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

Surviving the Arctic Blast

An arctic blast has taken hold of the United States. Warnings have been issued. Extremely cold weather can be damaging and deadly, and we should take necessary precautions to stay safe.

Amid its brutal freezing effects, daily duties still have to be attended to. One such duty for me is taking out my shih tzu. He’s an old fellow who enjoys an expansive backyard, shared only with unwelcome cats known as neighborhood squatters.

I typically take my dog out the patio door to the back yard. On this day, it was so cold the patio door was frozen shut. I could have taken him out the front, back or side, but I was intent on taking him out the patio. Apart from wanting to get the door unstuck, that’s his “exit to go potty” portal. My brilliant ah-ha moment was grabbing a hot pink hair dryer and defrosting the patio door so we could exit out that way and confront the chill. It worked.

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Arctic Blast

I began to think about the cold weather, particularly this current arctic blast. Brr… A particular verse came to mind.

Matthew 24:12 And because iniquity shall abound, the love of many shall wax cold.

What on earth does this have to do with the current arctic blast? Nothing, in and of itself. But one thought leads to another, and I began to consider the cold on a spiritual note. Signs and seasons point to where we are according to God’s prophecies contained in the Bible. We are in the time of witnessing the love of many waxing cold.

Just look around. While you’re looking, be sure to look in the mirror, too. The love of many waxing cold could be you.

Are you in the part of the country where you feel the sting of ice? The lashings of bitter-cold wind beating you down? In other words, are you on the receiving end of an arctic blast? If you’re like most of us, you want out of the freezing weather and into somewhere safe, toasty and inviting. Respite.

Or are you the giver of all things arctic? The one blowing chilly comments, giving icy looks and assuming a frozen presence with below freezing esteem for God and others?

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Arctic Love

What manner of love is this?

Cold love. Callous love. Selfish love. Is that a such thing? Prideful love. Indifferent love. It’s not real love. It’s dead. It seeks its own. A puffed up, proud little thing. Hollow showmanship, making merchandise of God’s people. Despising the poor. Unkind. No hospitality. Rude and discourteous. Unforgiving. Greedy. Hateful. Boastful. Disobedient. Blasphemous. Indignant. Lovers of self. Wanton. Without natural affection. Cold.

Anything that is cold is dead. Anything that is warm gets spewed out, according to the Word of the Lord. God wants our love to be fervent, kindled by the power and fire of His Spirit – the Holy Ghost.

Iniquity

Iniquity is perverse immorality, wickedness and lawlessness. It is sin that you willingly commit, knowing it is wrong and knowing the consequences. There’s more and more iniquity in the world. And because many are willfully transgressing God’s law out of knowledge and not of ignorance, their love is growing cold.

The knowledge of the glory of the LORD is abundant. We, literally, are without excuse, no matter where or who we are.

Habakkuk 2:14 For the earth shall be filled with the knowledge of the glory of the LORD, as the waters cover the sea.

We are witnessing many falling away; losing faith, fervent love and hope in Christ to attain status, fame, acceptance and adoration from the world.

No love. No life.

We need protection from the cold in order to keep our bodies and temperature regulated. Protection from extreme cold and its effects preserves life. Did you hear the warning to bring in pets and vulnerable plants?

Maybe you’ve been in sitting in bitterness and damaging others with cold love for so long, you’re sort of stuck — like my patio door was. I remember the Sims® when a frozen Sim could be thawed with a hair dryer.

Do you need a hair dryer moment? Some thawing of the heart and limbs so you can love the way God wants you to? If your love waxes cold and is never set on fire again, you lose eternal life. No love; no life.

If you are repentant and believe, there’s some faith-driven kindling on the way just for you. What are you waiting for? Let’s turn up the heat.

 

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And We’re Walking…

Our tour guide on an overseas trip had a way to announce to the group it was time to move on with, “And we’re walking.” And walk we did.

Walking gets us from point A to point B. Some walk for leisure and not merely necessity. But you can also walk for fitness or athletics.

Walk for Health, Fun & Sport

If you’re looking for a fitness routine that’s easy on the budget and requires no or limited special equipment, consider walking. Yes, walking is a workout.

Many times we don’t feel like we’re working out unless our feet are pounding the pavement in a run or jog. I am sensitive to the fact that not everyone is willing or able to hit the pavement running. Start where you are and build up over time. Always consult a medical doctor before beginning any health/fitness program.

We’ll look at several types of walking.

Pedestrian Walking

Pedestrian walking is basic or normal walking. It can be walking the city streets or taking a stroll in the park. Ideally, you should use correct posture no matter what type of walking you’re doing. However, there’s not a particular technique for pedestrian walking. This is the type of walking to start with if you’re not in shape or have been out of the exercise loop for a while. Gradually build up.

  • If there are no sidewalks or paths, walk on the side facing road traffic.
  • Wear comfortable clothes and walking shoes. Wear reflective clothes/shoes if walking at night.

 Fitness Walking

Introduce fitness walking when you’re ready to pick up speed, endurance and intensity. Fitness walking may incorporate other movements, such as arm exercises and small hand-weights/gloves. Speed, brisk and power walking are types of fitness walking.

You begin to thoughtfully use correct form and posture with fitness walking. Techniques are introduced to get the best benefits from fitness walking.

  • Do not lean backward or forward when walking.
  • Your body should be straight up and down with a vertical torso.

Nordic Walking

Nordic walking involves using Nordic walking poles. The poles enhance basic or normal walking and you burn more calories. Ski poles are not substitutes for Nordic walking poles. Proper equipment and form are key.

Hiking or Trekking

A nice stroll in the park to admire fallen snow or colorful leaves is definitely leisure with health benefits. Perhaps you’d like your stroll to turn into a pleasurable workout challenge while enjoying the scenery. There’s hiking and trekking. There may be designated hiking trails in your area. You’ll also need some supplies/equipment for a safe hiking or trekking experience.

Trekking is arduous, and involves greater distances, time, heights and challenges than hiking. Check out Lonely Planet’s 10 Best Treks in the World for inspiration.

 Race Walking

Walkers are athletes, too. Race walking, anyone?

Race walking is not speed or power walking. To differentiate race walking from running, USA Track & Field (USATF) defines race walking as requiring the competitor to “maintain contact with the ground at all times and requires the leading leg to be straightened as the foot makes contact with the ground until in the vertical upright position.” It’s about proper form, flexibility, strength and endurance. The goal is to not violate the USATF rule or definition of race walking during a competition.

 Are You Ready?

Are you ready for a walking challenge? Now is the perfect time to walk your way into wellness. And we’re walking…

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Street Style in Lemon and Gray

Street fashion or street style reflects what everyday people wear on the streets versus the trends passed along from studios and designers. In fact, street style may influence designers and show up as street fashion trends. It’s part of what we call popular and contemporary culture. Whatever is popular is mainstream. Street fashion is typically urban, youthful and stylish, and may be part of a subculture.

In the Street Style in Lemon and Gray set, I included a soft, fully lined gray tulle skirt with the very edgy gray and yellow burnout jumper with sheer mesh cutouts by Alexander Wang. On a modesty note, the burnout jumper can be modest-fied with a long or short sleeve top underneath. Pumps, flats or sandals need not apply. Bryan Blake high-tops in yellow and white get my approval.

What’s your definition of street style?

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In the Set

»» Marc by Marc Jacobs Dtm Bolts Leather Bracelet
»» Chicwish Amore Tulle Skirt in Gray
»» Michael Kors loose fit long sleeve T-shirt
»» Alexander Wang Gray Burn Out Mesh Jumper
»» Bryan Blake High-tops
»» H&M – Wool Ski Hat – Gray melange – Ladies *different style
»» Marc by Marc Jacobs Link To Katie Rubberized Stud Earrings
»» Alexander Wang Prisma Envelope Small Sling Bag

Get Organized: Beauty Organizers and Trays

It’s time to get organized with beauty organizers and trays. I like the idea of an organization system that has hierarchy — making everything accessible and visually appealing. I have plenty of makeup bags of various sizes and styles for storage. Apart from being travel friendly, depending on the style of the bag, things seem to get lost at the bottom. Eyeliner tops come off, marking up the inside of the bag. I can’t get to my favorite NYX concealer because it rolled to the bottom during the journey down the hall.

Beauty Organizers and Trays

Thankfully there are plenty of organizers and trays for your at-home beauty needs. There’s bold and colorful, clear acrylic, wood, metal and everything in between to suit your style.

There are many items you can use to organize beauty products, tools and essentials. A vase or cute toothbrush holder can be converted into storage for makeup brushes. You can also re-purpose kitchen organizers, like spice racks and drawer organizers, for your beauty needs. Breakfast and serving trays make wonderful vanity trays.

Feeling a little crafty? You can make a tiered makeup tray on the cheap with dollar store goodies.

When you’re not in DIY, Pinterest generating mood, many stores, like Bed, Bath & Beyond, offer organizers and trays specific to beauty and makeup storage.

Enjoy!

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Winter White on White – Just Add Cream

I never understood the logic behind “don’t wear white after labor day.” Why not? Nature itself paints a portrait of winter as white with snow and a variety of animals that change into winter white coats for the season. By all means, wear white.

Just Add Cream

Too shy to wear bright white in the winter? Opt for white with a gold/yellow tone that warms up the color, such as cream and ivory.

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In the Set

»» Tory Burch ‘Reva’ Logo Dial Double Wrap Leather Strap Watch, 28mm
»» Tory Burch Evie Logo Stud Earrings/Goldtone
»» DAILYLOOK Shimmering Knitted Beanie in ivory
»» Fendi Perforated Lace-Up Leather Ankle Boots
»» Edun Ivory Plush Alpaca Rib Skirt
»» Marc by Marc Jacobs Ivory Don’t Panic Sweater
»» Valentino Rockstud Multi-Strand Crystal-Stud Leather Bracelet, Black
»» Salvatore Ferragamo Round Sunglasses with Buckle Detail, Ivory
»» Sophie Hulme Adjustable Tote Bag

The End of a Thing

When I’m reading a good book, I’m excited to get to the end. Of course I could just flip to the back and read it, but that won’t do anything to help me understand the conclusion of the book. I’d never know how both the beginning and middle fit with the end. I won’t get the rewarding satisfaction of knowing the whole book, and not just parts.

Don’t Spoil the Ending

I’ve been in discussions about a movie when someone said, “Don’t spoil the ending,” for the person who hadn’t seen it yet. Sure the individual was hanging on to every description and character briefing, but don’t spoil the ending.

It’s funny how we like to be surprised about the ending, yet want to have clues about it at the same time.

1 Corinthians 2:9 But as it is written, Eye hath not seen, nor ear heard, neither have entered into the heart of man, the things which God hath prepared for them that love him.

This makes me think of the Word of God. The bible gives us enough information about New Jerusalem (Heaven) to motivate us to want to be saved and live right to make it there, yet does not tell us everything we will behold and experience. If you want to see all Jesus Christ has prepared for us, you have to endure until the end and make it there for yourself.

We also have beautiful descriptions of New Jerusalem to know it will be glorious and beautiful, adorned like a bride to the praises of God.

Revelation 21:2 And I John saw the holy city, new Jerusalem, coming down from God out of heaven, prepared as a bride adorned for her husband.

The Bible also tells us we will be changed, but we don’t know what we will be with a few exceptions; we’ll be like Jesus and see Him as He is, which encompasses being immortal, incorruptible, glorious, and the like.

1 John 3:2 Beloved, now are we the sons of God, and it doth not yet appear what we shall be: but we know that, when he shall appear, we shall be like him; for we shall see him as he is.

The End of a Thing

The end of a thing is better than the beginning. It gives you the conclusion of the matter. In life, we’re overjoyed and anxious to start kindergarten. When we’re enduring the trials of our formative school years, we anticipate the end — looking to graduation day. The end. Goodbye public school, private school, home school, charter school. On to college, trade school or work, where we endure, yet again, to confront an expected end. Certificate, degree, retirement. You get the picture.

When our test, trials and tribulations start, we know we’re being perfected or refined. We endure, and let patience have her perfect work. We know we’ll be better for it in the end, and God is working it out for our good.

Jeremiah 29:11 For I know the thoughts that I think toward you, saith the LORD, thoughts of peace, and not of evil, to give you an expected end.

Endure Until the End

Enduring until the end involves patience, self-control and faith. As we step into this New Year, I encourage you to number your days with joy, looking to the Author and Finisher of our faith to bring about an expected end — the salvation of our souls.

Matthew 24:13 But he that shall endure unto the end, the same shall be saved.

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New Year’s Style Resolutions: Eternal Elegance

What are your New Year’s style resolutions? Perhaps you dream of eternal elegance; trading school duds and comfy chic for a little refinement on the side.

This is your season to try a style you never saw yourself in before — keeping it modest, of course.

Merriam-Webster defines elegance as:

refined grace or dignified propriety; tasteful; dignified gracefulness or restrained beauty of style; polish; classiness

The New Year’s Style Resolutions set includes one of my interpretation of eternal elegance. I envision classic feminine shapes with tasteful ornamentation. What’s elegance to you?

Happy New Year, loves!

 

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In This Set:

»»Bobbi Brown ‘Scotch on the Rocks – Warm Glow’ Eyeshadow Palette (Limited Edition)
»»Carolee Gold-Tone Black Button Earrings
»»Ice 600 Carat Black Agate Beads Necklace in Brass
»»Burberry ‘My Burberry’ Eau de Parfum
»»Chlo Black Grained Leather Mini Elsie Bag
»»Ted Baker London ‘Gaenor’ Embroidered Fit & Flare Dress
»»Proenza Schouler Black Ankle Strap Leather Pumps
»»Essie Rock At The Top

 

Beauty in the City

Ready, set, sparkle and shine! I have more beauty goodies to send your way. Beauty in the City features essential makeup brushes and berry/wine colors for a dramatic look. The smoky face palette by M·A·C and Motives lip kit are perfect for travel. Enjoy!

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In the Set:

1. Dior Addict It-Lash Mascara • $26.00
2. Marc Jacobs Beauty Enamored Hi-Shine Nail Lacquer • $18.00
3. M·A·C ‘Keepsakes – Smoky’ Face Palette (Limited Edition) • $49.50
4. Trish McEvoy Lash Enhancing Liquid Liner Pen • $48.00
5. SARAHPOTEMPA Tools “Power” Paddle Brush, 9.7/10″ 1 ea • $25.00
6. 18Pcs Horse Hair Professional Cosmetic Brush Set • $19.19
7. Motives Essential Lip Kit $35.00

You ‘Blue’ Me Away

You ‘blue’ me away in luscious, jeweled-tone cobalt. This fashion set features an a-line dress in cobalt blue with open-toe suede booties. Wrap up in a sophisticated long gray coat. Add sparkle and shine with an Austrian crystal ombré clutch, periwinkle cubic zirconia stud earrings, and crystal and lapis bracelet.

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Included in Set

Coast Ionia Dress
Herringbone Harris Great Coat, Charcoal
Paolo Iantorno Sandy Cobalt Blue Suede Mid-Calf Crinkled Effect Bootie
Blue Ombré Crystal Clutch
Kenneth Jay Lane Crystal and Lapis Elasticated Bracelet
B. Brilliant Periwinkle Cubic Zirconia Stud Earrings in Sterling Silver (1 ct. t.w.)
Guerlain Orchidee Imperiale – The Cleansing Foam Cleanser