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!

Spring Brings

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Spring brings color. Lots and lots of color.

It isn’t typically my favorite season but after this long winter, I welcome it with bright shades and spunky prints! This mural was painted by Jason Woodside of the DC Art Mural Project. I found this mural while roaming Instagram for cool locations. It’s my mission to show you all the prettiest scenes in DC so my friend and fabulous photographer Casey shot me here!

I’ve been feeling so free lately. Like I’ve been living a new life – a life full of joy. I’ve been skipping more, cheesing harder, treating myself and spending more time with God. I’m on a journey to peace and it’s within my grasp. Shutting out the noise isn’t as hard as it seems!

I read in Purpose Driven Life by Rick Warren that I shouldn’t let circumstance such as weather dictate my mood – I’m so working on that! Rain or shine, this smile of mine won’t die!

What does spring bring to you?

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I’m adorning: an Elle H&M jacket, a printed romper I got from a boutique, Nine West pointed pumps and these quirky “Aquarelle” frames from Polette!

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PS: Don’t forget to follow me on Instagram and Twitter, sweet thangs!

*All photos and opinions are mine. “Aquarelle” glasses courtesy of Polette.

26th Feature on Independent Fashion Bloggers!

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Learning à la Mode

The thing I love most about fashion blogging is that it’s rarely only about clothes. It’s about the cultural traditions behind an outfit, using your creativity to create a whole new look, or to discover the real personalities behind style icons. This week’s roundup is enlightening in so many ways. We learned that Nigerian women really know how to do it up for weddings, that two skirts worn together can look very chic, that Anna Wintour is lovely during an interview (and might even tell you your second-hand dress is pretty), how to survive a shopping break… read on for these educational tidbits and so much more!

Links à la Mode: March 26

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Capitalized Fashion

Originally, I didn’t want to come to Washington, DC.

I thought the Washington Semester Program that American University offers would consist of “all-politics-errthang.” I was pleasantly surprised that that was far from the case.

The Journalism & New Media program is finely tuned to your interests! And you all know what mine is. Uhuh, fashion.

In my writing class, I’ve had assignments to go out and interview sources that would build my stories. My most recent assignment that I’m super proud of is my project entitled “Capitalized Fashion.” In that piece, I sought out to prove that fashion surely exists in our nation’s capital. It not only exists, but it is flourishing in this political-driven society.

Here’s my intro:

Clear, stainless glass protects timeless pieces of American history’s most prominent women in “The First Ladies” exhibit at The Smithsonian’s National Museum of American History. One after another, dress after dress and piece after piece are shown in an attractive collection of class and wealth. In the center of the dimly lit room beckons First Lady Michelle Obama’s very own inaugural gown that she wore to President Obama’s first Inaugural Ball in 2009. A light shines from the top of the display, romanticizing the delicate, one-shoulder dress designed by Jason Wu; accentuating the glittering, stacked bracelets; and highlighting the signature and seemingly comfortable Jimmy Choo shoes.

You want more, huh?

Well, the paper is entirely too long for a blog post (6 pages+) so I won’t share all of the details. However, I’ve gotten some valuable advice from those I interviewed and I’m here to share with you some of their quotes that I utilized in my piece. The list includes Fashion Washington’s co-editor Janet Kelly (a publication initiated by the Washington Post), blogger Krystin Hargrove of Be Loud Be You, blogger Ashley Chew of Ashley Tenise, the founder of the DC Fashion Foundation Christine Brooks-Cropper and student assistant Mary Vanidiver of DC Fashion Week.

Time for a little Q&A. (PS: The photos I’m using are from my visit from the “First Ladies” exhibit at The Smithsonian!)

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25th Feature on IFB!

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Style Conscious

Believe it or not, the fashion industry is the second most dangerous industry to the planet. Between the (leather) tanning, gold mining and dye industries, fashion may look great on you, but not so much on “Mother Earth.” This week we have links to bloggers who are looking into what it means to be a kinder consumer of fashion. And of course, we’re all still gossiping about that Oscar’s red carpet too.

Links à la Mode: February 26th

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