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Miami Swim Week begins on Thursday and with it comes a slew of events, lots of bare skin and an army of bikini-clad models taking part in what is undoubtedly the sexiest fashion week of them all. To observe and report on all of the week's happenings, we brought in a handful of top fashion bloggers from Europe and South America who will share their musings in the coming days. Here, we introduce you to the girls behind the blogs.

London-based, Spanish born 27-year-old Gala Gonzalez has an enviable job description: blogger, creative director, DJ and occasional model. As she prepared for her first visit to Miami for Swim Week, she shared what she’s packing, what she’s coveting for fall and who she’s following online.

What was the first thing you packed?
My Dior make up essentials and sunglasses.

Who are your favorite fashion designers?
Saint Laurent, Emporio Armani, Sergio Rossi.

Who is your favorite swimwear designer?
Beach Riot.

On your wish list for the fall...
A Chanel boy bag in the new winter colors.

You haven't stopped thinking of...
Everything Saint Laurent. (View more Saint Laurent here).


The last museum show you saw was…
V&A David Bowie. (See our picks for this year's top fashion museum shows).

Your fashion icon is...
Anita Pallenberg.

Favorite time period in fashion...
Late 60s early 70s.

What's on your summer playlist?
My very own! I just launched under Warner Music my own playlist called Gala Gonzalez Fashion Music vol.1.

The last fashion purchase you made was…  
YSL Muse Two bag.


Favorite beach accessory?

Ocean or pool?
Ocean always!

Have you been to Bal Habour Shops before?
It's my very first time and I cannot wait!

This 24-year-old Brazilian-based blogger is all about fashion and beauty. Her blog, blog da thassia, is a personal snapshot of her fashionable adventures and ways to live the stylish life. Here, she shares some of her favorites for Fall, swim style and what she packed for Miami Swim Week.

Favorite swimwear designers?
Água de Côco, Lenny, Triya and Adriana Degreas. All brazilian brands!


Who are your favorite fashion designers?
Dolce & Gabbana, Stella McCartney and Valentino.

What was the first thing you packed?
On each trip I start organizing my suitcase for a specific part, for this trip I will start with the printed skirts that are the hit of the summer. My choices were Peter Pilotto’s and Isolda’s skirts.


What's the first thing you'll be doing when in town?
Going to the beach, and then checking out the new collections in my favorite shops at Bal Harbour! I’ll also make time for my favorite restaurants in the city, such as Carpaccio and Cecconis.

On your wish list for the fall...
A Cutler & Gross sunglasses.

What's on your radar for the fall?
Well, I can't stop thinking about Dolce & Gabbana's collection.


Your fashion icon is...
Miroslava Duma.

You haven't stopped thinking about...
Valentino´s Haute Couture Fall Collection! (View the best of Fall Haute Couture here).


The 25-year-old fashion designer and blogger is in the know when it comes to fashion, culture, food and gossip, and has a cult  following on her Brazilian-based blog, Garotas Estúpidas. Hot on the heels of her first cover shoot for Glamour Brazil—a first for a blogger—we caught up with the Recife-born and based Couinho as she prepared for Miami Swim Week.


Which swim show are you most looking forward to?
Chloé! (View photos from the 2102 Chloé swim week show).

Who are your three favorite fashion designers?
Chanel, Lilly Sarti, Patricia Bonaldi.

What is on your wish list for the fall?
These Valentino boots!


The last museum show you saw was…
Punk Chaos to Couture at the Met in New York.

Which blogs do you follow?
The Blonde Salad, Cupcakes and Cashmere, Refinery 29.

The last fashion purchase you made was…
A Balenciaga studded leather bracelet.

The London-based 31-year-old is the founder of In + Addition, a marketing and communications company with a focus on fashion and lifestyle. Her blog, Style Trail, bridges fashion, art and design into one addictive destination. Here, Judd shares her plans for Miami Swim Week.

Where were you born?
London but I grew up in the South of Spain.

Do you have a favorite swimwear designer?
Not sure if it’s my favorite necessarily, but I’m loving Kenzo at the moment.


Who are your favorite fashion designers?
Miu Miu, Lanvin…. and I just discovered Claudie Pierlot!

Which swim show you're most looking forward to?
Cabana, on the pool of Soho House Beach House.

What’s on your wish list for the fall?
I would be very happy with ones of these.


What was the last fashion purchase you made was?
A pair of Miu Miu denim shoes.

Have you visited Miami and Bal Harbour Shops before?
Yes, for Basel and Winter Music Conference -- it’s becoming a habit! Bal Harbour is an extraordinary place. A tropical shopping paradise.

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