What I Wore: Broken Shaker

April 16th, 2014 | Posted in Fashion, Local by Meli

The hubs and I had been dying to try out what is being hailed as the best bar in Miami for quite a long time (hello, James Beard award nomination). It’s so well known that when we traveled to Orlando (twice), both times bartenders asked us if we had been. It was kind of embarrassing to say we hadn’t. So we took the plunge this past weekend, and despite the strange and fickle weather, we had a great time at the Broken Shaker.

What I wore was kind of perfect for the laid back, relaxed vibe of the place. The Broken Shaker is located on the patio of Freehand Miami Hostel, and it is kind of absolutely adorable. It didn’t have a very Miami vibe, which is what I loved about it the most. It reminded me of somewhere between L.A. and Spain (yeah, I know…weird), and definitely made me want to plan a staycation (Private King Suite please) just so I can relax by the pool and take in the bar every.single.day. Needless to say, we will be back. And frequently.

Tee; c/o Conversation Pieces
Shorts; Old Navy
Sneakers; Forever 21 {similar}
Accessories; Forever 21

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What I Wore: Miami Chic(k)

April 8th, 2014 | Posted in Fashion by Meli

The right outfit can really change your day, huh? Everyone has those days, weeks, months (?) where the clouds outweigh the rainbows, but I promise if you slap on just that right something, a special thing will happen. This was it for me last weekend. The most perfectly graphic wide-legged pants, a summery crop top and a great hairstyle was just enough to make me feel like a new woman. I walked a little taller, smiled a little wider and generally had a skip in my step. Don’t underestimate what something as seemingly silly as clothes can do for your mental health. The simple things. It’s all about them. That’s what I’m realizing more and more every day.

Crop top; Forever 21 {similar}
Wide legged pants; Forever 21 {similar}
Sandals; Enzo Angiolini {similar}
Arm candy; assorted
Watch; c/o Timex
Leo necklace; Sassy Steals {similar}

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What I Wore: Boho in Otown

April 1st, 2014 | Posted in Fashion by Meli

Even though it was just for a quick day trip, I had to make sure that I was looking cute for our Orlando adventure. Comfort was key since we were going to be spending just as much time traveling as enjoying the city. Of course, that doesn’t mean that you really have to neglect style. I absolutely adore my tried and true wide legs, and paired with a plain white tee (what up Tide pen) and bright accessories, you can’t really go wrong. Although the hubs labeled it as boho chic, I was reminded of my 90′s youth. Kind of what Angela Chase might wear these days, right?

ps; I’m hoping one day I’ll get over my self consciousness of being photographed in public (namely when there are people around) – am I the only one that seeks out abandoned locations for that very reason?

Tee; Old Navy
Jeans; Free People via Marshalls {similar}
Sneaks; Forever 21
Hat; H&M {similar}
Shades; Charming Charlie {similar}
Necklace; Etsy
Arm party; assorted
Watch; c/o Timex

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What I Wore: Reset

March 10th, 2014 | Posted in Fashion, Personal by Meli

Sometimes things happen, and they just don’t make any sense. You spend many days and nights reeling, trying to understand why or trying to label it with some sort of significance because there has to be a bigger picture to all this, right? That, in a nutshell, is what has been swimming around in my head for the past week. You would think an outfit post would be the last thing on my mind, but (with the help and gentle nudging of the hubs) I want to try not to push away things that make me happy or are part of my normal routine. My smile may be a little forced, and my glitter a little dull, but I strongly believe I will make it through this very tough time.

Blouse; Old Navy
Sweater; c/o Conversation Pieces {similar}
Shorts; Old Navy
Boots; Go Jane {similar}
Necklace; Etsy
Purse; c/o Conversation Pieces

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What I Wore: Baby Shower

February 12th, 2014 | Posted in Fashion by Meli

2014 has been the year of the baby in my circle of friends. Almost all my buddies are expecting, so it’s been a lot of fun to be part of their journeys. This, of course, means parties (& fun party dresses)! Just this past weekend, I had a baby shower for my awesome friend, Jackie. She is a Crossfit hottie that manages to still look amazing with bump in tow. Superior genetics if you ask me! I am very excited to meet her daughter, Stella Rose, come April – I know she is going to be one cool cat.

Dress; Conversation Pieces
Flats; Shoe Dazzle {similar}
Bracelets; Forever 21
Earrings; c/o Love Juliet {similar}

I am really digging Love Juliet – they are my newest partnership and are based right here in Miami! Definitely check them out and their beautiful jewelry (& instagram!). It’s fun, colorful and affordable – what’s not to adore? My earrings were the perfect pop of color for my neutral outfit, and were very comfortable. I only made one mistake: wearing my hair down! These pretties are made to be the center of attention!

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