— Dara Michelle – Style, Elegance, Fashion, Passion

   Last night while the whole house was sleeping I stayed up with my favorite award show: The Grammy’s!!! What makes this one of my favorite shows- the fashion obviously!!!  This is the red carpet where everyone gets a little more playful, taking a little more risks leaving us fashion obsessed peeps busting at the seems in anticipation!  This was the show after all where just over a year ago Beyoncé killed it with a leotard and wet hair in her performance of “Drunk In Love” and Britney Spears infamously stripped down to a nude, crystal embellished two-piece in her 2000 performance only to outdo herself a year later draped in a live snake when she sang “I’m a Slave 4 U”!  Needless to say this year’s fashion did not disappoint! Check out my picks for best dressed at Grammy’s 2015 below!

xoxo Dara Michelle

Chrissy Telgan in Gucci.
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Gwen Stefani in Ateiler Versace.
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Beyonce is flawless in white.
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Gwyneth Paltrow in red sequins.
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Taylor Swift in Elie Saab.
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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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     When Blake Lively aka Serena van der Woodsen rocked this handbag on Gossip Girl back in 2012 (pre Ryan Renolds and baby) it was love at first sight!!! From then on I’ve been lusting over this Emily Cho New York “cult” favorite clutch.  Everyone from the Kardashians to Vanessa Hudgens and model Wang Xiao (to name a few) as well as every New York “it girl” in between has been after this bag.  Hence why it’s already sold out on Gilt.com. Lucky for me I got an opportunity to chat with Emily Gellis, one half of the talented designer duo behind the Emily Cho handbag line.  Lucky for you click here to shop Emily Cho and type in promotional code style for an additional 20% off at check out!  Check out the full interview below and happy shopping!!!

xoxo Dara Michelle

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How did you start your label?

     When SJ and myself met we were both working for contemporary clothing label: Ronny Kobo. We saw a void in the handbag market, more specifically the contemporary handbag market. With myself have buying experience from intermix, and SJ clothing design, we had to study hard. We cut open a few Chanel bags, studied MIU MIU and Margiela construction, and a year later we had an amazing proto.

How does it work having 2 designers working on one label? Do you each design separate pieces or do you work together?

       I am what you call a creative designer. I see what is trending, and what is saleable. I handle all color and we work together on what texture and material work best for each bag. SJ is a true talent (I am not in the field of design). For example, SJ designed our best selling folded clutch from scratch. I am responsible for the oversized lady t idea. SJ really executes my vision because I couldn’t sketch for my life!

What kind of person wears your handbags?

     Everybody! We sell from teens, to their grandmas! From NYC to Qatar, London to Australia, California to Hong Kong. We have an international clientele that loves Emily Cho. That amazes me.

What was your inspiration behind your most recent collection?

      SS15 is light and happy. Repeat colors and bodies because clients want more! Our famous floral Matisse is coming back too. We go live with GILT around May 1-15. We love working with them because they expose our brand to millions of girls and they get a great deal. Everyone wins. FW15 is top secret and almost done! Hopefully you can see it in the paper after we show on February 11th!

What’s it like to see someone on the street wearing one of your creations?

       Amazing. I spotted a stranger at the U.S. Open This summer wearing the mini lady t in poppy! I shrieked dad OMG!!!!! It’s cooler than a celebrity wearing it. These are real girls who take their disposable income and buy our bags; it’s really an honor.

How do you approach a new collection? 

      Lol we are always late, rushing, and what we least expect to be the winner is normally the best seller. We have no strategy, that’s fashion for you!

Do you have a favorite handbag designer that you admire?

       I think a few houses have my heart. Louis Vuitton is a classic favorite, currently CELINE, Balenciaga and Saint Laurent, I see them doing their thing. 

What’s next for Emily Cho?

     A complete collection of maybe clothing/ shoes in 2016. A pop up Hamptons store in 2015!

What’s in your bag?

     Haha everything! Money, gum, lip-gloss and sunglasses.

 

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     The real reason why I watch the Golden globes awards?  For the fashion of course! The 2015 Golden Globes, thankfully, did not disappoint and was filled with amazing fashion moments.  Here’s my list of favorites!

 The award for BEST JEWELS goes to:

      Naomi Watts in Bvlgari.  The girl could have walked out in a garbage bag and, in this serpent necklace, would still have been the most glamorous girl in the room.

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The award for BEST HANDBAG goes to:

      Kelly Osborne in a paparazzi worthy, blinged-out camera clutch.

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The award for BEST MAKE-UP goes to:

      The flawless Katie Holmes.  With her smokey sultry eyes, flawless skin and nude lip her make-up summed up in one word: Perfection.

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The award for CUTEST and MOST FASHIONABLE COUPLE goes to:

      John Legend and his model wife, Chrissy Teigen.

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      It looks like a few people got the red dress memo for the Golden Globes including Heidi Klum, Taylor Schilling, and Allison Williams to name a few. 

The award for BEST RED goes to:

     Rita Ora in Zac Posen with matching ruby lips.

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 The award for BEST SURPRISE APPEARANCE goes to:

     Gwyneth Paltrow in Michael Kors.  Although Gwyneth was a no-show on the red carpet, she certainly made up for it as a presenter in her bubble gum pink dress with an over-the-top sexy, plunging neckline!

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The award for BEST OVER-ALL LOOK goes to:

     Giuliana Rancic in a blush pink Maria Lucia Hohan dress.  It appears that Giuliana’s entire glam squad was on point this evening.  Her entire look was styled to perfection from hair to make-up, handbag, shoes and jewelry! My favorite part of the dress- the lace detail at the bust and origami side panels making this mermaid silhouette truly unique and special.

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See you at the next red carpet!

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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