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Kentucky Derby

Posted on: April 25th, 2016 by Leah No Comments

It’s time to dust off your fascinators, floppy hats and fedoras for the Kentucky Derby on Saturday, May 7.   The only way to watch the best two minutes in sports is to enjoy it with festive attire, mint juleps and friends.  So it’s time to pick out a hat, plan your most stylish outfit, and decide where to watch it!

Best Dressed Couple Sarah Cizmas and Douglas Mayer at last year's Kentucky Derby party at oo-tray

Best Dressed Couple Sarah Cizmas and Douglas Mayer at last year’s Kentucky Derby party at oo-tray

Kentucky Derby Hat

In fashion, hats can inspire an entire outfit, influencing the color scheme worn as well as the way you wear your hair. For the Kentucky Derby, select your hat first to help you plan and coordinate the rest of your outfit.  Opt for a large sun hat, a fascinator or a vintage hat.  If the hats in your closet aren’t quite cutting it, get creative and make your own.  You’ll need either a hat or a headband for your base, as well as, embellishments such as flowers, feathers, bows and ribbons, and a hot glue gun and safety pins to help you adhere your designs. Styles can range from classy and fashionable to zainy, eye-catching headwear.

Plan Your Outfit

The Kentucky Derby takes on the style of a “Southern belle”.  Sundresses in bright spring hues and fun patterns such as floral or stripes are perfect for this event.  Before finalizing your dress, consider what your headpiece looks like.  If your dress has a lot of pattern or color, you may want to choose a simple design for your hat.  Likewise, if you choose a simple dress, you can opt for a big and bold fascinator!

For men, classic linen, khaki or seersucker suits are the perfect attire for the Kentucky Derby.  If this feels too dressy for your viewing plans, opt for a more casual look with a button down shirt in a fun color or pattern such as pink or gingham.  Keep in mind the preppier the better.   Pair it with shorts, loafers, a bow tie and a fedora and you are all set.

Here I am at last year's Kentucky Derby party at oo-tray getting ready for the Islamorada Derby

Here I am at last year’s Kentucky Derby party at oo-tray getting ready for the Islamorada Derby

Watch the Derby

Join your friends to watch the Kentucky Derby on Saturday, May 7.  Enjoy the best two minutes in sports while wearing fabulous hats and sipping the infamous mint julep.  If you’re not hosting your own viewing party, join me at oo-tray at 80900 Overseas Highway in Islamorada starting at 5 p.m.  Oo-tray will be serving Kentucky Derby themed food and drinks, and will be giving out prizes for the best dressed and best hat.  In addition, there will be a 50/50 raffle for betting on horses, live music and an Islamorada Derby where our local “Real Housewives of Islamorada” will race with horse sticks for charity benefiting the United Way of the Florida Keys.  Call 305.922.2027 for more information.

See you at the races!

 

The Future’s So Bright…I Gotta Wear Shades

Posted on: April 12th, 2016 by Leah No Comments

In the Florida Keys, sunglasses are a fashion accessory 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 making sunglasses a purchase made multiple times throughout year.  According to the market research group NPD, women spent 1.85 billion on sunglasses from June 2014 to June 2015.  That’s a lot of eyewear. To help you find the most flattering shades for your summer wardrobe, take a look below at some tips before your next purchase.

Jimmy Choo round sunglasses with small cat eye shape and leather snake skin accent on temple available at Tropical Optical.

Jimmy Choo round sunglasses with small cat eye shape and leather snake skin accent on temple available at Tropical Optical.

Shape

Sunglasses come in many shapes but are not a one-size-fits-all accessory.  The first step in finding your most flattering frames starts with analyzing the shape of your face.

Round: A round face is widest across the cheekbones. Rectangular and geometric shapes will help elongate your face.

Styles to try: oversized, rectangular, cat eye

Square: If your face is square with a strong jaw, wide forehead and wide cheekbones, soften your features with rimless shades or curvier frames.

Styles to try: Aviators, round, cat eye

Heart: If you have a broad brow and narrow chin, try a style that is wider on the top than the bottom.  Shapes that are extend past the width of your face will complement you.

Styles to try: rectangular, aviators, sport, retro square

Oval: Oval shaped faces are longer than they are wide. This face shape allows for more flexibility letting you wear pretty much any style you want.

Styles to try: rectangular, oversized, round

Tint

We all know how important sun protection is for our skin but have you thought about protecting your eyes?  Sunglasses are not just a fashion accessory; they are also meant to protect your eyes.  Make sure the pair you wear provide 98 to 100 percent UVA and UVB protection. If the label reads “UV absorbing” or “blocks most UV light”, you are not providing enough sun protection for your eyes.

Gradient – These ombre tinted shades are perfect for combating overhead rays during peek daylight hours.

Mirrored – These lenses boast increased protection by blocking out more light than other tints.

Polarized – If you spend a lot of time on the water or outdoors, these are perfect for you as they reduce glare.

Tinted – Darker hues are best for bright and sunny weather like we have in the Florida Keys.

Color

Whether you are all about classic black or prefer leopard print with gold embellishments, the range of color and patterns available for your shades are endless.  So if you find a pair you love, better buy two. Make that three – one in each color of course.

Look for your next pair of sunglasses at Tropical Optical at 81933 Overseas Highway in Islamorada for the latest selection of designer eyewear.

It’s All About the Shoes

Posted on: April 4th, 2016 by Leah No Comments

The Spring 2016 shoe trends are not for the faint of heart.  They are bold, daring, sexy and strut-worthy.   To help you find your footing this season, I’ve rounded up the top trends for you to add to your shoe closet.  Put your best foot forward this spring with the following must-have trends in footwear.

Western Boot

For all you ladies who love a beautiful cowboy boot, this season offers a plethora of western inspired boots. From basic cowboy boots to vibrant hued boots with kitten heels, the western trend is perfect for spring and summer.  Wear these beauties with everything from shorts and a tank to a feminine flowy dress.

Tribal Sandal

Find your footing in tribal sandals.  Ethnic is not only trending for footwear this season, it is also a popular style in clothing and jewelry. Inspired by many cultures, this look incorporates bold colors, intricate patterns, and drool-worthy designs sure to make even the most obsessed shoe lover swoon.  The tribal trend worn from head to toe will look too costumey.  So instead opt for wearing a tribal inspired sandal with a bohemian frock for a modern look.

Tribal sandals from April Daze Boutique in Tavernier $68

Tribal sandals from April Daze Boutique in Tavernier $68

Statement Heel

Take a bold step forward this spring in statement heels.  A bright hue will put the spotlight on your feet for an effortlessly chic look. Look for styles that wrap up your leg, offer fringe, pom pom, or feather details, or unique futuristic accents.  With a statement heel, you don’t need to coordinate the color of your shoes to your outfit.  Instead, let your shoes shine on their own by pairing it with neutrals or contrasting colors so your heels get all the attention.

 

Block Heel

Step into style this Spring with block heel sandals and pumps. Give your stilettos a break and instead opt for this unique shape that are having their moment in fashion.  These walk-able spring heels are better than their skinnier cousin providing much needed comfort for your feet.  Try something new and discover a pair of strappy sandals with block heels to obsess over.

The Mule

Mules are hot, hot, hot this season and are sauntering onto the fashion scene in a variety of heights and colors.  These easy slip on styles are also the most fashion forward looks for spring.  My favorites are loafer mules otherwise known as the mullets of the shoe world – business in the front, party in the back. Find a style with soft leather for a sleek and comfortable shoe you can wear to the office or pair with a cute pair of slacks for effortless style.

Put a spring in your step this season with these fun footwear trends.  Happy strutting.