Budget Babe: Fall Trends for Less at Marshalls

When you think of discount retailers like Marshalls or T.J. Maxx what comes to mind? If you're thinking cheap, past season, or even damaged clothing you're not unlike most shoppers out there. What you don't know is that stores like Marshalls and T.J. Maxx actually carry some of the trendiest looks on the market, at 60% less than department and specialty stores. Plus they get new merchandise in every week, unlike department stores like Macy's and Nordstrom which only receive new shipments seasonally.


Deal of the Day | Get a Grip with Tip Tote

Because even Techies need to accessorize...

If your iPad has been feeling a little bare lately, have no fear- Tip Tote is here! The Miami-based iPad accessory line is both elegant and functional- keeping your iPad safely at your fingertips while you're on the go.

Whether you're a working professional, student, or stay-at-home geek, Tip Tote was designed with you in mind! The versatile case has a removable shoulder strap giving you the option of carrying your case either cross-body style or handheld.

The sleek black case was designed with a soft fabric-lined interior and two durable Velcro closures, ensuring your iPad will be safe from nicks and scratches while you're on the go.
Looking for an extra layer of protection for your iPad? The line also offers silicone protective skins, or the Tip Tote Gripper. The skins come in four great colors and work seamlessly with the Tip Tote case, easily sliding in and out. The Gripper gives you easy access to all of your iPad's audio jacks, buttons and ports while keeping it safe from dents and scratches; all while providing a convenient, non-skid surface for handling.

Tip Tote retails for $33.99 with Tip Tote Gripper priced at $19.95.

Ready to get a Grip? Shop for your Tip Tote Case at www.TipTote.com and take 10% OFF your order plus receive a FREE Tip Tote Gripper with the code "8jwp3".


Pencil This In | Stiletto Mafia at La Fee Verte

Now here's a fashionista friday event for the mature (i.e. 21 & over.)

Throw on your fishnets and don't be afraid to channel your inner Dita Von Teese this Friday at La Fee Verte's latest installment of the "Stiletto Mafia."

The first of it's kind in South Florida, La Fee Verte is a burlesque & absinthe club located in Miami Beach.  

This month’s “Stiletto Mafia” celebrates several of Miami’s favorite fashionistas such as designer Cristina Rice of Bri Bri Boutique and Cuban Rice Jewelry; socialite and owner of Brickell’s Boca Tanning Club Zurami Pascual; H.O.W.L. (Handle Only With Love) jewelry designer Tini Courtney; style blogger Cynthia Dalagelis; Living Dolls Boudoir designer Jiussana Briseno and stylist and fashion designer Juan Carlos Cajigas-Berrios. All hosts will showcase their brands during an exclusive trunk show located in the second level of the lounge along with select pieces from Casopia Fashions, Flying Colors and KRELesque.

Complimentary cocktails will be served from 10 p.m. to midnight while guests dance the night away to the beats of South Florida’s renowned Mark Leventhal

Topped off with wild performances by lead temptress Nicole Soden of the club’s tantalizing Madames du Mischief dancers, this is one event your boyfriend will not complain about attending.

If You Go

Friday, September 17, 2010 at 10pm
La Fee Verte
912 71st Street (NoBe North Beach)
Miami BeachFL 33141


Sale Alert | Ray-Bans

New Wayfarer in Tortoise, $89 at Swirl.com
So long, Summer - but never Sunglasses.

If you're quick, you can score a cool pair of Ray-Bans from Swirl for up to 40% off. With styles including the New Wayfarer, a re-vamped version of the classic shades; and aviators in a multitude of colors, there are plenty of options to get your hater-blocking on. But hurry- sale ends Tuesday 9/14.

Not a member of Swirl? Join today (it's free!) & enjoy the perks of private online sales!


Letter from the Editor

My Fellow Fashionistas,

I just wanted to take a second to welcome you all back to Kelly's Kloset! I apologize for the lack of stylin' stories over the last couple of months- this summer has been a complete whirlwind for me! In early July I was blessed to receive a new title that changed my status from "former beauty queen" to the reigning Miss Earth Florida. In two short months the title has already taken me to compete nationally in Las Vegas, and appear at numerous events in and around South Florida to promote environmental awareness and green causes. It goes without saying that Florida's new "green queen" has also been busy checking out eco-friendly fashions, leading to yet another new role: I recently partnered with eco-fashion brand Ecoist as their newest guest blogger.

Though there have been many changes in my life recently, Kelly's Kloset will continue to be the same stylish source that you know and love—Bringing you my best on fashion, beauty, local designers, fashionable happenings and more! I've kicked off version 2.0 with a bang- announcing our first ever Giveaway. Get your entries in early, the prize is fabulous!

I appreciate your patience, comments, and above all your loyalty as I get back in the blogging groove.

Stay Stylish! ♥ 

Kelly Saks


Win This | ShopSwagg Fashion Night Out

It's a Fall Fashion Frenzy: The September issues have hit the newsstands and New York Fashion Week is right around the corner.

Though you're likely still rocking your summer bikinis and cut-offs, the department stores have moved on! Fall merchandise has been rolled out and those stunning over-the-knee boots have been taunting you for weeks now.

Military, leopard print, chunky knits, and boots of all shapes and sizes are trending in this month's fashion magazines—What's your most coveted item this Fall?

In honor of the most stylish season, and the re-launch of
Kelly's Kloset, we are hosting our first ever Giveaway!

How to Enter
If you're not already our friend on Facebook (shame on you!) find our page and show us the "Like!" Then visit the Discussion Board and join the conversation entitled "It's a September Issue: What's your Fall Must-Have?" by leaving a comment.

The Prize
One lucky winner will receive (1) VIP ticket to the ShopSwagg Fashion Night Out event on October 23rd at the Seminole Hard Rock Casino, where she will get to shop Fall looks from local designers & boutiques at up to 75% off! Sorry fellas, this contest is only open to the ladies- it's Girls Night Out!

(Contest ends at Midnight on Friday, October 8th. Winner will be selected at random and notified on or before October 11, 2010.)


What I Wore | Social Fashionista

Romper: BebeClutch: "Vintage" Banana RepublicNecklace: Forever21 (bargain buy!)

Mashable.com hosted a meet-up at The Pelican Hotel in Miami Beach this week to celebrate Social Media Day and your fearless fashion leader stopped in to make an appearance (albeit, fashionably late!)  I dressed up my basic romper with a fabulous new necklace I found at Forever21, and an old clutch that has been hiding in my closet for too long. Pairing a new accessory, like a statement necklace, with older pieces in your closet is a great inexpensive way to revive your wardrobe.

That night I had the pleasure of meeting my new pal, Salome aka Miss @NewTimesStreet, who looked quite chic in her LBD. Networking never felt so good when I ran into J. of FASHIFY, and got asked to be a contributing writer! Now that is a great way to celebrate Fashionista Friday!


Closet Confessions | Fabian Basabe

Currently a restauranteur, formerly a model— but always oh so stylish. Meet Fabian Basabe, owner of Da Vittorio Restaurant in Coral Gables.

Perhaps it's the New Yorker in him, but this Socialite has a signature style that never misses. Basabe's look is classic, clean, and easy, with the ability to make even a pair of jeans and a tee feel sophisticated. Whether he's off to a cocktail party or throwing it down in the kitchen of his classic Italian restaurant, Basabe is always impeccably dressed and groomed.

With wife Martina in the luxe lingerie biz (her family owns the Italian brand La Perla), and friends the likes of Kelly Killoren-Bensimon and Kourtney Kardashian, it's hard to blend in when you're Fabian Basabe. But don't let his All-American style and boyish charm fool you; he enjoys being the life of the party (see question #10.)

Ten questions for Miami's most influential Stylistas

: Fabian Basabe

1. Describe your style: Preppy and classic

2. Your go-to outfit: J Brand jeans, Fay fitted shirt, Tod’s Docksiders

3. Can’t-live-without-it accessory: I always wear a belt

4. Best place to bargain shop: On Bleecker and 6th in NYC for vintage silver buckles and vintage belts

5. Flip flops or crocs? Neither I wear Superga

6. Most memorable fashion faux-pas: Versace black suede and crocodile loafers… it was the 90s!!!

7. Whose style do you admire most? Charlie Watts, Rolling Stones

8. Biggest splurge? Double breast blue blazer and gray pants from Fratelli Di Donato, the legendary Italian tailors

9. Favorite designer? Ralph Lauren

10. The secret to great style is… personality


Budget Babe: Lace Louboutin Look for Less

It's a lace-off!

What's the difference between these two pairs of pumps? Just a red sole, and about a thousand bucks. While every girl dreams of her first pair of Loubi's the truth of the matter is it's called dreaming for a reason... Save some cash (or lots!) and get these nearly identical lace pumps from GoJane.com for just $19.50. Then pat yourself on the back and go buy a dress to match!


Deal of the Day | European Wax Center

With fireworks stands popping up on every street corner you can almost smell the Fourth of July! But before we all go skipping around in our teeny bikinis there's always some "housekeeping" that needs to be taken care of first. 

Yes, I'm talking about the dreaded bikini wax

Get over your fear (I did!) and head over to the new European Wax Center in Coral Gables, where first timers can get their bikini wax for FREE. The recently opened facility is offering a free body wax to first time clients; women can choose between a complimentary eye brow, under arm, or bikini line wax, while fellas have the option of a free eye brow, ear or nose wax.

EWC Coral Gables gets the Editor's Seal of Approval! The center is not only clean and welcoming, but the staff is friendly, professional, and knowledgable; making a not so enjoyable beauty routine much less of a pain. (The chocolate treats on your way out don't hurt either!)

If you're a frequent waxer, make sure to take advantage of EWC's Unlimited Wax Pass which gives you unrestricted waxing access for an entire year. The pass ranges from $195 to under $500, depending on the area you wax.

If You Go

1212 South Dixie Highway
Coral Gables, FL, 33146


Try It On | Summer Sandals

‘Tis the season for bare shoulders, shorts, and sassy sandals!  Here are 3 basic sandals that will get you through the summer, and take you from the beach, to brunch and even the bar.

Beach: Thongs
No, not the kind in your boudoir

I have been know to parade around everywhere in 5-inchers (yes, even at the supermarket!) but sometimes you just need something practical. Beach sandals should be durable, but always cute! An alternative to the boring old flip-flop? The ‘Fit’ by Havaianas is an adorable rubber slingback thong and comes in a rainbow of colors.  At just $28, get a pair to match each of your bikinis.

Brunch: Gladiators
Sparta never looked this good  

Yep, they’re still around and better than ever. Gladiator sandals are gracing the displays of every shoe shop and department store window.  This summer there is nothing more chic for your feet. Splurge on a pair in a neutral tone— you’ll keep reaching for them time and time again. Try BCBG’s ‘Irmah’ sandal, $111 at bluefly.com.

Bar: Wedges
A step up on the competition 

Tall and chunky meet to make the perfect, sexy summer shoe. From jeans and leggings, to sundresses and shorts, a wedge complements any look and makes your legs worthy of a double take. Bebe makes some of the fiercest shoes, and their summery espadrille-style denim wedge is no exception. Pick your poision–‘Steffi’ is 
available in black, white or traditional blue denim,  $114.95 from zappos.com.


FASHION FLASH: TAudrey offer expires at midnight!

Last call, shopaholics!!

There's only one hour left to receive 20% OFF your purchase at TAudrey.com.

Use the code "KellysKloset" at checkout to save on TAudrey's entire collection of handmade accessories.

Clock's ticking....


What I Wore | Meeting Helio

I had the pleasure of meeting the Dancing with the Stars champ, Helio Castroneves, in Coral Gables this week. The record breaking Indycar winner made an appearance at Books & Books while on a press tour for his new book, "Victory Road." Helio was as charming as he is adorable. When I asked what field he would be conquering next, someone suggested perhaps television? To which he replied, "I have a terrible memory, that's why I drive in ovals." This racing babe turned dancing star could have a career in comedy.

What I Wore
Dress: Forever 21
Blazer: ZARA
Watch: Swatch
Lips: MAC Satin Lipstick in 'Pink Nouveau'


Deal of the Day | Shop Suey Boutique

I am in complete lust with this clutch I just found over at ShopSueyBoutique.com. Meet 'Aimee', she's under $50 and comes in pink, camel & black. The perfect companion for this summer's denim craze, I can see it perfectly paired with a floral romper and distressed denim vest. This heavy metal bag is hard to resist — especially when you can get 20% OFF by using the code "SECRET" at checkout. Happy Shopping, fashionistas!


Try It On | Statement Lips

A Tuesday trend: bright lips! Forget classic red, take the unconventional route and make your pout pop with a fun shade like M⋅A⋅C's Amplified Lipstick in 'Morange'. Whether you work it with a flirty summer dress or while you're baking poolside in a bikini, this shade is H-O-T. But please don't overdo the look— statement lips work best when the rest of your makeup is toned down. Less is so much more.

Go Shopping

MAC Cosmetics, Miami Beach
650 Collins Avenue, Miami Beach, FL

MAC Cosmetics, Aventura Mall
19501 Biscayne Blvd, Miami, FL‎ 


Best Kept Secret | Wow Brows

If your eyes are the window to your soul, then your eyebrows are the frame. 

There is nothing I am more particular about than my eyebrows. So when Gail Schneider of Wow Brows in Sunny Isles invited me to her studio for a complimentary brow shape, I was apprehensive rather than excited. Not that Gail isn't experienced, to the contrary— she is a brow guru in the same right as Anastasia of Beverly HillsShe has groomed the most fastidious of brows in her former New York City salon, and has a devoted following that includes the women of CNN and beauty editors like Aly Walansky. 

Having recently relocated to Miami, Gail has joined forces with her sister Dari, owner of the SoBe waxing salon 'So Smooth Waxing Miami.' The waxing duo has set up shop inside Miami Beach Fitness in Sunny Isles, baptizing their joint venture Wow Brows & Waxing Studio.

My "WOW" Moment
After getting over my initial fear, I made an appointment with Gail and confessed to her that no one had touched my brows in years, (yes years!) She assured me she would be gentle and honor my wish for a natural, full brow. About thirty minutes later, after getting trimmed, tweezed, and waxed, I was indeed wowed! Gail's fabulous work evened out my brows and opened up my eyes. I don't even have to use brow gel anymore thanks to my new perfect shape.

Besides brow shaping fit for a diva, Gail & Dari also offer full body waxing, brow tinting, facials and massage. They use only natural wax and products, and ensure you'll get the most bang for your buck, with a brow shape priced at only $20! 

Make sure to mention Kelly's Kloset on your next visit to Wow Brows and receive 10% OFF any service. (That means A-list brows can be yours for just $18.)

If You Go

Wow Brows & Waxing Studio
17050 Collins Ave
(inside Miami Beach Fitness gym)
Sunny Isles Beach, Miami, FL

305.244.8088  or 617.763.7405

Hours: Mon.- Thurs. 10am - 6pm, Fri. 10am - 4pm


What I Wore | A Hard Rockin' Friday

A little late, but I wanted to post this fun look from Memorial Day weekend. My boyfriend (the cutie to my left) and I spent Friday night partying with our friends at the Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino in Hollywood to celebrate a birthday. Bright blue leopard is always festive!

What I Wore
Dress: Forever 21
Bracelet: Joan Boyce (Thanks boyfriend!)
ShoesSteve Madden


What I Wore | Shopping at Emporium

What I Wore
Dress: INC at Macy's
Necklace & Bracelets: TAudrey
Shoes: Jessica Simpson Collection


Best Kept Secret | Emporium

Lately I've found it increasingly difficult to find boutiques that aren't trying to sell Forever21 copycats for major bucks. So when I walked into Emporium in Coral Gables it was like a breath of fresh air. From the quaint, vintage feeling to the adorable pup that greeted me as I made my way through,  I realized that Emporium is not your typical Miami store.

Owner Sara Zamikoff created the one-stop-shop almost by accident, as the charming boutique was the result of her journey to opening a coffee and tea shop.  Emporium is the place to go if you're looking for one-of-a-kind goods . Eclectic clothing, handcrafted accessories, unique housewares and even gourmet candy are some of the goodies that await in store. If you're an accessory junkie like me you'll appreciate Zamikoff's selection of local and independent jewelry designs, like exotic jeweled bracelets from LALE

With its great finds and affordable prices Emporium sets itself worlds apart from its Miami counterparts— making it the ultimate best kept secret.

If You Go

2606 Ponce de Leon Blvd.
Coral Gables, Florida 33134



Deal of the Day | TAudrey

There are perks to being a loyal KK reader... Now through June 21st enjoy 20% OFF any purchase at TAudrey.com with the code KellysKloset.

Rings and Things
I adore the personalized TAudrey 'Make Your Mark' ring for $34. Order one with your beau's initial instead of your own for a sweet statement that won't go unnoticed. Single lady? Sport your first and last initials on two fingers for a bold look.

Designer Tiffany Ortiz favors her handmade 'Autograph Plate' necklace. Tell the world who you are with a dainty golden nameplate personally printed by Ortiz. Get it now for under $50 with the limited time KellysKloset discount code.

Closet Confessions | Tiffany Ortiz

Meet Tiffany Ortiz, a twenty-something University of Miami grad and designer of the jewelry line TAudrey. I caught up with Tiffany at Emporium in Coral Gables, a chic little shop off of Ponce Circle that carries her unique and eclectic accessory line. 

Ortiz's story is endearing and empowering. TAudrey started out as just a hobby for the former stylist, who says her friends begged her to sell her homemade designs. A year later, Tiffany is a self-made business owner. TAudrey offers a full line of bracelets, necklaces, rings and earrings for women who know the importance of accessorizing . You can shop the collection online at TAudrey.com,  and at boutiques throughout Miami.

Tiffany has the honor of being the first subject of "Closet Confessions." Check out how the emerging jewelry designer responded to our little game of ten questions.

Ten questions for Miami's most influential Stylistas

Name: Tiffany Ortiz

1. Describe your style: Boho chic. Easy, elegant, comfortable.

2. Your go-to outfit: My Emporium tunic or my favorite sun dress.

3. Can't-live-without-it accessory: Too hard to choose! Can't decide between TAudrey charmed wrist wrap or my everyday autograph plate :)

4. Best place to bargain shop: Mina Miami Beach, great prices, awesome clothes!

5. Flip flops or crocs: Flip flops, definitely!

6. Most memorable fashion faux-pas? ---

7. Whose style do you admire most? Audrey Hepburn (of course!)

8. Biggest splurge? My Miu Miu bag- big expense but was well worth it! 

9. Favorite designer? DVF and Tory Burch

10. The secret to great style is... Always feel confident. Don't try to form to the trends if it's not you. Dress for your body type, and always add a touch of sexy.


Sale Alert | Tom Ford Sunglasses

The perfect summer accessory? Sunglasses! How about a pair from Tom Ford- for only $99! These chic designer shades are a favorite of Hollywood's A-list and retail for a pretty penny ($450 & up!) Check out the sale on Swirl.com before it closes on June 10th. 

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Pencil This In | Fashion & Film at Regal South Beach Cinema

Sex and the City 2 has finally hit the silver screen! To celebrate the opening of the fashionista flick Regal South Beach Cinema is treating moviegoers to a SATC2 inspired fashion show this Friday, May 28th. 

Joining forces to put on the show are four local Miami boutiques, Coco Babe, The Closet Boutique, Mizmi, and Wafa Saifieach dressing their favorite character from the film. Paul Mitchell will be on hand to recreate the hair and makeup looks of our favorite city girls.

Arrive early and get a behind the scenes look at what it really takes to put on a fashion show. Ticket holders will have the opportunity to observe the transformation of six models  leading up to their debut on the catwalk.

If You Go:

Friday, May 28, 2010 7 pm
Regal South Beach Cinema (2nd Floor)

1120 Lincoln Road

Miami Beach, Fl. 33139

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