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Festival Fashion 2013: California Hippie Chic

Spring in California means one thing for concert lovers – Music festival season! From Burning Man to Coachelle there are plenty of events, concerts, and fun, festive gatherings to get you outside and enjoying the Spring weather.

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{Coral Cut-Offs from The Chriselle Factor, Fringed perfection from Peace Love Shea,  Breezy Coral from Fashion Toast & H&M Bustier from Song of Style}

While my day job keeps me in San Francisco and away from the festivities I always look forward to the music festival posts from my favorite bloggers who make the trip – I especially love the candid & group shots since they make you feel like you’re there! 🙂

So let’s get in the mood for this season’s festivals by checking out some of the fashion from years past and seeing how it can be applied to our current wardrobes. One of the best parts about vintage & retro inspired styles is that they’re so long-standing you can wear the same pieces season after season by mixing up accessories & injecting some on-trend styling.

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{This maxi skirt look is one of my favorites from Liz over at Late Afternoon – She looks great with a crown of braids, midriff baring music tee, and a printed, flowy maxi skirt.}

Make maxi magic with a maxi length skirt or dress – From bold colors to breezy sheer fabrics to fun, eye-catching prints, there’s the perfect maxi out there for everyone.

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{Left: Striped Tank Maxi Dress – $70-$80 @ Victoria’s Secret & Right: Club L Bandeau Maxi Dress – $25 on sale @ Asos}

Shopping Tip – If you’re on the petite side be sure to get your dress hemmed or shop a brand that carries petite sizes to avoid destroying the hem when it drags on the ground.

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{Want to try out the midriff baring trend? Get inspired by Peace Love Shea’s simple cutoff tee here.}

There are midriff baring tops everywhere for Spring with styles running the gamut from retro bathing suit inspired silhouettes to simple DIY cut-offs that you could make from your favorite comfy old shirt in a few minutes.

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{Left: Eagle Graphic Crop Tee – $20 @ Nordstrom & Right: Cropped Tee – $18 @ TopShop}

Shopping Tip – If you’re curvy try a retro halter style, while ladies with more boyish figures could give the style worn by Peace Love Shea above a try. The key is to show off what you’ve got! 🙂

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{If you’re a fan of vintage rock tees now’s the time to break them out!}

Is there anything more perfectly hippie-inspired than fringe? From over-the-shoulder bags draped with thick fringe that evoke images of the Old West to cut-off shirts and denim shorts that are beach or music festival ready.

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{Left: BP Faux Leather Fringe Hobo Bag –  $38 @ Nordstrom & Right:  Boutique 9 Fringed Flat Sandal – $58 @ Neiman Marcus Last Call}

Shopping Tip: If your personal style is more conservative or classic but you want to try out this trend then aim for a fun accessories. From bags, to necklaces, to moccasins, there’s something that will suit everyone’s style!

Get more inspiration over on Pinterest – Hippie Chic & Festival Fashion. You can also check out We Wore What’s Packing For Coachella or Refinery 29’s 7 Types Of Music-Festival Folks… As Illustrations.

What hippie-inspired trend would be your first choice to rock for a music festival this season?


Styling 101: Easy Tips For Mixing Prints

Animal prints for daytime can be a challenge to pull off – You want the look to be fun and eye-catching, but not tip the scales into tacky-ville. We’ve all seen one of those. And cringed. My number one tip for making an animal print – Or two – Daytime appropriate is to pair the printed piece and/or accessory with a solid colored piece. Black or white both make great contrasts, as would a more neutral hue like tan or nude.

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{Sasha Maks Vintage Jewelry: Rhinestone Pear Drop Pendant Necklace, Smoky Rhinestone Bracelet & Givenchy Chunky Bracelet}

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{You can shop similar pieces by clicking these hyperlinks: Peter Pan Collar Top – Zara, Skater Skirt – Zara, Ankle Strap Heels – Prabal Gurung for Target & Top Handle Bag – Asos}

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

These Prabal Gurung for Target heels are going to be a staple for me this Spring. There’s very little I love more than an extremely versatile piece like these shoes – They’ll work great for daytime looks with florals or prints, and be the perfect finishing touch & pop of color for monochrome and nighttime looks like cocktail dresses. And yes, I know I need a 12 step program for Zara skater skirts… 🙂

*Photography & Jewelry by Sasha Maksutenko

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Vacation Planning: Spring & Summer Hair

The time for Spring Break and Summer vacations is swiftly approaching which means that it’s almost time to start thinking about your travel style. One of the things that I love about vacations is playing the part of a vacationing fashionista – Breaking out my resort gear, simplifying my beauty routine, and spending all my time in sandals & bathing suits. I keep boxes of vacation gear on the upper shelves of my closet filled with everything from bath suits, sarongs, and wet suits to colorful maxi dresses, sundresses, and bathing suit cover-ups.

In this three-part series I’ll discuss some of the most fun parts of getting away from it all – (1) Mixing up your go-to hair styles, (2) Changing your beauty routine to keep things simple, and finally (3) Styling & packing for your trip.

If you’re staying at a nice resort or aren’t the type to leave home without your tools here are some hairstyles to try out for your next vacation – Master Using Your Curling Iron In 3 Easy Steps from Refinery 29.

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Favorite First Date Hair Tutorials from My Precious Confessions that include sweet updos, the perfect blow out, and vacation waves

Love a good blow out & want to effortlessly create the effect while you’re on vacation? Saucy Glossie has the answer so read her post How To Fake A Blow Out!

Want the perfect beachy, just rolled out of bed waves? 5 Ways To Get Loose Waves from Glitter Guide

Don’t want to mess with products & tools? Why not get a fresh haircut before you head for the airport – Our 8 Favorite Haircuts for Spring 2013 from Harper’s Bazaar includes Charlize Theron’s sweet new pixie cut & Nicole Richie’s wavy bob among others.

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If you need more inspiration head to Pinterest and check out my Hairstyles & Updos board which is jam-packed with fun looks for you to try this Spring/Summer – From flirty ponytails & messy buns to cascading waves with jeweled clips & colorful streaks.

For some of my personal tips & recommendations when it comes to packing & getting yourself out the door for a trip check out my Weekends Away – Styling, Deciding & Packing from September.

What’s your go-to hairstyle for vacations?

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{This three-part series is part of The Girls Inspired Group’s  Spotlight Series called Spring Fever that I’m hosting w/ the lovely Mari of I Love Green Inspiration}


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?


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?


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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.


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!

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Looks of the Week

Happy Monday!

What better way to start a week off than some great sartorial inspiration? It always gives me a little lift when I see well-put together outfits, it also motivates me to put in some added effort when it comes to my personal style choices.

What about you? If you see some great looks does it motivate you to be more creative when you’re putting together and styling your daily outfits?

 

This is a great example of on of my favorite ways of putting together an outfit – Camille Over The Rainbow is a master of high-low dressing. Zara, Asos, and H&M pieces paired seamlessly with a gorgeous Celine handbag.

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This is just stunning. I love the unique combination of dramatic animal prints, reptilian leggings, and the sheer fabric of the blouse. It is certainly eye-catching!

She’s also carrying the Celine bag that seems to be the It Bag for Spring/Summer 2012 and which I’ve been drooling over for months. It’s a great choice because it’s large enough to tote around your must have’s but not so big that you’re carrying around all of your belongings. I’ve also been seeing it mostly in versatile neutral colors – white, tan, brown, and deep wine red – and this is such a classic style and shape that you know a neutral in this bag will be useable every season until the end of time!

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I love everything about this look – From the cute black & white patterned day dress to the fringed cross-body bag to the adorable black framed glasses. The perfect outfit for a low-key day when you still want to look cute.

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I’ve always admired Eva’s street style, she’s got a look that’s very much her own – ladylike with a unique twist, like her blue sunglasses here. This is a really cute sundress in a flattering pattern and length, a great look for warm Summer days.

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If you’re going to go for an all-black outfit take a cue from model Daiane and keep your look interesting with a statement necklace and a great bag. Accessories can do wonders!

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A standout jacket is a great way to finish off a look. Even in summer you can throw on a lightweight coat, like this gorgeous Kenzo version, and you’re ready for anything!

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Could this look scream Summer more? It’s bright, fun, and a little bit sassy. I’m a sucker for shirtdresses and I really love her choice of accessories, that large envelope clutch is divine.

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If hippie’s not your style but you’re planning to head to music festivals this is a great look to aspire to – ladylike chic. A trench will still be classic whether you choose pale pink or powder blue, so you can choose whatever color suits you best. P.S. LOVE those cat flats.

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Sexy Summer whites! Whites are a great way to stay cool in the Summer, night or day. Throw on some great separates and grab a sleek clutch like this gorgeous patent leather version and you’re good to go.

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I really like both of these dresses. Some actresses promoting a movie with a younger co-star would feel pressure to wear clothing that’s too “young” for them, but like Elizabeth Banks did at all of the Hunger Games premieres, Charlize Theron kept it classy and age-appropriate. And I love Kristen’s belted BCBG dress!

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So tell me, what has been your favorite trend this Spring? What have you not been able to stop wearing or daydreaming about lately?


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Happy Earth Day!

I had a long, relaxing, amazing weekend away from the hustle and bustle of the city and I hope that you all enjoyed your weekends just as much.

Health/Fitness:

Trying to clean up your act this Spring? Check out FitSugar’s Easy Ways to Green Your Fitness and Daily Routineand Fit Bottomed Girls’ Behold the Power of Bamboo: 3 Eco-Friendly Fitness Goodies.

If you’re aiming for a healthier diet this Spring, it’s all about fresh fruits and vegetables! One Green Planet has you covered with one of the healthiest greens out there – Kale: Health Benefits, Tips and Recipes. They’ve got all the goods, from the rockstar health benefits to awesome recipes like Lentil-Kale Risotto and Roasted Sweet Potatoes w/ Shallots & Kale Ribbons. Or you can check out Holly Would If She Could’s No Fail Kale: 25 Delicious Recipes To Make Your Friends Green With Envy.

If you have a lemon tree in your yard this is the article for you – Glowing Lemon Hand Scrub & 11 Other Ways To Use Lemons from OhSheGlows.

I don’t know about you, but as soon as the weather warms up its all I can do to stay inside. That’s the only reason I ever took up running, to get out of the gym and enjoy my favorite city bathed in sunshine. Hiking, running, long walks – Any excuse to suck up some Vitamin D. Fit Bottomed Girls & FitSugar both agree – Getting Out in Nature Makes Me a Better Person & Outdoor Cardio Workout.

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Try a new type of cookie next time you’re baking – one make with almond meal. Pure 2 Raw has a great gluten-free recipe for Almond Meal Chip Cookies that’s quick and easy – only 5 minutes of prep time! Or you can even try FitSugar’s surprisingly healthy Peanut Butter Oatmeal Raisin (and Bean!) Cookies.

Fashion:

 

Time to work some patterns into your wardrobe for Spring! Check out Beauty & the Budget’s Pattern of the Month, PLUS 6 Ways to Wear It.

There’s so much negativity in the world and it’s easy to slip into patterns of negativity and doubt. One of my major goals for 2012 is to really put an effort into Being Positive and approaching my life with joy and enthusiasm. Do you want to start your radical self-love journey? Gala Darling is here to help you get started on your journey to self-love. Not only does she have a Radical Self Love Bootcamp, she’s also helpfully provided us with a list of articles on the subject of self-love that you can read through on your own. Including 100 Ways You Can Start Loving Yourself Right Now, I Am Not Sorry, How To Be Confident, and How To Get Calm In A World Full Of Crazy!

Still wishing you were part of Coachella? Why not make yourself an Embellished Friendship Bracelet as a consolation prize? Trust me, they’re pretty perfect!

Need some inspiration for collecting and storing jewelry? Take a cue from Kayture‘s gorgeous collection! I love jewelry and I think it’s a vital part of any outfit that you’re putting together – I talked about some of the basics a girl should keep in her jewelry box in my Real Girls Need Real Closets & Real Girls Need Real Closets – Accessories Edition. I’ll also be doing an entire post dedicated to my collection soon, in the meantime the photo below is a sneak peek of what I have in store for you! 🙂

Interested in rompers and jumpsuits but not sure if you can pull them off, or even – gasp – whether you should even try? Check out FabSugar’s Yes, You Can Pull Off Jumpsuits and Rompers — 15 Real-Life Street Snaps to Show You How. These shots of real girls on the streets looking fabulous will definitely get you in the mood.