Santana Row fall fashion show 2014: win two tickets!

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Santana Row will be hosting a fabulous fall 2014 fashion show on Saturday, September 6, 2014. There will be two amazing shows this year; a high tea at 3pm and “Fashion on the Rocks” at 6pm. These two runway shows will highlight the fall fashions and trends which can found at Santana Row retailers. The best part? You can win two tickets to the fashion show of your choice!

That’s right! If you would like to enter to win two tickets to the Santana Row fall fashion show of your choice, please enter below using Rafflecopter. Thank you for your support and good luck!

To learn more about Santana Row’s fall 2014 fashion shows, and to purchase tickets, please visit

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Labor Day sales and deals 2014

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Labor Day 2014 is here and so are the sales. This means great deals on summer clothing and accessories as stores try to make room for fall 2014 merchandise. Since the summer weather continues well into October, at least here in the San Francisco Bay Area, finding great deals on summer clothing, shoes and handbags during Labor Days sales is nothing short of amazing!

Here are a few fabulous sales and deals for Labor Day Weekend 2014 around the web, simply click on the store name to be redirected to the online shop. Happy shopping, and stay fabulous ;-)

Banana Republic: Save 40% off your entire purchase through 9/2/2014 with code BRLABOR

Barney’ Warehouse: Up to an extra 30% off select styles! Limited Time

BaubleBar: Labor Day Sale! Jewelry Styles Starting at 50% Off! Now – 9/1

BCBG: Extra 20% Off Markdowns online. Valid 8/28-9/2

Boohoo: boohoo Labor Day Event! Get Free Shipping on all US Orders! Use code: LABORDAY14. Offer ends
9/1/14. Shop now!

Brooks Brothers: Save up to 60% off at the Brooks Brothers Labor Day Clearance Event. Valid 8.29.14-9.1.14 (shirt pictured above, click here)

C. Wonder: Get Prepped For Fall with 30% Off Full Price Items at C. Wonder

Calvin Klein: Extra 25% Off with Code LABOR2014 upon checkout online. Exclusions Apply. Valid 8/28 – 9/1

Cynthia Vincent: 20% off Full Priced items & sale up to 70% off. Code: HELLOFALL. Valid 8/29/14-9/2/14

DVF: 30% off Wear Now Styles online.  Ends Monday, 9/1

Gymboree: 40% off everything

J. Crew: 40% off Final Sale with Free shipping on orders over $100. Free Shipping on all orders on labor day

Michael Stars: Save 5% off Sitewide! Code: FALL5. Offer ends 9/15/14.

Nordstrom: Save up to 40% off clearance through 9/7/2014

Sephora: Summer Sendoff Sale! Get up to 75% off hot summer favorites.

Stella & Dot: Extra 25% off all sales items. 8/26 – 9/2 9pm PT Extra 25% off all sales items.

Target: Save up to 25% off select Home, Outdoor and more, valid 8/31-9/1

Tibi: Fall Wardrobe Event, Discount: 20% off select styles,  Dates: 8/26-9/2, Promo Code: hellofall

True Religion: 25% Off Select True Religion Styles- Expires September 1st!

Zulily: Labor Day Blowout sale. Sept 1

Dolce & Gabbana Light Blue Discover Vulcano pour homme edt review


Pictured: c/o Dolce & Gabbana Light Blue Discover Vulcano pour homme edt.

Dolce & Gabbana Light Blue Discover Vulcano pour homme edt is a new flanker fragrance to Dolce & Gabbana’s original Light Blue for men. Named after Vulcano, an Aeoleon Island which is known for its’ mud baths and an active, smoking crater, Dolce & Gabbana Light Blue Discover Vulcano pour homme eau de toilette offers a classic, masculine fragrance experience ideal for moderate weather.

This heavy, woody eau de toilette for men offers a long-lasting fragrance experience which is perfect for casual and weekend activities; as well as relaxed, evening occasions. Although the top notes offer a slight citrus scent, Dolce & Gabbana’s Light Blue Discover Vulcano edt offers a woody fragrance experience which originates from its’ base.

Top notes: Lemon, Ginger

Middle notes: Cypress, Lavender

Base notes: Vetyver, Cedarwood

We tested out Dolce & Gabbana Light Blue Discover Vulcano pour homme edt on an eighty degree, summer day. The fragrance instantly gave off a woody scent laced with vetyver and light lemon. The woody scent lasted throughout the day while gently fading away into the evening hours. It is ideal for moderate weather during the spring, summer and fall months. 

Dolce & Gabbana Light Blue Discover Vulcano pour homme edt can be found online here.

Transition to fall 2014

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Pictured: Earrings: c/o Jenny Present / Lipstick: c/o Dolce & Gabbana “Lily” / Tee-Shirt: Gap / Sweater: c/o Calypso St. Barth / Belt: C Wonder; belt, buckle / Jeans: Gap (old, similar here) / Bracelets: Tory Burch, Compass Rose Design / Nail Polish: Chanel “Atmosphere” / Handbag: Mansur Gavriel / Boots: Rag & Bone

August is always a limbo month between summer and fall. While the weather remains hot, the clothing on store shelves suggests a cool climate where seeking cozy fabrics and textures is a must. So, while summer attire begins to look “oh so last season,” fall attire, which is fresh and inviting, is simply not practical in hot August weather!

Here in the San Francisco Bay Area, we enjoy an “Indian Summer” which is defined as summer weather that continues into mid-fall; usually the middle of October. So, when I shop for fall clothing, I always look for transitional pieces since our climate is anything but fall-like!

Calypso St. Barth has a fabulous fall 2014 collection which includes so many pieces perfect for transitioning from hot summer weather to more moderate, or cool autumn temperatures. In addition, many of the pieces are tailored for warmer climates which allows the clothing to look like fall, yet offer the comfort and coolness of summer attire. Love that!

I found this fabulous short sleeve sweater at Calypso St. Barth at the Stanford Shopping Center in Palo Alto during a blogger brunch held at the shop. The sweater is perfect for transitioning into the fall season here in the San Francisco Bay Area; as well as in many other climate’s! Since we have fog in the morning, allowing temperatures to hover around 60 degrees until the sun shines through, a short sleeve sweater, which can easily be taken off when the fog burns off, is ideal. I love this sweater since it keeps me warm while the fog is in, and then is easy to remove when the fog burns off. Love that!

To check out more of the fall 2014 collection at Calypso St. Barth, please visit or visit one of their many locations. I definitely have my eye on more of Calypso St. Barth’s fall pieces as move towards autumn!

Biore Deep Cleansing Pore Strips review

Deep Cleansing Pore Strips c/o Biore

Biore Deep Cleansing Pore Strips first debuted when I was in undergrad at USF. I always thought it looked like an easy way to clean out my pores, but I was always afraid to deviate from my cleansing routine. When Biore contacted me and asked me if I would like to test out thier Deep Cleansing Pore Strips, I jumped at the chance!

In order to see how deep Biore’s Deep Cleansing Pore Strips could really clean, I skipped my weekly mask and stuck to my daily cleansing routine. This was a good strategy because by skipping my mask, my pores really needed some deep cleaning!

To start my test, I washed my face gently with face wash and dried my skin. After my skin was thoroughly dry, I wet my nose and under my eyes with cool water, then, I applied the Biore Deep Cleansing Pore Strip to my nose. I allowed the Biore Deep Cleansing Pore Strip to dry on my nose and sit for fifteen minutes. After fifteen minutes, I gently peeled off the Biore Deep Cleansing Pore Strip.

After peeling the pore strip, I wash shocked! Ew, was more like it. All of the dirt from my pores was stuck to the strip staring back at me. Well, now that my pores were clean, I was mortified at how dirty they had been before using Biore Deep Cleansing Pore Strips!

Now that I have tried out Biore Deep Cleansing Pore Strips, I am definitely going to use them once a week. They get out all of the deep down dirt inside pores which is next to impossible to clean out myself.  My rating? Five out of five stars!

Biore Deep Cleansing Pore Strips can be found online here.

Cate & Chloe VIP subscription box review

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Pictured: c/o Cate & Chloe VIP Box August 2014. 

Cate & Chloe is an online jewelry boutique which features a wide variety of on-trend and classic pieces. One of the online shop features is the new VIP Box. This monthly subscription service offers a box of designer jewelry valued at $200 for only $39.99 per month plus free shipping! Love that!

The VIP Box from Cate & Chloe has so many benefits including hand selected pieces just for you, free shipping on the VIP Box plus any additional purchases made throughout the month, a 20% discount on the Cate & Chloe website, an exclusive pre-release item included in the monthly VIP Box, and exclusive giveaways and promotions!

Cate & Chloe sent me the August VIP Box to test out and when I received it, I fell in love! The August collection included a beautiful, classic CZ necklace pendant, classic CZ studs and timeless criss-cross earrings. These pieces are perfect jewelry wardrobe staples which can be worn on a daily basis as well as for special occasions. Love that!

To learn more about the Cate & Chloe VIP Box, as well as to view the entire Cate & Chloe collection, please visit

Laura Mercier Caviar Stick in new colors!

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Pictured: c/o Laura Mercier. “Caviar Stick’s” in Tuxedo and Burnished Bronze. Second photo features Laura Mercier’s six new “Caviar Stick” hues; Tuxedo (matte), Peacock, Gilded Gold, Burnished Bronze, Moonlight, and Copper.

Laura Mercier has an eye make-up product named the “Caviar Stick.” If you are familiar with Laura Mercier’s products, then you already know how amazing and fabulous the “Caviar Stick” can be. If not, let me tell you all about one of my favorite beauty products on the market today; and the fact that Laura Mercier has introduced six new colors!

Laura Mercier’s “Caviar Stick” is an eye make-up tool which can be used as eyeliner or a substitute for eye shadow. The thick stick applies smoothly and evening; drying into a smudge-proof line after roughly 20 seconds. Love that! Laura Mercier’s “Caviar Stick” is also water resistant and stays put even when perspiring on a warm day or working out.

My favorite “Caviar Stick” color has been “Cocoa” for the past three years. I wear Laura Mercier’s “Caviar Stick” in “Cocoa” on a daily basis; many times without mascara or eye shadow. The color is dazzling and the “Caviar Stick” offers enough glamour on its’ own to be worn with casual through dressy eye make-up applications.

The six new colors Laura Mercier has introduced are Tuxedo (matte), Peacock, Gilded Gold, Burnished Bronze, Moonlight, and Copper. These beautiful new colors are a great addition to the “Caviar Stick” by Laura Mercier collection. They will blend well with fall 2014′s metallic and autumn hue color trends; working perfectly with any Fashionista’s fall wardrobe! Love it!

Laura Mercier was kind enough to send me “Burnished Bronze” and “Tuxedo” from the new “Caviar Stick” color collection. I am looking forward to brightening up my eyes with these beautiful new hues! “Tuxedo” is the first-ever matte version of Laura Mercier’s “Caviar Stick.” It offers a dramatic and glamorous finish which is perfect for evening occasions and any occasion which calls for a dramatic eye! I love the “Burnished Bronze” for daytime and casual wear. It is a really pretty color and adds a little, subtle sparkle. I will also continue to use classic “Cocoa” as my go-to “Caviar Stick” for a natural, brown line.

If you have not tried Laura Mercier’s “Caviar Stick” yet, you must try it! I use Laura Mercier’s “Caviar Stick” on a daily basis and cannot imagine life without it! Laura Mercier’s “Caviar Stick’” collection, including the six new colors, Tuxedo (matte), Peacock, Gilded Gold, Burnished Bronze, Moonlight, and Copper, can be found online here, here and here.


Green for fall 2014

One of the hottest color trends for the fall 2014 season is green. That’s right! The vibrant hue which claimed color of the year back in 2013, has turned out to be one of the most important color trends for the last season of 2014.

Unlike in 2013, when Emerald green rained supreme, green for fall 2014 is being shown in every shade imaginable. Bright apple green, emerald, and olive hues are dominating store shelves for the upcoming cool weather season. While not dominant on the runways for fall 2014, shades of green were favored by store buyers for the autumn season and have found their way onto store shelves everywhere.

Shades of green are being shown worn together or paired with dark fall neutrals such as brown, charcoal and black. Green is being shown on everything including apparel, shoes, handbags and jewelry. The green trend can be worn as a full ensemble look, or as an accent color to an otherwise neutral toned outfit.

Green will also be a great alternative to classic black this fall 2014 season for special occasions, evening looks and gala gowns. Green will also be a great way to brighten up casual daytime looks.

I found a few fabulous green items for the fall 2014 season around the web and assembled them into the shopping widget below. I hope you love them!

What is your favorite way to wear this upcoming fall 2014 season?

What I wore: Menlo Charity Horse Show

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Pictured: Earrings: Ippolita / Lipstick: c/o Dolce & Gabbana “Petal” / Dress: Kate Spade / Bracelets: Ippolita, Vince Camuto / Nail Polish: Chanel “Magic” / Handbag: Chanel (also love SAVE or SPLURGE) / Wedges: Tory Burch (past season, current season here)

Last week, I attended the Menlo Charity Horse Show with Ariat; more about the event here. I knew the event would be held outside, and on grass, so I opted for a pair of wedges which are easy to walk around in and would not sink into the lawn. I also decided to wear this Kate Spade dress which is made from a light knit. I loved wearing this dress since it was cool enough for a warm August day yet offered enough warmth when the fog started to roll in over the hills. I am definitely looking forward to wearing this Kate Spade dress again as we move from late summer into the fall season. It will be perfect for our warm Bay Area fall weather; and with the addition of a jacket or blazer, it will be ideal when the fog rolls in from the ocean!

Dolce & Gabbana Light Blue Escape to Panarea EDT review


Pictured: c/o Dolce & Gabbana “Light Blue Escape to Panarea” eau de toilette

Dolce & Gabbana’s new “Light Blue Escape to Panarea” eau de toilette is a warm, fresh scent which is evocative of summer nights on the Mediterranean. By combining Calabrian Bergamot and orange blossom with a warm musky base, Dolce & Gabbana has recreated the scent of a Southern Italian, Mediterranean evening.

Dolce & Gabbana “Light Blue Escape to Panarea” eau de toilette offers a fresh, warm weather, fruity floral fragrance experience laced in a warm musky base. This combination makes “Light Blue Escape to Panarea” eau de toilette by Dolce & Gabbana ideal for warm summer weather as well as transitioning to the fall season. 

As the days remain warm in early to mid fall, especially here in the San Francisco Bay Area, the fresh floral scent from Dolce & Gabbana “Light Blue Escape to Panarea” eau de toilette works perfectly during the day when temperatures hover in the 70′s and 80′s. The warm musky base is ideal as the sun goes down and temperatures plummet as the fog rolls in from the ocean across the bay. 

Top notes: Calabrian Bergamot, pear

Middle notes: orange blossom, jasmine

Base notes: war musk, Tonka Bean, ambergris, patchouli

Dolce & Gabbana “Light Blue Escape to Panarea” eau de toilette is a beautiful fragrance for transitioning from summer into fall. The collection can be found online here, here and here.