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Boho-Denim Dress

Denim Dress by International Concepts

Denim Dress by International Concepts

Denim Dress by International Concepts

[Chelsae Anne | Photography]

DRESS, SANDALS, SADDLE BAG & BRACELET: (c/o) International Concepts

I love denim. It’s one of my favorite trends to feature on the blog. It’s also pretty affordable (i.e. you can get a lot of use out of one denim piece) and really easy to style. Whether you pair denim with a leather jacket, red bandana and white sneakers for a downtown vibe, or throw on sandals, a straw tote and a floppy hat for a beach-y feel, you can pretty much make denim work, no matter what your preferences are.

Downside: Denim can be tough to wear during the summertime because it’s usually made out of heavy, structured fabric. Until…

Denim Dress by International Concepts

You try on this faded “denim” dress by International Concepts. It looks like denim, but is actually made out of a super soft fabric that’s great for the heat.

Denim Dress by International Concepts

The cutout in the back of this dress is so cute. It lends a casual, bohemian feel to it. The lightweight, denim-like fabric moves when you walk. Making it effortless and easy; totally appropriate for the summer.

Denim Dress by International Concepts

Denim Dress by International Concepts

Denim Dress by International Concepts

To elevate this look (just a notch), I opted for lace up sandals, a gold chunky bracelet and a mini saddle bag, also from International Concepts. I tied a tropical scarf around the side of my bag to continue the bohemian feel of this look and to further personalize my outfit.

Denim Dress by International Concepts

I’ve already worn this dress with gladiator sandals and a lightweight white button-up tied around my waist to run errands! The possibilities are endless.

Denim Dress by International Concepts

To shop today’s “Boho-Denim” inspired look from International Concepts, click the links above!

Denim Dress by International Concepts

Have a great Sunday everyone…

Xo, Stephanie

[Thank you International Concepts for sponsoring this post]

Hispanic Heritage Month

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Wearing… Top: H&M (old)/Pants: H&M $34.95 (similar here)/Sandals: (c/o) Steve Madden via Macy’s $63 (similar here)/Necklace: Aldo $15.98

I had such a great time celebrating Hispanic Heritage Month at Macy’s this past Saturday at the Dadeland Mall in Miami. Host, Christian Ramierez, leading fashion reporter for Un Nuevo Dia on Telemundo, emceed the intimate discussion with singer and songwriter, Jasmine V; Telemundo fashion and beauty expert, Kika Rocha; and Jules Sarinaña, the blogger behind one of the most epic fashion blogs ever, Sincerely Jules.

We heard all about how their heritage has influenced them in their careers and how it continues to inspire their work and fashion choices. Not only did we have the chance to gain valuable insight into the lives of such inspiring and talented Latinas, but we were also treated to a fashion show, yummy bites to nibble on from Goya and a concert by Jasmine V. It was truly an awesome event.

One of the perks to being a blogger is that you’re able to interview all sorts of amazing people, like these three lovely ladies, and ask them pretty much anything with respect to fashion and their backgrounds. Here’s how it went down…

Millions of girls around the world adore your personal style, including me! What makes it so unique?

Jules: I feel comfortable wearing sneakers and skirts, mixing expensive pieces with affordable ones. I think it’s important to stick to the basics, like a tee from Gap or H&M, and be relatable because that’s what people can afford and want to see. Style is all about evolving, and eventually mine will evolve into something else, but for now I’m comfortable with where I’m at with it.

What does it mean to be a Hispanic fashion blogger to you?

Jules: At times the fashion industry can be close-minded when it comes to accepting different types of cultures and people so for me it’s amazing that I’m able to represent Hispanics with my blog. I may have darker skin and be Mexican, but I can still do what you do and be in fashion.

Do you ever find that your heritage inspires your style?

Kika: Yes. When it comes to style, Hispanics know how to dress. They have a innate flare for fashion and tend to wear pieces that are classic… much like my personal style. 

Jules: There are a lot of bold prints and colors worn in the Hispanic community so I definitely think it influences the way I dress.

Have you ever had to overcome any hurdles because of your background?

Kika: When I first started working in fashion at People Español, the magazine wasn’t as relevant to all of the major PR firms and fashion houses, but once they realized how great our readership was, they changed and started to pay attention to us. Did you know hispanics sell more in fragrances and home décor than any other demographic?! The Hispanic market is huge, and we have a lot of rule now. 

You travel a lot! What’s your favorite destination to travel to get inspired?

Jules: I do, and I’m so incredibly fortunate to be able to travel so much. I’d have to say Barcelona because it reminds me so much of my hometown in Mexico. I’d also say Paris because it brings out the Parisian style in me, which I love.  

What do you pack?

Kika: I like to travel light! For me, it’s all about the essentials like a great pashmina throw, pair of flats or pants. I pack everything very, very neatly so I don’t like to bring a lot with me. [I’m shocked when Kika tells me this because not only does she look amazing, but she’s also a die-hard fashionista so I don’t know how she’s able to pull off such great style while traveling!]

What’s been the biggest reward?

Jules: That’s a tough one because there have been so many rewards to blogging. I think the biggest one is that I’m able to live my dream and do what I love everyday. I never thought that starting a blog would develop into what is now my career. I also love that I’m able to meet people face-to-face, and hear their stories on how I’ve inspired them with my blog. It’s always so humbling to hear.

I’ve also been able to develop my brand through blogging, Shop Sincerely Jules, which I think will be the next step for me and hopefully something that leads to a longstanding career in fashion.

Any advice?

Jules: No matter how big or small of a following you may have, it’s important to stay true to your style and who you are. Otherwise, your readers will walk away and follow someone else. People want to see something that’s authentic, not fake. My followers would totally know if I was trying to pull off something that wasn’t me.

Kika: Project your own sense of style, and understand what looks good on your body type. Don’t copy anyone else, just be true to yourself and more importantly, proud to be Latina.

[Shop my look below!]

Macy’s #BTS Event

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I’m wearing… Jacket: (c/o) American Rag via Macy’s $79/Top: (c/o) RACHEL by Rachel Roy via Macy’s $69/Skirt: (c/o) Macy’s Junior Dept. $15.99/Sandals: (c/o) Steve Madden via Macy’s $63/Statement Necklace: (c/o) BAR III via Macy’s $48/Bracelet: (c/o) Vince Camuto via Macy’s $78/Lipstick: ‘Russian Red’ via MAC at Macy’s $16

When it comes to popular styles for juniors, Macy’s has a great selection that’s well suited for just about all personalities, and ages. From wardrobe staples like denim, leopard sneakers, mini-backpacks, and on-trend pieces, Macy’s has something for everyone’s back-to-school checklist.

I was thrilled when they asked me to host their Back-to-School event with Teen Vogue. I had a blast putting together 12 head-to-toe looks, working with the models and the Teen Vogue IT Girls, as well as mingling with some of the shoppers… including my friend Jess, blogger behind Beauty Meets Buddha, who decided to pop in and glance at MAC’s newest products for the fall.

I also had so much fun jamming out with the DJ, getting my nails and hair done, snapping a quick pic in the photo booth, snacking on yummy treats, and shopping at the BCBG truck show.

To recap…

This fall, palazzo pants, oversized lace cardigans, cropped tops and printed trousers will continue take center stage. Moto jackets and washed-out skinny jeans will also be must-haves. Let’s not forget about boyfriend blazers, baby doll dresses, flouncy skirts and shorts – all of which, are so hot this season.

I’m also a tad obsessed with lace-up sandals (check out this multi-colored pair from Steve Madden), wedges, slip on sneakers, studded flats, and pointed toe ballet flats (like, this pair from Steve Madden).  For accessories, it continues to be all about gold jewelry, bold statement necklaces and dainty rings and for wardrobe staples, it’s all about mini-backpacks (love with this one).

Be sure to visit your local Macy’s for the latest fashions and for more information about fun-filled events going on this season.

Oh, and now you can shop my looks below!

Xo, Stephanie

Pink at the Park

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[Rainy Sun Design]

Top: Banana Republic $41.70 (after sale)/Shorts: (c/o) TJ Maxx $9.99/Heels: Just Fab $39.99/Purse: (c/o) TJ Maxx $14.99/Necklace: Banana Republic (old)/Earrings: Charming Charlie $8

Okay, so maybe I’m a tad color-obsessed, but it’s the summer and now’s the time to wear brights so who cares.

Besides, I truly think that wearing the right colors can make you appear vibrant and beautiful. It’s one of the most important things I look for (aside from tailoring) when shopping because nearly anything can be made to look chic if it’s complimentary to your skin tone.

Pink tends to be a universally flattering color on pretty much everyone. For brunettes, almost all shades look great. For blondes, pastel pink looks awesome. And for redheads, the color is unexpectedly flattering depending on type of shade that’s chosen.

When headed to the office, choose a muted shade like a peach or a dusty rose (favorite). If you’re feeling daring, choose a bright shade like this hot pink peplum top from Banana Republic. And during the fall, try wearing a pink that’s infused with berry shades.

You can also incorporate the shade into your outfit with your accessories – with a blush leather cross body or a beautiful pair of perforated pumps (I’m pretty sure I spotted some at Kate Spade the other day).

Be sure to share your feedback below and don’t forget – tomorrow I’m hosting a ‘Back-to-School’ fashion show with Teen Vogue at Macy’s in the Wellington Mall from 2-4 p.m. Stop by for mini-makeovers, sweet treats, trunk show, giveaways and more! To RSVP, click here.

Xo, Stephanie

Palm Beach Chic

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 [Rainy Sun Design]

Top: H&M $34.99/Skirt: H&M $29.95/Sandals: Nine West $49.99/Clutch: Francesca’s Collection $38/Earrings: Forever 21 $5.95

Any style native to Palm Beach would tell you that the most important thing when living here is to be “pulled together” at all times. Your looks should be colorful, trendy and employ your personal sense of style.

For this ‘Palm Beach Chic’ getup, I wore a green skater skirt and paired it with an embroidered peplum top from H&M. I kept my accessories casual, but you could dress it up with nude sandals, a cropped blazer and a gold clutch, for a completely different look. You could also try wearing this top with linen pants, open-toe sandals, a bright orange clutch, gold bangles and a cashmere throw for dinner in-town.

On a separate note, I’m hosting a ‘Back-to-School’ fashion show at Macy’s in the Wellington mall with Teen Vogue this Saturday from 2-4 p.m. Stop by to get a glimpse at this season’s hottest trends, while jamming out to live music and to get the chance to chat with two of Teen Vogue’s hottest IT Girls. There will be giveaways, yummy cupcakes, hair stylists on standby and so much more! Hope to see you there!

Xo, Stephanie