The Recap: The Swarovski Event With Eric Daman

{Bling by Swarovski. This one comes out this fall.} Last night, I slipped over to Lincoln Road for the Swarovski event with Eric Daman and Ria Michelle. Daman, for those who don’t know, is a famed costume designer from Gossip Girl and The Carrie Diaries. He dresses Serena van Der Woodsen, Blair Waldorf and Dan Humphrey for a living. Last night, however, he judged Miamians dressing the part of those characters. Turns out, Miami has Upper East Side style down pat. Here’s a look at the crystal-encrusted bash. {The man, the myth, the legend, Eric Daman and hostess Ria Michelle.} {Interviewing the competition for the Dress Like Your Favorite Gossip Girl character contest.} {The contestants, including Kelly Saks and Dianna Hughes.} OMG, it’s Blair and Chuck. OK, not really, but made you look twice. The big winner, Miami’s Blair: Kelly Saks. {Looking chic, Angeles Almuna wearing her own designs. I swear,…Read More



How to Wear High-Waisted Shorts

{Mexican scarf, Forever 21 tank, Ecote shorts, vintage necklace and bracelets, D&G sunnies and wedges.} High-waisted shorts rock. They pack all the stuff you’d rather not hang out behind a fabric panel, making it possible to wear shirts in ways you’d shy away from in your low-slung skinnies. I found this pair of dark denim shorts with back zipper and military-esque detail at TJ Maxx a few month back for next to nothing. And I promise you won’t be able to pry me out of them this summer. I’m currently looking for a pair in black, but haven’t been able to lock down any flat-front versions. Everything has buttons—waah waah. I’m all ears if you know where I can find some.  To rock your mom-esque shorts without looking mom-ish, boho it up with an abundance of accessories and a tucked-in tank. My favorite hippie dippy color this season is rust. …Read More

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Four Finds: Animal Instincts

{My little monsters.} I love animals. I have to. I have two ill behaved Yorkies, which I call Yorkshire Terrors, that I love for reasons I can no longer remember. I kid. Kind of, but not really. Seriously, they are cute but totally lacking in the manners department. When it comes to fashion, I also have a thing for critters and animal prints. This week, I got in touch with my wild side and found inspiration in these animal accessories. From locally designed to Ebay treasures, here are my four finds.  {The White Bear elephant necklace. Owner and Miami chick Lindsay Bleier hand paints all her lace creations and turns them into wearable art.} {Aldo leopard “Lego” scarf in the most perfect pastel peach and grey shades.} {Aldo sunnies with gold bird detail.} {Fish coin purse rescued from Ebay.}

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Miami's Second H&M Collaboration

{Maison Martin Margiela for H&M coming this fall.}  A few weeks ago H&M spokesperson Marybeth Schmitt told me at the Miami Beach pop-up shop that our first go at the brand’s designer collaborations would be Fashion Director Anna Dello Russo. The accessory line is due out near the time our first full-fledged H&M opens. But, as announced yesterday, Maison Martin Margiela will be putting out a clothing line this November, the 15th, to be exact, which will make it our first designer clothing collab.  Based on feedback from the Web, many are shocked the avant garde line would even consider a collab, despite the fact that Martin Margiela left his own line several years ago, placing it in the hands of Diesel, a mainstream brand. In keeping with its outside-the-box ideas, Maison Martin Margiela announced its partnership with this video of a sweater sketch. I’m not sure this will even be wearable in Miami come…Read More

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Colored Pencils

{Vintage halter top, Touch Boutique pencil skirt, Aldo necklace, unsigned bracelet, Anna Sui ring, vintage clutch, Patricia Pratt heels.}  I’m a sucker for a pencil skirt. They have that sexy retro ’50s Mad Men feel, which is why pairing this one (that I scored at last week’s style challenge) with leopard heels—also big in the ’50s—just feels natural.  But I don’t just like modern interpretations of vintage, I adore the real deal, too. I bought this halter top new 12 years ago when I was living in New York. No matter how many closet edits I make, this one always makes the cut, even if it’s eons between wears. Every handful of years, I haul it out and it feels fresh and new again. As for accessories, man, Aldo has stepped it up big time. I’ve been twice in the past two weeks and come home with excellent score both…Read More

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Four Finds at the Touch Boutique Style Challenge

Last night, I helped host and judge the Touch Boutique Style Challenge. The party was packed with savvy Miami girls styling looks that ranged from knock-out neon to bold blazers and breezy palazzo pants. Here’s a glimpse into the evening and my fab four finds for the week. (The accessories alone are worth a trip to Touch). {Awesome butterfly necklace and neon chevron bracelet.}  {Lace neon bralette and must-have leopard skit (with zipper detail in back).}  {Hostesses and judges: Me, Lori Riviere, Ria Michelle and Juliana Cardona. What a colorful crew.} {The scene.} {Eye candy.} Miami fashion bloggers unite. The hostesses with Ana Ortuño of Chic Streets & Eats.  {Styling force to be reckoned with and challenge winner for the night Courtney Bleier (r) with sister Lindsay Bleier (l), creator of White Bear Accessories.} {The winning look. Congrats, Courtney!} {What I wore: Touch Boutique neon- and tribal-print dress. House of Harlow…Read More



Keeping it Local with RaMona LaRue

{RaMona LaRue romper, Fly Boutique vintage necklace, Aldo bracelet, Jimmy Choo shoes.} I was recently invited to check out RaMona LaRue’s studio, a space located just above Isa Boutique in Midtown. Inside, racks upon racks of hand-painted silk designs bring the space to life. It’s a skill designer Arianne learned from her mother, Ramona, for whom the line is named. After losing her mom to cancer, Arianne created the line as an homage to this most influential person in her life. And RaMona LaRue was born.  {Orange, a prominent color in the current collection.} A true artist in every sense of the word, Arianne takes patterns, most of which are animal-print inspired, paints them onto her fabrics and then turns them into stunning boho-chic apparel. Her long, flowing dresses and kaftans are inspiring and ideal for Miami’s dreaded summer heat. And nearly all of her pieces transition from beachwear to…Read More



A Pop of Fuchsia

{MIA Shoes Limited Edition Vixen shoes (c/o MIA Shoes), Alexis top, Wet Seal shorts and vintage bangle.} Normally, I’m a red shoe kind of girl. There’s just something about rouge heels that screams classic. But these new fuchsia kicks are a modern replacement. In keeping with my local designer love affair, these shoes, called the Vixen, are made by Miami-based co MIA Shoes. And they give red pumps a run for their money. Check out the leopard-print soles. {As for makeup, I’m wearing Estee Lauder Double Wear Mascara in Black, NYC IndividualEyes Shadows in Smokey Greens, Bare Minerals All-Over Face Color in Glee, Brilliance New York Lipstick in True Love, Chanel Glossimer in 327 Sirocco and Estee Lauder Pure Color Nail Polish in Hot Coral. Whew, that’s a lot of stuff.} Keep Miami fashionable by supporting local business and check out MIA Shoes’ reward’s program online and on Facebook, where…Read More

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H&M-sanity in Miami Beach

{I called this.} Two and a half hours into the opening of H&M’s Miami Beach Pop-up shop, the line was wrapped around the block. Music blaring, a bullhorn, security—it was like a fashion crime scene. Once in, you weren’t limited to the amount of time you could spend in the store, but only a handful of people gained access at a time. The weirdest part? I was offered an “official H&M after party bracelet” for Set. I’ll try this again tomorrow when the H&M-sanity gets a chance to die down. {Literally wrapped around the block.} {And it just keeps going.}

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