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Perfect black dress for any body type

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wearing: bright pink statement earrings c/o SugarFix by BaubleBar / Bobbi Brown lipstick “Lilac” / long black dress c/o Karen Klein / rose gold cuff  / Chloe handbag / Chanel fall nail polish / black and rose gold watch / Silver booties (on major sale!!)

There is nothing more satisfying then finding the perfect black dress. Karen Klein is a local designer here in the San Francisco Bay Area, and she makes her clothing to flatter any body type. This black dress by her is not only chic, it can be worn by a size two, or a size fourteen; it’s absolute style perfection!

My husband is not the type to bring me flowers; I knew this going in. He is a sports guy who has practical spending habits. When he saw me in this dress, he said I looked really pretty. He said the dress was really flattering. This is not something he normally does! He is not the type of guy to throw me random compliments, so when he said that about this dress, I knew it held a lot of weight!

This black Karen Klein dress has two pockets in front,  a droopy silhouette, and a waist tie. It drapes really well from the shoulders, and allows your figure to show through from the tie belt. The fabric is soft and comfortable; making this dress easy to wear often, and all day-and all night!

This is my go-to black dress now; and I can’t wait to wear it more, and more! If you haven’t had a chance to check out Karen Klein’s collection yet, please do! You will fall in love with her designs, and her concept of making clothing to fit every body type. Plus, her clothing is made right here in San Francisco! I love it when my clothing is not only made in the USA, it is made right here in the Bay Area. Love that!

You can find this dress, and Karen’s Klein’s collection online at UbyKarenKlein.com

Thanks for stopping by!

XOXO

Cathy

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Holiday Gifts for him

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Holiday gifts for men from top left: magnetic work wristlets / luxurious shaving set / Star Wars tie / Bose speaker with bluetooth and 360 degree sound range / cozy quilted jacket in black / home beer maker / “The World if Your Burger” book

It is time to shop for men for the holiday season! Since men don’t normally shop for themselves, it is always fun to shop for Christmas gifts for men. I love refreshing my husband’s wardrobe, as well as finding new toys and gadgets for him. I know this book about burgers would make him laugh; plus he would enjoy it! These handy wristlets are great for when your man is doing work around the house; and I would use them too, I like to tinker!

I scoured the web for some fun holiday gifts for men, and assembled them into this post. I hope you love them! I know your man will enjoy these Christmas gifts for the holiday season.

Holiday Gifts for Men:

What do you plan to buy for the men in your life?

Thanks for stopping by!

XOXO

Cathy


Urban faux fur in the suburbs

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wearing: blue tiered earrings c/o BaubleBar / Bobbi Brown lipstick “Plum” / blue, white, black faux fur coat (under $60!!) / long sleeve black tee / distressed boyfriend jeans / small Givenchy Antigona in light blue sugar leather / Chanel fall nail polish / black and rose gold watch / blue velvet booties (so comfy!!)

Every time I attend fashion week in New York in February, I fall more in love with eye-catching faux fur. Insanely crazy looking real fur, and faux fur jackets, coats, and vests are a must-have when attending fashion week in the winter. I love how many fun colors and prints there are in faux fur outerwear. It’s full fledged eye candy! It really goes to show, no-one actually needs real fur. You can have more fun with faux; and it is just as warm and cozy!

When I am in New York, everyone wears faux fur over fabulous trousers, skirts, jumpsuits, and designer denim. Here in the San Francisco Bay Area, we are a bit more understated, and casual. I love the idea of a “New York street style” worthy faux fur coat translated into California Casual style.

The first time I spotted this coat, I instantly thought it would be perfect to bring to New York in February for fashion week. Not only is it warm and cozy, it has an eye-catching look which plays well with the fashion week crowd. I hate buying something and only wearing it once, so I decided to go ahead and buy it, but style it to wear here at home.

I love how this faux fur coat looks with casual jeans, and my go-to velvet booties. By pairing it with an understated, basic black tee, the outfit shows off the coat without being too loud. This is turning out to be a great elevated casual outfit I can wear often here in the Bay Area; and this coat will most likely make it into my suitcase this February for fashion week. In New York, I will use it to top off an outfit, not be the outfit.

My friend Dawn, from Fashion Should be Fun, took these photos last week when we met at Santana Row for brunch. It was fun to hang out with her, and enjoy a yummy brunch at The Village California Bistro. This coat was perfect for the cool, rainy weather we had that day!

Are you loving eye-catching faux fur this fall/winter season?

Faux fur casual outfit details:

XOXO

Cathy

Photo Credit: Dawn/Fashion Should Be Fun

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