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4th of July Sales & Online Shopping

If you’ve been procrastinating on picking up some new Summer goodies then you’re in luck! Before you head out-of-town or get down to celebrating the 4th of July, be sure to check out these great sales. Nothing like a little online shopping to kick off a fun holiday weekend. 🙂

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What’s on YOUR 4th of July shopping list?

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Getting Fit | Kickstarting a Healthier Lifestyle

The truth is that we all sometimes need to hit “restart” on our goals. This time of year there are non-stop BBQs, weddings, vacations, and other fun, but sometimes unhealthy, social and familial events. Even the most diligent of gym rats and macro-following eaters can find themselves feeling less than their best after a few fun Summer events. But since it’s also the time of year that you want to feel great so that you can enjoy the sunshine and getting outside to the max, here are some easy-to-implement recommendations to kickstart a healthier lifestyle this season.

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Increase:

  • Drink more water {try pretty infused water}
  • Eat more whole foods, fruits & vegetables
  • Get more SLEEP

Decrease:

  • Eating out/ordering in
  • Consuming processed products
  • Keeping junk food around

Try:

How do YOU kickstart your healthier habits?

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Wedding Guest Essentials

Being a wedding guest isn’t always a cake walk. Between transportation, housing, and attire, there are a number of boxes to check off before you even arrive at the event. And what’s worse than realizing that you forgot something? To help us all get through wedding season in one piece, here’s your wedding guest checklist.

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{My favorite luggage – Longchamp Le Pliage Nylon Expandable Travel Bag}

First things first…

  • Check the dress code
  • Then check the dress code again
  • Still not convinced you know what to wear? Reach out and ask another guest or the bride/groom. They’ll appreciate it in the long run, even if they’re busy.

Rehearsal dinner outfit – Be sure to take into account the weather, venue & dress code. Always better to be on the dressier side if you’re not sure.

Toiletries – I’ve got you covered with a full toiletries packing How To here.

Downtime outfit(s) – I have a terrible habit of packing for events and forgetting that I’ll be killing time in between. Check out where you’re staying and what you’d like to do and pack accordingly. I like to workout when I can and hit the hotel pool if there is one.

Wedding outfit – Same as the rehearsal dinner, take into account the temperature, time of day, dress code, and venue. You don’t want to wear spiked heels on grass, you don’t want excessive cleavage in a church etc. Check out my MCLV How To: Wedding Attire post for some dress code decoding. 🙂

Accessories – I always bring a wrap and a cropped jacket or cardigan for Spring/Summer weddings. If there’s a temperature shift at night or if you feel under dressed, that’s a great way to cover up a bit. I also like to pack a back-up pair of shoes just in case. Plus sun glasses for daytime events!

Invitation – I’m a huge fan of bringing the invitation with me. You’ll have the times, website information, location, and dress code all in one place. Never a bad thing!

Extras – Creating a little “emergency kit” is a great idea for wedding season. These are things that it’s always good to have, even if you don’t need them, someone else might.

What do YOU make sure to pack when you’re traveling for a wedding?

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NatureBox Giveaway | Calling all Snack Lovers

Welcome back to another NatureBox giveaway! If you missed the first two giveaways, here’s a summary – NatureBox is a wholesale, membership-based online snack company. Once you’ve created an account, your monthly $5 fee goes towards your orders each month, and rolls over if you don’t get around to shopping during a particular month.

The website carries all sorts of goodies – From vegan snacks to low sugar treats to paleo items. And the website allows you to sort all the yumminess by diet and eating style, so that you can find what you’re looking for.  Some of their best-selling items are cheddar caramel popcorn, vanilla bean wafers, vanilla almond clusters (YUM), and mocha almonds. What I really love about this site is the variety of items – I’ve ordered everything from almond butter and oatmeal to raw nuts and trail mix packets. All great for Summer traveling!

Some of my personal favorites are the cassava and plantain chips, and the crispy coconut squares. I’m completely addicted! I also like to get raw nuts and dried fruit, and mix them together to create my own healthy trail mix concoctions for easy after-dinner snacking. 🙂

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This amazing company has offered to team up AGAIN for another killer giveaway. Read on for the rules on entering and what you can win!

The Giveaway:

  • Free lifetime membership to NatureBox
  • Free shipping on your first order
  • AND a $50 credit to get you started!

How to Enter:

Using the giveaway graphic below you can join this content in a handful of different ways. Follow NatureBox or Moi Contre La Vie on Facebook, Twitter, or Tweet a message and you’ll be entered to win.

You can enter as many times as you’d like and the giveaway will be open until March 7th and then I’ll announce the winner!

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Are YOU a snack lover? Hurry up and enter this giveaway!

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Trendy vs Chic: How To Be Stylish

Anyone can be a slave to new trends, it doesn’t take creativity or style to dress in a runway look head to toe. So what is style? What does it mean to be chic and stylish rather than a fashion victim?

Trendy vs Chic: How To Be Stylish

How To Be Stylish Retro Fashion Starts San Francisco Fashion Blogger Street Style Style is a very personal concept, it can be different for everyone. It’s about knowing your body type, knowing what looks good on you and knowing what you’ll be comfortable wearing. You can ignore every trend that ever graces a magazine cover and still be a fashion icon.

After all, good style is eternal.

Regardless of whether you consider Jane Birkin, Audrey Hepburn, Diana Vreeland, or Lauren Hutton to be your ultimate style icon, there is something  that each of these women possess. She is true to herself and has created a style that is inherently “her.”

What are the basic guidelines that a lady must follow in order to be stylish?

[1.] Know thy self – Take a good, hard look in the mirror and understand your assets & limitations. What are your best characteristics – Great shoulders? Long, lean legs? Christina Hendricks curves? Find a style that plays up your assets. Yes, you can mix up your style each season and incorporate great new looks to keep things fresh, but you need to first have a good understanding of what you can, can’t, and shouldn’t bother trying to pull off. Do you have short legs? Consider that skinny jeans and mid-calf boots have the potential to make your legs look truncated. On the curvier side? Ruffles and busy tops can give you a top-heavy silhouette. You don’t need to be built like Gisele to look polished and put together, you just need to know how to work with what you have!

How To be Stylish Trendy vs chic Retro Fashion Icon Kate Moss

[2.] Find your sweet spot – Once you know what works best for you, the next step is to create a style that is totally your own, a home base of sorts that you can always start with or go back to. Whether you love Twiggy-style shift dresses, menswear with a feminine twist, a darker pallet, or retro, ladylike silhouettes, make the look yours by adding personal touches. If you’re comfortable and confident in your clothes, you’ll have every eye on you as soon as you step into a room. Wear your clothes, don’t let them wear you! My personal look is very classic and a little formal, I love dresses and skirts, but with a bit of an edge. My favorite looks are traditional with a modern twist, like a chic LBD with funky pearls and patent leather booties.

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[3.] Invest! It’s always fun to try new trends – If you’re careful with them – But a large portion of your clothing and accessories budget should be devoted to more classic, long-term pieces. High quality basics that you will be able to use season after season, which can easily be spiced up with the newest handbag or sunglasses. A trench coat, great jeans, a button down shirt, a Little Black Dress, these are the building blocks to a great wardrobe, regardless of your style. When you see pictures of Jane Birkin’s bangs and little tunic dresses, Audrey’s trenches, Coco’s pearls, or Bianca Jagger’s suits they still all look chic and modern. Why? Because they were stylish women, not slaves to trends.

Some words of wisdom to think about when you’re considering you personal look:

  • “Style isn’t about change; that’s fashion’s job. Style is about knowing yourself, knowing the image you want to project, and finding the look that suits you the best for your goals.” TLo from Tom & Lorenzo: Fabulous & Opinionated
  • “Fashion fades, only style remains the same.” Coco Chanel
  • “Over the years I have learned that what is important in a dress is the woman who is wearing it.” Yves Saint Laurent
  • “Attitude is everything.” Diane von Furstenberg

Have you seen the Audrey Hepburn movie Funny Face?

There’s this phenomenal dance number with Kay Thompson, who is one of the highlights of the film, called How To Be Lovely. Whenever I think of being stylish and chic, I think of this scene and it makes me laugh. This is a great reminder that fashion is supposed to be fun!

How To be Lovely

Enjoy!

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