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Miami Vice

15 Aug

I just came back from being in South Beach for the first time and I must say that it exceeded my expectations. Miami is not just made up of crazy spring breaker types. It’s a beach city that has some of the most elegant and glamorous restaurants/hotels/shops that I’ve ever seen. Don’t believe me? Here are three of my picks amongst Miami’s finest:

The Ritz-Carlton

1 Lincoln Road

Dinner poolside at the Ritz-Carlton, South Beach.

Dinner poolside at the Ritz-Carlton, South Beach.

It might cost a kidney to stay here but that doesn’t mean you can’t enjoy the Ritz.  The DiLido Beach Club is an amazing restaurant to celebrate a special occasion or if you just want an amazing meal for almost the same amount you would pay at any other trendy Miami Beach spot.  The service here cannot be matched. The staff is always attentive but never overbearing.  They even served me dessert on the house for my birthday. And their cocktails are absolutely amazing. If you love Daquiris or Pina Coladas, you must try “The Vice.” A must try if you are trying to get away from the touristy Lincoln crowd. You can even dive in the pool and they won’t even say anything 😉

Yuca

501 Lincoln Road

Plantain chips at Yuca.

Plantain chips at Yuca.

One of the things I was looking forward to do on my trip to Miami was to try have some authentic Cuban food. I was very lucky to visit during “Miami Spice” (Miami’s version of restaurant week) and Yuca had a exceptional dinner menu. If you love meat, you cannot pass this place up. Their pork is out of this world, the empanadas are a splendid starter and the margaritas are very strong, just the way they should be. This is a great place to have dinner right before heading upstairs, where on most Saturdays they have a D.J. or a band.

The Webster

1220 Collins Avenue

The Webster

The Webster

If you love Alaia, Chanel and Balenciaga, this boutique housed in a 20,000 square foot Art Deco building is a label whore’s dream. Quirky Charlotte Olympia clutches live amongst Maison Michel headpieces and Chanel jackets. Although everything is pretty much out of my price range, (with the exception of the signature Webster candles??), I had so much fun looking at everything. Also, the salespeople are very welcoming. To make things even more insanely stylish, they have a happy hour on their rooftop from 7-11PM.

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10 Things You Should Bring on an Island Getaway

7 Aug

I am taking a hiatus from RGRS for 2 weeks to enjoy the rest of the summer! With that, I am leaving you with 10 things you should bring on a tropical vacation:

This Norma Kamali Swimsuit

This Normal Kamali swimsuit. Yes, it's $350 dollars but channeling the great Marilyn Monroe is priceless. Plunge Swimsuit, $350, Net-a-Porter

Yes, it’s $350 dollars but channeling the great Marilyn Monroe is priceless. Norma Kamali Plunge Swimsuit, $350, Net-a-Porter

Exotic Tanning Oil

Definitely still use sunscreen in warm climates but having a bottle of a tannning enhancer will upgrade you to jet-setter status. Sugar Baby Island Glow, $25, Onlinepharmacynz.com

Definitely still use sunscreen in warm climates but having a bottle of a tanning enhancer will upgrade you to jet-setter status. Sugar Baby Island Glow, $25, Onlinepharmacynz.com

Flat Sandals

A flat sandal or two will take you right through your trip. San Edelman "Gigi" Sandal, $44, Nordstrom.com

A flat sandal or two will take you right through your trip…… San Edelman “Gigi” Sandal, $44, Nordstrom.com

Sexy Evening Sandals

While these will take you through the nights. Phoebe Highlighter Lizard Heel, $138, Aliceandolivia.com

……while these will take you through the nights. Phoebe Highlighter Lizard Heel, $138, Aliceandolivia.com

Glam Waterproof Mascara

Make everyone believe you were born a beach goddess. BADgal Waterproof Mascara, $19, Benefitcosmetics.com

Make everyone believe you were born a beach goddess. BADgal Waterproof Mascara, $19, Benefitcosmetics.com

A Drop-Dead Gorgeous Maxi

A stunning maxi that you will warrant riding a horse on the beach. Shipwrecked Strapless Maxi Dress, $52, Threadsence.com

A stunning maxi that you will warrant riding a horse on the beach. Shipwrecked Strapless Maxi Dress, $52, Threadsence.com

Glamour Girl Shorts

These will definitely separate you from the touristy khaki crowd. Glammed Up Metallic Shorts, $20, Forever 21

These will definitely separate you from the touristy khaki crowd. Glammed Up Metallic Shorts, $20, Forever 21

Piles of Magazines For the Flight

It might seem odd but reading about amazing fall clothing on the way to the beach is quite comforting. Lucky Magazine, $3.99, the airport or train station

It might seem odd but reading about amazing fall clothing on the way to the beach is quite comforting. Lucky Magazine, $3.99, the airport or train station

A Fun Beach Tote

Leave the clunky bags at home. All you will need is a simple tote like this one. I'm Really a Mermaid Tote Bag, $15, Wildfoxcouture.com

Leave the clunky bags at home. All you will need is a simple tote like this one. I’m Really a Mermaid Tote Bag, $15, Wildfoxcouture.com

An Iphone to Use as Your Camera

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Preferably in this gorgeous case. Island Girl Iphone 5 Case, $43, Zazzle.com

3 Carry-On Items That You Should Pack For Your Next Flight

23 Jul

Besides the essentials (passport, ipod, phone…)  there are certain extras that will make your take-off much more exciting:

 

Movie Star Shades

Tom Ford Nastasya Sunglasses, $380, Solticesunglasses.com

Tom Ford Nastasya Sunglasses, $380, Solsticesunglasses.com

Whether you go for a 60’s round look or a sleek cat eye such as these glasses from Tom Ford, all eyes will definitely be on you when you wear dramatic shades.

 

Luxe Moisturizer

La Mer Moisturizing Creme, $155 for 1 oz; Lamer.com

La Mer Moisturizing Creme, $155 for 1 oz; Lamer.com

Even the oiliest faces can get super dry on a flight. Within carry-on limits, it is still quite easy to find a moisturizer that will work well while flying high. La Mer is the epitome of luxury but Kiehls, Neutrogena and Lancome make fantastic creams that will work way beyond touchdown.

 

Sleep Mask

"Sleeping Beauty" Sleep Mask, $25, Mary Green

“Sleeping Beauty” Sleep Mask, $25, Mary Green

A sleeping mask is an often overlooked necessity for flights. Along with ear plugs, you will blissfully miss out on all of the entertainment a flight typically has to offer such as screaming kids and noisy chatter. Plus it will send a subtle hint to the person next to you that you are not exactly in the mood for conversation.

 

 

 

 

Beach Bunny: Siesta Key Beach, Florida

19 Jul

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If you are looking for a beach on the East Coast that is clean and actually has clear water, you might want to consider heading down to Siesta Key Beach.

This gorgeous beach is a popular destination for weddings as well as Americans who want a quick weekend getaway. The sand is also pure white and according to a friend “feels like talcum powder.” I wouldn’t advise going during a holiday week and when you do visit, I recommend The Ringling Beach House.

3 (Almost) Obscure Places to Go While in Paris

14 Jul

Annick Goutal

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A glamorous boudoir meets apothecary, Annick Goutal actually started this perfumery in the 80’s. The bottles themselves are beautiful works of art, something I could see Jean Harlow or Marilyn Monroe keeping on their nightstands. Even if you do not find something for yourself (which I think is impossible), you will certainly find a gift worth checking your luggage for.

3 bis, rue des Rosiers, 4th Arrondissement

 

La Musee de La Mode et du Textile

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We all know that you must visit the Louvre but if you are a true fashion lover, this a must-see. When I visited, there was an amazing Vionnet exhibit that showcased tons of her gowns. There is also a permanent toy exhibit spanning the 20th century. If you love the arts and/or you are a kid at heart, make time to spend a few hours here.

107, rue de Rivoli, 1st Arrondissement

 

Le Pub Saint Germain

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Located in the trendy Left Bank, Le Pub Saint Germain is perfect for a late night cocktail with a date or a group of friends. A discerning person I know even told me it was the best Grasshopper he ever had, which is proof that this place can mix anything, even the rare old-school drinks.

17 Rue de L’Ancienne Comedie, 6th Arrondissement

 

First Time in L.A. Cheat Sheet

2 Jul

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Los Angeles is divided into 80 districts and neighborhoods, which therefore makes it quite a confusing city to navigate. But it is also so much fun! The weather is amazing, the people are chill and it is so rich in history, especially when it comes to cinema.

In one week, you will not be able to see everything but these picks are not a bad start. Just remember to rent a car! This is not a pedestrian friendly city. Think of it as a huge suburb disguised as the second largest city in the U.S.

Disneyland

Jade Elephant at Gibson Girl Ice Cream Parlour.

Jade Elephant at Gibson Girl Ice Cream Parlour.

Even if you don’t have kids, Disneyland is a wonderful day trip that you’ll never forget. It’s best to get there before the park opens, which is at 8am. It doesn’t seem large, especially if you have already been to Disney World, plus it’s fairly easy to navigate. Although you’ll want to see everything, do not miss Sleeping Beauty’s Castle, Mattterhorn Bobsleds (my favorite ride at the park) and The Gibson Girl Ice Cream Parlour, which has a giant jade glass elephant and amazing ice cream sundaes! Out of all of the Disney parks, this seems to be the most authentic and unspoiled.

Hollywood

The Capitol Records Building (note the Hollywood sign in the background)

The Capitol Records Building (note the Hollywood sign in the background)

Going to Hollywood is a rite of passage for anyone who is seeing Los Angeles for the first time. Although it’s touristy and not as grand as Times Square, there are cool things to see that are unforgettable. For one, seeing the Hollywood Sign for the first time is probably one of the coolest feelings ever. For Instagram fanatics, there are great spots on the boulevard where you can take amazing scenic photographs. Hollywood  Boulevard and Highland Avenue will allow you to see the sign perfectly. The Capitol Records Building is also a great sight. Although tours are no longer offered, there is a beautiful view of it from Hollywood and Vine. If you like The Muppets or Hollywood history, check out Jim Henson Studios on North LaBrea Avenue right off of the Blvd. Again, you cannot go inside and there are no tours, but to see the building with a huge Kermit the Frog placed on top is worth the visit. The studios used to be owned by Charlie Chaplin as well as A+M Records. If you need to take a break and go shopping, I recommend Fred Segal for trendy contemporary clothing (also the birthplace of Hard Candy nail polish) and Decades for breathtaking vintage. Decades may seem a bit intimating, like stepping into Bette Davis’ boudoir, but everyone there is really helpful and will answer all of your questions about any of the pieces. If you have to eat anywhere, go to Musso and Frank’s Grill. It’s 95 years old and they make the best martinis. It’s old-school Hollywood at it’s best.

Griffith Park

The merry go round at Griffith Park

The merry go round at Griffith Park

Griffith Park is a must-see and is located in Los Feliz. The Merry Go Round has been there for 75 years and is a relaxing place to spend an afternoon.You can view the L.A. skyline for free at the observatory. You can even explore the abandoned zoo, where there are still old cages. This is a great place if you like to hike. The park has the best views that L.A. has to offer.

Playclothes

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Playclothes in Studio City. Photo:vintageplayclothes.com

If you love vintage clothing and want to see where the stylists for movies and television shop, this is the place. This store is huge and the inventory spans anywhere from the Victorian era to the 80’s. Check out the old pharmaceutical signs that line the store. The prices are also fair for collectors. This store is located in Studio City, where you can then drive to the movie and television studio lots.

Beverly Hills Hotel

Pool at Beverly Hills Hotel

Pool at Beverly Hills Hotel

Every celebrity has been here at least once or twice. It was Marilyn’s favorite hotel. This hotel is like stepping back in the 50’s but in the poshest way possible. You should try breakfast in the legendary Coffee Room. Many fashion editorials were born here. You will instantly recognize the banana leaf wallpaper. If you want to take home a souvenir, you can score one of their towels for $75.

Island Girl: Pack These For the Beach

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