So what makes for modest apparel, in today's modern society?
In all honesty it depends on who you ask. Women from various religious backgrounds may suggest any clothing that leaves your head, neck or legs too exposed isn't very modest at all and in fact may be frowned upon.
Cultural nuances really shape the opinion of modesty from individual to individual and most prefer to tread lightly on this topic. However, I think the connotation that modest equals boring is no longer the view or the norm. In 2015 I think many can agree, in a world where very little is being left to the imagination whether it's in the media or a trip to the grocery store, a modest and covered woman is quite refreshing and maybe even exotic.
In a world where, very little is left to the imagination, a modest or covered woman may be considered refreshing or even exotic.
There's no doubt that the women pictured above, are completely covered but still exude a certain femininity and beauty that is incredibly captivating. And at this day and age, you can find it just as common to veer on the side of modesty and still feel inclusive if that's your desire.
But who really wants to blend in? In my humble opinion, dressing modestly and being a covered girl is a bold statement in itself. It's really taking a stand to say, I value more what I have to offer the world internally, and you should too. Being bold and unwavering in a cultural or religious practice if you will, shows true character.
But who really wants to blend in?
As the owner and designer for Life Out Loud Accessories and Boutique, I've made it a point to be bold in my designs, and also very beautiful. Hopefully accomplishing that modern, yet modest appeal.
Have a gander at a few of my looks below, and if you're interested feel free to check out my store!
Peplums! Before I start let me just say, the versatility of this style is overwhelmingly fantabulous. The oohs and aahs and gasps form the process of collecting a few pics for this post were non-stop and made this all the more exciting trend of the week.
The peplum style is a little flared, slightly ruffled skirt attached to your blouse, skirt, pants, shorts, pretty much any piece of clothing you can think of. It has a bit of flare, and automatic style to what your wearing and creates the appearance of full hips (just in case you are lacking a bit in that area). Most peplum tops are pretty flattering as well if you need to disguise the tummy area.They can really accentuate a narrow waistline and add a tone of elegance to any outfit.
In history, originally referred to as over-skirts, peplums first made their appearance during the Victorian Era (circa 1867). Early skirts were often looped up for walking, showing a pretty petticoat underneath,which lead to the introduction of the overskirt.
Today peplums are making gorgeous additions to leatherette minis, sweetheart tubetops, and prints. Have you tried this style yet? Let me know your opinion. If not you can check out the Lol Boutique or email us directly to get a custom one of your own!
Quick Tip! If you a crafty gal such as I, you can add a some peplum flare to any item of clothing you already own. The pattern is similar to that of a circle skirt and I've found a No-Sew tutorial by Michele Eng which is pretty easy to follow.
Until next time, happy crafting!
Harem Pants! This blast from the past has crept back in style in a bold and brilliant way. In the past year the old school Hammer (as in MC Hammer for those of you born after the 80s) look has changed up the fashion game in a major way for both ladies and the fellas.
Suddenly that loathing and disgust for the drooping/sagging diaper look has transformed into beaming admiration for the stylish and chic.It doesn't hurt that they are being redesigned with a twist that speaks to the couture in every girl. You can find them in bold colors, prints (my personal fave!), tapered to the ankle, high-waisted and even blinged-out with sequins.
Styling with these is pretty simple; crop tops are popular, in a plain black or white, or a bold color accenting the pants. Tip: If your doing a print or multiple colors on the bottom, keep it simple up top. Less is more.
So I've taken it upon myself to give you a few examples of how to style Harem pants and you can see just how cool and hip the old Hammer Time "Running Man" trousers can be.
I personally can't live without a pair or two or three of these bad boys. So much so that I've designed a few for myself and for my collection at the LoL Boutique. Have a custom design in mind? Email me at LifeOutLoudBoutique@gmail.com and let's see what we can create!
What do you think? Could you see yourself riding the Harem/Hammer pants wave or is this a fashion time travel trip that you can afford to miss? Let me know thoughts, Keep it hott and crafty until next time!
So it's the very last Tuesday of the year, and one of the hottest trends on the rise has been the clutch. In case you've been under a rock this year, clutches are those cute, outrageously fabulous, zippered, sometimes button-snapped, and occasionally bow-riddled pouches or bags. They take the place of the purse, when a gal wants to go out on the town and not have all of the "baggage" (pun totally intended) so-to-speak.
The clutch purse is your friend ladies, and convenient when you just need to carry the essentials and still look perfectly posh. Accessories should compliment you and your outfit, not weigh you down. Where the boho bags and fanny packs don't fit in, the clutch purse has stepped on the scene to accompany you on the club dance floor or to that rooftop party in style.
The best part about these bags is that now there are so many styles to choose from. Besides the Envelope clutch(pictured above), there are also over-sized clutch bags (for the girl who still can't seem to downsize) and zippered fold over clutches. They come in an unlimited array of colors, patterns, prints and all sorts of embellishments. And while there are an array prices to match the fabulous of some. There is always the option of making your own!
Now if you're pretty handy with a needle and thread or even better, a sewing machine, this is a fairly easy diy project. You would just need the items below:
You'll want to sew down the lining onto the fabric (wrong sides facing each other) after you get the length you want. The wisest and simplest thing to do would be to cut your fabric at the length of your zipper. Cut two equal sections of fabric at that length and then sew on the zipper. Flip it inside out and viola! A clutch is born. There are quite a few clutch tutorials on YouTube, Pinterest, you name it. Some are pretty easy to follow.
However if you aren't the handy crafting type, you can always stop by the LoL Accessories & Boutique for a stylish, posh and even customized clutch purse.
That's it for this Tuesday's trend, hopefully you have your clutch handy tonight so that you can dance the night away into the New Year! Have a Fantabulous New Year's Eve and happy crafting!
It's Friday! I don't know about you, but Friday is one of my favorite days of the week, So I figured what better day then Friday to share with you a few of my favorite craft/design related pleasures! Check in here every Friday to get an inside look on Cherie's favorite items, hobbies, tips and tricks to crafting. Maybe they'll become your favorites too!
Crochet is a craft I learned early in life (think girl scout years) but I never really progressed beyond the starting chain. I'm also more of a visual, watch, then practice type of learner and I didn't have as much patience with the crochet hook and yarn as I've gained in recent years.
What helped me get my sea legs in crocheting was watching a few tutorial videos. With much of the crafting I do, YouTube has been my best friend. After I learned how to do a few stitches, bought a couple of bundles of yarn, and a couple of pattern books, I was well on my way within a few months. Wal-mart's sewing & craft section, along with Michael's became my new favorite hotspots for yarn shopping/browsing/oogling, you name it.
Crochet has now grown into one of my favorite pastimes and a way that I express myself creatively. It is also one of the most calming and soothing ways to relax. As a matter-of-fact it's a great way to unwind and actually lowers your blood pressure.
One of my first handmade items featured in the LoL Accessories & Boutique, were a pair of crocheted dream-catcher earrings. I loved collecting dream catchers as a teen and again well into adulthood and actually thought they were helpful in keeping away the bad dreams. Whether they or not this proved true (I'd like to think they did), they were always cool to look at! The "For the Dreamers" crochet earrings recount the tell of the dream catchers, and for the dream catcher believers. Complete with a crocheted netting, tribal charm and feather, these earrings are truly one of a kind and inspire your inner love for crocheting (or at last your inner boho chic fashion sense). Either way they definitely are meant to represent Life out Loud. See you next Friday with more of my favorites.
Somewhere along the journey of my existence, my head space became cluttered. Among the shelves of my commitments as a mother, a believer, a lover, a friend, a sister and confidant, an assistant and a natural hair consultant (phew!), a drawer appeared and exploded with ideas and passion for design and creation like I'd never seen before.
It was completely by incident or so I thought, I just reached into the drawer one day to find something that would define me or represent my desire to be unique, different. Project shades of blue and teal, instead of the plain and rather complacent black and white. When I opened that drawer something changed; out came a spark which I quickly put into a closet to contain. Little did I know that spark would be come a light, and the light came with a sound. A welcome sound, a beautiful sound. A sound that showed me how to take my ideas and passions and live out loud.
The Crafty Armoire is a place where I've collected my ideas and passion for creating to keep them somewhat contained and in check. And now it is a place that I share with other like-minded souls who seek a similar creative outlet. I hope to spread some of the passion and inspiration I've found in crafting on to you. But if not at least you can learn a little about the inspiration behind, the fantabulous and totally one-of-a-kind items in my boutique: LifeOutLoud.