Thursday, August 21, 2014

BTSxForever 21!!

BTS with Forever 21


Forever 21 black three quarter sleeve top / Forever 21 red blouse / Forever 21 print top / Forever 21 short sleeve top / Forever 21 brown t shirt / Forever 21 jeans / Forever 21 playsuit romper / Forever 21 ripped jeans / Forever 21 laced up platform booties / Forever 21 strappy shoes / Forever 21 canvas backpack / Forever 21 lip shine / FOREVER 21 GIRLS Barbie Sweatshirt (Kids) / FOREVER 21 GIRLS Striped T-Shirt Dress

Hey everyone! 
School starts back up in just a short week or so... And you know what that means.. BACK TO SCHOOL SHOPPING!! I wanted to share my favorite things for me personaly for BTS, but I wanted it to be cheap and stuff that's also available to anyone who may be reading... So I decided to rummage through Forever 21 and find a few of my favorite things for back to school. As fall sneaks up on us, I went for more nutral colors, and things that were black, white, red, green... Oh and boots are a must as well!! 
What's your idea for the perfect back to school outfit?
xoxolivia

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Slouch

Hello!
I am not sure whether or not I like the oh so infamous "boyfriend jeans" I would always get them in a store to try on, try them on and realize, wait... what is this..?? Magazines and other bloggers seem to rave about them, but they are just so unflattering, not to mention they are light jeans! Which is already unflattering enough... but hey, I got these ugly looking pants from Goodwill that originally were cuffed up to the knee, just one fold, and not distressed at all. Oh, and the cuff was flared. Cute... but not for me. So I messed with them and now I think I like them! 
What are your thoughts on boyfriend jeans, and in addition to that, pairing jeans with a jean jacket?
I love a joutfit! (jean-outfit)
Have a good evening :)
xoxolivia.
jacket - my brothers // jeans - Goodwill (IZod) // shirt - Forever 21 // shoes - ShoeMint // necklace - gifted

Monday, August 18, 2014

Hey Diary, it's Been a While, but Now it's Raining.. Again.

 shirt - Papaya // dress - Need Supply Co. // shoes - Chinese Laundry

Good Evening to everyone reading this...
Earlier today it dawned on me, I have grown up super fast. When I was younger I used to dream about being an only child and how weird it was going to be when I was a big old teenager and Emma and Saunders were in college and I was making my way on my own, yet still feet grounded at home. Between driving, parties, fear of the oh so stressful college application process, Saunders leaving, Summer ending, and a multitude of scary things just happening right under my nose and in my life; I have come to the conclusion that I need to screw my head on and get it together, become serious about things like school, and decisions and the other people around me. I hate to be all mature, but sometimes you just have to, and I think I need to now. I can't sleep because the thoughts of the future looming around in my head haunt me awfully. 
Now I hate to get all serious here in the blogosphere, and one can only ramble so much but I guess all I am saying is that lately I have had lots of little moments of realization, like for example: The other day I was cleaning out my closet, and I was getting rid of so many of my favorite things, but I had outgrown them, or didn't really wear them too much anymore and they were taking up space. But as silly as it sounds, those pieces of clothing have memories of my past tied in their threads. It's kinda dumb but it's actually pretty sentimental I guess. 
And with that I have decided to completely slow down, write more, read often, play in the rain (like I did in these photos) and just try to be happy, it can be hard, but I want to maintain my youth as much as I can seeing as it seems to be slipping through my fingers like sifting hot sand in the summer. I just never want to grow up is all I guess.. So, sorry if you read through those rambles and just thought.. "okayyyy... whatever.." I'm just speaking my mind is all haha
xoxolivia.
p.s. my spectacular best friend Ally took these photos

Sunday, August 17, 2014

Punky Funky

 Good Morning!
Today, I was taking photos with my mom and when I was reviewing the photos I realized that the place where we took the photos wasn't quite how I imagined it to look... I didn't like it. So, on that note, I was playing around with Photoshop and I decided, why not just create my own backdrop! It was fun playing around with it, it did take a while though...
jacket - thrifted // shirt - thrifted // skirt - Forever 21 // sunnies - gifted // head scarf - thrifted
 
I feel like it has a very 80s Carrie Diaries feel and I love it!
What do you think?
xoxolivia

Tuesday, August 12, 2014

It May Be Raining, But I'm Still Shining

 Hey guys! These are a few quick shots that I took yesterday with my brother to show you my outfit and to take advantage of the short period of sunshine there was in yesterdays gloom. It was soooo muggy and humid that right when we walked outside my lens fogged up, how weird!? I just really liked this outfit and felt that I should share it with y'all, I mean, why not! 
This shirt is so shiny and shimmery every where I go, when the sun hits it, I'm like a disco ball!! So much fun!
shirt - thrifted // shorts - Delias // shoes - ShoeMint (Natalia) // bag - Ashby (on sale) // belt - Target

I hope where ever you are with all this rain, you can find the sunshine :) Have a spectacular day! xoxolivia

KILLER CONFIDENCE! / How I Found It

 So I know what you may be thinking... Oh... another one of these posts... gaaahsh bloggers and magazines are always trying to just sell confidence like it's just that easy... Hey, reality check, it can be. And today, I'm gonna tell you how :)
 Be Yourself, Beautifully... 
For me, a very fashion forward person, I have realized that I feel best when dressed up, riggghhhttt... it sounds kinda silly, but it's true.. I am most confident when dressed well and feeling beautiful. And knowing that I am beautiful. At times I'll look in the mirror and just sigh at the fact that, "Ugh, My arms are too big... Oh my Gosh! Those Thighs!" give yourself a break already! As many times that you have heard that 'Each and everyone of you is a beautiful and stunning individual in simply who you are, not how you look or how much you weigh..." But hey, that's just that, it's so true. No, I am not at all saying, throw away the makeup and nice things and just be your natural self, because I love makeup and clothing that makes me not only look pretty, but feel extra pretty. It sounds a bit backwards, but when dressed well I move comfortably, and act accordingly, It is as if the clothing is just another layer of my skin that I am at home in. When I was younger I was bullied about how I dressed, things were mix matched and nothing coordinated. To the girls around me I was like a foreign object just trying to fit in and make things work. However, each and everyday I would arrive at school, or where ever I was going with my head held high knowing; "This is what I want to wear, this is how I want to look, and no one and their hurtful words can stop me from feeling fabulous in how I look in these stellar sequin tank tops and jeggings with camo shorts on top.. Because I look fantastic." And with that I am comfortable to be my self, be wild, silly, powerful... Beautifully. Because I feel beautiful. I have confidence in my appearance. I am beautiful. 
 Play It Up A Little, Experiment
One of the things that I love about finding confidence is that it doesn't just happen in a good nights sleep. Over time, we are free to explore and decide how we feel best, experiment and discover what makes you walk with a beat in your head and passion in your heart. There are different types of confidence, most of the time it isn't actually just being able to go up to say a large group of people and share your life story along with the new interpretive dance to "Don't Stop Believing" you've been working on. It is knowing that you are secure and you are comfortable. Mentally happy with yourself and the surroundings that you inhabit yourself in. This may sound a little odd and weirdddddd... but I like to play characters, act around, maybe even throw in a musical number here and there ;) But in my journey of self discovery to happiness and confidence, which I am still fully on by the way... I learned that I like to mix things up, and keep people on their toes at all times. I love trying attitudes, mindsets and ways of living like they're just another dress at our local Forever 21, you never know the perfect one until you try it. Of course, always staying healthy, well and good in your experiments, you need to try new things before you are able to discover what road your life wants to take you down. Once you find your perfect fit, it wont be long until you uncover passions, loves and desires for yourself that  mold to your stunning personality. 
 Reward Yourself You Winner You
We work so hard to always try and make things perfect and pristine, flawless. Yo, you do realize that that's nearly impossible? Seeing as how we all have flaws, everything has flaws! Nothing is perfect! Let's be real here folks, Titanic was the "ship that couldn't sink" I mean.... please....... too soon..? Anyway, what I am trying to get across is that you need to accept the little things in life as great mini victories. Although nothing may be perfect, we all need to lighten up and be proud of our selves for all that we do, no matter how big or small. Finally finish that English essay? Score!!! Ended World Hunger? RIGHT ON!! Some how made both of your cat eyes look seemingly even and fabulous? YOU DESERVE A MINI MEDAL! If not an award, definitely a pat on the back... It is proven (from my experiences) that the more I congratulate myself positively on all of the million little things that I do each day will make me sleep better at night, make the sun shine just a little bit brighter, just for me. Because my happiness makes me a better person inside and out. Our attitudes and feelings that we have towards our selves shape the way that people see us, and the way the world is around us. If you are positive and proud, everything around you will be all the more fantastic. And that will boost your confidence immensely!   
Apply Yourself
This may not be the first time you have heard these things, whether they are in a new perspective or not, but go out and apply yourself. Like I said, you never know who you become until you try yourself out. So go out there be who you want to be, wear what you want to wear, love your beautiful little self. You'd be surprised just how confident you really are when you look up from the pavement and see just how wonderful you can be when you apply yourself to this spectacular world and your fantastic life.
Good luck, I believe in every tiny little bit of all of you, you will find your way down the road you're meant to be on, and find just what you love and who you desire to be. 
xoxolivia.

Monday, August 11, 2014

Words With Sunday + Chapter 25

 +WHERE WE ATE:
 Welcome back Words With Sunday am I right?! It has been a while, I'm glad to be back into the swing of things here on the blog :) 
So yesterday, My dad brother and I went to The Kitchen on Cary. We had already been there for dinner which was also good, except to be honest each time I seem to the be only one on the short end just not getting the best thing there is. Everyone else seemed to love it, and that's always good.
+WHAT I WORE:
 Feeling kinda like Miss Skeeter from the Help... I love this skirt and just this outfit to pieces. The skirt was actually my moms when she was younger! That just makes it all the more special!
shirt - thrifted // skirt - vintage // shoes - ShoeMint (Leightons) // sunnies - Forever 21

Oh and I redyed like most of my head purple if you hadn't already noticed... and I just LOVEEEE IT!!! hehee Have a great Monday! xoxolivia.

Saturday, August 9, 2014

Studying Up On Upcoming Fall Trends

 I cannot believe I am about to say what I am about to say... the fact that Summer is coming to an end... oh wow... that was difficult to admit... but on the bright side, FALL! And what is the best part about Fall besides leaves changing and Pumpkin Spice Latt├ęs? THE FASHION! But really, the fact that "Fall Fashion" is an alliteration just makes it legit. I have been reading every single inch of the Fall fashion mags, I can't wait to strut my stuff in booties and maroon tights. Oh and just a heads up, fall florals are back, but stick with emerald tones nothing too bright. Also, although the green leaves are leaf-ing (see what I did there?) us for a while, deep greens and forest greens are so in for this fall and winter. Especially when worn in wools, sweaters, shawls... things with texture...
shirt - HUE // jeans - Forever 21 // shoes - ShoeMint
What are some of your favorite things about Fall Fashion? Or just Fall in general? Comment below! :) xoxolivia

In Honor Of Ally

 Since this trip to the beach was Ally's Sweet Sixteen trip (even though it's seven months overdue...) I am going to share some of my favorite things about Ally.
 Ally always keeps me entertained, weather she is scaring me or just being weird, she is always laughing and loving life, and enjoying her self. Her happiness is contagious
Ally prides herself in being herself. She doesn't mind what people think about her because she knows that the people who love her for her, are her best friends and the people she surrounds herself with. 
This girl really loves her Lemonade Tea, and she knows I don't. For some reason I just find this really funny... I dunno.. She drinks it literally everyday. Weirdo
I don't think I could be honest and say that I have had a best friend in the past... I mean of course when I was in first grade I sat next to another little girl and claimed we would be best friends for the rest of our lives... but seriously, Ally is the best person in my life, without her I would be just lonely and awkward. Thanks Layna.
Ally, you're a pretty funny creature, you are smart and constantly discovering all the best little bursts our lives have to offer. Love you long time best friend. 
Happy Birthday
xoxolivia.
One can only dream to master the challenging "jumping photo" honestly, I think the fails are funnier/better... 

Friday, August 8, 2014

Ocean City Sweet Sixteen Overview

Alrighty! How is everyone this fine fine Friday morning? I know I'm great! Okay so as many of you may know, from Monday to Wednesday I vacationed up north to Ocean City, New Jersey for a few days at the beach and on the boardwalk celebrating Ally's very belated sixteenth birthday. Phew that was a run on sentence... anyway today I am going to share some of my favorite photos from the trip and give a brief overview! Although, let's be real, it would be nearly impossible to really put into words truly how great of a time I had with Ally. #bestfriendstuff
This is what the beach looks like from the infamous boardwalk!
After a long day, ya get pretty tired, I <3 sleep.
This is the hotel we stayed in, The Flanders! It's right on the boardwalk; so much fun! But beware... It's HAUNTED! AH!
Ally and I thought that this was pretty funny...
The photo on the right was in New York for my sweet sixteen, and the one on the left is the recreated version from Ally's sweet sixteen! When we saw it we knew we had to take a picture.
Tickets for the rides at Castaway Cove!
Pardon my beautiful nails... the polish peeled off in the ocean that day hehe 
OMG! LOOK WHO IT IS!!! IT'S SKYLAR!
Skylar, if you don't know, is one of my all time best friends from camp whom I haven't seen in over two years!!! It was so crazy that we got to meet up, I missed her like crazy, Skylar if your reading this, I love ya!
lol candidzz lol
I had a fantastic time in New Jersey with Ally. Can't wait to return sometime soon!
Ocean City, I love you!
Happy Birthday Layna :)
xoxolivia
p.s. Don't forget to check out the Ocean City video I made if you haven't already seen it!