Wynwood Walls

Graffiti is the most primitive expression of art.  


All you need is a couple of cans of spray paint, some walls…


and mad crazy good talent!


Anyone else smell something burning?  Vaporize much creepy alien dude?

 Wynwood Walls in Miami is an area of the city rich in Spanish, Haitian, and American culture.


The walls are a testament to the passion and creativity of the people.  


Seriously inspirational place to be – I had to start writing immediately!


The artists change up the walls all the time, making this area an ongoing interactive art display.


It is also an area of up and coming designers and there are some ridiculously fantabulous boutiques and showrooms littered throughout.
One of my absolute faves is Style Mafia.  Trust me, you just have to go.  NOW!


I was lucky enough to take the founder of Style Mafiaand a fabulous friend of mine (who introduced us) out for THE best cup of coffee after shopping at the showroom.


Even the coffee bar baristas are full blown artists in Wynwood !

So spray on the “Off” to combat the Zika and spend a day cruising through an art gallery located on the walls in the streets of Wynwood.

POP goes the Neon

Easiest way to brighten up a look?  Add a shock of neon a la Andy Warhol.


Tassels stacked from a necklace or two.


Pompoms, currently found on everything from dresses, rompers, scarves and bags.  Misa’s Camille dress (Recently spotted on Olivia Palermo) is a budget friendly fun example.


Sunglasses lenses – did you know you can build your brilliant lenses on Rayban?
A cute pair of espadrilles, like these from Pitusa.


Neon adds instant happiness to an outfit and is a fun and inexpensive way to extend that summer vibe!

Shan Meeting!

Ever met someone you worship?  Someone who has captured your attention for a really long time and has definitely achieved hero like rockstar status?


reversecommuter recently met the Founder and Ceo of Shan Swimwear.  Can you tell in the pic that I am completely geeking out?!

Chantal Levesque is literally my Mick Jagger.  Her swimwear and designs have mesmerized me for over a decade.  


I saved up to buy my first Shan bikini (red, kind of James Bond-ie) to take on my honeymoon.  My husband recently bought me a new red Shan bikini and told me it reminded him of the honeymoon one.  #whattheheckisbetterthanthat  #hunkahunkaburninglove


​Shan swimwear is that good.  The styles and designs are impactful and beautiful.  Chantal knows what women like to wear, and how it should fit.  “Quality and design are always the most important details of the line”, this is not only Chantelle’s mantra but it also delivered in every collection.  


Trust me, I have bought from almost every Shan collection over the past fifteen years! 


Chantal has built up the company from the early days when she herself pulled the pigments out of the prints to create the colors for the collection.  “Sometimes it took at least 5 attempts to pull the perfect hue.”  Now she has “a great team in place” and doesn’t need to work around the clock.  But she still overseas the pallet and colors pulled for each collection.

Shan Spring 2017 might just be her very best.  One collection, “Do You think I’m sexy” is sumptuous, luxurious and subtly infused with classical French couture allure.

Moves like Jagger!

The Big Slip

Lingerie is no longer just an underneath pleasure!

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Lacy racy frilly bits are all over the runway, Spring & Summer 2016 Collections.  reversecommuter is obsessing huge for Dolce & Gabbana’s pajama party ad above.

Celine has dedicated it’s Spring ad campaign to a gorgeous, simple black and white slip dress and patent ankle boots.  Who couldn’t rock that outfit?  Who doesn’t love simple?

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Celine’s entire Summer 2016 Collection is a veritable cornucopia of lingerie inspired deliciousness that delivers images of patios, cocktails and heat waves!

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Not ready for a full frontal slip dress?  Baby steps people.  A camisole under a blazer with jeans or wide leg culottes during the day, then va-va-va-voom it up you little vixen for an evening look without the jacket.

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Lace making too bold a statement?  Equipment has a streamlined slip dress that borrows from the tank dress.  Jean jacket, clutch and go!

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Simkhai & The Beach!

NYFW is in full swing and reversecommuter is at the beach.  Literally.

The timing of fashion week always baffles me.   The middle of the coldest winter month, which also coencided with my children’s school break.  How is this blogger supposed to sneak away to New York during THAT week?

  
Happily Vogue, Tim Blanks, Instagram and the Internet are all willing to work on my behalf (lol) and keep me posted while I focus on swim, sun, surf and all things beachy!
  
Jonathan Simkhai presented his Fall 2016 Collection yesterday and dare I say it was one of THE best presentations!  

  
Jonathan has created a niche using geometric cuts and lace in his deliciously designed dresses and knits.  Fall 2016 continued this but in a more wearable way.  His dresses were less crop top more hot wives who lunch.  Wearable but with a major statement of style and strength.  

  
Movement was everywhere in this collection, with fringe, tassels and unfinished ends that seemingly danced down the runway.

  
Furs, neutrals, knits, navy (don’t think I am not ABSOLUTELY buying this complete look!!!) and suiting cut to perfection. 

  

Bustiers and slip dresses complemented with luxurious furs delivered fantasy level date night outfits.  His romantic sensibility met body conscious sex appeal in every piece, by adhering to the age old adage of keeping somethings left to the imagination.

  

Spec-ulating

Holding the phone a little too far away from your face?  Tired of contact lens early morning eye pokes?


How about updating your look with a new pair of designer glasses?

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Tom Ford is my current obsession.

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Totally asking Santa for Cèline’s tortoise shell round frames…oh yes, THE list is already being prepped!

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Earlier this year in Italy I came across Micromega, “the most exclusive eyewear in the world”.


The designs are extraordinarily unique, and their prices are clearly living up to the description!   The first picture shows a pair for 1070 euros, and the ones below are a cool 840 euros.   A visit to the website is highly recommended, the creations are so incredibly artistic!
A new pair of designer specs is a faster fix on your total look that a great fitting pair of jeans (yup, going there in an upcoming post…)

Classy Classic

Classic is in!

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That is the message delivered in New York this week by a majority of the presenting designers.

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Proenza Schouler rejigged the double breasted blazer, opening their show with a sleeveless jacket wrapped up in a Pussy Galore meets the KFC Colonel’s skinny black bow tie.  Nothing represents classic fashion more than black and white.

Click here to watch the Proenza Schouler Spring 2016 show – it is a lesson in fashion magic.

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The spectacularly sexy cool white designs found in Jonathan Simkhai’s Spring 2016 Collection should make every woman deliriously happy!  The cut and style flow and ooze with style.

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This could get dangerous!!!!

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Michael Kors is THE gentleman of classic clothing.  His Spring 2016 Collection is clean, forever fashion that glided across the runway and made buyers, editors and fashion lovers drool! The simplest design with the cleanest of lines in the very best of fabrics and colors.

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Kors also brought out a bouquet of decadence in brocade floral pieces.  The richness in their design and material is beyond compare, and an investment in his clothing guarantees a healthy roi!

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Budget wise Michael Kors also offers a lower priced line, Michael Michael Kors which is always influenced by his ready-to-wear designs.  So these fashions will easily translate into mall shopping!

Tomas Maier aka Mr. Miami, is all about linen, full skirts, maxi dresses, shirt dresses, pinks and reds.  Simple one piece dressing – perfection in ease  and style.

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Simple one piece dressing – perfection in ease  and style.

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Now if we can all just ride out the 70’s vibe for Fall 2015…