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?

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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)

Natural Affection

What does it mean to have natural affection? Many times, to understand the meaning of a word or phrase, we look at its opposite. The opposite of natural affection is without natural affection — unnatural.

Affection is a fondness, warmth, gentle feeling or physical expression of love.

Perilous Times

The Bible tells us that in the last days, perilous times will come. There are things we notice in the unraveling of our families, communities and society that prove we are in the last days. One such thing is that people will be without natural affection. In these days, people have an unnatural way of showing love. Words and deeds don’t match. What should be gentle is brutal. What should be hot is cold.

God-given

Something that is natural exists in nature without being made or caused by humans. It is what it is — on its own. Some regard it as being innate. Natural affection is something that is God-given. Something that is unnatural goes against nature, thus it goes against the order of God.

  • It’s natural for a mother to desire to nurture her child.
  • It’s natural for a man to be protective of his family.
  • It’s natural for friends to want to help another friend in need.
  • It’s natural for a family member to want to see other family members do their best.
  • It’s natural to have empathy for others — friends, families, neighbors and strangers.

In the Jungle

Many mothers in the animal kingdom will fight to the death to protect their young. They’ll stand against predators, whom they have a small to no chance of defeating, just to give their young the chance to live. Sadly, some of us do not give as much natural love as a beast in the field.

But when unnatural affection is addressed in 2 Timothy, it is not about beasts, but about man.

Piety, or kindness, should first be demonstrated and learned in the home. This foundation is being destroyed. If we cannot be kind in the home, how can we have natural affection towards anyone?

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This know also, that in the last days perilous times shall come.

For men shall be lovers of their own selves, covetous, boasters, proud, blasphemers, disobedient to parents, unthankful, unholy,

Without natural affection, trucebreakers, false accusers, incontinent, fierce, despisers of those that are good,

Traitors, heady, highminded, lovers of pleasures more than lovers of God;

Having a form of godliness, but denying the power thereof: from such turn away.

Causes

Many things lead to unnatural affection. Lust is at the root — unruly passions that direct hearts to appease the senses and flesh. Selfishness is connected to lust. Many people aim to satisfy self and place one’s needs and desires (lusts) over the well-being and development of others.

Other factors are lack of wisdom and pride. A prideful and selfish heart does not give natural love because it has not submitted to God and the order He established in nature. A heart that is not wise does foolish things, especially when it comes to pursuing means to fulfill lustful desires.

Quite simply, those without natural affection hurt others. Sometimes they do it blindly. Other times their eyes are wide open and they just don’t care.

Titus 2:4 That they may teach the young women to be sober, to love their husbands, to love their children

What to Do?

  • The Word of God says it best: “from such turn away.” In other words, stay away from these types of people. This is for our good and protection.
  • Do a heart check and guard your heart. Be sure that you are one who lives a life of love filled with natural affection.
  • If you are a young lady, submit yourself to be taught by aged or older women on the subject of love. It is the job and calling of aged women to teach young women to love their husbands and children. To have natural affection.

 

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Little Model Me Girl: Growing Up Modest (g.u.m.)

I’m excited to introduce Little Model Me Girl: Growing Up Modest (g.u.m.) — modesty training, character development and life skills for little girls, ages 4 to 12- years-old. The Little Model Me Girl website will feature articles, printables, tips and girls fashion sets.

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Why Modesty Training?

Little girls are exposed to the same messages from society as older girls and women. When little girls grow up, it’s sometimes hard to accept modesty, even with a bible verse about “modest apparel” planted right in view.

Girls are in a continuous process of being socialized to value being barely covered as a powerful symbol of our culture, and an influential source of their own style. It’s a stronghold, and is true even for girls in the church.

Once a girl believes showing excessive skin is okay, it doesn’t take much to convince her that even more of it should be put on public display. Never mind God likens nakedness to shame, and He calls us to a higher standard.

God’s Word expressly tells us ladies how to adorn ourselves. Hello meekness, gentleness, strength, honor…

Proverbs 22:6 Train up a child in the way he should go: and when he is old, he will not depart from it.

I know embracing modesty goes against the rules of society and carnal nature, but it is in-line with the command of God. I want to see young girls cultivating a mind and heart to please God in all they do.

Modest fashion doesn’t mean frumpy fashion. We are free to be colorful and creative while obeying God’s Word to dress in modest clothes.

Modesty training also includes etiquette, protocol and servitude, which are rooted in humility.

#iModelChrist

The introductory sets I created were approved by my wonderful 6-year-old niece, as she sat and watched me create Little Model Me Girl fashion sets.

She’s often watched me work on Model Me Girl, and expressed she wants to be a Model Me Girl, too. In a sense, Little Model Me Girl is for her, and I’m willing to share what we learn with you and the little girl in your life. My niece is in modesty training. She is grasping, “We don’t model the world. We model Christ.” The way she puts it is, “I know how to dress properly.”

Modeling Christ is the foundation of Model Me Girl. It’s time for women of God to be the light of the world Christ called us to be, and shine a lifestyle worth modeling. One that comes with a reward of eternal life.

Wake up, ladies. Let’s stop allowing the world to train our little girls. As such, I will continue to put myself on repeat and broadcast the message that God is calling women and girls to model Him, not the world.

Whether she is mother, daughter, sister, niece, cousin, neighbor or friend—six or 60— let’s lift up God and inspire girls and women by modeling modesty—by modeling Christ.

God wants to start with you.

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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

Modest & Polished: Grow in Grace

To grow means to develop, expand, increase or advance to maturity. As I sat in Bible study tonight, I thought about something my dad said. “The devil wants to kill us as soon as we are ready to give our life to Christ; as soon as we are born again, before we get strong in God and are built up.”

Babes in Christ

Satan comes to kill, steal and destroy, but he especially wants to destroy us when we are new in Christ — babes. Why? Because at this early stage, our strength is small and our discernment has not had time to become sharpened. We have not yet been rooted and grounded in the Word. We are easy targets.

If you know anything about babies, you know they are vulnerable. Even in the animal world, predators seek the weak, categorized as the very young, sick/injured or the very old. Satan is a predator, and his mission is to devour as many people as possible, which includes seeking out new believers.

We are very vulnerable as babes in Christ. We need to feast on the sincere milk of the word, so that we can grow (1 Peter 2:2). The stronger we become in God, and the more skillful we become with the Word, we are able to resist the devil and easily use our Sword against him: the Word of God.

It takes time to mature, both naturally and spiritually. If you are a babe in Christ, I lovingly encourage you to indulge in the Word. If you feel you don’t have a thirst or hunger for it, feast on it anyway, at the same time asking God to ignite your thirst and hunger.

If you have been in Christ for a while, you are not above being deceived and falling. You are on the enemy’s hit list too, and you need the Word. There comes a time when we can move beyond milk and feast on meat — the deeper things in the Word that babies can’t eat or understand because they’d choke on it.

2 Peter 3:18 But grow in grace, and in the knowledge of our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ. To him be glory both now and for ever. Amen.

All of us need to grow. Don’t be satisfied with where you are in God. Always desire to be closer to Him; to be more faithful; to be more like Jesus. A beautiful part about being in Christ is that He has everything we need to grow by — starting with grace.

Grow in the Knowledge of Jesus Christ

God also wants us to grow in the knowledge of Christ. Knowledge is awareness, familiarity, facts and information gained from experience with someone or something. There’s more to know about Jesus than what you discovered the first time you heard His name; or from when you were baptized; from when He last healed you; from last Sunday’s sermon; or the day He saved you from your sins and self.

Grow in Grace

We learn more about Christ as we study and meditate on His Word, pray, fast, spend quiet time with Him, and allow Him to lead us by the Holy Ghost. Only when we are led by the Spirit of God are we the sons (and daughters) of God (Romans 8:14).

I believe Ephesians 3:17-19 sums up growing in grace and in the knowledge of Jesus Christ perfectly.

17 That Christ may dwell in your hearts by faith; that ye, being rooted and grounded in love,18 May be able to comprehend with all saints what is the breadth, and length, and depth, and height; 19 And to know the love of Christ, which passeth knowledge, that ye might be filled with all the fulness of God.

 

With Love,

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Adorned for Christ

I believe fashion is one of the hardest areas for many Christian women to surrender to Christ. There’s so much that comes at us across media and in our personal circles. For those of us who grew up in the West, the culture of individualism is a hallmark of our identity, and we believe we sacrifice who we are if we cannot style ourselves outside of the Bible’s commands. And that is just too much sacrificing for some. But the Word of God instructs us to adorn ourselves in modest apparel.

Adorn: to enhance the appearance of; to enliven; to decorate; to make beautiful; beautify; deck

Heart Check

Are you dressing in a manner that is pleasing to Christ? The world socializes us from an early age that to be scantily clad (wear little to no clothing or be inadequately clothed ) makes us appealing. But if we use God’s perspective, we will see that He tells us that to dress with modesty makes us beautiful. His Word is truth.

Many of us see the truth. We just have trouble accepting the truth because it means we must sacrifice more of self.

God wants His daughters to dress with modesty. He wants us to be beautiful in His sight.

God is so wise. He not only tells us how we should be dressed outwardly, but also inwardly. He covers all the bases from the natural to the spiritual.

Surrender

For some women, fashion is a stronghold.

If Jesus asked some of us to empty our closets and change our style for His, and to follow Him, many of us would walk away sorrowful, just like the young rich ruler. His stronghold was money. He couldn’t let it go for Christ. What about you? Would you say you’ve spent too much money on the  immodest apparel you have? Would you say you’re too popular or known for your immodest style and can’t part with it?

So many of us will believe everything the Bible has to say until it steps on our toes and challenges us on that thing we don’t want to let go of. We’ll justify, rationalize and philosophize our way into being comfortable living in disobedience. That’s until we’re convicted again, and we do the whole justify, rationalize and philosophize dance until the flesh is pacified.

But God is saying surrender to Him. He really does want it all.

Have you surrendered your wardrobe to the One who wants to robe you in righteousness?

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How to Wear Fall Florals

Who said you have to get rid of florals in the fall? Yes, the leaves may be changing and colors fading, but there is a way to wear floral prints in the fall. We naturally associate very bright and light colors with the spring/summer and tropical climates. God is amazing. To everything there is a season, and there are fall floral designs and patterns just for you!

  1. Look for florals on dark colored backdrops. The Dorthy Perkins skirt featured in the Fall Florals set features large flowers on a black background.
  2. Opt for florals that are jewel-toned. Flowers that are deep in color, such as saturated blues, rich reds, deep purples and heavy oranges work well.
  3. When wearing bright florals, tone it down with a dark colored blazer/jacket and accessories.
  4. Add florals as an accent to break up solids. Use a scarf, belt, hat or floral print jacket to do the job! (Yes!)
  5. Be creative and enjoy the beauty of YOU!
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So Preppy: Pink Stripes and Denim

Button-down collar dress shirts paired with jackets and vests remind me of traditional prep school style.

Preppy: a person whose behavior and clothes reflect traditional prep school culture; a type of subculture; neat, classic conservative clothes with clean lines, modest fit and cut.

Can you model this style? Modesty is always the best policy!

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