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Jill Milan 4th of July sale

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From top: c/o Jill Milan: Green New Canaan Clutch / Nob Hill Bag / Shoes

Jill Milan, one of my all-time favorite handbag designers, is having a sale for the 4th of July! Starting July 3, 2014 and running through July 5, 2014, Jill Milan is offering an additional 40% off all sale prices with coupon code “BAY” at checkout. This adds up to almost 80% off retail prices on some handbags! How amazing is that!!!

All of Jill Milan’s handbags are handmade by the finest Italian artisans in Italy. The fabrics and materials are 100% vegan; which makes the handbags even more beautiful. Jill Milan’s handbags have been spotted on the red carpet and on the street in the hands of many well-loved celebrities including Anne Hathaway, Jennifer Lawrence, Amy Poehler, Carrie Underwood, Hailee Steinfeld, Eva Longoria, Kerry Washington, Bellamy Young, Laura Dern, Katie Lowes, Isla Fisher, Rachel Nichols, Rashida Jones, Stana Katic, Bryce Dallas Howard, Margot Bingham, Elizabeth Hurley, Jaime King, Caity Lotz, Ashley Jones, Nicole Gale Anderson, Princess Theodora of Greece and Denmark, Fiona Gubelmann, and Countess Michelle Czernin von Chudenitz.

I am a huge fan of Jill Milan’s handbags and own four of them myself! I have my eyes on the New Canaan clutches and Hollywood Hills crossbody bags from the 4th of July sale. Which handbags from the collection are your favorite? 

Jill Milan’s 4th of July sale can be shopped at JillMilan.com. Please use coupon code “BAY” at checkout to receive an additional 40% off the sale price listed on the website. Happy shopping, and stay fabulous 😉


Santana Row Poolside Soiree 2014

Santana Row’s annual Poolside Soiree took place June 7, 2014 and gave Fashionistas in the Bay Area and beyond a snapshot into what is hot for summer 2014. There was a large amount of flowing fabrics, hi-lo hemlines, boot-cut jeans/pants, softer hues than in season’s past, boho prints, boho silhouettes, pops of orange, pops of fuchsia, and form-fitting suiting for men. The overall vibe of the show was playful and fun; essentially what summer in the Bay Area is all about!

Below you will find photos from the runway show, celebrity host 49er Vernon Davis, before party, and after parties. Click on any photo to enlarge it.

If you are local to the San Francisco Bay Area, make sure you come down to Santana Row in San Jose for a day of fabulous meals and even more fabulous shopping! I already have my eyes on several of these ensembles for summer. . .

All Photos: Rita/Bay Area Fashionista 2014©

Jay Z Gold edt review

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Pictured: Men’s cologne c/o Jay Z “Gold” edt

Jay Z “Gold” eau de toilette is a fruity-wood based fragrance for men. The combination of grapefruit, vetiver and woody base notes create a soft, sweet, and smooth fragrance experience which is easy for a man to wear on a daily basis. We tested out Jay Z “Gold” edt on Rob for a few days and loved the results! 

Rob wore Jay Z “Gold” while working behind a desk, doing yard-work, going for a jog and attending a backyard BBQ. Throughout all actives, Jay Z “Gold” cycled through the top, middle and base fragrance notes without wearing off too early or becoming overbearing while doing yard-work, jogging or being outside in the sun at a BBQ.

Jay Z “Gold” edt started off with a smooth, fruit scent which was soft and enticing. As the day wore on, Jay Z “Gold” offered a smooth, woody scent which was soft and masculine. At the end of the day, Jay Z “Gold” left a slight vetiver and musk scent which was perfect on a cool spring night.

Base notes: grapefruit, ginger, cardamon

Middle notes: Vetiver Base

Base notes: Amber, Myrrh, Teak Wood, Bourbon Vanilla

Jay Z “Gold” edt is a soft, men’s fragrance which is ideal for wearing on a daily basis. Due to the soft fragrance experience, Jay Z “Gold” edt can easily be worn to the office, the theater, and any activity where there could be tight quarters. Since the fragrance is soft, men will not have to worry about washing it off prior to working out; since many fitness facilities have a “no fragrance” policy. The fragrance notes used in Jay Z “Gold” edt are commonly loved by men; this means it will make a fabulous gift for Father’s Day or any gift-giving occasion! Love that!

Jay Z “Gold” edt also has companion products including deodorant, aftershave balm and shower gel. Use of companion products will layer the fragrance giving it a strong, long lasting scent throughout the day. Jay Z “Gold” also has several gift sets which will be perfect for Father’s Day! 

To view the Jay Z “Gold” fragrance collection, please scroll through the shopping widget below.