Summer Ease in Sandals & Curls

Ruffles & Curls

Ruffles & Curls

Ruffles & Curls

Ruffles & Curls

Ruffles & Curls

Ruffles & Curls

Ruffles & Curls

Ruffles & Curls

Ruffles & Curls

Sandals – SAM&LIBBY   Canvas Clutch – TARGET   Sunglasses – ANNTAYLOR

When it comes to Summer there are a few things that I do to stay stylish and get through the heat with ease.  Dresses are always a go to for me and it’s all about accessorizing when it comes to dresses.  I designed this dress to be a stand alone piece that had enough volume and detail to pair with a simple pair of sandals and some statement jewelry.  The ruffles of this dress are voluminous and I love the way they flow perfectly over the shoulders.  You could really wear this dress loose like I styled it here or you could belt it and throw on some heels for a dressier look to wear to brunch or a daytime event.  I think dresses are my favorite pieces to design because there are so many details you can put into them.  I have definitely love the off-the-shoulder trend this season and I’m glad I got to put my own spin of it on some of my designs.

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I also want to give a shout-out to my amazing Beach-waver S1 curling iron.  It’s the perfect tool to make the perfect Summer waves and keeps my hair looking effortless and easy this Summer. I definitely recommend looking up the Beach-waver brand and finding the perfect tool for your hair, it will be a worthwhile investment.

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Keepin’ It Simple with Florals

Keepin' It Simple with Florals

Every time I sit down and start sketching a new design I really try to think of what I would wear and how it would appeal to other women. I am inspired by a number of things, but for this look I really wanted the fabric to flow but I wanted to keep a structure to it as well. I designed this top with the purpose of being able to interchange it in my wardrobe and style it with a nice pair of jeans and heels or a pair of shorts and sandals. I think it’s important to design pieces that will be versatile and that can mix-n-match with other items in my wardrobe. This idea can also be translated into shopping for pieces for your wardrobe as well. When you shop you should find pieces that you can wear with other items already in your wardrobe. When I choose to shop instead of designing my own pieces, I do look for pieces that I can mix-n-match or ones that I know will go with the look I want to go for.

Keepin' It Simple with Florals

Since this look has an all-over print I decided to keep my accessories pretty simple, I added on this sleek gold choker, with some simple beaded bracelets and a vintage leather clutch bag. I have a slight obsession with vintage bags, and this one is one of my favorite styles. I shopped vintage and thrift all the time growing up so my obsession continues. The one thing that I will suggest if you are going to do an all-over print or a set of some sort, try to keep your jewelry simple, you don’t want to mix prints with layers of jewelry and clothes. Keep it simple.

Keepin' It Simple with Florals

Keepin' It Simple with Florals

Keepin' It Simple with Florals

Keepin' It Simple with Florals

Keepin' It Simple with Florals

Keepin' It Simple with Florals

Keepin' It Simple with Florals

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Shop It: Chokers

Choker Style

l feel like it’s the 90’s all over again! From crop tops and cut-offs to chokers and bright lipsticks, the 90’s are definitely back to have some fun.  In the spirit of retro fashion today I want to focus on the choker trend that is everywhere right now.  You can pretty much shop this trend everywhere now so I thought it would be nice to share my top 3 favorite choker trends and you can shop them all straight from this post.  My top 3 favorite style chokers are lace, velvet & suede.  Lace chokers are a little more delicate and go great with the perfect little black dress or a fun edgy outfit like Maisie Williams.  A velvet choker is perfect if you want to try a more retro look with dark lip and a sexy slip dress or for a more casual look with high-waisted jeans and a t-shirt.  Lastly, if you want to try a suede choker, for a more boho look, you can try it with the off the shoulder trend or you can also pair it with a crop top and wide leg trousers.  There is so many ways to get creative with chokers, so get shopping and get your choker style on!

lace chokers

velvet chokers

suede chokers


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Day at the PAMM

PAMM

It’s amazing how sometimes when you live in a city, at times you can become so used to it, you can forget some of the hidden gems the city has to offer.  Here in Miami, there are so many places to see and visit, but this weekend I had the pleasure of visiting the beautiful Perez Art Museum of Miami.  The Perez Art Museum is a modern and contemporary art museum located right on the beautiful and scenic Biscayne Bay.  The Museum is complete with international and local art galleries, a museum shop, sitting terrace, museum restaurant name Verde, and a beautiful sculpture garden overlooking the water.  The entrance to the museum showcases pretty amazing and beautifully crafted hanging gardens surrounding the outside of the museum and on the terrace, they really are a site to behold, and pictures sometimes don’t do them justice.

The museum does free admission every second Saturday of the month and it’s really a place you can go with the whole family for a great experience.  My husband and I enjoyed all the wonderful exhibitions and toured the museum along with taking in a live musical performance in the museum auditorium.  I definitely recommend visiting if you aren’t from around Miami and if you live here it should be a must every few months to see new exhibitions and attend events as well.

My favorite exhibition was that of Doris Salcedo, a Colombian born artist and sculptor .  I had no idea what to expect when entering this exhibition.  When walking through the exhibition I began to feel a very strong emotional response and I felt a sadness, as if something very bad had happened in each scenario.  I went into the exhibition not knowing anything about the artist or her works, and when I finished I felt like I needed to know more about why I had such a strong reaction to the exhibition.  I decided to grab a pamphlet and read about the different art works and the meaning behind them.  While I waited for the concert to start, I began to read about how Doris’ work was influenced, and the materials she uses in her works. After reading the pamphlet, everything made more sense.

Doris Salcedo seeks to convey how trauma can make daily life strangely unfamiliar.  Her artwork attempts the difficult task of recovering individual dignity for victims of torture and violence, giving presence to the absent body, the marginalized, and those who remain invisible in the eyes of society.

Each piece has deep meaning, and I recommend, that if you go and see this exhibition, to take the pamphlet with you and read what each individual exhibition means.  One quote that she used to describe her work called Plegaria Muda really stood out to me and made me really think of all the things going on in today’s world, she said: ” I hope that, in spite of everything, life might prevail, even in difficult conditions.”  I have learned that no matter where you go, or who you speak with or the encounters you have, you never know what you are going to learn.  Life is full of opportunities to learn and grow and that’s what my visit to the PAMM did for me.  I hope you will all enjoy my photos and that you will take the time to visit and see all the museum has to offer.

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Stay Cool This Summer

Stay Cool This Summer

The one way that I can describe Miami right now is…HOT HOT HOT!!! There is no escaping the heat at all right now and no matter what you do it’s hard to stay cool sometimes, It’s a crazy hot Summer.  The advantage however, is that we get beautiful sunny days filled with lots of green and blooms!.  So, in this week’s post I wanted to share with you all some styling tips to help keep you and your look cool this Summer.  I always have a strategy when it comes to beauty & style and looking great in the Miami Heat.  Check out my tips below, and if you have anything you do daily to stay cool, enter them in the comments below! I would love to hear all about them.

Tip No.1

Trade in your denim cutoffs for a cute pair of light shorts with feminine details such as cutouts, scallops or lace.  I got this fun pink pair at New York & Company and they literally had them in every fun Summer color you need.

Tip No.2

HATS are your friend this Summer.  Whether it’s a beach day, a brunch with the girls, or a casual shopping trip, always take a hat with you in case you will be outside and you can keep your look stylish and stay cool as well.  I am loving this Panama hat I found at Ann Taylor, it’s perfect for just about any look I wanna pull off.  I also have a few straw fedoras I have on stand by that i love to add to my looks.

Tip No.3

Switch out your statement necklace for delicate jewelry pieces.  I love a good statement piece when I am going to work or a fun indoor event, but if  you know you will be outdoor, lighter pieces will help keep you stylish and feel less bulky.

Stay Cool This Summer

Tip No.4

Trade in your heels for a flirty pair of Summer Sandals.  I love heels just as much as the next girl, but my Summer sandals keep me going and with all the great styles out there right now, you can keep your look super stylish.  These metallic lovelies I am wearing are from Ann Taylor and they have braided detailing and a cute bow detail. try something fun with tassels and pom poms as well.

Tip No. 5

HYDRATE.  Always keep a water bottle in your bag.  No matter where you go you should always keep cold water on you to keep you cool and hydrated all day long.

Stay Cool This Summer

Stay Cool This Summer

Stay Cool This Summer

Stay Cool This Summer

Stay Cool This Summer

 

Stay Cool This Summer

Stay Cool This Summer

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Shop It: Espadrilles

Hello All! I don’t know about you, but when it comes to Summer I crave sandals in all different shapes, styles, and heel heights.  One of the styles I have seen everywhere this season is the espadrille.  Espadrilles are the perfect vacation shoe style, because they can be paired with so many different looks.  No matter where you are vacationing this Summer there is an espadrille out there for you.  So, that being said I have gone ahead and created a shopping list so you can shop all my top picks in espadrilles in sandals, flats and wedges.

ESPADRILLE Sandals

Best paired with a cute little sundress or cut off jeans and an off the shoulder top.

ESPADRILLE Wedges

Best paired with boyfriend jeans and a t-shirt or with an off the shoulder sundress.

ESPADRILLE Flats

Best paired with a cute flouncy skirt and tee or shorts and a feminine top.

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