Smoldering Shoulders

Smoldering Shoulders

Smoldering Shoulders

Smoldering Shoulders

Smoldering Shoulders

Smoldering Shoulders

Smoldering Shoulders

Smoldering Shoulders

What:

The bare shoulder shirt trend with Covetique Boutique in Cooper City, Florida.

Why:

Powerhouse clothing designer, Donna Karan, once told me: “The most beautiful part of a woman is her shoulders.” I wasn’t surprised by her answer, as she’s known for working the off-the-shoulder shirt trend, but I wanted to know why. The timeless fashion guru happily explained: “Shoulders have sex appeal, without being revealing and believe it or not, it’s one of the last parts of the body to age.”

That interview (for Deco Drive) was almost five years ago and finally, Donna’s main designing mantra has spread throughout the fashion world like wild fire (hence the title of the blog: “Smoldering Shoulders.”) Oh, how I love a woman who’s ahead of her time. Speaking of…

This fall, the first major fashion trend to emerge is off-the-shoulder shirts and no one knows how to do it better than the ladies (Michelle & Jackie) at Covetique Boutique. The two bestie’s, who opened their store less than a year ago after reinventing their careers, say the off-the-shoulder shirt trend is timeless; making it easy to wear anytime, anyplace.

Whether it’s both-sides-off, one-shoulder exposed or the cold-shoulder trend (which is a shirt with key hole cuts exposing parts of the shoulders and arms,) there’s a “Smoldering Shoulder” style for almost everyone. That’s what makes the look classic. In fact, the trend is so strong, it’s also spilling over into playful rompers and sophisticated jumpsuits.

I love pairing the style with high-waist cropped pants. Because off-the-shoulder blouses are usually billowy, I like my bottoms to have a bit of structure. Plus, what fashionista doesn’t love showing off her shoes? A shorter pant does just that and also gives off a pre-fall vibe. Completing the look, a skinny choker and a great textured bootie or shoe (with personality) are perfect.

The thing I like most about this trend? Well, I won’t be sweating my tush off while trying to look like I’m in step with what’s in style for the upcoming fall months. Don’t miss Deco Drive tonight at 7:30 & 11:30pm as Covetique shows us different ways to work and wear an off-the-shoulder shirt and then some.

After all these years, Donna was certainly right: everyone can be proud of their upper arms, no matter your age and that’s why “Smoldering Shoulders” is one of my favorite things. Happy Shopping!

When:

Monday-Saturday 10am-7pm & Sunday 12-5pm

Where:

Covetique 9319 Sheridan Street, Cooper City, Florida 33024

Instagram: @covetiqueclothing, Twitter: @ShopCovetique, FB: Covetique

Today, fashion is really about sensuality-how a woman feels on the inside. In the 80’s, women used suits with exaggerated shoulders and waists to make a strong impression. Women are now more comfortable with themselves and their bodies-they no longer feel the need to hide behind their clothes.Donna Karan

Shot on location at Brown Jordan in the Miami Design District www.brownjordan.com or check-out their social media;
FB: Brown Jordan Company, IG & Twitter: @BrownJordan1945 #BrownJordan1945

James Woodley Photography
Produced by: Shireen Sandoval
Styling: Jackie Kay
Grooming: Odett Hernandez
Digital Editor: Jessie Neft-Swinger
Editor: Matthew “Great Textured Bootie” Auerbach

Special thanks to Michelle & Jackie from Covetique and Susset Cabrera/Peacock Public Relations.

Shireen’s Spotlight: Apeiro Kitchen & Bar

Apeiro Kitchen & Bar

Apeiro Kitchen & Bar

Apeiro Kitchen & Bar

Apeiro Kitchen & Bar

What:

Apeiro 3252 NE 1st Avenue, Suite 101, Miami, Florida 33137

Why:

If you enjoy a lively atmosphere and Mediterranean food with a modern twist; “Apeiro” is the place for you. With a beautiful light-colored interior (highlighted in blues and yellows,) artistic swirly chandeliers and an open-air kitchen, it’s the kind of restaurant that makes you feel like you’re in the Greek Islands (at least during the day.)

At night, it’s a different story. It’s more like, say, Miami. 😁🌴🍹 When my crew and I visited last Friday night, the outside bar was standing room only. It was like being on the beach, but with a little more panache. The staff, especially Chef David Blonsky (who hails from Chicago and most recently Siena Tavern,) was extremely affable. He’s a celebrity chef, so he gets it.

I started Spotlight off with their signature drink, “Apeiro Signature” (don Q crystal rum, cantaloupe, lemon juice, basil, rose pepper and simple syrup.) It was by far my favorite; fresh and unusual. My company would disagree, though. One of my BFF’s and stylist, Jackie Kay, was on-hand to help with tasting duties. She loved the “Mayfair Lady” (vodka infused with hibiscus rose hips, orange liqueur, lemon juice, and champagne.) Although the drink was sweet, it packed a major punch. My photographer, James, really liked the “Salted Le Melon” (melon vodka, cantaloupe and lime juice.) Warning: it goes down quick and easy.

I tried three appetizers: “Bunelo” (cheese, prosciutto, jam and puffed pastries.) Side note: this dish is served with truffle honey and I’m highly allergic to truffle oil. I tried mine without and it was still delish. The “Burrata” had a twist of sweetness (made with cherry tomato jam, arugula and toasted ciabatta.) My absolute favorite of the night was the “Akushi Steak Tartare” (with bone marrow vinaigrette, calabrian chile, served with a warm, puffy pita.) It was savory with good marbling and had a nice texture.

I tried two main dishes: “Lamb Kefta” and “Roasted Branzino.” The lamb was great, served with Tzatziki sauce, koshari rice and a green onion salad, but the whole fish (with acqua pazza sauce, koshari rice and herb oil) was pretty spectacular. I was especially full after dinner and didn’t really have room for dessert until I feasted my eyes on…

The “Triple Layer Chocolate Peanut Butter Pie!” It was a sight for sore eyes and tasted even better than it looked (hmmm…moist and delicious.) The “Bomboloni” (which is an Italian doughnut,) is served with three small squeezy bottles of Nutella chocolate, salted caramel and strawberry. You take your favorite flavor (or all three) and inject them into the heart of the pastry. Last but not least, my favorite dessert: “Waffle Cone Sundae” (your choice of gelato with chocolate hazelnut and caramel sauce, candied walnuts, amarena cherries and whipped cream.) I almost licked the bowl.

From the hip atmosphere, the chic decor, great outdoor space and modern Mediterranean food, which includes local ingredients and produce, “Apeiro Kitchen and Bar” (which in Ancient Greek means infinite or boundless,) is definitely one of my new favorite things. Cheers!

Where:

Apeiro is located in the heart of Midtown Miami. It’s just a few doors down from “Sugarcane Raw Bar Grill” and “Bocce Bar.” Street parking is always tough in this part of town, but they have plenty of self parking garages and valet in the area. If you live a little further north, you’re in luck, Apeiro is also located in Delray Beach (the restaurant’s original location.)

When:

Sunday-Wednesday 11:30am-11:00pm, Thursday-Saturday 11:30am-1:00am.

miami.apeirorestaurants.com
Twitter & IG: @ApeiroMiami, FB: Apeiro Kitchen & Bar

Let food be thy medicine and medicine be thy food.Hippocrates
Photographer: James Woodley
Producer/Editor: Jessie Rosario
wardrobe: @KoreBoutique

The Perfect Purse (featuring V73)

The Perfect Purse (featuring V73)

The Perfect Purse (featuring V73)

The Perfect Purse (featuring V73)

The Perfect Purse (featuring V73)

The Perfect Purse (featuring V73)

What:

V73, 4218 NE. 2nd Avenue, Miami, Florida 33137

Why:

Okay, okay, okay…I lied! V73 doesn’t just have “The Perfect Purse,” it has a lot of them. The chic and sophisticated line, which hails from Venice, Italy (one of the most beautiful cities in the world,) has “The Perfect Purse” for every single facet of your fashionable life. Lucky for us! I mean, come on — have you ever heard a woman say: “I have too, many purses!” Uh, never.

The creator behind these luxurious but affordable bags is Elizabetta Armellin, who studied fine art in Italy. She eventually became a fashion designer for major brands and then, launched her own label in 2011. The rest is, as they say, fashion history.

Elizabetta’s vivacious personality and skilled craftsmanship, specifically as an artist, is breathed into each and every one of her creations. I found out about the line about a year ago, when I started the Spotlight portion of my blog. In fact, V73 was one of my first features. Eventually, though, that part of the blog turned into the fabulous food feature that it is these days and I didn’t get to do a full-blown blog on them until now. I love everything about these purses; the materials, textures, colors, versatility and quality. I’m especially obsessed with their latest Fall/Winter 2016 Apache backpack. You can check it out on my Instagram (@ShireenSandoval).

My second favorite is their IT bag of the season: the “Selva” (shopping bag,) which features wild and whimsical creatures. I adore the parrot, but the cougar is a close second. It’s all kinds of glamourous while being able to carry my computer, phone, make-up and even my shoes inside (don’t worry, my kitchen sink is still intact.) BTW, the hobbling continues in my “Chicks in Kicks” after knee-surgery, but at this point, I’m throwing my heels in “The Perfect Purse” for good measure because I’m finally off crutches.

I looovvveeed spicing things up with the “Ducale Xxs Red Pepper.” Even though it’s petite, it sure packs a powerful fashion punch; with luxurious leather, gold detailing and two versatile handles (the other is a chain shoulder strap.) You can carry this little firecracker like a pocketbook or wear it cross body. It’s so sassy, I can hardly stand it. It also comes in deep blue and black. I think the “Peggy Ottanio” has the same kind of pizzaz, especially with its quilted material, metallic hardware and beautiful blue/greenish color (it comes in grey, too.)

Last, but not least, the holiday’s are upon us and having a purse to carry along for a special night is a must-have for every fashionista. I collect clutches, but more importantly, I collect ones that go with just about anything and the “Stella Black” is the perfect example. I love its effortlessly chic appearance.

Venice is where Elizabetta’s inspiration comes from and 73 is the year she was born and the number of the Atelier (workshop) where she studied fine art. Voila! V73 was created and I love everything about it and that’s why it’s one of my favorite things.

Where:

V73 is located in the Miami Design District and believe-you-me, it’s not just a store, it’s an experience! The picturesque boutique is snuggled into the first level of a charming house, draped with vibrant greenery. The inside is warm, relaxing and feels like you’re in someone’s living room (someone with really good taste.)

Everything has a V73 flare to it: the chandelier, furniture, even the art. I’ve never been to Venice, but I’m pretty sure this is a taste of its sophistication and elegance. The best part? Each purse is lined up against illuminated walls (think a spotlight on each purse) displaying their textures, materials, colors and sizes.

Parking isn’t a problem; next to the house there’s a nice lot with assigned spaces. Also, the store is just a hop, skip and a jump away from one of my favorite lunch spots in Miami, Mandolin Aegean Bistro. Make a day of it; you won’t regret it. Happy Shopping!

When:

Monday-Friday 10am-6pm, Saturday 11am-5pm

E-shop: www.v73.us
Twitter: @V73Official
Instagram: @v73official FB: @V73

Be sure what you want and be sure about yourself. Fashion is not just beauty, it’s about good attitude. You have to believe in yourself and be strong.Adriana Lima

Photographer: James Woodley
Hair/MUA: Odett Hernandez
Stylist: Jackie Kay

Wardrobe: @HotMiamiStyles www.HotMiamiStyles.com
Scarf: @CarlosMarrero (Marrero Collection)
Shoes: @irregularchoice & @prada

All purses are by V73 and pictured in the following order: Selva-Parrot, Ducale-XxsRed Pepper, Peggy-Ottanio and Stella-Black. Prices available upon request.

Shireen’s Spotlight: Oak Tavern

Oak Tavern
What: Oak Tavern, 35 NE 40th Street, Miami, FL 33137

Why: There’s just something about the Oak Tavern that makes me feel warm and fuzzy all over. It’s intimate, yet spacious; hip, yet doesn’t try too hard. What’s more, it’s the kind of place that makes me wanna get together with my closest friends and eat, drink and laugh the night away. It’s named after the “majestic transplanted giant oak tree” snuggled into its splendid outdoor patio.

The bar is big and welcoming and home to a killer Happy Hour with drink and snack specials. Off to the side, there’s a huge communal table and a-just-the-right-kind-of-size dining room beyond that. Almost everything inside is reclaimed wood; I especially like their whimsical wooden lamps that appear to be trees with lamp shade tops.The food is “Modern American” and easy to share.

When I dined there last week I tried the following: Crab Toast, Grouper Ceviche, Charcuterie Plate, Octopus A La Plancha and Heirloom Tomato Salad (all pictured in the blog.) The tomato salad and octopus were my favorite. Matter of fact, I’m still dreaming about those big, beautiful, juicy tomatoes and may have to go back to the scene of the crime. I’m pretty sure I demolished the plate single-handedly. The highlight was washing it all down with “The Green Mile” (made with gin, cucumber puree, Serrano pepper, cilantro and lime.) I left happy and ready to head back for more.

Where: It’s located in one of my favorite places in Miami: the uber trendy and chic Design District. It’s a sweet little lay-out, too. You walk right under a beautiful brick archway to enter “The Tavern,” which leads into a sprawling garden/patio area that blends right into the restaurant itself.

When you walk in, the vibe immediately engulfs you with warm lighting, a lovely art mural and a kicked-back, hipster energy; you feel like you’ve found a hidden hot spot. There’s a valet in front of the restaurant, but I always manage to find street parking. I like to stretch my legs and walk a few blocks, so I can enjoy the booming business landscape and the always interesting art murals the district has to offer.

When: Oak Tavern is open for lunch, happy hour, brunch & dinner! My kind of place.

Lunch: Monday-Thursday 12pm-4pm
Happy Hour: Everyday 4pm-7pm
Brunch: Saturday 11am-3pm, Sunday 11am-4pm
Dinner: Monday-Thurs 6pm-10:30pm, Friday-Sat 6pm-12am, Sunday 6pm-9:30pm

Reservations: Make reservations on-line or call 786-391-1818.
www.oaktavernmiami.com
IG: @oaktavernmiami
Twitter: @OakTavernMiami
FB: Oak Tavern

“I may not have gone where I intended to go, but I think I have ended up where I needed to be.” Douglas Adams

Editor: Matthew Auerbach
Photo: t4two photography
Producer: Jessie Rosario
Writer: Shireen Sandoval

Shireen’s Spotlight: Poltrona Frau Miami

Shireen's Spotlight: Poltrona Frau Miami

Shireen's Spotlight: Poltrona Frau Miami

What: Poltrona Frau Miami, 3800 NE Miami Court, Miami Design District, FL. 33137

Why: Being a fashionista isn’t just about wearing stylish clothing, it’s also about creating a stylish environment. I just adore being at home surrounded by all the beautiful things that I cherish.

When it comes to fashion forward furniture, Poltrona Frau Miami is one of the best in the business. It’s all about Italian luxury, class and uniqueness. Whether it’s a Pucci-inspired chair, a Louis Vuitton-like supple leather couch or a decadent vase with jewelry to match, this place has got it all.

When I first walked into the uber-chic space, I was hypnotized by its elegance, but more importantly, it reminded me of a lesson I learned long ago when I first started furnishing my home. My mother used to always say: “Never buy your furniture all at once. Instead, buy each piece separately and look for things that are special, unique and personality-driven.” That’s what I love about Poltrona Frau Miami; it allows you to do just that.

The Peacock green armchair I’m sitting in (pictured in the blog,) is constructed out of crumpled sheets of felt. Its curves are fanciful, feminine and fetching. It’s perfect for a glamorous powder room or to add pizzaz to a regal sitting area. The grey Wanders’ Tulip armchair (pictured in the blog) is fabulously feisty and would spice up the corner of a spacious bedroom or add dimension to a small, urban-style living room (both chairs are by Cappellini.)

Where: The expansive store is easy to access right off 38th Street (one of the main roads) in the Miami Design District. There’s plenty of room to park, too. Just make sure you give yourself ample time when shopping, because the big, airy, sleek two-story loft layout is chock-full of fabulous furniture finds.

When: Monday-Friday 10:00am – 6:00pm, Saturday 11:00am – 5:00pm

305-576-3636
www.poltronafraumiami.net
IG: @poltronafraumiami
Twitter: @poltronafraumia
FB: Poltrona Frau Group Miami

“Style is primarily a matter of instinct.” Bill Blass