— Dara Michelle – Style, Elegance, Fashion, Passion

An Interview with the Wordy Girl

Sliding into Spring

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wordy girl writing

How did you first get interested in fashion blogging?
Honestly, I was sick and tired of hearing from my editors from other major cities that “Miami girls are cheesy,” or “Miami has zero fashion sense.” This blog is a testament to the notion we Miami girls have crazy, cool style, too. Buzz off, haters!

How do you describe the fashion scene in Miami compared to other major cities/fashion capitals?
Miami boasts a warmer climate and has a huge Latin American influence as opposed to other major cities. With that said, these two factors shape our sartorial choices in a major way.

Describe your personal style?
My personal style is classic with an edge. At 36 years old and as a mom of two, I don’t succumb to trends the way I used to. I invest my money in classic pieces and private schools — ha!

Who are your favorite designers and places to shop?
I adore Phillip Lim, ALC, Kimberly Ovitz, Helmut Lang, 7 Jeans, Chanel, Balenciaga, Prada and Jimmy Choo and wear them quite often. I shop at Saks Fifth Avenue Bal Harbor, Shopbop.com and Sawgrass Mills for deals quite regularly.

The first thing you look at in another person’s outfit is:
Hair! Good hair can make or break a look. It’s my creed.

A fashion rule you never break:
I never want to look like I’m wearing a costume. Costumes are for trick-or-treating, silly kids.

What do you think is the most recent notable trend to appear/reappear, and what are your thoughts on it?
Neutrals are back as is the color black — which I love. I also adore minimalist silhouettes like Kimberly Ovitz’s designs. I think we’ll be seeing a lot of masculine-inspired looks, too.

What is your next “must have” purchase?
A Chanel Boy Bag. Sigh. It’s the label’s biggest initiative and I. Need. It.

When in a haste what is your go-to fashion item?
Skinny jeans, a monochromatic blouse, sick heels, an IT bag and a professional blowout from Blo Midtown. It always does the trick!

Are there any fashion icons or famous people whose style you admire?
Diane Kruger and Gwyneth Paltrow shut it down every single time — they are amazing, really.

What fashion item can’t you live without?
I can’t live without my Balenciaga bags — they are the one fashion item that gets better with age, which is a feat!

What would you say to someone wanting to start his or her own fashion blog?
Just do it. You have nothing to lose and good things will come. Promise!

When choosing what to wear, what do you start with, what do you end with?
My mood dictates everything. So it starts with my mood and ends with a killer pair of stilettos, OBVIOUSLY!!!!

Hope you enjoyed reading the interview with MARIA TETTAMANTI of The Wordy Girl as much as I have and embraced a thing or two!!!

Lessons of the day:
1.Great Hair = Great Outfit
2. A sexy stiletto is essential
3. Invest in classic key pieces
4. We Miami girls have crazy, cool style, too!!!
5. Diane Kruger & Gwyneth Paltrow will never disappoint whenever a little “style pick me up” is needed!!!

XOXO Dara Michelle