Looks of the Week

Need some pretty to start off your week? Me too.
Carry on!

I love it when celebrities wear real clothing! 馃檪 Check out Kate Middleton looking adorable in Zara.

Want to make this dress your very own? Zara recently created an online shopping website so you can order online even if there’s no Zara in your city – Lace Tulip Dress.

Caroline Sieber's dress here is very pretty, but what caught my attention were her shoes! I'm loving this multi ankle strap trend, its chic and fun.

While I'm not 100% sold on this color for Miss Rachel, I have to admit that she looks phenomenal. Its glamorous and retro, perfect for your movie premiere.

My favorite part is definitely the back, so gorgeous!

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I completely adore Olga Sherer's outfit here, it's my ideal fall look. I especially like her blazer w/ a touch of leopard print at the sleeves.

Amber Heard has been making quite the splash lately on the Red Carpet. I love that this menswear inspired look manages to be sexy, retro and glamorous rather than androgynous.

While Elizabeth Olsen's red carpet looks may be hit or miss, her street style seems to be right on. Chanel button down and Elizabeth & James (awww) pants. How adorable and comfy do those pants look?

Coco Rocha in Zac Posen at the Letters to Haiti US Premiere. I ADORE the details of this dress and I'm so glad that she didn't shy away from jewelry, this dramatic spiked collar is perfection!

Wow. Just wow. Head to toe wow.

Garance Dore captured this great look - I love the double-breasted red coat, the wide leg plaid pants and the gorgeous tan bag.

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Links You’ll Love

Health/Fitness:

Are you getting back into the kitchen after a busy Fall? Want to make more home cooked meals and stay out of pricey restaurants? Want to eat healthier food? Here are some tips & tricks of the trade to get you back into the kitchen and up to speed.

Spicy Chipotle聽Shells & Cheez聽from Happy Healthy Life – I’m making this as soon as humanly possible, I love recipes that use chipotle and I love mac n’ cheese!

Are you intimidated by Kettlebells? It might be time to face your fears – 7 Reasons to Try Kettlebells Now & The Super Slimmer You Haven’t Tried聽from Prevention.com. You can also聽read about my experience and check out some beginners exercises with them here.

In the mood for some winter comfort food? How about red enchiladas? How about healthy red enchiladas? Thought so. 馃檪聽Hungry Hungry Hippie has you covered!

Fashion:

Ready for a gorgeous Winter Wonderland? Check out Tatler’s Russian-themed spread over at TLo. I LOVE the way they styled the Armani (pictured above) –聽you can’t even tell that it’s the same dress!

Kate Bosworth’s Mulberry look at a recent Chateau Marmont聽event was picture perfect, low-key elegance with a聽hippie twist. Army green dress, studded pumps and an adorable boho聽twisted hairstyle. FabSugar covered the look here聽and WhoWhatWear covered it here.

You may not think of Heidi Klum when you think of budget shopping, but the Project Runway host has some tips to share.

Jessica Hart Debuts Her Capsule Collection with Pencey聽– Seriously cute dresses and easy separates that can be thrown together for breezy, summery looks. Soft fabrics, floral prints, fun cuts –聽See the collection here.

Do you love headbands, graceful updoes, chic pony tails? WhoWhatWear has some great Holiday Hair Accessoriesto help you create the best looks this holiday season, or you can check out Fashionology’s聽7 Holiday Hair Ideas Straight from the Runways.

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The Factory Presents April Howard

Have you ever seen the bolts of fabric that are used to make the clothes that聽you love? Or gotten a chance to look through the black & white sketches that become your favorite pieces? Or sorted through the jars聽 of buttons that will be sewn onto your favorite coat?聽A dear friend has given me the unique opportunity to witness this initial stage of聽the clothes making process as he works with the talented Jennifer Evans聽of the The Evans Group.

But, what do you do when the clothes are made? You celebrate of course! And to celebrate The Factory and CODE Salon hosted a cocktail party to show off their new聽collection in collaboration with April Howard.

Debuting in 2010 during New York Fashion Week at the Lincoln Center, April Howard earned praise from national press including WWD, Seventeen, and The Bristol Observer.

“My organic shapes and details are representative of discarded items, melting plastic, and rubber found around us in these urban wastelands we find ourselves in,” Howard says of her aesthetic.

So what’s a girl who loves fashion to聽do when she receives an invitation like this one? She gets聽all dressed up, finds a taxi, and drags her extremely accommodating聽 boyfriend to SOMA for some eye candy.

Oh, and she takes LOTS of pictures.

{I mean… Gorgeous clothes, a chic salon,聽beautiful聽models and vino? I’m there!}

The clothes from April Howard’s collection of original聽pieces under The Factory label were phenomenal {seen above in sketches & photographs} and the young ladies modeling them were stunning. The Factory is on the ground floor and filled to the brim with sewing machines, dressmaking mannequins, and rack upon rack of clothing. While聽the second floor of the building is occupied by聽CODE Salon, a cool SOMA聽loft space that last night was filled with models, make up artists, hairdressers, photographers, patrons,聽and聽one hardworking聽DJ.

Overall it was quite an evening. As a fashion lover I can say that I was not disappointed聽by my first chance to get up close and personal with the photographing of a collection. A big thank you to The Factory and CODE Salon for including me last night!

{You can see my initial post about The Factory here聽if you’d like any聽additional background}

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Red Carpet Lovin’

Another week full of red carpet events to check out. Enjoy. Judge. 馃檪 Movie openings, awards shows, gala dinners… All with a little something worth talking about.

Without further ado.

34th Annual Kennedy Center Honors in Washington, D.C.

It's hard to pull off Marchesa, its hard to pull off pink, and it's really really hard to pull off floor-length pink. That being said, Emily Blunt looked phenomenal in this Marchesa gown though, such an amazing color on her.

P.S. Mrs. Krasinski聽stunned in聽another fabulous pink gown with her adorable husband on the red carpet here.

This dress is flattering, interesting and chic. Well done SJP, well done. P.S. I love your hair!

American Country Awards in Las Vegas, Nevada:

Shawna & Keifer Thompson - Her: LOVE the dress, it's unique and flattering, and styled really well. J'dore her jewelry! Him: I have no words. Do you think they saw each other before they got to the red carpet???

Ashley Monroe (far left) looked great, her floral cocktail dress, metallic pumps and big curls were absolutely perfect for a fun, country-flavored event. Wish there was a better picture of her clutch though!

Josh Turner - While this isn't exactly your everyday look, I can't imagine anything better for the ACAs. Boots? Check. Visible belt buckle? Check. Worn jeans? Check. Show-stopping smile? Um... Check!

New Year’s Eve Premiere in Hollywood, California:

Harry Shum Jr. is my favorite of the Glee kids on the red carpet so I'm always excited to see what he's wearing. I like this sweater vest & blazer combo, its dressy enough to show that he's put forth some effort, but the jeans keep it low-key.

Michelle Pfeiffer looked stunning in purple Dolce & Gabbana, I especially like the choices for her multicolored folderover clutch and suede pumps.

I feel like all we've been seeing from the Elie Saab Fall 2011 collection are the pale dressed & gowns so I was excited to see one of the darker hues deployed on the red carpet. Hilary looks great, really well put together and classy.

2012 Pirelli Calendar Gala Dinner in New York City:

Rinko Kikuchi, Malgosia Bela, Natasha Poly, Mario Sorrenti, Isabeli Fontana, Joan Smalls, Margareth Made & Julianne Moore

Margareth Made was quite beautiful in a strapless navy column with a thigh high slit.

The night's most stunning look was definitely Joan Smalls, who looked phenomenal in a draping white gown and gold jewelry.

Valentino Virtual Museum in New York City:

Of all the dresses worn to the Valentino event, this would have been the one I'd have picked. I love shift dresses, I love the fun, glitzy fabric and I've been mad for those Valentino pumps ALL season.

It's incredibly hard to pull off an all white look, but leave it to fashion badass China Chow to make a fun poof dress and white strappy sandals look tres chic.

Izabel Goulart looked beautiful in floor-length navy Valentino. I'm glad that she wore her hair up so that you can focus on the great details of this dress: the subtle polka dots, bow and the layers of multi-patterned fabric in the skirt.

I like the demure hemline of Claire Danes's dress when combined with the outstanding color and fun details.

P.S. I finally got around to creating a Pinterest account. Check it out!
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MCLV Answers Questions – Harper’s Bazaar Style

The October 2011 issue of Harper’s Bazaar contained a series of interviews under the heading Secrets of the World’s Most Stylish Women. These interviews give readers聽the answers to some great fashion and life聽questions as聽written聽by 20-something Emma Watson, 30-something Samantha Boardman, 40-something Claudia Schiffer, 50-something Lisa Eisner and 60-something Lynn Wyatt. And while I’m in no way claiming to be聽one of the world’s most stylish women, I did think that it would be fun to share my answers to these questions so that we could all get better acquainted.

Residence: San Francisco, California

Favorite Fashion Designers:聽Alice + Olivia, Milly, BCBG, Chanel聽& Diane Von Furstenburg

Item of clothing you would never throw out: My mom’s khaki Escada suit – which she bought when she was living in San Francisco聽–聽and my Givenchy purse.

What’s your own fashion trademark? Classic w/ a twist

Favorite Accessory: Vintage gold jewelry

Favorite Color: Green, but I have to admit that I wear mostly black

Favorite Scent: Coco Mademoiselle by Chanel

Let’s talk about your beauty routine. What’s your face wash?聽Origin’s Checks and Balances Frothy Face Wash or Trader Joe鈥檚 Spa Gentle Facial Cleanser and I live聽to exfoliate聽and like the eco-friendly Yu-Be Foaming Skin Polish. (See MCLV’s Medicine Cabinet聽for more if you’re interested).

Make up?聽Laura Mercier Undercover Pot, Benefit Bad Gal mascara, Urban Decay 24/7 Glide-On Pencils, Bare Escentuals Blush in Fruit Cocktail & Laura Mercier Eyebrow Pencil.

Where do you get your hair done?聽I get my hair cut at John Valasquez聽Salon聽in the Financial District and my evening聽& event聽updoes done at Joseph Cozza (formerly 77 Maiden Lane) near Union Square, both are聽in San Francisco.

Favorite Destination: Italy & Greece, though I’m dying to go to Turkey and Egypt

Favorite Discovery: Zara created an online ordering system this year! 馃檪

Favorite Hotel: The Gaige聽House in Glen Ellen, near Sonoma. It has beautiful Zen suites on the river with giant pewter bathtubs that I could literally move into!

Favorite Luggage: Realistically – Longchamp, in my dreams – Goyard trunks

Most Memorable Party: My 27th birthday – my best friend &聽brother helped organize a group for bottomless mimosa brunch (my favorite meal!) in a wine cellar at a French restaurant in the city and then we had聽a mini dance party in the backyard of our apartment afterwards.

When you can’t think of something to give a friend, what do you give? Wine or flowers for a host or hostess and a little treasure from Tiffany’s for a girlfriend.

Ever lady has a vice, what’s yours?聽Vino, redheads聽& French fries

Necessary Extravagance: Good wine, nice sheets & unlimited text messages

Favorite Movies: Charade, Boondock Saints, Philadelphia Story and Lock聽Stock & Two Smoking Barrels

Favorite Artist: Titian

Favorite Cocktail: I’m not much for cocktails but I do like wine, champagne & whiskey neat

Handwritten thank you note or immediate email: HANDWRITTEN THANK YOU NOTE. Sorry for the caps. Pet peeve. Right Koober?

If you have personalized stationary, where do you get it from? Crane – They have beautiful styles, great colors and even use eco-friendly and recycled products upon request.

The true hallmark of modern emergence is: Minimalism

Now tell me the truth, what are your answers to these questions? Come on… You know you want to! 馃檪

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