My Miami: Top 5 Hoods

When it comes Miami, there’s so many amazing neighborhoods that offer a little bit for everyone. That’s why I’ve always taken my love of fashion for the last three years and combined it with what this city has to offer. From historic sites to must-see spots to places to have fun or just shop. Greater Miami and the Beaches is now doing a cool contest that asks you about your favorite Miami neighborhood and why. You can check it out HERE 

Plus, check out my top 5 hoods and what makes them so cool:

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Vans: Off The Wall

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"The Petite Poet" and I finally came together for our first photo shoot. It’s hard to believe we waited so long to do a style post side by side because it really was so much fun to work together like this. We actually have Vans’ newest collection of sneakers called  Classic Slims to actually thank for it, too. You might be thinking a shoe did this? And my answer is yes. You know that moment when you try on a pair of shoes and you want to leave the store wearing them. Well, that’s exactly how we felt when we opened the box and saw the Daisy Authentic High TopsThe next day we were shooting with them at an impromptu photo shoot. In fact, the entire collection is pretty awesome. There’s all sorts of cool prints, solids and even ombre tones which are so beautiful. You can see it HERE. Aside from the shoes, the Spring/Summer collection of clothes & accessories is AH-MAZING. I had to deck myself out in it from head-to-toe. 

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OUTFIT:

The Fashion Poet: Paisley Marie Dress, sneakers and Circle Lens Cat Sunglassess  c/o Vans

The Petite Poet: Top & shorts c/o Forever 21, Daisy Hi sneakers c/o Vans

Perpetual Summer: A Beauty Tutorial

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This Sunday while most beauty bloggers are doing their usual “Easter Beauty” tutorials. I decided to go for the beauty routine less traveled. As a Miami City Expert, I like to report on what’s going on around town and the talk is 4:20 and the upcoming Perpetual Summer fashion show at Wynwood Life Festival. How do you score two looks in one? Easy!

1. Jamaican colors 2. Oh yeah and big awesome hair or cool braids like Milla Jovich rocked in the “Dazed in Confused” flick or think designer Mara Hoffman tribal braids. My girls at Blo Blowdry Bar in Midtown gave me some ohh la la la sexy pouf pow wow locks which will make an outfit a show stopper. Makeup guru, Charlene Battle glammed me up for the special occasion. Check out our tutorial: 

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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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