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December 29, 2014

Fashion Chit Chat: Farrah Estrella’s Top 5 New Year's Eve picks

The Holiday season is not over yet and in pursuing the perfect outfit for the New Year’s Eve celebrations, we received advise from another fashion blogger based out of Tampa, Florida-- our dear colleague, Farrah Estrella.

Estrella is a Dominican-American writer, well known in the plus size fashion community for her great coverage of plus size fashion events. She attends the #1 plus size fashion week in the world “Full Figured Fashion Week” every year in New York, in addition to Miami Beach International Fashion Week, Christian Fashion Week, and St Pete Art & Fashion Week, among others.

We were able to chitchat with her about her favorite 5 sexy and trendy styles for the ultimate NYE celebration. Take a look!

1. “For this season's New Year's Eve celebrations, I would recommend this body-hugging dress that flares at the bottom for a mermaid effect, it hugs your curves and the one shoulder ruffle makes it very sexy,” added Estrella. “Let’s not forget the color, you can never go wrong with red.”

2. “This clutch is perfect for NYE because of the colors,” said Farah. “But you can also wear it in the Summer paired with a fun dress or skinny jeans and a fun top for a more casual look.” 

3. “This pencil skirt is super flattering on every body type because of the length but also the print is very fun and appropriate for the season,” added Estrella. 

4. “A statement necklace is a must-have especially during the holiday party season,” said Estrella. “It’s easy to make a fashionable entrance with a necklace like this.”

5. “These cute ballet flats are perfect for NYE and the black bow on top makes it fun and flirty plus you will be able to dance the night away,” said Estrella.
More Information about Farrah Estrella, please visit her fashion blog Estrella Fashion Report

Cakes inspired by fashion: 'Amazingly Delicious Desserts'

After 5 challenging years of learning and creating techniques of using sugar not only a delectable recipe, but also the one-of-a-kind “Beyond Amazing” designs, Amazingly Delicious Desserts by Roxanna Hernandez has been gaining a great deal of attention in Miami.

In the Cake industry Hernandez is known for designing “realistic” artistic custom cakes such as: 3D designs, hand modelled sugar sculptures, and edible 3D painting replicas. A few years ago she made a huge impact with her cakes inspired by fashion!

“I have always felt inspired by fashion for my cakes, especially Christina Louboutin shoes,” said Hernandez. “I decided that my shoe-cakes had to look real, finding the tools that I needed to implement in making my own molds and shoe patterns.”

“In my pursuing of perfection, I developed the best techniques to make my cakes look as realistically as possible; paying attention to the utmost detail,” added Hernandez. “My goal is to make edible art. My customers can even eat the hand-crafted sugar flowers and cake toppers!”

In order to share with our readers our theme that “Fashion is everywhere,” we wanted to post the five most amazing fashionable cakes by Roxanna Hernandez during 2014. Check it out:

1- Tiffany Engagement Party.

"A client’s romantic way to propose to his girlfriend-- this cake was inspired by the couple's engagement ring from Tiffany’s. The ring box is made out of sugar but the engagement ring is from Tiffany’s."

2- Christian Louboutin Crystal Shoe with Pillows.

"This cake was inspired by my client’s shoes, she wanted the shoe to be exactly like hers at her Cinderella Princess Party. Although I made the shoe out of sugar it had over a thousand mini Swarovski crystals placed one-by-one by hand in order to look like the real shoe."

3- Black Peacocks Fashionable Cake

"This cake was inspired by Alexander McQueen’s Peacock evening dress currently on display at the FIDM Museum."

4- Silver Embroidery – Wedding Cake

"This cake was inspired by the sleeve of a wedding dress, wasn't able to find the designer’s name to give credit, nor the picture of the entire dress, so I made my own pattern based on the picture."

5- Gucci Fashionable Cake

"Inspired by the beautiful Gucci Leopard print clutch bag, all hand painted as well as the Gold Christian Louboutin sugar shoe."

Images: Courtesy of 'Amazingly Delicious Desserts'.

Five New Year’s Eve Fashion Tips by Viviana G: Chic Chit Chat

New Year’s Eve parties are right around the corner and “fashionistas” like us have more excuses to dress up, creating a what-to-wear dilemma.

In order to help ending our last fashion drama of the year, we had a chic chit chat with iconic Miami designer, Viviana Gabeiras, and whether we are gearing up for a luxury Miami style party or a nice dinner at home with family and friends, Gabeiras shared with us her five best NYE fashion tips to help us look stylish for the ultimate party of 2014!

1- Fashion choices depend on where we spend NYE.

“People go on vacation, travel to get together with their family members, go to parties with friends, etc. My first tip is important; before rushing into the spirit of spending, think about where you would like to go, what plans you may want to do, and finally what you would really like to splurge on."

2- Plan your NYE wardrobe around a favorite color.

"Pick pieces around it and add accessories to make a statement. Complement with neutral colors but in a way that the important color is the main piece highlighted in the look."

3- Think about it like if it was homework: in fashion, practice makes perfect.

"While flipping through magazines, cut out photos and put together your own outfits so that when you’re out shopping your eyes go naturally towards certain pieces you were already visualizing. Also, play around with your own closet and start mixing and matching your wardrobe like you never did before. You will be surprise how new your wardrobe can be by just doing so. Place your favorite looks in your closet as a guide and hang your outfits already put together."

4- Color pallets for different attitude!

"A sexy chic attitude: Red is a color that everyone loves, but why must women mix it with black? Instead, combine it with a chocolate/dark brown color for a dark mix or a sand/beige for a soft neutral combination.

An urban athletic: Army green with navy for a dark twist and silver with gray for a light neutral color.

A feminine whimsical: Main color would have to be a rusty cognac added with eggplant for dark combo and soften it with a mauve color."

5- Live your life in colors!

"Don't be afraid to mix colors, it will give you an instant make over especially if you usually wear tone on tone. Get ready for the compliments you will be receiving!

“When I was a younger girl I was very shy, always wore dark colors browns, beige, black and even afraid to wear short skirts, but as I deepened myself into the fashion world, little by little, I let myself go and finally came out of the closet and now I live my life in colors.”

More information about Viviana G, please visit:
Images: Petit Pois by Viviana G.

December 18, 2014

Top 5 Fashion Editorials of 2014

Top 5 Fashion Editorials of 2014

We believe that visuals can say more than words, but they become powerful accompanied with real life stories. Our editorials of 2014 made our readers daydream about Miami’s most fascinating people.

The hypnotizing images, the striking personalities, and the unique stories have made these editorials our top 5 favorites. Check it out:

5- Trends 2014: 'GP Natural Cosmetics' Brings Back Purple Liaisons.

Photo Credit: Humberto Vidal.

MFW Special Edition: What does it take to win the Eastern Air Lines Flight Attendant Competition?
Photo Credit: Numas Carvajal.

Image: Frank Diaz

MUSIC MET FASHION: When Eduardo Met Athina

December 17, 2014

High-End Fashion Designer Luis Antonio Takes Over Miami

Puerto Rican high-end fashion designer, Luis Antonio took over our city to present his Caribbean inspiration, “Maritime Collection” at the Gala of “Ganando Sonrisas” Foundation at Wynwood in our city of Miami, on December 17, 2014.

As the reflection of Luis Antonio’s staple over the past 20 years, this talented designer has become distinguished in the competitive fashion world by his modern and cosmopolitan collections, showing the world that he knows how to bring his ideas to life!

Luis Antonio’s creative pieces have also been celebrated by international celebrities, such as: Jennifer Lopez, Amaury Nolasco, Jennifer Morrison and Roselyn Sanchez along with Gisselle Blondet, Barbara Bermudo, Adamaris Lopez, and Dayanara Torres, among others.

Our founder and president, Lissette Rondon got an exclusive interview with the rising fashion star where he talks about his fashion presentation in Miami, his success at Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week in New York, his future projects, and more…

Lissette Rondon: Tell us how you feel about your presentation here in Miami?

Luis Antonio: "Very happy to have the opportunity to showcase my ‘Maritime Collection,’ which I just introduced in New York and Puerto Rico, and because it will be a Gala to benefit “Ganando Sonrisas” Foundation."It's a nice way to give back and support important causes in Latin-America with my show and my talent."

LR: How did you get the idea of presenting your "Maritime Collection" at the Gala of “Ganando Sonrisas” Foundation?

LA: "I have a great friendship with Edith and Carlos and the proposal was made to present ‘Maritime Collection’ here. It is the first time that I present a complete collection in Miami. I've presented other collections but smaller, plus this is my most important collection now. I feel that fulfills many goals in one single event. "

LR- Tell us about your experience at the Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week in New York.

LA: “Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week New York is the goal of every fashion designer. We all want to present there because it is one of the most important fashion events worldwide. Every year, luminaries of fashion such as: Oscar de la Renta, Carolina Herrera, among others, go to present their collections there. I feel so proud of being another Latin designer that opens new paths for younger generations to come. MBFWNY has been the most important step in my career!”

LR: Let's talk about "Maritime Collection." What inspired you to create this collection?

LA: “I am a fan of the nautical theme and because it was my first presentation I wanted to do a show with something completely different, I wanted to do it abstract. I designed with my team from the fabrics to the shoes. I did not want sailors and captains. I wanted New York to see another point of view on this subject, another concept through my collection.”

LR: What do you like most about this collection?

LA: “Absolutely everything. I spent 20 years preparing for this moment of my career. I took care of all the details, traces of fabric; I worked closely with my stylists and makeup artists for my fashion presentation. It was a great team and that was seen in the final result. I did not think it was necessary showcasing many pieces, I think the thirty four pieces that I presented were a fashion statement.”

LR: Tell us about the designs of the shoes—they were another fashion hit.

LA: "The shoes were a collaboration with a chain of stores in Puerto Rico. I had designed shoes with them for seasons and we decided to do something special for MBFWNY—amazingly the first lot that we released was sold out.”

LR: What do you think of fashion in Miami?

LA: “A very interesting question. Miami’s women like to wear very sexy and revealing clothes, which I quite understand due to the climate issue. I think this helps them to be comfortable. My designs are equally dedicated to the sexy women but are less revealing.”

LR: Is it in your future plans to continue featuring your collections in our town?

LA: “Now I find myself doing a couple of negotiations to open my store in this city, which would help to continue presenting my collections here in Miami, as in Puerto Rico and New York.”

LR-After your presentation of December 17, what will your immediate project be?

LA: “This is the last time I present this collection. I will be working on a few editorials for fashion magazines but I'll be more focused on my next collection that will be the Fall-Winter 2015.

LR- Could you define your work and yourself with just three words?

LA: “Dedication, Effort, and Goals.”

LR- What is the prediction of Luis Antonio for 2015?

Effortless styles like mine!

Behind The Look-Book Shoot of 'Gratitude Collection'

Athina Klioumi during the photo shoot of "Gratitude Collection"-the look-book.
Photo Credit: Eduardo Hernandez.
By Lissette Rondon.
When you feel grateful in life, the universe responds immediately with more blessings! Since designer Lisu Vega and actress Athina Klioumi came out with the name “Gratitude Collection” for our fashion collaboration, the reaction was: WOW! We knew that the best was yet to come.

Yesterday, it was the photo shoot of the Gratitude Collection at Pickypics Studios in Doral and it was so much fun! Two more professionals came along with good energies and great attitudes to our philanthropist project, fashion photographer Eduardo Hernandez (Owner of Pickypics Studios) and make-up artist, Roberto Ramos.

It was a blast to watch the “it” team working to make Lisu Vega’s vision come true. The photo shoot evolved with Lisu directing, Eduardo behind his lens, always in tune with her, while Roberto was shaping and styling the model of this collection, our own diva, Athina Klioumi.

Athina Klioumi and Roberto Ramos.
Photo Credit: Frank  E. Diaz

Photo Credit: Frank E Diaz.

Photo Credit: Frank E Diaz.

What about Gratitude Collection?

We know for sure there is no better diva that Athina and the collection speaks for itself. During this photo shoot it was apparent that they were made for each other, va va voom! You can tell from the results!

And for as us, always the messengers, behind the scenes, somebody has to tell the story.

We would like to invite you to buy and follow “Gratitude Collection” at our fashion blog soon. A portion of the profit will benefit the Miami Symphony Orchestra.

Eduardo Hernandez and Lisu Vega.
Photo Credit: Frank E Diaz.

Roberto Ramos, Lissette Rondon, Eduardo Hernandez and Lisu Vega.
Photo Credit: Frank E Diaz.

Eduardo Hernandez, Lissette Rondon, Athina Klioumi, Lisu Vega and Roberto Ramos.
Photo Credit: Frank E Diaz.

December 10, 2014

Cervera Real Estate Leads Sales and Marketing for the Conrad Fort Laudardale Beach Residences

On December 9, 2014, Orchestra Hotels + Resorts, hoteliers and developers of the award-winning Hilton Fort Lauderdale Beach Resort, announced that real estate brokerage firm Cervera Real Estate will lead the sales and marketing efforts for Conrad Fort Lauderdale Beach Residences and launches the signature residences as “The Ocean,” brand. The property will be managed by Conrad Hotels & Resorts and will be ready for occupancy in summer 2015, bringing the elite resort lifestyle of the Conrad brand known across five continents to one of the most coveted shorelines in the United States, Fort Lauderdale.

“Cervera will position this development in the Fort Lauderdale market with a strategic and creative approach to maximizing sales,” said Jose Luis Zapata, Developer, who in 2007 also developed the very successful and multiple award winning Hilton Fort Lauderdale Beach Resort. “The Cervera sales team understands how this first-of-its-kind residential project is transforming the real estate landscape by offering new, intelligent, luxury oceanfront residences on Fort Lauderdale Beach especially architected to a buyer’s life.”

Cervera brings an unmatchable depth of knowledge and expertise to the development with more than 50,000 condominium units sold in South Florida and over 100 condominium projects exclusively represented. The firm has successfully navigated market cycles for nearly half a century. Today, it is one of the most reputable leaders in real estate, currently representing over $2.5 billion dollars in real estate, with over 400 strategic alliances worldwide and over 45 years in South Florida.

The team behind the sales and marketing for “The Ocean” has an enduring passion for Fort Lauderdale, an affluent enclave. The neighborhood has blossomed into the yachting capital of the world. Today, it is one of South Florida’s most desirable areas for high-end property, with residential developments transforming Fort Lauderdale into a magnet for the wealthy.

“The best kept secret in Miami is Fort Lauderdale Beach and “The Ocean” is at the epicenter of it all. The residences provide exceptional opportunities for beach lovers who expect top notch services and amenities,” says Alicia Cervera Lamadrid, managing partner of Cervera Real Estate. “We like to say in real estate that it’s about the right location, the right project, and the right timing, with what’s happening in the Fort Lauderdale Beach market, “The Ocean” has all three,” added Jesse D. Ottley, President of Development Sales for Cervera. “With prices starting in the $400,000’s, buyers are seeing the exceptional value for toes in the sand living.”

The Ocean will offer 109 residences and 181 resort residences combining resort-style amenities with a luxury residential living experience. Units will range from studio-, one-, two, three-bedrooms and penthouses. There will be fully furnished and appointed resort residences ranging from studios-, one-, and two-bedroom suites with the latest technology curved screen televisions, spacious private balconies, a private owner’s storage closet and marble entry foyers as well as exquisitely finished kitchens with top-of-the line appliances including Sub Zero refrigerators and Wolf Cooktops. Spa-like bathrooms will boast marble vanity tops, with a separate shower and bath.

The property will also feature a private 6th floor Sky Beach with sand, the only private beach club in Fort Lauderdale. Residents will be offered an array of exceptional amenities and superior services, including a full-service Conrad branded spa, heated swimming pool, two whirlpools, serenity deck, poolside restaurant and lounge with a 20,000 square foot terrace, beach services, private butlers, oceanfront upscale dining, a gourmet market, WiFi throughout the resort and on the beach, a state-of-the-art fitness center, meeting rooms and event facilities. Twice daily housekeeping services and laundry service, the E-Concierge App, and special Hilton Honors points and Diamond Hilton Honors membership status will also be available to residents.

Prices for residences start in the $400,000’s and range to multi-million dollar penthouses. An on-site sales office will be opened Monday through Friday from 10:00 a.m. to 6 p.m., Saturdays and Sundays from 11am-5pm. For additional information or schedule an appointment, please contact (954) 749-7200.