Maternity Style Must Have

We all love to hate Kim Kardashian, but we gotta give her credit where credit is due, and while I give her kuddos for turning a shoddy sex tape into a multi-million dollar empire, that is not what I will be crediting her in today’s blog post. I will however, be crediting her for influencing my all-around “Maternity Style Must Have”….. The endlessly versatile Wolford Fatal Dress.

Although I don’t customarily wear skin tight dresses, I can’t think of a better time to embrace my womanly curves than during pregnancy.  Made of a luxe, super stretchy fabric, the Wolford Fatal Dress is the essential dress to accommodate a woman’s flourishing, baby making body; and as if finding the perfect LBD to sustain you through 9 months of pregnancy wasn’t valuable enough, you’ll be wowed to know that this amazing dress can be worn in at least 10 different ways!

We all know maternity clothing can be pricey, and although the Wolford Fatal Dress’ $215.00 price tag isn’t necessarily on the low end, when you consider the countless styling possibilities and potential for postpartum wear, it truly is a bang for one’s buck.

What’s your maternity style must have?

image6Black Tube Dress: Woldord Fatal Dress; White Cape Blazer: BCBG Upas Cape; Leoopard Espadrille Platform Sandal: Shoedazzle (Jade); Handbag: Kate Spade; Gold Choker: Forever 2114image1image2 image4 image5

Escape Miami 3

Last weekend I attended the third annual Escape Miami Style Lounge & Pool Party organized by The Fashion Poet and all I can say is, damn that girl (Annie) sure knows how to throw a party!

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As if spending the day with one of my dearest BFF’s (Jackie) wasn’t epic enough, we spent the day “VIP-ing” at the Shelborne Wyndham Grand while indulging in complimentary massages, makeup applications, nail and braid bars, henna and metallic tattoo applications and fashion illustrations by The Architect of Style.  Not to mention all the goodies up-for-grabs provided by pop-up shops from local brands and designers such as LYFE Brand (too cool for school), Love Strung (gorgeous jewelry), MIA Shoes (love them) and Flair Miami  (super fun Miami themed tees)!

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And what would a swim week event be without a poolside fashion show? Local designers and boutiques such as DBrie, Bianca Colleti, Lume Swimwear and Please Don’t Tell Shop showcased this summers hottest trends in swim and casualwear!

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You didn’t think I was going to let you all go without talking about “What I Wore” now did you?!

Anytime the dress code calls for fun, fearless and fashion forward, I put my stakes on Nasty Gal!  Before embarking on the search for the perfect Swim Week look, I had already decided that I wanted to wear all white (summer’s hottest trend). But most importantly, I wanted a look that would stand up to the unbearable Miami heat!

This “9 to 5 Cutout Blazer Dress” was the answer to my hot and sweaty prayers!  White, hot (resistant), sexy and chic all twisted into one! Thank you Nasty Gal, you never let me down!

esc13 9 to 5 Cutout Blazer Dress: Nasty Gal; Nude/White Tassel Heels: Shoedazzle; White Clutch: ZARA (sold out); Gold Necklace: Rocksbox (use Code: sunfunfashionxoxo) .

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Freakin’ Weekend

Who’s ready for the weekend? I know I am! Here’s a look I wore last weekend to the Brew at the Zoo Event held by the Miami New Times. While we are on the subject of the Brew at the Zoo, let me give it to you straight. This event is “tremenda mierda” (a tremendous shit) for those of you who do not speak Spanish. Now I don’t normally bad mouth brands, restaurants or events, as I am a firm believer that if you don’t have anything nice to say, you should STFU, but I feel obliged to relieve any future prospective attendees of the FOMO.

First of all, the name of the event is misleading and deceptive. The event should more appropriately be titled “Brew At The Parking Lot of the Zoo”. Now, I realize the liability of having thousands of potentially drunk individuals running a muck around the zoo, but the parking lot?? Come on. I would have been happy with the mere sight of a flamingo, but the only animals I saw that evening were mosquitoes.

Second, there’s the lines. Standing in 20 different (10-15 minute) lines for 2 oz. beer samples is ludicrous. But, what’s worse is that by the time we got to the front of our second line of the night (at approximately 9pm) the brewery had already ran out of several of their beer selections. This proved to be the case for the third, fourth and fifth brewery we attempted to sample as well. Talk about poor planning.

Third and last, the event was supposed to run from 8-11 pm. By the time we left the event at 10:30 pm the majority of the breweries had packed up and left. This was more than likely due to the shortage of beer that ensued on or about 9pm.

Although “Brew At The Parking Lot of the Zoo” proved to be a complete waste of $40.00 p/p, there were two upsides to the night: the company (my friends rock) and my outfit!

The gauze like material of this summer LBD is light and airy- perfect for a night of drinking beer in a parking lot! I also love the crochet detail at the chest and bottom hem of the dress! I wore my super comfy gladiator sandals and color block, perforated bucket bag from Shoedazzle!  Now, although this dress sold out at Forever 21 in a matter of minutes, I’ve linked a few similar options for you to shop below!

As for this weekend, I’ll stick to sipping champagne somewhere near the beach! What are your plans?

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Black Gauze/Crochet Dress: Forever 21 (similar, similarsimilar, similar); Bucket Bag: Shoedazzle.

Oxblood

Oxblood may very well be the “It” color for fall/winter.  Oxblood is a deep red wine color somewhere between Bordeaux and Burgundy and this season whether it’s clothing, handbags, shoes, lips or nails, its everywhere! I had been on the hunt for the perfect Oxblood handbag and much to no surprise the hunt ended at Marshalls! As soon as I laid eyes on this perfect oxblood satchel (with optional removable cross body strap) I knew it had to be mine! It’s quickly become my favorite handbag this season, so don’t judge me if you see me wearing it with EVERYTHING!

The perfect oxblood handbag wouldn’t be complete without the perfect oxblood booties! I nabbed these fierce faux snakeskin booties from Express during their recent 50% OFF everything sale and it appears many other fashionistas had the same idea because they are currently sold out. Sorry guys!  But as usual, below are a few similar options for you to pull off the look as well.

What’s your favorite color for fall this year?

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White Wrap Blouse: TJ Maxx (similar herehere); Waxed Denim Skinnies: MANGO (similar here and here); Oxblood Satchel: Marshalls (similar here, here, here, and here); Oxblood/Snake Print Booties: Express (similar herehere, here,  here and here); Necklace: Shoedazzle (similar); Sunglasses: Rayban.

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Black Widow Baby

Now here’s a look featuring a dress so nice, I bought it twice!  You’ve seen this dress before in white here and I felt so stylish and comfy in it that I could not resist purchasing it in black as well.  I love the modern cut, loose fit and POCKETS!! I love any dress or skirt with pockets!  I added my touch of edge by accessorizing with this incredible statement necklace and black lace/studded booties!

I gotta admit, I felt kinda bad ass in this outfit! Stylish and dangerous, a lethal combination.

What makes you feel confident and bad ass?

All Black

Black Shirt Dress: Marshalls (very similar); The Courtney Bib Necklace: Baublebar; Black Lace/Studded Booties: Shoedazzle (old, but similar and similar); Black Mini Handbag: Express

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Red + Houndstooth

Red, Black, White.  Has there ever been a better menage a trois? I think not.

Happy Freaky Friday Fashionistas!

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houndstoothHoundstooth Sheer Blouse: Gift from a girlfriend (similar, similar); Red Pleated Midi Skirt: Leanne Barlow; Black Pointed Toe/Bow Detail Pumps: Shoedazzle (similar); Black Mini Handbag: Express; Black/White Cuff Bracelet: Kate Spade; Earrings: Forever 21; Pave Criss Cross Ring: Express.

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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.

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The Day Shift

I just love the comfort and facility of a shift dress! The shift dress is the cure for the common “can’t get your shit together” morning in which you can barely scrape yourself from your mattress, much less put together a suitably chic combination.

With you a shift dress you simply slip on, accessorize, finger comb hair, grab shoes and bag and jet out the door! So if you’re anything like me, you should probably stock up on shift dresses!! Like the one I’m wearing here? It’s on SALE at Old Navy here!

What’s your go to style for those “Can’t Get Your Shit Together” mornings??

Happy Monday!  I hope you have a productive week!

Old Navy Shift DressBlue Hibiscus Print Shift Dress: Old Navy; White Handbag: ALDO Shoes; White T-Strap Sandals: Shoedazzle Lauralee; Gold Flower Bunch Necklace: TJ Maxx (similar, similar)

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Americana

With Team U.S.A. advancing to the next round of the World Cup and the upcoming Independence Day holiday, it sure feels great to be an AMERICAN!  What better way to show off your patriotism than by wearing your RED, WHITE and BLUE!

Today’s look is all about “Americana”.  The term “Americana” refers to artifacts related to the history, geography, folklore and cultural heritage of the United States.  Well, considering how long I’ve owned the dress and button-down featured in today’s look, they might as well be documented as “Americana.”  You’ve seen me wearing each of these “artifacts” individually here and here, but in a combined effort to both repurpose these separates AND create a look that screams “U.S.A.” I decided to wear them together! What do you think?

*Fashion Tip* — Throwing a button-down shirt (sleeveless or not) over a sun/maxi dress is a great way of repurposing a dress.  You can tie the ends of the button-down in a knot at the bellybutton for a playful look (as seen below); wrap a belt around the waist for a polished look; or just let it hang loose for a laid back, casual stylo.

I wish our boys of the U.S. Men’s Soccer Team all the luck against team Belgium today!

I BELIEVE THAT WE WILL WIN!
I BELIEVE THAT WE WILL WIN!
I BELIEVE THAT WE WILL WIN!

Team U.S.A. Navy/White Striped Dress: Forever 21 (similar); Red/ Heart Dotted Button-down: Marshalls (similar); Red, White & Blue Wedges: Shoedazzle (similar and LOVE THESE); Gold Clutch: Victoria’s Secret– Gift with purchase item; Sunglasses: Rayban- Clubmaster Aluminum.

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