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Planning Ahead for What to Wear

Posted on: November 15th, 2014 by Leah No Comments

Dressing up is synonymous with celebrating. In the words of Rachel Zoe, “It’s what differentiates the cork-popping moments from the everyday routine of our lives.” With the holidays fast approaching, it’s time to start forging a plan for what you will be wearing to all of the festivities. From holiday parties with friends, to work functions, to family celebrations, each event means a different outfit. By creating a plan for what you will be wearing, you will ensure you won’t be stuck wearing the same black dress you wore last year. Very few holiday celebrations happen spontaneously so save on the stress and make a plan now for looking your best.

Identify what you already have

First, go through your closet and look at what you already own and what needs repairs. Do you own a party dress that still fits you well and looks fabulous? Do you have work appropriate apparel that can be worn for holiday celebrations with your colleagues? Are your dress-up shoes in need of a shine, polish or being reheeled? If so, now is the time to do so. You will also want to check on whether you own the right accessories and undergarments. Often the clothes hanging in our closet that have yet to be worn are hanging there because you still don’t own the right strappy heels to go with the dress.   Here is a list of some of the things you should own: an LBD, a formal cocktail dress in a color other than black, a sweater, wrap, or jacket that could be worn over a dress or skirt for warmth and for more conservative work functions, an evening bag, and glamorous jewelry.

Is there a Dress Code?

Before deciding what to wear, be sure you know the dress code. New Year’s Eve celebrations and holiday weddings both tend to demand more formal attire. If you’re not sure of the dress code, consider the venue and the time of day. Evening events will always be more formal in nature. The Florida Keys are typically more relaxed when it comes to dress codes, however, the holidays are the perfect excuse to break out your sequined shoes and fabulous LBD. It’s never a bad thing to be the most glamorous person in the room.

Reinvent a Look

Stylish women know the art of reinventing a look with chic accessories. If you always wear your LBD with the same heels and jewelry, it may be time to swap in a new bold necklace and matching heels to make the same basic dress look a bit different.   Suzette Kelly in Key West creates beautiful handmade jewelry perfect for dressing up your holiday look. All of her creations are handmade with sterling silver, 14 karat gold, semiprecious stones, and Swarovski crystal. Locally, you can find Suzette’s one-of-a-kind jewelry at Wanderlust Boutique at 310 Petronia Street in Key West. Open Monday-Saturday 10-6 and Sunday 10-4.

Sterling silver, jade and precosia crystal by Suzette Kelly at Wanderlust Boutique in Key West

Sterling silver, jade and precosia crystal by Suzette Kelly at Wanderlust Boutique in Key West

Dressing up is an opportunity to show another side of you. The most important thing to remember is that you need to feel comfortable and fabulous in what you are wearing. With a well thought plan, you can be the life of the party instead of worrying about what you are wearing.

Fall Fashion Trends

Posted on: November 15th, 2014 by Leah No Comments

The humidity has finally subsided and it’s 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 cozy knits, boxy wrap jackets and capes, and shearling accents which may be a bit too wintery for our weather in the Florida Keys. But there are many trends that will easily help you make the transition your summer wardrobe into fall.

When trying to figure out how to work a new trend into your wardrobe, it’s always best to start with classic pieces such as accessories or a jacket. Review the list of fall trends below and then add a few key pieces to your wardrobe to update your look.

Gucci embraces the call of the wild with this leopard ensemble at Milan Fashion Week Fall 2014

Gucci embraces the call of the wild with this leopard ensemble at Milan Fashion Week Fall 2014

 

Midi Skirts

A midi skirt is a skirt or dress that hits in the middle of your calf. It’s fashion forward and a major trend for fall. This ladylike look can work for office or fun by pairing it with the proper accessories. Take a look at the next few trends below and try wearing a midi skirt with leopard or buy one in a bold hue like blue or orange.

Seeing Spots

Fall’s boldest print is leopard. This classic pattern is hot, hot, hot. Whether worn head to toe or as an accent, leopard is the most eye catching trend for fall. Worn as an accent with black is a safe bet, but to create a wow factor try wearing leopard with primary colors such as yellow, blue or red. If you’re going to wear the pattern head to toe, make sure the prints are different sizes to create contrast so you don’t end up looking like you’re dressed for a Halloween party.

Color is the new black

Make an impact this season with color. Don’t cast aside your springy pastels just yet. Mint green, pastel pink and baby blue pieces are still hot for fall. Transition your pastel staples into fall by pairing it with more wintery textures and dark accents such as leather, black and tweed.

Orange and blue took over the runways for fall 2014. From juicy brights to subdued muted hues, you can find these beautiful shades in a range of colors to complement your skin tone. For a modern take on the color trend, wear your favorite shade from top to bottom, or mix a few to create a color-blocked ensemble.

If you’re sick of black and white, try a happy medium of both and go for some gray. Gray makes a beautiful pairing with pastels, sapphire blue and juicy orange.

Add Layers and Textures

Layering is easily one of my favorite dressing techniques for fall. Layer a summer dress with lightweight scarves and fitted jackets to look effortlessly stylish while also making good use of your entire wardrobe. To add texture to an ensemble, try mixing in a new texture you don’t wear often like leather, lace, sequins, brocade, and tweed. Just make sure the textures you fall in love with are still light weight enough for our winter weather in the Keys. Get extra bold and mix the textures. Leather and lace can look pretty amazing together.

Fashion trends are open to your interpretation, so have fun and break out of your normal style boundaries. Happy shopping.

The Evolution of Swimwear #MBFWswim

Posted on: August 26th, 2014 by Leah No Comments

Fashion is in constant evolution with styles and trends changing as quickly as the seasons. This is also true of swimwear. Swimwear’s greatest influence has historically been based on the beliefs of society on modesty and sexuality. The swimwear we know today has really changed very little since its first appearance in the 1940’s. Instead, designers have relied on colors and prints, embellishments, and unique cuts to make a collection fresh and new each year.

The earliest form of the female bathing suit was a bathing dress worn in the early 1800’s. These reserved full-coverage dresses were made of material that had weights sewn into the hems to keep the dress from rising up in the water. The men’s bathing suit at this time was a wool garment with long sleeves and legs similar to long underwear. Can you imagine how hot these would have been? Certainly these ensembles would not have worked in the Florida Keys.

At one time, swimwear also included stockings, paddle gloves, and emergency flags to alert others when in danger. It wasn’t until swimming became popularized as a sport by the Olympic Games that swimming attire became streamlined to provide greater movement. And thankfully, Speedo introduced the first non-wool bathing suit in the 1920’s.

The arrival of the bikini was popularized by the style icons that wore them. Betty Grable glamorized the pin-up style, Marilyn Monroe showed how curves can be supported in a structured silhouette, Farrah Fawcett is famous for wearing a rust colored one-piece donning a fabulous smile and California style, and who could forget the leggy lifeguards on Baywatch.

Today, the estimated revenue of the swimwear industry is $17.6 billion, according to the research firm Global Industry Analysts. One look at the entourage in Miami for the Mercedes Benz Fashion Week Swim a few weeks ago would prove this number accurate. Celebrating their 10th Anniversary of Swim Week Miami, swimwear, cruise and resort collections were strutted down the catwalk for buyers, press, and industry insiders. Designers included Poko Pano, Frankie’s Bikinis, Clover Canyon, Wildfox Swim, Beach Bunny, L Space, Caffe Swimwear, Luli Fama, and Mara Hoffman. My favorite was the show by designer Dolores Cortes. Her flattering silhouettes offered stand out cutouts, and animal prints paired with soft florals. Bold gold accessories adorned each suit. The real showstopper was the brown leather one-piece with tortoise shell accents. Yes, leather! Each of the models donned elevated ponytails which were constructed with wire allowing their hair to bounce with each step.

Whether you prefer a one-piece or a string bikini or swim trunks or a tiny Speedo, your choice has been influenced by the history that influenced swimwear styles of today. Thankfully, the evolution of style for swimwear has made the bathing suit both functional and fabulous for the modern man and woman.

Rules are Meant to be Broken

Posted on: July 11th, 2014 by Leah No Comments

In today’s ever changing world of fashion, it’s important not to take any fashion rules too seriously. Each year, designers emerge with new collections that challenge what we’ve been told we should and shouldn’t do. So instead of following those old adages, challenge yourself to break a few fashion rules this year and evolve your own personal style. As Alexander McQueen put it, “It’s a new era in fashion – there are no rules.”

No white after Labor Day
High-end fashion labels have been breaking this rule for years. In a tropical climate, it’s even more imperative that you embrace the white-in-winter trend. With such bright surroundings we can wear bright apparel all year long. So this year, keep your white jeans and shoes in your closet well after labor day for a fresh look in the cooler months in the Florida Keys. This rule also goes for pastels, there is no reason to reserve light pinks, blues and yellows only for spring and summer!

Sneakers are only for the gym
Bright colored fashion sneakers are being paired with dressier pieces for a modern twist on a daytime look. Look for fashion sneakers that aren’t meant for running or intense training but still offer support such as Keds or Toms. Playful prints such as polka dots or stripes add an element of surprise and offer a comfortable alternative to flip flops for a chic yet comfortable look.

Keds

Remove one accessory before leaving the house
Coco Chanel once said that before leaving the house you should remove one accessory. And yet, the infamous fashion icon, Iris Apfel, has done the opposite. Iris is known for piling on her jewelry and has become a fashion muse in her nineties for her eccentric and identifiable style. So next time you’re getting all dolled up, try piling on the bling.

Iris Apfel

Don’t mix prints or pair bright colors together
Contrasting patterns can look fabulous together. Try pairing florals and stripes or polka dots and plaid. The trick is to keep the base color the same for a pulled together look. In addition, don’t shy away from bright colors paired together like red and pink. A red skirt paired with a pastel pink top can look very modern and eye-catching.

For evening only
Bold lipstick and clutches were once reserved for evening only. Lipstick colors such as orange, pink, red and plum can act as an accessory and look great for day. If you wear a bold lip for day, keep your makeup minimal for a polished look. Clutches are also a great way to liven up your daytime look. Swap out your go-to bag for a clutch to change a normal day look into something much more fashionable.

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At the end of the day, wear what makes you feel good. If you feel good, you’ll look good. At DK’s Style Hut in Marathon, you’ll find an eclectic mix of fashion forward clothing and accessories to help you break all the rules. Open daily from 11 a.m. – 6 p.m. you’ll find this little store is jam packed with great basics including affordable jeans and tanks, and trendy fashion forward apparel including comfy palazzo pants in colorful patterns and hues. My favorite find from this hip and stylish boutique is their Kitty Ammos Sandals from Skiathos Greece made exclusively for DK’s Style Hut. Stop by their location at 8347 Overseas Highway in Marathon to view their impressive range of goods from all over the world.

Florida Keys Boutiques

Florida Keys Boutiques

Florida Keys Boutiques

Sole Sisters

Posted on: July 3rd, 2014 by Leah No Comments

When I first moved to the Keys, I was concerned I might be the only person living here who dreamt of stilettos, strappy sandals and sexy sling-backs . After a few months as a local, I attended an event where a woman approached me to tell me what fabulous shoes I had on. I was wearing a pair of red and ivory Mary Jane style heels that were, in fact, fabulous. When I looked down, she had on some equally amazing shoes and I knew from then on we would be sole sisters.

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We don’t all own a collection like Imelda Marcus, who amassed over 3,000 shoes from world-famous designers including Ferragamo, Givenchy, Chanel and Christian Dior. However, according to a ShopSmart Magazine poll, American woman do have some interesting behaviors when it comes to purchasing and wearing shoes. On average, woman have 19 pairs of shoes in their closets but only four pairs are worn on a regular basis. In fact, 24% of shoes in our closets have been worn only once and 13% admit to hiding shoe purchases from a significant other. Another quite comical fact: 43% admit that they’ve been injured by their shoes. My guess is this statistic would be higher if they interviewed women in the Florida Keys. Uneven terrain and dock-like platforms can make for some interesting, if not, dangerous situations. It’s been my experience that when your heel catches in between two slats, your body continues to propel forward at the speed of which you are moving. A body in motion, stays in motion, so they say.

imelda marcus shoe closet

The amazing closet of Imelda Marcus.

Now that you understand that more women are like you than not like you, it’s time to figure out whether your shoe collection is meeting your needs.

Woman own 19 pairs of shoes

This article prompted me to count my own collection, which was well over 100 pairs (gasp!). To be fair, I’m in the process of selling five pairs. Okay, it’s still a bit over the top, I know, but I really do wear well over half of them regularly. The other half are evening wear, winter shoes and shoes reserved for specific occasions that get worn when those occasions present themselves. For instance, my tap dance shoes will get worn when I decide to take another tap dance class.

If your own shoe collection is a bit overwhelming it’s time to clean out your closet. If you haven’t worn them in a year or two, it’s time to get rid of them. Sell them at a consignment store or ebay, or donate them to a worthy cause such as the Domestic Abuse Shelter and Florida Keys Children’s Shelter.   By cleaning out the clutter, you’ll be able to find your shoes more quickly and may actually wear them more.

Only Four Pairs are Worn Regularly

Four! This is quite pathetic ladies. Shoes can completely change the look of an outfit. I recommend moving the shoes you wear most often to a less easily accessible place so that other beauties can make their debut. Put a few colorful pairs in front and don’t be afraid to mix it up. When you normally would reach for your black patent leather heels, instead opt for a bright fuschia heel or go for black and white wedges. A little color or a different silhouette will create a whole new look.

13% admit to hiding shoe purchases from significant others

Not that I’ve ever done this before but here are a few good hiding places I discovered in my “research”. The trunk of your car is a great place to “store” shoes until the opportunity presents itself to be moved into the house and immediately into your closet. If arriving by mail, explain that they’re a gift. He doesn’t need to know that the gift is for you. Kitchen cupboards are also a useful place to put shoes if you are surprised in the kitchen after a recent shopping trip. Quickly put the boxes into your cupboard and he’ll just think you’re prepping for dinner. Just be sure to remove them promptly if your significant other happens to do a lot of cooking.

The Essentials

Beyond tennis shoes and flip flops, below is a list of footwear essential for every wardrobe:

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– Black Heels – these are a necessary staple that can be worn with a plethora of looks. From work outfits to casual nights out, a simple pair of comfortable black heels is a must. Go for black leather or black patent leather for a little more oomph.

– Colorful Heels – you must own one brightly colored heel that can transform your outfit. It will make a plain black dress more interesting and elevate a classic look to instant chic. My favorite statement heels are in yellow, fuschia, red and royal blue.

– Metallic Strappy Sandals – gold or silver strappy sandals are the perfect shoe to be paired with evening wear for weddings, galas and formal affairs. Metallic sandals also look fabulous when paired with jeans and will make a casual look more sophisticated.

– Ballerina Flat – comfortable and stylish, these darling must-haves work for day or evening and always look fashionable.

– The Wedge – For Florida Keys girls, we need a high heeled shoe that can handle the terrain, and the wedge is it. Much more comfortable than their stiletto counterparts, the wedge can work around the clock and looks great with casual and formal apparel. Try a pair in a neutral hue such as black or tan and you’ll find they go with everything.

Marilyn Monroe said it best, “Give a girl the right shoes and she can conquer the world.” Put another way, fill your world with fabulous shoes and walk towards your dreams.

 

 

Arm Candy

Posted on: June 13th, 2014 by Leah No Comments

I got THE call. The call was from my friend letting me know her new bundle of joy had arrived. That bundle… was a Birkin. I was as excited as I would have been had she told me she was delivering her first child.   We promptly named her red beauty, ‘Scarlet’.

Birkin’s are the holy grail of handbags. Handmade by Hermes of materials including crocodile, ostrich and diamond studded leather, these IT bags are produced in limited quantities that create an exclusivity for owners. Birkin’s are a status symbol few will have the privilege of knowing. Celebrities such as Victoria Beckham supposedly own over 100 Birkins worth more than $2 Million.

Birkin

Birkins are not within the realm of possibility for most of us but that doesn’t mean you shouldn’t own a great bag. There are four things that every woman should splurge on: a great hair cut, a classic watch, quality shoes, and a beautiful bag. These are things that are worn daily and can transform a simple look into a fabulous outfit. If you invest wisely in these four pieces, your outfits will always look chic no matter what you’re wearing.

Everyone’s splurge level is different. Some people can afford several thousand dollars for an It bag, while others may only have $100 to spend. Regardless of your budget, your money will go further if you are smart about how you spend it. Shop consignment stores and online discount stores for greatly discounted designer bags.   Sales are another way to spend less for a beautiful bag.

When shopping for a new bag, make sure that it can hold MILK – money, identification, lipstick and keys. In addition, it should also be able to fit your cell phone. If the bag is too small to carry these items, then don’t buy it. A bag this small isn’t functional and therefore won’t get worn.

There are four essential handbags no wardrobe should be without:

– Oversized Tote – Choose a durable fabric that can be used for both work and travel. Choose a style with minimal hardware that can hold both your computer and a few personal items.

– Black Clutch – this is a wardrobe staple that can worn for casual occasions and evening ware. A simple black clutch will always be in style and will be worn for decades.

– Classic Handbag – choose a simple and sturdy silhouette in a neutral hue such as tan, brown, black, or navy. This is your everyday bag that can be worn with every outfit. I would also argue that deep burgandy, red, or snakeskin bags are great neutrals that can be worn for everyday and double as statement bags.

– Statement Clutch – you need one outfit maker clutch in a bright color. This is the bag that transforms a simple look to fabulous.

Christina’s Boutique located at 10990 Overseas Highway in Marathon has expanded their selection of woman’s apparel and accessories to include consignment items. Their large selection of handbags will provide you with plenty of arm candy to choose from and will help you in finding several essential bags to cross off your list.

Christina's Boutique sells beautiful totes, classic everyday bags and bright clutches

Christina’s Boutique sells beautiful totes, classic everyday bags and bright clutches

“Of course, every woman should have at least one over-the-top bag. To really experience life, you need to flirt with extremes. A life lived safely in monotone is not a life lived at all.” – Frank Zambrelli, handbag and accessories designer extraordinaire.

Go bright, bold and beautiful for your next arm candy!

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.

Sunnies

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.

Sandals

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!

 

 

Leah’s Fab Finds: My Shoe Picks for Spring

Posted on: April 14th, 2014 by Leah No Comments

Get excited!  Spring is finally here which means it’s time to bring out your spring wardrobe and get inspired with some new wardrobe staples.  Below is a look at several of my picks for the best drool-worthy, outfit making shoes for spring.  I’ve already purchased two of these and can’t believe how much they’ve re-energized my wardrobe.  After all, if the shoe fits….

GO BOLD WITH COLOR

I love the asymmetrical shape and the magenta color of these Jessica Simpson Pumps – $89 Available here

Jessica Simpson Shoes for Spring

Jimmy Choo goes bold in a big way with this neon flame orange caged leather bootie – $995 available here.

Jimmy Choo Orange Sandal

CLASSIC STRIPES

These classic black & white espadrille would look fabulous with shorts or a cute sundress.  $54.95 available here

Classic Espadrille for springBasic flats with a punch – $79.95 available here

Striped flats for springFeminine mid-heel sandal with a classic kick – $198 by Coach available here

Coach Black and White Marci Heels

FLORAL FUN

Look ladylike in this vibrant floral sandals by Steve Madden – $79.95 available here.

Floral Sandals by Steve Madden

Fabulous floral-print wing sandal by Paul Andrew – $795 available here.

Floral Wing Sandals by Paul Andrew Bold Basics

Asymmetrical white and silver sandal by Miu Miu – $690 available here

Miu MiuBlack edgy cuff wedge sandals, so comfortable and eye-catching at the same time – $99.95  available here

Trouve Black wedge sandal

Get Inspired by Iris Apfel

Posted on: February 14th, 2014 by Leah No Comments

I first discovered Iris Apfel in the glossy pages of Vogue a few years ago and have been drawn to the eccentric style of the 92-year-old ever since.  In every sense of the word, she is a fashion icon.  Her captivating style has been the subject of museum exhibitions, coffee table books, and fashion advertising campaigns.  She also launched a line of jewelry sold on HSN – all while in her 80s and 90s.

In fashion, finding inspiration can be the difference between being plain and fabulous.  My inspiration is the audacious Iris Apfel.  Signature round black glasses, red lips, lots of color and bold statement jewelry evoke originality from an effortlessly curated wardrobe of which she has stowed in a warehouse near her New York City apartment.   Can you imagine a warehouse for your wardrobe?  Sounds like heaven to me.

Iris Apfel, Fashion Icon

Iris Apfel – Portrait by Bruce Weber

Leah Maki - Channeling Iris Apfel

Leah Maki – Channeling Iris Apfel

Iris Apfel says “that when you don’t dress like everybody else, you don’t have to think like everybody else.”  One look at Iris and you can see how comfortable she is in her own skin.  She exudes confidence.  Coco Chanel once said that you should take off one item before leaving the house.  This fashion rule has long been followed by many fashionistas, but in the case of Iris, this is one fashion rule to break.  She wears bangles from her wrists to her elbows showing that piling on the bling can be absolutely fabulous.

“For me the key to personal style lies in accessories. My friends tell me that my oversized glasses and my pairs of bracelets have become my unwritten signature. I have amassed an enormous ‘collection’ of bags, belts, bangles and beads without which I would be lost. One can change the entire look of an outfit by substituting one accessory for another. I love objects from different worlds, different eras, combined my way. Never uptight, achieving – hopefully – a kind of throwaway chic.” –Iris Apfel

It’s never too late to develop your own personal style and what better way than through beautiful one-of-a-kind baubles.  The Key West Jewelry Bar, located at 510 Fleming St., has been stocked by local artist, Barb Grob, with her own unique creations as well as handmade jewelry by other artists found on her travels around the world.  Thus far, she offers jewelry from over 25 countries.  Each original piece is offered a various price points providing a little something for everyone.   Earrings start at $30 and go up to $700 for the serious bling that includes fine stones such as sapphires and diamonds.   Necklaces range from about $60-$600, with an average of around $150.  The Key West Jewelry Bar is open 10:30 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. Monday through Saturday.

So ladies, pile on the baubles and create your own bold look.  Because according to Iris, “More is more and less is a bore.”

Are You a Pinterest Addict? Wait Till You Try Swirl.com!

Posted on: October 15th, 2012 by Leah No Comments

Like so many of you, I am totally addicted to Pinterest.  I find myself browsing for hours discovering all sorts of unique things like how to make cupcakes that look like high heels and the best polka dot sweaters for fall.  But…sometimes I don’t want to look at cupcakes…seeing cupcakes makes me hungry and I don’t need any help in consuming more sugar.

Although Pinterest is my favorite place to browse for ideas, DIY projects and great recipes, I sometimes find it hard to shop from.  My new favorite way to shop online is from a site called Swirl.com.  It even as a mobile app!  The site includes hand selected items from your favorite stores including Nordstrom, Topshop, H&M, J Crew, Ann Taylor, etc.  You can go through their list of stores and select that stores and brands you love so that they’re all in one place.  That way you don’t need to go to 15 different sites, every time you’re looking for a new statement necklace or black jacket.  I also love that the price and brand are easy to see from the general search, simply hover your mouse over the item and they both appear letting you know if those fabulous suede wedges are in your price range.

Similar to Pinterest, you can peruse the site by seeing what’s trending, search for something specific a.k.a. polka dot sweaters (can you tell I’m obsessed!?!) or by browsing selected collections filled with fall trends such as skinny jeans, leather jackets, or cap toe shoes.  In addition, if you’re not ready to make the purchase or just would like to organize your online shopping, you can save and organize the things you love just like Pinterest.

What I love most about this site is how easy it is to go and make a purchase.  I found a great bag I liked from Nordstrom for only $42.  I clicked on the image and was on Nordstrom’s site, added it to my cart and paid for it.  That easy, I swear.

The next time you find yourself wondering aimlessly around Pinterest, take a peek at Swirl.com.  I promise you’ll love it!

A few of my favorite finds found on Swirl.com

H&M Peter Pan Collar on Swirl.com

H&M Peter pan Collar – $24 found on Swirl.com

 

Leah Maki's Favorite Polka Dot Cardigan

Forever 21 Polka Dot Cardigan – $18 Found on Swirl.com

 

Leah Maki's favorite Leopard Crystal Clutch

Nordstrom Leopard Crystal Clutch – $168 Found on Swirl.com