Friday, August 29, 2014

Style Spotlight: Miami Twice Brings Vintage Charm to the Magic City




Tucked away in an nondescript strip mall on a busy Miami intersection, sits one of the city's best kept secrets for one of a kind vintage apparel as well as an enchanting story-telling vehicle that has been around for over 30 years. 

Miami Twice is a revered institution. The storefront and its time machine of goodies are iconic and chances are you've stepped foot inside of it at some point in your life to browse their extensive collection of curated vintage clothing, jewelry, and accessories. And did you know that Miami Twice was once an auto repair shop? Well, it was! 

And thanks to the passion of Mary Kyle Holle, she and her sister sought to transform this old space into what is now a 5,000 square foot closet that rivals that of Daisy Buchanan. Whether it's old gowns from the early 1940's or a mod print shift dress from the late 70's, Mary and her team have amassed a distinct and unique collection of frocks dating from as early as the 1930's, including jewelry from WWII days. To complement the Old World goods, the store also features a Mad Men inspired line as well as modern clothing from contemporary designers. And don't forget Halloween! Miami Twice has become the unofficial Halloween pit stop for costumes and accessories.  

And not to be outdone by all things vintage, Mary also has a pretty spectacular designer handbag collection that will have fashionistas clamoring. After a visit to the store for an unrelated assignment, Mary and her mom Diane, fed me tales of fancy socialites and fashion mavens that now leave their mark on the walls of Miami Twice. 




FSF: how has the store grown and evolved since it first opened in 1985?

MT: Miami Twice has physically grown from a small 1400 square foot store to the now 5000 square foot store.  As far as business, we started out purely a vintage store for clothing, accessories, furniture, and jewelry. In the years we have been in business, we have introduced new lines of clothing to compliment the vintage. We have also introduced a large pre-owned luxury designer area the business.  We have a large area dedicated to Chanel, Louis Vuitton and other luxury designer purses and accessories. As you know, we have also expanded sales in the month of October for our Halloween business. We cater to adults who want to dress up for Halloween. We are unlike your typical Halloween store, however.  All our costumes are on hangers and very well displayed and are accessorized head to toe!

FSF: When you hear people refer to the store as an iconic fashion institution in Miami, how does that resonate with you?

MT: As far as people referring to us as an iconic fashion institution in Miami, it is such a huge compliment.  We have always strived to be on top of our game with regards to vintage. It takes a creative customer, and someone who dresses in things other than your cookie cutter clothing that seems to be prevalent in Miami.  We love our customers.



FSF: What makes Miami Twice such an experience as a customer? What makes it special?

MT: I have heard through the years, when new customers walk in the door, how there is no other place like Miami Twice.  We have been compared with some of the vintage "old timers" in New York, Boston and Chicago. Our atmosphere is one of a vintage department store- A bygone era.


FSF: Is the store your personal closet as well?

MT: I absolutely have a few items in my closet that I coveted at any one particular time. However, I don't keep too much.  I have seen people in the collectible business or vintage business that fell in love with so many things that they took home. But I am a businesswoman first, and I tend to look at our items as treasures that our customers should have the opportunity to buy. I do love to look and touch all our vintage, but when they sell, I get to replace them with the next awesome item that I will get to enjoy until it sells. 

Miami Twice
6562 Bird Road
Miami, Fl 33155
(305) 666-0127 

Follow them on Instagram @miami_twice 

In Style, 

Kat 

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Bloggers, Fashion, and Art Make a Statement at Fashion Happy Hour

Illustration artist, Melanie Patterson, setting up her sketches and designs.

Live Sketches by artist, Anna Kristina 
I had the pleasure of hosting last week's Fashion Happy Hour at LMNT Arts in Wynwood and it was just another fabulous excuse to get all gussied up and mingle with some amazing vendors and talented fashion bloggers. I'm a big fan of Fashion Happy Hour and what it represents and to have the honor of hosting was icing on the cake. It's a great opportunity to see what local businesses are up to and to get to experience new trends  up close and personal in a fun and fashionable setting!

I love how unique and versatile each of these monthly events are set up. This past week we had everything from live sketching, to a candy bar, to a customized photo booth and even free manicures! There really is something for everyone to enjoy. As host, I got to meet each of the vendors and check out their merchandise and talk to them a little bit about their line and what they offer. I can't wait to share that with you. 

But first, let me take a selfie! 




A big 'bow down' thank you to my glam squad, Jessie and Ana from Makeup Artistry by Jessie, for transforming me from after school mom to fab fashionista, for my big event. I am never disappointed when I stand up from that chair because they know exactly what I like and what works for me. I wanted a smokey eye look with a high bun with a bow and they delivered flawlessly. Let's not forget that updos are a great way to beat the heat (it's August in Miami, people. A frizzy hair death sentence) and you don't need a formal occasion to rock them. 

The ballerina-like bun was inspired by the outfit. Here's another striped top I've added to my ever-growing collection (seriously, you would think I run a maritime business with the amount of stripes I own) and I paired it with my obsession of the moment, a lace and tulle skirt. Very feminine wouldn't you say? Then if you know me and you are familiar with my style, it needs a little edge. In comes the fishnets because I'm jonesing for some sort of tights weather, and my studded boots and voila! I have added the Kathy touch to finish off this look. 

Can we talk about this sick leopard cluth/shoulder bag?! Yes, a two in one and a bang for my buck! It's from the new InStyle for Nine West collection and I'm all sorts of in love with it. I've been on the hunt for an evening leopard bag for some time and always run into two problems- either it's bad quality and cheap, or it's uber expensivo. Not this one since it's almost a BOGO special. 

And a big shout out to resident photographer, Erika Nelly, for never rolling her eyes when I asked her to snap pics of me and my friends! She did it with a smile on her face and in return, I get to share all these awesome images with you through my post! 

Everything from handmade bracelets to cover-ups and bikinis at the DFL booth at Fashion Happy Hour 

Color and statement pieces like these are trends we will continue to see for fall

Handmade Jewelry from the Plum Flower Creations
Hosting Fashion Happy Hour is not just about looking pretty and smiling for the camera. It's about letting the audience get a peek into your closet by using these great brands to style a model and in turn, show off your style. But it wasn't just me! I had the good fortune of introducing four other very talented Miami bloggers who also had the chance to style their own models (Models were provided by beauty and modeling school D.A.M.A) and showcase their personal style to all the guests in attendance. 

My model was Stephanie and she was game for anything! I wanted to do something a little different and classic but with a twist. It was at the other end of the spectrum of what I normally wear but I wanted to challenge myself with neutrals. I wish I had a little bit more to work with clothing wise but we made it happen. I opted for a cream linen dress with gold zipper hardware (from DFL) and took it up a notch with accessories. I wanted big and chunky so I layered two statement gold necklaces from CH Accessories. The magazine print box clutch was also from CH. I gave Stephanie simple but edgy ear cuffs as well as a ring chain from Plum Flower Creations to jazz up her hands. For this look, accessories were the key players in channeling my message. 




What I really loved about the experience was getting to meet some of the other bloggers and see first hand how they expressed their style personality through their models. I think it's such a positive and awe-inspiring feeling to know how each blogger has their own interpretation of style shaped and formed by their experiences, the world around them, and who they are as human beings. That's what I love about blogging and fashion. I love that there is room for everyone because everyone brings something different to the table. Sure, we may all own the same white t-shirt or cut off jean shorts, but we each wear them in our own way and with our own attitude. And I love that! There's no room for weeds here because every fashion flower is growing and doing its own thing with support and encouragement from one another. 

From left: Poise from Styled with Poise, Reesa from Mod Max Glam, Lauren from The Fashionista's Diary, Kathy from Freshly Squeezed Fashionista, and Rebecca from The City Slicker's Blog

Keep blooming my Squeezers! And don't forget to visit some of these great vendors for some new pieces to add to your wardrobe. Maybe you can wear them to the next Fashion Happy Hour! 

On Me: 

- Outfit from Forever 21
- Shoes- Free People
- Purse- Nine West
- Necklace- Zara 


Photos provided by: Erika Nelly Photography www.erikanelly.com. Follow her on Instagram @ErikaNellyPhotography and Twitter @ErikaNelly_ 

In Style, 

Kat 

Saturday, August 23, 2014

Miami Style Map: Having an 80's Flashback in Grand Estates



Did you think I would spend a day on the beautiful Viscaya grounds and not take full advantage of wardrobe changes?! It's not everyday you have a Versailles-inspired palatial villa in your own backyard. 

If you remember a few months back, I posted some jaw-dropping photographs wearing a black and white vintage dress that I had scored in Baton Rouge. Oh, they were so divine- they were very reminiscent of Dolce and Gabbana's 'La Familia' ad. 

This time around my super photog Elizabeth from Ra-Haus http://ra-haus.com/, and I changed things up. We went from retro to rad in a different kind of vintage- a sweet 80's throwback that's all sorts of tubular. I scored this mellow yellow number at the Wynwood Street Market. I initially planned to wear this black and yellow shirt with some pants but as I was changing, I realized that I loved it more as a shirt dress! Granted, I can't be bending over so freely because I'd be showing my lady parts to the world. So I have to remember- prim and proper, Kathy. Prim and proper! 



And keeping with that 80's trend of geometric prints and cubism, I love the triangle cutout on the back of this shirt dress. It's details like these that give a particular piece of clothing a  specific sense of character and design. I can't get enough of milkmaid braids. Seriously, I think this has become my go to hair in Miami. Its such a chic way to beat the heat!


Here's an up close and personal look at the black and yellow print on the dress. I spruced up the vintage element and kept going with the shape motif by adding my mother's black and silver necklace. Even though it's a chunkier piece of jewelry, it compliments the shirt while remaining subdued. The necklace also comes with earrings but in this case, it would have been too much. 

This necklace always puts a smile on my face. It's like a piece of my mother is coming along on my fashion adventures. As a little girl, I remember my mother standing in front of the mirror in her bedroom putting on this necklace with a long black dress and then when she was done with it, I would rummage through her drawers looking for it and trying it on the same way she did. When she passed, there were very few pieces I kept for myself. I wish I would have kept more, but at 16, I think the last thing you are thinking about after losing your mom is sorting through clothes to build your fashion closet. But I did keep this necklace and a few other gems that constantly keep me connected to her. After all, she continues to be one of my biggest fashion inspirations! No one rocked a pink lipstick and a blonde bob like her. 


And there you have it! I hope I've inspired to lose the pants and have some fun the next time you dress up! Liz and I have some cool stuff coming up and I can't wait to share some more of that Miami history with you all! In the meantime, my Squeezers, have a beautiful and adventurous weekend! 

On Me: 
Shirt Dress- Vintage Majal
Glasses- Forever 21
Booties- steve Madden
Necklace- Vintage
Purse- H&M 

In Style, 

Kat  

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Miami Style Map: On the Right Side of the Tracks


Stepping out of your comfort zone can sometimes result in some unexpected surprises- of the good kind. This revelation has especially rung true this past year with all the changes and new adventures that have come my way. Some I haven't quite embraced, but most, uncomfortable as they may seem, have challenged me in BIG ways and I'm a better human for it. I'm constantly pushing myself to try new things, not only with my blog, but in everyday life. And I see some of those changes through many of my photographs- like this one for example. This is one of my favorite shots of the bunch because what I see is a happy girl who's gleefully lost in a particular moment in time; a girl who's carefree and silly but also ready to take on the world all while having a good time along the way!

I love these sequence of shots I took with photographer, Raquel, on the outskirts of Downtown, and I especially love how the city skyline photobombs our shoot and becomes part of the conversation in all the pictures. Let's not forget the train tracks- best supporting actor! My not-so-adventurous side was having a 'living on the edge' moment. 






This $20 lace and tulle skirt from Forever 21 is my current obsession. I live for pieces like this one that can easily be dressed up or down depending on the occasion and your personal style mood. I went playful this time around and paired it with a dusty pink graphic tee and my studded denim vest. This look is a compilation of sporty (this is a first)  and feminine sprinkled with a hint of street. And I'm bringing the bow back along with the faux bangs! 

Talk about a school girl throwback! I don't remember a day when my mother didn't slap on a bow or ribbon on my hair before I walked out the door for school. It was like that bow literally tied the whole look together- Lebowski style. My two year old is not too far behind either- she's got an impressive bow collection (I may or may not have borrowed this one from her).


Last week I stopped by the Jaimie Nicole showroom to check out the jewelry from their latest collection and I wanted to take all home with me. The girls let me put together my own arm party (to wear on my left arm because my right hand officially has zero vacancy) and I had such a fun time picking out these bracelets! The hot pink tassel beaded beauty is at the top of my list. The colors play well with the muted shades of my outfit and the leopard print on my statement slip ons. See how it all just comes together!?

Grrr. Have some fun and walk on the wild side, my freshly squeezed fashionistas! Hope you enjoyed this evening's post. My Netflix awaits. 


On Me: 
- Tulle Skirt- Forever 21
- Tee- Forever 21
- Denim Vest- Forever 21
- Bow- Forever 21 
- Loafers- Steve Madden  
- Bracelets- Jaimie Nicole Jewelry http://www.jaimienicole.com/

In Style, 

Kat 

Sunday, August 17, 2014

Feel the Blogger Burn- A Day of Pampering at Exhale Spa Leaves Me Feeling Like A New Woman

 

We live in a fast-paced world, infused with the daily nuances of stress, obligations, and commitments. And once in a while, for the sake of sanity, we need to remind ourselves that as much as we get sucked in to the robotic madness of our day to day lives, we must  disconnect in order to recharge our batteries and feel whole again. Basically, we need not go cray. And exhale. 

I was recently invited to check out the new Exhale Spa at the Loews Miami Beach Hotel. A full day of pampering, exercise (a slight cringe), and sun enjoyed over cocktails, small bites, and good company was at my fingertips. I could taste it.  How could I say no to such a therapeutic proposition?! I can barely find the time for a massage, let alone a facial, add on top of that my full-time job as a mom and my freelance gigs, and I barely have time to blink. But I was on a wellness mission to enjoy a full day of 'me' time. In came the babysitters, and off I went to relax and indulge. 

Come with me as I take you on a photographic tour of my full blogger spa experience! 


Photo by: Maria Tettamati / The Wordy Girl

First stop on our rejuvenation journey- welcome fruit drinks at the SOAK cabanas- A beautiful St. Tropez style lounge area overlooking the hotel pool, equipped with lounge chairs, private air-conditioned cabanas, and even a DJ! 

And doesn't my crisp white Zara tunic dress and loafers do just right with the picturesque backdrop? I took full advantage of this private nook in between treatments to lay out and enjoy some chilled prosecco and a refreshing swim. After all, this is the manifested definition of 'sit back and relax' is it not?!

Photo by Anthony Jackson/ @elitekarma
Photo by Anthony Jackson / @EliteKarma

I'll admit, the idea of exercise doesn't exactly conjure thoughts of rest and relaxation for me. It's often welcomed with a cringe. My exercise level is at an embarrassing zero and the only exercise I do is running around after a toddler. While I was living in the city, I walked everywhere- to work, to the train, to the park, and to meet friends. But since giving birth to Maya and moving back down, this Core Fusion class was only my second attempt at working out so I was a little nervous about what to expect. But I was determined to challenge myself and get through the class! To say it was intense is the understatement of the century!  I was using muscles I never knew I had. By the end of the class, I was virtually dead, but my heart was pumping and dare I say, it felt good. 




With all those squats, push-ups and downward facing dog positions, I was ready to eat. And what a delicious spread! Grilled shrimp skewers, tomato and burrata salad, and short rib plantain lollipops, were just some of the few appetizers laid out for us to savor back at the SOAK Cabana! But the real showstopper was dessert! Just see for yourselves...



Loews pastry chef, Rene Contee, whipped up customized desserts featuring our personalized blogger logos! Not only was this a creative touch, but a thoughtful gesture to the already top notch service provided to us by the Loews Team. How deliciously cute are my Freshly Squeezed lemon tarts? So delicious that I ate three. Yum. 



After stuffing my face, it was time for my beauty treatments! I started with a fresh manicure al fresco and then off to the spa for my signature facial. My face was excited. Valentina, my skin technician, was extremely thorough and attentive to all my needs and concerns. My skin is still not acclimated to the Miami weather so I was very much looking forward to starting my skin regimen from scratch. After my hour facial treatment, my skin felt softer, and looked brighter. I was a satisfied customer (don't believe me, just look at my smile on the pic above)! 


After my facial, I had the opportunity to try out an acupuncture treatment for the first time. I didn't know what to expect- the only thing I knew about acupuncture was that it was a form of Chinese medicine and it involved tiny needles. My interest was peaked and after a quick intro on the history of acupuncture and its benefits, I was ready to give it a whirl.  I was poked with a few of those tiny needles in specific pressure points (two on my feet, one on my forehead, and two on my hands), and left to relax and zone out while listening to soothing music and mantras. The hard part was actually keeping still for that short period of time, which proved rather difficult. I was getting antsy and restless. Plus the thought of needles sticking out of my body was slightly odd. Overall, it was a very cool experience and so happy I got to do it, but it's not something I would do again. 


Photo by Anthony Jackson/ @elitekarma


The last and final stop on our spa day of fun was an outdoor happy hour at Lure Fishbar to sample some of their Miami Spice menu items and signature cocktails. Heaven! I am a BIG fan of Lure. I used to frequent the Soho location in the city for sushi whenever I was in the neighborhood so to have a beach outpost minutes from my apartment is a foodie perk! I recently celebrated my seven year wedding anniversary at the restaurant and it was simply amazing. The ambiance and decor are superb, the service above average, and the food off the charts. The happy hour was no different. I couldn't think of a better way to wrap up such a luxurious spa experience!

Thank you Loews Hotel, Exhale Spa, and Lure Fishbar, for the incredible services and red carpet treatment! I will definitely be back. 

Take advantage of Spa Month and book a service at Exhale Spa: http://www.loewshotels.com/en/Miami-Beach-Hotel/spa

Miami Spice wil be going on through the end of September. Make a reservation at Lure Fishbar 


In Style, 

Kat 

Friday, August 15, 2014

Style Spotlight: Peace Love World Brings a Fashionable Message of Love to a Closet Near You



You can't go wrong with a clothing line whose sole purpose is to spread a positive message of peace, love, and happiness. When Cuban-born creator and visionary, Alina Villasante, started hosting a 'Love Party' for friends in her living room just for the sheer pleasure of getting friends together to swap her trademark symbol t-shirts, she never imagined that a side hobby would become a global fashion phenomenon. 

At the intersection of glamour and comfort, Peace Love World is not just about clothes, it's a way of life- one that is always inspiring the modern day woman to give back while looking incredibly chic in the process. And it's not just Miami locals sporting her inspirational threads. Celebrities from Oprah to Jennifer Lopez and even the Kardashian clan, have been spotted donning some of the line's comfy zip up hoodies and cotton tanks. One of her pieces even made it all the way to the Oscars, when host Ellen de Generes, kicked back in her very own 'Happy' hoodie. 

Now with a Pharrell (the king of Happy) collaboration and a newly inked NBA deal to design womenswear for all 30 teams, Alina and her 'little passion project that could' are ready to take over the world. This very savvy and talented business woman took time from her work travels to dish on how her love of Miami and family continue to be the driving force behind her hard-working success. Oh, and she mentions some big names too. 





FSF: First off, I want to say Congrats on your success and being able to bring a positive message of love into people's closets. And to think this all evolved from a party in your own living room! When did this idea become bigger than just something you shared with close friends and family? 

PLW: I’ve always loved fashion but Peace Love World began as a hobby. I wanted to make gifts for my closest friends and the special women in my life. While I was still working in the aviation industry my children went out and sold Peace Love World and their sales surpassed any expectations I had. From there we opened our first store with the help of my best friend, Alex Abril, in 2009.



FSF: How much does Miami influence your style and the pieces in your line? 

PLW: I love living in Miami. My style and designs are influenced by a lot of things such as people and growing up as a Latin woman in New York, but my life in Miami is a key influence. One of my favorite styles, “I love Sundays”, was inspired by spending time outside and on the water with my family. Even our NBA collection is inspired by Miami! The success of our first designs for the Miami HEAT last year were what inspired us to apply for an NBA license. Now we’re designing women’s apparel for all 30 NBA teams! Everything we design for Peace Love World is about spreading peace, love and happiness and creating clothing that people can feel chic, comfortable and relaxed in.




FSF: Countless celebs like the Kardashians, Jennifer Lopez, and Sofia Vergara have been seen sporting the brand. Talk about a surreal moment! Describe the feeling of seeing something you created make it's way to mainstream fashion? 

PLW: Every time I see someone wearing Peace Love World, whether it’s a celebrity like Jennifer or Oprah or just someone I see across the street, it feels really special. I honestly am still excited every time I see someone wearing our brand.

FSF: Do you remember the first celeb that wore your brand? 

PLW: The first celebrities to wear Peace Love World were Jeanine Mason when she was on So You Think You Can Dance and Jennifer Lopez.



 FSF: You have collaboration with Pharrell and also with the NBA. How did that come about? 

PLW: Our collaboration with Pharrell and decision to design NBA-licensed apparel were both very organic. Pharrell discovered our “Happy” hoodie through Ellen. He ended up taking hers and we sent her a new one that she ended up wearing at The Oscars. That was a huge moment for us! Pharrell and I collaborated after he came out with his hit “Happy.” It was such a natural fit and we were able to debut them on the United Nations’ International Day of Happiness.

As far as the NBA, I’ve always viewed female professional sports fans as important customers. Before we signed our NBA license we had already been successful with collections for the Miami HEAT and the Dallas Cowboys. It’s really exciting to take that aspect of our business to the next level and I’m looking forward to debuting designs for the other teams for next season.




FSF: Looking back at your career, what has been the biggest learning lesson in your journey? 

PLW: Every day is a learning experience. When Peace Love World started I had no experience in the fashion industry. We learned about dying fabrics and the right threads to use and we definitely made mistakes here and there. We’ve come a long way in five years and I attribute that to our team. It’s not about being an expert in everything. I work alongside the best people and trust our team.

FSF: What do your kids think of your positive success? Do they love wearing mom's designs? 

PLW: My kids are amazing. They wear Peace Love World as much as I do and I’m blessed to work with them. We are very proud of how far we’ve come as a family and as a business. They were the ones who inspired me to pursue this business; I really couldn't be doing it without them.



FSF: When you aren't designing, what do you love to do on your downtime in the Magic City? 

PLW: To be honest, I am always designing. I come up with ideas in the car, on planes, it never stops. I lead a healthy lifestyle, both physically and mentally. I like to exercise in the morning and for fun I love having my whole family over or going out for dinners. One of the best things about Miami is the weather so we love being outside. A good run is fun and I love paddle boarding. 

** To shop the latest Fall collection, visit the site at www.peaceloveworld.com **

In style, 

Kat