Clap Along If You Feel Like A Room Without A Roof

How many times have you read the articles “How to Live a Happier Life” “10 Steps to Happiness” “Read These Tips and Everything in Your Life Will be Perfect!” Honestly I find these articles pretty irritating because they read like hard driven facts instead of what they actually are: someone else’s ideal happiness. As promised, I’ve created a lifestyle section to my blog which I’m super nerdily amped about, and this will be my first post for the category. I want you guys to know that everything I write for these posts ,unless otherwise backed by some totally legitamate source like WebMd or Wikipedia ;), is my opinion. However, I hope that what I say can apply to you guys and bring your lives a little bit more happiness than before. Below I’ve compiled a few things that I’ve been doing this past month that have made me happier than this panda playing in the snow.

1) Let Go of the Past 

This sounds so incredibly simple, but it’s honestly one of the hardest things to do. I know I probably sound like a crazy yogi or something but I’ve been so into the “good vibes only” mantra lately and I truly think its made my life better. I’ve dropped those heavy resentments of the past because honestly, it’s exhausting to carry around. As soon as I stopped thinking about those toxic things, events, people from the past, I felt so much more blessed by the amazing people I have surrounded myself with. Like the great Taylor Swift says…..

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2) Read A Book For God’s Sake

Sorry didn’t meant to get all motherly on ya but seriously, reading is one of the greatest joys in life and one that I had stopped participating in for far too long. While Netflix is definitely another great joy in my life (currently obsessed with The Fall), sometimes I feel like my brain is melting after watching episode after episode after episode. When Netflix gets concerned about how long you’ve been watching and asks if you are indeed still watching, it’s time to put down the computer and grab a book. I’m not saying go and read Beowulf or Moby Dick, unless ,you know, thats your jam, but read a trashy romance novel, a biography of your favorite celeb, ANYTHING. Below are a few books that I just could not put down.

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3) Chill the Hell Out

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Nobody really tells you how terrifying/stressful/I-need-a-paper-bag-to-breathe-into-scary being a second semester senior year can be. With all them fancy investment banker types talking about how they’ve already landed their dream job, it’s hard not to panic. However, after countless phone calls home crying about how I’ll never ever ever get a job, I’ve realized that’s just not true. Sure, it may not be the second I graduate, but it’ll happen and there’s no use worrying about it now. I’ve found that writing down my concerns or whatever’s on my mind in a journal has been SUPER helpful. Just to see the words written down and reading them back seems so much less threatening than having them ping-ponging around my mind endlessly. So instead of stressing, I’m just gonna enjoy this last semester of college where 3:00 is still considered breakfast time and going to the bar on a Tuesday is perfectly acceptable.

What have you guys been doing in the New Year to make your life better? You know I love to hear from all of you! PS follow me on Instagram @loansandlouboutins for tons of outfits/puppies/nyc pictures and other fun stuff 🙂

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Positive Mind, Positive Vibes, Positive Life

These past few months have been a whirlwind of lab reports, turning 21 (!!!!!), finding motivation to study for finals and terrifyingly, becoming a second semester senior. I decided that after a crazy stressful semester, I would take a brief hiatus from writing, butttt now I’m back and feeling pretty inspired by the new year. Usually I just brush off New Years as another meaningless holiday, but after a an incredibly insightful 2014, I’ve made resolutions that I plan on sticking to in 2015. I’ve also had a lot of time to think about Loans and Louboutins and I came to the conclusion that if I’m going to make changes, then L&L is going to also! Don’t worry, I will still tell you where to get the best deals in town, but look forward to some new additions to the site such as health, fitness, beauty sections and anything else that you guys would like to see on the blog. So cheers to a new year I can’t wait to get my 2015 blog on.

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Cause Darling I’m A Nightmare Dressed Like A Daydream

If you guys have been following me on Instagram *wink wink hint hint:@loansandlouboutins* then you’re all well aware that I’m absolutely obsessed with Taylor Swift’s new album ‘1989.’ It’s no secret that Taylor is my favorite celebrity of all time, so my opinion MIGHT be a little biased, but this may or may not be the best album ever. Girlfrand is freaking killin it on the charts and sounded amazing on Good Morning America. I’m sure you can imagine my excitement when the ‘Blank Space’ music video came out (you can ask my wonderfully patient roommates: I talked about it for two days straight). Not only does Taylor know how to poke fun at herself, but she knows how to do it while looking fabulous. Below are a few of my favorite fashion moments from the ‘Blank Space’ video. Oh, and Taylor in case you haven’t seen my continuous Tweets/Instagrams: I’m free anywhere anytime to hang out. But seriously..be my best friend?

1) Taylor Kills A Cake

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Okay, I don’t know about you, but I wear my old high school T-shirts and yoga pants with holes in them to bed. Not Tay. Everything about this look is off the charts hot. Between the all black, the sheer cardigan and the lace sleeping mask, I’m certainly inspired to amp up my sleepwear. Emulate Taylor’s look with a black bralette and her famous red lip, but maybe just leave the knife in the kitchen. Oh, and let’s not forget the special appearance by Taylor’s cat Olivia Benson. I actually don’t think she can get any cooler.

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2) Ooops I Dropped Your Phone…

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I dare you to tell me you don’t love this outfit. First off, holy crap does this girl have some long legs. At 5’3 her stature is enviable to say the least. Since I cant have her height, I can at least copy her outfit. The matching crop top and skirt combo has been a favorite look of mine for a while now. This floral pencil skirt and crop top would look amazing for a night out with killer heels and a leather jacket. Your gonna look so fab everyone’s gonna be all:

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3) Taylor Hangs Out With A Deer

Screen shot 2014-11-15 at 2.01.13 PMThis is hands down one of the best parts of the video when Taylor gets crazy eyes and goes berserk on her leading man. A leopard print dress with heels and gold jewelry a-la Taylor is a perfect date night option. Just be sure to leave your crazy at home. Also, I wouldn’t be doing this look justice if I didn’t include this gem:

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  So go watch ‘Blank Space’ for the 1000th time and check out all of these amazing style moments. The haters gonna hate hate hate hate hate about Taylor’s love life, but we all know she’s the one who’s laugh laugh laugh laughing all the way to the bank.

Taylor Swift’s ‘Fearless’ NYC Fashion

It’s no secret that I absolutely adore Taylor Swift. That chick is a class act, with a sense of humor, endless talent and a humbleness that most celebrities could take a note from. Since moving to the Big Apple, Taylor has seriously stepped up her fashion game. I mean, homegirl looks better leaving the gym than I do on my best day. I seriously don’t understand how one human being can be so on point with their fashion day-in and day-out. Don’t just take my word for it. Check out a few of my favorite T-Swizzle looks below and a few ideas on how to recreate the looks. Oh and real quick, Taylor you should know: girl you be killin em,  you be killin em.

  Look #1: Romping Around sev-taylor-swift-street-style-floral-romper-nyc-lgn

Here, Taylor shows off her mile long legs in a floral romper, paired with yellow heels, a neutral tope purse, and her trademark red lip. Let me just clarify something here: this is a picture of Taylor simply leaving her apartment. Now, when I leave my house I’m usually searching frantically through my purse for my keys/cellphone/wallet/whatever it is I’ve misplaced that day, while trying to remember if I turned off the curling iron. Meanwhile, Tay is all like “Oh, hey paparazzi, what’s up?” She probably continued on to save a kitten and find a cure for cancer. To replicate this classy look, try this floral romper from Forever 21. For a little more definition, belt the romper at the waist a-la Taylor. Next, add a fun pop of color with your shoes, like these hot pink suede heels from Steve Madden.

Look #2: Casual Chic

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Taylor chose this fun,casual look for a lunch date at Sarabeth’s with her model BFF Karlie Kloss. Clearly not only does Taylor have good taste friends and restaurants (Sarabeth’s Popeye Eggs and Buttermilk Pancakes are to die for), but she also has great taste in casual chic attire. Now, from the front Taylor appears to be wearing a fairly conservative, white, quarter sleeve shirt, but then she turns around and BAM the shirt exposes the entire lower portion of her back. It’s like the most beautiful mullet of shirts; business in the front, party in the back. She paired the adorable top with cut-offs, nude heels, and a classy black structured bag. This cute little long sleeve crop top with an exposed back from NASTY GAL would be perfect for recreating this look. Pair it with high-waisted jean shorts for the perfect summer-chic ensemble.

Look #3: Sexy in the City 

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This might be my favorite Taylor Swift street style look of all time. First, I love the matching crop top and skirt. Plus, the plunging crop top is perfectly balanced out with the knee length skirt, which stays age appropriate with the front slit. The dainty purse and neutral shoes let this adorable polka-dot ensemble speak for itself. I’m personally obsessed the the matching skirt/shirt combination and this look has become a favorite amongst celebrities like Taylor and Ariana Grande. Try the look out for yourself with a fun floral pattern set like this one from Forever 21. Take a note from Taylor and let the look stand out by keeping your accessories neutral and to a minimum.

If we can learn anything from Taylor Swift it’s this: don’t let boys make you cry (but if they do, write a song about it that they’ll have to hear on the radio 24/7), a red lip is always a ‘do’, and class and confidence are the best accessories a girl can have. P.S. Taylor: if you’re looking for some more NYC friends, I’m totes available.

What do you think of Taylor’s NYC style? What’s you favorite look? Let me hear what you think in the comments below!