Monthly Archives: August 2012

Shortcut to Fabulous Way to wear Brooches as pins and then convert them to necklaces!


I have a pretty decent brooch collection consisting of stuff from my grandmother’s collection and my penchant for pretty vintage consume jewelry. I try to use them as much as possible, but somehow the drawer with brooches often gets neglected. I was so excited when I saw the brooch trend forecasted for Fall and got me to open my brooch drawer and assess my goodies. I realized that a lot of my pieces would look fab as necklaces and so I decided to do some research to find a way to convert brooches into necklaces. Well apparently, I am not the first genius to think of this conversion and there are actually brooch Converters  you can purchase on Amazon  for less than $3 in both gold and silver tone finishes. I feel so stupid for not having discovered this sooner and I just can’t wait to get my converters in the mail and start using my brooches…who am I kidding?! This is just an excuse to further add to the collection because now I can justify the purchase as a brooch and necklace in one! For more tips inclusion a DIY for converting brooches to necklaces, check out this website.

If you are not keen on converting there are so many clever ways to wear brooches, especially this fall. Here are a few of my faves: 1) to add pizzaz to a collared shirt, place a brooch at the top bottom (see photo below). 2) Cluster them on a blazer 3) Use them to clasp a sweater


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Shortcut to Fabulous faves from the New York Gift Show


I spent a few hours at the New York Gift Show this week (totally not enough time for this GINORMOUS TRADE SHOW). Here is a round-up of my faves in no particular order…

Hexagonal Necklace from Brevity Jewelry ($30) – Met the designer and she is presh. Totally in LOVE with this necklace.


Plat du Jour Paper Placemats- The designs were fresh, modern and adorable and the designer duo behind these fun and practical placements were adorable. Before you worry about the killing of trees for placemat kitsch, they are made from recycled material. Their website is under construction, but I will try and get my hands on a photo and post on it.

Love Nature NYC Trascentdence Candles ($38)- The freakin coolest candles made in NYC which ups their cool factor in my book by about 200%. Met the owner, Jared, who is totally awesome and told me this new line is soy which is sooo much better than dangerous chemical filled candles and the jars are made from recycled glass and each one comes in an adorable box made from recycled material printed using eco-freindly veggie based ink. Totally want to stock my gift closet with these candles for host gifts.

100% Gumdrop Flip Flop necklaces  ($50)- These flip flop necklaces are cute and sassy at the same time and are the perfect fall accessory. Basically the necklaces have sayings on each end, so where the clasp would be in the back is a whole other necklace that you can change depending on your mood…perfect for those schizo PMSing days! They are available combinations are : Yes/No; Why/Because; Angel/Devil;  I Love You/Go Away (my have); Hello/Goodbye; Sweetie/Trouble. They are 14K gold dipped and made right here in the good ol’ USA.

Sallyeander Soaps No-Bite Me all natural bug repellent and after bite cream ($12.95). I know this one seems kind of out of place, but as a girl who always gets eaten alive by mosquitos, I was thrilled to find this all natural repellent that is even safe for babies. It comes in a creme form and soap ($4.95) which is great for you outdoorsy types that like nature. It smells pleasant and again is all natural so you won’t grow a third arm after using it. Comes from a family owned company and I met the owner’s son, Sam who by the way is the little boy on the no-bite-me jar (just more grown up and not wearing overalls…at least not at the show).

New Hope Soap ($17)- There is something about soap that just makes me swoon and when you can personalize soap with your monogram or custom message, I get even more excited. Plus, I love the fact that this company is again, family run (can you tell I love small businesses?) by a father/daughter team and all the soaps are made in the USA. How cute is that?!!! You can even get sets with disposable guest towels included. I am just coming up with a clever message to put on my soap…maybe I can write embed all my household soap with not-so-subliminal messages for the hubs (take out the trash, clean up your mess, buy wife nice gifts too bad there is a character limit….or maybe I can make curse word soaps).


 Flote Trilogy Bag ($160)- Every once in a while you come across a product that could change a part of your life. This could be the product for me. The owner and creator, Jill, just came out with this fab new bag, the trilogy, pictured here in my have color, Oak. The bag looks like an ordinary cross body, but it is soooo not ordinary. It comes with three separate compartments, or sections. Each section is detachable and the largest fits and iPad…Say hello to my new travel companion. With this and my Chick on the Go Wardrobe kit, I can practically travel to Europe with a tote bag and this purse! If you travel and you don’t buy this bag, you are crazy.


Daphne Lorna Silk Wrap Bracelet with Antique Hammered Brass Piece ($48)- This Montana based designer really has something special. These bracelets feel like something you would in the mountains of Thailand, but then you find out they are designed and made right in America’s heartland by super sweet sister team, Cindy McCoy and Daphne Evans, and you want them even more. These folks are the real McCoy. I love the orange color pictured here but they come in 15 different colors and she has other styles as well including silk wraps with no embellishment…basically the next time you get annoyed with work and need a mental vacation, check out this website and give yourself a retail therapy session.

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Shortcut to Fabulous Iphone Apps for Gals on the Go


I had a business meeting/girl gossip fest with a colleague yesterday and when we were going over our to-do’s for a particular project, she looked  at me and said, “I need the Shortcut to Fabulous on Apps…what apps do you have on your phone?”  Behold…below I tell you what I’ve got and why. Also, I want to take this time to announce a format change on my blog. In an effort to bring you better content that will really give you all the Shortcuts to Fabulous living you need, I will now be posting only once per week for my national readers and twice (including Miami Monday) for my Miami readers. If there is breaking news or something fab I find that I am just gushing to tell you about, then I will post, but from now on you are guaranteed a weekly post that I promise will give you some great tips to help you career gals on the go who are full of zest but short on time. I will also be producing monthly webisodes filled with great tips and funny faces. Anyway, stay tuned in the coming months as Shortcuts to Fabulous works hard to help you, my reader, get useful tips that will help you lead your fabulous lives with a little more ease. If there is a topic you would like for me to cover, please email me: editor {at} shortcutstofabulous {dot} com.

Hopstop (free): Helps me get around in big cities with public transportation.

Flight Track Pro ($9.99): Helps me keep my travel schedule straight and notifies me of delays, gate changes often before they show up on the airport flight boards and before the airline notifies you. Also helps me stalk my hubs when he travels.

Trip Deck- Travel Itinerary Organizer (Free): Helps me manage hotel reservations, car rentals, flights, meetings, etc in one handle location. Perfect for busy business trips. Good alternative to Flight Track Pro if you don’t want to spend $.

Open Table (Free): Let’s me make din-din reservations at my favorite restaurants in my favorite cities. Love it for impromptu dinners on the fly.

Google + (Free): Helps me stay connected via Google + and manage my account. Great when I am at an event because once I check-in on party mode all of the pics I take are automatically uploaded.

Menu Pages (Free): Helps me find food to fit my cravings no matter what city I am in.

Skype (Free): Helps me stay connected to friends and business contacts all over the world.

Super Planner ($9.99): Helps me when I am producing an event figure costs, capacity, etc.

Billings (Free): Helps me ensure accurate billing for my clients when I am out and about.

Happy Houred (Free): Helps me locate the nearest happy hour when I need a drink…stat!

What’s App (Free): Helps me text message in foreign countries via wi-fi without hefty overseas text fees.

Gigwalk (Free): A fun app that lists gigs available in my area and lists the pay so if I see someone wanting to pay $100 to have me run their kids lunch money across town, I am ready for the challenge (I haven’t acting signed up for a gig yet, but for some reason I like looking to see what gigs are out there)

Wunderlist: Helps me make lists for all of my clients and projects and keep track of deadlines…basically helps keep my type K (as in Kit Kat) personality looking more Type A

Dropbox (Free): Allows me access to all of my dropbox files on the go and let’s me upload photo and video from my iphone directly into my dropbox.

Scanner Pro ($6.99): Allows me to scan docs, receipts, business cards while out on the town and save them to my evernote, dropbox, email and more.

Check out my fave pic apps here.

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Miami Monday…Shortcut to Fabulous Eco Friendly event

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Shortcut to Fabulous Social Media Platform


I discovered and I am now obsessed with a new social media platform….The Fancy. It is kinda like Pinterest, but you can actually buy the stuff you “Fancy.” It is based out of NYC which makes me like it even more. There aren’t cutesy craft things and recipes that you will NEVER try like Pinterest, but they have really cool stuff and I have already “Fancied” a ton of stuff that I kinda want to check out for my apartment. The categories are all things I love….Women’s, Art, Home, Food, Travel and they even have a Crafts category. I have found about ten hotels in Europe that I want to check out and tons of other stuff. I know, I know…you can barely keep up with the Social Media platforms you are currently using…trust me I know! However, The Fancy is worth a Looksey and is really special and unique cause you can actually easily purchase the stuff you see, earn $ off by using the site and shop sales and deals. Check it out here…oh and if you sign up I get credits for all of the things I have fancied…so thanks in advance :)

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Shortcut to Fabulous Fall Fashion preview…the @NeimanMarcus book is out!

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My mailbox had a special surprise today…Neiman Marcus’s “THE BOOK” which is published every pre-season providing a completely on-point beautifully editorialized run down of the trends. This year’s fall September issue is gorgeous and full of items for my Fall wish list including some Chanel bags that made me drool. I usually save to splurge on a few items at Neimans each season and then use “The Book” for inspiration to create a nice outfit with highs and lows. I saw this piece on Brooches and thought this would be a great trend to mimic with inexpensive vintage peices found at flea markets, estate sales and Ebay. I love the idea of clustering brooches for added drama. I have a few fab brooches that will be used this Fall to mimic this trend on a budget. If you are broochless, check out my post on estate sales here and happy hunting.

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Miami Monday…Shortcut to Fabulous Way to Write for Money


A couple of my fab friends are sharing their inner most secrets…but the best kind…their money making secrets. If you have ever wanted to get paid to write, you really must attend this workshop. Check it out…


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