Thursday afternoon, I will be heading off to Las Vegas for the first time! I had to do a little preparation shopping and ended up with 3 dresses from Hot Miami Styles, a new pair of Enzo Angiolini shoes that I picked up today from Marshalls, and an adorable new bikini designed by Luli Fama which I am obsessed with!
I'm so excited for Vegas!
I can't wait to be there and experience what I have only heard about.
Do you have any recommendations for places that we should visit?
I snapped a couple of quick photos of my outfit yesterday. It was unexpectedly chilly out, so I didn't last too long in that dress before having to rush back into the car and head to where we were going. I was on the hunt for a new bikini. I depart for Las Vegas this Thursday with some of my girls to celebrate my best friend's Bachelorette festivities. I found an adorable Luli Fama bikini down at Beach Place in Fort Lauderdale beach. I picked up a few more things as well that I will write about in another post.
What I wore:
F21 Dress / Louis Vuitton MM Neverfull
Wet Seal braided T-strap sandals / handcrafted Peruvian earrings
Today I wore my new Naughty Monkey "Aztec" chunky heels from Naughty Monkey's new spring 2012 collection. I love how colorful and fun the shoes are, in fact, the entire spring 2012 collection of Naughty Monkey shoes are fun and colorful selections that brighten up any outfit.
Today was the first day of the annual Italian festival and carnival at a local Catholic church and school in our neighborhood. Jerrid and I took J.J. to grab some carney grub, shop some crafts, and enjoy the rides. This was J.J.'s first time actually riding on age appropriate carnival rides and he loved it! I found myself being over the moon when I would see a smile on his face and the excitement in his eyes.
The food was delicious! Homemade meatballs and marinara sauce, I was in a trance! We also shared a funnel cake which was the perfect way to top off the face stuffing.
If you're in the area, stop by the Italian Festival at St. Coleman Catholic Church on Federal Highway, which will be going on all weekend long (11am - 11pm). It's loads of fun and food! The craft show is also nice for those looking for a deal on some nice handmade goodies.
This Valentine's Day will be one that I will never forget. My boys woke me up together with my little guy jumping on me and kissing my cheeks as they yelled, "Happy Valentine's Day!". They went to Tiffany & Co. together and got me everything on my wish list, even the hard to find mug that is endlessly sold out. They also spoiled me with a new Waterford vase for my vanity and chocolates galore.
I have such amazing and thoughtful boys in my life. They totally went all out, and it made me feel so special that they planned this whole morning for me. Jerrid later told me how excited J.J. was for surprising me on Valentine's Day that it made my heart melt. I remember being that excited to get my mom gifts on special occasions and not being able to wait until she would open them. Gifts or not, just having my boys with me on that day and hearing my son tell me how much he loves me made it the best day ever!
I have already put everything to use, wearing my new jewelry to work, using my cup for my morning orange juice, and stuffing my vase with beautiful fresh white hydrangeas to put on my vanity. I moved my gorgeous roses into the dining room as a centerpiece for the dining table. They look beautiful against my table runner which is a gorgeous red and white.
I wanted to try out tying the Tiffany boxes back up and seeing how cute they would look together with my white hydrangeas and it looked so adorable, and totally matched the rest of my vanity. I think I'll keep them up for a few weeks. By the way, there is a whole technique to tying the famous Tiffany bow.
After too long, a dear friend of mine, Dwayne Tucker, (who you may all remember as the photographer who shot my very first photo shoot back in November 2009) came to visit Miami from his home in the Bahamas to record his 2nd mixtape. Dwayne is a photographer turned rapper, and his creative genius is something that is very impressive. I have always looked up to Dwayne, his hustle, his creativity, and his desire to live life just the way he wants. It was so nice to see him and catch up with him like old times. He even brought out his Nikon D300s, with big bright flash in tact, to shoot some pics of the night. We headed down to South Beach to grab a bite to eat and let the fresh night air flow through our lungs.
On the way we listened to some of Dwayne's music that he's been working on and I loved it. Do check out Dwayne's facebook fan page. I can't wait until his mixtape is released so I can share it with you all. For now, I have a music video of Dwayne's from one of his songs from his first mixtape,"Somewhat Good is Okay". Enjoy!
I wore a simple outfit and applied a minimal amount of makeup, using only bronzer, eyeliner, and mascara, and called it a day. I even used some bronzer as eyeshadow, which worked out pretty nicely. It gave my eyes some dimension but kept them natural and casual. My outfit consisted of a pink Lilly Pulitzer cardigan, my favorite and most comfortable Current Elliot jeans, and my Dizzy sandals.
I put together a wish list of items from Tiffany & Co. which I plan on getting in the very near future. I have a beautiful collection of Tiffany goodies and I am in love with the brand and their entire image. My wish list consists of cute trinkets and smaller items that come and go, but remain collectibles to die hard Tiffany enthusiasts.
This bead mini heart charm bracelet woud be perfect for me. Something smaller and more comfy than the normal sized charm bracelets that jangle all around on your wrist. This elegant little piece is youthful and bright, just what I'm in the mood for! The mini double sided heart tag is the signature Tiffany blue enamel on one side and "Return to Tiffany" on the other.
I'm no coffee fanatic but I do like to drink my water and juice with the comfort of a nice smooth handle to hold on to. I just fell in love with this mug and I need it!
Wouldn't this look adorable on my vanity? I can picture it now! I would love to have them in all 3 sizes. I would store some earrings inside and have them lined up upon my vanity, looking pretty.
I've been wanting these earrings for a long time. I love anything bows, and nothing is as feminine and youthful as a pair of silver mini bows to sit in your ear. I love this!
I have received numerous requests to do a storage and organization post on my makeup and jewelry. I'm in the process of reorganizing all of my makeup in my new mirrored Hayworth lingerie drawer from Pier 1, that matches my vanity. Once I get it all put together I will be sure to do a post, but for now, the jewelry organization seemed like a great idea for a post, especially since I am in love with my jewelry box.
Not too long ago I bought this adorable robin's egg blue (Porcelain blue according to the Pottery barn website) bonded leather jewelry box from Pottery Barn and after some months of using it, it's been one of the best purchases that I've made. The product is the Pottery Barn McKenna leather medium jewelry box. It's sold for $99.00, and worth every penny. If you order it online you can even have a monogram etched into the lower right side of the mirror.
My jewelry is stored neatly and securely in the delicate faux suede compartments and it even comes with a travel case. The box can be locked with a small key and stored in a safe, or just on top of your vanity.
Key and fob to lock your valuables.
The travel case comes with storage for rings, earrings, a small compartment for other items and a mirror. It snaps closed securely and can be thrown into your purse.
Holes for storing your earrings and keeping them organized.
Large bottom compartment for all types of misc. items and chunkier pieces.
This jewelry box is also sold in other colors such as black, red (black & red are 20% off now in stores), and cream. The McKenna collection also offers jewelry boxes of all sizes, bigger or smaller to fit your needs. The medium box is sturdy and not too big for your vanity top. I also love how it has a vintage look to it, especially with the shiny bonded leather. Check our the McKenna jewelry storage collection on www.PotteryBarn.com.