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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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Traditional Filipiniana / Modern Filipiniana source

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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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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Although I am girly in a lot of ways, I do admire masculinity in women. Masculinity gets a bad rep in some conservative and religious communities, but if you look at these women in the photos below there is no doubt they are female. With the overabundance of estrogen in food nowadays, women could use a bit more testosterone in their bodies to balance out our hormones!

As you know, Blue Crush the movie and Roxy ads have long set the stage for what surfer girls should look like, wearing tiny bikinis that don’t realistically stay in place when riding major waves! I still prefer the surfer look with scuba suits or separates on women as I do with men. The words “tough,” “hardcore,” “serious” and “legit” come to mind when I see surfers in full clothing. I take them a bit more seriously as I do with individuals in other competitive sports. I know that may sound judgmental, but we can’t deny the reality that the same kind of thinking applies to how customers and coworkers view clothing around the workplace. It’s hard wired into our brains.

Enjoy looking through photos of lovely and talented surfer gals below that the Beach Boys’ wouldn’t give a pass:

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Photo sources: Click on photos above to go directly to photographers’ websites

A few vintage photos of surfer girls are below, because I cannot help but post vintage photos of everything I talk about :)

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Below are a few of my favorite quirky modest bathing suits from ModestSea, which are perfect for the active swimmer or surfer. Even if you’re not usually covered up on the beach, it’s nice to have water repellant clothing that is not a raincoat. I find that the best material for my workout clothes are the type that swimsuits are made of, without actually wearing a swimsuit! Water resistant material doesn’t cling to  skin easily when sweaty and hides whatever bulge you may have! PS Don’t you think the model below looks a lot like Natalie Portman?

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What do you think about these swimsuits and swim dresses—yay or nay?

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I am wearing a vintage hat, face silhouette top that looks so pop art, and “Gucci” style purse which are all on my Etsy if you are interested in purchasing them! The high waist skirt with suspenders sown on is from SammyDress, and I love it! I can’t get enough of high waist skirts.

So last month, I got to see Casper and the Cookies along with my brother’s band Balkan Falcon at the Windup Space in Baltimore. Kay Stanton was wearing the shirt below.

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Look familiar? I asked her where she got hers from, and she said at a thrift store in CA. Ha! I told her I found mine at a thrift store as well. It was truly bizarre to see someone else wearing a rare vintage shirt I haven’t seen on anyone else! I told her I’d stop a stranger on the street if I saw someone wearing something I have (or like), which I have done before… So if you’re a size small/medium and want this top, head over to my Etsy!

Do check the Casper and the Cookies out. They are awesome. If you remember, I included them on my Valentine’s Day mix playlist with a few other bloggers a few years back! Add C&C’s Jason & Kay to your cutest-couples-in-bands-together list. They’ve been married since 2000. Hallelujah…

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I was surprised to see that the crappy quality video I uploaded on Youtube of my live teaching for Bodyflow three months ago has racked up 25K views and 130 subscribers! I’m only saying this because I rarely put up videos on Youtube (let alone check my statistics), and I was just really thrilled to see mostly the comments and e-mails requesting that I make more workout videos! I really appreciate your responses! heart emoticon

I am currently going through my Yoga Alliance certification, so I am hopefully in the near future be making my very own originally choreographed material (this time, not with Les Mills and with my very own choice of music) and putting them up freely on Youtube!

Do you have favorite workout channel(s) on Youtube, yoga or not? What are they? Do share!

 

 

 

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It’s wedding season, and I’ve got three weddings to attend this summer…phew! It just hit me that I don’t have any semi formal (or formal) dresses that are floor length. If you aren’t a diva on the red carpet or a Russian socialite, chances are you don’t have many of those types of dresses either.

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For me, here are some of the reasons why I personally don’t own any floor length and high neck gowns:

1. Hard to find long gowns that are within my budget. Not that more material to cover the skin equates to a higher price tag, because we all know that’s not always the case! It would make more sense, though.

2. Long and high neck gowns are not wearable casually or on more than one occasion. In other words, they are not that versatile. You can’t easily layer a fully covered gown that’s not a shell with another piece of clothing on top and make it something else. For instance, I could easily transform my tunic or a short dress into a shirt by tucking in. You can’t do that with a long gown.

3. Modestly made gowns are often too medieval looking for my taste. Don’t get me wrong. I love vintage, but I don’t like frump.

4. More material on a piece of clothing automatically makes you think of being warm. Not hot, in the shallow sense of the word. Since prom and most weddings happen when the weather gets warm, you want to feel cool in your semi formal attire.

 

So to summarize it for many gals, long and high neck gowns are either too expensive, non versatile, frumpy, too warm—or a combination.

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However, if you’ve got an eye for style and know that conservatism (modest but not necessarily minimalist) doesn’t always mean frumpy, then you know that long and high neck gowns can be just as or even more attractive on a woman’s physique!

The Oscars type gowns don’t always have to be that expensive that only a Hollywood actress can afford it either. There are non high end brands that are very affordable.

As far as being warm in long and high neck gowns, there are dresses that are made to be breathable and light weight enough to be worn in the summer!

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Just take a look below at some of my personal picks from Victoria’s Dress. They are breath taking! Looking for Long Prom Dresses? Which one is your favorite?

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If I could do it all over again, I’d definitely pick from these if I was looking for Cheap Prom Dresses!

 

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