Welcome to Townhouse 71

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Block seven, house number one. This is where me and my three best friends will spend our junior year of college. These past few weeks have been filled with laughter, music blasting, some schoolwork being done, and of course decorating.

Since this was my third year moving onto campus, I was more excited than nervous. Every year it becomes easier and easier and I owe it all to Bed Bath& Beyond. Thanks to Bed Bath & Beyond’s college checklist college shopping was stress free and more fun this year.

The checklist had all the essentials from Twin XL sheets, stylish comforters, lamps, décor, dorm appropriate kitchen essentials, all making this year’s back to college shopping a little less overwhelming.

For the most part, my back to college shopping was done in one day with the help of their checklist and a personal shopper to guide me through the enormous back to school section at Bed Bath & Beyond.

         My friends and I are obsessed with our townhouse. Our Bed Bath & Beyond items really makes our place feel like home. We love our house so much that we want to share our house with the blogging world.

I was inspired to write this post after watching a rerun of MTV Cribs. So read this post, like you are watching an episode of MTV Cribs. It’s time to get started.

Welcome to our new home Townhouse 71 or we like to call it, Townhouse “Seventy Fun.” In today’s episode, I will be showcasing our fabulous kitchen, common area, and my bedroom. Follow me.

The four of us feel like grown-ups this year because now that we have a full kitchen we don’t have to rely on the cafeteria. Although, it is still early in the year, we have been experimenting with cooking different meals. By shopping at Bed Bath & Beyond, I was able to purchase all the kitchen essentials to cook or bake anything. My Rubbermaid® Flex & Seal 26 piece storage set has come in handy to keep food fresh and store any leftovers. The best thing about living close to home is having my mom bring up some of my favorite home cooked meals. I can rely on my tupperware to hold all my yummy food. Best part is that this set includes lids that snap together with the container so you can neatly organize your tupperware and always find what you are looking for. My Wilton® Round Cake Pan and Cookie Sheets have been used every night. They can be used to cook pretty much ANYTHING, like baked chicken, fish, French fries, cookies, and so on. They have a nonstick finish and are good quality, so I am certain they will last all year. It’s the little things we almost forgot to buy, like serving spoons, spatulas, soup ladles, and other kitchen utensils. The 7-piece kitchen utensil set from Bed Bath & Beyond includes all the kitchen essentials we need to cook up some gourmet meals.

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Our common area is where the four of us will spend countless hours hanging out, watching television, and acting like goofballs. It is also the area we like to spend time with our friends and take a break from the stress of college. Easily, the common room is my favorite area of the house. It is the best decorated room, all thanks to Bed Bath & Beyond. Our Folding Club Chair is super soft and comfy. Whenever we have friends over, you can find our friends chilling in this chair. It’s a great addition to the room and provides extra seating. The basic black color goes with our room décor and I believe the chair makes our room more “homey.”

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For extra storage and our TV stand, we use the Real Simple® 9-cube storage unit. The basic white color allows us to decorate with pattern cloth bins for storage. We keep everything in this storage unit, such as computer chargers, board games, coloring books, and so on; the perfect item to reduce clutter.

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My roommates and I are constantly on the go. We all have busy schedules and sometimes it’s hard to keep track of everything. Our Wallpops® Peel and Stick Dry Erase Dot Decal is where we leave each other notes, post our schedules, inspiring quotes, and other important info. We decided to go with red for a pop of color in the common room.

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My roommates and I have been friends for three years, so of course we have tons of memories and what better way to remember all our crazy times than with photos. I love the Umbra® Hangit Photo Display which displays all our photos on a giant clothesline display. It brightens up the room and is a convo starter. We always find ourselves looking at the photos and saying remember when…

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Last but not least is my bedroom. I hardly spend anytime in my bedroom. For me it’s only a place to sleep, but that doesn’t mean that it should not be well decorated. The favorite part of my room has to be my multi-colored floral printed comforter. My Fanfare® 4-piece comforter set makes a statement on my side of my room. It is so vibrant and eye-catching. Certainly, the turquoise, coral, and purple colors brighten up my room. When I need to take a break and relax, I always count on my faux suede backrest. It is the perfect addition to my bed and the coral color perfectly matches.

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Next to my bed, you will find a Way Basics® White Quad decorated with turquoise cloth bins. This storage unit acts as my bed stand and the place where I store all the essentials, like school supplies, medicine, lotion, mouthwash, nail polish remover, and so much more.

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Like I mentioned above, I love photos because they are the best way to relive memories, so of course I had to include one of the Umbra® Hangit Photo Displays in my room. I’m still in shock with how many photos this piece can hold. Just being in school for a couple weeks now, my roommates and me have taken tons of photos so I can’t wait to add more recent photos to my display.

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Although my laundry basket is tucked away in the closet of our bathroom, I still wanted a laundry basket to match my color scheme. I hate doing laundry, but this coral colored pop up mesh laundry basket makes the chore of doing laundry a little better.

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Below you will find a few more photos of my favorite items found around our house.

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So this concludes another episode of my version of MTV Cribs college edition. Townhouse 71 is my home away from home. I wouldn’t want to spend my junior year any other way. I am so thankful to be living with my three best friends in a beautiful townhouse decorated by Bed Bath & Beyond. So far, junior year is off to a great start, but many adventures still await.

This post is sponsored Bed Bath & Beyond. All opinions are my own. Thank you for supporting the brands that make LivForStyle possible!

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NYFW RECAP

If you were in hibernation this past week or living under a rock, let me give you a recap of one of the biggest events in the fashion industry, New York Fashion Week. This year, New York Fashion week began on Thursday, September 10 and ended the following Thursday, September 17. Throughout the week, designers featured their Spring and Summer 2016 collections. I find it fascinating that autumn hasn’t even begun and we are already focused on spring and summer 2016. I wish I was able to post a recap everyday during Fashion Week, but being a full time college student, I had other duties to fulfill. So I decided to do one big recap about my favorite shows and designers. Who cares if it is one week late because the great shows certainly made an impact that will last for days, weeks, and months. Here are a few of my highlights from New York Fashion Week: 

Tommy Hilfiger:

Tommy Hilfiger never fails to impress. While reviewing his Spring/Summer 2016 collection, I was inspired to skip class, hop on a jet, and travel somewhere tropical. Unfortunately, that didn’t happen. His island inspired line featured boho inspired printed dresses, crochet tops, bucket hats, bikinis, beach cover ups, and tassel necklaces. After seeing all the bright colors, the stripes, and that “Island Girl” graphic t-shirt, I am ready for a vacation.

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Victoria Beckham:

Goodbye to the usual floral print for the spring season because Victoria Beckham showcased a new print that will be hot for the upcoming spring and summer season. The surf print is fresh, unique and is perfect for the warm, sunny season. Her focal pieces, the above the ankle dresses with the detailed surfer graphic are just what you want to wear for any summer social gathering.

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Karen Walker:

The streets of Russia, well to be exact Star City, also known as the location for the Soviet’s space program, inspired the runway at Karen Walker’s show. Her line incorporated metallics, gold leather, zippers, and ribbed sweaters. My favorite pieces from her space inspired line included the shiny gold skirt and shorts. Metallics never go out of style and they certainly make a statement.

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Delpozo:

Color, polka dots, crochet, fringe, and ruffles were the common themes at the Delpozo runway show. The over-sized, shapeless tops and dresses incorporated elaborate patterns and colorful details. Each piece had it’s own flare, keeping the audience engaged and inspired. I love the long dress with orange flower cutouts on top and gorgeous pink tulle on the bottom. It’s like a tutu for grown ups.

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Carolina Herrera:

I’m not a fan of pastels but you can’t think of spring and summer seasons without thinking of light hues. Carolina Herrera’s runway show featured numerous pastel colors, pleats, sheerness, and ruffles. I especially loved the long skirt and crop top combo; I really hope this look will be trending for this spring and summer. You couldn’t spot a printed piece on her runway, instead the catwalk was graced with lots of different materials, texture, and timeless color combos like soft pinks, black and white.

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Vera Wang:

I felt like Vera Wang’s new pieces were totally designed for me. I could easily find myself wearing these looks for a night out, especially for an extravagant party and not just the typical college house party. The feathers, sheer paneling, and plunging necklines scream glamorous, sexy, and of course fashionable. Some of my favorite looks include the sequin dress, feather pencil skirt, and glitzy crop top. Get in my closet NOW!

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Givenchy:

Givenchy was the show to be at. The models were styled in elegant pieces, like camisoles, slip dresses, and tuxedo jackets; all made from delicate lace. You can’t go wrong with classic colors, including black, white, and champagne. When the models weren’t dressed in lacey numbers, many of them wore items that featured a subtle pop of feathers, beading, and studs. The new Givenchy line didn’t stop at just clothes, but the models were decorated from head to toe, with statement accessories and face decorations.

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Marchesa:

If I were to become a celeb over night and be given the opportunity to walk the red carpet, I would want to be dressed in this designer. Marchesa’s collection featured elaborate gowns. Most of the dresses were sheer, but they showed just the right about of skin. I am obsessed with the beautiful sheer, raspberry colored dress. I love the body fitting shape and the tulle detailing on the bottom. I am also a huge fan of the ombre dyed full feather dress. It reminds me of cotton candy, but I swear in a good way.

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Jeremy Scott:

Jeremy Scott’s show was totally on the other side of the spectrum, including tons of colors and prints. Your eyes had lots to stare at every time a model walked the runway. My favorite prints included a television design, polka dots, and the scribble print. You can tell the designer had fun creating this line. Plus, it’s more fun to live life in color.

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Over the next couple of weeks, fashion week will continue to travel to London, Milan, and Paris, while I sit here living vicariously through the pictures and videos. Enjoyed my New York Fashion Week Recap? Want to see more? Let me know in the comments below if I should recap London, Milan, and/or Paris.

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All About The Details

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Boring outfits are so last season. I love taking simple pieces and adding fun accessories turning my outfit from drab to fab. Today’s post highlights my new colorful bag from Upcycled Styles. My embellished cross body bag causes heads to turn and it never fails to get people inquiring as to where I found such a unique item.

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The answer is Upcycled Styles. This registered Thai company upholds and follows a Fair Labor and Child Labor policy. Upcycled Styles strives to promote ethical working conditions to make sure each of their workers have access to life essentials and education to succeed in life. Upcycled Styles works closely with the Hill Tribes of Northern Thailand and showcases these artisans’ talents and creativity.

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I found out that my bag was made by a group of ten gifted women. All of them added their personal touch to my bag and I couldn’t be more proud to wear it. I enjoy wearing this bag knowing that not only does it look good, but I am doing good promoting a company that practices fair work practices.

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The colors, pattern, and fringe give this purse a boho vibe, which we all know is my favorite style.

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My casual, laid back look would not be complete without this black and white checkerboard print shirtdress from Zara. With long sleeves and dark colors, it makes for a great piece to wear as the weather transitions from summer to autumn.

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When in doubt, for shoes, I always turn to my black Converse. Simple, sporty, and stylish. Perfect.

Since this dress has a low neck, the perfect accessory is a short necklace. I love my black suede cord necklace with inspirational words. This motivates throughout the day.

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I added more to my look by sporting a pair of multi colored sunglasses. Thanks to a random street vendor in New York City, these sunglasses are my go-to pair when I want to feel extra cool.

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If you are looking for unique, colorful, detailed bags, wallets, clothes, and accessories, look no further than Upcycled Styles. As you can see, I am obsessed with their eye-catching bags and will be giving away a very special bag to one of my readers. Interested in winning this colorful, statement bag? It’s easy; just leave me a comment telling me how you would style a popular Upcycled Styles bag.

IMG_0808Dress: Zara (SIMILAR) (SIMILAR) (SIMILAR) | Necklace: Local Boutique (SIMILAR) (SIMILAR) (SIMILAR)  | Shoes: Converse | Cross Body Bag: Upcycled Styles (SIMILAR) (SIMILAR) | Sunglasses: Local Boutique (SIMILAR)

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I Love My Boyfriend (Jeans)

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Who needs a boyfriend when you have a pair of fabulous jeans? Sadly, there’s no man in my life; however, I am in a committed relationship with my new boyfriend jeans from Madewell.

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It wasn’t until recently, I jumped on the boyfriend jeans bandwagon. It seems like the skinny jean trend has died out. Now all the buzz is about slouchy, shapeless jeans. Every time I try on a pair of boyfriend jeans, I feel stupid and out of place; however that changed when I took a risk and bought a pair of boyfriend jeans. It has taken some time for me to get use to the fit because I have been so use to tight fitting jeans. Now that I am use to boyfriend jeans, I am obsessed with the loose, comfy fit. Best part about boyfriend jeans is they are so easy to style. One pair of boyfriend jeans can create several outfits. I have seen these jeans paired with blazers, t-shirts, wedges, boots, sneakers, stilettos, and so on.

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I love the look of my Madewell boyfriend jeans. I think the distressed design gives my jeans a laidback look. Hands down, Madewell has the best jeans and that means a lot coming from someone who has always hated jeans. One of my favorite ways I’ve seen bloggers style boyfriend jeans is with a simple, solid V-neck tee. My $5 black V-neck shirt from H&M perfectly matched my jeans and the style I was going for.

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Usually I don’t wear statement accessories, but this outfit needed a long necklace. Whenever I want to add the boho style to an outfit, I choose my Lucky Brand necklace, which features gold charms and pops of turquoise beads. As I mentioned above, boyfriend jeans look great with really any type of shoe. For me, I love wearing these leopard slip-on sneakers from Target. Every outfit needs a little leopard, don’t you agree? It was a super hot and sunny day. No matter what the temperature is I always want to wear my boyfriend jeans; the things I do for fashion. To shield my eyes from the sun, I chose to wear my rounded sunglasses from Urban Outfitters.

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Next time you are shopping, pick up a pair of boyfriend jeans, even if you don’t think you will look good in them. The decision to buy my first pair of boyfriend jeans was well worth it. Here’s to being single and ready to mingle, of course while wearing my boyfriend jeans.

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T-Shirt: H&M  | Jeans: Madewell (SIMILAR) (SIMILAR) (SIMILAR) | Shoes: Target (SIMILAR) (SIMILAR) | Necklace: Lucky (SIMILAR) (SIMILAR)

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Back 2 School

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Who knew that three words could cause so much anxiety…back to school. Although summer has not officially ended on the calendar, my summer ended when I walked into my first class.

From elementary school to middle school to high school and now college, I always experience back to school jitters, especially the night before classes start.

College is a different experience because I find you don’t need many school supplies. In elementary school you needed markers, crayons, glue sticks, and much more. In high school you needed a binder and notebook for every subject. Luckily, I only take five classes in college and most of them allow us to use our laptops for note taking. But, that doesn’t mean I don’t need any school supplies.

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I found all of my back to school essentials at Office Depot and OfficeMax stores and online at officedepot.com. Their brick-and-mortar store and online shop offered all the supplies I needed to gear up for my junior year of college. Office Depot and OfficeMax had a huge variety of supplies, allowing students to pick items that fit their styles and needs at prices they will love.

In this post, I am giving tips on how to stay organized and I’ll give you a peek at all my new school supplies with special thanks to Office Depot and OfficeMax. Although, the first week of classes proved that this semester would be challenging, I’m confident that my new school supplies will support a successful semester.

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Want to know a secret? Well it’s not really a secret because anyone who sees my handwritten notes will realize I have awful handwriting. There are only a few pens that make my handwriting more legible and those pens have to be rolling ball pens. I love the Pilot Precise Rolling Ball Pens and I knew Office Depot and OfficeMax would sell them for the best price. I love using colorful pens when taking notes because colorful pens allow me to organize my notes better and I find myself remembering more of the information when my notes are vibrant and colorful. These Pilot rolling ball pens are not just colorful but they provide comfort for smooth and neat writing.

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         Of course blue and black ink pens are essentials for test taking or when your professor frowns on the use of colorful pens. Luckily, I found at Office Depot and OfficeMax a 12 pack of Bic Unique Soft Barrel and Grip retractable pens in black ink. The soft feel and comfortable grip will help me ace all my tests.

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I can’t live without highlighters. Highlighters are my go to supply when reading class materials and taking notes. I love the Office Depot brand highlighters because the colors are super bright and vibrant and 12 highlighters come in a pack, so I am set for the year. I’ll use these gorgeous florescent highlighters throughout the year to color coordinate my notes and pin point the most useful information in textbooks and print outs.

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Now that I am all set with writing instruments, I need something to write on. Once again, Office Depot and OfficeMax had me covered. This gold polka dot patterned Divoga college ruled notebook has become my everyday notebook for jotting down notes, reminders, and ideas for upcoming blog posts. I carry a notebook with me wherever I go because you never know when creative thoughts will spark. I love how lightweight this notebook is, so it can fit anywhere, whether in my backpack or purse.

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I get tons of handouts to read throughout the semester so I need a folder to organize all my papers and this stylish Divoga folder is perfect. I love the metallic gold print and how it compliments my notebook. You can see that I like to style to all aspects of my life, even my school supplies and you can’t beat the price of only $1 per folder.

I love to have a huge variety of pens and highlighters on hand and one of my pet peeves is is being disorganized. So, I am not that person that lets these pens just make their way haphazardly to the bottom of a school bag. Instead, I like to keep everything organized so I can easily find what I am looking for. I’m so happy I found this Divoga pencil pouch. Not only does it keep all my pens and highlighters neatly in one place, but again, the gold and mint color scheme perfectly matches my notebook and folders. This pencil case scores major style points for me.

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Although most classes have started for us students, if you are still looking for the trendiest backpacks, must-have tech items, and necessary school supplies all at low prices, look no further than Office Depot and OfficeMax. Let me know in the comments below what your must haves are for a successful school year? Good luck!

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This post is sponsored by Office Depot, Inc. and Her Campus Media. All opinions are my own. Thank you for supporting the brands that make LivForStyle possible!

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