Thursday, August 10, 2017

MagChop style to be on the catwalk at Palm Beach Swim Week

Rockin' the red carpet in MagChop style  with Mun Rays eyewear.

Kenny Ruiz and his wife Noemi make up the MagChop team.
Munir Ingram, of Miami Mun Rays, Inc, & Kenny Ruiz, of MagChop.
Artist turned designer Kenny Ruiz 
talks MagChop Swim
By Rachel Galvin 

Aug. 25-27 will be the Palm Beach Swim Week, held at the Lakefront Pavilion, 101 S. Flagler Dr. in West Palm Beach. Designers will be showing off their fashions from all over the world. But the media already had a chance to get a sneak peek on Aug. 10 at a special event in West Palm. This gave them an opportunity to chitchat with some of the designers one on one before the week begins.

One of the designers is Pompano Beach, FL resident Kenny Ruiz, who is known for his colorful urban-spirited collages. Now, he is putting his prints on swimwear also, in addition to his hats and mugs. He began creating swimwear in January.

“It is quite a process. I first have to get the material for the suits, then, I take it to a place that sublimates the images on the fabric. Once completed, I bring it to my seamstress who creates a suit based on my swimwear design drawings. I actually sit with her showing her where I want the cuts and what should appear on the suit,” explained Ruiz.

He has 36 pieces in total, including bikinis, monokinis, one-piece and tankinis.

He has also partnered with Munir Ingram, who has a hand-painted sunglasses line. His company is called Miami Mun Rays, Inc.

“I met Munir at the Dade County Youth Fair. MagChop had our booth there with Lowrider Magazine. He came to the booth to see the art and I was advertising that we had a swim line debuting in Palm Beach Swim Week. Mr. Munir right away told me about his artwear shades,” he said. “I signed him onto MagChop Swim as the official Sunglasses for our runway show. He took it up a notch and designed a full set of his artwear based on the MagChop art designs on the swimwear. They look amazing.”

When asked how he felt about being in this show, he said, “Amazing, surreal, exhilarating and humbled are a few words I would use. Its really an honor to be in such a prestigious event.”

He added, “We are hoping that Palm Beach Swim Week leads to a department store or boutique chain. After Swim Week, we will be announcing all the places to get your MagChop Swim designs.”

In addition to suits, he has mugs, hats and will be adding multi-functional headwear known as Buffs, a line of compression sleeves for athletes. They also have exciting ideas for their next line,which will include a men's line and workout gear. In addition, they are exploring leggings.

MagChop swimsuits will be on models on the catwalk on Friday, Aug. 25 at 8 p.m. He is only one of many designers who will be represented. For more information on the show, visit  

Friday, July 3, 2015

Have you seen Independent Streak Magazine?

For those who take a detour from fashion into the cinematic foray, check out:

Independent Streak Magazine ( 

This mag has interviews with independent filmmakers and actors from around the world. It has spotlights on events, upcoming productions, film festivals and more.

The brainchild of Rachel Galvin, who happens to also run this blog, the magazine began last year and has been going gangbusters ever since. Above is a picture of just one of the covers (Tom Arnold).

For those who would like to be featured in the mag or advertise, get all the details at

Sunday, September 28, 2014

Director Jeremy Breslau, "1982" 09/28 by indiestreak | Film Podcasts

Director Jeremy Breslau, "1982" 09/28 by indiestreak | Film Podcasts

Hot Trends for Fall 2014

Wondering what is hot for Fall? Here is a quick breakdown of a few of the hot trends.


  • Shades of gray
  • socks with sandals
  • knits
  • pastels
  • Mod look
  • animal prints

  • western wear
  • monochromatic
  • pairing casual with a blazer
  • wearing tailored sweat pants

Monday, July 22, 2013

Miami Fashion Show

Plush Swimwear--White Sands Australia Collection
Did you go to the show? Let us know! Send us pics, comments. We want to hear how you tackled Miami's hottest fashion show. Email us at

Monday, June 17, 2013

Trunk Show at Oceans 234

July 10, from 5-7 p.m., there will be a Men’s & Women’s Fashion Trunk Show with the Greater Pompano Chamber of Commerce Young Professional’s Group at Oceans234 in Deerfield Beach. Men’s Fashion by J. Hilburn, a custom men’s luxury brand, will be on-hand, as well as Women’s Fashion by Body & Soul Boutique, a locally-owned fashionable women’s shop.

The event includes one free drink and 40 percent off appetizers at Oceans 234. It is free to enter, but there is a suggested donation of $10 or two canned goods that will go to The Pantry of Broward.

Oceans234 is located at 234 N. Ocean Blvd., Deerfield Beach, just north of the pier.

1st Annual Miami Style Fusion Charity Event

Miami Style Fusion, hosted by Mi Boudoir,  will be held at Nina Torres Fine Art Gallery to support the Arielle Anacker Cancer Foundation, Inc, (AACF) on June 22, 2013, from 7:00 p.m. to 3:00 a.m.

Featuring a Luxury Art Viewing, showcasing pieces by Pablo Picasso, Claude Monet, Anastasia Warhol, Dimitri Sculptor, Jennifer Martin, and Salvatore Zagami; the Couture runway show, with custom made Couture gowns modeled by South Florida Philanthropists, Celebrities and Community Leaders; a Live Auction; and Special music performances by Jayquan, Evie Cruz, Arlene G, and Sheenah Singh.

“A Fusion brings together elements that share a common thread, to create something great then the sum of their parts. I am excited that we can bring together those that we admire with these creative works in a one night event, that will benefit a fabulous charity ” said Chris Anthony, Co-Producer of the event, along with celebrated artist Dimitri Scultpor.

Featuring a Luxury Art Viewing, showcasing pieces by Picasso, Monet, Anastasia Warhol, Dimitri Sculptor, Jennifer Martin, and Salvatore Zagami; the Couture runway show, with custom made gowns modeled by South Florida Philanthropists, Celebrities and Community Leaders; a Live Auction; and Special music performances by Jayquan, Evie Cruz, Arlene G, and Sheenah Singh.

The fundraiser benefits the Arielle Anacker Cancer Foundation, Inc, (AACF) founded in 2009, whose mission is to help needy pediatric cancer families pay their bills, support Ewing's Sarcoma research through the Arielle Anacker Ewing's Sarcoma Research Fund, established in April 2012 at the National Cancer Institute, and to support the four memorial funds set up in Anacker's name.

To purchase tickets go to
General admission is $25 online and $40 at the door. VIP prices begin at $150.00.

About Arielle Anacker Cancer Foundation, Inc.:
"I promise you that I will open a cancer foundation one day to help needy pediatric cancer families pay their bills and help fund research to find a cure for Ewing's Sarcoma", said Diane Trivelli to her dying daughter, Arielle. Ms. Trivelli honored her daughter’s request and started the Arielle Anacker Cancer Foundation, Inc. in 2009.  AACF is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization headquartered in Coconut Creek, FL, whose mission is to raise funds to help needy pediatric cancer families pay their bills, support Ewing's Sarcoma research and support the four memorial funds set up in Arielle Anacker's name.

About Miami Style Fusion:
The Miami Style Fusion Event is a signature event for the Art, Entertainment and Fashion industry, and the one of the single most important charity event this year.  Hundreds of people in the art, music and fashion world are taking part in this unique fusion event.  All funds raised go directly to the Arielle Anacker Cancer Foundation.  Miami Style Fusion features Leading Fashion Designers and Buyers Showcased in a Multi-Branded Entertainment Environment, Internationally known Models, Artists and Performers, Meet & Greet the Principal Designers, Sponsors and Buyers, Celebrity Fashionistas, Stylists and Top Fashion Media.

Friday, June 7, 2013

Mercedes Benz Fashion Week Swim in Miami is almost here!

Ready to see sun-kissed beach bodies walking the catwalk in brand new bikini styles? 

Mercedes Benz Fashion Week Swim is only a month away. It runs July 18-22. More details soon. In the meantime, check out Be style-savvy and check out what is sure to be a hotspot for the fashion forward. See you there!

Thursday, May 30, 2013

Great Gatsby style

Wardrobe: Tina Summers 
Photography: Michael De Jesus
Models: Jamice Jefferson, Alana Smith, Christina Candace, Jaime Allen, Eva Winters and Cynthia Angelina.

How will you bring out your inner Gatsby girl? 


Whether or not you liked the new movie, you still have to love the style! 

Will it be with a well-placed scarf, a low-waisted dress, long string of pearls, a playful hat? Will you rouge your knees and bob your hair, put kohl around your lids like Louise Brooks? The roaring '20s are filled with inspiration and the style is all about rebellious energy and fun! Get your Gatsby on today! (Look for more inspiration here soon!)  

Jaime Allen as Daisy
Photography: Rey Romero
Hair and Makeup: Judith Garcia
Dress and Tiara: Tina Summers 


Have you read the story? Check it out!


Resort 2014 -- What pattern do designers follow?

Can you say Bohemian? Clover Canyon goes exotic, capturing natural beauty.
Gucci throws back to 70s/ 80s leisure with wrap dresses, jumpsuits, high wasted pleated pants and plenty of patterns.

Fendi mixes patterns in this laid back style.

Sunday, May 26, 2013

Eye-opener: How eye make-up has changed through the years

By Rachel Galvin

What's your eye-style? Do you like eye liner? If you do, you may like this photo collage I came across from Sephora. It showcases Ardency Inn Punker liner. Can you copy these retro makeup styles?

Wednesday, May 22, 2013

SOFT Dystar Fashion event

By Rachel Galvin

 Did you miss the SOFT Dystar event? What is the SOFT Dystar event? Look back in the older posts to see more! (Special thanks to Vinit Ganjwala for the pictures)!

Take a look at the fashion -- vibrant colors, tight pants, short shorts, fun Tees and strappy high heels! For summertime fun, don't forget the cool shades and pushed back hair.

Monday, May 20, 2013

Custom-tailored J. Hilburn featured at Heart of the Gourmet event

Stylist Leeza Hanson shows off lookbook
On May 14, the custom-tailored line of J. Hilburn was featured at Heart of the Gourmet in Pompano Beach, FL during a special event called Sip, Savor & Style. While some guests looked at the styles, others tried fruit and other food items dipped in oils and balsamics available at the locale. Courtenay Jeffers, of Wines for Humanity, featured a few bottles of wine to sample. A portion of sales went to Pantry of Broward that evening.

The J. Hilburn line is a company out of Dallas that allows guests to get a look that is made to fit, whether they are on-the-go or in the office. Every cut is done just so to ensure the most comfortable fit using the "highest quality products" from Europe. The sports coats are even lined and can be in a contrasting pattern to add extra pop. Clothing is tailored using 10 unique measures... a tweak here and there and the product is perfect for the client. Once a customer orders and is measured, their measurements are saved on-line so making another purchase is simple and easy.

The best part about the line is the price point. Stylist Leeza Hanson noted that a jacket at a well-known designer store might be $1500, but the same style will be available with J. Hilburn at $495, for example.

"We measure twice and cut once. These are not done on an assembly line. You are paying a better price and getting more quality," she said.

Hanson comes straight to see the client to ensure everything is measured precisely and the client is "100 percent satisfied." Suits are steamed before they are delivered. She has worked with everyone from the graduate who needs a nice suit to the philanthropist looking for a tuxedo.

What's hot in men's trends? "Purple and lavender," said Hanson. "Men like to mix and match and make style more casual. They can match professional with social [so they can easily switch from work wear to play wear]."

For more information:

J. Hilburn

Men are opting for a look that can go from formal to casual with ease or mixing and matching casual and formal elements...

J. Hilburn has shirts, jackets, ties, belts and more. On right, see some examples of their ties as seen at Sip, Savor & Style event at Heart of the Gourmet.

Monday, May 13, 2013

H&M opens in Pembroke Pines

By Rachel Galvin

Delivering quality fashion-forward apparel, H&M opened 13 years ago on New York's famous Fifth Avenue. Since then, it has expanded to 268 locations around the nation. Now, it is opening yet another full concept store in Pembroke Lakes Mall. Within a 20,000 square foot space, collections of ladies and men's wear will be showcased, with a separate "store within a store" for accessories, lingerie, maternity and sports apparel. Mothers can also find plenty of fashionable finds for their newborns to age 8. In addition, the locale will offer plus-size clothing in this location.

For more information on this store and all the latest from H&M, please visit