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Monday, May 22, 2017

Watching: Harry Styles on James Corden- Harry Styles was on James Corden's The Late Late Show all last week and he was phenomenal! I love James Corden already and loved seeing more of Harry Styles and the two cracked jokes and sang their way through the week. If you only watch one skit, make sure to check out their carpool karaoke. It was one of my favorite carpool karaokes so far! 


Listening to: Harry Style's new album- After watching James Corden and hearing him perform some of the songs, I've had this new album on repeat the last couple of days. It is so different and a breath of fresh air.

Reading: Big Little Lies by Liane Moriarty- Now that I've started the TV show, it seemed only fitting that I should read the book. I'll let you know how it is! 

Until next time, XO

Chocolate Cupcakes

Sunday, May 21, 2017

As you can see, I'm only slightly exciting about eating this! 

Hello all! I hope you are enjoying your Sunday so far! Mine has been especially lazy and perfect as I am recovering from a cold. Those of you who know me know that I have a HUGE sweet tooth. I love baking especially chocolate treats and I love eating them even more. Ever since I was little, our special treat dessert at home has been these chocolate cupcakes. My mom got the recipe from her college roommate's mom and my sister and I have always been obsessed with them. They are super easy to make and absolutely delicious and I attached the recipe below. Enjoy and if you have any yummy recipes you recommend, I would love to hear about them! Until next time, XO

Turtlenecks for Summer

Friday, May 19, 2017

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If you have been following along in 2017, this is old news, but for all of my new readers, I am obsessed with turtlenecks. I was so sad with all of spring, summer, and fall in front of me without being able to wear this fabulous item. But, I found a solution! At least for the transitional months.
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I just found these sleeveless turtlenecks at Anthropologie and I couldn't be more excited. They are very lightweight and have a lot of stretch so they are perfect for layering on these hard-to-prep-for spring days.
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I ended up getting one in black and one in gray. I know I will wear the black one to death, but gray is a new color for me. It will be fun to experiment with these in the coming weeks! 
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Do y'all have nay ideas for how to wear them? I am thinking big statement jewelry and lots of pink! Until next time, XO 



Denim on Denim

Tuesday, May 16, 2017

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Hello all! Happy Tuesday! As it is for most people, denim is a staple in my wardrobe whether I am dressing it up with heels and big jewelry or just hanging out with a t-shirt and jeans. I also love chambray shirts. They are great tucked into a skirt or worn as a cardigan over a sun dress. But I hate the idea of not being able to wear two of my favorite pieces together. Here are my two secrets to wearing denim on denim without wearing a Texas Tuxedo. 
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1. Do not wear the same color wash. Make sure your two washes are very distinct. This is the one time when matching is bad. The more contrasting your wash colors, the more cohesive your outfit will be without looking like a matching set. 
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2. Do not be too aggressive with your denim. If you are already wearing a denim shirt and jeans, you do not need to add a jean jacket. My rule of thumb is two denim items per outfit. That typically keeps me from going too overboard. 
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Of course, there are probably all kinds of rules we could come up with, but I try and not get too bogged down with that kind of stuff. When in doubt, stick with your gut and some sparkles can never hurt! Until next time, XO

What I'm Up To

Monday, May 15, 2017

Watching: Arrival- My sister is home for the next week and on Saturday, she wanted to watch this sci-fi movie about an alien landing. Sci-fi and aliens normally aren't my thing, but I agreed to try it. I surprisingly really enjoyed the movie. It was very well written and I had not idea what was going to happen. Plus, Amy Adams and Jeremy Renner were both great. If you are looking for something different, I would definitely recommend this.

Listening to: There's Nothing Holding Me Back by Shawn Mendes- I am always looking for peppy, upbeat songs to sing along to on my commute. This song is so catchy and fun and has been perfect to wake me up and keep me focused on my drive. 


Reading: Kate and I finally finished Victoria and it was amazing! I loved it. But now that we've finished, we just started a new book that Kate picked out called "Behind Her Eyes". I just started it this morning, but I'll let you know how it goes.

As always, I would love any and all suggestions! Until next time, XO

Building Some Confidence One Ruffle At A Time

Friday, May 12, 2017

Hello all! Happy Friday! Today's post is going to be a little different than usual, but thanks to Dia&Co, I am going to branch out a little, so stick with me please. I would love to hear your feed back so please comment below or email me at leftylivinglife@gmail.com
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I think every girl at one point or another has had issues about her self-esteem and how she looks. I certainly have! It is something I have struggled with for years and sometimes still have problems with. Despite this insecurity, I have tried not to let it affect my outlook on life and my style. However, that only works so well. They were still tons of styles and cuts of clothing I would never wear because they made me feel unattractive or uncomfortable in general.
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It wasn't until recently I really became comfortable in my own skin and how I looked. A lot of this confidence came with growing up and figuring out who I am as a person. But a lot of it also came because I decided I was tired of other people's opinions and ideas of beauty getting the best of me. I reached a point a few years ago where I decided that I was going to wear whatever I wanted because I liked it, not because someone told me it made me look pretty or because it was trendy. 
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Let me tell you, since then, life has been so much fun and picking out my outfit everyday is a joy and a true reflection of me. Take this off-the-shoulder body suit for example. If you had told me I would be wearing something this skin tight and low cut a couple years ago, I would have laughed in your face. But now, I didn't even hesitate to buy it 3 weeks ago and I've already worn it twice! It is so fun and girly and it makes me so happy when I put it on. 
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Clothes are so important to me. They are a creative outlet, safety net, and a true reflection of me everyday. My goal when I get dressed is to be 100% me and also feel happy and inspired by the clothes I'm wearing. Feeling confident and letting go of your insecurities is incredibly difficult, but I challenge you to try even if it's just for a moment. Buy the body suit or the neon jewelry. Take a fashion risk and buy something just because it makes you happy. I'm sure you'll look fabulous! Thank you to Dia&Co for giving me the opportunity to talk about this today! Until next time, XO 

Stripes and Sequins

Thursday, May 11, 2017

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Hello all! I cannot believe that it is already May 2017. It seems like just yesterday I was putting on this dress and going to my graduation party! So much has changed this year and I am so excited to see what the next year has in store for me. 
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Last year, I chose this dress for my graduation party because it is so cute and it just made me happy. Whenever I am dressing for an important occasion, I try to choose things that make me feel good about how I look and make me happy. Then, I don't worry about any of that during the event itself.
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I love this dress because it is striped with divers which is perfect of a summer party. I also love the cut which is unique, but still flattering. Finally, I love how there is room to add a little bling with your jewelry. How do y'all pick out an outfit for an important event? Until next time, XO

 
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