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MCLV Style: Polka Dots

Wrap dresses are a very flattering style that works great on most body types and are easy to style for everything from daytime to work to nighttime with the right accessories.

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{You can shop similar pieces by clicking these hyperlinks: Wrap Dress – Lilly Pulitzer, Sandals – Zara, Wristlet – Mango, and Jewelry – JewelMint & Vintage}

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{Check out outtakes from this shoot here – Just log into Facebook to view}

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This two-toned polka dot wrap dress is one of my favorites – I love the way it fits and the combination of colors and prints gives you so many options when it comes to styling and accessorizing.

What’s your favorite silhouette or style of dress? Are you also a fan of wrap dresses?

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Looks of the Week – Denim Edition

One of the hottest trends for Summer 2013 so far is denim – From overalls and pinafores to vests and jackets – Denim seems to be everywhere these days.

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{This sweet denim dress is perfect for any event you have planned for this Summer and a statement necklace is the perfect finishing touch.}

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{If a head-to-toe denim look isn’t in your wheelhouse then a great vest or jacket is the perfect way to indulge this trend.}

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{You can kill two sartorial birds with one stone by trying out some denim overalls this season – It’s the perfect statement whether you go with shorts or pants.}

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{A jean jacket is classic – Go for classic with basic denim or spice up your layering looks this Summer with a fun printed or striped jacket.}

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{And if you’re a big fan I suggest trying out a denim-on-denim look.}

What’s your favorite way to wear denim?

My current denim obsession is definitely white jeans! Check out my two favorite looks featuring my killer new Sonas Denim patchwork jeansHow To Wear White Jeans and How To Wear White Jeans: Dressing Up.

If you need more of a fashion fix head over and check out the last Looks of the Week post that features some fabulous black & white looks from around the world.

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.

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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.

Summer Shopping

All of the killer Memorial Day Weekend sales seems to have gotten me into a shopping mood… So what’s on my fashion day dreaming list right now?

White Blazer:

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{Calvin Klein Combo Jacket – $129 via Bloomingdale’s}

Sleek & simple – A structured white blazer is the perfect layering piece for Spring and Summer. Why don’t I own one? Because I’m a klutz and a chronic spiller. True story. However, if I wasn’t, this would be at the very top of my Must Have List.

Boyfriend Vest:

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{h.i.p Drape Collar Vest – $38 via Nordstrom}

My style is fairly feminine but I do love adding some menswear-inspired touches to a look like a classic button-down, mens watch, or even some flat lace-up Oxfords. My dream menswear inspired piece for this season? An oversized waistcoat – Otherwise known as a “boyfriend vest.” You can layer it over a dress to mix your style up, pair with matching pants for a more formal look, or keep it super casual with shorts and a basic tee.

Chunky Cut-Out Booties:

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{Pointed Cut Out Flat Shoes – $99 via Choies}

I adore these Alexander Wang wannabe booties – I’ve been dying over all the fun flats out right now. From smoking slippers, boat shoes, and loafers to Oxfords, gladiators, and cut-out ballet flats. This pair is simple but still eye-catching and interesting, which is the perfect combination for me!

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{Styling 101: Easy Tips For Mixing Prints}

Want more? You can shop my closet over at Socialbliss and find pieces like cropped pants, blouses, heels & dresses. The too cute blue Prabal Gurung for Target heels above are the latest addition to my online shop so don’t wait to head over and check it out!

Swimsuit Season: Find The Perfect Swimsuit

One of my personal goals for June was to get myself toned & ready for bathing suit weather – You can check out my first post on this topic for tips & recommendations on getting fit – Swimsuit Season: How To Get Bikini Ready.

Step two in the journey towards enjoying swimsuit season is finding the perfect suit for your body type. I for one don’t fit into any of the convenient body type categories magazines use and finding the right bikini is definitely an exercise in trial and error. Check out the three great new suits that I picked out for 2013 at the bottom! ❤

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Check out these previous posts from MCLV on finding the right suit for your body & some of my favorite suits from seasons past – Bathing Suit Season… Le Sigh and Bathing Suit Season.

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{Pictures from Swimsuit Season Pinterest board}

As for me, my new bathing suit purchases this year include this fierce TopShop Bandeau Suit, a too cute Forever 21 Zebra Bikini, and to fulfill my love of one-piece retro inspired swimsuits I picked up this fabulous Marc by Marc Jacobs Maillot Swimsuit.

Need more bikini porn? Check out my Swimsuit Season Pinterest board for all the inspiration you can handle!

What’s your favorite style swimsuit for this year?

Styling 101: Cocktail Attire

The Little Black Dress is the perfect choice for a cocktail party – Not only is it a timeless style, it’s also easy to personalize your look with bold, eye-catching jewelry and accessories.

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{Jewelry can be shopped online at Sasha Maks Vintage, pieces will be available at The Factory through Summer, or you can contact info@sashamaksvintage.com for additional details & private appointments}

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{Caity: Dress – Diane Von Furstenberg, Heels – Giuseppe Zanotti & Clutch – Ted Baker, and Sasha: Top – Chaiken & Capone, Lace Pencil Skirt – Anna Sui & Ankle Boots – Costume National}

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{Photos by Jennymay Villarete of J. Villarete Photography – Jewelry & Jewelry Styling by Sasha Maks Vintage}

This dress is one of my favorites – It’s a universally flattering style, a simple silhouette that I can easily accessorize or dress up, and the lace overlay gives it a little boost. But if a cocktail dress isn’t your style then try a two-piece look like Sasha’s, her lace pencil skirt and tiered black top are chic and the textures & fabrics give her a flapper-esque vibe.

What’s your go-to look for a cocktail party?

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Beauty Essentials

Tis the season for complexion issues – From sunburns to flaky, dried skin to sunscreen & oil induced blemishes – Summer can be rough on your skin. And since taking care of your face is extra important this time of year I’d like to share some of my skin care secrets as well as some great tips & recommendations that I found on other sites.

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Exfoliator: My number one go-to product during the Summer is an exfoliating scrub – I love the feeling of fresh, clean skin. And while I’ve tried many many brands, I always go back to St. Ives Apricot Scrub. It’s the Little Black Dress of exfoliating – A classic. 🙂

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Lotion: A good moisturizer is a must during warm weather months and if you use it religiously you’ll keep your skin soft and manageable all Summer long. My current favorite is Clarins Extra-Firming Night Cream which feels great when you slather it on and you wake-up with your skin feeling great.

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BB Cream: At this point I don’t think that we can claim that BB Cream is just a fly-by-night trend, it seems to be here to stay. With so many choices & brands out there, I’ve found myself trying new ones from time to time, but my favorite so far is Dior Hydra Life BB Crème. It goes on light but is quite effective, which is perfect for the warm-weather months.

Below are some great pieces from around the blogosphere featuring well-loved beauty & skin care products as well as tips for great Summer skin.

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What’s your favorite trick to keep your skin healthy & glowing for the Summer months?

MCLV Style: Casual Fashion

Stripes are the perfect Spring and Summer daytime look – They go with everything and are easy to spice up to make a nighttime look. Here I paired a basic striped top with cuffed, slim-fitting jeans, and animal print accessories to make it a bit more interesting.

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{You can shop similar pieces by clicking these hyperlinks: Jeans – J Brand, Top – H&M, Bag – Zara, Necklace – Asos & Heels – ShoeMint} 

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{Check out outtakes from this shoot here – Just log into Facebook to view}

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Despite normally being a dress girl I’ve been living in these jeans on weekends lately – So comfortable and so flattering. They look great with heels as well as flats, and I really like the dark wash which hasn’t faded at all.

What’s your favorite brand of jeans? Why are they your favorite?

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Looks of the Week

The Looks of the Week – Office Style Edition was a fun deviation from the standard round-up of looks, I for one really enjoyed getting inspired to be more creative with my work looks. This week is all about international street style and the looks below were put together by fashion bloggers everywhere from Russia to the UK to Poland.

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{Does it get better than this? Bold black & white stripes and checkers paired with brilliant yellow, and finished off with chic two-toned sling backs. Swoon.}

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{Does anything say Spring more clearly than a sweet cloud print skirt? And the pretty fuschia pumps are the perfect punctuation for the look!}

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{I couldn’t be more in love with this look – The silhouette of the suit is perfect, the print is fun & eye-catching, and the cut is beyond flattering. This is a How To on wearing prints for Spring so take notes!}

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{You know what there aren’t enough of these days? Suspenders. And you can quote me on that!}

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{Head-to-toe black & white zebra print? Yes please!}

Clearly I’m loving black and white trend for Spring, especially when paired with a bold colored accessory – It’s classic but with a fun, modern twist. What’s my personal nod to this style? Just ordered this top and matching bottoms from Nordstrom – Can’t wait to show you guys! 🙂

Are you a fan of black and white for Spring? What’s your favorite version so far this season?

Gym Style

The term “workout fashion” may sound like an oxymoron but I fully believe that not only can you hit the gym looking great, your choice of pieces can actually help motivate you to make it to the gym.

One of my favorite bribes motivators for meeting a fitness goal is a new addition to my gym drawer. And it doesn’t have to be pricey. While you may be a fan of Lulu, there are plenty of stylish, functional, reasonably priced brands out there to choose from.

Read on for some inspiration to spice up your workout gear and some fun new pieces to try:

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Inspiration:

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New Gear:

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{Left: Zella ‘Live In’ Reversible Capri Pants – $48 & Right: Zella ‘Everyday’ Racerback Tank – $38}

My personal gym must haves include Nike sports bras, Zella tankscapri pants, Lululemon leggings, and Brooks running shoes.

What’s on your Must Have List for the gym?

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