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Hit or Miss? Swim Week Miami 2016 Recap (Update)

Miami Beach, FL – Swim Week 2016

Every year it amazes me to see how swimwear designers come up with a new way to present the “swimsuit”. Swim Week Miami never lets me down. As long as I like at least 2 out of a dozen shows, I’m satisfied. Based on the reviews I read for this year’s Swim Week, many bloggers felt if you missed this event, you truly didn’t miss anything. As a Miami-an, it was a Hit for me. Then again I’m sort of biased, because I live here and we wear swimwear all year round. What do you guys think? Hit or Miss?

Trend Walk hosted by The Makers Collective

July 13, 2016– This event was a soft opening into #MiamiSwimWeek for my fashionable friend and I. This hip vendor market/ pool party is a perfect mix of Miami meets Swim Week. One can never go wrong with drinks, food, and shopping. Great venue, diverse crowd, and plenty of cool pieces to purchase.

Location: Freehand Miami

IG: @themakersco @freehandmiami #trendwalkfreehand #themakerscollective #freehandmiami


Swim Miami

July 13-21st, 2016- The elite in swimwear all come out to play in the largest summer destination on the east coast. Unlike the free, open to the public shows, majority of these shows were by invite only. Fashion designers such as Beach Bunny, Belusso, Frankie’s Bikini’s, Wild Fox Swim, Sinesia Karol, Luli Fama, Liliana Montoya Swim, and Indah were showcased at private venues. Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week did not participate this year in collaboration with IMG. MBFW is known for bringing the top designers to the public with class and style. They have refocused to push Mercedes Benz Fashion Week Australia.

Shows I attended….

Sinesia Karol

Location: The Setai Hotel Miami

IG: @sinesiakarol

Photo credit: Sinesia Karol


Liliana Montoya Swim

Location: The W Hotel

IG: @montoyaswim



Location: The W Hotel

IG: @indahclothing


Swim Week Locations: The Raleigh Hotel, Cabana Grande, Oasis, Hyde Beach at the SLS, Penthouse, The W Hotel, The Setai

IG: @swimweek @swimmiami  #SwimWeek

Funkshion Fashion Week

Funkshion Fashion Week AKA Swim Week Miami is known in Miami as the swimwear show mecca. Swimwear designers, media, and swimwear enthusiasts come from all over the globe to showcase and view the latest styles in swimwear. From July 13-17th, you could find a swimwear show or event to attend just about anywhere in Miami Beach. Designers such as Aguaclara, Anna Korstuova, For Love & Lemons, Kai Lani Swimwear, Kyboe! , Lila Nikole, and Sinesia Karol were just a few designers that graced the Funkshion runways.

Last year at Funkshion Fashion Week, I worked backstage as a Stylist for the Liliana Montoya Mermaids of Atlantis show. I enjoyed styling backstage alongside, Miami-based photographer/stylist Herbert (House of Piramid) Tucker. It was a  great styling experience to work such a large production.

This year was all about enjoying the show. What better way to enjoy the show than a front row press pass? One of the many perks of being a Miami-based Stylist & Journalist!

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What I wore….

@lilanikole X @kruzinfootwear #swimweek show 💦👙👟 @nautilussobe 🏩 #getthelook 👗: @msgm_official 👠: @sophiawebster👛: vintage MUA💋: @the.anarose💇🏽HAIR: @royalimagestudio💃🏽 @callhercash @thebrandartist 😘

Shows I attended….

Lila Nikole X Kruzin Footwear X EXE

Location: Nautilus Hotel

IG: @lilanikole @kruzinfootwear @Ex_the_mogul #KruzinxLilaNikole #KruzinFootwear #LilaNikole

At the Show….

Too much Sauuuuccceee‼️😍👑😘🔑😎🔥🎥⚠️ @swimmiami#swimweek show 💦👙👟 @funkshionfw🏩 KOOL KIDS UNITE💃🏽 @callhercash@thebrandartist @theelladesign

Anna Kosturova

Location: Funkshion Tent (Sunrise)

IG: @annakosturova

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Locations: Funkshion Tents (Sunrise/Sunset) , Nautilus Hotel, The Setai Hotel

IG: @FunkshionFW @SwimMiami #Funkshion #FunkshionFW #SwimMiami


Ankara Swim

Unfortunately, I didn’t make it to the Ankara Swim show. My photographer friend sent me some photos of some of the looks. I wasn’t too impressed from the photos and videos I watched. Hey, but that’s my opinion. They were featured in Essence magazine for their crazy prints and tribal makeup. The venue they selected was in Wynwood, far away from all of the other Swim Week shows. I chose to stay on the beach. 🙂

Location: 1306 Event Space

IG: @AnkaraMiami @AnkaraSwim

Photo Credit: Leighton DaCosta

Swim Week Conventions

While all of the runways shows are going on the top buyers, retailers, and swimwear enthusiasts are at the trade shows racking up.

Swim Show

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July 16-19, 2016 Swim Show is a “one-of-a-kind tradeshow offers exclusive access to the latest trends in swimwear, stunning sights and events, and a true celebration of the simple luxury of swimwear!”

“Turning heads and turning out trends for more than three decades, SwimShow 2016 will be more comprehensive with a better than ever selection of the finest swimwear for women, men and children plus resortwear, beachwear, lifestyle, activeware and accessory collections from across the globe.”

Location: Miami Beach Convention Center

IG: @swimshow #swimshow


Cabana Show


July 16-18, 2016Cabana show, “founded by Janet Wong and Sam Ben-Avraham, Cabana was created to answer the beachwear industry’s call for a new trade show format.  As retailers, it was clear for the duo to identify what the industry needed – a well-edited show with a sense of discovery and a refreshing, inspiring environment to shop in.”

“The show environment is inspired by the  best beach resorts around the world from Tulum, to Cote de’Azur, to Ibiza.  While inspiration is an important aspect, comfort is also at the top of the list.”

“Cabana is a place where brands and buyers can do business but also reunite and relax. ”


IG: @cabanashow #cabanashow


Agenda Show

Agenda, “is the most diverse and creative lifestyle fashion trade show in the world. Since 2003, Agenda has emerged as the premier destination for brands and retailers to converge. Agenda is where passion becomes profit and the business of creativity is conducted in a truly authentic environment. What began as a satellite show with a small grouping of 30 brands has since transcended into the quintessential lifestyle fashion trade show. Agenda’s portfolio now includes six shows, in three cities, expertly curated with over 1,000 brands and a recurring brand-building conference. Buyers, brands, investors, distributors, and media hail from around the globe, gathering at Agenda to build partnerships, participate in the community, and grow their businesses.”

IG: @agendashow #agendashow


Drop a comment…Let me know your thoughts….Hit or Miss?


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Misdiagnosed: Life After a Stroke

On March 19, 2015, Ronnie Thompson passed out at work and was rushed to the ER due to a stroke. Ronnie Thompson is a 58-year-old stroke victim from Baltimore, MD. Mr. Thompson was misdiagnosed after having a stroke on his right side, which left him paralyzed on his whole left side of his body. The stroke was said to be caused by Mr. Thompson’s high blood pressure. Mr. Thompson was said to only have 72 hours to live when he was brought into the ER, but two years later he has surpassed every expectation.

At time of the stroke, Ronnie Thompson with daughter on March 19, 2015. Source: Danielle Dawson

Before the Stroke

Mr. Thompson lived a transparent and healthy life. He studied to be an herbalist, and had knowledge of many ways to naturally heal the human body. He exercised daily, and was a black belt in martial arts. His diet before the stroke consisted of supplements, herbs, vegetables, fruits, and Dr. Sebi Cell Food. Mr. Thompson tried different diets such as, the Mediterranean diet, vegetarian, vegan, and pescatarian. Mr. Thompson also influenced the diet of his wife, and now caretaker Deborah Thompson. Deborah stated, “the doctor told us because of his healthy lifestyle it helped him to survive the stroke.” Before the stroke Mr. Thompson was very active. He wife stated, “he was loose, fast, and free.” He exercised, ran jumped, played, and lived life on his own terms. He was very free spirited.

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Ronnie Thompson before the stroke. Source: IamJournalistBurks



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After the Stroke

After being misdiagnosed, it took Mr. Thompson 6 months to attempt to stand and walk again. To be told you wouldn’t live past 72 hours, that you would be a vegetable, and never work or walk again, is disheartening. Now two years later he has come back into himself daily.“I feel like I will be able to walk again without any assistance,” stated Mr. Thompson. He was told he may never be able to use his left arm or leg again. Although, the doctors told him this they have been deemed unreliable so he pushes forward. The hospital suggested he take blood pressure medicine, vitamins, supplements, and herbs. He must watch his diet and eat a more plant based diet. The stroke affected Mr. Thompson’s cognitive functions, speech, ability to swallow, and other areas. Mr. Thompson is having to learn how to do simple functions, like writing his name or tying his shoes again.

Ronnie Thompson getting fitted in Baltimore, MD on March 17, 2017. Source: IamJournalistBurks


The Transition

Deborah has been with him every day since the stroke, and has watched him go from not being able to sit up on the side of the bed or drink with a straw, to eating solid food and standing on his own. Since he is left handed, he had to learn to right with his right hand. Deborah stated, “ He is strong, persistent, and motivated to walk.” He can now stand on his own, and she no longer has to pick him up. “It’s the best stroke I ever had!”, stated Mr. Thompson.  They don’t let it affect their lifestyle. She motivates him to push forward and not feel depressed or give up. Deborah stated, “He understands he may never work those limbs again.” They have been each other’s support system through this whole life-changing event.  Deborah stated, “We are in this to win this, this battle must be fought.” Mr. Thompson says this event made him stronger spiritually, and closer to God. He says he does the lords work now, and helps people. He appreciates his life more and the time with his family.

Deborah and Ronnie Thompson at Clyde’s in Columbia, MD on March 18, 2017. Source: IamJournalistBurks

Behind the Music: DJ Ivory P


In addition to the Behind the Art Series, this week’s article pin points the music industry from the eyes of a disc jockey. Behind the Music with DJ Ivory P, gives insight into the world of a disc jockey and his love for music. DJ Ivory P is a disc jockey (DJ), born and raised in Miami, FL. DJ Ivory currently works for iHeart radio and is a part of the #MixMob on 103.5 the Beat radio station. You can find his mix on 103.5 the beat Monday-Friday from 1:00am to 2:00am.

DJ Ivory has cultivated his love for music over the years. He began building his music collection at the age of 8. Over time, he developed his disc jockey skills by hosting college parties. After, getting booked to DJ for FIU’s fashion show, he found his lane in the music industry. He then went on to intern with iHeart radio while attending Florida International University. Soon after he was given a job at the radio station. DJ Ivory advanced by networking and making viable connections needed to begin building his brand.


Disc Jockeys, fall under several categories and are flexible when it comes to different techniques. Per, Disc Jockeys, a Radio DJ, is a person who plays songs on the radio and gives commentary. DJ Ivory would be considered a Radio DJ, Party DJ, and Club DJ based on the infographic. His company DJ Ivory Entertainment services offers audio mixing, hosting, equipment rental, and more.

To learn more about DJ Ivory P, follow him on Instagram @djivoryp or check out his website,

Mr. Kream Wynwood Makes Headlines

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Since the grand opening of Mr. Kream they have received rave reviews. Mr. Kream is the newest addition to the Wynwood Miami art community. The ice cream lounge blends hip-hop culture, art, music, and ice cream into a one-stop shop.

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Now available at Mr. Kream, you can find edible spray paint. You can now spray paint your ice cream! Not only is this ice cream delicious, you can make it a work of art! Each flavor of ice cream is unique in its on cultured way with a unique celebrity name. The hip-hop influenced decor and ice cream flavors adds a different touch to the ice cream lounge. The CW South Florida coined Mr. Kream, “the hottest new ice cream spot in Wynwood!”

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Ice cream is one of the most consumed desserts in America. Based on Ice Cream Country The Cities and States that Eat the Most Ice Cream in America, Florida consumes 25% below average. This gave the owners of Mr. Kream the perfect opportunity to come in and help expand the hip-hop and ice cream community of Miami, Florida. There was definitely a need for a new type of ice cream parlor and Mr. Kream is just what the doctor ordered.


Mr. Kream has created an atmosphere for families, friends, and lovers of hip-hop to unite. You can even go on Saturday night and just hang out late night with friends or mingle. They offer live music, games, throwback movies and beer float specials. There is always a DJ spinning on the turntables located at the entrance. This hip-hop ice cream parlor is the new dope lounge spot in Wynwood to visit. Check out my article covering the grand opening of their venue by clicking here.

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To learn more about Mr. Kream, follow them on Instagram @mrkreamwynwood or head to their website,

Behind the Art: Halla Moda

Halla Moda is an emerging New York City based artist and designer that has recently relocated to Miami Beach, FL. On February 23, 2017, Halla Moda performed a private interview and live painting session at his penthouse in Miami Beach, FL. He brings a new outlook to the arena on his interpretation of life and art. His art is inspired by everyday events, and historical events that helps us to shape our future and present. He has used his aesthetic to mold his work into a twist of old notions and historical themes with a modern baseline. “I take from older renaissance works and give a modern graffiti twist to it,” stated Mr. Moda.

Halla Moda is known for his works with various types of mediums. He uses acrylics, oil paints, spray paint, embellishments, Swarovski crystals, and even glow in the dark paint. Every garment is a one-of-a-kind custom made piece. That will not be duplicated, nor can it be replicated.

Halla Moda custom spray painted a jumpsuit as a new addition to the “Bunni Cat” collection for me to take home. He freestyled the jumpsuit in the video and it came out dope. As depicted in the video he uses several different techniques to merge art and fashion. His newest collaboration “Bunnicat” features characters from a new cartoon series Mr. Moda is currently developing.

Mr. Moda stated, “I am in the business of art and fashion, I am in the business of uniting people, I am in the business of making a difference in the way people behave, I like to challenge people’s societal norms.”

For more information visit

Miami Small Business Expo 2017

The Small Business Expo, ranked by INTUIT as the #1 “Must-Attend Conference” for Small Business Owners. The Small Business Expo took place on Thursday, February 16, 2017 from 9:00am to 5:00pm. This year’s expo was held at the James L. Knight Center (Riverfront Hall) in Miami, FL. This event included over 20+ business critical workshops, speed-networking sessions, presentations by small business experts, and networking with thousands of business owners and C-level executives.

This event brings small business owners the opportunity to expand and grow their businesses. This event strengthens the business sector of the Miami community. Many small business owners were present at the event. Small Business Expo attendee, Courtney Williams, visited the expo to network and find ways to expand his business. The expo offered many exhibitors and vendors with services to develop small businesses. The expo also catered to multiple industries.

There was an array of success building workshops presented by small business experts. The Carters, Pasha and Steve, gave an enriching presentation on how to create passive income from a home-based business. Steve Carter stated, “Collaboration with your soul mate or your life partner is priceless.” Their presentations were very inspiring and informative. As a power couple, they have used their business to excel and help others within the industry.

Pasha Carter, is an internationally known speaker, trainer, and marketing and sales expert. She is the co-owner of VIP Global, a marketing company that is known for building several sales and marketing companies. Pasha has also spoken to audiences of over 20,000 people. Her topic at the expo was, “The 7 Secrets Every Woman Must Master to Make Millions.” Pasha is a small business expert with a focus in marketing and sales. She lends essential tips for marketing to the appropriate audiences on a global scale.

Steve Carter, has built a multi-million-dollar home-based networking business. Steve has also become one of the most powerful success coaches in the world today. He seeks out to make a lasting impact on the world. Alongside his wife, Pasha Carter, he has built a program for small business owners to receive one-on-one small business coaching.

Look out for the next Small Business Expo in your city. For more information visit


Mr. Kream Hip Hop Ice Cream Parlor Opens in Wynwood

Mr. Kream is Wynwood Miami’s New Hip-Hop Ice Cream Parlor and Lounge. On February 11, 2017, Mr. Kream hosted their grand opening at their new location in the Wynwood Art District, Miami, FL. This event was an introduction of hip-hop culture, art, music, and ice cream as a unified entity.

This hip-hop ice cream parlor was dreamed up by three well known DJs. They decided to merge their love for hip-hop music with their love for ice cream and share it with the masses. They developed the concept of ice cream named after your favorite hip-hop related celebrities. This accompanied with an array of toppings, and an artsy spoon gives a different touch to ice cream parlors as we know it. All of their ice cream products are Kosher, they also have vegan, and sugar free options.


This concept brings a new-school feel to something that is old and classic. The idea to have an ice cream lounge is phenomenal. At Mr. Kream you can come in and relax, shop, play games, watch TV, work on your laptop, and enjoy yummy ice cream. Mr. Kream is a family-friendly ice cream parlor that caters to all types of people. Mr. Kream stands for Kids Rule Everything Around Me. The venue has a great ambiance and gives you good vibes.


To learn more about Mr. Kream, follow them on Instagram @mrkreamwynwood or head to their website,


Suits, Stilettos and Lipstick Supports the Women’s Fund

Suits, Stilettos and Lipstick (SSL), a women’s empowerment and leadership membership organization, hosted their SASSY Connection-Miami event on February 2, 2017 at Wynwood 5th Avenue in Miami, FL. This event showcased the Women’s Fund as their donation recipient. The Women’s Fund transforms the lives of girls and young women through support programs and initiatives. They have awarded over $3.6 million to 470 gender specific programs to enrich the women and girls in Miami-Dade County.  SSL through the Lipstick Foundation  their non-profit arm,  donated proceeds raised during their events  to this cause.

The SASSY Connection event was created to bring professional women from all fields together to build long lasting relationships. This event highlights loving, heart-centered, good-spirited and SASSY women. SASSY stands for Smart, Assertive, Strategic, Selfless, and Young at Heart. This event consisted of music, networking, shopping, drinks, and sushi. The women of SSL encourage networking and team building amongst their communities.

Suits, Stilettos and Lipstick (SSL) supports professional sassy women take on the world. “Suits” represents the professional women, “Stilettos” represent women embracing their womanhood, and “Lipstick” represents war paint,  It reminds women that to put on their lipstick attitude to face the face the world.

SSL was founded by, Dr. Elizabeth King, and Yvonne Haase in South Florida in 2012. This idea came to Dr. King in the form of a women’s empowerment workshop. This workshop later transformed into a conference and later into a movement. This movement supports women from all walks of life.

SASSY Connection is one of many SSL’s events that provide women the opportunity to connect at a deeper level.  The organization holds monthly events at local establishments for it’s members and guests.  Although the organization is women focused, men are welcome to join and attend the events.  They have expanded nationally, launched SASSY Communities in Fort Lauderdale, Miami, Boca-Delray, W. Broward and Chicago.  Plans to launch SASSY Communities in 2017 in New York, Orlando, Connecticut and D.C is on its way.


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Blac Chyna Reveals: How I Saved Rob Kardashian & We Fell In Love — Hollywood Life

I’m pro Chyna and Rob, but only time will tell if their relationship will stand once they let the world in with their new T.V. show. With the tension between the family I am curious to see how this new show incorporates the Kardashians. No matter how crazy it all seems, Chyna and Rob are the cutest.~ Journalist Burks

Blac Chyna and Rob Kardashian may have only been together since the beginning of 2016, but in that period of time Chyna claims to have really help her fiance change.

Read the full story via Blac Chyna Reveals: How I Saved Rob Kardashian & We Fell In Love — Hollywood Life


3 Essential Oils for Healing

Essential oils are a natural oil typically obtained by distillation and having the characteristic fragrance of the plant or other source from which it is extracted.

I received 3 awesome essential oils from Instanatural. I was excited about the many uses of each oil. I completed some background research on each oil and found that they can all be used for healing of the human body. I decided to use each oil and share with my readers. These oils have been so helpful, I couldn’t help but share.

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InstaNatural‘s Peppermint Essential Oil is a multi-purpose oil that cools, energizes and refreshes the body and mind. This steam-distilled oil is extracted from dried or fresh leaves from the Mentha Piperita herb, giving it a sharp, menthol fragrance. It’s pleasantly sweet and minty aroma makes it a premium choice for aromatherapy to improve the mind and lift the spirits.

Lavender Essential Oil is a steam-distilled oil that relaxes and rejuvenates the body and mind with a fresh floral aroma. This essential oil is extracted from the oil glands of the Lavandula Officinalis plant, which gives the oil its sweet herbaceous fragrance. The Lavender Essential Oil’s clean and serene aroma makes it a perfect companion for aromatherapy to help ease the mind.

Lemon Essential Oil is extracted from the rinds of lemon, which lends its fresh citrus fragrance. This cold-pressed oil has a strong bright scent that is both refreshing and uplifting. Its astringent and purifying properties also make it a great aid to help cleanse and tone the skin, while delivering a boost of Vitamin C antioxidant benefits.

Oils At Home

Room Freshening- Use the steam inhalation method but don’t directly inhale into the bowl. Use up to 10 drops of oil. Use fewer drops if you are using an oil that may cause sensitization. Other methods including use of an aromatherapy diffuser or lamp scent ring available through many aromatherapy companies.

Aromatherapy Massage- Add up to 20 drops of essential oil to 1 ounce carrier oil such as sweet almond oil and massage onto yourself or partner. Keep away from eyes and genital areas. Do not apply essential oils to the skin without first diluting them. Be sure to also read the safety data for the essential oils you choose to use.

Oils At Work

The perfect desk accessory is an Essential Oil Diffuser if you find yourself stressed often! An aromatherapy diffuser is noise-free and works best with any of your favorite essential oils. It has a trendy design and keeps your workspace relaxing. You may want to consider using the diffuser with lavender essential oil. The lavender scent helps sooth nerves, and it works wonders for headaches, tension and migraines. If you don’t find yourself with headaches often, peppermint is another great option because it helps stimulate your mind and promotes clear thinking. By incorporating your favorite oils into an essential oil diffuser, you’ll be sure to have a comforting and relaxing experience for up to 4-5 hours.

To purchase your own essential oils check out They have a variety of essential oils to choose from under $20. You can’t beat healing yourself; mind, body, and soul at an affordable price.

Essential oils can be used in making homemade lotions, facial toners, shampoos, perfumes, soaps, shower gels, and other natural products. Additionally, essential oils are often blended for their therapeutic synergistic abilities.

InstaNatural is a leading online and global distributor of more than a dozen nature inspired beauty and cosmetics products. Their products are one of the top sellers on Amazon and can also be found in leading spas, salons and aesthetic centers in the US, as well as internationally in UAE, UK and Canada (coming soon). They are constantly in search of wonderful natural and organic ingredients from the around the globe, so they can bring you the absolute best products, no matter the cost.

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