December 31, 2010

Signature Style

Audrey Hepburn
To be truly chic, a woman must know the building blocks of style. One of the major building blocks is knowing your personal style. Understanding your unique style comes from knowing yourself, and being confident in expressing who God created you to be. We are God’s children, and we are beautiful in his eyes. Do not hide the woman he meant you to be, just because it isn’t “in”. If you love loafers and L.L bean, don’t down a ruffled lace cardigan and sky high pink heels just because everyone else is. The truly stylish women were comfortable in their own skin. Two examples are Grace Kelly and Audrey Hepburn. When one thinks of these two women, they often think, ‘Beauty, class, and style.’ Similar words were used to describe these two women, but they were uniquely different. These two women discovered that trends came and went, but style remained. They wore what they loved, what gave them confidence, and if that was “in” then wonderful! But if it wasn’t, they still wore it, and looked utterly fabulous. Style is discovering who God made you to be, and expressing that with confidence.

Fashions fade, style is eternal.
Yves Saint Laurent
Zest is the secret of all beauty. There is no beauty that is attractive without zest.
Christian Dior
Elegance is a question of personality, more than one's clothing.
Jean-Paul Gaultier
Style is primarily a matter of instinct.
Bill Blass
While clothes may not make the woman, they certainly have a strong effect on her self-confidence - which, I believe, does make the woman.
Mary Kay Ashe
Fashion condemns us to many follies; the greatest is to make ourselves its slave.
Napoleon Bonaparte
“Style” is an expression of individualism mixed with charisma. Fashion is something that comes after style.
John Fairchild
Although the names of different styles vary in different sources, there are about 7 categories of personal style. Often, you will relate to two or even three of the categories.
In each of these posts, I will describe the style, list the style essentials, and give it a rating on its modesty, femininity, and age-appropriateness. 
God bless!
~Southern Belle

December 28, 2010

Greetings and Welcome!

The ribbon has been cut! Since this is the first post on this blog, I feel safe to say that this blog's life has begun. To start off, I think I should state several facts for those of you who have no time to read the "My Faith" and "Vision Statement" tabs at the top of the page:
1. I am a Protestant Christian who is totally sold out for God. I desire to do his will and glorify him in all that I do.
2. I believe that dressing modestly is crucial for all women, especially Christians. The culture of this world does not embrace true modesty, and I want to reclaim it.
1 Timothy 2:9 I also want the women to dress modestly, with decency and propriety, adorning themselves, not with elaborate hairstyles or gold or pearls or expensive clothes,
3. I believe that dressing femininely is important for all women, especially Christians. Women are hiding under masculine shells and hoping to appear tough, forceful, and strong. God created women to be uniquely feminine and men to be uniquely masculine. We need to embrace our God given roles.
Deuteronomy 22:5 A woman must not wear men's clothing, nor a man wear women's clothing, for the Lord your God detests anyone who does this.
4. I strongly believe that dressing fashionably is critical, although not as much as modesty. Many Christians feel that they can never be modest because that would mean dressing in barrels all the time. Yes, a bit of an exaggeration. But, the truth remains: people are turned off by modesty because they feel it is ugly. I am here to proclaim that a woman/girl who is modest and feminine can be much more beautiful and fashionable than that skin baring celebrity on all the magazine covers. I encourage you to push past the potatoe sack mentality and discover that you can be oh so fashionable and oh so modest at the same time.
Now the question on the tip of your tongue is probably, "Why did you start this blog?" When I first became interested in fashion, many of the blogs and books I read were written by non-Christians with no convictions on modesty and femininity. Perplexed and clueless, I attempted to pick through the trash and develop my own sense of style while keeping my convictions. It was really difficult, but I did eventually develop my own style while keeping my convictions on modesty and femininity. When I look back at my experiences, I wish there had been an easier way to learn about fashion. The values of this world are so different from the principles in the Bible. How are Christian ladies suppose to learn how to be fashionable, feminine, AND modest at the same time? It seemed a colossal task. Then, the idea came to me to start a blog. I had learned so much through my experiences, why not pass the ideas to other people? So, I am. 

If you would like to stay updated with my blog, go to the side of the blog and become a follower. This enables you to participate more fully in my blog through giveaways, etc. 

Enjoy, and God bless!
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