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The Intersection of Art and Fashion

Posted on: May 23rd, 2017 by Leah No Comments

The Met Gala is fashion’s most important party and fundraiser for the Metropolitan Museum of Art benefiting the Costume Institute and the launch of the new spring exhibit on the first Monday in May each year.  The red-carpet portion of the event is a stunner, turning out A-list celebrities, models and musicians; fashion designers; and invited patrons spending upwards of $30,000 for a ticket.

Rihanna at the Met Gala in a wildly scuptural design from Comme des Garcon

The reason this gala is a must-see is because it provides a bevy of superstars dressed in the theme of the Costume Institute’s newest exhibit and this year’s theme did not disappoint.  The new spring 2017 exhibit, called Rei Kawakubo / Comme des Garcons: Art of the In-Between, is a retrospective dedicated to 74-year-old Japanese fashion designer Rei Kawakubo.  In 1969, she founded the avant-garde modernism label Comme des Garcons – French for “like some boys”.  For more than 40 years, the brand has attracted a global following and her designs have inspired other creators, artists and designers alike.

Cara Delevingne in avant-garde at the Met Gala in a silver Chanel suit

While in New York this past week, I visited this new exhibit at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, open May 1 through September 4, 2017. The exhibit features 140 womenswear ensembles dating from the 1980s to her most recent designs.  The collection depicts how Rei Kawakubo challenged the conventional notions of beauty and fashion.  Her designs conversely feminine and masculine, highly eccentric, and radically chic create the perfect blend of art and fashion.  It’s easy to understand why she is known as one of fashions most revered creative visionaries.

Form / Function

Each gallery within the exhibit illustrates the “in-betweenness” or the space between boundaries of Rei Kawakubo’s designs exploring themes including: absence/presence, design/not design, fashion/anti-fashion, model/multiple, the/now, high/low, self/other, object/subject and clothes/not clothes.  The design/not design gallery explores Kawakubo’s intuitive approach to garment making.  Having received no formal fashion training, Kawakubo’s creative process, experimental techniques and method of construction culminate in original art-as-fashion creations.

Harley-Davidson Loves Margot Fonteyn

Some of my favorite examples from the exhibit were from Kawakubo’s Motorbike Ballerina collection from 2005.  These ensembles combined leather jackets and tutus which Kawakubo described as “Harley-Davidson loves Margot Fonteyn” in reference to the American motorcycle manufacturer and the British ballerina. The ensembles are meant to blend the “high” culture of ballet with the “low” subculture of bikers.

Object / Subject

Similarly, her collection from Spring/Summer in 1997 “Body Meets Dress, Dress Meets Body” was a series of body-con dresses stuffed with padded lumps that many fashion critics compared to tumors.  The silhouette was not popular at the time but the designs were about her vision for the future of female silhouettes.

Absence / Presence

If you equate fashion to wearability, then Rei Kawakubo’s designs are not fashion.  As she says, “When I hear ‘where could you wear that?’ or ‘it’s not very wearable,’ or ‘who would wear that?’ to me it’s just a sign that someone missed the point.” But if you understand that fashion is art, then Rei Kawakubo is the master artist whose originality is meant to defy the norms about what clothing and the body should look like.

Fashion has no limits.  Fashion is over the top.  Fashion is provocative. Fashion is art. And in this case, fashion is truly in the eye of the beholder.

Summer Essentials

Posted on: April 22nd, 2017 by Leah No Comments

On Thursday, April 27th Islamorada will be turning up the heat at the Sizzling Summer Fashion Show at The Village Square at Trading Post. The fashion show will feature summer must-haves from Miss Monroe Boutique, D-Luxe Boutique, Island Trendz Boutique, and Otherside Boardsports.  Below is a preview of the summer wardrobe essentials that will be highlighted on the runway.

Chic Cover-Ups

Summer clothing should made up of light-weight materials in sweat proof fabrics that will keep you cool all summer long. An ideal cover-up is versatile and will take you from boat mate to lunch date without much effort.  The Echo New York line of cover-ups at Miss Monroe Boutique are an essential for every fashionista’s wardrobe.  Offered in vibrant, colorful prints in lightweight fabrics with beautiful tassel and pom pom trim that will have you looking effortlessly chic no matter where you wear it.  Available from $48 to $78 at Miss Monroe Boutique at 81868 Overseas Highway in Islamorada.

Echo New York Cover Ups from Miss Monroe Boutique in Islamorada

Echo New York Cover Ups from Miss Monroe Boutique

Attention Grabbing Details

This summer it is all about the details with statement making tops. Whether you bare the cold shoulder, rock the one-shoulder or brave the off the shoulder, be sure to reveal your neckline and arms this summer.  Also, look for unique necklines with strappy crisscross accents and statement sleeves with ruffles and exaggerated bell sleeves to highlight your soon-to-be summer glow.  Attention grabbing summer dresses and tops range from $25 to $35 at D-Luxe Boutique at 80925 Overseas Highway in Islamorada.

Chic Fishing Apparel

Grundens is a brand known for its commercial fishing apparel worn by anglers since 1911.  But their new line of men’s fishing apparel is getting a major upgrade.  Grundens still offers the same high performance product but now a bit more fashion forward.  Their high-quality button down performance shirts are versatile, water-resistant, and 50 UPF, with quick drying fabric and 4-way stretch for optimal movement and comfort. Island Trendz is now carrying this chic fishing apparel line in shorts and performance shirts that can easily be worn for the boat or to casual dinners in the Keys.  Prices range from $55 to $95 and can be found at Island Trendz Boutique within the Amara Cay Resort at 80001 Overseas Highway in Islamorada.

Upcycled Swimwear by MG Surfline from Otherside Boardsports in Islamorada

Upcycled Swimwear by MG Surfline from Otherside Boardsports in Islamorada

Upcycled Swimwear

The ethical and sustainable fashion movement has gained steam in recent years with major swimwear brands debuting collections made entirely from recycled materials.  Otherside Boardsports is carrying several swimwear lines that are environmentally friendly.  Volcom uses old fishing nets to create their women’s swimwear, MG Surfline uses recycled plastic bottles to create their water wear, and Vissla uses discarded coconut husks to create men’s board shorts.  Protect marine life and the future of our oceans by opting for sustainable swimwear that has been upcycled.  Men’s board shorts range from $45 to $59 and women’s separates start at $39 and are available at Otherside Boardsports at 82758 Overseas Highway in Islamorada.

Join me on Thursday, April 27th for the 4th Annual Sizzling Summer Fashion Show to see some beautiful summer fashions for the Florida Keys from some of your favorite local boutiques.  The gates and pop-up shops will open at 6 p.m. with the fashion show starting at 7:30 p.m. and will include complimentary drinks, taco bar from Bad Boy Burrito, and summer tunes by DJ Marissa Sardar. Tickets are $25. Purchase your tickets at participating stores or call 305.440.3951 for more information. Hope to see you there!

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.

 

Lilly Pulitzer – How the Florida Keys Inspired an Icon

Posted on: May 24th, 2016 by Leah No Comments

The term “resort wear” conjures up images of socialites lounging poolside at country clubs in Palm Beach and the Hamptons.  But seldom do we think of this term as describing our style in our island community in the Florida Keys.  Shorts, maxi dresses, caftans and sandals in lightweight, breathable fabrics are the definition of resort wear.  They can be found in an array of hues including brights, whites, prints and nautical and are staples in our Florida Keys wardrobe.  Lucky for us, we live in a local where we can wear bright colors and prints year-round as opposed to the drab grays and blacks of city living in the north during cold winter months.

The Birth of Resort Wear

In the late 1950s Lilly Pulitzer and her husband operated a juice stand in Palm Beach.  She received so many compliments on her handmade dresses that she started selling them.  At this time most women and men were still wearing pants and northern attire while on vacation in Florida.  Lilly Pulitzer pioneered the style by designing clothing that was both cool for the warm Florida weather and flattering.

KWHP Watercolor 5

An original watercolor design for Lilly Pulitzer done by Key West Hand Print Fabrics.  Note ‘Lilly’ in the pattern.  ©dePoo Family

Iconic Prints

In the 1960s, Lilly Pulitzer learned about the fabrics designed by the Key West Hand Print Fabrics Company.  A local artist, (Suzie) Agnez Zuzek dePoo, was the lead designer and spent 30 years designing fabrics for Lilly Pulitzer.  Lilly Pulitzer came to purchase 98% of her fabrics, or 4,000 yards a week from the Key West Hand Print Fabrics Company and then the garments were created in a factory in Miami. All Lilly Pulitzer prints have a secret.  Each design has the world “Lilly” hidden within the pattern.  This signature touch is the hallmark of an authentic Lilly Pulitzer garment.

Learn More About Lilly Pulitzer

On Thursday, May 26 5:30 – 8:30 p.m., the Flagler’s Folly Society presents Lilly Pulitzer – How the Florida Keys Inspired an Icon. This cocktail party will include an evening sipping in the company of friends, shopping at the Lilly Pulitzer pop-up shop and learning more about Lilly Pulitzer and Key West Hand Print Fabrics during a special presentation by Cory Convertito, curator of the Key West Art & Historical Society.  Tickets are $50 and will raise money for the permanent Upper Keys Communities exhibit at the Florida Keys History & Discovery Center.  You can purchase your tickets at KeysDiscovery.com.

How to be the Best Dressed Wedding Guest

Posted on: May 29th, 2015 by Leah No Comments

The month of June, second only to August, is the most popular month for weddings. With all the different types of weddings it can be hard to know what to wear. For most weddings, the invitation will indicate the type of attire the couple would like their guests to don by listing the dress code. When a wedding invitation does not clearly indicate the dress code, you’ll need to create a look that is special, respectful, and appropriate for the venue and time of celebration.

An Evening Wedding

Weddings are a celebratory event and that means what you wear should reflect that. It is always better to be overdressed than underdressed. An evening wedding indicates a more formal affair and should be attended with semi-formal to formal attire unless otherwise noted.   That said, you never want to upstage the bride. This means no attention-getting styles showing too much leg or too much decolletage, no loud colors and absolutely no white. A cocktail dress is the perfect attire for an evening wedding paired with classic accessories such as heels, a clutch purse and jewelry. Stand out in a sea of LBDs by opting for a feminine print such as floral or charming color tones such as soft pink or mint green.

A Daytime Wedding

A daytime wedding calls for a more subdued look. Stay away from black dresses for early morning or afternoon weddings to ensure you don’t look like you are attending a funeral. Instead of black or bold colored heels which will look more appropriate for evening attire, opt for wedges, sandals or nude colored heels that will perfectly complement a day look. Similar to what you might wear to an outdoor wedding, a daytime wedding is perfect for sundresses and long maxi dresses. A long maxi dress worn with sandals will be celebratory while not being overdressed for the time of day.

An Outdoor Wedding

If it’s an outdoor wedding, your footwear will be the most important part of your outfit. Outdoor weddings held on a beach, or in a field will make heels more of a hazard than an accessory. Choose shoes that you can walk-in such as dressy sandals or wedge heels and stay away from flip flops as they are too noisy and casual. For men, loafers or leather sandals are appropriate unless a dress code of semi-formal or formal has been noted. You’ll also need to plan for the elements. Rain, bugs, and sun are all things to plan ahead for by packing the right items to make you comfortable such as an umbrella, bug spray and sunscreen. If it’s warm, you will also need to make sure your clothing is sweat resistant. Choose darker colored fabrics that are breathable and made from natural fibers such as 100 percent cotton or linen.

Kristin Ayala Crane's Bridal Designs

Kristin Ayala Crane’s Bridal Designs

For the Bride

In early May, the Key West High School Fashion Club presented its eighth annual fashion show where ten talented students presented their designs. One high school fashionista, Kristin Ayala Crane, created her line inspired by bridal fashion week with the whimsical theme of A Midsummer Night’s Dream. Her collection utilized lace, tulle, satin and strategic cutouts for accentuating the beauty of the female physique. In addition to white, gold was also used to complement her designs for an elegant look. Although these students are not yet selling their own creations, if you’re a bride to-be, they certainly are a group to watch as these talented students are sure to be tomorrow’s couture bridal fashion designers.

 

What to Pack for a Summer Getaway

Posted on: May 4th, 2015 by Leah No Comments

Whether you’re jet setting this summer or planning a staycation, having the right clothes for your getaway are as important as planning your activities once you arrive at your destination. Great sunglasses, cute swim suits, a good read, camera, and sunscreen are just a few must-have items to pack. But for a stylish summer vacation, you may also want to think about adding a few new on-trend pieces that will take your vacation from boring to fabulous.

Tropical Prints

Believe it or not, Hawaiian shirts and all things tropical are considered hip and on-trend. While enjoying their moment in the sun, these bold botanical prints are appearing in black and white fauna, vintage inspired palm tree prints, and bright tropical hues. Try paring a tropical piece with other neutrals or be bold and wear it from head-to-toe. These kitschy prints will elevate your style in a serious way. Find beautiful on-trend tropical printed dresses starting at $35 at Miss Monroe Boutique located at 81868 Overseas Highway in Islamorada at the Village Square at Trading Post.

Tropical Printed Dress from Miss Monroe

Tropical Printed Dress from Miss Monroe

Day-to-Night Shorts

When traveling, it’s important to pack versatile pieces that you can easily wear from day-to-night. Not only will this help reduce the amount of luggage you need to take, but it will also give you additional options for your vacation wardrobe. A bright pair of shorts in a fun color or print are perfect for your day activities worn with a tank and a pair of sandals. Wear those same shorts for night by pairing them with a flirty top, bold jewelry and a pair of wedge heels. Day-to-Night shorts are available at D-Luxe Boutique located at 80925 Overseas Highway in Islamorada starting at $15.

Day-to-Night Shorts from D-Luxe Boutique

Day-to-Night Shorts from D-Luxe Boutique

Colorful Hats

Nothing says fabulous like a big and colorful summer hat. Not only will this provide some additional shade for your face and shoulders while lounging poolside, but it will also give your beachside attire a stylish twist. Find a large variety of summer hats at Island Trendz Boutique starting at $45 located within the new Amara Cay Resort in Islamorada at 80001 Overseas Highway.

Bright Hats from Island Trendz Boutique

Bright Hats from Island Trendz Boutique

Sizzling Summer Fashion Show

See more must-have summer fashions on Thursday, May 14th at The Village Square at the Trading Post’s 2nd annual Sizzling Summer Fashion Show featuring summer fashions from Miss Monroe Boutique, D-Luxe Boutique, One Sun Project Bikinis and Island Trendz Boutique. The event will start at 6 p.m. with the fashion show starting at 7:30 p.m. and will include an Oo-tray mobile bar, Bad Boy Burrito taco bar, photo booth, and free giveaways. Tickets are available for $20 at Miss Monroe or D-Luxe Boutique. This is a great opportunity to see some beautiful summer fashions perfect for your summer getaway and your Florida Keys wardrobe. Hope to see you there!

Sizzling Summer

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.

Stylish Uniforms at Miami Fashion Week

Posted on: June 2nd, 2014 by Leah No Comments

Uniforms have been a facet of the work environment for decades. The role of the uniform is to eliminate dress codes, to serve as corporate branding, and to project competence in the employees. It is not uncommon for uniforms to be seen in service industries such as banks, hospitals, and hospitality. However, even though many work environments have become more lax about uniforms, the airline industry has always maintained this requisite.

At Miami Fashion Week, the iconic Eastern Air Lines was the title sponsor. The initiated a competition to design their flight attendant uniforms with the forthcoming re-launch of the airline. The competition included five Miami-based designers who presented their collections to the sound of Frank Sinatra’s “Fly Me to the Moon”. Julian Chang, Lisu Vega, Kayce Armstrong, Samy Gicherman and Viviana Gabeiras were the five finalists who presented their individual collections. They conveyed a variety of looks incorporating the brand’s logo and colors. The collections ranged from vintage inspired looks and athletic movable designs to outfits with tropical flair and designs resembling something more appropriate for an astronaut. The winning designer, Lisu Vega, introduced a collection of flight attendant uniforms featuring cobalt suits, zippered blazers with matching skirts, and classic dresses. She also added logo printed suitcases to the model’s ensemble that perfectly complemented the flight attendant theme.

Lisu Vega's stylish flight attendant uniforms for Eastern Air Lines at Miami Fashion Week

Lisu Vega’s stylish flight attendant uniforms for Eastern Air Lines at Miami Fashion Week

The concept of a stylish uniform is somewhat of an oxymoron. Uniforms essentially suppress individuality while style is conveyed through individuality in how an outfit is worn and accessorized. Yet, famous designs have long been drawn to uniforms. Emilio Pucci, Giorgio Armani and Vivienne Westwood are among the elite who have also designed uniforms for flight attendants. Although uniforms are meant to make everyone look alike, each individuals style can be seen through the use of jewelry, scarves, shoes, handbags and even the color of a woman’s lipstick.

In many ways, we all have our own uniforms. We tend to gravitate toward the same looks as representing who we are and how we want the world to perceive us. It’s in the accessories that our individual style shines through. Next time you fly, look for the those individual touches that make your flight attendant stand out. And don’t forget to take a look at the stylish ensembles worn by the newly launched Eastern Air Lines.

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!

 

 

It’s Kentucky Derby Party Time!

Posted on: April 23rd, 2014 by Leah No Comments

The Kentucky Derby will take place on Saturday, May 3 and the only way to watch the best two minutes in sports is with friends while donning big hats and sipping mint Juleps.    So it’s time to plan your preppiest outfit, buy a big floppy hat, and decide where to watch it!

The first step is to plan what you’ll be wearing.  For the ladies, sundresses are the perfect attire.  Go for a bright spring color or try a fun pattern such as floral or stripes.   Next you need to coordinate your hat to your dress.  Choose a color that will contrast nicely with your dress or choose a neutral colored hat such as black or tan that you can add color to.  If you don’t already own a big floppy hat, you can purchase one at most local clothing boutiques.

Next you’ll need to purchase some hat accessories.  I recommend flowers, ribbon, rhinestones and feathers.  Some of this you may be able to find hiding around your house, if not, try your local arts and crafts store.   For the Kentucky Derby, more is better.  You want to look fashionable and yet a little ridiculous so go for big accessories that will coordinate to your dress.  Some fun color combinations could include teal/pink, navy/red, and purple/yellow.   If you are wearing a purple dress, buy a yellow hat and add a purple polka dot ribbon with a big purple flower.  To secure your hat accessories you’ll need some pins and a hot glue gun.  Once you’ve bedazzled your hat and coordinated your outfit, it’s time to make a plan for where you’ll be watching the race.

Islamorada

I’ll be hosting a Kentucky Derby party at oo-tray at 80900 Overseas Highway starting at 4 p.m.  oo-tray will be serving a special Kentucky Derby themed menu and prizes will be given out for the best dressed and best hat.  In addition, there will be a 50/50 raffle for betting on horses, live music after the race and an Islamorada Derby where local celebrities will race with horse sticks for guests’ amusement.  Call 305.922.2027 for more information or RSVP on Facebook here.

Marathon

Fisherman’s Hospital Foundation is hosting a Kentucky Derby fundraiser at Cabana Breezes at 401 East Ocean Drive starting at 3 p.m.  Tickets at $75 and all proceeds raised will benefit Fishermen’s Community Hospital.  Bet on your favorite derby horses and enjoy mint juleps and southern fare.  RSVP to kim.gregory@fhcares.com or call 517.214.6754 for tickets.

Key West

Aqua Nightclub at 711 Duval Street will be hosting a Kentucky Derby party from 5-8 p.m. with races and bourbon tasting.  Call 305.294.0555 for more information.

See you at the races!

Last year's Kentucky Derby Party in the Upper Keys - Image Courtesy of Sedura Photography

Last year’s Kentucky Derby Party in the Upper Keys – Image Courtesy of Sedura Photography

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