19 December 2013

Living Set Apart for God

So my blog first started out because I was led to share my modest outfits. I remember saying to Father/God 'I don't think anyone would be interested in what I do, it's just normal, nothing exciting.' Much to my surprise God has shown me that what I considered 'normal' i.e covering up in my dressing, now in Christ is not the norm for many who are the church. Which is so sad. I am not at all suggesting that I am the standard for modesty-- I am merely a product of His word, transforming my soul and mind, so that my decisions become more godly. 

My heart towards my posts, videos, blogs, is to share what God has taught me on the subject of being His Bride, and adorning ourselves in modest manner. So that you do not make the mistakes I made, and so that you can know His love and standard towards us. I know what I know by His grace and I am still learning. Presenting a submissive heart to God is KEY, however we should also present His temple in a godly manner. We don't do it for guys, not for complements, but simply to worship Him in everything we do. My heart is that we will all be in right standing with Him, not by our own works, but by believing in the work done on the cross, the work of salvation in Jesus. 

Yet we must recognise, though we are NOT saved by works (Ephesians 2:9)...our salvation does need to be worked out (Philippians 2:12). Things in our lives will not change by default. We don't suddenly start to think godly, or respond in love, appreciate time, see money right, dress modestly, stop swearing, stop thinking lustfully....although some have testimonies of immediate changes in Christ we ALL have the responsibility of practicing truth and righteousness. We have to make godly choices and choose to kill the flesh, to walk after the spirit. 

'This is the message we heard from Jesus and now declare to you: God is light, and there is NO darkness in Him at all. So we are lying if we say we have fellowship with God but go on living in spiritual darkness; we are not practicing the truth.' ~ 1 John 1:5, 6 

Such a strong and cutting chapter and this verse is so sobering. God didn't put this verse here so we disqualify ourselves, and start to think 'well I am never going to be perfect'. God is not asking we come to Him or serve Him being perfect--He perfects us. However, we are to desire a life pleasing to Him & not this world we have been saved from. We are given the opportunity to be born of LIGHT, born of GOD. To be the product of His seed, to be like Father, like child! We have the opportunity to reflect a HOLY and PERFECT God, FULL of love, compassion and so Set Apart. I LOVE how Set Apart, God is. Set Apart from sin, from darkness and totally light. It gives me soo much hope in knowing that God is truth and there is no ounce of lies in Him. He is so pure and righteous and by His grace I can reflect His image, because I was made in it. Wow! Holy as He is holy. 

I John 1:5-6 speaks VOLUMES to me, especially as I used to be SO LUKEWARM! One foot in the word and one in the world, I did what I wanted, without consulting God. He was not my LORD yet I said I was a 'Christian'. A lie according to scripture...as I did not practice truth. [I don't even use the word 'Christian', for myself anymore, as that is something another should identify in me, that I am like Christ--just like in scripture. The apostles called themselves disciples of Christ, others called them Christians because they saw that they were bearing the fruit of Christ. ] I was NOT living CHRIST like at all, but in His mercy God reached me and has graced me, so I do not make excuses for ANY sin. Yes, I had a hard child hood, many things happened around me & to me, that affected me. I was exposed to a lot of nonsense from a young age, yet that is still not an excuse. In Christ I am a new creation, old things have passed away. I no longer identify myself as my old man, I now identity with Christ' word over me. 

Sin will destroy anyone of us if we do not submit to Jesus, follow His word and standards. God loves me tooo much for me to flirt with sin and be ineffective--I wasn't created for that. This photo below just reminds me of sin that's not dealt with. Mate! No- no- no! Not on it. 

'I have hidden your word in my heart, that I might not sin against you.' ~ Psalms 119:11. Amen - I live on this!! 

I didn't even mean to write all that, but I hope it blesses someone and shakes you out of the lies of the enemy. You can be upright in Jesus--living everyday desiring more of Him and dying daily. Killing all fleshly desires. Maybe not all in one day, as we grow and develop in time we have on earth, but surely, you will live in reverence to God and not practice sin. Not live a life of, rave this weekend, church conference next weekend. Maxi dress on Sunday, crop tops on Saturday. Being lukewarm is adultery...James admonished us all with this: 

' You adulterers! Don’t you realize that friendship with the world makes you an enemy of God? I say it again: If you want to be a friend of the world, you make yourself an enemy of God. What do you think the Scriptures mean when they say that the spirit God has placed within us is filled with envy? But he gives us even more grace to stand against such evil desires. As the Scriptures say, “God opposes the proud but favors the humble.” So humble yourselves before God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you. Come close to God, and God will come close to you. Wash your hands, you sinners; purify your hearts, for your loyalty is divided between God and the world.' ~ James 4:4-8. 

The solution is in the verses and it's His goodness that exposes our hearts, to lead us to repentance. 

As the Holy Spirit convicts you of areas you need to be changed in, do not be afraid to repent & accept His way of living. The word is here to help cleanse us, so we can be effective & I believe one day to enjoy heaven. Why, you may ask?! 

Well, I realise that in heaven there is no sin, and there isn't anything outside of God's desires, so if I want heaven to be home for me, in eternity, I need to become acquainted with the standards from now. Holiness reigns for He is holy - holy - holy! 

With love 
Nash Amber 

4 December 2013

Modest Dressing Essentials ~ Tips for Skirts

So we are back to the Modest Dressing Essentials - a series dedicated to tips and insight into where to shop for modest items and then how to style them up or modest-fy items you already have that need restyling.

The aim of these videos and blog posts is to help you ladies on a practical level to adapt to the changes going on within your heart towards His standard of holiness including in how you dress.  Modesty does begin in the heart, and only God has the ability to change the heart, yet we must surrender and die daily - denying the flesh of the desires it has, and picking up our cross to follow Jesus. These videos are put together with the heart to empower you to have a wardrobe that reflects your desire to be modest-- because, we can't dress modest with immodest wardrobe choices.

Here are some examples of skirts I have purchased on the high street or online for my modest wardrobe. It can be challenging to find at times but it is possible and I hope this post encourages you!

At a wedding in winter, so I wore it with this textured off the shoulder jumper.
Me and my Mummy
At a birthday dinner.

Most of my shopping is done online and this beautiful emerald green midi skirt, is one of my favourites in my wardrobe!It is SO elegant and can be worn in a number of ways. I purchased this skirt at  Choies - This online store has so many lovely and stylish midi skirts at affordable prices too! I also have it in a black and red, which is so perfect for styling up or down for various occasions.  

Next - Most skirts from next tend to be decent in length and are good quality. Shop during the sales to grab yourself really good bargains, or shop in outlets.

FCUK- Another store that has good quality items, it is not everything from this store, would I wear. I do not go to FCUK in the highstreets, I tend to go to outlet stores which always offers great discounts. 

ASOS- Personal favorite store at present, when it comes to midi skirts. Their skirts are so lovely, affordable, good quality and available in many prints.

Primark - On the odd occasion, Primark may surprise you. With the red pencil skirt, I wear a slip underneath, as the fabric is transparent in the light.

It is possible for the renewed mind to find modest skirts when shopping, because the Word begins to change your desires and makes your eyes gravitate towards more suitable items. It does not happen over night but the Holy Spirit really begins to show you ways to wear things, when you allow Him to be your counselor in all things. When I go into a shop to purchase an item, I automatically check to see if it is decent, in length and fit. Due to practicing-- seeking for modest items, I find them even in highstreet stores. If something is not long enough, I may put a skirt on top or underneath to complete the look. I love skirts! I much prefer them to dresses.

Being a modest lady, means having to be selective with your choices. Most high street stores are not trying to cater for the modest lady. We are not their 'target market', therefore the first thing you find, may not be for you, but exercising patience, will help. :)

There is this awesome website: http://www.modestskirts.co/ which has been put together by another modest fashion blogger that I follow. This site is dedicated to modest skirts. How great is that?! So it has information of different shops selling pretty skirts & where you can purchase them - all at affordable & reasonable prices!  Check it out & save to your tabs.

If you have any questions related to this post or have experienced issues while aiming to dress modest, please email me and I will see what tips I can share. More to come for the Modest Dressing Essentials series. Please Check out the 'Tips for Tops' on YouTube channel also.

With love, 
Nash Amber♡

Modest Styling & more ♡

Heyyy!! I have been meaning to post on here but I have been on the move a lot and busy with styling matters. Hehe. 

I have been working on the modest styling for a while, (which some of you know about -- thank God & thank you to those that have been supportive! I appreciate you! ♡) God has been faithful!! 

Many don't know that I have also started an online boutique to complement the modest styling, & practically provide you with items for your wardrobe too. My desire is to one day be able to supply my sisters with modest & stylish clothing, by His Grace!! God is faithful & I am trusting in His timing and leading. The stretching I'm going through in this season is REAL - I will share at the appointed time. 

This isn't an official opening but an update and to share with you that 'A Set Apart Boutique' is here! thanks to God's constant encouragement!! Within this boutique there are 'Set Apart GEMS' (which I hashtag when me or others wear). #SetApartGEMS is a range of accessories (mainly statement necklaces at present), carefully picked with YOU in mind! To complement your modest looks. :D Modesty is still right & Purity is only possible with Jesus. ♡

'A Set Apart Boutique' will be at a pop up boutique only for THIS Friday, Saturday, & Sunday coming up. Come and be among one of the first people to purchase items before the online site name is released--all in His perfect time. Of course I will be doing personal styling -- giving tips on how you can modestly present yourself on the day too, how can I not?! Hehe. 

Please feel free to bring outfits down or photos of outfits you want to complement with our accessories. There may also be a make up artist in the building, so we can really DO this! 

POP Up Boutique | Location:
Basement ~ Little Gems Boutique. 243 Victoria Park Road, London, E9 7HD

Shout out to @Esfront for hosting this! Follow them too! 

Below are some of the Set Apart GEMS in action. 

Me and my beautiful friend and sister Cali, all the way from NYC. I love her. 

Out at the weekend for my graduation dinner with family.
Wearing another one of the Set Apart GEMS. 

Lovely skirt from Asos! Midi skirts are great, Asos have so many skirts like this one, in different prints and all. Have a look. 

• Midi Skirt - Asos 
• Top - Primark 
• Blazed - HnM 
• Envelop clutch - Primark 
• Footwear - Next 
• Necklace - Set Apart GEMS

Isn't she lovely?! Yes, she is. I'm so thankful for your support AdeLady. 

Me and my beautiful Bessie ALady.

Footwear: New Look 

Necklace - Set Apart GEMS 

• Blouse - Primark 
• Bag - Burberry's 
• Footwear - New Look 
• Necklace - Set Apart GEMS 

Me and my bessie stepped out of our cars and looked at each other and laughed! Same footwear, tanned bag & look of the day. Not planned but yet again we complemented each other in our modest looks. 

At a baby shower yesterday, it was my first one ever and it was absolutely right that Mr and Mrs were both there! The Father of the child invited his friends and brothers and the Mother invited hers. It was an awesome evening! Fun clean games! It was so encouraging to be able to celebrate in such a way, the baby that is to come; With Jesus at the centre. 

I loved it!

I've had a fun weekend! I have a busy week ahead, in prep for this weekend but I will be uploading things on my Instagram and Facebook page. Join me there.

Love to you all and hope that you are growing in the knowledge of Gods love towards YOU. 

With love, 
Nash Amber ♡

Ps: Look forward to meeting and seeing some of you this weekend at the pop up shop. 

'The Lord will perfect that which concerns me; Your mercy, O Lord, endures forever; Do not forsake the works of Your hands.' ~ Psalms 138:8