march-events-featuredJoin us at Lilac And Lilies for an eventful August! Please see our event schedule below. Please note, event details are subject to change. Please call the store at 954.530.3109 for questions.


August 8-22

BOGO 50% Off All Hollywood Secrets Products


August 11

Popup Boutique at the Conrad Hotel

  • 15% off
  • Open bar
  • Free and open to the public

August 12-18

25% Off All Accessories

 

Name: Annie Vazquez
Occupation/Company: Entrepeneur TheFashionPoet.com & AnnieTheAlchemist.com
Instagram: @TheFashionPoet @AnnieTheAlchemist
Website: TheFashionPoet.com & AnnieTheAlchemist.com

How did you get to where you are today?
Hard work, faith in myself, meditation, surrendering to the universe when things i thought weren’t panning my way actually were, being respectful & kind to others and surrounding myself with people who lift me emotionally.

What is your elevator pitch on what you do?
I’m a big time shopper who has a knack for writing and was able to turn her shopping into a business by being a pioneer in Miami’s fashion blogging industry and now i did the same with my wellness site. you gotta make a business out of things you love.

How do you define success?
Honestly, i think it’s being alive and pushing through challenges and finding peace in both the tough and happiest times. Everything is a fleeting moment, you can be on top of the world one second and on the ground the next, but in life we need to master surviving both and acknowledging their purpose which is to help us grow into better versions of ourselves.

What have been some of the most rewarding things in your career thus far?
i’d have to say the opportunity to meet so many wonderful people from different walks of life & learn from them, to travel to places on my vision board and to grow from being petrified to do public speaking to now stand in a room full of hundreds of people and talk and make them laugh and connect with them.

What have been some of the hiccups (mistakes) along the way and what have you learned from them? Well, I’ve learned a lot. I learned to separate my ego from my work being a fashion blogger opened up a channel of internet bullies so I learned not to take it personal.

What do you still want to achieve personally and/or professionally?
There are so many things. I definitely am excited to have my own brand, Annie The Alchemist so getting the merchandise in different boutiques across the country is one thing.

Who has been your greatest inspiration?
My parents. They are goals in business. I always turn to them for advice. They are also spiritual samurais. They are so calm, kind and generous.

What makes you truly, genuinely happy?
Many things haha. i’m pretty simple. Could be traveling to a new country, having coffee with a friend and laughing, walking my dog or eating pizza in bed watching Netflix.

What advice would you tell your 21-year-old self?
There is nothing to fear accept not trying.

What is the biggest misconception about what you do?
haha… that what i do is not work or it’s easy. The truth is I have to wear a lot of hats, hustle and make my own money. i am grateful to work for myself, but that also requires a certain discipline and faith. there’s good times in business and there’s slow times. it’s quite humbling to experience it all. you gotta reinvent, be savvy, strategize and fight for what you love.

Any words of inspiration or your favorite quote?
‘If you’re going through hell keep going.’ – roosevelt
“what you seek is seeking you.” -rumi

march-events-featuredJoin us at Lilac And Lilies for an eventful July! Please see our event schedule below. Please note, event details are subject to change. Please call the store at 954.530.3109 for questions.


June 7, 12-5pm

Pop-Up Boutique at the Conrad Hotel

  • 15% off
  • Full Bar
  • Exclusive Styles

June 12-17

Miami Swim Week

  • Follow us behind the scenes on Facebook and Instagram

June 13-15

Sidewalk Sale

  • Additional 15% off sale items
  • Grab bag bins
  • Free gift with purchase while supplies last

June 21

National Junkfood Day

  • 25% off graphic tees

Shop hand-picked selections from designers Wendi Grant, Tart Collections, Yumi Kim and Gentle Fawn while you shop, sip on bubbly, and save 15% off store-wide!!!! It’s a great time to shop for your Fourth of July party and summer getaways.

Name: Jessica Anderson
Occupation/Company: Founder/Chief Designer of Apparel Design House, LLC.
Instagram: @appareldesignhouse.com
Website: http://www.appareldesignhouse.com

How did you get to where you are today?
I have been an industry schooled and trained fashion designer for 18 years. I started as a graduate from the Fashion Institute of Design & Merchandising, then I spent 10 years working corporate in Manhattan designing for Victoria’s Secret, Jones Apparel Group, Coach to name a few. When I moved to Miami in 2009, I saw a demand for ‘want to be designers’ contacting me to get help with design and manufacturing. After launching my company in 2014, I spent years building relationships with quality factories and suppliers, so that I could produce my clients product with them. Today I have over 45 clients and growing weekly.

What is your elevator pitch on what you do?
We help entrepreneurs start their own private label fashion companies. Apparel Design House takes clients from idea through design to manufacturing. A one-stop shop for ‘aspiring fashion designers’, no skill needed!

How do you define success?
Staying power and having the flexibility to modify your business to adapt to your market constantly. Success is personal for me, my business has blown up in the past year and being able to be quick to keep up with that growth by having a strong skilled team is also a big part of my success.

What have been some of the most rewarding things in your career thus far?
I would say seeing my various clients fashion lines that start with a simple idea and then helping them manifest that into an actual marketable product that they can sell. Being a designer~ I love the whole process, a fashion sketch that evolves into a wearable product. Each and every design becomes a sort of mind child for me. Lastly, I am happy in what I do, that is the big reward.

What have been some of the hiccups (mistakes) along the way and what have you learned from them?
Coming from an ‘industry’ corporate background was a bit of a challenge at first because our clients are not from the industry, so I had to learn to speak a language that they understand, and not use so much technical language. I also had to develop a industry process that works for all and train my clients to understand and respect this process. It hasn’t been easy managing expectations with clients that no nothing about the industry, so we try to clue them in at the start about timelines and possible delays that come up with manufacturing. They all want instant gratification, so in a lot of ways I am really teaching them very valuable knowledge that took me years to gain.

What do you still want to achieve personally and/or professionally?
I want to eventually own my own fashion lines and factory both in the US and possibly overseas, so we can scale it to large quantity production 20,000 units +

Who has been your greatest inspiration?
Coco Chanel, she was a pioneer in the fashion industry and built a multi-million dollar company, which is what I plan to do.

What makes you truly, genuinely happy?
I get the pleasure of doing what I love everyday. That is fashion design and being my own boss.

What advice would you tell your 21-year-old self?
Do exactly what you did, get the hands on corporate experience and then go work for yourself.

What is the biggest misconception about what you do?
People think being a designer is that you just draw all day. They don’t understand the actual training that goes into fashion design. For example: being able to merchandise a collection, understanding textiles and what works for one design might not work for another construction. The amount of stressful grueling work that goes into managing a supply chain and all the set backs that come from the suppliers and delays in production. The only thing glamorous about this industry is what you see going down the runway.

Any words of inspiration or your favorite quote?
Don’t wait for your fashion dream to come true, hire Apparel Design House, and it will happen. Wink wink

I was recently approached by United Airlines to film a segment called “Three Perfect Days in Fort Lauderdale,” which will air on all United flights on August 1.  As a Fort Lauderdale native and self-appointed expert, I was absolutely THRILLED. First off, I feel incredibly honored that they asked me to be their hostess for the day. Secondly, there’s nothing I love more than sharing all of the amazing spots our city has to offer. Between our pristine beaches, boating canals, luxury hotels and restaurants, there truly is no other city like Fort Lauderdale (if I should say so myself).

When not I’m not at work, I tend to be more introverted, which a lot of people don’t really know about me. I enjoy doing things geared toward home, and health and wellness play a huge part in my everyday life. In this city guide, I tried to include all the best that Fort Lauderdale has to offer while also showing a bit of my personal side.

Here’s how it all went down!

1. The day started off at the store where we spoke about my experience owning a local boutique for more than nine years. It was very special to speak to the cameras (and the world) about why this passion turned project holds a special place in my heart.

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2. We then headed over to my favorite coffee digs, Brew Urban Café. The funky space has a sprawling, Instagram-worthy book collection and is hands down the best coffee shop in Fort Lauderdale. Not only do they serve locally grown ingredients sourced daily from vendors within the community, but the quality of their coffee and pastries is simply unparalleled. It’s the perfect place to come, sit back and listen to local music while getting some work done. My go-to order? A vegan muffin and cappuccino. It does not disappoint!

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3. Following my religious caffeine fix, we headed east to the Bonnet House Museum & Gardens. Here, we were greeted by Denyse, the curator, who graciously gave us a tour of the whimsically-designed house and the owner’s private art studio. She also gave us a tour of the beautiful gardens, including one of the finest orchard collections in the U.S. This was such a treat as I’ve never come across so many orchid variations in my life! We also encountered some resident wild monkeys roaming freely on the grounds, which was an experience in and of itself!

4. After Bonnet House, we went to the NSU Art Museum Fort Lauderdale on the one and only Las Olas Boulevard. Here, I spoke to the museum curator about their new exhibit, which highlights Paris and New York City from the 1890s to the 1920s through breathtaking photographs and art. It’s no secret I love the city of lights, so this was an absolute dream. The exhibit shows how the invention of electricity impacted artists, which you can actually see in the paintings. Pretty cool! The exhibit won’t be there for much longer, so I highly recommend seeing it before it’s too late!

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5. We then headed south to the recently opened brewery, Tarpon River Brewing. Tarpon River is actually located in the historical 1920s stable belonging to the Snyder family of Fort Lauderdale. As a result, the brewery has a distinct Old-Florida design with reclaimed and restored barn wood. I got to interview the owner and we tasted a variety of beers, including clean lagers, mixed-fermentation sour beers and barrel-aged ales.

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6. After working up an appetite, we grabbed a bite to eat at El Vez, a Mexican restaurant on the first floor of the W Fort Lauderdale Hotel with stunning hand painted murals. Created by renowned restaurateur Stephen Starr, El Vez showcases classic Mexican fare with an emphasis on Baja-style cooking that celebrates the fresh seafood of our city. I got to chat one-on-one with Executive Chef Steve Menter, and he had us try some of the restaurants signature dishes including the most delicious guacamole, tacos and nachos.

7. Perhaps what makes Fort Lauderdale so special and has given it the name “Venice of America” are the numerous intercostal waterways. I wanted to make sure this was included in my tour, so we hopped aboard the super convenient Water Taxi. Not only did we have a front-row seat to mega yachts and mansions (what a treat!), but we avoided traffic and got to the other side of town in record time.

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8. My tour of Fort Lauderdale ended at Rooftop 1WLO, Downtown Fort Lauderdale’s first ever rooftop bar, which is elevated above Las Olas Boulevard and the New River. My girlfriends met me here for some hand-crafted cocktails made by the BEST mixologists. My favorite drinks are the “What the Matcha” (New Amsterdam Vodka, matcha powder and green chartreuse) and the tropical “Kiwi AF” (Mount Gay Rum, kiwi, mint, rosemary and Cointreau), which is especially refreshing on a warm summer night. There truly was no better way to end my Fort Lauderdale tour than toasting to this beautiful city!

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Over the years, I’ve collected a good number of swimsuits. As a fashion boutique owner and South
Florida native, I’ve become a self-proclaimed swimsuit connoisseur. Yet, no matter how many swimsuits
I amass, I’m always likely to pick out the same ones over and over again. Why? Because they’re super
flattering of course!

Below, I’ve narrowed down my extensive collection down to 6 swimsuits you should own this summer.
From off the shoulder tops, to high-wasted bottoms, all six silhouettes are timeless. Consider these six
pieces your forever swimsuits.

Off-the-Shoulder

Top: $115
Bottoms: $96
We’ve never met an off-the-shoulder bikini top we didn’t like. And with this tropical printed Vitamin A set, the forecast is always sunny.

Top-Knot Detail


Top: $99
Bottoms: $79
Vacay the right way with this L*Space bikini. The knitted bikini contains a decorative knot detail with a scoop neck at the top, making it the perfect combination of trendy, flattering and feminine.

Ruffle Accents


Top: $88
Bottoms: $78
Ruffles on swimwear is a great way to take an ordinary swimsuit to extraordinary. Not only do the ruffles on this Montce Swim bikini add a playful element to it, but they also add an extra flair.

Thigh-High


$167
We all need a suit that can take us from the pool or beach to wherever else we want to go. Lucky for you, this Vitamin A one-piece is that suit. Simply pair it with some denim shorts or a flowy skirt, and it’ll double up as a bodysuit.

High Waisted


Top: $138
Bottoms: $82
Like a black tee, a high-waited bikini bottom is something you should always have stocked away. Regardless of your shape or size, this cut is flattering on everyone as it squeezes everything in—a plus when you might be worried about your beach bod—and gives the illusion of longer legs.

Mesh



Top: $95
Bottoms: $88
As you approach the pool in this black mesh L*Space bikini, all eyes will be fixed on you. Yes, it’s daring, but it still gives you the necessary coverage. Trust me, it’ll be your poolside version of the LBD.

Let me know in the comment section below which piece is your favorite!

Xoxo,
Michelle

Name: Caitlin Saucier
Occupation/Company: Founder and Creator of Sauci Style
Instagram: @saucistyle
Website: www.saucistyle.com

How did you get to where you are today?

Hustle, baby! Although my career started out in fashion with Alice + Olivia in New York City, I ended up starting my own business by life-circumstance. A relationship moved me from New York to Birmingham, Alabama to South Florida, and the retail management positions available were far and few between. I felt a bit lost and was uninspired by the career opportunities in my vocation. I vividly remember folding towels at a Pilates studio one afternoon, and questioning what I was doing with my life. I realized in that moment, that if I couldn’t find my dream job, I’d just have to make-up my own. Then…I HUSTLED!

What is your elevator pitch on what you do?

I’m a Fairy Godmother and a therapist! I’ll make sure you turn heads at the ball and I’ll be your shoulder to cry on when you lose your glass slipper.

How do you define success?

Success in my mind, is being able to provide for yourself by doing what you love.

What have been some of the most rewarding things in your career thus far?

Styling celebrities like Venus Williams and Nacho Figueras definitely top my list! Over the past few years though, I’ve really started to value the relationships I’ve built with fellow influencers and women in the fashion industry. I never had a mentor, but I’m constantly learning from the boss-babes that I’m proud to consider colleagues and friends.

What have been some of the hiccups (mistakes) along the way and what have you learned from them?

It’s far too common for women to allow their career aspirations to take a backseat, whether in a relationship or in motherhood. I made that mistake…I folded towels….I learned my lesson. As a female, it’s incredibly important to make your own dreams a priority.

What do you still want to achieve personally and/or professionally?

Over the past year, I’ve been able to add people to my team! I want to continue to grow and share my vision and experience with new employees.

Who has been your greatest inspiration?

Well, that would have to go to my mom! Shes’ my biggest cheerleader.

What makes you truly, genuinely happy?

Shoes…and wine!

What advice would you tell your 21-year-old self?

Brown lip liner was meant to stay in the 90s. Quit wearing it!

What is the biggest misconception about what you do?

The glamour! You’re far more likely to see me wearing joggers and my Golden Goose sneakers while carrying five garment bags through the mall, than you are to see me in Jimmy Choos sitting front row at a fashion show.

Any words of inspiration or your favorite quote?

Life is short! Do what you love, with the people you love- and never look back!

This week I thought I would address a topic that needs much addressing: social media influencers. Have you ever scrolled through Instagram, gone down the rabbit hole, and started to compare yourself to them? Trust me, I get it. From “my life is so boring,” to “wow, my closet really does suck,” to “I desperately need to lose some weight,” I’ve been there. It’s so easy for us to get caught up in this spiral of negative thoughts.

I’m pretty sure all of you are familiar with the term “influencer.” After all, it’s 2018! But, if you’re not, an influencer is someone a brand pays to promote their product, service or experience. This is usually done in exchange for a product, coverage, promotion or direct payment.

Before I delve any further, I just want to say I don’t have any issues with influencers. I’d be a hypocrite if I did. My boutique Lilac And Lilies has worked with numerous influencers in the past and we’ve truly benefited from our collaborations with them.

Having experienced this tradeoff firsthand, I can safely say that successful influencers are some of the hardest working entrepreneurs I know. They practically work 24/7, creating content, negotiating deals and signing contracts at all hours of the day. They also have to present a “perfect” life, which is a full-time job on its own.

However, we need to start looking at influencers for what they are. They’re advertisers. Plain and simple. Think of when you flip through the pages of Vogue and come across a high-fashion advertisement. Do you look at it knowing it’s clearly an ad? The answer is probably yes. You’re fully aware that the image has gone through plenty of retouching and post-production so that it can best sell a product.

Now think of when you come across an influencer’s profile on Instagram? Do you look at their photos the same way you’d look at an advertisement in Vogue? Probably not. I know I don’t. But they’re the same. Both the fashion model and influencer have been paid to present a “perfect” persona.

Yet, we still mentally categorize these influencers as normal people. We classify these photos as “everyday life pictures” and group them together with our family and friends’ pictures. Even worse, we group them together with our own photos. This then causes us to compare ourselves to them, which is essentially comparing our lives to content that is very styled, very edited, and very planned, no matter how candid it may appear.

While we can’t always control what we come across on social media or what we are exposed to in life, we can control how we perceive things. Next time you find yourself comparing yourself to an influencer, make that differentiation between “real life” and “advertisement.”

I’d like to end this post by stressing just how impactful words are. Just look at the term “influencer.” The word alone is incredibly powerful. The term “influencer” implies that they influence you to do something or believe in something. However, we ALL have influence, whether we’re a social media influencer or not. We have influence over how we react to something. We have influence over our own thoughts. We have influence over our own actions.
Next time you’re scrolling through social media, I encourage you to influence yourself to look at influencers for who they are. Your self-esteem and happiness will thank you for it.

Xoxo,
Michelle

march-events-featuredJoin us at Lilac And Lilies for an eventful June! Please see our event schedule below. Please note, event details are subject to change. Please call the store at 954.530.3109 for questions.


June 1

National Donut Day

  • 20% off all graphic tees
  • Complimentary donuts