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."
You can read my review of Modesty4Me here.

"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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Wednesday, September 10, 2014

Dressing Down | 3 Tips For Pairing T-Shirts With Skirts

Hey y'all! I know we all have skirts in our closet that we would like to be more multi-purpose than just wearing on a few of the 52 Sundays a year, which is why I'm so thrilled to be making this series. As a bonus, this outfit also shows one of the dozens of ways to pair a t-shirt with a skirt without looking sloppy. Where would I wear this outfit? To run errands, to Friday night fellowship, for Sunday afternoon chillaxing, and to hang at home with the possibility of seeing people, like I'm doing today. :) 

Today's chosen skirt for our "Dressing Down" series is one of the first skirts I ever bought after deciding to dress more deliberately. I've mostly worn it to church, but today I paired it with a t-shirt for a casual look. I didn't intend to promote the new Fresh Apparel t-shirts today... but actually, that's an announcement I haven't made on the blog yet! FreshApparel.us is open for business! Right now there are only a few t-shirts for sale, but eventually that will be the marketplace for the Errand #17 skirt! If you're hoping to get a t-shirt like this one, you better hurry because we're starting to sell out of sizes! Free shipping right now, too. 

To wear a t-shirt with an elastic-waist skirt, here are a few tips:

1) Choose a skirt that doesn't have excessive gathers at the waist. Opt for something that has a slim bunching instead of bulky fullness. 

2) Choose a t-shirt that isn't too long or too loose. To pull off this look, you'll need a t-shirt that fits in the shoulders, falls easily on your hips, and doesn't have a super tight neck binding. Don't pull the shirt down all the way if you're short like me and the hem hits below your natural hips. 

3) Choose footwear that marries the two looks. I chose black leather flip flops that I would wear with the t-shirt and a denim skirt, and with the skirt and a white ruffled shirt after church. Tennis shoes would not go with this look because I wouldn't have worn them with that skirt, nor would heels work with this because I wouldn't wear them with that t-shirt. 

// outfit details //
T-shirt : Fresh Apparel Denim Co (Woohoo!)
Skirt: Apt.9 : Kohl's
Flip Flops: American Eagle : Sears
Earrings : Droplette Jewelry

Do you have a piece of clothing that's stuck with you for what seems like forever? How do you make it work for different occasions? I hope y'all  have a great day! 
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Monday, September 8, 2014

Let's Talk | Modesty Is Not An End

The first half of this simple tweet struck me when I read it. How many things in life do we treat as "be-all end-alls" that really are not something we should hold up so high? Since this blog is Fresh Modesty I'd like to explore how really, modesty is not an end unto itself, but rather a means to an end.

Unlike worship, corporate, family, informal, etc, modesty is not our purpose. We were not created in the beginning "to wear clothes and look fabulous forever". No, we were created without clothes, to glorify God and enjoy Him forever. God's desire is that we walk with Him and take dominion over the earth He gave us, even still after the fall.

I'm not going to say that modesty isn't important, but I do want to be careful that I don't create a god out of it in my life so that my purpose gets off-track.

Dressing modestly because your heart has been walking with God is honoring to Him.
Dressing modestly because it's what the cool Christians are doing is not.

Revamping your wardrobe to cultivate a more beautiful appearance is honoring to Him.
Revamping your wardrobe to make sure you put your best-designer foot forward to be seen as hip is not.

Modesty is just one of the thousands of ways we can honor the Lord. It is one that has a lot of great side effects and a lot of weight with it, but nonetheless, it is not an end unto itself. It's simply a means to the end of glorifying God.

You see, I share here not because I feel like modesty is the key to an awesome Christian life. I don't think it is something we should judge each other over. I don't think it is even something that we should confront  newborn Christians about. It's a wonderful thing, but it's not the most wonderful thing. I really don't want to lose sight of that in the hubbub of figuring out if a hemline is long enough.

The hope of Fresh Modesty is that I can show ways to turn what we think is a big thing into a little thing, so that we can focus on the biggest things. Basically, I want to equip and inspire you to effortlessly clothe yourself in a beautiful, God-honoring way so that you are able to put time, resources, and energy into the things that really matter.

This is one of the reasons that practicality has always been one of the criteria for this blog. Girls, if we can't further Christ's kingdom in what we're wearing, something's gotta change. Let's keep modesty in it's place and remember that it's just a means.
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Friday, September 5, 2014

Friends of Fresh Modesty | September

 Hey y'all! I'm so excited to be starting up Friends of Fresh Modesty again! It's been so long that I have entries from last summer to share with you! So, without further ado...

Hey! I'm Chels, and I'm thrilled to be sharing an outfit here with
y'all! I live in the lovely state of Iowa with my big, happy family of
twelve. I'm a country girl that loves Jesus, writing, reading, coffee,
thrifting, traveling, and making music! I work part-time as a
photographer/blogger, and part-time as a secretary for my family's
music ministry. (www.bontragerfamilysingers.com) In between I stay
busy working on the farm, helping out at my church, cooking for my
brothers, and touring with my family's band. I blog about photography,
life, fashion, and controversial subjects, over at www.chelsyrenee.com
Do stop by and visit! =)

Navy Button Down//thrifted $3.29
Khaki Pencil Skirt//thrifted $4.29
Cream Lace Cami//Kohls $9
Navy Canvas Wedge Heels//Platos Closet $6
Necklace & Ring//made by my sister

I love how beautiful this color blue looks on Chelsy! She did a great job keeping the outfit simple in concept, but dramatic with the navy.

Outfit 1
Chambray shirt: Target
Infinity Scarf: American Eagle
Maxi Skirt: JC Penny
Scandals: LuLu's.com (Highly recommended for shoes ;)
Jewelry: Forever21 

(These notes are from August 2013, fyi)
 Hi everyone, my name is Rebecca Baker I am 17 and from California. Firstly let's give a round of applause to Olivia for inspiring us all :). As for myself I'm a public school attending, exercise crazed, Jesus loving, wild child with a fascination for fashion. Unfortunately, I do not have a blog, but I hope to have one someday, when all of my teachers decide to stop giving me mountains of homework to do each night. I have one younger brother and we have both attended public school our entire lives, which can make dressing modestly a bit of a struggle, but I always just turn my eyes to the Lord for encouragement, and he never fails to put things, like the newest trends, into perspective. However this struggle is especially daunting when it's really hot outside, and I mean really hot!!! Try 110 degrees my first day of school, and everyone else looks ready of the beach.  So here comes my trusty white maxi skirt to the rescue. It can make anything look boho chic. Pair with a pair of organic looking sandals and, ooo girl, you look cool, calm, and collected. To transition into winter just add a light jacket, a thicker knitted scarf, some boots, and off you go. 

Outfit 2
Headband: Charming Charlie's 
Jewelry: Forever21
Jacket: JC penny (military jackets also a must have for fall ;)
Blouse: Forever21
Maxi Skirt: JC Penny
Scandals: LuLu's.com
Tank: Forever21 (not shown)

I am SO impressed with this girl! I cannot imagine the strength it must take to dress modestly in a public school situation and really want to commend you, Rebecca, for that! Wow.
Plus, these outfits are great! I love how she used the same white skirt for two totally different looks. And her accessories choices are perfect. Well done!

 Hi girls! My name is Sayna. I'm just a girl in her mid-teens living in the South Island of New Zealand right in the country with my family of 10 on our small goat/cow/chicken farm.
I blog over at Shining Arrows (http://shiningarrows.nzbee.com/) as a sort of magazine, where I journal and aspire to inspire, encourage and motivate others in their walk with Jesus. 

I pulled this striped charcoal/grey shirt from the back of my closet in a frantic search for something to wear, one morning. Then I discovered that I had no skirts that would match the fit/style of this shirt, so I found an unflattering tunic in my 'refashion pile', chopped it off below the arm-scythe and sewed some elastic to the top - easy 5 minute skirt! 
I tried completely tucking in the shirt, but it looked frumpy so I half-tucked it and it instantly made the whole outfit much more flattering. Small changes make all the difference!

Shirt: Heattech Japan (gift)
Skirt: Made by me (free)
Watch: Reguno (borrowed from sister)
Necklace: Stall at a fair ($15)
Oxford Shoes: Maya ($18)

How creative is Sayna?! Love her simple but classy outfit! Yay for quick refashions!

 Hello readers of Fresh Modesty! My name is Charlotte Boyer, and I blog with my sisters over at Boyer Family Singers  Olivia has graciously featured me before in this delightful series, and I am so excited to be able to share with you all once again!

I am typically not one to go for maxi skirts, as I enjoy more of the vintage, mid-century styles. However, as we are getting into the warmer weather, I have become a little obsessed with the bold boho looks of Summer; with which comes that ever practical, modest ankle-length skirt. My stock of maxis is piteously small, so my sister Jessica was very gracious in allowing me to borrow her’s :)

These photos were taken on one of those spontaneously warm, delightful days in Ohio, right at the end of Winter when you are tempted the most to pull out your Summer clothes and prance about in the sun! I paired bold royal blue with bright coral in this ensemble, echoing the delicious warmth and joy of the day in the colors I chose to wear. I further channeled the fun bohemian style through my bold earrings, head wrap, and simple sandals. Although I do adore the ease and creativity of the boho look, I still wanted to keep it clean and classy; so I did that through incorporating my favorite stripe shirt and cardigan.

Skirt // Target (Borrowed from my sister Jessica)
Shirt // Old Navy
Cardigan // Thrifted
Sandals // Payless
Earrings // Target
Scarf // Thrifted

Love love love Charlotte's colors! She, like Rebecca, nailed the maxi-skirt look! Love how she brought together the colors from her cardigan and skirt in her headband!
Thank you, Chelsy, Rebecca, Sayna, and Charlotte for sharing your outfits with us today!

If you would like to submit an outfit for November (I'm already filled for October!) please check out this page for details! What are your favorite aspects of these outfits?
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Wednesday, September 3, 2014

Review | Garlands of Grace

Hey y'all! I'd like to share with you a resource that was such a blessing to my friends and me this summer! Have you heard of Garlands of Grace? I had seen some of their gorgeous hair pieces on Pinterest but hadn't ever clicked through to the website, which was super silly of me! I wish I had known about them sooner.

My friend Cami sent the bridesmaids a link to their website and I was blown away by the beauty. We quickly decided the Cecily's Classic Lace was exactly what we were looking for in a headcovering for Kaliste's wedding.

 To us, weddings are a worship service. They are a beautiful illustration of the covenant that the Lord makes with us. Just as we renew covenant with Him every week when we worship on the Lord's Day, so witnessing the covenant vows of two of His children is worship. The program of the wedding was gorgeously liturgical, such a testimony. My favorite part of the liturgy was the songs they had chosen that spoke of Christ coming to His Bride. Goosebumpy.

 In the name of full disclosure, Garlands of Grace provided all the headcoverings for Kaliste's wedding to us in exchange for this post. Wasn't that super generous of them? But really, I am sooooo impressed with these headcoverings.

Any woman who covers knows the struggle of keeping your headscarf in place without super conspicuous bobby pins/clips. The Cecily's Classic Lace coverings have a soft velvet band sewn into the front of them so that they don't slip! Plus, the material is soft and stretchy which allows for easy tying.

And the ties. Okay, another thing I hate about usual scarf headcoverings is all the bulk in the back when you tie them. The tails stick out from under your hair and it's just awkward looking. Noooot a problem with these at all, since the tails are small and soft.

I've been wearing my scarf to church almost every week since the wedding because it is just. so. comfortable. (Here's a link to one outfit I wore.)  Almost all hats and scarves give me a headache after just a short time, but this one doesn't ever. Huge blessing!

If you would like to see more pictures of our bridesmaid dresses, you can visit this post. :)

I hope this review has been helpful for those looking for a great headcovering source! I'm planning on ordering some more colors/styles soon. Having a go-to white headcovering has been a huge stress-reliever and so nice.

Even if you don't wear headcoverings to church, Garlands of Grace has some adorable headbands for everyday wear! Check em out.

Do you wear a headcovering? Do you have the same issues with scarves I used to have? Have a great day!

Wedding images by Rachel Clarke Photography
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Summer of Dresses | Bridesmaid

Hey y'all! Thank you SO MUCH for your kind comments about the new blog look! Today I'm finishing up a series we did over the summer called "Summer of Dresses". I thought it would fit in the "Church Outfit" post since I did wear this dress to a church... just on a Friday instead of Sunday. ;) 
I mentioned this wedding weeks ago since it was such a huge part of my summer and I'm so happy to be able to finally share a few pictures with you! I picked out several that kind of allow you to see my dress. If you want to see more general wedding photos, you can visit the photographer Rachel's post on her blog

Hanging out and trying not to crack up while the bride and groom formals were taken. 
It was such a privilege and joy to be with Kaliste on her special day. 
 Kaliste had her dress made by a lady on eBay and then had it altered by a local seamstress. She also did some adjustments of her own like filling in the neckline and creating the bustle. All of us bridesmaids sewed our own dresses from the same fabric. She said to make them unique to us, so we put our own spin on the decoration of them. :)

I love these girls so much!
It was so much more enjoyable to spend the day in boots instead of high-heels, especially since it was a slightly chilly, drizzly day. We changed into silver heels for the more formal ceremony but then had the boots on the rest of the day! :)

 My lifelong friend and incredible photographer Rachel flew down to photograph the party. She made the whole process so much fun. :)

 LOVE the way the bouquets came out. Several of us got together and crafted them the day before. Kaliste has wonderful taste.

My dress decoration I chose was a small strand of silver sequins around my waist seam and a great big bow on the back of my dress, which you can see above. 
The fabric was Kaufman Essex linen blend in dusty blue. It was a dream to work with! We did have to iron our dresses before we walked down the isle since we had been driving around sitting on them all day. Ironing them while they were still on us was a hilarious endeavor!

They are a gorgeous couple.
The ceremony was at 4:30 with a barn reception shortly following at 6:30. Boy did we have fun!

Gotta love dances like the cupid shuffle! Bradley and Kaliste left at 9:30ish but we partied until after midnight and then had a "lets eat cereal and relax from the day" party following that. :P

I chose this picture not just because you can tell how much fun we were having, but also because you can see some of the variations in our dresses. :D Everyone did an amazing job on such a hectic schedule getting the sewing done!

Our moms surprised us and choreographed a dance to Footloose! They incorporated some hilarious inside jokes that had us unable to breath from laughing! (that miiight have just been me...) I found my mom's dress on ThredUP for her. :)

It's always enjoyable to do some dancing with my Daddy to the slower songs! When the music was upbeat, it was a blast to try some swing moves with a few of the groomsmen who got major points for enjoying themselves! I was sooo dizzy by the end of one of the dances because all we did was twirls! Kaliste made all of the bridesmaids matching jewelry which you can sort of see in this picture. It was so much fun to know there was a great big bow on my back all day and sequins never fail to make me smile. :D 

I am so happy for Bradley and Kaliste! I'm not sure the awesome level of their wedding will ever be topped. :D

I hope you enjoyed this last installment of Summer of Dresses! Did you have fun at any weddings this summer? Also, go like Rachel's photography Facebook page!
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Monday, September 1, 2014

What's Up | Fresh Modesty, Refreshed!

Hey y’all! Welcome to the new and improved Fresh Modesty Blog! There's all sorts of changes I’m so excited to finally share with you! I’ve gained some clarity on the purpose, vision, and practical aspects of Fresh Modesty that I’m so inspired to share as well, so let’s get started! 

First off, how do you like the new design/layout? As Fresh Modesty expands across the web and into Fresh Apparel, I wanted the brand to be clear and distinguishable across all the many platforms I’m now managing. For your convenience, here is a list of where you can get Fresh content. Click on the words to be taken to that page:
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I hope you follow on at least one of the many social media sites, but I would most especially appreciate if you would sign up for the email newsletter. Right now I am only sending one out every two weeks or so, but soon I will be moving towards emailing every blog post with sidebar highlights of what’s happening on social media and with Fresh Apparel so you don't miss a thing!

Take a look around the new menu pages, sidebar features, and sponsors and let me know what you think and if you find anything broken/whacky!

Speaking of sponsors, I would like to share why I’ve finally opened up to having ads on Fresh Modesty. Until this past year I had the mindset that FM is a ministry, so I shouldn’t be financially compensated for blogging. That is still my purpose for sure, but I realized that sponsorships/affiliate links are a win-win for the reader and blogger, not a sell-out. By working with companies who I trust and admire, I am able to share with you resources that you may not have taken notice of otherwise and at the same time I am blessed with additional income to further the kingdom. If you are concerned or curious about how I use these funds, feel free to contact me. If you would like to sponsor Fresh Modesty, please check out the new Sponsor page!

Would y’all like to hear about my fabulous new posting plan? For the last month or so I’ve felt totally scattered and like I had too many ideas, not enough time, and like I was throwing posts at you with no rhyme or reason. Sharing my outfits in a simple format is nice and according to the post ideas survey, y’all really like that, so it will continue. But I feel like there’s so much more I could be communicating all across the spectrum of topics! So, I have a plan to do just that and in an orderly way.

I present: The Fresh Modesty Posting Plan. The idea is that I will have about a dozen different types of posts and each type will come once a month. So, for example, here is what September’s schedule, Lord willing, will look like:

I’d like to give a short overview of what each type of post will contain and why I believe they will be an encouragement to you:

Awk+Awe | Casual Outfit – Awk+Awe is a great way for y ‘all to read a little bit about my life and the situations that I come across in day-to-day living and get some laughs. I’ve usually shared a casual outfit in these posts as well, so that will continue. Although I would love to do Awk+Awe more than once a month, it takes a lot more time than you would think, so I’m going to have to limit it during my current season of life and so I can focus on the other kinds of posts.

Church Outfit—Self-explanatory. In the past I have summarized sermon notes on these posts as well, but I don’t have 6-8 hours on Monday to devote to that anymore, so I’ll probably just chit-chat as I share. :)

Wardrobe Basics—When building (and continually refining) a modest wardrobe, it is greatly beneficial to take a step back and focus on the vital few instead of the trivial many, to borrow a phrase. So in this series I will be covering what I consider the most important items in a given category. For example, September will be Top 8 Skirts I recommend and in October we’ll cover the modest wardrobe’s Fall Essentials. I’m really excited about this series!

Friends of Fresh Modesty—Yes, it’s coming back! I have a lot of great submissions already and am looking forward to what else y’all will have for me to feature! I will probably share four outfits per post, per month. If you would like to submit an outfit to be featured, please click here to read the guidelines and new submission email address.

Sponsor Post—This will be a round-up of all the businesses and blogs that are sponsoring Fresh Modesty and will include any special promotions/sales that y’all might like to know about and possibly a review or two, so you’re not going to want to skip them!

Farm Outfit—or another type of active, working-hard ensemble. This could be more modest workout attire, what I threw on to chase cows, or what I was wearing when I got roped into a yard game. The intent is to show that modesty is applicable in all of life’s situations and not as hard as it can sometimes seem.

Month’s Favorites—So often lately I’ve been doing or using something and thought, “Wow, I love this so much! Wish I had a reason to blog about it.” Things like a new handcream, a podcast, a style of shirt, a new throwpillow, the joy of using a pen and paper… little bits of life and productive living that I think you will love as well.

Dressing Down Skirts—I started this series back in June with a very positive response. I know I for one have a lot of dressy skirts that are great, but there are only 52 Sundays a year, ya know? So this will focus on making your wardrobe pieces more multi-purpose with some creative pairing and accessories. This will stretch me in a good way, I think. :D

Let’s Talk—A series that simply shares what’s on my heart about something. These will be topics pertinent to young women like me who want to live deliberately and positively. I have so many issues I would like to chat with y’all about and I’m really excited to make this a regular thing as I work through life, just like you.

Concealed Carry Outfits—hehe, I have no idea what kind of response this type of post will get, but I know it’s a need I have so maybe others have it as well. :D This will be a series for the over 21 crowd, or over 18 if you live in Arizona. ;) I know a lot of women who would like to conceal carry a gun for safety, but are having trouble finding modest outfits and holsters that work with their build/petite frame and fashion sense. I’m currently working with T.Rex Arms to develop some super practical women’s holsters and solve some of the problems that we have as women trying to conceal. This series will include outfits with pants, so even if you aren’t looking to conceal hopefully you’ll gain some inspiration from the approach I take to wearing pants modestly.

How To | Make/Style/Solve a Problem—In the past, I’ve covered things like How to | Style a T-shirt, How To | Make a Swimsuit Modest, etc. This theme will continue and we will look into How To | buy jeans, shop for skirts on ThredUP, stay warm in the winter, stay cool in the summer, sleep stylishly, not look like a marshmallow from layers, and more! ;)

Reader Questions + Outfit—I get a LOT of questions from y’all on a bazillion different topics and I rarely get a chance to answer them. Hopefully by devoting some time to this each month I’ll be able to finally do that! I’ll break these text-heavy posts up with outfit photos, since that’s the whole reason y’all read anyway. ;)

Make-Up/Beauty/ Natural Living Tips—One of the most-requested post topics ever on Fresh Modesty, this series will most likely be very simple, but that’s the whole point of natural living, right? These may be video tutorials, product round-ups, make-up guides, and maybe even some health tips I’m really excited about.

So, that’s what’s coming to the FM Blog! I’m so excited to have a plan and I hope you approve! Structure is a beautiful part of life and the intent is that this will allow Fresh Modesty to thrive at its fullest potential. 

One of the new features of this blog I'm most excited about is the Inspiration Categories page. There you will find images you can click on to be taken to posts that are tagged in that category. Thankfully since the beginning of FM I've been pretty good about neatly organizing the posts, so you can click on an image and see some posts that, as a newer reader, you may not have seen before! 
This also means that if you're ever in a pinch and need some quick inspiration for, say, a casual occasion, you can pop onto that page and click to see some relevant outfit ideas.

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I’m so anxious to hear y’alls thoughts on these updates! The more I think and pray, the more excited I get about the incredible gift you and I have been given -each other. I feel a huge burden to inspire young women to live lives of purpose for the glory of God and I am so thankful that you, my reader, are passionate about this as well. Y’all bless me so much and I hope you are encouraged by my attempts to communicate how we as women should be beautiful through and through. 

And finally, I've had lots of requests for blog buttons lately, so here are two that I would so appreciate you sharing:
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Now, talk to me! Have you signed up for the newsletter? Do you like the new design? What are your thoughts on the posting plan? What are you most looking forward to? Other thoughts? Comments? Disappointments? Ideas? Thank you SO MUCH for reading Fresh Modesty. This is a joyous journey.
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