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!

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!

Wimby Wear

 

Wimbledon 2016  just ended this past weekend, and I for one am a little sad.  Tennis is my bad habit.  Not only playing, but specifically watching major tournaments while simultaneously online shopping on my iPad/phone/ laptop for the outfits of the pros.  Naughty naughty naughty reversecommuter.

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A highly anticipated late June tennis tournament played on the All England Club grass courts in England since 1877, the fashion image conjured up is stuffy.

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reversecommuter is here to correct that bland boring fashion reputation.  Yes, players at Wimbledon do have to wear white.  Not cream nor off white – the Wimbledon official website has laid out the details clearly!

Please note if the players have any color on their tennis whites, it cannot be any larger than a one centimeter trim.  Pretty sure this Monreal London neon fold over skirt (on sale right now) might just be acceptable!

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Just to be perfectly clear, that includes warm up jackets and headbands and shoes!  Nike might have to dial down the do-rag swoosh

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True story, at the Miami Open 2016 I came uncomfortably close to purchasing one of these – I convinced myself that for sure I could/would rock the do-rag in the burbs.


Note to self – less champagne booth time prior to shopping time at the tennis majors.

Back to Wimby Whites…

Nike’s pleated white “dress” was the talk of London’s grass courts, and not all of it good.  Nike’s Premiere Slam dress was very short, very breezy and very busy moving in ways that didn’t exactly please the tennis players.  Belts were added (not a good look FYI), alterations were made to close the side slits, leggings were worn underneath, and the media went banookies!


Actually other than Canadian Genie Bouchard, not one single player had a positive comment towards the dress.


Naturally reversecommuter fell completely in love with it (blissfully unaware of the brewhaha) and managed to buy it before it completely sold out in both black and white.  Guess not everyone hated it after all!

Fun fact – that’s tennis legend Cliff Drysdale reversecommuter is standing beside, and he even commented on the dress!

Thankfully, Stella McCartney for adidas has many less volatile pieces in her collection  Her gorgeous prime knit white dress is divine!

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Monreal London could also contribute to the Wimby white dress with their Finish Line dress

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Sadly the red visor and multicolored (fabulous) tennis bag might have to be left in the locker room.

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Alo Yoga’s Goddess Bra Top  has the very best back around and could single handedly wake up the English audience.  For post Wimbledon wear, the Goddess comes in a veritable rainbow of happy sexy colors!

Now if you will excuse me I need to charge my iPad/cel phone / laptop for the Olympics – imagine the shopping!

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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!

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!