As one of my longest-running friends, Vivi Mora Dueñas holds a special place in my heart. From carpooling to Ransom in a Jeep blasting “Pulling Muscles from a Shell,” to sleepovers in her Laura Ashley-smothered room to driving her to the brink of insanity about my boyfriend dramas, Vivi has always been there when I needed her most. She’s got style for miles and I’m over-the-moon she moved backed to Miami from New York because now we get to play and roast in the sun like we did back in the 12th grade. Love you, Viv.
Name: Vivian Dueñas
Location: Coral Gables/ South Miami
Occupation: I juggle between CEO of Domestic Affairs & Driver to my 4-year-old daughter!
Current handbag: Hermès Lindy — it’s THE best bag ever and works with absolutely everything becauseou can carry it over your shoulder or carry it as a handbag.
For night, I’m quite into my Charlotte Olympia Lucite Clutch.
Jeans: Current Elliott in everything from the plain denim to the colored denim to the python and leopard prints.
Swimwear: ETE — three of my friends are launching this amazing swimwear line. It will be available for purchase in May…just in time for summer & they are THE BEST and most flattering suits.
TV Show: Revenge and Downtown Abbey
Mascara: Laura Mercier Long Lash
Foundation: Laura Mercier Oil Free Supreme Foundation in Golden Beige
Eyeshadow/liner: For day, Neutrogena nourishing eye liner in spiced chocolate or cosmic black & for night Chanel in brun-cuvier or graphite
Lipstick/gloss: Clé de Peau Enriched Lip Luminizer in colors 201 & 216….it’s lipstick combined with gloss that is not sticky. All of their products are amazing. I also live in Burt’s Bees Wax Tinted Lip Balm in Hibiscus or Red Dahlia — it’s almost like a lip moisturizer with a bit of very natural looking color that gives you a great pop of vibrance.
Blush: Bobbi Brown in Tawny
Bronzer: For day, Bobbi Brown in medium and for night, Guerlain
Shampoo & Conditioner: Biolage
Hair product: John Frieda Frizz Ease
Salon: Juan Carlos Atelier for cuts & Christy’s Beauty Salon for blowouts by Maggie and nails by Caridad
Nails: Caridad at Christy’s Beauty Salon
Polish: High Maintenance by Essie
Body moisturizer: Aveeno Daily Moisturizing Lotion because it’s FRAGRANCE FREE
Face wash: Sudden Youth Pearlized Facial Wash AND these glycolic pads from NYC dermatologist Avery Schneider called gly/ sal 10-2 pads
Facial moisturizer: Sudden Youth Apple Stem Cell Light Serum & Moisturizer…..I’m feeling like Benjamin Button from how much my aging has reversed since I started using it!
Facialist: Ena Aguirre. She’s THE BEST!!!….I see her once a month for the most perfect one-hour facial. She used to work at Dr. Brandt & now she works from home.
Eyebrow shaping: Laura at The Brow Shoppe
Fitness: Green Monkey Yoga or The Bar Method
Athletic wear: Lululemon but sadly my athletic wear has been neglected for quite some time!
Sneakers: Isabel Marant or or good old Converse.
Lunch spot: Michael’s Genuine Food for THE BEST cheeseburger.
Dinner : I love the Tortellini Tatiana at Cafe Abbracci! Food is great in general and service is impeccable…..it’s a usual stomping ground.
Sweet spot: Sweet Annie’s blondies or dulce de leche crepes or Haggen Daaz dulce de leche ice cream….this list can go on and on
Dessert: Michael’s deconstructed pies & cakes
Last meal on earth: Pear & Goat cheese ravioli from Tutto Pasta or Sir Pizza with Ranch Dressing
Travel: Paris or any pristine beach getaway
Fun fact: The Sound of Music is STILL my favorite movie. Although I recently stumbled upon Tootsie (don’t ask me what took me so long but that’s a close second.
For my birthday, get me: An Alaia leopard jacket!