#MBFWSwim Day 1 Outfit

by Melanie on July 22, 2014

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What a crazy week this has been. I don’t even know where to begin. I guess what I’m doing here is starting with an outfit post, just so I can get an extra day or two to organize all these posts coming up.

Here is what I wore on the night of the MBFW Swim kick-off party. It was a night time event that I’d be heading to after work so I changed tops and that was that. I knew the day time events would be way too hot so I decided to save pants for evening events. Let me tell you, Miami is still sweltering at night time. Hahaha. I got this top from Zara’s sale (I spent way too much time / money in Zara this past week, ahhhh. Three trips in 5 days was too much.) Anyway, the top is perfect because the open back is so elegant with a silver buckle around the neck. I wish I got better photos of the back! Oops.

These Nasty Gal shoes are a favorite, too. Love their Shoe Cult line. I actually bought these for $26 a little while ago before they went back up in price. And they’re real leather!! So good.

Outfits and show recaps to come! Can’t wait to share with you all. Also, check out some previews and recaps I posted on Instagram!

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Jeff Koons for H&M

by Melanie on July 14, 2014

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If you haven’t heard yet, H&M is doing a collaboration with artist Jeff Koons! They’ve turned their new 5th Avenue store into a museum to to correspond with the H&M-sponsored Jeff Koons: A Retrospective exhibition at the Whitney Museum. As an artist, myself, I’m so excited for this collaboration because it’s the first that H&M has done of its kind! I’m excited to see what other artists are in-store for the future of this kind of collaboration.

I always love working with H&M and when they asked me if I wanted to participate, I couldn’t say no! Jeff Koons isn’t amongst my favorite artists, but I can acknowledge that he’s successful at the whole, “If it makes you talk about it, it’s doing something right,” thing. Whether you are a fan, this bag is made of genuine leather and will be sold in select markets and online at HM.com on July 17th! The Whitney will also be carrying the bag so if you get to check out the exhibit, you can grab one while supplies last.

As for the outfit, a quirky bag needs a basic outfit. I think this outfit describes what my go-tos have been lately. I’m always about basic skirts but structured basic skirts are my new thing. And to make it a little more casual, a simple tank. This one that AA sent me is a godsend. I already have one in black but I had wanted the grey one since high school and strangely never found myself to get one in 6 years. Now I have it and its one of my new wardrobe staples! Threw it on with my Tardy boots which needed some love. They always give a certain toughness that makes up for what the rest of an outfit is lacking.

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Kalla Luxury Floral Boutique Event

by Melanie on July 10, 2014

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Ahh! This post is long overdue. A couple of weeks ago I had the pleasure of attending Kalla’s fashion blogger event at the Riviera Hotel on South Beach with Niani. I checked out their website and was pleasantly surprised by how gorgeous the flowers were. And they’re even more charming in person!! I ended up getting to choose any bouquet I liked and I loved the muted tones of the ‘Georgia & Albert’ bouquet. The ‘Josephine & Napoleon‘ would’ve been my second choice with it’s gorgeous succulents!

There was a goodie bag with all sorts of great things but the best part had to be the truffles! When you order the bouquet, they’re included with a bottle of wine. It was great to be able to sample them! The flavors were amazing.

Thank you Lori & Dana for the invite!

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