spring 2011

Santana Row Poolside Soirée raised money for charity and showed fabulous fashions

Santana Row held their Poolside Soiree on Saturday May 14, 2011 and it featured an inspirational speech from Taylor Armstrong, Real Housewives of Beverly Hills as well as amazing looks from Santana Row retailers. Before the fashion show, Santana Row did not hold back and treated guests to an enticing “Style Boutique” and appetizers from many of the appetizing restaurants on “The Row.”

Santana Row retailers showed hot and on-trend ensembles from BCBG, Franco Uomo, Pink Stripes Boutique, Brooks Brothers, Cole Haan, Ted Baker, Oakley, Penelope Boutique, Beau Bijou, Blues Jean Bar, Donald J. Pliner, Jest Jewels, Free People, Big Buddha, Tommy Bahama, San Francisco Shirt Company, Furla, Boutique Harajuku, Anne Fontaine, Eli Thomas for Men and Priscilla of Boston.

Taylor Armstrong was on hand to help raise money for the Family Violence Protection Fund. The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills star gave a heartfelt speech to kick off the event and then posed for pictures with fans during the after-party.

The show was filled with some of the summer’s hottest trends including bright colors of blue, lace, sheer fabrics, wide leg pants, florals and fabulous  handbags.

To view a slideshow of the event, please visit our Facebook page atwww.facebook.com/BayAreaFashionista. You do not need a Facebook account to view the photos.

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All photos ©2011 Bay Area Fashionista

Olivia + Joy handbag designer Blanca Lesser

Olivia + Joy is a hot handbag design brand created by Blanca Lesser. The line of handbags is animal-friendly and incorporates on-trend designs without the logo and the high price. I had the honor of interviewing Blanca Lesser on Monday April 18, 2011 and I instantly found her passion for bringing high style and quality to the consumer at an affordable price to be inspirational.

Blanca Lesser strives to create on-trend designs that will withstand the test of time in both style and quality. The best part? All of her handbag designs are under $100! Her amazing designs such as the Perfection Satchel for $88 and the Bella Zip Cross Body for $68 incorporate all of the handbag runway trends while making the styles practical for everyday use.

To learn more about Olivia + Joy, please visit Blanca Lesser’s website at oliviaandjoy.com.

To read my full interview published on Examiner.com, please click here.

*Special Thank You to Blanca Lesser for taking the time out of her busy schedule to speak with me. Her designs are amazing and her passion for creating “The Look for Less” is inspirational.


Naya Shoes are eco-chic and on-trend for summer!

Eco-conscious footwear that is both green and fashionable is difficult to find. One of the biggest problems with many eco-conscious shoe companies is that the footwear does not provide style and comfort. Naya Shoes has solved this problem by creating a shoe collection that is on-trend, comfortable AND green; fabulous!

The spring and summer 2011 shoe styles that have made it from the runway to reality include platforms, ankle straps, wedges and clogs. Naya Shoes has created styles that fit into these hot trends for spring and summer while being both eco-conscious and comfortable.

Naya Shoes are made from vegetable-tanned leathers, natural and recycled fabrics, natural cork (which happens to be a renewable resource) and water-based cements and glues. The packaging is equally eco-conscious and high quality; which makes for long-lasting and easy shoe storage. The Naya Shoes boxes are made from 80% recycled pulp, soy based inks, water-based glues, shoes forms made from recycled PET and reusable dust bags.

Wondering which Naya Shoes style to pick? We here are at Bay Area Fashionista are partial to the hot and on-trend Samara Sandal which features an ankle strap and ultra soft leather. The Alpine is the perfect high heel sandal with perforated leather and the t-strap; another hot trend from the runway. Naya Shoes has also created the perfect wedge sandal for spring and summer; the Maize. This fabulous wedge features a straw and leather sole with a strappy and casual look; love it!

Why do we love Naya Shoes so much? They are eco-chic, ultra comfortable and fashionable! Fabulous! Naya Shoes can be found online at nayashoes.com and at Nordstrom Stores and Nordstrom.com. Happy shopping and stay fabulous 

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