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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Endless Summer

(Sigh) Why can’t summer last forever? It seems like the season takes forever to get here, and when it does finally arrive, it leaves in a blink of an eye. I know the official end to summer isn’t until the end of September but I realized the days are getting shorter and the kiddies are back in school (same with me) but I can’t complain because I had one of the best summers ever. Some of the highlights of my summer include interning with a great fashion company, learning tons about the fashion industry, having more time to blog, and vacationing to the Hamptons a few times.

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In today’s post, I am showing you one of my favorite summer outfits that can be easily transitioned into the fall. It took me some time to warm up to the flared leg trend, but I am obsessed with all things flared. What struck me the most about my Madewell pants is the flared detail and the beautiful rose color. I believe this deep rose color will be perfect for the fall. The color kind of reminds me of the leaves soon to be turning colors.

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Since I am “new” to the flared trend, I have not really been experimenting too much when it comes to pairing tops with flared pants. I usually stick to the basics like this slim fitting Madewell cream-colored tank. I like to tuck my shirt in because when styling flared pants I always like to keep the proportions in set, tight on the top and loose and flowy on the bottom.

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Everyone always asks why I choose to wear a sweater even when the temperatures are in the high 80s. I do so because I feel like it completes my outfit and besides I usually wear it off my shoulders. All fashionistas should have a basic light tan colored cardigan in their wardrobe, like mine from Marshall’s. Never underestimate the power of a simple cardigan completing any outfit.

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I do wish I was a little taller so I wouldn’t have to wear heels or wedges with my flared pants. But my brown strappy heels by Candie’s does the trick by giving me some extra height and adding major style to any look.

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One way to celebrate all year long is by wearing this seashell necklace from H&M. I love this necklace paired against the deep burgundy of my pants.

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Lastly, what’s a summer outfit without my favorite straw hat from H&M and favorite pair of sunglasses by Steve Madden? So of course, I had to include these essentials in this look.

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Every year I always wonder why we can’t have an endless summer. Only a few more weeks of summer left, so time to take advantage of the beautiful weather and season and show you all my favorite summer looks. Let me know in the comments below what some of your summer looks have been on repeat this season.

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Pants: Madewell | Top: Madewell | Sweater: Marshalls (SIMILAR) | Shoes: Candie’s | Necklace: H&M | Sunglasses: Steve Madden (SIMILAR) (SIMILAR) (SIMILAR) | Hat: H&M

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

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One With Nature

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Halfway To The Weekend

Raise your hand if you took full advantage of the Zara sale this year. If you saw me right now, you would see both of my hands raised because I totally went nuts over the Zara sale. The annual Zara sale usually starts in June and lasts until what it seems like when they run of out sale merchandise. Practically all their merchandise is marked down. A fashionistas dream. However, if you missed this sale, I believe there is a very, very limited selection of sale items in stores and online. But don’t worry because this huge sale made room for their new collections and let me tell you Zaras new collection is on point. Can’t wait to shop some more. Sorry wallet.

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Throughout the month of June and July, I found myself visiting Zara by the train station every morning before work and every evening after work. Walking by the store everyday was dangerous. Some days leaving empty handed and other days scoring great deals. So with that being said my wardrobe greatly increased thanks to Zara and I can’t wait to style my new pieces. I already styled my new favorite Zara blouse and flared jeans for one of my posts. Check it out here.

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This post features two more of my favorite Zara pieces, a one of a kind kimono and a pair of distressed relaxed jeans. I am loving how this season is all about different fits of denim, not just the skinny jean. I’d rather slip into a pair of comfortable, loose fit jeans than a pair of skinny jeans any day. My Zara relaxed jeans have the right amount of stretch. Plus the light denim wash and distressed detailing makes these jeans my favorite for the summer season and the transition into fall. Of course I cuffed my jeans because I feel like cuffing your jeans is a rule when it comes to boyfriend and relaxed jeans.

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The second star of my outfit is this one-of-a-kind kimono from Zara. I love the neutral pattern with pops of gold and rust shades, tassels, and coins. Since my kimono has alot of details, I paired it with a simple black t-shirt from Cotton On.

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An open kimono totally needs a necklace and what better necklace to wear is my pineapple pendant necklace from Charming Charlie. So cute!

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For shoes, you can’t go wrong with a pair of laced up flats. I see these Rampage shoes as the perfect transition pair of shoes for the fall.

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Of course, you have to keep the sun out of your eyes and there is no better way to do so than wearing my favorite Firvoo sunglasses. These sunglasses are my go-to, especially on those days when I don’t feel like wearing makeup and feel like hiding from the world.

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There is no better feeling than shopping and adding new items to your wardrobe. I have a feeling my closet will be growing larger as we head into fall. Who else participated in the Zara sale? If so, what did you find? Also, let me know if any of you have scored some other great sales? I am always in the mood to shop. Talk to you all soon.

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Denim: Zara (SIMILAR) (SIMILAR) (SIMILAR) | Kimono: Zara (SIMILAR) (SIMILAR) (SIMILAR) | T-Shirt: Cotton On (SIMILAR) (SIMILAR) (SIMILAR) | Shoes: Rampage (SIMILAR) (SIMILAR) (SIMILAR) | Necklace: Charming Charlie | Sunglasses: Firvoo (SIMILAR) (SIMILAR)

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

 

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Denim And Leopard

We all know the popular combos like oil and vinegar, peanut butter and jelly, fire and ice, milk and cookies, and so on. In the fashion world, I have discovered some combos that work so well together, including denim and leopard, hence the name of this post.

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The denim trend is so hot this season. Lately, head to toe denim is the way to dress, which is why I love my denim dress from Forever 21. It has easily become my summer staple because of the endless ways to style this dress. It’s a simple dress with stitching and faux pocket detailing, and it’s the simplicity that makes it special. With this dress denim is no longer just your favorite pair of jeans.

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So now with the first part, the denim part, of the fashion combo complete, let’s move on to the leopard. Leopard is easily my favorite print. It can never go out of style. Any pop of leopard can instantly transform your outfit from boring to spectacular and that is just what my Sam Edelman leopard print high tops do. These shoes certainly make a statement and paired with a simple denim piece they really pop. Any type of stylish sneakers will add a sporty, yet chic vibe to your look.

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Although the denim and leopard combo certainly is eye-catching enough, I wanted to add a few of my favorite summer accessories. For jewelry, I am wearing my tribal inspired beaded necklace from Madewell. It features all of my favorite shades of orange and red, which look great against the denim. Of course, on any summer day you can’t leave the house without your favorite pair of sunglasses. I love my new Steve Madden wayfarer style sunglasses. They are perfect for the beach, the pool, or a day of shopping outdoors.

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If you see me wandering the streets of New York City, I am almost certain you will see me wearing this exact outfit. I hope I inspired you all to wear some denim and leopard print together. What are some of your favorite fashion combos? Let me know in the comments below. Talk to you all in my next post. But if you can’t wait until then, don’t forget to follow me on Instagram and Twitter.

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Dress: Forever 21  | Shoes: Sam Edelman | Necklace: Madewell (SIMILAR) (SIMILAR) | Sunglasses: Steve Madden (SIMILAR) (SIMILAR) (SIMILAR)

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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

Pants: Target (SIMILAR) (SIMILAR) (SIMILAR) | Shirt: Forever 21 (SIMILAR)  (SIMILAR) |

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

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

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All About The Details

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Boring outfits are so last season. I love taking simple pieces and adding fun accessories turning my outfit from drab to fab. Today’s post highlights my new colorful bag from Upcycled Styles. My embellished cross body bag causes heads to turn and it never fails to get people inquiring as to where I found such a unique item.

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The answer is Upcycled Styles. This registered Thai company upholds and follows a Fair Labor and Child Labor policy. Upcycled Styles strives to promote ethical working conditions to make sure each of their workers have access to life essentials and education to succeed in life. Upcycled Styles works closely with the Hill Tribes of Northern Thailand and showcases these artisans’ talents and creativity.

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I found out that my bag was made by a group of ten gifted women. All of them added their personal touch to my bag and I couldn’t be more proud to wear it. I enjoy wearing this bag knowing that not only does it look good, but I am doing good promoting a company that practices fair work practices.

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The colors, pattern, and fringe give this purse a boho vibe, which we all know is my favorite style.

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My casual, laid back look would not be complete without this black and white checkerboard print shirtdress from Zara. With long sleeves and dark colors, it makes for a great piece to wear as the weather transitions from summer to autumn.

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When in doubt, for shoes, I always turn to my black Converse. Simple, sporty, and stylish. Perfect.

Since this dress has a low neck, the perfect accessory is a short necklace. I love my black suede cord necklace with inspirational words. This motivates throughout the day.

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I added more to my look by sporting a pair of multi colored sunglasses. Thanks to a random street vendor in New York City, these sunglasses are my go-to pair when I want to feel extra cool.

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If you are looking for unique, colorful, detailed bags, wallets, clothes, and accessories, look no further than Upcycled Styles. As you can see, I am obsessed with their eye-catching bags and will be giving away a very special bag to one of my readers. Interested in winning this colorful, statement bag? It’s easy; just leave me a comment telling me how you would style a popular Upcycled Styles bag.

IMG_0808Dress: Zara (SIMILAR) (SIMILAR) (SIMILAR) | Necklace: Local Boutique (SIMILAR) (SIMILAR) (SIMILAR)  | Shoes: Converse | Cross Body Bag: Upcycled Styles (SIMILAR) (SIMILAR) | Sunglasses: Local Boutique (SIMILAR)

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I Love My Boyfriend (Jeans)

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Who needs a boyfriend when you have a pair of fabulous jeans? Sadly, there’s no man in my life; however, I am in a committed relationship with my new boyfriend jeans from Madewell.

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It wasn’t until recently, I jumped on the boyfriend jeans bandwagon. It seems like the skinny jean trend has died out. Now all the buzz is about slouchy, shapeless jeans. Every time I try on a pair of boyfriend jeans, I feel stupid and out of place; however that changed when I took a risk and bought a pair of boyfriend jeans. It has taken some time for me to get use to the fit because I have been so use to tight fitting jeans. Now that I am use to boyfriend jeans, I am obsessed with the loose, comfy fit. Best part about boyfriend jeans is they are so easy to style. One pair of boyfriend jeans can create several outfits. I have seen these jeans paired with blazers, t-shirts, wedges, boots, sneakers, stilettos, and so on.

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I love the look of my Madewell boyfriend jeans. I think the distressed design gives my jeans a laidback look. Hands down, Madewell has the best jeans and that means a lot coming from someone who has always hated jeans. One of my favorite ways I’ve seen bloggers style boyfriend jeans is with a simple, solid V-neck tee. My $5 black V-neck shirt from H&M perfectly matched my jeans and the style I was going for.

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Usually I don’t wear statement accessories, but this outfit needed a long necklace. Whenever I want to add the boho style to an outfit, I choose my Lucky Brand necklace, which features gold charms and pops of turquoise beads. As I mentioned above, boyfriend jeans look great with really any type of shoe. For me, I love wearing these leopard slip-on sneakers from Target. Every outfit needs a little leopard, don’t you agree? It was a super hot and sunny day. No matter what the temperature is I always want to wear my boyfriend jeans; the things I do for fashion. To shield my eyes from the sun, I chose to wear my rounded sunglasses from Urban Outfitters.

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Next time you are shopping, pick up a pair of boyfriend jeans, even if you don’t think you will look good in them. The decision to buy my first pair of boyfriend jeans was well worth it. Here’s to being single and ready to mingle, of course while wearing my boyfriend jeans.

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T-Shirt: H&M  | Jeans: Madewell (SIMILAR) (SIMILAR) (SIMILAR) | Shoes: Target (SIMILAR) (SIMILAR) | Necklace: Lucky (SIMILAR) (SIMILAR)

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Color Splash

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Since I spend most of my days and nights working on my blog, visiting my favorite fashion blogs, reading about the latest trends, and of course online shopping, my style is constantly changing. I have been inspired to step out of my comfort zone and experiment with different styles, patterns, and colors.

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Enter this bright, colorful dress. Before we say goodbye to summer and we start dressing in more dark colors, I decided to find a fun, colorful summer dress. Thanks to this spaghetti strapped tie-dye print dress from the online store Zaful, I was able to capture more of summer before the fall months begin.

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Zaful is your one-stop online shop offering a huge selection of stylish dresses, rompers, tops, sweaters, jeans, and the list goes on. It’s the perfect online shop for fashionistas to find affordable and stylish clothes, allowing them to keep up with the latest trends. I love how Zaful sells quality clothing, shoes, and accessories from up and coming designers so everyone can find something that is unique to their style.

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Certainly, my dress makes a colorful statement, so I did not need many accessories. I paired this dress with a light colored denim vest from Forever 21. I always like to wear a vest, jacket, or sweater with a summer dress to complete the look. Plus, I am always cold, so an extra layer is a must for me. My summer time dress could easily be styled with sandals, but for a more casual, sporty look I wore my slip on white Converse. I finished off my look with a long charm necklace with inspiring words, my LOFT sunglasses, and my hair in a braid to keep it out of my face. This look proves that sometimes the simplest outfits make the biggest statement.

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         On another note, I can’t believe summer is coming to an end. I have been so busy preparing for my junior year of college and creating new content for my blog. Let me know in the comments below how all of you are spending the last few weeks of summer?

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Dress: Zaful (SIMILAR) (SIMILAR) (SIMILAR) | Vest: Forever 21 (SIMILAR) (SIMILAR) | Shoes: Converse | Sunglasses: The LOFT (SIMILAR) | Necklace: Local Boutique (SIMILAR)

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