Simple Luxe Thanksgiving Table

Happy Thanksgiving! I hope your day is filled with love, good food and delight. I call this Thanksgiving Table set Simple Luxe. The fresh and simple is reflected in the white handcrafted Maison Versailles Blanc plates, classic serveware and crystal stemware. Purple is considered a royal color, which adds an element of luxury to the table setting.

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Be Content

How easy it is to become discontented. Life doesn’t go the way we expect. Dreams fade. People disappoint. We have things but no peace. We have less than we want and feel neglected. We grasp and grab, but end up empty-handed.

Content: state of satisfaction; peaceful happiness; satisfied; pleased; happy; cheerful; untroubled; unworried

The Apostle Paul wrote that he learned “how to be” in whatever state he was found. He learned to be content. What a marvelous thought to know how to be full and hungry; how to have plenty and suffer need.

Philippians 4:11 Not that I speak in respect of want: for I have learned, in whatsoever state I am, therewith to be content.

I love how Paul stated he learned this. We are not innately wired to do this, but a series of lessons and application bring about this learning.

Food & Clothes

I’ve pondered about contentment. Just like you, I’ve felt discontented about many things in this life. But I keep going back to what 1 Timothy 6:8 says.

And having food and raiment let us be therewith content.

Do you have food? Do you have clothes? Be content. You may not have all of your desires, but if your basic needs are met, be content. God will never leave me nor forsake me—these are things I tell myself.

Jesus told us to not be troubled, cast our cares on Him, be of good cheer and to be anxious or worried for nothing. What was He saying? Be content. Even when it looks like you or I have nothing, we have everything. We have Jesus.

Hugs & Love!

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Finding the Perfect Fall Maxi Dress

Building the perfect wardrobe involves acquiring pieces that flow from one season into the next. It’s easy to make a transition from summer to fall with a maxi dress. Enter denim jackets, leather jackets, scarves, hoodies, boots and blazers. Sometimes we want a maxi dress that makes a fall statement on its own. Long sleeves make it easy, as well as colors that reflect the season.

From Sandals to Boot(ies)

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I searched for the perfect fall maxi dress. There really isn’t a perfect maxi dress that suits every lady across the board, but you can find one that works for you. There’s a dress silhouette that complements your body type. Of course your style personality and color palette are also important. You’ll go from sandals to boots and booties!

Maybe you want simple or you’re the type who goes for bold. In the line-up below, I’m particularly fond of the Pop Graffiti and Peace Dove maxi dresses by Choies. What do you think? Here’s to the transitional maxi dress!

Maxi Dresses

Pop Graffiti Long Sleeves Maxi Dress – Limited Edition • Choies • $93.99
Charles Henry Country Floral Maxi Dress • Anthropologie • $228.00
Long Sleeve Maxi Dress • Karen Kane • $118.00
Blue Stripe Long Sleeves Maxi Dress – Limited Edition• Choies • $63.99
Gray Floral Long Sleeves Maxi Dress – Limited Edition • Choies • $60.99
Long-Sleeve Tie-Dye Maxi Dress • INC International Concepts • $84.99
Long-Sleeve Scoop-Neck Maxi Dress • Alternative Apparel • $59.99
Hooded Maxi Dress – Black • H&M • $29.95
Peace Dove Maxi Dress – Limited Edition • Choies • $113.99

 

True Autumn Color Inspiration

True autumn is also called warm autumn.  The true autumn color palette features a lovely range of golden, brown, tawny and green colors that suit a warm skin tone with yellow undertones.

The True Autumn Color Fashion Set reflects typical autumn colors in fashion and accessories.

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Autumn Showstoppers

We undoubtedly associate the colors of red and orange crackling leaves, squash, pumpkin and corn with autumn. But these rich and warm colors are not the only fall showstoppers. Beautiful shades of purple, pink, gray and blue are also true autumn colors. Yes, periwinkle, turquoise and violet are perfect autumn shades. Surprised? Just look around and be inspired!

 

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Skirt Girl Edition: Capsule Wardrobe Process

I’m in the beginning stages of building a capsule wardrobe. This is the Skirt Girl Edition. I’ve done the easy part so far; filled a bin with what I call “final contestant clothes” — items I’m going to try on and decide what goes in the give-away bin and what stays. We’ll soon find out who the winners are.

I have a planned process. I’m sure it’ll be refined along the way. After careful consideration, I don’t plan on doing an all or nothing capsule wardrobe, but building mini-capsules based on function. For example, I’ll have a workout capsule, casual-wear capsule, professional-wear, etc. These pieces, minus the workout items, will have some clothes that fit in more than one capsule. I wear both casual and professional clothes to church, so both capsules will suit that function.

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My Process

  1. Complete a clothes assessment; which includes trying on clothes before the great giveaway. The most important questions to answer are, “Am I really going to wear it?” and “Have I worn it yet?” There are some things I’ve held on for too long and it’s time to say goodbye.  Some things I’ve never worn. Then I have some great quality and classic pieces that are going nowhere.
  2. Complete a color analysis coupled with considering what items I love and feel most confident wearing.
  3. Pair and coordinate items based on my body type, color analysis, season and function.
  4. Put aside any items I’m unsure about until I decide what to do with them. Donate what’s in the donation bin.
  5. Make a list of essential items I need in my main capsule. This is also called filling holes in my wardrobe.

I don’t feel the need to make a list of my clothing items until I’ve separated the clothes I’m going to donate from the keepers. Also, I started making a list of what I do and where I go, but I stopped because I found it unnecessary. Like most people, much of what I do is routine. As long as I can group my clothes into mini capsules that are generic; like casual, professional, workout/sports, etc., that’s good enough for me.

I’ll continue to update you on the progress I’ve made. Stay tuned!

Modest Fashion Stylist 101: Rectangle Body Shape

If you are a rectangle, your body shape is the most common among women. Forty-six percent of American women are rectangle. This shape is also called ruler, straight and banana.

Kate Hudson is an example of a rectangle. Curvy or full-figure ladies can also be rectangles.

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Description

•Bust, hip and waist measurements are nearly the same
•Waist is straight and not very defined
•Typically has a small bust, but not always
•Backside tends to be more flat than round
•Not many curves
• May appear to have more of an athletic or boxy look
•Straight legs, but may be shapely
•Straight shoulder line

Add Balance

One woman may want to celebrate her awesome athletic look by wearing a fitted sheath, classic shift or shirt dress. These silhouettes reinforce the rectangle shape.

Another woman may want to create curves that aren’t naturally there on a rectangle shape. You can modify the appearance of your body shape and add curves with certain types of clothes. This is what we call adding balance.

 

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Ruffle dresses are your friends, especially if worn near the bust or shoulders. Other dresses that suit your body shape include the wrap dress; dresses with rouching or cinching, especially on the sides (hips); gathering at waist & bust-line; dresses with a flared skirt and empire waist. Belted and banded dresses work especially well because they add definition to your waist. Dresses with front or side pockets look great on you, too.

Modest Fashion Styling Tips

The rectangle shape tends to have a straight shoulder line. Some stylists suggest opening up the neck area by showing cleavage. But it’s really not necessary to wear a deep-V just to draw attention away from your shoulders. You have the option of wearing a nice V-neck, sweetheart neckline or scoop neck dress that doesn’t dip too far down. If it does dip more than you’d like, a nice cami or smooth tank underneath can solve some modesty issues. Modesty4Me has high-neck camis. No pulling and tugging at sliding camis!

If you’re worried a cami or tank may bunch underneath or add unnecessary bulk, there are clip-on mock camisoles available. I bought a pack of five from Gordman’s. I’m not sure of the manufacturer, but it included a white, black, nude and 2 animal print mock camisoles.

Another tip to manage deep V-necks is to wear a statement necklace or lovely scarf. Perhaps choose a dress that has beautiful buttons, tiers or ruffles down the center of the bust area. These tips still handle the “draw attention away from your shoulders” suggestion without compromising modesty.

 

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Modest Fashion Stylist 101: Love Your Body Shape

Your body shape is the sum of your bone or skeletal structure plus muscle mass and fat distribution.

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There are not very many shapes, yet you may come across a variety of names for the same shape. Is an apple an oval? Is an oval a cone? It’s the same!

And then there’s the body shape beauty standard.

The Ideal Shape Isn’t So Common

You may have been socialized to believe the hourglass is the most common shape because it’s the most celebrated. Were you the girl who thought every other girl had the “perfect” hourglass figure but you? Perhaps the hourglass was more common many moons ago. Think Sophia Loren. But research has shown that women’s shapes are changing, but the fashion industry isn’t keeping up with our shifting forms. In our modern times, the most common body shape is the rectangle or banana. Surprised?

Roughly 50% of women are rectangle or banana, according to coordinated research by AlvaProducts and North Carolina State University¹. The spoon (a close relative of the pear) is the next common shape for women, followed by the inverted triangle.

Love Your Body Shape

I have read too many posts and comments by women who feel bad about their bodies because they’re not the coveted hourglass, a model industry height or possess the year’s most glorified body part.

It is important to love the skin you’re in, including your body shape. Some styling tips suggest wearing clothes to achieve an hourglass figure. We’re not going that route with Modest Fashion Stylist 101: Skirt Girl Edition.

If you’ve struggled in the fitting rooms, you’re not alone. The fashion industry fuels this frustration because many of the clothes hanging on the racks are sized and designed for the hourglass figure. In actuality, very few women are an hourglass, at the tune 8.4% of American women². For some reason, we continue to perpetuate the hourglass as the ideal shape. But the shapes of real women say it’s not the norm.

It’s okay if you don’t fall into the slim 8.4% hourglass category. Your body is beautiful — be it pear, apple, spoon or rectangle, etc. Embrace it! I want you to have a healthy body image. This isn’t about an hourglass illusion, but achieving balance to help you look your personal best and feel confident. Perhaps being armed with this knowledge will help you to shop, see clothes and dress yourself with a sense of empowerment.

Join me for the following segment, which will describe the rectangle shape with Skirt Girl Edition modest styling tips.

1. "AlvaProducts, North Carolina State University Reveals How Industry Can Tackle 
Problems of Poor Fit by Addressing More Than an Hourglass Figure". 
alvanon.warkulwiz.com. 17 November 2005.

2. "Clothing Pattern Adjustments Addressing Differences in Body Shape and Body
Deviations Affecting Fit of Clothing". 
North Carolina State University. 14 April 2014.

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Modest Fashion Stylist 101: Dress Silhouettes

The line, shape or form of a garment is called its silhouette.

The silhouette of a garment may alter the appearance of a woman’s body. It may flatter, or in some cases, be unflattering. It’s important to match the most suitable silhouette to your body, activity and event.

Dress Silhouettes

There are many dress silhouettes. The A-line dress is one of the most common silhouettes. For example, the skater dress is just a short version of the a-line dress.

Another popular dress is the maxi dress. The definitive silhouette of a maxi dress is its length. However, the length may be combined with other shapes to create a unique style, like the sundress, empire or tank dress.

Dress Silhouettes — Modest Fashion Stylist 101— Skirt Girl Edition — Model Me Girl

We’ll look at each type of silhouette as part of a series for Modest Fashion Stylist 101 – Skirt Girl Edition. We will talk about why a specific dress silhouette works well for a particular body type and suggest modest styling options.

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Skirt Girl Edition: Building a Capsule Wardrobe

Like many of you, I’ve looked in my closet and exclaimed, “I have nothing to wear!” While  there existed what some would call an excessive amount of clothes, I felt as though I had absolutely nothing. This nothingness was a result of not having the “right” clothes for me. Too many trends; not enough classics.

Capsule Wardrobe

I’ve been looking into creating a capsule wardrobe. For one, I’ve donated a lot, and I do mean a lot, of clothes, and my closet is still bursting at the proverbial seams. It’s time to purge more and upgrade by taking a minimalism approach. Could it be less really does mean more? We shall see…

A capsule wardrobe (coined by Susie Faux) is a collection of a limited number of clothing items that are timeless, transitional and classic. The online dictionary, reference.com, defines a capsule wardrobe as:

a collection of clothes and accessories that includes only items considered essential

The key is to select interchangeable pieces that coordinate well to create a fashionable, minimalistic style. When I think of a capsule wardrobe, the terms base, foundation, building-blocks, key and staple come to mind.

There’s a wealth of wonderful information about the capsule wardrobe across the web. I’ve found a lot of it very helpful in getting me started. With all of the information, I didn’t find anything that catered to skirt girls.

 Skirt Girls

Who are skirt girls? These are ladies and women (girls as a term of endearment and not belittling) who wear only skirts, dresses and skorts. The wardrobe is sans pants and jeans. Leggings, for example, are worn under skirts and dresses with length. I am a skirt girl. It’s my personal style choice and it’s reflected here on Model Me Girl.

Many fashion stylists give styling tips supposing the advice translates to all women. Surprise! It doesn’t. This is where I step in as a modest fashion stylist. I am in no way alienating women and girls who are not skirt girls, but welcoming the solo skirt and dress wearers who get left out of the mainstream fashion parade.

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It’s Only the Beginning

I hope you’ll enjoy this wardrobe building exercise with me as I present to you the Skirt Girl Edition: Building a Capsule Wardrobe.

I’ll give you peek into my closet and wardrobe as I update building my own capsule wardrobe—from lists, color analyses and styles, to fabrics, coordination and organization. Stay tuned!

Items

RSVP Spencer Peep Toe Pump • $69.00
STEVE MADDEN Women’s Frennzy Dress Pump • $129.00
TABITHA SIMMONS ‘Alexa’ ballerinas •  $595.00
GUCCI White Canvas Trench Coat (different color in set)  •  $1,995.00
ARMANI Check Tweed Blazer – Black/Red • $455
EQUIPMENT Harrison Bright White Slim cut silk blouse •  $214
WHITE HOUSE BLACK MARKET Long Ponte Black Pencil Skirt (alternative selection) •  $78.00
SEASALT Eden Skirt, Midnight Wash •  £45/$72.40
MARLENE BIRGER Jeanette skirt •  £175/$281.55
LIPSY Rachael Suedette Heels •  £60/$96.53
SAINT LAURENT ‘Paris’ ballerinas •  $578.17
PAOLO IANTORNO Marion Black Tall Leather Boots • $329

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