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Saturday, April 25, 2015

Keeping Modesty Cool |

Keeping Modesty Cool.

In the article, “Redefining Sexy” from Darling Magazine, one man simply says, “As a man I’m more attracted to a woman who knows how to dress for her body type in a modest, confident and classy way as opposed to simply showing a lot of skin and wearing tight clothes. Something is beautifully intimidating about a girl like this. It’s almost as if there is an unspoken mystery in her modesty and the pursuer in me comes alive around her. I know that she respects herself by the way she dresses and carries herself, so I am challenged to treat her with the same respect.”

Recently, I have contemplated and reevaluated the reason that I stand for modesty. I think that this mainly stems from the fact that next week, my first year of college will come to a close. And what I’ve found is that spending time at my university has only solidified my belief and support of modest dress. I truly believe that the respect that I receive from both male and female students and professors, directly correlates to the way in which I dress.

The problem with our culture lies in the fact that it is over sexualized. Everyone has heard the phrase “Sex sells”, and unfortunately it’s true. Yet, when we throw modesty to the curb, we as women are allowing ourselves to be viewed as nothing more than an object. Instead of being a force to be reckoned with, we are instead something to lust after, and nothing more. What about modesty? We hear this word, and I feel like it always has a negative connotation. But why? What is it about that word that makes us cringe?  Modesty at its very core is a way to express our inner sentiments outwardly. How we present ourselves in our outward appearance is a reflection of heart’s condition. What we wear is a reflection of who we are and the way that we feel about ourselves.

One of the biggest misconceptions about modesty is that as women we are trying to hide our bodies. Many people are under the impression that those who choose to dress modestly are ashamed of their bodies, and thus feel the need to hide them. However, what I have found is that choosing to dress modesty gives me a confidence and a freedom to express my thoughts without the fear that they will be disregarded or dismissed. And what I mean by that is this: when you dress modestly your thoughts, ideas and opinions are more likely to be respected and accepted. If you demonstrate that you have self-respect through your appearance you are then much more apt to receive respect in return. When you dress modestly people are not focused on your exposed body, but instead on the words, ideas and opinions that YOU as a woman have to offer.

Modesty is a mystery. I always want to be an enigma, because that’s cool. When we as women leave everything out on display, nothing is a mystery. I want people to wonder about me. I want people to see a recognizable difference in me, and wonder. Because, honestly being different is cool. Why would you want to be like every other girl? Every girl on planet earth sports leggings and crop tops on a daily basis. And the problem is, when trying to fit in with “everybody else” we lose that innate, God given uniqueness.

Being “modest” does not mean that we as Christian women should wear baggy jean skirts, tennis shoes and a sweatshirt. If this is our definition of modesty, than it should be no wonder, why so many women shy away from the ideals of modesty. This is the main reason that I am endeavoring to keep modesty cool. Because it’s cool to be different. 

Honestly, I love fashion. I love exquisite designers, I love the smell of genuine leather, I love to lust after Ellie Saab’s creations and I love New York Fashion Week. I am a major advocate of personal style. I truly believe that what you wear is a reflection of who you are on the inside. And I truly feel that modesty should reflect that. Dressing modestly doesn’t have to be frumpy and boring. You can showcase your personality and your personal style in a way that will bring you joy while simultaneously giving glory to God.

As women of God it is our duty to present ourselves with class and style. If we truly desire others to want what it is that we possess, we must dress in a way that is conducive to that need.
Modesty is beautiful. There is such beauty in a woman who knows her worth in Christ and does not need validation from others. Present yourself in a way that makes other people want to dress modestly too. It’s time to start making modesty cool again. With modesty comes a confidence that will make you truly shine from the inside out. Embrace different. Modesty is cool. Keep it that way. Join me in the movement #KeepingModestyCool!

Proverbs 31- “She is clothed in fine linen and purple…She is clothed with strength and dignity; she can laugh at the days to come…Many women do noble things,
but you surpass them all. Charm is deceptive, and beauty is fleeting; but a woman who fears the Lord is to be praised”.






Photography Courtesy of my incredibly talented friend, Live Free Shoot. 
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Wednesday, April 15, 2015

25 Things You May Not Know About Me:

1.) Although I pretty much use Nikki for all of my social media sites...only like three people actually call me as Nikki in real life.

2.) I have a very serious addition to pomegranate Brookside. Sometimes I'm really bad and I eat them in church. Yeah. It's a problem.

3.) I love jazz.

4.) I am a massive fan of Alfred Hitchcock movies.

5.) Cary Grant. Enough said.

6.) I will never tire of watching Sleepless in Seattle. "It was like..magic."

7.) Sometimes I listen to opera in my spare time, just to mix things up, and I legitimately enjoy it.

8.) I got shingles at age 14.

9.) I like to mix different perfumes together.

10.) My favorite color is gold.

11.) I plan on naming my son, Royal. (I'm trusting you not to take my baby name)

12.) Ice cream, specifically gelato, is probably my most favorite thing on the planet.

13.) The paragraphs that I have saved in my notes (random thoughts) are so interesting and bizarre (basically an accurate depiction of how my brain operates).

14.) I strongly believe in the concept of a soulmate.

15.) I am a total perfectionist in every sense of the word.

16.) I'm an advocate of overdressing. (Oops you probably already knew that).

17.) My mom always tells people that the only times I'm mean are when I'm hungry or lost. Extremely accurate. Lol.

18.) I want to travel the entire world.

19.) Males: There are few things more attractive than exceptional piano skills & great cologne.

20.) Peonies are my favorite flowers.

21.) Despite the fact that he passed over a decade ago, my great grandfather is still a very well respected author in the apostolic circle. I like to attribute my writing gene to him.

22.) Brown hair. Blue eyes. = My Weakness.

23.) I respect my parents more than anyone else on the planet.

24.) I LOVE to be outdoors. People have this misconception that because I enjoy dressing well, that all I do is shop. Lolol. I love to hike, bike, kayak, swim etc.

25.) I'm out of ideas. 

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