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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!

The Love of Vintage

Posted on: January 17th, 2017 by Leah No Comments

My love of vintage started after my grandmother died and lovingly bequeathed her vintage jewelry to me.  I can remember playing with her earrings, necklaces, and brooches as a child. I was fascinated by the bright colors, sparkling gems and unique compilations of her vintage baubles.  Each piece seemed to have its own story and to this day, I love wearing her jewelry knowing she had worn them a lifetime before.

Queen Victoria wore a white wedding dress for her wedding to Prince Albert and is credited with making white a popular color for wedding attire.

Queen Victoria wore a white wedding dress for her wedding to Prince Albert and is credited with making white a popular color for wedding attire.

Since then, my love of vintage has grown and my own collection now includes vintage clothing, evening clutches, fur collars, and costume jewelry.  For my wedding, I wore a vintage veil and feather headpiece formerly worn by a professional ballroom dancer in the 1940’s.  This timeless piece was my “something old” in the adage guiding brides to wear “something old, something new, something borrowed, and something blue” on their wedding day.  And it remains one of my most prized possessions.

Leigh Anne Brown is also an avid vintage collector who began collecting vintage clothing more than 20 years ago.  Her passion for vintage led her to start collecting vintage wedding dresses to which she has amassed more than 75 dresses from different decades.  What is most unique about her collection is that the dresses represent the average American bride.  They are not elaborate, they instead demonstrate what was happening politically and culturally that affected the styles of that time.

For Leigh Anne, the art of the dress is as important as the history of each piece.  Her oldest dresses are from 1890 and show the transition from Victorian style.  Others reflect the sociopolitical issues of the time such as during World War II – when zippers were not used because they were made into bullets.

Through Leigh Anne’s collection, you see the progression and evolution of women by each decade.  The dresses are not changing shapes and styles simply because a designer changed the silhouette.  A woman’s choice on her wedding day is influenced by economics, politics, war, education, family and societal expectations.

On Friday, January 27 the Florida Keys chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution will host a luncheon at the Hilton Key Largo Resort where Leigh Anne Brown will speak about the History of Fashion.  She’ll have 25 wedding gowns on display from her collection sharing stories of each bride, demonstrating how politics, economics, and education have shaped women’s wedding gown choices throughout history.

Tickets are $50.  Call 443-631-2551 for more information or RSVP to FLKEYSDAR@gmail.com.

 

The Dress Code

Posted on: September 26th, 2016 by Leah No Comments

We live in a really awesome place.  Not just because of the beautiful weather or the amazing water in our backyard…we live in an amazing place because of the wonderful people who live here.  The Florida Keys are one of the only places I’ve ever lived that embrace and welcome new people with open arms. Maybe its because so many of us have come from different places and made the Keys our home, or maybe its because we’re the best small town in America, whatever the reason, I believe the people are what make this place so special.

One of the ways the Florida Keys locals are so amazing is our support of one another and our causes.  During “season” there is a fundraiser or event for a different organization or nonprofit every weekend.  And we help fundraise, donate silent auction items and buy tickets to attend these events without batting an eyelash.  Below are a few tips to help you dress stylishly for each dress code while supporting worthy causes.

Zero Dress Code

Formal Gown from Zero Dress Code Boutique in Islamorada

Black Tie or Formal – This is the most formal of dress codes and is common for most Gala’s or Ball’s such as the Mariners Hospital Bougainvillea Ball on Saturday, January 28 – so save the date!  If you see that in the title, it may be an indicator that it is a more formal event. For men, black tie means dark colored suits or tuxes with white shirts, a tie or bow-tie and dress shoes. For women, a floor-length evening gown or knee-length cocktail dress is appropriate. Pair it with fine jewelry and sparkly heels for a sophisticated look.  Go to baptisthealth.net for more information.

Purple Jewels perfect for the Purple Pumpkin Gala from Zero Dress Code boutique

Purple Jewels perfect for the Purple Pumpkin Gala from Zero Dress Code boutique

Purple Tie – On Saturday, October 1, the Purple Pumpkin Gala benefiting Rett Syndrome will take place at the Islander Resort.  Hosted by Michelle and Travis Bennett in honor of their daughter who has Rett Syndrome, this beautiful night will provide much needed awareness for Rett Syndrome while raising money for this worthy cause.  Enjoy dinner, live and silent auctions, live music and dancing on the beach. For this unique dress code, wear cocktail attire appropriate for the beach.  Leave your heels at home and instead opt for a floor length, midi-length or cocktail dress with sandals such as a metallic color or rhinestone embellished pair.  For men, tuxes, suits and cocktail attire are appropriate but consider your footwear as it will be on the beach.  If you can work in the color purple, all the better. 100% of proceeds from this event go to support research for Rett Syndrome.  Go to rettsyndrome.org/purplepumpkingala for more information.

Cocktail Attire – For cocktail parties such as the Habitat for Humanity of the Upper Keys Annual Cocktail Party held every year on the first Friday of March, the dress code is cocktail attire.  That means short dresses for women and sport coats, or dress shirts with slacks for men.  Instead of throwing on your LBD, opt for a dress in a fun color or pair your LBD with bright heels to refresh your look.  Go to HabitatUpperKeys.org for more information.

Key Casual – The majority of the events in the Florida Keys all have one thing in common, the Keys Casual dress code.  Women typically wear dresses or skirts with sandals as this works for our weather year round.  For men the rule is, if you’d wear it fishing, don’t wear it to an event.  Instead, men should wear leather sandals or loafers with flat front shorts or pants and a short sleeve polo, short sleeved collared button down dress shirt or Oxford long-sleeved button down shirts. Anything made by Tommy Bahama is the perfect Keys Casual attire.  Save the date for the 5th Annual Aquatic Crawl on Saturday, November 5 at the Ron Levy Aquatic Center at Founders Park and the Island Dolphin Care Annual Fundraiser on Saturday, November 19th.  Keys Casual will be ideal for both of these special events as you celebrate with your Florida Keys friends and neighbors.

 

 

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.

Summer Essentials

Posted on: May 9th, 2016 by Leah No Comments

On Thursday, May 12th Islamorada will be turning up the heat with their Sizzling Summer Fashion Show at The Village Square at Trading Post. The fashion show will feature summer fashions from Miss Monroe Boutique, D-Luxe Boutique, Island Trendz Boutique, Otherside Boardsports, and Mayu Boutique. Below are a few of my favorite summer must-have’s that will be highlighted at the fashion show.

For Women

Scarf Dress

Lightweight, easy-to-wear dresses are a summer staple for every fashionista.  The key is to find designs that are effortlessly chic.  The colorful hand block printed fabrics on the scarf dresses by Roberta Frymann will keep you cool all summer long.  Slip it on over a swimsuit during the day or wear it through the night in style.  Starting at $155 at Mayu Boutique within the Moorings Village and Spa at 123 Beach Road in Islamorada.

Custom Swimsuits

Danielle Pierog, the owner of D-Luxe Boutique, just launched her own swimwear line with hand picked fabrics and custom designs.  D-Luxe Swim by Danielle includes a variety of styles and coverage options in tropical prints, brights and neons, classic black and exotic snakeskin.  The best part about her suits are the attention that went into the detailing with braiding, strappy sides and gorgeous backs for a suit with a one-of-a-kind look.  D-Luxe Swim by Danielle suits range from $40 to $50 per piece and can be found at D-Luxe Boutique at 80925 Overseas Highway in Islamorada.

D-Luxe Swim by Danielle

D-Luxe Swim by Danielle

Bright Jewelry

Let your accessories make the statement this summer with bright hued tassel necklaces. Add a pop of color to any ensemble with one of these gorgeous pieces or layer them for a statement making look. Tassel necklaces range from $30 for a single strand to $80 for a set and come in an array of colors and materials to mix and match.  Each necklace includes a variety details including pearls, lava rock, sandalwood, semi precious stones, and silk tassels.  You can find these necklaces at Miss Monroe Boutique located at 81868 Overseas Highway in Islamorada at the Village Square at Trading Post.

Bright tassel necklaces from Miss Monroe Boutique

Bright tassel necklaces from Miss Monroe Boutique

For Men

Hybrid Shorts

Functional and stylish, hybrid shorts are made to be versatile. Fast drying, lightweight fabric, belt loops and mesh pockets make for easy wear shorts from beach to bar or surf to turf.  Casual yet stylish, you can’t go wrong with a pair of hybrid shorts.  Hybrid shorts are available from a variety of brands and start at $44 at Otherside Boardsports at 82758 Overseas Highway in Islamorada.

Distinctive Men’s Shirts

Every man needs a nice dress shirt to wear to dinner or a night on the town.  Envy men’s shirts up the ante with a distinctive collection of vibrant men’s shirts cut from the finest European limited edition fabrics.  Their original prints, contrasting accents on the cuffs and collar, top stitching, double button detailing provide a shirt unlike any you’ve likely seen.  Trade in your classic white button up for an Envy shirt that is sure to impress.  Envy shirts range from $115 to $130 and are available at Island Trendz Boutique within the Amara Cay Resort at 80001 Overseas Highway in Islamorada.

Envy men's shirts from Island Trendz Boutique

Envy men’s shirts from Island Trendz Boutique

Join me on Thursday, May 12th for the 3rd 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 5:30 p.m. with the fashion show starting at 7 p.m. and will include complimentary drinks, taco bar from Bad Boy Burrito, and summer tunes by DJ Marissa Sardar. Tickets are $25 in advance or $30 at the door. Purchase your tickets at participating stores or call 305.440.3951 for more information. Hope to see you there!

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!

 

Shopping Local

Posted on: November 18th, 2015 by Leah No Comments

With the holidays approaching, it’s important to start thinking about the type of gifts you’ll be giving.  It’s also equally as important to think about where you’ll be purchasing those gifts. Our purchasing decisions affect our community and what better time to be “thoughtful” than around the holidays.

Below are a few reasons why you should shop local this holiday season.

Paper and Wire Ornament made by local artist Boo Kee Sue available at the Sip and Shop Soiree

Paper and Wire Ornament made by local artist Boo Kee Sue available at the Sip and Shop Soiree

Keep Money Local – By shopping local this holiday season, you help support local businesses in Monroe County.  When you shop local, more of your money stays closer to home building stronger communities by creating jobs, funding community services through sales tax, and investing in neighborhood improvement.  Local businesses also support our local services by donating to our Florida Keys not-for-profits through sponsorships, donations, and silent auctions items.  Your dollars really do go farther when you spend them locally.

Discover New Stores and Locally Made Products – The Florida Keys offer a diverse array of boutiques that offer an even more diverse line of products.  If you haven’t explored the stores in the Florida Keys, the holidays are the perfect time to do so.  Some of my favorite items found in these boutiques are those that are locally made.  Consider sending those on your list something to make them think of you and the Florida Keys by giving them a painting or photograph taken by a Florida Keys artist.

Save Time and Money – Shopping local will also save you time and money.  Save yourself a trip to the mainland and gas money while avoiding the long lines, abundance of shoppers, and packed parking lots.  I don’t know about you, but the idea of fighting other shoppers for the items on my list and searching endlessly for sales associates to help you with your purchase instantly turns me into the Grinch.  Lucky for you, we live in the Florida Keys, far far away from those crazy shopping malls packed with overzealous holiday bargain hunters.

If you’re looking to get all your shopping done in one night, join us on Friday, November 20th from 5-9 p.m. for a Holiday Sip & Shop Soiree at Village Square at Trading Post in Islamorada. Enjoy a DJ, complimentary drinks and snacks, and shop your favorite local boutiques, artists and crafters while also supporting your community by shopping local. Happy hunting!

 

Fashionable Costumes Already in Your Closet

Posted on: October 31st, 2015 by Leah No Comments

Halloween is upon us and if like me, you’ve procrastinated on getting a costume together.  Don’t panic.  There are plenty of options still available.  Instead of re-wearing a costume from years past, use this opportunity to put on something fun and fashionable already in your closet.  Below are a few costume ideas for you to enjoy a fun and glamorous night on the town.

Audrey Hepburn in Breakfast at Tiffanys

Audrey Hepburn in Breakfast at Tiffanys

Miss America

Drag out one of the ball gowns collecting dust in your closet and embrace your inner beauty queen.  All you need to pull this look off is a sash and a tiara all available at the dollar store.

Tickled Pink

With this costume, anything pink goes.  Don the hue from head to toe and carry a pink feather to show everyone just how tickled pink you are.

Self portrait

Put on your cutest outfit and carry a large picture frame without the glass or backing to model your own self portrait.

Tom Cruise in “Risky Business”

Borrow a white button down shirt from your hubby and accessorize with some 80s inspired shades and white socks.

Unicorn

Wear a cute white or pastel dress and roll up a piece of paper to make a horn.  Bedazzle it with sequins and glitter to match your dress and adhere it with bobby pins and tape.

Tourist

This is the opposite of fashionable but allows you to wear all the things you normally shouldn’t.  Sandals with socks, Hawaiian shirts, a fanny pack and camera would make you the perfect tourist for your costume party.

Audrey Hepburn in “Breakfast at Tiffany’s”

Wear your favorite LBD paired with pearls, an updo and black heels. Add a tiara, black gloves and large black sunglasses for extra glamour.

Bridesmaid

Always the bridesmaid never the bride?  Drag out one of those dresses you wore once and be one of the the “27 Dresses” from the movie with Katherine Heigl.

Yoga instructor

If you’re not feeling chic this Halloween, be the most comfortable person at the party. Wear your favorite matching yoga pants and top and accessorize with your yoga mat and water bottle filled with a tasty libation.

Halloween doesn’t have to be expensive.  Instead of paying $100 for a zombie or witch costume that will look like everyone else, wear the most fashionable outfit already in your closet for a chic costume this year.

Music and Fashion

Posted on: August 24th, 2015 by Leah No Comments

Music and fashion are inseparable.  Like love and marriage, as Frank Sinatra says, you can’t have one without the other. In looking at history, you’ll find each music genre has its own fashion identity.  Often what became a fad may have been caused by the popularity of the musician that wore it.  But its hard to know which came first, the fashion trend or the music, or whether their collaboration is what made them all the more popular.   Below is a look at some of the most popular genres of music and the fashion trends that ruled that era.

Ginger Rogers and Fred Astaire in the movie "Swing Time"

Ginger Rogers and Fred Astaire in the movie “Swing Time”

Jazz

The evolution of Jazz in the roaring twenties was met by changes in the fashion industry to reflect the time.  Bobbed haircuts, low heeled shoes, and free flowing dresses were the style for the popular dance music.  The low waist flapper dresses and shorter hemlines featured fringe, pleats, gathered fabric, and slits to allow motion to rule women’s fashion.

Rock & Roll

Fashion brands during the Rock & Roll genre of the 1950’s transitioned from conservative looks tailored to adults to the edgy and informal styles attractive to youth.  Elvis Presley was the Rock & Roll idol of his time and his look was as popular as his sound. His trademark pompadour hairstyle with side burns and blues suede shoes influenced a generation of fashion.  Boys who loved rock and roll wore tight-fitting blue jeans, white T-shirts, black leather jackets and white bucks or blues suede shoes.  The girls wore poodle skirts with images of record players and music notes attached to the front paired with fitted blouses and sweaters.

Pop

The 1980’s was the decade of the music video which gave pop musicians great influence over the fashions of the time.  From kooky and bright looks made popular by Cyndi Lauper, or punk fingerless gloves worn by Madonna, there seemed to be a musician and a fashion trend for everyone. Michael Jackson’s white socks worn with black shoes, skinny jeans, and leather biker jacket was also a staple during the 1980’s.  And don’t forget the big bangs, shoulder pads, and blue eye shadow.

Hip Hop

Hip hop styles in the early 1990’s had the theme of the baggier the better for both men and women.  Rappers like M.C. Hammer made blousy pants popular for their dance-oriented music.  The Fresh Prince and TLC popularized baseball caps and bright, neon colored clothing.  Both men and women wore oversized pants paired with extra large t-shirts and flannel shirts made popular by a variety of hip hop musicians.  And don’t forget the fad of wearing your clothes backwards, made popular by Kris Kross.

And the good news… some of these awesome fashion trends get recycled.  So if you’re desperately hoping to wear fingerless gloves again, don’t worry, it will probably be back in fashion very soon.

Swing

On Saturday, August 29, the Elite Dance of the Keys will present the Island Stars Swing-sational Dance-Off & Costume Party from 6-11 p.m. at the Elks Lodge in Tavernier.  Enjoy dinner catered by Mangrove Mike’s Café and live band while watching some of your favorite locals boogie for charity and compete to be crowned the winners of the Island Star Dance Competition.  Embrace the fashion trends of the swing era and come dressed in your favorite 40’s fashions (think classic suits for men and swing skirts and blouses for women) and win prizes for best costumes.  Tickets are $75 per person and proceeds benefit the Elite Dance of the Keys to provide scholarships for deserving boys and girls to attend dance conferences and receive dance lessons.   Buy your tickets at the door or through any of the local contestants including: Alan Newman, Dr. Janis Jeffers, Clay Crockett, Nancy Cooper, Demetrios Efstratiou, Jennifer Mahaffey, Tiffany Wheaton, and John Dunn.

 

 

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.