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MCLV Style: Floral Kimono

One of my favorite pieces that I acquired heading into Fall last season was this sheer floral kimono. I’m not sure I’d ever looked at kimono before but as soon as I laid eyes on this baby I knew it would be a great topper on a warm day.

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Floral Sheer Chiffon Kimono – Sheinside

Little Black Dress – Free People

Black Wedges – Madden Girl

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My favorite way to wear this kimono is thrown over a simple black dress. I also love adding my favorite oversized felt hat to give it a boho, hippie chic vibe.

Floral Kimono Little Black Dress Boho Hippie Chic San Francisco Fashion Blogger Street Style

{Photography by Work It Berk!}

We did this fun little shoot in the back-alleys of North Beach on a beautiful, sunny Sunday afternoon. It was my first time shoot with Miss Brittany of Work It Berk and it was such a fun experience.

She shared the pictures on her website along with an interview with yours truly so be sure to head over and check it out – Work It, Bloggers: Caity of Moi Contre La Vie.

Tell me – Are YOU a kimono kind of girl?

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MCLV Style: Gold Details

Sometimes you put together a look only to realize after the fact that what you love most about it is actually the little details. Or in this case, the gold details. All of the chunky gold pieces paired with the statement necklace ended up being really eye-catching and fun.


{You can shop similar pieces by clicking these hyperlinks: Dress – Prabal Gurung for Target, Booties – Steve Madden, Bag – Givenchy & Statement Necklace –  J.Crew}


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{Photography by Jennymay Villarete of J. Villarete Photography}

Gold is certainly my trademark style for jewelry these days – I can’t seem to get enough. That includes vintage pieces from my favorite online vintage shop Sasha Maks Vintage to one-of-a-kind pieces designed by local designer Kamryn Dame.


What I love about the gold details in this look is how they compliment the fun print on the dress – I actually got asked multiple times if collar was part of the dress while I was photographing the Avant-Garde & Couture Runway Show for San Francisco Fashion Week.

What’s YOUR jewelry style? Big & bold or do you prefer more delicate pieces?

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Looks of the Week – Floral Edition

While “Summertime Florals” may not be the most ground-breaking trend in the history of fashion – I have to confess that I’ve been falling head over heels for floral looks all season. Especially chic floral on floral combinations like the fabulous examples below!

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{I mean seriously, can you think of a cuter Summer look?}


{Retro vibe? Check. Midriff baring? Check. Florals? Check. Amazing? CHECK!}

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{Love florals but can’t decide on one print or piece? Try mixing them up like in this stunning shot!}


{Florals don’t have to be limited to street clothes either, if you’re a tried-and-true fan give a floral swimsuit a try like Bee did here.}


{Do you feel like a bright print isn’t really your style? Try a dramatic but more subdued black & white floral instead.}

Which of the floral looks above are most your style?

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Styling 101: Winter Florals

I don’t know about you but I’m ready for Spring. I love Winter – Don’t get me wrong. From the cozy layers to the chic outerwear to the never-ending choices for eye-catching accessories, Winter is just such a fun season from a sartorial standpoint. That being said, for some reason this year I cannot WAIT for Spring. I’m not sure if it’s the extra cold Winter weather in San Francisco or the fact that my closet is stuffed to the brim with fun new Spring duds that are just waiting to be taken out for a spin…

Ok, it’s probably the latter! 🙂


{Sasha Maks Vintage Jewelry: Faux Pearl Flapper Necklace, Flapper Black Glass Tassel Sautoir & Faux Jade Cocktail Ring}


{You can shop similar pieces by clicking these hyperlinks: Floral Bodycon Dress – Aqua via Bloomingdale’s, Cut-Out Booties – BCBG, Faux Leather-Sleeved Coat – Aqua via Bloomingdale’s & Cross-body Bag – DKNY}


{Check out outtakes from this shoot here – Just log into Facebook to view}

I finally decided that the next best thing to Spring actually starting would be getting all decked out in Winter florals! You can easily take a fun warm weather frock and make it Winter-appropriate by adding some cute layers or warm outerwear. This faux leather-sleeved coat was a great addition – It kept me perfectly toasty and looked like it was made to be worn with my new cut-out BCBG booties.

Are you ready for Valentine’s Day?

Well I have a little treat for you – Come visit Moi Contre La Vie & Sasha Maks next week at the Valentine’s Day trunk show featuring all of the amazing, one-of-a-kind vintage jewelry from Sasha Maks Vintage {more details here & you can RSVP on Eventbrite}. Not only can you get 20% off at the trunks how, you can also visit the Sasha Maks Vintage website and get 20% off through February 14th with the code LOVE2013.

Stay tuned for more exciting looks from the Styling 101 series & be sure to check out our past collaborations:

*Jewelry styling by Sasha Maks

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Milan Fashion Week Spring 2013

I adore the designers who show at Milan Fashion Week – The clothes are inevitably dramatic, womanly, and sexy sexy sexy. This season was no exception, the collections shown were color, extravagant, and downright spectacular.


The Versace woman is never afraid to show some skin and this Spring she’ll really be putting her fabulous figure on display in an assortment of mini skirts, dresses, and shorts in mesh, nude lace, and sheer fabrics.

Low slung belts, studded cross-body bags, midriff baring tops, and knee-high gladiator sandal-boot hybrids were the accessories de jour, all in blacks, nudes, and vibrant Spring colors. I especially liked the sleeveless shift dresses and the studded belts which added a dash of rock n’ roll to the looks.

Salvatore Ferragamo:

Leather and skins were highly featured at the Ferragamo show, and while other designers showed flowy silhouettes, bright colors, and prints & florals, Ferragamo was structured and tailored.

The black, white & nude collection included fabulous outerwear, slim pants, lacing, metallics, lace, mesh fabrics, snake-skin, boots, and studs, buckles & grommets.

Alberta Ferretti:

Delicate. Ladylike. Romantic. Those are all words that I usually associate with Alberta Ferretti and this Spring collection is no different. I might even add dreamy this season.

Between the beading, shimmering, feathers, lace, and wet-looking slinky fabrics this collection was a treat for the senses, you wanted to reach out and touch all the aquatic-inspired designs!


‘Dramatic’ and ‘florals’ may not seem like they are two concepts that go together, but at Prada the dark, moody hues made the Japanese-inspired florals really pop.

From red poppies to black & white dandelion silhouettes, these florals were modern and dramatic rather than your usual hippie-inspired, Spring-appropriate florals.


Printed and colorblocked separates, dresses, and outerwear marched down the Fendi runway in colors from black & white to yellow, brown, and blue.

While there were a few solid-colored frocks among the looks sent down the catwalk, it was the dramatic and eye-catching futuristic prints that really caught my eye. The exaggerated silhouettes and interesting draping, folding, and tailoring were also outstanding.


The Moschino collection was absolutely killer! I’m a huge fan of mod-inspired looks and this collection was all about the 60’s – From amazingly flattering black & white pieces to swoon-worthy brightly colored prints & stripes.

The dramatic, embellished silver sandals, the retro hats, oversized sunnies, shift dresses, and chic, colorful jumpsuits & rompers with contrasting colored piping were all totally wearable. The separates and dresses had a great retro vibe but were still totally wearable for a modern girl if styled right!

Dolce & Gabbana:

Bright, fun & kitschy – Just the way we like it!

The old school Italian themed show was full of fun colors, extravagant prints, stripes, oversized earrings, scarves, and the classic, retro silhouettes that the pair do so well. It was interesting, eye-catching, and wearable.

Roberto Cavalli:

This primarily black & white collection included hints of pink, green, and orange among the dreamy crystal, gem, and jewel-encrusted dresses, gowns, and slim suits.

From delicate lace, mesh, and sheer fabrics in crisp white to abstract florals in palest pastels to dramatic beaded pieces in black. Slinky, sexy, and dramatic – These designs were simultaneously powerful and delicate, a feat few designers can manage.


Though there were bold patterns featured in the Marni collection, there were also great white, and solid colored separates and dresses, all in the preferred, exaggerated silhouette of Consuelo Castiglioni.

Wooden brooches and ankle-strap platform sandals were also featured, both adding a down-to-earth feel to the collection. What I liked best were the cocoon -haped coats in bright prints and the peplum adorned dresses.


Think PINK! The Gucci show opened with a handful of bright pink looks, followed by blue, green, and yellow before the final black & white evening looks.

Brilliant colors, retro 70’s styles, and flattering, womanly silhouettes. The collection was dramatic and eye-catching while still being fun and wearable. The whole affaire was bold and sexy, one of my favorite collections!


The relaxed, Out of Africa style collection from MaxMara showcased slouchy knits, shirt dresses, safari inspired outerwear, and a host of somber colored prints, plaids, and stripes.

They delivered a collection of easy, low-key separates that could easily be paired together or mixed n’ matched with other pieces that you already have in your wardrobe.

Giorgio Armani:

This collection was all about shimmering, shiny, science fiction-inspired fabrics, textures, and colors. Silvery blue-grays, tie-dye inspired aquas, and sparkling navy were all heavily featured.

The flowy, somewhat exaggerated silhouettes were universally flattering and the chic, simple sandals were pure Armani. I always love Giorgio’s habit of sending two girls at a time down the runway, such a fun way to space things!


This was a fun, bright, playful extravaganza – From candy-like prints & patterns to vibrant pinks, yellows & blues to cheeky silhouettes & fabrics.

I especially liked the interesting fabrics and textures that Christopher Kane showcased, as well as the use of exposed zippers and the fun prints. It was a really youthful and energetic collection of pieces.


The knits that marched down the runway for Missoni spanned the color spectrum – From crisp whites to playful corals to Springy greens & blues. Taste the rainbow!

The breezy dresses and structured separates were wearable and chic – Perfect for a Spring full of exotic locations, days spent reading by the pool, or picking your way through foreign flea markets. They had a rich feel to them, like a luxurious vacation to far away lands come to life!

Sources: Style.com, Fashionologie, The Stylist, & Tom & Lorenzo

Previous Milan Collections: Milan Fashion Week Fall 2012 – Street Style & Front Row Fashion, Milan Fashion Week Fall 2012, Milan Fashion Week Spring 2012 – Street Style & Front Row Fashion, Milan Fashion Week Spring 2012 – Part I & Milan Fashion Week Spring 2012 – Part II.

Additional reviews, photographs, shows, and videos: Fashionologie’s Bags! The Best From Milan’s Spring 2013 Runways, Harper’s Bazaar’s Milan Fashion Week Spring 2013 Looks & Derek Blasberg’s Insta-Diary From The Fashion Week(s).

What’s your favorite designer from the Milan Fashion Week lineup? Do you look forward to any shows season after season?

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