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Cool Beats & Pop Rocks Fuel No Moon Club’s First Event

Posted on: September 21st, 2012 by Leah No Comments

This past Saturday was the first of many events as a part of a new social club called the No Moon Club.  To say that this was an event would be the understatement of the year.  Put on by Entertainment Production Resources LLC, owned by Wood Campbell and Biron Valier, the event was truly more of a show created to showcase Wood’s visionary lighting, sound and production talents.

The ambiance was set from the start.  Guests received invitations handed out in children’s sand buckets and were told this new social club would be hosting upscale traveling parties for a limited number of people always on the darkest night of the month – the no moon.  In addition, the event location was kept a secret until just 24 hours prior when guests then were given directions on where to go.  Anxious party goers arrived and were directed by security to a private Oceanside residence with 300 ft. of white sandy beach.  Once at the beach, a welcome drink was passed consisting of a fruity blue liquor served in colored test tubes rimmed with pop rocks candy all while cool beats from the Spam Allstars beckoned guests to the stage.

The beach was transformed into a party space reminiscent of something you might find in Miami.  White chairs and tables were scattered around the beach with the tables lighting up and changing colors throughout the evening.  The stage and dance floor was also lit with colored lights perfectly complimenting the unique tunes, a blend of latin, funk and hip hop mixed with DJ turntable beats.

The Spam Allstars provided the cool beats for the event.

As if that wasn’t enough, Island Catering had body sushi on display as the starter.  Body Sushi, called Nyotaimori, is a rare art form once only practiced in the culinary world of Japan where a woman is the “serving platter” for a variety of sashimi and sushi rolls.  Large green leaves and plates were laid all across her back and around her and, love it or hate it, this became the most talked about discussion of the evening.

Island Catering provided body sushi at the No Moon Club social event!

Additional gourmet hors d’hoeurves were passed and included duck fat seared scallops, mini beef wellingtons, Tazmanian salmon, pineapple shrimp, and mac ‘n cheese lollipops, to name a few, along with an amazing selection of deserts.

The No Moon Club also attracted a great crowd.  Community leaders of all age groups came donning their most stylish ensembles opting for dressier looks not usually worn in the Keys.  Many wore colorful silk dresses paired with wedges or rhinestone sandals because of the sand.  The men looked every bit Keys casual, wearing slacks and khaki shorts with button down shirts and  boat shoes or sandals.   It was a “see and be scene” party without being pretentious.

For just $100 per person, event goers received entertainment, amazing food, tasty libations and a great space for enjoying the company of their friends.  In addition, a portion of the evening’s proceeds benefited Habitat for Humanity of the Upper Keys.

They haven’t said when or where the next party will be held or what the theme will be, so make sure to follow the No Moon Club on Facebook at Facebook.com/NoMoonClub to make sure you’re in the know for the next event!

 

This article was also featured in the Florida Keys Reporter and Keynoter as a part of my “Conch Style” column that runs bi-monthly in the Friday and Saturday edition.  If you have story ideas on style in the Florida Keys, please send me an email at Leah@leahsfabulousfinds.com.

Fall Trend Alert: Oxblood Red is the Hue of the Season

Posted on: September 14th, 2012 by Leah No Comments

The newest color trend this season is a maroon color the fashion elite are calling Oxblood.  This dramatic dark brownish red color can be found in tones ranging from bold bordeaux, deep magenta, rich crimson and more wine soaked hues.

As with any trend, I never recommend going out and buying a closet full of Oxblood because by next season this look will likely be done.  I do, however, recommend picking up a few pieces that will effortlessly mix into your wardrobe and help you achieve this trend-setting look.

One way I love wearing a trend is through a bold lip color and this oxblood color is easy to wear.  I recommend Giorgio Armani Lipstick #201 from Saks Fifth Avenue.  This sultry color will look beautiful on your pout this fall!

Giorgio Armani Rouge D’Armani Lipstick #201 $30

 

Try oxblood in easy-to-wear layering pieces like this ASOS leather jacket in Oxblood.  This bold color looks great paired with primary hues.  I love it paired with bold fall tones such as hounds tooth and yellow and orange.

ASOS Curved Biker Jacket in Oxblood with Zip Details $224

 

My current obsession is oxblood hued booties and I can’t wait to purchase these by Schutz found at Piperlime.  Living in Florida makes for a fairly non-existent Fall.  With booties, I will wear this with other fall tones in lightweight fabrics that can still work in my warm climate.  (To my hubby – I would like these in a size 9 for my birthday in 2 weeks…Please….)  These will obviously look fabulous in cooler climates with tights and heavier wool skirts and dresses!

Good thing I love red wine.  It’s now going to look very fashionable holding a glass while rocking a bordeaux lip and oxblood booties paired with my fave yellow dress!

Take a look at this fashionista rocking oxblood at NYFW!  I love how she’s worn this bold tone in a printed dress and gorgeous oxblood handbag and booties!

Oxblood Accessories NYFW – photo courtesy of The Locals

No Moon Club – Monthly Social Events with Style

Posted on: September 10th, 2012 by Leah No Comments

 

This Saturday, September 15th from 8 p.m. to midnight will mark the first of many monthly events as a part of a new social club called the No Moon Club.  Put on by Entertainment Production Resources LLC, owned by Wood Campbell and Biron Valier, these events will always be held on the darkest night of the month – the no moon.  Created to be more of show than an event, you can expect this to be the best events this year given Wood’s remarkable lighting, sound and production talents.  The rock star team behind the No Moon Club consists of visionaries, Wood Campbell and Biron Valier as well as local event planner, Christina Clark and master artist, Stacie Krupa.

From the very start, I was intrigued.  Featuring a band they can’t name because they do not normally play for such a small crowd, a location they won’t give out until 24 hours before the event, and an invitation that arrived in a child’s sand bucket, not to mention the exclusive nature of the event (only 150 guests will be admitted). This event is sure to be unlike what we normally find in the Keys.

“We have the best food, a super band and I’m going to light up the beach for 150 lucky guests,” stated Wood Campbell.

The No Moon Club social events will never look or sound the same.  Held in varying locations including a beach, lagoon, yacht and yard – they even have plans for a Sunday gospel brunch.  Attending this first event will guarantee your name is on the list, so you’ll be in the know for next months event.

Entertainment Production Resources will be providing the Florida Keys the ability to experience and hire Wood Campbell’s lighting, sound and production expertise that has been developed over the last few decades as a musical, stage and sound producer for numerous stage shows around the globe.

To be added to the guest list call 704.230.7082 or email you’re RSVP to sam@mannentertainment.net.

Tickets are $100 and include cocktails, tapas by Island Catering and musical and visual artistry by Entertainment Production Resources. A portion of the evening’s proceeds will benefit Habitat for Humanity of the Upper Keys

A few tickets are left, so now the only question left for you to consider – once you buy your tickets of course – is what are you going to wear?

See you at the beach!

 

 

Conch Style: How to Tie a Scarf

Posted on: September 7th, 2012 by Leah No Comments

The number one style rule is to never wear more than three colors in an outfit.  That said, you’re goal should ALWAYS be to wear three colors and to feel fabulous in what you’re wearing.   Adding a bright, rich textured scarf to your ensemble can create just the right amount of color to make your outfit interesting.  For example: a black dress paired with red shoes = predictable, a black dress paired with red shoes and a leopard print scarf = fabulous.

Pick scarves with interesting patterns, colors and textures to add to your wardrobe.  In the Florida Keys, the lighter-weight the scarfs, the better, as lightweight fabrics are more versatile and can be worn through every season.  Always make sure the colors you choose are complimentary to your skin tone and are something you can easily integrate into your wardrobe.  If you own a bright pink handbag, a scarf in a bright pink pattern could be worn with multiple outfits including jeans and fitted shirt, a dress for work and as a cover-up over a swim suit.

How you wrap the scarf is just as important as picking the right colors and textures.  The next time you pick out a scarf to wear, try tying it one of the following ways.

The Cowl Neck: Lay the scarf flat on a surface.  Grab the lower left corner and the top right corner in opposite hands.  Take your right hand and wrap the scarf twice around your neck so that the ends end up in front.  Tie a small knot with the ends at the desired length.  For a true cowl neck look you want a small gap between the scarf and your neck.  It shouldn’t look like a turtle neck, think of how the neck on a chunky sweater lays.  That’s the optimal look.  Turn the scarf so that the knot ends up more on the side and then tuck the knot under.

The Necklace: Lay the scarf flat on a surface.  Twist both ends until the scarf resembles a rope.  Don’t twist it too tightly so that it rolls up.  You want it to still be moveable.  Now wrap it around your neck twice and tie it in the back.  Play around with the length until you achieve the desired look.

The Bow: Drape the scarf around your neck with the one end shorter than the other.  At your collarbone, tie the ends of the scarf into a large knot with the ends of the scarf poking out to resemble a flower or bow.

Featured scarves are available at the Islamorada boutique, Zero Dress Code for $20 each.  Zero Dress Code is located at 82205 Overseas Highway, Islamorada, and open Monday – Saturday 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.  Call 305.664.0800 or go to ZeroDressCode.com for more information.

 

Images courtesy of Sedura Imagery – Specializing in children and family photography. Go to Sedura.com or follow on facebook at Facebook.com/SEDURA for more information. 

 

This article was also featured in the Florida Keys Reporter and Keynoter as a part of my “Conch Style” column that runs bi-monthly in the Friday and Saturday edition.  If you have story ideas on style in the Florida Keys, please send me an email at Leah@leahsfabulousfinds.com.