#ThankYouMiami for Fashion – Miami Swim Week Style Diary

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Miami Swim Week kicked some serious butt – including ours, which means our current state of affairs involves our bed, lots of tea, and Netflix. That said, our week-long over-exertion was well worth it. One of our favorite parts was joining our fellow Miami-ans in showcasing the local collective style through our own personal lens. Check out how we gave the Miami style our individual twist below! Can you tell that as the days passed we got better at dressing for the heat?

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#ThankYouMiami for Fashion – Cuban Rice at Miami Swim Week

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Rejoice! Miami Swim Week is finally upon us and our favorite swim and resort designers are ready to wow us with their new collections. Among them is Cristy Rice of “Real Housewives of Miami” fame who will unveil the latest collection for her swimwear line Cuban Rice: “Jewels”. The collection will expand upon the line’s signature rich colors, sexy styles, and fun prints to include styles in crochet, macramé, pastels, exotic animal prints, and jewels – everything Miami needs to make this summer endless.

Be the first to preview “Jewels” this Miami Swim Week at MIAMI Magazine’s Splashion, Nikki Beach’s What Women Want: SPF Swim Week, or at Swim Show‘s Booth #1776 in the Miami Beach Convention Center. In the interim, channel the island vibes that inspire Cristy with our photos of Cuban Rice‘s reversible Gypsy Gypsy bikini in action at Shadow Point, a historic Key Largo vacation home.

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#ThankYouMiami for Fashion – Nicaragua Beach Style

We have already established that Miami is the queen of beach style but, like everything in Miami, that beach style is the product of a melting pot environment. As such, we have always been a little curious to study how our beach style compares to beach styles elsewhere. During our recent visit to Nicaragua, we began our research at the Hacienda Iguana Beach Club, which is located in front of the internationally-renown surf break at Playa Colorado. The Beach Club’s restaurant, tiki bar, pool, and handful of hammocks gave us numerous options from which to sip a frozen cocktail and people watch.

Like other surf destinations in Central America, Playa Colorado is primarily visited by international visitors and ex-pats that are a) surfers, b) surf photographers, c) surfer wives/girlfriends/groupies, or d) all of the above. The beach style was composed mainly of functional swimsuits from brands like Roxy, Quiksilver, and O’Neill – our surf crew’s beachware was no exception. Beyond swimsuits, the style was casual. Our favorite non-swim staples were the bohemian cover-ups and accessories.

While we are partial to Miami’s elegant and flashy beach style, we brought back a little of Nicaragua’s laid-back beach style with us to Miami. Check out some of the beach style photos we snapped during our trip below for inspiration! We definitely took notes.

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#ThankYouMiami for Fashion – You Say Street Style, We Say Beach Style

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Miami reigns supreme in beach and poolside fashion. Our closets have more bathing suits, cover-ups, and matching accessories per square foot than the average closet. Our pool parties and beach days are as much about relaxing as they are about looking on point. Even Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week has made us the hub of their much anticipated resort-wear and swimwear industry showcase. With perfect weather year-round, would you expect anything less?

Like true Miami-ans, we have carried our flawless swimwear looks throughout our trip to Nicaragua. The key to our success has been versatility. We brought a sporty swimsuit for our surf lessons with Nicaragua Surf Report, a sexy one-piece for chilling poolside, and a corset-style swimsuit for beach treks. For lounging, we kicked up our looks a notch with gorgeous one-of-a-kind jewelry from Miami-based Cameri Bead Studio.

Our favorite poolside look so far is this nude one-piece from Planet Blue paired with Cameri Bead Studio‘s tribal necklaces. The swimsuit’s high neckline and cap sleeves are more flattering than traditional one-piece cuts. And, its neutral colors let the necklaces steal the show. Here is your swimwear inspo for a fashionable summer – from Nicaragua365‘s Fort Walker, with love!

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#ThankYouMiami for Fashion – 24 Hours of Travel in Miami Style

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This week the #ThankYouMiami team is in Nicaragua working on a special video project that will launch our YouTube channel. The first #ThankYouMiami video will show you how Miami brands translate seamlessly into lifestyle and travel, as well as give you an inside look at our sun, sand, and surf adventures with Nicaragua365. We are very excited to have packed our suitcase with Razön, Cameri Bead Studio, B.O.A.T. Attire, Femme Jolie and other Miami style must-haves. Today, we look back at our first day of travel where we went from MIA to MGA to our beautiful beach-side mansion in Hacienda Iguana. Take notes – this is how Miami makes travel look good!

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Sunnies – Razön
Hand Chain Bracelet – Cameri Bead Studio
Bathing Suit Top – Traingl Swimwear
Tank Top – Forever 21
Jeans – H&M USA
Shoes – Steve Madden

#ThankYouMiami for Fashion – The Perfect Summer Look

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Summer has finally reared its beautiful face in the northern hemisphere and Miami could not be more excited. Even in the land of eternal sunshine, we get excited for the energy and experiences that are unique to this season and we prepare accordingly. The Miami summer look is colorful, comfortable yet chic. For more put-together looks, Miami likes items like maxi dresses and skirts with platform espadrilles. For our super casual looks, we think breezy, floral tanks and ornate sandals.

The prefect summer look, however, is not complete without a hair style to match. So, this summer, I decided to put my “virgin hair” in the capable hands of Emilee Coyle, hairstylist at Studio Chroma in Coral Gables. Emilee is Miami’s queen of balayage and ombré, which are the go-to hair styles for summer. After two hours with Emilee, my hair was armed with the natural sun-kissed, beachy look that will be the final touch on every summer look you will see this season. Check out my transformation process below and get started on your perfect summer look!

In Studio Chroma's orange chairs, I enjoyed my "virgin hair" for the last time.

In Studio Chroma’s orange chairs, I enjoyed my “virgin hair” for the last time.

At the start of the process, I showed Emilee photos of the look I was trying to achieve.

At the start of the process, I showed Emilee photos of the look I was trying to achieve.

Emilee and I chatted excitedly throughout the two hour process about travel, surfing, and Miami.

Emilee and I chatted excitedly throughout the two hour process about travel, surfing, and Miami.

My initial reaction was shock at how natural the new color looked.

My initial reaction was shock at how natural the new color looked.

Emilee prepares me for a post-color photo.

Emilee prepares me for a post-treatment photo.

Ta-da! My new sun-kissed hair completes my casual summer look.

Ta-da! My new sun-kissed hair perfects my casual summer look.

#ThankYouMiami for Fashion – H&M Grand Opening

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There was once a dark time in the lives of South Florida H&M lovers when we had to travel many miles northward to shop the latest trends. Luckily, that time has passed and the distance between us and the nearest H&M store has grown progressively shorter. Tomorrow’s grand opening of an H&M store at the Miami International Mall is but another magnificent milestone toward brighter days. Here the three facts you need to know about the new 22,000 square foot store that will make more of Miami’s fashion dreams come true!

1. It is the second of its kind in the Miami metro area. The first store opened on Lincoln Road in 2012 at the historic Lincoln Theatre. True to a statement Daniel Kulle, U.S. president for H&M, made regarding the opening of its preview pop-up shop: “The opening…signifies the beginning of a strong relationship between H&M and Miami shoppers.” The feeling is mutual, Mr. Kulle.

2. It offers fashion for the whole family. The store will be stocked with our favorite collections for ladies, men, and children, including clothing for newborns. Age is no longer an excuse to not look your very best, Miami.

3. It will help you reduce your carbon footprint. Yes, you read correctly. H&M’s global garment recycling program gives you 15% off your purchase for every bag of old and unwanted clothing items that you donate in-store, regardless of their brand. So, go ahead, reduce, reuse, recycle…and shop.

The store will open at noon tomorrow, Thursday, May 29th. The first 100 shoppers in line will receive an H&M t-shirt and an Access to Fashion Pass (valued up to $300). Also, shoppers who bring garments to be recycled before noon will have the chance to win H&M gift cards valued between $50 and $100 in addition to receiving 15% off. Happy shopping!

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