Bundled Up

February 28th, 2013

Maria Tettamanti in Free People

{Free People jacket, Seven jeans, Alexis top, Louis Vuitton speedy with a strap, Tory Burch booties, Warby Parker sunnies}

With a cold snap heading our way,  those of us living in Miami got to break out our winter gear today because it was in the low 70s (Ha! Those of you in the real cold must mentally vomit at my blatant ridiculousness). I’m all for cooler temps because real-talk: When on God’s green Earth will I be able to wear my fuzzy coats, wintry boots and furry objects without looking like a complete ass? Exactly.

I also had the surprise pleasure of getting my makeup done by YSL’s National Makeup Artist  Dell Ashley at Saks Bal Harbour today. Dell’s a total babe, funny and when you tack on the notion he’s a wizard with makeup, he’s, like, perfect. But he’s taken. And did I mention he does Blake Lively‘s makeup? Yes. As in the Gossip Girl and Ryan Reynolds’ wifey. And I love me some Ryan Reynolds. Waiting was so underrated.

Now I’m on a tangent and this perpetually happens when I meet cute boys.

Ok, so where was I? Ah, yes…Dell. Big ups to Dell for transforming The Wordy Girl from drab to fab in literally 10 minutes. Dell also introduced me to the WORLD’S GREATEST NUDE LIPSTICK (that’s all caps and bolded because it’s life-changing information — duh) which I am about to divulge to you freaks because I’m good like that: YSL Rouge Volupté #2.

Trust me.


{Me & Dell}


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Getting Graphic

February 26th, 2013

Maria Tettamanti in Mara Hoffman

{Mara Hoffman Basket Weave maxi dress available at Orchid Boutique, H&M spike vest, Vintage Reign handbag, Jean-Michel Cazabat gladiator sandals, Ray-Ban sunnies}

Jean-Michel Cazabat

One of my favorite designers is New York-based Mara Hoffman compliments of her graphic prints and attraction to Crayola colors. Whenever I attend her shows at Swim Week, I can always count on Mara to bring out the tribal-warrior-goddess-meets-hippie-chick on the catwalk. Her coverups segue easily from beach to night which is another added bonus behind Mara’s wears. Her collections are are always full of ethnic patterns and ’70s vibes and which always lend a groovy, baby! feel.

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Today Is The Greatest

February 24th, 2013

{Alexis dress available here, Hunting Season clutch available by texting (305) 431-6284, Jimmy Choo platforms, vintage Lola James Jewelry necklace, Gold shark teeth earrings available here}

{Julia in an Alexis gown available here, Hunting Season clutch, Lola James Jewelry bracelets available here, Orianne Collins cocktail ring available here, Steve Madden heels}

{Flo Rida gives this blog the thumb’s up. DUH.}

{Adore this pic I snapped of Annie and her sweet niece Mia}

{Behind-the-scenes with Paula Deen}

{What to eat after juicing all week? McDonalds hashbrowns, obvi}


{The actual footage}

When NBC New York reached out to feature moi on the Today Show alongside Natalie Morales and fellow Miami Fashion Bloggers Annie Vazquez and Ginger Harris, I mentally performed a triple aerial cartwheel à la Gabby Douglas AND STUCK IT. In real life, I  awkwardly danced à la Napoleon Dynamite. In other words, I went b-a-n-a-n-a-s. In all honesty, the nationally televised opportunity gave me a profound sense of accomplishment, pride and confidence. It felt like all this work I put into my passion project finally paid off, if you know what I mean. It also reinforced the notion that I must be doing something right!

Annie, Ginger and I unanimously agreed to feature Miami-based designers because being locavores, we collectively love to shine light on our local talents and artists. We were asked to pull three looks — beach, day and evening — and I went for the evening look  because it’s the aesthetic I’m most naturally drawn to.

I chose an Alexis chiffon showstopper paired with a neon pink python Hunting Season clutch, Lola James Jewels and an Orianne Collins cocktail ring for my model Julia Ford-Carther. And Julia looked AMAZE if I do say so myself.

Just before taping the live segment (read: scary!) I was extremely nervous and my heart was beating outside of my chest. Here I was on set with guests such as Paula Deen, Flo Rida, Giada De Laurentis — like, little ol’ me! — the daughter of  Greek immigrants from Jersey! But just before we went on air, I took a slow, deep breath and told myself, Do Miami proud and have FUN. And I sure did.

The response from the Miami Fashion Blogger feature has been overwhelming and I thank you, loyal readers, for peeping my page.

Simply said, Today was the greatest.





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Today Show Video in Miami

February 22nd, 2013

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Hiya, Alaïa

February 21st, 2013

{Azzedine Alaïa dress from Saks Bal Harbour, Chanel shopper, Christian Louboutin patent leather pumps, Lola James Jewelry bracelet}

Cost-per-wear ratio (you know, the total cost of an item divided by the estimated number of days you’ll be wearing the item) dictates I need to rock this body-con Azzedine Alaïa frock 2,395,356 times to salvage my hard-earned loot.

But honestly, Alaïa, who is revered for curve-hugging clothes (so tight-fitting that catwalk models have to be squeezed into them by the designer’s assistants!) and for stretch-fabric, second-skin styles with complex seams and snaking zippers is a genius. And I don’t refer to many individuals as genius, so that’s a major compliment.

In fact, Cher (Alicia Silverstone) in Clueless said it best when being robbed at gunpoint: “Oh no. You don’t understand. This is an Alaïa.

I die.

Compliments to Clueless, the lesser known but hugely influential Azzedine Alaïa gained appreciation from a whole new generation. Because after having absolutely mastered tight, curve-embracing dresses in the ’80s, by the mid-90s he was more of an insider’s fave. So you can thank Cher’s assailant for the introduction to the King of Cling among other things.

Photos and Clueless tidbit by Ria Michelle

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