Monthly Archives: November 2009

Shortcut to Fabulous Savings in Miami or anywhere in the world!

It is cyber Monday everyone. In honor of this fabulous day, we pay homage to the beauty of online shopping and direct you to our online discounts and deals page so you can shop in your jammies or from your office desk.

Click here to visit our discount codes and deals page and enjoy this Shorcut to Fabulous Fun online fun and retail debauchery!!!

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Shortcut to Fabulous Party Etiquette

people-socializing-cocktail_~bul0430Happy Turkey Day All! We thought today would be an appropriate day to say thanks for reading and give you some shortcuts to fabulous party etiquette so you can say thanks to party hosts this holiday season.

There is no better way to say thank you to someone who is hosting a party than to follow some simple rules of etiquette. So here goes….

Cocktail Party Etiquette

If the party is after 7 pm, leave the kids at home unless the invitations specifically state that children are welcome. Parents seem to forget this rule of etiquette and it can often create severe anxiety and stress for a host who has planned an adult only evening and not hidden breakables and child hazards. If you can’t find a sitter, sit this one out and send your regrets to the host. If the party is before 7 pm, it is best to ask the host if it is a “family” or “kid friendly” party. DO NOT ask if you can bring your kids. That puts a host in a very awkward position.

RSVP by the date specified, and if no date is specified, at least one week before the party. This ensures that the host has enough time to plan seating, food, beverages and other logistics for guests. If you have a significant other, don’t assume the host will count them as a plus one. Specify whether your significant other is coming.

Bring the host a token of appreciation for the invitation. Even if the host tells you not to bring anything, the polite and appropriate action is to bring a small gift. Favorites of mine include candles, wine, liquor, liquid hand soap and monogrammed beverage napkins. These are all items any host could use either at the current party or for future parties. NEVER expect a host to open or use the item that you bring at the event. If you have ever thrown a party, you know how difficult it is to coordinate everything and opening your bottle of wine or serving your delectable Bundt cake may not be easy for a host when guests are present and need attention. Avoid flowers unless you know the host well and know they would appreciate them.

Greet your host/s and say thank you. Seems obvious right?! However, sometimes when people have large parties it can be difficult to find the host. The first thing I do when I get to a party is find the host, tell them I’ve brought them a little something and thank them for inviting me. I try to find the host before I leave and again say thank you.

Don’t be the last to leave. The perfect rule of thumb is when about half of the guests have left, start preparing to leave.

Be Fashionably late, but not too late. What is fashionably late anyway? If it is a formal event hosted by an organization or business, ten to fifteen minutes is fashionably late. If it is an informal event hosted by a friend or acquaintance in their home twenty to thirty minutes late is fashionably later. NEVER arrive early.

Dinner Party Etiquette

Follow Cocktail Party etiquette and add….

Call your host ahead of time and ask what you can bring. If the host tells you not to bring anything, suggest some items like beverages, appetizers or desserts. Otherwise, bring a hostess gift such as those listed above in the cocktail party etiquette section.

Never bring surprise guests. When hosting a dinner party, inordinate amounts of time and thought are often put into seating. Adding one extra person to the mix can throw an entire evening off kilter for a host.

Offer to help clean up. If you host declines at least help them clear the table and throw away any items such as paper napkins.

Don’t be more than ten minutes late to a dinner party. Your host has gone through a lot of trouble to serve a beautiful meal for you. Being late can mean cold food and a ruined dinner party.

So, get out your party dresses, follow these etiquette tips and say thanks to those who host parties with our shortcuts to fabulous party etiquette! Please join us on facebook and become a fan for the latest updates, shortcuts and info on contests and prizes!

Thank you for reading, thanks to friends, family and of course God for giving all of us life and beautiful happy moments to share with those we love.

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Shortcut to Fabulous Fashion advice and Anthropologie mania!

anthroholicWho: Her name is Kim and she is one of the most amazing, dedicated and fashionable bloggers I have ever encountered.

What: Aptly named Anthroholic, this blog gives lovers of the store, Athropologie, everything they need to know about the clothes including weekly markdowns, new items, fitting room reviews (with photos) and styling tips. Plus, Kim provides readers with a daily photograph of her outfit, which never disappoints and provides much needed inspiration on those “what am I going to wear” days.

When: Every day…I told you this girl is D-E-D-I-C-A-T-E-D! The blog is updated daily Monday through Friday and sometimes on the weekends as well. Give it one week and you will be truly addicted.

Where: Click here my dear!

Why: Because, what women doesn’t need a stylist and Kim can be your own personal Rachel Zoe. And her services are much more affordable….they are free! When we asked Kim why she started the blog, she said, “[b]ecause I’m obsessed and in love with Anthropologie.  It’s the one store I walk into all the time and it never, ever disappoints me.” And guess what?! Kim’s blog never disappoints us! Just check out her website daily, or better yet subscribe to her RSS feed.

So, add Anthropologie gift cards to your Christmas list, subscribe to Kim’s RSS feed and enjoy this shortcut to fabulous fashion inspiration! Oh and become our fan on Facebook and be the first to know about other great websites and contests we have to win cool prizes….including Anthropologie gift cards from time to time!)

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Shortcut to Fabulous Vintage Finds

vintageEvery fabulous girl has to have a vintage piece or two in her closet and Miami has a one stop shopping experience for everything vintage. It is called C. Madeleine’s and it is a 10,000 square foot vintage wonderland ten minutes from the Shops at Bal Harbour on Biscayne Boulevard.

When you enter this fashion amusement park, you have to place your purse in a storage locker. Then put on your seatbelt and go for a ride through the racks of fabulous vintage pieces. The store can be overwhelming, but this is hands down the best place to find vintage pieces outside of New York or L.A.

Never purchased vintage? Try losing your vintage virginity to a handbag or a piece of jewelry. They have an entire handbag section in the back of the store with VINTAGE CHANEL [gasp!]. Plan to spend several hours here and come ready to try some stuff on.

So, this Black Friday think outside the box and this decade and enjoy this shortcut to fabulous vintage clothes and accessories!

C. Madeleine’s

13702 Biscayne Boulevard

North Miami Beach, FL 33181

305.945.7770

http://shop.cmadeleines.com

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Shortcut to Fabulous Sangria and Stress Free Thanksgiving

One week, two shortcuts!

thanksgiving-turkey-thumbWith the holiday season upon us and Thanksgiving a week away, many of us are planning parties and dinner menus. It can be difficult, stressful  and expensive to find time to prepare a perfect meal. Preparation of  a Thanksgiving dinner is downright complicated, especially when you have one oven and no time to shop for it….ever been to the grocery store the day before Thanksgiving!

We have a secret shortcut to a fabulous Thanksgiving meal…cater the Turkey [gasp!]. I know, I know….it is almost blasphemy for us to even suggest, right?! However, the Turkey takes the longest to cook, hogs the oven and is the most “vanilla” of all the Thanksgiving dishes.  By “vanilla” we mean, a turkey is a turkey, so no one will ever know (unless you chose to tell them) that you didn’t wake up at 6 am to prepare it yourself. Also, it is surprisingly affordable. We called some grocery stores and restaurants that prepare turkeys for Thanksgiving and most were under $40 for Turkeys serving 10-12 people. Imagine having the Turkey prepared and being able to focus your attention on the appetizers, side dishes and desserts. Would Martha do it? Maybe not, but I bet she would never know if you still had Grandma Ruth’s mashed potatoes and Aunt Sally’s pumpkin pie at the table. So call your favorite grocer or restaurant, arrange for pickup of your fully cooked bird and enjoy this shortcut to a fabulous Thanksgiving meal. Wait…keep reading….we have another shortcut for you!

IMG_1321You have to have something to drink with this fabulous meal….and we just made you spend more on a prepared turkey. So, we have to give you our secret family recipe for Sangria to serve instead of wine. The best part about making Sangria is that you can use cheap wine and it tastes great. In fact, using cheap wine actually makes it taste better!

Here is what you need:

1.5 liter bottle of red wine like merlot or rioja

2 oranges or tangerines

1 lemon

1/4 cup sugar

1/4 cup triple sec

Squeeze the juice of the oranges and lemon into serving pitcher. Don’t worry about seeds falling in the pitcher. Reserve the rinds. Add sugar and triple sec. Stir to dissolve sugar. Cut orange and lemon rinds (I like to quarter them) and add to pitcher. Smoosh rinds with mixture. Add wine. Stir. Refrigerate for several hours, up to three days before serving. Serve chilled.

So, raise your glasses and enjoy this shortcut to fabulous Sangria!

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Shortcut to Fabulous Christmas Sales and Savings

saving moneyIn preparation for Black Friday, which is only a week and a half away, and the start of the holiday shopping season, this website Wednesday we are giving you a list of websites to track sales and save you money.

Who: People and Companies who want to bring you money saving information.

What: A whole slew of websites devotes to finding you deals and saving you money.

When: Most are updated daily, some multiple times per day.

Where: http://shortcutstofabulous.com/category/discount-savings-codes/ (Shameless plug…maybe, but we update our online discount codes and savings section throughout the day and deliver one stop shopping for online discount codes and deals to your favorite fabulous stores)

http://www.fatwallet.com/top-deals/ (Updates whenever a new great deal pops up on everything from magazine subscriptions to kids toys)

http://www.black-friday.net/ (This website gives you a peak at some of the hottest stores’ black Friday ads, so you can plan ahead…think Target, Best Buy and more!!!!)

http://bfads.net/ (Another website devoted to early released Black Friday ads, with purchasing guides for big ticket items like tvs)

http://www.woot.com/ (An online store that sells one item in limited quantities super cheap…check out the faq page to see how it works and sing up for their RSS feed…oh and a little birdies told us they will be having periodic “woot-offs” wherein they will continue to replace sold out items for a 24 hour period. Think flat screen tv’s, other electronics, computers, kitchen items, etc).

Why: Every fabulous girl needs some shortcuts to savings and deals this Christmas season.

So pull out your Christmas list, check it twice, bookmark these websites and enjoy these shortcuts to fabulous Christmas sales and savings!

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Shortcut to Fabulous Fresh Baked Goods and Family Fun

knausIt’s Miami Monday and Fabulosity in Miami cannot be discussed without mentioning the small German Baptist Family Farm in Homestead, Knaus Berry Farms. They have a bakery with fresh baked goods, including their infamous sticky buns, breadsticks and milkshakes. Everything is homemade with fresh ingredients. The Farm is only open to the public seasonally and last week the 2009/2010 season started. If you are like me, eighty degree weather in November and December can make it hard to get into the Christmas spirit. Well, a trip to this fun family farm can give you a much needed dose of holiday cheer and some unneeded, but oh-so-good baked goodies.

If you are thinking it is too far of a drive…you are wrong. On Saturday it is about a 30 to 40 minute drive from Coral Gables. There are pony rides and a fruit and spice park nearby as well as Monkey Jungle. Besides, I can’t think of a better way to create a warm weather holiday tradition than an annual trip to this fun family farm.

Knaus Berry Farm

15980 SW 248th St.
Homestead, FL 33031
(305) 247-0668

Open Monday – Saturday
8:00 am – 5:30 pm
Closed Sunday

Directions:

Take Florida’s Turnpike south to exit 11 (SW 216th Street/Cutler Ridge Blvd.). Go straight through the light at the bottom of the exit ramp, past the Miami-Dade government center, and turn right on SW 216th Street. Cross U.S.1, and continue west to SW 147th Avenue and turn left. Drive south to SW 248th Street, and turn right. Look for Knauss Berry Farm on the left across from Redlands Middle School.

So, pack up the car, bring along your dough (the green kind) and enjoy this shortcut to fabulous fresh treats!

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