Breast Cancer Awareness products

Agraria Cedar RosePictured: c/o Agraria “Cedar Rose” 35% of proceeds benefit the Breast Cancer Research Foundation

October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month, and as someone who has lost a loved one to breast cancer, and has watched a few freidns fight the war against breast cancer and win, this is a cause near and dear to my heart.

There are so many things we can do to help fight breast cancer.

1) We can help by donating to breast cancer charity organizations such as the American Cancer Society, The National Breast Cancer Coalition, the Breast Cancer Research Foundation and Unite for Her.

2) We can wear pink during the month of October in order to help raise awareness about breast cancer.

3) We can help raise money for the fight against breast cancer is by purchasing products, we may already need in our life, which give a portion, or all, of their proceeds to a breast cancer charity. 

4) We can volunteer our time with organizations such as the American Cancer Society and help those who are battling, or recovering from the disease.

5) We can take charge of our own personal health and remind those around us who staying fit, eating healthy and eliminating or limiting alcohol intake can drastically reduce our chances of ending up with breast cancer; or any type of cancer. Side benefit, this type of lifestyle helps you heart and entire body too! Love that!

One of my favorite home fragrance companies, Agraria Home, is helping fight breast cancer this October. Agraria Home is donating 35% of proceeds from their Cedar Rose collection to the Breast Cancer Research Foundation. Love that! To shop the collection, please visit AgrariaHome.com.

So how do you plan to help in the fight against breast cancer this October?

Products around the web which help raise money for the fight against breast cancer:

Christian Louboutin Lova nail polish review

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Pictured: Christian Louboutin nail polish “Lova” taken in early morning sun. 2014©

Christian Louboutin nail polish is the first real fusion between high heels and nails. Inspired by the original red nail polish Christian Louboutin snatched from the hands of a co-worker to paint the soles of a pair of high heels, Christian Louboutin introduced a collection of nail polish in noirs, nudes and pops for the fall 2014 season. One of The “Pops” is “Lova.”

When Christian Louboutin first annouced he was launching a line of nail laquers, I was intrigued. I always love gazing at his collection of high heels; even if they are not always practical enough for my own wardrobe. As the owner of two pairs of Christian Louboutin shoes, I already am a fan of work, and as a fan of nail polish, this launch excited me!

Christian Louboutin first introduced a red nail polish hue to kick off his collection which matched the trademark red soles of his shoe collection. As someone who owns way too many bottles of red nail polish, I passed on this initial launch. When the next wave of colors came out from Christian Louboutins’ nail polish collection, I was thrilled! I love the collection of nudes, noirs and pops the famed shoe designer introduced for the fall season.

From the collection of pops, I chose this beautiful purple hue named “Lova.” “Lova” by Christian Louboutin is a fabulous, bright purple color which can easily be worn during any season of the year. The color looks amazing with fall’s berry color palette; as well as with shades of blue. Since varying shades of blue is going to be an important color trend for the upcoming spring 2015 season, Christian Louboutin “Lova” nail polish is the perfect hue to both blend and contrast with this upcoming trend.

The application process for Christian Louboutin nail polish is little bit different than traditional nail polishes on the market. Instead of a short handle for holding while applying the nail polish, I had to actually hold the stiletto shaped top. It is a little bit difficult to maneuver because in addition to the long top, the brush is shorter than other nail polish brushes I am accustomed to using when I paint my nails. Although the brush was a bit challenging for me, I persevered and was able to adapt by dipping the brush more often.

Christian Louboutin “Lova” nail polish ended up looking beautiful after two coats of color. I used one base coat and did not use a top coat. The color turned out even and saturated; extremely beautiful! Although I did receive a tiny chip on my index finger within twenty-four hours of wearing Christian Louboutin “Lova” nail polish, I did not receive any additional chips or cracks. The nail polish lasted for one week and looked fabulous! I look forward to testing out more nail polish hues from Christian Louboutin this season; and in future seasons!

Christian Louboutin “Lova” nail polish, and the entire collection, can be found online here and here.

T-Strap shoes for fall 2014

T-Strap shoes are classic; but they also happen to be hot for the fall 2014 season. Designers such as Giorgio Armani and Gucci all sent t-strap heels down their runways for the fall/winter 2014/2015 season. The t-strap shoes shown on the runways offered classic lines, clean styling and modern touches. The modern touches shown on the runway included bi-color options, calf hair and thin heels.

Although traditional t-strap shoes are usually shown in solid colors, both the solid color and bi-color t-strap shoe are very “of-the-moment” for the fall 2014 season. The majority of the bi-color t-strap shoes for fall 2014 are being shown with contrasting neutrals, metallic hues or mixed with animal prints.

I absolutely adore t-strap shoes and have a few pairs stashed in my closet; key word is “stashed.” Although I love my t-strap shoes, I do not find myself reaching for them very often. This is definitely a shoe style I need to reach inside my closet for and start wearing for the fall season! What do you think of t-strap shoes for fall? 

I found a few fabulous t-strap shoes around the web and assembled them into the shopping widget below, I hope you love them! I am eyeing a few pairs of the t-strap shoes shown below myself!  Happy shopping, and stay fabulous ;-)

David Tlale spring/summer 2015 New York Fashion Week

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Photo credit: Cathy/Bay Area Fashionista 2014©

David Tlale sent his spring/summer 2015 collection down the New York Fashion Week runway on September 7, 2014. The collection was filled with flowing fabrics, three-dimensional designs and a warm color palette. The collection fused together modern styling with a slight nod to the 1940′s, 1950′s, 1960′s and 1970′s through skirt silhouettes and necklines. The prints were fresh; and added a strong, powerful yet feminine  touch to the overall pieces. 

David Tlale used Egyptian cotton, wool crepe, silk crepe, brocade, silk raffia, gold lame, chiffon, PVC and a fabulous bejeweled vlisco print throughout his collection. The asymmetrical lines, box pleats, peplum, flare pants, a-line silhouettes, hot pants and more inserted a little something for everyone and every occasion in the collection. 

My favorite piece on the runway was the inverted box pleat skirt shown above. Fabulous! Also, watching Tyson walk down the runway in person, is another highlight of the show! Hawt!

To view the David Tlale spring/summer 2015 runway show in its’ entirety, please view the IMG Fashion video below.

Accessory Concierge: products with a cause

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Breast Cancer Awareness Month is coming up this October. One of the many ways to help raise money for the cause is by supporting charity organizations through products which benefit non-profits that work hard to find a cure for cancer. 

Accessory Concierge is helping in the fight against Breast Cancer by donating 20% of all proceeds from the sales of their “Fight Like A Girl” cuff, “Here Comes A Fighter” cuff and their “Tough As Nails” necklace. Not only are these jewelry items fabulous and on-trend, they help raise money and awareness in the fight against Breast Cancer. Love that!

The charity organization Accessory Concierge’s products benefit is BreastCancerFund.org

Accessory Concierge products which help raise money in the fight against Breast Cancer:


Stay Tuned! On October 1, 2014 I will announce many more ways you can help in the fight against Breast Cancer!

Piperlime Collection Launch fall 2014

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Pictured: Earrings: Express / Lipstick: c/o Dolce & Gabbana “Amaryllis” / Blouse: c/o Piperlime / Bracelets: Tory BurchExpress / Nail Polish: Chanel “Orage” / Handbag: Marc Jacobs / Pants: Splendid / Shoes: Joie

Piperlime, which happens to be one of my favorite online shops, has launch their own collection this fall 2014 season; the Piperlime Collection. This beautiful collection features on-trend pieces which are wearable and can easily integrate into any Fashionista’s wardrobe. The new Piperlime Collection features both casual and work appropriate pieces which will easily become closet staples. Love that!

I had the honor of viewing the entire Piperlime Collection in person at the RewardStyle party during New York Fashion Week. The collection featured beautiful colors, textures and silhouettes. I was impressed with the quality and affordable prices of the new Piperlime Collection. I definitely saw trends from the runways integrated into the fall 2014 Piperlime Collection, which makes it easy to bring the runways into your own closet.

I love this tee style blouse from the new Piperlime Collection I am wearing in the photos above. I can easily wear this blouse with a pencil skirt for a professional look or dress it down with jeans. I also love how it looks with the pants I am wearing in the photos above. It is incredibly comfortable and will look great when layered with a jacket or sweater later on in the fall season; or even during the winter season.

The Piperlime Collection includes all the hottest trends for the fall 2014 season including florals, lace, knits and moto jackets. The color palette is also right on trend for the fall 2014 season and easy to integrate into any autumn wardrobe. To view my favorite pieces from the Piperlime Collection, please check out the shopping widget below. Happy shopping, and stay fabulous ;-)

Outfit details:

Fall 2014 sales and deals

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The fall 2014 sales are starting! This means there are great deals on fall 2014 clothing, shoes, handbags, sneakers, jewelry, accessories and more! There are a few short term sales and deals online right now which offer the hottest fall 2014 trends at fabulous prices. Love that!

Nothing makes me happier than finding a great deal on an article of clothing, a pair of shoes, a handbag, or a piece of jewelry, which is not only from the current sales season, but that I am completely in love with! The pieces featured in the photo set above are all on the top of my wish list right now for the fall 2014 season. I love the classic lines of the black hobo and beautiful deep navy blue hue on the clutch. The high heels are perfect for spicing up a little black dress or adding a little bit of sass to jeans. The dress has the most beautiful pattern in shades of purple and deep blue; all my favorite colors! I also love the flirty silhouette on the dress. It would look amazing with a black moto jacket thrown over it when the fog rolls and/or when the weather gets cooler as we head towards the end of the fall season and into the winter season.

Below are a few amazing sales and deals on fall 2014 clothing, shoes, handbag, jewelry, and accessories, from a few of my favorite online shops. Enjoy the great deals!

Old Navy: Save 25%  off your purchase now through September 24, 2014 with coupon code LEAF click here to shop.

J.Crew: Save 25%-30% off your purchase now through September 24, 2014 with coupon code SHOPFORFALL click here to shop.

Rebecca Taylor: Save up to $100 off your purchase with coupon code RTSPEND14 now through September 30, 2014. Click here to shop.

Ulta Beauty: Save $3.50 off your purchase with code 201392 now through September 27, 2014. Click here to shop.

Gap: Save 25% off your purchase with coupon code HAPPY now through September 25, 2014. Click here to shop.

Diane von Furstenberg: Save 20% off select fall 2014 style now through September 24, 2014. No coupon code necessary. Click here to shop.

Vince Camuto: Save 25% off your purchase with coupon code FRIENDS now through September 26, 2014. Click here to shop.

A few more of my favorite items from the sales mentioned above. Happy shopping, and stay fabulous ;-)

Feeling tall

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Pictured: Earrings: Ippolita / Lipstick: c/o Dolce & Gabbana “Amaryllis” / Sweater: Milly / Bracelet: Tory Burch / Ring: Kathy Kamei / Nail Polish: Chanel “Orage” / Handbag: Marc Jacobs / Skirt: Milly / Shoes: Joie

I wore this outfit on my last day in New York for fashion week. I am not sure why, but I felt really tall in this outfit. Maybe it was the comfortable yet dreamlike feel of the skirt, or these incredibly comfortable Joie heeled booties. Whatever it was, wherever the vibe came from, I felt much taller than my 5’4″ frame. Love that!

As someone who is on the short side, I always revel in the moment when I feel tall. Feeling tall does not come often, so when it does, I love it! I am quite certain I will wear this outfit a lot this fall season; after all, it makes me feel tall! I am also looking forward to wearing this sweater with jeans on casual days. I would also like to find a long sleeve top to wear with this skirt for cooler days in November and December. 

Do you have an outfit or piece of clothing which makes you feel taller?

Agraria AirEssence Diffuser home fragrance in Mediterranean Jasmine review

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Pictured: Agraria Mediterranean Jasmine AirEssence Diffuser c/o Agraria

Agraria AirEssence Diffuser is a beautiful way to integrate home fragrance into ones’ home. I am a huge fan of home fragrance. I love candles, Scentsy burners; anything which will make my home smell fabulous. The biggest challenge I find with many home fragrances on the market is that they do not look pretty and sometimes smell artificial. 

I was so excited when I received my Agraria Mediterranean Jasmine AirEssence Diffuser in the mail. Not only was the packaging beautiful, the diffuser itself was sophisticated, pretty and in my favorite color; blue! Love it! 

I decided to place my Agraria Mediterranean Jasmine AirEssence Diffuser in my living room by the fireplace. Our fireplace is large and our furniture is set around the fireplace; so it is definitely the centerpiece of the room. I love the vivid blue hue of the Mediterranean Jasmine oil and it looks pretty against the black and white of my fireplace. The white flowers are also gorgeous and their white hue help tie the diffuser into the color scheme of the fireplace mantel.

The Agraria Mediterranean Jasmine AirEssence Diffuser, once assembled, takes twenty-four hours to fully diffuse. The flowers actually soak in the oil from the vase and turn a very pale blue. From the flowers, the scent diffuses throughout the room, The jasmine scent is not too strong and leaves a beautiful, light fragrant scent throughout the room. My living room smells fresh and floral; exactly the way I love it!

Agraria has a beautiful selection of AirEssence Diffusers which include Balsam and Bitter Orange; two fragrances I would like to try out for my home. Agraria also has a collection of petite diffusers, soaps, potpourri and candles. I am looking forward to trying out these others products by Agraria; especially the candles!

Additional scents and products by Agraria:

Academy of Art spring/summer 2015 New York Fashion Week

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Photos: Cathy/Bay Area Fashionista 2014©

The Academy of Art showed their spring/summer 2015 collections on September 6, 2014 at New York Fashion Week. The Academy of Art collections are near and dear to my heart. When I was a student at the University of San Francisco, I knew a lot of students who attended the Academy of Art and their work was always inspirational. I was mesmerized by their talent and how art was shaping the future. To see the Academy of Art’s collection presented live, across the country in New York for fashion week, isn’t only a treat, it is a proud Bay Area moment!

The spring/summer 2015 collections from Academy of Art, once again, push the boundaries of what we wear and how we wear it. The collections showed tonal dressing, mixes of texture, layers (a huge trend on the runways for 2015!) and longer hemlines (another huge trend!).

I wish my photos were better, but my seat was at a bad picture taking angle. To view the collection in its’ entirety, please watch the IMG Fashion video below.

Just like last season, I want to get my hands on the cozy sweaters from Academy of Art’s runway! I wish I could just walk into a store a buy one, but alas, I cannot. What is your favorite look from the Academy of Art runway?