MCLV Style: Pink-on-Pink

I may not be a head-to-toe pink girl on a regular basis, but I am – And always will be – An outerwear girl.

Give me a killer coat and I’m a happy, happy blogger.

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Coat – English Factor at Les Mechantes

Dress – Les Mechantes

Heels – Sam Edelman

Sunglasses – Urban Outfitters

The detailing on this pale pink beauty really blew me away. The construction is simple and the coat is a great staple piece, but the embroidery is exquisite and really takes it to the next level.

It’s the kind of easy-to-wear statement piece that you can throw over anything and *make* your look. From jeans & flats to a little black dress, this coat will elevate your outfit.

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{Photography by Garry Alexander}

We actually shot this across the street from the fabulous little Les Mechantes boutique in Ghirardelli Square. It’s such a beautiful location – All you have to do it walk towards the water and you’ve got some lovely little spots for an impromptu photo shoot.

If you’re a fan of sweet pink pieces or of great outerwear, I highly recommend checking out Les Mechantes‘s gorgeous Valentine’s Day-ready collection just in time for Spring!

How do YOU style your favorite LBD?

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Ski Style

I’ve always loved how ski style is so effortlessly presented on the big screen. From Audrey Hepburn’s fuzzy hat and mittens in the opening scene of Charade to a ridiculously cute John Cusack as a love-sick downhill racer in Better Off Dead.

There’s something undeniably chic about cold weather fashion and it’s easy to see why ski style has been so stylishly immortalized on the silver screen. With a ski trip under my belt over New Years and two more in the coming months, I’m starting to expand my Winter wardrobe.

Keep scrolling for some snow bunny inspiration!

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Whether your personal style is geared more towards bright, highlighter-hued separates or bold, eye-catching prints or the always chic black-and-white, there’s a way to flaunt your stuff on the slopes this season.

Tell me – What’s YOUR ski style?

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January Goals & Resolutions

In my 2016 Goals & Resolutions: Simplify post I talked about my approach to living in the moment and set out some plans for the year. Rather than focus on projects and my To Do List – This year is going to be about how I’m feeling as I approach life. It’s about improving my attitude, and as a result, hopefully improving my outlook and what I get out of each day.

Simplify:

While I had Simplify on the brain this month, my execution wasn’t 100%. There was a little bit of shopping but I was proud of my compliance on the book-buying side of things. I love books and have had trouble switching over to a tablet full-time, but did a good job of ordering for my Kindle instead of physical books this month. That means no new trees being cut down and no transportation costs/pollution. I’ll take the win!

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{2016 Wanderlust Adventures}

Be Grateful:

One of the highlights for January was planning vacations for the first half of 2016 – Two very different trips that both have me quite excited. The whole process not only reminded me of how grateful I am to live in a location that’s easy to travel from, but that I live a life that affords me these opportunities.

I don’t know who I would be if I couldn’t indulge my wanderlust and I’m grateful that I can get away and explore the world!

Give Back:

I shared one of my favorite non-profits this month in the new Giving Back series. If you’re an animal lover please head over and read about Farm Sanctuary.

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{Giving Back: Farm Sanctuary}

So stay tuned as I share more of my favorite local, national, and international non-profits and charitable organizations!

Have YOU thought about your resolutions lately? How’re they coming?

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2016 Fitness Adventures: Barry’s Bootcamp

Welcome to the first official post of the 2016 Fitness Adventures series. If you want a little background on the series and to “meet” my partner-in-crime, Jill from Champagne For Everyday, check out this post.

First up we have Barry’s Bootcamp!

San Francisco recently welcomed the latest addition in the Barry’s family, a Marina studio on Lombard street. Not only is it a shiny new space with top-notch equipment, facilities, and locker rooms, but it also has a little equipment shop AND a smoothie bar.

<Insert happy dance>

And believe me when I say that after you see how amazing their trainers look in the Barry’s gear, you’ll be ready to swoop up some printed leggings or a logo tank.

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The Low Down:

We did the Sunday Full-Body workout with the seriously upbeat & friendly Erica.

This is a high intensity bootcamp class that works all the muscle groups and combines HIIT on a treadmill with free weights. There are two groups, the ones starting on the treadmill and the ones on the floor, and you spend an hour switching back & forth.

The music is loud & has a killer beat, the instructor keeps you moving & on track bouncing around the room shouting out directions, and the lights dim, brighten & go red at various times throughout the workout.

I can tell you in all honesty that I have never sweat so much in my entire life. I looked like someone dumped a gallon of water over my head by the end.

However, while it wasn’t pretty, I did feel like I had conquered the world by the time we finished.

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Thoughts:

While this is an intense workout, it’s definitely up to you to push yourself or modify as needed, which means that while following the basic program laid-out for the group, you can fairly easily customize your workout to meet your needs and abilities.

I for one LOVED the intensity and pushed myself despite being really sore from a big Saturday workout day.

This wouldn’t necessarily be my top recommendation for someone recovering from an injury or taking the first step on their fitness journey, but in all honesty, anyone from beginners to professionals can get something amazing out of this workout.

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{Photos by Lydia Hudgens Photography}

Recommendations:

First, I highly recommend giving this a try. Would I do it daily? Probably not, there are too many fun workouts in my schedule to completely replace them all, but I’m 100% going back to try their other workouts. Especially Arms + Abs, Butt + Legs, and Hard CORE Abs. Plus anything else Erica teaches because I have to confess I have a bit of a girl crush on this badass little trainer!

Second, do not plan to be an active human being immediately after your first few BB attempts! I had a brunch scheduled, and while I made it there after a long and MUCH needed shower, I was pretty wiped out. Some sauna or hot tub time would be a great way to replenish your body post-workout, with a DELICIOUS smoothie from their smoothie bar, mais bien sur.

Which gets me to point three, definitely enjoy their facilities to the max. I have my eye on their black & white printed leggings and a matching sports bra, and I have every intention of trying all the smoothies on their menu.

Have YOU tried Barry’s Bootcamp?

Please note that while Barry’s provided us with a free class in exchange for a post, my review and opinions are my own.

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Post-Workout Beauty Hacks

As someone who very regularly leaves the office midday for a workout or a run, I thought I’d share some of the post-gym beauty hacks I’ve learned over the years.

While I’ve definitely returned to my desk with a bright red glowing face after a grueling run, for the most part adequate preparation and a few minutes of pampering is enough to get you back at work looking fabulous.

Packing:

Whether you have a locker, a gym bag, or just a giant handbag, having the right products on hand is important. So save those Sephora & Nordstrom samples, they’re the perfect size!

Cleaning:

I always take a COLD shower after a workout. Especially after a run since I’m prone to ending up with a red face. The cold water not only feels amazing, but helps cool off your body and reduce redness.

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Skin Care & Makeup:

I hate hate hate piling on makeup after a sweat session. Not only does my skin feel radiant afterwards, but the products also just slide right off.

So I keep Josie Maran Bare Naked Argan Wipes at the ready to clean up any messes, my Laura Mercier  Secret Camouflage compact for touching up under the eyes {my problem area for sure}, super moisturizing lip balm, and last but not least deodorant.

I also have sunscreen in my bag for when I do midday runs. I apply Algenist Anti-Aging Moisturizer with SPF 20 around 5am each morning, but reapply with Algenist Ultra Lightweight SPF 50 before a 12pm run.

Hair:

My two hair tricks are (1) Make sure you have hair ties & sporty headbands on hand for during and after a workout, and (2) DRY SHAMPOO.

Note: You want hair ties that don’t kink your mane, I’m a huge fan of France Luxe’s line of non-damaging L. Erikson Grab & Go Ponies. You can find them in my bathroom, my desk, my purse, and my gym locker!

Seriously, if you workout as often as I do, you know that the struggle is real to follow your stylist’s “don’t wash your hair everyday” commandment. Enter dry shampoo. My favorites are Kevin Murphy, L’Oreal, and Macadamia Dry Shampoo.

What’s YOUR favorite post-gym beauty hack?

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