Monday, October 6, 2014

One Reason Church Is So Important To Me

Hey y'all! I don't usually do this around church time, but last week I was messaging a friend on Facebook between our prayer service and communion service. They messaged me first, and the timing was odd, so I asked them straight up why they weren't in church. "Well, I'm out of town" "So?" "Well, I was up late last night upset over a TV show, so I need to just chill". I realized, wow, not everyone feels the same way I do about the life-giving power of worshiping the Lord with reverence each week. I've been thinking about that since and it's on my heart to share a teensy bit why worship, and specifically Lord's Day services, are so important to me.

As Christians, we have the awesome privilege of going to the Lord anytime with our prayers, joys, sorrows, everything. The Lord is our Father, and we are His children. But as members of His Body, we also have the opportunity to come together with the rest of His Body and together worship the Lord. When we gather, the Lord is there, the angels are there, and His means of grace are poured out upon us. Singing hymns and Psalms, hearing the preaching of the Word, and feasting with Him at the table He has prepared are all incredible ways the Lord blesses us! 

Waving to my audience

My friend asked how I was doing. "I feel like I'm going to throw up" I femininely responded. 
"You should chill like me. Sweats and a t-shirt are calling your name."
"Why would I skip what gives me the strength to get through the rest of my week?" 

Asking my friend that convinced me to stick through the pain and stay for the communion service and I could not be more grateful that I did. I have lots of theological/doctrinal reasons for why I believe church is so important, but in this season of life, I am especially appreciating His realness in worship. The Lord always blesses my heart during church. Lately, I've been sobbing through at least one part of the service. Is that silly? I sure hope not. Sometimes its part of the sermon that speaks directly to me, sometimes it's a particularly poignant line of a hymn. That week when I was struggling to even sit up, this line of On Christ the Solid Rock I Stand, with the power of the piano, organ, three violins, flute, and cello that were accompanying our singing, struck me at my core and left me with such incredible hope:

His oath, His covenant, and blood
Support me in the whelming flood;

When every earthly prop gives way,
He then is all my Hope and Stay.

On Christ, the solid Rock, I stand;
All other ground is sinking sand.

 His covenant. His promise to me, His child, that I am His. That is my support. It's not about me and what I've done, but it is His blood which supports me in the whelming flood! When the Body of Christ comes together each week to renew covenant with our Lord, I want to be there! Because that is my hope and stay. "Maybe I'll rest this afternoon" I told my friend, "But I'm also really looking forward to our once-a-month hymn sing this evening."

This jumper has become a new favorite of mine. It fits awesome, doesn't need a slip, and is warm enough for chilly mornings, but not too warm for sunny afternoons. :) 
Dress: ThredUP
Sweater: Forever 21: $12
Boots: ThredUP
Purse: Just Fab: $39.99
Beret: Target: $8
Pearl set: Gift

I hope to be back to blogging on-schedule soon! My health has been a roller coaster ride lately (especially the "get me out of here I'm going to be sick" part. ;)) but the Lord was so gracious as to give me a reprieve this past weekend. Next up is a Let's Talk post!

So, why is church so important to you? How has the Lord showed His face to you during worship lately?
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Wednesday, October 1, 2014

How To | Build A Modest Wardrobe for Under $300

(Without relying on the thrift store!)

Hey y'all! I hope you are prepared to be inspired! I get asked ALL the time how to build a modest wardrobe from scratch on a budget, so I am here today to finally answer! Whether you feel like your already-modest wardrobe is missing something or you are looking to transition your conventional wardrobe into a more conservative one, I hope you find this post helpful.

Below, I assume that your house burned down and you're starting a new wardrobe from scratch. I really hope that's not anyone's actual scenario, but this should be a way to get you started with modest basics. :)


First, invest in some layering pieces that can help turn immodest tops into wearable ones. Camisoles and Halftees are perfect for this. I love Forever21's Basic Scoop Neck Cami's, especially because of their price.

Camis:

1 white, 1 black, 1 brown, 1 gray, 1 of your favorite color
$1.80 from Forever21
x5 = ~$10 

Halftee:

I love the black Cap Sleeve Halftee as a starter because it's just so versatile, especially with dresses. But if you wear a lot more brown than black, you should consider getting a brown one. :)
$18.99 from Halftee.com (even cheaper if you use this link for 20% off your first purchase!)
x1 = $18.99

Slips:

This is an often-forgotten-but-REALLY-essential item in the classy lady's wardrobe. I recommend having a short above-the-knee slip and a long, maxi-skirt length one. If you wear a lot of skirts that are "tea" length, then you'll need one that works with those. I have had great success finding slips at the thrift store for pennies, but if you'd like to buy them new, Sears seems to always have them. If you hit a sale, I think you could easily pick up two within this budget.
$6 from Sears
x2= $12

Leggings:

Perfect for layering under skirts for warmth and extra coverage for shorter skirts, I looove Capri length leggings. Black or Navy blue is my choice.
$4.50 from Forever 21
x1 =$4.50 


Tops: 

Depending on your body type, personal style, and location, these types of shirts are flexible. The styles listed are ones that I have found useful for my own wardrobe and are classic basics that allow for a lot of mixing and matching.

Striped T-Shirt:
These are so universally flattering and stylish. I personally go for one that doesn't have a lot of contrast (aka not black and white or red and white) but if you have a more eccentric personality, go for it. :)
~$7 on sale from JCPenny's, Sears, Kohl's, Target
If your budget allows, I HIGHLY recommend Sweet Salt Clothing's Striped Half Sleeve. Best shirt ever, and honestly a great deal at $20.99

Solid Shirt in your Color:
Think about what colors you look really good in. Does blue bring out your eyes, or red your rosy cheeks? Select a shirt that fits you well and isn't too flowy so that it works with skirts.
~$10 on sale from department stores

Ruffled Button-Up:
Three weeks ago I finally threw away the shirt that I wore at least once a week for all of my modest teenage years. (Click here for a super old post with pictures!) It was plaid, had a ribbon belt, and I felt awesome in it. It was fancy enough to wear to church, but also easily transitioned for casual wear. Everyone needs a shirt like that.
~$10 with clearance or sales

Tunic Top:
If you plan on continuing to wear jeans, I love tunic tops for feeling modest in them. My favorite tops are high-waisted and skim your hips without too much bulk. These are great for working in, because you don't have to worry about your shirt coming up when you bend over. I didn't include jeans in this list because I assume everyone, modest or not, has those. :) If you want to do outside work in this top, prints or durable knit is great for not showing dirt. But if you don't do a lot of dirty work, there are some gorgeous feminine tunic tops in whites and creams and lovely light prints that would be adorable to wear with darkwash jeans.
~$15 from GroopDealz, department stores, or fabric to make your own (its in my dreams to create another ebook for this)

V-Neck T-Shirt:
Depending on the accessories, this piece can go from church to babysitting to shopping. If keeping white clean just isn't your thing, I love a classic navy or black. Because you'll be layering one of your camis underneath, pick a color that goes with multiple cami colors and you can easily switch up the look of it. :)
~$5 on sale from Target, Walmart, or department stores

Plaid Button-Up:
Or striped, depending on if you are more "country" or "city". I like button-ups with a little bit of print because they hide stains easier. These are the perfect for layering with camis open for a casual look, buttoned for a classier look, and tied at your waist for a cleaning-day look!
~$12 on sale at Kohl's, JCPenny's, or Forever21

One More Shirt of Choice:
It's always good to leave a little bit of room in your budget for something to jump out at you from the rack. I always check clearance racks for t-shirts that have some designs on them,  dolman sleeve blouses, fun crochet tops, and other styles.
~$5 on clearance

Jackets: 

I have found two styles of jackets to be really helpful for pairing with clothing to make it more modest.

Long Flowy Cardigan:
Paired with a t-shirt and skirt for warmth in church, or worn with jeans to cover your rear and make them modest, this piece is so useful. I also call these flutter cardigans.
~$15 from Forever21, Rue, Ross, Target, or other department stores

Black Half-Cardigan:
I don't like the look of a bolero or shrug with tops/dresses, but a simple black cardigan that ends at your elbows and hits at a good spot on your waist is invaluable. The black one I wear in a toooon of posts here on Fresh Modesty was actually a handmedown and is missing some buttons, but my sisters and I wear it at least twice a week. What I especially like about it is that it doesn't have to be buttoned to be slimming.
~$15 from Sears, Kohl's, or Forever 21

Skirts: 

These are the top 4 styles that I have found myself being super thankful I have in my closet lately.

Shorter, Slimming, Denim Skirt:
One of my favorites is from Ann Taylor that I found on ThredUP. This goes with all of the above tops (except the tunic) and is great for staying cool in the summer but looks great with boots for winter.
~$20 from Ann Taylor, Cato, or fabric to make your own

Long Denim Skirt with Pockets:
Have to plug my own design here and say I love the Errand #17 skirt!
$78.99 from FreshApparel.us (not yet available)

Knit Maxi Skirt:
Choose a print that suits you or stick with plain for more versatility. I love knit maxi skirts for summer or winter.
~$20 on sale

Long Black Dress Skirt:
I probably dress up for church and concerts and funerals more than the average 21 year old, but having a go-to skirt for these occasions takes so much stress off. I love light weight black fabric, but also love the black skirts I made that are twill. My skirt is a length that skims the floor when I wear heels, so you'll want to remember to add footwear to your equation when buying one.
~$15 on sale from Sears, Ross, TJMaxx, Target, or Cato

Little Black Dress:

Every woman needs one of these, no ifs ands or buts. I like a knee length for my height, but if you're taller you could probably pull off a tea-length. Longer than that might be a little too formal for most occasions. :)
~$25, depending on what's left of your budget. ;) Target, Kohl's, and ThredUP have been my best sources for LBDs.

All of the prices and stores here are actual prices and locations that I have found these items at over the last several years. If you are up for the hunt and not in a hurry, you could probably get all of this for half the costs listed at thrift stores or on ThredUP. Although its sometimes crazy with all the people, I really recommend hitting stores around holidays and sales because you can get just so much more bang for your buck. :)

So according to my calculations, the total for everything but the LBD is $273.48. 

I hope this has helped you see in real terms what it looks like to build a wardrobe that you can feel confident in. Knowing where to invest and where to look for cheaper items is a huge part of budgeting and being wise in our purchases, so let me know if this was a help!

Do you think this is a good place to start? What would you switch up to make this work for you? Have you had to build a wardrobe from scratch?
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Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Awk+Awe | White Jeans

Hey y'all! It's finally time for Awk+Awe!! These posts are a lot of fun to write (although it takes me a while to try to remember my week!) and I love the chance to share the not-so-glamorous side of my life, as well as the blessings I'm thankful for. Alright, let's get started!


Awkward: 
  • Using a gift card to order whisks, wall hooks, and hair color. Just seemed very adult.
  • Being a fashion blogger but hardly getting dressed before noon most days.
  • When your sister brings up in normal conversation the summer you shaved your eyebrows almost completely off... like, can we just forget that?
  • Getting an email saying you should do a post on how to emulate Leonardo DiCaprio's style. O.o
  • Being super duper psyched to earn $12 in UP+ Rewards at Rite Aid... and nobody you told caring about it.
  • Needing to go to the regional UPS distribution office to mail a package for Fresh Apparel and after asking directions, getting kinda lost, and discovering the skating rink, you arrive at the office.... and it turns out to be a trailer in a gravel parking lot. Just so typically classy for our area.
  • Deciding to say goodbye to your childhood hobby- pretending you were an interior designer- and instead of just throwing the materials you used away, you figure it would be so much more final to burn them. It looked awfully dramatic to be taking pictures of things and then throwing them sadly into the burn barrel.
  • The really random stuff you find yourself carrying between your house and your guest house, which is a couple hundred feet down the road. Chicken Pad Thai, pie crust, rolling pin, sewing supplies, pudding cups, heavy packages, bowls of noodles... basically a lot of food.
  • Driving 9 hours round-trip to buy a Sunlighten infrared sauna from someone on Craigslist and bringing it home in a pig trailer with old mattresses as padding. We earned our redneck card that day.
  • Taking outfit pictures outside a cigar shop, where they have a crowded sitting area right inside the great big window.
  • When you're too tired to talk but are in a situation where you need to be friendly and bubbly.
  • Eating spaghetti in a group. Slurp slurp.
  • Annoying people by talking about something too much because you're just so excited about it.
  • When you're stalking someone on Facebook but your app crashes and you have to decide if it's worth finding where you were again or if you should just stop being nosy.
  • Your car door breaking so to keep it closed you have to use a ratchet strap looped around the handle and then attached (across your lap) to the parking break. And it has to be undone every time you stop to do an errand.


Awesome:
  • This quote: "Live by design, not by default."
  • Finally placing the purchase order with L.C.King to make the Errand #17 skirts!
  • Attending the Remembering WWII event in Linden, TN! My, oh wow, was it done well! Most folks were in costume, the reenactment was such fun to watch (and powerful to think about), and the music provided by the Boyer Family Singers was incredible! 
  • When your friends from one group and your friends from a different group end up together and you all have a fabulous time and nobody wants to call it a night. 
  • Being inspired by your hard-working church family to keep going when you feel like quitting. It's been such a rough season for me health-wise but seeing friends push through their struggles as well is so humbling. 
  • That ThredUP is having their Semi-Annual sale! I ordered some things last night and it said, "You just saved $1,174!" O.o It ends tonight. 
  • Meeting a couple Fresh Modesty readers in Linden. <3
  • The Morning & Evening app. It is Spurgeon's devotional book in a super easy-to-keep-up-with app. It's blessed me so much. 
  • Friends who joyfully come over and do your dishes, mop your floors, and clean the bathroom when things are out of control. 
  • My new laptop! I finally broke down and bought a really nice computer so that I'm able to do FM/FA wherever I need to. You'd think I'd be able to keep up with my posting schedule...
  • That two of the three pregnant women in our church are my age/younger. 
  • Chicken pot pie. 
  • This article about how it feels to have a chronic illness. The article's author has Lupus, but it feels just like this to have Lyme Disease. I'm behind in blogging because honestly, I run out of spoons just doing things like showering and fixing lunch. 
  • Working with a farmer the other night and noticing he was wearing Pointer Brand overalls. They looked well-used and I'm sure the Errand #17 skirts will be just as durable, coming from the same factory!
  • Suds By The Sea! They mailed me some soaps and lip balm several months ago and I've been using it all ever since! Totally addicted to their Orange Cream Lip Balm. Awesome prices to boot. 



I know, I'm posting yet another outfit with jeans. I wore this when I took my siblings out to Franklin for errands a few weeks ago. We decided to go last minute, so I had to throw on something easy, CC friendly (gun's on my hip), that covered most of my legs since I hadn't gotten to shower... thus, my fall-back tunic look. :) 
// outfit details //
Tunic: ThredUp?
Tank: Forever 21
Jeans: ThredUP
Flip Flops: Sears
Purse: JustFab
Sunglasses: Ann Taylor
Earrings: Walmart

Thank you all so much for all the comments on last week's make-up post! Now, I am so ready to hear what's been awkward and awesome about your week/month! 
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Thursday, September 25, 2014

Beauty | Summer/Fall 2014 Daily Make-Up

Hey y'all! It's time for this month's Beauty post! I decided to change the series name from "Make-Up" because not every month will be make-up related. One of these days I'm hoping to get into researching and doing more natural types of beauty regimens and sharing those... *sigh*
Alright, here's an update to how I've been doing my make-up lately. It takes me less than 5 minutes. 
Towards the end, I also review the hairspray, dry shampoo, and heat protecting spray that I use when I "do" my hair. 


You guys have no idea how much I *love* moderating comments and reading what you ladies are up to. Every single one makes my day, so I'm completely serious when I say I want to hear what your routine looks like! 

On the subject of make-up, I received this question via email the other day:

I just wanted to ask your opinion on something real quick. I am 19 years old and I just started wearing mascara a few months ago because I was getting so tired of people thinking I was 14. As I have started to pay more attention, I have noticed most people wear way more than just mascara. I feel like I look fine with just mascara and a little eyeliner, but I am starting to wonder if it looks immature, kinda like a 12 year old who just discovered makeup. :) What are your thoughts? Do you think I should try something else or does it look fine? Is it better to go without makeup alltogether if you aren't going to do it right? And have you ever even heard of a girl who just does mascara? I guess I just need some reassurance. ~C

So, what do you think? This question goes along with a series on growing up that I really want to dive into when I get some time, so I'm not going to answer quite yet. But, I'm really interested in hearing your thoughts on this matter! 

So, what is your "simple" routine and do you think you should wear more make-up as you get older? 
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Tuesday, September 23, 2014

What's Up | Amazon Affiliate | Morning Center

Hey y'all! One of the things you may have noticed on the blog lately is a few more affiliate links than there used to be. Amazon has a decent affiliate program and since I use them all. the. time. it seems like a natural fit for me to promote products I've ordered from there that I think you might enjoy as well.

This morning on Facebook The Morning Center, a ministry in Memphis, TN dedicated to giving quality maternity care to women in need (without the support of the government!), posted that they need some items restocked and dun, dun, dun, they have an Amazon Wishlist for the items! So, I've decided that whatever earnings come in this month from the affiliate program will be used to send supplies to The Morning Center. I had the opportunity to visit and take pictures of some of the patients earlier this year and have many friends actively involved in the ministry, so I'm excited to help in any small way I can.

You don't even have to buy items that I've linked to, like all the ones in my September Favorites post. Just Click Here To Go To Amazon.com and 6% of whatever you buy in the next 24 hours (that's how long the affiliate cookie lasts, come back and re-click if it's longer than that) will go towards supplies for this beautiful ministry. I just wanted to make you all aware of the cause you will be supporting so that you might be more inclined to click and buy. :) If you'd like my book suggestions, I have a couple on my sidebar to checkout.

Or, even better, just go and buy the items on their wishlist yourself! Click here to do that.

Thank you so much! I'm excited to see how many disinfecting wipes we can send to The Morning Center. ;)
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Concealed Carry | Purple Skinny Corduroys

Hey y'all! When I announced the Concealed Carry Series back at the beginning of September, I really didn't know how y'all would respond since I'd never mentioned firearms on the blog here before. I was pleasantly surprised by your excited responses! Today I'm sharing an outfit I wore this past Friday to pick my dad up from the airport and do errands with my sister in Nashville. 

If you've been following for a while, you may remember me mentioning my purple skinny jeans last winter. It's finally cool enough to wear them again! Since I've gotten some questions lately asking my thoughts on skinny jeans, I figured I could kill several birds with one stone by sharing this outfit. ;) 

(so small disclaimer here: these look a tighter in the pictures than they do in person. My sister just looked over my shoulder and said, 'huh, those look tighter there then they actually are'. They are almost too loose sometimes and look sloppy, so idk what the deal is.)
So, skinny jeans: I think they can totally be worn modestly. Just like my regular jeans rule, I try to keep my backside covered while wearing them. But, from a style standpoint, I think only a very few people can pull them off well. This pair is the only ones I have found look semi-okay on me because of my hourglass shape. Girls who are tall and skinny can wear them so much easier. 

 Do you ever put on something, think, "ehh, okay, its fine for this time" but then someone in your family comments and says they LOVE the outfit? That's the case with this. My dad really likes it, which is funny to me since it's definitely not a big favorite of mine. But I'm glad. :)

// outfit details //
Tunic: Thrift Store, $1
Pants: Jolt Brand, ThredUP
Purse: JustFab
Shoes: ThredUP
Sunglasses: Ann Taylor
Holster: T-Rex Arms

I chose to go with super comfy almost-slippers for the day to continue the laid-back feel of my outfit. With skinny jeans, it's important to wear low profile shoes that don't make you look like a clown with huge feet compare to your skinny ankles. ;) 

Alright, I'm finally to the part you've been waiting for: How I'm concealing with this outfit! I kept my gun on all day very comfortably (except taking it out when I went into Costco which doesn't allow guns) and didn't have to worry about it at all, which is so so nice. 

My gun is a Kel-Tec p380. It's one of the smallest guns you can get and that was very intentional on my part. I have a small frame which makes it difficult to conceal a large weapon, so I chose to go with something I would actually carry as opposed to something with more power that I would have to really work to conceal. I may change my mind one day, but this is my set-up right now. 

To wear it on my hip, which is the most comfortable for all-day wear, especially with lots of driving, I wore a belt that Snake Eater Tactical made for me to test for him. It's a great, great belt that works with all my jeans, all my shirts, and is so secure for holsters. Chris doesn't yet have this womenn's belt available on his website, but you could probably contact him to get one custom.

My holster is a simple Outside the Waistband holster from T-Rex Arms. Lucas put malice clips on it instead of the standard loops so that the rig sits as close to my body as possible. This system works so well and would totally be worth having him custom make one for you.

I hope this post gave you an idea for some top/jeans outfits you can put together for easier concealed carry!
 Do you have any colored jeans that you just love? How do you usually conceal?

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How To | Take Outfit Pictures

Hey y'all! I hope you had a wonderful weekend and your last week of September is off to a great start! Last week was a whacked week for me so I'm playing catch-up with posts today. :) Friday my sister and I filmed this quick How-To (or rather, How-I) video on taking outfit pictures. Whether you are an aspiring fashion blogger, want to occasionally participate in wardrobe challenges, or would like to submit for Friends of Fresh Modesty (I have lots of entries right now, thank you!), I hope this is helpful for you!


No faking, that's actually how I act while taking pictures. It looks so awkward.

And here are a couple of the pictures that came out. 

//outfit details//
Cardigan: ThredUP
Tank: Forever21
Skirt: ThredUP
Shoes: ThredUP

Who usually takes your outfit pictures for you? Are you a photographer? What tips do you have?
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Sunday, September 21, 2014

LIMITED TIME OPPORTUNITY

Hey! I wanted to let y'all know that I'm opening up the Errand #17 Skirt for Pre-Order until NOON CST Monday, September 22nd, 2014-- that's only 16 hours from the time I'm posting this! If you want to ensure I have your size when this first round of skirts comes in, go get one on www.FreshApparel.us

There are sizes 28" through 47" available. Custom hemming with 42" maximum length. Have a great day!
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Friday, September 19, 2014

Favorites | September

Hey y'all! I would love to keep an atmosphere of friendship surrounding Fresh Modesty-- that is, I'm your pal and you're mine and we share our lives to encourage each other. One thing that friends do is share little things that make them happy. At least, that's what I do with my friends. ;) So, I'm hoping to share once a month some of the things that are floating my boat, so to speak. 

Here's a round up of some of the physical items that have made me smile lately.

This Contigo Water Bottle has been my closest companion since I got it a few months ago. It keeps me drinking plenty throughout the day, which is essential for everyone. 
I try to keep a stash of dark chocolate on hand at all times because some days, it seems to be the only thing that will satisfy. I've always thought girls who say they "have to have chocolate" seemed kind of silly, like, get over it lady. But, having had to endure times without it, I completely understand now. Rite Aid had it on sale last week so happy me. Oh, but I just looked it up on Amazon and they have a better every day price:  Ghirardelli Chocolate Intense Dark Squares
I have yet to hop on the "essential oils cure everything" train, but I can't deny my love of lavender oil. Although I'm not kookoo for the smell, I use it often to reduce the itch of bug bites and the pain of bee stings. I have been laid up for 3 days with stings a number of times, but not since trying Lavender Oil on them. 

This sweet little dress is in the Bell Tower Boutique shop that my church runs. I keep all the items for the Boutique at my house and this dress has been right outside my bedroom door lately. It just makes me smile when I walk past it. I think of the lovely little girl who will wear it one day and I pray that it will sell soon so that our church's building fund can grow. I don't know if the listings have been updated, but Free Shipping on all the summer sundresses right now!

I keep a Pink Sewing Measuring Tape beside the computer for quick access as I'm ordering things, as reference to help someone with an eBook question, and just so I always know where it is. I've had the basic yellow measuring tapes, but I really love this cheery pink one. I know it's a weird thing to include on this list, but sometimes its the simple things. :)

I picked up Lauren Conrad's Style at the library last week and, although I've only made it to chapter one, I'm really enjoying it. Sometimes it's nice to be reminded of the right way to do things. :) And, wow! I didn't realize how cheap it is on Amazon. I'll probably be buying it soon.

Alright, y'all. This book, Essentialism: The Disciplined Pursuit of Less by Greg McKeown is probably going to be my favorite book of the year. And not just because the author retweeted me this week. ;) It is all about finding your highest point of contribution and focusing your life to not be scattered everywhere. As someone with a million things on my plate (that I've brought on myself) it's been so helpful for me. Hiiiiigly recommend.

And, of course, I'm so thankful for my Bible these days. This is the NKJV "Princess Bible", which I bought because of the bejeweled clasp. :P

I was planning on including links to articles, blogs, and pinterest images that touched me this month as well, but since this post is already two days late I better just get this out. ;)

I want to hear what this month's favorites of yours are!! Your list can certainly be as random as mine! Blessings on your day!

P.S. I neglected to include a link to Joyfully His Blog in the Sponsors Post this week! Please go check those lovely bloggers out and leave them a comment saying I sent you! Thanks!

Affiliate disclaimer: This post contains links to Amazon, whom I have an affiliate account with and I may receive a small commission from purchases of these items through these links. But, I would be linking to these whether I got a commission or not. :) 
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Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Sponsors | September

Hey y'all! I wanted to properly introduce you to Fresh Modesty's September sponsors so that you can check out these great resources! Click on the screen shot to be taken to the sponsor's website.


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. I just clicked around the site a bit and a 10% off coupon popped up for me, so go check them out and get a discount! If you ever ask me a question about layering, my first response is going to be, "Well, do you have a Halftee yet?" ;)

"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



"My name is Lauren, and I started Wearing History as a way to share my discovery, study, and exploration of vintage and historic fashion.  I originally sold period vintage clothing and sewing supplies online, and from there, I started blog at www.wearinghistoryblog.com.
I started the Wearing History sewing pattern line over five years ago.  The sewing patterns brought my favorite vintage fashions- especially casual and sportswear - to a new audience who could sew, wear and love the styles as part of their daily wardrobe.  But I often heard from those who didn't sew that they wanted these fashions, too.  It had always been a dream of mine to have my own ready to wear line, but I thought it was unachievable.  I knew the Lord would bring all good things in His time, and to His will.  Suddenly I started getting the "green light" and confirmation that the time was right.  And so, about six months ago, I focused all of my energy and work into a new venture for Wearing History - a ready to wear clothing line!

Through the Wearing History clothing line I've combined my experience and knowledge from my FIDM fashion design degree and theatrical costuming at the La Jolla Playhouse and San Diego Opera with my knowledge of authentic period cut and design. Through Wearing History’s new ready to wear line, I hope to enhance the possibility of sustaining and supporting American jobs through domestic manufacturing.  By wearing classic fashions that don't have an expiration date, created in a way that helps provide work for many skilled professionals in the USA garment industry, we create sustainable fashion.  My goal is to create clothing won't just make you feel good for an aesthetic reason, but an ethical one as well. 
My first clothing collection is currently on Kickstarter to raise the funds needed for the first run of production.  Through Kickstarter you can support for various rewards- from pre-ordering clothing to pledging for e-patterns.  There is only a short while left until the campaign ends, so please check it out and help by sharing my project with your friends. Thanks!"
Wearing History has met their Kickstarter goal (CONGRATS, LAUREN!!) but there's still time to grab some fabulous rewards. As someone who has been totally blessed by Kickstarter, I really encourage you to support this endeavor, especially if you love vintage clothing.  

Garlands of Grace is a company that makes beeeeautiful headcoverings. I did a review of their Cecily's Lace design earlier this month if you'd like to check that out.


 "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. :)"

"Modesty 4me.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.
The online reviews speak for themselves.

This from a customer in Kentucky: “I looked at so many stores for camis that came up high enough to still cover things when I bend over, but to no avail. Luckily, I stumbled upon this website....and have never looked back! These are great: high quality, good fit, and perfect coverage. THANK YOU! Keep making these! I'll keep coming back for more! And more colors would be excellent!”

Another customer in New Jersey wrote: “Love these camis, there is no place else that I can find that makes a high neck cami. This is especially important because by the time I adjust the straps on a regular cami so that it covers my bra/chest, it's up in my armpits and that can be very irritating.”

From Missouri, this: “Excellent product. Better than expected. I have been looking for something like this for a long time.”

One more from Washington, DC: “I love this cami, it's not TOO high and it still looks very feminine, but it is not like most camis that are just scoop-like and you need to keep pulling up. I'm so happy I found this site. I highly recommend this cami!!!

These 5 star reviews are commonplace which makes Modesty4me.com a real winner."
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You can read my review of Modesty4Me here.

Joyfully His is in existence to be a source of inspiration and encouragement for young women. 
Our main goal is that you will be encouraged to serve God, your family and others to the best of your ability and through His grace and strength. We also want to motivate you to grow in your personal walk with the Lord Jesus.
Currently, we have posts on The Proverbs 31 Woman, quotes from Godly men and women, recipes, encouraging literature suggestions and lots more. Everything we post is designed to better equip you to be the woman or girl God wants you to be. So come on over, take a look around and be inspired to grow closer to your Creator and the family He specifically placed you in. We’d love to see you!
Your Sisters in Christ, Madyson and Anne


"Feel good about what you put on your body!
Check out the store for soaps that are currently available. 
You can have comfort in knowing you are using a natural, vegan, real bar of soap made with coconut and olive oils that leave your skin feeling soft and smooth. Ever get out of the shower and your skin feels tight after using commercial ¨soap?¨  That is because commercial soap strips out the glycerin and strips your skin of it's moisture. You won't have that with Sozo Artisan Soaps! They are real soap that still contain the glycerin and won't strip your skin of it's natural moisture. Check out the store and indulge yourself in some real soap."



I hope you'll take some time and check all of these out! I love each of these companies/blogs and really hope you'll enjoy them as well. Blessings, y'all! 
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Monday, September 15, 2014

Farm Style | Bush Hogging

Hey y'all! One of the "problems" that always seems to be brought up in discussions on modesty is that it's difficult to work outside and do hard tasks in feminine clothing. That's exactly the myth this series will be trying to dispel. 
Today I woke up feeling like I am getting "the cold". Since I wasn't up for doing computer work,  I figured it was a good day to get some Vitamin D,  chill out and listen to podcasts, and get something done that always gets pushed to the bottom of the to-do list.... bush hogging!


I had never heard of bush hogging until we moved to our land 5 years ago. It's basically mowing with a great big blade attachment that you pull behind the tractor. So, I spent 5 hours driving the very warm tractor through waist-high weeds in the cow pasture. I prefer to do this in long jeans because the tractor gets so warm near my ankles that it can hurt if my legs are bare. I chose to wear tennis shoes instead of work boots because I had to walk up and down our big hill to and from the field, which is super tiring in heavy boots. For modesty, I wore this long shirt with a tank underneath. 

I have always had a huge aversion to "tool belts" and things that are super ugly but incredibly practical. But, common sense is slowly taking over and I've finally realized it is so much easier to clip my phone onto my belt while using the tractor than to stick it in my back pocket all the time. I've been listening to a ton of podcasts, so this set-up allowed me to plug in the noise-cancelling headphones and easily switch between episodes. I also wore my gun in case of snakes. 
The yellow on my wrist is a hairband I used to put my hair up in the warmer parts of the day.  


 When I set out to bush hog this morning, I thought I'd be in and showered by 2pm, so I opted to leave off my make-up and put it on after that. But, dead battery, flat tire, a trip to the mechanic, and a mowed field later, it was 7:30 when I finally showered. Girls, I want to keep it real here, so these are no make-up, no photoshopped pimples, no dressing-up, no fixing my hair, no taking off the awful cell-phone belt clip, no cute shoes, nothing special pictures. Just a real outfit I wore on a real day to do real things that were really real. 

//outfit details//
Tunic: ThredUP 
(If you use code SUPERSTAR you can get 30% off select dresses and jackets!)
Tank: Forever21
Jeans: American Eagle
Shoes: Payless
Sunglasses: Ann Taylor
Cell Phone Case: Otterbox

I hope you enjoyed this first in the Farm Style series! I know I have some readers who have bush hogged... what do you wear to do tractor work?
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Saturday, September 13, 2014

Q+A: Hobbies

Hey y'all! I receive dozens of questions every week from readers who are curious about aspects of my life and philosophy, so its long overdue that I dedicate some time to answering a couple of those each month. I have a list of questions from last year's survey I'm still working through. :P


What are your favorite hobbies besides sewing and fashion?

I'm not sure how I feel about the term "hobbies". It's always connoted a sense of "this is what I do to fill up my time so I don't get bored" to me, which honestly seems kind of frivolous. I don't mean this to offend anyone who has hobbies, I just personally have never sought to have any. Sewing is not a hobby for me, it's a skill I'm learning. Fashion is not a hobby for me, it's a tool I'm learning to wield.

Off that soapbox and actually answering the question, ;) other areas I enjoy growing my knowledge in would be graphic design/website work, farming, photography, guns/shooting, videography, cooking, business strategy, exercise, health (major one, ha!), truck engines, healthy make-up, and a host of other smaller categories, like building wood things and painting them.

Do you play any instruments?

I play piano, but very, very ill. Not learning to play at young age has been my biggest regret in life.

What's your favorite passage/book of the Bible?

Psalm 23. Always has been the passage that comes to my heart in hard moments. 

What's your favorite month of the year?

This is a hard question! October immediately comes to mind since that's when my birthday is, but I also really like May when summer is in full swing but it's not too hot quite yet. 

What's your favorite chore? And least favorite?

Favorite chore... probably washing windows, because it means that the rest of the house is clean enough that windows are actually a priority. ;) Least favorite would probably be laundry. It used to be my favorite, but I just don't have the energy to carry a dozen full baskets up and down the stairs anymore.

//outfit details//
Tank: Forever21 : $1.80
Skirt: Made by me (for eBook with instructions, click here)
Bag: Just Fab : $39.99
Boots: HushPuppies : $180
Earrings: Walmart: $1.50

This is what I threw on to do errands this morning. Our little town's personality was out in full swing today and was quite endearing. I stopped in to the hardware store and they told me they were fresh out of weed-eater string. I walked into the post office and the clerk said, "Hey! Your P.O. Box got a little package!" I walked up to pay for my oil at OReilly's and all their computers were down so I would need to come back with cash. I went inside Fred's and the pharmacist knew me, "Just talked to your mom about this one..." Drove up to McDonald's and their espresso machine was broken. Swung by Rite Aid and one of my neighbors was the cashier. Went back to OReilly's and there were more neighbors in there, with a pizza? My final destination was going to be the farm store, but I remembered they close at noon on Saturdays, so I headed home. 

Why do I go into all this detail? To remind myself why I made the effort to get dressed in denim and leather instead of my workout clothes like I wanted to wear. It took me all of 5 extra minutes to iron my skirt and find a pair of socks, but think of how much better a representation of myself, family, and church I had because of that. Also, it's actually COLD here today! I couldn't just wear flip-flops and that's kind of not something I was hoping would come this early. I'm a huge fan of summer. 

I hope you're having a great day! What are your hobbies? Do you play any instruments? What's your favorite month of the year?

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