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 express.com/runway. 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)
 
 

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Photos courtesy of Express and Skinny Intern.


This post was made possible by Express.
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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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EXPRESS Takes Miami!

 
Tank, Skirt, Bag, Bracelet c/o Express | Shoes c/o Miss Trish | Lipstick: MAC ‘Relentlessly Red’

I love taking in the gorgeous views of my city by the water. The Grove Harbour Marina is home to Monty’s, a waterfront restaurant & bar that is pretty much a Miami landmark. If you’re a University of Miami alum like me, a happy hour at Monty’s is standard protocol on Thursday afternoons. The recently added Starbuck’s next door is just another excuse to stop by every morning. Views like this make getting any work done pretty much impossible, but I’m totally not complaining about the beautiful weather we’ve been enjoying while the rest of the country continues to freeze. (Sorry, not sorry!)

Seems like a no-brainer why EXPRESS chose the 3-0-5 to host their spring fashion show this Thursday. I’ll be co-hosting alongside my favorite Miami Fashion Bloggers, with special guest Chris Bosh of the Miami Heat, and a surprise celebrity host! There will be fun DIY shirts stations, hair styling, and DJ set by A-Trak. Check out the party deets below and don’t forget to RSVP!
 

You're invited to attend the EXPRESS Runway Show!

WHEN: Thursday, March 13 | Party at 4:00 pm, Fashion Show at 7:00 pm
WHERE: The Raleigh Hotel: 1775 Collins Ave. South Beach, Miami, FL
RSVP: Email rsvp@express.com by Wednesday, March 12
*Must be 21+ to enter.

Can’t make the show? Be sure to check out http://express.com/runway for live social media updates. Follow my posts from the show on Instagram & twitter by following me @kellysaks and hashtag #EXPRUNWAY

 
Photography by Max Reed
 
This post was made possible by Express.
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Love + Lace


Necklaces: Royal Fashion House Boutique (top) & Ann Taylor (bottom)



 Dress: Chicwish, Shoes: Jean-Michel Cazabat (similar), Clutch: Nordstrom, Sunnies: Tous

If there's one thing I love about spring it's definitely feminine floral prints and delicate lace fabrics. This dress from e-tailer Chicwish is the perfect union of both, and a great piece that can work for both day or night. You may have seen me wear it on Despierta America a few weeks ago when I shared some styling tips for petites. Later in the day I wore it to an open house event for work. (Try it with nude heels, minimal jewelry and a white blazer for a more conservative work environment.) I added some sparkle by layering two statement necklaces that compliment the colorful floral print. What trends are you loving for spring? Let me know in the comments!


Photography by Bella Mente

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