Currently Streaming- TIDAL

“When words fail, music speaks” is such a relatable quote for those days when you are swamped with work and need some inspiring music, or looking for upbeat tunes to put you in a good mood, or when you are getting ready for a night out and looking for songs to pump you up. Music is an important part of my life. I love listening to music, filling the silence in the background, and discovering new songs and artists to jam out to.

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Since my taste in music is changes with my mood, music-streaming services are my best friend because I can discover different songs and playlists to fit my mood and the occasion.

I am so excited that I found a new subscription based streaming service, called TIDAL. It’s not just your normal streaming service, but has tons of features, including all your favorite music from all your favorite artists, a section to discover up and coming artists, a collection of music and concert videos, and the best part is that musicians like Prince, Rihanna, Kayne West, and Beyoncé have created their own playlists and shared exclusive new music.

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Some of my favorite playlists include TIDAL Relax, Early Morning Songs, and Music To Make You Smile which features Cold Play, Sam Smith, John Mayer, Mumford & Sons, Fleetwood Mac, Imagine Dragons to name a few. I can’t forget to mention Beyoncé’s playlist Hot Sauce. Beyoncé handpicks all of the songs on her playlist so you know it will be a dance party.

When TIDAL is not providing their listeners with awesome music, they are also providing their subscribers with amazing chances to win awesome prizes. Recently, they partnered with Little Wayne to create a new campaign called Social Wave for Change. This campaign is looking for college students who are involved with their community.

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Students are challenged via social media to join the TIDAL College’s Social Wave for Change by publicly posting a photo or video to TIDAL’s Facebook wall or Instagram showing them completing any type of community service. TIDAL wants to reward students for their impactful community service. So get creative, post a photo of you donating canned goods to a local food shelter, donating clothing to a clothing drive, recycling, volunteering at a soup kitchen, or donating to any charity of your choice. The possibilities are endless.

Don’t forget to include your school name, tag a friend, and use the hashtag #TIDALXChange. A panel of judges will review all the social media submissions and choose a group of finalist, who have positively impacted their community. The public will then choose one grand winner. Not only will you be helping your community, but you also have the chance to win a silent disco event at your school or a Lil Wayne concert near your school. Everyone is a winner in this campaign.

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What are you waiting for? Head over to TIDAL to receive a 3-month complimentary subscription. While you are listening to your favorite tunes and discovering new music, don’t forget to brainstorm ways you can get involved in your community. Happy listening!

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

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Spotted On Campus

I have been stressing for a week now over my first biology test of the semester.  I have not taken a physical science course since high school, so it makes sense why I am stressing.  Liv and science just doesn’t mix well.  After a night of studying, I finished my biology exam in 20 minutes.  The 50 multiple-choice questions were basic, so fingers crossed I hope I aced the test.

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         Since I finished my exam quickly, I had extra time in my schedule to relax before my next class, so what better way to relax than write a very short style post for you all.

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         It’s not a long post, since I have to get back to work and read Act 2 of Shakespeare’s Twelfth Night (BORING).  I wanted to show you all what I normally wear to class.  I call it my campus style.  Usually the night before I mentally plan my outfit for the next day.  This way when my alarm goes off and I am still in a daze, I can rub my sleepy eyes and have some idea of what to wear for the day.

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I have sort of a “formula” in dressing for class.  It starts with leggings or jeans, a sweater or poncho, a scarf, earrings and a necklace, and whatever footwear I am currently loving.  It is easier than it seems.

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Today’s outfit features a few of my favorite pieces from this season, including my tribal print poncho from Lord and Taylor’s, layered over my basic gray long-sleeve top from Zara.  Ponchos are my best friends for the cold winter days because I feel like I am wrapped in a blanket.  I paired my poncho with my Just USA distressed black jeans.  These black jeans are so edgy and can be transitioned from daytime to nighttime with a different top, sweater, and jewelry.

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As for accessories, I always like to go to my lucky elephant, so of course I am wearing my gold elephant pendant necklace from Forever 21.  No outfit is complete without my Sorel wedges.  My 1964 Premium Sorel Wedge Boot has been my go-to winter shoe.  They are waterproof, comfortable for my long walks around campus, and fashionable.  Plus they give me a little boost in height.  Are you still looking for more style inspiration on how to style these Sorel boots, check out previous posts here.

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Wow! Time flew.  Good thing I looked at the clock because it is time for my next class.  I am glad I spent my break being productive writing a new post for you all and showcasing my campus style.  Let me know down below what pieces make up your everyday style.

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Poncho: Lord and Taylor’s (SIMILAR) (SIMILAR) (SIMILAR)  | Shirt: Zara (SIMILAR) | Jeans: Just USA | Shoes: Sorel  | Necklace: Forever 21 (SIMILAR) (SIMILAR)

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My Hairstyle Through The Years

I was known as the little girl with the mushroom haircut.  Perfectly pin straight hair that reached just about to my ears.  For years, I rocked the mushroom cut but I no longer sport that style because thankfully I’ve been introduced to a blow dryer, a round brush, and volumizing hair products.  But these days, I still like my short hair, but that was not always the case.  Over the years I went from the mushroom cut, to long flowing hair, to taking a risk and cutting off 14 inches to a pixie cut, and now I’m somewhere in the middle sporting a bob.  It’s funny to think that my hair has a history of its own.  I’ve never been one to stick to one hairstyle because I get bored easily and like to switch it up.  After all, life is too short to be boring. So keep reading to see my hairstyle through the years.

Elementary School: Flashback to those days I would skip down the hallways with my short hair blowing in the wind while wearing my maroon plaid school uniform, which was practically down to my ankles.  Of course, nothing completed the look better than a white-collared shirt buttoned all the way to my chin (Ha Ha).  Up until the fourth grade, short hair and the oh so famous “mushroom cut” was all I knew. I don’t blame my parents for the style because who wanted to deal with the knotty hair of a child who liked to get into messy situations (yep, that was me).  Looking back at some of these photos, I have to admit that I rocked the mushroom cut.  It was cute, especially for a five year old.  Who would have thought that my mushroom cut would have inspired me down the road?

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Middle School: When I was in middle school no girl dared to have short hair.  It was all about long, stringy hair with a lot of dead ends from all the damage of running through it with the flat iron.  I was guilty of this and even though I have pin straight hair, I insisted on waking up a few minutes early every morning to crank-up the flat iron to 400 degrees and burn the heck out of my hair.  Middle school was all about fitting in, so long, straight hair was the only choice.  When I think back, long hair never really suited me. I always felt so plain, but even though it didn’t express my funky side, I still kept it as my style of choice.

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High School: You couldn’t pay me to go back to high school.  High school was just a drag.  It was all about who was popular, who was prettier, who had all the attention from the boys.  But I will say that is was during high school that I really began to discover who I am and what I wanted to be.  I discovered what my talents are and what drives me.  I wasn’t afraid to express myself or challenge the norm.  It was in high school that after mustering the courage, I cut off 14 inches of hair (well I didn’t cut it myself, I went to an awesome salon where I still get my hair done today).  I said to myself, “you know Liv it’s only hair. It will always grow back”.  Walking down the halls the next day at school was terrifying, but I began to notice how different I looked from the rest of the pack and that my short hair made me really me stand out in the crowd.  It made me feel unique and I began to feel really comfortable with the new look.  To my surprise, all of my classmates admired my bravery and my fashion-forward style.

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After a few months of sporting the long bob (lob) style, I spent one Friday night on Pinterest (obviously) looking for more short hairstyles.  I found a picture of Frankie Sandford, a member of the girl band The Saturday’s, and I immediately fell in love with her asymmetrical short doo.  It was razor shaved on one side and longer on the other.  I always wanted to try a pixie cut, so I thought this style would make for a perfect transition.  Again, to my surprise, all of my classmates loved it because the the super short side made the hairstyle edgy and chic.

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College: After graduating from high school, I have never felt so free.  I was starting a new school filled with new people, so of course I wanted a new hairstyle.  I finally was bold enough to get a pixie cut. After seeing pictures of Emma Watson and Halle Berry, I knew the pixie cut was just for me.  Again, going from the asymmetrical look to a pixie cut was not that big of a transition, but there were many days I wasn’t confident in the look the style conveyed.  But once I saw other celebrities take the risk and heard people compliment my fashion-forward doo, I knew it was worth it.  Some days I would blow dry my short layers for a softer look or other days I would use gobs of gel and spike my hair for a rock star look. After a couple of weeks experimenting with my new style, I started to love the versatility of the pixie cut. I didn’t miss the days of ponytails or having to remember to carry a hair tie with me and being in the minority on campus with a pixie cut, I felt pretty cool.

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Today: My hair has taken on a life of its own.  It is certainly longer than a pixie cut, not as long as a lob, and of course not nearly as long as my middle school hairstyle.  More than ever, people have been asking me if I am growing my hair out and thinking about going super long again.  It’s a tough question for which I really have no answer.  I like my look today.  It’s short enough to distinguish myself from the crowd, but a long enough if I want to experiment with a curling wand.  I’m not sure if I will ever grow out my hair really long.  I guess if I want to try a longer look again, I can always get extensions rather than waiting for my hair grow on its own.  For now, short hair is me.  Nothing is better than having to use only a pea sized amount of shampoo and conditioner, spending less than 5 minutes blow drying your hair, running your finger through your hair with volumizing gel and emphasizing those short layers.

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Right now, I am pleased with my hair length, but who knows what the future has in store.  I am always looking for ways to challenge my look and nothing is better than making a statement with your hair.  For those who are still hesitant about a dramatic change in hairstyle, be brave.  I guarantee after a few days of getting used to it you will completely fall in love with your new look.  I hope you enjoyed reading about my hairstyles through the years. Continue the discussion below.  I would love to read all about your hair.

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Get Up, Dress Up, Show Up, And Never Give Up

I am certain that everyone has experienced sadness, disappointment, lack of motivation, and so on. It’s only natural, we are human. I am a big fan of quotes. Whenever I feel stuck or down in the dumps I always head to Pinterest (CLICK HERE TO FOLLOW ME ON PINTEREST) and find some inspiring words and phrases to help me keep going. This brings me to the theme of today’s post. It was inspired by one of my recently discovered quotes “No matter how you feel, get up, dress up, show up, and never give up.”

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After reading this phrase, I decided to pull myself together, head to my closet and pick out an outfit that makes me look good and feel good. Of course, I had to choose my faux fur vest. My Design Lab faux fur vest just radiates confidence. I love the color blocked detail, featuring shades of red, cream, black, and tan. Such a versatile piece you can layer it over a dress, pair it with leather pants, or a simple pair of jeans, like I did today. These are not just any pair of jeans, they are my new favorite high-riser jeans from Madewell. The soft black color is a different twist than your usual blue denim, plus it really makes the warm colors in my vest pop.

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For the rest of my outfit, I am wearing a simple, black sweater from Target to provide extra warmth under my vest, perfect for those long walks to class. Dangling from my neck is my La Cle key necklace. After all, if you remember from my first post (READ IT HERE) featuring the necklace, the bronze color resembles strength, and certainly everyone needs extra strength throughout the day.

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Lastly, the perfect way to strut your stuff on campus and show others that nothing will get in your way is slipping on your best shoes. I am wearing my new Steve Madden suede wedges. I love how these wedges are day-time and class-time appropriate but adds extra glam to any look.

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Although fashion is not the end all cure to the blues, it certainly can make days when you are feeling down just suck a little less. No matter how you feel remember “this too shall past” (another one of my favorite quotes).

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Vest: Design Lab  | Sweater: Target (SIMILAR)  (SIMILAR) (SIMILAR) | Jeans: Madewell

| Shoes: Steve Madden  | Necklace: La Cle (SIMILAR)

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