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Miami Look Book

Bienvenidos A Miami 

Miami is known primarily for two things beautiful beaches & beautiful people “real sweet faces” as Will Smith once so eloquently put it.  While for North-Easterner’s such as myself it’s the perfect vacation getaway- given our proximity, it’s also a nerve wracking endeavour to always be looking your best while on vacation.  It’s a city which is truly all about what you’re wearing, where you’re going & who you’ll be seen there with.  I’ve been travelling to Miami my entire life & I feel pretty well acquainted with the vibe in America’s favourite party city.  While I was there for two weeks in Febuary, I curated a look book of sorts for those of you travelling to the beach for the first time.

White Tee & Black Velvet Shorts

Wearing a white tee always reminds me of America’s Next Top Model, when the aspiring models would stand before Tyra and the other judges, being berated for their inability to style & present themselves as models.  Tyra would explain the job of a model to be a blank canvas – wearing a simple white tee, or tank top and a pair of jeans.  There is something sexy about the simplicity of a white t-shirt and a pair of simple black shorts, or jeans.  I’m also desperately in the market for a faux leather miniskirt (tell me where I can find one!) to wear with a simple white tee and maybe a pair of black heels (I’ve decided I’m channeling Saint Laurent this summer).  Both my white tee and black velvet shorts are from Zara.  I’ve had the shorts for ages and the t-shirt is meant to look aged, with ragged edges, it’s my favourite of my white t-shirts for this reason.  I brought ONE pair of sunglasses on a two week trip to Miami-I have no idea what I was thinking, but it will be the same pair in any photos with glasses.  These are a circular pink pair rimmed with pearls (imitation Chanel) from Guess.  They are by far my favourite pair in my collection, but not necessarily so versatile, I wish I had brought more diversity in glasses.

Miami Look Book
Miami Look Book
Miami Look Book

Tropical Pants

For the evening of the outfit above we went to The Florida Everglades.  It cools down a bit still in South Florida in the evenings in February, so I kept my white tee, but opted for pants instead of shorts.  These palm print cotton pants I found at H&M last summer are comfortable & fitting for the wilderness.  While I wouldn’t normally wear flip flops aside from running to the store, I do make an exception for Ted Baker when they’re adorned with bows. 

Miami Look Book
Miami Look Book

Babydoll Dress

One of my favourite summer dresses is this super easy dress from Zara – basically the only place I feel I shop these days.  It’s perfect for hot days as it’s breathable and airy with a flattering empire waist.  It has  a subtle navy paisley print and does up with spaghetti straps.  I paired it with my favourite Steve Madden strappy heeled sandals – the perfect height for walking all day and that ’90’s style, but updated.

Miami Look Book
Miami Look Book
Miami Look Book

Tropical Two Piece

One of my favourite outfits from the trip.  This was a birthday gift from a friend two birthdays ago right before my trip to Israel.  A matching two piece is automatically adorable & Key West is one of the only places you can get away with a tropical print like this.  My friend has the same one & I keep asking her when we’re going to walk around in matching outfits all day…hopefully this summer.  My bag is an beautiful elephant grey envelope bag from H&M with a suede flap.

Miami Look Book
Miami Look Book
Miami Look Book

Bike Shorts & Sock Shoes

Miami Look Book

This might actually be my favourite outfit from the trip.  Very Miami in the 80’s with the bike shorts & white blazer.  The blazer is from Banana Republic, I went for a simple black tee from Brandy Melville, because otherwise there’s so much else going on.  My bike shorts are from Urban Outfitters & the waist is actually clasped together with plastic buckles on either side (like the one’s on life jackets) and has cut outs on the hips (they aren’t my size, but I make it work).  My shoes again are from Zara – imitation Balenciaga sock shoes & they are the most comfortable things I’ve ever worn – get yourself a pair for the Spring 2019 season.

Miami Look Book
Miami Look Book
Miami Look Book
Miami Look Book

White Maxi Dress

This whitecotton dress from Zara I bought last summer is the perfect easy summer dress.  My favourite thing to stock up on for the summer is easy dresses.  I like them because the designer has already done all the work for you and you don’t have to put much thought into what you’re wearing.  The back is open with a bow. 

Romper

I’m looking forward to styling this with a. layered white tee underneath.  I’ve been told this gold velvet romper from Urban Outfitters “leaves little to the imagination”.  Honestly, I just thought it reminded me of Giambattista Valli Fall Couture 2019 with the front tying bows.

Miami Look Book
Miami Look Book
Miami Look Book

She Could be A Farmer in those Clothes

Drop crotch clam diggers from One Teaspoon, my second favourite denim brand – not for everyone, but I do love them.  I’m sure these would fall into the category of “Man Repelling”, but honestly I think they’re actually really flattering.  I just paired them with another white tee from H&M, but you could totally do these with a heel and a dressy blouse and channel someone edgy, like Gwen Stefani.

Mermaid Bikini

Miami Look Book

This is my favourite bikini.  It’s from Wildfox & the top resembles pastel, iridescent seashells.  The bottoms are reversible, so they can match the top, or you can go full mermaid with a fish scale. 

Miami Look Book
Miami Look Book

Jumpsuit

This strapless black jumpsuit from Aritzia is very elegant – I bought it for a wedding last year, but I just don’t feel it photographs that well.  It hits just above the ankle, which is like the chicest place for your pants to hit, gorgeous with a heel and there’s a belt which ties up in a bow at the back.  Also, there’s pockets, so what else could you want?

This is the first “What I Wore” post I’ve ever published on this blog.  I guess it’s a bit of a dated concept, but I wanted to share with you my outfits.  I used to love that series that British Vogue had where It Girls showed you every single outfit they wore in the month.  I’ve been considering doing a series like that here on my blog, just something super casual – but I’ll be honest with you I keep forgetting.  Let me know if you’d like to see something like this.  I also feel it would have the added benefit of making me dress up a bit more day-to-day.  Now that the weather is nicer here in Toronto I’m looking forward to more inspired outfits.  I’ll also be posting a Miami Travel Guide in the coming weeks.

 Sheila