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Shopping Time | Black Friday Sales

If you’ve ever waited in line for hours or witnessed the utter madness that is Black Friday in stores, you understand my preference for online shopping to take advantage of Black Friday sales.

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{Fabulous illustration by Jacqueline Bissett}

Macy’s is NOT messing around. They’re rocking a Black Friday Preview from 11/16-11/21 with an extra an extra 20% off. And that’s not even the main event, which begins 11/22 and goes through 11/25 with the code HURRY. Everything from family pajamas and kitchen essentials to kid’s clothing and killer boots.

The Saks Fifth Avenue sale is something you do not want to miss if you love designer goodies. Up to 40% off their designer selection. They’ve got ladies clothes, shoes, menswear, and handbags all on sale. Run, don’t walk.

You should end the year strong at the gym and prepare for a fit 2018 with all the best Nike gear. EPIC25 gets you 25% off until 11/28. I’m loving these running tights and running shoes.

J. Crew is offering 40% off everything through 11/26 with thanku.

Shopbop is offering 20% off orders of $200+, 25% off orders of $500+, and 30% orders of over $800 at Shopbop from 11/21 to 11/26, plus up to 75% off sale items. And believe me, they’ve got the goods. Leather skirts, over-the-knee boots, and killer jeans – Everything you need for this season.

Topshop has what you need. Up to 50% off and free shipping 11/22 through 11/27. They’ve got great brands like Ivy Park,

Urban Outfitters is living for BOGO. Buy one and get one 50% off through 11/24.

Ann Taylor has 50% off of everything with the code THANKFUL between 11/22 and 11/24. Sweaters and jewelry and ponchos – Oh my!

What’s on YOUR Black Friday shopping list?

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MNT Studio | #MNT10 Challenge

I absolutely love undertaking new challenges. I enjoy my workout routine, but it’s great to mix things up and really focus on something new for a short period of time. So when MNT Studio {check out their new studio launch here} reached out to see if I wanted to try their #MNT10 Challenge this Fall, I jumped at the opportunity.

And if I hadn’t been 100% in already, they have an on-staff nutritionist who would be offering recommendations on diet for the duration of the challenge!! I’m nothing short of a nutrition nerd and LOVE getting a chance to talk to knowledgeable professionals on the topic.

 

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The Challenge:

Take 10 classes in 14 days.

That type of commitment definitely involves some planning and reorganizing of your schedule this time of year. But not only did this challenge rock my body, it also gave me a great chance to get to know the instructors, explore the studio, and bond with other patrons.

The Classes:

During my last doctor’s appointment my orthopedic surgeon suggested that I needed more Pilates in my life. And while I may not always agree with doctors’ recommendations, that was one suggestion that I was happy to follow-up on.

I tried a handful of different classes during the 10 days, but was sure to load up on lots of Pilates!

  • Power Pilates: Ob-SESSED. Alison and Carly kicked my booty in these classes over the course of the challenge and I always left feeling like I should have a six-pack by the end of each class.
  • Barre: This class is a great combination of moves that tones the WHOLE body. The abs, arms, legs, and booty are all getting worked.
  • Reformer: I was really excited to try reformer and found it both challenging and fun. This is the class that I had the most concern about in terms of my back injury, but there were zero issues. I left feeling very strong and flexible, which is a great combo.

The Nutrition:

I tend to eat a fairly clean, healthy, whole food-based diet, so I wasn’t planning on making any huge shifts or changes to my day-to-day diet. But I do love trying new smoothie recipes and mixing things up ingredient-wise, so I headed into the cleanse excited to see how I would feel with the small shifts.

Stay tuned for a full blog post on the cleanse as well as an interview with the fabulous nutritionist Molly who works with MNT Studio!

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The Results:

Going from taking classes a few times a month to 12 classes in 14 days definitely took its toll. I was sore and exhausted.

The first week was especially hard, building up my endurance and retraining my muscles for Pilates, barre, and reformer, which I don’t take on a regular basis. But by the first weekend I was feeling strong enough to tackle two classes in a day – Pilates bootcamp and barre. I found week two to be remarkably easier, I was still sore, but more a pleasant “I had a great workout” sore, rather than a “I can’t walk, someone help me” kind of sore. 🙂

While I definitely loved these classes and really enjoyed tackling such a demanding challenge, I have to say that the best part of this two weeks was learning just what I am capable of.

I felt strong. I felt tough. I felt resilient.

Have YOU ever tried a challenge? If not, would you?

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MCLV Travel Diary | What’s in my Carry On

Packing my suitcase may be an adventure for each trip, but my carry on bag is a breeze to pack, because it’s always the same.

What can I say? I’m a creature of habit.

So, without further ado, here’s what’s in my carry on:

I always take my large Givenchy Antigona – It’s the perfect size to fit my computer and all the essentials, and it has a zippered top which I need when I’m traveling. I also like to keep everything in pouches and bags to avoid spillage and to ensure that nothing gets lost or smooshed at the bottom.

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Makeup Bag – All the goodies that I shared in the My Daily Makeup Routine blog post will come along for the ride.

Beauty Bag – As I’ve gotten more interested in skin care, my in flight beauty routine has evolved. For long flights I’ll fly sans makeup and add moisturizers, maybe a clear mask, and try to keep my skin hydrated in flight.

Wallet – I still haven’t gotten round to getting a new wallet and have been using this cute little monogrammed GiGi New York pouch for over a year now.

Snack Bag – Nuts, bars, and supplements are on me at all times. Check out my Travel + Macros post for more on how I stay healthy while I travel.

Miscellaneous Bag – This bag actually lives in my purse regardless of the destination. It has everything I could need throughout the day from feminine hygiene products, Motrin, and nail files to a mini flashlight, ear plugs, and pasties. Like I said. Miscellaneous.

Cord Bag – I put my laptop cord, charges, my external hard drive, and other phone, pad, or laptop paraphernalia in this bag.

Laptop & Tablet – Entertainment on the go.

Last item in my bag? I always grab the biggest water bottle that I can find while I’m at the airport and shove it into the bag. I hate buying plastic bottles, but I do this when I fly so I can use the bottle for the rest of the trip without worrying about losing one of my favorites.

What’s in YOUR bag?

Want more travel and packing tips? You’ll love these posts:

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Healthy Thanksgiving Recipes

These healthy Thanksgiving recipes will really help you enjoy the holidays to the fullest. There are some delicious options for appetizers and sides, some entrees, and even desserts. All healthy and allergen-friendly, with plenty of vegan, gluten-free, and paleo-friendly options for you to enjoy!

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Appetizers & Sides:

Entrees:

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Desserts:

Do YOU have favorite Thanksgiving recipes you make every year? Or do you like to try new recipes?

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MCLV Style | Cape + Thigh High Boots

I lived in my black Vince Camuto thigh high boots last season so I knew that this Fall I wanted to pick up a pair of neutral hued ones.

I actually feel pretty good about the fact that I waited until Fall 2017 to pick these babies up, because I definitely wanted them earlier this year. And I was rewarded by finding them on sale at DSW!

It’s the little victories, right?

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Adivan Over The Knee Boot in Taupe – Unisa via DSW

Black Fit n’ Flare Dress – Eliza J

Cape Blazer – Mural from Nordstrom

Snakeskin Clutch – Michael Kors

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{Photography by J. Villarete Photography}

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My Fall and Winter uniform is over-the-knee boots and either a dress or a tunic and slim pants.

Errands, outings, shopping, dinners… That’s my go-to look. Perhaps it’s a bit boring that I don’t mix things up more, but it’s like a uniform. I get ready quickly, always feel comfortable and confident, and I’m cozy once the temperatures start to drop.

Here I paired my favorite little black day dress {LBDD – Totally a thing} with a sleek cape blazer, and my thigh high Unisa boots. I love the combination of a tailored, traditional top with a more bohemian bottom half.

What’s YOUR go-to uniform this time of year?

Need some new boots this season? Be sure to check out my Fall Footwear | Boots & Booties post!

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