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Back to School

Posted on: August 30th, 2017 by Leah No Comments

The start of the school year is always such a fun time of year.  Although it marks the end of summer, it also marks the start of a new chapter for our kids.  After weeks of preparing for the start of school with shopping trips for new clothes and school supplies, attending orientation, and meeting the teacher, our kids are finally ready for their first day of school.

My favorite moments are the first day of school pictures on social media.  Some kids are smiling, some kids are sulking, and some won’t even turn around for the picture (after all they are in high school now). But the best is the reaction of the parents to the start of the year.  Some moms shed tears as they reminisce about years gone by, some moms exhale a sigh of relief that they made it through a very long summer, and some moms celebrate with cocktails and pool parties now that they finally have the house all to themselves.

Whatever your reaction to the start of the school year, below are a few tips to get you feeling more like yourself:

Schedule Time for You

Finding time for you can be a challenge during an active and fun-filled summer, but now that the kids are back in their routines, it’s time to focus a little more attention on you.  Whether you schedule coffee dates with your girlfriends or attend a class at the gym, find time each week to rejuvenate.

Shop the Summer Sales


You’ve spent weeks shopping for your kids, now it’s time for a little retail therapy all for you.  August is the best time to buy summer apparel that most retailers are clearing out.  Since we wear summer clothing pretty much all year long, take advantage of the sales and shop for swimsuits, shorts, dresses, and sandals at a fraction of the cost.

Shop Fall Basics

Although our fall-like weather is still months away, many of the major retailers have just added fall apparel such as jeans, jackets, and boots to their merchandise.  Consider what trips you may be going on this winter that may “require” a new pair of boots.  Remember that we do have a few cold days in the Keys so your items certainly won’t go unworn.

Pamper You

Recharge with a massage or pedicure just for you.  Better yet, plan a spa day with your girlfriends to really relax and unwind.  Every mom (and parent) deserves to take a little time for themselves. Whether its reading a good book, going to the spa, or taking a bubble bath, make time to pamper you.


Swimwear for Every Woman

Posted on: August 16th, 2017 by Leah No Comments

Miami Swim Week is always one of the hottest weeks of the year.  For one, it’s held in late July when your makeup literally runs down your face.  But add throngs of gorgeous swimwear models, hundreds of hot, hot, hot bikinis and hordes of journalists and industry peeps and Miami was smoldering.

Most of the steaminess happened on the runways with designers pulling out all the stops with swim and resort wear designs that showcased exciting new styles, retro cuts and beautiful tropical prints. But the show that really pushed the enveloped was the debut collection from Sports Illustrated held at the W South Beach.

Michelle Vidal modeling for SI Swim

SI Swimsuit partnered with RAJ Swim to create a new collection of swimwear and active apparel for ALL women.  Yes, you read that right.  Beginning in the spring of 2018, the body-positive swimwear collection will be available in sizes 2-20 and will range from $40-$160 per suit.  The line features seductive one-pieces in shiny finishes, retro high-cut briefs straight from the 90s, and athletic pieces that are both functional and sexy.

What really made this show so hot was the group of women chosen to model the collection.   SI Swim held an open casting call in May and selected 15 aspiring models of all shapes and sizes to demonstrate just how versatile this line will be. As each model strutted down the runway the audience responded with cheers and applause.

It’s rare to see the debut of a new swimwear collection with women this diverse on the runway.  Typically, you find size zero models donning barely-there bikinis with perfect bodies and not a hair out of place.  But this show was different.  It was inspiring to see beautiful women with “normal” bodies flaunt their figures.

SI Swim isn’t the first to embrace size inclusivity.  The body positivity movement has gained momentum online with bloggers and “plus” size models like Ashley Graham encouraging women to love their bodies at any size.  This past spring, couture fashion designer, Prabal Gurung, launched a new collection with Lane Bryant after being inspired by their body-diversity ads #ImNoAngel.

There’s no better time to put an end to the matronly swim dress usually reserved for curvy women. The next time you’re out on the water, rock a gorgeous suit that flaunts what you got and makes you love your body and all your curves.




July 29th is National Lipstick Day

Posted on: July 28th, 2017 by Leah No Comments

When I’m having a blah day, red lipstick is the cure to make me feel more like myself.  For generations, women have relied on lipstick to be more than just a fashion statement.  Woman wear lipstick because of the feeling it evokes when they wear it. That tiny tube of rouge has the power to make the wearer feel bold, confident, sexy and ready to conquer the world.

Since the 1940’s, red lipstick has been the symbol of feminine glamour.  Consider Marilyn Monroe without her crimson pout.  In recent years, the color has returned to the spotlight with celebrities such as Gwen Stefani, Taylor Swift and Dita Von Teese calling it their signature makeup look.

However, through history there has been a love/hate relationship with lipstick.  In celebration of National Lipstick Day on July 29th, below are some fascinating facts on lipstick.

Lipstick was first invented and worn by women around 3000 B.C.  Ancient Mesopotamian women used crushed gemstones to decorate their lips.

Famous Egyptian, Cleopatra VII, created her signature red shade by crushing ants and carmine in a base of beeswax.

Red lipstick according to the Greek Empire signaled that a woman was a prostitute as most women of that time did not wear makeup.

During the Roman Empire, lipstick was worn by both men and women to indicate their social status and suggest their rank.

In the late 1700s, the British Parliament passed a law stating that women who wore makeup were witches who attempt to lure men into marriage.

George Washington was known to wear both lipstick and makeup along with his powdered wig.

In 1915, the first metal lipstick tube was invented by Maurice Levy making it available to women for on-the-go application.  Within years, major beauty brands such as Chanel and Estée Lauder started selling lipstick.

All makeup except lipstick was rationed during World War II.  Winston Churchill kept lipstick in production because he felt it had a positive effect on morale.

By the 1950s, Hollywood stars began wearing the shade making it even more popular. Elizabeth Taylor is said to have had some diva moments about her red lipstick demanding that she be the only one on her movie sets to wear it.

Prior to her 1952 coronation ceremony, Queen Elizabeth II commissioned a soft red-blue shade of lipstick to match he coronation robe.

New pastel and nude colors of lipsticks emerged in the 1960s and 1970s, with black and purple hues emerging during the punk movement.

Today, red lipstick is still a classic.  And it’s clear that the red lip with its powerful effects are here to stay.  In the words of Elizabeth Taylor, “Pour yourself a drink, put on some lipstick and pull yourself together” in celebration of National Lipstick Day.

Fashion Tips for the Fashionista

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

Every fashionista has a few clothing and styling tips and tricks up their sleeve.  You don’t go through life without learning a thing or two about how to navigate a wardrobe malfunction and various other style dilemmas. Below are 15 of the best tips to keep you looking stylish.

  1. Keep diamonds sparkling by regularly cleaning with a liquid dishwasher detergent and an old toothbrush.
  2. Shave your legs using coconut oil for a close, smooth shave that also moisturizes your skin for soft and silky legs. And always shave the day before going in the ocean to avoid any irritation or burning from the salt water.
  3. Find a good cobbler and routinely bring in shoes that need repair. A good shoe repairmen can fully rebuild the sole, heel and remove signs of wear and tear to improve the overall appearance of shoes.
  4. Remove grease and oil stains from clothing using Dawn dish soap. Simply scrub into stain and then add to washer with other items.
  5. Invest in Hollywood Fashion Tape to hold clothing in place. This clear double-stick apparel and body tape will hide bra straps, prevent blouse gaps between buttons, secure plunging necklines and will keep wrap dresses and blouses secured. (Available at Wear With All Boutique in Key Largo)
  6. When trying on jeans, always opt for the smaller size as denim stretches with wear.
  7. Use white wine to remove red wine stains. Remove any remaining red wine with a clean cloth, blot with white wine and then add to washer with the rest of your laundry.
  8. Never put swimwear in the washing machine. Instead hand wash suits using a mild soap meant for lingerie and swimwear to prevent snags and keep suits from losing their elasticity.  (Available at Lions Lair Boutique in Islamorada)
  9. When in double opt for nude pumps. The classic color and shape are effortlessly chic while also making your legs look longer.
  10. If the shoe fits, buy it in every color. This also goes for great dresses, slacks, shirts and skirts.  If you find something you love that fits well, don’t be afraid to buy it in multiple colors.
  11. Wear a daily sunscreen and always wear body sunscreen and a lip balm with SPF when spending time outdoors. (Try Surface Tropix SPF30 lip balm in Pina Colada from Otherside Boardsports in Islamorada)
  12. When shopping for an important occasion (wedding dress, formal gala, job interview outfit, etc.) wear your hair and makeup as you are planning to for the event. It’s also important to wear the proper undergarments and the shoe you plan to wear to really get a feel for how the dress or outfit will look.
  13. Use Windex to clean patent leather and restore the glossy sheen on shoes, belts and bags.
  14. Keep iron-on hemline tape on hand to quickly and easily repair fallen hemlines of skirts, dresses and pants.
  15. Wear color. With the plethora of colorful accessories currently on the market, it’s easy to brighten up any look with a vivid handbag, statement earrings or strappy sandals in a bold hue.  For a fresh look, mix two colors that are next to each other on the color wheel such as hot pink and red or yellow and orange.

And the #1 rule in fashion is to always wear what you feel good in.  After all, confidence is the best fashion accessory.

Wedding Etiquette

Posted on: July 7th, 2017 by Leah No Comments

I recently read an article from an upset bride who wrote into an advice column on slate.com.  Her dilemma was whether to continue being friends with the best man of their wedding who proposed to his girlfriend in the middle of the ceremony.  How could this best man have chosen that moment to propose to his girlfriend – a moment that the bride and groom had planned for months and that should have been solely theirs?  Apparently, no one ever told him about wedding etiquette.

As we approach the height of wedding season, here are few thoughts to help you with what to do and what not to do as a wedding guest.


When you receive your invitation, look for the reply card and the “due date”. This is the date the couple is requesting to know whether you are or are not attending.   This date is important as most venues require couples to commit to a specific number of attendees by a specific date.  So be sure to send in your RSVP as soon as possible.

DO NOT assume you can bring a date

If you are invited to bring a date, the invitation will be addressed to you and guest.  This is important, as many couples must stay under a certain number of people to stay within their budget.  If you are invited solo, find out who else is attending and plan your accommodations and transportation together.  If you’re too uncomfortable to attend alone, then decline the invitation.  But whatever you do, do not ask the couple if you can bring a date.  If they could afford to have you plus a guest, they would have addressed the invitation that way.

DO bring a gift

As with any gift, it’s not about how much you spend, it’s the thought that counts.  There is no minimum or maximum amount that should be spent, just consider your budget and your relationship to the couple when purchasing the gift.  Most couples will register for items they would like to start their life together.  If you’re not sure where they’ve registered, try googling their names and its likely their registry will appear.  Shop early for the best selection and ship it directly to the couple’s house.  This will save you the hassle of hauling the gift to the ceremony and will save the couple from having to get it home.

Do be on time

Yes, it’s true that most weddings start late, but you shouldn’t be.  Plan to be there at least 15 minutes before the start of the ceremony and be sure to use the restroom before it starts so you won’t need to make an untimely exit.

DO NOT wear white

White and ivory are reserved for the bride on her wedding day.  Plan your outfit while adhering to the dress code.    In most cases, the invitation will denote the dress code for the celebration.  If not, look at the time of day and venue as an indication on what to wear.  It’s always better to be overdressed than underdressed so even if the wedding is casual, choose a dress or skirt to celebrate the occasion.

DO NOT post photos to social media

The bride and groom have hired photographers and videographers to capture the day and night. And many places of worship prohibit the use of phones or cameras during a religious ceremony. If you feel you absolutely must take photos of the bride and groom, wait until the reception and then be sure to get the couples’ permission before posting them to social media. Better yet, turn off your phone and be there in the moment.  Let the professional photographer and videographer capture you celebrating with the bride and groom.

And finally,

DO celebrate

Weddings are a time for celebration so be sure to wear your dancing shoes and socialize with other guests.  Although you should have fun, DO NOT get drunk.  An open bar does not mean you should become overserved.  One drink too many and you could create a lasting impression on the couple and all their guests.

Father’s Day Gift Guide

Posted on: June 13th, 2017 by Leah No Comments

Finding the perfect gift for Father’s Day can be tough.  This Father’s Day, thank Dad with a gift a little different.  Below is a list of gift ideas to help you spoil all the Dads in your life.

Customize Dad’s YETI

Every dad deserves the best in life and what better way to help him enjoy all of life’s moments than with a YETI rambler that will keep his drink chilled to perfection. If your dad doesn’t already have a YETI rambler, it’s high time you get them a personal drink cooler to keep their beverages ice cold for hours. Customize his new cup of choice at Otherside Boardsports with customized stickers or etching to make sure his YETI stays his.  Consider adding his nickname, the name of his boat, or a note about his #1 Dad status. YETI ramblers start at $39, stickers start at $15 and etching starts at $25 at Otherside Boardsports at 82758 Overseas Highway in Islamorada.

Amp Up Dad’s Grillin’ Game

Redefine how dad barbecues with the ultimate outdoor gas grill.  Swiss Grills are built to last and offer a lifetime warranty.   Made of stainless steel (so they won’t rust), they also feature a commercial grade rotisserie, signature bottle opener, Swiss style thermometer, and room for both big meat and small.  Ideal for the dad who loves to entertain and cook.  Starting at $1,299 at AmeriGas at 86400 Overseas Highway in Islamorada.

Help Dad with His Style

Backcountry Cowboy Outfitters in Islamorada is selling Simms fishing gear and apparel.  This esteemed brand offers everything from waiters and rain gear to sun shirts and board shorts.  Their guide shirts are both technical and attractive and are available in an array of stylish prints and colors that can be worn on the boat or to dinner.  In addition to being great quality, most of Simms apparel also offers sun protection of SPF 50.  Head to Backcountry Cowboy Outfitters at 82240 Overseas Highway in Islamorada to peruse their large selection of Simms fishing and lifestyle apparel to get dad looking stylish on shore and out on the water.

Simms Lifestyle Shirt

Simms Lifestyle Shirt

Help Dad with His Hygiene

At the new Drift Boutique at 86560 Overseas Highway in Islamorada they carry a men’s skincare line called Whiskey Ink and Lace.  These handcrafted all natural products include beard balm, aftershave, shampoo bars and cologne in rustic scents called The Pirate, The Viking and The Gent.  Stop into this high-end gift shop to check out their Whiskey, Ink and Lace products for dad and perhaps pick-up a little something for yourself.  The handmade jewelry, clothing and python cuffs are amazing.  Open Monday thru Friday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Whiskey Ink and Lace products are perfect for dad

Get Dad Out on the Water

Get dad out on the water enjoying one of his favorite pastimes with the ultimate fishing paddleboard.  The new design of Live Watersports L2Fish stand-up paddle board allows paddlers to enjoy a range of activities including fishing, windsurfing, hunting and even camping.  This board utilizes a catamaran style hull and hollow core construction for maximum buoyancy.  The L2Fish paddleboard is available at Otherside Boardsports in Islamorada for $2,299.

Live Watersports L2Fish Stand Up Paddle Board is perfect for fishing

Give Dad the Gift that Keeps on Giving

The best gifts don’t cost a thing.  All dad really wants is quality time with you.  Spend the day with him doing one of his favorite pastimes be it playing cards, enjoying a backyard barbecue or playing out on the water.

No matter the gift, large or small, it’s the thought that counts.   Happy Father’s Day.

The Intersection of Art and Fashion

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

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

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

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

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

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

Form / Function

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

Harley-Davidson Loves Margot Fonteyn

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

Object / Subject

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

Absence / Presence

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

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

Mother’s Day Gift Guide

Posted on: May 5th, 2017 by Leah No Comments

It’s time to celebrate all the special mom’s in your life on Mother’s Day Sunday, May 14.  Finding the perfect gift for the most important women in your life can be a difficult feat.  It’s a gift that should portray your thanks, love and appreciation for all that they do.   Show your mom, mother-in-law and wife how much you appreciate them on Mother’s Day with a thoughtful gift that will tell them just how important they are.

Here are some gift ideas to make Mother’s Day extra special this year.

Thoughtful Card

The simplest form of gratitude comes straight from the heart.   A handmade card with a heartfelt message is easily the best gift any mother could receive.  And the only thing it will cost you is a little time.  By including the kids in the design and message, this card will be a gift she will treasure for years to come.

Cabana Life Women's Rashguard from Wear With All Boutique in Key Largo

Cabana Life Women’s Rashguard from Wear With All Boutique in Key Largo

Dress Her Up

Easy-to-wear clothing that is both chic and practical is hard to find.  The brand Cabana Life makes swimwear, rash guards, pants and dresses in bright patterns and colors that mom will love.  Not only are they great for keeping her cool in our warm Florida Keys weather but their high-quality SPF 50 fabric will also protect her from the sun.  Whether she’s lounging, paddle boarding or going out for a night on the town, Cabana Life clothing has something for everyone.  Starting at just $80, this great brand of clothing can be found at Wear With All Boutique in Key Largo in the Publix Tradewinds Plaza at 101487 Overseas Highway in Key Largo.

Pamper Mom

Pamper mom on her day by giving her a trip to the spa to get a manicure, pedicure, massage, facial or a new cut and color. A gift certificate to her favorite salon and spa is always a nice treat.  But, if you want to make it extra special, schedule a spa day with her for some quality time.  At Blu Bamboo Salon and Spa in Islamorada, manicures start $20 and are offered with a glass of wine.  In addition, the week before Mother’s Day, Blu Bamboo Salon and Spa is offering 20% off all products in their shop with free gift wrapping available.  Stop into Blu Bamboo at 82205 Overseas Highway for bubble bath and gift certificates to pamper your mom for Mother’s Day.

Posh Naturals Skin Care Resveratrol Peptide 2 in 1 Complex

Posh Her Skin

Give mom a gift that will make her feel and look even more beautiful.  Posh Naturals Skin Care is a natural and organic skin care company based in the Florida Keys that has created an amazing skin care line perfect for all the women in your life.  Their Resveratrol Peptide 2 in 1 Cream acts as a light everyday moisture with anti-oxidant and anti-aging benefits that stimulate collagen production and alleviate fine lines.  Resveratrol Peptide 2 in 1 Cream is available for $80 at Key Largo Salon and Spa in the Pink Plaza at 103400 Overseas Highway.  Go to PoshNaturalsSkinCare.com to preview their entire skin care line.

Custom Orchid Arrangements by Banyan Tree in Islamorada


Flowers are a wonderful way to tell your mother how special she is.  A bouquet of roses, tulips or lilies are perfect for Mother’s Day and the fragrant spring-like aroma will be sure to make her smile.  But if you’re looking for something more one-of-a-kind, opt for a potted orchid that will last longer and let mom know just how unique she is.  A custom arrangement of these exotic blooms starts at just $25 and are made to order at any price range at the Banyan Tree Garden and Boutique.  Call 305.664.3433 to order or stop by their location at 81197 Overseas Highway in Islamorada.

Wishing you all a Happy Mother’s Day!


The Popularity of Seersucker

Posted on: May 3rd, 2017 by Leah No Comments

If you’re not southern, Seersucker may be a foreign word to you.  But since we’re officially in Seersucker season with the Kentucky Derby commencing on May 6 and many hot and humid months ahead, Seersucker is a fabric to get familiar with.

Best Dressed Couple Laura and Eric Ciampa from last years Kentucky Derby

Seersucker is made of linen, cotton, silk or synthetic fibers woven on twin-beam looms that give it a textured striped look.  The reason for the fabric’s popularity is its lightweight and breathable keeping the wearer cool in warm climates.  Also, the puckered look of the fabric means it can be worn straight out of the laundry with no ironing required.

The traditional seersucker fabric is blue and white and was used primarily for men’s suits but today you will find the fabric used for shorts, pants, shirts, skirts and dresses in a variety of pastel colors.

The fabric came to the U.S. from England after being discovered in the 1600s while trading in India.  The name stems from the Persian word for “milk and sugar” likely comparing the smooth and rough stripes of the fabric to the smooth and rough texture of milk and sugar.

The fabric didn’t start as the preppy man’s summer suit.  It was worn primarily by employees of gasoline companies, butchers and train engineers and railroad workers – which is wear the term “railroad stripes” originated.  Likewise, hospital volunteers wore uniforms made of a red and white seersucker fabric giving them the name “candy stripers” because of the similarities of the uniform and a candy cane.

It wasn’t until after the 1920’s that the fabric gained popularity with preppy undergraduates and Southern professional men.  Southerners needed a lightweight fabric for summer that would withstand the heat and humidity and keep them looking proper.  The blue and white fabric was perfect for the Southern gentleman’s suit to replace their wool suits worn in the winter.  Seersucker was primarily worn as a full suit or as a blazer paired with khaki trousers.

The suits also became popular in Washington D.C.  Politicians and government officials who were suffocating in wool suits during summers in the Capital opted for suits made of seersucker for the warmer months.  In 1996, Senator Trent Lott made seersucker famous by starting a tradition called “Seersucker Thursday”.  Unfortunately, this tradition was discontinued in 2012.

With the Kentucky Derby approaching May 6, it’s time to dust off your hats and your seersucker apparel to watch the best two minutes in sports while drinking mint juleps.  Oo-tray in Islamorada will be hosting the festivities including live music, themed food and drinks, and prizes for best dressed and best hat.  In addition, there will be a 50/50 raffle for betting on horses with proceeds benefiting the Autism Society in the Florida Keys. Hope you can join us for bourbon and fun.  See you at the races!


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!