Memorial Day Weekend Sales and Deals

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Memorial Day weekend is here, this means it is the perfect time to snap up some fabulous items for the summer 2015 season at rock bottom prices. The sales on Memorial Day weekend are the best! This is the first sale weekend of the summer season, which means inventory is high, and prices are low. No leftovers in these sales! Shop early, and save big!

Below is a list of a few amazing sales happening now through the weekend. Happy shopping, and stay fabulous ūüėČ

Anthropologie: Save 20% off sale items. Click here to shop.

ASOS: Save 20% now through May 26, 2015 with coupon code LONGWKND Click here to shop.

Banana Republic: Save 40% off select style. Use coupon code BRSUMMER Click here to shop.

Barney’s Warehouse: Save up to 50% off site-side. Click here to shop.

BaubleBar: free shipping with coupon code MEMORIAL20 and save 20%; use coupon code MEMORIAL25 to save 25% off 3 items; or use coupon code MEMORIAL30 in order to save 30% off 4 or more items. Click here to shop.

BCBG: Save 30% off everything now through May 26. Click here to shop.

Bloomingdale’s: Save 20% off sale items. Use coupon code SPRING20 Click here to shop.

Coach: Semi-annual sale. Save up to 50% off select style. Click here to shop.

DVF: Save an additional 30% off sale items. Use coupon code SUMMER30 Click here to shop.

GAP: Save 40% off regular prices! Use coupon code SUMMER Click here to shop.

JCrew: SAve 25% off your order. Use coupon code SUMMERLOVE Click here to shop.

Joie: (They have the most comfortable shoes on Earth!) Save 20% off with coupon code MD2015 Click here to shop.

Kendra Scott: Save up to 70% off. Click here to shop.

Macy’s: Save 20%-25% off in sale now through May 25, 2015. Use coupon code HOORAY Click here to shop.

Nordstrom: Half-Yearly sale is in full effect. Click here to shop. Click here for more details.

Saks Fifth Avenue: Save up to 55% off select items in women’s apparel. Click here to shop.

Homanz Diamond Leather Handbag from Trendcy

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Do you love a diamond? I sure do! So when Trendcy introduced me to Homanz’s Diamond Ring handbag I was thrilled!¬†

Kitschy handbags are a huge trend right now, so why not rock this trend with a handbag shaped like a precious diamond! Homanz’s Diamond Handbag comes in three precious diamond colors; silver, blue, and pink. Since blue is my favorite color, I chose the blue diamond handbag to review.¬†

The Diamond Handbag by Homanz is the ideal size for semi-formal occasions. It has enough room inside for a wallet, phone, keys, lipstick, and glasses case; without moving into the daytime, medium handbag size-range. The metallic sheen on the leather, and diamond silhouette instantly add a dressy flair to the handbag. Of course, bling can be worn at any hour of the day, so if you want to sparkle at brunch, wear the diamond handbag!

The closure has a magnetic closure which makes it easy to open and close when you are on the go. The handle is easy to carry hand-held, or draped over the forearm. The Diamond Handbag by Homanz is lightweight, so when you add your purse essentials inside the bag, it is not heavy to carry around. Love that!

Homanz’s Diamond Handbag can be found online at Trendcy.com.

Be sure to follow Homanz and Trendcy on Twitter at @homanz51 and @trendcy

*Brought to you by Trendcy. All thoughts and opinions are my own. 

New York Fashion Week fall 2015 runways

The New York Fashion Week held in February of 2015 showcased designers collections for the upcoming fall/winter 2015/2016 season. There were a few shows I attended which were amazing; and I would love to share with you. I have been sharing these shows with you on a weekly basis since fashion week ended back in February. Unfortunately, there are five shows I do not have photographs from. In these shows, I was either seated too far back to be able to snap pictures, or the lighting was not ideal for photography from the seats. All five shows were amazing, and thankfully, I can share these runway videos with you courtesy of IMG Fashion. Enjoy!

Reem Acra FW15

Vivienne Tam FW15

Georgine FW15

Zang Toi FW15

Lie Sangbong FW15

Nordstrom Half Yearly Sale on now

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Pictured from left: Dress / Bracelet / Clutch / Tote / Espadrilles / Wedges / Sandals

It’s here! It’s here! The Nordstrom Half Yearly sale has begun . . . This means it is the perfect time to stock up on fabulous items for the summer season at amazing prices for the whole family. The sale starts today and runs through May 31, 2015. After that, everything will be gone! To shop the sale, please click here.

  • Nordstrom Half Yearly Sale:¬†¬†Save up to 40% at the Nordstrom Half-Yearly Sale on Men, Women & Kids styles, while supplies last through¬†May 31! FREE Shipping. FREE Returns.
  • Nordstrom Half-Yearly Sale (specific to Handbags & Accessories): Up to 40% OFF Handbags, Jewelry, Watches & Home:¬†Up to 40% OFF Handbags, Jewelry, Watches & Home at Nordstrom, through¬†May 31!¬† FREE Shipping. FREE Returns.
  • Nordstrom Half-Yearly Sale (specific to Women’s Active & Swim): Up to 40% OFF Active, Swim and Lingerie:¬†Up to 40% OFF Active, Swim and Lingerie styles from Zella, Nike & more at Nordstrom, throughMay 31!¬† FREE Shipping. FREE Returns.
  • Nordstrom Half-Yearly Sale (specific to Women’s Shoes): New Markdowns on top Women’s Shoe Brands:¬†New Women’s Shoes Markdowns from Sam Edelman, Steve Madden, Ivanka Trump & more at Nordstrom, through¬†May 31!¬† FREE Shipping. FREE Returns.
  • Nordstrom Half-Yearly Sale (specific to Kids’ Shoes): New Markdowns on top Kids’ Shoes Brands:¬†New Kids’ Shoes Markdowns from favorite brands like Crocs, MICHAEL Michael Kors & more at Nordstrom, through¬†May 31!¬† FREE Shipping. FREE Returns.
  • Nordstrom Half-Yearly Sale (specific to Men’s Shoes): New Markdowns on top Men’s Shoe Brands:¬†New Men’s Shoes Markdowns from Cole Haan, Bruno Magli, Nike & more at Nordstrom, through¬†May 31! FREE Shipping. FREE Returns.

To shop the sale, please click here.

My picks from the Nordstrom Half Yearly Sale are below:

Dream skirt for spring

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Pictured: Sunglasses: Prada / Lipstick: Chanel 487 Amorosa / Earrings: Kendra Scott / Necklaces: Bauble Bar, unknown designer / Tee: Gap / Skirt: HD in Paris  / Handbag: Chloe / Bracelets: Samantha Willis / Nail Polish: Chanel Mediterranee / Shoes: c/o Donald J Pliner

I am always on the hunt for a lightweight, casual skirt I can wear during the spring season. If the skirt can transition into summer, or even fall, it is a huge plus! I am in love with this fabulous skirt by HD in Paris. I bought it for myself on Mother’s Day and cannot stop wearing it! Even if the weather is not quite warm enough for wearing it. ūüėȬ†

This skirt offers a hem-like hemline which is asymmetrical and flattering. The fabric is lightweight and can easily be worn during the spring, summer, and fall seasons. Love that! Since it is a shimmering chambray, it is easy to wear with almost any color; and easy to pair with different accessories. Another plus!

The fabric does wrinkle easily; which you can see in the photos above. I do not mind the wrinkles since they seem to go with the carefree and casual vibe of the skirt. I had been wearing the skirt for two hours at church before taking these pictures. My seven year old was fidgeting during church and crawling on me. I think the skirt looks pretty good after all that!

I will definitely be reaching for this skirt several days per week this season, and next; and next! It is really comfortable, easy to wear, and flattering. It turned out to be the perfect Mother’s Day gift to myself!

My apologies for not knowing the designer who created the beautiful long necklace I am wearing in these photos. I purchased this necklace about two years ago at an art fair and it is unmarked. If I see the designer again, I will definitely write down his name!

Swimsuit cover-ups for summer 2015

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Pictured from left: Navy coverup / Black coverup / Romper

Swimsuit season is here! This means it is time for pool parties, long walks from the car to the beach, and other situations which require a little bit of modesty while wearing a swimsuit. Thankfully swimsuit cover-ups for summer 2015 are on-trend, and flattering for the season. 

With the boho trend in full effect, swimsuit cover-ups are channeling this trend by storm. There are tie-dye cover-ups, flowing fabrications, a little bit of fringe, and easygoing silhouettes to cover up your swimwear this season. In addition to boho styles, rompers are still hot for keeping you modest poolside, as well as lightweight cover-ups which can double as a hot weather sundress. Love that!

I found a few fabulous swimsuit cover-ups around the web and assembled them into the shopping widget below, I hope you love them! Happy shopping, and stay fabulous ūüėČ

Top five rose fragrances for spring summer 2015

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From top left: Acqua di Parma / Dolce & Gabbana / Diana Vreeland / Van Cleef & Arpels / Victor & Rolf

Rose is the fragrance note of the moment. This means, rose-based fragrances are hotter than hot for the spring and summer 2015 seasons. If you love sweet florals, this is the season for you!

Rose scents offer a sweet floral fragrance experience which is easy to wear on a daily basis. Rose is not an overbearing fragrance note; making it inoffensive to most people. Rose based scents can easily be worn to the office, in the theater, and on warm days. Rose is a versatile fragrance note which works well under cold, moderate, and warm temperatures. Although normally associated with spring and summer, rose can easily be worn in the fall and winter months due to the warmth of its’ natural scent.

Although there are many rose-based scents on the market which offer classic, sweet floral fragrance experiences; spring and summer 2015 are offering new, more exotic mixes of the popular fragrance note. Victor & Rolf are¬†offering a special edition of their popular “Flowerbomb” fragrance infused with rose as the heart of the fragrance. Some perfumers have even mixed sweet rose with far-east oud!

One of my favorite rose-based perfumes is Van Cleef & Arpels “Extraordinaire Rose Velours.” This rich rose fragrance offers a sweet rose fragrance experience which is not sticky. It is smooth and luxurious; much like all the of the fragrances in Van Cleef & Arpel’s “Extraordinaire” collection. If you love vanilla, I highly recommend “Orchidee Vanille.” It is rich, smooth, and arguably the most luxurious vanilla-based fragrance on Earth. Love! Now, I digress, we are talking about rose, not vanilla!

Dolce & Gabbana’s “Velvet Rose” is from the designing duo’s luxurious line of “Velvet” perfumes. “Velvet Rose” is an amazing blend of several rose notes with a slight musky base. This creates an incredible, rose-based fragrance experience, which is sweet, yet not sticky; and as luxurious as possible.¬†

The rose trend is not just limited to fragrance. Rose-based home fragrances are also all the rage this season. Rose lipstick is also a beauty trend for the spring and summer seasons. Of course, rose lipstick may not look good on everyone, nor will it match every outfit in ones’ closet. This makes a rose-based fragrance the easiest way to rock the rose trend this season. Rose-based fragrances work well for both casual and dressy occasions; and they are easy to wear both day and night. Love rose!

Here are my top five picks for rose scents this spring and summer season. Hope you love them! Happy shopping, and stay fabulous ūüėČ

Mansur Gavriel drawstring bucket bag review

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The Mansur Gavriel drawstring bucket bag is one of the most sought-after handbags on the planet. This has made the handbag even more alluring than it would be if it was found sitting alone on a store shelf. Mansur Gavriel’s handbags are handmade in Italy and extremely high quality. This fact, combined with the moderate pricing structure, makes Mansur Gavriel’s handbags a great deal!

I have owned both the large size drawstring bag and mini drawstring bag for about one year. They have both held up extremely well. Although not shown, my DSLR camera fits nicely into both sizes. Even when my DSLR is inside, the handbag still offers plenty of room for everything I need in day-to-life. With the weight of my camera and other items, Mansur Gavriel’s handbags have held up perfectly. They are extremely strong! This is a key feature for a Mom like me.

One of the concerns a handbag fan may have with vegetable tanned leather is how much wear and tear will show on the leather itself. Although it does show scratches, the scratches blend into the leather, and with time, the patina is beautiful and does not look scratched at all. 

While my black handbag, and white handbag, have held their colors nicely, my mini bag has darkened over the past year. It went from a light tan to a medium tan. I like how it looks, but if you are looking for a pale tan or beige bag, this will not be the one you are looking for.

The drawstring handbags by Mansur Gavriel are lightweight, which makes them easy to stuff with things without worrying about making the bag too heavy. The strap is comfortable and the handbag stays put on my shoulder; unless I am bending down or running.

I find the mini drawstring bag to be the perfect size for day to day use. The regular drawstring bag is a little bit big and I find myself having to dig in deep to find my wallet or lipstick. 

My white drawstring bag is only a few months old, but it has held up well too. The white is incredibly durable and does not take any dirt. The saffiano leather is durable and remains scratch-free after daily use. Love that!

Although the regular size drawstring bucket bag comes with a detachable pouch, I have not used it. The pouch is narrow and only seems to be useful for storing receipts or business cards.

Overall, I rate Mansur Gavriel’s drawstring bags; both regular and mini, five out of five stars. They are durable, priced right, offer clean lines, and fit everything one would need to get through the day! Love that!

To shop Mansur Gavriel, please click here, here, or here. If they are currently sold out, please refer to my previous article about getting your hands on a coveted Mansur Gavriel handbag by clicking here.

Pamella Roland fall 2015 New York Fashion Week

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Photos: Cathy OBrien/Bay Area Fashionista 2015©

Pamella Roland showed her fall/winter 2015/2016 collection at New York Fashion Week on February 16, 2015 in the Pavilion at Lincoln Center.  Her collection was vibrant, and energetic. You could hear the crowd gasping; with resounding oohs and aahs. It was brilliant!

For fall 2015, Pamella Roland gave off a 1970’s vibe with luxurious fabrications, flowing silhouettes, and touches of sparkle. The color palette was dark and classically autumn. On Pamella Roland’s runway, hemlines were long, side slits were high, patterns were understated, and sheer fabrications abound. It was a beautiful collection, which is sure to hit the streets this fall 2015 season with fervor.

The black dress at the bottom of my photo set is my favorite. Which look is your favorite?

To shop Pamella Roland’s collection, please click here.¬†

Casual spring weekend wear

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Pictured: Earrings: Kendra Scott (sold out, similar here) / Sunglasses: Prada / Lipstick: Chanel 487 Amorosa / Top: Express / Bracelets: Kendra Scott, double strand, single strand / Nail Polish: Chanel Lavanda / Handbag: Givenchy / Belt: Kenneth Cole (old, also love this one) / Jeans: Gap / Shoes: Stuart Weitzman

The weather has been quite mild the last couple of weeks. This means it has been perfect tee-shirt and jeans weather! Since jeans are my favorite pants on Earth, wearing them with a comfy tee-shirt is one of my favorite weekend casual looks. 

I love this 3/4 sleeve tee from Express. It is made from a soft, cotton blend, yet offers more style than your average tee. It looks ultra casual untucked, and very put-together tucked. I am looking forward to wearing this tee often this spring, in early summer, and this upcoming fall.

This season I have been in the mood to wear flats. I normally gravitate towards high heels, but with the current trend towards flat shoes, or platforms; I have chosen flats. These tie up flats from Stuart Weitzman are not only comfortable, they offer a little sass with the ties. They look cute with summer dresses too. Cannot wait to wear them with a dress! Now to find the perfect dress. . .