Come On Spring

Currently, wishing it was spring or at least warm outside, but as I write this sentence we just experienced snow this morning.  Something about the month of March I just despise.  Maybe it’s because I get my hopes up for warm weather and sadly get disappointed with cold temperatures and snow on the ground.  I wish after the holidays we can just fast forward to spring/summer, but sadly I am not Mother Nature and have zero control over the weather.  However, I do have control over my outfit, so today I am embracing spring like patterns and colors in the hope that Mother Nature will bless us with an early spring. 

No better way to start welcoming the new spring season than a floral blazer. I got mine at you guessed it, Zara. I love the color palette of the jacket. It features all my favorite colors, like blush, teal, gold, cream, and so on. Plus, the oversized fit makes it a perfect layering piece, because after all, the weather during the spring can be tricky.  

This white blouse from Marshalls has seen better days, but it’s my favorite shirt to layer under jackets and even fur vests, like seen here.  I am in desperate need of a new basic white/cream colored blouse, so suggestions are welcomed.  

As for jeans, I am just wearing my skinny jeans from Fox’s that feature this cool fringed bottom. Whenever I am looking for an extra way to add fun to my look I always choose these jeans because of the details.  

As much as I love boots, I am so sick of wearing them, so today I opted for my new Steve Madden flat loafers.  I love the bronze metallic color, plus the tassel detail.  Whenever I wear this type of flats, I feel like my level of chicness and sophistication goes up many notches.  

As for jewelry, I am wearing my gold pendant necklace from Anthropologie.  The suitcase charm suits me well because although I have only been overseas once (twice if you count Bermuda) I have a strong desire to travel.  Plus, recently I packed up all my belongings and moved to NYC, so the suitcase necklace just fits my life and looks great with any outfit.  

Well that’s a wrap on today’s style post.  Here’s to warmer weather, flowers blooming, and spring fashion.  Let me know in the comments below how you are getting your wardrobe ready for spring. Talk to you all soon!   

 

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Salvaging Your Favorite Clothes From Common Fashion Disasters

We’ve all been involved in a fashion disaster or two. The idea of ripping your pants down the middle may seem comical, but it’s less than funny when it happens. Few fashion disasters are, especially when your favorite pieces fall foul to the cruel hands of fate. But, nothing lasts forever, and relationships with the best clothes often end this way.

In truth, though, few fashion disasters are unsalvageable. Would you give up on a relationship with anyone else so quickly? Of course not. We fight for what we love, and you should fight for those damaged clothes. To help you do that, we’re going to look at some standard fashion faux pas, and how you and your clothes can come out the other end.

Rips and tears

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You could argue rips are one of the most common problems we face. They’re also the simplest to fix. All it takes is a needle and thread. In the majority of cases, you don’t even need to be skilled in sewing. It’s as simple as re-attaching two pieces of fabric. It doesn’t matter much if you’re messy, as long as you sew from the inside!

Broken zippers

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In the majority of cases, broken zippers aren’t as straightforward to mend. But, that doesn’t mean you should resign such items to the fashion graveyard without trying. Often, the solution is easy enough to reach once you’ve diagnosed the issue. If your zipper keeps getting caught, a little lubrication on the teeth could help. Some oil or butter is all it would take. Other times, your zip might need more specialist attention. If the clothing is worth enough to you, it’d pay to look out for the best jacket zipper repair. Most of the time, this option will be cheaper than a complete replacement. What’s more, it allows you to keep that piece of clothing you know and love. It lives to zip another day!

Washing machine disasters

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There isn’t a person out there who hasn’t experienced at least one washing machine disaster in their time. You know the drill; you put in a whites wash and don’t notice the red sock hiding in the pile. You open the washing machine to a whole load of pink clothes. This is all the more painful because it means the ruining of many clothes in one hit. But, the end need not be nigh. Instead, head to your local store and invest in some color fixers. Stick the clothes back in the wash with one of these, and all should be as good as new.

Bleached fabric

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Sounds strange, but it happens. What with toilet cleaning and hair dye, bleached patches on clothes aren’t unusual. In truth, it’s near impossible to undo damage like this. But, that’s not to say you can’t salvage something. Why not incorporate patches to cover the damage? You could even attempt some embroidery to hide the stain. These additions will bring you fresh into fashion as well as saving your old piece.

So next time you are tempted to throw away clothes that you believe can’t be saved, think again. After reading this article, imagine all the clothes you thought were heading straight to the trash that can actually be saved. You’re welcome!

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Off Duty Style

Have you ever heard the term “off duty style?”  It usually refers to a model’s off duty style and I am far from being a model but I do have days where I don’t feel like dressing up or wearing tight, restrictive clothes.  Like today, I call this look my off duty style because it involves a simple, effortless formula…leggings, a loose fitting shirt, and sneakers. Keep on scrolling to read all about my off duty style.

It’s still a mystery to me why leggings are so comfortable.  Maybe it’s just the cozy cotton material that adjusts with your body unlike denim where it feels impossible to move in certain ways.  The key to getting away with wearing leggings in public and even an office setting is finding leggings with some sort of pattern.  When you wear leggings that aren’t just your typical solid black cotton leggings they look dressier and more stylish.  I love these gray and black mosaic patterned leggings from Ruby and Jenna.  The pattern is still neutral enough to wear with any top.  I wish the photos picked up more of the beautiful pattern in my leggings but for now just use your imagination.

When it comes to wearing leggings I always like to wear a top that is long enough to cover my backside. I think we should make that rule an official fashion rule when it comes to leggings.  So I decided to go with this oversized denim shirt from Zara.  As you know from one of my previous posts, I am digging the whole denim and pearl combo.  I was so happy to see this shirt featuring a subtle pearl detail on the pockets.  Plus, the oversized fit is so comfortable and just allows you to be free.

Since, we are sticking to a whole comfy and casual vibe what’s the point of wearing heeled booties? So I decided to break out my favorite Adidas brand sneakers.  Nothing screams casual, comfy chic, than a pair of sneakers.

As for jewelry, I’m just wearing this edgy silver choker from Forever 21.  Since the neckline of my shirt goes pretty far up, a choker is the perfect accessory.

We all have days where we just don’t want to put tons of time and effort into one look and this was certainly that day.  Although, I didn’t put too much thought into today’s outfit, I still think I pulled off a stylish look.  Let me know in the comments below what is your go to outfit when you are trying achieve that “off duty style.”

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2018: The Year of Short Hair

After a few years of long luscious locks accompanying the hippy vibe seen everywhere, 2018 is bringing back the short hair look, chopping off those tresses without a backwards glance.  From pixie cuts that are styled with longer bangs or ruffled into a natural ‘fairy from the woods’ look to bobs that just brush the shoulders, short hair is back with a bang.

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Hollywood is all about finding the next new look and celebrities like Olivia Culpo, Kim Kardashian and Cate Blanchett are already rocking some of the hottest trends.  If you can learn anything from these ladies, it is that however old you are, and whatever you look like, you can join in with the fashion trends of 2018 and achieve something really special.  Fashion can be scary but, done right, it will make you look and feel amazing.

Finding the right look for you is all about experimenting with different styles and ideas.  For those of you who have always kept long hair out of habit, it’s time to try something new.  This year’s trends are ideal and if you like, you can mix and match to create your own unique look, incorporating various trends and fashions.  Be bold, be brave.  You’ll look amazing.

The Pixie Cut

The pixie cut has become something of a classic do, especially amongst young moms who want to look amazing at the drop of a hat.  There are all kinds of different pixie cuts to go for though and deciding which one for you is important before you go to your hairdresser.  Since there are so many different types of pixie cut around now, you should probably take a picture of the look you want to show your hairdresser before you start.  This will give them a more concrete idea of what you want before they start chopping.

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Some of the most popular pixie cuts this year are styled with bangs to frame your face and lend a slightly ruffled and informal look to your hairstyle.  This is actually perfect because apart from looking after your bangs and keeping them in good condition (hello dry shampoo!) your hair is basically ready for any event.  How you want your bangs is very much up to you (and we’ll come to bangs shortly) but the main thing is that your face is framed, bringing out your natural beauty.

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Color is also a popular way to keep your pixie on point.  Balayage might sound impossible, but keeping the top half of your hair light with a contrasting dark color underneath creates the illusion of thicker hair.  The soft grey tones that were everywhere in 2017 are also sticking around, though now you are invited to add more of a silver shine to maximise on impact and create a striking look.

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The Jaw-Length Bob

The jaw length bob is the perfect inbetween stage if you are looking for a shorter look but aren’t quite brave enough to go full pixie.  There are basically two types of jaw length bob: the wavy “I just came from the beach” look or the sleek and shiny “I just had this done” look.  Luckily, both are very much in fashion and are quite easy to achieve with minimal fuss.

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The key to maintaining a jaw length bob is keeping those ends in perfect health.  You can get away with trimming longer hair less often, but with a shorter do, split ends will make your hair seem puffy and not in a good way.  If you want to make sure that your hair stays sleek and perfect, regular hair treatments and trims are vital.

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For a beach look there is just one key ingredient: the sea salt spray.  This will help your hair to keep it’s beautiful, defined waves it’s almost ridiculous how easy it is to use.  All you need to do is spritz in your spray while your hair is still damp and then use a towel to scrunch it into place.  If you have straight hair, the process is just as simple: wash your hair the night before and spritz in the spray while it is still damp, then put your hair into french plaits.  When you wake up, take the plaits out and scrunch your hair with a little more spray.  Simple!

Choppy Bangs

If you aren’t feeling quite brave enough to go the whole chop just yet, there is one more style you can certainly get on board with. Choppy bangs are the perfect solution for anyone who has always quite liked the idea of bangs but has never wanted the fuss of maintaining a perfect length.  In fact, bangs are so annoying to maintain at one perfect length that you are completely forgiven for never trying them before.

However, all that has now changed and choppy bangs are bringing a whole new way of framing your face to town.  By styling your bangs so that they are sweetly uneven, you can let them grow out a little bit more and not panic every time you run a comb through them.  Plus, choppy bangs work well with fluffy curly hair too blending in nicely with your longer locks and making the most of the texture of your hair.

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If you are feeling really brave, you could go for super short baby bangs which are proving popular with celebrities like Emma Watson and Sofia Boutella.  These ladies show how well baby bangs work with any length of hair or even an up-do. Sophisticated and very cute – who knew those two things could mix so well?

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With so many new options for this year, 2018 is looking to be a pretty wild year for hairstyles.  There are so many different ways to approach short hair and creating a unique take on a particular style couldn’t be more fashionable right now.  Whether you are looking for something sleek and exacting or a hairstyle to suit a more relaxed lifestyle, 2018 has something for everyone.

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It’s Not Easy Being Green! How To Make Ethical Fashion Choices

Life is all about making ethical choices.  And believe it or not, beauty and fashion is an industry ripe for questionable ethics.  There is something we can all do about this now, in the modern age. Whether you are just out of college, or you’re looking for a way to give back to society, there are simple ways for us all to contribute, and you can do this in your fashion choices.   How can we do this?

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Buy Locally

Buying items locally isn’t just convenient, but it’s beneficial for the local economy.  Spending your money on investing in clothing and furniture with local businesses, and you are not just helping them to thrive, but you’re giving back to those around you.  Shopping locally also gives you the opportunity to find items that aren’t typically sold in high street retailers.  This gives you a better chance to find quirkier items and clothing that is so left of center that you will stand out a mile – in a good way!  Buying local items also involves less packaging, cutting down on plastic waste.  Many governments are encouraging customers to bring reusable bags when they go shopping, and this is one of most important things for you to do when heading out to the shops.

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Pick Your Companies

It’s a big draw for many people now, buying items from a supplier that is doing their utmost for the benefit of the planet.  It’s not just clothes that fall under an ethical practices and exploitation.  Even when purchasing something as seemingly innocent as wooden furniture, there could be illegal timber in the product.  Because there’s such a demand in the western world for cheap furniture, this has had a massive impact on deforestation in countries like Thailand and Cambodia.  The businesses that do their best to trade ethically will promote themselves accordingly as being environmentally friendly and supporting fair trade.  Of course, these items will always cost a bit more, but it’s for the benefit of the planet.  So, pick your companies carefully.

Do Your Research

While many businesses pride themselves on their ethical and environmental standpoints, it’s always advisable that you undertake your own education so you know exactly what you are buying. I t’s always beneficial to sort out the origin of the materials, and this can involve a bit of digging, but it’s usually stated clearly on the retailer’s website.  If not, you are within your rights as a consumer to go and ask!  It’s not just clothing that can be ethically sourced, this natural mattress is made from eco-friendly materials, and it makes you think about what else you’ve got in your home that hasn’t been sourced through an ethical channel.  After a while, the realization dawns on us that so many things we use everyday hasn’t been obtained through ethical means.  It’s at this point where you start to consider your own approach to buying all of your items through reputable suppliers.  After a while, once you found a few suppliers that suit your own beliefs, you can continue to go back to those retailers.  A few popular ethical retailers include People Tree, Know The Origin, and Annie Greenabelle.  Use these three as a springboard towards other ethical retailers and spread the word!

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Living A Fashionable Lifestyle Ethically

Living a fashionable lifestyle in an ethical manner is, firstly, about living a lifestyle in an ethical manner.  Choosing your retailers is one piece of the puzzle, but there are things you can do personally to improve on every aspect of your ethical being.  Choosing appropriate retailers, like People Tree, is a great way to get fashionable clothing, but also, think about your accessories.  From your handbags to your flowers at home.  Something like flowers are flown in from overseas, which can have a massive impact on your carbon footprint.  For example, red roses on Valentine’s Day are flown over from countries like Zimbabwe, so why don’t you go back to shopping locally? This leads naturally on to your own day to day dealings.  If you shop locally, you are cutting back on transport costs, which cuts back on the carbon footprint.  So when it comes to getting around, a bicycle is a bold fashion statement that you can accessorize wonderfully. Being on trend is vital when it comes to fashion, but it also benefits those who are looking to consume in a more ethical manner.  Boycotts of large organizations who devote themselves to unethical practices are commonplace, and it’s important for you to be on the ball with regards to this, so you know exactly where you should be standing.  It’s a lot of work, but if you are dedicated to living an ethical lifestyle, this is the way the cookie crumbles.

Used Clothing – Yes Or No?

While we all like a bargain, purchasing used clothes throws up a lot of questions.  Is it worth buying used clothes, especially if they were sourced unethically in the first place?  But it can take a lot of work to restore them again.  It can be a very expensive pursuit to stay on trend, and this is where extending the life of your clothes comes in handy.  Repurposing your clothes helps to reduce carbon, water, and waste footprints between 5% and 10%.  For this statistic alone, it’s worth going to a used clothing outlet such as a thrift store.  And with thrift stores, they are dedicated to giving back. This takes a lot of the research out of the equation, so you can focus on picking the right clothes for you. This does mean that you will have to look a bit harder, but going shopping for bargains and quirky styles in this manner is more fun.  Some people dedicate their Saturday to finding ethically sourced material that is stylish and was left at the bottom of a bargain bin!

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Yes, making ethical fashion choices is a lot of work, but it’s all about living the ethical lifestyle. Fashion can go against the grain in this respect, but if you spend time going through the fine details and sourcing adequate retailers that meet your needs, there is no reason to not look stylish.

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Summer Forever

Hello everyone! Remember me? It’s been way too long since my last post and here’s the explanation. So I recently started my first “big girl” job in New York City. Working for a social content platform in the city that I love has been the best post grad experience. For the last couple of months I was so worried I was never going to find a job, but I kept telling myself to be patient and good things will come and to my surprise they did. Now, instead of spending my days applying for jobs, I am keeping extremely busy with work, finding myself not having too much time for my blog. I have been working at my new job for over 2 weeks now and I am starting to get used to managing a job and my blog. So as I get more into a routine you can expect more blog posts from me like today’s style post, which perfectly captures my summer style.

How can it already be the end of August? Just like every summer this summer has flown by. So with that being said, I issue summer forever. Although that is most likely not going to happen I’m going to keep on wearing this outfit as long as the weather allows.

What better way to celebrate summer than with this Old Navy floral jumpsuit? I still can’t believe I found this piece at Old Navy for such an incredible price. The bright floral print against the black coloring really makes this jumpsuit a statement piece.

This jumpsuit featuring a beautiful and bright floral pattern can certainly stand on its own, so for the rest of the outfit I chose to wear my delicate choker from Zara.

As for shoes, since the jumpsuit has a flared leg, adding a little extra height is the perfect way to elongate your legs. For me, it can’t be too much height because I’m still nursing that broken ankle but I decided to wear my brown colored suede lace up sandals from Payless.

Finally, to finish off this summer look, I am wearing my go-to aviator sunglasses from H&M and my favorite sun hat from Century 21. I love how it says day dreamer across the rim of the hat. Plus this hat hides any bad hair day while keeping you stylish and summer appropriate.

Although this outfit only consists of a few pieces, the jumpsuit, necklace, hat, sunglasses, and sandals, it still makes a statement for sure and allows me to capture the summer season a little bit longer. See you all in my next post, but if you can’t wait until then I highly recommend following me on Instagram for tons of updates and pictures.

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Making A Statement

Making a statement in the fashion world is a breeze, thanks to fun, colorful, and elaborate jewelry. And for me over the past month, my lovely boot cast treating my broken ankle can also cause heads to turn, but that’s a whole different story.  Back to the jewelry, I have been no stranger to the whole statement necklace trend and have always found myself finishing up a simple look by adding an ornate necklace.  But lately statement necklaces have not just been in the spotlight, but so has statement earrings.  The statement earring trend started in the winter, continued into the spring and the summer and I have a feeling we will be seeing this trend transitioning into the autumn months. With my short hair, I always like to play around with funky earrings and today’s look emphasizes the idea that a pair of earrings can totally transform a look.

Since, this look focuses on my earrings, it’s only natural I start with my earrings.  Like I mentioned in my previous post, Etsy is the best place to shop for unique clothing pieces and accessories.  On one of my recent searches, I came across the store Kay and Star, owned by mother- daughter duo, Jordan and Julie.  These stylish shop owners stock their online store with the most colorful and extravagant jewelry pieces.  Immediately, when I saw these orange ombré tassel earrings, I knew they would make a statement.  These earrings certainly add a summer vibe to my look.

When the sun is out, the shoulders come out too.  The off the shoulder trend is not stopping anytime soon, so there is no better time to wear an off the shoulder dress than on a sunny, hot summer day. My chambray and denim colored dress is from Target.  Although, it appears simple, the ruffle detail and the off the shoulder look gives this dress a little something extra.

Speaking of a sunny, summer day, I had to throw on my favorite shades, which happen to be these brown, round sunglasses by London Fog.  I really like the small frame and the way they shape my face.

There is nothing more frustrating than having a broken ankle and only being able to wear one shoe, so for the sake of this post I decided to model my boot solo and hold up the sandals I would wear with this outfit.  What can I say?  I’m trying to be a fashion blogger while making the best out of an unfortunate situation.  So when this lovely boot comes off for good, which I hope is very soon because it’s been a month already, I plan to wear this pair of black, strappy sandals from Target.

Whenever I am figuring out my outfits, my goal is to always make a statement.  Fashion is not supposed to be boring.  So next time you find a crazy, colorful, statement worthy piece, don’t be afraid to buy it and wear it with confidence. See you all in my next post.

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So Vintage

Cue the scene from Mean Girl.

 

Regina: Oh my God, I love your skirt!  Where did you get it?

Lea Edwards: It was my mom’s in the ’80s.

Regina: Vintage, so adorable.

Lea Edwards: Thanks.

Regina: [after girl walks away] That is the ugliest effing skirt I’ve ever seen.

Even though mean girl Regina was mocking the character’s vintage style, currently vintage fashion is all the rage in the fashion world.  Slowly, I have been shopping more vintage styles and incorporating unique pieces into my looks.  What’s great about vintage clothing is the history behind each piece. Vintage clothing, like the clothing featured in today’s post, can’t be found at the usual stores in the mall, like Forever 21, H&M, Zara, and so on, making them on of a kind.

The first vintage piece I am wearing in today’s look is from the Etsy shop, Solitary Consignments.  If you are looking to jump into the vintage world, I highly recommend browsing Etsy shops because you never know what you will find.  Throughout the Solitary Consignments shop, customers will find a huge selection of “pre loved clothing.”  The shop owners, Breanna and Shannon carefully handpick each item from different thrift stores in their area.  The duo found a stylish piece from their latest shopping trip and I am the proud owner of this vintage Tweety Bird sweatshirt.  I am loving the distressed detail and it’s very cool to know that Breanna and Shannon distressed this piece by hand. As you can tell they hand pick and hand distress their items with love.  They totally live up to their store’s motto, “giving great pieces a second chance.”

No one would know that before my jean shorts were jean shorts they were actually a pair of Levi jeans. In my journey of finding awesome vintage stores in my area, I came across Chic Jack’s Vintage Clothing, which is described as a “vintage heaven,” and it totally is!  At this store, you will find racks upon racks of authentic vintage clothing from the 1920s all the way up to the 1980s.  Nothing screams vintage than a pair of high waisted, distressed pair of jean shorts.  The loose, relaxed fit makes them the perfect jean shorts for any summer day.  Plus, just like my sweatshirt the owner hand distressed these shorts.  So cool!

Although they are not technically vintage, considering I have had these pair of Adidas shoes for only a month, they still have that retro vibe because the brand Adidas can be traced back to decades ago.

Finally, to tie together the vintage vibe of my outfit, of course I had to add a choker from Forever 21. Whenever I wear a choker, it instantly transports me back to the 90s.

For me, as I am experimenting more with the vintage style, I notice how different the style is, especially when I am use to shopping at popular retail stores.  But nothing is better than the thrill you get when rummaging through a local thrift store and discovering a unique item.  Let me know in the comments below if you are into vintage style and any vintage shopping tips. See you all in my next post!

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Weekend Roundup

For those of you who don’t know, LivForStyle actually started on YouTube.  Back in the day, my favorite videos to upload were my monthly favorite videos, where towards the end of the month I would recap a few products I was loving throughout that month.  Although, it is not the end of the month just yet, I decided to go back to my roots, and round up some of my favorite products and things that piqued my interest these past couple of weeks.  And still nursing a broken ankle, I have been spending a lot of time laying by the pool or just simply laying on the couch, surfing the web and stumbling across some fascinating articles, binge worthy television shows, new songs, and amazing beauty products.

 

Freezing Your Jeans?

 When it comes to my jeans, I hardly ever wash them.  Some may say that is disgusting but hear me out. After spending time working as a sales associate and stylist at Madewell and learning how to care for denim, I realized that washing your jeans after every time you wear them is not ideal because it can destroy the fit and the fabric.  Usually, when I wear denim I am only in them for a couple hours and avoid any sorts of spills, so I can get away with not washing them for weeks.  My secret to keeping my jeans fresh is throwing them in the dryer with a dryer sheet to “fluff” them up, but recently I discovered a new way to preserve your jeans and it doesn’t require the dryer but the freezer. According to the interesting article published on WhoWhatWear, freezing jeans preserves the color and fabric, but it also kills any bacteria on your jeans.  Who knew that freezing temperatures had this powerful affect on jeans? Maybe it is time to continue the non traditional form of washing my jeans and throw them in the freezer next to the tubs of Ben & Jerry’s ice cream.  What are your thoughts on this method?

 

Kesha’s New Hit

When I was scrolling through my Twitter feed, I saw that Kesha tweeted the release of her new song, Praying.  After Kesha took a hiatus from the music world, I was even more interested in her new single.  The title of the song, gave me the impression it was not going to be a party anthem like her popular song Tik Tok.  Instead, I knew this tune would have more of a personal note behind it.  As we all know, Kesha recently went through a lot, from the abuse from her manager, the court’s refusal to let her be free from his control, and her mental health issues that came along with the trauma.  Kesha has always been an outspoken artist when he comes to her mental health.  I applaud her for being so honest with her struggles with an eating disorder and depression, shining light that no one should suffer alone.  Her new song captures some pretty raw emotions, especially when she sings “I had to learn how to fight for myself,” giving her listeners a little preview into her struggles.  This song is  relatable for those who are going through any challenge, no matter big or small.  The sweet, soft melody and deep lyrics tells a story of finding the strength to forgive yourself and forgive others.  I highly recommend adding this song to your playlist when you need a little pick me up.

 

Revlon Colorstay Cream Eye Shadow

When I was big in the YouTube world, I have to be admit I spent lots more time on my makeup. I used to apply about 3-4 eye shadow colors and flawlessly blend them all together.  Although, I am still a makeup addict, I find myself just not having as much time as I did to sit and apply layers and layers of makeup.  Instead, I have been trying to find products that can reduce the time spent doing my makeup but still give me that well put together look.  If you haven’t tried the new Revlon Colorstay Cream Eye Shadows, what are you waiting for?  These long wear cream eye shadows comes with a brush for super easy application and are perfect for those days and nights you want to just swipe a beautiful color on your lid.  Not to mention the formula is long wearing and won’t sweat off your face, especially when you are at a pool party or dancing the night away.  My three favorite shades are Caramel, Pistachio, and Black Current.  When I’m feeling extra fancy, I apply the shade Caramel to my lids and then top it with an application of my favorite bronze eye shadow, but honestly these cream eye shadows look and work beautifully solo.

 

Younger

I usually don’t spend my free time watching television, but thanks to one special show, I find myself glued to the television every Wednesday night at 10:00 pm.  I am obsessing over the TV Land show Younger.  A couple of years ago, I had the opportunity to review the first season of the show on my blog (check it out here) and ever since then I’ve been hooked.  Now in its fourth season, Younger stars Liza (Sutton Foster), Kelsey (Hilary Duff), and others and their crazy adventures like trying to make a career in the publishing world or find love while trying to dodge some crazy secrets about themselves. The fourth season premiered a few weeks ago and there have already been lots of crazy drama and plot twists.  Not to mention, throughout this season and every season all the character’s style is on point.  I highly recommend tuning in every Wednesday, but for those who still have to catch up on episodes, head over to http://www.tvland.com/shows/younger to watch them all.

 

I really enjoy reading these types of round up posts and even better, I enjoy writing them, so let me know in the comments below if you would like to see more of these posts in the future.  Keep the discussion going by letting me know what you are loving or what things have piqued your interest.

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Now Trending: Embroidery

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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