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Etro: Fall/Winter 2009

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Peter Dundas: Fall/Winter 2013 – Miss Selfridge: Fall/Winter 2010

I’ve never  generally seen myself as boho, but somehow these fall and winter runway outfits are definitely my cup of tea. I love the look of fur and just the whole organic feel of earthy tones layered in an outfit. The irony of boho and high fashion is even more intriguing. It’s so easy to switch the letters around and end up with the word “hobo” instead, which is even harder to mix with high fashion! Actually, not really.

I’m usually one to combine elements of style. I can’t classify myself as an-all vintage wearer or even retro. I can’t put a decade around my outfits either. I like vintage, but I also very much like futuristic. I like hippie being a yogi, but I also like modernism being a techie. I find beauty and truth in ironies, and that’s probably why I’m attracted to the high fashion boho.

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Above are photos of me happy and hippie in 2013 and in 2010.

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Besides clothing, there’s also in existence high fashion boho jewelry. Marvel at some beautiful selections below from Love and Pieces:

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Love and Pieces just launched this summer, and already they are getting a lot of notoriety for their jewelry collections combining high fashion and you guessed it, boho. They have seventeen designers so far on board, and they are teeming with talent and creativity.

Even if you wouldn’t say that you were a fan of boho, I think the designs you’ll find on their site are appealing to a wide variety of taste. Like chunky and bold jewelry? Prefer sleek and minimalist? They’ve got all of that covered! Best part is, you know you are purchasing something unique and hand crafted. Works of art are priceless.

Not everything on Love and Pieces is expensive, actually! Take a look at one of the designers Gunner & Lux below. I just love the story of this dad and daughter duo. It reminds me of Polly Pocket’s and Cabbage Patch Kids’ humble beginnings!

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Do you like the combination of high fashion and boho?

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I wasn’t tempted to wear red shoes with these, because that would’ve totally been Dorothy from Wizard of Oz! I really couldn’t pass this dress up the minute I saw it. I love gingham, but I don’t have enough of it! I also like Peter Pan collars, but this is probably my only piece of clothing with it. I like wearing dresses like these all year long, because I know I can always layer them with something. It gets tough making room in my closet because of this! Anyone have this problem?

The next part of this post might be a bit hard to swallow. If you’re an extreme feminist who ironically can’t stand women putting down other women or are easily offended by religious talk, please don’t move forward. Otherwise, please bare (pun not intended) with me! There’s actually no nudity in this post.

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Not too long ago, I found an online-famous Christian model with a pretty face on Instagram. She looked genuinely nice, so I followed her. If you’ve seen my Instagram account following, I follow so many different kinds of people. I usually follow for the following reasons:

  • * health & fitness message matches up with mine
  • * highly notable or similar personal style
  • * makeup, hair, fashion inspiration
  • * personal or business connections
  • *faith matches up with mine with certain aesthetic appeal

 

This girl I found online whom I’ll call Megan had bible verses up on her social network’s profile. She obviously falls under the last category I listed! In particular, she had Luke 10:27 which is “Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind.” This impressed me, because she was associated with a well-known mainstream modeling agency whose models have done high-profile commercials and advertising. Did I mention how quickly I followed her? Yes :) She was brave for telling the world of her faith… or so I thought.

I’m not here to be the faith police or anything, especially not in public! However, believe me that I have done what I could in private. I’m still keeping her identity secret to protect her. I just thought I’d share something so common yet so seldom discussed among the Christian community. If you aren’t Christian, feel free to read on!

I knew Megan had up bikini pictures, scantily clad clothing, and provocative poses, but it didn’t bother me as much as what I saw today. I follow many wonderful girls who do the same, but somehow I often overlook these things because I see that they have great style or hair or whatnot that I can take from and be inspired by. Some of them are even my real life friends. Many of the girls I follow aren’t Christian or at least don’t advertise that they are, so I don’t really expect them to have a similar standard. I was still following Megan the whole time until she posted a topless photo today with only her fingers covering her nipples. This is from the girl who has more Bible verses up on her actual profiles than I do or many of the Christian girls I follow do. Thankfully, Instagram’s no-nudity policy might be the only thing that keeps her from going all nude, but that’s beside the point.

I hate to be judgmental. I hate to be negative. Oftentimes I talk about only positive things on this blog, at least for the past couple of years. It irks me to have to actually get irked about something like this. About Christianity. About modesty. About what the Bible says about our bodies and clothing and sexuality—not just women’s. Yet I feel like I need to.

Both times my messages were ignored by Megan or her agency or whoever it is dealing with her social networks. I know how it feels to be ridiculed, scorned, and bullied into submission. Trust me, I’ve had many people who’ve criticized my clothing and photos online because they weren’t “modest” in their viewpoint. They’re probably right, and I was just letting myself go in some way at the time. I’m actually in the process of removing photos that I’m not too proud of. I didn’t mind that they pointed that out, but I do mind that they were mean and not loving when they confronted me. I confronted Megan in a way that I wanted to be confronted and emphasized that I cared about her enough to say something. I tried to be loving and even said the word “loving.” I didn’t tell her to wear modest clothes, I just pointed out the nudity. I was being what a bare bones, minimalist Christian should do—even if she doesn’t believe in modesty.

I know some of you are thinking, “She can do whatever she wants! Leave her alone.” Yes, anyone can absolutely do whatever anyone wants, and in the same way, I can express my disappointment. If someone calls themselves a vegan, that person shouldn’t obviously eat chicken. Like how the vegan police pointed out that chicken parm and gelato aren’t vegan in the movie Scott Pilgrim vs the World. It needs to be called out. Being nude for everyone to see is not Christian, and Megan professes to be a Christian clearly on her profile. I hope you see this logic. I could hypothetically even be an atheist and point that out. It’s a discrepancy between someone’s words and actions.

What scares me most about Megan is that because she is a professing Christian and ignoring my messages about public display of sexuality, the Bible says that the punishment for those who know the truth yet don’t follow it is more severe than those who don’t know the truth (Matthew 11:20-24, 2 Peter 2:20-22, and James 3:1-2). This means that according to the Bible (not me), murderers and rapists have more of a chance to go to heaven than someone like Megan. I know this sounds harsh, but if you think critically, it is just. It makes sense because murderers and rapists might not know that there is eternal damnation, so when they change their ways and confess, they can be forgiven. For someone like Megan who knows (or at least should know) about heaven and hell yet still willingly continues to live a life of sin, the punishment is going to be worse.

I know it’s hard especially for women with bodies and faces who pass society’s ideals to remain pure. That has always been the case with beautiful women in the past and in the present. The temptation is so hard that I actually feel sorry for them. In a way, I feel content that I am not physically perfect, because the pressure would be too great for me to handle. I feel the same way for wealth, popularity, and success. It would be too much for me and for most Christians to be in Hollywood, because of all the filth, unrealistic ideals, and the competition. I personally think you have to literally give your soul to the devil to be among the rich and famous—and to thrive in show business. I’m not saying they all are Satanists of course, but there’s definitely many that profess to be in Hollywood. I know that sounds scary, but it’s also real.

Being real and trying not to be afraid are the very reasons I’m writing this today. I know I’m going to get beat up for this, but I have to believe that my reward doesn’t exist in the here and now. Everyone else who does otherwise has gotten their fill of what this earth can give them, and many of them are afraid to die for this reason.

Thankfully there are still some people who believe that there is still freedom in speech and religion and fight for this right, despite having opposite opinions. Once someone’s freedom of speech or to practice a religion of their choice goes away, everyone else’s rights could easily be threatened. I hope you keep an open mind to what I am saying even if you don’t have this belief. To those who do, I hope that you can learn from what I am saying and be as bold, if not more, in speaking out in matters of your personal faith.

Do not desire her beauty in your heart, Nor let her capture you with her eyelids. For on account of a harlot one is reduced to a loaf of bread, And an adulteress hunts for the precious life. Can a man take fire in his bosom And his clothes not be burned?
-Proverbs 6:25


For the wrath of God is revealed from heaven against all ungodliness and unrighteousness of men who suppress the truth in unrighteousness, because that which is known about God is evident within them; for God made it evident to them. For since the creation of the world His invisible attributes, His eternal power and divine nature, have been clearly seen, being understood through what has been made, so that they are without excuse.
-Romans 1:18-20

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Thank you so much to Anja for interviewing me about the ins and outs of starting a blog. It was a pleasure! If anyone is new to blogging in general or is thinking about starting a blog, head on over to First Site Guide to read my thoughts and advice!

Although À LA MODEST is clearly not a blog giant, it has graced its presence on the Internet since 2010. Many times I’ve considered shutting it down for personal reasons, but somehow there’s always something about it that made me want to stay. Thank you to the wonderful and talented girls I’ve befriended since starting my blog! That may just be the best part :) It was never about the numbers.

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I am wearing a faux white collar over a plain black sweater and F21 black band jacket. I paired this with a high waist vintage checkered three button skirt with black tights and boots from Boohoo. I’ve been loving the school girl look lately! Thanks to Kesha for snapping these pics of me! racheldahl-boulevardofchic-boc

I took a few photos of the very cool Kesha Abigail from Styled By Kesha. I have more to send her, so she can post on her blog! boulevardofchicfashionmodestbaltimore

Trucks at Boulevard of Chic, Pierce’s Park in Baltimore

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Just some of the lovely VIP fashion bloggers from last Saturday are below (from left to right): Me from A LA MODEST – Yetunde from Sew Urbane – Cathlee from Stylz By Kattz – Trisha Renee from Fashion According to the Menu – Kesha Abigail from Styled By Kesha - Angelique Michelle from Iconiq – Maira from Needles and Fashion

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Last Saturday (November 8) was a busy day for me! I taught at the gym in the morning, hung out at Boulevard of Chic in the afternoon, then had to rush home to cook for the BmorePaleo meetup potluck that night near DC.

I can’t believe this is the third Boulevard of Chic event this year! The fact that the event hosts are able to have this three times a year means only one thing—SUCCESS! I’m so honored to have been part of each one right from the beginning.

What is Boulevard of Chic? If you haven’t seen my first and second posts covering the past BOC events, it is a local fashion shopping celebration in downtown Baltimore. It is the first ever fashion truck event of its kind, which is pretty cool. No longer is the monopoly on the food trucks!

I got to meet and reconnect with fellow fashion bloggers around the MD/VA/DC area, and at the same time shop from and get to know local artists and vendors.

I can’t wait for the next BOC. Would love to keep in touch with these girls in between events!

 

 

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I just love big sweaters, don’t you? This is a vintage 80’s Liz Claiborne Sport (which I call “Rainbow Tron” because of the pattern) in a small size! I usually wear a medium (US 6-8) in today’s clothes. This, however, fits like a large, but it was designed to be loose—just like many of the clothes around the 80’s and 90’s. Though we still have clothing designed to be baggy nowadays, a lot of trendy girls seem to like to pair anything loose with something tight, like it’s some kind of requirement or must. I know it works well for the self-esteem to at least show off something, but it really doesn’t always have to be that way!

I’ve just at this point in my life realized that a loose top and loose bottom paired with some dainty heels can look oh so good. I’ve been watching classic Hollywood movies for a few days straight now, and I picked up a style perspective that I could apply to modern clothes. Big puffy sleeves and dresses are usually paired with dainty heels.

Back to the modern world, I’ve been inspired seeing girls wearing ragged & ripped boyfriend jeans with a classy loose button-down top or an executive-looking blazer with stilettos and just rocking it. The boxy shape isn’t necessarily bad or frumpy. Think 60’s shift dresses or straight-legged or boyfriend jeans with baggy sweaters and skinny heels. The contrast is so awesome, so it’s a win situation for the modest crowd. For the dainty part, I wore short grey socks with my 90’s Mary Janes to get that tasteful Japanese schoolgirl look ;-)

Be a loosey goosey.

You might not want to be a loosey goosey according to its typical definition! However, I found another definition for it on Urban Dictionary that is ironically quite notable: “not following prescribed guidelines or general societal expectations.” Absolutely! That is exactly how we must live our lives, especially if you’re either a Christian or just a red-blooded human being. So regardless of the pattern you choose to wear on your clothes (Rainbow Tron or otherwise), “Do not conform to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind.” -Romans 12:2

Wearing: Liz Claiborne sweater (selling on Etsy)- Kosher Casual shell dress – vintage 90’s pumps

 

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I recently signed up for a really neat app or website called Vinted, which is a service like Poshmark that lets you shop fellow fashionistas’ closets or swap with their items. A lot of the stuff I have on there I amassed from years past that do not necessarily reflect my style or my size. However, I’ve been using it to sell my personal clothes as well. Some of the things I have listed are practically to give away, because I just want to make room around the house! So if you find anything you see from my closet, just send me a reasonable offer. I will most likely accept!

Vinted is free to sign up for, and you get $10 free when you sign up. So with my $10, I bought a really cute 90s inspired circle skirt with sunflowers on it (only had to pay shipping)! I landed on this website, because I was looking for a popular place to sell used clothes that wasn’t eBay or that didn’t have to be vintage-only like Etsy.

If you’re looking for a place to sell your own clothes, I say give it a go… and don’t forget to follow me! I will most likely add something new everyday. It’s a really fun place to get to know other girls as well. I was very flattered when one of the girls who bought my blue velvet dress even started a whole thread on their forum about her purchase from me! It made my day.

 

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They do take a cut of whatever you sell  of course, which is fair. Whatever I don’t sell on here for a while, I will most likely donate to Goodwill.

I also have an Etsy store where I sell vintage only clothes and accessories that you might like to see! I do not discourage haggling ;-)

Are you on Vinted/Etsy?

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Thanks to Independent Fashion Bloggers for picking my link on their top posts last week! Below, you will find other fabulous posts to read.

 

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Style Handbook

Do you ever feel like when you were born, everyone got the handbook to life but you? Ok, maybe not. But when it comes to style, there is no official handbook… but that doesn’t mean we all have to wander around clueless. This week is your guide to style, so pull up a chair, take a deep breath and realize, everything is going to be just fine.

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Whether you celebrate Halloween or not, you will most likely be invited to a dress up party. When you find yourself in that situation in the last minute and on a budget, where do you turn to?

You’ve already done Princess Jasmine in second grade, a witch regrettably sometime in middle school, an obscure anime character in high school, and a general steam punk chic sometime in college. Yet this year even with all the constraints of real life, you still want to look cool. You’re trying to stay away from attracting real life demons but still have fun. You still want to keep your private parts private. You still want to preserve your dignity while showing off your awesome creativity…

Here are some quick and random ideas that might not cost you much at all to put together but will make you look stellar! Let me know what you think.

 

1. Rachel from Blade Runner

How rare is it to find an iconic female sci-fi character who isn’t showing much skin? Although Rachel slips into something else in a deleted scene, it’s not hard to recognize that this hair paired with that suit is Rachel from the movie Blade Runner! You can find Youtube videos with hair tutorials on how to do victory rolls to fit her look. Also, check out this article for her makeup. You’re extra cool if you can quote lines the entire night.

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2. Famous iconic detectives: Carmen Sandiego or a female Dick Tracy

A trip to the thrift store for a used red coat (if you don’t already have one) and to the dollar store for a spray painted red hat will automatically create Carmen Sandiego! You can always be a female Dick Tracy, Inspector Gadget, or Sherlock Holmes if it’s too hard to find a red coat. Cheap, chic, and conservative. Besides, don’t you want to stay in character even when you’re outside in the cold and bundled up? Brr…

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3. Comic book face

If you’re a wizard of makeup magic, you can transform yourself into a vintage comic book character. There are many Youtube tutorials you can find that show you how to do this. Although more positive and less sinister compared to zombie or doll faces that are meant to be scary on purpose, comic book faces can still be equally creepy!

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4. Iconic classic characters with easy to replicate puffy dresses

Although it’s nice to put your own spin into existing characters at times, it gets pretty darn annoying and uncreative when all of the classic female characters get way shorter hemlines. I think it’s so demeaning to women to sell this to us and a total bastardization of classic literature and culture. It’s not wrong to shorten hemlines a bit, but it is total brainwashing and controlling when they don’t sell you adequate skirt lengths on costumes at stores.

The easiest thing to do is to make your own costume. If you’re not very crafty or are pressed for time, go to your local thrift store and buy a puffy vintage dress. If it’s pink, you can dress up like Princess Peach from Mario; if it’s yellow, Belle from Beauty and the Beast; blue? Alice from Alice in Wonderland. Want to do separates? Mary Poppins. Just add in an umbrella! Look below with costumes from Keiko Lynn.

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5. Cultural- Your own or someone else’s (THE TITULAR POINT of the Politically Incorrect!)

I’m just going to throw this out there, but I think it’s so ridiculous that it has become “politically incorrect” to dress up as a different nationality. Other kids have been sent to the principals’ office for wearing a sombrero at a costume party or even having the American flag! A yoga studio recently was forced to cancel their Indian themed party because of this same reason as well. When has it become insulting to share someone else’s culture or to show love for your own? We share food, language, ideas, and even family with different cultures. Why has it become a sensitive issue to partake in cultural clothing? Just like how people love Chinese, Indian, Greek, and Middle Eastern foods… we like their clothing as well. Halloween, dress up parties, or what have you are an outlet for expression and creativity. It’s not always meant to insult or show hate. It’s on the person if it is, but it’s not often the case.

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Because I’m stressing the importance of ignoring what is politically correct, at least in this regard, I am inclined to show you more photos of international wear from my roots! The photo below on the left is traditional Filipiniana, and the right is a modern take. If you search photos of Filipiniana on Pinterest or Google, you should find so much variety! It’s also very easy to replicate and looks a lot like Spanish attire. You can use a shawl to create the puffy wrap around if you don’t have the unique puffy sleeves and carry around a fan.

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You know what? I’m not going to stop rubbing it in. Below is a video of Erasure with a white geisha. I don’t care. They obviously love the culture and want to incorporate it enough in their video beautifully. This song takes me back to my first memory of a choreographed dance in first grade:

BUYING ONLINE TIP: If you’re buying Halloween makeup, masks, or costumes online, it can sometimes be cheaper than going to retail stores. I find exactly the pattern I want for tights at the right price without having to spend all day at the mall. Just be aware of the shipping times if the store is overseas! It’s not so bad to get costumes online, because you know they don’t have to be quality made. I mean, they’re costumes! You will only use them maybe once or twice. That’s the beauty of buying online for such things!

Shoes however may be a different case. You will need good shoes for standing and walking at your party. I can’t stress this enough, because you don’t want to be limping and in agony because of poorly designed online bought shoes. I found a good shoe size conversion webpage that you can refer to anytime you want to purchase shoes online.

5. Be yourself.

You’re exciting and interesting as you are! I know for a fact that not everyone who likes horror movies is into dressing up (same goes for anime lovers and cosplay), so hit the hay ride or put in a scary or suspenseful movie! I personally like watching scary movies not because I’m into the occult of course, but I honestly like that people are being reminded of real spiritual forces, the battle between good and evil, through fiction. And, I also simply like the thrill of a good scare. I leave you with  past outfits of mine that weren’t intended as a costume or for Halloween… I was simply being well, myself.

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YOU: Are you into wearing costumes? What will you be for Halloween this year?

 

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