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Wednesday, September 12, 2012

Recap: Fashion's Night Out

It is officially the end of summer and Fall fashion is in the air which was exactly the case for Fashion's Night Out in Miami!

This year I decided to attend the events at Village of Merrick Park in Coral Gables and then of course head to my favorite boutique Haus Fashion Lab where your beloved "ASMI" pieces can be found.

So to quickly recap I definitely enjoyed the fashion show at Neiman Marcus at Village of Merrick Park which was hosted by Shireen Sandoval of Deco Drive and featured styling by Sex and the City celebrity stylist Danny Santiago.

For your viewing pleasure a few pics from the Fashion Show at Neiman Marcus:




(Photos: Anastasiya Dyagileva: www.soflanights.com)

From Neiman Marcus I just had to pass by the festivities at SAWA restaurant also located in Village of Merrick Park; they  are well known for their custom cocktails and their red carpet was  also rolled out  for  Fashion's Night Out events.


Myself and manager of Sawa Restaurant & Lounge , Chelsea Crisler

Then it was off to Haus Fashion Lab located in the Wynwood's Art District for a bit of a "See, Sip & Shop"!


Here I am with owner of Haus Fashion Lab, celeb stylist & MUA Emilio Uribe

Time for the ASMI outfit break down:
I decided to decorate an ASMI pencil dress with a piece from my belt skirt collection but instead of wearing it the traditional way around the waist, I wore it around the neck for a shawl effect. This belt skirt was made from batik I purchased in Barbados blended with organic silk.


That's about it for my recap of Fashion's Night Out, I enjoyed it and all the fashion to the fullest and I look forward to finally dressing up in my fall ASMI designs for fashion events and of course just for you I shall be blogging about each one!

Also feel free to comment or visit the ASMI facebook page (www.facebook.com/ASMIdesigns) and "like" to stay informed of my new designs and ventures! We are also on twitter @asmidesigns

Till Next Time
xx


Thursday, August 23, 2012

SFG's Cover Party - White Hot Summer Night at the Mayfair

Hello Everyone!!
I do hope you all had a great weekend and are having a productive week thus far. I am trying my best to make this week as productive as possible but I cannot help but reminisce about the events of the past weekend which included me attending South Florida Guide’s Cover Party at the Mayfair Hotel & Spa.

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It was the magazine’s 12th edition party with a white hot summer night theme; needless to say it was an elegant and impressive event! Delightful cocktails were provided by Tequila Revolucion and appetizers were provided by the Mayfair.

Everything about this Cover party was on point, from the breathtaking venue, to the cocktails, tasty appetizers and of course hands down to the fabulous attendees dressed in their sexy all-white.

For those of you who have not picked up your 12th edition of SFG magazine, please do so and enjoy my sneak peak of the event below :)





 The fabulous Jose Caba!


Evelyn Almonte of Merrick Park’s Jimmy Choo looking as gorgeous as ever! 


The Venue 


Director of SFG, Bonnie Kilpatrick


So a bit about my outfit, initially I wanted to wear a white cocktail dress to match the white theme but since it was also a summer party I decided to go with a fun pair of shorts,  sheer blouse and of course my new ASMI clothing accessory; the  mini wrap.

This wrap can be worn in a variety of ways, a couple of examples are below:

 

 But here is how I wore it, front and back in one shot!

 
That’s all for this post, I do hope you all enjoyed it as much as I enjoyed writing it, feel free to check and “like” the ASMI facebook page  and website ASMI for updates on upcoming designs and remember ASMI is also on twitter www.twitter.com/asmidesigns

Till Next time
xoxo

Tuesday, August 14, 2012

Skaist Taylor Preview Party @ Neiman Marcus Bal Harbour

Hello everyone!

On Wednesday Aug 8th, I attended the Skaist Taylor Preview Party for their new Fall collection held at the Neiman Marcus in  Bal Harbour Florida.

This was an excellent event, just before the Fashion show began, SocialMiami.com's fashion contributor, Elysze Held conducted a brief and entertaining question and answer session with Gela Nash Taylor and Pamela Skaist- Levy, the founders of Juicy Couture and designers of Skaist Taylor.

As if this spectacular fashion show was not enough, complimentary makeovers were also provided by Estee Lauder and Le Metier; mini manicures featuring Chanel's fall color palette were provided by Midtown Miami's Nail Bar  and cocktails were served courtesy of Chambord.

Here's a sneak peak of the event:
Gela Nash Taylor and Pamela Skaist-Levy of Skaist Taylor

Skaist Taylor Preview Fall 2012

Skaist Taylor Preview Fall 2012

Skaist Taylor Preview Fall 2012

(from left to right) Casting Director Claudia Jean, Skaist Taylor Model Serlena Breed, (myself), Manager of Jimmy Choo (Merrick Park) Evelyn Almonte)

Of course I had to grab a pic with one of my favorite fashion bloggers Niani Tolbert of The Fierce Fantasy


Model Serlena Breed worked that runway!!!

Now time for the ASMI outfit details! 

I knew for this event I wanted a simple but elegant look so I grabbed one of my ASMI fitted pencil dresses but it needed something extra to finish it and just a couple nights prior I  made a neck piece and the two worked well together!!

Here is the process broken down in one shot:

I was so pleased with my ASMI neckpiece/waistband :) that I shall be designing a few more with different prints and trims and of course I shall blog about about each one! For more photos of this event do visit my  facebook page and of course click "like" to stay tuned!!

Till Next time
xoxo

Thursday, July 5, 2012

Cosmo's Fab @40 Beach Bash

Hi everyone!!


I do hope all is well and everyone is enjoying this hot summer!! So lets jump into it, its time to discuss events! The first event that I am going to blog about is Cosmo's  Fab@40 Beach Bash I attended over the weekend at Nikki Beach, Miami Fl. 


Cosmopolitan en espaƱol , the leading Spanish-language fashion and beauty magazine celebrated its 40th anniversary with a truly fabulous Beach Bash.


This event included a welcome drink, cocktail specials, a Polaroid photo booth and hors d'oeurves for all guests. I must say the moment I walked in being greeted with such treats my evening started with a bang.


The popular "Sweet & Tipsy" cupcakes were also provided and for those of you in the South Florida area that have never tasted  these delightful cupcakes, do find them and treat yourselves for they are truly sweet and may make you tipsy;) With flavors such as "Ay Mi Amorcito Mojito and Frida Margarita, these cupcakes are inspired by our favorite cocktails and I must say this is the best way to enjoy a cocktail combined in a cupcake. For more information about Sweet & Tipsy Cupcakes do check out their facebook page at www.facebook.com/SweetandTipsy  . 



To add to the theme of the evening cosmetic booths were  available for those guests who wanted to have fun with  pink extensions, of course, I indulged!


As if I was not on Cloud 9 already, especially from the cupcakes, the first 250 guests received an exclusive VIP gift bag and I am pleased to report that I was one of those guests and I LOVE my bag and my gifts that were included!!

Of course I just had to pose with my gift bag, my pink extension and my cosmo sunglasses that I was also welcomed with!

My gifted goodies!!

Now time for the ASMI outfit details! As it was a beach party I wore my swimsuit but I decided to wear an ASMI sheer, sexy dress as a cover, this dress was perfect since it was not only sheer but had a slit from the arm to the waist to  show the swimsuit for that beach party look but still maintaining  an elegant touch. 




 I am also very pleased to announce that ASMI designs are now available at The Loft Boutique located at 3190A Commodore Plaza, Coconut Grove FL 33133 .
For more information about ASMI custom designs feel free to check my website www.asmidesigns.com , "like"  the facebook page at  www.facebook.com/ASMIdesigns and I am also on twitter at @asmidesigns. 

That's all for now, I not only enjoyed this event but I also enjoyed blogging about it and sharing my design!

Till Next Time
xoxo









Wednesday, May 30, 2012

Yes we need to catch up a bit but lets talk about The Lion King Broadway Musical first!!!

Hi all!!!

Yes I know I've gone for a bit but since I got back to Miami from Barbados my life has been one busy blur...as usual!! I feel like I always start my blog posts this way but come to think of it, I prefer it this way, my life gets so busy  with my projects, my work with my line and trying to have a social life as well that I do not get that much time to actually sit and have a minute for myself but when I do I am able to really sit, regroup, gather my thoughts  and of course I take that moment to blog, that way I get to recap with you all and fill you in on all that has happened and I do have lots to tell!! But first I just couldn't wait to talk about The Lion King, I left the Arsht center tonight feeling so inspired I knew I had to blog about it immediately!!


I am going to attempt to describe the Lion King Musical but truthfully words cannot express how incredible it was, it was impeccable in every aspect, from its production to the talent , costume design, music, everything was on point from beginning to end. It is a show that adults and children can wholeheartedly enjoy together, somehow,  I am sure we all felt like we were part of the show, maybe it was elephants walking through the crowds with smiling faces, or the birds flying above us or maybe it was singing antelope to our left singing songs of praise for King Mufasa welcoming little Simba, I am sure all those elements helped but we all felt involved somehow. By the way, we were not allowed to take any photos throughout the show, which is understandable and to be honest, 1 or 2 photos of the performance would not help me in explaining how astonishing this show was, it is just one of those things you must see. 

Throughout the musical I laughed, cried, and at most points I was just amazed, so much to look at; while focusing on the main character of the moment , the graceful cheetah catched my eye, even the dancing grass captivated me. At one point I noticed a bobbing head dancing below me, I did not even realize that the orchestra was beneath me and I could see the Concert Master and his dancing arms in tune with every moment of the show, it was at that point that I realized I was gripping my dress from sheer shock and awe and I had that familiar tingly feeling along my arms and we all know that feeling when we are so astounded that our hair stands on edge. This Lion King Musical  made me feel proud , I felt inspired as they sang  and danced to “He Lives in Me” tears came to my eyes and at first I felt uncomfortable but I looked around and realized everyone had the same expression on their face, that indescribable feeling that words cannot describe so you just sit and stare with focused eyes.

I should discuss the cast of the Lion King, what a group of talented individuals! I left there wishing I could sing and dance like them, but even though I knew I couldn’t I still felt inspired nevertheless. All of the performances were flawless  from Scar to Mufasa, to Simba , little Nala and even those who played the grass, elephants and giraffes, all of the performances were award winning in my book and I am sure in many others’ too.  When the show ended the cast received numerous standing ovations, the orchestra received a standing ovation, the drummers received a standing ovation and as everyone left there was a common chatter, they were mesmerized and the children were on a high. All I can say is this show was truly an experience for me and I am sure for others too, when you witness so much talent in one place it leaves you feeling inspired and empowered, its an interesting feeling, in fact it’s a great feeling. So my advice is if you are in the Miami area definitely make it a date and see The Lion King, a well-deserved, award-winning  musical. It will be on at the Ziff Ballet Opera House at the  Adrienne Arsht Center from now through to June 11th , or if you are not in Miami  I am sure it will reach your city soon so look out for it. Go out and be inspired!



Now time for the ASMI outfit details, I cannot say what inspired the design of this dress, it was literally one of those moments where I was  in bed about to call it a night and the design came to mind and I jumped up immediately and sketched it. This happens to me a lot, for those that know me well I am an owl, I come alive at night and sometimes, in fact most times I do not reach my bed until 6 am. I brainstorm at night or ideas hit me at night and that’s when I put those ideas to work.
 So one night this design came to me so I jumped up, sketched it and started to draft my pattern. For the silhouette I had in mind I knew I had this perfect blue suede-like stretch fabric on hand that would be perfect and I decided to incorporate some of my printed chiffon fabric which has been a major theme in my pieces this year. So below you can see the process of my dress and of course its result.

Here is my design after I drafted it, by the way my place has alot of drafts and patterns hanging around, others find it confusing but it makes perfect sense to me.

After I draft my design and make sure all my measurements are correct then its time to cut out my pattern pieces, then my fabric and we put it all together, below are my pattern pieces.


And here is the result:





Well that's all for now, I hope you guys enjoyed this post and I really hope those of you in Miami will go out and see this show, trust me its a must. 
I will be blogging soon about some events I attended in the past weeks and I will be including these posts and other press events on my ASMI website so do check it out at www.asmidesigns.com .

Don't forget to check my facebook page at www.facebook.com/ASMIdesigns and follow me on twitter @asmidesigns 

Till Next Time
xoxo


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Friday, January 20, 2012

An Intro to a Vacation/Workation Recap!!!

First of all let me begin by saying Happy New Year, Belated Seasons Greetings and all that good stuff as I am now blogging way after the holidays are over but I do have good reason.  I decided to head to sweet sweet Barbados for the holidays and spend some quality time with friends, family and of course great food!! But while here I also launched my fashion line ASMI which included photoshoots, a morning show and a magazine article which I will be sharing with you; in addition I still have fun events to tell you  about such as cruises and parties where my friends and I had a blast. So I have decided since I have so much to share I must blog about my "vacation/workation" in parts and this blog piece shall be an introduction to it all.

I must say that this trip was an intense one for me, I felt as if I was truly coming out of my shell or breaking out  of it, so along with the anxious and excited feelings, I also felt a bit vulnerable and scared thinking about the feedback I would receive on my designs.  I usually blog about my ASMI pieces but a launch on such a public scale gave me the nerves; however I can easily say it made it all the better that I was home with a great team surrounding me and I am grateful. My family was with me every step of the way, my mother attended the first photoshoot and morning show with her bag of snacks, apples and tea for the models, my nephew and niece became my fashion assistants and I had on board the best make up artist and photographer!!! Big Shout out to Renee Ifill and her company Next2Natural!!! and photographer Ryan Wills. Renee's work is simply amazing, she transformed my models who also brought my designs to life and my photographer had the locations and shots planned out perfectly, with such a team the photoshoots and  launch on a whole was a success and I truly appreciate all the positive feedback and encouragement I have received since. I can look back on all of the events and truly   say I enjoyed every minute.

To give you a better idea and so you can see the process first hand I took some behind the scenes photos to show you and then of course you will see the final results :)

Now onto Photoshoot Part 1 and its process:

Of course we started with the make up which began about 2 hours before the shoot, so here in these shots we have Renee busy at work while I was fluttering around with the nerves!
Model Claire Yarde makeup complete and of course I had to snap a shot:)
Model Rhea Cummins-Jordan make up complete!!

After make up we rushed down to our location, which was the south coast of the island on the boardwalk, we were rushing since it was an evening shoot so we had to have everything done by sunset....and....another reason for rushing was because my mother and aunt were already on the location waiting over an hour with apples, snacks and of course tea!! Oh how I love them.

Check my niece/fashion assistant busy at work!
Beautiful, beautiful Barbados
Photographer Ryan Wills busy at work and my nephew/camera assistant/ fashion assistant busy at work as well! :)

ASMI's official make up artist!!! Renee Ifill :)
So now you have a behind the scenes idea, here are some of the official photos from this shoot:











As you can see from the official pics, Part 1 of ASMI photoshoot was a success!! Again much thanks to Renee Ifill, Next2Natural Makeup Artistry, Ryan Willz Photography, models, Claire Yarde and Rhea Cummins-Jordan and of course my family and friends for their amazing support!!

To see all the shots from this shoot feel free to visit ASMI's facebook page and 'like' it to stay tuned :) or visit the website at www.asmidesigns.com

Till Next time
xoxo







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