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     At this point in my life I’ll take my jeans any way I can get them- Distressed, skinny, boyfriend, straight, cropped, etc.!  Don’t get me wrong- I like a pretty party dress as much as the next girl, but that also means actually having time to shave in the shower, and I’ll just get very real for a moment- sometimes my “shower” consists of deodorant and teeth brushing. Gone are the days (pre kids in NYC) of long, luxurious showers with not only plenty of time to shave but time to indulge in all the latest bath products too (a one time favorite activity)!  Currently I’m grateful when I get use soap!  Now a shower is for one purpose and one purpose only: To get clean (ish), and sometimes shave, in 10 minutes flat and  That. Is. It.  Hence why jeans have become a key staple in “mommy wardrobes” all across the globe.

     And while we’re on this subject, white jeans have become my latest obsession!  I always feel chic and sexy in them, even if 5 minutes before I was breaking up a sisterly spat over Shopkins or trying to get gum out of 5 year-old’s hair with peanut butter (I swear it works)!  How I love to wear them?  With all white of course! (I’m a huge monochromatic fan.) That being said, the secret to making an all white look anything but mundane- making sure each piece has various textures! This white lace top (pictured) with flower overlays is EVERYTHING and more, and just what you need if you want to make your all white look pop! And guess what?! You can shop for it now (just click the link) shop.daramichllestyle.com! You will be so happy you did, PROMISE!!!

xoxo,

Dara Michelle

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What I Wore:

Top: shop.daramichellestyle.com

Jeans: Rag & Bone

Shoes: Valentino

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     Next to chocolate & coffee- crossing things off your never ending “to-do” list feels pretty fu&*ing AWESOME! (I apologize for the latter but another thing that feels pretty fu*&ing awesome- is cursing when your kids are at school)!

     So usually my “to-do” list consists of things like food shopping, returning something somewhere, and Target (yes ALWAYS target)! But then there’s that other “to-do” list- you know the one that sits in the way back of your mind. The one that has things on it like, go paddle boarding and plant an organic vegetable garden. The “list” you typically never get to because you’re just to BUSY with the mundane tasks of everyday life. You know the “list” that holds your dreams, that inspires you and feeds your soul. The “list” you think about possibly getting to when everything else gets done (which never does). The one you think about at night, but forget about in the morning. Well, this week, I get to check off something from that “list” and I’m so excited!!!

     Announcing: SHOP Dara Michelle Style. An online boutique inspired by my fashion blog: www.daramichellestyle.com. Now readers can shop the looks I write about! My goal: To make the world a better place one fashion moment at a time. Thanks again for your continued love and support and for encouraging me to take this next step. I am truly grateful! Here’s to checking off things on your “dream list”!!! And luckily it’s okay to drink champagne at 10am as long as it’s mixed with orange juice and called a Mimosa! L’chaim!!!

xoxo Dara Michelle

click on the link to:

SHOP DARA MICHELLE STYLE

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     No white after Labor Day is totally passé!  Kinda like sleeping in till noon and not needing to use expensive eye cream.  This winter, white, has been one of my favorite go-to’s!  In a haste, which typically happens when you have two little princesses who’s antics will sometimes leave you with top 30 minutes to get your shi%t together, I wind up wearing white from head to toe.   For some reason in moments like this (moments that happen all too often) all white and sick shoes makes it look like I’ve spent hours in my closet, when in reality 20 minutes before I was on the floor getting my Hello Kitty coloring on with my favorite little girls.  Not sure what it is about wearing white in winter, but I’m obsessed!!!

xoxo,

Dara Michelle   

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     The best part about the holiday break besides there being no home homework (first grade is NO JOKE), the constant chocolate eating, present giving, and 24 hour celebrating that somehow makes it okay to get your rosé on well before noon is being able to rock the latest in resort wear (obviously)!!! My favorite piece this season- a turquoise and pink knit dress with side cut-outs by Cecilia Prado!  And even though the majority of this two week vacation was spent baby wiping sticky ice-cream hands, pushing swings and reading the latest from the Pinkalicious series I still somehow managed to feel trés chic! Maybe it was the dress maybe it was the rosé- maybe it was both!! So the lesson here friends- When life hands you two weeks of kids with no school drink wine and wear fab resort wear!!! Done & done!  Check out my favorite holiday look below!
xoxo Dara Michelle 

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What I Wore

Dress: Cecilia Prado

Shoes: Valentino

Hand bag: Louis Vuitton

 

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As we say good-bye to 2014 and hello to 2015 I take a look back at my favorite posts!

But, not before I take a moment to say thank you for all of the blessings in my life. To my girlfriends (also known as the best cheerleaders ever) thank you for always being there, to my husband for your unconditional love (even in my old sorority t-shirt, embellished with cheerios and syrup from the morning’s breakfast, this man can still make me feel beautiful) and to my two precious little girls, who inspire me everyday, I am so thankful that I get to be your mommy.  To my readers thank you for your continued love and support, I’m truly grateful! 2014 it’s been amazing here’s to an even better 2015!!!  Now, let’s party!

xoxo Dara Michelle

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     Sometimes all a girl needs to do for a little inspiration is turn inward!  Check out my #ootd (outfit of the day) inspired by the following post written a few months ago!

     Born a New York girl, I guess it’s no surprise that at some point in my life, 80% of my wardrobe was black.  The other 20%? Well, white and grey obviously!  In fact, I distinctly remember weeks in high school where that’s all I’d wear – black – from head to toe.  No this wasn’t my form of rebellion- this was just what New York girls did.  It wasn’t until my move to Miami, almost 8 years ago, that color began to rock my world!!!  Don’t get me wrong when in doubt my “go-to” is still a sexy LBD (little black dress), but now instead of paring it with the obvious black stilettos I may opt for my hot pink Sergio Rossi’s- don’t knock it till you try it!

     Currently speaking, my wardrobe is still probably 50% black.  You know what they say: You can take the girl out of New York but you can’t take the New York out of the girl!  But now pairing my black and other neutral ensembles with colorful accessories has become my new “norm.” The result:  Over-the-top sexy with a side of color!!! 

   xoxo Dara Michelle 

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What I Wore:
Leather Pants: j brand
Top: Lush
Shoes: Sergio Rossi
Lipstick: Candy Yum Yum by MAC

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7 Signs You Know it’s Winter in Miami:

1) Christmas lights on palm trees

2) Uggs for days

3) Traffic

5) More traffic

6) When you seriously consider putting a hat and gloves on your little princesses before school until your hubby gently reminds you (code for telling you you’re fu%^ing crazy) that it’s not THAT cold 

7) While the tourists are sporting their latest in cruise-wear you’ll be in some serious chunky sweater, leather pants, and boots

 Check out my #ootd – perfect for a Miami winter day.  Next stop hot-chocolate poolside!

 xoxo Dara Michelle

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What I Wore:

Top: Ted Baker

Leather pants: j brand

Booties: Jessie Boutique

Hand Bag: Chanel

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      Isn’t it amazing how one minute you could be standing in front of the United Nations speaking on behalf of your environmental causes and the next minute at a table with bottles and models… funny how life works!? Although at first it was difficult to spot Leonardo DiCaprio amongst the sea of 20-something model types we finally had our moment. Ask him and he’ll probably remember our encounter just a tad differently but, for me, it felt like it was just Leo and I alone in da club.  Although I typically don’t go for guys with long hair tied in a bun, full beards and cargo shorts for some reason (I think you could figure it out) I seemed to totally over-look it all an envisioned us on the bow of the Titanic gazing at the sea with open arms!!! (Gets me every time!) Dear Leo, It’s been real!

xoxo,

Dara Michelle

The Deets:

Time: 3 am (when most fun things happen duh)

The place: Rec Room

What I wore: A gold knit two-piece by Cecilia Prado

Shoes: Gold embossed YSL tributes

Bag: Gold YSL clutch

 

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     Isn’t it amazing how some of life’s best moments happen when you least expect it!? Like Serendipity’s “frozen” hot-chocolate, pizza at 2 am, rocking your favorite distressed denim (complete with strategically placed holes) with Piaglle Louboutins in nude, and pairing Dior pearls with Target plaid. The latter- is going down as we speak and, if I do say so myself, it’s seriously perfection! (That is- in my humble opinion.)   Check out my #ootd featuring “Mise en Dior” pearl earrings and ring from the “Tribales” collection and plaid button-down from Target!  I think even the people at Dior would agree that this combo is quite chic!  Like I always say don’t ever underestimate a store that sells nail polish, organic chocolate milk, cheerios, Disney princess dresses and fashion pieces that could complement couture perfectly- all at the same time!  Target- it’s like a dream come true!!! Omg did I really just write that?! #mommyhood

xoxo
Dara Michelle

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What I Wore:

Top: Target

Jeans: Rag & Bone

Jewels: Dior

Hand Bag: Chanel

Shoes: Jessie Boutique

 

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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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