How I Get Ready For Fall

Getting ready for a new season is important to get the most out of it – So welcome to my How I Get Ready For Fall post!

Closet Reorganizing:

I like to spend a weekend reorganizing my closet at the beginning of each season. A few of the things that I do?

  • Put cold-weather clothes at the front so they’re easier to access
  • Pull specialty pieces out of storage {rain boots, maxi coats etc}
  • See what needs to be dry cleaned, washed, or mended before it can be worn {This is a big one for me since my cats have an infuriating habit of nesting on the bottoms of my coats. So I have to go through and see which ones can be lint rolled, versus which ones need a trip to the cleaners.}
  • Store warm-weather pieces – I have under bed containers that I use for off-season pieces. So when I pull out my Autumn gear, I’ll store the swimsuits, breezy maxis, and bathing suit cover-ups.

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{Boho Little Black Dress – For sale on Poshmark}

Shopping/Selling:

When I do my closet reorg each season, I make a list of things I need/want to complete my wardrobe for that year.

I’ll also start piles for the things that I either didn’t wear in the past year or that I no longer like. Usually three piles – One for nicer things that I can sell one-by-one on Poshmark, one for pieces I’ll send in to Thred-Up or Crossroads Trading, and a third pile for Goodwill or Salvation Army donations.

In the mood to detox? Check out Closet Detoxing and Spring Cleaning for more tips! Or shop my Poshmark closet here.

Dietary Shifts:

Comfort foods, stews & soups, and root vegetables are all hallmarks of Fall. In preparation for these shifts I like to pull out my crockpot and food processor. I’ve found that I’m more likely to make those kinds of recipes if everything is easily accessible.

I lose interest in things pretty quickly when I can’t find the equipment that I need…

Love to cook? Be sure to check out Kitchen Equipment I Love to see what I’ve got on my counters!

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Workouts:

I used to only run during the warm-weather months but last year I fell head over heels in love with cold weather running. So while there’s no way I’m going to skip my weekly runs or stop signing up for races, I am going to break out full-length leggings, long-sleeved moisture wicking tops, and running gloves.

You can check out my latest race excitement here.

Beauty Changes:

Higher moisture is key so I switch up my products to ensure I’m using the creamiest, most luxurious lotions. I also start using masks more often – Hair, eye, lips, and face.

A few of my recent favorites are the Estée Lauder Revitalizing Supreme Light Global Anti-Aging Creme for during the day before my sunscreen and Origins High Potency Night-A-Mins Mineral-Enriched Renewal Cream for nighttime.

Check out more of my favorite beauty pampering brands and products here.

How do YOU prepare for Fall? What’s your favorite season?

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National Yoga Month

September is National Yoga Month and while I got something of a late start, I’m thrilled to be celebrating.

In my 30 Day Self Challenge during August I talked about my love of yoga and how I was a bit disappointed that I have a bad habit of choosing workouts over yoga classes. After making a concerted effort during August to squeeze in more yoga, and after falling head-over-heels in love with Ritual Hot Yoga this Summer, I really wanted to dedicate a full month to my yoga practice.

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Enter CorePower Yoga. If you follow me on Instagram or Snapchat {moicontrelavie} you may have seen me doing headstands poolside in August. That was a seriously fun outdoor yoga event at the Phoenix Hotel. It was hosted by CorePower Yoga and I loved getting to meet the team and improve my practice with their guidance.

So what are my goals for National Yoga Month?

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While I am very interested in working on arm balances in general, I’m actually not going to focus on hitting any specific goals this month. My goal is really just to enjoy myself and focus on walking into the studio and letting go of the outside world.

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I took a Ritual Hot Yoga class this past weekend and they always have a mantra that they focus on for the day. I loved Saturday’s, which was: “Let it come.” Lindsay reminded us not to waste precious moments when the next moment will come regardless.

So slow down, relax, enjoy.

And let it come!

So be sure to stay tuned to hear about my experiences with CorePower Yoga and how much I enjoyed National Yoga Month!

Are YOU a fan of yoga? Did you celebrate National Yoga Month?

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MCLV Style: High-Low Jacket

You can never have too many black jackets.

Well fine, I suppose that my deep and abiding love for outerwear may have influenced that statement somewhat. But despite that, in my opinion, like the ubiquitous little black dress, the little black jacket works for virtually any scenario.

It works for the just as well for the office, for playing, and for real life…

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Show Down High-Low Blazer c/o TOBI

Black T-Shirt Dress – GAP

Chainlink Handbag – Rebecca Minkoff

Lavender Heels – Karen Millen

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While I’m not a fan of mullet dresses, for me the silhouette of this jacket evokes a military or old-fashioned costume-like coat rather.

Or even the Britney Spears-style circus ringleader… 🙂

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So what do you do when you love jackets but don’t want to just wear the same one over and over again? You find ones with a little something special.

Like, say, a high-low hemline.

The hemline is really what takes this piece to the next level – It gives the silhouette an eye-catching, dramatic quality that makes it different from the other black jackets in my closet.

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{Photography by J. Villarete Photography}

The look above is a variation on my standard Fall look. It’s a combination of an easy-to-wear t-shirt dress paired with a jacket and bold accessories like a snakeskin handbag and boldly colored heels. Easy peasy and you’re out the door.

So tell me – What’s YOUR favorite hemline when it comes to outerwear? How do you feel about this high-low style?

{Disclaimer: This post is sponsored by Tobi, but all opinions, of which I have many, are my own!}

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Give Me the Pumpkins and Nobody Gets Hurt

So… In case that title was too subtle for you, I’m here to talk about pumpkins. Namely – Eating them.

I may not run off to Starbucks for pumpkin spice lattes, in fact I’ve never even had one and can’t remember the last time I went to Starbucks, but I do love all things pumpkin.

Partially because I adore Fall, and pumpkins are ubiquitous to Fall. And the other part is that they’re just plain delicious. And it also makes a great filler in recipes to keep your baking healthy and flavorful.

In short – Pumpkins are awesome.

Every year I have a few favorite recipes that I immediately rush to make, but I also love spending some quality time on Pinterest looking for new ideas. And yes, obviously I made a new Fall Pinterest Board.

So here are a few of the new pumpkin recipes that I’m super, super excited to try out this Fall. I may even be making one right now. You never know.

Sweet:

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Savory:

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So if you’re following me on Snapchat {moicontrelavie} or Instagram, you’ve probably started to see some of these recipes appearing already. If you’re not following, you probably should head over and give those a follow so you don’t miss out on any of my pumpkin shenanigans.

What’s YOUR favorite pumpkin recipe? Am I missing a good one?

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MCLV Style: Army Green Trench

There are few things that I love more than a well-tailored trench coat. It’s classic, it goes with everything, and you can literally throw it over any old thing and take your look to a new level.

I mean… There’s a reason all the most stylish women in history are known lovers of a good trench coat!

So when I was browsing the Fall outerwear on the Tobi website I immediately zeroed in on this army green coat. Classic with a twist is just my style!

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Stormy Skies Trench Coat c/o TOBI

Striped Pocket T-Shirt – Paige

Black Skinny Jeans – Jolt from Nordstrom {Junior department win!}

Black Faux Leather Backpack – Soul Society

Tan Peep-Toe Mules – Kate Spade

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The weather in San Francisco during the Fall and Winter is unpredictable to say the least. It’ll go from thick fog to clear blue skies to rain in a single day. Without notice. So pieces like this coat are perfect since they’re lightweight and easy to carry around.

I live for killer cold weather outwear, but San Francisco isn’t necessarily the place for those heavier overcoats.

You’d be sweating in minutes!

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{Photography by J. Villarete Photography}

Another thing that I love about trench coats is how versatile they are. Pair a timeless trench with a little black dress and a pair of pumps for a Jackie O-inspired look that works for everything from date nights to a business meeting.

Want a little edge in your daily life? A striped top, jeans, ankle boots, and trench – Bam! Street style chic with virtually zero effort.

Tell me – What’s YOUR favorite way to wear a trench? How do you feel about colored versions like this green one?

{Disclaimer: This post is sponsored by Tobi, but all opinions, of which I have many, are my own!}

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