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Online Shopping | Memorial Day Sales & Nordstrom Half Yearly Sale

The Nordstrom Half Yearly Sale is a twice-a-year shopping extravaganza that I look forward to and this year it coincides with all the amazing Memorial Day sales.

Calling all sale lovers! 馃檪

Here are some of my favorite picks from all of the sales as well as the discount codes for some other websites that I think you should check out.

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Summer Fun:

Swimsuits, maxi dresses, sunglasses, and hats – That’s what I’ll be stocking up on for this season.

I fell head-over-heels for Lush last Summer and bought up all of their knit maxi dresses. Every color and print. They’re super soft, flattering, and so perfect for Summer.

Need some new luggage for your travels? Get to Gilt – Their Longchamp sale is BANANAS!


Possibly my favorite category! This is the perfect chance to stock up on workout gear and lounge wear for an active and relaxing summer.


Don’t forget the boys in your life! Silk neck ties, backpacks, sunglasses, and lightweight scarves聽are all on sale.

Plus, Nordies carries Bonobos now, so what more could you want?

Beauty & Skin Care:

Get your warm-weather beauty routine ready for a season of fun and travel聽with sunscreen, detoxifying masks, bronzer, and more!


The cutest kiddie gear you can imagine for Summer – From colorful printed shorts and flamingo swimsuits to bold hats, cute heart sunglasses, and animal shoes.

  • Gilt – Kids clothes & maternity gear!
  • Gymboree – Everything under $12.99

What’s on YOUR shopping list this weekend?

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MCLV How To: Wedding Attire

After tackling the cocktail attire conundrum in MCLV How To: Traditional Cocktail Attire, I thought I’d help you decode the various dress codes associated with wedding attire. Here’s my cheat sheet for the four most common dress codes you’ll see on a wedding invitation.


  • Her – A sundress or a skirt or pair of pants with a blouse. Think of lightweight fabrics, light colors, and Summery patterns.
  • Him – Slacks with a light-colored button-down shirt or a polo shirt.


  • Her – A cocktail dress or a skirt or slacks with a blouse. For a daytime wedding with a cocktail attire dress code, I would consider bright jewel tones or other solid colored pieces. For evening, a bold hue or black will work equally well.
  • Him – Slacks and button down shirt. And I would also bring a blazer or suit jacket for evening.

Check out my MCLV How To: Traditional Cocktail Attire for more suggestions and tips for the perfect evening look

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Blue Lace Cocktail Dress – BCBGMaxAzxria

Ankle Strap Peep-Toe Heels – Fendi via The Real Real

Black Clutch – Nancy Gonzales

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{Photography by J. Villarete Photography}

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{This was my look for a recent “cocktail attire” wedding in Northern California}

Formal or Black Tie Optional:

  • Her – A chic cocktail dress or a floor-length gown. You want to aim for a classic evening style – Black, midnight blue or metallic are traditional color choices.
  • Him – A tuxedo or a suit and tie. The two looks should match in terms of the level of聽dressiness, so if she goes black tie and wears a gown, he should also adhere to that dress code and wear a tuxedo.

Black Tie:

  • Her – A floor-length gown.
  • Him – A tuxedo with a bow tie and patent leather shoes. A cummerband聽is optional.

Now two quick “rules” that apply to most weddings, regardless of the official dress code that you should keep in mind.

(1) Don’t wear white. Or cream. Or off-white. Or champagne. Stay away from that whole side of the color wheel – That’s the bride/bridal party only.

(2) Bring a wrap or lightweight jacket, even in Summer. There’s nothing worse than feeling out-of-place or over/under dressed, and a pashmina is the perfect fix. Just throw it on and you’re all set.

How do YOU feel about wedding dress codes? Any questions I can answer?

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Beauty Junkie | Sibu Sea Berry Seed Oil

Welcome back my beauty lovers!

This edition of Beauty Junkie is about Sibu Sea Berry Seed Oil!

I’ve turned into an oil fan the last few years. Probably in part because my skin is drying out somewhat as I get older, but also because I enjoy that it’s ultra hydrating. I generally workout twice a day, which means two showers daily washing off my body’s natural oils.

Replacing what’s lost with high quality facial and body oils seemed like a natural solution so I initially dipped a toe into the oil聽pool with Josie Maran’s Organic Argan Oil. I used their pure argan oil for a few months in the Winter and then in the Summer tried out the Josie Maran Argan Daily Moisturizer SPF 47 which I loved. That’s still my go-to product when I’m traveling to warm-weather spots during the Summer.

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Since then, I’ve graduated to argan body butter and even hair oils – And I haven’t had a bad experience yet. I have fairly sensitive skin, but have focused on organic, natural oils and luckily haven’t had any major break outs.

When Musely sent over the Sibu Sea Berry Oil to try out I was excited because this particular product is for damaged or problematic skin. High stress periods at the office聽means my skin is extra dry and in serious need of聽some TLC. I like to make a little ritual of the application as well – I put the product on all eight fingertips and slowly, gently聽massage it into my skin. Between the lovely oil and the little face massage, it’s both relaxing and rejuvenating.

Are YOU a fan of oils? What’s your favorite?

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Race Training: What I Eat on Training Days

Training for a race is a lot of work – Running, cross training, recovering, keeping yourself healthy, and – My favorite part – Fueling your body.

As I talked about in my Race Training for the Injured post – I love running, but due to my chronic injuries, I’m not able to follow a standard training program.

Even with only one run a week in my program, I’m still working very hard in preparation for my next race, and fueling my body with whole foods. And plenty of them.

My diet right now is decently聽high in carbs and fat, and really high in protein. A challenge with a vegetarian diet, but not impossible.

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Here’s a peek into what I’ll eat on a standard running聽day.

  • 7am – Coffee or tea & half of a No Cow Bar
  • 8am – Head out for a run w/ the other half of the No Cow Bar in the pocket of my running tights
  • 10am – As soon as I’m home from my run I’ll make a quick smoothie
  • 11am – After the quick hit of carbs and protein from the smoothie, I’ll make something more substantial like a veggie scramble. High in protein, fiber, vitamins & minerals
  • 2pm – Pasta made with zucchini noodles and chopped veggies & tomatoes
  • 5:30pm – A large salad or roasted vegetables with a veggie burger on the side
  • 7pm – Bedtime snack of apples or rice cakes with Fluffbutter

What do YOU eat on training days? How do you fuel your runs?

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MCLV Mange: Strawberry Banana Smoothie Bowl

I have a soft spot for smoothies and while I can happily drink the same one day after day – Lately this peanut butter smoothie – Sometimes I like to mix things up. These giant smoothie bowls with a mix of toppings are a delicious, nutrient-packed, and satiating option any time of the day.

What’s especially great is that there are an endless combination of fruits and toppings that you can use. Which means you don’t have to follow a strict recipe or run to the grocery store for specific ingredients if you want a smoothie – Just use whatever goodies you have in your fridge or cupboards.

After peeking into my freezer to find frozen bananas and strawberries, I decided to play around with a classic strawberry banana flavor today. See my creation, and how to make one of your very own, below!

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Strawberry Banana Smoothie Bowl聽{Serves 1}


  • 1/2 Frozen or Fresh Strawberries
  • 1/3 Frozen Banana {I keep a baggie of chopped frozen bananas in the fridge}
  • Protein Powder of Choice
  • 1/2 Cup of Water, Almond Milk, or Coconut Water
  • 1/4 Teaspoon of Lemon Juice {This helps keep it tart, but isn’t mandatory}


  • Granola or Oats – I used PaleoKrunch’s Grainless Granola
  • Bare Coconut Chips
  • Bare Banana Chips
  • Chia Shots Chia Seeds


  • Blend frozen or fresh fruit with protein powder and liquid until your desired consistency is achieved
  • Add whatever toppings your heart desires
  • Enjoy the goodness!

Stay tuned for the next MCLV Mange installment and check out the previous posts from this series here to see what you鈥檝e missed so far.

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