Spring Style Round-Up

It’s finally starting to feel more like Spring around these parts, which means pushing the outerwear towards the back of the closet and bringing out dresses, lightweight layers, and some more color. One of the benefits of tending towards more classic styles is that you can repeat pieces season after season. Here’s a round-up of some of my favorite Spring styles from the last few years to get you in a sunny frame of mind!

Classic Summer Style Little White Dress Winter White Spring Style Trendy Mondays San Francisco Fashion Blogger Street Style

{The Little White Dress never goes out of style. I love this sleeveless version with pockets! Similar styles here, here, and here.}

Spring Fashion Trends Stripes Fringe Poncho Cape Overalls Pinafore Wearable Technology Prints Mixing & Matching San Francisco Fashion Food Fitness Beauty Lifestyle Blogger Street Style Shopping Online Fashion

{While I’m not really the denim overall wearing type, I do love a good pinafore. For me the key is picking one in a neutral, easy to style hue like black, white, or nude.}

Le Tote Black and White Printed Wrap Dress San Francisco Bay Area Fashion Food Fitness Lifestyle Blogger Street Style

{Nothing says let’s play outside quite like a printed wrap dress – I adore this version!}

Summer Dresses Polka Dots San Francisco Fashion Blogger Street Style

{Midi length dresses are a favorite of mine this time of year – I love polka dots, stripes, prints, and solids!}

Printed Shift Dress Bay Area San Francisco Fashion Fitness Food Lifetstyle Blogger Street Style

{Colorful prints and Springy shift dresses are my go-to on weekends during Spring and Summer.}

What’s YOUR go-to style this time of year? Or do you change it up every season?

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Improving Your Outlook & Increasing Positivity

You know those shiny, happy people who make everyone around them feel like a dark, ominous cloud? Well, I’ve never been one of them. While I wouldn’t necessarily call myself a pessimist, I might not be the most positive or optimistic person there ever was.

Cards on the table. I’m a high-strung, Type A personality who works long hours in a high stress, fast-paced environment. I don’t like to wait. I don’t like people who walk slowly. I don’t like it when things don’t go exactly according to my carefully laid plans.

It has been pointed out to me that perhaps my outlook could use some refreshing. Oh, and that I need to calm down & relax. Fine.

While the responsibilities and obligations of adulthood make being completely carefree a challenge for many of us, it may still be a worthwhile goal.

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So with that being said, I’m embarking on an odyssey to improve my quality of life by being more positive on a daily basis. Changing how you initially react to things isn’t easy, but I’m committed.

And what – You ask – Does this entail?

Be grateful:

How can you appreciate new things as they come into your life if you don’t acknowledge all the wonderful things that you already have?

  • I have an amazing family – They’re completely insane, yes, but they’re also warm, loving, supportive and loyal. Plus I kind of love the insane part.
  • I have unbelievable friends – I have met some truly amazing people during my life, from my best friend in junior high & high school who I don’t get to see as often as I like, to the girls that adopted me in college and without whom I wouldn’t be who I am today, to my work & blogging friends who make my daily life much more enjoyable.
  • I live in a gorgeous city that I adore – Just seeing the views from my office building each day puts a smile on my face.
  • I’m lucky to have a challenging job in an interesting field where I’m surrounded by intelligent, well-educated, hard-working people.
  • And, perhaps most importantly, I have a partner who makes me laugh, pushing me out of my comfort zone, and always encourages me to relax, look on the bright side, and roll with the punches.

Realize what matters:

Does it really matter if you wait a few minutes for a friend to meet you for dinner? Does it really matter if every little detail of a weekend is planned out or goes according to those plans? Nope.

What matters is being able to enjoy yourself, and when you’re filled with stress and anxiety about things you can’t control, you’re not enjoying yourself. In fact, you’re probably giving yourself ulcers.

  • Accept what you can and cannot control
  • Realize that the journey, even filled with roadblocks & speed bumps, is just as important as where you end up
  • Find joy in the little things – Singing along to a great song. Sharing a meal with someone you care about. Laughing with a friend. Finishing an amazing book. These are just as important as the big things and deserve to be savored.
  • Make time for love. All the songs can’t be wrong, right? Whether you’re having dinner with your family, falling in love for the first time, or just filling your day with people and experiences you love, make sure not to underestimate how important love is.

Find Inspiration:

Find something that reminds you to cherish what you have. It could be different for everyone, but for me, I love hearing what other people have to say. Reading books and blogs about gratitude, watching inspirational YouTube videos or Instagram stories, enjoying a silly motivational video, will make me appreciate what I have all the more.

“There is nothing to hold you back except yourself. There is only one question to ask yourself here: “What would you do if you were not afraid?” Think about it.”

Be positive!

Are YOU a positive person? Do you have a tip or recommendation to be more positive?

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MCLV Style | My Current Uniform

I talked about my classic and somewhat minimal approach to fashion and style recently. In general, I’d rather have fewer high quality pieces that fit perfectly into my wardrobe than fast fashion trends that get tossed after one wear. {You can read more about my thoughts on fast fashion here – Why I Shop Vintage and Consignment}

This week, I’m sharing an example of my “uniform.” No, I’m not Steve Jobs-ing it up and wearing the exact same thing every day. Though I have to admit, that’s definitely tempting some days. 🙂

What I mean by uniform is that I wear a variation on a similar style most of my days off. While I adore dresses and will be back in full dress mode as soon as the weather warms up, this time of year is all about pants for me.

Specifically – Slim fitting pants and tunics.

My Current Uniform Black and White Stripes Minimal Minimalist San Francisco Bay Area Fashion Food Fitness Lifestyle Blogger Street Style

Skinny Crop Pants – Who What Wear from Target

Black & White Striped Tunic – BP from Nordstrom

Longline Vest – Soia & Kyo from Nordstrom

Black Slides – Steve Madden

Gucci Soho Crossbody Bag – The Real Real

My Current Uniform Black and White Stripes Minimal Minimalist San Francisco Bay Area Fashion Food Fitness Lifestyle Blogger Street Style

{Photography by J. Villarete Photography}

 

I’m always on the lookout for a great pair of pants. I’m extremely picky about how things fit on my waist and since I have muscular, athletic legs, I try not to end up at the skin-tight end of the slim fitting pants spectrum. These Who What Wear for Target pants are great. I was looking for my favorite deodorant and spotted these, and had to try them on. I was surprised by the quality and the fit, both of which were great. They also come in an army green version which I may have to pick up. And here I simply paired them with a classic striped tunic and a longline vest for layering.

Do YOU have a uniform?

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Skin Care Junkie | Self Tan Luxe Facial Oil

In my last Skin Care Junkie post I shared my Daily Beauty Routine. In the pictures you may have seen this golden product, but I thought it deserved it’s own post. Enter – The St. Tropez Self Tan Luxe Facial OilThis product is genuinely amazing, and swiftly became of my favorites.

Skin Care Junkie St. Tropez Self Tan Luxe Facial Oil San Francisco Bay Area Fashion Food Fitness Lifestyle Blogger Skin Care Beauty Skincare

Application:

When I stumbled on the St. Tropez Self Tan Luxe Facial oil, I was looking for a quick alternative to a self tanning mousse that takes an hour, or more, to develop. With this facial oil, all you do is add a few drops to your skin on top of your moisturizer and voila! Instant healthy, bronzed glow.

Immediate Results:

The first time I used this I was amazed by the results. It was practically instantaneous and immediately gave me a healthy, fresh face. Sometimes tanners can be drying, even giving your skin the appearance of streaks or peeling skin. But this facial oil brings out the best in your skin, leaving a hydrated, glowing face.

Thoughts:

There isn’t a heavy smell like with a standard tanning product, the oil visibly hydrates the skin, and there’s no risk of putting on too much. If you think you added too much color, just wash your face and start over.

This facial oil falls somewhere between skin care and make-up, and is going to be a staple for me going forward. It

Have YOU tried a self-tan facial oil?

Are you a big fan of skin care and beauty products? Check out some of my other Skin Care Junkie posts: Alaska Glacial Mud Mask, Sibu Sea Berry Seed Oil, Musely Hydrogel Eye Mask, Raw Beauty & Coconut Oil, Natural Beauty & Hair Products, Mix Rx Apothecary Collection, Balanced Guru Facial Toner, FRE Skin Care, HerStyler Hair Styling Products, Favorite Anti-Aging ProductsTravel BeautyCurrent Beauty Must Haves & Daily Beauty Routine.

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Calming Night Routine

After sharing my tips and suggestion for waking up early, I thought an updated nighttime routine post was in order. It’s hard to wake up early unless you get enough sleep, which means going to bed early. This is my calming night routine that helps get me ready for bed so that I get a good night sleep.

Wind Down: I have an alarm that goes off at 8pm. Whatever we’re doing, we stop and start to prepare for bed. The TV goes off, the laptop gets closed, the phone goes down.

By setting this specific time to begin our winding down, we avoid the trap of “just one more episode” or “as soon as I finish this last thing.” Those excuses can go on forever, so put yourself in a position to not be able to make excuses.

Yours doesn’t have to be 8pm, I know that’s early for a lot of people, but it gives us time to go through our nightly rituals.

Calming Night Routine Beauty Skin Care San Francisco Bay Area Fashion Food Fitness Lifestyle Blogger

{Caudalie Instant Foaming Cleanser + VanityPlanet Cleanse, Exfoliate & Massage Ultimate Skin Spa System}

Lights: Right at 8pm, when all the electronics go off, I also start to dim and turn off lights. When you body receives light, it thinks “daytime!” because for a millennia, we didn’t have lamps and TVs, and light meant the sun was out which meant you were supposed to be awake. {If you’re interested in learning more about this phenomenon, you should read Lights Out}

So start to get your body ready by dimming lights and if you use your phone or a notebook to read, download a red screen app like Twilight that can help filter out the light.

Rituals: My nighttime skin care routine is very calming and just by starting it, I begin to feel relaxed. The movements of applying the products are connected to my nighttime routine, so my body starts to loosen up immediately. I’ve especially found that I LOVE using my VanityPlanet Cleanse, Exfoliate & Massage Ultimate Skin Spa System with a gentle cleanser like Caudalie’s Instant Foaming Cleanser,it is a perfect, relaxing little ritual.

The smells of your skin care products can be very relaxing as well as the movements of applying them, or you can set up an essential oil diffuser and try lavender or a sleepy time formula.

Relax: Calming myself down each night is two-fold, I need to relax my body and turn off my brain.

  • For my body I like Epsom salt bathes, stretching, and taking a magnesium supplement like Natural Calm.
  • For my mind, it’s all about meditation. There’s really no substitute. You can more about that here if you’re interested.

Do YOU have a calming nighttime routine?

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