Friday, July 3, 2015

9 to 5 Style File: Marimekko for Casual Office Wear

Marimekko is a Finnish brand that has been around for 60 + years. They have traditionally put out strong, colorful patterns on their dresses, skirts and tops.  You can also find those prints transferred onto items for the home, like their trays, glasware and tableware.

For today's 9 to 5 Style File, I'm wearing the Marimekko Suvetar Dress.  The fabric of the dress is lightweight due to a blend of cotton and silk; the length and fit makes it office appropriate.  I like this bold, floral pattern for a more laid back office look.

Suvetar Dress // Margo Pump c/o Mia Shoes // Another Marimmeko dress (similar to DVF) // H&M necklace // Theory Obi Belt // BCBG Blazer // Whale Pillows - West Elm (Similar) (Similar)(Similar)

Office Wear Work Wear 9 to 5

Office Wear Work Wear 9 to 5

The dress is pretty conservative on it's own - 3/4 length sleeves, etc.  It does not really need much to be ready for your 9 to 5, but the addition of a black blazer or obi belt can bring some variety to the dress and can help create a more slim silhouette.  These designs are meant to be loose fitting and have more of a boxy feel.

The addition of the obi is something you could consider for after work events.  The blazer just adds a more conservative feel the the piece, but because of the high neck, some may shy away from a jacket altogether. 

I hope that you're enjoying the workwear posts.
Have a safe holiday weekend.  

Tuesday, June 30, 2015

Style File: Acacia St Tropez Dress

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Dress: Acacia St. Tropez dress // Factory Boardwalk Slides (in 10 colors) // Panama Hat -J.Crew Factory // Bag: c/o Asos // Necklace - Lucky // Bandeau - VS // Silver Cuff - Vintage 
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Had some fun with Annie & Giselle recently at a weekend getaway, tucked deep into the Venetian Causeway on Miami Beach.  The weather is very touch-and-go here in Miami, but the constant is the heat and the humidity. Miami summers call for light and airy sun dresses and swimsuit coverups.  You probably don't realize it, but many of your favorite swimwear brands like Luli Fama, Pily Q, Indah, etc, also make chic accessories to go along with their swimwear lines.  Acacia is one such brand, who puts out beautiful bikinis but also does flip flops, kimonos and coverups.  I'm wearing the Acacia St. Tropez dress in the color Pacific Tides.  The longer maxi version is here and the matching bikini here.

Gissi snapped these pictures.  She's a great photographer and these blurry pics are not a reflection on her abilities at all!  My 50mm lens has been giving me problems lately.  All of the pictures are blurry and grainy! Have you all run into this issue with this lens?

Friday, June 26, 2015

Miami Eats: Miami Chef's Choice Dinner with Estrella Damn

Miami and South Florida foodies:
Several Miami eateries have signed on for the Estrella Damm Chef's Choice Dinner.  This 3-course dinner menu will be available at local restaurants through July 5th, and will feature the star ingredient: octopus.  The meals are designed to pair perfectly with Estrella Damm Spanish beer.
Estrella Damn & The Fashionable ESQ remind you to please always drink responsibly.
Uber, or call a cab.  Google "Miami Cab" for #'s // Miami cab #: (786) 899-3393

The Chef's Choice Dinner  includes an appetizer, entree featuring octopus, dessert and one Estrella Damm beer.  Prices range from $30 - $52, depending on location.

Participating Restaurants: Barceloneta Miami Beach, Bin18 Bistro & Beer Loft, Bulla Gastrobar, Cena by Michy, Dolores But You Can Call Me Lolita, Fooq’s, Jimmy’z Kitchen Wynwood, Joey’s Italian Cafe, Klima Restaurant and Bar, La Mar by Gaston Acurio, Morgans Restaurant, Novecento (Aventura, Brickell, Key Biscayne and Midtown locations), Ortanique on the Mile, Perfecto, Segafredo Brickell, Sugarcane Raw Bar Grill, Tapas y Tintos, The Embassy, Tongue & Cheek, Wynwood Kitchen and Bar and Xixón.
Salpicado de Mariscos
Chef's Choice Dinner Sample Menus:
Appetizer: Stracciatella salad with stracciatella custard, heirloom tomatoes, basil and fried green tomatoes.
Entrée: Fettuccini braised beef cheeks with red wine stewed octopus.
Dessert: Crispy apple pie with stewed apples, cider caramel sauce and vanilla.

Appetizer: Crisp vegetable salad with shaved carrot, cucumber, summer squash, fennel, basil, mint, lemon and Zoe olive oil.
Entrée: Grilled Spanish pulpo with olive oil poached potatoes, roasted eggplant, Little Haiti arugula, grilled lemon and zataar.
Dessert: Pistachio tiramisu with ladyfingers, espresso, spiced mascarpone, and toasted salted pistachios.

Octopus from Bulla
My Bulla Experience:
I found that the hostesses were clueless, not helpful and had limited experience in hospitality management, if any. I suggest skipping straight to Tim, who is the floor manager.  He's easy to deal with and accommodating.  I was initially skeptical, because while I have had octopus in the past, it is not my favorite dish.
Food: I was happy with the way that the octopus was prepared at Bulla by Chef Diego Solano.  I found it to be seasoned very, very well and it was cooked perfectly.  It was served on a bed of polenta which I wish would be been a larger serving. The octopus was grilled and delicious.  Our waiter, Mario, was no-nonsense and very serious about the food.  He was knowledgeable about the menu.  He suggested the Salpicon de Mariscos as a good appetizer and we tried that out.  His suggestion was on point because the dish was once again, extremely flavorful.  It consisted of very moist and tender pieces of cooked fish, grilled octopus and veggies in sauce flavored with citrus accents.  Our second appetizer option was the Tomate Relleno de Cordero y Setas. Mario suggested this after I asked for a more hearty serving (you can kind of see how I like to eat by now). This was so good! It was a roasted tomato stuffed with tender, shredded slow-cooked lamb topped with a melted salty cheese.  The lamb was juicy and flavorful.  I really liked this one. The dessert choices for the Chef's Choice were the Crema Catalana (a generous portion) and Coconut Flan.  Both were really good.  The coconut flan comes with a homemade coconut ice cream which is delectable, but again, it is a tiny scoop.  The Estrella Damm beer is a light option which paired well with our meals.
Tomato Relleno con Cordero
Coconut Flan from Bulla

Crema Catalana from Bulla
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Disclosure: my dining experience at Bulla was complimentary.
Estrella Damn & The Fashionable ESQ remind you to please always drink responsibly. 
Uber, or call a cab.  Google "Miami Cab" for #'s // Miami cab #: (786) 899-3393

Tuesday, June 23, 2015

Style File: Repeat

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 Top by Naven (try this one instead) // Skirt c/o Avenle // Clutch by PilyQ (Bikini Bag) // Sunglasses c/o Italia Independent // Necklace c/o T'audrey // Earrings by Bauble Bar // Shoes by Ann Taylor // Lip: Bobbi Brown Sheer Lip Color in Sunset Pink (38) paired with Bobbi Brown Lip Pencil in Guava (this combo is great for long wearing lip color)

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