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MIAMI SWIM WEEK COMEBACK 2021

By Karen Huggins, Miami Swim Week, the biggest swimwear spectacle on the planet returned post-pandemic and saw hundreds of brands, veterans, and newcomers. The swim-centric event featured the latest trends and fashions from brands and designers including Oh Polly, Luli Fama, Maaji, Boohoo, Jonathan Simkhai, Honey Birdette, Megan Mar, Liliana Montoya, Forever 21, Pretty Little Thing, Mery Playa among others. Cocktail hours, brunches, dinners and afterparties are essential at the four-day swimwear event.  All of them with amazing brands and opportunities to experience the new collections. This year I covered the events with two local Miami babes and influencers: Vanessa @vanessarosetilley and Juanita @jlondonostyle. We started the week with beautiful models descending upon Miami Beach for the Select Models-hosted party for Paraiso swim show at Meet Dalia. After an amazing night we were ready for the first day of shows and events. Jonathan Simkhai held a presentation at Joia Beach, the perfect scenario for featuring his stunning Resort 2022 Swim Collection. Sophisticated and elegant designs for the chic woman. Destination Colombia show brought a colorful explosion of amazing designs and quality fabrics including brands such as Ancora, Bahama Mama, Mar de Lua, Mola Mola, Naranja Furcado, Palmacea, PQ Swim, and Smeralda. They also hosted a brunch at the Ritz Carlton South Beach where we could meet the designers and learn why this country is one of the leaders in the industry. Paraiso presented the panel series where industry insiders came together to express and exchange ideas. A key panel of experts including Omnisend and Okendo talked about Direct-to-consumer (D2C) and Courvoisier hosted a lavish lunch at Mila Restaurant. The consciously beauty brand, Elaluz hosted a brunch with the founder and influencer Camilla Coelho. The acclaimed businesswoman and instagramer presented a new Elaluz line, the brand presents timeless must-haves featuring powerful Brazilian superfoods with extracts and oils from plants, fruits and nuts.  After a fruitful day learning about the industry with the panel and meeting designers, we headed to Byfne Show presented by Models of Color Matter. An explosion of colors, joy and vivid designs. Oh Polly introduced us to their new sister company Neena Swim on a show with sexy models with flawless bodies. A neutral color palate including nudes and whites in daring cuts. Gorgeous! @glamandbrains at Miami Swim Week @elaluz event @jlondonostyle with Camila Coelho at @elaluz event @elaluz brunch@jlondonostyle at Oh Polly Yacht party@vanessarosetilley Miami Swim Week 2021 @vanessarosetilley at Miami Swim Week Bfyne @modelsofcolormatter showDESTINATION Colombia Bahama MamaDESTINATION Colombia_Ancora_Oliva PontonJonathan Simkhai show Jonathan Simkhai showMiami Swim Week 2021 @glamandbrainsOh Polly Oh Polly

Beauty, MSM Online

Latest trends in Plastic Surgery and Skin Care explained by Dr. Jhonny Salomon

By Karen Huggins Miami is famous for its beautiful people as well as its beautiful beaches, but it is also a popular destination for medical tourism and plastic surgery. Firm skin and a youthful appearance are something a lot of us take for granted in our twenties because we feel like we will look this good for years. We all age eventually, it’s a natural process that no one can escape. The eyes are one of the first things people see when they look at someone. No one wants their eyes to look tired or droopy. Depending on factors such as genetics, sun damage, diet, skincare, and smoking, the eyes can be one of the first places to show signs of aging. My mom has beautiful skin and always told me to drink plenty of water, apply sunscreen daily, eat a diet rich in antioxidants, and use quality skincare products. Hoping to delay the visible signs of aging in my 30’s it is time to do a little bit more for this area of my body. I wanted to share with you the latest techniques for skin care (especially eyes) and plastic surgery, so I decided to visit Dr. Jhonny Salomon, an eminent and one of the best Plastic Surgeons in Miami. His love for the arts made him a talented musician, painter and photographer, and his intelligence, a leader in his field: Plastic Surgery. The Plastic Surgeon is similar to an artist, aiming for the finest results using a palette of the latest, most advanced medical and surgical techniques. Cosmetic Surgery isn’t always a straightforward procedure, but rather a cultivation of various fine adjustments, similar to the creation of art. It is for this reason, that Dr. Jhonny Salomon approaches each surgical procedure with love and a deep artistic point of view. Dr. Jhonny Salomon’s work has been recognized and published in famous magazines and newspapers around the world: Vogue, Vanidades, Haute Living, Ocean Drive among others. Dr. Jhonny Salomon’s Plastic Surgery office is located in Miami, Florida. The center includes an outstanding Medical Spa handling non-surgical procedures including Botox and Restylane injections, medical peels, laser hair removal, and tattoo removal, among several other treatments. It is my second year doing the under-eyelid procedure with Dr. Jhonny and I loved it! My dark circles disappeared and my skin under the eyelid improved in an amazing way. KH – Dr. Jhonny, could you describe the latest trends in Plastic Surgery and other Procedures? JS – Recently and for 2020 the trend is being more natural. In Plastic Surgery many patients that had their breast implants in the 90’s wants to reduce them or remove them. More natural results with techniques removing the fat and then using the fat to rebuild other parts of the body. The other trend is with BBL for more natural results and body contouring. When the fat is removed, there is a new trend to reuse it to build up the chest (for man), for the chin/jawline and cheeks (for woman). People are looking for more natural results in plastic surgery and custom made procedures. Trends not being performed: texture implants, now smoother implants. People are looking for custom procedures and not overall procedures, we don’t want to have the same nose as others. KH – Are you offering new permanent procedures? JS – Fillers are lasting longer (one and a half years or almost 2 years for some of them).  With the Fat Grafting procedure, using your own fat can be used as a permanent filler for other areas such as cheeks and chin. For small amounts of Fat Grafting you don’t need general anesthesia, it is done under local anesthesia. In the U.S. we don’t have permanent fillers approved by the FDA. We also have other procedures at the spa: anti cellulite, weight loss, muscle building, laser for the skin, skin pen, full facial department (HydraFacial, facial peels). Dr. Jhonny Salomon created his own skin care line that can be incorporated into your wellness and maintenance regime. Follow Karen Huggins on Instagram @KarenHuggins_blog

MSM Online, Traveler

Paris Travel Guide 2020

By Karen Huggins / @karenhuggins_blog Traveling to Paris is always a special experience and if you are traveling during Paris Fashion Week you have to do it French style. It’s a fun time to visit the city of lights if you love people-watching and feel sense of fashion in the air. I created this guide with things to do during this unique week; must-go places to “be part of the scene”: Where to stay The first time I traveled to Paris all my friends recommended hotels like Hotel Crillon, Ritz Paris and Le Bristol. They are historic luxury hotels and the epitome of Parisian style. For Paris Fashion Week I was traveling with a friend @vanessarosetilley and we selected this time a gorgeous boutique hotel, Lumen Paris Louvre, because of the location (superb, one block from Place Vendome and Louvre Museum) and details (they offer a different experience taking care of the customers with Hermes beauty products, Nespresso Machine in the rooms and special towels for makeup). Every day the breakfast is served at the hotel restaurant, intimate setting in the heart of Paris with a sunny terrace on warm days, and the glass canopy during the fall and winter. Lovely experience. For lunch/Dinner, Chef Akira Sugiura offers his delicious seasonal French-Italian-Japanese fusion cuisine. The matcha green tea tiramisu is a must. The room’s decoration is so chic and modern, the best part: the breathtaking views in the heart of Paris’s 1st arrondissement! Best option for a Truly Parisian Experience. Superb 🙂 Hotel Lumen Paris Louvre https://hotel-lumenparis.com/ Breakfast Ritz Paris: upscale experience at the beautiful terrace. You will feel like royalty. Popular with celebrities. Hotel Le Bristol: Café Antonia offers a spontaneous side of Parisian life, where you can enjoy casual and elegant breakfast. Lunch Le Girafe: modern seafood menu and best option to enjoy amazing views of the Eiffel Tower. Oursin: New Jacquemus restaurant in Paris, Jacquemus, the fashion designer, teamed up with Kaspia to open his restaurant on the last floor of Galeries Lafayette Champs Elysées. A travel to the Mediterranean feeling Jacquemus design vibes. Hotel Costes: the legendary restaurant and bar are the places to see and to be seen. One of the top spots for locating high profile celebrities in Paris (Beyoncé, Jay Z, Mariah Carey, David & Victoria Bekham…). Tea Time Le Meurice: prepare to be dazzled by the master pastry chef Cédric Grolet (awarded for Best Pastry Chef in the World in 2018). You have to try his sculpted fruits and revisited pastries. Four Seasons George V: a fairy tale experience if you want to feel like a princess/prince. A sophisticated beautiful room and amazing tea time. Dinner Loulou: restaurant at the Musée des Arts Décoratifs at the heart of the Palais du Louvre. I love the intimate and sexy atmosphere of the restaurant. Balagan Paris: stylish cocktails and Mediterranean/Israel food with sexy atmosphere. New gem in town. Shopping Le Bon Marche: my favorite department store, founded in 1838. The most prestigious brands. Museum Visiting Louvre museum is always an experience, I try to do it every time I go to Paris. For Fashion lovers, you will enjoy Louis Vuitton Foundation and Musee Yves Saint Laurent Paris.

Fashion, MSM Online

New York Fashion Week by Karen Huggins

  Can’t believe we are now in February and it is time for New York Fashion Week. The time is going so fast! New York Fashion Week is a very special time for fashionistas and fashion insiders. Trying to build out a detailed schedule and calendar that keeps us on our toes and allows us to maximize the time in NYC, squeezing in as many shows and attending as many events and meetings as possible, it is not an easy task but I love it ? I was so glad when I received the invitation to Vivienne Hu show. The Fall 2020 collection by Vivienne Hu was beautiful and timeless. I felt in love with the puffy coats and jackets in earth colors; in varying shades of chocolate, beige, whiskey, cinnamon, rust, and everything in between, brown was everywhere. I will be happy to adopt this earth-toned wardrobe for Fall 2020. I also would like to highlight from this collection the sophisticated and colorful coats. One of my favorite options to make a statement with my outfits is with an statement coat and Vivienne Hu knows how to do it! Relaxing during New York Fashion Week is VERY important, I have to thank Innside New York NOMAD by Melia for all the attentions and for making me feel at home. I really enjoyed the spacious guest-room with stylish and contemporary interiors including lot of room for my clothing which is essential during fashion week season. The Hotel is located on Chelsea/NoMad neighborhood, close from the shows and great restaurants. It was a pleasure enjoying The Freedom Tower and Downtown Manhattan skyline views. Teddy loved the Pet Menu at the restaurant (his favorite was the chicken breast with vegetables ? ) and the cute dog bed at the room. Follow me on instagram @karenhuggins_blog  https://www.instagram.com/karenhuggins_blog/

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Karen Huggins Holiday Gift Guide

  By Karen Huggins / @Karenhuggins_blog Christmas is around the corner! Love, family, friends, parties and gifts…. Oh yes, gifts! For some people it’s easy to come up with ideas and they know which one is the perfect gift for every friend or every member of the family. Others have no idea and this season could be stressful for them. That is why I love the Holiday Gift Guides ?. Many options and sometimes unique gifts that is not easy to find on Amazon. This year I decided to create my own Holiday Gift Guide. I added products and experiences that I would love to receive as a gift and other options that friends told me they would love to have on Christmas. Cryoskin: Cryoskin is the latest technology from Paris, a non-invasive fat loss treatment that uses cold temperatures to reduce fat. It is used for slimming, cellulite reduction, and toning. The session lasts for 30 minutes and is done manually through a massage machine. The session begins with heat and then a decrease in temperature to -8° for the duration of the session. I lost over half an inch in the first session! Sarah is the best with Cryoskin! T: 786 3950295 @just4youspa www.just4youspa.com Verafied: I love everything about this brand, Vera is a Chinese Blogger based in New York with the coolest sexy bossy style. She founded Verafied bridging fashion and lifestyle between both continents. For a chick and stylish gift, visit www.verafiedny.com @verafied_official . The coats and jackets are to die for! Rosewood Hotels: Rosewood Baha Mar is offering the “Rolling in the Deep experience”, search the Bahamian Seas for the Ultimate Buried Treasure (Nassau, Bahamas). Adventure seekers will experience the Bahamian seas like never before via this ultra-luxury excursion from Rosewood Baha Mar. Aboard the resort’s Eternity mega-yacht, guests will spend the day in search of rare treasure – a Ulysse Nardin Diver 42mm watch buried in the sands below – alongside a professional diver as well as a personal photographer and videographer. With their magnificent memento in hand, guests will return home via Baha Mar’s private jet to share tales of their underwater adventure with family and friends. The “Rolling in the Deep” experience is available at Rosewood Baha Mar with four nights’ accommodations and roundtrip flights on Baha Mar’s private jet. It is the perfect gift! https://www.rosewoodhotels.com/en/baha-mar/offers/limitededition Three Floor: Are you ready for Christmas? For Christmas I selected a beautiful sophisticated with a bold colour palette dress from Three Floor. I have seen celebrities such as Gigi Hadid, Olivia Culpo, Claudia Schiffer, Priyanka Chopra, Zendaya and Jessica Alba wearing their gorgeous dresses. It is an excellent option for Christmas and New Year’s Eve. PQSwim: If you are thinking about a getaway and a scape from Winter, Caribbean Islands are always a good idea! For a “Cabana chic look”, PQ Swim bikinis are gorgeous, love the supportive fits and flattering cuts. YSL Beauty: YSL is one of my favorite brands, I am obsessed with the new clothing collection for Spring/Summer 2020. One of my favorite perfumes right now is YSL Libre (Women), it combines lavender essence from France with the sensuality of Moroccan orange blossom. Perfect option for a gift! You can complete it with the Limited Edition Holiday Rouge Pur Couture, it was redesigned with a limited edition, star-studded festive casing perfect for the Holiday Season. Montblanc The Webster: One of the advices I always give related to the gift season is thinking about original and unique gifts. The Webster boutique and Montblanc joined forces collaborating to create an amazing product perfect for Holidays: the latest limited edition writing instrument + notebook set. The design pairs Montblanc’s timeless writing culture heritage with The Webster’s pink signature colour and its mascot, a pink flamingo. For sophisticated friends and family, MONTBLANC X THE WEBSTER he best option thewebster.us and montblanc.com.

Arts, Fashion, MSM Online

Fall Outfit Ideas with Karen Huggins

  By Karen Huggins / @Karenhuggins_blog Christmas is around the corner and many of us are running around making plans and buying gifts. It is always a good time to share a few gorgeous fall pieces that are perfect for fall outfit ideas. I hope you like them ! Black Jumpsuit and strass earrings are always a good idea. A black or white jumpsuit is a basic that could be worn in the summer with flat sandals or in the fall with high heels, strass earrings and a blazer or coat.  Osklen Jumpsuit / @osklen Sometimes we have many options in our closet that is difficult to come up with an outfit. When you are in doubt, select a basic like a black mini dress, add a classic pair of boots and a cute or statement cardigan. This outfit will make you look stylish.  Geegeebae Cardigan / @shopgeegeebae On a daily basis we want to look casual and effortless chic, right? But what about those days when we feel bold and what to make a statement?  Mixing patterns is perfect for those days. Last week in Miami was Art Basel week. It is an art fair staged annually in Miami Beach, selling the works of established and emerging artists. Everything is not about art during Art Basel, there are also many parties and fashion events. It was the perfect excuse to wear bold outfits like this one:  Geegeebae Coat / @shopgeegeebae  After a busy Art Basel week my plans are to have a casual brunch with friends and walk with Teddy and my husband. What do you think about this outfit, casual and cute, right?  Macy’s Ralph Lauren Shorts / @macys @ralphlauren outfit  Coffee with friends is always a good idea. My favorite place to go for a coffee is the Miami Design District: Designer stores and coffee places such as Pura Vida and OTL. Macy’s Ralph Lauren Coat with Vanessa / @macys @ralphlauren @karenhuggins_blog and @vanessarosetilley We can’t forget that Fall in Miami is also the Gala season. I had the opportunity to meet Mark Badgley and James Mischka of Badgley Mischka designers and enjoyed a beautiful presentation of their new collection. It was a dream come true, I felt like a princess for one day with their gorgeous dresses.  Gown Badgley Mischka, Mark Badgley and James Mischka / @badgleymischka designers  This was the second outfit, perfect for Art Basel: lots of sparkling and statement boots. Ready to be seen at Art Basel LOL.  Jacket and pants Badgley Mischka / @badgleymischka outfits @karenhuggins_blog and @vanessarosetilley  We can’t forget animal print, it was the main attraction at the catwalks this year. If you also want to start with the mixing prints trend but want to be safe at the same time, this outfit could be a good idea (mixing same color prints):  Good American outfit / @goodamerican  Besides Galas, parties and events; I also work from 9 to 5 so I can’t forget the office outfits (I need to afford clothing and trips ?). This Escada suit is the perfect option to look great at the office. Escada Suit / @escadaofficial 

Fashion, MSM Online, Shows & Events

THE BAZAAR FOR GOOD

By Karen Huggins  Fashion 4 Good is a network of women using the power of social media to bring positive change to the world. Their mission is to improve the situation of suffering children through charity fashion related events and influencers. The group of influencers reach more than 10 million followers on Instagram and they use this force to spread good through fashion. Every year Fashion 4 Good selects a different country to support. Last year they raised more than $100,000 to build a school in India. This year they are focused on the situation in Venezuela. They have partnered with four local Venezuelan organizations dedicated to supporting the needs of underprivileged children (Hogar Bambi, Fe y Alegria, Fundana and Hospital Ortopedico Infantil.). The second edition of THE BAZAAR FOR GOOD, a lifestyle driven charity event filled with curated panel talks, will take place on November 21st at Miami Design District (Paradise Plaza 151 Northeast 41st Street #3547) from 11am to 7pm. More than 100 brands from all over the world donated their products for this special day to raise funds for the children of Venezuela. You can join this beautiful cause and buy the Holiday gifts supporting Venezuelan children. You can find brands such as: Alice & Olivia, Frankie, Style Mafia, Solid & Stripe, PiTUSA, Iorane, Sinesia Karol, Boho Hunter, Bossa Concept among others.  Click HERE for tickets More information www.fashion4good.org Instagram: @TheBazaarForGood Karen Huggins MSMOnline Fashion Contributor Instagram: @KarenHuggins_blog

MSM Online, Traveler

Viva Italia! Miami Fashion Influencer Karen Huggins and her dog Teddy ? explores Italy ??

My husband and I along with our Teddy ? spent fifteen days admiring the beauty of Italy experiencing different places including Lake Como, Venice, Sardinia and Milan. It gives me great pleasure to share with MSM’s reader’s my experiences and photos along the way ??? Our first stop was Lake Como, one of the most picturesque places in Italy with Victorian Gardens and lake shore romantic restaurants. I felt like part of a painting. Amazing place to relax and enjoy local food at many restaurants and farms. Next stop, Venice. This was our first time in this romantic city and it did not disappoint. It is incredible when you see that the streets are canals. Taking a gondola ride and getting lost in the little alleys is a MUST. After a romantic visit to Venice, Sardinia (Costa Smeralda, North of the island) was the next stop. Sardinia is known for beautiful beaches, exclusive hotels, celebrities and shopping for the best in fashion brands; The Island blends the sophistication of Italy and beach lifestyle. The landscape is exotic with wild vegetation. It is paradise! I really recommend renting a boat for a day and enjoy ing the beaches that can only be accessed by boat. The last place we visited was Milan. It is a small city where streets are like fashion runways. If you love Fashion this is the place! Amazing Designer boutiques and beautiful places to have coffee and dinner. A couple of pictures of the trip and outfits … Follow me on Instagram!  @karenhuggins_blog  

Cover Stories, Fashion, MSM Online, Swimwear

Miami Swim Week Preview

Cover by Richard Guaty Swim Week 2019 is arriving and not just the fashion shows but also the public Paraiso events are always a highlight.  Here are the dates worth saving. Public Paraiso Events Saturday, July 13th The Paraiso Bungalow, the oceanfront pop-up shop at Collins Park, featuring Resortwear, Beauty, Jewelry and Accessories by: Aloha Collection, Chopard, Olivela and Tropic of C. Hours: 11:00 am  – 8:00 pm Thursday, July 11th – Sunday, July 14th • Culinary Experience by Brad Kilgore on the terrace of the Paraiso Bungalow. Hours: Thursday & Friday 2:00 pm – 5:00 pm / Saturday 2:00 pm – 10:00 pm / Sunday 11:00 am – 10:00 pm Saturday, July 13th Beauty + The Beat Sunset Soiree| Brickell City Centre, 4:30 – 7:00 PM |public event, RSVP required Sunday, July 14th  Maaji Takes Over The Streets at Brickell City Centre Fashion Show| Brickell City Centre, 8:30 PM MSM’s Fashion correspondent Karen Huggins chatted with Paraiso founder Aleksandar Stojanovic about what to expect from this year’s Swim Week. Swim Week has become bigger, better and  simply more interesting each year. Mind giving us a few hints for 2019? We’ll have exciting spaces, like multi level tents on the beach where we offer anything from panel discussions to yoga classes to dinners, brunches and after parties for the shows. In addition we take over some hotels where we’ll have shows, like at the Setai, the Delanos and the W.   So lot’s of different venues. Fantastic. What unique features is Miami bringing to the table asa fashion metropole? Well, it’s the crossroad between North and South America, plus many Europeans frequent Miami. Then given that Miami has a summer that pretty much lasts 365 days, swimwear is the dress code here. A lot designers do not just show their collections here at the shows and trade shows but also stay afterwards to shoot their ad campaigns in Miami. This is something that not too many cities can offer.   How many visitors do you expect this year? Somewhere 25.000 to 30.000 people.   Impressive. Will the public also be able to enjoy Swim Week? Yes, we offer a certain amount of seats at shows to the public, so this way they can very much engage. And since we have so many different locations in order to underscore that every designer is unique, every show is very different from the other which makes the whole experience even more exciting.   The press must love it, too…Oh yes, we have media outlets from around the world covering Swim Week, including Australia, New Zealand, China, Japan, Russia, Europe, South America… you name it. Like the public the media too appreciates that you have highly diverse shows, you have trade shows, you have outstanding events …there is really something for everybody. From our Editor In Chief, Nadja Atwal… Talk about exciting! As for exciting shows to see, it is safe to say that like last year, Monica Hansen Beachwear will be one of the top show highlights during this Swim Week. Within only 3 years Monica Hansen Beachwear has become an international top-selling swimwear brand, beloved by both the critical fashion media and celebrity world. The success of the brand, founded by Top model Monica Hansen, involves 3 remarkable factors: First there is Monica Hansen’s detailed knowledge of swimwear from her time as a top swimwear model gracing hundreds of magazine covers. Secondly the handcrafted unique cuts combined with Made-in-Italy quality and last but not least the fact that top global media outlets – from Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue to Vogue – instantly recognized that these bikinis and swimsuits create an outstanding look on every woman who wants to flaunt her curves and welcomes getting (positive) attention for that matter. In 2018 Monica delivered her highly praised show at the Miami Swim Week where she herself graced the catwalk in one of her designs; which resulted not just in a wave of international sales and media coverage but an explosion of instagram posts with Hollywood stars and international supermodels posing in Monica’s designs. Her pieces don’t just look fabulous, they each tell a little story and enable women to show a different side of them whenever they feel like it. And although the swimwear market is so highly competitive, Monica’s designs dominated this years Sports Illustrated Swimsuit issue. Almost 70% of all the featured swimwear is by Monica Hansen Beachwear! Naturally we felt Monica was the expert to ask about the new trends. “For the current season we are seeing a lot of neon and also animal prints” Monica told us. “There is a 1990’s influence with high cut legs on a lot of the bottoms and a focus on sports bras and one piece suits showing a lot of underboob. There is also the use of plastic clips or buckles as trims.” But what is the one trend we all should embrace? “Animal prints are the big trend, so it’s not surprising that our most popular suit for this current season is the Leopard One Piece Bardot swimsuit. For next season I forsee a continuation of animal prints and early 1990’s inspiration along the lines of Versace with the Victorian prints. Also popular will be some new colors like neon mint green and coral. ” With all this we can not wait for Swim Week 2019 to start. Stay tuned for our continued coverage including all the highlights from Monica’s show on July 13th. Monica Hansen Miami Swim Week 2018 / Monica Hansen Beachwear

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7 Influencers That RULE Miami

Photography by 313 Films ? @313_Films / Makeup by Daria Marchik @MakeupbyDariia   Miami is progressively making its name in the Fashion Industry.  The Fashion scene has rapidly evolved and continues to do so on a daily basis.    The City is host to several annual fashion and trade show events such as Apparel Textile Sourcing Miami (ATS), Miami Fashion Week (MIAFW) & Miami Swim Week. These events bring together designers, producers, buyers & trade professionals from all around the world, not to mention the thousands of attendees that flock Miami to take part in these events.    There are several epicenters within the city that are helping fuel Miami’s Fashion growth. Places such as Shops at Merrick Park, Brickell City Center, Miami Design District, Wynwood, Aventura Mall & The Shops at Bal Harbor just to name a few.   But aside from the significant events & stylish epicenters, Miami has influencers that are continuously spreading the word on the latest trends and happenings in their own unique way. These influencers are making a difference and contributing to the growth of Miami’s Fashion Scene.   MSM met up with seven influencers that Rule Miami in the world of fashion. Hope you get to see & meet some of these amazing women around town at the upcoming events !     Annie of TheFashionPoet & AnnieTheAlchemist  is a fashion, travel and beauty expert and journalist who has been coined as one of the pioneers of Miami’s fashion blogging community. Accolades: This young entrepreneur was voted Miami’s Top Fashion Blog by The New Times and recently was awarded Best Fashion Content Creator Award at the Hispanicize x Telemundo Awards. Her work has been featured in glossies such as Vogue, Marie Claire, Elle, The New York Times, Life, Refinery 29 and more.  She was the first blogger in Miami to score a major campaign with fashion brand Coach where she produced and starred in a 1 minute commercial for them. Savvy and creative, Vazquez  has gone on to work for several other brands as a spokesperson, model and consultant. Some of these top tier brands include Mercedes Benz USA, Bailey’s, Peroni, Tresmme, Victoria Secret Pink, 7 for All ManKind, Forever 21, H&M, Express, Macy’s, Express, Bloomingdales, TMobile and Sprint. Innovator: Vazquez has produced several events to unify the city’s fashion community. These include setting up educational fashion panels at Soho House, putting together the city’s first “Fashion Blogger’s Night Out at Neiman Marcus and launching the first blogger based event at Miami Swim Week Lounge called “Escape Miami”. Additionally, she cofounded Miami’s first fashion blogger networking event called “Fashion Bloggers Do It Better 1& 2” and to give back to her community, “Fashion for a Cause Campaign to raise funds for breast cancer. Plus, Google asked her to create the first ever Miami Fashion Blogger Page which has over 300K followers. On Camera: Always with her finger on the city’s pulse, Vazquez is often featured on several networks such as NBC, Fox, CBS producing fashion and lifestyle segments. as well as online for Nylon Magazine. At Mercedes Benz Swim Week, she served as ambassador and interviewed celebrities, designers, and guests. Aside from modeling in commercials, Vazquez also believes in the power of film. She produced the first ever fashion blogging documentary called Blogging Behind the Seams” to showcase how the industry works.  Teacher:  One thing Vazquez is passionate about is teaching others. She is often asked to lead fashion blogging and styling workshops at universities like Nova, University of Miami, and The Art Institute as well as for major corporations like Crystal Line Cruises and Soho House. Designer: “Lil Miss Miami” is her first jewelry line to pay homage to the city she grew up in. After a year of research, Vazquez decided to team up with a local jewelry maker and create her first ever capsule collection which has already been featured on the runway of Mercedes Benz Swim Week and was carried at over 9 boutiques in Miami and online. Today, she has her own wellness brand called AnnietheAlcemist.com which consists of positive tees, crystal kits, affirmations, and more.  Follow her on Instagram ? @TheFashionPoet @AnnieTheAlchemist  Karen Huggins is a Venezuelan fashion & travel influencer, stylist, designer and personal shopper based in Miami who spends as much time as possible on her greatest passion: traveling and exploring new things. What she loves most are the people she meets and the way every place expresses fashion. “It’s about getting out of your comfort zone and enjoy the great adventure that life is”. Karen was born in Venezuela, she studied International Foreign Affairs, and she has been living abroad since October 2007, taking a piece of every place in her heart: from Barcelona the beautiful multicultural philosophy, from Madrid the joy, from Argentina the passion, from Miami the sunshine state of mind and from Venezuela the Latin flavor. Karen has collaborated with many brands ranging from high street to high fashion, such as Fendi, Miu Miu, The Outnet by Net-A-Porter, Ann Taylor, Ritz Carlton, Victoria’s Secret, Eggie to name a few. Fashion is her passion and she loves to share her style, travel tips and insights around the world “fashion is for everyone and most importantly, style is all about being effortless chic”. Traveling around the world with her partners in crime David and Teddy (husband and a little mini toy poodle dog), Karen creates visual stories for fashion, beauty and travel inspiring multifaceted and cosmopolitan women with styles that take you from the office to happy hour to date night; sharing her passion for lifestyle and wanderlust with her followers around the world. Follow her on Instagram ? @karenhuggins_blog Erin Nicole is a local fashion blogger and the creator of Erin Nicole TV on YouTube. She started her channel in 2014 while working as the CHANEL Beauty Business Manager in Nashville, Tennessee. Previously, she worked in broadcasting as a local News Anchor in New Orleans, Louisiana which prompted her to pursue her passion for fashion and beauty. Three years ago, she moved to Miami and immediately fell in love with the unique culture and spirit of south Florida. Her blog and YouTube channel are dedicated to luxury

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Top Fashion Blogger Karen Huggins Shares Her Favorite Miami Styles

I am Karen! A Venezuelan who spends as much time as possible on her greatest passion: traveling and exploring new things. What I love most are the people I meet and the way every place expresses fashion. It’s about discovering, feeling and living experiences, getting out of your comfort zone and enjoying the great adventure that life is.   Since I was a kid, I was obsessed with traveling the world that’s why I decided to study International Foreign Affairs. Traveling is the best way to learn and educate ourselves.    I have been living abroad since October 2007, taking a piece of every place in my heart: from Barcelona the beautiful multicultural philosophy, from Madrid the joy, from Argentina the passion, from Miami the sunshine state of mind and from Venezuela (my country) the latin flavor.   Fashion is my passion and I decided to create my personal blog on July 2017 in order to share with people my style ideas, travel tips and insights around the world. I want to highlight that fashion is for everyone, mixing high-street with high-fashion and most importantly, that style is all about being effortless chic.   I’m based in Miami since 2014 and would love to show you a list with my 5 favorite styles for Miami:   BBQ day: The weather in Miami is hot half of the year so I like to wear a light maxi dress, wedge sandals or mules (when in doubt https://www.revolve.com/ for dresses and shoes). Brunch: I like the classic and girly style so I will go with shorts and a  statement tank top – can be paired with high heels espadrilles and a tote bag  (I`m obsessed with the Artisan of IQ handbags and earrings https://artisansofiq.com/ )  Date night: a Black dress is always a good idea, I like the classic style for a date.   Events: I love Blazers and if I can wear them as a dress.. better! I pick a colorful blazer dress and elegant sandals, I would add statement earrings.  Now as for beach wear, I love the unique prints and designs from Camilla www.camilla.com and Agua de Coco Swimsuits and beachwear (check their popular instagram @aguadecoc). Don’t forget your sunglasses  sunglasses and hat! My 5 favorite beauty products to go with it: Sunscreen: SPF 50 every day on the face Serum:La Prairie Anti-Aging Rapid Response (it`s amazing how it erases dark spots and little blemish scars) Hydratate cream:La Prairie Interception Power Duo (Day-Night) BB Cream Dior: Dior Hydra Life BB Cream (the secret for a flawless skin in one product) Mascara: I always used luxury lines mascaras because I thought they were the best but once I found NYX Worth the Hype Mascara (recommended by an amazing makeup artist @dannymiamipower), I was amazed. Lip liner: Maybelline Nude lip Liner.    Check Karen’s blog www.karenhugginsblog.com  and follow her on instagram @karenhuggins_blog

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