Monthly Archives: January 2016

DANCE DANCE #FIRENZE4EVER

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There is something about this angelic white dress by Philosphy di Lorenzo Serafini that just makes me want to twirl…even in the kitchen. Take a look at Part 2 of our Suarez Sisters for Luisaviaroma #Firenze4Ever shoot, shot just as night began to fall over beautiful Florence, Italy. I always want any excuse to dance, and a stunning, effortless party dress is just one reason to. It has that cinched, girly gathered waist. Ruffled bell sleeves. So soft, and flowing it is clearly out of a dream! With a swipe of black eyeliner, this age-of-innocence dress felt a bit more seductive and edgy, especially with a little rock n’ roll pop in my cherry red Valentino sandals. Now let’s set the table and have a good plate of ragu pasta. Get a few records spinning, and I’ll say we’ve got ourselves a little house party in Italia.

photographed by Sara Mautone

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My look:

Philosophy di Lorenzo Serafini white dress

Valentino red sandals

Dylana’s wearing:

Self-Portrait black dress

Gianvitto Rossi suede sandals

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WITH LOVE #FIRENZE4EVER

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I spied something long and lean hanging on clothing rack at Luisaviaroma, amongst it’s colorful companions. Black with sheer ribbing, and ruffles along the hem and shoulder. It looked like the waist was already there in the dress, giving the shape of a woman just on it’s hanger. It seemed to just be waiting for the right person to slip into it. I grabbed it to take to the fitting room. It fit like a complete glove. Giving me curves in places I didn’t even know I had curves. Accentuating my shoulder blades dramatically in a chic and sophisticated way. It’s hem twirling with every turn, without making a sound. It’s a dress you just can’t stop smiling in. That people won’t stop looking at you in the moment you walk out that door. Alexander Mcqueen, you are a genius.

Luisaviaroma is all about luxury. Dylana and I gave our own spin on luxury designer pieces in Florence, Italy for our #Firenze4Ever sister shoot. Shot in a this beautiful loft just off Ponte Vecchio, we made ourselves at home. I never felt more comfortable lying on the floor in an out of this world Alexander Mcqueen gown. A bare shoulder is my ultimate go-to. It’s sexy and sophisticated. I completed the look with sky high Guiseppe Zanotti platforms in a bold silver. I easily teetered taller than anybody at the next party. For Dylana and I, we sometimes like to complement each other whenever we’re headed to a dinner party or gala. For this story, we went with black and white, but with a color touch of Luisaviaroma’s quirky accessories. Like with anything in our lives, we love to laugh. And finding adorable conversation pieces is what our wardrobe is made of. Now cheers to feeling like a complete princess in one of the most beautiful cities in the whole world.

Stay tuned for part 2 and 3 of our #Firenze4Ever Suarez Sister shoot.

photographed by Sara Mautone

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LUISAVIAROMA:

on me:

Alexander Mcqueen gown

Guiseppe Zanotti silver heels 

Les Petits Joueurs “Love” handbag

on Dylana:

Maria Lucia Honan dress

Jimmy Choo heels

Fendi clutch  

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EN EL BARRIO

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Visiting 87 year old Aunt Sally’s home in East LA is always a fun, and calming afternoon. We always end up drinking a ton of coffee, and talking about everything. But most especially, the past. It’s like going back in time, to when life was a lot more simpler. A lot slower. She was much like a mother figure to my father. He was born in that same little house in el barrio. Hard to imagine him being born in that tiny house, let alone having a dresser cabinet pulled out  as his actual crib. Being the blonde baby he was with a head of curls, and big blue eyes (yes, my Latino side of my family were born with the iciest blue eyes ever)…he really stood out, and almost got kidnapped right on that very front yard where Dylana is sitting. Luckily, our grandma called in “Adrian! Adrian!” and grabbed him before the kidnappers got back in their van and sped off. A lot has happened in that house. Aunt Sally still lives there, her Christmas decorations seem to be up all year long, but that’s the charm. And she speaks of my Dad as a baby as a child of her own, and how our uncle was the most handsome actor in the area. The way she looks at my uncle’s photo on the wall makes my heart melt. We love you Aunt Sally.

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// For Love and Lemons sweater, Amuse Society jacket, Sabrina SL choker //

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FLORENCE, ITALY | ON DIGITAL #Firenze4Ever

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Oh, Florence! How magical and beautiful you are! Dylana and I were in Italy for Luisaviaroma‘s bi-annual #Firenze4Ever weekend, and we couldn’t have asked for better hosts! With dinners at the gorgeous Palazzo Gondi, cocktails at Ex Manifattura Tabacchi, and a beyond pleasant stay at the grand, Villa Cora Hotel, every moment felt picture perfect. I was indeed living in a colorful and quirky Wes Anderson film. The pinks, the yellows, the blues, the golds. I couldn’t put down my camera. Villa Cora felt very much like it was out of a fairytale. So unreal. So grand. Every night was one to open your closet, and figure out, “Hmm, which party dress shall I throw on tonight?” Which heels will still allow me to dance till 2 in the morning? This little Marc Jacobs number was definitely a show-stealer, but wait until you see what we wore for our Luisaviaroma #SuarezSisters photoshoot shot in a gorgeous artist’s loft. We’re talking Alexander Mcqueen, Philosphy, Masion Valentino, Missoni, and Marni. All of my favorites. We were definitely dressed to the nines, and what better place than in the glamorous Italia?! In between interview sessions with editors who flew in from all over the world, you could find us in the sauna…or if you heard Justin Bieber blasting from one of the hotel rooms, it was probably us.

Stay tuned for more.

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-Marc Jacobs black dress and DKNY heels

-Philsophy white dress and VALENTINO heels from LUISAVIAROMA

– Cameo Collective yellow blazer, VEDA pants, Ax and Apple necklaces

Shop my favorite party dresses at LUISAVIAROMA:

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