Thursday, October 30, 2014

Favorite Fall Skirt

Hey y'all! Ah, just realized only 3 posts ago was a church outfit... welp, this is what I have to share so this is what'll be shared today. :D I hate to admit it, but most of my outfits lately have been very non-blogable. Jeans and track jackets with 3-day messy buns and flipflops has been my uniform the last two weeks. I'm getting so much done! Just not looking very fabulous while I do it... :P

I reached for my favorite skirt on Sunday when I realized I had slept in. This is seriously the most amazing skirt from Sweet Salt Clothing. It fits me and my sisters all SO well (we're planning on buying another because we don't want to be without it) and works for so many occasions. It's warm, flattering, easy-to-match, can be dressed up or down, and doesn't need a ton of layering underneath. 

I'm also loving this shirt from Outback Red. It's just so easy and pretty. 
Shirt: ThredUP: Outback Red brand
Earrings: Droplette
Shoes: Walmart (I could have worn flats and just pulled my skirt up higher, but I decided to make it dressier and wore gray pumps)
I wore a great big black floppy hat with this outfit, but my sister said I didn't need to take pictures with it. :P

I've been busy sewing (if you follow me on Instagram you may have a clue as to what it was I was working on) and cleaning out our basement. You know how every family has a junk drawer that has thousands of super random, seemingly could-be-useful-someday items? Well, that's what our 900 square foot basement is like. We haven't been able to be good stewards of what's there because there's just so much stuff, so I made it my mission this week to make a significant dent in clearing it out and purging. It's going so well! 

I was planning on blogging last night, but my Daddy came home from a 3-week trip and brought three of the final Errand #17 skirts from the factory home with him (how convenient that the factory was on his way!) so we had a great family evening being excited together! 

How is your week going? What things are you accomplishing? Any excitements in your life? 

P.S. As much as I'd like to take the time to reply to y'alls great comments on the last post, I'm not going to be able to do that due to really wanting to finish the basement. Thanks for understanding. :)
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Monday, October 27, 2014

Let's Talk | Being In The Know Is Not A Virtue

"...They also learn to be idle, as they go around from house to house; and not merely idle, but also gossips and busybodies, talking about things not proper to mention." -1 Timothy 5:13

This Scripture has been on my mind for the past few years, ever since it came to my attention in a women's Bible study. The passage is talking about encouraging young widows to marry again, because otherwise they may fall into idleness since they have no families to care for. This isn't just a problem for young widows, though, is it? 

Sometimes we write these "little" sins off as insignificant or don't even realize we are committing them because they are just habits, personality quirks, and ways of life. I would like to look at this from a perspective of not being idle or a gossip/ busybody at any stage of our lives as women who have surrendered to Christ. Because really, we have so much more to aspire to. 

Idle. A quick glance through the Bible and it becomes apparent that the Lord does not look favorably on sluggishness. "If anyone is not willing to work, let him not eat."- 1 Thessalonians 3:10b
Strong language for something that is SO prevalent in our society. Laying around wrapped like a burrito in blankets and wiggling to the fridge for cold Domino's while watching something on your phone is considered "the cool life". Like, really, girls? 
I think idleness is an especially strong temptation for those of us between the high school years and the married years. We don't necessarily have a goal with a timeline in mind, so we don't feel the pressure to just "git er done", whatever "er" is., if you even have an "er". We have time in our day to check Instagram once an hour or more. Texting/ scrolling on our phones looks an awful lot like twiddling our thumbs. 

Gossips. Murmurings of negativity towards others. Girls love to chat, duh. There are so many accepted forms of gossip that may not seem like we are indulging in it in the moment. Ranting to your girlfriend about how that person just SO grates on your nerves because they do this and this? Gossip. Giving one friend "the look" when another friend's crush walks in the room? Gossip. Sharing a story with your sister that puts someone else in a bad light? Gossip. Laughing about how awkward that poor teen is and ohhh haha did you hear what he said the other day? Gossip. Instead, "Let no corrupting talk come out of your mouths, but only such as is good for building up, as fits the occasion, that it may give grace to those who hear."- Ephesians 4:29

Busybodies. I think of Mrs. Rachel Lynde from the Anne books. She lived at the crossroads of town and made it her business to know everyone else's business. In our age of basically no privacy or respect for personal bubbles or property, I'm not sure we even realize how busybody-like we can be since we are immersed in this culture of openness. Isn't that what Facebook is for? Knowing what everyone is doing? Thinking?  Who likes who's pictures? I'm pretty sure being "in the know" is never praised as an admirable quality in the Bible. Do I really need to know how my friend's husband's best friend's (who I met once) courtship is going? Or do I just want to know so that if somebody mentions it I'm not left unable to contribute my opinion of the situation? There is a major difference between investing in friendships and inquiring (or stalking), thinking "what's her deal?". 

Friends, we have so many better things to be about than idleness, gossiping, and being in-the-know. Don't stoop to the level of dirt-sniffing weasels... we have been given eagle's wings! (Isaiah 40:31)

They say that in order to break a bad habit, you have to replace it with a good one. So, my question for you this wonderful Monday is, what habits could we be cultivating in place of idleness, gossiping, and being a busybody?

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Friday, October 24, 2014

Q+A: Routine

Hey y'all! Heh, yeah, I've been gone a while. Something switched in me and I just had *no* energy, brain power, or motivation to blog for a while. I'm rested now and have begun life as a 22 year old, so my resolve is back and I'm going to do things right. Thank you for all your kind notes of concern while I was absent-- I've been pretty miserable for the last two weeks and they put a smile on my face. 



This is an outfit I wore last week when out on errands. We dropped my dad off at Hertz and went in search of a special kind of jewelry chain my sister needed for her booth at the Harvest Market. We ended up an hour and 15 minutes from home during tornado weather, but obviously we're fine and had a good time hanging out together. 



What is your daily routine?
Only in the last few months have I gotten a "routine" that is sorta-normal. I'm not happy with it, though, and really take one day at a time depending on where I am in the Lyme treatment cycle.
Wake: 7:30ish. Family worship at 8am. Quick breakfast and then sauna from 9-9:30. Detox treatment from 9:30-11:30, shower + dress, lunch at 12:30. If I'm feeling well, then I'll blog, study, research, reply to emails, handle Fresh Apparel stuff, go on a walk, run errands, occasionally clean the house, and/or manage FM's social networks until bedtime at 10:30, with a family dinner around 7. Otherwise, I'll watch movies, listen to podcasts and nap all afternoon, go for a drive, or take a walk. I feel so pathetic doing the second list, but that's my honest life right now. There are of course activities which are interjected in the routine, like hanging out with friends, having people over for dinner, going to Nashville, moments of cleaning inspiration, etc. :)

What are your thoughts on being the oldest "child" in your family?
Wow, excellent question! My thoughts are: It is a huge responsibility that I don't bear very well. It is difficult to set an example to my younger siblings, to model good behaviors, deal with the hard milestones first, and just generally be looked-up-to as a "leader". It is only in the last few years that I have realized the importance of my "position" and only in the last few months I've started taking it seriously. My family will probably laugh at this because I'm failing pretty hard. :P

Do you have any plans for the future?
Of course! But plans are subject to change. ;)

When do you have your daily devotional time?
I usually have it whenever I go on a walk or get a moment to sit outside. I have such deeper times with the Lord when I am outdoors.

What are your favorite books?
You can find some of my favorites on my sidebar, on my Amazon recommended list. :) But, the first ones that come to mind are the Anne of Green Gables series, the Millie Keith series, Hind's Feet on High Places, It's (Not That) Complicated, and Orthodoxy.

Looking back at my last Q+A post, I wore olive and this big brown purse, too! 
This skirt came from ThredUP and had a tag on it for $169 from Anthropologie! It's a nice skirt and all, but woo! Yay for second-hand.
I had about 10 minutes to get dressed that Monday morning, so I was so happy that this outfit came together. Plus, thanks to the CanCan Concealment holster, I was able to quickly slide on my thigh band and rush out the door without worrying about a belt and loose top.

// outfit details //
Shirt: Mossimo Supply Co, Target
Tank: Forever21
Skirt: Anthropologie: ThredUP
Boots: Ariat brand
Purse: Just Fab
Hat: Taken from my dad

I hope you all have been doing well and enjoying the glorious fall weather!

Have you had a new outfit that just "came together" in a flash lately?
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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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