Instagram Loop Giveaway on now!

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We are so excited to be teaming up with 10 other bloggers and boutiques to bring you this 48 Hour Loop Giveaway from Wednesday,12/17 8 a.m.  PST – Friday, 12/19 8 a.m. PST. 

There will be 11 prizes and 11 winners! For your chance to win our giveaway item, which is a $50 gift card to Nordstrom, please follow the instructions below using Instagram:
1. Follow (@BayAreaFashionista) and ALL other shops/bloggers in the giveaway
2. Like the post on my Instagram account which features the photo above.
3. Leave a comment stating your favorite nail polish brand and tag a friend who may also want to enter.
4. Click on the photo to see where you go next.
When you find yourself back here at this photo, you have officially completed the Loop Giveaway. Winners will be drawn 48 hours from now. Good Luck!!
**This giveaway is in no way sponsored, administered, or associated with Instagram, Inc. or Nordstrom. By entering, entrants confirm they are 13+ years of age, release Instagram of responsibility, and agree to Instagram’s terms of use. **

 

Holiday shoe wish list 2014

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Pictured: Iridescent silver pumps / Silver sandals / Black satin pumps / Sparkle sandal booties

Every holiday season designers come out with fabulous, sparkling high heels for the holiday party season. I always wish I could own all the beautiful pairs of shoes I see during the holidays. Of course, I have one pair of staple black party shoes and one pair of silver party shoes in my closet. That’s it! Since I wear them, at most, twice per year, I cannot justify purchasing another pair of holiday shoes. But, a girl can dream can’t she?

I love the shoes pictured above and wish I could own them all! The iridescent pair is trendy and hot off the runway. The silver sandals are classic and could be worn for many years; including formal events during any season. The black pumps are extremely classic and could last a generation! The sandal/booties hybrid is an of-the-moment staple which is also, hot off the runway. 

Sigh. . .I will continue to dream.

Nars Sherwood nail polish for winter 2015 review

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Pictured: Nars Sherwood nail polish from the winter 2015 color collection.

Nars has a fabulous collection of nail polishes for the winter 2015 season. The colors are cool and ideal for the winter 2015 color palette. I love this winter 2015 nail polish from Nars; Sherwood. Sherwood by Nars is a beautiful, medium purple nail polish hue which is easy to wear with pastels, bright colors and neutrals. Love that!

I tested out Nars Sherwood nail polish with one base coat and two coats of color. The nail polish held up well and lasted six days with only one small chip on my index finger. I love the subtle sparkles in the nail polish which add dimension to the color. 

Nars also has a fabulous nail polish application brush which is flat and the perfect size for gliding easily on my nails. Nars nail polish applies smoothly and does not make a mess; huge plus! The brush is easy to balance too. Another huge plus!

I am looking forward to wearing Nars Sherwood nail polish this winter 2015 season. To find Nars Sherwood nail polish and the winter 2015 beauty collection online, please click here and here.

Shoes trends: socks with comfort sandals

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Pictured: Vivienne Tam spring/summer 2015 runway. Model wearing thin socks with comfort sandals. 

First, street style aficionado’s were spotted wearing comfort sandals; especially Birkenstocks! Then, these same style mavens were spotted pairing socks with their comfort shoes. Guess what happened next? You guessed it! The street style trend hit the runways and is showing no sign of slowing down as move into the new year.

The hottest trend in footwear right now, and moving into spring/summer 2015, is wearing socks with sandals. The socks can be thick, thin, nylon or cotton; whatever tickles your fancy. The sandals are flat and comfortable; often featuring simple straps.

Wearings socks with sandals was a huge trend back in the early 1990’s. Fashionistas across the Bay Area and beyond were spotted wearing mainly Birkenstock’s with socks. As the 1990’s evolved, and fashion-savvy shoe fans decided socks with sandals was a weird thing, socks were only worn with closed toe shoes, boots or athletic shoes. Never with sandals!

Fast forward to 2014 and socks are being spotted on the street with sandals. From the street, the style has gone onto the runways; making socks with sandals a street to runway trend for 2015.

The plus side of the socks with sandals trend, is that sandals can be worn in cold weather. The drawback to the trend is that, well, socks with sandals have their own unique look; let’s leave it at that. ;-)

What are your thoughts on the socks with sandals trend? Will you be wearing it this spring?

Socks to wear with sandals:

Sandals to wear with socks:

Dolce & Gabbana Make Up Collector’s Edition for the holidays

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Pictured: The Dolce & Gabbana Make Up Collector’s Edition, Holidays 2014. c/o Dolce & Gabbana. Eye shadow in Pure Gold, Illuminator compact (in-store only), nail polish in Lover and special edition bottle of The One (in-store only) regular version here.

Dolce & Gabbana has outdone themselves this time! For the holiday 2014 season, Dolce & Gabbana has launched a beautiful collection of make up aptly named the “Make Up Collector’s Edition.” This fabulous collection offers exclusive casing which is ideal for gift-giving; or for the collector like me! The beauty products in Dolce & Gabbana’s holiday collection are classic pieces which are iconic in their own right.

The collection includes collector’s editions of Dolce & Gabbana’s Bronzer, Illuminator, lipstick in “Real Red,” Perfect Mono Eye shadow in “Pure Bronze” and “Pure Gold,” nail polish in “Lover” and a fabulous special edition of “The One.” This entire collection is limited and will only be available for a short time. I am so thrilled to have a piece of it!

The One” is one of my all-time favorite fragrances. I have gone through a few bottles of it already, so this special edition version of The One is exciting! The nail polish in “Lover” is a fabulous cherry red which is timeless, and ideal to keep in one’s nail polish collection. I am also a huge fan of Dolce & Gabbana’s “Illuminator,” so this fabulous special edition version features the imprint of an ancient coin is thrilling!

The ancient coin imprinted on the Illuminator and on the Bronzer represents a journey of discovery Dolce & Gabbana have gone through in Ancient Sicily and the Greek culture; where the designing duo takes much of their inspiration. The profile of Greek God Athena is imprinted on the coin. She represents wisdom, courage, civilization and intelligence. She also personifies the voyage to Sicily’s roots and captures the precious characteristics which have helped define the entire “Make Up Collector’s Edition” for the holiday 2014 season.

To shop this special beauty collection by Dolce & Gabbana for the holiday season, please click on the photos below.

 

Aquazurra blue suede shoes

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Pictured: Earrings: Bauble Bar / Lipstick: c/o Dolce & Gabbana “Amaryllis” / Necklace: Bauble Bar  (similar here) / Blouse: Express / Pants: Splendid (also seen here) / Handbag: Mansur Gavriel (full shopping guide here) / Bracelets: Samantha Willis / Nail Polish: c/o Dolce & Gabbana “Lover” / Shoes: Aquazurra (incredibly comfortable!)

The rain has finally stopped, at least for a few days, which means I get to wear my new blue suede shoes! Yay! I had been eyeing these shoes by Aquazurra for several months, but I was waiting for the right color to come along. When I spotted them in this pretty blue hue at ShopBop, I knew it was time to pull the trigger. I am so happy I did!

One of the hardest things to find is a comfortable pair of high heels; especially a pair which is 4″ high. There are a few brands or designers which I find comfortable, but unfortunately, they are far and few between. I heard through the grapevine that Aquazurra’s high heels are incredibly comfortable, so I knew I needed a pair! I am glad I found this pair in blue because they are both comfy and cute. Love that!

From now on, I am going to keep my eye on Aquazurra for new colors and styles. Since this pair is comfortable, I know more styles from the brand will be too. Three cheers for adding a comfy brand to my approved list of shoes!

A few of my favorite high heels brands, which are both beautiful and comfortable, are Manolo Blahnik, Joie, Aquazurra and Valentino. Which shoe brands do you find make comfortable high heels?

Chanel Vamp nail polish holidays 2014 review

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Pictured: Chanel Vamp nail polish

Chanel Vamp nail polish is a deep, red hue which is part of Chanel’s classic nail polish collection. Vamp was originally introduced in the 1990’s and sold out the same day it hit store shelves. The waiting list for Chanel Vamp nail polish was a mile long and very few people were able to get their hands on the edgy red hue.

Fast forward to the 2014 holiday season. Chanel is re-promoting Vamp for the holiday season alongside Phenix. As nail polish fans are reminded of the beauty that is Chanel Vamp, the classic nail polish color is starting to fly off store shelves once again. Chanel Vamp is also a good companion color to 2015’s color of the year, Marsala. Vamp is a darker hue than Marsala, but the two colors blend well together, making Vamp an easy color to wear as we move into the new year.

I remember when Chanel Vamp first came out in the 1990’s. I went to the Saks Fifth Avenue Chanel counter on Union Square to buy a new bottle of my favorite nail polish at the time; Raspberry. The Chanel  nail polish I had been wearing was a beautiful red hue similar to a raspberry. It had sparkles and I loved, loved, loved it! When I went to the Chanel counter to buy a new bottle, since I had used up my old one, I was informed it had been limited edition and was no longer available. I was crushed! There I was, in my early 20’s, already a victim of the dreaded “limited edition” curse. The curse happens when you fall in love with a Chanel beauty product only to find you can never re-purchase it because it was limited edition and will never exist ever again! Curses.

The Chanel representative at Saks Fifth Avenue informed me there was a new nail polish color and she had one bottle left; ONE BOTTLE LEFT! It was Vamp. She told me this was the hot new nail polish color from Chanel. It looked so dark in the bottle to me. In the 1990’s, nail polish was light and playful; never serious or dark. So, when Vamp first came out, it’s darkness was downright shocking! Since I was used to lighter nail polish colors, I passed on Vamp and chose a pink hued nail polish. What a mistake I made!

A few days later I decided to give Vamp a go. I returned to Saks Fifth Avenue only to learn that last bottle had been sold moments after I left a few days before. I walked to the other side of Union Square and tried to find Vamp at Macy’s and Neiman Marcus. Both Chanel counters informed me they sold out the day they had received Vamp. I was put on the waiting list. Unfortunately, the waiting list was am mile long and I never did get my hands on that coveted bottle of Vamp. Lesson learned, never pass up the last bottle of Chanel nail polish!

Now that Chanel is showing Vamp for the holiday 2014 season alongside Phenix, I decided it was my turn to test out Vamp; all these years later! I tested out Vamp with two coats of color and one base coat. I definitely missed out on Vamp back in the 1990’s. Why oh why did I pass up that bottle!?!? I love Chanel Vamp! This nail polish is a beautiful, deep burgundy; and when compared to the dark, almost black nail polish hues we have been enjoying over the past few years, it looks light in comparison!

If you would like to get your hands on one of Chanel’s most coveted nail polish hues of all-time, Chanel Vamp can be found online here and here. And yes, it is already sold out at some stores. The Vamp frenzy returns!

Holiday Gift Guide Santana Row 2014

The Holidays are here! This means it is time to find that special something, for that special someone! My favorite place to shop for the holidays is Santana Row. The Row has everything I need in order to complete my holiday list. I love popping into Best Buy to find something electronical for the teenagers and college students on my list. If I am not sure what to get, it is a great place to purchase a gift card for that picky teen on my list.

Sometimes the perfect gift is edible! I love heading into Kara Cupcakes or Cocola and filling up a pastry box with delicious goodies. Not only is a pastry box filled with pastries, macaron’s and more, perfect as a hostess gift, it doubles as a holiday gift! Love that!

Of course, the kids on my holiday list love the fashion-forward clothing and accessories at H & M. It is a one-stop-shop for finding fabulous frocks for the kids which look like they are right off the New York runways. 

Shopping can be tiring, so Santana Row is the ideal place to shop for the holidays since there are so many places to rest! Not only can you enjoy a fabulous meal at restaurants such as Maggianos, Veggie Grill, Sino or Village California Bistro; and you can treat yourself to pastries at Cocola or Kara’s Cupcakes! 

Since holiday shopping can be tiresome and sometimes confusing, I have chosen a few of my favorite holiday gifts from Santana Row and listed them below. I hope you love them!

Jest Jewels

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How fabulous are the bracelets, Macaron pill boxes and ring pictured above?! I love them, and so will that special someone on your list. Jest Jewels is well-stocked with sparkling baubles, sunglasses, handbags, scarves and more. It is the ideal gift shop!

To shop the items pictured above and more, please visit Jest Jewels at Santana Row or call 408 249-4800

Z Gallerie

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Z Gallerie is the perfect destination for the home decorator on your list. The store is filled with decorative pieces, books, wall decor and more! A few of my favorite items from the store are pictured above. 

To visit Z Gallerie, please stop by Santana Row. Call 408.615.9865

 C Wonder

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Pictured: Plates / Gold cuff, Blue gem cuff / Monogram bangles

C Wonder is one of my favorite places to find gifts. The store is jam-packed with jewelry, home items, cute handbags, fabulous shoes, fabulous clothing and more!

Please visit C Wonder located at Santana Row. For more information, please call 408.246.1754

There you have it! A few amazing gift ideas from Santana Row. Happy shopping, and stay fabulous ;-)

Need Hostess Gift Ideas? Click here for some inspiration from Santana Row!

Looking for the perfect holiday party outfit? Click here for a few amazing outfit ideas at Santana Row.

*Brought to you by Santana Row. All opinions are my own.

Christian Louboutin Wherever nail polish review

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Pictured: Christian Louboutin “Wherever” nail polish.

Since blue is my favorite color, and it happens to be one of the most important color trends for the upcoming spring 2015 season, I had no choice but to test out Christian Louboutin’s “Wherever” nail polish hue from the “Pops” collection. Wherever by Christian Louboutin is a beautiful, rich dark blue which is almost navy; making it a good transition color from the cool winter months into the early days of spring. Love that!

Christian Louboutin Wherever nail polish is long-lasting. The nail polish lasted a full week without chipping; and that was without a top coat! I used one base coat and two coats of color. As with other Christian Louboutin nail polish hues, I find it hard to apply because the brush is sooooooo long! It is a little bit difficult to balance and guide the brush, although, after using it a few times, it is possible to develop a rhythm and be able to paint your nails without making a mess.

Aside from the awkward application brush, Christian Louboutin Wherever is an ideal classic nail polish for anyone’s collection. It is a timeless shade of dark blue which can flow easily from nautical spring styles to colorful summer ensembles. Wherever can go into the cool months of fall and blend well with classic autumn navy. When fall turns to winter, Wherever is there to play winter blue. So Christian Louboutin knew what he was doing when he named this light navy shade “Wherever.” Wherever can truly take you wherever you want to go; twelve months of the year. Love that!

Christian Louboutin Wherever nail polish is part of the “Pops” collection and can be found on here and here.

Pantone Color of the Year 2015 is Marsala

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Pictured: Pantone color of 2015 Marsala. Courtesy of Pantone.

Drumroll please. . .Move over Radiant Orchid, the color of the year for 2015 is. . .Marsala!

Pantone has announced the color of 2015, and it is Marsala. This dark rose hue, is a cool color which will work well with 2015’s red shades and blue hues.

To view the top ten colors of the spring/summer 2015 season, please click here.

What do you think of Marsala? Will you be wearing it?