Laura Mercier Verbena Infusion Dry Oil Body Mist review

Pictured: “Verbena Infusion Dry Oil Mist” c/o Laura Mercier.

Laura Mercier’s “Verbena Infusion” Dry Oil Mist is a light, fragrant way to moisturize skin. Instead of slathering on thick body cream or lotion, Laura Mercier’s “Verbena Infusion” Dry Oil Mist moisturizes dry skin without leaving a thick film or gooey slick. I have also found that Laura Mercier’s “Verbena Infusion” Dry Oil Mist works well on a sunburn; calming angry skin and helping aid the healing process. Love that!

Laura Mercier’s “Verbena Infusion” Dry Oil Mist combines fragrant floral and wood notes of green citrus, spearmint, fresh blossoms, white amber and cedarwood. This makes for a warm floral fragrance experience ideal for moderate to warm weather found in the spring, summer and fall months. 

The formula is lightweight and fast-absorbing. It rejuvenates dry skin and mildly sunburned skin while comforting and soothing. I found it has left my skin with a natural-looking healthy glow. Love that!

Laura Mercier’s “Verbena Infusion” Dry Oil Mist can be found online here and here.

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Top trends for spring and summer 2015 from the New York Fashion Week runways

The last model has walked the runway at New York Fashion Week for spring/summer 2015. This means the fashion world is left with many new trends, styles and designs to think about for the upcoming warm weather season. This season we found new color palettes, new hemlines, a change in how we layer, and what we will wear on our feet. Below you will find a list of the top spring/summer 2015 trends from the runways at New York  Fashion Week. Only time will tell if store buyers stock their shelves with these designs, and if consumers ultimately wear them on the streets.

Color Trends:

Muted Tones: Muted colors are hot for spring/summer 2015. Gone are the days of the neon glow and sunglasses worthy bright hues.

Shades of Blue: Any shade of blue will do from to cobalt to navy. If it’s blue, is an “IN” hue. Go big blue!

Beige: The new neutral for spring/summer 2015 is light beige; light taupe will do too. Pale neutrals are “IN.”

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Shoes:

Flatforms: Oh my, the flatform has risen from the almost dead. While platform shoes are a huge NO, the flatform sandal is hot for spring 2015.

Birkenstock inspired: That’s right! Every hippie’s favorite sandal is continuing to be hot as we move from 2014 into 2015. Look for high-end, Birkenstock-like sandals worn with socks; that’s right socks. This is how we did it in the early 1990′s, and this is how it will be done in 2015. Enjoy the unflattering comfort.

Thick Heels: The thick, stacked, or covered high heel continues to dominate the shoe landscape; even more-so as we move from 2014 into 2015. Look for stacked heels, sculpted heels, covered thick heels, Lucite thick heels and anything that is thick, and a heel! Wobbling on stiletto’s is no more. Thank you fashion world.

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Handbags:

Shoulder Bags: Shoulder bags remain structured and simple. Look forward to clean lines and not too much hardware. Shoulder bags will mainly be seen in small and medium sizes.

Totes: Structured totes are hot for spring/summer 2015. Look forward to non-slouchy, work-ready tote bags with clean lines and hardly any hardware.

Designs: Since handbags are going to offer clean lines, many designers have added prints, patterns and designs to the front of their handbags. Look for conversational pieces which standout.

Fringe: Boho-chic is alive and well for spring/summer 2015; and so is Western inspiration. This means get your lasso ready, practice your “peace” sign, and get a fringe handbag.

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Hemlines:

The Full Mini: Spring 2015 is bringing us full mini skirts which hit about mid-thigh. Be sure to stock up on short biker shorts to wear underneath, one good wind gust, and, well, you know where this is going. ;-)

Below-The-Knee: The new midi length hits just below the knee. If I can see your knee your skirt better be mini or your hemline is the wrong length. This goes for pencil and full skirts. Cover those knees ladies!

Maxi: The maxi skirt and dress will never die. Look for casual and dressy hemlines which hit at the ankle.

Asymmetrical: Nothing is more boring than a flat maxi hem. Look for asymmetrical hems in layers. Look to Zimermann for hemline inspiration.

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Prints:

Florals: Guess what?! Florals are hot for spring/summer 2015. Revolutionary. Look for sophisticated florals which feature medium sized blooms, often times shown on dark backgrounds such as navy or black. Florals are also being shown on sheer fabrications.

Mirror Prints: Look for prints which seem to be a reflection of themselves or offer a mirror look. A great example are the prints on Luis Antonio’s runway. This will be a great alternative to florals.

Stripes: Stripes are hot for spring/summer 2015, but not in a nautical way. Look for stripes to be mixed with other prints and in more than two colors. Stripes have gone a little bit mad for 2015.

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Accessories:

Statement Necklaces: Yes, the statement necklace is still alive and well. Look for faux stones and big pieces around the neck.

Belts: Waistlines are defined, so make sure there is a belt! Look for medium thickness belts on dresses, skirts and more!

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Pants and Shorts:

Cropped Pants: Pants are cropped for spring/summer 2015. Look for just above the ankle cropped pants paired with heeled shoes.

Bermuda Shorts: I am classifying these as pants because shorts for spring/summer 2015 are hitting just below the knee. Cover those knees girls!

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There you have it! Spring/summer 2015 is just around the corner. What do you think of these trends from the New York Fashion Week runways? Which ones will you wear? Which ones do you think will stay on the runway and not make it to the street?

Vivienne Tam spring/summer 2015 New York Fashion Week

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Photos: Cathy/Bay Area Fashionista 2014©

Vivienne Tam showed her spring/summer 2015 collection at New York Fashion Week on September 7, 2015. The collection was filled with vivid hues, long hemlines, sheer fabrications, intricate floral appliques, cropped pants, long Bermuda shorts, Birkenstock-like sandals, socks with sandals, structured handbags and island -ready prints. The overall collection invoked a feeling of beach-town appropriate attire.

There was a feeling of norm-core infused into Vivienne Tam’s spring/summer 2015. She showed socks with flat sandals; many of which seemed to be inspired by Birkenstock’s classic style. The flat, comfort shoes worn with socks were paired with daytime cropped pants, long Bermuda shorts and knee length dresses which were appropriate for weekend activities, lunches and strolling around a vacation town.

To view the entire Vivienne Tam spring/summer 2015 collection, please visit the IMG Fashion video below. You will also be able to see the beautiful, vivid colors of her collection in the video; my photos do not do it justice!

Monique Lhuillier spring/summer 2015 New York Fashion Week

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Photos: Cathy/Bay Area Fashionista 2014©

Monique Lhuillier sent her spring/summer 2015 collection down the New York Fashion Week runway on September 5, 2014. This was by far my favorite show of New York Fashion Week. The colors were muted and dreamy, the entire show was dream-like as the models floated down the runway in dresses and garments worthy of a princess. The stitching was intricate, the designs flawless and the silhouettes were flattering.

The colors were feminine and soft along with the fabrics. Pant legs were cropped, a trend on the spring 2015 runways in New York, while skirt hemlines hit mostly below the knee; another trend. The shoes were bi-color and offered a thick, sturdy heel with an ankle strap. The finale dresses and final walk included beautiful iridescent flowers falling from the sky; in line with the dream-like production. 

To watch Monique Lhuillier’s spring/summer 2015 show from New York Fashion Week, please watch the IMG Fashion video below.

Amir Taghi spring/summer 2015 New York Fashion Week

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Photos: Cathy/Bay Area Fashionista 2014©

Amir Taghi showed his spring/summer 2015 collection during New York Fashion Week. The collection was sophisticated and offered sleek fabrications which surprisingly offered texture and movement. There was a mic of matte fabrics, lace, sheer panels and beadwork. The collection was wearable and ideal for both daytime and evening on warm summer days. 

Amir Taghi showed three distinct hemlines; below the knee (a huge trend for ss15), just above the knee and mini. The silhouettes were form fitting and body conscious; accentuating a women’s curves.

To learn more about Amir Taghi, please visit AmirTaghi.com.

Weekend sales and deals for fall 2014

This is the perfect time to shop for the fall season. The last model has stepped off the runway in New York, leaving us with a sneak peek into what will be hot, and what will not be hot, for 2015. With this powerful knowledge, we can shop intelligently for the current season and invest in pieces which will carry us into 2015 and transition easily into spring 2015. Love that!

Without further adieu, here are a few fabulous sales and deals for the weekend! Happy shopping, and stay fabulous ;-)

J.Crew - 30% off final sale, 50% off select final sale with code EASYSALE. Ends 9/14 visit JCrew.com

LOFT - 40% off all merchandise with code FALLSTYLE, ends 9/13 visit Loft.com.

Ann Taylor - 50% off full price dresses and skirts, 40% off sale items, buy one get one 50% off select camis and tanks. Visit AnnTaylor.com

Banana Republic - 40% off entire purchase with code BRYAY40, ends 9/13. BananaRepublic.com

Bluefly - Shoes extra 10%-40% off, outerwear up to an extra 50% off, cashmere up to 40% off. Visit BlueFly.com.

BCBG - extra 30% off factory outlet. Visit BCBG.com

Here are my picks from the above stores which fit perfectly into the fall trends; and will transition well in 2015. Hope you love it!

Around Lincoln Center

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IMG_3468.JPGNew York Fashion Week is about as close to a trade show as the fashion world gets. Aside from buying conventions, fashion week is when the new trends and styles are introduced for the upcoming season. In addition to designers showing their new collections, New York Fashion Week attracts celebrities, sponsors and outlandish outfits.  When looking around Lincoln Center and inside the tents, there are a lot of beautiful things to be found; as well as celebrity spottings! Here are a few snaps from inside and outside of the Lincoln Center Tents during New York Fashion Week spring/summer 2015.

From top:

1) Kimora Lee Simmons being filmed by E! inside the tents

2) Pandora from Real Housewives of Beverly Hills with her husband inside the tents.

3) Lincoln Center sparkling at night.

4) The scene outside the tents during the day where street style photographers hang out looking for outlandish outfits to photograph.

5) The final walk at Project Runway.

6) Lined up and waiting to take our seats for Carmen Marc Valvo inside the tents.

7) Rita and I meeting Kriten Taekman from Real Housewives of New York after the Luis Antonio show. 

8) A display inside the Lincoln Center tents.

9) Papyrus is a Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week sponsor in New York, this was their beautiful chandelier and mannequin inside their booth in the tents.

There you have it! A small snapshot of what life is like at New York Fashion Week; aside from standing for long periods of time and watching runway shows!

Photos: Cathy & Rita/Bay Area Fashionista 2014©

Luis Antonio spring/summer 2015 New York Fashion Week

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Photos: Cathy/Bay Area Fashionista 2014©

Luis Antonio showed his spring/summer 2015 collection at New York Fashion Week on September 6, 2014. Luis Antonio’s collection was diverse and offered looks for daytime, evening, special occasions and everyday wear. There was a large selection of separates and dresses; something for everyone, everyday. Loved it!

Luis Antonio used a vibrant color pallette mixed in with soft neutral hues as well as elegant navy and black. There was a variety of hemlines on the runway which included mid-thigh, below the knee, t-length and maxi length. The fabrics were a mix of structured and soft as well as embellished or flat. Luis Antonio played with mixed prints, tailored waistlines and deep v-necks to create a beautiful collection fit for varying tastes.

To view Luis Antonio’s spring/summer 2015 runway show at New York Fashion Week, please visit the IMG Fashion video below.

Zimmermann spring/summer 2015 New York Fashion Week

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Photos: Cathy/Bay Area Fashionista 2014©

Zimmermann showed thier sprng/summer 2015 collection at New York Fashion Week on September 5, 2014. The collection was amazing. Zimmermann played with lines, texture and layers to create a fresh collection which was relaxed yet mixed with small bits of structure for the spring/summer 2015. Love that!

The color palette was muted with neutral tones of white, taupe and metallics. Zimmermann showed small floral prints, patterns, lace, asymmetrical hemlines below the knee and layers upon layers. Zimmermann even layered structured suit pieces with deconstructed pieces to create a look which mixed establishment structure with anti-establishment free-form.

To view the entire Zimmermann spring/summer 2015 collection shown at New York Fashion Week, please watch the IMG Fashion video below.

Carmen Marc Valvo 25th anniversary collection spring/summer 2015 New York Fashion Week

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Photo: I was unable to capture any good runway photos due to the location of the lights and my seat, but I was able to capture this photo of Neiman Marcus’s Ken Downing!

Credit: Cathy/Bay Area Fashionista 2014©

Carmen Marc Valvo presented his 25th anniversary collection for spring/summer 2015 at New York Fashion Week on September 5, 2014. The collection was classic Carmen Marc Valvo with sophisticated silhouettes, grown-up florals and fashion-forward, slightly edgy details.

The hemlines on Carmen Marc Valvo’s runway hit mostly just below the knee; a trend we are seeing for spring/summer 2015. Carmen Marc Valvo’s version of spring florals were fresh and anything but demure. Instead, the floral prints were sophisticated and mature; easy to wear on the streets of New York City or a suburban town. Carmen Marc Valvo also pushed boundaries with cut-outs which added edginess to the collection yet still kept everything covered up that a decent and sophisticated woman would want covered. Loved it!

The color palette shown on Carmen Marc Valvo’s runway offered pastels, muted tones and classic shades of blue, black, white and metallics.

To view the collection in its’ entirety, please watch the IMG Fashion video of Carmen Marc Valvo’s 25th anniversary collection runway show below.