Summer Construction

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Hi loves, Hope everyone is having a great week! We’re taking 2 weeks off to undergo a little construction & enjoy some end-of-summer R&R. Check back at the end of August for some exciting news & updates. We’ve been working on some great collabs & cannot wait to share them with you!

Enjoy these last few weeks of endless summer days, cocktails by the pool and tan lines because before you know it, your Pinterest boards will be full of Christmas pins (that is of course if they aren’t already, lol).  :-(  ~xo love ~

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Let’s Get Cheeky

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Cheek Gloss in Rose

People always talk about their secret favorite beauty products. You know, those cult products that you have used for years, can’t live without, and sometimes you keep the fabulousness of said product to yourself because you don’t want to share you secret. Well today I am sharing one of my favorite products for Spring/Summer. It’s called Rosie Jane Cheek Gloss, by Australian makeup artist, Rosie Jane Johnston.

The cheek gloss comes in 3 shades: Poppy, Marigold, and Rose and comes housed in the most adorable little white compact. The beauty behind this product is that it gives you the tiniest hint of color on your cheek and has amazing staying power. The fact that it smells like a day at the beach…you know that smell of Coppertone  lotion from your childhood days the beach….bonus! Another plus is that it is not greasy or sticky in the least…it simply glides onto your skin with ease.

Trio of Cheek Gloss

Trio of Cheek Gloss in Poppy, Rose & Marigold

I keep Rose in my makeup bag at all times for little touch ups, and I keep Marigold in my beach bag when I am going for that bronze goddess look. Rosie Jane Cosmetics also carries an adorable line of eye liners, lip glosses and eye shadows.

Items range from $14.00-$24.00 and are available at rosiejane.com and blush.com.

From Beach To Bar…….

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Last Summer at MBFW Swim, I was most excited to see one of my fav brands, 6 Shore Road, for the first time in a runway show. This year, I knew that bar would be raised with regards to what they would show for their new resort collection. Her designs are always so chic, wearable and great for traveling! After 4 days of battling the Miami heat & humidity at The Raleigh Hotel, It was very apropos for me to complete the festivities with 6 Shore Road Sunday night at 10:00 p.m.

Founder & Designer Pooja Kharbanda stated that her 2015 resort collection was inspired by the beauty of Nepal. With sleek braids by blo Midtown, bright colors & tribal patterns, Pooja surely did not disappoint. 6 Shore Road also has the cutest knit bags that are the perfect complement to any of her bikinis & maxis. One of the best parts of a new collection coming out, is you can check out the sales on Shop Bop & Revolve Clothing to scoop up some of her other pieces at a great price!

I just adore their tagline, it fits the vibe of her designs so perfectly:

“From Resort Wear To Ready To Wear, From Am To Pm, From Beach To Bar…Meet Me There”

Check out some of my fav pieces from the collection below. That long white maxi is first on my shopping list. Photos courtesy of Getty Images & 6 Shore Road.


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6 Shore Road final walk. Photo by love and labels.

6 Shore Road final walk. Photo by love and labels.

The tents have come down, the swag bags are gone, and the free cocktails have stopped flowing. After an opening soiree on Thursday and 4 days of shows at The Raleigh Hotel, the 10th anniversary of Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Swim has sadly come to an end. Can you say fashion hangover? Going through all the photos & videos I was truly blown away by some of the shows I attended. I decided to skip all the pool parties & running around town to just plant myself at The Raleigh for 4 days in a row, and I couldn’t have been happier with my decision. I ended up meeting some fantastic new people & making a few new friends under the tents. #Bonus!

*Note: Photos below were taken by me, the others I downloaded through my Image.Net account by Getty Images. All noted below. Click on each photo to enlarge.*

Friday kicked off with high fashion at Dolores Cortes in the Cabana Grande tent. We’re talking big, chunky gold jewelry adorning the teeny ‘kinis, models in stilettos and Egyptian-like high ponytails. Pure glamour! The weather was brutal on Friday night, but we were all in it together…and we didn’t care. It was the first night and not even the crazy humidity could keep us away.

Immediately after, we rushed over to the Oasis tent to see the highly anticipated Frankie’s Bikinis by Francesca Aiello. At 19, she is the youngest designer ever to show at MBFW Swim. At 19, I was attending fraternity parties & trying to pass Sophomore Accounting, so there’s that, lol. It was monsooning outside and at one point the rain started to come through the tent, but it was well worth it. Her show was fun & playful, true to her Malibu beach babe-surfer vibe. Models strutted barefoot down the runway to energetic tunes with long flowy beach waves and raffia bracelets/anklets. I met Francesca briefly last year during Swim Week at the Salon Allure showcase at the W Hotel, so it was pretty exciting to be able to see her during her magical moment on the runway!

Next up was Wildfox, where they took us on a trip back to the 90’s. The entire tent was jamming to Mariah Carey’s “Fantasy,” George Michael’s “Freedom,” and other great hits. I was waiting for Vogue to start playing, but sadly it did not. So much for my Devil Wears Prada fashion moment.  The Wildfox suits were cute & sporty for a younger demo. I ended the night with Beach Bunny, which was an intergalactic space odyssey. Intricate bodices, big hair and Louboutins made it feel like you were sitting front and center at a Victoria’s Secret fashion show. Cue the glitter!

Saturday was a short day for me with only L*Space and Mikoh…wasn’t feeling well so had to cut out of the festivities early. :( L*Space did not disappoint with their water runway, pearl accents and mermaid tresses. Mikoh began with traditional Hawaiian luau dancers before their island-worthy suits strutted out to the runway.

But Sunday….Sunday was my absolute favorite day! 4 shows were on the roster for me: Belusso, Luli Fama, Suboo and last but not least… my personal favorite….. 6 Shore Road. There is something magical about seeing one of your favorite brands in person. Last year I also had the honor of meeting Pooja & her team at the Salon Allure showcase at the W Hotel and attending the show, but this year was extra special. This year 6 Shore Road was in the main Cabana Grande tent and I had a great seat to view all the action. Sunday is getting its own post, that’s how amazing it was… Stay tuned to part 2 of my Swim Week coverage tomorrow! Check out the collage below of some of my fav snapshots of the weekend!

~xo~ love and labels

 

Step Into Swim Week With Ipanema

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BEACHIs it getting hot in here or is it just swim week? Just a few days remain until Miami gets taken over by the swim wear industry! I was excited to learn that for the second year in a row, Ipanema will be the official footwear sponsor of Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Swim. Once again, the brand will host a poolside cabana at The Raleigh Hotel, also know as command central for MBFW Swim, for guests to stop in and peruse their 2015 collection of stylish sandals. Guests will also receive a fab gift bag simply for stopping by to learn more about the new collection. In the gift bag will be their official swim week sandal, pictured below. How comfy does that look? The perfect pairing for a maxi dress, your hottest swim week bikini & those favorite jean shorts you simply cannot get enough of this summer!

From the official press release provided by Bollare, Ipanema will not only be seen poolside but on models throughout the week and at Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Swim runway shows as well. Similar to last year, models will be receiving the “Ipanema Model Survival Kit” equipped with a pair of sandals in addition to other branded essentials. As a sponsor of the Luli Fama and Maaji runway shows, Ipanema will be included in the shows’ VIP gift bags. Ipanema’s 2015 collection is the epitome of feminine sophistication. Ipanema refreshes the collection for 2015 with features from delicate strap details to festive and tropical prints.

100% Brazilian. Always New. Always Ipanema.
For more information visit: http://www.ipanemaUSA.com

Happy Sunday friends & stay tuned for all the Swim Week festivities starting on Thursday!
~xo~ love and labels

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Official Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Swim Sandal by Ipanema

Ipanema 2015 Collection

Ipanema 2015 Collection

*Photos provided by Bollare*

Everything Plus Water

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Suboo, photo courtesy of their website

Well my Christmas has arrived… Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Swim is just one week away and I am already giddy like a 10-year-old on Christmas morning. This year, I will be attending & covering some of my favorite swim & resort brands. We all have our favorites in the fashion industry, and as someone who has lived in Miami Beach for more than 10 years, swim & resort wear is simply what I go ga-ga for. What does Nigel in The Devil Wears Prada say, “Give me a full ballerina skirt and a hint of saloon and I’m on board?” Well I say “Give me a chic kaftan and a body-hugging bikini and I’m on board!”

Last year was an amazing experience meeting brands & covering shows and this year I am honored to be attending such  fab shows as L*Space, Belusso, Dolores Cortes, Suboo, Beach Bunny, 6 Shore Road & more.

This year is the 10th anniversary of this event and from July 17-21 we know they will be making each event extra special! For the complete event schedule & to keep up to date on which shows will be live-streaming, check out the main website here.

Everyone was talking about last year’s gold-tipped fishtail braids at L*Space & I can hardly wait to see what they have in store for us this year. As L*Space says, “The Water Is Waiting,” and I’ll see you there! But now the question is… what to wear?!

~xo~ love and labels

6 Shore Road at MBFWSwim 2013. Taken by me.

6 Shore Road at MBFWSwim 2013. Taken by love and labels.

 

Behind The Brand ~ JBD New York

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JBD LOGOWe are in the middle of the hot July summer here in Miami Beach and I love nothing more than throwing on a kaftan or tunic for a day of lounging, shopping and pool hopping. I was thrilled to recently connect with one of my favorite new brands JBD New York, which is available in exclusive boutiques in the US like Flirt (Miami) and Sanctuary Boutique (NY), South America, Europe, as well as the Henri Bendel store in New York.

I had the pleasure of going behind the brand with their CEO, Vijay Paintal and his lovely colleague Vaish, to see just where these stunning kaftans & tunics come from. For my birthday, they were kind enough to gift me the Desert Rose & Amazon patterns, both are light, airy and so comfy you won’t want to take them off. They have both casual & dressy tunics and kaftans with stunning accents and jewels patterns that are perfect for summer cocktails with friends. I’ll definitely be rocking one next week during Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Swim… it’s the only way to keep cool & be stylish! The JBD New York team was an absolute pleasure to work with & I am thrilled to know more of their back story. So let’s go behind the brand with JBD New York…

1. What inspires you most as a designer?

I love traveling and exploring new countries and cities. So a lot of my inspiration comes from new cultures; architecture, art, shopping, sights and mostly all the different ways people use fashion as an expression. Our most recent trips have been to the Greek Islands, Barcelona, Paris, Marrakesh and Bali. Our more recent collections, F/W 14, Resort 2015 and S/S 15, draw a lot of influence from all these wonderful places and cultures. Growing up with family in the apparel business for over 40 years, I draw a lot of inspiration from having the opportunity to often travel to design studios in India, London and New York.

Growing up with family in the apparel business for over 40 years, I was introduced to the background of fashion at a young age. Traveling with my family to design studios in London, India and New York has been a huge influence. At the same time, I have always been keen on style and fashion; this comes from my dad- he’s has a great eye for style and is always dressed impeccably. I’m constantly visiting high fashion stores like Bergdorf Goodman, Barney’s and Jeffreys, I appreciate seeing what the best (Prada, Tom Ford, Donna Karan etc) and upcoming designers are doing. I think this is a great thing about New York City, there are such a variety well curated stores that are on the cutting edge of the always changing fashion industry.

2. What would you say is your most popular piece or pieces thus far?

We started the line just about 2 years ago and in the beginning we wanted to keep it small so it wouldn’t be all over the place. We have a great range of products in different price points. One of our more popular piece is the Stain Glass Coverup in raw silk (style 8953, picture below). Another very popular style, one of my personal favorites, is our double-sided pashmina shawl. These 100% pure pashmina shawls come in beautiful display cases that carry a government seal, authenticating their quality. These are still hand-woven on a ‘Charkha’ wheel by artisans in India, who have refined this craft over centuries.  This is really a work of art and a collector piece. Whichever side you choose to wear, it will tell a different story. (Picture Below)

3. What can we expect from JBD New York in the future? (Expansion, collaborations, trade shows, etc.)

We are adding some great new designs and categories to the line- look out for vibrant dresses, skirts and pants! This is very exciting for us as we started as a predominantly resort wear lifestyle brand. Of course that will still be the core foundation, we want to continue to have the products that our brand was built on. Since there has been a lot of interest for our brand, we are adding a retail section to the website! Starting in a few weeks, customers can get their own JBD New York apparel shipped to their homes.

JBD New York will be at the ENK Coterie in NYC and also at COAST Miami, both great trade shows. We are looking into expanding to trade shows in California and even in Europe beginning next year.

In a few weeks, we are so honored and excited to be a part of OCRF’s Super Saturday. This amazing fundraising event, put together by the Ovarian Cancer Research Fund and hosted by Donna Karan, brings top luxury brands together for a day of fashion and giving back.

4.   Is there anything else you would like to add for my readers?

We created this brand with the intention of bringing a new and fresh lifestyle brand to women of all ages. Our customers range from young women who wear our resort wear kaftans, to the sophisticated ladies who appreciate our hand-made silk jackets and pashminas. The great thing though is the sophisticated lady will also buy the cover up and a younger stylish girl will also appreciate the more expensive made to order designs. As a designer, it is inspiring to see how customers with varying styles carry the same piece to make it their own. Diversity is the main theme of our brand- JBD aims to showcase how our products, manufactured in the beautiful designs and best quality fabrics from India, are equally enjoyed by the customer in New York and Europe.

We also take a lot of pride and time in developing our exclusive digital prints. You can be assured that you will not see our designs everywhere. This is very important to me, as in the end I am a customer too. There is a sense of uniqueness and exclusivity that comes with every JBD New York piece.

What a great interview ~ To see more of their stunning collections, visit their website & be sure to connect with them on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter to keep up to date on their summer travels including Super Saturday in The Hamptons! All photos courtesy of JBD New York & their Facebook page.  ~xo~ love and labels

Passport To Style

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How would you like to go shopping in Bali, Istanbul and Marrakesh without even packing a bag? If you haven’t visited the online retailer Shop Latitude, then drop that latte and immediately and prepare to be transported to exotic locations with their unique collections. Featuring artisans from 12 worldwide destinations, Shop Latitude is known for featuring designers that take the term destination shopping to a new level. They also have a great feature on their blog called “Behind The Label” which features exclusive interviews with designers from all over the globe. I particularly enjoyed reading this one featuring designer Lotta Stensson, because there’s nothing I love more than a fabulous caftan! The orchid and palm long caftan below is my absolute fav! Photos courtesy of L’atitude.

Loretta Stensson Caftan

Lotta Stensson Caftan

One of my favorite features of Shop Latitude, is that you can shop by “destination.” Simply click on the country of your choice and view all the brands they carry from that region. Where else can you shop the world with the click of a mouse? You can also search their extensive list of designers, which range from Holst + Lee to Janavi. Cure your wanderlust today & check out some of my favorite picks below! Also, be sure to connect with Shop Latitude on Twitter & Pinterest for all the latest in global Spring style!

Drink In Style

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As someone who drinks gallons and gallons of water every day, I was very excited to receive the news in my inbox today that S’well will be joining the list of fabulous contributors at this year’s Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Swim by providing their chic, re-usable water bottles to attendees of the 10th anniversary event this July. This is the perfect way to keep yourself hydrated during all the festivities since we all know how brutal the Miami July heat can be! Founded in 2010, S’well bottles keep your drinks cold for 24 hours and hot for 12…. in addition to keeping you hydrated & doing good for the environment. Talk about a win/win/win!

I especially love S’well’s commitment to partnering with several charitable organizations including WaterAid, American Forests and Drink Up. During the festivities, S’well will launch a 3 piece collection in honor of the 10th anniversary event with pretty pastel colors like Sweet Mint & Seashell Pink (Very Miami!) So if you’re attending Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week swim this July, be sure to “Drink In Style” with S’well!

For more information on the brand & to connect with them on social media, please visit them online at http://www.swellbottle.com.

 

S'WELL BOTTLES

 

Wanderlust

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I am so excited to be heading out-of-town for a few days for a little R&R to celebrate summer, my birthday and…well…summer! Time to sip on some Bellini’s, bask in the sun and get lost in a great novel. We’ll be back June 22nd with some very exciting news, a fab kaftan post on JBD New York, and some insights into the upcoming 10th anniversary of Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Swim. There are some amazing things in store for the celebration this year and we cannot wait to give you the scoop! Have a fabulous week loves! ~ xoxo love ~

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