Day 3. Sigh. Day 3… Day 3 can only really be defined by the number of hours we stood in line. We waited in line to park. We waited in line to check in. And then we waited in the mother of all lines for the highly anticipated Mara Hoffman show. Then I’m pretty sure we stood in line to stand in line to get into the tent. But once we were in, give or take a few challenges, we knew what all the waiting was about. Mara Hoffman was spectacular. The prints. The colors. The gorgeous models with the pom-poms in their hair. It was the sexiest display anyone could have hoped for on a hot summer night in Miami. And the best way to end Swim Week for me. Motherhood calls and that’s my favorite show, hands down.
Check out all the event pictures after the jump…
I wish I could tell you I was in better shape, but the truth is that fashion week is not for the fragile. Perhaps I underestimated the stamina and preparation it requires to survive five days of shows, but I’d liken it to the kind of focus one dedicates to training for a marathon (not that I’ve ever done that). Day two of Swim Week left me aching and blistered – quite literally, unfortunately, due to my stubborn insistence on wearing some sparkly little Guess wedges that felt reasonably comfortable in my living room but not as forgiving on the pool deck of the SLS hotel after three shows and five hours of standing-room-only accommodations. Still, my worship of this industry is propelling me forward. And so it shall be that I continue on…in flats.
Check out some pics from last night’s events with Poko Pano and Suboo Swim being at the top of my list for the day.
10 THINGS I LEARNED ON THE FIRST DAY OF SWIM WEEK
- Miami weather spares no one. Always have a backup plan.
- The fashion crowd will weather any storm in the name of runway.
- Don’t expect anything to run on time. The fashion crowd will make it to said runway show at least one hour post call time.
- Never wear heels to a beach party. Getting sand between your toes is festive. Getting sand in your Louboutins is tragic.
- Go for a less complicated beauty regime. That stack of makeup it took to make me look presentable melted right off the minute I stepped into Miami’s perpetual humidity for the poolside show.
- Skip the flat iron. Blow-drying curly hair in 90% humidity is an exercise in futility. One I’m ashamed I continue to attempt.
- Wear what you like and are comfortable in. Whether it’s a bodycon dress or jeans and a tee, style is a very personal thing. Fashion week is the time to be true to that. Trying to pull off anything else, no matter how on-trend, will just be unflattering.
- Always opt for the party with free cocktails. It makes the tardiness much more tolerable.
- No matter what, the show WILL go on. And it will be fabulous.
- Despite all the challenges, I’m ready and eager to do it all over again.
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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
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.
Cupcakes: Not Just Cakes by Patty, Milk Jars with Straws: Beau-Coup.com, 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.
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.
Event Setup Assistance: Events by Francesca, Location & Catering: Angelique Euro Cafe, Cupcakes: Not Just Cakes by Patty, Milk Jar Favors: Beau-Coup.com, 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.
Hey, moms and moms-to-be! For the second year in a row, BCM Biggest Baby Shower is heading to Miami for all the latest and greatest in baby essentials. This will be my first time attending but I have to admit I’m pretty excited. (I keep hearing about their amazing goodie bags!)
If you’re planning to attend, be sure to take advantage of the special discount code for readers of Bubbles & Ink: Use BUBBLES at checkout to receive $10 OFF the price of admission. Hope to see you there!
I’m not sure how many of you are also stuck at home waiting out Isaac but I can’t help seeking a distraction from the storm. Most of South Florida has been fortunate enough to still have power so far, so I’ve taken to planning for my New York trip.
For the first time, I’ll be in NYC for Fashion’s Night Out and I’m pretty eager to see how events compare in the city that started it all. Scheduled to take place Thursday, September 6th, FNO will kick off Mercedes Benz Fashion Week, which runs through the 13th and will feature collections for Spring 2013.
If you won’t be in New York for FNO, there will still be events taking place in over 500 cities all around the country, so click here to check out what’s happening in your area and online. Also, as in previous years, the official FNO Collection will be sold in stores and online with forty percent of proceeds from sales going to the New York City AIDS Fund in the New York Community Trust. This year’s official tote, designed by Brahmin, is already available for purchase on their site.
Above: Brahmin Fashion’s Night Out 2012 Official Tote. Below: Fashion’s Night Out 2012 Official T-Shirt.
I hope to see some of you in New York for all these fun fashion events. Let me know if you’ll be around. I’d love to know what everyone is planning. And if you’re riding out the storm, stay safe and dry. Here’s to hoping Isaac is kind and swift.
I spent my Saturday working on the Amigos for Kids Celebrity Domino Night at Jungle Island. If you’ve never experienced this phenomenon, it’s about as Cuban as you can get without being in Little Havana’s Domino Park (or Cuba, of course). There were guayaberas galore as Miami’s elite gathered to benefit a cause dedicated to preventing child abuse and neglect while sipping Bacardi rum and gnoshing on gastronomy from a slew of delectable eateries (Pasta Factory, your canolies were worth all the calories).
I admit my photography skills were not quite up to par (try running around for 8 hours while parrots incessantly squawk at you and see if your hands don’t shake – though you’re probably well-trained if you grew up with a Cuban mom), but I still wanted to share these with you. It’s not every day you get to experience tropical stilt walkers, salsa dancers, auctioned art, and a flash mob under the same roof. And if you do, let me know what the heck you’re doing for a living because that makes my life seem just a tad deprived.
By the way, major thanks to the ladies at Dior for the amazing five-minute makeover. It made all the difference in setting the tone for the rest of the night.
Enjoy the pics. You can hover over them for more info. (And, yes, I do have an unhealthy obsession with collecting event tags. I see it’s become a thing lately. Just let it be.) As for the critters all the way at the bottom, they’re just my favorite ones to come home to.
P.S. I’m now a new fan of Nicole Martinez. Anyone who can capture croqueta art is a winner in my book. Check out her site for some really fantastic prints. I hate that my iPhone skills don’t do her work any justice. But I HAD to share this with everyone.
If you love the Bond No. 9 fragrance line as much as I do and you live in the Miami area, you can catch fragrance creator Laurice Rahme at the Dadeland Mall Saks Fifth Avenue location on Friday, May 11 from 1:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. and Saturday, May 12 from 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.
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