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MCLV Style: Business Casual Attire

Getting ready for work can get fairly boring year-after-year, especially if you’re constrained by a set dress code. My office is a strict business casual arena and I wore dresses every day for years. Shift dresses, wrap dresses, and classic, ladylike silhouettes.

Recently, however, I’ve been branching out more into the wonderful world of separates.

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Cropped Black Tuxedo Pants – Vince

Mock Turtleneck Top – Amelia Toro

Ankle Strap Heels – Sam Edelman

Epi Cluny BB Handbag – Louis Vuitton

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{Photography by J. Villarete Photography}

Business Casual Black on Black Workwear Ladylike San Francisco Bay Area Fashion Food Fitness Lifestyle Blogger Street Style

I’ve found that playing with different pieces and mixing and matching separates has made getting dressed for the office a bit more fun. I tend towards black and white and prints, and love an eye-catching accessory.

These Sam Edelman shoes are endlessly comfortable, I have them in two colors, so they’re great for long days or nights out where I’ll be on my feet for long periods of time. And I’m still head over heels in love with my Louis Cluny bag. It’s much smaller than my usual handbags, which was by design, and is helping me move towards a more simplified, paired down daily haul.

Best. Christmas. Present. Ever. 馃檪

What do YOU wear to the office? Do you have a dresscode like business casual?

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MCLV Style: Airport Fashion

I have old-fashioned sensibilities when it comes to certain things and one of those things happens to be travel. Let’s just say, you’ll never see me at the airport in sweatpants or a pair of Uggs.

Comfort is important, especially on long trips, but I also like to be put together. Over the years I’ve developed a go-to uniform for flying and while the various iterations shift, the basics remain the same.

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Ponte Knit Pants – Karen Kane

Tunic – Tibi{Similar styles here, here & here}

Loafers – Coach

Luggage – Longchamp

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{Photography by J. Villarete Photography}

Airport Style Travel Traveling Wanderlust San Francisco Bay Area Fashion Food Fitness Lifestyle Blogger Street Style

Comfortable Pants:

I used to primarily wear dresses when I traveled, but I didn’t like having my legs touch the seats so I traded them in for comfortable, but chic pants. I love these Karen Kane ponte knit pants {I have two pairs} because they’re flattering and easy to wear, and the lack of a button closure means they’re a bit more comfortable for hours of sitting.

Tunic:

When I travel I wear all black or black and white. This Tibi tunic made it into my travel rotation in 2017 {check out my Best Purchases of 2017} and I have it in two colors. It’s the perfect piece for traveling because it’s thick and doesn’t wrinkle.

Flats:

Since I gave up my beloved high heels, I’ve traveled exclusively in flats or boots. These metallic loafers from Coach are great for vacation because they’re versatile and can be worn the whole trip. Plus – Super comfy.

Luggage:

I’ve been carrying the Longchamp le Pliage luggage for years and absolutely adore it. They’re durable and easy to clean, and they’re hold a ton of gear. Plus they fold up into little pouches for easy storage at home or once you’re unpacked on vacation.

Do YOU have a go-to airport style?

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MCLV Style | Peter Pan Booties

Since I (finally) gave up heels in favor of being able to walk without excruciating pain {You can read the story here – The Painful Truth About High Heels} I’ve been on a seemingly full-time mission to find cute, flattering, versatile flat shoes.

You know the ones I mean.

A pair that you wear to work or out for dinner, and can – GASP – Actually walk in.

You can check out my Fall Footwear blog post for some of my picks for this season. Hands down,聽my two favorites are the Vince Camuto Karita Leather Block Heel Over The Knee Boots and Unisa Adivan Over The Knee Boots from聽DSW.

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Booties – Costume National

Metropolitan Watch c/o Timex

Gucci Crossbody Bag – The Real Real

Fit and Flare Sweater Dress – Eliza J

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{Photography by J. Villarete Photography}

Peter Pan Booties Ankle Boots Trend Coat San Francisco Bay Area Fashion Food Fitness Lifestyle Blogger Street Style Streetstyle

So when I saw these flat Peter Pan Booties on The Real Real website, I was thrilled. They have that delicate, feminine silhouette to them that makes them look great with dresses as well as slim-cut pants. They even look great with tights!

Plus they’re flat with a thick sole, which means that they’re comfortable for walking around the city in this time of year.

Sadly, this specific pair is sold out, but here are some similar聽styles:

What’s YOUR perfect boot?

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MCLV Style | Cape + Thigh High Boots

I lived in my black Vince Camuto thigh high boots last season so I knew that this Fall I wanted to pick up a pair of neutral hued ones.

I actually feel pretty good about the fact that I waited until Fall 2017 to pick these babies up, because I definitely wanted them earlier this year. And I was rewarded by finding them on sale at DSW!

It’s the little victories, right?

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Adivan Over The Knee Boot in Taupe聽– Unisa via DSW

Black Fit n’ Flare Dress – Eliza J

Cape Blazer – Mural from Nordstrom

Snakeskin Clutch – Michael Kors

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{Photography by J. Villarete Photography}

Cape Over the Knee Boots Thigh High OTK San Francisco Bay Area Fashion Food Fitness Lifestyle Blogger Street Style

My Fall and Winter uniform is over-the-knee boots and either a dress or a tunic and slim pants.

Errands, outings, shopping, dinners… That’s my go-to look. Perhaps it’s a bit boring that I don’t mix things up more, but it’s like a uniform. I get ready quickly, always feel comfortable and confident, and I’m cozy once the temperatures start to drop.

Here I paired my favorite little black day dress {LBDD – Totally a thing} with a sleek cape blazer, and my聽thigh high Unisa聽boots. I love the combination of a tailored, traditional top with a more bohemian bottom half.

What’s YOUR go-to uniform this time of year?

Need some new boots this season? Be sure to check out my Fall Footwear | Boots & Booties post!

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MCLV Style: Classic Timex Style

While I loved the rose gold Timex that I wore earlier this year, I think I might love this classic black and gold variety even more.

It’s just… Timeless.

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Metropolitan Watch c/o Timex

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Gucci Crossbody Bag – The Real Real

Fit and Flare Sweater Dress – Eliza J

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{Photography by J. Villarete Photography}

Timex Trench Coat Ankle Boots Booties San Francisco Bay Area Fashion Food Fitness Lifestyle Blogger Street Style

The whole feel of the watch is quite delicate and a bit feminine, but not overtly so. The black band and gold hardware mean that it goes with聽anything so it’s wonderfully easy to style.

Since this little darling has arrived I’ve paired with slim jeans and a turtleneck for running errands and keeping busy on the weekends. I’ve worn it to the office, pairing it with my go-to shift shift dress and wedges. And I strapped it on to wear with my favorite little black day dress when I’m out having fun on weekends, as pictured here.

It really is the perfect classic piece that you can wear season after season with virtually any look.

How would YOU style this classic watch?

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

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