Though it’s not getting much colder, summer has definitely transitioned to fall in South Florida.

Melissa chats with Lilac and Lilies Boutique Owner Michelle DiMarco about how the women of South Florida can transition their wardrobe from summer to fall.

Now that it’s not 90 degrees out with 100 percent humidity, it’s time to change up your wardrobe! Don’t worry, we’re not pushing turtlenecks just yet. Instead, it’s all about denim! From the runway to real life, tonight, “Denim for Days” is one of Shireen’s Favorite Things.

When it comes to fall and winter fashions, denim is making a daring statement.

Chanel mixed jeans with classic tweed for its 2017 ready-to-wear runway show. Armani hired hottie Megan Fox to jazz up its jeans. And Guess is gussing up its gals in head-to-toe denim. Giddy-up!

Shireen Sandoval: “You’re doing the skinny, but I’m wearing the wide-leg. Is wide leg still in? I hope you say yes!”

At Lilac and Lilies Boutique in Fort Lauderdale, we got tips on how denim can dazzle up your everyday wardrobe.

Michelle DiMarco: “The great thing about denim is you can wear a cropped denim jacket, especially for fall in South Florida, over sized denim jacket, a denim skirt, which is really hot right now.”

Any kind of denim will do.

Shireen Sandoval: “Does denim really ever go out of style?”

Michelle DiMarco: “It takes many forms, with the skinny leg, the cigarette leg, the wide leg, the boot cut leg, but it never really goes out of style.”

It’s not just jeans. Off-the-shoulder dresses, long shirts and chambray rompers are front and center, too.

Michelle DiMarco: “I’m really into baseball caps. I think they’re easy and fun. I’ve been living in a denim baseball cap.”

The trend is reminiscent of days gone by when suit tailor Jacob Davis joined forces with a European sales guy named Levi Strauss.

Yep, as in 501’s.

Michelle DiMarco: “This was in the late 1800s during the Gold Rush, so the miners needed a really durable heavy fabric to work in, so these two pioneers developed denim.”

For the blog, I tried three different denim looks.

This shirt is perfect for work. A fab fitting jean jacket, great for a date. And a comfy, casual romper for relaxing on the weekend.

Michelle DiMarco: “We are definitely influenced by iconic movie stars, actresses such as Madonna and James Dean, and we kind of look to see what they are wearing, and then it goes to more of a mainstream level.”

No matter how you wear it — the runway or real life — “Denim for Days” is one of my favorite things.

shoe sale

Step into style with 20% off all non-sale shoes in stock. Get your boots, booties, and heels for the Fall season. Shoe sale begins October 10th and runs through October 16th. One week only!

Throwing a Hurricane Party, we got the perfect skinny cocktail for you!

Skinny Hurricane



1½ ounces Bacardi Select Rum

2 ounces Light Orange Juice

2 ounces Light Cranberry Juice

Garnish, Orange Peel Twist


Recipe & Photos Courtesy of Megan From With Salt and Wit

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Name: Amanda Di Leo
Blog: Get On My Chic
Instagram: @getonmychic

Hi! My name is Amanda Di Leo, I am a homeschooled Fort Lauderdale based fashionista and teen blogger of Get On My Chic.

What inspired you to start your blog? How long have you been blogging?
I recently started my blog because I love anything and everything associated with fashion. Whether it’s wardrobe styling, personal shopping, or clothing design, I have a desire to be involved, as I want to do something useful in the fashion world. Get On My Chic allows me to express myself through fashion and provide style artistry and advice for fashionistas of almost any age. I want to help others discover their distinct style that truly reveals their personality. I started my blog in the summer of 2015.

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Describe your style? Where do you find your style inspiration?
My style can be described as effortless but chic with a touch of trendiness. My style icons Olivia Palermo, Brooke Hil, and of course Mary Kate and Ashley Olsen are normally where I find my style inspiration but I also think Tumblr is a great place to find lots of style inspiration.

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What is a timeless fashion piece you can’t live without?
A pair of black pumps is without a doubt a timeless fashion piece I couldn’t live without. And of course a leather jacket!

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What are some of your favorite Fall 2016 Trends?
All year I can’t wait for Fall to wear the cutest burgundy sweaters and over the knee suede boots. I am currently obsessing over off the shoulder sweaters, chokers, and leather skirts!

One piece of advice you would give to any start up bloggers?
Be consistent and be yourself!

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Favorite place to work on your blog? Creative Space?
I don’t have a favorite spot to work on my blog but I do travel a lot so whenever I am on vacation there is a creative space for me to work on my blog.


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

October 10 – 16

Shoe Sale:

  • 20% Off All Non-Sale Shoes


Markdowns & Mimosa’s:

  • Join us Saturday, October 22nd to shop an additional 10% OFF already reduced priced merchandise
  • Sip Mimosa’s while you shop!

October 28 – 31

No Tricks, Just Treats Halloween Sale:

  • Pick a treat and get a surprise discount
  • Discounts range from 10% off to 30% off any non-sale item



img_4256Name: Kristen Hewitt
Company: Fox Sports HEAT Reporter – misMEDIA –
Age: the big 4-0
Instagram: @kristenhewitttv

How did you get to where you are today?
I have worked in sports broadcasting for 19 years, working for the HEAT is a dream come true, but took HARD work and perseverance to be on-air in this South Florida market. I knew when I was 13 I’d work in the media – and now I love that I can do it part-time, and build my online digital presence at the same time!

What is your elevator pitch on what you do?
I am a 2-time Emmy award winning TV reporter, owner of misMEDIA, and founder of mommy in SPORTS. I am a natural born storyteller, and love to help clients share their story with the world.


How do you define success? Do you consider yourself “successful”?
I believe success is defined individually. Recently a friend said to me, “I think in a year you’ll be REALLY successful, when you focus on your business.” I replied, “I’m already successful, I’m a mom, who gets to work outside the home during NBA season, and spend the rest of the time raising my girls.”

What have been some of the most rewarding things in your career thus far?
Well, winning Emmy’s is rewarding, as is being able to interview and share stories of athletes off the court. I love meeting their wives, kids, parents – really learning who they are and what helped propel them into their extraordinary sports careers. Also, my blog is really my baby. I didn’t know what a blog was three years ago, to be named BEST BLOG MIAMI this year was a huge honor. I love writing, and knowing that people enjoy reading it means the world to me.


What have been some of your mistakes? What have you learned from them?
Mistakes, I have made many of them. But I don’t think we can succeed until we’ve failed. I’ve had many missteps, taken the wrong job in the wrong sport, or mispronounced a name on the air, but they just taught me to always be smarter. Always be over prepared. And always be authentic.

What do you still want to achieve personally and/or professionally?
I haven’t even scratched the surface with what I want to do yet! I want to publish my kids book I’ve written, finally launch my podcast, do more web videos, and write a book. Then move to the mountains, ski every day, and retire and open a bakery!


Who has been your greatest inspiration?
My greatest inspiration is my kids. They teach me SO much about life every day, and make me strive to be the best version of myself. And I wouldn’t have had to freedom to try writing if it wasn’t for my supportive husband, he’s a saint. I’m very lucky.

When was the last time you were overwhelmed and cried from something provoked by work?
Working on live TV can be overwhelming, but I don’t think I’ve ever cried. I get overwhelmed more by my “day” job, the freelance writing assignments and blog work. I have problems with time management and sometimes take too much on. The good thing is- I’ve learned to say no. There’s so much power inside that little word!

How has your career affected your personal life/relationships?
My career is a little nutty, so all of my free time goes to my family. I really have to schedule in time for my friends. I literally set a reminder in my phone to call a different friend three times a week to maintain contact.


Have you ever thought about giving up? What provokes those thoughts?
I want to give up about every six month when burn out sets in. Then usually a 2 week-break from social media usually recharges me!

What causes you anxiety/sleepless nights?
Well babies keep me up at night, and anxiety when they’re sick. But I’m usually only anxious when I travel and have a big shoot for a brand. I prefer to work at home, which is why after kids I never pursued full-time sideline reporting jobs. I miss my kids too much!

What makes you happy?
Long hot baths, a Sprinkles cupcake, swimming with my family, hot yoga, Friday night movie nights, the Rocky Mountains and lots of snow, and TLC’s Say Yes to the Dress. I want to renew my wedding vows just so I can go to Kleinfelds!

What advice would you tell your 21 year old self?
Don’t worry about what anyone else thinks about you, LOVE YOURSELF.

What is the biggest misconception about what you do?
People think I’m Ticketmaster. Newsflash, I don’t have endless amounts of free tickets to every sporting event or concert across the country! And I don’t hang out with the players. I keep a professional distance, always have. And I’ve never ONCE asked for an autograph without going through a PR professional.

What is your favorite quote?
I have SO many favorite quotes I wish I could list them all! I’m currently obsessed with every quote by Jen Sincero who wrote “You Are a Badass”. But I think one of my favs is “It takes courage to grow up and become who you really are” by EE Cummings. That was my goal this year when I turned 40 – to become fearlessly authentic. I wrote a post about my favorite quotes!




Now that I’ve finally gotten a chance to prop up my heel-stressed feet after a whirlwind of fashion chaos at this year’s New York Fashion Week I can finally take a break, collect my thoughts and focus my energy on translating the best trends I saw to fit our unique South Florida flare.  Here’s my recap of the world’s most fashionable week, the people that attended and how you can interpret the most coveted pieces into your wardrobe.

Last week after flying into the City, I made my way to my new home for the next few days: the iconic New York EDITION Hotel. I was, thankfully, properly dressed in travel-friendly yet polished attire because there were swarms of paparazzi stalking the hotel entrance to snap pictures of all the celebrities that were staying there, including the fashion queen, Victoria Beckham.

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My week began on Monday with the Zac Posen ready-to-wear show at Spring Studios. I scored a front row seat next to the bold Miss J from America’s Next Top Model. We were both rocking a classic charcoal palette; Miss J in an iridescent black pleated frock while I strutted around in a gray body-con dress by Miami designer Sen.

Miss J America’s Next Top Model

The Zac Posen show was an artful mix of both day and evening wear. The line was composed of floral prints and textures with dresses reminiscent of 1950’s femininity contrasted by edgier biker-cut necklines on the otherwise delicate jackets. The attention to surface details and the celebration of womanly silhouettes did not go unnoticed. After the show, I went behind the scenes for a personal meet-and-greet with Zac. He was just as gracious and endearing as his Spring collection!

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A few days later I was invited to an intimate presentation of Diane von Furstenberg’s 2017 Spring collection at the DVF flagship store in the Meatpacking District. The show was a testament to Jonathan Saunders’ talent as new Chief Creative Officer of the brand. The famous wrap-dress that launched the company’s success was reinterpreted by playing with fabric movement and alternating lengths. The collection also included a fabulous blend of saturated florals, stripes and color-blocking, giving fashion-forward businesswomen everywhere another reason to bow down to the DVF legacy.

The week was a delightfully dizzying experience. I got a chance to sip champagne with fashion’s finest (shout out to my gal and fashion blogger Christie Ferrari who took over the Lilac And Lilies Instagram Story) and gather inspiration for the shop.

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As you can imagine, there were a lot of beautiful pieces and people but the most notable trends this season were luxurious over-the-knee boots, pajama inspired ensembles and slip dresses, and dramatic layering. In other words, looks that make perfect wardrobe updates for our one-of-a-kind fearless Floridians.



l&l cash

It’s time to redeem your L&L Cash! You earned it at our semi-annual sale, now come back and cash in your bucks now through September 30th on minimum purchases of $50. Shop plenty of new arrivals to savor the last days of summer, or see what’s new and trending for the start of fall! Whatever your shopping agenda, shop and save at Lilac And Lilies!


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Get up to 80% off storewide, plus an extra 10% off through Sunday, September 11th!

Everyone’s enjoying the semi-annual sale so much, we decided to extend it. We still have tons of new arrivals and everything you need to end summer right. Enjoy up to 80% off as well as $10 bins, $20 bins, and a special L&L gift with purchase. Shoppers also get $5 L&L cash for every $50 you spend, redeemable September 12th – September 30th on purchases of $50+.