Summertime Blues

There are certain colors that I feel only work when the weather is warm, the sun is bright and the days are long…and this blue is definitely one of those colors. It’s like a cobalt/Greek blue and I think it’s the perfect summer hue of blue.
I bought this dress here in Zurich during Zara’s crazy summer sale…I got it for under $40.00 which is a major (major!) deal. It’s more of a casual style dress but I added a very lose white ribbon belt around my natural waistline to give it a tad more shape. It was the perfect look for an afternoon at the lake with my family. Also, I’m a sucker for a shirt dress. There’s something so effortlessly chic about this style. I have more shirt dresses than I can count, but I’m happy to welcome this one to the “club” ;)
At first my hubby was kind of against the length, which he dubbed “grandma-ish” but after I had it on, even he agreed it had a nice look to it.
Wearing things past your knees can potentially be boring but with high slits on each side, I thought this dress was anything but frumpy. Continue reading

Keeping Things Neutral

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.

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Running Free

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.

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Into The Blue

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.

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French Connection Brunch

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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

Gap Opening Soiree

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

Denim and Lace

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

Gap Lincoln Road

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What’s that I spy over there?? Well, it’s non other than the newest kid on the block…sort of.  Gap has been a Lincoln Road staple for a long time but you could say they’re moving on up. Their new digs were designed by the local award winning duo of Carlos and Jackie Touzet from Touzet Studio. The new and modern structure did a beautiful job of incorporating the iconic and historical architecture that has made Lincoln Road Miami Beach’s most walked street. It truly respects the forms of the past and absorbs the light and materials of Miami Beach itself.

This new Gap store is a two level shopper’s dream. It’s 19,000 square feet (shop till you drop!) and will feature women’s, including GapFit and GapMaternity, as well as men’s, GapKids, babyGap and GapBody. Talk about one stop shopping for the whole family. Personally, I love the Gap for its easy, laid back approach to clothing. It fits our Miami personality perfectly. Gap wants to welcome EVERYONE to their new “home” and give you a customized gift. Keep reading for more deets! Continue reading

Good Hair (Every) Day

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{Shirt: J. Crew vintage cotton tee in Spanish}

Having long hair in Miami is no easy task. I mean, I have to deal with humidity, rain, salt air, intense sun and the blowdryer on a daily basis. Long hair in Miami takes a beating and I’ll be honest, I’m not always the kindest to my hair. I’ll pull it back when it’s wet, do a hot blowdry on it to get it dry faster, leave it in a ponytail for a full day and more….so when RICH hair care offered to send me their collection to try, I was like “oh yeah…bring it on!”.
I’ve been using these products for two weeks now and between us gals, I wasn’t expecting much…I mean, how often have you purchased a product that promises miracle results only to be sadly disappointed?
I have. I’ve done it a lot…epsecially with hair care so I wasn’t keeping my hopes too high when the package arrived. Obviously the products proved me wrong (or else I wouldn’t be here writing this post). And by proved me wrong, I mean they gave me the side-eye, looked at my hair and said “girl, we so got this.”
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Little White Dress

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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