“We are the music makers, and we are the dreamers of dreams.”- Arthur O’Shaughnessy
I love concerts. There’s nothing greater than losing yourself for a couple of hours in the music. So today’s post salutes one of my favorite venues to see indie music acts: The Fillmore in Miami Beach. The next one to mark your calendars for is: Grizzly Bear in June. Wanna know what I’d wear to a concert? Well, look down below. That’s a pretty good idea.
P.S. How cute is this Homies tee I’m rocking? See which Miami shop is selling them. It’s a must and goes with everything. I’ve worn it like 4x already with skinnies, boyfriend jeans, cutoffs and over this dress.
“And those who were seen dancing were thought to be insane by those who could not hear the music.” ― Friedrich Nietzsche
“You lookin’ to be the butterfly, without the caterpillar, take your time and do it right cause you gon’ make it, I swear my homie.” -OutKast
“Music is to the soul what words are to the mind.” - Modest Mouse
CREDITS: Styling: TheFashionPoet.com Photographer: Mayleen Gonzalez, Photo Assistant: Kayla Medina, Location: The Fillmore Miami Beach.
Welcome to Miami’s Fashion Event News for May 13-19
TWEET ME TWEET ME: The Miami New Times is currently hosting its 2013 Reader’s Choice Award polls. Voting closes on May 29 and yep, yours truly got nominated for having the “Best Twitter Feed” in the 305. Yipee!You can cast your ballot HERE
NEW BOUTIQUE OPENING: Urban Outfitters is gone at The Shops of Sunset Place and now has relocated to Dadeland Mall in East Kendall. The grand opening par-tay is Thursday May, 16 from 5 to 9 PM. DJ YNOT will be there and there will be plenty of chances to score gift cards. No RSVP is necessary. Dadeland Mall is located at 7535 N.Kendall Drive, Miami, Fl. 33156.
SAY VINTAGE COUTURE: This Wednesday May 15 vintage lovers will reunite for an evening of shopping and a fashion show. Miami’s Hollen & Jen Showroom is taking over South Beach’s Sagamore, The Art Hotel. The event kicks off at 7:30PM. Expect to shop ready-to-wear pieces, cocktail numbers and eveningwear looks from brands such as Pucci, Pierre Cardin, Emanuel Ungaro and Chanel. RSVP to: firstname.lastname@example.org
LOVE TO SEE YOU BLUSH: Miami gem: Blush Boutique has open up a store on cyberspace. There’s everything from shoes to accessories and fringe frocks like the one above which I cannot wait to get my hands on. And those sunnies are to die for. Shop HERE
NEW LINE LAUNCH: Danyel is the newest unisex Tshirt brand to come out of Miami. The label mixes up beachy retro looks on uber soft tops that have that worn out look we all love. Tees average $35. Check out www.danyelclothing.com
HEAT NATION: Things in Miami just got a littler hotter with this uber cute retro styled tee by Sportiqe. Miami Boutique Tupelo Honey has them in stock.
BOHO GLAM SHOP: One of my favorite instagrams to follow belongs to the shop VeriGaona. Shop owner Veronica Garcia styles the coolest outfits and accessories with the most amazing backdrops. See her above channeling her inner bohoemian goddess. Check out: www.verigaona.com & follow her on insti @verigaona
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When I read the news about The Fillmore facing demolition, my heart broke a bit and I knew that I had to do my next shoot here with photog Mayleen Gonzalez. The Fillmore has always been my favorite place to come and watch concerts in Miami. It’s intimate, has great energy and I always have so much fun here. Plus, it’s one of the only places in the city to see indie bands like Phoenix, Vampire Weekend, XXs, Metric, Band of Horses, Bon Iver and upcoming on *June 18 is Grizzly Bear. My memories at the Fillmore go as far back as my childhood.
AT THE MOMENT: The city of Miami Beach is looking for a team of developers to revamp The Fillmore along with City Hall, the convention center and the 17th Street parking garage. The $1 billion dollar project is up for grabs between two companies: Portman-CMC which at first proposed tearing down The Fillmore and replacing it with a hotel and now has changed their plan thanks to public outcry. The other company is the Fillmore’s favorite: South Beach ACE team which has been all about preserving the venue and adding more green space.
SO HOW CAN YOU HELP: Join “Save The Fillmore FB page” to stay on top of the latest news. On Monday, May 13, another public city meeting is slated to discuss the renovation plans. Now enjoy the rest of our pics & some of my favorite music quotes.
“For those of you in the cheap seats I’d like ya to clap your hands to this one; the rest of you can just rattle your jewelry.” - John Lennon
“A live concert to me is exciting because of all the electricity that is generated in the crowd and on stage. It’s my favorite part of the business.”-Elvis Presley
“Those first few songs I wrote, I was taking notes at a fantastic rock concert going on in my head.”- Jim Morrison
“It was like being in the eye of a hurricane. You’d wake up in a concert and think, how did I get here?”-John Lennon
“A punk concert isn’t fun without a pit.” -Billie Joe Armstrong
“One good concert justifies a week of satisfaction at home.”-Robert Plant
“Here we are now, enterain us”- Nirvana
OUTFIT: Free People jacket & Wild Fox Couture tee (available at Bloomingdales’s), Forever 21 skirt, Steve Madden sneakers, Love Couture ring and hat (available at The Shops of Pembroke Gardens Mall)
Photo credit: Mayleen Gonzalez Photo Assistant: Kayla Medina
*Stay tuned for next week’s second installation of The Fillmore.
Welcome to this week’s Style Bite featuring Miami’s fashion event news (May 1- 5).
BIKINI GIVEAWAY: Sofia by VIX and myself have teamed up to giveaway a swimsuit of your choice from their 2013 collection which is inspired by music festivals. All you gotta do is leave a comment below on why you want to win and subscribe to their Sofia Insider Program HERE: Giveaway runs from May 1-3. Winner announced Monday :)
TRUNKSHOW TIME: Koko & Palenki in Merrick Park is hosting a trunkshow with Miami brand Alexis. The event will showcase models donning the latest pieces from the label’s Spring 2013 collection as well as sneak peek of the Fall 2013. Enjoy bubbly, braids from BLO Midtown and shopping which benefits St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital. For more 411. click HERE
MUSIC MEETS STYLE: Pop Star Ke$ha has joined forces with Miami designer Charles Albert to create a bauble line aptly called Kesha Rose by Charles Albert. The line features skulls, roses and more. Shop the collection on Thursday, May 9, from 10 to 4 PM at Charles Albert showroom, 1471 SW 12th Avenue, Pompano Beach, FL. RSVP to Jamie@charlesalbert.com
COOL CUFF: I love leather cuffs and can pile them on. One of my favorites actually hail from Miami brand Lore Accessories. Colombian transplant Lorena Gomez is the brainchild behind the baubles. Her pastel cuffs are so perfect with Spring’s pastel color scheme. Check out her site on www.lorenagomez.net
WELCOME TO MIAMI: Jewelry designer Melinda Maria has set up shop right here in Aventura Mall’s Nordstrom. Her creations feature trends and classic staples. Katy Perry, Sandra Bullock, Nicole Richie, and Miley Cyrus are fans. Check out: www.MelindaMaria.com. I totally love her bangles.
GET IN SHAPE GIRL: Women’s Health Magazine & Exhale Spa are teaming up on May 22 to offer an array of complimentary exercise classes. Editors from the glossy as well as who’s who in the health industry will be on hand. The event takes place Wednesday, May 22, 2013 at the Epic Hotel, 270 Biscayne Blvd. RSVP to: http://thenextfitnessstar.com/rsvp.php
This weekend I packed up my suitcase and headed out with swimsuit brand Sofia by Vix on a road trip to the Florida Keys. Have you heard of the Sofia by ViX line? It’s the boho sister label of ViX Paula Hermanny brand. The Summer 2013 collection is inspired by music festivals like Coachella & Stagecoach and you know how much I love mixing music and fashion.
During my trip, I checked in to an amazing boutique hotel called Casa Morada. This 16 suite hotel is gorgeous and combines luxury, but with Key Largo laid back style. I stayed in the Jungle suite which has an incredible outdoor deck, a relaxing jacuzzi and a spacious homey feel. How enticing does that hammock overlooking the ocean look? I spent a good hour lounging on it and just dreaming away.
On my second day, I started off my a.m. kayaking. Casa Morada hotel offers a bunch of free activities such as kayaking, yoga, bicycles to go riding and more. Plus,there’s also a healthy complimentary breakfast served every morning. After my workout, I headed out to Key West, Fl. which is only an hour and half from the hotel. I took a beach bag which was filled with my essentials:
My 2 day trip was absolutely amazing and I can’t wait to go back. Now that Memorial Day is a few weeks away, I just may have to get away again.
*To Win a Sofia by Vix swimsuit like mine & other goodies enter HERE:
*For more 411 on Casa Morada check out www.CasaMorada.com
And a Very Special Thanks to Dirk DeSouza
Today’s post is set deep down in Miami’s city of West Kendall, in open field that has not yet been fully developed ( yes, amazingly there are still chunks of land around like that). The inspiration for the shoot came after I heard Duran Duran’s song “Hungry Like the Wolf” on the radio and really listened to the lyrics. This song is about keeping one’s motivation to go after your dreams. Often times, I see people begin something spectacular and easily give up on it. They have a fear of failure or are too impatient. The truth is there is no such thing as failure if you are brave enough to try and like everything else, things take time to cultivate. It could take a few weeks or years for one to reach their goal, but everything comes at the right time. The key is keeping that unsatiable appetite going when it comes to our heart’s goals. So remember: always stay hungry like the wolf and reach for the stars.
P.S. Miami has a new band called Wolf Whiskers composed of Shira Abergel and Jason Joshua Hernandez-Rodriguez of Ketchy Shuby. Follow them on Instagram.
“The wolf said, “You know, my dear, it isn’t safe for a little girl to walk through these woods alone.” - Little Red Riding Hood
“There are nights when the wolves are silent and only the moon howls.”- George Carlin
“A Native American grandfather talking to his young grandson tells the boy he has two wolves inside of him struggling with each other. The first is the wolf of peace, love and kindness. The other wolf is fear, greed and hatred. “Which wolf will win, grandfather?” asks the young boy. “Whichever one I feed,” is the reply.” -Native American Proverb
“In touch with the ground. I’m on the hunt down. I’m after you. Scent and a sound. I’m lost and I’m found. And I’m hungry like the wolf.”- Duran Duran
OUTFIT: Forever 21 wolf top, Brixton hat, Swim n Sport straw bag (available at The Shops at Pembroke Gardens)
Welcome to this week’s Style Bite featuring Miami’s fashion event news (April 22- April -28).
GLAMOUR GIRL: Miami gal Carli Pino who made a name for herself last year with her spiked friendship bracelets and this year with her mochillas just made it onto Italy’s Glamour Magazine site oh yeah, and a few months ago she was featured on Elle. I couldn’t be prouder of Pino who is repping Miami. Shop her creations: www.charmdeliersshop.com
I’M SO WAISTED: Homegrown label La Belle Rebelle ( I just love saying that name) just launched their latest Spring collection which is inspired by rock ‘n’ roll and retro glamour. Find multi-print pieces, pops of color, and traditional polka dot patterns on bustier tops, high-waist bottoms and retro-inspired maillots. Designer Fab Silverstein sells them between $160 to $250. www.labellerebelle.us.
CELEBRITY DESIGNER VISITS: Celebrity jewelry designer Jennifer Zeuner is hosting a trunk show party on Thursday, April 25th from 5 to 8 p.m. (I’m so obsessed with her dominoes guess it’s my Cuban side and this lucky “7”.) Attendees will have the opportunity to get styled by Zeuner and shop her newest collection with a 15 percent off mark down. The free event which takes place at Lilac and Lilies will also have sips and bites. RSVP to Kelli@LilacAndLilies.com
TYPOExDEL TORO DEBUT PARTY: Miami artist “TYPOE” has teamed up with popular homegrown shoe brand Del Toro (yes, that’s the same one Man Repeller collaborated with) to create a line of limited edition shoes. This Friday, April 27, you can already snag them.
C’MON VOGUE: The glossy will be in town Saturday at Macy’s in Aventura Mall from 2 to 4PM to launch their Teen Vogue Limited Edition Collection for MStyleLab. One of my fave Miami bloggers Steffy Kuncman of Steffy Pros & Cons hosts.
FASHION TWINS: Scrolling through instagram I spotted Italian Bloggeress “The Blonde Salad” sporting the same rock n roll tee as me which I scooped up at Forever 21. This Guns n’ Roses tee is $15 and I wore for my shoot with 7 for All Mankind a few weeks ago right here in Miami’s Sweat Records. Buy it here:
Miami Monday Makeover took a little hiatus, but now this section is bacccck with plenty of beauty reviews and giveaways. Today’s giveaway is Clinique’s new collection of nail polish called: A Different Nail Enamel for Sensitive Skins. The brand has launched 21 hues based on iconic lipstick shades like Almost Lipstick and Black Honey. Each bottle retails for $16 and was created for women with sensitive skin. The lacqueur is chip resistant for 7 days of wear and has a variery of tones perfect for Miami’s very colorful wardrobe. Starting today you can win 9 of the shades.
To WIN: leave a comment with your email down below telling me why you want to win all 9 polishes. Winner announced. Monday, April 29 at 5.PM
Welcome to this week’s Style Bite featuring all of Miami’s fashion event news (April 15- April -21).
DISTRESSED AND DIVINE : Thursday, April 18, head out to Neiman Marcus’ The Denim Event and get yourself a new pair of jeans. I’m totally wanting some new boyfriends and cutoffs. Held at the Bal Harbour Shops, the evening will feature a “Love at First Try” Hudson Denim Bar along with skinnylicious sips by Miami Cocktail Co. and organic treats by Ginny Bakes. The Denim Event kicks off at 6:30 PM.
WRISTWEAR FOR A GOOD CAUSE: Miami jewelry designer Adri Sutil and MTV have joined forces for the MTV Number Campaign. The campaign was created to raise awareness for AIDS/HIV. All proceeds from the arm candy are being donated to Miami AIDS Walk 2013. The bracelet is being sold on Sutil’s site Decenarioscool.com as well as at Haven on Thursday April 18 from 9 to 11PM (no cover).
SEW COOL FOR SCHOOL: Have you ever wanted to learn how to sew? God, knows I have. Well, Miami veteran fashion designer behind RDo Womens Wear Boutique, Rucht D`Oleo is teaching a class at Miami Dade Community College. Yep, in the course you’ll learn basic sewing techniques will guide you step by step on how to make your own styles, sewing techniques and how to use the machine. Sign up for the 6-week course HERE
FASHION EXPO: This Thursday, April 18, the Fashion Designer Expo Florida kicks off. The event takes place at Sofitel Miami with variety of fashion shows, vendors and celebrity guests like Top Model Maytee Martinez who will be featuring her swimsuit collection. Adoro, in a fashion show on April 19 . Check out the schedule below and get tickets athttp://www.fashiondesignersexpo.com
SAVE-THE-DATE: Gorgeous Celebrity fashion photographer, America’s Next Top Model host Nigel Barker will be in Miami on May 3 & 4. Barker will be talking the latest fashion trends and unveiling his photo exhibition “RAW” at Village of Merrick Park which will donate 10 percent of all sales to St. Judes Children’s Research Hospital. The two-day called In the Now event will feature fashion shows at by Neiman Marcus and Nordstrom and trunkshows.
LOCAL LAUNCHES NEW COLLECTION: How cute is this “Adventures With Me” tshirt? Well, boutique owner Tatiana of Furor Moda co-created for her latest lookbook called “Wish You Were Here. Tatiana and photographer Gabriel Sanchez teamed up to shoot it in a Miami motel. See the lookbook HERE:
“Let the good times roll. Let them knock you around. Let the good times roll. Let them make you a clown. Let them leave you up in the air. Let them brush your rock and roll hair.” -The Cars
This week’s post is inspired by two songs The Cars’ “Let the Good Times Roll and one close to my heart which taps into my Cuban roots: the legendary Celia Cruz’s “La Vida es un Carnaval”. Both summon you to bask in life and live in the present moment despite the static that might be surrounding you. Miami’s Dade County Youth Fair was obviously the perfect backdrop to offer us the ideal metaphors that are synomyous with life. There’s the spinning merry-go-around that takes you around and around yet everytime you look there is someone or something new you see, the revolving fun house entrance which you have to find your balance on or get knocked down and well, the grand prize at the end of life.
So why these two songs? Well, Cruz’s song gives me goosebumps everytime I hear it because it’s a 4 minute revelation of what defines life: filled with mostly beauty, love and laughter despite the hardships that might try ot break our spirit. The Cars’ tune is just quintessential coolness for me. I love love love this song. I hear Ric Ocasek’s voice and I can’t help but want to emulate his nonchalant badass “I got this” attitude. Listen to both of them and I hope they inspire you to “let the good times roll.”-TFP
“Life’s just a merry-go-round. Come on up. You might get a brass ring.”-Mae West
“Never waste a minute of your precious life by squandering it thinking about people you don’t like”- Zelda Fitzgerald
“Dream as if you’ll live forever, live as if you’ll die today”- James Dean
“Every man dies-Not everyman lives”- William Ross Wallace
So it’s weekend one of Coachella and why I’m spending it in Miami ( sad face), I decided to get in the spirit of the music fest by trying out one of the popular trends attendees will be sporting: hair chalk.
I turned to beauty brand “Splat” for the look. In less than a few seconds, I had achieved the ultimate results. Splat has five different palettes like Violet Sky, Sailor Moon, Dusty Rose, Mint Candy and the one I tried: Midnight Blue. All you do is brush it on with a tony sponge, hair spray to hold it and voila. If you live in Miami, you’re in luck because tonight, Saturday, April 13 from 9 to 11PM, they are having their South Florida launch at the Shelborne Hotel. They’ve teamed up with Ocean Drive Magazine for the event and you’ll be able to get chalked up complimentary, dance, drink, check out their Instagram phootbooth and more.
RSVP HERE: http://pages.email.gmgvegas.com/odr_rsvp2
“I found you and your my crush… crush…crush. I’ve seen all kinds around the globe. Since I met you, my love it only grows.”— Jacuzzi Boys
Today’s post “Love Crushin’” is inspired by Miami band Jacuzzi Boys’ and their song “Crush.” Lately, there seems to be a lot of secret love crushing going on in the 305. The symptoms: stomach butterflies, daydreaming and mesmerized eyes. Have you noticed? Well, I admit I have one and it’s : 7 for All Mankind’s newest collection of vintage inspired denim. The jeans fit ah-mazing on and I love that they come distressed giving them that pre-loved look.
Here’s mine and Mayleen’s second installation at the best indie record store in Miami: Sweat Records. Check out Jacuzzi Boys live. See them at Block x Blog on 4/20 with some other Miami bands like Krisp, Little Daggers, Rebel, Afrobeta and deejays like Andie Sweetswirl.
“Whatever our souls are made of, his and mine are the same.” - Emily Brontë
“How can you simply be friends with someone when every time you look at them, you’re thinking about how much more you really want?” – Dawson’s Creek
“It’s nice to have a crush on someone. It feels like you’re alive, you know?” -Scarlett Johansson
“Love is an attempt to change a piece of a dream-world into reality.”- Henry David Thoreau
OUTFIT: c/0 7 for All Mankind denim, Forever 21 Rolling Stone tank and studded cap, Steve Madden heels.
Listen to Jacuzzi Boys “Crush” HERE
Welcome to this week’s Style Bite featuring all of Miami’s fashion event news (April 8- April -14). There’s loads of Saturday events.
COACHELLA BOUND HAIR: If you’re heading out to Coachella this year or at least want to rock out the latest in hair trends. Then, this Saturday April 13th come check out Ocean Drive Magazine and Hair Splat party at the Shore Club in South Beach from 9-11pm . I’ll totally be there, I’m obsessed with hair chalk! The soiree will feature fun temporary hair color stations, an instagram photo booth, lots of cool hued speciality drinks, Michelle Pooch deejaying and more. RSVP HERE:
FASHION ARTWALK EXHIBIT: The King of Vintage Couture is opening his second show this Saturday, April 13 in his eponymous Wynwood art gallery called KENI VALENTI GALLERY. The exhibit celebrates designer Lily Pulitzer creations. The show starts at 6 to 10PM. (p.s. If you haven’t been here yet. Valenti is a fashion expert and historian for the industry. He’s worked with brands such as Prada, Gucci, Louis Vuitton, Pucci, Cavalli, Dior and more. Plus, he’s been featured everywhere from Vogue to the Marth Stewart show. )RSVP: email@example.com. Keni Valenti Gallery is located at 2612 NW 2nd Avenue Miami.
MIAMI FASHION WEEK KICK OFF: Some Miami fashion bloggers from Miami Style Mafia are teaming up Macy’s in Aventura Mall to kick off Miami Metropolitian International Fashion Week this Saturday, April 13, at 2PM. The bloggers hosting are Miami Style Mafia’s Simonett Pereira, Chic Streets and Eats’ Ana Ortuno and Electric Blogarella’s Ginger Harris. The triplet team will be showcasing their top Spring looks in apparel and makeup. Plus, there will be makeup consultations with Benefit& Urban Decay as well as music and bites. NO RSVP neccessary.
BOUTIQUE RELOCATES: Miami based online shop Sincerely ALC has got a new stomping ground. This Saturday, April 13 at 6PM join owner Ashley for the grand opening at 6574 SW 40th St. For more information contact: firstname.lastname@example.org 786.973.6009 or visit the FB page.
NEW STORE OPENS: John Varvatos has set up shop on Lincoln Road. The luxury men’s boutique resembles its NYC location which actually use to be the home of music venue CBGB’s. Cool right? Inside the 2200-square foot store find footwear, bags, belts, eyewear, limitied edition watches and men’s fragrances. The Miami Beach location is the 10th store to Varvato’s lists of free-standing boutiques. John Vavartos is located at 1020 Lincoln Road; (305) 674-7917
COMING SOON: Versace and Roberto Cavalli are both opening an outlet stores this Summer 2013 at SawGrass Mills. I haven’t been to the DVF store there yet, but I heard it’s finally opened. Hurray! Sawgrass Mills is located at 12801 West Sunrise Blvd in Sunrise; (954) 846-2350 or visit www.sawgrassmills.com.