OJ AND CIGS - A Personal Style Blog By Jana Rose Carrero

Technicolor Fashion – A Feast For The Eyes

08.19.14

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HAT: random score at tourist trap on Lincoln Road, Miami Beach | DRESS c/o Express | SANDALS: Zara (sold out) | JEWELRY: Filili by Luiny | SUNGLASSES: RayBan

Ah Technicolor fashion, my eyes can’t get enough of you…as a Motion Pictures college grad it is only natural that I am comforted by color most of the time. Some info: Technicolor is a groundbreaking color motion picture process created in the early 1900s and celebrated for its saturated levels of color, which is how famous films like Wizard of Oz, Gentlemen Prefer Blondes and Fantasia were made. Now combine this colorful goodness with fashion, and we’ve got all sorts of visual stimulation going on with a side of heart palpitations. No one does it better than the Technicolor queen: Solange Knowles. What do you think?

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Flower Showers

08.11.14

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Top, Pants, Shoes: French Connection

 

Flowers and flowers on top of flowers, because in Miami you can get away with floral prints all year round and the use of phrases such as “eternal summer” or “summer daze.” So let me introduce the freshest French Connection floral print two-piece set consisting of soft drawstring pants and a lace-trimmed cami, an outfit reminiscent of pajamas that’ll leave you in, yes, a daze. Throw in some accessories to dress it up and a pair of easy slip-ons and it’s an instant green light for wearing your nighties outdoors without looking like you just rolled out of bed, unless you want to. Then that’s cool too.

 

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Pretty In Pink Meets Sporty Chic in Wynwood

08.02.14

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DRESS: FRENCH CONNECTION | JEWELRY: FILILÍ BY LUINY | SNEAKERS: MAN REPELLER X SUPERGA VIA JOANNA PAIGE

 

Here you have it! One of my favorite Wynwood shoots to date, simply because we aimed to convey a harmonious blend of my favorite themes: girly meets grit in a sea of street art. No photo will ever do this French Connection dress justice though: it’s the most eye-catching, head-turning, flowy, vibrant item I own. And no matter how much I’ve told myself I wouldn’t be caught dead in a neon pink frock, here it is in all its girly glory – because this one is just too good. Since I’ve already made it this far, why not pair the dress with pink satin ballerina sneaks done right, by the queen of stylish contradictions – Leandra Medine aka The Man Repeller – who teamed up with Superga to make this collection of rad sneakers (available at Joanna Paige). I must say, I had fun tapping into my girly/sporty side for this shoot. What do you think? Would you give this feminine look a try, and are you daring enough to toughen it up?

 

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Miami Swim Week Fun in Ao De Clo

07.22.14

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SWIMSUIT C/O AO DE CLO | BLACK MESH TOP C/O EXPRESS | SUNGLASSES: ALDO | SHOES: AMERICAN APPAREL

Miami Swim Week has come and gone, and although I admit things were hectic and I couldn’t stop complaining about the infernal heat, I reminded myself, “This is supposed to be fun!” So here’s a little post dedicated to a leisurely splash wearing one of my new fave swimsuits. It’s from Ao De Clo: an up and coming independent swimwear line by Puerto Rican designer Claudia Alexandra. This set in particular comes with a high-waist bottom for the perfect amount of coverage and a little retro flare. What do you think?

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ON THE ROAD AGAIN

07.06.14

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DRESS: ZARA | SLIDES: TOPSHOP | SUNGLASSES: RAYBAN
 

Living in Miami is amazing and all, but every once in a while, it’s imperative to escape the Magic City. So once summer rolls around, we go on a few trips, including a good ol’ Florida road trip. Exactly one year ago, we  a spent a full Fourth of July weekend in Naples. This time, our Florida road trip was about hitting up Fort Myers, Sanibel and Captiva Islands, Naples and Marco Island – all without hotels booked, and simply discovering things along the way. It was so much fun! I was feeling relaxed and “resort-y,” wearing a lot of white, denim, light fabrics, floral prints and my trusty pool slides.

To get these pictures, we drove around Naples one last time before heading to Marco Island, on what felt like the hottest, stickiest, most humid day of the year. As we pulled into the empty lot of what used to be a huge riverside seafood restaurant we felt like we had come across a ghost-town saloon aka “PHOTO-OPP JACKPOT.” It was pretty rad. We walked through a little open fence off to the side, to discover a whole other area with a back deck overlooking the river, old picnic tables and disintegrating benches, colorful doors and awnings. How is this place out of business?! It was enormous and had so much potential! After a good wander, and a good sweat, we got out of there to continue our road trip, but we hope these pictures capture a bit of that Naples charm. Follow me on Instagram to keep up with our adventures!

“On the road again 
Goin’ places that I’ve never been
Seein’ things that I may never see again
And I can’t wait to get on the road again”
-Willie Nelson

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