— Dara Michelle – Style, Elegance, Fashion, Passion

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November, 2013 Monthly archive

So I’ve always had this connection to my inner hippie wanting to put a halo of daisies in my hair, talk about love, and of course rock some tie-dye while jamming out to The Grateful Dead. But, I’ve also had the same connection to Chanel, Hermes, and Louis Vuitton. What’s a girl to do with an inner conflict such as this!? I’d often wonder, “Would my Louboutins feel welcomed at a Janis Joplin cover band show!? I’m thinking Trish Wescoat Pound was feeling the same way- hence created the über chic, high fashion, yet bohemian infused line (a combination difficult to achieve yet Trich nailed it) appropriately labeled: Haute Hippie!!!  I finally found a fashion house where both parts of my soul could feel complete. The flower child, vogue-reading girl that would love to dance through a field of flowers (in her Giuseppes of course) finally found her happy place!!!  

Last week I had the honor of hosting the Haute Hippie event at Neiman Marcus, Bal Harbor as well as chatting it up with the fabulous Trich Wescoat Pound.  Besides being ridiculously talented she was so kind and easy going (in true hippie form) that by the end of the evening it totally felt like we had been BFF’s forever and ever!!! Although I have to say I died over the entire collection, as in every single piece, my favorites had to be a white tuxedo that screamed Bianca Jagger yet somehow managed to feel extremely current and an intricate beaded white and metallic colored jacket- that I wore for the event!!!  In a way that only Haute Hippie could- the beading on this jacket could rival any haute couture piece straight from Paris fashion week yet somehow rocking it braless, with ripped white Rag & Bone jeans, simple nude Manolos, and of course a gold chain headpiece created the perfect blend of boho chic- the essence of Haute Hippie.  Check out the pics below from this super fab event and know that hippies can be fashionistas too!!!

With Peace, love and happiness
xoxo,
Dara Michelle

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The Lovely Trich Wescoat Pound Creative Director & Designer for Haute Hippie.

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My #ootd (outfit of the day):

What happens when a party dress and ankle boots collide?

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My girl Melissa Mosheim and I at her amazing boutique, MVM Miami!!! I immediately was drawn to this sick Elizabeth and James number I found there.  Of course it had to be styled with vintage emeralds!!! 

Dress: Elizabeth and James

Shoes: Christian Louboutin

Bag: Chanel (my first official mother’s day present from hubby)

Jewelry: vintage emerald bib and ring from C. Madeleine’s

MVM Miami is located in the heart of Wynwood which, locals refer to as the “The Art District”: Miami’s art Mecca and home to over 70 galleries.  This hip shop is the essence of downtown meets uptown with the boutique carrying chic, stylish pieces from women’s labels such as Michael Lauren, Elizabeth and James, and Torn by Ronny Kobo but yet the energy of the surrounding hood creates the perfect combo of industrial/glam –hence the perfect place for my party dress with booties photo shoot!!!

Accessories from C. Madeline’s “One of the fashion wonders of the world” Featuring over 100 years of fashion in 10,000 sq ft of vintage paradise. “Miami’s best kept secret!” – VOGUE

Hope you enjoy my #ootd!

xoxo Dara Michelle

 

 

 

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I don’t usually associate ankle boots with fancy frocks –but thanks to the fashion genius of Giuseppe Zanotti and Saint Laurent (to say the least) I’m beginning to rethink this idea.  Although stilettos will always have a special place in my heart, this season they no longer will be the “go-to” when it comes to choosing shoes for a swanky event.  For next month’s Art Basel (the world’s premier international art show for modern and contemporary works, taking place each December in Miami – hence lots of fabulous events) why not rock a mini dress with some sexy Giuseppe ankle boots hashtag: I Die!!!  It’s about time my 160mm impossible to dance in Loubitins met their match!!!  A longtime signature of the “model-off-duty” wardrobe or the “throw on with a pair of jeans” essential the ankle boot (aka bootie) is quickly gaining ground at both red carpet premieres and fancier fashion events. So why do I love this look so much? Well first, the extra fabric and support that ankle boots provide make them more comfortable than the stiletto and second, the shoes offer a touch of toughness, which in turn gives a dressed-up look a cool edge you wouldn’t otherwise get from a pair of pumps.  Translation for my fellow New Yorkers: Think uptown dress with downtown footwear.  This must-try combo of fancy frocks and ankle boots were present all over fashion week too making them the ultimate fashion accessory this season.  Check out my favorite ankle boot looks below and don’t be surprised if your beloved stilettos collect a little dust this season!  Your feet are going to love you!!!

xoxo,
Dara Michelle

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Traditional red lipstick takes a dark and sexy turn this season. Dark lipstick is the latest ’90s trend to make a resurrection.   In the 90s, this hue was paired with everything (by everything I mean: false lashes, bold cheeks, matte foundation… you name it and some grunge goddess, baby doll wearing, Courtney Love obsessed fan tried it)!!!  Fast-forward to the present and, dark lips get updated by keeping the rest of the face healthy looking with minimal/natural make-up. This modern take on a 90’s favorite was seen all over New York’s fashion week from Vera Wang’s Goth Bordeaux to Zac Posen’s velvety wine lips by MAC.  Plenty of stunning celebs of every skin tone, from Beyoncé to Kate Bosworth, have swapped out their signature red lipsticks for deep burgundy and nearly black shades too!  I know, I know you’re probably thinking, “So this bold lip can turn heads at glam events and catwalks but how is the everyday women suppose to take part in this dramatic trend?”  The answer:  Think of it as a red lip-  there’s always a time and a place… and an outfit (obviously)!!!  But definitely give it a go (my next-door neighbor is British and I love this expression of hers)!  Still not sure?  Well if you’re comfortable wearing vamp nail polish, think of it as the make-up equivalent.  When applied well and maintained (warning: this is not your typical throw on at a red light while your texting, answering emails, talking on the phone, and drinking coffee type lipstick… you could wind up looking like a hot mess), dark lipstick can look elegant, badass, and unapologetically sexy!!! Check out my favorite looks below!!!

xoxo,
Dara Michelle 

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I’m a die-hard Louboutin fan like the next girl; obsessed with shoes and have always lived by the rule the higher the better!  True story: One of my best friends, who lived by the same creed, lost feeling in her pinkie toe permanently as a sacrifice of sorts for hot, high shoes!  I actually asked her the other day if given the opportunity would she have done things differently her answer: Absolutely not!!!  It wasn’t until last month one night at LIV, a super hot night club in Miami, (yes believe it or not this mommy of two still appreciates a dancing on tables kind of night) where my feet were in agony so I had no choice but to part from my 160mm Louboutins and although my shoes were safely hidden in a drawer under the table, I was a little disappointed that my gorgeous shoes had to remain under wraps for the duration of the night.  I mean what’s the point of having over-the-top, glamorous kicks if you can’t even share their beauty with the world.  Furthermore, my totally chic ensemble had now been altered since it now lacked shoes.  That’s like eating plain vanilla ice-cream without any toppings (boring) and besides, dancing barefoot just doesn’t feel as sexy. 

Maybe I’ve become a feminist in my old age but that’s when I decided that this rule (the higher the shoes the better) needed a serious amendment!!!  I decided that “going out” shoes must be placed into two categories.  There would be dinner shoes  (This is where my 160mm Louboutins would live) defined by shoes that you wear to simply walk through a restaurant, to your table, and then thankfully sit down admiring their beauty from your cushy seat.  After dinner you walk back through the restaurant, into your car (which was valeted), and return home period.  Then there are dinner and dancing shoes.  Defined by shoes that are just as sexy yet must be COMFOTABLE enough to dance in all night.  Every girl must own both.  Your feet will thank you!  If only I would have thought of this in college my best friend may still have feeling in her littlest toe.  Let’s not sacrifice any more tootsies for the sake of hot shoes.  Check out some of my favorite gorgeous yet comfy shoes, and some tips on what to look for when searching for that dancing shoe below!!!
xoxo,
Dara Michelle

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Be comfy in your shoes so you can dance all night!!!

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Styles with a slight platform tend to be more comfortable as they minimize the angle and pressure on the ball of the foot making these Jimmy Choos a staple in every girl’s closet!

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The slightly rounded tip on these sparkly Kate Spade dreams
provide extra room for your tooties making them extra comfortable!

 

 

By enclosing the instep these booties have an added benefit of preventing the feet from sliding forward which can be very painful.  Another added bonus the chic lace detail!

By enclosing the instep these booties have an added benefit of preventing the feet from sliding forward. Another added bonus: The chic lace detail!

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With the heel height of approximately 2 1/2 inches, adjustable straps, and leather lining these Valentino “Rockstud” pumps are equal parts glamor and comfort!!!

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