March on Instagram

Can you believe March is over! This month was filled with fun activities, a few fashion moments, and a lot of family time. It was also the beginning of spring here in the San Francisco Bay Area.

If you are not following me on Instagram, here is a peek at what has been going on in my life through my Instagram feed. If you are on Instagram, please join me @BayAreaFashionista

Thank you for your support and being here!

manolo blahnik carolyn

Re-wore my dress from fashion week in September for Easter mass. I love how versatile this dress is!

Pictured: shoes / dress / handbag / nail polish /

bhane photoshoot san francisco

Bhane came to San Francisco to shoot their upcoming collection with local bloggers, and influencers. It was a fun chance to meet the designer in person, meet other local bloggers, and be part of an organized, large photoshoot!

I wore a denim dress by Bhane for the shoot which is the perfect closet staple for spring, and summer. I can’t wait to get the photos to share with you!

To learn more about Bhane, please visit their website at

pink mansur gavriel mini bucket bag

My favorite local coffee shop is actually a chocolate bar! Snake & Butterfly in Campbell offers their own in-house specialty chocolate, yummy gelato, hot cocoa, and of course, coffee. I always grab gelato, and a hot cocoa when I am in Campbell with my kids, or alone. It is a great place to enjoy a treat, and relax with a good book. How often do we have those moments?

To learn more about this fabulous chocolate haven, please visit

Pictured: handbag / sunglasses / book (it’s really good!)

banana republic tie booties for spring

These booties!!! OK, so technically this Instagram shot is from February, but since I haven’t featured them on the blog yet, I thought I would include this picture in my March on Instagram wrap-up. I LOVE these booties! If you love them too, you can find them online here.

pale blue givenchy antigona

I have been wearing this skirt quite often. On this day, I was a little tired so I paired it with my all-time favorite, go-to flats, my favorite handbag for spring, and a comfy tee.

Pictured: shoes / skirt / handbag / bracelet / tee / nail polish 

mansur gavriel shoes

OK fine, this picture is from February too. But I had to share! I love love love these shoes, and this pink handbag has been my go-to this spring on casual days.

Pictured: pink handbag / shoes / navy clutch 

blogger friends at kendra scott airstream

This was taken at the recent Kendra Scott Airstream visit at Santana Row. You can read my full write-up here. It was so much fun catching up with other local bloggers. Oh To Be A Muse is on my right, and The Stunning Post is on my left. Be sure to visit their blogs and follow along!

My outfit details:

That’s a wrap March! I cannot wait to see what April will bring. Join me on Instagram to find out @BayAreaFashionista. Happy spring, and stay fabulous 😉

New York Fashion Week travel guide

restaurants near skylight clarkson

New York Fashion Week has come to an end. In addition to seeing all the new collections on the runways for next season, attending New York Fashion Week also means travel for those of us who are not from New York. This means rushing from show to show, stopping for a bite to eat at a restaurant, and having fun! So I decided to make a little New York Fashion Week travel guide for you!

One of my favorite things about traveling, is having an excuse to eat out! Although some moments during fashion week mean eating snacks instead of a full meal, or grabbing something fast to-go, there are moments when I can indulge in a sit down meal at a fabulous restaurant. I have four favorite restaurants to eat at while in New York for fashion week. Pictured above, are the meals I enjoyed at each of them over the past week.

From top left:

  1. Trattoria Bianca: They have the best Italian food! I ate there in September, and again last week. The ravioli is to-die-for, and so is the soup!
  2. Lauduree Paris: I always wanted to try Laduree, so when my friend Laura from Have Need Want suggested we enjoy brunch at Laduree, I was game! I had a fabulous mushroom crepe, which I highly recommend, green tea, and a yummy dessert. Of course, I also left with a gift box of macarons. Highly recommend!
  3. Sushi Samba: This place is amazing! They serve, get this, Peruvian, Brazilian, and Japanese fusion! The result is amazing flavor, and an unique dining experience. You must try it! I’m thrilled my friend Rita suggested we eat there, it was perfection.
  4. Westville Hudson: This restaurant was really close to the Skylight Clarkson, and our hotel. They serve fabulous farm to table food. We ending up eating dinner there twice! My apologies for the poor photo quality, the lighting wasn’t iPhone friendly 😉 This is a great spot for vegetarian, and vegan options. I loved every meal I ate there. I highly recommend the grilled salmon, and the pesto mashed potatoes. Yummy!

These are a few moments during fashion week which were especially memorable. From top right:

  1. Vivienne Hu’s after-party. Vivienne Hu is one of my favorite designer collections shown during New York Fashion Week. Her fall 2016 collection was especially amazing. It was an honor to be invited to her after-party, and to have the chance to speak with her about her collection, and the new “see it on the runway, buy it now,” concept which is starting to emerge at fashion week. This photo of myself, Laura, and Vivienne Hu reminds me of this special event.
  2. Monique Lhuilier’s collection was dreamy, nostalgic, and beautiful. I intended to post this photo on Instagram while I was waiting at my seat for everyone to enter the room and sit down, but I never did. This is what my lap usually looks like before a show. I read the run of show materials placed at my seat in order to get a sense of the designers inspiration of the season, observe the crowd, and wait patiently for the show to begin.
  3. A cronut! I never had a cronut before. My fabulous friend Rita and her husband picked one up for me and brought it to my hotel room knowing I had a full schedule. It was such a special treat, and a big help in getting some breakfast inside of my tummy! Ha! This moment also reminds me what a beautiful friend I have in Rita.
  4. This is the outfit I wore on day four of New York Fashion Week. Laura and I did not have a chance to snap our outfit photos that day. We were too busy attending shows, meetings, and working. We tried to take a few pictures in our hotel lobby, but the lighting was not my friend. My coat is by Rebecca Taylor, and it is sold out; but you can find  more fabulous coats by her online here.

If you are traveling to New York Fashion Week in September, or just want to stay in the area, I can recommend three moderately priced hotels which are modern inside, offer great service, and are walkable to the shows!

If you would like to stay on 33rd street by the Skylight Moynihan, I highly recommend the Marriot Fairfield. It is right across the street, and offers free breakfast. They do not have a restaurant onsite, but it is walkable to Hell’s Kitchen, and several yummy places to eat; including Trattoria Bianca mentioned above.

If the Skylight Clarkson is the location you would like to walk to, then there are two choices; which are both considerably less expensive then the Fairfield. The Courtyard by Marriott SOHO and the Four Points Sheraton SOHO are both an easy walk to the Skylight Clarkson. The Four Points Sheraton has a restaurant onsite too which is handy.

You can find great deals on hotels online here.

I understand boutique hotels might be preferable when traveling to New York, but fashion week is a full week, which means several nights in a hotel. This can mean a large hotel bill. The chain hotels I recommend are easy on the wallet, by New York standards, they are clean, offer great service, and hey, you might even be able to use your points and/or earn points! Love that!

Stay tuned! I have more coverage from New York Fashion Week coming up this week.

Winter on Instagram

Winter on Instagram has been filled with the holidays, fitting in workouts, and trying to keep warm! If you already follow me on Instagram, you may have already seen these photos, if not, I wanted to give you a little peek into what I have been doing this winter season. If you are on Instagram, please feel free to join me. My handle is @BayAreaFashionista please send me an email or DM, or comment on this post for a follow back. Thank you for your support!

bodypump class set up

Weekend warrior! Since I am so busy with the kids during the week, it is difficult for me to get my workouts in! Every Saturday morning I wake up early and head to the gym. I start my day with a BodyPump class at 8am, and then I stick around for the Advanced Step class at 9am. Both classes are incredible and allow me to burn over 900 calories! If you have never tried BodyPump before, this is the time to check it out! Start off with light weights, and talk to the instructor about form. The class on its’ own burns over 300 calories, and it strengthens the entire body. I highly recommend fitting it in one day per week. Picturedhandbag / shoes

color of 2016 inspiration

Pantone’s color of 2016, Rose Quartz and Serenity, have inspired me this season! Blue is one of my favorite colors, so knowing there are several shades of blue in the top ten colors for spring 2016, and it is one of the colors of 2016, makes me feel like 2016 is my fashion year! My wallet may get a workout! Yikes!

I also happen to love shades of pink; I just don’t wear them nearly as much as blue. So, this photo captures a few pieces I have purchased lately which were inspired by the color palette of 2016. You can see my review of the handbag here, and the Lilac nail polish review here.

The furry backdrop is actually a fabulous jacket I picked up on sale. I plan to wear it next month during New York Fashion Week. It is faux furry fab! I can’t wait to share it with you! Pictured: handbag / nail polish / jacket

shopping at westgate san jose

This photo was taken before Christmas after finishing a little bit of Christmas shopping. My nine-year-old daughter took this picture with my iPhone. She is such a great little photographer!

I have been wearing this faux fur jacket all the time this winter! It is really soft and cozy. I feel like I am wrapped in luxury when I wear it. If you are looking for the perfect faux fur jacket this season, I highly recommend this one. It also comes in Ivory too; tempting! Pictured: jacket / handbag / jeans / blanket scarf / booties / earrings / sunglasses

snake and butterfly hot chocolate

One of my favorite places to warm up is Snake & Butterfly in Campbell. They make their own chocolate! I love their hot chocolate with whipped cream on top, and pairing it with gelato is delicious! It is a fun indulgence 🙂 Pictured: handbag / book

winter outfit view

On Instagram, it is always fun to share your #ootd. I love seeing what people are wearing on a day to day basis. These unstaged photos are a great peek into someone’s personal style. I try to post at least one a week! I wore this outfit to go to the DMV to renew my driver’s license. Pictured: booties (color sold out, also love this pair) / jeans / poncho / handbag / necklace

This is a small snapshot into what I have been posting on Instagram. I post a mixture of #ootd shots, peeks into blog posts, delicious food, inspiration, and more! You can find me at @BayAreaFashionsta

I hope to see you on Instagram!