Hippie Chic

With the Coachella weekends swiftly approaching and people planning their trips out to Southern California, I thought that I’d show a little hippie love with some bohemian-inspired outfits to get you in the mood.

Rule #1:

Don’t forget your boots!

As the reigning queen of music festival-chic, Her Highness Kate Moss never forgets to bring her boots. They’re key for tramping around between sets, especially given the erratic weather patterns this time of year and the random, unannounced Spring showers.

Hippie Chic Kate Moss Festival Fashion Boho Bohemian

And in honor of The Queen, here’s outfit suggestion numero un – You’ll need  some flattering, tiny shorts, a loose tunic, low slung belt, Hunter Boots, a cross-body bag and hippie accessories like feathers and layered chains.

Rule #2:

Whether you’re a fan of aviators or Wayfarers, don’t forget to pack a couple of pairs of sunglasses for your trip.

Choosing a pair of shades that suits your face can be a challenge, but once you settle on your favorite style you can spice up your look by trying out everything from black & white zebra prints to classic black to tortoiseshell.

The lovely Kate Bosworth is always at the top of the Best Dressed lists after a music festival weekend and here’s yet another example of just how she makes her hippilicious outfits work. This outfit illustrates just how important sunglasses are, both to complete your look and to keep your eyes healthy and safe in the sun!

To put together similar look you should keep it simple and try a summery romper that’s spiced up with lace-up sandals, hoop earrings, a saddle bag and your favorite sunglasses!

Rule #3:

Layer on those accessories!

The extras are incredibly important when you’re putting together a fun boho look – You can try adding anything from the handbags and jewelry to headbands and hats. So when in doubt, pile on the hippie accessories!

Celebrities really know how to do the hippie chic look right by complementing their outfits with colorful headscarves, floral headbands, fringed pieces, hobo bags, braids, draped vests, and oversized vintage sunglasses.

For this kind of outfit you can’t go wrong with faded or distressed skinnies, a basic tank, flat Peter Pan-inspired booties, and then pile on all the hippie accessories that you can get your hands on.

Rule #4:

Why not be an undercover stunner on this trip?

Avoid sunburn and disastrous fading and bleaching of your hair by adding an oh-so-chic hat to your ensemble. A floppy, oversized felt hat like below goes really well with a floaty, low-key maxi, while a brimmed fedora will complement a more structured separates look better.

Vanessa Hudgens {anyone seen Sucker Punch?} definitely knows how to stay cool in the summer heat. Believe me when I say that the Southern California sun can be pretty punishing, so please be sure to pack both your hat and sunglasses!

Try mixing up your hippie chic look by pairing a flowy, ethereal maxi dress or maxi skirt with strappy flat sandals, vintage gold chains, and a fedora or wide-brimmed hat.

{Images from Hippie Chic & Festival Fashion}

Now run off and enjoy the music loves, and don’t forget your sunscreen!

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Smoothie Love

My first meal at least five days a week is a smoothie. It’s a great way to get easily digestible whole foods first thing in the morning and is an especially nutritious way to hydrate after a sweaty AM workout.

As the early morning workers at my office can attest, my smoothies are either green, or not. “Not” encompassing a wide range of colors, from purple to a delightful dirty snow/sludge color, depending on what I add to my own personal Frankenstein’s Monster of a drink.

I never follow a recipe and my ingredients are usually based on my mood and what’s in the immediate vicinity. Below are a variation of my green and my “not” smoothie.

Green Smoothie:

  • 3 cups of spinach
  • Coconut water as needed
  • 1 scoop of Sun Warrior protein – Vanilla flavor (ridiculously expensive, but after extensive personal research I’ve found that this works best for me, you can obviously substitute the protein powder of your choice)
  • 1 tsp Maca
  • 1 apple (I’m on a Pink Lady kick, even the name is cute!)
  • Fresh lemon juice
  • Cinnamon
  • Ice cubes

“Not” Smoothie:

  • 1 banana or apple
  • 2-3 cups of fresh or frozen mixed berries
  • 1 scoop of Sun Warrior protein
  • Water as needed (I like the natural tanginess of the berries so I use plain water, but if you prefer a sweeter smoothie feel free to substitute coconut water or aloe vera juice)
  • Dash of cinnamon & maca
  • 1 tbsp chia seeds
  • Ginger
  • Ice cubes

Breakdown of properties in these ingredients:

Spinach: As with many leafy greens, spinach is high in antioxidants, Vitamin A, B2, B6, C, E, K, magnesium, manganese, folate, iron, calcium, folic acid, potassium, protein and omega-3 fatty acids. Spinach is most easily absorbed by the body when consumed simultaneously with a good source of Vitamin C, such as lemon juice or berries. If you’re not a spinach convert, try adding a few leaves of romaine lettuce, collard greens or kale.

Coconut Water: Coconut water provides simple sugars, electrolytes and minerals, naturally replenishing your body’s hydration. It’s tasty, refreshing and perfect after a workout. If you don’t love the taste, popular brands O.N.E., Vita and Zico offer flavors like passionfruit and pineapple.  [Note: Coconut water and coconut milk are two VERY different beverages. Coconut water is found inside a coconut, while coconut milk is produced by pressing liquid out of ground coconut meat, which means that it is much higher in fat and calories.]

Maca: Touted as a “superfood” maca is a Peruvian root, usually ground and sold as a powder. Maca contains amino acids, calcium, phosphorous, zinc, magnesium, iron and Vitamins B1, B2, B12, C & E. Maca affects the endocrine functions of the body and the benefits can range from hormone stabilization to digestion to sexual function and fertility.

Cinnamon: Not only is this spice tasty, it has been used to combat colds, nausea, menstrual pain and digestive distress in eastern medicine for years. It’s also believed to help with circulation and have anti-inflammatory and anti-clotting properties. Chemically cinnamon contains calcium, iron, fiber and Vitamins C & K.

Apples: “An apple a day keeps the doctor away!” Well… It can’t hurt, right? Apples are high in antioxidants and fiber and studies show that they may help reduce the risk of various forms of cancer (like prostate, lung & colon).

Berries: Different berries have different nutritional benefits, but across the board they’re high in antioxidants, vitamins, minerals and fiber. They’re thought to be beneficial in the fighting of different types of cancer, boost cardiovascular functions and improve vision.

Bananas: In additional to adding great taste and texture to smoothies, bananas add a healthy dose of Vitamins B6, C, manganese and potassium. Similar to the health benefits listed above for apples and berries, bananas contain vitamins and minerals which may help the body ward off various types of cancer.

Chia Seeds: Yes, as in Chia Pets. Consumption of this Aztec superfood is on the rise in the United States with books like Born To Run advertising the unique  properties and amazing benefits. Chia seeds contain protein, phosphorus, manganese, calcium, potassium and sodium, similar to other seeds, but are completely atypical in their reaction to water. Add them to any liquid and leave for 20+ minutes and you’ll return to find a glass full of a gelatinous substance not unlike tapioca. Now imagine adding dry seeds to your stomach. That’s what the ancients are said to have done, subsisting on teaspoons of chia seeds for days at a time. There are some other great recipes that include chia seeds, which I’ll touch on at a later time.

Ginger: To be honest, I can’t stand ginger. But given its rock star benefits, I needed to find a way to get a little ginger in my life. And luckily for me, the tart berries and spices in this smoothie make the ginger barely detectable. Ginger has been used as a natural remedy for a host of ailments, including: ovarian cancer treatment, colon cancer prevention, heartburn, menstrual cramps, inflammation, migraines and relieving digestive/stomach conditions like morning and motion sickness.

Benefits of smoothies:

  • By blending the fruits & vegetables you’re breaking down the tough outer cells of the plants and making the nutrients more easily accessible to your body, reducing the amount of work your body wastes on digestion
  • Tasty way to hydrate your body first thing in the morning, especially if gulping down water isn’t your favorite AM activity
  • If you’re not a fan of breakfast, this is a great way to get in multiple servings of fruits & vegetables in a quick and painless way
  • Like soup, you can add whatever ingredients you have available: nut butter, strawberries, spirulina, almond milk, frozen veggies, carrots, celery, cashews… Clean out your fridge!
  • If you don’t love greens and have trouble getting your daily recommended amount, you can add them to a smoothie and just get it over with!

Now go forth MCLV readers, power up your blender,s and make me proud!

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Spring Must Haves

 

It’s that time again…

Time to break out the sunscreen. Time to start hitting the gym to prepare for bathing suit season. And time to pull your spring clothes out of the depths of your closet and put them back into rotation.

Luckily for consumers, each season has a handful of predictable silhouettes, colors, fabrics and trends each year. Spring will always be a time for lightening up your color palette, showing some skin and pulling out your sunnies. Read on for some of-the-moment trends and perennial favorites that you should live in this Spring.

Stripes

This may be a given, but classic is classic. Nautical is virtually always in for Spring, and this year is no exception. Shots from the Celine and Fendi Spring 2011 shows below give us some juicy ideas for how to update our stripes for Spring.

From bikinis to accessories to dresses, stripes are a refreshing way to greet the improving weather. You can pair a striped piece with a mostly solid look to get your feet wet, but stripes on stripes is always fun too!

TOMS Canvas Wedge - $70 @ Nordstrom

Drop-Waist Silk Top - $80 @ BCBG

Velvet by Graham & Spencer Nettice Honolulu Tie Dye Knotted Dress - $155 @ Bloomingdale's

Coach Poppy Legacy Stripe Wristlet - $50 @ Lord & Taylor

Maxi Dresses

A maxi dress in a printed, light-weight fabric worn with sandals just screams great weather to me, and longer lengths are all the rage this season.

Diane Von Furstenberg Spring 2011 Ready-To-Wear

I like to keep accessories to a minimum with this style so that the dress is really the centerpiece of the look. Try adding bangles or an armband, but don’t over do it. Whether you prefer stripes, solids, patterns or black & white, you’ll find something to suit your every stylish whim.

Aqua Tribal Print Twist Back Maxi - $90 @ Bloomingdale's

Lace Kaftan Sleeve Maxi Dress - $50 @ Asos.com

Velvet Touch Racerback Maxi Dress - $50 @ Nordstrom

Color Blocking
  
This is a fun style that allows you to add splashes of color to your Spring wardrobe, which is especially nice if going head-to-toe neon isn’t your style but you do want to lighten things up.
 

Prada - Spring 2011 RTW

 
Draw inspiration from Prada and go bright, or tone down your colors and use this trend as a stepping stone for getting comfortable with lots of color. As a devotee of black, color blocking is parfait pour moi because I can add some color in a subtle and chic way, without getting too far out of my comfort zone.
 

MARC BY MARC JACOBS Colorblock Bolt Bangle - $70 @ Bloomingdale's

Sparkle & Fade Colorblock Top - $55 @ Urban Outfitters

Jay Godfrey 'Ferguson' Colorblock Dress - $400 @ Nordstrom

LWD

Francisco Costa is the king of minimalist chic, and his gorgeous white designs for Spring 2011 were no exception.

The Little White Dress is a staple for spring, especially in fun fabrics like crochet, terry cloth, knit, lace and linen. Throw one over a bathing suit for the perfect pool-side coverup or pair with color block sandals and some bangles and head out the door.

Twisted Bias-Neck Dress - $110 @ BCBG

Juicy Couture Lace-Trim Ruffled Micro Terry Dress - $150 @ Bloomingdale's

Yumi Vintage Cotton Slip Dress - $35 @ Asos.com

Suzi Chin Maggy Boutique Crochet Dress - $140 @ Nordstrom

Cropped Pants

Vena Cava showed us just how to wear cropped pants on the Spring 2011 RTW runway, presenting slim, slouchy, rolled and pajama-style versions.

This is one of my favorite styles and the cut is perfect for Spring. Wear yours in bright neon, rolled denim, skinny black, crisp khaki… So many choices, only so many days of Spring!

7/8 Tailored Slim Leg Pants - $50 @ Asos.com

BCBGeneration Cropped Twill Pant - $100 @ BCBG

Citizens of Humanity Thompson Twill Jeans in Picante - $160 @ Bloomingdale's

Brights
 
 
 
Take a cue from Jill Sander’s Spring 2011 RTW show, pictured above, and break out the bright colors and neon accessories.

Juicy Couture Plastic Watch - $200 @ Nordstrom

MICHAEL Michael Kors Gold-Tone Zip Dress - $120 @ Bloomingdale's

ASOS Seamed Hot Pants - $45 @ Asos.com

70s Style

When I think of 70’s fashion my mind immediately flashes through a handful of images. From Bianca Jagger to Pucci kaftans to Diane Von Furstenberg wap dresses to boldly printed head scarves.

Those of you in the mood for a little nostalgia this spring are in luck, the 70’s are back in full swing. Use Marc Jacob’s Spring 2011 show as inspiration, like the flowing, gauzy gown and floral headpiece above.

Vero Moda Pleated '70s Dress - $75 @ Asos.com

UO Paisley Headscarf - $25 @ Urban Outfitters

Bianca Jumpsuit - $120 @ Rachel Roy

Horizon Sunglasses - $80 @ Michael Stars

Oversized '70s Floppy Straw Hat - $35 @ Asos.com

 
And if you’re like me and love Gwyneth Paltrow, take a look at the Frugal Fashionista’s take on Gwyneth’s Spring 2011 must haves from her GOOP website here.
 
Happy hunting fashionistas!

 

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Getting Sweaty

 

I’m talking about working out.

Even better, what to wear while you’re working out. Obviously, some activities may impose specific dress codes, but here are some of my personal suggestions and recommendations for the basics.

Cross Trainers/Running Shoes

For shorter runs and trips to the gym, I usually don my Vibram Five Fingers.

Worshipped by barefoot runners the world over, these “shoes” are essentially a rubber sole strapped to your feet with velcro. I mentioned these briefly here and will admit that after reading Born To Run I immediately ran right out and bought them, anxious to see what all the fuss was about. I was especially interested in seeing how they could change my running style and posture.

“A lot of foot and knee injuries that are currently plaguing us are actually caused by people running with shoes that actually make our feet weak, cause us to over-pronate, give us knee problems. Until 1972, when the modern athletic shoe was invented by Nike, people ran in very thin-soled shoes, had strong feet, and had much lower incidence of knee injuries.” Dr. Daniel Lieberman, Harvard University

It makes sense to me that without a thick sole to confuse your feet, they’ll naturally realign themselves with your hips and shoulders and your gait will become natural and gazelle-like. Ok, maybe not gazelle-like, but I am impressed by how much cleaner my running feels when I wear these. You’re more aware of the ground and your stride and your feet, so there’s less bumbling around like a bear just out of hibernation (picture Yogi and you’re not far off from how I look running).

However, for longer runs I like to have a bit more cushion than the oh-so-thin Vibrams can offer.

Enter Brooks Green Silence.

I had read about these eco-gems from an environmental standpoint (entirely sustainable & recycled materials) and was impressed, but the real selling point was when I read that Ultramarathoner Scott Jurek wears these babies (No Meat Athlete Jurek interview). These are thin enough that you’re not hindered by over cushioning, but thick enough that lots of pounding wont leave your poor feet bruised and tender after hitting the road.

Tops & Bottoms

While I have Gap and Zara t-shirts and Old Navy yoga pants galore, my all time favorite gear is from Raw Threads. Their products use bamboo and organic cotton, so they’re made of natural, environmentally friendly materials. My favorite bottoms are the Running Crop Pant in black, they’re comfortable, cute and dry out really quickly after a run.

I usually stick to black or white shirts when I plan to get sweaty (sweat stains – Coco would not approve). Below are two of my current favorites, the first from Raw Threads, the second ordered from Cafe Press after a vegan Christmas dinner and too much wine.

Fueled by Plants - 100% organic cotton

Vegan by day, deadly ninja by night

People always laugh when I run by in this second shirt and trust me, nothing helps motivate a run more than laughter!

Extras

I’m not big on gadgets and was cautioned by my running guru not to put stress on myself by anchoring my “success” to a number on a little screen. His advice for me as a new runner was to just go out and run, no goals, no timing myself, no feelings of failure for not living up to my expectations. He was adamant that running is an entirely a mental game and that by putting unnecessary pressures on myself, I had already lost. So rather than use GPS or a pedometer, I use Map My Run after a new run to gauge my distance.

Now go out and get sweaty!

“You don’t stop running because you get old.  You get old because you stop running.”  Born to Run

 

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Blogger Confessions

Welcome to the new Blogger Confessions series! Get ready for some funny, embarrassing little confessions…

  • I don’t own an iron and can’t remember the last time I did my own laundry.
  • My cat Bones is my favorite man in the world. He cuddles just the right amount, runs to the door when I get home to say hi, and never talks back.
  • Sometimes I eat nothing but potato chips for days at a time. Potato chips and wine.
  • I can’t stand Matthew McConaughey. Yes, I have principles when it comes to romantic comedies.
  • I’m a reformed nail bitter and flying is the only thing that still causes me to start chomping on my nails again.

* Note: The concept for my Les Confessions post (which will become a semi-regular offender) was lovingly adopted from the adorable, hysterical, chocolate-coated Jenna at Eat, Live, Run. To see her original Confessions of a Food Blogger posts, please visit her site. 

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