Impromptu Photoshoot Ideas for Warmer Weather

Impromptu Photoshoot Ideas for Warmer Weather

Gotta love the warmer seasons! You can finally take out the prettier modest skirts and dresses that were stashed away this past winter, and rock them in the gorgeous weather without winter coat over it. And hmm, what is one to do when you combine gorgeous weather with gorgeous outfits? Take pics! Lots of pics! Awesome pics!

Camera shy? No problem! Take pics of the flowers in bloom, or fruits ripening in the sun. You can also snap a few pics of your friends/family/pets enjoying the lovely weather. While you’re at it, please don’t limit yourself to stiff pics standing in front of a tree. Capture some warmth, personality, and pizazz to really make your images pop.

Here are some ideas for you to grab inspiration from! Each slideshow features multiple images from the same series. We’re sure some of these will get your imagination running.

Enjoy your modest fashions in the warm weather! Also- feel free to tag/mention us in your pics that you post online, where you’re wearing our designs. That always makes our day!


Five Gift-Giving Strategies for the Girl On Your List

Five Gift-Giving Strategies for the Girl On Your List

The holiday season is a bonanza for business, with the media making darned sure that everyone feels a guilty responsibility: To buy gifts and to make ‘em good.

Face it: gift buying success is not an exact science. What’s more, when the female target of your gift purchases – whether it’s a family member, a friend, or a colleague from work – is a difficult “fit”, we can find ourselves roaming the aisles, either empty handed, or worse, with our hands full of gifts that are sure to go right to the back of the closet. Or back to the store.

Here are some thoughts to guide you on your girl-oriented gift-giving adventures.

(1) It’s winter. Think cozy.

You don’t have to be headed for a ski resort to appreciate the warmth that’s expressed by seasonal dressing. In the winter months, everybody loves an extra layer, and outerwear is a risk-free choice; whether it’s a casual sweatshirt or a camel’s wool coat, it doesn’t have to match any particular outfit. For a low-budget option, remember: winter scarves, hats and gloves are a colorful, girl-friendly gift, and a classic expression of seasonal affection.

Women's Loose Fitting, Raglan Style Shirt - Perfect 'Basic' for your Wardrobe

Women’s Loose Fitting, Raglan Style Shirt – Perfect ‘Basic’ for your Wardrobe

(2) Basics rock!

Did you know that the girl who has everything has something in common with the fussiest recipient on your list? It’s true: both have limited bandwidth for appreciating your creative shopping efforts. So why fight it? A sure-fire way to please both these categories is to concentrate on blue-chip, tried-and-true basics. Complement the wardrobe these women already have by choosing high-quality tops, bottoms and layering pieces in easy-to-match colors.

(3) You can never own too much…

…jewelry. Diamonds may be a girl’s best friend, but if the real stuff is out of your price range, try browsing your local department store racks for fun – and fake – pieces that can liven up any look.

Kosher Casual's Little Black Dress

Kosher Casual’s Little Black Dress

(4) Dare to buy a dress

Yes, it can be done. Keep your eyes out for classic styles that are not too fussy in the details, yet say “holiday” all the way to the hem. For example, imagine an unstructured dress in a solid-color… that’s the kind of foolproof, one-size-fits-all gift dress that is sure to be appreciated, because it can be dressed up and accessorized, creating a starting point for a personal fashion statement.

(5) And if you despair…

Don’t. Gift certificates may sound like a cop-out, but allowing the girl on your gift list to do her own shopping might be the greatest gift of all!

Why I Love My Long Black Skirt

Why I Love My Long Black Skirt

As a working mother, I need to wear clothing that looks great in the office and is comfortable when I’m crawling around on the floor with the kids or making dinner, doing laundry, supervising bath time…you get the idea. I know, I know, you’re probably thinking that the best item would be a plastic, stain-repellent mu-mu. Which would be practical, of course, except that I don’t think my coworkers (or my husband) would appreciate the style statement. Fortunately for me, there is something that is stylish, comfortable and entirely wearable- my long black skirt. I seriously love my long black skirt. It disguises my relatively wide hips (as black fabric tends to do), it hangs properly in all the right places (as cotton tends to do), and it matches absolutely everything (well, except for maybe my favorite black shirt, but that’s a story for another time).

There’s no question that I enjoy wearing knee-length skirts, but if I had to choose my favorite cut, I’d choose long skirts hands-down. Why, you may ask? To make a long story short (pardon the pun), I’ve found that at times straight short skirts make it difficult to sit comfortably on the floor when I’m playing with my children. A long skirt, on the other hand, allows just the right amount of movement and coverage at all times. It’s also great as a crutch for my son who is just learning how to pull himself up. If I wore more short skirts, I’m sure he’d be months behind as he’d have nothing to grab hold of!)

The long black skirt that I wear most frequently has a slight flare at the bottom which allows for easy maneuvering and is tailored at the top to create a completely professional look. Because the waistline is discreet and not bulky like that those on skirts with belt loops or designed waist-lines, it can be worn with nearly any type of shirt. Equally importantly, my favorite long black skirt looks fantastic with nearly any type of shoes. In the summer, my sandals look fantastic with the slightly billowy skirt brushing over the sandal straps. In the winter the skirt looks great with both boots and other close-toed shoes. I wouldn’t wear it with sneakers, but then again, I seldom wear sneakers unless I’m on the treadmill, so I guess that’s irrelevant.

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