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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?


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:


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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?


{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?


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?