My Weekend Looks

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I made it safely to New Hampshire and saw my college roommates Kristin and Emily. We played cards and caught up on what’s new in our lives. Their apartment is SO cute and they did such a good job decorating their first “adult” apartment.

Saturday morning I said goodbye to Kristin and cried (of course) and then Emily, her sister Annie, Jenna, and I headed off to Foxboro for the ONE DIRECTION CONCERT!

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For the ride there I tried to stay comfy, we sat in a decent amount of traffic the entire way. I decided on my Furbee crop from H&M, TOPSHOP high waisted shorts, all black Converse, belt, and my new leather backpack from Target (which I’ve wanted for a while, and finally treated myself to).

We got to the hotel, had a few drinks and then headed to the concert. It was amazing! Annie and I saw the drummer and one of the body guards outside, but didn’t stop to ask for a picture, which we immediately regretted. We parked pretty far from the park, had a few more drinks and then made our way into the concert. 5 Seconds of Summer opened, and they were AWESOME. We waited an hour after them for One Direction to finally make their way to the stage. They opened with Midnight Memories and ended with Best Song Ever. There were TONS of fireworks, and lights and it was the best concert ever. I just wished they were more engaged with each other. Harry seemed like he was isolated from the group, and they didn’t spend a lot of time engaging with each other or the audience, but the music was great and they sound just like they do on the CD.

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To the concert I wore a leather skirt from Forever 21, a Kiss Crop top also from Forever21, my black converse, and accessorized with dangle spike earrings, cat eyes and a bold red lip. It was one of the best nights, I totally geeked out the entire concert and my throat is really sore today, but definitely worth it and I’m looking into going again in Pasadena when I move.

For the ride home I went comfy again, we stopped for a hearty breakfast and then hit the road.

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We, of course, hit traffic on the way home, and I forced Jenna to listen to One Direction, which she didn’t mind, because she’s officially a Directioner after seeing them in real life (she prefers Zayn and Liam).

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This is my ride home outfit. My destroyed Levi’s from DIY Salvation Army, TOPSHOP crop top, H&M belt,  H&M chunky booties, and Betsey Johnson Sunnies.

(If it’s not obvious from the above pictures; I cannot take a serious picture)

I’m blogging from work and I get to leave in five minutes!

Goodnight

xx Libby

“It is one of the blessings of old friends that you can afford to be stupid with them.”   -Ralph Waldo Emerson

Final New England Adventures

So I’m in the car right now driving to good ole Manchester NH to see my college roommates Emily and Kristin (who recently moved in together and I would be lying if I said I wasn’t a tad jealous). My best friend Jenna is driving my car so I thought it would be the perfect opportunity to blog.

The One Direction concert is tomorrow and I’m geeking out already (I’m beyond being embarrassed of my obsession). Nothing but 1D for the rest of the weekend.

My co worker Michelle got me the sickest going away gift: black lipstick. That’s what I’m wearing today and probably to the concert as well. I’ll be sure to take tons of pics so follow me on Insta and keep checking back!

Xx Libby

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Work Hard, Play Hard, Be Kind

With the One Direction concert coming up this Saturday (yes, I’m so excited I could pee) I titled this week’s post “Work Hard, Play Hard, Be Kind.” Those are some wise words from Harry Styles folks, the wisest.

I’ve been super busy, I leave in 3.5 weeks and I’m not even close to ready, but it’s approaching moving day and I’m leaving August 28th whether I’m ready or not.

Last Wednesday I took the plunge and got my hair done, and I’m obsessed.

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Anyway, I got to showcase my new “do” at my going away party on Friday. From what I remember I had a blast. The next day, not as much fun, but definitely worth it. I got to see all of my favorite people in the same place and everyone was happy and having a good time, which is what I live for.

 

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In this picture are my cousin Michelle (Melly) and my mom Nancy (whose actual name is Alison, but I call her Nancy because she’s so fancy). I look a tad out of it and that’s because I am, but it was my last horah, so it’s allowed.

I’m wearing Topshop shorts, Forever 21 body suit, and Walmart sandals.

In the top picture I’m wearing Betsey Johnson sunnies, and yes I took that selfie while driving, but in my defense I was at a red light.

That’s all for tonight, I’m working for one more hour!

xx Libby

“Work until you no longer have to introduce yourself.”

 

Hiatus!

Hi everyone! I’ve been a terrible blogger lately, and I know its a crappy excuse but I’m so busy.  I went to Cape Cod last week for three days for a break (and some color), but other than that I’ve been working 7 days a week. I did, however, go shopping today and spent WAY to much money (per usual) but bought some really great stuff. Some chunky boots, some crop tops, some high waisted shorts and a leather skirt. I work hard, I deserve it (or at least that’s what I tell myself). Funny (and quick) story though; I walked into the new Forever21 in Westfarms Mall today and literally got a head rush #fashionaddict. I was so overwhelmed, but in the best way possible.

Anyway, the only reason I have time to blog right now is because I got stuck doing an overnight. The nice gentleman that usually does it called out for the entire week. I’m not complaining though (maybe just a little).

I really wanted to share with everyone two of my all time favorite designers for this weeks post; Prabal Gurung and Alexander McQueen.

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I remember the first time I saw a Prabal Gurung design. It was a pant suit and I immediately fell in love with the way he played on the minimalist trend. His designs are to die for. He plays with color blocking and texture perfectly and never overdoes it.

Gurung launched his first collection in 2009 and every year since I have been falling more and more in love with him as a designer.

With his newer designs I have been noticing a lot more layering and I’m, of course, a fan.

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Alexander McQueen

I don’t really know if an explanation is necessary  for this. McQueen’s designs are so unique yet somehow they remain simplistic and minimal, however, he can over do it at times, but that is, yet another reason I love him.

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It seems like every time I see a dress on a red carpet that captures my attention, it’s Alexander McQueen. His background in costume design gives him an edge that can be truly appreciated.

I obviously have more than two favorite designers, but I’m super sleepy and don’t want to start typing gibberish.

I really need to get back on my blogging game. I leave for LA in a month and will be keeping everyone up to date on my travels cross country, as well as all the events that lead up to my departure.

Time to do some actual work, I GO HOME IN AN HOUR (4 am)

xx Libby

“I’m very  much down to Earth, just not this Earth.” -Karl Lagerfeld

My Week!

I have been SO busy. I leave CT for LA in 48 days! I can’t believe it! Where has the time gone?

I want to be blogging more and with work slowing down I hope that I’ll be able to do some there (shh don’t tell my boss).

I’m currently watching Botched, and surfing the web for some inspiration for my post this week.

I have been getting a lot of questions from everyone (employers, family members, friends) about what it is that I want to be doing with my life after going to FIDM and what my ultimate goal is. My ultimate goal is to be a stylist; I would love to style a band or an artist and travel with them, planning their outfits and seeing the world all in one would be a dream come true. With that being said, and considering it was Couture fashion week in Paris, and Mercedes Benz fashion week in Berlin, I thought today I would post about international style.

1. Parisian Chic

The French may be some of the stylish people on the planet. The street style is simple but exciting and they’re not worried about taking fashion risks, always going outside of the box and developing new trends.

Looking sexy without showing too much skin…

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These ladies are not so much focused on large accessories, but the strategic layering, and simplistic styling.

Style Tips: To dress more “Parisian” start with the motto “Less is more.” Don’t try too hard and never over accessorize. I once read that before you leave the house you should remove an accessory. In this case I would say keep jewelry simplistic and add one staple item. In the first photo the staple is her hat, the second would be her clutch and the third would be the sunnies. Also show skin in unexpected ways. For example in the first photo shes basically all covered except for the small slit of skin between her boot and shorts, to give it that sex appeal without over doing it.

2. Eccentric Tokyo

I admire anyone that takes risks when it comes to fashion and the Japanese do this better than anyone. Most of the trends that start in Japan don’t usually catch on in full swing here in the states but some of them do and I fully appreciate the ones that do.

Bright colors and layers….

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Harajuku girls (who I don’t know much about…YET) focus on mixing different trends and incorporating bright colors.

Style Tips: To dress more like a Harajuku girl break out your bright colors, if you aren’t scared to look ridiculous (which is awesome) you’re already halfway there. Stop matching, get a pair (or three) platform shoes and try pairing H&M with Hot Topic.

3. The Artist Crossroads (Berlin)

Berlin is the “go to” city for artists of any kind. Which is why I obsess over the street style there. The focus here is on loose layers, with hints of color.

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There’s no such thing as over accessorizing, who says you can’t wear a fedora with a large scarf AND a long necklace?

Style Tips: Don’t take off any accessories before leaving (like I said before). Dress loose, borrow your brothers, dads, boyfriends, jeans, tees etc. Add a small pop of color.

4. Milan

Milan is on the top of my bucket list for places to visit, as it should be. The style bleeds romance with an edgy side.

Neutrals with the occasional pattern and bright color…

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I just love everything about the elegance of Italian style. Somehow a leather jacket paired with an elegant skirt can still mean elegance and class.

Style Tips: Go for patterns and bright colors, but when you do, pair it with something that doesn’t try too hard to out shine that piece. Add a moto jacket to something that you may not normally add it to to give it that extra oomph, like a form fitting dress, or high rise skirt. Don’t be afraid to show a little skin.

5. London

HATS, SCARVES, HATS, SCARVES. The weather in London makes it the perfect scenario to wear hats and scarves (and I’m obsessed with both).

Tight bottoms, loose fitting  tops….

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I find it slightly ironic that two of the three of these London street fashionistas are wearing sunglasses (considering it’s cloudy almost all of the time there).  I love all of these looks, very effortless and chic, perfect for London weather.

Style Tips: Wear hats, invest in a good pair of skinnies. A carry all bag is a must (to carry your umbrella when you’re not using it). Try buying a jacket a size bigger and instead of putting your arms in the sleeves rest it on your shoulders, to add a unique modern element to your outfit, without hiding the pieces underneath.

I would do NY and LA fashion, but I blog about those every week and we all know they’re the best ;).

Just a suggestion (and I’m not a spokesperson for him) but everyone should buy Ed Sheeran’s new album… he is hands down the most talented artist out there, and I’m obsessed, it’s on repeat at the gym, in my car, and when I’m in the shower.

I’m going to do my best to post again tomorrow, but I am a very busy woman :)

xx Libby

“A girl should be two things: classy and fabulous.” -Coco Chanel

Style Inspiration

So last week I said I was going to show you guys who I follow for my style inspiration, but I’ve been so busy that I haven’t had time to do so! I’ve been working seven days  week and have been using my other free time to build connections both on the East Coast as well as the West Coast.

I’m so excited about my career in fashion, yesterday I met with someone from Jade Marketing Group. They seem like an awesome company and they market for several jean companies, one of which is Amethyst Jeans, everyone should check them out! I have found that building connections is the most important thing in the fashion industry. It is also important to never miss an opportunity to learn more and to always say yes when someone is willing to teach you.

I’m constantly online doing trend research, not for work but because I love doing it, and have a few people and topics I am always googling to see what they have worn.

1. Kylie Jenner (DUH)

I’m not really going to go into much of an explanation on this because I’ve said it a million times already, but I just LOVE her style.

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2. Perrie Edwards (Little Mix)

I can’t give all of the credit to Perrie for the way she dresses because she does have an awesome stylist, but nonetheless it’s amazing. She can pull of literally anything, and is constantly switching her hair color from one extreme to the next and wearing bold makeup.

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3. Rachel Zoe

This is obvious; if you love fashion you are inspired by Rachel Zoe. She can make the ugliest, most unique pieces into a masterpiece. Her personal style is on point as well. I love her love for black and hats, as well as her bold accessories and need to always wear heels. She’s always taking risks when styling herself and her clients. I would die just to look in her closet.

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4. Menswear

I look at menswear to see what would translate well into woman’s wear. Some things that are trending are the oversized flannel. Most of the time a woman’s flannel will be more form fitting, but a men’s flannel will be bigger, and more comfortable. Also trending are oversized tee’s. You can find them in woman’s, however they are a tad more pricey, instead find men’s “tall tees” and they can be worn as a dress.

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5. 90’s

Since 90’s are making such a strong comeback, I’m always researching and watching movies and TV shows to gain some inspiration. Clueless, Friends, Full House. Not to mention I’m always going through my moms closets and being thankful that she keeps everything!

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That’s all I have for today, and I’ve officially been useless at work. My inspiration is always changing and I’m always finding new things to keep me motivated and inspired.

Happy 4th of July everyone! I have to get back to work :)

xx Libby

“The only way to do great work is to love what you do. If you haven’t found it yet, keep looking. Don’t settle.” – Steve Jobs

Summer Shoe Must Haves

Today is PAYDAY, my favorite day of the week. It’s great, however I already spent the majority of my paycheck on rent and a couch for my new digs in LA.  I also got another job, waitressing twice a week at a pizza place.

The weather this week has been amazing here on the east coast, and I got a fresh pedi, so I thought I would do my must haves for summer shoes. I also thought I would do  a “cost conscious” and a “splurge- worthy” option.

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1. The Birkenstock!

Cost Conscious: Walmart- $14.87

Splurge- Worthy: Birkenstock- $130.00

I’ve blogged about these before, I love them. They’re so comfy and go with basically everything. One of my fave things to pair with this style sandal is a destroyed boyfriend jean, and cropped tee.

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2. The Gladiator Sandal

Cost Conscious- Lulu’s $30.00

Splurge-Worthy- Stuart Weitzman $398.00

The gladiator sandal made an appearance a few years ago, but never really took off. This summer they’re coming back full swing. I would wear these with a pair of short overalls, with a white collared shirt, and accessorize with some aviator sunnies. These also go really well with a maxi skirt that has a high slit, to really show off the heel.

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3. Minimalist Heel

Cost Conscious- Windsor $26.60

Splurge-Worthy- Alexander Wang $475.00

I love this shoe, it can literally go with anything. One of my favorite outfits would have to be a midi dress (tight fitting) with a blazer and statement accessories or bold makeup.

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4. Slip On Sneaker

Cost Conscious- UrbanOG $23.10

Splurge- Worthy- Sam Edelman $109.95

It’s always good to have a closed toe, comfy shoe on your must have list. The slip on sneaker has also made  a strong come back. I would pair these with overalls (maybe black leather, or plain jean for something more casual), and a white tee, or collared shirt. Pair with a fringe satchel and simple accessories and fierce red lip.

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5. Chunky Bootie

Cost Conscious- BooHoo $65.00

Splurge Worthy- Vagabond $171.49

These boots are more of a style risk. They’re very 90’s and I love that (as I’ve said a thousand times before). These are great because they can take you from summer to fall to winter. For summer I would pair these booties with a leather mini skirt, white tee, layered silver necklaces and a wide brim hat. Another option I would strongly suggest would be an over sized tee (yes, as a dress). Bring along a jean jacket for the cooler nights. To transition from summer to fall swap out the skirt for some skinny jeans.

Hopefully I’ll be able to blog again this weekend, I wanna share some of my style inspirations :)

xx Libby

“If you are not willing to risk the unusual, you will have to settle for the ordinary.” -Jim Rohn