2013 Round-Up

Happy New Year!

As with last year, rather than write typical New Years Resolutions I’m going to set goals for myself instead. Looking back at 2013 I can’t help but smile – There were so many high points this year I almost don’t know where to start. Below are some of my favorite 2013 posts, highlights from the year, and my goals for what I can only hope will be an even more exciting year in 2014!


 {Plaid, Monochrome, Nautical, Blogger Fashion, How To Wear White Jeans, Boho Style, Camille K Couture & Smartcouture}

Favorite Posts:

I had the opportunity to work with some amazing brands, stores, writers, photographers, and bloggers this year. It’s nearly impossible to narrow down my favorite collaborations, but here are some of the ones that immediately spring to mind as having been pretty darn amazing for me.


While traveling to New York City and Los Angeles for blogger conferences in 2013 was a blast, the best part about all of these conferences was meeting some amazing, passionate, ambitious women. And in addition to traveling, I also really put an effort into being a part of the San Francisco blogger community this year, even joining in for San Francisco Fashion Week, and the results were pretty life changing. I’ve met some phenomenal people this year, from photographers to bloggers to designers to writers.

Here are a few of my 2013 highlights:


{Kamryn Dame}

2013 Goals Round-Up:

  • Social Media – Hitting my stride on social media, learning to utilize & optimize the various platforms, and finding out what works best for MCLV has been a lot of work, but it was worth it. I’m proud of all of my pages and really enjoying the interactions with my readers. Check MCLV out on Instagram, Facebook, Twitter & Pinterest to see what I’m doing!
  • Writing, Writing, Writing – In addition to maintaining a 5-6 days a week posting schedule for the blog and starting a new novel, in 2013 I also joined the Legally Vogue team as a freelance writer. I’m excited to see where my writing takes me in 2014!
  • Expansion & Growth – In my opinion, the best way to grow a blog is by consistently producing quality content. I’ve worked very hard in 2013 to write consistently, read comments, ask for feedback, and really create a niche for myself. Networking, attending conferences, joining events & groups, and contributing to local sites have also been a party of my 2013 game plan and I’m quite pleased with my progress.
  • Be Positive – 2013 tested my resolve to be positive time and time again. This year seemed to be filled with hurdles and I was under a great deal of stress and pressure – Physically, emotionally, personally, and professionally. While there were a few warranted & well-earned meltdowns, overall I am extremely proud of how I approached all of the setbacks, changes, and upheavals this year.

New 2014 Goals:


My personal style has evolved quite a bit over the years. In my early twenties I wore nothing but black. Classic silhouettes, demure hemlines, and head-to-toe black. In my mid-to-late-twenties I started having more fun with fashion and experimenting. It seems that as I became more confident as a woman, I felt more confident taking risks and trying new things sartorially. And now that I’ve reached my thirties I can say that I have no plans to slow down.


{Behind The Scenes: Here are some of the oh-so-entertaining outtakes from shoots this year. Never a dull moment. Spring Stripes, IFBCON, Favery, Lorna Jane, Animal Prints + Leather, Weekend Stripes, Vegan Leather, The Beauty Company & Denim Fashion}

In 2014 I want to continue having fun with fashion, try new designers, and push myself to expand my horizons.


2013 saw some changes and evolution in my diet. I tried different ways of eating, read a number of health & nutrition books, and worked really hard to find a diet that gives me sustainable & consistent energy.

This year will be about maintaining a healthy diet that I enjoy, that gives me energy, and that allows me to meet my physical goals. My main goal for 2014 is to replace the muscle that I lost during my years of reduced activity as a result of a spinal injury. I have a naturally muscular frame and have been an athlete since the age of 6 so I’m used to having a certain amount of strength – So this year I’m planning to regain that.


A great deal of this year was spent in pain – Either before or after my back surgery. Now that I’m through the woods and consistently back in the gym for workouts and physical therapy, I can start to look towards the future and set some goals for myself physically.

I’ve been limited in my capabilities over the years due to the untreated injury and now that I’m putting it behind me for the most part I want to try some of the things that I haven’t been able to do.

2014 will be all about the NEW! I’m an avid action movie fan and have been enthralled by martial arts for years so one of my top goals for 2014 is to try martial arts and find something that interests me and keeps me engaged.

Also on the docket? Bike riding, rock climbing, SCUBA diving, Soul Cycle {gotta try it!}, and boxing.


{Banana Republic}

2014 Bucket List:

  1. Try a new class or type of physical activity every month – 12 for the year! I’m putting this in writing so please hold me to it.
  2. Submit a piece of my writer to a publisher. It’s time. {EK!!!}
  3. Travel – While I love traveling internationally sometimes there just isn’t enough time {or vacation days} so I’ll definitely be taking advantage of three-day weekends this year. New Orleans, Kentucky, San Diego/LA, London, and either Hawaii or Alaska.
  4. Broaden my educational horizons – This year I’m going back to school. Whether I ultimately decide to study languages here in SF or take a course online, I will be keeping my brain healthy & active this year.
  5. Be a good friend! While my friendships are extremely important to me I’m not always great about staying in touch. In 2014 I will make that extra effort to keep my friends close.

What do YOU have planned for 2014?


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