Category Archive: Fashion

Amsterdam Falafel Shop

Falafel sandwich with just a few of the over two dozen toppings and sauces.

 

I like falafel, fried balls of ground chick peas with spices,  but it hasn’t been one of my favorite dishes. That’s  until now, and my discovery of the Amsterdam Falafel Shop, a recent import that’s already in Washington D.C, Boston and Dallas. Highly reviewed, it has appeared everywhere from USA Today and Grub Street to Food and Wine and others.  In their two Miami shops, on Washington Avenue in South Beach and Sunset Drive in South Miami, they focus on only two dishes — falafel and Frieten, french fries the Belgian way, as in twice fried. While you’re in South Miami, it’s worth checking out a new bakery and lunch spot and a boutique selling clothes from Ibiza. Read Full Post & Comments »

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New Fashion Find, Concept Store

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Miami’s fashion scene continues to have exciting, fresh new talent thanks to the growing number of Latin American designers coming to the Magic City. The latest showcase for young Latin talent  – no fewer than 40 designers for women and men – is Artbition.  I found it from a tip from an always stylish friend who used to be a personal shopper for the rich and famous in town (even better, for her own fashion, she likes clothes and jewelry that don’t break the bank). Read Full Post & Comments »

Karen’s Kudos August

 

 

Yours truly wearing the Mua Mua doll inspired by Coco Chanel. Note the strand of pearls and Chanel type jacket.

 

You’ll love a special find from Miami Swim Week, designed in Italy and made in Bali (not swimwear). Then there’s money saving wine news, and sure fire beauty products that are tested and proven by yours truly, a beauty product skeptic, in this month’s Karen’s Kudos. Read Full Post & Comments »

Fashion Spotting: Miami Swim Week 2017

Australian designer Camilla is hot, hot, hot, sold at Saks Fifth Avenue and Intermix among others. Besides clothing now they’re doing accessories and home decor.

 

Miami Swim Week 2017 closes today and it was bigger and better than ever with runway shows, exhibits and parties galore. What may surprise you is that this is the most prominent swim week in the US. Events were centered in Miami Beach, at the Convention Center, hotels, and in tents in Collins Park, but satellite parties and fashion shows were also held in other spots around town, from the Design District to Brickell City Center. Not only were there bathing suits and beach wear for men and women, but beauty products (tanning lotions, suntan creams, bikini wax), accessories, gift items,  and even beverage (e.g. passion fruit liqueur from the Dominican Republic, Rose wine, a soft drink in a can that lights up and flashes). Designers from Bali and Copenhagen to Brazil, Mustique and Latin America were represented. Here’s a photo gallery of some of my favorite pieces. Note that the fashions are the Spring 2018 collections so will be in the shops late this year. Read Full Post & Comments »

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Marvelous Monday

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One of the highlights of Miami Swim Week 2017, the fashion event of the year in Miami,  was McDonald’s Couture. A South Florida McDonald’s franchisee  challenged fashion students from Miami International University of Art and Design to create an original signature crafted swim/resort wear collection designed entirely out of McDonald’s food packaging. From Happy Meal haute couture to French fry box cover ups and hamburger wrapper hoodies, the unique McDCouture Collection for both men and women was incredibly creative, original, and a total WOW. Here’s a photo gallery of just some of the twenty creations. And, by the way, stay tuned this week for fashion spotting at Swim Week. Read Full Post & Comments »

New Latin American Boutiques – Part 2

Agua Bendita

 

More Latin American designers are coming to Miami, especially from Colombia and Venezuela. The ones here are established in their home countries and are branching out to the USA with a first stop Miami. Last week  I wrote about Seta Apparel in Part 1. Today there are two more worth putting on your list to have a look, and the good thing is they’re within a few minutes from one another in City Place, Doral. In other related news, there’s a terrific new website, www.cooperativashop.com that features designers from all over Latin America, with Colombia, Venezuela and Mexico most heavily represented. Finally, Filomena Fernandez in Coral Gables has launched a new program of trunk shows of Venezuelan designers, one per week, with part of the proceeds going to an in country charity. Check out the eye candy and find out at the end about great deals at a leading Coral Gables boutique that’s going out of business. Read Full Post & Comments »

New Latin American Boutiques

Seta Apparel shines with their military jackets, shades of Michael and Janet Jackson and the 80’s

 

I don’t find much exciting these days in fashion and Miami fashion boutiques, except maybe in workout clothes, beachwear and accessories. And then there are the price points – either very pricey as in day dresses the price of an overseas vacation, or fast fashion that’s cheap, and generally looks cheap (in my vocabulary fashion is “cheapie” as in looks cheap or looks expensive and isn’t, my ultimate accolade). Fortunately this is changing because of the young, new Latin American designers coming on the scene in Miami who are opening up boutiques  (and selling online). Here are some great new finds to put on your list in a two part series. Read Full Post & Comments »

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You’ll Want to be a Bride (Again)

Odylyne The Ceremony

 

In the market for a wedding dress? The first branch of Lovely Bride in Florida is in Wynwood,  at 175 NW 25th street. Having a look through almost made me want to be a bride again. Whatever your style, sensibility, taste, budget,  you’ll find something here, many non traditional styles.

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Wynwood Shopping Discoveries

BASE for men

 

Wynwood continues to move upscale. Happily, that doesn’t mean yet another area for global luxury brands or even other brands you see everywhere. Instead, I’m witnessing what happened with New York City’s SoHo area as it moved from bohemian to quality, unique offerings. But back to Wynwood, first came Alter, then Montreal fashion designer Marie Saint-Pierre, Ilesteva and some other shops I wrote about last year.  A recent “recon” (as in reconnaissance) mission to the neighborhood uncovered new Wynwood shopping finds including an Argentine home store that would be at home in the Hamptons, a men’s store that would do fashion forward guru Tyler Brule of Monocle magazine proud, and a perfumery with unusual niche offerings. Plus, a permanent home for Salty Donut. Read Full Post & Comments »

Fashion Spotting: Miami’s Emerging Designers

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