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MCLV Style | A Retro Take on Stripes

The stripe is a Summer Classic. This print comes back in a new iteration every season. This particular take on stripes caught my attention immediately.

I love the way the two variations of stripes marry at the waist, it’s a really flattering detail. And the faintly retro style of the silhouette and neckline also offer you a fun chance to style it up.

You could even add a red belt for a fun twist!

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Black & White Striped Dress – LOFT by Ann Taylor

Sunglasses – Jimmy Choo

Metallic Wedges – Tabitha Simmons

Crossbody Bag – Gucci Soho

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{Photography by Garry Alexander}

Retro Stripes Black and White San Francisco Bay Area Fashion Food Fitness Lifestyle Blogger Street Style

I wore this dress during my most recent trip to New York. One of my favorite things about visiting New York is how much more interested in fashion people are. It’s a wonderful place for people watching. Second only to Paris!

Anyway, while running errands all over town last month, I slipped into this little striped number. I added fun metallic wedges and my favorite Gucci crossbody bag to keep my hands free for shopping and errands.

I was comfortable and fit right in!

How do YOU like your Summer stripes?

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Grocery Shopping How To | Pantry Basics

While fresh foods and filling your refrigerator are important parts of maintaining a healthy lifestyle – It’s also a good idea to make sure that you’ve got the basic necessities in your pantry or cupboards.

I for one don’t have a true pantry, but I use a large chunk of my kitchen cupboards for some must have products that I always have on hand.

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{Photo of my dream pantry from Health Pinterest Board}

Liquids:

Dry Goods:

Nuts, Seeds & Dry Fruit:

Canned Goods:

Spices:

  • Turmeric
  • Cayenne
  • Oregano
  • Pepper
  • Mustard
  • Cumin
  • Chili
  • Curry
  • Garam Masala
  • Ginger
  • Onion
  • Garlic
  • Basil
  • Coriander
  • Thyme
  • Parsley
  • Rosemary
  • Himalayan sea salt
  • Cinnamon
  • Nutmeg
  • Ground Cloves
  • Vanilla powder

What’s in YOUR pantry?

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Wireless Headphones Review | JLab vs Jaybird

I just got my second pair of wireless headphones and couldn’t help but start comparing the two pairs.

This review will be comparing the Jaybird X3 and the JLab Audio Epic2 wireless headphones. 

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{Jaybird X3 Wireless Headphones}

Jaybird X3 In-Ear Wireless Bluetooth Sports Headphones:

  • Cost: $129
  • Pros: These are extremely noise canceling, best headphones I’ve worn in that respect. They’re also very snug. Perhaps too snug. There are different sizes so you can adjust the snugness. The volume and music clarity are also great. I can confirm that running in these babies is no problem and they have a clip so that you can attach it to the back of your shirt or sports bra if you’re bouncing too much.
  • Cons: These don’t have a great battery life and drop down to 80% almost immediately upon use. They do charge pretty quickly though so that helps offset the charge life. I keep them in the little pouch and the charger fits into any USB port, so they’re not too cumbersome to recharge.

 

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{JLab Audio Epic2}

JLab Audio Epic2 Bluetooth 4.0 Wireless Sport Earbuds:

  • Cost: $100
  • Pros: Good battery life. Adjustable length and multiple sizes for ear comfort.
  • Cons: These are the over-the-ear style headphones, which I hadn’t actually realized when I ordered them. They don’t stay in well for running as a result, but are fine for walking or weight lifting/gym workouts. Too much bouncing just doesn’t work well with them. The music quality is pretty good, but not as good as the JayBirds.

Overall, I’m happier with the JayBirds, despite the shorter battery life.

Do YOU have a favorite pair of headphones?

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Getting Fit | What You May Not Know

In Part I of Getting FitKickstarting a Healthier Lifestyle – I talked about some tips for starting, or restarting, your healthy living journey. Today I’m going to be telling you a few things that you may not know yet about what may happen when you start on this new lifestyle.

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It Takes Time – We live in an age of instant gratification. You can have your food delivered, have a car arrive at your front door, or even have online orders delivered within minutes. But the truth about getting healthier is that it takes time. And there’s no crash diet or workout routine or magic pill or drink that will circumvent that time.

Weight Isn’t Everything – This tip is a two-parter. First, building lean muscle can result in gaining, not losing, weight. It may seem counterintuitive that you’re gaining weight as you get healthier, but it’s a natural side effect. Don’t be alarmed and don’t skip weight training out of fear of weight gain. And second – Don’t weigh yourself daily. That’s more likely to increase your stress, make you feel like the process is hopeless, or even lead to disordered behaviors. Instead, try taking progress photos or measurements that you can review every few weeks or once a month. That’ll show you the progress you’re making without letting yourself get upset about (completely normal) daily fluctuations in weight.

You’ll Eat More – When you workout more, you eat more. The key is to reach for healthy, whole food-based meals and try to get protein in each meal. Don’t think that because you worked out, you can reward yourself with a pizza or takeout or ice cream. Remember – You can’t out train a bad diet.

The Bloat Is REAL – One of the first steps towards a healthier lifestyle is cutting out processed foods and increasing your consumption of whole foods, fruits, and vegetables. And while that helps your body get the micronutrients that you need, it can also lead to bloating. One way to help with the bloating is to ease into whole foods little by little. Another tip is to increase your water intake.

You’ll Need to Shop – While gaining muscle and losing fat are wonderful things, they can often mean a shift in your body type and proportions. Which means clothes that you love or that have always fit, may no longer be comfortable. Rather than seeing it as a bad thing or being frustrated that you can’t wear anything but yoga pants, you can set a challenge and reward yourself with some much-needed shopping.

Dry Shampoo is Life – My sweaty sisters out there will already know this, but once you amp up your workouts, you’ll find that your hair can be a bit of a mess. You’re not going to wash your hair daily or restyle it after every workout – Enter dry shampoo!

Do YOU have any tips for people working on getting fit?

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MCLV Style | Versatile Summer Coverup

A simple little black dress may seem like an unusual choice for Summer, but hear me out. This is the perfect little Summer frock – During the warm-weather months it doubles as either a swimsuit coverup or a dinner look.

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Black Scoop Neck Dress – LOFT by Ann Taylor

Espadrille Animal Print Wedges – Vince Camuto

Oversized Black Sunglasses – Kate Spade New York

Black Straw Hat – Red Baker London

Tan Monogram Clutch – YSL

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{Photography by Garry Alexander}

Summer Coverup Ann Taylor LOFT San Francisco Bay Area Fashion Food Fitness Lifestyle Blogger Street Style

Whether you’re biking to the river, walking to the beach or holding court pool-side, a girl needs a good coverup. This is the perfect lightweight day-to-night dress, and it travels well, I took it for a spin on my last vacation!

What’s great about this style dress is the utter versatility. It’s great for daytime and it’s also perfect to throw on before heading out for a hot Summer night. During the day you can pair it with sandals and a head scarf, and for night you can try bold printed wedges and a cute clutch.

Have I won YOU over? What do you think of my multi-use little black coverup?

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