This week, the “new” (as in revamped with a new layout and design) Chloé store at Bal Harbour shops had its grand opening event for a few local VIP’s. The event planned by The Patton Group PR, included a fun night that started with signing in and receiving a golden Chloé key to start a treasure hunt to open several trunks filled with goodies and treats, while sipping on some champagne and mingling.
I snapped some pics of a few of my favorites of the spring collection, and I have to say lately I’m all about light pinks and whites (as you can see on the outfit I was wearing) so when I saw the Drew bag in light beige, light pink and light gray, its needless to say that I am in love with them, and I’m adding to my coveted list. Another favorite was also the crinkled floral fabric jackets (like this one). Scroll down for some pics of the store.
Whats better than my fashion illustrations?…. My fashion illustrations all dec’d up in one of the glam west elm Gallery frames (pictured above).
Next Saturday January 10th, I will be at the west elm store in Dadeland, Miami with a Pop-up shop. Where I will be selling my illustrations and you can also get one of their Gallery frames for 20% offwhen you buy any of my items. So come by and see me, I’ll give out some tips on how to make the perfect Gallery Wall using west elm Gallery frames and my The Architect of Style Illustrations.
What: Local Pop-up shop
When: Saturday, January 10th from 1pm – 4pm
Where: west elm Miami – 8805 Dadeland Blvd, Miami, FL 33156
The holidays are over and with it the New Year starting. Every year I do a list of resolutions which for the most part only half of them I keep, 2014 had great opportunities and moments for my blog and my career and I am grateful for that. I also had some not so good times in other aspects of my life, but I tend to not dwell on the past.
For 2015 I have decided to only following one resolution and that is to do things that make me happy, so you’ll see more drawings not only for artwork/decor but for some other things as this blog is one of those things that keeps me smiling.
Check out The Architect of Style Illustrations shop for some of these holiday inspired prints and many more. All print orders made by Thursday December 18th at 4pm (EST) will be delivered by Christmas day on December 25th. For custom orders the cutoff date is Wednesday December 17th.
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One of my favorite fairs during Art Basel is Design Miami. I typically attend the Vernissage on opening night, and I love to see what the new galleries that exhibit will bring. As this fair is industrial design oriented, meaning lots of furniture and for me getting ideas for what is trending that I could use on my future projects.
A little fact about me, is that I love furniture design and it was on my list of careers to choose, but opted for architecture. At some point I had a job designing wood furniture pieces, and also I collect mini-scale designer chairs which mostly I do not display.
I wanted to dress up for the occasion and opted for a navy blue skater dress with a black faux fur vest from Skaist Taylor, black tights and pumps and some oversized pearls bubbles.
I snapped so many pictures of the furniture pieces and installations and here are a few of my favorites and the galleries that had them:
It’s that time again where Art Basel hits Miami and with it all the private and invite only parties. On the first day I attended a private preview and pop-up exhibit of artist Kris Knight’ Smell the Magic, presented by Gucci and Spinello Projects. In a cozy gallery at Miami’s Design District the large mystical and ambiguous portraits paintings that inspired Frida Giannini, Creative director of Gucci for the Fall-Winter 2014 collection, laid on the walls.
I had an exquisite time looking at the pastel tones artwork, and I particularly liked the play with patterns and the uniqueness of each character.
I didn’t get a chance to talk the artist or meet Frida but I guess I’ll save that for next time.
Outfit pictures by Netty del from The Fashionable ESQ - Event pictures by Joe Schildhorn / Billy Farrell Agency
A trench coat is one of those pieces that every girl needs in her closet, It’s a spring and fall basic that works for any weather and the cut is so classic that with just a simple outfit it would make you look fashionable.
The trench coat was first developed as an all weather coat for British and French soldiers during the 1900’s by Burberry and up until this day Burberry makes one of the most coveted trenches. Usually a typical trench is double breasted and is made in a tan or khaki color.
I bought my trench coat from Uniqlo a few years ago I opted for a short version so I could use it in Miami. As we usually don’t get a real winter down here it was a good option to wear when its raining or the temperature drops a few degrees. I wanted to give a little extra edge to this outfit and wore a black leather crop top layered over a soft white t-shirt.
Cirque du Soleil’s newest show Amaluna is rolling into Miami’s Sun Life Stadium on December 11th and will be showing all the way to dates in January. Nothing is more magical than getting into the world of theater and performances. I am particularly enchanted by the stage designs, wardrobes and special effects. I spent most of my kid life behind and on them doing ballet performances along with my twin sister. And in college I took a Scenography class and helped out on the design of a few small performances. I guess this can explain my delight to such visual shows like Cirque du Soleil.
Amaluna is a show that gives tribute to women where 70% of the performers and 100% of the band are ladies. The show sets place in a mysterious island governed by Goddesses and are guided by the cycles of the moon. I can’t wait to see how alluring this show will be.
The people from Cirque Du Soleil contacted me to run a giveaway of two sets of tickets for The Architect of Style readers. I will be giving out 2 sets of tickets for 2 winners.
In the past weeks, I was live drawing at the Pretty in Pink event for Bloomingdale’s at two locations (The Falls and Aventura), for Breast Cancer Awareness month. I designed the invitation for the event (you can see it here), and as you know it was one of my dreams to collaborate and work with this big retailer.
I had a great time and got the chance to see many fellow blogger friends. I feel humble that so many people came out to get one of my sketches, when someone told me that they had specially attended that night because they had been on other events that I was live drawing and had tried to get a sketch from me, but the line had been too long or the event had ended.
A few days ago I was at a fashion shoot for a major magazine, where many other fashion bloggers from Miami where the models. We had to style ourselves with Fall outfits, and one of the things I noticed is that at least 85% of the girls (I make up statistics!) were wearing hats. Floppy hats, large brimmed, small fedoras… in black, gray, blue, tan even red…etc.. In any shape or form hats seem to be a common denominator of what the street style for Fall holds. And of course I got inspired and drew a fashion illustration of a girl with a hat and I went online and searched for my favorite ones.