Denim trends for spring and summer 2014

One of the biggest debates every season centers around the current styles of denim and denim washes. Denim over the past few seasons has been skinny, retro and has been offered in more styles than just pants. For the spring and summer 2014 seasons, denim is maturing past the skinny jean and pulling in retro or vintage influences from the 1980′s, 1990′s and modern 2000′s.

Denim pants: The denim pant for spring and summer 2014 is being offered in three distinct styles. The skinny jean is continuing, but quickly becoming overshadowed by the boyfriend jean; which has been gaining in popularity over the past few years. The boyfriend jean has officially overtaken the skinny jean as the “IT” denim style of the season. This means everyone who was afraid to wear skinny jeans can fret no longer. The boyfriend jean is forgiving, relaxed and easy to wear with almost any figure. 

The third denim pant style which is gaining popularity is often referred to as the “Mom” jean. These are the jeans our dear Mother’s wore in the 1980′s; and unfortunately many kept wearing them in the 1990′s. The “Mom” jean offers a high waist and loose fit which is neither boyfriend jean nor skinny jean. The loose fit is comfortable, but not always flattering.

Denim washes: The wash of one’s jeans can instantly set the piece apart from denim “win” versus denim “failure.” The denim wash for the spring and summer 2014 seasons is medium, light, white or muted. In addition to regular denim washes, we are starting to see variations of the vintage acid wash with a less splotchy finish.

Over the past few seasons we have seen denim or chambray shirts, denim jackets, denim dresses and the like. For the spring 2014 and summer 2014 seasons the denim trend has calmed down. Chambray or denim shirts have moved aside for crisp cotton shirts and the denim dress has moved into storage. For spring and summer 2014, the only denim at the front of your closet should be pants, shorts, skirts (short) and jackets.

Colored denim has been a huge trend over the past few years. For the spring and summer 2014 seasons, colored denim is still around but not very important. Look more for muted blues, blue variations and white.

Printed denim has also been a huge trend over the past few years. This trend is also continuing into spring and summer 2014, but has lost its’ dominant edge. You can keep printed denim pants in your wardrobe rotation but it is not something you want to invest in for the long term.

Destroyed denim is another trend we have watched explode over the past few seasons. This trend is still in place but has been starting to fade. If you have destroyed denim from a past season you can still wear it this season, but do not invest in a new destroyed piece. The trend is about to end.

Cropped jeans are also popping up for the spring and summer 2014 seasons. This denim style enjoyed popularity is the late 1990′s through the early 2000′s. The style is back for 2014 and offers a cool alternative to ankle length jeans on a warm spring day. Look for light washes and white.

What is your favorite denim  trend this season?

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Dolce & Gabbana Perfection Veil Pressed Powder review

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Pictured: Compact: c/o Dolce & Gabbana “Perfection Veil Pressed Powder

Dolce & Gabbana has added a new finishing powder to their collection; the “Perfection Veil Pressed Powder.” This fabulous new make-up addition is light, luxurious and the perfect way to finish off your face!

Unlike a foundation powder or bronzer, Dolce & Gabbana’s “Perfection Veil Pressed Powder” offers a light, translucent radiance to the face which is natural and does not clog pores. Love that! The “Perfection Veil Pressed Powder” sets your foundation and concealer with an invisible touch which lasts throughout the day.

I tested out Dolce & Gabbana’s “Perfection Veil Pressed Powder” on warm days, cool days and rainy days. With each type of weather and air conditions, the “Perfection Veil Pressed Powder” by Dolce & Gabbana held up without allowing my face to shine or my foundation to melt. Love it!

Dolce & Gabbana’s “Perfection Veil Pressed Powder” is also a nice, light powder to wear on days when you do not want to wear foundation; it controls shine and offers a fresh faced look.

The new “Perfection Veil Pressed Powder” by Dolce & Gabbana is priced at $60 and can be found online here and here.

Casual spring day and Shoe Selfie contest

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Photos: Earrings: unknown (also love SAVE or SPLURGE) / Lipstick: c/o Laura Mercier “Temptation” / Tee-Shirt: Banana Republic / Tank Top: Mossimo / Belt and Buckle: C Wonder / Jeans: c/o Levi’s / Handbag: Rebecca Minkoff / Bracelets: C Wonder, Tory Burch, J. Crew / Watch: vintage Gucci (similar here) / Nail Polish: c/o Dolce & Gabbana “Lilac” / Shoes: c/o Ross (similar here) / Toe Nail Polish: c/o Dolce & Gabbana “Petal

The weather here in the San Francisco Bay Area has been in the high 70′s and low 80′s lately; which is perfect spring weather! Since the weather has been perfect, I have been able to wear my new wedges from Ross which have turned out to be incredibly comfortable; not to mention they match everything!

If you missed my post on Monday, Ross is having a #ShoeSelfie contest on their Facebook page where you can upload a Shoe Selfie and be entered to win a gift card up to $500 or the grand prize! For more details, please click here. Good luck and let me know if you win!

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Laura Mercier gel lip colour review

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Photos: Earrings / Lipstick: c/o Laura Mercier “Clementine” and “Temptation” / Top / Ring (similar)

Laura Mercier has a fabulous new lipstick for spring/summer 2014! The new, limited edition, gel lip colour collection by Laura Mercier comes in four beautiful, on-trend hues and has quickly become my favorite lipstick!

I was able to test out Laura Mercier’s new gel lip colour in “Clementine” and “Temptation.” “Clementine” is a bright orange lipstick which is the exact hue spotted on the runways in New York for spring/summer 2014. Love that! I was afraid it would be too bright on me, but when I applied it to my lips it turned out to be perfect. “Clementine” has an orange-pink hue when applied to my lips and the gel formula is smooth, moisturizing and easy to wear. I also love the vanilla taste and scent!

“Temptation” was the second gel lip colour by Laura Mercier I was able to test out. It is a dark purple hue, also from the runways, which works as a nice contrast to the seasons’ pastel color palette. I love how it looks with pastel apparel; including the pale pink top I am wearing in the photo above. The color is long lasting, easy to wear, moisturizing and smells/tastes like vanilla! Yum!

Laura Mercier’s new, limited edition, gel lip colour is priced at $23 and can be found online here.

Shoe Selfie with Ross

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 Shoes: c/o Ross (brand/designer is top secret! But I assure you, it is fabulous!!!)

Do you love shoes? Do you love getting a great deal on shoes? Of course you said yes to these two questions! I sure did ;-) That is why I am thrilled to partner with Ross Stores and their #ShoeSelfie contest.

That’s right! Ross Stores is holding a #ShoeSelfie contest where you can snap a picture of your shoes, selfie style of course, and upload it to the Ross Stores Facebook page via their contest tab, which is right here. By entering the #ShoeSelfie contest at Ross, you are entered to win a fabulous grand prize! There will be additional prizes awarded including a $500 gift card, $300 gift card, $100 gift card and a $50 gift card each week during the contest! Love that!

Make sure you “like” Ross on Facebook and visit RossStores.com to find a location near you.

*This post was brought to you by Ross Stores. All opinions are my own. 

Fundraising gala

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Photo: Earrings: Swarovski (old) (also love these) / Lipstick: c/o Dolce & Gabbana “Rose” / Dress: Laundry / Bracelet: Swarovski (old) (also love this one) / Nail Polish: c/o Dolce & Gabbana “Lilac” / Handbag: Chanel (also love SAVE or SPLURGE) / Shoes: Dolce & Gabbana (old) (also love SAVE or SPLURGE)

On Saturday March 29, 2014, my husband I attended the Junior League of San Jose Fashion Show Fundraiser. This amazing charity event is close to my heart since I have worked on five past fashion show fundraisers while I was an active member of the Junior League. Now that I am a Sustainer in the league, it is fun to attend the event, donate, and enjoy the creativity of the current active members who worked hard on the event.

The fashion show fundraiser is held every other year and event chairs have been known to work over forty hours per week leading up to the event. I remember putting in long hours when I worked on the fundraiser, although not nearly as many hours as the event chairs! This years’ event had a Vegas theme and after the fashion show there were mock gambling tables and a delicious dessert buffet!

Everyone was decked out for the gala fundraiser in beautiful formal and cocktail gowns. There was a large amount of navy blue and sequin dresses in attendance! I wore navy too, so perhaps navy is the new black! ;-) Also, I am currently in a “one shoulder” phase, so I knew I wanted to wear this dress by Laundry to the event as soon as I spotted it!

My apologies for the iPhone photos. They are not as clear as the dslr photos I normally post. I wanted to share this fun event with you, and of course what I wore to it, so, I decided to post the iPhone photos. I hope you don’t mind :-)

To learn more about the Junior League of San Jose, and the amazing work our trained volunteers and fundraisers accomplish every year, please visit jlsj.org.

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Drawstring bags for spring and summer 2014

It is no secret that drawstring bucket bags are the “IT” handbag style of 2014. They started to become hot last year, which you can read more about here. For spring and summer 2014, more designers and brands have released drawstring handbag styles than we saw on the market last year; this means we have a plethora of choices in a range of colors, sizes and prices! Love that!

There are so many variations of the drawstring bag for spring and summer 2014; there is literally a style for everyone! Drawstring bags are being shown in mini versions as well as traditional medium sizes, backpacks, sling-bags and large totes. There are structured versions by designers such as Louis Vuitton which work well with office attire and sophisticated ensembles. There are also more casual versions such as ones by Vince and Mansur Gavriel-who started it all!

That’s right! The ultimate “IT” bag to own this season is the moderately priced version by Mansur Gavriel. The Mansur Gavriel drawstring bag started the trend and is the hardest drawstring handbag to get your hands on! Yours truly ordered one last fall and I have yet to receive it!

Fortunately, you don’t have to suffer in line for a Mansur Gavriel drawstring handbag; there are plenty other ones on store shelves right now! I found a few fabulous drawstring handbags in varying price points around the web and assembled them into the shopping widget below. Of course, if you are like me and you NEED the Mansur Gavriel version, you can get in line here. Happy shopping, and stay fabulous ;-)

She stole my look!

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Photo: Earrings & Necklace: Haute Jewelers / Dress: C Wonder / Lipstick: c/o Dolce & Gabbana “Rose” / Watch: vintage Gucci (similar here) / Ring: bespoke (similar SAVE or SPLURGE) / Nail Polish: c/o Dolce & Gabbana “lilac” / Shoes: Prada 

The C Wonder shopping party last week was so much fun! Not only did I meet readers and fellow local bloggers in person, there was lemonade, sweet treats and shopping! One hilarious moment was when I walked into the store and saw a mannequin by the front door wearing the same dress as me! How could she!!! Ha! Well, the mannequin is perfect, so the dress looked better on her. But at least I was wearing shoes!

Of course the mannequin wore the same dress as me! First off, the dress is current season at C Wonder, second, it is really cute! The dress fits nicely and is very comfortable. I look forward to wearing this dress with flat sandals on warm summer days as well as again, with heels! I also love the black and white striped version, which is very similar to another dress I own. Maybe I love striped dresses?

Thank you again to everyone who came out for the C Wonder shopping party! For a recap, please click here.

Dermalogica skin hydrating booster review

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 Photo: Dermalogica c/o iFABBO

I love being outdoors; which includes swimming, playing tennis, hiking and watching my kids play sports from the sidelines. This means my skin is constantly in the sun, wind; and who knows what! My biggest skincare challenge is keeping my skin moisturized so that it does not get dry, flaky and start to peel. So, I was thrilled when iFABBO sent me a sample of Dermalogica’s Skin Hydrating Booster to test out. This sounded like the product my embattled skin needed!

Dermalogica’s “Skin Hydrating Booster” is used after applying moisturizer. My moisturizer is normally fine, except in the mid to late spring when my skin is in the sun a lot and gets a workout! I applied Dermalogica’s “Skin Hydrating Booster” after my facial cream and it added a little bit of softness to my skin. I proceeded to watch my daughter’s soccer game and then my son’s little league game; leaving my face out in the sun and wind for roughly three hours.

When I got home, I was thrilled! Instead of my skin feeling dry, it felt perfect! My skin felt the same after three hours in the sun as it had when I first left the house in the morning before the games. This is definitely the add-on my skin needs on days when I am outside!

I will rate Dermalogica’s “Skin Hydrating Booster” five out of five stars ;-)

Dermalogica’s “Skin Hydrating Booster” is priced at $56 and can be found online here, here and here. Use code BOOST to receive 15% off your purchase now through May 31, 2014. 

C Wonder Santana Row shopping party

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On Thursday, April 3, 2014 I hosted a shopping party at the C Wonder store at Santana Row. C Wonder provided lemonade and treats as well as a festive atmosphere which helped make the party a success. It was so much fun being able to meet readers and bloggers I have met virtually on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram. I feel like I have so many new friends!!

The C Wonder store was stocked with fabulous clothing and accessories for the spring season. There were sale items which were 40%-50% off and all of the full-price merchandise in the store was 20% off for the party! Loved that! Everyone made amazing purchases with the discounts including spring sweaters, home decor, jewelry, tech gear and more!

Thank you to everyone who came out for the party and I look forward to seeing you again! Thank you to everyone who supported the event virtually through social media. Without you, there would not be a Bay Area Fashionista blogzine! Thank you!!!

If you are local to the San Francisco Bay Area, make sure you stop into the Santana Row C Wonder store. They have a large selection of gift items which would be perfect for Mother’s Day! If you do not live in the Bay Area, please check out their website for great spring merchandise and an array of gift items! C Wonder can be found at cwonder.com.

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1) Beautiful spring home decor. I am in love with the blue pillow!

2) Perfect spring drivers for spring. I love the colors!

3) This sweater and handbag are to-die-for!

4) Monogram gift ideas!

5) Lemonade and sweet treats! Yum!

6) Rita, Lauren and Joji shopping and having fun at the event.

7) A sneak peek at summer merchandise which has not hit the sales floor yet. Exclusive to the party and 20% off for the event!

8) I need these shoes in my life! (they are on sale!)

9) A skirt and handbag I am eyeing. Everyone on Facebook loved them too!

10) A fabulous necklace!

11) Stacking bracelets from left: one, two, three

12) New local blogger friends who shopped and had fun at the event! From left: me, Simply Sumptuous, FashionCHICsta, Looks I Love and Simply Sumptuous.

My favorites from C Wonder: