Miami Spice Just Arrived

I am eager to tell you that Miami Spice just began! Every year in the months of August and September, the most trendy and exquisite Miami restaurants offer a three-main-course menu featuring popular dishes at reduced prices. The brunch and lunch cost $23 and dinner $39.

There are more than 200 restaurants participating in the Miami Spice.

How can you make the best decision and try the most delicious dishes?

I have created a list of the top 3 restaurants that are worth to visit for the three occasions: brunch, lunch, and dinner. Let’s take a look at them!

SeaSpice

I have always been a fan of this place because of its fun atmosphere! Sunday brunches in Sea Spice are a day party that never stops. However, this time I went for the food. Let’s check what I ordered.

For the appetizers, we had the tomato and yellow pepper gazpacho, and the plantains wrapped in bacon filled with chorizo. Yes, you read well. Filled with CHORIZO. My boyfriend is a food lover; he just loves to try new things and experience different flavors. That’s why he chose the plantains. And guess what? They tasted incredible! The sweet and salty combination was delicious. He likes to call it the newer version of dates wrapped in bacon – an iconic appetizer of the Pubbelly Station. They both have that bittersweet contrast but with a different texture.

For the main platter, we both had the truffle ravioli with gorgonzola and pear. This combination is one of my favorites in the world. It’s like an explosion of flavors melting in my mouth. The rich aroma of the cheese and pears was hard to resist. Together, they produce a taste unlike any other.

The size of this plate is a little small. Ravioli servings usually have five to six pieces. But with dessert, you should be satisfied. We had a peach and champagne cold cake, and a mango mouse with a touch of basil and crumbled cookies on top. Both of them were a delicious selection. Our favorite was the mouse!

SeaSpice participates in the Miami Spice in the following days. For brunch, Saturdays and Sundays. For lunch and dinner, from Tuesdays to Fridays.

Komodo

Komodo features an Asian-modern-fusion cuisine with outdoor eateries and a Brickell-type nightlife experience. This delicious restaurant participates in the Miami Spice from Mondays to Fridays for lunch and dinner.

For the lunch menu, Komodo offers five appetizer options which include edamame, shrimp tempura, and watercress and calamari salad. I recommend the colorful salads. They are both refreshing and full of flavor; perfect for the summertime in Miami.

For the main entree, my two favorite options are the salmon bowl with kale and red quinoa, and the tahini chicken with peppers and peanuts. Since I am a salmon lover and a fan of the Asian cuisine, this bowl blew my mind. However, the tahini sauce with the peanut touch made this chicken one in a million. They are both mouthwatering selections, especially for those who like this type of season.

Since the hot weather in Miami is more powerful than ever, gelato is always a good option for dessert. The texture was soft and creamy. It comes in three different flavors: green apple, blueberry, and raspberry.

Kiki On The River

Located in the Miami Downtown area, this modern-greek-cuisine restaurant offers a wide selection of mouthwatering dishes and an amazing view of the river to be enjoyed from its garden-like setting with a glass of wine. Kiki participates in the Miami Spice from Monday to Friday at dinner time and changes its menu every week.

For appetizers, the restaurant offers both cold and hot dishes with five different options. Since I went with my boyfriend, we got to choose two appetizers. He chose the marinated octopus, and I chose the Greek grilled cheese platter with a side of salad. The octopus was tender and grilled to perfection; its flavor was out of this world. I highly recommend it. On the other side, the cold appetizer was tasty and refreshing. As you may know, Greek cheeses have a strong flavor and hard consistency. This exquisite selection combined with the raw veggies made this plate, one to remember.

For the main course, we had the t-bone savory lamb steak and the roasted rosemary chicken with spices. I must say that my favorite was the lamb. Cooked medium, tasted delicious with lemon roasted potatoes. The chicken was also a good selection. The Mediterranean touch gave it an amazing flavor.

We had pistachio baklava for dessert – one of my boyfriend’s favorite. The puff pastry was crispy and sweet. The last layer was full of pistachio and melted caramel. And yes, it tasted as good as it sounds. If you are a fan of Mediterranean cuisine and romantic views, Kiki on the river is MUST visit!

 

I hope you like it, and I encorague you to enjoy of this annually event! Great food cannot be missed!

 

Continue Reading

A Stylish Way to Wear The Bell Sleeve Trend

Aren’t you in love with the bell sleeve trend and all its variations? Me too! I think is because it’s retro but at the same time feminine and chic. The one that I am wearing today it’s more like a tiered-bell-sleeve blouse in a pastel blue. As I have told you before, pastel colors, retro trends, and movement are all IN this summer.

IMG_0976.jpg

We can also expect to see this trend in pants. Instead of having a skinny end, the pants open at the bottom with a wide boot forming the bell shape. If you would like to get a better idea of how they look like, check out this spring post that I published a few months ago.

Getting back to business,  let’s see today’s marvelous outfit!

IMG_0937 (1).jpg

First of all, we have a white pompous skort from Akira boutique with a tiered bell sleeve blue blouse. This skort has two layers giving volume and movement to the look. Also, it’s high waist and outlines the figure. This clothing piece is pretty versatile. We can create a casual outfit by combining it with a denim cropped top or a more formal one by wearing a floral blouse or a bell sleeve shirt like I am doing it.

The Zara’s tiered-bell-sleeve blouse is the protagonist of this outfit. It has two strips that must be tied from behind forming a bow – cute detail. The blue pastel color of the blouse allows us to combine it with lots of clothing. I have worn it with floral pants, jeans, and white trousers. I have even worn it for work! Now, it’s time to play with accessories!

IMG_0906

Accessories can make a huge difference in an outfit. They can transform a very simple look into an extravagant, breathtaking one. Here, I wore a pair of gold and silver long earrings because the neckline of my blouse it’s closed and tight. Otherwise, I would have chosen a necklace.

IMG_0965

IMG_0874

Since the palette of colors includes pastel tones, this outfit is better for events with day light, or it could also work for a happy hour in Brickell. It’s Thursday, so I think I will go for the second option!

Stay tuned because next week I will share the details of Miami Swim Week!

 

 

 

 

 

 

Continue Reading

Who Said that Runway Outfits Were Out of Reach?

The Miami Fashion Week took place a few weeks ago, and the Swim Week is about to start. So I decided to compile some of the trends that I saw on the runways, especially the proposals of Custo Barcelona and Shantall Lacayo. And there’s nothing that I enjoy most than observing other girls’ outfits to get some inspiration. As I told you before, white is a color that you cannot take out of your sight this summer. One of the outfits that I liked consisted of a white high-waist skirt with a white cropped top and a long gray open shirt combined with a pair of black stilettos. Since that kind of fashion is usually considered a luxury – way too expensive for our recent graduate’s wallet – I came up with a budget-friendly outfit that follows that concept.

Let’s check it out!

IMG_0727.jpg

As you can see, the cropped top is a crochet type piece, which is really IN this season. Accompanied by a white “skort” – a skirt/short – and a pair of heels made of a colorful fabric. The pieces are pretty similar to the original outfit so you can get the essence of the style.

I got the crochet cropped top from Tiger Mist, an Australian online boutique. Lucky me, I bought it for $30 during a sale. The bottom I got it from Akira, a Chicago-based shopping store. This “skort” was even a better deal. I purchased it for $25.  And last but not least, I bought the heels in Steve Madden.

IMG_0787

This is just an example of how we can adopt runway trends and outfits in different ways without going bankrupt. The style is owned girls, not purchased.

Hope you find this helpful!

And stay tuned. I’ll bring inside details of Miami Swim Week!!

Much love.

 

 

Continue Reading

A Spring Look You Won’t Want to Miss

IC3A4329

Spring 2017 is the season in which you make your own statement! The ‘80s style adoption persists. We still see the inclusion of bright colors, such as red, fuchsia, yellow, electric blue and green, with a variety of folds, pompous sleeves, lots of layers, and different textures.

The greatest thing about trends is that you can mix and match as much as you want! So if you feel like having a sophisticated look or one that is more punk – ‘80s related – this is your moment.

I put together an outfit mixing some of these trends. The first piece of my look was a white cropped top from Zara’s Spring 2016 collection. As I mentioned in my previous posts, the minimalist and monochromatic fashion is still IN, and I believe it will remain a little longer. Then, I decided to play around with the pompous feature, so I included the red pants with a wide boot. The wide boot is being utilized again, especially in jeans. Nowadays, the skinny jeans are not as fashionable as before. What’s trending now is MOVEMENT.

IC3A4352.jpg

To get more into details, I added a gold chain belt that not only gives to my look a sophisticated touch but also enhances my waist line. An essential element of the ‘80s look is to highlight the women’s silhouette. This can be done by wearing belts or by using dresses and skirts at waist height. Also, it’s important to be consistent with the accessories. In this case, I matched the chain belt with my earrings and rings. The three pieces followed the same style and shared the same color palette.

IC3A4396

Moreover, the sky-high stilettos are a MUST HAVE piece for this season. Yves Saint Laurent took possession of this feature during the fashion week; the heels were out of this world. For this outfit, I used a pair of gold-platinum heels that also have a black strip surrounding my ankle. This detail enhances the shape of the legs; it’s basically the same effect that belts have on waistlines. I frequently ask myself, “What would I like to enhance or highlight today?” This question helps me to narrow down my options and facilitates my decision. In a matter of seconds, I already know what trends and accessories I want to use.

IC3A4454

This look is simple, monochromatic and sophisticated. It can be worn for many occasions, such as cocktail parties, drinks night, and even to go clubbing. Remember that you are the one who sets your own style. Don’t limit yourself. Make your own statement and make them look TWICE!

mano.jpg

 

 

 

Continue Reading

Spring Essentials

petal

In 2014, Christopher Kane presented his collection at the New York Fashion Week — it was all about creativity and artfulness.  As usual, Kane made a provocative statement playing with nylon while creating new forms. The pink dress located in the right part of the image belonged to that collection. The sleeve is a long wave that surrounds the arm completely, and it had never been seen by anyone before.

Three years later, we see that this form has evolved into a tulip. More than that, the tulip shape is now a trend.

During the 2016 New York Fashion Week a lot of designers have presented their collections with this specific characteristic.

The Venezuelan designer, Carolina Herrera, incorporated this shape to her collection. She presented a series of strapless long dresses and skirts with floral prints that had the tulip form from waist down. The innovative thing? She also played with blue jeans — another clear statement of today’s fashion.

Moreover, Kaftan Usman was another designer who took possession of the petal trend. His collection displayed a variety of long skirts and pants with horizontal stripes in pastel colors. He also incorporated a vibrant orange to one of his sets. All of the pieces included the tulip form — no exception.

Moreover, here are a few trends that I’m sure you will like to incorporate into your spring wardrobe.

trends

As it can be seen, spring 2017 is synonymous with light blue, stripes and waistlines. Recently, fashion has gone to the 80’s and came back; now everything is about waist training and asymmetrical outfits. Once again we can see how trends change and evolve — always keeping their essence.

Next week, I will share a couple of outfits ideas using these trends!

Stay tuned!

 

 

Continue Reading

The Streets are Full of Silk

Today, I wanted to talk to you about the lingerie trend, and how we can incorporate it into our wardrobe.

angi2.jpg

Most of you might be thinking, “Whaat? There’s no way I’m going to wear a silk camisole or a lingerie bra. She must be out of her mind!” But trust me, you will.

The streets are full of lingerie pieces. Now, women wear their underwear as outwear. Some of them use a black bra over a white t-shirt, others use transparent pieces with flamboyant brass, and the list keeps on and on.

I have personally decided to try this trend by wearing a silky body, a wavy short and a pair of silver boots. On the other hand, my beautiful friend is wearing a lingerie bra with a furry vest and a pair of jeans. The latest outfit is urban and casual… and sexy.

The color that prevails in my outfit is the black, so I played with the shapes, cuts, and necklines of the clothing pieces in order to make it interesting and different. As it can be seen, the body has a “V” neck shape with a low cut in the back, the short has multiple waves on both sides, and the jacket has a cut at the shoulders height. It seems like the clothing pieces belong together; more than that, they complement each other. This is a great way to keep the monochromatic and minimalist trend on point without being predictable.

Moreover, the silver boots with a zipper in the middle give a retro style to the look; zippers were a characteristic element in fashion during the 80’s. Boots are an amazing addition to this look. Why? Because they cover a partial part of the legs, which makes them look longer and more stylized. This outfit can be worn for a drinks night – ending up at a nightclub – or for any semi-casual occasion.

Then, there is the second outfit. Since a lingerie bra cannot be worn by itself, we decided to add some life to it. And the best way to do this is by mixing textures. The furry vest is a great alternative to give volume to the look and create movement. Now, the outfit is much more vivid! Also, jeans are always an amazing alternative when we want to keep our look casual. Since jeans are tight, they recreate the silhouette of the legs to perfection making us look slimmer. Here, the black tip shoes are the final touch! This type of shoes is elegant and goes well with almost everything. And when I say everything, I mean it!

angi1.jpg

Now, it seems like we will need to find a more accurate name for underwear because lately it has not been used underneath… If you know what I’m talking about.

Continue Reading