Fashion Friday 5 | Brahmin Spring 2012

Take a 5 minute Fashion Friday break to check out my top 5 picks from Brahmin's exclusive spring collection. They clearly had this Cubanita in mind when designing the Copa Cabana. I'll take one of each, please!

A Sandal Soirée

Designer Trish Carroll celebrated the launch of her latest footwear line, Miss Trish Shoes, with a personal appearance at Nordstrom in the Dadeland Mall this afternoon. Pictured: Me & Trish in her own Heights wedges.

I was excited to see the rest of the collection in person (and meet Trish!) after receiving my fierce leopard print Daktari sandals in the mail.  The sandals are all so chic that the photos don't do them justice. The luxe jewels, leather, and textures seen throughout the line are the perfect way to glam up a basic t-shirt and jeans look. From the beach to brunch and anything in between, Miami girls will enjoy these year-round. One woman at today's event took home five pairs!

What I Wore
Trish's bright outfit was definitely an expression of her bubbly personality! She wore her Heights wedges with a floral top & trousers from Nanette Lepore, topped off with a statement vintage necklace from C. Madeleine's. Feeling preppy this morning, I paired my new sandals with a navy ZARA blazer, coral bodysuit from The Closet Boutique, and tan shorts from Blush Brickell. You may remember this top from FNO Miami.

Miami-Dade College student and fashion enthusiast Bianca Sanchez was pretty happy she made it out to meet Trish today. She literally jumped for joy when I tweeted that she was the winner of our Miss Trish Shoe Giveaway! Bianca's shoe of choice was the Daktari in zebra. Congrats, B!

All smiles with contest winner Bianca and her favorite Miss Trish Shoes.

Bianca and I checking out the fun Miss Trish flip flops.

View more event photos on Facebook


Last Week I got the chance to participate in a very unique styling challenge. GUYandGIRL Boutique at the Shelborne Hotel invited four bloggers to host a tweet-up, where we each styled our own mannequin with a head-to-toe look from the shop. The hook? The outfit with the most RT (re-tweets, or shares) on Twitter would be deemed the winner AND one lucky tweeter would take home the whole look! Kudos to Ria Michelle who took home top honors for her styling skills. Pictured: All smiles with my favorite boho babe, The Fashion Poet, Annie. Photo courtesy Bella Mente Photography.

What I Wore
Top- ASOS (similar)
Belt- Atikshop
Elephant Ring- bebe (no longer available.)

Ready to run with my mannequin- I wanted every piece! Photo courtesy World Red Eye.

View more #GGtweetup photos on Facebook


Preview Jeffrey Campbell BAGS!

With Jeffrey Campbell shoes reaching near cult status, a fashionista must ask, what's next? Turns out the next big thing from the Cali-based shoe company is a handbag collection, duh.

It takes some fashion guts to wear most of the shoes in the JC collection, yet stores can't keep them on the shelves. Jeffrey Campbell Bags are designed in the same spirit, featuring bold designs that double as weapons in some cases. From rich black velvet to pink metallic, and ladylike polka dots, the JC Bags collection is irreverent and perfect at the same time. With a wide range of shapes and styles, (including clutches, cross bodies, totes, and backpacks), there's a bag to fit every woman's lifestyle.

For a very limited time (through the end of this week) Joanna Paige boutique in Miami's Mary Brickell Village will be hosting a trunk show featuring the exclusive Jeffery Campbell Bag collection. The line isn't expected to hit stores until this Summer, so take this opportunity to get first dibs on what is sure to be JC's next hit. Another reason to stop by? Mother-daughter team Terri & Joanna are offering 25% off the entire collection!

My favorite: Half moon polka dot clutch. 


Joanna Paige
Shops at Mary Brickell Village
900 South Miami Avenue, #182
(305) 379-9300


Pencil This In | Cover FX Makes Over Women of Miami

Women of Miami- Do you have trouble finding the right foundation for your unique skin tone? Cover FX wants to meet you this Saturday!

Health conscious beauty line Cover FX strives to provide a global palette for women of all shades and needs you to help them fill the gaps in color. Women who have struggled to find foundation for their skin tone are invited to meet Victor Casale, Cover FX Chief Innovation Officer, and weigh in on the development of new shades. All attendees will be gifted with a product sample.

RSVP is required.  Reservations must be made at

Space is limited and on a first come, first served basis.
Cover FX is the authority on healthy foundation. Defining perfection individually, they offer a global palette that celebrates the freedom to show your true colors. Their global shade range is designed to match every skin tone and type with the wide variety of coverage options, textures and finishes. Cover FX ‘s healthy formulas contain no oils, fragrances, glutens or parabens and are safe for use on even the most sensitive skin. 


Saturday, March 17, 2012
1:00 PM – 3:00 PM
ONE Bal Harbour Resort & Spa Miami Beach
10295 Collins Ave – Residence Boardroom


Joe Jonas Parties with PINK Ladies on Spring Break

Joe Jonas, Chanel Iman, and Elsa Hosk heated up Miami Beach yesterday as hosts of the Victoria's Secret PINK Nation Spring Break Pool Party. 

The annual bikini 'fete was held at the newly revamped Shelborne South Beach pool where throngs of fan girls (and guys!) lined up to get their party on with the JoBro and gorgeous VS PINK models. I have great memories from the PINK spring break parties when I was in college and yesterday made me feel like I was back there again- sans the bikini.

Thanks to the cool people at VS I got to check out the pool and meet Joe, Chanel, and Elsa before the party got started. The girls were decked out in fun outfits from PINK, including these neon shorts ($44) that I can't wait to get. Doll-faced Elsa was also rocking the seriously stylish, and much coveted, Isabel Marant wedge sneakers

Stay tuned for the interviews!

Hosts Joe Jonas and VS PINK models Chanel Iman & Elsa Hosk

Top BCBGeneration, Skirt bebe, Shoes Jessica Simpson, Bracelets Forever 21 & Charlotte Russe


Sale Alert | Spring Sale

Spring into fashion with bebe's one day sale- that means today only girls!

Print this out to shop in store! 

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(Offer Valid Only 3/15/12)

The Orchid Boutique Opens Flagship Store on South Beach

Miami sun goddesses have a new place to shop for designer swimwear, and it's not too far from the water's edge.

The Orchid Boutique opened it's inaugural store in the heart of South Beach earlier this month and celebrated with a grand opening bash last Thursday night. I just happened to make it on the VIB (very-important-blogger) list.

As I pulled up to the store off of 8th and Collins it was obvious that owner Mayra Jimenez knew how to throw a party! Complimentary valet parking, a red carpet, friendly door hosts, great music, and flowing drinks kept the capacity crowd in great spirits.

The store itself is gorgeous; crisp white walls and high ceilings immediately draw your eye to the swimsuits, which range from cute to downright sexy. Accented with amazing chandeliers and an intricate orchid shaped window, the boutique is as chic as the merchandise on its shelves. The luxury swimwear outpost carries brands like Beach Bunny, Maaji, L*Space, Agua Bendita, and their private collection Orchid Label.

From left: Ria Michelle, Myself, Model, and owner Mayra Jimenez. Photo credit Brett Hufziger.

What I Wore
I can't get enough of electric hues lately. South Beach is no place to play it safe so I was ready to rock some eye catching brights. In this case I worked my outfit around these amazing neon Jessica Simpson sandals. Although I rarely wear head-to-toe black, the shoes demanded the spotlight so I paired them with a black crop top (American Apparel) and pleated skirt from ZARA (similar.) Finishing touch was a fun neon Ann Taylor necklace that picked up the color from the shoes.

Fashion bloggers don't always dress in theme, promise.  From left: Amanda Del Duca & Ria Michelle

One of my favorite swimsuits of the evening. Audrey Estella bikini by L*Space. Fringe is hot!
Not your typical beach bag. This embroidered satchel is now on my wish list. (similar)

Best part of the night? Getting home to find all of these amazing goodies in my swag bag.
Spring break, bring it on!


GUYandGIRL Boutique Hosts Spring Fashion Tweetup

No accessory will be spared as Miami fashion bloggers face-off in a styling competition this Thursday from 7-9pm at GUYandGirl Boutique at the Shelborne South Beach.

Join me and fellow bloggers, Annie Vazquez a.k.a. The Fashion Poet, Ria Michelle, and Susset Cabrera of Miami Beats & Sazon, as we style spring's latest looks and let you choose your favorites.

Bar Tanaka will be serving up light bites and sake sangria, while shoppers will be treated to 15% off any purchase.

The magical thing about a tweetup is that you can participate even if you're not there in the flesh. Connect with us on twitter and join the conversation for your chance to win the Fan Favorite Raffle. RT your favorite blogger-styled look (hopefully mine!) using hashtag #GGtweetup and you'll be entered to win the top look. Make sure to like the GUYandGIRL Boutique Spring Tweetup page on Facebook for photos and voting.


GUYandGIRL Boutique (@ShopGUYandGIRL)
Thursday, March 15th,  7-9PM


One on One with Victoria's Secret Angel Erin Heatherton

She's rumored to be Leonardo DiCaprio's latest blonde bombshell, but one thing is sure—Erin Heatherton is an All-American sweetheart.

I sat down with the 23 year old stunner during the Victoria's Secret Very Sexy tour stop at the Mondrian South Beach and engaged in some girl talk. While she didn't mention Leo, she did profess her love for another man: Michael Kors. Watch our interview below (my first video blog!) for more about her personal style and the new VS Very Sexy collection for spring. 

Erin in Michael Kors dress. My outfit details here.
Photo credit Victoria's Secret
Erin is featured in the ad campaign for VS's latest fragrance, Very Sexy Touch. I got a chance to smell the new perfume and loved it! The scent is ultra feminine, with notes of apricot, italian iris, and amber wood. The next best thing to looking like an Angel is smelling like one, right?


What I Wore | Touched by an Angel

Last week I came face to face with the sexiest women on the planet, Victoria's Secret Angels Adriana Lima, Candice Swanepoel, and Erin Heatherton.

It was no coincidence that these three were all heating up South Beach on the same day. The beauties were in town for the first stop on the Victoria's Secret Very Sexy Tour, promoting the new VS spring collection.

I was lucky enough to get an invite to the media event at the Mondrian South Beach and actually got to sit and chat with the supermodels. (Interviews to come!)

The stunning Adriana Lima! I was so excited to meet her.

Top: BCBGMAXAZRIA, Skirt: Bebe, Shoes: Zara, Sunglasses: Shop Suey Boutique, Bracelet: RJ Graziano

There's never anything good enough to wear when you're going to interview three models who look amazing in next to nothing. You definitely don't want to pull out all the stops and attempt to look like a wannabe. So I went with a chic ladylike look inspired by my favorite spring trend, neon + nude.

My styling was so on point that I fit right in with the Very Sexy spring collection color palette. Take note- you need something fluorescent in your closet asap!

With fellow Blogger, Erika.  Photo credit Blah Blah Blonde


Deal of the Day | It's in the Bag!

While I'm an equal opportunity shopper, there is a special place in my heart for handbags. A bag has the power to make or break your outfit. The right bag can take you from low key to Uptown Chic, and breathe new life into your favorite LBD or skinny jeans.

For all you hopeless handbag lovers out there, I introduce you to Dama Handbags. Featured in magazines like People Style Watch and Cosmo, Dama offers the latest trends at affordable prices. Owner Diana Verdugo has made it a point to run a socially responsible business, offering vegan certified handbags from brands like Melie Bianco and Jesslyn Blake. As Verdugo says, "You don't have to be cruel to be chic." Amen!

Looking to update your wardrobe or try something new for Spring? Here are some of my picks:

Keira, $98

Edna, $58

Dora, $98 (Featured on The Zoe Report!)

Sylvana, $98

The best thing about Dama? You can shop from anywhere-- no need to find parking, battle crowds, or ward off an obnoxious sales girl.

Ready for your new signature handbag? Use promo code kellyskloset to take 20% OFF the entire site. Bask in the glow of your stylish new bag, and tell your beau, "It was on sale!"

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