Last week I attended Cosmopolitan En Espanol‘s 40th Birthday Bash celebrated by way of a Summer Splash Fashion Show held at Soho Beach House here in Miami. The evening was super sticky hot and crowded, but the show was great. This is a perfect venue for something like this with the extra long lap pool as a perfect runway setup. Some of the designers featured were: Barraca Chic, Zingara, Samsara Imports, Luli Fama, and Maya Swimwear. My favorite trends were the big floppy hats and chunky necklaces paired with the suits. Seeing all these swimsuit models made me wish I had skipped dessert that day (and every other day of my life thus far)! Blame it on the baby bump!
Dress: Velvet Torch | Necklace: Nordstrom | Handbag: Vintage | Shoes: Christian Louboutin
One of the many reasons why I love Miami is that there is always something going on. MAC had an “insiders” party that I attended last minute with some friends a few days ago. It was at the Wynwood Kitchen and Bar in Design District and was such a cool laid back event. I was on visual stimulation overload (in a good way) and could barely focus on one thing. There were human statues and living art exhibits everywhere surrounded by this beautiful mural-covered courtyard. I love this kind of crap!!
PS: How much fun are my 80′s inspired striped jeans from H&M?!
HAPPY FRIDAY AND HAPPY HAPPY EASTER WEEKEND!
I went to the Miami Beach International Fashion Week show last Friday and had a fabulous time. I really enjoyed the exhibitions prior to the show. They did a wonderful job of choosing the most original hand-crafted items from Vintage inspired hand-beaded bags (deserves a separate post, soon to come!) to custom Swarovski covered shoes. Below are some pictures of, another favorite of mine, beautiful hand-made leather clutches by Paola Peres (www.paolaperes.com). I loved that the ribbon on the clutches is removable and made to be able to match your look! Enjoy the pictures of some of my favorite pieces in the show!
Dress: Vintage Bisou Bisou | Shoes: Christian Louboutin | Purse: Vintage | Necklace: Nordstrom
Mr Christian Louboutin himself had quite the soiree last night at the Saks Fifth Avenue in Miami’s Bal Harbour Shops. The event was a celebration and shoe signing of his new “Capsule Collection” made especially for his 20 year anniversary in the biz. I loved how they incorporated a Miami touch to the event with complimentary Mojitos, Cuban sandwiches, Ceviche bites and live Latin music. We got a sneak peek at the ‘Capsule Collection’ (available to all in March) which included signature shoes as well as handbags – in the shape of an actual capsule. It goes without saying that they were all stunning. My favorite shoes were the ones pictures below with the invisible straps and little dainty bows. It is his ingenuity that makes this man a fashion genius!
Dress: Rachel Pally | Top: Nanette Lepore |Hat: Vintage | Shoes: Sam Edelman | Purse: Hobo
If you’re like me, you’ve fantasized about having a friend your exact size and shape, with killer style and a closet full of beautiful designer dresses up for the taking. Well, fantasize no more! This may be a concept most of us have heard about… think Jennifer Hudson in Sex and the City 2 renting her designer handbags in lieu of dishing out thousands from her personal assistant wage… now translate that into designer dresses… And that is our new stylish best friend Rent the Runway. The website has hundreds of designer dresses to choose from for a special occasion, vacation, or event. It all seems simple enough: You choose your dress; they ship 2 sizes of the dress to your home within 2 days; you can keep it 4-8 days and then return it in prepaid packaging. The price range is from $50- $500+. And did I mention that they rent bridesmaid dresses?! I mean really, who has worn their bridesmaid dresses twice? If only I’d known this last year…
As it comes to a close, it’s safe to say this weekend was a great one. Delicious dinners, BBQ at the park, Art Walk, Deco Art Festival and concluded it all with a fantastic facial! One of the highlights was my Saturday evening at the monthly Wynwood Art Walk. While browsing the galleries and munching on truck food delicacies, we went into this art meets fashion boutique called Haus Fashion (2527 NW 2nd Ave, Miami, FL 33127). I was drooling over their new vintage corner filled with some beeeautiful vintage pieces stocked by none other than one of the Sex and the City stylists. I live for discovering local vintage gems like these!
On my outfit: I purchased this cropped pea coat at Anthropologie for a crazy discount (paid $40, original cost was $200) and have been wearing it like crazy this Miami winter. I love to dress it up with my lovely vintage fur collar. The pants I wore are one of my 2011-steals-of-the-year. They’re Alexander McQueen wool trousers purchased at none other than TJ Maxx (I paid $90, original price $800+)!
Top: French Connection | Jacket: Anthropologie | Pants: Alexander McQueen | Shoes: Jeffrey Campbell | Purse: Vintage Coach
I went to the Jay-Z/ Kanye West “Watch the Throne” concert last week and found myself curious about what and who Kanye was wearing. Along with most other people I know, Kanye West gets on my nerves with his self-centered. self- important self, but what other rapper has a website named after them called : dresslikekanyewest.com ? Never ceasing to surprise, Kanye wore leather pants and a leather kilt throughout the concert changing his over sized t-shirts a couple of times (designed specifically for the tour by Riccardo Tisci of Givenchy). Being someone that thinks fashion isn’t just about following trends and trying to look like your favorite celebrity, I like that he went out on a limb and did something unexpected that felt right to him. Isn’t that what fashion is all about?! Especially coming from the macho-dominated rap scene, I say ‘yay’ to ‘Ye for his kilt-wearing fashion fearlessness!
One of the highlights of my week was attending the annual Sassy City Chicks Sample Sale held here in Miami Design District at the Moore building on Thursday (Oct 6th, 2011). It was basically a big ole girl shopping extravaganza. They charged $10 for general entry and $30 for VIP entry (free cocktails included and a gift bag). The building was a great venue; very ‘design-district-architectural-all white-everything’. There were three floors of pop-up shops of local boutiques and other female-geared merchants (jewelery, salons, local hand-crafted items etc) from all over the city. The event is supposed to feature sample sale prices, but I found that there many regularly priced items; overall prices ranged from $20 to $300+. I found out about it a bit late so I only had about 2 hours to spend there and it really wasn’t enough time! Nonetheless, I found a pair of bright orange/coral colored skinny jeans (from a local vendor – $68) and a super cute floral print dress (from a local boutique- $30 originally priced at $125!). Highlights: I thought this was a great one-stop-shop kinda-way to get to know the multitude of local boutiques that Miami has to offer. Downfalls: It got a bit crowded and it became difficult to browse since the pop-up shops are only so big (get there early). Overall: I recommend checking it out! This was my first time going to this event and I would definitely round up some girls and go again next year (check out the website for events in other cities).