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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.

“If you blog, blog because you want and love to. It doesn’t matter who is reading or if anyone is reading. Always strive for excellence, because you are excellent.”

-Rachel Dahl, alamodest.com

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If you don’t have a blog, have you ever thought about starting one?

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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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I didn’t get the name of the masked artist doing all the artwork you see below. If you know, please get in touch with me! boulevardofchic-artwork2 boulevardofchic-artwork3 boulevardofchic-artwork

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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Me this year source / Me in 2010 source

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

 

 

goodbyesummer It’s been a few weeks since summer officially ended. If the NSA were to print out my search history, they’d find things like “plaid” and “cool sweater” in a lot of my Google search terms! Though I’m excited that Fall has begun, part of me still wishes summer was around.

Why? Besides the warmth and light that longer sunny days bring, I also missed out on a ton of styles and clothes I forgot to add in that may have been best done in the summer.

Here are a few on my list. Please do share yours!

1. Lady like & playful dresses and skirts

For most of the summer, I was either teaching yoga classes or spending time literally spread out on the floor (or the ground) doing everything else from eating to working. Practically, my outfits mostly involved stretchy yoga pants. My style died this summer, but it was an experience well worth it. However, I do miss wearing dainty clothes, dresses, and skirts. I missed out on the playfulness of poodle skirts with bandanas, a sort of modest Bordot-Hepburn combo! Below are some really cute dresses from ReoRia on my “1950’s Clothing” wish list! Of course, my inspiration was Bridgit:

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2. Accessorizing

I did have my fair share of multiple rings and chokers this summer, so I’m not really talking about those. I did miss out on extensively wearing my beloved straw hat as pictured below! I barely wore any hats or sunglasses at all this summer, because I was accessory lazy in general. I also just landed on these things called Skin Candy Tattoos that make temporary tattoos look 10x cooler! So if doing yoga all summer made it impossible to wear hats and jewelry, something like this would be very appropriate!

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3. Biking

My husband just bought me a shiny red Schwinn bike with 21 gears for my birthday last May, and I have not used it on the road! For shame. Maybe this Fall would be better, for the scenery anyway! How often do you see bikes and dresses? Not very often. Maybe I’ll pose pics soon. I could’ve have been having fun like Rita Hayworth and her gang of gals…

 

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4. Going to the Beach

Rob and I have only been to the beach once the entire summer! It’s been hard looking for decent and quiet family beaches with salty water, but that one spontaneous trip to Ocean City was so worth it. No one was barely there, but the weather was gorgeous. We had our fair share of the outdoors in general from “grounding” as often as we could, but there’s nothing like the sand and sea…

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What are some things you think you may have missed out on this summer?

If you’d rather not think about it, what are you looking forward to this fall?

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Around the time these photos were taken, I was approached by a couple of individuals, male and female, who called my attention out of nowhere because they had an interesting suggestion for my blog. Out of what seemed like a genuine concern to help my modest “popularity,” I listened.

They suggested I take on different models to pose either with me or instead of me in some posts. They said that this would be a great idea to get more people interested in reading my blog because people naturally want “variety.”

Without thinking too much about the suggestion (although I did ponder why they were thinking about this), I thanked them for trying to help out and let them know that this was a good thought—something that I myself have attempted to do in the past but didn’t quite pan out.

Then they continued talking.

One of them told me to get someone tall, and the other said to get someone more full figured. I am neither of those, of course.

These people aren’t strangers to me, mind you. I’ve known them for a while. I generally feel comfortable around them, except when they show how shallow they can be at times. At this point, I was feeling a bit insecure.

Thinking about how the topic was on variety, I smiled and said in response, “you mean like a Dove commercial?” The man smiled back, but I sensed that he didn’t find that kind of variety attractive, because he said nothing in response and moved on.

They both said the more people I get interested by having a variety of girls in the pictures, the more advertisers will want my blog. Sure, we all know that hype makes you popular, thus making you more desirable to companies, but something about this conversation really irked me. It wasn’t that I was to share my personal blog with other girls (I actually wouldn’t mind and like that), but it was the curious motivation behind it that bothered me.

I don’t really think primarily in terms of advertisers when I write out my posts. Sure, I do care about SEO, but I am not a walking billboard or a sellout whose goal in life is to get followers. I think people started following me in the beginning, because I was saying things so unpopular and seemingly offensive. My intentions, for those who truly know my heart, were nothing but of love of course.

I started this blog because I had a burning longing to want to express myself, my lifestyle philosophies expressed through clothing. I remembered thinking four years ago that if ALAMODEST falls on deaf ears, so be it. I’m not as loud about my ideals as I was then, but my beliefs hold true. The people who are just reading this now may not know how I used to write back then, but I highly miss it… and I’m sure some of you do too.

I know that I’m not that popular compared to other bloggers and that I don’t write posts very often (at least not on this blog), but I feel okay where I am right now. At least, I am being myself.

Sometimes being modest in popularity is a good thing. It could be negative but also could be a sign that you’re staying true to yourself and not acting just like everyone else, or how others expect you to act—even among the “indie” crowd. Wherever you are in your blog statistics or offline social status, love and embrace yourself.

 

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THE CLOTHES

 

Wearing: Juil Lelo grounding/earthing bootsAnthropologie kimono – plain black top and leggings so common looking they could be from anywhere – vintage style necklace from eBay

The awesome boots I’m wearing are from a company called Juil. They are grounding shoes that are meant to connect you to the earth and give you health benefits. For those who may have never heard of grounding at all, you can read or watch a video of our review of these shoes (and more) on our other blog MODERN LIFE SURVIVALIST.

I really like the print on this kimono from Anthropologie, but alas I am selling it on my store because I think someone will love it even more. It’s brand new with tag and retails for $128. Message me or buy from my store if interested!

 

Have a great weekend all!

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