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Posts tagged “Fall/Winter 2012/2013

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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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?


Looks of the Week – Cape Edition

My favorite piece this season has definitely been my fabulous Betsey Johnson faux fur-trimmed cape. I love the classic, old school glamour that a cape evokes. It goes great with jeans or over a dress, I even paired it with my favorite BCBG¬†Max Azria floor-length gown. And clearly I’m not the only one who loves capes. So enjoy these fabulous looks!

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{This whole look is just fabulous – From the plaid print on the cape to the faux fur collar she added to the killer purple heels.}

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{If you’re not sure whether a full-coverage cape is the right style for you than this silhouette is perfect. A Trendy Life makes this look even more chic¬†w/ a fabulous black, white & red dress underneath.}

Vivienne Tam Cape, Ralph Lauren Pants, Massimo Dutti Clutch, Vintage Christian Dior Fur Scarf

{I love the wide-leg pants in this look and I couldn’t have picked better accessories – Beautiful color, perfect style.}

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{I love the lux, glamorous feel of this cape. The color & embellishments are classic but she’s made the look totally unique & modern with great details & fun, one-of-a-kind pieces like the sweater.}

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{The fun, printed pants in this shot are perfect with the flirty silhouette and fun studded accessories.} 

{This color is just phenomenal – I adore the unique, chic shade paired with the classic silhouette. Stunning!}

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Which of the fabulous caped looks here is your favorite?


Social Media: Where To Find What

Welcome to Moi Contre La Vie!

Whether you’re a regular reader or this is your first time visiting this site I thought a little explanation of what I’m doing here might be helpful.

This is a fashion and lifestyle blog that features everything from personal style posts, menswear, shopping tips, and runway reviews to delicious recipes, workout ideas, and healthy living suggestions. Since there are so many topics & such a wide variety of information available to you I wanted to take some time to map out where you can find various things on either this blog or on social media.

{While there is some overlap, I try to make sure that each social media platform gets some individual attention each and every day}

MCLV:

While I like to maintain some freedom to be creative on the blog, there are a few recurring series that you can expect to usually follow a schedule.

  • Mondays ‚Äď Looks of the Week (3-4 times a month): A weekly round-up of great looks from around the world
  • Tuesdays¬†‚Äď MCLV Style: Personal style posts
  • Thursdays¬†‚Äď Styling 101 (1-2 times a month):¬† Photos featuring beautiful vintage jewelry from Sasha Maks Vintage paired w/ looks that I have styled
  • Sundays ‚Äď Links You‚Äôll Love: A weekly round-up of interesting articles & blog posts relating to fashion or health & nutrition

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Facebook:

The MCLV Facebook page is updated multiple times a day and in addition to notices when a new post is published, you’ll also see when new photos are uploaded {from events, fun outtakes from photo shoots, behind-the-scenes shots etc.}, I’ll also share great blogs that I’m following  & you can check out some of the fashion events that are on my calendar.

Twitter:

On Twitter you’ll also get notice when a new post has been published, when new photos are added on Facebook, and when a new picture is added to Instagram, it’s also where I’ll share blog posts & news articles I’m enjoying, update you on how my days are going, share inspirational quotes, and let you know when something fun is on the horizon.

Instagram:

If you‚Äôre interested in getting a glimpse into my daily routine, how I spend my days & what‚Äôs going on in my world, Instagram¬†is for you. I share a couple of pictures¬†a day and try to keep things interesting in terms of the subjects ‚Äď From quick snaps at the gym to get you motivated for a workout, delicious new recipes I‚Äôm trying out, books I‚Äôm reading & shots of my insane cats to pics from my shopping adventures, outfits for events, as well as DIY, home decor & design projects.

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Pinterest:

I‚Äôve been clipping pictures from magazines & making collages & pasting them into inspiration books for YEARS so I was thrilled when I discovered Pinterest. An online way to collect fantastic pictures that move & inspire me? Yes please! I update Pinterest¬†most days and you can find a wide variety of boards to enjoy ‚Äď From fashion inspiration, beauty must haves, updo‚Äôs & killer hairstyles, fabulous jewelry,¬† and menswear must haves to¬†home decor, delicious recipes, workout motivation, inspirational sayings, and even mood boards for specific photo shoots that I‚Äôm working on.

There are a few additional platforms that I enjoy a few times a week but don‚Äôt update as frequently ‚Äď Pose, Polyvore, Chictopia, and LookMazing are all great sites though so feel free to stop by anytime for fun fashion inspiration & shopping!

Interested in more background? Check out the About MOI and FAQ pages for more details about me and MCLV!


Rent The Runway Review

In my MCLV Style: Ballerina post I mentioned that my gold sequined Badgley Mischka gown had been ordered from Rent The Runway but it was such a fun, and easy, experience that I really wanted to devote an entire post to telling you about it.

I’m not going to lie – I was hesitant to try this service since¬†I didn’t know anyone who had tried it, but once I got onto the website and started looking through the selection of dresses there was no turning back.

I picked my date. Chose my dress. And ordered.

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{Your dress in two sizes and any accessories you may have ordered will arrive neatly wrapped in bags & boxes, clearly labeled, and with concise directions for how to return them}

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{Then you try on the two sizes that you chose, pick one, and start the styling!}

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{Selfies¬†–¬†The best way to pick your outerwear & accessories}

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{The return process is quick & PAINLESS – All you do is stuff the pieces into the pre-labeled packing envelopes and drop them in a blue mailbox on the street. That’s all!}

I’m definitely going to utilize this service again in the future next time I need a¬†fun gown for a one-time event. Maybe¬†even for the¬†next¬†ballet¬†event I’m¬†hoping to attend in May to celebrate the opening of Cinderella.

Is Rent The Runway a website that you’d consider trying out? And if you have already tried it, was your experience as great as mine was?


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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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?


MCLV Style: Ballerina

While I’m not a huge proponent of mid-week nighttime outings, every once in a while an event comes up that begs for a later-than-normal curfew and is easily worth the groggy next day at work.

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{You can shop similar pieces by clicking these hyperlinks: Gown РBadgley Mischka via Rent The Runway, Spike Embellished HeelsThe Limited, Jewelry РSasha Maks Vintage & ClutchDiane Von Furstenburg}

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

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The San Francisco Ballet Opening Night Gala was one such event. I adore the ballet AND dressing up – So it promised to be an amazing evening. Add gold sequins and stunning vintage jewelry and believe me when I say that you’re got yourself a night to remember!

Do you like to get dressed up? Does a formal evening sound like fun to you or does even the mention of a gown stress you out?


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?


Looks of the Week – Outwear Edition

Bold and dramatic outerwear¬†is my current obsession – Whether you adore the classics or pieces with more a avant¬†garde or boho vibe, you’ll love the fabulous examples below!

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{Such a fabulous color – Bold & eye-catching. And I adore the belt!}

LovelyByLucy

{Fabulous prints like these are a great way to go – This subtle black & white oversized coat is just the thing!}

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{Drama Drama Drama РThis Maison Martin Margiela coat is about as head-turning as they come. Are you brave enough to rock something like this?}

VictoriaPlatina

{A faux fur collar is a great way to spice up a coat – It adds a touch of sophistication and a fun twist that can make a coat totally “you.”}

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{Animal prints can be a really fun print to try out – And finding a unique cut & silhouette like this one is a great way to go. Belting it? Makes it even more unique!}

MadameDeRosa

{I love the unique style of this piece – The print, the fringe, the silhouette}

What’s your favorite style of outerwear? Do you have a favorite piece that you just can’t get enough of this season?


MCLV Style: Embellish Me

Fun accessories and embellished pieces are a great way to take a basic look to a new level. So next time you’re putting together a nighttime look be creative and layer on the extras!

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{You can shop similar pieces by clicking these hyperlinks: Pleated Leather SkirtThe Limited, Embellished Top – Zara, Oxblood Knit Tights¬†– DKNY via Bloomingdales, Spike Embellished HeelsThe Limited,¬†Black Patent Clutch¬†–¬†MICHAEL Michael Kors via¬†Nordstrom,¬†Ring¬†– BCBG¬†Max¬†Azria & Bracelet – Forever 21}

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This outfit could have just been black skirt + black top but with the addition of brightly colored tights, an embellished collar, fun jewelry, and spiked heels it’s a more one-of-a-kind look. But I did discover that the downside of this too-cute pleated faux leather skirt¬†from The Limited is that it wrinkles sooooo easily. And quickly. Thus the absence of straight-on shots!

What’s your favorite fun extra this Winter or the piece you’re most excited to try out?


MCLV Style: Lazy Stripes

Sometimes what a girl needs is layers. And lots of them. This was a look that I threw together for a CrossFit competition a few weeks ago – The keys for that kind of day are :(1) Comfortable, (2) Easy to move in, and (3) Warm! The third ended up being especially important as the venue had a huge open door and it started raining when we first got there!

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{You can shop similar pieces by clicking these hyperlinks: Striped Sweater Tunic РH&M, Leggings РForever 21, Cropped BlazerBanana Republic, Studded Ankle Boots РC Label via Piperlime, Patent Satchel Express, Skull Pendant Asos, and Bracelets РH&M, Asos & JewelMint}

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I have a confession to make. This blazer is one of the oldest {non-heirloom} pieces in my closet. My mother bought it for me SEVEN years ago when she took me on a shopping trip to equip me for interviewing and starting my first post-collegiate job. When people say “classic” or “investment piece” this, my friends, is what they’re referring to!

Do you have any classic, it’ll-always-be-in-style pieces in your wardrobe? What’s your favorite investment piece that you’ve bought over the years?


Welcome To The Red Carpet…

Each Spring we get to witness the fabulous journey from red carpet to red carpet that the celebrities embark on that leads to the Oscars. Have I seen all the movies being nominated for & winning awards? Nope. Not even close. Do you know which gowns & frocks I love and which designers are killing it? Oh. Yes.

Here are some of the highlights of late!

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{I like this because it’s a¬†one-of-a-kind take on a standard Little Black Dress and the answer to what to wear to a cocktail party.}

ChloeMoretz

{Cute. Eye-catching. Age appropriate. What more could you ask for from a young starlet?}

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{I adore a man in a suit, but with an endless parade of red carpets during awards season black and grey suit after black and grey suit gets a bit… Dreary. Three cheers for a man who mixing things up and likes to try great colors & textures. Precisely as the face of Burberry should!}

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{Flowy¬†and white can frequently bomb on the red carpet. Too loose, too casual, too flower child… But this one is perfection. It’s all about the belt!}

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{Another black & gold number that killed it on the red carpet. Dramatic. Unique. Flattering. Perfect!}

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{Finding the perfect jewel toned gown isn’t easy and I can’t imagine a more beautifully colored dress than this one. And that silver collar? Swoon!}

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{Prints & patterns are such a breath of fresh air on the red carpet in a sea of princess-y frocks and this metallic black & silver number was especially stunning. And she wisely left the statement jewelry at home.}

Taylor

{Another fabulous white gown curtsey of Ralph Lauren. Lovely silhouette and a flattering hue, but those earrings were what really sold me. Just stunning!}

Kerry

{I LOVE Kerry Washington and she’s had some killer looks during her Django Unchained press tour – But this Giles gown is one of my favorites. It’s totally unique while still looking like it was made for her. Brava!}

And finally… Some Golden Globe goodness:

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{I love this dress! There was lots of back-and-forth on this one from the commentators, but I thought it was fun and a breath of fresh air!}

MichelleDockery

{Striking. Just striking.}

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{I love the drama here – The deep oxblood color, the neckline, the train… There’s a lot going on, but it works for her.}

AmyPoehler

{I LOVE pants on the red carpet. And I love women in tuxedos. This is simple but totally chic and timeless. Well done Amy, well done.}

HelenMirren

{Wow. It’s eye-catching and dramatic, but still age appropriate and utterly flattering. Gorgeous dress!, I love the gold embellishments.}

JessicaAlba

{This peach hue suits Miss Jessica to a T. It’s classic but the styling, jewelry & bag take it up a notch.}

JulianneMoore

{I love black & white on the red carpet. It’s sharp and eye-catching. And Julianne Moore knows JUST how to pull off this killer Tom Ford gown.}

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{Flawless. The gown is a stunning color, suits her figure perfectly, and I adore the double straps, low back, and sheer stripe. Perfection!}

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{Drama Drama Drama. When you want sophisticated, high fashion drama and glamour you know where to go РAlexander McQueen!}

KerryWashington

{I’m not usually a fan of sheer hemlines but I just love this sparkly Miu¬†Miu number. It really stood out last night – Both on the red carpet and on stage – And it looks great on her.}

NicoleKidman

{And she’s back! I used to love everything that Miss Kidman wore on the red carpet but all the white lately hasn’t been my favorite – This however is killer. It’s busy, but she’s just the woman to pull it off!}

NicoleRichie

{Such a standout dress last night – This is the definitely of an eye-catching look!}

In my humble opinion there was a winning tie here… Jessica Alba in Oscar de la Renta¬†{styled by the fabulous Brad Goreski} and Taylor Swift in Donna Karan Atelier. Both looked utterly striking and were styled to perfection. Well done to everyone though, there were virtually no disasters at this stylish event.

My only complaint? Where was Keira Knightley??? Her Chanel gowns for the Anna Karenina red carpets have been divine РI was dying to see what she was going to wear to the Golden Globes. Sob!

{Images from TLo}

Curious about last year’s stand outs? Check out Golden Girls. And Boys. for the 2012 red carpet looks from the likes of¬†Angelina Jolie, Evan Rachel Wood, Emma Stone, and Rooney Mara.

Which fabulous frock was your favorite?


Looks of the Week

After a short hiatus – Otherwise know as The Holidays – I’d like to welcome you back for another Looks of the Week post. I just can’t get enough of colors, textures, and fun, eye-catching fabrics these days. So enjoy these shots – I hope you’re motivated to mix things up like these stylish ladies!

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{How KILLER is this look? Head-to-toe fabuous from the black & red color scheme to the fabulous baubles to the lace+leather+graphic prints.}

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{Doesn’t this look make you want to reach out and touch it? Love the vest paired w/ the vibrantly colored top. So dramatic!}

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{Too. Freaking. Cute. I love her vest & bag – But that hat is just plain WORKIN’ for me!}

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{While I do adore this mustard colored skirt it’s not what initially caught my attention. It was the cable knit sweater over blue plaid wit a killer statement necklace. The textures & colors here are fabulous!}

OhMyLooks

{Do I even need to caption this?}

Victoria

{Red. Hot. I love a power suit and is anything more enpowering than head-to-toe red? Tres chic!}

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{I’m currently in the midst of a full blown¬†obsession with embellished skirts – Seriously, the bf is concerned for my well being – And feathers are high on my need-want-have-to-have list! I love how Fashion Steele NYC keeps this look from being too over-the-top by pairing it with a basic tee & blazer.}

Polienne

{I mean – Wow. Love the colors. Love the layers. Love the fabrics & texures. Just love!}

Lucy

{Tweed is one of my favorite Winter fabrics – It’s warm and has a certain destinguished Brit-vibe to it. I also love a one-of-a-kind suit like this one.}

Which look here in your favorite? Are you enjoying rich colors, fun fabrics, and interesting textures this season?


MCLV Style: Leopard Print

I’ve been hunting for the perfect faux fur coat for what seems like forever –¬†Finding the right silhouette, the right fabric, and the right style had begun to seem like an impossible task. Until I discovered this vintage faux fur baby!

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{You can shop similar pieces by clicking these hyperlinks:¬†Faux Fur Coat – Vintage, Zipper Tunic – Alfani via Macys, LeggingsVictoria’s Secret,¬†Zipper Boots – Vintage & BraceletVintage Chanel}

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I found this at a little vintage shop that I can’t even remember the name of, but which I will clearly need to return to. If I can find it. It’s incredibly soft and I like the oversized, retro feel, and the wide collar. I definitely wouldn’t have had the confidence to wear such a loud coat a few years ago so I was extremely pleased by how excited I was to put together a look with it. It’s not unheard of for a new purchase to hang sadly in my closet, tags in place, until a friend adopts it.

Do you ever get excited about a new purchase and then completely forget about it or decide after the fact that you’re not sure you can pull it off?


MCLV Style: New Years Eve

Deciding what to wear for New Year’s Eve can be tough – Weighing the venue and the weather and the guest list and the dress code… You usually can’t go wrong with a chic Little Black Dress or a fun, on-trend cocktail frock, but this year I was determined to spice things up a little bit so separates seemed like the way to go!

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{You can shop similar pieces by clicking these hyperlinks: Petal Skirt w/ Sequined Trim – Zara, Leopard Print Moto JacketExpress, Lace Cat Ears HeadbandAsos, Spike Embellished Heels – The Limited, Gold Pouch – Marc Jacobs via Neiman Marcus for Target collaboration & Gold Cuffs – Forever 21}

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I’ve had this Lace Cat Ears Headband¬†from ASOS handing from a mirror on my closet vanity for weeks – Just begging for the perfect look to break it out. When I saw this eye-catching sequins + tulle look over at My Precious Confessions I knew that New Years Eve was going to be my chance to make my Cat Ear dreams come true!

How was your New Years Eve? Have you made a list of New Years Resolutions for 2013?


Camille K Atelier

I recently made the trek from San Francisco to Mountain View to visit the Camille K Atelier, and believe me when I say that this trip was absolutely worth the holiday traffic and schizophrenic Winter weather.

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The cavernous showroom had a distinctly Parisian feel with the fabulous wall art, round glass display cases, and black velvet jewelry busts to show off the one-of-a-kind jewels.

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Aside from the phenomenal jewelry – I’ll get to that in just one moment – my favorite part of their studio were the three giant floor-to-ceiling mood boards. Swoon. I immediately started brainstorming ways to make this kind of larger-than-life artistic project a feasible option for my apartment.

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The decorating style of the shop combined with the beautiful vintage & vintage-inspired pieces themselves created an amazing experience – You were transported to a chic little French atelier in the 30’s or 40’s.

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Of course I couldn’t help but try on a few pieces¬†and I finally finished up the trip by buying myself a little treat – This Cheri Bracelet¬†with a starburst charm hanging from the clasp. It’s classic but eye-catching and unique – The precise reasons that I worship vintage jewelry.

I highly recommend making a trip to Camille K and with Valentine’s Day quickly approaching I highly recommend taking a look at their website and dropping some hints to your beau!


Holiday Discoveries

I love the holidays – don’t get me wrong – but usually by mid-December I run out of steam & all I can do is day-dream about sleeping in, weekends without holiday parties & social obligations, or just taking¬†a vacation from my non-stop life in general. And this year¬†has been¬†no different – However¬†I found that I did a much better job of staying on top of my responsibilities this year so here are some photos of the fun things that kept me in the holiday spirit throughout November & December!

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{I may not have made it out for the Christmas tree lighting – But I’ve made it to Union Square to take pictures in front of the giant tree not once, but twice this year. A+!}

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{Shopping – online & in-stores – has been a major part of my life the last month or so. From Christmas presents to host & hostess gifts to completely unnecessary additions to my wardrobe.}

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{Related to the shopping issues is the “attending events held IN shops” part of the last few months – From swoon worthy vintage jewelry trunk shows to Marrakech-inspired clothing lines that’ll make you yearn for Spring.}

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{I was especially excited to attend the Harputs presents Camille K trunk show because it gave me a great opportunity to check out smaller, local clothing & jewelry shops.}

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{An amazing visit to the Mountain View atelier for the fabulous vintage jewelry shop Camille K – Stay tuned for another solo post on this amazing trip!}

I’m looking forward to seeing what January has to hold for me though and I’m also looking forward to sharing the fun details with all of you as well!


Links You’ll Love

Fashion:

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You’ve got your dress, you’ve picked up the perfect shade of lipstick for your pout, now what to do with your hair? Harper’s Bazaar has some fabulous ideas with their Holiday Hair Ideas – Celebrity Inspired Holiday Hair Ideas.

If you’re a makeup lover then you’ll adore this post & all of the color inspiration – Spring 2014 Color Trends.

The runways were filled with sheer hemlines last season but sometimes it’s hard to see how these beautiful trends can be translated to the street. Wonder no longer! The Sartorialist – If You‚Äôre Thinking About‚Ķ‚Ķ Sheer Hems.

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If you loved my latest MCLV¬†Stye¬†File: Miranda Kerr in Victoria Beckham post you’re adore all of the fabulous Miranda Kerr looks featured on My Dress My High Heels My Style – Miranda Kerr in 3.1 Phillip Lim & Balenciaga¬†{Left} and¬†Miranda Kerr in Proenza Schouler¬†{Right}.

Haven’t gotten enough shopping yet this year? Check out Mama’s A Rolling Stone’s Your Holiday 2012 Shopping Guide for some more tips & sales for the remaining days of 2012.

Health & Fitness:

Tis the season for… Getting really really¬†sick. Having recently been taken down by a stomach flu I’m reminded how the cold, wet weather makes this the season¬†for¬†the cold, the flu, and other holiday-ruining ailments. So help boost your immune system this season with Green Thickie’s¬†Cold and Flu Busting Coconut and Orange Smoothie.

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Adorable workout clothes are a great way to get yourself motivated for a gym session. Don’t believe me?¬†Just take a look at these cute duds over at NYC Pretty.

Taking your lunch to work is a great way to not only save a few dollars, but to ensure that you have healthy options to choose from for your lunch and for your midday snacking. If you’re just starting this practice or you’re running out of tasty choices check out Women’s Health’s 10 Healthy Lunch Ideas.

There are an endless number of delicious options out there for festive holiday cookies but one of my favorites this season has been Peas And Thank You’s Candy Cane Crinkle Cookies.

Given the chatter around the recent ballot measure relating to organic food, GMO, and labeling I thought that this piece from Mark’s Daily Apple was particularly relevant right now – 7 Foods You Don‚Äôt Need to Buy Organic.


Proust Questionnaire

One of my favorite ways to wake up during the week is a cup of tea and leisurely catching up on all my favorite blogs. Recently on The Man Repeller Leandra published the Proust Questionnaire and I adored not only her post and the questionnaire itself, but also all of the amazing comments that the piece produced from her readers.

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So in that vein I’d like to share the same Questionnaire with you all as I’m dying to hear what you have to say – I’ll show you mine if you show me yours! ūüôā

Your favorite virtue(s) РKindness, empathy & compassion

Your favorite qualities in a man – Sense of humor

Your favorite qualities in a woman – Self confidence! The whole judging & ripping apart other women out of insecurity has GOT TO STOP ladies. We’re better than that!

Your favorite occupation – Artists & anything that takes¬†that kind of¬†vision & creativity –¬†I’m so envious of those types of personalities and the professions that evolve from their¬†passion!

Your chief characteristic – Um… Organization? Is that a characteristic?

Your idea of happiness – Rain + tea + great book = Utter contentment

Your idea of misery – Reality TV

Your favorite color and flower РFavorite color is green but bouquets must be white РI adore Hydrangeas, peonies, posies, lilies & tulips

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If not yourself, who would you be? Alan Cumming ūüôā

Where would you like to live? Part-time in London or NYC and part-time on a vineyard somewhere in Tuscany

Your favorite prose authors РAlexander Dumas & Patricia Wrede

Your favorite poets – Ovid & Thoreau

Your favorite painters and composers – Titian is¬†without a doubt my¬†favorite painter but I have a soft spot for Monet as well – Due mostly to¬†a book¬†that my Aunt¬†got me as a child. And I’m a classicist when it comes to music so I’d go with¬†Beethoven & Chopin.

Your favorite heroes in real life – Apologies in advance, I’m going to get super cheesy for the next two!

Real Life Hero = my dad. He’s never stopped learning or gathering knowledge, every experience is something to learn from. It’s such a unique way to approach the world & a mindset that I’ve always tried to emulate.

Your favorite heroines in real life – My mom & my aunt. Two strong, determined, smart, successful women who’ve never apologized for going after everything they want in life. They’re a huge part of the reason that¬†I am who I am today!

Your favorite heroes in fiction РEdmond Dantes

Your favorite heroines in fiction – Alice

Your favorite food and drink – Sweet potatoes & raw desserts + red wine or whiskey

Your favorite names¬†– Emmaline, Selene, Lachlan & Christopher {Didn’t even hesitate on this one¬†– I never plan on having children but I collect names for my novels!}

Your pet aversion – Tardiness. You’re telling the person who is waiting for you that your time is more important than theirs.

What characters in history do you most dislike? Nero! {The Roman Emperor – Not Eric Bana in Star Trek}

What is your present state of mind? Contemplative

For what fault have you most toleration? Oversharing

Your favorite motto. “A life without passion is a life not lived.” I will believe this until my dying day.

Passion

So tell me, what are your answers to these questions?


{Giveaway} And The Winner Is…

First, a big thank you to everyone who entered the Sephora Giveaway. I absolutely adore all of my readers and loved this opportunity to give back to the people who have been so generous with their support and kindness. I’ll plan another postapocalyptic giveaway for the beginning of 2013 so that I can treat a few more fabulous readers to some much-deserved¬†goodies.

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Now down to the good stuff – Drumroll please – The winner of the Sephora giveaway is… Vanessa Kritlow whose response to my question was:

I‚Äôd have to say my¬† favorite beauty product is a good mascara. I‚Äôd never leave the house without at LEAST that on. Gym included. ūüôā

Miss Kritlow, please email me your contact information –¬†including your address –¬†and I’ll have your Sephora bag sent out today! I’d also¬†love to hear your thoughts on these products, so feel free to send me your reviews and I’ll be sure to include them in my next beauty products overview.

Have a great Friday everyone and be sure to stay tuned for a fun questionnaire tomorrow!


Links You’ll Love

Fashion:

BlondeSalad

Having a fresh perspective on the clothes in your closet and all of the possibilities is a great feeling to have, so why not take some advice from top fashion blogger Chiara Ferragni of the Blonde Salad РOutfit Ecstasy.

Finding great outerwear¬†to keep you warm this Winter can be a challenge – Whether you’re looking for a fabulous blazer, warm overcoat, or stylish peacoat¬†Mr. Brad Goreski has the goods – Menswear: My Winter Coat Guide.

Not sure how to pair your cold-weather pieces in fun, interesting new ways this Winter? Check out Rachel Zoe’s fabulous team and their killer street style for great inspiration – RZNY To The Streets.

Modelinia

Models are known for their ability to mix and match – They have access to great designer gear and new pieces from collections before we can even get our hands on them – So let’s turn to some oh-so-fashionable models for their tips on Winter accessorizing – Chic Accessories to Keep You Warm This Winter.

Putting together a fun, festive, chic look for your next holiday party is a must – Check out WhoWhatWear’s Styling Tips: Holiday Parties¬†for some fun tips & inspiration to help you find the perfect look for you!

Health & Fitness:

Eating a healthy, clean diet is the best way to improve your health, sleep more soundly, and fuel your workouts – Not sure where to start? Check out Eating Well’s Clean Up Your Diet and Lose Weight.

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Potato salad may seem like a fat-laden Summer treat but Fat Free Vegan has turned a traditional dish into some delicious, healthy, and perfect for this season – Tunisian-Inspired Chickpea and Potato Salad.

Turning off your brain, reducing stress, and relaxing into sleep isn’t always an easy task. If you need some tips & ideas here’s a great place to start – Try These Yoga Poses For a Better Night’s Rest!

I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again, squeezing in a workout – even a small one – will improve your mood & reduce your stress levels exponentially. Even if you don’t have a lot of time there are options – 15-Minute Mind-Body Workout Circuit.

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I’m a big fan of mint – Everything from candles to candy to desserts – So this next recipe really caught my attention. Then it caught my taste buds. I highly recommend giving this a try if you’re a fan of ice cream or thin mint cookies – Protein Thin Mint Ice Cream.


Sephora Giveaway!

After my recent Beauty Product Lovin’¬†post it’s clear that there are lots of ladies out there who are in the market for some new products to add to their daily routine and who like to hear “real” feedback before they buy.¬†Since I’d like to help spread knowledge AND products I’m going to give away a Sephora bag PACKED with new makeup &¬†beauty product samples¬†for a lucky reader to try out.

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From sunscreen to cleanser to foundation to perfume, believe me when I say that this bag has it all! While I wont divulge the contents in advance – a girl need a little mystery after all – I will give you a sneak peek and a few hints about the brands.

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{Cartier, Sephora, Clarins¬†Paris, Doctor T’s Supergoop, Nars, L’Occitane, Shiseido, Narciso Rodriguez, and Chanel – To name a few…}

Entering this little contest¬†is QUICK & EASY –¬†I promise – There are TWO different ways to enter so pick either of the simple options below and you could have some fun new products to try out¬†in just a few days!

  1. Leave a comment¬†below telling me what your favorite beauty product is OR what’s at the top of your Must Have list right now
  2. Leave a comment on¬†Facebook¬†telling me what your favorite beauty product is OR what’s at the top of your Must Have list right now

You can pick ANY beauty¬†products – whether it’s skin care or makeup –¬†it doesn’t just have to be something you found at Sephora. I will randomly pick a winner next Friday, December 21st & if this turns out to be a well-loved giveaway I’ll do another one in January!

*¬†Please note that the products that I’m giving away are smaller/sample sizes not full-sized and that this giveaway is not sponsored by Sephora – I purchased the products¬†myself


MCLV Style: Pleats & Studs

I had been eyeing this pleated, faux leather, studded skirt for a while – It’s not really my typical style, but I’ve seen a handful of bloggers wearing it and was absolutely in love. So I finally headed to Zara to take the plunge right before my birthday and it was love at first sight!

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{You can shop similar pieces by clicking these hyperlinks: Pleated Leather Skirt РZara, Striped Pocket Tee РZara, Crossbody Bag РLe Sak, Ankle BootiesRebecca Minkoff via Shopbop.com & Jewelry РJewelMint, H&M & Asos}

{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}

Once I got this skirt home I had so many ideas running through my head that I couldn’t¬†decide how I wanted to style it. I love¬†both of the looks below – which are quite different style wise – and I wasn’t sure how to make this skirt “me.” I finally settled on pairing it with my favorite suede booties and a basic striped tee¬†which helped dress it¬†down a bit. I’ll definitely be brining it back for another MCLV Style appearance though so stay tuned for a different vibe the next time!

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{Inspiration – Late Afternoon & Fashion Vibe}

Do you like Liz from Late Afternoon’s pairing of this skirt with golden booties & bright prints or Zina of Fashion Vibe’s all-black rock n’ roll ensemble best?


Links You’ll Love

Fashion:

Finding a stylish, warm coat for Winter that you can wear in various situations РEverything from over a dress for a night out on the town to picking out a Christmas tree with your family РCan be a challenge. Too thin. Too thick. Too expensive. But Refinery 29 is here to save the day so check out their 10 Casual-Cool Coats To Keep You Warm On The Weekends and find the perfect Winter coat for you.

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The oh-so-stylish Karolina Kurkova has done it yet again РIt takes a master to pair plaid, white cropped pants, and flat ankle boots and look this good, so WhoWhatWear helps us out by breaking down her fabulous look so that we can recreate it ourselves in their Why It Works: Karolina Kurkova.

I like to mix up my beauty routine by changing products, trying new brands, and¬†cycling great drug store finds into my morning routine {see MCLV’s¬†Makeup Bag & MCLV’s Medicine Cabinet for more}. Glitter Guide agrees and have laid out all of their favorites for you to try – Our Top 20 Drugstore Beauty Buys.

If you’re like me, wrestling with your locks each morning and trying to find an acceptable arrangement isn’t your favorite thing to do each day. Luckily Style Bistro picked some great hairstyles from the runways and laid out the basic for us hair novices – 15 DIY Hairstyle Ideas Straight From The Runway.

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If the studded, spiked & leather adorned world of Lisbeth Salander is your fashion fantasy you must check out Catwalk Azure’s The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo¬†post for some sartorial inspiration.

Health & Nutrition:

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After reading Organice Your Life’s Salad Making For Dummies you’ll have no more excuses for not making yourself a quick, healthy, nutritious dinner each night!

Eat protein. Don’t eat protein. It seems like there’s always a new study relating to protein consumption and health or weight loss, but reading up on the topic can help you make healthier choices, just be sure to keep an eye out for future research! Eat THIS, Lose Weight¬†from Women’s Health.

Living a healthy life means more than just keeping an eye on your waistline, especially as you get older, you need to pay attention to the tests that your doctors run – Including your blood pressure. The Huffington Post’s Ways To Lower Blood Pressure: Exercise, Meditation, Diet And More.

With the hectic, non-stop holiday season upon us it’s easier to grab a sugary snack and try to relax on the couch when we have a few extra minutes but trust me, you’ll feel MUCH better if you use those few precious minutes to sneak in a quick workout! Check out Refinery 29’s 10 Minute Workout.

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I’ve had a number of friends over the years who suffered from season depression – A number of whom were Southern California natives who had trouble adapting to the foggy, rainy Bay Areas winters in college. Gala Darling to the rescue! How To Beat The Winter Blues: DENIAL Is Key!