Outfit Ideas That Are Just The Right Amount of Extra (for when you’re going out-out)

Bodysuit (0 Petite) on sale | Black Ripped Jeans | Stud Earrings | Black Heels 

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For the most part, I typically like to dress inside the lines – neutral colors, feminine silhouettes, and things that are comfortable. BUT.. sometimes it’s kinda fun to just let your hair down and get dressed up in something a little funkier for no reason. Or if there is a reason – birthdays, bachelorettes, etc. – even better 💃🏼

I’ve been taking more risks with color, patterns, and styles lately and it’s actually made going out even more fun. I wore this *very extra* mesh and sequined bodysuit to a rooftop dinner with my girlfriends last night and I swear it just made the night more fun 😂And I’ve never received more compliments in my life than these crazy studded boots I wore to Lollapalooza.

I put together a little shop of some going out pieces I want to get for nights out when I feel like dressing a little outside the box. I hope you find something you like! Don’t overthink it – if it looks like fun and feels like you, who cares if it’s a little extra? Tag me on IG if you get any of these and post a pic in it!

Hope you guys are having a good week so far! I’m going home this weekend to hang out with my parents and Nani on Friday and then I’ll be back in Chicago to catch the end of the Air & Water Show! We are going to Shore Club Chi to watch on Sunday – they have a pretty great brunch/open bar situation going on – check their site if you’re looking for somewhere to watch the show. xo, liv

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My Weekend With Express

John and I were so excited when Express reached out to us about co-hosting their nation wide denim campaign for their Chicago market. It’s always so cool as a blogger when a brand you love and have worn your whole life reaches out to you to for something like this. And then it’s even cooler when you get to do it with one of your best friends!

Yesterday we drove out to Woodfield Mall to host their in-store denim try-on event that showcased all the great denim options Express has to offer (which are all 40% off right now!). We opened up 10 – 5 minute – styling sessions for our readers to sign up for. I loved getting to meet all the girls and hear about the style of outfits they were looking to pair jeans with. Lauren was just about to leave for her Freshman year of college at Western Michigan, so I styled her in two cute outfits to wear to class. And Payton, who’s a junior in college, just wanted some cute options to wear out with friends and to date night.

The outfit I wore to the event is linked below along with my 2 other favorite pairs of jeans from Express! Take a closer look at these nude heels I have on, they have a hot pink heel 😍P.S. to all my petite girls, these hit at the right spot on my ankle – no need to roll!

Express believes fit is so much more than measurements, especially when it comes to jeans. So in light of this campaign they asked me to describe a moment when I found my perfect fit in either business, friendships, or life in general. The moment that immediately came to mind was when I found my perfect fit when I made the cheerleading squad at the University of Kentucky my freshman year of college. All of the sudden I found myself surrounded by a squad of 5 foot nothing girls who all loved what I loved and for the first time I felt like I was in the exact right place at the right time in my life. I felt like I was using a combination of my hard work an God given talent and surrounded by people that felt like family. It was a perfect fit and I will cherish those years forever! Thanks to Express for that little walk down memory lane. I had such a good time with my Chicago girls & John!

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Affordable Denim Shorts For Summer

Denim shorts are one of my most worn items of clothing during the summer. But does anyone else have such a hard time finding jeans shorts you actually like to wear?? They can be so uncomfortable – too tight in the wrong places, and finding the right length/fit is always a challenge. Some of the stores I shop at regularly started carrying Levi jeans, so that’s where I recently tried a pair and fell in love. To be honest – my favorite thing about them is how they fit in the butt 😂. I love their ripped and high-waisted styles. They’re so flattering and comfortable. 

I was excited for the chance to partner with eBay on this campaign for lLevis because it’s the best place to find the jeans at a discount. eBay offers so many of my favorite styles ‘new with tags’, so you can find a perfectly new pair of Levi jeans or shorts for much less than you’d find them anywhere else.

I’m wearing one of my favorite pairs in this post – the 501 High Rise Shorts (see the full landing page here). I paired them with a Levi tee that I cut into a crop top and this caramel colored leather belt that goes with so many outfits. I love how the belt looks with the shorts and converse sneakers. I also bought this pair that’s a little bit lighter that I love. I’ve been wearing both pairs on repeat this summer 👍🏻Hope you find a couple pairs you love, you won’t regret this purchase. I wear them ALL the time.

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