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How to be the Best Dressed Wedding Guest

Posted on: May 29th, 2015 by Leah No Comments

The month of June, second only to August, is the most popular month for weddings. With all the different types of weddings it can be hard to know what to wear. For most weddings, the invitation will indicate the type of attire the couple would like their guests to don by listing the dress code. When a wedding invitation does not clearly indicate the dress code, you’ll need to create a look that is special, respectful, and appropriate for the venue and time of celebration.

An Evening Wedding

Weddings are a celebratory event and that means what you wear should reflect that. It is always better to be overdressed than underdressed. An evening wedding indicates a more formal affair and should be attended with semi-formal to formal attire unless otherwise noted.   That said, you never want to upstage the bride. This means no attention-getting styles showing too much leg or too much decolletage, no loud colors and absolutely no white. A cocktail dress is the perfect attire for an evening wedding paired with classic accessories such as heels, a clutch purse and jewelry. Stand out in a sea of LBDs by opting for a feminine print such as floral or charming color tones such as soft pink or mint green.

A Daytime Wedding

A daytime wedding calls for a more subdued look. Stay away from black dresses for early morning or afternoon weddings to ensure you don’t look like you are attending a funeral. Instead of black or bold colored heels which will look more appropriate for evening attire, opt for wedges, sandals or nude colored heels that will perfectly complement a day look. Similar to what you might wear to an outdoor wedding, a daytime wedding is perfect for sundresses and long maxi dresses. A long maxi dress worn with sandals will be celebratory while not being overdressed for the time of day.

An Outdoor Wedding

If it’s an outdoor wedding, your footwear will be the most important part of your outfit. Outdoor weddings held on a beach, or in a field will make heels more of a hazard than an accessory. Choose shoes that you can walk-in such as dressy sandals or wedge heels and stay away from flip flops as they are too noisy and casual. For men, loafers or leather sandals are appropriate unless a dress code of semi-formal or formal has been noted. You’ll also need to plan for the elements. Rain, bugs, and sun are all things to plan ahead for by packing the right items to make you comfortable such as an umbrella, bug spray and sunscreen. If it’s warm, you will also need to make sure your clothing is sweat resistant. Choose darker colored fabrics that are breathable and made from natural fibers such as 100 percent cotton or linen.

Kristin Ayala Crane's Bridal Designs

Kristin Ayala Crane’s Bridal Designs

For the Bride

In early May, the Key West High School Fashion Club presented its eighth annual fashion show where ten talented students presented their designs. One high school fashionista, Kristin Ayala Crane, created her line inspired by bridal fashion week with the whimsical theme of A Midsummer Night’s Dream. Her collection utilized lace, tulle, satin and strategic cutouts for accentuating the beauty of the female physique. In addition to white, gold was also used to complement her designs for an elegant look. Although these students are not yet selling their own creations, if you’re a bride to-be, they certainly are a group to watch as these talented students are sure to be tomorrow’s couture bridal fashion designers.

 

Spring Cleaning

Posted on: May 15th, 2015 by Leah No Comments

When you think of spring cleaning, our closets rarely get a second thought. But with summer right around the corner, this seasonal task is must-do. Summer is the perfect time to shop for your Florida Keys wardrobe as the lightweight clothing now in stores is perfect for our warm weather. But before rushing out and buying every cute summery dress you can find, you need to review what’s already in your closet.

To help with this daunting task, I recommend the following: wear comfortable clothing, play your favorite tunes to get you in a good mood, open a bottle of wine, and invite a brave friend who is brutally honest and has good taste.

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Clean First

Before cleaning out your closet, you must first tackle cleaning it up. That means hanging everything that’s taken claim to your closet floor and refolding shirts and slacks that have been haphazardly placed on shelves.

Organize by Type and Color

Once everything has been put back, hang your clothes by type so that all your dresses, slacks, skirts and shirts hang together. This makes it easier to find what you’re looking for when you’re in a hurry. Also, organize them by color so that all your black dresses are hung together. Not only does this make your clothing more easy to see but it will also help you understand what might be missing from your wardrobe.

Review your Wardrobe

Now go through your clothing and identify items that you no longer wear, no longer fit and that no longer look good on you. This is where your friend will provide value. Often, we attach emotions to our clothing because it was worn for a special occasion or you have always had great luck wearing that red shirt. But as time passes, clothing can look worn, have stains or may not fit quite right, begging you to retire the item no matter how much you love it. For items that are being retired, you have two options, sell or donate. Donate unwanted items to one of the many local charities including the Florida Keys Children’s Shelter and the Domestic Abuse Shelter. If the item has a value and is in good condition, consider selling it through a local consignment shop or online through the Keys Yard Sale Facebook group.

Make a List

Now that your closet has been cleaned out and your unwanted items donated or sold, you will likely see some areas where you are lacking. Make a list for what you might need based on what you have removed from your wardrobe and also what you are clearly lacking. An all black and white closet is not in your best interest so your goal should be to add in some color. Likewise, all color and no basics isn’t the way to go either.

Keep it Clean

Fashion Blogger Leandra Medine, says it best, “Cleaning your closet is a lot like getting a bikini wax. If you neglect the targeted region for too long, the next time you commit to, you know, cleaning it up, it’s painful, frustrating and time consuming.” Your closet is your temple. Keep it cleaned up and organized so you can keep looking like the best version of you.

 

What to Pack for a Summer Getaway

Posted on: May 4th, 2015 by Leah No Comments

Whether you’re jet setting this summer or planning a staycation, having the right clothes for your getaway are as important as planning your activities once you arrive at your destination. Great sunglasses, cute swim suits, a good read, camera, and sunscreen are just a few must-have items to pack. But for a stylish summer vacation, you may also want to think about adding a few new on-trend pieces that will take your vacation from boring to fabulous.

Tropical Prints

Believe it or not, Hawaiian shirts and all things tropical are considered hip and on-trend. While enjoying their moment in the sun, these bold botanical prints are appearing in black and white fauna, vintage inspired palm tree prints, and bright tropical hues. Try paring a tropical piece with other neutrals or be bold and wear it from head-to-toe. These kitschy prints will elevate your style in a serious way. Find beautiful on-trend tropical printed dresses starting at $35 at Miss Monroe Boutique located at 81868 Overseas Highway in Islamorada at the Village Square at Trading Post.

Tropical Printed Dress from Miss Monroe

Tropical Printed Dress from Miss Monroe

Day-to-Night Shorts

When traveling, it’s important to pack versatile pieces that you can easily wear from day-to-night. Not only will this help reduce the amount of luggage you need to take, but it will also give you additional options for your vacation wardrobe. A bright pair of shorts in a fun color or print are perfect for your day activities worn with a tank and a pair of sandals. Wear those same shorts for night by pairing them with a flirty top, bold jewelry and a pair of wedge heels. Day-to-Night shorts are available at D-Luxe Boutique located at 80925 Overseas Highway in Islamorada starting at $15.

Day-to-Night Shorts from D-Luxe Boutique

Day-to-Night Shorts from D-Luxe Boutique

Colorful Hats

Nothing says fabulous like a big and colorful summer hat. Not only will this provide some additional shade for your face and shoulders while lounging poolside, but it will also give your beachside attire a stylish twist. Find a large variety of summer hats at Island Trendz Boutique starting at $45 located within the new Amara Cay Resort in Islamorada at 80001 Overseas Highway.

Bright Hats from Island Trendz Boutique

Bright Hats from Island Trendz Boutique

Sizzling Summer Fashion Show

See more must-have summer fashions on Thursday, May 14th at The Village Square at the Trading Post’s 2nd annual Sizzling Summer Fashion Show featuring summer fashions from Miss Monroe Boutique, D-Luxe Boutique, One Sun Project Bikinis and Island Trendz Boutique. The event will start at 6 p.m. with the fashion show starting at 7:30 p.m. and will include an Oo-tray mobile bar, Bad Boy Burrito taco bar, photo booth, and free giveaways. Tickets are available for $20 at Miss Monroe or D-Luxe Boutique. This is a great opportunity to see some beautiful summer fashions perfect for your summer getaway and your Florida Keys wardrobe. Hope to see you there!

Sizzling Summer

It’s Derby Time!

Posted on: April 20th, 2015 by Leah No Comments

It’s time to dust off your fascinators, floppy hats and fedoras for the Kentucky Derby on Saturday, May 2.   The only way to watch the best two minutes in sports is to enjoy it with festive attire, mint juleps and friends. So it’s time to plan your most stylish outfit, create a hat, and decide where to watch it!

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Plan Your Outfit

The Kentucky Derby takes on the style of a “Southern belle”. Sundresses in bright spring hues and fun patterns such as floral or stripes are perfect for this event. Before finalizing your dress, consider what your headpiece will look like. If your dress has a lot of pattern or color, you may want to choose a simple design for your hat. Likewise, if you choose a simple dress, you can opt for a big and bold fascinator!

For men, classic linen, khaki or seersucker suits are the perfect attire for the Kentucky Derby. If this feels too dressy for your viewing plans, opt for a more casual look with a button down shirt in a fun color or pattern such as pink or gingham. Keep in mind the preppier the better. Pair it with shorts, loafers, a bow tie and a fedora and you are all set.

DIY Kentucky Derby Hat

If the hats in your closet aren’t quite cutting it, get creative and make your own. You’ll need either a hat or a headband for your base, embellishments such as flowers, feathers, bows and ribbons, and a hot glue gun and safety pins to help you adhere your designs. Styles can range from classy and fashionable to zainy, eye-catching headwear.

Kevin and Corly Quick won best hats for their horse head hat at last year's Kentucky Derby party at oo-tray.

Kevin and Corly Quick won best hats for their horse head hat at last year’s Kentucky Derby party at oo-tray.

If you need a little more guidance for creating your hat, The Art Studio in Marathon will be hosting classes April 23-25 from 11-5 p.m. Located at 12535 Overseas Highway, they will provide all the hats, headbands and embellishments to create a custom hat for $35 or fascinator for $18. Call 405-289-9013 for more information.

Watch the Derby

If you’re not hosting your own viewing party, join me at oo-tray at 80900 Overseas Highway in Islamorada starting at 5 p.m. Oo-tray will be serving Kentucky Derby themed food and drinks, and will be giving out prizes for the best dressed and best hat. In addition, there will be a 50/50 raffle for betting on horses, live music after the race and an Islamorada Derby where local celebrities will race with horse sticks for guests’ amusement. Call 305.922.2027 or go to https://www.facebook.com/events/1401243463531042/ for more information.

Derby 2015

In addition, Fishermen’s Hospital Foundation is hosting a Kentucky Derby fundraiser at the Lighthouse Grill at Faro Blanco Resort & Yacht Club located at 1996 Overseas Highway in Marathon. Tickets are $75 and all proceeds raised will benefit Fishermen’s Community Hospital. Bet on your favorite derby horses and enjoy mint juleps and southern fare. RSVP to kim.gregory@fhcares.com or call 305.393.5720 for tickets.

See you at the races!

 

Spring Trends 2015: The 70’s are Back!

Posted on: April 3rd, 2015 by Leah No Comments

Spring fashion is calling your inner hippy. Runway trends displayed collections with patchwork patterns, fringe accents, flared pants, colored suede, and bohemian looks straight from the 70’s. If you’ve always been a hippy at heart, bring your flowy frocks out of storage and wear them in all their glory knowing this season you are right on trend.

For those of you less than enthused with bringing back the groovy 70’s, below are several other spring styles to add to your wardrobe.

Gingham Designs by Oscar de la Renta Spring 2015

Gingham Designs by Oscar de la Renta Spring 2015

Yellow Fever

Nothing says spring like a pop of color. From amber to canary, to muted pastels and marigold, any color of yellow will bring a dose of sunshine to your wardrobe. The trick is finding a color of yellow that looks great on you. If you have a pale skin tone, dark yellow or mustard hues would best suit you. For dark or olive complexions, go for lemon and bright yellows to make your skin glow.   Aren’t sold on this happy hue? Instead of wearing this color as a larger pieces such as a dress or jacket, try it in a fun accessory like a pair of shoes or a clutch bag to bring color to an otherwise ordinary outfit.

All White
Not a fan of color? Then the all white trend is for you.   Try white in a head-to-toe ensemble for a fashion forward look. Clean, all white silhouettes look great whether wearing a flowy bohemian dress or donning a casual look. Try wearing all white with simple metallic jewelry and shoes for an effortless and classic feel.

Bare Shoulders

This fashion trend for spring is all about highlighting the shoulders with interesting necklines. Many of this season’s designers showed off-the-shoulder and bold one-shoulder designs to create interest in the neckline. It’s a great way to show off your sun kissed skin without flaunting too much. Try this trend through a new top paired casually with a pair of shorts or dressed up with a skirt for a fun night out.

Flats

You can finally give your feet a rest, comfortable shoes are in. Ditch last seasons Birkenstocks and instead opt for cute sandals, sneakers and flats perfect for life in the Florida Keys. Create an interesting combination by pairing a fun colored sneaker with a dress or skirt. Your feet will rejoice when you give your wedges and heels a break for the night out. Plus imagine how much longer you can dance when wearing comfortable shoes!

Shirt Dresses

Shirt dresses are a classic wardrobe staple. If this seasons trend isn’t already a part of your wardrobe, this is the perfect opportunity to invest in a cute style. Effortlessly chic, shirt dresses are perfect for day or night and double as a fabulous swimsuit cover up. Look for shirt dresses reimagined with high slits or a fun pattern.

Gingham Style

Move over plaid, this season is all about gingham. This sixties-inspired print no longer carries the sweet and innocent vibe from Dorothy’s blue and white gingham dress on The Wizard of Oz. Instead, this retro design is showing up in a variety of color combinations and print sizes for a fresh look. Classic black and white gingham looks great blown up in size and also on sheer fabrics. No longer just a picnic table print, this pattern is making a major come back. Look for enlarged patterned gingham dresses and skirts in a fun color for a ladylike twist on this retro print.

Happy Shopping!

 

10 Signs You Have a Shopping Problem

Posted on: March 25th, 2015 by Leah No Comments

Who doesn’t love to shop?  But when does that love turn from passion to obsession?  While most of us aren’t shopping addicts, your shopping behaviors may be harming your bank account and adding to the clutter in your closet.  Below are 10 signs that you may have a shopping problem.

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You buy garments that have limited wear

When you are shopping for clothing, before buying the item think of three outfits  you can wear it with.  If you can’t come up with three outfits, than you will not wear the item often enough to make the purchase worth the money.  This is especially true of investment pieces.   Investment pieces must be versatile enough to warrant the price tag, like a handbag or a piece of jewelry you will wear every day.

Packages arrive you don’t remember ordering

You should be excited about a purchase you make anticipating its arrival and the opportunity to wear it.   If packages arrive that you don’t remember purchasing, it may be a sign that you don’t really need what you bought and it would be best to just return it.

You don’t remove an item when you add a new item to your wardrobe

As a rule of thumb, use the one in, one out rule.  When you buy something new, you need to remove one thing from your closet.  This will make you regularly review your inventory for articles of clothing that you are no longer wearing so that you don’t have to do a huge closet cleaning each year.

You often sleep walk shop in the middle of the night

Insomnia is a problem many face, but when you’re having a sleepless night try reading instead of online shopping.  Online shopping at this time of night will only lead to buyer’s remorse because you didn’t read the return policy and are now stuck with an item in the wrong size and color.

You still have tags on more than 5 items in your closet

If you bought something more than a month ago and still haven’t worn it.  It’s time to return it.  Most return policies are 30 days so you may still have a chance to get your money back.  If you haven’t worn it in 30 days than you likely don’t love it as much as you thought you did when you bought it.

You buy pieces of clothing for only one occasion

Very few people have the type of disposable income where they can afford to wear an outfit only once.  Weddings and celebrations warrant wearing something you feel fabulous in.  However, make sure that the dress you buy is something you can wear again to a future event.  By changing up your accessories you can create a new look without buying a whole new outfit.

You buy items you can’t afford

Purchasing items you can’t afford will cause more stress than it’s worth.  Instead of splurging on something in the moment, save your money each month so that when you have finally save enough, you can feel good about the purchase.

You buy items that are the wrong size

Never buy items that don’t fit when you try them on in the store.  We all would like to lose 10 pounds but buying something that doesn’t fit hoping it will fit once you lose weight is not the way to go.

You shop just to shop

Window shopping can be fun but if you find yourself purchasing items that you really don’t love or need, then it may be time to put down the credit card.  It’s best to go shopping when you know you really need something.  Maybe your skinny jeans are in desperate need of being replaced, or perhaps you have an event coming up and your black heels have reached their expiration date.  You wouldn’t go to the grocery store without a list or at least an idea of what you need so why would you go shopping for clothing without a plan?

You don’t know what you have

Fashionistas know that the more you have, the less you wear.  If your closet is so crammed that you don’t even know what you have, than it may be time for a major closet cleaning.  Go through your closet and get rid of the items that don’t fit, have holes or stains, and that haven’t been worn in a year.  As you get rid of things, make a list of wardrobe staples that need to be replaced.  If you consign some of your unwanted clothing, you can use the money you get from selling them to buy the items you need to replace.

 

2015 Pantone Color of the Year

Posted on: February 23rd, 2015 by Leah No Comments

Since 1990, the Pantone Color Institute has selected a color of the year which influences the design world for the year to come. In the past few years, we saw top colors such as emerald, tangerine, honeysuckle, and turquoise. The global color authority announced that their 2015 color of year will be Marsala. A hue they describe as the color of fine chocolates, exotic spices, and the fragrant loam of the fertile Earth. Below are a few ways to incorporate this beautiful hue into your life.

For the Home

This rich earthy wine red hue is a seductive shade that exudes warmth and comfort in its surroundings. Thus, when incorporating this color into your home, Pantone recommends it be considered for textured surfaces such as rugs and furniture. Both hearty and nurturing, Marsala is also a great color to accent in the kitchen and dining areas.

This full-bodied color is strong enough to be used alone as a statement color, or as an accent to other complementary colors like blues, greens, off-whites and browns. Try this color in your home by adding a rug, throw pillows, or by painting one accent wall for a vibrant yet soothing effect.

Cosmetics

Versatility is Marsala’s best shade. Unlike past Pantone colors, Marsala has been seen in more variations in fashion and cosmetics. From shades of earthy browns to rich nudes with hues of pink.

Marsala is a color that looks great on all skin tones making it easy to wear.   Embrace this hue by adding a pop of color to your nails, lips or eyes. The trend in makeup is to use an unusual color on your eyelids. Apply this rich color on the corner of your eyelids or as eyeliner for a dramatic look.

Fashion

Equally appealing to men and women, Marsala is a the perfect shade for apparel and accessories.   Marsala was a big color in the Spring 2015 runway fashion shows and works well for every season. This winter, it was prominent in big cozy sweaters and rich leather bags. For spring and summer look for it in prints.

As an accent, try pairing the color with neutrals like warm taupes and grays, or brights like yellow, teal, and orange. This shade also looks gorgeous with other earth tones such as copper, black, brown, and metallics. Incorporate this into your existing wardrobe by trying it as an accessory color such as heels or a big necklace for a dramatic, on-trend ensemble.

DK's Style Hut Marsala Wrap Dress

DK’s Style Hut Marsala Wrap Dress

Stop by DK’s Style Hut at 8347 Overseas Highway in Marathon to view their impressive range of clothing and accessories for spring. Open daily from 11 a.m. – 6 p.m. you’ll find this little store is jam packed with great basics and fashion forward apparel with beautiful prints in the Marsala hue.

DK's Style Hut Marsala Print Bag

DK’s Style Hut Marsala Print Bag

 

Resolve for Healthier Skin

Posted on: February 6th, 2015 by Leah No Comments

Healthy living is consistently among American’s most popular New Year’s resolutions. However, according to a recent Forbes article, only 8% of American’s who make New Year’s Resolutions actually achieve them.

So whether you’re just getting started on your New Year’s resolution or need some motivation to get back into it. Here are a few things you can do to take better care of yourself.

Reduce Stress

Stress is virtually unavoidable but how you deal with stress can impact your health.   If you turn to comfort food or a bottle of wine to help relieve stress, you could be adding pounds to your waistline negatively affecting your health goals. Instead, call a friend – stay connected while also talking about what’s bothering you. Slow down – If work has you going at an unsustainable speed, slow down and focus on just one item to help you accomplish a few small tasks. Laugh – A good laugh lowers stress and boosts endorphins to lighten your mood so tune into your favorite comedian for a quick and natural boost. Get moving – Exercise can greatly reduce stress while also helping the brain release feel-good chemicals. So try a walk after work or over your lunch hour for a better way to reduce your stress.

Take Care of Your Skin

Did you know that the largest organ in your body is your skin. We Floridian’s need to especially pay attention to the care of our skin given the amount of sun exposure we receive on a daily basis. Resolve to wear sunscreen daily. Find a daily moisturizer that also has an SPF for easy application and use it on your entire face and neck. Make sure to also apply to your ears, hands and nose – all high risk areas for skin cancer. Another tip: keep a small container of sun block in your purse or car for those unplanned occasions when you find yourself spending time outdoors.

Go Natural

The skin care and beauty industry is very unregulated leaving each of us personally responsible to review what we put on our skin. Reading beauty product ingredients is as important as reading food labels to find out what is in the products you are using. Morada Pure, a new skincare store located at 81681 Old Highway in Islamorada, has taken on the hard work for you by deciphering hard to read beauty ingredients and has curated a store filled with a selection of natural skincare, beauty, and cosmetic products that are healthy, non-toxic, highly effective, and cruelty free.

When looking at all the products you are currently using on your skin, it can feel a bit overwhelming. So start small and make a change on a few of the products you use daily such as your facial cleansers and lotions to get you started on a healthier skin regime.

The founder of Morada Pure, Tiffany Minock, is a Licensed Esthetician and International Beauty Therapist on the PURE principles and philosophy of fresh, healthy, and true skincare. Tiffany recommends these top three products to get you started on a healthier skin regime.

Tiffany Minock, owner of Morada Pure

Tiffany Minock, owner of Morada Pure

 

  1. Natural Fine Herbal Face Cleanser by Farmaesthetics – $38 Voted the #1 facial cleanser by FaceParlour.com and also named by Parenting.com as 1 of only 3 cleansers they’d recommend using on a child. This facial cleanser is excellent on all skin types and washes away impurities and excess oil without ever changing the skin’s natural ph balance.

  2. Hydrating Accelerator by Josh Rosebrook – $32 Proper hydration is the #1 priority for healthy skin.  Insufficient hydration results in dry, flaky skin that is more prone to wrinkling and skin disorders. Drinking water is essential.  But remember that water has to go through your entire body before getting to your skin.  Which is why a hydrating accelerator is an important part of your daily skin regime. Use before applying your moisturizer for a refreshing, fresh, blast of dermal nutrition.

  3. Antioxidant Facial Serum by Laurel – $80 This ideal moisturizer for all skin types is full of skin nourishing plants high in antioxidants, making this the ideal anti-aging serum. Made from whole plant blend to stimulate collagen production, reduce sun damage, and encourage healthy cell reproduction. This facial serum is loaded with whole plant antioxidants, vitamins, minerals, and EFAs.

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Organic Lavender and Rosemary Peppermint Liquid Castile Soap

Morada Pure also offers their own branded organic liquid castile soap made from olive oil and naturally scented with organic lavender and organic rosemary peppermint. They also offer a refill program to help eliminate the billions of pounds of one time use of plastic container waste. Use their amazing castile soap for body, bath, all purpose cleaning, fruit and veggie rinse, and dog washing.

Stop by Morada Pure for an array of natural and toxic free products ranging from $5 to $80 including deodorant, face products, eye treatments, makeup remover, shampoo, hairspray, bug spray and sun screen, to name a few.

Reach for your goals to accomplish a healthier and happier you in 2015!

 

Regifting: Taboo or Socially Acceptable

Posted on: December 26th, 2014 by Leah No Comments

Now that the holidays are over, you’ve likely acquired more never-to-be-used stuff. The question now is what to do with it all. Packing it into your already full closets which contains more unused, unworn gifts from holidays past seems like a waste.  Instead of keeping items you’ll never use, consider regifting that unwanted item to someone that will love it.

Don’t Become a Hoarder

It was once considered quite the taboo to regift. After all, the spirit of gift giving is to show your love and appreciation to the receiver. And what does that say if you discard the gift. However, according to the Spending & Saving Tracker survey by American Express, 76 percent of people now say regifting is acceptable.   Unless you want to end up on an episode of “Hoarders”, you’ll need to dispose of these unwanted gifts in some way. Why not give it to someone else that will really love it. Your only reason for keeping a gift should not be because of an assumed obligation to the gift giver.

Who can I give this to?

If the first thought that comes into your head after receiving a gift is – Who can I give this to? – you are probably a chronic regifter. Perhaps you are the person who has everything or maybe you are just really picky. Whatever the reason, regifting is a great way to pass along wonderful, sometimes even expensive gifts that might be perfect for someone else. Just be sure to keep track of who gave you what. There is nothing more embarrassing than regifting a gift to the person who gave it to you.

Host a regifting party

Instead of avoiding the taboo of regifting for fear of offending family and friends, host a regifting party in the new year.  The only requirement is that each attendee bring an unwanted gift to exchange for one they will actually use.  After all, regifting is the origin of the white elephant gift exchange. So at the very least you’ll all get a good laugh when someone opens your gift from Aunt Martha containing three ceramic kitten bowls.

Ceramic kitty measuring cups found on Amazon.com

Ceramic kitty measuring cups found on Amazon.com

Whether you choose to regift, remember it is the thought that counts. No matter how much the gift may seem like it couldn’t possibly be intended for you, it was. Smile, say thank you, and place the ceramic kitty bowls in your cupboard.

 

Gift Guide for the Men in your Life

Posted on: December 22nd, 2014 by Leah No Comments

Figuring out what to buy the men in your life is no easy task. Especially if your dad, husband and brothers are the type that seem to already have everything. To me, men always seem a bit more difficult to buy for. Then too, it may be because the perfect handbag wouldn’t exactly knock their socks off.  This year, instead of buying him another fishing lure or cooler, consider one of these man-worthy gifts.

It’s the season to sparkle

Most women swoon over little blue boxes wrapped in tiny white bows. They call their girlfriends to gab over what could possibly be inside the obvious jewelry box. Small boxes can be equally as exciting for men. Plus, they’ll never guess that the gift is even for them. Blue Marlin Jewelry in Islamorada offers beautiful jewelry for men including men’s watches and cuff links. So if you have a guy who likes to get dressed up, consider buying him something to sparkle in.

Stop into to Blue Marlin Jewelry’s new location at 81549 Old Highway in Islamorada, open Monday through Saturday 9:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. and Sundays 11:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

Capture Memories

A GoPro is the perfect gift for the adventurous men in your life. These small, lightweight cameras are wearable and mountable to shoot action photos and videos for a lifetime of memories. If you have a sportsman or outdoorsman in your family, the GoPro is a great gift to help them film their next big catch or back country adventure. Starting at $299, GoPros are available at Divers Direct located at 535 Greene Street in Key West. Open Monday – Thursday 9 a.m. to 7 p.m., Friday and Saturday 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. and Sunday 10 a.m. to 7 p.m.

For the Adventurous

Help your guy try something he’s always wanted to do by buying him lessons to try wakeboarding or kiteboarding. Keys Cable and the oTHErside Adventure Park is the Southernmost cable wake park in the United States offering rentals, coaching and passes to try these fun pastimes. This experience is also one the whole family can enjoy.   Open 7 days a week from 11:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. Located on Grassy Key, call (305) 414-8245 for rates or appointments.

The Gift that Keeps on Giving

Green Egg

The best gift I have ever given my husband was a Green Egg for his 40th birthday. He was dying to buy a Green Egg and after our old grill rusted out, I splurged for this funny looking ceramic grill, roaster, smoker, and baker extraordinaire. The reason it has been the best gift, is that it truly is the gift that keeps on giving. Beyond the normal steaks and burgers, he’s made smoked ham injected with pure maple syrup, brisket, leg of lamb, smoked turkey, BBQ chicken, chicken wings, fire roasted pizza, smoked BBQ ribs and the list goes on. The aroma coming from our house has the neighbors mouths watering and has turned my husband into the cook in the family. I now just get to watch with a glass of wine in hand. Although I’m starting to get concerned that he may run off and join the BBQ competition circuit, these chef-like meals has made us into quite the foodies and cooking together has been fun.

Forest Tek Lumber located at 88521 Overseas Highway in Tavernier carries Green Egg’s starting at $799. They’ll deliver and if you’d like more than just the base the Egg sits in, they also make custom tables for all your grilling needs.

And don’t forget the gifts that don’t cost a thing. Plan to watch the sunset together while enjoying his favorite bottle of wine. Give him a kind compliment or note to let him know how much you love him. Or provide a helping hand to do a chore he normally does alone.

No matter the gift, large or small, it’s the thought that counts.   Happy Holidays.