Monthly Archives: January 2012

Pixics Giveaway

Happy Friday, everyone. I’m gearing up for the weekend and looking forward to heading out to Argentina for a business conference. It will be my first time in South America, so I’m pretty stoked.

Since I’ll be gone for a week, I leave you with freebies and a new place to shop. I found the little guy on the left on, a new online shop for all things “indie, retro, vintage, and geek.” They’ve got some really great out-of-the-ordinary apparel, accessories, and gifts (like the Fuluto figurine in this post) for very reasonable prices with FREE SHIPPING to all orders in the United States and Canada, so it’s worth a trip to the site.

Also, check out their Giveaway page for details on how to win your very own Twitter Bird figurine (he’s adorable, promise). The contest is going on now through February, so don’t miss out.

You can also follow Pixics on Facebook and have even more chances to win. Just “like” the Pixics Facebook page, tell a friend about the giveaway, and share the giveaway on your Facebook page. You will qualify for the giveaway once your friend submits their own entry.

The Pixics giveaway officially ends on February 29th, so get on it! Best of luck to you all and happy shopping! See ya when I get back from Buenos Aires!!

Edgar Allan Poe’s Birthday (We guess…)

It seems that today marks the date of the best guess for the birthday of famed poet Edgar Allan Poe, acclaimed for such works as The Tell-Tale Heart,  The Pit and the Pendulum, and, of course, The Raven.

Even as a child, I remember being strangely drawn to the dark beauty of Poe’s works. I heard the thumping of that tell-tale heart and the squawking of that persistent raven and knew I wanted to create experiences with my words.

Today, I grow more fascinated still and continue to marvel at the poetry that lives on in glorious infamy. In his honor, I’ll proudly wear my Raven tee and brush up on some favorites. If you’d like to learn more about Poe’s works, check out this great, free online collection of stories and poetry.

“Once upon a midnight dreary, while I pondered, weak and weary, Over many a quaint and curious volume of forgotten lore…” – The Raven

Jason Wu for Target: February 5, 2012

Target does it again; the retailer has partnered with young, talented designer Jason Wu – best known as a favorite to first lady Michelle Obama – to create beautiful and affordable fashion for all kinds of budgets. Wu designed the first lady’s gown for the Inaugural Ball in 2009, which helped propel him to international acclaim. His new collection for Target is anticipated to be as well-received as Missoni was back in September 2011.

Below, a look at some of Wu’s collection for Target. The collaboration, “inspired by the vision of an American girl in Paris,” will include apparel, handbags, and scarves and is set to debut on February 5th.



The Man Repeller at the Webster Miami

Leandra Medine’s double-fisting arm party took Miami over the weekend and I was somehow able to stumble upon the action and say, “hey,” for a couple minutes before the glammy staff at the Webster started eyeing me and my $7 Target jeans, probably wondering how I’d slipped past the proverbial velvet rope. No matter. The store was exquisitely curated and made for some fun wish-list building (read: Chanel-lusting).

Thanks to the Man Repeller for being so gracious and hanging out with a couple of aspiring fashionistas between styling sessions. And thanks to the Webster for letting us frolick among the racks of couture we hope to someday afford. You can keep up with the Man Repeller here and shop the Webster’s newly redesigned online shop here.



Special thanks to Yve for trailing me with a camera and documenting the experience. 

Wynwood Walls & Peter Tunney’s Art

I’ve lived in Miami my whole life and will admit to often having a love/hate – and sometimes even a love-to-hate – relationship with this oh-so-Magic(al) City. But even as I sit in my living room listening to the echo-y hollering of my proud Cuban neighbors bouncing off the hallway walls, I will admit there are corners of the city I enjoy stumbling upon. One such location is the garage-turned-gallery tucked away behind Wynwood Kitchen & Bar, where my husband and I (along with the Yelp Elite Miami crowd) enjoyed a free Peter Tunney exhibit a few nights ago.

After a wonderfully busy week of food, art, and fashion, it’s nice to settle in and blog for a bit to share some of my favorite moments before heading out for more of the former. I guess tonight feels like one of the rare love-to-love variety. Check out some cool scenes below. Hope you’re all having  a great weekend!

Peter Tunney: A Beautiful World



Wynwood Kitchen & Bar



What Reality? Live Screen-printing



P.S. Relax – I, too, am Cuban and will admit to being a teeny bit loud on occasion. It’s just a little harder to write with 8 other Cubans having a quiet discussion down the hall. 

Lusting after: Vintage Pink Typewriter

I just wanted to post something covet-able today for my fellow writers and bloggers. I came across this beautiful pink vintage typewriter on and seriously considered justifying a $487 decorative piece for my decidedly chic future office space. But then I remembered my husband would likely put my head on display alongside this beauty. So I post this for you to longingly covet with me. Enjoy.




The Man Repeller is Coming to Miami

Fashion lovers rejoice! The Man Repeller herself is coming to Miami. Join the Webster Miami and The Man Repeller for the launch of their new online store. Meet Leandra Medine as she offers styling tips.

When: Friday, January 13, 2012, 5:50 PM to 7:30 PM

Where: The Webster Miami, 1220 Collins Avenue, Miami Beach

Why: Get free swag and soak in a rare fashion opportunity.

Tickets: $100 each, including a fab goodie bag and free cocktails

RSVP: Call 305-673-5548

OR email

Vizcaya at Night: Moonlight Garden Tours

Thanks to I Heart Miami for the reminder that Vizcaya Museum & Gardens has resumed their rare Moonlight Garden Tours. Tours begin tonight, January 11th, at 6:30 p.m. and continue at intervals throughout the evening.

Tickets run at $15 for non-members, $10 for Members, Students and Seniors, and are available onsite only from 6:00-8:00 p.m. on the evening of the program.


Additional tour dates listed below:

Wednesday, January 11, 2012
Wednesday, February 8, 2012
Wednesday, March 7, 2012
Wednesday, April 4, 2012

Event Idea: Live Screen-Printing

I love the idea of having live art at an event and last night’s live screen-printing team from What Reality? did a great job of entertaining the Yelp Elite Miami crowd with their fashion a la carte services at Wynwood Kitchen and Bar.

If you have the location, What Reality? will bring a  portable screen press and print shirts live at your next event. Check them out on Facebook for booking info and to see pics of their events, tees, and equipment.

DIY: Home, Self, and Fashion

I can’t get enough of the DIY projects lately. Maybe it’s the new year prompting me to get everything in order. Whatever the case, I’m riding the wave and seeing what these little hands can create.

If you’re having the same creative cravings, these sites should whet your appetite. If you have any other DIY sites, I’d love to hear about them. Leave me your favorites in the comments!

1) HOME: Blik Wall Decals – Because I tend to switch things around every few months, I love working with Blik’s decals; most of them are reusable and all are safely removable. They will send you your graphics in separate pieces to allow you to arrange as you see fit. Blik also works with companies like Threadless to bring you lots of great pop culture items (read: Pac Man on your wall) and countless designs from up-and-coming artists.

2) SELF: DIY Cosmetics – I could probably do this all day. There’s nothing like the freedom to create the exact color and product you want. DIY Cosmetics, “a green company”, has everything you need to customize that exact shade of lipstick you just can’t seem to find anywhere else.

And if you need the moisturizer and lip balm to go underneath that new makeup, Made On: Skincare Products sells a kit to make your own. Their site offers recipes and instructional videos to guide you through the process.

3) FASHION: Fashion, at it’s very basic, relies on the right print and fabric. And if the right print isn’t out there, just make it! Spoonflower actually allows you to design your own print on premium natural fabrics with no minimum requirement and an easy $5 swatch option to be sure you’ve got it just right.

If you want something done right, do it yourself. So go ahead – now you can. 🙂