Guest Post by Melani

Today I’m honored to be having a guest post on my blog.  And if you go over here, you’ll see the guest post I wrote for Melani.  Anyway, Melani from Reflections from the Heart is an amazing blogger.  I know her younger sister, Maddy, and so I set my mind to bugging Melani into a guest post.

About a month later, and she’s finally written it. XD I won’t chatter anymore, I’ll just let you read Melani’s post.

~~Amie~~

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Standing Strong in Modesty

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Hey guys! Melani here from Reflections of the Heart. I want to thank Amie for allowing me to guest post on her blog! I’m excited to share a little about myself and dive into this post about modesty and back-to-school.

Because y’all. It’s September. Almost time for fall! (My favorite season. Boots, sweaters, pumpkin spice, you name it.)

I’ve been blogging for a little over 4 years, and my blog is about modesty, gender, feminism, beauty, pop culture, info on abortion and the occult, and pretty much debunking lies from our raunch culture. Feel free to stop by and visit!

Now on to this post! Back to school, modesty, and a whole lot of talk on how the two can go together.

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Let’s create a mental scene.

This girl is a homeschool graduate, but if you’re in public (or private… do they always have a strict dress code? I don’t know, moving on.) school, I’m sure you’ve come across this scene.

A lot of outfits that leave very little to the imagination. Maybe it’s the “cool thing,” maybe it’s “what’s in,” but if you’re striving for modesty, it can be tough!

I’m assuming that you, my friend, are reading this post because you want to stand strong with modesty. So you’re taking modesty into consideration, you know that you’re dressed decently for school, but still… it’s hard when you just want to jump on the bandwagon and go with the flow!

Is this girl you?

Girl, you are not alone.

I know one blogger, I believe, that wore skirts everyday for her entire high school career. Maybe this is or isn’t you, but still, props to her! (She’s a very awesome person, by the way. I’ll link her blog!

I wanted to write this post to share some points on how to make going against the flow a little easier, and who knows, maybe inspire some of your future school outfits! : )

1. Whose opinion matters most?

This is tough. I am totally speaking to myself here. It is really hard to care more about what God thinks over what our peers around us think. Which put like that, it sounds ridiculous! God or His fallen, sinful creation. Hmm…..

I’ll make a confession here, I really like to write fiction for fun. But I am SO nervous to let anyone read it. I know it’s kind of quirky, but it’s true! But if God has given me a desire (and possible purpose) for writing fiction, why am I letting fear stand in the way?

Same goes for you, girlfriend. If God above is pleased, that’s what matters!

2. As crazy as it may seem, everyone is not always focused on what you’re wearing.

I think the middle school years are the most difficult with peers and preteen attitudes, but maybe I’m wrong. XD But however old you are, it is easy to wonder:

“What do they think about me?”

“Am I coming across okay?”

“I hope they like me.”

I want to reassure you of this, my friend, everyone does NOT care as much as you think they do.

Everyone feels insecure from time to time, but I can promise you this: no one in your school is better or worse than you. So don’t have the mindset that they are!

3. Modesty and fashion can totally go hand in hand!

Take a quick look at Pinterest and you will find a LOT of outfit inspiration! Or go follow some modesty bloggers or Instagram accounts. ❤️

Modest fashion is completely possible. Maybe it takes a little more work, but you are totally capable of combining modesty and style this school year.

Many blessings and here’s to a great year of learning!

-Melani

Modesty Swimsuit

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Can I ask you a question?  Would you wear your underclothes to Walmart?  If not, then why do (some of) you wear them to the pool and beach?  God convicted my mom of this point a few years ago.  What do you do, though?  You can’t find anything if you stick to the neck to knee modesty rule at normal stores.

Well, I’m here to tell you what we did.  I asked Mrs. Julie at Meant to be Modest if I could do a review of her wonderful swim clothes, and she said yes!

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Washing the car a few years ago.

I’ve tried three of the styles she offers.  I wanted to try Style #2 this year, but my mom said to stick with what I know I like.  The picture above is of the separates.  I would not advise young girls to get them, because my skirt would always slide down when I swam.

I had Style #1 twice, but since it’s has a seam, the seam would bother me.  I convinced my mom to let me get the separate, and perhaps I didn’t like it much better.

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I can hardly ever take a serious picture.

Style #3 is my absolute favorite.  It has lining and elastic in the inside, so when you jump in the pool the dress doesn’t fly up.  It’s comfy, and you feel comfortable because you know you aren’t flashing anything.

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The neckline isn’t too high, so it’s not choking you, but it’s not too low.  The sleeves are great too, though you end up with farmer’s tan pretty bad.  😂  You will need something underneath though, like a swim bra or something, because it isn’t made with anything like that.

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They’re very flexible and fun.  They aren’t at all constraining, and as I already said, you don’t have to worry about showing something that isn’t supposed to be shown.

This year, Mrs. Julie mixed up some of my measurements, so my dress didn’t fit at all.  We emailed Mrs. Julie, and asked her what she would do.

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She emailed and said to send her the new measurements.  In three days after we gave her the measurements, we had the new swimsuit.  We sent the faulty one back to Mrs. Julie.  Meant to be Modest has amazing customer service, and their products are just as amazing.

If you’re looking for a new swimsuit, I would highly recommend Meant to be Modest.  Check out their patterns and tell me what’s your favorite one.  I’m in love with the one I got, which is called Drop in the Ocean.  We’ve gotten Very Berry (Adorable for little girls!), Groovy Flowers (That one bled a bit 😬), Summer Citrus (Beautiful!), Cotton Candy (It gets so worn), Blue Lagoon (It is BLUE), Radiant Red (Cute), and Pink on the Dot (It’s pictured above).

Check out Meant to be Modest, and comment below your favorite pattern!

~~Amie~~

The Judge… (And random stuff)

Hello!  Today I’m typing from my overly crowded desk.  Yikes, I really need to clean it up…But I do have an excuse!  Thank you all who entered my writing contest.  I’m really enjoying your stories, even though I haven’t read them all.  I’m announcing one of the judges besides myself.  (Okay, the only judge besides myself.)

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My brother Phil!  To be honest, I’ll be super surprised if we even agree on the winner.  I have a feeling we might compromise on the winner.  I’m the writer, he’s the reader.  I’ll judge the grammar, the plot, and how the story flows.  He’ll judge…What he likes.  😂

So, y’all should be happy that you don’t have just me.  I’ll just pick your stories to death.  He’ll probably fly through them and place his favorite in my hand.  We’ll see.

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Next random thing!  Today, we went shopping, and I finally convinced my younger sister, Rose, to play this game with me.  Honestly, I hate shopping, but when you do it this way, it’s fun.  The rules are simple.  Find a modest, crazy outfit and make your sibling try it on.  I think I won (I picked for Rose), and I’ll tell you the reason in a bit.

Outfit #1

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For Rose’s outfit, I chose an adorable peachy-lacy dress, and paired it with a cream scarf. To finish it off, I picked out the highest cream high-heels I could find.  Isn’t she rocking it?

Sadly, my outfit that Rose picked out for me kinda…Went flat and we didn’t take a picture of it.  Trust me, it didn’t fit.

Outfit #2

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Let me explain this outfit.  My younger sister loves yellow…and anything bright.  I’m more for grey and dark colors, but she wants to make you squint.  I chose a yellow dress with a white lace overlay.  Since it was a sundress, it need something to make it modest.  I chose this lovely button up.  To finish the stunning look, I chose some ADORABLE! booties.  Seriously, they were cute. (Isn’t Rose the cutest model?)

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*Coughs*  Okay, so this dress was interesting.  I was trying to balance on these 3 inch heels my sister made me where.  Okay, so I find being 6′ 3″ is NOT fun. You should have seen me next to my dad.  🤣  Anyway, now to tell you about the outfit.

The dress is a lovely velvet with a see-through top.  I paired it with a turtle neck tee-shirt, and to finish the very different look, I had on a pair of beige (killer) heels.

A fun fact about me is that I can’t walk in heels, and don’t see the point.  My sister couldn’t stop laughing at how I stumbled out of the dressing room.  I’m tall enough without heels, okay?

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Now for some photography!  I’ve been taking pictures of my rabbit, and of some flowers.

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Look at little Peter rabbit!  I found a doll vest that fit Snowball perfectly.  He isn’t a fan of it, but he puts up with it for my sake.  Isn’t he the cutest?

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“Save me from this awful vest!  Please!  Have mercy on me!”–Snowball

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Isn’t it a beautiful flower?  It’s in our backyard, and I’m kinda sad more people can’t see it.  It’s on a rather small bush instead of a vine.  Somehow the vine became a bush?  I’m not exactly sure, but it’s still pretty.

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To be truthful, I’m obsessed with water droplets.  They’re just so pretty and delicate, and they reflect the prettiest things.  😍  Truly, I’d only take pictures of water droplets if I could.

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The roses are blooming!  I actually don’t like roses, unless they’re these vibrant ones.  I’m proud of this picture.  😉

All right!  That seems to be it for today.  Sorry for the rather random post, but that’s how we roll here at Crazy A.  Stay tuned for Saturday when we announce the winner!

Do you ever dress up at stores?  What is your opinion on my brother being the judge?  What do you think about Snowball?

~~Amie~~