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Fall Trends 2013

Posted on: October 24th, 2013 by Leah No Comments

Now that the humidity has finally decreased it’s time to start thinking about moving into your cooler wardrobe. Embracing fall trends can be tricky when you live in a tropical climate. Fabulous outer coats, turtle necks and tall boots just don’t really work when it’s still 70 degrees. But there are many trends that will easily help you make the transition from your summer wardrobe into fall.

Thankfully, many of the trends that were big this past spring are still relevant for fall. Emerald remains a big color and is actually more wearable with other fall tones instead of your typical bright hues and pastels for spring. When trying to figure out how to work a trend into your wardrobe, it’s always best to start with small pieces such as accessories and to make sure you will wear it into future seasons. Review the list of fall trends below and then add a few key pieces to your wardrobe to update your look.

The Emerald Trend captured off the runway from Monique Lhullier, Carolina Herrera, Reed Krakoff, and Herve Leger runway shows.  Image courtesy of Sydnestyle.com.

The Emerald Trend captured from the runway shows of Monique Lhullier, Carolina Herrera, Reed Krakoff, and Herve Leger. Image courtesy of Sydnestyle.com.

Emerald Green

Each year Pantone declares a color of the year and this year’s shade is the elegant and lush emerald green. This rich shade was harder to implement into a spring and summer wardrobe but is perfect for fall so now is the time to embrace it. Pair it with neutrals such as black, winter white, tan, gray or metallics or color block your look by wearing this radiant hue with other jewel tones such as garnet, amethyst and sapphire. I also love this shade paired with polka dots or black and white stripes to keep it from looking too wintery in our warm climate. Make a statement by adding heels or big necklace in this vibrant hue to create a dramatic ensemble.

Fall Trends 2013

Houndstooth Fall 2013 Trend from the runway shows of Trina Turk, Oscar de la Renta, Tommy Hilfiger, and Michael Kors. Image courtesy of Sydnestyle.com

Classic Prints

This spring, we saw a lot of floral and kaleidoscope patterns but for fall it’s all about bringing back the classics. Houndstooth, plaid, and pinstripes are big this season and have been around forever making it very affordable. You can find these prints everywhere from second hand stores to your favorite upscale boutique. Leopard print is another print making a big statement on the runway. Although the classic brown and black leopard print will always be in style, try adding a little fun into your wardrobe with a blue or black and white version. Remember that a little print goes a long way. A head-to-toe ensemble in print is never recommended. Instead try wearing one of these classic patterns in a light-weight blazer that could be paired with skinny jeans for the weekend or over a skirt for the office.

Fall 2013

Layering Fall 2013 Trend from the runway shows of Zero + Maria Cornejo, BCBG, Herve Leger, and Rebecca Taylor. Image courtesy of Sydnestyle.com.

Add Layers and Textures

Layering is one of the best ways to create a dynamic ensemble but can be hard to do with our warm weather. Transition a summer dress into fall by layering on a lightweight scarf and a fitted jacket. Layering can also be a great tool to add a pop of color into your outfit, just be sure not to go overboard on too many colors and patterns. Stick to the rule of three by wearing no more than three colors. To add texture to an ensemble, try m

ixing in a new texture you don’t wear as often. Leather is really big this fall and is light weight enough for the cooler months in the Keys. Instead of a traditional leather jacket in black, opt for a new look by trying leather in a rich burgandy or emerald green. Go bold with a leather skirt or try a more subdued approach to adding texture by opting for a shirt or dress with leather trim.

When in doubt, opt for black and white. It’s classic, never goes out of style and looks good on everyone. Happy shopping.


Sip & Swap Saturday, October 12th

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

Join us this Saturday, October 12th starting at 6 p.m. for a fun night of swapping and socializing at the new Miss Monroe Boutique located in the Village Square at the Trading Post. Women should bring 3 or more gently used but unloved clothing and accessories to swap with others. Admittance is free and we’ll be serving sangria and snacks.

Tickets will be given to each participant for the number of items you bring for choosing that same number of items from another fashionista’s closet castaways.

All unloved items not selected will be donated to the Domestic Abuse Shelter or the Florida Keys Children’s Shelter.
We will also be accepting donations of clean gently used children’s clothing or women’s professional clothing for the charities.

RSVP from our event page on Facebook and contact Liz@shopmissmonroe.com or Leah@Leahsfabulousfinds.com with questions.

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Relax, Shop and Eat at the new Village Square at the Trading Post

Posted on: October 4th, 2013 by Leah No Comments

On Saturday, October 5th, the new Village Square at the Trading Post in Islamorada will open its doors.  This locals haven will provide you with enough entertainment to spend a morning, afternoon or evening shopping, relaxing and feasting on some fresh cuisine.  Located on the north side of the Trading Post just past the parking lot is a home that has been converted into a must stop destination.  Here you’ll find artist cottages, a new lifestyle store called uCumbe, the new second location for Miss Monroe Boutique, Bad Boy Burrito concept style restaurant and a white sandy beach with lounge furniture, free wifi and plenty of outdoor seating.

The Village Square was the brain child of Richmond Arce and Michael Mooney who wanted to create a place where locals would want to come and hang out.  Their store, uCumbe is a gorgeous lifestyle store with an amazing selection of art, fragrances and body products, gifts, home decor, and fabulous coffee table books.  Their affordable art and showcase pieces will allow you to freshen up an entire room for under $500.  They also have a $50 and under room with a variety of unique gifts, cards, and jewelry.  uCumbe is sure to be your new go-to place when you need to purchase a unique gift for a friend.  You’ll also adore their brightly colored fish by artist Lisa Pirkle.

Fabulous gift selection found at the new uCumbe boutique in Islamorada

Fabulous gift selection found at the new uCumbe lifestyle boutique

uCumbe offers a unique selection of home decor, fabulous coffee table books, & art

uCumbe offers a unique selection of home decor, fabulous coffee table books, & art

Monroe’s second location is also onsite with a focus on more beachy and easy-to-wear clothing and accessories perfect for the Florida Keys lifestyle.  They offer lightweight apparel, swimsuit cover-ups, sandals, hats, bags, sunglasses and a fabulous selection of semi precious jewels and statement jewelry.  I’m in love with their line of Mel rubber sandals.  Not only are they incredibly comfortable but the soles smell like bubble gum.  Stinky feet no more!  In addition, you will love their Samudra canvas clutches.  Each clutch has been screen printed with limited edition tropical photographs.  It’s the type of clutch that every Florida Keys fashionista needs to own and is the easiest way to add a pop of color to your outfit.    The best part about Miss Monroe’s second location is that it’s all very affordable with almost everything under $100.

Beachy and easy to wear clothing and accessories found at Miss Monroe Boutique's new location

Beachy and easy to wear clothing and accessories found at Miss Monroe Boutique’s new location

Samudra Canvas Clutches found at Miss Monroe Boutique's new location

Samudra Canvas Clutches found at Miss Monroe Boutique’s new location

Now that all that shopping has made you work up an appetite, time to sit down on the sprawling tropically landscaped grounds and enjoy something tasty from Bad Boy Burrito.  After the Key West natives went crazy for their fresh juice, ceviche, sangria and, of course, burritos, they decided a second location in Islamorada was a must.  They’ll be offering breakfast, lunch and a tapas-style dinner with every menu item being made from fresh and locally grown, caught, and bought ingredients.

In the next few months, a lighthouse park will be installed by local artist Larry Herlth.  One of his replicas is currently on display in the uCumbe store but all of the 6 Florida Keys lighthouse replicas will be installed around the Village Square at the Trading Post.  The goal of this park is to create passion in others for saving the more than 100 year old historic lighthouses off the Florida Keys.

The Village Square at the Trading Post will be open from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. daily beginning on Saturday, October 5th.  See you there!