Q: Where should I shop for unique, good quality gifts under $100?
Kim: This is easier than you think. There are a millions of websites, but if you like to see and touch as do I, these are my suggestions: if you are heading to Dadeland, visit Arango and the gift and home furnishings department at Nordstroms. At Merrick Park try Neiman’s gift area, William’s Sonoma and L’Occitane En Provence. My personal favorite is Anthropologie, where they have many gift giving items and wonderful vintage glassware. In Coconut Grove, the indoor antique market in Mayfair on the weekends has lots of great finds. For South Beach shoppers there are great stores along Lincoln Road. Two of my favorites are Base and Books and Books. In South Miami try Cream, Margeaux Interiors and Paper Boutique.
Q: Can I wear holiday outfits after the holidays, and if so how?
Kim: Of course. You should never buy anything, ever, for just one occasion. When shopping, always ask yourself “will I wear this again?” Sequins are a classic holiday hit but they can be worn all year round as well. Just pair a sequin top or cardigan with something simple on the bottom like jeans or colored corduroys. Skip the big jewelry, fancy shoes and think simple. Sequin dresses can also be worn all year. For spring or summer, stick with lighter sequin combinations like cream, white, or gold. The tuxedo pant with a satin/silk trim is a bit more festive looking but you can get away with it for the winter months (however not in spring or summer).
Q: I am going on a ski trip followed by a visit to the windy city, what do I pack (I always overdo it)?
Kim: Well at least you are going to the same climate. The ski trip obviously requires ski gear. Some of those layering pieces like turtlenecks and long sleeve tee-shirts can also be worn in the city under cashmere cardigans and coats. Thermal leggings are perfect under pants or use as leggings with a long sweater and coat and good boots. The key is to pack neutral colors like gray and black that will mix and match with everything. The Sorel winter boots style looks hip and trendy for both ski towns and city walking. A parka, if kept simple (and in neutral colors) is perfect for both as well.
Kim Rodriguez is a personal stylist who has worked in the fashion industry in New York and Miami for over 15 years. She can be reached at 305-989-1671, or by email at Kim@KRpersonalstyle.com.