Chanel Terrana summer 2015 nail polish review

chanel terrana summer 2015 nail polish

Pictured: Chanel Terrana nail polish from Chanel’s summer 2015 nail polish collection. 

Chanel Terrana is a beautiful, sparkling brown nail polish hue from Chanel’s summer 2015 nail polish collection. Terrana by Chanel is the most neutral hue of the four summer nail polish colors Chanel created for the hot weather season.

Chanel Terrana offer a warm, milky chocolate brown color with sparkles which works perfectly with the seasons’s spicy summer color palette. For summer 2015, we are seeing a lot of neutrals, browns, oranges, and “spice” hues which look amazing with brown nail polish. Chanel Terrana nail polish is ideal to wear as a neutral shade this summer since it will look perfect with a summer wardrobe; and it is neutral. Love that!

I tested out Chanel Terrana nail polish with one base coat, two coats of color, and no top coat. The nail polish lasted six days before chipping. I know if I used a top coat, it would have lasted longer than six days. 

The sparkles in Chanel Terrana catch the light when you are outside giving off a dazzling, gemstone-like essence. The light chocolate hue is not too dark, so this shade of brown does not give off a “fall season” vibe; just a summer vibe! Perfection ;-)

Chanel Terrana is also a great nail polish hue to add to ones’ nail polish wardrobe. It is a classic, neutral hue which can easily be worn throughout the year. It does not scream “2015” and can transcend seasonal color trends. Love that!

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

Parkchoonmoo fall 2015 New York Fashion Week

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Parkchoonmoo showed the fall/winter 2015/2016 at New York Fashion Week on February 15, 2015 in The Pavillion, Lincoln Center. 

Parkchoonmoo showed a beautiful collection for the fall 2015 season at New York Fashion Week. The collection was filled with ombre, knits, texture, relaxed silhouettes, cozy ensembles, platform shoes, soft handbags, and a luxurious vibe.

I absolutely adore the play on texture and use of ombre. The asymmetrical lines and mix of neutrals was done in a fresh way, creating an unexpected look on each piece. Pure perfection.

To learn more about Parkchoonmoo, please visit


Kendra Scott summer 2015 Via Maya collection is here!

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Top photo from left: Owen ring, stackable rings, Bottom photo from left: Emily necklace, Elton bracelet, Lacey bracelet,  Robby bracelet, Havana necklace, Dylan necklace, Perry necklace, stackable rings, Owen ring, Rachel ring, earrings

After previewing Kendra Scott’s spring and summer collections during New York Fashion Week in February, I got very excited for the launch of both collections. The spring collection, “Avant Garden,” was absolutely divine, with seasonal, vivid pastels, and feminine flair. The summer 2015 collection, “Via Maya,” offers a completely different vibe; with bright colors to celebrate the hot weather season.

The summer 2015 collection “Via Maya” takes its’ inspiration from the Mayan culture. The triangular designs and details are inspired by Mayan ruins with bright, hot weather colors to match the climate where the Mayans once lived. Kendra Scott is showing layered statement necklaces, sunburst designs, and color combinations which will turn heads and capture the hearts of jewelry aficionados everywhere. Love that!

I have my eyes on several pieces from Kendra Scott’s summer 2015 “Via Maya” collection. I love the designs and colors! I curated my favorites from Kendra Scott’s summer 2015 collection and placed them into the shopping widget below. I hope you love them, I sure do! Happy shopping, and stay fabulous ;-)

To view Kendra Scott’s entire collection, please visit

Donald J Pliner wedges for spring 2015

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Pictured: Sunglasses: Dior / Lipstick: Chanel 98 Etourdie / Earrings: Kendra Scott / Top: Gap / Skirt: Gap (old, also love this one) / Handbags: Givenchy / Bracelets: Ippolita, Kendra Scott / Tennis Bracelet: c/o Kendra Scott / Nail Polish: Tom Ford Black Jade / Shoes: c/o Donald J Pliner at Santana Row, also online here.

Spring has sprung! I love the moderate weather we have been having. It is always nice to enjoy warm weather which hovers in the high 60’s and 70’s. I also love all the blossoms and greenery this time of year. Spring is my favorite season! Since spring is in full swing, it is high time to ensure our wardrobes are prepared for this perfect weather.

The easiest way to update ones’ spring wardrobe is through accessories. I love the spring 2015 collection at the Donald J Pliner shop at Satana Row in San Jose. Donald J Pliner has a wide selection of on-trend shoes and handbags which are perfect for the spring 2015 season. Love that!

The store is full of cool cork, street-smart slip-on sneakers, casual sandals, fabulous wedges (like mine!), and eye catching high heels. It is a one-stop-shop for spring! Perfection ;-)

This pair of metallic wedges from Donald J Pliner are my go-to casual shoes for spring. They have an of-the-moment white sole, cool cork wedge, and soft metallic leather. The interior is smooth, soft, and comfortable! I can walk, and stand for hours in these wedges; I can even chase my kids if they run off! A must-have feature for us Moms; fashionable shoes which can double as running shoes! Ha!

These wedges by Donald J Pliner look fabulous with this season’s flare jeans, midi skirts, maxi skirts, mini skirts, shorts, dresses; the list goes on! They look great with everything, let’s just put it that way. ;-)

To see these wedges, and the entire spring 2015 collection by Donald J Pliner, please stop into the Donald J Pliner store at Santana Row or visit Donald J Pliner online at

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Sneakers for spring 2015

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Pictured: tie dye sneakers / green snake print sneakers / silver slip on sneakers / floral tie sneakers

Last spring and summer, slip on sneakers were all the rage. For spring 2015, both slip on sneakers and tie sneakers are all the rage. Three cheers for comfortable casual fashion! 

Not only have designers and brands created beautiful, fashion-forward slip on sneakers and tie sneakers for spring and summer 2015, these style have been spotted on fashionable feet on the street, and in the tents, at New York Fashion Week! Love that!

Sneakers for spring and summer 2015 are being shown in a variety of prints, colors, and textures. Florals are a huge trend in sneakers for spring 2015. Kate Spade famously showed her floral sneakers at fashion week for spring and summer 2015; and she isn’t the only designer seeing flowers for the warm weather season. In addition to florals, designers are showing snake print, animal print, and tie-dye prints on their spring 2015 sneakers. 

As shoe styles trend toward more flat styles, and the fashion crowd tires of mega high heels, sneakers are the perfect, comfortable alternative to the current flats, and flat sandal trend. Sneakers are easy to wear, stay put on your feet, and tell the world you are uber cool. Love that!

Sneakers in both slip on and tie form are being shown with a variety of apparel styles for spring 2015. You can wear them with sundresses, casual dresses, midi skirts, mini skirts, and even maxi skirts! Of course sneakers always look amazing with jeans, shorts, and anything traditionally deemed “weekend casual.” Did I state the obvious?

If you have a pair of slip on sneakers from last spring, and they haven’t been worn out, then you are all set for the spring 2015 sneaker season! If you would like to update your wardrobe, look for a pair of tie sneakers since they are the newest sneaker on the street. Well, not really “new,” but new to fashion as a hot trend of the season; because yes, we all own sneakers, but not sneakers like the ones being shown this season!

I found a few fabulous slip on sneakers, and tie sneakers around the web, and I assembled them into the shopping widgets below. I hope you love them! I have my eyes on the floral pair featured above. I feel like I need them in my life. Which pair do you like? Happy shopping, and stay fabulous ;-)

Slip on sneakers for spring and summer 2015

Tie sneakers for spring and summer 2015

Etxeberria fall 2015 New York Fashion Week

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Photos: Cathy OBrien/Bay Area Fashionista 2015©

Etxeberria showed his fall/winter 2015/2016 collection at New York Fashion Week on February 15, 2015 in The Pavilion at Lincoln Center. The men’s and women’s collection pushed the boundaries of traditional suiting, outerwear, and apparel. Pants were shorts, silhouettes thin or boxy, and the color palette was dark with pops of red.

To learn more about Etxeberria, please vist

Tom Ford Black Jade nail polish for spring 2015 review

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Pictured: Tom Ford Black Jade nail polish for spring 2015. Picture taken during golden hour. Shown with one base coat, three coats of color, no top coat.

Nail polish for spring 2015 has a dark side; and it is Tom Ford’s Black Jade nail polish hue. This deep, dark, sparkling forest green will trick you into thinking it is a fall color. Yet, when set against spring colors for 2015, Tom Ford Black Jade nail polish compliments the spring 2015 color palette by adding an unexpected feeling to any ensemble. Love that!

This was my first Tom Ford nail polish purchase. I have one lipstick by him, which I love, so I decided I should test out Tom Ford’s nail polish. I love it! The application brush was easy to use and the nail polish went on smooth. The dark nature of Black Jade soon made me realize the nail polish needed three coats for full coverage. With three coats, Tom Ford Black Jade offers streak-free coverage and a slight sparkle underneath the deep, dark color of the polish. It is definitely fabulous.

I tested out Tom Ford Black Jade nail polish with one base coat, three coats of color, and no top coat. I did receive one chip within twenty four hours, but the chip was small; although surprising. I continued to wear the nail polish and it did not receive any additional chips for seven days. I had to take it off when my nail growth was starting to show on my nail beds.

Tom Ford has a large selection of colors, and for spring 2015, he also has a beautiful blue hue named Indigo Night. I am looking forward to trying out more Tom Ford nail polish colors in the future. For spring 2015, I am thrilled with Black Jade!

Tom Ford Black Jade nail polish, and his spring 2015 nail polish collection, can be found online here, here, and here.

Dolce & Gabbana Make Up Hosts Christian McCulloch in San Francisco

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Pictured: Lipstick c/o Dolce & Gabbana. New Matte Lipstick in Dolce Desire. Debuts April 2015. 

Dolce & Gabbana celebrity make-up artist Christian McCulloch and his talented team will be at Saks Fifth Avenue in San Francisco on April 10 & 11 from 11:00 am to 6:00 pm. He will be meeting with customers to demonstrate insider make-up techniques as well as new trends in beauty and application techniques. 

To make an appointment to meet with Christian McCulloch and his team, please call 1-415-986-4300 ext. 5224. Saks Fifth Avenue is located on Union Square in San Francisco at 384 Post Street. 

You can also check out Dolce & Gabbana’s fabulous new collection of matte lipsticks which debuted in April 2015 while you are at Saks Fifth Avenue. Matte lips are a huge trend right now; and these fabulous lipsticks are moisturizing, long-lasting, and perfectly matte! You will fall in love with them ;-)

If you would like a peek at Dolce & Gabbana’s new matte lipsticks, please click here or here

Western cowgirl costume

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Pictured: Hat: M&F Western / Sunglasses: Prada / Earrings: Kendra Scott / Lipstick: Chanel 93 Intime / Shirt: Gap (old, also love this one on sale!) / Skirt: BCBG (last seen here) / Nail Polish: Gucci Metallic Sand / Handbag: Chanel (also love SAVE or SPLURGE) / Boots: Ariat

Last month I attended a fundraising party to benefit the Junior League of San Jose’s Rummage Sale. As a Sustainer in the Junior League, I am extremely proud of this fundraiser and all the hard work our active members put into making it happen; and be a success! The Rummage Sale is a fundraiser we put on once every two years. We sell high quality rummage at rock bottom prices. The fundraiser works in two ways: rummage is donated, so proceeds go directly to the Junior League’s community programs, and secondly, the community is able to purchase much-needed items which are high quality; new or gently used, and offered at unheard of prices. It’s a win/win fundraiser for everyone involved! Love that!

The party we held the night before the Rummage Sale was to celebrate the hard work our Rummage Sale committee put into making the event such as success. Since we know how to celebrate our success in the Junior League through fun, themed events, this event was western themed. This meant everyone who attended wore fabulous western get-ups. It was so much fun trying to recognize people under those hats!

Since I have never been to a western themed party before, I had to find a fabulous pair of boots and a hat! Thankfully, I am a sucker for denim shirts, and fringe is on trend this season; so I was able to put together an outfit without buying clothing. I was thrilled to find this hat for under $50 and these comfortable, sleek cowgirl boots for a decent price. Shopping win!

I know I will be able to wear the hat and boots again; as well as the whole ensemble. There is an annual ho-down for the girl scouts which I always bring my daughters to; now I can dress up! This will also make a great Halloween costume! And who knows, another western themed fundraiser or party could pop up in my future. 

Since fringe is all the rage right now, this is a great time to snap up a fringe item which can also work for a western themed costume in the future. You never know when you need to dress up! 

For more information about the Junior League of San Jose and all the fabulous work they do in the community, please visit

Carmen Marc Valvo fall 2015 New York Fashion Week

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Photos: Cathy OBrien/Bay Area Fashionista 2015©

Carmen Marc Valvo showed his fall / winter 2015 / 2016 collection at New York Fashion Week on February 15, 2015 in The Theatre at Lincoln Center. The collection was filled with shades of black, red, white and grey. There were school-yard plaids on gala gowns, bright and cozy furs, and a vibe reminiscent of childhood.

I was fortunate enough to be sitting in the second row for Carmen Marc Valvo’s show at New York Fashion Week; I was especially fortunate since my DSLR wasn’t working at the time and I had to rely on my iPhone to capture these photos. The texture on the fabrics and fur was amazing. Carmen Marc Valvo used the finest cashmere, organza, taffeta, mink, flannel, and wool gauze on his clothing. The details were beautiful and included silver with Shadowplay diamonds, white sapphires, white agate, white quartz, black spinel, bead-work, and more. It was a feast for the eyes, and the collection instantly transported you to a red carpet event, or gala event, where you could wear such finery. 

Carmen Marc Valvo was inspired by school-yard memories for his fall/winter 2015/2016 collection. He included the following poem as part of his inspiration for the show:

“Lasses and Lads

Intartan plaids

Dressed up in the latest fads

Hoping one day to be grads

Lads and lasses

In schoolyard glasses

Skipping rops and

skipping classes

Memories of playground retorts

Being lousy at sports

and too many reports

Mmeories of cheering stadium bleachers

Mean-spirited teachers

And Sunday school preachers

Memories of apples

And school-marms

Mother’s loving arms

And long lost innocent charms”

We will definitely be seeing many of Carmen Marc Valvo’s gowns on the red carpet later this year. To learn more about Carmen Marc Valvo and his work, please visit