How to Style

Leopard Print Sneakers - You know you need a pair!

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You probably know by now, that I don’t wear sneakers that often when going out or at work, but these sneakers have changed my mind! I never knew I needed a pair of leopard sneakers until Dre bought me this pair of Adidas for Christmas last year. I didn’t get to wear them much during the winter, but now that the weather is (kinda, Spring in NY is having an identity crisis) getting nicer, I find myself wearing them more and more. Not only are they super comfortable (hello Ultraboost!), but they can be worn with just about anything because leopard is a neutral!

From polka dots to denim, florals and stripes - when I say ANYTHING, I mean it. Here, I’ve paired them with a polka dot dress (I’ve linked similar ones below) and my floral print blazer from my shop, Vetu de Joy (currently on sale for $45!)

BLAZER  available here:   Vetu de Joy

BLAZER available here: Vetu de Joy

Since this pair is sold out, I’ve rounded up some of my favorite leopard sneakers. And I’m telling you, you NEED a pair! They can instantly spice up some jeans and a tee, or throw them on with a printed dress (like me!) for some extra fun.

BLAZER  available here:   Vetu de Joy

BLAZER available here: Vetu de Joy

What do you think? Will you be buying a pair? Let me know in the comments how you plan to style them (& tag me on your posts in Instagram!).

BLAZER  available here:   Vetu de Joy

BLAZER available here: Vetu de Joy

Getting #DressedinJoy this Spring

DressedinJoy-Mikaela Pabon


with Vetu de Joy


I love the springtime and everything that comes with it. Sunshine, bare ankles and longer days. I can’t quite say that spring brings more color and prints for me, because I wear those all year long. Another thing that Spring means for me is the re-opening of my shop, Vetu de Joy! I took a mini-break from the shop because of complete overwhelm, but now that my travel schedule has completely cleared up and I’ll have more energy to give to my business, I’m giving you all an opportunity to grab these gorgeous statement pieces at a fraction of the price.

Photography: Denton Taylor

Photography: Denton Taylor

Subscribe to Style: 5 Reasons to try Rent the Runway


Clothing subscription services are all the rage these days, and a lot of people think they’re just for bloggers or influencers. I found out about Rent the Runway’s unlimited service last year from Myliek Teele, and honestly, it took me a while to decide that it was for me. But once I did finally start my subscription, I realized just how useful the service is. From shooting blog looks, to going to events and even styling clients, I’ve found so many useful ways to use this revolving closet.


If you’ve ever considered using a clothing subscription service, or even if you never knew they existed, I’ve compiled 5 reasons why you should give Rent The Runway Unlimited a try, even if you’re not a blogger or influencer. Be sure to read through to the bottom, because I’m sharing my special code for you to get $80 off of your first 2 months of RTR Unlimited.


1. No more useless trips to the mall

Who needs to go to the mall when you can shop from the comfort of your phone or your computer, have pieces delivered to your door and drop them at UPS when you’re ready to let them go? With hundreds of pieces to choose from, there’s always something new to try.

2. Explore trends without the commitment

Ever wanted to try the latest trends (leopard print, ruffles, faux fur) and chicken out because you don’t want to spend the money on something that you’re not sure you’ll love? RTR Unlimited completely removes that fear! You can try any trend out there from the comfort of your home, and send it back if you hate it, without anyone ever knowing!

3. Cost Savings

So think about it… let’s say you rent 12 pieces each month for a year, that comes to about $12.50 per piece! As an example, the faux fur coat I’m wearing is $325 retail and the pants are $278 retail. Not to mention you don’t have to worry about dry cleaning or paying for shipping, since both are included in your monthly fee.


4. Keeps you from spending on clothing unnecessarily

Rent the Runway is my automatic go-to. When I have an event to attend, a speaking engagement, when I’m styling a client, planning a street style shoot for myself, going on vacation or just need something cute to wear to work I always, ALWAYS check Rent the Runway first. I’m usually able to find exactly what I need without having to spend extra money on something I may only wear once - especially if it’s a special occasion.

5. Builds confidence

You guys know I’m all about finding the JOY in getting dressed. The clothing we wear can play a major part in how others see us and more importantly, how we see ourselves. When you look good, you feel good. With RTR Unlimited, you have the ability to try out new styles, even work with a personal stylist who will help you choose the perfect looks. This can help you figure out what works for you, therefore giving you more confidence in your style choices and making getting dressed easier and much more fun!


So what do you say? Are you ready to give RTR Unlimited a try? If you are, I’ve got a special offer from me to you - get $80 off of your first 2 months, using the code MIKAELAP40 - when you get that first shipment, shoot me a DM on Instagram to let me know what you ordered!

One pair of pants, five ways


You know that I love finding ways to wear the pieces in my closet over and over again. When I tried on these corduroy pants from Zara, I saw so many different outfits flash in my head and I wanted to share them with you!


CORDUROY PANTS: Zara (SOLD OUT) Similar: Nordstrom: J.Crew:


Floral Dress: Zara (OLD) but similar here:



RED FLORAL BLAZER: Zara (SOLD OUT) Similar here:




Elle turns One


I can’t believe it, y’all. My girl is ONE. I had this idea that I wanted to write this long insightful post about her first year, but honestly, I don’t have it in me. The past year has been so emotionally draining that all I want to do is celebrate HER. Celebrate that we made it, that I made it, that our girl is happy, loving, strong-willed, beautiful, feisty, smart and funny and we love her to no end.

Dress:  Amazon  Floral Headband:  Amazon  Photography: ME (yay!) and  Jasmine Rose  (with lots of help from Baby Shark! LOL)

Dress: Amazon
Floral Headband: Amazon
Photography: ME (yay!) and Jasmine Rose (with lots of help from Baby Shark! LOL)

Even though, like the past year, this photoshoot was an extreme challenge, it was SO MUCH FUN! I had a ball planning out the details, picking out her outfit(s) and accessories, combing through Pinterest to find the perfect inspiration, finding the studio and finding the right decorations and putting it all together was so, so satisfying. I couldn’t be happier about the way these images came out.

I hope you enjoy! Please feel free to ask me any questions about the process in the comments.

The day didn’t go by without a few meltdowns. LOL

The day didn’t go by without a few meltdowns. LOL

Vanilla Cake:  Brooklyn Sweet Spot  Decorated with silk flowers and eucalyptus leaves from  Michael’s

Vanilla Cake: Brooklyn Sweet Spot
Decorated with silk flowers and eucalyptus leaves from Michael’s

Crown:  Amazon  Dress:  Circa81 Kids  Shoes: Adidas

Crown: Amazon
Dress: Circa81 Kids
Shoes: Adidas


Personal Style: How do you define it?

Dress: Alexis (sold out) - similar  here  and  here ; darker color  here  Boots:  Shoedazzle

Dress: Alexis (sold out) - similar here and here; darker color here
Boots: Shoedazzle

“Personal style” is thrown around all the time - especially in the age of social media where there are so many people sharing theirs in the tiny squares of Instagram. But it can be a daunting task to figure out what your style is if you’re not even sure what you like or why. You’d be surprised, but even those of us who seem to have it altogether have to reevaluate our style from time to time!

So what do you do? Where do you even start? Do you head to the same stores everyone else shops in to buy whatever you think looks trendy and cool?

Of course not.

Before you start shopping, you want to start with some questions to help you figure out what to buy and where to buy it.

  1. What words would you use to describe your style (or the style you gravitate most towards)?


Do you like quirky style? Or are you more modern or classic in your style preferences? Do you stray away from color because you like to blend in more or are you all about standing out and prefer more bold color choices?

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2. What image would you like to portray?


We can say so much with our style - we can put our personalities on display and communicate to others just by the clothing we choose to wear. What would you like people to think when they see you (because let’s get real, while most of us don’t necessarily care what others think, we do want to present ourselves in the best way possible, am I right?)? Do you want to give off an image of professionalism, confidence, creativity? Are you a little shy or straight-forward? Would you say you’re more on the sophisticated side? Feminine & frilly or a tomboy?


3. Who are you style icons? Who would you look to for style inspiration?


Who is that person that EVERY time you see a photo of them, you screenshot, save, and file that image in your memory because THAT is how you want to look? Whose style is consistently something you’d aspire to? What feeling does this person (or persons) evoke and why would you like to evoke the same feeling?

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So… how did you do? Do you feel like you’re getting closer to what your personal style could be?

I have a few more questions you should ask yourself to help in defining your personal style, but I’ll be saving them for my Personal Style Program, that will be launching in the new year! I’m so excited to share my style tips and tricks with you all, and I hope you’ll join me on this new journey.

If you’re interested in learning more about my course, feel free to sign up for my mailing list below, as I plan to share more information in the coming weeks!

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