Miami Fashion Bloggers Pick Their Favorite Shopping Spots
By Kris Hundley
When it comes to shopping tips and tricks, some of your best resources are fashion bloggers.
Here, I catch up with some of the top fashion bloggers in Miami to get their scoop on great spots to shop in the Sunshine State.
Maria Tettamanti of The Wordy Girl
Maria Tettamanti, aka The Wordy Girl, is one of Miami’s top designer fashion bloggers and the voice behind thewordygirl.com, a funny blog about serious fashion, luxe travel and highbrow beauty.
“I launched my blog in 2011, which was a few years after the sad demise of print journalism. Magazines and newspapers were folding at the drop of a hat. I was losing my steady gigs as a writer for both local and national glossies. So, I started reading the media’s “new black” aka blogs. I realized that if I wanted to share my passion for fashion, travel and style, blogging was the best trajectory for me,” Tettamanti says.
It’s a path that has taken Miami’s blogging community by storm. This year, Tettamanti was voted “Best Miami Fashion Blogger” by locally loved Racked.com. She has also been featured on a live Today Show segment discussing Miami’s top trends. Thewordygirl.com was also chosen as “Miami’s Top Fashion Blog” by CBS Miami. Tettamanti has been featured in ELLE and Harper’s BAZAAR magazines, too. She has collaborated with brands such as Chanel, Dolce & Gabbana, Cadillac, Comcast, Target, Phillip Lim, Audi, Saks Fifth Avenue, Neiman Marcus, Warby Parker, Madewell, The Standard Hotel, Lacoste and more.
When it comes to her personal style, this mom of two says she like to “keep it classic with an edge. I’m unequivocally obsessed with structured handbags and leopard-print heels. My go-to look is always skinny jeans paired with a blazer and statement shoes.”
And when it comes to shopping, she has to go-to spots, as well. “For basic, everyday pieces, like jeans and tees, my go-to is Tupelo Honey with locations in South Miami and Aventura. For wicked heels, Capretto Shoes in South Miami curates the most intriguing selection of designers and styles. For dresses and night-on-the-town looks, I adore Rebel, Studio LX, Shopbop.com and Saks. For beachwear and travel pieces, I adore Calypso. But let’s be honest here, I live in Lululemon.
Jana Rose Carrero of OJ and Cigs
Though she hails from San Juan, Puerto Rico, Jana Rose Carrero has her pulse on MIami’s fashion scene. She’s been in the Sunshine State for the past seven years, the last three of which she’s been blogging for her site OJ and Cigs.
Her cool stylings have landed her in the likes of DISfunkshion Magazine, Distraction Magazine, Societe Perrier, Glam Latina, Revista Ego Moda & Estilo, The Urban Realist and Miami Herald, among others. She’s also been awarded one of Taste The Style’s "Top 30 Instagram Accounts to Follow in 2015.”
Carrero's personal style, as she describes it is “Heavily inspired by island life, urban street art, city-sleek style and athleticwear.” And when it comes to shopping, she hits Joanna Paige in Mary Brickell Village.
“It’s my go-to for a tightly curated selection of shoes, handbags and accessories. I always go there for a dose of fresh designers that are top-notch and totally accessible, such as Jeffrey Campbell, Superga, Schutz, Sam Edelman, Vanessa Mooney, and more. Feels good to support local business, too,” she says.
Find Joanna Paige at 900 S. Miami Ave., #182, Miami, Fla. 33130; 305.379.9300
Erin Newberg of MsErinsita
Born and Raised in Miami, Erin Michelle Newberg (aka MsErinsita) started blogging in September of 2014. After working on national and local television, from MTV to VH1 and Plum TV, she became a society/fashion journalist by default based upon her unique tone, sense of style and global contacts. Her journey of living all over the world, from Milan to Rome to Beirut to Tel Aviv to Paris, became of interest to friends and fans, hence her lifestyle blog.
When it comes to fashion, this jet-setter says, “My style can be described as based upon my mood. I am addicted to vintage garments from designers like Yves Saint Laurent, Alaia and Hermes. I mix and match old with new, and don’t live my life based on trends, but upon my desires and inspirations. I am also the muse of Christian Roth Eyewear [whose creators also live in the Sunshine State].”
Newberg’s favorite spot to shop for basics is At Ease on Sunset. “The owner/buyer duo Cindi and Suzanne keep clean yet tailored and relevant items in the shop. They carry a vast selection of Rick Owens and my favorite denim brand, Current Elliott. For vintage, in Winter Park, near Orlando, there is a great shop called Cida’s Consignment. In Tampa, I love Couture Designer Retail Boutique and in St. Petersburg, I love Designer Consigner. For legitimate vintage in St. Pete, two amazing shops are Misred and Artpool,” she says. Clearly, this traveler knows all the great spots not just in Miami, but across the state.
Find At Ease on Sunset at 5844 Sunset Dr., Miami, Fla. 33143; 305.662.1022
Annie Vazquez of The Fashion Poet
This born and bred Cuban Miami girl started her blog, The Fashion Poet, in 2012. Since then, Annie Vazquez has been featured in Vogue, Marie Claire and on the Today show. She’s worked with brands like Missoni, Mercedes Benz and 7 for All Mankind.
Not only is she a fashionista, she’s also created a jewelry collection in conjunction with TAudrey called Lil Miss Miami, which was featured on the runways at Mercedes Benz Fashion Week.
When it comes to her favorite Miami shopping spots, she says, “I've grown enamored of the largest mall in the nation, Sawgrass Mills Mall, because they have everything from luxury shopping to trendy finds on a budget under one roof.”
Find Sawgrass Mills Mall at 12472-12680 W. Sunrise Blvd., Sunrise, Fla. 33323
Martha Dominguez of Princess Martha
This Midwestern Latina made her way to the Sunshine State, specifically Miami Beach, back in 1999. She started her blog, Princess Martha, in 2012 as a way to share her travels and deep thoughts.
But it was her love of fashion that eventually took hold and transformed Princess Martha into what it is today. “I could share my personal style, beauty products I love and my thoughts on my latest role -- being a mom," Martha Dominguez says.
“It’s a great way to share what I love and also connect with other fashion lovers and/or moms to discuss our latest trends, stresses and wants.”
Dominguez was listed as one of the Top Five fashion bloggers in Miami by CMS Miami and has been featured in Moms Magazine, Moda de la Mode magazine and Vista Magazine, and has worked with brands like Theorie, Longchamp, AG Jeans and Saks Fifth Avenue.
Her own personal style? “I'm a classic girl," she says, "so I'm slightly obsessed with little black dresses. I have more in my closet than I can count and yet I always feel like there's room for just one more. My motto with fashion is: if it makes you feel pretty, wear it! I don't always follow the trends. I prefer to stick with my motto and go with what works for me.”
And, when she goes shopping, she loves to hit up local stores. “I get a chance to meet the owners and get a feel of their aesthetic. I personally love Patricia Costa, owner of The Weekender Miami and Beach Boutique. She's got 15-plus years of work in the high-end luxury world under her belt and it shows in the brands/labels she procures for her shops.
"Think small L.A.- and N.Y.-based labels with clean lines and edgy prints. A perfect mix of classic and contemporary. I can always count on her stores to provide me with something original and not mass produced, because let's be honest, we're all trying to avoid the dreaded ‘is she wearing the same dress as you?’ scene.' ”
"And because she's so hands on, I have been able to build a great relationship with her and she now knows what I love to wear. It's like having your very own personal stylist. That kind of attention and service is rarely found in large chain shops so that's another reason why I love to shop small and shop local.”
Find The Weekender Miami and Beach Boutique at 7246 Biscayne Blvd., Miami, Fla. 33138; 305-758-1943