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MCLV Style: Double-Breasted Sweater Coat

During the most recent heat wave here in San Francisco it was hard to imagine wearing it, but part of me was still day dreaming about this double-breasted sweater coat.

Wait. Am I the only person who dreams about outerwear?

Okay, well let’s not focus on that right now…

Double-Breaster Merino Wool Sweater Coat Phillip Lim San Francisco Bay Area Fashion Food Fitness Lifestyle Blogger Street Style

Double-Breasted Merino Wool Sweater Coat – 3.1 Phillip Lim via The Real Real {similar here, here & here}

Faux Leather Leggings – Two by Vince Camuto

Peep-Toe Black & White Wedges – Pierre Hardy via The Real Real

Double-Breaster Merino Wool Sweater Coat Phillip Lim San Francisco Bay Area Fashion Food Fitness Lifestyle Blogger Street Style

{Photography by Brad Wittke of Pacifica Gallery}

Double-Breaster Merino Wool Sweater Coat Phillip Lim San Francisco Bay Area Fashion Food Fitness Lifestyle Blogger Street Style

I bought this beauty at the end of last season and haven’t had a chance to wear it yet. Sad face. So, needless to say, I was thrilled to break it out for my first Fall-inspired street style shoot this month. And what better way to celebrate a gorgeous sweater coat than with a twilight rooftop shoot?

{Editorial note: This was my second time shooting out on the roof and I have to say, I absolutely love it. The views are phenomenal and such a wonderful backdrop for a photo shoot.}

I paired my new baby with one of my seasonal Fall staples – My Two by Vince Camuto faux leather leggings. These have been a go-to for years and go with everything from Oxford button-downs to outerwear.

So tell me – What are YOU most excited for this Fall?

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MCLV x A by Anubha | Patches & Pockets

I absolutely ADORE contrasting patches and pockets – For me they always bring to mind the mod styles from the 50’s and 60’s. In that period I feel like this coat would be rendered in black and white, and paired with knee-high white patent leather go-go boots a la Twiggy.

Swinging sixties all the way!

Patches Pockets Outerwear Jacket Coat Layering Layers Think Pink A by Anubha San Francisco Bay Area Fashion Food Fitness Lifestyle Blogger Street Style Retro Classic Timeless Ladylike

Lavendar Long Jacket with Gray Elbow Patches and Pockets – A by Anubha

Short Sleeved Floral-Print Jersey Dress – Donna Morgan

Ankle Strap Heels – Sam Edelman

Patches Pockets Outerwear Jacket Coat Layering Layers Think Pink A by Anubha San Francisco Bay Area Fashion Food Fitness Lifestyle Blogger Street Style Retro Classic Timeless Ladylike

{Photography by J. Villarete Photography}

Patches Pockets Outerwear Jacket Coat Layering Layers Think Pink A by Anubha San Francisco Bay Area Fashion Food Fitness Lifestyle Blogger Street Style Retro Classic Timeless Ladylike

Luckily for us, not only do these adorable gray patches and pockets on this jacket give it an undeniable retro vibe, they also offer a fun color palate to work with when you’re styling the piece.

For styling you can play on the pink or the gray, or even go for a completely different color story.

While you could definitely go for a full-retro look and try some tall boots, you can also make it more modern with a flirty little black dress or a pair of perfectly fitted jeans. Both looks offer a clean palette to work with and let the statement coat take center stage.

Do YOU like contrasting hues and color-blocking as much as I do?

Want more A by Anubha in your life? Check out these other Summer outerwear posts: Outerwear Edit & It’s All About the Sleeve.

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MCLV x A by Anubha | It’s all about the Sleeve

One of the biggest trends this Spring and Summer has turned out to be the dramatic sleeve. From off-the-shoulder and cold-shoulder variations to puffy pirate sleeves and cuffs that go for days.

This long grey jacket with a boldly silhouetted balloon sleeve from A by Anubha fits the bill just right. And the perfect way to style this trend is by pairing it with more low-key pieces like cropped pants.

Bold Dramatic Pull Sleeve Outerwear Jacket Coat A by Anubha Indian Designer San Francisco Bay Area Fashion Food Fitness Lifestyle Blogger Street Style

Gray Jacket – A by Anubha

Capri Pants – Banana Republic

Colorblock Wedges – Pierre Hardy

Clutch – Chanel via The Real Real

Bold Dramatic Pull Sleeve Outerwear Jacket Coat A by Anubha Indian Designer San Francisco Bay Area Fashion Food Fitness Lifestyle Blogger Street Style

{Photography by J. Villarete Photography}

Bold Dramatic Pull Sleeve Outerwear Jacket Coat A by Anubha Indian Designer San Francisco Bay Area Fashion Food Fitness Lifestyle Blogger Street Style

The A-line style silhouette of this jacket paired with the crisp, classic collar are the perfect juxtaposition to the puffed style of the sleeve.

It’s fairly classic, but simultaneously fun and on-trend for this season.

How are YOU wearing your sleeves this Summer?

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MCLV x A by Anubha | Outerwear Edit

I am a very serious and dedicated lover of outerwear – Which you’ve probably discerned by now – So I was excited to show off the latest Spring/Summer collection from local brand A by Anubha.

Anubha Srivastav is based here in the Bay Area and her designs, under the A by Anubha label, are made with a hand-woven, eco-friendly Indian textile called Khadi.

Khadi is not just a cloth, it is a whole movement started by Mahatma Gandhi (Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi), Khadi movement aimed at boycotting foreign goods and promoting Indian goods. Thereby improving India’s economy. Mahatma Gandhi began promoting spinning of Khadi for rural self-employment and self-reliance. Even today Khadi is produced in the villages of India by the rural artisans, Khadi Village Industries is one of the oldest Indian government organizations created to provide employment to the artisans and craftsmen of Indian villages.

Outerwear Jacket Coat A by Anubha Indian Mandarin San Francisco Bay Area Fashion Food Fitness Lifestyle Blogger Street Style

British Racing Green Jacket – A by Anubha

Black Jeans – Jolt by Nordstrom

Asymmetrical Cold Shoulder Tee – BP by Nordstrom

Soho Leather Disco Bag – Gucci

Black Patent Leather Pumps – Giuseppe Zanotti

Outerwear Jacket Coat A by Anubha Indian Mandarin San Francisco Bay Area Fashion Food Fitness Lifestyle Blogger Street Style

{Photography by J. Villarete Photography}

Outerwear Jacket Coat A by Anubha Indian Mandarin San Francisco Bay Area Fashion Food Fitness Lifestyle Blogger Street Style

The latest lightweight outerwear collection combines eye-catching colors, sleek silhouettes, and feature one of her signature design elements like the ‘Bandha-gala’ (a Mandarin style collar) that are traditionally found in male outerwear.

What do YOU look for in lightweight jackets for this time of year? Colors, a favorite silhouette, a specific fabric?

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MCLV Style: Little Black Dress with a Twist

When someone asks me to describe my person style, I inevitably fall back on the following phrase – Classic with a twist.

little black dress is a staple in any woman’s wardrobe – It’s perfect for everything from cocktail parties to weddings to nights out on the town.

But it’s so much more than that!

Cocktail Attire Little Black Dress LBD Evening Style San Francisco Bay Area Fashion Food Fitness Lifestyle Blogger Street Style

Black Lace V-Neck Dress – BCBGMAXAZRIA

Chainlink Swing Shoulder Bag – Rebecca Minkoff

Vintage Patent Leather Peep-Toe Booties – Fendi

Layered Necklaces – Anthropologie

Cocktail Attire Little Black Dress LBD Evening Style San Francisco Bay Area Fashion Food Fitness Lifestyle Blogger Street Style

{Photography by J. Villarete Photography}

Cocktail Attire Little Black Dress LBD Evening Style San Francisco Bay Area Fashion Food Fitness Lifestyle Blogger Street Style

The inevitable appropriateness of the classic little black dress in most settings isn’t the only reason my closet is filled with them.

I would actually say that my favorite thing about a great LBD is that it’s the perfect blank slate for creating an outfit.

When you have a high quality dress that you feel great in – You can take it in any direction. Tennis shoes and a pony tail for a more casual daytime spin on the look, or with ski high heels and a red lip for date night.

Or, if you’re in the mood to mix things up, you can try out layered necklaces and ankle booties like I wore here!

What’s YOUR favorite way to style a little black dress?

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