Flannel Tuesday

Usually the expression is “Flannel Friday”, but I could not wait until Friday to upload this style post. It seems like time is flying by.  Thanksgiving, Black Friday, Cyber Monday came and went and now the holiday season is in full force.  Although this is suppose to be a joyful time, for us college students it is such a stressful time filled with final papers and finals exams, but I am trying my best to plan some fun Holiday posts (suggestions are much appreciated).

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Today’s outfit features my favorite flannel, lots of layers, and booties, which is the recipe for a perfect fall/winter outfit.  My oversized flannel shirt from Madewell is the perfect piece to have in your wardrobe this season.  The perfect plaid pattern and the oversized fit makes this flannel the best for layering.

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Speaking of layering, we have now entered the season (well at least on the East Coast) where you can’t go outside just wearing your favorite blouse.  In order to prevent freezing your butt off, one must layer, and I mean lots of layering.  My shearling vest not only keeps me cozy and warm, but this vest from Apricot Lane earned major style points especially when paired with flannel.  If you are looking to invest in one good piece this season, I highly recommend a shearling vest.  You won’t regret it!

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As for denim, I stuck to my favorite pair of distressed boyfriend jeans from Madewell.  I’m all about the relaxed denim fit this season because sometimes skinny jeans can just be annoying and uncomfortable, who else agrees?

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You should see my bootie collection, it is forever growing, but I’m not complaining because I have so many amazing boots to style.  Today, I am wearing my light taupe suede booties from Material Girl.  Such a simple bootie that goes with pretty much any outfit.

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Finally for accessories, I am wearing a choker from Forever 21.  It’s the type of necklace that goes so well with flannel and my vest.  Plus, you can never go wrong with a choker.

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Although, as I write this post it’s pouring rain outside, the last couple of days have been super sunny.  It seems like when we set the clocks back, the sun gets lower and lower, so a pair of sunglasses, like my pair from Forever 21, is a must especially in the later afternoon.

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Now that Thanksgiving is in the past, it seems like everyone has switched from a pumpkin spice mood to all things peppermint.  Tis the season for holiday fashion, shopping, gift giving, decorating and spreading that holiday cheer.  Hope everyone had a wonderful Thanksgiving and are enjoying the start of the holiday season.  Talk to you all soon!

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Jeans: Madewell (SIMILAR) (SIMILAR) (SIMILAR) |Flannel: Madewell  |Vest: Apricot Lane (SIMILAR) (SIMILAR) (SIMILAR) (SIMILAR) (SIMILAR) | Shoes: Material Girl (SIMILAR) (SIMILAR) (SIMILAR) | Necklace: Forever 21 (SIMILAR) (SIMILAR) (SIMILAR) | Sunglasses: Forever 21 (SIMILAR) (SIMILAR)

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The “It” Denim

While browsing one my favorite fashion blogs, Who What Wear, I stumbled across an interesting article about denim.  According to Who What Wear, on average, today’s woman owns seven pairs of jeans?  To an average person, 7 pairs of jeans sounds like a lot, but I’ll bet fashion bloggers and fashion lovers, like me can agree that we own more than 7 pairs of jeans.  I blame the changing trends each season.  Remember when skinny jeans were the huge trend, now it is all about flared jeans and relaxed fits.  Hence, why my denim collection has grown tremendously. In this style post, I’ll be showcasing one of my favorite pairs of jeans this season with a totally unique fit, blending the skinny, boot cut, and flared style.

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Meet the Cali Demi Boot by Madewell.  This fit features a high waisted design, for a lean and stylish look, as well as a mini-flare look at the bottom, to show off your favorite booties, heels, or flats.  For those who are not yet ready to abandon your skinny jeans and fully embrace the flared jean trend, the Cali Demi Boot is perfect for you because it has a slight flare, while keeping that skinny silhouette.  I love my pair of Cali Demi Boot jeans in this “off black” color (not a true black, but not as light as a gray).

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In my opinion, you can pair this “off black” shade with pretty much any color, but you can’t go wrong with a white blouse.  I chose to wear my white button up blouse with a beautiful, delicate embroidered detail by Fashion Mia.  Of course, I did my half tuck trick, to give more shape to this oversized blouse and highlight the jeans high waist.

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I felt my outfit was missing something so when in doubt a fringed vest will complete any outfit.  My suede vest is from Marshalls and the mossy green/gray color matches perfectly with the colors of the embroidered flowers on my blouse.

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When wearing these jeans, your shoe game has to be on point, so without a doubt I chose my booties from Charlotte Russe.  No one would ever guess that I got these booties for $6.  Gotta love a good shoe sale.

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Finally, what is an outfit without a choker?  Here I am wearing a simple choker from Forever 21.  If you are crazy obsessed with chokers, head over to Forever 21 to find endless amounts of inexpensive chokers.  A fashionista’s heaven!

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Denim is a huge staple in anyone’s wardrobe.  And now that there are more styles of jeans than ever, I find myself wanting more and more.  What are your thoughts on this season’s denim trends?  Where is the best place to find jeans?  What is your current “it” denim?  Continue the discussion below.  Love to hear from you all. See you next time!

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Jeans: Madewell | Blouse: Fashionmia  | Vest: Marshalls (SIMILAR) (SIMILAR) (SIMILAR) | Shoes: Charlotte Russe (SIMILAR) (SIMILAR) (SIMILAR) | Necklace: Forever (SIMILAR) (SIMILAR) (SIMILAR)

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

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Free Fallin

You know you aren’t ready for the cold weather just yet when you decide to wear tights with your dress and accidently rip them with your unfiled finger nail.  After creating a hole in my tights, I threw them out and threw my hands up and just said screw it, my pale legs can make one more appearance this fall season.  This fall season, especially in Connecticut, has been weird. One day its cold, another day its warm, or the mornings are freezing and by the afternoon I am shedding off all my layers.  But thank goodness today’s weather is suppose to be in the 60s, so my bare legs will survive.

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I think this might be one of the last days in the 60s, so I might as well wear one of my favorite fall dresses from Target.  How can you not be obsessed with this dress?  I love the rich, warm autumn colors and beautiful floral print.  This dress also includes two of this season’s popular trends, lace up and bell sleeves.  The lace up detail adds a little more detail to an ordinary floral print dress, and the sleeve is not just your normal straight sleeve, but has a little flair, puffing out more.  So I will be investing in a new pair of tights (several pairs because I can see the incident above happening again and again), so when the weather decides to stay cold, I can easily transition this dress for the chillier days and wear tights or leg warmers.

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Especially early in the morning, you can’t leave the house (or in my case my apartment) without some sort of sweater.  I found this rust colored cardigan at Target on the clearance rack for only $11.  It especially looks great paired against the warm colors of the dress, but It can also be worn with so many other things.

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For jewelry, I took somewhat of a risk.  I am not talking about my go-to choker from Francesca’s but my choice to wear a longer necklace even with the dress’s lace up detail.  I thought the long necklace would clash with the lace up detail, but to my surprise, my simple geometric long necklace from Forever 21 nicely balanced out the choker and lace up detail.

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If it were summer, I would easily wear a pair of sandals with this dress but because it’s fall, it’s time to embrace the best season of them all, booties season.  Who knew that when I bought these Rocket Dog booties years ago I’d now just be starting to wear them?  I am making up for lost time because I can’t stop wearing them because these basic brown bootie go with any outfit.

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Well that wraps up another Liv’s style post.  Here’s to more beautiful fall weather and tights that are rip free.  Let me know in the comments below how you style your favorite dress to make them more weather appropriate.

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Dress: Target |Cardigan: Target (SIMILAR) (SIMILAR) (SIMILAR) | Shoes: Rocket Dog (SIMILAR) (SIMILAR) (SIMILAR) | Necklace: Forever 21 + Francesca’s (SIMILAR) (SIMILAR)

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

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The Season For Bomber Jackets

         Happy November everyone! For some it is the time to start listening to Christmas music and getting into the holiday spirit.  But for me, I plan to enjoy the autumn days a little bit longer because the holiday season for me begins after Thanksgiving.  But go ahead, listen to your favorite holiday tunes non-stop or start decorating for the holidays, no judgment here.

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         Anyway, a huge trend this fall season and continuing into the winter is bomber jackets.  Every store you go to, you seem to find their take on the bomber jacket.  Some you can find in your favorite solid color, others in different prints and patterns, or some decorated with pins and patches.  The bomber jacket is the in thing this season; no wonder why my bomber jacket collection grows every week.

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         Today’s bomber jacket comes from the online store, Make Me Chic. On their site, you will find a huge selection of clothes and accessories following today’s hottest trends.  At Make Me Chic you are guaranteed customer satisfaction, the best prices, and one heck of an outfit.

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Of course, the floral print is always popular no matter what season it is and I am so happy my bomber jacket incorporates this fun, colorful print.  I have to admit, I wish my jacket was a little thicker to keep my warm when the colder days approach, but that’s ok, because fall and winter is all about layering.  I can easily make this bomber jacket weather friendly, by wearing a sweater underneath or my favorite scarf.

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         Under my jacket, I took the easy way out and just wore a simple white cami from Forever 21.  I know once it gets colder, I am going to have to switch to something a little warmer. I am currently on the hunt for a white or light colored bodysuit to wear with this jacket.  But until then this cami does the trick.

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         Although, I could see myself wearing this jacket with a pair of light-washed distressed boyfriend jeans, I decided to wear my favorite pair of high-waisted skinny jeans from Zara.  I love the deep green color of the jeans and really think the shade of these jeans makes all the colors on the jacket pop.

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         Notice the zipper on my jacket is a beautiful gold color, so to keep with this color scheme I decided to add my favorite layered gold necklace from Forever 21.  Layering delicate necklaces is so popular right now and the best part is that this necklace includes all the chains, so no need to put to much thought into it.

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         I’m aware it is November but I can’t seem to give up my strappy, open toe sandals by the brand Soda. In my opinion, they really aren’t sandals but cover my foot enough to almost look like a bootie.  So as long as the weather continues to cooperate, I’ll continue to wear these shoes.  They are totally in between a sandal and a bootie and complete any outfit.

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         Who else loves the bomber jacket trend?  I love it so much that down below I included some more of my favorite bomber jackets, ones I have or ones that are on my wish list.  Keep the bomber jacket discussion going down below by telling me how you style your bomber jacket.  See you all in my next post!img_3426

Jacket: Make Me Chic | Cami: Forever 21 | Jeans: Zara (SIMILAR) (SIMILAR) (SIMILAR) | Shoes: Soda (SIMILAR) (SIMILAR) (SIMILAR) | Necklace: Forever 21 (SIMILAR) (SIMILAR) (SIMILAR)

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

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