Looks of the Week

This past week had some beautiful holiday looks, chic outerwear and great daytime outfits that I just had to share. Enjoy the eye candy!

Miss Rosie shows us just how to dress for a casual day out and about. The extras here are the key, on top of slim jeans and a basic sweater she layered a beautiful rust colored cropped leather jacket, a leopard print scarf, slouchy boots and a to DIE for Celine bag.

This isn’t Rosie’s first time showing off a fun twist on a basic leather jacket, check out her gorgeous appearance at a Burberry show earlier this year here.
Basically, you’ve been asleep if you haven’t noticed that 2011 was the year of Rosie – The Frugal Fashionista has her best looks here and Tom & Lorenzo have brilliant and entertaining commentary on her red carpet looks here. Swoon!

Kate Middleton looked gorgeous in velvet Alexander McQueen and stunning diamond jewelry. Beautiful hair, beautiful makeup, just beautiful.


I love this vintage look from fashion blogger Late Afternoon. The pleated white dress, chunky gold jewelry and big Jackie O glasses are perfection.


I'm not always a huge fan of asymmetrical hemlines, but Poppy Delevigne proved here that she can pull just about anything off and this color looks phenomenal on her. The boots were what really caught my eye though, I'm loving rock n' roll touches right now.


I don't usually include editorials in my Looks of the Week posts but I absolutely fell in love with this shot of Kate Beckinsale for Harper's Bazaar Russia. She looks so adorably mod and Spring-y that I couldn't help but feature her. Great color scheme and styling for this shot, I especially adore the white sunnies.


Not only is Hanneli Mustaparta stunning, she puts together a great outfit. Rather than looking like a Halloween caricature in orange and black , she looks chic and stylish. Need those shoes and clutch STAT. Great example of how to pull of the day clutch look, carry another bag for the rest of yours stuff!

And if you’d like to see the opposite of Looks of the Week, head over to Tom & Lorenzo: Fabulous & Opinionated for the Top 15 WORST Celebrity Looks of 2011 – Part I, Part II & Part III.
Hope the rest of your week goes well!
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MCLV’s Make-Up Bag

I’m here today to give you a peek into one of a women’s secret sources of power – Her make-up bag. 🙂

I’ve always loved reading articles like this where celebrities or fashion insiders share their secrets so that I can discover new products and fun tricks to try. I swear, at this point, I’ve tried them all. Eye cream in the refrigerator, a perfume spritz on your hair-tie, tea tree oil on your nail beds, lining inside your eyes with a nude pencil, mixing multiple colors of blush to find the right shade…

My routine has been refined after years of trying new products and squeezed down to the bare essentials. Yes, I still love to play with makeup and a night when I get to do a smokey eye is a good night, but when you start work at 4:30am less is more in the preparation department.

Repeat offenders: These are the products that I use daily. It may have been all that time in Italy, but I rarely leave the house without putting myself together completely, which includes at least some of following basics: Laura Mercier Undercover Pot in UC-1, Benefit BADgal Mascara in Rich Black, Urban Decay 24/7 Glide-On Pencils in Crash & 1999, Bare Escentuals Blush in Fruit Cocktail, Laura Mercier Eyebrow Pencil in Blonde & an eyelash curler.


Other products in rotation: Tarte Amazonian Clay 12-Hour Blush in Tipsy,  Tarte Liquid Liner, Chanel Inimitable Mascara in Noir, and Chanel Precision Eye Definer in Demonic or Coffee Bean.

Lotions: BagBalm, L’Occitane & Josie Maran Organic Argan Oil. I’m completely addicted to hand lotions so I’m practically a connoisseur after years of trying different brands.

Perfume: Chanel’s Coco Mademoiselle – I keep a mini Coco roller ball in my purse and another in my desk. I talked about the evolution of my scent over the years here if you’re interested in learning more about how I ended up with this perfume.

In case of emergency: There are some extras I carry with me juuust in case. Who knows, you might have to run to an impromptu event after work and need to whip yourself into shape in only a few minutes. A dramatic eye is my go-to for dressing up so I always have the following extras on hand: Yves Saint Laurent Ombres Vibration Duo, Laura Mercier Eye Liner in Black Ebony, and Chanel Ombre Paupieres Eyeshadow in 747. This last one is a liquid eye base that comes in a phenomenal bronze color and can easily be used on lips, eyes and cheeks so it’s ideal if you can only fit one product in your bag. A MUST have. And last but not least, a kick @$$ red lipstick – Chanel Trois Facettes in Wildrose with the most amazing gloss ever, Chanel Levres Scintillantes Glossimer in Galactic.

I hope you’ll be tempted to try some of these, I really can’t recommend them highly enough. Now tell me, what do you keep in your makeup bag?

Also see – MCLV’s Medicine Cabinet

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Holiday Preparation & Execution

Sometimes pictures speak louder than words. And when your holiday prep encompasses everything from baking sugar cookies to putting up decoration to holiday themed workouts (which you’re watching – not participating in), pictures are definitely the less painful way to go.


My personal hero, Gina!


What? You don’t have footie PJs?

I hope that everyone had a safe, fun-filled holiday weekend. One more week until New Years Eve – what are your plans?
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Links You’ll Love

Merry Christmas kiddies! Whether you’re killing time until your next engagement, avoiding your family or nursing a hangover, here are some great links to check out.

Happy holidays!


Garance Dore discusses the controversy around Karlie Kloss’s Italian Vogue cover & editorial. I agree with Garance, after you watch the video its hard to blame Photoshop, she really is just a thin, thin girl. The question is, how thin is too thin? (Note: the video & photographs on the Vogue Italia site contain nudity)

Time for Spring 2012 LOOKBOOKS! Are you ready? Madewell, H&M, Club Monaco and Zara.

Miss Miranda just can’t stop putting together fabulous looks this year. She looks chic and down-to-earth at the airport, looks adorable in a quilted leather motorcycle jacket running errands and she cleans up nice for red carpet events.

What are your favorite fashion blogs? Do you like the bigger sites with advertising and lots of contributers like FabSugar, Mama’s A Rolling Stone, WhoWhatWear, Fashionology, Fashionista and Stylist or do you like smaller sites with personal pictures like OnTheRacks, Song of Style, All the Pretty Birds, Late Afternoon, The Sartorialist and Garance Dore? What’s your favorite fashion-related blog?


An amazingly inspirational story at the No Meat Athlete – A Thanksgiving Transformation: Katie’s Story. After a holiday season spent eating until she felt sick she reevaluated her life and made some drastic changes, and got some drastic results.

Cold Weather Running Tips from the No Meat Athlete, Tips for Outdoor Winter Exercise from FitSugar and At Home Workouts that you can do over the holidays from Prevention.com. Or, if you’re in a festive, holiday mood, try the Santa Baby workout from the ladies over at ToneItUp.

You read everywhere that breakfast is the most important meal of the day and that to have a healthy diet you should never skip it, but what do the experts eat? What Do Nutritionists Eat For Breakfast?


Reasons to own a jump rope from FitSugar, and if you’re still not convinced read what Sports Illustrated model Bar Refaeli and Victoria’s Secret model Doutzen Kroes have to say about jumping rope.

*MCLV for Pinterest

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I’d like to take a moment to say THANK YOU to everyone for your support of Moi Contre La Vie. Specifically, I’d like to thank you all for helping me get to 10,000 hits this week. 🙂

I started Moi Contre La Vie in early Spring of this year and it has been an unbelievable experience to finally put into words all of my likes, loves, obsessions and of course my unsolicited opinions & judgments. It has been challenging and oh so rewarding.

So thank you for your support over the last new months and here’s to all the months to come!

Happy Holidays


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