Monthly Archives: October 2009

Shortcut to Fabulous Philanthropy

Pink RibbonEvery fabulous girl finds ways to give back! This month is the perfect month to give back as October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month. We all have been touched by breast cancer in some way. We’ve had our own fight or scare or watched a friend, family member, co-worker, neighbor or loved one fight this disease.

Check out these stats on breast cancer: One in eight women in the United States will be diagnosed with breast cancer. For women in the U.S., breast cancer death rates are higher than those for any other cancer besides lung cancer. About 90% of breast cancers are due not to heredity, but to genetic abnormalities that happen as a result of the aging process and life in general.

As scary as these statistics are, there are constant advances being made as a result of breast cancer research and each advance brings new hope for a fabulous future free of breast cancer. In honor of breast cancer awareness month, I am giving you a shortcut to fabulous ways to support the fight against breast cancer.

Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure

Sign up to participate in your local race for the cure and get a workout while you help mankind. Many cities host their event in October including Miami, Baltimore, Louisville, Orlando and Jacksonville. Click here to see when your city hosts its Race for the Cure and link to the website to sign up. Don’t feel like waking up so early on a weekend? You can register to sleep in for the cure and exercise your fabulous philanthropic muscles by hitting the snooze button!

Shop for the Cure

What better form of retail therapy than buying something that helps save the world! Marie Claire’s website has a spread of 152 fun products that are cute, stylish and pretty in pink. Click here for to see Marie Claire’s spread of products. What is French, Pink and fights breast cancer all over? Lacoste’s Pink Croc collection of course. 10% of the sale of these items benefit breast cancer research. Go buy something nice for yourself, cause darling you deserve it. After all, it is for a good cause and you have to do your part right?!

Save the Environment and Fight for the Cure

Kill two birds with one reusable shopping bag! These oh-so-cute reusable shopping bags help save the environment and raise awareness every time you shop. And that is not all…20 percent of the net proceeds go toward funding breast cancer research.

Manicure for the Cure

OPI has a special breast cancer color called “Pink of Hearts” for sale and Essie’s Color this year is called, “Yes we Can Pink.” Portions of the proceeds from the sale of both colors will go toward breast cancer charities. Click here to order your Essie’s bottle and here for OPI.

Whether you race, sleep, shop, reuse or manicure your way to the cure, know what a fabulous impact you are making on the fight against breast cancer. Check out the links above, do some good and enjoy these shortcuts to fabulous philanthropy!


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Shortcut to Fabulous Halloween Fun

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Every year, I try and find something new and fabulous to do for Halloween. Every year I complain that Miami does not have enough options and the ones that do exist are too crowded or too much of a “scene.” Despite my complaints, somehow I always find something fabulous to do on Halloween. This year, I decided to spread some Halloween cheer to those near and dear by listing my picks for some adult friendly and fabulous Halloween fun in 2009!

Mimoween Street Festival

Right after Overtown but the design district is the area known as the MIMO. MIMO has one of my favorite restaurants, Soyka at the famed 55th Street Station. This year they are going to have a street festival complete with costume contests, treat shops and more. Dine at Uva69, Soyka, Moonchine, or Le Café in costume and get a Free cocktail. This is my top pick for budget friendly, hip and comfortable Halloween high jinks. Click here for more info.

Down the Rabbit Hole at Warehouse 2016

Party the night way in costume (they are mandatory for entry) at this dark Alice and Wonderland themed event. All proceeds go to benefit UNICEF and tickets are only $10.  Event organizers promise a live DJ, drinks, dancing, costume contests, raffles, performers and more. WAIT! Before you run out and get your Alice and Wonderland themed costumes, note that organizers specifically state “Sorry, no Alice and Wonderland Themed Costumes” on their website. FYI- $100 buys you V.I.P. access. $5 buys you a raffle ticket and a cocktail. $3 buys you a raffle ticket with a soft drink. Event organizers advertise plenty of free parking. Hurry there are a very limited amount of tickets…only about 100 general admission tickets left  at the time of publication!!! Click here to order.

China Ween

South Beach’s famous China Grill on 5th is hosting a Halloween fest complete with a D.J., costume contest, dancing and fun. If you want a more low-key Halloween but still want to be hip…this is the place for you! The event starts at 9 p.m. so make your reservations early!

The 22nd Annual Vizcayan Museum and Gardens Halloween Sundowner

Yes it is a total scene. Yes it is too crowded. But one cannot write about Halloween in Miami without mentioning Vizcaya’s famous and legendary Halloween Ball. Tickets are steep at $125 and sell out well before the event. Note that the event is NOT on Halloween, but rather on October 24th. Event hours are from 8 pm to midnight (they let you party until about 1 am). Your $125 general admission ticket buys you access to the party with costume contests, an open bar and two live DJ’s. Remember parking is $10 for the main parking lot and $20 for the inside parking lot. Oh, and they have food but you have to pay for it. So, if you want to celebrate Halloween with 2000 of your closest friends, click the link here and order your ticket for Vizcaya’s Halloween bash.

Other Clubs Restaurants and Bars

Before Last Call sells tickets to Halloween events at Miami’s hottest nightclubs and bars. Tickets do not seem to be on sale yet, but you can sign up to be notified when they do go on sale. My picks from the selections that appear to be available would be B.E.D., Hotel Victor and Grass Restaurant and Lounge. Note, that you may be able to get tickets directly from the club, restaurant or bar. So, give them a call to see if you can score some Halloween fun by phone.

If you know of a Halloween event in the Miami area, let us know in the comments section. Tell all your friends to visit this website and decide which shortcut to Fabulous you’re going to take this Halloween!

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Shortcut to Fabulous Fall Accessories

Finishing off an outfit with the right accessory is key to looking fabulous this Fall. If you are strapped for time and cash, follow my easy guide below to Fabulous fall accessories for the budget conscious fashionista!

chain of leavesChain of Leaves Necklace from Banana Republic $39.99- This necklace is the perfect statement piece for your Fall wardrobe. Wear it with a pencil skirt, scoop neck tee and a cashmere cardigan and you instantly have a chic, in-the-moment outfit.

 

 

 

 

stunning lbue heraldStunning Blue Herald Cocktail Ring from Banana Republic $34.99- Cocktail rings are definitely on the fashion radar this Fall. This ring has a great vintage feel and the cobalt blue color of the stone is the perfect pop of color.

 

 

 

 

 

obi bletObi Belt from Nordstrom $38.00- The ultimate figure flattering waist cincher, this black faux leather obi belt is an absolute must have this Fall. Make any boring pencil skirt and top or simple dress chic and current with this belt.

 

 

oversized arden b metallic chain toteOversized Metallic Chain Tote from Arden B $58.00- I am normally a bit of a bag snob. However, with the economy still edging toward recovery mode, finding fabulous alternatives to a designer bag is something every fiscally fabulous girl must do. This tote is a great piece for fall and the price is oh so nice!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Sequined clutch from Arden B $38.00- I am madly in Love with this sequined clutch from Arden B. I love that the sequined pattern integrates gold and silver which may make this the most versatile clutch I have ever seen…and it is under forty bucks!

 

 

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Stone Cuff from Arden B $28.00- This gold stone cuff comes in either pink or green. Need to integrate some color into your accessories wardrobe? This a great way to do it!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Cameo Charm Necklace from Bebe $29.00- Bebe’s Cameo charm necklace screams Fall so loud I almost have to cover my ears. This necklace epitomizes Fall’s homage to the romantic, edgy look that I think is so fun. It is like Jackie O’ meets 80’s Madonna.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

demure rockerDemure Rocker Charm and Faux Pearl Necklace from New York and Company $22.95- I love the polished goes edgy look of this necklace. A great statement piece that can be worn to work and then taken for a spin out on the town.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

faux pearl stretch bracelent ny and coFaux pearl flower stretch bracelet from New York and Company $29.00- The flower detail on the bracelet is so fun and so Fall. This is a must have in your Fall wardrobe!

zodiac neckZodiac Pendant Necklace from Nordstrom $22.90- This necklace comes with vintage inspired charms and a charm to match your astrological sign. Personalized jewelry for under $25…..how fun is that?!

Liz Palacio’s Etched Disc Earrings from Nordstrom $17.90- The disc earrings tap into Fall edgy feel.

Michael by Michael Kors Reversible Skinny Belt from Bluefly $27.99- A belt that serves double duty is good for the soul. This skinny belt comes in a fabulous silver metallic finish on one size and reverses to a black belt on the other.

Tahari Suede Studded Belt from Bluefly $29.00- The magical things this belt can to do mask tummy issues might just make it okay to eat dessert again. It is a great way incorporate Fall’s love for Rocker studs into your work wardrobe.

Faux Pearl Triple Strand Necklace from Newport News $24.00- Tell me this is not the perfect accessory for your little black dress or dressing up jeans and a plain blouse or wearing to work with Fall’s Hardworking pencil skirt?!

 

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Studded Tote Bag from Newport News $39.00- A $39 dollar bag that looks this good should be illegal, but I am so glad it is not. Studs are all the rage this Fall, but who knows if the trend will stick around, so this bag is the perfect way to stay on trend without any guilt. I heart this bag!

 

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rufled stachelRuffled Satchel Bag from Newport News $34- Ruffles are another trend that has popped up in the handbag world that is not exactly worthy of a two thousand dollar designer bag splurge. This bag is cute and ruffley in all the right places and comes in gray which is a huge handbag color for Fall.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Metallic Corset Belt from Spiegel $39.00- Metallic and figure flattering…enough said!

With all of these fabulous accessories to choose from you should knee deep in delightful Fall accessories. So, start clicking your way to this shortcut to fabulous fall accessories!

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Shortcut to Fabulous Miami Brunch

As a new feature, I am introducing Miami Monday, wherein every Monday I will provide shortcuts to fabulous living specifically for my loyal Miami readers or those lucky enough to be planning a trip to Miami. So without further adieu….

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Recently, I had the opportunity to spend a rainy Sunday afternoon trying the fairly new brunch at the Mondrian Hotel’s Asia de Cuba. $42 buys you your choice of one entrée from their special brunch and a crack at the buffet selections. First of all, the setting is beautiful and fabulous! The hotel is located on the bay side of South Beach, so it has a more relaxed, unpretentious feel than the beach side.  There are still plenty of pretties, but the restaurant didn’t have the stuffy feeling that some other South Beach hotel restaurants can have. When you enter the restaurant, you can choose to be seated poolside with a great view of the water or inside which is like a set to a lavish white party. The Mondrian’s pool area is a beautiful modern Alice and Wonderlandesqe area with ivy-covered cabanas and fun, ornate, modern-baroque seating arrangements on the pool deck. Now, the most important part…the food. I ordered the Eggs Benedict with Serrano ham. The Serrano ham was a great idea in lieu of Canadian bacon, but it left the dish very salty. If you love salty flavors, you will love this dish. I tasted a bite of my friend’s lobster omelet ($5 extra by the way). It was scrumptious. However, the entrée dishes are the not the piece de resistance in my opinion. It is the buffet selections that are beyond fabulous. Inside the restaurant you will find a 20 foot spread of pastries, breads, salads, scrambled eggs, bacon, sausage, fresh fruit and desserts. The scrambled eggs were perfect, the fruit was sweet like candy, the Chinese chicken salad was full of flavor.  They had a large selection of desserts including creamy and delicious cheesecake, chocolate cake, chocolate brownie, chocolate mousse (yum!) and fruit tarts. A few of the desserts were completely worth every calorie and more, particularly the cheesecake and mousse. Overall, I give the brunch at Asia de Cuba four out of five fabs for its great location, fun setting and great food. It lost a fab as a result of the SOBE prices on cocktails and SOBE surcharges, although I was offered unlimited free refills of my diet coke. So, if you want to have a fabulous brunch on a lazy Sunday afternoon, take this shortcut to fabulous and make a reservation at the Mondrian’s Asia de Cuba.

Mondrian Miami

1100 West Ave Miami Beach, FL 33139

(305) 514-1940

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Shortcut to Fabulous Halloween Costumes

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It is that time of year again. Fall is upon us and party season is about to begin. Fall and Winter party season consists of a myriad of fabulous themed parties. First up…Halloween themed parties. Costume parties serve as a sign that the fun part of the year is here. Every fabulous girl must have a fabulous costume. I don’t know about you, but every year it becomes a tad more difficult to think of a fun and original costume that will make me look and feel fabulous! So, I decided to do the work for you and scour the internet for the best women’s costume websites and ideas for fabulous, fun, flirty and most of all flattering costumes.

Yandy- I think this website might cater to strippers based upon some of the other things that they sell. However, the costume choices for women is great (over 1000 costumes), the prices some of the best on the net and the shipping is FREE. Try this code to get ten percent off (dream10). The only downside to this website is the inability to sort (via price, size, etc.) and no returns, but since I sorted through all one thousand costumes for you….you can experience the fabulocity without any frustration. (If you feel like you might need to return Google the costume and find a place with a more generous return policy, but stick to this website for figure flattering, fun and flirty selections and plus sized costumes as well.)

Here are some of my favorites for under $45

Alice and WonderlandAlice and Wonderland $37.95

Athena Greek Goddess $31.95

Japanese Doll $33.95

Raggedy Ann $44.95

Little Red Riding Hood $28.95

Fire Fighterfire fighter $36.95

Fifties Waitress $31.95

Marilyn Monroe Costume $22.95

Sassy-Snow-WhiteSassy Snow White $32.95

Cleopatra Costume $29.95

Pirate $27.95

Sandy from Grease $27.95

French Maid $39.95

Retro-Daisy-Print-Bell-Sleeve-Mini-DressGoGo Girl $29.95

Superhero $35.98

Flattering Fifties $35.95

Flapper $38.95

If you have more than one costume party to attend, I highly recommend these reversible costumes

Reversible Police/Criminal $55.95

Ladybug/Bee $49.95

reversableReversible Cat/Mouse $55.95

If a more generous return policy is something you need, check out these costume websites with great prices, selection and generous return policies.

Flirt- Place your order today, October 1, 2009 and get 30% off and free shipping!

Spirit Halloween- They include a free return shipping label with your order, Try this code for 20% off of one item (SPAF20)

Happy October everyone…now get online and start clicking these shortcuts to these spooktacular and fabulous costumes!

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