I was cleaning up my room and organizing my closets this weekend and then it hit me. I’m getting married. Oh, and I’m moving away.
I’ve lived in the same one horse agricultural town since I was born. I’ve attended the same church since I was 8 days old. I’ve driven down the same roads all my life. I teach in the same school district I attended as a kid.
There are some things that I WILL not miss about Delano, California.
I will not miss
I will miss
So on my way to church Sunday evening I figured that I might as well embrace my backyard and surrounding areas and spent a few minutes enjoying the almond orchards and my lovely memories.
When you got married how far away did you have to move? How did you feel about moving away?
Do you currently reside where you were born and raised? Where is home for you?
Wearing: Forever 21 blouse as seen here, lace maxi skirt from Marshall’s $25 (I bought it this weekend), MIA Rock Candy shoes from eBay (another pair for sale in the MoMoMod store), antique brooch via Goodwill.
Things to Do:
2. I wrote a new blog post on our wedding blog.
3. My fiance’s latest creation, Pinstagram, has been receiving rave reviews. Visit the site!
I had to run some wedding errands yesterday (I had to see if a wedding dress I saw online was the one I wanted–it was!) and before going to my appointment I stopped at Forever 21. I honestly can’t stand being in that store. I typically make my F21 purchases online or early in the morning right as the store opens for business. I got to the store just as they opened (9am!) and I was able to browse in peace.
This particular Forever 21 has three floors (AHHHHHHHHHH!!! MY HEAD!) and the top floor has hundreds, maybe even thousands, of stuff on sale. I had no plans to dig through the stuff, so once I found a few racks of skirts I quickly sifted through them and found the skirt I’m wearing today.
Every sale item was buy one get another item free. The skirt was marked down to $8.99, but when I got t the register it was and additional 50% off.
So I scored the skirt and a Japanese inspired buttonless cardigan wrap for $7.49 total (above; I bought the belt at a thrift store three weeks ago). They had plenty of different skirts, but the majority of them were small and medium sizes. When I tried the skirt on I figured I had either lost weight or Forever 21 mismarked their skirt. This skirt actually fit! Since I’m on a mission to drop 20 lbs I’m hoping I lost the weight!
In Other News
Modest bridesmaid dresses: WHERE ARE THEY? I only have two attendants in my wedding (my sister and my awesome friend), and both ladies have agreed to wear what I suggest. However, I can’t find anything that I like! I thought about getting a dress made, but the fabric I like is WAY too expensive. David’s Bridal? Ugh. That place is my last resort.
eShakti: I haven’t found anything quite yet on the site that I like for my wedding.
Shabby Apple: My friend ordered her bridesmaid dresses through the company and the girls were not a fan of the fabric or the quality of the work.
So, I need your help. If you’ve been in a wedding let me know where you found your dress. Brides, what did you do about modest wedding dresses?
Speaking of weddings…check out the succulent plants I just purchased. They are gorgeous! You can read more about succulents on my wedding blog.
Next Sunday post your Sunday Best photo on the MoMoMod FB page or send me your photo via email (chandra @ momomod dot com)!
I started MoMoMod back in March of 2010 and I never set out to change readers’ definitions of modesty. Modesty means different things to different people.
I wrote about my personal standards/convictions regarding modesty here, but here’s a brief recap and refresher (it has been awhile):
I understand that my standards are stricter than most, and that my standards aren’t as strict as others (I wear patterned tights, I wear brooches, I wear glitter flats, I wear prints). I get it. I’m not in the business of preaching what you should and should not wear. I’m not in the business of casting judgment, because oh! I’ve got my own burdens to bear. Why sweep around someone’s front door when I’ve got stinky garbage lying around my own house?
However, there are a few words that bother me and they continue to pop up in the blogosphere (modest fashion blogging has become sort of a thing):
Modest is hottest.
Modest is hot.
Modesty is sexy.
Wait. Stop. Hold up. When did modesty become hot? Sexy?
When I think hot and sexy I think this:
When I hear guys talk about a girl being hot I pretty much see/realize that they are talking about someone who’s showing their goods for all to see. Unless I missed the worldwide memo, the term hot means someone that looks good enough to have a “good” time with. Ha. Urban Dictionary’s definition is here.
I see what people are trying to do. Let’s make modesty popular! Let’s make it okay for young girls and ladies to think modest clothing is okay! Let’s change the idea that modesty is frumpy! Let’s combine modesty and sexy! You can be both!
You can have your skirt touching the ground, your neckline to your earlobes, and a wicked heart. So you’ve got the look but are you walking the walk? It’s easy to promote modesty in dress because that’s what people see. Misha wrote a blog post with this line: Christians can be some of THE most unscrupulous, immoral, judgmental, nasty, elitist minded, self-righteous people you’ll ever meet. Ha. She’s a Christian. You’ll have to read more of her blog post to see where she’s coming from.
What are your thoughts on the terms modest is hottest and modest is sexy? This video is courtesy of SexyModest.
Watch and let me know what you think.
We had a bit of a hiccup with the blog this week. Apparently the server that hosts MoMoMod got h a c k e d and when readers would visit the blog they would be redirected to other unpleasant websites. Eek! It looks like everything is well now. Back to our regularly scheduled broadcast(ing)!
Brandon and I set the date for our wedding (September 8, 2012) and I have been attempting to plan a wedding in 6 months. Thankfully God has blessed me with friends and family who are willing to help and assist me. I have a super creative and talented friend named Fabian who is helping me plan and decorate my wedding. My friend Carissa recently got married and this super organized little lady has reminded me that complaining isn’t an option. Basically, I’m not the first person to plan a wedding in 6 months and I won’t be the last. There’s your wedding talk of the week. I will not turn this into a wedding blog. I will not turn this into a wedding blog. I will not turn this into a wedding blog!!!!!
I was hired to teach Saturday school for 6 weeks, so yesterday I spent 4 hours reteaching essential standards to a lovely group of second grade students. Standardized testing is upon us (gulp) and the CST (California Standardized Test) has been on everyone’s minds. I can’t wait until that test is finished, but I guess I will have to!
Today’s outfit: vintage coat, top, and skirt; Forever 21 belt and Michael Antonio shoes like the ones worn here.
There’s an awesome consignment/vintage clothing store that I visit every few months or so and I found the coat and a coordinating navy sheath dress there nearly 2 years ago. I found the blouse there several weeks after that. The sheath dress was too short and I never wanted to wear the coat without a navy dress or skirt. I finally found this blue skirt the same time I bought the orange skirt I wore here. The coat also came with a navy and gold belt THAT I COULD NOT FIND THIS A.M., so I paired the Forever 21 belt with the outfit. With the polka dot lining, the polka dot blouse, and these K-Mart polka dot pantyhose…I was a polka dot wearing machine.
Remember the budget I started last month? Well, I’m making good with it this month. I bought a blazer from Salvation Army for $4 and two pairs of flats for school for $17. That leaves me with $39 left to spend, but I’m thinking I don’t need to buy anything else and that $39 can be placed in other *cough*wedding*cough* areas.
Happy glorious marvelous Sunday!