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Fashion:

Already stocking up on looks for next spring? Check out what the insiders have to say here. And definitely don’t forget to check out Banana Republic’s Spring 2012 collection, after the great Mad Men inspired fall collection they put together¬†some very sweet 60’s looks for spring.

Check out how some of your favorite models dress for Halloween here. Scary. ūüôā

Harper’s Bazaar tells you How to Build Your Perfect Wardrobe for Fall.

Need a glam cocktail frock or some hippie-licious accessories for fall? Look no further than TopShop!

Sneak Peek: Topshop Holiday 2011 Collection

Head over to TLo for some pretty! Love Keira, love.

Health/Fitness:

When people ask you how you are, do you respond with “busy,” “crazy, busy” or “busy, but good?” Read this. STAT.

Healthy tips from the Victoria’s Secret ladies here. Are you drinking enough? Water, that is…

Are Gut Bacteria in Charge? As someone with IBS, my answer is a resounding YES, but I’ll let you decide for yourself…

4 Secrets To Never Getting Sick РJust in time for fall!

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Workwear

Here are a few quick shots of some work outfits that I’ve thrown together over the past few weeks. Apologies in advance for my atrocious¬†photography skills, taking pictures of yourself is one of those things you don’t realize the difficulty of until you attempt it. And fail. ūüôā I promise better pictures as soon as my new roommate moves to San Francisco though (he’ll looooove helping with that).¬†

Patterns and brights are a great way to spice up a dull Wednesday. Sometimes I wear silver with this dress, but I haven’t been able to get enough of my vintage gold jewelry these days so I stacked up mix n’ match bracelets.

 

 

 

This midi length looks great with T-straps, it creates a sort of modern twist on a retro army nurse

 

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Want to Achieve Gym Goddess Status?

A friend of mine, and one of the original MCLV¬†readers & supporters, came to me with a request a few weeks ago. Could I provide her with some pointers for how to spend her gym time so that she’d be getting the best results? In the past six months she visited¬†a nutritionist to assist with digestive issues, changed her eating habits and, with her husband, began eating a primarily plant-based diet. As she is working on stabilizing her diet, she also¬†wants to start working on getting back into fighting shape after a brief hiatus from the gym.

With her blessing, I’m going to do a short series on her progress and how well she’s been doing with her new regime, which is easily adaptable for most beginners.

*Note: As Liz did, please talk to your doctor before beginning a new fitness routine.

Day 1:

      10 minute elliptical warm up (level 7/incline 7 minimum)

      3 rounds:

  • ¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬† ¬†5 push-ups (on knees if necessary)
  • ¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬† 10 sit-ups (chin up to ceiling)
  • ¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬† 20 seconds plank
  • ¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬† 25 jumping jacks (clap at the top)

      5 minute stationary bike warm-down

      Stretching

The purpose of this workout was to gauge Liz’s capabilities and determine how far she could be pushed. She was enthusiastic, worked really hard and by round 3 she was starting to get tired, which is perfect.

Day 2:

10 minute cardio warm up – elliptical (level 7/incline 7 minimum)

  • 20 crunchies
  • 20 bicycles
  • 20 leg lifts

5 minutes cardio – stair master (a fast pace, but not exhausting)

  • 20 crunchies
  • 20 bicycles
  • 20 leg lifts

5 minutes cardio – stationary bike (a fast pace, but not exhausting)

  • 20 crunchies
  • 20 bicycles
  • 20 leg lifts

10 minute cardio warm down – elliptical

Of the three workouts the first week this was the one that made Liz the most sore, it also made it clear that we needed to do some serious core exercises to give her the basic strength that she needs to stabilize herself during other workouts. For example, you need to have a certain level of strength through your core before things like heavy overhead weights or kettlebell swings are attempted so that back injuries don’t occur.

Day 3

10 minute cardio warm up (a fast pace – you shouldn’t be able to¬†carry on a conversation well)¬†

5 rounds:

  • 10 squat jumps
  • 10 lunges (each leg)
  • 10 mountain climbers (each leg)

10 minute cardio warm down

The first week we stuck with just the three small workouts so that the introduction would be fairly painless and so that Liz wouldn’t be too sore to work even harder the next week.

Something to keep in mind when you begin a new workout regime is spacing your workouts and incorporating rest days in order to stave off exhaustion or overuse of muscle groups. See The Fitnessista’s take on Rest Days here, FitSugar’s advice here¬†and Fitbie’s moderation suggestions here.

Also, please¬†remember the importance of stretching to keep yourself limber and uninjured, see David Kirsch’s take¬†here. Interested in some safety tips for beginners? Please check out Sparkpeople.com.

Stay tuned for week #2!

Disclaimer: I am not a trainer nor do I have any certifications associated with physical fitness, I’m just an enthusiast who has worked out alone or with coaches & trainers since the age of 6. I am lucky enough to¬†have access to¬†a handful of blogs, websites¬†and trainers to answer my questions though, including the talented Gina at The Fitnessista and my boyfriend who is a certified CrossFit¬†instructor. The workouts above and the ones to come are recommendations based on a specific individual’s needs and abilities, they should not be followed blindly or attempted without the consent of a doctor.

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Style File: Olivia Palermo

I have to confess that when I was googling Miss Palermo’s look from her guest stint on Project Runway (which I only¬†knew about because TLo posted pictures here)¬†I had to look¬†her up on Wikipedia because, here’s the confession part, I had no idea who she was. I’ve seen pictures of her and seen her mentioned in magazines, but I didn’t know what she did or what her role in fashion was.

So just in case there are others of you out there who don’t watch TV, she was on a reality show called The City a few years ago, but the more interesting facts are that she worked for Diane Von Furstenberg¬†and in the accessories department of Elle. Jealous! Can you imagine meeting DVF?

What do I love about this outfit? She picked a great, stand out piece and made it the central focal point and while the rest of her look is well put together, she lets it stay in the background so it’s not too busy. And being in the midst of a gold jewelry obsession myself, I really liked her accessories.

Well done!

Rather than break out each individual part of this look, I’ll give you the skirt itself and then breakdown the other major pieces.

The Tucker maxi skirt in Stacking Doll Polka can be found here at Piperlime. Normally $310, it’s currently on sale for $217. This skirt is great because its fresh and fun, but still completely¬†in keeping with both the 70’s and the¬†polka dot trends for fall. Just look at the Marc Jacobs Fall 2011 RTW show here.

Left: Carin Western Sleeveless Blouse - $100 (on sale) @ Asos.com, Center: Jones New York Long Sleeved Low Bow Blouse - $100 @ Amazon.com & Right: Tinley Road Bow Tie Blouse - $500 @ Piperlime.com

Left: Cleopatra Layered Gold bar Necklace - $80 @ Charm & Chain, Center: Herringbone Chain & Coin Necklace - $90 @ Express & Right: Gypsy Soule Circle Chain Multi Strand necklace - $35 @ Zappos.com

Left: Peugeot Women's Watch 711G - $60 (on sale) @ Endless.com, Center: MARC by Marc Jacobs Polka Dot Dome Ring - $80 @ Neiman Marcus & Right: Kate Spade Idiom Bangle - $60 @ Kate Spade

This is such a fresh, fun look that I’m definitely planning on putting something similar together for myself. Maybe for my birthday wine tasting weekend in Sonoma…? If so, I’ll take pictures. Promise! ūüôā

You can also check out past MCLV Style File looks below:
 
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Links You’ll Love

Fashion:

Need a new way to display your shoes? Check out this post by Song of Style here.

Versace for H&F will hit stores on November 17. You can check out pictures of the collection at FabSugar.

Need some ideas for your Halloween costume? Look no further! FabSugar, NBC & Meets Obsession. 

Fitness & Health:

Oh PETA, PETA, PETA… PETA.xxx To Feature Nude Activists.

Ready for savory Fall meals yet? Check out these sweet potato recipes over at FitSugar here.

Do you spend most of your day tied to your chair a work or school? Check this out!

Training for a marathon? Tips here.

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