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Shortcut to Fabulous Manhattan $10 Lunch…Delivered!

Last Monday, I had a gourmet Italian sandwich, chips, pickle, Sparkling Water, a Hershey’s kiss, handwritten note and a riddle for $10…Delivered. Yup, that’s right. I now have a new Monday ritual: More »

Salad Nicoise from Le Chalet

Shortcut to Fabulous Paris Eating

I’ve just returned from a fresh trip to Paris during August when many of my favorite restaurants were closed. Many Parisians flee the city during the month of August and as a More »


Shortcut to Fabulous Lipcolor

I fell in love last week…with a lipstick. I adopted her and brought her home only to turn bright red when my gay boyfriend mistook the lipstick for a vibrator. I was More »

Shortcut to Fabulous New Year’s Collection

I am counting down the days to 2013 for many reasons. I have been rather quiet on my blog lately, mainly because I have been so busy growing my business. I am More »

old nacy shoes

Shortcut to Fabulous $32 boots

I discovered a new vintage store in Miami today that opened three weeks ago, The Vintage Revenge (more on that in a coming Miami Monday) and spent my winter boot money on the More »

Miami Monday…Shortcut to Fabulous Charity Event at Henri Bendel’s

Miami Magic Henri Bendel Evite

This is the place to be this Wednesday night…and yes kiddies I know it has been forevs since I posted. I took a blogging break…four years of blogging on S2F had mama tired, but I am back.

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Miami Monday…Shortcut to Fabulous Way to Find your Way

So when Ginger Harris  who is the editor of Daily Candy and also happens to be a great friend of mine told me about her newest concept, the Meet Packing District, where ladies get together and network, brainstorm and collectively make each other’s dreams come true, I instantly fell in LOVE . I love her idea, her concept and of course her. Ginger can help you take your idea to the next level or make your dream come to fruition. She knows how this town works and knows everyone in it. This really will be a life changing experience for any of you who join Ginger this Saturday. Sadly, I will be in New York, but trust me I will be at the next Meet Packing event!!! If you want to meet other great ladies out to change the world, make some millions or just find a career that makes their heart sour, then join Ginger for her first Meet Packing District event this Saturday….deets below…


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Miami Thursday….Shortcut to Fabulous Cause


Photo Credit: Alex Tamargo @AltaImages

I never post about Miami on any other day but Monday…until now. Annie Vazquez aka The Fashion Poet and one of Miami’s hottest fashion bloggers and Alex Tamargo from Alta Images teamed up to produce Miami’s Fashion for A Cause Tee. 26 Miami Bloggers teamed up with Annie to hit em with our best shot and strike a pose in the fab team to promote the campaign and tell our readers to purchase a shirt for $25 at these local Miami boutiques: Guy and Girl Boutique in SOBE, My Best Friend’s Closet in Coral Gables and Lilac and Lilies in Fort Lauderdale. Ten percent of proceeds from this $25 shirt go toward The Florida Breast Cancer Foundation.

The Shirts will also be sold at Wynwood Squat on October 13 from 7-11 p.m. during Art Walk and photos from all 26 bloggers will be displayed to show the power of pink and the Miami blogging community.

Think the shirt is presh and don’t live in Miami? Well you can purchase it online  at Brand One Three and 10% of proceeds will go toward The Florida Breast Cancer Foundation.



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Miami Monday…Lipstick Lounge in Support of Breast Cancer


There is a fab event in Broward this week…

October 5th, 2012
7 – 10 p.m.

Broward Center for the Performing Arts

Here are the deets:

Glam-a-Thon Lipstick Lounge

All VIP guests will receive a swag bag including a pair of designer eyeglass frames by designer JF Rey valued at $435.

Marking its fourth fabulous year, South Florida’s most stylish party will lure the hippest and most fashionable glamazons to sneak a peek at the latest trends in beauty, accessories, and confections from leading authorities in the industry. There will also be fabulous silent auction items including jewelry from my fab friends at Charles Albert.

VIP Admission plus swag bag - $125/$150 at the door – limited attendance for the VIP party

 All VIP guests will receive a fabulous Lipstick Lounge swag bag filled with goodies fit for a rock star including an extraordinary pair of J.F. Rey or BOZ eyewear designed by famed designer Jean-Francois Rey. Each impeccable pair of JF Rey or Boz frames included in your Lipstick Lounge swag bag has a retail value of $435.  Frames exclude lenses. Guests will receive a discounted gift certificate from award winning Optical Spectrum on Las Olas Boulevard in Fort Lauderdale for prescription or sunglass lenses.

 VIP guests will be treated to a private Lipstick Lounge reception from 6:30p-7:30p including a special selection of edible creations fit for a star. Live fabulously. This is one splurge you won’t want to miss.

General Admission - $45/$55 at the door

 All Lipstick Lounge general admission guests will receive our trademark swag bag loaded with goodies and glamourfit for a diva.   Quantities are limited and once they’re gone, it’s buh bye.  You don’t want to wait a whole year to get your swag, so be sure to register early

201 SW 5th Ave
Fort Lauderdale, Florida 33312

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Shortcut to Fabulous Rome Shopping: The Ultimate Rome Shopping Guide


Whenever I visit a city, I spend a day or two walking the city trying to discover new and unique shops and things you can’t find anywhere else. 15 years ago it was easy to find new and interesting shops and the farther away from home you were the more you would find, but now in the Internet era with homogenized mega brands like Zara and H & M, finding treasures that are uniquely identifiable with a particular city or locale is hard to do. Well, that is where I come in. I just LOVE to create ultimate shopping guides for the cities I visit and on a recent trip to Rome, I scoured the city and uncovered the best of the best for the absolute perfect day of shopping. The shopping tour I’ve mapped out below can be done on foot in day. It is a LOT of walking, but you will burn a ton of calories and so you can eat as much gelato as you want! Plus, you will really get to see parts of Rome that are not frequented by tourists and get the true flavor of the city. You can also use taxis and other public transport for this tour. Just plug in each address and your starting point on Google Maps to get directions. I started the shopping tour at the Spanish Steps, but again, you can start play around with the route from your hotel by plugging each location into Google maps.

1. Sermoneta Gloves- We start off the tour with this Italian leather glove store that just makes me giddy. There are gloves in a rainbow of colors in about every color you can imagine. Cashmere lined goes start at 65 Euro, but you can get unlined gloves starting at about 35 Euro. When you enter the store walk upstairs and the women behind the counter will look at your hands and tell you what size you are. Then they will pull out gloves in your size and you can try them on until you fall in love with a pair. You tell her you want them, she gives you a ticket and you go back downstairs to pay. Depending on the exchange rate, you can really save a ton of money buying the gloves here. At the time of this post a pair of cashmere lined gloves was 65 Euros in the store (about 81 USD) and $189 online. Piazza di Spagna 61

2. Anteprima- I literally gasped with glee when I saw this store and the bags inside. I started talking to myself like a crazy person and just kept repeating “OMG, these are exquisite, I need one” over and over again. Finally, the sales associate Sebrena Urbinati came over and snapped me out of my trance. I had never seen these bags before and I know why….they only have five flagship stores worldwide in Rome, Milan, two in Hong Kong and one in Tokyo. These bags are amazing and worth the trip to Rome just to see them. They are made out of recycled PCV but shimmer and shine like a precious jewel box. Honestly, this will be a vintage treasure if you buy it. The brand was started in 1993. The brand is Italian but the designer and inventor of the “wirebag” is Japanese and a genius. If these bags aren’t an “It” bag in a few years, I will be shocked. The best part…I am a proud owner. I bought my little baby for 205 Euros. I just couldn’t resist. I am weak, I know, but honestly when you see these bags you will really just gush at how spectacular they are and the fact that they are eco-friendly makes them even more chic. Via Del Babuino, 147


3. Discount Dell Alta Moda. If you are on the hunt for discount designer brands, you can find some here. Honestly, I was not over impressed with the stock or prices, but I was told this is one of THE places to find discount designer goods in Rome. I find the US has really amazing designer discount deals at places like Neiman Marcus Last Call, Nordstrom Rack, TJ Maxx and Marshalls, but to get the Italian version check out this shop. They had cute stuff just nothing that made me swoon, but it is worth a looksie, so I have included it in the Ultimate Rome Shopping Tour. Via de Gesu Maria, 16A

4. Koster & B. I stumbled on the jewelry mecca filled with unique and affordable vintage inspired pieces and I gave my walled a workout. They have really beautiful pieces that are quality reproductions and original designs inspired by vintage pieces. Their collection of cameo jewelry and Etruscan and Roman jewelry reproductions are gorgeous and they have something for every taste and price point. Rings starting at 15 Euro. Villa della Scrofa, 46.

Koster & B

Koster & B

5. Vestiti Usati Cinzia. This store is on the same street as a string of other vintage shops and cute boutiques that is very near to Campo di Fiori and perfect place to stop for lunch. Vintage shopping in Europe can be a little spotty mainly because Europeans seem to hold onto things a little longer than we do, but the selection of vintage sunglasses and animal skin handbags in this shop was pristine! Via Del Governo Vecchio, 45.

Vestiti Usati Cinzia

6. Mado. This shop is small but full of personality including the owner who hand makes the jewelry bags in which your treasured purchases are lovingly packed. She carries a gorgeous selection of silk kimonos, vintage inspired and actual vintage jewelry pieces. Most of the shop seems to have 60′s and 70′s finds and the vintage necklaces were so amazing I almost fainted. Via del Governo Vecchio 89/a.



7. Omero & Cecilia Vestiti Vecchi. This shop carries bric a brac vintage. Nothing smells bad and you can negotiate if you pay cash. 110, Via del Governo Vecchio, 110.

8.Groove. Found the cutest, sassy fashion t-shirts in this small but well stocked shop. Sadly, all the shirts are in English with a few French sayings sprinkled in, but the shirts were different than anything I’ve seen in my travels and I couldn’t resist my own purchase of a tee myself. Via die Giubbonairi, 93.

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Miami Monday…Shortcut to Fabulous Designer Sale

Sorry I have been missing in action my lovely readers. Things have been a bit hectic at S2F headquarters, but I have some really great posts scheduled over the next few weeks so stay tuned! Now this weekend one of my favorite events in Miami is finally here…Fashionably Conscious the event where a bunch of fancy ladies donate their designer duds and then they sort and sell it to girls like me and the money goes to benefit charity! There is stuff with tags still on it at this sale. I scored a suit last year that makes my heart go pitter patter and the jacket is the perfect separate. Here are the deets:

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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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