Connecting the Dots

Say hello to Stella & Dot. Here at Casa Harris, I like to e-mail links of things I like to the husband come holiday time (please, you know you and every other wife and girlfriend on the planet does the exact same thing, so least ye be judged). And since Valentine’s Day is on its way, I’ve decided a post may even be more effective than a link. This is, assuming husband actually reads said blog posts. He’d better. Anyway, I recently hosted my first Stella & Dot party with my friend Jamie. Why? Because who doesn’t want to play dress-up with jewelry on a Wednesday morning? And, like I said, I needed to give the husband some fodder for gift ideas. Plus, I learned something about my jewelry preferences. Turns out, I’m obsessed with statement bib necklaces. Hint, hint: This would make a nice V-Day gift pour moi. This…Read More

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Shopping the Closet: A Prairie Home Companion

Cowboy up. In a perfect world I’d have a new something to wear every day. But, it’s not a perfect world. And sometimes you have to (sigh) re-wear the pre-existing pieces in your closet. Today’s one of those recycling days. So, I opted to put together some much-loved pieces in a whole new combo. What that yielded was a look I’m calling A Prairie Home Companion, consisting of a vintage slip (you know, because I’m the vintage queen), a Lucky denim button-up (plucked from my sister-in-law), my Lola James necklace and a pair of vintage Nine West boots I bought at a thrift store in college for a hayride party. Yup, they are still kickin’. The best thing about vintage boots: They come already broken in. The inspiration for today’s look: the weather. It’s was a crisp (70 degrees) and windy day in Miami Beach. A flowing skirt is fun…Read More

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My Sketchy Friend

That’s Erin, doin’ her thang. Miami has a fairly significant talent pool (though you have to look beyond the multilayers of plastic surgery and wannabe models dancing on tables at Mansion in the wee hours of Sunday morn to find it). But nevertheless, it’s here. Proof: Erin Chainani. On Wednesday night, Erin took over a table at the Miami magazine party at Viscayne and got sketchy. She drew portraits of the countless party-goers and then colored them in with a vast array of neon shades. And if there is anything Miamians love, it’s pics of themselves. The real deal (love, love, love the hair and sweater, by the way). Erin’s take. Erin, a Harvard grad, got started sketching in Miami when Sketchy Miami launched its let’s-draw-everyone-in-Miami-movement. I actually have a pic or two of me on the site. And Erin has a host of sketches there, too. Since then, she’s…Read More

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Gilt's Inside Tip

These are the usual suspects. As referenced in my “Get Smart” post a little bit back, I’m subscribed to every discount shopping site known to man, which was to my benefit on Thursday night when Gilt City hosted its Insider party. Insider is a new program set up by Gilt, where Miami’s big wigs curate their own deals. (Read: You can get the good stuff for cheeeeaaaaap.) The first of which was headed up by Loren Ridinger. And guess what that meant? Committing shoe-a-cide (a term I’m totally jacking from The Wordy Girl) at Casa Ridinger. As you recall, the last time I happened on the property, I nearly murdered our favorite six-inch heels. So this time, I got smart. Or at least I thought I did. I wore my big old chunky Choos. But even they left me teetering and tottering on the grass and the uneven (but stunning)…Read More

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Need a Playlist?

Bring on the weekend … I’m convinced the entire world is going to the opening of Bianca at the Delano tonight. So, with that being said, you’re probably rummaging through your closet right now, looking for something to wear. Something no one has photographed you in for at least two months now. You’re going to need a playlist for that uphill battle. Might I suggest: The Strokes “Machu Picchu” http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lZOYg2Qy7HM Miike Snow “Animal” http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mVWeqAPQUXc&ob=av2e Class Actress “Weekend” http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5XdTr23ABQk&ob=av2e And my new constantly on repeat: Gotye “Somebody That I Used to Know” http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=d9NF2edxy-M Go ahead and add Destroyer “Kaputt” in there from last Thursday. I’m still not over that yet. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DJSjspGcmMU Just play ‘em loud.

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Shameless Self-Promo: I'm Kinda Famous Today …

Thanks to the awesome socks Jipsy, I wound up on Cultist today from my little romp at The Standard’s MAM Playlist Party. It just so happens I was wearing my new boots that night. See them for yourself, here. Thanks for the love, Jipsy!

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Mitzvah Day

Every now and then I take a break from the fashion and beauty bubble to be a part of the real world. Today’s real world experience: Mitzvah Day. What’s that, you ask? It’s a day of doing good deeds. This was my second year of heading up a Mitzvah Day project at Temple Beth Sholom. (Shhh, don’t tell anyone I’m not Jewish. I don’t want to get kicked out of the club.) Just walking into the temple today you could have washed someone’s car, donated blood, made a scarf for someone in the hospital, made a pillow for troops overseas, potted a plant for an elderly person and so on and so on. This year’s group was 1,000 strong. That’s 1,000 people who gave up a portion of their Sunday to make the world a little happier. And this year, my little group helped make hats and cards for kids…Read More

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Passion Fruit-Flavored Miami

That’s Santigold. At this point, if you live in Miami, have Internet access and a Facebook page, you know Absolut launched its sixth city-inspired flavor last night at the lawn at the Fontainebleau. We’ve made it! We’re a vodka! Absolut Miami. The colorful bottle packed a citrus punch with orange blossom and passion fruit, which is a much nicer flavor to give this city than many of us locals could have come up with. Fruity. Miami is a fruity city. We’re full of fruity people and well-ripened activities. But we’ll get to that. Mojitos in hand, the crowd at the event got loud and happy when Santigold took the stage. Yeah, Santigold. Considering we live in a place bands just glaze right over when making touring schedules, you have to admit, this was kind of a big deal. As she, her two back-up dancers and a funny-wigged DJ took the…Read More

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Get Smart

Need sheets? Yeah, me neither. There are exactly 2.4 million discount shopping sites. I know this because I am subscribed to at least 2.2 of that million. My inbox is an enigma in and of itself. Here’s the ironic part: As much as I love shopping, I hardly ever open any of them. The exception is the one my friend (hold up, there’s a shout out coming) Marcella referred me to. (Side note: I honestly have more than three friends, but for some reason the only three who ever get mentioned on my blog are Maria, Marcella and Erin. I swear there’s more. Honest.) After listening to me rant about how I need new jeans, Marcella texted me a site called SmartBargains.com, who had Paige Denim for the grand total of $32. I’ve been on the site ever since: Hello, Nicole Miller sequin dress for $27.99. Anyone want to host…Read More

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