Bella Schneider Beauty Culmine Caviar & Carat review

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Pictured: Bella Schneider Beauty Culmine Caviar & Carat c/o LaBelle Day Spas & Salons.

There is a famous, luxurious spa treatment which can be enjoyed right here in the San Francisco Bay Area. The facial is called a “Gold Facial.” Gold has been used in skin care for centuries in order to help skin look younger, stimulate collagen and renew cells. Its’ use dates back to Ancient China. 

On April 3, 2014 International Supermodel Bar Refaeli treated herself to a gold facial and Instagrammed the moment to her followers. A media frenzy followed the moment and speculations ran crazy about the possible cost of a gold facial; some suggesting the treatment cost over $1000! The reality is that Bar Refaeli’s gold facial cost less than $200; making it an affordable spa treatment for anyone seeking a little luxury, and younger looking skin!

This fabulous facial treatment can be had at LaBelle Day Spas & Salons located in Palo Alto and San Francisco. Of course, if you are not local to the San Francisco Bay Area, and you are not planning a trip here anytime soon, never fear, you can find these products online! They are online at labelledayspas.com which means you can indulge in gold while in the luxurious comfort of your own home! Love that!

I did indulge in the comfort of my own home. As a busy Mother of three, finding time for a facial is next to impossible! Thankfully I was able to try two gold products from Bella Schneider at home. And yes, they are fabulous and indulgent!

I tested out Bella Schneider Beauty Culmine Caviar & Carat “Exfoliating Gommage” and Bella Schneider Beauty Culmine Caviar & Carat “All-Day Cream.” 

The “Exfoliating Gommage” by Bella Schneider Beauty Culmine Caviar & Carat was an incredible way to cleanse my face. Everything from the scent to the texture to the silky feel of the product was luxurious. The “Exfoliating Gommage” did am amazing job cleaning my skin. It took away any dry spots on my face left from the sun and cleansed my pores. I found that it does such a good job I only need to use it one day per week. 

I also tested out the “All-Day Creme” from Bella Schneider Beauty Culmine Caviar & Carat and it too offered a silky texture and luxurious scent. It left my skin even and perfectly moisturized throughout the day. I am thrilled! 

Since these products are so amazing at home, I can only imagine how fabulous the actual facial at the spa must be! This summer when school is over, and my schedule is less hectic, I plan to take a day and indulge in a gold facial from LaBelle Day Spas & Salons. 

I rate Bella Schneider Beauty Culmine Caviar & Carat products five out of five stars!!!

To learn more about Bella Schneider Beauty Culmine Caviar & Carat products and LaBelle Day Spas & Salons in Palo Alto and San Francisco, please visit labelledayspas.com

 

Balenciaga handbags are about to have a price increase

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That’s right! On May 1, 2014 Balenciaga will be increasing their price points. The increase is rumored to be as much as 20%. This means if you have been eyeing a classic Balenciaga City Tote, you may want to act on it before April 30, 2014. Of course, which styles will experience a price increase has yet to be seen. It could be all Balenciaga handbag styles, or it could be a select few. But, do you want to risk waiting to see if the style you have been coveting will experience a price increase or not?

After May 1, 2014, the prices could go up by 20% and you may need to either continue to save up for the Balenciaga bag of your dreams, or abandon the thought of purchasing one altogether. Now no-one wants to abandon a purchase!!!

Over the past few years handbag fans everywhere have watched as Chanel, Louis Vuitton, Mulberry and more have rapidly increased their price points. Many of the price increases have been due to the fact that there are less suppliers in the handbag industry producing high quality materials.

A few years ago, during the economic downturn, many suppliers in Europe did not weather the storm. This meant the usual suppliers used by the top luxury design houses went out of business. When the economy recovered and the demand for luxury handbags bounced back from a small dip, designers such as Chanel, Hermes, Louis Vuitton, Saint Laurent, and the like, went scrambling to fill their orders. Unfortunately there was a smaller supply of luxury leather and materials than had been available before the economic downturn. As a result, there are less materials today than there were eight years ago for luxury handbag designers to purchase. This is simple economics. Low supply +  increased demand = higher prices. Those costs end up being passed on to the consumer. 

In addition to an increase in materials, labor has gone up since the economy rebounded. As with materials, smaller manufacturers did not weather the economic downturn. These were manufacturers who had been in business for over a century. Again, less manufacturers and increased demand will result in higher manufacturing costs; which causes prices to rise.

It was only a matter of time that the supply and demand issues in Europe would reach the House of Balenciaga. As a result, on May 1, 2014, the prices of Balenciaga handbags will increase. Buy now, or empty out your wallet.

Balenciaga around the web:

Casual printed sweatpants

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Photos: Earrings: John Hardy / Lipstick: c/o Laura Mercier “Temptation” / Top: Gap / Necklace: c/o Twisted Silver (use code INSIDERS for 15% off) / Pants: BCBG (also in grey here) / Handbag: Chanel (also love SAVE or SPLURGE) / Nail Polish: Chanel Sky Line (similar here) / Bracelets: Tory Burch, Beau Bijou (similar here) / Shoes: SIXTYSEVEN / Toe Nail Polish: c/o Dolce & Gabbana “Petal

I love wearing pants on casual days, but I don’t always want to wear jeans. Therefore, I love the current “sweatpants” or “track pant” trend from the New York runways right now. Although these pants are classified as sweatpants or track pants, they are nothing like what a typical, sporting pair of sweatpants would normally look or feel like.

The current sweatpants on the market are made from the same fabrications found on trousers and slim pants. The construction of the pants is loose, but not too loose, with an elastic waistband and elastic around the ankles. This gives the pants drape and makes them extremely comfortable around the waist. I have decided these are the perfect pants to wear to a buffet! ;-)

Hopefully the “sweatpants” trend continues into 2015. They did appear on the fall/winter 2014/2015 runways in New York, so that is a good sign that we will continue to see the style into next year. Fingers crossed they appear on the spring/summer 2015 runways too!

Have you tried out the current sweatpants trend? What do you think of them?

Eco Chic products for Earth Day

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Happy Earth Day! Today is the perfect day to think about how you can do your part to make the world a better place. We only have one Earth, and once it is damaged, where will we be? It is our job now to preserve the Earth for our future generations. How do we do this? 

Reduce the amount of waste you throw away. Household items and clothing which are not used anymore can be sold or donated to charity. Broken household items can be repaired or used for parts. Anything which is not usable might be recyclable! When in doubt, call or visit your recycling center to find out if an item can be recycled before throwing it in the trash and filling up our landfills.

Reuse old items by repairing them, trading with a friend, selling them or donating them. Everything has a use! Torn or damaged clothing can easily be used as rags for cleaning the house or washing the car. If you have kids, they can be made into doll clothing! My daughter made backpacks for all of her dolls with old fabric from damaging clothing. Think of the imaginative possibilities!

Recycle plastics, metals, paper and more. Always check with your local recycling center when in doubt!

Lastly, shop for items made from sustainable materials and/or made in eco-conscious factories. The Earth gives us life, we need to preserve its’ life.

Mother’s Day Gift Guide Santana Row

Mother’s Day is fast approaching, and that means it is time to find the perfect gift for Mom! Thankfully, Santana Row has a large selection of shops with a wide variety of gift ideas at every price point imaginable! Love that!

I have highlighted four stores at Santana Row which I feel have amazing gift ideas on store shelves right now, as we speak! In addition to these stores, make sure you stop by C Wonder, Beau Bijou and Anne Fontaine for fabulous gift ideas!

For the hard working Mother who needs a relaxing book and spa day: Anthropologie

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From Top: Soap / Towels, Bath Salt, Candle / Candle, Books / Cuffs / Books one, two

Anthropologie has a large selection of gifts for Mom this Mother’s Day! In addition to clothing, which is what you see from the front door and window displays, Anthropologie is filled with candles, spa soaps, spa bath items, luxurious towels and conversation starting books! Everything Mom needs to relax is here; plus the pricing is moderate. Love that!

My gift choices can be found in-store at Anthropologie Santana Row or online here. For store information please call 1-408-249-0436

For the Glamorous Mom: Gucci

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From Top: Bracelet, Earrings, Ring / Crossbody Bag / Clutches / Shoulder Bag (in-store only. Similar here and here) / Satchel (Similar here) / Fragrances: Glorious Mandarin, Gorgeous Gardenia and Gracious Tuberose

If your Mom demands nothing but the best, look no further than Gucci! As you enter Santana Row from Stevens Creek Blvd., Gucci glistens on the right corner and calls out your Mother’s name every time she passes the storefront. This Mother’s Day, indulge Mom with a fabulous handbag, luxurious perfume or timeless jewels from the most luxurious shop on the Row. She will love you forever. Promise ;-)

For more information about my gift ideas at Gucci Santana Row, please visit gucci.com or call the store directly at 1-408-557-9926

For the Fashion-Forward Mom on your list: BCBG

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From top: Clutches / Bracelets / Tote, Clutch, Shoes / Perfume / Necklace

Is your Mom the most fashionable Mom on the block? I knew she was! Look  no further than BCBG for hot-off-the-runway styles at moderate price points. Mom will love BCBG’s large selection of clutches and the perfume is a-ma-zing! She will also fall in love with their bracelets. Be sure to check out their shoes too. BCBG has the best of-the-moment shoe selection for spring and summer 2014. 

My Mother’s Day picks can be found online at bcbg.com and in-store at BCBG MaxAzria Santana Row. For store information please call 1-408-244-1339

For the Jewelry Loving Mom on your list: Flying Lizard

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What Mother doesn’t love receiving jewelry for Mother’s Day! Your Mother will be in Heaven when you gift her a beautiful necklace, pair of earrings and/or bracelet from Flying Lizard. The store is filled with beautiful pieces which also happen to be celebrity favorites! Another fabulous reason to shop at Flying Lizard Santana Row for Mother’s Day is the prices! They are moderate to extremely affordable! Love that!

Everything pictured is in-store only. For more information about Flying Lizard, please contact the store at 1-408-244-8950

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There you have it! A few fabulous gift ideas for Mother’s Day at Santana Row. While you are shopping for Mom, make sure you treat yourself to a fabulous meal at one of my favorite restaurants on the Row! Veggie Grill, Sino and Pizza Antigua are my favorite lunch spots at Santana Row. After you are done shopping, stop in at Cocola for a fabulous dessert paired with coffee, hot cocoa or tea! To learn more about Santana Row, please visit SantanaRow.com. Happy shopping, Happy Mother’s Day, and stay fabulous ;-)

*This post was sponsored by Santana Row. All opinions are my own.

Denim trends for spring and summer 2014

One of the biggest debates every season centers around the current styles of denim and denim washes. Denim over the past few seasons has been skinny, retro and has been offered in more styles than just pants. For the spring and summer 2014 seasons, denim is maturing past the skinny jean and pulling in retro or vintage influences from the 1980′s, 1990′s and modern 2000′s.

Denim pants: The denim pant for spring and summer 2014 is being offered in three distinct styles. The skinny jean is continuing, but quickly becoming overshadowed by the boyfriend jean; which has been gaining in popularity over the past few years. The boyfriend jean has officially overtaken the skinny jean as the “IT” denim style of the season. This means everyone who was afraid to wear skinny jeans can fret no longer. The boyfriend jean is forgiving, relaxed and easy to wear with almost any figure. 

The third denim pant style which is gaining popularity is often referred to as the “Mom” jean. These are the jeans our dear Mother’s wore in the 1980′s; and unfortunately many kept wearing them in the 1990′s. The “Mom” jean offers a high waist and loose fit which is neither boyfriend jean nor skinny jean. The loose fit is comfortable, but not always flattering.

Denim washes: The wash of one’s jeans can instantly set the piece apart from denim “win” versus denim “failure.” The denim wash for the spring and summer 2014 seasons is medium, light, white or muted. In addition to regular denim washes, we are starting to see variations of the vintage acid wash with a less splotchy finish.

Over the past few seasons we have seen denim or chambray shirts, denim jackets, denim dresses and the like. For the spring 2014 and summer 2014 seasons the denim trend has calmed down. Chambray or denim shirts have moved aside for crisp cotton shirts and the denim dress has moved into storage. For spring and summer 2014, the only denim at the front of your closet should be pants, shorts, skirts (short) and jackets.

Colored denim has been a huge trend over the past few years. For the spring and summer 2014 seasons, colored denim is still around but not very important. Look more for muted blues, blue variations and white.

Printed denim has also been a huge trend over the past few years. This trend is also continuing into spring and summer 2014, but has lost its’ dominant edge. You can keep printed denim pants in your wardrobe rotation but it is not something you want to invest in for the long term.

Destroyed denim is another trend we have watched explode over the past few seasons. This trend is still in place but has been starting to fade. If you have destroyed denim from a past season you can still wear it this season, but do not invest in a new destroyed piece. The trend is about to end.

Cropped jeans are also popping up for the spring and summer 2014 seasons. This denim style enjoyed popularity is the late 1990′s through the early 2000′s. The style is back for 2014 and offers a cool alternative to ankle length jeans on a warm spring day. Look for light washes and white.

What is your favorite denim  trend this season?

Shop the denim trend for spring and summer 2014:

Dolce & Gabbana Perfection Veil Pressed Powder review

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Pictured: Compact: c/o Dolce & Gabbana “Perfection Veil Pressed Powder

Dolce & Gabbana has added a new finishing powder to their collection; the “Perfection Veil Pressed Powder.” This fabulous new make-up addition is light, luxurious and the perfect way to finish off your face!

Unlike a foundation powder or bronzer, Dolce & Gabbana’s “Perfection Veil Pressed Powder” offers a light, translucent radiance to the face which is natural and does not clog pores. Love that! The “Perfection Veil Pressed Powder” sets your foundation and concealer with an invisible touch which lasts throughout the day.

I tested out Dolce & Gabbana’s “Perfection Veil Pressed Powder” on warm days, cool days and rainy days. With each type of weather and air conditions, the “Perfection Veil Pressed Powder” by Dolce & Gabbana held up without allowing my face to shine or my foundation to melt. Love it!

Dolce & Gabbana’s “Perfection Veil Pressed Powder” is also a nice, light powder to wear on days when you do not want to wear foundation; it controls shine and offers a fresh faced look.

The new “Perfection Veil Pressed Powder” by Dolce & Gabbana is priced at $60 and can be found online here and here.

Casual spring day and Shoe Selfie contest

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Photos: Earrings: unknown (also love SAVE or SPLURGE) / Lipstick: c/o Laura Mercier “Temptation” / Tee-Shirt: Banana Republic / Tank Top: Mossimo / Belt and Buckle: C Wonder / Jeans: c/o Levi’s / Handbag: Rebecca Minkoff / Bracelets: C Wonder, Tory Burch, J. Crew / Watch: vintage Gucci (similar here) / Nail Polish: c/o Dolce & Gabbana “Lilac” / Shoes: c/o Ross (similar here) / Toe Nail Polish: c/o Dolce & Gabbana “Petal

The weather here in the San Francisco Bay Area has been in the high 70′s and low 80′s lately; which is perfect spring weather! Since the weather has been perfect, I have been able to wear my new wedges from Ross which have turned out to be incredibly comfortable; not to mention they match everything!

If you missed my post on Monday, Ross is having a #ShoeSelfie contest on their Facebook page where you can upload a Shoe Selfie and be entered to win a gift card up to $500 or the grand prize! For more details, please click here. Good luck and let me know if you win!

Get the look:

Laura Mercier gel lip colour review

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Photos: Earrings / Lipstick: c/o Laura Mercier “Clementine” and “Temptation” / Top / Ring (similar)

Laura Mercier has a fabulous new lipstick for spring/summer 2014! The new, limited edition, gel lip colour collection by Laura Mercier comes in four beautiful, on-trend hues and has quickly become my favorite lipstick!

I was able to test out Laura Mercier’s new gel lip colour in “Clementine” and “Temptation.” “Clementine” is a bright orange lipstick which is the exact hue spotted on the runways in New York for spring/summer 2014. Love that! I was afraid it would be too bright on me, but when I applied it to my lips it turned out to be perfect. “Clementine” has an orange-pink hue when applied to my lips and the gel formula is smooth, moisturizing and easy to wear. I also love the vanilla taste and scent!

“Temptation” was the second gel lip colour by Laura Mercier I was able to test out. It is a dark purple hue, also from the runways, which works as a nice contrast to the seasons’ pastel color palette. I love how it looks with pastel apparel; including the pale pink top I am wearing in the photo above. The color is long lasting, easy to wear, moisturizing and smells/tastes like vanilla! Yum!

Laura Mercier’s new, limited edition, gel lip colour is priced at $23 and can be found online here.