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MCLV Style: Transitioning From Winter-To-Spring

Last weekend’s road trip extravaganza on Saturday included a trip to Sunnyvale for a photography class, brunch in Los Altos, watching the USA Weightlifting Junior Nationals in Foster City, and of course this picturesque photo shoot above the rolling hills of San Mateo.

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{You can shop similar pieces by clicking these hyperlinks: Printed Skater Dress – Asos, Skull Print Scarf – TopShop, Blazer – Aqua, Peep-Toe Heels – Madden Girl & Gold Cuff – BCBG}

This skull-adorned scarf from TopShop is one of the pieces I picked up in New York earlier this month and I just can’t seem to get enough. It’s surprising just how versatile this pieces is – Such a great investment!

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{You can view this outfit on Lookbook.nu and Pose}

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{Check out outtakes from this shoot – And some pictures of my photographer here – Just log into Facebook to view}

One of my favorite ways to transition from colder to warmer weather is to start w/ a fun Spring-appropriate piece – Like this super cute printed skater dress – And then add layers. This way I get to feel like I’m dressing for Spring but I’m still warm enough to function.

What your favorite way to transition from Winter clothes to your Spring wardrobe?

*Note: If you like this blazer you can still enter to win one of your very own here – {International} Aqua Giveaway – The winner will be announced the morning of February 22nd San Francisco time!

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MCLV Style: Formal Wear Done Right

I adore getting dressed up whether it’s a pleated mini skirt for a date night or a Little Black Dress for a cocktail party. But when I get the rare opportunity to go full on black tie – I’m a happy happy girl.

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{You can shop similar pieces by clicking these hyperlinks: Gown – BCBG Max Azria, Cape – Betsey Johnson, Heels – Zara, Clutch – BCBG Max Azria, Ring – Vintage & Necklaces – Sasha Maks Vintage}

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{You can view this outfit on Lookbook.nu and Pose}

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{Check out outtakes from this shoot – And some pictures of my photographer here – Just log into Facebook to view}

After wearing the amazing gold sequined Badgley Mischka number a few weeks ago I decided to keep things a little more understated this time around and opted for this tiered black BCBG Max Azria number. But I kept the look from being too basic by pairing it w/ an orange & cheetah print clutch and a Betsey Johnson cape w/ a faux fur collar to keep me warm.

Are you a fan of black tie events? When was the last time that you wore formalwear?

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{IFBCON} Celebrity Sightings & Industry Insight

Last September’s IFB Conference was a spectacular experience – Amazing speakers, inspirational speeches, more information than I could absorb, and the chance to rub elbows with passionate men & women who love fashion just as much as I do. Within moments of the tickets going on sale for this February’s conference I had bought the two-day pass and booked a plane ticket.

Excited, who, me?

I was lucky enough to assist the IFB team with some of the behind-the-scenes activities that help make an amazing event like this come together. Talk about a learning experience! Not only did I get to spend some time with IFB founder & The Coveted blogger Jeannine and IFB editor & Shut Up I Love That Shirt blogger Taylor Davies, I also got the chance to spend two days getting to know the other volunteers and got the opportunity to meet some of the speakers, sponsors, and panelists.

In other words – I was in heaven.

Celebrity Sightings:

While to some “celebrity sightings” might be limited to the Beyonces and Julia Roberts of the world, for us fashion lovers celebrity sightings can include our favorite bloggers and industry insiders whose work we read, Instagrams we <3, and whose photos we view daily. During IFBCON not only did I have a number of wide-eyed moments of mind blanking “omgomgomg” excitement, I also got some handshakes, hugs, and sweet words from some of my idols & unofficial mentors.

Laura Ellner of OnTheRacks – I’m a HUGE fan of On The Racks! I followed Laura’s adventures in San Francisco and while I hated to see her leave the Bay Area, I was excited for her New York City dreams to come true when she moved to the Big Apple last year. Needless to say I was worried that I’d have a fan girl moment if I got a chance to meet her. Luckily I kept my excitement under wraps when I said hello & introduced myself {nerdy happy dance} and I have to say, she’s even more stylish and striking in person than she appears online.

Aimee Song of Song of Style – Not only is Aimee stylish & beautiful, she’s also incredibly sweet. Her affiliate marketing panel was interesting & informative and she was beyond nice as she waited to go on stage and while she hung around for pictures afterwards.

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{There’s a reason they’re the best – Just look at them, utterly flawless!}

Justin Livingston of Scout 16 – While IFBCON was primarily filled with female fashion bloggers there were a few proud male fashion bloggers in the crowd and quite a few speakers & panelists of the male persuasion. One of the arrivals that I was greatly anticipating was the blogger known as Scout 16 – A New York staple who showed up in fabulous shoes, moderated his panel like a pro, and was really genuine & nice if you were lucky enough to meet him.

Liz Cherkasova of Late AfternoonStriking is the first word that comes to mind when I picture Liz’s entrance, she strode into the conference in head-to-toe brilliant pink. A shade that few mortal dare to wear, but was utter perfection on her. Her Evolution of the Industry panel may have been the last of the day but everyone was glued to their seats and hung on her every word.

Hilary Rushford of Dean Street Society – Not only do I adore her site {which I’m sad to say that I only recently discovered} but I was blown away by how inspirational & captivating she was on stage at IFBCON. And off the stage? Wow. Just wow. Beautiful & chic – Wearing the perfect little white dress with a fabulous statement necklace and a too-perfect-for-words fur shrug.

Lydia Hudgens & I SPY DIY – One of my favorite parts of the conference was the photography workshop put on by Lydia Hudgens – Photographer to some of NYC’s most popular fashion bloggers – And DIY master I Spy DIY. It was funny, easy to follow, and FILLED with great tips & ideas. I definitely have a girl crush on Miss Hudgens now! 🙂

There were SO many speakers & so much information being passed on that I’m sorry I couldn’t meet everyone and hear everything!

Volunteer Love:

I couldn’t have been happier to get a chance to get to know this group of smart, fun, talented ladies – From bloggers to photographers to fashion lovers this was a great group.

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{Claire & Madison of Bare Bones: Fashion Is Dead}

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{Sarah Haile of Sara Haile Photography}

{Francisca of Fancy-Francy}

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{Karina of Beach & Dress}

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{Destiny of Fate, Love & Destiny – Coming soon!}

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{The lovely Sarah Mekhail – Blog to be launched sooooon}

And of course my partner-in-crime the lovely Brittany of The Subtle Statement who I met at IFBCON last September and spent this past week exploring New York with – From vegan restaurants in Chelsea to shopping in Soho to Barre classes in the Financial District. 🙂

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{Brittany Shick of The Subtle Statement}

I can’t wait for September so that I can head back out to New York for the next conference! 🙂

My sincerest apologies for the quality of the phone pictures – There were tons of fabulous photographers there but clearly I was not one of them. If you want to see more pictures from the conference head over to my Facebook page for Day One & Day Two albums.

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Looks of the Week – Cape Edition

My favorite piece this season has definitely been my fabulous Betsey Johnson faux fur-trimmed cape. I love the classic, old school glamour that a cape evokes. It goes great with jeans or over a dress, I even paired it with my favorite BCBG Max Azria floor-length gown. And clearly I’m not the only one who loves capes. So enjoy these fabulous looks!

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{This whole look is just fabulous – From the plaid print on the cape to the faux fur collar she added to the killer purple heels.}

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{If you’re not sure whether a full-coverage cape is the right style for you than this silhouette is perfect. A Trendy Life makes this look even more chic w/ a fabulous black, white & red dress underneath.}

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{I love the wide-leg pants in this look and I couldn’t have picked better accessories – Beautiful color, perfect style.}

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{I love the lux, glamorous feel of this cape. The color & embellishments are classic but she’s made the look totally unique & modern with great details & fun, one-of-a-kind pieces like the sweater.}

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{The fun, printed pants in this shot are perfect with the flirty silhouette and fun studded accessories.} 

{This color is just phenomenal – I adore the unique, chic shade paired with the classic silhouette. Stunning!}

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Which of the fabulous caped looks here is your favorite?

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Rent The Runway Review

In my MCLV Style: Ballerina post I mentioned that my gold sequined Badgley Mischka gown had been ordered from Rent The Runway but it was such a fun, and easy, experience that I really wanted to devote an entire post to telling you about it.

I’m not going to lie – I was hesitant to try this service since I didn’t know anyone who had tried it, but once I got onto the website and started looking through the selection of dresses there was no turning back.

I picked my date. Chose my dress. And ordered.

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{Your dress in two sizes and any accessories you may have ordered will arrive neatly wrapped in bags & boxes, clearly labeled, and with concise directions for how to return them}

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{Then you try on the two sizes that you chose, pick one, and start the styling!}

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{Selfies – The best way to pick your outerwear & accessories}

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{The return process is quick & PAINLESS – All you do is stuff the pieces into the pre-labeled packing envelopes and drop them in a blue mailbox on the street. That’s all!}

I’m definitely going to utilize this service again in the future next time I need a fun gown for a one-time event. Maybe even for the next ballet event I’m hoping to attend in May to celebrate the opening of Cinderella.

Is Rent The Runway a website that you’d consider trying out? And if you have already tried it, was your experience as great as mine was?

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