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MCLV Style: Animalistic

Northern California is all about layering during the Fall – The mornings may start off foggy with a chill in the air only to end up in the mid seventies with the sun beating down on you by lunchtime. Since moving to San Francisco I’ve become something of a self-taught layering expert.

{You can shop similar pieces by clicking these hyperlinks: Leopard Knit Moto JacketExpressSiren Skinny Jeans – Victoria’s SecretBlack Tunic TankClub Monaco, (faux) Patent Leather Chainlink BagExpress, Gold Geometric Bracelet – BCBG & Over-The-Knee Seude BootsChinese Laundry}

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This ended up being the perfect amount of layers, I could easily unzip the moto jacket to get some air, and take it off completely when it got too warm. We spent the day wandering around Sonoma Square and enjoying wine tastings, window shopping, and a tasty lunch at The Girl And The Fig.

Do you like to wear multiple lighter-weight layers when the weather starts to get colder in the Fall/Winter? Or do you prefer to wear thicker outerwear during the chillier seasons?

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Birthday Bonanza

This past week I celebrated my thirtieth birthday and it was a pretty spectacular experience that included a family dinner at one of my favorite restaurants in San Francisco (restaurant review upcoming), a trip to Sonoma, wine tastings, and a weekend in Glen Ellen with my family & friends.

Here are some highlights from my birthday weekend!

{My colleagues are so amazing – I’m a lucky girl!}

{Wine tasting, delicious food, fabulous views – Living the DREAM}

{We’re a fashionable crowd}

{Speaking of lucky…}

Thank you to all of my friends & family who helped make my 30th birthday weekend so amazing & memorable – I appreciate it more than I can say!


A Very Sonoma Weekend

This past Saturday we ventured over a fog covered Golden Gate Bridge to spend the day in Sonoma house hunting, shopping, and indulging in a little gourmet fare and wine tasting.

After house hunting in the sweltering heat we headed to one of our favorite outdoor dining spots on Sonoma Square, Centre du Vin, which is the restaurant downstairs in the charming old school Ledson Hotel.

An order of moules frites and a glass of vino were just what we needed. And I have to say, I think that moules frites might be the perfect order for us – Sean gets his seafood craving satisfied and I get the salty, delicious carbs. Everyone wins!

After that it was time for a little vintage jewelry shopping at Filigree Estate Jewelers followed by a highly successful trip to the Sonoma Wine Shop. The SWS was highly recommended to us and not only did we have time for a fun little tasting, we were also able to pick up a great bottle of wine for Sean’s father’s birthday.

Two birds. One wine shop.

You can check out my fun skull print blouse & fabulous new Givenchy bag in Tuesday MCLV Style post to see what I was wearing for our Saturday adventures.

Today I’m starting a fun new project with Sasha Maks Vintage that I’m just dying to share with you all – So stay tuned for photos from my first modeling attempt!

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MCLV Style: Skulls & Givenchy

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

The answer to this fashion conundrum? Mini skirt!

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

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

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

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


The End Of An Era

This past weekend was one for the books.

Gorgeous setting. Unbelievable company. Great wine. Delicious food. And entertainment galore.

So what did we do during this glorious weekend?

We drank and ate our way through Sonoma and mourned the loss of our dear friend’s single life. While we talked about how amazing her wedding, honeymoon, and married life are going to be, of course.

A picture is worth a thousand words, right?

What about you guys, are you ready for wedding season?


11 Questions For MCLV

I thought that a little personal post might be a nice change of pace as all of the fashion madness is winding down so I decided to steal Miss Holly Would If She Could‘s 11 Questions//11 Answers so you can all get to know me a little better. Without further ado, here are 11 Questions answered by Moi.

[1.] Two TV Shows You Watch Every Week?

[Time Out] Okay, I feel like I should preface this little exercise by saying that I am incredibly boring during the week because I wake up at 4am every morning, which makes “school night” activities virtually impossible. Completely impossible actually. [Time In]

I don’t regularly watch TV during the week and time on weekends that’s spent in front of a television set is probably for movie night. That being said there are a few shows that I will catch up on with Netflix rentals after the fact, including NCIS, Psych, Bones, Big Bang Theory and Warehouse 13.

New obsession? Lost Girl.

The real question here is why do I have cable?

[2.] Top Three Place On Your ‘Must Visit’ List?

As I mentioned in my MCLV Answers Questions – Harper’s Bazaar Style and Wanderlust posts, I absolutely adore traveling and as a bit of a history nerd I have a huge list of historic and ancient sites that I’m dying to see. My top three as of right this instant would have to be: The Artemision in Turkey, Caesarea in Israel & Machu Picchu. I also want to go to Egypt, the Greek islands and Russia.

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[3.] Current Favorite Decorating Color Combo?

Black & white – Cannot get enough!

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[4.] Do You Use The Snooze Button On Your Alarm?

No, but I’m so paranoid about being late to work that I set three alarms each morning. Though the second one has only ever gone off once and I was in the shower when it did. I’m sorry to have to tell you this but I’m – shhhh – a morning person.

I am not, however, a people person in the morning. I feel confident saying that no one is really a people person at 4am.

[5.] Oldest, Middle or Youngest?

Oldest. Control freak, Type A, oldest.

My ‘youngest of three’ boyfriend never stood a chance.

[6.] Do You Collect Anything?

Do things in your closet count? I’m going to assume that they do, therefore I collect purses, luggage, shoes and vintage jewelry.

[7.] What Is Your Middle Name?

Elizabeth – My paternal grandmother and one of the most amazing women I’ve ever met. My first name, on the other hand, I blame on labor pains.

[8.] What Did You Want To Be When You Grew Up?

When I was a child I wanted to be the first female president of the United States, then someone told me there was an age requirement so I decided that I’d be a doctor until I was 35 and then I’d run for president. Kids say that damnedest things…

[9 – a.] Are You City Or Country?

I’m a city girl through and through – I thrive on the hustle and bustle, love the architecture of old buildings and the conveniences of living in a city cannot be beat. Buuut, I have to get out of the city every once in a while and get back to nature. Maybe it’s because I grew up hiking, camping and backpacking, but I love getting away from it all. Whether its hiding out in a cabin in Tahoe, hiking through the vineyards in Sonoma or spending a week in a château in the middle of nowhere in Southern France.

[9 – b.] Tom Boy or Girlie Girl?

I’d say that I’m somewhere in between. I mean, can you be a girlie girl if you wear black most of the time, don’t own a blow dryer and only take 20 minutes to get ready in the morning?

In my mind girlie girls are girls who take forever to get ready and wear pink…

[9 – c.] Talker or Listener?

Both. I talk a mile a minute when I’m nervous but I love to hear what my friends and family have to say, so I can usually be compelled to listen as well. 🙂

[10.] Fancy Label For Your Decorating Style?

Modern Vintage/French Country

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[11 – a.] What Would Your Friends & Family Say Is Your Best Quality?

  • Friends – My sense of style, I’m the go-to stylist for my group of friends
  • Boyfriend – Kind & generous (I cheated & asked him)
  • Family – Loving & affectionate

[11 – b.] Your Worst?

I wont talk on the phone and I have to control everything. I’m a lot of fun, trust me. 🙂

So, I hope that you got to know me a little better with this. I’d love to hear your responses to these questions, so feel free to share!


Sonoma Weekend

Happy Monday!

I spent my weekend in Sonoma – I like it there in case you can’t tell. We did a little wine tasting, eating, walking, wine tasting, eating, window shopping, wine tasting, eating… You get the idea!

We tried a little bit of everything and enjoyed some great food and vino. The Sunflower Cafe, Audelssa, Charles Creek, Sonoma-Meritage Martini Oyster Bar & Grill, Two Amigos, GlenLyon,  Town Square Sports Bar, Ledson Harmony Lounge and The Wolf House Restaurant.

So how was everyone’s weekend? Feeling well rested and ready to face the week? Ya… Me neither.


A Week In Pictures

This past week has been absolutely amazing, great friends, food and drinks. Rather than bore you will all the details, I’ll just leave you with some pictures to enjoy!