Mara Hoffman is the Queen of Swim Week

{Dress: Mara Hoffman Racerback Maxi Dress c/o Zappos.com. Headpiece: So Good Jewelry. Cuff: Flea market find. Bag: Hunting Season. Photographed by Maria Tettamanti.} There, I said it. After days of looking at tribal prints at Mercedes Benz Fashion Week Swim, none can hold a candle to those created by Mara Hoffman. Her colors, her patterns, her shapes, her textures—they are untouchable. Every year I look forward to her show, like hundreds of other fashionistas. Is it the boho factor that sucks us in? Perhaps, but I think it’s also the added extra fashion element. We see her cover-ups and know we won’t just be wearing it to the beach. It’s going to be our Saturday day/night dress, too. She gets a Miami girl’s style. And this year was no exception. This year Hoffman broke her mold. She changed up her game. The fictional globetrotting bohemian who inspires her looks (who last year took…Read More



Meet Marchesa

The stunning and amazingly talented Keren Craig. Last week, I got the once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to meet and interview Keren Craig of Marchesa. The designer was in town introducing her spring and resort 2014 collections to the crowd at Neiman Marcus at Bal Harbour Shops. Turns out, she’s just as amazing as her gowns. Check out my interview with her at World Red Eye.    



Look at the Brain on Shahs of Sunset’s Lilly Ghalichi

The overabundance of hair, boobs and lashes. A dog that only walks in circles. A Birkin in a dirty Mexican nightclub. Three solid reasons why Shahs of Sunset and, more specifically, Lilly Ghalichi is a guilty pleasure. But in addition to her glam squad and Barbie-esque proportions, she has brains, too. A savvy business woman, the well-coiffed reality star will be in town tomorrow for a trunk show at Alene Too for her swimwear line, Have Faith Swimgerie, and her lash line, Lilly Lashes. I leapt at the chance to get the scoop on this fellow fashion blogger and her time on TV.  What’s your favorite suit from the line?  It’s called Sailor Barbie, and I wore it on the yacht on Shahs. It’s our modern twist to the retro high-waist bikini. To make it younger, we cut the butt really sexy. It’s not a thong, and it’s not a Brazilian. We like…Read More



Electric Blogarella Bella Cinthia Santos

{Meet Cinthia.} I met Cinthia the first time I visited Ramona LaRue’s offices. She was decked out in head-to-toe black and looked chic and rocker-ish at the same time. The next time I spotted her at the Chloe show at Soho House during Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Swim. She was wearing a floral Ramona LaRue maxi dress that was just beautiful. Here she is at the fall preview at Ramona LaRue’s office a couple of weeks back. She managed to take a boho chic dress and give it punk edge. I love her ability to blend styles. And that’s why she is this week’s Electric Blogarella Bella. Name: Cinthia Santos Claim to Fame: Assistant Designer and Textile Designer for Ramona LaRue and freelance graphic designer/artist. Wearing: Ramona LaRue maxi dress, Betsey Johnson necklace, Michael Kors watch and my favorite vest from eBay. Sum up your style: Yikes. I would say artsy…Read More



Electric Blogarella Bella Christy Cartaya

{Meet Christy.} I caught up with Christy Cartaya at the Skaist Taylor preview at Neiman Marcus at the Village of Merrick Park. Her bold-hued pants, colorful top and rose-gold accessories made her an instant Bella. Christy isn’t just a sharp dresser, she’s a PR powerhouse. From rubbing elbows with hotrod-driving celebs, thanks to her job at The Collection, to patching up boo-booed knees on her two adorable tots, she tackles it all in style. Name: Christy Cartaya Claim to Fame: Director of Public Relations and Communications at The Collection. Wearing: Zara top and pants with L.A.M.B. platform pumps. Sum up your style: Business (with a twist) by week, and mommy-proof by weekend. Most treasured item in your closet: My shoes. All of them. Secret shopping go-to spot: Off 5th. Thank me later. Beauty tip: Wear sunscreen every day, girls. I started too late. When you were a kid you wanted to…Read More



Electric Blogarella Bella Liana de Mena

{Meet Liana.} The perfect bun, the Peter Pan collar, the two-toned shoes—the minute Liana de Mena walked into Neiman Marcus at Merrick Park for the Skaist Taylor viewing, I knew she was Bella material. I’ve known Liana for almost as long as I’ve been a Miamian. We met at a book club a decade and change ago, where we discussed chick lit that I only pretended to read. (I hate chick lit almost as much as I hate chick flicks.) Nevertheless, the company was great, worth tolerating bad literature for. Ever the savvy business gal, this entrepreneur (she started her own company along with a gal pal) and event planner in Miami isn’t above raiding her sister’s closet and turning a table of ladies who lunch into bun-craving hair harpies. Deets below, so get reading. Name: Liana de Mena Claim to Fame: Owner of The Agency Events. Wearing: J. Crew ballet…Read More



Electric Blogarella Bella Veronica Brown

{Meet Veronica.} I recently met Veronica Brown at the Touch Boutique Tax Free Weekend fete, where I scored the most stunning lace bodysuit —more on that to come soon. Veronica’s bold jeans caught my eye. And I just loved her red lipstick. Putting a look together is easy for Veronica, as she’s a personal shopper and stylist. Trust me, if you want to know where to find the latest this or that, she’s your go-to girl. And bargains—don’t even get her started. She has radar for a good deal. But enough about my take on this Bella. Read what she has to say for herself. Name: Veronica R. Brown Claim to Fame: Stylist, wardrobe consultant and personal shopper, with my own biz, Ce Magnifique, creating/styling looks for special occasions (engagement, annaversary, boudior, trash the dress). Find me at Infowardrobestylist@gmail.com. Wearing: Zara graphic tee. Nordstrom  jeans. Vintage little black jacket. Sam Edleman…Read More



Electric Blogarella Bella Savera Chopra

{Meet Savera.} I spotted Savera Chopra at the Ready, Set, Swim kick-off to swim week at Emena Spa. It was her pants that first caught my eye. I totally wanted to steal them. Paired with her denim top and amazing necklace, I just knew she was a Bella. Savera actually sells accessories and tunics and had a table of her wares at the event. The site for her brand will be launch soon, so be on the lookout. In the meantime, find her on Instagram at saveras_closet and check out what this Bella has to say about her own style. Name: Savera Chopra Claim to Fame: The upcoming brand of Savera Chopra. Wearing: J.Crew shirt, Zara pants, necklace from the Savera Chopra collection. Sum up your style: Elegant that’s inherently sexy. Most treasured item in your closet: It’s usually my latest buy. Secret shopping go-to spot: The shops at London’s Heathrow Airport. I…Read More



Electric Blogarella Bella Ayesha Ibrahim

{Meet Ayesha.} I spotted this Electric Blogarella Bella at Fashion Bloggers Do It Better. It was her whole package-ness that caught my eye. From the hair to the dress, this girl has a look. Turns out Ayesha is a designer with her own line called ASMI. She’s as stylish as you’d expect a designer to be. Plus, her skin is flawless. Check out her tips for dressing, designing and getting that glow. And, on a personal note, thanks for making the connection to Skye Edwards for me. I was a huge Morcheeba fan. Name: Ayesha Ibrahim Claim to Fame: Fashion designer for the clothing line ASMI. Wearing: ASMI Sum up your style: Casual meets elegant meets a bit of funk. Most treasured item in your closet: I would have to say my black blazer. First let me say I am a big fan of blazers, and I have them in…Read More