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We know fashion reflects our inner self. So let yours out. 

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Try Until You Can’t

For our friends who own some fabulous boutiques in the upper Florida Keys, we salute you for staying open during COVID19. 

Thank you for that. And thank you for offering clothing that allows us, (me) to take who and what we are on the inside and wear it on the outside.

Whether it is gentle and accepting, or outrageously flashy and about to go out dining or partying, or seriously impressing or just want to slip by people’s notice today. They offer it all. 

I love to, once in a while, discover these boutiques and purchase lovely things. A list of this summer’s faves is at the end. 

This story is inspired by the fabulous Liz Huddleston and her signature ‘Sizzling Summer Fashion Show.’ She is a winner. Author of many good things in the community. Not to say others aren’t. But we will get back to them.

The annual ‘Sizzling Summer Fashion’ show forces old ladies like me to parade down the catwalk. Thinking all the time they look great. And realising that whatever they look like they stepped out from behind the curtain so thy are committed to walk.

And as you put your first foot forward you realise this is a moment in which you can shine or just hurry through. So choosing to outdo everyone else has always been my fall back mode of existence. I add a little shimmy and some smiles and straighten that back and raise that head and strut.

Liz’s show always brings the best out of us as she brings us together in ways that symbolise a fantastic strengthening force. This Coronavirus helped us splinter. Run for cover. Her carefully orchestrated fashion show-lite made it come back a bit. And we are all better for it.

The people and the fashion of our community is diverse. We are professionals who wear flip flops. Fishermen who wear suit pants. Scuba divers who love to look good on days off in island fashion.

I love to see what is fashionable at different boutiques. What that style would look like. How would this rate compared to say a boutique in London, or New York?

Liz’s event planning and implementation allows us all to feel good about ourselves and, for me, offers an acceptance of myself that I rarely consider beyond this show. But, at least I get that ‘hit’ once a year. And it makes a huge difference to me. The hair and make up are all generously donated. our time given for free, we get a mad discount on the clothes and there is minimal outlay by everyone.

The biggest plus from your show, Liz, is that it makes us all look each other in the eye and accept each other. We can do so much more as a strong community. And we can support our local fashion industry. And, even if it’s just a minute and we go back to our own spaces and continue on with your selves, just knowing we connect with the world like that for a moment is a great buzz that carries over to the next one.

@drift.islamorada for the pretty print short dress. Ingrid Gabrielle Hennze for the @fendi travel trunk

@drift.islamorada for the forest green leather bag

Me personally, I love the colors, I am in love with the eclectic mix. 

I’ll plan to be styling this again with other colored bags and shoes to bring out the coral and aqua in the dress #shirtdress #fendi #shortdress #wedges #fenditrunk #leatherbag #fendiantique #wedgesandals #6inchheels #shoplocal #shoplocalfloridakeys #tropicaldresscode #dresstropical #beachlife #beachvibes #travelvibes 

@wildlillyboutique for the fabulous shirt dress with black and gold accents.

@wildlilyboutique for the glitter wedge heels.