Spring Break: Packing

Here’s the third, and final, installation in my Spring Break series. If you missed out on the first two you can find them here: Spring Break: Preparation & Spring Break: Shopping.

One of the questions I get asked the most is how I pack. Why do I get this question so often? Because I don’t check bags and always manage to get everything into a single carry-on that I can, actually, carry.

So today I’ll be breaking down some of my top tricks for minimizing and getting everything that you need into one bag.

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[1.] Choose Versatile Pieces

Nothing in your bag should have a single purpose. For a Spring Break-type of trip think – A simple black maxi dress that can be thrown over a bathing suit around the pool or worn with a cropped jacket & wedges for dinner.

I usually focus on solid colors that can be mixed and matched with ease so for this trip, in addition to workout/hiking gear, I’ll be packing cropped pants, tunics, soft t-shirts, a skater skirt and a simple maxi & skater dress.

[2.] Minimize Footwear

Whether you’re planning a warm weather vacation or a work trip, choose shoes that can go with various pieces in your bag and don’t double up on types – i.e. You don’t need three different pairs of heels for a weekend away. I promise!

For my upcoming 10 day trip I’ll be bringing a pair of Brooks running shoes, Loeffler Randall ballet flats, and these cute, go-with-everything nude Aldo sandals.

[3.] Learn To Accessorize

The quickest & easiest way to spice up a look is with accessories. Belts, jewelry, hats, sunglasses, and scarves can change your outfit so completely that it looks like different pieces!

This chic little blue Asos dress can go from barefoot on the beach over a retro one-piece swimsuit with my favorite striped Kate Spade tote to dinner out on the town with a cropped jacket, ballet flats & an envelope clutch.

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[4.] Plan Ahead

If you plan looks in advance you can pack the absolute minimum. When you start blindly throwing things into you bag, you lose track of what you’re packing and end up with a suitcase filled with things you don’t need. I’m not saying you need to plan out each day, but have an idea of what’ you’re preparing for.

For this upcoming trip – Heavy on exploring and staying active – My styles will be broken down into three categories:

  1. Sightseeing/Wandering
  2. Hiking/Active time
  3. Water Activities

[5.] Stay Organized

Ziploc bags and zippered pouches are a traveler’s best friend so stock up. Not only should you separate liquids to avoid spills, but you can bag your shoes and dirty clothes to keep the rest of your luggage clean, and even keep jewelry from getting tangled.

I always keep an eye out for cute little pouches and pull them all out when I start packing.

Need more packing help? Check out – Carry On Packing & Vacation Planning: Packing.  

What’s YOUR top packing tip?

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MCLV Style: Girls Night Out Fashion

There are all sorts of evenings worth dressing up for, but there is none as sacred as Girls Night Out. This is a time-honored tradition marked by gossip, laughter, story-telling, and – Most importantly – Killer style.

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Little Black Dress – BCBGMaxAzria from Twice

Jewelry – Marrin Costello & Sasha Maks Vintage

Leopard Print Clutch – Betsey Johnson

Girls Night Out GNO Little Black Dress San Francisco Fashion Blogger Street Style BCBGMaxAzria Marrin Costello

The collective personality of the group of girls definitely dictates the dress code. Work friends? You’ll probably want something a bit more conservative – You want to show off your personal style and shed your work persona, but you don’t want to give them anything to talk about at the office come Monday morning.

Long time friends? No pressure. Jeans, heels, and a great top are just what the bartender ordered.

Have a fun night planned to try out a new restaurant or cozy up to the bar at your town’s newest hot spot? Toss aside those jeans and slip into a little black dress!

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{Photography by J. Villarete Photography}

I found this gorgeous little BCBGMaxAzria number over on the Twice website.

What’s Twice you ask? It’s a fabulous San Francisco start-up that lets you sell your clothes or shop online. I sent in a giant bag of clothes recently and once the credits hit my account, I was able to shop all the killer cocktail dresses on their site.

Stay tuned for another fab find from Twice!

What’s YOUR Girls Night Out style?

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March In Review

March was one for the books this year – The perfect combination of productivity, fun, friends, and great projects.


Not only did I get a chance to work with my favorite New York photographer, Lydia Hudgens, this month – Window Pane Girl, Cocktail Attire & Caped – I also got to shoot with Bay Area blogger & photographer Work It Berk, and San Francisco start-up Ladada.

I also got a chance to visit the ladies of Les Mechantes down at their SF-made pop-up shop near the ballpark. All you locals out there, I highly recommend making the most of this gorgeous weather & stopping The Yard to shop & enjoy the beer garden. Or enjoy the beer garden and then shop!

And in case you missed it, be sure to join the Ladada x Favery giveaway here!!

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{Ladada x Favery Giveaway}


While I enjoyed every minute of March, I also spend some time looking forward to my upcoming vacation to Greece and starting to get ready.

Curious how I’m preparing for Spring Break? Check out my Clean Green Eating Plan, and the two easy, healthy recipes that I can’t stop making right now – Veggie Stirfry & Protein Smoothies.


March was more of the same in terms of fitness – Lots of core work and bodyweight circuits supplemented with running, yoga, and Pilates.

If you want to see the types of workouts I’m putting together check out these posts:

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{Beginners Fitness}


  1. Publish: This month was all about editing – From my new role as Fashion Editor at Legally Vogue to rereading and tearing apart my personal reading. I’m excited that I’m still on track to finish my first novel this year!
  2. Move: My go-to stress reliever this month was running. Whenever I’m feeling overwhelmed I hit the pavement and head for the water!
  3. Grateful: A chronic injury that reared its ugly head again this month reinforced how grateful I am on a daily basis. I have a strong, powerful body and I know that I’ll get through this!
  4. Habits: Feeling guilty when I have to say “no” to someone is one of my worst default settings. Especially in situations when I know that I shouldn’t be apologizing. This month I was forced to take some time for myself and I did my best to make the most of that time rather than think about what I should have been doing instead.

Was March everything YOU hoped it would be?

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Ladada & Favery Giveaway

After showing off two of my favorite looks from Ladada and Favery from their totally on point Spring collections – The perfect vacation-ready floral romper & a killer Bond girl-inspired black bandage dress – I’m excited to be back today to offer two lucky MCLV readers a chance to try out these two brands for themselves!

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{Floral Romper}

The first lucky winner will get a membership to San Francisco fashion start-up Ladada. This is a monthly style subscription service and with this membership you’ll get a chance to try out some Spring & Summer looks to help you get ready for the season. You pay only for what you keep and receive one look for free!

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{Little Black Bandage Dress}

The second winner will receive a $50 gift certificate to use on the fabulous Favery website. They’ve got everything from eye-catching jewelry to on-trend accessories to chic little clutches that I’ve been drooling over for weeks.

And if you need any help picking something, I’ve got my favorites narrowed down already!

{Photography by Ladada}

So don’t wait another minute – Check out all the options below to enter this giveaway. You can enter multiple times to up your chances of winning!

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Spring Break: Shopping

Welcome to the second installation of my Spring Break series. In preparation for my upcoming trip to Greece I’m sharing some of my tips and recommendations for getting ready for your next trip.

{If you missed the first post you can check it out here – Spring Break: Preparation.}

Today I’ll be sharing some of the shopping I’ve done to get myself ready for this island-hoping adventure.


I had most of the basics that I wanted to take with me for this trip but I picked up a few fun new pieces and accessories to help me put together some EASY looks while I’m overseas.

This Les Mechantes caftan was the first thing to get swooped up during my shopping weekend – Perfect for dinner out, throwing over a bikini, or sightseeing.

I also swooped up a new pair of cropped white jeans from Paige Denim {On sale – Bonus!} and cozy t-shirts and tunics from Splendid for layering.

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The very first thing that went into my suitcase was sunscreen. Of course. It doesn’t matter whether you’re as pale as me or perfectly tanned, you need to protect your skin when you’re going to be increasing your sun exposure. Especially if you’ll be at a different part of the equator than your skin is used to.

My top picks for this trip – i.e. sun, sand, and lots of travel time – Are the Josie Maran Argan Daily Moisturizer SPF 47, the utterly divine Eve Lom Rescue Mask {I actually put this baby on while I’m on the plane and by the time you land your skin looks amazing}, and Algenist Firming & Lifting Eye Gel. I just discovered this anti-aging San Francisco-based company and I’m completely obsessed!


If you’re anything like me, you plan ahead when you’re traveling. Not only am I staying in houses rather than hotels so that I’ll have access to a kitchen, I’m also going to take some Must Haves with me to ensure I stay well fed during my trip.

Some of my go-to travel snacks are:

Need more travel preparation tips? Check out my posts on Carry On Packing and Weekends Away: Styling, Deciding & Packing.

And don’t head out for your next trip until you take a peek at this Must Read – Travel Etiquette!

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