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So I went a little crazy here with the background. I just couldn’t help adding these geometric brushes to the background, which took me less than a minute to do. I was also going to add glitters and sequins, but  that would’ve been overkill. This is Monki’s second magazine issue, called “The Wishes and Dreams Issue.” They’ve only had two issues so far, and the next one is coming in February. I am not subscribed to a lot of fashion magazines (or magazines in general), mostly because it’s really hard to find magazines with artistic content or that are leaning more toward unconventional and modest styles. I like Monki’s publication even though it only features their own products. Although technically this would be considered a catalog, I still look at it as a magazine because of the valuable content and visually enticing spreads infused into each issue.
My favorite part would have to be the caricatures that do not make girls desire big bosoms or curvy silhouettes. Although all of the girls drawn here look skinny, I had to giggle at one drawing of a girl with a proportionally large belly (not pictured here), making her look like she had just had a bit too much to eat for lunch!
Like I said in my other post about Monki, we do not have their store in the U.S., but I do like Monki for their surrealistic ideas. Oh, and yes, the photo of me below is screaming, “I can’t wait for Christmas!” This leads me to say that although I never disliked getting clothes as a child (I know some kids hate to get clothes instead of toys), I kind of do now, especially when the clothes given to me aren’t really my style. I like the thought of giving gifts, though, especially with the intention of trying to please. It’s just difficult to appreciate getting clothes that I know I’d never wear. Still, this kind of gift is a lot better than the dreaded picture frame, figurine, or keychain as a gift. People, these gifts are useless, and nobody wants them unless expressed otherwise! Vent ended.

I know not everyone has the gift of gift giving (which is a love language), but I think we should at least try to make an effort to please the person we’re giving gifts to. I know that I am not the best gift giver, and I remember giving gifts to everyone at Christmas parties just because I felt pressured to give. That never results in anything special or worthwhile. I’m going to try to make an effort to give based on what I believe the person would like and not just give from what I have lying in the attic somewhere. I probably will still regift here and there or pick out from what I already have, but that is if I really believe the person I’m giving to would like or use the gift! Yes, gifts really do not have to be expensive, but they need to be thoughtful. There is such a thing as mindless giving, too.

What is on your Christmas wishlist? I think for me gift cards for department or specialty stores (clothing, music, etc.), restaurants, or theaters are the safest to give when you have no other ideas. Everybody likes to eat out or see movies. I also like getting greeting cards ONLY when they have a LOT of writing on them! I really don’t understand people who give cards with just their signature on the bottom—as if I’ll remember Hallmark’s words when I see the person again. Okay, vent really ended.

Also, if you haven’t started listening to Sufjan Steven’s Christmas albums, you should. Here is another Christmas compilation from Sounds Familyre (where Sufjan is from) that just came out which you can download for free.
What I Wore: Charlotte Russe blouse – Charter Club plaid skirt – Sans Souci faux fur vest – Koko Fashion shell – Sam’s Beauty gold bangle

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22 Responses to “My Shelf, Me, and Monki + Thoughts on Gifts”

  1. Marella

    Soooo cute dear! <3

  2. Victoria / Justice Pirate

    I never heard of their magazine. I like seeing drawings of very small chested girls since I’m one. :(

    I love the skirt. I don’t really think the top goes well with it but it is unique too. I thin your hair looks adorable and I love the bedspread too.

  3. Hope

    I love your style!

  4. Carrie at In the Hammock Blog

    love the tartan skirt!!

  5. CS

    so cute!

  6. Natasha Atkerson

    Plaid skirts? Total sucker! I’m in love with them, seriously I have a love affair with them!

    The magazine looks neat! Although I have the exact opposite, I have a large chest so magazines with people with small chests make envious…*sigh* oh well! Its kind of funny if you think about it…those that have don’t want, those that don’t want it! Which applies to everything! I think its best to just be happy with whatever you have.
    Natasha
    A Modest Fashion Blog:
    http://www.natashaatkerson.blogspot.com

  7. Shey

    Hey Rache, I love the skirt it’s beautiful print never goes out of style. You know I totally agree with you on feeling forced to give because you feel like you have to, I hate that too, unfortunately I tend to give in at work with peopleat work, this year though I gave gift cards, for some reason I always get gift I don’t like from my students, but I appreciate them regardless, my friend at work gave me some vintage brooches and I was very excited about that, just knowing that she pays attention to what I wear all the time (brooches) and thought of me when she gave me those made my day, also she doesn’t have any daughters just sons and as she was explaining to me why she was giving me her things she teared up, so I know it meant a lot to her and that’s what counts for me. Now to tell you the truth the thing I hate about this season is how commenciaized CHristmas has become, it seems that now days Christmas is not Christmas if you don’t get any presents, somehow the presents and gift giving have become part of the Christmas definition…which makes me pretty sad because Christmas is not about giving, it’s all about Christ, celebrating Him. I really dislike the radios gift giving programs, maybe I’m just apathetic but oh my gosh, I’m sure those people never had a Christmas without presents and think it will forever damage their children just because they don’t get a toy! I just can’t feel sorry for them when in other countries people are starving to death and don’t have clothes or shoes…=/ okay this was my vent of the day. =)

  8. Tanya

    Love that top and cute hair!

  9. Heidi

    I agree with the gift giving thing. It can be hard to pin point what the perfect gift would be for somebody unless you know them quite well. Even then, it is hard to shop for my Dad. Although he appreciates whatever I buy him. I am probably the only one that loves to get gift cards during Christmas…lol. Well, I am addicted to shopping so if I get free money to do so I am so happy! LOL
    Great post! Love the skirt. :)

  10. Noelle

    Wow, you’re one of the most photogenic people I’ve ever seen! :)

    I have to agree with your gift-giving rant. Even though gifts are fun to open, I would rather someone donate to a truly meaningful cause than give me a lot of little trinkets that are not really gifts from the heart. I feel the same way about giving gifts to other people … I really dislike giving a gift that isn’t something special! Perhaps after Christmas you could tell us more about what kinds of gifts you gave.
    Bee-youtiful outfit. I discovered the many joys of loooong skirts the other day. It makes you feel (and look) long and statuesque.
    xoxo

  11. Stephanie Bottigliero

    you look adorable!

  12. Crystalline

    OMG, where is that awesome bedspread from? O.O

    (Your hair looks fantastic, BTW!)

  13. Lyddiegal

    Please add candles to the list of gifts no one wants.

    and yes, it makes me crazy when people go to the effort of sending a card, just to scribble their name at the bottom. especially if its someone who I haven’t been keeping up with much – i think, “now is the chance, write something worth my time!”

    Anyway, I hope you have a lovely christmas, and get some clothes you’d actually like to wear.

  14. Katie @ Beautifully Pure

    Aww!!! What pretty pictures!! I love your bracelets! <3

    What great thoughts on presents. My birthday was on Saturday, and my big sister gave me the sweetest gift ever! She is a tomboy, and doesn't enjoy fashion a whole lot, but she looked at clothes online with me all Friday light (we always stay up late for our sister-night then) since she lives too far to go real shopping with me, and said that when I saw something I liked, she'd buy it for me – up to $25. And then she ended up getting me a pair of sunglasses I liked, too – just because she wanted to. It was seriously the sweetest gift I've ever gotten – even more than the expensive camera my mom and dad got me, and it was because of what you said. It took a lot of thought for her to think up something so perfect for me. <3

    ~ Katie
    http://www.katie-beautifullyme.blogspot.com

  15. sweet

    I love receiving letters and cards…with a little note or a full page letter hahahha!!!

    adorable photos Rachel…you always rock printed outfits…I do not know how you do that…but I love the bold colors and prints and your bedsheet plus the skirt…

    awww crazy but I love it…

    so beautiful…

    Kisses
    Sweet
    PensandLens

  16. Cheryl

    Oh, I love your blouse, Rach! :) I´m a practical person when giving gifts. I usually buy things that the receiver needs. Since I resided here, I´m lucky because the hubs doesn´t like receiving gifts, all he wants is a delicious Noche Buena and so I´m very okay with that. hahaha!

  17. Bella Q

    You look beautiful! I love the mix of plaid and print. Cool and super cool.

  18. Lisa

    adorable blog..I love your full plaid skirt mixed with print blouse..adorable…thanks
    Lisa

  19. Laura Connell

    I’ve definitely indulged in the mindless gift-giving in the past. I realized it was more about me feeling obligated than any desire to truly make the other person happy, so I stopped doing it. This year my friends and I are spending time together, no gifts, and it feels better that way. We all have too much junk as it is.

  20. Rachel @ à la Modest

    That is a fantastic idea! I’d rather spend quality time with friends and family anyway than to get gifts I might never or rarely use.

  21. Sarah

    VERY cute outfit! AND…I LOVE your bedspread!! It’s look very Urban Outfitters-ish. My sis has a quilt from UO that looks a lot like it! :)
    Hope you had a Merry Christmas! I’ll be entering your giveaway shortly!

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