Jul28

Do Not Disturb

{Wearing: Set from Touch Boutique. Photographed by me.} The best part of staying in a hotel … jumping on the bed! But as far as the people at Epicurean know, this never happened. I’m a totally respectable hotel guest. I recently took an overnight trip to Tampa for work and stayed at the Epicurean. The place is amazing. It’s a hotel designed around a gourmand experience  with walls made from vintage wine boxes. Clearly, my kind of spot. I’ve never explored Tampa, so when I found out the hotel had vintage-looking cruisers, I hit the street and started pedalling. The town sits just off the water’s edge and the buildings have a charming quality that begs to be photographed. Speaking of photographing, a local stopped their car and yelled at me to get off the tracks, because “train tracks are dangerous.” Um, only if trains are actually coming, but thanks for the warning. After…Read More

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May22

The Great Outdoors

{Dress: Touch Boutique. Shoes: Aldo. Bracelet: c/o Express. Photographed by me.} I’ve always told myself I would make over the backyard just as soon as I finished the inside of the house. Well, that finally happened, so it was time to move to the great outdoors. I’m three weeks in and there’s still a summer’s worth left to tackle. First stop: Ikea for lawn furniture. Here’s the thing about Ikea, you can’t just go there once and get everything you need. Tomorrow they will have the final cushion you need for your couch. Tomorrow they will have the stand for your umbrella. Tomorrow you will have to drive 45 minutes, buy your kiddo mac and cheese again, pray to god they got in the last cushion you need, end up buying three more things you didn’t anticipate, run over your foot 15 times by those damn shopping cart wheels that…Read More

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Apr25

Coachella: Three Strange, Wonderful Days

{Dress: Touch Boutique. Bikini Top: c/o Peixoto. Bikini Bottom: The Orchid Boutique. Headpiece: So Good. Necklace: c/o Jewels by Dunn. Shoes: c/o Marshalls. Photographed by Franky Arriola.} One week ago today I started my musical desert adventure. Here’s a look back on those three beautiful days and everything that came along with them. And We’re Off  This was only my second-ever trip to California. It’s so beautiful—mountains, the desert, a sky so blue you can feel the color. After strapping on our Coachella bands, we were ready to see what this whole thing was all about. (P.S. after three days of wearing that wrist band you start to feel like an animal in the wild that’s been tagged. But cutting it off means the adventure is over, so I enjoyed it’s soggy bliss while I was trapped inside it.) The Music  Being at Coachella was like living inside of my…Read More

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Jun11

Road to Nowhere

{Top: Touch Boutique. Skirt: Blush Boutique. Necklace: c/o Express. Bracelet: Vintage. Shoes: Jessica Simpson.} Robert Frost wrote in The Road Not Taken: Two roads diverged in a wood, and I  I took the one less traveled by, And it has made all the difference. In life you don’t always have Google Maps telling you to turn here or exist there. If Apple were so kind as to offer one, I’d buy it in a heartbeat. But the truth is, sometimes you have to rely on your intuition to guide you. The paths you choose set the course for where you will be today, tomorrow and 10 years down the road. Too often I want to floor it and get to the end of the path to see where it leads. And after a series of wrong turns I just want to throw the car in reverse and act as though…Read More

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Jun05

Orange Crush

{Jacket: Touch Boutique. Tank: Gap. Shorts: Target. Shoes: Zara. Bag: Vintage Reign. Necklace: c/o Jami } Because you knew this wasn’t the last time you’d see these shoes. And speaking of orange, some of my favorite songs are about the color (hence the name of this post). I actually interviewed R.E.M.’s Michael Stipe once upon a time. He was awesome and motivated me to vote (it was an election year and voting was something I’d never done before). He told me if I ever wanted to see a woman be president, and I do, that I needed to get out there and vote for the party that would most likely pave that way. So I did. And I’m still waiting, Mr. Stipe. Still waiting. But I know it will happen eventually. Whoa, am I talking politics in June. This heat must be getting to me. Photographed by David Marc Harris.

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May23

Crazy Pants

{Touch Boutique pants. Alexis top. Elizabeth and James shoes. Fly Boutique vintage necklace.} In my grandmother’s backyard is the most perfect tree for crawling up into. And that’s exactly what I did when I was a kid. I’d wedge myself between the branches, lifting and pulling, until I reached my limit. Then, I’d sit on the branch and take it all in. One day on my way back down, however, I left my good grace behind, got stuck on a branch, ripped my pants and was left hanging there, like a human Christmas tree ornament. Thankfully, I didn’t get these wild ones stuck in a branch. But climbing trees in platform wedges is a feat in and of itself. You can find these shoes on Bib + Tuck. Use the code electricblogarella to become a member. And seriously, make a date to clean out your closet this weekend and list your stuff. Your reward? Free…Read More

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Mar14

Thalassophobia

{California Waves Polka Dot Bikini Bottom and Hula Honey Halter Bikini Top c/o Macys.com from the womens swimwear selection. Carter & Co First Mate beach bag c/o Carter & Co. Kaanas espadrilles c/o Kaanas. Fly Boutique vintage silver bangle. Touch Boutique turquoise bangle. Kiddo in Hello Kitty tankini. Target glasses. Havaianas flip-flops.}  I like long walks on the beach, sunsets and … just kidding. I do like a good beach stroll, though. And after this weird winter-ish blast—which magically disappears mid-afternoon and then returns at night—I’m happy to be back on the beach with kiddo in tow. But as much as I love the beach, that’s how much I hate the ocean. For some reason, my family let me watch a Jaws marathon once when we were on vacation in Destin, Florida (that’s lower Alabama for those of you who haven’t ventured there). There I sat, watching the great white rip innocent swimmers limb…Read More

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Feb19

Look Both Ways Before Crossing

My dad introduced me to the Beatles when I was a kid. And hubby and I introduced Milly to them right after she was born. We’re all big fans. So, when I went on the Miami Art Museum bike tour of Wynwood a couple of weekends ago and I spotted this tripped out crosswalk, the first thing I thought of was a modern day Abbey Road. It’s a work commissioned by Miami Biennale and the Knight Foundation by artist Carlos Cruz-Diez and dedicated to the late Tony Goldman, the man who made Wynwood happen. And it’s the first-ever artistic cross walk in Miami. Upon seeing it, I got the idea to shoot kiddo and I re-interpreting the album cover. And that’s exactly what we this past weekend on a brisk Sunday morning. Just down the street, Art Wynwood was showing local artists’ work in a Basel-style tent. And here we…Read More

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Jan10

Fringe Benefits

There’s just something about a fringe blazer that makes you want to spin around like a record. Either that, or extreme gesticulating will ensure upon wearing one, you know, so you can watch your fringe dance. And anything that makes you want to dance is a good thing, right? {Touch Boutique fringe blazer. H&M top. Prps jeans. Aldo booties. Vintage boho necklace.} Photographed by David Marc Harris.

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