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MCLV Style: Stripes

One of my favorite late-Winter/early-Spring traditions is the annual breaking-out of the stripes. Needless to say, I get started on this trend on the early side each year.

Why?

Because I love stripes. They’re versatile, flattering, and make every look just a little bit better.

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Striped Dress – Heidi Merrick

Leopard Print Clutch – BCBGMaxAzria

Sunglasses – Tommy Hilfiger

Heels – Sam Edelman

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{Check out more photos here}

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{Photos by Jennymay Villarete of J. Villarete Photography}

In addition to seeing my favorite striped dress for Spring, this last shot also gives you a little peek into my new apartment. I moved at the end of last year and I’m still working on the final decorating details like putting up shelving and hanging art. Once I’ve gotten a chance to finish up all of these small final details I’ll schedule a photo shoot so that I can share my home with you all.

I’ve been a San Francisco resident for eight years and have lived in a handful of neighborhoods over those years, but this apartment and this location are by far my favorite. I’m looking forward to sharing my sanctuary with you in the next few months!

Are YOU also a fan of stripes?

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Festival Fashion 2013: California Hippie Chic

Spring in California means one thing for concert lovers – Music festival season!

From Burning Man to Coachella there are plenty of events, concerts, and fun, festive gatherings to get you outside and enjoying the Spring weather.

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While my day job keeps me in San Francisco and away from the festivities I always look forward to the music festival posts from my favorite bloggers who make the trip – I especially love the candid & group shots since they make you feel like you’re there! 🙂

So let’s get in the mood for this season’s festivals by checking out some of the fashion from years past and seeing how it can be applied to our current wardrobes. One of the best parts about vintage & retro inspired styles is that they’re so long-standing you can wear the same pieces season after season by mixing up accessories & injecting some on-trend styling.

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{This maxi skirt look is one of my favorites from Liz over at Late Afternoon – She looks great with a crown of braids, midriff baring music tee, and a printed, flowy maxi skirt.}

Make dessert magic with a maxi length skirt or dress – From bold colors to breezy sheer fabrics to fun, eye-catching prints, there’s the perfect maxi out there for everyone.

Shopping Tip – If you’re on the petite side be sure to get your dress hemmed or shop a brand that carries petite sizes to avoid destroying the hem when it drags on the ground.

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{Want to try out the midriff baring trend? Get inspired by Peace Love Shea’s simple cutoff tee here.}

There are midriff baring tops everywhere for Spring with styles running the gamut from retro bathing suit inspired silhouettes to simple DIY cut-offs that you could make from your favorite comfy old shirt in a few minutes.

Shopping Tip – If you’re curvy try a retro halter style, while ladies with more boyish figures could give the style worn by Peace Love Shea above a try. The key is to show off what you’ve got! 🙂

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{If you’re a fan of vintage rock tees now’s the time to break them out!}

Is there anything more perfectly hippie-inspired than fringe? From over-the-shoulder bags draped with thick fringe that evoke images of the Old West to cut-off shirts and denim shorts that are beach or music festival ready.

Shopping Tip: If your personal style is more conservative or classic but you want to try out this trend then aim for a fun accessories. From bags, to necklaces, to moccasins, there’s something that will suit everyone’s style!

Get more inspiration over on Pinterest – Hippie Chic & Festival Fashion. You can also check out We Wore What’s Packing For Coachella or Refinery 29’s 7 Types Of Music-Festival Folks… As Illustrations.

What hippie-inspired trend would be your first choice to rock for a music festival this season?

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Styling 101: Easy Tips For Mixing Prints

Animal prints for daytime can be a challenge to pull off – You want the look to be fun and eye-catching, but not tip the scales into tacky-ville. We’ve all seen one of those. And cringed. My number one tip for making an animal print – Or two – Daytime appropriate is to pair the printed piece and/or accessory with a solid colored piece. Black or white both make great contrasts, as would a more neutral hue like tan or nude.

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{Sasha Maks Vintage Jewelry: Rhinestone Pear Drop Pendant Necklace, Smoky Rhinestone Bracelet & Givenchy Chunky Bracelet}

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{You can shop similar pieces by clicking these hyperlinks: Peter Pan Collar Top – Zara, Skater Skirt – Zara, Ankle Strap Heels – Prabal Gurung for Target & Top Handle Bag – Asos}

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{Check out outtakes from this shoot here – Just log into Facebook to view}

These Prabal Gurung for Target heels are going to be a staple for me this Spring. There’s very little I love more than an extremely versatile piece like these shoes – They’ll work great for daytime looks with florals or prints, and be the perfect finishing touch & pop of color for monochrome and nighttime looks like cocktail dresses. And yes, I know I need a 12 step program for Zara skater skirts… 🙂

*Photography & Jewelry by Sasha Maksutenko

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Vacation Planning: Spring & Summer Hair

The time for Spring Break and Summer vacations is swiftly approaching which means that it’s almost time to start thinking about your travel style. One of the things that I love about vacations is playing the part of a vacationing fashionista – Breaking out my resort gear, simplifying my beauty routine, and spending all my time in sandals & bathing suits. I keep boxes of vacation gear on the upper shelves of my closet filled with everything from bath suits, sarongs, and wet suits to colorful maxi dresses, sundresses, and bathing suit cover-ups.

In this three-part series I’ll discuss some of the most fun parts of getting away from it all – (1) Mixing up your go-to hair styles, (2) Changing your beauty routine to keep things simple, and finally (3) Styling & packing for your trip.

If you’re staying at a nice resort or aren’t the type to leave home without your tools here are some hairstyles to try out for your next vacation – Master Using Your Curling Iron In 3 Easy Steps from Refinery 29.

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Favorite First Date Hair Tutorials from My Precious Confessions that include sweet updos, the perfect blow out, and vacation waves

Love a good blow out & want to effortlessly create the effect while you’re on vacation? Saucy Glossie has the answer so read her post How To Fake A Blow Out!

Want the perfect beachy, just rolled out of bed waves? 5 Ways To Get Loose Waves from Glitter Guide

Don’t want to mess with products & tools? Why not get a fresh haircut before you head for the airport – Our 8 Favorite Haircuts for Spring 2013 from Harper’s Bazaar includes Charlize Theron’s sweet new pixie cut & Nicole Richie’s wavy bob among others.

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If you need more inspiration head to Pinterest and check out my Hairstyles & Updos board which is jam-packed with fun looks for you to try this Spring/Summer – From flirty ponytails & messy buns to cascading waves with jeweled clips & colorful streaks.

For some of my personal tips & recommendations when it comes to packing & getting yourself out the door for a trip check out my Weekends Away – Styling, Deciding & Packing from September.

What’s at the top of YOUR Vacation Planning To Do List?

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Spring 2013 Trend: Track Pants

My relationship with the current track pant trend is sort of like a high school relationship – It’s complicated.

On paper – I hate the idea. I like formality and classic styles so a trend that makes pants that could feasibly be worn to the gym appropriate street-wear isn’t necessarily ideal in my mind. That being said, I’ve found myself thoroughly enjoying some of the styles that I’ve seen put together lately.

My conclusion? I like them on other people, when worn right, but I will probably never head to the store expressly to buy myself a pair. It’s just not my style. But if this is your style than you’re in luck, I rounded up some great examples of just how to pull off this trend!

Enjoy the pictures my loves!

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{Jada Pinkett Smith is white-hot in an all white look and track pants with a neon tuxedo stripe.}

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{You don’t have to feel obligated to try this trend out in basic colors or fabrics – Get creative like Camille Over The Rainbow and try out a leather pair!}

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{Want to make your look Spring-ready? Try layering florals like The Fashion Guitar for a fun, eclectic look.}

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{Black & white plus a pop of color is a color scheme that can easily be applied to this track pant trend – On The Racks does it write in a Letterman sweater and aqua pumps.}

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{If you’re not a heel girl but want to add a feminine touch to your track pants than wedges are a great option. A graphic tee is another great way to add your own personal spin to a look.}

Where do you stand on track pants? Will you be giving this trend a try?

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