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May 2014 Round-Up

I started April’s Round-Up post with a little bit of whining… But I quickly admitted that while I was stressed and overworked, I was exactly as stressed and overworked as I’d made myself. And while I do have high expectations for my “free time” that means I also have the power to change the things that aren’t working.

My primary objective for May was to work on de-stressing which manifested itself in a couple of ways. Primarily by cleaning up my diet, focusing on “me” time, and giving myself the opportunity physically relax with massages, yoga, and meditation.

Read on to find out just how I did with these goals…

San Francisco Fashion CCUOCO Candice Cuoco Couture Leather Dress

{CCUOCO x MCLV}

May 2014 Round-Up

Fashion:

In May I shared two extremely fun projects that I’d worked on with amazing local designers – Candice Cuoco of CCUOCO and Lan Jaenicke.

These designers’ styles are incredibly different – But both are talented, driven, intelligent San Francisco women that I’m thrilled to have met and gotten a chance to work with.

Food:

I started May with the ambitious goal of completing The Whole 30. However after two weeks I realized that I was making very few day-to-day changes since I eat such a clean diet already.

The only real change? Cutting sugar.

I had NO IDEA just how sneaky sugar was and this month turned me into a label-reading tornado. No – Most of the foods that I eat don’t have labels, but my supplements, protein powders, and a few of my indulgences do have labels and what I read was pretty horrifying.

Fitness:

During May my lower back injury gave me a little trouble so I focused on core – Lots of abdominal-centric workouts, Pilates, yoga, stretching & rolling. Maintenance isn’t my favorite activity, but having the pain decrease as I was diligent was very rewarding.

I was also honored to receive some goodies from California-based activewear company Ellie. Check out what I thought of their amazing pieces here – Workout Gear Spotlight: Ellie.

Ellie Fitness Workout Gear Gym Clothes San Francisco Fitness Blogger MCLV

{Workout Gear Spotlight: Ellie}

New June 2014 Goals

Fashion:

I recently shot another fun series with CCUOCO that I’m dying to share so stay tuned for more teasers and a full post to come!

I also have some local events and travel styles that I’m looking forward to sharing.

Food:

I’m determined to continue working my sugar consumption. I wish I could simply say that I’ll 100% cut sugar 100% of the time, but I’m going to try to approach this a bit more rationally. My goal is only fruit-based sugar Monday through Friday and very limited (1-2 servings) of sugar on weekends.

The very first thing I’m doing in June? Trying to recreate my favorite salad dressing without sugar!

Fitness:

After building up a strong core during May and doing TONS of walking/hiking, I’m hoping to branch out during June. Yoga and Pilates have become staples in my weekly routine and I’m hoping to try martial arts or boxing this month!

Lan Jaenicke San Francisco Fashion Designer Cashmere Outerwear Aubergine Coat San Francisco Fashion Blogger Street Style{Lan Jaenicke}

2014 Bucket List:

  1. Try a new class/physical activity – I was a hiking maniac in May. For me 7+ miles is a hike, even if it’s a concrete “city hike,” and I managed to squeeze in a few of these during May.
  2. Publish my writing – This month I got organized! I read through all of the novels & short stories that I’ve started over the years and worked on prioritizing the things that I want to focus on this year.
  3. Travel – This month I planned a trip to LA for June and NYC for August.
  4. Broaden my educational horizons – This month I researched a few courses that I’m interested in taking – Primarily on nutrition and relaxation techniques. I also signed up for a three-day retreat to learn more about meditation and yoga which I’m incredibly excited for & can’t wait to share my thoughts with you.
  5. Be a good friend – Both of my upcoming trips are to visit friends – Babies & weddings, I’m finally at that age!

How are YOU doing as we’re nearing the halfway point on 2014?

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April 2014 Round-Up

Looking back at April the first emotion that comes to mind is stress. And kids, that’s not a good thing. Yes, there were amazing experiences and fun events and great times with friends – But in hindsight, it was an overwhelmingly stressful and anxiety inducing month.

And you know how that makes me feel? Like I need to find my Zen! And fast.

Therefore my primary directive for May will be getting back to life. That means yoga, meditation, journaling, relaxing, and making some time for myself. I love to be busy and I love the feeling of getting things done, but I need to learn to balance that with activities that keep me grounded, relaxed, and enjoying myself.

San Francisco Fashion Blogger Street Style Brocade Dress Spring Style Two-Toned Mixed Media Dress Studio 15 NYC

{Studio 15 Spring Lookbook}

April 2014 Round-Up

Fashion:

April was a month filled with fashion fun – From killer events like the CCUOCO Diverge Runway Show to fun collaborations {LiveLoveModa, Studio 15 NYC & Lysse} to an amazing $500 Mother’s Day giveaway!

As for Street Style – This month I played with Olivia Pope inspired white coats, Spring sweaters, fun floral rompers, and denim in the form of my favorite jeans and chambray shirts. Spring and Fall are my favorite seasons from a sartorial standpoint and I’m thoroughly enjoying mixing & matching and breaking out fun Spring pieces right now.

Food:

After all my traveling in March it was great to get back into the kitchen. Not only did I try out some great new recipes and start adding superfoods to my daily diet, I also worked hard this month to cook for most of my meals. Limiting restaurant meals and take-up orders is an important part of my Clean Green Eating plan.

If you have a sweet tooth I highly recommend trying out my Raw Salted Caramel Chocolate Pecan Torte recipe or some of these delicious Banana Based Desserts.

Fitness:

With Spring break, Summer vacations, and warm weather on the horizon fitness and getting in bikini shape are the topics de jour right now. Rather than do bootcamps or crazy diets, my goal is to stay healthy year-around by following a consistent workout regime 7 healthy diet. You can read more about my thoughts on this and some of my recommendations below:

San Francisco Food Blogger Raw Salted Caramel Chocolate Pecan Torte Vegan Gluten-Free Raw Dessert Paleo

{Raw Salted Caramel Chocolate Pecan Torte}

New May 2014 Goals

Fashion:

While Spring in San Francisco isn’t always super Spring-y, the weather has been continually improving and I plan to take advantage of that as much as I can.

Dresses are a Spring staple for me but I’m also excited to break out some fun jumpsuits, rompers, and matching sets this month.

Food:

As I’m working on cleaning up my diet I’ve been thinking about protein and healthy fats as well as supplements so stay tuned for healthy protein-filled recipes and information on supplements and superfoods, as I embark on another Whole 30 adventure.

Fitness:

Spending my weekends in San Francisco rather than traveling has the advantage of giving me the time to try out some of the great classes and exercise trends here. I’m going to make trying new types of workouts a priority this month so expect some fun accounts of my fitness trials and hilarious Instagram shots of my adventures.

San Francisco Fashion Blogger Street Style Menswear Inspired Fashion

{Menswear Inspired Fashion}

2014 Bucket List:

  1. Try a new class/physical activity – So far this year I’ve tried yoga, spin, and kayaking and in April I gave pilates another try. I hadn’t done mat since before my back injury and LOVED getting back into it!
  2. Publish my writing – During April I took on another freelance writing gig – And while publishing a story or working towards publishing a novel wasn’t the focus this month, I felt very productive/
  3. Travel – In April I got my wanderlust needs filled while still staying close to home with a fabulous, sun-filled girls trip to Los Angeles for Lucky Magazine’s Lucky FABB West Conference.
  4. Broaden my educational horizons – I’ve been indulging all of my passions this month on the reading front. In April I picked up No Meat Athlete: Run on Plants and Discover Your Fittest, Fastest, Happiest Self on plant-based diets & exercise as well as Everyone Wants to Be Me or Do Me: Tom and Lorenzo’s Fabulous and Opinionated Guide to Celebrity Life and Style – The first book from my favorite fashion blogger duo TLo.
  5. Be a good friend – In addition to seeing one of my besties in LA and having her visit in SF during April, I’m also planning a yoga retreat with with a girlfriend from college. Really looking forward to that one!

How was YOUR April? Are you feeling productive? Stressed? Excited?

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