Nov13

And Now in Miami Fashion News … Santika

 {Wearing: Santika. Photographed by Erin Newberg} I recently got the opportunity to meet celebrity stylist Danny Santiago in his stunning Miami home and experience his latest project: his own clothing line alongside his friend and jewelry designer Erika Pena. Its name: Santika (a hybrid of Santiago and Erika). Its look and feel: ‘70s resort with a flair for glam. Think ornate caftans, short rompers, knit bikinis, crocheted vests, stunning dresses and more. The color scheme includes flowing whites, vibrant purples, sky blues and burnt oranges. While the designs were initially meant to be worn over swimwear to and from the beach, the flowing fabrics, bright colors and stellar shapes easily make them pieces that Miami girls, like myself, will simply dub clothes, not coverups. I immediately fell in love with the collection, which will be available this month, both online at santikadesign.com, as well as at The Fontainebleau. It’s no surprise I have a thing for…Read More

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Nov11

Three is a Magic Number

{Wearing: Knit Dress: c/o Kore Boutique. Floppy Hat: c/o Kore Boutique. Booties: c/o Ecco. Photographed by me.} One thousand and ninety-five. Think of it in terms of days. Now think of it in terms of blank WordPress pages. Each week, I come to this back end of my site and I unload whatever thoughts, feelings, emotions I have pent up inside of me. And today, as Electric Blogarella turns three, I come again to a blank page. A page where I’m supposed to take three years and sum them up. It is not, by any means, an easy task. But it’s one that I do because it gives me purpose. I have come to these pages time and time again with my joys, my sorrows and I have put my life into words. I know it’s supposed to be a “fashion blog,” but, for me, it’s a diary, a documentation…Read More

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Nov04

Dear Sun, I Hate You (Not a Love Story)

{Wearing: Top: Blush. Bikini Top: Mi Ola. Harem Pants: From the motherland of harem pants, Ibiza. Braids: Blo Midtown. Photographed by my awesome mama Beth Culbreth.} Here I am jumping on the bed. Why? Because, thanks to you, time change, that’s basically all beds are good for these days. Today, we’re talking about Daylight Savings Time and how IT SUCKS. While the rest of Miami’s bloggers are throwing on coats and boots and hats and scarves and talking about the chill in the air, I’m going to tackle the other topic plaguing the norm. (It’ also a relevant excuse to post these yoga pics mom took on my recent trip home.) Let me set the scene: It’s 5;45 p.m. on Monday. The sun is starting to run for cover. Soon, darkness will fall. And my brain will perceive 6 p.m. as 10 p.m. Shortly after, internal clock chaos will ensue. As…Read More

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Nov02

The Big 2014 Halloween Reveal

We’ve been scarecrows, the cast of Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory and characters from Cat and the Hat. So this year, when it came time to plan the annual Harris Halloween costume, Mills and I decided to be something fitting—wild indians. Trust me, if anyone lives up to the name, it’s us. We were actually inspired by our collection of Flash Tattoos and a friend who showed me the beautiful headdress he was going to wear. I immediately knew if I put together a native-themed outfit bits and pieces would get a second use at Coachella. A load of fringe, suede, beads and feathers, hand sewing and glue-gunning later, tada, We made the transition and I gave myself a Martha Stewart-sized pat on the back. What I couldn’t do, I left to the professionals. I bought my headdress at a local costume shop. Blo Midtown awesomely braided our hair, Leslie…Read More

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Oct30

What to Wear on a Date

{Wearing: Date Night Dress: c/o Marshalls. Shoes: Aldo. Bag: The Find Auctions. Necklace: Isa Boutique. Photographed by me.} So, I’m dating. In Miami. Which is a whole book in and of itself. Let’s just say it’s interesting and leave it at that. I mean, I never in my wildest dreams thought that at 36 I’d be dating. But I am. In fact, the last time I dated, I was in my early 20s. It was a pre-social media, early era of cell phones kind of world. All of that technology has impacted—good or bad—the dating world. Today, you can log on to the Web, search someone’s name, see which friends you have in common, call said friend, ask where in the “cool or a creeper realm” the person falls and then set the ball into motion or put the breaks on with a screeching, grinding halt. Back in the dark…Read More

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Oct23

Confidence 101

{Wearing: Designer Dress: c/o Marshalls. Bag: c/o Marshalls. Leopard Heels: Guess. Photographed by the always entertaining Erin Newberg.} Here’s the awesome thing about working from home: I can stay in my PJs all the live long day, if I so choose. And I make that choice more than I’m willing to admit. Here’s the not so awesome thing: On those occasions when I need to take a meeting or go to an interview, I have to find something to wear. And sometimes (OK, most of the time) trying to peg the perfect outfit results in a trashed bedroom, a mad panic and a constant questioning of “Does this look OK,” because, let’s face it, how you dress has a large impact on your mood. In fact, a great pair of shoes, a new dress, even a fab bag can give you a boost of confidence. Out of 1,000 women surveyed…Read More

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Oct21

Mama, I’m Comin’ Home

{Wearing: Dress: c/o Kore Boutique. Statement Necklace: c/o Kore Boutique. Booties: via Bib + Tuck. Photographed by my Mama.} I live in Miami, which is in Florida (this is not geography for small children, so stick with me, there’s a point to this). My mom lives in what she thinks is Florida, but is actually the Panhandle, which technically is in the Sunshine State, but it’s a 10-plus hour drive away and is in a completely different time zone. Same state, different time zone. Riddle me that. Plus it gets cold there. And the flight home costs $500 and requires you to in most cases leave the state just to fly back into it. Oh, Florida. Because it is Florida, and I work as the Shopping Insider for the state at Visit Florida, I got to take a trip home to film a segment in Grayton Beach. Not only did…Read More

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Oct16

Gone Girl

{Wearing: Graphic Tank: c/o Ever Ivy Isabella Tank. Skirt: American Apparel Suede Circle Skirt. Shoes: Aldo Wedges. Necklace: Vintage. Photographed by me.} Soon enough below I’m going to say derogatory things about Gone Girl, which I know makes me that one percent who goes against the grain, so I’m going to try and win some points here before I lose some. My awesome graphic-print tank from Ever Ivy could be yours, along with a host of other cool things. One week from today on October 23, I’m giving away a Curated Fashion and Beauty Box from Ever Ivy that’s valued at $215. Inside the “Live Outside of the Box” giveaway, find: *An Ever Ivy Isabella Tank Print (value $167) *A Seraphina Hex Hybrid Necklace (value $48) *An Essie Nail Polish in Chinchilly (value $9) *An Ever Ivy Scented Soy Candle (value $18)  To enter, click here: mia.liveoutsideofthebox.com.  My comments are broken…Read More

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Oct09

Leather Weather

{Wearing: On Me: Dress: Touch. Moto Vest: Vintage. Booties: Bib + Tuck. Bag: Marc Jacobs. Necklace: Vintage from Fly Boutique. Hair: Nue Todd at Nue Studio. On Kid: Top: Gap Kids. Leggings: Target. Booties: Gap Kids. Glasses: c/o OptiWow. Photographed by me.} In recent days, several things have happened to confirm it’s my favorite time of the year: 1) Pumpkin-flavored everything has taken over stores. 2) The Autumn Mix bag of candy corn has arrived. 3) My family is posting pics of the fall festival up north and dropping hints that divinity (my most favorite sweet treat ever) will arrive 4) The guy dressed as Super Mario is back on the corner swinging his Halloween store sign 5) At 8 a.m. in Miami, it’s now 79 degrees, instead of 92. Sure, that may still sound like “summer” to you non-Miamians, but here, it’s legit fall. It’s time to start riding my…Read More

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