Ria Michelle is a style blogger and brand influencer living in Miami, Florida. A genuine love for social media allows her to connect with her audience. She aims to inspire by documenting her journey as it comes and captivating audiences all over the world.
Introducing my new favorite Miami based brand. Daniro Studio works with locally-sourced materials and a group of South African designers. I love the style and craftsmanship of the designs and the price points. The pieces crafted by South African women aim to promote jobs in disadvantaged communities in South Africa.
If you click through to the product page for the Mbali top, you’ll see it’s folded a bit different than mine. I love that this top can get reshaped and become sort of new. You’ll get loads of compliments on this piece no matter how you shape it.
I worked with a new photographer on this shoot. It’s a bit more editorial and edited. What do you think? I love shooting highly stylized content like this and missed it a lot. Daniel is from Brazil and is very very good at what he does, so definitely check him out.
Wearing: Mbali Top ℅ Daniro studio | Reformation Striped Pants | Zara Mules
The last year or so has been a pretty interesting one as far as travel to the U.S. is concerned. To sum things up, international tourism around the world is booming – but not to the U.S. Through the first seven months of 2017, U.S. tourism fell by four percent (a bigger number than it sounds like when you consider the astronomical economic impact of tourism), and there’s no real indication things are ticking up just yet.
People will debate to no end the cause of this lull. But regardless of your personal political opinions it’s fair to say the new presidential administration has some sway over things. President Trump and his political allies have established an “America First” isolationist policy agenda that in numerous ways may have made the U.S. less appealing to international travelers. This explains at least to some degree why U.S. visits are in a lull despite international tourism being up. But if you’re an American wondering about local tourism, or you’re from outside the U.S. and looking to visit, there’s reason to be optimistic looking ahead.
The easy thing would be to suggest that in 2020 Trump could be voted out of office and, depending on the new president’s agenda, interest in the U.S. could tick up naturally. Even beyond the politics though there are actually some very sound reasons to expect a U.S. tourism boom in the 2020s. We’ll go over a few of them here.
No one can forecast economic conditions with certainty. A shift in the U.S. congress later this year could result in altered economic policy, for instance, and an unforeseen market crash can always change the landscape dramatically. That said, some forecasts for the near future indicate a financial situation that could set up tourism beautifully. Basically, the U.S. economy is expected to thrive for another year or two (making the country more appealing in general), with growth and economic performance tapering off by 2020. That basically means the country is set up to grow and advance, but then start becoming a little bit cheaper – a perfect combination for prospective 2020s tourists.
Looming Casino Activity
Right now some interesting things are happening on the real money gaming front in the U.S. There’s a major push for legalized sports betting, led in part by the NBA. And at this point, even the CEO of MGM is confident the Supreme Court will legalize sports betting, setting up widespread gaming activity. This could then pave the way for more open-minded gaming legislation, which means there’s some potential for heightened casino activity throughout the U.S. If this happens in the coming years, it will simply mean more attractions for tourists to enjoy – and specifically attractions they’ve never really associated with the U.S. before (beyond Vegas).
A World Cup Bid
The U.S. has also put in a bid for the 2026 World Cup, alongside Canada and Mexico. Joint bids aren’t particularly popular these days, and for what it’s worth (probably not much), ex-FIFA president Sepp Blatter recently endorsed Morocco over the North American countries. But many see the U.S. as the favorite for the bid, which would mean one of the biggest events in the world is coming to America in the middle of the 2020s. The build-up to the tournament, and the games themselves, would be major tourism boons.
Finally, the politics are worth considering as well. We don’t want to make it the main focus here, but it’s a simple fact that a new administration could be in place by 2020, and definitely will be by 2024. If indeed the policies and rhetoric of the current administration are deterring tourism, that effect could disappear in a matter of years and allow for a naturally return to normalcy.
I love discovering new brands and products and I love getting mail! I’m so lucky as a blogger to be able to receive new products in the mail on a regular basis. After I share these brands on my Instagram stories, I’ll post them here. That way you can always come back to the post later on if you can’t remember the brand from my story. We love evergreen content over here, so let’s get into this blogger mail!
I will try to post these monthly and during the month. If I receive new packages after the post has already gone up I will add them in. I’m way behind (like months) so bear with me, I’ve been moving/in a state of flux and haven’t had much time for roundups.
I went to a cocktail party for an exclusive tasting of Rémy Martin’s Carte Blanche Merpins at the Faena Hotel Presidential Suite. The limited edition blend was selected by Cellar Master Baptiste Loiseau and has intense aromas of gingerbread notes, candied fruits, delicate notes of plums and a smooth finish on the palate with a spicy kick. Carte Blanche Merpins will be available nationwide for $500 a bottle starting this month. The event co-hosted by Vintage Frames designer, Corey Shapiro, showcased some special limited-edition glasses in the spirit of Carte Blanche. I was gifted a pair at the party and I’m obsessed. You guys know I can’t resist a good pair of sunglasses.
I received this from Influenster and I didn’t think too much of it while I was applying it. Kind of disliked that it was a two step process. Then I washed it off. WOW. My face is so incredibly soft. This blew me away completely. Very much worth the $100 price tag.
I received this a few months back but had braids at the time. So I couldn’t use it for the longest time. This is another product I didn’t think much of upon receipt but ended up falling in love. If you have curly or natural hair this baby is perfect. It hangs in the shower and really works wonders on the detangling battle.
Dolce Vita Harmony Floral Leather Studded Flats
These are my go to day to day flats. My only regret when I picked them up on Express is that I didn’t also get them in black. I wear them a lot! They’re so comfortable yet also eye catching and stylish. I get compliments on them from men and women alike.
I purchased these FENTY slides with a gift card I received from SIX:02. A lot of people compliment me on them but also a lot of people think that they are representing Florida University and not Fenty University lmao. They’re really comfortable and I mostly just wear them around the house, my apartment etc. Score them on sale here!
Elemis body and a gorgeous candle it doesn’t get better. This was a great little Christmas treat from my friends at Elemis. My boyfriend and I are obsessed with their products. Check out our little bedroom candle collection we’ve got going here.
Our favorite has to be the candle I received from Hotel Sanders in Copenhagen. Every time we light that baby I’m transported back to my amazing stay in Denmark and the scent of the hotel. The La Centrale candle from the new food hall in Brickell City Centre is pretty great too.
I love getting collections like these! Smashbox really hooked it up with these liquid lipsticks. They stay put (they promis eight-hour color) and the pigments are rich. I haven’t tried them all yet but I’ve been steadily working my way through the box over the past few months.
This is one of my favorite additions to my bar cart. I’m very enthralled with the history and method of the making of Mezcal. The origin of Mezcal has a myth. It is said that a lightning bolt struck an agave plant, cooking and opening it, releasing its juice. For this reason, the liquid is called the “elixir of the gods”. The branding and packaging of Gem & Bolt is also so on point. Check out the story behind the brand (really good vibes) and mezcal here.
Speaking of alcohol, I got this KILLER bar cart from Target using WikiBuy. This was my first experience using WikiBuy. I’ve been continuously using it since then. It’s one of those extensions for your browser that remind you there’s money to be saved. They bill it as “Waze for shopping” if you don’t use Waze to drive I know you don’t love yourself. Bascically if you’re shopping, wikibuy will let you know if there’s a coupon to be used rather than searching around for one. It all updates in real time and it’s just super handy. You can also get credit back if you’re shopping on certain popular sites. There’s really no reason not to have this app. You receive the items just as you normally would if you weren’t using WikiBuy but you know you got the best price out there. They call that a win win.
There was honestly so much more stuff I’ve receieved but I cannot keep trying to play catch up so I just need to get this out. Will continue roundups as stuff comes in. Hoping to stay on track now that I’m settled, but I did just get a puppy (such a handful) so no promises lol.
Organizing some old files I realized that I never shared one of the most fun projects of my blogging career. Which one? The final video from that project I did with Bebe in New York! I shared the others that followed after but strangely not this one which is actually my favorite one. So enjoy this massive throwback to 2013 featuring Sazan, Olivia, Liz, and Laura. All of whom are still killing it in both online and off.
BE9TO5 IN NYC WITH BEBE - YouTube
What do you think of the video? I love video content like this versus the typical YouTube tutorial style. What’s your favorite kind of video content?
Looking to experience a Michelin star dining experience without draining your bank account? Look no further than Forte Dei Marmi‘s Michelin Mondays. Two Michelin star chef Antonio Mellino is serving up luxe accessible culinary realness.
The Michelin Monday offer is a $60 three-course, prix-fixe menu. It features signature options of fresh organic produce, farm-raised meats, and wild-caught seafood. All skillyfully prepared and presented. Each week’s menu features a different offering which is a great excuse to keep on coming back to Forte Dei Marmi.
I am also dying to visit this rustic space during the day as it’d make an amazing backdrop for photos. You know I cannot resist a bit of greenery and a good white wall. The restaurant combines my favorite aesthetic elements in a very serene barebones way. It’s luxe without doing the absolute most. It’s Italian in a very sophisticated Miami space.
Forte Dei Marmi
150 Ocean Drive
Miami Beach, FL 33139
I’m an extensive wishlist maker. I’ve been at it since I was a kid. I would receive Delia’s and Alloy etc catalogs in the mail and highlight everything I wanted. Sometimes I’d even add up the totals of everything I liked and write the number on the front of the catalog. Hey! I was an only child don’t judge my fun. I may not save catalogs anymore but I still am heavy into the wishlist making. It gives me great satisfaction to buy something off my wishlist. Even better when a brand sends me something I was wishing for. Work perks!
So I’m going to start sharing some of the things I’m interested in purchasing here on the blog. Whether that be fashion, beauty, skincare, or home goodies. I’m an equal opportunity wisher, I want everything.
To kick things off I’m in a denim mindset at the moment and Forever 21 is a great go to for a flash in the pan fashion mood. You know when you’re into something at the moment but you’re not sure about sustainability. Am I gonna be feeling distressed denim skirts this hard 3 weeks from now…who knows. Great way to test the waters is to go affordable before you invest in a piece that ends up sitting in your closet.
I’m still into bomber jackets to be honest and this one is still at the top of my list. This is a trend that hasn’t gone anywhere at least for me so I know I can go pricier with my next purchase. I’ve always been a hat girl and it’s taken me a long time to come around on the beret/sailor/driver hats but I’m here now. Freshly over the “you look like a girl scout” (due to some really bad styling) thoughts I’ve finally decided I need one.
I showcase a lot of the skincare products I get in the mail on my Instagram stories. While talking masks one day, someone dm’d me about this Watermelon Glow Sleeping Mask. It was already on my wishlist but now it’s urgent! She sent me a video of the consistency and detailed her experience with the mask and I’m sold.
There are a few other beauty and skincare knick knacks thrown in there and then we get to home. So I won a $100 gift card in a sweepstakes (I love entering those too) and I’m going to use it to snag this bar cart. This is my one free pass since I have a gift card. I’ve one for entirely too long and that’s sort of very blogger of me but I also just want my counter space back. I’ve got all my bottles and bar tools taking up space on my already limited kitchen counter. I can’t wait.
My boyfriend loves candles and I love these Voluspa candles for our cozy nights in. We love a lazy night in lol. Ok so my flatware pick….I don’t know why I’m obsessed with these Fortessa utensils but I am. The design just makes my eyes go all hearts. I saw them on instagram many many years ago and googled like a mad person til I found them. The person who posted them didn’t tag them…RUDE. I have 2 sets but I want a full “I have guests” set. My boyfriend hates them and I don’t care to be clear.
Anyway I’ve rambled on long enough and about enough of my standout items. I hope you’ve enjoyed or at least been mildly entertained by my OCD and oversharing. Til next time, may you never suffer buyer’s remorse.
Last weekend I attended the Jackson Health FoundationGolden Angels Centennial Gala. I love a good evening of philanthropy and fun. The Golden Angels and the Young Angels alike gathered at Soho Studios in Wynwood. The Young Angels are a dynamic group of young professionals (21-40) who are looking to make a difference.
Thank you to Premier Choice Group for inviting me to the gala and after party. My boyfriend and I dined while we debated on whether to toss our hat in the ring on the Maserati raffle. That’s right, there was a raffle for a brand new Maserati, courtesy of The Collection. $1000 entry and only 100 entries allowed. The odds were pretty good but by the time we decided to enter, the raffle had closed.
Following the dinner, Soho Studios turned into a massive dance party. Once the curtain dropped on the Young Angels side, all sorts of performers joined the conga lines that had already kicked off at the gala’s end. I’ve included a shot of the light up robots and some of the performers before the curtain drop. There were aerialists, all sorts of costumes and activations. My favorite being the caricature station, I had to get one done! The artist did such an amazing job, I’m 100% framing that piece.
I love that this celebration is to commemorate the support the foundation has received. Civic engagement is vital to the health of our community. That is a core principle for members of the Young Angels. It is clear that Jackson Health Foundation has a continued commitment to our community.
There has been a Christian Louboutin store in the Design District for as long as I can remember. The Design District though is no longer what it once was. It is now a full sprawling neighborhood of shops and restaurants. I would describe it as more of an experience rather than a few streets of luxury stores like it was previously. So it’s only fitting that the Christian Louboutin store would get a revamp. The store is now a 3,874 sq ft two-story flagship boutique, stocked with men’s, women’s accessories, and Beauté products. This was one of those store openings you’re grateful not to have missed out on. The guest list was so diverse. I saw everyone there from Christian himself, to Fat Joe, to my pastors DawnChere and Rich Wilkerson.
The store is simply gorgeous. The party had a Parisian theme to match the interior of the store which is a nod to Christian’s roots and travels. Of course since we’re in Miami, there’s a tropical element as well. Naturally, the Miami flagship also offers styles that are exclusive to the location. So if you’re a collector, here’s your excuse for a weekend getaway to Miami. Not sure if the special order sneakers pictured above are still available so definitely call the boutique just to be sure. I’m wearing Christian Louboutin shoes obvi. They’re the ‘Pigalle Follies’ Dégradé Pump (last seen on the blog). I don’t break these out too often but they’re one of my favorite pairs of shoes I own.
Boohoo.com threw a party during Miami Music Week to celebrate their swim, denim and men’s collections. Held at a private bungalow at W Hotel, you know it was a fun lil gathering.
Since Boohoo is such a fun and youthful brand I wore a bright and statement making outfit. All the pieces are closet favorites of mine but worn for the first time together. I’d normally shy away from wearing this much color all at once but I loved it. More importantly it was super comfortable. Later I was invited up to the gifting suit to play in the Boohoo closet. I tried on lots of the latest collection of swim and denim and snagged a few pieces to take home. Of course we had to do the most for the gram so we staged a little impromptu photo sesh on the bed hahaha. I can’t wait to see what this year’s Miami Music Week brings.
I long for white teeth in my life but I also love coffee, the two don’t exactly go hand in hand. All the other teeth whitening procedures hurt my sensitive teeth. Til I tried the Crest 3D White Whitening Therapy collection I thought it was a lost cause. Whitening toothpaste can be irritable for sensitive teeth but this new collection has got us covered. It features both Enamel Care and Sensitivity Care, both work to whiten and nourish our teeth to repair weakened enamel. My preference has been the Sensitivity Care not just because of the pink packaging but because it also contains potassium nitrate to sooth sensitive teeth. I’ve been using it for about a week and I’m starting to see the results in my smile. I don’t want to sacrifice my smile just because I love coffee and dark lipstick, so being able to just head to my local Target and get teeth whitening effects makes me super happy. I’ll have to share with you guys my new and improved smile in some upcoming beauty posts hehe.