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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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Happy 2014! How have your style and personality changed in the past year? Often times the two go hand in hand. What personally attracts you to Audrey Hepburn vs Marilyn Monroe can tell a whole lot about yourself. I personally take some characteristics from each Hollywood diva. Audrey for general feminine and conservative style and brunette features and Marilyn for her womanly curves!

Although my general style hasn’t changed much (still somewhat modest and into textures), I feel like I’ve matured in my clothing in some ways. I don’t necessarily think that’s a good thing. It’s just different. Less bright colors and A-line skirts and more earth tones, pencil skirts, and fur.

I’ve been really into accentuating with faux fur, especially ever since my obsession with Russian winter styles and Art Deco period pieces (have a look at my previous Art Deco fashion post). I can’t get myself to keep full fur vintage coats though, because it’s a pain to have to take it to the cleaners. I don’t go to dry cleaners ever. I’m actually very practical (or lazy) with the upkeep of my clothes. I try to find clothes that don’t need to be ironed and can withstand a good amount of washing. I will however not pass up buying a good looking vintage fur coat just to put it up on Etsy and maybe use it once!

Although I generally believe in dressing appropriately (e.g. occasions, environment, and modesty beliefs), I don’t really think there’s an “appropriate” color, texture, or even style for a certain age. There may be an association to age, but I really don’t mind seeing 50 year olds with pink hair. In fact, I like it! I wish I could keep up with style as I age, but as some of us know the transition from childhood to adulthood styles often times come naturally. Teens and young adults everywhere wanting to prove their adulthood to the public dress sexier, and we see that in celebrities such as Miley Cyrus. Often times, the transition can get forced or driven by desperation and cry for attention. There is no peace within with such motivation and others will see it through you. If we were all honest with ourselves, we’d know that we all have that darkness in us. We need to expose it by bringing our motivation to light at least to ourselves and perhaps reevaluate why we choose what we wear.

Let’s get faux real. What do you find yourself wearing different since the last year or in the past? What may be the reason(s) behind that change?

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I’m wearing a shell layering dress from Kosher Casual that is advertised to be good for not only layering underneath but also to be worn alone. I paired it with monochrome thrifted vintage faux fur hat and collar with a hint of gold from vintage accessories. The dress isn’t really that tight as pictured honestly. It’s supposed to look more pencil than bodycon. The under bust corset I was wearing underneath clung to the material, especially since it was cold and windy out!

Winter Wedding Wonderland

December 28th, 2013

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Taking a look at these fabulous winter wedding photos, I wonder why there aren’t a lot of weddings at this time. I have to say though, the brides that dress appropriate for the weather look like magical ice princesses. It may take more guts to bare your shoulders and chest in the cold, but I just personally prefer the bundled up bride when surrounded by snow.  She’s beautiful, smart, and practical. What a wife to be!

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Source:  Dmitri Yakimov Dmosu

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Source: Hy-lite Productions

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Source: Jai Girard Photography

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Source: 9 Wedding Websites

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Source: Jessica Claire

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If you do a quick search on Pinterest (Googling isn’t the only way) on winter weddings, you’ll see tons of inspiration from center pieces to Bridal PeticoatsWedding Veils automatically add a vintage touch to any wedding gown. Paired with Wedding Gloves and maybe a white umbrella (a la Mary Poppins), that’ll really take you way back! Although it’s also fun to play around with flora and fauna on the crown of your head instead of a veil like the woman above. She looks somewhat otherworldly with her makeup as well, and I just love that. Some people might not want to “ruin” their once in a lifetime chance on a wedding with an art project. I say, that is a great opportunity to do it!

According to Brides.com, long sleeved bride dresses were a huge trend in 2013. I myself wore a long sleeved gown with a full veil that was passed on to me by my mother-in-law. See a photo of Rob and I from our wedding in 2009 below taking “selfies” (most used and hated word of this year) with our phone!

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I was somewhat surprised that David’s Bridal carried a “modest” line (the category that makes the most sense for winter), but the only two dresses within that category on their website didn’t have long sleeves. To transform their existing conservative gowns for a winter wedding, you need only pair it with a fur shrug or a classy wool poncho like in the examples above—maybe even with a hot cup of cocoa in one hand and your hubby’s hand in the other for that extra warmth!

Here is a lovely example below of a simple but sophisticated wedding gown perfect for winter. I love the “backbone” in this dress from Allure Bridals:

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Would you ever go for a winter wedding if you had to do it all over again (or in the future for the single ladies)?

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Thank you kindly to Christine Lingerie for this glamorous gown, first of all! Its’ fine silk makes me feel beautiful and graceful.

A few Christmases ago, a friend of mine gave me a pretty blue plaid dress glistening with metallic yarn. It had long sleeves, a high neck collar, and was right down the shin. I loved the pattern, the color, and the style. However, what I thought was a regular dress turned out to be lingerie! I gave her a funny look once she told me what it was, and she looked back at me and said, “what? it’s modest!”

Another girlfriend giddily handed me a throwback catalog for vintage clothing made for today and pointed to the lingerie section. She told me that this is where I could finally find modest underwear.

These two women were not mocking me at all! They are very dear to me, but they haven’t quite understood what modesty means to me. Some women are modest because they are naturally shy, pious due to religion, held back by cultural expectations, etc. Whatever the reason is, it is my belief that modesty should never, ever, ever exist in the bedroom.

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Why Modesty Does Not Belong in the Bedroom

 Why hold back from your man?
If you do, you’re just inviting more temptation than there already is for your spouse to look for pleasure elsewhere.
It’s an act of love and appreciation towards your spouse, because it takes effort at times to try to look good for someone you’re used to seeing all the time
Because you can’t generally (or want to) wear underwear in public, this is the perfect place to go wild ;-)
Your most beautiful self should be seen by and not hidden from the most important person in your life
 Your outer clothing is for everyone else, but you leave what’s special for the love of your life (or yourself)
Even if your significant other doesn’t appreciate you fully or make mistakes by looking at or thinking about other women, remember that they’re human. They may contribute to or take away your happiness, but they aren’t responsible for your joy.
Honesty not modesty in the bedroom. You two should be perfectly secure in each other’s physical flaws—not just know them but love them.
Wear the sexiest, nastiest, cutest, weirdest lingerie to boost your self confidence within closed doors—whatever floats your boat! Now, look at your self in the mirror. Smile. Wink. Laugh. Dance to your favorite tunes. Have fun while you burn some calories! You are beautiful no matter what others think of you! My husband wondered why I owned sexy undies before we got married, even if I didn’t sleep around. This is why! :)

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How much do you like fun or sexy underwear?

It’s not too late to enter the giveaway for free printed tights! Ends this FRIDAY (12/20)!

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Here’s a song by Grace Jones from 1980 called “Private Life.” Just pretend like she’s talking about your underwear!

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Above: Me at the gym taking photos when I’m not supposed to (use my phone… for calling, I assume).

Are any of you like me wherein you wear workout clothes while out, wear your sports bra at work, or keep a pair of sneakers in the back seat of the car or trunk? I will be working as a fitness instructor next year so that’s going to be all the time, but right now I am just a regular schmo’.

I’ve been wearing my sports bra almost on a daily basis these days, because it’s a lot more comfortable than my regular bras. I don’t really wear push up bras anymore, because those things hurt, leave red half moons on your chest, and are not good for your breast tissues. There have been anecdotes from women claiming that their backs got better (including myself) and breasts had more room to grow when they stopped wearing push up bras. I certainly did see some growth after wearing the right bra (see my previous post)!

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Sports bra: Freya | Top: Terry Euro | Leggings: Reebok | Shoes: Skechers | Sweater: Mary Michael Designs (similar)

As far as preventing the twin peaks from going down south, that’s where you wear the right sized bra with good support—and also,  not run for a long time. In fact, just stop that activity altogether, especially if you’re a woman. I don’t run, but I am in great shape. You can get cardio and lose weight with other methods. More on that later!

As much as you’d like to wear workout clothes to work, so you can head to the gym right after work, you just can’t because of your job’s dress code. If you don’t frequent the gym, some of you belong to a job that require a lot of moving around but still need to look presentable. It would be just wonderful to have clothes that had the below specs:

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Here’s a company I found whose philosophy I find on point with addressing the problem I mentioned above— Mary Michael Designs. They’re new, so they need a bit of support via their Kickstarter to make their goal of making clothes fit for work and working out (or just sweating at work) a reality. The specs above are from their website, so their clothes would be a good solution for the problem of workout vs work clothes. I love startups, don’t you? Help them out and get clothes by them! Below is a video about them:

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Questions:

Do you wear workout clothes out?

What is your typical exercise outfit?

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