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It’s Kentucky Derby Party Time!

Posted on: April 23rd, 2014 by Leah No Comments

The Kentucky Derby will take place on Saturday, May 3 and the only way to watch the best two minutes in sports is with friends while donning big hats and sipping mint Juleps.    So it’s time to plan your preppiest outfit, buy a big floppy hat, and decide where to watch it!

The first step is to plan what you’ll be wearing.  For the ladies, sundresses are the perfect attire.  Go for a bright spring color or try a fun pattern such as floral or stripes.   Next you need to coordinate your hat to your dress.  Choose a color that will contrast nicely with your dress or choose a neutral colored hat such as black or tan that you can add color to.  If you don’t already own a big floppy hat, you can purchase one at most local clothing boutiques.

Next you’ll need to purchase some hat accessories.  I recommend flowers, ribbon, rhinestones and feathers.  Some of this you may be able to find hiding around your house, if not, try your local arts and crafts store.   For the Kentucky Derby, more is better.  You want to look fashionable and yet a little ridiculous so go for big accessories that will coordinate to your dress.  Some fun color combinations could include teal/pink, navy/red, and purple/yellow.   If you are wearing a purple dress, buy a yellow hat and add a purple polka dot ribbon with a big purple flower.  To secure your hat accessories you’ll need some pins and a hot glue gun.  Once you’ve bedazzled your hat and coordinated your outfit, it’s time to make a plan for where you’ll be watching the race.

Islamorada

I’ll be hosting a Kentucky Derby party at oo-tray at 80900 Overseas Highway starting at 4 p.m.  oo-tray will be serving a special Kentucky Derby themed menu and prizes will be given out for the best dressed and best hat.  In addition, there will be a 50/50 raffle for betting on horses, live music after the race and an Islamorada Derby where local celebrities will race with horse sticks for guests’ amusement.  Call 305.922.2027 for more information or RSVP on Facebook here.

Marathon

Fisherman’s Hospital Foundation is hosting a Kentucky Derby fundraiser at Cabana Breezes at 401 East Ocean Drive starting at 3 p.m.  Tickets at $75 and all proceeds raised will benefit Fishermen’s Community Hospital.  Bet on your favorite derby horses and enjoy mint juleps and southern fare.  RSVP to kim.gregory@fhcares.com or call 517.214.6754 for tickets.

Key West

Aqua Nightclub at 711 Duval Street will be hosting a Kentucky Derby party from 5-8 p.m. with races and bourbon tasting.  Call 305.294.0555 for more information.

See you at the races!

Last year's Kentucky Derby Party in the Upper Keys - Image Courtesy of Sedura Photography

Last year’s Kentucky Derby Party in the Upper Keys – Image Courtesy of Sedura Photography

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Leah’s Fab Finds: My Shoe Picks for Spring

Posted on: April 14th, 2014 by Leah No Comments

Get excited!  Spring is finally here which means it’s time to bring out your spring wardrobe and get inspired with some new wardrobe staples.  Below is a look at several of my picks for the best drool-worthy, outfit making shoes for spring.  I’ve already purchased two of these and can’t believe how much they’ve re-energized my wardrobe.  After all, if the shoe fits….

GO BOLD WITH COLOR

I love the asymmetrical shape and the magenta color of these Jessica Simpson Pumps – $89 Available here

Jessica Simpson Shoes for Spring

Jimmy Choo goes bold in a big way with this neon flame orange caged leather bootie – $995 available here.

Jimmy Choo Orange Sandal

CLASSIC STRIPES

These classic black & white espadrille would look fabulous with shorts or a cute sundress.  $54.95 available here

Classic Espadrille for springBasic flats with a punch – $79.95 available here

Striped flats for springFeminine mid-heel sandal with a classic kick – $198 by Coach available here

Coach Black and White Marci Heels

FLORAL FUN

Look ladylike in this vibrant floral sandals by Steve Madden – $79.95 available here.

Floral Sandals by Steve Madden

Fabulous floral-print wing sandal by Paul Andrew – $795 available here.

Floral Wing Sandals by Paul Andrew Bold Basics

Asymmetrical white and silver sandal by Miu Miu – $690 available here

Miu MiuBlack edgy cuff wedge sandals, so comfortable and eye-catching at the same time – $99.95  available here

Trouve Black wedge sandal

The Go-To Outfit

Posted on: April 8th, 2014 by Leah No Comments

We’ve all had a day where finding something to wear seems next to impossible. And before you know it, every item of clothing you own is now strewn across your bed and floor. It seems the more important the event, the more stressful getting dressed can be. Most of us do not have the time to expertly style our outfits each day. This makes getting ready somewhat of a hassle when crunched for time.

For those days, when nothing seems quite right, you need to turn to your go-to outfit. A go-to outfit is a look that you feel great in. They are the clothing pieces that you are frequently  complimented on and that you are guaranteed to look wonderful in.

My go to outfit - coral hued jacket and matching shoes, animal print clutch and gold and black dress

My go to outfit – coral hued jacket and matching shoes, animal print clutch and gold and black dress

The hardest part for most women is identifying which outfit this is. When perusing your closet, look for a piece of clothing that you love wearing and makes you feel like you. This is exactly the look that needs to become your new go-to outfit.

If after looking through your closet, you have yet to identify your go-to outfit, try looking through photos of yourself. Facebook is a great resource. Most of the photos you’ve uploaded to your page or marked as a profile picture are likely photos that you liked what you were wearing. Scroll through your photos and look for those clothing pieces that make you look and feel your best.

If you are not on Facebook, think about the last time you received compliments on what you were wearing. This is now you’re go-to outfit. Still lost? Call your bestie and ask her which outfit she loves on you. She’ll be honest with you about your most fabulous look.

Next, you need to organize your closet. You should lay out your go-to outfits in an easy to reach location with as many accessories layered on them as possible. If your go-to outfit should be worn with a jacket, hang it together. This is to make it easier to remember how it should be worn.

Beyond picking out your go-to outfit, an organized closet will also help you with getting dressed each day. Organize your clothing by type. Hang each type of clothing together so that when you need a sweater or jacket for a cooler day or air-conditioned interiors, you know where to look for it.

If you’re feeling like, “I always wear the same black dress for every occasion,” swap out the accessories. Instead of wearing plain gold or silver jewelry, opt for a statement necklace with color and coordinate your shoes. The black dress can continue to be your go-to outfit but by swapping out your jewelry, shoes and handbag you’ll create a different look each time.

I recommend including at least one dress into your go-to outfits. Dresses are great for the Florida Keys, as they’ll keep you cool, they’re versatile for both work and play, and can be worn year round. Wearing a dress with heels and a blazer instantly pulls together your look for work, while wearing the same dress with sandals and statement jewelry is perfect for brunch with your girlfriends.

Most women say, “I’ve been shopping all my life and I still have nothing to wear!” With your Go-to outfit already in mind, you will never have to make this statement again.