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Jenn

Hello & welcome to my fashion & lifestyle blog, Style My Mind! Here I post weekly about affordable fashion trends, but ya know, like real affordable! My favorite products, beauty routines & lifestyle experiences! I'm a girls-girl who loves the outdoors, white tee shirts & Disney World. Join me on my journey!

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The best advice I can give a new blogger is to invest in your photos. I always had friends taking mine but I realized the more interest I was recieving from companies to help promote their brands, the better quality my photos needed to be. Branding and consistency  are some of the most important aspects of a persons business. People like a clean look on a website and photos. So, this year I decided to hire a professional ongoing photographer.

The best advice I can give a new blogger is to invest in your photos. I always had friends taking mine but I realized the more interest I was recieving from companies to help promote their brands, the better quality my photos needed to be. Branding and consistency  are some of the most important aspects of a persons business. People like a clean look on a website and photos. So, this year I decided to hire a professional ongoing photographer.

Why I love social media.

I went onto Instagram and looked up the hashtag #tampaphotograhers. I spent a few hours looking through and researching the diffrent photographers work, websites and about them. It is very imporant to mesh well with the people you work with, so having things in common and the same values and views are important. 

I found Audra Nicole on IG and I was immediately attracted to her photos. I am a big lover of natural light in my photos and my life in general. Her photos were clean, light, bright and full of personality. I went to her website which was also the same. I read about her and we had some things in common; 

1. We both love Jesus

2. We both love Disney World

3. We both love fashion

I think these three things are some of the most important qualities a person can have haha. So, I took a chance and direct messaged her. I told her what I was looking for and even though she had not been doing bloggers I knew she would do a great job; she said LET'S DO IT! She was looking to change away from families and do more branding so it was perfect timing. 

My first shoot was really fun and I liked working with her. Although I had been blogging for about two years now, she gave me so many great pointers to make my photos look better. She always listens to my opinions and takes into consideration my ideas and plans for each look. She knows my pain points on my body (arms cough cough) so she always makes sure those little areas are what I would be ok with. She shows me photos she does not like I would like so I can adjust and fix my body or clothing imperfections to retake it. I never have to re-edit my photos, she does a great job and gets them back to me within 1 week of the shoot. She is always up for props and trying different locations and is ALWAYS on time! She is a busy mom of 3 with a full-time job and a photography business... the term "superwoman" is an understatement. Check out her website and book a session; tell her Jenn sent you!

AUDRA NICOLE PHOTOGRAPHY

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Jenn

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Some days are not easy, some days are really hard and sometimes it's not a day that is hard, it's a month, or months. For me, it was 3 months of unhappiness. I'm not ashamed in admitting it because we all get into ruts. I already toldja about my anxiety which of course played a large part in the unhappiness. What I learned though during this years' storm is sometimes we have to choose to be happy, it doesn't just happen.

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Some days are not easy, some days are really hard and sometimes it's not a day that is hard, it's a month, or months. For me, it was 3 months of unhappiness. I'm not ashamed in admitting it because we all get into ruts. I already toldja about my anxiety which of course played a large part in the unhappiness. What I learned though during this years' storm is sometimes we have to choose to be happy, it doesn't just happen.

No matter what was going on or what I was doing I just could not find pure joy in anything and I was so frustrated and mad with myself. I would go through spurts of crying and feeling really down for no reason. I have lived alone for a long time now and it never made me feel lonely but when I moved into my new place, which is very big and wide open it made me feel super alone. So I needed to play around a little bit with the "vibes" of the apartment to feel more welcome.

I am a firm believer in feng shui and how a room can literally make your mood. Since I moved in, my bedroom just felt off. I don't know why but it did and everyone that stayed over felt the same way. It just wasn't cozy, and not a place I wanted to be. So when my sister came we re-vamped the room and changed it around until we both felt more at home. And now I love the room and I love being in there.

Ok that was one thing I changed. The next, I needed to make more time for God first! I am not a morning person so waking up to read 3 pages of the Bible is not realistic for me. I do read the daily scripture on the Bible app but I know at night is my time for me when I can be quiet and read so that is what I do; no TV, no phone, just my Bible and a cup of tea and I read and underline what I want to take into the next day with me.

I have to do cardio everyday. If not, it makes me feel miserable. I don't go crazy, maybe a good 2-3 miles but I like going at night, at sunset and jog on the water around my house! It makes me feel calm. I do this and then have my cup of Aveda Tea every night!

I started to realize that even though these things made me feel better, they are mundane and repetitive and not going to make me happy… I just needed to wake up and decide to be happy everyday. I cut people out of my life who were not good for my soul. And with that it was like an anchor that had been holding me back was cut loose and I could be me again.

There are things that people are not going to like about us or things that people expect of us that we don't like. Me especially because I am a perfectionist have to remember not to let this get to me because if I do it will bring me down and drag me around. Remembering to do my best and do it with a smile is the best way to stay happy through repetitive days.

Now I am learning to find happiness in the mundane, everyday things I do! Like staying in and watching movies or TV shows for hours on a Saturday, my morning and night time cardio sessions and writing my blogs. 

Last words, don't take on the weight of the world, it's too much for you. I do this sometimes, I let the devastation of this society eat me alive but it's not me, it's not my issue and I cannot save the world, only God can do that!

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Jenn

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I love, love tee shirts, who doesn't? But it's important to find a good one that really fits your body type. I got the one above at the Nordstrom sale and I bought 3; black and white stripes, mustard and white. I got a small but probably could have gone with an XS, so I shrunk it up a bit in the dryer. Today I want to give you a few different ways to wear/dress up a tee shirt.

I love, love tee shirts, who doesn't? But it's important to find a good one that really fits your body type. I got the one below at the Nordstrom sale and I bought 3; black and white stripes, mustard and white. I got a small but probably could have gone with an XS, so I shrunk it up a bit in the dryer. Today I want to give you a few different ways to wear/dress up a tee shirt.

Photos by Audra Nicole Photography

For this one above I paired a mustard tee (which may or may not be a go-to fall color for me) with a studded suede skirt, metallic booties, a floppy wool hat and a killer pearl choker. Of course I added my Gucci belt bag for a day look but go with a nicer clutch for evening. This is on the higher-end of fashion for Florida but I would definitely wear this look to a nice dinner or a girls night out. You can swap out the booties for a classic block heel as well.

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One of my other go-to looks is a blazer with a relaxed tee shirt, denim jeans and stilettos. This is my favorite look, ever! I have written about this style multiple times. I only get to rock it a few times a year but when I do, I feel like a total boss babe!

You can also swap out the denims for a cute pair of patterned shorts. My outfit below was super affordable and perfect for a kids fashion show!

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Lastly, you can pair a nice fitting tee with some amazing pleather or Spanx leggings and booties for fall. Throw on a scarf and a kick-ass pair of sunnies and you are good to go.

Let me know how you like wearing your classic tee's in comments below!
XO Cheers!
Jenn

 

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Morning y'all! Yep, I'm going with y'all now. I don't know if I can pull it off to actually say it out loud but for the purpose of writing, it flows! Today I want to talk about fall fashion in Florida. August is ending, Labor Day is upon us so some of us are totally ready to pull out the sweaters and boots. Well, slow your roll ladies, unless you are living in the random places of the mid-west where they are having summer snow. But here, it's still a humid 80 degrees in Florida during the months of September and usually October so we are still heading to the beach! But I do want to get a head start on Florida fall fashion!

Morning y'all! Yep, I'm going with y'all now. I don't know if I can pull it off to actually say it out loud but for the purpose of writing, it flows! Today I want to talk about fall fashion in Florida. August is ending, Labor Day is upon us so some of us are totally ready to pull out the sweaters and boots. Well, slow your roll ladies, unless you are living in the random places of the mid-west where they are having summer snow. But here, it's still a humid 80 degrees in Florida during the months of September and usually October so we are still heading to the beach! But I do want to get a head start on how to transition into fall fashion in Florida!

One of my favorite Florida go-to's is distressed denim shorts with a long-sleeve slouchy tee like this one from Nordstrom (sorry this top is completely sold out so I linked look alikes in the link in the teal). This look can be casual or a little dressy. For a dressier look, I would do a less distressed jean short or even some dress shorts.

I dazzled my look up a bit with a long layered necklace from White House Black Market and some lace-up block heels by Jessica Simpson.

The hat I am wearing tones the outfor down for a day look; whereas pairing the top with a slimmer heel, black shorts and done-up hair would give this shirt a more night-time, outside on the bay vibe.

Photos Audra Nicole Photography

One of my biggest pet peeves is when girls in Florida break out the sweaters, sweats and booties a little too soon. Trust me, I am more of a fall/winter fashion girl myself but all in good time. However, for the purposes of helping you stock your fall wardrobe in advance I will be sharing some of my fave fall finds from Nordstrom during the month of September; yes, while I am still at the beach!


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Jenn

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You know you have 'em! Things you absolutely cannot live without whether it be a dog, a product or security blanket. What are some things you can't live without? Read mine here.

 

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  1. My dog. My Stella girl is 14 and I have had her for 7 years. She is still as sassy as they come. She thinks she runs things here. She likes wearing clothes, but not bows. She likes sitting with me on the couch NetFlix binging my romcom shows, and loves going for walks but only on her terms. She is my little BFF.

  1. Hot Tea. I have become infatuated with different types of hot tea. My favorites are Aveda and Traditional Medicinals. I like the hibiscus and sometimes make it into iced tea. Along with this, I am obsessed with my new Electric Tea Kettle . This baby plugs in and boils in minutes. It turns off when the hot water is ready.

  1. Amika Dry Shampoo and Texture Spray. I wash my hair ohhhh about once a week. I have blonde hair so it's quite dry (blog on this coming soon)! I love the smell, and the consistency these sprays give my hair. Yes they make it more dry but it's great for the 3-5th day on the last wash. I am linking them here. Be advised, if you like them on IG they sometimes have pop up flash sales where you can grab them for $13.

     

  2. L'Oreal Eyelash Primer and Telescopic Mascara. I have been using this dynamic duo for years. I have tried Dior Show and other high-end mascaras but this one is the best. I have a pet peeve with clumpy lashes. The primer thickens them up and the telescopic lengthens and widens the lashes. I have recommended to a few people who loved as well and are still using them.

     

  3. Press-on nails. Yep, I have been doing my own nails for 7 years. I buy them on Amazon. There is a specific way to do them though and I use superglue for the glue, not the pink crap they give you. I take one night every 2 weeks and do my toes and nails. Yes, these bad boys last me two weeks. HINT: File your nail before you glue to get the oils off your nails. The glue lasts way longer. Also, carry a glue with you at all times, when you feel one lifting throw on some glue. I get SOOO many compliments on my nails. Positives of this, it's cheaper and better for your nails. I cannot grow real nails, I tried. My anxiety won't allow it!

  1. Isotonix Daily Essentials and Aloe Powder. The aloe cured my acid reflux about a year ago. It helps keep my system healthy and it's delicious. The daily essentials keeps me going each day. My iso-cocktail is a shot of multivitamin, B Complex, OPC, and Calcium. I can't take vitamins in pill form, it makes me sick so these have been a life saver. They make me feel more energetic. I have cut way, way down on caffeine due to this as well.


What are some of your can't live withouts? Try any of mine, and let me know in the comments what you think!


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Jenn

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Who's busy? We're all busy, right? This is the rat race we live in anymore. Always on the go, always in meetings or traveling. While this can be fun and keeps the paychecks coming, it is not my ideal day. So it made me start thinking, what is my perfect day? What would it consist of? Let's say money wasn't an issue, ever think about it… how would you spend the day?

 

Who's busy? We're all busy, right? This is the rat race we live in anymore. Always on the go, always in meetings or traveling. While this can be fun and keeps the paychecks coming, it is not my ideal day. So it made me start thinking, what is my perfect day? What would it consist of? Let's say money wasn't an issue, ever think about it… how would you spend the day?

Mine; I would do some things the same like waking up and going for a run or walk. This is my time to get my body moving and it really helps me feel good the rest of the day. Then I could really go two ways. Most people would say beach, I am sure. For me, while I love the beach and that could definitely be a great day I would say either a day on a boat or a shopping day.

THE BOAT DAY

Me, my best friend, a boat and a hot captain or two out at sea! So Marissa and I have this weird obsession with tracking sharks. Like, we do this laying next to each other on the couch and compare the sharks who have traveled the furthest haha. FYI I am deathly afraid of sharks, like it's my number one fear. But, this shark tracker we have is so interesting and calming. I know it sounds really weird, like who thinks tracking deadly sharks is calming? But I think knowing there is something bigger than you out there swimming around freely, makes me almost envious of them. So I think taking the boat up to see if we can find our fave shark, "YETI" a female white shark hanging around out by Sarasota.

Let me set the scene, drinks, tunes, wind blowing, laughs & a YETI sighting. I think ocean/gulf life is amazing. I just want to explore our coast a little more. When it gets cooler in the evening we break out some hoodies, watch the sunset and light a fire on-shore. More tunes, invite some friends, some drinks and no phones. Not very costly and super chill.

 

THE SHOPPING DAY

Let me set the scene, me, my best pair of running shoes, a Venti Starbucks Strawberry Acai and no credit card limit (of course someone else is paying the bill) at International Plaza. I would have lunch at Bazille because I love it there, and probably some cocktails because shopping is always more fun with cocktails. Then I would go home and change into something absolutely fabulous that I bought and meet girlfriends on the water for drinks and dinner. This ends with dancing, laughs and crashing in a giant bed at Opal Sands in Clearwater Beach. Now THAT sounds like the most perfect day!

 

What's your perfect day like?

 

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Jenn

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Who doesn't love new jewelry every month? We're women, of course we do. I was introduced to Rocksbox about 3 months ago. Rocksbox is a monthly jewelry "rental" subscription box. I am here to tell you what I like about this box compared to some others I have used.

(Gorgeous rose gold crystal hoops)

(Triple Layer Druzy Necklace)

Who doesn't love new jewelry every month? We're women, of course we do. I was introduced to Rocksbox about 3 months ago. Rocksbox is a monthly jewelry subscription box. I am here to tell you what I like about this box compared to some others I have used.

 

You create your own wish list with styles that you like. When you first register your account, you can go in and select as many pieces you want to have in your "wish list". Normally, at least one of these pieces shows up in your box each month.

 

You can swap out the styles before they come. You get hooked up with a stylist who selects your jewelry each month, but, before it comes your way you can preview and swap out anything you aren't feeling.

 

(Purple & white enamal earrings & silver chain wrap bracelet)

You can let them know if you have a specific event or outfit you need to style ahead of time for the next box and they will help you out. They have some high end designs and on the lower end. I have seen items from $30-$100.

 

You can keep the jewelry as long as you want and it comes with an easy return label and  reusable bag to pop right in the mailbox.

 

You get your $21 monthly fee in a credit if you buy any of the jewelry from your box that month. But you have to use within a certain time frame. I have bought a pair of earrings and a ring stack so far from my boxes!

(White & Gold Diamond Shaped Drop Earrings)

A bonus, they are very quick to respond to questions or concerns you have. All in all I give Rocksbox a rave review. Even when a piece of jewelry came broken, they automatically gave me an extra $10 credit on top of my $21.

Here's my current box!

I JUST PURCHASED THIS BEAUTY ^^

If you want to test it out, I have a special discount code for your first month FREE ---> STYLEMYMINDJENNXOXO. I think you're gonna love it!  Let me know in comments what you love about ROCKSBOX!


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Jenn

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Since I know you guys LOVE learning about me, here are some of my favorite things, currently including song, food, place to shop & my favorite quote!

Since I know you guys LOVE learning about me, here are some of my favorite things, currently. 

 

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Tampa, FL

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Song: Foster the People, Sit Next to Me

Food: Currently on the macro's diet my favorite thing is chicken (boring) but also loving Ben & Jerry's Non-Dairy Ice Cream in PB & Cookies.

Drink: Hot tea; Hibiscus & Chamomile with Lavender

Alcohol Drink: Mich Ultra or Cucumber Vodka with water, lemon, lime & basil.

Place: Bathtub with a candle and a good book followed by a cup of hot tea.

Place to Shop: Well the last place I shopped was Nordstrom #Nsale but my favorite place to shop is Fab'rik in Tampa or Scout & Molly's Hyde Park.

Place to Eat: Fresh Kitchen

Book: Joyce Meyer Battlefield of the Mind seriously everyone needs to read this book to have a more peaceful life!

Show: I always fall back on my go-to's .i.e. Gossip Girl and One Tree Hill and always, always Sex & the City. But right now watcing Vanderpump Rules and Very Cavalleri

App: ColorStory to preview and edit Instagram posts.

Appliance: yes, I have a favorite appliance! Electric Tea Kettle.

Accessory: Wired Headband Wrap (I use around my messy buns for a cute 50s vibe), along with my Vintage Heart Sunnies.

Workout: Home workouts with PeachBands - you can go on YouTube and find quick work outs. Mine are as follows:

Crab Walk

PeachBand Pull with lunge

Jumping lunge (no band)

Front to back lunge

Jump Squats (no band)

Lifted Glute Bridge with Band

Plank with band on wrists moving wrists side to side

Tricep pulls

Product: Amika Texture Spray seriously the best! Look out for flash sales for 50% off on IG and FBK.

Favorite Scripture: Proverbs 31:25 She is clothed with strength and dignity, and she laughs without fear of the future.

Quote: "Eventually all the pieces fall into place. Until then, laugh at the confusion, live for the moment and know that everything happens for a reason." -Carrie Bradshaw

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Jenn



 

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I hope everyone had a wonderful, fun and safe 4th of July! Holidays can be exhausting. We are running around, cooking, baking, picking up party favors and putting down the booze! It's almost like we need a vacation from holiday, right? Sometimes after weeks(ends) like this I need to just stop, regroup and get back to reality. I am a true culprit of a person who let's life get overwhelming before shutting down completely and realizing I need a break. Read more here!

 

 

 

 

 

Happy Sunday! 

I hope everyone had a wonderful, fun and safe 4th of July; yes I know it was like two weeks ago! Holidays can be exhausting. We are running around, cooking, baking, picking up party favors and putting down the booze! It's almost like we need a vacation from holiday, right? Sometimes after weeks(ends) like this I need to just stop, regroup and get back to reality. I am a true culprit of a person who let's life get overwhelming before shutting down completely and realizing I need a break.

Once I do, the first thing I begin is a daily devotional. I have daily schedule when I read my devotional and scripture passages. When I wake up I do my Bible App verse and meditate on that for the day. At the end of the day I do a daily devotional (one of the four below) and a bible passage from my One Year Bible. I try to take one line from the scripture to take with me the next day. I practice that one line throughout the day to keep me living Gods way. Well, I try to! Here are some of my favorite devotionals.

EMBRACED by Lysa TerKeurst 

I fell in love with Lysa's words when I read "Uninvited" and am reading her book "Unglued" now. I connect on a personal level with Lysa and her words really hit home for me. She keeps it real, doesn't sugar coat anything and it's quite honest in her struggle with Christianity. We are not perfect, no one is! And it is good to know this woman of Christ is still working on herself daily.

100 Brave Days by Annie G. Downs

Marissa gave me this one for Christmas and I love it because each one talks about a different story how Annie was brave and helps you use it in your daily life. We are all scared of things but God never intended us to live in fear. Take the nerves and turn them into power, into art, into beauty!

Trusting God Day by Day by Joyce Meyer

 

Joyce Meyer was the first preacher I ever started listening to. She is so raw, so real and the Jersey girl in my loves that about her. She is not afraid to scare you, but not in a bad way! In a God fearing kind of way. In this devotional, it gives your strength and courage each day and to remember no matter what is happening you have to just give it to God and he will take care of it. If you are overwhelmed, overworked and stressed out take a deep breath and lay it all out there. It's funny because somedays I open a devotional and it is EXACTLY what I was going through that day. That's how I know this ish isn't BS! Can you say BS in a devotional post?

The Confident Woman Devotional by Joyce Meyer

This beauty is geared toward women and the challenges we face on a daily basis. Our lifestyles are different than men so we need different counseling than they do. Our minds are different too! Joyce digs into the daily lives of a woman and talks about slowing down, talking to God and the importance for taking time for yourself. I don't have children but I do work a lot and I know how hard it is to remember to stop and take time for yourself sometimes. We need to slow down.

I hope you check these out and love them as much as I do! They are a few paragraphs and really help to build you up and keep you going! 

Outfit linked here ShopStyle

Photos by Audra Nicole Photography

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Jenn

 

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As Miami Swimweek has come and gone, I wanted to share with you some highlights from this past weekend's trip with my girls. This is the second year Tamy (VStylist) & I have gone. We definitely learned a lot from our first year & now learned even more in 2018 as well.

As Miami Swimweek has come and gone, I wanted to share with you some highlights from this past weekend's trip with my girls. This is the second year Tamy (VStylist) & I have gone. We definitely learned a lot from our first year & now learned even more in 2018 as well.

Last year we stayed outside of Miami Beach because it was more budget-friendly, however, Uber rides ended up costing us each about $100 so it was not worth it. This year I decided to check out what Priceline had to offer. I love researching hotels and looking for the best deals. This was the first time I had ever done the "surprise" 4-star hotel & I am glad I did. So basically, you have no idea what hotel you are getting but they do guarantee it's in comparison with the 4-star hotels on Miami Beach. I clicked "Book" and "Casa Faena" popped up, a cute little boutique hotel in mid-beach Miami. I took a gander at the pictures & their website & was quite pleased.

WARNING I do want to make you aware that there is a base rate & then of course tax & some other fees. Priceline will charge their hotel fee & then the hotel will charge a resort fee at check out. At the end of the day, it came to $180 per night & $34 for valet parking (which in Miami Beach is like gold).

The hotel is like a mansion basically. With only MAYBE 100 rooms, the vibe is very quaint. It is an old Spanish themed hotel with a lot of detail in the decor and design.

Photos by Christina Jones Photography

They have some great sitting places around the hotel including a rooftop area. The cafe is incredibly adorable &  serves some great food and drink. You can eat inside, or outside which is just as inviting.

This year, instead of running around like chickens without heads we decided to keep the shows limited and simple. Last year we tried squeezing in about 3-4 per night & it really took a toll on us. Friday we hit up the Nautilis Hotel for the Aurora Swimshow. While the show was great, the lighting was not so we were not able to get any photos. NOTE TO THE PR COMPANY: TEST LIGHTING BEFORE SHOW!

Planet Fashion was Saturday evening at the Loews Hotel in Miami Beach. We shopped some vendors before going in & one of my faves was Callyssee, a beauty company made with coffee. Try them out.

The show had about 8 designers. Here are some of my favorites included:

 

RISQUE DUKES 
Photo by Carlos Perez

 

KIMIMI SWIMWEAR

Photo by Carols Perez


 

REVE de RIVE
Photo by Carols Perez

On Sunday before heading home we stopped in the W Hotel's pop-up shop which was supporting breast cancer. I bought this adorable hand-craft bracelet just as a daily reminder to slow down and breathe.

Mia Adora Beauty

Photos by Christina Jones Photography

I think next year we will shoot for NYC Fashion Week! Stay tuned.

 

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Jenn

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