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I wasn’t tempted to wear red shoes with these, because that would’ve totally been Dorothy from Wizard of Oz! I really couldn’t pass this dress up the minute I saw it. I love gingham, but I don’t have enough of it! I also like Peter Pan collars, but this is probably my only piece of clothing with it. I like wearing dresses like these all year long, because I know I can always layer them with something. It gets tough making room in my closet because of this! Anyone have this problem?

The next part of this post might be a bit hard to swallow. If you’re an extreme feminist who ironically can’t stand women putting down other women or are easily offended by religious talk, please don’t move forward. Otherwise, please bare (pun not intended) with me! There’s actually no nudity in this post.

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Not too long ago, I found an online-famous Christian model with a pretty face on Instagram. She looked genuinely nice, so I followed her. If you’ve seen my Instagram account following, I follow so many different kinds of people. I usually follow for the following reasons:

  • * health & fitness message matches up with mine
  • * highly notable or similar personal style
  • * makeup, hair, fashion inspiration
  • * personal or business connections
  • *faith matches up with mine with certain aesthetic appeal

 

This girl I found online whom I’ll call Megan had bible verses up on her social network’s profile. She obviously falls under the last category I listed! In particular, she had Luke 10:27 which is “Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind.” This impressed me, because she was associated with a well-known mainstream modeling agency whose models have done high-profile commercials and advertising. Did I mention how quickly I followed her? Yes :) She was brave for telling the world of her faith… or so I thought.

I’m not here to be the faith police or anything, especially not in public! However, believe me that I have done what I could in private. I’m still keeping her identity secret to protect her. I just thought I’d share something so common yet so seldom discussed among the Christian community. If you aren’t Christian, feel free to read on!

I knew Megan had up bikini pictures, scantily clad clothing, and provocative poses, but it didn’t bother me as much as what I saw today. I follow many wonderful girls who do the same, but somehow I often overlook these things because I see that they have great style or hair or whatnot that I can take from and be inspired by. Some of them are even my real life friends. Many of the girls I follow aren’t Christian or at least don’t advertise that they are, so I don’t really expect them to have a similar standard. I was still following Megan the whole time until she posted a topless photo today with only her fingers covering her nipples. This is from the girl who has more Bible verses up on her actual profiles than I do or many of the Christian girls I follow do. Thankfully, Instagram’s no-nudity policy might be the only thing that keeps her from going all nude, but that’s beside the point.

I hate to be judgmental. I hate to be negative. Oftentimes I talk about only positive things on this blog, at least for the past couple of years. It irks me to have to actually get irked about something like this. About Christianity. About modesty. About what the Bible says about our bodies and clothing and sexuality—not just women’s. Yet I feel like I need to.

Both times my messages were ignored by Megan or her agency or whoever it is dealing with her social networks. I know how it feels to be ridiculed, scorned, and bullied into submission. Trust me, I’ve had many people who’ve criticized my clothing and photos online because they weren’t “modest” in their viewpoint. They’re probably right, and I was just letting myself go in some way at the time. I’m actually in the process of removing photos that I’m not too proud of. I didn’t mind that they pointed that out, but I do mind that they were mean and not loving when they confronted me. I confronted Megan in a way that I wanted to be confronted and emphasized that I cared about her enough to say something. I tried to be loving and even said the word “loving.” I didn’t tell her to wear modest clothes, I just pointed out the nudity. I was being what a bare bones, minimalist Christian should do—even if she doesn’t believe in modesty.

I know some of you are thinking, “She can do whatever she wants! Leave her alone.” Yes, anyone can absolutely do whatever anyone wants, and in the same way, I can express my disappointment. If someone calls themselves a vegan, that person shouldn’t obviously eat chicken. Like how the vegan police pointed out that chicken parm and gelato aren’t vegan in the movie Scott Pilgrim vs the World. It needs to be called out. Being nude for everyone to see is not Christian, and Megan professes to be a Christian clearly on her profile. I hope you see this logic. I could hypothetically even be an atheist and point that out. It’s a discrepancy between someone’s words and actions.

What scares me most about Megan is that because she is a professing Christian and ignoring my messages about public display of sexuality, the Bible says that the punishment for those who know the truth yet don’t follow it is more severe than those who don’t know the truth (Matthew 11:20-24, 2 Peter 2:20-22, and James 3:1-2). This means that according to the Bible (not me), murderers and rapists have more of a chance to go to heaven than someone like Megan. I know this sounds harsh, but if you think critically, it is just. It makes sense because murderers and rapists might not know that there is eternal damnation, so when they change their ways and confess, they can be forgiven. For someone like Megan who knows (or at least should know) about heaven and hell yet still willingly continues to live a life of sin, the punishment is going to be worse.

I know it’s hard especially for women with bodies and faces who pass society’s ideals to remain pure. That has always been the case with beautiful women in the past and in the present. The temptation is so hard that I actually feel sorry for them. In a way, I feel content that I am not physically perfect, because the pressure would be too great for me to handle. I feel the same way for wealth, popularity, and success. It would be too much for me and for most Christians to be in Hollywood, because of all the filth, unrealistic ideals, and the competition. I personally think you have to literally give your soul to the devil to be among the rich and famous—and to thrive in show business. I’m not saying they all are Satanists of course, but there’s definitely many that profess to be in Hollywood. I know that sounds scary, but it’s also real.

Being real and trying not to be afraid are the very reasons I’m writing this today. I know I’m going to get beat up for this, but I have to believe that my reward doesn’t exist in the here and now. Everyone else who does otherwise has gotten their fill of what this earth can give them, and many of them are afraid to die for this reason.

Thankfully there are still some people who believe that there is still freedom in speech and religion and fight for this right, despite having opposite opinions. Once someone’s freedom of speech or to practice a religion of their choice goes away, everyone else’s rights could easily be threatened. I hope you keep an open mind to what I am saying even if you don’t have this belief. To those who do, I hope that you can learn from what I am saying and be as bold, if not more, in speaking out in matters of your personal faith.

Do not desire her beauty in your heart, Nor let her capture you with her eyelids. For on account of a harlot one is reduced to a loaf of bread, And an adulteress hunts for the precious life. Can a man take fire in his bosom And his clothes not be burned?
-Proverbs 6:25


For the wrath of God is revealed from heaven against all ungodliness and unrighteousness of men who suppress the truth in unrighteousness, because that which is known about God is evident within them; for God made it evident to them. For since the creation of the world His invisible attributes, His eternal power and divine nature, have been clearly seen, being understood through what has been made, so that they are without excuse.
-Romans 1:18-20


raveonettes style fashion The Raveonettes just came out with their latest album, Pe’ahi. I thought it’d be best to feature them in a fashion post! Here is to recreating Sue Rose Wagner’s and Sharin Foo’s wardrobe!

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Often times, you’ll see the dynamic duo wearing monochrome, structured outfits like some in the photos above. However, I’ve seen Sharin often wear brightly colored hues with dainty dresses and cowboy boots and Sue wearing bold slouchy sweaters. It might be confusing if you don’t know them, but Sharin is the woman :) Definitely, the iconic look for the The Raveonettes is black and white, much like The Beatles or The Hives. Thankfully, they are human and can make different choices at any given day, so they are not opposed to color!

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I’ve been really attracted to black and white and bold primary colors like kelly green and royal blue instead of mint and tangerine lately. Personally, it makes me feel stronger, braver, and ready to take on the world. Of course, that’s just my current mood and may change. The Raveonettes make black and white look so cool, and their hair tops it all off!

Below you’ll find some pieces that I feel may be a good fit for Sharin. Let’s not forget the leather jacket and black tights in the cold with these! As for Sune, there are loads of cool mens’ clothes I was eyeing up for him as well.

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A few days ago, I read an engaging interview on the Raveonettes recent style collaboration with Selected. However checking back again today, that same article is now gone. I did pick up that Sharin isn’t really interested in fashion, per se. She is interested however in self expression, how your clothes and music can show that expression and creativity through artful choices. Of course, that’s how I remembered her response in my own words, of course. No matter how elitist that may sound, I believe that it’s good to look at things that way instead of just conforming. If you like something that’s in though, don’t be an elitist just to be one. I have trouble with that sometimes with music and movies, but you know what… I’m trying to grow up :)

Surprisingly, they have uploaded the full album on Youtube. However, I recommend buying the Pe’ahi album for obvious reasons. When you listen to the Raveonettes, it is quite a magical experience. You really don’t want to be confined to streamed audio. It makes a huge difference. HUGE. Crank it up in your car with the windows rolled up while driving at night. You can dance. You can cry. You can celebrate. The album is not a let down. Hands down one of my favorite modern bands.

If you really want to have a listen right now, below is the streaming playlist of Pe’ahi:

 

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On a typical workout day…

CLOTHES. I always wear capri leggings and a sleeveless workout top. They’re great for flexibility moves and inversions, so you don’t accidentally flash someone while you’re upside down! I find that loose workout clothing can actually be more immodest depending on what you’re doing! A nice snug but not too tight outfit is best. Too constrictive is uncomfortable and will limit your range of motion.

I usually opt for darker tones for bottoms to minimize my bottom curves, but today I opted for something brave and bright for a change. It’s summertime after all!

I also find that capri leggings as opposed to full length leggings also minimize the look of bulkiness on the legs. If you’re heavier on the bottom or have short legs, you can either go for dark colors to draw away attention from that area or wear below the knee capris to hide where your knees end. Capris also hug the hips, butt, thighs, and everything else… so there’s also the option of wider leg capris if you want to be a bit more covert!

I sweat SO MUCH that I have to wear clothing with material that’s breathable, so I can’t wear 100% cotton or anything heavy. Invest in a good workout top (and bra) and bottom!

JEWELRY. I try not to wear any jewelry when working out especially when doing yoga. If I do, I make sure it’s not metal. I believe that when practicing any kind of meditative exercise, metal on your body disrupts the flow of energy that’s needed for healing. That means no underwire for my sports bras.

SHOES. When I don’t do yoga, I like wearing comfortable sneakers. I don’t do a lot of cardio at all but instead do a lot of interval training and isometric exercises like yoga and Pilates, so there’s really no need for me to wear typical running sneakers when I go to the gym. These neutral sneakers with a tiny wedge in them are from City Pisces. They’re sort of beige too, so they help elongate the look of the legs! I like that these sneakers are only $30!

Speaking of, City Pisces will be having a giveaway for SHOES, SHOES, SHOES hosted here on ALAMODEST this week! Watch out for it!

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 When you have good workout clothes on, you feel good about yourself and your workout. I personally tend to want to achieve more!

What do you like to wear when you workout?

 

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Here is a series of photos with two preppy fashion handbags of the same exact style. I love the golden accents, zipper, and tassels on these bags from Purse Obsession! The straps shorten and lengthen depending on whether you want to wear this as a handbag, shoulder bag, or crossbody—a plus! The sun and spike necklaces are from Born Pretty, and the outfit was a gift from my dear mom from her trip the Philippines <3

When you can’t decide what color or style is cuter on something and the price is a steal ($25 for both bags and $8 for both necklaces!), sometimes you just have to get both! ;-) Oh, and here’s more—you can use this 10% off coupon code for all jewelry from Born Pretty with code “DAHT10.” You are welcome!

Stay cute and on budget.

xoxo,
Rachel

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I was kindly invited to be part of the VIP list for Boulevard of Chic’s first ever fashion mobile boutique event in Baltimore, Maryland last Saturday (April 26). Just like they have food truck events in cities, BOC decided that there must be one for fashionistas as well! Vendors from all over Maryland, Virginia, and D.C. gathered together to serve a menu full of sugar, spice, and everything nice. It was a lot of fun getting to know our local stores and supporting them—most of them are extremely down to earth! Get to know some of them below, and hopefully you will see many of them back on À LA MODEST in the near future!

Were you at Boulevard of Chic this year or are local to the greater Baltimore area? Would love to connect with you! Leave me a comment!

If you weren’t there, do you have a similar fashion event in your area?

What do you like most about these events—collaborating/networking, shopping, or talking with fellow enthusiasts?

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Above: A bunch of goodies, flyers, and business cards I collected from the event

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Above left: Ramp of Side Dish mobile fashion truck  | Above right: Inside Pichardo Boutique mobile fashion truck boulevard of chic baltimore fashion truck maryland md 2014

Above: Side Dish fashion mobile truck featuring exquisite jewelry from Ability by Alyssa

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Above: Love the retro truck wrap design on The Thread Truck

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Above: The long lashes of Curvy Chic Chariot‘s fashion mobile truck

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Above: Yummy looking truck by  Street Boutique

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Above: So much passion put in for Passionista Fashion Truck

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Above left: Urban Pearl Boutique fashion mobile truck  |  Above right: Found Wanderer by Kacey (crystals!)

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Above: Yummy Bags4U and Akos’ handmade ethnic jewelry display is on Etsy

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Above left: Nail concoctions of Underground Nail Queenz (U.G.N. Queenz)  |  Above right: Satiny smooth rainbow lipsticks of Lips by Jhay

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Above: Although not about fashion, it was nice to see another yogini at Sid McNairy Power Vinyasa‘s booth.

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Above: Founder of Sashka Co. Bracelets, Christopher Knipp is showing off his waterproof fair trade Nepalese glass bead bracelets. He was kind enough to give me a pretty mint, white, and gold bracelet. I will be sure to wear it in one of my outfit posts. Thank you!

Vendors at this year’s Boulevard of Chic event:

Side Dish
Ability by Alyssa
Street Boutique
Urban Pearl
Curvy Chic Chariot
Hobo The Original
The Thread Truck
Pichardo Boutique
Tin Lizzy
Passionista Fashion Truck
Midnite Confections Cup-cakery
Rena’s Corner Kitchen
Loving my Lashes
IT WORKS wrap
Sashka Co. Bracelets
Mary Kay
Initals INC.
Passion Parties
Thirty-One Gifts
Jamberry Nails
Yummy Bags4U
Sweet Minerals
Underground Nail Queenz
Found Wanderer By Kacey
Mataki Bath and Body
Lips by Jhay
Origami Owl
Sid Yoga
Café Euro
Shoe Chique
Pole Pressue
Umbrella Syndicate

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I immediately thought of a torero (bullfighter in Spanish) when I saw these photos. I had the perfect gold bolero to go with it too that I didn’t wear, which would’ve matched the gold color in the scarf. I have both the vintage blue velvet dress and the vintage gold bolero up on Etsy if you’re interested! A lot of my personal wardrobe is on sale, even if it’s not up on Etsy, so don’t be afraid to ask! There’s no reason to hold on to things I can’t wear a lot anymore. I find myself buying and wearing a lot of sport tops and leggings 90% of the time now ever since fitness instructing!

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ANNOUNCING GOOD DEEDS

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Speaking of toreros, their extravagant outfits are usually very bold and are meant to proclaim who is in charge in the arena with the bull! We see some “torerors” on a daily basis in the manner in which people call for attention.

Lately, I’ve been noticing more and more people announcing their good deeds in public, especially on social networks. Some may  say that there is no good deed, because it is almost always accompanied by the pursuit of good feelings. That’s not always the case, because the effort, time, or resources spent on a good deed sometimes outweighs the elation of doing good, including making someone happy. Of course, that is based on perspective.

Setting that aside, let’s suppose that all good deeds inevitably go hand in hand with good feelings—the earthly reward from God for humanitarianism, regardless of religion. God cares for all people even if they don’t care back. So in this case, wanting more attention for the good deed you’ve done, even if it is in the church setting, seems to me a bit greedy and self righteous. Why want more good feelings when it has already come to you now, such as in the form of gratitude when you once performed the act, or later in Heaven from God?

Besides the proclamation of piety, there is also the chance to vent about someone else’s bad deed in public masked by a veil of holiness. This is nothing short of gossip. When someone does this, I often see support and praise for the gossiper—how patient and gracious they were in the presence of that other “mean” person. Again, fishing for compliments. Never “holy.”

I don’t really blame a lot of folks outside the church for doing this type of thing, but I believe the people within the church should know better. If it’s not accompanied by the urge to ask for more help in this area of service, then I don’t see why there is a point to announce what you’ve done good for others—especially on an empty platform full of people such as Facebook.

Here’s a passage from the Bible that specifically says not to announce your good deeds:

Be careful not to practice your righteousness in front of others to be seen by them. If you do, you will have no reward from your Father in heaven.

So when you give to the needy, do not announce it with trumpets, as the hypocrites do in the synagogues and on the streets, to be honored by others. Truly I tell you, they have received their reward in full.

But when you give to the needy, do not let your left hand know what your right hand is doing, 4so that your giving may be in secret. Then your Father, who sees what is done in secret, will reward you.

– Matthew 6:1-4

Sadly, I personally feel I must announce my good works, because I get judged for doing “nothing.” Some others may feel the same. It is not always the case that someone is doing nothing good if they don’t talk about it. You can see it by the way they deal or talk with others on a regular basis, what they choose to wear or buy with their money (this might be hard to judge, because a lot of us may look wealthy but buy second hand), what they do in their free time, etc. These in the Christian community are called “fruits.” These fruits are the evidence of a person’s character. They don’t need to talk about their fruits, but they must simply act.

I guess in the presence of trusted friends and family, announcing your good deeds is okay. There’s nothing wrong with sharing everything with people you already share everything with and love. However when you seek for more attention outside this sphere, especially without humbly encouraging others to follow suit, then this essentially reverses the good deed you’ve done.

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Do you sometimes feel tempted or pressured to announce your good deed to others?

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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!

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