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      So the other day I was going through my Instagram feed and I came across this:

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      Don’t you just love how a single IG post has a way of describing an entire emotional experience in a simple worded sentence plus a few #hastags and an emoji or two!? I mean this exact notion was my college roommates and my mantra for years! When the 4 of us lived together in one house with 4 different closets and 4 different shoe collections – one could only imagine the fun we use to have getting ready which, besides for the very rare occasion, was always a better party than being out #justsayin!!!

      Now almost 14 years later (don’t tell anyone I’ve been out of college for that long) the same holds true today. Taking on the role as wife and mother- let’s just say the moments I have to myself are few and far between.  Sometimes, I can’t even change my tampon without someone barging in!!!  So when Saturday night comes along and our beloved babysitter takes over and relieves me from mommy duties and my husband takes that time to put his head down for some R&R, I make my own little party (for one) in my closet!!!  That one hour of “me” time is something I look forward to all week.  As I light my favorite Jo Malone candles, get my Beyoncé on, sip some bubbly, and decide between the Valentino Rock-Stud or the classic Manolo, I get taken back to those college days when getting ready was just as much fun as being out!!!

      So for those of you who take the “getting ready” part as a chore, this post is dedicated to you.  Instead, take this time and make it a party!   Trust me, it will soon become your favorite part of the night!!!

xoxo Dara Michelle

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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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     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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     White lace is probably the most romantic fabric there is- I mean- in my family alone the past 3 generations of women have said their wedding vows in white lace, haute couture gowns reminiscent of a fairytale- prince included (that is until he forgot to leave the toilet seat down).   So basically I’m obsessed with white lace, and if it were up to me, I’d wear it all day-everyday!!!   For some reason, however, I’ve always placed white lace in the “fancy” category.   Considering, in just a moment’s notice, I could easily find myself at the playground up to my knees in sidewalk chalk, you can imagine that the opportunities to wear my favorite “fancy” white lace pieces are few and far between- sigh.  Well this season, I wasn’t going to let a little playtime at the park come in between my beloved fabric and me. Yup, that’s right, I was finally putting my (Louboutin clad) foot down!!!  Since I could bet that my time at the park wasn’t going to be any less any time soon there was only one thing I could do- and that was- get over my notion of equating white lace with being strictly “fancy”!!!  The best way to do that!? …. Rocking it with some serious distressed, patchwork denim- obviously!!!  The result, ah-mazing!!! Check out my complete “not-so-fancy” white lace look below!!!

xoxo Dara Michelle

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They already have a combo nickname, but now Kim Kardashian and Kanye West have the official stamp of coupledom: a unified dress code. I know everyone has their opinion when it comes to Kim and Kanye and whether or not they’re into couples coordinating outfits but I have to admit- (although my hubby won’t have any part of it- cue the tears) I’m totally into it!!  Most notably, as the KK pair hit the couture shows in Paris I was totally feeling their monochrome–only palette in neutrals. I’ve always been a fan of how elegant, polished and sophisticated a monochromatic look can be.  This week I let my love of navy inspire my monochromatic ensemble.  I styled the look with classic nude Manolos, a nude patent leather LV bag and a chunky gold necklace.  Check out the pics below!!!   Next on the agenda- trying to convince my hubby to rock all navy too! Wish me luck!!!

xoxo,
 Dara Michelle

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What I Wore:

Top: Zara

Pants: Zara

Shoes: Manolo Blahnik

Bag: Louis Vuitton

Necklace: Nordstrom

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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