How I received a free signed Tommy Hilfiger shirt

All I had to do was wear a crewneck.

After wearing my Tommy Jeans XPLORE crewneck this past fall, I accumulated enough points to redeem a free signed shirt by the Tommy Hilfiger himself.

As technology continues to evolve, I find it interesting to see how its shaping industries. With the emergence of smart-chip clothing, I think brands will be able to market their logos to the general public better than ever before. Not only that, companies will be able to rewards their loyal consumers who heighten the brand’s awareness. Rather than traditionally rewarding influencers with large followings, companies can give a micro-community a way to communicate with their corporate offices with proof that purchasers are wearing and enjoying their products. It’s as simple as syncing your clothing to a mobile app. With rewards ranging from gift cards, discounts, signed products and an invitation to the next Tommy Hilfiger fashion show, there’s plenty of ways to benefit from simply wearing an article of clothing.

Watch the video below to learn more.

Sundaze

Soaking up some Vitamin D in late November.

When you encounter a 65 degree day at the end of November, you relish in the fact that you sadly received a a handful of days embodying crisp, autumn air before reveling in the sunlight. Although I bundled up with my new teddy bear coat, I half wore it as the darker brown complemented my most recent pickup from Kith’s Monday Program. I snagged this hoodie for my sister and her boyfriend, and of course, my husband, while learning that the Kith stores receive the bulk of quantity in comparison to its availability online (duh!).

I completed this look with my Puma Desert Thunders as the pale pink tones went with the light-colored tans in my  outfit. For an extra shine, I snagged my rose gold purse, which my good friend (often referred to as my cousin) gifted me for being her bridesmaid.

Jacket: Uniqlo.

Sweatshirt: Kith.

Jeans: Express.

Sneakers: Puma Thunder Desert.

A Virtual Terrarium

A colorful digital menagerie of nature-inspired creatures and plant life.

One of my favorite places in the city remains to be ARTECHOUSE. I recently explored the latest exhibit: New Nature by Marpi. Visitors step into a virtual terrarium to play with artworks responsive to sensory movement.

I wondered to myself if this is the future of living entities. The reality is though is that it’s a new way to experience art that never existed before. Exhibitions similar to this allows children to see what the mergence of technology and art can do to create a journey into another reality. I was mesmerized by the bamboo-looking artwork flying around me throughout the room. I ran back and forth across a hall that gave the impression it moved upon my touch. However, if you take away the projectors, you’re left with a bare room. You can imagine the artificial intelligence and creativity that went into what seems like a simple interaction.

Watch my experience interacting with this digital playground. To learn more, visit ARTECHOUSE’s website. The exhibition runs now through January 13, 2019.

Camo flames

Pulled the Jordan 3s from the archives for this cozy fit.

I’ve recently been experimenting with AliExpress clothing. I purchased these cotton camouflage pants, which arrived two sizes too small. Due to the flexible material, I wiggled myself into these legging-like sweats and wore a tank that would surely cover the waistband. The lace added a nice feminine touch combined with the darker tones to contrast the bright red bottoms.

I pulled my Jordan 3s from the shelves since it added the perfect touch for the outfit. The red details adds a nice pop as the white texture almost cools down the ensemble.

I’m still searching for a great AliExpress supplier for cheap, trendy clothes that will arrive in a decent timeline. The website is my secret go-to shop when I need to ball on a budget. Most pieces range between $5-20, but keep in mind the low cost typically goes hand0in-hand with low quality. I’m saving up for a big trip in January 2019, so there’s no better time to dissect the endless amount of vendors on the website. If you find a gem, send it over to me!

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Top: Zara.

Pants: Aliexpress.

Sneakers: Jordan 3.

Off-White x Converse Chuck 70

The dream wasn’t the W; it was buying sneakers for my sister’s birthday.

Oh, hello.

It’s been awhile. I’m halfway through my fall semester, but I just wrapped up a brutal first term. I endured classes four days a week, Friday being the sole day off and every week I felt burnt out. So if you’re wondering if you can take 14 credits and work 60-hour weeks, the answer is yes, but prepare for no life outside of work and school (yup, say goodbye to friends for a few months).

But now I’m back, and JUSTIN time for my favorite season: fall.

I kicked off October with a major win. Not only did I cop my own W for the second Off-White x Converse collaboration, but my sister also did too! Shout out to UBIQ for her win; Major for mine. Now please stop flooding my DMs asking how we copped because the answer lies here.

My sister, Jenna, turned 22 a few days following this sneaker release. It’s always been my dream to buy her a hyped pair of sneakers for her birthday; I never thought the day would come because of her style. With the recent merge of basic brands with more street-centric fashion (think Vans x UO and Bandier x FILA), she found herself asking about the Yeezy Wave Runner 700 and this sneaker itself.

Anyways, this post isn’t a sneaker review (because let’s be real, it’s been a minute) or anything like that. In fact, it’s a tribute to my “baby” sis who means the most to me.

Check out some of my shots and some day-of footage below.

 

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Stay on the edge

The edge of the Four Seasons Miami.

This year marks my first experience with Miami Spice, the two-month restaurant promotion of Miami restaurants. Justin and I rolled up to Stubborn Seed (post coming soon!) only to divert from the Miami Spice menu and order a la carte instead.

The following evening we walked to the Four Seasons Miami and found a glorious waterfall at the front of the hotel with lights showcasing the EDGE Steak & Bar logo. We took an elevator up in the Four Seasons Miami where we immediately came face-to -face with a dimly lit bar that reminded us of New York restaurants. Orb lightbulbs dangled from the ceiling adding that hint of a Brooklyn vibe.

Before arriving, we looked at both the Miami Spice and regular dinner service menu. We made the decision to both go with the promotion, especially since the Miami New Times published the eatery on its top 10 listicle. We tried the Hamachi Tiradito as well as the Lamb and Apricot Terrine for appetizers and both ordered the Creekstone Farms Rib Eye since it was likely neither of us would ever order a 20-ounce steak, which is what’s served during regular dinner hours. We finished the evening with one of each dessert: Creme Fraiche Panna Cotta and the Dark Chocolate Opera Cake.

We currently live in a world where an increasing number of eaters note that restaurant weeks and promotions, such as Miami Spice, no longer hold true value as venues skimp on dishes or opt for cheaper experiences that divert from its true offering. EDGE Steak & Bar luckily doesn’t fall under the storm and actually adds a beacon of light as many restaurants shift its marketing for special public events. The Miami Times hit home with this one; Edge is a top ten Miami Spice restaurant.

 

 

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EDGE Steak & Bar is located inside the Four Seasons Hotel Miami at 1435 Brickell Avenue.

Puma Thunder Desert

The perfect chunky sneaker for fall.

Summer, please leave. We need fall now.

Puma recently launched its newest mainstream silhouette, the Thunder Desert sneaker. An addition to the chunky “dad” footwear trend, the shoe has an eye-catching appearance with its mixture of leather, mesh and suede textures. The Thunder Desert comes complete with its chunky sole, which emulates a 1990s cell-system running shoe. I personally love footwear with pull tabs because I’m constantly on the run. The faster I can pull off my kicks, the better.

One aspect that stood out to me upon receiving these sneakers: the lace-up style. Perhaps it’s the thick-roped laces that drew my eyes to the way it’s uniquely threaded. You can choose to either tie a cute bow, or find a way to loop the laces into the tongue. I opted for the Natural Vachetta colorway, although Puma also released this in a Smoke Green tone.

It’s exciting to see how brands cater to the latest fashion trends with different styles that embody each company. You can buy what’s left of Puma’s inventory, or check out suppliers such as Nordstrom, Six02 or Lady Foot Locker to cop in time for leafy season.

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Ps. I realized how tan I am while taking these pictures 😂