Monthly Archives: April 2015

How Do You See Yourself?

dove-average-or-beautiful-campaign-2015Dare I say it because this ad received a lot of flack, but the latest Dove marketing campaign did however raise a good question regarding women and how we view ourselves – that being, how do you see yourself?  The ad centers around women walking into a shopping center and choosing to go through a door with “average” or “beautiful” written on it. As expected (because it’s an ad that pulls at our heartstrings…and because we as women are insanely hard on ourselves), most women choose the “average” door.

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Dare I say it because this ad received a lot of flack, but the latest Dove marketing campaign did however raise a good question regarding women and how we view ourselves – that being, how do you see yourself?  The ad centers around women walking into a shopping center and choosing to go through a door with “average” […]


Put Some Pep in Your Step – Cute Doormats!

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It’s the little things, right? A doormat is the first and last thing you see entering and exiting your abode, so why not put a little “umphh” (isn’t that a thing? 😉 ) in your step before taking on the day…or after getting home, kicking off your shoes and collapsing on the sofa! …Or in my world…sprinting to the pantry post-work! I especially love all of the fun word art and the cutesy pineapple pattern above, too adorable!

Let’s just say I spent a little too much time scoping out the doormat scene on the interweb recently…but my “me time” is your gain, because I’ve rounded up the best of the best from retailers like West Elm, Lulu & Georgia (SO CUTE) and Urban Outfitters, to name a few!

Shop my picks by clicking on the links or images below and add an adorable touch to your entryway!

Shop the doormats aboveooh la la / pineapples / please be neat & wipe your feet / well hello there / welcome / exit

It’s the little things, right? A doormat is the first and last thing you see entering and exiting your abode, so why not put a little “umphh” (isn’t that a thing? 😉 ) in your step before taking on the day…or after getting home, kicking off your shoes and collapsing on the sofa! …Or in […]


Side-Slit Stripes

livvyland-blog-olivia-watson-austin-texas-fashion-blogger-forever21-striped-long-high-slit-tee-shirt-toms-booties-spring-style-3Anyone else have a serious affinity for stripes? I certainly do! And guess what…this fab high-slit tee is only $14! I am in loooove! Stripes, black high waist skinnies, these incredibly comfy and adorable Tom’s booties and a pop of color via my Marc by Marc Jacobs bag, turquoise necklace and watch = yes, please, all day any day.

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Anyone else have a serious affinity for stripes? I certainly do! And guess what…this fab high-slit tee is only $14! I am in loooove! Stripes, black high waist skinnies, these incredibly comfy and adorable Tom’s booties and a pop of color via my Marc by Marc Jacobs bag, turquoise necklace and watch = yes, please, all […]


Spring Color Trend: Blush Pink

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Ohh blush pink, how perfectly sweet and feminine you are! If there was ever a color that looked pretty on every skin tone, it is most definitely blush pink. Dainty, darling and just all around lovely. It’s safe to say this color exudes “spring,” which is why I picked out quite a few of my favorite blushing items above. From this new Michael Kors rose gold watch (I am sucker for rose gold everything!) and the pretty Kendra Scott rose-y drusy jewelry, to that beyond-adorable Rebecca Minkoff mini-bag the those fab pastel pink frocks above (both under $30!), it’s safe to say this color will absolutely kick your wardrobe up a notch!

sunglasses – nordstrom / lipstick – nordstrom / dress – forever21 / blouse – forever21 / drusy necklace – kendra scott /nail polish – essie / shoes – fortress of inca / drusy stud earrings – kendra scott / drusy ring – nordstrom / watch – nordstrom / rebecca minkoff bag – nordstrom

2-fortress-of-inca-livvyland-blog-austin-texas-shoe-designer-fashion-blogger-blush-pink-handmade-wedge-sandalsfortress-of-inca-livvyland-blush-pink-wedge-sandals-austin-texas-fashion-blogger-styleIf you’re loving the tri-tone, stunning wedge sandals from the image above, you’re not alone! These pretties (called the “Fiorela Champagne” style) are by Fortress of Inca, an Austin-based company that sells to retailers nationwide (psst, you’ve likely seen their shoes at Anthropologie!). All of their shoes are handmade in Peru (aka they’re the best quality and SO comfy, I was very pleasantly surprised when I slipped these wedges on!) and the story behind how the brand began is pretty fascinating, so definitely scope out their “about us” page while you shop even more of their spring styles!

If you love the shoes I picked out above, take a peek at a few more of my favorites (I’ve seriously got a wish list going…dangerous ha!) – the Ursula (gah, need these!), if you’re into tribal print check out the Reyna, and though it was a toughie to choose just one more, these Alicia ankle booties are perfection with a dress or skinny jeans. And if you’re in Austin – lucky you! – because quite a few boutiques around town sell FoI items, so you can check out the store locator tab here.

Ohh blush pink, how perfectly sweet and feminine you are! If there was ever a color that looked pretty on every skin tone, it is most definitely blush pink. Dainty, darling and just all around lovely. It’s safe to say this color exudes “spring,” which is why I picked out quite a few of my favorite […]


Strong is the New Pretty

slide_416696_5295546_freeThis morning I woke up to an email with the subject line “inspiring,” sent from one of my best friends in Chicago. (It’s Kayla, my Chicago road trip buddy from this post a few months back). Well, of course that immediately sounded like something I muuust start my day with, so I opened it right away.  It took me to a Huffington Post article about a photographer named Kate Parker who is showcasing some truly beautiful and authentic photographs of little girls – two of which are her own daughters. So why was this newsworthy? Because these images showcase an accurate depiction of what little girls are and not what society broadcasts in ad campaigns, and that’s something you don’t see everyday. The article begins with, “Messy. Loud. Athletic. Joyous. Fearless.”  I’m beginning to think we can learn a lot from these photos!

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This morning I woke up to an email with the subject line “inspiring,” sent from one of my best friends in Chicago. (It’s Kayla, my Chicago road trip buddy from this post a few months back). Well, of course that immediately sounded like something I muuust start my day with, so I opened it right away. […]


Home Office Ideas

creative-desk-space-office-arrangement-pretty-cute-desk-organization-decoration-ideas-2How gorgeous and unique are these pretty desk spaces? I am slowly but surely acquiring artwork and trinkets to decorate a soon-to-be desk space of my own…and I felt inspired to pull a few lovely images of office spaces I’m admiring at the moment. From the different chairs, to the color combinations and natural wood vs. white desks, each space has a different vibe and probably one that’s very fitting of the person who designed it. Minimalistic, colorful, fun, high fashion? It’s neat to see those characteristics come to life within their decor style.
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How gorgeous and unique are these pretty desk spaces? I am slowly but surely acquiring artwork and trinkets to decorate a soon-to-be desk space of my own…and I felt inspired to pull a few lovely images of office spaces I’m admiring at the moment. From the different chairs, to the color combinations and natural wood vs. white […]


Those Joggers Tho

livvyland-blog-mint-clothing-company-joggers-how-to-wear-chambray-blush-pink-reflective-sunglasses-olivia-watson-austin-texas-fashion-blogger-2These Mint Clothing Co. joggers (now on sale) are my new go-to pants for a “comfort meets style” outfit. Fabulous with sneakers like these New Balance tennies, or equally as adorable dressed up with some nude heels and a chambray button up, these harem joggers are super versatile and perfect for a quick coffee run or lunch with your gal-pals. I mixed metals by wearing gold necklaces and a rose gold bracelet and watch, then topped off the look with a blush pink clutch to compliment the pastel blue chambray top.

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These Mint Clothing Co. joggers (now on sale) are my new go-to pants for a “comfort meets style” outfit. Fabulous with sneakers like these New Balance tennies, or equally as adorable dressed up with some nude heels and a chambray button up, these harem joggers are super versatile and perfect for a quick coffee run or lunch […]


Fashionable (& affordable!) Eyewear Featuring Firmoo

livvyland-blog-firmoo-glasses-fashion-blogger-austin-texas-plastic-hipster-frames-reading-girl-olivia-watsonAre you a sucker for fashionable eyewear? I know I am! Luckily, I’ve discovered a brand that makes fabulous quality glasses that won’t deplete your bank account. Hoorah! Firmoo is a popular online-only retailer known for their low prices, fashion-forward styles and optical prescription offerings at no extra charge – pretty perfect if you ask me! Firmoo sent me these adorable black key-hole glasses with my prescription and I am in love! They are super light-weight, fit my face just right and have quickly become one of my favorite stylish accessories. (Not to mention the whole no-makeup-with-glasses-look is pretty great, too! 😉 )Whether I’m at home having a girls’ day in wearing my pj’s and painting my nails (see above…) or out and about wearing a cute outfit, I feel great when I wear these glasses – and I can see better, too! But hey, if you don’t need prescription lenses but still want a pair of glasses for fashion purposes, given the low price point they’re still a great option.

Another cool component to the Firmoo ordering process is that you can see what each pair of frames look like on different shaped faces or even upload a photo of your own, which I find really helpful when ordering online.

If you’re on the hunt for a new pair of glasses to freshen up your spring style, now is a great time to scope out their big selection of fashionable frames. Ps. The one’s I’m wearing are just $26 for the next three days, then they go back up to $39!

**glasses c/o Firmoo

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Are you a sucker for fashionable eyewear? I know I am! Luckily, I’ve discovered a brand that makes fabulous quality glasses that won’t deplete your bank account. Hoorah! Firmoo is a popular online-only retailer known for their low prices, fashion-forward styles and optical prescription offerings at no extra charge – pretty perfect if you ask me! […]