Voloom hair volumizing iron review

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Pictured: Voloom Hair Volumizer c/o iFABBO / Earrings: Bauble Bar / Shirt: Gap (sold out, also love this one)

I have the type of hair that lays flat and also gets wavy. The one thing my hair does not have is natural volume. I was thrilled when iFABBO offered me the chance to test out Voloom’s Hair Volumizer. I was hoping this would be the device that gave me full hair.

I tested out Voloom’s Hair Volumizer on my hair. In order to use the device you have to pin up your top layer of hair. This is easy to do since Voloom provides you with clips. The idea is that you use Voloom’s Hair Volumizer on the hair under your top layer of hair. The volumizer works by separating your hairs in a checkerboard pattern which adds volume. After you add volume to your bottom and middle layers of hair, you release the clips and let your top layer of hair fall over your middle and bottom layers of hair. 

My hair is quite long and I am overdue for a haircut; so my hair has a lot of weight to it. I used Voloom as directed and did see an increase in volume I was surprised to see an increase in volume in my hair! I look forward to using Voloom every-time I want volume.

Voloom can be found online here.

Chanel Mica Rose nail polish review

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Pictured: Chanel Mica Rose nail polish. Two coats of color, one base coat, no top coat.

Chanel Mica Rose nail polish was originally introduced in Chanel’s spring 2009 beauty collection. For the winter 2015 season, Chanel re-introduced several nail polish colors from seasons’ past; Mica Rose being one of them.

Mica Rose by Chanel is a classic, sweet pink color which is easy to wear on a daily basis. Chanel Mica Rose nail polish is also a great color for the spring 2015 season. Pale pink has been “on trend” for the past couple of years and is showing no sign of slowing down as we move into the spring 2015 season. This makes Mica Rose by Chanel an easy way to wear the light pink trend this spring season; even though the color was re-promoted for winter. ;-)

I tested out Mica Rose by Chanel with two coats of color, one base coat and no top coat. The nail polish lasted six days before chipping. Love that!

Chanel Mica Rose nail polish can be found online here, here and here.

The pink coat

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Pictured: Earrings: Bauble Bar / Lipstick: Chanel 93 In Time / Necklace: Kendra Scott / Tee Shirt: Banana Republic / Coat: Ted Baker (on sale and in more colors!) / Handbag: Mansur Gavriel / Nail Polish: Chanel Tenderly / Ring: Bauble Bar / Leggings: BCBG (past season, also love this pair) / Boots: Rag & Bone

I had my eyes on this pink coat since it first came out last fall. At the time, it was hard for me to justify purchasing a bright pink coat at full price; especially since we only have about two months of cold weather during the winter season here in the San Francisco Bay Area. When the coat went on sale, I was thrilled! Although there are only a handful of cold days left until spring is in full swing, I know I can wear this coat in New York next month and also next winter. So I will still get plenty of wear out of it! It is soft, comfortable and just plain amazing! Yes, I am in love with a coat. <<sighs>>

Are there any pieces you have been eyeing since fall and were able to snap up on sale this month? If so, do tell!!

Drawstring bags and bucket bags for spring 2015

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Pictured: Spring 2015 handbag trends: From top left: Black drawstring bag / Soft pink drawstring bag / Tan bucket bag / Tan drawstring bag / Black bucket bag / Pink and white bucket bag

One of the big handbag trends for the past several seasons has been the drawstring handbag. For spring 2015, designers have gone full steam ahead and created several versions of the drawstring handbag and bucket bag for the warm weather season. This is definitely the “IT” handbag style of the spring 2015 season; as well as the summer 2015 season.

Drawstring bags began to gain popularity when Mansur Gavriel introduced their simple version a few seasons ago. The drawstring bucket bag designed by Mansur Gavriel was moderately priced and came in a variety of colors with contrasting interiors. The handbag was so popular that it sold out within minutes of being introduced. This led to the current craze. As Fashionistas and handbag lovers everywhere went crazy trying to get their hands on a Mansur Gavriel bucket bag, other designers saw the trend and capitalized on it by introducing their own versions of this classic, casual handbag style.

Now that spring 2015 is here, designers and handbag brands have launched varieties of drawstring bags and buckets bags for the warm weather season. Drawstring bucket bags can be found in solid colors, vegan fabrications, bi-color styles and quilted. Designers are also showing drawstring bucket bags both in minimalist styles and embellished styles. There is definitely a style for everyone when it comes to bucket bags this season!

Since drawstring bags are casual in nature, this is an easy handbag trend to get behind for the spring 2015 season. You will find yourself reaching for this handbag almost everyday. Bucket bags are also roomy, which allows you carry everything you need, and more!

I found a few fabulous drawstring bags and buckets bags around the web and assembled them into the shopping widget below. I hope you love them ! Happy shopping, and stay fabulous ;-)

5 year anniversary!


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Pictured: Philosophy Gift Set

I cannot believe it has been five years since I founded Bay Area Fashionista! Thank you so much for being here and enjoying this journey of fashion, style, beauty, runways and shopping. Thank you so much for sticking with me as the blog has evolved over the past five years. I appreciate you so much; without you, the reader, there would be no Bay Area Fashionista!

So, to show my appreciation for you, let’s have a giveaway!

To celebrate Bay Area Fashionista’s five year anniversary, I will be giving away one gift certificate for $100 to my favorite store, Nordstrom! All you have to do it enter the Raffelcopter giveaway below.

Thank you again for everything! Here’s looking forward to five more years!

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Taste of spring 2015

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After a couple of months of really cold weather, and much-needed rain, the weather has taken a turn! All of a sudden, during the daylight hours, it feels like spring! I have to admit, this spring-like weather pattern is bittersweet. It feels nice to have warm weather in the 60’s and low 70’s after being cold for a few weeks, but at the same time, we need rain! Our drought here in California is not over, so, hopefully this warm-up is temporary and we go back to winter! Rain please!

‘The upside to warm weather is getting to wear this super cute, casual tee I recently bought at the Gap! I hope to wear it with jeans and shorts this spring and summer. I love the boxy silhouette. I feel like it makes the tee a little less ordinary; yet still casual for everyday wear.

Have you started shopping for spring yet? What have you picked up?

Platform wedges return for spring 2015

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Pictured: Black and cork wedges / Black studded wedges / Orange wedges / Black and wood wedges

The platform wedge is making a comeback for the spring 2015 season. Just when we thought platform shoes were fading into obscurity, lug soles raised the bottoms of shoes and now the platform wedge has dared to return! What is going on?! Obviously the shoe world is confused. ;-)

Consumers have not completely abandoned platforms; despite the fact that they faded out of fashion two years ago. Due to this fact called consumer demand, designers and brands have quietly shipped platform wedges to stores for the spring season. 

Although scarce on the runways, platform wedges are being spotted on store shelves for the spring season in droves. Almost every designer and brand has produced at least one platform wedge style for the spring season. Platform wedges are being spotted in various styles from flatform to styles with a 4″ pitch. There is something for everyone when it comes to platform wedges this spring 2015 season.

Platform wedges are also being shown in every color of the season; as well as neutral and black tones.Designers have opted to design platform wedges for casual dress this spring season. To make the style casual, spring 2015’s platform wedges are being shown with cork, nautical rope and wood soles. This makes the style easy to pair with breezy pants, flowing cotton skirts, jeans and shorts. It is the “IT” weekend and casual shoe for spring 2015. Love it!

What do you think of the return of the platform wedge for the spring 2015 season? Are you ready to rock a pair of platforms again? Or, is it too soon to go sky-high?

If you saved your platform wedges from 2010-2012, you can easily shop your closet this spring season and save your shoe budget for other styles. If you already donated those platform wedges, or you just want new shoes (doesn’t everyone?!), then here are a few of my favorite spring styles from around the web: happy shopping, and stay fabulous ;-)

Chanel Desirio nail polish spring 2015 review

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Pictured: Chanel Desirio nail polish for spring 2015. Two coats of color, one base coat, no top coat. 

Chanel Desirio nail polish is a bright fuchsia hue from Chanel spring 2015 beauty collection. This bright fuchsia is on the dark side and can be a substitute for red this spring season. Chanel Desirio is also a good nail polish to wear with this season’s bright colors. Love it!

For spring 2015, designers are showing pastels, muted colors, true colors and brights. When it comes to color tone, there are no rules for spring! This means you can choose a color tone you love and stick with it for the season. If you love bright colors, true colors and muted hues, Chanel Desirio nail polish will work well with all of those color tones. It is also a great alternative for red this spring 2015 season if you prefer to keep your nails classic; but are tired of red after the holiday season.

I tested Chanel Desirio nail polish with two coats of color and one base coat; no top coat. The nail polish lasted for five days before chipping. I really enjoy wearing this color. It worked well with my current, winter wardrobe; and I can tell it will work well with my upcoming spring wardrobe. It is an easy color to wear and looks great day or night. Love that!

Chanel Desirio nail polish is also a good nail color for wearing from spring into summer. If you want one nail polish color to stay with through both seasons, this is the color to reach for. It’s bright nature will easily carry you through spring 2015’s color palette’s into summer 2015’s color wheel. 

Chanel Desirio nail polish can be found online here, here and here.

Maison Margiela Artisanal 2015 runway show

Maison Margiela held their “Artisanal” 2015 runway show on Monday, January 12, 2015 in London featuring John Galliano’s debut with the design house. The collection is a fabulous fusion between Maison Margiela’s sleek-yet-edgy vibe and John Galliano’s avant-garde style. Here are a few photos from the runway show and notes from Maison Margiela. 

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Photos courtesy of Maison Margiela. Make Up: Pat McGrath, Hair: Eugene Souleiman, Music : Jeremy Healy, Lighting : Jan Kroeze

Notes from Maison Margiela

A process of discovery, returning to one’s roots. Piece by piece, deconstructing and constructing a new story for Margiela.

A deep commitment to the extraordinary possibilities of the Maison’s Atelier and the art of Haute Couture.

Approaching tailoring, techniques, craftsmanship like a new explorer, or painter. One who sees beauty in things that are often taken for granted, giving everything a newly enriched life.

A powerful and fierce yet refined mix of fabrics and materials. Stripped down, or reborn together in startling and unexpected ways.

New direction given with play on proportion and sartorial rules. Languid, sweeping. Precise tailoring. A new fuller, revealing silhouette.

Eyes wide open in wonderment to a veritable Cabinet de Curiosités. A jigsaw of lacquered shells reminiscent of Arcimboldo style figures. A miniature battalion charging across a black velvet shoulder. Pearls that bring teardrops of memories to the face.

Looking through the glass, discovering an elusive, rare even arrestingly strange new beauty, of muses who nonchalantly arouse your senses.

The Finale of Toiles. The Cabine marching in honest testimony of the process, the trials and errors, the time and emotion behind each cut, each line, each vision.

A world deep in its past but with promises of the future.

There you have it! What do you think of John Galliano’s debut with Maison Margiela with the “Artisanal” show in London? I have to admit, I am in love!