Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Summer Chic with Benetton

 Benetton Leather Wrap Bracelet | TAudrey Initial Plate Bracelet
It's always great to get reacquainted with a brand that you grew up with. In this case, United Colors of Benetton. I have memories of shopping there as a kid, (remember the Coconut Grove location at the Mayfair Shops?) and lusting after the expertly color coded collections that seemed all too grown up for me at the time. Fast forward to today and I'm so excited to have teamed up with the new Benetton as a style ambassador for their 2014 summer collection! Inspired by Italy and the Mediterranean, the line offers chic basics in amazing knits and printed textiles that will take you from a coffee date to a Sunday stroll down Collins Ave, or your choice of exotic summer getaway. Can we talk about these amazing espadrilles? I'm not taking them off anytime soon.

Join me tomorrow to celebrate the new collection at Benetton South Beach and enjoy a special VIP discount all night. Check out the invitation below and RSVP by emailing me with your guest names here. Don't forget to tag your photos & tweets with #BENETTONBEACHBASH. Summer is calling, see you on South Beach!

Photography by Bella Mente

Saturday, March 15, 2014

Kate Upton Debuts as New Express It Girl at Miami Runway Show

The moment I was told I would have the opportunity to interview Kate Upton at the Express Runway Show last week, I went into glam overtime. I mean, what else are you supposed to do when preparing to face a Sport’s Illustrated bombshell? I squatted, juiced, exfoliated, and tanned – it was almost like preparing for my own swimsuit competition. In my defense, I wore a (fab) blush tone crop top and high waisted short shorts, so said regimen was needed. I completed my look with a metallic envelope wristlet, and a stack of bracelets including this evil eye and medallion charm bracelet, all from Express, natch.
When I finally had my 15 seconds with the new brand spokesperson, I asked Kate the question that was on everyone’s mind – why Express? In addition to the coveted SI Swim cover, she’s graced the cover of Vogue, twice. She recently had a campaign with Sam Edelman, and could undoubtedly work with a slew of major fashion brands. Her response was as simple as her natural charm, she grew up wearing Express because it was both stylish and affordable, so it felt right. P.S. She’s just as beautiful fully clothed as she is in next to nothing, promise.
Express did a phenomenal job with the set-up at The Raleigh Hotel. Models were seemingly walking on water with the runway suspended over the iconic pool. Lots of sleek, black looks made their way down the runway, with my favorites being a chic strapless purple dress with palm tree print (love!), a zebra print midi skirt, and super sexy suede fringe heels which you can get right here (under $100!) You can shop the looks straight from the runway at If something you love isn’t available, keep checking back as new items will be updated weekly.
Before the show with my girl Annie (The Fashion Poet)

Shop My Look

Photos courtesy of Express and Skinny Intern.

This post was made possible by Express.

Tuesday, March 11, 2014

Dinner with George x Swarovski

A huge smile comes to my face when I recall my dinner with George Kotsiopoulos last week. The E! Fashion Police star was in Miami to celebrate the launch of “Glamorous by George: The Key to Creating Movie-Star Style.” Guests were invited to meet the celeb stylist at the Swarovski boutique on Lincoln Road, with the first 20 attendees receiving a signed copy of the new book. I met George a couple of times prior to this and must say, he is always so gracious and sweet with all of his fans. No selfie request was denied!  
Later, we headed to Cecconi’s at Soho Beach House where the Swarovski team hosted a lovely dinner for us bloggers and a few journalists. We ate carbs on carbs on delicious carbs, and thoroughly enjoyed it. Miami fashion girls EAT, ya’ll! (George does, too.) We laughed about instagraming at the dinner table (normal), complained about poor cellphone reception (#bloggerprobz), and learned that Joan Rivers is, in fact, (1) amazing, and (2) actually nice!
My Favorite Excerpts from Glamorous by George
“Stand up straight! Posture is everything.”
“The wrong shoes can change your overall impression from starlet to star-struck.”
“Don’t worry about trends. You can always incorporate parts of trends in shoes and accessories, but you should really focus on what styles look best on your body.”
“You are lying when you sport a fake bag. If you’re a rich lady with a knockoff, you’re cheap and a liar.”
“The number-one rule when it comes to behavior: be polite!”
What I'm Wearing
Top c/o Express
Skirt c/o Shop Akira
Jacket: ZARA (old)
Shoes: Michael Kors
Clutch: Aldo
Necklace c/o Tous
*Special thanks to The Wordy Girl, Maria, for the photos!

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