— Dara Michelle – Style, Elegance, Fashion, Passion

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Its official swim week 2014 has come to an end.  With too many moments to talk about here’s a look back at just my favorites!!!!

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      My favorite part  about the Wildfox show were the gorgeous head pieces made with real orchids.

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     We Are Handsome swimsuits were reminiscent of a 60s silhouette with a current twist. And you know it’s not a party till someone puts a snake around their neck (cue Brittney’s “I’m a slave for you” MTV music video performance circa 2001)!

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     Beach Bunny Featuring the Blondes did not disappoint with their quintessential bombshell models in swimwear sexy enough to be lingerie. This season the line had futuristic elements with an array of metallic fabrics. 

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The bunny girls rocked the runway with big hair, metallic lids and soft pedal pink lips.

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     My favorite thing about the Mikoh show (besides the opening of hula dancers in their gorgeous black grass skirts) were a series of black leather style swimsuits that were equal parts glam and sexy.

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     The Mara Hoffman show was (and always is) by far my most favorite. The designer never ceases to wow me with her bohemian aesthetic and her colorful graphic prints.  This year’s show was no exception!  Mara’s “graphic, Guatemalan jungle warrior” inspiration, complete with palm leaves as hair accessories was  ah-mazing. 

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Beside the gorgeous swimwear I also loved the white dress and black jumpsuit with rainbow fringe detail.   

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     And guess what!?  This year I actually got to meet Mara backstage!  This chick has such a positive, free spirited energy that she actually makes you want to roll out your yoga mat and get into “Tree” pose right there in the madness that is  backstage at fashion week.  She was so adorable, sweet and I got to pose for a cute photo op, meet her delicious little boy and witness the cutest kissy moment with her and her hubby!!!  Needless to say that night I just died and went to fashion heaven.
 

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     We took a break from the Raleigh and headed a few blocks north to Soho House.  (Yes I still took a taxi- those Louboutins will do it to you every time!) This Lolli swim show at Soho was off the hook with a busy single (sorry I couldn’t help myself).  The designer put such playful spin on her swimwear line and fashion show that the audience was literally dancing in their seats! These girls rocked the runway twirling their hair, holding hands and using produce in place of bikini tops!!! The show ended with two models jumping into the pool!!! (Obviously)

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     For the last day of shows I brought my two favorite girls in the word with me!  Since both typically have more outfit changes before 7am then most people do in an entire week I thought they would totally enjoy it -and enjoy it they did!!! In fact the 4 year old kept asking when it would be her “turn” to walk the runway!!! From faux tattoos, posing on the runway and mingling with Miami’s fashion industry lets just say these girls had a blast, and I had the best time-sharing this moment with them!!!


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Till next year peace out swim 2014!!!
xoxo Dara Michelle

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If you’re 35 + and your boobs (at some point) contained breast milk than this is the swim week guide for you!!!

How to survive Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Swim 2014:

#1  Get your hair done.

#2   Wear hot designer shoes (that your hubby bought you).

#3   Rock a push-up (extra) padded bra (I never leave home without it).

#4   Apply two coats of mascara. (Let the first coat dry and, then, apply a second.)

#5   Bring your hubby to the Ocean Drive Magazine swim week “kick-off” party so he can whisper in your ear how much he loves you and share stories about your little girls amongst the barely 20 something bikini clad models!

 Swim Week 2014 Bring. It. On.

      
     Check out a few pics from Thursday night’s Ocean Drive magazine party at the Delano featuring model Erin Heatherton!

 xoxo Dara Michelle

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With cover model Erin Heatherton

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     White lace is probably the most romantic fabric there is- I mean- in my family alone the past 3 generations of women have said their wedding vows in white lace, haute couture gowns reminiscent of a fairytale- prince included (that is until he forgot to leave the toilet seat down).   So basically I’m obsessed with white lace, and if it were up to me, I’d wear it all day-everyday!!!   For some reason, however, I’ve always placed white lace in the “fancy” category.   Considering, in just a moment’s notice, I could easily find myself at the playground up to my knees in sidewalk chalk, you can imagine that the opportunities to wear my favorite “fancy” white lace pieces are few and far between- sigh.  Well this season, I wasn’t going to let a little playtime at the park come in between my beloved fabric and me. Yup, that’s right, I was finally putting my (Louboutin clad) foot down!!!  Since I could bet that my time at the park wasn’t going to be any less any time soon there was only one thing I could do- and that was- get over my notion of equating white lace with being strictly “fancy”!!!  The best way to do that!? …. Rocking it with some serious distressed, patchwork denim- obviously!!!  The result, ah-mazing!!! Check out my complete “not-so-fancy” white lace look below!!!

xoxo Dara Michelle

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