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Lunch on a sunny winter day

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Wearing: Kendra Scott earrings / Chanel spring lipstick / Banana Republic sweater (on major sale!!) / c/o Kendra Scott ring / Mansur Gavriel Circle Tote / Gap Jeans (on major sale!!) / Chanel spring nail polish / Gucci slides (so comfortable-I’m obsessed!)

So, since early fall, I have been coveting these Gucci slides. I saw them on so many fashionable feet at fashion week, and I am sure you have noticed they are splashed all over social media. There is something simple, classic, and chic about them.

Slides are all the rage in 2017. The trend started last year, but was lost in a sea of lace-up tie shoes which dominated the warm weather fashion scene. Well, in 2017, slides take center stage; so why not snap up the perfect pair! This pair is great because they are black, and have a classic look. This will allow these Gucci slides to easily transition from winter, into spring, into summer, and into fall! Love that! Plus, did I mention how comfortable they are? They are SO comfortable!

These photos were taken by my friend Dawn Lucy from Fashion Should Be Fun. If you are not already following her, be sure to follow along! She is based right here in the Bay Area; in San Jose. If you noticed, we traveled together at fashion week in September.

On this winter day, we met in downtown Saratoga for a yummy lunch. There is a Peruvian restaurant named Sipan which we thought would be fun to try. It was fun! The food was yummy, and the service was great. The atmosphere was casual chic; so very Bay Area!

After we ate, we walked around downtown and window shopped. By the time we met in late December, I was already financially tapped out from Christmas shopping; window shopping was all I could do! haha

These Gucci slides were great for walking around town. They were comfortable, and they never slipped off my feet. I have to admit, I was a little concerned about wearing slides. When they were popular in the 90’s, they were known to slide right off my feet! Hence the name; “Slides.” Ugh. Thankfully, this pair seemed to magically stay on my feet, so I could comfortably walk around without worrying about losing a shoe. Love that!

Have you tried wearing slides now that the trend is getting hot? How have they worked for you?

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Thanks for stopping by!

XOXO

Cathy

*Photo credit: Dawn Lucy/Fashion Should be Fun

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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


Santana Row Holiday Gift Guide 2016

Holiday shopping is in full swing, this means it is time to head over to my favorite place to shop; Santana Row! Holiday shopping at Santana Row is a fabulous experience mixed with luxury stores, well-known retailers, appetizing restaurants, and places to rejuvenate such as the Bay Club or Burke Williams Spa. Not only can you shop until you drop, you can work off those extra holiday pounds, relax at the spa, and indulge in a gourmet meal; all in one shopping trip! Love that!

In order to help you make the most of your precious shopping time, so you can enjoy the restaurants and amenities of Santana Row, here is my guide to holiday shopping at Santana Row.

Gucci: because everyone deserves luxury

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Pictured from top: 1) red bag (size pictured in-store only-larger version online here) / brocade bag / monogram bag / 2) “Blind for Love” duffel (in-store only) / “Blind for Love” mini bag (in-store only) / 3) gold horse-bit necklace (in-store only) / gold horse-bit bracelet / 4) large red satchel / small red satchel

Gucci handbags are the IT handbag designer to own right now, and into 2017. Why not give the gift of high fashion? The Gucci store at Santana Row has the hottest bags by Gucci including the “Dionysus” bag and the “Marmont” shoulder bag; both are hotter than hot.

For more information please visit Gucci on Santana Row or call 1-408.557.9926

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100% Pure: because everyone needs pampering

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Everyone needs to be pampered! 100% on Santana Row has everything you need to give the gift of pampering this holiday season. They have a large selection of holiday themed gift sets as well as new and exciting products in stock for the beauty fan on your list who has everything.

For more information please visit 100% Pure on Santana Row or call 1-408.244.7873

Gift boxes from 100% Pure:

 

Spence Diamonds: because a diamond is a girl’s best friend

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Santana Row’s newest retailer, Spence Diamonds is jam-packed with conflict-free, and lab-created diamonds. You can read all about this fabulous diamond retailer online here.

They have something in every price range; so you can give the gift of extreme luxury, or a small luxurious token of affection. You can find a gift for a couple hundred dollars, or you can create a special, one-of-a-kind bespoke piece she will cherish a lifetime.

For more information please visit Spence Diamonds on Santana Row or call 1-408.676.1030

Sugarfina: because everyone on your list is sugar and spice, and everything nice

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Everyone has a sweet tooth! At Sugarfina, you can create a custom “Bento Box” filled with your favorite candies, or find a holiday themed gift. The possibilities for gift-giving are endless at Sugarfina!

For more information please visit Sugarfina on Santana Row or call 1-855.784.2734

Gift boxes from Sugarfina:

 

Kendra Scott: because she needs jewelry which fashionable and fabulous

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Pictured from top: 1) necklace (in-store only) / rose gold earrings (in-store only) / dangle earrings / 2) small stone necklace / Harlow necklace / cuff / stud earrings / nail polish / 3) Kendra Scott nail polish collection / 4) holiday collection necklaces: single stone adjustable choker / statement necklace

Kendra Scott is a fabulous destination for the fashionable girl on your holiday shopping list. The store is filled with on trend, and classic jewelry which is sure to brighten anyone’s day. In addition to baubles, Kendra Scott has a large selection of five-free nail polish in every color you can think of; the nail polish fan on your list is sure to love them! Plus, Kendra Scott just launched her home collection in-store. If you have a decorator on your list, this is the store to visit! Kendra Scott home products are the new IT decor for your house; so you can’t go wrong with a home decor gift!

For more information please visit Kendra Scott on Santana Row or call 1-669.231.0300

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Can’t decide on that perfect on somethin’ somethin’ for your loved one? Why not give the gift of a Santana Row gift card! Your loved one will enjoy being able to use the gift card at Santana Row retailers and restaurants. To purchase a Santana Row gift card, please visit the concierge or call 1-408.551.4611.

Happy Holidays!

*Sponsored by Santana Row. All thoughts and opinions are my own.

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