SFF + Concrete Runway

After a long day at work, nothing brightens my day quite like coming home to a care package from one of my favorite online boutiques! Especially when that online boutique just so happens to be Concrete Runway. With the excitement of 5 year old on Christmas morning, I mangled my way into the package to find this gorgeous flared, burgundy skirt!

While burgundy is one of my favorite colors, (maybe because it reminds me of wine) it can prove to be a tricky color to style for spring or summer. For fall, burgundy pairs beautifully with rich jewel tones and/or leopard print, but by no means is burgundy reserved for the fall months.

As you can see, I found that blush and burgundy look absolutely beautiful together.  Once I had that figured out, it was all about finding a fun summer print that blended in with the color palette and VOILA! I’m rocking burgundy for summer!

Thank you Concrete Runway for the loving care package, fun style challenge; and for never letting me down when it comes to shopping for quality, fashion-forward work wear at affordable prices!

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Animal (Print) Lover

As you may have perceived, I have always been a big fan of animal prints! I am guilty of possessing countless articles of clothing fully emblazoned with cheetah spots, leopard rosettes, zebra stripes and snake skin prints.  Now don’t go calling PETA on me! It’s faux! But the modern day animal print goes beyond “faux”. The latest trend in animal print is a bit more efficient, more animal friendly, if you will.

The animal prints I am currently loving are those that embrace the full animal, such as the Cardinal and Finch bird print blouse you see below.  More and more I am finding (and loving) animal prints made up of full bodied leopards, horses, peacocks, whales, etc. You’ve seen me in “full bodied animal” print before here and here and I am currently obsessed with anything with lobsters and flamingos on them, so get ready for that!

I paired this adorable bird print blouse with this amazing royal blue, asymmetrical skirt from one of my favorite online and pop-up boutiques, CONCRETE RUNWAY! I discovered Concrete Runway on Instagram and was amazed at the stellar quality of their inventory considering their very affordable pricing.  You’ve seen me wearing Concrete Runway pieces before here and here and for the next 25 days receive 25% off your Concrete Runway purchase by using coupon code: sunfunfashion25 at checkout!

Birds of a Feather Bird Print Blouse: Forever 21 (sold out, but similar and similar, similar); Royal Blue Skirt: Concrete Runway; Yellow Satin Bow Pump: Zara; Cat Eye Tortoise Shell Sunglasses: Sole Society ; Clutch: Louis Vuitton; Love Birds Necklace: Gift from my friend and photographer, Teri! Love her!

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Geo Floral

The recent completion of New York Fashion Week (NYFW) and the current happening of London Fashion Week (LFW) have me completely immersed in fashion magazines and fashion shows diligently taking notes on what fashionistas around the world will be wearing in 2015.

Last week I watched a live stream of Carolina Herrera’s Spring/Summer 2015 fashion show and usual, I was floored!  Carolina Herrera is one of my all time favorite fashion designers.  Few designers have the ability to capture the style, grace and elegance of a woman quite like Carolina Herrera.  The House of Herrera Ready to Wear Spring 2015 collection is a futuristic garden of deconstructed gowns, geometric pieces and digital floral prints. Needless to say… I’m in love!

*That middle gown with the giant rose in the front is officially my dream wedding dress*

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Here’s my take on this digital Geo Floral garden as inspired by Carolina Herrera’s Spring 2015 Ready to Wear Collection.

Geo Floral Ivory Grid Top: Concrete Runway, sold out ( similar, very similar, similar, similar); Geo Floral Pleated Skirt: ZARA, sold out (similar, similar, similar); Statement Necklace: c/o Prima donna (gifted); Tan Studded Clutch: TJ Maxx; Nude Faux Suede Pumps: Shoedazzle (similar, similar). Geo FloralGeo FloralGeo Floral image_1 (2)Geo FloralGeo FloralGeo FloralGeo FloralGeo Floral image_3

Fashion Happy Hour

This past Sunday I attended my first ever Fashion Happy Hour event! Fashion Happy Hour is a monthly event  that brings together bloggers, artists, photographers, designers and fashion enthusiasts for a chance to shop, network and socialize!  The venue varies from month to month and this month Fashion Happy Hour took place at none other than the very hip Catalina Hotel in Miami Beach!

The pool, which aptly accommodated a runway was surrounded by pop-up shops care of local designers and vendors such as MV Trend Jewelry, Wild Orchid, TAudrey and Genuine Aura to name a few!  There was live music, libations provided by Voli Vodka as well as ONLI flavored sparkling water, my new favorite non-alcoholic beverage!  I tried the Black Tea Tangerine Ginger flavor and was instantly hooked!  Try it out, its light and refreshing!

Now what would a fashion happy hour be without a fashion show, of course?  The gorgeous models of D.A.M.A. Modeling, Etiquette and Pageantry School cat walked down the runway featuring summer looks courtesy of KM Swimwear, ALX Couture and Nany’s Klozet Para Melao.

Sure shopping, sipping and dancing on a Sunday Funday afternoon are hard to eclipse, but my favorite part of Fashion Happy Hour was the people I met and the connections I made!  I had the pleasure of meeting the very sweet, smart and fashionable Nathalie of Earnestyle Blog whom I look forward to building a blogger buddy friendship with!  I was also thrilled to finally meet the uber successful and genuinely lovable Daniela Ramirez of Nany’s Kloset who was showcasing her very own collection for the Venezuelan brand Melao.

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Floral Flamingo Mint Muscle Tee: Lyfebrand; Ivory Sheer Grid Skirt: Concrete Runway; “The Courtney Bib Necklace”: Baublebar;  Metallic Ankle Strap Sandals: American Rag via Macy’s; Clutch: ZARA.

Overall, I had a great time at this month’s Fashion Happy Hour!  Although it was hotter than all hell, I felt appropriately draped in my Lyfebrand Flamingo muscle tee and Ivory Sheer Grid Skirt from Concrete Runway (both local Miami vendors)!

Although you will rarely catch me sporting an updo, I knew I wanted/needed to wear my hair up to avoid “Afro Puff-ation” so I turned to Pinterest and Youtube for tutorials on D.I.Y. updo’s.  What do you think?

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Thank you Fashion Happy Hour for the invite!  I look forward to the next one!

Toodles!