Thank you Simon Malls for making this post possible. As always, all opinions are 100% my own.
Like everyone else during the Holiday season, I’m finishing up the end of this awesome year with work while trying to be festive with my loved ones. Setting aside time to get all of your holiday shopping can be extremely difficult. I admit it, I didn’t actually start my Christmas shopping until last week when my friends at Orlando Vineland Premium Outlets invited me to come out and experience a stress free shopping experience while I saved. What?!
Let’s get to the good stuff. Parking is easy at Orlando Vineland Premium Outlets. There’s multiple parking lots and also a free parking garage. Before you shop (December 8-17th), be sure to stop by the guest service center or mall office to pick up this complimentary gift guide with gift giving ideas, retail offers and store information. You can find discounts for high end, as well as mainstream stores. I’ve never been one to really use guides but this savings booklet was amazing and I can’t stress how much money I saved. The stores I shopped at were: Guess, Banana Republic, Nine West, Lululemon, Saks and Theory.
One of my favorite retailers during my visit was Banana Republic. On top of the outlet discounts (40% off), I was able to take off another 15% with the savings guide. I actually went back to Orlando Vineland Premium Outlets a couple times during the week finish up my shopping. It just made sense!
Saks was so awesome because there’s tons of options. If there’s someone who is hard to shop for in your family, go here. I promise you’ll find something.
Another thing I wanted to point out is that there’s a food court and random snack kiosks through out the property. I tend to get hangry when I shop. Loved the Dreidelpop from Pop Bar!
Because I saved, I was able to splurge a little bit on myself!
8200 Vineland Ave, Orlando, FL 32821
Thank you Elan USA for making this collaboration possible.
I’m so excited to share one of my favorite collaborations to date. Never in my wildest dreams did I think I would be in Hawai’i shooting fall looks for Elan USA. The photographer I worked with is someone I’ve kept a close eye on for almost a year. It turns out, one of my nearest and dearest knows him.
A little story time because every event turns into an adventure with me. We decided to meet early in the morning at Diamond Head Lighthouse. My driver was basically all “HERE YA GO, COUSIN. HAVE A NICE DAY. BYE.” and left me. Vincent wasn’t anywhere in sight and we both didn’t have cell reception.
I asked the surfers where “the end of the road” would be because Vincent said something about meeting at the end of the road. One guy said to head towards the lighthouse, that I could go up on the sidewalk but it would take awhile. Homeboy suggested I stayed below, along the coast to make my move. “You’re in great shape, sis. It’s high tide, but you can totally handle it.” K, BRAH.
Guys, I don’t have pics of me in almost waist high water, with waves crashing on me in clothing. That was such a wild experience and I can’t believe I went through with it. At one point I thought, ” A wave is going to swallow me, this is it.”
I had to walk on lava rock at certain points. These were smooth, some were sharp. LOL. what is life.
Made it to THE END OF THE ROAD pero like, after I found Vincent, we went back to where the waves almost killed me and shot these gorgeous photos.
Elan USA is one of my favorite resort/swimwear line. It was such a pleasure being face to face with Elan himself a few months ago at The Surf Expo. I’m a proud Miami girl, so whenever I can rep home, I do it.
This Elan cover up is perfect for the beach, lounging by the pool or a low-key casual day.
We spent the last hour shooting in the ocean. I’m amazed that he caught me smiling because the waves tossed the both of us around the whole time. This was such a cool experience, my heart is happy.
My time in Hawai’i was simply amazing. I can’t wait to share my trip with you all but I have to laugh at my luck. This bucket list moment came with challenges. Hawai’i is known for it’s gorgeous weather year long, but it rained so much during my stay. My shoots had to be moved around quite a bit and I even got sick. There’s something called “vog” on the island which is form of air pollution aka volcanic fog/smog, that stuff hit me hard.
While I enjoyed my cozy bed at the Laylow Waikiki, I chilled in my pineapple shirt from Thread Tank. They sent me this tee before I booked this spur of the moment trip. Perfect, right? The quality is fantastic and I love how soft my shirt is.
Click here to order one!
Thank you Elan USA and Naturalizer for making this post possible.
Last month, I had the privilege of attending The Surf Expo in Orlando. This was a pretty big deal for me because far and few are invited to the longest, largest board sports/beach resort lifestyle trade show in world. This trade only event is not open to the public, just buyers, exhibitors, retailers and selected media.
Growing up, one of my fave past times was surfing. To this day, I still lounge around in bikinis, tanks and shorts. Being able to sit down one on one with brands, looking at new trends and mixing pieces was so fun. It was such a treat to meet with Elan USA, one of my favorite swimwear lines based out of Miami. Not only do they create bathing suits but they also have clothing collections.
I fell in love with this distressed jean jacket with rose appliqué. Perfect for transitioning to fall because it’s light and just right for a cool evening.
This simple off the shoulder look is so cute and cozy.
Pair it with jeans and booties, you’re good to go. I love these booties from Naturilzer. They’re comfortable and adorable.
I’m excited to share that Dîner en Blanc, one of the most elegant, all white dinner parties is coming back to Orlando. Last year, the inaugural très chic picnic attracted more than 1000 cultural enthusiasts for an unforgettable night in Lake Nona.
This secret affairs promises another enchanted evening as it takes over an undisclosed public space whose location is revealed minutes prior to the event.
Dress from: The Boutique
1.5 parts Gran Centenario Plata
.75 parts Agavero Orange Liqueur
.75 parts Lime Juice
.5 parts Simple Syrup
5 White Grapes
Pinch Sea Salt
Garnish: Lime Wheel & 1 White Grape
Glass: Margarita Glass
Combine all ingredients in a cocktail shaker & muddle. Add ice and shake vigorously. Strain contents of tin into a Margarita Glass. Garnish with Lime Wheel & 1 White Grape.
We personally didn’t use ice because we chilled the tequila already. You may also want to add seltzer if you want to sip it longer. I loved it the way it was. The beauty of Agavero Orange is the citrus sweetness added to the mix. It’s made with agave nectar and silver tequila, my new secret ingredient to the perfect margarita!
Instead of wearing a Phins jersey or shirt, I decided to wear the colors today. This maxi dress is so Miami, I love it!
Special thanks to The Style Ref for the indoor photos
and Brandon Cobian for the outdoor photos.
Dress from: Downtown Divas
Last month I had the privilege of meeting some lovely Kendra Scott girls at PGA National in Palm Beach. This was such a treat because this line has become a favorite over the last few years. Awhile ago, I became a Rocks Box member and fell in love with Kendra Scott pieces that were sent to me. To be completely honest, I was never into jewelry but I absolutely love the look that KS goes for. Minimalist pieces that make a statement catch my eye, it seems to be the style that a lot of you girls go for, too.
The Color Bar concept is pretty cool. You have two options, create your custom pieces online or in person.
I decided I wanted a hands on experience at the Kendra Scott location in Hyde Park in Tampa, FL.
I absolutely loved the aesthetics right away. Clean, chic and classy, it was so fun browsing pieces. I definitely suggest looking around for a bit to get some inspo.
The Color Bar showcases some of their favorite pieces. You’re able to touch them to help you make you decision.
There’s also an assortment of stones to choose from. The possibilities are endless!
I knew I wanted a rose gold necklace but I wasn’t sure if I wanted a round setting or rectangle.
In the end, I chose the rectangle because most of the pieces I own are round. It was time to change things up. White Mother of Pearl popped beautifully with the rose gold metal.
After I finalized my piece, the necklace was wrapped beautifully in their signature Kendra Scott box.
I truly enjoyed this process and look forward to doing this again. You can create anything from earrings, rings, bracelets and necklaces. If you’re having a hard time finding the perfect birthday, bridal, anniversary or just because present, I highly suggest a gift certificate to The Color Bar.
I loved the walls in Hyde Park Village!
This piece can be worn in a casual setting or night out. I’m in love.
Kendra Scott Hyde Park Village
1511 W Swann Ave, Tampa, FL 33606
Blouse by The Boutique Miami
Jeans by Forema
I spent Miami Swim Week ’17 with my nearest and dearest. It just so happened to fall on his birthday. You know that we love to be festive so we waltzed over to Gianni’s At the Villa located inside Casa Casuarina AKA Versace Mansion.
The legendary fashion designer, Gianni Versace was murdered on the steps of this mansion. To this day, hundreds of visitors pay their respects and leave flowers at the gate in honor of Versace.
Twenty years after his death, this estate is the third most photographed house in the USA, followed by the White House and Elvis’ Graceland. Now you can get a taste of luxury, Casa Casuarina has a restaurant and hotel for some of us that want to overindulge and live it up.
Famous guests are: the Kardashians, Drake and Justin Bieber, etc.
The extravagant mosaic pool is the center of attention. We spent a lot of time in awe of this masterpiece. Thousands of tiles were imported from Italy, which happen to also be 24 karat gold.
I’ve heard rumors of secret passage ways through out the villa, but I can’t confirm it. The details inside the spacious estate are unique, I can’t imagine the builder not having fun with this creation.
Gianni’s offers an assortment of Italian food and wine. I loved the Mediterranean style menu with a variety of seafood, vegetables and red meat. Their current menu doesn’t have the entrees that we both ordered, but I had the Orata fish and David went with the chicken.
Dinner that night was perfect. The ambiance was amazing, entrees were delicious and service was top notch. I can’t wait to go back.
I couldn’t have thought of a better way to celebrate my amazing, most stylish friend. Thank you, Gianni’s for this night to remember!
Dress from The Boutique.
Special thanks to Mods Manor for taking my photos.
One of Orlando’s biggest fashion events is right around the corner. Join us for Millenia Fashion Week 2017, hosted by stylist Melanie Pace. This event features three runway shows filled with Fall 2017’s must-have trends for and custom in-store event shopping experiences at the Mall’s world-class boutiques.
The Millenia Fashion team invited some of Orlando’s Influential Fashion Bloggers for an intimate brunch at Earls.
When we sat down, we were greeted with our own custom made character drawings. The gorgeous fall flower bouquets added a nice touch, florals are always a great idea.
I loved how the brunch was full of flavor but light. We enjoyed a berry yogurt parfait, side salad and avocado toast.
Through out the brunch, we were able to get a sneak peak of some of the fall looks. I’m happy to report that the 90s are making a comeback. You don’t want to miss the shows this year!
and of course, my bestie was by my side through this event.
12th Annual Fashion Week from September 14th through September 17th.
FASHION’S NIGHT IN
Thursday, September 14 – 5:30pm | Grand Court
Individual tickets: $25 per person
Benefiting Coalition for the Homeless of Central Florida
Tickets available at CentralFloridaHomeless.org
Tickets must be purchased in advance.
TIMEPIECES & TASTINGS
Friday, September 15 – 6pm | Orchid Court
FASHION FOR ALL
Saturday, September 16 – 2pm | Grand Court
Runway show open to the public
FASHION BRUNCH & BOUTIQUE STROLL
Sunday, September 17 – 9:30am | Grand Court
Individual seats: $125 per person | Table of 10: $1,250
Benefiting Runway to Hope
Tickets available at RunwaytoHope.org
Shout out to Downtown Divas Orlando for styling me for this event.
I plan on wearing white after Labor Day. After all, I live in paradise.
Special thanks to David to taking some of my photos.