Cafe Fashionista Styles...Olsenboye {OB} Velvet Leggings for the Holidays!

A few weeks ago I was given the opportunity to view the Olsenboye {OB} Holiday 2012 Collection, and select one of the pieces to style. For those of you who don’t know, Olsenboye is the JCPenney Collection created by two of the most stylish sisters on the planet…Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen – and, in my opinion, offers so many incredibly high-fashion pieces at low price points; which I, for one, am incapable of resisting. As velvet is one of the most luxe textures for the holidays, I selected the OB Velvet Leggings in Black; which have proven to be, at least in my wardrobe, just as wearable as your standard denim. With holiday parties on the horizon, I’m thinking they’ll be the perfect celebratory staple; thus, I styled them for a chic holiday soiree – see the result below!


OB Velvet Leggings: Holiday Soiree Styling

Olsenboye Velvet Leggings in Black
River Island Black Leather Peplum Top
Alexis Bittar Siyabona Spiked Woven Cuff in Gold
Pour La Victoire Chantel Mesh Pumps in Black
Elizabeth Arden Color Intrigue Effects Lipstick in Poppy Cream
Marc by Marc Jacobs Cushion Studs in Black Diamond
butter LONDON 3-Free Nail Lacquer in Come to Bed Red
House of Harlow 1960 Zola Clutch in Black

How would you have styled these Olsenboye {OB} Velvet Leggings?

FTC Disclosure: The Olsenboye {OB} Velvet Leggings were sent to me for review. All opinions expressed therein are my own.


Holiday Gift Guide 2012: Under $25

Stunning holiday surprises don’t have to break the bank. Check out these ultra-covetable gifts – all priced at $25 and under!

Holiday Gift Guide 2012: Under $25 Part 2
From left to right.

ASOS Gold Torque Necklace; $17.59
Target Cold Weather Mittens with Fur in Gray; $14.99
Xhilaration Leopard Pajama Set in Pink; $24.99
MOR Essential Moments – Neroli Clementine Set; $25.00
Deborah Lippmann True Blood Bad Things Mini Nail Lacquer Set; $25.00
Topshop Fox Head Drop Earrings in Crystal; $25.00
Voluspa Maison Blanc – Macaron 2-Wick Candle; $16.00
ASOS Zig Zag Enamel Rings; $21.11

Holiday Gift Guide 2012: Under $25 Part 1
From left to right

Soap & Glory The Best Things In Life Are Three Set; $25.00
Victoria’s Secret The Terry Slipper; $25.00
Old Navy Wedge Ankle Boots; $25.00
mark Smoke and Mirrors Earrings; $20.00
Books with Style Fashion Bites; $14.95
Apt. 9 2-PC Bow and Rhinestones Knit Hat and Scarf Set; $19.99
Mossimo Supply Co. Lady Satchel Handbag in Smoke; $24.99
bareMinerals Cool As Ice Gift Set; $25.00

Don't Miss Cafe Fashionista's Previous Holiday Gift Guides:
Holiday Gift Guide 2012: Stocking Stuffers



Holiday Style Guide 2012: Party Purses

Holiday Style Guide 2012: Party Purses
From Left to Right

Steal the spotlight at any and all holiday soirees this season with a sparkling carryall that is made to party!

Serpui Marie The Girl’s Best Friends Minaudiere in Green / Copper
Juicy Couture Beaded Minaudiere
Lauren Merkin Handbags Eve Glitter Encrusted Clutch in Twilight
MOSSIMO Large Hinge Glitter Clutch in Silver
Diane von Furstenberg Tonda Small Crystal Clutch in Garnet
Juicy Couture Beaded Minaudiere in Black
Serpui Marie Divine Glitter Minaudiere in Platinum Blonde
Anya Hindmarch Marano Dancer Clutch in Plum / Coral



Spend the Holidays with Anna Karenina Film Prize Pack Giveaway!

"All the variety, all the charm, all the beauty of life is made up of light and shadow."
~Leo Tolstoy a la Anna Karenina

This Friday {November 30, 2012} marks the release of the event of the season...the big screen debut of Leo Tolstoy's Anna Karenina starring Keira Knightley, Aaron Taylor-Johnson, Jude Law, Matthew Macfadyen, Domhnall Gleeson, Alicia Vikander, Kelly Macdonald, Ruth Wilson, Olivia Williams, and Emily Watson. It is a film that I have been eagerly awaiting for month's, which makes me even more thrilled about the news I am about to deliver...

...Café Fashionista has partnered with Big Honcho Media to bring two (2) lucky ladies an Anna Karenina prize pack valued at $54.00 {see the picture of the goodies, and watch the movie trailer below!} that includes a Copy of the Book {movie tie-in edition}, Official Anna Karenina Movie Soundtrack, and Votivo Candle with Bookmark; and over 50 methods of entry to win!

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Good luck everyone!

This Giveaway is open to U.S. Residents and/or Those With a U.S. Address Only.

Thanks to Big Honcho Media for the pictures.


NOTD: OPI Ski Teal We Drop

This is one coat of OPI’s Ski Teal We Drop from the Swiss Fall 2010 Collection. Dark Teal Creme.

This is the type of color you don’t see often, but you definitely need – especially for fall. It’s a gorgeous dark (yet not too dark that people will mistake it for black) teal crème that is absolutely stunning to look at. Plus…this is one of those elusive one coaters that has such awesome pigmentation and formula that opacity is immediately achievable – in other words…I can’t help but to rave about it. If you’re looking for a slightly unusual fall color (i.e. not red/cranberry/plum), this is definitely it.

Accessories: IndulgentDesigns Sterling Silver Infinity Knot Ring (worn above-the-knuckle) via Etsy. Urban Outfitters Delicate Serpent Ring.

What nail color are you rocking for #ManicureMonday?

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Cyber Monday with mark!

Given the fact that I didn't have the opportunity to scope out as many deals on Black Friday as I would have liked, I'm going full force tomorrow {Cyber Monday} to pick up some amazing pieces {and finally make a dent in my holiday shopping list}. I'm a sucker for a Free Gift with Purchase offer; therefore, I am most excited to shop with mark, as tomorrow-only they are giving away a FREE mark fashion and beauty gift set valued at $72.00 to all who spend $40.00 or more and enter code MKCYBER upon checkout. Take a peek at the Free Gift with Purchase goodies below; and don't forget to check out some of the pieces that have caught my eye {perfect for gifting and receiving}. Happy shopping, ladies!


Cyber Monday with mark!

Drama Case Eye Shadow and Liner Palette; $18.00
Straight Up Sassy Heels; $40.00
Jacket Required Blazer; $40.00
Whipped Up Plum Berry Body Butter; $10.00
Brush Hour Mini Brush Kit; $16.00
Make It Rich Lip Color Crayon; $11.00
Just Pinched Instant Blush Tint; $8.00
Very Sassy Eau De Parfum Spray; $30.00
Green Piece Earrings; $18.00
Lipclick Luxe Shimmer Lipstick; $12.00

Will you be shopping the Cyber Monday sales tomorrow?



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Midnight Sparkle


Pencey Chevron Sequin Sweatshirt in Navy
alice + olivia Box Pleat Leather Skirt in Black
Sam Edelman Tucker Boots in Black
Giles & Brother Athena Ring in Worn Hematite
BDG Cable Knit Beret in Grey
Stella McCartney Oversized Cat Eye Sunglasses in Black
Nicole by OPI Sweet Dreams from the Selena Gomez Collection

Tell me, my loves; what are you currently adoring?



Holiday Gift Guide 2012: Stocking Stuffers

Stocking stuffers are, without doubt, one of the most thrilling surprises to uncover come Christmas morning. Here, take a peek at some of the chic-est selections for the stylista in your life!

Stocking Stuffers 2012: Part 1
From left to right.

SEPHORA by OPI Good Tidings We Bling!
Gorjana Star Charm Necklace in Gold
Kenneth Jay Lane Round Pave Stud Earrings in Clear
Victoria’s Secret Dream Angels Limited-Edition Heavenly Gloss & Go Keychain
mark Glove Story
mark Talk is Chic Phone Case and Lip Gloss
SEPHORA COLLECTION Jumbo Color Wand for Lips in Uptown Girl
PHILOSOPHY Welcome Home Duo

Stocking Stuffers 2012: Part 2
From left to right

butter LONDON Lips & Tips Duo in Chancer
Victoria’s Secret Dream Angels Heavenly Mini Fragrance Ornament
Marc by Marc Jacobs Mouse Slippers in Bordo
mark Hoop for the Best Earrings
Target Cold Weather Infinity Scarf in Gray
Pinch Provisions Shemergency Kit
Hanky Panky Sparkle Box with 3 Low Rise Thongs in Chic Essentials
Victoria’s Secret Furry Earmuff



{Happy, Happy Thanksgiving} and...What I'm Thankful For!

Thanksgiving is my favorite day of the year; thus, I thought that today I would share with all of you the things that I am giving thanks for. So, without further ado, I am thankful for...

My family - who don't mind cohabitating with my enormous shoe collection My cats - despite the fact that they hog the bed Instagram Buying gifts for holiday toy drives All of the amazing people I have met through this blog Boot season Saying hello to dogs I meet on the street Holiday cups at Starbucks Being weeks away from graduating from Grad School Piggyback rides Winter white Stay-in-your-pajamas days Gossip Girl marathons Unexpected surprises in the post Wanderlust Preparing the holiday feast with my nephew (which is what I will be doing all day)!

♥ Happy, Happy Thanksgiving, my loves! ♥

Thanks to We ♥ It for the picture.


Blogger Swap with Quinn of Mama Fashionista!

In the almost 4-years since I started Café Fashionista I have watched tons of bloggers take part in blog swaps {which always look incredibly fun}, but have never participated in one myself; so I was absolutely thrilled when Quinn of Mama Fashionista invited me to do one with her. And I was even more excited when she suggested that we swap everything from beauty products and coffee to accessories and books. Of course I said yes, and so quite a bit of shopping ensued. Take a peek at the chic I received below; then head over to Mama Fashionista to check out the swag {that word always makes me think of Justin Bieber!} that I picked out for Quinn!

Violent Lips The Giraffe: These are actually super fun temporary lip appliqués that I’ve seen on Kim and Khloe Kardashian, and Snooki (in different styles). I love The Giraffe one as the color and print is fairly tame and neutral yet still playful!
Rimmel London ScandalEyes Waterproof Mascara: Brush size = awesome.
NCLA Nail Wraps in Boudoir: The color combo on these is so pretty – reminds me of Mint Chocolate Chip ice cream!

ILLUME Coconut Milk Mango Frosted Mini Candle: There are seriously no words to describe how incredible this smells. I am in love!
Color Club Disco Nap Nail Polish: Gorgeous gold / silver foil - it will be perfect for reverse french manis.
LUSH Vanillary Perfume in Sweet Vanilla Bean: Vanilla is my favorite scent...enough said.
Melvita Eau Extraordinaire Narcisse: Rose water. It makes you feel so elegant.
Everyday Minerals Cheek in Come What May: The absolute perfect kiss of color.
Josie Maran R.E.M. Pen 2-in-1 Argan Eye Shadow & Gel Liner in Champagne / Almond: I am completely obsessed with products containing Argan Oil right now, so this is one of my favorite products at the moment. Not to mention that the size is clutch-perfect for Girls Night!
Josie Maran Magic Marker Lip & Cheek Stain in Cha Cha: I can never resist a product that has dual purposes.
eos Shave Cream in Lavender Jasmine: It has a pump! Seriously, why can't all shaving cream have a pump?!
Clear Scalp & Hair Therapy Total Care Nourishing Shampoo: Smells incredible and is so gentle on hair.
Clear Scalp & Hair Therapy Total Care Nourishing Daily Conditioner: Makes hair so glossy - I love it!

Sweet Sunrise Roastery Vanilla Nut Pumpkin Pie Coffee: The perfect, perfect fall blend.
The Little Lady Agency by Hester Browne: Very Sophie Kinsella meets Bridget Jones.
The Best Day of Someone Else's Life by Kerry Reichs: You must read this - even if only for the e-mails!
ChewyLou Designs KARMA Tank Top: I am in love, love, love with this top - the color is gorgeous, and it is so comfortable for yoga / meditating.
Forever 21 Cutout Heart Ring Set in Gold: You probably can't tell from the picture, but this is two rings {a heart and a circle} that you can wear stacked or alone - so pretty.
Owl Necklace: Burnished brass / antique gold and colored stones? Swoon! I am so in love! Also pertinent...owls are my favorite.

So loves...what do you think of my blogger swap goodies? Have you tried any of these products out before?

Oh, and for the record…blogger swaps? They don’t just look incredibly fun…they seriously are!



Charge It, Please!

Baguette For Your Thoughts


Victoria’s Secret Multi-Way Tunic Sweater in Rose Dew
Donna Karan Cashmere-Blend Leggings
Sam Edelman Perry Wrap Strap Booties in Putty
See by Chloe Apolline Zipped School Bag in Burgundy
Jacquie Aiche Double Diamond Waif Ring
Gorjana Laurel Bangle in Gold
OPI Samoan Sand

Tell me, my loves; what are you currently adoring?



Time to Shine...Daniel Wellington Watch Giveaway!

Daniel Wellington Giveaway

Ladies, remember back in October when I reviewed the drop dead gorgeous Daniel Wellington Classic St. Andrews Watch? Well, in the spirit of the holidays, YOU have the chance to win one of your own!

Yes, my loves! Café Fashionista has partnered with Daniel Wellington to bring one (1) of you the Daniel Wellington Watch of YOUR choice. You may select the brand new York in Rose Gold {not pictured here, but being released today – and reviewed right here on Café Fashionista soon}; or you may opt for one of their other glamorous pieces {I’m partial to the Classic Sheffield Lady at the moment myself}. Regardless, they are all incredible; and one of them will soon be yours!

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Can't wait to win? Or, better yet, looking to do a bit of Daniel Wellington Watch shopping for the holidays? Now through Christmas Eve {December 24th!} save 15% on all purchases / products by using Discount Code fashionista at checkout!

Good luck everyone!

This Giveaway is open to Everyone – U.S. and International Readers!



Flirt with Fashion {and Life}: FlirtCatalog Embellished Clutch Review

Behave as though attracted to or trying to attract someone, but without serious intentions.

I am a firm believer in the notion of flirting with life. Of seeing the beauty in all things; treating the world as a virtual playground; and radiating confidence, cleverness, and passion at all times. Thus, when I was approached by FlirtCatalog to review one of their products, I felt as if it was a stroke of fate. After all, I flirt with life, they flirt with fashion...it seemed like the perfect pairing, mais oui?

I contemplated the Studded Backpack Convertible Handbag, and swooned over the ultra-cozy Stripe Sweater Hoodie with Pin; but, ultimately, settled on the Embellished Clutch - a selection that I do not regret for a moment.

Unlike the standard embellished fare which highlights studs or sequins {detailing that I love, mind you}, the Embellished Clutch features a more sophisticated touch in the form of jewel and metal accents that create the ideal amount of glitz and glamour set upon a frosted rose gold / pewter body that literally screams Ice Princess. I paired it with a winter white look last week {white denim, white sweater, fawn-colored boots}, and felt that it added the perfect hint of sparkle {and made me feel as if I were in a winter Michael Kors advert).

My favorite aspect is the size...it's small enough to serve as a clutch {holiday parties, anyone?}; yet large enough to carry your daily essentials for a day of shopping - and the adjustable shoulder strap works for either look. And I most certainly don't mind the conversation-starter element that it possesses either - everyone seems intrigued by the detailing!

After receiving this pretty, I am already planning on doing a bit of holiday shopping on the site. Something tells me my BFF's wouldn't mind finding the Gold Chain Tie Necklace or Side Studded Clutch in their stockings this year!

Which FlirtCatalog item is your favorite?

FTC Disclosure: This item was sent to me by FlirtCatalog for review. All opinions expressed therein are my own.


Hi, I Adore You...

Golden Accent


Rachel Zoe Scarves Snow Leopard Pull Through Scarf
Diane von Furstenberg Maya Leather Jacket in Black
Citizens of Humanity Racer Skinny Jeans
orYANY Cassie Convertible Tote in Sunset Gold
McQ – Alexander McQueen Booties Brogue Booties in Chestnut
Made Her Think Double Band Bangles in Gold
OPI Take the Stage

Tell me, my loves; what are you currently adoring?



Cafe Fashionista {Style} Inspiration

Daily Style Inspiration
From left-to-right.

My style tends most to be inspired during the fall and winter as I’m all about scarves, boots, skinny jeans, and cozy knits. That said; here are a few of the {incredible} pieces that have been inspiring me (read: causing me to obsess over) as of late. Happy Friday, my loves!

Jeffrey Campbell Hanger Suede Snow Leopard Print Booties in Grey / Black
Apt. 9 Leather Gloves in Cherry
Rebecca Minkoff Pave Chain Link Bracelet in Gold
OPI The Man With The Golden Gun
mark Talk Is Chic Phone Case and Lip Gloss
Books with Style Shoestrology
mark Glamorous Life Bracelet
Victoria Beckham Fine Square Sunglasses in Black
Jean-Michel Cazabat Rica Suede Wedge Booties in Black
mark Jewel Eau de Toilette Spray
Elizabeth and James booties Solar Haircalf Booties in Camel
mark Metal Works Liquid Eyeliner in Venus
Apt. 9 Jet Simulated Crystal Stretch Ring
mark Lipclick Luxe Shimmer Lipstick
B Brian Atwood booties Liese Booties with Ankle Wrap in Silver
RumbaTime Sweet Lilac Perry Slap Watch in Lilac
Juicy Couture Crystal Pendant Necklace in Hot Pink
Belle by Sigerson Morrison Nicol Nubuck Booties in Black
Marc by Marc Jacobs Eazy Pouch Makeup Cosmetic Case in Royal Fuchsia Multi
Tory Burch Gingham Hollow Cuff in Gold



{Beauty Board} Bold Brows

365 Beauty Guide: Bold Brows

Coveting the bold brow look seen on the runways? Drop those tweezers and pick up one of these all-in-one beauty kits perfect for achieving professionally styled Brooke Shields / Cara Delevingne brows – no appointment necessary!

CLARINS Pro Palette Eyebrow Kit
SEPHORA COLLECTION Eyebrow Editor Complete Brow Kit
TOO FACED Brow Envy Brow Shaping & Defining Kit
LORAC Take A Brow



HELMUT by Helmut Lang Sweaters + $100 Shopbop Gift Card Giveaway!

Shopbop Giveaway

‘Tis the season for snuggly Jamison sweaters, chunky knits via the Shopbop selection of women’s designer sweaters, and cozy cardis a la HELMUT by Helmut Lang sweaters; and what better way to scoop up such fabulous fall {and winter!} fashion than with an always-in-style $100 Gift Card to my favorite Online retailer…Shopbop!

That’s right, ladies! Café Fashionista has teamed up with Shopbop to bring one (1) of you a $100 Gift Card, and more than 50 methods of entry!

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Good luck everyone!

This Giveaway is open to Everyone – U.S. and International Readers!



365 Style Guide: Mini {Leather} Marvels

365 Style Guide: Mini {Leather} Marvels

Glamorize your chunky knits by pairing them with a luscious leather (or faux!) mini that will give you a leggy yet ultra comfy / cozy look!

Halston Heritage Flared Leather Skirt in Rust
Cheap Monday Float Faux Leather Skirt in Black
Marc by Marc Jacobs Sergeant Leather Skirt in Kahlua
Forever 21 Pleated Faux Leather Skirt in Black
PJK Patterson J. Kincaid Polly Flirty Leather Skirt in Cognac
alice + olivia Pleated Leather Miniskirt in Navy
Alice + Olivia Leather Skirt – Tam Box Pleat Mini in Garnet
Nicholas Leather Zip Skirt in Black / White
Free People Vegan Leather Circle Skirt in Black



NOTD: ORLY Bus Stop Crimson

This is two coats of ORLY’s Bus Stop Crimson (I think of Marilyn Monroe in the movie Bus Stop whenever I pick up this shade). Deep Oxblood / Red Creme.

It’s official! I have found the most perfect red polish EVER! This is truly one of the prettiest shades I have ever owned (and, for some reason, makes me think of Thanksgiving). Bus Stop Crimson leans more towards the oxblood / cranberry family, as opposed to the bright red family, so it is perfect for fall / the holidays. I had some trouble with this polish. The first coat was incredibly thin and runny and got everywhere. Plus, it smelled really strongly of cranberry juice – no clue why; maybe this was just a faulty bottle. After shaking the bottle vigorously for a few minutes, I applied the second coat, and it was fine. So, I’d recommend shaking this one up a bit before applying. Regardless, this is my new favorite red – love it!

Accessories: Pearlescent Love Ring Set in Silver / Clear via Forever 21.

What nail color are you rocking for #ManicureMonday?

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Underneath Your Clothes Is...the Perfect {Bra} Fit!

“If you’re wearing lingerie that makes you feel glamorous, you’re halfway there to turning heads.”
~Elle Macpherson~

Truer words have never been spoken, Ms. Macpherson; but wearing glamorous lingerie is the second step in turning heads – the first is uncovering your bra size in order to find the perfect fit. A fit synonymous with that of a Herve Leger bandage dress – one that hugs your curves and accentuates your feminine physique in all the right places; one that becomes the BFF of your wardrobe essentials; and one that is, unfortunately, devastatingly difficult to find without devoting quite a bit of time to the task.

Confession Time: Only last year did I finally learn my true bra size. Up until then, I slowed my pace to avoid a lack of support from my bra du jour, and disposed of countless undergarments believing that they had stretched out in the wash after minimal wear. It was only once I tried a full cup size smaller that I realized that I had spent years sporting an unflattering piece that was far too large for my size. Luckily, I corrected my faux pas immediately, and have found that my clothes fit in a far more feminine manner; my posture has improved; and my confidence level has soared.

While I am now in bra heaven, I am actually in the minority, as the majority of women are, indeed, wearing the wrong bra size – and suffering the adverse affects of back ache, neck ache, and discomfort. Panache Lingerie, however, is here to save the day. They’re on a mission to help you find the perfect bra fit via their ultra-creative Bra Fit Challenge and incredibly helpful Fit Guide - both of which I highly recommend investigating for the girl who wants to feel fabulous in every sense of the word.

Tell me, lovers…what’s your bra fit horror story?

Thanks to Panache Lingerie for the picture.

FTC Disclosure: This post was written in partnership with Panache Lingerie. All opinions expressed therein are my own.


Hi, I Adore You...

Golden Autumn


Marc by Marc Jacobs Mira Sweater in Nutmeg Brown
Equipment Cora Blouse with Contrast Collar in Bright White
Commando Matte Opaque Tights in Black
Madewell Poet Skirt in Mirrorflower Print
Jean-Michel Cazabat Parisian Suede Booties in Bordo
TOM BINNS Rokoko Dumont Cuff with Crystal Stone in Gold / White
OPI Goldeneye from the Skyfall James Bond Collection

Tell me, my loves; what are you currently adoring?

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