My New York City Apartment Tour

Hello everyone! This blog post is way overdue.  For those of you who don’t know, in March, I followed my dreams and heart and moved to New York City.  And for those who already knew that because you follow me on Instagram and keep up to date with all my city adventures, it has been a wonderful past couple of months as I make one of my favorite cities my new home.

I knew once I signed the lease for my studio apartment on the Upper West Side, I had the exciting chance to decorate my new space the way I wanted and of course when it was ready I would to document it here on LivForStyle.  After three months getting comfortable in my new space, I’m ready to show off my new spot, so keep on reading how I decorated my little New York City apartment and made my studio my home away from real home back in Connecticut.

My whole experience finding the perfect place in the city that offered great amenities, close to work, in a safe and fun neighborhood all while keeping within my budget was a positive experience thanks to a very helpful realtor.  I looked all over the city for the right place including the Murray Hill area, the Hell’s Kitchen area, the Midtown West area, and finally the Upper West Side, which obviously I fell in love with.

Side note, I’m trying to make this post all about my apartment tour, but couldn’t help to mention a few tidbits about my moving experience, but let me know if you want a dedicated post on my apartment hunt and my move.

Anyway, I’m in love with my apartment due to the fact I am close to bustling Lincoln center and beautiful Central Park.  In New York City, you certainly pay for location rather than space, but since I’m living alone, a studio space was perfect and quite frankly it’s the perfect size for me considering with my work life and social life I’m never home.

When you walk into my studio, this is the overview.  A studio is pretty much an open space, so your bedroom is in your kitchen, your kitchen is in your bedroom, your dining area is in your kitchen and bedroom, and your lounging area is in your kitchen, bedroom, and dining area, if that all made sense and then of course you have a separate, closed off bathroom.

When I was deciding on the motif for my new apartment, I wanted to focus on pastel colors to make my whole area feel airy, fresh, and light.  Plus, the light-colored hardwood floors and light gray colored cabinets also inspired me to follow a soft neutral color palette.

So, first my bed is a queen-sized bed which has been an adjustment because I’ve been sleeping in a twin bed all of my life LOL.  I decided to rent my furniture from CORT Furniture, which was an amazing experience.  CORT Furniture offers a vast amount of furniture options to rent, the delivery process was super easy, and I only pay a small monthly fee for the furniture, making it super affordable.  I decided to go down the rental route, so I wouldn’t be stuck with the furniture if I decide to move to a different apartment or city next year.  I picked out this gray headboard and queen-sized mattress from CORT Furniture.

I then accessorized my bed with this beautiful comforter from Walmart.  I’m still in awe that this comforter is from Walmart and was only $70 for the comforter, pillow shams, and throw pillows.  I love the beautiful blush and moss green colors that perfectly go with the color scheme for my apartment.  I also found this gray fleece blanket from Walmart that I drape over my bed for an extra pop of gray color and for warmth on those chillier nights.

Next to my bed you will find this small night stand with two compartments for storage. Both the night stand and lamp are from the Christmas Tree Store.

Since, I have such a small space, I didn’t want to overwhelm my walls with tons of art work, so I kept it simple with three small photos above my bed.  First, is a fun fashion themed calendar to keep track of my busy life.  Next, was the last piece I found for my apartment and in my opinion has tied together my whole space.  Yes, a small little photo can have that much of an impact because it features one of my favorite quotes, “Don’t let today be a waste of makeup.”  Then, placed off to the side is another great piece that includes all of the major streets and my personal favorite streets in New York City.  On the other wall by my bed is my beautiful, black and white elephant canvas I received as a gift from, the Founder and Creative Director of Boy Meets Girl, after I finished my fashion internship back in my junior year of college. This elephant has been in all my apartments back at school, so it only made sense to bring it with me on this next adventure.


Another piece of furniture I rented from CORT Furniture is this small, plush chair.  I decided to maximize as much space as possible and found that if I rented a love seat or couch it would take up too much space, so this little chair is perfect and super comfortable.  I call this corner my blogging nook because I find myself sitting on this chair with my laptop, looking out the window and feeling inspired to work on my blog and brainstorm new ideas.  To match the gray chair, I hung these three small canvas pictures above.  I always love a good black and white fashion sketch and an inspiring quote to get those creative ideas going.

One of the many things that sold me on this apartment was these two large windows.  Although, it was a little more pricey to have an apartment with two large windows looking out onto the street, it was worth it because I get so much sunlight and enjoy looking out the window and seeing all the people and cute doggies walking by.  I also love how the windows feature these large window sills which allows me extra storage for my jewelry, books, and little trinkets.


Naturally, being a fashion blogger in my new spot I wanted a floor length mirror to take some mirror outfit snaps and to make sure my outfit is always on point.  This beautiful mirror with a gold/silver finish is surprisingly from Walmart, which was also a great deal!

One of my biggest fears moving into the city was the closet space because I feel like I have more clothes than the average person and my wardrobe is always growing, but my place has this amazing closet that has enough space to fit all my clothes and shoes.  Plus, above my closet I have this extra storage option that is great for storing things I don’t use every day.  I always keep my closet door open because I’m like Carrie Bradshaw when she said…”‘I like my money where I can see it – hanging in my closet.’”

I lucked out with this newly renovated kitchen with all stainless steel appliances and these beautiful gray cabinets.  I really didn’t have to add too much to the kitchen except a colorful dish towel, a foot stool for those high cabinets, and of course my fruit basket to hang my bananas and store my avocados or whatever fruit I buy that week.

I‘ve been super proud of myself for cooking most of my dinners at home, which has saved tons of money and I wanted a little dining nook because the thought of eating on my bed every night grossed me out . I found this cute table and chair set from you guessed it Walmart.  It’s the perfect size.  Although, this dining set is super cute it was a pain to put together, the second chair was defective and instead of wasting hours trying to fix it or return the whole set, I decided to just keep the one chair, because after all it’s really just me sitting at the table and if I do any entertaining most likely we will be going out to dinner.  Also, since this is my “dining room” I decided to hang side by side these two fun wine themed photos and of course an arrangement of succulents for the center piece.

It can’t be a full apartment tour without a peek into my bathroom, so here we have a newly renovated bathroom with sleek and modern finishes and a good amount of space and cabinets for all my beauty and shower essentials.

So, I think that’s a wrap on my New York City studio tour.  I was so afraid because my space is small that I wouldn’t have anything to show and talk about, but looking at how much I wrote above, I guess I had more to share than I realized.  I hope everyone enjoyed reading this and taking a peek inside my new space in the city.  I couldn’t be more thankful of the fact that I have turned my dreams, since I was a little girl, to live in the city now my reality.  For more of my New York City adventure, make sure you follow me on Instagram (@livforstyle).  Talk to you all in my new post!

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Denim On Denim

One style that I always felt funny wearing, just simply because I never perfected the look was denim on denim.  Whenever, I attempted to follow the denim on denim, I just felt like I was straight out of a movie or television show from the 90s, so I applaud the fashion bloggers who can wear perfectly head to toe denim.  In today’s style post, I finally broke through my fear of denim on denim and found the secret to perfecting the look…different shades of denim paired with other classic pieces from your wardrobe.

One tip when it comes to matching denim is pairing two different shades of denim together.  Instead of wearing two light wash denim colors, try one light wash and a medium/darker wash or in my case a medium wash with a dark gray washed denim.

Although, my denim jacket from the Ashley Vintage Charm brand at Marshalls and my skinny jeans from Zara are two different color denim, they are still very similar, both with the distressed pattern.  For those, like me who are a little hesitant to match denim, I highly recommend testing the style out by doing what I did and coordinating light and dark denim together.

Another way to break up denim on denim is by pairing the look with a simple, classic t-shirt like this black and white t-shirt from the Universal Thread collection at Target.  Of course, I did my little half tuck trick to give my look more shape because my jean jacket is a little oversized.  This t-shirt is so soft and comfy and not to mention a versatile piece to have in your wardrobe.  I urge you all to check out the Universal Thread brand because this exclusive brand at Target offers some cute pieces for the summer season.

Since this look features a neutral color palette, I decided to add a pop of color with my new favorite blush colored mules by Catherine Malandrino.   I scored these at Marshalls for an incredible price.  You would think with the beautiful pearl embellishments these shoes would be super expensive, but I know a good bargain when I see one.

For an extra dose of chicness, I am just wearing my all black, circular framed sunglasses from London Fog.

I was going to wear a typical choker necklace, but decided to change it up a bit and wear no necklace but a pair of statement earrings.  These beautiful earrings that are actually my grandmother’s and have been sitting in my jewelry collection for years.  I should totally wear them more because the subtle pink color definitely adds the right amount of color to complete any look.

It’s fun to experiment with different styles and trends like I did with the subtle denim on denim look.  Keep the conversation going down below by letting me know what are some ways you step outside of your fashion bubble and test out new looks?

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Best Dressed At The Met Gala 2018 

Just like every year, my invitation to the annual Met Gala must have gotten lost in the mail.  This year, living so close to the Metropolitan Museum of Art, I had this strong desire to crash the one of the most fashionable events of the year.  Instead, I just streamed the red carpet arrivals on my laptop and vigorously took notes on this year’s theme and how the stars interpreted the theme when it came to their style choices.

It has been a tradition here on LivForStyle to share my opinions on which celebrities owned the red carpet at some of the most popular award shows and of course fundraisers like The Met Gala. Although, award shows like The Academy Awards and The Grammy’s are fun to watch and the stars always bring their A game when it comes to the red carpet, for me The Met Gala is one of my favorite red carpets to cover here on my blog.

Each year, the Met Gala celebrates the opening of the special fashion exhibit at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, so every year the Met Gala follows the theme of the fashion exhibit.  Each year’s theme is always spectacular and I always try to visit the fashion exhibit each year, which is also just as interesting and impressive.  However, this year’s theme “Heavenly Bodies: Fashion and the Catholic Imagination,” is quite different and some may say controversial, because it focuses on religion and more specifically how Catholicism has impacted fashion.

I applaud this choice in theme because I always feel like religion is such a taboo topic, but The Met Gala has certainly allowed conversations to spark around religion and how religion has played a major role in the creativity process of major fashion designers.

Having the time to reflect on this theme, I recall all the times I sit in church and see the priest decked out in beautiful and ornate vestments, depending on the time of year during the liturgical calendar.  Even in religion, fashion is still a form of expression and can symbolize different meanings in the Catholic faith or in any faith.  Even the Pope can agree, considering The Vatican has donated tons of garments and accessories to display in the exhibit.

Since, this year’s theme was focused on religion, I knew the celebrities would choose outfits that embodied some sort of holy look, think veils, lace, white, capes, etc.  And not to my surprise, I was right, most of my favorite looks featured veils, embellished crosses, jeweled crowns, lace, and so on.  So without further adieu,  here are my top choices for the best dressed at this year’s Met Gala.

Bella Hadid  

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This is the look I had pictured in my head when hearing about the religious centered theme.  Bella Hadid’s look is very gothic, with the lace and cape by Chrome Hearts Official, and you can’t forget about that statement gold cross necklace.  She also adds leather too, which is totally not what you think when the word Catholicsm comes to mind, but hey that is what this year’s theme was all about, showing others how religion can influence design choices.

Lily Collins 

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Another celebrity who stole the look I would go for if I was invited to this year’s gala is Lily Collins. Her look by Givenchy is also very gothic, yet nun like with her head to toe black look, silver halo crown, and rosary beads.  Her off the shoulder black gown with a sheer bottom is simple but certainly has a message behind it as well as the red tear drop by her eye.

Kate Bosworth 

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I feel like someone should walk her down the aisle because Kate Bosworth looks like she is ready for the altar in her head to toe ivory and gold gown with the most beautiful and subtle sparkly lace pattern by Oscar de la Renta.  Not to mention that gorgeous lace veil.  Hands down, this look is breathtaking.

Hailee Steinfeld  

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Hailee’s look is so innocent and pure, which totally captures the whole religious feel. However, her simple white dress by Prabal Gurung is anything but innocent with that super high slit and all the gorgeous diamonds wrapped around her neck.  Hailee brings her edge and sexiness to the red carpet finishing her look with a diamond crown.

Gigi Hadid 

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The Met Gala and pretty much all red carpets, just prove that the Hadid sisters can do no wrong.  Just like her sister, Gigi glistens in this Atelier Versace gown.  Some may say that the rich, jewel toned colors make her look like a peacock, but her dress actually resembles a beautiful stain glass window you would find in any church.

Cara Delevingne  

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Now this is what I’m talking about, Cara Delevingne’s look gives me vibes of a very traditional confessional (the place where you would reveal your sins to the priest).  All the black panels throughout her Dior dress, gives me that eerie vibe.  Also, the jeweled head piece and veil that shields her face is so mysterious and leaves you asking why?

Amber Heard 

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Amber Heard’s head to toe red, skin tight dress by Carolina Herrera is beyond beautiful and instantly makes me think of the time during the season of Lent in the Catholic Church when the priest will wear a red vestment to honor Jesus’ blood shed on the cross.  The red color certainly makes a statement, as well as the spiked gold crown.

Jennifer Lopez 

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I would never have thought feathers and religion would go together, but Jennifer Lopez dazzled in this beaded Balmain gown with a feather train. The big, detailed cross front and center drew together the whole look and perfectly played on the theme of the event.

Blake Lively 

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Blake Lively can do no wrong.  She will forever be Serana Van Der Woodsen on Gossip Girl; however, at The Met Gala she channeled a new side and showed the world how religion plays a role in fashion by wearing this gold-and-ruby brocade and beaded gown by Atelier Versace with a matching gold, halo head piece.  All the beautiful jeweled toned colors made her look like a statue you would find in any place of worship.

Rihanna 

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Save the best for last…Rihanna in custom Maison Margiela by John Galliano.  She always knows how to make a statement at the Met Gala and this year like every other year she dazzled on the red carpet and truly embodied that Catholic feel with this fancy papal inspired hat and her embellished mini dress with matching coat.

And just for fun, I also included three of my worst dressed picks from the night:  

Amal Clooney 

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I am just not sure what is going on with her outfit. I was expecting more from Amal Clooney.  Although, choosing to wear a pant suit instead of a traditional dress certainly makes a statement, I just feel like colors and specific floral pattern doesn’t fit with the theme.  But, then again this year’s theme was to display how religion influences fashion, so maybe there’s a secret meaning behind her choice in look. But for now, it just wasn’t my favorite.

Ariana Grande 

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Ariana Grande certainly embodies the whole religious theme with her ball gown that features a detailed angelic scene.  However, I like when the celebs choose a look that has more of a subtle message behind it instead of bluntly depicting the religious theme.

Stella Maxwell 

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Similar to Ariana Grande, Stella Maxwell chose a dress that featured tons of religious icons, which again was a smart choice for the religious theme; however, I just feel like all the images were a bit too distracting.

 

So that will do it for another one of my red carpet style recaps.  If you end up going to the “Heavenly Bodies: Fashion and the Catholic Imagination” exhibit at The Met, let me know how it is.  I plan on visiting the exhibit really soon and will let you know my thoughts.  Keep this discussion going by letting me know who was your best dressed or worst dressed at the 2018 Met Gala.

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