Loafers, creepers and oxfords for fall 2015

creepers, oxfords and loafers for fall 2015

From top left: black oxfords / oxblood creepers (under $100!)/ black creepers (I own these and love them!)/ stacked heel loafers / low heel loafers (under $200!)/ iridescent creepers

Loafers, creepers and oxfords are a huge trend for the fall 2015 season. With the menswear trend continuing from last year, it is no wonder that this trend in shoes is still hotter than hot.

Creepers, loafers and oxfords not only complete a menswear inspired ensemble, they also offer a nod to 90’s inspired styles which are still very much on trend on the streets. Oxfords, loafers and creepers were a huge trend in footwear in the early 1990’s. So it is only natural that this trend in shoes return when waistlines on denim are on the rise, cut-outs on jeans are considered du rigueur, and crop tops are perfectly acceptable shirts.

The fabulous part about this footwear trend, is that it is comfortable! The lug soles found on loafers, creepers and oxfords offer extra comfort for the footbed. They also offer traction in icy conditions, and during rain. Love that!

Creepers, loafer and oxfords can be worn with both casual attire, and business casual ensembles. They look fabulous with boyfriend jeans, overalls, and full or a-line skirts. This is considered the “street version” of the trend.

For a menswear look, oxfords, loafers and creepers look amazing with full or wide leg trousers paired with a blouse, shirt or sweater. An unstructured blazer could complete the look if one needed an extra layer in the office. This is how the trend was shown on the runways for fall.

The lug sole is an important aspect of this shoe trend. Creepers, oxfords and loafers for fall 2015 can be found with traditional, flat soles; but these are considered a more classic version of the style. For the fashion-forward version of this shoe trend, look for 90’s friendly lug soles. You will love the lug sole since it adds height, like a platform, and grips the ground during inclement weather. Love that!

I found a few fabulous pairs of oxfords, loafers and creepers around the web and assembled them into the shopping widget below. I hope you love them! Happy shopping, and stay fabulous 😉

butter LONDON at Nicole Miller spring 2016

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Nicole Miller sent her spring/summer 2016 collection down the New York Fashion Week runway on September 11, 2015. The collection was playful, edgy, and street art inspired. Loved it!

To compliment Nicole Miller’s spring 2016 runway collection’s edgy vibe, butter LONDON’s lead manicurist, Katie Jane Hughes, created a cutting-edge nail art design which worked perfectly; both complimenting and completing the collection.  According to Katie Jane Hughes, “I created this bold nail look to play off of the street art inspired clothing in the collection. Black nails and edgy details are going to be a trend for spring. Spring beauty this season isn’t about playing by the rules.”

The result was amazing. The nails offered a graphic, splatter-effect with a pop of color which mimicked bold street art and graffiti found throughout Nicole Miller’s spring 2016 collection.

Since this nail look was so fabulous, Katie Jane Hughes and butter LONDON have shared with us the backstage secret to re-creating Nicole Miller’s spring 2016 runway nail look at home! Here are the amazing tips, using nail polish from butter LONDON:

Designer: Nicole Miller

Lead Manicurist: Katie Jane Hughes

The Scoop: The graphic, splatter-effect nail art featured a pop of color that mimics the bold street art and graffiti patterns found throughout the collection.

The Design – here’s how Katie created the look:

  1. Apply two coats Nail Lacquer in Cotton Buds.
  2. Dip a bobby pin into Nail Lacquer in Union Jack Black. Position the bobby pin over the nail and blow through the middle to create a splatter effect on each nail.
  3. With a new bobby pin, repeat the process with Nail Lacquer in Easy Peasy (NEW – launching in April ‘16) on various nails on both hands.
  4. Lastly, apply one coat of Hardwear P.D. Quick Topcoat to create a high-shine finish.

How fabulous is that! To shop everything you need to re-create butter LONDON’s nail art look on the Nicole Miller spring/summer 2016 runway, please scroll through the photos below and click on a photo for more information.

To shop Nicole Miller’s spring 2016 when it hits store shelves, please click here.


Trunk clutches for fall 2015

trunk clutches for fall 2015

From top left: turquoise clutch (under $30!)/ lizard trunk / LV Petite Malle / tan trunk clutch (under $200!)/ top handle trunk / striped trunk

Last year, we watched as box clutches, and small, boxy handbags began to emerge as a new trend in small handbags. For the fall 2015 season, this trend has caught some speed, and is proving to be the hottest emerging trend of the season.

Boxy handbags, and trunk inspired clutches, are popping up on store shelves everywhere for the fall 2015 season. To add fuel to the fire, trunk clutches also popped up on the recent spring 2016 runways in New York, Paris, Milan, and London; proving to the fashion world that this is a trend to be taken seriously.

Thankfully, this is one trend you can wear now; and be prepared for it to explode in 2016. Trunk clutches are being shown in small, and mini sizes, for the fall 2015 season; and also for the spring 2016 season. Some have hidden shoulder straps, while other trunk clutch offer a small top handle.

Trunk clutches for fall 2015 can be found in neutral colors on both both vegan and leather fabrications. There are also resin versions, and alternative fabrications; adding to the variety of the trend.

There is no one color or design which stands out among trunk clutches this season. The idea is to find a trunk clutch which adds a little bit of fun and sass to your ensemble. So while neutral options are always a good idea, this is one trend you can have some fun with when it comes to patterns and colors.

Trunk clutches can be worn with casual through to formal attire. They are the ultimate day into evening handbag; as long as you don’t need to carry too much with you. Trunk clutches tend to be small, with unforgiving interiors.

Which trunk clutch started it all? Louis Vuitton’s Petite Malle trunk clutch started the trend. If you want to original trunk clutch, this is one to look for. If you are open to any trunk clutch, there are plenty out there to choose. from.

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

Nike Air Zoom Pegasus 32 customized with Nike ID

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Pictured: earrings / sports bra (sold out, also love this one) / tank top / lipstick / pants: Nike (sold out, also love this pair) / nail polish / socks / shoes: c/o Nike

Did you know I enjoy running? I am not a very fast runner, but I find it fun nonetheless. My new favorite running shoe is the Nike Air Zoom Pegasus, and I love that I was able to customize my new pair through Nike ID.

If you follow me on Instagram, it might appear that all I do is shop, eat, rinse and repeat. In reality, that is only a small part of my day. My three children, my work, my husband, and my fitness routine are also a huge part of my life.

Growing up, I was a very serious athlete. I trained over twenty-five hours per week for middle distance, and long distance swimming. I dreamed of going to the Olympics one day. My entire focus in fitness, was being fit for swimming so that I could win.

Fast forward twenty-plus years and a huge shoulder injury later; and it is easy to see I never made the Olympic team (thanks shoulder injury!), and my fitness goals have changed.

As a busy Mother of three, who is also managing my own business, I have to stay fit. I need to remain healthy and active for the sake of my family. Plus, it also feels good to be healthy!

In order to stay fit, I swim, run, attend fitness classes at my gym, and hike. I have found, that one of the most important ways to have a successful workout, aside from being properly hydrated, is to wear the proper footwear.

Since I was in high school, Nike has always been my choice of footwear for sports. For swimming, we crossed trained. Part of our cross training was running. I always needed to own at least one good pair of running shoes. Those shoes were always Nike.

Since high school, I have continued to wear Nike shoes for all activities sports-related. I swear by their cross training shoes, and tennis shoes. Of course, I always have at least one pair of Nike running shoes in my closet.

When Nike came out with NIKE ID years ago, I was thrilled! I quickly customized my own pair of cross trainers with my “CathyLSG” ID. This also happens to be my Twitter handle.

I had the opportunity to meet with a Nike representative when I was in New York for fashion week and we talked about Nike ID. I was already in love with the concept of shoe customization and had customized my own shoes in the past, but I had never tried the Nike Air Zoom Pegasus. It is one of Nike’s most iconic running shoes. I was excited to be able to test out a pair!

I love all the different ways you can customize your Nike shoes through Nike ID! You can pick everything from the color of the shoe laces to the color of the trim. I matched most of the colors together, but you could really make a rainbow of a shoe if you wanted to. It is so much fun! I also love the idea that my shoes are customized by me, and it is highly unlikely that anyone else will be wearing the same exact shoe as me. We could even venture to say this is “sporting couture!” Love that!

The Nike Air Zoom Pegasus 32 is extremely supportive. I have high arches and sometimes it is difficult to find footwear which properly supports them. The Nike Air Zoom Pegasus 32 has ideal arch support; and it gives my entire foot proper support. Having a well-built running shoe really makes my runs more enjoyable; and consequently I am able to run longer, thus burning more calories. I am a fashion girl after all, gotta burn those calories off!

I am excited about this fabulous pair of Nike Air Zoom Pegasus 32 ID running shoes I customized through Nike ID. I look forward to customizing more pairs in the future!

You can customize your own pair of Nike Air Zoom Pegasus 32 running shoes online at Nike.com. To view Nike’s entire collection, please visit Nike.com.

Christian Louboutin Sheer Voile Lip Colour review

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As a fan of Christian Louboutin nail polish, I was smitten when I heard the iconic footwear designer was launching a line of lipsticks. As soon as Christian Louboutin’s lipstick collection hit store shelves, I scoured the collection for the perfect first tube; the Christian Louboutin Sheer Voile Lip Colour.

Of course I would pick a sheer lipstick! I am a bit of a sheer lipstick addict. I prefer sheer lip colors over mattes and creams. I love a touch of color which mixes in with my natural lip to create a shade that matches my complexion. Sheers tend to do exactly that!

Since the fall season was nearing when Christian Louboutin launched his lipstick collection, I decided to purchase a lip color which would fit perfectly into the autumn season. Private Number fit the bill!

Christian Louboutin Sheer Voile lip colour in Private Number is a medium brown lipstick. This color blends well with fall’s color palette, and offers a neutral hue which is easy to wear with everything. Love that!

Private Number has turned out to be a fabulous color! I find myself reaching for it everyday. This lip hue works well both day and night; making it quite versatile.

As someone who purchases sheer lipsticks about 75% of the time, I have tried a LOT of sheer lipsticks. Christian Louboutin Sheer Voile Lip Colour is a fabulous sheer. It has more pigment than most sheers, almost offering cream-like coverage; of course, without the stickiness of a cream, or thickness of a cream.

Christian Louboutin Sheer Voile Lip Colour acts like a sheer, feels like a sheer, and yet offers thicker color coverage than your average sheer. I love having Private Number as an alternative to Chanel’s Melancholie for fall; another favorite sheer of mine. While the two colors are similar in the tube, Chanel’s sheer lip color is much more sheer than Christian Louboutin’s sheer lipstick. This gives me the choice of an ultra sheer, versus an almost cream sheer. Love that!

Christian Louboutin Sheer Voile Lip Colour is also moisturizing. I did not need to apply any lip balm or chapstick underneath the lipstick; nor at any time during the day when I have worn this lipstick.

One heads up if you plan to travel with a lipstick by Christian Louboutin. I had mine in my carry-on for my flights to and from New York for fashion week. When I went through control at JFK, I was stopped and pulled aside for a bag inspection. Turned out they thought my Christian Louboutin lipstick was a weapon! It was quite humorous when they discovered it was just lipstick! So, if you check a bag, you might want to throw Christian Louboutin’s lipstick into your checked bag, instead of your carry-on; unless you are up for a little adventure!

 I have fallen in love with Christian Louboutin Sheer Voile Lip Colour in Private Number. I am looking forward to adding more colors to my lipstick wardrobe each season from his sheer voile collection. I’m in love!

Christian Louboutin Sheer Voile Lip Colour can be found online here, here, and here.

Vivienne Hu spring 2016 New York Fashion Week

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Photos: Cathy/Bay Area Fashionista 2015©

Vivienne Hu sent her spring/summer 2016 collection down the New York Fashion Week runway on September 13, 2015 at The Art Beam Studio. The collection offered geometric lines, body conscious silhouettes, and an elegant take on spring 2016.

Vivienne Hu’s spring/summer 2016 runway show was one of my favorite shows of the week. I had a great view in the front row, so I was able to capture my looks from the collection on camera. The fabrics and attention to detail were precise and fabulous.

I absolutely adore the prints and asymmetrical lines on the Vivienne Hu spring 2016 runway. The red and blue belted dress pictured above was my favorite look on the runway. I am also eyeing the fabulous red dress! I love the tonal patchwork and geometric lines. Perfection.

To learn more about Vivienne Hu, please visit viviennehu.com

Fall Style at Santana Row

Fall has arrived! This means it is time to kick your fall style into gear. Of course, my favorite place to find the best styles for fall is right here in the San Francisco Bay Area at Santana Row.

Santana Row is filled with a variety of shops which offer the best styles for the fall season. Fall 2015 fashion is all about 70’s inspiration, cozy knits, boho-chic ensembles, shades of red, and layering for the micro-climates we enjoy here in the San Francisco Bay Area.

There are so many stores at Santana Row to stop into for the fall 2015 season, but I do have a few favorites. 😉 I highlighted my four favorite shops at Santana Row for fall 2015 below; of course, be sure to check out Kate Spade for the most fabulous collection of red for fall you will see this season. Also, be sure to stop in at H&M where you will find 70’s inspiration at wallet-friendly prices.

Without further adieu, here are my favorite shops for fall from Santana Row:


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From top: hat / 1) blouse, vest, pants 2) top, skirt 3) necklace, blazer, dress, belt / trunk clutches

BCBG has all the hottest trends from the fall 2015 runways packed under one roof.

They have tie blouses, also known as secretary blouses, in several styles. This is one of the hottest trends of the fall season. Pair a tie blouse with trousers for work or a suede a-line skirt for the office, dinner, or any occasion! Tie blouses also look fabulous when paired with flare jeans, which you can find at Free People for fall; scroll down for more info 😉

Felt hats are a continuing trend from last year which is gaining momentum. Expect to find more fabulous women sporting hats this season than we have seen since the 1960’s. BCBG has the best selection of neutrals and blues. You must check it out!

Trunk clutches are a new IT bag for fall 2015. We saw them gain popularity last season, and this season the trunk clutch is exploding! BCBG has them for under $200 and they are fabulous. I’m trying to decide which color to buy!

Free People

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From top: burgundy dress, printed dress, white dress, handbag / drop earrings, stud earrings / medium wash jeans, scarf, top, light wash jeans

With the 70’s trend, and the boho-chic trend, in full swing for fall 2015, what better place to find the perfect ensemble for fall then Free People at Santana Row! They have a large selection of boho-chic dresses, tops, and flare jeans. They also have suede tops, fringe, and cozy knits. Love it!

One of the huge emerging trends in jewelry right now is the earring stack. This can be achieved with multiple ear piercings, or for a less invasive way to rock this trend, the use of ear cuffs and ear crawlers.

Free People has ear stacks already stacked up for you! As you can see in the first photo, Free People offers multiple pairs of earrings on one leather piece. These earrings can be mixed and matched for the ideal ear stack this fall season. Look for this trend to continue for the next few years. Invest now!

Kit & Ace

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From top: sweaters / poncho / scarf

Santana Row’s newest storefront is Kit & Ace. This modern men’s and women’s shop offers cozy cashmere sweaters, scarves, outerwear, and more; many of which is made from washable cashmere! Love that!

They have all the perfect layering pieces a fashionista in the San Francisco Bay Area will need for fall 2015. Cozy wrap for when the fog rolls in? Check. Warm scarf to remove in the afternoon when the fog burns off? Check. Layering pieces to strip off as the day goes from foggy and fifty to sunny and seventy? Check, check, and check!

I am in love with all of their scarves and wraps. Look for at least one burgundy piece, and one neutral colored piece, to be ready for the cool fall weather.

Kit & Ace is located across from Cocola, so you can grab a warm hot cocoa, and tasty macaroon, before crossing the street to shop for everything cozy! Love that!

Calypso St Barth

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From top: jeans, booties, funnel, belt, top / scarf, vest (jewelry in-store only) / booties

Calypso St Barth has a fabulous collection for the fall 2015 season. As you know, fringe is a hot, continuing trend from last season, and Calypso St Barth has a wide array for the fall season. I am smitten with this fabulous fringe handbag and these cute booties.

The store also offers cozy knit sweaters, classic denim, artisan jewelry, their signature tunics, and everything you need to rock the lux, boho-chic trend this fall season.


There you have it! Everything your fall wardrobe needs is at Santana Row! To learn more about Santana Row, please visit santanarow.com.

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

Breast Cancer Awareness products 2015

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From top left: 49ers Cap (avl for all NFL teams)/ Compact / Bracelet / Raiders Snow Hat (avl for all NFL teams) / Go! Fight! Cure! tee / La Mer / Lipstick / Fashion Tee / Fragrance

October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month. This means that now is the time to show support for this important cause through fashion!

Products for breast cancer awareness not only help to raise money for the cause; when worn, they display a reminder to others that breast cancer is a leading cause of death among women, and a cure must be found!

Here are a few of my favorite breast cancer awareness products from around the web. I hope you love them and wear them with pride!

Tom Ford Viper nail polish for fall 2015

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Pictured: Tom Ford Viper nail polish for fall 2015

Tom Ford nail polish is one of my favorite nail lacquers. It is long lasting, and comes in the most amazing colors. So when Tom Ford released his fall 2015 beauty collection, I had to get my hands on his fall 2015 nail polish color, Tom Ford Viper.

Tom Ford Viper nail polish appeared to be a deep, dark purple when I looked at it in the bottle. When I began applying the first coat, Viper by Tom Ford took on more of a deep, pinkish burgundy hue. A chameleon nail hue! Love that!

I applied one base coat, two coats of color, and one top coat. I have noticed that Tom Ford Viper nail polish looks like burgundy in artificial light. In the sunlight, it has more of a purplish-burgundy hybrid look, and under florescent lighting, it has a dark, pinkish purple look. Very cool 😉

Tom Ford nail polish is very strong. It is chip-resistant and scratch-resistant. I was able to wear Tom Ford Viper for eight days before removing it. I removed it because my nails grew and I don’t like the look of growing out nails.

I have to credit my favorite top coat for helping this nail polish last so long. You can shop it here, or read my review here.

With Marsala as the color of 2015, nail polish hues which blend well with shades of red, burgundy, and traditional autumn hues, are the ideal colors for nails. Tom Ford Viper nail polish fits this bill with it’s burgundy and purple undertones. Love that!

Tom Ford Viper nail polish will also transition well into the winter season. The winter season has the same color palette as the fall season; with the exception of the holiday season which will feature more bright red than the rest of winter. Tom Ford Viper will blend perfectly with the holiday red’s, and winter’s shades of red, neutrals, and winter whites.

To shop Tom Ford Viper nail polish, please click here, here or here.

Plaid for fall

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Pictured: Sunglasses: Chanel / Earrings: Kendra Scott / Lipstick: Christian Louboutin / Top: Frame Denim / Skirt: ALC / Bangles: Kendra Scott / Cuff: c/o Kendra Scott / Nail Polish: Chanel Chataigne / Handbag: Givenchy / Shoes: Prada

Plaid is a huge trend this fall, so when it came time to choose my outfits for New York Fashion Week, plaid seemed like a no-brainer! When I spotted this plaid skirt by ALC, I knew it was not only perfect for fashion week, it would be ideal for my fall wardrobe.

Since the plaid has black, putty, and grey in it, I decided to pick up the black for my top. It felt “New York-ish” to me. Here at home in the suburbs, I would prefer to add a pop of red to the plaid in the skirt for a top. Now, to find the perfect red top for this skirt. . .

The sleeveless top is perfect for early fall weather. When the weather starts to cool down, the addition of a leather jacket is all this ensemble will need to transition to cooler weather. This top will also look cute with flare jeans and boots for casual fall days.

I wore this outfit on day four of New York Fashion Week in September. This was a busy yet fun day. I started the day off with Fashion Shenzhen, then attended RewardStyle’s Rooftop Party, then I had FTL Moda, Georgine, Vivienne Hu, and Art Hearts Fashion. Stay tuned for my coverage of these shows!

This outfit was easy to move in; making it ideal for a busy day of running around mid-town and lower Manhattan. The skirt was comfortable and cozy. I can imagine it in cooler weather with boots and a cozy, ivory sweater. Now, we just need some cooler weather here in the Bay Area!

Photos by Laura Adney/Have Need Want

Shop my New York Fashion Week fall outfit from September 2015 including two additional shoe options for the skirt: