SPRING JACKET LOOKS | WITH SHOPBOP

springjacketlookbookadornedAlthough Spring is still some weeks away, I think it’s safe to say that we east coasters can start bringing out our lighter jackets. But, with this unpredictable weather, I won’t say to store your furs and puffy coats away just yet!

But yes…your spring jackets can still come out to play!

As I write this post, it’s a cloudless, piercing blue skies kind of day and the sun is straight beaming. I honestly had to shield my eyes as I walked to Starbucks earlier. I shed off my winter coat and thick scarf and walked out in my sweater – and let me just say, that alone felt liberating and made me look forward to the pending season.

With that being said, I teamed up with SHOPBOP to present you all with some sassy spring jacket inspo.

  1. This soft nude jacket drew me at first sight. Not only do I love the color, I love all of the fringe detail and the fact that the material is suede! This jacket can easily transition from your fall wear to spring.
  2. If you know me, you’d easily tell that this jacket is my absolute favorite! I feel every woman should have a staple coat in her closet and this is a great example of one. It has print, color and shine. I’d wear this kind of jacket with a very basic top and bottom, as the model is wearing. Neutrality is best when wearing a piece that’s over the top. You dress around that staple!
  3. Everyone needs a leather jacket, right? This take was especially attractive to me because of stud accents and pretty, pastel blue color. Pastel = major spring yes!

For more stylish jackets, check out SHOPBOP’s selection!

PS: Thoughts by me, but this post is sponsored. *

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NYFW SS16 Recap

Guysssssss, guess what? Well, you know what from looking at the title of my post and if you follow me on Instagram and Twitter.

I got to be a part of NYFW this year, yay!

Because I’m still in school, I only went to two shows but hey, that’s something!

The first show I went to was on Saturday, Feb 13. The designer was Leanne Marshall, a winner from Project Runway. Yes, PROJECT RUNWAY. I used to watch that awesome show all the time. Of course, her designs were immaculate. I fell in love with her yellow-gold pieces – they were so flowy and had an air of regality to them.

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I arrived to the venue early and entered the lounge. There, I was served food, drinks and freebies! Papyrus was super hospitable. I got a huge wallet/clutch that says “NYFW: The Shows” on it. It had tons of goodies in it, too.

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I also networked with a few. I met a young model who modeled at Yeezy’s show and another young woman, Aryelle, (seen below) who I took a bazillion pictures with to capture the perfect one. It wasn’t an ordinary photo booth – we took the photos at the fancy photo area sponsored by Papyrus. Later, I won a $500 gift card to their store after posting the photo to my Instagram. It was such an honor attending the Leanne Marshall show – her pieces were very beautiful.

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Prior to the second show, I met up with my Yujin, a friend I made at my Elle internship. We had coffee and tea at La Colombe, chatted it up about what we were up to, and watched the snow fall as street style stars sauntered in. It was great catching up 🙂

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Back to the show! On Monday Feb 15, I attended Libertine. This time, I was covering the happenings backstage. I tweeted, took photos, and did interviews with the hair, nails and makeup stylists. I got to be with the designer (who was extremely humble and gracious) and the models. I watched them practice walking down the runway and saw who was scheduled to wear what. It was so fun! Libertine is known for crazy and elaborate styles and if you follow my Snapchat, you got to see all the goods!

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Ran into Kela Walker and introduced myself! I love her drive!

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Remember these? Barrettes made a comeback on the Libertine runway!

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They call these nails “floss.”

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I love fashion with a message. The Libertine show was all about the youth revolution. The models were wild parading around with bold signs backstage and unto the runway!

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Special thanks to Ty for making it happen 🙂

BRB.

brbsurveyFebruary 1st.

That’s the day I’ll come back to you guys! My contributor and amazing writer of a sister, Medgina, will be hitting you with one of her many musings and I’ll be posting the following week.

A few posts ago, I mentioned that I would be taking a little break from blogging.

Why?

Honestly, I need a little time off. I don’t want something I love to turn mechanical. I don’t want that spark to fizzle out.

So on my break from AIA, I’ll be gearing up for school since I’m returning this weekend for my FINAL semester of undergrad. Yay! I’ll also be praying and brainstorming for what’s to come on this site. I’ve got a new planner gifted from my bestie and I’m feeling super motivated because of it! I’ve got great things coming for you guys, just wait on it.

I have a strong desire to inspire and so there’s no room for complacency. I want to improve and grow, which is why I want to ask you all: what can I do for you? What do you want to see on Adorned in Armor? How can I be of benefit to you?

With that being said, I created this semi-quick 10 question survey to better understand you more. It would mean a lot if you took time out to answer them! It’s completely anonymous unless you want to make yourself known.

Can’t wait to hear from you guys! Talk to you soon!

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Valentine’s Day Looks | With Shopbop

adornedinarmorshopbopvalentineLess than a month away until Valentine’s Day, ladies! Didn’t we just like…start the year?

Yeah, I know. But of course, I’m here again to share some of my favorite Shopbop’s looks that serve as major inspo. I’m a sucker for this commercialized holiday and I couldn’t stop if I tried. I love love! And I can totally see myself wearing any of these outfits and adding my personal touch through accessorizing and all that pizzaz.

So let’s talk V-Day.

  1. I am in LOVE (get it?) with the color of this dress. It’s construction isn’t the typical and I like how it takes it from basic to …not so basic lol.  Perfect for a girl’s night or date night with your special somebody.
  2. You know I’m all about the jumpsuit all day, any day. This one is so polished and I can totally see it on the business woman or the sophisticated #girlboss who’s taking herself out! Because…why not?
  3. Floral and feminine: basically the ingredients to the typical Valentine’s Day look. The pop of black serves as an unexpectant contrast, making the gown appear as if it’s art! Seriously, doesn’t it look like a painting?

Shop here and here for more!

Work & Play

dcstay-3copyIf you don’t follow me on Insta or Twitter (which you totally should), I shared the news that I was selected to be KeyNote speaker at American University’s Washington Semester Program orientation. It was an honor just being there – I would not have expected to be back in Washington so soon!

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I spoke to the students about my personal life, work ethic and experience in the semester program last year. My theme was taking the best out of each experience no matter the circumstance. Of course I used my mother as a primary inspiration (PS: It’s her birthday, today!)

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I got so much positive feedback and left the campus touched. The amount of students that came up to me with questions and kind words was overwhelming – in a good way, of course! I was so happy to be of inspiration and it made me even happier to see so many attentive faces, wanting to listen to my unfinished story. Super humbling.

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After the orientation and Dean’s Reception, I was free to go! I spent Wednesday to Saturday relaxing in my gorgeous and hospitable hotel, having brunch and dinner with bloggers, and taking walks in our scenic capital.

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The beautiful Jasmin of Jasmin Daily and I met up for dinner at The Mission. It was so awesome seeing her! She’s one of the bloggers I met last year and it was great to reunite. I also had dinner with Buki of Style with Buki at Cuba Libre! Ah, it was great catching up – with great food, too! We talked the blog life, of course.

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Friday was brunch day with Leyla of Beyond Her Curls and Jackie of The Modalista. I’ve been following both on Instagram for some time now and since I knew I was coming, we arranged a meet up! The Open City Restaurant was the place to be. Their bubbly personalities made brunch light and airy; we hit it off right away!

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It felt so unreal being there and I enjoyed every minute. I left feeling refreshed and relaxed. I couldn’t wait to share the details of my trip with you guys!

NYE Looks | W/ SHOPBOP

adornedinarmor-nye-shopbopAh! It’s New Year’s Eve! Where did 2015 go?!

If you still haven’t a clue what to wear tonight, don’t you fret your pretty little heads. I teamed up with SHOPBOP to give you major NYE glitz and glam looks.

Whether you celebrate at church, at home, or at a party, here are some ideas that’ll make you bring in 2016 fabulously.

  1. This dress is perf for a little holiday party. Socks and heels? Yes, please!
  2. If you’re planning one going all out, this one’s for you! I wore this dress to my church’s gala in the summer and absolutely loved it. I’m sure you will, too!
  3. Just chilling this year? This little number is ideal for a small get together with friends, or huge party, or can even be wearable to a church service. I loved how SHOPBOP paired it with those shoes. I have a similar pair in silver!

Click here for more NYE looks! How will you be ringing up the New Year?

None of the Lights

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As a child, my classmates would ask me what I got for Christmas. And sometimes, I would lie. (Sorry, guys!)

christmas15-14I would lie because sometimes, I didn’t get anything. When I did, it wasn’t like racks on racks on racks. We didn’t put up a Christmas tree, we didn’t put up lights.

I would hate the last part because I thought the people driving by would think we weren’t Christians. Our neighbors knew we were but the young me felt like because we didn’t have lights on our house, they’d think we weren’t really what we said we were. Because Christians would definitely have their lights up for Christmas, wouldn’t they?

My parents taught me that it isn’t the stunning decor that represents our faith, but our hearts!

christmas15-8My two favorite memories include waking up to lights of different sizes and colors twinkling around my room. My aunt had gotten me a small pink Barbie Christmas tree! I loved the tree and used it until that bad boy wore out.

The other memory is going to my church banquet every year. We’d dress up in gowns and suits and eat dinner during entertainment. And when the clock struck 12, we’d say “Merry Christmas” and there’d be hugs and kisses all around.

The church banquets weren’t complete because my mother wasn’t there. I’m not sure if any of those times she was in the hospital, but I do remember her being home and telling my siblings and I to “go, go, go” because she didn’t have the strength to and still wanted us to be kids and have fun.

We’d come home and show her so much love! Christmas spirit runs rampant in my house! Think warm scents, feasts of food and loud holiday music.

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As I work at the mall these holiday seasons and see people spending like crazy, kids and teens yelling at their parents, and parents clutching pages of wish lists, I’m like…wow. There’s nothing wrong with getting and giving gifts but sheesh! Do not let consumerism consume you. Give with a happy heart and be grateful for whatever you do get! I personally think that’s one of the best parts of Christmas: giving something you know someone will appreciate!

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Every Christmas, I have appreciation. What I thought I was missing shows me that I can live without them. I can give and get as long as these material things don’t reign over the reason for the season.

I know I could’ve asked to decorate our home or hint at gifts but I didn’t feel like it mattered as long as I was with my family.

I can enjoy seeing all of the lights, singing Christmas songs, and watching 25 Days of Christmas on ABC.

And if you ask me what I got for Christmas, I can say “nothing” when my answer is just that. But what I do have is a Savior. And He came for all of us – the biggest present in the world and all we need to do is accept Him.

So Merry Christmas everyone! Remember to celebrate Jesus. I hope you enjoy your eggnog, get all that you want and make beautiful memories with the beautiful people you have in your life! Love you all.

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Photos by Steven DiGiuseppe

Luxe Holiday Looks

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Hey guys!

I wanted to try something different to inspire you this holiday season. This time, I’m sharing ways to style the original Christmas colors and still look luxe this holiday season. You know I love different fabrics and prints and leather and velvet and ah! You catch my gist – we can still embrace tradition in a new way! Hope you enjoy the ideas! Time to get creative…

Basic color theory dictates red and green, the traditional Christmas time hues, to be complementary. Now, whether or not you want to take the plunge and wear red and green simultaneously is up to you, but we do have some gorgeous holiday separates that will carry you through the season.

What you won’t find here, however, are the old-fashioned snowman and reindeer vests of decades past (save those for the ugly sweater Christmas party), but a rather updated version of yuletide fashion that incorporates textural elements like leather, wool, velvet, cashmere, and embellishments, for a modern take on the classics. Christmas is around the corner, so let’s get started!

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This green deep v-plunge sequin dress from Topshop is the perfect holiday party attire packed with plenty of texture and visual interest. Straight from this Lyst page, the light catching swirl of sequins and net trimmed arms lend loads of tactile details for a festive and fun dress. Pair it with a faux fur stole or jacket and a pair of black velvet pumps and tights for even more modern layering.

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Velvet Red

One of this Vogue article’s favorite on-trend seasonal materials is velvet, so we’ve brought you these gorgeous red velvet high waisted cigarette pants from ASOS. From leather peplum, to plunging lace, to cozy cable knit sweaters, couple these bottoms with all of your favorite tops this year. Wear these pants with peep toe booties, velvet pumps, or even a pair of oxfords for a luxurious high-end holiday look.

Pleasantly Plaid

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This plaid green wool-blend overcoat from Forever 21 is smart on so many levels. Not only can you dress this baby down with a pair of distressed jeans and boots, but you could also easily wear this to the office with a pair of slacks and a blouse. Belt this coat for even more fun and layer away beneath the playful plaid pattern.

Cozy Cashmere

Cashmere

Casually chic is how we’d describe this beautiful wool and cashmere red knit dress from Jaeger. Perfect for braving the crowds while holiday shopping, or just having a nice meal with family, this piece would look great with a pair of tights, knee high boots, and your favorite scarf. To add even more textural elements, belt the waist and include a chunky statement necklace (long or short) for a bit of sparkle.

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Leather

We’ve chosen this green Madison pencil skirt from Oasis as a nod to the current seasonal trend dubbed as “leather weather” by this Harper’s Bazaar piece. This skirt is conservative enough, hitting just below the knee, to wear to the office and then to cocktail hour later in the evening. Pair this with a white or black fitted button down blouse, a statement necklace, and black t-strap heels for an outfit that’s perfectly posh.

Now that you’ve seen our spin on the classic red and green colors for the Christmas season, we hope to have instilled some serious holiday cheer in your wardrobe this year!

Worth It

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I considered not posting this look because my belt was slightly crooked. Extreme? Yes. But I wouldn’t had really done it. What my issue is: is the fact that the thought even came to mind!

On my contributing post on the Bronze Bombshell, I talk about how hard I am on myself when it comes to the material I put out. I can’t procrastinate if I tried and trust me, I’ve tried (just as a little experiment lol). Upon getting any assignments, I must complete it or at least start it as soon as I have the time. I literally have to. Oh, I work on breaks and holidays, too. Not like a maniac but I have this thing where I have to do at least one project in a break period, or else I feel like I wasted time. 

I just don’t like giving myself unnecessary stress. So to avoid it, I do what I have to…early. 

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Of course, I do like relaxing. I love relaxing but in the midst of school, work and blogging, I have to tell myself to take a break…to just c h i l l.

Being a hard worker is great, but always having to perfect that work sometimes isn’t so much. 

I actually didn’t know I worked myself too hard until this year. My friends told me!

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My parents raised me with the mentality that my best is always enough and I took that and ran with it. All throughout elementary, middle, high school and now my last year in college, I always sought out to perfect my work. If I got a B+ on a paper, I’d do a rewrite to get an A. (I did that this past weekend.) If there’s an extra credit opportunity, I always always take it. I loveeee extra credit! Again, this isn’t a bad thing.

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Now, there are different forms of perfectionism. As I was writing this post, I was trying to determine if I was one (perfectionist) wholly and did my research and was like “wait, all of this isn’t me!” Let me not put myself in a box. So, I’ll just be talking how any form of overwork can be a negative.

An issue can be that you seek approval from others and feel the need to please them. An issue can be that you think negatively of yourself and not give yourself enough credit. An issue can be that you’re not being satisfied with your looks so you constantly make up yourself to ensure you’re looking your very best. An issue could be thinking you have to fix yourself before God can fully love you and prepare you for your future. Or your issue could be something like mine – needing to learn how to gift your body with a break from going too hard at work.

Whether it be with work, looks, or whatever, every single human being need to come to a realization that our best work won’t always be perfect, but it is the best you can do and that’s enough!

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I work so hard because I don’t like the notion of settling, yes. But I also work hard because I know where I want to be. However, no matter how hard one works, it doesn’t mean success will come faster. Success comes when God allows it to. That doesn’t mean to procrastinate, no no no. Efficiently do your part and you’ll see God has been doing His all along.

His love goes over and beyond our limitations. His grace lets us be imperfect in every aspect of the word and is sufficient for us. His strength is made perfect in our weakness (2 Corinthians 12:9).

The world’s view on “perfection” isn’t what we ought to strive to be. As Christians, we were made to be mirrors of God’s love to everyone we come across. While here on this earth, we participate in a journey of personal transformation in loving Christ more, others and ourselves.

The road isn’t easy, nor is it a popular route. But it is worth it.

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Hat & Accessories: ALDO/ Belt: SheIn / Skirt: Thrifted / Shoes: G by Guess

Photography by Cassie Ettman

HOLIDAY LOOKS | W/ SHOPBOP

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I hope you all had a great Thanksgiving!

I can’t believe the holidays are already upon us! It’s my favorite time of year. First, stuffing our faces and reflecting on what you’re grateful for, then celebrating the gift of Christ!  Oh, and if you call Black Friday a holiday, I guess you can squeeze that in there, too.

I collaborated with SHOPBOP to share with you my favorite holiday looks! Of course when you think of the holidays, the two primary colors you go for are red and green. I chose to go with 3 green dresses that you can get inspo from to wear to your holiday dinner, banquets and/or parties!

The first dress is one of my favorites. These kind of dresses look the best on petite women so if you’re short, this one’s for you! It compliments your chest, slims your waist and gives you hips!

The second dress is more elegant. It’s perfect for Christmas service at church. I love it’s straight line – this type of dress elongates your body!

Ahhhh this third dress is absolutely gorgeous. Extravagant, yes. But super necessary for the holidays. It’s perfect for a gala, banquet or any formal event. I love the constructed shape; it gives the illusion of origami. What do you think?

For more holiday dresses, search no further! Shopbop’s got ya.