Fashion - Runa Ray Summer 2016 Collection

August 19, 2016

Photo credit: Martin Spencer 

Fall is approaching and it is time to think about getting new pieces for your wardrobe.  What about some origami inspired pieces?

The designer Runa Ray debuted her Fall 2016 collection last February in NYC the collection named THE SUBTLE TEACHINGS OF ORIGAMI brings an array of clothes inspired by the art of origami.
We are constantly evolving and transforming into what we would like to be. Evolution is thus a natural process. It is fascinating the way in which a piece of paper can be folded and unfolded says Runa Ray. Thus, the designer compares the use of Origami techniques to create clothing to the way a person's life progresses. She starts with basic folds and may fold and unfold and fold again until she has a completed design.

Original Grain Watches – Fashionable and Sustainable

August 15, 2016

Original Grain Watches – Fashionable and Sustainable

Each Original Grain watch is designed using handcrafted wood and steel. The brand was started in the Pacific Northwest and its inspiration comes from the beauty of the area’s great outdoors. Original Grain is committed to the environment and has a partnership with "Trees for the Future". The brand has a sustainability initiative: for each watch sold, ten trees will be planted. The hope is to plant one million trees in 2016.
Original Grain offers a unique collection of watches for men and women using a fresh approach to classic tradition. The designs range from classic to minimalist. Each watch is handcrafted from a variety of sustainably sourced exotic hardwood including whiskey barrel, rosewood, ebony, maple and vera wood. One of my favorites is the minimalist women’s collection. It is the zebrawood/rosegold watch with a black Italian leather band. This watch is a combination of quality, craftmenship, and style suitable for any occasion.


Charity Event - Brazilian Fashion Night 2016

August 11, 2016

Miami will host for the second year the philanthropic event Brazilian Fashion Night 2016

The Brazilian Fashion Night 2016 is a charity event organized by Valeria Freitas and Lourdes Costanza. This event is to benefit the Brazilian association APAE (Associacao de Pais e Amigos dos Excepcionais) located in the the city of Lagoa Dourada, Minas Gerais.
APAE is a philanthropic non-profit association founded twenty years ago. The association helps care for people who experience some form of mental disability. The event raises funds to help APAE continue its work. The event will honor famous fashion professionals from Miami. The list of honorees includes  Helo Pinheiro (internationally known as "The Girl from Ipanema") and Alexia Echevarria ( the star of  "The Real Housewives of Miami") who will also be the event hosts. The others honorees includes Andrew Matarazzo, Anna Mallmann, Bianca Brasolini, Cristiano Piquet, Heloisa Alves, Jo Paes, Karmel Bortoleti, Marcelo Brasolini, Maria Fulfaro, Marilia Cavalcanti, Miguel Ortiz, Mirtha Arriaran, Raquel Lisboa, Renato Tolevi, Ricardo Chavez, Simone Strang, Thais Fontenelle and William Dominiciano . 
Two highlights of the event are  a fashion show by Blueberry Boutique and a music performance by DJ Rodolpho. 

There will be silent auction during the event. All the profits will go to APAE. 
Brazilian Fashion Night 2016 will be held at the luxurious and sophisticated Residences by Armani / Casa Design Gallery in Sunny Isles, Florida. The event will be on September 3, 2016 from 7:30 pm to 11:30 pm.

How to purchase tickets:

Invitations will be on sale with Honorees and at some sales points. 

Blueberry Boutique - (Deerfield and Sunny Isles) and Studio - D (Downtown and Brickell)
Blueberry Boutique -  1674 W Hillsboro Blvd, Deerfield Beach, FL 33442, (954) 427-7760
Blueberry Exclusive - 18001 Collins Avenue, Sunny Isles.  The boutique is in the Trump Tower lobby.  (305)327-7723
Studio D (Brickell) - The Shops at Mary Brickell Village, 900 S Miami Ave # 266, Miami, FL 33130. (305) 349-4969
Studio D (Downtown) - 117 NE 2nd Ave, Miami, FL 33132. (305) 372-1449

Production contact:
Valeria Freitas – 954-695-3460
Lourdes Costanza– 561-577-4931

Health Style - Sweet Peach Smothie

August 4, 2016

Start you day with this breakfast fuel

Sweet Peach Smoothie 
350 calories

2 cups of peach slices ( I used frozen peaches) 
3 oz silken tofu (1/3 cup cubes) 
1 1/2 tbsp almond butter
1/2 tsp ground turmeric
1 cup unsweetened vanilla almond milk 
1 cup of ice ( instead I used frozen peaches)

Process on high for 1 minute or until smooth 

Fashion Look - Summer is here

July 19, 2016

Skirt: Forever 21 (past season); Flats: Azaleia (Brasil); Accessories: Aldo; Ring: local store

When I saw this skirt in the store it was still winter here. I was so happy to find this piece that I didn't think twice to purchase it and wait for the first day of summer to wear. I am really enjoying this beauty pattern.

Love Pendant personalized jewelry - Giveaway

July 7, 2016

Having personalized jewelry is always a great idea. Recently I found out about this newly launched jewelry company, Love Pendant. It was founded by the jewelry maker Robert Leser. Love Pendant offers a unique collection of engraved semi-precious gemstones that you can custom designed to make your own piece of jewelry.

The process of customization is very simple. First choose a necklace, bracelet or charm. Next choose the gemstone; topaz, amethyst, green quartz or citrine. Finally choose a symbol, letter or word that holds special significance to you. The gemstones are then set in the customer’s metal choice of vermeil, silver or 14k gold. 

I chose a beautiful necklace made with a Topaz gemstone with the symbol “Amor” that means “Love”.

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Do want a chance to win your very unique piece from Love Pendant? Love Pendant is offering one Metropolitan Fashionista reader the opportunity to create a unique custom made piece. Just enter your info below for the chance to win. One winner will be randomly selected and notified on July 16, 2016. The winner will have 48 hours to respond, otherwise an alternate winner will be chosen. No purchase necessary. This giveaway is open to US and Canada residents only. You must be 18 years or older to enter. Good luck!

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