Sunday, January 12, 2014

My Basic Modesty Outlook

Hello, Ola, Shalom!
My name is Rachel, I welcome you to my blog page. I am attempting to adventure into sharing my ideas in fashion & modesty, while being frugal without being a total washout! I hope to become a source of helpful tips in all aspects of making ourselves beautiful without being alluring and attracting!
Modesty to me is about more than what one wears, although one can dress stylishly, one must be modest in how we perceive ourselves to others. One must shine in our inner beauty foremost then reflect it in our outer appearance. To be modest by no means does it define a frumpy, unmade, outcast.
We must learn the degree of modesty that best fits us personally according to Torah. This way we don't feel subjected to undue restrains and therefore reflect distress and discontent with our King. I personally feel that since we belong to a Sovereign King we should reflect that royal identity in modesty and grace.
Each of us have our own individual taste in fashion. So by no means should we put our "own" guidelines on our sisters and friends, that restricts or diminishes our G-d given spirit of creativity. Some of us can dress in vibrant colors and sparkly ornaments and look absolutely gorgeous yet modest. Then some of us can adorn ourselves in classic and subdued attire and look just as gorgeous and modest without looking like we are mourning.
Our inner beauty shines through regardless of the outer attire, if and when our relationship with Hashem is an Ongoing Daily Lifestyle!
Here are a few of Scripture references that I guide myself by.

Proverbs 31:30

Complete Jewish Bible (CJB)
◊© 30 Charm can lie, beauty can vanish,
        but a woman who fears Adonai should be praised.

Isaiah 3:16-24

Complete Jewish Bible (CJB)
16 Moreover Adonai says:
“Because Tziyon’s women are so proud,
walking with their heads in the air
and throwing seductive glances,
moving with mincing steps
and jingling their anklets —
17 Adonai will strike the crown of the heads
of Tziyon’s women with sores,
and Adonai will expose their private parts.”
18 On that day Adonai will take away their finery — their anklets, medallions and crescents, 19 their pendants, bracelets and veils; 20 their headbands, armlets, sashes, perfume bottles, amulets, 21 rings and nose-jewels; 22 their fine dresses, wraps, shawls, handbags, 23 gauze scarves, linen underclothes, turbans and capes. 24 Then, there will be
instead of perfume, a stench;
instead of a belt, a rope;
instead of well-set hair, a shaved scalp;
instead of a rich robe, a sackcloth skirt;
and a slave-brand instead of beauty.
 

Ezekiel 16:8-14

Complete Jewish Bible (CJB)
“‘Again I passed by you, looked at you and saw that your time had come, the time for love. So I spread my cloak over you to cover your private parts and entered into a covenant with you,’ says Adonai Elohim, ‘and you became mine. Then I bathed you in water, washed the blood off you, and anointed you with oil. 10 I also clothed you with an embroidered gown, gave you fine leather sandals to wear, put a fine linen headband on your head and covered you with silk. 11 I gave you jewelry to wear, bracelets for your hands, a necklace for your neck, 12 a ring for your nose, earrings for your ears and a beautiful crown for your head. 13 Thus you were decked out in gold and silver; your clothing was of fine linen, silk and richly embroidered cloth; you ate the finest flour, honey and olive oil. You grew increasingly beautiful — you were fit to be queen. 14 Your fame spread among the nations because of your beauty, because it was perfect, due to my having bestowed my own splendor on you’ says Adonai Elohim.

We are FIT to be Queens! Lets embrace our own unique beauty and dress as royalty, yet being modest and graceful reflecting Hashem's beauty within us!
 

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