“It seems that half the point of being in Miami Beach, particularly the northern end of South Beach, is to be observed by people-watchers like me, and the display along ocean drive during my visit was, as always, sublime.” – Susan Orlean
Morning view from The JW Marriott Marquis in Downtown Miami
It had been a loooong time since I had a getaway that didn’t involve work or my children so I jumped at the chance to join my husband on his business trip to the Sunshine State. Aside from a mini vaca together, it was the perfect chance to visit one of my oldest childhood friends who is a fashionista in her own right and was dying to take me around to her favorite spots. Two days of relaxation and exploration went by in the blink of an eye…
Our morning began with a latte and some local flavor. The women in Miami are always dressed like they are headed out for a night on the town, even at seven in the morning. The hair, makeup and heels were enough to make me question my casual LA vibe – just for a second.
This structure is an ever changing bulletin board of art that marks the entrance to the Miami Design District.
Loving the new DVF Collection for The Rug Company, particularly Climbing Leopard.
I plotzed when we entered Casa Cielo, a most magical source for the unexpected in tile and mosaics. How dreamy is this sliced agate slab?! I am still fantasizing of making a table top out of it…
This marbled glass tile would turn any bathroom into oasis reminiscent of the Caribean.
Varigated shades of blue to green inlaid tile makes me swoon.
Greek Key is one of the most classic design patterns known to man. It is one of my favorites and it’s popularity never seems to wane. A great way to finish off a bannister or railing, I would love to walk up these stairs each day.
Border of a gated entrance welcomes me inside.
Come on! You know my love of vintage hardware, but these winged dragons just sent me. I wonder if they came from an emporer’s palace in Shanghai.
An outdoor hookah lounge, Buddah seems very happy to be here.
The one and only fabulous Eydie Parker, child hood friend and my Miami tour guide. Lucky for me, she comes back to LA a few times a year so we can laugh, shop and pick each others’ brains for our latest great finds. We usually end up swapping a piece of jewelry as our taste is one in the same when it comes to baubles. She was anxious to take me to At Ease on Sunset, and once I got there I could see why. A fabulous boutique filled with the latest and greatest designer duds that had me oohing and aahing over each piece with a savvy staff that knows how to dress each individual client. No wonder Eydie loves working there!
It felt like we were in 7th grade all over again. Matching Grecian sandals to show off our matching pedicures. We snapped these beauties up at Alchemist, one of the most exquisitely designed stores I’ve ever walked through.
Our next stop was unplanned as we stumbled across a student art show at DASH, Design and Architecture Senior High. The level of talent was astonishing and I knew I needed to explore the works of these young artists.
One of my favorites at the show.
My husband Danny with a famed Florida Stone Crab
We ended the trip on a late afternoon boat ride off the coast. Good food, good wine, good company. What more can one ask for?