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My Favorite Things

Posted on: December 5th, 2016 by Leah No Comments

It’s that time of year to pick out a few special gifts for your family and friends.  Holiday shopping can seem stressful but remember that these gifts are meant to show your love and appreciation for the special people in your life.  No matter the gift, large or small, it’s the thought that counts.

When considering which gifts to purchase this year, I decided to create my own favorite things list for some holiday inspiration.  I have a few hard-to-buy-for people in my life that make gift buying a challenge.  When considering gifts for these people, I opt for experiences.  After all, life isn’t about the things we have, its about the stories and things we’ve experienced.

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Here are a few of my favorite things.

  1. Celebrations are meant to be enjoyed with champagne and there is no time better to enjoy bubbles than over the holidays.  Head to Corks & Curds, the new wine shop and wine bar in Key Largo with gourmet cheese and meats, wines by the glass, and a great selection of wine and champagne.  Also, be sure to check their event schedule, as they frequently host tasting events.
  2. One-of-a-kind handmade jewelry. If you’re looking for something unique for those on your holiday list, head to Peace of Tibet at their new location next to Chef Michael’s at 81661 Old Highway in Islamorada for gorgeous handcrafted jewelry by Renzen Dekiy.
  3. Key lime pie with meringue. The key lime pie from the Blonde Giraffe Key Lime Pie Factory in Tavernier is simply the best and I’m not the only one who thinks so.  They were voted by travelers on TripAdvisor as having the best key lime pie in the Florida Keys!  Consider key lime pie as a hostess gift for your next holiday party or pick-up some of their sweet key lime candies for stocking stuffers.
  4. Embrace your inner artist. Head to uCumbe Boutique in Islamorada for an array of adult coloring books sure get the creative juices flowing.  In addition, The Banyan Tree in Islamorada offers group paint sessions on Wednesday evenings.  Bring a beverage and $25 to paint.  Fun for you and as a way to celebrate the holidays with friends.
  5. Hazelnut Lattes. Café Moka makes the best hazelnut lattes.  Their extra large mugs and comfortable chairs are divine for lazy Saturday mornings.  Don’t skip the pastries and if you stay long enough for lunch, make sure to try the Prosciutto Brie sandwiches. I’m drooling just thinking about it.
  6. Red lipstick. Feeling put together is a struggle when you’re raising a toddler. Applying red lipstick makes me feel instantly fabulous.  My favorite is NARS Pure Matte Lipstick in Vesuvio- full bodied red.  Its stays in place for most of the day and its skinny tube makes for easy application.  If you’ve yet to go red, its time to try this festive color.
  7. Sunset on the boat. When friends and family visit, we always try to help them experience the best of the Florida Keys. Taking in a sunset from the boat is pretty spectacular.  If you’re looking for gift ideas for your relatives, send them a picture of a sunset and a nice bottle of wine and let them now that your gift includes hors d’oeuvres, cocktails and a sunset by boat on their next visit.
  8. Fabulous sunglasses. Sunglasses get a lot of wear in the Florida Keys so why not find a few pairs that are big, bold and in a fun color.  After all, a girl can never have too many accessories.  Head to Miss Monroe Boutique in Islamorada for a variety of pairs for you and those on your list.
  9. Luxurious soaps that smell great, leave my hands soft and don’t cost a fortune. Stop into Morada Pure for their organic liquid castile soap in your choice of scent including lavender, lemongrass, peppermint, lemon + mint and key lime.
  10. Family and Friends. This time of year, I’m always incredibly thankful for my wonderful family and friends.  My husband and 15-month old son are my two favorite people and I’m so grateful to have them in my life.

I hope my list of favorite things gave you some gift ideas.  If you’re still stumped on what to buy, try making your own favorite things list.  There is nothing more fun than receiving the gift of trying a new place or new experience recommended by someone you love.

Happy Holidays.

Black Friday Sales You Won’t Want to Miss

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

I have a confession to make. I hate holiday shopping.  The long lines, abundance of shoppers, and packed parking lots instantly turns me into the Grinch.  Lucky for us, 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 expertly curated with everything on your shopping list. For a pleasant shopping experience this holiday season, take a look below at a few Florida Keys boutiques offering Black Friday and Small Business Saturday sales you won’t want to miss.

Banyan Tree Boutique in Islamorada is offering 50% off all sale clothing, jewelry and gifts.

DK’s Style Hut and DK’s Beach Boutique in Marathon will be offering 25% off everything in both stores.

D-Luxe Boutique in Islamorada is offering 25% off new arrivals and 50% off the rest of the store.

Islamorada Mercantile will be offering a sale and special deals on their colorful, easy to wear dresses and beautiful Vera Bradley Bags.

Vera Bradley bags are on sale at Islamorada Mercantile

Vera Bradley bags are on sale at Islamorada Mercantile

Miss Monroe Boutique and uCumbe at Village Square at Trading Post in Islamorada will be having their 3rd annual Black Friday weekend sale Friday – Sunday with 25% off everything in both stores plus door buster deals.

Wild Lily Boutique in Islamorada is having their annual tent sale on Black Friday continuing to small business Saturday with extra incentives for American Express cardholders.

Zero Dress Code Boutique in Islamorada will be offering an early bird tent sale on Black Friday starting at 8 a.m.

Once you’ve shopped at your favorite local boutiques, for Black Friday or Small Business Saturday, the next best shopping experience happens on Cyber Monday, November 28.  You can shop from your home while wearing pajamas and drinking wine.  Frankly, I don’t know of a better shopping experience than this.

Happy holiday shopping!

 

New Store Opening in Islamorada

Posted on: November 16th, 2016 by Leah No Comments

Sue Wright’s talent is in bringing her ideas to life. Whether its designing handbags from vintage fabrics or crafting handmade paper mâché Christmas sculptures from copper wire and reclaimed tissue paper, she has always had the ability to create beautiful things.

A gardener by profession, Sue worked as an estate gardener at The Garden Concierge in the Boston area before moving to Islamorada and taking on the position of resident Gardner at the Village Square at Trading Post.

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On November 18, Sue will open a new shop with living art called Boo Kee Sue Botanics.  The shop will be located at the Village Square at Trading Post and will join the other shops and restaurants in residence including uCumbe, Miss Monroe Boutique, Bad Boy Burritos and Good Girl Juice & Café.  Here she will sell ready to go garden items that are easy to maintain with prices that start at just $40.

Her passion is in transforming a space with something living in every room. Working with a variety of design aesthetics, she specializes in creations that enhance and beautify areas of your home and garden.

In her shop you’ll find Kokedama which are a Japanese moss ball string gardens and stag horn growing on cork bark.  Everything in her store is unique, perfect for gifts or beautifying your own space.  And for those of you not blessed with a green thumb, everything is very easy to maintain.

In addition to her container designs for sale, she’ll also be providing custom work and specialized plantings for clients.  Many of her designs will also be available for rentals for special events.

Be sure to stop by the opening of Boo Kee Sue Botanics on November 18, with regular hours from 10 a.m. – 6 p.m. Tuesday – Saturday.  For more information, go to BooKeeSue.com.

 

 

Craving a Hint of Fall

Posted on: October 31st, 2016 by Leah No Comments

Fall is my favorite season.  I grew up going to apple orchards and pumpkin patches, baking pumpkin and apple pies, sipping cider next to a fireplace, and going for walks to find the most radiant red, orange and yellow leaves.  But in the Florida Keys when the temperatures are pushing 90 degrees, its hard to think about enjoying any of these things.  If like me, you’re craving a hint of fall, here are a few tips to bring a little fall to you.

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Wet Your Whistle

Head to your favorite coffee shop for a pumpkin spiced latte or better yet, indulge in a white chocolate cinnamon moka from Café Moka in Tavernier.  This decadent treat will truly awaken your fall senses.  If coffee isn’t your thing, opt for something a little lighter.  You can find some great Octoberfest and pumpkin ales this time of year.  Florida Keys Brewing Co in Islamorada offers a large selection of beers on tap including a number of fall themed selections sure to wet your whistle.

Fall Accents

The best fall accents add warmth to your home.  Add a vase of yellow sunflowers or colorful wildflowers to liven up your room.  Apples are another fall staple that are easy to decorate with.  Add them to a vase on your center table or foyer, or assemble them into a large bowl on your counter. Another easy way to get into the season is to pick out a handful of gourds, colorful squash and pumpkins at your local grocery store or farmer’s market.  My favorite are the white albino pumpkins that seem to blend better with our tropical landscaping.

Update Your Space

When you’re cooling off in the air conditioning, a light throw might be just what you need to snuggle in.  This is the perfect time of year to add fall-themed throws or accent pillows to your living space.  Fall tones are not only the traditional orange and brown, instead consider adding deep purples, magenta or dark teal to warm up your space.

Fire Pit

The best part about fall in South Florida is that the weather starts cooling down for us to finally enjoy more outdoor living.  Outdoor fire places, fire pits, and other fire features are some of the fastest growing trends in outdoor living spaces.  There is just something mesmerizing about the dancing flames and wood burning elements, the smoky aromas and crackling sounds of the fire that make it feel like fall. Add a fire pit to your outdoor space for instant charm and warmth in the cooler hours once the sun goes down.

A New Jack O’ Lantern

Instead of carving a pumpkin, embrace your tropical locale and opt for a pineapple Jack o’ lantern.  Great for table décor for a dinner party or a children’s activity with built-in snack.  These silly and spirited little guys are darling but don’t leave them out too long as they are perishable.

Fall Trends

Posted on: October 17th, 2016 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 all about layering turtlenecks, statement furs, lush velvet, shearling bombers and plaid overcoats 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.

Below is a list of fall’s most alluring trends that you’ll be seeing, shopping and wearing in the months to come.

Herve Leger by Max Azria one shoulder dress

Herve Leger by Max Azria one shoulder dress

Statement Fur

This season, fur is garnering a lot of attention.  Both real and faux fur made a strong presence on the runway with bold colors and eye-catching prints. Although fur and palm trees don’t really mix, these cotton candy hues will have you lusting for a cold weather vacation just so you can wear one.

Ruffles

Ruffles adorning a LBD make an otherwise minimalistic silhouette dramatic.  Look for small dainty frills or excessive ruffles for an entirely special feel.

Shades of Nude

Dusty pink, yellow and tan are typically colors you see reserved for spring but designers have injected these subdued colors into fall in a big way.  Look for pants, knits, and skirts in these chic shades.  Also, for an outfit worthy of the runways, try pairing pink and yellow for fresh take on this modern color combination.

Chokers

Add some extra oomph this fall with statement making chokers.  These eye-catching necklaces are not for the faint of heart.  No longer the skinny, ribbon chokers of the 90’s, these chunky modern designs are meant to draw a lot of attention.  Opt for gemstone embellished or metallic beaded 2 inch or more in width for a luxe look perfect for all occasions.  Dress down a fancy looking choker by pairing it with a button up shirt or casual dress to really make the look.

Shine On

Once reserved for holidays, eye-catching metallics took on a subtler approach for Fall.  Shine this season in sparkly dresses, skirts, and shoes, but try pairing metallic pieces with casual pieces such as denim for more wearability.

Exaggerated Shoulders

Off-the-shoulder tops were big this past spring and the trend isn’t going anywhere fast.  This fall, you’ll find lots of off-the-shoulder, one-shoulder and one-arm asymmetrical silhouettes.  This bold style offers designs with dramatic details for a look that is anything but subtle.  The glimpse of skin on these intricate necklines creates the ultimate sex appeal.

Fall Florals

Florals are typically reserved for spring but this fall offers cool-girl florals in bright hues.  Toughen up this feminine look by pairing this fall’s florals with loafers, leather, or a chunky choker around your neck.

This fall’s fashion trends are all about vivid hues, bold proportions and modern styles.  Break out of your comfort zone and try some exaggerated silhouettes to ease you into fall.

 

Happy shopping.

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!