Just Add Yellow Gold And Call It A Day

July 24th, 2014


{Ella Moss jumpsuit on sale here, Moschino belt, Zara clutch (old), Prada wedges (old), Paula Mendoza bracelet, Daniela Swaebe necklace on sale here}


Between the incessant rain, off-the-charts humidity and the chronic “nothing to wear” days I’ve been experiencing as of late, I’ve thrown in the towel! The current energy-zapping weather in Miami even has me — wait, wait for it — shopping less. Yep, I’m trying to rework what’s already in my wardrobe because I haven’t hit the mall in a what feels like weeks thanks to boatloads of freelance writing work and taking care of my two kids who demand:

A)  To frolic in the pool like human tadpoles for hours on end

B) To play Uno as though they’re professional poker players

C) To raid the pantry and feed like Gremlins every 6 minutes compliments of their simultaneous growth spurts

So on Swim Week day one, I found myself sifting through my closet (on the verge of tears because I HAVE NOTHING TO WEAR and it’s so effing hot and I HATE EVERYTHING IN MY CLOSET and my closet is too small and WHO BUILT THIS FUCKING DWARF-LIKE CLOSET??? THOUGHTS INUNDATED MY BRAIN, yadda, yadda, yadda) and reached for a little black jumpsuit (and two classes of pinot grigio) in utter defeat. I added some zing with yellow gold errythang in the shape of a Moschino belt, metallic gold clutch and chunky gold accessories.

And all was right in the world. Except for the lilliputian-like size of my closet.

Photographs by Angeles Almuna




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The Fresh Food 411

July 24th, 2014

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{Fresh Meal Plan}

Fresh meals sent to my doorstep? Sign me up. The kind chefs at Fresh Meal Plan were sweet enough to send me three days worth of freshly prepared “traditional” meals. And now that I have a better grasp on the importance of healthy food habits, I can tell you that each meal was both yummy and healthy.

The gist of Fresh Meal Plans? Aside from taking away the hard “work” (the supermarket schlep, buying a laundry list of ingredients, food prep, cooking and cleaning), each dish provides a perfect balance of lean proteins, grains, fibrous vegetables, complex carbohydrates and essential fats to help your body burn fat more efficiently. The calorie content in each dish? 350-450 calories per meal.

I especially liked the quinoa stir fry, grilled salmon (pictured here) and scrambled eggs breakfast. So if you, too, wish to start a healthier lifestyle, give Fresh Meal Plan a try. My fave part about this? It’s hassle free. Got to love that!

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Eat Right. Or Else…

July 23rd, 2014


{This is me annoyed about my weight}


{This is Rachel and she’s here to help}

The frustration! For the past two months on my weight-loss journey, the number on my bathroom scale would not budge. Like, ever. Yep, every morning the scale would haunt me with the same three dreaded digits. And while I know my weight does not define me, well, it’s highly irritating to work so hard and not see any results, you know? After a zillion workouts, cutting back on wine (yes, WINE, the salvation for all mothers!) and avoiding carbs, I kept begging the question. “WHY?”

Well, The Universe answered — as she always does because she’s good like that. My friend John Mahoney of SocialMedia305 connected me Dietician Rachel Scherdin of Nutrients Lab and — BAM! — Rachel taught me some tricks two weeks ago and I’ve already lost 4 pounds. TAKE THAT, SCALE! Who’s your daddy now? Okay, I’m getting carried away like I always do in typical psycho fashion. My apologies.

So Rachel and I met for coffee where we discussed my eating habits and how to improve them. I learned that the work I put into the kitchen is just as important as the work I put into the gym. Plain and simple.

My biggest no-nos? I always skip breakfast, ingest far too much Splenda and questionable protein bars and never snack. I admitted to starving myself until lunch on most days which is seriously unhealthy (and counterproductive, really). Rachel also tells me that I need carbs — the good kind — in order to keep my energy and metabolism levels up. She also created a customized menu plan to lose 8 pounds (2 pounds per week) in order to reach my goal weight (pre kids). I know, brilliant. 

So if you’re curious about what foods you should be eating for a healthier lifestyle or feel stumped on your diet/weight-loss odyssey, I highly recommend meeting with Rachel. She can be reached online here or by calling/texting (585) 465-1285.

Get ready to lose — the good kind of losing, that is. And gain some energy while you’re at it, too. And guess what? I can still reach for that wine glass in moderation. Cheers to that.


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Oh, Hi, Mara Hoffman

July 21st, 2014

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{Mara Hoffman Easy Dress, Jean-Michel Cazabat gladiators (old), Balenciaga handbag, Céline sunnies, Tassel necklace (from gift shop inside Congress Hall, Cape May, NJ), Tory Burch cuff, Daniela Swaebe zodiac necklace}

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{Backstage with the one-and-only Mara Hoffman}

flash tattoo

{Obsessed with my Flash Tattoo}

As I get older, I’m fine tuning the designers I wear. And designer Mara Hoffman is right on top of that list because:

A) Her prints are both innovative and next-level

B) Her breezy silhouettes are perfect for Miami weather (and I rarely need to wear a bra!)

So when given the opportunity to interview Mara this past weekend before her Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Swim fashion show, I was over the moon because I basically live in her creations. I also stalk her on Instagram LIKE A CREEP and feel like we’re real-world friends — you fellow social media sociopaths can relate, right? RIGHT!!!???

In my mind, I imagine Mara to be eccentric, warm, a little “out there” (as indicative in her prints), well-traveled (she was recently in Guatemala — the muse of her latest collection) and, well, cool.

And she is.

We talked about mommyhood, traveling and our signs — she’s an Aries — and when I asked her what her brand is all about she answered with two bold words: “It’s alive.

Love. Her.

First photo by Steffy Degreff & Second photo by Angeles Almuna




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Fashionphiles, Meet Your New Best Friend.

July 16th, 2014

Do your clothes get stinky and need a quick steam and refresh? Duh. Of course they do! Meet SwashWhirlpool’s latest invention, which is revolutionizing this little thing called laundry. Swash is the only in-home 10‑minute clothing care system.

Yep, you can say goodbye to excessive washing, drying, steaming, ironing and dry-cleaning. For real. Just watch my vlog  for the 411, will ya?


Video by Michael Paradise

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