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Music and Fashion

Posted on: August 24th, 2015 by Leah No Comments

Music and fashion are inseparable.  Like love and marriage, as Frank Sinatra says, you can’t have one without the other. In looking at history, you’ll find each music genre has its own fashion identity.  Often what became a fad may have been caused by the popularity of the musician that wore it.  But its hard to know which came first, the fashion trend or the music, or whether their collaboration is what made them all the more popular.   Below is a look at some of the most popular genres of music and the fashion trends that ruled that era.

Ginger Rogers and Fred Astaire in the movie "Swing Time"

Ginger Rogers and Fred Astaire in the movie “Swing Time”

Jazz

The evolution of Jazz in the roaring twenties was met by changes in the fashion industry to reflect the time.  Bobbed haircuts, low heeled shoes, and free flowing dresses were the style for the popular dance music.  The low waist flapper dresses and shorter hemlines featured fringe, pleats, gathered fabric, and slits to allow motion to rule women’s fashion.

Rock & Roll

Fashion brands during the Rock & Roll genre of the 1950’s transitioned from conservative looks tailored to adults to the edgy and informal styles attractive to youth.  Elvis Presley was the Rock & Roll idol of his time and his look was as popular as his sound. His trademark pompadour hairstyle with side burns and blues suede shoes influenced a generation of fashion.  Boys who loved rock and roll wore tight-fitting blue jeans, white T-shirts, black leather jackets and white bucks or blues suede shoes.  The girls wore poodle skirts with images of record players and music notes attached to the front paired with fitted blouses and sweaters.

Pop

The 1980’s was the decade of the music video which gave pop musicians great influence over the fashions of the time.  From kooky and bright looks made popular by Cyndi Lauper, or punk fingerless gloves worn by Madonna, there seemed to be a musician and a fashion trend for everyone. Michael Jackson’s white socks worn with black shoes, skinny jeans, and leather biker jacket was also a staple during the 1980’s.  And don’t forget the big bangs, shoulder pads, and blue eye shadow.

Hip Hop

Hip hop styles in the early 1990’s had the theme of the baggier the better for both men and women.  Rappers like M.C. Hammer made blousy pants popular for their dance-oriented music.  The Fresh Prince and TLC popularized baseball caps and bright, neon colored clothing.  Both men and women wore oversized pants paired with extra large t-shirts and flannel shirts made popular by a variety of hip hop musicians.  And don’t forget the fad of wearing your clothes backwards, made popular by Kris Kross.

And the good news… some of these awesome fashion trends get recycled.  So if you’re desperately hoping to wear fingerless gloves again, don’t worry, it will probably be back in fashion very soon.

Swing

On Saturday, August 29, the Elite Dance of the Keys will present the Island Stars Swing-sational Dance-Off & Costume Party from 6-11 p.m. at the Elks Lodge in Tavernier.  Enjoy dinner catered by Mangrove Mike’s Café and live band while watching some of your favorite locals boogie for charity and compete to be crowned the winners of the Island Star Dance Competition.  Embrace the fashion trends of the swing era and come dressed in your favorite 40’s fashions (think classic suits for men and swing skirts and blouses for women) and win prizes for best costumes.  Tickets are $75 per person and proceeds benefit the Elite Dance of the Keys to provide scholarships for deserving boys and girls to attend dance conferences and receive dance lessons.   Buy your tickets at the door or through any of the local contestants including: Alan Newman, Dr. Janis Jeffers, Clay Crockett, Nancy Cooper, Demetrios Efstratiou, Jennifer Mahaffey, Tiffany Wheaton, and John Dunn.

 

 

Things I’ve Learned During Pregnancy

Posted on: August 9th, 2015 by Leah No Comments

As I approach the last few weeks of my first pregnancy, I’m astounded at what I’ve learned and what no one really prepares you for as you go through this process.  There are some things I’m going to miss and some things I’m ready to have come to an end.  I’m looking forward to seeing my toes again, hell, I’m looking forward to touching my toes.  I’m also ready to partake in a bottle of my favorite red wine.  But there are also some things I’m going to miss.  The feeling of baby kicking and moving in my belly and the feeling of him hiccupping will be sorely missed.  These are priceless memories that have made pregnancy all the more special.

Hangry Just Got More Interesting

Hangry is a term that my husband has often used to describe my hunger pangs even before I was pregnant.  Apparently I get a little frustrated and angry when I haven’t had any food.  During pregnancy, I have been Hangry on steroids.  I haven’t really had any weird cravings or food aversions, however, I do have this awesome tendency to nonchalantly go from “I could eat” to “I’M STARVING”.  And this tends to happen within about 30 minutes of the other. For my husband’s sake, I’m hoping my hangry emotions will subside again after pregnancy.

Pregnancy Fashion

Maternity clothing has come a long way from the muumuus of the 70’s.  Back then, a pregnant woman could throw on a tent that could fit a family of 4 and walk out of the house looking totally presentable.  Today, muumuus have been replaced by body hugging styles to show off woman’s changing shape.  I’ve found that the best pregnancy clothes are the clothes I loved before – great summer dresses with a little more stretch.  They’ll keep you cool while also being totally wearable after baby comes.  There is nothing worse than investing in a closet full of clothes that you can’t wear again.

High Heels

Although I’ve relegated most of my high heel wearing days for special occasions instead of my daily wear during pre pregnancy days. It is still a lot of fun to get dressed up in a pair of heels and show off the belly. After all, I’m pregnant not dead.

Maternity Leggings

Who knew that pants worn up to your bra could be this comfortable.  I bought several pairs of tummy covering maternity leggings in my second trimester and wear them often around the house, walking the dog, running errands, etc.  As soon as I get home from work, these are my go-to comfy clothes.  While my sister was here a few weeks ago, she informed me after I bent over in front of her that my favorite maternity leggings are in fact see through.  Turns out, I’ve been mooning the entire neighborhood for months now.  Great.  I will miss you huge tummy covering pantelones.

Touching the Belly

If you rub my belly I can not grant you three wishes and no one is more disappointed in this fact than I am.  People are naturally drawn to the miraculous bellies of pregnant woman.  Just be sure the person you’re touching is a) someone you know and b) ok with having their belly rubbed.  When you’re first pregnant, it’s a little weird, it starts as “Why are you rubbing my belly fat?” to “Did you feel him kick?”  I’ve now reached the phase where my skin has stretched to the point of itchiness.  So a little belly rub feels great! Rub on my friend, rub on.

Bellies Come in All Shapes and Sizes

There is so much pressure now about how we’re supposed to look when pregnant.  Celebrities seem to go through pregnancy effortlessly and then miraculously bounce back to their pre-pregnancy weight within weeks of delivering their babies.  This is just not a reality for most.  Today, doctors recommend that you gain between 25-35 lbs. during pregnancy.  But regardless of the number on the scale, bellies come in all shapes and sizes, just like women do. Why during pregnancy do complete strangers feel the need to comment on your size and shape? Can you imagine if this happened to non pregnant women?  Strangers will inform you of how pregnant they think you are, how big they think your belly is, or the dreaded, “You look like you’re ready to pop.” Believe me, the idea of “popping” has occurred to me and I’ve had nightmares about it for months. So the next time you see a stranger who is clearly pregnant, smile at her and let her go on her way. If you’d like to share something, tell her how beautiful she looks.  Especially if her grocery cart is filled with Doritos and ice cream.  There is no judging in pregnancy.

 

Boys 3 Piece Seersucker Suit Available at Shell World in Key Largo

Boys 3 Piece Seersucker Suit Available at Shell World in Key Largo

Gifts

If you’re looking for great baby clothes and gifts, check out your favorite local boutiques and gift stores in the Florida Keys.  Some of the cutest gifts I’ve received came from local stores with darling baby aquatic themed onesies, outfits and sun hats.