Chanel Vert Obscur fall 2015 nail polish review

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Pictured: Chanel Vert Obscur nail polish for fall 2015

Chanel Vert Obscur nail polish is part of Chanel’s fall 2015 color collection. It is a deep, dark, evergreen hue which offers a green vibe during the day and in bright light, and dark, black, mysterious vibe at night and in dim light; where it looks almost black.

This is a classic-with-a-twist hue for the autumn season. Dark green, or evergreen, is a timeless fall color which works well with traditional autumn hues such as mustard, mahogany, burgundy, black, dark navy, and shades of brown. These classic hues also happen to be hot for fall 2015, making Chanel Vert Obscur perfect for the fall 2015 season! No wonder it is flying off the shelves!

That’s right! Many stores are already sold out of Chanel Vert Obscur nail polish for fall 2015; and the nail polish has only been on store shelves for about a week! This scenario has IT nail polish of season written all over it!

Not only is Chanel Vert Obscur a fabulous color for fall 2015, it is also a classic hue, making it nail polish wardrobe staple for many fall seasons to come. Love that!

I tested out Chanel Vert Obscur nail polish with one base coat, two coats of color, and one top coat. It lasted a beautiful eight days before my nail growth was obvious, and I needed to change the polish. I went swimming several times, washed dishes by hand, and cleaned my bathrooms during that time period without any chipping or signs of wear. I am in love! I may need to credit this top coat for my chip-free test. Highly recommend 😉

Chanel Vert Obscur nail polish is from Chanel’s fall 2015 beauty collection. It can be found online here , here, here, and here. If you love it, shop fast! The color is flying off store shelves and may not be around too much longer.

Casual late summer outfit

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Pictured: Earrings: Kendra Scott / Sunglasses: Prada / Lipstick: Chanel Amarosa / Blouse: Express / Tank top: Mossimo / Jeans: Gap (on sale!)/ Handbag: Chloe / Bracelet: c/o Gorjana (old, also love this one)/ Nail Polish: Chanel Mediteranee / Shoes: Aquazurra

August is almost here, and the kids go back to school in two weeks! Where did the summer go? My oldest daughter will begin junior high this year, and her orientation is in roughly ten days! With all the 100 degree weather we have been having, I cannot imagine school starting. It does not seem right!

I remember when I was in school, our first day was always the day after Labor Day. We never started in August! The first time I started school in August was when I was in graduate school. I remember thinking it was so strange to be in school the last week of August.

The strangest thing is knowing my kids start school three weeks before Labor Day! I have two children in public school, and one child with special needs. I homeschool my daughter with special needs, and I keep her on the same academic calendar as my other two children in school. This means I go back to school in two weeks too! I am so not ready! It is so hot outside, I just want to sit on a beach somewhere exotic and take a nap!

With the school year two weeks away, fashion week one month away, and fall on store shelves, I have begun to transition my wardrobe into late-summer mode. This means reaching for pieces in fall-like colors and styles, yet keeping fabrics light for the warm weather.

Fall is always a challenge here in the San Francisco Bay Area since we enjoy late summer weather through the beginning of October. If you are not familiar with this weather pattern, it basically means the city gets less fog, and the rest of the Bay Area suffers through summer temperatures until October.

Are you starting to transition to your late-summer wardrobe? When does fall begin where you live?

Don’t forget! The Nordstrom Anniversary Sale ends on August 2, 2015. This is a great time to pick up some new fall items at sale prices! To see my picks, please click here.

My eleven year old daughter took these pictures. I think she did a pretty good job! #ProudMama

Suede handbags for fall 2015

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From top left: Brown suede bag / Wine fringe bag / Black fringe cross body bag (I own this in leather and LOVE it!) / Brown fringe bucket bag / Black structured satchel / Grey sling / Brown city tote

Suede is always a popular fabrication when it comes to fall. But for fall 2015, suede plays an important part in the overall vibe of the season. 

Suede was a big part of fashion in the 1970’s. It could be found on skirts, pants, dresses, shoes, and of course, handbags. Since the 1970’s are a big influential decade on 2015 fashion, it is only natural that suede plays a big part in fashion for fall.

Handbags in suede are being shown in every hot style for the season. We are seeing fringe bags in suede, bucket bags made from suede, structured work totes in suede, and every style imaginable! Suede has moved from more casual wear, to everything from the office to an evening gala. Suede is what’s hot for fall!

Of course, not everything has to be natural suede for fall 2015. There are handbags made from ultra-suede, and faux suede. So if you are looking for vegan styles, there is a “suede” out there for you; like this beauty from Jill Milan. 

I found a few fabulous suede handbags from around the web, and assembled them into the shopping widget below. I hope you love them! Happy shopping, and stay fabulous 😉

Happy National Lipstick Day!

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Pictured: Lipstick c/o Dolce & Gabbana “Shine Lipstick” in “Shine On”

Happy National Lipstick Day! In honor of National Lipstick Day, I thought I would talk a little about my favorite lipsticks! But first, let’s review a small bit of lipstick history.

Lipstick was first thought to have been invented roughly 5000 years ago by Sumerian women. According to Wikipedia, Sumerian women crushed gemstones and used the paste to decorate their lips and eyes. Can you imagine crushing gemstones to make cosmetics?! I would die. My instinct would be to create sparkling jewels! But I digress. . .

The use of lipstick continued throughout ancient, and modern history, with civilizations using different types of ingredients to make lipstick; sometimes with toxic results.

Lipstick became popular in England in the 1600’s when Queen Elizabeth used it to color her lips. Only upper class women, and actors wore lipstick at that time. As history progressed, lipstick was commonly thought of as risque; Nice girls, young girls, and unmarried girls, were not permitted to wear lipstick. It was not until the mid-twentieth century that lipstick became acceptable to wear at any age; and in any demographic. Until this time, lipstick was, in general, red. It became acceptable in large part due to new colors brought to market such as pink, peach, and white. The newer colors were seen as less racy, and more of a fashion statement. Isn’t that amazing!

My favorite lipstick colors are pinks, light purples, and sheers. I tend to gravitate towards shine lipsticks, and sheer lipsticks. Matte and cream lipsticks feel too heavy on me. 

The lipstick brands I gravitate towards are Dolce & Gabbana, Chanel, and Tom Ford. They have the most amazing colors, formulas, and results! The Dolce & Gabbana Shine Lipstick featured in the photo above, is my new favorite lipstick. It offers a light, warm shine on the lip which is sheer, and easy to wear on a daily basis. It matches everything! Love that!

I placed all my favorite lipstick lines in the shopping widget below. What is your favorite lipstick?

Shades of blue for summer

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Pictured: Earrings: Kendra Scott / Sunglasses: Dior / Lipstick: Chanel Amorosa / Top: Express (old, also love this one) / Handbag: Mansur Gavriel / Skirt: Express (on sale!!)/ Bracelets: Kendra Scott, Kendra Scott / Ring: The 2 Bandits / Nail Polish: Chanel Mediteranee / Shoes: Aquazurra (color past season, current season here)

One of my favorite trends from the runways was the “shades of blue” trend. Blue happens to be my favorite color of all time. So, when I spotted designers mixing shades of blue for spring and summer 2015 on the runways, I was thrilled! It was like color heaven for me :-) I knew this was a trend I would wear often during the spring and summer seasons.

As much as I enjoy mixing my own blue pieces together for a blue, color blocked look, a print with multiple shades of blue on it is ultimate perfection in my eyes. When I laid my eyes upon this skirt from Express, I knew I needed it in my life.

I love the mix of blues on the skirt. I also love the column silhouette mixed with the flirty splits on each side of the skirt. This skirt is easy to dress up for a party on a warm summer day, or paired with flat, silver sandals for a casual, beachy look. Love it!

What has been your favorite runway trend this summer which you have worn on the street?

Whish body products

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From left: Bump cream / Correcting gel / Travel set / Sugar scrub / Bath & Body gel

Whish body products offer a wide variety of bath & body items which are must-haves in a girl’s bath. They offer body cream, body scrub, bump cream, exfoliating body wash, correcting gel, hair inhibiting gel, shaving cream, body butter, and travel sets. All of their items have yummy fragrances, making them fun to use! Love that!

I am in love with the body butter, and the bath & body gel! The body butter is very moisturizing, and the fragrances are to-die-for! During the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale, Whish has a fabulous special collection of scents called the “Soda Fountain Collection.” This sweet fragrance collection includes “Black Cherry,” “Ginger Melon,” Orange Cream,” and “Key Lime.” The “Black Cherry” and “Orange Cream” are amazing! My favorites :-)

Whish is a fabulous beauty brand which creates products that are free of parabens, sulfates, TEA & DEA, and petrochemicals. All of their products are natural! Love that! To make things even better, Whish uses organic ingredients whenever, and wherever, possible. This creates a luxurious and indulgent collection which is like no other.

Whish’s “Soda Foundation Collection” is only available during the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale. It can be found online here, and at Nordstrom stores nationwide while supplies last, or until August 2, 2015.

*Brought to you by Whish. All thoughts and opinions are my own.

Summer into fall casual outfit

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Pictured: Earrings: Kendra Scott / Lipstick: Chanel / Top: Express / Handbag: Mansur Gavriel / Ring: Kendra Scott / Jeans: Citizens of Humanity  / Nail Polish: Christian Louboutin Nude Pink Gold / Shoes: Aquazurra

Last week, when we were in Orange County, we had a small taste of fall. Between the hot and humid weather caused by the remnants of a hurricane, there was a crazy, tropical storm which dumped rain and dark skies on the southland. In the midst of this torrential downpour, there was a small window of cool weather before the storm hit; this is when I reached for a summer into fall outfit.

I always think of August as a transitional month between summer and fall. Perhaps it is because when I was a child, we started school the day after Labor Day; and that meant the fall season had begun. Nowadays, kids start school in the middle of August, so the transition to fall has become blurry for me; making me wonder exactly when to start my wardrobe transition! Although we are still in July, the storm, despite the fact that it was hot and humid, made me think of transitioning from summer into fall; at least for a tiny moment in time 😉

Since the 70’s are an important decade of influence for the fall season, along with some 80’s and 90’s influences, I have become obsessed with my new flair jeans. I love pairing them with this breezy, cropped blouse from Express which offers a fall color palette, and summer weight. This makes it the perfect blouse for transitioning from summer into fall. It can handle the heat of summer, yet evokes a fall feeling through the pattern and color palette. Love that!

I look forward to wearing this blouse with more than just jeans for the remainder of summer, and in early fall. It looks cute with casual, denim shorts; as well as denim pencil skirts! It also looks amazing with black pants, and black denim. It is just a great, all-around, casual top, which is comfortable and perfect for summer into fall.

xoxo

Cathy

Chloe Faye medium review

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Pictured: Chloe Faye in medium. Leather and suede combination. Grey.

The Chloe Faye is a beautiful handbag from one of my favorite design houses; Chloe. This chic handbag offers a 1970’s vibe with a flap closure, (often referred to as a Saddle Bag), and two large, interior compartments. There is also a roomy zipper pocket inside. 

I have been eyeing the Chloe Faye since Chloe sent it down the runway a couple of seasons ago. The handbag started to appear on the streets in full force during spring 2015. For fall 2015, the Chloe Faye is flying off of store shelves and seems to be an upcoming IT bag for the season. Love that!

My medium Chloe Faye is extremely easy to wear. The handbag is lightweight, and the interior compartments make it easy to organize my purse essentials. The flap closure offers a strong magnetic snap which is fuss-free. Love that!

There is a lot of versatility in the Chloe Faye! The shoulder strap is detachable, which allows the Chloe Faye to be worn as a large, daytime clutch. The shoulder strap is also adjustable. I prefer to wear the handbag with the strap attached. I also prefer the strap adjusted as short as possible. I like the handbag under my arm; not dangling low. It just feels right.

The Chloe Faye shoulder bag has two sizes which are popular; the small and the medium. I chose the medium size because I like to have room for extra items my kids might ask me to hold; or I may just want to take extra things with me somewhere! I am also eyeing the small size, and may eventually break down and get one. Not that I have a handbag addiction or anything 😉 ha!

The medium Chloe Faye measures in at 10″ X 12.5″ X 1.5″ and the strap offers a 12″ drop. Chloe Faye is made in Italy.

I really enjoy carrying  my medium Chloe Faye. The handbag bag is user-friendly, on trend, and has an IT factor to it. All things I love in a handbag! The 1970’s vibe, and mixed fabrication, make the handbag unique; another feature I am in love with! This is definitely a great handbag to own for now, and many seasons to come!

I rate the medium Chloe Faye in grey, five out of five stars!

The medium Chloe Faye in grey can be found online here.

More versions of the Chloe Faye online:

Earring trends for fall 2015

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From top left: evil eye earrings / rose gold-tone earrings (I want this pair!)/ gold earrings / gold sparkling earrings / blue and gold earrings / silver earrings

Earrings have moved front and center for the fall 2015 season. Gone are the days of the stacked bracelets, aka “arm party;” and while the long necklace is enjoying a moment in the sun, earrings are the hot ticket in jewelry for fall 2015.

In the 1980’s, stud earrings were all the rage. As a part of the stud earring trend, designers added earring jackets to the backs of studs in order to make them more versatile; and give dangle earring fanatics something to wear!

Earring jackets have been crawling back into style over the past few seasons, and designers have taken to the trend, which started on the street, for fall 2015. This is the season of the earring jacket.

Earring jackets for fall 2015 are being shown in short style which hover around 1/4 inch from the bottom of the ear lobe. While some styles offer an inch or more of a drop, the majority of earring jacket styles for fall 2015 are staying close to the ear. I absolutely love this trend. Earring jackets are so easy to wear on a daily basis. I love also love this style since it can be worn day into evening. Versatility = love!

Designer are showing earring jackets in four metal colors for fall including silver, gold, rose gold, and black. Embellishments includes sparkling CZ’s, or similar materials, and imitation gemstones.

Another huge trend in earrings for fall 2015 is the ear crawler. This style has also been around for a few seasons and is enjoying popularity for the fall season. Look for ear crawlers in silver and gold for fall with sparkling embellishments.

If you want to rock the original earring jacket trend from the 1980’s, check out your Mother’s jewelry box for a stray pair or two from the ’80’s. Chances are, she kept a pair! Also, vintage shops should have a few pairs in stock. When shopping for vintage jewelry, make sure the metal-tone has not worn off the edges, and all stones are secure. Also, look for silver stamps or designer markings. This will help you determine the quality.

I found a few fabulous earring jackets, and ear crawlers, around the web for the fall 2015 season and assembled them into the shopping widget below. I hope you love them!

Happy shopping, and stay fabulous 😉

Easy breezy flowing summer outfit

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Pictured: Earrings: Kendra Scott / Sunglasses: Chanel / Lipstick: Chanel  / Top: Express / Necklace: Unknown-purchased at art fair (also love this one) / Skirt: Express / Bracelets: Kendra Scott, Kendra Scott / Handbag: Mansur Gavriel / Nail Polish: Christian Louboutin Nude Rose Gold / Shoes: Chloe

For our big summer trip this year, we decided to take the kids down south to Universal Studios, Disneyland, and Legoland. On our drive down, we stopped at the beautiful Mission Santa Barbara  for a little bit of California history. What kid doesn’t need a little summer history lesson?!

When we left the Bay Area, temperatures hovered in the 90’s, so I chose to wear this flowing, breezy skirt with a lightweight, cotton cropped top. It was the perfect ensemble for beating the heat while on the road! The flowing silhouette, and lightweight fabrics, kept me cool all the way from NorCal to SoCal. Love that!

This skirt is really fun to wear too. I have worn it with a high, stacked heel, for a dressier look, as well as with the flats shown above for comfort. The shoes really make a difference; making the skirt fabulous for day into evening this summer! Love that!

My new Chloe flats were perfect for walking around the mission; and they were also comfortable for driving down the coast! I’m addicted to these flats 😉

The Santa Barbara Mission was a great place to stop with the kids on the drive south. Not only did we get to stretch our legs, and get out of the car, the kids learned about a small part of California history! Who says you can’t mix education and fun?! 

Thanks for stopping by,

xoxo

Cathy