— Dara Michelle – Style, Elegance, Fashion, Passion

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 This week we said goodbye to one of the world’s most legendary fashion designers, Oscar de la Renta.  He spent half a century putting high society in haute couture. Among them – every first lady since Jacqueline Kennedy and Hollywood starlets Amy Adams, Sara Jessica Parker and Jessica Alba (to name a few) and, most recently, George Clooney’s bride Amal Alamuddin.

“The fashion business says goodbye to a mentor, a legend & an icon,” designer Kenneth Cole tweeted Monday night. “He defined a standard we can only aspire to.”

Today we remember how he lived- by making women feel beautiful in wearable art. Take a look at my favorite Oscar de la Renta pieces as we pay tribute to Oscar.
xoxo Dara Michelle

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     So when a fashion stylist has her styled images published in a magazine, including the sought after COVER, let’s just say it’s pretty f&*$ing awesome! (Don’t you just love cursing when the kids are at school)!? Well that’s just what happened when photographer Anais Benoudiz, make-up artist Charlie Dorsett, and the gorgeous model Alicia Barnett and I got together.  As far as the creative direction of the shoot- I was given one word to work with: Ethereal!  Hope you enjoy the images as much as we had creating them!

xoxo,

Dara Michelle 

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     Although it’s officially fall (in most parts of the country) and Starbuck’s Pumpkin Spice Lattes are in full affect for us Miami people, however, our “fall” would be more apropos labeled (for lack of a better term) Summer Part II.  So, what does this mean as far as fashion is concerned?  Well first off- you’ll still have to shave your legs daily because one never knows when life may call for a bikini!!! #miamigirlproblems (I know I’m not alone by admitting that once upon a time in NYC come fall my razor and legs would see each other a lot less- there I said it! I feel so much better now!!!)

     Truth- I actually keep a bikini in my car at all times because you never know when you’ll have a “window” for a mini-vacation (defined as-  sun, not hearing the word MOM for a consecutive 30 minutes or more, and an Us Weekly pool/beach side before it’s time for carpool).  Don’t tell anyone but, sometimes, I even close my eyes and pretend I’m in St. Barts in Mara Hoffman swim sipping the yummiest champagne garnished with strawberries!!! But then, my iPhone alarm rings promptly at 2:30 and I “wake up”  with just enough time to throw on my clothes and retrieve the princesses from school.  Then, we are off to gymnastics or tennis or soccer or dance and then homework, dinner, bath, and then, finally, story and cuddles. Can you say EX-HAUSTED?! These days I have to take what I can get (even it means going on a 45 minute vacation in my mind)!  What else do these not so fall days in Miami mean for us fashionistas!?  That we still get to rock our favorite pieces from spring/summer, obviously! Hence the title of today’s post: Flowers for fall!! Check out how I wore my favorite floral top in the middle of October! #onlyinmiami

xoxo,
Dara Michelle

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What I Wore:

Top: Ibella V

Jeans: Genetic Denim

Shoes: Manolo Blahnik

Hand Bag: Louis Vuitton

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