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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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Eva & Carmen

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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!

 

Fun Times, Fun Tights

February 21st, 2014

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This outfit is inspired by the track with the “animal lunges” from my Les Mills Bodyflow 63 class! If you don’t know what that is, it’s a fun class that combines Tai Chi, Pilates, and yoga set to modern pop music which was all pre-selected by the company and not me (sorry, ya’ll).

I was wearing a vintage bathing suit as a top that had a mesh chest, so I wore a tan cami underneath! It may look like my chest but it isn’t. I should pick a different color next time!

These leopard print leggings are from Grayson. They have very reasonable prices on almost everything. I usually don’t wear leggings with prints at all, because they do emphasize the derriere and thick calves if you have them *ahem*! We are blessed that we are strong! I usually stick to black or solid dark colors. However, I decided to have fun with it at least while teaching and wear some printed tights to my class! 

Whenever I teach, I usually wear red streaks on a high pony tail and a beaded choker around my neck. Who says you can’t have fun with your clothes when you work out?

Below, you’ll find a video of me teaching wearing Grayson’s diamond print leggings. On time 11:38 of the video, you’ll see the first “animal lunge.”

This morning while I was searching for a nice devotional to spend my early mornings with, I stumbled upon this book called Made to Crave, which you can get on Amazon. I haven’t done devotionals in a long time or books that appear to be “self help” with just snippets of Bible verses in them. I noticed that I stopped reading the Bible as is when I turned to books like that, but it’s really better than no gospel at all. I tend to like more philosophical interpretations of the Bible versus practical and self help type stuff, so it’s hard for me to like typical devotionals… unless we’re talking about Oswald Chambers and the like.

Anyway, Made to Crave is a devotional.  It’s a devotional about helping people stop craving bad food and start craving the Word of God. However, it doesn’t just take your attention away from eating, it promotes healthy eating. Awesome. I hear so many Christians especially that will allow and even encourage unhealthy eating and lifestyles, because these aren’t “sins.” Sure, they may not be things that will lead our souls to eternal damnation, but they are things that most people are addicted with (without even knowing it), won’t let go of, and are controlled by. Sugar and gluten are always addictive and harmful no matter what you say about them. I’m happy that a devotional like this exists, even if the health advice in this book may not be the best… it’s still a great start!

 

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Oh my, check out these lovely “pin up” style dresses from Pin Up Darling. The cut and length on these dresses flatter any body type and can even give the illusion of having an hourglass figure. What a dream! There’s nothing more attractive than the art of subtlety, which we seem to have lost through the years. Vintage fashion 101: Not all high fashion clothes then were burlesque. In fact, the majority of them weren’t and very rarely burlesque.

Back in the day, it was convenient to throw around the labels “lady” and “tramp” to classify a woman based on their clothing. Of course, both the words “lady” and “tramp” can be subjective and one judgmental, and the eyes can deceive—that is why to be a lady, her clothing must be accompanied by good manners as well. Boy, that woman would be hard to find now and “more precious than gold.” I definitely enjoy partaking in bathroom jokes often myself. ;-) I am my father’s daughter after all!

Although it’s quite easy to transform a regular outfit to look pin up, or should I say 50s just by simply working on your hairstyle, not every girl knows or has the time to primp glamorous hair right before going to work or school. To me, it’s easier to do that with clothing like with these modern conservative pin up dresses or with actual vintage , but every woman is different. Check out my past outfit below similar to the light grey dress above! I didn’t do anything special with my hair, as you can tell! Free flowing hair without victory rolls makes this look a bit more laid back and less stiff, eh?

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See more of these outfit shots on my Mad Men outfit post. The pillbox hat is for sale on my Etsy.

A vintage gal with the perfect combination of retro hair, makeup, clothing, accessories, ideals, and not to mention pop culture knowledge is an A+! I think I’ve only got the clothing, ideals, and pop culture knowledge part from that checklist. It might be something to live up to, but I think I’m happy with where I am right now. Here are some of my “throw back Thursday” photos from 2010 below. I was so incredibly thin then. I love the curves I’ve developed from my new lifestyle now = happier, healthier, and ironically, fitter! Moving back to the diet they had in the 50s is a step closer to what our bodies are meant to eat. I myself take it back to the paleo times. You won’t need a corset once you start eating like this!

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 Links to original posts: Rosie the Riveter red and yellow outfitBeige office vintage outfitBlue sailor outfit

Vintage with modern elements is more my style. I don’t really want to recreate the common past, but I also don’t want to recreate the pin up past (which a lot of vintage fad followers seem to fall into). I just want to take elements from yesteryears that catch my eye that are both artful and flattering to my body type. I like the conservative but curvy 50s woman paired with the free spirited and fun loving nature of the 60s.

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How about you? What particular vintage style do you like to wear or admire?

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It’s the thrill of finding something completely unique that you can no longer find in stores
It’s the fantasy of living in another time and wearing a piece of history on your sleeves
It’s the assurance that vintage doesn’t just mean the style
It’s owning something that is worthy of a conversation
It’s being part of a community who loves, understands, and treasures creativity and history
It’s a great feeling to support and recognize worthy artisans
It’s the satisfaction of owning something quality made and lasts a lifetime

Why do you love Etsy?

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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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