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MCLV Style | My Current Uniform

I talked about my聽classic and somewhat聽minimal approach to fashion and style聽recently. In general, I’d rather have fewer high quality pieces that fit perfectly into my wardrobe than fast fashion trends that get tossed after one wear. {You can read more about my thoughts on fast fashion here – Why I Shop Vintage and Consignment}

This week, I’m sharing an example of my “uniform.” No, I’m not Steve Jobs-ing it up and wearing the exact same thing every day. Though I have to admit, that’s definitely tempting some days. 馃檪

What I mean by uniform is that I wear a variation on a similar style most of my days off. While I adore dresses and will be back in full dress mode as soon as the weather warms up, this time of year is all about pants for me.

Specifically – Slim fitting pants and tunics.

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Skinny Crop Pants – Who What Wear from Target

Black & White Striped Tunic – BP from Nordstrom

Longline Vest – Soia & Kyo from Nordstrom

Black Slides – Steve Madden

Gucci Soho Crossbody Bag – The Real Real

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{Photography by J. Villarete Photography}

 

I’m always on the lookout for a great pair of pants. I’m extremely picky about how things fit on my waist and since I have muscular, athletic legs, I try not to end up at the skin-tight end of the slim fitting pants spectrum. These Who What Wear for Target pants are great. I was looking for my favorite deodorant and spotted these, and had to try them on. I was surprised by the quality and the fit, both of which were great. They also come in an army green version which I may have to pick up.聽And here I simply paired them with a classic striped tunic and a longline vest for layering.

Do YOU have a uniform?

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MCLV Style | Minimal Fashion

When I first got interested in fashion during my early twenties – I tried everything! I loved fashion magazines and was glued to fashion week commentary each season. I wanted to give every trend a try, and聽loved to constantly buy new pieces from high street brands like Zara, Mango,聽and H&M.

Part of the fascination was due to the fact that I had my first job and could afford to shop and try new things. And the other part was that I didn’t have a defined personal style. I was still playing dress up all the time and figuring out what worked for me.

Wrap dresses – Yes. Crop tops – No. V-Neck necklines – Yes. Boyfriend jeans – No.

I was essentially creating my sartorial personality by trying different styles out, keeping what worked, and discarding what didn’t suit me.

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Houndstooth Dress – Alice + Olivia {similar styles here, here & here}

Talia Double Breasted Coat – BCBGMAXAZRIA

Patent Leather Pumps – Giuseppe Zanotti

Black & White Laurel Satchel – Kate Spade New York

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{Photography by J. Villarete Photography}

Minimal Style Classic Timeless Retro San Francisco Bay Area Fashion Food Fitness Lifestyle Blogger Street Style

These days, my personal style is fairly established. It may seem boring that I rarely try new trends or go shopping just for fun now, but it sure makes getting ready easier. If I went into my closet today everything would fit me, suit my body type, and virtually all of it would go with other pieces. Those are the benefits of knowing your style and keeping things minimal.

What is my style?

I like to use the phrase “classic with a twist,” but who knows what that means to you. I like classic silhouettes, and timeless, sometimes retro styles. Overall, my wardrobe is fairly minimal from a color perspective. It’s predominantly black and white, including plenty of black and white prints, with the occasional primary color or jewel tone. I tend to rely on accessories, especially handbags, as my “pop of color,”聽so I’d say that 70% of my wardrobe is black and white. And 95% of my workout clothes are black. 馃檪

What’s YOUR fashion personality?

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Looks of the Week | Winter Street Style

One of my favorite places to go for inspiration is Pinterest – For everything from recipes to聽sartorial ideas to funny memes or quotes. I love searching for seasonal street style to see what all the fabulous bloggers around wearing around the world.

Since I’ve been doing so much searching recently, because I’ve been doing some shopping lately,聽I thought it would be fun to do a round-up. So welcome back to the Looks of the Week series with a Winter Street Style edition.

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{Nothing says Winter fashion to me quite like outerwear. I look forward to pulling out my coat collection all year-round. And that’s what really caught my eye here – These two coats are absolutely divine. From the bold geometric print to the eye-catching fur trim, they’re both classic but utterly modern.}

Looks of the Week Winter Street Style San Francisco Bay Area Fashion Food Fitness Lifestyle Blogger Streetstyle Olivia Palermo

{Olivia Palermo is a perennial favorite around these parts. I simply love how she puts together a look. Everything is polished and elegant, very chic, but always with a contemporary twist. Something that makes it very “now.” Here that’s achieved by making the classic silhouette and color combination the central focal point, while taking note of today’s trends in the size of the sleeves and the cropped length of the trousers. It comes together wonderfully.}

Looks of the Week Winter Street Style San Francisco Bay Area Fashion Food Fitness Lifestyle Blogger Streetstyle Olivia Palermo We Wore What Danielle Bernstein Lydia Elise Millen

{Sometimes the perfect outfit has a pop of color or an eye-catching point of interest, while other times all of the pieces just blend seamlessly together into the look of your dreams. I’d argue the latter in this case. It’s classic, but still modern. A chic, timeless silhouette and color story. And it’s got some killer pieces, but nothing that screams at the camera, just all tasteful and chic. J’adore!}

Looks of the Week Winter Street Style San Francisco Bay Area Fashion Food Fitness Lifestyle Blogger Streetstyle Olivia Palermo We Wore What Danielle Bernstein

{On weekends you can usually find me in black, so I’m always on the lookout for fun ways to mix those pieces up. We Wore What is all about that head-to-black styling and knows that a killer pair of jeans always pulls your look together. Bonus – These jeans are from her capsule collection, you can swoop them up here.}

Looks of the Week Winter Street Style San Francisco Bay Area Fashion Food Fitness Lifestyle Blogger Streetstyle Olivia Palermo

{What drew my eye to this look was the real-worldness of it. While that may sound strange, most of high fashion – From the runways to the afterparties – Isn’t actually very wearable. While this look was snapped on the streets during Paris Fashion Week, it’s an admirable combination of fashionable, cozy, and weather-appropriate.}

{Images can all be found in my Fall & Winter Fashion Pinterest board}

What’s YOUR favorite look here?

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MCLV Style | Peter Pan Booties

Since I (finally) gave up heels in favor of being able to walk without excruciating pain {You can read the story here – The Painful Truth About High Heels} I’ve been on a seemingly full-time mission to find cute, flattering, versatile flat shoes.

You know the ones I mean.

A pair that you wear to work or out for dinner, and can – GASP – Actually walk in.

You can check out my Fall Footwear blog post for some of my picks for this season. Hands down,聽my two favorites are the Vince Camuto Karita Leather Block Heel Over The Knee Boots and Unisa Adivan Over The Knee Boots from聽DSW.

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Booties – Costume National

Metropolitan Watch c/o Timex

Gucci Crossbody Bag – The Real Real

Fit and Flare Sweater Dress – Eliza J

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{Photography by J. Villarete Photography}

Peter Pan Booties Ankle Boots Trend Coat San Francisco Bay Area Fashion Food Fitness Lifestyle Blogger Street Style Streetstyle

So when I saw these flat Peter Pan Booties on The Real Real website, I was thrilled. They have that delicate, feminine silhouette to them that makes them look great with dresses as well as slim-cut pants. They even look great with tights!

Plus they’re flat with a thick sole, which means that they’re comfortable for walking around the city in this time of year.

Sadly, this specific pair is sold out, but here are some similar聽styles:

What’s YOUR perfect boot?

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Healthy Thanksgiving Recipes

These healthy Thanksgiving recipes will really help you enjoy the holidays to the fullest. There are some delicious options for appetizers and sides, some entrees, and even desserts. All healthy and allergen-friendly, with plenty of vegan, gluten-free, and paleo-friendly options for you to enjoy!

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Appetizers & Sides:

Entrees:

Thanksgiving Pumpkin Cheesecake Sweet Potato Stuffing Vegan Vegetarian Gluten-Free Paleo Thanksgiving San Francisco Bay Area Fashion Food Fitness Lifestyle Blogger Recipes

Desserts:

Do YOU have favorite Thanksgiving recipes you make every year? Or do you like to try new recipes?

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