April Beauty Board: Fragrance, Flowers and Face Facts

Since it’s the last day of April, I thought I should get my beauty board for the month out there. From fragrances to baubles, here are my faves that I discovered during this fourth month of the year. Expect to see more of them in the months to come. A Stone and a Scent This Eight & Bob fragrance arrived at my house in a hollowed out book, which instantly made me fall in love with it. Turns out, that’s where the original recipe for the cologne was hidden back when JFK fell in love with it. The history behind the scent is as intoxicating as its smell. Get the full scoop at Neiman Marcus. And yes, it’s a men’s fragrance, but I’ve been digging those lately over traditional perfumes, so I’m all about wearing this one and making it my own. Because I’m channeling my inner boho this summer…Read More

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California Love

{Bikini: c/o Maaji Swimwear Mystic Paths at The Orchid Boutique. Wedges: Steve Madden. Photographed by Franky Arriola.} I had every intention of wearing the corset from this Maaji Swimwear bikini from The Orchid Boutique to Coachella, but Coachella is dirty. Don’t get it twisted, it’s fun, in every shape, way and form. It’s just dusty. And this suit is so pretty, I couldn’t make myself subject it to the rolling dustbowl that is the desert. So, it spend some time under the sun, but no music festival for you, Maaji bikini. I’m saving it for the Miami sun—for the beachside lounge at Soho House, for the pool at The Standard. That’s what The Orchid Boutique’s bikinis are made for—the good life. Speaking of the good life, this was Cali’s redo for me. The first time I visited the Golden State, I had a dreadful, awful, nightmare-ish experience. It was right after 911….Read More



Why You’re Never “Too Old To Wear That”

“Oh, that’s a nice dress! You pull it off so well… I’d love to wear something like that, but I’m too old for it.” If there’s ever a phrase in fashion that should be detested and possibly banned, it’s “age-appropriate dressing.” Let’s put this one to bed. Age is not a barrier of entry to looking and feeling good. Sure, there are times when practicality is the order of the day and a pair of sweatpants coupled with an ill-fitting T-shirt is the only suitable choice (as most hectic, working moms are all too aware). An ‘off day’ from looking stylish need not induce guilt, and in fact should be embraced from time to time. But there’s no reason – no reason at all – that a woman should feel prohibited from having an ‘on day’ either. And there are all sorts of mental road blocks we needlessly throw in…Read More

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Coachella: Three Strange, Wonderful Days

{Dress: Touch Boutique. Bikini Top: c/o Peixoto. Bikini Bottom: The Orchid Boutique. Headpiece: So Good. Necklace: c/o Jewels by Dunn. Shoes: c/o Marshalls. Photographed by Franky Arriola.} One week ago today I started my musical desert adventure. Here’s a look back on those three beautiful days and everything that came along with them. And We’re Off  This was only my second-ever trip to California. It’s so beautiful—mountains, the desert, a sky so blue you can feel the color. After strapping on our Coachella bands, we were ready to see what this whole thing was all about. (P.S. after three days of wearing that wrist band you start to feel like an animal in the wild that’s been tagged. But cutting it off means the adventure is over, so I enjoyed it’s soggy bliss while I was trapped inside it.) The Music  Being at Coachella was like living inside of my…Read More



Happy Easter

I’m taking a Coachalle blog break because, well Happy Easter! I love Easter because it marks the arrival of spring. And spring is like a redo. A restart. A whole new beginning. I also love the whole DIY aspect to the holiday. Yes, I love fashion, but give me a DIY opportunity and I’m all over it like Martha Stewart on a Michael’s bender. When I was a kid, my Granny Miller and I would dye all of the eggs the night before Easter so the Easter Bunny could hide them for us the next day. Then, one year, all the kids went looking for them and we found zero eggs, because the Irish Setter who lived next door came over and ate every single one of them. We dubbed him the big red Easter Bunny from that point on. Baring the egg-eating dog, I like to keep the tradition…Read More



The Coachella Diaries

{Skirt:Shopblush.com. Top: Victoria’s Secret Pink. Hat: c/o H&M. Necklace: Vintage. Shoes: Airwalks. Photographed by Franky Arriola}.   The last time I left the state of Florida was two summers ago to go to New York. It was Milly’s first time there. It was a three hour flight. And that was the longest flight I’d been on in a decade. Yesterday I upped that with my longest flight in 10 years to California. So, here I stood, atop the parking garage, knowing there’s an amazing adventure awaiting me (Coachella!) but crippled by the grand dame of fear perched upon my shoulder. She and I both know it takes five hours to get to that adventure.  And my last flight (an hour-long one home from Gainesville) was a nightmare with bad weather the whole way and the stewardess relegated to her seat the entire time. Needless to say, I’m looking forward to…Read More

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I Heart …

{Top: c/o American Eagle Outfitters LST & FND New York Muscle Tank. Skirt: Shopblush.com. Shoes: Airwalk sneakers. Bag: c/o Tous Love Day bag. Necklace: Forever21. Photographed by me.} I have always loved New York. I loved it before I even lived there. Why? Because I thought I was supposed to live there. You see, as a kid, all I ever wanted to be was a writer who lived in the city. It was my dream to go there and turn stories into my livelihood. So, when I graduated from U.F., I packed up my life and moved to New York to intern at Madison magazine in Midtown. I had never even visited the Big Apple before I moved there. I sold my car to have cash to live off of, packed my life into boxes and set out on my great adventure. In the beginning, I lived on someone’s couch…Read More



Tales from The New Lotus House Fashion Show

{On me: Dress: c/o Ramona LaRue. Belt: Vintage. Necklace: Frankie Miami. Shoes: Zara via Bib + Tuck. On Mills: Dress: c/o Ramona LaRue. Shoes: Target. Bag: Gap. Photographed by me.} Last week, Milly made her fashion show debut. Stylist extraordinaire Elysze Held of StyleOutoftheCity asked us to be a part of the grand opening of the new Lotus House, which included a fashion show featuring the work of designers like Arianne Brown of Ramona LaRue and Filomena Fernandez, who graciously donated their designs to the thrift store to help raise funds for its new location. Lotus House, as you may know is a charity that provides sanctuary and support, education, tools and resources to homeless women and children. It’s a beautiful organization and I encourage you to donate your unwanted items to the charity, as the funds go to these women and children hoping to make their lives a little better. It was an…Read More



Four Finds with Swarovski at Harrods

It’s Four Finds time and since I’m obsessed with the sparkle and shine of Swarovski, I thought I would create a list of my favorite things from the brand. You can find the Swarovski range at Harrods.com. These Swarovski Sheena Pierced Earrings are the kind of earrings you will wear for the rest of your life. They go with everything, and they are absolutely stunning. Because blue is one of my favorite hues this season, I’m crushing on these Swarovski Bella Mini Light Earring. From a distance, this Swarovski Talesia Bracelet looks just like diamonds. Turns out Swarovski crystals are a girls best friend, too.  I own this beautiful Swarovski Tactic Bangle bracelet. And what I most love about it is the rose gold. It’s a timeless piece that’s also truly modern.

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