Short Hair Tutorial: Straightened

After sharing our beachy waves tutorial featuring this mint green beauty from ghd, we’re back today with a quick & easy straightening tutorial for medium to short hair.

Emphasis on the quick – This look only took a few minutes to create!

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[1.] Similar to the loose curls tutorial you’ll start by gathering your hair at the top of your head & so that you can work with a single layer at a time,

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[2.] With a flat-iron, like this mint green baby from ghd slowly straighten each thin layer of hair,

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[3.] Spray each layer before releasing the next section. We’re using Garnier Fructis Flexible Hold With Natural Bamboo Extract. Repeat until you’re done!

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{Photography by J. Villarete Photography // Hair by Klaudia Mayer}

What I loved about this look was how easy it was to create – I’m not big on complicated or time-consuming beauty routines so something like this is a breeze for me to do on my own when I’m getting ready for work or heading out for the evening.

Tell me – Do YOU prefer your hair straight or curly?

*Styler gifted to MCLV from ghd

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Tiffany & Co: CT60 Retro

In case you’ve missed it – I’m a smitten kitten over the new Tiffany & Co CT60 timepiece collection. After showing off their menswear-inspired modern watch and a classic, timeless version – I’m thrilled to be back today to show off my personal favorite. Retro glamour at its finest!

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When I think of my first memory of a watch I immediately remember my mother’s daily piece – It had a small round face, delicate gold hardware, and a dark brown wristband.

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She wore it almost daily and it went with everything – From her office attire to her weekend wear. In my mind, that’s what a watch does – It becomes a part of you, an extension of your personal style that’s always with you.

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{Photography by J. Villarete Photography}

I hope you enjoyed our trip through the Tiffany & Co CT60 watch collection!

Tell me – Are YOU a modern, a classic, or a retro kind of woman?

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Urban Expressions: Mod Style

After showing of my favorite ladylike top handle bag from Urban Expressions I decided to give this modern metallic clutch a go.

And what better way to make this bronze-and-gold beauty pop than by pairing it with a minimal black & white mod shift dress?

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Metallic Clutch c/o Urban Expressions

Mod Black & White Dress – Nordstrom

Wide Gold Cuff – Jules Smith

Lace-Up Tan Boots – Costume National

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The bold color of this bag and eye-catching gold hardware practically begs to be taken out for a night on the town. It’s perfect for any look – From a chic little black dress to jeans and a killer top.

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{Photography by J. Villarete Photography}

Convertible bags are my favorite style. I really like having options and being able to take the chain off this cross body bag and turn it into a hand-held clutch gives it a little something extra.

How would YOU style this metallic bag?

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Travel Diary: Chania Crete

Welcome to the first MCLV Travel Diary entry for my 2015 trip to Greece. Since I’m having such a wonderful trip I wanted to take the time to share a bit of what I’ve learned and experienced.

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Our first destination was Chania –  Pronounced Ha-Nee-A – A picturesque port town located near one of the two airports on Crete. We rented an adorable two bedroom apartment a block and a half off the water which turned out to be the perfect location. Walking distance to the main square circled by cafés, grocery shopping, bakeries, and other little shops, close to a gorgeous old cathedral, and a few minutes from the restaurant-lined port.

We loved having the apartment as a jumping off point and spent a week happily making ourselves at home and taking day trips to all the nearby Must See locales. If you go online, fill out a form & pay a small fee you can register for an international drivers license and rent a car, the easiest and most efficient way to traverse the mountain covered island of Crete.

Below were some of our favorite destinations in and around Chania:

Chania Lighthouse – One of the Mediterranean’s oldest lighthouses, known as the jewel of the city. It’s a great little walk out to the sea wall and over to the tower, and it’s a landmark that you can see from all around the surrounding areas. I did a daily run from our apartment around the port with a little breather at the lighthouse each morning before we headed off on our next adventure.

Tamam – This little restaurant was one of the best meals we had while we stayed in Chania. Great atmosphere, lovely wine list, and seriously killer food. I didn’t think I’d find myself at a restaurant with too much food to consume but when I finally stopped to breathe I still had three half-full plates in front of me!

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Elafonisi – This small island off the Southwest coast of Crete has beautiful white and pink sand beaches, a stunning view of the aqua sea, and even some rocky crags for climbing. Whether you’re in the mood for snorkeling, rock & shell collecting, sunbathing or swimming, this is a charming location.

Milia Mountain Retreat – Up in the mountains above Chania there’s a sustainable, organic community that has a rustic eco-tourist approved restaurant. We stopped for a tasty lunch after a day at Elafonisi – Lots of veggie friendly options in a gorgeous mountainside cabin and they love to tell you about their food.

Imbros Gorge – This rocky canyon is a great hike for the actively minded tourist. Open most of the year and fairly easy to traverse, the 11km gorge is a great place for bird watching, the occasional sheep sighting, and enjoying the natural beauty of Southern Crete. Even the drive had some breathtaking vistas and stunning views of the snow-capped mountain range running through the center of the island.

Tavern Strata – This little family owned restaurant was our first stop upon arrival and we were welcomed by extremely friendly staff who helped us with our Greek sayings, answered all our first-timer questions, and served us excellent food & the best wine we had on the island. Unfortunately they don’t sell bottles of it, so if you want to taste this amazing local blend you have to stop by & ask for the house red!

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Chania Diving Center – After getting certified in the South East Asia and diving state-side in Hawaii, the sea life of Crete may not have been the most extraordinary I’ve witnessed, but the coral-covered caves and caverns were a Must See. We were lucky enough to get a private day of diving with the experienced & knowledgeable owner of CDC and loved everything from the dive sites to the shop front to the snacks!

Have YOU ever been to Greece?

Be sure to stay tuned for the Travel Diary for the rest of my stops on this Greek adventure, and follow me on Instagram for more pictures!

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Tiffany & Co: CT60 Classic

After sharing my excitement over the new Tiffany & Co CT60 timepiece collection, and showing off their fabulous menswear-inspired modern watch, I’m back today for the next installation from this innovative new collection.

A new kind of classic.

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Everything about this watch is classic – The timeless black band, the chic silver hardware, and the clean white face that goes with anything.

But since we’re talking about Tiffany & Co – This little baby has something extra as well.

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The face of the watch is sideways!

Rather than have the 12 and 6 meeting the band, this watch is shifted so that the 9 and 3 meet the band. What does this mean? It means that when you’re using your phone or your computer you don’t have to turn your wrist and stop working in order to check the time.

Raise your hand if you think this is as brilliant as I do!

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{Photography by J. Villarete Photography}

I’ll be back next week to share our final look from the Tiffany & Co CT60 collection – And I’m sure that you’ll be just as smitten with this retro-inspired design as I am!

Can YOU see yourself in this modern classic?

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