I can’t show the ‘before’, it’s too embarrassing. Needless to say, I’m
satisfied with the ‘after’
Over Christmas break, I had my sister and brother-in-law staying visiting from London.
They wanted sunshine and they wanted beaches so we spent a day trying out DecoBike, Miami’s new bicycle sharing program.
Using the website or their iPhone app, find one of the 100 stations dotted all over the island. To rent the bike, you just swipe your credit card and follow the instructions on the display. Once you pay for the hour limit you need, you can unhook the bike from its lil’ station. You can check the bike back in to any other station, and your credit card acts like a pass for the day.
We started at South Pointe park and rode north alongside the ocean. It’s paved from 5th ave through Lummus park to past 17th st. We went inland at that point, to stroll along Linccoln road. We checked the bikes back in and had a delicious lunch at Shake Shack on Lincoln and Alton. Those New Yorkers know their burgers!
I put this together for Stephanie, my Francophile, New York Chic Spanish friend who is moving into a new apartment in Miami.
There are girly accents in the pink and grey pillows, countered by a basic Ikea sofa in classic beige. Dark but graphic rugs anchor all the pink, and a sheepskin rug adds warmth and texture. A desk with baroque lines and a delicate chandelier are hints to the decadence of Paris. The mirrored coffee table is chunky and stylish, and undoubtedly French.
A bright pink print of a paper-cut map of paris lends some local charm, next to 20×200 prints of Anna Wintour/Karl Lagerfeld and a collection of scooters. Accessories lend the final layer with a metal bicycle wall hanging and baskets that would be at home on your velo on the boulevard Ste Germain.
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As is my tradition, I love cataloging my vacation wardrobe. Trying all my intended outfits on beforehand just makes sense, and photographing them gives me a handy cheat sheet for the outfits I’ve chosen.
I’m going to be in London for 7 full days, Barcelona for 3, and there are nights-out planned! So with this set, I have a ‘uniform’ of jeans and boots, mixed up with tops and 3 jackets. I should be all set to be comfy and stylish…unless it’s hot!
P.S. Sorry for the dopey facial expressions! I am no @becksdowling
Here’s my styling for my big burlesque night out with the girls in London next week. I own none of these actual items, but similar(cheaper) ones, so the effect is the same. I want to look fashionable, sexy, unique, be comfortable and warm, and wear shoes that won’t kill my feet on the tube. Is that too much to ask?
I got back from a trip to Key West last weekend with my wonderful adopted Godmother Dorry, her friend Max, and my beloved. From Yelp reviews and co-worker recommendations, we ate like kings. Positively one of the best food-trips I have ever had! Here’s where we ate.
Lunch: B.O.’s Wagon
This shack, yes, it’s a food truck with some boards around it, has the best conch fritters on the island. Dorry and Mike had fried fish, but I stuck with the classics.
The wagon is near a marina and is cash only. I recommend washing it down with a Corona, to make sure the island vibe kicks in.
We dipped in here after a technicolor Mallory Square sunset. I would usually caution against eating ON Duval, but it had great reviews and thunder was threatening. The restaurant is a converted Victorian, which lends charm and heat!
Waiting for a table, we sat at the outside bar, eating mussels and drinking Triple Karmelit (for a whopping $10/glass)
Once seated upstairs in comfy wicker chairs, we feasted on Ahi tuna, lobster, pasta and lots of bread. My tuna was perfectly done, the pyramid of fresh fish hiding the seaweed salad and asian slaw underneath. Bagatelle on Yelp
Drinks: Green Parrot
Everyone will tell you this is the best bar in Key West and rightly so. A block off Duval it attracts a crowd of crusty locals, Navy pilots (lucky me!) and the nice type of tourists who just want to blend in and observe. The band that night was from New Orleans, so we were treated to trumpets, kazoos and an impromptu parade around the bar from the wind section.
We were so enamored with the atmosphere, we returned to quench our thirst the next day (they have a decent beer selection) and got branded key chain-bottle openers. In the shape of a parrot, of course! Green Parrot on Yelp
Brunch: Blue Heaven
This had been recommended so many times, I had to drag the group through the heat to this legend. Nearer the Hemmingway House, the restaurant is a loose collection of tables in a mulch-covered courtyard. The atmosphere comes from the brightly-painted bar, the low umbrellas, music stage and the cocky chickens.
During my delicious shrimp omlette, we watched the true owners of this place chase each other, jump up on umbrellas and awnings, and generally act the fool. It almost distracted me from my mimosa!
Their banana bread was recommended, and it was excellent. Be sure to check dining times, as they close in the afternoon. And when you’re stuffed, go across the street to Wanderlust, a darling boutique owned by a High School classmate. Blue Heaven on Yelp