Mansur Gavriel drawstring bucket bag and Pretty Living feature


Photo: Mansur Gavriel handbags online here and here /  Nail Polish c/o Laura Mercier

I cannot contain my excitement; I got my hands on a Mansur Gavriel drawstring bucket bag! This beautiful handcrafted handbag is vegetable dyed and made from exquisite leather. The interior is carefully finished with a beautiful red hue and looks just as beautiful on the inside as the outside. I love pieces which are carefully crafted and exude pride, quality craftsmanship and timeless appeal.

Aside from being the “IT” handbag of the moment, the Mansur Gavriel drawstring bucket bag offers a classic look which I look forward to enjoying for many years to come. The leather will soften and eventually display scratches which will give the handbag character much like vintage Coach handbags with their famous patina everyone longed for back in the 1980’s and 1990’s when Coach’s baseball glove leather was in high demand.

The Mansur Gavriel handbags have a cult following, and since they are handmade in Italy, they are not mass produced in high quantity. This has made the demand for the Mansur Gavriel bag far exceed supply; resulting in a seven month wait, on average. I absolutely adore well-made handbags and I love the ease of being able to reach in and out of the top of the handbag without needing to fiddle with a zipper or unreliable clasp. I have my eye on the light tan with pale pink interior drawstring bag by Mansur Gavriel. I may need to add my name to the waitlist for it!

I would also like to thank “Pretty Living” magazine for the recent feature! You can read the article at

Where to find Mansur Gavriel online. Be prepared for a wait list!

Meskita fall/winter 2014/2015 New York Fashion Week runway and interview

DSC_0611 DSC_0617 DSC_0621 DSC_0633 DSC_0657 DSC_0667 DSC_0689

Photos: Cathy/Bay Area Fashionista 2014©

Meskita showed her fall/winter 2014/2015 collection at New York Fashion Week on Sunday, February 9, 2014 and received a standing ovation at the end of the show; a rare sight at fashion week! The models pranced down the runway in slick long ponytails wearing eye catching, wearable designs in bold shades of blue, red, fuchsia, classic black and white. The silhouettes offered both pencil and full skirts belted for an edgy yet ladylike vibe.

Snapshot 2 (2-12-2014 10-01 AM)

Photo: Interviewing Meskita backstage after the runway show. Photo by Rita/Bay Area Fashionista 2014©

I had the honor of interviewing Meskita backstage after the show. She is an incredible inspiration to anyone interested in becoming a designer and/or starting a business in general. She learned how to sew, design, cut patterns and source fabric by the age of fifteen. Her Grandmother was her inspiration and continues to be a valuable source of inspiration for her. Her grandmother was a business woman and taught Meskita how to turn her design talents into a business. Meskita firmly believes a garment should be beautiful inside and out and takes special care to ensure the high quality of her collection not only in craftsmanship but in design. 

To learn more about Meskita and her collection, please visit To view the runway, please view the IMG Fashion press video below.

Interview with Christian McCulloch from Dolce & Gabbana beauty

Christian McCulloch was at Saks Fifth Avenue today and I had the honor of interviewing him! McCulloch is Dolce & Gabbana’s National Make-Up Artist who is highly sought-after by fashion-savvy celebrities. He recently did Anne Hathaway’s make-up for a voice-over she was filming and gave her the current, hottest look in beauty on the red carpet; the smoky eye, matte face and nude lips. In order to achieve this look, McCulloch used the “True Monica” collection from Dolce & Gabbana which give her a natural, classic look.

The “True Monica” beauty collection from Dolce & Gabbana was inspired by the designing duo’s current muse, Monica Bellucci. The collection features the perfect eye shadow quad Smoky for the ultimate “Smoky Eye” and three “nude” shades of nail polishGentle, Perfection and Petal; which are described by Christian McCulloch as “the ultimate chic nail color.”

One of the amazing features of Dolce & Gabbana’s eye shadow, pointed out to me by Christian McCulloch, was the fact that you can wet the eye shadow to create a thin eye liner without damaging the eye shadow itself. How fabulous is that! There are so many eye shadow’s out there which are automatically ruined if they become wet; so it is welcome news that Dolce & Gabbana’s eye shadow can become wet and still maintain its’ original state.

Christian McCulloch does the beauty looks for iconic celebrities including Scarlett Johansson, Anne Hathaway, Kate Bosworth, Emma Stone, Michelle Williams, Katie Holmes, Christian Hendricks and Olivia Wilde. Due to this fact, he is the premiere source for the hottest trends in red carpet beauty. The “True Monica” collection from Dolce & Gabbana exemplifies this look with the smoky eye, chic nude nails and soft lips. This is the number one beauty look on the red carpet for 2013!

I love the neutral palette of the “True Monica” collection from Dolce & Gabbana. As a big fan of summer 2013’s prints and bright colors, this beauty collection compliments the current trends without competing with them. Love that!
Christian McCulloch also told me about a new trend in beauty. Over the past several years the “dewy” face has been the “it” look in foundation or skin. There is a new trend towards a matte face. The matte face is the new look in skin and of course there is a new matte foundation by Dolce & Gabbana to suit this trend!

The matte foundation and concealer, which arrived at Saks Fifth Avenue stores in February 2013, offer a matte finish with spf. Love this! There is also a wide array of colors to suit any skin tone; making it the ultimate go-to for any beauty aficionado. 

There you have it! The current beauty trends are here. Look for sultry, smoky eyes, sensual nude lips and nails on a matte foundation. Fabulous!

Below are a few photos of the Dolce & Gabbana beauty collection at Saks Fifth Avenue Union Square in San Francisco. To shop this collection online, please visit or the shopping widget at the bottom of this article. Happy shopping, stay beautiful and of course, stay fabulous 

DSC0816 DSC0813 DSC0811 DSC0810 DSC0808

Dolce & Gabbana beauty collection at Saks Fifth Avenue on Union Square in San Francisco. From top; 1) “True Monica” beauty collection marketing photos, 2) Alternate view of the “True Monica” collection, 3) Matte Foundation collection, 4) “True Monica” collection, 5) “Monica” lipsticks, 6) Christian McCulloch and me!

Photo credit: Cathy/Bay Area Fashionista 2013©