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)

Seeing Red and Black Checks

If you’ve heard of the idiom seeing red, you know it means to be angry. Although turning red or flush in the face can hint at embarrassment or as the result of heart-pumping activity, it’s also common for people to turn red when angry. Of course I don’t want you to see red. Relax and smile! We’re going in the direction of red and black check patterns with the Check Red fashion set.

Red and Black

Red and black are intense colors on their own. They make an even richer statement when used together. Serious. Powerful. Mysterious. Danger. But a check pattern tones down some of the intensity and gives your eyes something to play with. The check pattern can also appear more youthful depending on the width of the lines in the pattern.

Style It

I styled this set around the red and black check dress with lace trim. The trim plays double duty by softening the dress and adding a little drama. I’m sure I’m on repeat when I say I’m a big fan of boots. The selected booties are edgy – just the way I like them.

Gold-toned jewelry polishes up the set. The tassel necklace creates a fine balance with the lace trim. Blanket coats are on trend this season. Wrap up in saucy red one or opt for sophisticated black.

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The Check Red set includes:

Lanvin Oversized Blanket Coat • $3,275.00
1928 Signature Gold-Toned Braided Chain Tassel Necklace • $48.00
Cutie Red Check Lace Hem Dress £34.00
ZAC Zac Poen Eartha Soft Top Handle Satchel Handbag • $495.00–595.00
Inverni Velour Fedora • $99.00
Spanish & Sisters Three Stone Red White Black Ring • 35€
BCBGMAXAZRIA Bari Exotic Combo Lace-Up Day Bootie • $350.00

More Checks

What would a post be without more inspiration? Enjoy the check patterns with staple red and black pieces below.

 

The Serene Scene

Many people seem to be on a quest to find peace.  School and work leave us exhausted and over-extended. Family life feels upside down. Friendships go shipwrecked. We look for “me time”— precious moments when you can just get away from it all. Bubble bath and a tropical beach optional, but totally recommended.

If we manage to find little moments during the day to escape, invisible militiamen soon find us and wage a mental war of worries and stress. Anxiety-riddled thoughts pop up in our minds like jack-in-the-box. Heart rate is erratic. Chest feels heavy. Tension is your norm. And that daily headache? It’s your new best-friend. All of this comes with a price: our health. Spiritually. Mentally. Emotionally. Physically.

Balance

What are we really looking for? Peace. Harmony between every area of our lives. Balance in the form of contentment. We really don’t want to be pulled in a million different directions. That’s for Elastigirl. Multitasking isn’t all corporate America  has seduced us into believing. We mess up or forget what we were working on to begin with.

You’re not the Miss-Fix-It people made you out to be. You can’t even fix yourself. That’s a job for Jesus.

What should you do? Believe God. Fear and doubt are the reasons for the absence of peace. God made the world. Surely He can take care of you.

Jesus Christ is the Prince of Peace—true serenity. He is the balance you seek in your life.

Instead of letting life revolve around that job, that class, that man, that friend; why not let life revolve around the One who created all life—yours included?

Stayed on You

We don’t keep our minds stayed on Jesus, therefore we are not being kept in perfect peace. That promise, like many in the bible, comes with a condition. Instead, we keep our mind on her business, his business, that worry, doubt, lie and ego. And we wonder why we can’t sleep at night. Why we cannot stop to smell and enjoy the roses. Why we feel like we are just existing.

Matthew 6:33 But seek ye first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you.

Our lives are chaotic, and family life is trash because we are not seeking FIRST the Kingdom of God and His righteousness. We are seeking it last. After mister walks out, when the paychecks stop coming, when the eviction notice shows up, when the car breaks down, when beauty fades. When money—your god—lets you down. Then we seek the true and living God, Jesus Christ. Last. And half-heartedly, at best.

Priority Check

Where is God on your love list? Is He first? Does He have all of you, even your mind? Or are those worries the god of your thoughts?

John 14:27 Peace I leave with you, my peace I give unto you: not as the world giveth, give I unto you. Let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid.
Meditate on this. God will help us prioritize our lives and introduce us to the serene scene once we make Him our priority. This doesn’t mean you’re going to be rich, famous or trouble-free.

It means when trouble comes, you can endure with peace because you know trouble doesn’t last, but God’s Word does. You’ll know you are truly safe in the Master’s arms, no matter what happens in the world.

Real peace is not found in circumstances, location, things or man, but in the blood of the risen Savior, Christ our Lord.

Color Therapy: Serenity Blue

Fashion in Color: Timeless Rouge Red

From fashion to beauty, this season’s trending color is a bold, intense red. Red lips dominated the Spring 2013 collections at Prada and Rocha, and bright red dresses lit up the runways for Ralph Lauren, Christian Dior and Diane von Furstenberg. Red can be elegant as it evokes timeless beauty with hints of contemporary passion. Plus, unlike some trendy colors, the right red will continue to look great year after year.

Rouge Red Fashion

1. Pair matte red lipstick with minimal makeup to keep your look modern.

Apply a coat of foundation to your lips to boost lipstick’s staying power, and
then lightly fill in your natural lip shape with a red lip liner. Sweep on your favorite red lipstick, like Wet’n’ Wild’s MegaLast Lip Color in Stoplight Red, and blot. Add a coat of mascara to your lashes and a quick dusting of nude blush to the apples of your cheeks, and you’re ready to go.

2. Steal the show in a rouge dress.

This vibrant color can make you the star of any room you enter, whether it is a prom, date, or night of on the town with the girls. Some retailers, such as Asos and David’s Bridal, allow you to browse dresses by color so you can find the fit that best suits you.

Unbroken, vertical lines makes your body look sleek, so opt for an empire waist and flowing fabrics, like the combination in David’s Bridal’s Flower One Shoulder Mesh Gown to elongate your silhouette. If you want the mid-length, below-the-knee fitted dress that flatters your legs– go for the Asos Lipsy Structured Pencil Dress. Pair with nude shoes to make legs look even longer, or opt for a pair of matching red heels, like Aldo’s Mawusi pumps, to showcase your playful side.

3. Add a pop of color with red accessories.

Red pairs well with staple wardrobe colors like black, white and navy. It
can be worn just as beautifully with silver jewelry as it can with gold.

Punch up a little black dress with a red clutch, like this Gunne Sax by Jessica McClintock from Kohl’s or a Sondra Roberts clutch from Bloomingdale’s. Introduce a crocheted red bead necklace from Target, or Nine West’s Augustina ballet flats to a knee-length denim skirt and a solid color t-shirt for a stylish, casual look. When you need a piece that transitions flawlessly from the work day to the evening look, opt for classic, understated choices, like this gold-tone red epoxy buckle bangle bracelet from Michael Kors.

Heat things up by choosing red this season. Whether you fall in love with red lipstick, a red gown, or the perfect red accessory, you’ll look great and be on-trend.

 • This article was contributed by Tiffany L.

 

Stripes with Bold Splashes of Color

I’ve been introduced to the classy online modest fashion store, Sierra Brooke. I’m always excited to discover and create connections with bloggers, retailers, designers and wearers of modest fashion.

The lovely striped Lorna dress featured in the Stripes with Bold Splashes of Color set is a 92% cotton , 8% spandex V-neck pull-on dress; so you can expect a bit of a stretch.

With spring just around the corner, I think bold splashes of color would do well with a black and white striped dress. Yellow and pink are perfect complements. Consider it color therapy. Goodbye, icy cold. Hello, spring breeze.

Stripes with Bold Splashes of Color

Look of the Day: Lemon Ruffled Dress

Lemon Ruffled Dress

 

Luisa Beccaria, RTW Spring 2012

The Cuteness: Flower Power

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The Cuteness: Flower Power

Not every girl is a fan of flowers. This is for the ones who love all things floral. The Flower Power set features the River Island Glitter Heel Court Shoes ($107.71). Don’t you just love the sparkles?

I was inspired by Tales of Endearment’s Tokyo look of the week: vintage wildflower sweater, rose print skirt and yellow heels. It’s the cuteness!

vintage wildflower sweater

 

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