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MCLV Style: Rose Gold Timex

Before I start raving about this killer rose gold Timex watch, I want to share a little story about my watch-wearing background.

I love watches. I think they’re a classic wardrobe staple for both men and women. They’re a great way to help define your sartorial style at a glance. And they’re also fun to switch up from season to season. I think of them like sunglasses – You have your go-to piece, but keep a stash of options for when you’re in the mood to switch things up.

But you know what? I don’t wear a watch. I haven’t for years.

I have watches. But I don’t wear them. I still have the Brighton watch that my Uncle got me when I was a teenager in my jewelry box. I still have the cuff bracelet-watch that I bought on Via del Corso when I lived in Rome in my early twenties.

So why don’t I ever wear watches? For years, whenever I wore a watch, it would stop running. Almost immediately. I replaced the battery on one three times in a month and it just kept dying. So I got out of the habit of putting one on in the morning.

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Fairfield Rose Gold Watch c/o Timex {Similar styles here from Asos and here from Zappos}

Camel Sleeveless Vest Longline Stripes San Francisco Bay Area Fashion Food Fitness Lifestyle Blogger Street Style Rose Gold Timex

{Photography by J. Villarete Photography}

Needless to say, I’m thrilled to start wearing this fabulous rose gold Timex on the regular. It’s currently in my work jewelry case so I’ve been wearing it a couple of times a week at the office.

While I like delicate watches, this one is great because it’s like a bracelet. Perfect for stacking if you’re building an arm party or for wearing solo to make a classic statement. It’s also a really lovely rose gold shade that’s perfect for mixing with yellow-gold or silver.

How do YOU feel about watches? Do you wear one on a daily basis?

Note: This blog post was sponsored by Timex, however my opinions are my own.

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MCLV How To: Traditional Cocktail Attire

I have to confess that I get a strange little jolt of anxiety when I read an invitation that says “traditional cocktail attire.”

Does that happen to anyone else?

And truthfully, I don’t know why… I have been, for the most part, successfully dressing myself for many years now. But it seems that at the very least my subconscious is still concerned that I’m going to show up looking utterly inappropriate for an event.

I get sartorial anxiety. Clearly I have issues.

So, in case anyone else is in this same boat, I thought I’d tackle the age-old conundrum – What should I wear?

In my book, there are four main categories of appropriate cocktail attire.

(1) TraditionalCocktail Dress

Whether you’re going for a classic little black dress, a retro-inspired wrap dress, or something with a little glitz and glamour, a cocktail dress is an easy go-to for these events.

Simple and safe – This is a good option for more traditional hosts or locations.

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(2) Modern Lady Suit

If you’re not a dress lady, don’t force yourself into a look you’re uncomfortable with. A suit, or a matching pant and blazer combo with a chic top, is always okay at a party with a cocktail dress code.

The key is to keep the look clean, well-tailored, and classic.

(3) Preppy ClassicSkirt & Top

Bored with your LBDs? Pair a pencil, tea length, or A-line skirt with a shell, sweater, or simple top and blazer combo. It can be sweet and feminine, preppy, or edgy depending on your choice of silhouettes and textiles.

This style offers you more room for self-expression and a chance to have some fun with your look. But be sure to keep your glam on the same level as the ladies around you with killer heels, a bold red lip, or some eye-catching statement jewelry.

(4) Fashion ForwardJumpsuit

Jumpsuits are becoming more and more of a staple for events and red carpets these days. Gone are the days of women-must-wear-dresses.

They key to pulling off this look and meeting that dress code is going for solid colors over prints, keeping the accessories fairly classic, and making sure that you’re fit is impeccable.

This is a good look to try for a cocktail party hosted by a younger crowd or located at a trendy new hotspot.

What’s YOUR go-to cocktail attire style?

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Eat This Not That | Food Swaps

Whether you’re eating out at a restaurant or cooking in the comfort of your own home – There’s usually a way that you can make some healthier choices and swaps for a recipe.

So, with that in mind, welcome to the first edition of Eat This Not That – Food swaps for the healthfully-minded!

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My Top Five ‘Eat This Not That’ Tips

  1. Fresh salsa over bottled hot sauce – If you want to add a flavorful kick to your meal, try topping it with salsa instead of a sodium-packed bottled hot sauce.
  2. Hummus instead of sour cream. It can add a creaminess and delicious flavor to dishes that call for sour cream. Note: This swap is probably best for savory dishes, I’m not sure how a raw hummus cheesecake would work out… 🙂
  3. You should try to choose whole fruits rather than sugar-filled juices. It’s easy to get lured in by the promise of fresh-squeezed juice, but the fiber in the fruits themselves help your body deal with the influx of sugar. Without the whole fruit, you can get a fairly significant sugar spike in your blood sugar from juice.
  4. Fruit or veggies for dipping instead of crackers or chips. Whether you’re dipping into hummus, nut butter, or Ranch dressing – Try some produce in lieu of your usual salty treat.
  5. Have you tried cauliflower rice? If not, I highly recommend it. Cauliflower is easy to work with, can be bought pre “riced,” and is really versatile. Cauliflower oats, fried cauli rice, and mashed “potatoes” are great, nutrient-filled, healthier options than their original iterations.

Stay tuned for some more suggestion and ideas to healthify {that’s totally a word, I swear} your life!

What’s YOUR favorite food swap in the kitchen?

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Skin Care Junkie | Hydrogel Eye Mask

As we all know… I love masks. Need examples? Please see: Skin Rejuvenation | My Favorite Winter Masks, Skin Care for Beginners, and Winter Skin Care Routine.

So when Musely offered me the opportunity to try out some products and share my thoughts, I jumped on the chance! Stay tuned for all of my reviews in the new, and oh-so-exciting, Skin Care Junkie series.

First up – Hydrogel Eye Mask – Bye Bye Eye Bags PRO Formula. I’ve tried a number of eye masks since I got interested in skin care. From drug store varieties to versions so expensive I had to close my eyes while I paid at the Sephora counter. The Bye Bye Eye Bags were highly rated so I decided they would be a good choice for my first trial.

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Application – Easy peasy! Just open the sealed individual packet, remove the plastic backing, and apply gel side down. I tried them for an hour before trying them overnight, which is the recommended duration. To be honest – I was a little nervous to wear them overnight without a shorter trial to start. But there were no issues!

Immediate Results – There’s not much of a scent with these masks, which is something that I very much appreciate in a beauty product, and they made my under-eye skin very soft.

Thoughts – I really enjoyed trying out this product. I love creating relaxing habits for myself – From meditation and journaling to luxurious beauty treatments. {What to see more of my routines? Check out Clarins Body Fit | Upgrade Your Self Care Routine and A Morning Routine & Greeting the Day} And I’ll definitely be adding this product to my weekly routines.

Have YOU ever tried an eye mask? Do you have a favorite one that I should try?

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Travel + Macros | Staying Healthy on the Road

Finding healthy food choices is a challenge when you’re traveling, finding healthy, allergen-friendly foods can sometimes seem like an impossible task. Since I’ve been counting macros and watching my protein intake the last few months, it’s been even more paramount that I find a way to eat well while I’m traveling.

I love traveling and I’ll never give it up, so I’ve had to learn how to prepare in advance for trips to help me stay on track. Here’s a three-part breakdown on how I approach travel and counting macros.

Food Prep:

I like to prep my first meal or two to take with me on a trip, especially if it’s a roadtrip, and put them in a collapsible Tupperware container that can easily be stored while I’m on the road.

Some go-to choices are simple veggie and tofu sautee, roasted veggies, frozen smoothies, and usually a few protein muffins or protein pancakes as healthy snacks.

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{The aftermath of food prep as I get ready for a trip!}

Packing Protein:

Bars, protein powder packets, nut butter, and trail mix are my go-to easy travel snacks. I can always find eggs or salads or roasted veggies while I’m traveling, it’s the vegan protein that’s hard to come by.

A few favorites are No Cow Bars {they were in my January Favorites Round-Up!}, Simply Protein Bars, Protein Chips, raw trail mix, and protein peanut butter.


Before a trip I like to do online research on restaurants and grocery stores. It’s definitely harder overseas, especially in more rural areas, but fairly easy when traveling in the US.

And, if at all possible, I love to have a kitchen on a trip so that I don’t have to eat out for every meal. Airbnb is a great option, picking a place with a kitchen instead of a tiny hotel room.

Do YOU have any tips for finding healthy, whole food sources while you travel? Am I missing any great snacks to try out?

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