Your Friday Afternoon Plans: Karina Grimaldi Sample Sale

{Silk leopard dress: Karina Grimaldi. Shoes: Jimmy Choo. Necklace: Vintage.} Breaking news report: Karina Grimaldi is having a sample sale August 2 from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. and August 3 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.  With sample sales being the lifeblood of any fashionistas closet, this is vital stuff. Since Tricia Fix moved to Cali and Alexis killed off her sample sale, we have to make the most of this now rare event in the 305. Basically, my closet is begging for a new influx of dresses. And I plan to give it a hefty refill of Karina’s beautiful boho designs in light-as-air silk (she’s got this dressing-in-Miami thing down to a science) at beyond reasonable prices. Note: I will wrestle you for the extra smalls. So come with your helmet. And no, I’m not kidding. Find the sale at 7390 N.E. Fourth Court, #103. Photographed by David…Read More



I’m Flexy and I Know It

{Yoga pants: c/o Wear Me Out Classic V Front Capri. Yoga bra: c/o Wear Me Out V Back Action Bra.} Thanks to The Wordy Girl for the uber funny title … but seriously, after an almost four-month hiatus from yoga, I’m back. It’s so easy to get out of the cycle and yet so hard to get back in. But at the end of the day, it’s about making time for what’s going to bring you to a better place. And for me, that’s yoga. It’s my de-stresser. The 60 minutes I can turn my phone off, hide form the world and just breathe. I don’t know how I let that slip away, but I’ll be sure not to do it again. As for my new yoga gear from Wear Me Out, it’s just another motivating factor to get me back on the mat and keep me there.   Photographed…Read More



The Skin-ny

{From bottom to top: Hydrator Plus. Dermablend Quick-Fix Illuminator. Obagi Elastiderm Eye. Algenist Retinol Firming & Lifting Serum. Obagi Professiona-C Serum. Kaplan MD Daily Moisture SPF 30 Concentrate. LaRoche-Posay Mela-D Pigment Control. Nip + Fab Pigmentation Fix. G.M. Collin Instant Radiance Anti-Aging Eye Patch} I had a revelation the other day as I was applying Juvalux face cream to one section of my face and wrinkle cream to the area just .01 inches away from it: Skincare couldn’t be more confusing. Am I wrinkly? Am I pimply? Am I dry? Am I oily? How can I be all these things at one time? Apparently, this is what your 30s looks like. And man, does it make me miss my 21 year old skin. Given that each new inch of my face has a different skincare need, I decided to start a new section on the blog for a bit. Each…Read More

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My Favorite Swim Week Trends

Now that this Miami fashion blogger found some down time, I’ve had time to process the bikini barrage that took over Miami Beach for Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Swim.  Here’s a look at some of my favorite trends from the shows this year: Red lit up the runway this swim shows. As my favorite shade, I was thrilled to see a smattering of it at nearly every show, like Poko Pano featured above. The shoes at Poko Pano were the ultimate bonus. Suspenders were spotted at more than a few shows. I don’t know what it is about the trend, (maybe it’s the throwback ’80s vibe, maybe it’s the menswear aspect), but I dig it. Here’s a look from Beach Bunny in my favorite classic color combo. When it comes to bikinis, structure isn’t the first thing that comes to mind, but Suboo pulled it off in spades. And as a…Read More

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Taking the High Road With 6 Shore Road

{Me: Top: Forever 21. High-waisted tap shorts: Zara. Shoes: Steve Madden. Bracelets: Vintage. Bag:  Stella Rittwagen. On Milly: Dress: Marshall’s. Shoes: Gap Kids.} Photo by the awesomess of Kar Gar. This was the first year I took kiddo to Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Swim. Her second-ever show: 6 Shore Road. The brand actually comes from designer Pooja Kharbanda and made its debut at swim shows on Monday night. Here’s why I’m telling you all of this: If you live in Miami, this is a brand you’ll want to familiarize yourself with. 6 Shore Road’s philosophy is built around clothing that goes from beach to night. And that’s a transition every Miami girl has encountered at least once (a week) in her life. The easy dresses and sheer jumpsuits can easily serve as a coverup for day. But toss on heels and a killer necklace and you’re ready for whatever happens once…Read More



The Year of the Snake(skin)

{Snakeskin maxi dress: Shopblush.com. Lucite jewelry: Vintage.} I think I might be recovering from the Lycra hangover that is Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Swim. If one swim trend got imprinted on my brain, it was snakeskin prints. They were everywhere: Beach Bunny, Agua Bendita, Poko Pano, the list goes on. I got in on it myself the second to last night of shows with this maxi from Blush. And since it’s near walking-on-the-sun hot in Miami, the whole backless aspect really works. I even dressed up Milly in her backless maxi from Tricia Fix for her first swim week show ever— L Space by Monica Wise. She sat in the front row and snapped away with my iPhone. Too cute. We were twinsies in more ways than one, though. A few months back her teacher at school snipped off her hair and donated it to Locks of Love. Milly came home and gave me…Read More



I Survived Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Swim

  {Me and Annie of The Fashion Poet at Agua Bendita. Photo by Getty Images} They say hindsight is 50/50. And after four days of living in the tents at Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Swim (the official last night is tonight), I’d like to share my secrets for forging through what is quickly becoming a big Lyrca blur. {Crop top: American Apparel. High/Low skirt: Blush Boutique. Wedges: Max Azria. Neon necklace: Lola James Jewelry. Beaded necklace: Express. Ring: Vintage. Ludlow Bag: Botkier. Photographed by Maria Tettamanti} Beauty lounges exist for a reason. Use them. The idea to host a slew of parties outside in Miami— a sweaty situation. The idea to have beauty lounges so you can touch up after dripping throughout the day—simply brilliant. Make sure to book your appointments to get your hair done, your nails refreshed and your makeup touched-up as far in advance as possible. It will be your saving grace….Read More



Isn’t It Ironic?

{In honor of Throwback Thursday: Top and Matching Skirt: H&M.} And now for the living definition of irony: After a million years (OK just shy of 999,999 years) of waiting for H&M to arrive in Miami (which finally happened last year), the chain announced H&M will now be launching an e-commerce site in August. Starting next month, you no longer need to get into your car and drive to Lincoln Road to visit the store you waited eons upon eons to open. Soon, you’ll be able to  just log on to H&M and buy whatever trendy pair of shorts you can’t live without this week. While the brand hasn’t announced an actual opening date, they have said it will be in the month of August. At least now I’ll have an alternative place to shop when they are all out of my size. And I’ll get to relive that little slice…Read More

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Escape Miami, Your Swim Week Lounge Lifeline

{High waisted retro-inspired bikini: The Orchid Boutique. Turban and jewelry: Vintage. Hair: The amazing Todd at Van Michael Miami Salon. Photographed by Mayleen Gonzalez of Photo Boutique.} Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Swim is almost here. The parade of models, a barrage of bikinis, braving the inevitable rains while ducking in and out of the tents, surviving the humidity while trying to keep your makeup from sliding off your face, selecting shoes that are tromping around in the sand appropriate—yes, Swim Week and all its little idiosyncrasies cometh. It all officially kicks off Thursday.  So when you spy that 500th model in the 1,200th bikini and your Moet from the the Mercedes-Benz Star Lounge runs low, fret not. Just Escape. To Escape Miami. The style lounge is a retreat from all things swim week at The Sagamore hosted by Peroni Italy and fellow blogger babe Annie Vazquez. The best part (aside from it being…Read More