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

 

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)

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

Le Happy

Sometimes I just want things simple. No frills. No bells. No whistles. Simple.

The simplest things in life can bring the most happiness. The shade of a tree on a warm day, the smile of a baby, or curling up with a good book and your favorite blanket. Simple pleasures, they say.

baby-happy

We live in a society where the quest for more reigns. Technology supposedly makes life simpler, yet adds its own layers of complications. Relationships are strained by the miscommunication and indifference of social media. While we don’t beg to go back to the era of yesterday, simplicity, if truly valued, can bring a blessed estate—contentment.

Just think about it. Going for a walk can help clear your head. Unplugging and “getting away from it all” can alleviate frustration. Eliminating clutter, both internal and external, creates order. Accepting the sovereignty of God brings calm. Simple.

A Happy Place

Happy is defined as glad, delighted, pleased, favored, joyful, contented, merry, satisfied and blessed.

How often have you heard someone say, “I just want to be happy”? I know I’ve said it plenty of times, especially when I’ve felt challenged or overwhelmed with life’s circumstances. Jesus should be our happy place. No matter how put together you may think you are, we all fall short sometimes. But God’s Word has the antidote for when we inadvertently step outside of our happy place.

Psalm 144:15 Happy is that people, that is in such a case: yea, happy is that people, whose God is the LORD.

It’s Satan’s job to plant discontent and convince you that you’re not happy, and your life is a failure because of some temporary situation. He wants you to forget God said, “Happy is…” He didn’t say, “Happy could, may, or might.”

When life gets too complicated, it’s time to do some house cleaning and prioritize. Whenever I think about simplicity, earth tones or pastels come to mind. Nothing bold and in your face. Just softness and easy to be received.

God said His Word is plain—simple. But there’s a catch. It’s plain to the person that understands. When you delight yourself in God’s Word and totally seek Him, God will open your understanding of His Word. It will become plain to you. Who doesn’t like plain directions?!

Proverbs 8:8 All the words of my mouth are in righteousness; there is nothing froward or perverse in them. 9 They are all plain to him that understandeth, and right to them that find knowledge.

The Pursuit of Happiness

The United States Declaration of Independence listed unalienable rights as “life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness.” As noted in the Declaration, these rights were given to us by our Creator. Our Creator is the God of Israel, our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ. History has challenged the good intentions of the Declaration and taught us that man cannot guarantee these rights, even through the administration of government. Life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness are truly attained, maintained and protected in God.

1 Corinthians 1:18, 24, 30

18 For the preaching of the cross is to them that perish foolishness; but unto us which are saved it is the power of God.
24 But unto them which are called, both Jews and Greeks, Christ the power of God, and the wisdom of God.
30 But of him are ye in Christ Jesus, who of God is made unto us wisdom, and righteousness, and sanctification, and redemption:

You have the right to pursue happiness. You can find it in the wisdom of God.  You have the right to possess all spiritual blessings. You have the right to be saved and sanctified. How happy you are if you’ve found the wisdom hidden in Jesus Christ!

Proverbs 3:13 Happy is the man that findeth wisdom, and the man that getteth understanding.

What about you? How do you pursue happiness? Where is your happy place? Are you happy?

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Le Happy - Model Me Girl

In the Set

»» Wildfox Airfox Polarized-Sunwear in Silver Women
»» Elle Sasson Blenny Silk Top
»» Valextra Isis iPad Clutch
»» Balmain Sika Flat Leather Sandals
»» MARC BY MARC JACOBS ‘Baker’ Leather Strap Watch, 37mm

Marsala Fashion Mix

Have you gotten your fill of the Pantone 2015 Color of the Year? Marsala is spicy and warm. It’s a berry-red wine color that suits many skin tones. The Marsala Fashion Mix set centers around the Ellery floral top and skirt.

Unfortunately, the Ellery Black Rose Dynasty Skirt and Marc Jacobs round sunglasses in Marsala are sold out. With so much Marsala around, you can easily find suitable replacements.

Are you sporting this year’s must love color?

Marsala Fashion Mix-2

»» Ellery Floral Bonfire Panelled Top • $192.00
»» Marc Jacobs Round Sunglasses • $350.00
»» M Missoni Boucle Knit Bag • $297.00–346.50
»» NARS Blush • $30.00
»» Essie Nail Polish – Mauves • $8.50
»» Gianvito Rossi ‘Drew’ ankle boots • $436.82
»» Luv Aj The Dagger Hoop Earrings • $35.00
»» Essie Nail Color, In Stitches • $8.50
»» SEPHORA+PANTONE UNIVERSE Bold Marsala Mascara & Brow Highlighter • $20.00

Denim Skirt Days: Pretty Pastels

I’m a total skirt girl. What would the life of a skirt girl be without Denim Skirt Days? I’m particularly fond of knee-length, pencil skirt styles. A little distressed denim, if done tastefully, never hurt anyone.

The Denim Skirt Days: Pretty Pastels set includes a cool mint-green with yummy cream. What wonderful denim complements.

Get prepster chic with the 2-in-1 hummingbird jumper from Oasis. What’s a 2-in-1 jumper you ask? It’s a two piece top — cardigan with shirt underlay. Studded ballerina flats and a quilted leather bag complete the look.

The River Island mid-wash denim pencil skirt I used in the set is sold out. I included an alternative denim skirt from the Gap in a link below.

What’s your favorite denim skirt style?

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In the Set

Hummingbird 2 in 1 Jumper, Green • Oasis
Factory Denim Pencil Skirt • Gap {River Island Mid-Wash Denim Pencil Skirt — Sold Out}
Wild Diva Lounge Studded Pointed Toe Ballet Flats • Charlotte Russe
Fontanelli Ivory Quilted Leather Satchel • Fontanelli

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?

Street-Style-Lemon-and-Gray

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