Let’s Get Physical

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I try to exercise everyday by walking outside with Elmo, hitting the gym, doing yoga or sometimes even playing basketball. (Yes, I’ve been learning) Staying fit for me is so important on many levels and not just aesthetics. To be honest, exercise has been one of my success recipes to turning full-time blogger and entrepreneur. 

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Reach Out & Touch Faith

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It’s Easter Sunday in a few days and for this post we head out to one of Miami’s most well known monasteries now known as The Ancient Spanish Monastery though it originally was called the Monastery of St. Bernard de Clairvaux. The first time I came to visit it, I came riding in a yellow school bus as a tween during a school field trip. I was 11-years-old, in 6th grade and obsessed with MTV, reading Tiger Beat and fashion. Yet, the eerie, but beautiful ancient structure which was built in 1133 AD and found it’s way to Miami in 1946, left a lasting impression on me so much that I wanted to visit it again for this post. Back then I loved it because it resembled a castle. Today, this building still emanates magic. There is an energy within these walls that radiates so much light and positiveness. I feel at peace here which is probably why someone like William Randolph Hearst purchased at one point. The church today still holds services in English and Spanish and has become a popular wedding spot. To visit: The Ancient Spanish Monastery check out their site HERE

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Outfit: Alice and Olivia dress (available at Bloomingdale’s Aventura), Forever 21 jacket and shoes.

Hair: Blo Blowdry Bar in Midtown, Makeup: Charlene B. Makeup, Eyebrows: Lucy B Brows

Style Bite: Miami’s Top Style and Fashion Event News

Welcome to this week’s Style Bite news. Designers like shoe mogul Steve Madden will be in town and beauty junkies should check out Kiehl’s has a special Earth Day recylcing program in South Beach. Plus, there’s a major brand’s Beach Bash coming up and Kate Moss will be in town very soon so mark your calendars!

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Easy Like Sunday Morning: Wide-Legged Pants

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Sundays in Miami are all about brunches and the beach. Locals down here revert to effortless style on Sundays after the nonstop Thursday through Saturday party hopping scene. On days of rest, 4 inch stilettos are swapped for flats and body con frocks are quickly exchanged for breezy dresses or pants. Pants in this heat? Only if they’re  wide-legged pants or what were once coined as palazzo pants in the 90s. But just an FYI  this trend dates back to the 30s when actresses like Katherine Hepburn and Great Garbo rocked them. 

Anyway, wide-legged pants are trending in Miami majorly these days. I’ve eyed everyone from moms to models to teens styling them with crop tops, long tees & tanks. I particularly love these from designer Tricia Fix

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OUTFIT: Pants c/o Tricia Fix, crop top c/o H&M, sandals c/o Mia shoes, DVF purse c/o SawGrass Mills, sunnies c/o Italia Independent, bracelets c/o Bali Clicks.

Musically Inclined: Forever 21’s Having a Miami Party!

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Music Festival season has arrived. Woo Hoo! Last year, I jetted off to Lollapoolza. This year, I’ll be bouncing over to Bonnaroo and I can’t wait. The line up is so amazing! To get me suited up in festival gear, I turn to Forever 21. Last year, I snagged so many cute head-to-toe affordable looks from there and this year the collection is even better! Have you all seen it yet? I’m actually wearing a head-to-toe look for this post. 

Well, this Saturday, April 5, Forever 21 is throwing a big bash at their Lincoln Road location from 12 to 5 PM called “Road to Festival” ( check out the flyer down below) to kick off the season. It’s gonna be so much fun! There’s going to be giveaways, discounts like you can save 21% off your festival gear purchase, a festival hair pop up bar giving complimentary dos, music, refreshments and I’ll also be there too offering complimentary 1 on 1 personal styling. Come by join the fun! -xx The Fashion Poet

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Dear Ultra: A Miami Street Style Diary

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I love fashion and music so when I got invited by eyewear brand Italia Independent to be their “fashion blogger correspondent” and cover street style at Ultra Music Festival in Miami, I had to say yes! I was curious to see what this 15-year-old festival that attracts over 80,000 people from all over the world was like so I headed out for 3 days to the festival with my camera and my man. The experience turned out to be unlike anything I could ever imagine at all. Only a person that has stepped foot inside the massive multi-staged phenomena can grasp it and at times what you witness almost seems surreal. Here’s a glimpse of what Ultra street style was like:

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Sporty Chic Looks that Score a Home Run

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Baseball season officially kicks off today in Miami with the Marlin’s opening game against the Astors. This Spring season there’s plenty of sporty chic looks that are sure to score us home run in the style department when heading to a game. Check out my 5 tips. Plus, read more on how to score a deal on tickets and how this 37,000 seat stadium has a pool, a South Beach bar and more..

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Style Bite: Miami’s Fashion & Style Event News

Whip out your agendas and take note of this week’s upcoming style and fashion event news happening in Miami. 

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Win a $100 Gift Card from Sawgrass Mills

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Sawgrass Mills x The Fashion Poet are giving away $100 gift card to get your Spring beauty and outfits. All you gotta do is enter below and tell us your favorite Spring Style, leave your email and you’ll be entered to win. Winner will be randomly selected on April 6, 2014. 

With exclusive outlet stores like DVF, Kate Spade & Bare Minerals you can stock up on designer looks and beauty for less. Plus, there’s major department outlet shops like Neiman Marcus Last Call, Bloomingdales and Saks’ Fifth Avenue Off 5th and couture boutiques such as Prada, Burberry and Gucci. 

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Schools are out for Spring Break and The Petite Poet’s is getting ready to take her vacation in a few weeks. She’s so excited to spend her week of recess swimming, doing cartwheels on the sand and hanging out with her friends at the beach. So when it came time to shop for her staycation she didn’t think twice about going to Miami’s hidden swim and resortwear gem Neptunes Boutique which caters to the trendsetters, moms and their little mini fashionistas. 

Mia loves shopping like her Tia, but she likes to do everything in 1 store that’s why Neptunes is so amazing because they carry everything from resortwear, swim, jewelry, bags, shoes, hats, sandals and cute hair accessories. I’m totally loving her cover up and accessories that she selected with the help of the amazing owner Joan. Stay tuned for her post next week that features her top swimsuit pick from the boutique.

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OUTFIT: Available at Neptunes Boutique, 4742 SW 72nd Ave, Miami, FL 33155; (305) 661-0952

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Ethnic prints are everywhere this season. Whether you’re looking to get fitted for festival season (i can’t wait) or are getting ready to set off on a Spring Break adventure, the print will have you looking like quite the stylish global traveler. Neptunes Boutique in Miami has plenty of options to suit your body type and help you achieve the look you’re after.

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Style Bite: Miami Fashion Event News

Check out this week’s top fashion and style events happening in Miami from Instyle Magazine’s South Beach event this Thursday to a new spa treatment at this Brickell locale that gives you a youthful appearance in 25 minutes. 

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Talking Tennis Hair: Sony Open Stylist to the Stars

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Tennis champs this year like Rafael Nadal will frequent Julien Farel’s chair at his Sony Open pop up salon for haircuts and styling. In fact, Nadal got his infamous locks chopped off with Farel before he won his championship. Talk about a magic touch! As for the ladies like Victoria Azarenka, Farel likes to create braided looks and buns. I got the chance to chat up Farel on working with these stars athletes, his go to products for keeping hair looking and got some one on one hair styling.

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Farel’s salon this year will also be giving athletes manicures and foot massages by appointments or walk ins. “There time is limited so we accomodate them whenever they come in. This is a place for them just to come in and relax,” said Farel who owns salons in Miami, New York and Cabo San Lucas. When working with players, Farel says he doesn’t get nervous anymore. “It’s cool to work with players,” he said. “They are full of energy.” He has been doing his pop ups for 8 years at various other tournaments as well like the US Open. His salon at the Sony Open operates from 9 to 6PM during game time. To keep his energy levels up , he exercises. “I ran 7 miles this morning without exercising I wouldn’t be able to function,” said Farel. 

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So what are Farel’s go- to-products for keep player’s hair looking healthy and court ready? "Julien Farel Anti-Aging Haircare Vitamin Smooth and Julien Farel Anti-Aging Haircare Flexible Gel.

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Now what’s Julien’s most demanded look? Well, players like Victoria Azarenka love his signature braid bun. So naturally, I asked for one. 

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His secret to giving gals sweat proof locks? Apply the gel while braiding or styling in between.

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Get in the Express Lane

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Usually the biggest fashion shows take place during July in Miami ( you know Mercedes Benz Swim), but that was until Express came into town last Thursday and showed Miami what’s up. The national brand not only proved that a Spring time fashion event and runway show is perfection in this city, but they really showed us what we love: lots of fun activations like a Tshirt making machine, a beauty pop up, open bar drinks, endless bites, an awesome deejay, a guest appearance by basketball star Chris Bosch and the beautiful Sports Illustrated model Kate Upton hosting. Plus, they enlisted a bevy of bloggers such as myself to co host and spread the word wearing nothing else but Express.

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Wedding Wear= Two Trends to Try in Miami

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I love weddings, but one thing I try to avoid at all costs is wearing a black dress. Why it maybe easy to resort to an LBD which not only slenderizes and looks good on everyone, I like to stand out in a sea of onyx frocks and suits. With Spring in full bloom and wedding season around the corner, if you’re interested in doing the same, I say go for a pretty pastel which is so on trend right now. I fell in love with this Halston Heritage which I rented at RentTheRunway.com and they have so many more options for colors and styles. If it chilly outside or you just want to give your dress a new twist, try going boyfriend chic. Menswear is another top look for the season, so don’t be afraid to spice up a feminine long frock with a boyfriend blazer. Or swap a dress for a tuxedo (a la Carrie Bradshaw) or a nice pantsuit. 

Check out www.RenttheRunway.com for more Spring looks.