Shop Now: Summer Must Haves

Shop Now: Summer Must Haves

Summer might not officially start for another month, but the heat has got us excited about all the upcoming adventures and holiday getaways.  The traveling, the beach, the parties, makes summer arguably everyone’s favorite season, and we love all the lightweight clothing that come with it.  Although all the accessories of winter and spring might be fun to pile on, let’s face it: as Travel Republic iterates, we long for the days that we can leave the layers behind.

We all have our own summer essentials and favorites, but we’re curious as to what the experts are recommending.  The editors of Lyst have compiled several useful collections to inspire our summer wardrobe, with one suggesting that you “embrace the freedom of endless summer days and nights and go for sexy Off-The-Shoulder tops, Baywatch style swimsuits and micro mini shorts,” from brands such as Nasty Gal, TopShop, Free People and more.

No matter which brands you shop for, just be sure that you have the following items to survive the season.

A cotton jumpsuit
Some women seem to be under the impression that you need to have legs for days to pull off a one-piece like this, however Poplin Style reminds us that even the petite ladies can look amazing in a jumpsuit, as long as it isn’t too baggy or generally overwhelms their frame.  Wear it with a belt cinched at the waist during a city break or a bikini for tonight’s pool party; the jumpsuit is a stress-free way to look sexy all day long.

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A kimono
Celebrities are totally loving these silky Japanese cover ups, and who can blame them?  The material keeps you cool in the heat, which is perfect for the beach, for errands and brunch, and plenty of other occasions. Plus it makes a powerful statement and elevates your outfit to a whole new level.

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A straw fedora
Protection against harmful UV rays is important, especially during this time of year, but if you’re not exactly crazy about the big floppy hats, try on a straw fedora for size.  Stylist of the Kardashian clan Monica Rose tells In Style that these Panama hats are chic and will definitely remain a summer staple for years to come.

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 Now you are educated on the hottest things to make your summer unforgettable and of course stylish.  Hit up your favorite stores to find tons of summer must-haves and then don’t forget to hit the beaches and summer parties to show off your new looks. Happy Summer!

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Boho Chic + Link Up

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Boho chic is defined as a type of style being influenced by bohemian and hippie looks. Think floral prints, warm colors, fringe, round sunglasses, flowing pants and skirts, and so on. Look to celebs like Mary Kate and Ashley Olsen, Vanessa Hudgens, and Nicole Richie for inspiration.

I am so excited to be the co-host of Michelle (Michelle’s Pa(i)ge) and Ana’s (Northwest Blonde) weekly link up post. It’s an honor to be part of this fun theme because it is so me. I love the boho style and these ladies certainly know how to dress, so make sure to check them out.

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I always feel fashion forward when I wear flared pants, especially with a wild and colorful pattern. I have to admit, I always feel like people on the street are going to mistaken these pants for pajamas, but then I think these are way to stylish to be pajamas. I love my flowing pants from Target, especially the bold print and colors. I feel like any hippie would be caught wearing these pants because they are comfy, trendy, and perfect for any free spirit.

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I kept the top simple because what could compete with these pants. I am wearing just a basic white tank from Forever 21. Since the weather is still not warm enough to expose bare shoulders, I decided to wear my favorite light, crochet cardigan from Apricot Lane. In my opinion, every boho look needs a little crochet.

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Whenever I wear flared pants, I like to wear a sandal that has a little wedge to them to give me a little extra height and also to keep my pants from dragging on the ground. For shoes, I looked no further than to my lace up wedge sandals from Call it Spring.

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Lastly for accessories, I had to wear my favorite Forever 21 gold elephant pendant necklace (no shock there). Also no boho outfit is complete without your favorite pair of round sunglasses. My Forever 21 round sunglasses were certainly the icing on my (boho) cake. Who else thinks I am ready to hit Coachella next year? California here I come.

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The sun is shining, the weather is getting warmer, the summer is almost here, so what better season than to try out the boho trend. Link your posts that fit the boho theme and be sure to visit blogs for some inspiration.IMG_2348IMG_2345

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Sweater: Apricot Lane (SIMILAR) (SIMILAR)  | Shoes: Call It Spring (SIMILAR) (SIMILAR) (SIMILAR) |

Necklace: Forever 21  | Sunglasses: Forever 21 (SIMILAR) (SIMILAR)

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Hot Mess

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Last week was crazy; I finished my junior year of college and turned 21, all on the same day. I think I had one to many margaritas on my birthday because I am still recovering from the festivities. Not to mention that ending a school year means packing up all my stuff at school and moving back home. My room these last couple of days perfectly describes my life as messy and in shambles. But just like I can get my room all nice and tidy, I am starting to get in the groove of being home, getting back to blogging, and preparing for another summer working in New York City.

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Everyone always tells me that I have my life together and I like to think I do, but there are still days where I wake up frazzled, overwhelmed with ideas and stressed to make sure each day is productive, so hey if I am going to be a mess, might as well call me a hot mess. My life motto there and it should be yours too. Remember routines and schedules can make life boring, so whenever you can embrace that “hot mess” side of you, it will make life more interesting. Ok, enough of me being a life coach, let me get back to what I do best, sharing my style.

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Linen is making a comeback this summer season. It only makes sense because linen is a lightweight material to keep you cool on those hot summer days. I love my Old Navy linen cropped pants. These pants score extra points in the comfort department. Plus, I love the dull green color because in my opinion that color is considered neutral, so these pants are super versatile.

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As soon as I purchased these linen pants, I knew I wanted to pair them up with a simple white t-shirt, but a solid white t-shirt can be dangerous, hello stains. So I opted for a cream and black striped three quarter sleeve from Madewell.

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The Circus collection by Sam Edelman was designed for me. All their quirky and fun pieces perfectly describe my personality, so of course I can’t stop wearing my new slip on sneakers. These shoes are sassy and definitely make a statement. Slip on these shoes on those days when you want the world to know you are not only a mess, but a hot mess, emphasis on the hot.

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Next for accessories, I always have to wear some sort of elephant pendant necklace and the best place to find these types of necklaces are at Forever 21. These necklaces instantly transform your outfits.

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Speaking of transforming outfits, I am obsessed with my Firmoo sunglasses. Head over to firmoo.com for discounted eyeglasses and sunglasses, featuring all different frames, shapes, and sizes. All the glasses are inexpensive, high quality, and of course stylish. How cool are my mirrored sunglasses? Nobody can see where I am looking, so I can hard-core people watch (HAHA). I also love the color of the lenses, all great colors for the summer; the perfect pair of glasses to throw in your beach bag.

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Summer is here and adventures wait. One of my adventures includes making my blog the best one-stop site for all things fashion, beauty, and lifestyle topics. Let me know down below some of your adventures or goals this summer. Talk to you all very soon!

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 Pants: Old Navy | Shirt: Madewell  | Shoes: Sam Edelman |Necklace: Forever 21  | Sunglasses: Firmoo

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Pretty In Pastels

When life gets boring…add color. As much as I stick to my neutral colors, I can’t help but to incorporate more color into my looks especially when I have been bombarded with the signs of spring…warm weather, sunshine, and the abundance of flowers. After all, the right pop of color in any look makes for the perfect statement.

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Lately, I’ve been really getting into thrift shopping and hitting up consignment shops, instead of the usual Forever 21. Something about these types of stores really get me excited because you never know what treasures you will find. Not to mention the great discounts too. With that being said, I am so happy I found thredUP, a one-stop shopping website where you will find a variety of clothing, shoes, and accessories at amazing prices. Just think of thredUP as a consignment shop offering thousands of high-quality, like-new, clothing items. I’ll bet you couldn’t tell that the star of this outfit, my tie-dye sweatshirt is from the high-end brand Vintage Havana. I’ll also bet you couldn’t tell that I got this item for under $20. All thanks to thredUP.

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            This outfit of mine has been on repeat. I’m convinced my whole campus is starting to notice how much I have been wearing this outfit, especially the tie-dye sweatshirt. I can’t help it, this outfit is just so darn cute, colorful, and comfy (wow, anyone else pick up on that alliteration? I think all my learning about alliteration in my writing classes is really getting to my head). As mentioned above, my tie-dye sweatshirt is by Vintage Havana but luckily I scored a great deal on it from thredUP. To keep with the pastel color scheme, I am wearing my new light wash distressed skinny jeans from Zara. Nothing is better than a light wash pair of denim for the spring. For shoes, I chose to wear my must-have white slip on Converse. Skinny jeans and converse make for the perfect combo. To complete the look, of course I had to add an elephant pendant necklace. It is my staple.

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            I can’t forget to mention that spring is also the perfect time to do some spring-cleaning and go through your wardrobe to get rid of unwanted clothes. I have already started my spring-cleaning and realized how many clothes I just don’t wear anymore. So instead of them collecting dust in my closet, I decided to actually put them to good use and donate them to thredUP. Their talented team can choose the items to resell or to recycle. Not only does thredUP help you stay fashionable but they also help the community and environment. You can’t beat that.

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I hope I’ve motivated you to do get outside and be inspired by the season of spring, as well as do some spring cleaning to make room in your closet for new spring fashions.

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Sweatshirt: thredUP (SIMILAR) (SIMILAR) | Jeans: Zara (SIMILAR) (SIMILAR) (SIMILAR) | Shoes: Converse |Necklace: Forever 21  |

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

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Show Me Your Teeth

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It’s no secret that I am a huge Lady Gaga fan.  From her unique personality, her distinct style, and her catchy music, I try to channel my inner Lady Gaga whenever I get the chance.  No, you will not find me wearing a meat dress like Lady Gaga did at the 2010 MTV Video Music Awards, but whatever chance I get, I love wearing more edgier pieces, especially ones that feature sparkles and of course some quirky detail.  Of course, I had to name this post after one of my favorite Lady Gaga songs, Teeth.  Recently, I can’t stop listening to all of Lady Gaga’s albums on Spotfiy, no wonder why Lady Gaga has been on my brain and has inspired some of my recent style choices.

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            Today’s look is totally different.  Maybe I would not wear it to class, but you bet I would wear this down to New York City or for a night out in town. This look consists of my two favorite styles, edgy and sporty, and you can’t forget the leather and sparkles.

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My new cropped sweatshirt from Romwe just screams Lady Gaga, don’t you think? I love the simple gray sweatshirt with the sparkly lip icon front and center.  If you like my sweatshirt, I’ll bet you will like everything on Romwe.com.  Check out Romwe for your one stop shop for all things fashion.  You will get lost in their selection of dresses, tops, skirts, kimonos, accessories, and much, much more.  To compliment my top and the sparkles, I decided to wear my faux leather mini skirt from H&M. I decided to tuck in parts of my sweatshirt for more of a laid back vibe and also to show off the zipper detail of my skirt.

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You can easily throw on a pair of your favorite heels with this outfit, but to keep it more sporty and casual, I busted out my new babies, my high-top Vans.  I can’t get over the fit and design of these sneakers. I know I’ll be wearing these sneakers to death during the spring and summer seasons.  I guess all the Lady Gaga music, sparkles, and leather got to my head because I decided to wear my favorite black framed sunglasses to spice up my look.  I have to admit I do feel pretty cool in this outfit.

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Simple, sporty, and edgy was the look I was going for today and if I do say so myself, I think I nailed it, all thanks to Romwe, H&M, Vans, and Lady Gaga’s one-of-a-kind taste in fashion. Let me know in the comments below what celebrities inspire your fashion choices. Until next time…

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Sweatshirt: ROMWE | Skirt: H&M (SIMILAR) (SIMILAR) (SIMILAR) | Shoes: Vans  | Sunglasses: Forever 21 (SIMILAR) |

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

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Subtle Pops Of Color

Hello again.  So sorry for my absence on my blog.  For all of those who don’t know I decided to go blonde and I was to busy testing out the theory if blondes do have more fun.  Just kidding (well half kidding).  I did dye my hair blonde but I have been super busy with school work. Being a second semester junior is not easy.  But now I have more time for my blog and fun things, so I will get back to you on the theory if blondes do have more fun.

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I am so excited to show you another one of my favorite outfits, as well as debut my new blonde doo.  Now that the weather is changing, I am even more inspired to experiment with new clothing and trends, and of course go shopping.

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Today’s look is an outfit I would wear to class or wear for a night out. I love putting together outfits that can be worn in different scenarios.  I love the subtle pops of color in my outfit. After all, that is what the spring season is all about; driving or walking about and seeing random pops of colorful flowers blooming.

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            I am obsessing over my loose, flowing tunic from SHEIN.  I love the black and white mosaic pattern with subtle hints of blue.  Looking to revamp your spring wardrobe? Head over to SHEIN for high-quality, fashionable clothing. You will get lost on their website browsing the selection of tops, sweaters, dresses, rompers, shoes, accessories, and more.

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To compliment the black and white in my blouse, I decided to wear my new Zara skinny jeans. I love the fit of these jeans and the color of the denim is very unique.  Remember denim doesn’t just have to be shades of blue, so try experimenting with different colors.

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A huge shoe trend for Spring 2016 is oxford shoes.  I am slowly incorporating this trend into my look, but it is hard to get used to these oxford shoes because they remind me of the shoes I used to wear from elementary to high school with my school uniform.  I have to get over that association because these flats are super trendy.  I am wearing my charcoal color lace up oxford flats from DSW.  Oxford flats can be easily worn in the day and then transitioned to the evening.  They are fancier than just your basic pair of flats.

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For jewelry, I have added more color to my look by wearing a turquoise stone ring.  This ring is actually from my grandma, so it’s special, authentic, and vintage.  When I am in the mood to wear rings, my grandma’s pieces are my go-to.

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            It feels great to be back in the blogging world and to be a blonde blogger.  How do you all like my hair?  Hope you are all enjoying the first few weeks of spring.  Go outside, embrace the new season, and of course the new fashion trends.

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

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

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Street Style

When temperatures rise above 60 degrees, it is the perfect day to walk the streets of New York City and explore Central Park. If this warm weather pattern continues, it is safe to say that spring has sprung. Nothing was better than welcoming the warm weather than being in New York City. I had a wonderful time visiting all my favorite shops uptown and having a nice picnic lunch in the sun, sitting on one of the massive rocks in Central Park. Best part about this trip to the city was that I didn’t have to plan my outfit around my winter coat. I hope I can retire my heavy winter coat for the season. I decided to “dress down” and showcase my casual style, what I like to call my street style, since a day in New York City consists of strolling up or down your favorite streets and avenues.

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Don’t expect too much from this post. I’m just giving you the details of my outfit because I was not planning on doing an outfit post until my mom insisted on taking a few photos with my phone and then “BAM” I turned this into a quick post.

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This season, I am trying to experiment with different denim because denim does not only have to be skinny jeans, so I decided to break out my favorite Madewell boyfriend jeans. Remember them from this post back in the summer? It was so warm out I could have easily gotten away with wearing a dress, but I am not ready to show the world my pale winter legs, maybe next time. I paired my distressed denim with a lightweight sweater from Forever 21, tucked in, to give my look a slouchy, laid-back vibe. To turn my sweater from boring to more exciting, I am wearing my new springtime scarf from Madewell. I love the bright coral color and the fringe tassels. To incorporate the pattern mixing trend, I chose to introduce a new pattern to my outfit by adding my leopard slip on sneakers from Target. Lastly, because I was doing some shopping, my cross-body bag from Fossil was a necessity. Everyone always gives me a puzzled look when they see this bag. They always wonder if it is portraying a face. That is the beauty of art and fashion; it all depends on the individuals’ interpretation.

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            I can’t wait to style some of the new pieces I bought on my recent New York City shopping trip. Just a heads up, the next time you see me on my blog, I might be blonde. I’ve been a little bored of late and have been thinking of trying something bold and different. What would you think of me as going platinum blonde? After all, life is to short to be boring. Talk to you all soon!

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Sweater: Forever 21 (SIMILAR) (SIMILAR)  | Jeans: Madewell (SIMILAR) (SIMILAR) (SIMILAR) | Shoes: Target (SIMILAR) (SIMILAR) | Scarf: Madewell | Bag: Fossil

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NYFW RECAP

If you were in hibernation this past week or living under a rock, let me give you a recap of one of the biggest events in the fashion industry, New York Fashion Week. This year, New York Fashion week began on Thursday, September 10 and ended the following Thursday, September 17. Throughout the week, designers featured their Spring and Summer 2016 collections. I find it fascinating that autumn hasn’t even begun and we are already focused on spring and summer 2016. I wish I was able to post a recap everyday during Fashion Week, but being a full time college student, I had other duties to fulfill. So I decided to do one big recap about my favorite shows and designers. Who cares if it is one week late because the great shows certainly made an impact that will last for days, weeks, and months. Here are a few of my highlights from New York Fashion Week: 

Tommy Hilfiger:

Tommy Hilfiger never fails to impress. While reviewing his Spring/Summer 2016 collection, I was inspired to skip class, hop on a jet, and travel somewhere tropical. Unfortunately, that didn’t happen. His island inspired line featured boho inspired printed dresses, crochet tops, bucket hats, bikinis, beach cover ups, and tassel necklaces. After seeing all the bright colors, the stripes, and that “Island Girl” graphic t-shirt, I am ready for a vacation.

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Victoria Beckham:

Goodbye to the usual floral print for the spring season because Victoria Beckham showcased a new print that will be hot for the upcoming spring and summer season. The surf print is fresh, unique and is perfect for the warm, sunny season. Her focal pieces, the above the ankle dresses with the detailed surfer graphic are just what you want to wear for any summer social gathering.

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Karen Walker:

The streets of Russia, well to be exact Star City, also known as the location for the Soviet’s space program, inspired the runway at Karen Walker’s show. Her line incorporated metallics, gold leather, zippers, and ribbed sweaters. My favorite pieces from her space inspired line included the shiny gold skirt and shorts. Metallics never go out of style and they certainly make a statement.

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Delpozo:

Color, polka dots, crochet, fringe, and ruffles were the common themes at the Delpozo runway show. The over-sized, shapeless tops and dresses incorporated elaborate patterns and colorful details. Each piece had it’s own flare, keeping the audience engaged and inspired. I love the long dress with orange flower cutouts on top and gorgeous pink tulle on the bottom. It’s like a tutu for grown ups.

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Carolina Herrera:

I’m not a fan of pastels but you can’t think of spring and summer seasons without thinking of light hues. Carolina Herrera’s runway show featured numerous pastel colors, pleats, sheerness, and ruffles. I especially loved the long skirt and crop top combo; I really hope this look will be trending for this spring and summer. You couldn’t spot a printed piece on her runway, instead the catwalk was graced with lots of different materials, texture, and timeless color combos like soft pinks, black and white.

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Vera Wang:

I felt like Vera Wang’s new pieces were totally designed for me. I could easily find myself wearing these looks for a night out, especially for an extravagant party and not just the typical college house party. The feathers, sheer paneling, and plunging necklines scream glamorous, sexy, and of course fashionable. Some of my favorite looks include the sequin dress, feather pencil skirt, and glitzy crop top. Get in my closet NOW!

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Givenchy:

Givenchy was the show to be at. The models were styled in elegant pieces, like camisoles, slip dresses, and tuxedo jackets; all made from delicate lace. You can’t go wrong with classic colors, including black, white, and champagne. When the models weren’t dressed in lacey numbers, many of them wore items that featured a subtle pop of feathers, beading, and studs. The new Givenchy line didn’t stop at just clothes, but the models were decorated from head to toe, with statement accessories and face decorations.

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Marchesa:

If I were to become a celeb over night and be given the opportunity to walk the red carpet, I would want to be dressed in this designer. Marchesa’s collection featured elaborate gowns. Most of the dresses were sheer, but they showed just the right about of skin. I am obsessed with the beautiful sheer, raspberry colored dress. I love the body fitting shape and the tulle detailing on the bottom. I am also a huge fan of the ombre dyed full feather dress. It reminds me of cotton candy, but I swear in a good way.

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Jeremy Scott:

Jeremy Scott’s show was totally on the other side of the spectrum, including tons of colors and prints. Your eyes had lots to stare at every time a model walked the runway. My favorite prints included a television design, polka dots, and the scribble print. You can tell the designer had fun creating this line. Plus, it’s more fun to live life in color.

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Over the next couple of weeks, fashion week will continue to travel to London, Milan, and Paris, while I sit here living vicariously through the pictures and videos. Enjoyed my New York Fashion Week Recap? Want to see more? Let me know in the comments below if I should recap London, Milan, and/or Paris.

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Trend Alert: Bright Colored Hair

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Coloring your hair is all the rage now. Bright colored hair is not just for punk rockers or circus clowns; instead women of all ages are experimenting with new color dyes for their hair. The bright colored hair trend is especially popular among celebrities, like Kylie Jenner, Hilary Duff, Katy Perry, and Nicole Richie. Celebs are embracing beautiful shades of pink, blue, and purple. These beautiful hues are soft and fun and can make anyone look like a mythical unicorn or a mermaid. Who wouldn’t want to look like a mermaid, especially for the summer months?

Color looks great with every skin tone and hair type. Anyone can pull off bright colored hair. The trend is all about being confident and not afraid to flaunt some color.

After reading more about this trend, I noticed that blondes tend to rock more pink and lilac shades, where as brunettes favor blue and turquoise. If you’re ready to say yes to color, I recommend starting off modestly and dying a few strands of hair. The peekaboo streak of color is perfect for those who want to be trendy but have the option to hide the color for those days you aren’t feeling so colorful. A hair dresser can dye a piece of your hair that is easy to style or hide. Dip dyes are also super popular and involve dying the tips of your hair. The best part about dip dyes is that they can be easily removed with a simple trim. Finally, for those who don’t want to risk the health and beauty of their natural hair, try extensions. Extensions are the perfect way to test out color and achieve that mythic look. Don’t forget, to preserve your color by using a color-friendly shampoo that is sulfate free. This will prevent fading and longer lasting vibrant colors.

The real question is how do I feel about this trend? Am I ready to embrace a full head of color? To be honest I don’t think I’m up to sporting the full head of color look anytime soon, but I am open to dying a few strands to sample the look. Although I have only seen this trend on longer hairstyles, I’m tempted to give it a try with my pixie cut.

If I do throw care to the wind, I’ll probably go with a few strands of blue or turquoise. My biggest concern with this look would be how to coordinate this with outfits and accessories, not to mention worrying about how others feel about the look. But, then again with all the celebs embracing the trend maybe there’s a little room for adventure. It’s important to remember that fashion and beauty, whether it’s your clothes, makeup, or hair, is all about expressing yourself and taking risks

I may not be ready to take the step yet, but after writing this post and seeing so many interesting photos, I’m feeling pretty inspired. Who knows but maybe in my next post I’ll be sporting a few colorful streaks in my pixie cut.

How do you feel about this trend? Will you hop on the bandwagon or are you worried what other people might think? Join the discussion below and send me your comments. I’d love to know what you think!

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My 20th Birthday

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Last week was a crazy week to say the least. I finished my sophomore year of college, packed up my college dorm room, moved back home for the summer, and left my teenage years behind. I celebrated my 20th birthday on Sunday, May 10th. Sunday was a day of celebration because it was not only my birthday but it was also Mother’s Day. Shout out to my beautiful, amazing, and inspiring mom. I was so happy to share my special day with my mom.

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         I can’t believe I’m no longer a teenager. It’s so weird to be in my 20’s now. It feels like just yesterday I was the little girl with the “mushroom” hair cut. Now it is time to embrace adulthood.

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         Since my birthday fell on a Sunday, I had a weekend full of celebration surrounded by my family and friends. On Saturday, my older sister, her boyfriend, and my two best friends from college, Jennie and Christina (thank gosh they live close to me, so we can see each other a lot during the summer) took me to my favorite Chinese restaurant for dinner and then we went bowling. The bowling alley was so much fun and the atmosphere was great. It was a night filled with fun, laughs, strikes, spares, and many gutter balls.

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         On Sunday, my family celebrated the moms and my birthday by hosting a barbeque. We couldn’t have asked for a better day. The sun was shining all day and the temperature was in the 80’s. I spent most of the day outside on the patio catching up with the family and playing with my little buddy Griffin. Griffin, our West Highland Terrier, is a fluff ball of energy and has a special place in our family. Of course, he wanted to be part of the photos, so he makes an appearance in some of the pictures. He is such a superstar!

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Of course, I wanted to show you my “birthday” style. My outfit was quite simple. My outfit was casual and comfy and just perfect for an outside party. Shift dresses are so in this season and they are a must-have for spring and summer. These dresses are so easy to style around, which makes them perfect for those hot summer days. My t-shirt fabric shift dress is from Target. It’s a basic black dress, so the possibilities are endless when it comes to styling this dress.

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Instead of a statement necklace, I chose to wear a patterned scarf from Lucky Brand. I love the rich colors of this scarf and they really pop against the black dress. I didn’t wrap the scarf around my neck but instead chose to knot it on both ends to make it shorter. This really shows off the tassel detailing at the bottom.

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One of the fun things of unpacking and reorganizing my room at home was finding some hidden treasures. I completely forgot about these strappy ballet flats, I purchased from Marshall’s last season. They are going to be my staple shoes to wear with dresses, jeans, skirts, and pretty much anything this season. I also rediscovered this Vince Camuto watch in my jewelry collection back home. The neutral color of the watchband will be the perfect accessory for any outfit.

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         Everyone has been asking me how it feels to be 20? Honestly, it feels no different. I am so thankful I was able to spend my birthday with family and friends. I’m also thankful for the nice birthday gifts I received, especially the gift cards to some of my favorite stores. Now it’s time to get out and shop. Stay tuned for new blog posts featuring my latest style finds. And of course, cheers to my new decade and the fabulous 20s.

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Dress: Target (SIMILAR) (SIMILAR) (SIMILAR) | Scarf: Lucky Brand (SIMILAR) (SIMILAR) (SIMILAR) (SIMILAR) | Shoes: Marshall’s (SIMILAR) (SIMILAR) | Watch: Vince Camuto (SIMILAR) | Earrings: Francesca (SIMILAR)

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The Makeup Show- NYC

IMG_8655On Sunday, May 3rd, I was able to take a much-needed break from studying for finals and took a trip to New York City. Most of my adventures to NYC are special, but this trip was extra special because I was attending my first ever The Makeup Show with my best friend, Christina, by my side.

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IMG_8556Coffee in hand, we both boarded the train at 9 A.M. and arrived in the city an hour later. The entire train ride, it felt like I had ants in my pants, or in my case my romper. I was so excited not knowing what to expect. Although this was my first time attending The Makeup Show, this was not my first makeup trade show. Many of my readers know that I have been to IMATS (International Makeup Artist Trade Show) three times, so one thing I knew I could count on would be cosmetics galore and meeting countless cosmetic lovers at The Makeup Show.

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We really lucked out with the weather on Sunday. It was a beautiful, sunny day with temperatures in the mid 70s. I took advantage of the warm weather by wearing a romper, wedges, and sunglasses. Rompers are my must-have for the spring and summer seasons. I decided to wear my new floral romper from Target. I love the black lace detailing on top coupled with the bright colored floral pattern on the bottom. I knew my romper needed some extra pizazz, so naturally I chose a statement necklace.IMG_8614IMG_8603
This necklace from Apricot Lane was the perfect size because it didn’t take away from the romper. Plus, the necklace was shiny and reflected the colors in my romper.

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Christina and I spent all morning and afternoon at The Makeup Show.We explored the venue and visited the different makeup tables. We made multiple visits to some of our favoritesThose that garnered a second or third look included Kat Von D, Lit Cosmetics, Nars, and Obsessive Compulsive Cosmetics. I picked up a few necessities like my favorite Kat Von D liquid eyeliner and a beautiful Nars eye shadow duo. I stepped out of my comfort zone and experimented with beautiful glitter eye shadows from Lit Cosmetics and Obsessive Compulsive Cosmetics. I can’t wait to put together beautiful summer looks with my new products, so stay tuned for upcoming posts.

IMG_8577IMG_8514It was wonderful to see Christina experience her first ever makeup trade show. I was so happy to share her excitement over the new makeup brands she discovered, especially the new Mac eye shadow she picked up. I am so glad Christina is part of the LivForStyle team. We’ve incorporated her love for photography with some great shots in this blog post. Christina is not only my college roommate and best friend, but she is a big supporter and valuable contributor to the LivforStyle website.IMG_8541IMG_8532

The Makeup Show lived up to my expectations and more. It was a great day filled with makeup, networking, and friendship. Special days like these are what continue to inspire and motivate me to make the LivForStyle site your go-to site for everything fashion, beauty, and lifestyle.

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Christina and I laughed and smiled on the train all the way back to school. We didn’t want to have to get back to the “reality” of studying for finals and wished the day in NYC could last forever. It was nice to feellike a “press rep” for the day with my best friend by my side.

IMG_8657Come back Friday for a special post. Christina will be my guest blogger, telling you all about her experience at The Makeup Show.

Romper: Target (SIMILAR) (SIMILAR)  | Shoes: Steve Madden (SIMILAR) (SIMILAR) (SIMILAR) | Necklace: Apricot Lane (SIMILAR) (SIMILAR) (SIMILAR) (SIMILAR) | Sunglasses: Forever 21 (SIMILAR) (SIMILAR)

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Class Wear

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Where did the time go? It’s hard to believe that I finished my last week of classes of my sophomore year of college. It’s been a good semester, filled with lots of fun and of course hard-work. I want to capture one last stylish outfit for what to wear to class before finals begin this week because then I will be living in leggings and t-shirts.

For the most part, I like to look nice for my classes. Although, I am up early for my classes, I still get excited going through my closet and putting together outfits for the day. When I feel stylish, I feel more confident, and more motivated to take on my busy day. On sunny days with temps in the mid 60s, I enjoy wearing a pair of skinny jeans, a short-sleeved shirt, and of course my Converse sneakers. An outfit like this is casual and comfortable for class but not as basic as your typical sweatpants look.

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I’m a huge fan of Madewell denim, so naturally I have been enjoying these new jeans from their spring collection. I can’t get enough of their skinny jeans they call the painter editors because of their artfully distressed design. A cool feature of these jeans is that the paint and smudge detailing is different on every pair. These unique jeans will have you looking and feeling great.

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I don’t want to draw attention away from the beautiful paint splatter detailing, so I chose to wear a basic, grey short-sleeved shirt from Apricot Lane. I love the fit of the shirt because its nice flow and perfect length.

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Of course, I decided to wear my black Converse sneakers. These sneakers have been through it all. Longs days of walking around campus, going to classes, strolling the streets of NYC, and even concerts. I’m surprised they haven’t fallen apart. Although, they are still in great condition, a new pair is on my wish-list. Black Converse are so versatile and they give any outfit a sporty, casual vibe.

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In my opinion, the best way to make any outfit less boring is to add a silver statement necklace. My fringe inspired necklace from Forever 21 goes with any shirt and you’ll find the fringe trend is so popular for spring.

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Obviously, before I walk out the door for a busy day of classes, I need a bag to carry my books and laptop. My Steve Madden book bag has been with me for the whole school year. It has two pockets, a large one for holding my books and a smaller pocket for other essentials like pens, pencils, hand sanitizer, and of course chewing gum.

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Last but certainly not least, I have a delicious French vanilla coffee in hand and I am ready to conquer the day.

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It’s been a great semester and now it is time for the real stress to begin. FINALS! Here’s to cup after cup of coffee, a few all-nighters, and a mind and body totally ready for the summer break.

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Shirt: Apricot Lane (SIMILAR) (SIMILAR) | Jeans: Madewell (SIMILAR) (SIMILAR) | Shoes: Converse  | Necklace: Forever 21 (SIMILAR) | Earrings: Francesca (SIMILAR) (SIMILAR) | Book Bag: Steve Madden (SIMILAR) (SIMILAR)

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Elephant Obsession

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Hands down, one of my favorite things about being a blogger is discovering new shops and brands that offer unique items. I love having the power to share with my readers my style finds from lesser known stores and brands.

         Ever since starting my blog, Etsy has become my best friend. For those who are not familiar with Etsy, it’s a website that acts as a marketplace for people to buy and sell unique goods. On Etsy, you can discover hundreds of boutiques selling handmade and vintage items; things you can’t find at your typical mall.

         Recently, I stumbled across a special boutique on Etsy, CharlotteCoutureGlam. I had the pleasure to chat with Tiffany Griffith, the owner of CharlotteCoutureGlam. Tiffany uses jewelry making as her creative outlet. Her pieces emphasize semi-precious stones, gold and sterling silver chains, elaborate beading, and real leather. Each piece is very unique and trendy. She told me she gets most of her inspiration from the beautiful scenery of northern California, where she makes her home. Her jewelry is versatile and you will find many ways to incorporate her pieces as you accessorize your favorite outfit.

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         After chatting with Tiffany, she was kind enough to gift me one of her favorite items from her collection. She surprised me with a beautiful elephant necklace. I was thrilled and it’s the perfect way to explain the title of this post, “Elephant Obsession”. I have obsessed with elephant jewelry or prints for some time. The symbolism of this magnificent animal can’t be understated. Elephants are said to be symbols of strength, wisdom, and power and in the Hindu culture elephants are revered and hold special importance. Every time I wear something that features an elephant, I am not just showcasing a beautiful and magnificent animal but, a creature that has mystical meaning and importance.

        Back to the necklace. This mosaic elephant necklace features beautiful colors, in brass, coral, and gold. It was so easy to style this necklace. I chose to wear a flowing, army green colored shirt from Free People. To add more layers and texture, I wore a crocheted short-sleeve sweater from a local boutique, Apricot Lane. Of course, I had to wear my favorite pair of lightly distressed jeans from Madewell. Finally, you can’t go wrong with a pop of leopard, so I chose to wear my leopard slip ons from Target, which is a spring must-have.

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         It’s been a good week. I found a new Etsy shop, made a new friend in Tiffany, embraced the beautiful sunny weather, and also discovered my roommate’s awesome photo taking skills. Big shout out to not only my roommate, but also my best friend, Christina for capturing these photos. You are a rock star!

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         Tiffany wants to gift one of my readers a $50 gift certificate to her boutique, so you can choose your favorite item from her store. Leave a comment below and I will randomly pick a winner by May 12th.

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