The Best Dressed At The Grammy’s 2017

If there was any award show that I could go to and strut down the red carpet it would be the Grammy’s. This award show is filled with tons of music, celebs, and of course fashion.  To me, the Grammy’s is the chance to experiment with style and wear something unique and funky.  So I love when I see my favorite celebs take some fashion risks on the red carpet.  Keep on scrolling to read all about my favorite looks from last night’s big event.

http://www.vanityfair.com/style/2017/02/grammys-2017-best-dressed-stars

Solange Knowles

Solange Knowles dazzled in a metallic gold dress by Gucci.  The Knowles family can do no wrong like did you watch Beyoncé’s performance? I was left speechless.  Anyway, back to Solange’s dress.  I like how her dress features some of the hottest trends this season like the beautiful pleated design and exaggerated sleeve.  Her dress is glamorous but at the same time playing around with different shapes and structures.

http://www.vanityfair.com/style/2017/02/grammys-2017-best-dressed-stars

Katy Perry

I can’t get over Katy Perry’s new hair.  I love the platinum blonde color.  She is totally jumping on the bandwagon that blondes do have more fun.  To be honest, at first Katy’s dress did not make my best dressed list, but after looking more closely at her Tom Ford dress, I fell in love.  Again this is the perfect dress for the Grammy’s because it is fun and different, mixing sparkles and feathers.  I think the pink and rose gold colors really made her blonde hair pop.  The only adjustments I would make to this dress is having the feathers start higher up on the waist to avoid an awkward silhouette.

http://www.vanityfair.com/style/2017/02/grammys-2017-best-dressed-stars

Paris Jackson

Paris Jackson was the big breakout star at the Grammy’s.  Everyone was amazed by her beautiful red carpet look.  I loved the crisscross detail of her Balmain dress.  Not to mention the beautiful jewel toned colors with the perfect amount of sparkle.  The slits and cutouts of her dress created a beautiful illusion that leaves you asking is it a jumpsuit or a dress?

http://www.glamour.com/story/grammys-best-dressed-2017

Laverne Cox

Sigh, if only I could be this fierce. I am obsessed with Laverne Cox’s Bryan Hearns leather dress number.  This is what the Grammy’s is about, taking risks and she certainly knows how to nail the edgy look.  I loved how the dress features that cage detail from top to bottom to show off the perfect amount of skin, while leaving a little to the imagination.  Also, did you see her eye makeup?  Her bold, graphic smokey eyes with some jewel appliques outlining her lashes was just a work of art.  She nailed her look from head to toe.

http://www.seventeen.com/fashion/celeb-fashion/news/g3009/2017-grammys-best-dressed-red-carpet/?slide=20

Lea Michelle

I was not aware of Lea Michelle’s beautiful halter crop top and skirt duo by Roberto Cavalli until I was reading online articles recapping the fashion of last night.  Some celebs chose to expose extra skin with a high slit or a lot of cleavage, but I like how Lea picked a high waisted skirt and crop top to expose a portion of her torso.  For me, this look was perfect for the Grammy’s, being sexy and fun.  I also liked how her look featured a dark, lacy floral pattern for an edgy take on the usual feminine print.

http://www.vogue.com/slideshow/adele-katy-perry-jlo-grammys-red-carpet-best-dressed-celebrity-style#8

Halsey

Halsey, I totally love your tribute to the 90s with your silky, shiny cobalt blue track suit by Christian Wijnants.  Just like Halsey said on the red carpet, sometimes you don’t feel like wearing a dress and I couldn’t agree more.  I admire your choice to be different and show off this sporty look.  She is totally channeling the popular pajama trend this season, but of course this is one pair of sexy pajamas.  She really trusted her boob tape to keep her from having a wardrobe malfunction.  Not to mention she finished off her killer look with a long, silver diamond chain.  Now this is fashion.

http://www.vanityfair.com/style/2017/02/grammys-2017-best-dressed-star

Lady Gaga

Take that you body shamers! Lady Gaga had no problem standing up to all those who criticized her body at the Super Bowl when she confidently paraded down the red carpet in barely nothing.  She was ready to rock and roll in her all black, leather two piece assemble by Alex Ulichny finished with fishnet stockings and over the knee leather boots.  She was not afraid to show lots of skin or under boob and because she is Lady Gaga she nailed this look.  Her aviator sunglasses, pink hair, and bold lips totally gave her the rock star vibe.  And she totally lived up to those expectations when she performed on stage with Metallica and proceeded to crowd surf.  You go Gaga!

And that’s a wrap for my roundup of the best dressed at the Grammy’s. Once again, the Grammy’s wow me every year. The talent at this year’s show was incredible. If you need me I will be re-watching Beyoncé, Lady Gaga, and Ed Sheeran’s performance over and over again. Talk to you all soon!

Follow:

One With Nature

I’m not a real fan of nature.  Sure I love spending summer days by the pool or beach or walk aside a pigeon in New York City but that is about how outdoorsy I’ll get.  You won’t find me hiking or camping but I heard from friends who participate in those activities that it’s tons of fun.

IMG_3091

I don’t want to limit myself to any new adventures so today I decided to go on a mini hike and by mini hike I mean go explore the lake and wooded area of my friends backyard.  It’s a start and a chance to show you one of my favorite casual hot weather looks.  Keep on reading to see how I embark on a new adventure.  Just call me livfornature.

IMG_3099

Cool, casual, and comfy are the three rules for dressing for any outdoor summer activity.  You would think my shorts were pajamas because of the look and feel but they are not pajamas but super trendy and comfy shorts from H&M.  The geometric print and the warm color palette makes these my go-to shorts for the summer.  As much as I love denim shorts they can be super hot and restrictive so a nice pair of elastic waist cotton shorts are the winner for summer.

IMG_3111

IMG_3097

I didn’t want to throw in any other patterns in my outfit, so I just wore a simple black tank.  This Mudd brand black tank top is nothing special so I decided to knot it just to give some added shape and to make it shorter to show off my cool shorts.

IMG_3124

The crochet sweater is not to keep me warm but just to complete my outfit.  It’s super lightweight so it won’t cause me to melt plus if it gets too hot I can always let it hang on my arms or tie it around my waist.

IMG_3120

IMG_3114

 Am I the only one super glad that the choker trend is a thing?  I can’t stop channeling my inner 90s child with my favorite chokers.  But today’s choker is super special and can’t be found in typical stores like Forever 21. I found my gem stone choker at a local art festival.  The beautiful stone has such unique characteristics that it changes colors depending on the sun or angle that you are looking at, making it a perfect necklace to go with any outfit.

IMG_3109

For shoes, I stuck with my black slip-ons from Marshalls.  The lace detailing allows for air to flow keeping my feet sweat and stinky free.  Plus they are super flat and light, you think you are walking barefoot but your feet are totally protected from any mysterious insects or creepy crawlers hiding on the ground.

IMG_3094

IMG_3086

I can’t see myself wandering into the woods anytime soon but hey at least today was a start and a chance to try something new. Are any of my readers campers or hikers? Or are you like me who’d rather just hang by the pool or beach or walk the streets of New York City?

IMG_3124

IMG_3085

Shorts: H&M (SIMILAR) (SIMILAR) | Top: Mudd | Sweater: Apricot Lane (SIMILAR) (SIMILAR) (SIMILAR) | Shoes: Marshall’s (SIMILAR) (SIMILAR) | Necklace: Omi By Lise (SIMILAR) (SIMILAR) (SIMILAR) | Sunglasses: Forever 21 (SIMILAR) (SIMILAR)

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

Follow:

Halfway To The Weekend

Raise your hand if you took full advantage of the Zara sale this year. If you saw me right now, you would see both of my hands raised because I totally went nuts over the Zara sale. The annual Zara sale usually starts in June and lasts until what it seems like when they run of out sale merchandise. Practically all their merchandise is marked down. A fashionistas dream. However, if you missed this sale, I believe there is a very, very limited selection of sale items in stores and online. But don’t worry because this huge sale made room for their new collections and let me tell you Zaras new collection is on point. Can’t wait to shop some more. Sorry wallet.

IMG_3045

Throughout the month of June and July, I found myself visiting Zara by the train station every morning before work and every evening after work. Walking by the store everyday was dangerous. Some days leaving empty handed and other days scoring great deals. So with that being said my wardrobe greatly increased thanks to Zara and I can’t wait to style my new pieces. I already styled my new favorite Zara blouse and flared jeans for one of my posts. Check it out here.

IMG_3046

This post features two more of my favorite Zara pieces, a one of a kind kimono and a pair of distressed relaxed jeans. I am loving how this season is all about different fits of denim, not just the skinny jean. I’d rather slip into a pair of comfortable, loose fit jeans than a pair of skinny jeans any day. My Zara relaxed jeans have the right amount of stretch. Plus the light denim wash and distressed detailing makes these jeans my favorite for the summer season and the transition into fall. Of course I cuffed my jeans because I feel like cuffing your jeans is a rule when it comes to boyfriend and relaxed jeans.

IMG_3056

IMG_3052

The second star of my outfit is this one-of-a-kind kimono from Zara. I love the neutral pattern with pops of gold and rust shades, tassels, and coins. Since my kimono has alot of details, I paired it with a simple black t-shirt from Cotton On.

IMG_3057

IMG_3062

IMG_3057

An open kimono totally needs a necklace and what better necklace to wear is my pineapple pendant necklace from Charming Charlie. So cute!

IMG_3063

For shoes, you can’t go wrong with a pair of laced up flats. I see these Rampage shoes as the perfect transition pair of shoes for the fall.

IMG_3067

Of course, you have to keep the sun out of your eyes and there is no better way to do so than wearing my favorite Firvoo sunglasses. These sunglasses are my go-to, especially on those days when I don’t feel like wearing makeup and feel like hiding from the world.

IMG_3044

There is no better feeling than shopping and adding new items to your wardrobe. I have a feeling my closet will be growing larger as we head into fall. Who else participated in the Zara sale? If so, what did you find? Also, let me know if any of you have scored some other great sales? I am always in the mood to shop. Talk to you all soon.

IMG_3081

Denim: Zara (SIMILAR) (SIMILAR) (SIMILAR) | Kimono: Zara (SIMILAR) (SIMILAR) (SIMILAR) | T-Shirt: Cotton On (SIMILAR) (SIMILAR) (SIMILAR) | Shoes: Rampage (SIMILAR) (SIMILAR) (SIMILAR) | Necklace: Charming Charlie | Sunglasses: Firvoo (SIMILAR) (SIMILAR)

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

 

Follow:

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.

IMG_2827 1

IMG_2846

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.

IMG_2816 1

IMG_2824 1

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.

IMG_2829 Who else has been going bananas over the big Zara sale? It doesn’t help that I have to pass by a Zara every time I walk to the train station. So I’ve been shopping at Zara a lot so get ready for more posts featuring my Zara goodies.

IMG_2840

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.

IMG_2912

IMG_2879 1

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.

IMG_2852

IMG_2857

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.

IMG_2858

IMG_2866

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

IMG_2863

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.

IMG_2906

IMG_2904

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!

IMG_2910

Denim: Zara (SIMILAR) (SIMILAR) (SIMILAR) | Top: Zara (SIMILAR) (SIMILAR)  |  Shoes: Candie’s | Sunglasses: Forever 21 (SIMILAR) (SIMILAR) (SIMILAR) | Bracelet: Hollis Hayes (SIMILAR) (SIMILAR)

Follow:

Sizzlin’ Summer (Dress) + Link Up

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

IMG_2604

IMG_2620

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

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

IMG_2627

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

IMG_2607

IMG_2599

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

IMG_2640

IMG_2633

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

IMG_2587

IMG_2586

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

IMG_2611

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

IMG_2637

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

IMG_2591

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

IMG_2631

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

summer dresses (1)

 Loading InLinkz ...
Follow:

Denim And Leopard

We all know the popular combos like oil and vinegar, peanut butter and jelly, fire and ice, milk and cookies, and so on. In the fashion world, I have discovered some combos that work so well together, including denim and leopard, hence the name of this post.

IMG_2381

The denim trend is so hot this season. Lately, head to toe denim is the way to dress, which is why I love my denim dress from Forever 21. It has easily become my summer staple because of the endless ways to style this dress. It’s a simple dress with stitching and faux pocket detailing, and it’s the simplicity that makes it special. With this dress denim is no longer just your favorite pair of jeans.

IMG_2363

IMG_2373

So now with the first part, the denim part, of the fashion combo complete, let’s move on to the leopard. Leopard is easily my favorite print. It can never go out of style. Any pop of leopard can instantly transform your outfit from boring to spectacular and that is just what my Sam Edelman leopard print high tops do. These shoes certainly make a statement and paired with a simple denim piece they really pop. Any type of stylish sneakers will add a sporty, yet chic vibe to your look.

IMG_2395

IMG_2409

Although the denim and leopard combo certainly is eye-catching enough, I wanted to add a few of my favorite summer accessories. For jewelry, I am wearing my tribal inspired beaded necklace from Madewell. It features all of my favorite shades of orange and red, which look great against the denim. Of course, on any summer day you can’t leave the house without your favorite pair of sunglasses. I love my new Steve Madden wayfarer style sunglasses. They are perfect for the beach, the pool, or a day of shopping outdoors.

IMG_2393

IMG_2361

IMG_2387

If you see me wandering the streets of New York City, I am almost certain you will see me wearing this exact outfit. I hope I inspired you all to wear some denim and leopard print together. What are some of your favorite fashion combos? Let me know in the comments below. Talk to you all in my next post. But if you can’t wait until then, don’t forget to follow me on Instagram and Twitter.

IMG_2378

IMG_2391

IMG_2400

Dress: Forever 21  | Shoes: Sam Edelman | Necklace: Madewell (SIMILAR) (SIMILAR) | Sunglasses: Steve Madden (SIMILAR) (SIMILAR) (SIMILAR)

Follow:

Hot Mess

IMG_2248

Last week was crazy; I finished my junior year of college and turned 21, all on the same day. I think I had one to many margaritas on my birthday because I am still recovering from the festivities. Not to mention that ending a school year means packing up all my stuff at school and moving back home. My room these last couple of days perfectly describes my life as messy and in shambles. But just like I can get my room all nice and tidy, I am starting to get in the groove of being home, getting back to blogging, and preparing for another summer working in New York City.

IMG_2250

Everyone always tells me that I have my life together and I like to think I do, but there are still days where I wake up frazzled, overwhelmed with ideas and stressed to make sure each day is productive, so hey if I am going to be a mess, might as well call me a hot mess. My life motto there and it should be yours too. Remember routines and schedules can make life boring, so whenever you can embrace that “hot mess” side of you, it will make life more interesting. Ok, enough of me being a life coach, let me get back to what I do best, sharing my style.

IMG_2285 1

Linen is making a comeback this summer season. It only makes sense because linen is a lightweight material to keep you cool on those hot summer days. I love my Old Navy linen cropped pants. These pants score extra points in the comfort department. Plus, I love the dull green color because in my opinion that color is considered neutral, so these pants are super versatile.

IMG_2276 1

As soon as I purchased these linen pants, I knew I wanted to pair them up with a simple white t-shirt, but a solid white t-shirt can be dangerous, hello stains. So I opted for a cream and black striped three quarter sleeve from Madewell.

IMG_2271

The Circus collection by Sam Edelman was designed for me. All their quirky and fun pieces perfectly describe my personality, so of course I can’t stop wearing my new slip on sneakers. These shoes are sassy and definitely make a statement. Slip on these shoes on those days when you want the world to know you are not only a mess, but a hot mess, emphasis on the hot.

IMG_2263

Next for accessories, I always have to wear some sort of elephant pendant necklace and the best place to find these types of necklaces are at Forever 21. These necklaces instantly transform your outfits.

IMG_2292 1

Speaking of transforming outfits, I am obsessed with my Firmoo sunglasses. Head over to firmoo.com for discounted eyeglasses and sunglasses, featuring all different frames, shapes, and sizes. All the glasses are inexpensive, high quality, and of course stylish. How cool are my mirrored sunglasses? Nobody can see where I am looking, so I can hard-core people watch (HAHA). I also love the color of the lenses, all great colors for the summer; the perfect pair of glasses to throw in your beach bag.

IMG_2289 1

Summer is here and adventures wait. One of my adventures includes making my blog the best one-stop site for all things fashion, beauty, and lifestyle topics. Let me know down below some of your adventures or goals this summer. Talk to you all very soon!

IMG_2295 1

 Pants: Old Navy | Shirt: Madewell  | Shoes: Sam Edelman |Necklace: Forever 21  | Sunglasses: Firmoo

Follow:

Best Dressed At The Met Gala 2016

When I was busy slaving over final papers and studying for final exams, some of my favorite celebrities and a bunch of famous people strutted their stuff on the red carpet at the annual Met Gala. Officially called the Metropolitan Museum of Art Costume Institute Benefit, the Met Gala is the party of the year. When will it be my turn to receive a ticket to one of the hottest events in New York City? For now, I just get to admire everyone’s outfit through a computer screen and comment on the looks that took my breath away.

            This year’s theme was inspired by the fashion exhibit Manus x Machina: Fashion in an Age of Technology. This exhibit features fashion designers work that blends handmade and machine-made fashion. Each year, the Met Gala features a unique theme and guests are urged to showcase the theme in their elaborate outfits. Since this year’s theme focused on the future, I wasn’t shocked to see tons of metallic sequins, and just out of the ordinary looks.

There were more best-dressed than worst dressed stars because I believe the Met Gala is the perfect time to take fashion risks. So keep on reading to find out who made my top dressed list and let me tell you it was hard to narrow down the winners.

Taylor Swift- T-Swift was unrecognizable. She totally channeled a different side of herself, The more punk, edgy side. I am not complaining. She nailed it. Her silver metallic, reptile print with side cutouts dress by Louis Vuitton finished with lace up black heels perfectly embodies the futuristic fashion theme Taylor Swift proves that you do not need to wear a long gown on a red carpet to make a statement. Not only did her short dress make a statement but also her blonde bob and dark lip was a head turner.

Lupita Nyong’o- You can always count on Lupita to add a pop of color to any red carpet. I am obsessed with her sea foam colored sequin dress by Calvin Klein. She just glimmered on the red carpet. Plus, her sky-high hair added a futuristic vibe to her look. I could only imagine the headache she probably had as a result of her unique hairdo.

Zoe Saldana– Can we just take a moment and admire her mile long multi-colored feather train? Breathtaking. Everyone probably stayed far away from Zoe Saldana because they were probably afraid they would step on her train. Her Dolce & Gabbana dress started off simple with a basic black top but quickly turned into a one-of-a-kind dress with that train. After reviewing tons of looks from the Met Gala, it seems like feathers were the trend of the night and who knows maybe a trend for the future.

Kristen Stewart- Kristen Stewart looks tough in her Chanel long-sleeve, t-length dress. Her dress reminds me of a starry night sky. Plus the cut out at the waist, just takes this look to a whole new level. In addition to her dress, her heavy silver eye shadow and black eyeliner is so fierce. I like to call her look “when punk meets space”.

Rita Ora– It seems like in the future the trend will be head to toe feathers. Rita Ora’s Vera Wang gown was show stopping. She was decked out in silver. Silver gown, silver makeup, and even silver sparkles in her hair. The small details are what made her look astonishing.

Chloe Grace Moretz- To be honest, Chloe Grace Moretz was not always on my best dressed list. After taking a closer look at her Coach gown, I noticed the Art Deco inspired pattern and immediately my opinion changed. I love her simple black dress with the unique, metallic pattern on the top and sides. Her look is perfect for those who didn’t want to entirely take the plunge into the futuristic theme.

 Nicole Kidman- Is it just me, but when I think of future I automatically think of space? Well Nicole Kidman’s cape and gown combo by Valentino definitely incorporated the space theme. Her gown included beaded details resembling moons and stars. I could stare at her dress for hours.

 

Poppy Delevigne– WOW! Poppy Delevigne looks like she belongs in a museum. Her Marchesa gown is a piece of art, indeed. I love how her dress features tons of tassels, fringe, and beading. So elaborate, so perfect. Her dress did remind me more of the 1920s and the old Hollywood era, but fashion trends do repeat themselves, so maybe that trend is the trend for the future.

Emma Roberts- I love seeing more color on the red carpet. Emma Roberts looked gorgeous in her Tory Burch dress. I loved how her dress was somewhat sombre, with different shades of purple ranging from light to dark. Plus the geometric pattern added a futuristic feel to her style.

Alexa Chung- This jumpsuit by Thakoon is my vision of space and the future. I loved the Alexa Chug head to toe sequin jumpsuit. She sparkled. Her jumpsuit was an edgy twist on the tuxedo. Plus, I love when jumpsuits make an appearance on the red carpets.

Rachel McAdams– Anything with gold sparkles automatically wins a special place in my heart. Rachel McAdams’ Valentino dress was certainly a work of art because the details on her dress were superb. What amazes me is that if you look closely at her dress, you can see that the beaded words spell out lines from Dante’s Divine Comedy. Mind blowing!

Well that concludes another one of my lengthy best-dressed posts. I always have so much to say about the fashion for that night. But enough of me talking about my best dressed, now it is your turn. Let me know in the comments below who made your best-dressed list.

Follow:

Pretty In Pastels

When life gets boring…add color. As much as I stick to my neutral colors, I can’t help but to incorporate more color into my looks especially when I have been bombarded with the signs of spring…warm weather, sunshine, and the abundance of flowers. After all, the right pop of color in any look makes for the perfect statement.

IMG_2242

Lately, I’ve been really getting into thrift shopping and hitting up consignment shops, instead of the usual Forever 21. Something about these types of stores really get me excited because you never know what treasures you will find. Not to mention the great discounts too. With that being said, I am so happy I found thredUP, a one-stop shopping website where you will find a variety of clothing, shoes, and accessories at amazing prices. Just think of thredUP as a consignment shop offering thousands of high-quality, like-new, clothing items. I’ll bet you couldn’t tell that the star of this outfit, my tie-dye sweatshirt is from the high-end brand Vintage Havana. I’ll also bet you couldn’t tell that I got this item for under $20. All thanks to thredUP.

IMG_2218

IMG_2237

            This outfit of mine has been on repeat. I’m convinced my whole campus is starting to notice how much I have been wearing this outfit, especially the tie-dye sweatshirt. I can’t help it, this outfit is just so darn cute, colorful, and comfy (wow, anyone else pick up on that alliteration? I think all my learning about alliteration in my writing classes is really getting to my head). As mentioned above, my tie-dye sweatshirt is by Vintage Havana but luckily I scored a great deal on it from thredUP. To keep with the pastel color scheme, I am wearing my new light wash distressed skinny jeans from Zara. Nothing is better than a light wash pair of denim for the spring. For shoes, I chose to wear my must-have white slip on Converse. Skinny jeans and converse make for the perfect combo. To complete the look, of course I had to add an elephant pendant necklace. It is my staple.

IMG_2232

IMG_2227

IMG_2239

            I can’t forget to mention that spring is also the perfect time to do some spring-cleaning and go through your wardrobe to get rid of unwanted clothes. I have already started my spring-cleaning and realized how many clothes I just don’t wear anymore. So instead of them collecting dust in my closet, I decided to actually put them to good use and donate them to thredUP. Their talented team can choose the items to resell or to recycle. Not only does thredUP help you stay fashionable but they also help the community and environment. You can’t beat that.

IMG_2235

I hope I’ve motivated you to do get outside and be inspired by the season of spring, as well as do some spring cleaning to make room in your closet for new spring fashions.

IMG_2217

Sweatshirt: thredUP (SIMILAR) (SIMILAR) | Jeans: Zara (SIMILAR) (SIMILAR) (SIMILAR) | Shoes: Converse |Necklace: Forever 21  |

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

Follow:

Show Me Your Teeth

IMG_2160

It’s no secret that I am a huge Lady Gaga fan.  From her unique personality, her distinct style, and her catchy music, I try to channel my inner Lady Gaga whenever I get the chance.  No, you will not find me wearing a meat dress like Lady Gaga did at the 2010 MTV Video Music Awards, but whatever chance I get, I love wearing more edgier pieces, especially ones that feature sparkles and of course some quirky detail.  Of course, I had to name this post after one of my favorite Lady Gaga songs, Teeth.  Recently, I can’t stop listening to all of Lady Gaga’s albums on Spotfiy, no wonder why Lady Gaga has been on my brain and has inspired some of my recent style choices.

IMG_2152

IMG_2126

            Today’s look is totally different.  Maybe I would not wear it to class, but you bet I would wear this down to New York City or for a night out in town. This look consists of my two favorite styles, edgy and sporty, and you can’t forget the leather and sparkles.

IMG_2209

My new cropped sweatshirt from Romwe just screams Lady Gaga, don’t you think? I love the simple gray sweatshirt with the sparkly lip icon front and center.  If you like my sweatshirt, I’ll bet you will like everything on Romwe.com.  Check out Romwe for your one stop shop for all things fashion.  You will get lost in their selection of dresses, tops, skirts, kimonos, accessories, and much, much more.  To compliment my top and the sparkles, I decided to wear my faux leather mini skirt from H&M. I decided to tuck in parts of my sweatshirt for more of a laid back vibe and also to show off the zipper detail of my skirt.

IMG_2201

IMG_2160

IMG_2161

You can easily throw on a pair of your favorite heels with this outfit, but to keep it more sporty and casual, I busted out my new babies, my high-top Vans.  I can’t get over the fit and design of these sneakers. I know I’ll be wearing these sneakers to death during the spring and summer seasons.  I guess all the Lady Gaga music, sparkles, and leather got to my head because I decided to wear my favorite black framed sunglasses to spice up my look.  I have to admit I do feel pretty cool in this outfit.

IMG_2170

IMG_2190

IMG_2213

Simple, sporty, and edgy was the look I was going for today and if I do say so myself, I think I nailed it, all thanks to Romwe, H&M, Vans, and Lady Gaga’s one-of-a-kind taste in fashion. Let me know in the comments below what celebrities inspire your fashion choices. Until next time…

IMG_2174

IMG_2155

Sweatshirt: ROMWE | Skirt: H&M (SIMILAR) (SIMILAR) (SIMILAR) | Shoes: Vans  | Sunglasses: Forever 21 (SIMILAR) |

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

Follow:

Subtle Pops Of Color

Hello again.  So sorry for my absence on my blog.  For all of those who don’t know I decided to go blonde and I was to busy testing out the theory if blondes do have more fun.  Just kidding (well half kidding).  I did dye my hair blonde but I have been super busy with school work. Being a second semester junior is not easy.  But now I have more time for my blog and fun things, so I will get back to you on the theory if blondes do have more fun.

IMG_2028

IMG_2011

I am so excited to show you another one of my favorite outfits, as well as debut my new blonde doo.  Now that the weather is changing, I am even more inspired to experiment with new clothing and trends, and of course go shopping.

IMG_1942

Today’s look is an outfit I would wear to class or wear for a night out. I love putting together outfits that can be worn in different scenarios.  I love the subtle pops of color in my outfit. After all, that is what the spring season is all about; driving or walking about and seeing random pops of colorful flowers blooming.

IMG_2001 1

            I am obsessing over my loose, flowing tunic from SHEIN.  I love the black and white mosaic pattern with subtle hints of blue.  Looking to revamp your spring wardrobe? Head over to SHEIN for high-quality, fashionable clothing. You will get lost on their website browsing the selection of tops, sweaters, dresses, rompers, shoes, accessories, and more.

IMG_2014

To compliment the black and white in my blouse, I decided to wear my new Zara skinny jeans. I love the fit of these jeans and the color of the denim is very unique.  Remember denim doesn’t just have to be shades of blue, so try experimenting with different colors.

IMG_1995

A huge shoe trend for Spring 2016 is oxford shoes.  I am slowly incorporating this trend into my look, but it is hard to get used to these oxford shoes because they remind me of the shoes I used to wear from elementary to high school with my school uniform.  I have to get over that association because these flats are super trendy.  I am wearing my charcoal color lace up oxford flats from DSW.  Oxford flats can be easily worn in the day and then transitioned to the evening.  They are fancier than just your basic pair of flats.

IMG_1985

For jewelry, I have added more color to my look by wearing a turquoise stone ring.  This ring is actually from my grandma, so it’s special, authentic, and vintage.  When I am in the mood to wear rings, my grandma’s pieces are my go-to.

IMG_1997

            It feels great to be back in the blogging world and to be a blonde blogger.  How do you all like my hair?  Hope you are all enjoying the first few weeks of spring.  Go outside, embrace the new season, and of course the new fashion trends.

IMG_2013

IMG_1937

Tunic: SHEIN | Jeans: Zara (SIMILAR) (SIMILAR) (SIMILAR) | Shoes: DSW (SIMILAR) (SIMILAR) | Ring: Vintage (SIMILAR) (SIMILAR) |

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

Follow:

The Best And Worst Dressed At The Academy Awards 2016

The end of February means a few things… spring break is near, it stays light longer, no more snow (hopefully), and most importantly the Academy Awards.  I sometimes get the Sunday night blues, but not on the Sunday when the Academy Awards are on.

This year, I was surprised at how many movies I knew.  Honestly, I did not see one movie nominated but I knew the plot and the characters, so that’s all that counts right?  Fashion aside, I am so happy Leonardo DiCaprio won his first Oscar; it was about time, but for some reason, I had a feeling he was not going to win (anyone else have that same feeling?).  Although, I did not stay up to see him accept his award, I checked Twitter when I randomly woke up in the middle of the night at 3 A.M. and was so pleased he was the winner.

Now back to fashion. I have to admit I was not overly impressed with the looks on the red carpet. Nothing blew me away, but that doesn’t mean I don’t have a best and worst dressed list, so below you will find my picks of celebrities who scored a 10 on their fashion game and who completely missed the mark.

Best Dressed:

This slideshow requires JavaScript.

Jennifer Lawrence-  J. Law has done it again. Another red carpet looked she nailed.  Her flesh tone gown with black lace overlay by Dior was perfect for such a glamorous event like the Oscars.  Plus her minimal accessories and blonde bob really tied her whole look together.  Her new blonde doo, has really inspired me to dye my hair that shade.  Who knows maybe in my next post, I will be a blonde.

 

Charlize Theron-  Va va voom. I f I had Charlize’s confidence I would totally be modeling that bright red Dior dress with a really deep neckline.  Her plunging neckline almost exposes her belly button, but stops at the perfect length, leaving a little to the imagination.  Plus her diamond necklace adds just the right amount of bling, without drawing to much attention from the dress.  Who says you can’t wear red on the red carpet?  Charlize totally puts that myth to rest.

Lady Gaga-  I think Lady Gaga just started a new trend with her look, the pant dress.  Her Brandon Maxwell cream color pantsuit really pops on the red carpet.  She looks so classy.  Plus her minimal jewelry really allows her pantsuit to shine.  Lastly, her bronze smoky eye is the perfect touch to her look. You never fail to amaze me Lady Gaga.


Rachel McAdams –  
Two words to describe Rachel’s look are fierce and sexy.  I am obsessed with her August Getty Ateiler emerald colored dress.  By now, you should know that any emerald color dress will steal my heart.  The halter neckline and high slit was perfect for the red carpet.  Her look was the right amount of sexiness and glamour.

Naomi Watts- Naomi’s Armani Prive dress reminds me of the most gorgeous starry night sky.  The royal blue and deep purple shades shined on the red carpet.  In my opinion, one trend that will never go out of style on the red carpet is crystals and sequins.

 

Saoirise Ronan- If I only had to choose one best-dressed celeb on the red carpet, it would go to Saoirise.  I am obsessed with her emerald, sparkling dress by Calvin Klein.  Just like Naomi Watts she is rocking the sequins trend, and just like Rachel McAdams she looks stunning in the emerald shade.  Plus, Saoirise’s emerald accessories and green smokey eye really puts the finishing touches on her look.  If I had the privilege to walk the red carpet, you better believe that my dress would look very similar to Saorise’s look.

Margot Robbie – Margot’s body forming, gold snakeskin, Tom Ford dress reminds be of the trophy the lucky Academy Award winners bring home.  So it makes sense that her shiny gold dress with a deep, plunging neckline made my top dressed list.

 

Worst Dressed:

 

This slideshow requires JavaScript.

Heidi Klum-  Yes, the purple hues of did clash with the red carpet, but it wasn’t the color of her dress that bothered me the most, it was that awkward puffy one sleeve detail.  Plus, the two floral decals did not help the look, but made the eye drawn to the unfortunate details of the dress.  Heidi’s Versace dress just needs to shed all the layers and then maybe I will reconsider the look.

Kate Winslet-  Of course, when I am collecting my thoughts on my best and worst dressed list, I like to read other fashion articles to hear their opinions.  I have to agree with USA Today when they described Kate’s Ralph Lauren dress as a “wet garbage bag.”  Plus her reflective dress does not photograph well. Better luck next time!

 

Reese Witherspoon-  The reason why Reese made my worst dressed list is because her Oscar de la Renta dress was just so plain and boring.  I feel like I have seen this dress so many times.  Plus the tailoring of the dress did not fit her body.  Reese is such a beautiful woman that she could rock almost anything.  I wish she took the time to really step out of her fashion comfort zone and try something new and fresh.

Cate Blanchett-  Her Armani dress could have worked if it was just a different color.  I give her props for taking a risk and wearing a dress that did make her stand out from the crowd.  Her dress is high-fashion especially with the hand-sewn flowers, feathers, and crystals.  But, I believe the pastel blue just makes her look like one of those Peep marshmallow Easter candies.  Maybe if her dress was black or a deep burgundy color it would have worked.  Maybe I just inspired Armani?

 

Kerry Washington-  Kerry’s Versace dress leaves me confused.  Is the top of the dress made of leather? What are those awkward black lines by her waist?  This dress was not made for the red carpet of the Academy Awards.  I did like her fierce thigh-high leg slit, but wish she wore a totally different dress. Kerry totally missed the mark while combining glam and edginess.

Olivia Wilde-  I give her props for showing all that skin.  I do like Olivia’s Valentino dress, but the reason why it is on my worst list is because of all the skin exposed.  She should have stuck to either showing her back, side boob, or the deep neckline.  Not all three.  Plus that chocker just attracts the eyes to her cleavage, which is not the point of the Oscars.  If this dress had a few tailing adjustments it would be moved to my best list.

Emily Blunt –  Maybe I am biased because no matter how hard I try I can’t pull off blush shades, but I feel like it is such a hard color for anyone to pull off and Emily Blunt was no exception.  The light, pastel pink just washes her out and the random pops of diamonds throughout her dress was just awkward and not visually appealing.  Her Prada designed dress was just not flattering from head to toe.

And that’s a wrap.  Thank you so much for reading.  I love sharing my thoughts with you all. Let me know who made your best and worst dressed list for the 2016 Academy Awards.

Follow:

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.

unspecified-4

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.

unspecified-2

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.

unspecified-1

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.

unspecified

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!

IMG_2509

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!

Follow: