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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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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How To Use Your Beauty & Fashion To Celebrate Life

Beauty and fashion, from a critical and pessimistic perspective, could be considered as a waste of time.  Surely it’s just time spent in narcissism, painting our faces and wearing the best new clothes in an effort to look better than the next person?  Surely we have too high an opinion of ourselves to even begin in the first place, and this is emphasized in the fact that we continually spend our money to achieve such an aim?

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Not so.  In fact, what was mentioned above could not be more wrong.  Fashion and beauty are not silly or inconsequential things.  They can mean everything to the root of our lives, and can imbue us with meaning and positive feelings regarding our identity, our place in the world, our self-respect, and our ability to celebrate life.  Beauty is absolutely worthwhile in a range of different scenarios, and for a range of different reasons.  

Beauty & Fashion Are Seasonal

The only constant regarding beauty and fashion are that they continually change.  Trends arise almost as fast as they fall, and seasons bring with them entirely new wardrobes if we hope to stay updated.  Some might consider this a burden, but there’s almost no need for this to be considered the case.  How better to express the beauty of living in the moment and celebrating what’s here than to dress in accordance with the world around you?  Autumnal colors furthers that beauty of season when applied to your wardrobe. It shows that you care about the world around you, that you are connected with it.  Just like a mother placing Christmas decorations up during the festive period, adorning yourself with the fitting clothing is tantamount to celebrating the time you currently enjoy in all of its temperance.

It makes the world that little bit brighter.  It makes the season that little bit more comfortable.  It makes the temporal nature of the season a little more easy to enjoy and be part of, as opposed to worrying about what’s coming ahead.  This can seriously impact your positive emotion. For example, spring is now around the corner.  This can be a wonderful time to bring out the floral dresses, experiment with color and become the garden nymph you have felt like being since Christmas ended!

As we get older, the ability to play is often lost from us.  We do not dress up and play pretend as we did as children unless we enter an acting profession or go to a themed party.  While of course fashion and beauty is different and more refined than simply dressing up in a costume, the underpinnings of what make it so enjoyable are there.  Who doesn’t enjoy looking better, looking relevant and feeling updated?  This celebrates life to its core, and allows you to feel part of the times around you.  If you feel you need a major life upgrade, paying attention to your appearance can be a wonderful place to begin.

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Beauty & Fashion Are Experimental

To have fun with your appearance, sometimes you simply need to try and find an alternate means of expressing how you apply your beauty routine.  This could be as simple as a new personalized skin care routine to gain a new glow, or to try and wear colors you usually don’t.  If you’re not much of a dress person, wearing them could enhance your femininity and give you room to try something slightly out of your comfort zone.

The thing about beauty and fashion are that they influence our personality.  It’s likely you know this already. Dressing up and looking your best for a night on the town often feels like who you truly are, rather than wearing sweats and not showering for a full day while watching Netflix on your laptop. We all enjoy our comfort and indulgences, and of course we cannot afford to be made up at all hours of the day, but it’s likely you feel your absolute best and alive when you’re trying a new beautiful makeup line, or item of clothing.

Those critical of beauty interests often say that the people who indulge in it are often not confident when they can’t improve how they look.  From this they infer that it’s simply an exercise in masking insecurity. This couldn’t be further from the truth.  Someone who is able to express their inner beauty however they like will KNOW how beautiful they are.  Beauty is not an exercise in covering up, but enhancing our strengths.  It’s paying respect to the best parts of ourselves, parts that can often go ignored when we fail to express and enjoy them.

If you feel as though your beauty and fashion regime is starting to become a little stale, switch things up!  Go for a makeover or try a completely new lip kit.  Experimenting could potentially gift you a beautiful new style you adore, one which truly makes you feel like you.  So why not get started, because who cares what the critics or anyone else says?

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Beauty & Fashion Is Individual

There’s no better way to celebrate your individuality than to express it through beauty and clothing. People who criticize our wonderful hobby often think that what fashion you wear is inconsequential. Of course, you should never be tied to wearing ‘a certain style’ or ‘a certain designer brand’ or even designer wear at all, but you should understand that great fashion and beauty is an extension of you. It brings with it an extension of your identity, something which expresses your personality in every color and ruffle of fabric.  This doesn’t mean you should ever be overbearing about looking ‘perfect,’ instead you should feel free in the creative potential afforded to you.

There is simply no better way to feel and look great, celebrate yourself, practice self-respect, feel confident, understand your worth and generally enjoy your overall life more than grooming and honoring yourself with a look that makes you feel like you. Wether this is through wearing all black, simply rose tinting your cheeks or fully painting yourself into a beautiful new person, whatever makes you happy should be celebrated more than denigrated.  Making yourself look good often shows emotional health. It shows you’re open to positivity, happiness, social discourse and enjoying the things that come your way.  It shows you’re connected socially, whether you hope to attract that man or woman you’ve had your eye on for some time, or simply to look fantastic among your friends while elevating each other’s confidence.

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Don’t Sweat It

The only way that any of the previous advice can work and work well for you is to make sure you enjoy it. When you feel chained to looking good, it loses its excitement.  You do not need to look your best every day, or every week for that matter.  You only need to look good when it suits you, when feeling that way would lift your spirits, make you more confident, and help you feel secure in yourself. If you wear clothes for the sizing, the beauty, the craftsmanship of the fabrics and the way whole outfits can serve as expressions and even artistic statements, then you have a healthy attitude to this.  Don’t sweat the small stuff, and just wear what makes you happy and confident.

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With all of this applied to your general attitude around looking great, you can be sure to have a healthy hobby in fashion and beauty.

 

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College Fashion Week

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

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

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

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

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

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

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That’s So 70s

One of the many things I learned from spending two summers interning in New York City with prestigious fashion companies is that trends like to repeat themselves. Every season it seems like fashion trends in a particular decade come back again. Almost like the expression history repeats itself, it seems like fashion does too.

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This season is all about the 70s with the flared jeans, the 80s with patches (click here to see how I completely transformed a denim jacket with a few patches) and you can’t forget chokers for that 90s grunge. I always yell at my mom for not keeping any of her clothes from back in the day. She always responds by saying she didn’t know that 20/30 years later those trends would be huge.

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But luckily my mom and dad always share what they wore and what was popular back in the day. And when their memory about a certain trend is foggy the Internet is the best place to find inspiration. So keep on reading to time travel back to the 70s and embrace the flared jean trend.

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I always wanted to experiment with flared denim so when I found a pair of high-waisted crop flared jeans at Zara for an awesome price I knew this was my chance. I don’t regret this purchase because these flared jeans totally take me out of my skinny jean comfort zone.

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For a top to pair with my flared jeans, I knew I wanted something colorful. Although this top is not entirely 70s I can totally see someone from that time period wear this top. I found this shirt at Zara and it was such a bargain. Of course I tucked in a little portion of my blouse to show off the high-waisted feature of my jeans.

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One style of shoes my mom always talks about is Candies. I heard from a pretty reliable source that they were the hit thing in the 70s. I’m so happy I got my hands on a pair of Candies platform wedges. In my opinion when you wear flared pants you need a heel for a boost of height to really exaggerate the flare.

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As for arm candy, I am keeping it simple and just wearing my favorite Hollis Hayes elephant charm bracelet.

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Maybe it’s just me but whenever I wear my Forever 21 round sunglasses I feel like a hippie so I knew this pair of sunglasses would complete my 70s look.

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Thanks for time traveling with me and reading about my 70s inspired look. Let me know in the comments below if you are loving the 70s trend or can do away with it. See you next time!

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Street Style

When temperatures rise above 60 degrees, it is the perfect day to walk the streets of New York City and explore Central Park. If this warm weather pattern continues, it is safe to say that spring has sprung. Nothing was better than welcoming the warm weather than being in New York City. I had a wonderful time visiting all my favorite shops uptown and having a nice picnic lunch in the sun, sitting on one of the massive rocks in Central Park. Best part about this trip to the city was that I didn’t have to plan my outfit around my winter coat. I hope I can retire my heavy winter coat for the season. I decided to “dress down” and showcase my casual style, what I like to call my street style, since a day in New York City consists of strolling up or down your favorite streets and avenues.

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Don’t expect too much from this post. I’m just giving you the details of my outfit because I was not planning on doing an outfit post until my mom insisted on taking a few photos with my phone and then “BAM” I turned this into a quick post.

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This season, I am trying to experiment with different denim because denim does not only have to be skinny jeans, so I decided to break out my favorite Madewell boyfriend jeans. Remember them from this post back in the summer? It was so warm out I could have easily gotten away with wearing a dress, but I am not ready to show the world my pale winter legs, maybe next time. I paired my distressed denim with a lightweight sweater from Forever 21, tucked in, to give my look a slouchy, laid-back vibe. To turn my sweater from boring to more exciting, I am wearing my new springtime scarf from Madewell. I love the bright coral color and the fringe tassels. To incorporate the pattern mixing trend, I chose to introduce a new pattern to my outfit by adding my leopard slip on sneakers from Target. Lastly, because I was doing some shopping, my cross-body bag from Fossil was a necessity. Everyone always gives me a puzzled look when they see this bag. They always wonder if it is portraying a face. That is the beauty of art and fashion; it all depends on the individuals’ interpretation.

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            I can’t wait to style some of the new pieces I bought on my recent New York City shopping trip. Just a heads up, the next time you see me on my blog, I might be blonde. I’ve been a little bored of late and have been thinking of trying something bold and different. What would you think of me as going platinum blonde? After all, life is to short to be boring. Talk to you all soon!

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Currently Streaming- TIDAL

“When words fail, music speaks” is such a relatable quote for those days when you are swamped with work and need some inspiring music, or looking for upbeat tunes to put you in a good mood, or when you are getting ready for a night out and looking for songs to pump you up. Music is an important part of my life. I love listening to music, filling the silence in the background, and discovering new songs and artists to jam out to.

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Since my taste in music is changes with my mood, music-streaming services are my best friend because I can discover different songs and playlists to fit my mood and the occasion.

I am so excited that I found a new subscription based streaming service, called TIDAL. It’s not just your normal streaming service, but has tons of features, including all your favorite music from all your favorite artists, a section to discover up and coming artists, a collection of music and concert videos, and the best part is that musicians like Prince, Rihanna, Kayne West, and Beyoncé have created their own playlists and shared exclusive new music.

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Some of my favorite playlists include TIDAL Relax, Early Morning Songs, and Music To Make You Smile which features Cold Play, Sam Smith, John Mayer, Mumford & Sons, Fleetwood Mac, Imagine Dragons to name a few. I can’t forget to mention Beyoncé’s playlist Hot Sauce. Beyoncé handpicks all of the songs on her playlist so you know it will be a dance party.

When TIDAL is not providing their listeners with awesome music, they are also providing their subscribers with amazing chances to win awesome prizes. Recently, they partnered with Little Wayne to create a new campaign called Social Wave for Change. This campaign is looking for college students who are involved with their community.

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Students are challenged via social media to join the TIDAL College’s Social Wave for Change by publicly posting a photo or video to TIDAL’s Facebook wall or Instagram showing them completing any type of community service. TIDAL wants to reward students for their impactful community service. So get creative, post a photo of you donating canned goods to a local food shelter, donating clothing to a clothing drive, recycling, volunteering at a soup kitchen, or donating to any charity of your choice. The possibilities are endless.

Don’t forget to include your school name, tag a friend, and use the hashtag #TIDALXChange. A panel of judges will review all the social media submissions and choose a group of finalist, who have positively impacted their community. The public will then choose one grand winner. Not only will you be helping your community, but you also have the chance to win a silent disco event at your school or a Lil Wayne concert near your school. Everyone is a winner in this campaign.

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What are you waiting for? Head over to TIDAL to receive a 3-month complimentary subscription. While you are listening to your favorite tunes and discovering new music, don’t forget to brainstorm ways you can get involved in your community. Happy listening!

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

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My Hairstyle Through The Years

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Goodbye 2015

Dear 2015,

Thanks for an amazing year. A year filled with ups and downs. A year filled with successes and fails. A year filled with challenges. But most importantly a year filled with lessons. I am very hopeful for 2016, but before I enter into the new year, I want to reflect on 2015 and what I learned.

1. Be present

I have always heard to live in the moment, to stop and look, and take time to reflect. However, it was not until this autumn, I knew the real meaning of those phrases. The long walks to class have always been my time to think and to admire the beauty of my campus. When the fall season arrived, I remember taking time to look at the changing leaves, to admire the rich, bold colors and to start appreciating the little things. Now, whether I am with family or friends, whether I am in public or in my bedroom all by myself, I try to let go of my racing thoughts and just be mindful of my surroundings and most importantly be thankful.

2. Acknowledge your inner beauty

This has always been a challenge of mine, but in 2015 I got better at recognizing my inner beauty. By inner beauty, I mean my strength, my passions, my creativity, and other traits that come from the soul. Everyone always acknowledges my love for others, my passion for fashion, my dedication to my blog, my strength, and so on. Now, whenever someone compliments me, I simply say thank you. I am certain that I will continue to celebrate what makes me unique in 2016.

3. My Prince Charming will show up… Eventually

Entering college I had this mindset that I would find a boyfriend freshman year, date him throughout my four years, and eventually get married. I blame all the romance movies I have watched that painted this picture. Now as a junior in college, I can say that this is not reality, maybe for some people, but not me. In 2015, I realized that having a boyfriend is not the most important thing in the world. Even though, it seems like every girl someone special in her life, there is still plenty of us celebrating the single life. I am certain that my time will come and my knight in shining armor will show up. Now, whenever I enter any social setting I leave behind my goal of finding a man and remember to be patient, be confident, and have fun.

4. Be flexible

Being organized and scheduled is a strength of mine but also a weakness. Sometimes being too rigid can be stressful and lead me to miss out on spontaneous adventures. I’d rather stick to my schedule, but this year I learned to be patient and realized that everything cannot be perfect and that is ok because a little unpredictability makes life more fun.

5. Money doesn’t grow on trees

Being an adult is not all fun and games, especially when dealing with finances. As a full-time student, I have few chances to work and make money, so sometimes I find myself in a predicament. Do I splurge on that pair of shoes? Or do I save my money for future opportunities? This year I learned the meaning of a dollar. I noticed how my expenses can add up, making me more conscious with my money. For example, instead of going to my favorite coffee shop every morning and spending over two dollars for coffee, I started to make my coffee in my townhouse. A big savings! I learned that in order to save, you have to make a few sacrifices, but it will all be worth it in the end. In 2015, I officially discovered what it is like to be an adult.

6. Have fun

This year has been busy…finishing my sophomore year of college, starting my own blog, completing a summer internship in the fashion world, and starting my junior year of college. No wonder why I am always exhausted. The rare moments I did have some free time, I remember having fun, being carefree, and feeling like a kid again. I recall many fun memories in 2015, but three occasions stick out, my trip to the Bronx Zoo, visiting Playland in Rye, New York, and jumping off the three meter diving board. Seeing the lions, riding the Dragon Coaster, and cannonballing off the diving board, taught me that sometimes you have to abandon work for a little, log off all social media sites, and just have fun.

7. Focus on You

Lastly, the idea of focusing on me and what makes me happy is something I have discovered the last few months of 2015 and will continue to learn more in 2016. Lately, I recognized that you cannot make others happy, unless you are happy. I noticed that there are people in life that will question you and your choices. Those people will try to steal your self-esteem and make you feel worthless, but those people do not matter, the only thing that matters is you and your happiness.

Here’s another year filled with love, happiness, success, and so on. I am ready for you 2016. Bring it on!

Sincerely,

Liv

Check out some of my favorite moments from 2015. 

 

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All Bundled Up

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The title of this blog post is very misleading because I have been anything but bundled up the past few days.  The East Coast is experiencing the warmest December ever.  I’ve only worn my winter coat once, but like I said in my previous post, I am not complaining. I have no desire to see snow or bear the frigid temperatures of a normal northeast winter.  Although, it has been warmer than usual, it is still cold enough to wrap myself up in my favorite blanket scarf.

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The plaid blanket scarf trend has exploded this winter season.  Now everyone is keeping warm with this stylish accessory.  The best part about blanket scarves is they are so large you can style them in many different ways.  You can wear it as a shawl, just around your neck, loop it once or a few times, belt it, or my personal favorite is folding it into a triangle and looping it around my neck.  The triangle fold makes the scarf less bulky.

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The star of my outfit is my plaid blanket scarf from Ruby Claire Boutique.  The warm, rich colors go with all of my favorite pieces in my closet, so styling this scarf was a no brainer.  Plus, the scarf is so comfy and cozy; you won’t want to take it off.  For more stylish clothes and accessories, head over to Ruby Claire Boutique.  You won’t be disappointed.

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I feel like Superman, I mean Superwoman in my long cardigan from Forever 21.  Whenever the wind blows, my sweater turns into a cape.  Too bad it can’t make me fly, but my sweater certainty scores major style points.  The neutral, cream color is so versatile, the sweater looks great with jeans, leggings, or layered over a dress.

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Today there is a brisk breeze, so I am wearing a basic white long sleeve shirt from Old Navy under my sweater.  It adds just the right amount of warmth.

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You can’t go wrong with a medium wash pair of jeans.  They go with everything.  I am loving my denim jeans from the brand Just Black, purchased at Ruby and Jenna.

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Even though I am 5’-4”, I need some extra height today while wearing my sweater.  I am obsessed with heeled boots this winter because they make me look taller and my legs look longer, plus anytime I wear heels I always feel like a superstar.  I purchased these shoes from Marshalls on one of my shopping study breaks two weeks ago.  I was in desperate need of retail therapy so I am glad Marshalls had some great finds.

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Only 2 more days until Christmas…when did that happen?  I think it’s a good time to start wrapping gifts and picking out my outfits for the holiday festivities.  Stay tuned for more style posts.  Hope everyone made it on Santa’s nice list 😉 HO HO HO!

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Sweater: Forever 21 (SIMILAR) | Shirt: Old Navy | Jeans: Ruby and Jenna (SIMILAR) | Shoes: Rocket Dog  | Scarf: Ruby Claire Boutique (SIMILAR)

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The Makeup Show- NYC

IMG_8655On Sunday, May 3rd, I was able to take a much-needed break from studying for finals and took a trip to New York City. Most of my adventures to NYC are special, but this trip was extra special because I was attending my first ever The Makeup Show with my best friend, Christina, by my side.

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IMG_8556Coffee in hand, we both boarded the train at 9 A.M. and arrived in the city an hour later. The entire train ride, it felt like I had ants in my pants, or in my case my romper. I was so excited not knowing what to expect. Although this was my first time attending The Makeup Show, this was not my first makeup trade show. Many of my readers know that I have been to IMATS (International Makeup Artist Trade Show) three times, so one thing I knew I could count on would be cosmetics galore and meeting countless cosmetic lovers at The Makeup Show.

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We really lucked out with the weather on Sunday. It was a beautiful, sunny day with temperatures in the mid 70s. I took advantage of the warm weather by wearing a romper, wedges, and sunglasses. Rompers are my must-have for the spring and summer seasons. I decided to wear my new floral romper from Target. I love the black lace detailing on top coupled with the bright colored floral pattern on the bottom. I knew my romper needed some extra pizazz, so naturally I chose a statement necklace.IMG_8614IMG_8603
This necklace from Apricot Lane was the perfect size because it didn’t take away from the romper. Plus, the necklace was shiny and reflected the colors in my romper.

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Christina and I spent all morning and afternoon at The Makeup Show.We explored the venue and visited the different makeup tables. We made multiple visits to some of our favoritesThose that garnered a second or third look included Kat Von D, Lit Cosmetics, Nars, and Obsessive Compulsive Cosmetics. I picked up a few necessities like my favorite Kat Von D liquid eyeliner and a beautiful Nars eye shadow duo. I stepped out of my comfort zone and experimented with beautiful glitter eye shadows from Lit Cosmetics and Obsessive Compulsive Cosmetics. I can’t wait to put together beautiful summer looks with my new products, so stay tuned for upcoming posts.

IMG_8577IMG_8514It was wonderful to see Christina experience her first ever makeup trade show. I was so happy to share her excitement over the new makeup brands she discovered, especially the new Mac eye shadow she picked up. I am so glad Christina is part of the LivForStyle team. We’ve incorporated her love for photography with some great shots in this blog post. Christina is not only my college roommate and best friend, but she is a big supporter and valuable contributor to the LivforStyle website.IMG_8541IMG_8532

The Makeup Show lived up to my expectations and more. It was a great day filled with makeup, networking, and friendship. Special days like these are what continue to inspire and motivate me to make the LivForStyle site your go-to site for everything fashion, beauty, and lifestyle.

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Christina and I laughed and smiled on the train all the way back to school. We didn’t want to have to get back to the “reality” of studying for finals and wished the day in NYC could last forever. It was nice to feellike a “press rep” for the day with my best friend by my side.

IMG_8657Come back Friday for a special post. Christina will be my guest blogger, telling you all about her experience at The Makeup Show.

Romper: Target (SIMILAR) (SIMILAR)  | Shoes: Steve Madden (SIMILAR) (SIMILAR) (SIMILAR) | Necklace: Apricot Lane (SIMILAR) (SIMILAR) (SIMILAR) (SIMILAR) | Sunglasses: Forever 21 (SIMILAR) (SIMILAR)

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Wishful Thinking: What I Would Wear To Coachella

Happy festival season everyone! Festival season is a timeCoachella Style #2 for many electric dance music (EDM), pop, rock, and country shows. Festivals like these happen around the world and are a time for music lovers to come together to experience good music and a full out good time. Since there are so many festivals, I am certain you will find one that celebrates the music you like best. Upcoming festivals include Coachella, Mysteryland, Governors Ball, Bonnaroo, Electric Daisy Carnival, Tomorowland, Lollapalooza, and Electric Zoo.

In today’s post, I want to focus on one of the more popular music festivals, Coachella, which for most music lovers generally marks the kick-off of the music festival season.  The Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival, commonly referred to just as Coachella, is a yearly music and arts festival held in Indio, California.  This event features many genres of music, including rock, indie, hip-hop, and EDM. It also features an array of art exhibitions. This year Coachella will be celebrated the weekends of April 10th and 17th .Coachella Style #1

This festival includes popular musical artists, as well as lesser-known groups. Notable artists appearing in the past include Amy Winehouse, Snoop Dog, The Killers, Madonna, Daft Punk, Kayne West, Jay Z, Eminem, and Red Hot Chili Peppers.  This year’s festival will include performances by AC/DC, Drake, David Guetta and Florence and the Machine.  It’s no wonder why general admission tickets sold out in 20 minutes.

Coachella Style #4Coachella is not just about the music and art, but there’s also a good dose of fashion. Festival fashion is all about crop tops, concert tees, fringe, floral kimonos, high-waisted jean shorts, floral headbands, and a variety of flash tats.  When going to your favorite festival, don’t be afraid to step out of your style comfort zone and use your style as a way to express your creativity.

I put together a few style inspiration boards to show you what I would wear to Coachella if, that is I was actually able to scrounge tickets.  I had a lot of fun experimenting with different styles and colors.  I chose items that had a bohemian vibe, including warm colors, floral patterns, cream-colored tops and dresses, and fringe.  Of course, I had to add a few items with a smiley face design because this concert is all about feeling good and celebrating good vibes. When it comes to shoes, I chose shoes that were comfortable, yet stylish.  Combat boots, cowboy boots, and gladiator sandals are a must-have for any festival because you will be on your feet rocking and swaying all day.Coachella Style #3

If you’re not feeling the boho chic vibe, go for what I like to call the vintage concert style. This style includes concert tees from popular bands, like the Rolling Stones, Pink Floyd, and the Who. These graphic tees will look great paired with high-waisted distressed denim shorts.

As for accessories, don’t forget floppy hats and hippie style glasses to protect your face and eyes from the desert sun.  Accessorize your outfit with floral headbands, statement jewelry, and flash tats. The sky is the limit when it comes to dressing for Coachella.

         Oh how I wish I could be at Coachella this year, but sadly, I’m stuck on the East coast finishing up a busy Spring semester at school.  Luckily, I have access to plenty of photos and videos from Coachella. If any of my readers are going to Coachella, please share what you plan to wear and your experience at the festival.  And for those, like me, who won’t be at Coachella, let me know your ideal Coachella outfit.

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Celebrate a new year. Celebrate a new adventure.

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When I was a little girl, I would wake up, head to the family room, and tell my mom, dad, and older sister, “it’s time to get busy.” I would occupy the majority of my time digging through my big bin of markers and crayons, coloring in my coloring books or even using my favorite set of fashion stencils to sketch some outfits.

Now, almost 20 years old, nothing has changed. Now instead of getting busy with coloring books, I spend most of my time watching countless YouTube videos, reading fashion and beauty blogs, pinning my favorite things on Pinterest, and documenting my daily life on various social media sites.

My love of YouTube inspired me to launch my very own beauty and fashion channel. In two years, my channel has grown, not only with viewers but also with opportunities. YouTube has been my creative outlet and I wouldn’t change it for anything, but like I said I like to keep busy so with a new year comes a new adventure.

I am excited to announce the launch of my new site, livforstyle.net. On my website you will find posts about fashion industry news, outfit inspiration, current beauty obsessions, lifestyle posts, and much much more! Why wait until I upload a video on YouTube? Subscribe to my newsletter for this site so you know when I post a new article.

I believe my new website will offer me new and exciting opportunities. I get the chance to communicate with my readers through written posts and document my adventures through pictures.

Switching from YouTube to blogging is a major change. It’s a learning experience, but I am determined to stay consistent with my posts and provide my readers with informative and entertaining topics.

So come on this journey with me? You won’t regret it!

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