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May Round-Up

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

Overall Goals For 2013:

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

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{Voyage To Marrakech}

May Goals:

Fashion:

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

Food & Fitness:

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

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

New June Goals:

Fashion:

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

Food & Fitness:

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

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

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April Round-Up

Rather than focus on the fact that April has somehow just come to an end, I’m trying to focus on all the great things that 2013 has already held and all of the great things I have to look forward to in May and the rest of the year.

Overall Goals For 2013:

  • Social Media – I feel like I’m doing an excellent job of staying on top of my main social media outlets {Facebook, Twitter, Instagram & Pinterest} but unfortunately some of my favorites have fallen to the wayside. Time to make them a priority & add updating to my daily To Do Lists.
  • Writing, Writing, Writing – Between freelancing, guest blogging, and writing copy for a fabulous new website I’m really enjoying this creative outlet. Stay tuned for more. 🙂
  • Expansion & Growth – I’m thrilled to announce that I’m available for hire for all your styling needs – From special event & photo shoot styling to season wardrobe updates to closet organization. Check out my Styling Services page for more information & get started today!
  • Be Positive – April was a month that taught me quite a bit on this front, including how much my health effects my mindset. When I’m rundown and burned out I have trouble keeping a positive mindset and tend to get off track easily. Time to put some additional time & effort into this goal.

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{April Fashions: Top Left – Maxi Skirts For Spring, Top Right – Tribal Prints at Lucky FABB West, Bottom Left – Mixing Animal Prints & Bottom Right – Spring Workwear}

March Goals:

Fashion:

I’m thrilled with my April fashion choices, breaking out my warm-weather clothes, and expanding my boundaries. My biggest sartorial accomplishment this month? Definitely rocking my beloved floral short suit in LA during Lucky FABB West.

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{Floral Shorts Suit in Los Angeles}

Food & Fitness:

Unfortunately due to excessive traveling my health went downhill during April – From a poor diet on weekends to stress to back problems this wasn’t the ideal month on this front. But rather than beat myself up I’m going to focus on what changes I need to make for May in order to get back to a happy, healthy place.

May Goals:

Fashion:

May is going to be a month of photo shoots – I’m thrilled to be shooting with three different photographers whose work I really admire this month. Stay tuned for some great new projects & collaborations that I’ll finally be able to share with you!

Food & Fitness:

My goal for May is to get back to basics – No more eating out, no more processed or pre-made foods. Lots of cooking, lots of whole foods, lots of raw, fresh produce. My plan is to eat raw for more of the day with cooked foods at night and lots of supplements and coconut water to help even myself out.

How was your April? Did you achieve your goals for the month?

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March Round-Up

2013 is just chugging along, virtually every time I catch sight of the date I’m shocked by how far into the year we’re getting. And while that might not be the best feeling, I’m also pretty darn thrilled with my progress this year and everything that I’ve made time for thus far.

Overall Goals For 2013:

  • Stay on top of social media – I’ve found that when I get busy this is the first thing to slip so I started making a list each morning with my social media/posting schedule in it – That keeps me on track & serves as a gentle reminder. Yet another reason I’m in love w/ my planner!
  • Writing, Writing, Writing – In addition to various freelance pieces I’ve written recently I’m also working on re-doing the website so I’ve been a busy girl on this front.
  • Expansion & Growth – I’ve been working with beta testers on my new style consulting business – Which will include styling, wardrobe consulting, and closet organization – And I’m thrilled with how well things have been progressing. {Check out the Advertising, Collaborations & Styling Services page above for more information.
  • Be Positive – While there are always setbacks I’m still working really hard to keep a positive mindset. Ignoring negative people and writing daily affirmations are lifesavers when things get stressful.

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{Some fun looks from the Styling 101 series featuring gorgeous vintage jewelry from Sasha Maks Vintage: Top Left – Easter Fashion, Top Right: How To Wear Chambray, Bottom Left: Mixing Prints For Spring & Bottom Right: St. Patty’s Day Style}

March Goals:

Fashion:

Mission accomplished! My fashion goal for March was to get into the mood for Spring despite the chilly San Francisco weather we’re still experiencing. Between spending time in slightly warmer Sacramento and adding layers I was able to break out a number of the pieces I had earmarked for Spring – Check them out below.

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{March Personal Style: Top Left – Animal Prints + Leather, Top Right – Rolled Jeans, Bottom Left: Spring Stripes & Bottom Right: Maxi Madness for Spring}

Food & Fitness:

I’m fairly pleased with my consistency in March when it came to working out and eating healthy – Getting into a routine and making my healthy habits stick was important. Unfortunately eating out has become commonplace during weekends in Sacramento so I try to stick with giant salads and drink lots of water while I’m out.

April Goals:

Fashion:

April will include a trip to Los Angeles and I’m looking forward to mixing things up on the sartorial front. I enjoy trying different styles when I travel – It’s fun to adapt your personal fashion to suit your surroundings and this trip will include some great warm weather pieces.

Food & Fitness:

As I said above, while my weekdays are settling into a healthy routine my weekends haven’t been nearly as consistent. My number one goal for April is to really focus on making healthier, smarter choices on weekends. If I’m going to be eating out I’ll be sure to grab a handful of almonds or baby carrots first so that I’m not starving when I sit down to order.

How was did the month of March go for you? Do you feel like you’ve started 2013 on the right foot so far?

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February Round-Up

Raise your hand if you cannot believe that February is over.

Me either.

When my calendar reminder to write my monthly round-up post popped up I had to check the calendar to be sure. Intellectually I knew what the date was, obviously I date things at work, but I didn’t quite have a handle on the fact that the 28th meant the month was almost over. Le Sigh.

Overall Goals For 2013:

  • Stay on top of social media – Check out my recent Where To Find What post to see how the various social media platforms are being utilized for MCLV – You can find different topics & pictures on each. 🙂 And stay tuned for a post on my recent collaboration with LookMazing.
  • Writing, Writing, Writing – I’m joining a fun online styling site and will be sharing details and some of my pieces as soon as I can. I’ll also be contributing a weekly health & fitness post to the Cap City Strength & Conditioning blog.
  • Expansion & Growth – I’m officially expanding my services to include styling, wardrobe consulting, and closet organizing. Check out the Advertising, Collaborations & Styling Services page above for more information.
  • Be Positive – 2013 is beginning to look like the poster child for over booking. Between taking on more work styling & writing and my boyfriend opening a gym, I’m spread pretty thin. Approaching my days with positivity and excitement instead of dread has been key for keeping myself motivated and inspired.

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{Some February Looks: Valentine’s Day, Wandering around San Francisco shooting on random doorsteps :), IFBCON Look & Emerald City}

February Goals {From January Round-Up}:

Fashion:

New York was amazing and despite the extremity-losing cold I had an amazing time {IFBCON Celebrity Sightings & Industry Insight} and have been completely awash in nonstop inspiration since I returned. From meeting new bloggers to getting to hear my favorite industry insiders speak to seeing the streets of New York City filled with amazing fashion – February has been one of my favorite months in recent years.

Food:

Smoothies & sweet potatoes have been February staples, both great for at-work consumption and easy-to-make nighttime meals. And during my NYC adventures and weekends away I’ve been traveling with bags of Trader Joe’s trail mix and Larabars galore.

Fitness:

I’m thrilled to say I’ve been hitting the gym at least 5 days a week very consistently. My morning Instagram shot to help inspire my fabulous readers to get to gym has been a HUGE motivator for me!

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{Some additional February Looks: Emerald City, Transitioning From Winter-To-SpringFormal Wear Done Right  & Valentine’s Day}

March Goals:

Fashion:

Time to break out the colors! As Spring starts arriving in San Francisco I’ll be playing up prints, florals, and fun colors. Stay tuned for some MCLV Style posts in the coming weeks while I take the pieces I’ve been hoarding out of the back of my closet! 🙂 On the docket – My new Aqua floral shorts suit, patterned Capri pants, and flowy Piperlime blazer.

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{Left: Aqua shorts – $46 on sale @ Bloomingdale’s, Aqua blazer – $60 on sale @ Bloomingdale’s, Center: Printed Crop Pant – $25 @ Forever 21 & Right: Floral Blazer – $90 @ Piperlime}

Food & Fitness:

I’ll be out-of-town most weekends this Spring so staying on top of my physical therapy, workouts, and eating a healthy, consistent diet during the week is especially important as my weekends aren’t going to be as structured as I would like. Sundays will be dedicated to grocery shopping and cooking during March and I’ll put a lot of effort into making my meals ahead of time in order to make my evenings run more smoothly.

What are you most looking forward to in March?

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Saturday Round-Up

Happy Saturday – I hope that everyone had a great week!

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{Accessories from my recent trip to the deYoung, Green Monster & New GiGi New York planner, Research materials & A shot from my upcoming photo shoot with LookMazing}

So enjoy these fun snaps from the last week and get a little insight into how things have been going over here in San Francisco since my trip to New York for IFBCON.

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January Round-Up

Hello 2013! Goodbye January!

I feel like we were juuust focused on getting ready for New Years Eve & setting 2013 resolutions a few minutes ago {2012 Round-Up}, and now January has already come and gone!

Ek!

Well, I suppose there’s no use fighting it so we might as well check in on my progress thus far…

Overall Goals For 2013:

  • Stay on top of social media – So far so good! Not only have I been diligent w/ updating the platforms that I’m already on, I’ve also fallen in love with Polyvore and LookMazing – I highly recommend that you check them both out.
  • Writing, Writing, Writing – I submitted three freelance journalism pieces during January so I’m thrilled that I started working on this goal immediately this year. I hope that the momentum continues!
  • Expansion & Growth – I’m also excited to announce that I’ll be heading to New York in a few days for IFBCon where I get to listen to fabulous speakers, wander the streets of New York, catch up with friends, and meet new people in the fashion blogging world. Stay tuned for updates from my trip.
  • Be Positive – There have been lots of changes in my life lately and I think that without my active attempts to deal with the new hurdles in a positive manner I would be in a very different place right now. Keep an eye out for a new Be Positive post in the next few weeks with some of my experiences and tips for remaining positive during trying times!

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{Some stylish looks from January: Embellish Me, Leopard Print, New Years Eve, Ballerina, Texture Queen, Striped Leopard, Cold Blooded & Lazy Stripes}

New Goals For February:

Fashion:

While I love San Francisco, New York takes fashion to whole new level. I’m extremely excited for my trip and I hope to break out all of the fun new purchases that I’ve been amassing since the Thanksgiving sales sent me into a shopping tailspin. Brightly colored pieces, lots of prints, fun combinations, and mixing & matching. All at sub-zero temperatures.

Maybe they’ll add that to the Olympics next time around?

Food:

My goal for February food-wise is to eat as clean as possible. Between feeling amazing upon finishing The Whole 30 and knowing that I’ll be traveling a lot over the next month I want to feel my best during all the fun events in February. From family gatherings to photo shoots to traveling to fashion events.

Fitness:

Making the gym a regular part of my daily routine has been key this past year as far as increasing my strength and managing my back injury {and pain}. Unfortunately February will be a challenge since there’s so much traveling involved, which is hard on my back, so I have to work extra hard to fit physical therapy and core workouts into my days. Fingers crossed!

Misc:

It’s extraordinarily sad, but I really think I need to add “stop snacking on gummy vitamins to my list of goals.” It’s getting WAY out of control over here. Maybe moving them off my desk so that they’re not so tempting while I’m on conference calls will help…

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How’s your 2013 going so far? Are things going according to your plans? Have you accomplished everything that you had hoped to during January goal-wise?


Links You’ll Love – Resolutions Edition

We survived 2012 and celebrated the end of the year, and now that the first week of January is coming to an end those New Years Resolutions are starting to look further and further away. This week’s Links You’ll Love post is here to help keep you motivated, inspired, and on track with your resolutions. Whether your goals are aimed at career success, personal improved, fashion, health, or fitness – Keep yourself going with these great inspirational pieces!

Fashion:

I love the idea of this No Shopping Challenge {Inspiration: My No Shopping Challenge} from Style Within Reach – It’s a great idea to not only purge your closets at the beginning of the year, but take stock in what pieces you have and try to mix up your current wardrobe rather than blindly adding to it. But in practice I’m not sure that I have her self-control… What about you?

Refinery 29 is here to help you with your Fashion New Years Resolutions – 20 Influencers, 20 Resolutions To Adopt Now.

Fashion magazine’s are a great place to find inspiration – From fabulous advertisements to glossy, well-styled editorials to great articles filled with advice & ideas from industry insiders:

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Staying inspired and motivated to try out fun & interesting new trends and styles can be hard – But Pinterest is a great tool for fashion stimulation, so check out my La Mode to get yourself in the mood!

Health & Fitness:

Ever wonder how the models with killer bodies keep themselves in shape all year around? Check out this interesting article from Modelinia – Behold the Ultimate Model Master Cleanse! 

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While you have your health & eating better on your mind, why not try out some new recipes? Here are a few great round-ups from some top food bloggers of their favorite recipes from 2012 – So give something new & delicious a try!

Are you determined to shake things up at the gym this year but not quite sure where to start with your fitness resolutions this year? Check out The Fitnessista’s 12 Days Of Fitness.

The Whole 30 is a great clean eating plan that you could try in 2013 – So do some research, check out other people’s thoughts & experiences, and try some delicious new recipes – Holly Would If She Could’s Whole 30 Meal Plan – Week One (Plus Homework!)

I’m not a huge proponent of cleanses and detoxes that are too restrictive or severe – But this clean eating version is great, filled with healthy, nutritious, easy to digest suggestions – New Year New You: Easy Detox.


2012 Round-Up

Rather than put together a December Round-Up I decided to do something a little different this month – I wanted to look back on the year as a whole and reflect, as well as put together some goals and wishes for the new year.

In my recent 2012 Highlights & A Little About Moi I shared some of my favorite posts of 2012, but this was also a big year from a personal standpoint – So here are a few of my favorite personal moments from the year:

  • My best friend got married in a gorgeous San Diego ceremony that was funny, beautiful, moving, and 100% her, and I was thrilled to be a part of the festivities – The Perfect Weekend
  • My aunt, one of the most influential forces in my life, celebrated a big birthday and her Summer jubilee was one of the most fun evenings this year – Weekend Wonderland
  • I turned three-oh this Fall and celebrated with a week’s worth of festivities which culminated in an amazing weekend in Sonoma with my family and closest friends – Birthday Bonanza

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It was also a big year for Moi Contre La Vie:

  • I added a weekly personal style post & am learning how to be on the receiving end of a camera lens – MCLV Style
  • I established a new partnership with Sasha Maks Vintage and really enjoyed our Styling 101 series this year, which we plan to keep going through 2013
  • My love of cooking, baking & healthy eating led me to create a new series to share my recipes – MCLV Mange

Hopes & Wishes For 2013:

  • Media Maven – One of the things that I’m most proud of myself for during 2012 was learning about and keeping up with shifts in social media. I’m not known for my tech skills, gadgets, or ability to stay on top of current trends in the technology world so I make one of those “I’m so proud of myself but I’ll try to appear humble” faces when I think about not only creating a Facebook page, and accounts on Twitter, Pinterest, Instagram, Lyst, and Lookbook.nu but actually using them. All the time. And sharing. So rather than rest on my laurels 2013 will be all about continuing this trend and finding new fun & entertaining ways to share my passions with you guys!
  • Writing, Writing, Writing – While I do not believe in regrets, I do believe in looking back & taking stock. If I think about what my goals & ambitions were for 2012 the thing I am most disappointed in myself for not pursuing is my writing. Starting this blog was the first step in sharing the written word. But rather than dwell on my disappointment I will head into 2013 DETERMINED to not only continue to write, but to work up the nerve to have my stories read.
  • Expansion & Growth – This year I really got into the groove on MCLV and created a site that I’m really proud of and in 2013 I want to expand, rework, and create more exciting & inspiring things to share – From collaborations to videos to fun DIY projects, there are lots of projects in the works!
  • Be Positive – Approaching my life with more positivity and reducing negative thoughts was a major goal in 2012 and while I’m quite pleased with my progress in this area I do believe that this is a self-improvement project that should be ongoing rather than a one-time resolution. So that means I will spend 2013 trying to approach situations with a positive attitude, handle changes & setbacks with an open mind, and work towards banishing unnecessary & negative thoughts from my mind.

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{Holiday Styling & Caped Crusader – The rest of the shots will be shared soon!}

Happy New Year to you all – I hope that all of you realized all of your wishes & dreams for 2012 and that you have a fun, safe New Years Eve before starting a fabulous new year.


2012 “Best Of” Round-Up

To celebrate this final Saturday before the New Year here’s a great round-up of some fun ‘Best Of’ polls that I’ve seen recently to commemorate the end of the 2013. So let’s look back on this great year and see some of the great things that happened in the fashion world.

Enjoy!

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This year a handful of new celebrities burst onto the fashion scene and made their mark on the red carpets – From the Australian actress Bella Heathcote to the fabulous It Model Cara Delevingne – BAZAAR’s Next Generation Style MVPs.

Need something fun to watch while you’re relaxing at home over the holidays? Don’t worry, IFB has you covered with their TV Round-Up: Our Top 5 Super-Stylish TV Binges Perfect For Your Vacation.

Mr Blasberg’s Best of 2012: A Year in Review and Appreciation – Leave it to the fabulous Mr. Blasberg to round-up the year’s most important cultural moments – From photography exhibits to musical acts to pets stealing the spotlight.

And while I’m horrified by the fact that Miranda Kerr isn’t on this list, there are some other fabulous ladies who made Modelinia’s Top Supermodel Style Moments of 2012!

And last but definitely not least – Check out all of the fabulous Fashion Blogger related round-ups that Coco Rosa of My Precious Confessions put together during 2012 – From Hottest Fashion Blogger Boyfriends to Best Parisian Fashion Bloggers these lists are great for finding new and exciting bloggers to check out – Top 10 Fashion Blogger 2012 Overview.

Have a great Saturday!


November Round-Up

November is one of my favorite months in San Francisco – The weather is clear & bright but chilly and perfect for Fall outerwear, the tourists start disappearing, and the city is filled with fun events and holiday decorations. This November was no different, it was a beautiful month filled with fun fashion events {Sasha Maks Vintage Trunk Show & The Factory’s Voyage To Marrakech} and lots of holiday cheer.

And shopping. Lots and lots of shopping.

November Goals:

Food:

The boyfriend and I have a potentially dangerous love of Indian food so we’ll definitely be putting a cap on the amount of takeout we’re allowed to order during November, we’ll probably try to limit it to once or twice. Luckily we both love to cook – though we don’t eat even remotely a like – so I’m sure November will be full of trips to the Farmers Market & grocery stores, cooking, and “family” dinners.

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I did an ABSURD amount of baking this month. Absurd. Between constant birthdays at my office and the sticky sweet Thanksgiving holiday, I must have baked at least 2-3 new dessert recipes each week in November. Luckily all of the treats were vegan and gluten-free, and a few were even raw, so I somehow don’t really feel like I ate too poorly this month.

Fitness:

In addition to chugging along with my physical therapy I’m sure that November will be chock full of walks and hiking. Sean and I are both huge proponents of walking for fitness and low-intensity fasted cardio {see his guest post on this topic here} so I’m hoping that in addition to my 1.4 mile walk to and from work, we can institute an afternoon stroll each day.

Along with 2.5 mile walk Saturday and Sunday and daily walks to and from work, I added a 3.5 mile walk once or twice a week for the month of November and it felt great. I also added one or two small workouts to my physical therapy regime each week and found that the extra walking was a great way to loosen up my sore muscles. Walking cures all as far as I’m concerned. 🙂

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Oh and this definitely cures all! If you’re not regularly rolling out your muscles – either with a foam or PVC roller – than you’re seriously missing out.

Fashion:

I’m BEYOND excited to have my “photographer” in-house for most of the month and I’m sure I’ll be dragging him all over the city to take fashion shots. Hopefully this will mean that I will have some workwear and low-key weekday looks to share with you during the month of November in addition to the usual weekend outfits.

There were lots of photo shoots during November, including the extremely fun Styling 101: Holiday Dressing shoot with Sasha Maks Vintage and Mystery Mister. I’m also thrilled to say that I’m going to be helping a friend expand her blog to include personal street style photographs – I love photography and I’m incredibly excited to start this project.

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{Some of my recent looks – Tiger Tiger Burning Bright, Prim & Proper, Lady of the NightDitzy Fox, Birthday BonanzaAnimalistic & Pardon My French}

New December Goals:

My real mission for December is to RELAX. I have a TONS of work, social engagements, and MCLV projects in the pipeline that will require lots of travel, time & effort this month. And since I have no desire to end 2012 as a stress ball December will be about taking things one day at a time, deep breathing, massages, and relaxing so that I can ENJOY all of my activities rather than stress out over them. Oh, and get lots of sleep!

‎”Early to bed, early to rise, makes a man healthy, wealthy, and wise” – Benjamin Franklin

Food:

I’m not planning to give myself too much grief over my diet in December – My goal is to eat as clean as possible during the week and on weekends, and to relax and enjoy myself at parties & events.

Fitness:

Since December inevitably means tons of cocktail parties, desserts, and dinners on the food & booze front as well as lots of travel, I need to be really diligent about maintaining my physical therapy routine. I’ll be much better equipped to handle traveling if my core is especially strong and I’m feeling stretched out and limber.

Fashion:

December is all about fashion & jewelry collaborations and photo shoots! In December I’ll be sharing the fabulous photographs from holiday and New Years Eve inspired shoots as well as a handful of new Styling 101 guest posts that include Winter styling tips for everything from rainy days to holiday parties to family time.

What do you have planned for December? Are you in full-blown Holiday mode or are you still easing into things (and being stubborn) like I am?

If you’re not sure where you start in your December planning take a look at Gala Darling’s Your December Activity Guide! which includes fabulous holiday activities like Christmas cards, DIY decorations, and delicious treats you should indulge in!