College Fashion Week

         Four more classes left, one philosophy paper to write, and a psychology test to take and then it’s finally time to hop on a train to New York City, again.  Remember when I mentioned LivForStyle was heading on some crazy adventures?  Well in today’s post I will be talking about one of those events. Catch me at College Fashion Week this Saturday, October 1st from 6-9 p.m. at Venue 404 in New York City.  Are you interested in attending?  Keep reading for more information on an event, you won’t want to miss.

         It’s crazy to think that this is my last year as a college student, so obviously when I was invited to College Fashion Week, I was like HECK YES!  What’s better than going to a fashion show with fellow style obsessed collegiattes?  Thanks to Her Campus Media, my dreams are coming true and I can’t wait to be part of Her Campus’s fifth annual College Fashion Week.

         For all those who are not familiar with College Fashion Week, it is a show celebrating fashionistas in a fun and empowering way.  This year, the show features up and coming designers, including My Social Canvas, Foray, Ali & Ariel, Frill Clothing, and Bow & Drape.  There is no better way to celebrate female fashion entrepreneurs and their creative talents.

         Is the thought of possibly seeing me at the show convincing enough to buy your tickets?  Or the thought of seeing some great fashion looks from inspiring designers make you want to attend the show?  If not, here’s another thing that will grab your attention and make you head here to purchase your ticket ASAP. T his year Her Campus Media is partnering with StyleWatch to present this year’s College Fashion Week.  And you know what that means…an awesome list of sponsors.  Think Rebecca Minkoff, Vince Camuto, Drybar, Fitbit, Bertha Watches, and Perfumania.  Wow! I almost did’nt finish that sentence because of all my excitement.  You should see me frantically typing the names of the sponsors because I know each sponsor will bring their ‘A’ game whether it’s a stylish fitness tracker to help you live a healthy lifestyle, a wide range of stylish apparel, footwear, handbags, and accessories, or a variety of fragrances and cosmetics, or amazing hair services.  Don’t believe me?  Head over to their websites to find out more.

         I hope you found this post persuasive enough to buy your College Fashion Week NYC tickets. Click here to buy your tickets and learn even more about the event.  I hope to see some of you on Saturday, but if you are not close to the New York City area, don’t fret because College Fashion Week is heading to Chicago and Los Angeles later in October.  Keep your eyes open for a post recapping my experience after the show.  Can’t wait to share!  See you all in my next post.

This post is sponsored by Her Campus Media and its College Fashion Week brand partners.  All opinions are my own. Thank you for supporting the brands that make LivForStyle possible.

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Endless Summer

(Sigh) Why can’t summer last forever? It seems like the season takes forever to get here, and when it does finally arrive, it leaves in a blink of an eye. I know the official end to summer isn’t until the end of September but I realized the days are getting shorter and the kiddies are back in school (same with me) but I can’t complain because I had one of the best summers ever. Some of the highlights of my summer include interning with a great fashion company, learning tons about the fashion industry, having more time to blog, and vacationing to the Hamptons a few times.

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In today’s post, I am showing you one of my favorite summer outfits that can be easily transitioned into the fall. It took me some time to warm up to the flared leg trend, but I am obsessed with all things flared. What struck me the most about my Madewell pants is the flared detail and the beautiful rose color. I believe this deep rose color will be perfect for the fall. The color kind of reminds me of the leaves soon to be turning colors.

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Since I am “new” to the flared trend, I have not really been experimenting too much when it comes to pairing tops with flared pants. I usually stick to the basics like this slim fitting Madewell cream-colored tank. I like to tuck my shirt in because when styling flared pants I always like to keep the proportions in set, tight on the top and loose and flowy on the bottom.

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Everyone always asks why I choose to wear a sweater even when the temperatures are in the high 80s. I do so because I feel like it completes my outfit and besides I usually wear it off my shoulders. All fashionistas should have a basic light tan colored cardigan in their wardrobe, like mine from Marshall’s. Never underestimate the power of a simple cardigan completing any outfit.

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I do wish I was a little taller so I wouldn’t have to wear heels or wedges with my flared pants. But my brown strappy heels by Candie’s does the trick by giving me some extra height and adding major style to any look.

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One way to celebrate all year long is by wearing this seashell necklace from H&M. I love this necklace paired against the deep burgundy of my pants.

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Lastly, what’s a summer outfit without my favorite straw hat from H&M and favorite pair of sunglasses by Steve Madden? So of course, I had to include these essentials in this look.

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Every year I always wonder why we can’t have an endless summer. Only a few more weeks of summer left, so time to take advantage of the beautiful weather and season and show you all my favorite summer looks. Let me know in the comments below what some of your summer looks have been on repeat this season.

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Pants: Madewell | Top: Madewell | Sweater: Marshalls (SIMILAR) | Shoes: Candie’s | Necklace: H&M | Sunglasses: Steve Madden (SIMILAR) (SIMILAR) (SIMILAR) | Hat: H&M

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

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Hot Mess

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Last week was crazy; I finished my junior year of college and turned 21, all on the same day. I think I had one to many margaritas on my birthday because I am still recovering from the festivities. Not to mention that ending a school year means packing up all my stuff at school and moving back home. My room these last couple of days perfectly describes my life as messy and in shambles. But just like I can get my room all nice and tidy, I am starting to get in the groove of being home, getting back to blogging, and preparing for another summer working in New York City.

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Everyone always tells me that I have my life together and I like to think I do, but there are still days where I wake up frazzled, overwhelmed with ideas and stressed to make sure each day is productive, so hey if I am going to be a mess, might as well call me a hot mess. My life motto there and it should be yours too. Remember routines and schedules can make life boring, so whenever you can embrace that “hot mess” side of you, it will make life more interesting. Ok, enough of me being a life coach, let me get back to what I do best, sharing my style.

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Linen is making a comeback this summer season. It only makes sense because linen is a lightweight material to keep you cool on those hot summer days. I love my Old Navy linen cropped pants. These pants score extra points in the comfort department. Plus, I love the dull green color because in my opinion that color is considered neutral, so these pants are super versatile.

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As soon as I purchased these linen pants, I knew I wanted to pair them up with a simple white t-shirt, but a solid white t-shirt can be dangerous, hello stains. So I opted for a cream and black striped three quarter sleeve from Madewell.

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The Circus collection by Sam Edelman was designed for me. All their quirky and fun pieces perfectly describe my personality, so of course I can’t stop wearing my new slip on sneakers. These shoes are sassy and definitely make a statement. Slip on these shoes on those days when you want the world to know you are not only a mess, but a hot mess, emphasis on the hot.

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Next for accessories, I always have to wear some sort of elephant pendant necklace and the best place to find these types of necklaces are at Forever 21. These necklaces instantly transform your outfits.

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Speaking of transforming outfits, I am obsessed with my Firmoo sunglasses. Head over to firmoo.com for discounted eyeglasses and sunglasses, featuring all different frames, shapes, and sizes. All the glasses are inexpensive, high quality, and of course stylish. How cool are my mirrored sunglasses? Nobody can see where I am looking, so I can hard-core people watch (HAHA). I also love the color of the lenses, all great colors for the summer; the perfect pair of glasses to throw in your beach bag.

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Summer is here and adventures wait. One of my adventures includes making my blog the best one-stop site for all things fashion, beauty, and lifestyle topics. Let me know down below some of your adventures or goals this summer. Talk to you all very soon!

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 Pants: Old Navy | Shirt: Madewell  | Shoes: Sam Edelman |Necklace: Forever 21  | Sunglasses: Firmoo

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Best Dressed At The Met Gala 2016

When I was busy slaving over final papers and studying for final exams, some of my favorite celebrities and a bunch of famous people strutted their stuff on the red carpet at the annual Met Gala. Officially called the Metropolitan Museum of Art Costume Institute Benefit, the Met Gala is the party of the year. When will it be my turn to receive a ticket to one of the hottest events in New York City? For now, I just get to admire everyone’s outfit through a computer screen and comment on the looks that took my breath away.

            This year’s theme was inspired by the fashion exhibit Manus x Machina: Fashion in an Age of Technology. This exhibit features fashion designers work that blends handmade and machine-made fashion. Each year, the Met Gala features a unique theme and guests are urged to showcase the theme in their elaborate outfits. Since this year’s theme focused on the future, I wasn’t shocked to see tons of metallic sequins, and just out of the ordinary looks.

There were more best-dressed than worst dressed stars because I believe the Met Gala is the perfect time to take fashion risks. So keep on reading to find out who made my top dressed list and let me tell you it was hard to narrow down the winners.

Taylor Swift- T-Swift was unrecognizable. She totally channeled a different side of herself, The more punk, edgy side. I am not complaining. She nailed it. Her silver metallic, reptile print with side cutouts dress by Louis Vuitton finished with lace up black heels perfectly embodies the futuristic fashion theme Taylor Swift proves that you do not need to wear a long gown on a red carpet to make a statement. Not only did her short dress make a statement but also her blonde bob and dark lip was a head turner.

Lupita Nyong’o- You can always count on Lupita to add a pop of color to any red carpet. I am obsessed with her sea foam colored sequin dress by Calvin Klein. She just glimmered on the red carpet. Plus, her sky-high hair added a futuristic vibe to her look. I could only imagine the headache she probably had as a result of her unique hairdo.

Zoe Saldana– Can we just take a moment and admire her mile long multi-colored feather train? Breathtaking. Everyone probably stayed far away from Zoe Saldana because they were probably afraid they would step on her train. Her Dolce & Gabbana dress started off simple with a basic black top but quickly turned into a one-of-a-kind dress with that train. After reviewing tons of looks from the Met Gala, it seems like feathers were the trend of the night and who knows maybe a trend for the future.

Kristen Stewart- Kristen Stewart looks tough in her Chanel long-sleeve, t-length dress. Her dress reminds me of a starry night sky. Plus the cut out at the waist, just takes this look to a whole new level. In addition to her dress, her heavy silver eye shadow and black eyeliner is so fierce. I like to call her look “when punk meets space”.

Rita Ora– It seems like in the future the trend will be head to toe feathers. Rita Ora’s Vera Wang gown was show stopping. She was decked out in silver. Silver gown, silver makeup, and even silver sparkles in her hair. The small details are what made her look astonishing.

Chloe Grace Moretz- To be honest, Chloe Grace Moretz was not always on my best dressed list. After taking a closer look at her Coach gown, I noticed the Art Deco inspired pattern and immediately my opinion changed. I love her simple black dress with the unique, metallic pattern on the top and sides. Her look is perfect for those who didn’t want to entirely take the plunge into the futuristic theme.

 Nicole Kidman- Is it just me, but when I think of future I automatically think of space? Well Nicole Kidman’s cape and gown combo by Valentino definitely incorporated the space theme. Her gown included beaded details resembling moons and stars. I could stare at her dress for hours.

 

Poppy Delevigne– WOW! Poppy Delevigne looks like she belongs in a museum. Her Marchesa gown is a piece of art, indeed. I love how her dress features tons of tassels, fringe, and beading. So elaborate, so perfect. Her dress did remind me more of the 1920s and the old Hollywood era, but fashion trends do repeat themselves, so maybe that trend is the trend for the future.

Emma Roberts- I love seeing more color on the red carpet. Emma Roberts looked gorgeous in her Tory Burch dress. I loved how her dress was somewhat sombre, with different shades of purple ranging from light to dark. Plus the geometric pattern added a futuristic feel to her style.

Alexa Chung- This jumpsuit by Thakoon is my vision of space and the future. I loved the Alexa Chug head to toe sequin jumpsuit. She sparkled. Her jumpsuit was an edgy twist on the tuxedo. Plus, I love when jumpsuits make an appearance on the red carpets.

Rachel McAdams– Anything with gold sparkles automatically wins a special place in my heart. Rachel McAdams’ Valentino dress was certainly a work of art because the details on her dress were superb. What amazes me is that if you look closely at her dress, you can see that the beaded words spell out lines from Dante’s Divine Comedy. Mind blowing!

Well that concludes another one of my lengthy best-dressed posts. I always have so much to say about the fashion for that night. But enough of me talking about my best dressed, now it is your turn. Let me know in the comments below who made your best-dressed list.

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The Best And Worst Dressed At The Academy Awards 2016

The end of February means a few things… spring break is near, it stays light longer, no more snow (hopefully), and most importantly the Academy Awards.  I sometimes get the Sunday night blues, but not on the Sunday when the Academy Awards are on.

This year, I was surprised at how many movies I knew.  Honestly, I did not see one movie nominated but I knew the plot and the characters, so that’s all that counts right?  Fashion aside, I am so happy Leonardo DiCaprio won his first Oscar; it was about time, but for some reason, I had a feeling he was not going to win (anyone else have that same feeling?).  Although, I did not stay up to see him accept his award, I checked Twitter when I randomly woke up in the middle of the night at 3 A.M. and was so pleased he was the winner.

Now back to fashion. I have to admit I was not overly impressed with the looks on the red carpet. Nothing blew me away, but that doesn’t mean I don’t have a best and worst dressed list, so below you will find my picks of celebrities who scored a 10 on their fashion game and who completely missed the mark.

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Jennifer Lawrence-  J. Law has done it again. Another red carpet looked she nailed.  Her flesh tone gown with black lace overlay by Dior was perfect for such a glamorous event like the Oscars.  Plus her minimal accessories and blonde bob really tied her whole look together.  Her new blonde doo, has really inspired me to dye my hair that shade.  Who knows maybe in my next post, I will be a blonde.

 

Charlize Theron-  Va va voom. I f I had Charlize’s confidence I would totally be modeling that bright red Dior dress with a really deep neckline.  Her plunging neckline almost exposes her belly button, but stops at the perfect length, leaving a little to the imagination.  Plus her diamond necklace adds just the right amount of bling, without drawing to much attention from the dress.  Who says you can’t wear red on the red carpet?  Charlize totally puts that myth to rest.

Lady Gaga-  I think Lady Gaga just started a new trend with her look, the pant dress.  Her Brandon Maxwell cream color pantsuit really pops on the red carpet.  She looks so classy.  Plus her minimal jewelry really allows her pantsuit to shine.  Lastly, her bronze smoky eye is the perfect touch to her look. You never fail to amaze me Lady Gaga.


Rachel McAdams –  
Two words to describe Rachel’s look are fierce and sexy.  I am obsessed with her August Getty Ateiler emerald colored dress.  By now, you should know that any emerald color dress will steal my heart.  The halter neckline and high slit was perfect for the red carpet.  Her look was the right amount of sexiness and glamour.

Naomi Watts- Naomi’s Armani Prive dress reminds me of the most gorgeous starry night sky.  The royal blue and deep purple shades shined on the red carpet.  In my opinion, one trend that will never go out of style on the red carpet is crystals and sequins.

 

Saoirise Ronan- If I only had to choose one best-dressed celeb on the red carpet, it would go to Saoirise.  I am obsessed with her emerald, sparkling dress by Calvin Klein.  Just like Naomi Watts she is rocking the sequins trend, and just like Rachel McAdams she looks stunning in the emerald shade.  Plus, Saoirise’s emerald accessories and green smokey eye really puts the finishing touches on her look.  If I had the privilege to walk the red carpet, you better believe that my dress would look very similar to Saorise’s look.

Margot Robbie – Margot’s body forming, gold snakeskin, Tom Ford dress reminds be of the trophy the lucky Academy Award winners bring home.  So it makes sense that her shiny gold dress with a deep, plunging neckline made my top dressed list.

 

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Heidi Klum-  Yes, the purple hues of did clash with the red carpet, but it wasn’t the color of her dress that bothered me the most, it was that awkward puffy one sleeve detail.  Plus, the two floral decals did not help the look, but made the eye drawn to the unfortunate details of the dress.  Heidi’s Versace dress just needs to shed all the layers and then maybe I will reconsider the look.

Kate Winslet-  Of course, when I am collecting my thoughts on my best and worst dressed list, I like to read other fashion articles to hear their opinions.  I have to agree with USA Today when they described Kate’s Ralph Lauren dress as a “wet garbage bag.”  Plus her reflective dress does not photograph well. Better luck next time!

 

Reese Witherspoon-  The reason why Reese made my worst dressed list is because her Oscar de la Renta dress was just so plain and boring.  I feel like I have seen this dress so many times.  Plus the tailoring of the dress did not fit her body.  Reese is such a beautiful woman that she could rock almost anything.  I wish she took the time to really step out of her fashion comfort zone and try something new and fresh.

Cate Blanchett-  Her Armani dress could have worked if it was just a different color.  I give her props for taking a risk and wearing a dress that did make her stand out from the crowd.  Her dress is high-fashion especially with the hand-sewn flowers, feathers, and crystals.  But, I believe the pastel blue just makes her look like one of those Peep marshmallow Easter candies.  Maybe if her dress was black or a deep burgundy color it would have worked.  Maybe I just inspired Armani?

 

Kerry Washington-  Kerry’s Versace dress leaves me confused.  Is the top of the dress made of leather? What are those awkward black lines by her waist?  This dress was not made for the red carpet of the Academy Awards.  I did like her fierce thigh-high leg slit, but wish she wore a totally different dress. Kerry totally missed the mark while combining glam and edginess.

Olivia Wilde-  I give her props for showing all that skin.  I do like Olivia’s Valentino dress, but the reason why it is on my worst list is because of all the skin exposed.  She should have stuck to either showing her back, side boob, or the deep neckline.  Not all three.  Plus that chocker just attracts the eyes to her cleavage, which is not the point of the Oscars.  If this dress had a few tailing adjustments it would be moved to my best list.

Emily Blunt –  Maybe I am biased because no matter how hard I try I can’t pull off blush shades, but I feel like it is such a hard color for anyone to pull off and Emily Blunt was no exception.  The light, pastel pink just washes her out and the random pops of diamonds throughout her dress was just awkward and not visually appealing.  Her Prada designed dress was just not flattering from head to toe.

And that’s a wrap.  Thank you so much for reading.  I love sharing my thoughts with you all. Let me know who made your best and worst dressed list for the 2016 Academy Awards.

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Currently Streaming- TIDAL

“When words fail, music speaks” is such a relatable quote for those days when you are swamped with work and need some inspiring music, or looking for upbeat tunes to put you in a good mood, or when you are getting ready for a night out and looking for songs to pump you up. Music is an important part of my life. I love listening to music, filling the silence in the background, and discovering new songs and artists to jam out to.

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Since my taste in music is changes with my mood, music-streaming services are my best friend because I can discover different songs and playlists to fit my mood and the occasion.

I am so excited that I found a new subscription based streaming service, called TIDAL. It’s not just your normal streaming service, but has tons of features, including all your favorite music from all your favorite artists, a section to discover up and coming artists, a collection of music and concert videos, and the best part is that musicians like Prince, Rihanna, Kayne West, and Beyoncé have created their own playlists and shared exclusive new music.

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Some of my favorite playlists include TIDAL Relax, Early Morning Songs, and Music To Make You Smile which features Cold Play, Sam Smith, John Mayer, Mumford & Sons, Fleetwood Mac, Imagine Dragons to name a few. I can’t forget to mention Beyoncé’s playlist Hot Sauce. Beyoncé handpicks all of the songs on her playlist so you know it will be a dance party.

When TIDAL is not providing their listeners with awesome music, they are also providing their subscribers with amazing chances to win awesome prizes. Recently, they partnered with Little Wayne to create a new campaign called Social Wave for Change. This campaign is looking for college students who are involved with their community.

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Students are challenged via social media to join the TIDAL College’s Social Wave for Change by publicly posting a photo or video to TIDAL’s Facebook wall or Instagram showing them completing any type of community service. TIDAL wants to reward students for their impactful community service. So get creative, post a photo of you donating canned goods to a local food shelter, donating clothing to a clothing drive, recycling, volunteering at a soup kitchen, or donating to any charity of your choice. The possibilities are endless.

Don’t forget to include your school name, tag a friend, and use the hashtag #TIDALXChange. A panel of judges will review all the social media submissions and choose a group of finalist, who have positively impacted their community. The public will then choose one grand winner. Not only will you be helping your community, but you also have the chance to win a silent disco event at your school or a Lil Wayne concert near your school. Everyone is a winner in this campaign.

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What are you waiting for? Head over to TIDAL to receive a 3-month complimentary subscription. While you are listening to your favorite tunes and discovering new music, don’t forget to brainstorm ways you can get involved in your community. Happy listening!

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This post is sponsored by TIDAL and Her Campus Media. All opinions are my own. Thank you for supporting the brands that make LivForStyle possible!

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Spotted On Campus

I have been stressing for a week now over my first biology test of the semester.  I have not taken a physical science course since high school, so it makes sense why I am stressing.  Liv and science just doesn’t mix well.  After a night of studying, I finished my biology exam in 20 minutes.  The 50 multiple-choice questions were basic, so fingers crossed I hope I aced the test.

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         Since I finished my exam quickly, I had extra time in my schedule to relax before my next class, so what better way to relax than write a very short style post for you all.

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         It’s not a long post, since I have to get back to work and read Act 2 of Shakespeare’s Twelfth Night (BORING).  I wanted to show you all what I normally wear to class.  I call it my campus style.  Usually the night before I mentally plan my outfit for the next day.  This way when my alarm goes off and I am still in a daze, I can rub my sleepy eyes and have some idea of what to wear for the day.

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I have sort of a “formula” in dressing for class.  It starts with leggings or jeans, a sweater or poncho, a scarf, earrings and a necklace, and whatever footwear I am currently loving.  It is easier than it seems.

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Today’s outfit features a few of my favorite pieces from this season, including my tribal print poncho from Lord and Taylor’s, layered over my basic gray long-sleeve top from Zara.  Ponchos are my best friends for the cold winter days because I feel like I am wrapped in a blanket.  I paired my poncho with my Just USA distressed black jeans.  These black jeans are so edgy and can be transitioned from daytime to nighttime with a different top, sweater, and jewelry.

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As for accessories, I always like to go to my lucky elephant, so of course I am wearing my gold elephant pendant necklace from Forever 21.  No outfit is complete without my Sorel wedges.  My 1964 Premium Sorel Wedge Boot has been my go-to winter shoe.  They are waterproof, comfortable for my long walks around campus, and fashionable.  Plus they give me a little boost in height.  Are you still looking for more style inspiration on how to style these Sorel boots, check out previous posts here.

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Wow! Time flew.  Good thing I looked at the clock because it is time for my next class.  I am glad I spent my break being productive writing a new post for you all and showcasing my campus style.  Let me know down below what pieces make up your everyday style.

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Get Up, Dress Up, Show Up, And Never Give Up

I am certain that everyone has experienced sadness, disappointment, lack of motivation, and so on. It’s only natural, we are human. I am a big fan of quotes. Whenever I feel stuck or down in the dumps I always head to Pinterest (CLICK HERE TO FOLLOW ME ON PINTEREST) and find some inspiring words and phrases to help me keep going. This brings me to the theme of today’s post. It was inspired by one of my recently discovered quotes “No matter how you feel, get up, dress up, show up, and never give up.”

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After reading this phrase, I decided to pull myself together, head to my closet and pick out an outfit that makes me look good and feel good. Of course, I had to choose my faux fur vest. My Design Lab faux fur vest just radiates confidence. I love the color blocked detail, featuring shades of red, cream, black, and tan. Such a versatile piece you can layer it over a dress, pair it with leather pants, or a simple pair of jeans, like I did today. These are not just any pair of jeans, they are my new favorite high-riser jeans from Madewell. The soft black color is a different twist than your usual blue denim, plus it really makes the warm colors in my vest pop.

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For the rest of my outfit, I am wearing a simple, black sweater from Target to provide extra warmth under my vest, perfect for those long walks to class. Dangling from my neck is my La Cle key necklace. After all, if you remember from my first post (READ IT HERE) featuring the necklace, the bronze color resembles strength, and certainly everyone needs extra strength throughout the day.

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Lastly, the perfect way to strut your stuff on campus and show others that nothing will get in your way is slipping on your best shoes. I am wearing my new Steve Madden suede wedges. I love how these wedges are day-time and class-time appropriate but adds extra glam to any look.

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Although fashion is not the end all cure to the blues, it certainly can make days when you are feeling down just suck a little less. No matter how you feel remember “this too shall past” (another one of my favorite quotes).

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Vest: Design Lab  | Sweater: Target (SIMILAR)  (SIMILAR) (SIMILAR) | Jeans: Madewell

| Shoes: Steve Madden  | Necklace: La Cle (SIMILAR)

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Sweet Start To 2016

 Almost a month into the new year and 2016 is off to a good start. Hope everyone is still sticking to their new years resolution. Today’s post will be short and sweet because there really is no need for a lengthy explanation. I am so excited to announce that I have partnered with 23 other bloggers to provide our readers with an amazing giveaway.

I believe every year should start off strong and there is no better way than celebrate a new year and a new beginning than with a giveaway. One lucky reader will win an incredible prize package consisting of a $150 Visa gift card, a $10 Starbucks gift card, the Urban Decay Naked Smokey Palette, and an Origins Charcoal face mask.

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Are you thinking that this grand prize can’t get any better? Well, SURPRISE, there are more items included in this prize package. Us, bloggers are so lucky that three brands are taking part in this giveaway. Our three sponsors include The Sugar Creek Shoppe, Courtney & Courtnie, and Cassidy’s Monograms. All three sponsors are super excited to be taking part and providing us with an adorable mug, a custom keychain, a custom koozie, and three stackable wire wrapped bracelets. This is one heck of a prize package.

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Are you all excited? I bet you are, so now just scroll to the bottom of the page and fill out the form. It’s that simple.

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There’s a lot to celebrate this year, so keep on embracing 2016. Good luck! I’ll talk to you all very soon in my next post. Stay tuned!

 

 

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#YoungerTV

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After a week of exams, writing lengthy final papers, and sleepless nights, a month-long break from college life is very much needed.  I can’t believe I’ve been home for a month. It has been nice catching up on sleep, hanging with the family, and spending more time on my blog.  However, my life at school is so different than life at home.  I find myself having more free time, and if you are a person like me who can’t sit still, I need to keep myself busy. Over my month-long break; I have kept myself busy by working part-time at a popular retail store, taking Zumba and Spinning classes, a lot of shopping, and watching a new TV series I found on TV Land.

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Although, I don’t like to just sit around and do nothing, spending the evening staying cozy and relaxing while watching TV is a nice change of pace because I know once I return to school I’ll have little time to myself. Over break, I got hooked on the first season of TV Land’s Original Show, Younger.

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I consider myself a fan of the show, so I am so happy that I received an official Younger t-shirt to wear and style. I thought it was only appropriate to share my loungewear style with all my readers. When I’m watching TV, I usually keep my outfit simple and comfy. You can’t go wrong with my basic Cotton On leggings, paired with my hunter green soft and cozy American Eagle cardigan. I love the long length of the cardigan, because it practically blankets my entire body. Under my sweater, I chose to rock my Younger graphic t-shirt, and of course I had to accessorize it with my La Cle key necklace. Last but not least, my fuzzy socks from Forever 21 are a must for a cozy outfit. Add my Marshalls slipper booties and keep thosetoes nice and toasty.

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After catching up on Season 1, I can give you a little “Sparknote edition” for the plot of Younger. The show consists of an amazing and talented cast, featuring Sutton Foster, Hilary Duff, Debi Mazar and Miriam Show. If you are a huge Sex and the City fan, Younger is your new show, because Younger is written, executive produced, and directed by Darren Star from Sex and the City. So you better believe the fashion is on point throughout this series.

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Anyway, Younger follows 40-year-old Liza, played by Sutton Foster, who is divorced and ready to get back into the working world; however, her age hinders her employment opportunities. When she meets a 20-year-old guy at a bar, he convinces her she looks much younger than her age. As a result, her best friend Maggie, played by Debi Mazar gives her a makeover and a boost of confidence to help her land a new job. With the help of Liza’s new co-workers and friends, she is able to pursue her dream career. The plot is intense and keeps unfolding in each episode. Your eyes will be glued to the screen, guaranteed.

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The winter season is all about looking for a new TV series to watch. Winter is the best time to spend inside, snuggled with blankets, and getting lost in a new series. Tune into TV Land tonight at 10 PM to watch the premiere of Season 2 of Younger. If you still haven’t watched season 1, have no fear, TV Land has you covered. Head over to TV Land on Demand, TVLAND.COM, or TV Land’s new app. Just beware that once you start, you won’t be able to stop. When it comes to Younger, there is no such thing as watching only one episode. But who cares because every now and then we all deserve to abandon our long to-do list and just hang out on the couch. IMG_1708

Leggings: Cotton On (SIMILAR) | Sweater: American Eagle (SIMILAR) (SIMILAR) | Shirt: TVLand | Slippers: Marshalls (SIMILAR) (SIMILAR) (SIMILAR) | Necklace: La Cle (SIMILAR)

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The Best And Worst Dressed At The Golden Globes 2016

Last year, my very first post on my blog was my round up of the best and worst dressed from the Golden Globes, so it is tradition to share my thoughts on this year’s fashion at the Golden Globes.

My fashion senses were tingling on Sunday while watching the 73rd Golden Globes Award Show.  Next to Christmas, my favorite time of the year has to be award season.  Nothing beats watching the celebrities strut on the red carpet while wearing elaborate gowns.

For the most part, every celebrity stunned in their designer dresses and set a high expectation for future award shows.  I noticed a few popular trends at the Golden Globes, including capes, cut outs, hues of reds and pinks, plunging necklines, and pockets.

Someday I hope to be one of the correspondents reporting from the red carpet, but for right now I’ll use my blog to share my fashion do’s and don’ts from the red carpet.  Keep on reading to see which celebrities hit a homerun when it came to their style and which celebrities should have reconsidered their dress choice.

 

Best Dressed

 

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Lady Gaga- After seeing Lady Gaga perform at Madison Square Garden a few years ago, Lady Gaga will forever have my heart.  I am a huge Lady Gaga fan and so happy she took home her first Golden Globe. She looked outstanding in her black velvet Versace dress.  Her dress featured a sweetheart neckline and a fitted corset, giving her an hourglass shape.  She completed her glamorous look with of course diamonds, a curly up do, and lots of lashes.  I was so happy to see Lady Gaga choose a more sophisticated look, instead of wearing a meat dress like she did at the 2010 MTV Video Music Awards.

 

Amy Adams- I was so glad to see some color on the red carpet.  I am a huge fan of Amy Adam’s daring blood orange Versace gown.  The bold orange color with the perfect amount of sparkle looked beautiful with her hair color and skin tone.  After seeing her dress, I really hope this orange shade becomes a huge trend for upcoming award shows and the spring season.

 

Laverne Cox- Laverne Cox looked fierce in her pure white, figure hugging dress by Elizabeth Kennedy.  I am a huge fan of her classic look.  Sometimes simplicity is the way to go when it comes to the red carpet.  I love how she accessorized with emerald colored jewelry and a vampy lip color. Perfection!

 

Jenna Dewan Tatum- Jenna Dewan Tatum’s dress resembled a starry night sky.  The deep blue dress embellished with sequins is by Zuhair Murad and certainly made a statement on the red carpet.  I love her dress because it features two of the hottest trends this season, the plunging neckline and pockets. Plus, every red carpet needs some sparkle.

 

Olivia Wilde- Olivia Wilde can do no wrong when it comes to fashion.  Her form fitting, burgundy, sequins dress by Michael Kors, featured a risky low neckline.  I appreciate her choice to accessorize with a statement necklace that complimented the deep red color of her dress.  I also loved her eggplant and burgundy shimmery eye shadow, which is a colorful take on the typical smokey eye.

 

Jaimie Alexander- If I had to only choose one best dressed celebrity, my award would have to go to Jaimie Alexander.  Her dress designed by Genny was stunning.  I am obsessed with the rich jewel toned emerald color, deep v neckline, and the pockets.  The pattern of her dress is so abstract and eye-catching. Also her smokey eye is on point and really makes her eyes pop.  Perfection from head to toe.

 

Worst Dressed

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Cate Blanchett- What is up with this dress? There is just way too much going on.  Cate Blanchett’s dress by Givenchy features silk, sheer paneling, and fringe.  I don’t know where to look.  Plus the pastel pink color is just wrong.  Better luck next time.

 

Katy Perry- Between the Bump It in her hair and this tight dress by Prada, Katy Perry tops my worst dressed list.  I really hate the color of her dress because it reminds me of a Pepto Bismol bottle . She better bring her “A” game to the Grammy’s because her look at the Golden Globes was anything but fabulous.

 

Natalie Dormer- Natalie Dormer’s J. Mendel dress would have been better if it did not include the awkward off the shoulder look and black neckpiece.  Awkward, undone, and mismatched are a few words I like to use to describe her look.

 

Regina King- Regina King’s dress looks more like a Halloween costume than a Golden Globes gown. Her Krikor Jabotian dress features a white cape and chunky gold sequins.  Her dress is outrageous!  I never thought this was possible, but there is way to much sparkle and sequins.

 

Rooney Mara- I am all for fashion risks and unique looks, but Rooney Mara’s Alexander McQueen dress leaves me speechless and not in a good way.  First, the pale pink color blends in with her skin tone, making her look washed out.  Plus the ruffles of her dress look like her dress went through a shredder, which is never a good look.

 

Kate Hudson- The only thing on point is Kate Hudson’s abs.  Other than that, I do not love her Michael Kors crop top and matching skirt outfit.  The nude sparkly color washes her out.  Plus that random piece of fabric around her neck just confuses me.

And that concludes my 2016 Golden Globes fashion recap. Stay tuned for more best and worst dressed posts. Let me know in the comments below what celebrity looks were your favorite or were questionable.

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Goodbye 2015

Dear 2015,

Thanks for an amazing year. A year filled with ups and downs. A year filled with successes and fails. A year filled with challenges. But most importantly a year filled with lessons. I am very hopeful for 2016, but before I enter into the new year, I want to reflect on 2015 and what I learned.

1. Be present

I have always heard to live in the moment, to stop and look, and take time to reflect. However, it was not until this autumn, I knew the real meaning of those phrases. The long walks to class have always been my time to think and to admire the beauty of my campus. When the fall season arrived, I remember taking time to look at the changing leaves, to admire the rich, bold colors and to start appreciating the little things. Now, whether I am with family or friends, whether I am in public or in my bedroom all by myself, I try to let go of my racing thoughts and just be mindful of my surroundings and most importantly be thankful.

2. Acknowledge your inner beauty

This has always been a challenge of mine, but in 2015 I got better at recognizing my inner beauty. By inner beauty, I mean my strength, my passions, my creativity, and other traits that come from the soul. Everyone always acknowledges my love for others, my passion for fashion, my dedication to my blog, my strength, and so on. Now, whenever someone compliments me, I simply say thank you. I am certain that I will continue to celebrate what makes me unique in 2016.

3. My Prince Charming will show up… Eventually

Entering college I had this mindset that I would find a boyfriend freshman year, date him throughout my four years, and eventually get married. I blame all the romance movies I have watched that painted this picture. Now as a junior in college, I can say that this is not reality, maybe for some people, but not me. In 2015, I realized that having a boyfriend is not the most important thing in the world. Even though, it seems like every girl someone special in her life, there is still plenty of us celebrating the single life. I am certain that my time will come and my knight in shining armor will show up. Now, whenever I enter any social setting I leave behind my goal of finding a man and remember to be patient, be confident, and have fun.

4. Be flexible

Being organized and scheduled is a strength of mine but also a weakness. Sometimes being too rigid can be stressful and lead me to miss out on spontaneous adventures. I’d rather stick to my schedule, but this year I learned to be patient and realized that everything cannot be perfect and that is ok because a little unpredictability makes life more fun.

5. Money doesn’t grow on trees

Being an adult is not all fun and games, especially when dealing with finances. As a full-time student, I have few chances to work and make money, so sometimes I find myself in a predicament. Do I splurge on that pair of shoes? Or do I save my money for future opportunities? This year I learned the meaning of a dollar. I noticed how my expenses can add up, making me more conscious with my money. For example, instead of going to my favorite coffee shop every morning and spending over two dollars for coffee, I started to make my coffee in my townhouse. A big savings! I learned that in order to save, you have to make a few sacrifices, but it will all be worth it in the end. In 2015, I officially discovered what it is like to be an adult.

6. Have fun

This year has been busy…finishing my sophomore year of college, starting my own blog, completing a summer internship in the fashion world, and starting my junior year of college. No wonder why I am always exhausted. The rare moments I did have some free time, I remember having fun, being carefree, and feeling like a kid again. I recall many fun memories in 2015, but three occasions stick out, my trip to the Bronx Zoo, visiting Playland in Rye, New York, and jumping off the three meter diving board. Seeing the lions, riding the Dragon Coaster, and cannonballing off the diving board, taught me that sometimes you have to abandon work for a little, log off all social media sites, and just have fun.

7. Focus on You

Lastly, the idea of focusing on me and what makes me happy is something I have discovered the last few months of 2015 and will continue to learn more in 2016. Lately, I recognized that you cannot make others happy, unless you are happy. I noticed that there are people in life that will question you and your choices. Those people will try to steal your self-esteem and make you feel worthless, but those people do not matter, the only thing that matters is you and your happiness.

Here’s another year filled with love, happiness, success, and so on. I am ready for you 2016. Bring it on!

Sincerely,

Liv

Check out some of my favorite moments from 2015. 

 

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Christmas Is In The Air

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On Christmas morning, I woke up to a Christmas tree surrounded by gifts and the love from my dad, mom, sister, and of course my puppy brother Griffin. That morning, my family and I exchanged gifts, but most importantly we exchanged laughter and love.

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Christmas day is pretty low key. Ever since I could remember, Christmas day has always been hosted at my house. I am so lucky that my family all lives so close, so we can all celebrate the joyous day together. Although, I was in the comfort of my own home, I still took the opportunity to showcase my love for fashion and dress up; after all it is Christmas.

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Instead of the classic little black dress, I decided to switch it up and wear an olive colored dress. I bought this dress featuring a skater silhouette from Forever 21 last week and I have already worn it a couple times. Layer it with a sweater, a vest, and so on and you have one complete and stylish outfit.

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In my opinion, there are two essentials for the holiday season, faux fur and sparkles. I am saving the sparkles for New Years Eve, but for Christmas I decided to break out my favorite faux fur vest. My black faux fur vest is from Macy’s and matches perfectly with my deep green colored dress. My vest makes my outfit more dressed up and of course more chic.

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To dress up my look ever more, I decided to bust out my favorite heeled combat boots from Marshalls. You know the ones I featured in my last style post? But if you don’t remember check out my previous post here.

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Although, I feel like my faux fur vest completes my outfit, I thought my look needed one more accessory. Lastly, to tie together the black and brown in my outfit I wore my long statement necklace from Forever 21. This necklace features a gold etched half circle pendant and black colored gems, perfectly matching all the shades featured in my look.

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I hope everyone had a great holiday. For me, Christmas 2015 was a success because it was a day filled with joy, love, and happiness. My favorite gifts included a new winter coat, Steve Madden heeled booties, another faux fur vest, tons of coloring books, and gift cards.

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I know these next few weeks will be filled with putting together new outfits and of course featuring them on my blog. Thank you for all the sweet comments and support. Without my readers, LivForStyle would not exist. Only a few more days left in 2015, remember to make the best out of the remaining days.

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Dress: Forever 21 (SIMILAR) | Vest: Macy’s (SIMILAR) | Shoes: Rocket Dog  | Necklace: Forever 21

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