Monthly Archives: September 2010

Handbag Heaven

This one’s purely for the ladies (and any fellas who enjoy fashion). I am eagerly anticipating the official beginning of fall (September 22, by the way) and while that may only mean a change in color palette for those of us in Miami who are still suffering in 90° weather, it also means it’s time for fall fashion and a seasonal update in accessories, my favorite of which is a good handbag.

During my recent seasonal inventory, I attacked three large storage bins (much to the benefit of my teenage sister) and discovered quite a few treasures hiding in plastic. These have been accrued over the span of several years (some with tags still on them!). I’ve included my collection below for your viewing pleasure (purse porn, as a friend likes to call it) and wonder: does anyone else do this? Feel free to post yours and make me feel normal better. Hope you enjoy. I always do!

  1. L.A.M.B. Wristlet
  2. Gucci Mini Hobo
  3. Gucci Crossbody Bag
  4. Gucci Boat (Gray & Gold)
  5. Gucci Boat (Beige & Brown)
  6. L.A.M.B. for LeSportsac
  7. Gucci Piston Closure Wallet
  8. Black Quilted Wristlet, Forever 21
  9. Donald J. Pliner Mini Tote
  1. Express Metallic Wristlet
  2. Dooney & Bourke Tattoo Wristlet
  3. Gucci Pill Box
  4. Kenneth Cole Wristlet
  5. Nordstrom Wallet in Teal
  6. Louis Vuitton Monogram Wristlet
  7. Green Clutch (found at DSW)
  8. Black Coin Purse (Arden B.)
  9. Gucci Monogram Wallet

  1. Red Tote by Mark
  2. Black Clutch by Expres
  3. Black & White Satchel by L.A.M.B.

  1. Camel Backpack (Target)
  2. Vera Bradley Duffel
  3. Harajuku Lovers Duffel
  4. Christian Dior Boston Bag
  5. Gucci Bardot w/ Piston Closure
  6. Mustard Bag by Mark
  7. Black Mini Hobo by Express

  1. Gucci Tote in Navy & Red
  2. Michael Kors Wallet
  3. Michael Kors Hobo Bag
  4. Betseyville by Betsey Johnson
  5. Marc by Marc Jacobs Clasic Q
  6. Juicy Couture
  1. Gucci Classic Jackie Bag
  2. Gucci Wave
  3. Teal Bag (Urban Outfitters)
  4. Large Gucci Duffel
  5. Black & White Hobo by Bebe
  6. Juicy Couture Laptop Bag

The Couple That Blogs Together

My husband, the webmaster/graphic designer/Rockband enthusiast/amateur chef/Peruvian wonder can now add blogger to his laundry list of talents.  The man is highly entertaining (not that I’m biased) and is already promising to deliver all sorts of awesomeness:

Behold the glory of the Delorean. The single greatest memory of my childhood. The car from the movie from the decade that crushes all other decades…. And movies.”

Check him out at for your daily (or occassionally weekly) dose of web-based randomness.

Of Witches and Werewolves

For as long as I can remember, Halloween has been my absolute favorite holiday. Witches and spirits are my sugarplum fairies. I can still remember the first Halloween when my mom actually let me have a say in which costume I wanted to wear. I was 3 years old and insisted on being a witch. And a princess. And Scooby Doo. So in true CAP fashion (that’s Cuban American Princess, by the way) I pulled off 3 wardrobe changes that day, including 2 plastic masks and 1 truly gorgeous couture Cinderella gown courtesy of my grandmother, who remains, to this day, my personal couturier. Not much has changed since then. I still anticipate Halloween the way kids dream about Christmas, and I still dress up every single year, even if it sometimes means just passing out candy in really expensive garb that will never see anything past the moonlight on my balcony.

Plans for this year (aside from a mandatory viewing of the premier for Walking Dead per my husband’s obsession with zombies) are already set and I am beyond thrilled to be officially booked as of today for a witch-themed pinup shoot with none other than Miss Valentine and her team of experts at Terribly Girly. I plan to document the whole thing, so check back in October for a behind-the-scenes look at what it takes to make a girl look wicked. To book your own shoot and for a list of all other Halloween themes, head over to their blog, Girly Talk. Happy haunting!

Ceviche 105

I am Cuban by birth, but Peruvian by marriage, and because of this fusion of cultures that occurred last November, I have been lucky enough to experience some of the tastiest and most culturally rich dishes this side of the Florida Turnpike. It tugs at my Cuban heart to admit this, but I’ve recently begun to discover that Peruvians basically invented food and everything that is good about it (and if you haven’t tried huancaina sauce yet, you’ll probably only feel like challenging this statement until you do). Today’s lunch at Ceviche 105 just solidified this sentiment for me that much more. Below, I present all the evidence you need. Check them out for yourself at 105 N.E. 3rd Avenue.

Fashion’s Night Out: 9/10/10

Fashion’s Night Out is back for a second appearance. What began as a collaborative effort between Vogue, retailers, and designers as a way to promote sales in a weakening economy in 2009 has become a highly anticipated event for supporters of the fashion industry and a great way to gear up for Fashion Week.

This year’s official date is Friday, September 10th from 6:00 p.m. – 11:00 p.m. with events spanning across the globe in celebration and support of those who keep us looking good year-round. Though the main focus, complete with fashion shows and concerts, seems to be concentrated in New York, the rest of us can still get in on the action with a complete event listing courtesy of FNO. Also, be sure to snag a piece of the official FNO merchandise collection, including tees, hoodies and bags. Forty percent of proceeds will go to the New York City Aids Fund.

Miami girls, click on the links below for events in our city:

Miami Design District FNO Map (PDF)

Village of Merrick Park FNO Events

Neiman Marcus FNO Events

Nordstrom FNO Events


Nordstrom Fits America

 It’s hard to believe that Summer is almost over and September is well under way.  Just a year ago around this time, I was preparing for my bridal shower, a lingerie-themed soiree that my beautiful bridesmaids put together in the middle of one very stormy month (and all that that implies). I was lucky enough to be showered with well wishes and love from family and friends, but they were also kind enough to grant me my wish to support the NFA (Nordstrom Fits America) event by purchasing all of my racy, lacy, and downright tasty gifts from the charitable retailer.

I am encouraging all women to do the same this year and treat themselves to one, or two (or a few) new pieces in support of the Susan G. Komen Foundation.  Participating sponsors include a few of my favorites such as Betsey Johnson Intimates, Calvin Klein Underwear, and, of course, every girl’s little lifesaver, SPANX, but you can check out the full list of sponsors here.  Nordstrom and participating brands will donate $2.00 for each bra purchased, so do a little good and RSVP today. Please visit Nordstrom for more details. As the eternally wise and beautiful Audrey would say, “As you grow older, you will discover that you have two hands, one for helping yourself and the other for helping others.”

Cellar Club Interactive Lunch at the Biltmore

As my husband often says, food is love. And we were certainly feeling the love on Saturday at the Biltmore Cellar Club’s Interactive Lunch featuring bubbles courtesy of Champagne Henri Abele and recipes created by the Biltmore’s new Culinary Director, Chef Tom Parlo.  If there’s one thing the Biltmore is known for, it’s their food & wine culture, which they have managed to turn into a lifestyle for those in the foodie community. Recognized for its elaborate Sunday Brunch, top-Zagat-rated French restaurant Palme d’Or, and its most recent addition of the Culinary Academy (BCA), this resort is exactly the kind of place my culinarily inclined family would pick as their top choice for spending a free Saturday afternoon. And so our Cuban and Peruvian roots gathered in the beautiful Alhambra Ballroom to pick up a few tips for the kitchen. I’m not really sure if they learned much other than how to spend three hours cooking with one hand while holding a champagne flute in the other, but who really cares when you’re playing with ingredients like truffle butter and watching your newly integrated family work up a nice buzz? See pics below of our amazingly tasty courses. Thanks to the Biltmore Culinary Department and the Cellar Club for an afternoon well spent.