Loafers and flats for fall 2014 and winter 2015

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Pictured: Loafers and flats for fall 2014 and winter 2015: Studded Oxfords / Loafers / Brown Monk Strap Flats / Degrade Oxfords

Fall 2014 is underway, and winter 2015 is fast approaching. One of the biggest trends in shoes for the fall/winter 2014/2015 season is menswear inspired footwear. Menswear inspired footwear includes oxfords, loafers, and even penny loafers! The majority of loafers, oxfords, and flats for the fall 2014, and winter 2015 seasons, are being shown in neutral tones with just enough height on the heel to offer extra arch support. Extra arch support = extra comfort. Love that!

Menswear inspiration has been a strong trend over the past few seasons. Despite the trends’ strength, it has not been the number one trend on the street. Consumers have been taking parts of the menswear inspired trend and incorporating it into their own personal style; rather than wearing the trend head-to-toe. One of the most popular aspects of the menswear inspired trend has been the footwear.

Menswear inspired footwear has become incredibly popular on the street for many reasons. Oxfords, flats, and loafers can easily be worn with trousers at the office, with jeans on the weekend, or paired with a skirt for a fashion-forward, funky look. In addition to being versatile, menswear inspired footwear is also comfortable. Oxfords, flats, and loafers are easy to wear all day and they are perfect for standing or walking for extended periods of time. This makes flats, loafers, and oxfords both versatile and practical. Love that! After all, how often can we say something is both on-trend and incredibly comfortable! Not very often. . .

Flats, loafers, and oxfords are also showing no sign of slowing down as we head into the resort 2015 season and the spring 2015 season. Designers are showing dark colors and neutrals on menswear inspired footwear for the fall/winter seasons. While for resort and spring, designers have opted for pastels, light hues, and perforated leather. This shows the menswear inspired trend is going strong, and will make a good investment as move into 2015.

When shopping for flats, oxfords, and loafers this fall 2014 and winter 2015 seasons, look for neutral colors which will transition easily into the new year, as well as for lug soles. Lug soles are staying strong as we move into 2015 and are also fabulous on rain slicked sidewalks or icy pathways.

I found a few amazing oxfords, flats and loafers online which are perfect for now, and into early 2015. You can find them in the shopping widget below! Happy shopping, and stay fabulous ;-)

Military Coats for fall 2014

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Pictured: Earrings: Bauble Bar / Lipstick: c/o Dolce & Gabbana “Petal” / Dress: DVF  (last year, also love this one) / Coat: Guess (on sale!) / Handbag: Chanel (similar) / Nail Polish: Essie Jiggle Hi Jiggle Low / Shoes: Valentino

The weather is starting to cool down, which means, we get to wear our coats! Yes! I needed a new black coat this season since my old coat was starting to look worn, so I was thrilled when I found this Military style coat on sale. I love the buttons and the way the warm, thick fabric drapes around the neck when it is buttoned up. I also love the off-center buttons on the back of the coat. My apologies for not showing a photo of the back, the pictures did not turn out very clear. We took these pictures quickly before I left for San Francisco last Saturday for the Parisian Haute Couture Fashion Show. This is the outfit I wore to the show.

Military coats happen to be a big trend for the fall 2014 and winter 2015 seasons. Although we usually see this style in traditional Military Green every autumn, this year designers have extended the style into shades of brown, black, blue and more! I love the structure afforded by the Military silhouette since it offers more design than a simple lady coat, single breasted coat, robe coat or double breasted coat. There is something regal about the buttons on top of the shoulders on Military coats. Love that!

I love this coat by Guess I found on sale. It offers Military styling with a twist. The coat has an asymmetrical front with minimal buttons, yet offers a recognizable Military vibe. The coat is also comfortable, doesn’t catch lint (this is huge!), and I like how it looks! This is also the first coat I have purchased in several years, so I am a little bit giddy :-) 

What do you think of Military coats for fall 2014 and winter 2015? Is this a trend you will be wearing?

Essie Jiggle Hi Jiggle Low nail polish from the Winter 2015 collection review

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Pictured: Essie Jiggle Hi Jiggle Low nail polish from the Winter 2015 nail polish collection.

Top photo taken in morning fog, bottom photo taken in direct, afternoon sunlight. 2014©

Essie Jiggle Hi Jiggle Low nail polish is a beautiful, sparkling silver hue from the Winter 2015 nail polish collection. This fabulous silver nail polish is easy to wear and extremely festive; after all, the winter season includes the holiday season! One must be festive ;-)

One of the big trends in nail polish for the fall and winter seasons is metallic nail polish. Metallic hues are being show in all forms of traditional metal including gold, silver, pewter and rose gold. Essie Jiggle Hi Jiggle Low is ideal for the winter and holiday seasons since the silver color works perfectly with winter pastels, while adding sparkle to the seasons’ neutral color palettes. 

I tested out Essie’s Jiggle Hi Jiggle Low with two coats of color and one base coat. The nail polish turned out to be very strong! It lasted eight days before I received one chip. Love that!

In addition to being a fabulous nail polish color for the winter and holiday seasons, Essie’s Jiggle Hi Jiggle Low is a great neutral hue which can be worn during any season of the year. This makes it an ideal color to add to ones’ nail polish wardrobe. It’s neutral and it sparkles, what else can you ask for?

Essie Jiggle Hi Jiggle Low nail polish can be found online here and here.

The First Parisian Haute Couture Show in San Francisco

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On October 25, 2014, at 7:30pm, just steps away from San Francisco’s iconic Tonga Room, another iconic event took place; The First Parisian Haute Couture Fashion Show in San Francisco. The Grand Ballroom of San Francisco’s Fairmont Hotel played host to haute couture designers on aura tout vu (Paris) and Mimi Tran (Paris and San Francisco), as well as Los Angeles shoe designer Konstantina Tzovolou. 

In between runway segments, the crowd was dazzled by Parisian pop singer “French” who preformed for the first time in the United States! Oh la la! His music was amazing, his voice fabulous, and he was definitely eye candy. The crowd went wild!

Photo 1: Konstantina Tzovolou

Photos 2-4: on aura tout vu

Photo 5: Maclaren

Photo 6: on aura tout vu

Photos 7-11: Mimi Tran

Photos 12-14: on aura tout vu

The premiere haute couture show was generously sponsored by Replete Skincare, Maclaren and FSHN Magazine. A portion of ticket sales helped raise much-needed funds for local non-profit “Reason to Party.”

Photos: Cathy/Bay Area Fashionista 2014©

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


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!


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. 


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?