Leather and Bold Stripes

An artsy me...
An artsy me, strolling down one of the Wynwood Streets

I bought this Bar iii vertical stripes dress a while ago. I think, I wore it once on a trip to Naples and never wore it again, having such bold stripes is a challenge to style it and specially  to make it look different everytime. In this instance, I wore it with a faux leather crop top to look more like a skirt. To break down the lines a thin yellow color belt, completed the outfit. Perfect for a night casual stroll around Wynwood, looking at some street-art.

Pictures by Netty Del from The Fashionable ESQ (edits by me)

See below on how to shop the look…. Continue reading

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Peroni Style: Perpetual Summer, Live Sketching and Pop-up shop

Live Drawing
Live Drawing
This Saturday, I will be having a Pop-up shop at the Peroni Style, Perpetual Summer Lounge during the Wynwood Life street-art festival. I will also be doing some live fashion sketches, so come by see some art and say hi!

See below for details:

When:  Saturday April 25th, 2015 12pm-6pm

Where: Mana Wynwood, 318 NW 23rd St, Miami, FL 33127

Tickets are available at www.wynwoodlife.com/tickets


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A New Hair Color!

A litlle lighter
A little lighter
For a few weeks, I had been a little bored with my hair. I love having bangs, but I was not too happy with the extreme black that my natural hair color is, and with an outgrown ombre, it was time for a change. I decided to go a lighter and get rid of the black hair. I followed the good advise given by the colorist, dyed my base several shades lighter to a dark blonde tone and then had a full head of highlights done. It all took 9 hours to do, I must say my hair is very resistant and really hard to get colored.

At the end I love the results and once again I feel happy with my hair. Also, isn’t there a saying that blondes have more fun? Let’s see!

Hair by Janeth’s Grotto located at 780 NW 42nd Avenue Suite 6, Miami,‎ FL. Tel. (305) 448-5328

and loving it!
and loving it!
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My home office with WD My Cloud and a Giveaway!

My blogger home office desk, where I just added the WD My Cloud Expert Series
My blogger home office desk, where I just added the WD My Cloud™ Expert Series

As a fashion illustrator one of the most important things for me is backing up my files. I backup once and do a mirror of that, on another drive and triple save it also on an off-site cloud. I know… I know I’m a little paranoid of loosing any of my work, specially after hours of editing, a girl can never be prepared enough!

When WD approached me to try out the My Cloud EX2100 NAS (Network Attached Storage), I was thrilled. Now I can have all my files backed up automatically from one drive to another (no more connecting a million exterior hard drives). Also a BIG plus is that it is a network drive, meaning all of my files are accessible from anywhere with my laptop, tablet and phone, using the My Cloud app, and I can upload files from any device and it will be available in any of them.

One of the first things I noticed with the WD My Cloud EX2100 is the size, it sits perfectly on my desk and doesn’t occupy to much space. The setup is a no brainer you plug it into the power outlet and to your wireless router, then press the power button. The setup is just signing up, download the apps and you are all set.

While playing around with the system there are many advanced settings that you can adjust. I like that it has the feature of having your own FTP, that comes in handy when sharing files with clients and the printshop. Also that it works well with Apple’s Time Machine so all the backups are made automatically.

The WD My Cloud EX2100, is equipped with two hard drive bays that each one has a 2TB drive for a total of 4TB, but it is also available in larger capacities (here).

Thank you WD for providing with a My Cloud EX2100 to review and keep, and for sponsoring the giveaway of a WD My Cloud EX2 (valued $349.99) to one of my readers, scroll down to enter.

The WD My Cloud EX2100 I call her Gissi's Cloud
My WD My Cloud™ EX2100 ….I call her Gissi’s Cloud
WD My Cloud app on my iPad let's me access any of my pictures from anywhere
WD My Cloud™ app on my iPad let’s me access any of my pictures from anywhere

Disclaimer: Please note that the Giveaway is for a WD My Cloud EX2 4TB. Which is a different model to the one reviewed and shown on this post.

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White, light blue and a little camo

Wearing Forever 21 White Vest, and Zara Light Blue Shorts
White Vest, light blue shorts and a little camo

It seems to me that since I bought this white vest I keep wearing it with everything, it pulls together an outfit immediately, even if its wearing pajama style shorts. I wore it on a hot Sunday afternoon, that I was live drawing around the pool at the Freehand hotel in Miami Beach. I love the idea of adding a Camo bag to complete this look.

Michael Kors Camo Crossbody, Michael Kors Rose Gold Watch, Forever 21 Love bracelet
Michael Kors Camo Travel bag in Acid Lime, Michael Kors Rose Gold Watch, Love bracelet (similar here)
It seems I wear this triangle necklace from local jewelry designer Plum Flower Creations.
It seems I wear all Miami local jewelry designers lately : Triangle Necklace by Plum Flower Creations & Social media name plate necklace c/o Taudrey


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Spring fashion trends: Off-the-shoulder tops

Flirty with off-the-shoulders
Flirty with off-the-shoulders

There’s a sexiness that comes from showing off some skin, and showing a tan. Channeling an 80’s vibe (and not a peasant look), the Off-the-shoulder cut is a spring fashion trend will see around. I like the idea of flowy off-the-shoulder crop tops.Proportion is key when wearing this trend. Think of pairing that flowy top with a skinny distressed jeans or a high-waist pencil skirt, I would also stay away from tops with big prints but that’s my minimalist personal style talking.

I’m having a lot of fun drawing fashion illustrations for these spring trends and selecting my favorite picks. Also check out my post (and illustration) on how to wear head-to-toe White (here), and let me know, how you would wear this trend?


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An all-day LBD

A little black dress goes a long way
A little black dress goes a long way

There is no such thing as having too many LBD’s (little black dresses). When I’m in a pinch they save me from going thru a case of “I don’t know what to wear”. A few weeks back I bought this little number at the GAP. I love the feminine look that it has and the vintage-y vibes of the sleeves and cut, almost like a modern Jackie O.

I wore this dress to go work with pumps and a blazer, when I received an email for a last minute cocktail party at the Biltmore, I thought about going home and change, but I took off the blazer and layered spike/triangular shape necklaces I had in my bag (yes, I carry around accessories in my bag, you never know when you might need them) and voila!, this outfit  transition perfectly to an evening (unplanned) cocktail party. I would have changed to a more cocktail-y smaller purse, but I guess I may need to start carrying one also inside my daily bag, just in case.

Pics by Netty Del from The Fashionable ESQ.

Wearing Gap LBD, Merona Fuscia belt, Prune tote bag
Wearing Gap LBD (similar here), Merona Fuscia belt, Prune satchel bag (similar here), Gorjana leather stud bracelet &  Michael Kors Parker Rosegold watch
MLE Venus pumps c/o Mia Shoes
MLE Venus pumps c/o Mia Shoes
Miami local jewelry maker Plum  Flower Creations triangle Necklace and Aldo Spike necklace


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Spring fashion trends: White on White

Whites for Spring!
Whites for Spring!

With the start of spring I wanted to talk about some of the fashion trends for this season. One that I’m particularly loving is the white on white ensembles, I’m talking about wearing head to toe all-blanc. Besides the fact that wearing all white can be a hassle, trying to avoid getting any unruly spills on you, It’s a minimal look that can look very classy easily.

To wear it, as a simple rule I would keep my whites in the same tones, meaning don’t wear an ivory white with a super bright cool white as one of them is bound to look bleached out or worst… dirty. Also unless it’s a crisp (or not)  matching suit, I would play with textures, matching a lace dress with a leather jacket or a simple white vest.

As for accessories, go with classics all nude or black… and if you are feeling adventurous bring out that red bag.

See below a few of my picks!


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Ready for the 2015 Miami Open Tennis with LACOSTE

Ready for the 2015 Miami Open Tennis with LACOSTE
Ready for the 2015 Miami Open Tennis with LACOSTE

There is nothing more exciting in Miami during March and April, as it is the Miami Open Tennis tournament. I have to say I love my Tennis players and I think this is the only sport I truly follow.

This year LACOSTE is the exclusive apparel brand of the Miami Open, and I have been selected as one of the cool bloggers to be a brand ambassador of the event. To give my readers some ideas on what to wear to a Tennis match, I picked this really cute LACOSTE sleeveless cotton crepe piqué polo dress in navy and styled it with some green/teal accents, to match the cute net like Holiday bag also from LACOSTE. And I know I’m wearing heels to an sporting event but they are comfy wedges in a nude color.

You can follow along my instagram @GissiJ and  the hashtags: #SpottheCrocMIA #BeautifulTennis to see the latest of the LACOSTE croc and some scenes of the event.

The tournament are at Crandon Park Tennis center and its from March 23rd to April 5th.  For more info and to get tickets click here.

This post was done as a collaboration of The Architect of Style with LACOSTE for the Miami Open tennis.

Pictures by photog Cindy Jimenez

Green/Teal Accesories
Green/Teal Accesories
Lacoste Sleeveless Fit & Flare Polo Dress in Navy
c/o LACOSTE Sleeveless Fit & Flare Polo Dress in Navy
The back of the Lacoste Sleeveless Fit & Flare Polo Dress
The back of the LACOSTE c/o Sleeveless Fit & Flare Polo Dress
Lacoste Holiday Bag & Lacoste Tennis Ball
c/o LACOSTE Holiday Bag & Tennis Ball
Lacoste Gator
Spotted the LACOSTE tonal Croc to match the dress
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Beachy Brights

Beachy Brights!
Beachy Brights!

With a St. Tropez feel, I don’t know if it was the beachy colors or my golden tan (from exercising too much outside), this teal top got me many compliments.  I typically don’t wear so bright “bright” colors, but I found this top on a seasonal trunk sale that local Miami boutique Neptunes has on-going at Velour Medspa in Coral Gables and I fell in love with it. I wore it to a brunch at the beach this past weekend and paired it with white skinny jeans and nude peep toe booties.

What do you think should I try more bright colors?

Pictures by Netty Del from The Fashionable ESQ

House of Harlow 1960 Geodesic Cocktail Ring (via RocksBox), Aldo Spiral Ring, Gorjana Greer V-Neck Necklace (via RocksBox) & Gorjana Honeycomb Necklace.
House of Harlow 1960 Geodesic Cocktail Ring (c/o RocksBox, get your 1st month free with code thearchitectofstylexoxo), Aldo Spiral Ring, Gorjana Greer V-Neck Necklace (c/o RocksBox) & Gorjana Honeycomb Necklace (available here).
Margaret Elizabeth Amalfi Bangle in Moonstone (via RocksBox), Infiniti beaded bracelet (similar here) & J.Crew Flower Bracelet
Margaret Elizabeth Amalfi Bangle in Moonstone (via RocksBox get your first month free with code thearchitectofstylexoxo), Infinity beaded bracelet (similar here) & J.Crew Flower Bracelet
Love this Teal top I picked up from local Miami boutique Neptunes
Love this Teal top I picked up from local Miami boutique Neptunes
Nude peeptoe booties (available here)
Nude peep toe booties (similar here)
My white Revolver skinny Jeans are from bebe (available here)


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