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If I wasn’t going to the PTA meeting…

If I wasn’t going to the PTA meeting but rather meeting a few friends at a wine bar that I’ve been dying to visit, I might wear this skirt from the new line at Target, Kima Zabete, with a v-neck white t-shirt, my favorite accessory of the moment, a yellow necklace from Francesca’s and these awesome black booties by Diane Von Furstenberg.

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I will, however, be at school; like I was last night and will be again tomorrow. 3 kids, 3 Meet the Teacher Events.

So I am going to wear my old animal print loafers instead, which I believe are Sam Edelman but I can’t be sure because the label has faded.

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I am glad to get a glimpse of the class rooms, and think it is cute my daughter can’t wait to send me back to first grade, but a glass of wine with a few girl friends sounds pretty nice… plus, I really love my DVF shoes.

On the bright side, 3 Meet the Teacher Night will definitely be helpful for my quest of new friends… 100 parents, in a captive audience, that I at least have one thing in common: the school. By tomorrow night I hope to have perfected my pick-up line.

I was inspired to write this post because one of my favorite bloggers, Melissa from I Pick Pretty, is hosting a link-up and I finally figured out what that means. I don’t know why, when it comes to computers something has to be explained to me at least 3 times before I can understand… I should have asked my 8-year-old to explain it to me a long time ago…

Anyway, it is pretty fun. Melissa and her friend at Forever 29 (which I haven’t read but look forward to checking-out) invited fellow bloggers to post outfits for a girls night out. I just post this cute button here, and then share my blog link on the Forever 29 website, and you readers can go there and get several ideas.  Its fun to see what other ladies around the country might wear when they go out with their friends.

See the “link up” here on Forever 29

Footnote: If you haven’t seen the Kima Zabete line at Target yet I would go check it out! KZ is a boutique in NYC and Target partnered with them as part of their second round of “Shops at Target.” There are also some great dresses.

Second Footnote: Go check out Melissa’s blog, I love her because she (1) is an attorney in Austin and reminds of my cute friend Lisa who is an attorney that went to school in Austin (2) talks about fashion and her two-year old “Master P”- I think the “two” talk makes me feel better about my 3 adorable but somewhat wild kids. They might be difficult sometimes, but when they were two… (3) says things like “Sweet Neiman Marcus, I thought that child would never take a nap” and (4) has a super sassy writing style that reminds me of the Southerners I love that can give someone a tongue lashing without her even realizing it until 20 minutes later. Here is the link to I Pick Pretty

Sandals from Capri in one hour

Last week I grabbed my July 2012 Southern Living and followed their retail therapy advice in Miami. My 3rd stop of the day, and their last recommendation from Lincoln Road, the grand avenue of shopping on Miami Beach was Tuccia Di Capri.

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(I sure wish there was an antique Vespa, or maybe a Ferrari parked in front of the store on my shopping day, rather than a serial-killerish no window white van. It would have given you more of the South Beach feel).

It is a very cool concept. You can walk into this store in Miami and within the hour have custom-made Italian leather sandals (starting at $130)! I was lucky, too. On the day I was there they had about 50 pre-made beauties on sale for about half the price- $65).

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I loved this store!

1.It smelled so good. Fresh leather.
2. Very uncomplicated. The many shoe styles were displayed so they were easy to choose from and the large selection of leather colors and widths was sure to please everyone’s tastes.
3. The 2 cobblers in the store that day were so accommodating without being overbearing.

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I think this YouTube video gives you the whole picture. Tuccia Di Capri was featured at Henri Bendal on Fifth Ave in NYC cranking out sandals in 30 minutes!

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Definitely add this store to your list of stops when visiting Miami Beach.

See my first two stops on my Southern Living Adventure:


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Fly Boutique- the second stop on my Southern Living shopping spree

The July 2012 Southern Living magazine featured 7 Miami boutiques in a retail therapy article in their travel section.

As part of my exploration of my new home, and to give myself a little dose of therapy, I decided to follow their advice and go on a little Southern Living Shopping spree.

My second stop of the day was the Fly Boutique.

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Since Fly Boutique owner Jean Marie opened her first boutique Jean Marie Vintage in November 1995 on South Beach, the resale store has been thriving. Jean Marie since moved her store to Lincoln Road, changed the name to Fly Boutique, and now resides at 1634 Euclid Avenue (at Lincoln Road).

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Unlike other second-hand store that I’ve visited, there is no moth ball stench in this charming, cozy store. According to the Etsy profile, “the style the owners have created comes in part from Jean Marie’s background in fashion. For three years in the early 90’s she worked for Luca Orlandi of Luca Luca. This background in fashion has been very important in setting the vibe for Fly Boutique. Even though it is mainly a a consignment and vintage boutique, it still has the feeling of a true retail boutique. Most important in the criteria of the search for inventory is quality. Every item is handpicked and carefully inspected. Taken into consideration is its style, age, condition and how well it is made. Most items are or appear to be unworn. If any item is not perfect, it is only chosen because it is amazing.”

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As I dug through this small store I could see this would be a GREAT place to go for an awesome 70’s costume, or the next Great Gatsby event. I’ve been in the market for a new pair of boots, but decided these jet black Cowboy boots would be better for the November 2012 Lakewood Boots and Bling party, rather than the perfect accompaniment to my favorite sun dress.

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I also found designer threads that looked like they came straight from my favorite store, never worn. I love this Calypso dress- I think leopard, especially the small print, works great as a neutral! What an easy dress to throw-on and run around town. It was $75 and I would have probably paid $300 for it in my favorite Calypso store in Preston Center in Dallas (they are also on line if you want to check them out, GREAT DRESSES- http://www.calypso.com).

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Jean Marie, the owner also has her own label, Puglia. If clothes come into the shop that aren’t just perfect and she is inspired to work with them, she remakes them and sells the new look in the Fly Boutique. I tried on this fun dress with the original “Gillians” label AND the new Puglia label.

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I had a great time shopping at the Fly Booutique! I love “the thrill of the hunt” but sometimes I just don’t find enough time for that game and prefer boutique shopping with less inventory… so as soon as I enter a store I can zero in on exactly what is there that interests me. However, the small size of this store made hunting manageable. In half an hour I felt like I had enough time to uncover many hidden gems and didn’t leave feeling like I had missed out on everything the shop had to offer.

I do think it is important to note that Fly Boutique is known for their shops, belts and designer bags. I heard a shopper talking to the sales associate explaining that she came in as often as she could to see the latest bags that had come into the store.

I loved Fly Boutique! I will always stop in whenever I pass by just to see what great find Jean Marie has uncovered. When I have a specific look I am trying to create, I know this shop will be my first stop because you never know what will be hanging on the Fly’s racks.

If you would like a small taste of this fabulous shop check out their new etsy online boutique, that just opened for business:

http://www.etsy.com/shop/flyboutiquevintage

OR stop in their new second boutique in the hip Miami MIMO district, located at 7235 Biscayne Blvd. Here the idea is to have a larger more creative space where you can find furniture, art and collectibles as well as the beautiful clothing and accessories that the boutique has always carried (I can’t wait to check it out!).

They like big butts, and I can not lie!

I really feel awful. Since the day I moved to Miami, Florida almost 4 months ago something has been nagging at me . I now feel like I might have let down some of my friends. They are really missing out. But today is the day… I don’t think it is too late for my advisory message.

You, with a Lovely Lady Hump LISTEN-UP!

Your people are waiting for you here in South Florida.

I mean, OH MY GOSH, BECKY, the bigger your cushion, the more people that are lookin’, and you need to get down here because your admirers are waiting.

Yes, even you with the Honky Tonk Badonkadonk, the Floridians know you’ve got it going on like Donky Kong and if you haven’t been to this beautiful part of the country you need to come. The junk in our trunk is glorified here. It is so refreshing to see real women with curves.

You can throw those A-line skirts to the waste side, and get ride of all the jeans with minimal pocket design you might have been wearing to cover-up that beautiful rump.

Come to Miami and shake that groove thang. The people of Miami CAN handle all your jelly!

We are waiting here for you to just wiggle it!