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Travel Time: NYC & IFBCON

At the beginning of last September I headed to sweltering New York City to attend my first IFB Conference and Fashion’s Night Out – The conference was such an amazing experience that I’ve decided to further my fashion blogger education with another once-in-a-lifetime trip back East.

{You can read about my trip & enjoy some fabulous Summer fashion from September here:  IFBCON PreparationIFBCON – Trends, Styles & Inspiration, MCLV Style: New York City, MCLV Style: IFBCON Day One, MCLV Style: IFBCON Day Two, and New York Fashion Diary}

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As with my trip in September a huge part of the fun – And the stress – Is deciding what to bring for the trip. Not only is New York City a fashion capital whose streets beg for killer footwear & fun, one-of-a-kind looks, the conference is also a chance to meet inspirational people within the industry and connect with other fashion bloggers – Some of whom may have been instrumental in you decision to start a blog in the first place.

Nerve-wracking.

I was right on the edge of beginning to panic when I read this amazing article from Hilary Rushford at Dean Street Society about similar anxieties & a solution to her own fashion crisis prior to attending the Alt Summit Conference in Salt Lake City – Why I’m Not Going To Win Best Dressed at Alt Summit. After reading it – And quickly becoming enthralled by her blog – I realized that she’s one of the speakers at IFBCON this week. How serendipitous!

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With Hilary’s permission to not win best dressed I decided that I needed a better way to approach the packing conundrum. Ultimately I know that for me picking out each piece & styling it in advance is the best way to go – That way I can relax and enjoy myself once I arrive. The other thing that I love is getting inspired by fashion magazines, other bloggers, and all the beautiful pictures I can find online.

Enter Pinterest. 🙂

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The other thing that’s fun when you’re packing is to get inspired by the professionals. And by professionals I mean the fabulous fashion set who have been gracing New York Fashion Week {or IFBCON} with their presence for years – Jetset Style Guide – NYFW February 2013 from Hitha On The Go, Fashion Week Beauty Essentials from Late Afternoon, {What to Wear} To A Fashion Blogging Conference from Beautify My Life, 8 Looks Inspiring Our NYFW Wardrobe from Glittery Guide, and of course Bigger, Better, Bolder: What To Bring To IFB Con from IFB.

Have you ever gotten stressed out by the notion of getting packed for a trip? How did you calm yourself done & get yourself packed?

Be sure to follow my New York City adventures on these platforms for pictures & updates:

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What’s Your Fashion Statement?

One of my favorite fashion & fashion blogging-related communities to be a part of is The Girls Inspired Group – It’s supportive, fun, and brings you in contact with so many talented bloggers and their fabulous sites. There seriously aren’t enough hours in the day for me to check out as many lovely blogs as I’d like to!

In addition to introducing all of us blogger to one another, the group is also inspiring us with fun spotlight topics for us to write posts about. This week’s topic is a great one so I felt like I needed to participate – GIG Spotlight #2 Fashion Tag: What’s Your Fashion Statement?

So here goes… I would describe my personal style as classic with a twist – I love basic black & chic, timeless pieces – But with a fun, eye-catching twist like the addition of statement jewelry or an on-trend accessory.

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{Examples of my ever-evolving style – Caped Crusader, Lady of the Night & Striped Leopard}

My closets are filled to the brim with basics like perfect Little Black Dresses, trench coats, quality striped & polka-dotted pieces, chic blouses, classic pumps, great fitting jeans, season-less bags…

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{See Real Girls Need Real Closets, Real Girls Need Real Closets – Accessories Edition, and Closet Organization for suggestions & recommendations for what basics you can try out!}

But I also do a seasonal refresher every few months in order to add new accessories, pieces in fun, on-trend colors & prints, and maybe collect a new bag. Or two. 🙂 This process definitely involves a trip to Zara & some online shopping at my favorite go-to stores.

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{Some recent acquisitions that have made their way into my closet via the Paragon Outlets in Livermore, Zara, Forever 21, BCBG, Neiman Marcus & Bloomingdale’s}

So tell me, what’s YOUR fashion statement?

Join me and follow my daily life, and the fun I have cooking, shopping, styling for events, and enjoying San Francisco on these platforms:

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Versatile Blogger Award

I’m thrilled & honored to have been nominated by Periscope Girl for the Versatile Blogger Award. I started Moi Contre La Vie hesitantly and it was only as I received amazing support and positive feedback that I was able to go from posting once a week to 6-7 times a week. And I’m loving every minute of it!

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Rules:

  • Display the award logo on your blog
  • Link back to the person who nominated you
  • State seven things about yourself
  • Nominate 5 other bloggers for this award and link to the them
  • Notify those bloggers of the nomination and the award’s requirements

Seven Things About Me:

  • Blogging is my passion project and while I would LOVE to be able to work in the fashion industry full-time I, like many others, have to have a day job to pay the bills. And buy purses. When the sun’s up my Clark Kent day job is as a compliance officer at a hedge fund in downtown San Francisco.
  • I double majored in Classics and History at UC Berkeley and wanted to get my PhD so that I could spend my life in a dusty library doing research & writing for publications like National Geographic.
  • While I love one-of-a-kind boutiques & the convenience of department stores if I could only shop one place for the rest of my life it would be Zara. I’m addicted. And I’m ok with that.
  • I’m a California girl through-and-through. I was born in Los Gatos, raised in Sacramento, and have lived the in Bay Area for over 10 years now {First in Berkeley, now in San Francisco}.
  • I never leave my apartment without putting on under-eye concealer, mascara & blush.
  • I lived in Rome for six months studying Art History when I was a junior in college. It was the most amazing experience of my life.

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{Serious throwback – This is my best friend & I in Athens when we were 21}

  • I’ve traveled quite a bit over the years – Some of the countries I’ve visited are Mexico, Canada, Belize, Dominican Republic, Italy, Greece, France, Czech Republic, Austria, Spain, Germany, the UK, Denmark, Thailand, Taiwan, Hong Kong, Singapore, and the Philippines.

My Nominations:

This was a challenge for me – Narrowing down my list to five was not an easy task. I follow many, many bloggers and while I’ve been reading some for years, I decided to keep this list to newly discovered sites that I’m just getting to know, and absolutely loving.

So without further ado…

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{The Subtle Statement – Previously featured in Fall 2012 Must Haves}

  • The Subtle Statement – I met Brittany, the author of The Subtle Statement, at IFBCON in September and have been an eager devotee ever since. Her site is beautifully organized and features the perfect mix of personal style, fashion tips, beauty product reviews, shopping suggestions, and fun video tutorials.

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{Vintage Virgin – Previous featured in this Looks of the Week post}

  • Vintage Virgin – If you like vintage shopping and eclectic fashion Vintage Virgin is the site for you – It’s filled with killer one-of-a-kind pieces and fun, inspiring outfits that’ll get you in the mood to run home and play dress up!

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{The Tall Blonde – Previously featured in this Looks of the Week post}

  • The Tall Blonde – This Swiss fashion blogger is a former model and brings an enviable grace and poise to her photographs, as well as a fabulous sense of style and love of drama.

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{I Love Green Inspiration – Previously featured in this Links You’ll Love post}

  • I Love Green Inspiration – This site is a unique mixture of dreamy inspiration and bold, dramatic photographs that will thrill, excite, and motivate you. She features brilliant pictures and both her website and Facebook page are visually striking.

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{Fashion Steele  NYC – Previously featured in this Looks of the Week post}

  • Fashion Steele NYC – I adore New York and it’s bold, dramatic brand of style so this site is a great place for me to brush up on what’s going on sartorially in my home away from home.

Thank you again for the nomination and I hope that you have enjoyed learning a little something new about me and that you’ll love these blogs that I’ve recommended above as much as I do!

Last year I was equally excited to have been nominated as well – Check out my responses & suggestions last time around here.

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Links You’ll Love

Health & Fitness:

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Packing lunch during the week is a great option to save money and make sure that you’re getting a healthy, nutritious meal mid-day to keep you going. I like to do some work in the kitchen during the weekends to prepare for the week {Sunday Prep}, you can also get some killer tips from Choosing Raw – Monday’s Lunchbox.

Thinking about jumping on the treadmill or elliptical for some cardio and neglecting the machines and weight racks are you gym? Think again! I’m a huge advocate of not only changing up your gym routine on a regular basis but of foregoing machine cardio for walking and weight training. If you don’t believe m just read this piece from Natalie Jill Fitness: Only WEIGHT and INTENSITY Will Change Your Body – You HAVE to lift HEAVY if You Want to Lean Out and Change Your Body!

Fitting in a workout is a MUST during the hectic holiday season – It reduces stress, gives you some much-needed alone time, produces endorphins, and keeps you healthy & fit so you can enjoy the holiday festivities with your friends and family. Regardless of whether you have an hour or 15 minutes available, or if you even have time to make it to the gym – Make time!

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I love the old Hollywood, film noir feel of killer black & white photographs. The subjects somehow always manage to appear chic and timeless, regardless of the year, the pose, the style of their clothes… I just can’t get enough and neither can A Fashion Friend – It’s Better In Black & White.

Have you ever been tempted to run off to Paris so that you can live a fashionable, glamorous life? If the answer is yes, you probably shouldn’t click on these links because you will most likely run off to Paris to live a fashionable, glamorous life.

As you may know – I adore stripes – Whether they’re the traditional nautical variety for Spring or demure pinstripes for the office. So why not take this fabulous print into the Fall season as well? Harper’s Bazaar definitely agrees – Shop the Street Style Look: Summer’s Stripes for Fall.

Are you a jeans girl? There are so many varieties this day in age there are almost endless choices when you head into a store and start to peruse their denim department. 70’s flare, wide-leg, cropped, skinny, cut-off, distressed, boyfriend, boot cut… Check out Love Me Jeans for some serious denim inspiration and worship – What’s your favorite pair?

We’ve all had the rule “No White After Labor Day” repeated ad nauseam over the years, but is this a rule for our grandmothers and not for our generation? Well The Man Repeller is making quite the argument against this rule with her fabulous photographs from Nolita – Accent In White.

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