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Craving a Hint of Fall

Posted on: October 31st, 2016 by Leah No Comments

Fall is my favorite season.  I grew up going to apple orchards and pumpkin patches, baking pumpkin and apple pies, sipping cider next to a fireplace, and going for walks to find the most radiant red, orange and yellow leaves.  But in the Florida Keys when the temperatures are pushing 90 degrees, its hard to think about enjoying any of these things.  If like me, you’re craving a hint of fall, here are a few tips to bring a little fall to you.


Wet Your Whistle

Head to your favorite coffee shop for a pumpkin spiced latte or better yet, indulge in a white chocolate cinnamon moka from Café Moka in Tavernier.  This decadent treat will truly awaken your fall senses.  If coffee isn’t your thing, opt for something a little lighter.  You can find some great Octoberfest and pumpkin ales this time of year.  Florida Keys Brewing Co in Islamorada offers a large selection of beers on tap including a number of fall themed selections sure to wet your whistle.

Fall Accents

The best fall accents add warmth to your home.  Add a vase of yellow sunflowers or colorful wildflowers to liven up your room.  Apples are another fall staple that are easy to decorate with.  Add them to a vase on your center table or foyer, or assemble them into a large bowl on your counter. Another easy way to get into the season is to pick out a handful of gourds, colorful squash and pumpkins at your local grocery store or farmer’s market.  My favorite are the white albino pumpkins that seem to blend better with our tropical landscaping.

Update Your Space

When you’re cooling off in the air conditioning, a light throw might be just what you need to snuggle in.  This is the perfect time of year to add fall-themed throws or accent pillows to your living space.  Fall tones are not only the traditional orange and brown, instead consider adding deep purples, magenta or dark teal to warm up your space.

Fire Pit

The best part about fall in South Florida is that the weather starts cooling down for us to finally enjoy more outdoor living.  Outdoor fire places, fire pits, and other fire features are some of the fastest growing trends in outdoor living spaces.  There is just something mesmerizing about the dancing flames and wood burning elements, the smoky aromas and crackling sounds of the fire that make it feel like fall. Add a fire pit to your outdoor space for instant charm and warmth in the cooler hours once the sun goes down.

A New Jack O’ Lantern

Instead of carving a pumpkin, embrace your tropical locale and opt for a pineapple Jack o’ lantern.  Great for table décor for a dinner party or a children’s activity with built-in snack.  These silly and spirited little guys are darling but don’t leave them out too long as they are perishable.

Fall Trends

Posted on: October 17th, 2016 by Leah No Comments

Fall is in sight in the Florida Keys making it the perfect time to pull out your fall favorites.   Embracing fall trends can be tricky when you live in a tropical climate.  And this fall is all about layering turtlenecks, statement furs, lush velvet, shearling bombers and plaid overcoats which may be a bit too wintery for our weather in the Florida Keys.  But there are many trends that will easily help you transition your summer wardrobe into fall.

Below is a list of fall’s most alluring trends that you’ll be seeing, shopping and wearing in the months to come.

Herve Leger by Max Azria one shoulder dress

Herve Leger by Max Azria one shoulder dress

Statement Fur

This season, fur is garnering a lot of attention.  Both real and faux fur made a strong presence on the runway with bold colors and eye-catching prints. Although fur and palm trees don’t really mix, these cotton candy hues will have you lusting for a cold weather vacation just so you can wear one.


Ruffles adorning a LBD make an otherwise minimalistic silhouette dramatic.  Look for small dainty frills or excessive ruffles for an entirely special feel.

Shades of Nude

Dusty pink, yellow and tan are typically colors you see reserved for spring but designers have injected these subdued colors into fall in a big way.  Look for pants, knits, and skirts in these chic shades.  Also, for an outfit worthy of the runways, try pairing pink and yellow for fresh take on this modern color combination.


Add some extra oomph this fall with statement making chokers.  These eye-catching necklaces are not for the faint of heart.  No longer the skinny, ribbon chokers of the 90’s, these chunky modern designs are meant to draw a lot of attention.  Opt for gemstone embellished or metallic beaded 2 inch or more in width for a luxe look perfect for all occasions.  Dress down a fancy looking choker by pairing it with a button up shirt or casual dress to really make the look.

Shine On

Once reserved for holidays, eye-catching metallics took on a subtler approach for Fall.  Shine this season in sparkly dresses, skirts, and shoes, but try pairing metallic pieces with casual pieces such as denim for more wearability.

Exaggerated Shoulders

Off-the-shoulder tops were big this past spring and the trend isn’t going anywhere fast.  This fall, you’ll find lots of off-the-shoulder, one-shoulder and one-arm asymmetrical silhouettes.  This bold style offers designs with dramatic details for a look that is anything but subtle.  The glimpse of skin on these intricate necklines creates the ultimate sex appeal.

Fall Florals

Florals are typically reserved for spring but this fall offers cool-girl florals in bright hues.  Toughen up this feminine look by pairing this fall’s florals with loafers, leather, or a chunky choker around your neck.

This fall’s fashion trends are all about vivid hues, bold proportions and modern styles.  Break out of your comfort zone and try some exaggerated silhouettes to ease you into fall.


Happy shopping.