What I'm Up To...I'll Drink to That

Monday, May 29, 2017

Happy Memorial Day! I hope your day has been filled with BBQ, family, and fun! Today for my What I'm Up To post, we are going to be doing something a little different. The What I'm Up To posts will continue, but they will be interspersed with critiques and reviews of some of the albums I'm listening to, movies/ TV shows I'm watching, and books I'm reading. These will be more in-depth then the short overviews I typically feature. I would love to hear your feedback as always and if you have any certain posts you want to hear more about, I would be happy to oblige!

As you know, I've been reading "I'll Drink to That" by Betty Halbreich for the last couple of weeks. I just finished it last night and absolutely adored it. Here's why...

1. Betty is also a Lefty! As someone who identifies very strongly as left-handed, I love reading about other lefties. I had no idea Betty was a lefty and was so pleasantly surprised!

2. The book is candid. She doesn't sugar-coat any of her life struggles or flaws, but at the same time, it's not a sob story. She's not asking you to feel sorry for her, she's just being honest. Especially with an auto-biography, it was refreshing to read something that was infused with pain and heart-break, but also with joy and fulfillment. Life isn't all tragedy or elation. There is a mix and to see that from someone else made Betty relatable in a unique way.

3. Betty is funny. She is honest to a fault, but not mean. Her stories are so outlandish, but she tells them in such a way that they are believable. She really is all that and more and she had me laughing through the whole book.

4. Finally, after turning the last page, I was inspired. This is a woman who is not afraid to get up and do things and to demand things out of the people around her and the situations she finds herself in. After reading this, I want to go out and do things!

So, to say I enjoyed the book would be an understatement. My only criticism would be that the chapters were a little long. Otherwise all I can say is if you haven't already added this to your reading list, you are missing out. Until next time, XO

Dressing Up a T-Shirt for Five Years

Sunday, May 28, 2017

2017, summer, t-shirt, statement piece, sparkly, pink, OOTD,

Hello all! Happy Sunday! Today is Lefty Living Life's five year anniversary, can you believe it? It seems like just yesterday I decided to start a blog with no plan, no vision, and absolutely no idea what I was doing. We've come a long way in five years and I want to take this time to say thank you. Your support, continued following, and feedback mean the world to me and make this whole process so much more fun! So thank you for sticking with me and here's to another five years! 
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With today marking five years, it seemed only fitting that I wear one of the pieces that has been with me for almost the entire time. This New York Times graphic tee is by far one of my favorite pieces in my closet and it is one of those pieces that I keep coming back to time and time again.
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Normally, I would say I'm not a t-shirt girl. But if there is any tie between my outfits and my style over the years, it is that there is no such thing as too many sparkles and I love dressing up an outfit. Whether it is dressing up jeans and a t-shirt or a sundress, I love experimenting and finding ways to make my outfits a little nicer and a little more sparkly. 
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The inspiration for this probably all comes from my high school English class when I was introduced to Oscar Wilde. Wilde has become one of my favorite authors and my favorite quote is from him: "You can never be overdressed or over educated." I connected immediately with this quote because I always seem to overshoot the mark when it comes to formality whether I am trying to or not. 
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This t-shirt for example, is perfect for dressing up. The neutral color palette makes it easy to pair with almost anything whether it is a tulle skirt, lots of pink, or big earrings and a suit jacket. Suit jackets are great whether you are wearing them to work or otherwise. I love the look of a t-shirt and big jewels with a jacket. There is something so classic but fun about it, that is right up my alley. 
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So, thank you again for sticking with me these past five years and have a fabulous Sunday! XO 

Earrings: Similar here; T-Shirt: New York Times; Jacket: Similar here; Clutch: Similar here; Jeans: J.Crew, Watch: Omega; Nail Polish: Butter London; Shoes: Old Zara, similar here and here

How to Wear...Neon

Saturday, May 27, 2017

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Hello all! Happy Saturday! Today marks the start of a new Saturday blog series and I can't wait to hear your feedback. Starting today, Saturday blog posts are going to center around fashion and outfit posts, but also answer a question about how to wear a certain trend or item of clothing, or just give ideas in general about how to integrate certain pieces into your wardrobe. Just like with my other blog series, I would love to hear your feedback and I welcome any and all suggestions! 
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So, here goes! As you know, My typical color palette leans towards girly pastels and jewel tones, but I've been loving the new neon trends and have been trying to find ways to integrate those bright colors into my summer wardrobe. 
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My first suggestions if you are hesitant on the neon, start with something small like neon earrings, a necklace, or some kind of accessory. Then, you don't have to commit your entire outfit to the neon trend, but can still mix your typical color palette up. These earrings and this necklace are absolutely to die for and would look great against black, navy or white. Also both are on sale at J.Crew right now! 
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If you are feeling more adventurous with your neon additions, finding a neon dress is a full commitment, but does take out some of the work of trying to pair a top or a bottom with it. Personally, I think a neon dress or top is the best option. Neon bottoms seem like a lot and a neon top is easy to wear with jeans or white jeans and easy to tone down with a cardigan or a jean jacket thrown on top.
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If you are going the dress route, make sure the dress itself fits well and is something you are comfortable in. You don't want to branch out with color and style at the same time because you will feel overwhelmed. I like both of these options because they are pretty simple in design, but are both flattering. Both also focus on one neon color, not multiple. Wearing one neon color is enough if you ask me. 
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Once you find your neon piece, the hardest thing for me was accessorizing. I think the key is going simple. Nude shoes (black would work well too I think) looked great and classed up the outfits without adding any additional colors or details.
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Jewelry-wise, I think the darker color the better. Of course, I couldn't not wear a necklace and I struggled to find ones that looked good. But, I discovered that if your necklace is a darker tone than your neon, then it helps to quiet the loud color a little bit. With this, as with anything else, the key is to be confident and also to feel comfortable. You will never be able to walk out of your house with your head high if you are uncomfortable so know your limits. Make sure to leave comments below and see you next time! XO 

Pink Dress Outfit
Dress: Old, but similar here; Necklace: J.Crew; Clutch: Kate Spade; Watch: Omega; Shoes: Old, similar here

Yellow Dress Outfit
Dress: J.Crew; Necklace: J.Crew; Shoes: Vaneli, similar here; Lipstick: Nars

Body Suit with Girly Details

Friday, May 26, 2017

2017, summer, OOTD, patterns, J.Crew, girly

Happy Friday! We have been getting crazy amounts of rain here the past couple of days, the sun is finally out today! I am so excited that it is nice outside because it gives me an excuse to wear my bodysuit, which is by far my favorite piece in my closet right now. It is surprisingly comfy and also has been easier than I expected to pair with things.
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So far, it has also been especially easy to pair with statement jewelry and other patterns. Anything off the shoulder is a great opportunity to wear big earrings. They are easy to show-off and don't interfere with your collar because you don't have one! For more ideas on wearing statement earrings check out this post
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This bodysuit is also great for mixing patterns. Since you have to "tuck it in" it is easy to pair with high-waited jeans and a belt or something like these shorts. 
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I love how these are high-waisted because it is easy to tuck things in, which is hard to find with shorts. I also love the pleating, which gives them a girly detail and helps keep you cool if you are out in the heat. Well, that's all for now, XO

Professional with my own twist

Thursday, May 25, 2017

2017, summer, OOTD, work wear, professional

Hello all! This post has been a couple of days in the making as yesterday I wasn't feeling quite up to it. Anyways, something that I always struggle with is finding the perfect balance between appropriate and still me for an outfit. I always tend to over dress and over accessorize if I'm being honest.
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But now that I am out of school and in the workforce full-time, I've been working on my work wear outfits. The key for me is toning down my style a little bit so it's not overwhelming and is still practical to be at work all day. But at the same time, I still want to feel comfortable in my outfits and to feel like me. 
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Finding this balance has been challenging and I am definitely still working out the kinks. But with this outfit, I finally felt like I found the balance. A shift dress and a cardigan are a classic work combination and always make me feel professional.
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I adore big necklaces, obviously, and this color necklace is perfect with the high neck of this dress. It lays just so and almost looks like it is a part of the dress. The bun also worked well because it shows off the color necklace nicely.Whenever I wear my hair up, I always like to wear fun earrings and show off something normally hidden by my hair. This time, I kept my earrings smaller but accessorized with these neon glasses. They stand out so much more with my hair up! 
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The key for me with this outfit was keeping the outfit itself pretty simple and classic, but adding my personal touches in with my accessories. Do y'all have any tips for dressing in the work world or questions for how to do so? I'd love to hear about it! Until next time, XO

What I'm Up To

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

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