Loving Leopard

Chattering teeth, runny nose, rosy cheeks, numb fingers, and wind blown hair, is the norm for me while trying to take photos outside during the winter months.  Sure, most of my photos (well at least I hope) look somewhat decent, but taking photos in the frigid temperatures is anything but glamorous.  In between takes you will find me bundled up in a heavy coat and googling the nearest cafe where I can just warm up for a bit before bearing the cold again.  I could just be smart and wear my winter coat while taking photos but how lame would that be if all my blog posts in the winter just featured the same coat covering up my outfit?  Luckily, in today’s post I was able to explore Brooklyn and the beautiful scenery as well as wear some of my most recent purchases from the Zara sale to keep my (very cold) spirits high.


Just like every Zara sale in the past, I went a little more crazy this time around. I can’t help it especially when I live right across the street from one.  Anyway, as you know, my favorite print aside from floral is leopard print, so of course I had to add this sparkly leopard maxi skirt to my collection.  I love how this skirt has the ability to be less dressy by adding the right accessories, like this graphic oversized sweatshirt also from Zara.  What’s best about this top is that if you look closer it has a meaningful message (“dream fearlessly”) and a pop of animal print, which is always a plus. 

But back to the skirt, I can’t tell you how much I have been wearing this skirt either with that sweatshirt or with of course a leather jacket for a more edgy look or a jean jacket for an even more casual look. 

For the bottom half of my outfit, I added a pair of sheer tights under my skirt and these heeled black booties from Forever 21. 

No shocker here, but I’m still obsessing over the statement earring trend, so I’m wearing these gold dangling earrings that feature these beautiful star and moon charms from the brand Design Lab sold at Lord and Taylor’s.

Well, there you have it folks, another style post where, if you zoom into some of the photos, you will find me attempting to conceal my anger towards the winter season. If any fellow bloggers are reading this, let me know in the comments below what are your tips and tricks for shooting in the colder months.  Until then, here’s to other arctic blast hitting us soon and more attempted photoshoots in the winter weather. 

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Razzle Dazzle

If there’s any night to dress to impress, it’s New Year’s Eve, because there’s no better way to ring in a new year than wearing your best party outfit. 

My New Year’s Eve plans are quite different this year by just going to a house party instead of some NYC club, like I did last year, but I still might wear this metallic jumpsuit because I love it so much.  Plus, there are worse things in life than being the most overdressed party guest.

But, have no fear, if I don’t decide to wear this number on Monday night, I already got great use out of it when I was in London for my company’s extravagant holiday party. You should have heard all of  the compliments I received on this shiny, metallic jumpsuit. 

So, keep on scrolling for a little New Year’s Eve fashion inspiration, as well as an outfit idea for those days and nights beside New Year’s Eve when you want to be extra glamorous. 

Naturally, before my two week adventure in London, I did some shopping, and stumbled across the store Francesca’s, which is my favorite boutique for trendy jewelry and fun accessories. While browsing the store, I was impressed with the selection of party outfits for the holiday season. Immediately, my eyes were drawn to this jumpsuit, not only because we all know my love for jumpsuits, but also because of the shiny, metallic color.  I knew this piece would be a big hit for my holiday party and New Year’s Eve.

Since, my jumpsuit is sleeveless and unfortunately during this time of year you can’t get away without some sort of outer layer, I chose to wear this jumpsuit with a black, fringe shawl. I believe this shawl is from Lord and Taylor’s, but it’s my mom’s so I’ll have to ask her exactly where she got it. But for my holiday party, I paired this jumpsuit with a leather jacket, which looked just as nice. To be honest, I should have worn my leather jacket for this photoshoot because not sure if you can tell through my smiles, but I was freezing my butt off.

For accessories, I kept it pretty simple (well if you count those silver dangling statement earrings from Express simple) because this shimmery jumpsuit is obviously the center of attention.  As for my necklace, shoutout to my boyfriend for gifting me this beautiful silver delicate necklace. And then for my silver bangle shoutout to my mom for letting me wear it for this post, I’ll have to double check where the bracelet is from. 

Not only did my company fly us all out to London for its holiday party, but they also gifted me this stylish, snake skin like heeled booties. I believe they are from ASOS or some sort of London boutique I need to know the name of because I want to buy everything from that store. 

Well, that wraps up another style post, specifically my last style post of 2018. I hope everyone has a fun and safe New Year’s Eve, no matter what your plans may be. And here’s to another stylish and awesome 2019. Talk to you all next year. 

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Holiday Glam

Now that Thanksgiving is over, it’s time to trade the autumn decorations for all things Christmas and fully embrace the Christmas season (which I’m sure many of you have already done well before Thanksgiving).  This is my first holiday season living in New York City and the city sure knows how to celebrate.  This time of the year is so magical with the streets filled with Christmas lights, the restaurants all decorated, and on every street corner you can find Christmas trees being sold.  Although, a full sized Christmas tree wouldn’t fit in my tiny studio apartment, I still improvised and got my space ready for Christmas.  Every aspect of my life is decked out for the holidays so of course my outfits have to be too, which is the main focus of today’s post.  Keep on scrolling to read all about my holiday glam style.

I’ve always wanted a plaid skirt but going to private school all my life and having to wear a uniform everyday consisting of a plaid skirt has really negatively impacted my thoughts on this print.  But this season, I was determined to get over my disdain for plaid and thanks to this beautiful skirt from Zara I did.  This plaid skirt is nothing like all the uniform skirts I’ve worn throughout the years.  Instead, it features a pretty, winter themed color palette and this asymmetrical ruffle detail.

No way did my school uniform ever consist of a leather jacket, a silver jacket to be precise, so this piece totally made me feel like I wasn’t wearing a school uniform but an edgy, glam look.  This metallic jacket from Forever 21 has been getting tons of use throughout the years because it certainly spices up any look.

To make this look cold weather appropriate I’m just wearing a pair of classic black tights, but for shoes I went all out by wearing black stilettos.  The holiday time calls for some glam and it’s fun to ditch your usual black booties for a pair of heels.  I’m pleasantly surprised how comfortable these shoes are and how stylish they can be, especially with the silver accents.  I can’t believe I found these heels at Payless for an incredible price.

So for jewelry, I’m wearing my statement earrings from H&M.  Can you believe I got these chic face earrings in the Halloween section?  Nothing spooky about these cool earrings.  Also, since I shot my Thanksgiving outfit (see here) the same day I shot this outfit, I  forgot to take off my choker.  It works with this look but I probably wouldn’t wear it again with this outfit, but oh well.

Although, it took me all this time to start wearing plaid again, I personally feel there is no better pattern for the holidays than plaid.  I hope everyone is enjoying the holiday season and all the lovely things that come with it.  Let me know in the comments below what are some of your favorite things to do and wear during this time of year.

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So Fall

I have a love / hate relationship with fall.  I love the season for its fashion but hate the season knowing that winter is right around the corner.  I’m trying not to think about the long, cold, and snowy days ahead but embracing the jeans, chunky sweaters, and boots before I have to cover up my outfits with a bulky winter coat.  So keep on reading to see today’s look, which is what I like to call my so fall look because it features all of the fall fashion essentials and the beautiful colors of fall.

This sweater was a total impulse buy.  I was walking back to my apartment from Grand Central after a weekend back home in Connecticut and I stumbled across this pop up store called Mulberry & Grand.  After a quick glimpse of the store front window, I knew I couldn’t just walk by, I had to stop in (even though my bank account said otherwise). I was completely blown away with Mulberry & Grand’s collection of jewelry, clothing, and accessories.  I’m so proud of myself for only walking away with one sweater (the sweater I am wearing in today’s post) and a pair of earrings.  No sweater could perfectly embody the season of fall than this sweater with it’s beautiful burnt orange/rust color with subtle gold sparkles and all the fringe on the bottom and sleeves.  I love the fit and the feel of this item, no wonder why lately I find myself choosing this sweater over my other sweaters hanging in my closet.  So, if you’re in the New York City area, I highly suggest checking out Mulberry & Grand.

As for jeans, I have been completely blown away with Old Navy’s selection of denim. From skinny jeans, to flared, to boot leg, to jeggings, and so on, Old Navy is offering tons of denim in all different fits and colors.  Today, I decided on the classic, high rise, medium washed distressed skinny jeans and if I do say so myself, I believe this style is super flattering.

Lately, I been having a super tough time deciding on what necklaces I want to wear, so my solution is why choose one when you can wear two?  I’m loving the layered necklace trend and these two gold, geometric long necklaces from the Etsy shop LauraB Elements go with each other perfectly.  I love the two different shades of gold against my orange sweater.  With that being said, head over to Laura’s shop for the best selection of hand crafted jewelry, featuring beautiful metal finishes.

Continuing with jewelry, I’m also loving statement earrings. For this outfit, I turned in my usual, dainty studs for a pair of gold hoop earrings from H&M.

Then for shoes, I am just wearing my brown heeled booties from Payless.  I’m looking to expand my brown bootie collection, so any suggestions let me know, but for now these shoes do the trick.

Let’s hope fall stays in the air a little bit longer before the nasty winter weather hits. Keep the discussion going in the comments below by telling me what is your favorite season when it comes to weather and fashion. Talk to you all soon!

 

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Game Day Deviled Eggs Recipe ft. Frank’s RedHot

Let’s go Giants, Jets, Patriots, Cowboys, Vikings, Steelers?  As you can tell, football is not my sport. However, you put me in front of the television at a bar or with a group of my friends, sipping on a cold cider and eating delicious food and I will root for any team.  To be honest, I can watch hours and hours of football and still be confused by all the plays and rules.  But that doesn’t mean I don’t like to watch it, especially with a group of football loving friends who get so into the game and then there is me pretending to cheer for whoever and stuffing my face with game day snacks.  So today’s blog post might not be about my insights on this year’s football season, however, this post includes a delicious game day recipe featuring the best hot sauce in the world…Frank’s RedHot. 

Although, my university didn’t have a football team, so tailgating was not a huge thing.  However,  Sunday’s were always dedicated to football, so in college and now today, I do find myself going over my friends’ apartments to watch the big game and of course you can’t go over empty handed.   So when it comes to my favorite game day snacks, cheap, simple, yet tasty is the goal, which is why classic deviled eggs with a spicy spin is the perfect dish. 

Ordinary deviled eggs can be boring which is why my not so secret ingredient is Frank’s RedHot sauce because adding the perfect amount of spice to your food makes any dish better and more interesting. Plus, no game day party is complete without Frank’s RedHot sauce, the #1 brand of hot sauce in America.


Ingredients – Makes 12 deviled eggs

6 large hard boiled eggs 

2 to 2 1/2 tablespoons of mayonnaise

2 teaspoons yellow mustard

Salt

Pepper

Dill for garnishing

Frank’s RedHot sauce for garnishing


Instructions

Step 1: Hard boiled eggs

  • You can easily wait for a pot of water to boil and your eggs to cook, but my favorite hack that saves tons of time is buying eggs that are already hard boiled like the Eggland’s Best Hard Cooked, Already Peeled Eggs.  This package of already cooked eggs saves cooking and peeling time and really no clean up necessary. 

Step 2:  The filling

  • After you cut your hard boiled eggs in half, now it’s time to scoop out the yolk and place the yolks in a mixing bowl and mash them together.

  • When it comes to the filling it’s super simple.  I add a generous amount of mayo and a dollop of yellow mustard, salt, and pepper (exact measurements will be on the bottom).  The mayo makes the filling super creamy and the mustard gives it a little tang.  However, if your mixture isn’t creamy or smooth enough feel free to add more mayo. 

Step 3: Filling the eggs

  • Depending on your time and patience level you can either scoop your filling into a plastic bag, squeeze the filling into the corner, and then snip of the corner and pipe the filling or if that is too tricky you can simply spoon out the mixture using a small spoon.  I attempted the pipping trick, although it’s not super neat, but at least they are delicious. 

Step 4: Garnish

  • My favorite part…the garnish.  Feel free to add whatever you want to turn your deviled eggs from simple into not so simple.  My favorite garnishes to add is a little bit of dill and a whole lot of Frank’s RedHot sauce, which is made from 5 real ingredients and the perfect balance of flavor and heat.  I promise that the added touch of spice will make your deviled eggs the talk of the party. 

 


There you have it, LivForStyle’s take on tailgating and football season.  I hope you enjoy this recipe as much as I do because let’s face it life is more fun when you are surrounded by good company, good food, and the perfect amount of spice.  I am always looking to add to my game day recipe ideas, so let me know in the comments below what are some of your favorite recipes.  Lastly, no matter if it’s game day, breakfast, lunch, or dinner time, when it comes to Frank’s RedHot…I Put that SPLAT On Everything®. 

This post is sponsored by Frank’s RedHot and Her Campus Media. All opinions are my own. Thank you for supporting the brands that make LivForStyle possible!
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Sweet Summertime

In years past, especially during my college years, summer was always spent counting down the days until I returned to my college campus and be reunited with all my friends.  Now, I am wishing for the summer to slow down, so I can savor the warmer weather and longer days of daylight a little bit more.  This summer was my first summer in the “working world” and I soon discovered how quickly the summer days just pass by.  I would spend my weekdays eagerly awaiting for the weekends and when the weekend did arrive it went in a flash.  Just like I am not ready to say goodbye to the warm season just yet, my wardrobe is not ready either, which is why in today’s style post I am holding onto summer a little bit longer, one summery dress at a time.

Although, fall fashion is my favorite, I will miss the simplicity of summer fashion by just throwing on a dress and walking out the door.  This dress I am wearing today is one of those dresses and has been on repeat due to its effortless look.  I found this beautiful, off the shoulder dress at Marshalls. I love the subtle ruffles and the deep colors like burgundy, orange, and gold, which to me makes this dress a good transition piece for the upcoming fall season.

With the extremely hot and humid summer New York City has been having, there is no need for a jacket, so all I have to worry about is accessorizing.  We all know I love a good choker and especially with the low neck of this dress, I could not wait to wear my new leather wrapped choker necklace from the Etsy shop, Wraps by Renzel.  All of Gayle’s (the shop owner and designer) are super unique and trendy, making her collection of bracelets and necklaces the perfect addition to any outfit.  I love how this black leather choker wrap with the gold details can be worn in so many ways. Today, I decided to wrap it around my neck three times for that layered look.

As mentioned in my last post, I hardly wear bracelets, and I have vowed to change that by wearing the matching bracelet to my choker also from the Etsy shop Wraps by Renzel. Similar to the choker, the bracelet can be wrapped around your wrist in different ways.

Since, my dress features dark colors and my jewelry is black, I decided to lighten the color palette up slightly, with these strappy heeled sandals also from Marshalls.  Funny story about these shoes… on the day of my sister’s bridal shower, my original sandals broke so I had to quickly run to Marshalls to find another pair of shoes that matched with my outfit and I found these and ever since that I can’t stop wearing them.

I still can’t believe summer came and went this quickly.  I hope everyone is enjoying the final days of summer. Let me know in the comments below what has been the highlight of your summer. Talk soon!

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Tips For Writing The Perfect Resume

Hello everyone! After writing my “Lessons Learned After Graduation” post a few months ago, (if you don’t know what I’m talking about, check it out here) I received tons of feedback regarding my post graduate job and tips on how to land your perfect job after college, or just your dream job in general.

So in today’s post, I am talking about one very important factor in your job application process, your resume.  If you’re like me a resume is super hard to put together, because I struggle with deciding what skills and experiences are deemed resume worthy or trying to keep your resume short, yet impactful.  Thanks to Monster.com and their resume assessment tool, I have been able to learn a few tricks on how to write the best resume and I’m ready to share them, so keep on scrolling!

Since your resume is crucial, because it’s the first thing a brand will see and your way of selling yourself to that brand, I had no problem reaching out to the experts, and in this case it was Monster.com.  I always used Monster for my one stop site to search for job opportunities and connect me with brands, but recently I discovered a variety of products and services on Monster including their resume assessment tool.

In addition to the millions of jobs Monster offers, the resume assessment tool is super useful because all you have to do is send your resume and within days you will be connected with a resume expert and receive extensive feedback on your entire resume.  With the help from Monster’s resume assessment tool, I am here to offer some of my tips on how to write the perfect resume to land not just any job but your dream job.

1. Keep It Short But Sweet 

This useful rule I learned since my freshman year of college and was then reiterated in my resume assessment.  Keep your resume under one page if possible.  Realistically, the person looking at your resume is juggling other responsibilities, so they might now be able to read a lengthy document.  I know this is extremely challenging because you want to include everything, but focus on your important skills and experiences.  Concentrate on including the achievements that will land you an interview and when you do secure the interview that will be your time where you can elaborate on some of the smaller details not mentioned in your resume.  Although, you are trying to keep it concise, don’t skimp on useful details like dates and the cities you worked in.

2. Avoid First Person

A resume is a marketing tool to sell yourself, so it seems strange to not include first person pronouns, but I learned from my Monster resume assessment that by using first person pronouns it can appear that the candidate is more focused on themselves.  So to avoid this problem, try saying “hit my target goals” instead of “I hit my target goals” or what not.

3. Easy To Read 

Another helpful tip is to always format your resume with a readable font and font size.  Also, don’t forget to include easy to find and searchable words.  This means to think about your job titles and use key words that will be easy for the hiring manager to identify.

4. It’s Your Chance To Brag 

Talking about yourself is weird, but if there was the perfect time to do so, it’s on your resume.  Don’t feel funny name dropping and title dropping like crazy.  Be proud of your accomplishments and skills.  Also, try to use proactive verbs, also known as power verbs like created, directed, supervised, etc.  These verbs pack a punch and add more credibility to your resume.  Lastly, be descriptive as possible by not only just using words but by including percentages and numbers to really seal the deal.

5. Proofread, Proofread, Proofread 

Nothing is more embarrassing and unprofessional than a spelling mistake or grammar error.  Proofreading is super tedious, but extremely important and might be the end all be all when gaining an interview.  If you’re like me who can never spot their own grammar mistakes, don’t be afraid to have family or friends reread your resume.

6. Send Your Resume As A PDF 

When your resume is all good to go, it’s time to send it off.  This was another tip I learned from my resume assessment on Monster and I am glad I did.  I always heard that a resume should be sent as a PDF but never understood why until my resume assessment made it clear that a PDF will allow the format of your resume to be preserved.  By saving it as a PDF it will make sure the format and font is easy to read and visually appealing.

In no way, am I an expert in this topic, in fact I have had tons of help putting together my resume from my career center at my university, my dad, and most importantly Monster.com.  It’s funny how one simple, piece of paper can be so valuable.  So if you are someone still in college ready to embark on your next stage in life, the working world, or someone who is looking to advance their career with a new job, or someone like me who is happy with their job but certainly believes that everyone should have an updated resume on file because you never know what opportunities might strike, I strongly advise you to head to Monster.com to check out all their tools and services, like the resume assessment feature.  Good luck everyone! 🙂

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

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Practicing Natural Ways To Care For Your Face

Have you tried everything to get flawless skin, but have found it to be one of the biggest mysteries in life? You are not alone.  No matter how much we put into finding the perfect products, they seem to work a little bit at the very outset but end up going straight in the garbage just as soon as the usual problems come back.  Looking after our face isn’t just about a skincare routine that is easy and beneficial, but it’s also about the other practices, namely being as natural as possible. While we all do our utmost to be as natural with our skin care, there are a few things that you may not know of that can benefit you.  Here are a few: 

Do You Do Facial Exercises?

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It’s a relatively new practice, but it’s gained a lot of popularity in recent years. Instead of looking for the perfect product to minimize wrinkles, which can cause a hefty dent in our finances, undertaking a few simple exercises to tone and firm the face will give you the know-how on how to get rid of forehead lines, as well as firm your cheeks, tone your neck, and even prevent wrinkles around your mouth, one of the most obvious signs of aging.  Even if you don’t hit the gym, there’s no excuse to take 10 minutes out of your day to exercise your face.

How Much Of A Sun Worshipper Are You?

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We all love a bit of sunshine, but too much is going to have a devastating effect on our skin. Being exposed to sun gives us wrinkles, age spots, as well as long-term skin problems; you need to find the best sun care products that protect you.  Remember, even if it’s cloudy in the middle of the day, but the temperature is high, you can still get exposed to the effects of the san.  Be sure to put sunscreen on that has an SPF of at least 30 and when the reading the label, be sure it states that it’s a “noncomedogenic” or “nonacnegenic” product because these won’t block your pores.

Do You Exercise?

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If you don’t exercise on a regular basis, you are not giving your body the means necessary to cleanse itself.  Remember, even if you have a perfect diet, but you don’t exercise, are you giving your body the opportunity to circulate blood, and detoxify itself?  A lot of people don’t like to sweat, but it’s the body’s natural way of purifying itself. So be sure to have a sweaty yoga session, or partake in some high-intensity interval training.  You could even lift weights, just as long as you are giving your body the opportunity to sweat everything out.  And even if you can’t exercise for health reasons, you can still go for a brisk walk around the block, or take the Norwegian approach, and get in a sauna.  No matter how healthy you are, if you don’t give your body the opportunity to cleanse and detoxify, these toxins will show up all over your skin and on your face.

How Much Water Do You Really Drink?

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Do you drink the required amount? And if you don’t know what the required amount is, at least 8 glasses will be enough to keep yourself hydrated.  Keeping your body hydrated will help to promote your skin’s natural elasticity, but you will also feel better as a result.  If you forget to drink water, the best way to get around this is to ensure you have a glass by you constantly, in the office, or at home. And as soon as it’s empty, fill it back up.  In addition to this, eating fruits or vegetables that are high in water content will top up your daily intake.  There’s a simple little test to check if you’re dehydrated; pinch the skin over the back of your hand, or on your abdomen.  If you are dehydrated, the skin will take its time to return to normal will highlight what is called skin turgor.

We spent a lot of time finding the right products, when in actual fact the best way to prevent the signs of aging, especially on your face, is to undertake the natural approach.  While a skincare routine is a great way to keep on top of specific issues, the underlying way to keep yourself healthy is to make sure you are indulging in healthy life practices.  It’s the normal things, making sure you have a balanced diet, looking after yourself, getting your beauty sleep, but it’s these things that will show up on your face.  A lifetime of stress and bad habits will show up as wrinkles and dehydration.  So, go the natural way, and keep up the practice.

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Jump (suit) Into The Week

All week I spend the days eagerly waiting for the weekend and when the weekend finally arrives, I blink and then it’s Monday again.  Anyone else feel the same way?  Well I hope everyone had a fabulous weekend, I know I did by exploring Central Park and visiting new, trendy restaurants in the West Village and Soho with friends.

Ever since moving to the city, I feel like I have to be stylish 24/7 and even when I do “dress up” I’m always envious of everyone’s outfits in the city. Although, I don’t feel nearly as fashionable as everyone else in the city, whenever I am looking to amp up my fashion game, I’ve been wearing this stylish one piece featured in today’s style post on repeat.  Keep on scrolling to read all about my love for jumpsuits this summer.

So for those living under a fashion rock, a jumpsuit is pretty much a romper, but instead of shorts like a romper, a jumpsuit features pants, so basically it’s just a connecting, coordinating pant suit.  These matching one pieces are the best because you don’t have to worry about matching two pieces of clothing. I’m still in shock that my jumpsuit is from Target because it certainly looks like it’s made by a more high end brand, especially because it features a beautiful, bold floral pattern, an open back, a deep V neckline, and a fun tassel detail.  Also, as I continue to expand my jumpsuit collection, I always look for jumpsuits with a sort of cinch in waist to give it more shape and break up any bold pattern.

As I mentioned above, this jumpsuit has sort of a low neckline, so I wanted to wear a statement necklace, so my neck didn’t look so bare.  I decided on my mixed metal, spiked, short necklace from the brand Design Lab.  Since my jumpsuit is head to toe flowers, I wanted to add some edge to this look and that’s why I chose spikes.

Now that the weather is finally starting to feel like summer, I’ve abandoned long sleeve sweaters and shirts, and so now that my arms and wrists are exposed, I chose to wear a bunch of my favorite gold bangles from Forever 21 and of course my customized charm bracelet by Cosa™. Read more about my love for my Cosa™ cuff here.

For shoes, I like to wear a little heel with a jumpsuit for some extra height, so I settled on my black wedge sandals from Payless.

Lastly, to add a little extra dose of chicness to my look, I am wearing my London Fog circular sunglasses.

Well that’s all for today’s style post, folks! I hope everyone has a great start to their week. Talk to you all in my next post!

 

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My New York City Apartment Tour

Hello everyone! This blog post is way overdue.  For those of you who don’t know, in March, I followed my dreams and heart and moved to New York City.  And for those who already knew that because you follow me on Instagram and keep up to date with all my city adventures, it has been a wonderful past couple of months as I make one of my favorite cities my new home.

I knew once I signed the lease for my studio apartment on the Upper West Side, I had the exciting chance to decorate my new space the way I wanted and of course when it was ready I would to document it here on LivForStyle.  After three months getting comfortable in my new space, I’m ready to show off my new spot, so keep on reading how I decorated my little New York City apartment and made my studio my home away from real home back in Connecticut.

My whole experience finding the perfect place in the city that offered great amenities, close to work, in a safe and fun neighborhood all while keeping within my budget was a positive experience thanks to a very helpful realtor.  I looked all over the city for the right place including the Murray Hill area, the Hell’s Kitchen area, the Midtown West area, and finally the Upper West Side, which obviously I fell in love with.

Side note, I’m trying to make this post all about my apartment tour, but couldn’t help to mention a few tidbits about my moving experience, but let me know if you want a dedicated post on my apartment hunt and my move.

Anyway, I’m in love with my apartment due to the fact I am close to bustling Lincoln center and beautiful Central Park.  In New York City, you certainly pay for location rather than space, but since I’m living alone, a studio space was perfect and quite frankly it’s the perfect size for me considering with my work life and social life I’m never home.

When you walk into my studio, this is the overview.  A studio is pretty much an open space, so your bedroom is in your kitchen, your kitchen is in your bedroom, your dining area is in your kitchen and bedroom, and your lounging area is in your kitchen, bedroom, and dining area, if that all made sense and then of course you have a separate, closed off bathroom.

When I was deciding on the motif for my new apartment, I wanted to focus on pastel colors to make my whole area feel airy, fresh, and light.  Plus, the light-colored hardwood floors and light gray colored cabinets also inspired me to follow a soft neutral color palette.

So, first my bed is a queen-sized bed which has been an adjustment because I’ve been sleeping in a twin bed all of my life LOL.  I decided to rent my furniture from CORT Furniture, which was an amazing experience.  CORT Furniture offers a vast amount of furniture options to rent, the delivery process was super easy, and I only pay a small monthly fee for the furniture, making it super affordable.  I decided to go down the rental route, so I wouldn’t be stuck with the furniture if I decide to move to a different apartment or city next year.  I picked out this gray headboard and queen-sized mattress from CORT Furniture.

I then accessorized my bed with this beautiful comforter from Walmart.  I’m still in awe that this comforter is from Walmart and was only $70 for the comforter, pillow shams, and throw pillows.  I love the beautiful blush and moss green colors that perfectly go with the color scheme for my apartment.  I also found this gray fleece blanket from Walmart that I drape over my bed for an extra pop of gray color and for warmth on those chillier nights.

Next to my bed you will find this small night stand with two compartments for storage. Both the night stand and lamp are from the Christmas Tree Store.

Since, I have such a small space, I didn’t want to overwhelm my walls with tons of art work, so I kept it simple with three small photos above my bed.  First, is a fun fashion themed calendar to keep track of my busy life.  Next, was the last piece I found for my apartment and in my opinion has tied together my whole space.  Yes, a small little photo can have that much of an impact because it features one of my favorite quotes, “Don’t let today be a waste of makeup.”  Then, placed off to the side is another great piece that includes all of the major streets and my personal favorite streets in New York City.  On the other wall by my bed is my beautiful, black and white elephant canvas I received as a gift from, the Founder and Creative Director of Boy Meets Girl, after I finished my fashion internship back in my junior year of college. This elephant has been in all my apartments back at school, so it only made sense to bring it with me on this next adventure.


Another piece of furniture I rented from CORT Furniture is this small, plush chair.  I decided to maximize as much space as possible and found that if I rented a love seat or couch it would take up too much space, so this little chair is perfect and super comfortable.  I call this corner my blogging nook because I find myself sitting on this chair with my laptop, looking out the window and feeling inspired to work on my blog and brainstorm new ideas.  To match the gray chair, I hung these three small canvas pictures above.  I always love a good black and white fashion sketch and an inspiring quote to get those creative ideas going.

One of the many things that sold me on this apartment was these two large windows.  Although, it was a little more pricey to have an apartment with two large windows looking out onto the street, it was worth it because I get so much sunlight and enjoy looking out the window and seeing all the people and cute doggies walking by.  I also love how the windows feature these large window sills which allows me extra storage for my jewelry, books, and little trinkets.


Naturally, being a fashion blogger in my new spot I wanted a floor length mirror to take some mirror outfit snaps and to make sure my outfit is always on point.  This beautiful mirror with a gold/silver finish is surprisingly from Walmart, which was also a great deal!

One of my biggest fears moving into the city was the closet space because I feel like I have more clothes than the average person and my wardrobe is always growing, but my place has this amazing closet that has enough space to fit all my clothes and shoes.  Plus, above my closet I have this extra storage option that is great for storing things I don’t use every day.  I always keep my closet door open because I’m like Carrie Bradshaw when she said…”‘I like my money where I can see it – hanging in my closet.’”

I lucked out with this newly renovated kitchen with all stainless steel appliances and these beautiful gray cabinets.  I really didn’t have to add too much to the kitchen except a colorful dish towel, a foot stool for those high cabinets, and of course my fruit basket to hang my bananas and store my avocados or whatever fruit I buy that week.

I‘ve been super proud of myself for cooking most of my dinners at home, which has saved tons of money and I wanted a little dining nook because the thought of eating on my bed every night grossed me out . I found this cute table and chair set from you guessed it Walmart.  It’s the perfect size.  Although, this dining set is super cute it was a pain to put together, the second chair was defective and instead of wasting hours trying to fix it or return the whole set, I decided to just keep the one chair, because after all it’s really just me sitting at the table and if I do any entertaining most likely we will be going out to dinner.  Also, since this is my “dining room” I decided to hang side by side these two fun wine themed photos and of course an arrangement of succulents for the center piece.

It can’t be a full apartment tour without a peek into my bathroom, so here we have a newly renovated bathroom with sleek and modern finishes and a good amount of space and cabinets for all my beauty and shower essentials.

So, I think that’s a wrap on my New York City studio tour.  I was so afraid because my space is small that I wouldn’t have anything to show and talk about, but looking at how much I wrote above, I guess I had more to share than I realized.  I hope everyone enjoyed reading this and taking a peek inside my new space in the city.  I couldn’t be more thankful of the fact that I have turned my dreams, since I was a little girl, to live in the city now my reality.  For more of my New York City adventure, make sure you follow me on Instagram (@livforstyle).  Talk to you all in my new post!

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Denim On Denim

One style that I always felt funny wearing, just simply because I never perfected the look was denim on denim.  Whenever, I attempted to follow the denim on denim, I just felt like I was straight out of a movie or television show from the 90s, so I applaud the fashion bloggers who can wear perfectly head to toe denim.  In today’s style post, I finally broke through my fear of denim on denim and found the secret to perfecting the look…different shades of denim paired with other classic pieces from your wardrobe.

One tip when it comes to matching denim is pairing two different shades of denim together.  Instead of wearing two light wash denim colors, try one light wash and a medium/darker wash or in my case a medium wash with a dark gray washed denim.

Although, my denim jacket from the Ashley Vintage Charm brand at Marshalls and my skinny jeans from Zara are two different color denim, they are still very similar, both with the distressed pattern.  For those, like me who are a little hesitant to match denim, I highly recommend testing the style out by doing what I did and coordinating light and dark denim together.

Another way to break up denim on denim is by pairing the look with a simple, classic t-shirt like this black and white t-shirt from the Universal Thread collection at Target.  Of course, I did my little half tuck trick to give my look more shape because my jean jacket is a little oversized.  This t-shirt is so soft and comfy and not to mention a versatile piece to have in your wardrobe.  I urge you all to check out the Universal Thread brand because this exclusive brand at Target offers some cute pieces for the summer season.

Since this look features a neutral color palette, I decided to add a pop of color with my new favorite blush colored mules by Catherine Malandrino.   I scored these at Marshalls for an incredible price.  You would think with the beautiful pearl embellishments these shoes would be super expensive, but I know a good bargain when I see one.

For an extra dose of chicness, I am just wearing my all black, circular framed sunglasses from London Fog.

I was going to wear a typical choker necklace, but decided to change it up a bit and wear no necklace but a pair of statement earrings.  These beautiful earrings that are actually my grandmother’s and have been sitting in my jewelry collection for years.  I should totally wear them more because the subtle pink color definitely adds the right amount of color to complete any look.

It’s fun to experiment with different styles and trends like I did with the subtle denim on denim look.  Keep the conversation going down below by letting me know what are some ways you step outside of your fashion bubble and test out new looks?

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Best Dressed At The Met Gala 2018 

Just like every year, my invitation to the annual Met Gala must have gotten lost in the mail.  This year, living so close to the Metropolitan Museum of Art, I had this strong desire to crash the one of the most fashionable events of the year.  Instead, I just streamed the red carpet arrivals on my laptop and vigorously took notes on this year’s theme and how the stars interpreted the theme when it came to their style choices.

It has been a tradition here on LivForStyle to share my opinions on which celebrities owned the red carpet at some of the most popular award shows and of course fundraisers like The Met Gala. Although, award shows like The Academy Awards and The Grammy’s are fun to watch and the stars always bring their A game when it comes to the red carpet, for me The Met Gala is one of my favorite red carpets to cover here on my blog.

Each year, the Met Gala celebrates the opening of the special fashion exhibit at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, so every year the Met Gala follows the theme of the fashion exhibit.  Each year’s theme is always spectacular and I always try to visit the fashion exhibit each year, which is also just as interesting and impressive.  However, this year’s theme “Heavenly Bodies: Fashion and the Catholic Imagination,” is quite different and some may say controversial, because it focuses on religion and more specifically how Catholicism has impacted fashion.

I applaud this choice in theme because I always feel like religion is such a taboo topic, but The Met Gala has certainly allowed conversations to spark around religion and how religion has played a major role in the creativity process of major fashion designers.

Having the time to reflect on this theme, I recall all the times I sit in church and see the priest decked out in beautiful and ornate vestments, depending on the time of year during the liturgical calendar.  Even in religion, fashion is still a form of expression and can symbolize different meanings in the Catholic faith or in any faith.  Even the Pope can agree, considering The Vatican has donated tons of garments and accessories to display in the exhibit.

Since, this year’s theme was focused on religion, I knew the celebrities would choose outfits that embodied some sort of holy look, think veils, lace, white, capes, etc.  And not to my surprise, I was right, most of my favorite looks featured veils, embellished crosses, jeweled crowns, lace, and so on.  So without further adieu,  here are my top choices for the best dressed at this year’s Met Gala.

Bella Hadid  

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This is the look I had pictured in my head when hearing about the religious centered theme.  Bella Hadid’s look is very gothic, with the lace and cape by Chrome Hearts Official, and you can’t forget about that statement gold cross necklace.  She also adds leather too, which is totally not what you think when the word Catholicsm comes to mind, but hey that is what this year’s theme was all about, showing others how religion can influence design choices.

Lily Collins 

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Another celebrity who stole the look I would go for if I was invited to this year’s gala is Lily Collins. Her look by Givenchy is also very gothic, yet nun like with her head to toe black look, silver halo crown, and rosary beads.  Her off the shoulder black gown with a sheer bottom is simple but certainly has a message behind it as well as the red tear drop by her eye.

Kate Bosworth 

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I feel like someone should walk her down the aisle because Kate Bosworth looks like she is ready for the altar in her head to toe ivory and gold gown with the most beautiful and subtle sparkly lace pattern by Oscar de la Renta.  Not to mention that gorgeous lace veil.  Hands down, this look is breathtaking.

Hailee Steinfeld  

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Hailee’s look is so innocent and pure, which totally captures the whole religious feel. However, her simple white dress by Prabal Gurung is anything but innocent with that super high slit and all the gorgeous diamonds wrapped around her neck.  Hailee brings her edge and sexiness to the red carpet finishing her look with a diamond crown.

Gigi Hadid 

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The Met Gala and pretty much all red carpets, just prove that the Hadid sisters can do no wrong.  Just like her sister, Gigi glistens in this Atelier Versace gown.  Some may say that the rich, jewel toned colors make her look like a peacock, but her dress actually resembles a beautiful stain glass window you would find in any church.

Cara Delevingne  

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Now this is what I’m talking about, Cara Delevingne’s look gives me vibes of a very traditional confessional (the place where you would reveal your sins to the priest).  All the black panels throughout her Dior dress, gives me that eerie vibe.  Also, the jeweled head piece and veil that shields her face is so mysterious and leaves you asking why?

Amber Heard 

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Amber Heard’s head to toe red, skin tight dress by Carolina Herrera is beyond beautiful and instantly makes me think of the time during the season of Lent in the Catholic Church when the priest will wear a red vestment to honor Jesus’ blood shed on the cross.  The red color certainly makes a statement, as well as the spiked gold crown.

Jennifer Lopez 

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I would never have thought feathers and religion would go together, but Jennifer Lopez dazzled in this beaded Balmain gown with a feather train. The big, detailed cross front and center drew together the whole look and perfectly played on the theme of the event.

Blake Lively 

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Blake Lively can do no wrong.  She will forever be Serana Van Der Woodsen on Gossip Girl; however, at The Met Gala she channeled a new side and showed the world how religion plays a role in fashion by wearing this gold-and-ruby brocade and beaded gown by Atelier Versace with a matching gold, halo head piece.  All the beautiful jeweled toned colors made her look like a statue you would find in any place of worship.

Rihanna 

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Save the best for last…Rihanna in custom Maison Margiela by John Galliano.  She always knows how to make a statement at the Met Gala and this year like every other year she dazzled on the red carpet and truly embodied that Catholic feel with this fancy papal inspired hat and her embellished mini dress with matching coat.

And just for fun, I also included three of my worst dressed picks from the night:  

Amal Clooney 

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I am just not sure what is going on with her outfit. I was expecting more from Amal Clooney.  Although, choosing to wear a pant suit instead of a traditional dress certainly makes a statement, I just feel like colors and specific floral pattern doesn’t fit with the theme.  But, then again this year’s theme was to display how religion influences fashion, so maybe there’s a secret meaning behind her choice in look. But for now, it just wasn’t my favorite.

Ariana Grande 

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Ariana Grande certainly embodies the whole religious theme with her ball gown that features a detailed angelic scene.  However, I like when the celebs choose a look that has more of a subtle message behind it instead of bluntly depicting the religious theme.

Stella Maxwell 

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Similar to Ariana Grande, Stella Maxwell chose a dress that featured tons of religious icons, which again was a smart choice for the religious theme; however, I just feel like all the images were a bit too distracting.

 

So that will do it for another one of my red carpet style recaps.  If you end up going to the “Heavenly Bodies: Fashion and the Catholic Imagination” exhibit at The Met, let me know how it is.  I plan on visiting the exhibit really soon and will let you know my thoughts.  Keep this discussion going by letting me know who was your best dressed or worst dressed at the 2018 Met Gala.

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Mother + Daughter Style ft. Coastal

Today, on LivForStyle we have a very special guest…my beautiful, inspiring mom.  Mother’s Day is right around the corner (Sunday May 13th to be exact), so today’s style post is dedicated to my wonderful mom and all those great moms out there.  Most of the time, my mom is behind the scenes and plays a major role on the LivForStyle page as my photographer.  But, today instead of asking her to only take my photos, I decided to point the camera in her direction and let her have her blogger moment, I mean after all, she has learned from the best.   

Recently, my mom and I were introduced to a trendy, customizable, and affordable eyeglass and sunglass brand called Coastal.  And we both can agree that Coastal offers styles that fit any mom’s lifestyle, so with Mother’s Day coming up, these glasses make the perfect gift.  Also, you and your mom will appreciate the idea that Coastal “provides the life-changing gift of sight” with their buy one, give one program (more information here). A win, win for all!    

We spent hours on the Coastal website browsing through all the options fpr frames and lenses.  We both picked a shape and style that fit our personalities.  My mom decided to go the more traditional route with a square shaped style, so when she saw Michelle Lane D’Orsay sunglasses in the tortoise color, she knew these were her glasses.  She customized them with green-gray polarized lenses because they are perfect for everyday use, and as a mom she knows that life is busy, so she needed a pair of sunglasses that would keep up with her demanding lifestyle.   

As for me, I knew right away while scrolling through the Coastal website, I wanted a cat eye shape.  I am all about the cat eye, whether its eyeliner or sunglasses, because something about the bold look just suits me.  After going back and forth between sunglasses, I finally decided on the Kam Dhillon Shields style in the color white tortoise, which gives the frames the bright, clean look I was looking for.  Just like my mom, I decided on the green-gray polarized lenses because the color looked great against the white tortoise style, plus I knew these lenses will keep up with my also (but not as) demanding lifestyle like my mom.  

What’s a style post without also talking about our outfit details? So for those wondering, my mom’s flowy sweater is Lucky Brand. 

As for me, I am wearing a simple white blouse from Marshalls and this stylish beige suede moto jacket with this incredible fringe detail from TJMaxx.  As well as my favorite distressed skinny jeans from Zara, edgy black booties from Lord and Taylor, and these cool star statement earrings from Apricot Lane.   

Doesn’t my mom know how to work the camera? The camera loves her, but not nearly as much as I do.  Thank you mom for everything, for being the most loving, caring, helpful, patient, inspiring (and so on and so on and so on) mom in the world!  Use the discount code LIVFORSTYLE and show how much you love and appreciate your mom this Mother’s Day with the gift of style from Coastal.

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