Friday, March 5, 2010

Playing at Being a Fashion Journalist

As many of you know we recently held our very first modest swimsuit giveaway hosted by Elaine at Clothed Much. Clothed Much is a "Look What I'm Wearing Today!" blog, but with the added emphasis on modesty and frugality. I picked Elaine to host our first swimsuit giveaway because I love her sense of style and how she proves that not only do you not have to have a ton of money to invest in your closet to look fashionable but you also don't need to compromise on modesty, either.

In working together getting the swimsuit giveaway up and running I had the opportunity to talk to Elaine and interview her. Channeling my inner Dianne Sawyer I really delivered some tough questions. Here is my interview with Elaine:

DM: Hi Elaine, and welcome. Who is your Fashion Icon?

I actually don't have one fashion icon.. I try to receive inspiration from everywhere. I really look to fashion blogs, street style and for my fashion inspiration!

What defines modesty to you?

Modesty is not just a style choice but a lifestyle. I have learned to curb my desires and wants for what is really important - self-respect, dignity, and self-worth. Through my clothing choices and style, I want to portray to the world that I respect my body and want people to see me for who I am and not my hot body (ha!)

Describe one of your favorite outfits.

That's so hard!! Here's one... It's nothing special - I am just really proud of how I put the items together so they hold a special place in my closet.

That outfit looks so comfy and yet just a little more dressed up than jeans. It's perfect! In reading your blog we get an insider's view of your closet but tell us a little about YOU.

I was born in Seoul, Korea but immigrated to the states, specifically, Philadelphia, with my family when I was younger. I now live in Salt Lake City, UT with my dear husband of two years. I like to stare at my sewing machine and pretend to know how to use it. I like thrifting - I'm not very good at it but I like to think I am getting better!

DM: What are some of your favorite places to shop?

Deseret Industries (a local thrift store), other thrift stores, Uptown Cheapskate, ebay... I've been looking at secondhand clothing a lot more. I like to think I'm "helping" the earth...and my wallet and husband appreciate it too ;)

I'm also a big fan of eBay. What was one of your best shopping "scores"?

Elaine: This is going to be so boring and practical but definitely my secondhand Kenneth Cole Reaction coat. I've been looking for a new winter coat because my other one was too poofy and made me look like a marshmallow and so when I saw this at a consignment store for $60 I snagged it! I don't know the brand too well and I looked it up and their coats run for at least $300!!! So was definitely a good score!!!

That IS a gorgeous coat! Jealous! If you woke up late and only had 2 minutes to throw an outfit together, what would you put on?

Hahaha that happens to me a lot often than you'd think...... I'd wear my J Brand jeans, Hanes men's v-neck, Geox flats (if it is warm outside) or my Tsubo boots, and my leopard print scarf! That is my default has never failed me! ;)

DM: Thank you so much Elaine for stopping by. Since I already had a leopard print scarf, you inspired me to purchase a white v-neck Tee (on clearance!) and I now have a go-to outfit for those mornings when I don't want to think about what to wear to work!

Thursday, March 4, 2010

Summer Swimsuit Shapeup: Update 3

Well....yeah. I have a big "FAIL" stamped on week 5 of my diet log-sheet. I whined cried met last night with my Health Coach, and today I feel somewhat jazzed to get back on-plan.

WARNING: Reading from this point on may trigger intense chocolate cravings!!!!

All through this diet so far I have had the mind-set that any delicious food that I can't have now, will be available later...and that has worked great until I was faced with my all-time fav treat that is only available around Easter each year. The Cadbury Mini-Egg.

I have joked in previous comments that I love Love LOVE Cadbury Mini Eggs. But it's no joke. Each year I look forward to Spring when the purple packages hit the store shelves. I actually remember clearly when my friend Tammy first introduced me to these yummy treats a good 20 years ago in Charlotte, North Carolina. Last week after running some errands for me, my son picked me up from work with a "Hey! Guess what's in the stores??"
"Only let me have six", I told him, thinking a small taste would be a nice treat and not affect my diet too much and... it wouldn't have, except that there is such a thing as not-enough-of-a-good-thing...Yea...I've been on a week-long Chocolate Splurge and enjoyed every second of it.

But all good things must come to an end. My Coach's idea last night was for me to hit the diet hard for the next 3-4 weeks until Easter, then reward myself on Easter with all the Easter trimmings including Mini-Eggs for that one day. Then back on-plan again the next day.

This, I can do. Onward and upward, right? Because out of all our new 2010 modest swimwear line I have finally picked out my favorite and I want it in a medium, not an x-large.

Another Giveaway!

Head on over to Fabulous Fun Finds and enter to win a FREE modest swimsuit from Diviine Modestee! You can also read her review of our new swimsuit line.

Is your favorite modest swimsuit the Banded Halter?
Or maybe the Bowtie Tankini?Or the Classic Square Halter?
Enter the giveaway by letting Fabulous Fun Finds know which of our new 2010 modest swimsuits are your favorites. Plural, because I know you'll find more than one to love.

Monday, March 1, 2010

Fun Fashion Blog

In my web-surfing today I came across a fun fashion blog called Thrifty Muse. I love the combination of Fashion+Thrift because not all of us can afford Christian Louboutin or Max Azria although (some of!) want to LOOK like we can. Lisa, who writes for Thrifty Muse likes to put together her layered outfits starting with Diviine Modestee Camisoles. One recent look she put together can be seen here: