The Misadventures of Tao & Lola: Labor Day Weekend Style

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Leave it to these two to squeeze one last pool day into Summer! On the final Sunday before Labor Day Tao and Lola grabbed their college-mate Tina and broke out the kiddie pool (the dogs aren’t much for the beach.) Tina showed up dressed to the nines in a halter top and mini skirt set by Pucci, a sequined Prada carryall, and a wide brimmed purple straw hat. Never the ones to be outdone, the doggies donned chic sun visors and Tao’s signature sunglasses have morphed into very apropos swimming goggles. Lola may be destined to wear white after Labor Day, but some fashion rules seem to bend for this stylish pair.


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The Misadventures of Tao & Lola: Back To School

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Tao and Lola definitely enjoyed their summer. From ritzy dinners to last minute vacations across the globe, these two really took advantage of the long, sunny days and hot, sultry nights. But September is just around the corner and it’s about time these two went back to school- college, to be exact. No stranger to private schools, the duo are especially excited for the style freedom of higher education.While Lola’s got her mind set on showing off all her new clothes, Tao is not so excited for his advanced trigonometry and economics classes. At least they’ve already got the perfect study buddy for Fashion 101 (as if they needed a lesson in style). The trendy trio strolled into orientation class like the coolest of the cool kids while their peers could only take notes.

Tao is wearing a vintage cravat- a decidedly more mature look than he’s been donning these last weeks. Lola looked fab in matching black bows and an extra fluffy coat. Tina is styled in a Clueless-esque bell sleeve white button down shirt, 1980s pleated plaid skirt, white knee socks and vintage Chanel pumps. The ultimate back to school staple, however, is the Jean Paul Gaultier black leather backpack. The over the shoulder style is perfect for days spent in and out of school and is available in our Miami showroom.

 

 

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The Misadventures Of Tao & Lola: Dinner For Two

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It’s been a couple weeks since Miami Spice started, so Tao took Lola out to eat somewhere quite special.  Lola enjoyed her seared New Zealand elk tenderloin with parsnip mousselin while Tao noshed on grilled Texas Nilgai antelope with apricot agri-doux. Once the table was cleared and the delectable praline chicory coffee soufflé and warm beignets were just a faint, delicious memory, it was time to bring out the real dessert. The maître d’ walked over an opulent cluster necklace along with a rare Judith Leiber minaudière, direct from the vaults. Lola was seeing Michelin stars.  When Lola stepped out, Tao decided to surprise her and took both home in a doggy bag.

Miami Spice is an annual culinary event with epicureans flocking to Miami from all over the globe.  C.Madeleine’s is the epicenter for vintage lovers everywhere, with an ever evolving mix of high fashion, couture, runway pieces along with unique, one of a kind treasures. So, we thought it was perfect to bring these two worlds together, and serve up some seriously glamorous cuisine. Lola is sitting pretty in a vintage rhinestone rope necklace while Tao kept it classic in a vintage velvet bow tie and Armani round shades (that only he can pull off indoors.) Tina was styled in an amazing black Thierry Mugler jump suit, vintage rhinestone belt and Carlo Zino pavé choker.

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The Misadventures Of Tao & Lola: A Grand Bazaar

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These two have a real eye for exotic fashion! Tao and Lola embarked on a last minute trip far, far away to pick up some goodies for their extensive wardrobe. Immediately they were taken aback by otherworldly designs made of the finest silk and beads. Mysterious potions and spices filled the air as they mulled over their next purchases. Shimmering gold and jewels were tempting, but they were more intrigued by beaded purses tucked into a vintage velvet suitcase (which they also bought.)  Exploring enchanted lands surely paid off as they jetted back to the states with a new assortment of sartorial delights in tow.

This week’s installment of The Misadventures of Tao & Lola was as fun for them as it was for us! Lola is no wallflower when it comes to the camera lens, so she was on her best behavior draped in a vintage indian bib neck piece. Tao has become the breakout star (wrapped in gold and black silk) and is effectively over his photo shoot jitters. We mixed vintage and contemporary- juxtaposing authentic Indian Saris, Middle Eastern trinkets and wooden sculptures with luxurious handbags by John Galliano, Etro, and Christian Louboutin. Snag a great bag at C.Mad’s and book your next flight!

 

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The Misadventures Of Tao & Lola: Chanel Picnic

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Oh, these two! You’ve got to admire great taste when you encounter it. Tao and Lola, the tenacious twosome here at C.Madeleine’s recently snuck out of doggy daycare for a sunny Sunday picnic! Not only did they hide away in their favorite woodsy corner of Miami, they brought along a bottle of Moët with two flutes and carried it all in a jumbo Chanel purse! These pooches were certainly not roughing it. Before getting caught, they enjoyed basking in the sunshine and chasing a few butterflies.

 

On this week’s installment of The Misadventures of Tao & Lola, the furry models got to spend a day in the park. We, of course, had lots of treats on hand. Lola looked fabulous in a 1960s fringe choker while Tao looked dapper in a white collar and turquoise bow-tie. The cheery mood was set to perfection with a pastel printed Chanel tote, available in store, as well as a chilled bottle of Moët & Chandon. Pinkies up!

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“The Misadventures of Tao & Lola” Has Arrived

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In the center of what may go down in history as the most adorable image of Chanel lies Tao, the shy Cavapoo with floppy ears and a bow tie and matching cufflinks. We had the pleasure of creating the above image with one of the rising, albeit canine, stars of C.Madeleine’s. “The Misadventures of Tao and Lola” started when Maddy got the ingenious idea to give the furry vintage lovers their own outlet to shine online. The idea quickly come together and went from a funny yet seriously fashionable iPhone snap for Instagram to an entire production, complete with lighting, set design, and bloggers in attendance (snapping the behind the scenes footage, of course.)

Lola, the fluffy Bichon Frise with an attitude to match her diva style, sat out for this shoot, but is not generally one to shy away from the camera lens. As surprising as it was for Lola to evade the spotlight this time, it was the perfect chance for Tao to really shine. And they know a thing or two about vintage- these dogs have worn Dior, Chanel, and Ferragamo along with pieces that are about as old an Miami. Scroll down for the priceless behind the scenes images we snagged of the adorable twosome.

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What will they get up to next?

 

Resort Trend 15: Fit and Flare!

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Who doesn’t love a classic look? The Fit and Flare phenomenon that has taken hold of the fashion industry is really no newcomer- the delicate waist and voluminous look was actually popularized by none other than Christian Dior himself. Dior’s New Look skirts were made of yards and yards of fabric, decidedly stamping out the minimalist times of World War II away and ushering in the new era of luxe. Over 60 years later, this style has gone through many changes yet still remains iconic and oh so chic.

Stay ahead of the pack and embrace this “new trend” in glamorous vintage pieces. History buffs (both the art and fashion types) will appreciate your nod to the past. Onlookers will surely envy your timeless grace.

Tina is wearing a classic 1950s black A-line skirt with an added crinoline, Jil Sander white button down blouse (with cuffed sleeves, of course), peep toe Jimmy Choo pumps, and a polka dot silk scarf to keep flyways at bay.

Stop by C.Mad’s to shop this look and check out our vast selection of 1950′s pieces online!

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Resort 15 Trend: Polka Dots!

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Elegant yet a little cheeky, the polka dot had a major moment during the Resort 15 shows. Shown in a variety of styles- sporty, sleek, classic, ruffled- the fun pattern really stole the ‘spot’-light. Take a cue from the shows and, like we always say, do it with vintage! Step out in style in a vintage piece sure to make you stand out in a crowd.

Insider tip- don’t overdo it. Stick to one polka dot piece and keep the rest of your accessories and styling to a minimum. We love the mixture of an exciting dress with sleek hair and natural makeup. Glam up your date night look in this vintage Bill Blass chiffon halter dress- The flowy, flirty dress is sexy yet demure, and offers a perfectly refined balance to offset the bold print.

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This unlabelled 1970s-1980s dress is available in store. Shop our vintage polka dot collection online for even more eye catching pieces!

We kept the look refined by stylingTina in Giuseppe Zanotti red patent leather & cork wedges to add just the right amount of height to the tea length dress. Stop by the store to shop this look!

 

Maddy is a “Woman To Watch!”

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On this week’s addition of CBS Miami’s Women To Watch, the Trend Tracker Tara Gilani visits C.Madeleine’s to talk with Madeleine Kirsh. The segment features prominent women who have distinguished themselves and become role models for other females. You will love hearing about Maddy’s drive and her love for fashion, the store, and life itself. Tara was right on when she selected Madeleine for this inspiring interview.

“In this unique boutique, it’s not about trends. It’s about history and stories. “From the moment I walk in and I see these beautiful clothes and the legacy that people have given me, how can you not love it? It’s history behind every piece in here,” said Kirsh.” -CBS Miami

 

Watch below as Tara and CBS discover what makes C.Madeleine’s such a special place!

Watch the full interview here

Resort 15 Trend: Bold Florals

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Summer is heating up across the country, but we just can’t wait for the next Resort season! Glamorous vacations abroad deserve the chicest of ensembles, so we scoured the Resort 15 shows and found the best trends to try!

Bold Florals in all over prints and matching sets dominated the runway. Take it one step further by donning this trend in head to toe vintage! This 1970s cropped top and wide leg pants set, below, is the perfect piece for your island adventures. Transition from day to night by swapping your floppy hat and sunglasses for glam platforms and monochromatic bangles. Up the ante with a polished hairdo to keep your look relaxed yet ultra luxe.

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This vintage set is available in store. Shop our vast 1970s collection online for even more flower power pieces!

We styled Tina in 1970s cream colored bangles, extra long gold and cream beaded necklace, and yellow Roberto Cavalli mules. Stop by the store to shop this look!