IFB – 22nd Featured Post! “Dear Seventeen”

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Wearables

Now that fashion month has kicked off, one of the things that we’ll be thinking as the new season hits the runways is, “Is it wearable?” Well, not just the runways, in technology too. The “Internet of Things” gives us some interesting accessories to incorporate into our look. And just in time too… with school back in session, what better way to accessorize, than with things that make you smarter?

Links à la Mode: September 4th

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21st Feature on IFB :)

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Last Weekend

Labor Day marks the last day of “Summer” even if it’s actually September 21st… but who’s counting? Oh yeah, EVERYONE! Fashion Month kicks off next week, so everyone get your rest. Get everything you need to be done for regular life done this weekend if you can, because we’ll all be glued to the runways for the next month. So now is the time to muse about life and style, to stock up on your Fall wardrobe, and catch up on your magazines… don’t know where to start? These links will help!

Links à la Mode: August 28th

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400+ Subbies & a Surprise!

blogger balloonsJust a quick update!

I’ve recently reached well over 400 subscribers (443, to be exact)! Thanks for always being so supportive and responsive to my blog, Adorners! My goal was to make 500 by the end of the summer but hey, I know I’ll make it someway, somehow. I just have to be patient and consistent – those are definitely two things my blog is teaching me to be. 

I’ve been meaning to ask you guys, though: Do you count your Bloglovin followers in the count as well? I really want to know!

OH YEAH! I have big news and I can’t wait to share! Stay tuned. 

Welcome to Adorned in Armor, new subbies! I look forward to interacting with you soon :) If you want to keep up, please follow my Instagram, Twitter & Bloglovin :)

One last thing: “Adorned in Armor” has been shortlisted by Cosmopolitan UK as the “Best International Fashion Blog”! Those shortlisted meet in London for the grand blogger event, meet new bloggers, be treated to goodies and discover who wins! Please please vote for my blog to win in Category 5 here. Thank you!!!

Clothes: to Sell, or to Donate?

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I am not a hoarder.

As I outgrew my clothes and my style evolutionized, I gave them away.  Yup, year by year. Sometimes even seasonally. I honestly don’t even know how my clothes accumulated – I barely shop! (No, seriously, it’s true). 

I have 2 younger sisters so of course, I would ask them which items they wanted out of my closet before I handed them over to my mother to donate. For hours, I would dig and dig and dig. Dig through my closets, my dressers, my bins. It usually took 2 hours or 3 since I would usually get lazy and sit back amongst the piles of clothes, wondering how in the heck I would categorize them and all that. 

Recently, I went thrifting. I didn’t know that it (meaning, thrifting) existed until my senior year of high school. Yup, 2012. And I had an amazing experience. Of course I heard of Goodwill and Salvation Army but honestly, dumb little me thought it was for the poor. I mean, that’s what it used to be for… right?

But anyway, I went thrifting and after I made my purchases (I had some great finds, I must say), I discovered that selling clothes to thrift stores was an option! I also learned that fact in 2012 lol but it just rang brand new to me yesterday. Maybe it’s because I’m always looking for ways to make money these days, who knows.The pretty blonde next to me with the huge sack of clothes inspired me. I would go home and find some items to sell. So, I did. 

My room looked h o r r e n d o u s. No, seriously. Apparel was spewed everywhere. I was the tornado wreaking havoc and my clothes stood no chance against me. As I was “packing”, my mother came by and asked what I was doing. I replied with a simple, “selling my clothes”. She chuckled and actually let me be. Surprised, I continued with my duties for a few more hours. Satisfied with what I rummaged up, I went to my family, asking if they too had items they wanted to sell. My youngest sister, Shermine, came to me with two items she didn’t want anymore: a winter vest and a never worn before collared shirt. My mom witnessed the exchange and immediately told me I would not be giving the items away. Without hesitation, I gave her Shermine’s shirt. I held onto the vest, though. It was a hand me down of mine and I figured it wouldn’t be that big of a deal because I mean…it was mine. We didn’t argue over it, guys. She just said that someone in need would love that vest that we were so quick to sell. 

That’s when I knew I had a blog post in the works. Clothes. To sell, or to donate? I was a bit torn. Not about giving up the vest to donate, but because I had to reevaluate if selling my clothes was selfish or not. I tried to rationalize. I’ve been donating my whole entire life. What’s the big whoop with selling them for once? I never considered donating what I had as such a humanitarian action but now I have a medium sized bag in the corner of my room, full with apparel with no direct place to go…yet.

I’m leaning towards selling them, honestly. But here are my questions to you, Adorners: how do you get rid of your clothes? Has donating them been an option? Have you ever wrestled between donating and selling them?

Doing the right thing for others vs doing the right thing for yourself. When I put it that way, it sounds easy, huh?

PS: It’s the last week to vote Adorned in Armor the “Best International Fashion Blog” in Category 5 of the 2014 Cosmo Blog Awards. Please continue to do so here!

Oh & I do not own this photo! I just edited it.

OMG – 20th Feature on IFB!

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Back to Reality

Back to school, back from vacation, back from that summer slow-down, September usually means back to business for everyone. Well, until Halloween, then we’re all back in slow-down mode. Anyway… one of the great things about September, Fashion Month, paired with Fall Fashion. Your excuse to get dressed up again. For a fashion lover, that’s even better than vacation.

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19th Feature on IFB :)

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What Really Matters

This week has been rough for a lot of us. The news is full of terrible things. Sometimes it’s hard to focus when the world seems to be descending into chaos. But, at the end of the day, we all have to show up to our regular lives. Family, friends, work, creating the best life possible. Sometimes fashion seems, well, not the highest on the list of priorities, so sometimes you just have to return to the basics, the classics to work for you while you get your life on track. It’s not all about the clothes.

Links à la Mode: August 14

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