Designer Sneaks 

Remember when a pair of sneakers were just something to wear to workout in?

Those days are gonezola people.  High end designers have gotten into the game and the sneaks are snazzy!

The prices can be startling too.  But for art and fashion we happily pay.


Golden Goose Deluxe Brand, from Italy is a major player in the designer sneaker club.  Basic cut, either low or high top, ALWAYS with the signature leather star, then add sparkles, suede or buttery soft Italian leather with an unbelievably comfortable insole.  The $500 price tag is up there but once you try, you fall in love and buy.
Ports 1961 knot sneaker is a yummy design that translates beautifully season after season.  Leather, satin, velvet or the newest offering multi-print knot is establishing itself as a major contender.  A $700 price tag, and rarely can you find them on sale.  


Gucci’sAlessandro Michele has adorned Gucci’s adidas Stan Smith inspired sneakers with bumble bees, hearts, studs, snakes and/or stripes.  


All of which can be matched to a gorgeous handbag or clothing piece from Gucci’s couture or ready to wear line.  Grazie Miele Alessandro!

Alessandro has deemed sales are no longer part of Gucci’s retail existence, so buying a pair of the sneakers is really a smart investment, at a cool $950.  (clearly I am the one you need to help you justify a purchase…)


Saint Laurent made it exceptionally easy for reversecommuter to choose her sneakers – palm trees! 


January being the month of avid fitness and New Years resolutioners crowding the gym, set yourself apart from the crowd with some serious kicks!

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!

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.

Shortie

Summer dresses are a strange length this year. Resembling more of a short coverup or a long t-shirt.  


At first I thought it was just me, but it is an actual thing.  Goop’s  got about half a dozen for sale in their summer shop.  

J Crew’s offering a bunch of short dresses too.  See, it’s a veritable “thing”.


Super short is not a great look for little girls and it most certainly isn’t ideal for their mamas.  


Consider how many times you bend down in a typical day!


Simple solution, a great pair of shorts.  They don’t even have to be seen.  Keep them guessing!

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!