Whats MCLAVIN?





A blogs name is one of the most important attributes to the blog. It is one of the first things visitors notice about it.

A very common question asked by many individuals when the topic for my blog comes up is "What's MCLAVIN?" or "How did I come up with the name MCLAVIN?"

Rewinding back to the time when I was thinking of a name for my blog, I was almost clueless as to where to start and what to name it after, or how could I make it personalised. Probably, it was one of the most difficult and time-consuming things to come up with as I was following the rule; First impression is the last impression. 

To start with, I would like to thank my friends at University for the blog name inspiration.

As it was my first time at university, I introduced myself to my flatmates as Eklavya, assuming my name might take some time for them to correctly pronounce, but in the hope that they'll eventually learn (which never happened).

To my surprise they actually came up with an alternative name and started calling me MCL'O'VIN, reason being, it sounded very similar to my real name and obviously, easy to pronounce. Six months down the line, it comes to my understanding that "Mclovin" has a meaning to it and he's a character in a movie called Superbad. Though I never fancied the name much I still didn't mind them calling me Mclovin, as we all later became very close friends. However, for future social introductory instances I came up with my version of an alternative name being LAV. So as my journey progressed at uni, there was one group calling me Mclovin and the other Lav.

The above incident struck me while I was brainstorming a name for the blog. So after a bit of word play I concluded with: MCLOVIN + LAV = MCLAVIN

I have been diverting from personal style and moving towards topics like healthy food and general queries I come across day-to-day. I would love to know if y'all have any questions or would like me to post on a particular topic. I look forward to hearing from you

Thanks for reading.

Lav ;)

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#Gethealthy - Foods To Have On The Plane !




A lot of you will be flying over the holidays in the coming months. Most of the time it gets very difficult to find healthy and nutritious snacks, compared between the unappetizing airplane meals and greasy airport restaurants. The right meals and snacks will leave us feeling energized and focused to make the most of our time at the destination when we land. Therefore, packing a meal has become essential, but complicated, all thanks to tighter security.


Kale Chips



Adding Kale chips to the menu would be one of the healthiest options while, on-the-go. Though it is a leafy green species of cabbage, but when baked can be compared to crunchy potato chips. With low amount of calories, fat and sodium and high amounts of vitamins and minerals. Kale chips are the perfect snack to carry on your travels. Other alternatives could be Soy crisps, crackers, pop-corn etc.



Granola



Due to the ease in pack and consumption, a pretty healthy and terrific snack for the plane. However, today granola comes packed with sugar and fat. Nowadays, there are huge options available with granola bars, including low fat versions. Even though the loose cereal contains a lot of calories and sugar, but if you’re hungry and stuck in midair, those calories might be just what you need. Making your own granola is a healthier way of cutting down on sugar and fat. Even if you don’t opt for that route, the person in the next seat would still think you’re being healthy.

Nuts and Dried Fruits  



A first class natural snack for convenience eating. Almonds to peanuts to cashews, any to all types are excellent sources of heart-smart fats, along with protein and fiber. One could always go for flavored variety, if you aren’t 'nuts' for plain ones. Another alternative could be mixing nuts with dry fruits according to personal preference and taste.

Fruits & Vegetables


Apples, Bananas, plums etc. are natures fast foods and travel really well, fresh or dried they are always mess free and make a pretty decent snack.

Celery or carrot sticks with 3 ounces of Hummus:
This one is my personal favorite. For a healthier version the hummus can also be prepared with Soyabeans (For recipe CLICK HERE. If you’re late or just too lazy to prepare this for your journey, these are easily available at grocery stores


Homemade Sandwiches


Homemade sandwiches wrapped in parchment paper stored in a quartz-sized plastic bag. Keep in mind that all food that you carry on will need to go through the x-ray machine at the checkpoint. So, never use any foil. They will want to search your bag and delay your travels.



Lav ;)
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Central Park - NYC









Tee- Jack Wills, sneakers - Valentino, bracelet - Giles and Brothers, watch - Larsson & Jennings 


Yo guys, hope the weekend's been nice to y'all. Although this past week it was quite rainy, NYC was beautiful today with the sun gazing over it. I still cant get over how much this city has to offer everyone livin' here. 

As I am sad seeing the warm weather slip away, I am excited to layer my outfits, with some of my favorite coats and jackets, like I did in this one with my green canvas jacket from Ralph Lauren. I paired it with denim from Adriano Goldschmied which have become my go-to pair, if you have noticed I usually go for dark navy as its easy to style and literally goes with anything. My favorite part however are the camou sneakers from Valentino, which add a whole-lot of detail to the whole outfit. My passion for camou is reignited so dont be surprised if you see them often on here. 

Hope you have a great start to the week.

Lav x
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#GetHealthy - Foods To Have Before Bed !


This week's #GetHealthy post is about foods to have before you go to bed. Most of us like to fill up our tummies with the misconception of having a good night's sleep. But a lot of us forget that with that good night's sleep, our next morning and many future ones to come are affecting our health in a negative way.


However, if you still wanna listen to your nagging tum-tums, you can always treat it with some healthy protein which boosts your body's energy expenditure. Furthermore, it helps in muscle building and repairing tissues after workout.

Kicking off with:

1. Nuts and Seeds




Nuts and seeds are protein-rich foods with fiber and heart-healthy fats. They are never associated with fat gain, although they are high in calories. They are also a good source of magnesium, which helps in falling asleep and helps muscles relax.



2. Cherries



One of my favorite foods to have before bed, I literally end up finishing the whole pack once I start. They are said to increase the body's production of melatonin, a hormone that naturally makes you feel sleepy. Drinking cherry tart juice results in small improvements in sleep duration  and quality in adults who suffered from chronic insomnia, also the juice can be an alternative if snacking on a bag of cherries seems unappetising.

3. Hard - Boiled Eggs




One of the richest sources of protein, which fills you up and helps you stay asleep through the night. Scrambled eggs or an omelet for dinner are other alternatives.


4. Tea



There's no harm with having a cup of decaffeinated tea before bed. My personal favorite is Chamomile, but alot of people also prefer Green tea, which also contains theanine, which helps you fall asleep.

5. Soy - Based Foods



These make excellent bedtime foods. Especially for individuals following vegetarian or vegan meal plans. Soy contains all essential amino acids which the body demands for everyday use, unlike most other plant based products. Foods made from soy include tofu, tempeh, edamame etc. 

Have a great week.


Lav x

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