If you’ve been following me on Twitter & Instagram, you know that I’m in Switzerland for the summer and that makes this post’s title even better. Gotta love them Swiss and their neutrality ;)
We arrived here 3 weeks ago and it’s amazing how a change in location can affect everything about you right down to your style. Zurich is a very chic and wealthy city so it’s not surprising to see everyone out in their designer suits, beautifully pressed clothes and Lanvin flats.
Coming from Miami where the weather is so hot you’d opt to walk around naked if you could, it’s a nice change to see everyone looking so well-dressed and put together. When we go into the city (which is very often), I venture away from my shorts and canvas sneaks and gear myself to feminine and polished outfits like this dress from 4.Collective.
The other day on Instagram (here), I posted something about how difficult it is to be a Stay-At-Home Mom…or frankly, how to be a mom (period).
It requires you to be available 24/7 to someone other than yourself.
If forces you to find patience when you’re sure you’ve got none left.
And sometimes, yes, it can be totally and utterly overwhelming.
I don’t say this to complain about motherhood…I saw this almost as a disclaimer to it. There are a lot of amazing things that have come from me being a mom and probably one of the greatest thing is the way you become totally unselfish with your own time and energy. You won’t think twice about putting your child first and that’s a truly beautiful thing but that’s also why it’s so important to remind yourself to take time for you. Just you. In the midst of being moms (in some cases super moms), we forget about doing something good for ourselves. For me, it’s working out and staying fit.
Back in Miami I was in my routine of Pilates, Barry’s Bootcamp and recently barre but here in Switzerland I’m having to carve out “me time” with good old fashioned runs by the lake.
I did a post in a bikini…I still can’t believe I’m publishing these pics. My body definitely still has room for improvement BUT I absolutely loved this bikini and I just simply had to share it. First off, the cover up is the perfect fun print that will take you from beach to sunset cocktails. It’s very sexy, light and gives you such great movement when you walk. The team from Lisa Blue contacted me about doing a review and it didn’t take much convincing once I saw the suits.
They’re perfect for Miami. The prints, colors and of course, cut are everything a South Beach girl looks for in a bikini…leave it to the Australians to know just what we like.
There’s no doubt about it, swimsuit season is officially here (just check the temperatures around the country) so if you’re searching around and trying to find something fun, new and different…check out my thoughts on Lisa Blue.
Fact: An invitation to brunch at Cecconi’s is fabulous. An invitation to brunch at Cecconi’s with the amazing team from French Connection is on a different level.
French Connection was in town and they gathered some of Miami’s best bloggers for a brunch and some fun. I love (LOVE) events like this because it’s truly a rare occasion when so many of us can be together in one place.
It’s like hanging out with your girlfriends…except they’re all amazing bloggers ;)
We laughed, drank, ate (more carbs than should be allowed) and of course, posted, tweeted and tagged the afternoon away. I was lucky enough to chose my entire (from head to toe) look from French Connection’s newest collection. I chose something a little outside of my comfort zone with this “Havana Red” number. It was definitely very va-va voom with its cut and the color…and I gotta be honest, I kind of like the way I felt in it. Meeeeow! Continue reading
As I previously mentioned (here), Gap has a new home on Lincoln Road. I was invited (along with some of my favorite blogger gals) to a private soiree to sneak a peak at the store before it officially opened to the public. The store is absolutely stunning. The architects (Touzet Studio) did an amazing job. It’s super bright, airy, modern with a dash of Art Deco and HUGE! I loved it! It has everything you could think of…from men to women to kids to maternity. I saw so many cute items that I know will be making their way into my closet but mostly I was drawn to the ridiculously cute kids’ section. I want to buy Mia every single item.
Not an exaggeration at all. I think Gap makes some of the best baby clothes out there. High quality, great pricing and trendy styles…
Some of my favorite gifts at my baby shower were from Baby Gap. Here’s a couple pics from the event and what I wore to welcome Gap back to Lincoln Road. Continue reading
I’m wearing jeans…again. The obsession with this versatile item in my closet is real. I thought that once the summer heat would come around my jeans would be safely tucked away in a drawer but nope…they’re still here. On a good note, the heat hasn’t been that unbearable so thankfully I’m not melting when I do wear jeans. I’m always on the hunt for a good fit and classic styling so I was super happy to find that Benetton makes jeans that are beyond affordable and have a fabulous cut…they actually give me a nice perky booty. And you know that is always a good thing! As for my top, I love mixing soft/hard fabrics. Leathers and silks, tweed and cotton and denim and lace. This top is sheer with lace details and it was perfect for an early dinner with the hubby at Prime Fish. Continue reading
It’s no doubt that white is the new black. I mean, it’s everywhere. Fashion from every end of the spectrum is embracing the pure chicness that is clean, crisp white. Believe it or not, it was really hard to NOT pair this dress with a “pop of color” or something truly bold but in the end, I’m was happy to keep things a little more low key and muted and truly let the white shine. I saw this shirtdress in the Gap window and immediately was drawn to its feminine cut and super light fabric. This is such a winning piece in my eyes. I will get a lot of use out of this dress here in Miami and also while in Europe this summer. The style is very classic and paired with wedges, flats or even Keds, it’s a great look for an easy stroll by the waterside. I kind of wish that Gap made this shirtdress in more colors because I can see myself wanting to live in it all summer long. :) Continue reading
One of the best things about blogs is that you can find styles that you love on real (aka not models) people. I love finding looks on other bloggers that will work for my height and long torso so it’s always fabulous when I check out my gal’s blog The Wordy Girl because Maria and I have a similar built. I know when she wears something I can almost count on it fitting me too. That was the case with these overalls. I saw them on her blog post and I immediately thought “those would totally fit me too!!”. I’m so happy that I ordered them because honestly, I love them. I want to live in them. Can overalls please stay in fashion forever?? And much to my surprise, my husband wasn’t totally against them. They were not, in fact, man repelling. Maria wore hers with killer heels and she looked very casual chic. I love that look but I opted for a more weekend wear look and paired them with my most favorite shoes of the season, striped espadrilles. Continue reading
I’m late to the Threadflip bandwagon and that’s because I’m a master at procrastination…but after many, many months, I finally found the time to clean out my closet and send away my items to the Threadflip warehouse. Once they arrived, their white glove service had my items photographed, measured and listed…thus creating tons more closet space for me to fill with the money from my sold items ;)
See what I did there?
Anyway, it’s beyond easy to use their white glove service and I highly recommend it. Click on the link, they send you a bag to fill and you send it back to them.
Before you know it, you’ll be selling that dress you knew you’d wear but never did.
While I was checking the status of my online sales closet, I happened to stumble across this skirt and I knew it HAD to be mine. I was lucky enough to get it for a steal (I almost felt guilty) and thankfully, it fits beautifully. It’s a party skirt, but honestly…isn’t life one big party anyway? I wore it out for a semi-casual dinner and loved feeling dolled even while wearing a t-shirt. Continue reading
This past weekend we celebrate Easter…it’s a holiday that is special for me because I love the amazing service at my church (Trinity Cathedral, you guys are awesome!) and it’s day for me to apply an extra dose of gratefulness to my prayers and actions. And this year, more than any other year, I was grateful for a lot. Starting with my beautiful family. The three of us. We’re a team. We’re a unit. We’re three peas in a pod. We’re birds of a feather. We’re a tribe. We are family. It’s an amazing feeling to be able to go to church and celebrate Easter with MY family. A family that Ivo and I created. It’s not the one we were born into, which we love more than the world, it’s the tiny slice of heaven that belongs only to us and her name is Mia. It just doesn’t get any better than that… Continue reading