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Planning Ahead for What to Wear

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

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

Identify what you already have

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

Is there a Dress Code?

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

Reinvent a Look

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

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

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

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

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.


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.


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!



Get Inspired by Iris Apfel

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

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

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

Iris Apfel, Fashion Icon

Iris Apfel – Portrait by Bruce Weber

Leah Maki - Channeling Iris Apfel

Leah Maki – Channeling Iris Apfel

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

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

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

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

Summer Wardrobe Essentials

Posted on: July 16th, 2013 by Leah No Comments

June 21 marked the first official day of summer. And although in the Keys, we’re already into the full swing of our summer season, there are several wardrobe essentials that you should consider adding to your closet. In late July, many stores will start marking summer items down to make room for their fall line so start watching those sales racks for these must have summer staples.

Chic Cover-ups – A gorgeous cover-up is a-must in every fashionistas wardrobe.  Look for cover-ups that can take you from boat mate to lunch date without much effort.  I especially love colorful lightweight breathable fabrics to keep you cool on a hot day.

Echo Design Caftan

This beautiful caftan made by Echo Design is an easy, relaxed fit that covers and flatters with effortless appeal. $48 Miss Monroe Boutique 88511 Overseas Highway, Tavernier 305-735-4374 shopmissmonroe.com

Light-Weight Colored Jeans – the colored denim trend is not going out anytime soon so pick a few in light-weight fabrics that you can wear through the cooler months.  I prefer the skinny styles in bright hues that I can pair a blazer and ballet flats for day or a cute top and heels for night.

Bright Statement Necklaces – Summer fashions tend to have a lot of statement necklaces in beautiful bright colors.  If you don’t already own a few, consider investing in one.  If you wear a lot of blue, then try finding one in red or turquoise to add another color to your ensemble.  Many current styles have several colors combined.  Wear a multi-colored statement necklace with neutrals or pair it with an outfit in one of those colors.

Lazy Day Sun Hats – A wide-brimmed hat is another must in the Keys.  Not only do they provide great sun protection for your face and upper body but they ooze fabulous.  Pair one with big shades, a cute bikini and a bold lip and you’ll instantly transform your look.

This wide brim, two-tone black and white Scala hat oozes fabulous while perfectly shading your face and body while relaxing poolside.  $49 Lions Lair Boutique 82185 Overseas Highway, Islamorada 305-664-9922 lionslairdesigns.com

This wide brim, two-tone black and white Scala hat oozes fabulous while perfectly shading your face and body while relaxing poolside. $49 Lions Lair Boutique 82185 Overseas Highway, Islamorada 305-664-9922 lionslairdesigns.com

Playful Patterns – There are so many fun patterns out this year.  My faves are polka dots and the always stylish nautical stripes.  Find a cute patterned pair of shorts or long sleeve top that you can wear into Fall and Winter by layering other pieces with it.  For example, add a long sleeve top, loosely tied scarf and ballet flats with a patterned skirt for the cooler months ahead.

Light-Weight Summer Sweater – I love light-weight sweaters as they’re so versatile for our Florida Keys weather.  Wear it on a cooler night for extra coverage during  the summer months and then pair it with bright colored skinny jeans and a blazer in the winter months.

Sandals – This is a great time of year to go through your sandals to see which ones need to be tossed and replaced.  If the soles are worn out or they’ve gotten stinky (it happens) it’s time to replace them.  Make sure that whatever you buy is comfortable and will last for more than one season as in the Keys our sandals tend to get worn year round.

Peace of Tibet: Jewelry with Meaning

Posted on: July 4th, 2013 by Leah No Comments

Jewelry is easily one of my favorite fashion accessories.  A large statement necklace can make an outfit while other designs may signify important milestones and memories like the jewelry I received from my grandmother and the wedding ring from my husband.  Jewelry differs from clothing, shoes and handbags in that it has no real purpose other than to be appealing.  It doesn’t keep you warm, protect your feet or carry your belongings but merely is a form of artistic expression.

Although the techniques used in making jewelry have evolved in the more than 100,000 years since jewelry was first discovered, there are some things that have remained the same.  The first forms of jewelry were comprised of beaded necklaces made of shells strung together like charms not unlike many designs today.  Throughout human history, jewelry has been used to express wealth and social status as well as denote marital status, status within religion and social groups, and to celebrate milestones such as graduations, birthdays, and anniversaries.  Jewelry has also been made to adorn the body from head to toe with such as items as hair pins to toe rings.

When buying jewelry, make sure it reflects your personal style.  Look for unique pieces that offer great color and texture and can be worn with a variety of items in your wardrobe.  Buy what you like and mix and match bracelets and necklaces wearing more than one at a time.  The trick is to keep with a color tone to make it all come together.

My favorite jewelry is one-of-a-kind pieces like those made by Renzen Dekiy Rich in her Islamorada boutique and studio called Peace of Tibet.  Originally, from Amdo, Tibet, she has been making jewelry since she was young and had a similar store in Tibet but luckily for us, she found her way to the Florida Keys!

Peace of Tibet

Dekiy working on new jewelry designs from her boutique and studio, Peace of Tibet.

On any given day, you can walk into her store and find her working on a new piece.  Her handmade jewelry is made with beads purchased from trips to Tibet, India and Nepal.   Most of the beads have been blessed by Tibetan monks for peace and positive energy before they are made into one of her beautiful creations.

Peace of Tibet, Renzen Dekiy Rich

Earrings designed by Renzen Dekiy Rich of Peace of Tibet

Dekiy just recently returned from an incredible buying trip through Thailand, Nepal and Tibet.  New to her store are several amazing items including lots of new jewelry and handbags that she has personally designed, and beautiful cashmere scarves from Nepal.

Renzen Dekiy Rich of Peace of Tibet

One-of-a-kind, hand-made jewelry designs found at Peace of Tibet.

Peace of Tibet is quiet place of positive energy specializing in one-of-a-kind hand-made jewelry and truly authentic finds from her travels including handbags, scarves and accessories ranging from $20 to $300.   Peace of Tibet is located at 82205 Overseas Highway, Islamorada and is open 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday.

Peace of Tibet

Jewelry designed by Renzen Dekiy Rich in her studio in Islamorada.

Quality vs. Quantity: The Fashion Battle

Posted on: May 7th, 2013 by Leah No Comments

Most people shy away from designer clothing and accessories because of the price tags typically associated with them. However, buying quality over quantity can pay off in the long run especially if you’re buying classic pieces that fit you well. There is nothing worse than buying something you love only to have it fall apart after a few washes. I can think of several outfits I bought for special occasions: best friend’s wedding, anniversaries, vacations, etc. that I no longer own because they just didn’t last. What I’d give to still have them to be able to wear and reminiscent of the wonderful memories created while wearing them.

If you add up what you typically spend on clothing and accessories throughout the year, you’ll likely be amazed at how much of that clothing gets tossed or donated at the end of a season. Clothing made today is often not made well and therefore, doesn’t withstand the wear and tear of our everyday lives. Consequently, more is not better.

Designer clothing is in a class of its own. The quality of workmanship, fabric, and fit will ensure that the designer item will stay in your closet for years to come. Blue boutique located in Key West at 718 Caroline Street and in Islamorada at 82229 Overseas Highway has an island-style vibe that keeps with the Keys laid back way while offering contemporary and designer fashions for both men and women. This expertly curated boutique offers a unique mix of designer and non designer clothing in a varied price point that allows consumers in all price ranges to find that next great piece to add to their wardrobe.

Blue Boutique in Islamorada

Blue boutique has an island-style vibe that keeps with the Keys laid back way while offering contemporary and designer fashions for both men and women.

A visit to one of Blue’s boutiques is a must for all fashionista’s. From classic basics to something more on-trend and with a slight edge, Blue is the place to find that perfect look. Some of Blue’s featured designers include: Nicole Miller, DVF, Vince, Michael Stars and Ella Moss. Their focus on quality fabrics and timeless styles will allow you to create a distinctive look for every occasion.

Nicole Miller Dress available at Blue Boutique

Nicole Miller dress from Blue paired here with a David Symons necklace made of naga shell, crystal and bone.

In addition to their amazing selection of clothing and fashion forward accessories, owner David Symons also has on display his one-of-a-kind jewelry. His pieces brilliantly capture the beauty of the Keys through the use of bright hues and bold designs. By combining beads of semi-precious stones, silver, gold, glass and pearls, he creates truly unique pieces. His successful jewelry line is offered in all Blue boutique locations and includes chokers, earrings, bracelets, long chain necklaces and other jewelry styles. His jewelry includes beads, objects and collectables from places as far away as Africa, India, China, Indonesia and Tibet.

If you’re already a big fan or a soon-to-be devotee of Blue, join me for a fashion show featuring the latest looks from Blue and Tommy Bahama on Friday, May 17th at 6 p.m. at the Islander Resort in Islamorada. The cocktail party and fashion show is being hosted by Dennis Ward and Mirna Hormechea to benefit the Domestic Abuse Shelter. I, along with Skip Bradeen will be MC’ing the show while models don the latest designer looks from Blue. VIP tickets are available for $75.00 a person and include premier seating and two drink tickets. General admission tickets are available for $20.00 per person. Purchase your tickets at www.isupportdignity.org. Hope to see you there!

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.


Conch Style: What to pack on your Spring Break Trip

Posted on: March 8th, 2013 by Leah No Comments

There is nothing worse than getting to your destination only to realize you forgot half of what you needed or hate what you packed.  The best way to ensure this doesn’t happen is to plan ahead and to make a list of everything you’ll need.

Travel light.  Over packing is just a sign of not having a good plan.  Lay out your suitcase a week or two in advance and as you come across things you may want to bring, put them in your suitcase.  This will help you start the packing process.  A few days in advance repack your entire suitcase.  It will give you time to wash anything you might need.

Make a list.  Map out the number of days you’ll be on your vacation and any key activities you’ve got planned that will require special attire.  Then write down your outfits by day.

Pack clothing that is versatile and can be mixed and matched or worn multiple times.  A pair of shorts could be dressed up with wedges and a sparkly top for night and worn with a nautical striped top and sandals for day.  A jersey dress could be worn out one night and then could be used as a cover up over a swim suit at a later point in your vacation.  Most hotels have laundry service of some type so if you desperately needed something cleaned, you could do so at your hotel for a relatively small fee.

Wear your bulkiest items on the plane to save space in your luggage.  If you’re traveling to a cooler destination, wear your boots and bulky sweater on the plane.  Then consider packing clothing that can be layered for warmth as this will give you more room in your suitcase.  Airports and planes are generally cool so even if you’re going to a warm destination, wear a light-weight sweater while traveling that can also be worn on cooler evenings.

Limit the number of shoes.  Shoes take up a lot of room in your luggage so pack shoes that you can wear with multiple outfits.  For a beach vacation you will likely need one pair of heels, one pair of wedges, a pair of sandals and tennis shoes.  Use the valuable space inside of your tennis shoes to store your socks and workout clothes.  This will make it easier to find your workout gear when you’re unpacking.

Reserve space for new purchases.  I love buying new things when visiting new cities, so try to leave  a little extra space in your luggage for new purchases while traveling.

Stylish essentials for a beach vacation:

  • Kindle or good book, big sunglasses and a beach hat
  • A foldable tote doubles as a carry-on and a beach bag
  • Scarves  can be used to add color to your outfit and can also be worn as a sarong at the pool
  • Sun block, Advil, Bug Spray
  • Camera and phone chargers
  • Empty water bottle and lip balm – planes are known for being dry so stay hydrated and keep your lip balm handy
  • Lots of statement necklaces – they don’t take up a lot of space and will instantly give your outfits some oomph!


Key West Boutique Toko Indo Handmade Jewelry from Bali

Key West Boutique Toko Indo has a great selection of handmade statement jewelry from Bali


Key West Boutique Toko Indo

Find great statement necklaces at Toko Indo at 513 Duval Street in Key West. These bright and colorful handmade necklaces go great with beachy dresses and warm weather outfits.

Conch Style: Wearable Art

Posted on: February 8th, 2013 by Leah No Comments

One of the best things about living in the Florida Keys, is the amazing amount of art and culture.  So many artists have chosen to make the Keys their home and that means that we have access to some beautiful local art work for our home and our wardrobe.

Art galleries are one of my favorite places to shop for statement jewelry.  Unique, handmade wearable art is a great conversation starter and sure to elicit the question from your friends. “Where did you get that?”.  Wearable art can be fun, interesting and even glamorous and in most cases, the price point is very affordable.

Ariella Hogan has been making jewelry for more than 30 years.  Originally from Israel, she settled in Key West in 1989, inspired by the diverse colors of the sunset and the unique wildlife of Key West.  Her handmade jewelry is not only incredibly affordable it’s also durable.   She uses a synthetic clay that is flexible, unbreakable, lightweight, water proof and if it gets dirty, it can be cleaned with soap and water.

Ariella makes rings ($12), earrings ($18), bracelets ($28) and necklaces ($40-$60).  You can buy a matching set or you can buy individual pieces to add to your jewelry collection.  My favorite is her bracelets that wrap around your wrist for an effortlessly chic look.

Find her jewelry at The Island Arts Coop at 1128 Duval Street in Key West open Monday – Sunday,  9 a.m. to 9 p.m.  For more information go to: ariellacreations.com.

Wearable Art

Handmade Jewelry by Ariella Hogan, Florida Keys artist

Wearable Art by Florida Keys artist Ariella Hogan

Great selection of wearable art by Florida Keys artist Ariella Hogan

Stephanie Martin has been working with glass for 12 years specializing in glass fusing and combining dichroic two-toned glass and artisan glasses.  Her pendants and earrings have a beautiful metallic coating on its surface that reflect light creating a beautiful glow.  Because these pendants are actually clear, the colors will change with what you’re wearing, picking up blues, pinks or yellows based on your outfit.   Each piece is unique, ranging in price from $40 to $65 for a pendant and $20 for earrings.

Stephanie’s Seaside Glassworks has two storefront locations.  Located in the Rain Barrel at 86700 Overseas Highway on Plantation Key open Monday – Sunday 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.  and a south location at 81902 Overseas Highway in Islamorada open Monday – Saturday 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.  For more information go to seasideglassworks.com.

Wearable Art by Florida Keys artist Stephanie Martin

Glass Jewelry and Art Work by Stephanie Martin from Seaside Glassworks

Sand Dollar Pendant by Stephanie Martin, Seaside Glassworks

Sand Dollar Pendant by Stephanie Martin, Seaside Glassworks


Conch Style: Dress-Up Your Look with Timeless Vintage Jewelry

Posted on: January 25th, 2013 by Leah No Comments

I fell in love with vintage jewelry at a young age, playing dress-up with all of my grandmother’s bold clip-on earrings and dazzling brooches.  And lucky for me, vintage jewelry has never really gone out of style. It’s timelessness and one-of-a-kind allure are admired by both avid collectors and fashionistas who covet the charm of these intricately designed pieces full of history, beauty and mystery reflective of a different time.

Vintage costume jewelry can be an affordable way to make a statement and is the perfect accessory to add some old Hollywood glamour to your look.  As we approach the season of fundraisers, galas, prom and formal events, consider making your look more unique by adding vintage jewelry.

Don’t worry about the jewelry matching exactly just stay within the same stone color.  If you already own a pair of diamond studs, add a vintage clear-rhinestone brooch to your dress for a bit more glam.  If your dress has a belt or some side ruching, consider adding a brooch to the waistline of your dress to emphasize your waist.    You can also add a brooch to an updo with a bobby pin.   In addition to brooches, you can find some really fabulous earring/necklace sets that will instantly transform your look to be completely chic.

Go big in only one place.  Vintage costume jewelry is dazzling and beautiful and will easily draw attention.   If you’re wearing a statement necklace, go smaller in the earrings and practically bare on your arms.  Use statement pieces to draw the eye to one area, not five.  Wearing too many statement pieces tends to be overkill and will only distract so use vintage costume jewelry sparingly.

When buying vintage jewelry, make sure to examine it with care.  Does it have any missing stones?  Does the piece look like it was crafted well?  Vintage jewelry is timeless so buy what you like and don’t worry about the trends when it comes to investing in a piece you love.  Vintage costume jewelry can range from $10 to $1,000.  However, the pieces that are on the expensive side are typically those that are incredibly rare or were designed by a high-end fashion label.  However, the majority of costume jewelry you can find very inexpensively for under $100.  If you compare this price to something you’d buy at a department store, the price is virtually equivalent so perhaps invest in a quality vintage piece that you will have for a lifetime and pass down to the next generation.

Most jewelry we buy for special occasions tend to be pieces we will only wear once a year, however, consider how you might incorporate a vintage piece with other outfits in your wardrobe.  A brooch, for example, can really be worn with a variety of items.  Wear it on the lapel of a jacket or try combining three brooches and wearing it as a statement on basic shift dress.  You can also use a brooch to secure a scarf around your neck.

Below are two of my favorite local boutiques that sell an amazing assortment of vintage costume jewelry.  Stop in the next time you’re in need of a vintage statement piece for your next event.

Pink Junktique – 98275 Overseas Highway in Key Largo.  Open 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. seven days a week.

In One Era – 227 Petronia St. in Key West. Open 11:30 a.m.  to 4 p.m. every day except Mondays.

In addition, if you’re into online shopping try Ebay.com or Etsy.com.  Both have a great selection of vintage jewelry from a variety of sellers around the world.  The more specific you are with your search, the better results you’ll have.  I recommend searching for phrases such as: Vintage rhinestone brooch or vintage rhinestone necklace set.  Good luck and happy shopping!


Pink Junktique Key Largo Boutique - Great Selection of Vintage Jewelry

Pink Junktique Key Largo Boutique – Great Selection of Vintage Jewelry

Pink Junktique Key Largo

Pink Junktique – 98275 Overseas Highway in Key Largo. Open 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. seven days a week.

In One Era - Vintage Jewelry in Key West

In One Era – Vintage Jewelry in Key West

In One Era Key West Boutique - Vintage Necklace & Earring Set

In One Era Key West Boutique – Vintage Necklace & Earring Set

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

A few of my favorite finds found on Swirl.com

H&M Peter Pan Collar on Swirl.com

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


Leah Maki's Favorite Polka Dot Cardigan

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


Leah Maki's favorite Leopard Crystal Clutch

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