

I met my amazing husband when my family moved to North Dakota. I noticed him right away, but I never played the game of “trying to get the guy.” We became friends and instantly recognized that we had a lot in common. I moved away to Europe, but the Lord had bigger and better plans. He moved me back to ND and really orchestrated everything in my husband and I getting married. I feel like our story could be a beautiful romantic novel, but I won’t go there right now. Suffice it to say, I’m crazy about my husband aka Mr. Incredible – he still gives me butterflies, brings so much joy to my life, and treats me better than I deserve! I married the perfect man for me and couldn’t be happier!!!! These past 9 years and 2 sweet boys later have been beyond my wildest dreams. Ladies, wait for God’s Mr. Right – he WILL be more than you ever could’ve imagined for yourself!

I’m a SAHM and wife and LOVE it, but I also am a photographer. I love being creative and expressing myself through photography. It’s my passion and I love it, getting paid for it is just a bonus!! My favorite subjects are my sweet sons – Landon and Trevyn (they’re 2 & 3 so they keep me on my toes!)

Picking a favorite outfit is like picking a favorite child – can’t do it! So, I just went with one of my many favs.

I tend to be pretty chatty so I’m trying to keep this as concise as possible…a few fashion tips?

1. Ok, so let’s talk about your hair. It if doesn’t look good, it won’t matter how cute your outfit is! I learned a long time ago that investing in a good stylist and products is a must! It’s AMAZING how blah you can feel when your hair isn’t at its best. You don’t have to have “great” hair to look good, just getting regular trims can make a HUGE difference. I pay more for my cut/color but I have found that I’m able to go longer between salon visits….and yes, I literally feel like hugging my stylist when I see her! A good haircut can make you feel like a million bucks (not that I know what that feels like, but I’m pretty sure it’s the same feeling that I feel when I step out of my salon with new hair)

2. Mix up your own wardrobe to create countless new outfits! You’ll be surprised at what will often look fabulous together! This is a great way to modernize pieces that could look less than fabulous otherwise. Sometimes the best way to make a piece shine, is to mix it up with other great pieces.

3. A helpful tip that I’ve found is to take photos of my outfits and keep them in an album on my phone (or a Pinterest board) for a quick reference on what to wear. I don’t know about you, but as a busy mom, my mind is often going in a billion directions. It’s SO easy to forget what you paired with what especially if you mix up your wardrobe a lot. I helped my mom with this as well and she says it has been such a help for her to have a quick go to reference of what she has in her closet!

4. Try Goodwill first, seriously. Money saver! Most of my wardrobe is thrifted, but the key is to thrift good quality clothing. I’ve found amazing name brands at thrift store prices.

5. Your clothes are tools -use proper fit and the right style for your body to create illusions of a smaller/slimmer you. Use your clothes to detract from problem areas and modestly highlight your nice areas.

6. It’s all in the details – sometimes simply tucking in a shirt, adding a belt, statement necklace, or scarf can drastically change your look and take your outfit to a whole new level! Take an extra moment to be detailed.

7. (Parroting Stacy London) – Incorporate pattern, texture, color, and shine to make an interesting outfit.

8. Have confidence (not arrogance)– it’s an attractive quality!! A great outfit can make you feel confident and when you feel confident, you’re more apt to reach out to others. Life is about others. So yeah, a nice outfit can literally improve your relationships with others. Take care of yourself so that you can be a blessing to those around you.

9. Don’t forget to smile! It sounds so cliché’ but it’s SO true! Everything we do communicates to others and 80% is non verbal. A smile communicates A LOT! Let’s portray our joy of the Lord! True beauty does shine from within and that beauty comes from a right relationship with the Lord. When we’re right with Him, He can use us to minister to others and share His gospel with a lost and dying world. A good outfit helps our outside to mirror the inside.

10. Life too short to look frumpy! Let’s look our best and live for Christ!

See you all around ModMod!


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26 Things I've Learned in My 26 Years

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Today is my 26th birthday!! I can't believe in 4 years I'll be 30!! AHH! :) I thought for my birthday I would share some things I've learned in my 26 years of life. These truths I've learned from others, but I've tried to apply them to my life as best as I could. P.S. I'm sure many of you are much older and wiser than me, but we've all been through and learned different things!

1. Don't make God #1 in your life, make Him the center of your life.

2. The best way to get yourself out of a "backslidden funk" is to start sharing the Gospel more.

3. You don't always have to get "your way."


Let's End the Mommy Wars

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Well my last post on Surviving the Summer as a SAHM was quite the Mommy War starter... I have never been in the middle of a Mommy War before. I've heard of them, but never seen one first hand. It's very intense and discouraging to watch "Godly women" tear each other down because they feel like they know what's best for other families. Let me tell you, I don't have it all figured out. But, I feel like as a Christian school teacher, I do get to have an insight in both "worlds," as a working mom and a Summer SAHM.


Modest Maven Monday: Holly

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I'm super excited to introduce my friend Holly to you! She is a beautiful lady with great style! I hope you enjoy her testimony & tips! You can follow her on Instagram at @hollylujah2002.

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Surviving the Summer as a SAHM

I used to dream of being a stay-at-home Mom in college. I imagined how I would have everything so organized and perfect. Then real life happened. LOL. Most of you know, I am a full-time high school Math teacher. I have around 100 students and will teach 6 classes this school year. This summer has been my first summer not working a real job since I was 16 years old. The first couple of weeks staying at home, made me turn into a very miserable person. Seriously y'all. You don't understand how miserable I was not having a schedule, purpose, or plan for my days at home. I was making myself miserable, my husband miserable, and anyone else I could complain to! I joked around on a post in my first week of being a stay at home Mom that I was ready to go back to work...but deep down inside, I wasn't kidding. How is staying at home with ONE child vs. teaching 100 kids harder? I love my baby, but oh my word, sitting in the house chasing him around all day, dwelling on how much I hated staying at home was NOT going to work everyday for the rest of the summer. I was ready to pull my hair out!

Then one day as I was sitting on my laptop during nap time, and I saw an ad for a Makeover Your Mornings e-course. I was curious, so I clicked on it and read up on it..and I'm SOOOOOOO glad I did. I did the Makeover Your Mornings e-course and it TOTALLY changed my summer and my experience as a stay at home Mom. Now, I'm not only surviving, but I've learned to LOVE it!

The lady who teaches the class is a Christian SAHM and she helped me to get on a schedule, make goals, and motivated me to take care of myself spiritually and physically. Now that I've gotten my days planned out on a schedule, I feel SO much more happy and accomplished! I've started a new Bible study on women of the Bible, and I've gotten SO much out of my Bible study this summer. I'm SO beyond thankful I found this e-course that gave me back my sanity! :)

For all of you "natural" SAHMs that have the whole SAHM life down pact, LUCKY you! I was not a natural. I had to learn how to enjoy it! I HIGHLY recommend this course to anyone that is struggling with being a SAHM. It truly helped me A LOT!

PS. I'm not actually staying at my house, we're staying at my Mom's house during the week, which is an hour away from our home, because my husband is working a summer job there. So, that also doesn't help my situation..LOL. Fashion blogger + Living out of a suitcase for 6 weeks = NO BUENO.


Modest Maven Monday: Ashley

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Today, we are featuring a beautiful, stylish wife and mommy of 4, Ashley. One thing I love about Ashley is that even though she's a SAHM of 4, she always looks great! She is a very faithful poster on MM and on her instagram account: @smartndavvymom. Go follow her! :) Ashley recently also started her own blog: Smart and Savvy Mom, go on over and check it out!

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eShakti: Custom Dress Review

I am super excited about sharing eShakti with you today! I LOVE their dresses and the best part is that they allow you to customize them for a great price! Today, I'm sharing my dress from eShakti with you! This dress originally comes in sleeveless, but I added cap sleeves for my personal likings!

Here's how it turned out!

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Modest Maven Monday: Candy

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It's Monday again! I kind of love Mondays being a stay at home mom, it's just another day! Today I am featuring a GREAT lady! I am trying to give you a wide range of ladies from age to size, so that way you can relate to at least one lady! Many ladies give up on their fashion sense when they get over 50, but not Candy! She's super cute and stylish!


Custom Modest Formal Dresses

I have so many ladies message me and ask me where they can find modest bridesmaids or formal dresses. I'm so excited to have found this new option for you ladies! K-Couture is an online boutique with TONS of dresses that are customizable and at a great price. I was so excited to try out their design-a-dress feature! I literally designed my own dress down to the fabric, color, sleeves, and length! If you have an upcoming wedding or event that you need a modest formal dress for, keep K-Couture in your mind! I am very pleased with my dress! K-Couture is giving all Modern Modesty readers 10% off their own dress by using the code Dress10, be sure to go check it out!

Here's the dress I designed! I really love the color and fit!

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Lilla Rose Giveaway

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I was asked to do a review & giveaway for Lilla Rose. Lilla Rose offers beautiful, various sized hair jewelry. Their most popular hair accessory is the flexi clip, which comes in seven different sizes and works in all hair types. The range of sizes allows for pulling your bangs back to putting waist-length hair in an updo. Their other hair jewelry includes adjustable headbands, bobby pins, hair sticks, and more. There is something for everyone! The products are not only beautiful and unique, but also comfortable and durable.


Modest Maven Monday: Jen

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Jen is one of my favorite curvy fashionistas! I am trying to share a broad range of ages and sizes with this Modest Maven Monday series. I hope you are all enjoying the tips and new faces!

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3 Beauty Must-Haves

Someone last week requested I share my make-up secrets so here they are! Hope you enjoy! Sorry, I'm a day late on my post! This summer is kind of crazy for me!

Teeth Whiteners

First off, there is no better accessory than a smile! I don't have the nicest, straightest teeth, but I always try to greet everyone with a smile! A smile makes everyone feel welcome and loved! Don't be stingy with your smile, no matter what your teeth look like, show them off and smile at everyone! I do understand that insecurity of not having perfect teeth, so I was super excited when Smile Brillant contacted me to try out their teeth whitening trays. I haven't whitened my teeth since my wedding, so they were definitely in need! I HIGHLY recommend Smile Brillant!

Smile Brilliant's gives you custom fitted teeth whitening trays! They are hand crafted by dental lab technicians which means they are formed to fit to your teeth with precision. If you go to the dentist for professional whitening you're looking at over $500. Smile Brilliant's whitening trays are identical to those provided by the dentist, but their price tag is not! You will save as much as 70% at Smile Brilliant! Also, as Modern Modesty readers you are going to get an EXTRA 5% off of your custom teeth whitening trays, just use the code: modern1modesty.


Modest Maven Monday: Cesia

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I hope you all are loving these guest posts as much as I am! Today, I have a wonderful lady for you guys! This is a dear friend of mine, Cesia. She is a stylish & spiritual wife and mommy!

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Summer Must-Haves

I just got back from vacation and now I need a vacation from vacation! ;) But, seriously there is nothing better than sleeping in your own bed! I had a great time relaxing and making memories with my family! I hope you all make some time this summer to spend with your family and make some great memories.

In the secular world, obviously their summer must-haves are going to be vastly different than my summer must-have list. No high-waisted booty shorts, bikinis, or revealing tank tops on this list. (Sorry!) :) My list is just going to cover some basic, great summer pieces!

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Top: TJmaxx
Skirt: JCPenney
Necklace & Bracelet: Rocksbox (use my code: modernmodestyxoxo to get a free month)
Wedges: Ross


Modest Maven Monday: Alaina

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I am so excited to share another wonderful lady with you! Alaina, is a gorgeous, sweet girl! I hope you enjoy her outfit and tips!

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What Is The Truth?

If you turn on the news, scroll through your social media feed, or listen to people talk, you will hear so many different opinions on just about anything and everything. If Christians are not careful and do not know the real truth, we can easily be swayed away from the truth with some nice-sounding words someone writes on Facebook. We have to know and believe that the ONLY truth is the Word of God; nothing less, nothing more.

My husband and I have been talking about how crazy hard it is going to be to raise a child in this culture. The only thing we can do is teach our son the truths of the Bible and teach him to seek God in every decision he makes. We can't allow this world to dictate what is right or wrong, we must use the Bible as the only source of truth!

"Thy word is a lamp unto my feet, and a light unto my path." -Psalm 119:105

I know that my blog is a modest fashion blog, but I never want to make that my main focus. My main goal is to share Christ with unbelievers and to help strengthen fellow Christian ladies. Pretty outfits are just a fun addition to the Christian life! ;)

I've been on summer break for about two weeks now, and I never thought I would say this, but I am already bored! I don't like not having anywhere to go everyday! Don't get me wrong, I love being lazy and playing with my baby all day, but that got old real fast! I miss getting dressed up everyday! So, my posts may be shorter than usual, since I probably won't have 7 days of outfits to share! :)

Here's some of my outfits from the last two weeks!

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Modest Maven Monday: Rachel

We are going to be doing a special series on Modern Modesty featuring some of my favorite real life fashionistas! The first lady is Rachel who is a stay at home momma of 4 adorable children. She is currently a missionary's wife and will share more of her story with you! I am SO thankful for her willingness to share some of her style tips with us today!
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I want to thank Lauren for asking me to do this, and I hope somehow it will be a blessing! I had the privilege to grow up in a Pastor’s home where the Word of God was read daily and the things of the Lord were preeminent in everyday life. I praise the Lord continually for my upbringing, and strive to use the instruction that was given to me not only to guide my path, but to help others as well. “For unto whomsoever much is given, of him shall much be required:” Luke 12:48b

While in Bible College, I met the perfect man for me! He was everything that I had prayed for and so much more! After we were married, my husband served as an Associate Pastor/Youth Pastor for nearly 8 years. Then the Lord called our family into the greatest mission field in the world, the United States military (my husband told me to say that!). We are actively serving the Lord as missionaries to the military with my husband being a Chaplain in the US Army. We have been abundantly blessed with 4 children—2 boys and 2 girls. Being a Mom is one of the greatest joys of my life and I’m thankful to be able to stay at home with my children, as well as homeschool them.

I’ve had a love for clothes and feminine style since I was a young girl. I believe it was passed down to me through my grandmother who worked at a ladies department store and took me on my first shopping trip when I was just seven years old. So when a friend from my college days introduced me to Modern Modesty about 2 years ago, it definitely sparked an interest in this clothes-loving girl! I’ve met so many wonderful ladies that I would have never known had it not been for Modern Modesty, and new friendships have blossomed through it. It’s great to be able to get new ideas, as well as encourage one another in our desire to be modest, yet fashionable! Modesty is very important to me, and I want to please my Lord in what I wear. I hope to look cute and somewhat fashionable, but never sacrificing modesty for fashion’s sake.

I didn’t know my body type or even my particular style until ModMod. I’ve learned to look for more classic pieces to build a more versatile wardrobe, and been challenged to be a thrifty shopper! Some of the ladies from ModMod are unbelievable at finding great deals!

Any beauty tips or fashion advice I have to offer is nothing you haven’t heard before, but I try to follow these guidelines in my life personally:

~ A radiant smile is the finishing touch to any outfit~ I believe in the power of Crest white strips!

~ Don’t get hung up on sizes~ There’s an array of different sizes in my closet-it’s about the fit, not the size!!!

~ Even as a SAHM, fixing my hair, and wearing a little make-up usually pave the way for a more productive day… and I don’t have to worry about scaring people away if someone comes to the front door!!!

~ Don’t forget to moisturize your neck! No one wants a young face, but an OLD neck! Hehe!

~ Avoid too much sun exposure~ It’s a golden tan when you’re younger, and extra wrinkles and sun spots when you’re older!

~ If a clothing item costs more than $20.00, it has to be a versatile piece that is classic and will last for a long time, or I won’t pay that much.

~ Even if an item is “in style,” if it’s not me, I don’t wear it. I just admire those who can!

I don’t necessarily have a “favorite outfit”, but I really like this black and white dress I ordered from oldnavy.com a few years ago. It’s has a great classic silhouette that can be dressed up or down and worn with different colors.

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