Mini Mansur Gavriel drawstring handbag


Pictured: Earrings: Kathy Kamei (old, similar here) / Lipstick: c/o Dolce & Gabbana “Petal” / Top: XCVI / Bracelets: Margaret Elizabeth, Tory Burch / Skirt: Gap (not avl, similar here) / Handbag: Mansur Gavriel mini / Nail Polish: c/o Dolce & Gabbana “Gaia” / Shoes: Rebecca Minkoff (sold out, also love these)

If you have been following my blog, you are aware of my love for Mansur Gavriel handbags. As a proud owner of the regular sized bucket bag in black with red interior, I did not hesitate to add the new “mini” drawstring bag to my collection for fall 2014. 

I had been eyeing the drawstring bag in Camello for quite some time, so when Mansur Gavriel opened their online shop last month, I jumped at the chance to own the color. Since mini bags are still popular for fall 2014, and are showing no sign of slowing down as we move into 2015, I decided to go with the mini bucket bag. 

There were many choices for the interior color on the Camello mini drawstring bag. I decided to go with the “Oro” interior color which is a shiny gold hue. I felt like the gold interior would be a nice neutral color as we move into the fall season; plus gold is classic!

I am thrilled I went with the mini in Camello. The mini is still a sizable handbag and has plenty of room for my sunglasses case, iPhone, wallet, keys and lipstick; with room to spare. It is not your typical mini!

If you are interested in a Mansur Gavriel handbag, they are hard to come by, so, I wrote an article with tips to help others snag their own Mansur Gavriel. Click here to read the article.

Do you have a handbag or accessory you are finding yourself buying in more than one color? If so, please share!

Dolce & Gabbana Gaia nail polish for summer 2014 review

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Pictured: c/o Dolce & Gabbana “Gaia” nail polish from the summer 2014 beauty collection. Top photo taken in morning shade, bottom photo taken in early afternoon, direct sun. 2014©

Dolce & Gabbana’s “Gaia” nail polish from the summer 2014 beauty collection “Summer Glow.” “Gaia” by Dolce & Gabbana is a beautiful amber green nail polish which sparkles in the sun: as you can see in the above photo. This medium green hue with amber undertones plays well with both gold and silver jewelry, as well as summer 2014′s color palette.

Green also happens to be one of fall 2014′s most important colors. Dolce & Gabbana’s “Gaia” nail polish is the perfect way to incorporate green into your summer wardrobe now and as you begin to transition into the fall when late summer arrives. Transitions into fall =  love!

I tested out Dolce & Gabbana’s “Gaia” nail polish with two coats of color and one base coat. The nail polish lasted for nine days without chipping! I even wore it on a vacation to Pine Mountain Lake where I was boating and swimming; and the nail polish stayed on perfectly! Love that!

Dolce & Gabbana “Gaia” nail polish is limited edition and part of the summer 2014 beauty collection, “Summer Glow.” It can be found online here and here.

Grey for fall 2014

Is grey the new black? Is grey the new grey? Who really knows. Every few fall seasons grey is the hot new neutral which blends with that particular season’s color palette. For fall 2014, grey is the hottest neutral hue in town. Although grey was not dominant on the runway, store buyers took a liking to the hue and stocked shelves for the upcoming cool weather season with shades of grey.

Grey for fall 2014 is being shown in everything including shoes, handbags, clothing and jewelry. There are no rules when it comes to grey. Grey can be used as a neutral and combined with another color or worn alone for a tonal look. Color blocking is also being shown in small quantities for the fall 2014 season and grey is being used in the trend.

There are so many ways to wear grey for fall 2014, and since there are not any rules, you can wear grey any way you see fit. If you like grey, it is a great color to wear on a dress, or jacket, or any staple piece of apparel. If you prefer a little more color in your wardrobe, grey is a great alternative to black. You can find one pair of grey shoes or one fabulous grey handbag and use it all season long as your staple piece of grey.

I found a few fabulous grey pieces for fall 2014 around the web and assembled them into the shopping widget below. I hope you love them! Happy shopping, and stay fabulous ;-)

Chanel Orage nail polish for fall 2014 review


Pictured: Chanel Orage nail polish from the fall 2014 beauty collection. Shown with two coats of color, one base coat and no top coat. Photo taken in early morning sunshine. 2014©

Chanel “Orage” nail polish is a black nail polish hue from Chanel’s fall 2014 beauty collection. The nail polish shade is dark, vampish and an edgy way to be neutral for the upcoming cool weather season. With fall 2014′s dark autumn hues and contrasting bright colors, a black nail polish is the perfect way to have a neutral nail polish color which is easy to wear on a daily basis; especially if fall 2014′s nude nail trend is not your style.

I tested out Chanel “Orage” nail polish with two coats of color, one base coat and no top coat. The nail polish lasted seven days; which is really good for a dark nail polish without a top coat!

Chanel “Orage” nail polish from Chanel’s fall 2014 beauty collection can be found online here and here.

The Nordstrom Anniversary Sale for fall 2014 starts today! Click here to shop the sale and don’t forget to check out my picks posted on Wednesday!

Navy and stripes


Pictured: Earrings: Stephen Dweck (old, also love SAVE or SPLURGE) / Lipstick: c/o Laura Mercier “Strawberry Sorbet” / Top: JCrew / Bracelets: Tory Burch (similar), Beau Bijou / Nail Polish: Chanel “Orage” / Skirt: JCrew / Handbag: c/o Jill Milan (on sale!) / Shoes: Valentino

One of my favorite colors to wear is navy. Navy blue is a color which makes me feel confident; and the color is just as slimming as black. I also feel like navy is a great alternative to classic black during the warm summer months. So, instead of a little black skirt this summer season, I am opting for the little navy skirt! This skirt will work well with many different blouses and tops this summer and will carry me through the warm fall temperatures we enjoy here in the San Francisco Bay Area.

Do you have a favorite, classic color you enjoy wearing as an alternative to black? If so, please share!

Also, don’ forget the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale is going on right now, and public access starts tomorrow!

Nordstrom Anniversary Sale fall 2014 editor picks

The Nordstrom Anniversary Sale for fall 2014 has arrived! If you are a Nordstrom cardholder, you have already had access to this exciting autumn sale since July 10, 2014. If you are not a Nordstrom cardholder, public access to the Anniversary Sale for fall 2014 starts on Friday, July 18, 2014.

Nordstrom’s Anniversary Sale for fall 2014 is a great way to stock up on a few autumn essentials before the fall season begins; at amazing sale prices! Price cuts during the fall 2014 Anniversary Sale at Nordstrom range from 10% to over 40% off! These discounts are deep, and after the sale, Nordstrom will raise prices back to retail.

There are so many fall 2014 trends from the runways to look out for while shopping Nordstrom’s Anniversary Sale. While shopping, look for satchels, cross body bags and mini satchels in dark autumn hues, shades of blue and neutral colors. When it comes to shoes, look for ties, chunky heeled booties and open toe booties in neutral colors, shades of burgundy, blue hues and classic black.

When it comes to apparel trends for fall 2014, look for boyfriend jeans, leather jackets, waterfall sweaters, chunky knit sweaters, pencil skirts, pencil dresses and full leg trousers.

I found a few amazing pieces at Nordstrom’s Anniversary Sale for fall 2014 which are both classic and reflective of the trends I spotted on the runways when I attended New York Fashion Week last winter. Everything I picked out from Nordstrom’s Anniversary Sale are in the shopping widgets below; my favorite’s are in the photo above. To shop my picks, simply click on the photos above, or scroll through the widgets below and click on the item or items which catch your eye.

I hope you love my picks! I love shopping sales, but shopping a sale for an upcoming season is priceless. Happy shopping, and stay fabulous ;-)

My picks for handbags:

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Mansur Gavriel : How to get your hands on a Mansur Gavriel handbag


Mansur Gavriel’s handbags have become the hardest to come by handbags on the market. Although some stores have waiting lists, many stores release their stock of Mansur Gavriel handbags on a given date and allow them to sell out within 24-48 hours on a first-come, first-serve basis. This makes the Mansur Gavriel handbag more elusive than the Hermes Birken. At least the Hermes Birken has a waiting list!

The drawstring bag and open tote bag by Mansur Gavriel have been steady sell-outs since they landed on the map in 2012. The simplistic style and effortless nature of the Mansur Gavriel handbag, combined with the moderate pricing, has launched the brand into “IT” bag status. Not only is the Mansur Gavriel handbag the most sought after handbag of the moment, it is the ultimate “IT” bag of the moment!

Thankfully, there is a method for buying a Mansur Gavriel drawstring bag or tote by either getting your name on a waiting list, or being first in line when a store releases their stock. Here are a few ways to find the Mansur Gavriel handbag of your dreams:

1) The Wait List. One of the most stress-free ways to purchase a Mansur Gavriel handbag is to get on a waiting list. Every store is different in the manner they handle the wait list. In some cases you may pre-pay the full price of the handbag, in other cases you may put a down payment on the bag. Some stores will simply charge your card upon shipment. If you would like to put your name on the wait-list for a Mansur Gavriel drawstring bag or tote, here are a few online shops where you can sign up for the waiting list:


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2) First-come, first serve: The other way to purchase a Mansur Gavriel drawstring bag or tote brand new, is by stalking a few online stores who sell them, and then pouncing on the computer the day they release their stock. This means you need to diligently check email, Facebook, Twitter and Instagram in order to ensure you know exactly when the shop will release their stock. This will enable you to be by the computer the day their stock is released for sale. This is definitely the way to purchase a Mansur Gavriel handbag if you like an adrenalin rush! Here are a few online stores to stalk:


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3) Resale: There is always a secondary market for Mansur Gavriel handbags. You can find gently used handbags on eBay, or, if you are lucky, in a local consignment shop. Be careful when purchasing second hand. You want to make sure the item is in good condition, priced fairly, and is authentic. Try not to support resellers who horded the original sale stock and then slapped them on the internet with a price mark-up. You can pay the correct retail price by using patience and persistence.

There you have it! Always remember, “where there is a will, there is way.” You can, and will, find the Mansur Gavriel handbag of your dreams with a little diligence and persistence. If you find out about other shops who carry Mansur Gavriel, please feel free to share in the comment section below. Happy shopping, and stay fabulous ;-)

Vault 33 summer sale

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From top left: Coat / Dress / Shoes / Handbag

Vault 33 is a fabulous designer consignment shop based in Menlo Park, California. This luxury consignment shop has an amazing online store where shoppers from around the United States can shop for luxury designer clothing and accessories. Vault 33 carries designs from Chanel, Philip Lim, Alaia, Alexander McQueen, Balenciaga and more.

Right now, Vault 33 is holding a summer sale where shoppers can receive steep discounts on luxurious items from Chanel, Gucci, Balenciaga and more! In addition to the sale, Vault 33 has provided Bay Area Fashionista readers with a 10% discount code! If you shop at you can save 10% off your purchase with the use of coupon code BAFASH10 upon checkout.

This is a great time to invest in a designer piece which is classic, or right on trend for the upcoming fall season. I especially love this top by Jean Paul Gaultier which fits perfectly into the current fringe trend while providing a sleek, sophisticated, black, body-conscious silhouette. 

Vault 33 can be found online at Use code BAFASH10 to save an additional 10% off your purchase. Happy shopping, and stay fabulous ;-)


Casual summer style: tunic and shorts

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Pictured: Earrings: Kathy Kamei (similar here) / Lipstick: c/o Dolce & Gabbana “Petal” / Tunic: JCrew / Tank Top: Mossimo / Bracelets: Tory Burch, c/o Gorjana (old, similar here) / Nail Polish: Chanel “Atmosphere” / Handbag: Mansur Gavriel / Shorts: Gap / Sandals: Rebecca Minkoff (sold out, also love SAVE or SPLURGE)

One of my favorite things to wear on casual summer days, is a loose fitting tunic with shorts. This type of outfit is great for active days with the kids; and anytime I have to do a lot of walking! This tunic from JCrew is actually classified as a “swimsuit cover-up,” but, it also works well as a tunic over shorts, a denim skirt, or jeans! It would also look amazing with white jeans; unfortunately I don’t own white jeans because I can never keep them white!

Tunics are great on hot days because they have, shall we say, a natural air conditioner?! The loose fabric allows air flow which helps keeps me cool on hot days. This is fabulous during July and August when temperatures fluctuate between 80 and 100 degrees. This is another reason I love casual dresses on hot days, although, there are many occasions when shorts are much more comfortable!

What are your go-to pieces on hot summer, casual days?

Laura Mercier Strawberry Sorbet creme smooth lip colour for summer 2014 review


Pictured: c/o Laura Mercier “Strawberry Sorbet” creme smooth lip colour for summer 2014

Laura Mercier has a beautiful color palette for the summer 2014 season. Of this palette, “Strawberry Sorbet” from the creme smooth lip colour collection stands out as a fabulous pinkish-red hue for the summer season. 

“Strawberry Sorbet” creme smooth lip colour by Laura Mercier is a beautiful pinkish-red lip color which plays well with any color palette. It is the perfect alternative to classic red as it is a slightly softer color with a pink undertone; which is just as neutral as traditional red without being as bold. Love that!

I am already a huge fan of Laura Mercier’s creme smooth lip colour. The lipstick collection is long lasting and moisturizes the lips; which is ideal for everyday wear. Laura Mercier’s creme smooth lip colour does not bleed onto the skin surrounding the lips and it does not smudge; a common problem with many creme lipsticks on the market.

“Strawberry Sorbet” creme smooth lip colour by Laura Mercier is a great color for brightening up one’s face when paired with apparel in neutral hues, black or white. I love how it keeps my face from looking washed out in the photo above; which can easily happen when wearing white, or being photographed in white!

I am definitely keeping Laura Mercier’s “Strawberry Sorbet” creme smooth lip colour in my handbag so that I can reach for it on a regular basis.

Laura Mercier creme smooth lipstick collection, which includes “Strawberry Sorbet,” can be found online here and here.