FALL MIAMI WEDDING



Dress: ML Monique Lhuillier via Rent the Runway, Shoes: Zara (old) Bag: Borrowed

Maybe you're thinking it's Summer time - because I'm not wearing a coat, but this is what Fall in Miami looks like most days. This weekend I glammed up for a wedding at the beautiful Spanish Monastery near Aventura. My infatuation for ball gown skirts has been running real deep these days and I took the opportunity to give the look a spin for this occasion. Unfortunately I couldn't find a classic ball skirt I wanted to invest in (and a well done one runs upwards of $600) so I did the next best thing and rented this ML Monique Lhuillier gown from Rent the Runway. This is my fifth time renting a gown from RTR and it's always been a positive experience. My friends always ask me how I know a dress will fit and my advice is to always select a style that you know will flatter your body type. Don't try to get adventurous with your choices if you're apprehensive your selection will not be a good fit. Regardless, RTR gives you the option of renting the same dress in two sizes (for free) so there's wiggle room for error (literally). This is not a sponsored post, just sharing my positive experience to hopefully help you!

NICE HAIR

Perfectly un-nice hair is my version of nice hair.

Style and comfort becoming one.
Channeling Abu from Aladdin.

Turning Japanese - because the headband matched my outfit.

These Mickey ice creams are addicting.

This past weekend we took a mini road trip and headed to Orlando for Epcot's annual Food and Wine Festival. Living in Florida makes it an easy, quick trip and it's always a great time experiencing new drinks and dishes while spending a weekend off from work. I always have a tricky time deciding what to wear when it's an outfit I'll be wearing all day long, oddly enough a day feels more at ease for me when there's a shower and outfit change involved. I resorted to wearing a laid back look in efforts to finding a balance between style and functionality. My go to pieces for comfort are always a pair of cute sneakers, a graphic tee, and a wrap around flannel adding a hint of style and color.

"Nice Hair" Shirt: Alex & Chloe, Flannel: Rails, Leggings: Target, Sneakers: Nike Flyknit, Glasses: Illesteva, Bag (straps featured): Phillip Lim

JOANNA PAIGE #JPQUEENS


Left to right: Ria Michelle, Joanna Paige, Macarena, Me, Jana, Ginger and Simo
Cutest little pup, Shongy - the official Joanna Paige mascot
My final pick, Sam Edelman "Zavier" pumps

Nothing gets a girl out on a rainy day like shoes and macaroons, which is exactly what brought us all together on a rainy Friday morning last week. The lovely Joanna of Joanna Paige boutique, along with my blogger buddy Jana Rose, hosted a small group of us blogger gals at the lovely boutique in Mary Brickell Village while treating us to a wonderful morning soiree inclusive of macaroons, mimosas and a pair of shoes! Much to my surprise, Joanna Paige has been in business for well over 7 years in the very same spot and I had never visited the shop. The boutique carries a nice curation of trends and brands inclusive of: Superga, Jeffrey Campbell, Schutz, and Sam Edelman, among others. Accessories and bags are also available and I warn you, they are pretty irresistible with some of the cutest, must-have pieces.

Thank you so much for hosting us Joanna & Jana!

INTERMIX - FALL FEATURE

Full story on: Intermix blog
Photography by me, Karla Garcia
Art direction: Regina Arriola Cauff, @style_rac
Styling: Monique Miller
Hair and makeup: Nina Cortes Manavello

Shooting Intermix's photo content for the Miami portion of their blog is one of my favorite freelance jobs to date. Not only is the local blog team organically a wonderful mix, but the pieces we get to showcase are a fashion girl's dream. I must admit, these photos even make me want to go shopping and I shot them. The true beauty of capturing these visual blog stories is being able to give the clothes a purpose that transcends beyond the initial purchasing decision, but rather to inspire how to incorporate these pieces into your own wardrobe and day to day life in a real way. We love telling a story and always strive to make the pieces look their best while doing so.

Check out the official post on Intermix's "Beyond Best Dressed" blog with some the above images included alongside outfit details.