BAZAAR MAR MIAMI


Oh, why hello heaven... I stumbled across this lovely slice of blue and white mastery during my research for my Miami trip. And yes I do research before trips, who doesn't? It was quite a mystery figuring out where this was until I realized there were not just one, but two SLS hotels in Miami, this one being the newly opened SLS Brickell just 15 minutes away from south beach. It then became my main priority to find this majestic piece of art, and here it is. Appropriately named, Bazaar Mar by José Andrés, opened last November 2016 and as expected by the sea inspired decor features high quality seafood, tapas style. The space was clearly inspired by the Mediterranean seaports, designed by the famous Philippe Starck who has created a number of other hotels and restaurants I admire such as the Mondrian in Los Angeles, SLS Beverly Hills and South Beach, Mama Shelter in Paris, and of course my beloved Katsuya. My absolute favorite detail of the all is the lovely hand painted tiles by Sergio Mora! How absolutely stunning are they? The manager informed me that each team member had a tile made with their face on it in a small collage by the kitchen entrance. So much lovely detail with the marble and bright blues. I could honestly never tire of these walls! And can we talk about THAT BAR! I love the feeling of moving through two distinctly unique spaces that tie so well together and that is exactly how I felt walking into say, the lion's den as it appears. The lovely gold and black contrast makes my heart sing. And before I forget, some must haves on the menu, the liquid nitrogen caipirinha (an alcohol based slushy), the uni soufflé, the coba ceviche (in a rose shape) and of course the bagel and lox! They also have Andrés' signature salt air margarita and famous gin and tonic, you should defiantly try out if you haven't yet! And a continued feast for your eyes, below in design heaven. Enjoy!







Always going back to blues, 

Xx, Miami

-M

THE MIAMI GUIDE

Mi amor Miami and who would have thought! To be honest I have always written this sexy beach city off until my dear friend planned her bachelorette party here and I finally experienced the first of hopefully many trips. I loved the bright colors and vibrant culture of all the beautiful people and places. My time here was quite limited, and so this is definitely a preliminary guide, but please reach out if you have any other recommendations! I can't wait to get back! Enjoy!

DRINKS

The Tree of Life outdoor bar at Faena Hotel is hands down my favorite place in all of Miami. I am already planning to stay there on my next trip back and I will be re-gramming the beautiful seashell embellished bar on Instagram until then! I recommend you order the frosé (frozen rosé slushy) or drunken dragon (a tequila based slushy). I must say that despite my absolute obsession with rosé I actually liked the tequila one more as it had some lovely ginger blended in and was quite refreshing. Other drinks I recommend in Miami; the rosé version of my beloved aperol spritz at Cecconi's at Soho Beach House, the sparkling margarita at the St. Regis Bal Harbourthe strawberry capri cocktail at The Fontainebleau poolside barand the salt air margarita at The Bazaar is literally like drinking in the sea!


DINE

My favorite dinner spot was The Bazaar at the SLS South Beach, which they have in Los Angeles but I think is much more fun and delicious in Miami. I am also eager to check out the dinner show at Faena Theater,  Casa Tua, and Bazaar Mar at the SLS Brickell. For lunch I recommend Le Petite Maison and Beachcraft at 1 One Hotel. I loved the hamachi crispy rice at DÔA and the cured salmon and roasted chicken salad at Los Fuegos. We went to Cecconi's for their Sunday brunch and it did not disappoint! I wish I could have tried everything there, it was hands down the best buffet I have ever had, even though I can't really remember the last time I went to a buffet haha! The café con leche at Azucar Ice Cream is not to miss and OTL is Miami's cute and artfully Instagramable cool coffee shop in the uber hip Miami Design District. I was craving the yummy croissant at Zak the Baker: Deli and a sweet pastry at Ella but had too many food goals and too little meals available, but if you go, let me know how it is, especially is you try the salmon roll with cream cheese (aka my idea of heaven).


STAY

This Miami trip was for a friend's bachelorette party and so our decision to stay at the Fontainebleau was primarily centered around a young, party oriented crowd and we got just that. Fontainebleau was nice but felt very Vegas-like and was a tad too big and wild for my taste. Next time I really want to stay at the Faena Hotel as it was my absolute favorite place in all of Miami! Another separate blog post on that coming soon. I also am obsessed with The Raleigh, a quaint and stylish boutique hotel right in the center of South Beach. It has the prettiest pool and I just felt as if I was transported back into a more glamorous time the second I drove up to the lovely black and white striped awning. I also heard many good things from my friend Samantha about 1 Hotel, a beautifully beachy, white and airy upscale hotel. I think the SLS South Beach would be another great option for a group of girls since my friends and I ended up going there a lot for dinner, drinks and the day party at the pool. I can see it being another great option for a bachelorette or girls weekend.  I also loved the uber adorable Casa Tua, Soho Beach House and Casa Faena.

SEE

There were many things I wanted to do while in Miami, many of which I didn't have enough time to check out but I made it a priority to see the some of the lovely art deco buildings lining most of Collins Avenue. I would definitely sign up for the art deco walking tour and catch some more Instagram worthy signage like the St. Moritz, Tropics, Cadallic and Shore Club signs to name a few. I also heard many good things about The Bass Museum of Art and The De La Cruz Collection. I loved the uber glamorous Bal Harbour Shops, which is basically the Rodeo Drive of Miami. Many people have told me about quick trips to the Bahamas since it's so close, I definitely would be up for that next time!

RELAX

The number one thing I wanted to do was have a day on the beach, just relaxing, reading a book and sipping rosé at one of the many adorable umbrella lined hotel beach chairs. Unfortunately bachelorette parties tend to be more action oriented and so this wasn't an option, but I did enjoy walking down and dipping my toes quickly into the water. I also would have loved to check out some of the spa's I had heard such great things about, like the Tierra Santa Healing House and the Lapis at Fontainebleau. I was very closely considering a quick SoulCycle ride or trying out Jetset but my better judgement was right in waiting to book the morning off, considering the ramifications of the rosé all day mantra I subscribe to while on vacation! 

PARTY

I am not too into pool party scenes, at least not the kind beloved by my generation, but if you are into that I recommend Hyde Beach or Nikki Beach. I actually really liked Hyde Beach at night, the DJ was good and the place wasn't overly crowded or seedy like most nightclubs. It kind of reminded me of The Bungalow in Santa Monica or The Surf Lodge in Montauk. We went to another nightclub that I wouldn't recommend but all in all I think the next time I visit I will look for a dance club with salsa music or that's Cuban inspired. Recommendations welcomed! Hope you enjoyed my guide! 


Until next time Miami! 

Xx, 

-M

MIAMI PACK LIST


Bienvenidos Miami... I just had the BEST time in Miami, it was my first time there and I was uber excited to shop for lots of bright and fun resort wear. The amazing weather makes getting ready so much more exciting and risqué. The city itself is so lovely and I can't wait to share my official city guide, coming soon! In the meantime, here are all my favorite picks, many of which are sure to inspire more then just this one sexy city! Enjoy!



RIVIERA PALM SPRINGS


A few weekends back when I was in Palm Springs I stumbled upon this lovely little slice of design heaven. Per usual Palm Springs the bright, 70s inspired resort destination does not disappoint with many wonderful pockets of color, texture and aesthetics that will get you in the mood for a poolside martini after tennis. Some of my favorite spaces I managed to capture quickly, enjoy!


Perhaps my favorite combination of color and texture here with the pink, green, navy, velvet and stripes oh my! It's one pattern away from Willy Wonka but it veers just right. I would love to take and seat and wait for my uber here with some friends right after a long day of napping in the sun.  


All the green really made me happy and can you spot the little banana leaf print? I just love layering shades on one color together, especially a really rich color like green. The texture and prints just blend so well together here!


And then I found this wonderfully Willy Wonka like walkway. Not quite sure where it lead but perhaps I might have turned into a giant blueberry if I attempted to find out. The deep purple shade would have assisted as a nice accent though. 



I LOVE this vibe so much! The emerald and peach combination makes me so happy. I'd love to have a stiff gin and tonic here with a tanned tennis pro after a long day sweating in the sun. Dark saturated and textured walls make me feel very smart, haha, and I think this would make a great study or formal room for company. I think most rooms in a vacation home should be bright and colorful, but perhaps one room can serve as a reminder of our routine and the weight of the real world. 

Wishing everyone a wonderful Spring Break!

Xx, 

-M