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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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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College Fashion Week

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

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

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

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

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

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

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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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Sizzlin’ Summer (Dress) + Link Up

What’s summer without a collection of your favorite summer dresses hanging in your closet?  In the fashion dictionary, a summer dress has no true definition.  A summer dress can be pretty much anything you want.  Long or short with patterns and texture like denim, lace, crochet, floral, gingham, geometric, and the list goes on.  Anyone can find their perfect summer dress.  A dress so light, so easy to style, but yet captures your true personality.

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I know two fabulous bloggers who really know how to rock summer dresses.  I am so excited to be part of Michelle (Michelle’s Pa(i)ge) and Ana’s (Northwest Blonde) weekly link up post.  Our last link up together was our post all about boho styles.  To refresh your memory click here and don’t forget to check out Michelle and Ana’s blog for more style inspiration.

Keep reading to see one of my many summer dresses that has been on repeat.

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So the star of this look is of course my summer dress.  I am obsessed with my new tie-dye dress from Zara.  I love the warm colors, resembling a desert scene.  And now with my blonde hair this has become my go-to color palette.

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I believe shirt dresses are meant to be belted to highlight your waist and give the dress more shape.  You can’t go wrong with a simple, skinny, brown braided belt from H&M.  In my opinion, even if you don’t think you need a belt in your wardrobe, everyone should have a brown and black belt for those fashion moments when you are looking for something to complete your outfit.

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Although this outfit is far from dull, I thought I needed to add something more to this look.  As I was going through my closet, I dug up this fringe scarf I bought at a local boutique.  It is one of those pieces I just had to buy in the moment, but sadly rarely wear it.  So I thought today was perfect to experiment with this fringe scarf and put it to good use.

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For shoes, I am breaking in my new strappy, wedges from Charlotte Russe.  Although uncomfortable the first time I wore them, I know I will be pairing these detailed wedges with many of my favorite summer looks.

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No outfit is complete without an elephant so I am wearing my new Hollis Hayes bracelet.  The coloring of the beads and charm perfectly matches my dress.  Check out more of their fabulous bracelets here.

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Lastly, what’s a summer look without your favorite pair of sunglasses?  So I am wearing my pink framed glasses from The Loft.

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So that concludes another summer style post and weekly link up post with Michelle and Ana.  To be honest, I can’t think of a good way to end this post without it sounding awkward, so I will just leave you with this.  Go ahead, go shopping for your perfect summer dress and don’t be afraid to put your favorite dress on repeat because that is what summer is all about.

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 Dress: Zara (SIMILAR)  | Scarf: Local Store (SIMILAR) (SIMILAR)  | Belt: H&M |  Shoes: Charlotte Russe | Sunglasses: The Loft (SIMILAR) (SIMILAR) (SIMILAR) | Bracelet: Hollis Hayes (SIMILAR) (SIMILAR)

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Finals Week Attire

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Alleluia!  Finals are over!  Yesterday I handed in my last final and officially completed my first semester of junior year.  Like always, the semester flew.  I can’t believe I only have three more semesters until graduation.  Such a scary thought.  My fall semester was very fun until you come back from Thanksgiving break and you realize you have three seven page papers due and two finals to take the following week. Luckily, I did survive and manage to complete all my assignments on time but I could not have done it without coffee and my Out of Print clothing.

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Since I spent most of my mornings, afternoons, and nights studying and writing essays, I kept my outfits simple and comfortable.  I didn’t want to completely abandon my love of looking stylish, but I didn’t always have time to plan outfits, so I stuck with the basics, like leggings, a sweatshirt, a vest, and slip on sneakers.

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Starting from the bottom with my new favorite shoes.  My shoes summed up my mood during finals week.  I was so over the early mornings writing essays and long nights studying.  I love these unique and sassy shoes from Circus by Sam Edelman.  Even better, I scored a great deal on these designer shoes on Black Friday.

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For my pants, I am just wearing basic black leggings from Cotton On.  Nothing to interesting, but I could not live without leggings.

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No surprise here, but again I am wearing my Old Navy black puffer vest.  Since it has been a very warm December (I am not complaining) all I need is my fleece-lined vest to keep warm on the long walk to the library or campus coffee shop.

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Next, the main piece of my outfit is my sweatshirt from Out of Print.  Out of Print offers a variety of products, including t-shirts, sweatshirts, tote bags, pouches, mugs, and so on.  Best part is that when you buy one of their products, the company donates a book to a community in need and also supports authors, publishers, and artists to continue to be inspired and showcase their talent.  My Out of Print Library Stamp Sweatshirt is super soft and features a vintage library stamp-inspired pattern.  So unique! It is perfect for finals week because the sweatshirt is so comfortable and the pattern speaks to me, considering I spent many days and nights at the library.

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For accessories, my tote bag brings back some childhood memories.  I loved reading The Very Hungry Caterpillar.  Such a classic!  Of course, I am in love with my Out of Print tote bag that features the cover of my favorite childhood book.  In my tote you can find my laptop and all my notebooks and textbooks needed to ace my finals.  Also tucked in my tote bag is my pencil pouch which also came from Out of Print. My Composition Notebook Pouch holds all my pens and highlighters, and perfectly matches the book theme.

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Now that finals are over, I look forward to the holidays, relaxing at home, and posting more and more on the blog.  Let the blogger brainstorm session begin, which means if you have any ideas let me know in the comments below.  Talk to you all soon!

Sweatshirt: Out of Print | Vest: Old Navy | Leggings: Cotton On (SIMILAR)  | Shoes: Sam Edelman | Tote: Out of Print

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Poncho Season

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Hooray for the poncho trend, which comes in handy for those crisp, fall mornings when you just feel like showing up to class wrapped in a warm comfy blanket. A poncho is basically a warm piece of fabric that drapes across your body. It’s hard to find something more comfy, cozy, and stylish than a poncho. It’s so easy to style your poncho with jeans or leggings, a simple long-sleeve shirt, boots, and minimal jewelry. You’ll look like you’re walking down the runway, when in reality you did not want to leave your bed that morning.

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The poncho featured in today’s post is from Forever 21. I love the tribal design and all the deep red, orange, gray, and navy shades. This poncho features all the colors of fall, making it a great piece to wear for the upcoming Thanksgiving holiday. If you are looking for a poncho to wear for Thanksgiving, try Forever 21. They have a huge variety of colors and designs. The best thing about ponchos is the loose fit, so go ahead indulge in that extra slice of pumpkin pie.

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Since my poncho flows over most of my body, I decided to wear a basic black long-sleeve shirt from Old Navy. Most of the time, your shirt is hidden behind your poncho, so keep it basic. Speaking of keeping it basic, my pair of simple black leggings from Madewell complete the comfy, cozy style I was going for today.

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For jewelry, I am featuring my new elephant necklace from Apricot Lane. Nothing is better than wearing an elephant around your neck for some extra strength and fortune throughout the day.

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Nothing completes a fall look without a pair of boots. I found these taupe colored suede booties by Steve Madden in the back of my closet. I must have bought them at the end of the fall season last year and totally forgot about them. I love the detail on the back, so unexpected and eye-catching. Can’t wait to wear them with many more fall outfits.

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The poncho is a different take on your typical fall sweater. I have two ponchos in my wardrobe, but my collection is growing. Continue the discussion below, telling me if you are on board with the poncho trend. I would love to hear your thoughts! Until next time…

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Poncho: Forever 21 (SIMILAR) | Shirt: Old Navy | Leggings: Cotton On (SIMILAR)  | Shoes:  Steve Madden (SIMILAR) | Necklace: Apricot Lane (SIMILAR) (SIMILAR) (SIMILAR)

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On Repeat

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Nothing is better than escaping college life by getting in the car, going off campus, and doing some shopping, even if it is by yourself. A few days ago I found out that retail therapy does exist. I was feeling a little down, and decided to pick myself up with something I love to do and that something is shopping. I was pretty bummed that nobody was around to go on a shopping trip with me, but what I found is that a little me time is just what I needed to overcome my blues.

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On another note, it has been such a warm fall in New England. I am so scared that by pointing this out, I’ll jinx the weather and tomorrow there will be a snow storm. But, I am enjoying this “Indian Summer” because I get to wear a typical fall outfit, jeans, sweater, and boots without shivering. Like I always say fall fashion is the best fashion.

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Today’s outfit features two new pieces from my latest shopping trip. I like to call the “sweater” I am wearing, a scarf with sleeves. Just imagine your favorite scarf with sleeves draped over your body. I found this unique piece at Apricot Lane. I love the deep emerald and burgundy colors, as well as the fringe detailing at the bottom. To let the shawl be the focal point, a white t-shirt or long-sleeve shirt is all you need to wear underneath.

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A spontaneous trip to Old Navy left me with a shopping bag full of new items which included two vests (I feature one here) and a pair of jeans. Their Rockstar High Rise Skinny Jeans have become my favorite jean because of their comfortable fit. I also love the distressed detail because who doesn’t love holes in their jeans?

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To bring out more of the rich shades of fall, I am wearing my purple amethyst gem stone necklace from H&M. My philosophy is the more color the better.

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For shoes, last year’s Burlington Coat Factory studded booties have been my go-to. They are falling apart, but I refuse to retire these shoes. I am in dire need of a new pair of booties. Any suggestions?

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That’s it for today’s post. Like the title above says, my jeans and shawl have been on repeat. Whether worn together or with different pieces from my wardrobe, they certainly have made a statement this fall. Share with me in the comments below your fall outfit that has been on repeat?

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Autumn Days Are Here Again

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From bright green leaves to rich red leaves, from hot, humid days to crisp, chilly afternoons, from lightweight dresses to chunky sweaters, from strappy sandals to knee high boots… autumn days are here again.

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Hands down, autumn is my favorite season. I love the changing leaves, the cool air, the pumpkin spice lattes, and of course the fall fashion.  One thing that I don’t love about the month of October, the heart of the fall season, is midterms, which is why I have been so absent from my site.  Once October hits, I spend the majority of my days and nights writing essays and studying for midterm exams.  This leaves me little to no time to explore, take photos, and upload to my blog.  Luckily, the next few weeks of the semester are not as hectic. Well at least I hope.  So more blog posts are coming your way.

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Lately, my fall wardrobe has been looking like this: jeans, sweater, vest, and boots.  Can’t go wrong with that combination.  My cropped sweater is from H&M. I love everything about this sweater, especially the deep green color, the high neck, and the length.  Turtlenecks and high necks are so “hot” for the fall season.  Although this sweater is super warm, I decided to add more layers for those cool mornings when I am walking to my early classes. I used to hate vests because I found them pointless without sleeves, but I must have turned over a new leaf (no pun intended) because I am obsessed with vests.  My black, puffer vest from Old Navy is the perfect addition to any outfit.  The best thing about this vest is that it is lined with fleece making it a great transition piece for fall.  My favorite pair of Madewell skinny jeans completes this fall look.  As for accessories, I decided to wear a long, triangular shaped necklace from Forever 21.  A little extra bling didn’t hurt anyone.

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I saved the best for last…my shoes.  These 1964 Premium Wedge Boot from Sorel is everything I look for in a shoe…style, comfort, and a little height.  These Sorel boots are the perfect combination of leather and canvas and are waterproof for those unexpected fall showers or even worse, those early snow flurries.  I love the black, tan, navy, and green colors featured, hence why I wore a green sweater to bring out the color of my laces. Lately, I cannot style an outfit without incorporating my Sorel boots because they are best for autumn days.

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I hope everyone is enjoying the fall season.  Tis’ the season to jump in a pile of leaves, carve a pumpkin, go apple picking, but no matter what you do, enjoy the autumn days because before you know it winter will be here, and that’s my least favorite season.

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Sweater: H&M (SIMILAR) (SIMILAR) | Vest: Old Navy | Jeans: Madewell | Boots: Sorel |  Necklace:Forever 21 

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Welcome to Townhouse 71

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Block seven, house number one. This is where me and my three best friends will spend our junior year of college. These past few weeks have been filled with laughter, music blasting, some schoolwork being done, and of course decorating.

Since this was my third year moving onto campus, I was more excited than nervous. Every year it becomes easier and easier and I owe it all to Bed Bath& Beyond. Thanks to Bed Bath & Beyond’s college checklist college shopping was stress free and more fun this year.

The checklist had all the essentials from Twin XL sheets, stylish comforters, lamps, décor, dorm appropriate kitchen essentials, all making this year’s back to college shopping a little less overwhelming.

For the most part, my back to college shopping was done in one day with the help of their checklist and a personal shopper to guide me through the enormous back to school section at Bed Bath & Beyond.

         My friends and I are obsessed with our townhouse. Our Bed Bath & Beyond items really makes our place feel like home. We love our house so much that we want to share our house with the blogging world.

I was inspired to write this post after watching a rerun of MTV Cribs. So read this post, like you are watching an episode of MTV Cribs. It’s time to get started.

Welcome to our new home Townhouse 71 or we like to call it, Townhouse “Seventy Fun.” In today’s episode, I will be showcasing our fabulous kitchen, common area, and my bedroom. Follow me.

The four of us feel like grown-ups this year because now that we have a full kitchen we don’t have to rely on the cafeteria. Although, it is still early in the year, we have been experimenting with cooking different meals. By shopping at Bed Bath & Beyond, I was able to purchase all the kitchen essentials to cook or bake anything. My Rubbermaid® Flex & Seal 26 piece storage set has come in handy to keep food fresh and store any leftovers. The best thing about living close to home is having my mom bring up some of my favorite home cooked meals. I can rely on my tupperware to hold all my yummy food. Best part is that this set includes lids that snap together with the container so you can neatly organize your tupperware and always find what you are looking for. My Wilton® Round Cake Pan and Cookie Sheets have been used every night. They can be used to cook pretty much ANYTHING, like baked chicken, fish, French fries, cookies, and so on. They have a nonstick finish and are good quality, so I am certain they will last all year. It’s the little things we almost forgot to buy, like serving spoons, spatulas, soup ladles, and other kitchen utensils. The 7-piece kitchen utensil set from Bed Bath & Beyond includes all the kitchen essentials we need to cook up some gourmet meals.

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Our common area is where the four of us will spend countless hours hanging out, watching television, and acting like goofballs. It is also the area we like to spend time with our friends and take a break from the stress of college. Easily, the common room is my favorite area of the house. It is the best decorated room, all thanks to Bed Bath & Beyond. Our Folding Club Chair is super soft and comfy. Whenever we have friends over, you can find our friends chilling in this chair. It’s a great addition to the room and provides extra seating. The basic black color goes with our room décor and I believe the chair makes our room more “homey.”

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For extra storage and our TV stand, we use the Real Simple® 9-cube storage unit. The basic white color allows us to decorate with pattern cloth bins for storage. We keep everything in this storage unit, such as computer chargers, board games, coloring books, and so on; the perfect item to reduce clutter.

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My roommates and I are constantly on the go. We all have busy schedules and sometimes it’s hard to keep track of everything. Our Wallpops® Peel and Stick Dry Erase Dot Decal is where we leave each other notes, post our schedules, inspiring quotes, and other important info. We decided to go with red for a pop of color in the common room.

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My roommates and I have been friends for three years, so of course we have tons of memories and what better way to remember all our crazy times than with photos. I love the Umbra® Hangit Photo Display which displays all our photos on a giant clothesline display. It brightens up the room and is a convo starter. We always find ourselves looking at the photos and saying remember when…

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Last but not least is my bedroom. I hardly spend anytime in my bedroom. For me it’s only a place to sleep, but that doesn’t mean that it should not be well decorated. The favorite part of my room has to be my multi-colored floral printed comforter. My Fanfare® 4-piece comforter set makes a statement on my side of my room. It is so vibrant and eye-catching. Certainly, the turquoise, coral, and purple colors brighten up my room. When I need to take a break and relax, I always count on my faux suede backrest. It is the perfect addition to my bed and the coral color perfectly matches.

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Next to my bed, you will find a Way Basics® White Quad decorated with turquoise cloth bins. This storage unit acts as my bed stand and the place where I store all the essentials, like school supplies, medicine, lotion, mouthwash, nail polish remover, and so much more.

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Like I mentioned above, I love photos because they are the best way to relive memories, so of course I had to include one of the Umbra® Hangit Photo Displays in my room. I’m still in shock with how many photos this piece can hold. Just being in school for a couple weeks now, my roommates and me have taken tons of photos so I can’t wait to add more recent photos to my display.

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Although my laundry basket is tucked away in the closet of our bathroom, I still wanted a laundry basket to match my color scheme. I hate doing laundry, but this coral colored pop up mesh laundry basket makes the chore of doing laundry a little better.

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Below you will find a few more photos of my favorite items found around our house.

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So this concludes another episode of my version of MTV Cribs college edition. Townhouse 71 is my home away from home. I wouldn’t want to spend my junior year any other way. I am so thankful to be living with my three best friends in a beautiful townhouse decorated by Bed Bath & Beyond. So far, junior year is off to a great start, but many adventures still await.

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Back 2 School

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Who knew that three words could cause so much anxiety…back to school. Although summer has not officially ended on the calendar, my summer ended when I walked into my first class.

From elementary school to middle school to high school and now college, I always experience back to school jitters, especially the night before classes start.

College is a different experience because I find you don’t need many school supplies. In elementary school you needed markers, crayons, glue sticks, and much more. In high school you needed a binder and notebook for every subject. Luckily, I only take five classes in college and most of them allow us to use our laptops for note taking. But, that doesn’t mean I don’t need any school supplies.

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I found all of my back to school essentials at Office Depot and OfficeMax stores and online at officedepot.com. Their brick-and-mortar store and online shop offered all the supplies I needed to gear up for my junior year of college. Office Depot and OfficeMax had a huge variety of supplies, allowing students to pick items that fit their styles and needs at prices they will love.

In this post, I am giving tips on how to stay organized and I’ll give you a peek at all my new school supplies with special thanks to Office Depot and OfficeMax. Although, the first week of classes proved that this semester would be challenging, I’m confident that my new school supplies will support a successful semester.

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Want to know a secret? Well it’s not really a secret because anyone who sees my handwritten notes will realize I have awful handwriting. There are only a few pens that make my handwriting more legible and those pens have to be rolling ball pens. I love the Pilot Precise Rolling Ball Pens and I knew Office Depot and OfficeMax would sell them for the best price. I love using colorful pens when taking notes because colorful pens allow me to organize my notes better and I find myself remembering more of the information when my notes are vibrant and colorful. These Pilot rolling ball pens are not just colorful but they provide comfort for smooth and neat writing.

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         Of course blue and black ink pens are essentials for test taking or when your professor frowns on the use of colorful pens. Luckily, I found at Office Depot and OfficeMax a 12 pack of Bic Unique Soft Barrel and Grip retractable pens in black ink. The soft feel and comfortable grip will help me ace all my tests.

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I can’t live without highlighters. Highlighters are my go to supply when reading class materials and taking notes. I love the Office Depot brand highlighters because the colors are super bright and vibrant and 12 highlighters come in a pack, so I am set for the year. I’ll use these gorgeous florescent highlighters throughout the year to color coordinate my notes and pin point the most useful information in textbooks and print outs.

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Now that I am all set with writing instruments, I need something to write on. Once again, Office Depot and OfficeMax had me covered. This gold polka dot patterned Divoga college ruled notebook has become my everyday notebook for jotting down notes, reminders, and ideas for upcoming blog posts. I carry a notebook with me wherever I go because you never know when creative thoughts will spark. I love how lightweight this notebook is, so it can fit anywhere, whether in my backpack or purse.

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I get tons of handouts to read throughout the semester so I need a folder to organize all my papers and this stylish Divoga folder is perfect. I love the metallic gold print and how it compliments my notebook. You can see that I like to style to all aspects of my life, even my school supplies and you can’t beat the price of only $1 per folder.

I love to have a huge variety of pens and highlighters on hand and one of my pet peeves is is being disorganized. So, I am not that person that lets these pens just make their way haphazardly to the bottom of a school bag. Instead, I like to keep everything organized so I can easily find what I am looking for. I’m so happy I found this Divoga pencil pouch. Not only does it keep all my pens and highlighters neatly in one place, but again, the gold and mint color scheme perfectly matches my notebook and folders. This pencil case scores major style points for me.

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Although most classes have started for us students, if you are still looking for the trendiest backpacks, must-have tech items, and necessary school supplies all at low prices, look no further than Office Depot and OfficeMax. Let me know in the comments below what your must haves are for a successful school year? Good luck!

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

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