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Second Sundays at Faena Forum Are Back September 10th

Second Sundays at Faena

Second Sundays at Faena Forum are back. Enjoy a participatory art installation by assume vivid astro focus starting Sunday, September 10th from noon to 10 pm. The event is free and open to the public. It will feature special performances by TM Sisters and Miami Quad Squad as well as a new musical experience curated by Paperwater. Read on to learn more and to register for the free event.

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Behind the Scenes at Cirque du Soleil OVO

cirque du soleil ovo behind the scenes rehearsal miami

Cirque du Soleil rolled into town over the weekend with their new touring show, OVO. We were lucky enough to be invited to a behind-the-scenes look into their rehearsal day before the show on Friday and snapped some photos backstage. The arena was packed with everything from costumes and sewing machines to exercise equipment for the performers. It’s truly a fascinating world even before anyone steps foot on stage. Take a look behind the curtain of OVO just ahead.

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Magique at Faena Hotel Miami Beach: A Very Sexy Night Out

Magique at Faena Miami Beach
The Magique Dancers at Faena Hotel Miami Beach // Courtesy photo

First things first, it’s been a very long time since my husband and I went out to do anything that falls under the category of sexy/fun/sophisticated and/or exciting. I wish I were joking or exaggerating the truth for the sake of good commentary, but the fact is that we are going on eight years of marriage and the past four of those have been spent parenting a very independent child. So it is without any reservation that I can admit to you, my dear readers, that when the invitation to a sexy magic show at Faena Hotel Miami Beach showed up in my inbox, I was not only confused (really – I checked to make sure they meant me), but nearly leapt through the screen to RSVP and secure our spot.

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Year Three

Jean Godfrey-June of Lucky Magazine interviews Lauren Conrad

Another year gone by and, yet again, when the 18th of May rolls around, I get that nagging suspicion I’ve forgotten something…which, of course, I inevitably have. The 18th marked my third year of blogging. When I looked back at year two, I thought there was no way I would top it, but just now looking back at my third year, I realize I have so much to be grateful for – and things are only getting better. Here’s a look back at my favorites (click on each pic to see more). Hope you enjoy. And THANK YOU SO MUCH for reading. <3

Bare Minerals at IFB Con

Red Lips & Red Light at The ForgeBrighthouse Baubles Bracelet & Heart Manicure

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The Garden Themed Baby Shower


Tony and I are recovering from Baby Shower #2, which involved the loud chatter of my very enthusiastic Cuban family (who have actually begun to rub off on his Peruvian side) and copious amounts of the very best homemade ethnic food any pregnant woman could want.

For this one, we went with a garden theme, since it was hosted in the beautiful backyard of my aunt & uncle’s home. We enjoyed one of those rare cool and clear Miami afternoons that I usually just pray and/or daydream about. Gotta say, we are both feeling very blessed indeed.

Here are some of our favorite details, including the Polaroid sign-in book, Milk Jar Mimosas, and everyone’s favorite Pomeranian, Romeo.


Event Details:

Cupcakes: Not Just Cakes by Patty, Milk Jars with Straws:, Dress: ASOS Maternity, Flowers: Berkeley Florist Supply arranged in Mason Jars, Favorite Red Lipstick: MAC Ruby Woo.

All photos taken by dad-to-be Tony Espinoza.

The Bottle Themed Baby Shower

Lucy Banner

Attending my own baby shower was probably one of the most surreal experiences I’ve had in a while. Picking out a crib and registering for baby essentials really only hit me as shopping. Watching my belly grow and become heavy enough to make me shun my heels hardly phased me. But I caught myself staring a little too long at that pink banner hung over our place settings and it smacked me in the face: I’m having a baby. Soon.

Luckily, this was probably a little on the milder side in terms of actual baby-type stuff when it comes to the admittedly foreign realm of baby showers. Having a husband who can illustrate helped string our bottle-themed shower together into a low key, friendly affair for both guys and girls. Not to mention making it feel much more us. I think the fact that we were able to weave beer and champagne into our central theme made us feel much more comfortable with the event.

I’m excited to share some of our details, including: special home brew favors for the guys (crafted with care by the dad-to-be and home brew master & uncle-to-be MP), milk bottle mimosas for the ladies, a Polaroid sign-in book, story books in place of cards to build our baby’s library, and guava cupcakes (for the Cuban mom-to-be, yours truly). I hope you enjoy it as much as we did.

Check out specific event details after the jump.

Bottle Themed Baby Shower Poster

L Cupcake TowerAngelique Euro Cafe Personalized Menu

Milk Bottle Mimosas & Bell Jars

Polaroid Sign-In Book

Books in Place of Cards

Sweet Child of Mine Espinoza Brew

Mom & Dad-to-BeBrighthouse Baubles Bracelet & Heart Manicure

LME Cupcake Tower

Not Just Cakes by Patty Guava Cupcakes

Event details: 

Event Setup Assistance: Events by Francesca, Location & Catering: Angelique Euro Cafe, Cupcakes: Not Just Cakes by Patty, Milk Jar Favors:, Centerpieces: Hydrangeas & Spider Mums from Berkeley Florist Supply in Miami set in Ball jars, Heart Manicure by Miya at Portfolio Salon, Chunky Pave Link Bracelet from Brighthouse Baubles, Flowy Top by ASOS Petite.

All photos and graphic design details courtesy of dad-to-be Tony Espinoza


Big City Moms Miami Recap

Sweet Dough

As if my recent waddling or growing belly weren’t already driving the point home, attending the Big City Moms Biggest Baby Shower: Miami event made it overwhelmingly clear that I am, indeed, incredibly pregnant. I’m no longer in that in-between maybe-she’s-just-packed-on-a-few-extra-pounds stage. I am fully, recognizably preggo with the hormone surges to prove it. But so were all the other attendees at this event and it made me feel slightly normal for a short while.

But attending this event as a first-time mom-to-be was also incredibly educational. I thought I knew what my baby needed until I took a stroll through the seemingly endless rows of vendors and discovered there’s a whole world of new essentials our parents didn’t need but certainly could have used to make their initial parenting years a whole lot easier (Zippyz and Bibbitec, anyone?). Below, I give you some of my standout products (and maybe some gifting ideas for yours truly!). Have you tried any of these products? I’d love to hear what you think.


1) Tutti Bambini: A one-stop shop for all things baby, including classes, baby planning, and maternity concierge services.

2) Sweet Dough: Custom cookies, pastries and sweets.

3) “O” Pops by Angie: Custom (and really delicious) cake pops.

4) Project Nursery: Inspiring style for baby’s first room and beyond.

5) Daddy Scrubs: Scrubs and gifts for the expectant dad.

6) Zippyz: Onesies that zip (instead of snap) from foot to belly, keeping your baby warm and comfy through diaper changes.

7) H.O.L.D. Couture: Maternity and post-maternity shapewear. (Not pictured)

8) Give Wink: Baby needs and customizable gifts.

Big City Moms Baby Shower Miami

Sweet Dough & Pops by AngieMaxi Cosi

Project Nursery

A Peek in the Pod

Daddy Scrubs

Daddy Diaper Changing Toolbox

ZippyzTutti Bambini

Tutti Bambini

Give Wink


P.S. I had to include my preggo Mad Men alter-ego image, created by none other than my baby-daddy. Totally irrelevant but still kinda cute; especially the way she’s still wearing full pumps when I clearly slid across the room last night in nothing more than a glorified kitten heel. Ah, the joys of pregnancy.


IFB Con, September ’12

This post is admittedly long overdue, but the event was certainly not forgettable by any means. Having attended my first IFB Con back in February, I was eager to return and see some familiar faces. Being in a room with some of the best-dressed bloggers from all around (there were some ladies from Australia and Germany representing the international scene) was inspiring and made me want to immediately overhaul my closet. There was an incredible collection of shoes — you can see a couple of my favorites in neon and metallic on Corrie and Jenn, and a stunning pair of Pradas on Krystal Bick — and a Nine West Shoe Confessions booth to atone for the addiction.

I snapped some shots of my favorite moments to share with you, like Coco Rocha’s interview with Derek Blaserg, whose quotable phrase, “I knew I wanted to live among the magazines,” immediately resonated with me.

Corrie, Metitia, and Jenn: It was wonderful meeting you! Candace, SO lovely to see you again! Maria Carolina, I’m so sorry you missed it but hope to catch you again soon! xx


Lucky FABB

Jean Godfrey, Lucky Magazine, Lucky FABB, Lauren Conrad

You know how most little girls dreamed about their wedding day and played dress-up as they walked down a make-believe aisle? Well, I’m not even joking when I say I used to play editor and sketched fashion while working in my make-believe New York City office (I really wasn’t much of an outdoor kid). As soon as my mother would allow, I subscribed to every glossy I could get my hands on and dreamed of one day having the chance to work with these amazing magazine people in any sort of capacity.

And while an editorship remains for me the job I’ll always covet, walking into Lucky FABB was every bit of a realization of that amazing feeling that accompanied every childish daydream. The memory still overwhelms me a bit because it was hard to believe that I was in such incredible company. Alicia Lund from Cheetah is the New Black, Ginger Harris from Electric Blogarella, Maria Tettamanti from The Wordy Girl, and Erin Hiemstra from Apartment 34 (to name a handful) were all in attendance — and those were just my fellow peers.

The panels were comprised of incredibly inspiring individuals who were happy to sit and chat with us for a while about whatever we were curious enough to ask. Terry Lundgren, CEO of Macy’s, talked about Nicole Richie’s collaboration with the retailer, Rachel Zoe announced another season for her show and showed off a glittery new jewelry line, Leandra Medine of Man Repeller talked about dealing with negative comments, Lauren Bush inspired us as she shared her struggle with starting FEED and how far it has come in just five years, Lauren Conrad looked like a perfect little doll in a very polished Paper Crown dress and Mary Jane’s from her new collection at Khol’s as she dished about wanting to leave behind her Laguna Beach past, and Anna Sui sat with Simon Doonan and was just her incredibly cool self as she talked about what inspires her to create her wildly successful collections, season after season (world travel and good music like Jack White’s new album, in case you were wondering).

My head’s still reeling from all the excitement – and all the goodies I’ve yet to unpack – so forgive me if I’ve rambled on. But it’s not every day you get a little taste of exactly what you want to do and who you hope to become. And so, syrupy as it may sound, if you’ve been reading along, thanks for helping me get just that much closer to that dream job. I hope to someday repay you in copious amounts of freebies.

Brandon Holley, Terry Lundgren, Macy's CEO, Lucky FABB New York City

Annie Georgia Greenberg, Leandra Medine, Man Repeller, Lucky FABBLauren Bush, FEED, Lucky FABB

DKNY PR Girl Aliza Licht, Erica Domesek P.S. I Made This

Rachel Zoe, Lucky FABB

Simon Doonan interviews Anna Sui at Lucky FABB

Lauren Conrad at Lucky FABB

P.S. Thanks so much to my partners in crime for helping me land these front-row center seats. Corrie of Brooklyn Bliss and Yanil of The New Yorker Style: You ladies rock. xx