Whatcha doing this Thursday?

You guys remember the Saks fall preview post I did (if not click here)…well, this is what it was for. Tomorrow night (or tonight…depends on when you’re reading this), Saks Fifth Avenue in Dadeland Mall will be hosting a social night full of beauty, fashion and a couple fabulous Miami Fashion Bloggers including yours truly. So if you’re in the Miami area…stop by and I’d love to see you!
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2012 Emmys Best Dressed (and 1 worse)

If you love TV like I do, you know that the Emmys are “the” show to watch because it brings together all our favorite TV stars and of course, they all come out donning their best fashions. The 2012 Emmys were no exception with the red carpet filled with beauties wearing everything from sunny yellows to elegant grays. Here are my top 10 favorite looks from last night:

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Saks’ Contemporary Fall Collection (and FREE denim)

When fellow Miami blogger Nikki Novo (side note: you must check out her blog…she’s a beautiful writer and her message is always positive and full of good energy) approached me about participating in Saks Fifth Avenue’s contest to help unveil their new Contemporary department, I was thrilled.
I mean, I got to play dress up in the best closet around…Saks Fifth Avenue.
Here’s what I did…I went through and styled a couple looks that I felt were true to who I am in style but focused on trend for this upcoming fall season…and the best part is one of YOU can walk away with your choice of denim from Saks!! The blogger with the most comments on their post will win a pair of denim jeans for themselves and one of their readers…so leave your comments below for a chance to win. Being chatty has never been more fabulous…

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Behind the scenes with Bibhu Mohapatra

Bibhu Mohapatra might be considered to be the new kid on the block seeing that his line is just over 3 years old but don’t let that mislead you. His small (but growing) label is making big waves in the fashion world. I was honored to have had the chance to meet the talented (and charming) Bibhu through my adorable friends at Kiss My Face (click here for their story) and the rest…well, the rest is this post ;)
I went down to the garment district to visit Bibhu in his studio and I wanted to share with you all a little bit of what goes on inside a designer’s studio before New York Fashion Week…so don’t just stand there…ring the buzzer and come on in…

My interpretation of Dolce & Gabbana’s summer campain

My interpretation of Dolce & Gabbana's summer campain

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My crazy obsession with Tieks flats!

Ladies, since we are so close now…I mean, I feel like we’re good friends…I’ve got to let you in on a little secret and that secret’s name is Tieks.
These adorable little ballet flats have taken over my closet and much to the dismay of my other shoes, I wear them almost everywhere. Not only do you not have to sacrifice fashion but you get the major added benefit of comfort…it’s a no-brainer, these shoes are a “must” have.
To tell you the truth, I fell in love with this brand because of their ads…they are so chic, fashionable and totally classy…so marketing does pay off (Tieks I hope you guys are reading this…your marketing team deserves a bonus or at the very least a big hug).
And while my heart has major attachment issues to red soled shoes (here’s looking at you Mr. Louboutin), my feet are completely obsessed with blue hues. I actually do love their signature blue colored sole, not to mention the patterns, color options and versatility which are all simply amazing!

Hunter Boot Style

Okay, I don’t know how your weather is but lately Miami’s Mother Nature has been acting kind of bi-polar. We have had a lot of random rain showers…sometimes in the morning, sometimes in the evening but definitely everyday. Personally, I don’t mind the rain because we’re usually pretty spoiled here with the sunshine but I will admit that dressing for the rainy weather can be a little difficult. Thankfully I always have my Hunter boots to provide me a stylish footwear option.
I have been in obsessed with Hunter boots for years now and I’m apparently not the only one. Celebrities and fashionistas from all over have fallen in love with the rubber riding style rain boot. They’re totally practical and look effortlessly preppy chic.
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Less is definitely more with these strappy heels…

Skinny has been overlooked…and in the world of fashion, you might argue that it’s not possible…but alas, Lovely Ladies, it has happened. In the whirlwind obsession of platform heels and mighty high wedges, the once popular skinny strappy heel was neglected and ignored.
But designers are starting to bring it back and celebrities are showing up everywhere with the skinny heel sandal.
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Jennifer AnistonJennifer Lawrence
They are beautiful, super sexy and very chic…but we won’t lie to you here on Packing Stylist… these strappy heels are definitely not the most comfortable thing you’ll wear. Let’s be honest, there is a certain comfort level that you have with platform pumps and wedges. Just be prepared to suffer a bit when wearing these gorgeous shoes. But we must admit…they do look amazing. So, let’s welcome back the skinny strappy heel…
Christian Louboutin Lady Max Studded T-Strap SandalsGucci Chain trimmed suede sandals
Gianvito Rossi Bow Strap SandalGuiseppe Zanottie Stiletto Sandal
Jimmy Choo Morgan Crystal embellished suede sandalsMiu Miu Glitter Leather sandals
Prada Ankle Strap SandalStuart Weitzman Blitz Sandal
Renee Caovilla Ankle Wrap Zip SandalWalter Steiger Thin Ankle Strap Wrap Sandal
Similar styles in a more affordable budget:
Ivanka Trump Double Halter Back StrapJohnathan Kayne Tahiti Ankle Strap SandalTopShop Reim Skinny Strap Sandal
Till next time…

Bella M for Las Bellas

Mad Men Fashion is driving me crazy…in a good way!

Well, there’s no hiding it…retro glamour has crept its way back into modern day fashion. For the last couple of years, we’ve seen the trend show up almost every year in at least one designer’s collection
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Launching this revolution has been of course the extremely popular show “Mad Men”…a show that gives us a glimpse into the lives of powerhouse advertising agents in the 1960’s. From the stylish décor to the ever present martini lunches…the most important and glamorous aspect is without a doubt the fashion.

Oh the fashion…breathtaking, glamorous, feminine, sexy and styling that makes us want to reassess our own wardrobes. It’s become such a strong trend in modern fashion that Banana Republic has dedicated a whole line to the Mad Men madness.
It’s not just clothing companies that have noticed this major trend, almost every time of advertiser is jumping on this retro bandwagon, check out this link from the New York Times: http://www.nytimes.com/slideshow/2012/03/18/business/media/0418ADCO_SLIDESHOW.html
So it’s fair to say that “Mad Men” fever has officially consumed us all. The two things we consistently saw with this trend are pencil skirt dresses and full skirt dresses…both of which are totally feminine and always beautiful. Here are some of our favorite options to help you get inspired next time you’re hosting a cocktail party with friends:
Kay Unger New York High Neck Print DressTheory Stretch Linen Sheath Dress
Asos Midi Dress dressNina Ricci Provencal Printed Dress
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NMB1LG2_mxVictor & Rolf Full skirt dress with belt

So Ladies, next time you wonder what to wear…give a consideration to these modern day interpretations of vintage lines and styling. Add a big chucky necklace or cuff, grab a fun clutch and put on some high heels…you’ll be looking retro chic in no time.

And just a little fun addition to this post, we were at an event and had the most delicious cocktail made of Xanté cognac…and being wine drinkers, we were a little hesitant, but the drink was super delicious and it totally reminded us of a different time…so if you’re feeling like breaking out that cocktail shaker for your next soiree, give this recipe a try…serve in a martini glass and voila! Mad Men cocktails are your home!
Xanté Ginger Martini
1 1/2 oz Xanté
1 1/2 oz lemon juice
1 oz sugar syrup
1 small piece of fresh ginger
Muddle the ginger, add Xanté, freshly pressed lemon juice and sugar syrup. Shake and sift twice. Pour into martini glass and enjoy!

Till next time…


It’s “time” for some fun! My picks for color popping watches…

Well, it’s obvious that neons and bright colors have invaded the fashion world…
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and although I are thrilled to see these vibrant colors, I am well aware that they aren’t the easiest of colors to wear.
And if it’s not your “style”…you may end up having the color wear you instead.
But I found a great way to incorporate these powerful hues into your wardrobe with these funky watch options.

With neon, I definitely feel that a little goes a long way…so pick up one of these and be ready to light up the next room you walk in!

Diesel DZ1524 WatchFreelook Women Sea Diver Neon Green Band WatchFreelook Women Sea Diver Orange
Juicy Couture Sport CoutureLacoste Watch Goa Day Glow Pink StrapNooka Unisex Zub Zirc Neon Blue Watch
Rumba Time Watch by MarissaSprout Watch in blue and greenTKO ORLOGI Neon Slapper Watch
Timex Original Camper Glossy WatchCoach Boyfriend Orange WatchMichele Tahitian Jelly Bean

Till next time…

Bella M for Las Bellas