My Happy Place


Fresh coffee in hand, Watson to my right, a good book on the agenda and the comfiest dress you can imagine – this, my friends, is my happy place. Insert Blake onto the sofa next to me (…he’s behind the camera) and I’ve got myself an absolutely perfect morning (…or interchange coffee for wine and there’s one heck of an evening!). As I get older and we settle into our home, I find that I LOVE to live in this space we’ve created. I used to be the kind of person who got restless and would never consider myself a homebody…but as time has gone on, this is where I am happiest. It’s funny how much things can change within even just a year. A house, a dog, a new patio – we’re growing our roots here and it feels so good. Lots of love in this place!
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DRESS / SNEAKERS

A big thank you to Lou & Grey for sponsoring this post! All opinions are my own.


Be More Human – Join The Movement

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If there’s one thing that makes me stronger and mentally prepares me to tackle any challenge ahead, it’s routinely doing something active. Makeup off, hair pulled back, sneakers tied and ready to break a sweat! Whether I’m jamming to music that gets me pumped up, listening to a podcast that resonates and gives me a boost of positive energy, or simply brainstorming goals and feeling extra motivated work towards them (anyone else love that “me time” thinking when exercising?)…there’s just something about getting physical that brings out our best self. Feeling good starts from the inside out, and I’m loving Reebok’s new Be More Human movement to support that sentiment. Once laced up, where will these shoes take me? Both mentally and physically – the possibilities are endless when we stay inspired!

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TRAINING SNEAKERS / JOGGERS / TANK TOP / SPORTS BRA / TRAINING JACKET

A big thank you to Reebok for sponsoring this post! All opinions are my own.


Nsale Try On Haul

livvyland-nordstrom-anniversary-sale-try-on-haulIn the midst of dozens of pages of products in the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale, I’ve sorted through it all (no really…like, tons of pages…you’re welcome 😉 ) and found my absolute favorite, worth-adding-to-your-cart pieces. A classic black top for $15 (!!), cozy pajamas you can wear all year (and cozy slippers to go with them!), workout gear that lasts forever (the leggings I mention in this post had previously lasted me over eight years…and they’re on sale for $35!), denim under $55 and lots of fabulous shoes! I figured a try-on haul was the best way to share the goods with y’all, so you can see my selects in action – sooo here we go! (Ps. As y’all know, items sell like hot cakes in this sale so if you see something you like, definitely scoop it up asap… I had quite a few things I missed out on during the Early Access portion…lesson learned!).
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Summer Staple: White Denim

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top – SEZANE (wearing US4) / jeans – MADEWELL / handbag – SEZANE (terra-cotta color) / shoes – MADEWELL (fit TTS) / sunglasses – RAY BAN / necklace – MISSOMA / belt – MADEWELL


What I’m Loving From The NSale

After spending an unreasonable amount of time sorting through nearly every page of the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale – I have found my top 10 favorites to scoop up before they’re gone! The deals above are SO good and feature major discounts on new fall clothing, shoes and accessories. I know it may seem crazy to shop for cardigans in July, but once we hit fall I assure you every item will be put to good use. Time to shop to your hearts content – especially since the best stuff goes so fast during this sale! Excited to share my top 10 picks with y’all – happy shopping, gals!

**Scroll over images above & click to shop!

1. BP Exposed Seam Sweater ($31, reg. $49 – fit TTS)
2. Madewell Elinor Loafer Mule ($98, reg. $148)
3. Shiraleah Fringe Scarf ($21, reg. $33)
4. Free People Ripped High Waist Ankle Jeans ($51, reg. $89 – fit TTS)
5. BP Brice Notched Ankle Booties ($79, reg. $119)
6. Treasure & Bond Easy Throw On Cardigan ($58, reg. $89)
7. BP Plaid Shirt ($31, reg. $49 – fit TTS)
8. Patagonia Pullover ($88, reg. $120 – order size up if you want to layer)
9. Zella Live-In Leggings ($35, reg. $64 – fit TTS, I wear XS)
10. Adidas Flashback Sneakers ($47, reg. $90)


Nordstrom Anniversary Sale Early Access!

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The Nordstrom Anniversary Sale is HERE! From July 12th – July 19th, Nordstrom cardholders (I have a debit card and it’s awesome!) get to shop their best sale of the year before it’s open to the public. My recommendation? Getchu a Nordies card and hit the sale because these items go quick! Madewell, Free People, Patagonia…just to name a few of my favorite brands in the sale. Watson and I started brewing our coffee at 4am so I could peruse the site and pick out my favorites for y’all…as always, I’m here to make your online shopping a breeze! ENJOY some amazing deals and please comment below with what you purchase…I love hearing about it!! XOXO

SHOP THE IMAGES FROM LEFT TO RIGHT BELOW

SWEATERS & CARDIGANS: FREE PEOPLE SWEATER / TOPSHOP COLORBLOCK SWEATER / BP THERMAL TOP / SOCIALITE THERMAL TOP / MADEWELL RYDER CARDIGAN / FREE PEOPLE SATURDAY MORNING CARDIGAN

JEANS & PANTS: MADEWELL FENTON JEANS / TOPSHOP WIDE LEG PANTS / FREE PEOPLE JEANS / LEITH TIE WAIST PANTS

DRESSES & ROMPERS: LEITH SWEATER STRAP DRESS / BP FLORAL ROMPER

JACKETS: MADEWELL TRENCH COAT / BB DAKOTA DRAPED FRONT JACKET / BP LONG DENIM JACKET / BLANKNYC MOTO JACKET / LEVI’S UTILITY JACKET

SHOES: BP ANKLE BOOTIES IN CHESTNUT / BP ANKLE BOOTIES IN NUTBUCK / MADEWELL SLIDES / ADIDAS SNEAKERS / SEYCHELLES OLIVE SLIDES / HALOGEN BLACK MULES

HANDBAGS: MADEWELL BUCKET BAG / LONGCHAMP TOTE BAG / TORY BURCH HANDBAG / MADEWELL TRANSPORT MINI TOTE

ACTIVE WEAR: PATAGONIA ZIP NANO JACKET / PATAGONIA PULLOVER / ZELLA LIVE-IN LEGGINGS / NIKE LOGO TANK

 


Vermicelli Spring Rolls With Peanut Sauce

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There’s a restaurant here in Austin called Elizabeth Street Cafe. It’s probably one of the most instagrammed restaurants in the city, but it’s not just aesthetically pleasing. The restaurant serves some of my favorite food in Austin. During the winter, I cozy up was a warm bowl of pho and then when summer comes around, I always order their fresh spring rolls.

Packed with tofu, fresh herbs, vermicelli noodles and more, these spring rolls are insanely delicious. So delicious in fact that I’ve been working on recreating them at home…
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White Lace Top & Tan Mules

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Ohh this gorgeous top! Insert about 10 heart eye emojis right here. Sexy deep-v? Check. The daintiest scalloped trim? Check. A flattering fit you can wear multiple ways? I’ll share more on that later – and check! Wear with a fab pair of high rise, light wash denim and slip your feet into the cutest leather mules and voila…weekend ready!
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top – SEZANE / jeans – MADEWELL / shoes – FORTRESS OF INCA / handbag – POPPY & SAGE / bandana – MADEWELL (mine is old so linking to newer pink style) / necklace – MISSOMA


What’s In My (Summer) Makeup Bag

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As I get deeper into the world of blogging, I’ve been exposed to a lot of different makeup brands that I probably wouldn’t have found on my own while strolling around Sephora. I used to be the person who swore off foundation or eyebrow powder, but in 2014 I was a newbie to the makeup world (…and in comparison to my fellow fashion bloggers, I probably still am…!) and was terribly afraid of layering up makeup in fear of looking (and feeling) unlike myself. However, by 2018 I’ve experimented a bit more and found some tried and trues I keep buying over and over again – and I’m super excited to share with y’all!

That said, you’ve likely seen a few of these brands mentioned on my blog before (hey there, Supergoop!), and I’m also including some new ones that have made the cut over the years. Sooo, let’s get to it! Ps. Sharing these items in order of how I apply them – start to finish…

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Dressing For Summer With Trunk Club

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‘Tis the season for backyard barbeques, date nights sipping wine on the patio, baby showers, girls night out…you name it, summer is THE season to get dolled up for any occasion. From breezy maxi dresses in bold colors, to flirty ruffled tops paired with some killer denim, Trunk Club is here to save the day and get you styled (and feeling pretty darn amazing!) all season long. One box, SO many outfit possibilities. I’m excited to share how I styled four of my favorite pieces that arrived in my summer Trunk, plus give y’all the scoop on how Trunk Club works! Let’s get to it…
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