The Little Art Deco Hotel That Could

{Wearing: Vest: Vintage (see DIY tutorial here). Tank: Vince. Skirt: c/o Blush Boutique. Shoes: Ms. Nichols If You’re Nasty Stiletto Mules c/o Entourage. Photographed by Jorge Camaraza} So I have this whole thing for Art Deco hotels, which living in Miami Beach, works in my favor. For eons, The Raleigh has been my favorite. And then I stumbled upon The Plymouth. It was love at first sight at this little spot located right next to The Bass Museum. The outside is cute, but it’s modest. And much like a good book, you can’t tell what beautiful story lies inside based on its cover alone. Once you make your way past the vintage sign and into its doors, you know you’ve found something special. This place is adorable. The color scheme alone is fantastic: peach with dark brown, black, white, aqua. It’s perfection. I got to enjoy it on a staycation…Read More

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When the Vacation Ends …

Post vacation Mondays are pretty much like getting gum on not just the bottom, but the side of your shoe. They suck. Epically. I know, because I’m living one. After arriving home at midnight from spring break bliss (more to come on that soon), I woke up to deadlines, unpacked suitcases, a request from the realtor to see the house, mountains of laundry, a dead houseplant (sorry, Mother Nature) and nothing to eat or drink in the fridge. Calgon, er, Aveda, take me away. I have a stash of Aveda Chakra Balancing Body Mists for such occassions. My gift set has all seven of the offerings. You, however, can purchase individuals here. There are ones to make you feel balanced, nourished, to give you intention, give you harmony, help you be expressive, give insightful and have wisdom. I could basically deal with all of those today. You simply spray, set your…Read More

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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

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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

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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 to reserve a spot for yourself. Go yoge! You’ll be happy you did.  

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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

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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

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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

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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.

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