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Modest Fashion Friday: Olive Green and Plum


As the brightly colored leaves flutter to the ground, I’m pulling out more and more of my sweaters.

An olive green cardigan sweater and plum skirt make the perfect palate for a fall look. This cardigan was a bargain find. It was yet another amazing ThredUp purchase. This one was brand new with the tags still on it! The tie belt on the sweater gives a bit of extra interest. There is a subtle sheen to the fabric that dresses up the simple style of this cardigan. And it goes so perfectly with the beautifully patterned skirt I paired it with here.

I got another bargain on the skirt, which came from a local thrift store. The pattern on the skirt is so detailed. It has a sort of mixture of fleur de lis and paisley. The background is plum with accents of gray and brown and bits of the same olive green that I’ve picked up in the sweater.

I added a brown scarf, which picks up the brown accent in the skirt. It adds a bit of extra interest and coziness to the style.

Last but not least are the shoes. These gals are gorgeous! I picked them up at the New Balance factory outlet near our home. Can you believe New Balance makes shoes this pretty? They are a nice neutral medium brown with a wearable 2″ heel and Mary Jane style straps. Perfection! And they’re so comfortable!

My darling husband joined me for this photo shoot. Isn’t that sweet of him? He’s such a handsome fella; I sure am a blessed lady.


What I Wore

Cardigan Sweater: Banana Republic (via ThredUp)
Skirt: Nine & Company (thrifted)
Tank: Gap
Scarf: Walmart
Shoes: Cobb Hill by New Balance


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Naturally Curly Hair Care


Like most naturally curly gals, I’ve had a love/hate relationship with my own hair over the course of my life. I’ve had times when I loved it, and plenty of times when I was beyond frustrated with it. I’ve straightened the life out of it, and I’ve had cuts that made it practically impossible to manage. Frizziness has been the bane of my existence.

There have been plenty of times when I have walked out of the hair salon, jumped into my car, and started to cry because I hated how my new cut came out. There have also been plenty of times when I received compliments for my curls, all while thinking, “If you only knew what it was really like to have curly hair….”

I’ve looked on with envy at those girls with the straight, smooth locks. I’ve tried to hide my curls behind severe (and unflattering) updos. For many years, it was a struggle.

How Curly Girl Helped

It wasn’t until I read Curly Girl by Lorraine Massey and learned how to properly care for my hair that I began to truly embrace my curls. In fact, reading that book helped me come to terms with the frustrations I had experienced over my curls. I actually learned to embrace my curls.

My curly hair is now healthy, happy, and proudly on display for the world to see. And when I get a compliment on my hair, I gratefully say, “Thank you!” with complete sincerity, because I love my hair, too!


Please don’t think I’m bragging about my hair. I struggled for so many years to accept my hair as God made it. Now, I can finally say I am grateful for my hair and glad that God made me the way he did.


One of the most important things I learned from Curly Girl was how to wash and style my hair properly. The major problem I had over the years with my hair (frizziness) was primarily caused by the products I was using and the way I was using them. Now that I have a curly girl friendly hair care routine, my hair is so much happier.

My Basic Hair Care Routine

First, and most importantly, I do not shampoo my hair. (The Curly Girl method may be even more about what you don’t do than what you do.) That’s not to say I don’t wash my hair; I just don’t use shampoo to wash it.

If it has build up of any kind, I will use a tiny bit of baking soda (maybe a teaspoon), mixed into about a cup of warm water. I pour this over my hair, massage in, then rinse out thoroughly. I don’t do this every time I clean my hair, however. It can be too drying if used often. It really only use the baking soda every three to four weeks or so.

Any other time I clean my hair, I use a light conditioner that doesn’t contain any silicones, sulfates, or drying alcohols. (I’ve learned to read hair care products ingredients lists very carefully. Lorraine Massey goes into great detail in the Curly Girl book about which ingredients are good, which are bad, and what effect each has on curly hair.) This is called co-washing in the curly girl world. The product I like to use most for this step is Suave Naturals. It’s cheap and smells like coconut, so it makes me happy.

I massage the conditioner into my scalp, then rinse out through the length of my hair. Believe it or not, there is a proper technique to this step, which I learned from the Curly Girl book.

Conditioning is Key

After cleansing, I heavily condition my hair with a nice thick, creamy conditioner like Shea Moisture Restorative Conditioner. Moisture is so important for curly hair. Dryness is what causes frizziness. So, if your hair is moisturized, you won’t have to deal with as much frizz.

The Shea Moisture conditioner is nice and moisturizing and it doesn’t have a strong scent, which I like. I use about a tablespoon of this (yes, that much–my hair is quite long), smooth it down the length of my hair, then comb through my hair with a wide toothed comb. Then I rinse thoroughly again.

The next step in my routine is one more conditioner. I use about a quarter sized amount of the Loreal Ever Curl sulfate free hydrating conditioner. I smooth that over my hair and rinse, leaving just a bit of the conditioner still in my hair. This helps lock in the moisture and keep the curls well hydrated.

After washing and conditioning, I towel dry with a microfiber towel. I don’t use terry cloth–it roughs up the fibers of the hair, causing frizz. (Curly haired people tend to be obsessed with frizz, or rather, ways to get rid of it.)

After towel drying, I apply a tiny bit of leave in conditioner to just the ends of my hair. The one I’m currently using is the Shea Moisture Curl & Style Milk. Then, I apply a silicone free gel like Aussie Headstrong Volume Gel.

Styling My Hair

I follow this step with either blow drying my hair with a diffuser attachment, or air drying. I usually air dry my hair because it’s healthier for it, but it takes hours to dry completely. So, if I’m in a hurry to go out somewhere, I blow dry on the low or medium setting, with my head tilted downward and using the diffuser to “scrunch” the hair up toward my scalp. The diffuser is extremely important because without it, the curls will just blow all over the place and look all windblown and messy!

An important thing to note is that I do not comb or brush my hair when it’s dry. Combing or brushing dry hair breaks up the curls and disrupts the natural curl pattern, which leads to–you guessed it–frizz.

And as we all know, we don’t want that.

The Results

I seems like a lot of work, but after all these steps, I know my hair will turn out looking pretty and healthy. I don’t cleanse my hair everyday, either. This style will stay looking good for three to four days or more (with some minor effort at freshening it up) before I need to do the whole process again.

I love the freedom embracing my curls has brought me. I don’t stress or worry over my hair like I used to. Now that I know the steps to take to properly care for my hair, I’m happy with my hair most of the time now.

Even on days with frizz, I know that’s just part of the uniqueness of my hair, and I flow with it (usually). Sometimes it’s okay to be a little untamable.

If you’re a curly girl like me, I highly recommend you read Curly Girl by Lorraine Massey. It could quite possibly change how you feel about your hair!


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Modest Fashion Friday: Ombre Maxi Skirt


If you have read any of my other Modest Fashion Friday posts, you may have noticed that I have an affinity for maxi skirts. I love how flowy and feminine they are. And modesty is usually a given in a maxi skirt. The length keeps you covered (and then some). Knit maxis are my favorite because they are so comfortable, it’s like wearing your pajamas all day–while still looking fabulously put together!

Maxi skirts are a trend that is enduring. I think that may be because they are so wearable for just about every woman. The length is flattering. And they come in just about every fabric, color, and style you can imagine.

I think I might own 8 or 9 maxi skirts, most of which are made of knit. I may or may not be slightly addicted. {ahem}

Another trend that seems to be hanging around is ombre. It adds such interest to a garment. No longer relegated merely to the boho style, ombre is becoming a classic.


This knit maxi has a beautiful deep raspberry and navy ombre effect. It’s just so lovely, I can’t stop wearing it. I love the look of it with this surplice style sweater and navy halftee. It’s such a pretty, feminine combination. The sweater is soft and comfy. This outfit is the epitome of stylish comfort.

What I Wore:

Maxi skirt: Dressing Your Truth (I found one similar here)
Sweater: Ann Taylor LOFT via ThredUp
Halftee: Halftee via Deborah and Co.


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5 Fabulous Ways to Wear a Blanket Scarf

5 Ways to Wear a Blanket Scarf

A blanket scarf is such a versatile accessory and can be worn in so many different ways. Blanket scarves are so cozy and fun to wear. And they are wonderful for adding warmth and color to an outfit.

Can you tell yet that I love blanket scarves?

There endless numbers of ways you could wear a blanket scarf. With all that fabric, it can be challenging to finagle a blanket scarf into a wearable style, though. It can be helpful to have an idea of how you want it to look before you start to arrange it.

My scarf is from Modcloth and came in my fall Fab Fit Fun subscription box. (If you’re curious what else came in the Fab Fit Fun box along with the scarf, check out my unboxing post.) I love the variety of colors in it. It goes with so many different outfits!

Here are my 5 favorite ways to wear a blanket scarf:
  1. Belted
    Fold the scarf in half along the diagonal. Drape the long side across your shoulders and bring the long points to the front. Add a belt, leaving free the portion that is draped down your back.
  2. Classic style
    Again, fold the scarf in half diagonally. Then, wrap the scarf around your neck. Arrange the large side of the triangle in front, bringing the other two points over your shoulders and to the front as well. This is my favorite way to wear a blanket scarf. It just feels so cozy!
  3. Poncho style
    Folded on the diagonal, drape and arrange the scarf over your shoulders and tuck the ends securely at the neck area. This look is so elegant, don’t you think?
  4. Shawl style
    For this style, simply wrap the folded scarf around your shoulders. I love to wear my blanket scarf this way on chilly evenings.
  5. Simple
    Just fold the scarf lengthwise several times along one of the sides. Then drape over the back of your neck. Simple, right? (Hence the name….Obviously.)

I hope you’re feeling inspired to create all sorts of new ways to wear and enjoy your blanket scarf. I know I’ve been enjoying mine!

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3 Tea Flavors Perfect for Fall


Do you love tea? I absolutely love tea. In fact, an entire drawer in my pantry is dedicated to tea. I love a variety of tea flavors and often change my regular tea choices with the seasons. When fall comes, I break out my favorite fall tea flavors.

What could be more cozy than sipping a cup of yummy tea on a crisp fall day?

Below, I list three tea flavors I love to enjoy in the fall. All three of these come from Republic of Tea.

Caramel Apple Red Tea 

This is my all-time favorite tea. With its distinct apple flavor with definite hints of caramel, this tea is so delicious. It is an african rooibos that has a natural sweetness. Sugar or honey is unnecessary with this tea. I enjoy mine with a bit of creamer. I like to brew it nice and strong.

From the Republic of Tea: “Sweet African rooibos is the ideal base for smooth caramel and crisp apple flavors. This pleasing caffeine-free blend is wonderful as a dessert tea. Enjoy with a splash of warm milk.”

Pumpkin Spice Black Tea

This sweet, spicy black tea is so tasty. It makes a great pumpkin spice tea latte.

From the Republic of Tea: “Keep Warm and Carry On – Cozy up and sip this warm blend of fine black tea and autumnal spices –cinnamon, ginger, nutmeg and cloves. Energizing black tea wards off the chill of the crisp, fall season, and a splash of warm milk transforms this tea to pumpkin pie in a cup.”

Hot Apple Cider Tea

This tea tastes very much likes mulled cider. It is spicy and sweet and apple-y and just plain yummy.

Republic of Tea says: “A naturally-caffeine free blend of apples, cinnamon cloves and ginger. Reminiscent of apple cider, with the luscious aroma of cinnamon and cloves, make this cup the perfect accompaniment to the colors of the harvest season.”

If you like tea, you will really enjoy these 3 tea flavors. They are perfect for fall and each one is delicious!

What are your favorite tea flavors for fall? If you’d care to share in the comments, I’d love to know. I’m always looking for new teas to try!

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