BIENVENIDO A MIAMI

[WARNING: A particular wall contains graffiti images of topless female creatures, and I did take photos and pose in front of this wall.  If you have young children around, please be advised.]

I was recently in Miami for work and lucked out on a free day to wander and explore the city.  Everyone said, “Go to Wynwood Arts District!”, so I hopped in a Lyft and got dropped off right at the entrance of Wynwood Walls.  This place was magnificent!  The graffiti, the food, the boutiques are all worth seeing, eating and buying.  It was a cloudy day and I went late in the afternoon.  Shortly after a quick happy hour/supper I found out that most shops close around 7-8pm, which sucked, but it was dark by 7pm so I couldn’t view the graffitied walls anymore.

When playing tourist in a new city, you want to make sure you’re in comfy clothes and shoes.  I stopped by Forever 21 the weekend before to pick up some new clothes thinking it was going to hot and humid in Miami.  Turns out, I came at the one week where it wasn’t swampy or burning hot.  Glad that worked out because I didn’t want to sweat through my super cute clothes!  Thanks Miami!
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I have been eyeing this Forever 21 Ribbed Knit Bodysuit (in Mustard) ever since I saw it two months ago, but in the color White.  This little number is less than $11!  It’s so comfy and has such a great stretch and feel.  I want this in every color!  Bodysuits are perfect for that fitted look tucked in denim.  I would wear this with denim shorts or a pair of mom jeans!
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I am wearing a pair of Forever 21 Fairfax High Rise Jean in Light Blue.  I ended up purchasing a size bigger than I normally wear because I didn’t want the denim to look too stretched out at the waist.  It’s a super stretchy material, and for less than $18 it’s a great pair of Spring denim.  I like wearing this pair with the legs rolled up at the bottom.  I do recommend trying out this pair in-store if possible.  I tried on several pairs that said they were high-rise denim but it varied in fit even though they were all the same size.kangthropologie_miami_IMG_9417

Ray-Ban Aviator Classic Sunglasses / Necklace (from a stand at Melrose Trading Post)

I am confident with my figure and do not shy away when I see other women topless or nude.  I guess it comes from being an actress and changing in front of other women during fittings.  I’ve also been to too many sample sales where there ARE no fitting rooms so you have to strip down in front of everyone if you want to try stuff on.  Do you have any funny or embarrassing fitting room stories?

NIGHT OWL

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My day job is an actress.  At auditions, I wear wardrobe that is specified by casting for that particular role.  They’re still my clothes, but stipulated by guidelines that is not truly 100% me.  My true sense of fashion and style normally comes out at night when I go on a date, grab dinner with friends, or have a #GNO (girls night out) and we paint the town red.  At night is when I feel fancy and audacious and want to try new things.  At night is when my style really comes alive.
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I am wearing an American Apparel Cotton Spandex Jersey Halter Leotard.  I think it’s safe to say that I have a petite frame.  However, I have a super long torso.  I purchased this halter leotard in an XS, but I now wish I would have gotten a small instead so that I have more vertical room to play with.  The deep stretch does make the front v-neck more plunging, but that may not be safe for ladies with more up top, (if you know what I mean).  I personally would recommend purchasing a size up for this piece.  I also think this look would be great if it were long-sleeved.  nightowl_IMG_7225 nightowl_IMG_6673nightowl_IMG_7226 nightowl_IMG_6680

This pair of Forever21 Pleated Wide-Leg Culottes is only $6.  $6!!!!  I purchased these during the #BlackFriday sale with the no-minimum free shipping special.  I am wearing a size XS, but I still feel like it’s too big on me.  Based on the reviews, this pair does run big, so I would recommend sizing down when you purchase.

Since this photoshoot, I have taken them in to be altered.  I prefer this look to be more mid to high waist.  Yes, you may have to spend a bit more to get it altered, but it’s ONLY $6.  It’s okay to spend a few more dollars for it to fit right, so that you’ll actually wear it.  The polyester fabric does wrinkle easily, but nothing a little steam or iron can’t fix.  It’s fully lined and has an elastic waist.  I think I won the lottery on this deal.  Here’s a similar look.nightowl_IMG_6684 nightowl_IMG_7230My dog Kenzie loves to be in photographs.  She has serious FOMO when I do photoshoots without her.  Does anyone else have pets with this problem? Haha!

Knit Cardigan (Unknown Korean brand | similar look) / Free People Hat (sold out) / Vintage Gucci Patent Platform Pumps / American Eagle Outfitters Necklace

Photographed by Felicia Bade