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
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
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
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
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
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…
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.
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.
As the winter doldrums regrettably set in, there’s no better time to get away than the present. Eschewing the obvious sun soaked destinations of Florida or the Caribbean, my ideal escape is definitely Paris. La Maison Champs Elysees to be exact. Situated in the Golden Triangle, this boutique design hotel boasts a total of 57 suites, 17 of which comprise the “Couture Collection” designed exclusively by Martin Margiela. With surreal touches such as trompe l’oeil wall coverings and faux ceilings, this stunning former townhouse would undeniably make a great escape.
Combining elements of surrealism such as oversized moldings and extra-large wingback chairs, the elegant all white decor of the hotel’s Table du 8 Restaurant is praised as a perfect backdrop to showcase Chef Benoit Hilaire’s modern take on classic French fare.
A contemporary interpretation of Napoleon III style, the Gilded Lounge Suite mimics the whimsical yet chic decor of the surrounding hotel. The trompe l’oeil wall coverings are actually made up of black and white photographs of the gilded lounge on the second floor.
Like the Gilded Lounge Suite above, the Lost Moldings Suite is not short of whimsy with its perplexing placement of moldings set against a serene white, beige, and grey color scheme.