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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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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!

Wooden Spectacles

August 27th, 2014

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Really sunny days call for fun shades, and these wooden sunglasses by Woodzee are the best looking pair I’ve had in awhile! They fit my eyes quite well, I’d say, but I think the Wayfarer glasses would look good on just about anyone! They are made from pear wood and can be worn by both gals and guys. The texture that the wood brings to this otherwise plastic pair of retro Wayfarers makes them so unique. The company seems very professional, environmentally conscious, and hip!

The packaging was so cool, too. Everything in the box was coordinated to fit the wooden theme. See below! It even had a complimentary wooden toothbrush and some sticker swag! You know, it makes me shed a tiny but sincere tear when I see how much effort and creativity gets put in packaging that we all know gets thrown away anyway. Like how many of us just resort to paying a few bucks for gift bags instead of wrapping presents ourselves with neat little folds and a bow. It’s also kinda like how much effort was put into clothing back in the day, both men’s and women’s. It’s a lost art.

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I just love organically designed products or items with an organic feel. That liking could be attributed to my practice of yoga, for sure :)

I’m sorry that you had to see our doggy’s behind TWICE in these photos, but I’m not sorry that you got to see her in general!

What is your favorite pair of sunglasses?

Wearing: necklace, shoes, and fake collar are all from eBay. The dress is from Grayson.

A Sucker for Socks

August 19th, 2014

Below are just a few examples of my past outfits proving how I’m a sucker for socks, leg warmers, and tights. Fall is fast approaching, and I just CAN’T WAIT to sport some new looks with my favorite fall accessory. Sadly, I’ve been so “practical” with my clothing this year (being a fitness instructor-hippie) that I’ve barely worn layers or accessories. I am barefoot almost every single day, I kid you not!  How I miss just putting together fun and offbeat outfits for the sake of artsy pursuits! <3 P.S. Clicking on each photo takes you to the original post.

 

Did you know that if you wanted to get pairs of unique (and inexpensive) hosiery that you probably won’t see anyone wear but still look cool, you could always check out the Halloween or costume aisle? I’m not just talking about your fishnets or hot pink leggings. Check the socks out below for some ideas. They are meant to be worn with sexy Halloween costumes for women (egghhh), but with a bit of creative effort, you could incorporate these into your decent everyday leg wear.

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If you’re not feeling to adventurous, there are solid colored knee high socks you can buy. I love my red, white, yellow, and black knee highs the most. I find that thigh highs on the other hand does not suit my bottom heavy figure and would require very short skirts. Also, that gap of skin in between the sock and your leg could make you look so much shorter than you are. My go to is either full leg wear, bobby socks, or knee highs. Check out below for some fall/winter high fashion runway looks from the recent past with conservative or modest knee highs:

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Do you like to wear socks? How do you like wearing them?

 

 

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I am wearing a graphic tee from Monkey: Journey to the West, an awesome operatic play composed by Damon Albarn (of Blur and Gorillaz) that we got to see in New York around this time a year ago! My husband actually bought it for himself, but it just got a tad small on him (he is beefing up, I suppose!)… so I get to wear it! Yesss.

I don’t really wear graphic tees much like I used to when I was in middle or high school. When I wear it now, I like it to say something accurate about me or what I like. I used to just put something on that looked kinda cute or cool without really thinking about what the graphic or words on my shirt say. I remember back in middle school I had this bubble gum pink jersey with glitter that said “Tiki Beach. Clothing optional.” I mean, what was I thinking? I was a Spice Girl.

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Debbie Harry from Blondie

Graduating from lameness, I decided that I was going to be more intentional about graphic tees. I’d wear images of my favorite bands, albums, philosophical ideals, conspiracy theories, etc. Of course, I also thought about being mentally apt about being approached and questioned more than usual about the messages literally being communicated through my clothing. Would I be prepared? It’s definitely happened before at a grocery store when a gentleman approached me about my Beatles shirt, which is the most typical graphic tee of the most celebrated band. That was too easy. I generally stay away from the obvious, just because I am a soul always looking for something unusual in common with people! That is why Rob and I click :)

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Billy Corgan from Smashing Pumpkins

PET PEEVE. I’ve been seeing a lot of girls wear iconic rock bands on their t-shirts, have you? I don’t like to judge, but I know I’d be so ticked if they didn’t know much about the band. There are other sacred or sinister symbols that are so misunderstood that a lot of people like to wear fashionably–the cross, the masons, the evil eye, illuminati, etc. I would wear any of these symbols only if I was prepared to say anything other than, “I don’t know. It looks cool.”

Vocal  graphic tees on anyone though can be just as annoying as bumper stickers plastered all over an insecure car. Can your entire personality be summed up on to the space on your chest or the butt of you car? Probably not. That is probably why a lot of us misunderstood individuals like titles of our own choosing, because it’s nice to belong, to associate sometimes. However, these things always fail to summarize the complexity of any individual, and I am usually still left misunderstood :-/

It cracks me up that I used to own shirts with Japanese Engrish on them. It was charming at first, until I realized that I could easily be mistaken as someone who can’t speak English just because I am Asian!

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Do you like wearing graphic tees? What kind of graphic do you tend to pick?

 

 

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I had fun styling this 3 in 1 dress made by La Voici. I must say, it is incredibly WELL MADE. I feel like thousands of dollars in the craftsmanship put into this French quality dress. The materials used are sturdy and built to last. Most of all, La Voici’s selections are a dream for the layering addict.

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Above and below, you’ll see me wearing the three pieces (lace long sleeved shirt, the sleeveless crop tank, and the red circle skirt). The timeless look can be worn with something more formal or casual like how I styled it here. a la modest dress circle skirt lace vintage cute asian fashion blogger

Below, I switched to high waist jeans instead of the skirt. You’ll want to wear something high waist if you don’t want to show the skin between the crop tank and your bottom ;-) a la modest dress circle skirt lace vintage cute fashion blogger

In the photo below, I am wearing the same skirt but without the lace overlay for warmer days! a la modest dress circle skirt lace vintage cute fashion blogger

For something more hip and laid back, just the crop top with some good ole’ high waist jeans!

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I leave you with a video of Raveonette’s She Owns the Streets, because I just can’t help but dance in these clothes! Warning: Undies in the beginning :P

The music, the scene, and your mood can all affect how you get lost in music, but are there certain clothes that put you in the mood for dancing as well?

 

michalgolan-alamodestb I haven’t done a black and white photo series in a long time, and I know I should do it more often if I really do believe that 90s Guess ads are what I worshiped growing up! I’m currently wearing my favorite dress with Cathedral-like stained glass pattern paired with lovely jewelry designed by Michal Golan. Pardon my hair here! It is in its “no poo” glory!

Michal Golan has really beautiful jewelry. What I like best about it is its themes and the intricacy involved in every piece. She’s made several designs of the Hamsa, the evil eye, the cross, the Star of David, and other Jewish symbols to name a few. Born in Israel, Michal preserves history and culture through the symbols incorporated within her jewelry, and this is what makes every piece worth more than mass produced adornments dabbling in similar themes.

My necklace has a large Hamsa pendant covered with Swarovski crystals and glass. You may know that this symbol represents good luck, happiness, or protection, but what you may not know is that just like the Swastika, this symbol appears in so many different religions and cultures—including the big three: Islam, Christianity, Judaism. The Hamsa in Islam is called Hand of Fatima. In Christianity, it is called Hand of Mary. In Judaism, it is known as the Hand of Fatima. Whatever the original source, the meaning is usually the same and is associated with goodness. The evil eye on the other hand is its opposite, and the Hamsa protects against it.

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Though I haven’t worn much jewelry lately due to avoiding metals to encourage free flowing energy between the earth and myself, I do enjoy the occasional adornments from beautiful pieces like Michal’s!

Do you have a favorite symbol(s)? What does it represent?

 

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To add a little bit of color to these photo series, below are shameless selfies wearing Michal Golan on two different occasions ;-) As you can see, I wear my bangs like curtains on my forehead whenever I feel like it!

Wearing: Michal Golan Hamsa necklace & Michal Golan earrings from the Sky Collection

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