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Gables Style: Hot Hot Heat: The Perfect Summer Look From Head to Toe

5/27/14

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By Patricia Guarch Wise of MIAMI NICE

The heat is on in Miami and the Heat are still going strong – summer (and a threepeat) is coming… or is it already here?

It’s certainly starting to feel like it’s too hot for anything but lightweight wears. Layers, even the light cardigans we wear during “winter,” feel like a distant memory. The only layer you’ll be seeing for the next few months is a good mani/ pedi, and maybe a headscarf.

Time to nail down your summer style from head to toe with a little help from your favorite Downtown Coral Gables boutiques, nail salons and services:

Nails: BNT Nails
This summer season, I’m feeling a 90’s teen cult movie color palette of wines and light pinks – and suddenly, I can’t bring myself to paint my hands and feet the same color. The combination of light and dark feels right with a neutral colored summer dress, a pair of white jeans cuffed at the bottom paired with leather sandals or a swimsuit.

Go ahead and add on a little extra indulgence. BNT Nails over on Aragon Avenue has just expanded their spa menu and has a whole slew of new, fruity scents for scrubs and soaks.

Accessories and Shoes: Bridget’s Shoe & Handbag Repair Store
Give last year’s favorite pieces a little rehab and they’ll be good as new. If you have a leather handbag or a pair of sandals you bought on holiday and wore thin last summer, don’t throw them out. Consider giving them a little love and they’ll be good as new.

Think that beloved bag can be salvaged by an expert? Take it in to Bridget’s Shoe and Handbag Repair Store on Galiano and see what kind of magic they can work – hopefully those sandals will be back in your weekly rotation in no time.

Casual Clothes: Habit Boutique
If you haven’t shopped at Habit Boutique yet, it’s a habit you’ll want to pick up. This delightful little space on Andalusia has a cult-like following of Gables girls in the know. Pop in and pick up just what you need for this weekend’s BBQ, pool party or beach day.

Party Clothes: Essence Boutique
The beautiful printed dress featured in the image above just went up on the Essence Boutique Facebook a few hours ago – so we think if you run, it can still be yours.

This t-back dress speaks to a few of the trends for the summer that I can get behind.  It’s a simplicity that’s both minimalist and maximalist; the shape is streamlined and pared back, but the digital print in the middle gives it a little edge and personality. I can imagine this piece dressed up with a simple pair of black strap sandals with a low heel and a pink lip for a night out.

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