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Fall 2014 Essentials

“Life starts all over again when it gets crisp in the Fall.” – F. Scott Fitzgerald

Fall and Winter are my favorite time of the year. I adore the weather, the holidays, and – Most importantly – The fashion. Give me gloves and scarves and outerwear, and I’m a happy, happy girl.

Another great thing about this time of year is that the basics remain the same. Year after year you’ll wear your favorite jeans, you’ll rock your classic trench, and you’ll pull your Wellies out of the back of your closet.

So what should you add to your closet for this season to help update your looks and give you some fabulous new styling options?

Backpacks:

Not only would I never have guessed that I’d be endorsing the acquisition of a chic little backpack, but I truly never thought I’d have one of my own!

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I snagged this cutie over the Summer and its perfect for running errands and taking with me on set for photo shoots.

Ready to try this trend? French Connection, Campos, and MBaoBao make fabulous versions that you’ll love.

Plaid:

Bold Buffalo checks, plaids, and tartans in red, blue, and green are everywhere for Fall – Accessories, separates, dresses, and even shoes!

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Whether you’re in the mood for a rustic flannel button-down or a tres chic cropped faux fur coat – Have some fun with this print for Fall and Winter.

I’ve swooped up this fun red plaid cropped jacket from BB Dakota and plaid Steve Madden slip-on flats.

Leather Jacket:

A quality, classic leather jacket is that perfect investment piece you spend your life looking for. You want something that fits you like a dream, makes you smile & feel fabulous whenever you put it on, and that works season-after-season.

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A cropped little biker jacket would be a great pick for this season – Wear over long layers or graphic tees to soften the look.

What’s your leather style? Biker chick, blazer chic, or rock n’ roll?

Capes:

Clearly, I’m obsessed with capes. I’ve been looking for the perfect Fall 2014 piece all Summer to supplement my favorite Calvin Klein capelet.

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Luckily for us cape-lovers, there are some beautiful versions out this season. From timeless tweed capelets to bold Fall-hued cropped capes to stripes and fun prints.

Ankle Boots:

Year after year great ankle boots storm down the runways for Fall. This season aim your radar towards chunky, thick heeled versions that are both flattering and comfortable.

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The fabulous thing about this style, in addition to being able to walk in them, they also look great with everything from dresses to slim pants to a flirty skater skirt.

Try lace-up booties, Western-inspired buckle boots, sleek suede booties, or even cut-out ankle boots!

{Images from Fall & Winter Fashion}

What are YOUR Fall 2014 Essentials?

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Spring Essentials

With 2014 swiftly coming to the halfway point I wanted to share some of the things I’m loving right now. From products I’m using daily to recipes I can’t stop making to my gym Must Haves.

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{Getting bikini ready means having some great go-to pieces for the gym that are functional and make you feel amazing. I’m currently living in my Ellie Ruffle Leggings & Lorna Jane Capris, and my Zella Tanks – Which I have in four colors – And pullovers.}

Spring Essentials Eco Friendly Beauty Tarte Cheek Stain

{These little beauties MAY say “Cheek Stain” but they’re much more versatile than that. When I’m prepping a clutch for a Spring evening out, this baby is a must, use it to freshen your cheeks, lips & eyes!}

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{I can’t stop wearing midi & maxi length skirts & dresses like this one. In San Francisco layers reign year-around and I’ve found that these are the perfect alternative to pants on days when you’re feeling a bit more Spring-like.}

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{I’ve recently ditches most of the plastic in my life and one of the new additions is this killer Kleen Kanteen – I have one on my bedside table, one on my desk & one in my locker.}

Vegan Icea Cream Banana Soft Serve Dairy-Free Gluten-Free Raspberry San Francisco Food Blogger

{Peanut butter flavored Vegan Ice Cream – I’ve been making this DAILY. You can give it an extra healthy kick by adding protein powder and/or chia seeds. My go-to combo is powdered peanut butter, Sun Warrior chocolate protein powder & a chia seed shot plus one frozen banana & a sprinkling of cinnamon. Heaven!}

Related Reading: Spring Beauty, Spring Hair: France Luxe & Spring Fashion: Denim & Chambray

What are YOUR Spring Essentials?

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Winter Inspiration

I’ve been feeling very inspired by Winter styling lately – From faux fur and chic black-on-black to bold prints and sleek faux leather. I have to confess that I’m very much having a black & white moment here in San Francisco as Winter finally descends on my city.

Take a look at these inspirational shots and tell me – What’s your Winter Inspiration?

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{Images from Fall & Winter Fashion}

My current Winter Wish List is:

What’s YOUR Winter inspiration?

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MCLV Style: New York City

New York City BABY!

As I’m sure you picked up, I was beyond excited for this trip – Seeing my best friend, attending IFBCON, and getting the chance to spend some quality time in NYC, a city that I’ve been having a love affaire with for years now.

{You can shop similar pieces by clicking these hyperlinks: Embellished Striped Top – Zara, Zipper Detail ShortsZara, Ankle Strap HeelsFendi, Oversized Crocodile Clutch – Express, Silver Art Deco Bracelet – JewelMint, Silver Bow Bracelet – Forever 21, Silver Chainlink Watch – Vintage & Ring – Tiffany’s}

 

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When I was packing for my trip to New York I found myself in a quandary – it was going to be extremely hot and humid but I’m a fairly formal dresser. Luckily for my internal body temperature this was the first Summer that I’ve worn shorts since Junior High, so I packed a few pairs for the trip. But how to style them? Shorts & a tank might be an appropriate bathing suit coverup, but for walking down the streets of New York City? Definitely not!

So with that in mind I paired my exposed zipper shorts from Zara with a striped tee with a rhinestone embellished collar, tons of chunky silver jewelry, ankle strap heels, and an oversized envelope clutch. I was comfortable temperature-wise, but still felt stylish enough to strut my stuff all over Manhattan! 🙂

Interesting in more fashion from my September trip to New York City? Check out these previous posts:

Did you have fun wearing shorts over the Summer? What’s your favorite style of shorts to wear when the weather heats up?

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