Madewell Santana Row grand opening party

Madewell opened their new store front on April 23, 2013 at Santana Row in San Jose, California with a grand opening celebration! Shoppers were treated to champagne, a live DJ and of course, shopping! The new store has a fabulous collection of casual, summer essentials including dresses, a denim bar, bright colors, mint green, pointed toe skimmers, a little bit of leopard print and summer’s new, hot trend; denim on denim. (watch for an article next week on this trend!)

Here are a few snapshots from the grand opening celebration at Santana Row’s newest hotspot; Madewell! Don’t forget to stop by the new store and check it out!

If you are not local to the San Francisco Bay Area, feel free to check out Madewell’s fabulous collection online at Happy shopping, enjoy the photos, and stay fabulous 

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Photos: Cathy/Bay Area Fashionista 2013©

Cross Body bags for summer 2013

Summer is fast approaching and this means Fashionistas everywhere will be on the go for the warm weather season. When you are on the go, the last thing you want to fiddle with is a clunky handbag! This means the best option for hitting amusement parks, county fairs, local zoos and more is the cross body handbag.

Cross body handbags come is many shapes and sizes according to what you need. If you need to carry a water bottle, snacks for the kids and more, then a large cross body bag is the way to go. If all you need is cash, credit cards, keys and your mobile device, then you can get away with a small and petite cross body bag. 
If you are planning a vacation and need the ease of a cross body bag for daytime yet the sophistication of a clutch for evening, then a convertible cross body is the best option.

The cross body bag has gained in popularity over the past few seasons and is showing no sign of slowing down. This versatile handbag style can be spotted every season on both the runways and the street. Look for a fun color to add pop to a neutral outfit or sass to an already color filled ensemble. For more practical use, opt for a neutral color such as black, brown or cream. (Hint) A neutral cross body bag will be easy to use for traveling and offers cross-season appeal.

We included a few fabulous cross body bags around the web and included them in this article. To shop this trend, click on the photos of the items you love in the shopping widget at the top of the article, and you will be redirected to the online shop where you can find them! Love that! Happy shopping, and stay fabulous 

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Photos: Example of a convertible cross body bag shown as a cross body bag(top photo), shoulder bag (bottom photo) and clutch (middle photo). Handbag C/O Madewell.

Outfit Details: Madewell cross body bag/clutch shown with a Gap dress, Chie Mihara wedges (past season), Love Hurts green bead bracelet (past season), Tory Burch leather wrap bracelet and C/O Twisted Silver 80’s bracelet. Chanel Taboo on nails. Stella & Dot (past season) earrings.

Photo credit: Rob/Bay Area Fashionista 2013©