Fitness Fashion: Jonathan Simkhai x Carbon38

Fitness fashion retailer Carbon 38 has launched an exclusive collection of activewear with CFDA award-winning womenswear designer, Jonathan Simkhai, that pushes the limits of athleisure. 

The Jonathan Simkhai x Carbon38 collection of leggings, jackets, sports bras and more unites Simkhai's signature powerful yet feminine designs featuring architectural detailing with Carbon38's expertise in high performance fabrics and practical athletic elements. Standouts include peplum waisted active jackets a modern wide-legged track pant and lace-up tanks that will seamlessly transition from the streets to yoga studio.




*Images via Carbon38

View the entire Jonathan Simkhai x Carbon38 collection here


Street Style Inspired: Oversized Scarves

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Is everyone surviving the polar vortex? Not to rub it in, but here in San Francisco we have winter fashion a bit easier than those in the midwest ect - I mean we can actually leave our homes without wearing a snow jacket.  These casually cool street style looks left me inspired to find an oversized plaid or houndstooth scarf to bundle up in. Paired with a chunky knit sweater or leather moto jacket, jeans and Wayfarers,  oversized scarves make the perfect accessory to brave the winter weather in. 

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Trend Alert: Metallic Pleated Skirts


I love a sequin pant, but this holiday party season I'm looking for something a bit more day-to-night versatile, a metallic pleated skirt! From classic metallics such as gold, bronze and silver to jewel tone colors, a metallic pleated skirt makes an instant impression without trying to hard. Celebrities have been stepping out in designer lame pleated skirts to wow the press and fashionistas everywhere know that this trend can be taken for a standout daytime look just as easily. 


Actress Dakota Johnson dressed to impress in a pleated midi purple lame Gucci skirt and made her look winter appropriate with a fur jacket, tights to keep warm, and some 70s revival platforms! Get her look for less with this jewel toned metallic pleated skirt.


Fashion icon Alexa Chung gave us cool girl holiday style by mixing her gold lame pleat skirt with more casual striped sweater and sleek black pumps. Get her look with this under $100 version gold pleat skirt.


For some real party perfection, take a cue from fashionista Solange Knowels and look for a bronze or rose gold pleated midi skirt. She mixed hers with a similar toned top and stilettos for understated glam that would work for a boozy brunch or cocktail party.  


To take your metallic maxi skirt from night to day dress it down with items you already have in your closet such as classic sneakers and a leather jacket. To up the anti on this trend look for a striped metallic pleated skirt  or this lame printed maxi skirt.


For a sophisticated and warm winter look incorporating the lame pleated skirt trend, keep your outfit monochrome from head to toe. A silver pleated maxi skirt with an oversized grey sweater achieves instant chic!


Last but not least, my personal favorite way to wear a metallic pleat skirt is to pair it with a concert tee for some downtown edge! Throw on a leather jacket or faux fur in the winter and take it off when the weather allows to keep rocking this trend through spring. Get the look with this under $100 bronze pleat skirt.

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Holiday Gift Guide: For Winos

Gift Guide for wine enthusiasts

If the loved one on your gift list happens to love their grapes, look no further than a wine accessory which will be both used and enjoyed. From aerating wine glasses to cheeky wine totes and boozy candles, here are some gift ideas for the wino, I mean "wine enthusiast" ;), on your holiday list. 

1. Shower Wine Glass Holder $15 - For the wine drinker that likes to keep it classy, gift a shower and bath suction cup wine glass holder to make sure they are never without their merlot.

2. Hex Wine Rack $68 - Gift an artistic wine rack to the decor lover on your list who happens to have a few extra bottles of wine on hand. 

3. Wino Cocktail Napkin Set $36 - Give the unabashed wino in your life a set of humorous linen cocktail napkins they'll laugh about at their next Bunko game. 

4. Stemless Aerating Wine Glass $60 - This set of two stemless aerating wine glasses is perfect for a man that loves his gadgets or someone that believes food is art. 

5. Agate Coasters $69 - A set of agate coasters is a must for the host with the most. 

6. Wine Book $13 - For those learning to appreciate the art of wine, the book"Wine, A No Snob Guide" will give them the facts they need for their next wine tasting trip without any added pretension. 

7. Electric Wine Opener $20 - An electric wine opener is a gift hit among men and women and will be a kitchen gadget they will enjoy using. 

8. Rewind Candles $29 - From hostesses to in-laws, the wine lover on your shopping list will love a Rewind candle. Made using repurposed wine bottles they have sophisticated  wine inspired aromas including Syrah and Champagne. 

9. I'm Real Wine Face Mask $3 - A wine sheet mask makes for a great stocking stuffer for the beauty loving wino in your life, or the girlfriend who needs a little boost after a night of indulgence. 

10. Wine Aerator Pourer $10 - If you're looking for a stocking stuffer for the wine in your life, look no further than a wine aerator pourer. Not only is it practical, it is inexpensive! 

11. Fabric Wine Bag $14 - Sometimes the best gift to give a hostess is a bottle of her favorite wine. Make sure to outfit the bottle in a festive reusable wine tote so it feels like a gift and not an afterthought. 

12. Kelly Wearstler Head Trip Wine Stopper $295 - Kelly Wearstler wine stoppers are instant conversation items. If a her price tag is a bit steep for your taste,  this decorative pineapple wine stopper is just $10 and looks just as pretty on the table.

13. Cooling Wine Glasses $26 - Gift white wine lovers Freeze cooling wine glasses so no matter the temperature outside, their wine will stay chilled. 

14. Picnic Wine Tote $36 - If you are looking for a gift to give a couple, this picnic wine tote has everything they'll need for a romantic afternoon with their favorite vintage.  

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I'm Shopping For... A Red Jumpsuit!

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I'm on the hunt for a red jumpsuit and am absolutely convinced that it will make my holiday party season even merrier. A jumpsuit should be a one piece staple in every woman's closet, as easy to throw on as a dress but more unexpected, and a red jumpsuit gives off an automatic air of confidence and an undeniable glam factor. 

Red Valentino Jumpsuit, Street Style

Wide legs, one shoulder and a built in silk scarf?? Talk about sophisticated! This look was a street style scene stealer and we can see why. I'm pretty sure this red hot jumpsuit is Valentino, and luckily I've found and a stunning look for less here

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An open back jumpsuit when done in a deep red is the perfect party ensemble. Metallic heels, a sleek clutch and an easy updo take the look from a sexy night on the town to an instant celebration hit.

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Last but not least is this street style stunner gracing our eyes with a wide leg strapless red jumpsuit. Although a little black leather jacket or tuxedo style blazer is an obvious outerwear choice, worn with an army inspired jacket juxtoposes uptown and downtown glam with fashion girl flare. 

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Holiday Gift Guide: For Dog Lovers

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I'm a dog person, my husband's a dog person, the hot guy at your gym is a dog person, and the list of awesome "dog people" goes on. Every holiday season there is bound to be at least one dog lover on your gift list, so get to shopping for a gift that either represents their love of man's best friend or a gift for their own best friend (that's right, I'm talking about their dog). 

1. Ugly Christmas Sweater Ornaments $8 - This set of "ugly Christmas sweater" ornaments features the faces of two holiday hounds, making it a gift for the decorating dog. I also love these more classic dog ornaments

2. Ted Baker Dog Cosmetics Bag $48 - Gift a dog loving lady this sleek cosmetics bag featuring an artistic pooch pattern.

3. Dog Print Pajama Pants $42 - Pajamas are a classic holiday gift and a dog print pair is a great gift for guys and gals alike (shop women's dog print pajamas). 

4. Snack Duo Bottle & Collapsible Cup $20 - For the active dog lover on your list give them a gift that they can use and that benefits not only them, but their hiking companion. This bottle has spots for both food and water and comes with a collapsible cup so you can feed Fido on the go. 

5. The Dogist $25 - A coffee table book filled with photographs of cute canines is a great gift for dog fans your still getting close to - from your boss to your potential future in-laws. 

6. Labrador Cuff Links $55 - Sleek and endearing black Labrador cuff links make a perfect gift for the dog dude on your list from your brother to your boyfriend. 

7. Pet TeePee $90 -  Gift your favorite friend and their pooch with a pet tee pee that is equal parts dog bed and hipster decor. 

8. Balloon Doggy Money Bank $60 - This ceramic balloon dog shaped money bank is quirky and cute, making it a perfect gift for the dog lover that has a bit of Elle Woods in her. 

9. Dog Lover Socks $9 - A pair of colorful ankle socks that spell out Dog Lover are a great gift for those who like to lounge with their furry companion. 

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Sephora Secrets: 10 Tips for Shopping at Sephora

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I have a confession to make; I am a Sephora addict. If I have a bad day, I go to Sephora. If I have something to celebrate, I go to Sephora. When I get paid... Well, you get the point;). While earning my coveted VIB Rouge status, I've learned a few Sephora money saving tips and shopping hacks to get the most bang for your buck when shopping for beauty and makeup products. 

Sephora Secrets & Shopping Tips for Saving Money

1.) Two Words, BEAUTY INSIDER - Sephora’s Beauty Insiderrewards program is free to sign up and let’s you earn points for perks such as a birthday gift and special savings. Those that spend $350 and $1k annually at Sephora qualify for VIB (Very Important Beauty insider) and VIB Rouge status for even more goodies like free 2-day shipping and free makeovers.

Sephora Beauty Insider rewards program

2.) Rewards Gifts  - Did you know your Beauty Insider points never expire? That’s right! So save up for a gift set you really want (like a coveted Nars set that runs out within hours of arriving). Better yet, you don’t have to make a purchase to use your points! Just head up to the cash register for your Beauty Insider freebie and be on your way.

3.) Sales -Mark your calendars now. Sephora has two annual sales - April and November - which give beauty insider members 10%-20% off everything in the store! Other than that, sales are slim but occasional “Beauty Steals” are usually located at the end of a row of products. Also - If you did purchase an item within 2 weeks of before it went on sale, Sephora will refund the difference.

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4.) Samples, samples, samples! - Do NOT leave a Sephora without taking home your fare share of free samples. Employees don’t mind making samples of products and customers are allowed up to three per section (that means 3 samples of fragrance, 3 of beauty, 3 of skincare…). If you don’t remember while you shop, ask for samples at checkout where they have a variety for gifting cosmetic crazy customers.

5.) Beauty Deals - It may be hard to find, but Sephora’s BeautyDeals page online is well worth the search! It shows all the promo offers available and has great high-end delux free samples. If you have your heart set on multiple samples just buy your paid for products in multiple orders to load up on the freebies. 

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6.) Free Makeovers - Get your beat on! Sephora offers free 15 minute mini-makeovers that focus on one feature such as a smoky eye or bold lip. For those that want a complete overhaul, a full (45 minute) makeover is free with a $50 purchase and anytime for Rouge members! If you’re going to an event, make sure to book a reservation online – appointments fill up fast during holiday and wedding seasons.

7.) Returns - Don’t like your new lipstick shade? Don’t worry, because Sephora will return anything bought from the store even if the product is almost all used. No receipt? No problem – you can make a return for store credit as long as you have an ID (and if you do have the receipt receive a dull refund to original payment).

8.) Perfume Sample Sets - If there is a fragrance you like in a Sephora perfume sampler set, buy it! The sample sets are $55 and give you a coupon for a FREE FULL SIZE BOTTLE of one of the fragrances included.

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9.) Beauty Classes -Learn to do your makeup like a pro! Sephora offers free “Beauty Classes” at select locations nationwide. The classes range from 45-90 minutes and class topics cover everything from applying false eyelashes to contour and highlighting.

10.) Value Sets - Sephora Value Sets are a legit deal and can save you a pretty penny! From makeup palettes to nail polish sets to skin care essentials, don't miss Sephora's value and gift sets to either try out something new or restock your go-to beauty products! Shop some of my favorite Sephora value sets:


Holiday Gift Guide: For Cat Ladies

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I ain't no cat lady, but that doesn't mean that I don't have a few cat lovers on my holiday gift list this year. I'm focusing on cat themed gifts for girls, because let's face it, cat guys are weird! If you do have a catty man in your life, I suggest a sassy gift like these briefs. If you're looking for the perfect gift for the cat loving lady in your life, I've rounded up some of my favorite finds from a cat face phone charger to a kitty coloring book. 

1. Kitten Power Bank $40 - Power up with this smitten kitten portable charger. The portable silicone smart phone charger works for both ios and androids and is small enough to fit in a clutch for an extra charge on the go. 

2. Kitty Embroidered Loafers $595 - For the luxurious cat lady (perhaps she has a persian, or three?) look no further than Charlotte Olympia's classic embroidered velvet kitty loafers. Don't miss the equally chic look for less here

3.  Cat Ear Beanie $28 - If you're shopping for an alternative cat lover or a glamour puss, this jeweled cat ear beanie will steal her heart. 

4. Cat Eye Mask $20 - Don't stir the cat! For the cat lover that doesn't like the morning light, a chic cat whisker embroidered eye mask will give sweet dreams. 

5. Caturday Mug $13 - If you're shopping for your cat lady colleague, look no further than a statement mug like this "Everyday is Caturday" mug.

6. Cat Card Case $85 - This playful pebble leather credit card case by Patricia Chang is offered in pretty pink or discreet black and will make her purrrr "charge it" ;).  

7.  Pets Rock Coasters $36 - This artistic set of six glass coasters is a great gift for cat (and dog) lovers on your list. The cats and dogs pictured are dressed to pay homage to Pop Art icons and make instant conversation pieces. 

8. Cat Cosmetics Case $12 - Pretty and prissy cat lovers on your gift list will delight in a makeup bag that shows off their favorite pet. 

9. Color a Cat $13 - Keep calm and color a cat with this artistic coloring book ideal for adults and children alike. 

10. Cat Clock $29- Home decor is a one-size-fits-all gift and this cat shaped wall clock is a perfect gift for your crazy cat lady neighbor or Hello Kitty loving roommate.  

11. Hand Cat Finger Puppet Set $8 - Kids love cats, so play along with their pet of choice with a set of silly cat finger puppets. A great gag gift or stocking stuffer! 

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