Simple + Elegant

A few posts back I mentioned a side project I’ve been working on.

Well… I am excited today to announce the launch of that project today… !

Today my best friend Jelena and I launched an online store for her jewelry line LULO. Website created by me! Now I’m not a professional graphic or web designer, so this was a really fun challenge and I hope you love how it came out. Even though I created my blog on WordPress using Thesis, setting up an online shop was a different story!!!

We are going for a simple + elegant look, just like the jewelry line itself.


Read the LULO story here.

Happy shopping,

keely marie


My favorite Canadian boutique

Hey ladies in the US, I am about to make your Christmas wish list longer. My favorite, favorite, FAVORITE boutique from Canada just launched an online store. Aritzia!

Traveling in Canada for a few years for work I fell in love with this shop, dying to know when we’d have one closer to Miami. They’ve recently opened boutiques in 10 US cities now including New York and San Fran, so some of you might be familiar. Based on past purchases, three of the brands they carry stand out to me as really high quality; T. Babaton, Talula, and Wilfred.

Check it out.  I apologize to your bank account ahead of time.


{loving these looks}

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Sites I’m Loving Right Now

August is breezing by too quickly and my to do list is quickly piling up, I guess that is what a real vacation will do. There hasn’t been time for as much cooking as normal, but there was a bit too much shopping…we’ve had event after event.

Have I told you about my online shopping obsession yet? I went to a mall to get a dress for a wedding and realized it was the first time I had been to a mall since Christmas!

When I lived in Los Angeles I’d just walk down the street to blocks of perfect stores {sigh}, but in Miami we have just one boutique I like close to my house.

Here are a few of the sites and designers I’m loving lately.

::: Clothing, Jewelry, Accessories :::

LYST – Social sharing site that links you to buy items. Follow items you pin, follow designers and bloggers. Purchase items I like with this link.

keelymarie on LYST

Revolve Clothing – Free Shipping and Returns {please take this away from me!} Rich + Skinny, Tibi, Herve Leger, Gypsy, Rory Beca…all my faves in one place.


 Nasty Gal – cute, less expensive than designer, great warm weather clothes


 ::: Art / Homemade :::

Etsy: Obviously great for gifts and customized homeware. Some shops I love:


GlamRocks Designs – handmade jewelry, I have these rings and I’m obsessed! fast shipping and major compliments

AedrielOriginals – lover her designs for unique kitchenware, aren’t these plates fabulous?

loveandwhiskers– great personalized gifts! fast shipping as well

What are your current “go to”  online shopping sites right now?



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Memorial Day Cook + Swim ::: Best of Both

Are you ready for the long weekend!? Sun, sand, & water. Grilling outside with a mojito in hand. {Small reminder I live in Miami}

Oh Memorial Day cookouts…I love you. Here’s  some favorite cookout recipes that are sure to impress.

Bacon Wrapped Water Chestnuts Savory Sweet Life
Boneless Baked Chicken Wings keelymarie
BBQ Chicken Ina Garten
Tuna Pasta Salad 20somethingcupcakes
Calico Beans keelymarie
Apple Almond Chicken Salad 20somethingcupcakes
Grilled Corn on the Cob Bobby Flay
Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Cookies keelymarie
PB+J Cookies 20somethingcupcakes
Millionaire Mojito
One of the many Sangria recipes from my lovely SAS 20somethingcupcakes

Now that you know what you are cooking, you can’t forget that PERFECT swimsuit. You just might want to skip those bacon wrapped water chestnuts. Just a thought. I’m currently lusting after these beauties.

Marra Hoffman One Piece
Free People Bikini (multiple colors available)
Marra Hoffman Bikini

All Saint’s Bikini

You can purchase these swimsuits in my LYST store here. 

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Beauty Basics ::: Perfect Summer Glow

I heard you liked my first beauty post, so this week I am on to the next important beauty topic. {sorry to any men reading this blog, recipes are here to stay…promise!}

Maintaining a great tan + glow without ruining your skin, getting wrinkles, and potentially even skin cancer. Ten years ago I would have handed you a bottle of baby oil or Australian Gold “no SPF” tanning lotion and sent you to the beach.

With a few scares of skin cancer in my family and many years of sun overexposure from growing up on the beach in Florida, I’ve retired that mentality and adapted to a “mostly fake bake” lifestyle. {We have a pool at our apartment and yes I still lay out “sometimes”}

If done right, this approach shouldn’t send you out with that Jersey Shore orange shade and it will be just enough  color to make you feel healthy and bronzed.

1. EXFOLIATE – I believe any product works here as long as you do actually exfoliate and the product is not oil based. I recently purchased this one:

Bliss Super Slough Scrub

2. TAN – I love love love  St. Tropez. It is rich  enough for a real tan, but dark enough so it is not at all orange. Be careful with your hands though. I use a pumice stone to scrub the mousse off my hands after, but gloves might be a good idea. 

St. Tropez Tanning {Exfoliator, Tanning Mousse, Lotion, hand mit}

AT home: This set above covers it “All in One” and is only $25 dollars more than the tanning mousse itself, might be worth it but I have not tried the set. 
Professional: In LA I used to go to Mind Body Manhattan for Chocolate Sun for spray tans. All organic and a tan great color, they customize it for you and it smells great. In Miami, I have been to Forever Tan. It works, but I prefer the St. Tropez at home method for the true tan color. 
3. BRONZE – It doesn’t stop there. Using a good bronzer will help you with the glow side of the tan and will accentuate your now tanned body. 
Use CHANEL Soleil Tan Sheer Illuminating Fluid mixed with foundation, the Guerlain bronzing compact, and then for a super glow factor use the NARS The Multiple in Copacabana and South Beach. 

CHANEL Soleil Tan Sheer Illuminating Fluid

Guerlain Terracotta Bronzer in #03

Copacabana (white highlighter, brightens)


South beach (pinkish bronze highlighter, bring out the tan)

4. EXTEND – I am a lotion FREAK so this is an obvious one for me. Right now I like Eucerin, but any drug store lotion with SPF will do. You’ve already spent your beauty bank for the month on the above products above right?

Eucerin Everyday protection SPF 15 

 So, what’s your go-to tanning product?
Have you tried any of these before?
I’d love to hear from you in the comments!

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