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

Flashes in the Night

01.16.17

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Three cheers for Capricorn season! Today, January 16th,  is not only one of my all time favorite singers and female icons Sade’s birthday, it’s also a day that commemorates one of history’s key figures’ birthday, Martin Luther King, Jr. (observed on the third Monday of every January in honor of his January 15th birthday). I leave you with a set of pictures Yesi and I shot one evening playing around with flash, in which I am wearing a Sade shirt by Deer Dana and my treasured All Saints leather jacket (full credits all the way at the bottom of this post). Follow on Instagram for more stuff on the daily! 

Photography Yesi Laver Flores 

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oj and cigs jana rose carrero simply lively yesi flores miami street style fashion blog blogger editorial wynwood flash night photography

oj and cigs jana rose carrero simply lively yesi flores miami street style fashion blog blogger editorial wynwood night flash photography

oj and cigs jana rose carrero simply lively yesi flores miami street style fashion blog blogger editorial wynwood night flash photography

oj and cigs jana rose carrero simply lively yesi flores miami street style fashion blog blogger editorial wynwood night flash photography

oj and cigs jana rose carrero simply lively yesi flores miami street style fashion blog blogger editorial wynwood night flash photography

oj and cigs jana rose carrero simply lively yesi flores miami street style fashion blog blogger editorial wynwood night flash photography

 

oj and cigs jana rose carrero simply lively yesi flores miami street style fashion blog blogger editorial wynwood night flash photography

oj and cigs jana rose carrero simply lively yesi flores miami street style fashion blog blogger editorial wynwood night flash photography

oj and cigs jana rose carrero simply lively yesi flores miami street style fashion blog blogger editorial wynwood night flash photography

oj and cigs jana rose carrero simply lively yesi flores miami street style fashion blog blogger editorial wynwood night flash photography

oj and cigs jana rose carrero simply lively yesi flores miami street style fashion blog blogger editorial wynwood night flash photography

oj and cigs jana rose carrero simply lively yesi flores miami street style fashion blog blogger editorial wynwood night flash photography

oj and cigs jana rose carrero simply lively yesi flores miami street style fashion blog blogger editorial wynwood night flash photography

oj and cigs jana rose carrero simply lively yesi flores miami street style fashion blog blogger editorial wynwood night flash photography

oj and cigs jana rose carrero simply lively yesi flores miami street style fashion blog blogger editorial wynwood night flash photography

oj and cigs jana rose carrero simply lively yesi flores miami street style fashion blog blogger editorial wynwood night flash photography

oj and cigs jana rose carrero simply lively yesi flores miami street style fashion blog blogger editorial wynwood night flash photography

oj and cigs jana rose carrero simply lively yesi flores miami street style fashion blog blogger editorial wynwood night flash photography

oj and cigs jana rose carrero simply lively yesi flores miami street style fashion blog blogger editorial wynwood night flash photography

oj and cigs jana rose carrero simply lively yesi flores miami street style fashion blog blogger editorial wynwood night flash photography

 

Shirt: Deer Dana | Jacket: All Saints | Shoes: Vans | Hat: Lack of Color | Fishnet Socks: ASOS | Lipstick c/o Aveda | Photography Yesi Flores aka @simplylively  

Old Year Things, New Year Thoughts

12.31.16

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Photography Kivvi Rachelle Roberts | Top Calvin Klein | Pants ASOS White | Shoes & Bag Zara | Earrings Young Frankk 

People have different reasons for hating the past year, ranging from socio-political to pop-cultural. As for me, well, it’s been a mix of high highs and one major low. I should start by recognizing that 2016 was great to me in the travel and work category, and for that I am forever thankful. I also got back into practicing Hot Yoga; made it to Cuba and Hawaii; was cast in a national campaign; went to Gov Ball Music Fest, Halloween Horror Nights and Islands of Adventure (SO MUCH YES); collaborated with people I admire; and fostered new meaningful friendships. On Thanksgiving Eve though, ironically enough, that all faded from view…My world fell apart upon receiving news that I had lost my 16-month-old French Bulldog, Rocky, in a tragic (and totally preventable) accident under a dog-sitter’s supervision. Although I’ve lost extended family members and also family pets (which Mom handled while I was away in college), nothing has hit this close to home. Nothing has ever felt like this. I’ve spent the past four weeks – a time usually marked by holiday joy and inner peace – feeling extreme stress, sadness, and anger. Trying to manage & understand my grief while juggling important birthdays (SO MANY DECEMBER BIRTHDAYS), family time, and work has not been easy. I’ve had to learn that grief comes in waves…The waves may be really tall, and while they won’t ever stop crashing, they will come further apart. 

All that being said, I’ve recently taken up meditation (thank you Headspace app) and am trying to savor every little moment with our other precious Frenchie, Romy, Rocky’s littermate. We got them together, and yes they were inseparable. She is suffering a bit from separation anxiety but at least her depression has somewhat subsided and she’s eating again. We’re thinking about getting her a buddy at some point soon. Also, I am committed to writing & reading more, and vow to leave no book I start unfinished (i’m looking at you, stack-of-books on my night stand). There are a few other things I’ve got engraved in my mind for 2017, but my friends over at Disfunkshion Magazine pretty much sum it all up in this powerful and inspiring piece you should def read. What did you love/hate about 2016? What are you hoping for in the year to come? The first day of the new year is also my first day as a 31-year-old, so I better start it off right, right? See you on the flip side, and don’t be shy, say Hi

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IN PURSUIT OF FLAVORFUL MOMENTS

12.20.16

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*Full disclosure, the manufacturer of VUSE VIBE paid OJ AND CIGS for this review..*

 

TIME TO GET REAL…

Confession #1: “OJ AND CIGS” doesn’t smoke cigarettes anymore.

Confession #2: Time and again, I do like to experience smooth bursts of flavor in the form of vapor.

So here’s the deal. I’m home packing for holiday travels, when I glance over at my new VUSE VIBE. I instinctively remind myself to pack it. What’s the VUSE VIBE, you ask? Well, as someone who enjoys trying new things, let me explain…

Recently, vapor devices have piqued my interest. Why? Because it’s the more tasteful alternative (literally and figuratively) to smoking cigarettes. If you know me, you know that I’m all for experiencing new flavors, and VUSE VIBE is all about that. For those social moments, driving-in-the-car moments, or even those ‘me, myself and I’ moments – I find that VUSE VIBE’s simple spin on the vapor tank system is innovative and flavorful. It’s nice to drift away to tropical paradise with the melon flavor (one of my faves) or reinvigorate the senses with the cool freshness of mint. Just as importantly, the design is sleek, and dare-I-say, discreet, comfortably fitting into the tiniest of my handbags. In a world where convenience and quality reign supreme, VUSE VIBE is king. Now if you’ll excuse me, I’m packing for a getaway and looking forward to watching my troubles drift off into the breeze intermingled with the smooth notes of my VUSE VIBE nectar cartridge. Heading anywhere special for the holidays? What are your daily go-to’s or travel essentials?

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*Sponsored by VUSE VIBEVUSE contains nicotine extracted from the tobacco plant. Nicotine is addictive and no tobacco product has been shown to be safe. Not for sale to minors.* 

THE STAYCATIONERS – SHELBORNE

12.06.16

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Photos Yesi Flores

It’s no secret that South Beach is known for glitzy yacht life and a wild club scene. But what if I told you there is more…that there is rich history in a lot of these buildings beckoning tourists and locals to relish in all its glamorously restored glory? Welcome to The Shelborne, where the storied elegance of the 1950s surrounds you, and the modern edge of the 21st century entertains you. Join Yelany (of @Le.Haute.Sauce), Yesi Flores (@simplylively behind the camera) and I for a relaxing Miami staycay.

 THE SPOT: The Shelborne | 1801 Collins Ave, Miami Beach

THE STATS: Recently renovated, 200 rooms, 1 iconic pool, plush air-conditioned cabanas, beach access, eclectic restaurant spearheaded by “Top Chef” alumni

PERFECT FOR: A vintage vogue Miami experience with a refreshingly modern feel, perfect for any relaxing, yet stylish, getaway

 

BEAUTY AND THE BUBBLY

Walk with us past The Sarsaparilla vintage VW food truck (more on that later) and under the retro-chic Shelborne sign to get this staycay started. We are greeted with bubbly and led to the library. The Library Lounge, that is. 


 

POOL DAZE

After slipping into something a little more comfortable and pool-appropriate, thanks to on-site shop Indie Soul, we were ready to get our lounge on at The Shelborne’s iconic pool, cabana massages included. Warning: the following images may cause extremely relaxing vibes.

 

THE SUITE LIFE

Time to shake things up and get glammed up by the ultimate beauty crew, GLAMSQUAD. Our suite went from 0 to a 100 real quick and a fuse may or may not have been blown, literally (sorry hotel maintenance!). But we were up and running, and the rosé was flowing.

 

DINERS’ PARADISE

Table for three please! After a full day of R&R, we were eager to taste the contemporary cuisine of The Shelborne’s Sarsaparilla Club, led by husband-and-wife duo and Top Chef alumni Jeff McInnis and Janine Booth. By fusing Cantonese Dim Sum and American Comfort Food, the restaurant showcases soul-nurturing, conscientiously sourced, farm-fresh dishes. Now would be the time to put a bib on (read: DROOL).


 

NIGHTCAPS

After a serious dinner at The Sarsaparilla Club, we made our way to the Drawing Room Bar & Lounge where we enjoyed beautifully crafted elixirs to cap off the night, but not before being greeted by a vibey, very appropriate neon sign that read: “Too much is never enough.” No doubt a reference to life’s pleasures, or perhaps to our affinity for rosé.


 

MORNING MUSINGS

Sleek art deco-inspired details, breakfast in bed, and relaxing ocean views are the perfect way to end our stay at The Shelborne. We bid adieu to the hotel with one last walk around the grounds and a cup of coffee for the road.


 

Photography Yesi Flores of Simply Lively. Special thanks to GLAMSQUAD (#glamsquadmiami), Indie Soul, The Drawing Room Bar & Lounge, The Sarsaparilla Club, Taste the Style, and last but not least The Shelborne Hotel.
 

Retro Futuristic Feels – And LED Light Up Shoes

11.18.16

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Photos Yesi Flores of Simply Lively | Sunglasses Karen Walker via Gilt | Vintage Thrifted Jumpsuit | Light Up Shoes c/o Shop Vase

Welcome to my tropicalia-inspired retro-yet-futuristic dream straight from my nonsensical mind…

Did I lose you? I can get carried away with descriptions, packing so much into my sentences (spoken and written) that I catch myself rambling. Does that ever happen to you? And then when I have several things running around in my head I find it hard to communicate or to choose the best words (especially when it comes to politically-charged passionate discussions about current affairs, but that’s a whole ‘nother story). Just think of me as the Mad Hatter, ADHD tendencies and all. Sometimes I say fuck it, let’s have fun and channel all this craziness into what I’m gonna wear today, hence this paradoxical retro-yet-futuristic look that I speak of.

You may have already noticed by now how my style changes on the DAILY, and on this particular day, I wanted to have fun like the bold, carefree, vivacious Miranda Makaroff. I threw together a few items I had in my closet: a colorful vintage jumpsuit, offset with futuristic sunglasses by Karen Walker (the queen-of-chic-meets-eccentric). Let me get to these light up shoes though, the true hero of this post…These “Hologram LED Light Sneakers” by Shop Vase are the life of any party. Everyone I walk past does a double-take…Must be the shoes. *Cue hip hop legends Lords Of The Underground’s line, “It’s the shoes. The SHOES?! It’s GOTTA be the shoes.” (Listen to the first 40 seconds of the song “Chief Rocka” here to see what i mean.)

So as I moon-walk my way past pastel-color buildings, Yesi and I come across this gem of a place, Flamingo Plaza, built in 1937 as the Flamingo Hotel. Today it’s a condo with eye-catching original fresco paintings that have been amazingly preserved & restored. Thanks to the friendly resident sitting outside who let us in, we were able to access this colorful haven. Although I read that it was build in the 1930s i can’t help but think of Brazil’s artistic movement of the 1960s, Tropicalia. Know what I mean? Anywho, scroll away and thanks for reading my ramblings today. Now let’s party! Don’t forget to say hi on Instagram <3

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