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Tart Collections at New York Fashion Week

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Wearing: ivory dangle earrings / Chanel spring lipstick / coat c/o Tart Collections / Gap turtleneck / Gucci belt (spring 2017!) / boyfriend jeans / grey tights / Givenchy handbag / Chanel spring nail polish / Kendra Scott ring / booties (past season, also love this pair)

The first day of New York Fashion Week it snowed; and by snow, I mean SNOW! Thankfully I had this beautiful coat by San Francisco Bay Area fashion brand Tart Collections to keep me warm and cozy! Isn’t it fun that a brand from California kept me warm and toasty in New York?! Love!

If you have been following along, you may have noticed I LOVE Tart Collections! Recently, I wore this fabulous studded moto jacket on the blog, which you can see online here, and here. For the holiday season, and on New Years, I wore this beautiful sequin blazer by Tart Collections, which you can see online here. So as you can tell, I am a huge fan of the brand!

As a huge Tart Collections fan, I am thrilled to be able to pass onto you a 15% off coupon code  at TartCollections.com which is good on the entire site now through February 28, 2017. The coupon code is bayareafashionista1 Love that!

This coat is my current favorite as it kept me warm and cozy all day during fashion week in the snow. I also received tons of compliments on it! Love!

Day one of fashion week was a busy one! I went to several shows including Nicholas K, Ane Amour, Tadashi Shoji, Noon by Noor, Berenik, Katie Ghallagher, and Michael Costello. They were all so amazing; and I already spotted a few trends for fall 2017! So stay tuned! I have fashion week coverage coming up. At the end of the week I will recap the trends and highlights of New York Fashion Week. In the meantime, be sure to check out Tart Collections and stock up on warm clothing, and their new spring collection while saving 15% of your purchase with coupon code bayareafashionista1

Thank you for stopping by,

XOXO

Cathy

*Photos by Matt Passiglia / In-Spades.com

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How to style a spring skirt in the winter

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Wearing: Kendra Scott earrings / Laura Mercier lipstick / Banana Republic sweater (on sale!!) / long sleeve tee-on sale! (layered under sweater)  / Givenchy handbag / Topshop pleated skirt (I’m wearing petite) / Christian Louboutin nail polish / Bottega Veneta booties / socks hidden in booties

Wondering how to style a spring skirt in the winter months? This is something I find myself doing often. I love spring and summer clothing, so I tend to purchase more clothing during the warm weather seasons then I do during the winter. My two weaknesses during the winter are coats, and jackets! So I find myself reaching for spring or summer items in my closet, and restyling them for the cold winter weather.

I will say this, the San Francisco Bay Area is more mild in the winter months compared to other parts of the country. That being said, our temperatures do go down into the 30’s and 40’s sometimes, so I need to strategically style spring and summer clothing for the winter.

This outfit I have featured in this post I wore to church a couple of weeks ago, and then out to lunch with my family. It is a spring skirt, winter sweater, fall booties, and accessories which transcend seasons. In order to stay warm in the high 40 degree weather, I layered a long sleeve tee underneath the sweater, and I am wearing ankle socks, you cannot see, inside my booties. It worked like a charm!

If temperatures were cooler than they were that day, this outfit could easily be worn with knee or thigh-high boots, thicker socks, and a coat. I think a navy coat such as this one on sale, would be fabulous! Also, if you top it off with this beanie, it would look NYFW, street-style ready. Love!

Outfit details:

Pieces to help style a spring skirt for winter in colder temperatures:

Thank you for stopping by!

XOXO

Cathy

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Top 10 classic handbags right now

It seems every season we are seeking the current IT bag of the moment. While there are many IT bags on the market, there are always classic handbags out there which catch our eyes.

What is a classic handbag? To understand this, we need to ask ourselves what makes one handbag more classic than another handbag? A classic handbag is one which withstands the test of time. Timeless handbags have stood on the IT bag pedestal, and when another IT bag du jour stepped into the limelight, the previous IT bag never faltered; it never became cliché.

The reason I have titled this article “Top 10 classic handbags right now,” instead of saying “all time,” is because this list will change very year, or every few years. There are always new IT bags emerging in the fashion world which will eventually fall into obscurity, or rise to classis status.

There are several IT bags on the market right now which are hot for the moment. They may, or may not, become classics over time. To see the hottest bags on the street right now, visit my post here. For classic handbags, read on!

Without further adieu, here are the top 10 classic handbags right now.

  1. Hermes Birkin or Kelly: Groundbreaking right? You already knew this one! The Birkin and the Kelly have sleek lines and they are customizable in different sizes, colors, and fabrications. There is nothing gimmicky about the styling. The silhouette is chic and timeless, making it a classic handbag.

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  2. Givenchy Antigona: Say whaaaat? Oh yes, this is the perfect example of a recent IT bag turned classic IT bag. The Givenchy Antigona has slid into the closet staple category; everyone feels the need to own at least one. It has a classic doctor bag silhouette and is offered in mini, small, medium and large sizes as well as several colors, and different fabrications. This is must-have for the modern age.

  3. Chanel Classic Flap or 2.55 shoulder bag: Yes, yes, a thousand times yes! Every handbag fan out there needs at least one in her closet. The classic flap and the 2.55 come in mini, small, medium, and jumbo versions. All sizes are hot, all colors enviable, and all fabrications lust worthy.

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  4. Chanel Boy bag. Another example of a recent, modern IT bag turned classic. This bag has an edgy slant to it, surprising many when it became an instant hit. Since Chanel keeps reinventing this now-classic style every season, it is one of the most sought-after handbags of all time. Invest in at least one. It is the ultimate classic, casual shoulder bag to own.

  5. Chloe Marcie satchel: This casual, closet staple has held IT bag status for over a decade. The popular colors include black, beige, and caramel. This is a great everyday bag Chloe Girls love to own! It has an unique design which is slightly boho. The bag is easy to use and extremely durable, making it the IT bag for everyday.
  6. Gucci Boston Bag: This is a classic duffle satchel. It has been around fooooor-eva! The Gucci Boston is an everyday bag which is quite casual. It has a roomy interior making it great for girls who like to tote a lot of things around. Vintage versions can be found for well under $1000, making it a budget-wise purchase from the pre-loved market.
  7. Stella McCartney Falabella Tote: This vegan handbag is loved by celebrities and comes in small or large sizes. The Falabella is also available in many different colors making it a fun, everyday bag. The smaller versions can be worn for dressier occasions; not formal, just dressy.

  8. Balenciaga City Tote: The City Tote put handbag zippers and tassels on the map. This soft and scrunchy bag is roomy and practical, making it a go-to everyday bag on casual days. Balenciaga introduces it in new colors every season creating a market of superfans who collect the bag in every color imaginable. The most popular color among handbag lovers is Anthracite.
  9. Louis Vuitton Neverfull tote: This might be one of the most recognizable totes on the planet. The plain, simple design of the Neverfull has made it an easy go-to tote for Fashionistas everywhere. Almost everyone has it in their closet. It is a go-to when traveling, beach-bound, and the like.

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  10. Chloe Drew: This chic, 1970s inspired shoulder bag has a very of-the-moment saddle bag silhouette, yet it has proven to withstand the test of fleeting IT bag status. The Chloe Drew is extremely sought after, and continues to sell well in every color, fabrication, and unique style Chloe has thrown to market. This is most the modern of the current, classic IT bags.

What do you think of the handbags that made the list? Any surprises or bags you felt were missing? Data for this list was compiled through social media post frequency, natural observation throughout the San Francisco Bay Area, and online popularity. I worked on collecting data for this list over the course of six months, I hope you enjoy it! Feel free to comment below, I would love to hear what you have observed where you live too!

Thanks for stopping by

XOXO

Cathy