Tuesday, December 31, 2013

2013, According to Instagram

What. A. Year. I feel like I probably say this at the end of every year, but I can't help myself. It's amazing all of the things that can happen in the span of 365 days. 

I thought it might be fun to see what treasures Instagram held from 2013!


(Clockwise, from top left) Hawaii was a perfect way to start the year. I'm now convinced everyone should take a tropical vacation at least once a year! Ohio in April was so much fun. I always love getting to catch up with high school friends, especially since I don't get to go back to Texas much. Who couldn't love a trip to Disney? Spending days with my favorite Brits was a great way to end the spring semester. Texas, oh boy do I love thee. I also very much love Whataburger. (And I'm very sad there is no Whatburger in the north!) Getting to visit El Paso was a highlight of my year. My very first trip to Chicago for my first AOII International Convention? Two greats in one trip! My visit to The County Fair started as a random adventure and turned into more fun than I could have guessed!



2013 was an eventful summer, capstoned by another first, a visit to Mackinac Island! The family road trip up north took us to Traverse City, Petosky and St. Ignace in the UP (another first!).  I became a G Big, twice! My family grew with two wonderful new additions. Another AOII related - I was given the honor of Chapter President for next year. I could not be more thrilled & excited. 2013 ended with a bang with a family trip to Florida. Getting to spend time with extended family and a trip to the Kennedy Space Center was the relaxing vacation we all needed!

Looking back, 2013 was full of travel - Hawaii, Ohio, Florida, Texas, Illinois, Michigan and Florida again! It's no surprise to me that most of my highlights are travel related. 

Now it's time to look ahead and plan for 2014! Here's to hoping it will be just as great as 2013!

Friday, December 27, 2013

Five on Friday: Inspiration for the New Year

Today is the very last Friday of 2013... Where did time go? 

Since now is the time for beginning to think about resolutions for 2014, I've complied my favorite pieces of inspiration/advice from Pinterest. 







What inspires you? 

All images via my Pinterest: Pinterest.com/livmanning

Wednesday, December 25, 2013

Happy Christmas!

No matter what holidays you celebrate this time of year, I hope it's a time full of family, love and the spirit of the holidays! 

Thanks to Starbucks for this great image! 

Now, back to celebrating you & I go! 



Saturday, December 21, 2013

Five on Saturday: Holiday Fashion

Okay, I know, it's usually five on Friday, but since it's a holiday week, the rules don't apply! (That, and this was a perfect five on Friday!) 

Holidays mean lots of family time, yummy food and occasions that require a good outfit. I've complied my favorite looks for Christmas Eve, Christmas Day & New Years Eve!

First up, Christmas Eve:

Christmas Eve

No matter your traditions for Christmas Eve, it's a great excuse to dress up. A blouse & skater skirt is a perfect combination. Added some festive jewelry (how cute is that necklace?) and simple studded flats and you're good to go!


If a dress is more your style, pick one in a festive color with simple accessories. Red or green are great options, or if you prefer a neutral find some colorful accessories to go with! Black smoking slippers are a nice simple options for shoes. Add in a chevron clutch for some interest. Side note: when in doubt, go to Kate Spade! I couldn't find a good clutch for this outfit until I searched Kate Spade!



Christmas morning is the ultimate lazy morning in my house! But that doesn't mean I shouldn't still look cute. Mom always has the camera out, so having cute pajamas is key! I paired some patterned leggings with a simple Shep Shirt for ultimate coziness. 



New Years Eve means p-a-r-t-y! If you're out to hit the town, sequins is the ultimate NYE fabric. However, you have to be careful when it comes to sequin - choose a dress with sleeves, rubbing under your arms isn't attractive on anyone! Keep your accessories simple, you don't want to go overboard. 


If staying in to watch the ball drop, or just having a casual get together is more your style, no worries! I picked a harem pant paired with a cozy sweater and simple smoking slippers (cute enough for outside wear, cozy enough for indoor wear). Break out the popcorn & nail polish and sing along to all the pre-drop performances. 

What are you wearing this holiday season? 


P.S. So sorry for the awful links! Blogger & my iPad don't agree!

Review: Unmentionably Cheeky



Rick from Unmentionably Cheeky (http://panties.umcheeky.com/was kind enough to send me a box last month to review! For those of you that don't know - UMCheeky is a subscription box for underwear. Just $6 a month for 2 pairs! 


I received a pink pair & white lace pair. Along with being super cute, they are very well made. They've both held up through multiple washes & haven't faded or discolored. They were both quite comfortable as well - I always expect lace to be scratchy, but not the case at all! I would size up from my usual size (though, I didn't measure according to the guide on their site). 


When my box was shipped, there was about a 4 day delay from my order to receiving it! Talk about super speedy customer service! 

I absolutely love the wife/husband team that runs the site too! It's a great story of entrepreneurship (and you all know I love a good entrepreneurship story!) 

If you're looking for an update to your undies wardrobe, without the fuss of shopping, UMCheeky is the site for you. At only $3 a pair and free shipping, it's a great bang for your buck. 

Overall, I think UMCheeky is a five star subscription service! I would highly recommend them for your undie updates! It would also be a great last minute gift idea that will keep on giving all year long!

Friday, December 6, 2013

Five on Friday: Telling Time

I feel like I've been spending a lot more time browsing Shop It To Me recently thanks to the new iPhone app (which you should go download, right this second!). It's perfect for browsing on the go and finding gifts!

Yesterday, I came across a bunch of watches on sale (thanks to Nordstrom!) and I had to share! A watch makes a great gift (even a gift for yourself!).


(Clockwise) Betsey JohnsonKate SpadeMarc by Marc JacobsFossilAnne Klein

I absolutely love the tortoise shell accents on the Betsey Johnson one and you really can't go wrong with a classic gold watch.

Some people might tell you a watch is an outdated accessory but I couldn't disagree more! It is a perfect piece to look more pulled together and intelligent. I will admit - when I first got mine, it took me a week or two to retrain my brain to read analog time. But it's such a critical skill! What happens when you have a meeting or an exam where you can't have your phone? You'll thank me!



Monday, December 2, 2013

Monday Melodies: Holiday Playlist

Confession: I had to procrastinate writing this post. I couldn't start listening to holiday music before December 1st.

But now that December has rolled around, my holiday Pandora stations have been added to my mix and I've got my holiday playlist on all the time.

If you ask me, the perfect way to get through finals is with holiday music & a hot cup of coffee or cocoa!

Take a listen to my holiday playlist on Spotify or check out my favorite Pandora stations for holiday music: Ella Fitzgerald & Bing Crosby (Holiday), Michael Buble (Holiday) and Aaron Neville (Holiday).




Happy Holidays!

Sunday, December 1, 2013

Gift Guide: Beauty Queen

The holiday season has officially begun. Cue the holiday car commercials, bizarre holiday songs & gift guides! With my time off for Thanksgiving (plus anticipation of procrastinating studying for finals) there's been lots of time to put together lots of gift guides for the next two weeks.


First up: gifts for the makeup-obsessed, Sephora VIB friend. Inspired by my summer roommate B and multiple Sephora & Ulta trips! Bonus: they're all under $50!

Stila Color Me Glossy Lip Glaze Set ($28) | You can gift this as an entire set or split it into three different gifts! Every girl could use some new lip gloss for her stash and this Stila set is a great combination of colors.

Urban Decay Naked Basics ($27) | This is the perfect solution to wanting to buy an Urban Decay Naked Palette and not wanting to completely bust your budget! I bought this palette over the summer and I use it every single day. The pigment of colors is fantastic and it provides some essential neutrals to craft a basic, everyday eye look.

Sigma Basic Eyes Kit ($69) | This is the only item over $50 in this post - and for good reason! Good brushes are an essential basic item. Too far out of budget? Try gifting just one or two! It will allow the recipient to start building a set of high quality brushes.

Clinique Chubby Stick in Coral ($17) | Hello gorgeous lip color on the go without messy gloss! I absolutely love these cubby sticks (and have quite a few friends that swear by them!). They provide the perfect amount of color without any mess or blotting required.

Lorac Pro Palette ($42) | B bought this a few weeks ago and is completely obsessed with it! This offers a great range of colors and is a great bang for your buck. High quality shadow with enough colors you can use it for any occasion.

Julep Extraordinary Color Kit ($27) | This little nail polish kit was too cute to leave out. Four party ready colors plus a top coat? I'm sold. This would be a great gift for almost anyone!

Stila Holiday Essentials Kit ($19) | Liquid eyeliner for the perfect cat eye, red gloss for the party-ready pout and a neutral shimmer eyeshadow to balance it all out? This kit is seriously the essentials when it comes to holiday parties! Read: signature look. Now, to perfect my cat eye...

NARS Orgasm Blush ($29) | You really can't go wrong with the classic orgasm that looks good on absolutely everyone! This would be a great gift for someone that is just starting their makeup collection - no guess work about what color will look good!

Yves Saint Laurent Glossy Stain ($34) | I should count the number of times I've used "messy gloss" in this post, so now you're probably wondering why there's a lip gloss? I tried this on the last time I was at Sephora and swooned over the perfect color and consistency! This is a lot more of a stain than a gloss. This falls under the luxury I wouldn't buy myself normally but perfect for a gift category.

Urban Decay Black Market Pencil Set ($36) | I love UD pencil liners. They are the perfect consistency and the color lasts all day (and night). This is a great set of six perfect colors for any occasion!

Happy Shopping!

Thursday, November 28, 2013

Happy Thanksgiving!


I hope everyone has a fantastic thanksgiving full of family, freinds, football & lots of yummy food!

I have so much to be thankful for today & every day. Today is simply a good reminder to always be thankful for everything you have - the good and the bad. 

xoxo
Liv

P.s. Watch the blog this weekend - the holiday posts are about to begin!

Monday, November 25, 2013

Keeping Up Appearances

Last week, I almost had a mental breakdown in the union. #truelife 

I was studying for an exam, got distracted by schedule planning and thought about completely changing my major (read: 180 degree flip of my major). There's a lot riding on this semester & last week was not easy. It all hit me as I thought about what my plan B was going to be. 

Thankfully, I had my super awesome roommate H with me & we started talking about the appearance of having it all figured out. Before she started living with me, H thought I had it all together. She thought I had a plan for my life & I knew exactly what I was aiming for. She couldn't be more wrong. 

When it comes to my day to day life, I've pretty much got it figured out. With my weekly to-do lists and not a lot of unexpected change, I can take on the world. But my long term plan? I couldn't tell you. This doesn't mean I don't have a plan at all, I have some general ideas but I would rather see where life takes me. 



I live by the fake till you make it philosophy. If I don't know exactly what I'm doing, it's okay because I assume I'll figure it out on the way. In my mind, life is an adventure & I plan to treat it as such. Whether it's a trip to Europe or a plan to keep my desk clean, a goal is a goal. Sometimes my need for control gets in the way of spontaneity. But I also believe in courage - being scared to death of something & doing it anyway. 

Today's lesson? Have a little faith & a lot of courage. It's okay to not have an exact plan - life has a funny way of working itself out. 


Tuesday, November 19, 2013

Shop It To Me Glam Giveaway

If you aren't using Shop It To Me for your holiday shopping, you're doing something wrong. If you don't know what Shop It To Me is, check out this post.

Shop It To Me is currently hosting a super glam giveaway for it's members.


And entering is super easy, all you have to do is refer a friend (or six!) and share the Shop It To Me love!

Not a member yet? Sign up now!

Happy Holiday Shopping!



P.S. For official details & rules, see the Shop It To Me blog.

Friday, November 15, 2013

Five on Friday: Things I'm Loving

Doing something a little bit different this week. 5 things I'm seriously loving this week!



theSkimm | I've been a subscriber to the Skimm for a while now & it's my favorite email newsletter I receive! The Skimm and a cup of coffee is the perfect way to start the morning. You'll never be caught unawares with the news again.

Thought Catalog | Sometimes you need a reminder about what's important and some inspiration to readjust your priorities in life. I'm especially loving 18 Things Everyone Should Start Making Time For Again



Tiffany Olive Leaf Band Ring | I saw this on Pinterest this week & fell in love. My name came from Olive (my great-grandmother's name) and it means peace. This would be a great reminder to keep the peace and not freak out over the little things. I also (still) love the Love & Kisses Ring.

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I love this quote from Mark Twain. Such a simple concept, but oh so important to remember.

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I'll be attempting a french twist for semi-formal tonight. Hopefully it goes well! I love this messy one that is still sophisticated without being super stuffy.

Happy Friday!

Tuesday, November 12, 2013

What's in my bag for class

I love reading/watching these what's in my bag posts. I think it's so interesting to see what other people see as essential to carry around with them! So today, I'm adding to the fun with my own post.

With my busy schedule, I carry around a tote for class more often than a purse. But I do tend to change bags quite frequently - a symptom of a bag obsession & wanting to carry them all! In any given week I usually carry about 5 different bags, depending on where I'm going. I have three totes I carry to class, a purse and a cross body. 

When I'm going to work or class, I usually carry my Lo & Sons tote. I bought it as a Christmas gift to myself last year and absolutely love it!! Plus a bonus, I'm never worried about getting caught in the rain and having all my notes/technology ruined. 



What's in my bag:
Folder for handouts, lecture slides & homework
Notebooks 
iPad 
Pencil case + Sharpie pens
Headphones 
Chapstick
Mints
Granola bar/snack
Wallet
Sunglasses 



Pretty soon I'll be adding a pair of gloves, especially since we had our first snowfall of the season yesterday!


I'll also keep any novels I'm reading for class (or for fun!) and an umbrella for when the weather turns bad on me.

What do you keep in your bag?

Friday, November 8, 2013

Five on Friday: Vineyard Vines New Arrivals


The other day I stopped by Vineyard Vines to check out their new arrivals. Oh my gosh. So dangerous to my wallet! Now that the weather has gotten colder, I'm on the hunt for some new sweaters. One can really never have too many. Vineyard Vines is spot on with their sweater this season. Paired with layering and statement necklaces - I'm sold. Check out my favorite below:



I really love how Carly (thecollegeprepster.com) styled hers. She looks like she stepped out of the pages of a catalog! 

Also - I'm all about the sock bun. So easy & so chic! It looks super great with the button up under sweater look too. I may or may not be recreating this look tomorrow.

Happy Friday!


P.S. How perfect is the new Vineyard Vines weekender? I've been on the hunt for the perfect one & might have just found it!!

Sunday, October 27, 2013

Neutrals & Gold

Since fall is officially here (yes, I'm a little late to the party) cue the fall fashion posts! Maybe I'll find a photographer & do some actual outfit posts. Anyone in the Lansing area??

Growing up, my mom always bought me silver jewelry and I was subconsciously biased against gold. As rose gold jewelry gained in popularity, I started trying out gold. I absolutely love the way gold looks mixed with neutrals. 

One of my wardrobe staples is a simple v-neck sweater in lots of different colors. Find the perfect sweater & buy 5. I'm not kidding. I love the sweaters from Target - they're cheap and chic, what could be better?

My favorite combination for fall this year is a neutral sweater and gold necklace.

Target SweaterWish NecklaceLink NecklaceBib NecklaceFlowers NecklaceTriple Pyramid Necklace
Jeweliq has the cutest necklaces (and all jewelry for that matter) under $25! I had to resist buying almost everything looking for necklaces!

What's your fall wardrobe staple?

Friday, October 11, 2013

Five on Friday: Think Pink Edition

In case you missed the memo - October is breast cancer awareness month. Which means a giant influx of pink! I've gathered five of my favorite pink items to show support for this great cause.


Komen Candle Holders: These remind me of the candle I got when I was a part of Teens for the Cure in high school. Such a cute way to show your support & even better when you put a yummy smelling candle inside.

IZZE Soda: I love IZZE! It comes in so many delicious flavors & I like to pretend it's kind of good for you soda.

J. Crew Sweater: The other great thing about October? Sweater weather! I love being able to pull out all my sweaters for fall, but this bright hue still brings a reminder of summer.

MayDesigns Notebook: I love May Designs & their entire Think Pink collection donates to breast cancer awareness! Shopping for philanthropy - what could be better?

Nico & Lala Acrylic Tray: I blame Psych for my obsession with pineapples. How cute is this acrylic tray? It would be a perfect catchall for keys, change, you name it!

What are you favorite pink things for October?

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