A weekend in the hottest city in Florida
And when I say “hot” I mean: temperature and the place where the party is ON 24/7.
It’s such a fun city to visit… I got the chance to spend last weekend in Miami thanks to some “official business”. You know I was born in Argentina, so every time I need to file paperwork I need to go to the Consulate, which is in Downtown Miami. I live 6 hours away from the city, which is not a lot, but if you are driving you gotta plan it ahead of time, and take some extra days off just for the drive there and back. That is, unless you opt for flying there. Me, I’d rather spend the money in the city itself.
So after the “official business” was over, my time to enjoy started. I was really excited because, as you may all know, Miami is a Latino city. The Latino population is actually higher than the American (70% to 30%), so whenever you go, you hear people speak Spanish. Some don’t even understand English! I focused on Miami Beach because that’s where my people reside. “Little B.A.” is there and my intention was to have an “argentinian weekend”. There are stores and restaurants which are argentinian showcasing the best food we can offer. Sweet pastries, good BBQ meat (with no sauce), etc. And what’s more, Miami just has that feeling that reminded me of Buenos Aires. The tall buildings, crazy traffic - and crazy drivers! - and lots of good food that I miss from my land.
But I cannot do a weekend getaway to Miami without stopping by South Beach! The people walking around are so cool, you see lots of crazy street style… but the most important part is that it doesn’t matter what you wear, everybody shows their own style and it’s all fun! Where else would you see ladies at the beach wearing heels and shiny embellishments?!
I also stopped by Dash, the Kardashian store in South Beach. That is an attraction in itself… lol!
I opted for very casual looks to walk around South Beach and Lincoln Mall Rd, and to go out to dinner at night. This is the place where it’s basically summer all year long, so it doesn’t really matter if you are “transitioning” from one season to the other. You can adapt some colors, but here’s where you can always play with colors and wear shorts and T-shirts and have fun. Needless to say people from South America naturally tend to dress in colorful outfits, and walk around thinking life is a party.
My daytime outfit was a floral dress with flats (always my first option, especially if I’m gonna be walking around), and jeans and a comfy blouse for the night. A simple change of purse shows that you are a little bit more polished for the night as opposed to the daytime.
Spending only a few days in Miami was enough to put me in a good mood. Beautiful beaches, fun people, good fashion, amazing food… that says it all. Who wouldn’t be back?!
Be Fabulous. Be Yourself!
Transitioning from Summer to Fall in the Nail Department …
One of the ways to well-transition from summer to the new season is through your nails. I’ve chosen an electric blue which, to me, says that it’s not quite time to jump into the darker colors yet but we can start with some shades of those dark colors as a first step.
This amazing blue is Sinful Colors Professional in “Endless Blue”. And to add it a little bit of sass I sparkled it up a little bit with Forever 21 Nail Color in “Glitter Blue/Assorted”. I only added it to one nail for each hand because I didn’t want it to overwhelm it and I also wanted the blue to shine.
The most amazing part of this is that it cost me less than $5 for the whole mani (of course, I did it myself!). Nail polish for $1.99 while the glitter is $2.80. And guess what! This mani lasted longer than I expected, i.e. longer than a week!
So it doesn’t really matter how much you spend on nail polishes… my suggestion is: fall in love with the tones, not the brands.
And Be Fabulous. Be Yourself… always!
Always … <3
Megan Fox looking amazing with her new hair!
A day in paradise…
The color grey can turn bright and hot in summer
It’s hard to believe that a color such as grey could be fun and look pretty good for summer, especially when you choose an outfit for daytime in sunny Florida. But I’ve found the right pants that can do exactly that. How?! Well, let’s say they come with some bright help…
Browsing through Macy’s, I came across these comfy floral pants. I instantly felt drawn to them, and after trying them on and paying no more and no less than $19 (full price, mind you), I was a happy camper.
Pulling off floral pants without looking like a clown or like you are wearing pajamas is not hard, but maybe a little challenging. That’s why I built my outfit around the pants, to make them the star of the show. To me, the key is to pair them with the right shirt and shoes. I opted for a solid shirt in a slightly different shade of grey, but that it has a few lines of delicate beads on the front, just to make it more fun. Grey tennis shoes (3rd shade of grey… getting there, but never too close to fifty… :P ) but then again, they have animal print patterns!
So how do you not look like a clown while still following the mix-and-match trend? Make a look fun by mixing patterns, but only highlighting some!
Accessorizing was easy, because you don’t want to overwork it with stuff. If you have read my previous blogs, then you know that when in doubt, you just wear pearl earrings. They highlight your face, and never get in the way of your outfit. I happen to have a clutch that I adore, and believe it or not, I’ve had for two years now thanks to my lovely friends from Argentina who gave it to me as a gift. The color matched the flowers on the pants! And just for fun I wore my favorite aviator sunnies this season.
Make up was easy too, and I focused on the lips, using a really bright pink/coral lipstick from Sephora (“Escape To Rio” Rouge Cream Lipstick in Neon Rouge Flamingo - fuschia; which unfortunately they don’t carry it anymore because it was a limited edition collection). Once again, making one thing shine.
You can still find these pants at Macy’s, and they are from the brand “energie”. The tag had a beautiful message… which I think it was like the cherry on top.
Let’s celebrate summer!
Be Fabulous. Be Yourself!
Summer is also about going cute
Nails are probably the most versatile way to express yourself, especially if you are skeptical about trying new colors or styles of clothes. Nails are a good way to start exploring.
Summer is all about colors, vibrance and fun. But sometimes going cute with some subtle colors pair well with anything you wear. Good examples are these two tones I tried.
White was a must during winter, so of course it will also be in summer! However, just to change it a bit, instead of white I went for ivory (same name). Forever 21 has the cutest colors of polish (and btw, this weekend they are but 1 get 1 free!), and it paints really well; you don’t need many coats to see the color coming through - very creamy. The second one, it’s classic Revlon in “Café Pink”.
Two colors to act cutsie in summer. Which one do you like best?
Be Fabulous.Be Yourself!
Crazy for the World Cup!
Ahhh… every four years, we get to experience something that you don’t really experience in any other way, with any other sport. The World Cup, this time in Brazil. I have watched every match I could, and it has been filling up my days pretty well… so well that it forced me not to write so many blogs for the past month! Makes me feel a bit guilty, but then again… it only happens over 1 month every four years!
Now, many Americans are just starting to grasp the idea of soccer, or fútbol, as we call it, and this time around it seemed that they were a little bit more into it, especially after the USA made it out of the so-called “group of death”. But you know, I’m from Argentina, and I have been living World Cup and soccer passion all my life. It’s in my blood… in my DNA! So I had to do something to get my Argentinean dose of fútbol somehow. Because it’s a passion hard to explain… the amazing feeling that is not comparable to anything else.
So far, we have been doing alright… Messi has been better than other times, and we have been scraping by to get to quarterfinals. We can only hope to be stronger than Belgium today to make it to the semifinals. But… I’m not here to talk about soccer or how the World Cup is going, as I’m pretty sure you all more or less know.
Whenever I watch my country’s matches, I have to have some good luck charms, so I wear my jersey, wear the colors on my nails and I have to eat some Argentinean food (the last pictures are from the Argentinean steakhouse “The Knife” in Orlando, FL… by the way, aren’t those colors beautiful!? <3 ).
And of course, the fashionista in me has to try to combine colors… so makeup is important in this case. Fuscia lipstick seemed perfect to contrast with the light blue of my whole outfit. Sephora has a brand new line of matte lip gloss which is a must-try. Eyeliner without extra eye shadow made it for the matches that are during the daytime. What do you think about my look?
And are you watching the World Cup? Which team are you supporting, and in what fashionable way are you supporting them?
As a final note, I recommend this steakhouse (out-of-this-world, look it up if you happen to be around Lake Buena Vista area, or Downtown Disney).
And today… VAMOS ARGENTINA!!!!!
Be Fabulous. Be Yourself!
Luster Matte Long-Wear Lip Color for “Sephora” - $14
Felt eyeliner 24HR wear for “Sephora” - $13
Pure Ice nail polish in “Castle of Dreams” - $2
Forever 21 Nail Color in “Ivory” - $2.80
New look for summer!
Summer calls for a change of hairstyle! Then what’s better than add my all-time favorite hair cut with some beach waves?
My amazing hairstylist Justin made my dream come true. A long bob with shagged layers - for me, the more the better. My hair is very heavy and I have a lot of it, so in order to create this laid back look he cut some hair from the inside parts to make it light and airy.
To give it an easy finish, which is something I’m always looking for, as I don’t like spending too much time getting my hair ready (I’d rather use that time for my makeup; and my last look had bangs which took time, so I’m kinda over it) he suggested applying a texturizing spray to create that beachy look which is so on trend right now. It’s the perfect solution to me. All I have to do is apply while it’s naturally drying after I wash it and mold it with my hands. That is it! You can even apply it when it’s dry if you want to keep this vibe all throughout the day. Just to note, on this picture my hair is actually dry! That is amazing, isn’t it?
(Btw, no surprise the hair salon is called “Beach Break” lol!)
What do you think? Would you try easy-beachy waves this summer?
I hope you do!
Paul Mitchell “Awapuhl” Wild Ginger Texturizing Spray (it even smells like the sea and feels a tad sandy… really cool) - $18
Be Fabulous. Be Yourself!
The Forgotten Florida Key
When you think about the Florida Keys, paradisaical beaches surrounded by the Gulf of Mexico come to mind. Siesta Key and Key West are renown for their stunning white sands and striking blue-almost-green-ish waters. But they forget that there is yet another key that is hardly named. It’s very tiny and at the very north of Florida. It’s called Cedar Key.
I happen to live an hour away from Cedar Key, and yet in the almost 4 years I’ve been living in Florida, the first time I went there was just a couple of weeks ago! Yes, it is the Gulf of Mexico but you would never imagine it because the water is not Gulf-like at all. It looks more like a river than the Gulf. It is very, very small… so small you can drive around this Key in only a couple of minutes. Or you can actually walk, which would be better (cars tend to cramp together and drive veeeery slow; and not to mention the amount of boats around!).
Even though it is intended to be a tourist area, it is mostly locals and people from the towns nearby who frequent this place. There are a few restaurants, mostly seafood ones - duh! - and one ice-cream place - nothing special, the serve the ice-cream you would get at the grocery store in a cone. Unless you are planning on either going fishing or going to the small public beach available, you shouldn’t plan your whole day around this key.
After we had a drink overviewing the Gulf, we found a local restaurant with amazing food. Obviously we did some research so as not to fall into a trap with bad food and high prices (it is, in the end, a tourist place), and we decided to try Annie’s Cafe. It is the typical dive you would see on Guy Fieri’s show Diners, Drive-ins and Dives, so we thought a little adventure would be exciting. And it was worth it! The grilled scallops and shrimp were amazing and had an unique taste - I would like to find out what seasoning they used, but it was a secret!. The coleslaw and the salad (not pictured) were clearly fresh, as they use local ingredients.
So before and after lunch we walked around the area, and it felt nice to see somewhere new. All the time I was wondering why it took me so long to go there. It is definitely a place to add to your itinerary when you are planning on visiting North Florida, and maybe take the time to drive there to enjoy a different view of the Florida Keys.
Be Fabulous. Be Yourself!