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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Mother + Daughter Style ft. Coastal

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Salvaging Your Favorite Clothes From Common Fashion Disasters

We’ve all been involved in a fashion disaster or two. The idea of ripping your pants down the middle may seem comical, but it’s less than funny when it happens. Few fashion disasters are, especially when your favorite pieces fall foul to the cruel hands of fate. But, nothing lasts forever, and relationships with the best clothes often end this way.

In truth, though, few fashion disasters are unsalvageable. Would you give up on a relationship with anyone else so quickly? Of course not. We fight for what we love, and you should fight for those damaged clothes. To help you do that, we’re going to look at some standard fashion faux pas, and how you and your clothes can come out the other end.

Rips and tears

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You could argue rips are one of the most common problems we face. They’re also the simplest to fix. All it takes is a needle and thread. In the majority of cases, you don’t even need to be skilled in sewing. It’s as simple as re-attaching two pieces of fabric. It doesn’t matter much if you’re messy, as long as you sew from the inside!

Broken zippers

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In the majority of cases, broken zippers aren’t as straightforward to mend. But, that doesn’t mean you should resign such items to the fashion graveyard without trying. Often, the solution is easy enough to reach once you’ve diagnosed the issue. If your zipper keeps getting caught, a little lubrication on the teeth could help. Some oil or butter is all it would take. Other times, your zip might need more specialist attention. If the clothing is worth enough to you, it’d pay to look out for the best jacket zipper repair. Most of the time, this option will be cheaper than a complete replacement. What’s more, it allows you to keep that piece of clothing you know and love. It lives to zip another day!

Washing machine disasters

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There isn’t a person out there who hasn’t experienced at least one washing machine disaster in their time. You know the drill; you put in a whites wash and don’t notice the red sock hiding in the pile. You open the washing machine to a whole load of pink clothes. This is all the more painful because it means the ruining of many clothes in one hit. But, the end need not be nigh. Instead, head to your local store and invest in some color fixers. Stick the clothes back in the wash with one of these, and all should be as good as new.

Bleached fabric

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Sounds strange, but it happens. What with toilet cleaning and hair dye, bleached patches on clothes aren’t unusual. In truth, it’s near impossible to undo damage like this. But, that’s not to say you can’t salvage something. Why not incorporate patches to cover the damage? You could even attempt some embroidery to hide the stain. These additions will bring you fresh into fashion as well as saving your old piece.

So next time you are tempted to throw away clothes that you believe can’t be saved, think again. After reading this article, imagine all the clothes you thought were heading straight to the trash that can actually be saved. You’re welcome!

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