Wildflower, Sage Brush, & Mountain Air

One of the many reasons why I love living in Wyoming is simply because summers here are the very best! There is no place like it- the fresh air, the abundant camp sites, and actually needing a campfire at night. There is something so peaceful laying out at night and looking up and seeing endless stars.

Untitled_Panorama2.jpg

There is something juvenile and freeing about spending a free Sunday- chasing waterfalls, smelling wildflowers, and exploring dirt roads. From the moment I can remember I’ve loved being in the mountains. I love camping. I love the feeling of being “lost” yet totally knowing where I am. Forgetting my to do lists and giving everything else a rest.

Last weekend I went up to the beautiful mountains for a 48 hour retreat of pure quiet and serenity. I’m a firm believer in what any person really needs is a little bit of mountain air to clear their mind.

IMG_4097

IMG_4129

IMG_4166

IMG_4188

IMG_4261

IMG_4295

IMG_4304

IMG_4308

IMG_4335

IMG_4337

IMG_4349

IMG_4363

IMG_4369

IMG_4372

IMG_4378

Now I don’t know about you- but the BEST part of the camping is the eating- s’mores, burgers, fresh coffee. I thought I would share with you my all time favorite meal while camping! I love it so much now that my parents know what’s my favorite it’s what I want while I’m out in the woods. Ha! I mean I’m sure you could make it at home on your grill- I have never personally done it but I’m sure it will be delicious either way!

Tin Foil Dinners 

This dinner is one of the easiest dinners you will ever prepare! It’s so easy your husband or your kids can do it. There is no wrong or right way to cook it!

 

IMG_4085

  1.  Prepare your work area- double up tin foil. This is where you are going to be assembling your dinner.
  2. Chop up any vegetables you want in your dinner I normally have carrots, cucumbers, green pepper, tomatoes, and avocado.
  3. Decide what meat you want- I had hamburger, steak, and bacon. You don’t have to precook the meat. When assembling your dinner- I normally put on the meat first and then moving onto veggies.
  4.  Add CHEESE! I normally use block cheese other than shredded cheese. I’ve used both cheddar and monterey jack cheese. Add spices- I use chives and dill.
  5.  Almost done! Add butter blocks or oil- both work well however; I rather use butter over oil. If you want to use oil I will say be careful with the oil. One time I added too much oil and having a stomach ache afterwards wasn’t the highlight of the trip! You don’t need a whole lot- it will help with it not being stuck to the tinfoil.
  6.  Drizzle lemon juice to enhance all the amazing flavors!
  7.  Roll up your dinner in your tin foil- make sure the coals are hot enough and then place the dinners onto the grill to cook. Normally I cook them for an hour. I will say while you ensemble your dinners don’t forget that everything will be grilled down. So if you think while you are creating your dinner if it’s too much you are probably on the right track.

IMG_4231

Once your dinner is fully cooked take off your dinner off the grill and carefully unfold your dinner. I normally dump my dinner onto a plate and stir it all up. And for extra seasoning add salt and pepper. And finally bon appetite!

What is your favorite Summer activity?

My Happy Place

I love gardens. Always have- probably always will. While I was on vacation in Arlington, Virginia five weeks ago. I got to go and explore historic mansions (I mean HELLO! Gorgeous) to accompany those beautiful homes the owners always accompanied it with beautiful and grand gardens.

I love stepping back into history in that kind of way- I’ve always felt like I was getting to walk where these people walked-right into their sanctuary. I think I’ve always had a love for being outside among the trees and flowers. I remember being a kid and playing under the shade of a beautiful tree and playing “hidden garden” in the lilac bushes.

I have no idea why rich people back in the day had big gardens and homes. But I find it amazing. My friend Marie and I were awestruck as we walked around the beautiful Dumbarton Oaks House and Garden in Georgetown, VA. As I was walking around them I instantly felt transported back into a simpler time. Felt like Jane Austen’s heroine- Elizabeth Bennett come to life! My heart was doing somersaults and there was a smile on my face for hours!

“To sit in the shade on a fine day and look upon

verdure is the most perfect refreshment” -Jane Austen

FullSizeR (3)

I mean can we just talk about how amazing this building looks? Can you believe in years gone by that this was a private resident? That these walls have seen families and dance parties and that this was someone’s home away from home. After a long day they came home to this!? Marie and I were joking back and forth- you have the East wing I have the west wing- perfect! As I explored this place more and more- I completely forgot I was almost smacked in the city. Not even a couple hours away was the hustle and bustle of traffic and people going to and from work. Yet- I felt so hidden away and relaxed.

FullSizeR (8).jpg

Dumbarton Oaks was Robert and Mildred Bliss’s country home in the now historical Georgetown District. In 1920 it was a “old fashioned home” standing in a neglected area of town. Just itching to become Mildred’s paradise. The duo bought the fifty-three-acre property.

FullSizeR (6)

A year later Mildred and landscape gardener- Beatrix Farrand went to work to design the garden- from where the benches should go to where the plots of different types of gardens should be planted every little detail was carefully handled by the duo.

”  At Dumbarton Oaks you have created something very beautiful, very special both in the garden and inside the house. It will remain a monument to your taste, knowledge and understanding—a delight to all who visit it and a great resource to those who are fortunate enough to work there.” Robert Bliss to Mildred Bliss, 1940

FullSizeR (1)

Since then other architects have worked on the gardens to improve the different functions. For more history on the beautiful gardens here. For a moment in a day I got to forget about being a twenty three year old in the twenty first century surrounded by the modern conveniences. I got to take my time and stroll through the rose gardens and smell every single one- I got to sit by the Lover’s Lane Pool.

FullSizeR (5)

FullSizeR (2)

FullSizeR (4)

Marie and I were saying over and over- how the heck was this someone’s house!? Could you imagine you come home from work trying to find where someone is!? I now understand why people needed slaves! I was telling Marie- I have no idea where in this garden would be “my” spot. You know the one spot you go to. To help distress- to unwind to relax- to have a cup of tea and cuddle up reading Pride and Prejudice for the hundredth time. I’m sure my family all thought I was nuts. I was like a little kid in a candy shop- smiling from ear to ear as we explored a whole other section- just as beautiful as the last. Marie even joked with my family that they lost me for a couple of hours.

FullSizeR (7)

FullSizeR (9)

FullSizeR

I couldn’t help it! I was and still am so obsessed! I already want to go back- can you even imagine how it would look like in bloom! Oh my goodness! I would highly recommend! I firmly believe we all have a little kid still in us who love getting lost in trees and smelling the flowers and chasing waterfalls. I don’t thinking loosing your imaginations is a good thing. I was so flabbergasted by the beauty that was surrounding me I was having a hard time processing just how amazing this moment of time was! I will say wear comfortable shoes and just have fun! Allow yourself to get lost in time gone by- and enjoy the fruit of their labor. I can’t wait to plan my next trip. But for now- I will go off in make believe land to Pemberley where I can be Elizabeth Bennett all over again.

Thanks Dumbarton Oaks- for SUCH a swell time! Thanks for becoming my new happy place! You will always hold a special moment in my heart.

 

What’s In My Carry-On Luggae

If you read last weeks post here I talked about how I packed my checked baggage and how I prepare to travel. I thought it would be fun this week to show you what I pack in my carry on luggage. I know different airlines are a little bit different they all have different guidelines so make sure you do your own research on the different airlines you are flying on.

For me I am all about the comfort and convenience- especially when I travel. What better way than have the things that bring you that the closes to you. I know this sounds rather contradictory- but I also try to be not so high maintenance either.

I don’t know about you- but I always have this idea in my head “what if?” I know you can’t be prepared for everything but sometimes you just need a little bit of reassurance.

IMG_3889

  1.  The Bag: I have seen online so many people have different opinions on what a “perfect” carry on bag is. Some like carry on’s that have wheels and just wheeling them along with you in the airport. Me I love having my hands “free” I guess you can say. I’m a fan of just having a medium sized backpack as my carry on. I bought this black backpack specifically for this trip. And I will tell you- I’m already loving it! Big enough to fit everything and enough space and feels secure on my back.
  2. Hand Sanitizer:  I always think this is a must! Especially if you are using the laboratory. Still always a good idea to have one on you especially in flight. Before you eat or after you slept. I always think clean hands are always a good idea. 😉
  3.  Gum:  Maybe it’s just me- but anytime I travel in a plane or in a car I always have to have gum. Maybe it’s because I have sensitive ears and they always have to pop when going through different elevations. I’ve recently started really liking this kind simply because then I don’t have a huge gum wrapper mess in my carry- on after.
  4. Car Keys:  For this particular trip we are actually taking my car to the airport. That means I will have to have my car keys on me. After parking my car and locking it up. I always put it in the pocket so I don’t have a freak out when I come back!
  5. Phone: This one seems kind of self explanatory. Always able to have it in your hand or tucked in the front pocket in my backpack. Pull it out to show boarding passes or tickets and better yet to listen to music.
  6. Headphones:  Once again one that doesn’t really need a definition. I always think headphones are a good idea. To help shut out the noise to help sleep to pass the time. Besides not everyone wants to listen to whatever you are listening to you.
  7. Eye Glasses:  I only need glasses to read or do work on my phone. Since I always plan on putting my nose into a book I need these little guys to help me see. Ha!
  8. Book:  As I’ve already mentioned I love reading especially when I’m traveling. This trip I decided to read a biography. I love reading biographies of people I look up to and admire. This trip I grabbed this one: Jane Austen a Life. A book that has been on my reading list for years! And why not start it?
  9. Notebook:  If you read last week you would know I don’t really go anywhere without my notebook. In this notebook I also have my list of to pack so I would always know what I brought so I can make sure I bring home the same stuff.
  10. Clothes:  I always like to bring a spare set of clothes just in case the inevitable happens and the airline looses my luggage (knocks on wood). I think packing an extra set in your carry on so you have that comfort that if that happens you are covered for a day.
  11. Spare PJ bottom: Going back to that comfort side of me I always think pajama bottoms are some of my favorite things ever and they give me so much comfort and happiness. I make sure I have one in my carry on so if that thing happens of lost luggage I can still feel comfortable.
  12. Bed Bag

IMG_3926

I don’t know if it’s because of my compulsively need to have things organized and “in” it’s place I always like to have things in that order. This is what I call my “bed bag” things I have by my bedside at home.

Phone Charger

Chap Stick

Lip Scrub

Vitamins

Salon Pas

Sleepy Time Lotion

13. Makeup Brushes IMG_3908

14. Makeup Bag

IMG_3939

L’Oreal Paris True Match Mineral Makeup in light ivory

Soap and Glory Kick Ass Concealer in all is calm

Soap and Glory Kick Ass Concealer in just bright

E.L.F eye primer

Neutrogena Skin Clearing blemish Concealer

Cover Girl Loose Powder in translucent

Benefit Dandelion

Benefit Hoola Bronzer

L’Oreal Paris True Match Lumi in rose

Revolution The Matte Blush Powder in beloved

Maybelline Brow Drama in soft brown

Cover Girl brow and eye makers in honey brown

Physicians Formula Eye Booster Eyeliner in ultra black

L’Oreal Infalliable Eyeliner in black

Too Faced Better Than Sex Mascara in black

L’Oreal Voluminous Mascara in black

Rimmel London Kate Lipstick in 45

Rimmel London Kate Lipstick in 17

Real Her Lip Liner in nude

Real Her Lip Gloss in nude

There you have it. All what I have in my carry on! Happy trails friends!

How I Pack My Suitcase

‘Tis the season. The weather is getting warmer and schools are coming to a close that means summer vacations are upon us! Although traveling can be stressful for everyone and nerve wrecking. I wouldn’t say I am an anxious traveler but, I like my comfort to help ease any anxious feelings or any unexpected fear. I love traveling, I love seeing new places, I love meeting new people, and traveling with people I love. That doesn’t mean that sometimes I feel anxious being away from my comfort zone. I’ve found if I take my time and be prepared I feel comfortable and confident in what I pack without a fear of thinking I forgot something or stepping too much out of my comfort zone.

IMG_3871

I’m probably an over analyst. I love schedules, and planners, and calendars. I always think my brain runs so crazy most days that I just can’t catch up. Most days I keep a notebook on me at all times. To write down- all my ideas, all the things I need to do, or even my grocery list!

When it comes to traveling that isn’t an exception. A couple weeks before departure date I write out all the things I need to finish before take off and then I write beside it a deadline or when I can finish that task. I feel actually writing it all out helps me get out of my mind and can actually visually see what I have to do. I always try to make sure I get everything taken care of before take off. You don’t want to be driving or sitting in a plane thinking of everything you have to do when you arrive back home or dreading your return. And then to help me stay organized I write out a list in different categories to pack. To help give myself a peace of mind.

IMG_3876

Tips and Tricks

While writing my list I write out the different categories or bags I’m bringing and where I’m going to pack them for an example: if I’m flying I would write out Checked Bag. As the main point and then I will work with the sub-point. So under the main point I would write out:

-Checked Bag- 

Travel outfit (x3) 

8 Outfits 

Undergarments 

P.j. 

Shoes 

Earrings 

Curling Iron/Straightner 

Blow Dryer 

– Bathroom Bag- 

Shampoo 

Conditioner 

Hair Oil

Leave in Conditioner 

Eye Makeup Remover 

Face Wash 

Cleanser 

Morning Cleanser 

Zit Cream 

Moisturizer

Soap

Toothpaste

Toothbrush

Floss

Cotton pads/Q-tips

 Floss 

Dry Shampoo 

Oil/Razor 

Hairspray 

Once I finish that I move on to the other bags I have such as: makeup bag, bed bag (which is a small makeup bag that I put in stuff I use before bed) and then carry on bag. Which I will speak more in detail about next week! 😉

Once I’m to the point of actually packing my bag I like to pack outfits that I feel like I am:

1. Comfortable 2. Confident

I think its a common thing for a girl to have certain things in her closet that makes her feel- beautiful, confident, comfortable that she feels like she can take on the world! And I don’t know about you- but packing clothes for a trip is always one of the most stressful parts for me. Maybe because I’m indecisive or never know exactly what I want. However; the last couple times I’ve packed to go somewhere. I always ask myself- how do I feel while wearing this? Do I feel confident? Do I love this? Maybe it’s the tendency to always pull something out of my closest that I know I love wearing that helps ease the packing progress. However; I think it’s the best place to start.

IMG_3966

While I’m packing I like to lay out what I want to wear. And then after that I put out the undergarments I’m going to wear with them, and then any jewelry, then any shoes. Once I’m finished with all that I pull out my suitcase and take all the underwear, bras, and socks off the outfit and put it in the zip pocket in the suitcase. And then I take the jewelry from the outfits and place them in a small make up bag. Following that I take the shoes and place them in the empty suitcase. And then finally I put in the clothes.

Then I place the bathroom bag and hot utensils on top of that. All done! I find using this method helps me in so many ways! I can be done packing and feel good with what I brought and I’m not stressing about what I’ve packed or when I arrive looking at my clothes and asking myself- “what to wear” I can grab an outfit and already know how I will feel. The best part too is that if you make a list in a notebook you can always go back and see what you needed before and rewrite what you need this trip. Staying organized and prepared leads to having a stress free and fun vacation that you deserve!

Okay girls! Enjoy your vacation! We all need a little getaway every now and then! 😉

 

 

Current Favorites

When did this year go by so fast? Wasn’t it just April 1st? Some of my favorite things to watch and read are people’s favorite things from the previous months or likewise. I always find it so interesting hearing or reading what other people are enjoying. I am always into trying something new or finding something exciting. And what better way to start a new month showing what I’ve been loving.

IMG_3851.jpg

IMG_3847

IMG_3837.jpg

 Makeup

  1. Benefit Hoola Bronzer ($29): Truthfully this one is an older favorite. I have been loving this bronzer for years. However; this past month I’ve been obsessed with using it for a new purpose. For using it on my eyes- paired with a little pit of eyeliner and mascara- something quick and easy to still get the definition of the eye and still keeping it simple and with a tanned and glowy look.
  2. Benefit Dandelion Powder ($15): This is a very new favorite. I’m already obsessed- and I haven’t even had it very long (only a couple hours) however; the reason this is in my list already. Is that I love the effect this powder gives. It gives that little effort to your checks that make you look a little rosy and healthy.
  3. Soap and Glory Kick Ass Concealers ($8.99):  It’s at this time of year where in school you are getting minimum hours of sleep and the stress of finals are making you break out a lot more than normal. These concealers are meant to help conceal the extra redness in my face and to help brighten up my under eyes. I put this on after I moisturize my face and before I use my primer. And then after I use my regular concealer and instantly I feel my face looks so much more unified and more refreshed.

Hair

  1.  OGX Coconut Milk ($5.75):   Around this time last year I was noticing my hair was drying out and very brittle and taking forever to blow dry. I went to this hair dresser in Spearfish where I was living at the time- who recommend I use an oil like this to help with the split ends and the dryness in-between cuts. After using I can confirm- my hair feels so much healthier.  I squirt a dime size into the palm of my hands after showering and rub it into the ends of my hair.
  2. Rosarco Milk Leave in Conditioner ($20):  I finally decided to splurge a little on myself and signed up for the Fab Fit Fun box. And the first box I got was the Spring box- and let me tell you it’s awesome. This is one thing I got in the box. And I love it! I have never really used leave in conditioners before this one. I squirt this in after my shower and it helps with heat protection and leaving my hair feel nourished all day long.

Beauty

  1. Lush Tea Tree Water ($22.95): Once again an oldie but a goodie. By nature I have combination skin. In the mornings it tends to be more dry and I’m always a little sleepy and out of sorts so to speak. I’ve been using this for years. However; I would always use it morning and night. Recently I switched to only using it in the morning. And it has been doing wonders for my skin. Before I do my makeup in the morning I feel like my skin is more awake and refreshed- even if I don’t get my six hours of sleep. Bonus- my foundation goes on a little bit better!
  2. Lush D’Fluff Shaving Cream ($12.95):  Ever since I started shaving my legs- I have had sensitive skin (ironically only on my legs?) If I use any razor or shaving cream I find myself breaking out and my legs are covered in red blotchy (painful) rashes and burns. Which makes wearing anything other than jeans out of the question! And who wants to spend their spring/summer in blue jeans!? Other than knowing this shaving cream is made out of natural materials and isn’t irritating my skin it is very gentle and smells like a strawberry patch- BONUS!
  3. Bath and Beauty Works French Lavender Hand Soap ($6.50):  I know I know this seems pretty weird huh- but I love hand soaps! I love knowing that once I leave the bathroom my hands are clean and smelling good too- HECK YEA. I don’t know why I love these soaps so much- but  knowing my hands are clean and that they smell good. Win win?
  4. Lush Reusable Bunch of Carrots ($12.99) *Last Chance!:  I have said it before and I will say it again- Lush just gets it right. Different seasons- the scents go hand in hand. I’m a huge believer in bubble baths- even in the heat of summer. I think sometimes I just need to escape reality and there’s nothing more refreshing to jump into a bubble bath to help ease away the worries of yesterday. I’ve seen other beauty bloggers and Lush creators talk about this for months and I knew I HAD to pick myself up a “bunch” can we just talk about how ridiculously adorable they are!? I almost don’t want to use it- almost!

Wellness

I know this is kind of an interesting category- but bear with me. For as long as I can remember I have always had problems sleeping. My problem is the whole getting to sleep part- once I’m asleep I stay asleep. I always have blamed my insomnia problems on the fact that I have an over active imagination and that my brain is always going hundred miles per hour! However; I’ve made a vow to myself to help make sleep time important!

  1. Mystic Antidotes Calming Pillow Spray ($19.99):  While in Denver this past month I was walking around TJ Maxx and spotted this little gem! I had heard so many positive remarks on pillow sprays before. As I’ve read up on them and heard from others about it. I always thought yea that is nice for them but I highly doubt it would do anything for me. Oh boy was I wrong! I haven’t slept this hard and well for months! It doesn’t take me long to fall asleep anymore. I shake the bottle after pulling down my sheets and spray all over my bed and within the hour I’m fast asleep!
  2. Tranquil Essential Oil ($4.99): For Christmas my sister bought me an oil diffuser and I love it that I almost got a little sad that the sample Relaxation oil that came with it  ran out. In a effort to find another one similar to the one I loved so much I hit my local Walmart. And I found one probably just as good! Follow the instructions when purchased of putting in the water and then I normally squeeze four to five drops into the diffuser and allow it to do it’s magic!

Fashion 

  1.  Sunflower Hat ($12.00): I love hats. There I said it- yes sometimes it’s just easier to throw on a hat and walk out the door some mornings. I especially love them if I’m going to run some errands, go on a hike, camping, the list is endless. I found this one on a spur of a moment trip to Target and I just had to get it. Sunflower patterns just have that hold on me.
  2. Sunglasses ($12.00):  ‘Tis the season of sunshine! I love sunglasses! However; I’m horrible with sunglasses- I either break them, loose them, or misplace them. I try to buy the cheaper ones. I always pick- kind of the same ones- boring and mundane. Before I left to go to Denver I decided to pick up more unique ones. When I saw these at Walmart I knew I loved them! The dusty pink/rose gold accents- were different enough to pop any outfit I wear. And let’s be honest- I pretty much live in black anyway. 🙂

Random 

Any favorites aren’t completed without a random category!

  1. White Barn Lily of the Valley Candle ($24.50):  Just like  bubble baths- I think candles are good anytime of the year! I love candles I always think they make a room complete making the atmosphere whole. Switching out the cozy and “Christmas” ones and hello Spring! White Barn has some amazing ones in right now! I always think Spring floral scents always bring me back to my Grandma’s flower garden growing up. This one is hands down my favorite! Smells of my grandma and some of my favorite flowers. Perfect- not too overwhelming but just strong enough to make my whole room smell if I just had some cut flowers in the room.
  2. The Happiness Journal ($38.00): I’m a planner. Always have been probably always will be. I love journals and I love planning. I have a random obsession with planners and calendars lately. I bought this in January and I liked it but I thought somethings about it were a little far fetched and dare I say silly. I mean I know it’s good to reflect on the week and having weekly goals. The coming up with the weekly goals were the easiest! The problem was going back and reflecting and grading my week. But what I love is planning out my weeks and writing down goals and ideas for that week and accomplishing that. And besides it’s beautiful!

What about you- what are some of the things you have been loving lately?

And hello Spring. I’ve missed you- you are pretty awesome.

How I Clean My Makeup Brushes

In art class you are always taught to clean your brush until the water comes out clear. The reason being you don’t want anyone else to use that brush and mix colors and ruin the other artist vision.

When it comes to makeup brushes it’s kind of the same thing. It’s so important to wash out your makeup brushes for multiple reasons- well one there is bacteria on your face and then when you put on your foundation you are picking up the bacteria from the brush and then it continues. And the second reason is that it’s good to wash out your brushes frequently so when using new colors the colors will be more vibrant and with no residue from previous colors. I tend to stick to the same colors however when I want to shake things up in color wise I wash out the brush.

IMG_3657.jpg

Even though cleaning your brushes can be a chore that isn’t very fun and takes awhile trust me your skin will thank you in the long run- especially if you are more prone of break outs especially during that time of the month ladies! And it will help cut out the bacteria.

Let the cleaning begin!

IMG_3661.jpg

The first thing I do I bring all my makeup brushes and a bowl of water (or I just wash them in the sink but for this purpose I just used a bowl of water) And to clean them out I have been using a shampoo I had laying around but any would do.

IMG_3663.jpg

IMG_3667

I like to wash my makeup brushes in sections. I start with laying out my eye makeup brushes dampen the brushes in the water. Take the cleansing product of your choice swirl the brush in the palm of your hand and then rinse and continue until the water off your brush is clear.  And then repeat through all the other sections.

IMG_3670

Once your brushes are clean and your water is dirty take the bowl and empty it (if you choose to use a bowl to wash the brushes) once you have clean water I always take my brushes and rinse them again to make sure all the soap is off the brushes and if my brushes were holding any stubborn makeup I repeat the same process.

IMG_3672

After washing, and rewashing, and rinsing you are finally done! I like to leave the brushes out to dry on the towel for a little bit and then put them back in their jars to finish drying over night. And then when I wake up and do my makeup I am greeted with fresh and clean brushes!

IMG_3674.jpg

 

Let’s Talk: Modesty

“Your dresses should be tight enough to show you’re a woman and loose enough to show you’re a lady.” – Edith Head 

IMG_3639.jpg

I awoke this morning to the birds chirping and the sun shining through. That means one thing- HELLO SPRING! Time to shave off the winter weight: of extra sweaters, leggings, boots, and coats. It’s time to pull out the sun dresses, lighter colors, shorts, and sandals. However; there is often a misconception on fashion in the Spring and Summer times.

I love fashion. I love mixing and matching vintage style into simple and elegant pieces all awhile respecting myself and holding myself up to a certain standard. I always want to be modest. Not just for others around me but more for myself. I want to show the world that I respect who I am. And better yet whose I am. However; that doesn’t mean I can’t have a little bit of fun. That doesn’t mean I have to be covered head to to in yaarrrdds of fabric and endless layers. It means I can wear a dress that is a little bit above my knee, it means I can wear a shirt that has a deep “V”, and it means I can wear shorts a little shorter.

When you hear the word modesty what do you think? You think of skirts, turtlenecks, close toe shoes- well allow me to debunk some of those lies for you. It’s amazing what I hear when someone says- “I can’t find anything.” or “Modesty is this (fill in the blank)” well allow me to be frank. Modesty isn’t about covering up EVERY inch of your body, you don’t have to feel like you have to constantly be covered up or covering up. You can feel good about yourself and even better- you can love yourself! Modesty isn’t wearing clothes that a size or two bigger than your actual size or hiding your body. It’s about wearing clothes that are true to size and loving your body and embracing the size you are at the moment.

My best fashion advice I have ever heard was know yourself- know what shapes look good on you. Know what colors you feel confident in. And lastly know your size! It’s so import that your clothes fit you. Trends will come and go but the classics will never go out of style.

God created women. He knows the shape of a lady and we need to dress for the shape we have. That’s what is so beautiful of being a lady- there are so many shapes! We need to feel comfortable and confident in your look and what you wear. I don’t think that should be an issue.

For me I like to dress to impress for myself. I understand there are people in this world and that people make up an opinion before a word is even spoken. But I know for me- I always try to only show case one thing either my chest or a lot more leg. So lets say I wear short shorts I would pair it with a form fitting crew neck t-shirt and a shorter kimono on top. So the main focus is my legs. Or I would wear a longer skirt and wear a lower neckline.

Bottoms:

IMG_3628.jpg

Let’s begin with the bottom of the body being a girl means we have SO many different options for how we want to dress the lower parts of our body. We have shorts, skirts, jeans, and the list goes on. There are so many different subcategories in those categories alone. When you think of modesty you think of long maxi like skirts and jeans that don’t hug your leg. Well I’m sorry that isn’t the case. You can wear jeans that are skinny legged- to make it a little bit more modest don’t wear low rise that will display your underwear or having a muffin top hang out (which isn’t very cute to begin with!) Jeans are such a wardrobe stable! There are so many different options out there to dress up or down. There is a myth out there where it says if you wear jeans wear a longer top- I say NO! My rule of thumb here is- how are you wearing your top? Are you tucking it in? Are you leaving it out? How you put together an outfit is your masterpiece. You decide.

Next shorts: once again so many different categories there is shorts that go down to your knee there’s “short” shorts. Now- here’s my rule of thumb it is okay to wear shorts that are on the shorter side. See I love the idea of the shorter shorts. They make your legs look long and lean. And who doesn’t want that? However; I say you can still wear shorter shorts and still be modest. Are they showing anything? Can people see your butt cheeks? Is it a little bit longer in the back then- perfect!  If no- then maybe not wear those. I personally like high waist shorts they look better on my body type.  If it follows those three things then I don’t see any reason why your shorts should be to your knees.

Skirts are next! I love skirts! I’m going to combine my two favorite style of skirts. I love “skater” skirts I do stand by the fact that a skirt should be pass your fingertips OR to your fingertips. To make it a bit more modest you can always wear light tights under the skirt during the Spring days that are a little chilly. And in the days that are a little bit more like Summer wear some spandex under the skirt. Not showing anything but still being able to wear a shorter skirt. Now onto a length I’m obsessed with right now- I like to call my “Audrey Hepburn” length. Which is the mid length. I’m loving having a skirt meet a little bit above my knee and a little high waist instead of all the way to the floor. *Side Note: I’m 5’5 on the “shorter” side  of a 5’5 women and I feel like  maxi skirts can sometimes look like they are eating me. It looks like I’m shorter than I am. That’s why I LOVE the mid length that hit me right above or below my knee. Giving me a little bit more height*

Tops:

IMG_3645.jpg

Like bottoms there are so many different types of tops some that are more form fitting, halter tank tops, spaghetti tank tops, baggy, V neck, and the list goes on. I say you shouldn’t be afraid to rock any of them! I personally love the form fitting t-shirts tucked into high waist shorts and skirts. A blouse is always a good option-  tucked into bottoms wear a cami underneath and easy outfit. Deep “V” shirts and baggy t-shirts I always say are the perfect companion to a simple pair of jeans. Rule of thumb: with a deep “V” bend down- can you see your bra? Then the V is too deep without something under it. If not skip adding an unnecessary layer.

Dresses:   

IMG_3651.jpg

I love dresses. I’m a girly girl at heart. I love lace and floral. And doing spins in a fancy dress. And I always think it’s always the easiest option when getting up in the morning. With a lower “V” in a dress you don’t want to wear a heavy cami if you aren’t wearing leggings and want to keep it light and airy sew the “V” up a little bit to the desired length. Don’t be afraid to rock a little spaghetti strap dress and don’t be afraid to wear a shorter length dress I always say if it follows the rule of a shorter skirt go for it!

Like makeup- fashion is so much fun. With fashion you can be anything. Why do you think little girls (and little boys) love playing dress up, spinning, and strutting. The main “secret” in all this is that whatever you wear you feel beautiful and confident. How you present yourself to people is what people will take away from it. I always ask myself before leaving my house: “What do I want to say with this outfit?” and “How do I want to be treated”. When out shopping I always ask myself- “Do I really love it?” “How can I incorporate it into my wardrobe” “How can I fix it to make it more modest?” We are all uniquely beautiful- how it hangs on a hanger is just that- “hanging” once you put it on it takes on a whole new life!

Don’t be afraid to dress modest. Don’t be afraid to rock clothes that will speak to you that will showcase who you are: a beautiful daughter of God. And honestly that’s probably the best job you will ever have. Modesty is always more than wearing a trash bag its more about being respectful to yourself for yourself.