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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.

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{Little Red Dress}

February 2014 Round-Up

Fashion:

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!

Food:

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! 🙂

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

Fitness:

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

Fashion:

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!

Food:

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.

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{Gowns & Formalwear}

Fitness:

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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November Round-Up

November was an amazing month full of once-in-a-lifetime opportunities and quite a bit of introspection. I had a birthday, did some soul-searching, set new goals for myself for the upcoming year, and I got a chance to really express myself creatively this month.

What more could a girl ask for?

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{Holiday Fashion With Tiffany & Co.}

Overall Goals For 2013:

  • Social Media – One of my blogger pet peeves is when someone doesn’t update regularly so my priority right now is being consistent – I add pictures to Pinterest daily, post 1-2 images a day on Instagram, send out 3-5 Tweets a day, and post to Facebook 3-5 times a day.
  • Writing, Writing, Writing – My desire to be consistent extended to my writing this month and I set aside time daily to work on the blog and posted 5-6 times a week this month.
  • Expansion & Growth – Getting myself out there means being approached by more brands & shops for sponsored posts, product reviews, and the like. The added bonus of that is being able to share with my amazing readers – From introducing you to new brands to offering fun giveaways. Stay tuned for THREE fab giveaways in December!
  • Be Positive – Thanksgiving last week really helped highlight everything that I’m grateful for right now – Amazing friends, supportive, loving family, a gorgeous city, a fabulous new apartment, a great job, and most importantly – I’m grateful that I’ve found something that I’m truly passionate about. Getting to write and share my passion for fashion, food & fitness with you all is incredibly fulfilling.

November Round-Up:

Fashion:

One of the highlights of 2013 has been the amazing collaborations I was able to take part in – From local brands and stores like The Factory, Kamryn Dame, and A by Anubha, to international brands like Tiffany & Co. and Banana Republic.

This month my love of mixing & matching was showcased using the new Atlas Collection at Tiffany & Co. and the experience was truly a dream come true. I also got a chance to shoot some of the gorgeous outerwear created by Anubha Srivastav for her A by Anubha line.

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{Daytime Outerwear: A by Anubha}

Food & Fitness:

Despite the seemingly endless number of holidays and celebrations in November I managed to maintain a pretty consistent healthy routine this month. Stretching and physical therapy are now part of my daily life and I don’t let any excuses keep me from getting them done. Luckily even if work it too hectic to go down to the gym I can still do body weight moves like push-ups and planks at home.

New December Goals:

Fashion:

I’ve been incredibly excited about and inspired by all of the amazing collaborations that I’ve done this year and during December I get to share the love. I just announced the winner of the Holiday Season Giveaway via the newsletter and I’m thrilled to be hosting giveaways in December that include a gorgeous necklace, online gift card, and even an iPad!

Food & Fitness:

While I’ve been really consistent with my physical therapy and adding in circuit training to my fitness routine this month I’d like to try some new classes. I’ve heard great things about Soul Cycle and Studio Mix so I’d like to give them both a try during December.

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{Pencil Skirt}

November Bucket List Review:

  1. Decorating – Living room done! Now it’s time to tackle the bedroom & bathroom.
  2. Friendsgiving was a vegan, gluten-free hit. 🙂

December Bucket List:

  1. Ice Skating
  2. Classes – Martial arts, Studio Mix & Soul Cycle are all on my To Do List so I hope to get at least one done this month

If you want to try something new this December as well you should check out Gala Darling’s December Activity Guide for some great ideas.

What’s on YOUR December To Do List?

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October Round-Up

October was one of my favorite months this year – A pretty bold declaration considering we still have two holiday & fun-filled months left in 2013. Not only did I have some serious weekend fun this month, I also had the great honor of teaming up with Banana Republic Factory, and the opportunity to attend two fabulous blogger conferences in San Francisco and New York.

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{Banana Republic Factory Store x Monogram Mag}

Overall Goals For 2013:

  • Social Media – I’ve always made a conscious effort to provide unique content & singular updates for each social media platform {Where To Find What} and during October I made sure to make multiple updates to Facebook, Twitter,  Instagram & Pinterest on a daily basis.
  • Writing, Writing, Writing – I felt incredibly inspired during October and started writing a new novel, a coming of age story filled with funny stories, lessons I’ve learned, and some satire of modern times.
  • Expansion & Growth – Between the blog overhaul in July, launching the MCLV Style Insiders Newsletters in August, and working with great new brands in September & October, I almost have trouble deciding what to do next. Almost. 🙂
  • Be Positive – I said it last month, and I’ll say it again this month. Attitude is EVERYTHING. I would be a weepy puddle of a girl right now if I let my emotions or whims rule the day. Instead I’ve been strong, I’ve been determined, and I’ve been, above all else, positive. Try it. It’ll change everything.

October Round-Up:

Fashion:

San Francisco’s brief & celebrated Indian Summer swiftly came to an end in October and its been all about layering and cold-weather accessories. Since I moved to the Bay Area in college I’ve begun amassing quite a collection of scarves, hats, gloves, and ear muffs. All of which make me exceptionally happy.

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{MCLV Style: Leopard Print}

Food & Fitness:

Part of my overall happiness and contentment with life these days in due to the fact that this girl has finally gotten back to the gym. Fine, that’s probably a big part of it. After a never ending three-month hiatus I finally headed back to the gym to start my post-surgery physical therapy at the beginning of October.

In addition to maintaining consistent physical therapy, stretching, and core strengthening routines this month, I’ve also really focused on my nutrition. In order to help regain the muscle I’ve lost since my back injury I’ve maintained a high protein diet. I discussed the options with my doctor and did a great deal of research, reading, and self-testing, but I’ve finally landed on a diet that’s easy to maintain, filled with nutrients, and gives me a great deal of energy.

New November Goals:

Fashion:

I’ll be rolling out some fun new collaborations this month – The first is a sparkly dream, sneak peek below, and the second will merge my love of fashion and fitness for a new fitness series with Lorna Jane. Stay tuned & follow all my social media channels do you don’t miss a thing!

{Facebook, TwitterInstagram & Pinterest}

Food & Fitness:

Since I’ve been successfully maintaining a fitness routine for the past four weeks, this month I’ll be supplementing that routine with some fun classes to keep things interesting. Pilates, yoga, and martial arts are at the very top of my list and I can’t wait to get started. Be prepared for awkward gym selfies featuring me with a giant grin.

And please share yours!

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{Sneak Peek of a VERY special upcoming project!}

October Bucket List Review:

  1. Done! I spent a blissful four days in New York City this month with my favorite fashion partner-in-crime Miss Brittany Shick and some of my other fashionable favorites. Amazing trip!
  2. Not only did I try out at least a dozen pumpkin recipes, I’m not even slightly sick of this flavor and will be continuing my pumpkin-fueled baking Odyssey in November. If California runs out of canned pumpkin you know who to blame!

November Bucket List:

  1. Start decorating my new apartment – I’ve decided to get rid of everything and start over so November & December will be all about finding great new pieces and nesting.
  2. Make my own Thanksgiving! Due to my work schedule I don’t have time to travel for Thanksgiving so I’m going to celebrate at home with my San Francisco family.

What do YOU look forward to most when November rolls around each year?

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August Round-Up

August was a blur of events, meetings, photo shoots, collaborations, and writing. Lots of late nights filled with photos, editing & writing. Lots of fun projects in the works that I can’t wait to share. And lots to look forward to in the coming months.

Not only do I live for Fall – I love everything from the weather to the holidays to the fashion – I also have some exciting collaborations and projects to share as the season progresses.

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{August Fashion: Denim Fashion & Waistcoat}

Overall Goals For 2013:

  • Social Media – Not only am I lucky enough to have I gotten the opportunity to work with San Francisco based start-up Monogram this month, I also shared the story of how I was introduced to fashion in their Fall Blogger Contest.
  • Writing, Writing, Writing – Stay tuned for interviews & collaborations with some great San Francisco bloggers, brands, and companies this month. Promise you won’t be disappointed!
  • Expansion & Growth – Don’t forget to sign up for the MCLV Style Insiders Newsletter so you can get personalized style tips, discounts, and news about local events.
  • Be Positive – August was filled with emotional ups & downs and with some serious changes being made in my personal life I’ve really come to appreciate the adage “attitude is everything” this month. Having a positive outlook has saved my sanity in recent weeks!

August Round-Up:

Fashion:

August was a photo shoot heavy month – Check out my shoots with fabulous New York photographer Lydia Hudgens as well as my latest lookbook with SOMA boutique The Factory. And the month wouldn’t have been complete without piling on some vintage baubles for Styling 101 looks with Sasha Maks Vintage.

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{August Fashion: Little White Dress & Jumpsuit}

Food & Fitness:

August has been all about staying healthy and healing my body after surgery so I helped myself stay on point by sharing some of my healthy living tips – From my Morning Routine to some of my favorite Healthy Smoothie Recipes.

New September Goals:

Fashion:

Fall is my favorite season from a fashion standpoint and I especially love the accessories. Be sure to stay tuned for some looks featuring bold outerwear, statement jewelry, faux fur, scarves, gloves, hats, faux leather… Getting giddy just thinking about all the fun combinations! Do you love Fall fashion as much as I do? Check out my recent Fall Fashion Inspiration post.

Food & Fitness:

After 6 weeks of limited mobility and even more limited activity I’m dying for September to get underway so I can return to the gym. While I’ll just be starting with physical therapy, by the end of the month I’m hoping to be strong enough to get back to lifting circuits and to start taking some fun fitness classes like boxing and martial arts.

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{Detoxifying Morning Drink}

August Bucket List Review:

  1. I’m THRILLED to be heading down to San Diego to visit my best friends from college in a few weeks – Be sure to follow MCLV on Instagram so you can stay on top of the action.

September Bucket List:

  1. Try a new-to-me fitness class by the end of the month
  2. Attend San Francisco Fashion Week

With Fall on the way what are you MOST looking forward to this month? Any September traditions?

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