The Return of the 70’s-inspired Clog

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What:

Swedish Clogs by MIA Shoes

Why:

I love me a good clog for two reasons: my mother was a hippie and always sported a pair with sexy cut-off shorts or funky bell bottoms, making me fall in love with their easy, breezy style. What’s more, I’m of Scandinavian decent (on my mother’s side,) where clogs aren’t just fashionable; wearing them is a way of life. So, I guess you could say my love of clogs is “in the jeans,” but they go with way more than just that…

Just ask the stylish crew over at “MIA Shoes.” The company is nailing the trend (yet again,) by bringing back its original 70’s-inspired Swedish Clog that originally made them famous. The beautifully crafted, Italian leather shoe (made of alder-wood to accommodate the foot for a great fit) is cool, comfortable and classy. They come in a variety of different colors and styles, perfect for any fashionista’s wardrobe.

Expressing the clog trend for “Shireen’s Favorite Things” was fun and funky with fashions and accessories from one of my favorite on-line stores, “Haute Glam Boutique.” Showcasing the versatility of the shoes was simple by pairing them with a variety of looks: a feminine sundress, funky wide-legged leopard pants and two eye-popping rompers. For me, it was all about channeling those hot outfits my mom wore so effortlessly all those years ago.

The SurfComber on South Beach was the perfect backdrop for “The Return of the 70’s-inspired Clog,” with its fabulous lobby, which is this great mix of art and furniture; evoking a hippie-slash-bohemian vibe. The clog trend isn’t just stylish, it’s so darn comfy you’ll never want to take them off and that’s why they’re one of my favorite things.

Where:

You can find “MIA Shoes” on Twitter & Instagram: @shop_miashoes or shop the blog looks on-line at www.miashoes.com.

When:

I love sporting the clog trend on the weekend when I’m just lounging around or when I’m out to lunch/brunch, but still keeping things fashionable. Also, over the last three weeks I’ve been hobbling around on crutches after knee surgery and the Swedish Clog has been my go-to shoe! Clogs and crutches? Bring it on, baby!

The flat sound of my wooden clogs on the cobblestones, deep, hollow, and powerful, is the note I seek in my painting.John Paul Gauguin
Editor: Matthew Auerbach
Photographer: James Woodley
Producer: Shireen Sandoval
On-site Producer: Jessie Rosario
Stylist: Jackie Kay Mua/Hair: Odett Hernandez
Wardrobe provided by: www.HauteGlamBoutique.com
Shot on location: www.surfcomber.com

Wrapped & Bagged

Wrapped & Bagged

Wrapped & Bagged

Wrapped & Bagged

Wrapped & Bagged

Wrapped & Bagged

Wrapped & Bagged

Wrapped & Bagged

Wrapped & Bagged

Wrapped & Bagged

As a young boy, designer Carlos Marrero was obsessed with clothing patterns; more specifically, the beautiful images of fashion-forward women on their packaging. His grandmother (who helped raise him because his mother was a single, working parent) loved sewing designs from the likes of McCall’s and Butterick’s.

By doing so, she unlocked his artistic imagination without even knowing it. After she would finish a pattern, or at least take it from its packaging, Carlos would study the drawings and practice replicating them over and over again. He laughs wholeheartedly when he relays the story to me at Circa 39 Hotel on Miami Beach, where I interviewed him and shot fashion photos for the blog.

“Try being a boy growing up in Puerto Rico drawing women from patterns,” he told me, coyly. Carlos doesn’t just have a great sense of humor about it, he’s beyond modest when it comes to relaying just how successful he’s become as a fashion illustrator. After honing his skills when he was young, then going on to art school in Chicago and hustling his way into the office of a major fashion magazine (to fill in for someone who had cancelled at the last minute,) he finally got his big break.

Over the next 25 years, he would draw, sketch and create images for some of the most powerful fashion magazines in the world: Glamour, Cosmopolitan, Latina and Vogue. Over the last few years, though, Carlos has gone through a major transformation, recreating and re-branding himself, especially as the magazine world has fallen into a hushed corner due to the social media revolution.

Part of that transformation is called the “Marrero Collection,” an affordable accessory line featuring beautiful boho scarves and glamorous black and white purses. Each item is adorned with one of Carlos’ famous sketches; a fetching fashion lady, whimsical shoes, pretty purses, fabulous flowers, a lucky white elephant, tropical turtles or a tempting tigress.

As a fashionista who’s been hoarding scarves for years, I’m in love with his neckerchiefs (a smaller scarf, easily wrapped around your hair or neck.) When I confess this to Carlos, he laughs and says: “You gotta love a good purse lift, too.” When I look at him perplexed, he explains…

Read the rest of the blog at www.WSVN.com or shop the looks with the links below.

Scarves & bags www.marrerocollection.com
Twitter: https://twitter.com/camarrero
Instagram: https://instagram.com/camarrero/
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/camarrero

Wardrobe & jewelry www.HauteGlamBoutique.com
Twitter: @HauteGlamBtq
Instagram: @HauteGlamBoutique
Facebook: Haute Glam Boutique

Special thanks: Circa 39 (Tanja Morariu)
www.circa39.com
Twitter: @PalmsCircaMIA
FB: Circa 39 Hotel, Miami Beach

Twitter: @ShireenSandoval
IG: @ShireenSandoval
ssandoval@wsvn.com
www.shireensandoval.com

Photographer: James Woodley
Twitter: @BritFloridian
IG: @BritFloridian
www.James-Woodley.com

Styling & Assist: Jackie Kay
blog ideas: Jackiekay211@yahoo.com

Hair & MUA: Tabitha Rey
IG: @makeupbytabs
makeupbytabs@yahoo.com

Editor: Matthew Auerbach
MattAuerbach@yahoo.com

The Hightower Effect

The Hightower Effect

The Hightower Effect

The Hightower Effect

The Hightower Effect

The Hightower Effect

The Hightower Effect

The Hightower Effect

They say there are no such things as coincidences in life. The day an old man by the name of Pepe fell off the Bal Harbour jetty and I just happened to see him was proof enough for me that saying was true. I was definitely in the right place at the right time. At least, it seemed that way.

For whatever reason, my usual Saturday morning run was delayed by at least three hours: I had overslept, meandered around my apartment tidying up for too long and afterward spent way too much time on social media. I thought I was procrastinating, stalling, feeling uninspired to exercise, but looking back at it now, I’m not so sure.

Finally, when the mood struck or at least when I was about to run out of ME time, (because I was hosting two events for Deco Drive that evening,) I tugged on my sneakers and headed for the walking path behind my condo. I cherished my time sweating it out on the beach. It’s one of the few pleasures in life I get absolutely lost in.

I love the way the ocean sounds, how the wind feels and the air tastes; thick with salt and humidity. When I jog, I listen to my favorite music and let the beat guide me, syncing my breathing and steps together until I eventually find my pace. On this particular day, though, I ran with such strength and determination it actually surprised me. It was as if someone or something was willing me forward, almost carrying me to my destination.

Earlier that morning, I was feeling tired from too much wine the night before. I was a little down because a blog I had been working on fell through. Usually, those things would slow down my running, but they didn’t. Instead, I was quick, light and strong. I ran three miles so effortlessly (from Surfside to Bal Harbour,) I couldn’t help but smile as I neared the jetty. It was a big accomplishment for me.

Before my bout with GBS (Guillain-Barre’ Syndrome) I used to be an avid runner, but battling my illness had left my body so weak and so frail it would take years before I could exercise again. After intense physical therapy, I worked my way up to walking on the path, then a light jog and now this: a spirited run. It was a true milestone that made me extremely proud and genuinely happy.

To celebrate my accomplishment (even though I didn’t have much time,) I allowed myself the privilege of walking to the end of the jetty to enjoy the view and breathe in the fresh sea air. If you’re familiar with the area, you know how exquisite it is. For me, it’s not only one of the most beautiful spots in Miami; it’s one of the most breathtaking views in the world.

It’s where the bay and the ocean merge together and the large concrete pier, known as the jetty, snakes its way out into the water, allowing tourists, locals and seasoned fishermen to take advantage of the surroundings. On the north side of the jetty the ever-changing (usually moody) waves crash endlessly against dozens of dark, heavy rocks. On the south side, the beach is pretty, pristine and dazzles with white sand and crystal blue water. Just before the beach, outlining the entire area, is a thick patch of tall wheat-colored, wild brush. It gives the shoreline a Hamptons-esque kind of feel.

As I blissfully made my way down the concrete path, suddenly (and for no apparent reason,) I grew anxious and worried. Then as if someone whispered a warning in my ear, I stopped to turn around. What happened next seemed to unfold in slow motion. Just as I looked over my right shoulder, an older gentleman, who was standing on the very edge of the south side of the jetty (right by the brush,) started to lose his balance. His body twisted strangely and he fell so unbelievably quick and hard it took my breath away.

Read the rest of the blog at www.wsvn.com or shop the looks from the credits listed below.

Shoes: www.HeatherHightowerMiami.com
Twitter: @HeelzStayHigh
Instagram: @Heather_HightowerMiami
FB: Heather Hightower Miami

Wardrobe and accessories www.HauteGlamBoutique.com
Twitter: @HauteGlamBtq
Instagram: @HauteGlamBoutique
Facebook: Haute Glam Boutique

Twitter: @ShireenSandoval
IG: @ShireenSandoval
ssandoval@wsvn.com
www.shireensandoval.com

Photographer: James Woodley
Twitter: @BritFloridian
IG: @BritFloridian
www.James-Woodley.com

Hair & Make-up: Odette Hernandez
Twitter: @Odettehernandz
IG: @O.D.E.T.T

Styling & Assist: Jackie Kay
Blog ideas: jackie211@yahoo.com

Editor: Matthew Auerbach
MattAuerbach@yahoo.com