Belated Modest Monday: A Peek at Colorblocking

Wednesday, January 23, 2013



Just joining the Modest Monday party? Here's the original post. Each Monday, I post a modest, stylish outfit that I wear along with some thoughts on modesty. 

Why? Because I believe you don't have to sacrifice fashion for purity. 
 Modesty does not equal frumpy. 
These are outfits I really, truly wear in my day-to-day life. I'm a girl determined to live a life of purity, modesty, and plenty of style. 
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Helloooo.

Yes, I missed the last two Modest Mondays...I'm figuring out the photographer situation and in the middle of school which started back up last week.

But...I do have a peek at something fun fashion-wise that I've been playing around with.

Colorblocking!

Colorblocking is essentially taking a bright color and juxtaposing it against other bright colors...they can be opposites on the color wheel (such as deep purple, coral, and verdant green) or different shades of one hue (like the purple outfit I wore for Advent a while back). It's a really fun way to be more adventurous and put together colors and pieces that you might not have ever thought went together cohesively.

Today's outfit was an almost exotic, ethnic-looking print dress. I've wore in with red tights before, but I really wanted to play up the varied colors in the dress, so I went with bright purple leggings, a black skirt for an added inch or two at the hem (the dress went a little higher than I liked), and some shiny red heels.


Toto, we're not in Kanas anymore. More like Technicolor. ;)

Want to join in? Snap a pic of your outfit - today's counts too! - and link to it below in the comments, or Instagram it with the hashtag #modestmonday (I'm raewyn83 on there) or Tweet me the pic (@gracefuleats). I'd love to see your outfits, casual or dressy, fun or relaxed!

I Love...

Wednesday, January 9, 2013

Lists
Colored tights
Hot chocolate with whipped cream


Soup (apparently I'm always eating soup when one of my classmates sees me in the dining halls)
College (so, so much)
Having a set of keys
Walking around campus
Rings


That I'm about to be 20 (!)
Elsie's blog
Pinterest
Fur hats
Sparkling apple-pomegranate juice
Nail polish


British accents
Wearing perfume
Being a redhead


Men with bow ties
Doctor Who (see above)
The thrill of re-reading something I've written, as if for the first time
Life

What are you loving in 2013 so far? 

Modest Monday: Coffeeshop Comfy

Monday, January 7, 2013



Just joining the Modest Monday party? Here's the original post. Each Monday, I post a modest, stylish outfit that I wear along with some thoughts on modesty. 

Why? Because I believe you don't have to sacrifice fashion for purity. 
 Modesty does not equal frumpy. These are outfits I really, truly wear in my day-to-day life. I'm a girl determined to live a life of purity, modesty, and plenty of style. :)
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Back to the coffeeshop today! I took my little sisters out for some girl time, and went for a comfortable and casual yet cute look. 

Shirt: Gap
Camisole: thrifted
Pants: Banana Republic (thrifted!)
Belt: Premier Jewelry
Purse: thrifted
Cardigan: Merona for Target (quality-looking brand for everyday price - love)
Nude flats: Lower East Side from Payless



Dark nails? Check. 
Detailed bag? Check. 
Cardigan for a rainy day? Check! 
I adore this shoes so. 
I picked them up on sale after Christmas: I've been wanting some glossy neutral flats that would go with anything. They've been all the rage lately, but I didn't want to shell out money for an expensive pair since I do so much walking. Also, despite my name, I am not the most graceful person in the world. ;) 


So I happily snatched up this pair when I found them on sale. Comfy, classic, and versatile, and inexpensive? Well worth the wait!

In addition to my purse, I toted along my laptop and planner in a messenger bag I made for a Theater Costume class I took at Baylor this fall. 


I chose bright Indian colors and mixed patterns for a cheery yoga bag feel. And it even has side pockets for an iPhone. 


Winter flavors!
Our trio of drinks: a frozen gingercreme mocha and hot chocolate for my sisters and a pumpkin cream cocoa latte for me. So, so good. Blissful happiness in a cup. 



And of course, a beanie to add to the hipster-ness. ;)

Your turn! Show me your Modest Monday. Link up your outfit (it can be as casual or gussied up as you want).

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me a pic of your outfit with hashtag #modestmoday if you'd like to see it featured on the blog!

{Catching up on Modest Monday? Check out all the previous weeks here.}

Rain, Coffee Beans + Concert

Sunday, January 6, 2013

Happy weekend! Hope it's treating you well. :)

I went to a Jane Austen country ball, spent the night with my best friends, slept late and had a lovely Southern breakfast of eggs and biscuits this morning. Celebrated the rainy day with a Starbucks run with the little sisters...

                     

 and then headed downtown for a friend's concert!



Thomas and Theresa.
They're fantastically talented, stylish, and extremely nice. And about as cool as you can get. 





 It was a fabulous evening of indie music, good coffee, and lots and lots of old friends. 




Le family (and little brother's girlfriend on the end).



So many lovely bright colors - and boots.
The boots reigned supreme. Especially the brilliantly colored ones above. 





Frosted mint iced latte.


Caught the photographer of the night in action!
Cameron, impeccably stylish as always. 




Little miss (and sister of Theresa)...love her funky sense of fashion!



Padres: mine (left) and Theresa's (right).
Bow tie at a coffeeshop concert? I think so. 


Dear family friend and Cameron's mother.





One of the coolest ladies I know. 
 She's terribly clever, a master cellist, dresses like a modern Auntie Mame (the brightly patterned rainboots were hers), and calls me Sugarplum. 


 Clearly, I love her. 

The girl of the night, the fabulous Theresa Romero herself.

I love her too. 
And we match. Obviously we both have good taste. 



Friends!



Another talented musician - Danley is my favorite cellist!
He and I ended up matching also - he's Theresa's younger brother, so we were a trio of orange. 


All in all, it was a lovely Saturday night and a wonderful last full weekend at home before I head back to school. And for the first weekend of 2013, it wasn't too shabby. Hope your weekend was every bit as lovely as you wished!