Splat!

Remember when you were in elementary school and the highlight of your school day was art class, or was that just me? Well anyway doing arts and crafts was my favorite and still is, but there was no better project than one that involved paint.  It was always a blast to dip my paint brush in my favorite colored paints and splatter it on a white piece of paper.  Sure, it made a mess, but it was the mess that made the best looking art pieces. I reminisce about this project simply because my sweater in today’s style post reminds me of all my splatter paint projects I did when I was younger. Keep on reading to see how I’m adding color on a dreary winter day and keeping my childhood memory alive.

Sadly, I don’t remember the last time I painted, so I’m simply relying on sweaters like this to keep my passion for art alive.  Shout out to my mom for digging through a pile of sale sweaters at Zara and finding this masterpiece.  She really knows my style.  I love how this sweater features tons of bright colors and a hint of metallic colors as well.  The “messy” pattern sure makes a statement plus the irregular cut sleeves add a whole other dimension to this sweater making it not just an ordinary sweater.

I hit up Zara at the right time because they were holding a major sale.  I scored these light wash, distressed denim, skinny jeans for an unbeatable price.  Of course, to show off my jeans I had to do the half tuck trick with my sweater!


I was totally feeling bold today so I brought out my metallic moto jacket recently purchased at Forever 21.  I think the metallic silver color against the bright colors in my sweater look awesome together. Plus, with a jacket like this you can either wear it the normal way or channel your inner Kim K and drape it over your shoulders.

For shoes, I’m wearing my edgy black booties from Lord and Taylor.  A statement outfit like this just calls for a simple choice of footwear.

The same thing goes for jewelry, I didn’t want to overdo it with jewelry so I’m wearing my delicate gold necklace I got from a boutique in London.

It’s cool how one fashion piece can stimulate a few memories from childhood.  Who knew that a messy project like splatter paint could produce the most beautiful art work and in this case the coolest kind of sweater.  Keep the conversation going and let me know in the comments below if there is any clothing in your wardrobe that brings back some memories.  Talk soon!

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How To Use Your Beauty & Fashion To Celebrate Life

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

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

Beauty & Fashion Are Seasonal

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

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

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

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Beauty & Fashion Are Experimental

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

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

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

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

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Beauty & Fashion Is Individual

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

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

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Don’t Sweat It

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

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

 

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Baby It’s Cold Outside

We all know my relationship with the winter season.  It’s not just the gloomy, snowy weather, the inability to tan by a pool, or checking the weather every day to make sure no snow is in the forecast that will cause an inconvenience.  What it’s really about  is not being able to show off a killer outfit because you have to worry about bundling up.  Luckily, this winter season I don’t have to worry about hiding a great outfit because my new coat makes a statement and also keeps me so warm.  Keep on reading to see how I’m keeping warm and stylish in these freezing New England temperatures.

Santa Claus was right on the money when he left under the Christmas tree this Sam Edelman leopard printed coat.  Who doesn’t love to wear head to toe leopard?  Leopard is one of my favorite fashion prints so to have a coat featuring this pattern is everything I  could ask for.  The wool fabric makes it super warm and cozy, plus the elastic like band on the bottom makes it cinch just above my knees, giving the jacket a perfect silhouette.

As for jeans, I’m wearing my Just Black Denim brand distressed skinny jeans.  A classic go to pair of jeans in my wardrobe lately because of the color and high waisted fit.  Also, the cropped ankle lets me show off a fabulous pair of boots.

Speaking of a fabulous pair of boots, I’m loving my Lord and Taylor brand black booties.  The all black color, buckles, and stud details are all around edgy and I love it.

Since you can’t dare to go outside without some sort of scarf, I usually wear my simple black scarf from The Paper Store.  I just loop it around my neck and the soft fabric makes me feel toasty.

I wish I could say that the Michael Kors bag I’m holding is mine, but sadly it’s my mom’s.  I helped pick out this black envelope style bag for my mom for Christmas but now I’m wishing I picked it out for myself instead.  I love the edginess of the bag.  It kinda has all the same details featured on my shoes.  Although this bag isn’t mine it looks amazing paired with my outfit, so I couldn’t miss the photo opp.

As much as I love my coat, I’m still wishing for a short, mild, snowless winter.  But for now all my layers will have to do.  Let me know in the comments below how you stay stylish and warm on those cold winter days.

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Camo Cool

We all have that one article of clothing, one color, one pattern, and so on that we are just attracted to, you know that feeling whenever you walk by it you need to buy it even though you have several versions of it in your closet.  For me, that’s anything camo, especially camo jackets.  So of course on one of my recent shopping trips, a camo patterned jacket caught my eye and I had to purchase it to hang along with my 3 other camo jackets, oh well.  For me, camo is a neutral pattern, it never goes out of style and looks great with everything.  So keep on reading to see how I style a classic camo jacket.

On my recent shopping trip to Lord and Taylor’s, my eye was completely drawn to this camo jacket by Design Lab.  I mean it makes sense because it features tons of pockets with stud embellishments. Plus, the loose, oversized fit makes it great to layer over sweaters for those cold winter days.  No matter how hard I tried to fight the urge to buy this jacket, I couldn’t resist and glad I couldn’t because I’ve been getting lots of use out of my jacket.

Like I mentioned above, you can wear whatever you want under this jacket, but today I just chose my simple black loose fitting tank top from Cotton On.  Having tank tops like this in your wardrobe, especially in neutral colors like white and black is super handy because you never know when you will need them for layering.

As you can tell by all my blog posts, Zara denim is the best denim, so naturally I am wearing these skinny jeans from Zara.  I love the deep gray color and subtle distressed detailing.

Regarding jewelry, I am wearing my favorite choker that I bought at a local art festival over the summer.  The gemstone choker by Omi by Lise is a beautiful white shade with different pops of vibrant colors.

As for shoes, I am wearing my heeled taupe booties from the brand Report.  I featured these studded boots a few times on my blog last year, but it wasn’t until I rediscovered them this year that I completely fell in love with them again and have been wearing them non stop.

So that concludes yet another style post.  Let me know in the comments below what is that one piece of clothing that you always have to have, even though you really don’t need because you have something similar in your closet.  Talk to you all soon!

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Pearls & Denim

In the fashion world, denim and pearls are the hottest combo right now.  Just think of denim and pearls as your next peanut butter and jelly, oil and vinegar, tomato soup and grilled cheese, and so on.  Insert whatever food combo or combo in general that goes great together to understand the point I am trying to make, denim and pearls are the next big thing.  Now a days, you can find this stylish combo on a jacket, blouse, or pair of jeans and in today’s post it’s all about my pearl studded denim jacket.

Before, I get into the whole point of this post, which is my pearl embellished jean jacket, I have to give my metallic silver flared pants from Zara some love.  I mean how great are these pants? I love the flared, palazzo like fit.  Plus, the metallic, shiny color makes a statement for sure.  The best part about these pants is you can either dress them up or down. When I want to achieve more of a dressier look, I usually pair these trousers with a blazer, but today for my more dressed down look, it’s all about the denim jacket.

These fun pants, also features this “garbage bag waist,” hard to explain the origin on this style, but just looking at how the waist ties, you will get it.  Anyway, I decided to show off the waist by just wearing a simple, fitted white tank top from Zara.  We all know how much I love these tank tops, especially for layering.

So, for the moment you been waiting for…my denim jacket.  I purchased this bad boy months ago at Marshalls.  The jacket is by the brand Honey Punch and features this gorgeous pearl studding throughout the jacket.  It’s something about the feminine pearl embellishment attached to distressed denim that makes it super eye catching and trendy. Plus, I love the way the white pearls and denim color looks paired against my silver pants.

As for shoes, I am still trying to find the best types of shoes to pair with palazzo pants and when it comes to these pants, I love wearing my black flats with the buckle and stud details by the brand Dolce Vita.  These flats are perfect when you are looking to add a little edge to any outfit.

It’s funny how only a few pieces (in this case only an embellished denim jacket, metallic pants, and studded flats) can make you feel like a million bucks.  Whenever I wear this outfit, I feel super fancy. Cue the phrase “you fancy, huh?”  And my response to that is yes in this outfit, you better believe it.  Talk to you all in my next post!

 

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Sparkle On

Although the holidays have quickly come and gone, Christmas decorations are slowly coming down, Santa has already slid down our chimneys (well only if you were good this year), but it doesn’t mean its time to put away the glitz and glam just yet.  In my fashion rule book, sparkles can be worn any day, any time, and any season.  I love finding subtle ways to incorporate some shine and sparkle into any outfit and today’s outfit perfectly achieves that look.  So keep on scrolling to see how I’m leaving a little sparkle behind everywhere I go.

I feel like I have talked up all the glitter and sparkle in today’s outfit, but really the sparkle is just coming from my H&M sweater, but this sweater has the right amount of twinkle.  Plus, this sweater is not itchy like other glitter sweaters I have worn in the past, which is very important because who wants to spend their whole day scratching an endless itch.   Also, I love the silver metallic shade of this sweater because it looks great paired with denim, which brings me to my next point.

What’s a Liv’s style post without a pair of Zara jeans?  So today I am wearing my distressed boyfriend jeans from Zara. I love adding loose fitting, relaxed denim to any outfit to dress it down.

Even though, the sweater certainly makes a statement on it’s own, I threw on my favorite black faux fur vest from Macy’s.  Especially, in the winter time you can never have enough layers.  Not to mention the faux fur and glitter combo looks amazing together, don’t you agree?

My hunt for the perfect pair of black booties concluded after finding these sparkly star printed Kenneth Cole booties at Marshalls.  Although, my hunt might begin again because I’ve been wearing this booties non stop, I think I am going to have to replace them soon.

For jewelry, I am just wearing my go-to silver spiked pendant necklace from Forever 21.  Now that I think of it, I wore this necklace with another faux fur vest outfit here.  What can I say when I like something I wear it constantly, just like this outfit.

Forget the phrase keep calm and carry on, now it’s all about keep calm and sparkle on.   And with a new year quickly approaching, there is no better time to wear some sparkles.

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Liv and Lauren’s Style: Her Campus College Fashion Week

Here it is…the long overdue outfit post from the Her Campus College Fashion Week show last weekend.  No need for a lengthy intro because you can read all about my College Fashion Week experience here.  This post is all about me and my friend Lauren’s fashionable looks for our night out in New York City.  Keep scrolling to see more pictures of the stylish, dynamic duo, Liv and Lauren.

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For my look, I was channeling my inner Kim K with a tight pencil skirt and body suit. Since it was a nighttime event, I chose dark colors and pops of sparkle.  My H&M pencil skirt had just the right amount of glam, especially with that slit down the side.

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My new obsession this season is bodysuits, they are so easy to wear and style.  I kept it simple with a black body suit from Forever 21.

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Since it was low cut, I wanted to accessorize to the max. I love my choker and necklace set from Apricot Lane, along with my silver coin earrings also from Apricot Lane.

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Finally, a big shout out to my amazing roommate Mckenzi for letting me borrow her black platform heels from H&M.  They totally completed my nighttime look.

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As for Lauren, she always dresses to the nines.  For the fashion show, she wore a velvet maxi dress from Zara and paired it with a denim jacket from Brandy Melville.

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Throughout the night, she wore her denim jacket draped across her shoulders for an effortlessly chic look.

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As for accessories, she of course wore her favorite choker from Brandy Melville and her oh so sexy strappy black heels by Steve Madden.  It’s safe to say that my best friend has style.

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You can tell by the two posts that the Her Campus fashion show was a HIT!  It was a chance for two best friends to enjoy each other’s company with a night out in the city, as well as to dress to impress and discover new and empowering fashion designers.

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Hope everyone is enjoying the beginning of the fall season.  Although first semester of senior year has been tough, trying to balance school work with a social life and a blog, the changing leaves and the cool, brisk air is inspiring me and my outfits, so keep your eyes open for new posts coming soon.

Liv’s Outfit:

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

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Cool Girl Vibes

A brief break between classes calls for a short style post. It’s tough trying to be a full-time college student and blogger, but I wouldn’t change it for the world. Keep reading to see one of my favorite outfits that I have been wearing to class during the day and when I go out for some evening fun.

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Graphic tee, camo pants, Vans, and a choker is the recipe for a cool girl outfit. I keep going back and forth about today’s outfit. Not sure if it’s considered sporty or edgy? Or both? One thing I can agree on is that my outfit is super casual and trendy, featuring two popular trends for this fall, graphics and chokers.

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Every time I go into Target for just “one” thing, it turns into a shopping spree. On my last trip to Target, I found these high-waisted skinny jeans. Just like the floral print, the camo print never goes out of style.

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Usually I would have just paired my jeans with a simple white, black, or gray t-shirt, but I decided to add a graphic tee to add some more edge to my style and my StyleWe graphic t-shirt is perfect for this look. I love the asymmetrical style because some days I like to wear the shirt just how it is or some days I like to tie it and make it more cropped. Usually I save the crop style for the evening because with the high-waisted jeans it just works.

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When it’s not yet time to break out the boots, but you are so over wearing sandals, Vans are your go-to because no matter what the weather, Vans always complete an outfit.

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It seems like over the past year, the choker trend has exploded. The 90s grunge style is all the rage right now. I can’t complain because I love expanding my choker collection, especially with the one I am wearing today from Francesca’s. Don’t believe me that I have a choker obsession; just wait until my upcoming style posts where you won’t find me without a choker.

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You know that no LivForStyle outfit is complete without a pair of sunglasses, so of course I am wearing my favorite Steve Madden sunnies.

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On another note, so sorry for being MIA on my blog, but get very VERY excited because this girl has amazing content planned and exciting adventures to take you on. But in the meantime, I am very much active on Instagram so make sure you follow me on the ‘gram for the latest updates.

Although, I’ve been busy being a college senior, there has been lots going on in the fashion world, like New York Fashion Week and now London Fashion Week, so I would love to hear your thoughts on your favorite shows, looks, and any of your fall fashion must-haves. See you all in my next post!

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

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Endless Summer

(Sigh) Why can’t summer last forever? It seems like the season takes forever to get here, and when it does finally arrive, it leaves in a blink of an eye. I know the official end to summer isn’t until the end of September but I realized the days are getting shorter and the kiddies are back in school (same with me) but I can’t complain because I had one of the best summers ever. Some of the highlights of my summer include interning with a great fashion company, learning tons about the fashion industry, having more time to blog, and vacationing to the Hamptons a few times.

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In today’s post, I am showing you one of my favorite summer outfits that can be easily transitioned into the fall. It took me some time to warm up to the flared leg trend, but I am obsessed with all things flared. What struck me the most about my Madewell pants is the flared detail and the beautiful rose color. I believe this deep rose color will be perfect for the fall. The color kind of reminds me of the leaves soon to be turning colors.

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Since I am “new” to the flared trend, I have not really been experimenting too much when it comes to pairing tops with flared pants. I usually stick to the basics like this slim fitting Madewell cream-colored tank. I like to tuck my shirt in because when styling flared pants I always like to keep the proportions in set, tight on the top and loose and flowy on the bottom.

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Everyone always asks why I choose to wear a sweater even when the temperatures are in the high 80s. I do so because I feel like it completes my outfit and besides I usually wear it off my shoulders. All fashionistas should have a basic light tan colored cardigan in their wardrobe, like mine from Marshall’s. Never underestimate the power of a simple cardigan completing any outfit.

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I do wish I was a little taller so I wouldn’t have to wear heels or wedges with my flared pants. But my brown strappy heels by Candie’s does the trick by giving me some extra height and adding major style to any look.

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One way to celebrate all year long is by wearing this seashell necklace from H&M. I love this necklace paired against the deep burgundy of my pants.

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Lastly, what’s a summer outfit without my favorite straw hat from H&M and favorite pair of sunglasses by Steve Madden? So of course, I had to include these essentials in this look.

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Every year I always wonder why we can’t have an endless summer. Only a few more weeks of summer left, so time to take advantage of the beautiful weather and season and show you all my favorite summer looks. Let me know in the comments below what some of your summer looks have been on repeat this season.

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

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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)

 

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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.

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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.

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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.

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            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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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            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.

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

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

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Spotted On Campus

I have been stressing for a week now over my first biology test of the semester.  I have not taken a physical science course since high school, so it makes sense why I am stressing.  Liv and science just doesn’t mix well.  After a night of studying, I finished my biology exam in 20 minutes.  The 50 multiple-choice questions were basic, so fingers crossed I hope I aced the test.

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         Since I finished my exam quickly, I had extra time in my schedule to relax before my next class, so what better way to relax than write a very short style post for you all.

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         It’s not a long post, since I have to get back to work and read Act 2 of Shakespeare’s Twelfth Night (BORING).  I wanted to show you all what I normally wear to class.  I call it my campus style.  Usually the night before I mentally plan my outfit for the next day.  This way when my alarm goes off and I am still in a daze, I can rub my sleepy eyes and have some idea of what to wear for the day.

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I have sort of a “formula” in dressing for class.  It starts with leggings or jeans, a sweater or poncho, a scarf, earrings and a necklace, and whatever footwear I am currently loving.  It is easier than it seems.

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Today’s outfit features a few of my favorite pieces from this season, including my tribal print poncho from Lord and Taylor’s, layered over my basic gray long-sleeve top from Zara.  Ponchos are my best friends for the cold winter days because I feel like I am wrapped in a blanket.  I paired my poncho with my Just USA distressed black jeans.  These black jeans are so edgy and can be transitioned from daytime to nighttime with a different top, sweater, and jewelry.

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As for accessories, I always like to go to my lucky elephant, so of course I am wearing my gold elephant pendant necklace from Forever 21.  No outfit is complete without my Sorel wedges.  My 1964 Premium Sorel Wedge Boot has been my go-to winter shoe.  They are waterproof, comfortable for my long walks around campus, and fashionable.  Plus they give me a little boost in height.  Are you still looking for more style inspiration on how to style these Sorel boots, check out previous posts here.

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Wow! Time flew.  Good thing I looked at the clock because it is time for my next class.  I am glad I spent my break being productive writing a new post for you all and showcasing my campus style.  Let me know down below what pieces make up your everyday style.

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Poncho: Lord and Taylor’s (SIMILAR) (SIMILAR) (SIMILAR)  | Shirt: Zara (SIMILAR) | Jeans: Just USA | Shoes: Sorel  | Necklace: Forever 21 (SIMILAR) (SIMILAR)

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Get Up, Dress Up, Show Up, And Never Give Up

I am certain that everyone has experienced sadness, disappointment, lack of motivation, and so on. It’s only natural, we are human. I am a big fan of quotes. Whenever I feel stuck or down in the dumps I always head to Pinterest (CLICK HERE TO FOLLOW ME ON PINTEREST) and find some inspiring words and phrases to help me keep going. This brings me to the theme of today’s post. It was inspired by one of my recently discovered quotes “No matter how you feel, get up, dress up, show up, and never give up.”

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After reading this phrase, I decided to pull myself together, head to my closet and pick out an outfit that makes me look good and feel good. Of course, I had to choose my faux fur vest. My Design Lab faux fur vest just radiates confidence. I love the color blocked detail, featuring shades of red, cream, black, and tan. Such a versatile piece you can layer it over a dress, pair it with leather pants, or a simple pair of jeans, like I did today. These are not just any pair of jeans, they are my new favorite high-riser jeans from Madewell. The soft black color is a different twist than your usual blue denim, plus it really makes the warm colors in my vest pop.

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For the rest of my outfit, I am wearing a simple, black sweater from Target to provide extra warmth under my vest, perfect for those long walks to class. Dangling from my neck is my La Cle key necklace. After all, if you remember from my first post (READ IT HERE) featuring the necklace, the bronze color resembles strength, and certainly everyone needs extra strength throughout the day.

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Lastly, the perfect way to strut your stuff on campus and show others that nothing will get in your way is slipping on your best shoes. I am wearing my new Steve Madden suede wedges. I love how these wedges are day-time and class-time appropriate but adds extra glam to any look.

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Although fashion is not the end all cure to the blues, it certainly can make days when you are feeling down just suck a little less. No matter how you feel remember “this too shall past” (another one of my favorite quotes).

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Vest: Design Lab  | Sweater: Target (SIMILAR)  (SIMILAR) (SIMILAR) | Jeans: Madewell

| Shoes: Steve Madden  | Necklace: La Cle (SIMILAR)

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