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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

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!

 

Athleisure

Posted on: June 6th, 2016 by Leah No Comments

Athleisure is the latest buzzword in fashion.  The trend of wearing athletic wear for activities beyond the gym has been growing since Lululemon and luxury designers realized more women were wanting function and comfort in their wardrobe.

Sporty-chic skorts will take you from pool to lunch with performance fabrics made to dry quickly.  Gretchen Scott skort available at Islamorada Mercantile.

Sporty-chic skorts will take you from pool to lunch with performance fabrics made to dry quickly. Gretchen Scott skort available at Islamorada Mercantile.

Who knew wearing yoga pants all day was “on-trend”. Since becoming a mom eight months ago, yoga pants have become my lifeline.  They can take the brunt of baby spit up, sticky fingers and keeping up with an active crawler. Even before pregnancy and the arrival of baby, I would arrive home from work, pour myself a glass of wine and slip into some yoga pants. I thought this was the norm and apparently now it is.

But just because athleisure is accepted, doesn’t mean there aren’t dos and don’ts to be aware of.  Below are some guidelines for when and how to wear it.

Get the Fit Right

With performance wear becoming everyday wear, it’s even more important that the apparel fit you well.  There is no reason to reveal everything by wearing clothing that is too tight.  Now that you’ll be wearing it to the grocery store, the soccer field and the coffee shop, be sure the backside of your pants aren’t transparent.

A few years ago, my sister informed me that my butt was visible in a pair of pants I’d been wearing on my morning walks.  I hope to save you all from that feeling of realizing you’ve been mooning the entire neighborhood.  I had to find a new route just to walk my dog from the shame of exposing my derrière every time I bent over to pick up dog poop.  The rule when buying athletic pants is to bend over in front of the mirror while trying them on.  If you can see your underwear, don’t buy them.

Mix Function and Fashion

The benefit of athleisure gaining in popularity is you are no longer restricted to plain black active wear.  Athletic apparel now includes designer leggings, cashmere sweats and layering pieces in a variety of colors, patterns, and detailing.  In the Florida Keys, look for versatile pieces that can take you from beach to bar.

  • Rash guards and swim shirts are made for water but with sporty cuts and flattering designs you’ll want to wear them everywhere. Pair them with shorts or a skirt for a day-to-night look.
  • Skorts are another type of active wear that will provide comfort and versatility. Look for a pair with performance fabric for quick drying, odor resisting and moisture wicking.  You can wear a skort from pool or ocean to lunch and drinks, perfect for the Florida Keys.
  • Look for sporty-chic apparel with mesh details. Mesh is no longer reserved for men’s gym shorts.  You’ll now find mesh details on everything from pencil skirts and tanks to handbags and stilettos.

Where to Wear It

Many designer brands are now blurring the lines between active and everyday fashions. But, just because it looks like everyday apparel, doesn’t mean it should be worn to events and places that require more formal clothing. Unless you work at a gym, workout gear is never appropriate for the office.  As comfortable as stretchy pants are, none of your colleagues want to know you that well.  In addition, formal events such as weddings and funerals should be given the respect they deserve with attire matching the occasion and request of the host.

 

 

 

 

 

Fringe Benefits

Posted on: March 11th, 2016 by Leah No Comments

The resurrection of 70s inspired fashion in 2015 brought on a surge of patchwork patterns, flared pants, and colored suede with the most coveted looks incorporating fringe. From chunky, oversized fringe dangling from sweaters and winter coats to delicate fringe details adorning necklaces and evening wear, the runways for spring and fall were covered with fringe and this swinging trend isn’t going away fast. Below are a few tips on how to wear fringe in a modern way.

Tan Fringe Faux Suede Vest from the Banyan Tree Boutique in Islamorada

Tan Fringe Faux Suede Vest from the Banyan Tree Boutique in Islamorada

Fringe Skirts and Dresses

Skirts and dresses are no exception to the fringe trend with styles incorporating statement full-on fringe reminiscent of the roaring 20s or a sophisticated look with just a touch of fringe along the hem. To embrace this trend, choose a length and style appropriate for the occasion. Knee length or midi length skirts and dresses in colors such as black or metallic are going to look more sophisticated for a wedding or formal event. Whereas a mini skirt or shorts with fringe details in bright hues could be worn for day or night in a more informal capacity.  You can also pair a swaying fringe skirt with a button down denim shirt or tank for a more laid-back feel.   To draw additional attention to your lower half, pair a fringe hemline with standout heels for an eye-catching look.

Fringe Details

This season’s statement trend also is great on tops, jackets and vests.  A touch of fringe adorning the back of a blouse or around the front neckline are the perfect bold statement when worn while shopping with your girlfriends or when attending brunch.  Although most jackets will be too hot for our warm Florida Keys weather, a fringe vest is lightweight and great for layering over a shirt and shorts.  The key is to keep it simple by wearing only one statement piece at a time and then styling the rest of your outfit around it.

Black and Tan Tassel Kaftan from Miss Monroe Boutique in Islamorada

Black and Tan Tassel Kaftan from Miss Monroe Boutique in Islamorada

Fringed Accessories

Not quite ready to embrace a full-on fringe outfit?  Try a handbag, shoes, or necklace with fringe details or opt for something with a tassel embellishment to give you a more subdued look.  A tassel or fringe necklace is a great way to add color to your wardrobe as many of these fun neckpieces have tassels in bright hues and bold patterns.  Tassels are a classic embellishment that can provide more than an artful vibe.  A metal necklace with fringe detail can give just enough movement to direct the eye while still remaining chic.

If like me, your craving for fringe has become unquenchable, spring is the perfect time of year to add more of this fun element of surprise to your wardrobe.  It’s actually quite amazing that a trend could feel this sophisticated while also this fun to wear.  Just wait until you try dancing in a fringe enhanced ensemble.  It is sure to make you wish you would have been born in another decade.

Fall Trends

Posted on: October 3rd, 2015 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 about leather, fur, statement making stockings and brocades 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.

Accessories can make or break a look, but nowhere has that been more true than on the Fall 2015 runways.  When trying to figure out how to work a new trend into your wardrobe, it’s always best to start with accessories.  Below is a list of trends that you’ll be seeing, shopping and wearing in the months to come.

Disco Fever

This spring, the ’70s and all things bohemian emerged as the defining trend—and this fall, it’s still groovy as ever. With flowy gowns, flared pants, and boho silhouettes, it’s clear that peace and love have staying power.

Short Hemlines

The hemlines have been raised and thigh-skimming A-line mini skirts and dresses are the shape of the season.  Get ready to bare some leg with this youthful and flattering design that looks great on just about everyone.

90’s Minimalism

Chunky choker necklaces, strapless tops and minimalistic designs void of the excesses of print, color, and embellishment are big for fall.  These restrained pieces in minimalistic looks can create a bold look.

Midi Boots & Lady Loafers

Ankle boots are a wardrobe staple, but this season a new boot has emerged. Chunky heeled boots extended past the ankle mid-calf height.  Wear these striking soles with midi-skirts and cropped pants.   Likewise, designers are giving your feet a break with a stacked kitten heel in a lady-like loafer.  Sky high heels are taking a backseat this season to comfort to make an outfit look effortlessly cool.

Miu Miu Mod Heels

Miu Miu Mod Heels

Sexy Librarian

Four eyes were made to look chic on the catwalk this season.  Retro looking specs and tinted lenses in interesting shapes make for a modern looking sexy librarian.  This is good news for us Florida Keys girls as sunglasses are a wardrobe staple.  Why not collect a pair in a retro shape.

Super Hero Worthy Capes

Ponchos and capes are the jacket of choice for fall.  This voluminous beauty is showing up in looks ranging from dramatic to functional.  If you’ll be traveling to cooler climates this year, a cape will be your perfect accessory.

Bling is Back

Fall 2015 is all about oversized earrings.  These look-at-me studded sensations are meant to be worn with simplistic outfits to keep the attention on your ears for minimal effort and maximum impact.

Celine Statement Earrings

Celine Statement Earrings

Happy Hemlines

Flounce and ruffled hemlines are the happiest and shouldn’t be taken too seriously.  Both flirty and fun, the flounce hem is a versatile piece every woman needs in her wardrobe. Plus the movement these skirts make when walking into a room will be sure to draw the attention to your beautiful stems.

Mary Katrantzou Flounce Skirt

Mary Katrantzou Flounce Skirt

Fashion trends are open to your interpretation, so have fun and break out of your normal style boundaries.  Happy shopping.