Livi Reviews – Inside Out

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Hey everyone! So recently I saw the new Pixar film, Inside Out, with my family and my friend Paris. I’m a huge Pixar fan, so I was really excited to see this movie! The concept of Inside Out is really unique, and I can honestly say I have never seen a movie quite like this one! The whole idea of our personal feelings being turned into cartoon characters just seemed so creative and cool to me!

Now, before I begin to review this movie, I would like to preface this by saying that I always try to view things from a politically correct standpoint. So, although there were a lot of things I did like about this movie, I some things in this movie to be pretty problematic.

First, I’m going to talk about the things I didn’t like about this film. One of the main characters, Sadness is portrayed as a fat nerd who wears thick glasses and mopes around feeling sorry for herself throughout the majority of the film. Now, although a lot of these things do make sense because of what this character is supposed to be like, I definitely feel that Sadness did not have to be fat. The fact that she is fat reinforces many negative stereotypes about fat women. Like, what is Disney trying to say, that  fat girls should just mope around feeling sorry for themselves all the time, being the outcast in their friend group? Another thing I did not like about this film is how when we see  the feelings in Riley’s parents’ minds, they reinforce a lot of gender stereotypes. The feelings in Riley’s dad’s mind are all super masculine, while Riley’s mom’s feelings are very feminine and more intuitive. Although we only see the parents’ feelings in one scene, a scene that is meant to be very funny, their stereotypical tendencies are definitely something to think about.

Now, on to the things that I did like about this film. I feel like this movie did a great job of showing just how important each and every feeling is. We definitely were able to see how important it is that we recognize all of our feelings instead of just the ones that are easy for us like joy. I am really glad that I have seen quite a few discussions about mental health and the importance of valuing our feelings, because of this movie. I personally thought Anger was hilarious! He was so extreme when he was angry you could not help but laugh! My mom and I came to the conclusion that if Anger were a real person he would be George Costanza from Seinfeld, since Costanza is so bitter throughout the show. As far as the acting goes, I really liked all of the voices of the characters. Amy Poehler was the voice of Joy and Mindy Kahling was the voice of Disgust, which I thought was really cool! I am a huge fan of both Poehler and Kahling. I also definitely feel that this movie did a great job of keeping a good balance between serious moments and comic relief.

So, overall, I really liked Inside Out despite its many flaws. I wouldn’t say this movie is one of my all-time favorites, but I would definitely pay to go see it again. If any of you have seen Inside Out, feel free to let me know what you thought of it in the comments below!

What I’ve Been Listening To – April 2015

This month I actually did not listen to that much music so my comments on the songs and albums I did listen to will be fairly short.I’ve been listening to a lot of remixes this month.So some of the songs may seem a bit mainstream by just looking at the title but their sound is very unique.

So here are my top 3 artists for April 2015 –

Tinashe – This female singer is someone I am still very new to but I am already in love with her music and incredible voice.This remix of her song,All Hands on Deck is amazing and so fun to dance to when I’m getting ready in the morning!

Flume – This Australian artist did two great remixes that were favorites of mine all throughout this month. The remix songs that I really enjoyed were Lay Me Down by Sam Smith and Tennis Court by Lorde . The beat and instrumentals are amazing with a unique but also classic sound to them.

Zedd – I have really been enjoying 2 remixes of Selena Gomez’s I Want You To Know,both of which include Zedd. The remixes are by two different but great artists,SJUR and DEVI . They are both super fun to dance to and very well made.

So, I know this month’s post was fairly short but I do hope you enjoyed it. These are my favorite artists of April 2015. Do make sure to check out the rest of my April Playlist. Feel free to tell me what your favorite artists are at the moment in the comments section!

My Lilly at Target Look Book Favorites

My Lilly at Target Look Book Favorites 

So the Lilly at Target Look Book isn’t officially available for purchase until April 19 but the website recently made the products available to view and they are to die for! I feel like this collection has something for everyone! It has really colorful pieces, simple sophisticated pieces, and some that are absolutely perfect for the beach!

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These crochet lace tops are super cute! I’ve always loved both crochet and lace so these tops are nothing but perfect for me! This green floral pattern, Boom Boom, is perfect for the beach or any other summer occasion! Pair the crochet crop top and floral pants with some classic Jack Rogers and a nice statement necklace and you’re good to go!

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This second pattern, Upstream, is super cute! I can honestly say that I’ve never seen a pair of shorts with pom poms hanging on the bottom! It’s such a unique addition to this already amazing pattern! The weekender bag is perfect for anything from the beach to a fun weekend getaway with your friends! Now, my girls are definitely not big enough to hold this adorable jumper up but that doesn’t mean I still can’t adore it from afar! This jumper would look amazing with a pair of gladiator sandals, a statement necklace and this sassy little bracelet I found!

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This outfit I put together is so casual but still so cute! These wedges come in the most incredible gold tone that can be dressed way up or way down! These headbands are not only perfect for the beach but also for the gym! I could totally see myself wearing one of these headbands with a cute t shirt, Soffe shorts, and these adorable sneakers to yoga or a great charity run!

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Now, I don’t know about you but this outfit would so make me feel like I was Serena Van Der Woodsen from Gossip Girl getting ready to go off on some incredible summer vacation in Rome or Italy with my cute boyfriend Nate Archibald! Put this sweet little outfit on and you will be the cruising around as the not so tacky tourist in no time!

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So make sure to check out the new Lilly at Target Lookbook on Target’s website as well as their home collection. I’d love to hear about which pieces are yall’s favorites in the comments below!

What I’ve Been Listening To – March 2015

So, if you didn’t already know, I love music! I listen to music literally all the time! Rap, Pop, Indie, Acoustic, you name it I’ll listen to it! Although I’m not personally talented in the music department, I have a huge appreciation for the art of it.

I’ve seen a lot of people online start doing this thing where they make monthly playlists. So, I thought I would start making some monthly playlists as well.  These playlists are basically like virtual diaries of what our musical tastes are at this moment in time. I think it will be really interesting when I look back on these monthly playlists 5, 10, maybe even 15 years later, seeing what kind of music I used to listen to when I was younger.

The 5 artists that are listed below are the musicians whose music I have really enjoyed listening to throughout this month. Many of their songs are featured on my playlist. I have been listening to their songs non-stop these past few weeks. I highly recommend that you all listen to all of them and their most recent songs and albums.

Logic – Now although I am a huge fan of rap music,(Rick Ross is the boss! Cool? No? Ok, I’ll stop trying) I usually tend to stick to my traditional favorites when I listen to my usual genre of choice, but Logic, ooh Logic! His lyrics speak to me on a whole other level! I love relatable his songs are despite how unusual and out of the ordinary his story is. Listening to Logic’s music is like listening to beautiful poetry and an intense love story. Yet, this love story isn’t just about a girl it’s a love for life and all the crazy things that come with it.

Drake – If you don’t know who Drake is where in the world have you been? Well don’t worry darling because I will take care of you( you see what I did there? With his lyrics? Cute? Clever? No? Ok…). His new album If You’re Reading this It’s Too Late is amazing! It’s not so good that I would say it is one of my all time favorite albums but it is definitely up there and very well made. The album is basically about how he sees the world differently now that he has made it big in the music industry, because of things like how much money he now has and now people treat him differently now.

Oh Wonder – This group I found out about through one of my favorite YouTubers, Arden Rose. Not only is she absolutely gorgeous( like seriously I’m turning gay just looking at her!) but her sarcastic personality and dry sense of humor makes her videos even better than they are. She has an app that keeps her viewers, or as she likes to call them Rose Buds, on all her social media links and just everything she has been up to.Their song, The Rain  came up on her app’s feed one day so I thought I would give it a listen. I instantly fell in love! Their sound is so unique and their voices intertwine so beautifully it’s insane! They also are releasing a new song at the beginning of every month which is definitely something to look forward to considering how talented they are. The only problem? This makes it even harder to wait for their first full album that comes out in September!

Nicki Minaj – I have been a dedicated fan of the Pink Barbie ever since Pink Friday! Her story is super inspiring and her rap skills are on point! Her new album Pink Print is so well done and so her! It has the perfect balance between serious heart felt tracks and fun tracks. My personal favorite is Only, which features, Drake, Lil Wayne, and Chris Brown. The song is basically Nicki saying that she doesn’t care what the tabloids say about her because she knows who she is and she isn’t afraid to be sexy in public because this is the real her and the only her. As if we didn’t have enough reasons to look up to her as a POC feminist role model!

Loyle Carner – I found out about this artist through another one of my favorite YouTubers, Meowitslucy. Not only are her videos so well made and unique but her music taste is incredible! We like a lot of the same artists. This is probably why I am absolutely obsessed with keeping up with what she has been listening to on her Soundcloud! Loyle’s musical style is so jazzy and upbeat! Yet, it can also be very somber and slow at times. You can really tell that he truly takes the time to put so much effort and evoke every emotion in his body in what he creates! His voice and songs have a very beachy vibe to them, but I also feel that the songs are appropriate for so many other locations and occasions as well.

As well as listening to the artists that are already in my playlist I am constantly adding more great artists and songs as I continue to find them throughout the month of March. So make sure to follow me on Soundcloud and check out the rest of my March Playlist to stay updated on what I am listening to!

Spring Fashion Essentials

    Spring Fashion Essentials

Spring is finally upon us! Well, sort of. It’s still pretty cold where I live, gotta love the South!
( not -__-). The fact that I will finally be able to wear shorts and open-toed shoes again seriously excites me so much! These spring fashion essentials are what I consider to be the best and most important staples for any spring wardrobe.

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Abercrombie Fitch vintage black dress – A simple floral dress is essential to any spring wardrobe. You could wear this dress casually with a jean jacket or vest with Converse and a statement necklace to something like a movie with friends or a picnic date with your boyfriend (not quite sure where you find one of those but hey if you got one). You could also dress it up a bit with some nice nude flats and a cardigan and wear it to a nice dinner date.

Lands End t shirt – A basic white t shirt is not just essential for spring but for any wardrobe. This shirt is perfect for everything from visits to the zoo to internships with big fancy shmancy social media companies like Facebook and Google! You’ll be fetching coffee for Mark Zuckerberg and organizing Sheryl Sandberg’s upcoming meetings in no time! Pair this shirt with a cardigan, pixie pants, flats, and a nice statement necklace and you’re good to go!

Tommy Hilfiger button down collar shirt – Oh, the button down. This classic preppy piece that is essential for any wardrobe literally goes with so much! It’s light, airy, and comes in such a wide variety of colors. The best thing about shirts like these is how put together they make you look. You could have just rolled out of bed half awake because you stayed up too late binge watching Gossip Girl on Netflix(I feel ya, guilty is charged) but because of your handy dandy button down paired with some cute printed shorts and Jack Rogers you will look like you just stepped straight out of a J Crew catalog!

J.Crew jean shorts – Oh, denim! The little fashion nerd in me is literally jumping with joy! Rolled up jean shorts have a certain youthful feel to them! It’s like you’re 10 again about to climb up to your tree house to play pirates with your best friend since birth!  For anything from barbecues to boat rides, these denim shorts will most definitely work!

J.Crew shorts – Chino shorts are a classic! These are super cute and very comfortable. They also come in a wide variety of colors. I always feel so classy when I wear mine!

Jack Rogers leather sandals – Now I’m pretty sure that you can already tell that I’m absolutely obsessed with these since I already mentioned them earlier. These shoes are super cute and are perfect for pretty much any occasion! Its metallic leather and classic design can dress up any outfit!

Charlotte Russe strap sandals – These gladiator sandals are great for adding a bit of edge to what would have been a very simple look.They are also very comfortable, which makes them perfect for going to a concert in! I also really like these sandals that have studs on them!

Liz Claiborne brown handbag – This cross body bag by Liz Claiborne is perfect for travel and for any busy woman who is always on the go! The color is very neutral and goes with literally anything!

Pave jewelry – This zodiac necklace from Baublebar is the perfect statement piece for  literally any occasion! I am absolutely obsessed with zodiac jewelry. I feel like it really goes with the whole bohemian vibe that is always so trendy for summer and spring!

A Surprise Snow Day

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Coat – Kohls – Craft and Barrow

Leggings – Target

Boots – JcPenney – Arizona Jean Co.

Last night it snowed for the first ( and probably last ) time this year! I just couldn’t resist taking some photos and sharing them with you all! Now I know what you Northerners are probably thinking! I know this is like summer for a lot you reading this but for North Carolina this is considered to be a very large amount of snow. I seriously can not get over how pretty the snow is!