Weekend Roundup

For those of you who don’t know, LivForStyle actually started on YouTube.  Back in the day, my favorite videos to upload were my monthly favorite videos, where towards the end of the month I would recap a few products I was loving throughout that month.  Although, it is not the end of the month just yet, I decided to go back to my roots, and round up some of my favorite products and things that piqued my interest these past couple of weeks.  And still nursing a broken ankle, I have been spending a lot of time laying by the pool or just simply laying on the couch, surfing the web and stumbling across some fascinating articles, binge worthy television shows, new songs, and amazing beauty products.

 

Freezing Your Jeans?

 When it comes to my jeans, I hardly ever wash them.  Some may say that is disgusting but hear me out. After spending time working as a sales associate and stylist at Madewell and learning how to care for denim, I realized that washing your jeans after every time you wear them is not ideal because it can destroy the fit and the fabric.  Usually, when I wear denim I am only in them for a couple hours and avoid any sorts of spills, so I can get away with not washing them for weeks.  My secret to keeping my jeans fresh is throwing them in the dryer with a dryer sheet to “fluff” them up, but recently I discovered a new way to preserve your jeans and it doesn’t require the dryer but the freezer. According to the interesting article published on WhoWhatWear, freezing jeans preserves the color and fabric, but it also kills any bacteria on your jeans.  Who knew that freezing temperatures had this powerful affect on jeans? Maybe it is time to continue the non traditional form of washing my jeans and throw them in the freezer next to the tubs of Ben & Jerry’s ice cream.  What are your thoughts on this method?

 

Kesha’s New Hit

When I was scrolling through my Twitter feed, I saw that Kesha tweeted the release of her new song, Praying.  After Kesha took a hiatus from the music world, I was even more interested in her new single.  The title of the song, gave me the impression it was not going to be a party anthem like her popular song Tik Tok.  Instead, I knew this tune would have more of a personal note behind it.  As we all know, Kesha recently went through a lot, from the abuse from her manager, the court’s refusal to let her be free from his control, and her mental health issues that came along with the trauma.  Kesha has always been an outspoken artist when he comes to her mental health.  I applaud her for being so honest with her struggles with an eating disorder and depression, shining light that no one should suffer alone.  Her new song captures some pretty raw emotions, especially when she sings “I had to learn how to fight for myself,” giving her listeners a little preview into her struggles.  This song is  relatable for those who are going through any challenge, no matter big or small.  The sweet, soft melody and deep lyrics tells a story of finding the strength to forgive yourself and forgive others.  I highly recommend adding this song to your playlist when you need a little pick me up.

 

Revlon Colorstay Cream Eye Shadow

When I was big in the YouTube world, I have to be admit I spent lots more time on my makeup. I used to apply about 3-4 eye shadow colors and flawlessly blend them all together.  Although, I am still a makeup addict, I find myself just not having as much time as I did to sit and apply layers and layers of makeup.  Instead, I have been trying to find products that can reduce the time spent doing my makeup but still give me that well put together look.  If you haven’t tried the new Revlon Colorstay Cream Eye Shadows, what are you waiting for?  These long wear cream eye shadows comes with a brush for super easy application and are perfect for those days and nights you want to just swipe a beautiful color on your lid.  Not to mention the formula is long wearing and won’t sweat off your face, especially when you are at a pool party or dancing the night away.  My three favorite shades are Caramel, Pistachio, and Black Current.  When I’m feeling extra fancy, I apply the shade Caramel to my lids and then top it with an application of my favorite bronze eye shadow, but honestly these cream eye shadows look and work beautifully solo.

 

Younger

I usually don’t spend my free time watching television, but thanks to one special show, I find myself glued to the television every Wednesday night at 10:00 pm.  I am obsessing over the TV Land show Younger.  A couple of years ago, I had the opportunity to review the first season of the show on my blog (check it out here) and ever since then I’ve been hooked.  Now in its fourth season, Younger stars Liza (Sutton Foster), Kelsey (Hilary Duff), and others and their crazy adventures like trying to make a career in the publishing world or find love while trying to dodge some crazy secrets about themselves. The fourth season premiered a few weeks ago and there have already been lots of crazy drama and plot twists.  Not to mention, throughout this season and every season all the character’s style is on point.  I highly recommend tuning in every Wednesday, but for those who still have to catch up on episodes, head over to http://www.tvland.com/shows/younger to watch them all.

 

I really enjoy reading these types of round up posts and even better, I enjoy writing them, so let me know in the comments below if you would like to see more of these posts in the future.  Keep the discussion going by letting me know what you are loving or what things have piqued your interest.

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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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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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On Repeat

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Nothing is better than escaping college life by getting in the car, going off campus, and doing some shopping, even if it is by yourself. A few days ago I found out that retail therapy does exist. I was feeling a little down, and decided to pick myself up with something I love to do and that something is shopping. I was pretty bummed that nobody was around to go on a shopping trip with me, but what I found is that a little me time is just what I needed to overcome my blues.

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On another note, it has been such a warm fall in New England. I am so scared that by pointing this out, I’ll jinx the weather and tomorrow there will be a snow storm. But, I am enjoying this “Indian Summer” because I get to wear a typical fall outfit, jeans, sweater, and boots without shivering. Like I always say fall fashion is the best fashion.

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Today’s outfit features two new pieces from my latest shopping trip. I like to call the “sweater” I am wearing, a scarf with sleeves. Just imagine your favorite scarf with sleeves draped over your body. I found this unique piece at Apricot Lane. I love the deep emerald and burgundy colors, as well as the fringe detailing at the bottom. To let the shawl be the focal point, a white t-shirt or long-sleeve shirt is all you need to wear underneath.

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A spontaneous trip to Old Navy left me with a shopping bag full of new items which included two vests (I feature one here) and a pair of jeans. Their Rockstar High Rise Skinny Jeans have become my favorite jean because of their comfortable fit. I also love the distressed detail because who doesn’t love holes in their jeans?

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To bring out more of the rich shades of fall, I am wearing my purple amethyst gem stone necklace from H&M. My philosophy is the more color the better.

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For shoes, last year’s Burlington Coat Factory studded booties have been my go-to. They are falling apart, but I refuse to retire these shoes. I am in dire need of a new pair of booties. Any suggestions?

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That’s it for today’s post. Like the title above says, my jeans and shawl have been on repeat. Whether worn together or with different pieces from my wardrobe, they certainly have made a statement this fall. Share with me in the comments below your fall outfit that has been on repeat?

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Shawl: Apricot Lane (SIMILAR) (SIMILAR) | T-Shirt: Forever21 | Jeans: Old Navy | Boots: Burlington (SIMILAR) (SIMILAR) |  Necklace:H&M (SIMILAR) (SIMILAR)

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