If you’ve had it up-to-here with dehydrated skin and toddlers that need a vast array of layers to get out of the house, we have a few sexy words for you: Bienvenidos a Miami
In just a few hours, you could be park your so-over-it ass at an ocean front hotel and have glistening turquoise water gently lull you into mid-afternoon slumber; freshly-squeezed vodka-lemonade in hand.
If you’re like us and have to eat and play through a city when you travel, we’d love nothing more than to equip you with the new new and make sure you’re set up proper upon landing.
Of course, what “kind” of getaway it will be will depend entirely on whether or not you include the ball(s) & chain(s) on your guest list, but either way, you’ll be in a better / warmer / aesthetically more pleasing atmosphere.
And because 1) there’s no time change and 2) you can apply floaties and toss your kid in the pool for the majority of the day, you’re guaranteed some free time for priorities like getting through an entire issue of Elle Magazine in peace.
And if you’ve got a newbie on your hip, fear not; all you’ll need is an umbrella for shade (which someone will graciously set up for you), and you can carry on with your bad self.
Since swimsuits count as outfits in Miami, you’ll want to bring a few options. If you want to splurge, my fave is TRIANGL Swimwear as they legit last a lifetime and look fantastic. Another one to check out is MONDAY Swimwear – awesome if you’re sporting massive boobs ATM. And if your M.O. is cheap, chic, and quick, one thing you can always count on in the US is good ol’ TARGET – I kid you not, they have some cute shit in stock.
For the rest of your wardrobe, keep it simple. Chill by day, and sexy AF by night (pack a couple pairs of racy stilettos to dress up your denim and you’re golden) . You won’t need much in terms of layers, at most a denim jacket or silk kimono for late nights.
HOT TIP: Make sure you pack a leave-in conditioner (because the sun will strip all moisture) and a bottle of body oil to douse yourself in before heading out on the town to show off that gorgeous tan you earned.
Speaking of tans, since there are much too many sunscreen options to list, I’ll go ahead and plug my good friend (and regular Flare Magazine contributor) Michelle, with her list of awesome, all-natural sun protection.
And now for the fun stuff!
Un petit list of up-to-date spots that you will want to check out while in Miami – although, please feel free to just order room service and not do a single thing.
This list is kind of all over the place – from high end South Beach glam to hipstery heaven – so find your vibe (and budget) amongst them respectively.
And remember, time well wasted is not wasted time.
WHERE TO STAY
Soho Beach House
Nautilus aSixty Hotel
W South Beach
WHERE TO COCKTAIL
Regency Hotel lobby
Sugar at East Hotel
Kiki On The River
Sweet Liberty Drink
WHERE TO EAT
Roberta’s Pizza (winter pop up)
Amara at Paraiso
Habitat by Jose Mendin
Surf Club at Four Seasons
Kiki on the River
WHERE TO PARTY
SLS South Beach
WHERE TO BRUNCH
Cecconi’s Soho House
WHERE TO SHOP
Bal Harbour Shops
Design District & Wynwood
Lincoln & Collins
WHAT TO CHECK OUT & DO
Museum of Icecream
Perez Art Museum
Aubi & Ramsa Icecream Bar
Citi Rental Bike tour of South Beach
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Featured photo by Catherine J Kim