Dolce & Gabbana The Lift Foundation and The Primer

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Pictured: c/o Dolce & Gabbana The Lift Foundation and the The Primer

Dolce & Gabbana’s new The Lift Foundation and The Primer are luxurious additions to the designing duo’s beauty line. Both products offer exceptional moisturizing benefits while achieving flawless coverage; ultimately making you look younger in the process. Love that!

“One of the Dolce & Gabbana woman’s most powerful tools is her face: every aspect reveals something about her and her experiences, each expression reveals an emotion. Each woman decides what parts, if any, of the story she wants to tell, and that’s one of her strongest assets.” -Domenico Dolce and Stefano Gabbana.

The Lift Foundation is formulated with Gold FlavoSilk Tricomplex with extracts of Gold Silk Sericin, Italian Olive Oil and Vitamin B3. This unique combination of ingredients restore’s skins’ natural moisture and smooths out fine lines and wrinkles in about four weeks. In addition, there is a choice between UV protection and broad spectrum protection; both offer SPF 25. I am in love with the broad spectrum version!

The Primer is a fabulous, hydrating, radiance-enhancing formula which offers protection for the skin while illuminating it. Love that! Dolce & Gabbana’s The Primer is infused with Gold Silk Sericin and Italian Olive Oil. The result is a fresh, natural, luminous complexion which is smooth and refined. Love that too!

I have fallen in love with Dolce & Gabbana’s The Lift Foundation and The Primer. Both products keep my skin moisturized and reduced my fine lines; a benefit I needed badly! I also love the broad spectrum SPF 25 in The Lift Foundation, with all the sunshine we have here in the San Francisco Bay Area, it is really important to wear SPF protection on a daily basis.

Dolce & Gabbana’s The Lift Foundation comes in fifteen shades and can be found online here. The Primer, can be found online here.

Parisian Haute Couture Show in San Francisco

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Join me in San Francisco on Saturday, October 25, 2014 at 7:30pm for a fabulous evening of Parisian Haute Couture!

This amazing, once-in-a-lifetime event will be held at The Grand Ballroom, Fairmont Hotel, San Francisco located at  950 Mason St, San Francisco, CA, 94108.

There are so many reasons to be excited about this fashion show! Here are the details, get ready to get excited!

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Replete Seasonal Skincare is pleased to announce the largest international fashion event in San Francisco on October 25, 2014, Replete Skincare Presents Haute Couture in San Francisco. Featuring two of the top 10 couture brands in the world, Frank Sorbier Haute Couture Paris and on aura tout vu who will be showing on American soil for the very first time, this annual fashion event is set to be a fall calendar highlight.

For his San Francisco presentation, Sobier will show 20 of pieces compiled from his latest collection, and select items from his ‘Museum Collection.’ A living legend, Sorbier has a museum dedicated to his work in Lyon, and is one of ten elite members of the Chambre Syndicale de la Haute Couture.

Presenting for the first time outside of Europe, Frank Sorbier is revered in the couture circles of Europe as his shows are always full of dramatic special effects and for San Francisco he is bringing 20 looks from his current collection along with special pieces from his Museum Collection.

Following Sorbier, the up and coming pop singer French will perform for the very first time on American shores. Then a presentation entitled ‘The Ballad of Heels’ will showcase the most interesting shoes of the season from the Los Angeles based, luxury footwear designer, Konstantina Tzovolou.

The second part of the show will be a presentation of ‘High Gloss Haute Couture’ by the world’s premiere Haute Couture accessory label, on aura tout vu, the official wild-child of Haute Couture, is a collaboration of two Bulgarians who are true Parisian fashionistas, Livia Stoianova and Yassen Samouilov, who will present 24 looks in their trademark unique and surprising way.

Replete Skincare is donating 10% of all ticket sales for the 2014 Haute Couture Fashion event to Reason to Party, an all-volunteer San Francisco 501(3)c non-profit that raises funds in fun ways for extraordinary local nonprofits. The funds are earmarked for Samasource, a nonprofit that helps connect poor women and youth to training and employment in the digital economy. 

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How fabulous does that sound! I hope to see you at the event!

Tickets are available online here.

Painted handbags and shoes for fall 2014

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Pictured: Satchel / Bootie / High Heel / Shoulder Bag

Painted handbags and painted shoes are a huge trend for the fall 2014 and winter 2015 seasons. Although this trend first emerged several seasons ago, it has taken an upswing for the fall 2014 and winter 2015 seasons; and is taking the streets by storm.

Designers such as Maison Martin Margiela and Burberry are showing exquisite, luxury handbags and shoes for the fall 2014 and winter 2015 seasons which offer artistic paintings. These artistic paintings are done in soft tones which blend with their canvas; enhancing them rather than competing with them. Paintings are being shown mainly on shoes and handbags; although, designers such as Burberry are also showing belts with brushstrokes.

As the painted handbag and shoe trend becomes more important, brands with moderate and affordable price points are joining in the painted trend and introducing their own version of painted shoes and handbags for the winter 2015 season. While moderate brands are sticking to painted handbags, there is no reasons to discount the assumption that they will eventually introduce painted shoes to their seasonal collections.

The paintings being found on handbags and shoes for the fall 2014 and winter 2015 seasons include soft, sophisticated florals and abstract brushstrokes. These designs offer a feeling of wearing shoes, or carrying a handbag, which is one-of-a-kind and special; despite the fact they could possibly be mass produced.

This feeling of carrying, or wearing, something which is one-of-a-kind, makes any Fashionista feel special; and like she has something no-one else has! I have to admit, I love the idea of carrying something unique or wearing something no-one else has. Often times, this is difficult because something which is one-of-a-kind often carries a high price point which is out of reach for most people. The painted handbag and shoe trend for fall 2014 and winter 2015 offers that unique, one-of-a-kind vibe we all wish we could own through mass produced luxury, moderate, or affordable price points in our own, personal, comfort zone.

Painted handbags and painted shoes are an emerging trend, it is likely that this trend will continue past fall 2014 and winter 2015; and into spring 2015. When shopping for a painted handbag or painted shoes, look for a color combination which will blend well with your current wardrobe, or offer pop as a stand-alone piece against an all-black or neutral ensemble. 

I found a few fabulous painted handbags and painted shoes for winter 2015 around the web and placed them into the shopping widget below. I hope you love them! Happy shopping, and stay fabulous ;-)

Olay Regenerist Cream

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Pictured: Olay Regenerist micro-sculpting cream c/o BAZAAR

Olay Regenerist micro-sculpting cream is a wrinkle-reducing face cream which is affordable, and promises to reduce wrinkles starting on the first day of use. Olay Regenerist micro-sculpting cream penetrates quickly to reduce wrinkles by accelerating cell turnover. It also hydrates skin in order to regenerate volume and shape on the skins’ surface while reducing the look of fine lines and wrinkles. Olay Regenerist micro-sculpting cream also promises to smooth and brighten skin while restoring elasticity through plumping hydration.

I tested out Olay’s Regenerist micro-sculpting cream for two weeks and my skin felt soft and moisturized. This is a great daily face cream for a girl on budget. The product offers a lot of bang for your buck!

Olay Regenerist micro-sculpting cream can be found online here.

*Brought to you by BAZAAR’s Style Ambassador program. All opinions are my own.

Half Moon Bay Pumpkin Festival

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Half Moon Bay Pumpkin Festival, pictured from top: Farmer Mike and his famous pumpkin carvings. Each pumpkin takes roughly four hours to carve and lasts about 3-5 days. / Pumpkin Mac N’ Cheese. Yes, it was delicious! / Standing in front of the second through fifth place pumpkins from the weigh-in. Please excuse my fog-frizzed hair! We were not able to view the winning pumpkin, the line was way too long and my kids were not interested. / Street view / Pumpkin pie. Yummy! / Pumpkins, pumpkins and more pumpkins! / Picking out a pumpkin.

What I wore: Earrings: Bauble Bar / Lipstick: c/o Dolce & Gabbana “Petal” / Necklace: Bauble Bar / Shirt: Express / Handbag: Mansur Gavriel / Ring: Bauble Bar / Nail Polish: Christian Louboutin Farida / Jeans: Gap / Boots: Rag and Bone

Over the weekend, we took the kids to the annual Half Moon Bay Pumpkin Festival. If you are not from the San Francisco Bay Area, the Half Moon Bay Pumpkin Festival is an annual event which includes a pumpkin contest for heaviest pumpkin and most beautiful pumpkin. There are pumpkin themed food booths, pumpkin carving, jumpy houses, bungee games, artists, art booths, a 5K race, and more! The festival draws people from all over the Bay Area and is a well-loved event.

I knew there would be a lot of walking at the festival, so I made sure I wore my comfortable Rag and Bone boots. They are like pillows with heels! Love that! All of my skinny and boyfriend jeans were in the laundry, so I reached for a pair of boot cut jeans I have not worn in ages. I told myself it was OK to wear them in public because flare jeans are an emerging trend. OK, not exactly the same thing, but I had to work with what I had clean!

The food at the Half Moon Bay Pumpkin festival was delicious. We started the day off with pumpkin pancakes and then bungee games. After the kids bungeed, they went on the jumpy houses (of course) and then we sat down and watched Farmer Mike work his magic on a pumpkin. He is such an incredible pumpkin carver/artist! My kids were mesmerized by his work.

Hopefully next year we will have room in our tummies to try the homemade pumpkin ice cream, pumpkin nachos, and other pumpkin themed food! Have you been to the Half Moon Bay Pumpkin Festival before? What did you think?

Gunmetal jewelry for fall 2014

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Pictured: Earrings / Bracelet / Cuff / Necklace

Gunmetal jewelry has been creeping into fashion over the past few seasons, and for fall 2014, designers and brands have put the darkened metal front and center. Gunmetal jewelry is being shown in every way imaginable from the main metal of a piece to an accent mixed with other metals and materials. 

For fall 2014, gunmetal jewelry offers an understated vibe which is less flashy than silver or gold. In addition to being quiet, gunmetal jewelry for fall 2014 can make a piece significantly edgier than the same piece offered in gold, rose gold or silver. Love that!

Gunmetal jewelry can easily be mixed with white metal jewelry to create a personal take on the trend. Gunmetal jewelry is also being shown paired with jet black jewelry in order to create a dark, cool weather look which is a little bit rock n’ roll.

It was only natural that jewelry would be offered in gunmetal options for the fall 2014 season. Over the past few years, designers such as Chanel, Dior, Hermes, and more have started to offer gunmetal and black hardware on their handbags. This darkened, understated handbag hardware has inspired a trend in jewelry which is just as popular for fall 2o14 as traditional gold and white metals.

As gunmetal jewelry gains momentum on the street, designers and brands from all price points are also showing handbags with gunmetal and black hardware. This signals a big uptick in the trend which is showing no sign of slowing down as we move into the spring 2015 season and beyond.

I love pairing gunmetal jewelry with black, grey and cool tones this autumn season. I feel like it adds a fresh take on my overall look. When a jewelry piece is gunmetal, it can be large and complicated yet still maintain a less “flashy” look.

What do you think of the gunmetal trend for the fall 2014 season? Are you wearing it? Is it something you would like to try?

Christian Louboutin Farida nail polish review

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Pictured: Christian Louboutin Farida nail polish 2014©

Christian Louboutin Farida is a beautiful, sparkling brown nail polish from the Christian Louboutin “Noirs” nail polish collection. Brown is a nail polish color I do not normally purchase, but, Farida by Christian Louboutin is a brown hue which seemed un-brown to me; if that makes any sense!

Brown, to me, is a neutral hue which is used to make other colors seem richer. As a nail polish, the thought of brown never really peaked my interest until I spotted Farida in Christian Louboutin’s nail polish collection. This fabulous brown hue sparkles; in such a way that is seems as though it is a color, not just a fall neutral. Love that! Christian Louboutin Farida seems jewel-like to me, and I love anything that sparkles or suggests bling!

I tested out Christian Louboutin Farida nail polish with two coats of color and one base coat; no top coat. The nail polish is extremely long lasting and lasted eight days without chipping! The only reason I took off the nail polish on day eight was due to the fact that my nails grew and I had a space between my cuticles and the paint; and that bothers me.

One of the things I love about Christian Louboutin nail polish is the fact that is it free from the five nasty chemicals found in many other nail polish brands. Knowing Christian Louboutin nail polish is safe and natural, makes it seem even more luxurious. My only complaint is the length of the stiletto-inspired brush. It is a little bit too long and unbalanced which makes it a little bit challenging to apply the nail polish. That being said, once Christian Louboutin’s nail polish is applied, it is long lasting and the color saturation is exquisite.

I am in love with Christian Louboutin Farida nail polish and look forward to wearing it throughout the fall season. You can find Christian Louboutin nail polish online here and here.

Box handbags for fall 2014

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Pictured: Blue handbag / Trunk handbag / Black handbag / Yellow handbag

Box handbags are a new, up and coming trend this fall 2014 season. Designers in New York, Paris, Milan and London have introduced boxy handbag styles for the cool weather season; and are also showing box handbags for the upcoming spring 2015 season. Box handbags are being shown in many different styles including squares, rectangles and small trunks.

The box handbag is a structured, dressy handbag style which looks amazing with dressy outfits, office attire and evening wear; not including semi-formal or formal attire. This neat and tidy handbag style has also been spotted on the streets; making its’ way into the hands of attendees during fashion week, in all locales.

Box handbags have a retro flair to them which makes them look perfect with midi skirts, and fit and flare dresses. Box handbags also look appropriate with conservative office attire such as suiting, trousers, and pencil skirts. In addition to retro flair, the current trend in handbags is simplicity. With this current trend of minimalism in handbags, it is no wonder that box handbags are gaining popularity. They are simple and sleek!

I have been eyeing the box handbag trend for a few months now and cannot decide if I want to splurge on a square or rectangle box. I have had my eye on this one by Building Block. I love the simple shape and sleek leather. 

The rectangles tend to have more space inside of them since they seem to be falling into the medium size handbag category. The square box handbags designers have been showing for fall 2014 and spring 2015 tend to fall into the small handbag category; although, a few are being shown in larger, medium sizes.

Box handbags are a chic and modern alternative to the satchel this season, and are the current “IT” silhouette for a cross-body bag. When shopping for a box handbag this season, look for a convertible style which can be a satchel or cross body bag. Two for one; love that!

What do you think of the box handbag trend? I found a few amazing box handbags around the web and placed them into the shopping widget below. I hope you love them! Happy shopping, and stay fabulous ;-)

Coach shoes fall 2014 sale on now

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Pictured: Black bootie / Silver flats / Slip on sneakers / Beige booties

Coach is having a sale on their fall 2014 shoes! Can you believe it?! Not only are they on sale, the prices are amazing! Coach has beautiful booties, flats, sneakers, slip-on sneakers and high heels on sale from their fall 2014 shoe collection. These fabulous shoes are on trend for fall and winter; plus they are current classics which will carry you into resort and spring 2015. Love that!

I bought my first pair of Coach shoes in the 1990′s. They were incredibly well-made for the price. I still remember the strong craftsmanship and soft Coach leather; as well as how comfortable the shoes were on my feet. Back then, I worked in retail management and stood on my feet 40+ hours per week. I remember how my Coach shoes and boots stood up well to the all-day standing and walking which went with the job. My feet never hurt; and the shoes lasted a long time without falling apart. When you work in retail, you learn quickly which brands of shoes are high quality and which ones are not; I learned quickly that Coach shoes are high quality and priced well!

I absolutely adore the booties on sale in Coach’s fall 2014 collection. They offer an open toe and stacked heel; perfectly on trend for the fall 2014 season. I also love the slip-on sneakers which are on sale. They are perfect for daily wear and offer just a little edge with studs. I have my eyes on the flats. Coach has a beautiful collection of classic flats which are on sale from their fall 2014 line. I love the silver, which will carry through fall, winter, resort and spring!

There is also a large selection of fashionable sneakers on sale from Coach. These are great for casual days when you want to keep your running shoes in your gym bag. ;-) Which shoes from the Coach shoe sale are catching your eye?

To view the entire fall 2014 Coach shoe sale, please click here.

Here are my picks from the fall 2014 Coach shoe sale:

Choix beauty box

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Pictured: c/o Choix

Have you ever wanted to try out make-up on your face and not worry about how many people tried it before you at the store? I have. Nothing is more disgusting than using the samples at the store which are slightly smashed and look like ten thousand people touched them. No thank you!

Choix is an amazing concept. With Choix, you get try out your very own samples of beauty products at home; without other people’s germs! Love that! The samples arrive in a cute little box and are labeled so you know which product is which. You can test out the samples on your face, and use them more than once; until they run out! This is the perfect way to try before you buy. Not only can you test out how a color will look on you, you can see how long lasting the product is and how it reacts on your skin. How fabulous is that!!!

Here is how Choix works: for as low as $15 per month, you receive a sample box and store credit towards the purchase of a full size beauty product. You can select samples from fabulous luxury beauty brands such as Chanel, YSL and more! When you receive your monthly box in the mail, you can test out the products on your face; no germs! Then, you can order full-size products if you loved one or more of the samples you received. You will have a store credit from your subscription which can go towards the cost of the full size product. Love that!

I am a huge fan of Chanel and YSL. My Choix beauty box also contained eye shadow by Bobbi Brown and Dior. I had never tried Dior or Bobbi Brown before, so this was a treat to be able to test out new brands! I loved how the Dior eye shadow stayed on; it was very long lasting! Bobbi Brown was nice too. The color was natural and perfect for daily wear. I may very well need to buy a full size of all three eye shadows in my Choix beauty box!

One more cool fact about Choix, they are based right here in San Francisco! Three cheers for a tech start-up which is revolutionizing the beauty industry!

To learn more about Choix, and to sign up for your very own beauty box, please visit SoChoix.com