Sunday, November 28, 2010

Hi from Southwest Florida!!










Occasion:

Hi Y'all! Sorry I've been a bit MIA...D and I are visiting my parents in sunny Southwest Florida:) My parents moved to Fort Myers 2 years ago for my dad's job and we are so glad that they did! We've been soaking up the sun in my parent's pool, taking their dogs for walks and today we went out on a pontoon boat in the bay. It's amazing here...80s during the day, 70s at night...makes me not want to head back to the NY area. My brother came in from college in Pittsburgh for the holiday weekend and my grandfather (my only living grandparent) came from Boca Raton for Thanksgiving and since my sister lives at home for college, all of us kids were home at the same time since the summer. I helped my mom cook a bunch and we had such a nice Thanksgiving dinner. D and I had a very relaxing shabbos with a LOT of sleep:) It's so nice to be at my parents house and I am so thankful for my amazing husband, loving parents, great brother and sister and I am feeling so incredibly blessed for all that I have! I also have to be thankful for YOU - all of my wonderful readers and fellow fashion bloggers - for being so supportive of this endeavor of mine!

I know what you are thinking...this outfit doesn't look so 'summery'! Well, truth is, I am a bit behind on outfit posts and decided not to really document my outfits here in FL (I had to pack really light and have basically been wearing the same couple of things the whole week)...so pardon me if I just catch up on some outfits that have been in my queue:) I did however, do some great Black Friday shopping, so stay tuned for some new mixing and matching. D and I were crazy enough to take a nap for a few hours after dinner on Thursday and then go out shopping at midnight to some great outlets down here. It was packed and a madhouse...but we both came away with some great deals:) My family has never been one for Black Friday shopping, but D's family really takes their Black Friday shopping seriously, so this year I agreed to go and I have to say, it was a success!

I haven't really worn this skirt much since the summer and I wanted to break it out for the cooler weather. Since I am really into mixing masculine looking items with feminine pieces, I opted to pair this flowy, ruffley skirt with a classic sweater-over-button-down look. I accentuated the masculine top with a silk scarf tied as a neck tie. To add more definition, I added this wide braided belt and to go along with the menswear theme, I chose my oxfords. To top it all off, I wore a simple black beret.


Outfit:

Shirt: GAP

Sweater: Wet Seal

Skirt: GAP

Belt: J.CREW

Scarf (as necktie): Century 21

Tights: Century 21 (Hue)

Shoes: Zappos (Steve Madden)

Hat: H & M

Did you do anything exciting over Thanksgiving?? Go anywhere fun??

Wednesday, November 24, 2010

Kosher Casual - check it out!

****I fixed the raffle link so it works now...sorry y'all:)


Trying to dress modestly in today's society is proving increasingly difficult. All to often people associate modest clothing with frumpy, ill-fitting boring outfits. One of my personal missions behind "Modestly Fashioned" is to show that modest apparel can be funky, fun, fashionable and flattering (gotta love that alliteration:))!

I was recently contacted by this great website Kosher Casual. While they don't have a huge selection of merchandise, their website is really fun and modern looking. Stay tuned in because they are sending me a product to review and I am really excited:) They also have a really interesting and thought provoking blog - check it out!

Y'all might also be excited to know that they are having a Modernly Modest $100 gift certificate raffle. The contest ends November 30, 2010. You can enter here.

Good Luck and Enjoy!

Sunday, November 21, 2010

Golden Girl









Occasion:

I recently got some new winter berets from H&M and I really wanted to wear this cute gold studded number. This outfit was inspired by this outfit from What Would A Nerd Wear. I love her style which I would describe as 'preppy casual'.  I like the very simple black shirt and khaki skirt with a bold chunky gold necklace.

Since it is colder here in the Northeast than in the Midwest, I opted for a black wool turtleneck and a cognac colored corduroy skirt. To keep warm I wore black tights and my tan equestrian boots (which I love even more each time I wear them!). I recently blogged about this necklace here...and I wanted another excuse to wear it:) I topped of this ensemble with this great wool beret with cute golden square studs. I love how the gold and cognac colored items really pop against the black backdrops!!!


Outfit:

Turtleneck: J.CREW

Skirt: J.CREW

Necklace: Gift from D

Hat: H&M

Tights: Century 21 (Hue)

Boots: Banana Republic


What sort of accessories do you build your outfits around?

Tuesday, November 16, 2010

Pink and Ruffley











Occasion:

I love this vest. You probably already knew that since you've seen it here and here:) I wanted a way to dress it up with a bit of a girly twist since the other ways were kind of 'menswear inspired'. I've decided that I really like mixing feminine pieces that have ruffles and other girly details with menswear pieces. The contrast looks really neat together - bringing together the masculine and feminine aspects of an outfit really make an ensemble interesting. This new idea has really inspired me!

I've had this girly pink ruffle shirt for a few years. It has since gotten too big and baggy on me (which I am loving:)) but I really like it. It's super comfortable and so soft to the touch. So I decided to make it work again. I layered the masculine vest over it to give it shape in the waist so that it doesn't hang on me. I paired it with my black pencil skirt for a sharp 'pseudo suit' look. I wanted some coordinating accessories so I opted for a gold chain necklace and a gold snakeskin belt. I wore the belt like Elaine by following her twisty belt tutorial. Everyone should try wearing their belts like this! It looks complicated but it's sooo easy!! All you need is a bit of a longer belt that has some flexibility. Thanks for the idea and tutorial, Elaine:) I thought that the camel colored equestrian boots tied the outfit together with a bit of a contrasting color splash.

Outfit:

White Undershirt: Elzee (Brooklyn, NY)

Pink Shirt: Ann Taylor

Vest: Thrifted (H&M)

Skirt: Target

Tights: Century 21 (Hue)

Boots: Banana Republic

Belt: J.CREW

Necklace: Banana Republic


Do you like to combine girly pieces with more masculine pieces? What trends do you like to mix for a unique look??

Sunday, November 14, 2010

Chunky Sweaters!







Occasion:

It's that time of the year again...time for chunky sweaters! I love chunky sweaters. The are so comfortable and warm and so easy to both layer and wear as is. Because of my body shape, I tend to look best in longer sweaters with a bit more shape.

I really like this grey sweater because it has a subtle pattern and the color is a bit marbled. I layered it over a black undershirt and paired it with my black pencil skirt to keep the outfit simple. My black moccasins, simple black knitted beret, and black and silver necklace finished off the ensemble.

Outfit:

Black Undershirt: Elzee (Brooklyn, NY)

Sweater: LOFT

Skirt: Target

Tights: Century 21 (Hue)

Moccasins: Zappos (Minnetonka)

Beret: H&M

Necklace: Thrifted


Are you a fan of the chunky sweaters?? If so, what's your favorite style?

Friday, November 12, 2010

Fuzzy Boots









Occasion:

I switched over my closet from spring/summer to fall/winter a few weeks ago, but I hadn't really switched over my shoes. The boots that I've been wearing so far are boots that I bought mostly over the summer to save for fall. I have really been missing my Ugg boots and we had a really cold spell recently so I went looking for them. Uggs keep my feet soooo toasty that I have a few pairs...so you'll definitely be seeing the others soon enough:)

Jessica really has me loving the combination of navy and camel for this time of the year so I decided to pair them up again. This navy sweater is part angora, so aside from shedding all over my white button down, it is soooo soft! I layered it over a simple white button down and paired it with my camel colored corduroy skirt. I added my fun double locket gold chain necklace as a statement accessory for a pretty simple ensemble. I finished it all off with my navy velour beret.

Outfit:

White Undershirt: Elzee (Brooklyn, NY)

Button-down: GAP

Sweater: T.J.Maxx

Skirt: J.CREW

Tights: Century 21 (Hue)

Necklace: Banana Republic

Boots: Ugg

Beret: Gift from co-worker


What combinations are you loving for fall??

Tuesday, November 9, 2010

Chainmail!






Keppie is getting sooo big!!


Occasion:

I am a big fan of funky necklaces. I never really change my earrings and for the most part the only rings I wear are my engagement and wedding rings, so necklaces allow me to have a creative outlet with my jewelry. As you may notice, a lot of my necklaces are thrifted. I love thrifting necklaces because you are almost guaranteed to have a one-of-a-kind piece, which to me is pretty cool. Not that I mind having the same necklace as others, and believe me, I spend plenty of time shuffling through the sale bins at my favorite stores like Banana Republic and J.CREW looking for great pieces on sale - and you can bet that they made 1000s of each of those:)

D got me this really cool chainmail necklace from an independent designer/vendor who came to his workplace and set up a table in the cafeteria hoping to sell their jewelry. I LOVE it! It is such a cool, unique piece and I really wanted to pick an outfit that showed it off:) I chose this olive-y brown tunic with cool puffy sleeves, ruching down the middle and a nice waist-tie not only because I wanted to keep my color palette neutral, but also because the V-neck would be a great neckline to show off the necklace. To keep the outfit simple, since the necklace is a bit of a statement in itself, I paired it with a simple black pencil skirt and my black moccasins. To add a bit more interest to the kinda plain outfit, I opted for a silk scarf with brown tones mixed in and a cool chain detail to play off the chainmail of the necklace.

Outfit:

Black Undershirt: Kayla's Blessing (Chicago, IL)

Tunic: Annie Sez

Skirt: Target

Tights: Century 21 (Hue)

Necklace: Gift from D

Scarf: Century 21

Shoes: Zappos (Minnetonka)


Do you ever build outfits around your accessories? What are your favorite accessories and where do you get them??

Sunday, November 7, 2010

Playful in Pink!





1...2...3...Draw! Bang Bang!!

Being Goofy:)


Occasion:

A lot of my fellow classmates are very musically inclined, whether it be vocally or instrumentally or both, so on Wednesday of last week, we had a 'Musical Lunch'. We all sat in a big circle in our school's big lecture hall and sang songs (in Hebrew) while some people provided musical accompaniment. The school ordered lunch for us and I decided to bring my flute in for the jam session:) We got an email telling us that we would be doing this 'picnic style' (i.e. eating and singing while sitting on the floor) and that we should dress accordingly. Since I normally wear more structured pencil-style skirt that don't lend well to sitting cross-legged on the floor, I knew that I needed to find a more appropriate skirt that would allow me to sit comfortably while still remaining modest. I haven't worn this skirt in approximately 2 years (as it has been way too small for me) but since January of last year I have lost over 40 lbs and now this skirt - which used to be a favorite of mine - now fits again! It's like shopping in my own closet because clothes that used to be too small for me that i was hesitant to get rid of and therefore kept, are now fitting again - and I am sooo glad that I decided to keep them (I just wish I had kept more!). Back to the outfit...

This corduroy skirt is different from most of my others in that this one is loose and flowy, not pencil cut. I have had this pink sweater in my closet for months and it's just been hanging there waiting for me to have some inspiration. Well I finally dug it out, clipped off the tags, and paired it with this bright multi-colored pink scarf tied as a bandit bandana. I added my moccasins to give it a more 'Wild Wild West' feel, and there you go - a pretty simple outfit as far I'm concerned, but one that I think is playful and flirty:) I even got a bit goofy in the photoshoot as you can see!

Outfit:

Sweater: Banana Republic

Skirt: H&M

Tights: Century 21 (Hue)

Scarf: Ann Taylor

Shoes: Minnetonka


Don't ya love when you can go shopping in your own closet? Do you get rid of clothes that don't fit, or hang on to them?

Friday, November 5, 2010

Colors of the Leaves






Occasion:

The leaves are really falling off the trees in full force here in Teaneck! In our apartment complex the grassy part of our garden apartments is so full of leaves that you can't see any grass! Keppie LOVES it...she tries to pick up all of the leaves and then she tries to bring them inside our apartment to play with them; it is soooo cute:)

In this outfit, I am definitely channeling the colors of the leaves that have fallen off the trees. The colors of oranges, tans and yellows are gorgeous and when the apartment complex cleared all the leaves off the ground, both Keppie and I were a bit sad. As an ode to the leaves, here is my recreation:) As I mentioned here, I love corduroy skirts for fall/winter. This one is a beautiful camel color and I decided to pair it with this burnt orange cashmere half zip sweater that I got on AMAZING sale this summer. To keep everything in the same warm color scheme, I decided to wear my camel colored equestrian boots. These boots have been amazing! They took only one wear to break them in, and as you can tell, I have been living in them:) To add a bit more interest to this monochromatic color scheme, I layered the sweater with a ruffle tank and wore 2 chunky necklaces together. I love pairing necklaces together when they have a similar color scheme or pattern. It is a great way to add a bit of unexpectedness to an ensemble:)

Outfit:

White undershirt: Elzee (Brooklyn, NY)

Ruffle Tank: J.CREW

Sweater: J.Crew

Tights: Century 21 (Hue)

Skirt: J.CREW

Boots: Banana Republic

Necklaces: Thrifted


What are you doing to channel the beautiful colors of fall?