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Fashion & Beauty:

If you gentlemen are wondering how to begin wardrobe or style overhaul then this guide from Attire Club is the perfect starting point for you – Beginner’s Guide: A List Of 20 Style Tips Which Cover The Basics.

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The key to creating a swoon-worthy wardrobe is the ability to use the same pieces in new and interesting ways – Skillfully mixing your separates can exponentially increase the number of outfit choices you have when you step into your closet. Check out The Glamourai’s An Outfit For Any Occasion for some great tips & recommendations!

Who knows how long the mixing prints trend will last so you should enjoy the amazing combinations while you can! Get inspired over at WhoWhatWear with their piece Steal Her Style: Clashing Prints.

A head-to-toe monochrome look is one of those styles that manages to look effortless and oh-so-chic at the same time, which is a fabulous combination. You’ll be dying to try this style after scanning the gorgeous shots in B a La Moda’s Looks Monocolor post.

Summer-Denim

As you’ve probably discovered by now, I’m a big fan of denim. And it looks like I’m not the only one! If you’re a fan of chambray and the perfect pair of jeans you’ll LOVE If You’re Thinking About… Summer Denim from The Sartorialist.

Health & Fitness:

While comfort food is a must, bad-for-you comfort food isn’t. Craving fries? Try making these Too Delicious To Dip Sweet Potato Fries instead for a healthier indulgence.

HIIT is the best way to get through your cardio so check out FitSugar’s Burn Calories, Blast Fat, and Save Time: 7 Minutes Is All You Need for some great new tips to try.

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Embarking on a healthier lifestyle doesn’t have to mean forgoing all of the indulgences in your previous diet. It’s about making better choices, not depriving yourself. Try this Enlightened Carrot Cake recipe from Chef Amber Shea.

With stress and stress-related illnesses on the rise it’s important to focus on finding your inner peace. Not sure where to start? Read this – Easy Ways To Slow Down & Find Balance.

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When you read the labels on your supplements and vitamins you’ll be blasted with information – Take on an empty stomach! Don’t eat for 30 minutes! Take with a meal! Curious when you should pop them? Learn the Best Time of Day to Take Vitamins.

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Cauliflower Recipes

I don’t know about you, but I go through phases in the kitchen. Ingredients or recipes or specific foods that I’ll eat tons of until I’m sick of them. Right now that food is, you guessed it, cauliflower! I’ve tried everything from cauliflower mashed potatoes and cheese sauce to raw rice and salads.

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Here are some of my favorites:

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I’ve tried all of these and have loved each and every one. I have a handful of other delicious looking cauliflower-based recipes printed out and waiting in my kitchen though so be sure to follow me on Instagram so you can see my cooking attempts! {moicontrelavie – no spaces}

What’s your favorite food right now?


June Round-Up

June was a busy month filled with great events, travel, and lots of hard work. It was the perfect way to start Summer – Not only was I really focused on my health, I had a number of fun fashion-related outings and collaborations to keep me entertained.

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Overall Goals For 2013:

  • Social Media – June was quite fun on the social media side of things, in addition to creating some great new Pinterest boards {Summer Motivation, Swimsuit Season}, I also starting posting fun collages on Instagram & updating my photo shoot Outtakes folders on Facebook again.
  • Writing, Writing, Writing – Not only have I been writing up a storm for MCLV and Ajent, I’m also working on a website overhaul so stay tuned for a brand new Moi Contre La Vie! ❤
  • Expansion & Growth – June was a big “behind the scenes” month and I’ll be rolling out new services, an email newsletter, and sharing some fabulous new collaborations in the coming weeks.
  • Be Positive – I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again – Loving where you live is EVERYTHING. I adore San Francisco and have “I love this city” moments on a daily basis. It’s amazing how much that can keep you happy & positive!

June Goals:

Fashion:

June was a busy month in the San Francisco fashion world – Loads of sales, store openings, collection launches, and oh-so-fun events to attend. Some of my favorites included The Factory’s new custom gown collection and the launch of Sonas Denim‘s Indiegogo page which means getting a fabulous new pair of jeans for $89-$99 rather than the usual $249! {There are still jeans available for pre-order so head to Indiegogo for details.}

I also have a series of great beauty-related posts to share with you in July, a giveaway, and a fun event for you to come meet me at – So stay tuned for more news!

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{Left – How To Wear White Jeans & Right – How To Wear White Jeans: Dressing Up}

Food & Fitness:

My June health goal was simple – To get in shape and mentally prepared for warm weather dressing and bathing suits – Enter the Swimsuit Shape-Up Challenge. Using The Fitnessista’s 2013 Summer Shape-Up Plan and Tone It Up’s Bikini Series as inspiration I spent four weeks focusing on healthy eating habits and regular workouts.

New July Goals:

Fashion:

My goal fashion-wise in July is to keep up my momentum – I’ve had the opportunity to work with some amazing photographers, bloggers, brands, and store owners to date and I want nothing more than to continue on this path. Getting to know San Francisco based people and companies is such a joy!

Food & Fitness:

I’ll be undergoing a medical procedure at the end of the month so I want to spend July being as healthy as possible so that I can recover quickly & painlessly. So with that goal in mind I’m going to continue my 5 days a week workouts and eating a clean diet high in raw, whole foods.

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{June Fashion: Heavy Metal, Casual Fashion & Polka Dots}

After reading my friend Holly’s amazing 2013 Summer Bucket List and Cupcakes & Cashmere’s Summer To Do List I was inspired to create my own mini bucket list for the month. So for the rest of 2013 I’m going to give myself a couple of items to accomplish or go-after each month.

July Bucket List:

  1. Launch MCLV Newsletter
  2. Film first YouTube video

What’s on YOUR Summer bucket list?

Are you following my adventures on Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram yet?


My Week Via Instagram

Happy Saturday my friends! Today I’d like to share some good old fashion Instagram photos from the last week so that you can get a little peek into my daily life – Enjoy!

Fashion:

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{I love animal prints and I cannot lie – See more in my Casual Fashion post from last week}

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{Short suits for Summer w/ Beth Animal Print}

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{Gorgeous vintage baubles from Sasha Maks Vintage – You can see the whole look in the Styling 101: Heavy Metal post}

Food:

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{My favorite new smoothie ingredient is mint – So refreshing! Check out some of my other favorite smoothie recipes here}

Food-Baking

{Vegan, Gluten-Free Baking – Mini Protein Cake & Peanut Butter Coconut Cookies}

Food-Salad-Beast

{Salad beast from the Plant Café in San Francisco – Kale, quinoa & beets for the win.}

Fitness:

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{Working hard at my Swimsuit Shape-Up challenge so that I can get bikini ready for Summer!}

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{CrossFit Competitions = Sweaty shirtless boys. Any questions?}

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{Fittest of the Sierras in South Lake Tahoe – I support my team in Prabal Gurung for Target – What about you?}

Follow me on Instagram at: moicontrelavie {no spaces}


MCLV Mange: Vegan Chocolate Cheesecake

As much as I love making cookies I have to confess that my favorite desserts to make, and eat, are always raw. The Wannabe Chef’s Raw Salted Caramel Chocolate Pecan Torte is hands down my favorite dessert. It’s also the most requested by my friends and family.

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So when I saw Taste Space’s Better Than Nutella Cheesecake (Almost Raw Chocolate Hazelnut Cheesecake) it seemed like fate. A few little changes in the recipe due to ingredient availability and I ended up with a delicious, chocolatey cheesecake that was a big hit.

Crust

  • 1 Cup Almonds
  • 1 Cup dates
  • 1/4 Cup Raw Cacao
  • Pinch salt

Filling

  • 2 Cups Raw Cashews {Soaked & Rinsed}
  • 5 Tbsp Maple Syrup
  • 1/2 Cup water
  • 1/2 Tsp Salt
  • 1/4 Cup Powdered Peanut Butter
  • 1/2 Cup Coconut Oil
  • 1/4 Cup Raw Cacao

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It was really rich and creamy, and tasted great cold straight from the freezer. It also wasn’t too sweet which I really liked – Sometimes too sweet on top of really rich can make a dessert a little over the top, but this was perfect!

Stay tuned for the next MCLV Mange installment and check out the previous posts from this series to see what you’ve missed so far:


Links You’ll Love

Do you let a bad mood ruin your day? It happens to us all and the consequences can be rough. Here are some GREAT tips on how to keep that from happening – 5 Ways to Flip your Bad Mood from Organized Clutter.

Health & Fitness:

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Sometimes you just can’t fight your sweet tooth. It happens to the best of us. Eating a healthy diet is about not going to extremes – So try a healthier treat to keep yourself on track rather than succumbing to junk food cravings – Frozen Coconut Macademia Bars.

Gut bacteria and its role in a health and weight loss has been a frequent topic of discussion in the media in recent months. If you haven’t read up on this topic this piece should be of interest to you – Bacteria in the Intestines May Help Tip the Bathroom Scale.

As bathing suit season is upon us keeping your abs in shape becomes more and more important, check out these great Pilates moves from Women’s Health – 8 Pilates Ab Exercises.

Chlorophyll

In the last Links You’ll Love post I included an article on all the reasons to try wheatgrass so this week I wanted to share some great reasons to add Chlorophyll to your healthy diet – Why You Should Love Chlorophyll.

Are you a fan of snacking like I am? Finding new snacks to try to ways to make healthy choices can be a challenge – So why not take some advice from an expert. FAQ With a Vegan Chef: What kind of snacks do you eat?

Fashion & Beauty:

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Stripes are a must for Spring year-after-year, the key is to put a modern twist on them and find interesting ways to pair them and create new looks. Nicole Warne – aka Gary Pepper Girl – is here to teach us just how to do that – How To Wear: Breton Stripes.

Each season there are a handful of great pieces that you can find that will instantly revive and modernize your wardrobe – Pieces that are versatile and can help you put together look after look. The same goes for men and women, so check out what Stylist Brad Goreski suggests for you gentlemen this season – Brad Goreski on Men’s Fashion: Stylist Shares His 6 Must-Have Pieces for Summer.

During Spring Cleaning each year I store my Fall & Winter wardrobe and rearrange the pieces in my closet to make dressing easier for that season. Here are some great tips for reorganizing this year – Accessories: Moving from Winter to Summer Shoes…

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A neutral bag is a must every season – A handbag that goes with everything and can seamlessly translate from day-to-night. And this fun DIY project is just the way to make the perfect bag for yourself this year – DIY Celine Structured Clutch.

Ombre is everywhere this year – From hair color to maxi dresses to accessories – Trends We Love: Ombre Obsession.


Links You’ll Love

Fashion & Beauty:

Are you a fan of topping your looks with a chic little blazer? Check out Refiner’s 29’s Challenge Accepted! Watch How Our Editor Styles 1 Blazer 5 Ways for some creative new ideas!

Braids

I don’t know about you, but I love a quick & easy up-do during the Summer, it’s the perfect way to get your hair out of your face. For Sure J’Adore clearly agrees – Easy Summer Hair: Braids.

This season is all about sunglasses – Bold colors, fun embellishments – There are some great pairs out there. In the mood to get creative? Try The StyleList’s DIY: Two-Tone Sunglasses.

Still in the market for the perfect Father’s Day Gift? Apartment 34 to the rescue – Fab Father’s Day Gifts You Can Still Get!

Backpack

This Summer’s new trend in carry-alls is a bit of a throwback. Backpacks are back! Don’t believe me? Check out Into The Gloss’s Knapsack Nation for some of the options out there.

Health & Fitness:

Whether you love to bake or are a fan of adding something sweet to your morning coffee, this is an article you should read – The 5 Best Natural Substitutes For Sugar.

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Now’s the time that the Farmers Markets and grocery stores are flooded with tons of colorful, fresh produce so it’s the perfect time to whip up some delicious vegetable filled dishes:

One of the biggest health risks in our modern society is stress. Not only can it play a role in ailments like heart disease, it can also lead to weight gain, interfere with sleep, and cause depression & anxiety. Read this now – Why Stress Can Kill You: A Cardiologist Explains!

Wheatgrass

There are a lot of supplements & superfoods & healthy foods touted as “miracle cures” today and it can be hard to figure out which you should try and why they may help. Here are some interesting facts about Wheatgrass to help educate you – 50 Reasons To Drink Wheatgrass Everyday.


Swimsuit Season: How To Get Bikini Ready

Step one in the race for the beach is getting yourself healthy & in shape. And, of course, mentally preparing yourself… 🙂 So read on for what my Swimsuit Shape-Up plan is and some great tips & suggestions for getting yourself ready for your first beach, river, pool trip of the season!

Swimsuit Shape-Up:

My four-week plan to get bikini ready hinges on three important factors: (1) Spending some quality time at the gym, (2) Making healthy food choices, and (3) Staying motivated. For me the third is almost as important as the first two in terms of reaching my goals. We’ve all gone on a super healthy kick only to burn out a few days later and fall off the wagon!

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Here’s my plan for the next four weeks:

  1. Eat Clean – No takeout, nothing processed, no packaged foods. Whole foods only. Smoothies, salads, stir fried or sautéed veggies & raw produce. Not sure what to snack on when you’re busy or traveling? Try baby carrots + hummus, Larabars, raw almonds, or a healthy sweet treat like mini gluten-free protein cakes or energy bites.
  2. 4-5 Weekly Workouts – Getting to the gym consistently is incredibly important so I’ll be aiming for 4-5 workouts a week including full-body circuits, core focused routines, and physical therapy. Plus daily walking.

Tips & Recommendations:

Sometimes, as hard as you work, the day you have to suit-up is thwarted by bloat or water weight. FitSugar is full of tips for getting back to your lean self – Flat Belly, Fast: 15 Ways to Debloat Today.

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Your mentality when it comes to bikini time is important – Like with most of life’s obstacles, if you approach it with a negative mindset you won’t get the results you’re hoping for. Not sure how to improve your outlook? Read Garance Dore’s Don’t Freak Out.

Does the idea of adding weight training to your fitness routine intrigue you but you’re not sure what the first step should be or where to start? Check out Natalie Jill Fitness’s You HAVE to lift HEAVY if You Want to Lean Out and Change Your Body for some great insights!

Not sure what foods are best in the last few days before a trip? Try rehydrating and fiber-filled fruits and vegetables – MindBodyGreen has all the details in their 5 Best Foods For A Beach Body.

Something to keep in mind when you’re working hard to meet a fitness goal are the perils of over-training. If you don’t give yourself enough time for recovery and get enough sleep, you won’t see the results you’re hoping for. Check out this great piece on rolling our your muscles from Women’s Health – Soothe Muscle Soreness.

What are YOU doing to get yourself ready for swimsuit season?


May Round-Up

May was the unofficial month of MOI! After spending the beginning of 2013 traveling non-stop I took some time for myself in May and put time & effort into my personal goals. And I’m not going to lie to you guys, it was nothing short of glorious!

Overall Goals For 2013:

  • Social Media – At the end of May I finally caved and got myself an iPad Mini which I’m hoping will mean I’ll be able to stay on top of the blog & all the various social media platforms all the easier when I’m traveling.
  • Writing, Writing, Writing – May was all about collaborations and fun new projects – In addition to getting a chance to work with some talented ladies on the Blogger Fashion series, I was also thrilled to be able to try out the gorgeous clothes from The Factory’s Spring Voyage To Marrakech collection. Stay tuned for another great collaboration that I’ll be announcing Tuesday!
  • Expansion & Growth – During May I had the amazing opportunity to be mentored by Hilary Rushford of Dean Street Society  as I went through Marie Forleo’s 8 week online entrepreneurial & business program. I learned so much and in addition to unveiling a new website in the next few months, I’m also launching a newsletter so you can get special MCLV insights & personalized styling tips.
  • Be Positive – Spending additional time in San Francisco and less time traveling this month had an amazing effect on my mindset. I had so many “I love my life” moments the past few weekends it really renewed my appreciation for the city I live in the life I’ve built for myself.

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{Voyage To Marrakech}

May Goals:

Fashion:

One of the highlights of this month was getting a chance to work with New York City photographer Lydia Hudgens while she was visiting in San Francisco – Stay tuned for some of the great pictures we took!

Food & Fitness:

Spending less time traveling this month meant more time in the kitchen and some much-needed trips to the Farmers Market. I’ve found that even when I eat healthily while I’m traveling I tend to eat smaller snack-like meals throughout the day, while when I’m home and have more control over my schedule I’ll sit down for three meals a day.

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{May Fashions: Great Gatsby Fashion, Camille K: Vintage Jewelry For Spring & Blogger Fashion: Striped Shirt}

New June Goals:

Fashion:

This will be the Summer of collaborations! 🙂 In addition to working with photographers Lydia Hudgens and Jennymay Villarete, there will be another fun post in the Fashion Blogger series, Styling 101 goodness featuring Sasha Maks Vintage, and a collaboration with a great local denim company.

Food & Fitness:

It’s officially the time of year for beach, pool, and river trips so I’m going to start working on toning in preparation for swimsuit season. That means changing up my workouts and adding additional protein to my meals. If you want to stay on top of the shifts in my fitness routine check in on Instagram for updates or you can join me in getting bikini ready by emailing me for details!

We’re swiftly approaching the half-way mark for 2013, how has your year been so far?

Are you following my adventures on Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram yet?


MCLV Mange: Gluten-Free Protein Cake

After last week’s Coconut cookie cake I was in the mood to try my hand at a baking project that would be a little bit more on the healthy side. And thus, the mini Gluten-Free Protein Cake was born!

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Ingredients:

  • 1/2 Cup Almond Meal/Gluten-Free Flour
  • 1/4 Cup Coconut Flour
  • 1 Tsp Baking Soda
  • 1 Egg or Flax Egg
  • 1/4 Cup Pumpkin Puree or Applesauce
  • 1/4 Cup Coconut Oil
  • 1/4 Cup Sweetener of Choice – I went w/ Maple Syrup
  • 1 Scoop Chocolate Protein Powder {I love Sun Warrior}
  • 2 Tbsp Powdered Peanut Butter

Directions:

  • Pre-Heat oven to 350
  • Mix dry ingredients, then add the wet ingredients one-by-one
  • Transfer dough into two medium-sized ramekins
  • Bake at 350 for 25 minutes or until cooked through – Allow to cool for 10-15 minutes prior to consumption

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In addition to being a tasty little treat this recipe also packs 20+ grams of protein, depending on what type of protein powder you’re using, which makes it a much better choice than reaching for a cookie or some ice cream when your sweet tooth hits after dinner. Bonus? The single servings are a great thing for those of us who aren’t terribly good at the whole “portion control” thing. 🙂

Stay tuned for the next MCLV Mange installment and check out the previous posts from this series to see what you’ve missed so far: