Chill Out Please

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Wearing: Raen Fairbank Sunglasses in Sapphire ℅ Bollare . (Minus The) Leather Classic Biker Jacket ℅ Express . Andy Tank Dress via Filthy Magic . Chanel Chain Boy Bag . Zip and Lace-Up Biker Boots via Express . Buxom Full-On Lipstick in Barcelona

It’s still in the high 88’s here most days. We’re going to drop down to high 60’s tonight but it won’t last long. It’s such a bummer because I’ve been collecting some great outerwear pieces. That’s what I’m into right now despite the hot weather. I picked up this wool blend cocoon coat in the prettiest little shade of lavender. I mean…I travel and every time I’m left scrambling to buy or borrow a coat last-minute. That ends this year.

I picked out this biker jacket because it reminds me of my babe *insert heart emoji here* . He loves that ribbed biker style. As soon as he saw these photos he commented on how nice the jacket is. All I could think was what about meeeeeee, do I look nice?! I’m a brat, what else is new. I can stop stealing his biker jacket now though…or not haha. I can’t wait to break it out tonight when the temperatures drop.

I’m totally smitten with these Raen sunglasses as well. You know I’m a sunglasses addict. These babies are polarized perfection. I love the vintage stained glass vibe they give. It was about 3 am last night when I decided to attempt a braid out on my hair. Sigh. It’s not perfect but I’ll get there. I need to find the ultimate companion product to help me get the job done.

This post is sponsorred by Express. All opinions are my own.

Time to Eat

I eat out a lot, definitely more than I should. I’m one of those annoying people taking pictures of my food, my drinks, everything. Don’t touch anything til I get my shot! Haha. Sometimes I share these photos on Instagram (@riamichelle) and sometimes I don’t. I’ve amassed quite the little collection of food shots now and rather than waste them, I figured I’d share them here. I’m often asked for recommendations when people come to town and this way I can just direct them here. To kick things off here’s a couple of spots I’ve hit in the past few months.

Chillbar (Hollywood, FL): This spot is only a 5 minute drive from my place so obviously that’s a win. It’s located at the Yellow Green Farmer’s Market which is my favorite farmer’s market. They serve brunch on Saturday’s and Sunday’s from  til 4 pm another win because I like to sleep in. You definitely should make a reservation otherwise you will wait as my girlfriend’s and I did. The drinks are supposedly amazing, they had temporarily lost their liquor license when we went. They made us makeshift versions with wine we purchased from a nearby booth. I ordered the Fabulous French Toast Supreme. It consists of Challah bread soaked in a mixture of organic eggs, pure vanilla, cinnamon, and freshly grated nutmeg, served with caramelized bananas, organic butter & 100% maple syrup. It’s pure delicious decadence. We also ordered a side of turkey bacon (I’m generally anti turkey bacon) so good, we ordered a second round.

Love Is Blind (Coral Gables, FL): Craig and I met up with my fellow blogger Nicholl in the Gables. This is farther than I like to travel for brunch, just because there’s guaranteed to be traffic. They had a great unlimited mimosa special because they had recently opened. Nicholl and I definitely took advantage of it. My Prosciutto and Pesto Foccacia Airbag appetizer was my absolute favorite thing. I would go back just for that. I popped my Chicken N’ Waffles cherry and got a double dose of bacon because Craig doesn’t eat pork. I’d never gotten the hype until I took my leftovers home (stuffed on the foccacia) and woke up from a nap and ate them. Now I totally get it.

Swank Southern Kitchen (Davie, FL): This place is a really close to my place as well. A friend of mine from high school checked in on foursquare and my phone alerted me for some weird reason. So glad it did. This photo is of Craig’s food because mine wasn’t photo worthy womp womp. He got their Blue Chicken & Waffles which he devoured. Pure elation. I want to try their regular Chicken & Waffles with marshmallow sage sauce…I’m intrigued. I had the Short Rib Meatleaf which was okay. I should have followed my instincts and gone with the 18 Hour Pulled Pork Sliders. I’m actually afraid to go again, because there’s so much I want to try.I’m too indecisive. They also do brunch so I really need to get on this stat!

The Sybarite Pig (Boca Raton, FL): I’m rarely this far north, but I was starved and I wanted something good and different. I got on Yelp and this spot seemed interesting enough. I got the Korean Shortrib (yassss), the Mac n’ Cheese and a bottle of Weihenstephaner Vitus. I’m not a huge beer drinker but occasionally I’ll have one. The waiter recommended it to me when I asked for something light. The banana and citrus flavors were light and refreshing. I STILL regret not getting Kimchi. What is wrong with me?! Instead I got the mac n cheese side which was good but not anything special. Craig ordered the Wagyu Duck Fat Burger (of course, he lovesss burgers). This is another spot where the menu is so interesting and there’s so much I want to try. I really wish this spot was closer to me.

So that’s that. I was kind of all over South Florida on this one. In the future, I’ll probably do restaurants on more of an individual basis.

Dynamics of Power

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Wearing: Intensity Top ℅ Three of Something | Alexander Wang Croc Mini Skirt | Zip and Lace-Up Biker Boots ℅ Express

Whenever I am interviewed, I am always asked what inspires my style and how I put together my outfits. For me, it’s all about power dressing. I dress for my mood sure, but usually I dress to take on the world.

I packed this look to wear for Fashion Week, one of the most important events in the industry where a powerful look is needed to stand out in the crowd.

My Fashion Week Power Outfit: I love this Alexander Wang skirt to death. It’s the first clothing item I’ve ever purchased from him. My first piece of high-end leather clothing. I planned to wear my Stella McCartney heels yet again, but I planned to spend the day visiting my favorite PR showrooms, I switched them out for these Express boots. Not only are they practical, they make me feel like I can do anything and the metal detailing makes me feel pretty cool. Long story short: Always dress for yourself and wear what makes you feel confident and powerful.

Just like an impeccably crafted leather skirt or your favorite go-to-boots, fragrances can also enhance your confidence and make you feel powerful, strong and indestructible – like you can take on anything the day throws at you, especially during Fashion Week. Now that I’ve shared with you what makes me feel powerful, it’s your turn. Drakkar Essence wants to know what makes you feel powerful.  Share your photo or video on Instagram with the hashtag: #showyourpower and follow Drakkar Essence and they will donate $5 to the Cam Newton Foundation which supports and empowers underserved children and communities. Show your power to empower others. You can check out more info in the video below.

photos by Emily Malan

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