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The Dress Code

Posted on: September 26th, 2016 by Leah No Comments

We live in a really awesome place.  Not just because of the beautiful weather or the amazing water in our backyard…we live in an amazing place because of the wonderful people who live here.  The Florida Keys are one of the only places I’ve ever lived that embrace and welcome new people with open arms. Maybe its because so many of us have come from different places and made the Keys our home, or maybe its because we’re the best small town in America, whatever the reason, I believe the people are what make this place so special.

One of the ways the Florida Keys locals are so amazing is our support of one another and our causes.  During “season” there is a fundraiser or event for a different organization or nonprofit every weekend.  And we help fundraise, donate silent auction items and buy tickets to attend these events without batting an eyelash.  Below are a few tips to help you dress stylishly for each dress code while supporting worthy causes.

Zero Dress Code

Formal Gown from Zero Dress Code Boutique in Islamorada

Black Tie or Formal – This is the most formal of dress codes and is common for most Gala’s or Ball’s such as the Mariners Hospital Bougainvillea Ball on Saturday, January 28 – so save the date!  If you see that in the title, it may be an indicator that it is a more formal event. For men, black tie means dark colored suits or tuxes with white shirts, a tie or bow-tie and dress shoes. For women, a floor-length evening gown or knee-length cocktail dress is appropriate. Pair it with fine jewelry and sparkly heels for a sophisticated look.  Go to baptisthealth.net for more information.

Purple Jewels perfect for the Purple Pumpkin Gala from Zero Dress Code boutique

Purple Jewels perfect for the Purple Pumpkin Gala from Zero Dress Code boutique

Purple Tie – On Saturday, October 1, the Purple Pumpkin Gala benefiting Rett Syndrome will take place at the Islander Resort.  Hosted by Michelle and Travis Bennett in honor of their daughter who has Rett Syndrome, this beautiful night will provide much needed awareness for Rett Syndrome while raising money for this worthy cause.  Enjoy dinner, live and silent auctions, live music and dancing on the beach. For this unique dress code, wear cocktail attire appropriate for the beach.  Leave your heels at home and instead opt for a floor length, midi-length or cocktail dress with sandals such as a metallic color or rhinestone embellished pair.  For men, tuxes, suits and cocktail attire are appropriate but consider your footwear as it will be on the beach.  If you can work in the color purple, all the better. 100% of proceeds from this event go to support research for Rett Syndrome.  Go to rettsyndrome.org/purplepumpkingala for more information.

Cocktail Attire – For cocktail parties such as the Habitat for Humanity of the Upper Keys Annual Cocktail Party held every year on the first Friday of March, the dress code is cocktail attire.  That means short dresses for women and sport coats, or dress shirts with slacks for men.  Instead of throwing on your LBD, opt for a dress in a fun color or pair your LBD with bright heels to refresh your look.  Go to HabitatUpperKeys.org for more information.

Key Casual – The majority of the events in the Florida Keys all have one thing in common, the Keys Casual dress code.  Women typically wear dresses or skirts with sandals as this works for our weather year round.  For men the rule is, if you’d wear it fishing, don’t wear it to an event.  Instead, men should wear leather sandals or loafers with flat front shorts or pants and a short sleeve polo, short sleeved collared button down dress shirt or Oxford long-sleeved button down shirts. Anything made by Tommy Bahama is the perfect Keys Casual attire.  Save the date for the 5th Annual Aquatic Crawl on Saturday, November 5 at the Ron Levy Aquatic Center at Founders Park and the Island Dolphin Care Annual Fundraiser on Saturday, November 19th.  Keys Casual will be ideal for both of these special events as you celebrate with your Florida Keys friends and neighbors.

 

 

How Not to Dress Like a Tourist When You Live on an Island

Posted on: September 12th, 2016 by Leah No Comments

In the Florida Keys, we do not have the typical four seasons: winter, spring, summer and fall.  Instead our seasons consist of hurricane season and tourist season.  As we approach the cooler weather months and the onslaught of tourists, here are a few tips to spot them and make sure you’re not dressed like one of them.

Beach Chic

As a local, your wardrobe should look more beach chic than beach bum.  For women: think lightweight colorful dresses, sandals, shorts, and ladylike tops.  For men, opt for kahki shorts, button down shirts, polos, leather sandals, and loafers.  Beach bum looks to toss: Hawaiian shirts, long white socks with sandals, and any t-shirts you might find at a souvenir shop.

Beach Chic romper and fringe cross body bag from Miss Monroe Boutique in Islamorada.

Beach Chic romper and fringe cross body bag from Miss Monroe Boutique in Islamorada.

Dress for the Weather

In the middle of winter, its easy to spot the tourists.  On a cool January day, the locals will be wearing sweaters and slacks while the tourists will be in t-shirts and shorts.  Even though it feels cool to us, fur is really never acceptable when standing next to a palm tree. Save your cold winter attire such as fur for the truly cold weather up north like when you’re visiting Tallahassee.

Avoid Socks

I remember when we first moved to the Keys, the weather got cool and I knew I’d become a local because I threatened to put on socks.  Unless you are planning to go for a run, there really isn’t any need for socks in the Keys.  The Keys are all about comfort and the one who can get their toes in the sand quickest always wins.

Wear Sunscreen

Tourists always have the most amazing tans…said no one ever.  When friends visit us from the north we are constantly reminding them to apply sunscreen.  They seem to think that in January, when the weather is cooler that they won’t get a sunburn.  As locals, its important to wear sunscreen every day unless you want to make weekly trips to the dermatologist.

Capture the Moment

You used to be able to spot a tourist a mile away by the bulky camera hung around their neck.  Todays tourists are a bit more techie and can instead be found huddled around their selfie sticks.  We locals know its important to capture the important moments in life, but we leave our selfie sticks at home.  Instead, we ask our local bartender friend or acquaintance at a neighboring table to take the picture.

The Fanny Pack

The 1980’s popularized this awful contraption as a way to keep valuables safe and tourists have been donning them ever since.  I realize the fanny pack could be considered convenient with their hands-free wearability and easily accessible zipper pockets but even if you are chasing after your kids at the park, opt for a crossbody bag or backpack to keep your items secure.

Slow Drivers

I always know when it’s a holiday weekend in the Keys because of the horrendous traffic.  It’s especially bad the closer you get to bridge.  The cars slow, the cameras come out and everyone seems to forget that they should be focused on the road.  We locals know that the best place to take in the view and the salty air is at our favorite watering hole with a drink in hand – not while driving on the Overseas Highway.

If you’re a tourist reading this and I just described you, don’t take it personally.  After all, most of us came to the Keys on vacation and never left.

Tips for Finding Your Next Perfect Swimsuit

Posted on: August 30th, 2016 by Leah No Comments

Swim Fashion Week in Miami Beach commenced in July with hundreds of bikini clad models strutting the runway wearing resort and swim collections for 2017. The latest and greatest in swim design is always inspiring to see but at times makes me realize how unwearable many of the designs actually are.  The most outrageous designs included feathers, fringe, head-to-toe mesh, corsets, and crocheted skirts.  It’s not just the embellishments that make them not so user friendly but those itsy bitsy teeny weeny bikinis have gotten even smaller.  According to a local news station, bikinis are half the size and 16 times more expensive than they were 25 years ago.

Below are a few tips to help you find the best suit for you.

Art Hearts Fashion Resort Couture Design from Swim Fashion Week

Art Hearts Fashion Resort Couture Design from Swim Fashion Week

Make Sure the Suit is Wearable

If your suit is the size of dental floss, it likely isn’t a suit ever meant to be worn in public. Likewise, wearing a suit with non water-friendly embellishments or capes, likely a drowning hazard, are also not swim friendly. There are some suits with designs so intricate that they really can never be worn past the runway.  They more closely resemble pieces of art than they do clothing.  Could you imagine trying to get one of these suits off in time to use the restroom?

Wear the Right Suit for the Occasion

While on vacation a few years ago, I entered the ocean during high surf warnings.  I only waded in up to my knees but when that wave came in it took me down like a freight train.  As I was rolled to shore, I came up for air in a sandy mess only to realize my bikini top had moved and was no longer covering what it was meant to.  I had accidentally exposed myself to an entire beach full of vacationing families.  It was then that I realized my suit wasn’t meant for swimming.  If you’ll be swimming or active, be sure to chose a suit that will stay in the right place for your activities.

Beware of Cutouts

If you choose a chic designer suit with cutouts and mesh inserts, don’t forget to apply sunscreen. Forgetting sunscreen in those areas is a tan line nightmare waiting to happen and will leave your body looking like a patchwork quilt.

Be Confident

The right suit is the one that makes you feel confident.  On a recent girls’ trip, I watched 10 of my besties spend two sun-soaked days in swimsuits boogie boarding on the ocean, riding down the waterslide and lounging poolside.  These women are beautiful not because they have perfect bodies but because of the confidence they each have in who they are. Love your bodies regardless of your size and never be afraid to rock what you got.

 

Back-to-School Tax Free Weekend August 5-7

Posted on: August 1st, 2016 by Leah No Comments

Amid the flurry of lobster mini-season and lobster opening weekend, back-to-school season is in full swing. The sales tax free weekend begins August 5-7 which is the perfect time to outfit your kids and check off their school supply list.  During the sales tax free weekend, no Florida sales tax will be collected on clothing, footwear, and certain accessories selling for $60 or less per item and on school supplies selling for $15 or less per item.  Below are a few tips to help you take advantage of this 3-day sales tax holiday.

Reversible Tote Bag will be offered BOGO at Miss Monroe Boutique over the sales tax free holiday!

Reversible Tote Bag will be offered BOGO at Miss Monroe Boutique over the sales tax free holiday!

Make a List

Start with a list of all the school supplies you need for each child as well as a list of wardrobe essentials each child will need for school. Don’t forget to add a few items for yourself on the list.  After all, you deserve something new as well.

Stock Up On Basics

Basics are the building blocks of every wardrobe.  Wardrobe staples such as jeans, black heels, white tees, sandals, shorts, underwear, and little black dresses are often the pieces that are worn the most and therefore may need to be updated or replaced on a yearly basis.

Think Ahead

If you’re buying clothing for kids, remember to buy not only for right now but also for the size they’ll be in a few months.  There is no need for them to wear pants that resemble clam diggers just because they had a growth spurt.

Take Advantage of Sales

Many stores are offering additional sales during the sales tax free weekend including:

  • The Banyan Tree Boutique in Islamorada is offering 25% off all clothing during this time.
  • D-Luxe Boutique in Islamorada is offering 15% off purchases over $25 and 25% off purchases over $100.
  • Miss Monroe Boutique in Islamorada is offering a buy one get one deal on their reversible tote bags. Available in 10 colors, these are the perfect backpack alternative for high school girls.
  • Wild Lilly Boutique in Islamorada will be offering 25% off all items in store.

Give Back

Now through the end of August, United Way of the Florida Keys will be collecting school supplies to distribute to 8,000 students in Monroe County. As you’re shopping for your own kid’s school supplies, consider buying a few extra notebooks, pencils, crayons, binders, or backpacks for a child in need. There are a number of convenient drop-off locations throughout the Keys including Wells Fargo Banks, Mariners Hospital, Key Largo Chamber of Commerce and Amara Cay in Islamorada.  Go to KeysUnitedWay.org for more information and additional drop-off locations.

Happy Shopping!

What Should I Pack for a Weekend Getaway?

Posted on: July 18th, 2016 by Leah No Comments

Satisfy your wanderlust this summer with a weekend getaway.  Whether you’ll be taking a road trip down the Overseas Highway to Key West or heading to Disney with the kids, embrace your inner explorer by getting dirty, dressed up and lost and found.

A Romantic Beach Vacation with your Significant Other

Having the right clothes for your weekend are as important as planning your activities once you arrive at your destination. For a romantic beach retreat, you’ll need great sunglasses, a wide sun hat, sexy little swim suits, chic cover-ups, breezy bohemian dresses, day-to-night shorts, beach bag, embellished sandals, and a clutch and wedges for evenings.  Also, don’t forget the sunscreen.  Head to Morada Pure at 81547 Old Highway in Islamorada for an array of natural skincare products and sunscreens that are non-toxic, fragrance free, non-irritating, and protective without the greasiness.

To the City with Your Girlfriends

Floral Black and White Romper from Banyan Tree in Islamorada

Floral Black and White Romper from Banyan Tree in Islamorada

If you’re heading to the city with your girlfriends, be sure to pack versatile pieces that can easily take you from day-to-night.  A flirty romper like this black and white floral option from Banyan Tree Boutique in Islamorada at 81197 Overseas Highway could easily be worn with sandals and bold jewelry while out shopping during the day.  Then for a fun night on the town, pair it with heels and a metallic clutch.  Packing a few versatile pieces will give you lots of options for impromptu activities while also reducing the amount of clothes you’ll need to pack.  Smaller luggage is ideal when also packing a cooler full of champagne.

Girls weekend must-haves: camera, day-to-night shorts or romper, gorgeous heels, chic dresses, beaded and embellished clutches, and lots of accessories so you can mix and match your looks.

To Disney with Your Kids

Although packing light is always recommended, when traveling with your kids this is a bit easier said than done.  A weekend at Disney with your kids will leave you dirty, dusty, spilled on and sweaty which means your clothes will likely only get one wear before needing a clean.  Either pack laundry detergent, utilize the hotel’s laundry service, or be sure to pack a few extra outfits. Traveling with small kids is like the movie Neighbors where new parents Seth Rogen and Rose Byrne plan their first baby outing and after gathering everything they need including the diaper bag, breast pump, “extra onesie in case she craps herself”, baby swing, jumperoo, and cooler they fall asleep by the front door never even making it out of the house.

Luckily, Disney’s got a lot to offer in terms of things to do so hopefully you won’t have to pack too much for a weekend of fun.  A trip with your kids is all about comfort.  Be sure to pack comfy walking shoes, hats, a backpack for snacks, hand sanitizer, sunscreen, shorts and tanks, and a lightweight dress for dinners.

Wishing you a wonderful weekend getaway.  And just remember, if you forget something, you can always go shopping!  Bon voyage!

Athleisure

Posted on: June 6th, 2016 by Leah No Comments

Athleisure is the latest buzzword in fashion.  The trend of wearing athletic wear for activities beyond the gym has been growing since Lululemon and luxury designers realized more women were wanting function and comfort in their wardrobe.

Sporty-chic skorts will take you from pool to lunch with performance fabrics made to dry quickly.  Gretchen Scott skort available at Islamorada Mercantile.

Sporty-chic skorts will take you from pool to lunch with performance fabrics made to dry quickly. Gretchen Scott skort available at Islamorada Mercantile.

Who knew wearing yoga pants all day was “on-trend”. Since becoming a mom eight months ago, yoga pants have become my lifeline.  They can take the brunt of baby spit up, sticky fingers and keeping up with an active crawler. Even before pregnancy and the arrival of baby, I would arrive home from work, pour myself a glass of wine and slip into some yoga pants. I thought this was the norm and apparently now it is.

But just because athleisure is accepted, doesn’t mean there aren’t dos and don’ts to be aware of.  Below are some guidelines for when and how to wear it.

Get the Fit Right

With performance wear becoming everyday wear, it’s even more important that the apparel fit you well.  There is no reason to reveal everything by wearing clothing that is too tight.  Now that you’ll be wearing it to the grocery store, the soccer field and the coffee shop, be sure the backside of your pants aren’t transparent.

A few years ago, my sister informed me that my butt was visible in a pair of pants I’d been wearing on my morning walks.  I hope to save you all from that feeling of realizing you’ve been mooning the entire neighborhood.  I had to find a new route just to walk my dog from the shame of exposing my derrière every time I bent over to pick up dog poop.  The rule when buying athletic pants is to bend over in front of the mirror while trying them on.  If you can see your underwear, don’t buy them.

Mix Function and Fashion

The benefit of athleisure gaining in popularity is you are no longer restricted to plain black active wear.  Athletic apparel now includes designer leggings, cashmere sweats and layering pieces in a variety of colors, patterns, and detailing.  In the Florida Keys, look for versatile pieces that can take you from beach to bar.

  • Rash guards and swim shirts are made for water but with sporty cuts and flattering designs you’ll want to wear them everywhere. Pair them with shorts or a skirt for a day-to-night look.
  • Skorts are another type of active wear that will provide comfort and versatility. Look for a pair with performance fabric for quick drying, odor resisting and moisture wicking.  You can wear a skort from pool or ocean to lunch and drinks, perfect for the Florida Keys.
  • Look for sporty-chic apparel with mesh details. Mesh is no longer reserved for men’s gym shorts.  You’ll now find mesh details on everything from pencil skirts and tanks to handbags and stilettos.

Where to Wear It

Many designer brands are now blurring the lines between active and everyday fashions. But, just because it looks like everyday apparel, doesn’t mean it should be worn to events and places that require more formal clothing. Unless you work at a gym, workout gear is never appropriate for the office.  As comfortable as stretchy pants are, none of your colleagues want to know you that well.  In addition, formal events such as weddings and funerals should be given the respect they deserve with attire matching the occasion and request of the host.

 

 

 

 

 

Lilly Pulitzer – How the Florida Keys Inspired an Icon

Posted on: May 24th, 2016 by Leah No Comments

The term “resort wear” conjures up images of socialites lounging poolside at country clubs in Palm Beach and the Hamptons.  But seldom do we think of this term as describing our style in our island community in the Florida Keys.  Shorts, maxi dresses, caftans and sandals in lightweight, breathable fabrics are the definition of resort wear.  They can be found in an array of hues including brights, whites, prints and nautical and are staples in our Florida Keys wardrobe.  Lucky for us, we live in a local where we can wear bright colors and prints year-round as opposed to the drab grays and blacks of city living in the north during cold winter months.

The Birth of Resort Wear

In the late 1950s Lilly Pulitzer and her husband operated a juice stand in Palm Beach.  She received so many compliments on her handmade dresses that she started selling them.  At this time most women and men were still wearing pants and northern attire while on vacation in Florida.  Lilly Pulitzer pioneered the style by designing clothing that was both cool for the warm Florida weather and flattering.

KWHP Watercolor 5

An original watercolor design for Lilly Pulitzer done by Key West Hand Print Fabrics.  Note ‘Lilly’ in the pattern.  ©dePoo Family

Iconic Prints

In the 1960s, Lilly Pulitzer learned about the fabrics designed by the Key West Hand Print Fabrics Company.  A local artist, (Suzie) Agnez Zuzek dePoo, was the lead designer and spent 30 years designing fabrics for Lilly Pulitzer.  Lilly Pulitzer came to purchase 98% of her fabrics, or 4,000 yards a week from the Key West Hand Print Fabrics Company and then the garments were created in a factory in Miami. All Lilly Pulitzer prints have a secret.  Each design has the world “Lilly” hidden within the pattern.  This signature touch is the hallmark of an authentic Lilly Pulitzer garment.

Learn More About Lilly Pulitzer

On Thursday, May 26 5:30 – 8:30 p.m., the Flagler’s Folly Society presents Lilly Pulitzer – How the Florida Keys Inspired an Icon. This cocktail party will include an evening sipping in the company of friends, shopping at the Lilly Pulitzer pop-up shop and learning more about Lilly Pulitzer and Key West Hand Print Fabrics during a special presentation by Cory Convertito, curator of the Key West Art & Historical Society.  Tickets are $50 and will raise money for the permanent Upper Keys Communities exhibit at the Florida Keys History & Discovery Center.  You can purchase your tickets at KeysDiscovery.com.

Summer Essentials

Posted on: May 9th, 2016 by Leah No Comments

On Thursday, May 12th Islamorada will be turning up the heat with their Sizzling Summer Fashion Show at The Village Square at Trading Post. The fashion show will feature summer fashions from Miss Monroe Boutique, D-Luxe Boutique, Island Trendz Boutique, Otherside Boardsports, and Mayu Boutique. Below are a few of my favorite summer must-have’s that will be highlighted at the fashion show.

For Women

Scarf Dress

Lightweight, easy-to-wear dresses are a summer staple for every fashionista.  The key is to find designs that are effortlessly chic.  The colorful hand block printed fabrics on the scarf dresses by Roberta Frymann will keep you cool all summer long.  Slip it on over a swimsuit during the day or wear it through the night in style.  Starting at $155 at Mayu Boutique within the Moorings Village and Spa at 123 Beach Road in Islamorada.

Custom Swimsuits

Danielle Pierog, the owner of D-Luxe Boutique, just launched her own swimwear line with hand picked fabrics and custom designs.  D-Luxe Swim by Danielle includes a variety of styles and coverage options in tropical prints, brights and neons, classic black and exotic snakeskin.  The best part about her suits are the attention that went into the detailing with braiding, strappy sides and gorgeous backs for a suit with a one-of-a-kind look.  D-Luxe Swim by Danielle suits range from $40 to $50 per piece and can be found at D-Luxe Boutique at 80925 Overseas Highway in Islamorada.

D-Luxe Swim by Danielle

D-Luxe Swim by Danielle

Bright Jewelry

Let your accessories make the statement this summer with bright hued tassel necklaces. Add a pop of color to any ensemble with one of these gorgeous pieces or layer them for a statement making look. Tassel necklaces range from $30 for a single strand to $80 for a set and come in an array of colors and materials to mix and match.  Each necklace includes a variety details including pearls, lava rock, sandalwood, semi precious stones, and silk tassels.  You can find these necklaces at Miss Monroe Boutique located at 81868 Overseas Highway in Islamorada at the Village Square at Trading Post.

Bright tassel necklaces from Miss Monroe Boutique

Bright tassel necklaces from Miss Monroe Boutique

For Men

Hybrid Shorts

Functional and stylish, hybrid shorts are made to be versatile. Fast drying, lightweight fabric, belt loops and mesh pockets make for easy wear shorts from beach to bar or surf to turf.  Casual yet stylish, you can’t go wrong with a pair of hybrid shorts.  Hybrid shorts are available from a variety of brands and start at $44 at Otherside Boardsports at 82758 Overseas Highway in Islamorada.

Distinctive Men’s Shirts

Every man needs a nice dress shirt to wear to dinner or a night on the town.  Envy men’s shirts up the ante with a distinctive collection of vibrant men’s shirts cut from the finest European limited edition fabrics.  Their original prints, contrasting accents on the cuffs and collar, top stitching, double button detailing provide a shirt unlike any you’ve likely seen.  Trade in your classic white button up for an Envy shirt that is sure to impress.  Envy shirts range from $115 to $130 and are available at Island Trendz Boutique within the Amara Cay Resort at 80001 Overseas Highway in Islamorada.

Envy men's shirts from Island Trendz Boutique

Envy men’s shirts from Island Trendz Boutique

Join me on Thursday, May 12th for the 3rd Annual Sizzling Summer Fashion Show to see some beautiful summer fashions for the Florida Keys from some of your favorite local boutiques.  The gates and pop-up shops will open at 5:30 p.m. with the fashion show starting at 7 p.m. and will include complimentary drinks, taco bar from Bad Boy Burrito, and summer tunes by DJ Marissa Sardar. Tickets are $25 in advance or $30 at the door. Purchase your tickets at participating stores or call 305.440.3951 for more information. Hope to see you there!

Kentucky Derby

Posted on: April 25th, 2016 by Leah No Comments

It’s time to dust off your fascinators, floppy hats and fedoras for the Kentucky Derby on Saturday, May 7.   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 pick out a hat, plan your most stylish outfit, and decide where to watch it!

Best Dressed Couple Sarah Cizmas and Douglas Mayer at last year's Kentucky Derby party at oo-tray

Best Dressed Couple Sarah Cizmas and Douglas Mayer at last year’s Kentucky Derby party at oo-tray

Kentucky Derby Hat

In fashion, hats can inspire an entire outfit, influencing the color scheme worn as well as the way you wear your hair. For the Kentucky Derby, select your hat first to help you plan and coordinate the rest of your outfit.  Opt for a large sun hat, a fascinator or a vintage 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, as well as, 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.

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 looks 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.

Here I am at last year's Kentucky Derby party at oo-tray getting ready for the Islamorada Derby

Here I am at last year’s Kentucky Derby party at oo-tray getting ready for the Islamorada Derby

Watch the Derby

Join your friends to watch the Kentucky Derby on Saturday, May 7.  Enjoy the best two minutes in sports while wearing fabulous hats and sipping the infamous mint julep.  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 and an Islamorada Derby where our local “Real Housewives of Islamorada” will race with horse sticks for charity benefiting the United Way of the Florida Keys.  Call 305.922.2027 for more information.

See you at the races!

 

The Future’s So Bright…I Gotta Wear Shades

Posted on: April 12th, 2016 by Leah No Comments

In the Florida Keys, sunglasses are a fashion accessory worn daily.   It’s also an accessory that you can never have enough of.  All that wear makes them easy to lose, scratch, and break making sunglasses a purchase made multiple times throughout year.  According to the market research group NPD, women spent 1.85 billion on sunglasses from June 2014 to June 2015.  That’s a lot of eyewear. To help you find the most flattering shades for your summer wardrobe, take a look below at some tips before your next purchase.

Jimmy Choo round sunglasses with small cat eye shape and leather snake skin accent on temple available at Tropical Optical.

Jimmy Choo round sunglasses with small cat eye shape and leather snake skin accent on temple available at Tropical Optical.

Shape

Sunglasses come in many shapes but are not a one-size-fits-all accessory.  The first step in finding your most flattering frames starts with analyzing the shape of your face.

Round: A round face is widest across the cheekbones. Rectangular and geometric shapes will help elongate your face.

Styles to try: oversized, rectangular, cat eye

Square: If your face is square with a strong jaw, wide forehead and wide cheekbones, soften your features with rimless shades or curvier frames.

Styles to try: Aviators, round, cat eye

Heart: If you have a broad brow and narrow chin, try a style that is wider on the top than the bottom.  Shapes that are extend past the width of your face will complement you.

Styles to try: rectangular, aviators, sport, retro square

Oval: Oval shaped faces are longer than they are wide. This face shape allows for more flexibility letting you wear pretty much any style you want.

Styles to try: rectangular, oversized, round

Tint

We all know how important sun protection is for our skin but have you thought about protecting your eyes?  Sunglasses are not just a fashion accessory; they are also meant to protect your eyes.  Make sure the pair you wear provide 98 to 100 percent UVA and UVB protection. If the label reads “UV absorbing” or “blocks most UV light”, you are not providing enough sun protection for your eyes.

Gradient – These ombre tinted shades are perfect for combating overhead rays during peek daylight hours.

Mirrored – These lenses boast increased protection by blocking out more light than other tints.

Polarized – If you spend a lot of time on the water or outdoors, these are perfect for you as they reduce glare.

Tinted – Darker hues are best for bright and sunny weather like we have in the Florida Keys.

Color

Whether you are all about classic black or prefer leopard print with gold embellishments, the range of color and patterns available for your shades are endless.  So if you find a pair you love, better buy two. Make that three – one in each color of course.

Look for your next pair of sunglasses at Tropical Optical at 81933 Overseas Highway in Islamorada for the latest selection of designer eyewear.