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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?

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XOXO

Cathy

Photo Credit: Dawn/Fashion Should Be Fun

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Indulging in an eggnog latte and my battle with caffeine

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wearing: silver ball earrings c/o Sugarfix by BaubleBar / Bobbi Brown lipstick “Plum” / blue and navy McQueen scarf / cozy blue jacket / black and white stripe tee / Chanel fall nail polish / black and rose gold watch / skinny jeans / black Chloe bag / blue velvet booties

OK, so it is true, I drank a coffee. I have been so good. I haven’t had coffee in roughly four years. It has been such a good run; and I am proud of myself for having such good self control! If you don’t know me too well, you might be wondering what in the world I am talking about! Let me start from the beginning. . .

I used to have a severe caffeine addiction, which caused massive headaches by noon if I didn’t indulge in at least three cups of coffee. My addiction to coffee started when I was young. I started drinking coffee when I was in high school. My days used to start at 4:30am because I had swim practice before school. I used to line up with the teachers in the school cafeteria after morning practice and buy a cup of coffee every day before the first bell. My Mom was really against caffeine, so she never bought coffee for me, or really allowed it. I was buying a cup at school on the down-low. -Don’t get too excited, that was as rebellious as I ever got. haha

My coffee addiction increased when I was in college, and then progressed as an adult. Caffeine kept my headaches away, but it also gave me jitters. It started to rule my life. I could not get through a day without head pain unless I drank coffee.

Then one day, it all came to an end when I had my teeth bleached in 2013 by my dentist in order to get rid of all the icky coffee stains on my teeth. After she bleached my teeth, my dentist told me I could only eat white foods for 72 hours; and that meant no coffee whatsoever! She didn’t tell me this ahead time. She looked at my coffee cup on the counter, and told me to dump it. Oh no! What was I going to do?

I have to say, the next 72 hours of my life were painful. No over-the-counter pain-killer could make my headaches go away. It was awful, I couldn’t function. By the forth day, when I could go back to coffee, my head was starting to feel better. I still felt tired and dragged out, but my headaches had gone away. Maybe this was my chance to quit coffee! So I did!

Withdrawal from caffeine took a full thirty days. I was exhausted for a month. My brain was slow to respond, and all I wanted to do was sleep. I spoke with my doctor who told me it was all part of caffeine withdrawal, and to gut it out. After a month, he said I would feel better then ever! He was right!

A month later I felt amazing. I was a calmer person.  I wasn’t jittery at all. I could get up in the morning without feeling like I needed coffee. In fact, the thought of coffee made me sick to my stomach. It was unbelievable how good I felt without coffee! Who knew such a common beverage could be so detrimental to daily health?!

Now that I have gone through caffeine withdrawal, I do my best to stay away from anything considered addictive. I don’t drink alcohol, and I stay away from caffeine. Now, as you read this, you might be thinking “Um, you’re holding a coffee cup in all these photos!” haha, you’re right! Let me explain. . .

My middle child loves everything pumpkin spice. So, when she saw an ad for a pumpkin spice latte at Starbuck’s, she wanted to try it. I told her she could try a decaf, but she couldn’t drink the whole thing. So a few days ago I took two of my three kids to Starbuck’s for breakfast. They ate breakfast sandwiches and tasted a decaf pumpkin spice latte. They didn’t like it all, and only drank one sip each. I love pumpkin spice, but not as a latte; that being said, I really love eggnog which is also a seasonal offering.  Since I love eggnog, I decided I would indulge in one eggnog latte; the only one of the season.

I didn’t drink the whole thing, and I have the willpower to not drink another one. I feel like I conquered a demon by tasting a coffee drink without craving, or needing, another one. I will never go back to drinking coffee everyday, I have learned my lesson. But, once a year or so, I think I can indulge in a small amount of eggnog latte.

Have you ever tried to quit coffee? How did it go?

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Thanks for stopping by!

XOXO

Cathy

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Fall menswear blazers and how to style one

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fall menswear blazers outfit: large gold hoop earrings / Bobbi Brown lipstick “Lilac” / black short sleeve tee / oversize menswear blazer / distressed boyfriend jeans / Chloe handbag / Chanel holiday nail polish / black boots (old, similar pair here on major sale!)

The menswear trend is still going strong, and fall menswear blazers are a huge way to rock this runway trend on the street. I love the menswear blazer trend, because it reminds me of one of my favorite trends from the 1990s; the blazer trend!

In the 1990s, the blazers we wore over jeans were usually gabardine, or a rougher wool fabrication. They were typically black, or near black. My blazer was by DKNY and it was such a dark shade of green, most people mistook it for black. I loved that blazer, and wore it often. Now that the trend has returned, I am sad that I don’t own it any more!

The difference between the menswear blazer trend of the 1990s, and the fall menswear blazers trend of 2017, is that we have more options this time around. The perfect fall blazer does not need to be black, or near black. It can be any color from this season’s color palette; plus, it can be houndstooth or plaid. Love that!

If you are wondering how to wear the fall menswear blazers trend, it is super easy; just add jeans! Menswear blazers look on point this season when paired with jeans. While you can throw one over a dress, the ideal way to wear one is with jeans. It is an easy outfit to create, it’s comfortable, and it can make any jeans and tee combo look put together. Love!

I’m really happy with the blazer I found for the fall season. It isn’t too heavy, so I can wear it when temperatures reach the 70’s. Since our fall season here in the Bay Area is typically moderate to warm, this weight of jacket is perfect. The oversize silhouette is flattering too; if you have some junk in the trunk you would like to hide, like I do. haha Lastly, I am in love with the frayed hemline on this blazer. I think it adds a little somethin’ somethin’.

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What do you think of the menswear blazer trend this season? Will you be rocking it too?

Thanks for stopping by!

XOXO

Cathy

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