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MCLV Style: Rose Gold Timex

Before I start raving about this killer rose gold Timex watch, I want to share a little story about my watch-wearing background.

I love watches. I think they’re a classic wardrobe staple for both men and women. They’re a great way to help define your sartorial style at a glance. And they’re also fun to switch up from season to season. I think of them like sunglasses – You have your go-to piece, but keep a stash of options for when you’re in the mood to switch things up.

But you know what? I don’t wear a watch. I haven’t for years.

I have watches. But I don’t wear them. I still have the Brighton watch that my Uncle got me when I was a teenager in my jewelry box. I still have the cuff bracelet-watch that I bought on Via del Corso when I lived in Rome in my early twenties.

So why don’t I ever wear watches? For years, whenever I wore a watch, it would stop running. Almost immediately. I replaced the battery on one three times in a month and it just kept dying. So I got out of the habit of putting one on in the morning.

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Fairfield Rose Gold Watch c/o Timex {Similar styles here from Asos and here from Zappos}

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{Photography by J. Villarete Photography}

Needless to say, I’m thrilled to start wearing this fabulous rose gold Timex on the regular. It’s currently in my work jewelry case so I’ve been wearing it a couple of times a week at the office.

While I like delicate watches, this one is great because it’s like a bracelet. Perfect for stacking if you’re building an arm party or for wearing solo to make a classic statement. It’s also a really lovely rose gold shade that’s perfect for mixing with yellow-gold or silver.

How do YOU feel about watches? Do you wear one on a daily basis?

Note: This blog post was sponsored by Timex, however my opinions are my own.

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Spring Wardrobe Essentials

After tackling my Fall Wardrobe Essentials last year – I’m popping back in to cover my Spring Must Haves. From accessories to colors you’ll love to the pieces that will bring everything together.

Here are my picks!

Crossbody Bag – I’ve been LUSTING over so many chic crossbody bags I don’t even know where to start. While I’m dying to get a vintage Gucci Soho Disco Crossbody or the Bvlargi Krung Serpenti Forever Bag, I’ve also noticed some seriously cute ones from Rebecca Minkoff, MICHAEL Michael Kors, Banana Republic, and聽Kate Spade New York.

So – Whether you’re going high-end or reasonably priced, there’s a crossbody bag for everyone.

Statement Stripes & Florals – Certainly not a shocking trend for Spring, but there are some fun new ways to bring these prints into your wardrobe.

Classic striped maxi dresses, floral carry-all totes, boldly striped Capri-length pants, floral printed oversized hats, or mini striped crossbody bags.

Little White DressesMini, midi, or maxi, try out a white dress for Spring.

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If you’re feeling feminine try an eyelet sundress, if you’re in the mood for a little edginess then I would suggest an asymmetrical hemline, or if you want to keep things low-key a slip dress is the piece for you.

Knee-Length – From pencil skirts to Bermuda-style shorts to A-line skirts, things are hitting right at the knee this season.

This is a flattering length for most body types, just make sure that you’re pairing the oversized bottom half with a minimal or sleek top half like a bodysuit, simple tank top, or midriff baring crop top for the daring types.

Bold Colored Accessories – Handbags, jewelry, and shoes in bold, eye-catching colors. Scarlet, cobalt blue, highlighter yellow

Choose your favorite color and find some statement pieces to play up a simple dress or great fitting pair of jeans for Spring and Summer.

Cropped Jeans – A pair that lands right at the ankle is the way to go for Spring. Black, indigo, or white-washed, it’s going to be聽all about those second skin jeans.

Some other big trends for Spring that I’ll probably be passing up this time around? Pink, ruffles, and bra tops. 馃檪 Not really my style…

What’s on YOUR hit list for this season?

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Monday Inspiration: Retro Style

Like History, fashion repeats itself.

Looking back at previous styles and trends and designs is a wonderful way to appreciate the past and to develop some creative new ways to reinterpret what the fashion industry has to offer. Looking at magazine editorials and advertisements from the 50’s, 60’s, and 70’s gives you great insight not only into those retro styles, but also into the more modern variations that we see on TV, in movies, and on the red carpet in our day-to-day lives.

The looks below – From the fifties, sixties, and seventies – Are great examples of styles and flourishes that still exist today. In a big way in some cases.

Take a look and see which of these micro trends are most visible in聽your聽personal style!

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{High-waisted bikini bottoms, mixing & matching prints, and chic little swimsuit cover-ups. Nothing we haven’t seen at our local pool the last few seasons, right? Harper’s Bazaar – 1962}

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{Oversized silhouettes, double-breasted buttons, long leather gloves, and top handle, structured handbags. Timeless! Paris – 1962}

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{Calling all bombshells – Sweetheart necklines, halter tops, and oversized sunnies. All of these are still staples today. Vogue Italia – 1972}

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{Stripes, polka dots, and platforms – Perennial favorites. London – 1973}

Retro Style Styling San Francisco Bay Area Fashion Food Fitness Lifestyle Blogger Street Style Sixties Fifties Seventies

{Thought that bold eye brows were a new concept? Think again. The same goes for lace insets and contrasting collars.}

{Images from Retro Realness Pinterest Board}

Are YOU a fan of retro styles? What’s your favorite era from a sartorial standpoint?

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Let’s Talk About: Sunscreen

Sunscreen is one of those things that your mother has been harassing gently reminding you about for years. And just like sensible shoes and higher thread-count sheets, she is totally right. The huge bummer about sunscreen is that you often times don’t realize just how important it is until some damage – Either major or minor – Has already been done.

It’s preventative – So start early babies, start early!

So what are we going to talk about today? My favorite brands, my picks for different kinds of days, and my routine.

Daily:

I wear it every single day. Moisturizer, eye cream, and sunscreen – That’s my skin care routine each morning. Even for long work days when it’s dark when I leave for the office and dark when I get home.

It doesn’t matter that I’m never in direct sunlight, sunscreen is still a vital part of my daily routine.

But since I’m not out running around in the sun, I choose a slightly less heavy-duty variety. I change products fairly regularly, but go back to some standbys between new trials, so here are some of my favorites:

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Outdoor Days:

When I’m getting sweaty outside I like to amp things up, so here are my picks for running days, long hikes, and hanging outside on warmer weekends.

Vacation:

When I’m on vacay somewhere warm, humid, or tropical, I like to step up my skin care game. Traveling itself is drying and rough on your skin, so I like to give my skin some additional TLC while I’m also protecting it.

Tell me about YOUR sunscreen routine! What’s your favorite brand or product that I should try?

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SF Made | Culk Giveaway

I shared a new San Francisco-based company named Culk with y’all a few weeks ago – Plus my go-to Warriors game day look. And today I’m back to offer you a chance to try them out.

It’s giveaway time!

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Warrior’s Muscle Tee c/o Culk

Black Capri Length Pants – Banana Republic Factory

Black Blazer c/o Tobi

Striped Pumps – Seychelles聽{And here’s the open-toed version}

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{Photography by聽Brad Wittke of Pacifica Gallery}

Culk Inc. is here today to offer my lucky, lucky readers a version of the聽Golden State Warriors Tank that I’m wearing here. Perfect for everything from game day to the gym to cocktails, depending on how you style it.

You can get things started today and will have until Monday, March 20th to join this fabulous giveaway. You will also have multiple ways to join, so be sure to check out the widget below for all of your entering options.

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Unfortunately, please note that this giveaway is only going to be open to individuals located in the United States at this time.

Are YOU a fan of shopping local and trying smaller businesses? Be sure to support this SF Made shop and join our little giveaway!

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