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MCLV Style: Black And White Florals

Even on lovely Spring days I’m not always in the mood for color – That’s why my wardrobe has a hefty dose of moody black & white prints. They’re dramatic and eye-catching without being overly in-your-face which I especially like for hot Summer nights.

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{You can shop similar pieces by clicking these hyperlinks: Dress – Vintage, Belt – Banana Republic, Shoes – BCBG Generation, Crossbody Bag – Hobo International, Scarf – TopShop, and Jewelry – JewelMint & Vintage}

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My favorite way to spice up a clean black & white look is with a statement piece – A killer necklace, a dramatic shoe, or, as in this case, a bold scarf. I raved about this fun TopShop scarf earlier this Spring {Transitioning From Winter-To-Spring} and clearly the love affaire continues! 🙂

What’s your favorite way to spice up a simple look?

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MCLV Style: Classic Workwear

I’ve shown some love for the classic pencil skirt before {Pencil Skirt: Day-To-Night} but I wanted to share an example of my work style. No, I don’t usually wear head-to-toe black during the Spring, but it was a Friday and I prefer clothes that don’t show stains when I’m traveling! 🙂

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{You can shop similar pieces by clicking these hyperlinks: Pencil Skirt – BCBG, Peter Pan Top – Forever 21, Heels – Zara & Bag – Just Fab}

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I fell in love with this Peter Pan Top when it arrived – It’s a really versatile, fun piece. I’m a fan of Peter Pan collars and the studs are perfect for Spring, this piece looks great with jeans, shorts, or for work with a classic pencil skirt like this one.

What’s your go-to style for work?

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Spring Inspiration

Happy Thursday! Here’s a little Spring eye candy to help you get through the week – Just one more day left and we can all enjoy this gorgeous weather by doing as little as humanly possible. 🙂

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(1) Prints – Bold prints mixed w/ bright heeled sandals – Try these geometric print pants from Asos {$49} and these purple wedges from J.Crew {$179 on sale}

(2) Color – Jewel tones are a must – Get your fix with these Calvin Klein emerald cropped pants from Zappos {$79}, this amethyst tank from French Connection {$22 on sale}, or this yellow denim moto jacket from Steve Madden {$98}

(3) Statement Jewelry – Make a statement this Spring/Summer with a dramatic statement necklace like this spiked crystal Bar III necklace from Macys {$42}, this tribal bib from Forever 21, or this bold blue collar from TopShop {$30}

(4) Chambray – Denim-on-denim is a great weekend style for Spring so try out TopShop’s chambray shirt {$58} or Express’s light wash denim shirt {$57}

(5) Black & White – Whatever the season, whatever the weather, there’s a chic black & white look that’ll suit the occasion perfectly – Give this black & white striped dress from White House {$150} or this black & white printed maxi dress from Calvin Klein {$78} a chance and you’ll be thrilled with the results

(6) Florals – Between brilliant colors & fun mixtures florals are anything but boring this season. You’re bound to find something eye-catching to wear for Spring/Summer so get the look with Prabal Gurung for Target pieces or these bright floral dresses from BCBG {$115} or Asos {$47}

(7) Lucite – My obsession with clean clutches knows no bounds and I’m not the only one so check out these versions from Juicy Couture {pink – $148}, Alice + Olivia {black & white – $295}, or Urban Outfitters {clear – $40}

(8) Embellishments – The perfect finishing touch for your warm-weather looks this season are a pair of fun, one-of-a-kind shoes like these BCBGeneration studded sandals from Piperlime {$68}, these colorblock peep-toed wedges from Franco Sarto {$60}, or leopard print pumps from Nine West {$40 on sale}

(9) Colorblocking – Be bold in not only your color choices this Spring/Summer, but also in your mixing & matching by trying styles like this pleated Land’s End skirt {$45}, this one-arm Victoria’s Secret top {$20 on sale}, or this BB Dakota Lewis dress {$88}

{All pictures from my Spring 2013 Fashions Pinterest board}

So tell me – What’s your inspiration this Spring? What trend or style are you dying to try out?


Spring Sunglasses

With The Great Gatsby coming to theatres and Rules of Civility on my bedside table I’m in the mood for fabulous Jazz Age fashions. So with that in mind here are some fabulous sunglasses for Spring that’ll make you feel like Daisy.

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The new 1922 Collection launched by Warby Parker is something to keep an eye on – This company has been on my radar since one of the founders, Neil Blumenthal, spoke about the company and their inspiration when I was in NYC in February for IFBCON.

Their round sunglasses come in tortoiseshell and metallic frames and will suit nearly every face. You can also pick up a pair of their eyeglasses if you’re not currently in the market for sunglasses!

This sweet collection put me in the mood for some retro worshiping so here are some other gorgeous sunglasses to get you in the mood for a Great Gatsby field trip this Spring!

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{Left: Henry Holland for Le Specs 80-20 Sunglasses – $89 @ Urban Outfitters & Right: Tortoiseshell Sunglasses – $90 @ Max Studio}

Or if you’re in the mood for some high-octane glamour check out this stunning editorial styled by her Highness Karl Lagerfeld for Harper’s Bazaar featuring Arizona Muse, Joan Smalls, and Saskia de Brauw – Cafe Society.

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Are you inspired to try some Great Gatsby inspired fashions this Spring? What’s your favorite 1920’s style?


MCLV Style: Floral Shorts in L.A.

Last week I shared some of the amazing women that I met at Lucky FABB West {Lucky FABB: Bloggers You’ll Love} as well as my first look for the conference {Tribal Prints at Lucky FABB West} – For Day Two of the conference I doned this adorable floral shorts suit and snapped some fun photographs with Beth of Beth Animal Print in the hotel lobby.

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{You can shop similar pieces by clicking these hyperlinks: Shorts + Blazer – Aqua, Heels – Zara, Necklace – Zara & Bracelet – BCBG}

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{How ridiculously cute is this Just Fab bag? Tres chic!}

I ordered this shorts and blazer combo from Bloomingdale’s back in February and have been waiting with bated breath for an opportunity to wear it. What better place than Los Angeles in the Spring and what better venue than a Fashion Blogger conference? 🙂

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Looks of the Week

Welcome to another Looks of the Week post featuring some great daytime and nighttime looks for this Spring – Everything from brights and dramatic jewelry to great denim pieces and fun separates.

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{Bright colors, bold prints, and fun colorblocking. Fabulous from head-t0-toe.}

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{While a head-to-toe black look might not necessarily be the first style that comes to mind when you think about Spring but I adore this look – The silhouette of the skirt is flirty & fun, and the statement necklace is really dramatic & eye-catching.}

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{I love a great denim-on-denim look and this one is fabulous – I especially love the patchwork chambray shirt.}

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{Retro fabulous! I love everything about this look – From the silhouette of the coat to the bell bottom jeans to the fur hat!}

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{Floral dresses are perfect for Spring and I love how the sweetness of this butterfly print dress is tempered by the denim jacket & twisted belt.}

Which of these looks is your favorite? Are you inspired to try anything new this Spring?


Vacation Planning: Spring & Summer Beauty Routine

Welcome to Part II of your Spring & Summer vacation planning guide – Check out Part I for some ideas & inspiration for fun updos and hairstyles to try on your next vacation.

When the weather starts to warm up I immediately start thinking about simplifying my beauty routine. Who wants to go to all the trouble of putting on a full face of makeup when you’ll sweat it off by 10am? This goes for daily life in the city as well as for vacations and weekends away – I want as little time in front of the bathroom mirror as possible. So as you’d think, my go-to products for this time of year are versatile ones that you can serve multiple purposes:

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(1) Argan Oil – I cannot travel, or live really, without argan oil. It may be having its 15 minutes right now but I’ve been using it for years and highly recommend picking up a quality version like Josie Maran’s Organic Argan Oil or L’Oreal’s EverSleek. This oil can be used on your hair, your skin, your feet, your cuticles…

See what I meant about multitasking?

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(2) BB/CC Cream – When it comes to one-stop-wonders is there anything more magical than the BB and CC creams out there? Light coverage, evening out skintone, and best of all, SPF. Nothing worse than having to smooth an oily sunscreen over your face! I’ve tried a handful of different versions and so far my favorites are Maybelline, L’Oreal, and Rimmel.

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(3) Chubby Stick – These little sticks are great multitaskers, you can use them on your lips, cheeks, or eyes. Perfect for a quick freshening up midday or before a night out. Clinique and Cover Girl both make lovely versions in a number of shades – I love the versions with a little coral in them!

Need some more recommendations & tips for simplifying your routine? Check out Favorite Natural Beauty Tutorials from Coco of My Precious Confessions, Mars – Mes favoris beauté spécial peau pourrie from Coline of Et Pourquoi Pas, and Drugstore Cowboy from Irina over at Into The Gloss.

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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}


MCLV Style: Maxi Skirts For Spring

What better way to spend a sun-drenched Sunday in Spring than wandering around a gorgeous river-adjascent backyard? The thing I miss most now that I live in San Francisco is nature – Being surrounded by trees and flowers, hearing birds and animals. This lovely house is on a cliff over the American River and between the gorgeous landscaping and hearing the river rushing past it’s utterly peaceful and relaxing.

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{You can shop similar pieces by clicking these hyperlinks: Maxi Skirt – Macys, Tank – GAP, Wallet – Kate Spade & Blazer – Aqua}

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When the Winter weather starts to fade my thoughts always immediately turn to maxi lengths – There’s something about having those soft fabrics wrapping around your legs that just screams vacation. I recently made a trip to Macys with a friend and while we searched high and low for the perfect pink wedges for her, I spotted this Macy’s Impulse skirt and knew that I just had to have it!

Do you enjoy wearing maxi and midi lengths during the Spring?

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Looks of the Week – Shorts Edition

Does anything scream warm weather quite like a pair of great fitting shorts? I didn’t wear shorts for YEARS and last Summer was the first time I picked up a pair since Junior High, and I already find myself excited to break them out again. So let’s get inspired by some of the great shorts looks that bloggers around the world – i.e. in warmer places than San Francisco – Have started putting together for Spring.

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{Does it get more classic than denim shorts and a striped tee? The perfect casual warm weather look.}

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{Wearing heels with shorts can be a challenge, you want the look to be chic not desperate. A pair of neutral hued heels is a great choice because it elongates the legs. Not sure how to make it work for you? This look from Donatila Rose is picture perfect – The ideal length shorts, a stylish, oversized top, and cute nude peep-toes. Perfect!}

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{Is it still chilly where you live? Why not add some layers and some tights to make your shorts a little more palatable?}

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{Are you an innovator? Why not try a fun new style pair of shorts like these yellow & white brocade peplum pair that Sincerely Jules makes look like Summer perfection? You can find a similar pair here from BCBGeneration.}

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{For the girlie-girls and floral lovers out there this season will make all your dreams come true with beautiful, feminine pairs of floral shorts like this gorgeous pair from Late Afternoon.}

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{Short-shorts can be a cute Summer look if done right. Not sure where to start? Yumi has the answer!}

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{If you’re a fan of the throwback trend for overalls this Spring then you should try a pair of denim overall shorts – This look is a fun, stylish twist on this classic style. Great inspiration!}

Are you a fan of shorts once the weather warms up? Which of these looks is your favorite?


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?