Friday, 26 October 2012

Feature: Faith meets Fashion with Oluwaseun Sodunke

Happy friday Ladies and gentlemen!!
 Today on Life as a Young Christian I bring you a FEATURE, Faith meets Fashion. I am featuring Oluwaseun from MyStyledExpressions. Oluwaseun is a Christian fashionista born in Nigeria but now living with her family in America (Minnesota). She is currently studying business Management in University. She will be telling us just how her FAITH collides with her style.
How do you make sure that your style resembles a Proverb 31 type of lady?
 A Proverbs 31 woman is “clothed with strength and dignity.”  I read the word of God on a daily basis and ask God if there’s anything I can change about my way of dressing. Sometimes I have to re-evaluate my choice of clothes, so that I’m able to glorify God in whatever I have on.

What impressions do you want to send out with what you wear?
I want to look responsible yet stylish with what I wear. I want people to know me as a fearless, strong and dignified lady. I don’t want to look like the girl next door, because I am my own person. I dress for myself and not to please others (it wasn’t so a few years ago).

How do you describe your style?
I don’t use a specific word to describe my style, because it’s versatile. My style evolves and can be adapted to my surrounding or an event I have to attend. When describing my style, I would say it’s fun, simple, but unpredictable. What I wear tomorrow might be 360 degree turn around what I wore today. Most times, I dress based on how I feel at the moment. Other days, I may have picked out my outfit for that day, the day before. I also dress based on the weather and what I’ll be doing. Now, I’m in school most of the time, so I try to dress comfortable while being “fashionable”.

How do you connect with Jesus?
Great question! A few years ago I would not have been able to answer this question. Yes, I’m a Christian and a firm believer in Jesus Christ as my Lord and personal savior, but then my answer would have been non-existent. I never use to read the Bible, meditate or even spend time alone with God. Now, things have changed. I now read my Bible each morning, write in my journal, meditate and spend time with God. Doing these things each day has helped me develop a relationship with Jesus. The relationship is a working progress and it gets better each day.
 I like the feeling of being able to tell God about my day, my thoughts, experiences and what I would like from Him. Mediating on His Word also helps me to hear from Him. I like having Jesus as my Father. Being able to develop a relationship with Jesus has made a difference in my life.  No matter how much we think we don’t need Jesus, the fact is, we will always come back—running to Him. He’ll take us back, because He’s been waiting for us to realize how empty we are without Him. My relationship with God is still growing and I pray it exceeds my expectations.



 
What do you struggle most in your relationship with God?
I’m learning to work on my patience. Being patience with others and myself. The book “Becoming a Vessel God Can Use” by Donna Partow is helping me with that.
 Does your relationship with God influence your style?
Yes, it does. I’ve had to let go of some clothes that neither does justice to God or me. LOL. It hasn’t been easy, but now I try to let God direct my dressing. I want God’s light to shine through me. What I wear is also a form of praise--Garments of Praise.

 
Some girls think that to be modest, you basically have to wear a sack, what do you think about this?
Haha. For me, being modest is a continuous work in progress. You just don’t get up one day and decide to dress modest. One has to have a conviction in their heart and mind that they want to be modest. God has to change you, inside out. Being modest is not about slouchy appearance, but being able to look your best while glorifying God. You need to learn about what works for your body and what you’re comfortable in. What’s modest for others probably isn’t modest for you. For example: a top that might not show cleavage on me might not show cleavage on someone else. Giving God the authority over my clothes is a powerful thing, but it must start from somewhere.

 

 What are your 3 fashion 'Must Nots' for you? (What women shouldn't do?)
  • Wearing see-through legging. It’s more appropriate to wear tops that are long enough to cover your butt and front area.
  • Short-shorts that shows your butt. Hahaha
  • Cleavage.
 
If you owned a shop, what would it be called?
Express Yourself or Self Expression. My blog is titled “MyStyledExpressions”, so why not? Lol. I like being able to express myself with what I wear. Clothes are one of many ways that helps define you and lets others know who you are. Being able to choose what you put on is important. I enjoy getting up each morning…walking to my closet and probably standing there for more than 10 minutes before deciding what to wear. Haha!
I like a lot of things cloth-related (haha), but if I had to choose 3, they would be: black pumps, maxi skirt and plain t-shirts. With those 3 things, you can put an outfit together, effortlessly.

 
Which item of clothing do you wish women could stop wearing?
Sheer tops with the visibility of their bras!  I’ve see so many “fashionable” women wear sheer blouse, shirt or tops with their undergarments visible. I’m sure it was first seen on the runaway and many people thought it was ‘sexy’ and ‘attractive’, but to me it’s not. You can wear sheer tops and still be fashionable, without having to advertise the color or design of your bras. I wear sheer tops, but I wear tank-top or shirt underneath.
It’s not everything you see on the runway that should be incorporated into your personal style.
Thank you Oluwaseun it was such a PLEASURE reading all your answers and truly getting to know more about you.
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Tuesday, 23 October 2012

My Viginity, my dignity

In a world where everyone is moving in a one way direction, there are a selective few, who will stand for the Kingdom. These ones have been called to showcase His glory. They are the true definition of purity.

Though the world does not understand IT, I for one understand, I understand deeper truths.
My virginity does not resemble me of any lesser value, for  I am not of the world I do not choose to please man. I am the daughter of King so shall may standards proclaim that.

I am different, yes I know My dignity has made it so, I have not thrown my pride away. I have not  surrendered myself to the ways of the one that wants to destroy me. I am a light that shines in the darkest of nights. My star is the brightest among the brights because I have kept the commandments of my maker.

There is joy in waiting. I will wait for the man that will pay the price called MARRIAGE before I will give myself way. When I look upon the words of the Lord engraved in Proverbs 31, A noble woman shall I be when I am obedient to Gods Law.

I am a partaker of the covenant of Christ. My virginity is solemn covenant which I have joined with my Lord. I am not ashamed to raise my head up high and say:


MY DIGNITY, MY PRIDE, MY GLORY
ALL INTACT, I AM DIFFERENT, YES I KNOW.

Friday, 19 October 2012

I guest posted:Fashion trends

Happy friday friends!! I hope everyone is well and thriving hey!!! I recently did a guest post on fashion trends on Oluwaseun Sedunke's blog, MyStyledExpressions . Oluwaseun has a new series on her blog that offers bloggers an opportunity to express thier opinions on fashion TRENDS. I had fun giving my opinion so I hope you will enjoy reading through my answers. You can check out the GUEST POST here-----> mystyledexpressions


























Tuesday, 2 October 2012

Misconceptions about us, Introverts

Out of all the personality traits Introverts suffer from the most misconceptions, we are labelled as being shy, lacking confidence, anti-social and lacking self-esteem. Being the introvert that I am I decided to clear up a couple of these misconceptions:
‘I said I am an introvert, I didn’t say anything about being shy’
I often say this to people. When I tell people that I am an introvert they expect me to be shy  and lacking confidence but I am non of those things. I am not shy at all in fact I don’t even believe in shyness, I don’t see why I should let  ANOTHER human being make me feel inferior. I have very strong ideas and I stand by every one of them. Introversion has nothing to do with being shy. We aren’t necessarily afraid of people. Being an introvert doesn’t mean you are socially awkward or shut-in it just means you get your energy from different sources than extroverts.

‘You are so anti-social’
This is probably the biggest misconception. Contrary to popular belief we do like being social just in a different manner and not as much as extroverts. We just love smaller intimate conversations; we love anything that involves deep conversations and are energised by discussing subjects that matter to us. We do not like communicating for the sake of filling silences.  Personally. I loathe small talk. If you really want  to engage an introvert in a conversation, skip the small talk. Introverts tend to love deep conversations on subjects that interest them.  It’s not that we think we are too important to talk to others. Extroverts thrive on small talk. Introverts abhor it.


'You never go out and have fun'
Introverts are notorious for refusing generous offers to social engagements. We do appreciate the offers, trust me but we prefer small intimate gatherings over big and loud gatherings.  I leave parties early and that doesn’t mean I didn’t have a good time, spending a long time in crowded places just drains me and I need to recharge after that.  You can think of it in terms of entertainment. An extrovert needs outside stimulus to be entertained. Left alone and they start getting bored, they need things to entertain them whereas an introvert can entertain themselves. My mind is all the entertainment I need. I can sit for hours doing nothing but thinking and I’m having the best time. 
‘You are so weird’
Since our social needs differ from the ones extroverts we are often seen as weird. Introverts are often individualists. They don’t follow the crowd. They’d prefer to be valued for their novel ways living. They think for themselves and because of that, they often challenge the norm. We don’t make decisions based on what’s popular or trendy.
In conclusion: We don’t need to be changed
I dislike it when people think I should change and become extroverted, there is nothing wrong with my love for my alone time and I don’t need a ton of people to be happy. Nothing did this to me, I didn't go through some traumatic experience that has resulted in me wanting to spent less time with people. Introverts are fine just the way they are, we are not miserable, depressed or dejected. We were born this way, I actually consider myself very lucky to have been born an introvert. I love being so creative, and thoughtful, and contemplative. I wouldn't have it any other way, actually.