Fabulous heels & hats at the 7th annual #HauteTea Luncheon & Hat Party benefiting the Diabetes Research Institute Foundation — the best hope for a cure.
I’ll never forget my first time at #HauteTea; it was Miami fashion at its finest with amazing hats, gorgeous dresses and saucy shoes. Even more impressive…
The women attending the event who were community-minded, charity-driven and impossibly chic. I was so in awe, I could hardly concentrate on the task at hand: dishing details of the event for Deco Drive. After the story aired, I promised myself I’d go back, just to enjoy the beauty of it all.
Fast-forward four years and one fashion blog later, and #FavoriteThings was the perfect way to feature #HauteTea. Without pretense or my normal “gotta get the story and get out” agenda, I walked around the event last Friday, during its pre-lunch cocktail hour, oohing and aahing over all the gorgeous headgear.
Instead of a fascinator for myself, though, I went with an elegant cocktail hat designed by Danielle Kukar, Founder of FeatherHeart Millinery in Fort Lauderdale. This year’s theme was #GardenParty, so I chose a sultry eggplant colored retro-inspired dress with a lively vine pattern by BCBG.
The one-shoulder design was a definite selling point for me because it easily mixes our summer & fall seasons, tropically speaking. While I love autumn textures, the heat and humidity is still alive and well in October; it’s just part of living in South Florida. Another highlight of the outfit? Streamlined metallic stripes woven into the material, hinting at the holidays to come.
I hope you enjoy the pictures as much as I enjoyed an afternoon of hats & heels — because fashion with a charitable cause is always one of my Favorite Things.
Haute Tea is held at the St. Regis Bal Harbour Resort
9703 Collins Avenue
Miami Beach, Florida 33154
“Where there’s tea there’s hope.” — Arthur Wing Pinero
James Woodley Photography
dress & boots by @BCBG #SouthBeach
cocktail hat @featherheartdesigns
vintage clutch from the UK
Hair & Make-up: Odett Hernandez
Digital Editor: Jessie Neft-Swinger
Editor: Matthew “Metallic” Auerbach
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