Have you been loving fmG’s guest features so far? Can I just say that discovering other faith & fashion bloggers and business owners is such an answered prayer?! Typically it’s so challenging to find a few for the month, but God has sent three in less than two weeks! Today you get to meet a faith + fashion + beauty + lifestyle + health + new mama blogger. Put that on your resume. Introducing, Rachel Dahl!
Hi! My name is Rachel, and I am the blogger behind A La Modest (alamodest.com). I am a new first time mama of a cute baby girl and married to the most amazing musician in the world (I am biased, of course). We live in beautiful Baltimore working online and offline (as parents) full time.
fashion meets God: I must say, I’ve enjoyed scrolling through all your outfits on A La Modest and can see an array of different styles from romantic to bohemian, costume to classy-corporate. How would you describe your style?
Rachel Dahl: Thank you! My style has definitely evolved so much, but one thing stays true—I dress based on whatever that inspires me, whether or not it’s from this decade and whether or not it’s found in stores or featured in magazines. I like a lot of the 60s, 70s, 80s, and 90s looks and lifestyle.
I wish I could be easily defined and recognized as having a certain type of style which makes it easier for others to compartmentalize and familiarize themselves with. I do know that I try to be as modest as far as showing skin goes. I do the best I can with not wearing anything too tight, but I don’t always do a good job at that because it’s hard to shop for my body type most of the time!
fmG: What or who is your biggest fashion inspiration?
RD: I honestly really admired the Guess ads from the 90s when I was a little girl. They were a bit too sexual for my age (or for anyone) however, but it did inspire me to mix vintage with modern without going over the top and have laid back and relaxed hair. I was never good at getting my hair done (nor my nails). I also have always liked vintage French and Russian makeup and styles.
fmG: Congrats on your newest addition to your family, too! Any advice for other working mommies who want to blog?
RD: Ah, this one is tough. I am still figuring out time to blog! I have a newborn baby, which is understandable. I say focus on that little baby for now and rest when baby is resting! When you cannot rest for some reason (like me who cannot take naps at all in the day), you can blog but make sure you pay attention to the time! Your little one is priority.
fmG: I read your “Salt and Light: Apply to Clothing” post from 2011 which is still very relevant to the present day- and I couldn’t agree more with what you said! What would you say to someone who is pulled between what the world says she should wear and what God wants her to wear?
RD: I say if you have that conviction, you should first pray about it, listen, and take action. Even if that action is not to follow, at least you have done something to relieve yourself of that anxiety. You will have peace in your heart, no matter what difficult decision or path you choose, if it is indeed what God wants.
fmG: You blog on sensitive subjects such as how to fight against depression, anxiety, insecurities, suicidal thoughts, and more. How did you gain the courage to write them? How has God used these specific posts to encourage women?
RD: I think it’s encouraging and humbling both to me and readers just because of the fact that these posts are not about me flaunting my own fashion sense! I like to write more on these topics because it definitely helps feed the soul, especially when rooted in scripture, while fashion, though modest, only really feeds the flesh. A lot of these more sensitive posts, especially from the early days, are from my own personal struggles and hardships.
fmG: Has being a faith and fashion blogger deepened your relationship with Christ? If so, in what ways?
RD: It has done both good and bad. I would be lying if I said that being a fashion blogger only deepened my relationship with Christ. Just like a Christian artist, the temptation to immerse in the world and put on a Christian face just to win over other Christians is too great. I have to constantly pull away from my blog or even the Internet, reflect on my heart, and be humbled by criticism to focus my attention on what truly matters, which is my personal relationship with Jesus.
Thank you so much for sharing your life not only as a blogger but how your priority with your relationship with God affects everything you do, Rachel! Power to you, mama!
“When we put God first, all other things fall into their proper place or drop out of our lives. Our love of the Lord will govern the claims for our affection, the demands on our time, the interests we pursue, and the order of our priorities.”
– Ezra Tatt Benson