Monthly Archives: October 2010

Website Wednesday…Shortcut to being fabulous and frugal!!!!


Who: Lisa, a 20-something fabulous chica in Chicago who is committed to brining readers everything they need to save money while living the good life!

What: Lisa provides you with a one-stop-shop for any and all tools that can help all of us spend less money while maintaining our fantabulous lifestyles. She finds the best deals and only posts the creme de la creme, so no silly discounts here…only the good stuff you will use!

When: Everyday if you are smart!


Why: Because this website will show you all of the best ways to save money…it is one stop shopping for all the best bargains!

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Shortcut to Fabulous Fun Fall Coats…on a budget

I love seeing fun fall coats out on the town. Pops of color, trims of faux fur, pattern and prints are perfect ways to have a little fun with the new chill in the air. Everyone has the basic black and/or beige coat in their closet, but it is hard to justify the purchase of outerwear outside of the neutral zone unless is it budget friendly. We found fun, fabulous coats under $150…many under $50…check them out…

So, find a new fall coat with some punch and enjoy this shortcut to fabulous fall wardrobe fun!

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Miami Monday…Shortcut to Fabulous Halloween Eve night out!


Some complain Miami does not have enough options for singles and DINKS, and the ones that do exist are too crowded or too much of a “scene.” We scoured to net to try and find the most fabulous things to do on Halloween. Here are our picks for some adult friendly and fabulous Halloween fun in 2010!

Lincoln Road Halloween Crawl
Lincoln Rd, Miami Beach, FL
Pedestrians dress up for Halloween and stroll along South Beach’s lively pedestrian shopping strip. The Meat market on Lincoln Road has a special prix fixe menu for $75…you get an outdoor table and a front row seat to all the Lincoln Road action…oh and food too!

Reservations are required, and the cost is $75 per person for a two-hour seating from 8 to 10 p.m.

Here are your options:

Appetizers(Choice of) Pumpkin Bisque, Cedar-scented Hamachi, Crab and Lobster Cake, Crispy Crab tail, or Kobe Beef slider duo; Entrees:(Choice of) Kilcoyne Farms Rose Veal Chop, Tropical Braised ‘Prime’ Brisket, Kobe Skirt Steak, Wood Grilled Wild African Pheasant, or Seabass; Dessert: (Choice of) Halloween Root Beer Float, Pistachio Creme Brulee, or Chocolate Temptation

Halloween at the Hard Rock
Tons of parties at the different clubs and restaurants including an eighties-themed party with $20 cover charges.

Gatsby Gone Goth
Tickets start at $25. A Goth Homage to the 1920s and The King of the Era, The Great Gatsby. Sweat Stage in Gatsby’s Ballroom featuring: land the Gatsby PH with special guests: The Parallels, Ess & Emm. Event at the Raleigh Hotel.

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!

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 Paris Where to Stay, What to Eat and What to Do


    Where to Stay:

Madeleine neighborhood
Hotel Tronchett
Hotel Massena

    Where to Eat:

Lunch at fauchon le cafe
24 euro lunch pre fix with appetizer plat du jour and a glass of wine
30, place de la Madeleine 75008 Paris

La Jacobins Salon de The
Cour du Commerce Saint-Andre
59-61 Rue Saint-Andre des Artes 75006 Paris
Latin quarter restaurant perfect for a night out on the town. This is the cutest little restaurant down a narrow cobblestone street (dont wear heels to this restaurant) Have nice large salads perfect for a light dinner. 16-18 euros. Get a salad with the free bread and tap water and you have a great French dinner for around $20 USD.
My favorite salad is la jacobine. It comes with beets, olives, skinless whitemeat chicken, white asparagus, green beans and a slice of quiche on top.

    What to do:

Notre Dame cathedral has a wonderful 45 minute short film in French with English subtitles. The film is shown at 9 pm daily (check to see if the film is showing daily) and there is another showing right after. I highly recommend seeing this spectacular film. It gives great insight into the architecture of this great cathedral and the historically significant events that have taken place here. The setting is beautiful and austere because the whole church is dark with the only illumination emanating from the film itself and candles lit by the faithful. The film is narrated in French with gorgeous choir music in the background.

For cultural enlightenment I suggest a classical concert performance at one of the city’s chapels or cathedrals. You can purchase tickets for a performance at any tabac shop, usually the safest bet is to go to the tabac shop closest to the entrance of the cathedral. I recommend the earlier performance at the Saint Chapel Cathedral. The inside of this intimate chapel is like a jewel box and with the afternoon light streaming in is is breathtaking. If you wait for th evening performance you will miss the glow and the jewel box effect because there is no light to light up the stain glass.

So, bookmark this page for your next Paris rendezvous and enjoy this shortcut to fabulous Paris sees and dos.

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Miami Monday…Shortcut to Fabulous Indie Films

Movie 1Coral Gables Art Cinema opened this week. The theater housed on the ground floor of the parking garage across from Books & Books is a non-profit theater housing year-round, seven-days-a-week high quality American independent, foreign and classic films that will not generally be available at other venues in South Florida. It is a 144 stadium seating theater complete with a small and affordable concession stand (a small popcorn is only $2.50). Clock here to visit the website and learn more about the theater. Freakonomics will be playing through this week and starting Friday, Howl the Movie will hit the theater starring James Frank and Jon Hamm from Mad Men. Click here to visit the Howl website and learn more about the film. Tickets are $10 for adults, $7 for students and seniors.

So, get your film on and enjoy this shortcut to fabulous film culture in Miami.

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Shortcut to Fabulous Fashionable, Affordable Home Decor

bemzDo you ever open up a glossy magazine and see a chair upholstered in a bold print or color and think it looks fabulous, but you don’t want to spend big money on a piece with such a trendy print?! Well, now you can quench your thirst to fill your home with a statement piece of furniture sporting the latest trendy fabric with the help of a company called Bemz. Bemz is an online retailer, selling slipcovers and fabric made to fit IKEA furniture in bold, fun and trendy prints and colors. They have fun prints and solid color fabrics, including cozy chennile and Marimekko prints. They will send you fabric swatches for free too!

For less than $300 you could add a fun statement piece of furniture to your decor and when the style changes you can change with it. We recommend the buying the IKEA Tullsta chair for $99 and finding a great cover.

So slip on a new slipcover and enjoy this shortcut to a fabulous, fashion forward home!

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Miami Monday…Shortcut to Fabulous Ballet

open classesThis Friday, the Miami City Ballet kicks off it’s 25th season with Fanfare – Jerome Robbins’ tribute to Queen Elizabeth II. Its premiere took place on the night of her Coronation in 1953 – is an enchantingly bright and goofy take on Benjamin Britten’s “The Young Person’s Guide to the Orchestra.” Now it salutes MCB’s 25th anniversary – and the return of Opus One Orchestra

Program I also includes Bugaku, and Theme and Variations
Scheduled Dates
Adrienne Arsht Center: October 15-17, 2010
Broward Center: November 12-14, 2010
Kravis Center: November 19-21, 2010

Click here to get tickets. Or better yet, join MCB’s upper room and get tickets to this performance, four other performances and fun after parties with free drinks for $200! Click here for more info on MCB’s upper room…a VIP club for young, hip urbanites!

So, get your tickets and enjoy this shortcut to fabulous ballet, culture and more!

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