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Spring 2013 Menswear Fashion

While mens styles tend to be more long-standing there are still some fun trends and pieces to keep in mind when you’re updating your wardrobe each season. And with the weather starting to edge towards Spring it’s time to consider how to dress for warm days and vacations!

Keep Things Interesting:

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A colorful or printed jacket or blazer is a great way inject some personality into your Spring looks this year – A plaid version like the one above is classic but still fun, which is a great combination since you’ll be able to wear it again another season.

If trying out a new color combination is on your To Do List be sure to check out The Sartorialist’s On The Runway: Maroon & Blue for some beautiful pictures from the Fall 2013 Collections.

The Spring 2013 runway shows features some great styles, bold colors, and interesting, eye-catching prints. Translating those styles to the street can be a challenge though so check out Well Groomed’s Spring 2013 Menswear Collections & Squidoo’s Men’s 2013 Spring Fashion Trends.

Accessories:

Up for a project? This colorblock tie from I SPY DIY is a great, quick option that’ll result in a wholly unique, one-of-a-kind accessory that you can really express yourself with – Colorblock Tie DIY.

There are a few quality pieces that every man should own – Nice shoes, classic wallet, a good belt… If you’re missing that last one be sure to educate yourself before you head out shopping by reading The Attire Club’s How To Choose A Good Belt.

Get creative and expand your options by learning some interesting new ways to knot your tie – Different Types of Ties from 9GAG: Life is a gag, make it fun.

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Sometimes it seems as though the art of wearing a hat is lost – And then I see an amazing picture that reinforced my love of men in hats. Not sure how to make this work for you? Read The Art of Manliness’s Men’s Winter Hats: The Ultimate Guide to Cold Weather Headwear.

Tips & Suggestions:

Tailoring is one of the best ways that you can ensure that you look sharp. Even less expensive pieces will look like they cost more and are made of better materials if they fit like they were made for you. So shop around and find the right tailor for you. Read through this great series from Kolonel Mustard all about tailoring – The Tailor Project: Introduction & The Tailor Project: Parts 1 – 5.

Creating a clutter-free, organized space is the key to making dressing each day go smoother, faster, and more stylishly. If you can’t find what you’re looking for because nothing is hung up or if you forget that you own pieces because there’s so many outdated pieces crammed into your wardrobe your daily dressing will suffer. So take some advice from New York City based fashion blogger Scout Sixteen – On Organization.

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Need some more inspiration? Check out my Pinterest board – Menswear Must Haves – For great pictures of formal wear, suits, casual fashion, and stylish accessories. Also be sure to view The Jaunty Gent & Suited Lifestyle for some great fashion inspiration!

So tell me gents {and ladies who buy for their men} – What’s on your Wish List for Spring 2013?

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MCLV Style: Rolled Jeans

One of my favorite looks right now is jeans with the hem rolled up paired with heels, flats, or even ankle boots. I just can’t get enough of this silhouette so I decided to give this style a try with a pair of pumps in a cute polka dot print. And with plenty of layers so I would survive the Northern California March weather!

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{You can shop similar pieces by clicking these hyperlinks: Jeans – Forever 21, Top – Ann Taylor, Polka Dot Heels – Sam Edelman, Statement Necklace – Zara, Jacket – Aqua & Sunglasses – Oscar de la Renta}

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

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We took these pictures in Old Sacramento – A fun, old timey tourist area in Downtown Sacramento. The buildings are adorable and there are so many fun historical backgrounds that I’m sure you’ll be seeing more soon of this part of town in future pictures! 🙂

Have you tried rolling your jeans so far this season? What’s the best look you’ve seen?

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Spring 2013 Trend: Track Pants

My relationship with the current track pant trend is sort of like a high school relationship – It’s complicated.

On paper – I hate the idea. I like formality and classic styles so a trend that makes pants that could feasibly be worn to the gym appropriate street-wear isn’t necessarily ideal in my mind. That being said, I’ve found myself thoroughly enjoying some of the styles that I’ve seen put together lately.

My conclusion? I like them on other people, when worn right, but I will probably never head to the store expressly to buy myself a pair. It’s just not my style. But if this is your style than you’re in luck, I rounded up some great examples of just how to pull off this trend!

Enjoy the pictures my loves!

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{Jada Pinkett Smith is white-hot in an all white look and track pants with a neon tuxedo stripe.}

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{You don’t have to feel obligated to try this trend out in basic colors or fabrics – Get creative like Camille Over The Rainbow and try out a leather pair!}

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{Want to make your look Spring-ready? Try layering florals like The Fashion Guitar for a fun, eclectic look.}

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{Black & white plus a pop of color is a color scheme that can easily be applied to this track pant trend – On The Racks does it write in a Letterman sweater and aqua pumps.}

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{If you’re not a heel girl but want to add a feminine touch to your track pants than wedges are a great option. A graphic tee is another great way to add your own personal spin to a look.}

Where do you stand on track pants? Will you be giving this trend a try?


Links You’ll Love

Fashion:

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My favorite trendy Fashion Blogger accessory? French bulldogs. My second favorite trendy accessory? Celine bags! My Precious Confessions’ Top 10 Fashion Blogger It-Bags.

Sometimes it just isn’t in the cards to try all of the new trends each season – They don’t suit you or you don’t have any interest or you’re saving up for something else. A great, and less expensive, way to mix things up each season is to pick up some fun new accessories that you can mix into your existing pieces – 12 New Accessory Trends We Can’t Wait To Try.

One of the dreamiest blogs with the most gorgeous, fantasy-inducing photography is Gary Pepper Vintage. Oh, and she has an amazing fashion sense – WhoWhatWear’s Nicole Warne of Gary Pepper Vintage.

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If you’re sick of clumped necklaces and sorting through mismatched earrings it might be time to organize your jewelry collection. And I Spy DIY’s DIY Home: Jewelry Storage might be the answer.

One of the fun trends this Spring is Letterman and varsity jackets, not sure where to start? Check out The Sartorialist’s picks – If You’re Thinking About……. Baseball Jackets.

Health & Fitness:

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One of the best ways to have a healthy week is to plan out your meals and do your grocery shopping in advance so that you have clean, healthy options available – Plan and prep: an hour of clean eats.

The crock pot is a very versatile kitchen appliance, check out this post on how to use your slow cooker for roasting – Hungry Hungry Hippie’s Roasting in the crock-pot.

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Fresh pesto is a thing of beauty. And oil. Try this delicious, fresh recipe and get your pesto fix – Green Powerhouse Pesto Plate.

Managing your stress levels and keeping up with your busy life can be a challenge this day in age so being aware of how you feel and how things affect you is important. Check out Prevention’s How To Prevent Job Burn Out for some interesting tips & suggestions to keep you motivated.

If you’re like me, keeping track of you workouts and activities is a great way to stay inspired and keep your fitness routine interesting and effective. Fitocracy is a great new site that lets you not only track your workouts, but interact with and get inspired by others.


St. Patty’s Day Isn’t Just For The Irish…

I’ve always loved St. Patrick’s Day. Always.

Partially, I’m sure, due to my Irish background and the fact that my brother’s name is Patrick. And partially due to the fact that, after Halloween, this is the second most fun holiday all year. Like with Halloween you get to act like a kid {even The Huffington Post agrees that this is a good idea}, eat great food, and thoroughly enjoy yourself. Though obviously my celebrations have changed over the years – I went from a “Kiss Me I’m Irish” pin when I was 9 to Jameson shots until 2am when I was 23. Never a good idea on a Wednesday, let me tell you. But however I’ve celebrated over the years, it’s always been a fun, memorable celebration.

To help get you in the mood and prove that anyone can love St. Patty’s Day, here are some fun ways to celebrate – From fashion to try to recipes that’ll make you drool there’s a little something for everyone.

Food:

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Sweet tooth? Cupcakes & Cashmere has everything you could possibly want with her amazing Homemade Shamrock Shake.

If you’re in the mood for some savory, traditional Irish grub but want to keep things on the healthier side than check out Fat Free Vegan’s Colcannon Puffs, Skillet Shepard’s Pie, and Vegan Cabbage Rolls.

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Guinness Cupcakes w/ Bailey’s Irish Cream Filling sound like the PERFECT way to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day to me, but if boozy cupcakes aren’t the way to your heart, than perhaps Mint Chocolate Cupcakes are the answer.

It doesn’t get more festive than Purely Twins’s St. Patty’s Day Inspired Green Mint Marshmallows {Sugar-Free}. Cute, green, AND sugar-free? These are at the top of my Must Make list.

Fashion:

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For lovers of Emerald this is THE holiday to celebrate! Need some inspiration? Check out the following person style posts: Emerald City, Prints Prints Prints, and St. Patrick’s Day Style.

Or you can find all the pieces you could want here: Currently Lusting – St. Patrick’s Day Greens from Style Me Grasie, Refinery 29’s 20 Emerald-Green Wares Perfect For St. Paddy’s And Beyond, Modelinia’s Celebrate St. Patrick’s Day Runway Style, and Lucky Finds from The Subtle Statement.

Beauty:

If you’re a fan of nail art than why not celebrate St. Patty’s Day with festive new polish? Check out Babble’s 10 Great Green Nail Polishes to Inspire your St. Patrick’s Day Manicure.

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Want some fun makeup ideas that’ll inspire you? These editorials will definitely put you in the mood – Wander World Wunderlust, Fashion Gone Rogue, Style Squad’s Emerald City, and Animale’s Green Crush.

Happy St. Patrick’s Day friends!

How are you going to celebrate?


Spring 2013 Hair Trends

I’m fairly hopeless when it comes to creating perfect waves or mastering chic updos – A simple {and I hope stylish} ponytail or bun is my go-to for pulling my hair out of my face on a daily basis. That being said, I love to try new ‘dos and am invariably drawn to the “so easy anyone could do it” type of tutorials.

In the hopes that I’m not the only one who could use some quick & easy expert tips for hair I’d like to share some of the tutorials I’ve collected recently that guarantee you’ll have a fun new look to add to your repertoire.

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My favorite hair care post of all times is this video from The Glamourai. I want her hair. And her life. 🙂 The Glamourai’s Grip It Good is the perfect video to check out if you have waves or short hair, or are a pro when it comes to using products.

Glittery Guide’s Beauty Trend Report: Low Messy Loop Bun

Viva Luxury’s My Hair Care Routine

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A Cup of Jo’s How to get perfect beachy curls

NYC Pretty’s Red Carpet Ready: Fishtail Braided Bun

This Chick’s Got Style’s Hair how to: how I do my top bun

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My Precious Confessions’ Favorite Sexy Hair Tutorials

Refinery 29’s 4 DIY Hairstyles That Take Unwashed Hair To The Next Level

De Smitten’s The Art of Perfectly Undone Locks

Need more hair inspiration for Spring 2013? Check out the MCLV Hairstyles & Updos Pinterest board and IFB’s What’s Your Hair Inspiration? for all the links you can handle.

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Personally, I’m a sucker for braids and love a casual but chic updo that features a loose braid or two. What’s your go-to Spring hair look? Any fun new styles you’re dying to try?


MCLV Style: Spring Stripes

This past weekend I had my very first Sacramento style shoot. I had some trepidation about arranging it – Would I forget things that I needed in San Francisco? Would we be able to find time? Would there be a good location to shoot? – It ended up not only going off without a hitch, but also being easy and fun.

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{You can shop similar pieces by clicking these hyperlinks: Striped Tee – Zara, Eyelet Mini Skirt – Club Monaco, Cropped Blazer – Aqua, T-Strap Heels – Zara, Belt – Forever 21, Sunglasses – Banana Republic & Pouch – Marc Jacobs}

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

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We ended up at the entrance way to Sacramento’s fair grounds and played around with different backgrounds. The highlight of the shoot? My photographer laying in the street to get the shot that she wanted. If my smile looks strained it’s because I was terrified she was going to get hit by a car!

Are you following my adventures on Facebook, Twitter & Instagram?


Style File: Peace Love Shea in Gucci

I fell madly in love with this look during the recent New York Fashion Week shows {Bloggers Do It Better: New York Fashion Week Street Style} and immediately started counting down the minutes until I’d have time to shop for similar pieces. And while I’m sure we’d all love to pick up this stunning Gucci outfit & Alexander McQueen coat, I thought I’d try to find something a little more reasonable on the price scale for us mere mortals.

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{Peace Love Shea’s La Vie En Rose}

I love the matching, brilliantly colored top and bottom in this look as well as the chic white touches here. And while this coral is stunning on her, I also just like the concept of a look with an all-over color or print.

Coral Combo:

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{Slim Trouser – $39 @ Mango, Bow Blouse – $28 @ Mango}

These sweet Mango separates are a great choice – Not only do they look lovely together, they’re both great, versatile pieces in general and you’d be able to wear them all Spring.

Blue & White Floral Combo:

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{Printed Cuff Pant – $119 @ Bebe & Floral Print Blazer – $139 @ Bebe}

All-over prints are definitely my Achilles heel this Spring and I absolutely love these pieces. Not only do they look fabulous together, you can easily wear each with black, white, any shade of blue, or even a bright color like purple, fuchsia, or yellow.

Talk about versatile!

White Coat:

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{Left: White Coat – $79 on sale @ Dorothy Perkins & Right: Tinley Road Classic Claudine Coat – $35 on sale @ Piperlime}

I love a chic white coat – It’s just so classic. So chic. So French!

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{Peace Love Shea’s La Vie En Rose}

In addition to the amazing main pieces that make up this chic look, the accessories, while understated color-wise, are actually quite high-impact as well.

Clear Clutch:

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{The Ceres Clutch in Recycled Lucite – $95}

White Shoes:

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{Pointed Ankle Strap Court Shoes – $44 @ Asos & Mossimo Ankle Strap Heels – $29 @ Target}

That clear clutch is perfection paired with the white heels and white coat – It all comes together to create a perfect look. I can’t wait to give this a try!

You can also check out previous MCLV Style File looks below:


Links You’ll Love

Fashion:

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Finding fabulous new sites to enjoy is a favorite pastime of mine and I wanted to share my latest blog crush – Veblen High. I mean, seriously, with a description like this, how was I not going to become addicted?

WTF is a Veblen high? It’s a provoked state of intoxicating, stimulating, euphoria (similar to the effects of drugs/alcohol/sex) induced by the purchase of Veblen goods. Symptoms include high- feelings of relaxation, enchantment, pride, self-worth, dominance and a public display of social status.

Colorful and bold are always fun options when it comes to accessories but sometimes an outfit just screams for a neutral hued bag. Not sure where to start? Bag Snob of course – Best Beige Clutches: Caught Blushing.

If the idea of cropped pants and shorts is too shocking for you right now why not try out the boyfriend jean trend? Luckily for those of us new to this style one of my favorite bloggers, Lovely by Lucy, tackled this topic recently – How To Wear Boyfriend Jeans: Part 5.

Starting to get bored with your cold-weather looks as you’re yearning for Spring weather? Me too. But don’t despair! Stylist extraordinaire, Hilary Rushford of Dean Street Society, is here to help us stay in the mood with My Chic Winter Style Secret.

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If you’re in the mood for a fun DIY project and you’re loving all the embellished pieces this Spring you should tackle Cupcakes & Cashmere’s DIY: Embellished Sunglasses ASAP! 🙂

Health & Nutrition:

My go-to pick me up in the mornings isn’t coffee or tea, it’s a green smoothie. Not only are they energizing, delicious, and filling, they’re also the ultimate recovery meal. Not sure where to start? Check out Green Thickie’s The Ultimate Guide to Green Smoothies.

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When Spring rolls around I’m always thrilled by the bright new produce at the Farmers Market, but that doesn’t mean I stop craving comfort food! If you’re in the same boat try this killer appetizer and you’ll be packing nutrients & fresh ingredients into your delicious snack – “Cheezy” Roasted Tomatoes.

Gyms can be pretty pricey these days – Last week I saw a CrossFit gym that was charging clients over $200 a month! If you, and your pocketbook, aren’t up for those kinds of prices than read this Women’s Health piece – Fun (and Cheap!) New Workouts.

If you love to bake like I do finding healthier alternatives and recipes that aren’t laden with calories & fat can be challenging. Choosing vegan, gluten-free, and/or paleo-friendly recipes is my go-to move these days. Not sure what that means? The No Meat Athlete breaks it down in his Veganize and Healthify Your Baking with These 6 Steps.

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Green juice is another healthy, refreshing choice when it comes to beverages. But don’t worry if you don’t have a juicer or if your city isn’t filled with juice shops {aw, I miss NYC}. Choosing Raw has the answer – How to Make Green Juice Using a Vitamix or Blender.


{Guest Post} Spring 2013 Dress Trends

As you’ve probably figured out by now – I’m a big fan of dresses. Especially in the Spring. I’ve had visions of beautifully colored and print-covered dresses dancing through my head for months now – Since the Spring 2013 collections were shown actually. Today the writer of I Wish It Were Anthropologie, But…  will be sharing her Spring 2013 dress picks with us.

Enjoy! 

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{Left – $128 @ Anthropologie & Right – $29 @ H&M}

Here’s the thing… I love Anthropologie but I don’t love the price. This white eyelet dress from Anthropologie is simple and chic, and can easily be dressed up or dressed down. But it is already over $100 for just the dress. You’ll still need to buy the tights, shoes, and accessories! In all it’ll put you well over $200.

I found a white eyelet dress from H&M for only $29.95. With that price you can easily find the rest of the pieces to complete the outfit for under $100.oo. Giving you a $100.oo for more shopping! Who doesn’t want that!

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{Left – $128 @ Anthropologie & Right – $40 @ Old Navy}

Now here is a nice coral eyelet dress that will be perfect for when it really starts to warms up this Spring! A versatile piece like this will be cute with either the boots or the flats and you can easily can add a cardigan to transform it into a work outfit. Again, choosing this Old Navy dress over the pricier Anthropologie version will give you almost $100 in savings.

You are really racking up the dough now!

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{Left – $128 @ Anthropologie & Right – $30 @ Target}

This two-toned maxi dress has the same cut and color blocking style. However, the Target maxi has a pattern on the bottom and does not have pockets. Nevertheless these are quite similar style-wise and the Target dress will run roughly $100 less than the Anthropologie version.

There ya have it folks! Three amazing Spring-Summer looks, which save you $300.oo. Ready to get shopping? I sure am!

Sincerely,

Morgan Sabnekar

Blog: I Wish It Were Anthropologie, But… , Facebook, Pinterest & Twitter

Are you guys as ready for Spring and pretty Spring dresses as I am after reading that? I absolutely love both eyelet and sweet lace for Spring, and that coral color is just beautiful.

Which dress is your favorite?