Buffalo (Plaid) Soldier 

Does anyone know the difference between plaid, checkered, or the buffalo plaid pattern?  To me these three terms are interchangeable.  Although in the fashion world, plaid is described as different sized vertical and horizontal stripes of two or more colors, checkered is described as equal sized squares of two alternating colors, and buffalo plaid is described as a larger, square checkered pattern.  I had to brush off on my old skills of working retail at Madewell and learning all about their trendy flannels and all the different patterns so I settled on buffalo plaid to describe the shirt I’m wearing in today’s look.  Plus, in the office today, Bob Marley’s song Buffalo Soldier played in our office so boom I knew it was meant to be.  It also provided the inspiration for the title of today’s style post.

Weather in the NYC metro area is still pretty fickle.  One day it will actually feel like November with cooler temps and then the next day we are back to a late summer feel in the air. but these days, no matter what the weather, I am getting tons of wear on my green and black buffalo plaid tunic from Zara.  I am obsessed with the oversized fit and the long length of the shirt.  Also, a shirt like this can easily be layered with a leather jacket or sweater for those chillier days.

If you follow me on Instagram you will see a common fringe theme in my outfits.  I love fringe and especially fringed denim for this season.  I can’t get enough of my black denim with the fringed bottom by the brand Flying Monkey.  These high-waisted jeans have a jegging like feel so they are super comfortable.  Additionally, the length is perfect to show off the fringe whether with a pair of flats or booties.

These metallic mules are going to fall apart one of these days.  I have been wearing them non-stop.  I get tons of compliments on the bold silver color, which surprisingly goes with many of my looks.  Something about these silver shoes paired against my black jeans and the bright green in my shirt just looks great.  I am mule/slip on slides obsessed this season and I find the best place to find these shoes are Marshalls or Tjmaxx, which coincidently is where I found these.

And lastly, since the neck of my tunic is somewhat low, I decided to add one of my favorite statement chokers. This choker from a local boutique scores tons of compliments and adds the right amount of bling.

I been in a shopping frenzy lately and have been buying a lot and incorporating my new stuff with the old stuff in my closet. So expect more content from me coming soon.  But until then keep the convo going by letting me know in the below what has been your favorite recent purchase and how you have been styling that item.  Talk soon!

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From Summer To Pumpkin Season

So you celebrated the summer season with a bright and light decor that gave your home a fresh and exciting style?  Great!  But the problem with the summer style is that, once the Halloween pumpkins are out, it doesn’t look as stylish and exciting as it did in July.  It’s time to work on your transitional decor and to prepare the home for winter… but first, let’s think of the Halloween decor.  No, it doesn’t mean sticking a plastic skeleton on the shelf and hoping for the best.  It’s about getting the colors and feelings of fall into your home without breaking the bank.

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First things first, now is the best moment to get rid of your summer touches, from the bright cushion covers to the summer fabrics.  Don’t panic.  It doesn’t mean that you should throw them away or sell them.  Most decor aficionados tend to use little tricks, such as the storage units near my house options, which as the name indicates offer storage facilities in the proximity of your postal address so that you can keep seasonal decor items safe.  As a rule of the thumb, the fall colors are warm — orange, red, brown — with dark accents such as gray and black and dark green.  In other words, there’s no need for the flowery hues anymore!   

 

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It can be frustrating when you’ve spent a lot of time and money decorating your home for the summer to have to do it again for the new season.  Chill out; there’s no need to get your pots and your brushes to paint everything in autumnal tones.  You can create subtle accents with scented candles and homemade potpourris.  Oranges, cloves and eucalyptus are always a hit in the lounge as they create a homely and welcoming perfume.  If you love DIY, you can keep some red leaves to decorate your table and your shelves.

 

Keeping warm in style

It’s not snowing outside yet, but the temperatures have dropped.  It may not be cold enough for a fire in the chimney, but the evenings would feel a lot more comfortable with a warm cup of cocoa and a soft blanket.  In fact, the best way to prep your home for the colder months of the year is to pile a few blankets and throws next to the sofa and to switch your summery flip flops for a pair of warm woolly socks to wear inside.  An elegant throw in the right colors can transform your summer lounge into a ready for autumn room.

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Fall DIYs and yums

Last, but not least, let’s not forget a favorite of the season: pumpkin.  While I hope you’ve prepared your artsy carved pumpkin and set it on the window sill, there’s something else pumpkins are great for: Sweet treats!  Can there be a better way to spend your Halloween weekend than by baking delicious pumpkin muffins to share with your friends and relatives?  After all, what everyone loves about Halloween, it’s not the scary decor or the autumnal colors outside… It’s its sweet, yummy and indulging taste with pumpkin cakes and pies and pumpkin pie spice drinks!

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In short, with simple DIY tricks and a few cleverly chosen blankets and treats, you can transform your home decor in time for the Halloween and Thanksgiving season.

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Indian Summer

In·di·an sum·mer

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– a period of unusually dry, warm weather occurring in late autumn.

A mild, warm autumn or an Indian summer is certainly what New England has been experiencing throughout September and the early part of October.  I always felt that once Labor Day came the weather did a 180 and started to actually feel like fall. But lately temperatures have been abnormally high in the 70s and 80s.  The days have felt like a continuation of the dog days of summer, especially in New York City. A lot of the time I am overheating by the time I get to the office.  This is the season for a light jacket, scarves and layers but, instead, I find myself still wearing my summer pieces.  But to celebrate the fall season I have been transitioning to some of my fall fashion with a bit of my summer fashion, like in today’s outfit.  This is one of my go to outfits especially with the fickle temperatures because it features a mix of summer and autumn styles that are perfect for Indian summer weather.

I bought my Uniqlo pants I’m wearing in today’s post in the early summer months but it wasn’t until last month that I started to wear them.  I usually never shop at Uniqlo, but one spontaneous visit left me impressed with these soft, comfortable cotton blend flared pants.  They are extremely flared and in some angles it looks like a maxi skirt.  These flared pants are my favorite thing to wear when I want to take a break from denim.  Plus the blush color totally works for the fall season.

Since my pants are super flowy, I always like to balance out the proportion by wearing a form fitting top.  Of course I chose my basic cream colored fitted tank from Zara.  The cream and blush color makes for the perfect color combo.

Since it is fall and I can’t get away with just wearing a tank (nor do I want to) I have to layer and a denim jacket is the best fall layering piece.  I chose to wear my trusted denim jacket from Forever 21.  I have had this jacket for years and it never fails me, especially with the edgy studded detail on the shoulders.

I’ll bet I only get a few more wearings out of my Payless sandals but with flared pants like the ones I’m wearing, I like to wear an open toe shoe, especially with a little height.  I’m sure once the weather gets colder I’ll start to wear booties with these pants but until then I’m going to show my toes a little bit more.

As for jewelry, I’m just wearing a short gold necklace that I picked up at a  cute boutique when I was traveling in London.  If you take a closer look it says dare to dream, which is such a beautiful sentiment and reminder for everyday.

Soon, the fallen leaves on the ground will turn to a slushy snowy mess.  Soon, I’ll trade my sandals in for a pair of snow boots. And soon my jean jacket will be replaced with a heavy winter coat.  But for now, it’s the season for dressing in layers for those brisk, chilly mornings and as the day goes on, shedding some layers for the hotter afternoon temperatures.  Talk to you all in my next post!

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Her Campus College Fashion Week 2017 Recap

Hands down, one of my favorite things about being a blogger and a Youtuber, is the events.  Events, like tradeshows, panels, fashion shows, and forums, is where I get the chance to be surrounded by people like me.  Meeting other talented bloggers and influencers is what makes blogging worthwhile.  I can’t describe the feeling I get when I finally put a face to a name, meet some of the people behind my favorite brands, discover new brands, and the best part meeting new blogger friends.  This is exactly what the Her Campus Fashion Week is all about.  I’m extremely grateful that this was my second time attending the Her Campus Fashion Show in New York City.  And as you know from my previous post, I attended the fashion show representing the brand Bed Head by TIGI.  Also for the second year in a row, I attended the show with my photographer, fashion lover, and most importantly, best friend Lauren by my side.  Of course, throughout the night, I was constantly instagramming and tweeting live updates from the show, but for those who were not fortunate enough to see all the behind the scenes action or those who just want to relive those moments again, keep on scrolling to read my Her Campus College Fashion Week recap, as well as all the details on my fabulous outfit from that night.

This year, the Her Campus College Fashion show was hosted at the Metropolitan West, a fun, unique venue that offered tons of space for the runway and all the sponsors to set up booths showcasing all their products and services.  The sponsors varied from hair, beauty, fashion, and beverages.  The list of the sponsors included Ulta Beauty, Bed Head by TIGI, Primark, Spindrift, and StudentUniverse, and they were not stingy with the free stuff. My VIP goodie bag was filled with eyeshadows, blushes, lip products, hair products, accessories, coupons, and so much more (check it out here).  I even had the chance to get my hair done by Ulta Beauty.  They knew I was going for an edgy look, so the messy braid looked perfect with my outfit, which I will get to in a moment.

Once we mingled with everyone, it was finally time for the show, featuring fashion from Primark, Avec Les Filles, Chaser, and Vici. Each show had a different theme, like street chic, rocker, and formal wear.  Naturally, I loved the rocker looks that featured tons of moto jackets, a staple for the fall and winter season.  The models looked absolutely stunning dressed in the up and coming brands fabulous items.  I loved how each show featured a mix of looks, which made it easy for everyone to find a look that matched their personal style and it was easy to completely fall in love with the brands.

Between the special VIP hour and the fashion show itself, the night flew by.  Like I said, it’s nice to attend these special events and meet so many creative and talented people.

Now time for my outfit details.  You can’t go to any event like this without consciously choosing the right outfit for the night. Whenever I go to fashion shows or even go out in the city for the evening, I always try to bring out my edgier side.  So for my look I stuck with dark colors, leather, silver jewelry, and strappy heels.

When I was planning my outfit for the event, I was torn between a dress, a skirt, or a jumpsuit.  I had a few options in mind but it wasn’t until making a shopping run to Francesca’s that I finally settled on my look for the night.  When I saw this tulle skirt with a dark floral pattern, I knew this was the skirt for me. I love the midi length because it still shows off some leg and the shoes. After falling in love with this skirt I knew exactly what I was gonna wear with it for the show.

It’s finally layering season so I took advantage of the chiller temperatures that night and went with a leather jacket to accompany my tulle skirt.  This leather jacket from Zara is a wardrobe must have because it can be worn with pretty much anything for every occasion.  I love all the pockets and silver hardware details throughout the jacket.  And for those wondering, underneath, I’m just wearing a simple form fitting black tank from Zara.  These simple tanks are layering essentials!

Since my broken ankle incident, I’ve retired many of my high heeled shoes.  As much as I would have loved to wear a stiletto with this skirt I stuck with the comfortable, but still fashionable option; my lace up black heels from the brand Soda.  The block heel gives my foot extra support so I don’t have to worry about twisting any ankles.

For jewelry, I wanted to stay simple since there was so much going on with my outfit. I decided to wear a long silver chain necklace that laid perfectly with my open jacket.  I rarely wear a lot of rings but since I was attending a fashion show I spiced up my jewelry game with this vintage statement ring.  The silver color of the ring perfectly matched my necklace and the edgy vibe of my outfit.

Last Saturday night was an exciting show for many.  It was my chance to hang out with Lauren and the blogging community, all while wearing a stylish outfit.  After attending last year’s show, I thought there was no way the show could get any bigger or better, but this year’s show really  blew me away.  And from what I’ve heard through the grapevine from the fabulous Her Campus team you can expect an even better show next year.  So stay tuned until next time from college fashion week…

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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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Lauren’s Outfit: 

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

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My Experience: Her Campus College Fashion Week

It’s been five days and I am still on a fashion high from Saturday’s Her Campus Fashion Show.  It was a night filled with awesome style, lots of freebies, great music, loads of pictures, and most importantly empowerment.  As I mentioned in my previous post, all four of the fashion shows featured creative entrepreneur designers, including My Social Canvas, Foray, Ali & Ariel, Frill Clothing, and Bow & Drape.  I loved watching the models strut on the runway, featuring the amazing designs from the four designers.  I was so impressed with the fashion and I was so happy I got the chance to support these designers because I have a feeling they are going to make a statement in the fashion world very soon.

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Although, the fashion show was the highlight of my New York City trip, it was not the only thing I experienced.  I didn’t get back to campus until around 3 A.M, so that means I must have more to share.  So keep on reading for even more about my experience at Her Campus College Fashion Week in New York City.

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         I could not have survived this trip without my best friend, Lauren, who herself is a fashionista and the girl behind the lens when it comes to the photos on LivForStyle.  Lauren and I killed it in the city, like we always do. It’s never a dull moment when the two of us are together, so I am so happy she was able to experience this night with me. We both dressed to impressed and after looking at the photos, I think we totally nailed it.  Keep your eyes open for a whole post dedicated to our outfits.  Coming soon to a screen near you 😉

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         Of course, the train ride to the city felt like it took forever. But when we finally arrived at the venue, it was show time.  But, before the shows started we had the chance to check out all the fun tables scattered around the venue.  These included some great sponsors and their wonderful products.  The list included European Wax Center, Insomnia Cookies, Bertha Watches, Sparkling Ice, Boxed Water, and more.

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The night consisted of four shows.  The themes included Rush, Festival, Study Chic, and Girl’s Night Out. Naturally, the Girl’s Night Out show was my favorite because it featured lots of leather and knee high boots, which are such fall and winter staples.  I really enjoyed that after each show, the audience was given about 15 minutes to mingle and network with other attendees.  I made some great new contacts. All the models rocked every look.  They were all so fierce and their smiles were contagious, leaving everyone in the audience in absolute wonder and awe.  I can’t wait to go shopping because the models totally inspired me to try some new looks this season.

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When the last show wrapped up, Lauren and I were both sad.  We said our final good-byes to the friends we made, collected our stuff, and headed back to the subway.  Our melancholy quickly evaporated when we took a peak inside our exclusive goodie bag from the show.  To my surprise, the goodie bag was filled with awesome gifts.  Inside I found a FitBit, Vince Camuto perfume, a Rebecca Minkoff clutch, a bunch of Maidenform items, a free service at the DryBar, Essie nail polish, the latest issue of People Style Watch magazine, Kind bars, and so much more.

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When we hopped off the subway, our tummies were growling and we knew we wanted our night in the city to continue.  After stopping at a local pub and having a much needed glass of wine, we talked for hours about the show and our goodie bags.  Lauren and I had so much fun that when we finally looked at the time it was almost 1:30 A.M and quickly ran to Grand Central Station to catch the last train.

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When we got back to campus around 3 A.M we couldn’t keep our eyes open.  You know it’s been a great night in the city when your eyes can’t stay open, your body aches, your feet hurt, and your makeup is smudged.  Lauren and I both agree that Saturday night was a night to remember. Lots of fashion, lots of laughs, lots of mingling, and lots of dancing, no wonder why we are still catching up on our sleep.

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Thanks to Her Campus for sponsoring such an amazing event and thanks Lauren for being my partner in fashion.

This post is sponsored by Her Campus Media and its College Fashion Week brand partners. All opinions are my own. Thank you for supporting the brands that make LivForStyle possible!

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College Fashion Week

         Four more classes left, one philosophy paper to write, and a psychology test to take and then it’s finally time to hop on a train to New York City, again.  Remember when I mentioned LivForStyle was heading on some crazy adventures?  Well in today’s post I will be talking about one of those events. Catch me at College Fashion Week this Saturday, October 1st from 6-9 p.m. at Venue 404 in New York City.  Are you interested in attending?  Keep reading for more information on an event, you won’t want to miss.

         It’s crazy to think that this is my last year as a college student, so obviously when I was invited to College Fashion Week, I was like HECK YES!  What’s better than going to a fashion show with fellow style obsessed collegiattes?  Thanks to Her Campus Media, my dreams are coming true and I can’t wait to be part of Her Campus’s fifth annual College Fashion Week.

         For all those who are not familiar with College Fashion Week, it is a show celebrating fashionistas in a fun and empowering way.  This year, the show features up and coming designers, including My Social Canvas, Foray, Ali & Ariel, Frill Clothing, and Bow & Drape.  There is no better way to celebrate female fashion entrepreneurs and their creative talents.

         Is the thought of possibly seeing me at the show convincing enough to buy your tickets?  Or the thought of seeing some great fashion looks from inspiring designers make you want to attend the show?  If not, here’s another thing that will grab your attention and make you head here to purchase your ticket ASAP. T his year Her Campus Media is partnering with StyleWatch to present this year’s College Fashion Week.  And you know what that means…an awesome list of sponsors.  Think Rebecca Minkoff, Vince Camuto, Drybar, Fitbit, Bertha Watches, and Perfumania.  Wow! I almost did’nt finish that sentence because of all my excitement.  You should see me frantically typing the names of the sponsors because I know each sponsor will bring their ‘A’ game whether it’s a stylish fitness tracker to help you live a healthy lifestyle, a wide range of stylish apparel, footwear, handbags, and accessories, or a variety of fragrances and cosmetics, or amazing hair services.  Don’t believe me?  Head over to their websites to find out more.

         I hope you found this post persuasive enough to buy your College Fashion Week NYC tickets. Click here to buy your tickets and learn even more about the event.  I hope to see some of you on Saturday, but if you are not close to the New York City area, don’t fret because College Fashion Week is heading to Chicago and Los Angeles later in October.  Keep your eyes open for a post recapping my experience after the show.  Can’t wait to share!  See you all in my next post.

This post is sponsored by Her Campus Media and its College Fashion Week brand partners.  All opinions are my own. Thank you for supporting the brands that make LivForStyle possible.

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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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Little Miss Sunshine

Technically summer doesn’t officially end until the end of September but in the retail world it seems like after Fourth of July they switch to back to school and fall fashion mode. As much as I hate the thought of summer ending I’m trying to look on the bright side and focus on my love for fall fashion and of course the end of summer sales. Although most of the sales involve summer merchandise like shorts, rompers, tanks, and so on, with the art of layering you can certainly transition those pieces into the fall.

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It seems like H&M rarely has sales because their merchandise is so inexpensive anyway but 80% off select merchandise piqued my interest. With only a few minutes to shop I found two items that were calling my name.

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I first picked up this beautiful skirt. I love the unique tie-dye design and the mustard color. I can see myself wearing this skirt into the fall because of that rich color. The skirt is flowy and high-waisted which I like. It’s not as long as a maxi skirt but not as short as a mini skirt just the perfect in between.

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Since picking up this skirt for only $15 I knew I wanted a fitted cream colored top to bring out the cream color in the skirt and not take away from the beauty of the yellow shade. I wanted something fitted so I can have the option to either tuck it in or knot it. I chose this simple $5 t-shirt and it goes great with my skirt and many other pieces in my closet. Funny thing is that it’s not supposed to be off the shoulder but the shoulder area fits a little weird and loose so a simple off the shoulder fix did the trick.

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For jewelry I am loving anything gold and anything with tassels. So this Charming Charlie necklace matched perfectly with my outfit and the whole vibe of the look.

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Shoes were a no brainer. I chose to wear another pair of my vintage Candies wedges. They are a little high so taking photos on a rocky surface was a challenge. Luckily I didn’t fall. That’s an accomplishment.

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This summer I discovered my love for summer fedora like hats. I totally need to expand my hat collection because if I post myself wearing this hat one more time on my blog or Instagram I have a feeling my readers will be like what the heck we get it, you like that hat. I can’t help it but I just feel so fashion forward in my hat plus it covers up any bad hair days.

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 Lastly, before heading out the door I grabbed my favorite Steve Madden sunglasses. They are not new to the blog. See how I style them here.

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Between the H&M sale and the Zara sale (look out for a new post featuring Zara soon), I have been shopping like crazy. I guess that’s what happens when your day consists of analyzing fashion trends, reading style blogs, and spending the days in New York City. My closet is happy, but my wallet not so much.

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Hope everyone is enjoying their summer and continue to soak up the summer sun before it’s gone. Let me know in the comments below what sales you have been shopping lately and some of your favorite pieces purchased. See you all in my next post.

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Skirt: H&M | T-Shirt: H&M (SIMILAR) (SIMILAR) | Shoes: Candie’s (SIMILAR) (SIMILAR) (SIMILAR) | Necklace: Charming Charlie | Sunglasses: Steve Madden (SIMILAR) (SIMILAR) (SIMILAR)| Hat: H&M

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

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My Commute Playlist

My 45-minute train ride to and from Grand Central Station consists of napping, thinking, and writing blog posts all while listening to music. I get through the not so fun commute with a little help from Spotify music. Just like not having one style of fashion I enjoy wearing, I don’t have one style of music I enjoy listening to. I listen to all sorts of genres of music, like rap, pop, alternative, and techno. However, the music I tend to listen to on the train are songs that will pump me up in the morning for the new day ahead of me and help me unwind on my way back home after a long day.

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Beautiful Day– U2

This is a great morning song. When all I want to do is head home and get right into my bed I know that each day is a gift and I am so lucky that every day I get the chance to be in the city I love. The lyrics, “it’s a beautiful day don’t let it get away,” inspire me to look at all the positives throughout my day.

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The Anthem– Good Charlotte

A great pump up song. This song just makes me want to dance and sing in the aisles of the train. However, to avoid stares from people on the train, I just head bob and lip synch from my seat, even though people still stare. I guess they don’t know good music.

Wait Til You See My Smile– Alicia Keys

This song goes out to all those people who have turned their back on me for no reason, took advantage of me, or simply did not believe in me. This song is so beautiful and so inspiring. Just like the lyrics say, to all those people who “love to see you down” prove them otherwise.

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Girls Chase Boys– Ingrid Michaelson

         Love the catchy beat of this song. Plus, it perfectly describes the struggle with love. Girls like to play hard to get and then boys like to play their own games; however, the only thing this leads to is miscommunication and chaos. Why does falling in love have to be so complicated?

 

Long Way Home- The Goo Goo Dolls

         In my 21 years on this earth, I learned that life’s a journey, filled with many ups and downs. Unfortunately, things aren’t always handed to you on a silver platter. Instead, you have to work for what you want, even if it means going through tough times. I find this song super relatable especially when I’m entering the “adult world” and trying to build a name for myself, but no matter how hard it gets “you can’t let go…”

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No Money– Galantis

         If it wasn’t for me spending time discovering new playlists, I would have never of found this song. Such a catchy and upbeat song, making it perfect for the commute to and from the city.

Love Yourself vs. F*ck Your Self– Yo Preston feat- Kelly Kiara

         So happy I found this cover because it’s genius. I always get annoyed when I listen to Love Yourself by the Biebs because why is it always the girl’s fault in the relationship. I guess guys are perfect. Well Kelly Kiara thinks otherwise and I totally agree!

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Ribs– Lorde

         Ever since the song Royals I have been a huge fan of Lorde. I love her music. Ribs is a great song to play when you just want to close your eyes take a deep breath and relax

Send Your Love To Your New Lover– Adele

         I mean of course you need some Adele on your playlist. This song has become my anthem. It’s so relatable plus the memorable lyrics and beat has me singing along. Hands down, one of my favorite Adele songs.

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Pursuit of Happiness– Kid Cudi

         If you need a pump up song for your morning or when you are dragging in the afternoon, this song will get your blood pumping, heart racing, and head bobbing. Not only does it have a great beat but a great meaning behind the song…live a life that makes you happy.

Enjoyed reading this post? If so, don’t worry I still have more songs in my commute playlist that I want to share with you all. Let me know in the comments below some of the favorite songs you like to listen to on your to way work, heading home from work, when you need some motivation, or even when you are preparing for a night out. I love adding new songs to my playlist. After all I’m on the train twice a day for 45 minutes, 4 days a week, do the math because I’m too tired. With that being said, I need more songs, so ready, set, go….comment.

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That’s So 70s

One of the many things I learned from spending two summers interning in New York City with prestigious fashion companies is that trends like to repeat themselves. Every season it seems like fashion trends in a particular decade come back again. Almost like the expression history repeats itself, it seems like fashion does too.

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This season is all about the 70s with the flared jeans, the 80s with patches (click here to see how I completely transformed a denim jacket with a few patches) and you can’t forget chokers for that 90s grunge. I always yell at my mom for not keeping any of her clothes from back in the day. She always responds by saying she didn’t know that 20/30 years later those trends would be huge.

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But luckily my mom and dad always share what they wore and what was popular back in the day. And when their memory about a certain trend is foggy the Internet is the best place to find inspiration. So keep on reading to time travel back to the 70s and embrace the flared jean trend.

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I always wanted to experiment with flared denim so when I found a pair of high-waisted crop flared jeans at Zara for an awesome price I knew this was my chance. I don’t regret this purchase because these flared jeans totally take me out of my skinny jean comfort zone.

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For a top to pair with my flared jeans, I knew I wanted something colorful. Although this top is not entirely 70s I can totally see someone from that time period wear this top. I found this shirt at Zara and it was such a bargain. Of course I tucked in a little portion of my blouse to show off the high-waisted feature of my jeans.

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One style of shoes my mom always talks about is Candies. I heard from a pretty reliable source that they were the hit thing in the 70s. I’m so happy I got my hands on a pair of Candies platform wedges. In my opinion when you wear flared pants you need a heel for a boost of height to really exaggerate the flare.

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

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Maybe it’s just me but whenever I wear my Forever 21 round sunglasses I feel like a hippie so I knew this pair of sunglasses would complete my 70s look.

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Thanks for time traveling with me and reading about my 70s inspired look. Let me know in the comments below if you are loving the 70s trend or can do away with it. See you next time!

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

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A Walk On The Wild Side

It’s a jungle out there. Just kidding it’s just my backyard, but my blouse certainly gives me jungle fever. I’m embracing the wild side of me in today’s post. Instead of just featuring the cheetah print pattern why not feature the whole animal and several of them. Keep on reading to explore my outfit details and the jungle behind me… Who knows what I might find.

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How fierce is this white button down blouse from Madewell? The cheetahs really make this outfit. Without the cheetahs it would just be a plain white button down…BORING! Busy animal prints can be overwhelming, but so fashion forward. This print is a totally refreshing change from the usual floral or paisley print and polka dots or stripes.

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Next, denim skirts are a huge trend this summer and can be easily transitioned into the fall, when that time comes, but no rush because I still want to enjoy more of the summer. My button up denim skirt from H&M totally embraces that 70s vibe. I love the button details in the middle, which add a little something to the denim skirt.

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To give my Madewell blouse more of a shape and to show off the button detail of my skirt I decided to half tuck the blouse. There’s really no method to tucking your blouse, the messier the better. Make it look like you didn’t spend hours trying to make it look perfect (even if you, did I won’t tell).

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          Speaking of vibes, I am all about spreading those good vibes. Sometimes it’s hard to remember the importance of staying positive and spreading positivity so my Charlie Charming good vibes charm necklace reminds me to spread those good vibes. Plus it matches perfectly with my outfit.

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         To keep with the 70s trend, I am wearing my new favorite embellished block heels from Charlotte Russe. They are my go-to summer sandal because they go with any outfit.

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Finally, you can’t wander the jungle without wearing your favorite pair of aviator sunglasses.

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Oh my! Look what I found in the jungle while I was exploring. It’s some sort of weird species. I think it’s a lion, maybe a tiger, no wait it’s a ferocious three-year-old West Highland Terrier named Griffin. He is completely harmless, more like a diva that didn’t want his picture taken. But how cute does he look in my sunglasses. Maybe the blogging world is calling his name…GriffinForStyle.

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I’ve spent enough time wandering outside, now time to show off my outfit in the best way possible by walking down the streets of New York City. I am certain I won’t run into any lions or tigers in NYC, just some hungry pigeons. Until next time…

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Skirt: H&M (SIMILAR) (SIMILAR) (SIMILAR) | Blouse: Madewell   |  Shoes: Charlotte Russe | Sunglasses: Forever 21  (SIMILAR) (SIMILAR) | Necklace: Charming Charlie 

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Patch It Up

It’s not hard to tell from my three back-to-back denim related posts, that lately I’m obsessing over all things denim. Sarcasm aside denim is a major staple in any wardrobe. Today I’m not focusing on jeans or a denim dress but an oversized vintage denim jacket to which I added my own personal style.

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Overall, this outfit just makes me feel cool. I’m convinced it is the jean jacket because it is not an ordinary denim jacket but a denim jacket with a variety of patches. I discovered that iron on patches were a huge trend in the 80s. Pretty much anywhere there was space on your favorite shirt, jacket, or jeans, you could put a patch on it. The 80s must have been a fun decade but I hardly remember it (haha just kidding, 90s baby right here). Fashion is all about bringing past trends back so I proudly wear my patched up denim jacket.

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         My denim jacket is from Brag Vintage, a UK based vintage clothing store selling the highest quality vintage and retro women and men’s clothing and accessories. They are constantly updating their collection, so every week you can find a new and unique treasure waiting to be part of your wardrobe.

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There is no better place than Amazon to find a variety of iron on patches. I had a blast picking out which patches I wanted to include and I decided to add some music influence, my love for New York, and other quirky patches like the eye and the alien.

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         All eyes should be on my jean jacket, hence the eye patches and there is no better way to pair this jacket than with a basic white and black shift dress from Target.

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As for footwear, no shoe is cooler than a pair of high top Vans, so I think these sneakers perfectly tie together this vintage look. And for an extra boost of coolness, I decided to wear my colorful mirrored sunglasses.

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Remember with a little online shopping and a creative eye anyone can revamp a basic piece. A great way to start is by taking a pair of old jeans or a thrifted jean jacket and put your creativity to work to transform it into a hip new look. I am so inspired to do more of these DIY fashion looks. Who knows what will be next. Until then, I’ll stay a part of the cool kid club and wear this jacket. Send me a comment and let me know about any of your DIY fashion ideas. See you all in my next post.

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 Dress: Target (SIMILAR) (SIMILAR) (SIMILAR)  | Denim Jacket: Brag Vintage (SIMILAR) (SIMILAR)  | Shoes: Vans | Sunglasses: Local Boutique (SIMILAR) (SIMILAR) (SIMILAR)

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