travel guide: miami beach

This post doesn’t have much to do with style + clothes.

But it has everything to do with why I’m drawn to a minimalist lifestyle. It can be summed up in four little words:

Own less + travel more.

So last week we went to Miami + bummed it on the beach for a few blissful, restful days.

We spent just about every morning on the beach. Reading. Listening to the waves. Playing. Napping.

And we even went night swimming! — and promptly started trying to freak each other out with statements such as, “I bet sharks come out at night.” “Sharks secretly hunt people when it’s dark out.” “I think I just felt a shark brushing past my leg!!”

And we scrambled out of the ocean like 30 seconds later.

But it was fun while it lasted.

We stayed at The Raleigh hotel — which was pure awesome.

We ducked into a few other hotels nearby to check out the design + architecture, but most were so perfectly polished that they felt a little … sterile. The Raleigh had a pinch of extra quirkiness to make it feel authentic. We felt like we were living in a Wes Anderson movie.

This was not a see and do trip. It was a relax trip, through and through. So instead of getting out a ton, we ate at the hotel restaurant — Restaurant Michael Schwartz — at least once or twice a day. And it was delish — best fish tacos ever.

Oh, and that pool? Yeah, it was as heavenly as you’re imagining.


However, we did venture out a few times for some grub. Here are some of our favorites in no particular order:

Orange Blossom | Pictured below, top right. Within walking distance from The Raleigh. Small place with a friendly + cool vibe.

Yardbird Southern Table + Bar | Nestled in a cute neighborhood — check out Circle Art At Home across the street for mid-century furnishings. Order the chicken + waffles + watermelon. Prepare to have your life changed forever.

Juvia | Fun place to get fancy! Skyline views. In-house DJ mixing mellow fashion runway music. A little pretentious, but I was one (or two?) drinks in + enamored with my adorable husband, so I didn’t care in the slightest. Go just as the sun is setting.

Cecconi’s at the Soho Beach House | Pictured below, bottom left. Magical spot for dinner with twinkle lights in the trees. Make sure to poke your head behind the bar to get a peek at the modern pool.

The Social Club at the Surfcomber | Pictured below, bottom right. Steps away from The Raleigh. Giant upholstered sofas. Artistic vibe. Really good food.


Outfit pictures, you say?

Unfortunately, we didn’t take many. Most of the time, we were in our swim suits. But we did dress up a couple of times, as evidenced below.

(Getting to rock that fringe dress made me realize that I need more excuses to dress up in my life.)


I’ve been seeing this quote all over Pinterest lately, but I can’t help but share it again. For me, it sums up our trip beautifully.

Once she stopped rushing through life, she was amazed how much more life she had time for. –Amy Rubin Flett


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