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Valentine’s Day Gift Guide

Posted on: February 10th, 2017 by Leah No Comments

Every year on February 14, Valentine’s Day is celebrated between loved ones and friends.  Outside the United States, Valentine’s Day is observed in Canada, Mexico, the United Kingdom, France and Australia.  The first valentine was written in 1415 by Charles, Duke of Orleans, to his wife while he was a prisoner in the Towner of London.  The poem read:

I am already sick of love

My very gentle Valentine…

Although a bit somber compared to the joyous and love-filled cards of today, the Duke appears to have been quite the romantic, writing over 60 love poems to his wife over his 25-year imprisonment.

Today, Valentine’s Day is marked by the exchange of cards and gifts.  The National Retail Federation predicts consumers will spend $18.2 billion in celebration of this holiday and the Greeting Card Association estimates more than 1 billion Valentine’s Day cards are sent each year.  Although the gifts of cards, candy, flowers, jewelry and dinner out is always a great way to celebrate this holiday, below are a few suggestions for showing your love in a different way.

Donate

In lieu of a traditional gift, make a donation to a worthy cause on behalf of your significant other.  There are hundreds of nonprofit organizations in the Keys doing amazing work and they are always in need of more funds to help those in need.

Volunteer

Those same organizations also need volunteers to help achieve their mission.  Spend a few hours with your love doing good is sure to provide lots of good vibes and natural highs.  Also, the best gift is the gift of spending quality time together.

Create

Get the kids involved and create your own valentines, art work and love poems.  These are the type of valentines that you’ll remember and that your family will treasure for years to come.

Shop Local

By shopping local, 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.

Happy Valentine’s Day.

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.

 

Celebrating the Holidays in Style

Posted on: December 19th, 2016 by Leah No Comments

Tis the season for cookie baking, tree decorating, and Christmas caroling.  It’s also the season for party planning, menu prepping, and all around celebrating.  There is no better time of year for getting together with friends and family while counting your many blessings.  To help you get into the holiday spirit, I’ve prepared a few tips to help you turn up the sparkle this holiday season.

Get Dressed Up

Glitter, gold and everything bold should be your mantra this holiday season. In the Florida Keys, we don’t have a lot of opportunities to get dressed up but the holidays are a perfect time to do so.  Accessories are a great way to sparkle over the holidays.  Add some statement necklaces with extra bling or a sequin clutch bag to your holiday party attire.  Instead of an LBD, look for flirty dresses in metallic shades for a glammed up look.  My favorite bold accessory is lipstick.  The holidays are a great time to try a new shade in a deep burgundy wine or bold red.  Although Keys Casual is the norm, I believe its always better to be over dressed than under – so go for it!

Come Bearing Gifts

Attending the many fetes this time of year will certainly put you in the festive spirit, but it also means finding the perfect hostess gifts. Your best bet is to always have a few things on-hand so as not to show up empty-handed.  In lieu of a bottle of wine, opt for a bottle of champagne which is more special and festive.  I always keep a few bottles of champagne in the fridge as life’s great moments should always be celebrated with a toast and some bubbly.

For a more unique gift, opt for a Christmas ornament for your host.  Shell World in Key Largo carries an array of ornaments that are both traditional and Florida Keys themed.  I love to gift high heeled shoe ornaments for my fashionista friends and beachy Santa ornaments to my friends up north.  I know each year when they see that ornament, they’ll think of me and the friendship we share.

Key Largo Chocolates

Key Largo Chocolates

Another great hostess gift can be found at Key Largo Chocolates.  Buy a box of handmade truffles in decadent flavors including Key Lime, Sea Salt Caramel and Caribbean spice. These chocolates are sure to be the gift the hostess will enjoy the most.  If you’re traveling over the holidays, I highly recommend bringing a box with you to your destination.  Your host will be grateful for the delicious treat.

 

Holiday Spirits

If you’re hosting a party, serve a festive themed drink as guests arrive.  Or if you prefer your holiday drinks made to order, head to Old Tavernier Restaurant and have them shake up a Candy Cane or Christmas Thyme martini.

Old Tavernier Restaurant Candy Cane and Christmas Thyme Martini

Old Tavernier Restaurant Candy Cane and Christmas Thyme Martini

Christmas Thyme Martini Recipe from Old Tavernier

Frist, you’ll want to make your Rosemary Thyme simple syrup.  Boil 2 cups water, 1 cup sugar, 4 sprigs rosemary, 6 sprigs thyme and then let steep 10 minutes to dissolve sugar.

Mix ½ oz. of your rosemary thyme simple syrup with 4 oz. vodka and 1 oz. cranberry juice.

Shake, then strain into sugar rimmed Martini glass. Top with Prosecco or champagne and garnish with cranberries on a rosemary sprig.

Cheers and happy holidays!

 

My Favorite Things

Posted on: December 5th, 2016 by Leah No Comments

It’s that time of year to pick out a few special gifts for your family and friends.  Holiday shopping can seem stressful but remember that these gifts are meant to show your love and appreciation for the special people in your life.  No matter the gift, large or small, it’s the thought that counts.

When considering which gifts to purchase this year, I decided to create my own favorite things list for some holiday inspiration.  I have a few hard-to-buy-for people in my life that make gift buying a challenge.  When considering gifts for these people, I opt for experiences.  After all, life isn’t about the things we have, its about the stories and things we’ve experienced.

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Here are a few of my favorite things.

  1. Celebrations are meant to be enjoyed with champagne and there is no time better to enjoy bubbles than over the holidays.  Head to Corks & Curds, the new wine shop and wine bar in Key Largo with gourmet cheese and meats, wines by the glass, and a great selection of wine and champagne.  Also, be sure to check their event schedule, as they frequently host tasting events.
  2. One-of-a-kind handmade jewelry. If you’re looking for something unique for those on your holiday list, head to Peace of Tibet at their new location next to Chef Michael’s at 81661 Old Highway in Islamorada for gorgeous handcrafted jewelry by Renzen Dekiy.
  3. Key lime pie with meringue. The key lime pie from the Blonde Giraffe Key Lime Pie Factory in Tavernier is simply the best and I’m not the only one who thinks so.  They were voted by travelers on TripAdvisor as having the best key lime pie in the Florida Keys!  Consider key lime pie as a hostess gift for your next holiday party or pick-up some of their sweet key lime candies for stocking stuffers.
  4. Embrace your inner artist. Head to uCumbe Boutique in Islamorada for an array of adult coloring books sure get the creative juices flowing.  In addition, The Banyan Tree in Islamorada offers group paint sessions on Wednesday evenings.  Bring a beverage and $25 to paint.  Fun for you and as a way to celebrate the holidays with friends.
  5. Hazelnut Lattes. Café Moka makes the best hazelnut lattes.  Their extra large mugs and comfortable chairs are divine for lazy Saturday mornings.  Don’t skip the pastries and if you stay long enough for lunch, make sure to try the Prosciutto Brie sandwiches. I’m drooling just thinking about it.
  6. Red lipstick. Feeling put together is a struggle when you’re raising a toddler. Applying red lipstick makes me feel instantly fabulous.  My favorite is NARS Pure Matte Lipstick in Vesuvio- full bodied red.  Its stays in place for most of the day and its skinny tube makes for easy application.  If you’ve yet to go red, its time to try this festive color.
  7. Sunset on the boat. When friends and family visit, we always try to help them experience the best of the Florida Keys. Taking in a sunset from the boat is pretty spectacular.  If you’re looking for gift ideas for your relatives, send them a picture of a sunset and a nice bottle of wine and let them now that your gift includes hors d’oeuvres, cocktails and a sunset by boat on their next visit.
  8. Fabulous sunglasses. Sunglasses get a lot of wear in the Florida Keys so why not find a few pairs that are big, bold and in a fun color.  After all, a girl can never have too many accessories.  Head to Miss Monroe Boutique in Islamorada for a variety of pairs for you and those on your list.
  9. Luxurious soaps that smell great, leave my hands soft and don’t cost a fortune. Stop into Morada Pure for their organic liquid castile soap in your choice of scent including lavender, lemongrass, peppermint, lemon + mint and key lime.
  10. Family and Friends. This time of year, I’m always incredibly thankful for my wonderful family and friends.  My husband and 15-month old son are my two favorite people and I’m so grateful to have them in my life.

I hope my list of favorite things gave you some gift ideas.  If you’re still stumped on what to buy, try making your own favorite things list.  There is nothing more fun than receiving the gift of trying a new place or new experience recommended by someone you love.

Happy Holidays.

Black Friday Sales You Won’t Want to Miss

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

I have a confession to make. I hate holiday shopping.  The long lines, abundance of shoppers, and packed parking lots instantly turns me into the Grinch.  Lucky for us, we live in the Florida Keys, far far away from those crazy shopping malls packed with overzealous holiday bargain hunters.

Our shopping options consist of beautiful boutiques expertly curated with everything on your shopping list. For a pleasant shopping experience this holiday season, take a look below at a few Florida Keys boutiques offering Black Friday and Small Business Saturday sales you won’t want to miss.

Banyan Tree Boutique in Islamorada is offering 50% off all sale clothing, jewelry and gifts.

DK’s Style Hut and DK’s Beach Boutique in Marathon will be offering 25% off everything in both stores.

D-Luxe Boutique in Islamorada is offering 25% off new arrivals and 50% off the rest of the store.

Islamorada Mercantile will be offering a sale and special deals on their colorful, easy to wear dresses and beautiful Vera Bradley Bags.

Vera Bradley bags are on sale at Islamorada Mercantile

Vera Bradley bags are on sale at Islamorada Mercantile

Miss Monroe Boutique and uCumbe at Village Square at Trading Post in Islamorada will be having their 3rd annual Black Friday weekend sale Friday – Sunday with 25% off everything in both stores plus door buster deals.

Wild Lily Boutique in Islamorada is having their annual tent sale on Black Friday continuing to small business Saturday with extra incentives for American Express cardholders.

Zero Dress Code Boutique in Islamorada will be offering an early bird tent sale on Black Friday starting at 8 a.m.

Once you’ve shopped at your favorite local boutiques, for Black Friday or Small Business Saturday, the next best shopping experience happens on Cyber Monday, November 28.  You can shop from your home while wearing pajamas and drinking wine.  Frankly, I don’t know of a better shopping experience than this.

Happy holiday shopping!

 

New Store Opening in Islamorada

Posted on: November 16th, 2016 by Leah No Comments

Sue Wright’s talent is in bringing her ideas to life. Whether its designing handbags from vintage fabrics or crafting handmade paper mâché Christmas sculptures from copper wire and reclaimed tissue paper, she has always had the ability to create beautiful things.

A gardener by profession, Sue worked as an estate gardener at The Garden Concierge in the Boston area before moving to Islamorada and taking on the position of resident Gardner at the Village Square at Trading Post.

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On November 18, Sue will open a new shop with living art called Boo Kee Sue Botanics.  The shop will be located at the Village Square at Trading Post and will join the other shops and restaurants in residence including uCumbe, Miss Monroe Boutique, Bad Boy Burritos and Good Girl Juice & Café.  Here she will sell ready to go garden items that are easy to maintain with prices that start at just $40.

Her passion is in transforming a space with something living in every room. Working with a variety of design aesthetics, she specializes in creations that enhance and beautify areas of your home and garden.

In her shop you’ll find Kokedama which are a Japanese moss ball string gardens and stag horn growing on cork bark.  Everything in her store is unique, perfect for gifts or beautifying your own space.  And for those of you not blessed with a green thumb, everything is very easy to maintain.

In addition to her container designs for sale, she’ll also be providing custom work and specialized plantings for clients.  Many of her designs will also be available for rentals for special events.

Be sure to stop by the opening of Boo Kee Sue Botanics on November 18, with regular hours from 10 a.m. – 6 p.m. Tuesday – Saturday.  For more information, go to BooKeeSue.com.

 

 

Fall Trends

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

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

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

Herve Leger by Max Azria one shoulder dress

Herve Leger by Max Azria one shoulder dress

Statement Fur

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

Ruffles

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

Shades of Nude

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

Chokers

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

Shine On

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

Exaggerated Shoulders

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

Fall Florals

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

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

 

Happy shopping.

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.

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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.

 

 

How Not to Dress Like a Tourist When You Live on an Island

Posted on: September 12th, 2016 by Leah No Comments

In the Florida Keys, we do not have the typical four seasons: winter, spring, summer and fall.  Instead our seasons consist of hurricane season and tourist season.  As we approach the cooler weather months and the onslaught of tourists, here are a few tips to spot them and make sure you’re not dressed like one of them.

Beach Chic

As a local, your wardrobe should look more beach chic than beach bum.  For women: think lightweight colorful dresses, sandals, shorts, and ladylike tops.  For men, opt for kahki shorts, button down shirts, polos, leather sandals, and loafers.  Beach bum looks to toss: Hawaiian shirts, long white socks with sandals, and any t-shirts you might find at a souvenir shop.

Beach Chic romper and fringe cross body bag from Miss Monroe Boutique in Islamorada.

Beach Chic romper and fringe cross body bag from Miss Monroe Boutique in Islamorada.

Dress for the Weather

In the middle of winter, its easy to spot the tourists.  On a cool January day, the locals will be wearing sweaters and slacks while the tourists will be in t-shirts and shorts.  Even though it feels cool to us, fur is really never acceptable when standing next to a palm tree. Save your cold winter attire such as fur for the truly cold weather up north like when you’re visiting Tallahassee.

Avoid Socks

I remember when we first moved to the Keys, the weather got cool and I knew I’d become a local because I threatened to put on socks.  Unless you are planning to go for a run, there really isn’t any need for socks in the Keys.  The Keys are all about comfort and the one who can get their toes in the sand quickest always wins.

Wear Sunscreen

Tourists always have the most amazing tans…said no one ever.  When friends visit us from the north we are constantly reminding them to apply sunscreen.  They seem to think that in January, when the weather is cooler that they won’t get a sunburn.  As locals, its important to wear sunscreen every day unless you want to make weekly trips to the dermatologist.

Capture the Moment

You used to be able to spot a tourist a mile away by the bulky camera hung around their neck.  Todays tourists are a bit more techie and can instead be found huddled around their selfie sticks.  We locals know its important to capture the important moments in life, but we leave our selfie sticks at home.  Instead, we ask our local bartender friend or acquaintance at a neighboring table to take the picture.

The Fanny Pack

The 1980’s popularized this awful contraption as a way to keep valuables safe and tourists have been donning them ever since.  I realize the fanny pack could be considered convenient with their hands-free wearability and easily accessible zipper pockets but even if you are chasing after your kids at the park, opt for a crossbody bag or backpack to keep your items secure.

Slow Drivers

I always know when it’s a holiday weekend in the Keys because of the horrendous traffic.  It’s especially bad the closer you get to bridge.  The cars slow, the cameras come out and everyone seems to forget that they should be focused on the road.  We locals know that the best place to take in the view and the salty air is at our favorite watering hole with a drink in hand – not while driving on the Overseas Highway.

If you’re a tourist reading this and I just described you, don’t take it personally.  After all, most of us came to the Keys on vacation and never left.

Back-to-School Tax Free Weekend August 5-7

Posted on: August 1st, 2016 by Leah No Comments

Amid the flurry of lobster mini-season and lobster opening weekend, back-to-school season is in full swing. The sales tax free weekend begins August 5-7 which is the perfect time to outfit your kids and check off their school supply list.  During the sales tax free weekend, no Florida sales tax will be collected on clothing, footwear, and certain accessories selling for $60 or less per item and on school supplies selling for $15 or less per item.  Below are a few tips to help you take advantage of this 3-day sales tax holiday.

Reversible Tote Bag will be offered BOGO at Miss Monroe Boutique over the sales tax free holiday!

Reversible Tote Bag will be offered BOGO at Miss Monroe Boutique over the sales tax free holiday!

Make a List

Start with a list of all the school supplies you need for each child as well as a list of wardrobe essentials each child will need for school. Don’t forget to add a few items for yourself on the list.  After all, you deserve something new as well.

Stock Up On Basics

Basics are the building blocks of every wardrobe.  Wardrobe staples such as jeans, black heels, white tees, sandals, shorts, underwear, and little black dresses are often the pieces that are worn the most and therefore may need to be updated or replaced on a yearly basis.

Think Ahead

If you’re buying clothing for kids, remember to buy not only for right now but also for the size they’ll be in a few months.  There is no need for them to wear pants that resemble clam diggers just because they had a growth spurt.

Take Advantage of Sales

Many stores are offering additional sales during the sales tax free weekend including:

  • The Banyan Tree Boutique in Islamorada is offering 25% off all clothing during this time.
  • D-Luxe Boutique in Islamorada is offering 15% off purchases over $25 and 25% off purchases over $100.
  • Miss Monroe Boutique in Islamorada is offering a buy one get one deal on their reversible tote bags. Available in 10 colors, these are the perfect backpack alternative for high school girls.
  • Wild Lilly Boutique in Islamorada will be offering 25% off all items in store.

Give Back

Now through the end of August, United Way of the Florida Keys will be collecting school supplies to distribute to 8,000 students in Monroe County. As you’re shopping for your own kid’s school supplies, consider buying a few extra notebooks, pencils, crayons, binders, or backpacks for a child in need. There are a number of convenient drop-off locations throughout the Keys including Wells Fargo Banks, Mariners Hospital, Key Largo Chamber of Commerce and Amara Cay in Islamorada.  Go to KeysUnitedWay.org for more information and additional drop-off locations.

Happy Shopping!