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MCLV Style: Prints Prints Prints

Prints, prints, and more prints.

And I’m not going to lie – Those are three of my favorite things to keep in mind while I’m picking out my clothes each day. ūüôā

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{You can shop similar pieces by clicking these hyperlinks: Patterned Blouse – Zara, Polka Dotted Skirt – Forever 21, Cut-Out Booties – Via Spiga, Emerald Necklace – Zara & Clutch – MICHAEL by Michael Kors}

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{You can view this outfit on Lookbook.nu and Pose}

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

This hat makes me feel like a French film star in the 20’s and I absolutely adored pairing it with these all-over prints in this look. Colorful, fun, and eye-catching.

Do you like to wear hats? What’s your favorite style?


{International} Aqua Giveaway

I’m a huge fan of¬†the traditional black blazer¬†– It’s a versatile, classic piece and no woman should be without one. I practically live in my Aqua cropped black blazer, both at work and on the weekends.

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{MCLV Style: Lady Of The Night}

And since I truly believe that this fabulous little blazer is a Must Have I’m going to give away one to a lucky reader.

Entering this little contest is QUICK & EASY – I promise ‚Äď There are TWO different ways to enter so pick either of the simple options below and you’ll have this fun new piece to play with in just a few days!

  1. Leave a comment below on this post¬†telling me what you’d pair this blazer with
  2. Leave a comment on Facebook telling me what you’d pair this blazer with

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{Size Medium}

Easy, right?

So what are you waiting for? Go ahead & enter either on the blog or on Facebook and I will randomly pick a winner a week from today – Next Friday, February 22nd!

* Please note that this is NOT a sponsored post РI purchased this blazer in order to give it away on MCLV


MCLV Style: Anchors Away

I ran into GAP a few weeks ago for a pair of flats and as soon as I saw these cropped pants across the room I knew that they had to be mine. They’re fun and unique, and oh-so-perfect for Spring.

I mean, there’s nautical, and there’s nautical!

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{You can shop similar pieces by clicking these hyperlinks: Leather Sleeved Coat РAqua, Cropped PantsGAP, Heeled Loafers РTracy Reese, TopAnne Taylor & Bag РGivenchy}

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{You can view this outfit on Lookbook.nu and Pose}

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

This look also make me smile because I felt like I was getting ready to head outside for a gorgeous Spring day in San Francisco. Not. “Winter, we need to talk. I love you, but I think we should see other people.”

Are you ready for Spring like I am? What’s your favorite Spring style?

I’m writing this post from chilly New York City where I’ll be attending IFBCON & getting swept up in the madness that is New York Fashion Week. If you want updates & pictures be sure to follow me!


MCLV Style: Animal Prints

Nothing in the world is easier and more comfortable for a Saturday full of errands than leggings and a tunic. The main pieces in this look are the definition of basic black.

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{You can shop similar pieces by clicking these hyperlinks: Zipper Tunic РAlfani via Macys, LeggingsExpress, Clutch РBCBG, Flats РNicole,  Necklace РSasha Maks Vintage, Bracelet & Ring РJewelMint}

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{You can view this outfit on Lookbook.nu and Pose}

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

In order to keep the look from being boring I spiced it up with my new oversized orange+cheetah BCBG clutch, zebra print smoking flats, and a vintage elephant pendant. Cheetah, zebra, and elephant, you say? Now that’s not so basic!

Are you a fan of mixing prints? What about mixing animal prints like I did here? How many different prints is too many in your opinion?


What’s Your Fashion Statement?

One of my favorite fashion & fashion blogging-related communities to be a part of is The Girls Inspired Group¬†– It’s supportive, fun, and brings you in contact with so many talented bloggers and their fabulous sites. There seriously aren’t enough hours in the day for me to check out as many lovely blogs as I’d like to!

In addition to introducing all of us blogger to one another, the group is also inspiring us with fun spotlight topics for us to write posts about. This week’s topic is a great one so I felt like I needed to participate – GIG Spotlight #2 Fashion Tag: What‚Äôs Your Fashion Statement?

So here goes… I would describe my personal style as classic with a twist – I love basic black & chic, timeless pieces – But with a fun, eye-catching twist like the addition of statement jewelry or an on-trend accessory.

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{Examples of my ever-evolving style – Caped Crusader, Lady of the Night & Striped Leopard}

My closets are filled to the brim with basics like perfect Little Black Dresses, trench coats, quality striped & polka-dotted pieces, chic blouses, classic pumps, great fitting jeans, season-less bags…

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{See Real Girls Need Real Closets, Real Girls Need Real Closets – Accessories Edition, and Closet Organization for suggestions & recommendations for what basics you can try out!}

But I also do a seasonal refresher every few months in order to¬†add new accessories, pieces in fun, on-trend colors & prints, and maybe collect a new bag. Or two. ūüôā This process¬†definitely involves a trip to Zara & some online shopping at my favorite go-to stores.

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{Some recent acquisitions that have made their way into my closet via the¬†Paragon Outlets in Livermore, Zara, Forever 21, BCBG, Neiman Marcus & Bloomingdale’s}

So tell me, what’s YOUR fashion statement?

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MCLV Style: Striped Leopard

Mixing and matching patterned pieces can be such a creative exercise – Deciding what pieces go together, which prints would look good with which patterns, and putting the finishing touches on a look without going too over-the-top.

That’s my idea of a good time! ūüôā

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{You can shop similar pieces by clicking these hyperlinks: Striped Midi Skirt¬†– Aqua via¬†Bloomingdale’s, Faux Fur & Leather Jacket – Ellen Tracy via Saks, Leopard Print Peep-Toe Booties¬†– BCBGMaxAzria, Crocodile Tote¬†– Furla, Bracelet – H&M, and Rings – Tiffany’s & JewelMint}

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{You can view this outfit on Lookbook.nu and Pose}

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

These peep-toe¬†leopard print booties are a new acquisition. I was thrilled to discover that the Paragon Outlets in Livermore are not only close enough for a day-trip, they also feature outlets for Bloomingdale’s, Neiman Marcus, Saks Fifth Avenue, and Barneys NY.

It’s heaven in other words, so stay tuned for more of my fabulous finds from this great girls trip to Paragon!

What are you favorite prints or patterns to mix?


MCLV Style: Lady of the Night

If you’re a MCLV regular you’ve probably noticed that most of the personal fashion featured on my site is either¬†work-related or geared toward daytime styling – I’m not much of a late night girl these days. My weeks are filled to the brim with stress, deadlines, To Do Lists, and social obligations, so when the weekends roll around I’m much more interested in sleeping in, running errands, and relaxing than I am in partying the night away. Clubbing, dancing, and all-night bar hopping are things of the past it would seem.

But every once in a while there’s a social obligation or outing that requires dressing up and getting off my laptop for a night of fun and frivolity – And I definitely enjoy those evenings!

{You can shop similar pieces by clicking these hyperlinks: Printed TrousersZara, Narciso Rodriguez Sequined Top¬†– Kohl’s, Blazer – Aqua via Bloomingdale’s,¬†¬†ClutchExpress, Ankle Strap Heels ‚Äď Fendi,¬†Skull & Spike Bracelets – Asos.com, Chainlink Bracelet¬†– JewelMint, Star Ring¬†– BCBG, Swarovski Crystal¬†Ring – Gift & Elephant Pendant¬†– Sasha Maks Vintage from her recent Holiday Trunk Show}

{You can view this outfit on both Lookbook.nu and Pose}

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

That being said, on occasion I relish the opportunity to enjoy a night out on the town – Whether it’s a date night, a girls night out, or just dinner and drinks in the neighborhood¬†– Sometimes it’s fun to get all dressed up and enjoy some cocktails & laughs.

When I get dressed for a night out I like to pair something fun – And maybe new – With my favorite tried and true pieces. This blazer is one of my all time favorites {Aque via Bloomingdale’s} and I’ve come to love this tank for its layering capabilities.

I’m a skirt & dress girl through-and-through but I’m absolutely mad about all of the great pants for Fall and Winter this season. Prints, brocades, plaids, lace¬†& stripes… Are you stocking up on pants this season as well?


MCLV Style: Tiger Tiger Burning Bright

Okay fine, this top is actually adorned with leopard heads not tigers,¬†but once I got that William Blake poem in my head I was determined to use the line as a post title. My deepest apologies for the¬† fuzzy animal¬†inaccuracy. ūüôā

{You can shop similar pieces by clicking these hyperlinks: Leopard Head TopAsos.com,¬†Slim Corduroy Pants – Paige Denim via Bloomingdale’s, Tan Peep-Toe Sandals¬†– Madden-Girl¬†via Nordstrom, ¬†Zippered SatchelOASAP,¬† Large Le Pliage Bag¬†– Longchamp via Saks Fifth Avenue, Retro Gold Watch – Vintage, Geometric Gold Bracelet¬†– BCBG¬†Max Azria, Swarovski Crystal Ring¬†– Gift, Spiked¬†Necklace – H&M & SunglassesOscar de la Renta}

{You can view this outfit on both Lookbook.nu and Pose}

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

I put this look together for last Saturday’s¬†walk down to SOMA for a photo shoot for an upcoming holiday collaboration with Sasha Maks Vintage and Mystery Mister, and that Longchamp bag I’m carrying¬†was completely filled with shoes, handbags, and other accessories for the shoot. Stay tuned for pictures!

Are you a fan of of the animal print & animal head pieces that are all over the streets and in magazines for the Fall 2012/Winter 2013 seasons?


Happy Thanksgiving

Thanksgiving isn’t just about spending time with you family & friends –¬†or¬†food¬†– It’s also a time to be¬†grateful¬†and to give thanks for all of¬†the amazing¬†things in your life.

And I would be remiss if I didn’t say a great big THANK YOU to all of my readers for your continued support – I can honestly say that I wouldn’t be where I am today without each and every one of you.

And as a token of my appreciation here’s a collection of¬†sales and shopping destinations to check out if you’re interested in celebrating Black Friday¬†or Cyber Monday:

What sales am I most looking forward to? I’ve already placed my ASOS order {as I tweeted¬†Wednesday – 20% off w/ the code ASOSxBLAIR} and I’m hoping for some quality time on¬†the¬†Bloomingdale’s & Piperlime sites – Below are some of my picks!
What sites and/or stores are you planning to check out this year for Black Friday or Cyber Monday? Any pieces you’ve been dying to get and are waiting to see if they’ll go on sale?

Website Review – FootCandy Shoes

Due to long hours, lots of time spent in front of a computer on a daily basis, and a general dislike of crowded stores –¬†I’ve become quite the connoisseur of the “art” of online shopping. Recently I was thinking about what I like, what I don’t like, which sites I frequent, and what qualities I look for when I’m shopping online and wanted to share some of the wisdom I’ve accumulated over the years.

What makes a good online retailer?

  1. Great selection of pieces so I’ll always find something that I like
  2. Carries brands that I know & love (and which I already know my size in…)
  3. Acceptable pricing & great and/or frequent sales
  4. Shipments arrive in good time
  5. Quick, easy & hassle-free returns

My favorite places to shop online?

  1. ASOS
  2. Bloomingdale’s
  3. Piperlime
  4. BCBG
  5. Nordstrom

And I would be remiss if I didn’t mention Shopstyle.com –¬†Even though you don’t order directly from the website¬†itself,¬†this is the best place to find something that you’re looking for¬†since they’ll¬†search ALL online¬†retailers for you. Ridiculously helpful.

Now that we’ve talked about online shopping in general, let’s discuss shoe shopping. As I’m sure you’ve picked up, I like shoes¬†{Real Girls Need Real Closets & Real Girls¬†Need Real Closets –¬†Accessories Edition}¬†so today I want to share a new website that I recently discovered called FootCandy Shoes – An independent, high-end¬†retailer that has put together a great website that carries a pretty spectacular selection of shoes.

Pros:

  • Free shipping on orders over $100
  • Great sale section & “Bargain Basement” tabs with shoes under $50, $100, $150…
  • Carries designer shoes¬†as well as the more¬†common,¬†less expensive¬†brands
  • They also carry handbags and other small accessories

Cons:

  • There are some PRICEY pieces on this site so be prepared

And the most fun part of reviewing a shoe site, here are my loves, must haves, and recommendations for Fall!

{Left to Right: Kate Spade Bison Booties Р$120, Moschino White & Black Pumps Р$150, Pollini Striped Oxfords Р$190 & Tory Burch Buckled Ankle Boots Р$215}

And as an added bonus FootCandy Shoes would like to share a couple great shoe-related articles with us – Since they know how much we all love our shoes!

{The following was written by Foot Candy Shoes for MCLV}

Top 4 Ways to spot a fake Christian Louboutin Shoe

Today, it seems as though there are many individuals that are trying to mimic the iconic designer shoes of Christian Louboutin. With his eye for incredible design, texture, fabric, and of course his infamous red sole, who wouldn’t want to be the next Christian Louboutin? Well… there is a difference between inspiration and plagiarism. He is a mogul that he himself created. Since day one he has put everything he had into his shoes. From dreams to scribbles, Louboutin is a trendsetter that no other person other than the glorious man himself can replicate. He truly is a one of a kind designer and this is clearly why every fashionista across the globe is obsessed with his label. Unfortunately, there are many people out there that want a piece of his opulence and they themselves have started to counterfeit his designs.

Here are four tips that will help every fashionista out there distinguish between Authentic Christian Louboutin’s and Imitations:

1. The Box: Some may find this tip silly but its close attention to detail that will differentiate genuine Louboutin‚Äôs from the fake ones. When looking closely at the box it is important to note the word ‚ÄúParis.‚Ä̬†It should be located near the edge of right side of the box. It should not be underneath the Christian Louboutin¬†logo. In addition, the item description sticker should be on the box. It should clearly state the European size, name of the shoe, and have a sku¬†bar and number all located on this one sticker. Lastly, the Christian Louboutin logo should be written in white lettering.

2. The Dust Bags: An authentic dust bag should be a bright red color made of a cotton fabric with the Christian Louboutin logo noticeably written straight across the bag. Fake dust bags tend to look almost sun faded or pink in tone. In addition, the fake dust bags have the Christian Louboutin logo that is written diagonally. Lastly, the fake dust bags usually are made of a fake silky material.

3. The Red Sole:¬†A genuine Christian Louboutin¬†red sole¬†is always a bright red hue with a high gloss finish. Fake red soles are a deeper red hue and tend to have a matte looking finish rather than glossy one. Pay close attention to the lettering inscribed on the red sole. An authentic Christian Louboutin will clearly have ‚ÄúChristian Louboutin,‚ÄĚ ‚ÄúMade in Italy,‚ÄĚ and the European size located on it. Many times the fake shoes will have the word ‚ÄúMadeInItaly‚Ä̬†as one word with no spaces. Lastly, the loop on the ‚ÄúL‚ÄĚ located on an authentic Christian Louboutin shoe will appear almost touching the rest of the ‚ÄúL.‚ÄĚ In the replica the ‚ÄúL‚ÄĚ will not touch and there is a notable space in-between.

 4. The Authenticity Card: An enormous clue that will distinguish if the shoe you are purchasing is genuine or not has to do with the authenticity card. Fake shoes will come with a red PLASTIC authenticity card. However, genuine Christian Louboutin shoes do not send out any booklets or authenticity cards!

We hope these tips help! Happy Christian Louboutin Hunting!!

This article was written by Foot Candy Shoes, online retailers for Christian Louboutin, Jimmy Choo, Manolo Blahnik and more.


Fall On A Budget

At the beginning of October I shared my Fall 2012 Must Haves, which included eye-catching patterns & prints, faux leather, fun pants, tweed pieces, asymmetrical details, and the color de jour for Fall РOxblood.

It’s easy to see pictures from the Fall 2012 collections and put together a mental list of all the things you want, and then give up in frustration¬†because you can’t afford straight-from-the-runway pieces. But I’m here to tell you that we can very easily update your wardrobe for Fall without having to dip into your 401k. I promise!

I like to get¬†one or two great new¬†investment pieces each season – something like¬†an updated but¬†classic Little Black Dress, a chic new handbag, or a timeless trench – but I’ll also collect a handful of fun, on-trend pieces from less expensive stores that quickly update my looks for the season. There are great stores like Zara, ASOS, H&M, and TopShop were you can find trendy, well-made pieces each season for a steal. Read on for some of my personal suggestions & recommendations as well as a collection of great articles that’ll steer you in the right direction for all of your Fall 2012 needs.

I have to confess that some of my favorite places to shop are the Spanish retailers that¬†I was first introduced to when I lived in Italy at the age of 21 –¬†H&M, Mango, and Zara.¬†The clothing is stylish and well-made, but doesn’t cost a fortune and the collections are updated frequently so there’s always something new in stores and online.
{Lace Trousers – $90 @ Zara, Blouse – $60 @ H&M & Contrast Panelled Dress – $30 @ Mango}
  • Where Do Editors Really Shop¬†from Refinery 29 is just the sort of article that I love to read – Knowing where the most fashionable and stylish women in the fashion world shop is like being handed the keys to the kingdom! And wouldn’t you know it, along with the high-end designers that you’d expect them to mention, they also list great inexpensive shopping destinations like E-bay, Target, Zara, Amazon, Madewell, J.Crew, TopShop, JewelMint, ShoeMint, and even The Salvation Army. Great news, isn’t it?

Another lucky break for us fashion obsessed is that more and more high-end designers have been coming out with reasonably priced collections for retailer giants like Payless, Target, and Macys.

{Long-sleeve Shirt Dress in Red Geometric Print Р$40 @ Kirna Zabete for Target, Long-Sleeve Satin Blazer Р$60 (on sale) @ Nicole Richie for Impulse & Racquel Side Zip Bootine Р$50 @ Christian Siriano for Payless}

  • Lucky Magazine’s 100 Cheap Fall Finds is a trove of fun Fall pieces from printed pants and embellished collars to chic dresses and leather trimmed jackets. In addition to featuring clothing from Luckymag.com, they included other¬†retail websites like¬†Romwe.com, Pixiemarket.com, Urban1972.com, Levis.com, and Ulta.com.
  • Two of the trends that I’m¬†most excited for this Fall are printed pants and leather-trimmed pieces and luckily for all of us the fun website¬†The Cheap Chica’s Guide¬†to Style featured¬†fabulous recommendations for both trends – ¬†Geometry Class & Just The Sleeves Please. So no matter what type of fashion you’re in the mood for this site has what you’re looking for!

The less expensive secondary lines created by designers and sold at department stores like Bloomingdale’s, Macys, Nordstrom, and Kolh’s are great pieces to keep an eye out for.

{Left to Right: Marc by Marc Jacobs ‘Jac’ Denim Leggings – $140 @ Nordstrom, MICHAEL Michael Kors Sleeveless Cowl Neck Banded Bottom Dress – $45 (on sale) @ Bloomingdale’s, and LC Lauren Conrad Embellished Ruffle Tee – $40 @ Kohl’s}

  • Not quite sure how to approach stores like Nordstrom Rack, TJ Maxx, Marshall’s, or Ross? Refinery 29 took it upon themselves to teach us how in their piece Discount Shopping – How To Shop At Marshalls where they had three different editors put together 6 cute looks under $50. Wow!
  • Waiting for stores to have announce a big sale is a great way to find the pieces you’re craving without paying full-price. Not sure just how to make this tactic work for you? Check out Sales Rack Skinny: The Subtle Statement‚Äôs Sale Shop Tactics¬†for tips that’ll help you find just what you’re looking for in stores or even online.

Are you still in the mood for more tips, recommendations, and suggestions for updating your wardrobe, Fall dressing, and online shopping? Stay tuned for an upcoming interview with Style For Hire and a series of informative posts all about online shopping.


MCLV Style: Pardon My French

I fell madly in love with this sweater when I saw it online and knew that it had¬†to be mine –¬†Totally fun and perfect for Fall!¬†First I tried pairing it with flirty, pleated black skirt but I ended up deciding on my favorite cropped black pants.

{You can shop similar pieces by clicking these hyperlinks: Pardon My French Sweater – Forever 21, Cropped Black PantsJuicy Couture @ Bloomingdale‘s, Patent Leather Chainlink BagExpress, Vintage Inspired Gold Bracelets¬†– JewelMint, Spiked BraceletAsos.com}

{You can also view this outfit on both Lookbook.nu and Pose}

{Check out more outtakes from this shoot here ‚Äď just log into Facebook to view}

I wore this¬†for my company’s End Of Summer party two weeks ago. It was a great night filled with games – skee ball, bouncy houses, golf, mechanical bull, even a zip line – an open bar, lives music, tons of food, and a great view.

I have to admit that it’s been a while since I wore a top that had writing¬†across the front¬†and I’d forgotten how nerve-wracking it is when you feel like everyone’s staring at you trying to read your shirt!

How do you feel about wearing a shirt or a sweater that has writing on it?


MCLV Style: Skulls & Givenchy

I adore San Francisco¬†during the Summer¬†– Blue skies, crisp air, and a slight breeze – It’s Summertime perfection as far as I’m concerned. But every once in a while I give up my moderate weather and venture into warmer territories. You wouldn’t think of Sonoma as a hot climate, but it can get pretty toasty during the summer.

The answer to this fashion conundrum? Mini skirt!

{Skull Print Blouse –¬† People’s Market from¬†Asos.com,¬†Tiered¬†Black Mini Skirt Juicy Couture from Bloomingdale‘s, Heeled SandalsNine West, Large Nightingale Satchel – Givenchy from Barney’s NY, Chainlink Chanel¬†Bracelet,¬†Sapphire & Diamond Art Deco Engagement Ring,¬†Bow Pendant, and Gold¬†Locket –¬†All Vintage}

{You can HYPE this look on Lookbook.nu, shop similar pieces on ASOS Fashion Finder, or click the hyperlinks above to shop comparable pieces and visit store websites}

Check out more outtakes from this shoot here ‚Äď just log into your Facebook account to view.

I absolutely adored this skull print blouse when I saw it on Asos.com and knew that it would¬†a fun addition to my wardrobe. It’ll work well with a blazer for Fall and I liked how it paired with this tiered mini skirt over the weekend.

Stay tuned for more pictures from our trip to Sonoma this past weekend, an exciting accessories guest post from yours truly, and news about the new love of my life!

Do you ever mix things up with a fun print or bright color? What’s your favorite statement piece in your closet – Accessories, article of clothing, or jewelry?


List Girl

My June Listing post was such a success that¬†I thought I’d make it a semi-regular offender, so get ready for some information about me and details about what I’ve been doing lately.

What I’ve been eating:

I can’t seem to get out of the kitchen actually, something which I blame this new 11-Cup Cuisinart Food Processor¬†for. I was thrilled to upgrade from the 4-cup to the 11-cup but I haven’t stopped baking since it arrived, and that’s rough on the jeans!

I’m still eating tons of veggies, cooking healthy meals for Arianna at least once a week, and eating my body weight in fruit every day, but everything I eat seems to come with a side of baked goods these days…

{JL Goes Vegan’s Cherry-Oat Ice Cream Bars,¬†Peanut Butter Protein Balls¬†& OhSheGlow’s Oil-Free Chocolate Zucchini Muffins}

The boy has been thrilled by this little development and no one in my office is complaining about the abundance of cookies and zucchini muffins, I can assure you!

What I’ve been reading:

It seems like lately I’ve spent a lot of time on the train or in the car, so reading materials have been a must. The benefit is that¬†I’m all caught up on my favorite magazines now,¬†which is a relief,¬†and I’ve read a handful of books over the last few weeks.

Recently¬†I’ve gotten through the too cute¬†Perks of Being a Wallflower by Stephen Chbosky, Martin Cruz Smith’s Russian crime novel Stalin’s Ghost, and the international espionage novel Moscow Vector by¬†Patrick Larkin. Now it’s on to Robin Maxwell’s Signora da Vinci¬†and Lucrezia Borgia by Sara Bradford, both of which have been gathering dust on my bedside table.

What I’ve been writing:

Um… I take the 5th. I swear I’ll have an answer in my next Listing post. I swear!

What I’ve been wearing:

I’ve been making an effort to trade in¬†my easy-to-wear dresses for fun separates and that’s given me a chance to be more creative with colors and prints and accessories so far this Summer.

Hopefully I can keep this up through the end of Summer and start Fall off right with lots of great skirts and pants paired with fabulous tops and all the cold weather accessories I’ve been missing!

Some Things You Probably Didn’t Know About Me:

  • I spend most of my waking time thinking about food – I love to cook¬†and eat, and trying a new recipe is one of my favorite parts of the day.
  • I compulsively double lock my front door whenever I walk inside my apartment. Even when Sean’s just walked out to drop off the garbage. I can’t help it!
  • I love swimming and spending my vacations in the water, but I’m afraid of lake monsters. Don’t ask.

How have you been spending your time lately? Have you eaten anything great? Read anything new? Worn anything fabulous that you’d like to share?


MCLV Style: Multicolored Pleats

As you very well know, I am a fan of pleats. I like how fresh and crisp they can¬†look, and pleated skirts are my current favorite, whether they’re solid colored, short, or high-waisted. This multi-colored pleated skirt from SugarLips fit the bill perfectly and I was honored when they sent me the piece so that I could review it.

{Pleated Skirt – SugarLips, Thick Strap Tank – Zara,¬†Cropped Blazer – Aqua from Bloomingdale’s, Necklace – Forever 21, Bracelet¬†– BCBG, Handbag – Givenchy¬†& Heeled Sandals – Madeline Stuart}

{If you like this look you can HYPE it on Lookbook.nu, shop similar pieces on ASOS Fashion Finder, or click the hyperlinks above to shop comparable pieces and visit related store websites}

Check out more outtakes from this shoot here Рjust log into your Facebook account to view.

I tried this out with my favorite BCBG blouse but I liked the sleek look of the black tank and the cropped blazer with the skirt; it made the look work for either the office or an evening out. And you know how much I adore a versatile look!

Now tell me, have you tried out the pleats trend this Summer? Are you a fan of multicolored pieces like this adorable skirt that can be styled in multiple ways?


Weekend Wonderland

I have to admit that¬†I look forward to¬†family events like a little kid on Christmas Eve, and luckily for me this past weekend was my dear Auntie’s birthday party.

The Queen’s Jubilee celebration if you will.

Oh what a night.

We celebrated with a stylish catered dinner party in her beautiful backyard which turned out to be a mini family reunion with champagne toasts & heartfelt speeches, pink nail polish comparisons, pets, pets, pets. Oh, and an enthusiastic dance party on the patio.

When the camera came out my cousins¬†made¬†jokes about needing to¬†smile and look¬†their best for pictures since they could end up on this blog. They kept shouting “blog” instead of “cheese.”

Gotta love having such an accepting & supportive family!

As it turned out all of the cousins all wore dresses to the event. From left to right: an embroidered cream strapless midi-length dress, a brightly patterned one-shouldered dress belted at the waist, and a sweet purple sundress paired with a white lace jacket.

And pink toenail polish.

Quite the stylish group of ladies if we do say so ourselves. ūüôā

I wore a black & white floral Anthropologie top tucked into a black pleated Zara mini skirt, a cropped Aqua blazer, patent leather Oxford booties, and tons of gold necklaces & bracelets.

Do you like to be social over the weekends or just kick back and relax at home? If you enjoy the occasional outing, do you like to get dressed up or take advantage of being away from work to relax your personal style?


Mission: Put Together 2012 – Week II

I’m here today to give you a¬†Week II breakdown for Definitely RA‘s 2012 fashion challenge – Mission: Put Together¬†(similar to¬†Freckles In Aprils’ 10 Day Style Challenge¬†from earlier in the year) – my initial post on¬†Week I post was published on May 15th. Clearly I’ve had a hectic Spring, but I’m glad that I’m finally sharing these fun pictures.

Ready for some color?

M:PT 2012 Challenges

Week #2 was about one thing – Prints Prints Prints! I went from a solid black girl to mixing patterned pieces like a pro, the very reason that I wanted to take on this challenge in the first place.

Summer Stripes:

I feel like I should preference this by saying that¬†this is the first time I’ve worn shorts since JUNIOR HIGH.

Striped Top: Zara, Royal Blue Shorts: Zara, Sandals: Vintage, Black Bag: Chanel, Sunglasses: Christian Dior, & Jewelry: JewelMint

You can HYPE this look on Lookbook.nu, shop similar pieces on ASOS Style Finder, or click the hyperlinks above for some comparable pieces that you can buy.

I traded in my vintage sandals for MaddenGirl heels to grab a glass of wine outside at a cafe.

That’s right. Junior High.

And of course I paired these too-cute bright blue Zara shorts with fun zipper details with a basic striped T-shirt. We all know how much I love stripes!

Polka Dots:

Polka Dot Blouse: Zara, Pleated Chiffon Mini Skirt: Zara, Black Blazer: Aqua, Clutch: Chanel, & Nude Heels: BCBGeneration

You can HYPE this look on Lookbook.nu, shop similar pieces on ASOS Style Finder, or click the hyperlinks above for some comparable pieces that you can buy.

I was totally mad for this outfit! Every once in a while I put something together that makes me just plain¬†excited to go outside. And this is an example of that. I was bouncing around like a sugar-crazed little kid while Sean and I were waiting to meet my parents for¬†dinner that¬†night. I couldn’t even wait until after dinner to take pictures, we ran across the street from the restaurant after placing our orders to take these shots.

People were definitely stopping to stare at us while we were taking these pictures in Washington Square Park. I think trying to figure out who I was and why I was posing for photographs on a bike path…

Graffiti Girl:

When I saw this dress I knew it had to be mine.

Geometric Print Dress: Mango, T-Strap Heels: Zara, and Handbag: Zara

You can HYPE this look on Lookbook.nu, shop similar pieces on ASOS Style Finder, or click the hyperlinks above for some comparable pieces that you can buy.

I have a bad habit of wearing dresses that aren’t ideal for my body type. For example, I absolutely adore 6o’s mod-inspired styles and shift dresses, which are better suited for someone with a boyish figure – a la Twiggy.

Flower Child:

What do you wear when it’s gorgeous out on a lazy Sunday morning? Go hippie of course! And since I wanted to stay true to the challenge, I made sure to pick a fun floral printed dress to run errands in.

While I adore this print, what really made this dress stand out to me was the crocheted strip around the middle. Such a fun, unique detail.

Floral Dress: Vintage, Sunglasses: D&G, Cross-Body Bag: BCBGeneration & Floral Cuff: Vintage

You can HYPE this look on Lookbook.nu, shop similar pieces on ASOS Style Finder, or click the hyperlinks above for some comparable pieces that you can buy.

Print On Print:

Who would have ever guessed that me, the girl who wore nothing but solid black for years, would be involved in something as crazy as pattern mixing?

I love this dress and I’ve worn it a few times this season,¬†but it was really fun to try to pick out a great patterned bag to pair with it this time, something that I wouldn’t necessary choose during a random wearing.

Dress: Lilly Pulitzer via Bloomingdale’s, Sandals: Vintage, Striped Tote: Forever 21, Charm bracelet: Juicy Couture, Flower Ring: Forever 21, & Turquoise Ring: Asos

You can HYPE this look on Lookbook.nu, shop similar pieces on ASOS Style Finder, or click the hyperlinks above for some comparable pieces that you can buy.

Color. Prints. Mixing patterned pieces. This was a big week for me, I definitely stretched my sartorial muscles. I’m sure that you also noticed that these are all weekend after-hours looks. I included a number of work outfits in Week I and wanted to try to incorporate more street style type looks this week.

Do you like the idea of a fashion challenge that forces you to make new and interesting fashion choices? Are you getting inspired to try out some fun new looks for Summer?


MCLV Style: Pleats & Peplums

Happy – it’s almost the end of the week –¬†Thursday!¬†To celebrate I’d like to¬†share some of my recent looks so that I can show how¬†hard I’m working to meet my June fashion¬†goals.

I have to confess, one of my favorite parts about having a stand-up desk at work is that I can wear pleated skirts to the office without having to worry about the pleats getting squished by sitting on them all day!

It’s the little things in life. ūüôā

SkirtVince Camuto from Bloomingdale’s, Wide-strap tank – Zara, Cardigan – H&M, Mary Jane’s – Merona¬†from Target, Rings – JewelMint, Vintage & Juicy Couture, and Watch – Vintage

You can HYPE this look on Lookbook.nu or shop similar pieces on ASOS Style Finder or by clicking the hyperlinks in the outfit breakdown above.

When I saw this skirt I knew that¬†it was going to be mine, I loved both the stripes and the pleats.¬†It’s also¬†a fun length, almost like a cheerleader skirt (which I’ve never worn.,I swear).¬†This whole look was inspired by the brightly colored, stripe-filled¬†Jason Wu for Target Collection. And my love of stripes, of course.

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I also recently made my¬†first peplum¬†attempt of the season. I’ve seen so many cute variations of this trend lately –¬†from simple peplum¬†tops to fun & wild¬†peplum dresses –¬†and I wanted to give it a try as well.

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Liz from Late Afternoon has a fabulous and one-of-a-kind style, she frequently appears in my Looks of the Week posts, and I took her peplum outfit above as the inspiration for the look that I put together below.

Floral Dress РVintage from Belle Cose, Peplum top РZara, Patent (faux) Leather Oxford Booties РWild Diva, Necklace РExpress, Rings РJewelMint, Vintage & Juicy Couture, and Bracelets РJewelMint & Forever 21

In these photos is doesn’t appear that¬†my body type is ideal for the peplum¬†trend, but I decided that it was just the silhouette of the dress I’d chosen to wear under the peplum¬†top. Besides, as far as I’m concerned the highlight of this look is the jewelry anyway. The finger-length floral ring is a recent acquisition from JewelMint¬†and I’m madly madly in love.

Peplum Attempt Take II

Peplum Top РZara, Pencil Skirt РZara, Black & White Jacket РZara, Round Toe Pumps РVery Volatile, Tweed Handbag РKate Spade, Necklace РAsos, and Rings & Bracelets РJewelMint, Vintage, Forever 21 & BCBG

You can HYPE these looks on Lookbook.nu or shop similar pieces on ASOS Style Finder or by clicking the hyperlinks in the outfit breakdown above.

“I’m a Zara girl, in a Zara world…” I was definitely singing Barbie Girl in my head all morning. ūüôā¬†The pencil skirt did a much better job of complementing the volume¬†of the peplum¬†top than the floral dress that I chose the first day. I’m glad that I gave this another try¬†and didn’t give up after the first attempt was a disappointment!

What do you guys think? Are you willing to try interesting new trends each season? Or do you prefer to stick to your tried-and-true personal style?

A¬†special thank you to my friend Liz for her help with these pictures, I’m an awful subject because I’m so uncomfortable in front of the camera, and I appreciate her never-ending patience with me!


Giveaway Winner + Lollihop Goodness

First, I want to thank everyone who entered the Spring 2012 MCLV Giveaway!¬† I’m glad that it was a contest that you guys were interested in and I’m hoping that we’ll be able to have another one soon. Now for the announcement that you’ve all been waiting for, the winner is… Elizabeth Agrilla.

Congratulations!

This reader submitted the following well thought out response to my Spring fashion inquiry, including pictures:

The trend I am most excited about this spring is the use of sheer¬†fabric.¬† Although not new to the fashion world, this year designers stepped up their game creating stunning styles that left plenty to the imagination.¬† The use of sheer fabric this season was clever and fun, creating clothes that were flattering, feminine, sexy, and even in some cases ethereal.¬† Although most designers used sheer in one or more designs, a good example of the artistry and effect is Narciso¬†Rodriguez (NY) (attached).¬† I also liked Marni’s¬†use of sheer underskirts, giving her designs a retro, yet new vibe (attached).

As expected, bright colors and nature inspired materials graced the runways heralding the approach of spring.  A sense of renewal always comes with Spring making it a perfect time to renew the wardrobe.   This is what makes Spring one of my favorite times of year.  Beading, lace, metallic fabrics, flower power, the roaring 20s , flamenco Рwhat fashion week look to start with?

I can not  bring this to an end without mentioning a standard Spring necessity Рsandals, sandals, sandals! РI love them!  I love sandals in all shapes, styles, colors and heights, but what stood out from the catwalks this season were the sandals that strapped up the calf.  Gladiator sandals are nothing new, but these babies were hard-core РLOVE THEM!

Haha. Definitely a thorough response! And with so much research, effort and thought put into her response, I am thrilled that Elizabeth will be getting this gift certificate to put towards her Spring shopping. Maybe if we’re really lucky she’ll send us a picture of her Bloomingdale’s loot after she goes shopping.

Elizabeth – Please send me an email with your mailing address so that I can send you your prize!

Second, I’d like to share some information with you¬†guys¬†about¬†a former company that I was fortunate enough to have discovered last year, called Lollihop, which I heard about from the Hungry Hungry Hippie.

Lollihop puts together boxes of organic, healthy snacks. While I’m in no way saying that processed food is the way to go, these snacks are a great alternative to some of the choices out there when you’re on the go.¬†Each box contains eight snacks and they range from trail mixes to nut butters to protein bars to baked chips. The snacks are chosen based on their nutritional content and are some of the healthiest snacks on the market. All delivered right to your front door.

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¬†Let’s go through the contents of my first box and discuss the nutritional stats for the snacks that they sent me, shall we?

Larabars are some of my all time favorite bars, not only do they taste great – I even got my boyfriend hooked on them¬†– they also have one of the most pure ingredient lists of any bars I’ve ever seen. My favorite flavor is Coconut Cream Pie and¬†the ingredients are dates, coconut, almonds, cashews and extra virgin coconut oil. You’ve heard of and can pronounce all of them! Below are the nutritional stats. I’m sure you can see why I keep these in my purse and desk.¬†

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Gnu Bars¬†are high fiber, low-calorie baked bars. Here’s a little bit more about the bars from the website: “The 6 natural whole grains in Gnu Bars are rich in beneficial nutrients, minerals, antioxidants and phytonutrients¬†as well as rich in Fiber. The whole grains in Gnu Bars contain all the parts of the entire grain kernel; they haven‚Äôt been milled or processed out like other so many other whole grain foods or supplements.” My box came with the Banana Walnut flavored bar which was tasty and filling, but on the small side.¬†ūüė¶

Bakery on Main¬†Gluten-Free Granola Bars are made with flax¬†and chia seeds and are an excellent source for Omega 3 & 6 essential fatty acids. Their tagline? No GMOs, dairy, casein, wheat, trans fats or cholesterol. I haven’t had a granola bar in YEARS and was pleasantly surprised by the taste and the consistency. Nutritional breakdown below:¬†

KIND Bars are described on the website as “a brand of all natural whole nut and fruit bars made from ingredients you can see and pronounce and it’s also a movement that gives new purpose to snacking.” The ingredients include: macadamia nuts, apricots [apricot paste, glycerol (vegetable based), pectin, apple fiber, citric acid] honey, shredded coconut, coconut chips, glucose, puffed rice, chicory fiber, soy lecithin. They’re chewy enough to make your jaw sore (a plus in my book) and were quite flavorful.¬†

Food Should Taste Good is a company dedicated to making healthy snacks from whole, wholesome ingredients and their Blue Corn Tortialla chips are made from flax seed, quinoa and blue corn. Healthy chips that actually taste good and have a great texture? This company definitely lives up to their name!

The Somersault Snack Company¬†prides itself in creating healthy snacks for busy people on the go and worships the sunflower seed! (Don’t we all?) They include them in all their snacks and advertise the healthy stats of sunflower seeds¬†on every package:

  • 4x more antioxidants than blueberries…
  • More fiber than an apple…
  • AND 50% more protein than almonds!

Unfortunately I wasn’t a big fan of the flavor that I received in my box. I wanted to love the Pacific Sea Salt flavor but it was just okay, I’m dying to try the Cinnamon Crunch and Santa Fe Salsa versions though, they both sound delicious and I think a little bit more kick would improve my opinion of these little snacks.

Popcorners are similar to the more well-known¬†Pop Chips, they come in various sweet and savory flavors and are¬†made from¬†popped corn. An extremely interesting¬†fact about¬†Popcorners is that the Philadelphia and Chicago school systems are substituting them for other¬†types of fried potato chips (source). They’re a pretty sturdy chip, I ate half of them plain and dipped the rest in hummus and they were quite good.

Bella Viva Orchards is a California-based company that produces and packages dried fruits and nuts. The dried cherries that I got in my box were surprisingly big, plump and very sweet. I ate a few of them solo and then chopped the rest up and added them to the third batch of cookies that I made last week. SO TASTY.

The final product in my first box was a packet of Linwoods¬†Milled Flaxseed Cocao & Berries. Linwoods is a UK-based company with a range of Premium Bakery, Fresh Dairy and Healthy Super Food products. From their Website: “The Linwoods range of delicious, nutritious ‚ÄėSuper Foods‚Äô is the perfect solution for those who want to ensure that their diet comprises the essential fatty acids, vitamins and minerals that can add such quality to life and living.” I added half of the packet¬†to a strawberry & banana smoothie and half to some overnight oats with light coconut milk. They’re hearty and gave both the smoothie and the oats a slight taste of flax, I really enjoyed it.

I love all of Lollihop’s¬†little notes and descriptions in¬†the box, it’s a¬†great way to make sure that the recipients know the health benefits and nutrition of the various products. I was thrilled by my first box and have been quite happy with the subsequent ones, I think this is a great service and absolutely ideal for someone (or a family) that is busy and doesn’t want their health to suffer as a result.

Unfortunately I hate to have to tell you that Lollihop has been discontinued, but I have high hopes that a similar service will pop up in the near future to fill this very necessary void for us busy snackers.


Spring 2012 Trends: What You Should Wear

The time has finally come and¬†Spring is upon us and it’s time, ladies and gentlemen, to rearrange your closets so that your warm weather clothes are more easily accessible. Spring and Fall are my favorite, I love the transitioning seasons when it’s slightly warm but still crisp and the skies are bright blue and cloudless.¬†I adore¬†going for walks at night when it’s still¬†light out, going ¬†to the Farmer’s Market and making huge, brightly colored¬†salads, and of course, bearing some skin after months of being hiding under layers and layers of fabric.

So what’s on tap for Spring? As usual every magazine and fashion blog has a helpful list of what¬†the New York, London, Milan and Paris¬†collections showed for Spring 2012¬†– Fashionologie, Vogue, Harper’s Bazaar &¬†Elle to name a few. They go to the runway shows and examine them look by look¬†to determine what the upcoming season will be all about. And this season we have: rounded shoulders, lace, 20’s art deco, ladylike silhouettes, florals, tribal prints, peplum tops & dresses, exaggerated & padded hips, wide belts, minimalism, head-to-toe white, mesh, sporty, cropped tops, bra tops…

Bra tops?

As adorable as these models look, this isn’t a what I would call a real trend for real people. Truth be told, pretty much only Carrie Bradshaw can wear a bra top in public. So my goal here today is to give you some ideas for great Spring dressing that are more suited to our non-Sex In The City day-to-day lives.

Pastels:

Pastels are usually a Spring staple and this year is no different. However, rather than putting together solid candy colored looks, try mixing various soft, sherbet shades together for a colorful but subtle look.

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Lindsey Wixson¬†& Frida Gustavsson’s ad for Mulberry highlights the beautiful pastel trend perfectly. Why not try pairing pastel pieces with neutrals or even black for a tasteful work-appropriate look?

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See FabSugar’s ideas on how to integrate pastels into your wardrobe in¬†5 Ways to Wear Spring’s Pretty Pastels¬†or WhoWhatWear’s How They Wear Pastels¬†featuring Sarah Jessica Parker, Hanneli¬†Mustaparta &¬†Lily Collins.

Popping:

You may already be sick of the phrase “pop of color” (right Holly?) but this trend isn’t going anywhere anytime soon…

Why settle for one splash of color when you can have two like Judith Bedard does below? I love that she didn’t try to match her tights and oh-so-French scarf. They’re both beautiful, bright colors, and they’re both utterly different.

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This is an ideal style for those –¬†like me – who¬†wear mostly black,¬†since¬†adding a bright scarf, pair of shoes, or purse is incredibly easy. Yet those quick touches immediately¬†update your¬†look, make it fresh¬†and take it to a new level. So what did I do to ensure that I could pop pop pop all Spring long?

I bought myself a new best friend! ūüôā

A scarf, hat, bag or piece of jewelry are all great choices for bringing this trend to life. But you can get even more creative and find other ways to flash some color. How about a bright hairpiece or headband? What about throwing on some brilliantly colored nail polish?

Kate Spade Is Teaming Up With Poppy King Again

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Bright Blazers:

Similar to the splash of color trend is the modern style of adding a colorful blazer to your outfit to give it a bit of flash.

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Above model Josephine Skriver shows just how to pair a bright blazer with a warmer look Рslim pants, booties & long sleeves will all keep the chill away as we wait impatiently for the weather to heat up. Already warm enough to lose the pants in your neck of the woods, you luck duck? Try pairing a brightly colored blazer with shorts for a more Summery look like Liz Cherkasova from Late Afternoon does below. She even mixed multiple trends by adding metallic shorts & accessories as well as a floral printed blouse to her look. Quite the Mix Master!

For more tips on finding the perfect blazer, see¬†Rachel Bilson‘s Spring blazer recommendations or Frugal Fashionista‘s great celebrity-inspired choices featuring fashion stars like Kirstin¬†Dunst, Beyonce and Olivia Palermo.

Prints:

While florals¬†are always a Spring staple, this year you¬†should also invest in some other types of prints¬†as well – from tribal prints to chevron zig zags¬†to typical florals to geometric patterns – there’s something to suit everyone’s style. Whether you want to add a printed bag or belt to a monochromatic look or bravely don head-to-toe print, you should definitely give this trend a try.

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Hanne¬†Gaby Odiele¬†& Elisa Nalin¬†were both ahead of the curve and showing off gorgeous prints¬†during the Fall 2012 shows this past month. I like that while they’re both wearing florals their looks couldn’t be more different, they’re both quite creative with their personal styling.

Even if you’re still working up the courage to flaunt the all-over 70’s style print you’ve always admired, you can try something a bit more subtle to work your way closer to your goal.

Left: French Connection Dress - Space Baby Knits $170 @ Bloomingdale's & Right: ASOS Print Dress With Dipped Hem - $65 @ Asos.com

A faint pattern like the two dresses above is a good stepping stone. It gives you a fun pattern to play with but isn’t quite as bold or dramatic as Hanne¬†and Elisa’s looks at the top of this section.

White dresses:

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Ashley Madekwe’s¬†crisp Armani Exchange dress is light and summery, she paired it with black sandals and layered jewelry for a fun daytime look. While Natalia Vodianova’s dress shows the other end of the white dress spectrum, something fitted and more formal, with dramatic, nighttime accessories – bold purple heels and a crimson clutch.

Whether you’re planning to attend a garden party or have a hot summer night out on the town in mind a white dress is a great choice to show your tan off to perfection. Try adding colorful accessories to keep it fun during the day, chic black & white in the evening or even try out an all-white look if you’re not prone to spilling things… ūüôā

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In the mood for some more inspiration, check out the Native Fox’s white & red look on Lookbook.nu.

Shirtdresses:

I love shirtdresses! They always look¬†crisp¬†and¬†fresh,¬†and a little¬†more of a formal feel to them than most sundresses so they’re acceptable in a number of social situations. Versatility is key!

Left: Aqua Shirt Dress - $80, Center: DKNYC Leopard Print Shirt Dress - $120 & Right: Vince Camuto Shirt Dress - $160 (All Bloomingdale's)

A shirtdress can be worn casually during the day with sandals, a floppy hat and a cute tote bag, but it can easily be dressed up at night with heels, a cinched waist and some serious costume jewelry. It’s all about the accessorizing ladies!

If you need a tutorial on this subject head over to The Stylist’s and read their latest series Lessons For A Modern-Day Lady and their most recent piece How To Wear A Shirtdress.

Cropped Pants:

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This is one of my favorite looks for Spring, cropped pants are universally flattering and whatever your personal style, there’s the perfect pair for you. From bright colors to basic denim to harem style to classic Jackie O inspired¬†black.

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Want to take your crops to a new level? Try them in something textured or an interesting new fabric. Miranda was downtown chic in brown leather Capri pants and a basic denim button down. FabSugar as a great breakdown on the best cropped trousers for Spring Рfrom J.Crew and Zara to Thakoon, Diane Von Furstenberg and Tibi.

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Desperate for¬†more ideas¬†for Spring? Check out the FabSugar readers’ Spring Must Haves¬†or Gwyneth Paltrow’s GOOP newsletter’s Get Ready For Spring.

Finding yourself inspired for Spring? Don’t forget to enter the Spring Giveaway for a chance to win a $50 gift certificate from Bloomingdale’s!


Looks of the Week

Happy Tuesday! I don’t know about you, but I have quite the week ahead of me and losing myself in some pretty pictures each day is a MUST in order¬†to preserve my sanity. So enjoy the pretty that I have planned for you this week!

Diane looking tres chic in contrasting colors and patterns. The dress in interesting and eye-catching but it was those shoes that stole the show in my opinion.

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Can you imagine anything more adorable or more Alexa? A basic, well-worn tee paired with a gold sequined mini skirt. Perfection! I just wish that I could see her shoes...

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Zoe Saldana looking fresh-faced and ready for Spring in an adorable coral Alexis Mabille crocheted dress. I love the color and especially the gorgeous bronze accessories that she paired with it.

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Miranda Kerr stunned in a printed coat and great Louis Vuitton bag - Proving yet again that she's one of the girls to watch when it comes to street style.

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I love the combination of prints here - the black & white geometric mixed with a Spring floral. I also love those shoes & need that jacket desperately!

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Natalia Vodianova was the picture of understated French elegance during Paris Fashion Week. I love the zipper details on the textured dress and the idea of wearing a turtleneck underneath.

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Magdalena Frackowiak's flat boots here were just too cute not to share. Love, love, love this casual & fun, but 100% chic look.

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Heather Marks walked Joe Fresh @ World MasterCard Fashion Week in Toronto with Meghan Collison & Alanna Zimmer. Colorful & toasty warm!

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Interested in seeing what the top models are wearing these days as they relax post-fashion week? Modelinia has photos of everyone from Hanne¬†Gaby Odiele¬†and Elettra¬†Wiedemann¬†to Victoria’s Secret Angels Doutzen¬†Kroes¬†and Candice Swanepoel.

Are you a Hunger Games devotee? Well here’s a little red carpet action to wet your appetites…

The Hunger Games Los Angeles Premiere Red Carpet:

Leslie Mann blew all the kids out of the water in a Monique Lhuillier jumpsuit. Chic and fun - j'adore!

Great cocktail dress! Its fun and eye-catching but the high-neck keeps it from being too too.

Odette Annable looked sleek and adorable in her simple green dress. Perfect standout look for a red carpet.

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The Hunger Games London Premiere Red Carpet:

Elizabeth Banks looked stunning in this yellow Bill Blass confection. A great, head-turning color for a blonde.

 

I like that this isn't your standard young male on the red carpet look... It's interesting and different, a nice change of pace - Way to go Josh!

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The Hunger Games Germany Premiere Red Carpet:

This custom Elie Saab number suited Miss Banks to a T. She's setting these HG red carpets on fire!

The three-piece grey suit is quite sharp but the highlight of this look is the striped shirt & checkered tie combo. Brilliant!

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Now don’t forget to enter the Spring Giveaway¬†for a chance to win a $50 gift certificate from Bloomingdale’s. What better way to start a new¬†Spring season?


Spring 2012 Giveaway

Well, we’ve all survived the month full of fashion weeks – from New York to London to Milan to Paris. Am I the only one buzzing with ideas and dying for the weather to improve so that I can get to the business of dressing, and accessorizing, for Spring?

To celebrate the changing seasons and the florals, brights and “pops of color” we’ll soon be sporting, I’d like to offer you all a little shopping money to help you get ready for Spring.

I will randomly pick one winner this Saturday, March 24 and mail them a $50 gift certificate from Bloomingdale’s to help with your Spring shopping needs and there are FOUR ways to enter to win this contest, choose as many as you’d like!

[1.] Leave a comment on this post¬†telling me what trend you’re most excited to try out this Spring, or what piece(s) and/or accessory you need to make your Spring wardrobe complete.

[2.] Follow MCLV on Facebook and¬†leave a message telling me what trend you’re most excited to try out this Spring, or what piece(s) and/or accessory you need to make your Spring wardrobe complete.

[3.] Follow MCLV on Twitter and¬†send me a tweet¬†telling me what trend you’re most excited to try out this Spring, or what piece(s) and/or accessory you need to make your Spring wardrobe complete. Be sure to start your response with @Moicontrelavie to be sure that I get it.

[4.] Send me an email telling me what trend you’re most excited to try out this Spring, or what piece(s) and/or accessory you need to make your Spring wardrobe complete.

You can pick ANY trend you like, ANY piece you’re dying to wear, ANY accessory you’re excited to try. I’m not going to judge your taste whatsoever, I just want to hear what you’re looking forward to.

Good luck everyone!


Reader Request: Heels For Spring

MCLV reader Hayley is a girl who knows just what she wants:

Caity. Where, oh WHERE can I get some of those strappy¬†heels that are ALL over your blog? You know… The ones with just one strap across the toe and a buckle strap around the ankle. I’ve looked high and far throughout Arizona and I am losing my shoe-lovin’ mind!

I know just want you mean! It can be incredibly frustrating when you can’t¬†find exactly what you’re looking for, especially when you seem to be able to find pictures all over the place of people wearing them. And just so that we’re all on the same page, this is an¬†example¬†of the style shoe¬†she had in mind:

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While the Tibi sandal above is gorgeous, almost $400 for a pair of sandals is quite a bit of dedication to a colorful style that may or may not be back next season. Here are some similar styles as the one above in a variety of price ranges, so hopefully everyone can find something that they like and that suits their plans for the warm weather ahead.

Enjoy!

Boutique 9 Linya T Strap Wedges - $140 @ Bloomingdale's

For some Spring & Summer activities a high¬†heel is ill-advised – boats, walks, picnics, any activities that include grass… In those instances a wedge is a great alternative since it’s more stable to walk in, though I still advise that you try them on first so you can see if the height works for you¬†in advance. Wedges are also a great choice to wear with a maxi dress or skirt, as heels can get caught in the hem.

HAYDEN Heeled Sandals with Ankle Strap - $90 @ Asos.com

A thicker heel like in the two examples above can also give you more support than a stiletto heel, but these retain more of the classic high heel shape than the wedge sandals do. I love these thicker heels with cropped or Capri pants, they balance out a trouser leg really well.

Lookglobal - $90 @ Nine West

Judith by Luxury Rebel - $125 @ Piperlime

However, if you have hot summer nights ahead of you and you’re in the mood for a sexy heel, the three shoes above are just the way I’d go. They’re fun and flirtatious but retain the laid back feel of a classic warm weather sandal. Pair them¬†with a pleated skirt, basic T and cropped blazer or cardigan and you’re ready for a night on the town!

So tell me, which pair do you like best?

P.S. Check out Hayley’s blog – ArmyPaisley.


Reader Request – The Chilly Tourist

I received a cry for help from a reader who was planning a trip to Washington DC and needed some cold-weather outfit ideas. Specifically, she had planned a day of solo wandering around historic Georgetown and needed something warm & comfortable, two days of hanging out with a friend, a low-key date night outfit and cute PJs for the PM.

Moi Contre La Vie to the rescue! ūüôā

The number one thing to keep in mind about in this situation is the weather – This is going to be all about layers and winter accessories so that she can stay warm but keep her looks cute.

Girl About Town:

While Emily wanders around DC seeing the sites she needs to be comfortable and be able to lose her layers easily & stylishly when she heads indoors and the temp rises. This look is going to be centered around the perfect boots for sight-seeing.

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Whether you go with knee-high hiding boots, combat boots¬†or flat ankle boots, a comfortable, cute boot is a must. The two ways that I especially like to wear boots are either with slim pants or with a skirt – both looks can be “winterized” and both looks can go with most varieties of boot.

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You can take either of these models as inspiration and pair a dress, tunic or flowy maxi skirt with riding or ankle boots. I specially like the look off thick tights and warm socks with a skirt or dress in Winter to make sure that you keep warm. If you choose to wear a dress, tunic or skirt & top combo and want to go for a more classic style wear a long coat (like below) and if you want a more fun & funky style, pair it with a cropped jacket at or blazer, maybe even a short coat layered over a cardigan for extra warmth. 

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Another way to pair your boots is with jeans, slim pants or leggings for a sleek daytime look.

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Both shots do a great job of showing how to layer over pants – scarves, cropped jackets, ponchos, sweaters… The options are endless. It’s also a great idea to carry a larger bag rather than a small handbag, so you can carry gloves, a scarf, an umbrella and other cold-weather accessories.

Low Key Lady:

Whether you’re running errands, hanging out at the local coffee shop chatting¬†or catching an exhibit at the local museum, a good trip always has some down time. So the question is, how do you dress for your less active days without sacrificing style?

My go-to downtime look is either¬†a shift dress or a tunic over slim pants with ballet flats, both of which can easily be layered over to stay warm and tweaked to fit your personal style. Here are some of my recent acquisitions for trips to the farmer’s market and lazy walks along the Bay on weekends.

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What I love about each of these dresses is that they can be worn a million different ways – just add tights, a pashmina, flats or boots, a cardigan or cropped blazer and tons fun jewelry – et voila!

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The same goes for a tunic or oversized sweater over pants or leggings, you can wear this combination a million different¬†ways and make¬†the look¬†as interesting as you’d like – brightly colored skinny jeans, corduroy¬†pants, leopard leggings, a colorblock¬†tunic, an oversized boatneck sweater or even a basic tunic with a jean jacket on top. Layer away!

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Check out EatBreathFashion.com’s Candy Colored Legs¬†post for more ideas on bright skinnies.

Date Night:

For a mellow night out when you’re traveling you can easily reorganize the pieces that you already packed to put together a cute nighttime look, all you have to do is mix & match and accessorize accordingly.

My suggestion would be to throw on either a dress, tunic,¬†or slim pants with a sweater, add a blazer on top and then pumps or booties, fun jewelry, a¬†pashmina¬†and a sleek up do. Both a dress or pants with a blazer will keep you warm and they’re also both fun, flattering silhouettes.

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It’s¬†a perfect look,¬†comfortable but cute, ideal for a low-key night out and using pieces that you’ve already packed for your daytime or traveling outfits.

Pajama Party:

Personally I’m partial to Victoria’s Secret and PINK pajamas & night-shirts, they’re soft and come in fun, funky colors and patterns. You can also check out¬†Forever 21 which has¬†some pretty cute¬†sets, rompers and oversized t-shirts or Bloomingdale’s sales¬†for great deals on Juicy Couture, Betsey Johnson, Lacoste, Ralph Lauren, Calvin Klein and Oscar de¬†la Renta¬†sleepwear.

So whether you’re in the mood for short shorts and a tank, old-school PJs or a girly silk night-shirt, there’s something for everyone’s comfort zone.

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You can see other packing and traveling related fashion posts if this is a topic of interest for you: Reader Request – Packing & Traveling or Wanderlust.

And please don’t hesitate to reach out to me with any styling or fashion questions that you may have.