winter 2013

Hot street trend: the painted handbag

Painted handbags have peeked into style every few years over the past two decades. Designers such as Louis Vuitton and Fendi have presented painterly, or graffiti-inspired designs to consumers on handbags, shoes and even apparel in the past few years. For winter 2013, resort 2013 and spring 2013, the painted handbag has taken on a soft and artistic vibe making it popular on the street.

While hardly noticeable on the runway, the painted handbag has exploded on the streets of fashionables locales such as Paris, Milan, New York, Los Angeles and San Francisco. This edgy handbag style is proving to blend well with the current color trends, prints and patterns which are well-loved by Fashionistas everywhere.

The painted handbag tends to be small or medium in size. Fashion-savvy women are choosing painted handbags for 2013 in the form of clutches, shoulder bags and small satchels. We found a few painterly handbags from around the web and assembled them into this article. What do you think of this trend? Happy shopping, and stay fabulous 


Emerald inspiration for 2013

Pantone announced last week that the Color of 2013 is a beautiful, jewel-tone green hue named “Emerald.” This vibrant shade of green has been popular over the past few seasons and is expected to explode as spring/summer 2013 and fall/winter 2013/2014 hit store shelves.

Designers showed Emerald green in every way imaginable on the runways in New York, Paris, Milan and London for the spring/summer 2013 season. In addition to shoes, apparel, handbags and jewelry, Emerald green was shown on nail polish and also on eye shadow. If it can be Emerald green, it will be!

In addition to what we wear, Emerald green is expected to be a hot color for interior design too. This will be the hue we wear, sleep and play in; fabulous!
What do you think of Emerald green? Will you wear it? Will your new throw pillows be a vibrant shade of Emerald? Join us on FacebookTwitterGoogle +, TumblrPinterest or our new Instagram and let us know what you think of Emerald!

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The Jumbo Collection from Twisted Silver

One of the biggest trends in jewelry on the spring/summer 2013 runways was the giant pearl. Designers, especially in Paris, paired various colors of jumbo pearls together to create bold clusters of pearls. The large-scale pearls and balls were paired with lady-like ensembles and classic styles adding a modern twist to a timeless vibe.

The jumbo pearl jewelry trend from the runway has already started to hit the streets. Twisted Silver first gave a nod to the giant pearl trend when they released the “Swank” collection last week. The “Swank” Collection gave Fashionistas a classic yet edgy way to rock this 2013 jewelry trend. Today, Twisted Silver has released the “Jumbo” collection which is bigger and bolder than any other pearl collection we have seen in the past from the Bay Area Jeweler. The “Jumbo” Collection also offers more of a feminine, funky, and slightly edgy vibe than the “Swank” collection offered.

The “Jumbo” collection has just the right mix of metallics and pastels on large pearls. This makes the “Jumbo” collection the perfect accessory to spring/summer 2013’s pastel hues, A-line skirts and lady-like dresses. In addition to working well with pastels, the “Jumbo” collection easily blends with spring/summer 2013’s bright colors, prints and patterns. Love that!

The earrings are neutral and feature one gigantic, silver pearl dangling on a silver chain. The earrings can easily be worn everyday and night with any ensemble from casual through to party attire. 

Twisted Silver’s “Jumbo” bracelet can be worn alone or stacked with other bracelets to create a casual or dressy, personalized look.

The “Jumbo” collection from Twisted Silver debuted online today at The bracelet is priced at $40 and the earrings are priced at $30. Use coupon code INSIDERS for a 15% discount. Happy shopping, and stay fabulous 

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Photos: Jumbo collection c/o Twisted Silver

Photos: Top three photos; Cathy/Bay Area Fashionista 2012 ©
Bottom two photos; courtesy of Twisted Silver