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LookMazing + Banana Republic’s Mad Men Collection

I was thrilled when Banana Republic announced that they were planning to produce another Mad Men inspired collection this season. It’s funny, I love classic, retro styles and have adored & shopped these collections in the past, but I’ve never actually seen Mad Men.

Need to remedy that ASAP.

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In honor of my recent LookMazing feature {pictured above} and the fun Banana Republic pieces that I got a chance to try out, I wanted to share my favorite picks from this new collection.

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{Collection Hampton-Fit Gingham Crop – $100}

These pants are perfect for Spring 2013. Perfect for daytime wear with sandals or flats, a basic tee, and a brightly colored scarf, or for nighttime with heels, a sleek tank, and some statement jewelry.

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{Left: Collection Beaded Necklace – $60 & Left: Collection Line Bracelet – $50}

Speaking of statement jewelry… Loved all of the Mad Men pieces but these were my favorite. I especially like the navy + green color combination in this necklace – Really classic & chic, but with a modern twist.

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{Collection Peggy Ballet Heel – $130}

I love a great pair of low-heeled pumps and the metallic embellishment on these is the perfect little touch to make these visually interesting and really stand out. You could easily wear these with a pencil skirt for work or paired with your favorite jeans & a leather jacket for a night out.

Don’t worry boys, I didn’t forget you. While the perfect suit is obviously a must have for the gentleman with style, the accessories are where you can really have fun and get creative. And Banana Republic’s Mad Men collection has some pretty darn cute extras for you to invest in!

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{Left: Striped Silk Skinny Tie – $70 & Right: Straw Fedora – $50}

The navy looks great paired with both the black and the brown in these pieces and by including great striped accessories like these you’re opening up your look to incorporate additional colors.

Which pieces from this fun new collection are on your Must Have list?

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Fashion:

In the mood to spice up your wardrobe for Spring? Check out the Spring 2013 Shopping page for some fun pieces & shopping tips & recommendations for Spring.

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Denim on denim is a must try when the weather starts to warm up this year – Something I’ve been experimenting with since I got my new TopShop Chambray shirt. Check out The Glitter Guide’s Style Sessions: Three Ways To Wear Denim On Denim for some tips & suggestions.

What am I most excited to try this Spring style-wise? Suits, suits, and more suits. Check out Into The Jungle’s This Spring: Suit Up to see how fun this new trend is going to be.

Has the Spring Cleaning bug hit you yet? Apartment Therapy has just the project if you’re looking to spice things up in your home – Before & After: Closet Under the Stairs Gets a Dramatic Makeover.

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Make going to bed all the sweeter each night by tackling this little DIY project and giving your bedside table – Weekend DIY: Instant Update {Nightstand}.

Health & Nutrition:

Whether you’re recovering from an injury, easing into a new fitness routine, or looking for a stress reliever yoga is a great activity to try out – Strong Body, Powerful Mind.

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As the Winter chill starts to fade and the days start to look more and more like Spring I’ll be breaking out all sorts of delicious salads but I’ve found that during this transition period at the beginning of the year I’m always craving soups and other warm but light comfort foods. Enter Oh She Glows’s Not Your Average Potato Soup.

February may have officially been heart health month but that doesn’t mean that you should ignore your health for the other 11 months of the year. I was astounded when I read the statistics about heart disease in women and in order to help us all stay on top of our heart health here’s The House Always Wins with 16 Things You Can Do For Your Heart Today.

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Whenever I’m in the mood for an indulgent treat I head to The Wannabe Chef’s site – He’s similarly pumpkin, peppermint & chocolate obsessed so I adore his site. His latest triumph? Healthy Chocolate Walnut Bread – Don’t you just love to see “chocolate” and “healthy” in the same recipe?

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Beginners Fitness: Kettlebells

Welcome to Week II of the new Spring 2013 Beginners Fitness Series!

You can catch up on Beginners Fitness Week I or enjoy some other recent health & fitness-related posts – Guest Post: Women’s Health, Guest Post: Fashion of the Fitness World, Guest Post: Food & The Daily Battle & {Guest Post} Interview With A Trainer.

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{Inspiration Pinterest Board}

Workouts:

Since this is just Week Two of this new fitness regime we’re going to keep the total number of workouts at two for another week – You want to ease into any changes in your activity level to avoid injuries or overworking yourself. If you feel like you’re ready to go beyond two, feel free to add one of the workouts from last week’s list – Beginners Fitness.

A great piece of gym equipment that I highly recommend is the kettlebell. It’s a very versatile piece since you can use them in a gym setting or at home/outside. Definitely a good investment.

[1.] Day One:

Warm Up: 5 minutes of cardio {Walking quickly, jogging/running, elliptical, stationary bike, rowing, stair climber…}

  • Kettlebell Swings {Kettlebells Workouts’s Teaching Points for The Kettlebell Swing} Three rounds of 10-15 swings – #1 thing to keep in mind is your form & to be careful of your back!!!
  • Goblet Squats {Men’s Health’s Goblet Squats} Three rounds of 10-15 squats

Warm Down: 5-10 minutes of intervals on a machine of your choosing {See the suggestions under Warm Up}

  • 30 seconds as fast as possible
  • 1 minute 30 seconds recovery – moderate speed
  • 30 seconds as fast as possible
  • 1 minute 30 seconds recovery – moderate speed

*Reading Materials – 22 Kick Ass Kettlebell Exercises from Greatist.com

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[2.] Day Two: {Longer Workout}

Warm Up: 10 minutes of walking or light cardio

Warm Down: 10-15 minutes of intervals on a machine of your choosing {See the suggestions under Warm Up}

  • 30 seconds as fast as possible
  • 1 minute 30 seconds recovery – moderate speed
  • 30 seconds as fast as possible
  • 1 minute 30 seconds recovery – moderate speed

*Reading Materials – Total Body Toning With Kettlebells from Women’s Health

Nutrition:

In the last post I suggested that you try cutting some of the processed foods out of your diet and cooking more, were you able to give that a try? Changing your routine and breaking habits is one of the hardest things that you can do, but knowing that you’re making strides towards improving your health and increasing your life expectancy should help motivate you.

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Here are a few more snack alternatives to not only help you GET COOKING, but also so that you can still enjoy some tasty snacks without reaching for processed or sugary store-bought treats:

  • I crave salty foods, especially when I’m under stress, so these Oven Fries from The Wannabe Chef are the perfect thing to reach for. Bonus points for using a sweet potato!
  • Do you crave a sweet treat in the afternoons? Give these Homemade Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Larabars from OhSheGlows a try next time you get peckish. You can also freeze them and then you’ll have a great treat whenever you want it!

Homework:

We talked about stress last time – Now that you’re aware of how important controlling stress is for your health, what are you doing to help combat it? Yoga is a much-loved stress reducer, but if you’re not up for a class there are still some moves that you can try out at home – Om Alone: At-Home Yoga Workout.

One of the best things that you can do for your health and one of the most powerful daily changes you can make is adding walking to your life. Check out this post on the benefits of walking {Guest Post: Low-Intensity Fasted Cardio} and this piece from Prevention Magazine – News Pulse: What A Simple Walk Can Do.

Disclaimer: Prior to making any dramatic changes to your fitness routine or diet you should consult a physician.

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MCLV Style: Emerald City

Since emerald was dubbed the color of the moment I dug this top out of the back of my closet for a recent sunny Saturday. When I got this piece I was actually a blonde and while it was quite pretty then I have to say I like it even better now that I’m a redhead. 🙂

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{You can shop similar pieces by clicking these hyperlinks: Emerald Top – Zara, Jeans – Forever 21, Booties – Rebecca Minkoff, Blazer – Zara, Necklace – J.Crew & Tote – Furla}

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

I’m enjoying this trend – Emerald’s a versatile color and looks great against virtually all skin tones and hair colors {as opposed to, say, mustard yellow}. It’s also a great choice if you’re adding a “pop of color” to a look because it’s so eye-catching and bold. If you’re in the mood to explore the emerald trend than check out some of the fun pieces below:

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{Left: BCBG Blouse – $89 @ Bluefly, Top Right : Carry-All Pouch – $46 @ American Apparel, Center Right: Emerald Necklace – $30 @ Bauble Bar & Bottom Right: Mossimo Cap-Toed Heel – $25 @ Target}

Another trend I’m MAD about this Spring is metallics – Specifically metallic cap-tied shoes like these Mossimo heels. Emerald + metallic = Spring perfection as far as I’m concerned!

Are you a fan of this season’s emerald trend? Have you found any pieces that you like yet for Spring 2013?

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Health & Fitness:

If yesterday’s post got you excited about improving your health than be sure to check out Muscle & Fitness’s Finding the Good in Saturated Fats and learn about healthy fats.

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Food combining is one of those things that I’ve read about from different sources and heard people rave about, though I’ve never tried it. Is it something you’re interested in? Then read Green Thickies’s Food Combining Explained.

Figuring out what to eat before or after a workout can be tricky, here’s a simplified guide from The No Meat Athlete – The 7 Secrets of Post-Workout Recovery.

Being more positive was one of my 2012 New Years Resolutions and again this year I wanted to put conscious effort into approaching my life with a better attitude. I loved this piece from The Huffington Post, especially the part about happiness being a choice.

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Need some motivation to get your booty to the gym for a sweat session? Check out these gorgeous sun-drenched pictures from NYC Pretty taken in New York this Winter – Central Park Stretch.

Fashion:

One of the trends that I’m most excited for this Spring are the printed pants. If you’re considering getting a pair but aren’t sure how versatile they’ll be than this is the article for you – My Style: 5 Ways To Wear Floral Pants.

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Kerchiefs and headscarves are a fabulous retro style that evoke images of Sophia Lauren and Jackie O. You’ll be sure to get inspired to try a fun new style after viewing these beautiful pictures from Scent of Obsession – Trend Report: Acconciature e Foulard S/S 2013.

I’m always looking for tricks and tips to try out that’ll improve the storage situation in my apartment. Glitter Guide to the rescue – Organizational DIY To Try.

Collars are a fun trend that can really take a look to the next level – Whether it’s a top with an embellished Peter Pan collar or a fun necklace. If you’re up for a project this weekend why not make your own? Nelle Creations – We Heart This :: DIY Collar Necklace.

Stripes

Stripes are always a great style to bring back each Spring so start early this season and check out The Fashion Fruit’s stripes inspiration board – Stripes Stripes Stripes!

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