Caffeine with Style!

The Fall season in New England reminds me of the importance of caffeine.  The weather is cooler and the mornings are a little darker a little longer.  There is a prescription to combat that and it’s written by Dr. Smood!

reversecommuter recently discovered Dr. Smood in Wynwood, Miami.  The cafè’s tag line says it all “Smart Food for a Good Mood”.

Walking into the cafe you are immediately  drawn to the amazing architecture and the reminiscent feel of an apothecary accompanied with the unmistakable smell of aphrodisiacal coffee, oh and the vibe pulsates cool.

Models are nonchalantly splayed all about the cafe, in offduty hip attire and makeup free dewy gorgeousness.  “I’ll have what she’s having!”

The art that accompanies quite possibly THE best almond milk latte ever consumed is beyond mind blowing.  Who knew “sketching” was a foam art thing?

Dr. Smood is a growing concern. No need to FOMO your latte.  Dr. Smood has planned openings in NYC and throughout various countries.  

In the meantime order your own Dr. Smood experience for home.  Just make sure you are appropriately fashionable in your attire!

Everything’s Coming up Rosie!

Rosie Assoulin‘s Spring Summer 2017 Collection is everything.  Everything I want to wear everyday for SS17!

Rosie’s NYFW presentation was held in the meatpacking district in a cool urban concrete industrial space, that she transformed into the coolest interpretation of a beach.

The sand dunes were comprised of recyclable packing peanuts, the palm trees were strategically placed throughout the space and there were fun, brilliantly colored, disruptive piles of foldable beach chairs on the beach.

Voluminous khaki wide leg pants (seriously no other designer does a wide leg like Rosie), chambray denim, stripes that beg for an accompanying surfboard and florals that immediately transport you somewhere ridiculously happy and warm.

Swarovski crystals played a really large part in this collection.  Complete rainbow brilliant sparkly dresses

Happy Faces and Thank You’s

Tangerine dreams dresses that beg for an outdoor event with a tent!

The only disappointing point of the Rosie Assoulin SS17 collection is that we all have to go through Winter 2016 before we can wear all this happiness!







Open Back

New trend alert going into Fall 2016.

Open back shirts are so fun to play with, and it is a great way to transition into Fall while the weather is still delightfully hot!  

Shirt by Style Mafia, cut-offs Paige jeans, Golden Goose Deluxe Brand shoes.

A statement shirt paired with denim cut-offs or with a more formal cut short is a great way to welcome a new schedule in hot weather. 

It’s still summer even though school is officially back in session.  Sad when all the pool toys are stacked.

Details are everything.  Borrow a pair of cufflinks, Colonel Sanders-style a thin tie around the collar, get creative and have fun.

Hey Sailor

Navy and white stripes.  Simple. Classic.  Clean.  Always in style.

There is a reason the French line Saint James is constantly being “discovered”, even though the fisherman sweater was first created in the 19th century.  The line is currently being touted at J Crew, as well as their own online shop.

This is a great look year round, not just summer.  Add a jean jacket on top of this dress and it can work up until the leaves change and fall off the trees.  

By far my favorite bag right now is my tiny little Chloe mini Marcie bag.  Cross shoulder, holds my phone (barely), keys, a couple of credit cards and my Kiehl’s tub of lip balm.  The best part of free hands is allowing more hand holding!

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.

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!

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!