— Dara Michelle – Style, Elegance, Fashion, Passion

A Look Back

2013 was a big year for me, I finally had a moment (the first in 5 years) where my boobs weren’t lactating, diapers didn’t need changing, my children were in the big leagues (kindergarten and nursery) and “mommy and me” had totally become- been there done that status!  What’s a former fashion lover/fashion stylist, turned mom suppose to do with a few extra hours on her hands!? Start a fashion blog of course! Hence- Dara Michelle Style was born.  I started to write and couldn’t stop. Ultimately the blog became very therapeutic for me, a place where I could be creative, feel inspired and hopefully inspire others. My goal:  To make the world a better place one fashion moment at a time.  Not to say some Chanel could solve all of the world’s problems (although I know a few people that would beg to differ) but it could, at the very least, make you smile more which in turn will make someone else smile which in turn will make you feel happy which in turn will make them feel happy which it turn will make the world overall happier…. See where I’m going with this!!!  Ok, ok I’m totally getting off topic here…

I thought a great way to say good-bye to 2013 and hello to 2014 is to take a look back at my 5 favorite blogging moments.  (Check them out below.)  I also just wanted to take a minute to thank everyone for their love and support and for taking the time to read my blog it truly means so much and I am eternally grateful.  Here’s to an amazing 2014 wishing you and yours a year full of health, happiness, love, and of course some kick-ass major shoes!!!

xoxo,
Dara Michelle 

1. It’s All About Family

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I must confess that although I was always a lover of fashion and my earliest childhood memories all include playing dress-up or have some fashion component to them when I became a mother myself for the first time, I gave up fashion for motherhood basically wearing pajamas for the first three months of my daughter’s life and maybe shaving my legs once. As I got out behind the haze of bottles, diapers, and sleepless nights I started to feel like myself again and it all began with a purchase of a new dress and some Jimmy Choos for our first official date night (baby not included). From that moment I was back!!!  Click to continue reading.

2. A Slutty Halloween

(This post was published in worldredeye.com).

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Over the years, Halloween costumes for women have become progressively more provocative. Even your “G-rated” Sponge Bob has been completely sluttified and now comes with a side of thigh highs.  Nowadays it seems like there aren’t even any other options and frankly, that’s just how some of us like it!!! Most women want a free pass to explore their naughty side. Halloween is a day for just that; women can wear a short skirt for no other reason than because that’s just how it came out of the package … Click here for the rest of the story and for more sexy photos featured on worldredeye.com

3. A Yogi’s Take On Fashion

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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 teacherJavier 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???  Click to continue reading.

4. Jerry Garcia and Karl Lagerfeld are My Homeboys

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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!?  Click to continue reading.

5. Once Upon A Time At Nordstrom

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It was last week when I had a major shopping emergency. I was supposed to attend a luncheon for the Young Society Of Hope and Love for the Diabetes Research Institute the following day at the St. Regis in Bal Harbor. The theme was “Haute Tea.” Which meant a plethora of your finest teas, oodles of little tea sandwiches, overflowing beautiful blooms, gorgeous china and linens, and of course a fabulous hat which, I hadn’t gotten a chance to get. What’s a mom to do with only an hour before dinner, bath, and bed? Well, take the girls and get my shop on immediately, of course!!!  Click to continue reading.

I have to thank my girls for always reminding me that life is a gift and to enjoy each moment. And of course there’s always time for a fashion show!!!  Click below to watch!