Faith to Move the Mountain

Hope you all are having an amazing week. My week has been a bit challenging. I’ve been having a few challenges with life goals. Have you ever felt that way? I believe that God has an amazing an for my life and a lot of it has unfolded. I’m so grateful for my family and a job that I enjoy where I feel like I’m making a difference, but I know there’s more for me to do.  I have visions and goals and this week I doubted that I would be able to accomplish them.  There’s this song that we’ve been singing at church called I Believe.  There’s a part that says, ” Give me faith to move the mountain, Throw it in the sea”.  For me my mountain was doubt this week, but i’m praying that God give me faith, so that I can throw the mountain of doubt into the proverbial sea.  With  faith, I believe that all things are possible.  So, if the mountain of doubt ever surfaces in your life, ask for faith to throw it in the sea and keep pressing.  You can do it!



Outfit Deets

Sunnies: Free People


Necklace and boots: Cato


5 Characteristics of a Boho Girl

So, how was your 4th of July weekend? I had an awesome time with my family at our first family reunion in many years.  There were some tense moments, but healing ones and we are stronger for it! You know you can’t choose your family, but there’s a reason why they are your family, so love them hard because the ones that are hard to love are the ones that need it the most:)!


I’m mixing up prints again on the blog today.  I am seriously a boho girl for life!  Outfit deets:

Hat: Nine West

Kimono:  Nordstrom Rack

Pants: Blush Boutique (Duh) lol :)…Honestly if you are a boho girl this boutique is really one of the best in STL.


Don’t know if you are a Boho Girl…Here are 5 clues:


1. You own a gajillion kimonos and maxi dresses.

2. Festival clothes are just regular clothes to you.

3. You would rather walk barefoot than the fanciest stilettos.

4. You stalk Free People Clothing on a regular basis (oops I just said that out loud).

5.   Your heart for justice is bigger than your eye for fashion and sometimes the two intersect.

Fedora, Short Shorts and the Weekend!

Happy Friday loves!

Well, it’s Independence weekend and also my family reunion. This reunion is so significant because we haven’t had one in over 40yrs, and that’s older than I am so we’ve never had one in my lifetime. I’m so excited to meet and get to know some of my family that I’ve never met before! I’m also really excited that St. Louis is hosting the family reunion and on this weekend. There are so many cool things happening this weekend, and we definitely plan to hang out at the fair. Every year I look for a 4th of July shirt to wear but this year I decided to skip the store and shop my own closet. I love shopping my closet! Sometimes I forget what I have in there! I paired some old short-shorts with a side split dress and fedora that I got from H&M that I got last year. My kimono and shoes are fairly new purchases. The kimono is from one of my fave local boutiques, and you’ve seen it in another post as well. It’s from Blush Boutique. My shoes are from Ross Dress for Less. They are super comfy! What are you guys doing this weekend? Does your family have a reunion regularly?



My Style Feature in Alive Magazine

So i’m soooooo excited to be featured in this month’s My Style section of Alive Magazine.  I’ve posted the interview below for you all to see! Hope you’re summer is off to a  great start!

My Style: Christia DeShields
Educator/Blogger/TV Host
Story: Interview by Sarah Stallman
Photos: Attilio D’Agostino

Describe your personal style. I consider my style to be boho chic. I’m easy-breezy, but I like to be a little edgy too.

What’s your most recent fashion obsession? A tribal- or floral-print duster.

What runway trends are you loving right now? I’m so excited to see pink, wide-leg pants and floppy hats on the runway. LOVE!

What item from your closet can you not live without? I would be lost without something black. I’m a new mom, and I dodge baby drool on a regular basis. Black is stylish, easy to clean and hides stains.

What are your top five clothing staples? A jumpsuit, shift dress, statement necklace, a beanie and a floral duster.

What is your go-to piece? I live for a good jumpsuit! All you have to do is add jewelry, heels and a bag. It’s so easy and chic.

Is there any person or character whose style you really admire? I love Tracee Ellis Ross’ style—and she’s totally my hair crush!

Who are some of your favorite designers? Betsey Johnson, Gwen Stefani, Rachel Zoe and Michael Drummond are among some of my favorites.

Where do you shop in STL? I absolutely love the boutique scene in STL! Places like BLUSH Boutique, Epiphany Boutique and paperdolls always have a fabulous selection. I frequent the local vintage and thrift stores as well.

What is your biggest fashion pet peeve? I think my biggest fashion pet peeve is when someone is brave enough to try a new hairstyle or clothing style, and then they get criticized for stepping outside of the proverbial fashion box. I’m like, “Would you please let them be great?” But seriously—let people evolve.

A Girl’s Guide to Thrifting

Happy Humpday everyone! I have a special treat for you this week on ModaChristia.  My friend and guest blogger Rae Johnson has broken down the do’s and don’ts of thrifting.  She’s a savvy shopper with great style who fell in love with thrifting. Check out her tips and you can see more of her on Raegan’s Rare Finds.

For Me, Thrifting Wasn’t an Easy Sell

By Rae C. Johnson of Raegan’s Rare Finds

It’s hard for me to pass a thrift store without stopping. Yet, there was a time when I wouldn’t set foot inside a thrift store.

I’m a bit frugal by nature. I love a bargain and practically grew up in Marshalls. But there was something about thrift stores. I donated to them, but never shopped.

I had painted a picture of outdated clothing (because I thought people didn’t donate the really good stuff); pieces strewn everywhere (who knew thrift stores were organized by style, and some even by color and size?); and a cocktail of dust and body odor (now depending on where you go…well…never mind).

Then one day, someone shared her thrift finds on Facebook. She had purchased two gorgeous sweaters for $4. I couldn’t believe it. I WANTED those sweaters or at least something similar. So maybe thrifting was worth a try.

I popped into a Value Village Thrift Store and stopped at the dress racks. That’s when I saw her. This pink, silk Liz Claiborne wrap dress that seemed to be illuminated, set aside just for me. The price? Only $6!

I grabbed the dress and hurried to the register before someone else realized what a steal it was, LOL.



At that point, I was converted.

Now, I have to force myself to stay out of thrift stores. In fact, a significant amount of my wardrobe is thrifted.

For those still on the fence about thrifting, maybe my tips will encourage you to give it a try and discover why I love it so much.

  1. TAKE A PARTNER – preferably someone who already thrifts. Your first thrift experience could be overwhelming; particularly because you’re trying to figure out how to navigate the store. A patient partner, who already knows the ropes, will make your experience much easier.
  2. BE PATIENT – depending on the thrift store, you may have to sift through clothing or even dig through bins (especially at outlets). Set aside enough time and patience to carefully look through items. You will be surprised by what jewels you could find.
  3. BE PREPARED – I have bad allergies, and dust in some thrift stores can trigger them. Feel free to take a mask or gloves and/or hand sanitizer (items aren’t pre-cleaned). Also, set a BUDGET for your thrift trip. At the store, you could find a zillion things for unbelievable prices, but remember that adds up. Set a budget, and bring the amount in cash so you know when you have reached your limit. You can also make a WISH LIST. This allows you to stay focused and avoid impulse buys.
  4. CHECK FOR DEALS – Before you go to the thrift store, call ahead to see if there are any sales. Many thrift stores have 50% off days (especially around/on holidays), or clothing with certain color discount tags. Liking your favorite thrift store on Facebook also keeps you in the loop regarding promotions.
  5. TRY IT ON – Thrift stores have different return/exchange policies (if you’re unsure, ask); so it’s important to be confident in your purchases. The best way to know is to try items on. Since thrifted clothing isn’t pre-cleaned, I typically wear leggings and a tank top under my clothing so I can comfortably try on pieces. This is also a great opportunity to examine the item for any stains or damage. If you find damage, determine if it’s repairable or worth repairing. Also, don’t get discouraged by label sizes. Depending on the brand and the cut, fits vary. If it looks like it might work, try it on. I have sizes in my closet ranging from 6 to 16, and they all fit!

Below, are a few of my favorite thrift finds:

  1. Black, Jones New York Dress, $3 at Value Village (I almost passed on this because it wasn’t cute on the hanger). Remember, try it on.


  1. I find more than clothing! I scored this beautiful dresser at the Goodwill for $40. I could finally cross it off my wish list.


  1. You can thrift cool jewelry too (typically in glass cases at the stores). This pearl choker was only $4 at Value Village.


You can check out more of my finds, deal alerts, and participate in great giveaways by liking Raegans_Rare_Finds on Facebook and following on Instagram.


Barbed Wire, Acrylic Paintings, Fashion and More! Why you should attend Art:314

So, The Art:314 Silent Auction and Party is happening November 13th at the Contemporary Arts Museum, and I’m really excited. I got a sneak peek of the artists showing and I fell for Barb Flunker’s work. I was so impressed at the way that she up cycled barbed wire into beautiful pieces of art work! Her oil and acrylic paintings have vibrant base colors with dark splashes on to balance them out. Her pieces make me feel so eclectic. It’s like a chic party on a painting. I can totally see one of those pieces hanging up in my new home! I actually got a chance to ask Barb what inspired her design aesthetic and she said

Travel, nature and recycling found materials are imperative to my work. As you explore “Roadtrip One” you will find the undulation of roads and terrain, interspersed with materials from various road trips. This excites my being. Manipulating and playing with the materials in my hands, the work evolves into its three dimensioal space.

She definitely sounds like my kind of artist.

With Art:314 being around the corner, an important question that I had to ask myself was, what am I going to wear? After some thought I decided that I would go for something eclectic like Barb Flunker’s work, so here’s a sneak peak of what I’m going to wear.


So my friends, you don’t have to miss out on all of the Art:314 fun. There will be a number of wonderful artists also displaying their work and of course I’ve got the hook up for you! Get $10.00 of your ticket using code Moda5498. Click here for tickets and I hope to see you there!


Artwork by Barb Flunker
Artwork by Barb Flunker
Artwork by Barb Flunker