Do Not Conform

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I had trouble coming up with a title for this post. I wanted to play on words with alliteration (you know I love my English literary terms lol). It was initially supposed to be “Denim Denim Denim” – you know, in the Super Mario Bros voice haha and then I was like “hm, okay I’m almost always playful. What words could I share with my readers?”

Since this is a style post, I thought to talk trends. I typically don’t adopt “what’s in” – I see what I like and make it my own. You all know I love jumpsuits, so I definitely couldn’t resist this denim one – and I don’t even wear denim! But anyway, I wanted to elaborate more on what a trend is – not just in the sense of clothes.

“Trend” is defined as a “change or develop in a general direction.” In other words, it’s a currently adopted custom. It’s what’s in now. It’s a widely held belief.

It’s abstract but the first verse that came to my mind is Romans 12:2. “Don’t copy the behavior and customs of this world, but let God transform you into a new person by changing the way you think. Then you will learn to know God’s will for you, which is good and pleasing and perfect.”

Just because you are in the world, doesn’t mean you are of it. As Christians, we have to realize that the atmosphere we’re living in will lead people away from God. We must be conscious of our surroundings. We must be able to realize the way in which we are being influenced. There’s a reason why we’re not doing what everyone else is doing. If an unbeliever can’t tell if you’re a Christian or not, there’s a problem!

Do not conform. Trends are temporary but the word of God lives forever. Just because the world may adopt a belief, doesn’t mean you have to. Just because they call you names and the seemingly majority tells you that you’re wrong, doesn’t change that God’s ways are always right. Be aware of the atmosphere we are in and be conscious of the world’s influence. Have a backbone in the faith! In all of your life, restrain from judgement and wholeheartedly display the love and truth that Christ placed in you to share.

In the midst of all these changes in the world, I’d like to leave you with a quote from Rick Warren:

“Our culture has accepted two huge lies. The first is that if you disagree with someone’s lifestyle. You must fear or hate them. The second is that to love someone means you agree with everything they believe or do. Both are nonsense. You don’t have to compromise convictions to be compassionate.”
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Necklace – ALDO

Shoes – Windsor Fashions

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Territory

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Hey guys, didya miss me?

I see you all loved Medge’s post and I’m so glad you welcomed her! She has an army of friends that checked out her post and she’s overwhelmed by not just their support, but yours as well, so thank you!

Now onto this style post!

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First things first, this “top” is actually a dress. A bodycon, really. I found that it left nothing to imagination so I decided to pair it up with this J Crew skirt. My shoes are MK, but you seen them before.

I wore this outfit (minus the shoes because I’m not insane) to my first day of my internship in New York at…

ELLE.COM! <3

I’ve been keeping this from you since May (I’m sorry). I just wanted to wait until the first day to share! I should still be posting at least once a week, but bare with me if I don’t. I’m taking a summer class and working, as well.

Yeah, I know. This is going to be one crazy summer.

But I’m so excited, guys! My faith is teaching me that what’s for me, is for me. Worrying doesn’t change a thing. But praying on it, revelation and persistence does.

My cover letter, resume and writing samples were all like perfect, but I legit thought I bombed that interview, guys. LOL loong story (I think I’ll talk about it in a follow-up post). However, I refused to let it bother me. I refused to let circumstance dictate my victory.

Claim what’s yours! Suppress negativity and self doubt. There’s no room for that when you’re striving for a future you can be proud of.

I don’t know what quite to expect at Elle but I know for certain that it’ll be an amazing experience and another stepping stone for my future career. Oh yeah, it’s mine! ;)

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“Freshman 15″ (& I’m Not Talking Carbs)

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Finishing freshman year has taught me a lot. Lessons on branching out, learning about yourself and most importantly: differentiating between who’s real and who’s not.

On my first day at Stockton, I found myself in a state of mind I never thought possible – antisocial. I didn’t know a soul and felt so out of place in South Jersey.

I was freaking out. I had no clue what was wrong with me. I prayed and it began to sound like repetitive lyrics because I wasn’t confident. I was so scared to leave my room. I called Tarah and she said, “Are you serious? Shut up and go outside. You’re just homesick.”

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AIA Welcomes Medgina’s Musings!

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Hey Adorners!

Hope you all are feeling fabulous this lovely-ish Tuesday morning! For a while now, I had this idea. I was mulling it over for a few months and I decided oh yeah, I’m going to do this. Adorned in Armor, needs some newness, dontcha think?

AIA now has a monthly contributor – my spunky sister, Medgina!

I’m so excited to introduce you to her…she’s literally the funniest person I know and is wise beyond her years. No seriously, 20 year olds wanted to hang with her when she was only 14. So you will want to, too ;)

Medgina (pronounced like Regina with a M), Medge, Gina – or you can make up your own name for her lol will be posting once a month about anything she fancies – her musings. She’s an amazing writer and I wanted to expose her to my awesome audience!

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Touch of Turquoise

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I’ve been seeing each new day with fresh eyes and embracing change (even the ones I don’t want). I think turquoise is the perfect accent to illustrate that in an outfit, don’t cha think?

It’s such a happy color! In color psychology, it represents a clear and calm mind. The universal color has always had it’s appeal to me and I’ve been drawn to it more and more lately.

I discovered this awesome choker and bought that bad boy impulsively. I thought it was the perfect touch to a rather dark look. I had this jumpsuit for a couple of months but never wore it because I felt like it was missing something.

It’s the same thing with life. Sometimes we don’t enjoy it to the fullest because there’s a void there that seemingly can’t be filled. There’s that one piece that’s missing. Maybe you think you’d be happier if you’d have a boyfriend/girlfriend, if you got that job, if you got that car. But we’re not stuck in one place, guys. You can create your own twist on a mundane day! So work with that you have. God didn’t give you life for you to live ordinarily.

Like how you can live creatively, dress creatively! If you love wearing monochrome, spice it up with a color you didn’t start off with. I usually stay away from all black because it seems as if I can’t have fun with it but hey, black doesn’t have to be boring!

How can you add color to your life?

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Jumpsuit – H&M, Cardigan & Choker: JCPenney, Earrings: Gifted By Cara! Shoes – Amazon Fashion, Clutch – DSW

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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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