#TRACKISBACK

The fashion world has been going nuts over the re- launch of a very popular at the start of the decade; I am talking about the matching velour Juicy Couture jumpsuit. Paris Hilton, Mariah Carey, Kim K, Brittany Spears, and many other celebs loved to model the Juicy Couture velour tracksuits back in the 2000s.

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It was because of these celebs, that at every birthday and Christmas I would always ask my parents for one of these most coveted fashion items. Sadly, I was never the girl rocking the popular hot pink tracksuit with the dangling J on the zipper. In fact, I was not mad at my parents for not buying me a Juicy jump suit; I loved wearing my knockoff velour suits from places like Old Navy and The Children’s Place. I could get like 10 jumpsuits for the price of one Juicy Couture tracksuit. But sadly, since I wore the jumpsuits without the J charm, I was not considered “cool,” oh well.   For $200, my parents would rather not spend it on a piece of fabric that was just a trend, and boy were they right because within a short time, the matchy match jumpsuit was no longer the buzz. In fact, in 2014 the creators of Juicy Couture closed all of their stores. The once coveted Juicy Couture was replaced with the arrival of new trends, like skinny jeans.

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Now in 2016, everyone can’t get enough of the athlesuire trend. Athlesiure can be described as casual and comfy athletic clothes that look like you just went to the gym but are actually just super fashion forward. Think Lululemon leggings, nylon quarter zip ups, and classic Adidas sneakers.

But what’s the athleisure trend without a good track suit? So the time is right for Juicy Couture to rebrand and luckily Bloomingdales agrees. Juicy Couture and Bloomingdales re-launched the popular velour jumpsuit. At Bloomingdales you can find the ever so popular low-rise pants with matching slim fit jacket with the iconic J charm on the zipper. The limited designer collection is all about bringing back the tracksuit and the look of the 2000s. If you were a big fan of this look at the beginning of the new century you are going to love the #TRACKISBACK campaign. Head over to Bloomingdale’s to purchase the timeless hoodie and flared pant set in seven different colors for $108.

Remember in my 70’s post, seen here, I said trends like to repeat themselves, well the Juicy Track Suit is just another example of the repeating fashion cycle. Let me know in the comments below if you will be re-living the 2000s by sporting one of the revamped tracksuit or would you rather not wear head to toe velour.

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One With Nature

I’m not a real fan of nature.  Sure I love spending summer days by the pool or beach or walk aside a pigeon in New York City but that is about how outdoorsy I’ll get.  You won’t find me hiking or camping but I heard from friends who participate in those activities that it’s tons of fun.

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I don’t want to limit myself to any new adventures so today I decided to go on a mini hike and by mini hike I mean go explore the lake and wooded area of my friends backyard.  It’s a start and a chance to show you one of my favorite casual hot weather looks.  Keep on reading to see how I embark on a new adventure.  Just call me livfornature.

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Cool, casual, and comfy are the three rules for dressing for any outdoor summer activity.  You would think my shorts were pajamas because of the look and feel but they are not pajamas but super trendy and comfy shorts from H&M.  The geometric print and the warm color palette makes these my go-to shorts for the summer.  As much as I love denim shorts they can be super hot and restrictive so a nice pair of elastic waist cotton shorts are the winner for summer.

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I didn’t want to throw in any other patterns in my outfit, so I just wore a simple black tank.  This Mudd brand black tank top is nothing special so I decided to knot it just to give some added shape and to make it shorter to show off my cool shorts.

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The crochet sweater is not to keep me warm but just to complete my outfit.  It’s super lightweight so it won’t cause me to melt plus if it gets too hot I can always let it hang on my arms or tie it around my waist.

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 Am I the only one super glad that the choker trend is a thing?  I can’t stop channeling my inner 90s child with my favorite chokers.  But today’s choker is super special and can’t be found in typical stores like Forever 21. I found my gem stone choker at a local art festival.  The beautiful stone has such unique characteristics that it changes colors depending on the sun or angle that you are looking at, making it a perfect necklace to go with any outfit.

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For shoes, I stuck with my black slip-ons from Marshalls.  The lace detailing allows for air to flow keeping my feet sweat and stinky free.  Plus they are super flat and light, you think you are walking barefoot but your feet are totally protected from any mysterious insects or creepy crawlers hiding on the ground.

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I can’t see myself wandering into the woods anytime soon but hey at least today was a start and a chance to try something new. Are any of my readers campers or hikers? Or are you like me who’d rather just hang by the pool or beach or walk the streets of New York City?

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Shorts: H&M (SIMILAR) (SIMILAR) | Top: Mudd | Sweater: Apricot Lane (SIMILAR) (SIMILAR) (SIMILAR) | Shoes: Marshall’s (SIMILAR) (SIMILAR) | Necklace: Omi By Lise (SIMILAR) (SIMILAR) (SIMILAR) | Sunglasses: Forever 21 (SIMILAR) (SIMILAR)

Photos by Lauren Murphy (http://www.createdbylaur.com) 

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Halfway To The Weekend

Raise your hand if you took full advantage of the Zara sale this year. If you saw me right now, you would see both of my hands raised because I totally went nuts over the Zara sale. The annual Zara sale usually starts in June and lasts until what it seems like when they run of out sale merchandise. Practically all their merchandise is marked down. A fashionistas dream. However, if you missed this sale, I believe there is a very, very limited selection of sale items in stores and online. But don’t worry because this huge sale made room for their new collections and let me tell you Zaras new collection is on point. Can’t wait to shop some more. Sorry wallet.

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Throughout the month of June and July, I found myself visiting Zara by the train station every morning before work and every evening after work. Walking by the store everyday was dangerous. Some days leaving empty handed and other days scoring great deals. So with that being said my wardrobe greatly increased thanks to Zara and I can’t wait to style my new pieces. I already styled my new favorite Zara blouse and flared jeans for one of my posts. Check it out here.

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This post features two more of my favorite Zara pieces, a one of a kind kimono and a pair of distressed relaxed jeans. I am loving how this season is all about different fits of denim, not just the skinny jean. I’d rather slip into a pair of comfortable, loose fit jeans than a pair of skinny jeans any day. My Zara relaxed jeans have the right amount of stretch. Plus the light denim wash and distressed detailing makes these jeans my favorite for the summer season and the transition into fall. Of course I cuffed my jeans because I feel like cuffing your jeans is a rule when it comes to boyfriend and relaxed jeans.

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The second star of my outfit is this one-of-a-kind kimono from Zara. I love the neutral pattern with pops of gold and rust shades, tassels, and coins. Since my kimono has alot of details, I paired it with a simple black t-shirt from Cotton On.

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An open kimono totally needs a necklace and what better necklace to wear is my pineapple pendant necklace from Charming Charlie. So cute!

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For shoes, you can’t go wrong with a pair of laced up flats. I see these Rampage shoes as the perfect transition pair of shoes for the fall.

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Of course, you have to keep the sun out of your eyes and there is no better way to do so than wearing my favorite Firvoo sunglasses. These sunglasses are my go-to, especially on those days when I don’t feel like wearing makeup and feel like hiding from the world.

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There is no better feeling than shopping and adding new items to your wardrobe. I have a feeling my closet will be growing larger as we head into fall. Who else participated in the Zara sale? If so, what did you find? Also, let me know if any of you have scored some other great sales? I am always in the mood to shop. Talk to you all soon.

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Denim: Zara (SIMILAR) (SIMILAR) (SIMILAR) | Kimono: Zara (SIMILAR) (SIMILAR) (SIMILAR) | T-Shirt: Cotton On (SIMILAR) (SIMILAR) (SIMILAR) | Shoes: Rampage (SIMILAR) (SIMILAR) (SIMILAR) | Necklace: Charming Charlie | Sunglasses: Firvoo (SIMILAR) (SIMILAR)

Photos by Lauren Murphy (http://www.createdbylaur.com)

 

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Manus x Machina: Fashion In An Age Of Technology

One of the many things on my summer bucket list was to go to the Metropolitan Museum of Art to see their exciting fashion exhibit, Manus x Machina: Fashion in an Age of Technology. Luckily, a few weeks ago I had the chance to explore the exhibit and the entire museum.

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I was blown away by how extensive the exhibit was. The exhibit includes over 170 ensembles, showing that fashion is more than just dressing but truly an art form. Each piece showcased in the exhibit highlighted the connection between technology and fashion.

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I enjoyed how the exhibit was divided based on fabrication or detail, including pleats, tulle, sequins, feathers, embroidery, artificial flowers, and lace. This really emphasized how special each piece was and the role of the hand (manus) and the machine (machina) in the design and manufacture of the piece.

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When I was walking around the exhibit, I made sure to take a few photos and jot down a few of my reactions to what I saw. Keep on reading to hear my commentary on the exhibit and the evolving fashion world.

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  • Although, we shouldn’t heavily rely on technology, let’s face it our world is becoming more technologically advanced whether we like it or not. So instead of ignoring these achievements within technology we must recognize them and use them to our advantage.
  • We should always keep in mind the differences between the hand and the machine. To be honest, no machine could produce as incredible a piece than the hand because a hand-crafted piece is one of a kind, taking patience, time, and dedication to the craft.
  • I agree hand-made items are seen as more valuable; however we can’t completely neglect technology or see it as less valuable. Just like Miuccia Prada said, “For me, mixing the hand and the machine gives the best results.” To me, what is most valuable is the designer’s passion and time they put into their design.
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  • While looking at the many pieces throughout the exhibit, I noticed that most of the embroidery and floral details were done by hand so the artist/designer could strategically hand place crystals or other embellishments onto the fabric, thus making it more unique.
  • After learning more about the distinction between the hand and the machine, I realized you have more control over things produced by hand, meaning you can manipulate your piece in a way that is visually appealing to your audience.IMG_3209
  • Regarding the hand, imperfections are generally only seen in handmade products. Unlike a machine, humans cannot make everything perfect. However, instead of finding fault in a misplaced button or crystal we actually find beauty and uniqueness in it.
  • The exhibit also touched on the differences between ready to wear fashion and haute couture. Now we live in a world that mostly follows the ready to wear fashion model. However, one of thee most important distinctions between ready to wear fashion and haute couture is in the details. For example, just look at the elaborate embroidery in the wedding dress by Karl Lagerfeld for Chanel. That piece of haute couture fashion cannot be produced in one day.
  • Lastly, the most beautiful gowns worn by celebrities on the red carpet or the clothes we have in our very own closet are all produced with the help from the hand and the machine.IMG_3201

Are you a big fashion lover or art fan? I highly suggest visiting the met in New York City before this exhibit closes on September 5th. You won’t regret it. For those who have seen the exhibit what were some of your highlights of your trip?

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Little Miss Sunshine

Technically summer doesn’t officially end until the end of September but in the retail world it seems like after Fourth of July they switch to back to school and fall fashion mode. As much as I hate the thought of summer ending I’m trying to look on the bright side and focus on my love for fall fashion and of course the end of summer sales. Although most of the sales involve summer merchandise like shorts, rompers, tanks, and so on, with the art of layering you can certainly transition those pieces into the fall.

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It seems like H&M rarely has sales because their merchandise is so inexpensive anyway but 80% off select merchandise piqued my interest. With only a few minutes to shop I found two items that were calling my name.

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I first picked up this beautiful skirt. I love the unique tie-dye design and the mustard color. I can see myself wearing this skirt into the fall because of that rich color. The skirt is flowy and high-waisted which I like. It’s not as long as a maxi skirt but not as short as a mini skirt just the perfect in between.

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Since picking up this skirt for only $15 I knew I wanted a fitted cream colored top to bring out the cream color in the skirt and not take away from the beauty of the yellow shade. I wanted something fitted so I can have the option to either tuck it in or knot it. I chose this simple $5 t-shirt and it goes great with my skirt and many other pieces in my closet. Funny thing is that it’s not supposed to be off the shoulder but the shoulder area fits a little weird and loose so a simple off the shoulder fix did the trick.

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For jewelry I am loving anything gold and anything with tassels. So this Charming Charlie necklace matched perfectly with my outfit and the whole vibe of the look.

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Shoes were a no brainer. I chose to wear another pair of my vintage Candies wedges. They are a little high so taking photos on a rocky surface was a challenge. Luckily I didn’t fall. That’s an accomplishment.

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This summer I discovered my love for summer fedora like hats. I totally need to expand my hat collection because if I post myself wearing this hat one more time on my blog or Instagram I have a feeling my readers will be like what the heck we get it, you like that hat. I can’t help it but I just feel so fashion forward in my hat plus it covers up any bad hair days.

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 Lastly, before heading out the door I grabbed my favorite Steve Madden sunglasses. They are not new to the blog. See how I style them here.

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Between the H&M sale and the Zara sale (look out for a new post featuring Zara soon), I have been shopping like crazy. I guess that’s what happens when your day consists of analyzing fashion trends, reading style blogs, and spending the days in New York City. My closet is happy, but my wallet not so much.

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Hope everyone is enjoying their summer and continue to soak up the summer sun before it’s gone. Let me know in the comments below what sales you have been shopping lately and some of your favorite pieces purchased. See you all in my next post.

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Skirt: H&M | T-Shirt: H&M (SIMILAR) (SIMILAR) | Shoes: Candie’s (SIMILAR) (SIMILAR) (SIMILAR) | Necklace: Charming Charlie | Sunglasses: Steve Madden (SIMILAR) (SIMILAR) (SIMILAR)| Hat: H&M

Photos by Lauren Murphy (http://www.createdbylaur.com)

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