Monday, September 4, 2017

Miami Vacation Reflections and New Beginnings

It’s been a while since I’ve written as I took off some time to focus on myself this Summer, and generally this past year. I was teetering on the brink of not writing at all until I went on vacation to Miami earlier this Summer. The ocean, especially in Miami had this magical way of sucking all the stress out of me and clearing my mind. It’s as if I became a blank slate again, letting ago of everything and thinking more clearly of what I wanted in life. It’s probably a good idea to go on one vacation at least once a year, but I haven’t had a chance to really get away until now. 

As I sat on the beach reflecting on this past year, and thinking of things that made me happy I realized how much I missed going on fashion adventures, red carpets, paparazzi, dressing up in glamorous looks and chronicling my life as ‘The Style Socialite’. This blog opened so many cool doors for me and gave me an opportunity to live this crazy, amazingly epic and so not normal life. Taking a break to focus on other things made me realize that as much as I tried I could never really settle for a normal life. Not that there’s anything wrong with that, but it’s just soooo not me. I was meant to accomplish more, much more… So here we go, after taking care of what I needed to this year I’m back, better than ever and this time inline with my life moto, #liveepically, I will never stop

Here’s a look at my much needed vacation that opened my eyes and gave me the blank slate I needed to start over...

I searched probably over 50 hotels before finally deciding to stay at The Cadet Hotel in South Beach. It was a number one choice for me as I wanted a cozy, quite place to call home for the week. The hotel was in a prime location as well with the beach just steps away and plenty of shops and restaurants nearby on Lincoln Road.

This gem of an art deco french themed hotel on South Beach was also rich in history. Way back when it was a former home to World War II air force cadets. 

After a long morning of traveling from New York, I couldn't be happier to arrive at my hotel room and find fruits and Evian water waiting for me. 

A beautiful aroma of lavender permeated the room right when I walked in and I couldn't quite place where it was coming from until I noticed the curtains with pockets of lavender. (Every morning since then I felt like I was waking up in a garden of flowers.) 

I quickly threw my suitcase on the floor and started to unpack. It was around 3pm so I wanted to get down to the beach as quickly as possible to catch the sun before the day was over. 

I made it to the beach just in time and quickly to went to work on my much needed tan. I don't remember falling asleep, but I do remember waking up feeling so refreshed, stress free and happy. The ocean has always had such a calming effect on me. 

One of my favorite parts of my vacation was definitely walking by all of the beautiful palm trees in Miami Beach. 

After the beach I searched for a place to have dinner and came across 'Paul', a super cute french restaurant right on Lincoln Road. I ordered the salmon sandwich with a glass rosĂ©. 

The next morning I woke up so refreshed and excited to explore all of the Cadet Hotel's beautiful architecture and outdoor ambiance. 

Of course my favorite part was the awesome outdoor jacuzzi at the Cadet. My one regret of the trip was not having a chance to try it out.

Aside from the jacuzzi, the Cadet also had such a lovely garden and patio.

I was definitely a fan of all the epic sculptures around the property as well. :) 

Every morning I made a daily tradition to have my coffee right by the beach. It's probably one of the greatest feelings to fully wake up by the ocean and just breathe.

The weather was mostly sunny, but with any tropical location there was bound to be a storm coming. But, even with the darkest clouds, Miami Beach was still so beautiful.

I decided to stay under my beach umbrella and watch the rain come down. Out of all the places I've been rained on, this was by the far the most enjoyable. ;)

The next morning it was as if the crazy rain storm didn't happen with not a cloud in the sky. I obviously took full advantage of the weather with a trip down to the Marseilles Hotel pool for some guac and chips. 

After lunch I took a quick nap at this super cool pod on a mini pool at the Marseilles.

What's a vacation without a chance to relax on one of the hotel's outdoor hammocks?!

After the beach I went to take daily strolls on Lincoln Road, a primary destination for shopping, dining and entertainment in Miami Beach.

There was no shortage of cool things to take pictures of like this old automobile on Lincoln Road.

One of my favorite shops on Lincoln Road was definitely the Romero Britto art gallery and shop owned by the famous namesake Brazilian neo-pop artist.

Each morning I tried to have breakfast at a different cafe, with the exception of the Sultan, a go to spot for the best Mediterranean food in South Beach. (Definitely went there more than once!)

I recommend trying their gyro breakfast sandwich, fries and a side of coffee. 

After a few days of relaxing and focusing on myself I was excited to hang out with friends who live in Miami. My outfit for the evening was a mix of New York fashion meets Miami street style with a black lace crop top and white shorts.

I met up with my friends Sara and Adel who both live in Miami beach. It was so much fun hitting the town for a girls night out in Miami. 

After dinner Sara invited us back to her apt complex called the Blue & Green diamond for a midnight swim in the light up hot tub.

The next night I continued the hot tub adventures at the Ritz Carlton for another 12am swim. My evening started out quite boring, but then this super sweet local guy offered to take me around all the best Miami hot spots, starting with the Ritz.

Of course I couldn't resist to stop and take a photo of the Miami fashion. How cute is this high-low pattern dress?!

My new guy pal brought me to the One Hotel after showing me around the Ritz. The view was nothing like I've seen in Miami before, with the city on one side and the ocean on the other. It was magical to say the least as we watched the ocean waves from the rooftop cabana and just connected about life. I showed him a story that I wrote about one of my earlier Miami adventures, and he made me promise to send through this one when I finished writing it. So cheers to you when you read this, thanks for making my last few hours in Miami so epic and giving me something to write about. :)

The next morning I woke up with such a bittersweet mood to leave Miami and go back home. Naturally, those moods were well documented on my emoji bikini. ;)

Thank you Miami, and to all my of my friends there who made my stay that much more epic and memorable. Cheers to new beginnings, and continuing to push the limits on everything that I do back home...

#TheStyleSocialite #LiveEpically #NeverStop

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