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Makeup Favorites: Current Must Haves

I go through phases with my makeup routine, and with my products of choice. I love trying new brands and new products, but I definitely hold on to a few of my favorites at all times.

My makeup regime is quick & simple – When you start work as early as I do, you understand that time is of the essence and you don’t mess around.

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Here’s my current, tried & true, list of Must Have make-up products.

Tarte Park Avenue Princess Blush Contouring Compact: This is little baby is basically contouring for dummies. It has flattering, easy-to-apply highlighter, bronzer, and super sweet coral blush.

Laura Mercier Secret Camouflage: This is a lifesaver, cover dark circles & blemishes with one compact.

Bare Minerals Volume Mascara: Quick & easy application that lasts all day. What more could you want from a mascara?

Clinique Liquid Eyeliner Pen: I love a classic black cat eye and this eyeliner pen is ridiculously easy to use. Plus, bonus, you can quickly update your clean daytime line to a bolder nighttime look after work!

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Laura Mercier Eyebrow Pencil: Eyebrows are important to me, not only do they frame the face and give your look a focal point, but they’re downright trendy right now. This pencil will help you tame and highlight your brows.

Benefit Cosmetics Brow Shaping Duo: This is all a girl needs to get the perfect brows. Brushes, two colors, and emergency tweezers.

Want to see more of my favorite products and skin care? Check out:

What’s in YOUR makeup bag?

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Winter Inspiration

I’ve been feeling very inspired by Winter styling lately – From faux fur and chic black-on-black to bold prints and sleek faux leather. I have to confess that I’m very much having a black & white moment here in San Francisco as Winter finally descends on my city.

Take a look at these inspirational shots and tell me – What’s your Winter Inspiration?

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{Images from Fall & Winter Fashion}

My current Winter Wish List is:

What’s YOUR Winter inspiration?

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Things I Love: Travel Edition

With traveling and weekend trips being a predominant part of the last month I thought I’d make a special edition of Things I Love Saturday. Today I’m sharing a few of my Can’t-Live-Without-Them travel necessities. From beauty must haves to the little things that just make a trip run smoother.


While I’ve been a long time devotee of argan oil and coconut oil, I’ve recently been introduced to another worth-its-weight-in-gold oil. Macadamia nut oil! I immediately went through the two samples I received via BirchBox and splurged on the full-sized version without a second thought.

Luckily I saved the sample bottles so I can refill them for traveling. That’s about as DIY as thing get over here at MCLV Headquarters!


Mini Emergency Kit:

This ingenious little kit includes EVERYTHING you could need in a crisis situation. From a needle & thread and safety pins to deodorant and cleaning wipes. I have about half a dozen of these kits right now and they’re spread out everywhere I could need them – My photo shoot bag, my desk, my purse, my carry-on…

Travel Tip: Invest in one for wedding season. I went through several during last year’s matrimonial gauntlet.Mini-Emergency-Kity

First Aid Kit:

This may sound silly, but I always keep a little first aid kit in my toiletry bag. Get the basic version from Walgreens or Duane Reade and bulk it up with a few little extras. Mine as the obligatory band aids and Neosporin, along with arch supports {if aching feet don’t require first aid then I don’t know what does}, a set of Aerosoles that’ll fit in any heels, Advil, Shout Wipe-And-Go’s, Altoids etc.

What’s always in YOUR suitcase?

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Fall On A Budget

At the beginning of October I shared my Fall 2012 Must Haves, which included eye-catching patterns & prints, faux leather, fun pants, tweed pieces, asymmetrical details, and the color de jour for Fall – Oxblood.

It’s easy to see pictures from the Fall 2012 collections and put together a mental list of all the things you want, and then give up in frustration because you can’t afford straight-from-the-runway pieces. But I’m here to tell you that we can very easily update your wardrobe for Fall without having to dip into your 401k. I promise!

I like to get one or two great new investment pieces each season – something like an updated but classic Little Black Dress, a chic new handbag, or a timeless trench – but I’ll also collect a handful of fun, on-trend pieces from less expensive stores that quickly update my looks for the season. There are great stores like Zara, ASOS, H&M, and TopShop were you can find trendy, well-made pieces each season for a steal. Read on for some of my personal suggestions & recommendations as well as a collection of great articles that’ll steer you in the right direction for all of your Fall 2012 needs.

I have to confess that some of my favorite places to shop are the Spanish retailers that I was first introduced to when I lived in Italy at the age of 21 – H&M, Mango, and Zara. The clothing is stylish and well-made, but doesn’t cost a fortune and the collections are updated frequently so there’s always something new in stores and online.
{Lace Trousers – $90 @ Zara, Blouse – $60 @ H&M & Contrast Panelled Dress – $30 @ Mango}
  • Where Do Editors Really Shop from Refinery 29 is just the sort of article that I love to read – Knowing where the most fashionable and stylish women in the fashion world shop is like being handed the keys to the kingdom! And wouldn’t you know it, along with the high-end designers that you’d expect them to mention, they also list great inexpensive shopping destinations like E-bay, Target, Zara, Amazon, Madewell, J.Crew, TopShop, JewelMint, ShoeMint, and even The Salvation Army. Great news, isn’t it?

Another lucky break for us fashion obsessed is that more and more high-end designers have been coming out with reasonably priced collections for retailer giants like Payless, Target, and Macys.

{Long-sleeve Shirt Dress in Red Geometric Print – $40 @ Kirna Zabete for Target, Long-Sleeve Satin Blazer – $60 (on sale) @ Nicole Richie for Impulse & Racquel Side Zip Bootine – $50 @ Christian Siriano for Payless}

  • Lucky Magazine’s 100 Cheap Fall Finds is a trove of fun Fall pieces from printed pants and embellished collars to chic dresses and leather trimmed jackets. In addition to featuring clothing from Luckymag.com, they included other retail websites like Romwe.com, Pixiemarket.com, Urban1972.com, Levis.com, and Ulta.com.
  • Two of the trends that I’m most excited for this Fall are printed pants and leather-trimmed pieces and luckily for all of us the fun website The Cheap Chica’s Guide to Style featured fabulous recommendations for both trends –  Geometry Class & Just The Sleeves Please. So no matter what type of fashion you’re in the mood for this site has what you’re looking for!

The less expensive secondary lines created by designers and sold at department stores like Bloomingdale’s, Macys, Nordstrom, and Kolh’s are great pieces to keep an eye out for.

{Left to Right: Marc by Marc Jacobs ‘Jac’ Denim Leggings – $140 @ Nordstrom, MICHAEL Michael Kors Sleeveless Cowl Neck Banded Bottom Dress – $45 (on sale) @ Bloomingdale’s, and LC Lauren Conrad Embellished Ruffle Tee – $40 @ Kohl’s}

  • Not quite sure how to approach stores like Nordstrom Rack, TJ Maxx, Marshall’s, or Ross? Refinery 29 took it upon themselves to teach us how in their piece Discount Shopping – How To Shop At Marshalls where they had three different editors put together 6 cute looks under $50. Wow!
  • Waiting for stores to have announce a big sale is a great way to find the pieces you’re craving without paying full-price. Not sure just how to make this tactic work for you? Check out Sales Rack Skinny: The Subtle Statement’s Sale Shop Tactics for tips that’ll help you find just what you’re looking for in stores or even online.

Are you still in the mood for more tips, recommendations, and suggestions for updating your wardrobe, Fall dressing, and online shopping? Stay tuned for an upcoming interview with Style For Hire and a series of informative posts all about online shopping.

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MCLV Style: New York City

New York City BABY!

As I’m sure you picked up, I was beyond excited for this trip – Seeing my best friend, attending IFBCON, and getting the chance to spend some quality time in NYC, a city that I’ve been having a love affaire with for years now.

{You can shop similar pieces by clicking these hyperlinks: Embellished Striped Top – Zara, Zipper Detail ShortsZara, Ankle Strap HeelsFendi, Oversized Crocodile Clutch – Express, Silver Art Deco Bracelet – JewelMint, Silver Bow Bracelet – Forever 21, Silver Chainlink Watch – Vintage & Ring – Tiffany’s}


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When I was packing for my trip to New York I found myself in a quandary – it was going to be extremely hot and humid but I’m a fairly formal dresser. Luckily for my internal body temperature this was the first Summer that I’ve worn shorts since Junior High, so I packed a few pairs for the trip. But how to style them? Shorts & a tank might be an appropriate bathing suit coverup, but for walking down the streets of New York City? Definitely not!

So with that in mind I paired my exposed zipper shorts from Zara with a striped tee with a rhinestone embellished collar, tons of chunky silver jewelry, ankle strap heels, and an oversized envelope clutch. I was comfortable temperature-wise, but still felt stylish enough to strut my stuff all over Manhattan! 🙂

Interesting in more fashion from my September trip to New York City? Check out these previous posts:

Did you have fun wearing shorts over the Summer? What’s your favorite style of shorts to wear when the weather heats up?

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