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Those of you keeping up with my blog know I recently touched upon the topic of loving yourself. This year, I promised myself one thing: I would love myself unconditionally (quirks, flaws, potty mouth and all) and practice self-care to its fullest. With all this self-acceptance and self-awareness came the realization that I needed to face something I’ve been putting off for far too long: freezing my eggs.

Quite frankly, the thought of freezing my eggs scared the living daylights out of me. While the option for women to freeze their eggs is thrown around far too casually, I knew what going through this process would entail. After doing some research of my own and falling victim to the rabbit hole that is the Internet (WebMD, anyone?), I came to the blunt realization that this process would be anything but easy.

Egg-freezing essentially means doing a round of IVF (short for in vitro fertilization) without the embryo transfer at the end. You first start off by taking 1-2 weeks’ worth of birth control pills to temporarily shut off any natural hormones, followed by 9-10 days of hormone injections. Yes, that’s right: injections. These injections are meant to stimulate your ovaries, stop them from releasing eggs, and then finally, with an ovulation trigger injection, ripen the eggs that’ll be collected with a needle under deep sedation or general anesthesia.

While many women get along with this process just fine and are able to carry on with their daily lives, unfortunately many aren’t. As someone who has health and fitness down pat (or so I’d like to think), I prioritize feeling healthy and strong. As you can imagine, exposing myself to any physical pain wasn’t something I was necessarily looking forward to. Not to mention, egg freezing comes with an incredibly high price tag and no guarantee.

However, just when I thought there was no way I could undergo this process, I kept reminding myself just how much I wanted this. After all, this is something I had thought about for years, not just days. The reality is I’m in my upper 30s and single. I was constantly worried about how the sell-by-date on my ovaries might not exactly fit in with my future plans to have kids. So, scared out of my mind but clinging onto how badly I wanted to have the option of being a mom someday, I underwent the process.

Was it pleasant? No. Was it worth it? Abso-freakin-lutely.  As soon as it was done, I was overcome by an overwhelming sense of peace. For the first time in what seemed like forever, I stopped hearing the ticking of my biological clock in the back of my head— tick, tock, tick, tock… I felt as though I could truly relax without having to worry about never being able to have kids of my own. This sense of relief alone made the choice and investment to freeze my eggs priceless.

With that being said, I’m not 100% sure I’ll ever use my frozen eggs. For all I know, I could meet my prince charming tomorrow, get married and have little Michelles running around. But, should life continue taking me in the direction it’s headed (hey, no complaints! I love the life I’ve created for myself), my eggs will be there for me to use.

All in all, I couldn’t be happier to have frozen my eggs. The whole experience was very empowering for me as a woman. I know now that I will never have to sacrifice having a family or being a mom, and there’s something pretty damn powerful about taking control of your own future.

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Although it may not seem like right now, summer is right around the corner. With the arrival of the sweltering heat will come the days of sleeveless tops, short shorts and well, you guessed it: bikinis. That’s right, the highly dreaded bikini season is upon us, which you’re probably well aware of thanks to that itty-bitty bikini set taunting you from your chest of drawers.

While there’s nothing inherently wrong with wanting to look good this summer, you shouldn’t miss out on the fun pool parties and boat days just because you don’t want to show some skin. Us women are too quick to shame our own bodies, when all our hips and curves really need is just some little TLC.

This year, I want to share my tips and tricks with you all on how I take spring cleaning to a whole new level. Not the normal extravagant cleaning of my closet, but the spring cleaning of myself. My mind. My body. My soul.

It’s important to realize that detoxing is not about changing your body. Rather, it’s about changing your lifestyle to feel more confident in your own skin, no matter what you are (or aren’t) wearing. Regardless of your age and lifestyle, detoxing is beneficial for EVERYONE. It’s not a one-time fix, but more of a kick-start to taking care of yourself for the long haul.

I know changing habits can be challenging, but the results are always well worth it. Look at it this way- if we aren’t challenging ourselves, are we truly reaching our greatest potential? Probably not. So, let’s start looking at spring as our time to push ourselves to be the best version of ourselves possible.

These are my fail-proof tips to not only looking good, but FEELING even better:

1. WATER. WATER. WATER. Remember when your mom used to tell you to drink 8 cups of water a day? Well, she wasn’t kidding. Not only are the health benefits of drinking water endless, but it’ll make your skin look radiant. If you’re someone who doesn’t like drinking plain water (trust me, I get it), I recommend infusing it with tasty natural ingredients like lemon, kiwi and mint.

2. Get on your feet! I absolutely LOVE the feeling after an amazing workout class. Orange Theory and Flywheel have been my saviors. These classes break up the usual routine of going to the gym and using the machines by yourself.

3. What you put in, is what you will get out. If you’re putting foods in your body that are filled with carbs and unnecessary sugars and/or fats, you’re not going to feel so good. For me, eating lean proteins gives me the satisfaction of feeling full along with the incredible benefits of eating clean.

4. Get hot and steamy… with The Yoga Joint. What else would I be talking about?! Doing yoga in a heated room forces the heart to beat faster, which gives you an amazing cardio workout in addition to sweating out all of the toxins in your body!

5. Last, and most importantly, rid yourself of toxic people! Surround yourself with people who want you to succeed. That crew is the one you’ll want by your side all spring (and summer) long.

By following the tips above, you’ll successfully shift your focus this spring and turn your dial towards YOU. If that means reading more, meditating, or even a walk on the beach, do it. Whatever makes your soul flourish, commit to it.

Here’s to all the rose we’ll be drinking poolside looking caliente and feeling the most confident we ever have in our bikinis!

Xoxo,
Michelle

Since I became an entrepreneur, people always ask me, “how do you deal with the pressure, people, challenges, relationships, family, etc.?” The answer is, I don’t . At least, not all at once.

When I began my journey as a small business owner, it felt like the entire world was on my shoulders. I was dealing with the stress of becoming an entrepreneur, figuring out finances, challenging myself personally, maintaining relationships with friends, family, and a significant other, all while making sure I look fantastic every day (look good = feel good, right?).

I hate to break it to you (and myself), but those pressures never stopped. I still deal with them to this day. The only thing that has changed is how I go about dealing with them.

I’m a fashion girl, I always have been. So I had to make this work in my Louboutin loving brain. I made shoe compartments. Hypothetically. Okay, I made shoes for my brain. Am I sounding crazy yet? I used compartmentalization to cope with everything that was going on around me. I imagined my brain to look like a free-standing shoe compartment with a pair of shoes in each slot that represented a part of my life.

Cue inner-voice:

“Let’s put my family shoes next to my boyfriend shoes….hmm no, that’s too risky. I’ll put my boyfriend shoes next to stressing-about-finances shoes! No, that doesn’t seem right either.”

I decided that no matter where the shoes were placed in my compartment, I would only wear one pair at a time, hence dealing with one issue at a time. Essentially, I made time for myself to deal with every single one of the stresses in my life, but never had to deal with them all at once.

The reason I’ve seen my business grow with success and my personal life flourish is because I recognized and embraced the fact that I had several full-time focuses, but only a limited amount of emotional and mental energy to devote to each one. With this tactic, I never really felt burnt out or on “E”. There’s not enough tea or yoga in the world to make my problems go away, so I decided to rock a pair of my “shoes” for only short amounts of time so I can continue walking- strutting my stuff through life.

How to do this for yourself? You, my sweet reader, are going to be okay. Follow these 5 steps:
1. Visualize your shoe compartment. Isolate each pair of shoes (issues) from each other.
2. When you wear a pair of your shoes, really focus on it, but only for a short amount of time.
3. Take baby steps. Don’t jump too far ahead the second you start to see progress.
4. Take the shoes off, stretch, put the next pair on.
5. Say “no” to a pair of shoes that doesn’t deserve a compartment on your brain.

“Life is short. We can live it lost in our own thoughts, or we can choose to be present, moment to moment, watching as life unfolds around us.” -Headspace

xoxo,
Michelle

I have a love for many things. Wine, clothes, Chanel and puppies, but my love for traveling solo is one that can’t be compared. You might be thinking “Oh hell no. I can barely go shopping by myself.” Fair enough! It’s a scary thought, but have you ever considered embracing the challenge and learning more about yourself in the process? I can attest, it’s pretty amazing.

Traveling with people gives you laughs, memories and a deeper connection. So, you’re wondering, how could traveling by yourself even compare? What if I told you that those memories and those laughs by yourself are way better? Girl, I know it sounds crazy, but trust me.

I have memories of extraordinary, eye-opening solo trips that no one will ever get to fully understand because it was MY experience.

Not only did I find that traveling alone wasn’t sad or worthy of someone’s sympathy, but it was also the trips on which I learned the most about myself and the world. I didn’t have anyone telling me what to do or begging me to try that one thing. It was just me and my experience. There is something so beautiful about that.

There are a ton of reasons why people might travel alone – they might want to do a little soul searching or need some time away from everyday life. I have traveled around the freaking globe by myself and each trip has served a different purpose.

I traveled to Thailand for a spiritual journey where I visited an orphanage and rode on the back of an elephant through the river. Who else can say that? That trip was one I will never forget and taught me so much Yes, I was scared of the unknown and putting myself out of my comfort zone, but I did it. I now have memories in pictures that you can see but only I can relive.

I journeyed through Europe just to, well, live it up… literally. I call Europe my party place. I am by no means a crazy partier. Let’s be real, I’m in bed at 9 p.m. most nights. I do, however, like to occasionally treat myself to a good time, and Europe is just the place for that. Yes, I may have skinny dipped at a secluded beach on the Amalfi coast, and that’s perfectly fine. I embraced living in the moment.

Traveling alone can be a whirlwind of unexpected emotions. I’ve been in many situations during my travels where I have been scared, lonely, uncertain and frustrated. What is important about those moments is that I got through them. Most importantly, I got through them alone. If it had not been for those times when I felt afraid or homesick, I might not have the same outlook on life I hold now.

Whenever I think there is something I can’t accomplish, I look back on those times I was alone and uncertain, but found my way through it.
After traveling through countries where nothing seems familiar, not knowing a single word of the language and finding your way through foreign streets to a beautiful destination, you will realize there is nothing in this world you cannot do.

I love that saying “What will you do with your crazy and beautiful life?” I can look back and say “I wasn’t afraid of taking chances, I learned to love myself and took a leap of faith.” Can you say the same? I challenge you to book that trip you have been dreaming of and stop waiting on your girls or your man to say yes. Just do it. By yourself.

Have you taken a solo trip? I would love to hear about your experiences in the comments below!

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Oh February, you are deemed the love holiday. Is it just me or do you have a love/hate relationship with this month too? I mean, if you’re in a relationship you can’t wait for February. If you are single, like me (Heyyyo, let’s get to drinkin’), you hate this month. This past year I promised myself one thing: I chose to love myself and practice self-care.

This isn’t the superficial sense of self-love, like exercising regularly and watching less of that trashy TV. I already have that covered. I mean to fully love myself–inside and out.

I asked myself a while back, “Are you proud of where you are today?” Sure, I have an amazing career and business to back me up, and I have had great opportunities but that isn’t really the meat of the question I was asking myself. The question was, “Am I proud of who I am and where I am?” The answer then was no.

In that moment of realization, all the obstacles I had gone through came rushing to my head. I might have cried for my failed relationships and second all the hardships I have encountered, but in the end, I cried hardest for the person I never allowed myself to become.

I didn’t realize it at the time, but in that moment of asking myself that simple question, it all clicked. I chose to start living up to my own potential. To start making myself proud. To start living my truth and not anyone else’s. To truly have self-love unlike anything I have ever experienced. To be the Michelle that I have always wanted to be.

When I first thought of this, I panicked. I mean to love your entire being you have to open up wounds and revisit battle scars that you promised to never look at again, but that’s the beauty of it all.

I wanted to love myself to the point of waking up every morning with a heart overflowing with gratitude for all I was blessed with in life. To love myself unconditionally–quirks, flaws, potty mouth and all. To love myself the way I hoped for someone else to one day love me and unafraid to show it.

I am now strong enough to look back at my past and be like “Michelle, you handled that the best way you could and look where you are at now.” I love that about me. I love my scars and I love the woman I am today because of them.

That’s not to say that life is fine or that I don’t still experience struggles. I experience thoughts of self-doubt on a daily basis. I always think of the “what ifs” that have no right to take up headspace.

Self-love is a process, one that will never be truly complete (wine has become my best friend). There will always be more I could improve on, more I can learn, and more kindness I can show to myself and others.

In the vein of extending that kindness to myself, I constantly need reminding that yes, I am deeply flawed in many ways, but that is what makes me human, and I deserve love anyway. My own love.

I am still on the path to loving myself and to knowing and living my truth. I can say in all honesty that I love myself now more than ever, and I know I will come to love myself more deeply in the future. It’s a freaking process that I have learned to love.

However, no matter where I am in the process of self-love I have to remember…

I am enough and I am loved.

Spring is about to hit our doorsteps and you’re probably thinking “Michelle, I wore spring clothes in December. What’s the difference?” Well my friend, there is a big difference, and I am here to help you out. Spring is one of my favorite seasons. We’ve just made it through those HARSH winter temps in Florida and are ready to break out the bikinis and rompers. Obviously, I’m joking, but I do love a deep dive into a shiny new season’s trends, especially the transition from winter to spring. Below are four spring fashion trends you should hop on now before everyone else does.

1. If you’re thinking lace is a fabric reserved just for weddings and goody-goody dresses, think again. With the right styling, a dainty lace dress can go from sweet to spicy in two seconds. I know, I know, a lot of us have a love-hate relationship with this froofie fabric but trust me, it’s coming back. Use a lace dress to show off a little sun-kissed skin like in this pretty little number. Still not convinced? Pair a lace blouse or dress with a leather jacket for extra edge.

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2. The jumpsuit’s little sister – the romper – is making its spring debut, and I personally could not be happier. This style is all about a variety of cuts, designs, colors, patterns, fabrics and lengths… the list goes on. I wear rompers literally everywhere, but always get the question of how to exactly wear this style the right way. Is a romper appropriate for that specific occasion and so on. The super short rompers with tiny little straps, bare backs, and flowy fabrics are perfect for the beach. Pair them with summer hats, flat gladiator sandals and even your bikini. Then there are the posh versions of the romper for either evening looks, dates, you name it! They also go great with heels (Guilty of being that girl in the sparkly number? Cheers!). And last but not least (personally my favorite!) there are the pretty 60s-inspired rompers with a slight dose of 70s: super short, flirty and retro just like our NEW L*Space romper. This romper has just the right amount of flare and sass.

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3. Does anyone remember the jean ancestor? Looking at you Bermuda shorts. You know the ones that hugged your thighs a little too tight, might have come in a pastel plaid print? Now let’s cheers to being those girls that wore them (any takers?). No, they aren’t making a comeback (never should have been a thing), but their long distant, very young and once replaced/removed cousin (you get the idea) is here and we are LOVING them. The 2018-approved Bermudas with added flare are just what your closet was requesting. This denim revival is sophisticated, stylish and make a bold yet tasteful statement. They’re slimming and far more comfortable than skinny jeans (unless you go the leather or patent route). Create this look with our Lucca Couture pieces! Also, maximize your flares’ leg-lengthening potential with heels.

4. I love a good, vibrant statement piece. If you’re sitting in your seat already sweating at the thought of patterns on your body, take a deep breath, chica. Fun prints are more wearable than you think. I am continuously drawn to patterns in dresses. Fun designs are a great way to showcase your personality. If you are concerned an all over pattern is not for you, know that in fact, this season’s prints will look great on any body type. Just pair these looks from Aster The Label and Velvet Heart with a neutral shoe and you will own all your print insecurities. Just please promise to keep the accessories to a minimum.

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spring fashion south florida

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It is no shock that I love everything about Ft. Lauderdale. The businesses, the people, the atmosphere… everything. I also love supporting our local community, which is why I have joined forces with the new and Conrad Fort Lauderdale Beach.

“What does this entail?” you might ask. I’ll be providing on-demand styling to the guests lucky enough to vacation at the resort. A sort of style concierge if you will.

Why will this come in handy? Forgot that perfect dress for a special event or maybe something popped up and your screaming “What the hell do I do?!” I am thrilled, to say the least. I will be the go-to stylist for this location (pretty amazing) and will help style people upon request. This is my absolute dream. Doing what I love to help others out… in a stylish way.

One of the reasons why this is perfect, is because of the brand. The new resort is not only stunning, but also offers a glamorous lifestyle to any Ft. Laudydaudies and out of towners.

I myself had a mini staycation a few days ago and I’m hooked! I even managed to fit in a photoshoot with some of my favorite looks and favorite spots around the property, giving you a glimpse at this beautiful resort.

To start off, when you walk in your greeted with relaxing natural tones, breathtaking pieces of art and astounding arches. The rooms are even more impressive with panoramic views of the ocean. Wood and natural elements accent the space from the bottom up, and there’s a modern kitchen to make this feel like your home away from home. For a stroll around the elegant Conrad scene, I chose a striped Elan dress. The simplicity and comfort fit right in to the beachfront surroundings.

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No staycation is complete without a little R&R! Conrad Fort Lauderdale Beach took great care of me at their 4,000-square-foot full-service spa where I spoiled myself with their ‘Enrich with the Touch of Paradise,’ and it is exactly what it sounds like. I was pampered in intoxicating exotic fragrances of Vanilla, Jasmine and Ylang Ylang before a softening body scrub and a customized massage. Ladies, need I say more? Oh, and of course there was a beautiful glass of champs waiting for me.

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One of the best things about Conrad Fort Lauderdale Beach is the outside. The pool is surrounded by tall beams dressed with a touch of greenery. This includes a heated fresh water pool and cabanas! What also makes this the ultimate escape is the view of the ocean. Yes, I am guilty of lounging outside for a majority of my staycation.

Pair this part of your day at the resort with an L*Space tropical inspired romper or even a white-knitted top from Elan paired with Blank NYC denim shorts and Dolce Vita wedges. Sorry winter, but my home looks best in summer attire.

Not really a pool gal? Take it to the green! This is one of my favorite things Conrad Fort Lauderdale Beach offers. Who doesn’t love a good lawn game with corn hole and lounging? It is absolutely a vacationers’ dream out here.

It all sounds pretty amazing, right? I can’t wait to start this journey helping guests staying at Conrad Fort Lauderdale Beach and to meet amazing woman from all over the globe. If you are traveling to the resort or even to Ft. Lauderdale, I would love to hear from you and help style you for your next big event!

Last night I was found out that I was named as a “Limit Breaking Female Founder” among 98 other founders such as Co-Founder & Co-CEO of Socialfly, CEO of Birchbox, CEO of Peanut, Michelle Kennedy and many other amazing founders.

HuffPost combines breaking news and blogging with media commentary from some of the original thinkers in Hollywood, corporate America and the media. HuffPost currently has 22,910,627 followers a month.

Sometimes I find it hard to put into words how completely humbled and honored I am to have this platform inspiring other women.

For full article click here.

 

https://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/99-limit-breaking-female-founders-share-the-most_us_5a580ad6e4b00b4ea8d08345

2017 was the year of overcoming trials:

  • My dog of 14 years passed away and my heart still aches from not having the comfort of her
    around.
  • My mother was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s
  • I ended a three-year on again off again toxic relationship

It’s relieving to think that 2017 (one of the hardest and most challenging years of my life) has closed. As I reflect back on this past year, I have to say I truly learned what the word “resilience” means to me in my own terms.

I met that girl, resilience, at a young age. I am the product of a single-family home where I learned how to stand tall when I thought my world was crumbling all around me. I had to work for everything I wanted. I guess you could say I was a true born hustler (cheers to that!). I learned how to survive on my own. I pushed through and put that Michelle smile we all know on and made it happen. I smiled through those times and through the grace of God, I always (crazily enough) saw the beauty in the trials.

In 2017 my mother was diagnosed with early stages of Alzheimer’s Disease. Doctors on doctors and paperwork on paperwork. I had to be strong for her cause we are all we have. Is it better? Hell no, this is just the beginning but I can’t look back, I have to look forward and prepare myself. And yet, once again I was comforted by my longtime friend, Resilience.

I also learned to find my inner voice and worth in 2017 in the midst of a not so healthy relationship. I felt like I was in quicksand and couldn’t get out. But in the mundane circle I was getting wrapped up in during this three-year relationship, I can now look back and see the beauty in it. How I persevered and found “Michelle”.

I am excited and looking forward to 2018. Who wouldn’t be happy about that? I get to travel the world and meet amazing people that inspire me daily. I choose to make my life better by eating healthy, working out daily and surrounding myself with nothing but positive and happy vibes. All of my trials in life has led me to where I am today. To enjoy all the amazing things and to accept the things I cannot change but to embrace them as life changing moments.

Everyone has a chapter in their book that they peak at with one eye open. But we all need to give those dark moments credit. They shape you into who you are today…which is AMAZING. I look back, and I smile at my pages. Those hard moments I thought were the end of the world were page turners in my Louis Vuitton journal. I look ahead to 2018 and it’s a fresh, new and exciting chapter. If you want to cut negative people or relationships out of your life, do it. If you want to tell someone to F off, by all means please do.

Here is to 2018 with less filters on pictures, more real talk, wearing your heart on your sleeve and helping one another achieve great accomplishments.

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It’s hard to believe we only have a few days left in 2017! I always take some time during the last week to reflect on the resolutions I made the previous year and come up with some goals for the year ahead.

This is a clean slate. A FRESH START! You can make a promise to yourself to get healthier, chase a dream, turn a hobby into a job or cross off some of the bucket list items you’ve been sitting on. Feeling motivated?

Forewarning, there will always be the run of the mill resolutions like dieting, not cussing (sorry, but no can do), less shopping, more exercise that trip you up. How many times can you say you’ve actually stood by a resolution and finished strong? I will be the first one to admit my track record is not squeaky clean…

The problem is most of us set new year’s resolutions that will fizzle out of existence in a matter of weeks. Sometimes we might set the bar too high or pile on too many resolutions to realistically maintain. This year I’m challenging myself and YOU to make it happen. Below are a few steps I’m following to keep with my goals in 2018. I hope they can do the same for you!

#1 Start Small

We have all been there – excited about the new year and SO over the past year. We are ready for our “New Year, New You” moment. We start thinking of all the resolutions that could really make a change and a difference in our lives. That’s your first mistake, sweetie. If you set TOO MANY goals, you run the risk of having TOO MANY things to work, which results in just about nothing. Start with one or two SMALL resolutions in January and then add another when February comes (should everything be going just peachy). The more you see positive results, the more motivation you’ll have to keep it up.

#2 Morning Glory

Oh…that resolution. The resolution to workout at least once a day or get up and do something active. Who has made that resolution to eventually see it vanish in the second week of January (slowly raising my hand to this)? It’s harder to make a decision to do anything in the evening after we have worked all day, made dinner for the family or something else came up like happy hour at that chic new spot downtown (usually my case). My advice? Start your new year’s resolution in the morning. Trust me, I know it’s not easy to get up and get going at 5 a.m., but girl, once you’re up you will feel so proud… the coffee helps too.

#3 Accountability is a Thing

We all have that girlfriend who knows the entire you and knows your downfalls. What better way to stick with your resolutions than having an accountability partner? I’ve had those moments when I’m ready to give up or cheat (looking at you cupcakes), BUT my girls made sure I stuck to my promises and reminded me of end goal I had set. All the wants, the needs and the excuses are no match when your girlfriends are on the case!

So, with all that said… what resolutions are you making this year? Happy New Year everyone!