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MCLV Style: Modern Feminine

My personal style – Which I’ve long described as “Classic with a twist” – Has been evolving since I fell in love with fashion during my time living in Rome. I like feminine pieces and classic silhouettes, but with a modern twist. I’ve never been a slave to trends, but I like being aware of what’s popular and seeing how various things suit me.

Plus – It’s always fun to try on a new sartorial personality!

And while I would say that my style is fairly feminine, I tend to shy away from overtly feminine “girly” looks and flourishes. Giant bows, ruffles, the color pink…

Modern Feminine Black-on-Black Vintage YSL Handbag Yves Saint Laurent San Francisco Bay Area Fashion Food Fitness Lifestyle Blogger Street Style BCBGMAXAZRIA Ruffle hemmed coat

Talia Double-Breasted Coat – BCBGMAXAZRIA

Black Dress – Burberry Brit

Metallic Ankle Strap Heels – BCBGeneration

Vintage Black Handbag – YSL {Similar here, here & here}

Layered Gold Necklace – Banana Republic

Modern Feminine Black-on-Black Vintage YSL Handbag Yves Saint Laurent San Francisco Bay Area Fashion Food Fitness Lifestyle Blogger Street Style BCBGMAXAZRIA Ruffle hemmed coat

{Photos by Lydia Hudgens Photography}

Modern Feminine Black-on-Black Vintage YSL Handbag Yves Saint Laurent San Francisco Bay Area Fashion Food Fitness Lifestyle Blogger Street Style BCBGMAXAZRIA Ruffle hemmed coat

But – Despite those proclivities – This coat called out to me during my last foray into the BCBG on Union Square. I’ve been in the market for a new basic black coat and saw this one in white in the window of the shop. Their sales are KILLER so I popped in, and it’s all history.

I love that it adds a fun, feminine twist, without being too eye-catching. I tried it on in white, which was beautiful, but I thought the ruffles were a bit overwhelming.

I’ve dubbed this style modern feminine – It’s still a classically feminine look, but rendered in a contemporary way that makes it timeless.

How do YOU feel about this modern take on the ruffle?

 

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MCLV Style: Amour Vert + Sustainable Fashion

What’s better than whimsical dandelion prints paired with some serious over-the-knee boots?

Finding chic, high-quality pieces from a socially responsible sustainable fashion brand!

Amour Vert Sustainable Eco-Friendly Fashion San Francisco Bay Area Fashion Food Fitness Lifestyle Blogger Street Style

Dandelion Print Haley Long-Sleeved Shift Dress c/o Amour Vert

Flat Suede Over-the-Knee Boots – Vince Camuto

White Clutch – Rebecca Minkoff

Amour Vert Sustainable Eco-Friendly Fashion San Francisco Bay Area Fashion Food Fitness Lifestyle Blogger Street Style

{Photos by Lydia Hudgens Photography}

Amour Vert Sustainable Eco-Friendly Fashion San Francisco Bay Area Fashion Food Fitness Lifestyle Blogger Street Style

I was introduced to Amour Vert by Kathleen of KatwalkSF, who hosted an event at their Walnut Creek location. At the event I got a chance to hear more about the company and browse their timeless pieces.

The founder, Linda Balti, created the company after realizing that fashion was the second most polluting industry in the world. Amour Vert “green love” was created with an eco-friendly goal in mind, plus American manufacturing, non-toxic dyes, sustainable fabrics, and a zero-waste philosophy.

“A woman should never have to sacrifice style for sustainability. Our choices matter – smart fashion is our future.”

I was hooked!

The first thing that I tried on was this Dandelion print shift dress – I love the play of youthful freshness with the cut and print of this dress against the ‘I am woman, hear me roar’ drama of the thigh-high suede boots.

Even in a flat variation, these Vince Camuto over-the-knee boots make a powerful statement. They go with everything – Jeans, dresses, leggings – And are the sartorial equivalent of an exclamation point. They make a basic outfit look chic and take a fun look to a whole new level.

What could be better? {Okay, yes, I’m basically writing a love letter to my boots}

Do YOU have a favorite sustainable fashion brand?

{Disclaimer: While this dress was a gift from Amore Vert, all opinions – Of which I have many – Are my own}

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MCLV Style: Warriors Pride | Culk

I love getting a chance to support Bay Area companies AND I’m a big fan of the Warriors – So I jumped at the chance to work with San Francisco based company Culk.

Their products are designed and created here in San Francisco by graphic designer and screen printer Sam Culkins, and they’ve produced some great designs. From t-shirts and tank tops to sweatshirts and accessories – They’ve got something for everyone – Women, men & kids.

Golden State Warriors Culk Sam Culkins Athleisure Basketball Game Style San Francisco Bay Area Fashion Food Fitness Lifestyle Blogger Street Style

Warrior’s Muscle Tee c/o Culk

Black Capri Length Pants – Banana Republic Factory

Black Blazer c/o Tobi

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

Golden State Warriors Culk Sam Culkins Athleisure Basketball Game Style San Francisco Bay Area Fashion Food Fitness Lifestyle Blogger Street Style

{Photography by Brad Wittke of Pacifica Gallery}

Golden State Warriors Culk Sam Culkins Athleisure Basketball Game Style San Francisco Bay Area Fashion Food Fitness Lifestyle Blogger Street Style

I originally thought this Warriors tank would be the perfect top for the gym, but when it arrived it was such a pretty shade of blue that I decided I wanted to dress it up a bit.

This is my version of fashionista-goes-to-a-basketball-game style! Cute but comfortable, and totally functional. I’ve worn a variation of this look to many a football and basketball game over the years. It’s basically my game day uniform.

Do YOU like to shop local?

{Disclaimer: While this t-shirt was a gift from Culk, all opinions – Of which I have many – Are my own}

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MCLV Style: Valentine’s Day Style

While I’m not a huge fan or devoted celebrator of Valentine’s Day – I am a HUGE fan of dressing up. And I’ll take any excuse I can get.

Valentine's Day Style San Francisco Bay Area Fashion Food Fitness Lifestyle Blogger Street Style

Faux Leather Leggings – BCBGMAXAZRIA

Red Mixed Media Crewneck Tunic – Two by Vince Camuto

Faux Leather Sleeved Coat – Aqua by Bloomingdale’s {Similar styles here & here}

Black Patent Leather Pumps – Giuseppe Zanotti

Striped Tote Bag – Kate Spade New York

Valentine's Day Style San Francisco Bay Area Fashion Food Fitness Lifestyle Blogger Street Style

{Photography by Brad Wittke of Pacifica Gallery}

Valentine's Day Style San Francisco Bay Area Fashion Food Fitness Lifestyle Blogger Street Style

Since I have no pink in my wardrobe, which I realized when getting ready for the Bay Area Women’s March, I went a splash of red when I put together my Valentine’s Day look.

I was drawn to the idea of adding some edge to my look to keep it from being too saccharine. I know Valentine’s Day can call to mind hearts and ruffles and ultra feminine pieces, but I decided to juxtapose the red tunic against black faux leather.

You could easily make this more casual by switching out the killer patent leather pumps for booties or a cute pair of red flats.

And, truth be told, this doesn’t have to be a date night look. I for one have spent a few of my most memorable Valentine’s Days with my girlfriends. 🙂

So, whether you’re aiming for date night slink or girls night out glam – Have a blast!

What are YOU wearing for Valentine’s Day? Do you have a favorite nighttime look this time of year?

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MCLV Style: Mod Black & White

Have you ever seen a blogger or celebrity or… Anyone really, and just *loved* their outfit. And more than just loving it, you wanted to run home and try to recreate it in your own way?

So… Yea, that happened with this mod look from the always flawless Jenny at Margo and Me.

Mod Black and White Over-the-Knee Boots San Francisco Bay Area Fashion Food Fitness Lifestyle Blogger Street Style Margo and Me Modern Feminine

Mod Fit & Flare Skirt – Derek Lam 10 Crosby

Black Turtleneck Sweater – Madison & Berkeley

Flat Over-the-knee Boots – Vince Camuto

Round White Retro Sunglasses – Jeepers Peepers

Mod Black and White Over-the-Knee Boots San Francisco Bay Area Fashion Food Fitness Lifestyle Blogger Street Style Margo and Me Modern Feminine

I love the combination of pieces and the laid-back California girl Winter vibe that they create. The oversized turtleneck sweater paired with a slightly flared skirt and some killer over-the-knee boots.

Et voila!

Mod Black and White Over-the-Knee Boots San Francisco Bay Area Fashion Food Fitness Lifestyle Blogger Street Style Margo and Me Modern Feminine

{Photography by Brad Wittke of Pacifica Gallery}

I, of course, rendered the look in my trademark black & white by pairing a printed skirt with a black turtleneck and black thigh-high Vince Camuto boots.

I especially loved how the silhouette and color scheme ended up feeling very mod. I decided to up the ante with these round, white sunglasses – Ultra mod!

I love getting inspired by someone else and letting their amazing style influence a new look for me. When was the last time YOU tried putting together a look based on one that you saw online or in a magazine?

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