Jan20

The Blogger Photographer

{Sweater: Target. Distressed denim: Mossimo. Hat: Vintage. Booties: c/o  Ecco Pawi Pull On. Necklace: Vintage. Photographed by Milly Jane Harris.} So what am I doing Crouching Tiger Hidden Dragon-style today on the blog? I’m getting eye-level with my photog for the day. Yup, I handed over the camera to kiddo to do some shooting. Hey, a blogger’s gotta do what a blogger’s gotta do. I’ve been enlisting the help of my new tripod, but sometimes you just need a person and not a stick to do some shooting with, and enlisting a professional photog isn’t always an option. So today, that person was Milly. It’s funny but the other night at the First Street Fashion event I got into a convo with a few bloggers about photogs. The blogger mom, boyfriend, husband, next-door-neighbor gets the opportunity to tap into their inner photog, most times whether they like it or not,…Read More

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Jan20

The January Beauty Board

Take a look at what I’m loving this month in the January Beauty Board … A new bauble for the new year, thanks to Swarovski. This rose gold chain and charm on the Swarovski Tactic Pendant are the perfect bit of bling to add to those sweaters that have recently been getting a major workout this month. If this bottle were a dress, I would wear it all day long. Instead, the Balenciaga Rosabotanica Eau de Parfum is a blend of hyacinth, fig leaf, grapefruit, pink pepper, cardamom, cedarwood, vetiver and patchouli, that ‘s equally wearable. Find it at Neiman Marcus. Plucking is such a pain, but a girl’s gotta do what a girl’s gotta do. At least these stunning Luxe Edition Crystal Slant Tweezers at Neiman Marcus make the ugly task that much prettier. And considering I’m all about Swarovski crystal-covered goodies this month, how could I pass these up? No…Read More

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Jan16

The Most Decadent Pedicure in the World

Behold, the most amazing pedicure in the world. Yup, those are 150 Swarovski crystals individually glued to my toes, thanks to Lapis Spa at The Fontainebleau Miami Beach. The spa is now offering the pedicure, complete with red, blue, gold or silver crystals. Leymi, my super-skilled nail tech, started with CND’s Vinylux Red Baroness polish (because it dries fast). Next, she individually adhered each crystal to my toes (big toes last) with nail glue. After letting the crystals sit, she covered with a CND top coat and voila, the most amazing feet on the planet. They look just like Dorothy’s ruby slippers. The rules of the road are no closed-toe shoes for 72 hours, so haul out those flip-flops. The pedicure takes 90 minutes and costs $200, which is well worth it, considering you’ll have the most spectacular toes around town. Currently, Lapis is offering one finger per hand in…Read More

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Jan14

Upside Down

{The (Un) Mat: c/o Lululemon. Bikini top: Zingara. Pants: c/o Buddha Pants. Super serious face by me.} I’ve been hitting yoga hard lately, which feels incredible. It’s nice to be back in a routine, especially with my new LuluLemon mat—for yoga on the go (it’s super lightweight for impromptu yoga). My favorite part of yoga (other than escaping from the real world for 60-90 minutes) are inversions. It’s challenging, which makes it fun, but it’s also a great way to get the blood flowing in the other direction. My mantra for inversions is the Jack Johnson song “Upside Down,” which already holds a special place in my heart. Curious George was the first movie Milly ever watched and it’s the title track of the film. Needless to say, it was the theme song to her—and my—life that year. So here ‘ya go. When life gets a little hairy, get upside…Read More

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Jan07

The Coldest Day of the Year

{Love sweatshirt: Forever 21. Leather pants: Alessandra Gold. Scarf: Vintage. Beret: Target. Boots: c/o Ecco Pawi Pull On. Leather gloves: c/o Express. Photographed by ME—with my new tripod.} Brrrrrrrrrrr! Today’s conversation with my fellow Midwestern Miami transplant: Me: I’m freaking freezing. Minnesota Nice: It’s 50. Me: I’m freezing. Minnesota Nice: You’re from the Midwest, that’s embarrassing. Me: I was talking to someone about the cold on Sunday and she said she loved it. I told her I hated it. She asked me if I was from Miami. I told her I was from the Midwest and she said that’s why. You see, you forget, but then it gets cold and you start to remember those frozen days when it was so bad that you couldn’t go to school and your mom still made you play outside because you were driving her nuts. And then you’d be trapped in the frozen tundra…Read More

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Jan06

What Not to Wear

It’s time to bid adieu to these tired trends now that it’s 2014 … The donut bun. Thank god I’ve rocked the bob for as long as I have, otherwise, I’d be a victim to this bread good atop my head, too. The bun was fun, but now it just feels like you’re rocking a bagel  on your noggin. No more peplum, please. I tried it here and there, but I was never really into this trend to begin with. It reminds me of business meetings, nylons and sack lunches in the conference room. Maybe it’s my obsession with black, grey and overall drab hues, but pastels make me feel like I’m wearing sherbet. And sherbet is a sugary snack for kids. Grown adults in pretty pastels is a little too sickeningly sweet for me in the new year. Digs at designer monikers. Didn’t get into it to begin with,…Read More

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Dec31

The Road to 2014

{Military jacket: Vintage Marc Jacobs. Graphic sweater: From a clothing swap. Have one! Leggings: H&M. Booties: c/o Marshall’s. Photographed by my mama Beth Culbreth.} Quoting my friend Kevin, “I want to put a fork in 2013, a silver Tiffany & Co. fork wrapped in a blue box.” Amen, Kevin, Amen. I’ve been looking forward to this January 1 more than any other January 1 in my lifetime. Tonight, when the clock strikes 12, I get a brand new 365, a chapter that is yet to be written. And I’m embracing it with arms open so wide I probably look like a crazy loon trying to hug a year. Don’t get me wrong, 2013 had amazing highs, like sharing my blog in ways I never dreamed of: the Today show, Marie Claire, Self, NBC6, designing a Smart car, being recognized by The New Times, shooting a promo for Phillip Lim. Amazing. I sent my mini me to kindergarten, I…Read More

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Dec30

Biting the Hand that Helps Promote You

{Dress: Style Mafia. Booties: Bib + Tuck. Photographed by Simonett Pereira.} The new year doesn’t start for at least another day and a half, so I still have some time left to climb up on my soapbox and bitch about the things that annoy me before this whole new me, new outlook on life bandwagon everyone jumps on January 1. I’ll be softer and kinder in 2014. For now I’m going to do me—uncensored. So here goes: The other day this story from Refinery29 popped up on my newsfeed. While the story itself does not hate on fashion bloggers, the derogatory comments that were posted along with it by people on my “friends” list really caught me off guard. Hi. I’m a fashion blogger. I can see your haterade. The jabs didn’t just come from average joes either. I’m talking about direct hits from publicists who have hired me, along…Read More

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Dec27

Getting Back to My Roots

{Flannel shirt: Forever 21. Tank: Forever 21. Leggings: H&M. Boots: Ecco Pawi Pull On. Train track shots photographed by my Mama, Beth Culbreth.} I don’t normally dress like a lumberjack. In fact, the last time I even wore plaid was back in the ’90s, during the grunge era, when I was in high school. Back then I wore it with Doc Martens. Today, I’m wearing it with beautiful Ecco boots. But, sometimes, life calls for flannel. Like when you’re in the middle of nowhere Panhandle Florida, aka Defuniak Springs, and it’s legit cold. And sometimes the last place you want to be is exactly where you should be. You see, I haven’t been home for Christmas in two years. Calling it home is a stretch, because I never actually lived in Defuniak Springs. I grew up in Destin, but somewhere along my non-Panhandle timeline, my family moved to Defuniak Springs,…Read More

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