Thursday, December 18, 2014

Sponsor | Bridesmaid Dresses!

Hey y'all! I'm just back from visiting my newly-married friends in Atlanta. Seeing them brought back so many awesome memories from their summertime wedding and a few memories of searching and searching for the perfect headcovering, dress, shoes, and hairstyle for the big day! With this going through my mind, I thought it would be a good time to share an exciting new bridesmaid dress collection from my sponsor, Tamar Landau!

I asked her to write a little post about it: 

Do you know how hard it is to plan the dream wedding?! So much to prepare, so many decisions to make!
We would like to help!
Let me introduce you to our wedding section. There you can design your perfect classic bridesmaids dresses in 5 easy steps.

Lets get started: 
1. Choose the perfect dress, from a selection of our classic bridesmaids dresses.
2. Choose the fabric color\print.
3. Choose sleeve length.
4. Provide your bridesmaids body measurements.
5. Make the purchase.


A few important things, you should know about our dresses:

*All dresses has sleeves - You can choose between 3/4 length or long sleeves.
*All necklines are modest & Classic.
*All dresses are bellow the knee - You can choose between Midi or Maxi hem length.

Looking forward to being part of your wedding journey! :) 
~Tamar

Aren't these dresses beautiful? Perfect for a winter wedding! Y'all have a blessed evening.
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Monday, December 15, 2014

Hoodies Now Available!

Hey y'all! Popping in to let you know that the Fresh Apparel hoodies are now available at FreshApparel.us! 

 These are super super comfortable and warm! I have a very limited quantity available (and only in size medium right now), so don't wait too long if you're hoping to grab one! Order by December 18th and you'll get Free Shipping in time for Christmas.

I can't decide which color is my favorite-- I wear them all all the time. ;) Also, all sizes of t-shirts are back in stock!

Also, you can now give Gift Certificates to FreshApparel.us! So if you'd like to bless someone with an Errand #17 skirt in the future, this could be a way to do that. Click on the picture above to print it out after purchasing.

I hope to be back later this week with some fun posts.  Have an awesome day!
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Monday, December 8, 2014

Reviews Needed!

Hey y'all! I am working on getting some hard copies of How To Sew Denim printed (hopefully in time for Christmas!) and need a few reviews for the back cover! Have you used How To Sew Denim? Please share your experience! If I use your review on the book, I'll send you a copy, for yourself or a friend! Thank you! You can comment here or email freshmodesty@gmail.com by noon, December 9th!



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Active | What I Wore To Run A 5K

Hey y'all! I've never been the exercise-consistently type, but I do really enjoy feeling fit and like to keep in shape enough that I can do the tasks at hand. Living on a "farm", I never know if I'm going to need to be able to run after a pig or a cow for a great distance at a moment's notice. So, when a bunch of my friends decided to run the Turkey Trot on Thanksgiving, I thought it'd be fun to do it too!

Even though I hadn't gone running for over a month and there were no actual turkeys at the event. :P

I wasn't sure if it was going to be freezing cold or on the warmer side, so I dressed in lots of layers. 
On top: 
Columbia brand short sleeve running shirt
Fresh Apparel hoodie
Puma track jacket

On bottom: 
Calvin Klein yoga leggings
Fleece lined leggings
Uja running skirt
Two pair of socks
Rocket Dog boots

It ended up being pretty chilly and I stayed warm enough that I did take off my jacket by the end. 
Yeah, I ran in boots. I didn't have a nice pair of tennis shoes (my Champion brand is finally giving out after 6 or 7 years, pity) and I figured I usually am chasing animals wearing boots anyway, so the added weight was a good test of my fitness level. Andddd they were nice and warm. 

I've been slowly collecting various exercise outfits from ThredUP this year. I've found that a lot of running skirts are actually long enough for my 5'2" height which is super handy. 

We made it though the 5k jogging/ fast walking just fine and have plans to do another run here in a couple weeks. Unfortunately, I've discovered that my right knee has scar tissue from a cow-chasing incident several years ago and the chiropractor says it hyper-extends when I run. So, I'm wondering if any of y'all have experience/advice about hyper-extension? I bought a fancy hinged brace that will hopefully help my muscles strengthen around my knee, but otherwise I'm kind of at a loss for what to do. This is a problem for me whether or not I run. :-/

I know it's kind of the off-season for exercise outfits, but I thought I'd share anyway! What do you wear to exercise in the colder months?
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Wednesday, December 3, 2014

Cozy Comfort

Hey y'all! With the crazy leggings-are-pants trend, handily, has come a smorgasbord of cute, long shirts that help make jeans modest. I love to wear these on chilly but-need-to-get-stuff-done days. This tunic has so many details I love: Arms-length, flattering silhouette, sparkle threads, warmth, super soft, high neckline, and fitted shoulders.

// tip of the day //
Don't be afraid to ask employees to help you find your size/color! I asked a sales associate at Dillard's last Friday to get me this tunic off of one of the mannequins since it was the last in my size. I used to be too shy to do that type of thing, but the rewards that come from just asking are so worth the temporary discomfort. ;) 

 // outfit details //
Tunic: Dillard's, Style&Co brand, $20 on sale, originally $70
Jeans: American Eagle, $20 on sale, originally $40
Slipper boots: Handmedown from my great-grandmother, who would have been 100 years old today! They were full of holes when I grabbed them from the trash bag as we were clearing out her closet, but I mended them on the long drive home and have gotten so much use out of them!
Necklace: Groopdealz, $5

 Confession: I'm wearing this outfit for the second day in a row. Yesterday I was down with Lyme-related nausea (but you already know that if you follow me on Instagram ;)) so I laid on the couch and did lots of research on MakingCosmetics.com and finished reading a book by John C. Maxwell. This outfit was so comfortable, I decided to wear it again today as we decorate for Christmas, even if the knees are a bit stretched out. ;)

I hope y'all are having a great week! Did you score any deals on Black Friday/ Cyber Monday?

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Saturday, November 29, 2014

Sponsors | November

Hey y'all! I wanted to share the sponsors who have blessed Fresh Modesty this month! Make sure you read through to the bottom where I highlight some amazing Black Friday/Cyber Monday 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!" 


"Hello again! Thank you to all the Fresh Modesty readers for their encouraging responses!

I tried to ignore my destiny, but God’s bigger than that. He’s also very patient and quietly shepherded me along until I finally got the message. Yep, so that’s why I made the decision to self-publish. Now that I’ve let go of my hoity-toity “I must do this the proper way” (said with a British accent) I realize that this is a much better fit – for me. Now that I’ve, ahem, got my act together, I’m really excited because this journey is bringing lots of amazing people on board. Suddenly, it’s not about me, it’s about God using me as a channel and that is AMAZING!

Deadly Puzzle will be releasing in the next few days (Lord willing) and I’m ecstatic to be finally sharing it with more people! A homeschooled heroine? Hmmm. “Denim jumpers and blood make her queasy, so how my very chic owner went from a homeschooled student to a detective bounty hunter is quite as much a mystery as the one she is solving.” I can’t wait for you to meet Audrey! Although, apparently Mr. Puddles is one of the most favorite characters.

I’m getting to “meet” so many nice Christian ladies on this writing journey – and that might just be my favorite part of publishing! (If you haven’t done so yet, make sure you sign up for the $25 Amazon gift card giveaway!)"



Skirted Blues is a sewing business dedicated to making stylish and modern jean skirts that are modest yet affordable. Our skirts are jeans or pants that have been transformed into skirts ( or "skirted"). Sizes range from infant to women's and can be custom ordered in any size, including maternity. We feature many different washes, fabrics and colors - including the ever popular camouflage! All designs are created and sewn by a homeschool mom of seven.



"The King's Blooming Rose" is a quarterly magazine that encourages girls to pursue modesty, purity, strong family relationships, and a deep walk with the Lord. Do you long to be a godly cornerstone in your home, but struggle with knowing how to become one? Do you ever feel alone in your walk with the Lord? KBR unites a community of young ladies from across the globe who have similar desires to serve the Lord and their families, while preparing to be godly homemakers. Join us today for only $12 a year!



"My name is Caitlin Baughman, and I am 22 years old. I have 4 brothers, 1 sister, and I'm a Homeschool graduate. I started blogging a couple years ago for fun, and now it’s become a passion of mine to reach out to people in need of some encouragement. I've been teaching Piano as a Home Business since I was 14, and continue to do so while studying to become a Labor Doula. I'm a stay-at-home daughter who loves her family, and loves to be the chauffeur to her siblings, for her mom. When I have free time I love to read, write, and learn about life. ​I love to sing, jog, knit, and blog. :)"



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 "



"Happy holidays! Enjoy our Free shipping worldwide! Enter the code - FREESHIPPING14 when checking out!!!! Here you can find modest fashion clothing for women – Dresses, Skirts, tops, headcoverings and headbands – all beautiful, stylish, romantic chic, suitable for everyday wear and special occasions."

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.




Yay for sales! I am so excited because this means that you can get the amazing Halftee layering shirts for 30% cheaper! I am definitely taking advantage of this-- my mom and I are constantly fighting over who gets to wear which one! ;)



If, like me, you are trying to go for quality over quantity, I highly recommend shopping Hector and Lola's sale this weekend. Beautiful, beautiful pieces.


Y'all have an awesome day! Be on the lookout for a Cyber Monday sale from Fresh Modesty, too! ;)
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Wednesday, November 26, 2014

Week In Feminine Dress // A Story

Hey y'all! A few weeks ago, I was contacted by an editor of LAF asking if I would be interested in participating in a Week In Feminine Dress with some friends on Ladies Against Feminism

I squealed! Really, I did. Why? Because WIFD is how Fresh Modesty came to be. 
You see, back when I was a 13/14 year old trying to figure out what was important to me, I stumbled into the Sense and Sensibility sewing forums and began absorbing everything the women there were about. About twice a year they would have these Week In Feminine Dress where they would post pictures of themselves wearing skirts, along with a description of where they got each thing and what they did that day to encourage each other. This was about the time my standards were changing and I was growing up a little bit, so I loved seeing practical examples of what dressing modestly and femininely looked like. 

But, honestly, I saw a lot of outfits that just weren't my taste, too, and most of the ladies participating were much older than me. I wanted to create a space where I could try my hand at sharing modest, pretty outfits for girls my age, because I knew I wasn't the only one looking for inspiration. I also met several slightly-older girls on there who had fashion/sewing blogs and began following them and participating in the fashion weeks they held on their blogs in later years. Ashley from Bramblewood Fashion was one of those girls. :D

 
These are pictures from the archives from the first Fashion Week challenge I participated in with this blog. Aren't you glad I don't over-edit and choose grunge backgrounds anymore? ;) This was 2009 about 6 months before we moved to Tennessee. 

Just a little bit of history, because I'm feeling nostalgic. If you'd like to participate with the WIFD, please hashtag your entries with #beautifulwomanhood and #thisisfemininity on Instagram. :) Your account needs to be public for us to see your entries.

Tip of the day: Wearing a cardigan that has "long lines" with a short, stocky skirt helps create a more flattering silhouette. The necklace I wore also helped elongate this otherwise flouffy outfit. 

// outfit details //
Cardigan: Forever21 (sorry, clearanced 2 years ago)
High-necked Cami: Modesty4Me.com
Skirt: Handmedown from an aunt
Fleece-lined leggings: Groopdealz.com (also available at ModeEsty.com)
Boots: Ariat

I hope you'll join in the fun! 

So, I'm curious-- did you know how Fresh Modesty came about? How long have you been following?

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Saturday, November 22, 2014

The Blackberry Effect: Zena’s Beginning--- $25 Gift Card Giveaway!

Girls! Today we have a treat from the wonderful Katie Maloney: 

Hello Fresh Modesty Readers!
Wow, what a journey! God has called me to walk unusual paths along the years, and they’ve brought me here today. The path has had ups and down, taken me along winding roads, and often directed me down unexpected detours. I might even have splashed through a few puddles. I have seen Him grow and change my perspective on writing and bring me to a place of wanting to share stories that glorify Him and encourage people to live more Christ-like lives. I hear the word inspiring over and over again when people tell me how much they love my writing, and I’m tremendously grateful that God is using me as a channel to encourage others. It’s humbling, honoring – and inspiring to me!

There are a couple things you won’t want to miss…..

1.       Right now if you sign up for my e-mail list – you’ll be entered to win a $25 Amazon Gift card! There are some more details in a blog post here. Pssst….You can help upgrade that to a $100 gift card!!! Also….you can get a free book.

2.       Are you interested in receiving a pre-release copy of my next book Deadly Puzzle? I’m super excited to be sharing this with a few people before launch in exchange for honest reviews on Amazon when it goes live. More information hereYou will not be under any obligation. Reviews should be your own opinion and unbiased thoughts. This is a time sensitive offer so e-mail me quickly at km@katiemaloney.com with Review! In the subject line.

The Blackberry Effect: Zena’s Beginning


What readers are saying….

“I absolutely LOVED this story!” –E McD.

"A sweet story of girlhood struggles, diligence, and hope. You will truly be inspired to persevere."

-Theresa Kicher

“Very inspiring story! Loved it!” Hannah L.

 “The author takes you through the troubles and triumphs of a young girl’s life in a magical way. I seriously wish I could’ve read this story as a young girl. I absolutely love it!”-Heather M.


I really appreciate Olivia’s example of modest and stylish dressing. It’s refreshing to see an example that encourages us in a relatable, everyday way! I’m really excited about this opportunity to work with Fresh Modesty because we’re on the same page….in Deadly Puzzle you’ll find a strong, modern character that strives to dress femininely and modestly. She might be like Olivia in other ways too, but you’ll have to read the book to find out about that. J
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Friday, November 21, 2014

Black Tunic + Brown Boots

Hey y’all! Three awesome companies are behind today’s outfit, so I’m excited to finally be sharing this.
And by finally, I mean this post has been 3 days in production. This is not uncommon and today I’m finding it especially humorous how long it takes to do such a simple task among a life with no firmly established schedule. 
This tunic/ dress was graciously provided by ModeEsty.com. Eriko, the owner, has a huge heart for modesty and does an amazing job running this business as a single mom. Please hop over to her site and shop! There are all sorts of gorgeous items and they are competitively priced, too. :)

 M’kay, excited rant alert. ;) This tunic…. Is amazing. I wondered at first if I should wear it with jeans or with leggings (it hits past my knees in the front and back but the sides are quite a few inches above) and ended up going with jeans. Capris, actually, but you can’t tell because I wore boots. :D Anyway, this tunic is the perfect weight knit. It fits so flatteringly in the top, skims the hips, and is a fun, dramatic, elegant length. Usually with tunics they bunch around the waistband area and you look all lumpy, but that’s totally not the case with this one. I wore it two days in a row it is so comfortable. 

The next company is Amanda Greenhoe’s Chloe+Isabel. The earrings I’m wearing (forgot to take a close-up) I have had for about a year and wear probably every-other week. Don’t forget to come join the facebook party tonight! You should be able to watch it even if you don’t have an account. :) All proceeds will go towards their adoption fund.

// outfit details //
Tunic: c/o ModeEsty.com
Capris: no recollection. :P
Tank: Forever21: $1.80
Boots: ThredUP
Earrings: chloe+isabel


And, lastly, I decided to include some photos of the new mineral eyeshadow I picked up this week. Beeyoutiful Skin sells their products next door to their main office in Wild Duck Soup Emporium, a health-food+ hippie-stuff shop in our town. I stopped in with my mom after going to the post office to mail 25 more t-shirts (yes, they are back in stock at freshapparel.us!) and couldn't pass up a clearance price on this shade, called Lightning Blue. My sister has been using one of their purple shades for months now and I've been so impressed with the quality and stay-power it has. 

 I'm kind of excited about my new 35mm lens and D3200 camera body, thus the awkward close ups. :D 
Also, there's a super fun event I'll be a part of happening next week, so stay tuned for an announcement on that and how you can be involved! :D :D

Mailing t-shirts! The Post Office staff are so patient with me. :D
What's your favorite item on ModeEsty.com? Tried any new make-up lately?

Oh, and P.S.-- I've gotten an awesome response to the sewing camp question from my last post, so I'll be getting some details together and emailing them to those who have expressed interest sometime in the next week or two. Thanks!
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Thursday, November 20, 2014

How To | Boho Braid


Hey y'all! I received several hints for a video on how to do this hairstyle, so here it is! 



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Tuesday, November 18, 2014

Favorite Skirt Redux

Hey y'all! I thought I'd share another ensemble with my favorite fall skirt (I posted about it 3 weeks ago) to give an idea of how just changing the accessories can create a whole new outfit! :) 

// outfit details //
Sweater: ThredUP
Tank: Forever21: $1.80
Hat: Charming Charlie's: $8
Shoes: Borrowed from my sister, from Kmart
Earrings: Droplette


Guess what, girls?! This weekend we're having a little party on Facebook.com/freshmodesty that has several awesome benefits:
1) You get a chance to do some Christmas shopping.
2) You will feel good about this shopping because it will directly benefit Amanda+Ben's adoption fund! They are hoping to bring a precious child home from Taiwan. 
3) You might win a $25 coupon! 

 Go to {this link} for more information! Friday, 11-21-14 at 7:30 CST! :)

I am getting more and more excited for the coming new year and all the opportunities that are starting to line up. Life is such a crazy journey! So much is in store for Fresh Apparel and Fresh Modesty! I'll share details as soon as I possibly can. :D

One thing I'm considering is hosting a Sewing Camp for Fresh Modesty readers! I'd like to know what the interest is before I go any farther with planning. So, if you would consider coming to Tennessee (an hour west of Nashville) and learning how to sew for 4-5 days, please shoot me an email (freshmodesty@gmail.com) with the subject line "Sewing Camp" and that will help me with planning. There would be some cost associated with it, but nothing unreasonable. :) Ages 13-22 please. I'm excited to hear from you! Space will be limited. 

I think I drank too much coffee today. I'm bouncing up and down in my chair surrounded by to-do lists and blog post ideas and marketing strategies and speaking outlines (oh, wait, that's a secret!) and patterns and business books and Emma just brought me hot cocoa and I think I may type out another post tonight and and and I have so much more to do but the internet is so slow I want to pull my hair out... 

Speaking of my sister, I found this super cute picture of her in our suuuuuuper messy closet and thought this post needed some reality. Every post with gorgeous fall leaves in the background of the pictures does. :D

So, three call-to-actions: 

2) Email me if you would like to learn to sew!
3) Comment and share what you've been up to this week! :D 

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