Poised & Polished: Modest Fashion Styling for the Professional

Today’s modest fashion inspiration is about being poised and polished. The pieces in this set feature a tweed jacket and asymmetric skirt by Michael Kors, and black jacquard shell top for a more modest touch.

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In This Set:

»»Michael Kors Tweed Jacket & Asymmetric Skirt (Sold Out)

»»Black Jacquard Shell Top (Sold Out)

»»Blue Nile South Sea Cultured Pearl Stud Earrings

»»Céline Vintage Logo Detail Document Holder

»»Cecilia Matte laced-up oxford booties

»»Emporio Armani Swiss Made Quartz Watch

»»Balenciaga Multi Bow Money Wallet

Come Alive

The Valley of Dry Bones in the 37th chapter of Ezekiel is a marvelous revelation of God’s power to restore and bring life to those who were once dead. It confirms God’s promise of Israel’s rebirth and restoration prophesied in chapter 36, and points us to the true Messiah, Jesus Christ. Through the prophet Ezekiel, God beckoned the dry bones to come alive. And come alive they did.

Ezekiel 37:3-6

And he said unto me, Son of man, can these bones live? And I answered, O Lord GOD, thou knowest. Again he said unto me, Prophesy upon these bones, and say unto them, O ye dry bones, hear the word of the LORD. Thus saith the Lord GOD unto these bones; Behold, I will cause breath to enter into you, and ye shall live: And I will lay sinews upon you, and will bring up flesh upon you, and cover you with skin, and put breath in you, and ye shall live; and ye shall know that I am the LORD.

When God speaks, His word is always fulfilled.

Come Alive - Ezekiel - Model Me Girl

When the Desire Comes

The Valley of Dry Bones is a depiction of hope and the amazing life-giving power of the only true God — the God of Israel.

 Proverbs 13:12 Hope deferred maketh the heart sick: but when the desire cometh, it is a tree of life.

Sometimes our hearts grow sick when our dreams are deferred. Hope seems like a distant memory and joy fades like a mist. We grow dry, and if not replenished, run the risk of fading away.

The children of Israel had been scattered and chastised with the rod of the Gentiles for their disobedience and rebellion. The nation that was once glorious and beautiful had been stricken with death. Surely the children of Israel felt battered and forgotten in the midst of captivity. But God promised He would not utterly destroy Israel. His promise is in the hope of Jesus Christ.

Jesus Christ is the Tree of Life. Of a truth the Messiah Israel had been desperately waiting for did come the first time. He came to not only save Israel, but the whole world. Jews and Gentiles alike. When we see Jesus Christ again, it will be at His second coming. At that time Jesus Christ will reign with His saints on this earth for one thousand years before the final judgment.

What hope! What desire! What life!

If God can put together the dry bones, clothe them with flesh and tendons, and give them breath, surely He can breathe life into your situation. He is the same God who fashioned the first man and breathed the breath of life into Adam’s nostrils.

When Christ, our Lord, breathes on us and into us, we can’t help but to come alive.

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In the Set:

»» Vivienne Westwood Bordeaux Tulip Dress
»» Armani Collezioni Shawl
»» Pre-owned Chanel Belt
»»Ella Moss Diamond and Stripes Clutch
»» Pre-Owned Brian Atwood Pumps
»» Monica Vinader Rose Gold Vermeil Ruby Baja Precious Stud Earrings
»» Samantha Wills Bohemian Bardot Ring
»» Iris Apfel’s Sunnies Collection

 

Strawberry + Cucumber Water

If you’ve grown tired of the lone lemon or lime added to your water, it’s time to mix up your water routine. Add natural flavor to your water while enjoying the health benefits of strawberries and cucumbers.

The Fruits

Cucumber is a wonderful and nutritious vine plant. It contains vitamins A, C and K, among trace amounts of other vitamins. Cucumber also contains minerals, such as calcium. Antioxidants, such as vitamin C, help lower the risk of cancer. The vitamins and minerals in cucumbers help with digestion, healthy weight maintenance and stress. Cucumbers also reduce inflammation, making it ideal for the skin. They also work to help lower blood glucose levels because of their water content. One cucumber with its peel is approximately 45 calories.

Strawberry is considered a powerhouse fruit. Strawberries contain vitamin C, fiber, B vitamin folate, potassium, calcium, magnesium and phytonutrients. One cup of strawberries is about 50 calories and provides 100% of the daily recommended allowance of Vitamin C. Strawberries may help prevent certain cancers, regulate digestion, prevent heart disease, reduce cholesterol and boost the immune system.

Strawberry + Cucumber Water

All you need is 1/2 or a whole cucumber and a cup of strawberries to make your cucumber water for a pitcher. You can also just make enough for one glass. If you only intend on having one glass, simply add a 1-2 slices of cucumber and a sliced strawberry to your water.

  1. Rinse/Wash the fruit. Scrub outer layer of cucumber.
  2. If desired, peel your cucumber, or leave the skin. Some people prefer to scoop out the cucumber seeds. It’s up to you.
  3. Cut the cap off strawberries and slice them.
  4. Add water to a pitcher and sliced fruit.
  5. Let the water chill in the fridge.

Don’t let the mixture sit too long in the fridge. Overnight is fine. The more cucumbers and strawberries you add, the more flavorful it will be. If you’d like more strawberry flavor, add more strawberries and less cucumber. I think I’ll do that next time.

Be warned, this water is not sweet, but you do get the flavor of the added fruits that are loaded with vitamins and minerals.

Enjoy!

 

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Modest Styling: Cozy Cashmere Wear & Care

Cashmere is soft, warm and cozy. But where does it come from? Why is it so expensive?

 Cashmere Goats

Cashmere comes from the old spelling of Kashmir. Any goat can produce cashmere. But goats who grow high quality cashmere are called cashmere goats. Cashmere goats produce authentic, luxury cashmere. Hello sweaters, hats and scarves!

Cashmere is the soft undercoat of goats. Interestingly, cashmere is actually hair and not wool.

Much of the market’s cashmere is from China and Mongolia. But cashmere goats are found in other places, too, such as Australia.

Inner Mongolia Cashmere Goats

Inner Mongolia Cashmere Goats – Photo by Mongolia Travel Guide

Wear & Care of Cashmere

Cashmere can be styled many ways. In the cozy cashmere set, a white cashmere sweater from J. Crew is paired with a navy silk and cotton knotted skirt. Premium cashmere is warmer than sheep’s wool, hence it’s cozy quality.

What makes cashmere expensive is the labor and cost that goes into preparing the cashmere for yarn and industry. It takes time and money to keep the goats healthy and maintained. Top-level cashmere is combed and sorted by hand. It takes the hair of at least two cashmere goats to produce a 2-ply sweater.

Cashmere garments can last a long time with proper care. Here are some tips to help you care for your cashmere.

  1. Wash by hand with mild detergent in warm water.
  2. Do not place cashmere under running water.
  3. Do not wring out water. Press out and blot excess water.
  4. Do not stretch wet cashmere.
  5. Do not apply direct heat to wet cashmere. Lay garment flat to dry so it keeps its shape.
  6. Fold and do not hang cashmere garments.

Cozy Cashmere Wear and Care with Knotted Skirt - Model Me Girl

 

In the Set:

CLU Knotted silk and cotton-blend skirt
J.Crew Collection cashmere sweater
Tibi Bee leather mules
Jil Sander Large Open White Perforated Leather Fine Envelope

Items:

Loro Piana Cashmere sweater
Barneys New York Cashmere Scarf
Duffy Striped cashmere sweater
Equipment Asher cashmere sweater
Equipment Sloane cashmere sweater
Collection cashmere chunky turtleneck sweater
Autumn Cashmere Stripe Beanie

Modest Styling: From Desk to Dinner in Ecru

Fashion that does double duty translates well from one environment to another. Nothing does this better than investment pieces that can take you from the desk to dinner. Who has time to go home for a complete make-over? Change out key pieces, like a jacket, bag and jewelry to transform your look.

From Desk to Dinner in Ecru

The Mikael Aghal satin-jacquard dress is in ecru and light brown. Ecru is a pale yellow-brown color with a grayish tone. Depending on the person, beige and ecru are considered very similar. These colors work well with gold.

In this set, a Chanel cream and sequin tweed jacket serves as a great cover-up. I’d opt for a toned-down watch for work, but pop on on a delicate gold-tone watch with crystals for dinner.

What’s your desk to dinner style?

Desk to Dinner in Ecru - Model Me Girl

In the Set

»» Mikael Aghal satin-jacquard dress
»» Pre-owned 2001 Chanel cream tweed & sequin jacket
»» Charlotte Olympia Monroe Metallic Leather Pumps
»» Purse in set unavailable; alternate Ivanka Trump Zip Around wallet
»» GUESS women’s rose gold-tone watch with genuine crystals & self-adjustable bracelet — U0432L2
»» Nars Phillip Lim for Nars – nail polish in Gold
»» Estee Lauder pure color instant intense eyeshadow trio in Amber Alloy

 

Modest Fashion Find: Black Pleated Skirt

Pleats make a skirt or dress look more feminine because they allow for movement of the fabric. Whether it’s box, accordion, kick, honeycomb or another variation, pleats add style to the garment.

Pleats can be traced back to Egyptian and Greek societies. Plisse, or a permanent crinkled or puckered effect, was used by Egyptians. It was an intensive process to get the desired look. Pleated garments were worn by the aristocratic and has an air of luxury.

Modest Fashion Find

There are many ways to wear a pleated skirt. A flattering pleated skirt has pleats that begin at the hip area or anywhere below the waistband.

This modest fashion find features a black pleated skirt with buckles. It hits right below the knee with an appropriate fit. Add a pair of tall leather boots, printed top and round cross body bag. Simple. Modest. Stylish.

Modest Fashion Find: Black Pleated Skirt with Boots - Model Me Girl

In the Set:

Pleated midi skirt with buckle $63
Printed top $49
Paolo Iantorno Marion Black Tall Leather Boots $329
Warehouse Leather Zip Round Cross Body £35 ($53.80)

Model Me Girl – 3 Year Anniversary

It’s Model Me Girl’s 3 Year Anniversary! Some call it a birthday, but whatever you want to call it, it’s a celebration.

Although the concept and work took place well before the first post, February 13 is a special day for ModelMeGirl.com. It’s the day the site went live and the first post was published. My first post on Model Me Girl is What is Modesty?

Model Me Girl dot com 3 Year Anniversary

It Started with Modest Fashion

After my faith, I try to keep modest fashion in the forefront here. When I developed Model Me Girl, my primary target audience were girls and women like me — those who grew up in the church and felt a pull to emulate the world in fashion that’s contrary to God’s call for modesty. I wanted to show that we can be fashionable in modest clothes without sacrificing style or our integrity.

For many, fashion can be a gateway to comprising in other areas of one’s life. I was that girl. The girl who knew better. The girl who backslid. The girl who was very immodest in more than fashion, but in my way of life. But Jesus Christ healed my backsliding and filled me with the precious gift of the Holy Ghost, empowering me to walk this fashionably righteous journey. What am I saying? My mind is renewed. As such, I don’t see fashion the way I used to.

Beyond

Over time, I realized that my audience is beyond the church girl, but includes all women and girls who are ambassadors for modest fashion in a very immodest world and industry, or are looking for examples of modest style. When I began teaching college courses in professionalism, I saw modesty written all over the concept of what’s professional and conservative. I also realized that modesty is an issue of the heart and involves more than clothes.

Overtime, I included things about beauty, health and wellness. Maybe a recipe here and there. A DIY or craft project sandwiched in. But I always go back to fashion. If you look around here, you’ll notice I include posts about life and the Christian faith, often attached to a fashion set.

My Faith

I once read another modest fashion blogger’s opinion about her own site. She said she puts her faith/religion on the back burner because her site is about fashion and she has advertisers. Well, this modest fashion stylist/blogger, me — the face of Model Me Girl — puts her faith first. If I can’t talk about Jesus on my own site, what’s the point? I share because I care. I share because I love. Model Me Girl is more than about modest fashion, it’s my witness. My testimony. I am not ashamed of the gospel of Jesus Christ.

Colossians 3:17 And whatsoever ye do in word or deed, do all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God and the Father by him.

Thank You

To everyone who supports Model Me Girl, Thank You. I cannot express in words the depth of my gratitude. I hope you continue this journey with me as Model Me Girl grows into whatever God wants it to be. It is certainly a labor of love.

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Avocado Hair Mask

Last night was one of those nights. You know the kind where you just feel like pampering your tresses. I finally put my semi-over ripe avocado to good use. Yes, loves. I made an avocado hair mask. My curly hair loved it!

DIY Avocado Hair Mask

Avocado has a high-fat content with a variety of nutrients. Not only is it good to eat, it leaves hair with more elasticity, soft and moisturized.

 Avocado Contains:

  • Vitamin A
  • Calcium
  • Vitamin C
  • Iron
  • Vitamin B-3
  • Vitamin B-6
  • Magnesium
  • Protein
  • Fiber
  • Folate/Folic Acid
  • Vitamin E
  • Vitamin K

Avocado Hair Mask

My hair loves coconut oil, so I added it to my avocado mix. You can use an oil of your choice, such as olive oil. If you use olive oil instead, use 1-2 tablespoons.

Ingredients:

1 Ripe Avocado
1-2 Tablespoons of Honey
1/4 Cup of Coconut Oil

Directions:

Slice open and scoop out the avocado into a bowl. Add your honey and coconut oil. Be sure to mix well. I didn’t use a hand mixer, but I got a pretty smooth consistency. Add a drop of essential oil of your choice for some extra ooh-la-la.

After you’ve gotten the desired consistency, put the mask on your hair. Some people dampen their hair first. I added mine to dry hair just fine. Apply liberal amounts of the avocado hair mask all over. I focused heavily on my ends because they were a bit drier than usual. Put on a shower cap and chill, do chores, blog, etc. for 20-40 minutes.

You can use heat to speed up the process. If you use heat, apply it for 10-15 minutes.

After you’ve indulged your hair in this wonderful avocado mask, shampoo, condition and style as desired.

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Avocado Hair Mask

Skirt Leggings

Where there’s a way, there’s a skirt to be made. I’ve often considered turning some of my workout leggings into a skirt. The thought crossed my mind as I pulled out a pair today to wear under a dress. (Yes, it’s like that!) It’d be easy enough to do, but I was concerned about the skirt being too tight. A simple solution would be to buy a pair of leggings a size too big, so that I could have enough fabric to work with. Or I could just get some stretchy fabric and stitch up a simple maxi skirt. Ironically, I stumbled upon Mimu Maxi today. They have skirt leggings! Imagine my surprise.

Now this skirt legging by Mimu Maxi is meant to be worn for fashion and not sprinting around the gym. The skirt is a long maxi shape and comes in a variety of prints. Think comfortable fashion that can be dressed up or down, reminiscent of leggings but in skirt form.

Mimu Maxi offers more than the skirt leggings on their site. Although I don’t own a skirt legging from them, I do applaud the duo for their designs and making the skirt leggings and other modest pieces available.

Have you tried the Mimu Maxi skirt legging? I’d love to hear from you!

 

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Skirt Leggings

Pre-Fall 2015 Trend: 70s Denim Skirt

This pre-fall 2015 trend has us saying hello to 70s style denim skirts. The style is modest and features mid and calf length denim skirts. The button front design is an oh so 70s detail. I’m hoping to see stylish buttons beyond the brass look. If not, I do perceive a DIY moment in the future with a thrift store find.

If snagging a “from the runway to the rack” 70s denim skirt is beyond your budget, try thrifting. If you start shopping the trend now, you’ll be ahead on this trend.

Sears has an inexpensive 70s denim skirt, currently for $16.99.

Laura Scott Women's Button-Front Denim Skirt

 

Pre-Fall 2015 Trend--70s Denim Skirt--Model Me Girl

 

In the Set

MiH Jeans The Midi Button Through stretch-denim skirt • $245.00