Tuesday, June 30, 2015

Acacia St Tropez Dress

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Dress: Acacia St. Tropez dress // Factory Boardwalk Slides (in 10 colors) // Panama Hat -J.Crew Factory // Bag: c/o Asos // Necklace - Lucky // Bandeau - VS // Silver Cuff - Vintage
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Had some fun with Annie & Giselle recently at a weekend getaway, tucked deep into the Venetian Causeway on Miami Beach.  The weather is very touch-and-go here in Miami, but the constant is the heat and the humidity. Miami summers call for light and airy sun dresses and swimsuit coverups.  You probably don't realize it, but many of your favorite swimwear brands like Luli Fama, Pily Q, Indah, etc, also make chic accessories to go along with their swimwear lines.  Acacia is one such brand, who puts out beautiful bikinis but also does flip flops, kimonos and coverups.  I'm wearing the Acacia St. Tropez dress in the color Pacific Tides.  The longer maxi version is here and the matching bikini here.

Gissi snapped these pictures.  She's a great photographer and these blurry pics are not a reflection on her abilities at all!  My 50mm lens has been giving me problems lately.  All of the pictures are blurry and grainy! Have you all run into this issue with this lens?

Friday, June 26, 2015

Miami Eats: Miami Chef's Choice Dinner with Estrella Damn

Miami and South Florida foodies:
Several Miami eateries have signed on for the Estrella Damm Chef's Choice Dinner.  This 3-course dinner menu will be available at local restaurants through July 5th, and will feature the star ingredient: octopus.  The meals are designed to pair perfectly with Estrella Damm Spanish beer.
Estrella Damn & The Fashionable ESQ remind you to please always drink responsibly.
Uber, or call a cab.  Google "Miami Cab" for #'s // Miami cab #: (786) 899-3393

The Chef's Choice Dinner  includes an appetizer, entree featuring octopus, dessert and one Estrella Damm beer.  Prices range from $30 - $52, depending on location.

Participating Restaurants: Barceloneta Miami Beach, Bin18 Bistro & Beer Loft, Bulla Gastrobar, Cena by Michy, Dolores But You Can Call Me Lolita, Fooq’s, Jimmy’z Kitchen Wynwood, Joey’s Italian Cafe, Klima Restaurant and Bar, La Mar by Gaston Acurio, Morgans Restaurant, Novecento (Aventura, Brickell, Key Biscayne and Midtown locations), Ortanique on the Mile, Perfecto, Segafredo Brickell, Sugarcane Raw Bar Grill, Tapas y Tintos, The Embassy, Tongue & Cheek, Wynwood Kitchen and Bar and Xixón.
Salpicado de Mariscos
Chef's Choice Dinner Sample Menus:
Appetizer: Stracciatella salad with stracciatella custard, heirloom tomatoes, basil and fried green tomatoes.
Entrée: Fettuccini braised beef cheeks with red wine stewed octopus.
Dessert: Crispy apple pie with stewed apples, cider caramel sauce and vanilla.

Appetizer: Crisp vegetable salad with shaved carrot, cucumber, summer squash, fennel, basil, mint, lemon and Zoe olive oil.
Entrée: Grilled Spanish pulpo with olive oil poached potatoes, roasted eggplant, Little Haiti arugula, grilled lemon and zataar.
Dessert: Pistachio tiramisu with ladyfingers, espresso, spiced mascarpone, and toasted salted pistachios.

Octopus from Bulla
My Bulla Experience:
I found that the hostesses were clueless, not helpful and had limited experience in hospitality management, if any. I suggest skipping straight to Tim, who is the floor manager.  He's easy to deal with and accommodating.  I was initially skeptical, because while I have had octopus in the past, it is not my favorite dish.
Food: I was happy with the way that the octopus was prepared at Bulla by Chef Diego Solano.  I found it to be seasoned very, very well and it was cooked perfectly.  It was served on a bed of polenta which I wish would be been a larger serving. The octopus was grilled and delicious.  Our waiter, Mario, was no-nonsense and very serious about the food.  He was knowledgeable about the menu.  He suggested the Salpicon de Mariscos as a good appetizer and we tried that out.  His suggestion was on point because the dish was once again, extremely flavorful.  It consisted of very moist and tender pieces of cooked fish, grilled octopus and veggies in sauce flavored with citrus accents.  Our second appetizer option was the Tomate Relleno de Cordero y Setas. Mario suggested this after I asked for a more hearty serving (you can kind of see how I like to eat by now). This was so good! It was a roasted tomato stuffed with tender, shredded slow-cooked lamb topped with a melted salty cheese.  The lamb was juicy and flavorful.  I really liked this one. The dessert choices for the Chef's Choice were the Crema Catalana (a generous portion) and Coconut Flan.  Both were really good.  The coconut flan comes with a homemade coconut ice cream which is delectable, but again, it is a tiny scoop.  The Estrella Damm beer is a light option which paired well with our meals.
Tomato Relleno con Cordero
Coconut Flan from Bulla

Crema Catalana from Bulla
Visit ChefsChoiceMiami.com for more info

Disclosure: my dining experience at Bulla was complimentary.
Estrella Damn & The Fashionable ESQ remind you to please always drink responsibly. 
Uber, or call a cab.  Google "Miami Cab" for #'s // Miami cab #: (786) 899-3393

Tuesday, June 23, 2015

Style File: Repeat

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Miami Fashion Blogger and Lawyer
 Top by Naven (try this one instead) // Skirt c/o Avenle // Clutch by PilyQ (Bikini Bag) // Sunglasses c/o Italia Independent // Necklace c/o T'audrey // Earrings by Bauble Bar // Shoes by Ann Taylor // Lip: Bobbi Brown Sheer Lip Color in Sunset Pink (38) paired with Bobbi Brown Lip Pencil in Guava (this combo is great for long wearing lip color)

Tuesday, June 16, 2015

Beauty File: Beauty Products That Make Life Easier For The Woman On The Go!

Good morning! One of the worst things about the 9 to 5 grind (which ends up being more like 7 to 7 some days) is trying to incorporate a beauty routine that gets you out the door quickly but doesn't leave you looking like you did your make up with your left hand, in the dark.

Call it vain, but the truth is -  appearance counts, even when you have the credentials to back up whatever it is you're bringing to the table.  Simply said: you don't want to make an appearance in court, or at a meeting, looking like you slept in your car.

Lucky for you, you read my blog, so today, you'll know what I know.  The list below is made up of products that are designed to help speed up your morning ritual and last through a long work day.  They're fast-acting and convenient for a busy lifestyle. 

1) Silicon Mix with Bambu.  A deeply moisturizing and conditioning hair mask, that works in less than 5 minutes.  For my Miami girls, this is a drug store find from Navarro.  Everyone else can buy it on Amazon.  Nothing that I've ever tried, be it high end or otherwise, has compared to this.  This leaves my hair super soft and shiny.  It penetrates quickly and rinses cleanly without leaving residue.  It helps detangle my long hair.

Friday, June 12, 2015

Style File: Casual Fridays + Flats For The Office

Workwear 9 to 5 Style for the office
Although I rarely wear them, ballet flats can be a good option for the office on casual office days.  I personally do not like how I look in flats, but I have recently suffered a back injury and have been forced to temporarily retire my heels.  Switching gears and introducing flats into my work wardrobe was a welcomed change of pace.  That's why I was so happy when Mia Shoes sent over these adorable snakeprint ballet flats, the Mia Ballerina. Flats also pair well with denim - especially skinny jeans. 

Mia Shoes Ballerina Flat

Wednesday, June 10, 2015

Forever Colors: Colorful Stackable Bracelets

bright enamel bangles that you can stack
Charriol Forever Colors bangles.
Charriol is synonymous with luxury and high quality jewelry.  This famous Swiss jewelry house has been around a long time.  To me, a brand's ability to adapt in the marketplace is what defines its longevity. Charriol has achieved that in the jewelry business.  Throughout the years, Charriol has been able to maintain a sense of timeless elegance while also continuing to evolve.  Some of their more traditional and better known styles are  cable rings and bracelets.  

Monday, June 8, 2015

Basic Black Suit

A basic black skirt suit is a must for the office.  Although I love black, it can get boring.  Pairing a black suit with a bright red or berry lip and a fun blouse can make a statement without interfering with the sophisticated look that wearing all black can give.  If you don't have a cool, patterned blouse, you could opt for a tie-neck blouse like the one I'm wearing, although if I'm being honest, they're not too practical.  They have a tendency to untie throughout the day, or sometimes the bow lays funny, like in these shots.  If you can get it right though, they look elegant and classy.  If you're not sure where to buy your work suits or office attire, check out this post from last week, listing my favorite online workwear retailers.

Office Wear Simple Black Suite

Wednesday, June 3, 2015

9 to 5 Workwear: Top Online Workwear Retailers

Did you know that a lot of your favorite contemporary brands have recently begun to offer workwear sections online?
Ann Taylor Tropical Wool One Button Jacket

I love this! Now us working women have a much wider range of fashionable options for the office.  I've listed my favorites below - broken down into categories.  Something to keep in mind when shopping online is the height of the individual modeling the clothes. For example, in some photos in this post, hemlines may appear short because most models are 5"10 - 5"11. If you're going to make an online purchase, always remember to check out the "size and fit" section of the item so that you can see how tall the model is.  Click the link below to see what brands made my list of the Top Online Workwear Retailers. 

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