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May 2014 Round-Up

I started April’s Round-Up post with a little bit of whining… But I quickly admitted that while I was stressed and overworked, I was exactly as stressed and overworked as I’d made myself. And while I do have high expectations for my “free time” that means I also have the power to change the things that aren’t working.

My primary objective for May was to work on de-stressing which manifested itself in a couple of ways. Primarily by cleaning up my diet, focusing on “me” time, and giving myself the opportunity physically relax with massages, yoga, and meditation.

Read on to find out just how I did with these goals…

San Francisco Fashion CCUOCO Candice Cuoco Couture Leather Dress


May 2014 Round-Up


In May I shared two extremely fun projects that I’d worked on with amazing local designers – Candice Cuoco of CCUOCO and Lan Jaenicke.

These designers’ styles are incredibly different – But both are talented, driven, intelligent San Francisco women that I’m thrilled to have met and gotten a chance to work with.


I started May with the ambitious goal of completing The Whole 30. However after two weeks I realized that I was making very few day-to-day changes since I eat such a clean diet already.

The only real change? Cutting sugar.

I had NO IDEA just how sneaky sugar was and this month turned me into a label-reading tornado. No – Most of the foods that I eat don’t have labels, but my supplements, protein powders, and a few of my indulgences do have labels and what I read was pretty horrifying.


During May my lower back injury gave me a little trouble so I focused on core – Lots of abdominal-centric workouts, Pilates, yoga, stretching & rolling. Maintenance isn’t my favorite activity, but having the pain decrease as I was diligent was very rewarding.

I was also honored to receive some goodies from California-based activewear company Ellie. Check out what I thought of their amazing pieces here – Workout Gear Spotlight: Ellie.

Ellie Fitness Workout Gear Gym Clothes San Francisco Fitness Blogger MCLV

{Workout Gear Spotlight: Ellie}

New June 2014 Goals


I recently shot another fun series with CCUOCO that I’m dying to share so stay tuned for more teasers and a full post to come!

I also have some local events and travel styles that I’m looking forward to sharing.


I’m determined to continue working my sugar consumption. I wish I could simply say that I’ll 100% cut sugar 100% of the time, but I’m going to try to approach this a bit more rationally. My goal is only fruit-based sugar Monday through Friday and very limited (1-2 servings) of sugar on weekends.

The very first thing I’m doing in June? Trying to recreate my favorite salad dressing without sugar!


After building up a strong core during May and doing TONS of walking/hiking, I’m hoping to branch out during June. Yoga and Pilates have become staples in my weekly routine and I’m hoping to try martial arts or boxing this month!

Lan Jaenicke San Francisco Fashion Designer Cashmere Outerwear Aubergine Coat San Francisco Fashion Blogger Street Style{Lan Jaenicke}

2014 Bucket List:

  1. Try a new class/physical activity – I was a hiking maniac in May. For me 7+ miles is a hike, even if it’s a concrete “city hike,” and I managed to squeeze in a few of these during May.
  2. Publish my writing – This month I got organized! I read through all of the novels & short stories that I’ve started over the years and worked on prioritizing the things that I want to focus on this year.
  3. Travel – This month I planned a trip to LA for June and NYC for August.
  4. Broaden my educational horizons – This month I researched a few courses that I’m interested in taking – Primarily on nutrition and relaxation techniques. I also signed up for a three-day retreat to learn more about meditation and yoga which I’m incredibly excited for & can’t wait to share my thoughts with you.
  5. Be a good friend – Both of my upcoming trips are to visit friends – Babies & weddings, I’m finally at that age!

How are YOU doing as we’re nearing the halfway point on 2014?

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April 2014 Round-Up

Looking back at April the first emotion that comes to mind is stress. And kids, that’s not a good thing. Yes, there were amazing experiences and fun events and great times with friends – But in hindsight, it was an overwhelmingly stressful and anxiety inducing month.

And you know how that makes me feel? Like I need to find my Zen! And fast.

Therefore my primary directive for May will be getting back to life. That means yoga, meditation, journaling, relaxing, and making some time for myself. I love to be busy and I love the feeling of getting things done, but I need to learn to balance that with activities that keep me grounded, relaxed, and enjoying myself.

San Francisco Fashion Blogger Street Style Brocade Dress Spring Style Two-Toned Mixed Media Dress Studio 15 NYC

{Studio 15 Spring Lookbook}

April 2014 Round-Up


April was a month filled with fashion fun – From killer events like the CCUOCO Diverge Runway Show to fun collaborations {LiveLoveModa, Studio 15 NYC & Lysse} to an amazing $500 Mother’s Day giveaway!

As for Street Style – This month I played with Olivia Pope inspired white coats, Spring sweaters, fun floral rompers, and denim in the form of my favorite jeans and chambray shirts. Spring and Fall are my favorite seasons from a sartorial standpoint and I’m thoroughly enjoying mixing & matching and breaking out fun Spring pieces right now.


After all my traveling in March it was great to get back into the kitchen. Not only did I try out some great new recipes and start adding superfoods to my daily diet, I also worked hard this month to cook for most of my meals. Limiting restaurant meals and take-up orders is an important part of my Clean Green Eating plan.

If you have a sweet tooth I highly recommend trying out my Raw Salted Caramel Chocolate Pecan Torte recipe or some of these delicious Banana Based Desserts.


With Spring break, Summer vacations, and warm weather on the horizon fitness and getting in bikini shape are the topics de jour right now. Rather than do bootcamps or crazy diets, my goal is to stay healthy year-around by following a consistent workout regime 7 healthy diet. You can read more about my thoughts on this and some of my recommendations below:

San Francisco Food Blogger Raw Salted Caramel Chocolate Pecan Torte Vegan Gluten-Free Raw Dessert Paleo

{Raw Salted Caramel Chocolate Pecan Torte}

New May 2014 Goals


While Spring in San Francisco isn’t always super Spring-y, the weather has been continually improving and I plan to take advantage of that as much as I can.

Dresses are a Spring staple for me but I’m also excited to break out some fun jumpsuits, rompers, and matching sets this month.


As I’m working on cleaning up my diet I’ve been thinking about protein and healthy fats as well as supplements so stay tuned for healthy protein-filled recipes and information on supplements and superfoods, as I embark on another Whole 30 adventure.


Spending my weekends in San Francisco rather than traveling has the advantage of giving me the time to try out some of the great classes and exercise trends here. I’m going to make trying new types of workouts a priority this month so expect some fun accounts of my fitness trials and hilarious Instagram shots of my adventures.

San Francisco Fashion Blogger Street Style Menswear Inspired Fashion

{Menswear Inspired Fashion}

2014 Bucket List:

  1. Try a new class/physical activity – So far this year I’ve tried yoga, spin, and kayaking and in April I gave pilates another try. I hadn’t done mat since before my back injury and LOVED getting back into it!
  2. Publish my writing – During April I took on another freelance writing gig – And while publishing a story or working towards publishing a novel wasn’t the focus this month, I felt very productive/
  3. Travel – In April I got my wanderlust needs filled while still staying close to home with a fabulous, sun-filled girls trip to Los Angeles for Lucky Magazine’s Lucky FABB West Conference.
  4. Broaden my educational horizons – I’ve been indulging all of my passions this month on the reading front. In April I picked up No Meat Athlete: Run on Plants and Discover Your Fittest, Fastest, Happiest Self on plant-based diets & exercise as well as Everyone Wants to Be Me or Do Me: Tom and Lorenzo’s Fabulous and Opinionated Guide to Celebrity Life and Style – The first book from my favorite fashion blogger duo TLo.
  5. Be a good friend – In addition to seeing one of my besties in LA and having her visit in SF during April, I’m also planning a yoga retreat with with a girlfriend from college. Really looking forward to that one!

How was YOUR April? Are you feeling productive? Stressed? Excited?

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March 2014 Round-Up

March was a fun-filled, hectic, amazing adventure.

This month I headed to New York for a fashion trip and killer shoot with Studio 15 NYC, before venturing down the coast of California to Capitola for a relaxing beach-side family weekend, after which I spent a fabulous three days in New Orleans. And now I’m gearing up for a jaunt to Los Angeles in a few days for Lucky Magazine’s Lucky FABB Conference.

Just writing about all of my adventures this month is a bit exhausting.



March 2014 Round-Up


March was all about getting ready for Spring – From checking out all the fabulous new hairstyles & updos & beauty, skin care & make-up to freshen up my look to Spring cleaning & home décor updates to falling in love with Spring 2014 fashion and trends like jumpsuits & rompers.

I mixed things up on the style front between flights as well. This month I wore everything from evening-ready faux leather leggings to a killer cobalt blue bodycon dress to a black & white printed pencil skirt.

I even had the honor of collaborating with the chic New York online dress boutique Studio 15 NYC for a fun series – You can check out the first post here.


March saw something exciting for me on the food front – My very first food photo shoot. Working with Jessica Michelle Photo we captured a healthy, delicious brunch spread. The first dish that I wrote about was one of my personal favorites – Cracking Cauliflower. I can’t wait to share the rest – Including some sinfully delicious desserts you’ll love!


Despite a crazy travel schedule I did a great job of staying on top of fitness this month. While yoga, sadly, fell to the wayside, I manages to consistently get to the gym, walk, and even got in a few short runs.


{Crackling Cauliflower}

New April 2014 Goals


Since March was so go-go-go I’m looking forward to spending some more time in San Francisco during April. After a fabulous, fashion-filled weekend in LA for Lucky FABB of course! 🙂 Stay tuned for some fun collaborations with local San Francisco brands & stores this month – I’ll be posting sneak peeks on Instagram so be sure to follow MCLV there!


While I’m looking forward to sleeping in my own cozy bed this month, I’m even more excited to get busy in my kitchen! I’ll be cooking up a storm and sharing the fruits of my labors so keep an eye out for some tasty recipes & sweet treats to use up all of this gorgeous Spring produce that’s hitting stores and farmers markets right now.


Gym time is great but getting back into my favorite yoga studio on a more regular basis is going to make April positively blissful. I’ve talked about it before {Motivation & Midday Workouts} but planning your workouts and fitness routine in advance can really help you stick to your goals. I’ve already blocked off two days a week for yoga for the month of April!


{Studio 15 NYC}

2014 Bucket List:

  1. Try a new class/physical activity – During my sojourn in Capitola this month I did a few hours of ocean kayaking. Not only was it quite the workout, but it was a gorgeous, relaxing experience. Definitely need a repeat stat!
  2. Publish my writing – At the urging of a friend I took a small step this month and joined a writers forum. Next step – Post something!
  3. Travel – Check!!
  4. Broaden my educational horizons – With all my travel time I’ve gone through more books that I can remember, I’ll be sharing some of my favorites soon. And once I settle back into a slightly less hectic routine I’ll be signing up for a nutrition class taught by one of my favorite vegan authors.
  5. Be a good friend – I headed to NOLA for my high school best friend’s bachelor party this month. It was an amazing trip – Great group of people, much-needed fun & frivolity, delicious food, amazing sites, and some really relaxing and educational time spent wandering around the beautiful city.

Did YOU accomplish anything you’re especially proud of this month?

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February 2014 Round-Up

February may technically be the shortest month, but this year it seemed like an especially long, busy, packed couple of weeks.


{Little Red Dress}

February 2014 Round-Up


This month was all about the fashion events – From the Snow 5 Runway Show at the Metreon & San Francisco Fashion Tech Week to the Stylematic Fashion AppLaunch Party & the Alyssa Nicole Spring 2014 Collection Preview.

Not only were all of the events well-organized and a joy to attend, but I got a chance to see a number of fabulous local designers and support Bay Area fashion!


When I think about my food choices in February I’m pretty proud of my success. Usually when things get hectic and I’m running from event to event and always on the go, my diet suffers most. I did a lot of planning and preparing in February though and carried snacks, small meals, and juices or smoothies with me on a rushed days.

My OCD & list making come in handy sometimes! 🙂


{Gowns & Formalwear, Tiffany & Co., Faux Leather MiniRetro Fashion}


I kept up my consistency this month with 5-6 days of circuit workouts & physical therapy, daily walking, and 1-2 session of yoga a week. I also got a chance to chat with New York-based celebrity trainer Key Son about his extensive background in fitness & his fitness recommendations.

New March 2014 Goals


After a February filled with fashion events March will be a bit of a departure – This month I have a number of personal & family events, lots of traveling, and will be working with some great new designers so I can share what’s new in San Francisco fashion with you!


As organized as my kitchen was in February I’ll need to double my efforts this month! With nonstop traveling and weekends away I’m going to be toting around snacks on nearly a daily basis so I’ll need to be extremely prepared.


{Gowns & Formalwear}


One of the projects that I’m most excited for this month is meeting trainer Key Son for a special MCLV circuit workout while I’m in New York next week. It’ll be cold, but I can’t wait to see what he has in store for me!

2014 Bucket List:

  1. Try a new class or type of physical activity every month – In addition to maintaining my yoga habit in February I also added in some spin this month. Man, that’s a sweaty workout!
  2. Submit a piece of my writer to a publisher – Reread. Edit. Update. Delete. Rewrite. Repeat ad nauseum.
  3. Travel – March is my first month of adventuring for 2014 and I’ll be heading to New York, Capitola, New Orleans, and prepping for a trip to LA for the beginning of April.
  4. Broaden my educational horizons – The field of nutrition is constantly changing and I like to keep myself up to date on the studies and new data – This month I read two great books on health & nutrition that I’ll be sharing soon!
  5. Be a good friend – My best friend since Junior High fled California for the East Coast 12 years ago and I’m thrilled to see him not once but TWICE this month.

How’s YOUR 2014 going so far?

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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


{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


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!


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!


{Daytime Over-The-Knee Boots}


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


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!


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.


{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}


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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