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Target Giveaway

To celebrate the beginning of 2013 and to give you a little something to look forward to as you’re staring at your daunting list of New Years Resolutions – I’d like to send one lucky reader a $50 gift card to Target.

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I recently made a trip to this retail giant – Which recently opened its first San Francisco location – And was thrilled to pick up the gold Marc Jacobs pouch from the Neiman Marcus for Target collaboration.

On sale! ūüôā

After my little happy dance subsided I decided that I needed to spread the love and give someone else the chance to rock their Target happy dance as well.

Entering this little contest¬†will be very quick and very easy –¬†I promise ‚Äď There are TWO different ways to enter so pick either of the simple options below and you could have some fun at Target in just a few days!

  1. Leave a comment below telling me what you’d do with a $50 gift card for Target
  2. Leave a comment on Facebook telling me what you’d do with a $50 gift card for Target

Anything at all, and I will randomly pick a winner next Friday, January 18th!

* Please note that the gift card was purchased by me and this giveaway wasn’t sponsored by Target


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 Р20 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 РBehold 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 ‚Äď 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.


Whole 30: Preparing + Week One

January 1st marked day one of my adventure with Whole 30 РInspired by my friend Holly of Holly Would If She Could {check out A December To Remember + A Whole 30 Level Set & January Whole 30? LET’S DO THIS for background on this challenge}.

And while calling three days “week one” might seem presumptuous I must confess that I’m a firm believer in playing up any successes or positive changes towards a healthier life style. Whether it’s a week or a day¬†–¬†you’ve made better choices & improved your health – so celebrate it!

My decision to participate in this challenge isn’t about weight loss but about eating a cleaner diet – Something I wasn’t strict about over the course of the last few months. While I truly believe that you should enjoy food & bubbles with your family and friends during the holidays, I must say that I’m feeling a bit sluggish as January begins.

It’s also a great chance to find some delicious new recipes to add to my repertoire and to meet other like-minded folks who put a lot of time and effort into sustaining a healthy lifestyle. So here are some of my munchies for the last three days and how they’re making me feel.

Snacks:

Raw carrots, celery & sugar snap peas and tempeh jerky {roasted slices of tempeh w/ spices}

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Meals:

I made two main¬†dishes¬†on Monday¬†and ate them throughout the week, a plan which worked out perfectly because¬†it ended up being a busy couple of days. I made a¬†variation of my favorite crockpot stew from Carrie On Vegan – The Dependable Slow Cooker & Cauliflower Indian Stew¬†and this seriously delicious Cracklin’ Cauliflower recipe from Peas And Thank You.

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Thoughts So Far:

Preparation is KEY. These first few days were all about changing habits and reminding myself to think about my food choices before they went into my mouth. And that is much easier when you have the “right” foods already set up and waiting. When you’re starving, running around trying to find a Whole 30 approved meal isn’t the most fun experience. Not that I would know. ūüôā

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How I Feel:

Outside of the holiday season I already eat a fairly clean diet – No gluten, no dairy, and little to no processed foods – So I wasn’t expecting a huge change in how I felt. I was pleasantly surprised however¬†to find that I started sleeping more soundly, no middle of the night wake-ups was a nice change!

Have you ever tried a clean eating program like this one? What results did you have?

Stay tuned for Week Two!


Guest Post: Women’s Health

Raise your hand if your New Years Resolutions Рofficially or unofficially Рinclude anything similar to these:

  • Eat healthier
  • Go to the gym more frequently
  • Lose weight
  • Get in better shape

That’s what I thought.

So with all of our ambitious and health-oriented resolutions in mind I’m planning a few new series during 2013 to help motivate and educate us¬†with regard to¬†health, fitness & nutrition – (1) A series of guest posts from people¬†in the¬†health & fitness industries,¬†(2)¬†A Beginners Fitness series w/ reading materials, workouts, and nutritional information for you to consider, and (3) A series of posts documenting the trials & tribulations I face while¬†attempting the Whole 30 program¬†at the beginning of 2013.

To help¬†get us started with Fitness Friday¬†& put us in¬†a healthy, motivated mindset so we can start 2013 at our best, I’d like to welcome Megan:

My name is Megan and I’m very excited to have the opportunity to guest blog for Moi Contre La Vie! When I was asked to write a few pieces for this blog, I found myself a little dumbfounded, searching for a topic interesting and worthy enough of the site. It surprised me that I felt this way since I blog at least three times a week on my own!

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I manage and coach at an all-women’s gym called Kaia FIT Sacramento. I write 3-4 pieces a week for our website and find my inspiration from the amazing women of our gym community. I realized this inspiration fits perfectly in with the concept of Moi Contre La Vie and my blog topic was staring right at me the whole time!

At the top of the Moi Contre¬†La Vie site it reads, ‚ÄúCelebrating Fashion, Food and Fitness,” and these are¬†three of my favorite things! I will be writing a 3-part series on these topics and how they relate to my life as a fitness trainer and how they affect the women I‚Äôm surrounded by. Before my first post, however, I thought I‚Äôd share a little about myself and how I came to be where I am.

I’m 26 and married to an amazing man named Nick. Nick is a CrossFit trainer and ultra-runner. His passion for fitness, health and science has been one of my favorite parts about him since we met and I owe much of my success in the fitness world to him.

I was always an ‚Äėactive‚Äô person… Dabbling in yoga and running, hitting spin classes at 24 hour fitness if I didn‚Äôt get off work at the restaurant too late the night before. You know, the typical college girl routine.

But none of it was ever enough. I loved the feeling of working out. Not the feeling AFTER a workout… But the terrible, breathless, burning feeling DURING it. And I know I wanted to feel it with more intensity.

Enter Kaia FIT.

A friend of mine started at Kaia FIT Sacramento as soon as they opened their doors and was absolutely loving it. Never mind her amazing results physically, her entire attitude and outlook on health and fitness had changed! I knew I had to give it a try….

And I never looked back. After a few months I went to certification and began coaching. A year later I’m managing the joint and have made it my full-time career!

Coming up: Fashion… Of the fitness world!

Thank you so much for the introduction Megan – We’re all looking forward to reading your next post. If you have any specific questions that you’d like Megan to answer please let me know!


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 РSo 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 РThe 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‚Äôs 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. ūüôā

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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 РTiger Tiger Burning Bright, Prim & Proper, Lady of the Night, Ditzy Fox, Birthday Bonanza, Animalistic & 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!

‚Äé”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!


October Round-Up

I adore November, it’s my favorite time of the year for a number of reasons. It’s birthday season not only in my family – me, my boyfriend’s brother, my dad,¬†my brother’s fiance &¬†my parents anniversary – but also in my department at work, which means lunchtime treats at least once a week. November is also the start of the holiday season – Halloween is my FAVORITE holiday, I love all the Autumn decorations, and to top it all off, it means that Christmas is right around the corner.

Let’s check up on how I did on my goals for October…

October Goals:

My primary goal for October is to make myself a priority. That may sound a bit selfish but I feel as though we modern ladies spend so much¬†time thinking about everyone in our lives – significant other, friends, family, colleagues – and putting effort into our daily routines, that we tend to forget about ourselves. October will be about my health, my goals, my writing –¬†I’m going to make an effort to really enjoy my passions and spend time on my hobbies.

Food:

I’m going to participate in the Green Thickies 7 Day Meal Replacement Green Smoothie Challenge at the beginning of October¬† – And I’m really looking forward to it. Rather than replace a single meal each day I’ll aim for consuming 2-3 smoothies a day plus raw fruit and vegetables.

This was such a fun challenge to participate in! I started the month off on the best possible foot with a week of two-a-day smoothies. I ate mostly raw for my final meal of the day and had a ball coming up with tasty smoothie concoctions. My usual green monsters {Sun Warrior vanilla protein, Navitas wheatgrass, spinach or kale, lemon, fresh ginger, cinnamon & an apple} and fruit smoothies with cherry, pineapple, or strawberries as the main ingredient. It was a delicious week and I felt amazing!

Fitness:

While I’ll be keeping up with my walking and physical therapy, what I’m most excited about for October fitness wise is finally getting to my 2012 Bucket List. Sean and I made a list of fun San Francisco things to try – like bike riding across the Golden Gate Bridge, the Lands End hike, and kayaking in the Bay – but there were too many tourists around in this Summer so we’re going to finally tackle the list this Fall. Updates and cheesy pictures to follow!

October ended up being ALL about walking¬†–¬†check out my mileage below –¬†walking to and from¬†work,¬†long walks to the Ferry Building Farmers Market, and even daily walks to Fort Mason and Ghirardelli¬†Square to enjoy the phenomenal Indian Summer weather we had in San Francisco.

Fashion:

Bring on the accessories! My favorite parts of Fall are the extras – From fabulous outerwear¬†to chic gloves, scarves & pashminas, hats, and boots. You’ll notice that my Fall style is all about layering, I love mixing up my pieces and piling¬†on the accessories. I also have something of an outerwear obsessions. I have dozens of blazers, wool & cashmere jackets, trench coats etc. Can’t wait to break them out!

Despite October being the warmest month of 2012 here in San Francisco, I still managed to break out my fabulous cold weather gear – From my favorite H&M coat {Sergeant Pepper} to my new Floral Blazer from Piperlime {Factory Girl} to my cute new sweaters {Ditzy Fox & Pardon My French}.

New Goals for November:

I’m going to¬†have a house guest for most of November so my primary goal will be learning to control & deal with¬†the stress in my life, as well as decompressing¬†after work in a socially acceptable manner – Baby carrots & hummus out of the container in workout clothes while catching up on my Twitter feed isn’t exactly the image I’d like to project.

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.

I’m also officially giving up diet soda during the week this month. I’ve reduced my intake dramatically over the last year but I still have the occasional Cherry Coke Zero or Cherry Diet Dr. Pepper during the week so going forward those will be weekend treats only!

{Inspired by Vegan Sparkles’s Vegan MoFo¬†Tandoori Cauliflower & Cucumber Raita Wraps¬†– Recipe coming soon!}

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.

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.

This month I also wanted to share some of my little achievements since my goal was to make it a “me” month!

  • 4 massages
  • 60+ miles walked
  • 2 trips to the Ferry Building Farmer’s Market
  • 7 online purchases (Seriously guys, I clearly¬†a problem, someone sign me up for a 12-step program)

How was everyone else’s¬†October? Did you¬†enjoy our first month of Fall? Are you getting geared up for a fabulous holiday season now that Halloween has come and gone?


September Round-Up

It’s hard to contemplate, but it would appear that September – and Summer – are officially over. Fall is my favorite season by a long shot, but I find that I’m still having trouble letting go of Summer. Lots of trouble.

September Goals:

Food:

I still plan to be social and I will keep up the weekly dinners with Arianna, but I want to reduce wine¬† consumption to once or twice a month, rather than every weekend, and eat a primarily raw diet this month. Monday through Friday I usually eat raw for three of my four meals ‚Äď Smoothies, fruit, salad, nuts, veggies & hummus¬†– and then roasted or saut√©ed vegetables with tofu, tempeh, quinoa or seitan for dinner. For September I‚Äôd like to eat primarily raw during the week, then have more flexibility over the weekends.

Munch. Munch. Munch. I’ve been snacking up a storm this month, and per my plan at the beginning of the month, mostly raw snacks.¬†My portion sizes have been well controlled which is important,¬†but I’m essentially eating at all times.

I also tried the So Delicious mini ice cream sandwiches that I’ve been seeing all Summer – So. Good. So good in fact that I almost wish I’d never crossed that line because there’s clearly no going back!

Fitness:

Finally it’s time to report some good news on this front! My latest doctor’s appointment was quite positive so in addition to continuing physical therapy I’ll be increasing my hours at work. This means that I can start going downstairs to the gym for a mid-day workout during the week. I. Am. So. Excited.

Unfortunately I was overly enthusiastic about the progress I was going to be able to make in September. There were a few bumps along the road but I was able to consistently keep up with my physical therapy and add one or two extra workouts a week РIncluding a fun weight vest workout.

Fashion:

I love Fall. I love love love Fall. I’ve had fun with colors, prints, and lighter fabrics all Summer Рnot to mention wearing shorts for the first time since Junior High Рbut I have to admit that I’m thrilled for Fall to arrive so that I can break out my outerwear and cold weather accessories.

Most of the MCLV Style Posts in September were catching up on Summer looks¬†–¬† IFBCON Day One, IFBCON Day Two, Styling 101 – Rock n’ Roll Chic, Date Night¬†& Symphony Gala – but there are some fun Fall looks that I’ll be sharing in the coming weeks. I’ve also done a bit of shopping to prepare for the cooler weather – Stay tuned for a Fall Must Haves post!

{Left to Right: New blazers from Piperlime, pieces from the Nicole Richie for Macys Impulse collection & Zara necessities}

New Goals for October:

My primary goal for October is to make myself a priority. That may sound a bit selfish but I feel as though we modern ladies spend so much¬†time thinking about everyone in our lives – significant other, friends, family, colleagues – and putting effort into our daily routines, that we tend to forget about ourselves. October will be about my health, my goals, my writing –¬†I’m going to make an effort to really enjoy my passions and spend time on my hobbies.

Food:

I’m going to participate in the Green Thickies 7 Day Meal Replacement Green Smoothie Challenge at the beginning of October¬† – And I’m really looking forward to it. Rather than replace a single meal each day I’ll aim for consuming 2-3 smoothies a day plus raw fruit and vegetables. I’ll track my nutrients via the My Fitness Buddy Android app and share my nutritional intake from the challenge with you all afterwards!

Fitness:

While I’ll be keeping up with my walking and physical therapy, what I’m most excited about for October fitness wise is finally getting to my 2012 Bucket List. Sean and I made a list of fun San Francisco things to try – like bike riding across the Golden Gate Bridge, the Lands End hike, and kayaking in the Bay – but there were too many tourists around in this Summer so we’re going to finally tackle the list this Fall. Updates and cheesy pictures to follow!

Fashion:

Bring on the accessories! My favorite parts of Fall are the extras – From fabulous outerwear¬†to chic gloves, scarves & pashminas, hats, and boots. You’ll notice that my Fall style is all about layering, I love mixing up my pieces and piling¬†on the accessories. I also have something of an outerwear obsessions. I have dozens of blazers, wool & cashmere jackets, trench coats etc. Can’t wait to break them out!

Are you looking forward to Fall? What’s your favorite part about Fall from a fashion standpoint – The layers, the accessories, the outerwear?


August Round-Up

After a fun, action-packed July I was looking forward to a social, but slightly¬†more relaxing August.¬†I broke out the shorts and soaked up some Summer sun at my family’s cabin on Fallen Leaf Lake¬†in Tahoe, spent a lovely weekend wine tasting in Sonoma, and¬†watched some friends kick booty at a CrossFit competition in the city. Not too shabby.

Let’s Review My¬†August Goals:

Food:

Now that Arianna and I are back on our healthy meal plan I find that I have TONS of motivation to get creative in the kitchen. And whether I’ve been in Sacramento or San Francisco, I’ve managed to find farmers markets most weekends in July, which I want to keep up during August so that¬†the apartment is always stocked with healthy basics. I’ve been planning dishes around what I’ve been able to pick up which I love to do since¬†it makes me feel extra healthy to eat seasonal, local, and organic produce.

{Tofu & Veggie Stirfry and shredded Brussels sprout salad & cauliflower mash РMCLV Mange posts to come!}

August was another healthy month, in fact, I can only remember a single restaurant trip! Lots of new recipes – like those above – and lots of baking. Now that the boy is trying to reduce his¬†sugar intake¬†I’ll probably take a short hiatus from all of the sweet treats though, so September will have less kitchen time.

{“Healthy” Super Charge Me Cookies – YUM}

Fitness:

Physical therapy, physical therapy, physical therapy.

Same old, same old. The good news is that my doctor is letting me extend my work hours so that I’ll be spending more time at the office. How sad is it that I’m thoroughly looking forward to this?

I can answer that for you. Pretty sad.

Fashion:

August will be more of the same fashion-wise, I want to expand my comfort zone and keep the color coming. I also want to head into the Fall season having exhausted every piece of bright, patterned Summer-wear in my closet!

Color Color¬†Color! My personal style has been¬†creative and bright¬†lately, I’ve been having a lot of fun with it. I’ve also had the amazing opportunity to work with Sasha Maks Vintage this month so stay tuned for more Styling 101 posts featuring her killer vintage jewelry!

September Goals:

After a crazy busy Spring and a fun, but indulgent Summer I’m hoping that September¬†will be the beginning of a healthy, active, responsible Fall for me.

Food:

I still plan to be social and I will keep up the weekly dinners with Arianna, but I want to reduce wine¬† consumption to once or twice a month, rather than every weekend, and eat a primarily raw diet this month. Monday through Friday I usually eat raw for three of my four meals – Smoothies, fruit, salad, nuts, veggies & hummus¬†–¬†and then roasted or saut√©ed¬†vegetables with tofu, tempeh, quinoa¬†or seitan for dinner. For September I’d like to eat primarily raw during the week, then have more flexibility over the weekends.

Fitness:

Finally it’s time to report some good news on this front! My latest doctor’s appointment was quite positive so in addition to continuing physical therapy I’ll be increasing my hours at work. This means that I can start going downstairs to the gym for a mid-day workout during the week. I. Am. So. Excited.

So stay tuned for a new fitness series similar to the Gym Goddess posts that I published last year, this one will chronicle my re-introduction to working out and focusing on strengthening my core.

Fashion:

I love Fall. I love love¬†love Fall. I’ve had fun with colors, prints, and lighter fabrics all Summer –¬†not to mention wearing shorts for the first time since Junior High –¬†but I have to admit that I’m¬†thrilled for Fall to arrive so that I can break out my outerwear and cold weather accessories.

If you’re a fan of To Do Lists and setting goals for yourself than I think you’ll love this great post from the always inspirational Gala Darling – 50 Things To Do Before Summer Ends…

Does the end of Summer inspire you to shake things up? Are you ready for a detox or cleanse after a few months of over indulging and vacation mentality? Do you love the changing of seasons from a sartorial standpoint?