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:
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
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)
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
(Must be 21+ to attend & Valet Parking is available)
Miami Fashion Blogger Swim Week Street-Style Photo Shoot at National Hotel Miami Beach, Photos by Alexander Tamargo @ALTAimages
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.
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
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
The temperatures have started rising in Miami and summer is here, and to beat this heat sometimes all you need is a comfortable dress, in the likes of an oversized button down shirt. A few weeks ago for a bloggers brunch at the Eden Roc Hotel in Miami I wore a beige tone shirtdress that has a string waist to give it some form, if it a more loose shirt dress I would say to belt it, to not look like a big blob. I wore it with bright shoes and some layered simple necklaces, making this a simple but pull together look.
Pictures by Angeles Almuna
There is a moment in every girl’s life that we have to make hard decisions in this case I’m talking about that moment when you have to choose your mani color for the week. Yes, I know I’m being overly dramatic, but sometimes being stuck with a color you don’t like can bring your mood down. For my summer nails I have been looking at shades of blues, especially in pastel tones. They really match with anything, kind of like wearing a pair of jeans it looks good with any outfit. (I’m pretty sure I read this somewhere). Check out my blue picks for a perfect summer look.
Being a fashion girl I am not afraid to try out trends. As you know from my last post I have been coveting several jumpsuits and then I saw this number from bebe. My personal style is a bit on the safe side and even when venturing on wearing pieces like a jumpsuit I prefer to stick to classic shapes like the sweetheart top and more neutral colors like black. I love this jumpsuit so much because it’s comfy and it makes me look put together even with my hair up on a side bun/braid. I just have to add heels and a nice clutch wrislet.
Pictures by David Pulgar Photography
Another spring trend that I have been following is the jumpsuit. This one piece pant and top combo has been around for a while, and you may think of a 70’s glam revival but with a modern feel. A few musts to get the look from the runway: Don’t be afraid of bold colors (think bright bright red). Also you may want to break it up to give it some scale with simple accessories like a thin metal belt or a cropped jacket. Don’t be afraid or prints. And as always go for shapes that flatter your body. If you are tall go ahead and try the more relax styles, if you are shorter maybe a fitted top with a tapered leg.
Check out the inspiration behind my illustration and how you can wear it on the looks below.