My Breakup With Chanel

{Foundation: c/o Mineral Fusion Liquid Foundation} {Photographed by Jorge Camaraza} Breakups are hard. I know. I recently had an awful one. For years I’ve been wearing Chanel foundation. It always been there for my needs. Filled with dewy goodness. The way the color matches my complexion. The good times. What I don’t love, however, is the way it makes me break out. There’s something there my skin doesn’t like, something that doesn’t jive. I figured it out on my trip to Cuba, where, sure enough, I ran completely out of foundation. In a Martha Stewart/MacGyver moment I took my powder mineral foundation and mixed it with my moisturizer. And the whole thing, while kinda thick, made my skin happy. Mineral makeup was what my skin wanted all along. Sure, it didn’t give me the same dewy glow. But it also didn’t make me greasy. Nor did it make me break out. The…Read More



Barbie Girl

{Wearing: Gown from Style Saves Discounted Designer Shop in Wynwood. Photographed by Style Saves.} Remember prom? I do. My junior year I ditched my date, “borrowed his car” and ended up taking my prom pic with my best friend instead. Turns out her date was a dud, too. In the end, we had a blast. Two girls in gowns taking over the town. Our dresses were stunning. Beautiful. Amazing. We were Thelma and Louise in gowns. Prom and dresses. That’s such a huge part of a girl’s life. Here’s how you can contribute to that: Style Saves, the amazing organization that uses fashion to care for kids in need, is doing a little something called Project Prom, where it will dress more than 300 students and send them off to prom night. Here’s where you come in: See this dress I have on? It’s so cha-cha-cha delicious. I love it….Read More



It’s a YogaFest and You’re Invited

{Wearing: Top and Leggings: Liquido. Photographed by Adorned Photography.} Free yoga! Get yer free yoga here! As someone who loves to make a little time for myself by slipping into a yoga groove, I’m happy to share an event where you can do something good for yourself and get your head in the right place. Here’s a chance for old school yogis to stretch out or newbies to experience yoga for the first time for absolutely nothing. Aventura Mall is hosting YogaFest on Sunday, April 2 from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Four free, 30-minute classes will be offered, including AcroYoga and hip-hop flow. Meditation, healthy bites and more will also be on tap. Check it out. Just be sure to RSVP to https://www.facebook.com/AventuraMall/ to reserve a spot for yourself. Go yoge! You’ll be happy you did.  



A Funny Story About Birthdays and Balloons

{Kiddo in all her 9th birthday glory.} I was scrolling through Instagram about a month or so back and I spotted a pic of a girl surrounded by balloons. It was insta (pun intended) love. Totally recreating this for my annual bday shoot. And I’ll do one for kid, too (we’re a whopping four days apart.) I could see it now, it was going to be epic. So after school last week, I picked up kid, hit to the local party store, picked out three dozen balloon in spring hues and then waited an hour while one guy filled all of them. One. At. A. Time. For whatever reason I managed to muster the patience of a saint. This was, after all, going to be the best picture ever. EVER. So here I am shoving three dozen-plus balloons into my Jeep only to get home, set them up and realize…Read More



An Open Letter to 1-Year-Old Me On My 39th Birthday

{Now.  Photographed by Jorge Camaraza} {Then} Dear Me, This is you, on your first birthday 38 years ago. Yup, you make it to 39. So, here I sit, imparting the wisdom I’ve achieved in my last year of my 30s. I think it’s safe to say a lot will change. First instance, you will not be this fat. In fact, you’ll be so damn skinny everything you own will need to be altered. During the Kate Moss era, this will make you feel awesome. During the Kardashian age, not so much. On the plus side, seamstresses will love you. Eventually, you will learn to be comfortable in your own skin. But it’s going to take a loooooooong, loooooooooong time. But that’s not the only thing that will change along the way. There will be giant triumphs. You’ll grow your very own best friend. You’ll have jobs that, while they are…Read More



Walk a Mile in My Andre Assous Shoes

{Wearing: Dress: Touch Dolls. Denim Jacket: Forever 21. Sneakers: c/o Andre Assous Champ Platform Espadrille Sneaker.}   I don’t always wear sneakers but when I do … No, I almost never wear sneakers. Unless I’m running, which I also almost never do. I’m not a sneaker fan. For the gym, fine. But out there in the real world? With non-gym clothes? That’s just not me. Nope. Can’t. When I spotted these sneaker/espadrille hybrids, called Champ, from Andre Assous, it was love at first sight. Maybe it’s the platform. Maybe it’s the hand-sew espadrille. Maybe it’s the cute gold detail on the heel. Whatever it was, I knew I could walk more than a few miles in these shoes (read: they are as cute as they are comfy). Even crazier, I paired them with a dress. That’s also something I don’t do. And I liked it. A lot. So here’s the…Read More



Spring, Er, Summer is Coming

{Wearing: Top and Leggings: Liquido. Photographed by Adorned Photography.} It’s almost spring in Miami, which means its practically summer, which means plenty of beach days ahead. And Miami and the beach go together like, well, Miami and the beach. That’s why I’m doing something I’ve been wanting to do for eons now: Laser hair removal. About a month ago I started working with BodyDetails to make my underarms super smooth just in time for summer. The idea of never having to shave again sounds amazing. Truly amazing. My skin is super sensitive, so shaving plus heat equals not always great. This is an excellent way to combat that. I worked with the brand to create this video so you can see what it’s all about. Does it hurt? How long does it take? Will it ever grow back? All the deets are in this BodyDetails video below. Check it out.



Casual Fri-yays

{Wearing: My Home Fashion Boutique Top and Denim. Shoes: Steve Madden. Hair: c/o Glamsquad with Vanessa Placeres. Makeup: c/o Glamsquad with Celina Beach Artistry. Photographed by Danielle Margherite Photography LLC} Spring is coming, which means it’s time to clean out your closet and toss out that stuff you insisted you needed last year that now you’re like, “Uh, what was I thinking when I a) bought this and b) actually wore it—in public—and then took photos. Don’t worry, you’re not alone. It happens to the best of us. As you purge, keep this in mind: There are three things every Miami girl absolutely must have in her apparel arsenal: an excellent pair of jeans, a gauzy white top and a go-to pair of wedges. Here’s why: not only do those things go together and fit into just about every fashion scenario where you don’t need a ball gown, they are also the most interchangeable pieces you will ever find…Read More



Extreme Beauty: That Time I Got Frozen at Cryo Miami

That’s me, the last time I was really, really cold. I was sleeveless in a dress in Colorado in February. The things I do for photos. This is a cryogenic chamber at Cryo Miami. And this is me, sans sleeveless dress, being the coldest I’ve ever been in probably my entire life. Why? Because it was -135 degrees. Why in the world would I do that? Am I crazy, you ask? Just watch the video below. So why in the name of God would I subject such extreme temperatures? Let me remind you, this is Extreme Beauty, where I try out all kinds of stuff in the name of beauty. Cryo Miami opened a bit back. I was invited to test it out. The benefits of cryogenic chambers range from reducing inflammation and stimulating the brain to stimulating your metabolism. Why would you pass up any of those things? So…Read More