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MCLV Style: Herringbone

Herringbone is a twill fabric with a distinct v-shaped weave. It’s a classic cloth and pattern that’s been around since ancient Rome. It’s been popular for suiting and gone in and out of vogue over the years in the women’s wear arena.

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Emma Long-Sleeve Dress in Herringbone c/o Amour Vert

Black & White Laurel Satchel – Kate Spade New York

Black Tights – DKNY

Flat Ankle Boots – Costume National

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{Photos by Lydia Hudgens Photography}

I’m a long-time fan of herringbone and have seen great iterations of it on the sidewalks as well as the runways in recent seasons. From Emily Ratajkowski’s killer harringbone oversized overcoat to Balenciaga’s all powerful power suits. One of the things that’s so great about this fabric is its never-ending versatility. From accessories to outerwear to male and female suiting essentials, it can make a chic addition to any wardrobe. It can also go easily from classic and retro-inspired to edgy and eye-catching at a designer’s whim.

I fell head-over-heels for this timeless little shift from Amour Vert, the question was how to make the modern-meets-mod frock sing. After playing a little bit of dress-up, I decided that I liked a classic but contemporary take with tights and booties.

What’s YOUR favorite fabric?

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What I Eat in a Day | Vegetarian Edition

While I often eat fully vegan, there are days where I incorporate eggs into my diet. Today I’ll be showing you what I consume during one of these vegetarian days! {I’ll be including my drinks and supplements as well so that you can see how I’m rounding out my nutrition most days}

5am – I start with a full water bottle of room temperature water. I like starting with this little ritual for a few reasons. It starts the day on a healthy note, get you started on your hydration goal for the day, and helps flush your system.

6am – Detox shot. I’ve shared this little recipe before – Morning Routine – But it’s been updated a bit in recent months. I figured, since it already tastes awful, I might as well throw in some other powders and supplements! 🙂 These days my shot contains: Lemon juice, apple cider vinegar, turmeric, ginger, chaga mushroom extract, and green superfood powder. Add a little water and shoot. I usually chase it with a strawberry.

8am – Breakfast time varies, I’d say 8am is the average. I tend to wake up hungry if I have a carb-heavy dinner the night before, in which case I’ll eat at 7am. After months and months of oats, I finally had enough {for now!} and moved on to scrambles. I meal prep on Sundays and prep a frittata or scramble for the week and portion it out, plus salsa, into glass Tupperware for the week. My combo these days is 1 egg, egg whites, peppers, sweet potato, red onion, garlic, tomatoes, spinach, and a heavy dose of turmeric.

9am – After breakfast I take my supplements: Vitamin B12 {important for non-meat eaters}, Calcium, and Potassium.

11am – BCAAs for my workout

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12pm – Smoothie time! I generally go back and forth between my green peanut butter smoothie and a berry version.

1pm – Protein pancakes. While I’m prepping my eggs on Sunday I also make some pancakes to take as a post-workout snack. Super easy, tasty recipe – Tone It Up protein powder, egg whites, cinnamon, and 1/3 banana.

4pm – I usually have a No Cow bar on the way out of the office to the gym. Gives me a boost of energy for the workout and holds me over until dinner.

6pm – We go to bed pretty early so I like to plan dinner for 6pm-6:30pm. Similar to the oats, I sort of burned myself out on salads for a while, but I’m starting to get back in the mood again. These days dinner is usually a roasted/sautéed veggie bowl with brown rice/quinoa, or a salad beast with a veggie burger or tofu.

7pm – I usually finish off the day with raw nuts and dried fruit. My current favorites are pecans, walnuts, almonds, and goji berries or mulberries. Yum!

What do YOU think of my vegetarian meal plan? Do you have a favorite plant-based dish I should try?

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Let’s Talk About: Sunscreen

Sunscreen is one of those things that your mother has been harassing gently reminding you about for years. And just like sensible shoes and higher thread-count sheets, she is totally right. The huge bummer about sunscreen is that you often times don’t realize just how important it is until some damage – Either major or minor – Has already been done.

It’s preventative – So start early babies, start early!

So what are we going to talk about today? My favorite brands, my picks for different kinds of days, and my routine.

Daily:

I wear it every single day. Moisturizer, eye cream, and sunscreen – That’s my skin care routine each morning. Even for long work days when it’s dark when I leave for the office and dark when I get home.

It doesn’t matter that I’m never in direct sunlight, sunscreen is still a vital part of my daily routine.

But since I’m not out running around in the sun, I choose a slightly less heavy-duty variety. I change products fairly regularly, but go back to some standbys between new trials, so here are some of my favorites:

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Outdoor Days:

When I’m getting sweaty outside I like to amp things up, so here are my picks for running days, long hikes, and hanging outside on warmer weekends.

Vacation:

When I’m on vacay somewhere warm, humid, or tropical, I like to step up my skin care game. Traveling itself is drying and rough on your skin, so I like to give my skin some additional TLC while I’m also protecting it.

Tell me about YOUR sunscreen routine! What’s your favorite brand or product that I should try?

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Clarins Body Fit | Upgrade Your Self Care Routine

Creating luxurious little rituals in your daily life is a wonderful way to slow down and enjoy the moment. From savoring a cup of tea without the distraction of your phone to going for a hike to enjoy a beautiful view – You’re giving yourself a little love and boosting your mood.

When I heard about Clarins’s new Body Fit campaign, I was quite interested. While I love feeding my skin through healthy nutrition and fitness, I’m also a devoted fan of trying new skin care products. And this new product, from French luxury beauty house Clarins, is intended to add a step to your fitness routine and produce firmer, smoother, lifted skin.

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Color me intrigued!

And when I saw the skin care application video I knew I had to try it. They may call it an anti-cellulite self massage, but I call it self-love!

Spending a few minutes applying a luxurious cream, relaxing, breathing deeply, and focusing on yourself is just what a girl in this crazy, hectic world needs. It’s also the perfect addition to the nighttime routine I’ve been working on this year. My goal is to spend some time on myself every night – A bath, meditation, and journaling.

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Clarins Body Fit is the ideal addition to my routine – So I decided to take the challenge!

Have YOU tried Body Fit? Would you?

Note: While this post is sponsored by Clarins my opinions, of which I have many, are all my own.

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Skin Care for Beginners | Drugstore Products

I wish that I religiously used sunscreen growing up.

I wish that I understood the value of eye cream in my twenties.

I wish that I had been interested in maintaining my skin’s health.

But, in reality, my skin care routine was minimal to nonexistent for most of my twenties. It didn’t interest me, nor did I have the time or money to focus on things of those nature.

It wasn’t until I turned thirty that I started to appreciate what a quality skin care routine could mean for the face that I present to the world. Incidentally, that’s about the time that I started to enjoy yoga as well. Maybe there’s something about putting yourself first and enjoying the luxury of “me time” that you learn to appreciate around that age…?

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{Alba Hawaiian Facial Mask // St. Ives Scrub // L’Oreal Paris Age Perfect Eye Renewal Eye Cream // RoC Multi Correction Cream}

And you don’t have to spend a fortune at a department store or a specialty beauty shop. You can what you need to get started on a better skin care routine at your local drugstore!

Do YOU have a favorite drugstore find that I’ve missed?

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