Wednesday, July 31, 2013

Xtra Life Lycra and Jantzen Present The History of Swim Event Recap

During Mercedes-Benz Swim Week, I had the pleasure of receiving a special invite to The History of Swim event presented by Xtra Life Lycra Brand and Jantzen swimwear.  The unique exhibit of swimwear from 1915-2013 took place at The Raleigh Hotel's pool deck area on July 21st from 3:30 pm - 4:30 pm as part of Mercedes-Benz Swim Week.  Exhibited as an array of photos, illustrations and ads, the images portrayed the story of swimwear from wool "swim costumes" to today's modern and sexy designs.  Jantzen played a leading role by defining the bust line in swimwear while Lycra's innovative fiber revolutionized swimwear design and fit.

Top fashion socialites and runway show goers sipped on refreshing cocktails while light bites were passed around for guests to enjoy.  Beautiful models showcased the new Jantzen collection for key industry press and buyers, wearing fresh swimwear pieces.

Tuesday, July 30, 2013

Video: What's in my Travel Bag + Light Packing Tips

I'm not the only girl in the universe that packs entirely too much when packing for a trip or vacation, am I?  Great, I didn't think so.  In lieu of writing a boring blog post about my "top 10 tips for travel packing," I filmed a quick video that sheds some light on how exactly I pack for trips while attempting to avoid throwing everything that I own into a suitcase.  Although I typically pack more for vacations, this is how I pack a very basic travel bag for taking trips home to see my family.  What are some of your essentials that you must pack with you for every trip?

Style By Lynsee Light Packing Tips:
  • Roll up T-shirts or basic tops to conserve space
  • Take a comfortable pair of flat shoes, a basic black heel and one dressy pair of heels
  • Pack travel-sized hair products and skincare items
  • Bring versatile clothing pieces that may be styled various ways (for ex. a basic white tee, skinny jeans, distressed shorts, a black blazer, a printed mini skirt, etc.)
  • Only take the necessary cosmetics (not your entire collection)
  • Pack a set of hot rollers or only one hot tool

Monday, July 29, 2013

Classic Embellishments.

Bal Harbour Shops is an open-air shopping mall known globally for its luxury retail stores and exceptional sales.  Located in an affluent area in Miami Beach, Bal Harbour Shops is ranked no. 1 in the world for productivity based on sales per square foot.  I recently had the pleasure of attending an Alice + Olivia event for Saks Fifth Avenue at the Bal Harbour location, which provided an opulent moment to snap photos of the look that I rocked on that day.

Housing top luxury brands such as Chanel, Dolce & Gabbana, Prada, Tory Burch, Audemars Piguet and Louis Vuitton, the upscale mall carries a posh atmosphere that resonates throughout the entire space.  I decided to wear a classic, yet comfortable outfit that wasn't too over the top.  My top is an embellished fabric with a bit of glitz so I kept my other pieces fairly basic to balance everything out.

What I rocked:
Top by H&M
Jeans by Bebe
Heels by ALDO
Lipstick by CoverGirl

Photography by: WARHON MEDIA

Friday, July 26, 2013

Miami Swim Week Recap II: Lifestyle Retreat Lounge

Highlighted during Miami Swim Week for a fourth consecutive year, the Lifestyle Retreat Lounge returned for a delightful event filled with pampering for fashion addicts alike.  Also known as LRL, the Lifestyle Retreat Lounge was held in the Ballroom of the James Royal Palm Hotel at 1545 Collins Avenue on Saturday and Sunday, July 20th - 21st from 12pm - 5pm.

LRL consisted of a range of designer presentations, a pop-up beauty salon sponsored by Safar, a photo booth lounge with quirky props provided by Capture Pod, and on-the-go activations.  It was one of those events where I could comfortably spend the entire day at a glamorous lounge full of relaxing activities to partake in.  There wasn't much missing from this Miami Swim Week event!  Guests sipped on cocktails provided by Chateau D'Esclans, Fifty Pounds Gin and Vida Tequila, while the Florida Cookery presented a delicious spread of light bites and treats.

A few of my favorite experiences were the massages provided by Equinox and complimentary manicures sponsored by LVX nail lacquer.  Jay Younger, celebrity nail artist, coated my nails in a tranquil shade of intrepid blue called "Celeste" from the LVX Summer Collection.  I also had the chance to stop by Ibiza Passion's booth to try on their fun and flirty jewelry pieces.  Long Hair Don't Care had plenty of freebies for guests, while Smoothie King served up healthy drinks and gentlemen enjoyed the Monster sponsored ping-pong lounge.

Other sponsors included: 

Kate Gallagher, Enjoue, Rica, Well Kept

Thursday, July 25, 2013

Miami Swim Week Recap I: Cosmo Splash + ASOS Penthouse

Miami Swim Week featured a number of fabulous events, highlighting sexy swimwear and beautiful models in sunny Miami.  A few of fashion-goers' favorite events during Mercedes-Benz Swim Week included the much anticipated Cosmopolitan en Espanol Summer Splash event at the SLS Hotel and ASOS Penthouse at Soho Beach House.

As Latin celebrity guests paraded into the 7th annual Cosmo Summer Splash on the pink carpet, swimwear models were back stage preparing for the heated up runway with Pantene Pro-V heat-resistant and humidity proof products.  Ciroc and Peroni provided fashion-saavy socialites with signature cocktails prior to the runway showcasing of nationally known swimwear designs by Samsara Imports, Inca, Eberjey, Zingara, Fitsico, Cuban Rice, Maya Swimwear and Papi Underwear (menswear).

The UK's largest independent online fashion and beauty retailer, ASOS, invited select attendees to ASOS's official Penthouse Party at Miami Swim this year.  Located at the private and chic Soho Beach House, the ASOS Penthouse was filled with Miami's most elite guests.  Soho Beach House is a private members club, hotel and spa located in the historic site of the Sovereign Hotel and overlooks the ocean with two pool areas.

Guests sipped on exclusively designed Corzo + Red Bull + Perrier cocktails while music by IO ECHO and NANCY WHANG of LCD SOUNDSYSTEM resonated throughout the upper pool deck area.  What Miami Swim Week party would be complete without some glam swag bags and an ASOS photo booth to snap photos?

My girl and fashion blogger, Niani, of The Fierce Fantasy

Tuesday, July 23, 2013

Ultramodern Shimmer.

As one of the main highlights of the Spring/Summer 2013 runways, metallic clothing is shining with a fresh rendition of new fashion.  Combining pastels with leathers and high-shine textures creates a nostalgic effect that leaves an endless fashion statement.  I know what you may be thinking - aren't metallics for space age suits or Sci-fi movies?  No.  Finding a balance between elegance and a casual relaxed look is key to embracing the metallic trend.

Metallics pair well with confidence, a relaxed attitude, feminine pieces, basic black, and bold hues.  Silver metallics have a fundamental element that remains classic and adds an extra level of contrast to a variety of looks, reaching cutting-edge levels of polish with a futurist twist .

What I'm Rocking:
Top by H&M
Shorts by F21
Shoes by Demand Shoes (Luichiny)
Bag by JPK Handbags
Bracelet by House of Dion
Belt by Express