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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Wednesday, June 10, 2015

$20 Modest Outfit Challege

Hey y'all! I hope you've had a wonderful week. Today I'm sharing an outfit I bought for under $20 as part of ModestlyHot.com's challenge!


My sister and I hit Our Thrift Store in Franklin, TN between doctors appointments last week and boy did we score some great pieces! 

 

While buying them, I didn't expect to wear these two pieces together, but when I went to my closet to find something for this challenge these this shirt and skirt jumped together and I had an outfit in literally 3.5 minutes. 

Although I think lace is super pretty, a lot of these "lace-backed" jackets/shirts I see are super awkward when layered to be modest, so I stay away from them... or I did, until I found this one! The crochet design is tight enough to be modest, but pretty enough to make a gorgeous statement. 


// outfit details //
Wet Seal brand shirt: $4 
Abercrombie and Fitch brand skirt: $3
Forever 21 tank: $1.80
B.O.C. brand sandals from ThredUP: $7.99
Earrings from Walmart (3-pack): $3
Necklace was my great grandmother's.

Grand Total: $19.79

 Thank you, Ashley, for this awesome challenge! It was fun to pull together an outfit and remind myself it's totally possible to be covered, cute, and cost-effective! :)

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How bout y'all? If you had to take a rough guess, what do you think the average total per outfit you wear would be?
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Friday, May 29, 2015

Review | Lime Ricki Swimwear

Hey y'all! Today's swimwear feature/review is from a company I'm sure you've heard of... Lime Ricki

Their suits are adorable, more modest than a suit you'd find in Target, and easy to wear. I chose an ensemble from this year's collection and love all the bright colors and fun prints they have available. 
The top is the Double-Strap Block Floral Tankini Top ($47.50) and the skirt is the Ruffle Wrap Navy Skirt w/ Bottom ($36.50). 

I pair this suit with a Halftee for more coverage and leggings to cover to my knees, but the skirt does reach my fingertips if that's your modesty standard. Really would have preferred to pair this suit with navy underlayers, but 2 hours of searching for my blue leggings before we left for our trip proved fruitless. 

This suit feels very secure and I would love to wear it to the beach sometime. 

I also did a review of Lime Ricki last year. If you'd like to see another of their gorgeous suits, click here. Or, better yet, just click on over to their site and see their current styles. :)

Annnnnd I have a coupon code for you! Enter FRESH at checkout on LimeRicki.com for 15% off your order! Expires June 12, 2015.

Y'all have an awesome day! I did end up going canoeing yesterday and had a wonderful time. ;)
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Thursday, May 28, 2015

Review | HydroChic Swimwear

Hey y'all! Are you ready for swimming season or are you ready for swimming season?! I have three different swimsuits to share with you this week, each catering to a different style, price-range, modesty standard, and timetable. The first is from a company called HydroChic

Not only do they have cute styles, but they are great for you, too! Their fabric has "excellent" Ultraviolet Protection Factor, which means their suits are perfect for long hot days at the beach. You can click here for more information about the importance of sun protection. 

For this review I picked a combination from their 2015 collection, but they have a ton of different, stylish pieces that work for beach, bike, or even exercising. 

The fabric is comfortable and I love the fit and length of the skirt. It's hard to find a pre-made swim skirts with leggings that hit the knee, but HydroChic has several styles of knee length and longer. :) Annnnnd they have plus and children's sizes!

My top is Adventure Chic V Neck Short Sleeve Swim Shirt ($79) and complimentary sports bra paired with Aqua Terra Ruffle Swim Skirt ($79).

So, if sun protection, style, and modesty are important to you (or you're just looking for a super practical exercise skirt) check out HydroChic.

Have a great day y'all! I'm hoping to actually go paddling around in these canoes today and not just take pictures by them. ;)
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