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My Top 5 Instagrammers

AdornedinArmorFavInstagram I have a hardcore kind of love for Instagram! I can do without Facebook, Twitter and Pinterest. Just leave me to my devices with my beloved Insta and I’ll be good.  Of course, I have a few favorite Instagrammers that I constantly (and lovingly) stalk whenever I click on the little camera icon. Find out who and why! Continue reading

Bridge Builder

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Ah! The last look I shot in Washington. Casey and I ventured out to Georgetown and found this neat little bridge near the waterfront.

We thought it was the perfect spot because it was a seemingly secluded area and there were two other bridges people could walk across. To our surprise, people kept walking by our bridge! I wouldn’t stop when people stared but we did stop a lot when people were coming by. This one guy hilariously stooped near me for a photo! Casey just stared at him, unsure of what to do haha. I said, “let’s do it!” The mystery guy was like “Thanks for humoring me!”

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Isaac Newton once said, “We build too many walls and not enough bridges.” Romans 14:19 says to “aim and eagerly pursue what makes for harmony and for mutual upbuilding (edification and development) of one another.”

Well, meeting new people in Washington made me realize that I’m a bridge builder!

There were different groups within the Washington Semester Program and so I initiated a lot of meet ups – whether it be with a speaker or a couple of friends in my class or even with people outside of my class! I found joy in bringing people together.

I never knew that about myself and now that I know, I’m going to be working even harder to do so in more situations. We’re all under construction, so build on your favorite aspects of yourself!

Oh, and don’t forget to connect with me on Instagram & Twitter! Get it? Connect? Bridge?

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Necklace: Tobi

Top & Bottom – Forever 21 (YES. FOREVER 21!)

Sandals – Gift from my friend, Malissa :)

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Blossomed

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I’m not the same person I was a few months ago.

I came to Washington not 100% sure I wanted to be there, but little did I know, God placed me there to grow.

In January, I posted “Bloom Where You Are Planted“, which was my very first style post in DC. I talked about how I was finally learning how to take public transportation and learning to cook for myself so I don’t die! Haha but it was more than just that.

Coming to Washington gave me an independence and a confidence that I only would have gotten had I left my comfort zone at home.

I made fashion relevant for myself here outside of where politics, not fashion is king. I’ve connected with the top media professionals in the industry. And, I’ve met the most magnificent people who I have come to cherish so so much!

They say your twenties (or whatever) is the time to be selfish. It’s the time to think for yourself and about yourself always. And I agree to some point but not completely.

It’s the time to learn the facets of yourself, yes. But it’s also the time you expose yourself to new surroundings and show people who you are, what you want, and how you can help them. It’s the time where you must put yourself in situations where there’s no other option but to grow!

Yes, what you have can benefit others. And I’m not talking about material possession. I’m referring to who you are.

So don’t be stingy…share your petals with the world.

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Top: Tobi

Skirt: Thrifted

Shoes: Steve Madden

Earrings: from Nordstrom gifted by Bianca (Thanks, Bee!)

Clutch: DSW

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Washington Semester Program Finale

I’m back with another video!

It’s not all style and fashion but it is included! It’s really me sharing my experience here in Washington. From going to several media outlets to attending fashion events and meeting bloggers like McKenna Bleu and The Daileigh, it’s all there. I didn’t include every single thing but I made sure to include every single one. Can’t believe today’s my last day. It’s been an awesome ride.

The cool thing about this video is that they’re videos from my Snapchat that I saved to my gallery. Take a looksie :)

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I’ll be coming to you tomorrow with a new style post :)

Dream in Sweet Color

_MG_1083I dream big.

It’s a good thing and a bad thing. I’m an optimist but I have a good dose of realist in me, too. Sprinkle in a lack of patience and you’ve got a big dreamer bursting with ideas, jittery with wonder.

I’ve been really trying to be in the present and I think I’ve been quite successful lately! Here and there though, I overthink about my dissatisfaction with where I am now because of how far I want to be.

Thing is, if we don’t settle down, soak in our surroundings and breathe, our dreams won’t grow because we aren’t learning anything!

So today, I’m advising you to dream, and dream big but to also, wake up and be aware of right now.

God’s will will always come to pass. It just won’t be on your watch.

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Top – Thrifted

Skirt – JCP

Necklace – Courtesy of Stella & Dot (Isn’t it gorgeous?! I’m still raving over it.)

Purse – DSW

Platforms – ASOS

Dying to Live

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Guess what?

God’s not dead! No, I don’t think you get it. Let me use caps now: GOD’S NOT DEAD!

I feel like screaming it from the rooftops lol. Resurrection Sunday is such an uplifting day for humankind. Today is symbolic of hope restored. We’ve all been saved everybody! You probably think I’m crazy.

But let me just break it down.

Today’s sermon was about Jesus’ death. (Duh lol) The pastor referenced the opening act of Lazarus’ death and the headliner: Jesus. We focused on how Jesus prayed for God to save Him from death on the cross and God heard Him, yet He still died. Why didn’t God save Him?

Today, we wonder the same thing. “God, why didn’t you save me from death? Why didn’t you save me from that relationship, from me dying in my finances, my relationships, my career? Why didn’t you save my mom, my dad, my grandma from death?” We say to Him, “If You were here, this wouldn’t have happened.”

We ask: how can a loving God let Jesus die? How can He let us die?

We cry out to God but sometimes it seems as if He didn’t hear us because he didn’t save you so you die in that moment.

What we fail to realize is that God didn’t say you wont die. He’s saying that death is not the end. To be saved from death, you actually have to die. What we’re asking God is to keep us from death. We don’t realize that God has completed His best work in the dark (creation, Jesus’ resurrection, etc).

So while you’re “dead”, he’s working on making you brand new. At the moment of death, life breaks out! Saving you from death doesn’t mean you won’t have to go through that death-like situation. The pastor talked about how sometimes when we think God doesn’t show up to save us from our situations, we can’t even show up to church.

The point is: “When you’re made alive, people don’t have to see Jesus in the flesh. They just have to see Him alive in you. When we die to self daily, that’s when we are full of Christ.”

Are you living yet?

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In case you didn’t know, God sent His only Son, Jesus, to carry the weight of the world’s sins on His shoulders so that He could wash it all away. Because of his death and resurrection, we can live!

If you have any questions, email me at adornedinarmor@gmail.com :) Happy Easter, everyone!

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* Photos by Casey Mendoza!