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Archive for June, 2010

And they are bringing some goodies with them!  Mandrake is so happy to announce that Bijoux Beach, a women’s couture-focused and sophisticated beachwear line, is now part of our select group of talents. We are set for the challenging task of introducing this London-based line to Miami locals and key fashion connoisseurs during the Miami SwimShow 2011.

Bijoux Beach has set its eyes on a new market and has jumped over the pond to the U.S.   The Mandrake Girls are set to bring out all their tricks to position Bijoux Beach, as the premier swimwear brand within their respective market of women’s high-end fashion.  Its distinctive glamour yacht – living style, developed with luxurious fabrics and hand-made finished crystal embellishments, will be appreciated by every woman’s inner sophisticated socialite, who craves only the finest things in life!

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Netherlands

There is no need to enjoy the wonders of the World Cup without looking your best; or to wear horrendous outfits or way too big jerseys, there are other…. options.  The World Cup is celebrated every 4 years, and it is a forum of world representatives where every country in the globe comes together and cheer.   Ebay and local boutiques are giving us many selections of wonderful outfits that you can wear during daily matches. Addidas has come up with its own World Cup selection of fun looking dresses for every team you might choose to follow.

Now, why wouldn’t we look fabulous cheering with them?  Here are some easy options to look like a true enthusiast, or at least make others believe you are.

Lets not forget about Brazil


Go Brits!

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The Black Book

Thanks to Nina Garcia and her Little Black Book of Style!  Full with tips and tricks, basic insights, inspirations and a trip through time, this book fulfills its promise to provoke the senses by contemplating fashion as part of one’s inner identity.

Quoting fashion icons from Coco Chanel and Audrey Hepburn, to the genius minds of Pablo Picasso and Leonardo Da Vinci, The Little Black Book, makes it entertaining to anyone who might be under the magic spell of fashion.   With contributing fashion anecdotes, amazing illustrations by Ruben Toledo and Q&As from Heidi Klum, Oscar de la Renta, Vera Wang, Diane von Furstenberg, and many more, it is surprising that we managed without it!

Great Illustrations

Nina Garcia is to be admired, not only because she is an authority figure in the fashion industry; or because she is the equivalent of Simon Cowell in Project Runaway; or not even because she is from our native hometown Barranquilla, Colombia, but because she makes the most important fashion point finally obvious to everyone!  The latest It Bag should not inspire your personal style, but instead, YOU should be your own fashion!

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We wonder how or when did recycling old items became so fashionable? Surprisingly, you get to think that it is actually normal to spend a small fortune in a piece of clothing, a handbag or even shoes that were used by several other individuals before you!  The older, more raggedy and worn out, the better!  Unbelievable but so true.  That is the magic about fashion, the beauty of the unexpected.  Vintage has introduced itself in the fashion world and revolutionized the concept that new is not always better.

Chloe Sevigny and Sienna Miller

Take a look at our fashion muses, Vintage Queens Chloë Sevigny and Sienna Miller.  They are the experts in selecting vintage, one of kind items and mixing them with modern day-to-day basics.

Your grandma’s cocktail dress, Aunty Annie’s 60’s hard wear belt or your Mom’s go-go boots….well just forget about those go-go boots, and mix and match them with a basic LBD or a classic white tank top and jeans, and voila! Fashion magic at its best.  So, go around, search for that special vintage piece that will set you apart from the rest and explore different options, because remember, timeless is for ever.

For great finds and Mandrake PR’s fave vintage store in Miami check out  C. Madeleine.

The Ultimate Vintage Find

Hermes, Timeless Classic

Great Finds at any Vintage Store

Old with the New: The Mix and Match Game

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Ceviche 105

If you want to experience an explosion of taste, we recommend that you take a walk downtown and into the fashionable boutique restaurant Ceviche 105.  Great taste, great location and great atmosphere to spend a nice and cozy night with a couple of friends. And taking our very own advice, that is exactly what we did.

Unknown words like Pucusana, pisco, tiradito, caucau and others, will simply stayed unidentified and mysterious to us as the Incas; but meanwhile, your taste buds will enjoy the mystifying flavors of some provocative dishes.  Ceviche 105 opened its doors in September 2008 and its kitchen is overruled by the impeccable aesthetics of both Chef Luis Hoyos and Chef Juan Chipoco, who project passion in every dish they create. We definitely give Ceviche 105, two sizzling thumbs up!

Our selection of the night - Ceviche Trilogy

Our Cozy Night with Friends

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PETA's Campaign

Not only has monetary reasons made fur less fashionable in the past decade, but it has been more of an ethical and personal decision.  We have all heard and seen PETA’s aggressive Fur Is Dead campaign against fur, but aside from the blood, the rotting carcasses and sad-faced animals, does fur still emulates luxury?  Yes, sadly it does, but now a new trend has evolved and that is faux fur.  Many famous retailers and designers as H&M, Forever 21, Stella McCartney, BCBG Max Azria and Juicy Couture, among others, have made the conscious decision to forgo fur completely from their collections.  And what a fabulous choice this has been, not only is faux fur economically accessible to everyone but there is no apparent sign that distinguishes real from synthetic, besides not having a dead animal’s skin covering your body.

Faux Fur Options

Not visible difference

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