It should be illegal to complain about the weather when you live in Southern California, but if I’m allowed one gripe, it would be the lack of warm nights. It’s not that they don’t ever happen, but even in the summer the evenings can get brisk once the sun sets. There is one place, though, just two hours away, that’s notorious for its balmy nights, and that’s Palm Springs. I was out in the desert last weekend for Coachella, and was reminded just how nice the warm desert air feels. There is something about the stillness and serenity of the desert that can’t be found in the bustle of LA, and it will always be one of my favorite getaways for that reason. The days can be brutal, but I welcome any weather that gets me back into rompers and summer dresses. Nothing beats the ease of a daytime outfit that can be carried into the evening, and this romper is perfect for just that.
When I think of spring, I can’t help but think of pastels, floral prints and twirly skirts and dresses. This season always brings out my feminine side when it comes to fashion, which is a nice transition from the heavier pieces I usually wear throughout winter. There’s such an ease to this breezy tank and flowy skirt combination, and while I love a pair of skinny jeans, I’m happily hanging up my denim in favor of lighter options like this. I’ll be heading out to the desert this weekend for Coachella, and although I haven’t planned any outfits just yet, this one is sure to be a top contender.
I took these photos during a particularly gloomy week (at least by LA’s standards), and subconsciously assembled this very fitting, all grey outfit. I’ve always loved a monochromatic look because it requires virtually no effort or creativity, but yields an incredibly polished look, which is great for days where being cozy is still a priority. Unfortunately this sweater is now sold out, but I found some similar options here, here, here and here that are currently on sale.
I recently spotted my friend, Chelsea, wearing this tee on Snapchat, so I of course followed up with the dancing twin emoji and congratulating her on her impeccable taste, since I, too, had recently ordered the same tee. As frequent wearers of Bella Luxx, this isn’t the first time we’ve picked the same piece, but we both agreed this is one of our favorites. They truly make the best basic tees, and since I’ve been motivated lately to refine my wardrobe down to the essentials, I was excited to add this one to my collection. A comfy t-shirt is an absolute staple, and this one fits the bill for my version of the perfect tee: relaxed but flattering fit, not too sheer, long enough to be worn tucked or untucked, reasonably priced, and of course, comfortable. I really can’t recommend this one enough, and if you don’t believe me, just ask Chelsea.
Miami is one of those places I fall more in love with each time I visit. With tropical weather year-round, and a melting pot of cultures and languages, it’s easy to feel as though you’ve transported to a foreign country upon arrival. And that is precisely what I love about it. There’s an endless list of places to eat, see and explore (a pursuit I happily welcome over the course of my life), but in the meantime, I’ve narrowed my list of favorites down to the following:
WHAT TO DO:
Shop onLincoln Road Mall – An open-air, pedestrian-friendly road, lined with a mix of affordable and high-end shops, outdoor restaurants, galleries, and street performers.
Bal Harbour Shops – An upscale open-air shopping mall known for its luxury retail, making it the most profitable shopping mall per square foot in the United States. Since it’s way out of my retail budget, I reserve it for window shopping and people watching while sipping an espresso in their outdoor cafe.
Visit Zoological Wildlife Foundation – If you’re an animal lover, then I highly recommend a visit to the Zoological Wildlife Foundation. The staff are visibly passionate about what they do, and you’ll get up close and personal moments with exotic animals from all over the world.
Walk through the Wynwood Art District –Wynwood is home to over 70 art galleries, retail stores, antique shops, and one of the largest open-air street-art installations in the world, including blocks and blocks of Instagram-worthy graffiti and murals.
Relax in South Beach and walk along Ocean Drive – There are plenty of beautiful boardwalks in Miami, but there’s no better place to people watch than Ocean Drive. Think quintessential Miami – fancy cars, art deco buildings, and lots of beautiful people.
WHERE TO EAT:
Fratelli La Bufala – A casual spot with authentic Italian dishes. This is a well-known restaurant in Rome, so you’ll see many Italian expats dining here. Even the complimentary bread is dangerously tasty, but be sure to save room for their Neapolitan pizzas and delicious pastas.
Yardbird Southern Table & Bar – A sophisticated take on Southern comfort food, where everything from the service to the decor are on par. I’m still salivating over their perfectly made fried chicken, macaroni and cheese and classic buttermilk biscuits. Their bourbon cocktails are also supposed to be amazing.
Sugarcane Raw Bar Grill – You really can’t go wrong with this menu, but the roasted beets & arugula salad, duck & waffle, and torrejas with maple caramel apples are a few items that should not be missed.
Joe’s Stone Crab – If you like seafood, then you can’t leave Miami without a visit to Joe’s Stone Crab, a classic Miami staple that’s been around for over a century. They’re best known for their stone crab, but I’m almost more impressed with their indulgent side dishes and key lime pie.
*If there’s anything you love about Miami that I missed, please share in the comments below!