The Blogger Union has partnered with CreativeMornings/Miami for a collaborative storytelling marathon. Tune in to read the story of our city told by local creatives, bloggers and entrepreneurs. Each week, a different member of CreativeMornings will take over to post what inspires them about South Florida. Do you want to take over the CreativeMornings/Miami blog and share your take on our community? Email Paola at info@thebloggerunion and we’ll get working on it!

 

Miami doesn’t exactly fall in the map as a fashion capital, there’s actually a specific “Miami style” that pervades in the minds of who comes to visits that is, so to speak, not so what I have been trying to convey in these past days.

Thinking at cities like Milan, Florence, Rome, London, New York and Paris where it’s always fashion, even after fashion month is over, how do we keep up with it?

First rule is “don’t follow trends, rather set them”, it’s an ambitious one, I know, and it entails a mix of creativity, curiosity and eye for the unknown, but that’s what ultimately will bring to one’s personal style instead of being prompted to buy from social media influencers.

Second, do it like the Italians (or the Parisians or New Yorkers) and get acquainted with the designers, get exposed to the collections when they are presented, few months before they are produced and shipped to the stores, that is learn how to live the life of a showroom. 

The showroom is like a gallery, where the collections are showcased for a short period of time to boutique buyers, who place their orders that get fulfilled a few months along the line.  

Miami is growing from the little young cousin of the big guys to a pied-a-terre for designers to launch their brands. Whether they are Italian and European brands willing to sell and expand in the Americas or Latin American designers using Miami as a platform to access the American market.

Just last week, during Miami’s chaotic swim week, I have visited three.

Visionnaires Miami is the traditional formula, a refined multibrand fashion operator. A bit over 40 of (mainly) Made in Italy collections of man and woman ready to wear, hats, furs, jewelry, shoes and handbags are on display for a month in Wynwood, buyers came, got acquainted to new brands, chose, ordered what they they deemed appropriate for their clientele and they will receive them in time for Thanksgiving.

POOL Lab in Coral Gables is a slightly different formula that includes retail and wholesale under the same roof. Beatriz, the founder, a dynamic and chic entrepreneur, combined her retail experience with the relationship with the designers to cover a double role as a retailer and distributor. There’s nothing more pleasing than walking in a store impeccably styled that welcomes you with telling you a story, dress by dress, shoe after shoe, and draws you in a dreamy world of chiffon and silks.

The third case was an event that Pro Colombia organized at District 900, a shared workspace with killer views of Biscayne Boulevard. This was a one-day kermesse of media, bloggers and buyers gathered for a short showcase and an engaging Q&A meant to promote craftsmanship and talents from Colombia. You can just imagine the pleasure of having Wayuu bags, sustainable brands and the famous Colombian swimwear all under the same roof. According to Andrea Lopez, Marketing Director of Pro Colombia, “events like these are the best formula to access the right channels and promote craftsmanship.”

Once again, Miami is a receptive basin where cultures, habits, creativity, arts meet and coexist to the delight of the many. Mingling of designers, their inspirations, the first sample sales have started timidly to bring the buzz alive from the magazines. Hopefully the rhythms will keep up. On this wave-length, stay tuned as Miami Dade College is about to inaugurate the Miami Fashion Institute, the first program to offer a degree in fashion design and merchandizing.  

About Francesca Belluomini

Francesca is a fashion writer, brand consultant and a style buff. Born and raised in Tuscany, Italy, she has been living in Miami long enough not to blink at peacocks crossing the street, yet, too Italian for an American, too American for any Italian.

Her book “The Cheat Sheet of Italian Style” (September 2016) spells the secrets of dressing the Italian way, the quintessential seal of being pulled together with insouciant elegance.  Because Italian style goes beyond frontiers and encompasses all facets of life, she believes anyone can achieve it regardless of age or location, and she’ll convince you too.

Meanwhile, you can head over to chicFB.com to read her cogitations on fashion and style.

In addition, Francesca is a contributor for Social Miami with a column called Style Encounter and a featured-to-be author at Trusted Clothes

Everything else happens on her Instagram profile.

The Blogger Union has partnered with CreativeMornings/Miami for a collaborative storytelling marathon. Tune in to read the story of our city told by local creatives, bloggers and entrepreneurs. Each week, a different member of CreativeMornings will take over to post what inspires them about South Florida. Do you want to take over the CreativeMornings/Miami blog and share your take on our community? Email Paola at info@thebloggerunion and we’ll get working on it!

 

Life in the sunny, stormy, humid and luscious Southern Riviera is beautiful, we have it easy in comparison with our friends that endure months of snow and temperatures below human reach.

I must say that two decades in Miami may have smoothened some of my Italian corners, but, as my friend puts it, “I am so Italian I don’t even know how much” yet for my family I am l’americana.  

People are drawn to the Italian lifestyle, la Dolce Vita, speaking with the hands and eating gelato, Florence, Venice and Portofino. 

Like in the late 50’s Renato Carosone, a music composer from Naples, was singing “Tu vuo’ fa’ l’americano” (You wanna be American), here I am going to tell you how to be Italian.

(breakfast at Cafe Florian, www.cafeflorian.com

1.   Il caffe’ is sacred and any time of the day is good for one, but il cappuccino is only for breakfast, it doesn’t come after a meal.

2.   The tailor and the cobbler are two essential members of your contacts folder, ideally on speed-dial, you would drive miles to reach them when they are good and you rarely share their number.

3.   Flip flops are for … never

4.   You have a favorite opera composer, you are either team Verdi or Puccini and you have your reasons, memory or anecdote to.

5.   Sit down, dress the table and even if you are alone set the mood and enjoy a plate of spaghetti alle vongole for lunch. Don’t feel guilty or think at how many minutes of treadmill you will have to endure later, which brings to n.

6.   Don’t work out

(Capri 1948 -  Photo by Ralph Crane / Time Life Pictures / GettyImages)

7.  Set trends, don’t follow them, you know your style, don’t emulate

8.   Be 5 to 10 minutes late, always (yes, that includes a collection of trains and airplanes missed)

9.   Wear linen in the summer and indulge in porcini in the fall

10. Leave leggings for the gym

11. Lingerie is meant to make you feel naked 

12. Take suntanning meticulously, no lines allowed or white chalky 80 SPF 

13. Don’t take yourself too seriously: too long to explain here, my book has a whole chaper dedicated to it, meanwhile irony is your best friend.

 

 

About Francesca Belluomini

Francesca is a fashion writer, brand consultant and a style buff. Born and raised in Tuscany, Italy, she has been living in Miami long enough not to blink at peacocks crossing the street, yet, too Italian for an American, too American for any Italian.

Her book “The Cheat Sheet of Italian Style” (September 2016) spells the secrets of dressing the Italian way, the quintessential seal of being pulled together with insouciant elegance.  Because Italian style goes beyond frontiers and encompasses all facets of life, she believes anyone can achieve it regardless of age or location, and she’ll convince you too.

Meanwhile, you can head over to chicFB.com to read her cogitations on fashion and style.

In addition, Francesca is a contributor for Social Miami with a column called Style Encounter and a featured-to-be author at Trusted Clothes

Everything else happens on her Instagram 

The Blogger Union has partnered with CreativeMornings/Miami for a collaborative storytelling marathon. Tune in to read the story of our city told by local creatives, bloggers and entrepreneurs. Each week, a different member of CreativeMornings will take over to post what inspires them about South Florida. Do you want to take over the CreativeMornings/Miami blog and share your take on our community? Email Paola at info@thebloggerunion and we’ll get working on it!

In the collective imaginary, people connect Miami with life at the beach, I am often questioned with a bit of irony: “Do you guys ever work?

As a matter of fact, we do, we hustle through appointments, traffic, constructions, and Mon Dieu if we ever have to hit the Palmetto! 

Miami has its sort of city dress code, whether it’s Coral Gables, Brickell or Miami Beach, although I am firmly convinced that uniforms and dress codes imposed by the employee handbooks are a waste of time. I am not promoting a riot, I am just saying that what they are telling you can or not wear, is free for interpretation, and they especially interfere with your own style .  

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(image from The Cut/ Youngjun Koo/I'am Koo)

Yesterday I have been talking about swapping seasons in our closets and how, by doing the homework one T shirt at a time, we kill the darlings and recreate a “no clutter with a meaning” condition, piles of hand-me-down clothing and a clear sense of where we are going.

Ideally now we are ready for a summer in the city with the staples, those elements we should all incorporate in the closet to make our outfits current, styled, nonchalant, not too stuffy, not too casual, with the right weight of élan and a little spice of sexiness.

THE SKIRT Just feel that languor of a mid-length skirt that hugs the body, leaves room to strut, hop in the car and still feel feminine with that touch of comfort whether you are a heels or a flats girl.

THE BLAZER You know that blazer that you pull out season after season, stands with the dignity of a Navy uniform and fits immaculate because it’s just well made. 

The perfect blazer is like that one friend you can take at any event, frivolous or boringly academic and (s)he always has the right conversation. Even with scorching temperatures and a simple slip dress, throw a blazer, play the gamine game with ballerinas or go sexy with a pair of sabot and you take it from office to happy hour.

THE PERFECT DRESS everybody has one in mind, maybe in crisp cotton white or black, Vichy checkers or stripes, short enough to be appropriate with flat soles and with strappy heeled sandals or eventually worn as a tunic. Avoid synthetic fabrics at all costs, they are hill-fitting, they tend to mingle with bodily perspiration producing undesired effects, and they shine for the wrong reasons.  

THE IDEAL FLAT SANDAL To say it with Diana Vreeland:

“By flat sole I mean the sole that is heelless sole that creates a walk that is exactly like being barefoot” — Memos The Vogue Years, Diana Vreeland

Do you know those “exquisite shoes […] made to walk […] nakedly in the street” of Capri like Jackie and Lee Radziwill.  

THE OFF-THE-SHOULDER TOP white or blue striped, pink, wrapped around the waist, bell sleeved is the new crop top and, if properly fitted and pressed can easily become the substitute of a white shirt even in the more stuffy work environments.

THE SKINNY SCARF and nothing else is needed.

THE OVER-SIZED PANT I have an obsession with them, I think that they are a statement all you need is a T-shirt and a pair of platforms and the outift is done.

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(image from The Cut/ Youngjun Koo/I'am Koo)

MAKE-UP Here I may find some resistance, but I swear by the Italian way: take your beauty routine seriously and reduce make-up to the minimal. In the summer we have the advantage of glowing healthy rosy cheeks and golden suntan, but morning and evening cleansing, hydrating and moisturizing steps are as mandatory as learning the A,B,C in pre-K.

Apply a layer of foundation, BB or CC cream and the right SPF and have concealer, mascara, lipgloss, cheek tint & luminizer work wonders at the traffic light or in the elevator before your first meeting. 

Just two things: don’t be late because you had to put make-up on because it’s so 2004 and wear enough for people to tell you “you look great” even when you haven’t slept all night.

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About Francesca Belluomini

Francesca is a fashion writer, brand consultant and a style buff. Born and raised in Tuscany, Italy, she has been living in Miami long enough not to blink at peacocks crossing the street, yet, too Italian for an American, too American for any Italian.

Her book “The Cheat Sheet of Italian Style” (September 2016) spells the secrets of dressing the Italian way, the quintessential seal of being pulled together with insouciant elegance.  Because Italian style goes beyond frontiers and encompasses all facets of life, she believes anyone can achieve it regardless of age or location, and she’ll convince you too.

Meanwhile, you can head over to chicFB.com to read her cogitations on fashion and style.

In addition, Francesca is a contributor for Social Miami with a column called Style Encounter and a featured-to-be author at Trusted Clothes

Everything else happens on her Instagram profile.

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(image from The Coveteur)


The Blogger Union has partnered with CreativeMornings/Miami for a collaborative storytelling marathon. Tune in to read the story of our city told by local creatives, bloggers and entrepreneurs. Each week, a different member of CreativeMornings will take over to post what inspires them about South Florida. Do you want to take over the CreativeMornings/Miami blog and share your take on our community? Email Paola at info@thebloggerunion and we’ll get working on it!

 

Yesterday we talked about the neighborhood and how to choose something off the beaten path, today I am going to spill you a secret on how to keep it chic and elegant at all times: switch wardrobes following the seasons.  

I get it we live in a place where it’s almost always summer and the seasons are blurred and we theoretically we only need summer clothing, but after almost two decades of Miami veteran-ship, I found a way to reconcile the current fashion season with the weather, my Italian habits and a good dose of sustainability.

That the temperatures don’t plunge below 70 degrees means heavenly winters and hellish summers embellished with that greenhouse humidity and the yearly list of potential hurricanes, still shorts, flip flops and a tank are not exactly all we should wear.

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(image from The Coveteur)

All rest considered:

1.   Think for a moment of looking at the same clothing in the closet for 12 consecutive months, step and reapeat: I don’t know you, but I get asphyxiated.

2.   We look at runways and presentations of the new collections, we attend fashion weeks around the globe, we read magazines, see billboards while we drive along I95, we see the colors, the forms, the silhouettes that change faster than the 10 minutes of a fashion show;

3.   Not to get bored at looking at the same garments for 12 months, we give in into the trap of compulsive buying. \No matter the budget, the adrenaline of owning something that was designed for the catwalk and still not on the shelves, yet knocked-off in some sweat shop runs through our veins and we buy, without really a plan;

4.   We walk in a closet that contemporarily hosts linen and muslin, cashmere and boots, items that don’t belong to the same season.

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Different scenario now: treat your closet like back-to-school in August and finals in May and respectively remove the season ending and showcase the one about to begin.

1.   Switching wardrobes, it’s useless negating the evidence, is painful, you will have the house upside down, piles of clothes, hangers, suitcases and vacuum-sealed see -hrough bags that will make you crazy, unless you transform the 3-day marathon in a ‘closet party’.

2. In which your garbage becomes somebody else’s treasure.  Just invite friends, open a bottle of prosecco, a few figs with prosciutto and go through the process of elimination.

3.   Summer or winter it doesn’t matter, whether you clean up the wardrobe that you are retiring or the one you are pulling out, you let the clean-up begin. This first phase, when you let your close friends and sister and daughter dig in, reinforces friendships, family ties, keeps the circle within the family (hand me down anyone?), it frees space and let good energies flow.  You can choose to monetize or donate and let your wallet or your heart be happy.

4.   The best feeling ever? Those garments that spent six months in lethargy become alive again, a little Night at the Museum style, they give a breath of fresh air to a dull closet. They will look beautiful again, they are all lined up like kids the first day of summer camp and now you can really get organized for a mindful shopping trip.

5.   Try and say “I’ll wear it in the winter” and even though you live in the Southern Riviera, it will make you chic already, more modern. If you are still confused, think of it as a life cycle.  

All the beautiful things above with a lot of other minor details, make this crazy Italian way of managing one’s wardrobe the ultimate winner: random acts of kindness, mingle with the community, recycling, upcycling, minimalism, essentialism. You will open infinite possibilities to an otherwise dormant blazer, you’ll excitedly reinvent a new wardrobe even with the clothing from last year, pinpoint the gaps, refurbish with new where needed.

Your mind will be projected toward investing instead of buying without criteria, pushed and pulled by the smoking mirrors of fast-fashion like McDonald’s fries at the drive through.

Are you ready to pop that prosecco? 

About Francesca Belluomini

Francesca is a fashion writer, brand consultant and a style buff. Born and raised in Tuscany, Italy, she has been living in Miami long enough not to blink at peacocks crossing the street, yet, too Italian for an American, too American for any Italian.  

Her book “The Cheat Sheet of Italian Style” (September 2016) spells the secrets of dressing the Italian way, the quintessential seal of being pulled together with insouciant elegance.  Because Italian style goes beyond frontiers and encompasses all facets of life, she believes anyone can achieve it regardless of age or location, and she’ll convince you too. 

Meanwhile, you can head over to chicFB.com to read her cogitations on fashion and style.

In addition, Francesca is a contributor for Social Miami with a column called Style Encounter and a featured-to-be author at Trusted Clothes 

Everything else happens on her Instagram profile. 

The Blogger Union has partnered with CreativeMornings/Miami for a collaborative storytelling marathon. Tune in to read the story of our city told by local creatives, bloggers and entrepreneurs. Each week, a different member of CreativeMornings will take over to post what inspires them about South Florida. Do you want to take over the CreativeMornings/Miami blog and share your take on our community? Email Paola at info@thebloggerunion and we’ll get working on it!

Hi, I am Francesca Belluomini and happy as a clam for taking over CreativeMornings/Miami

What’s in store for you? I will show you how to live in Miami with style. I promise, there are no gilded Lamborghinis, bikinis and rivers of vodka involved, because “luxury is a state of mind”. 

After many years in the Southern Riviera, I too speak Spanglish and drink coladas, however my style is recognized as Italian chic, that is: always appropriate and a bit overdressed.  I will show you how to live in the Magic City with a twist, we’ll call it the Italian way

Just bring a smile and “don’t take yourself too seriously”. 

A version of this article was originally posted on chic F.B. 

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How do we keep it Haute with this scorcher?

Stay put under the stream of the AC vent and dream of one of our winter days. 

Nothing beats Miami’s winters when the sun is paler, humidity cuts us some slack for a bit and we are the envy of pretty much the rest of the Nothern emisphere dealing with fashion weeks (glamour) and snow blizzards (not so).

So first, fall in love with the idea of “slow time” like a newly married couple I like everything of it like giving back to the community, sustainability, connect with nature, slow food, zero mile groceries, recycling, vintage.

Then choose new ‘hoods, go off the beaten path, in other words, it’s ok to think the Miami Beach cliche’ is a bit passe’. 

Look, Miami Beach still stands to its reputation, bandage dresses, lucite high heels, nightlife limelight and limos, no problem, still there, not going anywhere. 

But Miami is not anymore only that and across the pond you can find answers to the new swagger wave I am talking about.

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(image from The Borrowed Abode)

Take Miami’s Upper East Side, that stretch of land that extends from 38ish to 75 on Biscayne Boulevard, the other side from the glitzy lavish life. It has it’s own Wikipedia page that showcases all its zones like Morningside,  MiMo (Miami Modern), Bay Point Estates and their bit of history. 

Its bay was chosen by the artist Christo (who just made a yellow splash in Lago d’Iseo in Italy by having thousands of people walking on water) for one of his art installations when in 1983 he wrapped three of the small islands on the bay in hot pink. 

There’s that ‘hood feel to it, as cozy that it makes me expect the knife grinder to pass by with his cart screaming his lungs out for attention.  No stiffness, uniforms, just commitment and zero waste. Walking the dog to the park is the equivalent of people watching in Lincoln Road.

This is a place where you go to the garage sale for the thrill of the bargain or because you never know who you’ll get to meet. How unusual is the place if I tell you that there are more vintage stores than supermarkets?

It’s the slow living movement response to the luxurious and lavish living across the bay.

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(image from The Borrowed Adobe)

Drive down the stretch of boulevard and let yourself be surprised by an eclectic patchwork of street motels with mid-century modern signage, family owned stellar restaurants where you get the surprise of that extra touch of personalized service and customer dedication . 

It’s so eclectic as an environment that it could be Millennial-infused  in slow motion, not gentrified yet, with things like the Saturday’s fresh market or, for the sophisticated palates, the chocolatier boutique across the street.

A general understated new style prevails, international, educated, philanthropic, sustainable, not stuffy nor doctrinal, conscientious, no Normcore nor nouveau riche. It’s something of a new generation, far from LA and from NYC, it has a life on its own.

There’s coolness to it, an unspoken  of breaking the rules, a contradiction in terms that lands in the vicinity of ‘don’t take yourself too seriously’ the n.1 staple of Italian nonchalance. No trace of the dress-to-impress that Miami Vice has left in the collective imaginary, nor shop-till-you-drop, so 2005 and passé. 

It’s a hop and skip away from uniformity and conformism that goes by the idea that life must be savored one bite at a time.


About Francesca Belluomini

Francesca is a fashion writer, brand consultant and a style buff. Born and raised in Tuscany, Italy, she has been living in Miami long enough not to blink at peacocks crossing the street, yet, too Italian for an American, too American for any Italian.  

Her book “The Cheat Sheet of Italian Style” (September 2016) spells the secrets of dressing the Italian way, the quintessential seal of being pulled together with insouciant elegance.  Because Italian style goes beyond frontiers and encompasses all facets of life, she believes anyone can achieve it regardless of age or location, and she’ll convince you too. 

Meanwhile, you can head over to chicFB.com to read her cogitations on fashion and style.

In addition, Francesca is a contributor for Social Miami with a column called Style Encounter and a featured-to-be author at Trusted Clothes 

Everything else happens on her Instagram profile.

The Blogger Union has partnered with CreativeMornings/Miami for a collaborative storytelling marathon. Tune in to read the story of our city told by local creatives, bloggers and entrepreneurs. Each week, a different member of CreativeMornings will take over to post what inspires them about South Florida. Do yo want to take over the CreativeMornings/Miami blog and share your take on our community? Email Paola at info@thebloggerunion and we’ll get working on it!

This article was originally published on It’s Up to Me Blog.

No matter if you travel a lot or a little, if you’re going by economy or business class, you should know that both at the airport and inside the plane, there are rules of conduct to be observed. And, believe it or not, many people don’t seem to know about their existence.

Therefore, I selected some basic rules of etiquette in these places! You surely will identify in this post various situations, which you have experienced, I know!

Enjoy the content and have a good flight! ; )

1 Remember how security works.

This is all about thinking a few steps ahead, so you get through the screening process as quickly as possible.

Before you get to the x-ray machine, take everything out of your pockets. Put it all in your bag, or the pocket of a coat that you’ll put through the machine.

When you belongings come out, collect them quickly and move to a spot where you’re not blocking anyone. Then you can put your shoes and belt on.

2 Don’t hog the overhead bin.

In the era of checked bag fees, carry-on space is at a premium. If you have two carry-on bags, keep the smaller one at your feet.

And, as the flight attendants will likely remind you, don’t take up someone else’s space by putting your bag in the bin horizontally.

3 Don’t fight the flight attendants over electronics.

The ban on the use of electronic devices during takeoff and landing may be absurd (and soon to be done away with) but that doesn’t mean it’s not a rule.

Furthermore, the flight attendants didn’t create it. Giving them a hard time is obnoxious, and just delays the plane getting to cruising altitude, when you can finally get back to Words with Friends.

4 If you must recline, do it carefully.

The right to recline one’s seat is a topic of debate, but we say, if the seat goes back, take advantage.

If you don’t want to open your wallet, make sure to look behind you before you recline. Maybe warn the fellow traveler whose space you are about to invade, so they can hang onto their drink or adjust their laptop.

5 Keep your children in check.

Both flights and misbehaving children can induce headaches. Together, they are almost certain to.

Parents, make an extra effort to keep your kids in check. You may be exhausted, but they are your responsibility.

For passengers with complaints: Talk to the parents, don’t scold the kid. It’s not your place to correct the behavior of a stranger’s child, and you’re likely to annoy the only people who can stop the kicking of your seat.

6 Don’t get hammered.

Having a few drinks is a fine way to pass the time, but keep yourself in check.

You open the door to annoying everyone around you, reeking of booze, and needing to get up to use the lavatory every 20 minutes.

7 Don’t force anyone to talk to you.

If you feel like striking up a conversation, go ahead. You can meet new and interesting people, and maybe make the experience of air travel a bit more pleasant.

But if the other person is clearly not engaged, let it drop: Many people just want to endure the flight in silence, but will likely be too polite to just ignore you.

On the other hand, if someone starts talking to you and you don’t feel like chatting, be polite, but make it clear you have other things to do.

You can open a book, slowly put your headphones on, or just conk out.

8 Only get up at convenient times.

Think ahead when planning your bathroom breaks. If you see a flight attendant with a cart in the aisle, stay put.

You could easily end up with the cart between you and your seat. Depending on the flight attendant, you’ll be stuck in the aisle until the service is complete, or delay service so the cart can back up and you can sit back down.

It goes without saying that getting up before the dinner trays have been collected is taboo.

9 Respect the lavatory.

This one’s simple: Don’t take a lot of time, and don’t make a mess. There are probably people waiting to get in there, and they deserve a clean lavatory as much as you do.

10 Get off the plane politely and efficiently.

Remember that everyone is as eager to get off the plane as you are. Don’t crowd into the aisle if there isn’t room, and let everyone ahead of you get out before making a move.

You’ll have plenty of time to prepare before it’s your turn to exit, so make sure you have everything, and that you don’t take any more time than you need to.

If everyone did their part, a lot of loss of energy would be avoided and the experience of flying would be much more enjoyable.

About Liège Olmos, @li_olmos:

Liège is a Brazilian marketing professional, with two MBA’s ( one in Marketing and another in Financial Management). She has extensive knowledge and experience in marketing, customer relationship, digital marketing, business intelligence, social networking, marketing consulting, market research, strategic and tactical planning. Last year she launched the It’s Up to Me Blog, where she writes about fashion, food, beauty, health, travel, home, design, trends and daydreams! Because, as she says, “style and elegance are part of the DNA of any woman. But to be all this and still be independent, a businesswoman, a wife, a homemaker and classy, in these modern times, you need good preparation. Here you’ll find all that and more! So, I invite you to follow: www.itsuptomeblog.com  , It’s up to you.”

The Blogger Union has partnered with CreativeMornings/Miami for a collaborative storytelling marathon. Tune in to read the story of our city told by local creatives, bloggers and entrepreneurs. Each week, a different member of CreativeMornings will take over to post what inspires them about South Florida. Do yo want to take over the CreativeMornings/Miami blog and share your take on our community? Email Paola at info@thebloggerunion and we’ll get working on it!

This article was originally published on It’s Up to Me Blog.

We all know that Snapchat is a social media phenomenon. But what about how to keep education and manners in this social network where spontaneity is the key to success? Here are some etiquette tips for the “snapaholics”:

# being spontaneous doesn’t mean being rude. So, chew while speaking, yawn in public, lacking hygiene are still ugly;

# there are times and places where a Snapchat is simply not a good idea, for example: in the middle of a serious conversation; In your job company (unless the culture company allows it); At the doctor’s Office (it’s embarrassing to see the face of the doctor prescribing the recipe and embarrassed by being filmed)

# don’t be boring. Snapchat allows you to measure how much time elapses before the picture self-detonates. This is nice and all, except the timing mechanism brings out the narcissistic side of people with an inflated sense of self-worth in the worst way. Here’s the secret of life, guys: Always leave them asking for more;

# avoid sending photos with more than 5 seconds. Unless the photo is worthy of a print, try not to send photos too long;

# for lifetime movies, monologues, etc, use the You Tube;

# nudes: I hope you know the consequences.

Snapchat is a wonderful app, but must be used properly. It is a very entertaining and interesting way to communicate with friends. And you may always adhere to your personal Snapchat style. After all, social media enables us to express ourselves how we’d like.

The suggestion is: Use it, but don’t abuse it.

About Liège Olmos, @li_olmos:

Liège is a Brazilian marketing professional, with two MBA’s ( one in Marketing and another in Financial Management). She has extensive knowledge and experience in marketing, customer relationship, digital marketing, business intelligence, social networking, marketing consulting, market research, strategic and tactical planning. Last year she launched the It’s Up to Me Blog, where she writes about fashion, food, beauty, health, travel, home, design, trends and daydreams! Because, as she says, “style and elegance are part of the DNA of any woman. But to be all this and still be independent, a businesswoman, a wife, a homemaker and classy, in these modern times, you need good preparation. Here you’ll find all that and more! So, I invite you to follow: www.itsuptomeblog.com  , It’s up to you.”

The Blogger Union has partnered with CreativeMornings/Miami for a collaborative storytelling marathon. Tune in to read the story of our city told by local creatives, bloggers and entrepreneurs. Each week, a different member of CreativeMornings will take over to post what inspires them about South Florida. Do yo want to take over the CreativeMornings/Miami blog and share your take on our community? Email Paola at info@thebloggerunion and we’ll get working on it!

This article was originally published on It’s Up to Me Blog.

Being invited to a formal or casual dinner is always exciting! It’s great to be going, but too often we are left to wonder what to do and what not to do once we have arrived. Most hosts invite their friends and family to their homes in order to have a great time and enjoy good food and friendly fellowship together. Try not to get upset about the event and realize that your company is desired and your host is looking forward to spending a great evening together with you and a group of his close friends.

So, just to refresher your mind, follow some tips on what is expected during the evening, in this kind of event:

# Follow whatever dress code is suggested by your host on your invitation.

# Be punctual, ideally you should try to arrive at least 10 minutes before the announced start time. Make every effort not to arrive late.

# Come bearing gifts. It is polite to bring a gift to your host. And remember: You shouldn’t expect your gift to be used or served during the dinner. Remember that the size or price of the gift is insignificant.

# Follow the host lead during the evening. During a formal dinner party there will normally be name cards and the seating will typically be a man then a woman alternately around the table. The women are generally seated to the right of the men and it is not uncommon for couples to be seated apart. If there are no cards, wait for the host to indicate where you can sit.

# If you don’t like something that is served, be discreet and don’t make any comment about it.

# The serving of the tea or coffee will signify that the formal dinner has concluded. At this point you should feel free to either leave or mingle. Again, watch the host for clues about their expectations.

# Always remember to send a handwritten thank you note to the host after a formal dinner party.

Part of the great enjoyment of going to a dinner party is enjoying the great conversation and laughter with friends and acquaintances. Be yourself and do your part to make the evening one that all will remember for a long time.

Following this simple and general etiquette rules, I’m sure you’ll invited again! ;)

About Liège Olmos, @li_olmos:

Liège is a Brazilian marketing professional, with two MBA’s ( one in Marketing and another in Financial Management). She has extensive knowledge and experience in marketing, customer relationship, digital marketing, business intelligence, social networking, marketing consulting, market research, strategic and tactical planning. Last year she launched the It’s Up to Me Blog, where she writes about fashion, food, beauty, health, travel, home, design, trends and daydreams! Because, as she says, “style and elegance are part of the DNA of any woman. But to be all this and still be independent, a businesswoman, a wife, a homemaker and classy, in these modern times, you need good preparation. Here you’ll find all that and more! So, I invite you to follow: www.itsuptomeblog.com  , It’s up to you.”

The Blogger Union has partnered with CreativeMornings/Miami for a collaborative storytelling marathon. Tune in to read the story of our city told by local creatives, bloggers and entrepreneurs. Each week, a different member of CreativeMornings will take over to post what inspires them about South Florida. Do yo want to take over the CreativeMornings/Miami blog and share your take on our community? Email Paola at info@thebloggerunion and we’ll get working on it!

This article was originally published on It’s Up to Me Blog.

As you know, I love to receive friends in my home. And, here in Miami that happens more often.

For some people it may not be an easy task, so it is important that you invite to overnight at your place only people you really like, and have pleasure in receiving. Then, with little hospitality, and a few extra touches here and there your guests will feel at home.

1. Prepare yourself and your home!

It’s is important that you save time to be with your visits. For many guests the “self service” is understood as the visitor was messing up your routine. So, if you’re too busy, with unavoidable commitments don’t invite (except work commitments). Because, if the person wanted to fend for herself, she’d be in a hotel.

Tidy up the house. Thoroughly clean the house or use this as your motivation to get everything in tip-top shape and off your to-do list. This can include getting rid of clutter, small house repairs, or that small redecorating project you’ve been putting off.

2. Food & Drink!

Forget the diet! There’s nothing more annoying and rude to a guest coming in your home and you don’t join him at meals, or even put it in your diet. That doesn’t mean you need to stuff your face with food. Just a little aside to your diet, no one will die for it and your guest will feel welcome.

Have plenty of food and drinks. Stock the fridge with the types of beverages and snacks your guest enjoys. The idea is to make it easy for your guests to grab a quick snack whenever they want.

3. Bedrooms!

I usually leave in the room a welcome letter with the wi-fi password and some information about the city, plus chocolates and a bottle of water,  that is renewed every night. It’s a way to make the guest feel special.

Make sure you have nice, clean sheets, plenty of fluffy pillows, and extra blankets and comforters. Sometimes sheets on guest beds can start smelling stale when they go unused so it’s not a bad idea to wash the sheets before your guests arrive.

4. Bathrooms!

Get new towels. Don’t let the guest bathroom be the repository for old, dingy towels. Buy some new ones to make your guests feel comfortable and at home. I always provide some amenities like make-up remover, body lotion, cotton, nail polish remover, wipes, shampoo, conditioner, hairdryer, babyliss, flatiron, soap, toothpaste and others.

5. Tours, activities, restaurants!

Have something planned for your guests. You don’t want to invite your friends to visit and not have anything for them to do. This could include a range of activities from a simple shopping day, a barbecue, a day at the pool, a walking in a park, a new good restaurant, a happy hour or a city tour. This doesn’t mean you need to pack their itinerary with fun-filled time together, just be thoughtful about keeping them entertained.

6. Kids!

Don’t forget the kids. If your guests include children, make sure you accommodate them, too. If you don’t have any children, it wouldn’t hurt to pick up a game or two to keep them busy or plan an easy craft. If you and the children’s parents have a party to attend, find the names of a few babysitters that you can give to the parents. Don’t feel like you need to arrange for the babysitter. The parents will probably need to discuss payment and possibly transportation.

7. Harmony & good mood!

Keep the harmony of the house! Be in a good vibe and willing to talk. Pay attention to your guest. Be kind. Wake up first and be the last to sleep!

So Babe, do you think it’s easy being a perfect host? It takes a little talent. But after the tips above you’re ready to be a perfect one!

About Liège Olmos, @li_olmos:

Liège is a Brazilian marketing professional, with two MBA’s ( one in Marketing and another in Financial Management). She has extensive knowledge and experience in marketing, customer relationship, digital marketing, business intelligence, social networking, marketing consulting, market research, strategic and tactical planning. Last year she launched the It’s Up to Me Blog, where she writes about fashion, food, beauty, health, travel, home, design, trends and daydreams! Because, as she says, “style and elegance are part of the DNA of any woman. But to be all this and still be independent, a businesswoman, a wife, a homemaker and classy, in these modern times, you need good preparation. Here you’ll find all that and more! So, I invite you to follow: www.itsuptomeblog.com  , It’s up to you.”

The Blogger Union has partnered with CreativeMornings/Miami for a collaborative storytelling marathon. Tune in to read the story of our city told by local creatives, bloggers and entrepreneurs. Each week, a different member of CreativeMornings will take over to post what inspires them about South Florida. Do yo want to take over the CreativeMornings/Miami blog and share your take on our community? Email Paola at info@thebloggerunion and we’ll get working on it!

Hi! My name is Liège Olmos and I will be taking over the CreativeMornings/Miami Blog this week - so exciting! What can you expect this week? I will share very short and basic tips, how to be kinder in our crazy world! After all, kindness results kindness!

This article was originally published on It’s Up to Me Blog.

These are very basic tips, but when some situations below occur, They can annoy us and constrain us.

First, only invite to go to your home, people you would, genuinely feel pleasure in receiving. Yes, there’s nothing more boring than to be in the company of someone out of obligation, especially in your own home. Of course, professional and political situations are exceptions and, we can instead go to a restaurant, or in the ballroom of the building, if you have one!

I’m a believer in energy, I’ve seen my plants/flowers dry out after a visit, so, let’s avoid having people with low energy who exhaust us in our home.

Our home is our refuge, where we recharge our batteries to had out in pursuit of our goals. The lighter and healthier that environment, the better we feel. There comes a stage of life when we can afford to choose for whom we open the doors!

Welcome and attention must be given to the guest, to the conversation and to the shared moment. So do all the routine activities before the visitor arrives. There’s nothing more frustrating than arriving for a visit while the host still has to go out and walk the dog, for example. This has happened to me countless times. And, although I love dogs, I went to sit down and talk with my friend, not to go down and wait for the puppy to do what it needs.

Organize the house, plan the menu, verify that you have enough beverages according to event (tea, coffee, lunch or dinner). If the idea is to order a pizza, try discussing the toppings to please everyone!

Regardless of how sleepy you are, or how many commitments you have next day, never ask than you for the guest to leave. Remember, you are the host, you have to be polite. This is unless you notify your guest before, that you will be pushed for time, in wich case the person will be prepared. Well, let’s assume that the visitor is also polite and knows the time to go!!!

With these simple touches, your friends will love to visit you!

About Liège Olmos, @li_olmos:

Liège is a Brazilian marketing professional, with two MBA’s ( one in Marketing and another in Financial Management). She has extensive knowledge and experience in marketing, customer relationship, digital marketing, business intelligence, social networking, marketing consulting, market research, strategic and tactical planning. Last year she launched the It’s Up to Me Blog, where she writes about fashion, food, beauty, health, travel, home, design, trends and daydreams! Because, as she says, “style and elegance are part of the DNA of any woman. But to be all this and still be independent, a businesswoman, a wife, a homemaker and classy, in these modern times, you need good preparation. Here you’ll find all that and more! So, I invite you to follow: www.itsuptomeblog.com  , It’s up to you.”

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