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Conch Style: Spring Trends

Posted on: March 22nd, 2013 by Leah No Comments

Trying out a new trend can always be a bit daunting.  Think about how you felt the first time you tried on a pair of skinny jeans after years of wearing wide leg or boot cut jeans.  But this year’s spring trends are something to get excited about.  They’re bright and bold in an everything -goes-kind-of-way and perfect for Florida Keys living.

When trying to figure out how to work a trend into your wardrobe, it’s always best to start small and to make sure you will wear it into future seasons.  Take a look at the list of trends below and then look for a few accessories and maybe one wardrobe staple such as a shirt, dress or slacks in a classic silhouette that fits you well drawing on these new spring trends.

Emerald:  Each year Pantone declares a color of the year and this year’s color is the elegant and lush emerald green.  Looking through spring look books, you’ll find slacks, skirts, blouses and dresses in this radiant hue.  Paired with denim you may run the risk of looking like your just left a St. Patrick’s day soiree but an emerald dress paired with nude heels or metallic’s will look incredibly glamorous.  Additionally, try pairing it with other lively colors such as cobalt blue or yellow or wear it with a pattern such as black and white stripes or polka dots.

Florals:  This season flowers are bright and playful and found in many head-to-toe looks. If like me the idea of wearing florals reminds you of your grandmothers couch, try it in small doses such as a floral patterned clutch or scarf.  When going for a bolder look, balance a floral dress with classic accessories such as pearls or a black heels.

Bright colors: Neon is still in and brighter than ever.  This season you will see neon in bright pinks, greens and oranges.  Tone a bright piece down by pairing it with navy, denim or white and classic accessories.  Focus on accent pieces like a bright structured jacket will make any outfit more polished and totally on trend.

Black and White: When thinking of Spring, most think of pastels and bright happy hues but this season, designers put the emphasis on head-to-toe Black and white looks.  Resist the urge to add in a bright accessory to a black and white look and instead wear a bright lip color with an all black and white look.  This spring trend is also incredibly wearable for both day and night and very affordable for every budget.

Islamorada Mercantile located at 81904 Overseas Highway offers a great selection of on trend and affordable clothing and accessories for men and women.  I also love their selection of house wares and handmade driftwood clocks made by the owner.  Find easy to wear dresses and wardrobe staples in bright hues and patterns perfect for trying out this spring’s trends.  Try a bright scarf for spring for just $26 or a graphic black and white print dress worn with head-to-toe black and white.

Islamorada Mercantile Bright Scarves for Spring for just $26

Islamorada Mercantile Bright Scarves for Spring for just $26


Islamorada Mercantile Black and White patterned dress

Create a head-to-toe black and white look with this patterned dress from Islamorada Mercantile

This article was also featured in the Florida Keys Reporter and Keynoter as a part of my “Conch Style” column that runs bi-weekly 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.

Conch Style: What to pack on your Spring Break Trip

Posted on: March 8th, 2013 by Leah No Comments

There is nothing worse than getting to your destination only to realize you forgot half of what you needed or hate what you packed.  The best way to ensure this doesn’t happen is to plan ahead and to make a list of everything you’ll need.

Travel light.  Over packing is just a sign of not having a good plan.  Lay out your suitcase a week or two in advance and as you come across things you may want to bring, put them in your suitcase.  This will help you start the packing process.  A few days in advance repack your entire suitcase.  It will give you time to wash anything you might need.

Make a list.  Map out the number of days you’ll be on your vacation and any key activities you’ve got planned that will require special attire.  Then write down your outfits by day.

Pack clothing that is versatile and can be mixed and matched or worn multiple times.  A pair of shorts could be dressed up with wedges and a sparkly top for night and worn with a nautical striped top and sandals for day.  A jersey dress could be worn out one night and then could be used as a cover up over a swim suit at a later point in your vacation.  Most hotels have laundry service of some type so if you desperately needed something cleaned, you could do so at your hotel for a relatively small fee.

Wear your bulkiest items on the plane to save space in your luggage.  If you’re traveling to a cooler destination, wear your boots and bulky sweater on the plane.  Then consider packing clothing that can be layered for warmth as this will give you more room in your suitcase.  Airports and planes are generally cool so even if you’re going to a warm destination, wear a light-weight sweater while traveling that can also be worn on cooler evenings.

Limit the number of shoes.  Shoes take up a lot of room in your luggage so pack shoes that you can wear with multiple outfits.  For a beach vacation you will likely need one pair of heels, one pair of wedges, a pair of sandals and tennis shoes.  Use the valuable space inside of your tennis shoes to store your socks and workout clothes.  This will make it easier to find your workout gear when you’re unpacking.

Reserve space for new purchases.  I love buying new things when visiting new cities, so try to leave  a little extra space in your luggage for new purchases while traveling.

Stylish essentials for a beach vacation:

  • Kindle or good book, big sunglasses and a beach hat
  • A foldable tote doubles as a carry-on and a beach bag
  • Scarves  can be used to add color to your outfit and can also be worn as a sarong at the pool
  • Sun block, Advil, Bug Spray
  • Camera and phone chargers
  • Empty water bottle and lip balm – planes are known for being dry so stay hydrated and keep your lip balm handy
  • Lots of statement necklaces – they don’t take up a lot of space and will instantly give your outfits some oomph!


Key West Boutique Toko Indo Handmade Jewelry from Bali

Key West Boutique Toko Indo has a great selection of handmade statement jewelry from Bali


Key West Boutique Toko Indo

Find great statement necklaces at Toko Indo at 513 Duval Street in Key West. These bright and colorful handmade necklaces go great with beachy dresses and warm weather outfits.