Monday, August 3, 2015

Instagram Recap | Summer So Far

Hey y'all! I hope you're having a wonderful week! Although blogging has slacked off for me in recent months, I've been posting pretty consistently on instagram.com/freshmodesty. I thought I'd share a few of my favorite outfits from the past 12 weeks or so. :)



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I'd love to follow you on Instagram, too! Leave a comment on one of my instagram pics saying you read this blog post so I can follow you back! :)
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Friday, July 31, 2015

Sponsors | July

Hey y'all! I SO miss talking with y'all on a more frequent basis! I'm hoping things will calm down and I'll learn how to manage my time better so that I can be here more than once a week in the near future. As it is, it's time for this month's sponsor post! These companies help fund the work of Fresh Modesty and they are really worth checking out, as they are wonderful resources!

I had an opportunity to meet Cindy Fowler of Modesty4Me.com at the Modest Fashion Guild Conference last week and was so blessed by the information she shared with us! For USA-made, high-quality, small-business camis, Cindy's are at an incredible price point...jsyk. :)



Kerem Creations offers unique Messianic Judaica made by Daniel Sayag, born and raised in Israel, and a lover and teacher of God's Word. Kerem Creations was born out of a love of the Word of God and working with wood. There is power in the Word of God, and many promises of hope and encouragement. As we surround ourselves and our loved ones with these promises, our spirits are uplifted, and we gain new strength. Kerem Creations is located in Israel, and all wood products are printed and/or engraved in Israel in Hebrew, sometimes combined with a second language.
Please feel free to contact us if you have any special verse that you would like engraved/printed for you or someone you would like to bless. 
Shalom from Israel!" 




Handcrafted headcoverings, hair scarves, & accessories for women and girls! Our products are the results of sisters who enjoy working together from home to provide quality, handcrafted items for the glory of the Lord. We are always busy inventing, renovating, and exploring to find new twists to put to old favorites.


Hello all! My name is Willa, and for several years now I have been making and selling jewelry. I recently opened this Droplette Jewelry Etsy shop and am excited to start providing cute, fashionable, but affordable jewelry to girls striving to be modest for the Lord. For a limited time, you can use the coupon code SummerSavings015 to get $5 off your $15 purchase! Like my page on Facebook (https://www.facebook.com/droplette?fref=ts) to get exclusive deals.




The Head Covering Movement is a campaign that seeks to spark a return to the practice of head covering during corporate Christian worship. We post articles, sermons and video teachings on this topic. We also link to discussions around the web where people are talking about head covering and share testimonies of women who practice this symbol. To learn more about HCM you visit us at http://www.headcoveringmovement.com or watch this video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9dK0maTIKDk "






Modesty4me.com is a one woman company from Texas that makes and sells one of the only high neck line camis on the market. These high neck line camis fill the bill when other camis don't. If you are tired of tugging at your cami, or if you tighten the straps so much that it rubs under your arms; this is the solution you have been searching for. Two new modesty items will be introduced this year. Modesty4Me camis are made in USA.

You can read my review of Modesty4Me here.




If you've been reading Fresh Modesty for any length of time, you know I am one of Halftee's biggest fans. They have completely changed the way I can layer to make things more modest and have greatly simplified my closet. If you ever ask me a question about layering, my first response is going to be, "Well, do you have a Halftee yet?" ;)

Thanks for supporting Fresh Modesty!
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Friday, July 24, 2015

ThredUP Style Shops

This post contains affiliate links.


Hey y'all! thredUP has recently launched a super exciting feature on their website called "Style Shops". Basically, it allows me to easily put in one place all the clothes on their site that I think you might be interested in! This means that if you haven't tried this online consignment shop yet because they just have SO many pages of cute clothes, now you can scroll through a curated selection of garments that I think are either modest on their own or could be stylishly layered with a Halftee (click here for a 30% off coupon at Halftee.com!)!

I'm so excited. I've wanted to be able to do this forever because thredUP is a goldmine of deals on high-quality clothes, but I know it can be hardish to scroll through 6,533 skirts in your size looking for that perfect one! Since I'm scouring thredUP often anyway, now I can share what I find with y'all. It is a consignment situation, so they don't carry the same items all the time and things go quickly!




If you haven't ordered from ThredUP yet, you can CLICK HERE for $20 off your first purchase! If you have ordered before, please use THIS LINK  instead.

About 95% of all my clothes have come from ThredUP over the past two years. And, they recently introduced an awesome return policy, soooo yeah. I think y'all know I wouldn't share this with you if I didn't think it'd be a blessing to you. I hope you find some things you've been needing in my style shops! Check back often because I will be adding stuff frequently. Blessings!

  Thredup Inc.
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Monday, July 13, 2015

Sequins + Lace

Hey y'all! I'm really missing blogging more than once a week! 

Once again yesterday I was running behind for church. A maxi skirt, t-shirt with sequins, and a structured denim jacket is a pretty no-brainer combination. 

// outfit details //
Old Navy denim jacket: Thrift store: $3
Torn by Ronny Kobo brand skirt: ThredUP: $25.99
Boots you totally can't see: ThredUP

I finally learned my lesson after weeks and weeks of turning into an ice cube during church to wear a long skirt, boots, and bring a thick jacket... and I was still chilly when the air would kick on! 

Will any of you be at the Modest Fashion Guild conference this weekend? I'm working on my talks right now... too much to say and I have two hours! I'll be back next week with a report of how that went and what I packed... I *think* I'll be able to get it all in a carry on. ;)

Y'all have a great week! What's something you're looking forward to?
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Monday, July 6, 2015

Tangerine + Lace

Hey y'all! I hope you had a wonderful 4th of July! I've had a very full, joyful weekend. :)

I wore this outfit to church back in the early spring when all the grass was just coming in... that's why it's so bright in these pictures! :P 

// outfit details //
Shirt: Our Thrift Store, $3
Tank: JCPenny's, $4
Skirt: ThredUP
Heels: Kmart, $25

If you don't follow Fresh Modesty on Instagram, you should be! I'm hosting a giveaway with a bunch of other modest fashion instagrammers for 3 $100 gift cards and a Fresh Modesty eBook of your choice! :) Ends July 8th, so don't wait too long! 

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Friday, June 26, 2015

Sponsors | May-June

Hey y'all! I hope you're having an excellent week. I'm here to highlight the companies you've been seeing on the sidebar here for a while, to remind you to check them out!

Hello all! My name is Willa, and for several years now I have been making and selling jewelry. I recently opened this Droplette Jewelry Etsy shop and am excited to start providing cute, fashionable, but affordable jewelry to girls striving to be modest for the Lord. For the month of June, all necklaces in my store have free shipping. Also, I'm having a sale on all Independence Day jewelry, marked red, white and blue. Like my page on Facebook (https://www.facebook.com/droplette?fref=ts) to get exclusive deals.




Kerem Creations offers unique Messianic Judaica made by Daniel Sayag, born and raised in Israel, and a lover and teacher of God's Word. Kerem Creations was born out of a love of the Word of God and working with wood. There is power in the Word of God, and many promises of hope and encouragement. As we surround ourselves and our loved ones with these promises, our spirits are uplifted, and we gain new strength. Kerem Creations is located in Israel, and all wood products are printed and/or engraved in Israel in Hebrew, sometimes combined with a second language.
Please feel free to contact us if you have any special verse that you would like engraved/printed for you or someone you would like to bless. 
Shalom from Israel!" 





Handcrafted headcoverings, hair scarves, & accessories for women and girls! Our products are the results of sisters who enjoy working together from home to provide quality, handcrafted items for the glory of the Lord. We are always busy inventing, renovating, and exploring to find new twists to put to old favorites.




The Head Covering Movement is a campaign that seeks to spark a return to the practice of head covering during corporate Christian worship. We post articles, sermons and video teachings on this topic. We also link to discussions around the web where people are talking about head covering and share testimonies of women who practice this symbol. To learn more about HCM you visit us at http://www.headcoveringmovement.com or watch this video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9dK0maTIKDk "






Modesty4me.com is a one woman company from Texas that makes and sells one of the only high neck line camis on the market. These high neck line camis fill the bill when other camis don't. If you are tired of tugging at your cami, or if you tighten the straps so much that it rubs under your arms; this is the solution you have been searching for. Two new modesty items will be introduced this year. Modesty4Me camis are made in USA.

You can read my review of Modesty4Me here.




If you've been reading Fresh Modesty for any length of time, you know I am one of Halftee's biggest fans. They have completely changed the way I can layer to make things more modest and have greatly simplified my closet. If you ever ask me a question about layering, my first response is going to be, "Well, do you have a Halftee yet?" ;)

Thanks for supporting Fresh Modesty!
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Monday, June 22, 2015

Reader Round-Up | Your Deodorant Suggestions!

Hey y'all! Wow, thank you for comments on the last post! I mentioned that I hadn't found an aluminum free deodorant that worked for me yet and y'all really came through with suggestions via email, FB messages, comments on that post, even Instagram! I thought I'd just round them up here in a simple list for my own benefit and anyone else who is trying to make the switch.




Reading the ingredients for some of this has given me some ideas... I'll report back in a month to share what I've tried! :) Thank you all again for your sharing what you use, I really appreciate it!
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Friday, June 19, 2015

Skincare Cleanout!

Hey y'all! Does your dad ever send you emails with subject lines like "read this" or "look at this" with just a single link to some random article he ran across on facebook? Oh, that's just my dad? ;) Well, one of those articles he sent me I finally clicked on when cleaning out my inbox and it piqued my interest. It was on skincare ingredients and hormone imbalances and it listed 10 common skincare ingredients to avoid due to their toxic nature.
 I've had the tab open for a few days and then yesterday my sister cleaned out our medicine cabinet and put all of my random bath+body products into a box.

So, I figured now would be a good time to go through the products I've collected over the years and evaluate them based on their ingredients, tossing the ones that could be inhibiting my overall health in any way. Click here to read the article and see the ingredients. Or, google "skincare products to avoid" and you'll get lists of 20+. 

Here's the box. Cleansers, lotions, self-tanner, etc. 

 Yes, self-tanner. I didn't have time last summer to tan and I just felt better about myself with some summer glow... but would oddly get a stomach ache after I applied. Now I know why... this stuff is full of parabens, petroleum products, and stuff I can't even pronounce.

This is a handcream I got for Christmas. I love the smell, but its full of alcohols, butylcarbamate, and urea, which can release formaldehyde. O_o

Ah, something in this box is truly natural! This cleanser isn't actually mine, my sister bought it from the doctor's office, but it's so healthy and I think she's not using it, so I may steal it. ;) 


This BeautyCounter Every Day cream has SAVED my face this year in both the drying winter weather and now this summer with sunburn. The ingredients are trustworthy and a little goes a long way. 

Now, here's an interesting item. It's an acne treatment gel in an eco-box with "nature's" in the brand's name, yet the last four ingredients are parabens. 

This Suds By The Sea handmade lotion passes the test! 

Ah, this hand recovery cream. When I was 15, I was hospitalized with pneumonia for a few days and a friend's mother mailed me this as a get-well-soon gesture. I have savored it ever since as the world's most effective, most luxurious hand product. The ingredients weren't on the bottle, but I googled them and found the list on Cosmetic-ingredients.net. Sadly, this stuff is full of chemicals. 

 Heh, my deodorant! Super duper bad for me since it's full of aluminum. But I haven't found a healthy effective alternative yet. Yes, I've tried making my own.

 These are just little hotel samples of this cleanser. The ingredients aren't too terrible (I looked the bad-sounding ones up) so I decided I'd keep em.

Believe it or not, even Burt's Bees isn't completely natural. This bath oil I've had for over 7 years, though, so healthy or not, it's time to throw it out. 

Your grandmother's expensive perfume samples? So toxic. 

My favorite lotion through my teenage years. Sadly FULL of nasty ingredients. 

 My costume glitter from Claire's in 2004? Sadly probably full of bacteria by now. 

So, even though these products have served some purpose in my life in the past, it's time to say goodbye in favor of something good for me. There are about 65 glands per inch of your skin that are the entry point for chemical compounds to enter your body. The skin really is the largest organ and not one to ignore.

Here's what I ended up keeping from that box. Some Frizz-Ease, a homemade make-up setting spray, my hand repair cream I'm too attached to, my amazing smelling Summer lotion that's chemical filled, the cleansers, the lavender lotion, the Every Day cream, the nasty deodorant, and an Aveeno lotion that, although not perfect, is much healthier and more convenient than anything else I have, so I'll keep using it.

I hope this has inspired you to maybe go through your bottles and examine their effect on your health. Here's another (more concise, and with a video) article on toxic skincare products (click here). Let's stop spreading carcinogens on our bodies, ladies. :)
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Wednesday, June 17, 2015

Top eShakti Dresses For Summer

Hey y'all! Summer is in full swing and so is super-cute-fun-dress season! :) I just realized this morning that eShakti, one of my favorite dress websites, is having a 35% off sale today and tomorrow! The awesome thing about eShakti is that for just $7.50 more, you can have the dress completely customized for your measurements, add sleeves, change the neckline, and choose the perfect length. Here are some of the dresses that are catching my eye: 

Okay, if I were getting married this summer these would totally be my bridesmaid's dresses.

This gorgeous navy and white dress would be perfect for church, days out with the girls, summer weddings, and ladies' brunches. 

I would totally wear this dress out grocery shopping with Keds, to lunch with gladiators, and to an evening event with flats or sandals. 

This is a gorgeous classic style. It reminds me of some of my moms favorite timeless dresses. 

Summer weddings, y'all.

This dress my friend Natasha reviewed on her blog HERE. 


This dress is similar to one that I wore to a bridesmaid luncheon last summer HERE. 

So, in addition to the sale going on right now, you can get $30 off your first purchase (annnnd free customization) by clicking here. Really doesn't get much better (or cheaper for custom) than this. Oh wait, it does. Most of the dresses have pockets. O_o

Now, to be legal I have to let you know that I do receive a commission on your purchase when you use my links. Which is nice, and helps support FM, buuuut it hasn't influenced my excitement to share this great resource with you. Happy shopping! Come back here and let me know which dress you picked and what kind of awesome deal you got on it! :)) 

Sale ends June 18th, 2015. 
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