Fall Favorites | 2016

Today on The MIAMI Rose I wanted to share a few of my favorite things for the Fall season – fashion, food, and fun! For more great ideas and fun projects, follow me on Pinterest!

Fall Flats

I can never have enough comfy and stylish flats for work (or play) and love going beyond the basic colors to delve into a diverse seasonal color palette. Go for prints, rich jewel tones, or earthy colors this season. I myself have this pointed-toe style in several different colors.

Image via Stitch Fix.

Sleek Skinny Belts

Nothing changes a look up quite like the addition of a skinny belt. It adds a flair of sophistication, shows off your figure, and can completely transform a look for multiple wears! Plus, with a couple of basic colors in your closet like black and brown, or gold and white, you can rule the world. See a great selection here.


Tasseled Crossbody Bags

I have been lusting after this bag (in pink) since this Summer, but love it as a Fall staple as well. The black leather and camel leather Gucci Soho Crossbody bags with a tassel is a perfect go-to for the season, and it begs to be worn with almost every outfit. Its versatility allows you to wear it with a casual look or out in the evening!

Image via Sarah Sarna.

Fall-flavored Ice Cream

This Burnt Caramel Bourbon Ice Cream with Milk Chocolate Toffee recipe has been on my radar for some time, and I just can’t wait to try it! It’s still [always] hot here in Miami, so for me, hot chocolate and other warm treats are not ideal – so, ice cream in Fall-inspired flavors (like this Vanilla Rum Roasted Pumpkin Ice Cream) are a must. It’s time to break out my ice cream machine!

Image via How Sweet It Is by Jessica Merchant.

Ruby Baubles

Already this season I have seen some gorgeous pieces of fine jewelry feature the ever-luscious ruby, like this brooch from Tiffany & Co. The deep scarlet hue has always been a classic, and its Fall debut is something that I have been waiting for. Baublebar has an incredible selection here featuring crimson and fuchsia tones, as well as a deep red collection from Henri Bendel, and this floral collection from Kate Spade.Image via Kate Spade.

Luxe Skincare

Since I am turning thirty [cough] I have made a pledge to leave my dirty-face-makeup-on nights behind me, and start really taking care of my skin and working some preventative magic. One of the great products I have discovered is the Marula Oil products for skin and hair, as well as a huge splurge from my birthday on Chanel anti-aging and moisturizing products, such as the CHANEL SUBLIMAGE L’EXTRAIT Intensive Recovery Treatment and the CHANEL SUBLIMAGE LA CRÈME YEUX Ultimate Skin Regeneration Eye Cream, which I absolutely think is worth every “penny”.

Image via @jessievbu.

Teal DIYs

I have been seeing some amazing projects on Pinterest lately featuring this gorgeous, deep blue hue. The coll yet intense color catches my eye, and as one of my fave colors of all time, I’m so happy to see it so often! I’d love to try any of these DIY projects and add them to my multicolored home!

Image via Brit+Co.

Image via Nouvelle Daily.

Image via Almost Makes Perfect.

Bright Statement Earrings

I always love statement earrings because they frame the face so well! For Fall, wear your favorite pair of loud earrings to death to change any look. They are perfect for dressing up a simple sweater or finishing off a sleek bun or ponytail hairdo. And the best part is, the color doesn’t even need to necessarily match! Just have fun and go with it. I love all of these from Baublebar…

Image via Southern Curls & Pearls.


MakeMeChic | Black & Tan

No, not the delicious beer combo – the color palette of black and tan for the Fall season. It’s as effortless and easy as finishing off a tub of mocha chocolate chip ice cream.

I may or may not be ready to admit that Fall is here (in Miami, it isn’t about the weather – that always stays the same) but I know I need to change up my routine a bit to let go of summer for a little while and embrace the dark-er side. This weekend I wore this lightweight, bow-sleeved dress from MakeMeChic. They have trendy and affordable clothing, and right now they are having 30% OFF orders over $80 (code DARE30), offer FREE shipping on orders over $29, and even 20% OFF your first order!

I know that as we get closer and closer to “Fall” and the month of October, we come one step closer to meeting my baby girl! So, maybe I am ready to embrace pumpkin flavored things and a cinnamon broom or two…and I can’t even begin to describe how excited I am to actually use my Burberry diaper bag, which was the most amazing mommy gift ever. Since it will be my official go-to handbag for a few years, I should get used to styling it!

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Beauty | Perky Pony

Say hello to dirty hair days (or too-hot-to-have-your-hair-down days) with your best ponytail yet! My hair is so heavy that I always end up with a droopy ponytail, but this product worked so flawlessly. With the heat here in Miami I’m always dying to put my hair in a ponytail, but hate how sad it always looks. Today you can see how I amp up my pony with Perky Pony and 3 simple steps – here’s the BEFORE pic.


Step 1. Style your hair into a ponytail and separate it into two equal parts, top and bottom. Add a quick spray of dry shampoo for a little texture.


Step 2. Clip the Perky Pony into the bottom half of your ponytail.


Step 3. Spread out the top portion of your hair over the Perky Pony comb to give full coverage. Voila! Up next, the AFTER pic.



Take a look at my AFTER photo featuring Perky Pony!!! Even with heavy hair, I still get great volume and a full pony. It is perfect for my dirty hair days, and I can’t wait to try a high ponytail next!

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MBerry Dress | Aqua Chic

Today’s look is one of the most comfortable – yet chic – looks I think I have ever worn. I am completely in love with every piece from MBerry Dress, a European brand that specializes in handmade maternity and nursing apparel. The quality is impeccable, and the fabrics are incredibly soft and 100% natural. This midi dress and duster jacket pair perfectly together, or separately with other items. I love the length and comfort of the dress, and the detailed stripes in the soft stretch fabric. The thickness of the fabric is also amazing: tick to keep me warm in my freezing cold classroom, but didn’t make me sweat when stepping outside into the Miami weather. Styling this look with a hat and sunnies was the ultimate cherry on top! I received so many compliments and feel like everyone should own this look (in different colors, of course) in their closet.

Speaking of different colors, every style is available in an array of lovely, sweet shades. Although it takes 2-3 weeks to hand-make each item, every piece is worth the short wait. Every item is between $80-100 and are absolute wardrobe staples for maternity or postpartum. I cannot wait to see their Fall collection soon, and be one of the first to visit their new website! For now, you can always find Olga (MBerry’s owner and creative director) on Instagram for custom orders and pre-orders.














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Fashion | #MySwimBody

Hello everyone! Sorry it has been a little while since my last post – with the start of the new school year, and only two grad school classes left to complete for my Master’s degree, plus my fast-approaching due date, I took a little break to get settled into a new routine.

As my body and baby continue to grow day by day, I can’t remember a time that I was ever happier with my image. Especially in the summer, when most women in Miami (and across the world) over-analyze every inch of themselves for bikini season, I’m surprisingly more comfortable than ever. Now that summer is [basically] over, that doesn’t mean that we have to let go of that feeling, or put away our swimsuits! With the hot, hot, hot Miami weather year-round we have every reason to enjoy our fun in the sun for as long as possible. A site that I love getting my swimwear from is SwimsuitsForAll because it offers a full range of plus-size bathing suits in all kinds of styles, from adorable to sexy. I personally need their larger sized tops, since a standard “L” or “XL” bikini top just doesn’t cut it for me – ever. You can order your tops and bottoms in different sizes up to an H cup, which is my favorite thing about this site! Visit my Facebook page or Twitter to earn 40% OFF at SwimsuitsForAll.

This suit is actually not a maternity suit – isn’t that great? I especially love the cutouts on the side, and there are also some in the front. You can see the exact suit here. The flamingo print is to die for, and the style is so flattering and comfortable. At 31 weeks pregnant, the suit still isn’t pinching or leaving any marks.

Right now, their Labor Day SALE is still happening! For the next 14 hours, you can get 35-60% OFF the entire site, plus FREE 3-day shipping.






Fashion | Pastel Primrose

Lately it seems as if time has been flying (it always seems to do that when vacation is almost over, sadly) and I have been busy busy busy getting ready for back-to-school, finishing up a grad school class, and preparing for baby U. I wore this look yesterday to get around town and run some errands, as well as enjoy some much needed pampering. Being on my feet so much these last few days – and a little spill the other night that left my ankle swollen and bruised – I was in much need of a pedicure and manicure to soothe me. I always make sure to include it in my Saturday routine, because it’s really the only time I have! Plus, I feel refreshed for the weekend, and ready to tackle the upcoming week. It has always been so important to me to take care of my feet, which my mother instilled in me from a young age. They always seem to go unappreciated, and are the body part that bears one of the heaviest burdens. Plus, as a woman, I ask my feet to do crazy things like support my entire body in 4 inch heels without fumbling…so in my book, they definitely deserve some TLC every week for keeping me going! 

I also wanted to share this particular look with some of the curvier or bustier ladies out there. I adore the off the shoulder trend that has taken this season by storm, but a strapless bra is generally not my friend. Fortunately, I have found a great workaround! Pairing any OTS dress or top with a vest not only allows you to wear a standard bra, it adds an extra layer of style that is unique and trendy. I think this is my new favorite styling trick and I can check off the box that says I incorporated some 90s throwback style into my wardrobe this year! Have an amazing Sunday – I’m off to my much-anticipated Baby Shower today!














MakeMeChic | Tropical Turquoise

Happy Monday! Here in Miami we are in the final week before back-to-school, so I am enjoying every final moment of summer. This weekend I wore this breezy, summer dress from MakeMeChic. They have trendy and affordable clothing, and right now they are having 30% OFF selected summer dresses (code DRESS30), offer FREE shipping on orders over $29, and even 20% OFF your first order!

I am sad to see summer go, but with the start of the new school year, I get to see my students (new and old) and come one step closer to meeting my baby girl! I know that once I get back to work and stay busy busy that time will really fly, and we will have her in our arms before we know it. I hope everyone enjoys their last moments of summer!

Scroll to the bottom to shop this look and visit MakeMeChic, and get my Loren Hope earrings exclusively from Rocksbox.


















MakeMeChic provided The Miami Rose with complimentary products for this post. I aspire to not only create beautiful and meaningful content, but to remain authentic in everything I share with my viewership.


Beauty | TRESemmé®

Thanks to Influenster, I was hand-selected to test the new TRESemmé Beauty-FULL Reverse Wash Shampoo and Conditioner routine – aka #ReverseYourRoutine! I had never heard of or imagined this flip, but the concept of it makes so much sense. Condition first to soften your hair, and shampoo second to wash away excess oils and buildup. I was so pleased with how soft my hair felt after reversing my routine, and how shiny it made my locks. I’m not an every-day hair-washer (I’m a once – maybe twice – a week hair-washer) so I think the extra conditioning at the beginning of the wash really made a difference in the texture of my hair. It didn’t feel too heavy, but it was definitely moisturized. In the humid and sunny Miami weather, getting your hair just right is a delicate balance, or an art. You want to keep your hair shiny and moisturized, but if you condition too much, your hair gets greasy in an instant from the humidity; if you condition too little (or wash your hair too often) the heat and sun dry out your hair and cause damage.

The TRESemmé Beauty-FULL Reverse Wash Shampoo and Conditioner routine has definitely changed the way I wash my hair, and I have already had my husband try, too! Yes, he has long-ish hair (for a guy) and works outside all day long, so he braves the elements more than I do. I noticed a difference instantly, and although he grumbled about changing his short shower routine, he noticed the difference as well. Instead of conditioning after shampooing, which weighed down his curls, he had shiny, clean, frizz-free, and moisturized hair.

On a side note, I am also obsessed with Mustard and Teal as a standout color combo for the Fall season, so I included my favorite (and affordable) clothes and accessories in this great color palette, featuring Forever 21. Scroll to the bottom to shop the looks, as well as the entire TRESemmé Beauty-FULL Reverse Wash Shampoo and Conditioner collection!











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FlowerMoon by KITTOUNE | Floral Fuschia

Happy Monday everyone! What a beautiful way to start the week off – with flowers! FlowerMoon by KITTOUNE crafts gorgeous jewelry made with real flowers like hydrangeas, daisies, and chrysanthemums. You all know how much I absolutely love flowers, and I was so happy to have been lucky enough to style their “Hortensia” necklace, which was featured in OK! Magazine! I couldn’t believe how beautiful and detailed this piece was in person and I love the gorgeously paired bright colors. It is literally happiness captured in a necklace – not to mention, they also make earrings, bracelets, and rings!

This look is inspired by the necklace itself, showing both simplicity and intricacy. This slip dress is simple in form, but boasts a beautiful detailed pattern just like the necklace baubles. Styled with a classic denim jacket and espadrille flats, you can take this ensemble anywhere this summer.








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SheIn | Citrus Statement

I decided to be daring – which is becoming a personal trend lately – by styling this tangerine & heather statement dress from SheIn. I think this bump has been giving me the excuse to experiment and try new colors, styles, and trends (or, the hormones are just going to my head). I was originally attracted to this dress because of how NOT my style it is. I’m short, busty, and can’t afford to cover up my entire body with a sack. But then I got to thinking: this dress isn’t just for tall, thin girls. I can totally pull this off with a big bump! You see, there’s my baby girl again, giving me confidence and changing my attitude! So I dove in and decided to go for it, and style it I did. I now absolutely love this look, and have already planned on wearing it to several of my school’s special events (their colors are orange and navy) as my bump continues to expand. Who knew? I’m so glad I took a risk, and highly recommend it. To shop this dress (and others) at amazing prices, visit SheIn through the link above or below! Right now they are hosting a 40% OFF discount for purchases $55+ by using code JK40. Trust me, you can get an entire week’s worth of clothes for those prices! Be daring with me, and shop.











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