Living On The Edge

One of the hardest questions I’m always asked is, “how do you define your style?” I always find this question challenging to answer because I can never accurately define my fashion style because it changes every day and every night, depending on my mood, the weather, my style inspirations, and so on.  Every fashion lover can agree the best thing about fashion is that you don’t have to stick to one style, but every day is a different day to use clothing to express yourself.  Some days you will find me dressing like a hippie, other days more preppy, even some days I’m wearing pink and more feminine pieces, or the complete opposite and wearing leather and all black.  Today, was one of those days when I decided to forgo the typical colorful or floral pieces in my closet and embrace my edgy side. Keep on reading to see how I’m living life on the edge, one jean skirt and leather jacket at a time.  

Although, I love living in New York City and wouldn’t change it for the world, one thing I must be mindful of is my budget, which is very hard for a fashion obsessed girl like me.  Now, whenever I do go shopping and have a few extra bucks to spend, I like to find pieces that are unique and things I don’t have in my wardrobe already.  So, when I visited my nearby Bloomingdale’s Outlet store, my eyes immediately went to this super cool jean skirt with this edgy black tulle detail.  I have never seen or own a denim skirt like this one, so naturally I had to buy it and the price tag also helped that decision. This denim skirt is certainly out there, something I probably would have never worn if I wasn’t living in the city, because after all the city is full of trendy and fashion risk takers so I wanted to attempt to be one. 

With this skirt, a simple top would do just perfect, so that’s why I paired it with my basic black tank top from Zara.  I also believe this skirt would look great with a white graphic t-shirt to enhance the edgy vibe.  

I totally don’t need a leather jacket in this extreme heat, but it’s mostly for “decoration” as you can tell as I just hold it and drape it across my shoulders.

I wanted to let my inner rockstar side shine, so naturally I had to include my leather jacket from Zara.  

To keep with the all black streak, I chose my strappy, studded flats from the brand Dolce Vita.  

Finally for jewelry, I couldn’t’ decide on one necklace so I chose to wear both.  First, my laser cut design choker from H&M and then secondly my long silver key necklace from the brand The Giving Keys. This company has an amazing backstory and message behind each piece of jewerly, so I highly recommend checking at their website 

It feels good to step out of your fashion comfort zone and try different styles.  I urge you to go to your favorite stores and instead gravitating towards “safe” pieces, try on and buy a few clothing items that are totally different from your usual style.  Let me know in the comments below what are some of your favorite ways you incorporate different styles in your everyday look. Talk to you all on my next post.  

 

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Practicing Natural Ways To Care For Your Face

Have you tried everything to get flawless skin, but have found it to be one of the biggest mysteries in life? You are not alone.  No matter how much we put into finding the perfect products, they seem to work a little bit at the very outset but end up going straight in the garbage just as soon as the usual problems come back.  Looking after our face isn’t just about a skincare routine that is easy and beneficial, but it’s also about the other practices, namely being as natural as possible. While we all do our utmost to be as natural with our skin care, there are a few things that you may not know of that can benefit you.  Here are a few: 

Do You Do Facial Exercises?

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It’s a relatively new practice, but it’s gained a lot of popularity in recent years. Instead of looking for the perfect product to minimize wrinkles, which can cause a hefty dent in our finances, undertaking a few simple exercises to tone and firm the face will give you the know-how on how to get rid of forehead lines, as well as firm your cheeks, tone your neck, and even prevent wrinkles around your mouth, one of the most obvious signs of aging.  Even if you don’t hit the gym, there’s no excuse to take 10 minutes out of your day to exercise your face.

How Much Of A Sun Worshipper Are You?

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We all love a bit of sunshine, but too much is going to have a devastating effect on our skin. Being exposed to sun gives us wrinkles, age spots, as well as long-term skin problems; you need to find the best sun care products that protect you.  Remember, even if it’s cloudy in the middle of the day, but the temperature is high, you can still get exposed to the effects of the san.  Be sure to put sunscreen on that has an SPF of at least 30 and when the reading the label, be sure it states that it’s a “noncomedogenic” or “nonacnegenic” product because these won’t block your pores.

Do You Exercise?

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If you don’t exercise on a regular basis, you are not giving your body the means necessary to cleanse itself.  Remember, even if you have a perfect diet, but you don’t exercise, are you giving your body the opportunity to circulate blood, and detoxify itself?  A lot of people don’t like to sweat, but it’s the body’s natural way of purifying itself. So be sure to have a sweaty yoga session, or partake in some high-intensity interval training.  You could even lift weights, just as long as you are giving your body the opportunity to sweat everything out.  And even if you can’t exercise for health reasons, you can still go for a brisk walk around the block, or take the Norwegian approach, and get in a sauna.  No matter how healthy you are, if you don’t give your body the opportunity to cleanse and detoxify, these toxins will show up all over your skin and on your face.

How Much Water Do You Really Drink?

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Do you drink the required amount? And if you don’t know what the required amount is, at least 8 glasses will be enough to keep yourself hydrated.  Keeping your body hydrated will help to promote your skin’s natural elasticity, but you will also feel better as a result.  If you forget to drink water, the best way to get around this is to ensure you have a glass by you constantly, in the office, or at home. And as soon as it’s empty, fill it back up.  In addition to this, eating fruits or vegetables that are high in water content will top up your daily intake.  There’s a simple little test to check if you’re dehydrated; pinch the skin over the back of your hand, or on your abdomen.  If you are dehydrated, the skin will take its time to return to normal will highlight what is called skin turgor.

We spent a lot of time finding the right products, when in actual fact the best way to prevent the signs of aging, especially on your face, is to undertake the natural approach.  While a skincare routine is a great way to keep on top of specific issues, the underlying way to keep yourself healthy is to make sure you are indulging in healthy life practices.  It’s the normal things, making sure you have a balanced diet, looking after yourself, getting your beauty sleep, but it’s these things that will show up on your face.  A lifetime of stress and bad habits will show up as wrinkles and dehydration.  So, go the natural way, and keep up the practice.

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Jump (suit) Into The Week

All week I spend the days eagerly waiting for the weekend and when the weekend finally arrives, I blink and then it’s Monday again.  Anyone else feel the same way?  Well I hope everyone had a fabulous weekend, I know I did by exploring Central Park and visiting new, trendy restaurants in the West Village and Soho with friends.

Ever since moving to the city, I feel like I have to be stylish 24/7 and even when I do “dress up” I’m always envious of everyone’s outfits in the city. Although, I don’t feel nearly as fashionable as everyone else in the city, whenever I am looking to amp up my fashion game, I’ve been wearing this stylish one piece featured in today’s style post on repeat.  Keep on scrolling to read all about my love for jumpsuits this summer.

So for those living under a fashion rock, a jumpsuit is pretty much a romper, but instead of shorts like a romper, a jumpsuit features pants, so basically it’s just a connecting, coordinating pant suit.  These matching one pieces are the best because you don’t have to worry about matching two pieces of clothing. I’m still in shock that my jumpsuit is from Target because it certainly looks like it’s made by a more high end brand, especially because it features a beautiful, bold floral pattern, an open back, a deep V neckline, and a fun tassel detail.  Also, as I continue to expand my jumpsuit collection, I always look for jumpsuits with a sort of cinch in waist to give it more shape and break up any bold pattern.

As I mentioned above, this jumpsuit has sort of a low neckline, so I wanted to wear a statement necklace, so my neck didn’t look so bare.  I decided on my mixed metal, spiked, short necklace from the brand Design Lab.  Since my jumpsuit is head to toe flowers, I wanted to add some edge to this look and that’s why I chose spikes.

Now that the weather is finally starting to feel like summer, I’ve abandoned long sleeve sweaters and shirts, and so now that my arms and wrists are exposed, I chose to wear a bunch of my favorite gold bangles from Forever 21 and of course my customized charm bracelet by Cosa™. Read more about my love for my Cosa™ cuff here.

For shoes, I like to wear a little heel with a jumpsuit for some extra height, so I settled on my black wedge sandals from Payless.

Lastly, to add a little extra dose of chicness to my look, I am wearing my London Fog circular sunglasses.

Well that’s all for today’s style post, folks! I hope everyone has a great start to their week. Talk to you all in my next post!

 

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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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Mother + Daughter Style ft. Coastal

Today, on LivForStyle we have a very special guest…my beautiful, inspiring mom.  Mother’s Day is right around the corner (Sunday May 13th to be exact), so today’s style post is dedicated to my wonderful mom and all those great moms out there.  Most of the time, my mom is behind the scenes and plays a major role on the LivForStyle page as my photographer.  But, today instead of asking her to only take my photos, I decided to point the camera in her direction and let her have her blogger moment, I mean after all, she has learned from the best.   

Recently, my mom and I were introduced to a trendy, customizable, and affordable eyeglass and sunglass brand called Coastal.  And we both can agree that Coastal offers styles that fit any mom’s lifestyle, so with Mother’s Day coming up, these glasses make the perfect gift.  Also, you and your mom will appreciate the idea that Coastal “provides the life-changing gift of sight” with their buy one, give one program (more information here). A win, win for all!    

We spent hours on the Coastal website browsing through all the options fpr frames and lenses.  We both picked a shape and style that fit our personalities.  My mom decided to go the more traditional route with a square shaped style, so when she saw Michelle Lane D’Orsay sunglasses in the tortoise color, she knew these were her glasses.  She customized them with green-gray polarized lenses because they are perfect for everyday use, and as a mom she knows that life is busy, so she needed a pair of sunglasses that would keep up with her demanding lifestyle.   

As for me, I knew right away while scrolling through the Coastal website, I wanted a cat eye shape.  I am all about the cat eye, whether its eyeliner or sunglasses, because something about the bold look just suits me.  After going back and forth between sunglasses, I finally decided on the Kam Dhillon Shields style in the color white tortoise, which gives the frames the bright, clean look I was looking for.  Just like my mom, I decided on the green-gray polarized lenses because the color looked great against the white tortoise style, plus I knew these lenses will keep up with my also (but not as) demanding lifestyle like my mom.  

What’s a style post without also talking about our outfit details? So for those wondering, my mom’s flowy sweater is Lucky Brand. 

As for me, I am wearing a simple white blouse from Marshalls and this stylish beige suede moto jacket with this incredible fringe detail from TJMaxx.  As well as my favorite distressed skinny jeans from Zara, edgy black booties from Lord and Taylor, and these cool star statement earrings from Apricot Lane.   

Doesn’t my mom know how to work the camera? The camera loves her, but not nearly as much as I do.  Thank you mom for everything, for being the most loving, caring, helpful, patient, inspiring (and so on and so on and so on) mom in the world!  Use the discount code LIVFORSTYLE and show how much you love and appreciate your mom this Mother’s Day with the gift of style from Coastal.

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Lessons Learned After Graduation

It’s hard to believe that it’s been almost a year since I graduated from college, the end of May to be exact.  Last year at this time, I was entering my final month and a half of college and although it was one of the greatest times of life, it was also one of the scariest.  The fear of the unknown crept into me during those final weeks on my college campus. The unknown of what life after college was going to entail, because I knew once the end of May hit, I was still jobless and was moving back home, away from my college friends, away from my college campus, away from the fun and carefree life I lived up at school.  Now, being on the other side and looking back at last year around this time, I can honestly say there is a light at the end of the tunnel.  I was so stressed about everything last year at this time and even though it didn’t seem like it, everything did work out.  It took me almost a year to process what I was feeling during my senior year of college, and now I have lived through it, I’m ready to share the lessons I learned after graduating from college and entering the adult world.   

 

 1. It’s ok to stress

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I used to get so mad at the people, mostly my family, who would tell me not to stress about graduation.  I understand why they would say those things to me because they wanted to give me some comfort in a very uncertain time in my college career.  But, post graduation would soon set in, and going out every night then recalling all the wild stories in the morning with your roommates and best friends, or skipping classes just because, or spending money on stupid things, or saving class assignments for the last minute, and the list goes on should be things of the past.  So, yes go ahead and stress, it is totally normal to wake up at night in a panic about not having a job, not knowing what you want to do in life, not knowing how you will afford to live on your own, and so on.  It wouldn’t be normal not to stress during your second semester of senior year, so go for it, because no matter what stage in life you are in, stress is natural.  But, you can’t let the stress keep you from enjoying the present and the people you are with. Because, if there is one important thing I learned after college is that even though when it doesn’t seem like it, everything does work out and it works out in the strangest of ways.   

  2. Most likely you won’t have a job right after graduation

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Bravo, to all those college seniors who know exactly where they will be working after they receive their diploma.  I wish I was one of those seniors, but unfortunately, I wasn’t and that’s ok.  A lot of seniors, myself included, think that by their senior year they will know exactly their career path, but being jobless after graduation is more common than you think.  Even after completing two internships and all my extra-curricular activities, finding my first post grad job was more difficult than I thought, but the key is not to give up.  Don’t get discouraged when your resume and cover letters are submitted to over fifty job postings and you haven’t heard back from one company, because it does happen.  It happened to me, but you just have to keep applying, keep interviewing, and when you least expect it, you will strike gold.   

 3. Moving back home is weird  

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If you are anything like me, I packed up all my stuff the night after graduation and moved back home, which was one of the most depressing things I had to do.  Don’t get me wrong, I love my family, but something about going back to being under a microscope was weird.  I couldn’t come and go as I pleased or have friends over whenever I wanted to, or pregame with a massive group of people before a night out.  After all, I was living under my parent’s roof and I wasn’t living in a dorm anymore with all my friends and that wasn’t easy for me to accept.  Just know that whether being home with your parents is for the short term or long term it will be strange at first, but after all you are still an adult and your parents and yourself will just have to accept that.   

 4. Friends come and go 

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Just like friends came and went throughout your four years at college, after graduation you will also realize which friends from college still matter. Once you graduate college, your friend dynamic changes, but what’s extremely important is to make your college friendships last. Both parties must put the effort into seeing each other and keeping in touch.  Everyone is busy, everyone will be starting their new jobs or graduate school, but that is no excuse not to make time for one another.  This has been very hard for me to learn, but it’s making me realize that college friends who aren’t willing to put in the same energy, might not be worth your precious time anymore.  It doesn’t mean you failed or lost a friend, it simply means you are growing.  But for those college friends who still make that effort to hang out with you or call you on the phone to catch up are still important and even if you see them every couple of months, when you do finally hang out, it will feel like time hasn’t really passed.  Also, don’t forget that in your adult life you will make tons and tons of new friends.  And yes, these friendships will be different, but don’t just stay stuck in the college years, but instead embrace new friendships in your new stage of life.   

 5. Hangovers will get worse

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Hate to break it to you, but if you think once you graduate from college, you will still be able to  go out and imbibe multiple times during the week, your body will just not cooperate with you.  I still question how I was able to go out a few times a week.  I don’t understand how I was able to imbibe one night, wake up fine, and be ready to do the same thing the next evening.  Now, when I go to happy hour with my co-workers and I need a few days to recover.  So be prepared, your body will not be able to take the brunt of what you put it through in college, be ready for mornings feeling like death, and wishing you were that college student again who could take back shots like no problem.   

 6. Dating is still hard and boys are still stupid

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HA, to all those people who told you that you will find your future husband in college, yeah didn’t happen for me and that’s okay if it didn’t happen for you either, and for those who are still in a relationship with their college sweetheart, what’s your secret?  But really, college boys are stupid and it doesn’t get better after they graduate. Dating is still tough in the adult world, especially if you are balancing a full-time job, your social life, your well-being and everything else on top of it.  Like who has time to put themselves out there and try to meet someone? I am still waiting for the prince, that I was meant to find on my college campus.  However, just because I am now out of college and still single, it should never mean one should lower their standards.  Never compromise on who you want, what you want and what you deserve.   

 7. You’ll feel a new excitement  

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I thought my life was over, once I walked across the stage and received my diploma on that afternoon in May.  Yes, my college life was over, but it was the start of a new journey, my journey into life after college.  Just like four years ago when I was entering college and feeling all sorts of excitement, graduating college is no different.  You will experience new things as a college graduate, like scoring an interview for your dream role, earning your first pay check at your post grad job, decorating your new apartment in New York City, and the list goes on.  Although, I am the first to say that change is scary, I am learning that change can also be thrilling, so once your college life chapter is completed, remember to welcome the new, exciting feelings to come in your post graduate chapter, because no matter big or small there’s lots of excitement to have as an adult.   

  

As you can tell from the length of this blog post, I could write a novel about my college experience, or more specifically how I am dealing with life after college. Nothing is perfect in my post graduate life, trust me there have been many bumps on the road, and I would be lying if I didn’t say I am still trying to figure it all out.  I still get stressed out about certain things, but these current stresses are different than what I was feeling last year at this time.  Life after graduation is certainly a strange phase in your life, a phase all about transition and finding yourself, but just like any obstacle in your life (doesn’t just have to be after college) there are lessons to be learned, chances to grow, and excitement to be felt.     

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Come On Spring

Currently, wishing it was spring or at least warm outside, but as I write this sentence we just experienced snow this morning.  Something about the month of March I just despise.  Maybe it’s because I get my hopes up for warm weather and sadly get disappointed with cold temperatures and snow on the ground.  I wish after the holidays we can just fast forward to spring/summer, but sadly I am not Mother Nature and have zero control over the weather.  However, I do have control over my outfit, so today I am embracing spring like patterns and colors in the hope that Mother Nature will bless us with an early spring. 

No better way to start welcoming the new spring season than a floral blazer. I got mine at you guessed it, Zara. I love the color palette of the jacket. It features all my favorite colors, like blush, teal, gold, cream, and so on. Plus, the oversized fit makes it a perfect layering piece, because after all, the weather during the spring can be tricky.  

This white blouse from Marshalls has seen better days, but it’s my favorite shirt to layer under jackets and even fur vests, like seen here.  I am in desperate need of a new basic white/cream colored blouse, so suggestions are welcomed.  

As for jeans, I am just wearing my skinny jeans from Fox’s that feature this cool fringed bottom. Whenever I am looking for an extra way to add fun to my look I always choose these jeans because of the details.  

As much as I love boots, I am so sick of wearing them, so today I opted for my new Steve Madden flat loafers.  I love the bronze metallic color, plus the tassel detail.  Whenever I wear this type of flats, I feel like my level of chicness and sophistication goes up many notches.  

As for jewelry, I am wearing my gold pendant necklace from Anthropologie.  The suitcase charm suits me well because although I have only been overseas once (twice if you count Bermuda) I have a strong desire to travel.  Plus, recently I packed up all my belongings and moved to NYC, so the suitcase necklace just fits my life and looks great with any outfit.  

Well that’s a wrap on today’s style post.  Here’s to warmer weather, flowers blooming, and spring fashion.  Let me know in the comments below how you are getting your wardrobe ready for spring. Talk to you all soon!   

 

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Salvaging Your Favorite Clothes From Common Fashion Disasters

We’ve all been involved in a fashion disaster or two. The idea of ripping your pants down the middle may seem comical, but it’s less than funny when it happens. Few fashion disasters are, especially when your favorite pieces fall foul to the cruel hands of fate. But, nothing lasts forever, and relationships with the best clothes often end this way.

In truth, though, few fashion disasters are unsalvageable. Would you give up on a relationship with anyone else so quickly? Of course not. We fight for what we love, and you should fight for those damaged clothes. To help you do that, we’re going to look at some standard fashion faux pas, and how you and your clothes can come out the other end.

Rips and tears

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You could argue rips are one of the most common problems we face. They’re also the simplest to fix. All it takes is a needle and thread. In the majority of cases, you don’t even need to be skilled in sewing. It’s as simple as re-attaching two pieces of fabric. It doesn’t matter much if you’re messy, as long as you sew from the inside!

Broken zippers

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In the majority of cases, broken zippers aren’t as straightforward to mend. But, that doesn’t mean you should resign such items to the fashion graveyard without trying. Often, the solution is easy enough to reach once you’ve diagnosed the issue. If your zipper keeps getting caught, a little lubrication on the teeth could help. Some oil or butter is all it would take. Other times, your zip might need more specialist attention. If the clothing is worth enough to you, it’d pay to look out for the best jacket zipper repair. Most of the time, this option will be cheaper than a complete replacement. What’s more, it allows you to keep that piece of clothing you know and love. It lives to zip another day!

Washing machine disasters

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There isn’t a person out there who hasn’t experienced at least one washing machine disaster in their time. You know the drill; you put in a whites wash and don’t notice the red sock hiding in the pile. You open the washing machine to a whole load of pink clothes. This is all the more painful because it means the ruining of many clothes in one hit. But, the end need not be nigh. Instead, head to your local store and invest in some color fixers. Stick the clothes back in the wash with one of these, and all should be as good as new.

Bleached fabric

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Sounds strange, but it happens. What with toilet cleaning and hair dye, bleached patches on clothes aren’t unusual. In truth, it’s near impossible to undo damage like this. But, that’s not to say you can’t salvage something. Why not incorporate patches to cover the damage? You could even attempt some embroidery to hide the stain. These additions will bring you fresh into fashion as well as saving your old piece.

So next time you are tempted to throw away clothes that you believe can’t be saved, think again. After reading this article, imagine all the clothes you thought were heading straight to the trash that can actually be saved. You’re welcome!

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Off Duty Style

Have you ever heard the term “off duty style?”  It usually refers to a model’s off duty style and I am far from being a model but I do have days where I don’t feel like dressing up or wearing tight, restrictive clothes.  Like today, I call this look my off duty style because it involves a simple, effortless formula…leggings, a loose fitting shirt, and sneakers. Keep on scrolling to read all about my off duty style.

It’s still a mystery to me why leggings are so comfortable.  Maybe it’s just the cozy cotton material that adjusts with your body unlike denim where it feels impossible to move in certain ways.  The key to getting away with wearing leggings in public and even an office setting is finding leggings with some sort of pattern.  When you wear leggings that aren’t just your typical solid black cotton leggings they look dressier and more stylish.  I love these gray and black mosaic patterned leggings from Ruby and Jenna.  The pattern is still neutral enough to wear with any top.  I wish the photos picked up more of the beautiful pattern in my leggings but for now just use your imagination.

When it comes to wearing leggings I always like to wear a top that is long enough to cover my backside. I think we should make that rule an official fashion rule when it comes to leggings.  So I decided to go with this oversized denim shirt from Zara.  As you know from one of my previous posts, I am digging the whole denim and pearl combo.  I was so happy to see this shirt featuring a subtle pearl detail on the pockets.  Plus, the oversized fit is so comfortable and just allows you to be free.

Since, we are sticking to a whole comfy and casual vibe what’s the point of wearing heeled booties? So I decided to break out my favorite Adidas brand sneakers.  Nothing screams casual, comfy chic, than a pair of sneakers.

As for jewelry, I’m just wearing this edgy silver choker from Forever 21.  Since the neckline of my shirt goes pretty far up, a choker is the perfect accessory.

We all have days where we just don’t want to put tons of time and effort into one look and this was certainly that day.  Although, I didn’t put too much thought into today’s outfit, I still think I pulled off a stylish look.  Let me know in the comments below what is your go to outfit when you are trying achieve that “off duty style.”

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2018: The Year of Short Hair

After a few years of long luscious locks accompanying the hippy vibe seen everywhere, 2018 is bringing back the short hair look, chopping off those tresses without a backwards glance.  From pixie cuts that are styled with longer bangs or ruffled into a natural ‘fairy from the woods’ look to bobs that just brush the shoulders, short hair is back with a bang.

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Hollywood is all about finding the next new look and celebrities like Olivia Culpo, Kim Kardashian and Cate Blanchett are already rocking some of the hottest trends.  If you can learn anything from these ladies, it is that however old you are, and whatever you look like, you can join in with the fashion trends of 2018 and achieve something really special.  Fashion can be scary but, done right, it will make you look and feel amazing.

Finding the right look for you is all about experimenting with different styles and ideas.  For those of you who have always kept long hair out of habit, it’s time to try something new.  This year’s trends are ideal and if you like, you can mix and match to create your own unique look, incorporating various trends and fashions.  Be bold, be brave.  You’ll look amazing.

The Pixie Cut

The pixie cut has become something of a classic do, especially amongst young moms who want to look amazing at the drop of a hat.  There are all kinds of different pixie cuts to go for though and deciding which one for you is important before you go to your hairdresser.  Since there are so many different types of pixie cut around now, you should probably take a picture of the look you want to show your hairdresser before you start.  This will give them a more concrete idea of what you want before they start chopping.

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Some of the most popular pixie cuts this year are styled with bangs to frame your face and lend a slightly ruffled and informal look to your hairstyle.  This is actually perfect because apart from looking after your bangs and keeping them in good condition (hello dry shampoo!) your hair is basically ready for any event.  How you want your bangs is very much up to you (and we’ll come to bangs shortly) but the main thing is that your face is framed, bringing out your natural beauty.

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Color is also a popular way to keep your pixie on point.  Balayage might sound impossible, but keeping the top half of your hair light with a contrasting dark color underneath creates the illusion of thicker hair.  The soft grey tones that were everywhere in 2017 are also sticking around, though now you are invited to add more of a silver shine to maximise on impact and create a striking look.

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The Jaw-Length Bob

The jaw length bob is the perfect inbetween stage if you are looking for a shorter look but aren’t quite brave enough to go full pixie.  There are basically two types of jaw length bob: the wavy “I just came from the beach” look or the sleek and shiny “I just had this done” look.  Luckily, both are very much in fashion and are quite easy to achieve with minimal fuss.

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The key to maintaining a jaw length bob is keeping those ends in perfect health.  You can get away with trimming longer hair less often, but with a shorter do, split ends will make your hair seem puffy and not in a good way.  If you want to make sure that your hair stays sleek and perfect, regular hair treatments and trims are vital.

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For a beach look there is just one key ingredient: the sea salt spray.  This will help your hair to keep it’s beautiful, defined waves it’s almost ridiculous how easy it is to use.  All you need to do is spritz in your spray while your hair is still damp and then use a towel to scrunch it into place.  If you have straight hair, the process is just as simple: wash your hair the night before and spritz in the spray while it is still damp, then put your hair into french plaits.  When you wake up, take the plaits out and scrunch your hair with a little more spray.  Simple!

Choppy Bangs

If you aren’t feeling quite brave enough to go the whole chop just yet, there is one more style you can certainly get on board with. Choppy bangs are the perfect solution for anyone who has always quite liked the idea of bangs but has never wanted the fuss of maintaining a perfect length.  In fact, bangs are so annoying to maintain at one perfect length that you are completely forgiven for never trying them before.

However, all that has now changed and choppy bangs are bringing a whole new way of framing your face to town.  By styling your bangs so that they are sweetly uneven, you can let them grow out a little bit more and not panic every time you run a comb through them.  Plus, choppy bangs work well with fluffy curly hair too blending in nicely with your longer locks and making the most of the texture of your hair.

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If you are feeling really brave, you could go for super short baby bangs which are proving popular with celebrities like Emma Watson and Sofia Boutella.  These ladies show how well baby bangs work with any length of hair or even an up-do. Sophisticated and very cute – who knew those two things could mix so well?

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With so many new options for this year, 2018 is looking to be a pretty wild year for hairstyles.  There are so many different ways to approach short hair and creating a unique take on a particular style couldn’t be more fashionable right now.  Whether you are looking for something sleek and exacting or a hairstyle to suit a more relaxed lifestyle, 2018 has something for everyone.

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It’s Not Easy Being Green! How To Make Ethical Fashion Choices

Life is all about making ethical choices.  And believe it or not, beauty and fashion is an industry ripe for questionable ethics.  There is something we can all do about this now, in the modern age. Whether you are just out of college, or you’re looking for a way to give back to society, there are simple ways for us all to contribute, and you can do this in your fashion choices.   How can we do this?

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Buy Locally

Buying items locally isn’t just convenient, but it’s beneficial for the local economy.  Spending your money on investing in clothing and furniture with local businesses, and you are not just helping them to thrive, but you’re giving back to those around you.  Shopping locally also gives you the opportunity to find items that aren’t typically sold in high street retailers.  This gives you a better chance to find quirkier items and clothing that is so left of center that you will stand out a mile – in a good way!  Buying local items also involves less packaging, cutting down on plastic waste.  Many governments are encouraging customers to bring reusable bags when they go shopping, and this is one of most important things for you to do when heading out to the shops.

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Pick Your Companies

It’s a big draw for many people now, buying items from a supplier that is doing their utmost for the benefit of the planet.  It’s not just clothes that fall under an ethical practices and exploitation.  Even when purchasing something as seemingly innocent as wooden furniture, there could be illegal timber in the product.  Because there’s such a demand in the western world for cheap furniture, this has had a massive impact on deforestation in countries like Thailand and Cambodia.  The businesses that do their best to trade ethically will promote themselves accordingly as being environmentally friendly and supporting fair trade.  Of course, these items will always cost a bit more, but it’s for the benefit of the planet.  So, pick your companies carefully.

Do Your Research

While many businesses pride themselves on their ethical and environmental standpoints, it’s always advisable that you undertake your own education so you know exactly what you are buying. I t’s always beneficial to sort out the origin of the materials, and this can involve a bit of digging, but it’s usually stated clearly on the retailer’s website.  If not, you are within your rights as a consumer to go and ask!  It’s not just clothing that can be ethically sourced, this natural mattress is made from eco-friendly materials, and it makes you think about what else you’ve got in your home that hasn’t been sourced through an ethical channel.  After a while, the realization dawns on us that so many things we use everyday hasn’t been obtained through ethical means.  It’s at this point where you start to consider your own approach to buying all of your items through reputable suppliers.  After a while, once you found a few suppliers that suit your own beliefs, you can continue to go back to those retailers.  A few popular ethical retailers include People Tree, Know The Origin, and Annie Greenabelle.  Use these three as a springboard towards other ethical retailers and spread the word!

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Living A Fashionable Lifestyle Ethically

Living a fashionable lifestyle in an ethical manner is, firstly, about living a lifestyle in an ethical manner.  Choosing your retailers is one piece of the puzzle, but there are things you can do personally to improve on every aspect of your ethical being.  Choosing appropriate retailers, like People Tree, is a great way to get fashionable clothing, but also, think about your accessories.  From your handbags to your flowers at home.  Something like flowers are flown in from overseas, which can have a massive impact on your carbon footprint.  For example, red roses on Valentine’s Day are flown over from countries like Zimbabwe, so why don’t you go back to shopping locally? This leads naturally on to your own day to day dealings.  If you shop locally, you are cutting back on transport costs, which cuts back on the carbon footprint.  So when it comes to getting around, a bicycle is a bold fashion statement that you can accessorize wonderfully. Being on trend is vital when it comes to fashion, but it also benefits those who are looking to consume in a more ethical manner.  Boycotts of large organizations who devote themselves to unethical practices are commonplace, and it’s important for you to be on the ball with regards to this, so you know exactly where you should be standing.  It’s a lot of work, but if you are dedicated to living an ethical lifestyle, this is the way the cookie crumbles.

Used Clothing – Yes Or No?

While we all like a bargain, purchasing used clothes throws up a lot of questions.  Is it worth buying used clothes, especially if they were sourced unethically in the first place?  But it can take a lot of work to restore them again.  It can be a very expensive pursuit to stay on trend, and this is where extending the life of your clothes comes in handy.  Repurposing your clothes helps to reduce carbon, water, and waste footprints between 5% and 10%.  For this statistic alone, it’s worth going to a used clothing outlet such as a thrift store.  And with thrift stores, they are dedicated to giving back. This takes a lot of the research out of the equation, so you can focus on picking the right clothes for you. This does mean that you will have to look a bit harder, but going shopping for bargains and quirky styles in this manner is more fun.  Some people dedicate their Saturday to finding ethically sourced material that is stylish and was left at the bottom of a bargain bin!

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Yes, making ethical fashion choices is a lot of work, but it’s all about living the ethical lifestyle. Fashion can go against the grain in this respect, but if you spend time going through the fine details and sourcing adequate retailers that meet your needs, there is no reason to not look stylish.

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