That Time I Cried at My Little Sister’s Maternity Photo Shoot…

I had no idea I’d be so emotional at my little sister’s Boca Raton maternity photo shoot. She’s pregnant with her first child, a baby boy, due at the end of February 2017. My first clue should have been when I started sniffling as we passed another couple taking their own maternity photos in front of a giant banyan tree. I guess Spanish River Beach/Park is the place to take photos of your pregnant belly? Who knows, but cue the waterworks!

It’s been awhile since I faced the decision of whether or not to take maternity photos. I lived in NYC at the time, it was the middle of winter and I just couldn’t visualize what I would do with said photos once I had my baby. Wouldn’t pictures of my kid take priority on my home’s photo wall?

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2017 Delray Beach Fashion Week was HERE!

FASHION WEEK! I love it. I miss it. And since it’s unlikely I’ll make it back for a show in NYC anytime soon, I am so happy to celebrate spectacular fashion, local designers, art and beauty at the 4th annual 2017 Delray Beach Fashion Week created by the Downtown Development Authority and the Downtown merchants.

2017 Delray Beach Fashion Week

When I attended my first BIG show at the Bryant Park tents in the city years ago, my friend Nic (@nixcruz), a fashion editor in Manhattan, gave me this LOL-worthy gem of advice:

Mkay so here is the deal: arrive 15 to 10 mins before the show but they NEVER start on time — usually 20 after the start time. Walk in the tents and act like you know where you are going. There will be signs either to the left or right that say “[designer]” the people waiting around will not have their seat assignment or are standing … You will have a seat so scoot to the front and flash them that shit. When I send you your seat asst, write it on the invite so they see it and wont annoy you at the entrance. Then sit in your seat and act like EVERYTHING. Wear your shades indoors, don’t smile, don’t be nice to the person next to you, look constipated & you’ll blend. Teehee.

I will try channeling it at Delray Beach Fashion Week starting January 25th! 😉 I feel like my friends and I succeeded in 2015…

2017 Delray Beach Fashion Week

Local designs and diverse fashions will take center stage at the fashion runway events, designer showcase, fashion luncheon, Stiletto Race, and for the first time a Boutique Pop Up Shopping Event.

A highlight of 2017 Delray Beach Fashion Week is “Delray on the Runway.”  The January 26th event at Il Bacio invites guests to dress for a “white party,” and includes a runway show, reception, and silent auction.  The event features local Downtown Delray Beach Designers: Jules Guaglardi – Roxy LuLu; Lizzi Lambert – Haystacks; Ronald Furst – Furst Handbags; Stephanie Graniero – Oh My Bod; Arianne Brown – Ramona LaRue; Jen Scoz and Hawk Stillwind – House of Zen Dali; Jelena Lovric – LoveRich Boutique; Glavidia Alexis – Glavidia Hair Studios; and Jully Ortega – The Sandy Shoppe.

Events will take place throughout Downtown Delray Beach and many are free to the public.  Tickets for the Delray Beach Designer Show, Fashion Luncheon, and runway seats at the fashion shows can be purchased at each event or online at

Raffle tickets will be included with each event ticket purchased and will also be available for $5.  The raffle prize package valued at $1,000 includes:  a 2 night/3 day hotel stay; spa, restaurant and retail gift certificates; tickets to Old School Square events and Delray Yacht Cruises.  All event and raffle tickets sold throughout Delray Beach Fashion Week benefit the Achievement Centers for Children and Families.

2017 Delray Beach Fashion Week

2017 Delray Beach Fashion Week Highlights

Events details will be updated on

Wednesday, January 25 – “An Evening Downtown”

6 p.m.:  Art Invitational – Downtown Artists/Gallery Showcase

7 p.m. : Entertainment and “Hair and Evening Wear” Runway Show

On Atlantic Avenue in front of The Colony Hotel at 525 E. Atlantic Ave

The launch of Delray Beach Fashion Week.  Free event, with $25 ticketed runway seating.

Thursday, January 26 – “Delray on the Runway”

7 p.m. – IL Bacio – 29 SE 2nd Ave

Fashion show featuring the Downtown Delray Beach designers, reception, silent auction, Guest Host – Amanda Perna of Project Runway, and guests invited to dress in white.

Tickets: $40.

Friday, January 27 – “Tropical Paradise”

11:30am-1pm – Che!!! – 900 E. Atlantic Ave

“Tropical Paradise” Resort Wear Fashion Show and Luncheon

Tickets: $35

Friday, January 27 – Stiletto Race

6 p.m. – SE 4th Ave & Atlantic Ave.

Stiletto Race hosted by Vince Canning Shoes

Register:  $25 advance, $35 at event

Saturday, January 28 – “Swim & Surf”

7 p.m. – Old School Square Park @ NE 2nd Ave.

Swim & Surf Finale Runway Fashion Show, Guest Host – Suzanne Boyd, WPEC News12; entertainment by Spider Cherry.

Free event, with $25 ticketed runway seating.

Sunday, January 29 – Fashion Week Boutique Pop Up Shopping

1 p.m.  – 4 p.m. – The Fieldhouse at Old School Square – 51 N. Swinton Ave.

Fashion Week Boutique Pop Up Shopping event for customers to see and purchase items shown during 2017 Delray Beach Fashion Week.

See you there…and don’t be fashionably late for these events!

Arts Spark Took Over Sugar Sand Park (February 2017)

Creative arts will SPARK at Sugar Sand Park at their annual Arts Spark Kids Fest on Sunday, February 19th! Local kids will have a chance to ignite their interests at a variety of interactive areas at Arts Spark Boca throughout the day.

I am a huge supporter of the arts personally, especially in schools, so #dailybocaavery and I are really looking forward to this annual event! We’re crossing our fingers for great “winter” weather too.

Arts Spark Boca 2017 at Sugar Sand Park

Families will enjoy hands-on Arts Spark workshops, performances, demonstrations, make & takes, strolling acts, expressive arts, balloon art, activity booths, and more!

Sugar Sand Park is excited to offer over 30 unique festival activities to Arts Spark Boca Raton festival attendees. Our calendar is already marked!

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Have Some Xtreme Fun at Xtreme Action Park in Ft. Lauderdale

Looking for some Xtreme Fun and entertainment in 2017? Then look no further than Ft. Lauderdale’s Xtreme Action Park!

Sweet Hot Mess Shelby back to let you in on some Xtreme Fun and exciting local South Florida news. Xtreme Action Park, Florida’s largest family indoor entertainment center, has announced new attractions and details on “Phase Two” of its ongoing expansion!

Xtreme Action Park Ft. Lauderdale

This thrilling park now offers more than 10 interactive attractions; such as the all new Bazooka Blast Glow in the Dark Arena and the Evolution Escape Rooms. It’s fun for adults and kids alike!

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