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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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In recent pop culture, the tribal-hippie look seems to have been overtaken by boring and limited combinations—common patterns like paisley and damask, pastel colors that make tribal look cute instead of fierce, and the hippie style look bland instead of bizarre. There are so many other patterns that can be played around with and so many color combinations that can be used. Emilio Pucci rises above the norm!

I was very surprised to see how there were so many conservative or modest options in many of his pieces, and yet they were far removed from boring. His patterns are like an explosion of ethereal colors forced out of an otherwise empty and dull universe.

The focus of every outfit put together with an Emilio Pucci piece is the work of art found deep in the pattern and color and less on the silhouette of the body wearing the outfit. This may be good news for those who may be insecure about their bodies, but for those who are confident with theirs, the pieces have an interesting effect of drawing more attention to the person wearing it—their personality, their insights, their taste.

Wearing an Emilio Pucci piece invites conversation and wonder.

Below, you can check out some of my favorite patterns from his Fall 2012 collection and Emilio Pucci’s fun yet wacky designs for Braniff International Airways’ stewardess uniforms. You can also invest in some of Emilio Pucci pieces at Harrods—out of this world kaleidoscope patterns that will leave your mind drifting into another dimension!

 

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Emilio Pucci’s uniform designs for Braniff International Airway’s stewardesses/hostesses:

Emilio Pucci was determined to bring “The End of the Plain Plane” to Braniff International Airways’ stewardess uniforms which were worn from 1965-1977. They were separate components that were to be added or removed, depending on the weather conditions. One of the more conspicuous innovations was a bubble helmet to protect the hostesses’ perfect 60s hairdo! I personally think it looks awesome and so sci-fi, a la Logan’s Run. His uniforms got so popular that even Barbie had some Pucci uniforms. See below for some photos.

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To celebrate all that is Etsy, vintage seller Otter Pawps is giving away items from her shop to a la Modest readers! Pick ANYTHING you like (including the top and skirt I am currently wearing) :)

REQUIRED: All you need to do is follow @OtterPawpsShawp on Twitter then leave a comment on this post with your Twitter username + country. Tell me what you like about vintage/Etsy on the comment as well. Example: “@alamodest – USA – I like vintage because…”

Optional/extra entries: Favorite/follow Otter Pawps store and/or items. Leave your Etsy username in the comment.

Open to all. Ends Sunday, January 26.

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WINNERS: Heidi, Dana Rodriguez, and Kate Redding.

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Some of us don’t wait for Halloween to wear “costumes.” For us, wearing elaborate or theme-inspired clothing is a daily matter. You call it costumes, we call it a way of living! Last year, I wrote about escaping from “Sartorial Stereotypes” for Halloween with just a quick list of ideas.  So, for most people who are just looking for cool and obscure references for their Halloween costumes, how about you take a hint from the lovely Lene Lovich?

Lene Lovich (born Lili-Marlene Premilovich) is an American singer-songwriter New Wave artist from the late 70s-early 80s (my favorite period!). Her most famous hit was “Lucky Number.” This lady, although born in Detroit came from an English mother and an Yugoslavian father. She also went back to her mother’s country for an extensive period to study art. In fact, her iconic hairstyle with scarves came from how she covered her hair to keep it away while sculpting!

Looking at her clothing and hair in plaits,  you can’t help but think of traditional Yugoslavian attire, most likely influenced by her father’s side. Below are a couple of photos of the country’s costume for women:

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Lene Lovich’s “Lucky Number” music video:

 

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How COOL are these boots? These are made by a company called Gipsy Dharma (I just love that name). Two of these leather boots are named “Mischievous Fairy,” and I think the name suits the design of these boots very well. Oh how I’d love to pair these with some black tights and a laid back outfit on a nice Spring day! They’re like Planet of the Apes meets Peter Pan meets swashbucklers…

I think you’ll need something like this to transform a lonesome stroll in a local park into roaming around a magical forest.

Their About Us section on their website is total icing on the cake:

Unique clothing and leather boots for women.

Light and flexible, like second skin.

Barefoot feeling for all you dancers, fairies, pixies, gipsies and space travellers :)

Love & Light. Your Gipsy Dharma.


The vintage clothing inspiration for today is the gorgeous Michelle Phillips of the 60s pop band The Mamas and The Papas. Michelle’s style back in her day had a good mix of textures—mostly tribal/hippie (trippy?)/ psychedelic. She wore a lot of maxi skirts and flowy free-spirited tops.

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