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Because this color combo is still giving me liiiiiife & I can’t wait to see the photos from the shoot of this outfit! ✨

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Photo taken at: Grand Rapids, Michigan

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“So many people love you, don’t focus on the ones who don’t!” – Soyen.
I’m still feeling all the love & still indulging in the 2 lbs bag of sour patch kids I was gifted for my birthday – nom nom nom. I vow to eat them until my tongue hurts from the mysterious sour, totally delicious chemicals dusted all over them!
I’m thinking about all my people, the ones who love me so well & of course, in true Olivia fashion, this took me down a rabbit hole of thoughts! It’s a hard game to play to find your place in the world or even in your own community. Instagram adds insane pressure to change elements of who we are to be more acceptable yet when our engagement is not ideal we feel inadequate because even our ‘perfect mask’ is flawed. Of course this makes us second guess everything we believed about ourselves when we confidently pressed share.
Pause for a second… remember the ones who love you, the ones who support you and believe in you because if you let them be the ones who motivate you, then you will soar. Don’t show up to prove the haters wrong, show up for the ones who need to hear what you have to say & hold on to what those who love you & know you have to say about who you are!

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Photo taken at: Chicago, Illinois

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I’m 32!! #celebrate
Photo: @kaleighdsimmonsphoto

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I’ll love you forever. Tomorrow I’m 32 years old & 8 days later we cheers to ELEVEN years as Mr. & Mrs. ✨
When I reflect on my life so far I’m humbled that I’ve been so fortunate. Life is messy, it’s hard & full of exhausting battles BUT battles can be won, messes can be cleaned up and hard things take work but get easier with time, understanding and patience. I’m so loved, I’ve never doubted that for a moment in my life – that’s something I have never taken for granted. As I get older I really understand that love offers a safe place – for you, for the refugee, for the abused & broken. A place where we are reminded that we are worthy of being loved. We get broken in relationship but we can also heal in relationship where love is pure. I have learned that love DOES – love isn’t silent, it doesn’t see a hurting person & turn away. Love believes the best, it makes a way for broken people, it offers hope. Pure love has the power to rebuild our brokenness. The way Scott loves me is something he chose to do, he chose to be intuitive & aware of my heart and love me in a way that I’m grateful for every single day.

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Photo taken at: A.K. RIKK’S

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Last falls go-to is this falls go-to! This @motherdenim faux fur jacket has been one of my favorite purchases for a number of years in a row! Our closets should be full of both timeless pieces & current trends. This jacket can easily be worn with a T-shirt (I snaked this one from my husbands closet) & jeans, a little black dress or dressed up with added textures like velvet, leather or sequins for the holidays! Good quality statement jackets are always worth investing in. ✨

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People who stop hiding behind their imperfections and decide to go for it just as they are, are some of the most inspiring people I know of! Imperfection leaves room for growth, trying to attain perfection means you’ll continually wonder why you’re not good enough when mistakes are made. Going after a dream and believing you have what it takes to achieve it regardless of the cards you were dealt, takes loads of courage! But being courageous also means having the grit not to give up when mistakes are made or things get tough. Courage means digging deeper and working harder, not to attain perfection but to attain wisdom. I love this quote by Mark Anthony, I hope it encourages some of you the way it’s encouraged me!

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Don’t be predictable with your style, add splashes of unexpected color and print, a hair scarf or pair of earrings a little outside of your comfort zone. Even if no one else notices, do it for you! (Chances are they will notice and they’ll feel inspired by your guts to give it a go!) Add something that you love but have been too nervous to try – most of the time you’ll feel more excited and confident the longer you wear it. Style isn’t about a certain shirt or accessory, it’s a representation of who you are! What words would you choose to describe your style? How about the words you would use to describe your personality? There is rarely just one word for either because we aren’t defined by one element, we are intricate and wonderfully complex! Just as our wardrobes should be! 📷 @kaleighdsimmonsphoto

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•”In life we can dread the sacrifice or we can anticipate the reward.”• Ya know when you hear something that seems to bust through your chest and grab ahold of your heart? Those little truths are the stepping stones through seasons of my life. They’re the pefect bite sized but profound truths that shift my perspective just enough to keep me moving forward & my heart in check. That quote from @christybwright got me!! How many times are we so focused on the sacrifices we have to make that the reward is hardly visible? Dang girl, if there’s anything I’ve learned through starting a business it is that the reward MUST stay front and center, when it gets cloudy there’s suddenly all this space for doubt and fear to completely hinder momentum. Of course there are areas where certain sacrifices must be balanced with wisdom – for me, my kids top the charts. Sacrificing the year I have left before West starts school is front and center, I won’t sacrifice that time with him… but I WILL balance it because both he & my growing business hold reward! I can’t get that year with him back but it also doesn’t become my excuse not to DO what is in my heart to do. When I choose to work away from home it doesn’t mean that I’m a bad mom or that I’m sacrificing all my mama responsibilities; it mean that I’m equally valuing myself as a woman and business owner and making money to help support my family is good both for them and for me! And can I just say mamas, I’ve heard the ‘shoulds’ about being a full time stay at home mom… it’s hard to ignore them and stay confident that what you’re doing is right for you & your family. For those of you called to the full time at home role, BLESS YOU! Flourish there, your sacrifice will be honored! And for those of you like me, don’t let anyone squelch your fire for being mama and boss, you are graced to do it! Find your balance, weigh your sacrifices, be mama when your babes need you & boss when there’s peace in your home! I believe in you, sincerely. Keep doing what you are called to do and be fierce at it! 📷 @kaleighdsimmonsphoto

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Sweat pants, check. Ankle boots, always. (Pretend you see fishnets on those bare ankles, I couldn’t find mine. 🙄) Laying on the cold ground to get a picture of my legs all twisty and perched for a photo… well, sure! What the heck!
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I’m Liv, the owner of LivStyled & eater of all the chips. Here’s a little intro for those of you new to my insta fam, thanks for being here! I’m such a people person, guys! My mom tells a story of a wee-me at the beach trying to make friends with other kiddos and simply shrugging it off when I wasn’t welcomed with open arms. I’d say that’s a pretty accurate take on the full sized me, too! Although as adults we’ve all endured a lot & so many of us have been too hurt to really let our guard down and let others get close. It’s those people I really have a heart for, the ones who need a safe place to land. We all have a story and every single one of them is valuable and worth sharing. My story starts in a very small town where I learned to shoot paper cups off of tree branches from the front porch my dad built on our barn shaped home. I was a wild little country girl! I remember laying outside in the pitch black near the weepy willows while the frogs and crickets sang their songs and we watched stars shoot through the sky! We ended up losing that house to a fire, a fire we tried to put out with bowls of water from the sinks & bathtub. It’s crazy that we don’t choose the moments of our lives that leave a lasting mark, but we CAN choose what kind of mark they’ll leave.
I bake without a timer, love a good murder podcast & take cream &
sugar in my coffee. My kids are little wonders, they each have really beautiful hearts! There are 3 more of our babies up in Heaven, I never imagined that there would be a few I wouldn’t get to watch grow up. I also never imagined that healing from something so painful would ever come – but it has.
My favorite color is green & I can’t help but laugh at fart jokes like a 10 year old boy. I hope to be one of those volunteers that holds babies in the nicu – yes, that’s real! Sign me up!
Natural sunlight is like medicine for my soul, I miss feeling its warmth year round since moving away from Ca.
I still go out dancing because I love it so much & lets be real, I’ll be doing it until I can’t walk anymore.
I really love coke in a glass bottle with a lime & every single day I remind the Lord how thankful I am that He gave me life!

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