Annie Vazquez


This Cuban-American local is a (frugal) femme fatal. Find out how.

Annie Vazquez

Maria Tettamanti

Rapunzel-esque blonde mane? Check. Feminine frock and sky-high heels? Check, check. Fan of Forever 21? You betcha. Meet Annie Vazquez. This born-and-bred Miami gal masters the esoteric art of mixing high and low-brow brands with finesse. We chatted up the Cuban-American cutie on splurging, saving and why crimped hair is a crime.

Age: 33

Profession: Fashion writer and blogger behind

Spotted at: Lorie Lester boutique

The outfit: Forever 21 dress, American Apparel gold sash, Steve Madden glitter pumps, Etienne Aigner vintage leather clutch, Forever 21 gold and silver bangles, diamond cross and a slave bracelet from The Little Big Store.

What are your go-to stores? “I'm all about mixing high-end brands with budget buys and sprinkling in some vintage. Forever 21, The Rabbit Hole, American Apparel, BCBG, Saks Fifth Avenue, Scarlett boutique, Jessie's boutique, Nordstrom, and the best one: my mother's closet,” Vazquez says.

You've just inherited, $2,000 where are you splurging? “New York Fashion Week and if I have anything left over I'm spending it somewhere quaint in Europe,” she says.

IT handbag designers: “I love vintage Gucci, Louis Vuitton and Chanel. I recently stumbled across some great ones at C.Madeleine's and Angel's Vintage Boutique,” Vazquez adds.

Best jewelry designers: “At the moment, Nicole Richie's House of Harlow and locally Avi's The Little Big Store and Tiffany Ortiz's TAudrey line.

What items are you eyeing to purchase for Winter? “I want a Gold Saturn Manhattan tee, the Alice + Olivia Goddess dress in nude and Hunter boots with a heel,” she confesses.

Best in shoes: Christian Louboutin and Jimmy Choo.

What are your closet’s staples and why? “I find myself wearing a lot of flower and girly prints mostly with short frocks and scarves just because I love being feminine. For this, I turn to Betsey Johnson, DVF, BCBG and lately thank God for the price, Forever 21 dresses. But, whenever I want to feel comfortable, you'll find me in AG jeans, white or grey V-neck tees, an oversized scarf and an arm full of bangles. Oh yeah, and I'm always in heels,” Vazquez says. 

What is the worst trend you ever trend? “Back when I was in middle school, I was an avid watcher of Yo! MTV Raps. I was all about dancing hip-hop so you can just imagine my fashion sense — gold name plate in Chinese letters, Z.Cavaricci and MC Hammer pants and steel-toe shoes,” she laughs.

Biggest fashion faux pas: Crimped hair, overly plucked eyebrows, scrunchies and fanny packs. 

Style muses: Diane Kruger, Rihanna, Cameron Diaz, Nicole Richie and Alexa Chung.

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