Mar12

Breaking Blogger News

{Top: The Convertible Sleeve Portifino Shirt c/o Express. Shorts: High Rise Cutoff Denim Shorts c/o Express. Necklace: Mixed Bead Charm and Tassel Necklace and Horse Charm Pendant c/o Express. Bracelets: c/o Express. Bracelet: Abeque bracelet c/o Tiklari. Hat: Missoni for Target. Boots: Vintage. Photographed by me.} We interrupt this blog post for a breaking news alert: Thursday’s Express Runway Show will be hosted by none other than Kate Upton. Yup, the model who has graced the cover of magazines like Sports Illustrated Swimsuit issue, will get the party started at the Raleigh tomorrow (Thursday, March 13). Funny story: The boyfriend (Franky Arriola) and I actually became friends on social media because of a post regarding Kate Upton. Wow, how things have come full circle. Isn’t it funny how things work out that way? Can’t wait to snap a pic with the three of us tomorrow night. See you there. Be sure to RSVP to…Read More

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Mar10

It’s an Express Fashion Show and You’re Invited

{Top: c/o Express. Skirt: High Yoke Waist Midi Pencil Skirt c/o Express. Necklaces: Mixed Stone and Box Chain Necklace and Thread Wrapped Chain, Bead and Stud Necklace c/o Express. Bracelets: Rhinestone Embellished Hinge Bracelet in silver and hermatite c/o Express. Shoes: Jill Stuart. Photographed by me.} Express fashion show at my favorite hotel in Miami Beach? Yes, please. Join me, along with some of my favorite blogger sisters, on Thursday, March 13, for the Express Runway Show at The Raleigh Hotel (1775 Collins Ave., Miami Beach). The party gets underway at 4 p.m. with a DJ set by A-Trak, a special appearance by Chris Bosh and even a special celeb guest that you’ll just have to wait to see. The fashion show kicks off at 7 p.m., so bring your smart phone because you’re going to want to Instagram and hashtag the looks with #EXPRunway. You must be 21+ to attend, so be sure to RSVP to rsvp@express.com by March 12. In the off chance you…Read More

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Mar07

Casual Fridays

{Shirt: Forever21. Bra: Else Serenity Set c/o byChezBoutique.com. Shorts: Distressed Denim Boyfriend Shorts from Touchdolls.com. Sunnies: Quimby Absinthe c/o Warby Parker. Bag: Belaga Handbag c/o Ecco. Shoes: Jeffrey Campbell from Bib + Tuck. Necklace and bracelets: Vintage. Photographed by me} It’s casual Friday, so let’s chill and wax philosophic. And because I haven’t done this in a long, long time, here are random thoughts by me. As I mentioned on Facebook the other day, here are two things that, for reasons I can’t understand, don’t exist but need to: 1.) A gas truck that makes a weekly visit to your house. 2.) A manicure/pedicure salon with adjoining car wash so you can get your nails did AND your car washed at the same time. There are food trucks and mobile boutiques, so why don’t we have a mobile mani/pedi salon? Schmidt was on Ugly Betty as a cocky, suit-wearing assistant eons before he was on New…Read More

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Mar05

Shopping Local

{Dress: Style Mafia Turpin Dress. Bracelets: Forever 21. Shoes: Steve Madden. Photographed by me.} The other day I got to film my first segment for the new jobby job, VisitFlorida.com, where I serve as the shopping insider. For my first piece, we toured Sunset Harbour and all of its shopping aspects. I stopped in at Peace Love World and chatted up creator Alina, who has some amazing stuff coming up. She is a force to be reckoned with. Then, I headed to Eberjey to check out the latest. Next, it was Metta, which offers eco-friendly products, as well as goods that give back to the community and support worldwide charities. Then, it was over to Cottage Miami to see what guys are shopping for these days and, finally, a stop at Blush, where 90 percent of my closet hails from. The segment takes a good four to six weeks to…Read More

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Mar04

Channeling Lupita Nyong’s Oscar Dress

{On me: Dress: Designer dress c/o T.J. Maxx. Shoes: Designer shoes c/o T.J. Maxx. Headband: Vintage. Bracelets: Vintage. Photographed by me.} T.J. Maxx and Marshall‘s challenged several bloggers to recreate their favorite Oscar red carpet look this week. And I was lucky enough to be part of the challenge. Without a doubt, Lupita Nyong was the best dressed at the 2014 Academy Awards. From her gown to her speech—”No matter where you are from, your dreams are valid”—it was her night. So when I considered the challenge, I felt compelled to make her Prada gown and Fred Leighton diamond headband into a look that worked off the red carpet. For me, the most outstanding feature of her dress was the lightness of it. From the beautiful pale blue shade, to the flow of the fabric, it felt light, feminine, effortless. The deliberate lack of jewelry (wearing only a simple bracelet, earrings and the…Read More

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Feb28

Four Finds: A Girl’s Best Friend

Marilyn Monroe sang it best: “Diamonds are a girl’s best friend.” Who I am to argue? But did you know that when her estate was auctioned off decades later that most of Marilyn’a jewelry was actually costume? Few of the pieces were actual diamonds. Be it diamonds, crystals or rhinestones, here are a few pieces that sparkle that I think the blonde bombshell herself would approve of. Happy Friday. The Earrings I blame Oprah for my unhealthy obsession with diamond studs. These Princess-Cut Diamond Solitaire Studs from MyJewelryBox.com may not be as big as Harpo’s, but in my book, 1.0 carats will do. The Ring Putting a new spin on diamond rings, this Digby + Iona Diamond Signet Ring from Catbird NYC comes with wax so you can make your seal official on your correspondence. The Bracelet This Swarovski Arty Large Bracelet is one big dose of sparkle. And the black leather cuff gives it edge….Read More

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Feb27

The Wrong Side of the Tracks

{Top: c/o Zamrie Versatile Vida Tank in Charcoal. Belt: Alexis. Short: Shopblush.com. Booties: Bib & Tuck. Bag: Furla Cortina Shoulder Bag c/o the newly revamped Furla at The Village of Merrick Park. Photographed by me.} And now, tales from the trenches—blogger edition. I have always hopped fences and snuck into construction sites to shoot pics for my blog. And like a laundry list of bloggers, I’ve been run off and yelled at for using these backgrounds. (And you thought we just wore clothes and smiled at the camera. Trust me, there’s a lot more that goes into it.) But now that I’ve been shooting my own pics (thanks to my trusty tripod and remote), trespassing has become more of a mission, as I don’t have a partner in crime to help bear the load. So, the other night, I found part of a train on the tracks in Miami proper. I just knew I…Read More

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Feb26

Swap Shop

If you’ve ever been a fan of clothing swaps—and let’s face it, who isn’t? (Cleaning out your closet and getting free stuff? Win, win.) Let me introduce you to Swapdom.com. The site takes swapping to new levels.  After joining, I recently listed three pieces of jewelry I haven’t worn in eons. Then, I perused the site and found a new pair of shoes and a bag I thought were cute. I requested to swap my items for these. What Swapdom.com does is, it creates a circle of people who like your this and you like another person’s that and this person over here wants the first person’s something … here, watch the video, it explains it better than I ever will. After picking items you’d like to swap for, you show what goods you have up for grabs. Then, swapdom.com does the work to create a circle of swapping. Once…Read More

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Feb25

A Day at the Beach

{Rashguard: Vitamin A Stella Stripe c/o The Orchid Boutique. Bikini bottom: Vitamin A Stella Stripe c/o The Orchid Boutique. Photographed by me.} Finally! Basel is done. The Boat Show is pulling its final pieces of flotsam out of the water. And we’ve all gargled Tums after a weekend of SBWFF. For one glorious week we’re show, festival and fair free. (Miami International Film Festival doesn’t start until March 7, and we have until at least the 20th of March before Winter Music Conference and it’s fur-covered ravers invade our turf). Life, as we know it, can resume to normal (or an normal as things get around here). Alton Road traffic will just be run-of-the-mill Alton Road traffic. And the beach may actually have a plot or two for the locals. For nearly one week, we get Miami back. It’s ours. Sweet, glorious ours. Yeah. And it couldn’t come at a better time. It’s that time of…Read More

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