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Resolve for Healthier Skin

Posted on: February 6th, 2015 by Leah No Comments

Healthy living is consistently among American’s most popular New Year’s resolutions. However, according to a recent Forbes article, only 8% of American’s who make New Year’s Resolutions actually achieve them.

So whether you’re just getting started on your New Year’s resolution or need some motivation to get back into it. Here are a few things you can do to take better care of yourself.

Reduce Stress

Stress is virtually unavoidable but how you deal with stress can impact your health.   If you turn to comfort food or a bottle of wine to help relieve stress, you could be adding pounds to your waistline negatively affecting your health goals. Instead, call a friend – stay connected while also talking about what’s bothering you. Slow down – If work has you going at an unsustainable speed, slow down and focus on just one item to help you accomplish a few small tasks. Laugh – A good laugh lowers stress and boosts endorphins to lighten your mood so tune into your favorite comedian for a quick and natural boost. Get moving – Exercise can greatly reduce stress while also helping the brain release feel-good chemicals. So try a walk after work or over your lunch hour for a better way to reduce your stress.

Take Care of Your Skin

Did you know that the largest organ in your body is your skin. We Floridian’s need to especially pay attention to the care of our skin given the amount of sun exposure we receive on a daily basis. Resolve to wear sunscreen daily. Find a daily moisturizer that also has an SPF for easy application and use it on your entire face and neck. Make sure to also apply to your ears, hands and nose – all high risk areas for skin cancer. Another tip: keep a small container of sun block in your purse or car for those unplanned occasions when you find yourself spending time outdoors.

Go Natural

The skin care and beauty industry is very unregulated leaving each of us personally responsible to review what we put on our skin. Reading beauty product ingredients is as important as reading food labels to find out what is in the products you are using. Morada Pure, a new skincare store located at 81681 Old Highway in Islamorada, has taken on the hard work for you by deciphering hard to read beauty ingredients and has curated a store filled with a selection of natural skincare, beauty, and cosmetic products that are healthy, non-toxic, highly effective, and cruelty free.

When looking at all the products you are currently using on your skin, it can feel a bit overwhelming. So start small and make a change on a few of the products you use daily such as your facial cleansers and lotions to get you started on a healthier skin regime.

The founder of Morada Pure, Tiffany Minock, is a Licensed Esthetician and International Beauty Therapist on the PURE principles and philosophy of fresh, healthy, and true skincare. Tiffany recommends these top three products to get you started on a healthier skin regime.

Tiffany Minock, owner of Morada Pure

Tiffany Minock, owner of Morada Pure


  1. Natural Fine Herbal Face Cleanser by Farmaesthetics – $38 Voted the #1 facial cleanser by FaceParlour.com and also named by Parenting.com as 1 of only 3 cleansers they’d recommend using on a child. This facial cleanser is excellent on all skin types and washes away impurities and excess oil without ever changing the skin’s natural ph balance.

  2. Hydrating Accelerator by Josh Rosebrook – $32 Proper hydration is the #1 priority for healthy skin.  Insufficient hydration results in dry, flaky skin that is more prone to wrinkling and skin disorders. Drinking water is essential.  But remember that water has to go through your entire body before getting to your skin.  Which is why a hydrating accelerator is an important part of your daily skin regime. Use before applying your moisturizer for a refreshing, fresh, blast of dermal nutrition.

  3. Antioxidant Facial Serum by Laurel – $80 This ideal moisturizer for all skin types is full of skin nourishing plants high in antioxidants, making this the ideal anti-aging serum. Made from whole plant blend to stimulate collagen production, reduce sun damage, and encourage healthy cell reproduction. This facial serum is loaded with whole plant antioxidants, vitamins, minerals, and EFAs.


Organic Lavender and Rosemary Peppermint Liquid Castile Soap

Morada Pure also offers their own branded organic liquid castile soap made from olive oil and naturally scented with organic lavender and organic rosemary peppermint. They also offer a refill program to help eliminate the billions of pounds of one time use of plastic container waste. Use their amazing castile soap for body, bath, all purpose cleaning, fruit and veggie rinse, and dog washing.

Stop by Morada Pure for an array of natural and toxic free products ranging from $5 to $80 including deodorant, face products, eye treatments, makeup remover, shampoo, hairspray, bug spray and sun screen, to name a few.

Reach for your goals to accomplish a healthier and happier you in 2015!


New Year’s Resolutions

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

It’s that time of year to start thinking about the resolutions you’re going to make for 2014.  The most important thing to consider when making a new year’s resolution is to make sure it’s attainable.  That’s not to say that you shouldn’t push yourself to try or do new things.  The most common New Year’s resolutions typically have to do with weight loss, quitting bad habits and making positive changes to better our lives.  As an alternative, decide that this year will be your most stylish ever.  Explore new looks, break bad style habits, and be honest with yourself about what really looks good on you.  Make 2014 the year that you present the best version of yourself.

Explore New Looks

The global color authority, Pantone, announced that Radiant Orchid will be the 2014 color of the year.   This exotic purple tone exudes warmth and is the perfect addition to your wardrobe.   This spring try shirts, shorts, or fashion accessories in this color.  Pair a radiant orchid sundress with teal, turquoise or light yellow accessories for a fabulous spring look.   In addition, this vibrant color will also liven up neutrals such as gray, beige and white.  It can be scary to try color, but this tone looks great on every skin tone and is ideal for the Florida Keys where bright colors surround us through our tropical landscape and turquoise waters.  It’s time to embrace color to complement our beautiful surroundings.

Break Bad Style Habits

Throw Away Your Fanny Pack.

Having all your important belongings in a safe and secure pouch tied to your waist is convenient.  However, adding 10 pounds to your stomach is absolutely unflattering.  With fashion, the goal is to accentuate your best assets and a fanny pack just adds dimension to an area most would like to appear slimmer.

If you’re like me,  you thought the fanny pack was a bad trend that died in the 90’s. However, one trip to the state fair or an amusement park will prove that the fanny pack is alive and thriving.  Did I mention it’s called a fanny pack?  Why on earth would you want to own something that refers to a person’s buttocks?  In 2014, make a resolution to rid your closet of all unflattering, out-of-date clothing.  Although, I am normally a promoter of donating all items we no longer are using, donating a fanny pack is like giving someone the flu.  It’s just not right to pass it on.  Let’s get rid of the fanny pack once and for all.  Throw it away.

Wear the Right Socks for the Right Shoes

After moving to the Keys, I found that socks are a rarity.  There are very few opportunities to even wear them unless heading to the gym or heading North to visit family.  However, I’ve recently witnessed a resurgence in the Keys where people are wearing socks with …SANDALS!?!  Yes, it’s true.  I’ve seen it with my own two eyes and I lived to tell the tale.  So here is a little education on the proper socks to wear with their corresponding shoes.  Athletic shoes require the use of athletic socks.  They provide a thicker cushion for ample protection from rubbing and blisters.  Most loafers worn in the Keys are worn with shorts, therefore, no socks are needed.  When wearing black dress shoes and black dress pants, you may want to wear socks.  What color you ask?  Black socks will create a seamless look so that when you sit, we won’t be staring at your ankles wondering why you’re wearing white athletic socks to a business function or formal affair.  Back to the socks with sandals.  This baffles my mind.  Is it because you’re cold?  Then why are you wearing sandals at all?

The rule of thumb with socks is white shoes=white socks, black shoes=black socks and if you’re a little adventurous, try a fun pattern like argyle.  Just make sure that the undertone follows the rule above.

The best version of yourself is begging to make an appearance.  That means fanny pack and socks with sandals are no more.  Vow to break those bad fashion habits you’ve been making in your wardrobe.  Get rid of items that have had their day and are not longer looking complementary on your body.  Pay attention to what outfits you’re wearing when given compliments and find more looks that help you achieve your very best.

Happy New Year!  May 2014 be your most fabulous yet.



Conch Style: How to Cultivate your Personal Style

Posted on: January 11th, 2013 by Leah No Comments

What we wear is a reflection of who we are.  It’s the first impression we give the world.  And when it comes to personal style, knowing what you like and what looks good on you are equally important.  It’s the ever evolving art of this-is-who-I-am dressing.  The key to looking fabulous every day is to cultivate your personal style and then find key wardrobe pieces and accessories that help you highlight it.

1. Know Yourself. Your age, job, and locale are the foundation to creating your personal style.  My father once gave me the advice that it’s good to be noticed, not noticeable.  If your wardrobe isn’t age-appropriate, or doesn’t fit your job or location then you are going to stick out in an unflattering way.  If you work in an office setting, dresses, skirts, jackets and professional slacks may be the foundation for your wardrobe.  Living in the Florida Keys allows your style to be more casual in nature so wearing sandals or sundresses may be perfectly acceptable work attire that in more urban locations wouldn’t be appropriate.  Developing your style is also about knowing who you are today.  If you haven’t updated your hairstyle or look in 20 years, then you aren’t displaying to the world the best version of yourself.

2. Know what you feel good in.  Do you have an outfit that you wear and receive a lot of compliments on?  What outfit currently in your closet do you gravitate to when you need to look great for a meeting or a fun event?  Your clothing should make you feel fabulous and understanding what does is the key.  I often refer to the lyrics from West Side Story “I feel pretty, Oh so pretty, I feel pretty and witty and bright!”  You should be wearing clothes that you feel good in and that make you sing this song from the rooftops.    Use the looks already in your wardrobe as the starting point and start building off these pieces.  If structured ladylike dresses look great on you, find ways to add accessories to create a look all your own.

3. Know what fits you and what flatters your figure.  Most of us are not shaped like fashion models.  But luckily, looking and feeling good in your clothing doesn’t mean you have to be.  Your clothing should be tailored to comfortably fit you.  If a dress is too short, too tight or too baggy, it will not create a positive image of you.  Go through your closet and remove anything that doesn’t fit.  If you have a pair of skinny jeans you’re still hoping you may fit into once you drop a few pounds, you can hang onto them but remove them from your closet.  Instead put items that aren’t currently wearable in another area where they won’t be a distraction when you’re getting dressed.  Don’t shy away from using a tailor.  We all have different body shapes and sometimes getting something to fit right may mean having a tailor adjust it slightly.

Good style isn’t about what you wear it’s about how you wear it!  Assert an air of I-know-my-style and continue to adapt it.  The best style advice I ever received was to spend money on your bag, watch and haircut because you will wear this every day.  If these three things look good, the rest of your look will too.   Anyone can look fabulous every day when they’ve honed their personal style.

Take a look at a woman who knows herself and has created a style unique to her.  I had a chance to talk with Christi Allen who is a 30-something Florida Keys resident and owner of LivingFit Wellness Center in Key Largo with additional locations in Ocean Reef and Marathon.

Cultivating Your Personal Style

Christi Allen in one of her favorite looks: wedge heels, cotton red dress and Handmade belt from the Cayman Islands.

Her mission is to help and inspire people to achieve health and happiness with a holistic approach to total body wellness.  She believes movement and nutrition are medicine and the more you move, the better you’ll feel and the better life is.  “I teach and practice Pilates, but this is not my only practice.  Pilates is the foundation of everything that I do because it is a lifestyle, but I also practice yoga, meditation, chi gong and I run, bike, swim, paddle and PLAY!  The more I do, the better I eat, the more energy I have, and the younger I look and feel.”

How have the Florida Keys influenced your style?  I have lived all over the world including Hawaii, Texas, Oklahoma, Germany and so many places in between.  Every place I have lived, I developed a new style.  My style was always classically cool, however, I am a wild girl at heart, but hardly ever went wild with my clothing or accessories.  Living in the Keys is so wonderful for me because the Keys are so eclectic in its people and its culture. I really developed my environmental passion in the Keys too.  This has led me to love consignment stores!  I have found so many great treasures!  I mix and match a lot now with new, used and recycled!”

What is your go-to outfit for everyday in the Florida Keys?  “My go to outfit in the Florida Keys when not in Pilates attire is jeans, a cute top and fantastic heels!  Or when it’s hot out, I wear shorts, a cute top and fantastic heels!”


Stylish New Years Resolutions

Posted on: December 28th, 2012 by Leah No Comments

The end of 2012 is a great time for reflection on our lives to determine whether we’re on the path we aspire.  It’s also a time for new beginnings as we vow to make positive changes and set new goals. New Year’s resolutions often take on the form of a new personal goal such as losing weight or getting healthy.

Miuccia Prada said, “What you wear is how you present yourself to the world.”  So in 2013, make a resolution to improve on yourself and how you feel about your own personal style.

Some simple style suggestions for 2013:

1.  Wear more color – Although you can really never go wrong with black, there is something to be said about that pop of color.  In 2013, bring more color into your wardrobe and instead of relying on your little black dress for every work function, wedding or cocktail event, add a blouse, shoes or dress with color to brighten up your look.
2.  Splurge on one basic piece that you can wear multiple ways – This could be a great pair of shoes, jeans, a dress or even a handbag.  Just make sure it’s something that fits you well and that is versatile enough to enhance any occasion.  So when finding that item to indulge in, make sure it’s one you know you will wear and love forever.
3.  Wear bold, statement jewelry – This is one of my favorite wardrobe makers.  Statement jewelry can absolutely transform your look, whether just wearing jeans and a t-shirt or a beautiful dress for a night out.  Pick bold pieces in hues you look good in and that will compliment the wardrobe already in your closet.
4.  Invest in good underpinnings – Our undergarments are the foundation to a good wardrobe.  If you can’t remember the last time you bought yourself something new in this category, make a resolution to invest in some good solid undergarments in 2013. Not only will you feel more feminine, you’ll find that your clothes look better when your panty lines are nonexistent.
5.  Wear patterns and stripes – Patterns and stripes are a great addition to your wardrobe and the perfect way create a stylish new you in 2013.  Buy the wardrobe staple of a nautical striped shirt in navy/white or black/white or try bold patterns in bright colors.  You can also try pairing two patterns together, such as a skirt and shirt, just make sure the base of both is in the same hue.

6. Clean out your closet – It’s a new year and what you didn’t wear last year will definitely not be worn this year.  You will be amazed at what you find, a shirt with tags still on it, shoes you’ve completely forgotten about or perhaps even a pair of jeans that didn’t fit but now do!  Sort through your closet and remember that the number one rule is that if it doesn’t fit you well than you shouldn’t keep it.

Donate or consign anything that no longer works for you.  I also like to rotate things around so if I tend to wear a few things more often, I might put those in a different place and move a few items I’d like to start wearing more to the front.  And when in doubt about what to purge, ask a friend for some company, and over a bottle of wine have her help you sort through it!
Wishing you a fabulous and stylish 2013!


New years style resolutions: wear color and bold statement pieces


New years resolutions: wear color and bold accessories

This article was also featured in the Florida Keys Reporter and Keynoter as a part of my “Conch Style” column that runs bi-weekly in the Friday and Saturday edition.  If you have story ideas on style in the Florida Keys, please send me an email at Leah@leahsfabulousfinds.com.


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