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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.

shopping-addicts

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.

The Perils of Holiday Shopping

Posted on: December 20th, 2014 by Leah No Comments

I have a confession to make. I hate shopping over the holidays. The long lines, abundance of shoppers, and packed parking lots instantly turns me into the Grinch. Lucky for you, we live in the Florida Keys, far far away from those crazy shopping malls packed with overzealous holiday bargain hunters.

Our shopping options consist of beautiful boutiques where you’ll find friendly locals eager to help with everything on your shopping list. For a pleasant shopping experience this holiday season, take a look at a few shopping tips to help you get into the shopping mood.

Wear comfortable clothing

Whether you’ll be shopping in the Florida Keys or traveling to the mainland, comfortable clothing is a must. I recommend dressing in layers as stores are usually air conditioned and can get cool. Also, make sure your footwear is appropriate for the hours you plan to spend perusing racks of ugly Christmas sweaters, candy canes, ornaments, and stocking stuffers. You may also want to pack a hair tie to pull your hair back in case you have to fight someone for the last $5 bejeweled tree topper.

Create a List and Budget

Make a list of all the gifts you need to purchase for the holidays. By having an idea of what you need and writing it down, you can save both time and money. When you don’t have a list, it’s much easier to over buy and over spend.

Look for the Bargain but Don’t Buy Just to Buy

Bargains are great but you should never purchase something just because it’s a deal. If the item is for you, make sure you will absolutely use it and are not just buying to buy.

Just because it’s the holidays doesn’t mean you have to buy cold weather festive items. After all, we do live in the Florida Keys were its warm year round. Instead of sweaters and boots, consider a more fun approach and buy some new swimwear this holiday season. The owners of the Waters Edge Gift Cottage opened the new Immerse: A Swimwear Boutique in October. Located at mile marker 99 at 99228 Overseas Highway in Key Largo, this new boutique offers cover ups, beach fashion accessories, beautiful swim wear and unique gifts. Plus, your cold weather based friends and family will love receiving something beachy along with an invitation to come visit. It will help them get through their cold winter knowing they have something cute to wear or enjoy on a future trip to the Florida Keys. Immerse: A Swimwear Boutique is open Tuesday – Saturday 11 a.m. – 5 p.m.

Immerse: A Swimwear Boutique in Key Largo

Immerse: A Swimwear Boutique in Key Largo

In the Iconic 80’s flick Troop Beverly Hills, Phyllis Nefler says, “I may be a beginner at some things but I’ve got a black belt in shopping.” By following these tips, you too can earn your shopping black belt. Remember, no hair pulling…after all it is the season to be jolly.

 

 

Planning Ahead for What to Wear

Posted on: November 15th, 2014 by Leah No Comments

Dressing up is synonymous with celebrating. In the words of Rachel Zoe, “It’s what differentiates the cork-popping moments from the everyday routine of our lives.” With the holidays fast approaching, it’s time to start forging a plan for what you will be wearing to all of the festivities. From holiday parties with friends, to work functions, to family celebrations, each event means a different outfit. By creating a plan for what you will be wearing, you will ensure you won’t be stuck wearing the same black dress you wore last year. Very few holiday celebrations happen spontaneously so save on the stress and make a plan now for looking your best.

Identify what you already have

First, go through your closet and look at what you already own and what needs repairs. Do you own a party dress that still fits you well and looks fabulous? Do you have work appropriate apparel that can be worn for holiday celebrations with your colleagues? Are your dress-up shoes in need of a shine, polish or being reheeled? If so, now is the time to do so. You will also want to check on whether you own the right accessories and undergarments. Often the clothes hanging in our closet that have yet to be worn are hanging there because you still don’t own the right strappy heels to go with the dress.   Here is a list of some of the things you should own: an LBD, a formal cocktail dress in a color other than black, a sweater, wrap, or jacket that could be worn over a dress or skirt for warmth and for more conservative work functions, an evening bag, and glamorous jewelry.

Is there a Dress Code?

Before deciding what to wear, be sure you know the dress code. New Year’s Eve celebrations and holiday weddings both tend to demand more formal attire. If you’re not sure of the dress code, consider the venue and the time of day. Evening events will always be more formal in nature. The Florida Keys are typically more relaxed when it comes to dress codes, however, the holidays are the perfect excuse to break out your sequined shoes and fabulous LBD. It’s never a bad thing to be the most glamorous person in the room.

Reinvent a Look

Stylish women know the art of reinventing a look with chic accessories. If you always wear your LBD with the same heels and jewelry, it may be time to swap in a new bold necklace and matching heels to make the same basic dress look a bit different.   Suzette Kelly in Key West creates beautiful handmade jewelry perfect for dressing up your holiday look. All of her creations are handmade with sterling silver, 14 karat gold, semiprecious stones, and Swarovski crystal. Locally, you can find Suzette’s one-of-a-kind jewelry at Wanderlust Boutique at 310 Petronia Street in Key West. Open Monday-Saturday 10-6 and Sunday 10-4.

Sterling silver, jade and precosia crystal by Suzette Kelly at Wanderlust Boutique in Key West

Sterling silver, jade and precosia crystal by Suzette Kelly at Wanderlust Boutique in Key West

Dressing up is an opportunity to show another side of you. The most important thing to remember is that you need to feel comfortable and fabulous in what you are wearing. With a well thought plan, you can be the life of the party instead of worrying about what you are wearing.

Fall Fashion Trends

Posted on: November 15th, 2014 by Leah No Comments

The humidity has finally subsided and it’s time to pull out your fall favorites. Embracing fall trends can be tricky when you live in a tropical climate. And this fall is all about cozy knits, boxy wrap jackets and capes, and shearling accents which may be a bit too wintery for our weather in the Florida Keys. But there are many trends that will easily help you make the transition your summer wardrobe into fall.

When trying to figure out how to work a new trend into your wardrobe, it’s always best to start with classic pieces such as accessories or a jacket. Review the list of fall trends below and then add a few key pieces to your wardrobe to update your look.

Gucci embraces the call of the wild with this leopard ensemble at Milan Fashion Week Fall 2014

Gucci embraces the call of the wild with this leopard ensemble at Milan Fashion Week Fall 2014

 

Midi Skirts

A midi skirt is a skirt or dress that hits in the middle of your calf. It’s fashion forward and a major trend for fall. This ladylike look can work for office or fun by pairing it with the proper accessories. Take a look at the next few trends below and try wearing a midi skirt with leopard or buy one in a bold hue like blue or orange.

Seeing Spots

Fall’s boldest print is leopard. This classic pattern is hot, hot, hot. Whether worn head to toe or as an accent, leopard is the most eye catching trend for fall. Worn as an accent with black is a safe bet, but to create a wow factor try wearing leopard with primary colors such as yellow, blue or red. If you’re going to wear the pattern head to toe, make sure the prints are different sizes to create contrast so you don’t end up looking like you’re dressed for a Halloween party.

Color is the new black

Make an impact this season with color. Don’t cast aside your springy pastels just yet. Mint green, pastel pink and baby blue pieces are still hot for fall. Transition your pastel staples into fall by pairing it with more wintery textures and dark accents such as leather, black and tweed.

Orange and blue took over the runways for fall 2014. From juicy brights to subdued muted hues, you can find these beautiful shades in a range of colors to complement your skin tone. For a modern take on the color trend, wear your favorite shade from top to bottom, or mix a few to create a color-blocked ensemble.

If you’re sick of black and white, try a happy medium of both and go for some gray. Gray makes a beautiful pairing with pastels, sapphire blue and juicy orange.

Add Layers and Textures

Layering is easily one of my favorite dressing techniques for fall. Layer a summer dress with lightweight scarves and fitted jackets to look effortlessly stylish while also making good use of your entire wardrobe. To add texture to an ensemble, try mixing in a new texture you don’t wear often like leather, lace, sequins, brocade, and tweed. Just make sure the textures you fall in love with are still light weight enough for our winter weather in the Keys. Get extra bold and mix the textures. Leather and lace can look pretty amazing together.

Fashion trends are open to your interpretation, so have fun and break out of your normal style boundaries. Happy shopping.

Style for the Home

Posted on: November 15th, 2014 by Leah No Comments

Just as our wardrobe is curated to our personal style, your home should also be a reflection of you.  A beautiful home can give you and your family a sense of security. If you make it personal and meaningful it can become your haven.  A home is a place to unwind after a long day and a place to celebrate life’s special moments with family and friends.  Each room should reflect your personal taste, which allows your personality to shine through.   Deciding on a style and creating a space both beautiful and practical can feel like an overwhelming task.  But following a few simple steps can ease the way to creating a home you will be proud of.

Consider a Theme

A theme helps you stay focused and provides clarity.  It unifies a home’s décor by  blending rooms together.  The theme you select will encompass the entire home and make each room feel a part of a grand plan.  In the Florida Keys, many homes reflect a nautical or beach theme, bringing in rich blues, nautical stripes and ocean accents.

Select a Color Scheme

Another important step in creating your Florida Keys haven is deciding on the color scheme. Get inspiration from the colors that surround you, bringing the outdoors in and the interior out.  Using colors that reflect your surroundings gives a home a sense of belonging.

When selecting paint colors focus on three main colors to use throughout your home.   In each room you will have a base color and two accent colors.  The base color in the main room of your home will switch in other rooms and may become the accent color. For instance, the accent color can become your base and the base one of your accent colors.  By keeping the same three colors throughout your home, each room in your house will connect to each other. By using variations of your three-color selections your home will have a comfortable flow.

Your home’s theme will assist you in determining your color scheme.  A beach style home might include such colors as blue, aqua, white, tan and beige.  While a nautical themed home may have bold colors such as navy and red paired with various shades of blue, tan and white as accent shades.

Find Inspiration

If you’re needing some inspiration, look no further than your closet.  If one color is a favorite in your wardrobe, than use it as inspiration for your home’s overall look.

Art is another great place to find inspiration for your home’s theme and color scheme.  Pull the colors from your favorite wall art or a throw pillow and use those colors throughout your home.  You can also find inspiration from your surroundings – the sunset or color of the water are a great way to bring your surroundings into your home.

Personalize Your Home

Now that you have a theme and color scheme, it’s time to choose your home’s accent pieces.  Let your personality shine when deciding your décor.  Display photos and books on topics you enjoy, add family heirlooms to maintain tradition and incorporate your favorite pastimes into your home.  Home accessories are what provide the charm and flare that reflect your personality and lifestyle. Make your home personal by incorporating  items that are meaningful to you.

uCúmbe in Islamorada is a great place to find unique decor items that will create inspiration for your home.  Located in the Village Square at The Trading Post,  uCúmbe offers beautiful coffee table books, bold wall art, one-of-a-kind tables and great gift items.  Price points vary from $5 to $1,500 providing a little something for everyone.  Located at 81868 Overseas Highway, uCúmbe is open Sunday – Thursday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Friday – Saturday 10 a.m. to 8 p.m.  Stop by to check out all their beautiful new items perfect for your home.

uCumbe

Beautiful rolling bar with burlap finish from uCumbe