Pretty In Pastels

When life gets boring…add color. As much as I stick to my neutral colors, I can’t help but to incorporate more color into my looks especially when I have been bombarded with the signs of spring…warm weather, sunshine, and the abundance of flowers. After all, the right pop of color in any look makes for the perfect statement.

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Lately, I’ve been really getting into thrift shopping and hitting up consignment shops, instead of the usual Forever 21. Something about these types of stores really get me excited because you never know what treasures you will find. Not to mention the great discounts too. With that being said, I am so happy I found thredUP, a one-stop shopping website where you will find a variety of clothing, shoes, and accessories at amazing prices. Just think of thredUP as a consignment shop offering thousands of high-quality, like-new, clothing items. I’ll bet you couldn’t tell that the star of this outfit, my tie-dye sweatshirt is from the high-end brand Vintage Havana. I’ll also bet you couldn’t tell that I got this item for under $20. All thanks to thredUP.

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            This outfit of mine has been on repeat. I’m convinced my whole campus is starting to notice how much I have been wearing this outfit, especially the tie-dye sweatshirt. I can’t help it, this outfit is just so darn cute, colorful, and comfy (wow, anyone else pick up on that alliteration? I think all my learning about alliteration in my writing classes is really getting to my head). As mentioned above, my tie-dye sweatshirt is by Vintage Havana but luckily I scored a great deal on it from thredUP. To keep with the pastel color scheme, I am wearing my new light wash distressed skinny jeans from Zara. Nothing is better than a light wash pair of denim for the spring. For shoes, I chose to wear my must-have white slip on Converse. Skinny jeans and converse make for the perfect combo. To complete the look, of course I had to add an elephant pendant necklace. It is my staple.

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            I can’t forget to mention that spring is also the perfect time to do some spring-cleaning and go through your wardrobe to get rid of unwanted clothes. I have already started my spring-cleaning and realized how many clothes I just don’t wear anymore. So instead of them collecting dust in my closet, I decided to actually put them to good use and donate them to thredUP. Their talented team can choose the items to resell or to recycle. Not only does thredUP help you stay fashionable but they also help the community and environment. You can’t beat that.

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I hope I’ve motivated you to do get outside and be inspired by the season of spring, as well as do some spring cleaning to make room in your closet for new spring fashions.

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Sweatshirt: thredUP (SIMILAR) (SIMILAR) | Jeans: Zara (SIMILAR) (SIMILAR) (SIMILAR) | Shoes: Converse |Necklace: Forever 21  |

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

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Subtle Pops Of Color

Hello again.  So sorry for my absence on my blog.  For all of those who don’t know I decided to go blonde and I was to busy testing out the theory if blondes do have more fun.  Just kidding (well half kidding).  I did dye my hair blonde but I have been super busy with school work. Being a second semester junior is not easy.  But now I have more time for my blog and fun things, so I will get back to you on the theory if blondes do have more fun.

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I am so excited to show you another one of my favorite outfits, as well as debut my new blonde doo.  Now that the weather is changing, I am even more inspired to experiment with new clothing and trends, and of course go shopping.

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Today’s look is an outfit I would wear to class or wear for a night out. I love putting together outfits that can be worn in different scenarios.  I love the subtle pops of color in my outfit. After all, that is what the spring season is all about; driving or walking about and seeing random pops of colorful flowers blooming.

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            I am obsessing over my loose, flowing tunic from SHEIN.  I love the black and white mosaic pattern with subtle hints of blue.  Looking to revamp your spring wardrobe? Head over to SHEIN for high-quality, fashionable clothing. You will get lost on their website browsing the selection of tops, sweaters, dresses, rompers, shoes, accessories, and more.

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To compliment the black and white in my blouse, I decided to wear my new Zara skinny jeans. I love the fit of these jeans and the color of the denim is very unique.  Remember denim doesn’t just have to be shades of blue, so try experimenting with different colors.

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A huge shoe trend for Spring 2016 is oxford shoes.  I am slowly incorporating this trend into my look, but it is hard to get used to these oxford shoes because they remind me of the shoes I used to wear from elementary to high school with my school uniform.  I have to get over that association because these flats are super trendy.  I am wearing my charcoal color lace up oxford flats from DSW.  Oxford flats can be easily worn in the day and then transitioned to the evening.  They are fancier than just your basic pair of flats.

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For jewelry, I have added more color to my look by wearing a turquoise stone ring.  This ring is actually from my grandma, so it’s special, authentic, and vintage.  When I am in the mood to wear rings, my grandma’s pieces are my go-to.

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            It feels great to be back in the blogging world and to be a blonde blogger.  How do you all like my hair?  Hope you are all enjoying the first few weeks of spring.  Go outside, embrace the new season, and of course the new fashion trends.

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Tunic: SHEIN | Jeans: Zara (SIMILAR) (SIMILAR) (SIMILAR) | Shoes: DSW (SIMILAR) (SIMILAR) | Ring: Vintage (SIMILAR) (SIMILAR) |

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

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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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Key to Happiness

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We think of a key as an instrument of openings and closings. This small object, usually made of metal, can also symbolize mystery and curiosity. The key introduced in this post isn’t used to open my car, or my house, or any door for that matter, but instead it’s used to accessorize one of my favorite outfits.

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Recently, I connected with Deena Saracino, who created the brand La Cle (which means Key in French). I love supporting fellow entrepreneurs and La Cle’s motto “look good, feel good, and do good with one single piece of jewelry” is a powerful phrase that speaks volumes.

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         La Cle uses repurposed vintage keys, making each necklace unique. I chose a bronze key, not only because I love bronze jewelry but also because it signifies strength and energy. I wear this necklace every chance I get, not only because it’s a trendy piece but over time the color of your key fades, symbolizing the positive energy you absorb from the key.

For me, this necklace is not just a chain with a key; it represents strength and energy that I believe is the key to happiness (no pun intended).

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As for the rest of my outfit, my colorful embroidered fringed kimono is from LF. I rarely shop at this store because it is just way to expensive. And though I love their unique and trendy clothes, I can’t justify spending over $200 for one item. Maybe if I win the lottery I can stock my closet with LF, but for right now the only time I shop at LF is during their yearly sidewalk sales. Their sidewalk sales never fail to impress with dresses, sweaters, jeans, shorts, and kimonos all under $50. This fringed number caught my eye. I love trying out new styles and this kimono totally channeled my inner “wild child”.

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For this outfit all eyes are on my necklace and kimono. So I kept it simple with a black shift dress from Target. This dress has been getting a lot of use this summer because it’s so easy to style and looks great, especially with kimonos or statement necklaces.

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Finally, I found myself a pair of platform shoes. I have been eyeing a platform styled shoe for quite a while now, but didn’t want to spend big bucks on a pair of shoes I wasn’t sure if I could pull off the look. Luckily, during a recent trip to Target I found these platform inspired shoes on sale for only $12. The only good thing about the end of summer is the end of season clearance sections at most stores. These shoes totally added more of that free spirit style to my look.

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Since, I took these photos in the middle of the afternoon the summer sun was high in the sky, so of course I needed a pair of sunglasses. Today, I am featuring a new pair from The Loft that adds just the right pop of color.

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Back to the title of my post. What’s my key to happiness? For me, my key to happiness is the love and support from family and friends, my doggie Griffin, my blog, my love of fashion, and this fabulous necklace and kimono.

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Dress: Target (SIMILAR) (SIMILAR) | Kimono: LF (SIMILAR) (SIMILAR) | Shoes: Target (SIMILAR) (SIMILAR)  | Necklace: La Cle (SIMILAR) | Sunglasses: The Loft (SIMILAR)

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