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New Year's Eve Outfit

December 29, 2012




(rag & bone dress, Christian Louboutin shoes)

I am in Berlin!  Loving the city - Today I saw the Brandenburg Gate, shopped at Galeries Lafayette and ate a wonderful meal at Michelin star restaurant Fischers Fritz.  Tomorrow more restaurants and museums but first here is my outfit for the fabulous NYE party I am attending here in Berlin.  More on that to come!


Photo credit: Shariq Siddiqui Photography

San Francisco Photo Diary

December 27, 2012







I am leaving San Francisco and am off to Berlin to celebrate the New Year.  So excited as I have never been!  Hope you all have safe travels over the next few days and I will check back in from Berlin.

Merry Merry

December 25, 2012



Happy Christmas.  Joyeux Noël.  Feliz Navidad.  Buon Natale.  Frohe Weihnachten.  Krismas ki subhkamna.  Merry Christmas and happy holidays!  I hope you are having a fabulous day where ever you are spending it and thanks for following me. 

Barneys New York Electric Holiday

December 24, 2012



I went to Barneys New York yesterday in San Francisco to do some last minute shopping and came out with a nicely sized Electric Holiday shopping bag (the current holiday campaign between Barneys and Disney).  However, it wasn't apparent to me the relevance of Barneys Electric Holiday campaign with Disney until later on in the day when I watched this video.  Barneys is a luxury department store and Disney is the creator of our childhood stories and fantasies.  What is to gain by these two companies efforts in the key gifting period of the year except maybe to support Barneys childrenswear division?

How wrong was I!  The partnership is clearly aimed at adults.  It is a playful representation of the fashion industry and an innovative change from the more serious and exclusive image usually portrayed by the fashion industry.  Watching Minnie Mouse take the catwalk in Paris modeling Lanvin with Suzy Menkes, Sarah Jessica Parkera and Glenda Bailey to name a few in the audience is so much fun!  So many more surprises so push play above and enjoy the current fashions with the magic of Disney.    

Fabulous Fashion Find: Tod's Gommino

December 22, 2012


Every woman owns a pair of flats but are they these super-stylish Tod’s Optical Geometrics Gommino loafers?  I think not as these are a special holiday limited edition!  What a perfect last minute gift if you are all out of ideas for the extremely difficult to shop for “Woman-Who-Has-Everything."  Tod's has always been at the top of my list of go-to shoe brands as I am a lover of the classic loafer they do so well (case in-point here)!  I am off last minute holiday shopping in San Francisco tomorrow and will be definitely stopping by myself to pick up a pair.  See more at Tod's and available in stores now. 

First MFS exclusive for Fashion Parkway

December 21, 2012




I am so pleased to announce that my first contribution post with MFS sponsor Fashion Parkway is up and ready to view.  My outfit post, titled Holiday Red, is timed perfectly in the midst of this holiday season and couldn’t come at a better time as I make the trip back to the States today to spend the holiday with family and friends (and with this look packed with me).

See my full Holiday Red outfit post here!

Talk the Talk Thursdays: My go-to websites

December 13, 2012

For today's Talk the Talk Thursdays, I have decided to showcase my go-to websites for my daily fix of fashion news, beauty trends, shopping, food and travel.  Hope you find new discoveries and inspirations! And please share, what go-to sites are on your list?

Ultimate fashion news source by NYMag: The Cut

On-point beauty insights: Into The Gloss

Designer fashion one-stop shop: Matches

Rare, handcrafted and impeccably designed finds: CoutureLab  

Food and recipes galore: bon appetit

Genius travel recommendations: FATHOM

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Everlane: New concept of luxury e-tailing

December 11, 2012


I am obsessed with San Francisco-based Everlane.  By cutting out the middleman, the budding luxury clothing design and manufacturing company offers high-quality products at unconventional prices.  The company started by producing a luxurious version of the classic t-shirt for just $15.  It has now evolved its product offerings to silk blouses, wool scarves and backpacks to name a few.  How does Everlane achieve such prices?  See the value chain below:


By cutting out the middlemen and overhead prices incurred by brick-and-mortar stores, Everlane is able to offer the lowest prices to consumers.  Why not not-splurge and try out Everlane for yourself.  My guess is you will be very pleasantly surprised.    


Photo credit: Everlane.com

Luxury 360

December 9, 2012


Luxury 360 is a new and recurring post where I will examine the current luxury goods market trends and recap the main highlights.  I personally like to know the big picture of the industry and sometimes find it difficult to get this information in one place.  In this post I will share my most recent luxury business learnings with you as your one-stop post for a luxury market overview.

  • 2012 has proven a good year with sales for a third year in row showing double-digit growth. Globally, luxury goods sales are estimated to reach 212 billion euros in 2012, a 10% increase from 2011.  Sales for 2011 were 192 billion euros up 11% from 2010.
  • Accessories (leather goods and shoes combined) are the champion category of 2012 with sales up 14%.  For the first time accessories are the largest piece of the market overtaking apparel.  
  • At 27 billion euros Greater China (Mainland, Hong Kong, Macau) is now the second largest luxury goods market behind the United States, bypassing Japan.  However Greater China, which accounts for half of luxury spending in all Asian markets, is slowing with projected growth of 20% in 2012 versus 30% in 2011.
  • Men are gaining share in luxury spending accounting for 41% of all sales.  In 1995, men accounted for 35% of luxury purchases.  

Hope you found this interesting!  If you want a more in depth look into these highlights, see the Bain & Co. luxury goods market report here.


Photo credit: Runway Passport

Winter Wonderland

December 7, 2012







Winter Wonderland: A great holiday festivity I highly recommend if you are in London or planning a visit. Amusement park meets carnival, the ultimate playground for children or adults who just want to feed their inner-child.  A childhood favorite, I love carousels!  What is your favorite childhood activity?

Guest Blogger: Mindy Erazo's Blogger Crush

December 6, 2012

Today instead of the normal Talk the Talk Thursdays post, I am hosting one of my favorite style and lifestyle bloggers Mindy from the blog Mindy Erazo.  I have asked her to share with us one of her Blogger Crushes (a recurring post of hers that I always love).  I hope you enjoy and a big thanks to Mindy for today's guest post!  


Hello Mouthful of Style readers, Mindy here from Mindy Erazo curating a guest post about one of my Blogger Crushes!

May I introduce you to the beautiful Andy Heart, a fashion and style blogger whom I have been following for about a year now. Her and I have very similar taste which is why I just love her blog. Her style is very chic, incorporating simple pieces with statement pieces all with a masculine edge while still keeping her femininity. Seems like a difficult thing to do but Miss Heart achieves it so effortlessly its brilliant.

Her color palette doesn't have the widest range but something about tone on tone and all black outfits doesn't bother me whatsoever, I mean, half my closet is black so I'm not one to judge! She's great at mixing designer pieces with more affordable ones which I love.




C'est trés chic, no?

Miss Heart's blog is filled with not only amazing outfit posts but she also includes many product reviews. I've bought quite a few products from her recommendations and none have disappointed. If that doesn't have you searching for her blog yet, she ALSO has some fun beauty tips and tricks like this great one for an edgy, yet sophisticated nail.




Huge fan of hers and I hope I've inspired you to check out her blog here.

Thank you so much to Mouthful of Style for asking me to do this guest blog. I had a lot of fun and I hope you all enjoyed my Blogger Crush!

Mindy Erazo


Photo credit: Andy Heart

Holiday wish listing

December 3, 2012


1. Proenza Schouler PS11 mini classic leather
2. Diptyque Amber Oud scented Christmas candle
3. Falling Whistles for Peace in Congo
4. Bea Valdes Outrider clutch bag
5. Frida Gustavsson Vogue Germany fashion illustration print
6. Isabel Marant Hippo embellished quilted cotton-twill jacket
7. Tom Ford Beauty nail lacquer set
8. Lady Grey Symtra bangle
9. Valentino studded patent-leather flats

Holiday gift guide wish list.  I am sure you have all overdosed on holiday gift guides by now.  So instead of creating my own gift guide, I am showing you what is on my holiday wish list to inspire you through this holiday shopping period.  We did find from my previous post here that we like things that people we know/admire like and are more inclined to purchase these items.  So here is what I want from Santa.  Fingers crossed I have been VERY good this year.

Classic white shirting

December 1, 2012






(Equipment shirt, rag & bone shorts, Barneys New York CO-OP boots, Ray-Ban sunglasses)

There is nothing easier to wear than the classic white shirt.  We all have this piece in our closets (or definitely a male in your household does)!  But even though we all own or have easy access to the classic white shirt,  I for one sometimes forget it is in my closet.  Maybe this is because it is such a simple staple piece I take it for granted.  My style tip: Just go oversized and your done!  So throw on your white shirt (or grab your brother, husband, boyfriend, guy friend or whomever's) over really whatever for a clean, sharp look.    


Photo credit: Shariq Siddiqui Photography
Hair by Sophie Hopkins at Rush Baker Street, London

Sponsorship and Makeover

November 30, 2012


This has been a very exciting week for MFS.  Firstly, you may have noticed the new Fashion Parkway badge on my main blog page. Yes, Fashion Parkway has sponsored MFS and I am thrilled to be joining the incredible team as their newest fashion contributor. Fashion Parkway is everything in fashion covered by select fashion bloggers, writers and photographers.  Keep a look out for my first contribution in the upcoming week.

Secondly, I am so pleased to announce that MFS will be receiving a total makeover in the very near future.  A little sneak preview above but keep checking back for the complete new look!  Tomorrow I will be posting one of my favorite photo shoots so far, Classic White Shirting.  Happy Friday!

Talk the Talk Thursdays

November 29, 2012


Talk from me
Which celebrities do you find stylish?
I really like the styles of Nicole Richie, Victoria Beckham, Leighton Meester (not Blair Waldorf), Olivia Palermo, Rachel Bilson and obviously SJP.  I am constantly googleing (is that an official verb yet?) them to see new outfits.  

What did you learn today?
I actually just came across a US-based study revealing "80% of smartphone owners shop on their device."  Think about that impact on this past Cyber Monday sales.  See full article here.


Talk from you
"I thought this super subtle sheer hem was so chic." - The Sartorialist

"As you can probably guess I am an avid reader of MANY food blogs. I love them! And right now most of my favorite food bloggers are posting about healthy recipes ... But me, well, I just want to bake cinnamon rolls." - A Beautiful Mess

You know the drill by now!  If you would like to be a blog I feature or ask me a question, please see here for more information and email mouthfulofstyle@gmail.com with the subject line "Talk the Talk."


Nails by Alex at Neville Hair & Beauty, London

The Curator, Tastemaker, Style Influencer ...

November 27, 2012


The curator, tastemaker, style influencer, fashion ambassador and celebrity.  Call them as you like as they are changing the scene of online shopping.  There are so many new ways to shop nowadays with new online fashion shopping sites emerging left and right. Exciting as it is, I see one consistent trend: the use of curators (or insert any of the above titles) in recommending products. Marketing research has shown that we as consumers like recommendations from people we know and/or admire and are more inclined to shop these suggestions.  So is the curator the new online marketing strategy of today as was the flash-sale of previous years?  I'll let you be the judge by presenting below four unique online websites that have adopted the curator-based business model.

AHAlife is an online discovery and shopping platform that offers unique handpicked products by the likes of Donna Karan, Daniel Boulud, Tina Brown and Tim Gunn.  Definitely some heavy hitters here!


The Coveteur offers a look into the closets of tastemakers, celebrities and fashion elite with the ability to actually shop pieces from their closets.  Right now Sophia Bush and Hugh Hefner are amongst the closets you can peruse and purchase.


Vaunte recently launched and is also offering up fashionable closets by redesigning the world of online luxury consignment shopping. It is currently by-invitation only with some of its members including fashion designer Lela Rose and fashion stylist Ann Caruso.


The Cools is a social network and an e-commerce site.  In addition to hosting brands, boutiques, bloggers (hint!) and individuals, its tastemakers include Erin Fetherston, Vladimir Restoin Roitfeld, Agyness Deyn and the granddaughters of skin-care legend Jacques Courtin-Clarins.

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