Thank You, New York City

This post was inspired by my one year anniversary of making New York City my home. Countless number of people tell me that it takes a lot of courage and guts to live in the city and I never knew what they were talking about until I sat down and reflected on my year’s journey.  I have learned a lot, grown up a lot, experienced a lot, all in the city that never sleeps.

I could write a novel on all that I have discovered, but decided to keep the list below somewhat short, but still highlight, the most important lessons.  So, New York City thank you for the countless lessons you have taught me in this short year.

  • You will learn that no matter how packed a subway car is, there is still room for one more person. 
  • You will be asked a million of questions from tourists about directions, but then take it as a compliment because they must think you look like a real New Yorker. 
  • You will appreciate the fruit stand on the corner of your street, selling a box of strawberries for $1. 
  • You will find out that one cocktail can cost you $16 depending on where you go. 
  • You will discover that it’s encouraged to eat dinner alone at your favorite restaurant with a glass of red wine and your favorite book. 
  • You will understand why people go grocery shopping a couple times a week because who can carry all those groceries back to your apartment or who wants to experience the not so fun moment when your heavy grocery bag rips on your walk back. 
  • You will realize that getting your 10,000 steps a day in the city isn’t hard.  
  • You will admire everyone’s fashion and then feel like your style is garbage.  
  • You will lose your subway card. After all it’s a little piece of paper that can easily be misplaced.  I have lost two already. 
  • You will feel a great rage towards slow walkers or people who don’t look up from their phones when walking. 
  • You will learn that NYC drivers are crazy and will run you over. 
  • You will discover that the two best times of the year in the city is Christmas time and the summer. 
  • You will feel overwhelmed with all the things to do in the city, and then feel guilty when you sleep the day away. 
  • You will notice that bars and clubs seem to never close and wish you had that energy to stay out all night. 
  • You will find yourself even on bad days smiling at the talented performers who enter your subway car and provide a little entertainment. 
  • You will see that any day in winter that is above 40 degrees and everyone will be outside. 
  • You will experience the intense heat underground while waiting for the subway on a 100 degree summer day. 
  • You will see countless of cute doggies and wonder why you don’t have a dog. 
  • You will learn that the bodega on the corner will see you at your best and worst. 
  • You will understand that there’s no deeper rage you will feel than when the subway driver sees you running for the subway but closes the doors on you and drives away. 
  • You will want to avoid Times Square at all cost. 
  • You will make friends with people of all ages and backgrounds 
  • You will realize when you go back to visit the suburbs you will find the darkness and silence scary. 
  • You will learn that anything under 30 mins walking distance doesn’t require a subway or taxi. 
  • Every day you will find a new street, new area, new store, new restaurant, and new everything that excites you. 
  • Every day you will thank your blessings for making the city that people travel all over the world to visit your home 
  • Every day you will thank New York for all the new people and experiences you encounter all as a result of your new living arrangement. 
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Razzle Dazzle

If there’s any night to dress to impress, it’s New Year’s Eve, because there’s no better way to ring in a new year than wearing your best party outfit. 

My New Year’s Eve plans are quite different this year by just going to a house party instead of some NYC club, like I did last year, but I still might wear this metallic jumpsuit because I love it so much.  Plus, there are worse things in life than being the most overdressed party guest.

But, have no fear, if I don’t decide to wear this number on Monday night, I already got great use out of it when I was in London for my company’s extravagant holiday party. You should have heard all of  the compliments I received on this shiny, metallic jumpsuit. 

So, keep on scrolling for a little New Year’s Eve fashion inspiration, as well as an outfit idea for those days and nights beside New Year’s Eve when you want to be extra glamorous. 

Naturally, before my two week adventure in London, I did some shopping, and stumbled across the store Francesca’s, which is my favorite boutique for trendy jewelry and fun accessories. While browsing the store, I was impressed with the selection of party outfits for the holiday season. Immediately, my eyes were drawn to this jumpsuit, not only because we all know my love for jumpsuits, but also because of the shiny, metallic color.  I knew this piece would be a big hit for my holiday party and New Year’s Eve.

Since, my jumpsuit is sleeveless and unfortunately during this time of year you can’t get away without some sort of outer layer, I chose to wear this jumpsuit with a black, fringe shawl. I believe this shawl is from Lord and Taylor’s, but it’s my mom’s so I’ll have to ask her exactly where she got it. But for my holiday party, I paired this jumpsuit with a leather jacket, which looked just as nice. To be honest, I should have worn my leather jacket for this photoshoot because not sure if you can tell through my smiles, but I was freezing my butt off.

For accessories, I kept it pretty simple (well if you count those silver dangling statement earrings from Express simple) because this shimmery jumpsuit is obviously the center of attention.  As for my necklace, shoutout to my boyfriend for gifting me this beautiful silver delicate necklace. And then for my silver bangle shoutout to my mom for letting me wear it for this post, I’ll have to double check where the bracelet is from. 

Not only did my company fly us all out to London for its holiday party, but they also gifted me this stylish, snake skin like heeled booties. I believe they are from ASOS or some sort of London boutique I need to know the name of because I want to buy everything from that store. 

Well, that wraps up another style post, specifically my last style post of 2018. I hope everyone has a fun and safe New Year’s Eve, no matter what your plans may be. And here’s to another stylish and awesome 2019. Talk to you all next year. 

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Holiday Glam

Now that Thanksgiving is over, it’s time to trade the autumn decorations for all things Christmas and fully embrace the Christmas season (which I’m sure many of you have already done well before Thanksgiving).  This is my first holiday season living in New York City and the city sure knows how to celebrate.  This time of the year is so magical with the streets filled with Christmas lights, the restaurants all decorated, and on every street corner you can find Christmas trees being sold.  Although, a full sized Christmas tree wouldn’t fit in my tiny studio apartment, I still improvised and got my space ready for Christmas.  Every aspect of my life is decked out for the holidays so of course my outfits have to be too, which is the main focus of today’s post.  Keep on scrolling to read all about my holiday glam style.

I’ve always wanted a plaid skirt but going to private school all my life and having to wear a uniform everyday consisting of a plaid skirt has really negatively impacted my thoughts on this print.  But this season, I was determined to get over my disdain for plaid and thanks to this beautiful skirt from Zara I did.  This plaid skirt is nothing like all the uniform skirts I’ve worn throughout the years.  Instead, it features a pretty, winter themed color palette and this asymmetrical ruffle detail.

No way did my school uniform ever consist of a leather jacket, a silver jacket to be precise, so this piece totally made me feel like I wasn’t wearing a school uniform but an edgy, glam look.  This metallic jacket from Forever 21 has been getting tons of use throughout the years because it certainly spices up any look.

To make this look cold weather appropriate I’m just wearing a pair of classic black tights, but for shoes I went all out by wearing black stilettos.  The holiday time calls for some glam and it’s fun to ditch your usual black booties for a pair of heels.  I’m pleasantly surprised how comfortable these shoes are and how stylish they can be, especially with the silver accents.  I can’t believe I found these heels at Payless for an incredible price.

So for jewelry, I’m wearing my statement earrings from H&M.  Can you believe I got these chic face earrings in the Halloween section?  Nothing spooky about these cool earrings.  Also, since I shot my Thanksgiving outfit (see here) the same day I shot this outfit, I  forgot to take off my choker.  It works with this look but I probably wouldn’t wear it again with this outfit, but oh well.

Although, it took me all this time to start wearing plaid again, I personally feel there is no better pattern for the holidays than plaid.  I hope everyone is enjoying the holiday season and all the lovely things that come with it.  Let me know in the comments below what are some of your favorite things to do and wear during this time of year.

Jacket: Forever 21 (similar) (similar) | Skirt: Zara (similar) (similar) | Heels: PaylessEarrings: H&M (similar

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Be Thankful

Can someone please explain to me how it’s already Thanksgiving? I swear it was July yesterday.  I can’t believe another holiday season has begun.  Although, I am not the biggest fan of Thanksgiving food, I love what the holiday symbolizes, the start of the countdown to Christmas and most importantly giving thanks for all the wonderful people and things in your life.  This year, like in every year past I will be heading back home from the city to Connecticut and celebrate at my aunt’s house surrounded by my family and lots of wine to get through all the family time (LOL).  Thank gosh, this year is the first holiday season where I actually have a boyfriend, so those annoying questions about why I’m still single will not take place.  Anyway, I wanted to use today’s post to wish everyone a Happy Thanksgiving, as well as show another fall inspired look, I most likely will be wearing on turkey day. 

This kimono from Zara has been worn over and over during the summer months and now is easily being transitioned into my fall and winter wardrobe.  I love the beautiful embroidery and the deep red, yellow, and green colors is the perfect color palette for Thanksgiving Day.  Plus, the fringe totally creates a boho vibe.  With a kimono like this, all you need to wear is some sort of basic tank top underneath, so of course I’m just wearing my favorite black tank from Zara.

For the longest time, I’ve always wanted a tan colored suede skirt in my closet, so I’m really pleased with one of my recent finds at Old Navy. This suede skirt is a fall and winter staple because with a pair of tights and pretty much any type of blouse or sweater, you have a stylish outfit.  I think that my kimono really pops against the color of my skirt. 

My shoes were totally an impulse buy 2 weeks ago, but to be honest most of my fashion purchases are impulse buys, but I’m loving these black heeled boots from H&M. They are so versatile, so be prepared to see them in tons of upcoming style posts. 

Finally, I had to finish off my look with this black choker with hints of gold sparkle. And now my outfit is complete. 

I hope everyone has a wonderful Thanksgiving. Let me know in the comments below how you celebrate the day and what will be your go to Thanksgiving outfit. Talk soon!

Kimono: Zara (similar) | Skirt: Old Navy | Boots: H&M | Necklace: H&M (similar) 

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Kimono Krazy

Here on my blog, I have talked about being guilty of having multiples of similar clothing items in my closet.  For me those pieces consist of all things camo print, countless number of denim jackets, and more recently kimonos.  I’m currently looking at my wardrobe and nothing is more satisfying than seeing all my beautiful kimonos lined up perfectly next to each other.  Each one of my kimonos are from different stores, with varying colors, textures, and patterns, but all are used to complete any outfit.  Keep on scrolling to see how I style one of my most unique and loved kimonos.

Like I mentioned in my previous post, I do love fall fashion, but I am not ready to say goodbye to summer just yet, which is why this look leans more summer.  What can I say, I’m just trying to stretch my summer wardrobe a little bit longer before I have to start trading my bare legs for tights and sandals for boots.

The star of this look is obviously this multicolored, paisley/geometric like patterned kimono.  It’s crazy to think I purchased this eye-catching kimono from Nordstrom Rack years ago and didn’t really start wearing it until this year.  Now, I can’t stop pairing this kimono with all things denim because I believe the beautiful moss color and warm tones look great with blue jeans or in this case a denim skirt.

Another item that has been on repeat this summer has been my denim skirt from Zara.  I am obsessed with the fit and all those buttons.  Hands down, this is my favorite way to style this skirt, with just a simple cream colored tank also from Zara and then some sort of kimono.

Although, my kimono has such a bold print, there is still room for accessorizing and today I am wearing this super cool, seashell, double chained necklace from the Etsy shop, LivingEarthy. The stunning colors of the seashell matches perfectly with all the colors in the kimono.  I highly recommend checking out LivingEarthy on Etsy for a selection of naturally beautiful jewelry items.

You can easily wear this outfit with booties for the colder fall like days, but for now, I will continue to wear my medium brown strappy wedges from Old Navy.  I strongly believe that everyone should have a neutral colored wedge like these in their closet.

Of course, you can’t forget shades, so I just threw on my brown tortoise shell square sunglasses by the brand Steve Madden.  And now my outfit is complete.

Is anyone else obsessed with kimonos like I am?  Let me know what are some of your favorite kimonos and how you style them.  Talk to you all in my next post!

 

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Summer Stripes

If you slide open my closet door, one would instantly be able to tell my obsession with jumpsuits has spiraled out of control (if it wasn’t clear on my Instagram too).  Jumpsuits are my summer go-to and I have a feeling that because of the long pants, they will be transitioned into the autumn months with a light sweater or jacket.  Not so surprisingly, today’s post is all about my current favorite jumpsuit that recently was added to my collection, so keep on scrolling to see how I style yet another jumpsuit.

If there is one store that feeds my jumpsuit obsession and in general my clothing obsession it’s Marshalls. You can find everything and anything in that store.  On my recent trip to Marshalls I somehow stumbled into the junior’s section and my eyes were immediately drawn to this striped pattern jumpsuit.  It’s crazy to think that I am starting to have more striped pattern clothing in my closet than I do floral pattern items.  I think the key to wearing stripes, well at least for me, is finding a dress, shirt, pants, or in this case a jumpsuit with a mix of different sized stripes.  The mix of larger, smaller, thicker, and thinner stripes make this jumpsuit super flattering, as well as the different shades of blue and brown.


This jumpsuit has a few hidden details like the deep neckline, the belt around the waist, and this super high slit on the leg.  Usually most jumpsuits are long enough not to show one’s selection of shoes, with the slit it allows your shoes to peek through, so of course I am wearing my new black wedges with this gorgeous gold buckle detail, also from Marshalls.  I love how this jumpsuit features blue and brown colors because you can really accessorize with either gold or silver, which brings me to my next point…jewelry.

Today’s look made me realize I really should start wearing more bracelets because my arms are looking a bit bare, but oh well, I’d rather wear more necklaces than bracelets.  Since this outfit features a low neckline, I wanted to wear a choker (obviously) but also a longer necklace.  I settled on this simple black cord choker from Forever 21, and then this silver gemstone double necklace also from Forever 21.  Who cares if it looks like I am wearing 3 necklaces, my motto is when you can’t decide on one, you might as well wear them all.

That’s a wrap on yet another style post.  Next post won’t be featuring a jumpsuit, well I can’t make any promises, you would understand if you saw my closet.  If you are like me who can’t get enough of jumpsuits, check out another one of my style posts here.  Keep the conversation going in the comments below by telling me what has been your must-have/go-to item this summer. Talk soon!

 

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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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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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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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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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How To Use Your Beauty & Fashion To Celebrate Life

Beauty and fashion, from a critical and pessimistic perspective, could be considered as a waste of time.  Surely it’s just time spent in narcissism, painting our faces and wearing the best new clothes in an effort to look better than the next person?  Surely we have too high an opinion of ourselves to even begin in the first place, and this is emphasized in the fact that we continually spend our money to achieve such an aim?

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Not so.  In fact, what was mentioned above could not be more wrong.  Fashion and beauty are not silly or inconsequential things.  They can mean everything to the root of our lives, and can imbue us with meaning and positive feelings regarding our identity, our place in the world, our self-respect, and our ability to celebrate life.  Beauty is absolutely worthwhile in a range of different scenarios, and for a range of different reasons.  

Beauty & Fashion Are Seasonal

The only constant regarding beauty and fashion are that they continually change.  Trends arise almost as fast as they fall, and seasons bring with them entirely new wardrobes if we hope to stay updated.  Some might consider this a burden, but there’s almost no need for this to be considered the case.  How better to express the beauty of living in the moment and celebrating what’s here than to dress in accordance with the world around you?  Autumnal colors furthers that beauty of season when applied to your wardrobe. It shows that you care about the world around you, that you are connected with it.  Just like a mother placing Christmas decorations up during the festive period, adorning yourself with the fitting clothing is tantamount to celebrating the time you currently enjoy in all of its temperance.

It makes the world that little bit brighter.  It makes the season that little bit more comfortable.  It makes the temporal nature of the season a little more easy to enjoy and be part of, as opposed to worrying about what’s coming ahead.  This can seriously impact your positive emotion. For example, spring is now around the corner.  This can be a wonderful time to bring out the floral dresses, experiment with color and become the garden nymph you have felt like being since Christmas ended!

As we get older, the ability to play is often lost from us.  We do not dress up and play pretend as we did as children unless we enter an acting profession or go to a themed party.  While of course fashion and beauty is different and more refined than simply dressing up in a costume, the underpinnings of what make it so enjoyable are there.  Who doesn’t enjoy looking better, looking relevant and feeling updated?  This celebrates life to its core, and allows you to feel part of the times around you.  If you feel you need a major life upgrade, paying attention to your appearance can be a wonderful place to begin.

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Beauty & Fashion Are Experimental

To have fun with your appearance, sometimes you simply need to try and find an alternate means of expressing how you apply your beauty routine.  This could be as simple as a new personalized skin care routine to gain a new glow, or to try and wear colors you usually don’t.  If you’re not much of a dress person, wearing them could enhance your femininity and give you room to try something slightly out of your comfort zone.

The thing about beauty and fashion are that they influence our personality.  It’s likely you know this already. Dressing up and looking your best for a night on the town often feels like who you truly are, rather than wearing sweats and not showering for a full day while watching Netflix on your laptop. We all enjoy our comfort and indulgences, and of course we cannot afford to be made up at all hours of the day, but it’s likely you feel your absolute best and alive when you’re trying a new beautiful makeup line, or item of clothing.

Those critical of beauty interests often say that the people who indulge in it are often not confident when they can’t improve how they look.  From this they infer that it’s simply an exercise in masking insecurity. This couldn’t be further from the truth.  Someone who is able to express their inner beauty however they like will KNOW how beautiful they are.  Beauty is not an exercise in covering up, but enhancing our strengths.  It’s paying respect to the best parts of ourselves, parts that can often go ignored when we fail to express and enjoy them.

If you feel as though your beauty and fashion regime is starting to become a little stale, switch things up!  Go for a makeover or try a completely new lip kit.  Experimenting could potentially gift you a beautiful new style you adore, one which truly makes you feel like you.  So why not get started, because who cares what the critics or anyone else says?

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Beauty & Fashion Is Individual

There’s no better way to celebrate your individuality than to express it through beauty and clothing. People who criticize our wonderful hobby often think that what fashion you wear is inconsequential. Of course, you should never be tied to wearing ‘a certain style’ or ‘a certain designer brand’ or even designer wear at all, but you should understand that great fashion and beauty is an extension of you. It brings with it an extension of your identity, something which expresses your personality in every color and ruffle of fabric.  This doesn’t mean you should ever be overbearing about looking ‘perfect,’ instead you should feel free in the creative potential afforded to you.

There is simply no better way to feel and look great, celebrate yourself, practice self-respect, feel confident, understand your worth and generally enjoy your overall life more than grooming and honoring yourself with a look that makes you feel like you. Wether this is through wearing all black, simply rose tinting your cheeks or fully painting yourself into a beautiful new person, whatever makes you happy should be celebrated more than denigrated.  Making yourself look good often shows emotional health. It shows you’re open to positivity, happiness, social discourse and enjoying the things that come your way.  It shows you’re connected socially, whether you hope to attract that man or woman you’ve had your eye on for some time, or simply to look fantastic among your friends while elevating each other’s confidence.

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Don’t Sweat It

The only way that any of the previous advice can work and work well for you is to make sure you enjoy it. When you feel chained to looking good, it loses its excitement.  You do not need to look your best every day, or every week for that matter.  You only need to look good when it suits you, when feeling that way would lift your spirits, make you more confident, and help you feel secure in yourself. If you wear clothes for the sizing, the beauty, the craftsmanship of the fabrics and the way whole outfits can serve as expressions and even artistic statements, then you have a healthy attitude to this.  Don’t sweat the small stuff, and just wear what makes you happy and confident.

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With all of this applied to your general attitude around looking great, you can be sure to have a healthy hobby in fashion and beauty.

 

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Pearls & Denim

In the fashion world, denim and pearls are the hottest combo right now.  Just think of denim and pearls as your next peanut butter and jelly, oil and vinegar, tomato soup and grilled cheese, and so on.  Insert whatever food combo or combo in general that goes great together to understand the point I am trying to make, denim and pearls are the next big thing.  Now a days, you can find this stylish combo on a jacket, blouse, or pair of jeans and in today’s post it’s all about my pearl studded denim jacket.

Before, I get into the whole point of this post, which is my pearl embellished jean jacket, I have to give my metallic silver flared pants from Zara some love.  I mean how great are these pants? I love the flared, palazzo like fit.  Plus, the metallic, shiny color makes a statement for sure.  The best part about these pants is you can either dress them up or down. When I want to achieve more of a dressier look, I usually pair these trousers with a blazer, but today for my more dressed down look, it’s all about the denim jacket.

These fun pants, also features this “garbage bag waist,” hard to explain the origin on this style, but just looking at how the waist ties, you will get it.  Anyway, I decided to show off the waist by just wearing a simple, fitted white tank top from Zara.  We all know how much I love these tank tops, especially for layering.

So, for the moment you been waiting for…my denim jacket.  I purchased this bad boy months ago at Marshalls.  The jacket is by the brand Honey Punch and features this gorgeous pearl studding throughout the jacket.  It’s something about the feminine pearl embellishment attached to distressed denim that makes it super eye catching and trendy. Plus, I love the way the white pearls and denim color looks paired against my silver pants.

As for shoes, I am still trying to find the best types of shoes to pair with palazzo pants and when it comes to these pants, I love wearing my black flats with the buckle and stud details by the brand Dolce Vita.  These flats are perfect when you are looking to add a little edge to any outfit.

It’s funny how only a few pieces (in this case only an embellished denim jacket, metallic pants, and studded flats) can make you feel like a million bucks.  Whenever I wear this outfit, I feel super fancy. Cue the phrase “you fancy, huh?”  And my response to that is yes in this outfit, you better believe it.  Talk to you all in my next post!

 

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Sparkle On

Although the holidays have quickly come and gone, Christmas decorations are slowly coming down, Santa has already slid down our chimneys (well only if you were good this year), but it doesn’t mean its time to put away the glitz and glam just yet.  In my fashion rule book, sparkles can be worn any day, any time, and any season.  I love finding subtle ways to incorporate some shine and sparkle into any outfit and today’s outfit perfectly achieves that look.  So keep on scrolling to see how I’m leaving a little sparkle behind everywhere I go.

I feel like I have talked up all the glitter and sparkle in today’s outfit, but really the sparkle is just coming from my H&M sweater, but this sweater has the right amount of twinkle.  Plus, this sweater is not itchy like other glitter sweaters I have worn in the past, which is very important because who wants to spend their whole day scratching an endless itch.   Also, I love the silver metallic shade of this sweater because it looks great paired with denim, which brings me to my next point.

What’s a Liv’s style post without a pair of Zara jeans?  So today I am wearing my distressed boyfriend jeans from Zara. I love adding loose fitting, relaxed denim to any outfit to dress it down.

Even though, the sweater certainly makes a statement on it’s own, I threw on my favorite black faux fur vest from Macy’s.  Especially, in the winter time you can never have enough layers.  Not to mention the faux fur and glitter combo looks amazing together, don’t you agree?

My hunt for the perfect pair of black booties concluded after finding these sparkly star printed Kenneth Cole booties at Marshalls.  Although, my hunt might begin again because I’ve been wearing this booties non stop, I think I am going to have to replace them soon.

For jewelry, I am just wearing my go-to silver spiked pendant necklace from Forever 21.  Now that I think of it, I wore this necklace with another faux fur vest outfit here.  What can I say when I like something I wear it constantly, just like this outfit.

Forget the phrase keep calm and carry on, now it’s all about keep calm and sparkle on.   And with a new year quickly approaching, there is no better time to wear some sparkles.

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