Why I Shop Vintage & Consignment

For me, shopping has become a way to express my “green” approach to life, which means that I’ve turned to vintage and consignment stores to get my shopping fix.

It may seem like eco-friendly practices like recycling, composting, and car-sharing have little to do with clothing, but I’ve learned in recent years that they are in fact inextricably linked.

Turns out that behind the glossy magazine covers, glamorous runway shows, gorgeous models, and stores filled with things that I need – The fashion industry has a dirty little secret. After oil & gas, fashion is the second most polluting industry IN THE WORLD.

Watch the documentary The True Cost or read up on the environmental impact of “fast fashion” and I’m sure you’ll be just as horrified as I was and continue to be today.

I made a pact in 2014/2015 to stop contributing to the fast fashion problem. I’m pleased to say that not only did I clean those things out of my closets and donate them, I also almost entirely stopped shopping at places like H&M, Zara, and Forever 21. I decided that I would focus on investment pieces rather than chasing trends or buying every new arrival in my favorite shops.

Quality over quantity.

The result of that decision has been two-fold. Not only do I have a more well-rounded wardrobe of high quality, classic pieces that I’ll keep for years, but I’m also not wasting money on “throw away” clothing that won’t last beyond the current season. I have a full conversation with myself before shopping {not out loud, don’t worry}. I ask whether I can see myself wearing it in two years? Is it something classic that I can see myself handing on to a family member or friend?

Another side effect of this pledge not to support companies that are filling the world with trash, is that I’ve been turning to online vintage and consignment sites, and companies that offer alternatives, like peer-to-peer shopping app Poshmark or clothing rentals from StyleLend or Rent The Runway. These are such great options, you can find huge discounts on designer goodies and brand new pieces that still have tags on them. I’ve also used some of these sites to sell my unused clothing and accessories!

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{You can find Givenchy goodies, like this Antigona satchel, from The Real Real}

Here are a few of my favorite places to shop/rent and my experiences with them:

  • The Real Real – This company is a San Francisco institution as far as I’m concerned. I’ve bought from them and consigned a ton of pieces that were just gathering dust in my closet. In fact – I bought my first Chanel bag from The Real Real! I always wanted one, but balked in the shop when the sales associate started gushing about how soft the lambskin was. For me – A vintage Chanel was the answer, no new lamb was being slaughtered for my bag.
  • Poshmark – You know the dress you bought and never wore? Or shoes that were final sale and you got them home only to realize they didn’t quite fit? You can sell your mistakes or buy someone else’s on the Poshmark app. No muss, no fuss. It’s amazing!
  • StyleLend – If you’re in San Francisco or New York City, you can rent dresses and handbags for an event or even a vacation through StyleLend. Founded in SF and expanded to NY, this company is all about sartorial sustainability.
  • Rent the Runway – Have five weddings to attend this Summer? Rent your outfits instead of buying something you’ll only wear once! I’ve used RTR for years for galas – No need to buy an expensive designer gown for each event, just rent one for the big day!

What’s YOUR favorite way to shop? Have you tried any of these companies?

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MCLV Mange: Vegan Chopped Taco Salad

Time to revamp the sadly neglected MCLV Mange series!

I’ve been cooking up a storm lately and sharing my creations on Instagram and Snapchat – So it’s time to give the blog a little culinary love.

Let’s start this off with an easy-to-make but delicious and satisfying salad.

I go through phases with salads – Sometimes I crave them daily and can’t get enough. And… Sometimes a salad sounds like a terrible waste of dinner.

I’m back in my “gimme gimme” stage with salads though and this avocado-based dressing is a big part of that. This salad is filled with vitamin packed produce, protein, and healthy fats.

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Vegan Chopped Taco Salad {Serves 2}

Salad Ingredients:

  • Romaine lettuce
  • 2 Peppers
  • Handful of cherry tomatoes
  • 1 cup of black beans
  • 1/2 red onion
  • 1/2 avocado

Optional: Add additional protein – Crumbled veggie burger, tofu, tempeh etc.

Dressing Ingredients:

  • 1/2 avocado
  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • 1/3 cup water
  • 1 tbsp lime juice
  • 1/4 tsp cumin
  • Salt & pepper to taste


  • Chop veggies and add to your bowl(s)
  • Top salad with black beans
  • Blend salad dressing ingredients in a food processor or with an immersion blender until smooth, add water, salt & pepper as needed
  • Pour over salad and enjoy!

Note: This dressing is killer! You can double the recipe and save the remainder in an air tight container for 2-3 days.

Stay tuned for the next MCLV Mange installment and check out the previous posts from this series here to see what you’ve missed so far.

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#BeFreeToMove | Lululemon Enlite Sports Bra Launch

I’ve brought up the important of sports bras in the past – Let’s Talk About Sports Bras – And I’m back today to talk about Lululemon’s new Enlite Sports Bra.

I’m a huge fan of Lululemon and of Barry’s Bootcamp, and was thrilled to hear that they were teaming up in the Marina for a little get together to launch the newest brainchild of Lulu – Their years-in-the-making Enlite Sporta Bra.

And what’s the best way to try out a new sports bra? By getting your booty kicked! Enter Barry’s Bootcamp badass Erica who led us all in an intense, sweaty warrior women workout at their Marina location.

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{Yes – I’m vein-y. No – I don’t know why I’m smiling while getting my booty kicked!}

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Fast & Free 7/8 Tights c/o Lululemon

Swiftly Tech Racerback Tank Top c/o Lululemon

Wave Inspire 11 Tennis Shoes – Mizuno

I look for different things in different types of sports bras. For running – I want everything strapped down and basically immobile. It’s rarely pretty, but it gets the job done.

For classes and circuit training workouts, my needs are a little different. Comfort is important, and I’ll never turn away something flattering.

Let’s be honest – A little confidence boosting is hardly ever unwanted in the gym!

So this is where we turn to the Lululemon Enlite Sports Bra. It fits like a bra with a flattering silhouette and eye-catching cross-over straps in the back, but it supports like a medium-to-high impact sports bra.

It’s the best of both worlds!

What’s YOUR favorite brand of sports bra? What makes it the best in your mind?

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Tips to Stay Motivated at the Gym

Staying motivated at the gym isn’t easy. I love working out, but there are still plenty of days where the couch sounds waaay more appealing than sweaty sports bras, guys with no boundaries, and expending energy I don’t have.

But even when it sounds hard or I’m sore or tired or hungry, I can often times motivate myself to get to the gym. Here are my tips that you can try next time you’re not the mood.

Change Your Mentality:

Stop thinking of your workout as auxiliary and thinking of it like you do work – It’s non-negotiable. If you’re hoping to change your life for the better and start living a healthier life, then your workouts and your healthy food aren’t short-term or fad, they’re an important part of your daily life.

And that means you need to change how you think of them. Your workouts are like going to work – Unless you’re sick, you should go. BUT if you’re sore or recovering from an injury, you should definitely listen to your body and adjust accordingly. Killed it the day before on leg day and aren’t up for a Pilates class? Just walk on the treadmill for 20 minutes. Can’t make it to a class across town because you got stuck at the office? Do a little bodyweight workout at home!

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Hold Yourself Accountable:

Find an accountability partner! If you do well with a community, join an online challenge like the ones hosted by Tone It Up or other online trainers.

What I’ve found works well for me is doing weekly, and sometimes daily, check-ins with my best friend. We text pictures, inspiration, and recipes to each other, motivating from a distance. Between social media and one-on-one check-ins there are lots of options to keep yourself inspired, so you can find which way works best for you.

Set Goals:

I’m definitely a Type A personality and I love me some goals. I like lists in general, and nothing thrills me quite like checking something off. Hi – I’m a nerd!

Need some other tips to get you started? Check out these posts on goals and rewarding yourself so you can find a way to make this work for you!

Find Your Inspiration:

I’m an extremely visual person so when I’m feeling tired or unmotivated – I head straight to Pinterest, Instagram, or Snapchat.

I create motivational boards on Pinterest that keep me inspired and remind me what I’m working for each day. Workout Motivation is my favorite!

And I follow some seriously kick ass ladies on Snap and Instagram – A few minutes of looking at killer photos or watching their stories is just the kick in the booty I need to get myself to the gym.

What’s YOUR tried and true way to stay motivated at the gym?

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Giveaway | OrganicGirl Tank

I’m super excited to be here today and to able to offer this fun little OrganicGirl tank top giveaway!

I’ve talked about OrganicGirl before – OrganicGirl | More Greens, Less Fruit – And it’s a company that I regularly support with my own money. Their tagline says it all – Good Clean Greens. It’s a California-based company that offers organic produce – First salads, then salad dressings, and finally juices.

Great products and a message that I can definitely get behind.

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I wanted to give all of you guys a chance to show off your support for OrganicGirl – Enter this giveaway!

I’ve got two unisex tops to give away – Both size medium. The front of the black tank says ‘Go Chard or Go Home’ and the back says ‘Live Life Fresh’ with the OrganicGirl logo. This tank is super cute and flattering, I’ve been wearing mine to the gym!

This is a US-only giveaway so please check out the entering options below. And don’t forget – There are two winners!

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