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Friday, 27 September 2013

Spring/Summer Modesty!

A friend recently asked me for tips on how to stay modest and comfortable this spring/summer. After I wrote my reply I had the idea of putting all my hints into a blog post. So here it is! My few tips on how to stay modest, comfortable and chic in the heat. (To my Northern Hemisphere readers: I know it's not spring up north, but keep a few of these points in mind for when it is. Also, I'm not sure what department stores you have where you live, so unfortunately my specific-store-related hints probably won't apply to you.)

  • First of all, here's what I know's in the shops that I avoid: see-through tops and skirts (often made of chiffon or lace), low-cut tops, shorts/dresses/skirts shorter than a few inches above my knee, tops with arm-holes that are low enough or loose enough to show my bra when I lift my arms, tank tops and singlets (these tend to be too low and too tight or show bra straps), backless (or practically backless) tops/dresses etc. Dresses and tops like this:

Hot Options Mesh Spliced Dress - Geo Print
are in fashion, but I avoid them because of the see-through (or backless) upper.)
  • I love the cute, light '60s dresses like this:
and this: 

that are in fashion now. In fact, I'm wearing one right of the first style right now, and have one of the second style in my wardrobe! They have high necks and are most often a decent length.
Looking at Target Online recently, I've found a few in these styles, although they are a little pricey. Also on Big W online there are a few.
  • Go long skirts! I don't actually have any, but I've seen friends wearing them. You can get nice light ones in summer. Check out Target again.
  • During summer I practically live in denim shorts. I got mine from Target last year (starting to see a theme? :P). If I remember correctly, there's a style called 'Boyfriend' (go figure!) that is nice and loose. But that may be a faulty memory. Also cargo shorts seem to be good, although I don't have any.
  • As for tops, these are harder I think. My style is more dressy, elegant; you don't really find me in over-loose t-shirts etc, so I personally can't escape to that kind of style. Even the trendy styles like this:
Sleeveless Linen Shirt - Rose Violet
don't look as great on me as they do on some of my friends. However, many of you would probably rock that style, so go for it! Many of those kind of tops are very modest. But anyway... For me my greatest find has been the basic Emerson 'rib' tees (or whatever they're called) at Big W:
(Mine's dark blue.) Not the best quality, but very cheap, very simple, very modest, and, as it fits oh-so-subtly around my curves, elegant enough to satisfy my style. 
  • The Regatta brand at Myers has some nice, modest tops for reasonable prices.
  • I know layering isn't the best option in summer, but if you have too, go for a Target Essentials basic t-shirt. Although a bit too see-through to wear on it's own, it's perfect for layering. Same If you need a singlet or leggings - go Target Essentials.
  • Swim-wear is a big one. I think it's a given for us that bikinis are a no-go. Personally, I think that even one-pieces are still too immodest. I wear a one-piece under a rash-shirt and sports skort (skirt and shorts in one). 
This is a sports-material skort
    I possibly could omit the rash-shirt, but I prefer to be on the safe side.
    • Pray before you go summer shopping. And praise God when you find something! Oh, and a bit of research on online helps, so you can just walk into the department store and ask for what you've seen online.

    Hope these tips help you!

    Cassie xoxoxo

    Sunday, 15 September 2013

    Lessons in Prayer

    (From http://wallpaperhdfree.com/)

    Prayer: that beautiful highway of communication with God that is so often underestimated, undervalued and underused. This I have known for years, but what have I learnt recently about prayer?

    That it is a connector to friends far away. Praying for them somehow brings me closer to them, unites me with them, identifies me with them.

    That prayer needs to be balanced. As well as a balance between thanksgiving and petition, there needs to be a balance of who I pray for. Although it is good to consistently pray for people who I am continually reminded of each day, others should not be left out of my prayers because I am so buys lifting up others before God all the time. Also, just because family are more familiar, that is not an excuse for not praying for them. Family are just as, if not more, important than friends, and should be placed as such in my prayer life.

    Two points. Only two? Two is enough for now, I think. I will learn more in the future, as God chooses to reveal them to me.

    Cassie xoxoxo

    Monday, 9 September 2013

    Where Feet May Fail

    Hey guys! No idea if you've heard this song, but I thought I'd share the lyrics with you, because is it just soooo wonderful, beautiful, inspiring, uplifting etc. I bought the Hillsong United version on iTunes after being touched over and over by it at our youth worship nights. I've listened to it about half a dozen times in half a day, it's that good.

    Oceans (Where Feet May Fail)

    You call me out upon the waters
    The great unknown where feet may fail
    And there I find You in the mystery
    In oceans deep
    My faith will stand

    And I will call upon Your name
    And keep my eyes above the waves
    When oceans rise
    My soul will rest in Your embrace
    For I am Yours and You are mine

    Your grace abounds in deepest waters
    Your sovereign hand
    Will be my guide
    Where feet may fail and fear surrounds me
    You've never failed and You won't start now

    So I will call upon Your name
    And keep my eyes above the waves
    When oceans rise
    My soul will rest in Your embrace
    For I am Yours and You are mine

    Spirit lead me where my trust is without borders
    Let me walk upon the waters
    Wherever You would call me
    Take me deeper than my feet could ever wander
    And my faith will be made stronger
    In the presence of my Saviour

    I will call upon Your Name
    Keep my eyes above the waves
    My soul will rest in Your embrace
    I am Yours and You are mine

    Sunday, 8 September 2013

    Hello again!

    Aha! My proof that I was on holidays! This is taken at Bowen.

    Hi wonderful people! No, I haven't deserted you! And I do have a really good reason for not posting so long... I've been on holidays away from a computer for 7 weeks! And recently, since I've been back, I have been trying to come up with a post, but nothing's come to mind yet. (Any suggestions?) However, there should be a post soon! Thanks for sticking around!

    Cassie xoxoxo