A friend once commented, “You are always taking glamourous vacations.” To this I replied, “It’s glamourous vacations ONLY…with fun friends.” Stay-cations are fine if you’re moving or you need an extended period of time to do monotonous errands, but I say book me the next airplane ticket out of here and it better include beach, ocean and caftans.
I am very excited to return to my stomping grounds, my Latino home away from home, South Beach. Over the years, I have accumulated travel compulsions knowledge that have carried me many a Resort season. If only real life could include higher levels of sun and fun, our troubles would melt away like the last ice cube in your salty margarita. Here are some of those pearls of wisdom just in time for vacation season…
April 15, 2012 1 Comment
Darlings, thanks for sticking out my blog drought. It was a desert. You were thirsty. Your lips were cracking. You really needed a hit of Chapstick. For you, I present a tall glass of lemonade-vodka on the rocks with a tiny pink tiki umbrella and a pot of Kiehl’s lipbalm. Ahhhh. So much better right?
All of a sudden, my toes are freezing and I am most inclined to reach for my 20 denier tights than freeze my legs off. What does it all mean? It means we need to get serious about our Fall fashion. Friday after all, is the official start to the season. Take stock of your rolling rack and make a list. It’s easy to get side-tracked when so many sumptuous cashmere sweaters are folded neatly on nesting tables and shiny baubles gleam from glass cases.
Focus is key. Here are some fall suggestions to get your MUST HAVE list going…
September 22, 2011 No Comments
While it’s no surprise that Floral has made a return this Summer as a print that adorns many a top, bottom or dress, it’s the way in which you interpret your flowers that makes the bold difference. Through my travels, there appeared to be a “go big or go home” trend on the streets and in the magazines, with PYT’s (pretty young things) pairing various garden motifs in one ensemble. Daring, yes. Impossible, no!
Let me impart some loving words of wisdom on the matter:
- Clash of the Rhododendrons – In nature, it is common to see lillies growing alongside roses and daisies. Actually, it is quite lovely when you observe the wildness of these disparate florals come together. Very English garden. Alas, I digress. Why not try a chiffon top in miniscule pattern with a maxi skirt in an abstract? To subtley reduce the visual tension of these prints, keep the fabrics in the same family (ie. silky or chiffon) or try colours that sit adjacent to each other on the colour wheel (ie. red-purple-blue). Another trick to soften the look is to wear a few solid colours in between – a simple ribbed tank top, a camel coloured belt, a neutral wedge, etc.
- This Old Thing – Florals have a vintage-y sentiment attached to them. If you feel ill prepared to have blossoms running wild all over your outfit, try accessorizing with a gauzy scarf, a dainty cocktail ring or a cabbage rose sitting atop your very chic chignon. Oh yes, I am campaigning very adamantly for a giant floral headdress revival. Wait for it!
June 15, 2011 No Comments
I am very fortunate. People have always been kind towards my creative outfit stylings, even random strangers. I am often stopped and paid nice compliments on my choice of dress. Sometimes, to this I respond, “Thanks, it’s a skirt belted.” The raised eyebrow, the curious double take, the ‘ooh, I see’ are all common remarks. I secretly hope that my revelation will seep deep into their subconscious, grow like a seed and later influence their selection upon standing in front of their wardrobe. Fashion jedi-mind trick.
For instance, today I am wearing a sweeping ruffled, chevron Peruvian skirt as a tube dress tightened with a vintage mustard cinch belt with giant gold hammered discs. It enjoys a very high ROC. I found it on a trip to Pa’ia in Maui in a trendy boutique. Realizing its length would overwhelm my tiny frame (drag on the sidewalk behind me), I tried it on as a dress and it worked. Here’s to challenging the status quo!
August 16, 2010 1 Comment
Walking along Queen West with my dance poppet I, we passed through many construction areas as many buildings are undergoing the makeover of re-gentrification. I told him that the scaffolding reminds me of Paula Abdul’s ‘Cold Hearted Snake’ video, which for its time was extremely provocative. Miss Paula circa ’80’s could do no wrong. I mean, she was the Rihanna of the day, she dated Arsenio Hall, choreographed her own dance numbers and she was doing group ‘heavy breathing’ and ‘spirit fingers’ while Britney was still a Mouseketeer. Everyone I knew had memorized the lyrics to every song on ‘Forever Your Girl.’ I played Straight Up and Opposites Attract over and over until I had to use a pencil to unwind my cassette tape.
On our next adventure to karaoke, I will definitely peer pressure gently influence my friends into singing this song. I foresee the hipsters going craaazy. Some styling cues that I will take from the 80’s and bring into modern 2010:
And now to relive the salty goodness that is Paula Abdul’s Cold-Hearted Snake, please click on the link below. You will be singing it for days: “He’s a lover boy by trade, He don’t play by rules, Ooh oh, Girl don’t play the fool now.” (After all these years, I still remember the words. Oh deep engrained cellular memory!) There are countless amazing moments in this video, you may have to watch it twice (gliding across the floor in knee pads, mesh top with tassles, Paula being lowered from the scaffolding, simulated sex positions, etc, etc). Enjoy!
July 10, 2010 No Comments
Yes we are only 8 days into summer, but the temperatures are rising and people are flooding the streets to enjoy a dose of sunshine and the outdoors. I truly believe people in California are happier because they get to wake up to warm weather and palm trees, an undeniably ‘upper’ combination. Now that the heat is here, I won’t complain. If anything, I will soak it up like a sponge and try to take advantage without getting sunburn or tanlines. I live for the summer.
A Coral Necklace – Nothing says summer like a coral necklace. Like clockwork, every season, new accessories and clothing in this colour emerge. Why? It looks so scrumptious and fresh against tanned skin. I have a few varieties from chains with ombre beads to the Wilma Flintstone rounds in red and orange. Very high ROC. I might be shaking up the status quo here, but I do declare coral the new turquoise.
Girls In White Anything – My absolute preference is for white eyelet, particularly in a dress. Two words: Garden Party. And for a white ruffle mini, another three words: Dancing Al Fresco. We only have so many days before we have to tuck away our white linens and ultra-soft cottons. Yes, it is acceptable to wear white after Labour Day but only Winter Whites people.
Artsy Nails – I am of the female persuasion, therefore, I have a Sephora obsession. This week, I checked out the store, where they have recently installed a Nail Bar. What’s on tap? Only tiger, lace, skull and pop art Nail Art for starters. I once met a fashionistah adventuress who treated her nails like mini canvases – tiny lightning bolts, polka dots and stripes meticulously painted in different colours without stencils. When I asked, “Did someone do that for you?” She responded, “I did them. I went to Art school.” Crazytown, non? If you don’t have the courage to try something Guggenheim worthy, why not go for a splashy colour from the Havana Nights collection from OPI. My absolute favourite is the limited edition Havana Dreams, a pale blue which looks like Hard Candy circa 1994.
Songs In The Key of Summer Lovin’ – Sunshine, a ghettoblaster and dance songs = such an unbeatable mix. Here are some rump-shakers to keep you grooving until the break of dawn.
- She Wolf (Shakira Cover) – Hot Chip
- Hard – Rihanna f. Young Jeezy
- Carryout – Timbaland f. Justin Timberlake
- Loonies to Blow – Drake (A-Trak Remix)
- Airplanes – B.O.B. f. Paramore
June 8, 2010 No Comments