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Fall Fashion Inspiration: Plaid

Talented 17-year-old stylist and fashion photographer Addison Jones from Ogden, Utah, put together some great fall-inspired fashion. Check out this plaid look modeled by @SaigeMckinna (on Instagram)!

Striped turtle neck: Old Navy // $19.95
Gray button up: American Eagle // $44.95
Plaid sweater: Old Navy // $39.99
Boyfriend Jeans: Tilly’s // $44.99
Shoes: DKNY // Model’s own
Sunglasses: Stylist’s own

 

Fall Fashion Inspiration: 70s

Talented 17-year-old stylist and fashion photographer Addison Jones put together some great fall-inspired fashion. Check out this 70s inspired look modeled by @SaigeMckinna on Instagram!

 

Floral button up: Old Navy //Stylist’s
Fringe vest: 25th Street Boutique
Boyfriend jeans: Tillys // $44.99
Shoes: Tory Burch // Model’s

 

Addison Jones currently resides in Ogden, Utah. To contact her or see more of her work, visit her on her Instagram page: @THE.GOLD.GIRL

Clothing modeled by @SaigeMckinna

 

 

Modest Trends of 2015: Part 2 Florals

When April showers brought May flowers, the fashion followed right along, and the floral trend has kept flowering through the summer.

Check out how some of your favorite bloggers are wearing floral print. (And don’t forget to visit their blogs! Just click on their photo!)

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Try a flirty dress in a floral print. Floral, flirty, and flowy? Perfect!

 

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Maxi dresses are totally in trend right now, too. Pair a floral maxi with a sweater for those cooler days of summer.

 

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A floral midi dress? Yes, please! Experiment with different size floral prints!

 

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Combine multiple patterns for a more modern look. Just make sure you stick to a general color scheme, or you’ll look like it’s clash day at school!

 

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Floral and chambray are a great combination!

 

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Don’t be fooled. Floral can go casual, too! Keep an eye out for great combination tops like this one. Or pair a pretty floral top with jeans.

 


 

Wanna know some great places where you can buy floral tops and dresses? Check out some of these places we already scouted out for you:

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Floral Kimono from Piper Street Shop Modeled by Bekah Pence

 

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Floral top from Chic Style Boutique

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Floral dress from Piper Street Shop

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Floral Cora Dress from Mikarose

 

Want to see more modest fashion trends of 2015? Then check out Modest Trend 1: Floppy Hats

Blossom’s Boutique–Be Your Own Beautiful

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Our very own fashion director, Liz Earl, is branching out and kickstarting her own clothing company, Blossoms Boutique, for full-figured fashionistas. If you think that girls wearing XL or larger should have fashionable and cute clothing that fits them well, then please back this project! Not only does Blossom’s Boutique currently sell the cutest graphic tees, but they are also giving Kickstarter backers first pick on the most adorable and modest maxi dresses as well as a design sketch signed by Liz and an adorable tote bag.

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You can back Liz’s kickstarter project and order your own maxi dress, t-shirt, or tote bag here.

Don’t miss out on supporting this amazing project! We are so proud of Liz for following her dream! :)

 

Trends of 2015 Part 1: Floppy Hat

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The Floppy Hat

One of my personal favorite trends of 2015 so far is the Floppy Hat. Not only does it dress up a casual outfit nicely, it can also easily be paired with a dress, making it look like you’re dressed up but relaxed at the same time.

You can match the color of your hat to your top or pants or just make it a great accent color to the rest of your outfit. You can’t go wrong with black, tan, or red floppy hats. A big white floppy hat goes great with a swimsuit when you’re laying out this summer. (Sunglasses also look great with floppy hats.) The most common hairstyle with a floppy hat is long loose curls or waves, but try it with a chunky braid or fishtail to shake it up a bit!

Check out these gorgeous bloggers sporting their own floppy hats:

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Want to buy your own floppy hat? Here are some options!

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web21 Black floppy hat, $28.99, Chic Style. Modeled by Maddy Fritz

asos1Catarzi Floppy Hat in Khaki, $63, asos.com

asos 2Skinny band felt floppy hat, $36, asos.com

Summer Style: Modest Swimwear

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There’s nothing worse than being uncomfortable in a bathing suit when you just want to enjoy yourself at the pool. These modest bathing suits not only are cute but will keep you feeling comfy so you can feel free to swim, tan, or enjoy time with your friends this summer!

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RAD Swim not only has adorable swim suits in fun, bright colors that are completely modest. They also sell cover ups that will keep you confident and adorable!

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Whimsey Lane Apparel
Whimsey Lane not only provides a great variety of modest swim suits, but they also have an adorable vintage flair. Also, some great Americana swimsuits are on their way to their website!

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LimeRicki
LimeRicki has been providing cute, modest swimwear for some time now with fun patterns and the option to buy tankinis with your choice of briefs, shorts, or skirts.

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KortniJeane
KortniJeane sells swimmers: a wide variety of colorful tops and bottoms and peplums that can be mixed and matched to create a different bathing suit every time you go swimming!

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REY Swimwear
With a logo like “Who says it has to be itsy bitsy?”, REY swimwear lives up to it! The cute swimsuits completely cover but are 1920s adorable with patterns like florals, gingham, and polka dots.

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Montana Modest

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We are all daughters of our Heavenly Father who loves us and we love Him. Meet some of your Mormon “sistas.” These gorgeous, modest girls from Montana are more than just fashionistas. Check out what they have to say about themselves and the Church, which goes to show that girls in the Church are amazing no matter where they live! :)

Photography by Lora Rammell

 

Meet Emarie

I’m Senior Class President at Hamilton High School in Montana. I love singing and hope to do it in college! I’m also our girl’s rugby team captain (2014 State Champions) and played 4 years of High School volleyball. I plan to serve a mission after I graduate this spring and feel the spirit most when I’m listening to or singing church music. I have a testimony of God’s deep and indescribable love for me, and I hope to help others feel that for themselves!

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Emerald Skinny jeans, H&M, $19.95

Polka Dot Blouse, Maurices, $10.00

Brown Cardigan, H&M, $15.00

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Meet Breann

I play soccer basketball and participate in Track! I enjoy hiking and boating in my beautiful home state of Montana. I love being with friends and meeting new people. The gospel is important in my life because it has blessed my life and allows me to share the wonderful blessing with others!

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Dark Wash Jeans, American Eagle,  $40

White Lace Peplum Top, Forever 21, $20

Grey Toms, $45

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Meet Baylie (she and Breann are twins!)

I’m very active in sports I play soccer, basketball, and run track. I love being outdoors and enjoying Montana and all its beauty. I’m grateful to live in such a beautiful place; it’s a great reminder of how much the Lord has blessed me. My relationship with Heavenly Father has helped me to know who I am and my purpose here on earth. I’ve learned that it’s only through Him that I am able to share and develop my talents. 

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Marisol Orange Top, $20

Light Wash Jeans, American Eagle, $40

Tan Boots, Mossimo Supply Co, $30

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Modest Prom in Unexpected Places

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Are you desperately trying to find an affordable, modest prom dress but to no avail? Let us help! We’ve listed some of our favorite modest prom stores as well as some unexpected places where you may have never thought to find modest prom. :)

Virtuous Prom
Not only does Virtuous Prom have a beautiful variety of dresses (including an option to design your own dress–how cool is that?!?), most of the dresses are below $200, which makes wearing a modest dress an actual affordable option! Thank you, Virtuous Prom!

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Gown Town
How many times will you actually end up wearing your prom dress? Have you ever thought of renting one? Visit Gown Town’s Facebook page to view all of the dresses you can rent in your size. There are short dresses, long dresses, shrugs, and even jewelry and masquerade masks for rent! And they can ship to you!

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Victoria Prom
Although this website has a variety of dresses that aren’t modest, they have an option to search prom dresses with sleeves, which brings up a great variety of modest dresses!

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Unique Prom
This prom website is unique in that you can search for specific styles such as Flapper or Military Ball, but you’re best off searching “with sleeves” and “modest” to find a decent selection of modest dresses. But be warned! Not all of the dresses considered to be modest in these sections are actually modest according to the standards of the Church. (Note: Be sure to check the back of the dress before you buy! Many styles are modest except for the low cut back!)

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Latterday Bride and Prom
With an excellent variety of modest prom dress, Latterday Bride and Prom makes it easy to find the perfect modest gown that you are looking for with specific searches for Ballgown, Mermaid, A-Line, Lace, etc.

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Some other great modest prom websites to check out:

Beautifully Modest

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(Note: When searching “modest prom dresses” on search engines, beware of prom dress websites such as fishinthesky.com that display pictures of a variety of different prom dresses as well as celebrity dresses for sale. These are knockoff dresses that may or may not look like the actual dress in the picture and may or may not actually reach your doorstep! Unfortunately there are many prom websites like these on the internet!)

 

Let us know…

Where have you successfully found modest prom dresses? Have you picked out your prom dress for this year yet? What style/color did you choose? Shout it out in the comments below!

 

The Parable of the Stolen High Heels

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Once upon a time, there were twins girls who dreamed of the amazing pairs of shoes that they would wear to the Prom. After watching Cinderella and admiring the infamous glass slipper, they were sure that the perfect shoes could make a magical difference.

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They went to the mall together one day with the perfect shoes in mind and money in their purses. Deciding on a meeting time, they went their separate ways to find their perfect shoes.

The first girl started her search for her perfect Prom shoes at the first store she could find in the mall. There were stilettos and high heels, ballet flats and boots, but she couldn’t find anything like the glass slippers that she desired.

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After a few stores, she grew so frustrated and tired of trying on shoes and not finding what she wanted that she picked up a pair of light blue high heels and decided,

“Perhaps that perfect shoe isn’t out there. I guess that these will do.”

She turned the price tag over and gasped. It was WAY more than she was planning to spend. She would have to save her wages from her job for an entire month to pay for them.

“But why should I pay for them if I’m not even sure if I’m going to like them?” she started to ask herself. “What if I buy them and take them home and wear them for a few days, and I decide to take them back anyway? I would have wasted an entire month’s salary on them just to end up with nothing.”

She weighed the shoes in her hands as she weighed the thoughts in her mind.

“So…maybe I will take the shoes home and try them out. I can make sure that they’re comfy and that I like them and that they go with my Prom dress. Then, if they work out, I can come back after I saved up the money and pay for them then!”

She was pleased with herself and her reasoning. Her mother always did tell her that she was a smart shopper. She slid the shoes into her purse and walked out of the store…without paying for them.

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The second girl wisely made her way to the mall directory and decided on three shops that would be most likely to carry the shoes that she was looking for. She searched the stores high and low for the shoes she wanted and even asked the clerks if they had anything similar. They shook their heads, and she left the mall empty-handed.

But the second girl’s shopping wasn’t done. She headed home and to the computer, searching numerous stores online and even searching Amazon and eBay for those shoes that were in her head. She looked at reviews and researched the most comfy shoe. The whole while, she looked at her sister fawning over her shoes and wished that she could be as happy, but knew that she needed to take her time to find just the right shoes. Finally, after days of searching and with only a few days left before Prom, she found her shoes online! They were in her budget and would arrive in the mail just in time!

The night of Prom, the first girl ended up wearing the light blue satin high heels (although she was still disappointed that they weren’t the glass slipper look-alikes that she wanted—she liked her sister’s shoes much more) and had a decent time, but she realized that the shoes really didn’t make her happy as she had hoped.

During one of the dances, she accidentally slipped and scuffed the shoe on the floor, leaving a black mark smudged against its satin side. And then later her date spilled a cup of Sprite on her other shoe.
At the end of the night, she sighed as she slipped off her shoes and looked at the black scuff mark and sticky mess. She scoffed.

“Good thing I didn’t pay for these,” she said. “They’re ruined. Now they won’t do anyone any good.” She shoved them under her bed. It was probably best to forget that the whole thing ever happened. But for days and even years later, it was hard for her to ignore the fact that she had stolen shoes still hiding under her bed.

The second girl, on the other hand, was so happy with her glass-slipper-look-alike shoe purchase that she showed everyone at the dance the shoes that she had found, walked carefully so as not to scuff them, and even role-played losing one slipper to her date and posted a picture of it on her Instagram account (1000 likes!)

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If a parable is “a symbolic story that teaches gospel truths by comparing them to earthly things,” what do you think that this parable represents and is trying to teach us?

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Trying on shoes, researching, or looking online =
Stealing shoes =
Buying shoes=

Consider these questions:
Which girl was most happy with her purchase?
How did her shopping habits lead her to treat their shoes?
How did each of them feel after Prom?
How can it be dangerous to “settle”?

Use those gorgeous brains of yours and let me know what you think the story means in the comments below! It can have different meanings to different people! I will post the actual meaning in a few days, but I have a feeling that you will inspire me first! :)

Have your own parable that you’ve written? We want to read it! Send us your parables at submissions@cshinemagazine.com

Carmen Rasmusen Herbert: Outfit 3

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Love love love this outfit from chicstyleutah.com on Carmen Rasmusen Herbert. Photography by Kristi Burton.

Green sweater dress #1284, A’reve, $69.99.
Ane Mone leggings #381, $7.99.
Boot Cuffs #1323, Girly, $12.99.
Headband #1338, Jolie, $36.99.
Bling earrings #837, $3.99.

And read Carmen’s views on reality TV, Sadie Robertson, and “old-fashioned” values from our interview:

Celestial Shine Magazine: I love the story at the beginning of your book “Staying in Tune” when you refused to wear an immodest pink outfit for a photo shoot.
Carmen: They thought I was being stubborn instead of saying, “I have values and standards.” Right now, Sadie Robertson is on Dancing with the Stars, and I think it’s so awesome how she’s standing up for herself. Some people have tweeted live, “I am so grateful that Sadie is standing up for her old-fashioned values.” And I’m like, “They’re just values. They’re not old-fashioned. Maybe it’s just old-fashioned to have values.” Well, what are modern values? What would a modern value look like? No, it would look like a regular value or a regular standard. So it’s tough to keep those and be on reality TV. I’ve actually looked at her and thought, “Wow, she’s doing a really good job standing up for herself, too.”

Celestial Shine Magazine: It’s ironic because a lot of people try to go and do those talent reality TV shows to validate themselves, but then they just get torn down.
Carmen: Totally. Reality TV is not a place to go for self-confidence. You need to have that before you go on the show, or it will rip you to shreds

To read the full interview, check out the Jan/Feb 2015 issue. Subscribe here.

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