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While browsing through the photos featured in today’s style post, I can’t help but think what a refreshing change it is to see my right ankle in a pair of style booties, instead of the ugly gray medical boot that is acting as a cast for my broken ankle.  For those of who don’t follow me on any sort of social media (you’re missing out) I broke my ankle last week when I was vacationing in the Hamptons.  Of course, LivForStyle put style ahead of comfort and decided to wear a pair of high heels with her outfit one night and completely rolled her ankle.  So for the past week, I have been wearing only one pair of sensible flat shoes on my left foot and on my right foot is the oh so beautiful walking boot.  Luckily, I have some photos taken from the week before I became immobile to remind myself that I will be back on my feet in no time.

Today’s look is one of my favorite summer looks because it incorporates my favorite trend this season, embroidered denim.  This outfit was packed in my suitcase to be worn when I was in the Hamptons, but unfortunately it stayed in the suitcase because I had to cut my trip short because of my ankle.  But luckily, my ankle has not stopped me from wearing this look that features this embroidered denim skirt from Zara.  Who else can’t get enough of the embroidery trend this season? From denim to dresses to accessories, embroidery is the best way to turn something ordinary into a little more eye-catching just like this denim skirt.  I love how the floral embroidered pattern is subtle and just appears on the side of the skirt, making it a perfect piece for any occasion.

I paired a simple, olive colored tank from Cotton On to bring out the green color of the stems in the floral detail on my denim skirt.  I highly recommend buying these type of effortless tanks in every color because they are perfect to pair with pants and skirts that want to be the center of attention.

Whenever I am just wearing a shirt or dress without a jean jacket, sweater, cardigan, or vest, I always feel like my outfit is not complete.  I was looking in my closet for some sort of sweater to pair with this look and decided to ditch my usual cream sweater and opt for this beautiful light-weight, lace cardigan, kimono, duster, or whatever you would like to call it, from Target.  The beautiful, ivory color looks great with the olive shade and denim.

I should have worn these neutral colored booties from Marshalls more on my Hamptons trip.  Maybe these shoes would have saved me from a broken ankle.  I love adding a pair of booties with a denim skirt for that western kind of look.  Plus the cut outs featured in these booties keep your feet cool and sweat free, especially on those hot and humid summer days.

It was a pleasant surprise to see that my favorite art festival arrived to town last week, so of course I was eager to see if the brand Omi by Lise was showcased, and to my surprise it was.  So naturally, I purchased another unique, hand-blown glass stone choker necklace.  I love how each stone is different and when the sun shines on it, the stone reflects a variety of colors.  I can’t wait to wear more of my Omi by Lise pieces in the future.

Well that wraps up another style post and a little update of my hot mess of a life.  Let me know what are some of your favorite trends you are loving this season and how you incorporate them into your looks.  Talk you all in my next post.

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Forever Florals

If someone asked me to describe one trend that never seems to go out of style, works for any season, and looks fabulous on everyone that would totally have to be floral prints.  Imagine going into a store or browsing through your favorite online shop and not seeing some sort of variation of the floral print?  The fashion world would be kind of boring without it, am I right?  You can find a floral print that works best for you.  Whether that’s the typical colorful print, more of a tropical floral pattern, black and white flowers, the list goes on.  Florals are not new to my blog.  In fact they have made quite an appearance.  Although, I usually stick to my neutral color palette, today’s post focuses on my new colorful floral kimono perfect for when you want to add more color to any look.

Before I get to the floral number in today’s look, let me comment on this beautiful, dusty rose-colored dress from Marshalls.  I normally don’t wear this pinky, blush color, but lately this color has been sneaking into my wardrobe.  Not to mention this color really pops against my summer tan and with my blonde hair.

         It’s very important to have a selection of basic dresses like the one I am wearing today because a simple dress can be worn in so many different ways and with so many things you may have hanging in your closet.  At first, I thought this colorful kimono would clash with my dress, but in fact the white coloring and the array of colorful flowers really looks nice paired against my dress.  My new kimono from Tosave.com is going to be my go-to piece when I want to add a little color to any outfit and life in general.

         Since the rest of my outfit is extremely vibrant, I wanted to keep my shoes and jewelry more on the neutral side.  So my chestnut colored suede lace up flats by Rampage will do.  And lastly, my favorite bronze elephant pendant necklace from Apricot Lane adds a finishing touch to my look without taking away the focus from all the bright colors in today’s look.

Florals are not new to my blog. In fact this popular print has made quite a few appearances over the months.  See here, here, here, here, here, and here.  So it’s no surprise that today’s post added to the extensive list of blog posts that feature flowers.  As fashionistas, we all have one print that we can’t get enough of.  So you now know mine is the floral print, so I am curious to hear yours.  Let me know in the comments below. See you all next time!

 

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Make Your Home 50 Shades Brighter For Summer

Yes, summer is here again and for some people that will mean it’s time to hit the beach, lounge by the pool or head to the water parks. For others, it’s a chance to redesign and restyle their home giving it that summer style and summer feel. There are a few things you want from your new summer style at home. You want it to be cooler and brighter. When you get home, your house should offer you escape from the sweltering heat of the day. But it should also be beautifully decorated to highlight the wonderful bright colors that the natural world offers us through the summer season. So, let’s look at some of the ways we can brighten up your home.

A Fresh Lick Of Paint

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Why not start by repainting some of the rooms in your home? Two colors come to mind for summer. One would be a beautiful sunny yellow that would be perfect for the kitchen, living area or perhaps even the hallway. Nothing says ‘welcome to my home’ more than a sunny yellow entrance hall. Of course, if this is a little too crazy for your minimalistic chic style, you can always opt for a cream color on the walls. The benefit of this of course is that lighter, brighter shades reflect heat so you’ll probably find the home is actually a lot cooler using this color of paint. It also makes the house feel spacious and open.

Of course, you don’t have to stop there. Once you have repainted the walls you can add some pretty wall decals. You’ll find plenty available for your home online. A personal favorite would be a 3D decal that makes it seem as though you have a built in shelf with a flower vase. These can really add some wonderful summer styles to your home without the need to remember to water those flowers! You can see an example of a great wall decal below. They are really easy to apply, and it only takes around ten minutes to get one stuck on the wall perfectly.

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Not Just Brighter, Lighter

Let’s think about the bedroom for the moment because if you’re not careful, the bedroom can become a sweaty hell in the summer season. That’s why you’ll definitely want to think about some new bed linens. Your winter bed linens won’t do from June through August. Instead, you’ll need to think about using a lighter variety. Cotton percale bed linens are light and cool, perfect for those long, summer evenings. They’ll also make your bedroom look picture perfect. Best part is that your new bed linens will be a pleasure to sleep on because they are so soft.

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A fan also would not go amiss in the bedroom if we’re honest. You’re probably thinking about those noisy, uncool plastic, larger cooling fans that you have to plug in. But what you should be thinking about instead is a large, wooden fan that you can get installed over the bed. These glide through the air silently, providing a perfect breeze down to you and will fit into any bedroom style.

Summer Fabrics

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Although if you want to give your home a different aesthetic for summer, you really need to focus on summer fabrics. Particularly, we’re thinking about curtains now, and with the right summer fabric, you can add a lot to your windows. Summer fabrics are again. Think lighter fabrics, meaning that more of the sun’s rays can shine through but they can also be quite colorful. You’ll find elegant summer fabrics that have absolutely gorgeous patterns on them such as roses and a wide array of different flowers. Interior design stores start selling summer fabrics around this time, so they are worth looking for. Once you see what’s on offer, you’re bound to fall in love with a few of the designs.

But don’t stop there. Remember, to bring a room together, you need the right accessories too. You can get cushions for the sofa or the bed that will match the shades of your new curtains and give your entire room a brand new style.

Of course, you might want to keep the views of your beautiful garden or the front of your home unobstructed through the summer months. If that’s the case, consider replacing your curtains with valances. Valances allow you to see out through the window while shielding you from the heat of the day. So essentially, these accessories give you the best of both worlds.

Flower Power

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If you really want to dress up your home for summer, you need to bring the scents of the season into your home. There’s no better way to do this than with some delightful flower arrangements. For your dining room, why not add some cream tulips that will look perfect against brighter walls and furniture. Or, you can choose an arrangement with a wide variety of different colors to bring fresh life to a room that is looking a tad dull and dreary. Nosegay bunches are the perfect option for this, and you should certainly think about picking up a bunch from your local flower shop.

You don’t need to stop there either. Rather than just adding flowers to your home, do try to put some bowls around the place with fresh fruit. These are going to give your home some wonderful, sweet scents that conjure up memories of summers past.

Optimizing The Outdoors

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Then again, perhaps you find yourself spending most of your time in the garden through the summer months. After all, if the weather is beautiful, it’s going to be the perfect place to dine. So, let’s look at some of the ways you can dress up your garden, creating the perfect outdoor space for you and your guests. There are plenty of ways to bring an outdoor space for wining or dining to life.

For instance, you can add a beautiful stone table to your backyard, complete with some minimalistic chairs, creating a chic spot for an early breakfast. Or, if you have a deck in your back yard, perhaps you should add some luxury furniture, making it the perfect place to sit out. Remember, the days of plastic furniture for the outdoors are behind us. Now, your outdoor seating area can be just as luxurious as the front room of your home. Don’t be afraid to let the garden spread through your seating area either. This just means adding a few plants and decorative pots, giving your patio much-needed character. Although, you can always go retro and opt for a rustic bench in your backyard. With the right stylish choices to complement it, this can be lovely new centerpiece for your garden.

Bring Out The Beauty Of Your Furniture

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Dark and neutral colors are fine for your furniture in the winter, but what about summer? Again, it’s time to brighten up the place a little more and don’t worry, that doesn’t mean you have to buy brand new furniture for your home. You can cheat a little here. Instead of investing in new furniture for summer, why not just get some slip covers. That way, you can keep the cost of the redesign low and still get a brand new look in every room of your home for the new season.

Or better yet, cover the furniture that you want to style up completely with a beautiful throw. Make sure you look for throws that are brighter shades to make them stand out in your room.

I hope you have fun using these ideas to brighten up your own home for the summer season.

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6 Ways To Accessorize Your Summer Dress

Wearing your summer wardrobe positively and beautifully doesn’t have to be as difficult as you might imagine. Looking good is a matter of taste and not a matter of excess. You can look great depending on how well you follow a set of beautiful accessorizing options, like the one’s below.

Everyone knows that it is easy to be fashionable in the summer. It’s not difficult to find the best sundress collection and find what patterns work for you. In fact, once you’ve secured the perfect summer dress, it’s easy to leave it there and go for a more ‘natural’ look. However, if you actually want to look fabulous this summer, all it will take is some tasteful accessorizing. Doing so can truly enhance any outfit for the better.

Sunglasses

Every great beach wardrobe demands that you wear fashionable sunglasses. These are much more than just a fashion statement, as they’ll have practical uses when sunbathing or just trying to navigate on a sunny, beautiful beach. Look for Ray Bans or Tommy Hilfiger glasses if you’re looking to bring a significant element of style to your summer gear.

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Watches

Gold and rose gold watches are all the rage right now and for a good reason. However, instead of following the herd, why not try wearing bronze tinted watches or tasteful leather straps? There are even watch straps now made from breathable materials, and these can be much better to stop your wrist from sweating while still enjoying equipping the accessory as part of your outfit.

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Henna Tattoo

In most summer resorts, there will be a henna tattoo parlor nearby. Henna tattoos are intricate Indian masterpieces and can look beautiful if done right. Why not get one done on your hands and wrist to have a wonderful addition to your overall look. They look tasteful and classy, and can substantially increase your femininity. Looking your best sometimes required a little touch from the East.

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Real Tattoo

If on an unforgettable trip with your friends and family, why not get a small, tasteful tattoo to celebrate this time in your life? This doesn’t need to be a large affair. Getting a little love heart on one of your shoulders can be a beautiful. Plus, a subtle tattoo actually increases the beauty of your outfitting choices, instead of drawing attention away from it.

Hair Accessories

Any fashionable woman will take full advantage of summer hair accessories. This is your time to wear floral crowns, alongside finally wearing your hair in ways that you don’t usually. Braids are big this summer, especially large braids that make for a bold statement.

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Piercings

The summer is a great season to try out a new piercing. Why not try getting a helix or front helix if you’re looking for a more adventurous ear piercing? Also, tragus piercings are often the most attractive and subtle piercings you can have. Ask your salon professional what they’d recommend, and see how you could get the piercing to work with your current look.

No matter what you choose, there’s a seemingly endless possibility to looking fantastic for summer. Looking great not only celebrates yourself and beauty, but it’s an excellent way to feel confident. Perfect for when you meet Mr. Right on the beach this summer. 😉

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Casual Friday

Congratulations, you made it to the end of the week! Now it’s time to embrace the weekend, whether that is spending the weekend by the pool, hitting up the clubs with your girlfriends, or just staying inside an air conditioned room cozied up in blankets binging your favorite Netflix series. Whatever your plans , you deserve a weekend full of fun, relaxation, and of course style. So keep on reading for a little fashion inspiration for this weekend by yours truly.

For today’s look, I am keeping it pretty casual. The bomber jacket trend has certainly been a hit in the winter and spring months and now continuing into the summer season. I am so excited that I found this bomber jacket by the brand Lucy Paris at Lord and Taylor’s for a killer price. I love the cropped cut and the little pops of sparkles on the collar and bottom of the jacket. Not to mention, the deep orangey, apricot color is totally the color of the season.

Although, the weather is heating up, I still like to incorporate denim into my look. Unless, it is above 90 degrees with a 100% humidity, you will catch me in my favorite pair of skinny jeans whenever possible. Today, I am just wearing my medium washed skinny jeans from Madewell. You can’t go wrong with a classic skinny fit and classic denim wash.

Oh, I almost forgot to mention what I layered under my bomber jacket. I am obsessed with these simple, slim fit tank tops from Zara. I legit bought every color in these tanks because they are so basic, making them the perfect piece to layer under any jacket, sweater, and so on.

As for shoes, nothing to complicated, just my new pair of strappy sandals from Target. Even though my shoes seem a little boring, what’s not boring is my cool new necklace by Betsey Johnson. I love how the long necklace features a ton of vintage charms with quirky sayings. Plus, the bronze color really goes great with my orange bomber jacket.

So that’s a wrap for my latest style post. So what are you waiting for? It’s Friday, go out and enjoy the fabulous weekend ahead of you. If you need me this weekend, you will find me laying by the pool and catching up on reading my favorite blogs. Let me know in the comments below if you have any exciting plans this weekend. Talk to you all soon!

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Here Comes Summer

You know your life is hectic when you see a folder of photos on your desktop, open the folder, and realize that you never uploaded those photos.  Oops!  Even though these photos are a couple of weeks old, the outfit featured in today’s style post is still on repeat.

Who doesn’t love a good summer maxi dress?  One that you can just throw on and not worry about wearing matching bottoms.  This maxi dress I am wearing is pretty much just a very long button down shirt, which I love.  I don’t have many clothes that feature beautiful shades of blue , so this dress from JustFashionNow totally allows me to explore different color palettes.  I also love all the floral and paisley patterns, giving this dress a kind of western theme.  Maxi dresses are a summertime essential, but it can be tricky to find a maxi dress that actually fits and is not too long.  If some of your favorite maxi dresses are dragging on the floor, don’t get discouraged.  Instead, I highly recommend tying your dress in a loose knot at the bottom, like I did with today’s dress.  Problem solved!

To keep with the western theme and to complete my dress, I decided to throw on my favorite light washed denim vest from Target.  I can’t stress how important it is to have a denim vest or denim jacket in your closet.  It is the perfect layering piece.

Just because the weather is getting warmer, doesn’t mean you have to abandon your favorite booties you wore all autumn and winter long.  Try changing things up by pairing a neutral colored bootie with a summer dress.  Just like I did with my favorite taupe colored suede booties by Steve Madden.

Since my dress features a somewhat deep V neckline, a choker is the perfect necklace to top off your look.  I love wearing my gem stone choker necklace that I got from an art festival last year.  The light pink shade that reflects different colors depending on the angle matches perfectly with all the blue shades in my dress.

I really have nothing else to discuss in this post, considering I was not expecting to write a style post. All I can say is now that summer has decided to appear, I am taking advantage of the sunny and warm weather to capture more style posts, so stay tuned for some awesome content hitting LivForStyle.  Let me know in the comments below what has been your favorite summer time outfit that has been on repeat.  Talk soon!

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Reflections

I always wanted to write a reflections post after graduating from college, but I did not expect it to take so long for me to sit down and actually write it.  With that being said and the absence from my blog over the last couple weeks, I don’t do well with transitions.  So the transition from a college student to a college grad, to moving back home, to applying for full time jobs and waiting to start my next adventure has been difficult.  Lately, there have been more days plagued with lack of motivation and inspiration.  These days have been frustrating because I often times find myself staring at a blank computer screen with a mind full of overwhelming thoughts that just leave me puzzled.

Yes, it has only been a little over a week since graduation, but for me a week to long of just feeling blah.  Everyone has told me to give myself as much time as I need to regroup and readjust to my new surroundings, but after a week I am sick of just laying on the couch and just waiting for the next bright idea to strike.  So today, I decided to return to my old roots of putting on a nice outfit, my favorite eye shadow look of bronzy shades, sit at the dining room table and blast some of my favorite tunes.  I am finally ready to reflect on what it means to be a college grad.

To be honest, after graduating from college I still don’t understand the phrase “college is the best four years of your life.”  Don’t get me wrong, these last four years have been incredible and I am so thankful for the opportunity to attend such an amazing school and receive a well-rounded education, but I would not describe the last four years as just “best.”  The last four years have been fun, demanding, gratifying, confusing, discouraging, and so on.  As you can see, I experienced a mix of emotions during my college years.  For me, college is the most complicated four years of your life, but I would not trade my experiences, whether good or bad for anything.

It was these past four years, living on a college campus surrounded by different people that allowed me to learn lessons I would not have just learned from a textbook.  Sure, my calculus class, philosophy class, communication and journalism courses, all taught me some valuable lessons, but it was those experiences, whether it was accidently sleeping through your alarm, or not knowing who to eat with at the cafeteria, figuring out which friends were actually friends, accepting that you deserve better than that all star athlete of a guy and so on, that built character and made me the strong person I am today.

Before graduating, I heard all my friends say how they would do anything to go back to freshman year, but for me there is only one year I would love to relive if I had the chance and that would be my senior year.  It was in my last year of college that I discovered my true friends. It was in my last year of college when there were more days filled with laughter than tears.  It was in my last year of college that all the memories that make me smile were made. It was in my last year of college that I finally accepted to let go of what I thought were my “close friends” since sophomore year (that’s a story for a whole different blog post) and see the potential in other people, who I am now thankful and certain to call my friends for life.  It was in my last year of college thanks to my amazing family, friends, and professors where I started to love myself and see all the things that made me different, like my creativity, my blog, my sensitivity, my love for fashion as a strength rather than a weakness.  Finally, it was in my last year of college that made the last four years totally worth it.

As someone who has always been a planner and would have thought to have the next stage of my life already figured out, I don’t, and that has certainly been hard to accept.  But being a college graduate for almost 2 weeks now, I realize that it’s ok to take time to reenergize for the next adventure in my life, whatever that may be.  The job-hunting process has been frustrating, but with patience and determination I know that dream job of mine will come.  Just like four years ago I was that timid, little freshman not knowing how I was going to make it through college, I somehow managed to get through it, so certainly finding a job and making sense out of the next stage of my life is not too big of a obstacle for me to face.

Although, I currently have the feeling of not being able to capture all my thoughts in a single post, I decided that writing one post that may not say everything is better than writing no post that says nothing.  I mean I was in college for four years, which means I won’t be able to speak about everything, but that’s the beauty of blogging I can always upload more posts when I am ready.  And let me tell you, the last four years has certainly been a roller coaster of ups and downs and twists and turns, so I am ready to share my story, advice, and tips, so is there anything specific you would like to know about my college experience?  If so, let me know in the comments below.  I might not have everything figured out right now, but I am certain about one thing…that LivForStyle is back.

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A Day (Dress) In May

         It’s about time the sun has peaked out from behind the clouds.  Although, still on the chilly side, the bright sunny days have inspired me to wear some of my new, favorite daytime dresses.  Nothing is better than those days where you can just throw on a dress rather than worry about wearing jeans and finding a matching top.  Dresses like the one in today’s post are the best because they act as a blank slate, meaning you can wear pretty much whatever you want with the dress to capture your own personal style.  Keep on reading to see how I transform a basic dress into one stylish look with only a few pieces.

         So the formula for a simple, yet stylish outfit is a no brainer. First start with a basic piece.  In my case, I chose to wear my favorite new dress from Tobi.com.  This dress is described as the perfect “day dress,” and I totally agree.  This dress with a subtle olive colored tie-dye pattern and the ruffle overlay is perfect to wear to any day event.  Think graduation parties, summer barbeques, pool parties and much more.  The ways to style this dress are endless.  I can totally see myself wearing this dress with a jean jacket, kimono, layered necklaces, or statement earrings.  You can wear this dress in so many ways to numerous events and people won’t even know it’s the same dress, which is always the goal when finding pieces to add to your wardrobe.  But today, I ditched a jacket and excessive jewelry and instead tried out a new fad, the bandana trend.

         Another versatile piece to add to your wardrobe, a bandana can be worn in countless ways, either on the head, the neck, or the wrist.  If you want to experiment with something different than the usual scarf, bracelet, or headband, I highly recommend adding a bandana to your collection. Since the bandana is really trending for this season, you can find a multitude of bandanas in any store.  For me, my favorite bandana is one that features warm colors and tassels, so this bandana by Mudd is perfect for me. Since my dress is on the low cut side, I tied my bandana around my neck.  I love the warm colors paired against the olive shade of this dress.

         Since, I wanted to keep my jewelry minimal, I decided to just wear my favorite Hollis Hayes bracelet.  Of course, my bracelet features a beautiful elephant charm, which goes perfect with the boho vibe of my look.

         Lastly, for shoes I am not ready to break out sandals just yet (waiting to get a little tan first) so a pair of short booties works perfect with this look.  Although, the weather is getting warmer don’t put away your booties just yet.  Instead, continue to wear your favorite booties into the early summer months with dresses and skirts for one stylish outfit.  I love these taupe colored booties from Marshalls because they feature lots of cut outs to keep my feet cool and fashionable.

         Finally, I am starting to wear some of my new spring clothes.  Nothing is better than the feeling of styling a new wardrobe for a new season.  If you are looking for new dresses to add to your closet, I highly recommend heading to Tobi.com for the best collection of dresses for any style or occasion. Keep this conversation going and let me know in the comments below about your formula for the perfect spring/summer outfit.  Talk soon!

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Best Dressed At The Met Gala 2017

         Last night was a special night; I had the honor to attend the 2017 Met Gala at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City.  HA! Just kidding, I wish.  Instead, I admired all the beautiful celebrities and designers from my couch while in my pajamas.  One day, I will get invited to this exclusive fundraiser, but this year I relied on the tons of photos that my favorite celebrities and designers posted on their social media accounts.  Although, I did not experience this invitation only event first-hand, I can still recap all the amazing fashion on the red carpet and that is exactly what I am doing in today’s post.

         Before, I can jump right into my best-dressed list, I feel obligated to share with my readers a little background on last night’s invite.  So The Met Gala is one of the best and fashionable parties on the East Coast.  During the event, tons of famous designers, models and celebrities, like Kim Kardashian, Nick Jonas, Katy Perry, Tom Brady, Bella Hadid, Pharrell, Tory Burch, Anna Wintour, and so on strut their stuff on the red carpet.  Each year, the Met Gala has a special theme and this year’s exhibition is devoted to 74 year-old Japanese designer Rei Kawakubo.  This is the first time since 1983 with Yves Saint Laurent that the show is dedicated to a living designer.

Designer Rei Kawakubo is extremely successful, starting in 1969 when she founded her avant-garde label known as Comme des Garçons, which is French for “like some boys.”  She is known for defying norms and creating something new.  As a designer, she challenges ideas about beauty, gender, and identity, making her one of the most inspirational designers in the world.  Kawakubo goes against traditional fashion rules, designing pieces that are unique.  Most famously, she is known for creating pieces with contrasting themes, like then/now, male/female, past/present, self/other, clothes/not clothes, which emphasizes her fascinated with “in betweenness” (Vogue).  So with that being said, of course everyone at The Met Gala took some fashion risks to celebrate this amazing designer.

 

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Cara Delevingne

Since, designer Rei Kawakubo loves to challenge gender norms, I admired the stars that decided to ditch the typical dress and opt for a fabulous pantsuit instead.  So of course, Cara Devlevingne dazzled in her shiny, metallic silver pantsuit by Chanel, which also featured a plunging neckline and a chunky belt at the waist.  She continued with the head to toe silver theme by even painting her shaved head with silver paint, which totally is a fashion risk that I am sure Kawakubo celebrates.

(http://www.elle.com/fashion/celebrity-style/news/a44968/bella-hadid-alexander-wang-dress-met-gala-2017/)

Bella Hadid

Bella Hadid was another celebrity on the red carpet last night who challenged the idea that just because you are a woman doesn’t mean you always have to wear a dress.  Instead, she wears this fierce number by Alexander Wang.  Who could not love her sheer, beaded, and black body suit?  The extreme open back detail of her body suit just shows that a body suit can be just as sexy as a dress.

 

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Celine Dion

Not only does Celine Dion have an amazing voice, she also proved that she has amazing style last night on the red carpet.  It was her first time at the Met Gala and she totally knew how to dress to impress in her Versace dress.  I love the silver, gold, and black coloring of her dress.  It really resembles Kawakubo’s style because of the unusual style.  I love how each piece of the dress has a different shape and just seems to be fastened with those gold buckles on the shoulder and waist.  Plus, Celine’s dark smokey eyes totally complete her edgy look.

 

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Gigi Hadid

 The Hadid sisters can do no wrong on the red carpet.  Just like her sister, Gigi Hadid also made my best-dressed list this year.  Gigi’s nude dress paired with sexy, fish net panty hose perfectly represents Kawakubo’s love for “in betweenness,” considering Gigi’s Tommy Hilfiger dress is short and revealing on one side with a high slit and more covered up on the other side with lots of tulle and a long train. Her look just shows that mixing different fabrics and silhouettes is how you make a statement.

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Halle Berry

Another celebrity that stunned in a sheer jumpsuit.  I can’t get over all the beautiful details of Halle Berry’s Versace jumpsuit.  The embroidered jumpsuit featured metallic gold appliqués throughout the entire piece, which totally caught the attention from everyone.

 

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Blake Lively

 Blake Lively can do no wrong when it comes to the red carpet, so naturally she made yet another one of my best-dressed lists.  I am obsessed with her Versace dress.  Of course, I love the metallic gold color, but what really caught my attention is that elaborate feather train.  The shades of blue feathers paired with the gold color of the dress really pop.  I would never have thought gold and blue would look so good together, but it just shows that taking risks and going against traditional fashion rules can result in one beautiful look.

(https://www.aol.com/article/lifestyle/2017/05/01/kendall-jenner-bares-all-met-gala-2017/22064315/#slide=5013283#fullscreen)

Kendall Jenner

 Kendall Jenner was yet another celebrity who did not ignore the revealing dress memo.  Her bedazzled, sheer dress by La Perla Couture features many high slits.  However, if you think those slits were revealing enough, her dress is also backless.  Talk about defining fashion norms, Kendall Jenner shows that there is never such a thing as revealing too much.

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Lily Collins

 Lily Collins celebrates Kawakubo’s avant-garde taste in her Giambattista gown.  Her dress features a beautiful color combo, black and soft pink which blends femininity with edginess.  Her dress also includes tons of tulle and a corseted top.  I love how the dress plays with different shapes and textures, making it one of a kind.  Plus, her blunt bob haircut and vampy lip color adds even more edge to her look.

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Rihanna

 What an honor it must be to wear one of Kawakubo’s designs and to wear it so well like Rihanna did last night. Rihanna was dressed in one of the pieces from Kawakubo’s brand, Comme des Garçons. This multi-colored number totally represents Kawakubo’s unique taste making the audience wonder if what Rihanna was wearing was a dress or a skirt and top combo.  Of course, Kawakubo uses her fashion to blur the lines and challenges typical fashion rules.  Rihanna totally pulled off all the ruffles and petal details and of course those knee high strappy sandals, making her look like a real piece of art.

And that’s a wrap for this year’s best-dressed list.  Once again, I will keep on praying that I will be invited to next year’s Met Gala.  But until then, I will just continue to admire everyone’s fabulous looks from a far.  Keep the discussion going by letting me know who made your best-dressed list from last night’s event.

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Flower Power

I have never experienced a more finicky April, one day it is sunny and 70 degrees and the next day it is gloomy, rainy and can’t get passed 50 degrees. This weather has totally had an impact on my blog because all I want to do is go outside and shoot photos, but lately it seems like it is so easy to miss that short window of opportunity, or in my case sunny, warm weather. However, not all days are bad days and luckily we have been blessed with some beautiful days (although I can count them on one hand). So keep on reading to see one of my favorite spring outfits featuring some of the trendiest pieces for this season.

When the sun is shining bright (and today is not one of those days), I love breaking out my new jeans from Ruby and Jenna. I love the distressed and embroidered floral details. I am sure you can agree that it seems lately any store you walk into, you can find a pair of denim, whether a denim jacket or a pair of jeans featuring some sort of embroidered pattern. The colorful, embroidery paired against the denim fabric totally gives off a 70s vibe and boho feel.

Since my distressed and embroidered jeans certainly make a statement, I decided to keep my top super simple and just wear my new, boxy t-shirt from the brand Everlane. I never knew I could fall in love with such a simple t-shirt before but this top is super comfortable and the boxy, cropped fit is perfect. I highly recommend checking out the brand Everlane to find a selection of basic pieces that are high quality and can be worn in hundreds of different ways.

As I mentioned in previous style posts, the rose gold trend is huge, so I am so excited I found these rose gold slip on sneakers at Payless. These shoes totally complete my spring shoe collection because the metallic shade looks amazing with any outfit, especially an outfit that features denim. The zipper detail on the side gives these shoes an edgy kind of look, while still being sporty and casual.

Although, I wanted to keep the top half of my look pretty simple, I could not resist adding a statement necklace. My iridescent statement necklace from Apricot Lane is one of the most unique necklaces in my collection because the iridescent color reflects all the different shades in my outfit. Whichever way I turn you can bet my necklace picks up all different colors, like pink, yellow, green, silver, and so on and to me that’s the perfect way to top off any outfit.

Just like my yoga instructor said after today’s class, even when it’s rainy and cloudy outside, always remember that the sun is somewhere there, even if it is hiding. Meaning, make the most out of those dreary days and try to spread a little sunshine wherever you go. Anyway, let me know in the comments below what are some of your favorite pieces in your spring wardrobe. Talk soon!

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Save The Elephants

Save The Elephants

 I’ll bet when you are shopping, you are only focused on finding the trendiest of pieces, not for items that only look good but also have a mission to save and protect.  Trust me, you are not alone, whenever I am shopping at my favorite store all I think about is buying stylish items, while trying not to break the bank.  However, recently I was introduced to the brand, The Elephant Pants, whose mission is to provide chic, colorful clothing while saving elephants, by donating a portion of their sales to protect the elephant population.

I know what you may be thinking, why should we care about the elephant population when most of the population is found practically on the other side of the world.  Well, elephants are tortured and killed for their ivory, making them endangered species.  The thought of never seeing an elephant in its natural habitat in my lifetime is a scary thought.  Why should we let this population of beautiful elephants continue to decline?  Well we don’t, keep on reading to see how I style one of my favorite pieces from The Elephant Pants.

Of course, the star of my outfit is my beautiful kimono.  I am obsessed with the rich colors, like navy, mustard yellow, and shades of orange mixed with the mosaic design and the elephant print.  A kimono can be one of the most versatile pieces in your wardrobe because you can pair it with jeans, a skirt, a dress, wear it as a bathing suit cover up to the beach, and so on.  Even before being introduced to The Elephant Pants, I was always a fan of all things elephants.  I love how elephants symbolize wisdom and strength.  So naturally, I wear my elephant kimono with pride.

Whenever I wear a kimono with jeans, I just like to layer a simple t-shirt underneath, so my basic white t-shirt from Forever 21 did the trick.

As for jeans, I am wearing my favorite Madewell distressed boyfriend jeans.  Whenever I am looking for a pair of denims that radiate that casual, laid-back vibe, these boyfriend jeans are perfect.

         Nothing looks better with boyfriend jeans than a pair of wedge booties.  I haven’t worn these Steven Madden booties in forever, but that is going to change.  The brown, chestnut color goes perfectly with the warm colors in my kimono.

         Speaking of all the warm, deep colors in my kimono I decided to wear my favorite gemstone necklace from H&M.  I love the amethyst, purple shade.  A simple necklace like the one I am wearing totally completes my outfit.

Thanks to their amazing customers, The Elephants Pants brand has donated over 120,000 dollars to save elephants.  Although, I can’t read the minds of elephants, I know that each and every elephant around the world is very thankful for our help.  So what are you waiting for? Start browsing The Elephant Pants website for a variety of stylish tops, pants, dresses, and accessories.  You won’t feel that shoppers guilt knowing that 10% of your purchase is donated to save the elephants.  Let me know in the comments below if you have purchased anything from the site and how you would style your new pieces.  Talk soon!

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Rediscovered Favorites

It’s that time of year again…when the weather is starting to get a little warmer, the grass is getting greener, the birds are starting to sing, and so on.  These past few days have finally felt like spring. With a new season comes new fashion.  However, these past several days have just reassured me that my closet is not ready for spring.  Instead, my closet is still cluttered with tons of my winter clothes and most of my warmer weather clothes are tucked under my bed in storage bins.  So this week, I have dedicated some time to do some spring-cleaning with my wardrobe.  Although, the thought of reorganizing your closet can be stressful, it has allowed me to figure out how to style my clothes in different ways that I never thought of.  With that being said, throughout this process, I have rediscovered some “old” fashion favorites, hence the title of this blog post.

My outfit would be extremely boring without my colorful, tie-dye button up shirt from Urban Outfitters. It never fails me.  Whenever I wear this shirt I always have people compliment me on the beautiful, colorful design.  It makes sense because this bright, rainbow shirt just adds a pop of color and a dose of happiness on any spring day.  The funny thing about this shirt is that I bought it in the men’s department at Urban Outfitters when I was back in high school, legit like five years ago.  For some reason, this shirt was tucked away in storage ready to make an appearance again, but this time worn in a different way.

Usually, I’d wear this shirt with plain, black leggings and converse, but today I decided to pair this shirt with even more color.  I can’t believe the last time I wore these Madewell army green cargo like jeans with tons of pockets and zippers was a year ago in this post.  I love that the army green shade is basically a neutral color so it doesn’t take away from my rainbow shirt, but still adds more color to my look.  I have a feeling I will be getting more use out of these pants when I want a change from the usual pair of denim jeans.

I would normally style my Urban Outfitters shirt with a white t-shirt underneath, but I am so happy I rediscovered this distressed t-shirt from Forever 21.  The distressed look is so in this season so this shirt will definitely make another appearance.  Instead of just wearing the t-shirt long, I decided to knot it in front to give it more shape.

I am surprised these shoes are still in one piece.  I have a feeling they are not going to make it through the whole spring season considering I have had these shoes for years and practically wear them everyday.  I just love how these Kensie brand booties are so versatile.  So what if they are so worn out, they still work with any outfit.

I have had spring fever since January so you can only imagine how happy I am to see a new season finally begin.  I hope this post motivated you to take a few hours (or in my case a few days) and go ahead and transform your style with the clothes you already have hanging in your closet.  Let me know in the comments below what are some of your rediscovered favorites. Happy spring-cleaning!

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How To Be A Fashionista While On A Budget

Everyone secretly dreams of a wardrobe that showcases their mood every day of the year.  Unfortunately, not everyone can adopt Paris Hilton’s approach to fashion: Buying more clothes than you need and discovering that you don’t have enough days in the year to wear them all. Besides, you probably wouldn’t have enough place in your wardrobe to store it all.  As much as one can love clothes, there is indeed such a thing as too many items. There’s also another problem with such an attitude to fashion: It’s far too expensive for anyone to afford.

What you want is fashion that you can identify with, but that doesn’t break the bank, fashion that defines your identity without making you look like everyone else, fashion that looks good without being expensive. This is a challenge that you can win if you change your shopping habits. Affordable and original fashion exists; it’s up to you to make it work for your style and your budget.  If you are not willing to compromise your style while on a budget, this post is for you. 

(Look out for fashion deals)

Shop Smart Items

At the beginning of every fashion styling, there’s the need for new fashion items that can follow the high street trends.  There’s a variety of trends, so it may be difficult to pick the one that you want to follow.  You need to become a smart shopper at this stage and to maximize trends that will work for you.  The best way is to take your time so that you can see the styles develop in high street shops.  This is the best way to identify the trends that will work for more than one season.  Additionally, if you choose to follow a specific trend, let’s say the star print, try to pick an item that will not look outdated next year.  For example, picking a blouse that combines a romantic cut with star prints means that you can still wear it next year without looking ridiculous or dated.

(http://geraldryanoutreach.org/clothing-room/)

Look Out For Deals

Fashion is expensive; there’s no other way to put it.  That’s why you need to keep your eyes open for deals, such as the ones on DontPayFull.com.  Another great way of saving money while staying trendy is to wait for specific sales.  Best part about sales is that usually you have the choice to buy online or directly go to the shop.  It’s not uncommon for true fashionistas to get to their favorite shop at the earliest hours of the morning to make sure that they can get the best deals on all items.  If you’re not own for the 2 AM wakeup call, then you’ll find it easier to shop online.  

(http://money.usnews.com/money/personal-finance/slideshows/12-shopping-tricks-to-keep-you-under-budget)

Second-Hand Fashion Is Okay

There is an untold rule of fashion that forbids anybody to create a style with second-hand clothes.  Now in today’s fashion age, this is idea could not be more false, thanks to the Internet and consignment shops.   Have a look at pre-loved items from the 1940s, 1950s, and the swinging 1960s in vintage fairs and online.  For example, BlueVelvetVintage.com is an address that has a lot to offer to vintage fans.  Do make sure to compare current sizes with vintage ones, and, if you can ask for measurements instead. There’s nothing that has a better effect than wearing an original mini skirt from the 1960s or getting the real secretary geek look with a 1980s dress.

(Fashion takes you on a journey into time)

Recycle Your Favorite Items

As unbelievable as it sounds, you don’t need to buy new items to change your style.  Fashion is also about being smart and imaginative with your clothes.  You can create a new look by finding ways of repurposing items of clothing into something new.  For example, you could turn your skirt into an elegant dress with a matching top and some creative layering. Or maybe you could turn your favorite brooch into an elegant necklace. Let your imagination show the way.

(http://www.inonit.in/wear-one-piece-in-different-ways-work-your-closet)

Sew Your New Fashion Items

Finally, the last point is for skilled crafters who want to take fashion to a new level.  If you are feeling confident enough, you can begin to remodel your wardrobe by creating your own clothes, or modifying existing items.  Have a look on Pinterest.com for inspiration.  From a making a floaty summer dress to changing your own shirt into a trendy top, there is plenty of ideas and step-by-step instructions for you to make the most of your fashion style.  All you need is a good sewing machine and a little talent to get started!

(Do you need-le a new dress?)

So as you can see, you can still be a fashionista without breaking the bank.  It is all about being smart and doing your research before shopping.  For the new season, I challenge you to go through your wardrobe and find different ways to wear that blouse that you bought last year.  Let me know in the comments below what are some of your tips for being a fashionista while on a budget.

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