Wednesday, December 17, 2014

gift guide for the luxe lady

Gift Guide for the Luxe Lady: Clarins, DayNa Decker, fashion, Karen Walker, Missguided, Miu Miu, polyvore, Stop Staring!, style, gift guide, santa baby, LAFACE, DITTO, faux fur, Pinrose,

It's true I have my moments, but for the majority of the year I've been (ahem) an angel, so this year the gift guide is for me those who need a little something fabulous in their stocking. I've put together a guide of some of the most luxe items a lady needs whether to upgrade her home, her makeup bag or her closet- a one stop shop so Santa finally gets it right. 

Beauty & Fragrance:
Pinrose: I love my SF local brands and this fragrance brand is one of the newest additions to the scene here. They offer a starter kit with ten pinrose petals and your giftee gets to choose her favorite fragrance from the bunch. Every lady needs a signature scent, this is the easiest way to chose which ones she doesn't like and which she does.

Clarins: You guys know I love my Clarins. So of course I'm going to recommend some luxe skincare a la Clarins. They have yummy skincare gift sets, and their serums are some of the best I've ever tried, but this time around I'm touting the new Kit Sourcils Pro Perfect Eyes & Brows Palette. You all know how important brows are, right?! Well this kit gets it right.

LAFACE: As a skin proponent this gal is all about trying out new lines just to make sure I'm using the best one out there. I was recently introduced to LAFACE, a local NorCal brand, and was instantly charmed by the gorgeous Founder and CEO. I've only tried out the Pur facial wash which was heaven, but I've been told the entire line is Paraben free, hypoallergenic, and not tested on animals. Win win in my book!

Home Decor:
A well dressed lady needs a good smelling abode and these Dayna Decker candles will create the perfect mood anytime. I was introduced to Miss Decker's candles last year when Bloomies sent over one of her Atelier scents, and it was love at first glance, and whiff. They are luxe, decadent, and GOLD! What more does a girl want?

In the Closet:
Stop Staring!: This LA (gasp) brand is making me rethink my affection for all the tom-boy chic looks I'm obsessed with. Yes, gamine chic is pretty perfect, but a lady needs a gorgeous dress to dress the part as well, and the gorgeous vintage style dresses at Stop Staring! fit the bill. There is something for everyone at this shop, from the girly-est girl, to the girl that hates to dress up- trust me when I say she will find something that she is obsessed with on this site!

Missguided: You know I'm such a fan of this brand- it's a great price point, on-trend, but most off all they do faux fur SO well. You remember this coat, and this one too? Both Missguided, and both fabulous. Every lady needs a fur, but a fur stole is most definitely the chicest thing ever, and the one thing she probably won't buy for herself because she didn't think she needed one. The sumptuous navy hue on this stole above is divine and something every gal's closet needs

I may not need eyewear of the seeing kind- doesn't mean I don't occasionally sport specs for the look- but I generally don't go anywhere without my sunnies. Summertime or wintertime you should always have them around- they protect from fine lines and wrinkles and keep a girl looking mysterious and chic- double win. I recently was introduced to DITTO by Alex and realized my sunglass collection was no where near complete. DITTO is a local SF brand (holla!) that actually allows to a lady to virtually try on any pair of glasses or shades. They take a mini video of your face, and you can try on all the shades you want. I've already added more than a few styles in my cart. Three words: oversized tortoise shell.

Well there you have it ladies, and gents...and um..Santa, only a few more days to do to get those online orders in. Trust me when I say any of these luxe gifts on this list are perfect and will definitely make any giftee feel like she's been an angel all year!

Tuesday, December 16, 2014

camel cape

Sf style, downtown, Union Square, city style, camel cape
SF style, camel cape, Zara cape, Pashli
SF style, black denim, OTK boots, chic style
camel cape, zara cape, sf style, 2Bandits, Rag & Bone
Allergic to Vanilla Style blog- SF style, camel cape, zara cape, burberry cape, 2Bandits necklace
{Zara cape, Rag & Bone tee, True Religion denim, DUO over the knee boots, 2Bandits necklace c/o, 3.1 Phillip Lim Pashli, Chanel Rouge lipgloss c/o}

Capes and I have been having a moment, Last time I wore my plaid fringe one I told you guys how obsessed I was with the ease of these toppers- they could become a scarf, a blanket or a stylish outerwear option. So the minute I saw this Zara cape on the Black Friday sale you know I snatched it up (along with a a few other goodies you may have already seen on my Instagram!) Speaking of Black Friday I was good this year, I only bought three items- it may have to do less with the budget I've put myself on and more with the fact that I can't see the back of my closet. My New Year's resolution may or may not have something to do with cleaning, editing and figuring that situation out. 

Let's get back to the cape shall we? Isn't it fab? I'm a little obsessed with all things "old-lady chic"- clip on vintage earrings, fur coats, and now wraps. There is just something about a bygone era where ladies used to really dress up for no reason at all. And this cape does just that with such superb simplicity. 

Photography by Alexandra Bigley