Back With Flare

It’s been a while since I last posted but I’m back.  Also, I guess you can say that LivForStyle is going through some sort of a rebrand.  By rebrand, I mean I’ll be slowly updating my website template, logos, profile, Instagram profile photo, etc etc.  I think this thought of a rebrand all started when I noticed how lucky I’m to live in New York City and how often I don’t feature the beauty of the city on my blog.  I want to start making New York City a new character on my blog, where I will be taking photos with the beautiful city in the background, as well as other content focused on New York City. So think best restaurants to visit, hidden gems to take photos, rants, and so on and so on. 

I figure these posts will be super helpful for those who already live in the city or those who don’t, so they can get a glimpse into the city and maybe use my tips to plan an upcoming trip.  

Just like everything when it comes to my blog, this will certainly be a work in progress, so I’ll be taking suggestions and feedback from you all throughout this journey. 

Anyways, onto one of my most recent favorite outfits.  The weather is finally warming up so I didn’t even need a jacket or didn’t even freeze when taking these photos.  Winning!

Also I discovered a new place, Tavern on the Green.  How many times do I just walk by this bar and restaurant located in the heart of Central Park and think nothing of it?  Well today I found out that not only does it serve up the best selection of cocktails and food in a breathtaking atmosphere but it makes for the perfect backdrop for photos. 

Back to my outfit.  Lately, I been trying to switch up my collection of denim and incorporate more fits and styles than the usual skinny jeans.  I bought this super flared cropped jeans from Old Navy last year and recently I been finding different ways to wear them. 

One of my favorite ways is with some sort of kimono, graphic tee, or a jacket like this one.  This white leather jacket with a floral and studded embellishment is from Forever 21 but I actually found it at Crossroads Trading (one of my favorite secondhand clothing retailer) for half the price.  The perfect spring time jacket for sure! 

My belt obsession continues, so I incorporated my favorite skinny silver belt from Target.  Currently, I only have two belts in my collection but have a feeling this collection will be growing! 

As for shoes and earrings, I’m just wearing two items that have appeared or will be appearing multiple times of my blog, which includes my open toed sandal like booties from Marshalls and my silver ball statement earrings from Express. 

That’s it for a long overdue style post and little update on my blog. For all my New York City residents what are some of your favorite areas to shoot for photos? And for my non New York City residents where would you like me to take my camera next? Talk to you all soon! 

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Thank You, New York City

This post was inspired by my one year anniversary of making New York City my home. Countless number of people tell me that it takes a lot of courage and guts to live in the city and I never knew what they were talking about until I sat down and reflected on my year’s journey.  I have learned a lot, grown up a lot, experienced a lot, all in the city that never sleeps.

I could write a novel on all that I have discovered, but decided to keep the list below somewhat short, but still highlight, the most important lessons.  So, New York City thank you for the countless lessons you have taught me in this short year.

  • You will learn that no matter how packed a subway car is, there is still room for one more person. 
  • You will be asked a million of questions from tourists about directions, but then take it as a compliment because they must think you look like a real New Yorker. 
  • You will appreciate the fruit stand on the corner of your street, selling a box of strawberries for $1. 
  • You will find out that one cocktail can cost you $16 depending on where you go. 
  • You will discover that it’s encouraged to eat dinner alone at your favorite restaurant with a glass of red wine and your favorite book. 
  • You will understand why people go grocery shopping a couple times a week because who can carry all those groceries back to your apartment or who wants to experience the not so fun moment when your heavy grocery bag rips on your walk back. 
  • You will realize that getting your 10,000 steps a day in the city isn’t hard.  
  • You will admire everyone’s fashion and then feel like your style is garbage.  
  • You will lose your subway card. After all it’s a little piece of paper that can easily be misplaced.  I have lost two already. 
  • You will feel a great rage towards slow walkers or people who don’t look up from their phones when walking. 
  • You will learn that NYC drivers are crazy and will run you over. 
  • You will discover that the two best times of the year in the city is Christmas time and the summer. 
  • You will feel overwhelmed with all the things to do in the city, and then feel guilty when you sleep the day away. 
  • You will notice that bars and clubs seem to never close and wish you had that energy to stay out all night. 
  • You will find yourself even on bad days smiling at the talented performers who enter your subway car and provide a little entertainment. 
  • You will see that any day in winter that is above 40 degrees and everyone will be outside. 
  • You will experience the intense heat underground while waiting for the subway on a 100 degree summer day. 
  • You will see countless of cute doggies and wonder why you don’t have a dog. 
  • You will learn that the bodega on the corner will see you at your best and worst. 
  • You will understand that there’s no deeper rage you will feel than when the subway driver sees you running for the subway but closes the doors on you and drives away. 
  • You will want to avoid Times Square at all cost. 
  • You will make friends with people of all ages and backgrounds 
  • You will realize when you go back to visit the suburbs you will find the darkness and silence scary. 
  • You will learn that anything under 30 mins walking distance doesn’t require a subway or taxi. 
  • Every day you will find a new street, new area, new store, new restaurant, and new everything that excites you. 
  • Every day you will thank your blessings for making the city that people travel all over the world to visit your home 
  • Every day you will thank New York for all the new people and experiences you encounter all as a result of your new living arrangement. 
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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.

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

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Kimono Krazy

Here on my blog, I have talked about being guilty of having multiples of similar clothing items in my closet.  For me those pieces consist of all things camo print, countless number of denim jackets, and more recently kimonos.  I’m currently looking at my wardrobe and nothing is more satisfying than seeing all my beautiful kimonos lined up perfectly next to each other.  Each one of my kimonos are from different stores, with varying colors, textures, and patterns, but all are used to complete any outfit.  Keep on scrolling to see how I style one of my most unique and loved kimonos.

Like I mentioned in my previous post, I do love fall fashion, but I am not ready to say goodbye to summer just yet, which is why this look leans more summer.  What can I say, I’m just trying to stretch my summer wardrobe a little bit longer before I have to start trading my bare legs for tights and sandals for boots.

The star of this look is obviously this multicolored, paisley/geometric like patterned kimono.  It’s crazy to think I purchased this eye-catching kimono from Nordstrom Rack years ago and didn’t really start wearing it until this year.  Now, I can’t stop pairing this kimono with all things denim because I believe the beautiful moss color and warm tones look great with blue jeans or in this case a denim skirt.

Another item that has been on repeat this summer has been my denim skirt from Zara.  I am obsessed with the fit and all those buttons.  Hands down, this is my favorite way to style this skirt, with just a simple cream colored tank also from Zara and then some sort of kimono.

Although, my kimono has such a bold print, there is still room for accessorizing and today I am wearing this super cool, seashell, double chained necklace from the Etsy shop, LivingEarthy. The stunning colors of the seashell matches perfectly with all the colors in the kimono.  I highly recommend checking out LivingEarthy on Etsy for a selection of naturally beautiful jewelry items.

You can easily wear this outfit with booties for the colder fall like days, but for now, I will continue to wear my medium brown strappy wedges from Old Navy.  I strongly believe that everyone should have a neutral colored wedge like these in their closet.

Of course, you can’t forget shades, so I just threw on my brown tortoise shell square sunglasses by the brand Steve Madden.  And now my outfit is complete.

Is anyone else obsessed with kimonos like I am?  Let me know what are some of your favorite kimonos and how you style them.  Talk to you all in my next post!

 

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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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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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DIY: Mason Jar (No Water) Snow Globes

If your house is still not decorated for Christmas or you still have a few more people left to buy Christmas gifts for, it’s time to put on your crafty tool belt and get creative.  Today, I will be showing you a festive DIY that will put anyone in the Christmas spirit.  These “No Water Mason Jar Snow Globes” are super easy to make even for those who don’t have a crafty bone in their body.  Display these mason jars all around your home or wrap them up and give them out to family and friends.  Whatever you do with them, you will have people asking “where did you get them and how much did they cost.” But it will be our secret that it actually took only a few cheap supplies and a couple minutes to make these Christmas wonderland mason jars.

Let’s begin!

SUPPLIES:

  • Small Christmas themed figurines or ornaments
  • Small (pint sized) mason jars
  • Glue gun
  • Scissors
  • Fake snow
  • Iridescent glitter
  • Decorative ribbon

First, go through your collection of small Christmas inspired figurines or ornaments.  You can buy these type of Christmas figurines or tiny ornaments anywhere from a craft store to a thrift store or who knows what you might have lying around in a box in the attic filled with last year’s Christmas decorations.

Next, put together a little Christmas scene with your figurines.  Usually no more than 2 figurines fit in the mason jar, so I would pick a bigger, statement-like piece.  For me it was the teddy bear and then a smaller accent piece like this North Pole sign or even one of those Christmas trees.

Then, warm up your hot glue gun and apply a good amount of glue on the edges of your figurines.  I had to first glue the bear and sign together to make it one piece so it would be easier to place, but I found this is not necessary.  You can easily plop the pieces in the mason jar separately.

Now, this is where I got innovative. I wish I had a pair of longer tweezers because that would help me hold the figurines together to place on the bottom of the mason jar, but leave it to my mom to give me a nutcracker with tape on the edges to make it less slippery.  It did the job because my hands were a little too big to put inside the jar to stick the figurines down. If your hands are tiny weeny and can fit all the way in the mason jar, you are lucky! But if you need a little assistance, I recommend a pair of tweezers, pliers, or get creative and use whatever you have around the house, like a nutcracker.

When you get your little ornaments to stick, I would gently press them down to make sure they aren’t going anywhere.

Next, it’s time to make a winter wonderland inside of your mason jar by pouring some of this fake snow in a cup and then carefully coating the bottom of your mason jar.  Use as much snow as you want or like (we all know how much I hate snow) so I only applied a small coating but just enough to lightly coat the bottom of the mason jar.

To make the snow sparkle, generously sprinkle iridescent glitter all over the inside of the jar.  Unlike with snow, you can never have enough sparkle.

Now, put the cap back on your mason jar.  I decided to leave out the middle part of the cap, because I want a little light to shine through the jar, but it’s up to whether or not you want to seal your jar completely up.

Finally, we don’t want only the inside of the mason jar to be the center of attention. S o, I decided to tie a cute little bow around the lid of the jar.  I chose this Christmas decorative trim which features this red and white stripe candy cane like pattern, but you can choose whatever color or ribbon your heart desires.

And that’s it! Sure, this is not a “real” snow globe because it’s missing the water, but who has time for an extra step or extra mess.  These jars still resemble that authentic snow globe feel to me, but the best part is they are a whole lot easier to make.

There’s no better time to DIY than the holiday season.  Let me know in the comments below what you think about this craft or if you have any other fun holiday crafts. If you are looking for more holiday DIY inspiration, check out my wine cork reindeer craft from last year.  Remember, if you try out this craft don’t forget to tweet me a picture of your mason jars waterless snow globes.  Happy holidays!

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Holding Onto Fall

Now that Thanksgiving has come and gone, the frigid temperatures seem to be here to stay, and it got me thinking that snowy weather is just around the corner.  I’ve never been a fan of the snow. Yeah, the first snow fall always looks beautiful and peaceful but after a few snow storms I’m over it.  Plus, have you ever walked through the streets of Manhattan while it’s snowing or after a big snow storm?  It’s a slushy mess that just makes my commute unbearable.  I’d rather an autumn wonderland than a winter wonderland, so before the snow arrives, I’m holding onto the fall season a little longer.  Keep on scrolling to read all about one of my favorite autumn inspired outfits.

Chenille is all the rage this season.  To be honest, I never really heard knew much about this unique type of fabric until recently.  After doing a little research on this fabric, I learned that the word “chenille” is French for caterpillar because the threads resemble tiny caterpillars.  My mind was completely blown away!  But it does make sense because the threads are very thin and rigid.   My favorite chenille sweater is this oversized sweater from Zara.  I love the burnt orange color which to me is the color of autumn.  The chenille fabric is so soft and cozy you never want to take it off!

The burnt orange, rusty, color looks best when paired with a dark wash colored denim.  My distressed boyfriend jeans from Madewell are the perfect match.  I’m not sure how long these jeans will last because every time I wear them the holes get bigger and bigger, but I still love them.  I guess they served me a good 4 years, but I’m still not ready to retire them yet.

To add a little more of the autumn color palette, of course, I had to wear my metallic gold slides from the brand Restricted which you can find at  Marshalls.  The metallic color really completes any look and pops against anything, like the pile of leaves in this photo.

Since my sweater has a low neckline, a choker style necklace is the best for pairing with this sweater. I’m really digging the mixing of metals like gold and silver so this cool spiked necklace from the brand Design Lab sold at Lord and Taylor’s has a mix of gold and silver that pairs nicely with my rust colored sweater.  Plus the spikes add an edgier vibe to this somewhat classic outfit.

Let the season begin of anxiously checking the weekly forecast to see if snow is on the way.  Am I totally weird to hate the cold weather and snow this much?  Let me know in the comments what kind of weather you prefer.  See you all in my next post!

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It’s Turkey Time

T-minus one day until Turkey Day!  Are you mentally preparing for what you will be stuffing your face with on Thanksgiving? Or how about strategically planning for how you are gonna fit all the Thanksgiving specialties on one plate?  For me, I’m planning what I’m gonna wear for the Thanksgiving festivities.  For Thanksgiving my family gathers at my aunt’s house so I don’t have to worry about dressing too fancy but still want to look stylish yet still be comfy because it’s a long day of eating and drinking a couple glasses of wine (I’m gonna need it to get through the countless  questions from my family about my love life or what I’m doing with my life haha).  So if you are like me and want to embody the whole comfy but fashionable look this holiday just keep on reading.

Don’t you love a good T.J.Maxx find?  Especially a find on the clearance rack?  I found this chic embroidered army green light jacket by the brand Other Stories.  I love finding pieces from a designer store for a not so designer store price.  The front of this jacket looks pretty ordinary, but take a look at the back with all that color and intricate embroidery.

For under the jacket, you can easily wear a tank top or a short sleeve shirt.  But for the winter time I like to find every possible way to keep warm so when it comes to these light jackets I usually layer under it a thin basic sweater.  Just like this simple yet cozy gray colored sweater from H&M. Finding simple ways to keep warm in the winter is key to making it through the cold months.  Try it out, you will thank me later.

You all know my obsession with fringe denim, so of course I’m wearing my favorite denim skinny jeans with the fringe bottom from a favorite boutique called Fox’s.  These jeans have the perfect amount of stretch which is ideal for a whole day of sitting and eating.

Sorry, mom for all the times I use to make fun of you for wearing clogs because now clogs are hotter than ever.  I love the way these White Mountain brand clogs from DSW shows off my fringe jeans.  I feel so 70’s wearing clogs but I love it!

Since my jacket has a lot of details, I just wanted to add one more detail by including my favorite elephant pendant necklace from the store CharlotteCoutureGlam on Etsy.  Etsy is the best place to find unique jewelry pieces or just unique things in general, so guess where I’ll be doing most of my Christmas shopping this year.

Well there you have it, another look to make your holiday or any day in general a little more stylish.  Not the right holiday look for you?  Check out my other recent post featuring faux fur and a whole lot of glam here.  Happy Thanksgiving!

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Are You Faux Real?

Is it just me or are others really freaked out over how fast 2017 is speeding by.  I can’t believe next week is already Thanksgiving.  Maybe freaked out is the wrong phrase but it just boggles my mind we are already fully in holiday mode.  Just today I was listening to the radio on my way to the train station and I heard a Christmas ad and thought to myself isn’t it a little early for Christmas ads and that’s when it hit me…Christmas is next month.  Are you for real?  Or in this case are you FAUX real?  You will get the play on words when you see my outfit below.  I am just so punny!  Although the fact that the holidays are just around the corner and stressing me out, I’m excited to upload even more style posts to inspire your holiday wardrobe.  Keep on scrolling to read all about one of my recent favorite outfits that can work for any upcoming holiday gathering.

It’s faux fur vest season!  Usually, when I think of faux fur vests, I picture the usual brown or black color palette, but not anymore.  Recently, I found this teal colored vest at Marshalls.  This vest by the Romeo and Juliet Couture brand is so warm and cozy, plus the jewel toned color is anything from basic.  Normally, when it comes to shades of blue, I like to match it with a black/gray color scheme which brings me to my next outfit detail.

I am loving gray denim this season, especially when I want to take a break from traditional denim.  When I was cleaning out my jeans drawer I found these light gray, almost silver like, pair of skinny jeans I purchased a few years ago from Zara.  Who else is obsessed with the way the teal color against the light gray denim pops?

As for what’s under my vest, I am wearing a white blouse from Marshalls.  I love this type of blouse for layering. Plus, the silky blouse totally dresses up the look, which is why it’s perfect for any upcoming holiday party.  I totally need more blouses like this in my wardrobe, so any suggestions where I can find more would be greatly appreciated.

To incorporate more silver into my look, I am just wearing my favorite silver pendant necklace from Forever 21.

Lastly, for shoes I just have on my favorite suede wedges by Steve Madden.  Since these shoes are just a basic black color and simple silhouette they go with anything and everything!

And that’s a wrap.  Just a heads up, you will be seeing more faux fur vest outfits in upcoming posts.  So you have been warned. What can I say, I just can’t get enough! Let me know in the comments below what have you been doing or planning to do to get in the holiday spirit?  Talk to you in my next post!

 

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12 Ways To Mix Up Your Personal Style

If you ever get a little bored of wearing the same old trusty outfits or rocking the same old style you’ve always rocked, then mixing up your style could be the way forward.  Sometimes, when we wear things we wouldn’t usually go for, it can really open up our minds and change our perspective on what we consider to be “our style.”

You can be whoever you want from day to day.  Be a hippie today and a sharp business woman tomorrow.  Wear the clothes that make you feel the way you want to feel.  You’re under no obligation to be the person you were an hour ago, let alone yesterday!

So, without further adieu, let’s look at 12 ways to mix up your personal style.  Enjoy!

 

1. Try Colorblocking

Colorblocking is possibly one of the coolest things you can do with an outfit, so if you haven’t tried it, now is the time.  Choose a few colors you really like and put them together.  For instance; a purple top, orange jacket, and teal trousers.  It might sound crazy but the combination of bright colors should put you in a great mood.  You might just find a brand new way to put your clothes together!

(http://www.elle.com/fashion/g2508/its-all-about-block-party-561532/)

 

2. Mix Up Some Patterns

Mixing patterns can really spice things up.  It might seem scary at first, but it looks uber chic.  There are a few ways you can mix patterns.  For instance, just throw something on and see what looks good.  For example, a rainbow stripe sweater would look incredible with monochrome checked trousers, for.  However, you need to find something that works for you, and the patterns don’t always have to be loud to work well.  You could just stop trying to match the items in your wardrobe so hard and see how you get on with that.  You’ll be surprised at how great things can look when you aren’t so worried about looking put together or “perfect.”

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3. Try Out Something Unisex

Clothes are just clothes, it’s people that put a label on them and designate them to either girls or boys.  A man can wear a skirt if he wants to, just like women can wear trousers.  Why not take the unisex chain and run with it, wearing a more masculine outfit for a change if you usually wear feminine?  If you’re always in dresses, try a tailored suit.  You could even just go for something like a Gold Chain at Frost NYC to ease yourself into a more masculine style.  You might be surprised at how empowered you feel.

 

4. Create A Mood Board

Creating a mood board is a wonderful way to see what you’re drawn to the most.  Pinterest is perfect for doing this, but you could even use magazines.  Use the patterns, colors, and various styles you’re drawn to and see which patterns show up.  You might just find something brand new that you’ve never worn before but will love!

(http://knockedupfabulous.com/2014/10/18/how-to-easily-elevate-an-outfit/)

 

5. Wear Something You Don’t Think You Can Pull Off

When you go shopping, browse Instagram or whatever, you might see things that make you go, “wow!” but you don’t indulge because you don’t believe you can pull them off.  The only reason you can’t pull them off is because you don’t think you can. Wearing all different kinds of clothes is all about confidence and frankly, not caring what anybody else thinks.  If you like it, wear it.  Be brave.  Chances are, you’ll absolutely love wearing something unusual and it’ll give you confidence to be even braver with your outfit choices.

(http://www.elle.com/fashion/news/g27704/fall-2016-fashion-trends/)

 

6. Gradually Evolve

Changing your style right away can be scary.  You might feel totally apprehensive about being a wallflower one day and a rainbow princess the next. If you’re totally freaked out, then gradually evolve.  Slowly introduce different things into your outfits until you feel ready to wear something that you would never have worn before. Style evolves all the time, so yours should be no different!

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7. Choose Some Statement Shoes

Statement shoes are one of the easiest and most fun ways to perk up an outfit.  Go ahead and buy the bright pink, thigh high boots.  Wear some bright red ankle boots. Buy some embellished stilettos.  Even if the rest of your outfit is pretty plain, the statement shoes will make a world of difference.  This doesn’t mean that’s the only time you can wear your statement shoes – wear them with whatever you like!

(http://thezoereport.com/fashion/accessories/best-shoes-for-fashion-week/)

 

8. Add Statement Bling

Do you accessorize enough, or do you let it fall to the wayside?  Getting dressed isn’t always enough to have a great look.  You need to make sure you accessorize too.  A fab necklace can instantly take your outfit from drab to fab.  Bangles stacked high can add interest and stop your outfit from looking boring.

Some people think that less is more.  However, if you want to mix things up, you should pay attention to the wise words of Iris Apfel.  She says, “more is more and less is boring”.  Take a look at some of her amazing outfits for inspo.  She’s in her 90s, and loves mixing colors, prints, and materials to create the most incredible, artistic looks you could ever dream of.  She’s also amazing at mixing different pieces of jewelry, finding many of them in unique stores rather than expensive jewelers.  She often pairs multiple pieces so well that they could easily be one piece.  Look to other people whose style you love and research what they do to create cool outfits.

(http://queenhood.com.au/statement-jewellery/)

 

9. Put Something On Your Head

Why not have the courage to try a little headwear?  Maybe you could wear a headband, or a scarf, or a hat…whatever takes your fancy.  If you’re not using to it then it can be daunting, but it could seriously change up your outfit.  You might just develop a new love of headwear.

 

10. Go For Glasses

It doesn’t matter if you don’t need glasses. Pretty much everybody wears glasses these days for fashion purposes alone.  Buy some super cool glasses with clear frames and see how that can make a huge difference to your look.  If you already have glasses, use them to your advantage.  Choose some new cool frames if you dare!

(https://www.dhgate.com/product/so-fashion-real-metal-frame-sunglasses-women/251445249.html)

 

11. Take A Friend Shopping

If you have a good friend, a stylish one is a bonus, go shopping with them and get them to pick out things for you to try on. Don’t say anything to them about what you’re looking for and just see what they come up with.  Maybe you could even choose clothes for them.  It’ll be so much fun, and you don’t necessarily need to buy what they choose.  However, you might be surprised!

 

12. Focus On The Smaller Details

Always focus on the smaller details of your outfit to bring it together.  This could be anything, from the pattern on your socks to the color of your nails.  All of these things can make a huge difference and make your outfit stand out for all of the right reasons.  It isn’t about being minimalistic with your clothes.  It’s about going all out and having lots of fun.

(https://www.dhgate.com/product/so-fashion-real-metal-frame-sunglasses-women/251445249.html)

 

Which of these tips do you think you’ll try out?  Leave your thoughts on them below, as well as any other tips you can think of to help people experiment with their personal style more.  Remember, you weren’t born to fit in.  Try new things and enjoy yourself.  Most of all, don’t even worry about what other people think.

 

Talk to you all in my next post!

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