I call this Boho-Basic

A little boho-basic
A little Boho-basic

There is nothing more basic than wearing a racerback tank top. They are comfy and you can wear them for anything. Under a blazer, over shorts or with a skirt, it can be dressed down or up depending on the accessories. I went a few weeks ago to a cocktail party on the beach and wanted to wear something “easy” which seems to be my motto lately. Being on a hot beach at sunset I opted to wear a white silky racerback tank top with a silky maxi skirt. I call this style Boho-basic, flowy skirts with soft fabrics and basic shapes and colors.

Pictures by Kelly Stewart

And of course the bag that I'm wearing all the time from Gregory Sylvia
And of course the bag that I’m wearing all the time from c/o Gregory Sylvia Luxi
Love this silky maxi from MNG by Mango
Love this silky maxi from MNG by Mango

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Feeling good and getting some R&R

R&R
Breathe and just relax

The last few weeks I have been feeling very stressed out due to the mundane things of life, like work, dealing with relationships etc. I have been looking to get some me time and just chill and relax, everyone needs some me time where you get to enjoy yourself and do things that make you feel good and that don’t require too much thinking. A few of my favorite ways to get a much needed R&R:

The Quick Road Trip: Maybe not a real road trip per se, but taking a day to drive out a few hours, to a local remote park or beach to spend an afternoon away from the craziness of the city. Clears my mind and puts things in perspective.As an added tip take one of your besties and play a 90’s station and sing your heart out.

Spa time! : Aromatherapy Massages, Champagne glasses, Steam Baths, etc… is the best way to unwind… Especially good if you can take your bestie out with you for this in Miami we have Miami Spa Month that some of the nicest spa’s offer services for 99$…Another good option to get a deal is thru Groupon or Livingsocial, but check the reviews online first to see what to expect before choosing, I use Yelp for this.

A Mani / Pedi: If the spa day gets too pricey then I go ahead and get my nails done is one of my favorite things ever, I can’t go by a week without doing them. The mini hand/feet massages can work wonders. Seeing my nails all cute and pretty lifts up my mood instantly. Also as a plus the mani ladies will hear your entire life story and dish out how one of their friends or cousins is going thru something similar and they have an opinion about it.

The Blow out:  Getting out of the rut of wearing a pony tail or a messy bun and having a good blow dry makes me feel like a million bucks. The added motion of someone “playing” with my hair its super nice.

These are some of the things that I do, but drop me a line in the comments and let me know what do you do to get a quick pick me up?

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An LBD and Gladiators Summer

Another all black summer outfit
Another all black summer outfit

It seems that I keep wearing all black outfits this summer. Usually I would stay away from wearing dark colors when the sun is 90 degrees plus outside, specially because black fabrics tend to not reflect light and absorb all the heat. Still I keep wearing them. It was really hot outside on a yatch party during Swim Week, but the things that I do for fashion and to look good, that melting a little bit is nothing a few glasses of champagne couldn’t handle.

I liked the idea of wearing a draped wrap dress along with the gladiators sandals to give an update to such a classic look that seems to come from a roman mythology story but being all black is definitely not.

Pics taken by Kar Gar

Accent spike flower brooch by Angeles Almuna
Accent spike flower brooch by Angeles Almuna

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A museum stroll and sporting some beachy waves

Wearing H&M Mesh panel t-shirt, c/o Gregory Sylvia Luxi Bag in Pink (available here), Report Signature sandals.
Wearing H&M Mesh panel t-shirt, c/o Gregory Sylvia Luxi Bag in Pink (available here), H&M Silky shorts, Report Signature Owen sandals.

The summer days in Miami can not get hotter I keep wearing silky shorts and breezy shirts. Over the weekend I went to the PAMM museum with some friends and wore this all black outfit and gave it a summer look with some beachy waves hair and my new Luxi crossbody bag that the people from Gregory Sylvia sent me.

If you follow me on Instagram, you would know that I have loved this bag since I received it. For starters is hot pink (you can’t get more girly than that), the geometrical design of the flap and the metal accents give it an edge and the finish is a super nice textured saffiano leather. All this  makes it a perfect bag to walk around and stroll one afternoon at  the museum.

Also remember that I am hosting a giveaway for a Custom Illustration to celebrate The Architect of Style b-day! Here is how to enter.

All pictures by Angeles Almuna Photography

Italia Independent Sunnies
Italia Independent I-Gum Sunnies Miami Special Edition (similar  here)
PAMM Museum in Miami
PAMM Museum in Miami
Dressed all black with a pop of color
Dressed all black with a pop of color

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The Architect of Style is 2! & Giveaway!

Celebrating 2 years!
Celebrating 2 years!

The Architect of Style turns 2 today! It has been a fun year and I have to be grateful to my readers and fellow blogger friends that I have met along the way. To celebrate the occasion I am hosting a giveaway for a Custom fashion illustration made by me. See the details on how to enter below:

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Miami Swim Week days

I drew this summer illustration as an special gift for the VIP’s for ESCAPE Miami Style lounge. Get your limited edition here.

I have been running around like a busy bee the past few days getting everything ready for Miami Swim Week. I will be live drawing in two events along with SUPERGA on Wednesday at the Peroni’s 2014 Emerging Fashion Designer Series  and with MIA Shoes on Saturday for ESCAPE Miami Style Lounge, check out below on details on how to RSVP.

Peroni Italy’s 2014 Emerging Designer Series Miami Swim Week

Wednesday, July 16, 8:00 pm
SLS South Beach, 1701 Collins Ave., Miami Beach
RSVP: peronistyle@thisismission.com

ESCAPE Miami Style Lounge
Saturday, July 19, 12:00 PM to 5:00 pm
The National Hotel, 1677 Collins Ave., Miami Beach
RSVP: http://www.ESCAPEMIAMI2.EVENTBRITE.COM (almost sold out)

 

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Escape Miami style lounge and some live drawing!

Summer Fun
Our Summer Stories! Wearing Mink Pink Floral Dress, Miami Style Mafia Gladiator Sandals (similar here), Forever 21 Chain necklaces (similar here), Panama Hat (similar here)

It’s time for Miami Swim week again! Just like last year, along with 45 fellow bloggers I am collaborating on a photo exhibit for the second annual ESCAPE Miami Style Lounge hosted by Annie Vasquez from The Fashion Poet and Peroni Italy.  This year our pictures were taken by Getty Images photographer Alex Tamargo from ALTAimages, telling “Our Summer Stories” at the National Hotel, where they will also be on display the day of the event.

In addition I will also be doing live drawings of the attendees in some posh fashion illustrations teaming up with one of my favorite brands MIA shoes.

So please come by and say hello. The event is complimentary to attend and deets and invite are below! Don’t forget to RSVP! (It’s a must)

WHEN:             Saturday, July 19, 2014 Noon – 5 p.m.

WHERE:          National Hotel Miami Beach, 1677 Collins Avenue, Miami Beach, FL 33139

RSVP:               ESCAPEMIAMI2.EVENTBRITE.COM

(Must be 21+ to attend & Valet Parking is available)

Beach Time
Beach Time

Miami Fashion Blogger Swim Week Street-Style Photo Shoot at National Hotel Miami Beach, Photos by Alexander Tamargo @ALTAimages

The invite!
The invite!

 

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Oversized and Colorful

And with odd shapes
And with odd shapes

Summer is all about fun, the ease of not worrying too much and of course hitting the beach. When summer comes around I default to minimum make up (if any), summer dresses and sandals, but as any fashion girl I always want to look well put. A perfect pair of sunnies can uplift my mood and my outfit. Lately I have been coveting anything oversized, to cover the lack of makeup. With odd shapes that have a retro feel and colorful because for summer black or brown can be a little boring.

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Sometimes is all about little details and forgetting some

Wearing Doo.ri printed ruffle blouse, Xhiliration (Target) Lattice Detail, Prune Handbag, JS studded sandals, Bebe Shades
Wearing Doo.ri printed ruffle blouse, Xhilaration Lattice Detail Shorts (available at Target), Prune Handbag, JS studded sandals, c/o Bebe Ideal Shades (on sale)

My shopping routine for cleaning supplies goes like this… I’m in need of detergent, I go to Target. I swear to myself that I will walk directly to the laundry supplies aisle. Once I cross the automatic doors my eyes catch a glimpse of the one dollar spot, I go around pick a few things that I definitely don’t need (i.e. Hello Kitty stickers), continue walking and go towards the women’s section see a few bikinis and I think how cute they are, but I need to lose an extra 10 pounds to wear those tiny bottoms. I walk all the way to the end of the hall and see the clearance section. I do quick browse and see these cute soft blue printed shorts I grab them and hurry up to the cashier line before I change my mind.  I get to the car and start driving out of the parking lot and then I remember, I forgot the laundry detergent. At least I got cute shorts with a detail lattice that I get to wear to brunch while I stick Hello Kitty to the napkins.

 Pictures by Cindy Jimenez

Shorts with a little detail
Shorts with a little detail
Lounging a bit
Lounging a bit

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Live Drawing and such..

Some of the Illustration I made using truBlend
Some of the Illustration I made using Covergirl’s TruBlend foundation

Some weeks ago COVERGIRL approached to live draw at Hispanicize 2014 for an event sponsored by them. The event was for latina bloggers to show them the array of colors and tones of the TRUblend foundation. Each attendant got matched with the perfect color for their skin, got their makeup done and they were ready to be drawn.

I brought along my friend Kara Endres from Sprinkles and Springs to accompany me to draw. We used the foundation matched as the base for the illustration skin color, added some marker lines and ended up with some pretty illustration of the ladies.

Pictures via Kara Endres

Live Drawing at Hispanicize 2014
Live drawing celebrity makeup artist Mariela Bagnato at Hispanicize 2014
Drawing Buddies
Drawing Buddies
Covergirl ladies
Covergirl ladies
Hard at work
Hard at work
Kara Endres from Sprinkles and Spring & me
Kara Endres from Sprinkles in Springs & me
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