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January 2014 Round-Up

I know it’s hard to believe, but January 2014 has now come to an end. WTF right? I could have sworn that I was just planning my New Year’s Eve outfit

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{My new Zac Posen baby, Ladylike Tweed, Menswear Fashion & Faux Leather Pants}

My 2013 Round-Up was all about reminiscing on 2013, my favorite projects, collaborations & posts, and looking forward to another amazing year. This month I’ll check in on my New Year’s Resolutions, my annual bucket list, and set some new goals for myself for February. I’ll even be sharing some funny outtakes!

January 2014 Round-Up

Fashion:

I’m excited to share a few new projects with you during February including jewelry and beauty collaborations that I’m pretty sure you’re going to love. I’ll also be – Ta daaaa – Sharing some fun new videos. I’m nervous but excited, so please be kind!

Food:

In January I made a pretty significant change to my daily food routine in the form of cold pressed juices. While I didn’t do any cleanses or detox programs this month, I did start having delicious juices on a regular – Read daily – Basis.

I’m incredibly lucky that there are three juiceries within walking distance of my office and a cafe that keeps a fridge full of fresh pressed juices a block from my apartment. And while I wouldn’t say that I’m replacing meals with juice, I’ve added a green juice to my mornings 4-5 days a week.

  • Pros: Huge, immediate energy boost
  • Cons: Dear lord those things are expensive!

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{Daytime Over-The-Knee Boots}

Fitness:

People have told me for YEARS to do yoga. And while I tried a few classes, I was never a convert. Until now. This month the stars aligned and I feel head-over-heels for this calming, mellow practice. That’s not to say I’m not sweating & getting a great workout, but I do love the relaxing aspects of yoga as well.

New February 2014 Goals

Fashion:

Tis the season for Fashion!

From Fashion Week’s in San Francisco, Sacramento, and New York to launch parties, shopping events, and store openings – February is going to be pretty fabulous. Be sure to keep up with my shenanigans on Instagram!

Food:

This Spring is going to be hectic and packed to the brim with events, trips, and fun weekends so my food goal for February is going to be to stay on track with healthy, clean eating while I’m traveling. That means bringing snacks while I’m on trips and researching healthy restaurants and grocery shopping options in advance to avoid last-minute I’m-so-hungry-I’m-going-to-die bad for me binges.

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{Outtakes – Because this is what’s REALLY happening. Getting Gala-ready with Klaudia Mayer // “Be The Fountain” while shooting for my Ladylike Tweed post // Gun Show during my Lorna Jane photo shoot // Never a dull moment with Bird Couture}

Fitness:

One of my favorite ways to explore cities is by walking,and now that my back is healing I’m going to try adding some jogging to those adventures this month. Look out New York, I’ll be tripping down your side walks in no time!

2014 Bucket List:

  1. Try a new class or type of physical activity every month – Yoga was my new activity for January. And while I did get myself a one year membership, I’m definitely going to be trying something new & exciting in February
  2. Submit a piece of my writer to a publisher – I’ve got my eye on this goal in a BIG WAY & spent January rereading old pieces & deciding what’s worth updating. February will likely bring more of the same.
  3. Travel – I’m heading to New York in February and already have a fabulous trip to New Orleans planned for March.
  4. Broaden my educational horizons – I’ve been evaluating various programs and have my eye on a nutrition-related course. Stay tuned for more!
  5. Be a good friend – Staying in touch is hard for me but I’ve already scheduled two friend trips, sent some snail mail, and started prepping for a big family party this Spring.

How was YOUR January?

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2013 Round-Up

Happy New Year!

As with last year, rather than write typical New Years Resolutions I’m going to set goals for myself instead. Looking back at 2013 I can’t help but smile – There were so many high points this year I almost don’t know where to start. Below are some of my favorite 2013 posts, highlights from the year, and my goals for what I can only hope will be an even more exciting year in 2014!

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 {Plaid, Monochrome, Nautical, Blogger Fashion, How To Wear White Jeans, Boho Style, Camille K Couture & Smartcouture}

Favorite Posts:

I had the opportunity to work with some amazing brands, stores, writers, photographers, and bloggers this year. It’s nearly impossible to narrow down my favorite collaborations, but here are some of the ones that immediately spring to mind as having been pretty darn amazing for me.

Highlights:

While traveling to New York City and Los Angeles for blogger conferences in 2013 was a blast, the best part about all of these conferences was meeting some amazing, passionate, ambitious women. And in addition to traveling, I also really put an effort into being a part of the San Francisco blogger community this year, even joining in for San Francisco Fashion Week, and the results were pretty life changing. I’ve met some phenomenal people this year, from photographers to bloggers to designers to writers.

Here are a few of my 2013 highlights:

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{Kamryn Dame}

2013 Goals Round-Up:

  • Social Media – Hitting my stride on social media, learning to utilize & optimize the various platforms, and finding out what works best for MCLV has been a lot of work, but it was worth it. I’m proud of all of my pages and really enjoying the interactions with my readers. Check MCLV out on Instagram, Facebook, Twitter & Pinterest to see what I’m doing!
  • Writing, Writing, Writing – In addition to maintaining a 5-6 days a week posting schedule for the blog and starting a new novel, in 2013 I also joined the Legally Vogue team as a freelance writer. I’m excited to see where my writing takes me in 2014!
  • Expansion & Growth – In my opinion, the best way to grow a blog is by consistently producing quality content. I’ve worked very hard in 2013 to write consistently, read comments, ask for feedback, and really create a niche for myself. Networking, attending conferences, joining events & groups, and contributing to local sites have also been a party of my 2013 game plan and I’m quite pleased with my progress.
  • Be Positive – 2013 tested my resolve to be positive time and time again. This year seemed to be filled with hurdles and I was under a great deal of stress and pressure – Physically, emotionally, personally, and professionally. While there were a few warranted & well-earned meltdowns, overall I am extremely proud of how I approached all of the setbacks, changes, and upheavals this year.

New 2014 Goals:

Fashion:

My personal style has evolved quite a bit over the years. In my early twenties I wore nothing but black. Classic silhouettes, demure hemlines, and head-to-toe black. In my mid-to-late-twenties I started having more fun with fashion and experimenting. It seems that as I became more confident as a woman, I felt more confident taking risks and trying new things sartorially. And now that I’ve reached my thirties I can say that I have no plans to slow down.

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{Behind The Scenes: Here are some of the oh-so-entertaining outtakes from shoots this year. Never a dull moment. Spring Stripes, IFBCON, Favery, Lorna Jane, Animal Prints + Leather, Weekend Stripes, Vegan Leather, The Beauty Company & Denim Fashion}

In 2014 I want to continue having fun with fashion, try new designers, and push myself to expand my horizons.

Food:

2013 saw some changes and evolution in my diet. I tried different ways of eating, read a number of health & nutrition books, and worked really hard to find a diet that gives me sustainable & consistent energy.

This year will be about maintaining a healthy diet that I enjoy, that gives me energy, and that allows me to meet my physical goals. My main goal for 2014 is to replace the muscle that I lost during my years of reduced activity as a result of a spinal injury. I have a naturally muscular frame and have been an athlete since the age of 6 so I’m used to having a certain amount of strength – So this year I’m planning to regain that.

Fitness:

A great deal of this year was spent in pain – Either before or after my back surgery. Now that I’m through the woods and consistently back in the gym for workouts and physical therapy, I can start to look towards the future and set some goals for myself physically.

I’ve been limited in my capabilities over the years due to the untreated injury and now that I’m putting it behind me for the most part I want to try some of the things that I haven’t been able to do.

2014 will be all about the NEW! I’m an avid action movie fan and have been enthralled by martial arts for years so one of my top goals for 2014 is to try martial arts and find something that interests me and keeps me engaged.

Also on the docket? Bike riding, rock climbing, SCUBA diving, Soul Cycle {gotta try it!}, and boxing.

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{Banana Republic}

2014 Bucket List:

  1. Try a new class or type of physical activity every month – 12 for the year! I’m putting this in writing so please hold me to it.
  2. Submit a piece of my writer to a publisher. It’s time. {EK!!!}
  3. Travel – While I love traveling internationally sometimes there just isn’t enough time {or vacation days} so I’ll definitely be taking advantage of three-day weekends this year. New Orleans, Kentucky, San Diego/LA, London, and either Hawaii or Alaska.
  4. Broaden my educational horizons – This year I’m going back to school. Whether I ultimately decide to study languages here in SF or take a course online, I will be keeping my brain healthy & active this year.
  5. Be a good friend! While my friendships are extremely important to me I’m not always great about staying in touch. In 2014 I will make that extra effort to keep my friends close.

What do YOU have planned for 2014?

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Links You’ll Love: New Year’s Edition

This week’s Links You’ll Love round-up is a special New Year’s Edition – Everything you need from celebrating the end of 2013 in style to getting ready for a fabulous year in 2014.

Beauty:

Put your best face forward with some fun new products, beauty tips & makeup ideas you’ll love!

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Fashion & Style:

Planning a big night for New Year’s Eve? Starting to look at Spring pieces? Want to start getting ready for your next vacation? Make sure you look your best with some of these tips & recommendations:

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Life:

New year – New you, new outlook!

Here are some ideas for how to approach 2014 to make sure that you’re getting the most out of every single minute.

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Health & Fitness:

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What are YOU doing to get ready for 2014? Do you have any New Year’s Resolutions?

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July Round-Up

July was a fun combination of social and family events – Not only did I get a chance to see my parents twice and attend my baby brother’s wedding, I also hosted my first beauty event and did some fun collaborations.

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{July Fashion: Boho Style, Blogger Fashion: Monochrome & Skater Skirt Styling}

Overall Goals For 2013:

  • Social Media – I was introduced to a fun new fashion platform this month called Monogram, be sure to check out my first magazine here.
  • Writing, Writing, Writing – This month the fashion styling startup that I’m working with, Ajent.com, is preparing to launch. You can even join our beta testing team for a FREE introductory consultation video chat w/ your own personal stylist!
  • Expansion & Growth – This month I rolled out a new website with the help of a friend and I couldn’t be happier with how it turned out. Now I can focus on the more creative side of things for the rest of the Summer.
  • Be Positive – During July I had to make some tough personal choices and having a good attitude really carried me through – This month was really a demonstration of how important perspective & positivity can be!

July Round-Up:

Fashion:

July was a beauty heavy month as I partnered with The Beauty Company in Russian Hill and San Francisco-based nail polish company Floss Gloss to bring together beauty & nail art lovers with the help of Bethann of Beth Animal Print and Donna of So You Agree. You can see pictures from the event here and check out my look for the evening here.

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{Beauty Company Start of Summer Soiree}

Food & Fitness:

I spent July getting in to the best shape possible and eating well in the hopes that it will help aid my recovery following back surgery. I mixed circuit training, core work, stretching and yoga with a high-raw, vegan diet and was thrilled with the results. Hopefully it’ll work!

New August Goals:

Fashion:

My favorite New York photographer – Lydia Hudgens – Is back in San Francisco and I’m thrilled to be shooting with her over the next two weeks. And during mid-August you should join me in the Marina for a trunk show and shopping event at FashionElles Boutique featuring Sasha Maks Vintage. You can RSVP for the even here.

Food & Fitness:

In terms of health and fitness my sole goal for the month of August is to take it easy and recuperate. My nature is not to sit back and wait but I know I’ll recover faster if I give my body the time it needs to heal. No working out until September!

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{July Fashion: Tweed + Vintage Pearls, Jumpsuit & Black & White}

July Bucket List Review:

  1. Launch MCLV Newsletter – Done! 🙂 You can join here.
  2. Film first YouTube video – Filmed and begun editing. Very, very, very nervous.

August Bucket List:

  1. Plan a trip to Southern California to visit all my girlfriends who moved South after college – Los Angeles, Orange County, and San Diego here I come!

So tell me, how’s YOUR Summer going?

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May Round-Up

May was the unofficial month of MOI! After spending the beginning of 2013 traveling non-stop I took some time for myself in May and put time & effort into my personal goals. And I’m not going to lie to you guys, it was nothing short of glorious!

Overall Goals For 2013:

  • Social Media – At the end of May I finally caved and got myself an iPad Mini which I’m hoping will mean I’ll be able to stay on top of the blog & all the various social media platforms all the easier when I’m traveling.
  • Writing, Writing, Writing – May was all about collaborations and fun new projects – In addition to getting a chance to work with some talented ladies on the Blogger Fashion series, I was also thrilled to be able to try out the gorgeous clothes from The Factory’s Spring Voyage To Marrakech collection. Stay tuned for another great collaboration that I’ll be announcing Tuesday!
  • Expansion & Growth – During May I had the amazing opportunity to be mentored by Hilary Rushford of Dean Street Society  as I went through Marie Forleo’s 8 week online entrepreneurial & business program. I learned so much and in addition to unveiling a new website in the next few months, I’m also launching a newsletter so you can get special MCLV insights & personalized styling tips.
  • Be Positive – Spending additional time in San Francisco and less time traveling this month had an amazing effect on my mindset. I had so many “I love my life” moments the past few weekends it really renewed my appreciation for the city I live in the life I’ve built for myself.

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{Voyage To Marrakech}

May Goals:

Fashion:

One of the highlights of this month was getting a chance to work with New York City photographer Lydia Hudgens while she was visiting in San Francisco – Stay tuned for some of the great pictures we took!

Food & Fitness:

Spending less time traveling this month meant more time in the kitchen and some much-needed trips to the Farmers Market. I’ve found that even when I eat healthily while I’m traveling I tend to eat smaller snack-like meals throughout the day, while when I’m home and have more control over my schedule I’ll sit down for three meals a day.

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{May Fashions: Great Gatsby Fashion, Camille K: Vintage Jewelry For Spring & Blogger Fashion: Striped Shirt}

New June Goals:

Fashion:

This will be the Summer of collaborations! 🙂 In addition to working with photographers Lydia Hudgens and Jennymay Villarete, there will be another fun post in the Fashion Blogger series, Styling 101 goodness featuring Sasha Maks Vintage, and a collaboration with a great local denim company.

Food & Fitness:

It’s officially the time of year for beach, pool, and river trips so I’m going to start working on toning in preparation for swimsuit season. That means changing up my workouts and adding additional protein to my meals. If you want to stay on top of the shifts in my fitness routine check in on Instagram for updates or you can join me in getting bikini ready by emailing me for details!

We’re swiftly approaching the half-way mark for 2013, how has your year been so far?

Are you following my adventures on Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram yet?

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