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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?


{Collaboration} A Retro Day At The Factory: Part Two

Welcome to the second Lookbook from my recent collaboration with The Factory, Sasha Maks Vintage, Tori B. Amos, Christina Aguayo & Jennymay Villarete. You can check out Part I here for additional background on this shoot and the amazing collaborative team that we got a chance to work with.

Without further ado…

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{Clothing by The Factory}

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{Caity’s Jewelry: Convertible Rope Link Necklace and Bracelet Demi-Parure, Hobe Jet Bead and Gold Tone Bead Necklace & Rhinestone Cocktail-Party Ring}

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{Caity’s Accessories: MICHAEL Michael Kors clutch & Zara Lace-Up Boots, Sasha’s Accessories: Costume National Booties}

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{Sasha’s Jewelry: Tirfari Plaited Link Cuff Bracelet, Gold tone Ball and Rhinestone Charm Bracelet, similar metallic leaf earrings & similar ribbed gold bracelet}

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

If these amazing jewels are at the top of your Must Have list for Spring 2013 then you’ll be thrilled to know that there will be a Sasha Maks Vintage Jewelry Trunk Show on March 20th from 6pm-9pm. More details will be available soon so be sure to Like the Sasha Maks Vintage Facebook Page so you’ll receive updates!


Pencil Skirt: Day-To-Night

Pencil skirts are up there with wrap dresses, trench coats, and the perfect Little Black Dress when it comes to investment pieces. They’re a Must Have regardless of whether you’re in the market for a classic black skirt or something more dramatic and eye-catching

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{Shop similar pieces by clicking these hyperlinks: Pencil Skirt – BCBG, Jacket – Banana Republic, Bag – Kate Spade & Heels – Very Volatile}

Not sure what style pencil skirt is the best option for you? Check out the fabulous finds below and see which skirts best suit your personal style and pocketbook!

Classic:

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{Left: Pencil Skirt in Jersey – $15 through $30 @ Asos, Center: Wool Pencil Skirt – $60 @ J.Crew & Right: Pencil Skirt – $50 @ Mango}

If you’re going for a more classic & timeless look or would like to pick a piece that’s work appropriate as well, I’d go with a classic color like black, navy, or grey. You can easily go from the office to cocktails by exchanging pumps for strappy heels, adding a chic cropped jacket, and piling on the statement jewelry.

Bold:

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{Left: Emerald Pencil Skirt – $80 @ Banana Republic, Peplum Pencil Skirt – $50 @ Express & Right: Plaid Skirt – $60 @ The Limited}

These skirts are still perfect office-wear, but they’re also bold and eye-catching. Not for the faint of heart. Dress one of these brightly colored or printed skirts down for work with a tucked in button-down or party the night away in an embellished tank & fun heels.

Fun:

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{Left: Tinley Road Vegan Leather Pencil Skirt – $45 on sale @ Piperlime, Center: Neon Trimmed Pencil Skirt – $20 @ Forever 21 & Right: Jessica Simpson Floral Pencil Skirt – $40 on sale @ Macys}

A leather skirt is a fun option and when styled properly can easily work for day or night. Or you can try a fun printed option to spice up a weekend look. Either way, these dramatic skirts should be the focal point of your look so keep the accessories on the minimal side to avoid overdoing it.

So tell me, what’s your pencil skirt style – Classic, Bold, or Fun?


LookMazing + Banana Republic’s Mad Men Collection

I was thrilled when Banana Republic announced that they were planning to produce another Mad Men inspired collection this season. It’s funny, I love classic, retro styles and have adored & shopped these collections in the past, but I’ve never actually seen Mad Men.

Need to remedy that ASAP.

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In honor of my recent LookMazing feature {pictured above} and the fun Banana Republic pieces that I got a chance to try out, I wanted to share my favorite picks from this new collection.

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{Collection Hampton-Fit Gingham Crop – $100}

These pants are perfect for Spring 2013. Perfect for daytime wear with sandals or flats, a basic tee, and a brightly colored scarf, or for nighttime with heels, a sleek tank, and some statement jewelry.

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{Left: Collection Beaded Necklace – $60 & Left: Collection Line Bracelet – $50}

Speaking of statement jewelry… Loved all of the Mad Men pieces but these were my favorite. I especially like the navy + green color combination in this necklace – Really classic & chic, but with a modern twist.

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{Collection Peggy Ballet Heel – $130}

I love a great pair of low-heeled pumps and the metallic embellishment on these is the perfect little touch to make these visually interesting and really stand out. You could easily wear these with a pencil skirt for work or paired with your favorite jeans & a leather jacket for a night out.

Don’t worry boys, I didn’t forget you. While the perfect suit is obviously a must have for the gentleman with style, the accessories are where you can really have fun and get creative. And Banana Republic’s Mad Men collection has some pretty darn cute extras for you to invest in!

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{Left: Striped Silk Skinny Tie – $70 & Right: Straw Fedora – $50}

The navy looks great paired with both the black and the brown in these pieces and by including great striped accessories like these you’re opening up your look to incorporate additional colors.

Which pieces from this fun new collection are on your Must Have list?


Links You’ll Love

Fashion:

In the mood to spice up your wardrobe for Spring? Check out the Spring 2013 Shopping page for some fun pieces & shopping tips & recommendations for Spring.

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Denim on denim is a must try when the weather starts to warm up this year – Something I’ve been experimenting with since I got my new TopShop Chambray shirt. Check out The Glitter Guide’s Style Sessions: Three Ways To Wear Denim On Denim for some tips & suggestions.

What am I most excited to try this Spring style-wise? Suits, suits, and more suits. Check out Into The Jungle’s This Spring: Suit Up to see how fun this new trend is going to be.

Has the Spring Cleaning bug hit you yet? Apartment Therapy has just the project if you’re looking to spice things up in your home – Before & After: Closet Under the Stairs Gets a Dramatic Makeover.

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Make going to bed all the sweeter each night by tackling this little DIY project and giving your bedside table – Weekend DIY: Instant Update {Nightstand}.

Health & Nutrition:

Whether you’re recovering from an injury, easing into a new fitness routine, or looking for a stress reliever yoga is a great activity to try out – Strong Body, Powerful Mind.

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As the Winter chill starts to fade and the days start to look more and more like Spring I’ll be breaking out all sorts of delicious salads but I’ve found that during this transition period at the beginning of the year I’m always craving soups and other warm but light comfort foods. Enter Oh She Glows’s Not Your Average Potato Soup.

February may have officially been heart health month but that doesn’t mean that you should ignore your health for the other 11 months of the year. I was astounded when I read the statistics about heart disease in women and in order to help us all stay on top of our heart health here’s The House Always Wins with 16 Things You Can Do For Your Heart Today.

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Whenever I’m in the mood for an indulgent treat I head to The Wannabe Chef’s site – He’s similarly pumpkin, peppermint & chocolate obsessed so I adore his site. His latest triumph? Healthy Chocolate Walnut Bread – Don’t you just love to see “chocolate” and “healthy” in the same recipe?


Beginners Fitness: Kettlebells

Welcome to Week II of the new Spring 2013 Beginners Fitness series!

You can catch up on Beginners Fitness Week I or enjoy some other recent health & fitness-related posts – Guest Post: Women’s Health, Guest Post: Fashion of the Fitness World, Guest Post: Food & The Daily Battle & {Guest Post} Interview With A Trainer.

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{Inspiration Pinterest Board}

Workouts:

Since this is just Week Two of this new fitness regime we’re going to keep the total number of workouts at two for another week – You want to ease into any changes in your activity level to avoid injuries or overworking yourself. If you feel like you’re ready to go beyond two, feel free to add one of the workouts from last week’s list – Beginners Fitness.

A great piece of gym equipment that I highly recommend is the kettlebell. It’s a very versatile piece since you can use them in a gym setting or at home/outside. Definitely a good investment.

[1.] Day One:

Warm Up: 5 minutes of cardio {Walking quickly, jogging/running, elliptical, stationary bike, rowing, stair climber…}

  • Kettlebell Swings {Kettlebells Workouts’s Teaching Points for The Kettlebell Swing} Three rounds of 10-15 swings – #1 thing to keep in mind is your form & to be careful of your back!!!
  • Goblet Squats {Men’s Health’s Goblet Squats} Three rounds of 10-15 squats

Warm Down: 5-10 minutes of intervals on a machine of your choosing {See the suggestions under Warm Up}

  • 30 seconds as fast as possible
  • 1 minute 30 seconds recovery – moderate speed
  • 30 seconds as fast as possible
  • 1 minute 30 seconds recovery – moderate speed

*Reading Materials – 22 Kick Ass Kettlebell Exercises from Greatist.com

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[2.] Day Two: {Longer Workout}

Warm Up: 10 minutes of walking or light cardio

Warm Down: 10-15 minutes of intervals on a machine of your choosing {See the suggestions under Warm Up}

  • 30 seconds as fast as possible
  • 1 minute 30 seconds recovery – moderate speed
  • 30 seconds as fast as possible
  • 1 minute 30 seconds recovery – moderate speed

*Reading Materials – Total Body Toning With Kettlebells from Women’s Health

Nutrition:

In the last post I suggested that you try cutting some of the processed foods out of your diet and cooking more, were you able to give that a try? Changing your routine and breaking habits is one of the hardest things that you can do, but knowing that you’re making strides towards improving your health and increasing your life expectancy should help motivate you.

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Here are a few more snack alternatives to not only help you GET COOKING, but also so that you can still enjoy some tasty snacks without reaching for processed or sugary store-bought treats:

  • I crave salty foods, especially when I’m under stress, so these Oven Fries from The Wannabe Chef are the perfect thing to reach for. Bonus points for using a sweet potato!
  • Do you crave a sweet treat in the afternoons? Give these Homemade Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Larabars from OhSheGlows a try next time you get peckish. You can also freeze them and then you’ll have a great treat whenever you want it!

Homework:

We talked about stress last time – Now that you’re aware of how important controlling stress is for your health, what are you doing to help combat it? Yoga is a much-loved stress reducer, but if you’re not up for a class there are still some moves that you can try out at home – Om Alone: At-Home Yoga Workout.

One of the best things that you can do for your health and one of the most powerful daily changes you can make is adding walking to your life. Check out this post on the benefits of walking {Guest Post: Low-Intensity Fasted Cardio} and this piece from Prevention Magazine – News Pulse: What A Simple Walk Can Do.

Disclaimer: I am not a trainer, doctor, or dietitian nor do I have any certifications associated with physical fitness or nutrition. Prior to making any dramatic changes to your fitness routine or diet you should consult a physician.

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MCLV Style: Prints Prints Prints

Prints, prints, and more prints.

And I’m not going to lie – Those are three of my favorite things to keep in mind while I’m picking out my clothes each day. 🙂

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{You can shop similar pieces by clicking these hyperlinks: Patterned Blouse – Zara, Polka Dotted Skirt – Forever 21, Cut-Out Booties – Via Spiga, Emerald Necklace – Zara & Clutch – MICHAEL by Michael Kors}

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{You can view this outfit on Lookbook.nu and Pose}

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

This hat makes me feel like a French film star in the 20’s and I absolutely adored pairing it with these all-over prints in this look. Colorful, fun, and eye-catching.

Do you like to wear hats? What’s your favorite style?


Bloggers Do It Better: New York Fashion Week Street Style

In past seasons I’ve tried to include a round-up of street style shots for each of the four major Fashion Weeks so that you can see what people are wearing to the shows and events, in addition to what’s being shown on the runway. However, as I’ve gotten more and more interested in fashion and started following more and more fashion blogs, photographers, fashion magazine editors etc. I’ve realized that my favorite street style is almost always the fashion bloggers.

Their style is somehow more real. Yes, some of them are getting gifts and swag and being lent clothes, but the way that they put looks together and pair pieces from their own wardrobe, and mix high & low is just plain inspirational.

Enjoy!

OutOfABook

{I’m having a love affaire w/ rolled pants this Winter – I love the silhouette whether it’s with heels or ankle boots}

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{This Tibi suit is one of my favorite power suits of New York Fashion Week. The bold hue, the cropped pants, the unique styling from We Wore What. Perfection!}

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{I’m a total color junkie during Winter – I feel like it’s a great line of defense against seasonal depression. 🙂 And nothing about this fabulous floral + yellow look makes me 100% happy!}

Glamgerous

{Sweet, ladylike, classic. Amid all of the Fashion with a capital F during Fashion Week sometimes a look that’s just plain chic rules the day!}

OnTheRacks

{I’m a sucked for jumpsuits! I love this sapphire colored Rebecca Taylor jumpsuit paired w/ the perfect green coat and great cold-weather accessories. You can check out another one of On The Racks’s great NYFW outfits over on my IFBCON post when I was lucky enough to meet her! :)}

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{One of my favorite people to follow this season was Monroe Steele of Fashion Steele NY – In addition to putting together some killer looks, like this eye-catching white ensemble, she also looked like she was having a genuinely great time at all the shows. That kind of passion is just plain contagious!}

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{LA-based Peace Love Shea always brings the drama when she heads to NYC and this look was head-to-toe perfection. Unfortunately the fact that this coral ensemble was Gucci had me utterly devastated since I couldn’t run out and buy my own asap.}

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{Animal prints are a great way to spice up your Winter looks and keep things sartorially interesting. This Thakoon Addition leopard print blazer & suit combo was of my favorites and I loved how the always impeccably Chriselle Lim styled her look.}

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{When it comes to chic, perfectly styled looks Wendy of Wendy’s Lookbook is one of my favorites, I love the yellow & green color combination here, the statement necklace, and the timeless Givenchy Nightingale Satchel. Tres chic!}

{Click on the images to be taken to the original source}

Which of these fantastic Winter looks from New York Fashion Week was your favorite?


MCLV Style: Emerald City

Since emerald was dubbed the color of the moment I dug this top out of the back of my closet for a recent sunny Saturday. When I got this piece I was actually a blonde and while it was quite pretty then I have to say I like it even better now that I’m a redhead. 🙂

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{You can shop similar pieces by clicking these hyperlinks: Emerald Top – Zara, Jeans – Forever 21, Booties – Rebecca Minkoff, Blazer – Zara, Necklace – J.Crew & Tote – Furla}

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

I’m enjoying this trend – Emerald’s a versatile color and looks great against virtually all skin tones and hair colors {as opposed to, say, mustard yellow}. It’s also a great choice if you’re adding a “pop of color” to a look because it’s so eye-catching and bold. If you’re in the mood to explore the emerald trend than check out some of the fun pieces below:

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{Left: BCBG Blouse – $89 @ Bluefly, Top Right : Carry-All Pouch – $46 @ American Apparel, Center Right: Emerald Necklace – $30 @ Bauble Bar & Bottom Right: Mossimo Cap-Toed Heel – $25 @ Target}

Another trend I’m MAD about this Spring is metallics – Specifically metallic cap-tied shoes like these Mossimo heels. Emerald + metallic = Spring perfection as far as I’m concerned!

Are you a fan of this season’s emerald trend? Have you found any pieces that you like yet for Spring 2013?