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Tips for Finding Your Next Perfect Swimsuit

Posted on: August 30th, 2016 by Leah No Comments

Swim Fashion Week in Miami Beach commenced in July with hundreds of bikini clad models strutting the runway wearing resort and swim collections for 2017. The latest and greatest in swim design is always inspiring to see but at times makes me realize how unwearable many of the designs actually are.  The most outrageous designs included feathers, fringe, head-to-toe mesh, corsets, and crocheted skirts.  It’s not just the embellishments that make them not so user friendly but those itsy bitsy teeny weeny bikinis have gotten even smaller.  According to a local news station, bikinis are half the size and 16 times more expensive than they were 25 years ago.

Below are a few tips to help you find the best suit for you.

Art Hearts Fashion Resort Couture Design from Swim Fashion Week

Art Hearts Fashion Resort Couture Design from Swim Fashion Week

Make Sure the Suit is Wearable

If your suit is the size of dental floss, it likely isn’t a suit ever meant to be worn in public. Likewise, wearing a suit with non water-friendly embellishments or capes, likely a drowning hazard, are also not swim friendly. There are some suits with designs so intricate that they really can never be worn past the runway.  They more closely resemble pieces of art than they do clothing.  Could you imagine trying to get one of these suits off in time to use the restroom?

Wear the Right Suit for the Occasion

While on vacation a few years ago, I entered the ocean during high surf warnings.  I only waded in up to my knees but when that wave came in it took me down like a freight train.  As I was rolled to shore, I came up for air in a sandy mess only to realize my bikini top had moved and was no longer covering what it was meant to.  I had accidentally exposed myself to an entire beach full of vacationing families.  It was then that I realized my suit wasn’t meant for swimming.  If you’ll be swimming or active, be sure to chose a suit that will stay in the right place for your activities.

Beware of Cutouts

If you choose a chic designer suit with cutouts and mesh inserts, don’t forget to apply sunscreen. Forgetting sunscreen in those areas is a tan line nightmare waiting to happen and will leave your body looking like a patchwork quilt.

Be Confident

The right suit is the one that makes you feel confident.  On a recent girls’ trip, I watched 10 of my besties spend two sun-soaked days in swimsuits boogie boarding on the ocean, riding down the waterslide and lounging poolside.  These women are beautiful not because they have perfect bodies but because of the confidence they each have in who they are. Love your bodies regardless of your size and never be afraid to rock what you got.


Back-to-School Tax Free Weekend August 5-7

Posted on: August 1st, 2016 by Leah No Comments

Amid the flurry of lobster mini-season and lobster opening weekend, back-to-school season is in full swing. The sales tax free weekend begins August 5-7 which is the perfect time to outfit your kids and check off their school supply list.  During the sales tax free weekend, no Florida sales tax will be collected on clothing, footwear, and certain accessories selling for $60 or less per item and on school supplies selling for $15 or less per item.  Below are a few tips to help you take advantage of this 3-day sales tax holiday.

Reversible Tote Bag will be offered BOGO at Miss Monroe Boutique over the sales tax free holiday!

Reversible Tote Bag will be offered BOGO at Miss Monroe Boutique over the sales tax free holiday!

Make a List

Start with a list of all the school supplies you need for each child as well as a list of wardrobe essentials each child will need for school. Don’t forget to add a few items for yourself on the list.  After all, you deserve something new as well.

Stock Up On Basics

Basics are the building blocks of every wardrobe.  Wardrobe staples such as jeans, black heels, white tees, sandals, shorts, underwear, and little black dresses are often the pieces that are worn the most and therefore may need to be updated or replaced on a yearly basis.

Think Ahead

If you’re buying clothing for kids, remember to buy not only for right now but also for the size they’ll be in a few months.  There is no need for them to wear pants that resemble clam diggers just because they had a growth spurt.

Take Advantage of Sales

Many stores are offering additional sales during the sales tax free weekend including:

  • The Banyan Tree Boutique in Islamorada is offering 25% off all clothing during this time.
  • D-Luxe Boutique in Islamorada is offering 15% off purchases over $25 and 25% off purchases over $100.
  • Miss Monroe Boutique in Islamorada is offering a buy one get one deal on their reversible tote bags. Available in 10 colors, these are the perfect backpack alternative for high school girls.
  • Wild Lilly Boutique in Islamorada will be offering 25% off all items in store.

Give Back

Now through the end of August, United Way of the Florida Keys will be collecting school supplies to distribute to 8,000 students in Monroe County. As you’re shopping for your own kid’s school supplies, consider buying a few extra notebooks, pencils, crayons, binders, or backpacks for a child in need. There are a number of convenient drop-off locations throughout the Keys including Wells Fargo Banks, Mariners Hospital, Key Largo Chamber of Commerce and Amara Cay in Islamorada.  Go to KeysUnitedWay.org for more information and additional drop-off locations.

Happy Shopping!