Fashion Challenge: Miami Packing List Looks Under $200

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The lovely Kendra Thornton of Thornton PR recently reached out seeking some fashion assistance for an upcoming trip to Miami with her husband (they’re staying at The Biltmore Estate Miami–I have to say I’m pretty darn envious)!  Tasked with two day and night looks under $200, finding versatile pieces that could do double duty, i.e. shoes, basics and accessories, was a must.  Also a must: taking advantage of all the fabulous summer sales because there are a TON of killer deals!!

Look One: Shopping in Coral Gables

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Look #1: Dotted Racerback Dress, $94.50 // Callie Metallic Sandal, $69 ($98 + 30% off with code HISUMMER) // Cat Eye Sunnies, $32 // Gold Cuff, $45 ($65 + 30% off with code HISUMMER) // Stripe Beach Tote, $59 *(also love this neon ribbon panama hat–would look super cute)

Look Two: Cocktails at The Delano

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Look #2: Mango Textured Crop Top, $49 (sale) // Zara Loose Fit Trousers in Tangerine, $39.99 (sale) // Zebra Print Sandals, $85 // Geo Beaded Clutch, $68 // Hammered Gold Bib Necklace, $33 (sale) // Gold Cuff, $45 ($65 + 30% off with code HISUMMER)

Look Three: Brunch at Nikki Beach

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Look #3: Palm Romper, $96 //J.Crew Callie Metallic Sandal, $69 ($98 + 30% off with code HISUMMER) // Cat Eye Sunnies, $32 // Gold Cuff, $45 ($65 + 30% off with code HISUMMER) // Stripe Beach Tote, $59

Look Four: Dinner Al Fresco

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Look #4: Mango Textured Crop Top, $49 // Fluted Skirt in Pale Citrus, $59 (sale) // Zebra Print Sandals, $85 // Pereskia Necklace, $29 // Pony Hair Clutch, $57

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Paris, Please!

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In less than 24 hours, I will be meandering gorgeous cobblestone streets, snacking on delectable french fare and sipping a perfect glass of rose (or two or three…) in the magical metropolis that is Paris!

With only three days to burn, I have lofty expectations of fitting in the best the City of Light has to offer.  There will be no fighting the crowds of the Louvre just to see all 31 x 21 inches of the plexiglass covered Mona Lisa–been there, done that!  This trip will be about savoring the little things that make Parisian life so enviable–that perfect cup of coffee and croissant, the inner-city oasis of the Jardin du Luxembourg, the stalls of the Port de Clingencourt, flower markets, street crepes, baguettes du fromage, and, of course, a little faire du shopping!  Also on the docket: a visit to the Hemingway Bar at the Ritz or perhaps the Hotel Costes just because.  Stay tuned and au revoir pour maintenant…

Travel Lust: A Moroccan Getaway

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It’s Wednesday before a holiday weekend–who isn’t thinking about a little vacay? This jaw-dropping Moroccan retreat (spotted today on Domaine’s blog) is what wanderlust daydreams are made of and more…

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Unreal.  I want to be there…like NOW.

Images: Nicety | Photography: Jordi Canosa

Travel Lust: The Siam, Bangkok

That I’m itching for a vacay is an understatement.  Needless to say, when I stumbled across The Siam Hotel‘s stylish digs in this month’s Afar–I was blown away.  The gorgeous riverside retreat was conceived by Thai-American musician turned hotelier Krissada Sukosol Clapp, along with renowned architect and interior/landscape designer Bill Bensley, one of Architectural Digest’s “Top 100 Designers and Most Creative People.”   Inspired by Paris’ Musee D’Orsay, the hotel marries a muted palette of black, white, cream, grey and neutrals with natural textures, sprawling gardens and verdant shrubs.  Art Deco accents throughout aim to channel the grandeur of old Siam under the reign of King Rama V (1853-1910).

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The 39 art deco inspired suites and villas offer a spacious escape from bustling Bangkok with soaking tubes, private gardens and decor that will delight even the most discerning travel afficionados.  Those soaking tubes are calling my name!pool_villa_thesiam_bangkok Maenam-Suite-Detail-originalartwork Chinese-Villa-Detail-2-(N)_1_87 Chinese-Villa-Riverview1_1_94 the-siamhotel-courtyard-bangkok thesiamhotel-dining-bangkok thesiam-hotel-dining-restaurant-bangkok thesiam-opiumspa-corridor

Above is the corridor to the spa.  Amenities also include a bath house and screening room… not bad.

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Just one-night at this glam getaway will set you back a pretty penny… but a girl can dream!

Images via Afar & The Siam Hotel

Travel Lust: La Banane St. Barts

A busy work (and play) schedule, as well as a broken computer, have kept me away from my usual online reads.  Well, I finally sat down and caught up with a few favorites (namely Lonny) and fell in love with this amazing tropical getaway featured in May’s issue.   La Banane is not your average beach resort nor the typical  luxury hotel.  The closest thing to a modern day Slim Aarons poolside setting, this nine bungalow compound nestled in a quite alcove of St. Barts is a hidden gem.   Formerly owned by a 1950s cabaret star, the recently renovated interior beams with bright and airy hues  and original teak and cane furnishings.  So good you’d almost rather stay indoors–well, not really.

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La Banane Pool Deck Night

I mean, seriously.  This place is a tropical paradise.

Maison 140: A Parisian Retreat in Beverely Hills

Described as an amalgam of Parisian elegance and Hollywood glam, Maison 140 tops my list of design hotels to visit.  The boutique hideaway located in the heart of L.A. recently underwent a chic transformation at the hands of none other than Kelly Wearstler.  In true Wearstler fashion, the hotel’s 44 guest suites are luxurious and inviting with features like tufted headboards and silk wall coverings.  Adding intrigue to the old-world elegance is the hotel’s lounge, Bar Noir, which balances the Belle Époque decadence of its guest suites with dramatic Asian-inspired accents like mirrored chinoiserie panels.  I soooo want to go to there!

Isn’t it great?  Definitely one of my favorite hotels by Wearstler.

Images via Maison140 and Lonny.

Hotel Spotlight: Soho Beach House

With its hip vintage vibe, the Soho Beach House‘s rustic decor is not what one would normally expect to find in the heart of Miami Beach.  Charming indeed, but not short on style.  The rooms feature Cuban tile floors, freestanding baths, and a fully stocked maxibar complete with crystal stemwear and a silver cocktail shaker.  Don Draper would approve. 

   

Urbane and elegant!  Where do I sign up?

Images via Soho House Group.