Mongol fall 2015 New York Fashion Week

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Photo: Cathy OBrien/Bay Area Fashionista 2015©

Mongol sent their fall/winter 2015/2016 collection down the New York Fashion Week runway on Friday, February 13, 2015 at The Theater in Lincoln Center. The energetic show started off with an amazing live performance, which was a segway into an equally energetic runway show.

The fall 2015 collection from Mongol featured vivid autumn hues, cut-outs, texture, and a playful vibe. I loved the mix of purple and berry hues! To view the runway show, please visit the video below courtesy of IMG Fashion.

Sleeveless jackets and vests for spring 2015

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Pictured: Black sleeveless jacket / Navy vest

The sleeveless jacket has been a growing trend over the past few seasons. In the fall and winter seasons, capes and sleeveless jackets were a huge hit on the street. As temperatures start to rise, and we move into spring, the trend has evolved into sleeveless jackets and vests. 

The sleeves jacket and vest trend is a great way to elevate an otherwise ordinary office look, or casual ensemble, into a modern, of-the-moment, masterpiece! A sleeveless jacket or vest can top off a pair of jeans paired with a blouse, or tee-shirt; giving the look instant polish. This trend can also take an old pair of black, office appropriate trousers paired with a blouse or shirt, to a whole new level. It is the ideal alternative to a blazer when temperatures rise. Love that!

There are many different styles of sleeveless jackets and vests on the market this spring 2015 season. The “IT” styles this season include; long and boxy, long and fitted with a belt, denim jacket vests, leather biker vests, and military jacket styles without sleeves. With all of these options, there is something for every lifestyle!

I found a few fabulous sleeveless jackets and vests around the web and assembled them into the shopping widget below. I hope you love them! I have my eye on the two featured at the top of this post. #WishList

Which style or styles do you covet for spring?

JCrew Factory at Westgate spring outfit

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Pictured: Sunglasses: Dior / Earrings: c/o Twisted Silver (use code INSIDERS to save 15%) / Lipstick: Chanel 94 Confident / Shirt: JCrew Factory c/o Federal Realty / Skirt: JCrew Factory c/o Federal Realty / Bracelets: Margaret Elizabeth, Margaret Elizabeth, Ippolita / Handbag: Givenchy / Nail Polish: Gucci Ibiza / Ring: The 2 Bandits / Shoes: Valentino

A couple of weeks ago I visited the new JCrew Factory store at Westgate Shopping Center in San Jose. It is a large store filled with so many cute outfits for both men and women. I felt like a kid in a candy store shopping there! I ended up leaving with the outfit above; and I also purchased a sweater and tee-shirt for the spring season. I fell in love with so many things!

I love the shirt in these photos. It’s boxy silhouette gives a modern touch to this pleated, a-line, knee-length skirt. It also looks amazing with classic black trousers, jeans, and denim shorts. With a simpler pair of sunglasses, this JCrew Factory top will look amazing with a statement necklace in gold or silver. Love this one by Kendra Scott; currently on my wish list. Love that!

The skirt I found at JCrew Factory is ideal for dressing up, as in the photos above, or dressing down. In addition to the top I am wearing in these photos, this skirt looks carefree and casual with a denim top and medium brown sandals. In the warm summer months, I can see wearing this skirt with a eyelet white blouse for a warm weather, resort look; paired with silver flat sandals! I love all the possibilities!

If you are local to the San Francisco Bay Area, be sure to stop in at Westgate and check out the new JCrew Factory store. There are also plenty of fabulous restaurants to grab a meal at while shopping. My kids love eating at Sushi Boat; I also love Smashburger. Veggie Grill is opening soon too!

If you are not local, please check out JcrewFactory.com for spring!

Ese Azenabor fall 2015 New York Fashion Week

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Photos: Credit: Thomas Garza

Ese Azenabor sent her fall/winter 2015/2016 collection down the New York Fashion Week runway on February 13, 2015. The luxurious collection was inspired by King Henry VII and other affluent monarchs of the era. This influence fused together with modern luxury; creating a luxurious collection which was both cultural and artistic.

Ese Azenabor worked with embroidered jacquard, rich dark hues, pops of bright pink, and brocade. The rich fabrications combined with the current, of-the-moment color palette resulted in a beautiful collection which suits current trends and timeless appeal. Love that!

To learn more about Ese Azenabor, please visit her website at EseAzenabor.com

Gucci fall 2015 beauty look from the Milan Fashion Week runway

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Gucci sent their fall/winter 2015/2016 collection down the Milan Fashion Week runway last week and showed a clean, classic beauty look which complimented the subway themed show, and vintage collection featured on the catwalk. The feminine and classic beauty look on the Gucci runway was created by Gucci Cosmetics Artistic Director, Pat McGrath.

Pat McGrath shares with us how to achieve this runway look at home, right now, before fall 2015 begins! Love that!

GET THE LOOK:

Skin:

Skin was prepared by applying Gucci Purifying Cleansing Water, Refining Gentle Toner and Perfecting Lightweight Moisturizer. Before makeup application, Gucci Silk Priming Serum was used to prime the skin.

Face: 

Gucci Lustrous Glow Foundation and Luminous Perfecting Concealer were applied to match each model’s skin tone.

Eyes:

Each model received individualized application amount of the Gucci Magnetic Color Shadow Duo in Aristocratic to enhance the natural tone of their eyes. Next, one coat of Gucci Opulent Volume Mascara in Cocoa was applied to the base of the top lashes only. Lastly, eyebrows were groomed using the Precise Sculpting Brow Pencil

Lip:

Clear lip balm was gently dabbed on lips with a finger and then tissued off.

Finishing Touch:

The look was finished off with Gucci Luxe Finishing Powder.

To view the Gucci runway show, please view the video below by Paris Modes TV courtesy of Rightster. 

Christian Louboutin Salonu nail polish from the Python Volcano mini coffret for spring 2015

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Pictured: Christian Louboutin Python Volcano mini coffret for spring 2015. Solonu nail polish.

Christian Louboutin Salonu nail polish for spring 2015 is an off-white nail polish color from the Python Volcano mini coffret by Christian Louboutin. This off-white hue is a fabulous neutral tone for the spring season; as well as the summer season!

I tested out Christian Louboutin Salonu nail polish with one base coat and three coats of color. Salonu is a cream nail polish which can easily look streaky if not applied thick enough. The thin application brush Christian Louboutin uses in his nail polish collection can makes applying Salonu a little bit difficult. Once applied, it is a beautiful neutral hue for the warm weather season. It is worth the effort to apply!

Christian Louboutin Salonu nail polish lasted six days before chipping. I did not use a top coat. I feel like this will be an ideal color on toes to wear with open toed shoes and sandals. Love it!

Christian Louboutin Salonu nail polish is part of Christian Louboutin spring 2015 Python Volcano mini nail coffret set. The nail polish set can be found online here and here.

Concept Korea fall 2015 New York Fashion Week

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Photos: Cathy OBrien/Bay Area Fashionista 2015©

Concept Korea Fashion Collectives showed their fall/winter 2015/2016 collection at The Pavilion in Lincoln Center on Friday, February 13, 2015. The collection featured both men and women’s clothing for the upcoming cool weather season. Concept Korea included designs by “Beyond Closet, design by Tae Yong,” “Leyii,” and “Resurrection.”

The lines were sleek; offering chic silhouettes for office and daytime wear. The color palette was neutral, and offered pops of purple along with unexpected, understated patterns. All three designers showed collections which are easy to integrate into one’s wardrobe. Loved it!

My favorite looks on the Concept Korea fall 2015 runway were the grey and purple ensembles. What do you think of the collection?

SK-II Pitera Essence Set review

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Pictured: c/o SK-II Pitera Essence Set

SK-II was one of the fabulous sponsors for Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week in New York earlier this month. They handled the skin care routine for several of the designers who showed their fall 2015 collections during New York Fashion Week, and they also offered demonstrations of their products inside the tents for fashion show guests, and fashion insiders.

I had heard of SK-II’s products before fashion week, but had never tested them out before. When SK-II contacted me prior to fashion week, I jumped at the chance to test out their products. After all, my skin is aging, and it needs anything it can get to combat the test of time!

The SK-II Pitera Essence Set is essentially a facial in box. One of the best ways to keep skin youthful and hydrated is through a facial! For a busy mom like me, going to a spa for a facial seems like something done in a faraway land. I simply do not have time! So, I was thrilled to receive SK-II’s Pitera Essence Set since it is a facial I can give myself at home, on my own time. Love that!

The directions in the box are easy to follow, and the products are gentle, luxurious, and easy to use. The most relaxing part of the facial is the mask. My face has never been happier, and more relaxed! I love the results on my face from SK-II’s Pitera Essence Set. My skin is smoother, softer, and more vibrant than it was before I tested out the set. I am so excited!

I loved SK-II’s Pitera Essence Set so much, I am looking forward to testing out more of their products in the future. 

You can find SK-II’s Pitera Essence Set online here

Mini bags for spring 2015

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Mini bags for spring 2015: Black mini bag / White mini bag / Cobalt blue mini bag / Fuchsia mini satchel / Polka Dot mini convertible satchel

Mini bags have been a huge trend over the past few seasons; and the trend is showing no sign of slowing down as we move into spring 2015. Consumers love this trend, which means mini bags are hot on the streets; mainly in the form of cross body bags and satchels.

If you already have a mini bag from a past season, you are all set! If not, this is the perfect time to invest in a mini bag for the spring and summer seasons. If you are looking for a shoulder bag version, look for a strap which can be worn cross body. The handbag silhouette should be rectangular or round. These are the two hottest silhouettes! Some designers are showing patterns such as polka dots, while other are showing kitschy designs such as monster face. The most popular style is being in a solid color. Look for  neutrals, shades of blue, pinks, red, and cheery yellow.

Mini satchels catch your eye? Look for east/west silhouettes and squares. Mini satchels are a great way to wear the mini bag trend and not sacrifice too much on interior space. Mini satchels tend to be roomier than mini shoulder bags. Designers are showing mini satchels mainly in solid colors; although, you will find a few color blocked versions on store shelves. Look for suede blocked with smooth leather; or canvas blocked with leather. Love that!

Mini bucket bags and drawstring bags are also on the market for the spring 2015 season, although, not as popular as the shoulder bag and satchel versions. Drawstring and bucket bags are a great way to wear the mini bag trend if you are worried about fitting things into a small handbag. Since the bottom of the bag is round, there is quite a bit of room inside a mini drawstring or mini bucket bag. This is a great way to wear the drawstring or bucket handbag trend if you feel like the traditional versions are too large. The mini version will be perfect for you!

Here are a few fabulous mini bags for spring 2015. Happy shopping, and stay fabulous ;-)

Escada Joyful eau de parfum review

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Pictured: c/o Escada Joyful eau de parfum

Escada Joyful eau de parfum is a beautiful, sweet floral which offers a pink peony fragrance experience laced with fruit. This sweet floral is ideal for right now, and into the spring season. The floral combination lends itself well to moderate to warm weather; the perfect fragrance for spring!

Escada Joyful edp starts off with a floral zing surrounded by a slight black current scent. After about twenty minutes, Escada Joyful eau de parfum settles into a sweet floral which offers light to medium strength throughout the day. 

Top notes: Blackcurrant Sorbet, Melon, Mandarin

Middle notes: Violet Leaves, Pink Peony, Dewy Magnolia, Nectarine

Base notes: Honeycomb, Florymoss, Sandalwood

I love wearing Escada Joyful eau de parfum right now as our spring weather arrives here in the San Francisco Bay Area. The sweet floral scent is ideal with our 50-70 degree weather; and will continue to be ideal as we head toward summer. Love that!

Escada Joyful eau de parfum can be found online here.