Girly n' Glitzy Glam for New Year's Eve

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Happy New Year's Eve! 🎉  ðŸŽ‡
Managed to sneak one more outfit post in here before 2017. 
I'm not actually doing anything tonight, just chilling at home waiting for the ball drop. Same as last year. But that did not stop me from getting all dressed up earlier today with what I would wear if I were doing something. Just like last year! This is why I love blogging. I can wear stuff even if I have nowhere to go.

I have been waiting for the most minimal drop in temperature on NYE for years just to be able to wear this embellished vintage sweater that belonged to my mom. She's not sure if it's from the 80s or 90s. Love the little snowflake pattern. I paired it with this Champagne High Waist Pleated Flare Skirt from Romwe that I got in the spring (now on sale for $27.99).  I also bought these iridescent statement drop earrings from The Limited during a recent 75% off sale because I knew they'd go really well with this outfit. And then of course there's my beautiful gaudy glitter heels from Steve Madden which I bought on sale on Black Friday (still going for the sale price here). Finally I added my Jessica McClintock Christiana Ball Mesh Minaudiere which I also wore in last year's NYE post.

Island Girl Miami



Hello all!

Today I am ending the year with a bang with this massive post on Island Girl Miami, shot in September but posted in December for the familiar reasons you already know (two jobs, full-time therapist, part-time blogger, yadda yadda yadda).

102 Dalmatians Christmas


Merry Christmas Eve and Noche Buena! ðŸŽ„🎁

Artsy in the Design District


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Hi, hello! It's almost Christmas but here I am with a post from September. My blogging was so spotty in the second half of this year--I didn't even get to finish my Euro cruise posts. With my new job and a bunch of other (mostly good) stuff that's been happening, I haven't had much time for my favorite hobby. Usually I don't have time to take outfit photos, but now I have the opposite problem with way too many photos that need to be edited for way too many posts that need to be made!

Fun Stuff Friday:
Kate Spade Statement Earrings



Love me some Kate Spade, particularly her bags and earrings. I've been after these multi-color Kate Spade earrings for the past three years and I finally got them! When I went to go get them I saw most of these earrings at Macy's too, and boy did I want them all. Good thing I have a style blog-- if I can't have something irl,  I shall document their existence and have them here!

When Castro Died...


celebrating at versailles

We partied in the streets.
  
cuban flag at night
It's not kind to rejoice in anyone's death but the Cuban exile community had been waiting for Castro's demise or death for almost 60 years. The rest of the world may think of El Che and Fidel Castro as heroic revolutionaries, but we know better. Castro was a tyrant who ruled through oppression and propaganda. He and his cronies, like El Che, executed thousands of innocents by firing squad and jailed countless others simply because they opposed them. Castro took away people's hard-earned businesses and properties, my grandpa, mi viejito lindo, being one of them. He brought sugar and all other production to a standstill, made it difficult for people to find and afford food, and brought a previously economically successful country to depend on foreign aid from the Soviets, and when that didn't pan out, oil from Venezuela. He made it illegal for people to leave the country, forcing millions of people to flee via makeshift rafts. Those who were lucky left while it was still legal or as young children in the "Peter Pan" Operation, in which parents made the desperate decision to send their children to the states alone. My mom was supposed to be one of them but my grandma backed out. Instead they came in one of the "Freedom Flights" of the 60s and 70s but she and my grandpa had to "buy" their way through forced agricultural labor for three years. My dad came in the 80s through the Mariel boatlift, the last time Fidel opened the floodgates for all those "gusanos" (pejorative term meaning "worms" to refer to those who opposed the communist regime) who wanted to leave. The raft phenomenon really exploded in the 90s and continues to this day. So many lives have been lost at sea, including Elian Gonzalez's mother who risked her life to bring her son to this country. Of course, the United States government sided with the communist father and returned the child to Cuba, where he was indoctrinated and made a national symbol and spokesperson for the merits of the regime. His mother's death was in vain. 

Castro was a tyrant who ruled through oppression and propaganda.
  
viva cuba libre!!
And what are these so-called merits of the revolution? Well, there's the fabulous health and education systems that Cuba boasts about. The world has swallowed this particular propaganda hook, line, and sinker. You see, supposing that Cuba has an excellent education system that has produced many doctors, nurses, engineers, etc., those doctors are exported to other countries such as Venezuela in exchange for their oil, and they love it because it's one way out. Everyone else who earns a professional degree ends up working in the tourism industry, whether at hotels or as drivers and so on, because there they can earn American dollars, which actually has real purchasing power in Cuba as opposed to their peso. As for the quality of Cuba's healthcare... It's laughable what they claim. The hospitals are often in unsanitary conditions and always in dire need of medication and supplies, which are regularly sent to Cuba as remittances from American family members. 

So as soon as my dad and I learned that Castro had really died this time (he "died" so many times since 2006), we went straight to the unofficial headquarters of the Cuban exile community: Versailles  Restaurant. Never mind that it was 2 am--  the mayor had already asked the police to  close off that section of Calle Ocho so that people could gather. The city apparently had  a "Castro is dead" plan for years, and it  was finally happening. We stayed until 3:30 am, and the next day we went back for more.

blue aviators, red lipstick
padre e hija celebrando la noticiasatisfied grin
Cuban hipster
Cuban Hipster-- check out that 'stache.
Venezuelan solidarity
There were several Venezuelans celebrating in solidarity.
Saavedra
Me and Saavedra, a figure known to many in the Cuban exile community here in Miami. He's extremely vocal at Versailles and is often interviewed by the press anytime something happens with Cuba.
Interviewed by Japanese reporter
Speaking of the press, my dad was interviewed by a Japanese reporter. It was an international reporting event at good ol' Versailles.
Miami Herald: Castro Dead
Cuba Miami love

Cuba was in official mourning for 9 days, culminating in the burial of Castro's supposed ashes yesterday. There are many videos showcasing the grief and devastation of his commie supporters. But behind those mourning his loss in front of the cameras are people who had to show face at these events or they'd risk outing themselves as opposers, which could lead to trouble with el comité (watchdog type neighborhood groups with eyes and ears everywhere), their workplace, the government. 

Yes we were celebrating Castro's death, but we were also celebrating in hopes of a new Cuba, one that is free to pursue economic, religious, and political freedoms it has been denied for 6 decades. Let's see what happens for my motherland now. Opening up the island to American tourism and business, plus this guy's death-- let's hope Cuba can make a new name for itself beyond the legacy of this communist mafioso who oppressed and murdered his people, reaped in all the benefits (he was reportedly worth $900 million-- talk about a humble communist), and conned the world.

My only regret is that mi viejito lindo and so many others died too early to see this day.

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And hey, thanks for reading. Because this is a style blog... Here are my outfit details.

TOP: Tommy Hilfiger // JEANS: Denim & Supply // BAG: The Sak // AVIATORS: Francesca's Collections // FLATS: Target // LIPS: Sephora lip stain in Always Red 

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