Meow! A little Marissa Del Rosario love

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I am a huge fan of anything born in the Bay Area. But in the case of San Jose based designer Marissa Del Rosario, she could be based anywhere in the universe and I would still be a huge fan. This fabulous Bay Area designer has created an amazing line of accessories which are chic and timeless. Love that!

I was thrilled when Marissa Del Rosario sent me the beautiful bracelet featured in these photos. The strong, edgy chain combined with the classic leopard print details caught my eye immediately and I knew this bracelet would be in my wardrobe forever. The bracelet is extremely high quality, and knowing it was designed by a local designer makes me crave even more pieces from Marissa Del Rosario’s line. I cannot wait to wear this bracelet with more outfits in the months to come!

Please take some time to check out her website at MarissaDelRosario.com and view her collection. I am currently coveting her belts; and more of her bracelets! What is your favorite piece from the line?

Outfit details:
Top: Piperlime
Earrings: c/o Twisted Silver
Lipstick: c/o Dolce & Gabbana “Gentle Monica
Belt: Prada
Bracelet (right arm): c/o Marissa Del Rosario
Bracelets (left arm): Tory BurchJCrew
Handbag: Chloe
Jeans: Gap
Shoes: Manolo Blahnik (not online) similar style here.
Nail Polish: Chanel Paparazzi

Photos: Rob/Bay Area Fashionista 2013©

Animal prints for fall 2013

Animal prints are hot for fall 2013. Of course, animal prints are always hot for the fall season. Although that statement reigns true, designers always find a way to tweak the popular, cool weather print, and make it fresh for the new season.

For fall 2013, animal prints are being freshened up. Gone are the days of the platform pump. This means for fall 2013, animal print pumps offer a flat or “single” sole as well as a thin 3”-4” heel and pointed toe. No almond, round or square toes please!

In addition to classic pointed toe pumps, animal prints are color blocked on handbags with black or red for the fall 2013 season. The ultimate way to wear animal prints on a handbag is on a two handle satchel color blocked with black. Look for this style to sell out fast this fall!

A classic way to incorporate animal prints into your fall 2013 wardrobe is through a scarf. Since this is a traditional way to wear animal prints, chances are you already own an animal print scarf! Fabulous! Pull it out from the back of your dresser drawer and pat yourself on the back for already owning this trend. Money saved=happy J

Dresses and tops are another way to wear animal prints for fall 2013. Look for full animal prints, long sleeves and knee length dresses with a slim silhouette; or long sleeve tops with a body conscious, not tight, silhouette.

Animal prints are also being taken away from their natural color palette and being shown in alternate hues. Prints such as leopard are being shown in shades of burgundy, green, black and black/white. This is a modern, updated way to wear animal prints which takes them out of their natural habitat and onto city streets.

Animal prints are bold; so if you are not ready to make a statement, yet you want to rock this trend, look for animal prints in subtle ways. A pair of shoes, a cuff or a scarf is the perfect way to incorporate animal print into your wardrobe without screaming “rawr!”

I found a few fabulous fall 2013, animal print pieces around the web and assembled them into this article. Hope you love them! Happy shopping, and stay fabulous 


Leopard print for fall 2012 is the cat’s meow

Leopard print is a fall favorite among both designers and consumers. Every year leopard print, and exotic animal prints for that matter, grace the runways, appear on store shelves and flood city streets in droves. For fall 2012, leopard print is the most prominent of the exotic animal prints and has moved to the front of the line as arguably the most important print for the fall 2012 season.

Leopard print is appearing on shoes, handbags, clothing and accessories for fall 2012. Designers are not just creating one pair of shoes or one handbag in the feline print, designers such as Prada, Christian Louboutin and Jimmy Choo have designed multiple styles for fall 2012; proving the importance of the print for the cool weather season.

This may be the most important accent for the fall 2012 season. Adding meow-worthy leopard print to any ensemble this fall season is the easiest way to update one’s wardrobe or add a feminine touch to a menswear inspired look. Smoking slippers, platform pumps, flat soled heels and boots are an understated way to add leopard to an outfit. Leopard print handbags and jackets are a bolder way to add the print to one’s wardrobe; but one must be warned-all over leopard print is definitely too much of a good thing.

Leopard print is racy by nature, but can easily be toned down when worn as a shoe or subtle accent. When worn as an article of clothing or all over the body, leopard print can become racy in the wrong way-if you know what I mean  The trick with wearing leopard print is to only wear ONE piece. Everything worn with leopard print should be neutral and should not compete with the print. This will ensure an understated yet on-trend look for the fall 2012 season.

We found a few fabulous leopard print items currently online and assembled them into the Polyvore set below. Hope you love it! Happy shopping and stay fabulous 

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