Shine Like A Star

How cheesy is the title of this post?  Oh well, I haven’t uploaded a style post in ages, so this title will do. I can’t believe how long it has been since my last post.  I blame the blizzard and artic conditions that has plagued the East Coast.  Well luckily, before another cold blast hit my area, I was able to take advantage of the semi seasonal temperatures and head outside with my camera.  It was a nice change to ditch my bulky winter coat and wear one of my favorite spring outfit.

 This spring look no further than Zara to find all the latest fashion trends.  Hands down, Zara has become one of my favorite retailers because you can find some really unique pieces that embody all the hottest styles.  For example, this blouse I’m wearing doesn’t just feature one trend, but two: star print and ruffles.  Zara makes it super easy to stay in style.

So more about my top. I feel like lately, you can’t walk into a store without seeing the star print somewhere.  Remember my post a few months ago that also featured this print?  If not check it out here.  As for the ruffle detail of this top, it can be kind of difficult when it is super windy outside because the ruffles fly everywhere, but no condition will stop me from wearing this beautiful blouse.

       Day by day I am learning the art of layering.  So usually you won’t find me just wearing a shirt or dress without some sort of vest or jacket to complete the look.  An army green utility jacket, like the one I am wearing by Mudd, is the perfect transition piece.  Throw it over a long sleeve blouse when there is still a winter chill in the air or layer it over a short sleeve t-shirt when the spring weather arrives.  If you want to master layering, I highly recommend finding pieces like this versatile army green vest that will pretty much go with any clothes you have hanging in your closet.

         For denim, I was going back and forth between flared jeans or my go-to distressed skinny jeans from Old Navy.  Don’t get me wrong, I like the look of flared jeans, but for this outfit I wanted more of a straight silhouette, so skinny jeans it is.  With a slight rip at the knee and the high waist fit, these Old Navy jeans are a rock star.  Now I know why they are called the “Rock Star Skinny Jean.”

         Since the weather is not warm enough to wear open toe shoes, my favorite Rocket Dog booties will just have to do.  They have gotten so much use this winter and are still going strong as we enter a new season.  A basic brown bootie is the perfect shoe to wear when you just have no clue what other shoe to pair with your outfit.

         What a shocker, I completed my look with a choker.  I chose this basic black suede chocker featuring a gem pendant from Forever 21.  Since the neck of my blouse is pretty high and the pattern is pretty dramatic, I just wanted to keep the accessories simple.  Plus, the purple gem in my choker picks up the beautiful colors in my top.

There’s nothing about this outfit that I don’t love except for the yucky snow that shows up in some of the photos.  Come on, it’s finally spring, so bring on the warm weather, because we all know that warm weather equals more style posts.  I hope everyone is enjoying the first few days of spring.  Let me know in the comments below what are some of your favorite ways to get your wardrobe spring ready.  Talk soon!

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Spring Fashion Wish List ft. Century 21

It’s that time of year again where I wake up every morning, look through my closet and realize how unsatisfied I am with my clothes.  All that jumps out is my overly worn sweaters, long sleeve blouses, scarves, and all those other winter fashion essentials.  Not only is my wardrobe uninspiring, but also every time I walk outside, I am met with a barren landscape.  I am counting down the days to when I wake up to the birds chirping outside, the grass turning greener, and the trees and flowers starting to bloom.

Until then, I can only turn to online shopping to get me excited for the warm spring weather ahead and stay up-to-date on what is trending for the spring.  One online and also brick and mortar store that has been satisfying all my spring fashion needs is Century 21 Department Store.  Whether online or visiting one of their locations in New York, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, and Florida, you will find designer brands at affordable prices.  Century 21 is the perfect place to shop fashionable women, men, and children’s apparel, as well as home décor and beauty products.  Of course, when I had the chance to browse Century 21’s online store, I bookmarked a few items that I am sure to add to my spring wardrobe.  So keep on scrolling to view all the stylish items I chose to update my closet with and get pumped for spring fashion.

Levi’s Desperado Patchwork 501 Cropped Jeans

This is not just your ordinary pair of relaxed fit jeans.  Instead, these Levi’s would totally revamp my spring wardrobe because of the distressed detailing and best of all the patchwork design.  Patchwork really made a statement on the spring and summer 2017 runways.  I love the unexpected blocks of colorful, patterned fabric, especially on denim.  Pair these jeans with a simple white t-shirt and your outfit is good to go.

Do + Be Amanda Off The Shoulder Top

Another trend you might have noticed on the runways is all things pink.  Whether it was shoes, purses, jewelry, dresses, or shirts, all pieces featured different hues of pink.  I am not a pink girl, so before fully jumping into this trend and wearing head to toe bright bubble gum pink, I want to start easy and incorporate lighter shades of pink into my wardrobe.  This is why I love this Do + Be Amanda Off The Shoulder Top in a light pink shade.  I think this blush color would look great paired against denim or black leggings.  Bonus style points are earned with the off the shoulder detail and exaggerated puffed out sleeves.

Honey Punch Embroidered Denim Jacket

Without a doubt, a denim jacket is the perfect layering piece when the weather starts to get warmer but still not warm enough to go without a jacket.  This is no ordinary jean jacket, but the back features one of my favorite phrases “good vibes only.”  Statement slogans, whether on jackets, sweatshirts, or t-shirts are trending this season and the perfect way to add a little funk to your look.

Free People Frieda Embroidered Woven Dress

Whenever the warm weather hits, I channel my inner boho chic style.  What better brand than Free People to embrace the bohemian style.  I am in love with this Free People embroidered dress.  You guessed it; embroidery is another huge trend for the spring and summer.  I love how this dress not only features a beautiful embroidered pattern but a flowy top and sleeves.  Pair this dress with a pair of your favorite brown, platform sandals and you will nail the boho chic vibe.

Silvian Heach Ambition Graphic Tee

Speaking of more statement making slogans, how awesome is this shirt?  I love how this basic white t-shirt features inspiring words to help add a little dose of motivation to your life or others.  For a sporty, casual look I can totally see myself wearing this tee with a pair of distressed boyfriend jeans and sneakers.

Betsey Johnson White Flo Star-Appliqué High Top Sneakers

Like I mentioned above, I love wearing sneakers with a pair of boyfriend jeans.  I hope the sporty, athleisure trend never goes out of style and when reviewing all the runway looks for this season, this trend does not look like it’s disappearing anytime soon.  I love these Betsey Johnson high top sneakers because high tops are always stylish, especially worn with cropped jeans or even a dress.  Who wouldn’t want these faux leather sneakers with metallic star embellishments in their shoe collection?

French Connection Summer White and Silver Ciara Open Toe Block Heel Sandals

You can never have enough shoes, so of course I am eyeing these French Connection open toe block heel sandals.  Whether, it is for winter or spring, the color white always seems to be trending in the fashion world.  I usually stay away from head to toe white to avoid looking like a snowman, but I would so incorporate this trend in a subtle way, like with these white open toe sandals by French Connection.  These sandals will look amazing paired with the perfect spring dress and best part of all these sandals embrace two of the hottest fashion fads, the color white and block heels.

Tretorn Gray and Black Lina Short Rain Boot April

April showers bring May flowers, right?  Well it seems like every spring tends to be wet and soggy, so I need to be prepared for the rainy weather with the right footwear.  So obviously, I have been obsessing over these short rain boots by the brand Tretorn.  I really like how these rain boots are short because who feels like trekking around in heavy rain boots when the weather is starting to get warmer.  Since these boots feature a matte and rubber material, I know these boots will keep my feet dry and outfit fashionable.

Wildfox Wood Tort Malibu Retro Round Sunglasses

As I am writing this post, the sun is nowhere to be found, but when the sun does decide to pop out and stay out, a pair of sunglasses is a must.  This season, I want to experiment with different styles of sunglasses.  So these Wildfox sunglasses caught my attention because of the oversized round shades and tinted gradient lenses.  These sunglasses will totally turn heads.

Rebecca Minkoff Rose Gold-Tone Threader Earrings

Last but certainly not least, a major jewelry trend this season is statement earrings.  This season when it comes to earrings, the bigger the better, so naturally I am obsessing over these rose-gold dangling earrings by Rebecca Minkoff.  These earrings are so cool because the long dangling chain and the triangle shape charms add tons of sparkle and glam.

After spending hours browsing Century 21’s online store, I can tell that my bank account won’t be very happy with me after I make some much needed purchases.  I mean it is only natural that when a new season hits it is time to upgrade your wardrobe.  If you are like me, looking for an excuse to shop, then head over to Century 21 and get lost in all their fashionable pieces.  Let me know in the comments below what you are obsessing over.  Let’s hope that spring arrives sooner rather than later.  Talk to you all soon!

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TGIF!

Cue Rebecca Black’s catchy, yet annoying song “Friday,” because guess what “It’s Friday, Friday, gotta get down on Friday.”  Sorry for getting that song stuck in your head, trust me I have been singing along to that song all morning and it’s not only frustrating to me but also my roommates.  Oops!  I am just so excited for the weekend and to share with you today’s style post.

The star of today’s post is my stylish gold cuff by the up and coming brand Cosa™.  This is not just an ordinary bracelet but it is actually the world’s first magnetic charm cuff.  The Cosa™ cuff, which is Italian for “a thing”, features magnetic charms called Jigs™, which is short for “thingamajigs.”  Clever right?  As you can see the gold cuff contains 5 blank spots to pop on your favorite Jigs™.

Today, my Cosa™ cuff includes the pill, the vintage like, the heart, the light bulb, and the lipstick Jigs™. All of the charms have a special meaning like, the vintage like for being an Instagram “star,” the heart for the love and dedication to blog, the light bulb for always being inspired, the pill for those moments when I need to remember to take a chill pill and relax, and lastly, the lipstick for obvious reasons.  I love how my Cosa™ cuff allows me to add personality to my look and with all the Jigs™ to choose from you will have no problem creating the perfect cuff.  And to add even more “arm candy” try mixing and matching your favorite bangles like I did with these Forever 21 gold bangles.

Moving away from my cuff (but really how can you stop staring at my gold cuff and colorful Jigs™), lets talk about the rest of my outfit, like my chunky sweater from Yoshop.com.  I love how my sweater features a zipper detail on the sleeve and a choker neckline, which is so in style after making many appearances on the runways.  I figured my gold Cosa™ cuff would bring out the gold finish on the zipper detail and it totally did!  Also, I am obsessing over the lavender shade of my sweater.  A popular color palette for the spring is pastel colors, so I give myself props for breaking out of my usual warm toned color palette and trying this soft purple shade.

As for denim, I am wearing my favorite pair of Zara gray washed-distressed jeans.  I love how the dark gray color makes the soft lavender shade and the gold coloring of the zipper and bracelet pop.

Finally for shoes, I am wearing my usual black booties from Charlotte Russe.  These shoes don’t really need a description considering how many times they have been featured on my blog.  Just know that these are the perfect shoes for any outfit.

After reading this post, I know what you are thinking…you are wondering how you can purchase a Cosa™ cuff.  Well check out their newly updated website and get lost customizing your cuff and choosing from the ever expanding list of Jigs™.  The best part is that if you use the promo code LivForStyle you get 20% off your order. So what are you waiting for? Head over to https://www.cosacuffs.com

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Top Trends That You’ll See Everywhere In 2017

We are more than a month into 2017 and the fashion world has already seen some trends that will continue to make a statement this year.  Although we have less than 11 months left of this year, I am almost certain that the pieces mentioned below will make it into your wardrobe before we ring in a new year.  Keep on reading if you are interested in learning about some of the trends that have been turning heads so far.

Micro Bags

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You heard me right – micro bags are one of this year’s hottest trends.  The only problem with micro bags is that on first glance they seem incredibly useless – what can you use them for, other than carrying a lipstick and maybe one stick of gum? But many designers paired them up with larger bags, meaning that these micro bags are used more as money purses and an accessory to your larger bag.  Carrying two handbags can seem a little counterintuitive and unsafe but if you attach them together then not only will you be on trend, but you’ll also make sure that you never misplace either of them.

Statement Jewelry

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Statement jewelry never goes out of style. Whether it is the year 2016 or 2017, you can bet that accessorizing is always on trend.  The way to rock this look is to always remember to not over accessorize. But with strategic styling, you can always make sure your women’s jewelry game is on point.  From incredible statement necklaces to delicate rings, you can add jewelry to any outfit to make yourself look immediately ten times better and more put together.

Sneakers

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Alleluia for the return of comfortable footwear! Now, we no longer have to wear ugly running shoes or strange misshapen fake Uggs in the quest for our feet to be perfectly comfortable – instead we can follow in the footsteps of Instagram-to-Vogue models Gigi Hadid and Kendall Jenner, and step into some comfortable Adidas Originals with a massive sigh of relief that we aren’t trying to cram our toes into pointy heels.  If you want to go really old school and channel the early 2000s golden punk pop era, then you could go for some Vans or Converse, which are coming out in a series of more and more attractive styles including rose gold, which brings me to the next trend.

Rose Gold

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It’s true – somehow rose gold is still in style after a good year of it being on top.  These days it’s moving more towards home decor, clothing (check out Katy Perry at the Grammys) and accessories.  A cross between copper and silver, it adds a pleasant warmth to the metallic goods in your life.  Go for a rose gold rain coat, rose gold shoes, and a rose gold metallic shimmer on your eyelids – you’ll look glossy, feminine and slightly astronaut-like at the same time, which is, of course, the best combination in the world.  Although you probably shouldn’t wear them all together because too much of a good thing is very possible when it comes to rose gold.

What other trends have you been seeing this year?  Continue the discussion down below.  I would love to add to my growing list of top trends in 2017.

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A Few Of My Favorite Things- Floral, Fringe, and Sparkle

Remember when the ground wasn’t covered with snow and you could walk outside unafraid of stepping into a gross puddle filled with dirty water from the melting snow?  Or remember when it was like 60 degrees one day and then the next day we got dumped on with over a foot of snow?  It’s been a crazy winter to say the least.  Well luckily the photos below were taken on that 60-degree day because no blogger would miss the chance of shooting outside on a warm winter day.  Keep scrolling to read all about one of my favorite outfits that has been on repeat because it features a few of my favorite things: floral, fringe, and sparkle.

         Whenever the cold weather hits, I am the type of person that will fold away all of my favorite dresses and wait until the warm weather returns to wear them all again.  But, now I realize that dresses can certainly be worn in the winter, especially when you layer, layer, layer.  I love my button down, floral dress from Zara.  For the winter, I love dark floral prints, because it totally makes a delicate, girly print a bit more edgy.

         My Zara dress can absolutely stand alone because the beautiful floral print is bold and makes a statement, but as I said, to turn a dress into a more winter piece, it is all about layering, so I added this suede fringed vest by the brand Bongo.  You can’t go wrong with a simple fringed vest.  To be honest, this vest doesn’t add much warmth, but the fringed detail totally adds a more bohemian vibe to my look, which I totally dig!

         It’s my sparkly tights from Forever 21 that makes my dress more wintertime appropriate.  The thick, knit fabric keeps my legs warm and of course the sparkle keeps my outfit stylish.  I highly recommend investing in a good pair of thick tights, especially ones with some sort of pattern to complete any look, while keeping your legs nice and toasty.  If you are not into tights, you can certainly layer this dress over your favorite pair of skinny jeans.  For me, dresses like this is with just an oversized shirt that can be styled in so many ways.

         For shoes, I was torn between wearing black or taupe colored booties, but since most of my outfit’s color palette is dark, I decided to wear my favorite taupe colored booties by the brand Report.  Do these shoes look familiar?  Of course they do, I also styled them in a recent post, click here to read.  I know these shoes will continue to make more appearances on my blog.

         Finally, my choker featuring a lace band and gem pendant is from Forever 21.  Whenever a shirt or in this case a dress features a high neck, a choker is the way to go.

         Thanks everyone for reading.  What are some of your favorite ways to transform a dress into a winter appropriate outfit?  Let me know in the comments below.  FYI, it is suppose to be in the 60s this weekend, which means major meltage and more yucky puddles.  Talk to you all soon!

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What I Wore Wednesday

You know you are experiencing a mid-week slump when it took you an hour to come up with the title of this post.  Anyway, today’s style post features some of my favorite new pieces that I picked up from Zara a while back when they were having a massive sale.  I took advantage of Zara’s sale and stocked up on new denim and tops for all occasions, so of course you can expect more style posts featuring my favorite retailer, Zara.

Today’s style vibe is casual and laid back.  I took a somewhat fancy, silky black blouse with a floral embroidered detail from Zara and dressed it down by pairing it with slouchy, boyfriend jeans.  My Zara top also features a ruffle detail at the neck, which as you can tell by the photos was not cooperating with the windy weather, but hey it still looks chic.

Mixing textures and fabrics, like denim and silk can be interesting, so to give my blouse more shape, I decided to do my oh so famous half tuck trick and tuck a portion of my top into my distressed, boyfriend jeans from Zara.  It is safe to say I am in a committed relationship with my boyfriend and by boyfriend, I mean my boyfriend jeans.

As for shoes, I am wearing my favorite leopard print high top sneakers by Sam Edelman.  High tops and boyfriend jeans and leopard print and floral print are a few of my favorite style combos.

Since my blouse has somewhat of a high neck and special features, like the ruffles and embroidery, I kept with the basics, a choker and stud earrings.  For my necklace, I decided to stick with the floral theme and wear my new choker from Forever 21, which features tiny, delicate rose charms.

Next, I am in love with my simple button freshwater pearl earrings from Pearl & Clasp.  The black coloring is an interesting twist on the classic white pearl.  Head over to Pearl & Clasp for an extensive collection of bold and unique jewelry pieces.

So that will do it for my “hump day” style.  Thank goodness I was able to capture these photos before that tiny snowstorm that hit yesterday.  I don’t need icky snow to ruin my pictures.  Now I’ll just be patiently waiting for the snow to melt and for the weekend to arrive.  Talk to you all soon!

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Twinkle, Twinkle Little Stars

Who else is totally gushing over the star print trend this year? I mean how beautiful was Emma Stone’s Valentino blush colored dress she wore at the Golden Globes a couple of weeks ago.  I loved how the dress included a sparkly star pattern.  She really looked like a star (no pun intended).  Emma Stone as well as other celebrities and bloggers have really inspired me to add more of the star print to my collection.  Keep on reading to see how I style one of my new favorite pieces that follows that star trend and will have you shining like a star (too cheesy?).

All eyes are on my long black tunic with the beautiful metallic star print from online shop, Zaful.  I love heading over to Zaful because you will always find the best prices on the most stylish and trendiest pieces.  Every time I wear my Zaful tunic, everyone is always confused whether it is a top or a dress.  It is long enough to be a dress, but since the sides of the shirt features extremely high slits, I like to style it more like a shirt by wearing my favorite leggings or opaque tights.

         My favorite thing to wear with my tunic is my pair of leather leggings from Target.  I have been living in these leggings all winter because they are so stylish and definitely add that edgy vibe to any look.  I totally want to add more leggings like this in my wardrobe, so suggestions on where to find the perfect leather legging are greatly appreciated.

         Of course, what is a LivForStyle outfit without a faux fur vest?  So naturally, I layered my favorite black fur vest from Macy’s over my top for an extra pop of glam.

         Since my whole outfit has a lot going on, I decided to keep my accessories simple and just wore a choker from Apricot Lane.  The simple suede cord makes for the perfect choker without drawing too much attention away from the star print.

         Lastly, my black booties are by the brand Material Girl.  You can’t go wrong with a pair of booties that add some extra height and finishes off any look.

         I have been getting so much use out of my Zaful tunic, especially for a night out with my friends. However, don’t let the dark color palette make you think this outfit is only for the night.  You can always throw on a pair of light colored skinny jeans or boyfriend jeans to lighten up this look.  Either way, in my opinion this tunic and more specifically the star pattern will never go out of style.  Talk to you all soon!

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Post Holiday Glam

The post holiday depression has officially set in.  Walking through Bryant Park in NYC each day, I see what use to be the holiday shopping village now vacant.  I watch stores take down their holiday window decorations, but I refuse to put away my glitz and glam from the holiday season.  Keep on reading to see how to incorporate sparkle in your everyday look even when the holidays are over.

My favorite way to keep the glam in the dreary winter months is to add sparkle in subtle ways, which is why I love my plaid button up with the pops of gold sparkle from GlitterBuzzStyle Boutique.  The sparkle on the pocket and the back turns this shirt from ordinary to extraordinary.  Check out http://www.glitterbuzzstyleboutique.com for more fashionable finds.

Since I mentioned how cold the winter can get I just layered a thin white sweater from Old Navy under my blouse.  I always look for ways to add more warmth to any of my outfits because I am miserable when I’m cold.

As for jeans I’m wearing my new super flared jeans from Madewell.  This is not just your typical skinny jean, but the flared detail totally steps up your fashion game.  Not to mention the raw edge detail on the cuff is so in style.

For boots I’m wearing my suede ankle booties by Report.  I love how these booties are a little higher than my typical booties and the taupe color with silver embellishments totally makes these perfect for any winter time look.

How cool is my bracelet?  Again my bracelet is from the fabulous GlitterBuzzStyle Boutique.  It resembles a belt, but instead of wearing it on your waist it’s for your wrist.  Because of the cool design and color I had to make it the star of my outfit.

To look on the bright side I guess as each cold, winter day passes we are getting closer to longer, warm and sunny days.  But until then use fashion to add a little sparkle into your life.

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Good Vibes

It’s the final stretch!  Two final papers handed in and just three final exams to take and my first semester of senior year is OVER!  What the heck?  Where did time go?  It feels like yesterday I was the timid freshman on campus and now I am a big shot senior.  Putting all that aside, I decided to put down my philosophy notes for a bit and write a new post for you all.

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         So for today’s post I am switching things up a little bit and first going to talk about my infamous Charming Charlie Good Vibes necklace that has made many appearances on my blog.  In fact, this is one of my favorite necklaces so I had to dedicate the title of this blog post to the influential message behind the necklace.  The saying “Good Vibes” has been my motto for this past week, especially when I have been bombarded with exams and assignments, but it also has become my motto throughout this semester and continuing onto the next.  I am a big believer that your attitude determines your experiences, so I am making sure I spread those good vibes throughout my last year of college to ensure I fully enjoy senior year and continue to spread those good vibes in my upcoming adventures after graduation.  I promise when you change your attitude and at least try to be positive, because let’s face it, some days it is harder than others to remain positive, you will see all that the world has to offer you.  Ok, enough with motivational Liv, back to LivForStyle.

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         When any outfit needs a little more pizazz, throw on a faux fur vest to instantly transform your outfit. My white faux fur vest from Cotton On totally makes my simple, hunter green Forever 21 sweater a little more stylish.  I love the deep green shade of the sweater contrasted with the frost white color of my vest.

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         As you all know, I am very into the half tuck look, just to give any outfit a little more shape and definition, so I tucked in my sweater a “messy” way into my new favorite pair of distressed skinny jeans from Zara.  If you are looking for a place to buy a new pair of jeans to add to your denim collection, I highly recommend Zara.  At Zara you will find a variety of styles, washes, and fits.

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         Of course, on one of my recent shopping trips to Marshalls, when I was suppose to be Christmas shopping for others, I found these perfect taupe color booties from the brand Blowfish.  Such a simple and versatile bootie, it was a must buy.

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         Oops, can’t forget about the other necklace I am wearing that goes perfectly with the “Good Vibes” necklace.  I love layering a shorter, delicate necklace with a longer statement necklace.  So I decided to pair my Charming Charlie necklace with this far from boring Forever 21 necklace.  Layering necklaces is the perfect way to incorporate two of your favorite pieces into one outfit.

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Only one more semester until graduation and this girl will enter the working world.  I am not sure what the future holds, all I can wrap my brain around is the fact that I have so much studying to do and Christmas is in 8 days and I haven’t even started my Christmas shopping yet.  Are there any last minute shoppers out there like me?  Let me know in the comments below to ease my anxiety.  Hope everyone is enjoying the holiday season. See you all next time!

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Flannel Tuesday

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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The “It” Denim

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Free Fallin

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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The Season For Bomber Jackets

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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