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MCLV Style | Rooftops, Cocktail Dresses + Rosé

As far as I’m concerned, the perfect Summer trifecta is the fabulous and colorful combination of rooftops, cocktail dresses, and the perfect rosé.

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Cocktail Dresses – Tibi via The Real Real {similar styles here, here, and here}

Sunglasses – Kate Spade New York

Black Wedges – Nine West

Cocktail Dresses Rose Rooftop San Francisco Bay Area Fashion Food Fitness Lifestyle Blogger

{Photography by Garry Alexander}

Cocktail Dresses Rose Rooftop San Francisco Bay Area Fashion Food Fitness Lifestyle Blogger

I love a good rooftop! I’ve always wanted an apartment with killer views from the roof and somehow always ended up in buildings with no rooftop access. That was especially disappointing when I lived in Russian Hill, Nob Hill, and Telegraph Hill, when the views would have been great. Luckily, the latest place as enough sunshine and views to appease years of wishing and hoping on my part. Water AND city views! 🙂

This Tibi shift is a favorite of mine. It’s just what I look for in cocktail dresses – It’s a classic silhouette and style, but with a twist. In this case, an eye-catching, modern print.

And the best thing to enjoy with a gorgeous view? Day Owl Rosé – Mais bien sur.

What’s YOUR favorite Summertime activity?

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MCLV Style | All American Layering

For my friends in other areas of the country, the title of this blog post may seem a little out of season. However, for my Bay Area compatriots, layering is a way of life from Spring through Fall. We get blasted with heat for a few days a year, maybe even a full week, in either late September or early October, but Summer is mostly a foggy, chilly affaire in San Francisco. Enter the perfect sweater for All American layering from Gant.

All American Layering GANT San Francisco Bay Area Fashion Food Fitness Lifestyle Blogger Street Style Plaid Coat Americano

Fine Merino V-Neck Sweater c/o Gant

Skinny Distressed Jeans – 7 for All Mankind

Smoking Flats – Steve Madden

Long Plaid Jacket – Express

Handbag – Louis Vuitton Cluny 

All American Layering GANT San Francisco Bay Area Fashion Food Fitness Lifestyle Blogger Street Style Plaid Coat Americano

{Photography by Garry Alexander}

All American Layering GANT San Francisco Bay Area Fashion Food Fitness Lifestyle Blogger Street Style Plaid Coat Americano

The most consistent thing about San Francisco weather is its inconsistency. A single Summer day here in the City by the Bay can include any of the following – Horizon obscuring fog {Hi Karl!}, light rain, mist, ominous clouds, brilliant sunshine, or unexpected bursts of warmth. As a result, you’ll find that locals carry around wraps, sweaters, and lightweight coats, and stash umbrellas in their cars and at their desks. We’ve also become quite adept at putting together low-key, layered looks that suit our casual, chilly city.

As far as I’m concerned, these shots above are the perfect casual weekend look in the Bay Area – Comfortable, flattering jeans, flat city-walking shoes, a great All American sweater, and an eye-catching printed jacket to finish off the look.

And if you want to snag the perfect layering, classic piece from GANT – You can get 20% off with the code MCLV20.

What is YOUR Summer style looking like this season? Are you layering up like I am?

Note: This post was sponsored by GANT, however all opinions are my own.

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MCLV Style | A Retro Take on Stripes

The stripe is a Summer Classic. This print comes back in a new iteration every season. This particular take on stripes caught my attention immediately.

I love the way the two variations of stripes marry at the waist, it’s a really flattering detail. And the faintly retro style of the silhouette and neckline also offer you a fun chance to style it up.

You could even add a red belt for a fun twist!

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Black & White Striped Dress – LOFT by Ann Taylor

Sunglasses – Jimmy Choo

Metallic Wedges – Tabitha Simmons

Crossbody Bag – Gucci Soho

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{Photography by Garry Alexander}

Retro Stripes Black and White San Francisco Bay Area Fashion Food Fitness Lifestyle Blogger Street Style

I wore this dress during my most recent trip to New York. One of my favorite things about visiting New York is how much more interested in fashion people are. It’s a wonderful place for people watching. Second only to Paris!

Anyway, while running errands all over town last month, I slipped into this little striped number. I added fun metallic wedges and my favorite Gucci crossbody bag to keep my hands free for shopping and errands.

I was comfortable and fit right in!

How do YOU like your Summer stripes?

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MCLV Style | Versatile Summer Coverup

A simple little black dress may seem like an unusual choice for Summer, but hear me out. This is the perfect little Summer frock – During the warm-weather months it doubles as either a swimsuit coverup or a dinner look.

Summer Coverup Ann Taylor LOFT San Francisco Bay Area Fashion Food Fitness Lifestyle Blogger Street Style

Black Scoop Neck Dress – LOFT by Ann Taylor

Espadrille Animal Print Wedges – Vince Camuto

Oversized Black Sunglasses – Kate Spade New York

Black Straw Hat – Red Baker London

Tan Monogram Clutch – YSL

Summer Coverup Ann Taylor LOFT San Francisco Bay Area Fashion Food Fitness Lifestyle Blogger Street Style

{Photography by Garry Alexander}

Summer Coverup Ann Taylor LOFT San Francisco Bay Area Fashion Food Fitness Lifestyle Blogger Street Style

Whether you’re biking to the river, walking to the beach or holding court pool-side, a girl needs a good coverup. This is the perfect lightweight day-to-night dress, and it travels well, I took it for a spin on my last vacation!

What’s great about this style dress is the utter versatility. It’s great for daytime and it’s also perfect to throw on before heading out for a hot Summer night. During the day you can pair it with sandals and a head scarf, and for night you can try bold printed wedges and a cute clutch.

Have I won YOU over? What do you think of my multi-use little black coverup?

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MCLV Style: Summer Dresses

Give me printed Summer dresses and I’m a happy girl.

They’re just so easy…

One piece and you’re done. They’re easy to style, easy to wear, and easy to pack. What more could a girl want? 🙂

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Printed Long Sleeved Dress – A.L.C. {Similar styles here, here & here}

Nude Chunky Heels – Steve Madden

Snakeskin Clutch – Michael Kors

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{Photography by J. Villarete Photography}

This is a perfect style for vacation in my mind – Whether you’re on a tropical island or lake-side, the temperature usually starts to cool off in the evenings. Throw on a sweet little printed frock and some lip gloss, and you’re all set for dinner.

Alternatively, this is a great style for Summer weddings, especially outdoors. The print is classic, but can be dressed up or down depending on the dress code and location. If it’s a casual affaire, wear flat sandals and beachy waves. While, for an evening or dressier event, you’d pair it with heels, a red lip, and an updo.

I found this new-with-tags A.L.C. beauty on The Real Real, and they love lots of frocks from A.L.C. You can also find this brand on their website, Shopbop, Revolve, and department stores like Neiman Marcus and Bergdorf Goodman.

What’s YOUR Summer dress style?

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