How I Spent My Summer Vacation

{On Me: Floral Shorts: Shopblush.com. Top: Tricia Fix. Necklace: Vintage. Shoes: c/o Marshalls. On Kiddo: Top: Gap Kids. Shorts: Gap Kids. Shoes: Gap Kids. Bag: Target. Floral Crown: c/o Express.} Mills came home after the last day of school with a journal called “My Summer Vacation.” The lightbulb in my head went off and I thought, we should document our summer getaway. You see, at the end of spring I asked her where she wanted to go this summer. Once she found out that Cake Boss on TLC was an actual place and not just a show, it mind-exploded her little head. The possibility of actually visiting the bakery was her be all end all. This was her trip, and I was just along for the ride, so if it was New York she wanted to see, then it was New York we were going to see. First stop: Hoboken,…Read More



My Summer Girl

  {On Me: Crop Top: c/o H&M. High-waisted Shorts: c/o French Connection. Sneaks: Converse c/o Sawgrass Mills. Necklace: Vintage. Bag: Kate Spade c/o TJ Maxx. Hat: New York Street Fair. On Kiddo: Top: Gap Kids. Shorts: Gap Kids. Hat: H&M. Necklace: H&M. Sneaks: Gap Kids. Photographed by moi.} I asked Mills late in spring what she wanted to do this summer. I told her we could go anywhere she wanted. I was fully prepared to spend the day with Mickey and Minnie and 10,000 other tourists schlepping kids around the blazing inferno that is Disney, but she shocked me when she told me she’d rather go to New York and do some shopping, see the sights and eat at a few places she’d seen on TV. Clearly, this is my child through and through. So I did it. I traveled alone with my kiddo for the first time in my life. And…Read More



So This Just Happened …

  {Sandals: Sam & Libby Silver Sandals. Polish: Essie Plumberry.} I own silver Birksenstock ish sandals. How in the hell did this happen? Well … I’ve always run in the other direction of ugly shoe trends. I staved off Uggs, Crocs, platform sneakers. I even said no to overalls (which I know isn’t a shoe, but still). I’ve even gone as far as to take a pair of Birkenstocks owned by someone I know and throw them in the trash as I was picking out other shoes for them to wear because I refused to spend one more minute in the company of hideous hippie shoes. So, when buddy Maria Tettamanti showed up with them at the beach one day, I said no. No, no, no. But then fellow blogger Jana of OJ and Cigs started wearing them on her blog and Instagram, and it piqued my interest. The next time…Read More



Beauty Board: Creams, Candles and Chemical-Free Concoctions

Glowing, Glowing, Gone My dermatologist recently told me I was too tan. And just when I was starting to feel like a golden goddess, too. I guess that means it’s time to cover up more and fake it with Hampton Sun Airbrush Bronzing Mist and Xen Tan Flawless Logic Shimmer. Both go on easily and give me the color without the side effects (wrinkles, sun damage, skin cancer). And they smell good, too. Speaking of sun, trying to keep my makeup in place in Miami in the summer is like trying to play catch with Jell-O. (Read, ain’t happenin’.) Eve Lom Sheer Radiance Translucent Powder helps me prepare for battle before stepping out in the heat, by locking in my makeup and giving me a glow. Find it at Neiman Marcus. Because the heat and sun damage are such issues, I’m trying to be kind to my pores with Napoleon…Read More



What’s Your Story?

I’ve always had a thing for lockets, I guess what I love is how they conceal something inside. And when I discovered Living Lockets from Origami Owl, it was love at first sight. How cute, a see-locket, where you get to choose its insides to create a story of your life. Adorable. It’s why I named it the best gift ever. A few weeks ago the creator behind the line came to town and I got to sit down and talk with her. Bella, a recent high school grad, is the brains behind the now multi-million dollar company. She’ll head off to college this fall, where I asked her what she plans to study. Her answer? Business. But with the success of her jewelry company, a company she literally started with $350, something tells me she could teach the classes in her business track herself. Bella was kind enough to…Read More



The Hallway

{On me: Top: H&M. Skirt: Nanako. Shoes: c/o French Connection. Necklace: Vintage Avon. On Milly: Dress: Mimi and Maggie Dress c/o Hugs & Hissyfits. Bow: Laneybug Bowtique c/o Hugs and Hissyfits. Shoes: Gap. Photographed by me.} On our recent trip to New York (more to come on that), Mills and I found a cool hallway with mirrors and an elevator and decided to do a little shoot—she especially wanted to wear her new boho dress, so I indulged her (and myself). Besides, it was pouring down rain and rainy days in New York lend to indoor activities. I haven’t figured out how to travel with my tripod because it’s too big to fit into my suitcase, so I set up shop with a stool and some books and took these.    



Dive In: Escape Miami Style Lounge

{On me: Bikini: American Apparel top and bottom. Pearls: Vintage. On kiddo: Bathing suit: American Apparel. Bracelets: Vintage. Turban: Vintage. Photographed by Alexander Tamargo of @altaimages.} Fact: I spent one whole day driving from one end of Miami to the other to find props to recreate two vintage pics I found on Pinterest for this year’s Escape Miami Style Lounge exhibit. Why? I might be a tad crazy, partially obsessed and dedicated as hell. Once I get a picture in my head, I just have to see it through to the end. I chalk it up to my Aries-ness. This year, knowing I was shooting at The National Hotel for the project, I let myself get inspired by the Art Deco architecture, my love of bygone days and upcoming Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Swim. I’ll always be a retro girl at heart, and having a stylist who can whip up the best…Read More




{Romper: Shopblush.com. Belt: Vince Camuto. Shoes: Just Cavalli. Juice: My Raw Juice and OnJuice. Photographed by Me.} At well after midnight, I walk in the door, head straight to the kitchen, toss a pot on the stove and cook couscous, toasting almonds to go on top. Once I inhale that, I then shove butter-covered Poptarts into the toaster oven and snarf those down, too. Am I starving? Nope, it just all sounds good … until the next morning, when I wake up after the carb binge. Houston, we have a problem. Since my little jaunt to New York, I’ve been eating basically every not-great-for-me thing I’ve come across. New York is an epicurean adventure. And after grilled cheese shops, mac and cheese restros, bakeries, pizza joints, I fell off the eating-well wagon—hard. My flamenco with fat grams didn’t end once I got home either. I just kept on keepin’ on….Read More



And Scene: 15 Poses in 15 Days.

Well, I did it. Fifteen poses in 15 days. There was a lot that happened in those 15 days, too. I hosted an event, I covered a two-day event, I went to several concerts and I survived a five-day juice cleanse (more on that one tomorrow). Five backbends, eight balance poses and a whole lot of gratefuls later, it was a fun challenge and I’m down to do it again soon. I got a lot of ideas off Instagram and in looking at other poses, I realized there’s a lot I still can’t do, which gave me new goals to set for myself. For now the top of that list is this crazy backbend thing with straight legs on my elbows. Yeah, it sounds complicated … because it is. As soon as I tackle it though, I’ll snap and pic and post away, grateful for being able to hold it long…Read More