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.

Jacket: Forever 21 (similar) (similar) | Skirt: Zara (similar) (similar) | Heels: PaylessEarrings: H&M (similar

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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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Jeans: Target (SIMILAR) (SIMILAR) (SIMILAR) (SIMILAR) | Top: StyleWe (SIMILAR) (SIMILAR) | Shoes: Vans | Necklace: Francesca’s (SIMILAR) (SIMILAR) (SIMILAR) (SIMILAR) (SIMILAR) | Sunglasses: Steve Madden (SIMILAR) (SIMILAR) (SIMILAR)

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

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One With Nature

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Manus x Machina: Fashion In An Age Of Technology

One of the many things on my summer bucket list was to go to the Metropolitan Museum of Art to see their exciting fashion exhibit, Manus x Machina: Fashion in an Age of Technology. Luckily, a few weeks ago I had the chance to explore the exhibit and the entire museum.

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I was blown away by how extensive the exhibit was. The exhibit includes over 170 ensembles, showing that fashion is more than just dressing but truly an art form. Each piece showcased in the exhibit highlighted the connection between technology and fashion.

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I enjoyed how the exhibit was divided based on fabrication or detail, including pleats, tulle, sequins, feathers, embroidery, artificial flowers, and lace. This really emphasized how special each piece was and the role of the hand (manus) and the machine (machina) in the design and manufacture of the piece.

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When I was walking around the exhibit, I made sure to take a few photos and jot down a few of my reactions to what I saw. Keep on reading to hear my commentary on the exhibit and the evolving fashion world.

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  • Although, we shouldn’t heavily rely on technology, let’s face it our world is becoming more technologically advanced whether we like it or not. So instead of ignoring these achievements within technology we must recognize them and use them to our advantage.
  • We should always keep in mind the differences between the hand and the machine. To be honest, no machine could produce as incredible a piece than the hand because a hand-crafted piece is one of a kind, taking patience, time, and dedication to the craft.
  • I agree hand-made items are seen as more valuable; however we can’t completely neglect technology or see it as less valuable. Just like Miuccia Prada said, “For me, mixing the hand and the machine gives the best results.” To me, what is most valuable is the designer’s passion and time they put into their design.
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  • While looking at the many pieces throughout the exhibit, I noticed that most of the embroidery and floral details were done by hand so the artist/designer could strategically hand place crystals or other embellishments onto the fabric, thus making it more unique.
  • After learning more about the distinction between the hand and the machine, I realized you have more control over things produced by hand, meaning you can manipulate your piece in a way that is visually appealing to your audience.IMG_3209
  • Regarding the hand, imperfections are generally only seen in handmade products. Unlike a machine, humans cannot make everything perfect. However, instead of finding fault in a misplaced button or crystal we actually find beauty and uniqueness in it.
  • The exhibit also touched on the differences between ready to wear fashion and haute couture. Now we live in a world that mostly follows the ready to wear fashion model. However, one of thee most important distinctions between ready to wear fashion and haute couture is in the details. For example, just look at the elaborate embroidery in the wedding dress by Karl Lagerfeld for Chanel. That piece of haute couture fashion cannot be produced in one day.
  • Lastly, the most beautiful gowns worn by celebrities on the red carpet or the clothes we have in our very own closet are all produced with the help from the hand and the machine.IMG_3201

Are you a big fashion lover or art fan? I highly suggest visiting the met in New York City before this exhibit closes on September 5th. You won’t regret it. For those who have seen the exhibit what were some of your highlights of your trip?

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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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