Does it have to be itsy bitsy?

itsy bitsy yellow polka dot bikini

The itsy bitsy teeny weeny yellow polka-dot bikini…. we all know the lyrics. But do we know what these lyrics actually meant for bathing suits lining the seashore? With the turn of the fashion world and the women’s rights movement, the bikini became a tool used for female empowerment. But, fashion designer Jessica Rey reveals the shocking research on the male brain that shows otherwise.

Check out Jessica Rey’s fashion line for modest and super cute swimwear

Photo Shoots… Good Clean Fun?


It’s fun to take pictures with your friends. Candid shots of laughter can capture a memory. Goofy photos on the webcam never seem to get old. But what I’ve noticed a lot of girls doing lately are photoshoots…. a full session of photography with a few friends with different poses and different backgrounds often revolving around a specific theme. I’ve seen quite a few girls upload these photos to facebook… sometimes creating a whole new album with up to one hundred photos. The photos are usually fun and artistic, showing the creativity of the photographer by thinking outside the box.

Unfortunately, many of these photos don’t exude a sweet and innocent fun time. Sometimes these photos include seductive poses of teenage girls trying to look sexy. I’ve seen way too many pictures of thirteen year old girls and girls my age with pouting lips and heavy make up looking longingly into the camera lens. Even if they are fully clothed, photos like this create a sense of seduction and give the wrong impression.

But it’s easy to have a photo shoot that fun and creative without compromising your innocence. Getting a few of your friends together to create a series of photographs should be a fun and artistic activity! And it can be! A few of us from Across My Heart ministries got together to show you just how fun photo shoots can be!

We picked a theme, got some props from the 1970s, donned a few old school outfits, and made lots of memories! Check out some more of the photos from our 1970s photo shoot below!




Fun photo shoot ideas:

Pick a decade like we did…. love the 1950s? How about the 1980s? Dress up in your favorite checkered dress or neon leggings and don’t forget the bouffant!

Pick a fun background… whether you are a country girl or a city girl, there is a place for you!

Blow bubbles or balloons… props can be a lot of fun to play with and add an awesome visual effect!

Recreate your favorite movie… take snap shots while acting out the plot line and role play as your favorite character from the film!

What fashion used to look like…

My favorite fashion site, Modcloth, puts a modern twist on vintage fashions. For their Holiday catalog, they did a little research on vintage fashion catalogs to put together their very own! It’s fun to look at the process and see how the elements of fabric, colors, and even word choices can play a part in creating the perfect look!

If you like Vintage Fashion as much as I do, check out the link below and get a behind the scenes look at what vintage fashion magazines used to look like!

Behind the Scenes Look

Not So Modern Fashion

It seems like fashion moves in cycles. From bell-bottoms to skinny jeans to bell-bottoms to skinny jeans and back again. They’ve always had different labels of course…. “peg leg” pants, “parachute” pants, boot leg jeans, flares…. but whatever you call it….

Fashion always makes a comeback.

Sometimes, it can be exhausting trying to keep up on the latest trends. So instead of buying the “latest and greatest” maybe you should go back to the basics. There are some things that stay in style because….well…. they’ve always been in style!

Audrey Hepburn’s “little black dress” never lost it’s fame and Grace Kelly is still a fashion icon today.Classic style and vintage fashions have a timeless elegance! The A-line dress and the patent leather shoe never grow old! That’s why fashion sites like modcloth are so great. Take a look for yourself and see if you like the looks of yesteryear!

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