Forever Florals

If someone asked me to describe one trend that never seems to go out of style, works for any season, and looks fabulous on everyone that would totally have to be floral prints.  Imagine going into a store or browsing through your favorite online shop and not seeing some sort of variation of the floral print?  The fashion world would be kind of boring without it, am I right?  You can find a floral print that works best for you.  Whether that’s the typical colorful print, more of a tropical floral pattern, black and white flowers, the list goes on.  Florals are not new to my blog.  In fact they have made quite an appearance.  Although, I usually stick to my neutral color palette, today’s post focuses on my new colorful floral kimono perfect for when you want to add more color to any look.

Before I get to the floral number in today’s look, let me comment on this beautiful, dusty rose-colored dress from Marshalls.  I normally don’t wear this pinky, blush color, but lately this color has been sneaking into my wardrobe.  Not to mention this color really pops against my summer tan and with my blonde hair.

         It’s very important to have a selection of basic dresses like the one I am wearing today because a simple dress can be worn in so many different ways and with so many things you may have hanging in your closet.  At first, I thought this colorful kimono would clash with my dress, but in fact the white coloring and the array of colorful flowers really looks nice paired against my dress.  My new kimono from Tosave.com is going to be my go-to piece when I want to add a little color to any outfit and life in general.

         Since the rest of my outfit is extremely vibrant, I wanted to keep my shoes and jewelry more on the neutral side.  So my chestnut colored suede lace up flats by Rampage will do.  And lastly, my favorite bronze elephant pendant necklace from Apricot Lane adds a finishing touch to my look without taking away the focus from all the bright colors in today’s look.

Florals are not new to my blog. In fact this popular print has made quite a few appearances over the months.  See here, here, here, here, here, and here.  So it’s no surprise that today’s post added to the extensive list of blog posts that feature flowers.  As fashionistas, we all have one print that we can’t get enough of.  So you now know mine is the floral print, so I am curious to hear yours.  Let me know in the comments below. See you all next time!

 

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Make Your Home 50 Shades Brighter For Summer

Yes, summer is here again and for some people that will mean it’s time to hit the beach, lounge by the pool or head to the water parks. For others, it’s a chance to redesign and restyle their home giving it that summer style and summer feel. There are a few things you want from your new summer style at home. You want it to be cooler and brighter. When you get home, your house should offer you escape from the sweltering heat of the day. But it should also be beautifully decorated to highlight the wonderful bright colors that the natural world offers us through the summer season. So, let’s look at some of the ways we can brighten up your home.

A Fresh Lick Of Paint

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Why not start by repainting some of the rooms in your home? Two colors come to mind for summer. One would be a beautiful sunny yellow that would be perfect for the kitchen, living area or perhaps even the hallway. Nothing says ‘welcome to my home’ more than a sunny yellow entrance hall. Of course, if this is a little too crazy for your minimalistic chic style, you can always opt for a cream color on the walls. The benefit of this of course is that lighter, brighter shades reflect heat so you’ll probably find the home is actually a lot cooler using this color of paint. It also makes the house feel spacious and open.

Of course, you don’t have to stop there. Once you have repainted the walls you can add some pretty wall decals. You’ll find plenty available for your home online. A personal favorite would be a 3D decal that makes it seem as though you have a built in shelf with a flower vase. These can really add some wonderful summer styles to your home without the need to remember to water those flowers! You can see an example of a great wall decal below. They are really easy to apply, and it only takes around ten minutes to get one stuck on the wall perfectly.

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Not Just Brighter, Lighter

Let’s think about the bedroom for the moment because if you’re not careful, the bedroom can become a sweaty hell in the summer season. That’s why you’ll definitely want to think about some new bed linens. Your winter bed linens won’t do from June through August. Instead, you’ll need to think about using a lighter variety. Cotton percale bed linens are light and cool, perfect for those long, summer evenings. They’ll also make your bedroom look picture perfect. Best part is that your new bed linens will be a pleasure to sleep on because they are so soft.

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A fan also would not go amiss in the bedroom if we’re honest. You’re probably thinking about those noisy, uncool plastic, larger cooling fans that you have to plug in. But what you should be thinking about instead is a large, wooden fan that you can get installed over the bed. These glide through the air silently, providing a perfect breeze down to you and will fit into any bedroom style.

Summer Fabrics

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Although if you want to give your home a different aesthetic for summer, you really need to focus on summer fabrics. Particularly, we’re thinking about curtains now, and with the right summer fabric, you can add a lot to your windows. Summer fabrics are again. Think lighter fabrics, meaning that more of the sun’s rays can shine through but they can also be quite colorful. You’ll find elegant summer fabrics that have absolutely gorgeous patterns on them such as roses and a wide array of different flowers. Interior design stores start selling summer fabrics around this time, so they are worth looking for. Once you see what’s on offer, you’re bound to fall in love with a few of the designs.

But don’t stop there. Remember, to bring a room together, you need the right accessories too. You can get cushions for the sofa or the bed that will match the shades of your new curtains and give your entire room a brand new style.

Of course, you might want to keep the views of your beautiful garden or the front of your home unobstructed through the summer months. If that’s the case, consider replacing your curtains with valances. Valances allow you to see out through the window while shielding you from the heat of the day. So essentially, these accessories give you the best of both worlds.

Flower Power

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If you really want to dress up your home for summer, you need to bring the scents of the season into your home. There’s no better way to do this than with some delightful flower arrangements. For your dining room, why not add some cream tulips that will look perfect against brighter walls and furniture. Or, you can choose an arrangement with a wide variety of different colors to bring fresh life to a room that is looking a tad dull and dreary. Nosegay bunches are the perfect option for this, and you should certainly think about picking up a bunch from your local flower shop.

You don’t need to stop there either. Rather than just adding flowers to your home, do try to put some bowls around the place with fresh fruit. These are going to give your home some wonderful, sweet scents that conjure up memories of summers past.

Optimizing The Outdoors

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Then again, perhaps you find yourself spending most of your time in the garden through the summer months. After all, if the weather is beautiful, it’s going to be the perfect place to dine. So, let’s look at some of the ways you can dress up your garden, creating the perfect outdoor space for you and your guests. There are plenty of ways to bring an outdoor space for wining or dining to life.

For instance, you can add a beautiful stone table to your backyard, complete with some minimalistic chairs, creating a chic spot for an early breakfast. Or, if you have a deck in your back yard, perhaps you should add some luxury furniture, making it the perfect place to sit out. Remember, the days of plastic furniture for the outdoors are behind us. Now, your outdoor seating area can be just as luxurious as the front room of your home. Don’t be afraid to let the garden spread through your seating area either. This just means adding a few plants and decorative pots, giving your patio much-needed character. Although, you can always go retro and opt for a rustic bench in your backyard. With the right stylish choices to complement it, this can be lovely new centerpiece for your garden.

Bring Out The Beauty Of Your Furniture

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Dark and neutral colors are fine for your furniture in the winter, but what about summer? Again, it’s time to brighten up the place a little more and don’t worry, that doesn’t mean you have to buy brand new furniture for your home. You can cheat a little here. Instead of investing in new furniture for summer, why not just get some slip covers. That way, you can keep the cost of the redesign low and still get a brand new look in every room of your home for the new season.

Or better yet, cover the furniture that you want to style up completely with a beautiful throw. Make sure you look for throws that are brighter shades to make them stand out in your room.

I hope you have fun using these ideas to brighten up your own home for the summer season.

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6 Ways To Accessorize Your Summer Dress

Wearing your summer wardrobe positively and beautifully doesn’t have to be as difficult as you might imagine. Looking good is a matter of taste and not a matter of excess. You can look great depending on how well you follow a set of beautiful accessorizing options, like the one’s below.

Everyone knows that it is easy to be fashionable in the summer. It’s not difficult to find the best sundress collection and find what patterns work for you. In fact, once you’ve secured the perfect summer dress, it’s easy to leave it there and go for a more ‘natural’ look. However, if you actually want to look fabulous this summer, all it will take is some tasteful accessorizing. Doing so can truly enhance any outfit for the better.

Sunglasses

Every great beach wardrobe demands that you wear fashionable sunglasses. These are much more than just a fashion statement, as they’ll have practical uses when sunbathing or just trying to navigate on a sunny, beautiful beach. Look for Ray Bans or Tommy Hilfiger glasses if you’re looking to bring a significant element of style to your summer gear.

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Watches

Gold and rose gold watches are all the rage right now and for a good reason. However, instead of following the herd, why not try wearing bronze tinted watches or tasteful leather straps? There are even watch straps now made from breathable materials, and these can be much better to stop your wrist from sweating while still enjoying equipping the accessory as part of your outfit.

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Henna Tattoo

In most summer resorts, there will be a henna tattoo parlor nearby. Henna tattoos are intricate Indian masterpieces and can look beautiful if done right. Why not get one done on your hands and wrist to have a wonderful addition to your overall look. They look tasteful and classy, and can substantially increase your femininity. Looking your best sometimes required a little touch from the East.

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Real Tattoo

If on an unforgettable trip with your friends and family, why not get a small, tasteful tattoo to celebrate this time in your life? This doesn’t need to be a large affair. Getting a little love heart on one of your shoulders can be a beautiful. Plus, a subtle tattoo actually increases the beauty of your outfitting choices, instead of drawing attention away from it.

Hair Accessories

Any fashionable woman will take full advantage of summer hair accessories. This is your time to wear floral crowns, alongside finally wearing your hair in ways that you don’t usually. Braids are big this summer, especially large braids that make for a bold statement.

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Piercings

The summer is a great season to try out a new piercing. Why not try getting a helix or front helix if you’re looking for a more adventurous ear piercing? Also, tragus piercings are often the most attractive and subtle piercings you can have. Ask your salon professional what they’d recommend, and see how you could get the piercing to work with your current look.

No matter what you choose, there’s a seemingly endless possibility to looking fantastic for summer. Looking great not only celebrates yourself and beauty, but it’s an excellent way to feel confident. Perfect for when you meet Mr. Right on the beach this summer. 😉

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Casual Friday

Congratulations, you made it to the end of the week! Now it’s time to embrace the weekend, whether that is spending the weekend by the pool, hitting up the clubs with your girlfriends, or just staying inside an air conditioned room cozied up in blankets binging your favorite Netflix series. Whatever your plans , you deserve a weekend full of fun, relaxation, and of course style. So keep on reading for a little fashion inspiration for this weekend by yours truly.

For today’s look, I am keeping it pretty casual. The bomber jacket trend has certainly been a hit in the winter and spring months and now continuing into the summer season. I am so excited that I found this bomber jacket by the brand Lucy Paris at Lord and Taylor’s for a killer price. I love the cropped cut and the little pops of sparkles on the collar and bottom of the jacket. Not to mention, the deep orangey, apricot color is totally the color of the season.

Although, the weather is heating up, I still like to incorporate denim into my look. Unless, it is above 90 degrees with a 100% humidity, you will catch me in my favorite pair of skinny jeans whenever possible. Today, I am just wearing my medium washed skinny jeans from Madewell. You can’t go wrong with a classic skinny fit and classic denim wash.

Oh, I almost forgot to mention what I layered under my bomber jacket. I am obsessed with these simple, slim fit tank tops from Zara. I legit bought every color in these tanks because they are so basic, making them the perfect piece to layer under any jacket, sweater, and so on.

As for shoes, nothing to complicated, just my new pair of strappy sandals from Target. Even though my shoes seem a little boring, what’s not boring is my cool new necklace by Betsey Johnson. I love how the long necklace features a ton of vintage charms with quirky sayings. Plus, the bronze color really goes great with my orange bomber jacket.

So that’s a wrap for my latest style post. So what are you waiting for? It’s Friday, go out and enjoy the fabulous weekend ahead of you. If you need me this weekend, you will find me laying by the pool and catching up on reading my favorite blogs. Let me know in the comments below if you have any exciting plans this weekend. Talk to you all soon!

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Here Comes Summer

You know your life is hectic when you see a folder of photos on your desktop, open the folder, and realize that you never uploaded those photos.  Oops!  Even though these photos are a couple of weeks old, the outfit featured in today’s style post is still on repeat.

Who doesn’t love a good summer maxi dress?  One that you can just throw on and not worry about wearing matching bottoms.  This maxi dress I am wearing is pretty much just a very long button down shirt, which I love.  I don’t have many clothes that feature beautiful shades of blue , so this dress from JustFashionNow totally allows me to explore different color palettes.  I also love all the floral and paisley patterns, giving this dress a kind of western theme.  Maxi dresses are a summertime essential, but it can be tricky to find a maxi dress that actually fits and is not too long.  If some of your favorite maxi dresses are dragging on the floor, don’t get discouraged.  Instead, I highly recommend tying your dress in a loose knot at the bottom, like I did with today’s dress.  Problem solved!

To keep with the western theme and to complete my dress, I decided to throw on my favorite light washed denim vest from Target.  I can’t stress how important it is to have a denim vest or denim jacket in your closet.  It is the perfect layering piece.

Just because the weather is getting warmer, doesn’t mean you have to abandon your favorite booties you wore all autumn and winter long.  Try changing things up by pairing a neutral colored bootie with a summer dress.  Just like I did with my favorite taupe colored suede booties by Steve Madden.

Since my dress features a somewhat deep V neckline, a choker is the perfect necklace to top off your look.  I love wearing my gem stone choker necklace that I got from an art festival last year.  The light pink shade that reflects different colors depending on the angle matches perfectly with all the blue shades in my dress.

I really have nothing else to discuss in this post, considering I was not expecting to write a style post. All I can say is now that summer has decided to appear, I am taking advantage of the sunny and warm weather to capture more style posts, so stay tuned for some awesome content hitting LivForStyle.  Let me know in the comments below what has been your favorite summer time outfit that has been on repeat.  Talk soon!

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Reflections

I always wanted to write a reflections post after graduating from college, but I did not expect it to take so long for me to sit down and actually write it.  With that being said and the absence from my blog over the last couple weeks, I don’t do well with transitions.  So the transition from a college student to a college grad, to moving back home, to applying for full time jobs and waiting to start my next adventure has been difficult.  Lately, there have been more days plagued with lack of motivation and inspiration.  These days have been frustrating because I often times find myself staring at a blank computer screen with a mind full of overwhelming thoughts that just leave me puzzled.

Yes, it has only been a little over a week since graduation, but for me a week to long of just feeling blah.  Everyone has told me to give myself as much time as I need to regroup and readjust to my new surroundings, but after a week I am sick of just laying on the couch and just waiting for the next bright idea to strike.  So today, I decided to return to my old roots of putting on a nice outfit, my favorite eye shadow look of bronzy shades, sit at the dining room table and blast some of my favorite tunes.  I am finally ready to reflect on what it means to be a college grad.

To be honest, after graduating from college I still don’t understand the phrase “college is the best four years of your life.”  Don’t get me wrong, these last four years have been incredible and I am so thankful for the opportunity to attend such an amazing school and receive a well-rounded education, but I would not describe the last four years as just “best.”  The last four years have been fun, demanding, gratifying, confusing, discouraging, and so on.  As you can see, I experienced a mix of emotions during my college years.  For me, college is the most complicated four years of your life, but I would not trade my experiences, whether good or bad for anything.

It was these past four years, living on a college campus surrounded by different people that allowed me to learn lessons I would not have just learned from a textbook.  Sure, my calculus class, philosophy class, communication and journalism courses, all taught me some valuable lessons, but it was those experiences, whether it was accidently sleeping through your alarm, or not knowing who to eat with at the cafeteria, figuring out which friends were actually friends, accepting that you deserve better than that all star athlete of a guy and so on, that built character and made me the strong person I am today.

Before graduating, I heard all my friends say how they would do anything to go back to freshman year, but for me there is only one year I would love to relive if I had the chance and that would be my senior year.  It was in my last year of college that I discovered my true friends. It was in my last year of college when there were more days filled with laughter than tears.  It was in my last year of college that all the memories that make me smile were made. It was in my last year of college that I finally accepted to let go of what I thought were my “close friends” since sophomore year (that’s a story for a whole different blog post) and see the potential in other people, who I am now thankful and certain to call my friends for life.  It was in my last year of college thanks to my amazing family, friends, and professors where I started to love myself and see all the things that made me different, like my creativity, my blog, my sensitivity, my love for fashion as a strength rather than a weakness.  Finally, it was in my last year of college that made the last four years totally worth it.

As someone who has always been a planner and would have thought to have the next stage of my life already figured out, I don’t, and that has certainly been hard to accept.  But being a college graduate for almost 2 weeks now, I realize that it’s ok to take time to reenergize for the next adventure in my life, whatever that may be.  The job-hunting process has been frustrating, but with patience and determination I know that dream job of mine will come.  Just like four years ago I was that timid, little freshman not knowing how I was going to make it through college, I somehow managed to get through it, so certainly finding a job and making sense out of the next stage of my life is not too big of a obstacle for me to face.

Although, I currently have the feeling of not being able to capture all my thoughts in a single post, I decided that writing one post that may not say everything is better than writing no post that says nothing.  I mean I was in college for four years, which means I won’t be able to speak about everything, but that’s the beauty of blogging I can always upload more posts when I am ready.  And let me tell you, the last four years has certainly been a roller coaster of ups and downs and twists and turns, so I am ready to share my story, advice, and tips, so is there anything specific you would like to know about my college experience?  If so, let me know in the comments below.  I might not have everything figured out right now, but I am certain about one thing…that LivForStyle is back.

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