FAQ

If you’ve arrived on this page, you’re probably looking for more background on me.

{Waves!}

I’m Caity, the writer behind Moi Contre La Vie, and here are the answers to a few questions that readers regularly submit. Thus the FAQ header. But if you’re looking for something else you can check out the About MOI, Advertising & Collaborations, and Contact Information pages as well.

May the force be with you!

Fashion FAQ:

Q: What are your favorite brands?

A: This is a question that’s very close to my heart. I love fashion & so many stores, brands & designers that my credit card statement & I both lose count. There’s a lot to consider – Runway shows, the artistry behind their designs, the presentation and style of their work, wearability, the way their pieces make me feel when I put them on…

But when it comes to brands that consistently produce clothes that I can – And sometimes do – See myself in, my top picks would be: Alice+Olivia, BCBG, Rachel Zoe, Kate Spade, Victoria Beckham/Victoria by Victoria Beckham, J.Crew, Diane Von Furstenberg, Milly, Roland Mouret, and on the vintage side I adore Chanel, Halston, Dior & Givenchy.

This is not to say that I exclusively wear high-end designers – I wish – I’m just listing some of the designers that I love. I also couldn’t live without Zara, Asos, Topshop, Banana Republic, BCBGeneration, Mango, or H&M.

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Q: Who are your fashion inspirations? 

A: My personal style runs towards classic, sometimes retro silhouettes, so I would have to pick Hubert Givenchy’s muse Audrey Hepburn or Princess Grace Kelly to be my Fashion Fairy Godmother.

However, there are a number of modern ladies that I keep an eye out for on a regular basis. Gwyneth Paltrow, Nicole Kidman, Tilda Swinton, Charlize Theron, and Cate Blanchet all have great poise and always look polished and well put together. Eva Mendes also has great style, I love how her pencil skirts and dresses always suit her to perfection. And I would say that my current favorites on the red carpet and the sidewalk are Diane Kruger, Zoe Saldana, Miranda Kerr, and Rosie Huntington-Whiteley.

Q: Where do you like to shop? 

A: I love boutiques and supporting local and eco-conscious designers when I can. Some of the local designers & shops that I adore are Les Mechantes, House of Ccuoco, A by Anubha, Lan JaenickeMarrin Costello, and Sasha Maks Vintage. But when it comes to choices, sizes, and colors not much can beat a department store. I like Bloomingdales, Nordstrom & Saks – They all have great websites, selections, and return policies. Other online stores that I like are ASOS, Topshop, and J.Crew. And when my work wardrobe needs refreshing you can usually find me at BCBG or Banana Republic.

Oh, who am I kidding? BCBG is my second home! 🙂

Q: What’s your work uniform? Weekend uniform?

A: I usually wear dresses to work – Solid colors or prints – In wrap or sheath silhouettes. Or a pencil skirt with a sweater or shell & cardigan combo. I change my shoes, purse and jewelry most days and usually lay everything out the night before.

My clothing choice on weekends is dependent on my plans, the season, and my mood. During the winter you can usually find me in slim pants with boots – Either tucked into knee-high or over the knee boots, or paired with booties – And lots of layers. I live for winter accessories so I’m always wearing gloves, scarves, hats, or ear muffs, and trying out fun new outerwear.

During the warmer months I’m inevitably in either a dress or cropped pants and a top. I love to get dressed up and consistently overdress – Personally I’d rather be overdressed than underdressed so I’ve come to terms with this!

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Food FAQ:

Q: If you HAD to label your diet what would you call yourself?

A: Gun to my head – God forbid – I would say that I follow a mostly vegan, high raw, gluten-free diet, subject to occasional French fry & potato chip binges.

Quite a mouthful, right?

I don’t like labels, as I previously said, because of the restrictions that they place on your habits. I eat to feed my body and nourish my mind. I try to make healthful choices, I buy organic, free-trade, and local produce and products whenever possible, and I read labels on the rare occasion when I’m eating foods that have labels. But at the same time I indulge my cravings and cater to my moods.

And I’ve never been known to say no to good Scotch. Neat please!

Q: Your diet sounds very restrictive, what do you eat?

A: So much! I was diagnosed with gluten-intolerance in 2009 and another digestive condition in 2011, so I have been slowly educating myself and learning to apply that knowledge to my restaurant and grocery store choices, as well as to my cooking. While I do enjoy eating out, there is always more flexibility when I cook. A standard weekday usually includes at least the following, plus additional snacks when needed. Which is often.

Smoothies {either veggie or fruit based}
– Sliced fruit w/ nut butter or almonds
– Soups, huge salads, or veggie sushi w/ brown rice
– Veggies w/ hummus or chia seed pudding
– My mid-week dinners range from baked sweet potatoes w/ sautéed veggies, cauliflower, or Indian Food to stir fries, tofu scrambles, or mini polenta pizzas.
– Snacks: I’m a big fan! Apples w/ sunflower seed butter & cinnamon sprinkled on top, mixed nuts, chia seed pudding, corn-thins {puffed corn cracker/flatbread discs} w/ almond butter & slices of banana, kombucha, larabars, raw revolution bars, dried pineapple slices, homemade trail mix, and pretty much anything that I can dip into hummus or nut butter…

*NoteThis is not everything that I eat, the above is merely intended to give you an idea of the sorts of things I consume. 

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Q: Do you get enough protein?

A: This is, without a doubt, the question I get asked the most. Without climbing onto my soapbox let me simply say: YES!

Quinoa, brown rice, beans, lentils, legumes, tofu, tempeh, nuts, seeds, nut/seed butters and, in smaller amounts, vegetables and fruits, are all excellent and easily digestible sources of protein. Additionally there are protein supplements that are quite nutritious and tasty, including whey, soy and hemp protein powders {read the ingredients as sensitivities to dairy and/or wheat can influence your choices}.

My personal favorite powders are Sun Warrior {raw, vegan, gluten-free sprouted brown rice protein} and Vega’s Complete Whole Food Health Optimizer &  Natural Plant-Based Performance Protein.

Want more ramblings well-researched findings on this? Check out my post on plant-based protein sources here.

Q: Where do you grocery shop?

A: I’m a big fan of Trader Joe’s and go to Real Foods & The Nature Stop here in San Francisco for more specialized products. And while I prefer to support local health food stores, Whole Foods is a great option when I’m traveling.

Q: What do you drink? 

A: LOTS of water. Coconut water. Green tea. The occasional espresso. Kombucha. Almond Milk.

And when called for – Red wine or Scotch!

Fitness FAQ:

Q: What kind of athlete were you? How does that play into your current fitness choices?

A: So many questions!

I competed in gymnastics, volleyball, and diving between the ages of 6 and 19. The injury list is fairly extensive so I’ll merely state that a lower back injury ended my collegiate diving career and is what affects me most today. After hours in doctors’ offices, being sidelined from a sport that I loved, and chronic pain for years, it was a big decision for me to begin working out again. I waited nearly eight years from when I stopped diving to step into a gym again, and another year after that to talk myself into going for a jog.

During the Summer of 2013 I underwent spinal surgery to repair my original injury and have been slowly becoming more active since then.

Check out my monthly round-ups for more details!

Q: How do you stay in shape?

A: My fitness regime has undergone many changes & reiterations over the years. I was a dedicated gym rat before taking up running, pilates, and lifting. These days I love circuit training, core workouts, and classes that range from Pilates to yoga to boxing. I do some form of exercise 5+ days a week and I walk as much as I can, which in San Francisco is a workout in itself. I also get outside whenever possible for hiking, long walks, trail runs, and biking.

I also fully believe that laughing is an excellent workout that strengthens stomach muscles – Especially over drinks. {Bonus points for bottomless mimosas}