Monthly Archives: April 2012

Beachwear Bash at Bliss Spa

Just in time for summer, Shortcuts to Fabulous presents the Beachwear Bash at Bliss Spa at the W Hotel Miami Beach on Thursday, May 3, 2012 from 7:00 p.m. – 10:00 p.m. to get you ready for bikini season.

Hosted by Electric Blogarella Ginger Harris, you’re invited to shop swimwear by Kariza and beachwear by Aquarius while receiving complimentary mini-spa treatments courtesy of Bliss Spa. Indulge in free hand massages, rapid rub massages and energizing vitamized oxygen spray facial treatments while imbibing on cocktails provided by Grey Goose.

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Caribbean Happy Hour

The end of a long week feels so incredibly sweet. My husband and I are getting away for a few days to the Caribbean, so I have already happily checked out of work mode, even though we both still have a ton of stuff to do before we can officially set our brains to vacation status. Regardless, I’ve already packed (mentally, anyway) and can’t wait to trade my heels for some (really shiny Tory Burch) flip flops.

Here’s what I’m taking with me:



 In this post:

1) Monaco Straw Banded Fedora

2) ASOS Beach Cover Up

3) Red Polka Dot One Piece Swimsuit

4) Tory Burch Flip Flops

Miami Fashion Bloggers Night Out

After having attended the IFB Con in New York City back in February, I came home feeling the need to find out where all the other Miami bloggers were hanging out. Well, after attending Wednesday’s Fashion Bloggers Night Out event at Neiman Marcus in the Village of Merrick Park, it’s clear that this community may be fledgling but it certainly doesn’t lack for enthusiasm.

With a panel consisting of The Fashion Poet‘s Annie Vazquez, Refinery 29‘s Karla Garcia,‘s Maria Tettamanti, Daily Candy‘s Ginger Harris, and Next Model‘s Jenny Lopez, established and amateur bloggers alike got some insight into the efforts behind making it in this city in this covet-able light. And, of course, there was a fashion show.

I, for one, am thrilled at the possibility of a developing blogger community in Miami and am curious to see what kind of impact these established ladies, and those of us trying to figure it out, will make on this curiously transient city. For now, there are pics below and many more on the Facebook. Happy blogging. xo




P.S. A BIG THANK YOU to my BFF, Ms. YHA, for taking time to snap tons of great pics while I snagged some on my phone for my Instagram obsession. 

Miami Fashion Week 2012: By Misha

By Misha took the runway at Miami Fashion Week with nothing less than the richest fabrics and the matching tiaras to go with them. Unveiling the Crown Jewels collection, Miami International University graduate Misha Vaidya displayed the influences of her British upbringing in a collection studded with luxuriously flowing fabrics, deep jewel tones, and exquisitely tailored jackets, with each piece representing a queen, princess, or some aspect of royalty. The collection managed to remain youthful and wearable despite its regal them.

See more pictures from this show and others on our Facebook page.




Note: All original images taken by Tony Espinoza for Bubbles & Ink.

A Nuptial Happy Hour

Today’s Happy Hour post was inspired by the wedding I’ve been hired to work on today. As you’re reading this, it’s likely that I’m cursing the shoes I’m currently running in, never being one for convention over pretty stuff. But who can resist when there are shoes like the satin-y dreams the guys at Badgley Mischka think up? I wore them on my own wedding day (in fact, I wore two different pairs), and still regularly swoon over them.

Here are some gorgeous things you don’t have to be a bride to wear. In fact, I could seriously justify wearing these around the house while doing laundry (Never met a purchase I couldn’t justify – I’m that good). So, enjoy – and don’t curse me when you’re breaking these puppies in. Beauty, pain. All that jazz. Cheers!




In this post:

1) Badgley Mischka Fleur de Nuit Eau de Parfum

2) Badgley Mischka Gold Lace Dangle Earrings

3) Badgley Mischka Randee

4) Badgley Mischka Isadora

5) Badgley Mischka Lissa

6) Badgley Mischka Humbie

Miami Fashion Week 2012: Ema Savahl Couture

There’s something to be said about couture and the avant garde. If done right, it can evoke such feelings akin to that of a profound piece of artwork. Another one of my favorites, the delicate intricacies found in Ema Savahl Couture’s collection at Miami Fashion Week were romantic, stunning – simply beautiful. From the subtle blush of nude to the variegated lace, each piece was unique in its exquisite construction.

Check out our Facebook page to view more pics from this show and all the others.


Note: All original images taken by Tony Espinoza for Bubbles & Ink.

Miami Fashion Week 2012: Art of Shade

With Brickell Fashion Week coming up next week and Miami Fashion Week not too far behind, I thought I’d keep the momentum going by continuing to post some favorites from the shows.

You might have first seen Art of Shade as featured in my teaser a little while ago, or maybe  as they made their debut last year and earned the coveted Designer’s Choice Award. This year’s collection was equally impressive with a hard edge that was surprisingly neither forced nor contrived, but rather displayed a little sci-fi-meets-post-apocalyptic-vulnerability.

Don’t really get what I mean? Check out the pics below to see for yourself and check out our Facebook page for more images from this show and many others.


Note: All original images taken by Tony Espinoza for Bubbles & Ink. 

A Rainy Happy Hour

Happy Monday, friends. I realize I owe you a Happy Hour post, and I do apologize for the delay. It seems the rainy weather in these parts had me feeling a bit uninspired in the shopping category until I realized the right pair of boots and coordinating umbrella would make the soggy-ness just a little more tolerable.

So for today’s belated Happy Hour, I bring you spring brights to carry you through these sad April showers. Throw on some tights and a great trench and you’ve got yourself an outfit fit for splashing around town.




In this post:

1) Marc by Marc Jacobs – Miss Marc Umbrella

2) Marc by Marc Jacobs – Linear Logo Umbrella

3) Target Women’s Adi Designs Rain Boots

4) Target White/Navy Polka Dot Rain Boots

5) Hunter ‘Huntress’ High Gloss Boot

6) Sperry Top-Sider Pelican Tall Rain Boots

Miami Fashion Week 2012: Street Style

One of my favorite things about attending any fashion show is watching the people and seeing how they pull together clothing and accessories to express themselves in a way that represents who they are and how they see the world – particularly this crazy thing called fashion that we just can’t get enough of.

As anticipated, Miami Fashion Week was unlike anything else that goes on in the world of fashion events and I’m grateful to What I Wear for having allowed me the chance to capture the other side of the runway: Street Style. I met some incredibly stylish people who inspired me to jump back into my closet and re-think my image.

Though there were many to choose from, I posted some of my favorite looks below. But you can catch the full feature on What I Wear’s blog, along with a slew of other fashion shows from around the world.

If you were kind enough to let me feature you, thanks a bunch. You were an inspiration. Xo.

Note: All original images by Bubbles & Ink. 

In this post:

Header: Gold Deer Ring by Sea of Bees Jewelry

Hot Pink Styling at

Metro Velvet at

Holy Happy Hour

Whether you’re celebrating Passover or Good Friday, I’d like to wish everyone a blessed holiday weekend and inspire you in a little-explored fashion category I like to call “church chic”.

For today’s Happy Hour, know that you can still look good while getting your church on in these temple-appropriate items.



In this post:

1) River Island Striped Skater Dress

2) Kate Spade Abstract Bow Belt

3) Michael Antonio Pink Greer Wedge

4) ASOS Flip Lock Across Body