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Posted on: November 18th, 2015 by Leah No Comments

With the holidays approaching, it’s important to start thinking about the type of gifts you’ll be giving.  It’s also equally as important to think about where you’ll be purchasing those gifts. Our purchasing decisions affect our community and what better time to be “thoughtful” than around the holidays.

Below are a few reasons why you should shop local this holiday season.

Paper and Wire Ornament made by local artist Boo Kee Sue available at the Sip and Shop Soiree

Paper and Wire Ornament made by local artist Boo Kee Sue available at the Sip and Shop Soiree

Keep Money Local – By shopping local this holiday season, you help support local businesses in Monroe County.  When you shop local, more of your money stays closer to home building stronger communities by creating jobs, funding community services through sales tax, and investing in neighborhood improvement.  Local businesses also support our local services by donating to our Florida Keys not-for-profits through sponsorships, donations, and silent auctions items.  Your dollars really do go farther when you spend them locally.

Discover New Stores and Locally Made Products – The Florida Keys offer a diverse array of boutiques that offer an even more diverse line of products.  If you haven’t explored the stores in the Florida Keys, the holidays are the perfect time to do so.  Some of my favorite items found in these boutiques are those that are locally made.  Consider sending those on your list something to make them think of you and the Florida Keys by giving them a painting or photograph taken by a Florida Keys artist.

Save Time and Money – Shopping local will also save you time and money.  Save yourself a trip to the mainland and gas money while avoiding the long lines, abundance of shoppers, and packed parking lots.  I don’t know about you, but the idea of fighting other shoppers for the items on my list and searching endlessly for sales associates to help you with your purchase 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.

If you’re looking to get all your shopping done in one night, join us on Friday, November 20th from 5-9 p.m. for a Holiday Sip & Shop Soiree at Village Square at Trading Post in Islamorada. Enjoy a DJ, complimentary drinks and snacks, and shop your favorite local boutiques, artists and crafters while also supporting your community by shopping local. Happy hunting!


Fashionable Costumes Already in Your Closet

Posted on: October 31st, 2015 by Leah No Comments

Halloween is upon us and if like me, you’ve procrastinated on getting a costume together.  Don’t panic.  There are plenty of options still available.  Instead of re-wearing a costume from years past, use this opportunity to put on something fun and fashionable already in your closet.  Below are a few costume ideas for you to enjoy a fun and glamorous night on the town.

Audrey Hepburn in Breakfast at Tiffanys

Audrey Hepburn in Breakfast at Tiffanys

Miss America

Drag out one of the ball gowns collecting dust in your closet and embrace your inner beauty queen.  All you need to pull this look off is a sash and a tiara all available at the dollar store.

Tickled Pink

With this costume, anything pink goes.  Don the hue from head to toe and carry a pink feather to show everyone just how tickled pink you are.

Self portrait

Put on your cutest outfit and carry a large picture frame without the glass or backing to model your own self portrait.

Tom Cruise in “Risky Business”

Borrow a white button down shirt from your hubby and accessorize with some 80s inspired shades and white socks.


Wear a cute white or pastel dress and roll up a piece of paper to make a horn.  Bedazzle it with sequins and glitter to match your dress and adhere it with bobby pins and tape.


This is the opposite of fashionable but allows you to wear all the things you normally shouldn’t.  Sandals with socks, Hawaiian shirts, a fanny pack and camera would make you the perfect tourist for your costume party.

Audrey Hepburn in “Breakfast at Tiffany’s”

Wear your favorite LBD paired with pearls, an updo and black heels. Add a tiara, black gloves and large black sunglasses for extra glamour.


Always the bridesmaid never the bride?  Drag out one of those dresses you wore once and be one of the the “27 Dresses” from the movie with Katherine Heigl.

Yoga instructor

If you’re not feeling chic this Halloween, be the most comfortable person at the party. Wear your favorite matching yoga pants and top and accessorize with your yoga mat and water bottle filled with a tasty libation.

Halloween doesn’t have to be expensive.  Instead of paying $100 for a zombie or witch costume that will look like everyone else, wear the most fashionable outfit already in your closet for a chic costume this year.

Fall Trends

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

Fall is in sight in the Florida Keys making it the perfect time to pull out your fall favorites.   Embracing fall trends can be tricky when you live in a tropical climate.  And this fall is about leather, fur, statement making stockings and brocades which may be a bit too wintery for our weather in the Florida Keys.  But there are many trends that will easily help you transition your summer wardrobe into fall.

Accessories can make or break a look, but nowhere has that been more true than on the Fall 2015 runways.  When trying to figure out how to work a new trend into your wardrobe, it’s always best to start with accessories.  Below is a list of trends that you’ll be seeing, shopping and wearing in the months to come.

Disco Fever

This spring, the ’70s and all things bohemian emerged as the defining trend—and this fall, it’s still groovy as ever. With flowy gowns, flared pants, and boho silhouettes, it’s clear that peace and love have staying power.

Short Hemlines

The hemlines have been raised and thigh-skimming A-line mini skirts and dresses are the shape of the season.  Get ready to bare some leg with this youthful and flattering design that looks great on just about everyone.

90’s Minimalism

Chunky choker necklaces, strapless tops and minimalistic designs void of the excesses of print, color, and embellishment are big for fall.  These restrained pieces in minimalistic looks can create a bold look.

Midi Boots & Lady Loafers

Ankle boots are a wardrobe staple, but this season a new boot has emerged. Chunky heeled boots extended past the ankle mid-calf height.  Wear these striking soles with midi-skirts and cropped pants.   Likewise, designers are giving your feet a break with a stacked kitten heel in a lady-like loafer.  Sky high heels are taking a backseat this season to comfort to make an outfit look effortlessly cool.

Miu Miu Mod Heels

Miu Miu Mod Heels

Sexy Librarian

Four eyes were made to look chic on the catwalk this season.  Retro looking specs and tinted lenses in interesting shapes make for a modern looking sexy librarian.  This is good news for us Florida Keys girls as sunglasses are a wardrobe staple.  Why not collect a pair in a retro shape.

Super Hero Worthy Capes

Ponchos and capes are the jacket of choice for fall.  This voluminous beauty is showing up in looks ranging from dramatic to functional.  If you’ll be traveling to cooler climates this year, a cape will be your perfect accessory.

Bling is Back

Fall 2015 is all about oversized earrings.  These look-at-me studded sensations are meant to be worn with simplistic outfits to keep the attention on your ears for minimal effort and maximum impact.

Celine Statement Earrings

Celine Statement Earrings

Happy Hemlines

Flounce and ruffled hemlines are the happiest and shouldn’t be taken too seriously.  Both flirty and fun, the flounce hem is a versatile piece every woman needs in her wardrobe. Plus the movement these skirts make when walking into a room will be sure to draw the attention to your beautiful stems.

Mary Katrantzou Flounce Skirt

Mary Katrantzou Flounce Skirt

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

Back to Basics

Posted on: September 21st, 2015 by Leah No Comments

As a child, one of my favorite things about going back to school was the back to school shopping trips with my mother and sister.  These trips were necessary to make sure I had clothing for the year ahead. However, as I’ve gotten older, the need to shop during this time of year has become less about necessity and more about taking advantage of the great back to school sales.

Basics are the building blocks of every wardrobe.  These wardrobe staples are what complement the fun, trendy pieces you buy with each season. Basics can be styled a hundred different ways and will always look chic regardless of the current season’s trend.  Because they are often the pieces that are worn the most, fall is a great time of year to replace these items during all the back to school sales.

Great Basics Available at Wild Lily in Islamorada

Great Basics Available at Wild Lily in Islamorada


A great pair of jeans that fits you well will never go out of style. Skinnies were the hot trend last year and flare jeans are in today.  Style of jeans range from boyfriend, high rise, straight, wide leg, flares, and boot cut, and are available in a variety of colors.  With all of these styles to choose from, pick one that flatters your silhouette and wear them until they fall apart.

When shopping for denim, try them on at the end of the day after lunch.  You want to make sure they’ll feel great all day long, and not just in the morning when your stomach is the flattest.  You also should look for jeans with a little bit of stretch for the optimal comfort.

Black Pumps

A classic pair of black heels are a wardrobe staple.  These wear-with-anything shoes are the most reliable and versatile shoes in your closet.  You can dress them up for more formal occasions or dress them down for more casual events.

Look for black heels that are comfortable and not too high.  They should be easy to slip on and comfortable to walk and stand in for a period of time.  Stay away from trendy styles and instead opt for a basic pump, sling back, peep toe, or wedge that you can wear with everything in your closet.

Metallic Sandals

In the Florida Keys, a pair of metallic sandals are a wardrobe must.  With our rough terrain, black heels are not always wearable for outdoor events.  In place of wearing your classic black heels, a pair of metallic sandals can perfectly complement your attire for both dressy and casual events.

Metallic sandals can especially come in handy for outdoor events on the beach, the grass or the keystone rocks.  Choose a metallic color to match the jewelry you tend to wear the most.

Structured Blazer

A structured blazer can make a big impact on an outfit.  Be sure to pick a blazer that is structured both in tailoring and fit and complements your body type.  Regardless of what you’re wearing, a structured blazer can pull together any look from jeans and white tee to a basic sundress.  Instead of wearing light weight knits or sweaters for air conditioned buildings, opt for a blazer in a bright hue to instantly pull together your look.

White Tee

White Tees are another basic that often need to be replaced on a yearly basis.  If you love V-neck white tees perhaps try a scoop neck style this year to add to your wardrobe.

A classic white button up also works like a basic white tee as it can be worn with everything. The difference is a crisp white button up shirt can polish your look in a way that a white tee can not.  For another use, roll the sleeves up and wear your white button up with your metallic sandals as a cover up over your swimsuit for your next outing on the boat or to the beach.

Little Black Dress

A little black dress, or LBD, is a wardrobe must for every fashionista.  The little black dress in your closet should be classic enough that you could wear it to church, work and for a night out.  In other words, it shouldn’t be too short, too tight or too low cut that you couldn’t wear it in front of your boss or your priest.  A basic black wrap dress is a classic silhouette that looks good on every body type as it provides you with a waist accentuating tie in the front, a v neckline to draw attention to your neck and enough flow on the bottom to flatter your figure through the the butt and thighs. If the LBD in your closet is looking a bit worn, it may be time to replace it with a classic style you can wear to everything.


White After Labor Day?

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

Labor Day Weekend is upon us which means it’s time for a long weekend and time to enjoy celebrating with family and friends!  This Monday, September 7 marks the national holiday dedicated to honoring all the hardworking Americans which is typically celebrated with parades, barbecues and time on the water.

Labor Day also signifies the unofficial last day of summer and the end date for wearing white.  I remember as a child growing up in the Midwest that Memorial Day weekend was the date we began wearing our summer wardrobe and Labor Day Weekend was when we packed it all away.  These two weekends marked the start and end of summer and typically the change in the weather.  Wearing white after Labor Day was as much a practicality as it was a fashion faux pas.

Coco Chanel, fashion designer and trend setter, was well-known for wearing white year-round

Coco Chanel, fashion designer and trend setter, was well-known for wearing white year-round

But where did this fashion rule come from?  Originally, the restriction applied only to white shoes which were deemed inappropriate for winter.  However, the rule was extended to white clothing.  In the early 1900s as city dwellers flocked to their summer cottages and seaside escapes, resort wear was their wardrobe staple.  The no-white-after-Labor-Day rule had more to do with the timing of returning to the city than it did to the return of cooler weather.

Wearing white in the hot summer months is sensible as this light hue will keep you cooler than darker tones.  Tradition held that white was reserved for summer resort wear according to older society families concerned about fashion etiquette.  This was also an age when there was a dress code for every occasion.  And returning to the city after Labor Day meant wearing a more formal wardrobe for such city events.

White has now become the color to wear all year long.  Just make sure its appropriate for the weather, the season, and the occasion.  For example, you shouldn’t wear a white sundress when the weather gets cooler, but sporting your white sneakers year-round is now a fashion do according to fashion designers.   For those traveling or living up north, wearing white in luxurious cashmere, wool or cotton are perfect for cooler days. You may also want to try wearing other shades of white such as winter white or cream for a chic alternative to the classic hue.  The rule of thumb, if you can’t keep it clean, don’t wear it.  In other words, stay away from wearing white on rainy or snowy days when it would be next to impossible to keep clean.

In the Florida Keys, our year-round warm weather makes white a wardrobe staple. White jeans, capris, blouses, and tanks can be worn throughout our warm weather seasons and is great for keeping cool.  The only time white should never be worn is to a wedding – this hue is reserved solely for the bride.  So embrace wearing white and be a fashion trend setter this year.



Music and Fashion

Posted on: August 24th, 2015 by Leah No Comments

Music and fashion are inseparable.  Like love and marriage, as Frank Sinatra says, you can’t have one without the other. In looking at history, you’ll find each music genre has its own fashion identity.  Often what became a fad may have been caused by the popularity of the musician that wore it.  But its hard to know which came first, the fashion trend or the music, or whether their collaboration is what made them all the more popular.   Below is a look at some of the most popular genres of music and the fashion trends that ruled that era.

Ginger Rogers and Fred Astaire in the movie "Swing Time"

Ginger Rogers and Fred Astaire in the movie “Swing Time”


The evolution of Jazz in the roaring twenties was met by changes in the fashion industry to reflect the time.  Bobbed haircuts, low heeled shoes, and free flowing dresses were the style for the popular dance music.  The low waist flapper dresses and shorter hemlines featured fringe, pleats, gathered fabric, and slits to allow motion to rule women’s fashion.

Rock & Roll

Fashion brands during the Rock & Roll genre of the 1950’s transitioned from conservative looks tailored to adults to the edgy and informal styles attractive to youth.  Elvis Presley was the Rock & Roll idol of his time and his look was as popular as his sound. His trademark pompadour hairstyle with side burns and blues suede shoes influenced a generation of fashion.  Boys who loved rock and roll wore tight-fitting blue jeans, white T-shirts, black leather jackets and white bucks or blues suede shoes.  The girls wore poodle skirts with images of record players and music notes attached to the front paired with fitted blouses and sweaters.


The 1980’s was the decade of the music video which gave pop musicians great influence over the fashions of the time.  From kooky and bright looks made popular by Cyndi Lauper, or punk fingerless gloves worn by Madonna, there seemed to be a musician and a fashion trend for everyone. Michael Jackson’s white socks worn with black shoes, skinny jeans, and leather biker jacket was also a staple during the 1980’s.  And don’t forget the big bangs, shoulder pads, and blue eye shadow.

Hip Hop

Hip hop styles in the early 1990’s had the theme of the baggier the better for both men and women.  Rappers like M.C. Hammer made blousy pants popular for their dance-oriented music.  The Fresh Prince and TLC popularized baseball caps and bright, neon colored clothing.  Both men and women wore oversized pants paired with extra large t-shirts and flannel shirts made popular by a variety of hip hop musicians.  And don’t forget the fad of wearing your clothes backwards, made popular by Kris Kross.

And the good news… some of these awesome fashion trends get recycled.  So if you’re desperately hoping to wear fingerless gloves again, don’t worry, it will probably be back in fashion very soon.


On Saturday, August 29, the Elite Dance of the Keys will present the Island Stars Swing-sational Dance-Off & Costume Party from 6-11 p.m. at the Elks Lodge in Tavernier.  Enjoy dinner catered by Mangrove Mike’s Café and live band while watching some of your favorite locals boogie for charity and compete to be crowned the winners of the Island Star Dance Competition.  Embrace the fashion trends of the swing era and come dressed in your favorite 40’s fashions (think classic suits for men and swing skirts and blouses for women) and win prizes for best costumes.  Tickets are $75 per person and proceeds benefit the Elite Dance of the Keys to provide scholarships for deserving boys and girls to attend dance conferences and receive dance lessons.   Buy your tickets at the door or through any of the local contestants including: Alan Newman, Dr. Janis Jeffers, Clay Crockett, Nancy Cooper, Demetrios Efstratiou, Jennifer Mahaffey, Tiffany Wheaton, and John Dunn.



Things I’ve Learned During Pregnancy

Posted on: August 9th, 2015 by Leah No Comments

As I approach the last few weeks of my first pregnancy, I’m astounded at what I’ve learned and what no one really prepares you for as you go through this process.  There are some things I’m going to miss and some things I’m ready to have come to an end.  I’m looking forward to seeing my toes again, hell, I’m looking forward to touching my toes.  I’m also ready to partake in a bottle of my favorite red wine.  But there are also some things I’m going to miss.  The feeling of baby kicking and moving in my belly and the feeling of him hiccupping will be sorely missed.  These are priceless memories that have made pregnancy all the more special.

Hangry Just Got More Interesting

Hangry is a term that my husband has often used to describe my hunger pangs even before I was pregnant.  Apparently I get a little frustrated and angry when I haven’t had any food.  During pregnancy, I have been Hangry on steroids.  I haven’t really had any weird cravings or food aversions, however, I do have this awesome tendency to nonchalantly go from “I could eat” to “I’M STARVING”.  And this tends to happen within about 30 minutes of the other. For my husband’s sake, I’m hoping my hangry emotions will subside again after pregnancy.

Pregnancy Fashion

Maternity clothing has come a long way from the muumuus of the 70’s.  Back then, a pregnant woman could throw on a tent that could fit a family of 4 and walk out of the house looking totally presentable.  Today, muumuus have been replaced by body hugging styles to show off woman’s changing shape.  I’ve found that the best pregnancy clothes are the clothes I loved before – great summer dresses with a little more stretch.  They’ll keep you cool while also being totally wearable after baby comes.  There is nothing worse than investing in a closet full of clothes that you can’t wear again.

High Heels

Although I’ve relegated most of my high heel wearing days for special occasions instead of my daily wear during pre pregnancy days. It is still a lot of fun to get dressed up in a pair of heels and show off the belly. After all, I’m pregnant not dead.

Maternity Leggings

Who knew that pants worn up to your bra could be this comfortable.  I bought several pairs of tummy covering maternity leggings in my second trimester and wear them often around the house, walking the dog, running errands, etc.  As soon as I get home from work, these are my go-to comfy clothes.  While my sister was here a few weeks ago, she informed me after I bent over in front of her that my favorite maternity leggings are in fact see through.  Turns out, I’ve been mooning the entire neighborhood for months now.  Great.  I will miss you huge tummy covering pantelones.

Touching the Belly

If you rub my belly I can not grant you three wishes and no one is more disappointed in this fact than I am.  People are naturally drawn to the miraculous bellies of pregnant woman.  Just be sure the person you’re touching is a) someone you know and b) ok with having their belly rubbed.  When you’re first pregnant, it’s a little weird, it starts as “Why are you rubbing my belly fat?” to “Did you feel him kick?”  I’ve now reached the phase where my skin has stretched to the point of itchiness.  So a little belly rub feels great! Rub on my friend, rub on.

Bellies Come in All Shapes and Sizes

There is so much pressure now about how we’re supposed to look when pregnant.  Celebrities seem to go through pregnancy effortlessly and then miraculously bounce back to their pre-pregnancy weight within weeks of delivering their babies.  This is just not a reality for most.  Today, doctors recommend that you gain between 25-35 lbs. during pregnancy.  But regardless of the number on the scale, bellies come in all shapes and sizes, just like women do. Why during pregnancy do complete strangers feel the need to comment on your size and shape? Can you imagine if this happened to non pregnant women?  Strangers will inform you of how pregnant they think you are, how big they think your belly is, or the dreaded, “You look like you’re ready to pop.” Believe me, the idea of “popping” has occurred to me and I’ve had nightmares about it for months. So the next time you see a stranger who is clearly pregnant, smile at her and let her go on her way. If you’d like to share something, tell her how beautiful she looks.  Especially if her grocery cart is filled with Doritos and ice cream.  There is no judging in pregnancy.


Boys 3 Piece Seersucker Suit Available at Shell World in Key Largo

Boys 3 Piece Seersucker Suit Available at Shell World in Key Largo


If you’re looking for great baby clothes and gifts, check out your favorite local boutiques and gift stores in the Florida Keys.  Some of the cutest gifts I’ve received came from local stores with darling baby aquatic themed onesies, outfits and sun hats.




It’s National Lipstick Day

Posted on: July 27th, 2015 by Leah No Comments

July 29 is National Lipstick Day!   This makeup bag staple is a must-have for every girl’s beauty collection and has been for hundreds of years.  So pucker up and put on your favorite shade to honor the day.  Whether your go-to shade is subtle or dramatic, the fact that lipstick is available in almost every hue is reason enough to celebrate.


Giambattista Valli Designer Lipstick

Giambattista Valli Designer Lipstick for MAC

Code Red

A red lip can make you look effortlessly glamorous regardless of your attire.  From risqué to romantic, there is a full spectrum of red lipstick shades for every skin tone.  The trick is to find the perfect shade of crimson to flatter your complexion.

If you have a fair complexion go for a cherry or cranberry color, for warm complexions try an orange-red to bring out your golden undertones, and for dark complexions try tangerine or raspberry.  Regardless of your perfect red hue, anyone can rock red lips.  So put on some red lipstick to make you feel extra fabulous.

Be Adventurous with Bold Hues

Today’s lipsticks come in every shade of the rainbow.  If you’ve worn the same color for years without much variation, it may be time to try something new.  Wearing a bold lip color can make your outfit.  Be bold and opt for a new attention-grabbing hue such as orange, coral, hot pink or even purple.

My favorite way to try new colors are through buying a few less expensive brands from CVS or Walgreens to see how I like the color on me.  I typically opt for glosses as they are easy to wear and you can always add more or less to achieve the desired color.  Once I’ve decided this color is absolutely for me, I will try to find something similar in a more expensive variety with longer wear and a better application.

Wear Designer Hues

On July 9th, Giambattista Valli launched a new collection of lipsticks for MAC. The Paris-based “it” designer is celebrating 10 years of his fashion brand and a decade partnering with MAC on his runway shows.  In honor of this anniversary, Valli has created five vibrant matte lipsticks and a clear gloss that can be combined to create 10 different combinations. Also, for the first time MAC has color-matched the packaging to the lipstick to make it easier for you to find the color your looking for in your purse or makeup bag.

Transform your personal style by experimenting with a new shade of lipstick.  After all, lipstick is like the icing on the cake, without it you’ll just look like a plain round half-done doughy slab and who likes that?


Beauty is Pain

Posted on: July 17th, 2015 by Leah No Comments

The majority of fashionistas will admit that at some point they’ve hurt themselves in the name of beauty. Some of the most common include shaving cuts, teeth whitening mishaps, curling iron burns, and foot injuries from inappropriate shoes. But regardless of all these painful side affects of looking good, most of us haven’t altered our behavior. We haven’t stopped shaving or whitening our teeth or curling our hair or wearing high heels. Oh the lengths we’ll go for beautifying ourselves. Below are a few of the silly things we ladies do for beauty.

Plucking, Waxing and Laser Hair Removal

Removing unwanted hair is downright unpleasant. It’s not far off from the scene in 40 Year Old Virgin where Steve Carell gets his chest waxed. Short of yelling profanities at our beauticians, I know plenty of woman that have had to pop a Xanax, slather on some numbing cream and/or have a drink or two before a Brazilian appointment.


I’ve figured out where Spanx get their name. Have you actually listened to the sound spanx make as you slide them up over your thighs and around your hips? It’s like a suction cup. If you accidentally let go it will snap against your skin like you’ve just been spanked. The last time I wore a pair I was sweating by the time I got them on and my husband came in wondering what all the grunting was about. The site of me in spanx was probably less appealing than what he thought was happening in the bedroom before opening the door.


Too tight clothing

Last month a woman was hospitalized after wearing skinny jeans while helping a friend move. After spending hours squatting, her feet and legs became numb. And it turns out this isn’t a new thing. Skinny jean wearing has been causing women to develop meralgia paresthetica also known as the “tingling thigh syndrome”. Although I love my skinny jeans as much as the next girl, I would never wear them for rigorous activities such as moving, that’s what stretchy yoga pants are for. Apparently skinny jeans need to come with a disclaimer: “Only to be worn while standing, could cause nerve damage if worn while squatting or sitting for long periods of time.”

High Heels

Have you ever put on a pair of shoes that look amazing and felt fine in the store but cause pain if worn for more than 5 minutes? I literally have shoes in my closet that can only be worn while sitting but I keep them because they look so fabulous! Seriously. To ensure you don’t end up with more shoes in your closet that can’t be worn for walking, you need to do the heel test. While wearing heels in the store, stand straight and try to raise yourself on your toes so there’s at least an inch of space under your heel. If you can’t lift your heel than the heel height is too high and will likely cause you injury before you ever get a chance to walk in them. An orthopedic boot does not a fashion statement make.

Too Heavy Handbags

When I first started seeing a trainer, she did my measurements and noticed that my left bicep was larger than my right. We figured out it was caused by always carrying my handbag on my left arm therefore giving my left bicep an extra workout. Too heavy handbags can also cause back, neck, and shoulder pain and headaches. Now I don’t think this calls for wearing a backpack or pulling a bag on wheels, I happen to like my strong left bicep. But it does mean that you should clean out your handbag and get rid of the extra items you don’t need to carry around on a daily basis. I would also recommend opting for a small clutch for nights out. Give your bicep a break while also giving your outfit a punch.

Ultimately, the best way to look good is to feel comfortable in what you’re wearing. And doing it without suffering in the name of beauty and fashion is even better.



Florida Keys Footwear

Posted on: July 17th, 2015 by Leah No Comments

For Conchs, flip flops are likely the most basic and yet most popular item in your closet. These comfortable and durable sandals are a staple in the Florida Keys and yet Jimmy Buffett has been warning us about the perils of wearing flip flops for some time.  He sang about blowing out his flip flop in his infamous song “Margaritaville”.

According to the Consumer Product Safety Commission, of the 198,437 emergency room visits due to shoe-related injuries, (yes, shoe-related injuries!) 25,300 were associated with flip flops in 2014. And worse yet, podiatrists point the finger at flip flops for causing bacteria and viral infections, bad posture, bunion exacerbation and formation, athlete’s foot and lack of arch support.

Before you go throw out all 50 pairs of flip flops in your closet, here are a few things to consider before wearing your favorite Florida Keys footwear.


Wear in Moderation

Just like red wine and chocolate, in moderation, flip flops are just fine. Podiatrists hate stillettos too so now you might as well break all the rules and wear a little of both.   Let out your inner fashionista with some fun for your feet. Instead of donning your regular black flip flops try a cute pair of ballet flats or a great pair of colorful heels. You may be surprised by the response and your feet will look fabulous.

Consider the Time of Day

Wearing flip flops at night can be disastrous. I once had the unfortunate experience of accidentally stepping on a scorpion at night while wearing flip flops. As I stepped on him, his tale whipped up and stung me in the toe. My foot throbbed for days. So when going out at night, consider something that will provide a bit more coverage from stings, bites, rough terrain, broken glass, and other debris.

Flip Flops Do Not Last Forever

“Broken in” isn’t a good thing. If you’ve had your flip flops for longer than you can remember, then it may be time to replace them. Just like running shoes, flip flops get old and stop providing the support you need. A little wear is fine, but considering how many cute color combinations are available for relatively inexpensive, I recommend replacing your flip flops every year.

Don’t drive and flip flop.

Flip flop wearing while driving can also be dangerous. Backless shoes can easily slip off and get wedged under the break or gas pedal. A recent study identified over 1 million accidents or close calls while driving that were caused by flip flops every year.

Pamper Yourself

With all your flip flop wearing fun, it’s important to also keep your feet looking great. Get a pedicure regularly, be sure to lather plenty of sunscreen on your toes when out in the sun, and clean your feet after wearing flip flops. Remember that any dirt you come in contact with will also end up on your feet so be sure to give your toes a good wash before climbing into bed.

Consider the Event

Named for the sound they make when they slap between your foot and the floor, flip flops are great for the beach but have no use in any professional environment or dressy event. Just imagine flopping into your office or into a wedding. If sandals are a must, opt for a cute pair of sandals that don’t flop in a metallic hue for a more dressed up look.

When in doubt, wear your flip flops. After all, life is better in flip flops.