MCLV Style | My Current Uniform

I talked about my聽classic and somewhat聽minimal approach to fashion and style聽recently. In general, I’d rather have fewer high quality pieces that fit perfectly into my wardrobe than fast fashion trends that get tossed after one wear. {You can read more about my thoughts on fast fashion here – Why I Shop Vintage and Consignment}

This week, I’m sharing an example of my “uniform.” No, I’m not Steve Jobs-ing it up and wearing the exact same thing every day. Though I have to admit, that’s definitely tempting some days. 馃檪

What I mean by uniform is that I wear a variation on a similar style most of my days off. While I adore dresses and will be back in full dress mode as soon as the weather warms up, this time of year is all about pants for me.

Specifically – Slim fitting pants and tunics.

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Skinny Crop Pants – Who What Wear from Target

Black & White Striped Tunic – BP from Nordstrom

Longline Vest – Soia & Kyo from Nordstrom

Black Slides – Steve Madden

Gucci Soho Crossbody Bag – The Real Real

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I’m always on the lookout for a great pair of pants. I’m extremely picky about how things fit on my waist and since I have muscular, athletic legs, I try not to end up at the skin-tight end of the slim fitting pants spectrum. These Who What Wear for Target pants are great. I was looking for my favorite deodorant and spotted these, and had to try them on. I was surprised by the quality and the fit, both of which were great. They also come in an army green version which I may have to pick up.聽And here I simply paired them with a classic striped tunic and a longline vest for layering.

Do YOU have a uniform?

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Skin Care Junkie | Self Tan Luxe Facial Oil

In my last Skin Care Junkie post I shared my Daily Beauty Routine. In the pictures you may have seen this golden product, but I thought it deserved it’s own post. Enter – The St. Tropez Self Tan Luxe Facial Oil.聽This product is genuinely amazing, and swiftly became of my favorites.

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Application:

When I stumbled on the St. Tropez Self Tan Luxe Facial oil, I was looking for a quick alternative to a self tanning mousse that takes an hour, or more, to develop. With this facial oil, all you do is add a few drops to your skin on top of your moisturizer and voila! Instant healthy, bronzed glow.

Immediate Results:

The first time I used this I was amazed by the results. It was practically instantaneous and immediately gave me a healthy, fresh face. Sometimes tanners can be drying, even giving your skin the appearance of streaks or peeling skin. But this facial oil brings out the best in your skin, leaving a hydrated, glowing face.

Thoughts:

There isn’t a heavy smell like with a standard tanning product, the oil visibly hydrates the skin, and there’s no risk of putting on too much. If you think you added too much color, just wash your face and start over.

This facial oil falls somewhere between skin care and make-up, and is going to be a staple for me going forward. It

Have YOU tried a self-tan facial oil?

Are you a big fan of skin care and beauty products? Check out some of my other Skin Care Junkie posts: Alaska Glacial Mud Mask, Sibu Sea Berry Seed Oil, Musely Hydrogel Eye Mask, Raw Beauty & Coconut Oil, Natural Beauty & Hair Products, Mix Rx Apothecary聽Collection, Balanced Guru Facial Toner, FRE Skin Care, HerStyler Hair Styling Products,聽Favorite Anti-Aging Products,聽Travel Beauty,聽Current Beauty Must Haves聽& Daily Beauty Routine.

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Calming Night Routine

After sharing my tips and suggestion for waking up early, I thought an updated nighttime routine post was in order. It’s hard to wake up early unless you get enough sleep, which means going to bed early. This is my calming night routine that helps get me ready for bed so that I get a good night sleep.

Wind Down: I have an alarm that goes off at 8pm. Whatever we’re doing, we stop and start to prepare for bed. The TV goes off, the laptop gets closed, the phone goes down.

By setting this specific time to begin our winding down, we avoid the trap of “just one more episode” or “as soon as I finish this last thing.” Those excuses can go on forever, so put yourself in a position to not be able to make excuses.

Yours doesn’t have to be 8pm, I know that’s early for a lot of people, but it gives us time to go through our nightly rituals.

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Lights: Right at 8pm, when all the electronics go off, I also start to dim and turn off lights. When you body receives light, it thinks “daytime!” because for a millennia, we didn’t have lamps and TVs, and light meant the sun was out which meant you were supposed to be awake.聽{If you’re interested in learning more about this phenomenon, you should read Lights Out}

So start to get your body ready by dimming lights and if you use your phone or a notebook to read, download a red screen app like Twilight that can help filter out the light.

Rituals: My nighttime skin care routine is very calming and just by starting it, I begin to feel relaxed. The movements of applying the products are connected to my nighttime routine, so my body starts to loosen up immediately. I’ve especially found that I LOVE using my聽VanityPlanet Cleanse, Exfoliate & Massage Ultimate Skin Spa Systemwith a gentle cleanser like聽Caudalie’s Instant Foaming Cleanser,it is a perfect, relaxing little ritual.

The smells of your skin care products can be very relaxing as well as the movements of applying them, or you can set up an essential oil diffuser and try lavender or a sleepy time formula.

Relax: Calming myself down each night is two-fold, I need to relax my body and turn off my brain.

  • For my body I like Epsom salt bathes, stretching, and taking a magnesium supplement like Natural Calm.
  • For my mind, it’s all about meditation. There’s really no substitute. You can more about that here聽if you’re interested.

Do YOU have a calming nighttime routine?

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Celebrating Earth Day with FR脡 Skin Care

Living an eco-friendly lifestyle is something that I think about on a daily basis. Do I really need to buy more things? Am I buying the right things? Am I disposing of things in the best way possible? And this furious internal dialogue always reaches a fever pitch when Earth Day rolls around each year.

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And I am grateful that in one aspect of my life, I don’t have to wonder. FRE Skin Care offers amazing products, yes, but they also offer you a way to do you part for the environment.

Whenever a 123FRE set is sold, the company plants an Argan Tree of Life in Morocco to help fight deforestation.

To celebrate Earth Day, they’re joining forces with Arbor Day Foundation and will be planting a tree in America as well as Morocco. They’re offering a generous 25% off discount on their 123FRE sets for the next 48 hours.

They’re challenging eco-minded consumers to help them reach their goal of planting 1,000 Trees of Life for Earth Day in the #Plant1KTrees challenge.

Head over to the website and use my code MCLV and join the revolution!

What will YOU do to support the planet for Earth Day?

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Pampering Yourself & Self Care

Taking care of yourself isn’t selfish, it’s necessary.

One of my favorite sayings is: “You can’t pour from an empty cup.” And it’s true. We get so busy trying to conquer our hectic lives that we’re just going through the motions, we don’t stop to think about how we’re feeling, what we need, or how to better ourselves. I’m a huge fan of journaling, sometimes that’s how I actually figure out what I’m feeling. I start my day with a gratitude journal and affirmations, a trick that聽my mom taught me in college, and it helps me set intentions for the day. It’s also a daily reminder that my needs matter and shouldn’t just be an afterthought.

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Another way that I like to promote self-care, is through a bit of pampering. For me, a bath is where it’s at, but I know that’s not for everyone. Here’s a list of ways that you can give yourself a little love and help renew your mind, outlook, and body.

  • Spa day – Get a facial or a body treatment. Relax, enjoy, and renew.
  • Skin Care – For me skin care is essential, but it’s also a way that I like to pamper myself. I go through a relaxing, rejuvenating routine that smells and feels great. It’s a way to give myself a little love every day.
  • Massage – I live for massages and highly recommend enjoying one for relaxation or for therapy when you’re in a heavy training or racing聽mode. They are a lifesaver!
  • Shopping – Finding great new activewear is always a favorite pastime of mine {Nordstrom is carrying Sweaty Betty now!} and I never shy away from some quality Real Real browsing time.
  • Workout – Working out is a stress reliever. Even if you’re feeling stressed or tired, it can energize you. Go for a run, head into a class, or go work out your stress on a boxing bag.
  • Bath – Give me Epsom salts, a bath bomb, or bath oils, and light a candle, and I am happy for hours!
  • Sauna/Hot Tub – No distractions, just focus on your breathing and expel those toxins.

Reminder – Taking the time to do any, or all, of these things doesn’t make you a bad mother, or a bad wife, or bad employee, or a bad anything. Sometimes you need to prioritize yourself so that you’re a more understanding, calmer, happier聽human for the people around you.

Do YOU have a go-to pampering routine?

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