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Shop Conscientiously This Holiday Season

Posted on: November 18th, 2013 by Leah No Comments

As we approach the holiday season, 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 those gifts are made. Are they eco friendly? Do they support local businesses? Our purchasing decisions affect our community and the environment and what better time to be “thoughtful” than around the holidays.

Shop Local

Have you considered buying all of your holiday gifts from local merchants? By shopping local you can build a stronger economy and support local businesses in Monroe County this holiday season. 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. For a list of where to shop local, go to my blog: LeahsFabulousFinds.com where you’ll find past Conch Style columns where I’ve featured a wide array of local boutiques. Just click on the category, Florida Keys Shopping for a full list.

Fair Trade

Fair Trade is a product certification system that identifies products that meet agreed environmental, labor, and developmental standards. Many products that meet these standards will use the Fair Trade marking on their products to let consumers know that their product was not made through child labor or unhealthy labor conditions. Fair Trade products range from apparel and linens to coffee, teas and chocolates.

Vintage, Recycled, and Eco-Friendly Gifts

Give an eco-friendly gift by buying a product that has been made from something that was destined for the garbage or landfill. You can find recycled wine bottles that have been made into candles and platters and recycled bike chains that have been made into bottle openers and bowls. Vintage products are another type of eco-friendly product because they are being recycled and are not longer mass produced. Vintage gifts have storied pasts and are usually a very special gift because of its uniqueness.

Green Pineapple Key West Boutique

Go to the Green Pineapple in Key West to shop local and buy fair trade, recycled and eco-friendly gifts.

Looking for a store that has it all? Go to the Green Pineapple at 1130 Duval Street in Key West where you’ll be able to shop local and buy fair trade, organic, vintage, recycled and eco-friendly gifts for everyone on your list. The Green Pineapple’s vision is to promote sustainability through an eclectic offering of beautiful and conscious consumer goods from around the world. All of the products carried in this beautiful boutique are “green” in nature. Within this shop, you’ll also find the Lush organic wine, chocolate, tea and coffee bar. Lush’s offerings are all certified organic, sustainable, recycled, compostable, biodegradable, socially and environmentally responsible, bio-dynamically grown or fair trade certified. These delectable items may be green but they are also delicious and perfect for a treat while shopping or take some home and give as gifts!

Green Pineapple offers Key West organic wine, chocolate and coffee bar.

Housed within Green Pineapple is Lush, Key West’s very own organic wine, chocolate, tea and coffee bar.


A Unique Shopping Experience in Islamorada

Posted on: November 3rd, 2013 by Leah No Comments

Milk & Honey is a beautiful boutique located in Islamorada offering a bohemian chic vibe with flair. Featuring an eclectic mix of high fashion clothing and accessories, and expertly curated gifts from around the world for you and your home. Everything in this store is hand-picked by the owner and is a true reflection of her personal style.

Milk & Honey boutique in Islamorada - Image courtesy of Leah Bain Maki

Milk & Honey is a beautiful boutique located in Islamorada offering a bohemian chic vibe with flair.

Danielle Cockerham, owner of Milk & Honey, grew up in Tortola, British Virgin Islands. Her mother was raised in India, England, and Trinidad and Tobago and her mother’s multicultural background greatly influenced Danielle’s personal tastes. Fairtrade has always been important to Danielle and she also loves to know how something is made. Custom, one-of-a-kind pieces therefore are a signature of her store.

Her store also includes a diverse collection of Indie labels which are produced on a smaller scale. A few of my favorite labels include Michelle Jonas Travelwear whose designs are hand-dyed and have beautiful lace details, Flynn Skye fashions offer beautiful patterns for simplicity with an edge, and Novella Royale pieces are all created from recycled fabric, making each piece limited and unique. The versatility of the clothing carried by Milk & Honey allows you to wear it to coffee, the beach or a nice dinner without changing.

Milk & Honey boutique in Islamorada - Image courtesy of Leah Bain Maki

Featuring unique indie labels such as Michelle Jonas Travelwear, Flynn Skye and Novella Royale.

Milk & Honey’s repertoire of treasures doesn’t stop with your wardrobe. Stunning Moroccan silk tassels adorn her dressing room curtains and could easily be used for window dressings, art or decor. Handmade all leather sandals from Kenya will become as comfortable as your favorite pair of jeans. Custom one-of-a-kind jewelry made only for Milk & Honey incorporate shells and rocks that Danielle finds on her own travels. Then too, a vast array of jean shorts adorn an area near a beautiful selection of cowboy boots, hand woven baskets, gorgeous Indian block print fabrics and captivating Voluspa scents and candles. Every item in this store has a story and immediately lets you know how special it is.

Milk & Honey Boutique in Islamorada - Image Courtesy of Leah Bain Maki

Handmade all leather sandals from Kenya will become as comfortable as your favorite pair of jeans.

Milk & Honey recently moved to a new locations situated in the heart of Islamorada near the Morada Way Arts & Cultural district at 81681 Old Highway. It is open Tuesday – Saturday from 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. If you want to see more of Milk & Honey’s latest looks, join them for a fashion show and shopping event on Thursday, November 14th starting 5:30 p.m. at the Village Square at the Trading Post. Milk & Honey, D-Luxe Boutique and Miss Monroe will all be featuring holiday looks from their collections and great gift items to give you a head start on your holiday shopping.