Flannel Tuesday

Usually the expression is “Flannel Friday”, but I could not wait until Friday to upload this style post. It seems like time is flying by.  Thanksgiving, Black Friday, Cyber Monday came and went and now the holiday season is in full force.  Although this is suppose to be a joyful time, for us college students it is such a stressful time filled with final papers and finals exams, but I am trying my best to plan some fun Holiday posts (suggestions are much appreciated).

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Today’s outfit features my favorite flannel, lots of layers, and booties, which is the recipe for a perfect fall/winter outfit.  My oversized flannel shirt from Madewell is the perfect piece to have in your wardrobe this season.  The perfect plaid pattern and the oversized fit makes this flannel the best for layering.

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Speaking of layering, we have now entered the season (well at least on the East Coast) where you can’t go outside just wearing your favorite blouse.  In order to prevent freezing your butt off, one must layer, and I mean lots of layering.  My shearling vest not only keeps me cozy and warm, but this vest from Apricot Lane earned major style points especially when paired with flannel.  If you are looking to invest in one good piece this season, I highly recommend a shearling vest.  You won’t regret it!

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As for denim, I stuck to my favorite pair of distressed boyfriend jeans from Madewell.  I’m all about the relaxed denim fit this season because sometimes skinny jeans can just be annoying and uncomfortable, who else agrees?

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You should see my bootie collection, it is forever growing, but I’m not complaining because I have so many amazing boots to style.  Today, I am wearing my light taupe suede booties from Material Girl.  Such a simple bootie that goes with pretty much any outfit.

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Finally for accessories, I am wearing a choker from Forever 21.  It’s the type of necklace that goes so well with flannel and my vest.  Plus, you can never go wrong with a choker.

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Although, as I write this post it’s pouring rain outside, the last couple of days have been super sunny.  It seems like when we set the clocks back, the sun gets lower and lower, so a pair of sunglasses, like my pair from Forever 21, is a must especially in the later afternoon.

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Now that Thanksgiving is in the past, it seems like everyone has switched from a pumpkin spice mood to all things peppermint.  Tis the season for holiday fashion, shopping, gift giving, decorating and spreading that holiday cheer.  Hope everyone had a wonderful Thanksgiving and are enjoying the start of the holiday season.  Talk to you all soon!

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Jeans: Madewell (SIMILAR) (SIMILAR) (SIMILAR) |Flannel: Madewell  |Vest: Apricot Lane (SIMILAR) (SIMILAR) (SIMILAR) (SIMILAR) (SIMILAR) | Shoes: Material Girl (SIMILAR) (SIMILAR) (SIMILAR) | Necklace: Forever 21 (SIMILAR) (SIMILAR) (SIMILAR) | Sunglasses: Forever 21 (SIMILAR) (SIMILAR)

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The “It” Denim

While browsing one my favorite fashion blogs, Who What Wear, I stumbled across an interesting article about denim.  According to Who What Wear, on average, today’s woman owns seven pairs of jeans?  To an average person, 7 pairs of jeans sounds like a lot, but I’ll bet fashion bloggers and fashion lovers, like me can agree that we own more than 7 pairs of jeans.  I blame the changing trends each season.  Remember when skinny jeans were the huge trend, now it is all about flared jeans and relaxed fits.  Hence, why my denim collection has grown tremendously. In this style post, I’ll be showcasing one of my favorite pairs of jeans this season with a totally unique fit, blending the skinny, boot cut, and flared style.

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Meet the Cali Demi Boot by Madewell.  This fit features a high waisted design, for a lean and stylish look, as well as a mini-flare look at the bottom, to show off your favorite booties, heels, or flats.  For those who are not yet ready to abandon your skinny jeans and fully embrace the flared jean trend, the Cali Demi Boot is perfect for you because it has a slight flare, while keeping that skinny silhouette.  I love my pair of Cali Demi Boot jeans in this “off black” color (not a true black, but not as light as a gray).

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In my opinion, you can pair this “off black” shade with pretty much any color, but you can’t go wrong with a white blouse.  I chose to wear my white button up blouse with a beautiful, delicate embroidered detail by Fashion Mia.  Of course, I did my half tuck trick, to give more shape to this oversized blouse and highlight the jeans high waist.

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I felt my outfit was missing something so when in doubt a fringed vest will complete any outfit.  My suede vest is from Marshalls and the mossy green/gray color matches perfectly with the colors of the embroidered flowers on my blouse.

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When wearing these jeans, your shoe game has to be on point, so without a doubt I chose my booties from Charlotte Russe.  No one would ever guess that I got these booties for $6.  Gotta love a good shoe sale.

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Finally, what is an outfit without a choker?  Here I am wearing a simple choker from Forever 21.  If you are crazy obsessed with chokers, head over to Forever 21 to find endless amounts of inexpensive chokers.  A fashionista’s heaven!

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Denim is a huge staple in anyone’s wardrobe.  And now that there are more styles of jeans than ever, I find myself wanting more and more.  What are your thoughts on this season’s denim trends?  Where is the best place to find jeans?  What is your current “it” denim?  Continue the discussion below.  Love to hear from you all. See you next time!

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Jeans: Madewell | Blouse: Fashionmia  | Vest: Marshalls (SIMILAR) (SIMILAR) (SIMILAR) | Shoes: Charlotte Russe (SIMILAR) (SIMILAR) (SIMILAR) | Necklace: Forever (SIMILAR) (SIMILAR) (SIMILAR)

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

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Free Fallin

You know you aren’t ready for the cold weather just yet when you decide to wear tights with your dress and accidently rip them with your unfiled finger nail.  After creating a hole in my tights, I threw them out and threw my hands up and just said screw it, my pale legs can make one more appearance this fall season.  This fall season, especially in Connecticut, has been weird. One day its cold, another day its warm, or the mornings are freezing and by the afternoon I am shedding off all my layers.  But thank goodness today’s weather is suppose to be in the 60s, so my bare legs will survive.

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I think this might be one of the last days in the 60s, so I might as well wear one of my favorite fall dresses from Target.  How can you not be obsessed with this dress?  I love the rich, warm autumn colors and beautiful floral print.  This dress also includes two of this season’s popular trends, lace up and bell sleeves.  The lace up detail adds a little more detail to an ordinary floral print dress, and the sleeve is not just your normal straight sleeve, but has a little flair, puffing out more.  So I will be investing in a new pair of tights (several pairs because I can see the incident above happening again and again), so when the weather decides to stay cold, I can easily transition this dress for the chillier days and wear tights or leg warmers.

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Especially early in the morning, you can’t leave the house (or in my case my apartment) without some sort of sweater.  I found this rust colored cardigan at Target on the clearance rack for only $11.  It especially looks great paired against the warm colors of the dress, but It can also be worn with so many other things.

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For jewelry, I took somewhat of a risk.  I am not talking about my go-to choker from Francesca’s but my choice to wear a longer necklace even with the dress’s lace up detail.  I thought the long necklace would clash with the lace up detail, but to my surprise, my simple geometric long necklace from Forever 21 nicely balanced out the choker and lace up detail.

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If it were summer, I would easily wear a pair of sandals with this dress but because it’s fall, it’s time to embrace the best season of them all, booties season.  Who knew that when I bought these Rocket Dog booties years ago I’d now just be starting to wear them?  I am making up for lost time because I can’t stop wearing them because these basic brown bootie go with any outfit.

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Well that wraps up another Liv’s style post.  Here’s to more beautiful fall weather and tights that are rip free.  Let me know in the comments below how you style your favorite dress to make them more weather appropriate.

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Dress: Target |Cardigan: Target (SIMILAR) (SIMILAR) (SIMILAR) | Shoes: Rocket Dog (SIMILAR) (SIMILAR) (SIMILAR) | Necklace: Forever 21 + Francesca’s (SIMILAR) (SIMILAR)

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

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The Season For Bomber Jackets

         Happy November everyone! For some it is the time to start listening to Christmas music and getting into the holiday spirit.  But for me, I plan to enjoy the autumn days a little bit longer because the holiday season for me begins after Thanksgiving.  But go ahead, listen to your favorite holiday tunes non-stop or start decorating for the holidays, no judgment here.

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         Anyway, a huge trend this fall season and continuing into the winter is bomber jackets.  Every store you go to, you seem to find their take on the bomber jacket.  Some you can find in your favorite solid color, others in different prints and patterns, or some decorated with pins and patches.  The bomber jacket is the in thing this season; no wonder why my bomber jacket collection grows every week.

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         Today’s bomber jacket comes from the online store, Make Me Chic. On their site, you will find a huge selection of clothes and accessories following today’s hottest trends.  At Make Me Chic you are guaranteed customer satisfaction, the best prices, and one heck of an outfit.

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Of course, the floral print is always popular no matter what season it is and I am so happy my bomber jacket incorporates this fun, colorful print.  I have to admit, I wish my jacket was a little thicker to keep my warm when the colder days approach, but that’s ok, because fall and winter is all about layering.  I can easily make this bomber jacket weather friendly, by wearing a sweater underneath or my favorite scarf.

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         Under my jacket, I took the easy way out and just wore a simple white cami from Forever 21.  I know once it gets colder, I am going to have to switch to something a little warmer. I am currently on the hunt for a white or light colored bodysuit to wear with this jacket.  But until then this cami does the trick.

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         Although, I could see myself wearing this jacket with a pair of light-washed distressed boyfriend jeans, I decided to wear my favorite pair of high-waisted skinny jeans from Zara.  I love the deep green color of the jeans and really think the shade of these jeans makes all the colors on the jacket pop.

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         Notice the zipper on my jacket is a beautiful gold color, so to keep with this color scheme I decided to add my favorite layered gold necklace from Forever 21.  Layering delicate necklaces is so popular right now and the best part is that this necklace includes all the chains, so no need to put to much thought into it.

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         I’m aware it is November but I can’t seem to give up my strappy, open toe sandals by the brand Soda. In my opinion, they really aren’t sandals but cover my foot enough to almost look like a bootie.  So as long as the weather continues to cooperate, I’ll continue to wear these shoes.  They are totally in between a sandal and a bootie and complete any outfit.

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         Who else loves the bomber jacket trend?  I love it so much that down below I included some more of my favorite bomber jackets, ones I have or ones that are on my wish list.  Keep the bomber jacket discussion going down below by telling me how you style your bomber jacket.  See you all in my next post!img_3426

Jacket: Make Me Chic | Cami: Forever 21 | Jeans: Zara (SIMILAR) (SIMILAR) (SIMILAR) | Shoes: Soda (SIMILAR) (SIMILAR) (SIMILAR) | Necklace: Forever 21 (SIMILAR) (SIMILAR) (SIMILAR)

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

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Athleisure: The Secret to Comfy, College Girl Style

It wasn’t always socially acceptable to wear workout clothes in practically every setting.  Now that the athleisure trend has taken off, life is so much easier, for us college students.  With a packed class schedule and late night study sessions, you need a wardrobe that doesn’t add more work to your plate.  Athleisure outfits simplify things big time so you can focus your energy on getting that degree.  Check out these five athleisure items from Fabletics that will add ease and style to your semester.

1. The Lissette High Waist Legging 

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Who doesn’t love leggings? Comfortable, versatile, and flattering for any body type, they are the quintessential athleisure item.  They are casual enough to wear to class, perfect for a midday workout, and comfy enough to carry you through a late night study sesh.  The Lissette High Waist Leggings are perfect for fall and winter.  You can show off the high-waist with a crop top or keep it comfortable with an oversized sweater.  The compression fabric helps to keep everything in so you can go ahead and have that extra late-night snack with your friends.

2. The Perforated Cap 

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The rush to finish assignments, study for exams, and keep up with your social life does not leave time or energy to do (ahem—wash) your hair.  That’s where your trusted ball cap comes in.  Cover your bed head without looking like you’re trying to.  The Perforated Cap adds a pop of cobalt blue to your look that distracts from those up-all-night bags under your eyes while the breathable material keeps it comfortable.

3. The Yukon Dress 

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Just because you’re focused on grades doesn’t mean you can’t look cute and sexy.  But it’s also important to stay comfy!  With parties, club meetings, and tons of homework, you need as many multi-functional pieces in your wardrobe as possible.  Behold The Yukon Dress by Fabletics.  This sweatshirt-meets-miniskirt keeps you warm this fall in its signature athletic fleece.  This fabric is both warm and sturdy so it can survive wearing and washing it multiple times a week.  Two front pockets are convenient for storing an extra pen, bobby pins, or your cute classmate’s phone number— if you have time for that!

4. The Criss Cross Tote 

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College life is notorious for its all-nighters.  But every go-getter student knows it requires all-dayers too. You hit the library early in the morning for extra studying before the test, rock it in your classes all day long, and don’t get home until after your late night workout.  The Criss Cross tote has enough room for your books and laptop, plus it has an extra removable bag to keep all those little items at hand.  Store your phone, wallet, pens, and snacks in the cute red sack and easily zip it out and throw it in your going-out bag before you hit the town for some post-study partying.

5. The Pella Coat 

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An athlete-inspired jacket is the perfect finishing touch to your althleisure look.  From moto jackets to windbreakers to bombers, the new jackets by Fabletics are an affordable way to keep warm in style.  The Pella Coat has sophisticated faux leather detail and so many pockets you don’t even need a purse when you wear it.  Its super warm, water-resistant fabric will get you from class to class no matter what the weather and with its removable hood you can dress it up or down.

The Athleisure trend has been a lifesaver.  And thanks to Fabletics I have avoided many mornings rummaging through my closet trying to find something to wear.  Who else is on the Athleisure trend bandwagon? What are some of your pieces and styles? Continue the discussion down below. Talk to you all in my next post.

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Liv and Lauren’s Style: Her Campus College Fashion Week

Here it is…the long overdue outfit post from the Her Campus College Fashion Week show last weekend.  No need for a lengthy intro because you can read all about my College Fashion Week experience here.  This post is all about me and my friend Lauren’s fashionable looks for our night out in New York City.  Keep scrolling to see more pictures of the stylish, dynamic duo, Liv and Lauren.

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For my look, I was channeling my inner Kim K with a tight pencil skirt and body suit. Since it was a nighttime event, I chose dark colors and pops of sparkle.  My H&M pencil skirt had just the right amount of glam, especially with that slit down the side.

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My new obsession this season is bodysuits, they are so easy to wear and style.  I kept it simple with a black body suit from Forever 21.

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Since it was low cut, I wanted to accessorize to the max. I love my choker and necklace set from Apricot Lane, along with my silver coin earrings also from Apricot Lane.

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Finally, a big shout out to my amazing roommate Mckenzi for letting me borrow her black platform heels from H&M.  They totally completed my nighttime look.

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As for Lauren, she always dresses to the nines.  For the fashion show, she wore a velvet maxi dress from Zara and paired it with a denim jacket from Brandy Melville.

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Throughout the night, she wore her denim jacket draped across her shoulders for an effortlessly chic look.

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As for accessories, she of course wore her favorite choker from Brandy Melville and her oh so sexy strappy black heels by Steve Madden.  It’s safe to say that my best friend has style.

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You can tell by the two posts that the Her Campus fashion show was a HIT!  It was a chance for two best friends to enjoy each other’s company with a night out in the city, as well as to dress to impress and discover new and empowering fashion designers.

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Hope everyone is enjoying the beginning of the fall season.  Although first semester of senior year has been tough, trying to balance school work with a social life and a blog, the changing leaves and the cool, brisk air is inspiring me and my outfits, so keep your eyes open for new posts coming soon.

Liv’s Outfit:

Skirt: H&M (SIMILAR) | Bodysuit: Forever 21 (SIMILAR) (SIMILAR) (SIMILAR) | Shoes: H&M | Necklace: Apricot Lane (SIMILAR) (SIMILAR) | Earrings: Apricot Lane (SIMILAR)

Lauren’s Outfit: 

Dress: Zara (SIMILAR) (SIMILAR) | Jacket: Brandy Melville (SIMILAR) (SIMILAR) | Shoes: Steve Madden (SIMILAR) (SIMILAR) | Necklace: Brandy Melville (SIMILAR) (SIMILAR) (SIMILAR)

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

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Cool Girl Vibes

A brief break between classes calls for a short style post. It’s tough trying to be a full-time college student and blogger, but I wouldn’t change it for the world. Keep reading to see one of my favorite outfits that I have been wearing to class during the day and when I go out for some evening fun.

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Graphic tee, camo pants, Vans, and a choker is the recipe for a cool girl outfit. I keep going back and forth about today’s outfit. Not sure if it’s considered sporty or edgy? Or both? One thing I can agree on is that my outfit is super casual and trendy, featuring two popular trends for this fall, graphics and chokers.

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Every time I go into Target for just “one” thing, it turns into a shopping spree. On my last trip to Target, I found these high-waisted skinny jeans. Just like the floral print, the camo print never goes out of style.

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Usually I would have just paired my jeans with a simple white, black, or gray t-shirt, but I decided to add a graphic tee to add some more edge to my style and my StyleWe graphic t-shirt is perfect for this look. I love the asymmetrical style because some days I like to wear the shirt just how it is or some days I like to tie it and make it more cropped. Usually I save the crop style for the evening because with the high-waisted jeans it just works.

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When it’s not yet time to break out the boots, but you are so over wearing sandals, Vans are your go-to because no matter what the weather, Vans always complete an outfit.

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It seems like over the past year, the choker trend has exploded. The 90s grunge style is all the rage right now. I can’t complain because I love expanding my choker collection, especially with the one I am wearing today from Francesca’s. Don’t believe me that I have a choker obsession; just wait until my upcoming style posts where you won’t find me without a choker.

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You know that no LivForStyle outfit is complete without a pair of sunglasses, so of course I am wearing my favorite Steve Madden sunnies.

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On another note, so sorry for being MIA on my blog, but get very VERY excited because this girl has amazing content planned and exciting adventures to take you on. But in the meantime, I am very much active on Instagram so make sure you follow me on the ‘gram for the latest updates.

Although, I’ve been busy being a college senior, there has been lots going on in the fashion world, like New York Fashion Week and now London Fashion Week, so I would love to hear your thoughts on your favorite shows, looks, and any of your fall fashion must-haves. See you all in my next post!

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Jeans: Target (SIMILAR) (SIMILAR) (SIMILAR) (SIMILAR) | Top: StyleWe (SIMILAR) (SIMILAR) | Shoes: Vans | Necklace: Francesca’s (SIMILAR) (SIMILAR) (SIMILAR) (SIMILAR) (SIMILAR) | Sunglasses: Steve Madden (SIMILAR) (SIMILAR) (SIMILAR)

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

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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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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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Poncho: Lord and Taylor’s (SIMILAR) (SIMILAR) (SIMILAR)  | Shirt: Zara (SIMILAR) | Jeans: Just USA | Shoes: Sorel  | Necklace: Forever 21 (SIMILAR) (SIMILAR)

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My Hairstyle Through The Years

I was known as the little girl with the mushroom haircut.  Perfectly pin straight hair that reached just about to my ears.  For years, I rocked the mushroom cut but I no longer sport that style because thankfully I’ve been introduced to a blow dryer, a round brush, and volumizing hair products.  But these days, I still like my short hair, but that was not always the case.  Over the years I went from the mushroom cut, to long flowing hair, to taking a risk and cutting off 14 inches to a pixie cut, and now I’m somewhere in the middle sporting a bob.  It’s funny to think that my hair has a history of its own.  I’ve never been one to stick to one hairstyle because I get bored easily and like to switch it up.  After all, life is too short to be boring. So keep reading to see my hairstyle through the years.

Elementary School: Flashback to those days I would skip down the hallways with my short hair blowing in the wind while wearing my maroon plaid school uniform, which was practically down to my ankles.  Of course, nothing completed the look better than a white-collared shirt buttoned all the way to my chin (Ha Ha).  Up until the fourth grade, short hair and the oh so famous “mushroom cut” was all I knew. I don’t blame my parents for the style because who wanted to deal with the knotty hair of a child who liked to get into messy situations (yep, that was me).  Looking back at some of these photos, I have to admit that I rocked the mushroom cut.  It was cute, especially for a five year old.  Who would have thought that my mushroom cut would have inspired me down the road?

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Middle School: When I was in middle school no girl dared to have short hair.  It was all about long, stringy hair with a lot of dead ends from all the damage of running through it with the flat iron.  I was guilty of this and even though I have pin straight hair, I insisted on waking up a few minutes early every morning to crank-up the flat iron to 400 degrees and burn the heck out of my hair.  Middle school was all about fitting in, so long, straight hair was the only choice.  When I think back, long hair never really suited me. I always felt so plain, but even though it didn’t express my funky side, I still kept it as my style of choice.

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High School: You couldn’t pay me to go back to high school.  High school was just a drag.  It was all about who was popular, who was prettier, who had all the attention from the boys.  But I will say that is was during high school that I really began to discover who I am and what I wanted to be.  I discovered what my talents are and what drives me.  I wasn’t afraid to express myself or challenge the norm.  It was in high school that after mustering the courage, I cut off 14 inches of hair (well I didn’t cut it myself, I went to an awesome salon where I still get my hair done today).  I said to myself, “you know Liv it’s only hair. It will always grow back”.  Walking down the halls the next day at school was terrifying, but I began to notice how different I looked from the rest of the pack and that my short hair made me really me stand out in the crowd.  It made me feel unique and I began to feel really comfortable with the new look.  To my surprise, all of my classmates admired my bravery and my fashion-forward style.

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After a few months of sporting the long bob (lob) style, I spent one Friday night on Pinterest (obviously) looking for more short hairstyles.  I found a picture of Frankie Sandford, a member of the girl band The Saturday’s, and I immediately fell in love with her asymmetrical short doo.  It was razor shaved on one side and longer on the other.  I always wanted to try a pixie cut, so I thought this style would make for a perfect transition.  Again, to my surprise, all of my classmates loved it because the the super short side made the hairstyle edgy and chic.

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College: After graduating from high school, I have never felt so free.  I was starting a new school filled with new people, so of course I wanted a new hairstyle.  I finally was bold enough to get a pixie cut. After seeing pictures of Emma Watson and Halle Berry, I knew the pixie cut was just for me.  Again, going from the asymmetrical look to a pixie cut was not that big of a transition, but there were many days I wasn’t confident in the look the style conveyed.  But once I saw other celebrities take the risk and heard people compliment my fashion-forward doo, I knew it was worth it.  Some days I would blow dry my short layers for a softer look or other days I would use gobs of gel and spike my hair for a rock star look. After a couple of weeks experimenting with my new style, I started to love the versatility of the pixie cut. I didn’t miss the days of ponytails or having to remember to carry a hair tie with me and being in the minority on campus with a pixie cut, I felt pretty cool.

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Today: My hair has taken on a life of its own.  It is certainly longer than a pixie cut, not as long as a lob, and of course not nearly as long as my middle school hairstyle.  More than ever, people have been asking me if I am growing my hair out and thinking about going super long again.  It’s a tough question for which I really have no answer.  I like my look today.  It’s short enough to distinguish myself from the crowd, but a long enough if I want to experiment with a curling wand.  I’m not sure if I will ever grow out my hair really long.  I guess if I want to try a longer look again, I can always get extensions rather than waiting for my hair grow on its own.  For now, short hair is me.  Nothing is better than having to use only a pea sized amount of shampoo and conditioner, spending less than 5 minutes blow drying your hair, running your finger through your hair with volumizing gel and emphasizing those short layers.

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Right now, I am pleased with my hair length, but who knows what the future has in store.  I am always looking for ways to challenge my look and nothing is better than making a statement with your hair.  For those who are still hesitant about a dramatic change in hairstyle, be brave.  I guarantee after a few days of getting used to it you will completely fall in love with your new look.  I hope you enjoyed reading about my hairstyles through the years. Continue the discussion below.  I would love to read all about your hair.

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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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