MAC Moonday nail polish for summer 2016

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Pictured: MAC Moonday nail polish for summer 2016

MAC Moonday nail polish is a sleek, ethereal color from MAC’s summer beauty collection. This sparkling, sheer white nail polish is clean, sleek, and easy to wear everyday. Love that!

I had never tried MAC nail polish before. When I was browsing the nail polishes coming in for the summer season, Moonday by MAC instantly caught my eye. I am always weary of trying new nail polish brands; I never know if they will be chip resistant, or if the color will paint on evenly. Since the color was so captivating in the bottle, I decided it was worth trying out MAC’s summer 2016 nail polish. I am so glad I did!

MAC Moonday nail polish glided on smoothly. The color was even on the first coat; making the second coat more of a coat for color saturation purposes rather than filling in the blanks. I love how perfectly even the polish sets and dries.

The brush is just the right size. It was incredibly easy to use, and kept the mess down to a minimum. The small handle is easy to hold, making polishing a breeze. Love that!

I tested out MAC Moonday nail polish with one base coat, two coats of color, and one top coat. It is extremely chip resistant. I was able to wear the polish for a full week before needing to remove it due to nail growth. I was thrilled!

Moonday by MAC is a really easy nail polish color to wear on a daily basis. Since it is a sparkling neutral, it matches everything! It is the ideal color to wear on toes during the summer 2016 season since it will not clash with any open toe shoes or sandals. It will also enhance a tan. This is how I plan to wear it this summer. Love that!

I am really happy with MAC’s nail polish, so I am looking forward to seeing what colors they come up with next season. Have you tried MAC nail polish before? If so, what were your thoughts?

MAC Moonday nail polish for summer 2016 can be found online here, and here.


Weekend casual summer outfit

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summer 2016 bracelets

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Pictured: Sunglasses: Chanel / Earrings: Kendra Scott / Lipstick: c/o Dolce & Gabbana Dolce Rosa / Top: Calypso St. Barths / Handbag: Mansur Gavriel (in stock!) / Bracelet: Kendra Scott / Nail Polish: Chanel Mariniere / Pants: Banana Republic / Shoes: Tory Burch (super comfortable and under $200!)

Every summer season, I have a casual, go-to outfit. My weekend casual summer outfit for this year is definitely the one pictured in this post! The pants are comfortable and cool, the top is soft, and more interesting than your average tee, and these shoes! We have to talk about these shoes!

Espadrilles are fabulous in the summer months. They are comfortable, and make walking on the beach a breeze. I cannot go through a summer season without a fabulous pair of espadrilles, or two, or maybe three! Ha!

These Tory Burch espadrilles offer a small wedge, so they are comfortable. I love small wedges or heels because they offer just the right amount of arch support. I have worn this pair several times already and they are so comfortable for walking, and wearing throughout the day. They have become my go-to pair of shoes on casual days. Love them!

This top has quickly become one of my favorite casual shirts. I love how it looks with these cropped twill pants, as well as jeans, cut-off shorts, twill short, and denim skirts. It is a really versatile, casual top for the spring and summer months. It will easily be a part of any weekend casual summer outfit no matter which bottom I choose. Love that!

The bracelet I am wearing is from Kendra Scott’s summer 2016 collection. I love this bracelet because it is convertible! The tassel is removable, so the bracelet can be worn as-is with the tassel, or as a chunky chain bracelet without the tassel. I prefer wearing the tassel, I love how fun it is! I am tempted to pick it up in gold-tone too. Kendra Scott’s entire summer collection is to-die-for. You can check it out online here.

Weekend casual summer outfit:


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Vardy’s Jewelers celebrates 35 years

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If you are local to the San Francisco Bay Area, you have heard of Vardy’s Jewelers. They are located in Cupertino at 10227 South De Anza Blvd. If you have not heard of them, then this is a special day!

Vardy’s Jewelers is a family owned jewelry store filled with highly skilled European Goldsmiths. They can work magic on old, broken jewelry by bringing new life to it, or design a special piece from scratch! In addition to original works, Vardy’s Jewelers is filled with beautiful jewelry by designers; as well as Hearts on Fire! If you have not seen a Hearts on Fire diamond in person, then you have never seen a diamond! Let’s get this straight; nothing sparkles with fire more than a Hearts on Fire diamond. I am dreaming of one!

Last Thursday, Vardy’s Jewelers celebrated 35 years of business with an intimate party. This family owned shop has been well-loved in Silicon Valley for over three decades; and is the ultimate go-to store for fine jewelry. Everyone knows Vardy! He is the one who can redesign your jewels, create a new, special piece, or find something ready-made for any special occasion; or just to celebrate life!

Since Mother’s Day is a few days away, I thought showcasing my favorite pieces from Vardy’s Jewelers is must!  Pictured in this post are the pieces that would make a perfect gift for Mom this upcoming Mother’s Day. They would also make fabulous graduation gifts too.

I am in love with the vintage necklace pictured below. Ah-hem, are my kids reading this? Better yet, my husband, who does the paying, needs to look at this picture! I know my kids really want to give it to me for Mother’s Day. Hint hint, nudge, nudge. 😉

In the bottom photo, I am posing with the fabulous Fanya Hull, of Vardy’s Jewlers. She has designed jewelry with her Father for me in the past; and is extremely talented. She has fabulous style, so if you need help choosing the right style of jewelry for a gift, or for yourself-look for her! She will even help you find the right baubles for a specific outfit or occasion. Love that!

You can learn more about Vardy’s Jewelers online at Vardys.com. Definitely stop in and check out everything that sparkles in the store for Mother’s Day, a graduation, or yourself! You won’t leave empty handed. I am sure you will love everything 🙂

Happy shopping, and stay fabulous 😉
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Escada Agua del Sol EDT review

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Pictured: c/o Escada Agua del Sol EDT

Escada Agua del Sol eau de toilette is a limited edition, fruity fragrance which is perfect for summer! This warm and inviting scent combines fragrance notes of Italian Citrus fruits, Nashi Pear, Pink Peppercorn, Raspberry Sorbet, Mandarin, Apricot Nectar, and Sandalwood. This combination creates a light-hearted, fruity fragrance experience which is perfect for the warm summer months.

Agua del Sol by Escada embodies the Costa Rican philosophy of “pura vida.” Upon first spray, I immediately noticed the uplifting combination of sweet fruits, which are light-hearted; evoking a feeling of pure bliss! Love that!

This is the perfect everyday, warm weather scent for the summer season. The uplifting scent is full of life; making you want to wear it everyday. It really makes the day more fun! Escada Agua del Sol EDT starts off with a medium-heavy scent which settles into a medium-light fragrance experience after about twenty minutes. This makes the eau de toilette light enough to wear to the office or theater. By the evening, it settles into a soft scent which combines light, sweet fruits with a warm sandalwood base.

Although not a formal fragrance, due to the casual  nature of evening events in the summer season, Escada Agua del Sol EDT can easily be worn on any type of occasion from casual through formal. This is a versatile, wearable fragrance for summer. I am in LOVE!

Escada Agua del Sol EDT is a limited edition fragrance, this makes it special, and beautiful as a gift for Mother’s Day, graduation, a birthday-or any event you would like to give the gift of scent!

In addition to the beautiful vanity bottles offered by Escada, Agua del Sol can also be found in a roller ball; which is ideal for travel.

You can find Escada Agua del Sol eau de toilette online here, here, and here. The roller ball can be found online here.

I rate Escada Agua del Sol EDT five out of five stars! Love!


Brady Bunch memories

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Pictured: Sunglasses: Chanel  / Earrings: Kendra Scott / Lipstick: c/o Dolce & Gabbana Dolce Rosa 222 / Dress: Free People / Handbag: Chloe / Ring: Kendra Scott (obsessed! Wearing everyday) / Nail Polish: Chanel Mariniere / Shoes: TopShop

I don’t often wear mini dresses. In fact, I shy away from hemlines above my knee. I like to portray a certain sense of modesty when I dress; and hemlines above the knee are a bit on the racy side for me. Another reason I shy away from high hemlines, is the way my legs look! I feel like my legs are out of shape, not tan, and really should be covered up. So why did I choose this dress you ask? Let’s discuss.

Raise your hand if you remember “The Brady Bunch.” It was one of my favorite re-runs when I was a kid. I loved the early ’70’s, late 60’s styles, and the funny situations the kids always got into; sometimes the parents too! And Alice! Oh she was fabulous. That household would have fallen apart with out her!

The girls from “The Brady Bunch” always wore mini dresses, mini skirt, or flared pants. With the 1970s, and 1960s inspiration designers have favored over the past several seasons, many of the styles remind me of the funny episodes I enjoyed as a kid from the show. But that’s not all!

Last year, my Mother remarried. My Father passed away when I was a baby, so for my entire life, it was always my Mom and me! We were a team; us against the world! Then, in my adult life, when everything seemed set for life, my Mom shakes it all up and marries a man with four adult kids my age. FOUR KIDS! I grew up an only child, now there are other kids around? Um . . kay.

Not that I am complaining, I always dreamed about having a sibling. It was quite lonely being an only child. I also grew up in an neighborhood that did not have a lot of kids, so I always had to make plans to see my friends. Having siblings, would have been a ton of fun. I watch my kids play together, and it is the most beautiful thing in the world.

Now that my family has turned into a real-life Brady Bunch, wearing a style or two which remind me of the show, seems fitting. I chose to wear this dress, not as a move towards higher hemlines in my wardrobe, but as a one-off to remind me of how happy the kids on “The Brady Bunch” were, and how happy we can all be when we get used to our new-found Brady Bunch lives.

Now about those legs which need to hit the gym, and that un-tan . . . um, yeah. Got some work to do before summer!

XOXO

Cathy


Tory Burch Mercer shoulder bag review

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Pictured: Tory Burch Mercer handbag in ombre / wallet  / coin purse (old, also love this one) /  phone charger / charging cord (similar here)  / lipstick / ring / nail polish

I love a beautiful handbag, so when I spotted the Tory Burch Mercer shoulder bag in ombre yellow, or “Sunbeam Degrade” to be exact, I knew I needed to add it to my collection. I love the ombre finish, the classic chain straps, the size, and the ease of use.

The Tory Burch Mercer shoulder bag offers so many handy features; it is amazing for the price! Priced under $400, the Tory Burch Mercer handbag offers a lot of bang for your buck. The strap is adjustable; like the Chanel 2.55, it can be worn long, or doubled up for a shorter, under the shoulder look. This allows the Mercer by Tory Burch to be worn with carious hemlines, as well as types of attire. Versatile = Love!

Inside the Tory Burch Mercer, organization resigns supreme. There are open pockets which are great for small items you need to be able to find quickly. In addition to the open pockets, there is a roomy zipper pocket which is perfect for protecting small items, or if you are like me, and need a place to put receipts, it is a great place to organize receipts, and small pieces of paper.

The interior compartment of the Tory Burch Mercer offers ample room for everyday purse essentials. I can easily fit my wallet, phone, lipstick, keys, phone charger, and charging cord inside the handbag. Although the interior is roomy, the handbag itself is small in scale, so it is easy to dress up for dinner, fundraisers, or the theater.

To add to the versatility of this shoulder bag, there is an exterior pocket which is perfect for storing tickets, or other slim items you want to easily access without having to open the turn lock on the saddle bag style flap. The turn lock, by the way, is extremely easy to use, and it is sturdy. Love that!

I am thrilled with my first Tory Burch Mercer handbag. It is a classic handbag which is easy to use, and offers so much versatility; I am a sucker for adjustable straps! In addition to ombre colors, Tory Burch offers her classic Mercer shoulder bag in solid colors. This is a great shoulder bag to collect! Love!

The leather on the Tory Burch Mercer also needs a shout-out. It is pebble leather which is really easy to keep clean. With the swipe of a soft, damp cloth, you can easily whip off marks, and dirt form the surface. This is a key feature when you have three kids like me! I never know when a chocolate covered, or pizza sauce covered, hand will reach inside my purse looking for my iPhone! If I can’t clean a handbag, how can I use it daily? Thankfully, the Tory Burch Mercer can be used on a daily basis. Love that!

The Tory Burch Mercer shoulder bag can be found online in ombre here, here, here, and here. It can also be found in solid hues here, and here.

Tory Burch Mercer handbag online:


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