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: Geeky Chic

March 25th, 2014 | Posted in Fashion, Geekery by Meli

Although I wasn’t an avid cosplayer during this year’s Megacon, I wanted to dress the part (comfortably). I am a huge fan of Her Universe and their adorable “every day cosplay” line because it allows you to do just that with little to no effort. Remember my 10th doctor dress? I really like this little number I snagged at Hot Topic only a few days before the con because of its fun pattern. For a Doctor Who fan, the bad guy motif is immediately apparent, but for all those non-geeks (boo hiss), it just looks like a cool patterned skater dress. That means I can wear it to any event – multifaceted!

ps; check out a $15 off coupon for Her Universe here!!!

Dress; Her Universe via Hot Topic
Sneakers; Forever 21
Belt; Forever 21 {similar}
Earrings; Gimme Swords
Shades; Gap {similar}
Tardis nail decals; Fandom Cosmetics

What I Wore: Modern Katniss

January 13th, 2014 | Posted in Fashion by Meli

This past weekend we were treated to tickets for the ballet, so naturally I was over the moon with excitement. I used to dance when I was younger and was pretty sure I wanted to grow up to be a ballerina. Unfortunately, my grumpy high school self took over and decided I didn’t “have time” for ballet anymore (what teenager doesn’t have time?!?). That is one of my life’s biggest regrets, but I’m glad I at least get to seize opportunities like these to sit back and appreciate it from afar.

Although this outfit doesn’t exactly scream ballet, I loved pairing something simple and feminine like this perfect LBD with something a little more rough and tough like this utility vest. It paralleled my belief that these elegant and beautiful dancers are just as strong and gritty as any warrior.

Dress; c/o Conversation Pieces {similar}
Vest; c/o Conversation Pieces
Wedges; Shoe Dazzle {similar}
Necklace & arm candy; Ebay
Lyrical cuff; Chelli Rae’s Engraving
Ring; Dena Venable

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