Style Mafia Bella!

Miami Swim Week.  What part of that statement doesn’t deliver excitement? 


A beach lined city of pulsating music, bikini clad models strutting the newest swimwear lines on floating swimming pool runways, Latino energy and fashion, fashion, fashion.  


I may never go home.  Seriously.

One event reversecommuter was lucky enough to attend was Coast’s rooftop party presenting a handpicked lot of designers and their incredible lines.  Designers included Acid NYC, Luxchillas, YannaK and Style Mafia.

Style Mafia is a Miami based line of beautifully designed clothing, incredible craftsmanship and seriously ridiculous-in-the-good-way pricing.  


Ruffles, pinstripes, off-the-shoulder tops, cropped frayed pants, scalloped tanks and tops, flirty crop tops and nautical striped flowing tops in a clever color assortment.


Valeska and Simmonett Perera are the mother/ daughter masterminds behind Style Mafia.  Creating a line that didn’t break the bank yet still delivered trend on fashion was the absolute goal.

No exaggeration, I saw the Maeve top in yellow and thought it was Fendi.  The price on the Maeve top is $69.  

Valeska (on the far left), having just returned from traveling abroad to Lebanon and Columbia, was not exhibiting any jet lag at the party, but rather was warm and friendly towards the crowd of Mafia Style fashionistas!

Redefining the Suburban Mommy Uniform

Sunday’s Boston Globe had a “must read” (literally their words describing the piece on the website)…


Written by reversecommuter.  Click here to read the column!

The quick & dirty summary is that a suburban mom (or an urban one), needs only 6 pieces to form a wardrobe. 

The most exciting part of this article is that more will follow, with my new gig as guest fashion columnist for the Boston Globe.  Pretty psyched!

xo reversecommuter 

Romper Bomper

Heat waves mean getting creative at minimal dressing.  Naked only works in certain circles.


Rompers make it easy to keep cool and look great with clothes on!

What is better than a one piece wonder?  Iro’s georgette playsuit works perfectly well at keeping it cool during the day and then adding a little heat at night with a pair of gladiator sandals and a fun clutch.

Rompers are the equivalent of an adult onesie.  Why should the little ones get all the perks?  James Perse linen playsuit is a perfect example of simplistic pleasure.  And it doesn’t get much better than having it called a “playsuit” – it’s practically a dare to have fun!


For a more budget friendly option Tart’s strapless cotton romper (with a great price of $ 128) represents what just might be the single best piece of clothing you own on a disgustingly sticky hot humid day!


reversecommuter owns Tart’s “textured diamond” print (sadly sold out online) but the gray is absolutely available.  

Summer weather is supposed to be sticky and uncomfortably hot but with rompers the biggest dilemma will be which one will you wear first?

All Tied Up

Pirates love this detail.

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Sailors too.  Luckily land-locked designers are fully embracing this too!

Monroe’s white lace up gives a major refresh to the perfect white tee.

 

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Apparently Alexander Wang is all about this trend with this entertaining Spring 2016 cotton sweater.  Is it just me or is this THE ultimate baseball sweater?

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Equipment’s cotton lace up blouse (ahem – totally on sale right now!) is a fantastic addition that will carry right into the Fall!

Alexander McQueen’s mini dress has a sporty take on the lace up detail that screams summer!

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Clearly this dress would be THE one piece wonder packed in that holiday suitcase, slap a pair of gladiator sandals and run from the beach to cocktails to dinner!

All that laces up doesn’t go in the front.  Take Red Valentino’s flirty black coat with the lace detail in the back.

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This coat would look phenomenal all dressed up OR paired with a favorite pair of jeans.  That sounds like a perfect purchase!

 

Jonathan Simkhai’s Pre-Spring lace up sleeved blouse is beyond on trend – it is everything.

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Slip off the blazer in the middle of the meeting – yup, even if it is a bake sale meeting, PTO meeting or an actual board meeting – these sleeves will Tie It All Up!

Weather or not…

Spring 2016 is the East is chilly, as in freezing cold!  

Allow reversecommuter to turn chilly lemons into lemonade.  

Spring collections are seconds away from going on sale.  No need to feel blue about your frozen baseball bleacher trapped body parts.  Warmer weather is (hopefully) just days away.

Retail is a strange business.  Fall 2016 collections will be on store floors & websites by mid June.  


Happily that means the spring collections need to be cleared out at discount prices!
Swimwear 2016 included.


Coveted designer labels such as Marysia Swim are already dropping prices online.

Dresses, on sale too.  Alexander Wang just sent out their VIP private sale announcement yesterday, and this awesome striped racer back dress is 40% off.  Ahoy there!


Sandals, ditto.


Yup, even the tassels magical unicorn of shoes (sexy, high heeled and comfy!), Aquazzura‘s wild thing!

A clever strategy right about now would be to go to all your favorite online shopping spots and fill up your wishlist basket.  


Then sit back, pour yourself a lovely glass of rosé and wait for the email to arrive trumpeting the beginning of the sales!

Don’tcha just love a happy ending?!

Bowie, Unicorns and Yigal

Yigal Azrouel is the perfect man.  He is handsome, charming, talented, single and he surfs.    He was in the Israeli military and recommends sit ups, push ups and running as the best workout.  Surfing is his passion, and it allows him to decompress after presenting his collections.

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Some may call him a unicorn in the fashion world.

This weekend Yigal is previewing his Fall 2016 Collection at the Greta Luxe boutique in Wellesley and mixing with the housewives.


Thursday night he was mingling and adding his gorgeous personal touch to every advance purchase of a line that is oozing with decadence.  To say there was a line up would be an understatement.  The intimacy was electric.


reversecomuter’s first obsession in the collection is the full length black jersey off the shoulder dress, complete with requisite sexy side slit.


This dress is quite possibly one of the sexiest pieces I have ever put on.  Yet it literally felt as comfortable as when wearing pajamas – I could have worn it forever!

A full length lace off the shoulder dress with burgundy and greens wafting throughout in a romantic weave quickly caught my attention.  Holiday season 2016 the bar has been raised!


Cut-out sweaters in dreamy cream and textured, offering the promise of a fabulous winter outing après anything!


Chunky sweaters reminiscent of Rihanna’s favorite (and reversecommuter’s) from 2014 were offered in an updated cut and color.

  Blood red, grey and white with a subtle reference to classic glen check?  IN BASKET!


Yigal Azrouel’s Fall 2016 Collection’s main inspiration was the Black Rose.  Subtle, rich, hidden yet still representative of love.  The clothes continue to deliver his love of decadence, texture and drama.  The leathers and furs sourced from Italy and France are quite possibly the best offered by an American designer, collection after collection.


The motif of the black rose is found throughout the collection, in the lace pieces and the furs.


When asked which piece he would most love to see a suburban mom pick up, he immediately chose the “Bowie” mink jacket with the black roses, at a cool $9950.

 He has dressed supermodel Iman and had the pleasure of meeting David Bowie.  The jacket is a luxurious and appropriately rock & roll nod to the legend.


Rushing out of Greta Luxe to hit the baseball and soccer fields (as is the role of suburban mama), I giggled in the rain as I ran in Yigal Azrouel top and my stilettos, reliving how I had just played dress up with a handsome fashion designer unicorn!

SKIN SLURP!

Being chosen to review luxury products in the wide world of blogging is a lovely compliment.


Receiving a box of products you already use, and pay for without hesitation, is like Christmas arriving in Spring!

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SK-II is a skin care product line that’s main ingredient is sake, specifically Pitera.

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The youthful hands of aged sake brewers were the trigger for the SK-II scientists, something in the sake was responsible.

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Seriously, sake.  Needless to say it was not a hard sell to lure in reversecommuter.  KONNICHIWA! (welcome!)

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The SK-II facial treatment essence is a crucial part of my daily skin care.  Easy to pat on right out of the shower, it smells yummy and moisturizes without ever feeling heavy.  It’s as moisturizing as slurping coconut water or splashing in the ocean!

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After I get dressed – sometimes the process of finding something in the closet of nothing-to-wear can take a loooooong time – yet my skin is still dewy and ready for a moisturizer to seal all that in for the day.  Truly, DEWY is my ultimate goal – I live in New England for pete’s sake!   Sake not Sake (punny right?!)

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In a world of multiple step processes for everything we do from hair, skin, even multiple layers of clothing, a one step wonder is a welcome addition.  SK-II, “Arigatou Gozaimasu!” (thank you very much!)