Modest 4th of July Outfits Lookbook!

Happy 240th Birthday America!

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150 million hotdogs, 285 million pounds of fireworks, and $48 million will be spent by consumers shopping for anything, red, white and blue! (that would include me lol!)

Next to Christmas, 4th of July is my favorite holiday! I cannot explain exactly why, but it is!

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Nothing is ever free, though to you it be.  Somewhere, Somehow, Someone paid.

American Liberty surely is great, Liberty in Christ is greater!

 

As I was reading through my devotions this morning it dawned on me that celebrating 4th of July as a Christian takes a whole new meaning on also being liberated from the bondage of sin.

Even though U.S citizens have freedom, ironically some are still held by the chains of their sins. Chains that can only be broken by placing one’s trust on Jesus Christ.

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“If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.”

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Look #1: Red, White, & Blue (and don’t forget bows! ūüėČ

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This white tulle skirt has been paired up with so many different types of looks! Seriously it pairs up with anything you throw at it! This is a great option for a fancy night out on the 4th!

Look #2: Stars & Stripes AND Anchors!  

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I’m sorry did someone say anchor heels?! And for how much?

Hello $9.99 heels!

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Stay tuned because more looks will be added tomorrow! All outfit, photography and links will be listed down below!

VERSE OF THE DAY: 

“Blessed is the nation whose God is the LORD.” Psalm 33:12

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White Tulle Skirt || Anchor Blouse (similar) || Anchor Striped Heels ||

Photography: Trish Karen Photography 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Modest Swimwear Hack! Featuring Jessica Rey and Slide the City Event Review!

1,000 ft. water slide across the streets of downtown SLC? Sign me up! For the longest time ever, I have always wanted to go to this city wide event and my wish finally came true this year!

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P.S. How cute are all these trendy pool floats? Thanks Target!

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Slide the City  event was organized in waves of time periods you could attend to limit your time waiting in line. Once you reached the top of the hill it was time to grab your float and take the jump to slide the the streets in SLC.

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Okay, funny story literally the night before the event I rushed over to my local Target to grab myself a watermelon pool float! The awesome thing was that all their pool floats were on sale for 50% OFF! Which made my watermelon float that much “sweeter” and pun was definitely intended ūüėČ

Alright so let’s jump right into what I wore to Slide the City! I am so grateful that I had my modest girl trio along with me to take a stand for modesty. I am also grateful that we were not the only ones at the event promoting modesty. You see, I live in Utah which is a conservative state for the most part, and I was beyond pleased to see young ladies in their cute and covered swimsuits while having fun!

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Red, White, blue & gingham for a 4th of July picnic inspired look!

My modest swimsuit is from the gorgeous Jessica Rey, founder of Rey swimwear!

Jessica is a sweet friend of mine who I had the pleasure of meeting last August!

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She is an inspiration! Her video on the evolution of the swimsuit on Youtube has over 2 million views and is a must watch! It is a beautifully researched lecture on why we choose to be modest.

Plus, I adore her tagline, “Who says it has to be itsy bitsy?”

I expressed to Jessica that I would have to wear a longer skirt over the suit to fit my convictions and she was still willing to work with me! (An exciting Giveaway coming soon! ūüėČ

So here is the modest swimwear hack that will be able to work with just about any swimsuit! It will literally cut your swimsuit shopping in half!

All I did was buy 2 yards of red stretchy fabric at Walmart and an elastic band!

I made a quick DIY circle skirt and sewed on the elastic band and VOILA! Longer swim skirt was finished! Let me know if you’d like a step by step tutorial on it!

 

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the cool thing about this skirt is that it actually dried pretty quick without having to purchase actual swimwear fabric which costs more than half as much!

$3 per yard at Walmart vs. $10 per yard for actual swimwear fabric

$6 (fabric)  + $2 (elastic) = $8 swim skirt

VS.

$20 (fabric) + $2 (elastic) = $22 swim skirt

 

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Watermelons, nachos, doughnuts, and flamingos?! I think this just about describes our group! lol

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If you are planning on attending Slide the City, here are some things to consider before you go!

Know before you Go: Slide the City 

  1. Bring as little as possible! If you can leave your purse in your car, DO IT!
  2. Water stations are provided all throughout the event so you can leave that water bottle in your house!
  3. Cheap flip flops are the way to go! I wouldn’t bring my designer pair of sandals to this event as you may run the risk of losing them when going down the slide! *runaway sandals were seen all throughout the event lol*
  4. No towels are needed! If it was as hot as it was here in Utah, there was no need to bring a towel as just walking around made us dry really quickly, plus it is one less thing you need to bring and take care of!

 

A BIG SHOUTOUT to our amazing photographer Trish  who literally braved all the elements we threw at her and still managed to take amazing photos!

I mean we are talking like, shooting at the worst possible time (noon), water, heat and carrying  all our stuff! She was a trooper! Thank you Trish!

Enjoy the photos and have a great and safe 4th of July weekend!

Modest Swimsuit || Photography by Trish  || Slide the City Event  || Watermelon PooL Float 

 

Modest “Little Red Dress” Featuring Mod Posh Boutique+Giveaway!!

Ahh yes the classic little red dress, the one dress that every woman needs at any given moment to be prepared for any special occasion, wedding or event!

But actually finding a “little red dress” that’s not so little can be a struggle!

Thankfully there are shops like Mod Posh (by my fellow blogger friend)!

A classic red lace victorian inspired dress that is both modest AND glamorous!

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And it’s finally back in stock! A dress that is sure to impress at any wedding, event or graduation for sure! Plus, did I mention that it is only $35?!

When in doubt… Put a Bow on it!

This dress is gorgeous all on its own but for a little added pop of cuteness and sparkle I added my go-to belt from Two 12 Fashion. 

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Reasons why I am loving this dress: 

  1. A modest high neckline that is covered in lace
  2. A classic A-line pleated shape
  3. Dainty and feminine scalloped lace hem for a high fashion look
  4.  It is fully lined and completely modest!

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Recently, these lace up heels have been taking over the fashion and Instagram world! I knew I had to get on the bandwagon and picked them up also in the color black!

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I love supporting small modest shops that are good quality and affordable! Mod Posh has so many stylish modest skirts that are on my wishlist!

I love Instagram shops because they make shopping so much easier and they usually give many outfit inspirations/combinations with that article of clothing.

 

Pssst…. I have a secret! ¬†I loved my dress so much that Mod Posh and I have teamed up to bring you lovely ladies a giveaway of anything you’d like on their Instagram! There will ¬†be a giveaway going on today in a couple of minutes ūüėČ Enjoy!!

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How to Style a Skirt Extender: Navy & Floral Summer Dress Featuring I Shop Simply + GIVEAWAY!

Too short?  Too tight?  Too sheer?

Trust me ladies, being a modest girl in this era is difficult with all the revealing cutouts, mini length skirts, and crop tops galore surround our malls and stores nationwide.

But there is hope lovelies!! (this is starting to sound like a sermon) ūüėČ

Two words that will change your shopping experience forever……

SKIRT EXTENDERS!

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I have talked about skirt extenders in the past before, and they truly are so versatile in not only just adding length to skirts and dresses, but for anything too tight and sheer!

PLUS, they add a feminine frill at the hem!

Summer calls for anything floral, and the “Katie ” dress from I Shop Simply is made out of ¬†a breathable fabric that will cool you off this summer season! Plus it’s a steal at only $24.99! I can totally see the navy color transitioning well into the fall season simply by adding a trench coat/cardigan!

 

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I decided to add my Peek A Boo Chic skirt extender to add a shabby chic crochet hem at the bottom of the dress! So cute right?!

 

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Just a heads up the fit on this dress runs small so order a size up! I am wearing a size Medium ūüėČ I love that it has short sleeves and the fact that is has slight stretch!

Modest, cute and comfy? Sign me up!

I love I Shop Simply because of the fact that they carry the trendy boutique items without the big boutique prices!

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How gorgeous are these nude/cognac lace up heels from Just Fab?! They literally go with anything and are a summer essential shoe! Not to mention that they are SO easy to walk in!

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ANNOUNCEMENT: Set your alarms tomorrow (Thursday, June 23rd)  for I have teamed up with the lovely ladies at I Shop Simply to bring you a giveaway to their affordable boutique!

Thank you once again for all the continual support of this page and promoting modesty everywhere you go! May God bless you and your families! Enjoy the verse of the day!

Verse of the Day: Proverbs 31:26

“She openeth her mouth with wisdom; and in her tongue is the law of kindness.”

 

Navy Floral Summer Dress ||  Crochet Skirt Extender  || Navy Blue Flower Statement Necklace || Photography Credits ||  Mildred Harris Photography 

 

 

 

 

 

Blush, Floral, Pink & Pleats Featuring Shop Sevan + GIVEAWAY!

Happiest of Tuesdays Lovelies!! Happy 2nd Day of Summer!

To celebrate summer I thought I would recreate a modest boho inspired look.

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Lace, pink, pleats and a stunning  floral crown from MauLoa Floral Designs  to complete my modest bohemian outfit!

I absolutely love this custom made floral crown from MauLoa Floral Designs!  I gave her my vision on what I wanted it to look like and she totally created it my dream floral crown!

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I scored this dainty lace top from Ross about a week ago for just $15!  I checked my local Ross again, and they got another shipment in of theses boho inspired baby doll tops also in the color blush pink! (Totally on my wanted list!)

Ross is just a super fun store in which all my expectations are exceeded every single time!

Seriously, Ross does clearance aisles the best!

Shop Sevan¬†is a new local boutique I am completely obsessed it! The boutique is run by the cutest couple Evan and Sara Johnson hence the cute name “Sevan”!¬†(Get it? Sarah+Evan=SEVAN)

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I am enamored with this chiffon, pleated maxi skirt because, it is completely modest and fully lined! I love when skirts do not require an additional layering slip ESPECIALLY in the summer heat! Thanks Shop Sevan!!

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Okay, these chunky, cognac, lace up heels from Just Fab are simply divine! The size of the heel make them uber comfortable to walk and trot all day in them without the pain!

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You know what time it is! ACCESSORY TIME! 

For the longest time I have been longing for a fold over leopard clutch and I finally found one from Taralynn’s Boutique!!¬†It is the “purrfect” clutch that surprisingly holds all of my odds and ends! Think of it as a condensed Mary Poppins bag ūüėČ

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Funny “ModestlyHot Mishap” ¬†(as my brother tends to call my blogger behind the scenes happenings) as me and Mildred (my friend and also photographer) were driving to our photoshoot location, I receive an email from Esprit Raw Flowers, a local Utah floral shop who provided the flower arrangements for this photoshoot! I was more than thrilled to be have such GORGEOUS fresh, cut flowers part of this shoot! A big THANK YOU to Esprit Raw Flowers!

You can find more ModestlyHot snapshots on my snapchat @Modestly.Hot ūüėČ

Take a peek at my daily life as a modest fashion blogger.

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P.S. did y’all notice the new wispy bangs? lol I have yet to get used to having hair near my face at all times, but I really like the way they frame my face.

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I hope you all have a great Tuesday and I will be talking to you in my next blog post!

ALSO I will be hosting a giveaway with Shop Sevan for you guys on Wednesday on my Instagram! You do not want to miss this one! As always for your convenience

Verse of the Day: Romans 8:28

¬†“And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to his purpose.”¬†

Blush Pleated Maxi Skirt || White Lace Boho Top  || Leopard Fold Over Clutch

Floral Crown || Floral Arrangement Bouquet || Photography by Mildred Harris 

 

 

 

Shopping for Modest Swimwear & Slide the City Utah Event + Coupon Code!

Happy Monday! I cannot help but snicker while I write this summer related blog post because outside my window sill there is a hail storm with grey skies! Oh well, hopefully this blog post will help you sometime down the road for finding cute and covered swimsuits!

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I realize there are different opinions of what a “modest” swimsuit should look like, and I have tried my hardest in providing ¬†you with as many levels of “cover-ability” (someone should register that word to google/wiki now ūüėČ to suit your personal convictions/comfort levels.

Before we get into the store directory of modest swimwear I have an EXCITING announcement! Slide the City and I have teamed up to bring you (Utah Locals) an AMAZING 20% OFF coupon code to Slide the City THIS SATURDAY, JUNE 18!

GET 20%OFF THE TRIPLE SLIDER USING CODE: “MODESTLYHOT”

Slide the City is the world’s biggest slip-n-slide block party with 1,000 ft of slip-n-slide awesomeness! A perfect way to cool off this summer in Utah! I will also be giving away 2 free passes (Slide the City Swag included) with the Dating Divas¬†¬†!

Head on over to our Instagram accounts for official rules and times!

Hope to see you there!

@ModestlyHot

@DatingDivas

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On Saturday I will be showing you a modesty hack for all your swimsuits to be covered and cute so be on the lookout for that post!

So, without further ado, here are my recommendations for modest swimwear shops!

  1. Rey Swimwear 
  2. Lime Ricki 
  3. Modli (Large Variety of modest swimwear & swim dresses with something for everyone’s budget!¬†
  4. Undercover Water Wear
  5. Hydro Chic 
  6. ModSwimwear
  7. Cover Up for Christ
  8. DownEast Basics 
  9. Walmart 
  10. Swimsuits for All 
  11. Divinita Sole
  12. Neesees Dresses

Modest Swimsuits/ Swim Dresses for under $25!

Nautical Striped Swim Dress (Also available in yellow/navy!) $14.30

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Classic Striped Swim Dress! $23.99

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Vintage 2 Piece Swim Dress (Also available in navy and white stripes!) $21.99

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Mint Retro Vintage One Piece (Available in 6 colors!) $14.99!

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Black Crossover Swim Dress (Available in 6 different colors! Cobalt Blue is amazing!) $26.99 *a dollar over but well worth it! ūüėČ

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Stunning Floral Swim Dress (more floral patterns available!) $19.18

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Retro Striped Nautical Swim Dress $19.99!

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Navy Floral One Piece $13.99!

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Retro Floral Swim Dress $23.98! *more patterns available*

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All Over Coverage Swim Suits 

Nautical 2 piece Cover Swimsuit $49.99

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Undercover Waterwear Ladies Swim Skirt with Leggings $56.00

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Hope you all enjoy these cute swimsuit options for summer!

 

 

 

 

How to be “ModestlyHot” When It’s Hot! 5 Tips to Dressing Modestly in the Summer!

Happy Wednesday!

I am beyond thrilled to announce the completion of my very first magazine article with the gorgeous ladies at Sparkler’s Magazine!¬†¬†Let me tell you about the light this sparkling trio shines through their articles! I have personally got to know these lovely ladies through Instagram and emailing them back and forth, and instantly knew they were the most genuine ladies called to be an encouragement everywhere they go!

I don’t think they realize how much they have encouraged me to continue blogging especially in college when time seemed to be very limited to even take a breather for myself! I was honored to be asked to write an article for their June/July Issue!

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From left to right, Hollie, Claudia and Heather.

So without further ado, I’d like to give you a sneak peek on my blog about the tips and tricks on How to be “ModestlyHot” when it’s Hot!

To view the entire article with the tips and tricks on dressing both modestly and stylishly click the link down below!

FULL ARTICLE: How to be “ModestlyHot” When It’s Hot!¬†

Here comes the bright, hot, sun, and now we know the summer season has officially begun!

Temperatures are rising, and modest girls everywhere are breaking a sweat, literally! Summer means saying goodbye to our beloved cardigans and our layering fashions, but fret not as a modest fashion blogger I am here to share with you my tips and tricks on staying ‚ÄúModestlyHot‚ÄĚ when it‚Äôs hot! So join me in putting away our long sleeved cardigans, because it‚Äôs much too hot for that, and we can all agree that sweating is not a cute look on anyone!

 

Tip #1: Say YES to the Dress(es)!

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Isn’t this dress from Fashion Crush Co. simply stunning?!

Mint Floral Wrap Maxi Dress: Fashion Crush Co.

Giveaway Sneak Peek!! $75 Gift Card to Fashion Crush Co. will be happening tomorrow, Thursday June 9 on Instagram!

A comfy, baseball tee shirt dress is just what summer ordered! The Grey Striped Jordan dress from BrickYard Buffalo is¬†¬†the ultimate grab and go dress perfect for your busy lifestyle! (Oh and it’s also on sale right now!)

Grey Jordan Striped Midi Dress: Brickyard Buffalo *ON SALE*

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Loose maxi dresses, t-shirt dresses,and midi dresses are all going to be our best friends in the summer season! Make sure to find dresses that already have a ¬ĺ length sleeve or short sleeves, so that no additional layering is needed!

ModestlyHot PRO Tip: Stand out from the rest by adding a pop of color with a fabulous statement necklace! Belts are also a great accessory for added color, and to cinch that waist!

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Tip #2: It’s time to tie the knot! (with Chambray & Button downs)

Oh what would we do without you chambray! A classic wardrobe staple that transitions throughout seasons so seamlessly! This summer look like a fashion trendsetter by simply tying your chambray/button down shirts in a knot!

ModestlyHot PRO Tip: To tie the perfect knot leave 3-4 buttons, unbuttoned, and gather your shirt 2 inches above your natural waist!

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Skirt Extenders are a must have for summer! They provide modest coverage for those “almost long enough” dresses! In addition to adding 3-4 inches they add a cute and frilly detail to your skirts and dresses!

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If you have enjoyed these 2 tips on dressing stylishly and modestly in the summer, I would recommend checking out the full article on staying covered and cute!

God Bless!

HOW TO DRESS MODEST AND STYLISHLY IN THE SUMMER!

Outfit Details:

Mint Floral Wrap Maxi Dress: Fashion Crush Co.

 

Grey Jordan Striped Midi Dress: Brickyard Buffalo *ON SALE*

 

Faded Glory White Scalloped Dress: Walmart

 

Cognac Wedges: JustFab

Photography Credits: Charissa Lee Photography