— Dara Michelle – Style, Elegance, Fashion, Passion

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With Miami Fashion Week 2013 officially coming to a close I take a minute to let it ALL sink in…


Hope you enjoy the pictures from my favorite moments including what I wore throughout the week!!!


xoxo Dara Michelle

 

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What I wore….
For the last day of shows at The Raleigh!!!
Floral pattern silk shorts and button down by Haute Hippie, (no bra), vintage Chanel gold chain belt, Louis Vuitton Clutch in nude patten leather, Forever 21 head piece (chosen by my 3 year old), and Candy Yum Yum lipstick by MAC.

The line up: July 22

6PM

SAUVAGE, ZINGARA SWIMWEARNAÏLA at CABAÑA GRANDE

7PM

6 SHORE ROAD at OASIS

8PM

A.CHÉ SWIMWEARAGUACLARA SWIMWEARAQUARELLACAITLIN KELLY at CABAÑA GRANDE

9PM

MINIMALE ANIMALE at OASIS

10PM

ANNA KOSTUROVABEACH RIOTINDAHLOLLI SWIMMANGLAR at CABAÑA GRANDE

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What I wore…
For the Escape Miami event at the Sagamore!!!
White tank by Free People, neon skirt by English Rose, Lola James bangles, vintage necklace, Sea Scape sunnies, Chanel bag in nude, beach ball by Target.

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Backstage craziness!!! A make-up artist’s dream with tons of options, from Smashbox, at their fingertips!!!

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Holy Press!!! What awaits the models at the end of the runway !!!

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I mean seriously?! Not sure what’s more gorgeous this model or this electric blue, one shoulder

swimsuit by Aquarella !!!

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Loving this hot pink tribal inspired bandou top with full skirt by AGUACLARA!!!  Such a fun silohette!!!

 

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Love me some Betsy Johnson!!! Dying from these models who completed their swimsuit looks (in a way only Besty Johnson could) with Crayola colored wigs and princess tiaras !!!
What I wore….
To the Betsy Johnson event on the rooftop of The Betsy Hotel!!!
A bright floral mirrored print dress by Clover Canyon, Snob lipstick by MAC, and Louis Vuitton clutch. Wanting the dress to be the main statement I kept the accessories light with simple diamond studs and diamond solitaire necklace by Elsa Peretti.

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Having the best time trying-on (obviously) these sunnies from Italia Independent. And in case you were wondering, yes these rims are velvet!!!

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What I wore…
To the first night of shows at The Raleigh!!!
Black crop-top and neon green skirt by ASTR.  Lola James bangles, and black “mini” Chanel bag. For makeup I kept my eyes smokey with a nude lip.
The line up: July 19

6PM

AGUA BENDITA at CABAÑA GRANDE

7PM

POKO PANO at OASIS

8PM

DOLORES CORTÉS at CABAÑA GRANDE
9PM

SUBOO at OASIS

10PM

BEACH BUNNY PRESENTED BY VEET at CABAÑA GRANDE
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Photo “op” with fellow Miami fashion blogger Annie Vazquez of The Fashion Poet!  Besides being a fashionista, this girl is such a sweetheart (the best accessory ever)!!!

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Backstage with models getting hair styled with Keratin Complex products!

 

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Getting runway ready with “just off the beach” makeup by Smashbox!!!


Having a ball at Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Swim!!!

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So I was enjoying my soy latte (my drink of choice because the soy milk is naturally sweet therefore no yucky chemicals or artificial sweeteners are needed) waiting for my yoga class to begin when my yoga teacher Javier Wilensky sat down and joined me.  Since we had some time before class and my laptop was up and running (obviously), what’s a fashion blogger to do but show their yoga teacher their latest NBC segment on closet revamping!!!  What happened next??? Leave it to a yogi to take a fashion segment and turn it in to a metaphor for life.   He spoke about how truly paramount this segment was and the deeper meaning and valuable lesson behind it.   “If you let go of things that don’t serve you and no longer make you feel good and bring love and light into your life than you open up space and make room for new light to enter your life.” An extra bonus, donating these items can give “light” to someone else which, in turn, can give you “light.”  So, if you’ve been reluctant to turn inward and begin the “cleaning out” process know that only good things will come from it! Promise!!!  And who knows that “new light” may come in the form of a designer handbag from your “need it” list!!!

With Love and Light,
xoxo Dara Michelle

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My favorite way to wear a ponytail this season (and no it’s not because of my little girls who insist on wearing them everyday or maybe it is) is tied in a bow!  Think 1950s-esqu but now in a fresh new way.   And no you don’t need to be in a tea length poodle skirt, a sweater set, and pearls to pull this look off.  I actually love the idea of mixing this classic hairstyle with the unexpected.  Try it with black leather skinnies, a white t-shirt, and smudgy eyeliner giving this elegant style a hip edge. Check out my favorite 1950s inspired ponytails below and remember, big girls can wear bows too!!!

xoxo Dara Michelle

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No longer reserved for high school babysitters or anyone who plays sports the ponytail has recently popped up in more runway-worthy (Alexander Wang, Donna Karan) and red-carpet (Nicole Richie, Blake Lively) contexts.  What I love most about this hairstyle?  Is how you can wear it to the gym then later that evening to a five-star restaurant with your hubby.  All you’ll have to do is change your makeup (to a more night look) and outfit (obviously), throw on some perfume, and you ‘re out the door in 15 minutes!!!  These days the only thing that takes 15 minutes are for my kids to completely turn my perfectly, organized and immaculate home (while they are in camp that is) UPSIDE DOWN.  With no way to mess this look up, every woman can make a stylish ponytail without the help of a hairdresser.  “Done” hairstyles are so 1980s, thank goodness, because who has time for perfection when there’s shopping to be done, the kids to feed and the beach to walk on?  Check out my favorite ponytail looks below!!!

xoxo Dara Michelle

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Every makeup artist I have ever spoken to says eyebrows are the most important facial feature. Eyebrows serve as the perfect frame for the rest of your face. The importance of your brows on the outcome of your overall look is truly paramount.  So how do we get the most out of these hairy things above our eyes??? Well, shaping them of course!!! You really don’t realize just how important your eyebrows are until you get them shaped.  A perfectly groomed eyebrow can make your entire face look lifted, more youthful, and perfectly in proportion.   My go-to for the perfect eyebrow fix?   Laura Webb at the Anastasia counter in Nordstrom at the Aventura Mall.   She is no joke when it comes to eyebrow shaping.
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Check out my interview with her below and how to enter for a chance to win a free Anastasia eyebrow service.

What are the brow trends this season?
-Brows trends this season are focused on full and bold. Keeping a natural shape with a soft arch and using brow powder to accentuate your shape is highly recommended.

What’s the first thing you look for when assessing a client’s brows?
-The first thing we look at when assessing a client’s brow is their fullness. If the brow has had previous shaping that caused holes, unevenness, or thinness of the brow we point that out before the initial service. We go over the brow with the client every service visit to see how shape is progressing. We want your natural fullness and shape to grow in so we can perfect your eyebrows.

What is the rule of thumb for shaping a client’s brows?
-The rule of thumb when shaping a clients brow is to make sure you measure the starting, arching, and ending point of the brow before you begin your shaping. This will allow the brow specialist to make sure that the brows are symmetrical.

How would a client maintain their brow shape during appointments?
-In between appointments, we usually recommend the client not worry about their brows. Especially if growing them out from a previous over tweezing or waxing of the shape. If necessary, tweezing the hairs along the brow bone can be done to give a cleaner look until ready for your next appointment.

Why are shaping brows important?
-The eyebrow is the frame of the face. If we do not shape it can look overgrown and messy. The shaping allows us to give you a natural eyelift and to frame the face with beautiful looking brows. A fuller brow is a younger brow, so it is important to not over do the tweezing and waxing.

Dying to see what all the fuss is about? It’s giveaway time!

Here’s how to enter:
1. Have your friends “like” my Facebook page.
2. On my page, in comments, write the name of your friend who liked my page and both of you will be entered to win.
3. The more friends you have “like” my page the greater your chances of winning!
What’s up for grabs?! Two free brow services from Anastasia at the Aventura location.  Winners will be announced on Thursday, July 11th.

Once you shape your brows you’ll never go back! Promise!!!

xoxo Dara Michelle

Curious? Check out this behind the scenes look of a full eyebrow service by Anastasia Brows. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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