Fit & Flare

Fit & Flare

Fit & Flare

Fit & Flare

Fit & Flare

Fit & Flare

Fit & Flare

Fit & Flare

Fit & Flare

Fit & Flare

Fit & Flare

Fit & Flare

What:

New spring silhouettes by Herve Leger inside BCBG on South Beach.

Why:

Who doesn’t love a good bandage dress?

After my blog, “Herve for the Holidays” — I’m a total convert. For me, it’s not only a wardrobe staple, they’re also perfect for special occasions when I really want that fashion WOW factor. And…

Just when you think the brand’s body-conscious luxury stylings couldn’t get any better; for spring, they’re introducing new silhouettes best described as “Fit & Flare.”

I adore dresses with a healthy dose of femininity, mainly because I love material that moves. It’s classy, romantic and leaves something to the imagination.

Herve’s spring line does that and more with intoxicating new colors, interesting caged cut-out sleeves and longer, luxurious hemlines.

One of my favorite dresses of the season is Herve’s take on the ever-so-popular (but not always done correctly) off-the-shoulder, bohemian-inspired style (which is the blue dress pictured in the blog.) Its laid-back sophistication, with just the right amount of sex appeal, is sheer perfection.

Spring in Miami always means we’re just around the corner from our blistering hot summer days, so relishing our perfect weather for the time being is important (and fashionably necessary.)

As Easter quickly approaches, whether it’s brunch, a leisurely lunch or date time with that special someone, “Fit & Flare” is a fabulous way to breath new life into your wardrobe and that’s why it’s one of my favorite things.

Where:

Herve Leger inside BCBG South Beach
Lincoln Road Mall
744 Lincoln Road
Miami, Florida 33139

(On the corner of Lincoln and Meridian.)

When:

Monday-Wednesday: 10am-10pm
Thursday-Saturday: 10am-12am
Sunday: 11am-11pm

Be Social:
IG:@bcbgsouthbeach
Twitter: @HerveLeger

www.herveleger.com & www.bcbg.com

Easter is the only time when it’s perfectly safe to put all your eggs in one basket.Evan Esar
Photographer: James Woodley Photography
Dresses, accessories & shoes: Herve Leger inside BCBG South Beach
Styling: Jackie Kay & Marina
Hair & Make-up: Odett Hernandez
Digital Editor: Jessie Neft-Swinger
Editor: Matthew “Ever-So-Popular” Auerbach

Shireen’s Spotlight: Olla

Shireen’s Spotlight: Olla

Shireen’s Spotlight: Olla

Shireen’s Spotlight: Olla

Shireen’s Spotlight: Olla

Shireen’s Spotlight: Olla

Shireen’s Spotlight: Olla

What:

A fun Friday night eating Mexican food at Olla on Lincoln Road.

Why:

I’m pretty serious about three things in life: fashion, film and Mexican food. And since this is my food blog…

I’m a beast when it comes to anything south of the border (I’m a New Mexico girl, after all.) If salsa and chips are in front of me, I’m useless until I’ve devoured every last bite. Hmmm…

So, imagine my delight when I was invited to “Olla Miami” to drink & eat all things Mexican. The new South Beach eatery is brimming with personality: it’s chic, industrial and moody. Perfect for my kind of palate.

BTW, in Spanish, “Olla” means “cooking pot” and sharing a pot/plate of food is the restaurant’s concept (think tapas.) Believe you me — if you go hungry, you’ll definitely leave happy.

Per usual, I started Spotlight with three signature drinks: “Passionista” (spicy & strong,) “Oaxaca Burro” (served in a mini-earthen pot) and “Pinche Flor” (refreshing & gingery.) Each drink was unique and packed its own kind of punch.

The “Passionista,” which is tequila-based and made with chile liqueur, was my absolute favorite (ingredients include: avion blanco, lime juice, ancho reyes, passion fruit and citronge.) Having just one of these creative cocktails was next to impossible. Round two, anyone?

As soon as I sat down, the freshest of guac with four yummy salsas/sauces arrived at the table. I’m proud of myself for exercising will power. Instead of annihilating, I nibbled; saving room for every daring dish created by Chef Scott Linquist (yes, of Coyo Taco fame.) The guy has major food game and I wanted to play.

I started with perfectly petite bites of “Erizo” (made with sea urchin, blue corn tostadita, asiento avocado, chile de arbol and pickled red onion.) It was smooth, sophisticated and unusual.

Oh hello, flavor-filled pots…

The corn truffles and wild mushrooms in queso fresco, called “Huitlacoche,” was rich and savory, but my love affair with the “Fideos Seco,” a.k.a Mexican Pasta, was unadulterated (with toasted garlic, chipotle tomato sauce and mexican style cheeses.) If you like pork and beans, “Charros” (made with cowboy beans, pork belly, pork cheek, smokey chilis and roasted tomatoes,) was succulent and zesty.

I tasted three main dishes…

The “Huarache” (cured skirt steak) was extremely tender; bursting with flavor. I’ve always been apprehensive to taste cuttlefish, but I went for it with the “Sepia” bowl (made with cuttlefish, Spanish onions, peppers and chimichurri.) It reminded me of calamari, which I happen to like. I especially enjoyed its texture and the bowl’s mix of flavors.

Last but not least, I devoured the “Coloradito” (duck breast, duck carnitas, sour cherry salsita, roasted peanuts and a fruity nutty red mole.) This dish was EVERYTHING! My favorite of the night. It was flavorful and that mole sauce? I had to force myself not to lick the plate.

Shockingly, I did have room for dessert.

With that being said, I enjoyed a bowl of “Churros” (smothered in ice cream, topped with whipped cream and drizzled in chocolate and caramel sauce.) Yes, it’s as good it looks. Actually, better.

I’ve spent many Miami nights wondering where to get great Mexican food in the Magic City. Wonder no more!

Whether you’re brunching, lunching or weekend dinner-ing, “Olla Miami” is more than just a fabulous fiesta, it’s a first-class dining experience filled with all kinds of spicy deliciousness and that’s why it’s one of my favorite things.

When:

Monday-Thursday: 11:30-4pm, 5-11pm
Friday: 11:30am-4pm, 5pm-12am
Saturday: 11:30am-12am
Sunday: 11:30am-8pm

Where:

Olla Miami is located on the west end of Lincoln Road, where chain restaurants and cookie-cutter stores have yet to infiltrate. It’s on the north side of the street. Your best bet is to park in the lot behind the restaurant or if you prefer a garage, there are two easily accessible on Alton.

Olla
1233 Lincoln Road
Miami Beach, Florida 33139

Reservations: 786-717-5400

Instagram: @ollamiami
Twitter: @OllaMiami
FB: Olla Miami
www.ollamiami.com/

Mexican food is so full of color, life and music. It’s like a piñata exploding in your mouth.Kate McLennan
Photography: Life In A Flash (IG: life_in_a_flash)
Photo editing: James Woodley
Styling: Jackie Kay
Wardrobe: @bcbgsouthbeach
Evening Purse: @ximenakavalekas
Grooming: Odett Hernandez
Digital Editor: Jessie Neft-Swinger
Editor: Matthew “Cooking Pot” Auerbach

Vegan Leather

Vegan Leather

Vegan Leather

Vegan Leather

Vegan Leather

Vegan Leather

Vegan Leather

Vegan Leather

What:

Spicing up your fall wardrobe with Vegan Leather from BCBG on Lincoln Road, South Beach.

Why:

Fall, how I love thee; let me count the ways: Vogue’s September Issue, Starbuck’s Pumpkin Spice Lattes, distressed ankle booties, worn-in jean jackets, New York Fashion Week and all of my fellow fashionistas who post autumn-inspired styles on Instagram…

Sadly, I can only enjoy these cool weather trappings in the comfort of my own home, with the air-conditioner on full blast! I’m not kidding, either; I keep my place a crisp 69 degrees. I weep when the electric bill comes, but I wouldn’t have it any other way. My fellow Magic City fashionistas know exactly what I’m talking about…

As soon you step outside (into the searing heat and humidity,) FALL tends to be the last thing on your mind. In other words, forget about anything snuggly-wuggly, I’d just rip it off to avoid breaking out into a full sweat. With that being said, it’s always a bit tricky finding fall fashions that are befitting of South Florida’s tropical weather.

That’s why I jumped at the chance to work with BCBG on Lincoln Road, especially since they suggested “Vegan Leather” (perfect for our fall weather.) Not only are we living in a time when people want to know what they’re putting inside their bodies, but they also wanna know what they’re putting on them, too.

“Vegan Leather” contains no animal by-products and is usually made with cork or kelp-based materials. It’s pliable, breathable and less expensive than the real thing. BCBG’s vegan pieces are easy to mix and match, too. I especially love their rich jewel tones that easily suggest a change in season, without layers upon layers of material. Besides the great vegan dresses, jackets, tanks, shirts and skirts…

They also have fabulous accessories and a killer selection of open-toed booties (to help save a girl’s feet from the heat!) If that weren’t enough, have you seen BCBG’s South Beach store? It’s awe-inspiring; brimming with the bold and the beautiful of all things fashionable. Even though there are a few more months before Florida feels a slight chill in the air, “Vegan Leather” can easily get you started on your tropical fall wardrobe and that’s why it’s one of my favorite things.

When:

Monday-Wednesday 10am-10pm, Thursday-Saturday 10am-12am & Sunday 11am-11pm.

Where:

Lincoln Road Mall, 744 Lincoln Road, Miami Florida 33139

IG: @bcbgsouthbeach
www.bcbg.com

Autumn, the year’s last, loveliest smile.William Cullen Bryant

James Woodley Photography
Styling by Jackie Kay
(All Vegan Leather wardrobe & accessories provided by BCBG, South Beach)
Grooming: Odett Hernandez
Digital Editor: Jessie Neft-Swinger
Editor: Matthew “Snuggly-Wuggly” Auerbach

special thanks to Marina of BCBG