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Tuesday, 12th December, 2017

Lessons My Mom Taught Me on Beauty & Dignity

My mother taught me to represent myself well at all times. Hair? Done. Face? Beat. Clothes? Ironed. Shoulders? Back.  Beauty tips came with the package of growing into my womanhood.

 

And as a girly girl, I loved it. Even the annoying parts.

 

If she saw me slouching, she’d just look over at me and I’d just know to stand upright. We laugh about it all the time because she still does it ’til this day!

 

When we need new foundation, we hit up Sephora together. If I’m pondering a new hairstyle, I scrounge the internet to find her the perfect photo. We send each other texts asking each other for advice on great deals we’ll find at the mall. (I’m a graduating senior from college and I text my mother multiple times in the day! And don’t get me started on our phone calls.)

 

While my mom taught me all the girl and surface-y stuff, the real foundation of our relationship are the heart things. She has always been reminding me of my beauty and worth every single day, showed me how to carry myself with respect and dignity, brings up my past accomplishments and then goes even further to encourage me about the promise of my future.

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GET IN FORMATION

Okay ladies, now let’s get in formation! Man, that song is catchy. Hey guys, Medgina here!

 

I can’t believe how fast time is flying by – I’ve almost been writing for Adorned in Armor for a year. I’m loving the new site and can’t wait to see the remaining additions!

 

Maybe I do have special privileges of being featured and writing on AIA since I’m Tarah’s sister, but the main reason I am here is because she believed in me and saw the abilities I had that could be used in different outlets. This is contributor thing is still new for me and I’m still learning. Thankfully, it’s in a space where it is all about inspiring women to grow/learn in all aspects.

 

What I’m trying to say, however, is that you don’t have to be related to someone to support them. If you’re a woman, you’re automatically initiated into the sisterhood. This sisterhood is limitless no matter the race, size or economic status.

 

Now, let’s talk feminism.

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LET’S TALK DENIM | SHOPBOP

Denim denim denim.

 

I hope you said that in your best Super Mario Bros. voice!

 

Let’s talk about the trend, thoughhhh. It’s been around for decades and from the looks of it, it does not seem like it’s going anywhere!

 

However, with our evolving fashion, there have been upgrades. Upgrade such as these! Patchwork, double-breasted, light, dark, faded – you name it. Even if you’re not a denim girl (like me), there’s one that best fits your personal style.

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Skin Love with Dove

Hey, beauties! Happy Monday!

 

Since we’ve transitioned (or shall I say we’re transitioning?) into spring, I figured I’d share some quick tips on how to keep your body hydrated and skin soft. The weather may be crazy but we won’t let it wreak havoc on our skin over here, now will we? Nope nope nope.

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BANANAS OVER BANANA REPUBLIC

I literally went bananas when I found out I was working with Banana Republic. Get it? Bananas for Banana? Hahaha

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BIRDS OF A FEATHER

Welcome to the new Adorned in Armor! Did ya miss me?

 

I know I missed you all! Your sweet comments and reposts and likes and all that good stuff serve as major motivation to keeping this site of mine up and running, so as I was away, I was all like “what is life?” Haha okay, it was more like, “what is my site?” Throughout the transformation, I took the time to reevaluate its purpose and figuring out ways to bring about my vision. One thing that has remained the same is the authenticity. Me to you and you to me. So thank you for being real and supporting me throughout this journey.

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Dear Black People, You Are Your Hair. Love, America.

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I’ve gone through countless, cultural lessons in light of the 20 years I’ve lived. It’s only right to share. You know, so we’ll all be culturally versed together.

Lesson Number 1: Black people don’t have long hair.

This lesson was first taught to me in no other than the institute of learning. In my elementary years, my classmates challenged the legitimacy of the hair coming from my very own follicles. Because my hair reached past my shoulder blades, it was fake. Duh.

As I grew up, people have always wanted (and even attempted) to touch my roots, checking for extensions. I’m not mixed so all this hair couldn’t possibly be mine.

Lesson Number 2: Black people should hate their hair. Oh, and Black people should perm their hair, too.

As a child, I didn’t like wearing weave because I was afraid people would think I didn’t have any hair. Saddening, huh? But once prom came around, I fell in love with extensions and couldn’t see myself without it anymore. To be beautiful meant to have bundles of hair flowing down my back.

Part two of lesson two:

Due to the fact that our hair is untamable and wild, we must permanently straighten it to look acceptable in society. If we don’t do so, we may miss possible job opportunities that we probably could’ve gotten if our hair was straight.

Lesson Number 3: Darker skin + big hair = more problems.

I’ll never forget my senior year of high school. My sister and I were two of the very few Black people casted in our school’s huge production: 42nd Street. Our excitement was quickly squashed when we noticed we weren’t included in our favorite scene. As we sat out and watch them rehearse, we noticed something. Every girl lightly dancing around in tutus were fair skinned with silky, long tresses. I couldn’t help but tear up at our “misfortune.”

Asides from that scene, along with everyone else, we had to wear wigs. It was easy for the directors to find one for me because I had a perm but it was difficult to find one for my sister because she was natural. Again, yet another problem with us.

Lesson Number 4:  “Ethnic hairstyles” on us looks…trashy. (So basically, we should stray away from not just wearing our hair out, but from braids and dreads, too!)

We’ve seen this when Kendall Jenner was accredited for an “epic”, new look: cornrolls. And now we see it with Giuliana Rancic saying that because Zendaya wore dreads, she must have smelled of “patchouli” and “weed.”

Anyone who knows me, knows that I absolutely, positively love Zendaya. She’s a poised, stylish and reputable young woman. And so her response to Giuliana Rancic made me adore her even more. It moved me to the point where I had to create this post, to shed light on the expectations America has on African-Americans.

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Lesson Number 5: Black people, America says: “Contrary to your belief and India Arie, you are your hair…and you are your skin, too.”

When you consider hair, you consider color. We deal with the color of our skin, and within the color, we deal with the shade. We deal with the texture and we deal with the length of our hair. Our hair represents who we are to society, as stereotypical and racial it may be.

I do not consider Giuliana Rancic a racist. That comment was ignorant, yes. And we will hear a lot more of degrading remarks in this life, but do not confuse racism with ignorance and do not allow negativity to cause you to seep low with ignorant comments of your own. Handle with regality, with grace, with poise.

Heck, handle it like Zendaya.

* Photo Credit: Adriana M. Barraza/WENN.com

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Washington Semester Recap Part Two

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Hey, hi, hellooooo! I received so much feedback from my last WSP recap, that I figured I should post some more experiences with you all! I think I’ll be doing these every two weeks – I would say once a week but honestly, sometimes I just…don’t wanna! haha But anyway, where to begin?

Oh yes, Monday. 

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Loving Love

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I love love! So whenever Valentine’s Day comes around, I can’t help but wear the typical pinks, reds, and purples and be in a gushy, giddy mood. Even when I was single, I was never a VDay hater lol maybe it was my upbringing in my faith. No, not maybe – definitely! I’m surrounded by love daily and I’m constantly reminded of the Ultimate Love of all:  sweet sweet Jesus! Get it? Sweet? (Yes, I chuckle at my own jokes.)

I traveled back to Jersey to celebrate the holiday with my hunay. It was a long bus ride (about 4.5 hours) but it was soooo worth it. I haven’t seen Paul in over a month! *cues tears* It felt surreal to be not just with him, but my family. I missed them so much!

On to the good stuff. I spent the first half of my VDay with my mom. The quality time was much needed and we appreciated each other’s company (I’m a momma’s girl, guys.)

The second half of my day was spent with Paul! I had no clue what he was planning until we reached the stables.  Yup, he surprised me with a horseback lesson!!! Mind you, he didn’t know I used to collect figurines of horses as a child. The experience … took my breath away. Both, literally and figuratively.

IMG_1085Afterwards, we went to dinner at a perfect Thai restaurant. It was the perfect  ending to a perfect day with the most perfect people.

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IMG_1054 IMG_1061 IMG_1079I guess now’s the part where I tell you about what I’m wearing, right? All ASOS errthang!!! Haha no seriously, everything is. Except for my pants. They’re from The Gap. If you guys don’t realize, the “shirt” I’m wearing is actually the dress I wore for my birthday! I folded it up and voila.

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It doesn’t matter that it’s two days after Vday, Happy Valentine’s Day, Adorners! And if you haven’t heard it lately, I love you all 😉

* Photography by my good friend Domonique Boss! Thank you, girly!

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#BLOGTOUR

The super unique bloggers, Ash & Steph, behind “The Tall and the Short of It” recently contacted me to do this blog tour. They explained that it’s just me explaining my writing process to you all and so, here I am…fulfilling their request 🙂

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Hey, I'm Tarah! I make it my mission to empower every #girlboss to slay life obstacles with faith & style. Let's do this thang together, shall we?
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