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November In Review

When November rolls around each year a number of things usually happen. I suddenly remember my New Years Resolutions, I dive gleefully into the holiday season, and I am reminded how crazy this time of year can be. Events, travel, family time, holiday preparations, and trying to keep my booty in shape for all the parties and trips.

Fashion & Beauty:

I loved getting a chance to work with some great local companies, designers, and photographers this month. I shared my first of three looks with outerwear company A by Anubha, as well as the beginning of the dE ROSAIRO Travel Capsule that will simplify your packing and your closet.

I also got to work with Brad of Pacifica Gallery and Jill of Champagne for Everyday on an upcoming event with the oh-so-fabulous Tiffany & Co.

I was especially lucky to work with Breather here in San Francisco and get some meditation & writing time in one of their gorgeous Union Square spaces. You can even get a discount on your first hour with them, check out the details here.

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{A by Anubha: Retro Swing Coat}


I shared some great holiday recipes – Like Peanut Butter Cookies – And a fun food diary {What I’m Eating Lately} this month, plus I got serious about seasonal dietary shifts and listening to your body, and healthy snack ideas.

Be sure to follow MCLV on Instagram for more recipes & food experiments!


I shared some of my favorite workouts this month – From running to yoga & Pilates – Plus a killer Winter Workout Playlist to get you motivated for your next workout.

Stay tuned for a fun new fitness project in 2016 and a monthly round-up of my workouts!

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{Vegan, Gluten-Free, Paleo-Friendly Peanut Butter Cookies}


  1. Publish: Magazine and website submissions were a priority this month, but in December I have a different goal for myself!
  2. Move: With all the stress and travel, and resulting lack of access to gym equipment, this month involved a lot of running. It felt great and I kept the runs short to avoid back pain.
  3. Grateful: Trips to Napa and New York this month reminded me how grateful I am to have so many wonderful travel options available to me, and to be healthy enough to enjoy them!
  4. Habits: November was all about enjoying the moment. Not stressing or worrying or planning, just BEING. Basking in family time, making plans with friends, relishing new sights… November = Happiness overload.

What’s on YOUR mind going into December?

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November 2014 Round-Up

Can you BELIEVE that there’s only a month left in 2014? I’m in awe of how fast this year has flown past. While 2013 was a heartbreaker with some tough-fought lessons and a great deal of change, 2014 has been nothing short of amazing.

I couldn’t be more grateful for all of the wonderful people in my life, the amazing city that I live in, the breathtaking adventures I’ve been on, or the education this year has given me.

Can’t wait to see how fabulous December is!

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 {Plaid Pants}

November 2014 Round-Up


November was a fashion-heavy month in 2013 and 2014. I was thrilled to show off my collaborations with Studio 15, Style Lend, and San Francisco-based charity start-up ModaVive.


Despite my seemingly non-stop travel schedule I’ve been pretty diligent about my eating habits. My number one tip is to pack snacks and plane food before heading to the airport – I’m less likely to make poor choices if I’m not starving.

Want more travel tips? Check out my Traveling post on packing, food, water, and combating jetlag.


Consistency is key! And while I may not have branched out or taken as many classes as I wanted this month, I was very consistent about getting in at least one workout a day and supplementing it with walking.

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{Cocktail Dressing with Studio 15}

New December 2014 Goals


The rain has finally arrived! Water-starved California has been under siege for the better part of a two weeks and while it’s great to see my city coming back to life, the shift in weather definitely requires a change in my day-to-day style choices.

It’s all about working my Hunter Boots and Nine West Over-The-Knee Boots into my outfits – Lots of slim pants, oversized knits, and outerwear.


After a quick trip to Los Angeles this weekend I’m in San Francisco for the rest of the year and looking forward to getting back into the kitchen. I’ve bookmarked tons of recipes for soups, slow cooker recipes, and baked treats to try this month!


I was a little disappointed not to give paddle boarding a try while I was in Hawaii, but the whole trip reaffirmed my excitement for trying new activities and I’m definitely going to try to keep this up next year!

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{Windowpane Print}

2014 Bucket List:

  1. Try a new class/physical activity – Boxing is a rush, can’t recommend it highly enough!
  2. Publish my writing – I’ve been so focused on magazine and blog pieces the past few months that I decide to focus on my other writing this month and I started working on one of my short stories which felt amazing.
  3. Travel – This month I headed to Albuquerque for a family birthday weekend as well as an impromptu trip to Maui with friends.
  4. Broaden my educational horizons – I’m awful at languages but got the bug this month and have been rereading some of my French and Italian textbooks. I should break out my old Greek books to prepare for my next overseas trip!
  5. Prioritize friendship – It was a complete honor to run off to Maui with one of my college best friends to watch her marry the love of her life this month. Such a once in a lifetime experience!

What’s left on YOUR To Do List for 2014?

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Links You’ll Love: November Edition

Welcome back to another fabulous edition of Links You’ll Love! Let’s get started on a healthy, happy note with a word from the Daily Love – How Do You Commit To Your True Calling?

Fashion & Beauty:

Links You'll Love Fashion Boudoir Photographer Alloria Winter San Francisco Photographer

I’ve had the honor of working with some amazing photographers in the last few years, but the first, and one of the most memorable, was the unbelievably talented and stunning Rhiannon of Alloria Winter Photography. {She even made an appearance on the blog in February wearing a breathtaking Oscar de la Renta dress – Gowns & Formalwear} She was the first professional photographer that I worked with and her work is pure magic. She recently started a blog and I have to confess that I’ve been unabashedly stalking it ever since. One of the things that she’s exceptional at is making her clients feel, and look, phenomenal. So who better to teach us how to be more photogenic? This post is a Must Read – 5 Simple Steps To Becoming Adorably Sexy.

It’s nearly time for the 2014 Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show so why not check in with one of the beauties on her beauty routine? The Six Beauty Rules Model Doutzen Kroes Swears By

I love finding new fashion perspectives. Getting introduced to new women who mix pieces in interesting, exciting ways, who interpret trends with their own personal twist, who take things to a new sartorial level. This list from Bazaar includes just that – Modern Swans: The Most Stylish Young Women in The World.

Finding the perfect boots is one of those magical things – They go with everything, they’re comfortable enough to wear forever, and you get an endless stream of compliments that never stop making you smile. Luckily for consumers Refinery is on the job – Wide-Calf Boots That Really Fit.

Let’s go ahead and end the fashion section of this Links You’ll Love post with the ultimate, every-girl-needs-it link – How To Make Heels Comfortable.

You’re welcome!

Fitness & Health:

I’ve fallen in love with the calming health benefits of meditation this year and wanted to share this great piece with those of you who are flirting with the idea of trying it out but haven’t taken the plunge – Why Meditation?

When you’re trying to lead a healthy life there’s nothing more frustrating than when your efforts are inadvertently derailed by tricky foods. This is a great compilation of some of the foods you should do your best to avoid – 15 “Health Foods” That Are Really Junk Foods in Disguise.

November Links You'll Love Vegan Gluten-Free Paleo Stuffed Sweet Potatoes A House In The Hills

Holy deliciousness batman, you’ve GOT to try this recipe from House In The Hills – Baked Stuffed Sweet Potatoes. Pure food porn!

Toning your midsection is a never-ending process but this article includes some great tips & tricks to add to your daily or weekly routine – 7-Day Melt My Muffin Top Challenge.

Here are three words that will infinitely improve your day – Health Doughnut Recipes.

I initially tried yoga at the suggestion of my doctor after having back surgery. He was hopeful that the practice would improve my quality of life and he couldn’t have been more right. If you’re interested in increasing flexibility and strength, I highly recommend giving it a try – Your Yoga Flow For Amazing, Strong Abs.

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