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Summer Fashion Essentials

Posted on: May 16th, 2014 by Leah No Comments

The forever summer weather in the Florida Keys likely have most tourists wondering what could possibly be different about our “summer” wardrobe. However, we locals understand that summer means even lighter-weight materials in sweat proof fabrics that will keep us cool for the hot months ahead. Here are several wardrobe essentials for you to add to your closet the sweltering season ahead.

Bright Clutch

Let your accessories make the statement this summer with a bright hued or patterned clutch. Add a clutch to a basic ensemble such as a black dress or shorts and t-shirt for a pop of color. Try switching up your normal go to handbag by swapping it for a clutch for day. It’s a amazing what a cute clutch will do to make you feel more confident about what you’re wearing. Waters Edge Gift Cottage at 95175 Overseas Highway in Key Largo has a great assortment of summer clutches priced at around $30.

Statement Clutches found at Waters Edge Gift Cottage in Key Largo.

Statement Clutches found at Waters Edge Gift Cottage in Key Largo.


In the Florida Keys, sunglasses are a fashion accessory that gets worn daily. It’s also an accessory that you can never have enough of. All that wear makes them easy to lose, scratch, and break. So if you find a pair of sunglasses you love, buy more than one pair. I love buying sunglasses in multiple styles and colors to match to my outfit of the day. Miss Monroe Boutique located at 81868 Overseas Highway in Islamorada at the Village Square at Trading Post shopping area has a great selection of sunglasses in a variety of shapes and colors and range from $18-$24. At that price you can afford to buy one of each!

Fabulous sunglasses found at Miss Monroe Boutique in Islamorada.

Fabulous sunglasses found at Miss Monroe Boutique in Islamorada.


New sandals are a summer must have. I love updating my wardrobe with a fun new print, style or color.   D-Luxe Boutique carries a variety of styles in neon pink, white and black with gold accents and wedge sandals for dressier occasions. Summer is also a good time to review the sandals already in your closet. If they’re falling apart it may be time to replace them. Shop D-Luxe Boutique at 80925 Overseas Highway in Islamorada. Sandals start at $18 and everything in the store is under $50.


Affordable sandals in bright colors and patterns from D-Luxe Boutique

Affordable sandals in bright colors and patterns from D-Luxe Boutique

Bold Statement Jewelry

Most summer fashions tend to have simpler designs for easy wear in warmer weather. Shorts worn with tank tops and long solid colored maxi dresses need a statement necklace to create interest your ensemble. If you don’t already own a few, consider investing in one. If you wear a lot of blue, then try finding one in yellow or turquoise to add another color to your outfit. Terra Nova located at 712 Duval Street in Key West carries of line of jewelry called Nature Bijoux made out of natural components such as coral, leather and zebu horn. Ranging from $48-$325, this jewelry line is meant to start a conversations as when worn, everyone will be asking about your beautiful jewelry.

Origins Necklace by Nature Bijoux

Origins Necklace by Nature Bijoux

Maxi Dress

Maxi dresses are the most comfortable summer staple. They aren’t too fitted so will keep you cool and in breezy light-weight fabrics are comfortable year round. Maxi dresses also have the added benefit of looking effortless. Pair one with wedges and a clutch for a night out or wear it with sandals and a statement necklace for day.   Wild Lily Boutique located at 81933 Overseas Highway in Islamorada has an abundance of maxi dresses available this summer in a variety of colors, prints and textures.

Mara Hoffman Maxi Dress available at Wild Lily Boutique in Islamorada

Mara Hoffman Maxi Dress available at Wild Lily Boutique in Islamorada


Sizzling Summer Fashion Show

On Thursday, May 22nd The Village Square at the Trading Post will host the Sizzling Summer Fashion Show featuring summer fashions from Miss Monroe, Wild Lily and D-Luxe Boutique. The event will start at 6 p.m. with the fashion show starting at 8 p.m. and will include a complimentary champagne bar, mojito bar, cigar lounge and cigar roller, light hors d’hoeuvres by Bad Boy Burrito and lots of free giveaways. Tickets are available for $30 and are limited. This is a great opportunity to see some beautiful summer fashions for the Florida Keys from some of your favorite local boutiques. You can buy tickets at Miss Monroe, Wild Lily or D-Luxe Boutique. Hope to see you there!



Mother’s Day Gift Ideas

Posted on: May 7th, 2014 by Leah No Comments


It’s time to celebrate all the special mom’s in your life on Mother’s Day Sunday, May 11. Finding the perfect gift for the most important women in your life can be a difficult feat. It’s a gift that should portray your thanks, love and appreciation for all that they do. Show your mom, mother-in-law and wife how much you appreciate them on Mother’s Day with a thoughtful gift that will tell them just how important they are.

Here are some ideas to make your mother feel extra special on Mother’s Day.

Thoughtful Card

The simplest form of gratitude comes straight from the heart.   A handmade card with your child’s drawing on the front and a heartfelt message inside is easily the best card any mother could receive. And the only thing it will cost you is a little time. It’s the perfect card for Grandma and mom and the card will likely stay on the fridge for years to come.


You can never go wrong with pearls or diamonds. These are staples in a woman’s jewelry collection and if your wife or mother doesn’t currently own a tennis bracelet, diamond earrings or a beautiful set of pearls, then this would be a great gift to show your admiration. If diamonds or pearls are not in your budget, buy her some jewelry that is a little more fashion forward such as a statement necklace in a bright hue for summer.


Flowers are a wonderful way to tell your mother how special she is. A bouquet of roses, tulips or lilies are perfect for Mother’s Day and the fragrant spring-like aroma will be sure to make her smile. You could also opt for a potted plant that will last longer than a week. Orchid arrangements are both easy to find in the Keys and ever so beautiful.


Unique custom air plant arrangements are the perfect Mothers Day gift

Unique custom air plant arrangements are the perfect Mothers Day gift


Take your mom on a trip, spend the day paddleboarding or kayaking, or book a spa day. Experiences are what create memories and I’m sure she’ll be incredibly appreciative just to spend time with you. The Wino bar in Key West at 430 Duval Street offers wine and Godiva chocolate pairings with the average glass price set at just $10. Depending on the wine you order, their wine master’s will suggest white, milk, dark or dark mint Godiva chocolate for an additional $3 to complement your wine. They are open from 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. daily and also sell both Godiva chocolate and bottles of wine for a gift you can bring to your mom.


If you are planning to celebrate Mother’s Day by going out to brunch on Sunday, be sure to make reservations. The Plaza Grill is offering a Mother’s Day brunch from 11-3 p.m. with a specialty menu featuring eggs benedict, prime rib and baked yellowtail snapper. Located at 5101 Overseas Hwy in Marathon, call 305.743.7874 for reservations. You could also consider beating the brunch crowd by celebrating with your mom early. Take her to dinner at her favorite restaurant to celebrate. If your mom doesn’t live nearby, send her a gift card so she can treat herself to her favorite eatery.

Where to shop

The Banyan Tree in Islamorada offers a great selection of gifts perfect for the mother’s in your life. Thishidden oasis includes an expertly curated boutique and tropical garden. Offering custom orchid arrangements and glass terrariums with beautiful air plants, as well as, clothing, house wares, and one of the largest selections of fashion jewelry in the Keys .   With an affordable price point, you will find something for everyone at this Islamorada treasure.

The Banyan Tree boutique offers affordable gifts, house wares, clothing and jewelry

The Banyan Tree boutique offers affordable gifts, house wares, clothing and jewelry

On Friday, May 9th from 4-8 p.m. the Banyan Tree is hosting a Mother’s Day Celebration. Enjoy live music, complimentary wine and cheese, and 20% off boutique merchandise. Let your mom pick out her own gift so you know you’ve gotten her exactly what she wanted all while celebrating her.

Banyan Tree gardens

The Banyan Tree is located at 81197 Overseas Highway in Islamorada. Call 305.664.3433 for more information.