Modest Gold Sequin Maxi Skirt Featuring Headbands of Hope!

Happy Sunday Everyone!!

Today’s outfit is all about Fashion with a Purpose!

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Headbands of Hope and I have teamed up to not only promote these super cute handmade headbands, but also with every headband that is purchased, one is given to a child with cancer! How awesome is that?! 

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Around the same time Headbands of hope contacted me, a local Salt Lake City volunteer group invited me to attend and participate in a bike parade and 5k for a sweet little girl named Ruby, who was born with a large mass on the back of her head that resembled a tumor.

During a routine MRI scan this spring, a technician inadvertently captured the top of Ruby’s lungs in the image. A CT scan soon followed and it was discovered that Ruby’s lungs were full of tumors. She was given the diagnosis of Stage 4 Metastatic Melanoma.

After hearing what Ruby and her family were going through, the community decided to round all their resources together to organize a bike parade and 5K run to raise proceeds for the Thackeray family.

The turn out was unbelievable! Many well known Utah shops donated 5 table full of merchandise and gift baskets ready for the Silent Auction!

There were so many good things to bid on! ( a dozen full of tamales were among the items lol)

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Being a kids bike parade I dressed up as Snow White! ( because what little girl doesn’t like Disney?!)

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For the Headbands of Hope photoshoot I decided on wearing this gorgeous gold plate headdress that has a diamond chain draped on the outside! A floor length sequin maxi skirt with my “Walking with Purpose” tee seemed to match the mission of Headbands of Hope perfectly!

I would totally check out their website and pick out headband and become a headband hero to a little girl battling cancer! It’s amazing to see what an impact a small decorative headband can have on a girl’s self esteem! >>>>Check out the Giving Gallery HERE!<<<

 

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Because giving looks good on all of us!

Gold Plate and Diamond Headdress || Get Involved with Headbands of Hope || Photography by: Trish Karen 

 

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Meet My City Monday: Salt Lake City Eva’s Bakery & Kate Middleton Inspired Outfits!

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It’s that time again for another installment of “Meet My City Monday!” This week I will be featuring the cutest little bakery, Eva’s Bakery in downtown SLC!

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Arriving There: Eva’s Bakery in the heart of downtown Salt Lake City on Main street! Getting there is super simple even without the help of Google maps! You definitely will not miss it! The bakery stands out because it is a gorgeous royal blue with French decor!

Know Before You Go: Parking will most likely be on the curb of the busy street on Main, however there is usually a spot available depending on what time of day you go. If not, be prepared to park either at City Creek park or further down the street.

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It is no secret that one of my favorite fashion icons hands down is the elegant Kate Middleton which today’s outfits were all inspired by her keen and elegant sense of fashion!

Look #1: Regal in Royal Blue 

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This beautiful white and royal blue midi skirt {with pockets btw!} reminds me of fine china that you may see at the Buckingham Palace. 😉

Of course a bright neon yellow was used to accentuate and complement the rich royal blue thanks to the use of the color wheel.

ModestlyHot PRO Tip: Use the color wheel to your fashion advantage when you don’t have a clue on what to wear! 

Look #2: Blush on Blush Princess Formal Outfit

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I think this has to be one of my favorite outfits so far! I scored this gorgeous 1950’s blush colored peplum blazer from my local thrift store for just $5! Also paired this up with my new favorite skirt from Ross! Just $10

$15 scores you a Kate Middleton inspired outfit!

Mind. Blown.

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How gorgeous is this Pinterest famous statement necklace?! More details soon to come on where you can get your hands on one! My photographer and awesome friend Trish is about to launch her own jewelry and fashion line in the fall!!

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Look #3: Pretty in Pink & Polkadots

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A simple pink on pink outfit with a pop of mint! A more casual (yet princess inspired) take on Kate Middleton’s fashion.

Special Thanks to the gorgeous and talented Charissa Lee who shot this whole photoshoot so quickly! (Because everyone knows I cannot keep up a straight face for more than an hour lol!)

All the outfit, photography and makeup used in this photoshoot will be listed down below!

God Bless and have a great Monday!

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White Floral and Royal Blue Midi Skirt || Photography by:Charissa Lee  

Lemon Yellow Studded Heels || Blush Pencil Skirt ($16.99) || Mint Strap Heels 

Eva’s Bakery || Matte Berry Lip color 

 

 

 

 

Happy National Ice Cream Day Featuring Halo Top Creamery!

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Happy Sundae Funday!

Sweet Treat Sunday?

Sunday A La Mode?

Clearly I had way too many opening lines for this blog post! (That’s a first!)

Whatever the title may be, I scream, you scream, we all scream for ice cream!

(Sorry I had to sneak that last one in 😉

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Happy National Ice Cream Day! It’s the All-American treat that never goes out of style!

I am a HUGE and I mean HUGE ice cream fan!! However most of you who are following me on SnapChat (if you haven’t already followed me on snapchat you totally should! 😉 Modestly.Hot)  know that I have been on a weight loss journey (coming soon to the blog) of losing 10 pounds! (Currently down 12! woohoo! )

As a result I have been reducing my calorie and sugar intake which meant ice

cream was totally off limits!

{INSERT Sad Emoji Face here}
Until the ice cream angels of Halo Top creamery enlightened me with information that I could have the entire pint of ice cream for only 240 calories a pint!

QUICK! Someone pinch me and grab me a spoon!

Even better a 1/2 cup of ice cream is just 60 calories with just 4g of sugar!

At last, Healthy Ice Cream!!

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This collaboration was a match made in heaven, not only because they came at the ice cream deprived stage of my life, but I couldn’t agree more with the branding of the gold foil top! (If you have not noticed we love our gold around here).

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The flavors I chose were Mint Chocolate Chip, Vanilla Bean, Chocolate, and Lemon Cake.

What I immediately noticed as I opened the pint was that it stayed frozen for a longer time, which is explained on the back of the pint.

Halo Top does not use artificial softeners, no corn syrup, no synthetic growth hormones which explains why it freezes a little harder than the other guys!

But hey it is totally worth the wait!

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Here are quick mini reviews of each of the 4 flavors I chose:

Vanilla Bean:

PROS: Probably one of the most “natural” tasting ice creams of them all!

You can definitely taste the organic vanilla beans and the sea salt! None of that artificial “fake” tasting vanilla!

CONS: If you prefer ice cream full of “in your face” flavor, this pint may have your palette desiring for more.

However, I actually enjoy the softness in flavor without being overly sweet.

Chocolate:

PROS: This pint truly delivers on the authentic taste of cocoa beans! Strong but delightful!

Rich but not overindulgent where I wished I would have skipped dessert all together.

CONS: It tastes darker than milk chocolate, but not as potent as dark chocolate. Strictly  milk chocolate fans might opt for another flavor.

Lemon Cake: 

PROS: Rich, creamy and you DEFINITELY won’t miss the cake at all!! It tastes exactly like a lemon cake! No joke! I know which pint I am reaching for when a cake craving at midnight strikes! SOOO GOOD!

CONS: It is the most rich out of all four flavors, you have been warned 😉

Mint Chocolate Chip: 

PROS: Hands down my favorite one!! You wont miss out on any of the major competitors version of mint chocolate chip because this one is right up there with them! Plus its high packed with protein and low sugar!

CONS: There are no cons to this one. Period. 😀

 

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DIY ICE CREAM SPRINKLE INSPIRED OUTFIT!

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A white tulle skirt + Popsicle sticks + one crazy blogger with a hot glue gun = DIY Sprinkle Skirt! 

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How genius is this sprinkle inspired DIY thanks to the gals at Treasures and Travels Blog! 

A late night spent on Pinterest is the result of this skirt!

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Oh! Before I forget in honor of National Ice Cream Day, the awesome team of Halo Top  and I have teamed up to bring one lucky ModestlyHot friend a chance to win 4 FREE Pints of their choice!! (giveaway will be posted later tonight!)

As always, Thank you for 29.6K friends followers on IG!!!

God Bless,

Ashley Amber

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White Tulle Skirt || Organic Healthy Ice Cream || Photography by: Charissa Lee

DIY Ice Cream Skirt Tutorial 

 

Meet My City Monday: Best Utah Nail Salon Featuring NAILED Salon Review!

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Welcome to a new blog series, “Meet My City Monday” where I will be giving you a tour of my personal favorites in my home state (ahem the best state EVER lol) Utah!

Today will be a review on the infamous NAILED! salon located in Salt Lake City, Utah!

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Arriving there: The NAILED! salon/boutique is located in Salt Lake City, Utah

in a quaint but endearing neighborhood that could easily be missed if you do not have your google maps turned on. Here is the specific address:

875 700 S , Salt Lake City, UT 84102

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On Mondays Ashley and Karli get manicures and pedicures at NAILED! salon.

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First Impression: When we first arrived at the salon we were enamored by the most adorable story tale entrance of this quaint little house turned into a nail salon!

As I walked in I was instantly greeted by the girl at the counter with the best customer service and she was totally fine by this weird blogger taking random pictures of their establishment.

The main entrance of this salon is the cutest boutique filled with the trendiest of items and seating areas for you to sit and wait for your appointment. While I was waiting I was instructed to go pick a nail polish color for a much needed pedicure!

Of course I went with a rose gold glitter OPI nail polish! (I forgot the exact name!)

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My gorgeous friend Karli from @teach.shop.love  and I, very much could get used to getting pampered like this every day! It’s always a fun time when we get to catch up with each other!

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Once we were seated our wonderful nail techs did their job and then some!

Both of our nail techs carried on a conversation as if we’ve known each other forever! (Totally not awkward!)

They were pretty efficient in their work, yet they did not RUSH us! No wonder they have won “Best of the Beehive” numerous times, and even featured on Instyle Magazine!

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This nail salon exemplifies what it is to live in the gorgeous state of Utah. The overall experience is warm and inviting, yet always achieving excellency. Many places in Utah have a very “home-y” feel to them all while being top notch in their industries. This is what i love most about my home state! I cannot wait to share my even more of favorite places in my awesome city, Salt Lake City!

If you are a Utah local I have linked below the business hours and the exact directions. I totally recommend them and encourage you to go check them out next time you need to pamper yourself!

Until next time!

God Bless,

Ashley Amber

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NAILED! Salon
875 E 700 S, Salt Lake City, UT 84102
nailedboutique.com
(801) 532-6245
Open now: 9AM–8PM

 

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 😉

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! 😉

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