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did you miss me?

20 Oct

Sorry I have been MIA the past week! It’s been a wild time, I was sick, then I had my birthday (thanks for all the warm wishes!), now I’ve got fashion week… sigggh. Anyway, here are some updates and a lovely photo from my beautiful friend Jenn of us at Evelyn Lozada’s shoe party about 2 weeks ago.

erika thomas jenn sobel

Anyhoo, tonight is the opening night of Funkshion Fashion Week… so time to gather up your finest fashions and go mingle among some of Miami’s most stylish folks. I’ll be there with the lovely Sara Shake of @ExposedPR. Tomorrow, I’m braving the crowds and strutting down a runway (eek!) for the most AMAZING new swimsuit line of  Lopez Henrique Couture, previously mentioned here. Friday my big brother will be here, and of course fashion week continues through the weekend, though I’ll be attending the ShopSwagg event on Saturday.

Can I catch my breath yet? Hey, I guess you get what you wish for. For my latest updates, don’t forget to follow me on Twitter, @itsmeerikat

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Now that it’s Fall…

6 Oct

Everyone is uploading and tweeting about the a-mazing Spring collections, but let’s not get too ahead of ourselves as of yet! Let me take you back a few months to revisit the Fall collections. Since this is the season we are now embarking upon, you’ll still be on point with the biggest trends while cultivating your wardrobe for Spring.

1. All things structured, gold, and tiny, a la Balmain. Of course in chillier climates, this can be layered up with a leather jacket, opaque tights, and taller boots. Proceed with caution unless you have legs like Anja here, you don’t want it to look bulky. Shed those layers once indoors and let a hot number like this speak for itself.

2. Live in jumpsuits, and accessorize them with skinny belts, as seen at Chloe. Jumpsuits are a fashion blessing. They are like the pinnacle of ready-to-wear comfort when they are cut right, they are an entire outfit in themselves, and they can be easily dressed up or down depending on the circumstances. Neutrals are big for fall, and I think jumpsuits are pretty perfect in black. Which I guess, in its essence, is also a neutral.

3. Invest in a Burberry-inspired pair of chunky, badass boots. This model’s legs are probably toothpicks anyway, but a bulky boot can make the rest of us normal people’s legs look slimmer too. Boots are fashionably acceptable in nearly every climate. Yes I live in the tropical end of Florida and I wear knee high and ankle boots as I please. There are ways of wearing winter items without making you look like your in the wrong part of the world. Play around with your closet, see what works.

4. Wrap yourself into a fun, fluffy vest. Ok, so Versace’s vest is a LITTLE BRIGHT and I am not sure if this would look sort of bird-ish in person, but you get the drift. The runways are all exaggerations of trends for the most part anyway. The length of the vest could vary, from cropped to tunic length. Styling wise, this look has it nailed. A big, voluminous vest belted down and paired with liquid leggings and a skintight top is perfect. Like I said before, you never want to look bulky.

5. Say hello to gray. At Rag & Bone, gray was mixed in to nearly every look that went down the runway. With so many shades, there is bound to be a gray that works with your complexion. It’s nice lighter side of black for those who don’t like to stray too far on the color wheel. I love this look with the knee high socks, the mittens, and the menswear. Throw some sheer tights underneath to combat wind chill.

6. Work it in Winter White. White is always a nice look in the wintertime, and Celine’s sheer blouse is no exception. Ladylike blouses have been modernized by young Hollywood and fashion bloggers alike, and have been tucked into everything from leather mini skirts to skinny jeans. Embrace this ladylike trend.

7. Incorporate Army Green into Your Wardrobe. Army green has been popping up on the figures of fashionistas across the globe, and here on the Dries Van Noten runway. It is simultaneously effortless and chic and works quite well the neutral winter palette. Shown with a fitted blazer and cool sunglasses, army green cargos are trendy without trying too hard.

8. Be a Lady in Bottega Veneta. For those of you who haven’t yet jumped on the Mad Men inspired fashion train, now is the time. This nostalgic style is flattering for all body types, because it covers while also accentuating. Don’t like your thighs? The hemlines are knee-length and beyond. Self-conscious about your stomach? Eyes will be drawn to the cinched belt, which appears slimming thanks to a voluminous skirt. This dress, paired with fishnets and sexy shoes, is the perfect modern take on the throwback style.

9. Take a Cue From Diane von Furstenberg, And Mix Your Summer Dresses With Tough Jackets. Who doesn’t love re-wearing favorites with a season specific twist? Take your tropical and floral print summer dresses and pair them with leather jackets and chunky heels or boots for a unique winter look. The best part? Fashioning summer pieces for winter means ZERO dollars spent. It’s all about looking within your own closet and having fun!

10. Experiment With Fabrics and Prints. At Dolce & Gabbana, sheer polka dots were paired up with a thick tweed. Play around with prints and stripes and come up with some original outfits. Especially when you factor in layering. The key? Keeping them in the same color family. Gray, white, and black are shown here, and obviously it works. You’re already mixing prints, which is trendy, don’t make it tacky. And any “pops” of color should be left to accessories, if at all.

Ta-da! Hope you enjoy. And have fun dressing for Fall/Winter 2010-11!

All photos via style.com

preppy meets sexy: nyfw michael kors

15 Sep

I looooove crisp, bright, preppy clothes. For daytime. When the sun sets and the drinks start flowing, you need something that moves with you. Michael Kors latest collection is the best of both worlds. Slinky fabrics and up-to-there slits, ahhh I am in heaven with this collection! And no matter what the cut or color (hello fuschia and canary yellow!), fabric that isn’t flowing in the wind is tightly fastened to the body with neutral accessories–typical Michael Kors. Which is why I believe he is a genius. PERFECTO!!!

Fashion’s Night Out 2010 Miami

9 Sep

Checking e-mail and came across this lovely reminder (as if I could forget!)…. is anyone else getting pumped up for this?? Fashion’s Night Out is TOMORROW, Friday September 10th. As the image suggests, I will be attending FNO in the Design District.  Let the outfit preparation begin!  I’ll be sure to post my outfit for you all to see ;). It was tough choosing between the different local events, considering they stretch all the way from Palm Beach to Kendall. Personally, I like the funky downtown atmosphere of Miami’s Design District.

As I’m sure you’re all aware, this is the first year FNO has been celebrated outside of New York City. For a list of complete events/cities:

http://fashionsnightout.com/fno-elsewhere/

happy shopping/socializing and remmeber it’s for a good cause!

exposing sara shake

8 Sep

Last night, I finally managed to meet up with the wonderful head of Exposed PR & Events, Miss Sara Shake (yes that’s her real name!).  Exposed is a boutique-style PR agency based locally in Fort Lauderdale, which Sara started herself about 8 months ago and the company has steadily taken on new clients ever since.

We met downtown at a cool little indie coffee shop in downtown FTL called Brew…which I definitely intend to frequent more often. Talking with Sara was sort of eerie, almost like talking to myself! Anyway it was great meeting someone else in South Florida who has drive & ambition, as well as encouraging to know there is still opportunity out there for people who work hard. I definitely look forward to some collaborations in the near future and wish nothing but great things for Sara & Exposed.

Check her out at http://exposedprandevents.com and follow her on twitter @exposedPR.

image via exposedprandevents.com

Oh, and on a side note… check out my gaga-inspired shoes I’ve got on at work today! 🙂  Let’s just say weaving through this morning’s traffic was significantly more challenging…ra ra ooh la la

Have a wonderful day! xo

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