Let’s be honest, the world is not what it was 10-15 years ago. With the power and influence of social media and the constant overflow of the media, entertainment, and celebrity gossip, we’re being fed an unending amount of who, what, and how we’re supposed to act and look according to the world’s standards. So, when I found this young lady of 16-years-old who loves the Lord, is a faith and fashion blogger, and is set out to stand firm in her faith through her blog in her high school’s hallways, I can’t help but get EXCITED. My, do we need more girls like her. Introducing, Blaze Ann!
Hi there! My name is Blaze Ann Carbonell, and I blog over at P31beauty. Before I talk about my blog, I’d like to introduce myself. One of the first things that people ask me when we meet is, “How did you get your name?”. If you’re wondering, “Blaze Ann” was actually inspired by my mom’s name, which is Blaziel.
I am currently 16, a junior in high school, and a resident in the Bay Area. When I’m not blogging or studying, I love watching my favorite sports team- the Warriors.
My blog P31beauty was started in the summer before my freshman year of high school. I believe that every Christian should make a statement for Christ, whether it be through talent, fashion, or being a living testimony. Before I started going to a public high school, I decided that I wanted to maintain modesty in my apparel in an effort to glorify God. P31beauty was created to encourage me and to give other girls inspiration for modest outfits.
fashion meets God: Your “About Me” section says, “This blog was also created to encourage me to maintain modesty in my apparel as I enter a public high school.” What an amazing and creative way to stand boldly for Christ! Would you say blogging has positively made you accountable on what to wear?
Blaze Ann: Blogging has positively made me accountable on what I wear and also how I act on a daily basis. As a blogger, I want to be genuine with my readers and blogging friends. At times, I’d subconsciously ask myself, “Would I post this garment or outfit on my blog?”. If the answer is “no”, I’d decide not to buy or wear it. What I love about blogging is that you are able to find a community of friends that share similar passions as you. As a result of being part of a community, you are encouraged to be stronger at whatever your passions are. Personally, reading Christian blogs (such as Jireh’s!) has encouraged me to try to live more deeply for Christ. Also, blogging and reading other blogs about modest fashion has motivated me to dress unashamed in the midst of a secular environment.
fmG: What is your go-to wardrobe piece that you find yourself wearing multiple times, multiple ways?
BA: I really love tulle skirts. It may sound unconventional to wear on an average day, but I am here to tell you that it is not! What I love about tulle skirts is that you can dress it up and wear it super fancy or feminine. You can also wear it casually and pair it with a plain or patterned tee. Pretend you see someone walking down the street in a tulle skirt. Wouldn’t this sight bring you feelings of wonder, surprise, and a little bit of happiness? Haha, I don’t know about you, but I think tulle skirts are essentially layers of “prettiness” and joy.
fmG: You’re just a teenager, but your posts on your faith sounds like a mature, grown woman- I’m astounded! Can you share with us your testimony and how you came to know the Lord?
BA: Thank you for your sweet words, Jireh! It’s really uplifting! I currently live in a Christian household and have parents to look up to as Christian role models. My parents have taken me to church ever since I was a baby. I received Christ as my personal Savior when I was eight. God has a purpose for every Christian’s or future Christian’s upbringing, and I am thankful that He chose this path for me.
fmG: What are some of your favorite verses that you reflect on during challenges?
BA: The Bible is filled with wonderful verses that help in times of trial. It’s a beautiful thing that reading just a few words can fill you with comfort, reassurance, and joy. A few years ago, I was facing an inner challenge, and I remember being scared. It was night and I couldn’t sleep, so I got out my Bible and turned to a random page. I landed on Joshua 1:9 which says,
“Have not I commanded thee? Be strong and of a good courage; be not afraid, neither be thou dismayed: for the Lord thy God is with thee whithersoever thou goest.” When I read that, relief just flooded into my heart. It reminded me that no matter what we’re going through God is with us, and He has a purpose for that trial in our life. Other verses that have helped me are Psalm 84:11 and 1 Peter 5:7.
fmG: Being a follower of Jesus in high school is not the easiest thing and I’m sure a lot of other people can relate. What advice can you give other high school students to stay grounded in their faith?
BA: This is actually a topic that I sometimes struggle with. In high school, it can be embarrassing for teens to simply do the right thing because most of the time the wrong thing is what’s popular. When Christian teens are confronted with the right vs wrong dilemma, sometimes the sneaky voice in our head will justify the wrong and say, “You’re just a teen! You can do right when you’re an adult.” For other Christian teens, myself included, sometimes you put your education in front of your spiritual life. My advice for other high school students to stay grounded in their faith is to purpose in your heart to do right and to prioritize and live for Christ. You have to make that decision now as a teen because as an adult, the temptations for sin will not stop. In fact, it may be harder as an adult since you will have to make your own decisions without the guidance of your parents. Other ways to stay grounded is to find a fellow Christian in your school to encourage you throughout the day, prayer, reading the Bible, and listening to music that glorify God.
Thank you, Blaze Ann, for being so open and honest with us from your experience as a young faith and fashion blogger to simply being a student in high school as a follower of Jesus. I can only imagine how much God is going to use your life, your heart, and your blog to glorify His Kingdom. I pray He continues to use your passion for Him to encourage and inspire many other girls!
“And the world is passing away along with its desires, but whoever does the will of God abides forever.”
– 1 John 2:17