Monthly Archives: October 2015

“Love You More Than Mostest”

Many of you may be wondering how LivFashionably came to be, and while it’s true that me and my friend Carrie dreamed up this blog our senior year of boarding school, it’s also true that LivFashionably was in training long before this blog came to be.

I love fashion. This is a given, right? But what everyone doesn’t know, is I was blessed to learn from the best–my mom.

Mom passed away two weeks ago, and this was a tough post to write, but after 21 years of love, friendship, and style advice, I figured it was time to give credit where credit was due.

Before I was born, mom and dad had two sons. My poor mom, surrounded by three men, ALL THE TIME…[and now it’s just me, and the same three men…must be payback for me rescuing her so late]. 10 years after my middle brother, I came along, and my parents were so happy! Mom especially–she finally had a partner in crime! And we sure did commit more than a few. Most of which involved shopping, because she made it quite clear early on that there would be no soccer playing, hunting, or paintball shooting for me. I was to be the girl of all girls.  However, growing up with two older brothers, I wanted to be a tomboy with every fiber of my being.  I refused to wear the dresses she bought me, instead I favored t-shirts. At one point, my mom had to steal away all of my hairties to keep me from putting my hair in a ponytail.  I’m not sure at what point that I gave in, but the point is, I did.

Starting when I was 10 years old, mom took me to NYC at least once a year, to shop. She may have used sightseeing as an excuse to get us there, but saying “I saw Lady Liberty” is a very loose phrase.  You better believe I saw everything up close and personal on Fifth Ave. and Diamond District though.

She was always dressed immaculately.  Chanel and Louboutin’s were her favorites, and she was extremely detail-oriented.  You’d never catch her with chipped nail polish, a single rogue hair [meaning grey], and if you had a tag hanging out of your shirt, she’d come to your rescue, whether she knew you or not!

When we’d go shopping, she’d tell me “hurry up,  run the bags upstairs and hide them in the closet before your dad comes home!” The next day when dad went to work, she’d ask me to bring them down, so we could start popping tags, and hang up our new treasures.  When I wore one of these new outfits, dad would ask if it was new, I’d always say “oh no, I’ve had it for a while now.” Dad knew better, but mom would give me a wink of approval anyways.

Dad will be the first to tell you that he learned early on how important shoes were.  He said the first few years they were together, mom would pull out a new dress for Easter, or dinner, and if she didn’t have shoes to match, all hell would break loose.  It didn’t take long for dad to implement a new rule: “DO NOT buy a dress, without buying shoes to match. DO NOT come home with one and not the other.” Mom knew she’d married a smart man, she just didn’t realize how smart…

While fashion among other girly things may have been the basis for the bond I shared with my mom–she was so much more than what you saw on the outside.  She once told me that ever since she was a little girl, she knew she wanted to be a mom, and she was a great one.  She was so proud of me and my brothers, and she loved us so incredibly much.

She told me often that she “loved me more than mostest.” That was our thing.

She also taught me and my brothers three important rules that I hope to teach my children one day.

1. Be Honest, even if what you have to say isn’t what’s popular.

2. Respect, you cannot expect others to respect you if you don’t respect yourself.

3. Self-sufficiency is important.  She never wanted me to have to rely on a husband to make it in this world. I am strong and I am independent, and I owe that to her.

She also valued family above anything else. She never ate dinner without my dad.  I could have been whining in the kitchen about how starving I was, and more than likely she was hungry too, but it didn’t matter.  She would wait to eat until dad got home from work.  She loved my dad with all of her heart, and she honored him the way all wives should honor their husbands.

Even though she’s no longer with us, I am still learning more about who she was every day.  The number of people that have reached out to me and told me how my mom touched their lives is unbelievable.

 She loved to give, and I admire this about her.

I could go on and on about my mom, the amazing woman she was, and the kind of woman she wanted me to be.  I’m still working on the woman I’m slowing growing into, but I think I have the style part down pat, and since I learned from her, I’d say mom would be pretty proud thus far.

Thank you for getting through this with me, and thanks for all of the love and support from my friends and family over the last few weeks–you are all gems!

xo,

Liv

ps: Thankful for her hair-teasing and makeup tutorials, and reminding me to have fun, always.

pics by….wait for it………my wonderfully talented friend, Carrie Coleman

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Sunnies | Necklace | Purse | Bracelet | Shoes | Dress | Lipstick

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What’s Inside Says A Lot About Her

Growing up, my mother would scold my brothers and me for peeking inside her purse. “It’s personal!” She’d say, “You never know what you’ll find when you stick your nose where it doesn’t belong!”

I’m not sure that my nose ever found anything worthwhile, but I do know that my hand found an occasional smack–and a well-deserved one at that!

So here I go, breaking one of mom’s cardinal rules, opening up my most private possession for all to see.

Here’s a glimpse of what’s inside my bag of choice, AT ALL TIMES.

Habits I Inherited from My Mom

<Key Chain> My dad will be the first to tell you, I’m the worst at keeping up with keys, this furball is easy to spot and super cute!

<Chanel Wallet> A smaller bag that doubles as a wallet and crossbody–if I get tired of lugging around the tote, I can pull out the cross body and have everything I need!

<Sunnies> The sun never sets on a bada$$, right?

<Hairbrush> My personal favorite is the Keratin Complex Vent Brush.

<Chanel Powder> I love a little shimmer and shine, but not the oily kind.

<Lipstick> L’OREAL’s Infallible color, Geranium is my go-to.

<iPhone> Disclaimer: I’m not a poser, I  ‘Eat Cake for Breakfast‘ more often than I should. Oops.

<Gum> Teaberry is a vintage gum that peaked in the 60s…I love the 60s, so I love Teaberry. (They seem to be frequently out of stock online, but I get mine from Cracker Barrel ;P )

<Perfume> Quelques Fleurs is my all-time fave! My mom wore it all the time, so it reminds me of her.

and finally….

<baby nail clippers> Whether it’s a hangnail, long nail, or a rogue thread, you’ll thank me for this one! Also a habit I inherited from my mom, and it’s foolproof!

I’d be interested to know some of your own bag-hacks and tips.

xo,

Liv

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Athleisure

Don’t get me wrong, I absolutely LOVE a pair of patent leather pumps as much as the next girl, but let’s be real…some days, (as in most days), those pumps won’t see the light of day, and it’s my sneaks that rule my world.

Athleisure, the concept where men and women wear athletic clothing outside of the gym, maybe to work, or to the mall, or other social engagements, you know…the million-dollar market that I’ve fallen victim to more times that not.

Remember when it was embarrassing to leave the house in workout clothes and sweats? Hair in a messy bun or hidden under a hat?  With the rise of asthleisure we don’t have to hide under a hat and huge sunnies because we’re ashamed. Now we can be fashionable AND athletic, and leave everyone guessing if went to the gym that morning or, you know, didn’t.

The movement was slow at first, but now, the industry it’s BOOMING….Lulu Lemon and Bandier have made yoga pants the new denim.  And high-end lines such as Cole Haan (teaming up with Nike), Kate Spade, Rebecca Minkoff and a ton of others embracing this new trend and releasing their own athleisure collections, make it even more difficult to say no.

I mean, the constant innovation of sports bras compared to the classic bra alone, is enough for me to say YES!

That being said, I don’t think this trend is going anywhere any time soon, so embrace it ladies! Give those pumps a rest, lace up a pair of comfy sneaks and call it a day!

Fashion has finally met comfort, and I’m so excited about it!

(ps–the first pair of sneaks I’m wearing are weather-proof and they were my saving grace last winter.)

xo,

Liv

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Hat | Jacket | Sneaks 1 | Sneaks 2 | Scarf | Top | Yoga Pants | Bookbag 1 | Bookbag 2 | Sunnies

photos by: Macon Betts

Sophisticated Schoolgirl

Halloween is right around the corner, and that means party stores stocking their shelves with an overwhelming number of sexy costumes, including age-old “sexy schoolgirl” option–the role that is supposed to be innocent and conservative, because that’s what society and the school handbook tells us, right?

Well I decided to mold my own schoolgirl look, and (**insert Jay Z voice here…) if I do say so myself, it’s pretty kick-butt!

I first paired a super girly, scottish-inspired, wool mini with my army green ( I guess the popular name for this fall is Cypress) Bomber jacket.  It’s the perfect mix of femininity and Tomboy to let the world know you can wear heels and still kick its butt (in style)!

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My second look replaces the bomber with a scarf, and has a completely different feel.  This ensemble is great for a date night or an evening round of drinks with your girls after a long day at work.

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I love pairing a scarf with just about any outfit in the fall, so it’s always nice to show a little variability in the way you rock it, as shown above.  The possibilities are endless when it comes to scarves, but I’ll talk more about that next week.  So stay tuned!!

Women don’t need to play into the innocent/sexy school girl scams. We can be conservative, sophisticated, respectable, and still be sexy.

You do the walking, and let your pointed toe pumps do the talking ladies!

(ps, the pumps are on clearance!!)

xo

Liv

Top | Skirt | Shoes | Bag | Scarf | Bracelet

Sangria Please!

October is officially here, and I am beyond excited for a number of different reasons.

First off, it’s the month of birthdays—more importantly, of my two favorite people, my mom and Alex!

Secondly, the basic girl inside of me screams at the site of pumpkin spice (**insert anything here)…lattes, Oreos, beer, pancakes, candles…and the list goes on.

I also love October for its crisp mornings, when I get to throw on a sweatshirt and take Riggins for a walk. While I may dread the act of actually getting out of bed–and so does the pup–there’s just something about starting my day off with him by my side and a cup of coffee in my hand that makes me happy.

And lastly, October means FALL FASHION!!!

Boots! Sweaters! Dark lipsticks! Oh My!!

Since Fall Break begins in TWO DAYS, I thought I’d share one of my favorite fall looks highlighting my go-to fall color, sangria!

Just because fresh fruit disappears from your local grocer, doesn’t mean that sangria has to disappear for good–if you can’t drink it, you may as well wear it–and I am absolutely LOVING my fall version of sangria, compliments of Anthropologie.

If you’re having a bad hair day, tousle your hair with a little salt spray, and hide your roots under a sangria hat. I also love sangria lipstick (I’ve yet to find one that tastes like it, but if anyone knows of one or wants to invent one for me, I’d love you forever).

Sidenote, this sweater is less than $30 at Target and it’s so comfy, you will definitely be seeing more of it!

Like Anne of Green Gables, I am also glad I live in a world where there are Octobers.

I’m even more glad that sangria never goes out of style!

xo,

Liv

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Hat | Purse | Choker | Necklace | Shirt | Sweater | Boots |

photos by: Alex Bales