San Francisco Hayes Valley
Sunshine in San Francisco
Yesterday I went and got my Senegalese twists redone (video on SnapChat; find me as mrsleo), so I spent some time in San Francisco. I’ve had a few people question if I live in San Francisco proper since I mention it so much, but nope! I live 30 minutes south of San Francisco, but my husband’s startup is in San Francisco, so we visit often.

I’ve had several people email me asking for things to do in San Francisco, and I’m always excited to share my tips and San Francisco goodies via email, but I’ve never written a blog post about things to do. I’ll have to write one at some point.

After my hair appointment, I trotted around Hayes Valley, got some yogurt from Loving Cup, and went to Cary Lane’s basement sample sale. Hayes Valley is one of my favorite San Francisco neighborhoods!

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You know what I’ve been doing in my spare time? If you guessed planning a 10 year class reunion, then you are absolutely correct!

I was elected president of my senior class and I have the great honor of planning our class reunion. SIGH.

My friend Suzanne (vice-president!) and I have been texting, emailing, calling, and fundraising for the past several months.


There’s so much work going into this shindig that I really feel like I need to add this task to my LinkedIn profile; it’s like a part time job!

SB2 This skirt is another one of my ASOS  purchases. I love the comfy jersey knit material and he comfortable elastic waist band; the fact that the skirt falls a good 2 inches below the knee ain’t bad either!

I’ve got Instagram set up for the blog and I’ve had  several ladies tag their photos with the hashtag #momomod. I figured it was about time to share a few of those photos in a blog post. (Some of these I found using the hashtag #sundaybest.)

momo3 I like how @pmatos07 took a potentially cleavage baring top and wore it over a sleeveless dress; she killed two birds with one stone. Nice.

momo4 I just love how comfortable @mjantu looks! The stripes are flattering and her shoes and purse complement the dress perfectly.


@mariahmedina is a senior and this weekend she went to prom! I’m a fan of lace and this black lace column dress seems to be the perfect choice for prom.

momo5 That blouse! @victorialmathis‘ style is definitely one that I plan to imitate and soon!

momo2 Sisters @trishcontreras and @robertacontreras are pictured here with a friend; I just had to show off three ways to wear stripes!

momo6 I’m not sure if @_niaalexander added the maroon portion of her dress or not, but can we agree that she looks all kinds of awesome?!

Thanks for sharing your photos with me, ladies!

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With Fashion Week recently ending in NYC and starting up in London this week, the internets are alive and well with tweets, Instagram photos, pins, and blog posts referencing fashion as seen and styled on the runway.

I’m not a slave to fashion. I’m not a fashionista. Why, I’m not even a fashion maven!

I take Fashion Week with a grain of salt. Fashion has rules that can change from one season to the next. One year you can wear white after Labor Day, the next year you can’t. One year you’re allowed to mix a myriad of prints, four months later people question why you’re wearing stripes and polka dots (or if you’re my mama you always question stripes worn with polka dots). Soon magazines and blog posts will be telling you to rid your closet of all of those oxblood clothes you bought because , “Vogue said so!” in order to make room for the next trendy color. #aintnobodygottimefordat

But style? Oh, your own personal style allows you to interpret fashion any. way. you. want. to.

Style is personal. Style bends rules. Style is a bit more versatile and fun. I’ve been inspired by a few different ladies on Instagram and of course I’m going to share them with you! (Instagram Edition Episode 1)


@BridgetteNicole: Her layering is pretty much all kinds of fabulous. The denim shirt. The cardigan. The fur stole. The belt. Yeah, I’m loving it. You can check out her blog here.

Instagram5 The blogging buzz words: remixing, shopping your closet. Let’s just cut to the chase and call a spade a spade: wearing the same thing more than one time and even different ways every time. I’ve done it, you’ve done it, and when Michelle Obama and Kate Middleton do it IT’S ON THE FRONT PAGE OF “FASHION” NEWS. @robertacontreras models what Pentecostal girls everywhere do all the time–wear an article of clothing from Sunday morning church service to Sunday evening church service. Look number one can even be worn with flats for a day time look. Nice going, Roberta!


@marjabar is clearly enjoying herself, right?! A contract attorney has gotta have some fun! In her own words, ” I strive to disprove the myth that dressing [modestly] means tacky and homely. You can be cute, modest, and fashionable all at the same time.” Amen.

Instagram Sheena (@pretty_me_this) could have definitely walked out of her house wearing her outfit sans scarf turned bow neck tie, but adding that scarf added some colorful pizzazz to her outfit.

Where do you stand on the fashion vs. style “debate”? Did you keep tabs on the various shows at fashion week? Do you even care?

How would you define your own personal style?

Follow me on Instagram: @moremodernmodesty and use hashtag #momomod to share your personal style with me.

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Last Saturday I created an Instagram account specifically for the blog (I’d been using my personal Instagram feed…oops)! Luckily the hashtag #momomod had never been used and I decided to claim it and use it. I’ve been encouraging followers to tag their outfits with #momomod so anyone can get some styling inspiration or options by looking at others’ photos. The great thing about the hashtag is that you can go back and tag old photos! So, if you’re on Instagram you can go back to your old pictures and tag them with #momomod and they’ll come up in the feed.

2 Tips: 

  1. Make sure your pictures are clear and not too overdone. I can’t use photos with text, labels, and all kinds of fancy schmancy cutesy things because I want to make sure readers can clearly see what you’re wearing!
  2. If your account is set to private your photo will not show up in the feed! If you go to the #momomod feed it says there are 66 photos, but only 52 show up! Where are those other 14 photos?! They are protected from those that are not following you!

Without further ado…the photos! 


Apostolista is a thrifting goddess with a knack for vibrant colors and pairing super cool prints together.

Why I’m inspired: I have two Kelly green skirts, but now I’ve got my thrifting eyes open wide for a flowy maxi or midi version. I’m a fan of belting skirts and just mid-size or thin belts in general, so I can definitely  get on board with the balancing act that she achieved here (flowy on bottom, slim on top). Don’t EVEN get me started on that purse! LOVE. Similar skirt: here

instagram2 I reached out to Paoloa to see if she had a less blurry picture for ya’ll, but she said this photo was on her old phone and she no longer has it. *weep* Good thing you’re still able to see why I got inspired by pmatos07!

Why I’m Inspired: When I see backless shirts I pretty much bypass them. I’ve seen plenty of cute shirts and it’s like, “Business in the front, PARTAY in the back!” So, since I pretty much only get my party on at church (have you been to an Apostolic Pentecostal church?) and since I don’t think it would be a partay for the sets of eyes that are behind me while I’m at church…no party shirts for me. I DID by a backless shirt once and wore it under a blazer, but if I run into another backless shirt I just might buy it and wear a contrasting colored shirt underneath it instead.


Paralegal lache1 is always looking so cute that I have to feature two of her photos! Here’s the first one.

Why I’m Inspired: GINGHAM. I’ve associated gingham print with picnic blankets, and I’ve just never felt confident enough to wear it without looking like a picnic blanket. But this? This I can do! More gingham here, here, here, and here.


lache1 again!

Why I’m Inspired: I’ve got a mustard skirt and a ruffle shirt and methinks I shall pair them up! Similar skirts: here and here


The lovely imbonkkers tagged a photo of an outfit she planned to wear.

Why I’m Inspired: The colors. Coral, taupe, and turquoise. This color scheme is something I’m stowing away for spring!


Hey, jenmalech! I like your style!

Why I’m Inspired: This is an easy way to mix up some patterns. Throw on a scarf! Scarves I like: here, here, and here.

So, what do you think of the first post for this series? Let me know! Thanks to all of these ladies for allowing me to use these photos with their permission!

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