Miami was the perfect escape from life. In the past couple years we have avoided a vacation in the south due to the Zika Virus, but enough was enough. I craved the beach, warm weather and my 30th birthday was the perfect excuse to get out of dodge.
South Beach was much more European than I expected, every where we went, we heard different languages being spoken which made us feel like we weren’t even in the US. The Art Deco architecture, Schubert color palette, against the palm trees and ocean made for a dreamy landscape.
The way we have learned to do vacations as a couple, is his and her days. This way we each get to do what we want to do. As you can guess, my perfect vacation is a beach, shopping, with amazing food and drinks. Well my vacation to-do list was completely satisfied.
Alter Miami: This was probably one of the best meals I have ever had in my life. Since it was my 30th, we went all out for the full 9 course chef’s tasting menu. Both Romy and I agreed our favorite course was probably the 4th course, the soft egg; it was mouth watering and delicious.
Joe’s Stone Crab: This is one of the most famous restaurants in Miami. With stone crab being caught off the coast of Miami and only in season from October through March, this restaurant held up to its reputation. Again, we went all out and ordered the fresh stone crab with the the recommended sides of the lyonnaise potatoes and the grilled tomatoes. To my surprise the stone crab was cold, but that didn’t change a thing, it was still buttery delicious dipped into the mustard sauce. Ending our meal with the BEST key lime pie I have ever enjoyed!
Consign the Times: I actually really researched this one. I am always on the hunt in new city’s to find their best luxury consignment stores, and Consign the Time was that and more. The fact that they had a rainbow wall of Chanel handbags were drool worthy. I ended snagging 2 items, my FIRST Hermes item; a purple silk scarf and a Dolce and Gabbana skinny purple belt.
The Colonnade Outlets at Sawgrass Mills Outlet Mall: I was really looking forward to this trip. On our way back from the Everglades, we made a pit stop to the The Colonnade Outlets a luxury-brand outlet center with over 70 exclusive outlets including Gucci, Jimmy Choo, Burberry, Saint Laurent and more. I honestly thought this was going to be the highlight of our trip, but it ended up being really infuriating. The whole mall gave me the Pretty Women feel; like Romy and I didn’t belong and were not good enough to shop there. I just couldn’t understand, this was an outlet mall, with off priced and out of season goods, why do they have the right to not acknowledge people? So out of sole principle, I didn’t. I took my business else where. I hope if you are ever at the Colonnade Outlets you have a better experience then me.
Sites to See:
Wynwood Walls: I have never seen an outdoor art exhibit on this scale. We saw the graffiti alley in Ghent, Belgium, but the street art wasn’t just confined to the walls of the Wynwood, the whole area was tagged with art. Aside from just walking around the actual exhibit, my husband commissioned the photographer @chicdestinations to take blog photos of me. I did some research on walls that I HAD to see and she made it happen. More to come on this whole photo shoot.
Walking Miami: Miami had an awesome paved trail that followed the length of South Beach. Aside from Miami having amazing architecture, the people watching was just as fun. There was so much activity of people running, rollerblading, beach volley ball to head ball. Then we stumbled upon the Versace mansion, I didn’t realize we were a 5 minute walk from this historic location. It was even more beautiful in person and has given a whole new perception of the TV show, The Assassination of Gianni Versace.
Stay tuned to my next blog post going through Romy’s vacation days.