Happy Valentine’s Day!

Hello there!

Valentine’s Day is an interesting holiday that has blown up over the years with more and more gift ideas. You have your overachieving couples that buy each other exotic adventure packages and then you have the couples that have dinner. There are a million ways to celebrate. My favorite (read the following super sarcastically) are the couples that throw out there their love and tell the world that Valentine’s Day is everyday for them. They don’t need a “commercialized holiday” in order to express their love. Cool dude.

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The purpose of my post today is to spread love to all of you reading this as well as to my #1 fan…Mister Miami. Mister Miami is the most patient person I have ever met. The guy is more about chess than he is UFC and what I mean by that is that he’s more about tactic than he is about aggression and that’s a super plus! He does not need to prove himself as a man by acting like King Kong.

He is kind. So kind and misunderstood by many because the poor guy is as absentminded as a goldfish. You can tap a glass and he will swim right back. MM is the person that pushed me to start writing again because he fell in love with me through my first blog. He is my photographer, IT Department, editor, and creative director (when it comes to poses). The best father figure to the kids and the most loyal friend you will ever have.

I love him more than words can express and I pray that you all experience a love like Mister Miami at least once in your life.

Love you all!

-T.

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Seeing Miami: Top 5 Fave Restaurants

Hello Everyone!

Valentine’s Day is right around the corner and restaurant reservations are the one thing many couples leave to the last minute. I wanted to share a few of my favorite restaurants here in Miami to take a peek at during the upcoming days. The restaurants are all of different cuisines , price ranges, and areas of Miami.

Hole in the Wall: Sapore di Mare

THERE. ARE. NO. WORDS. This restaurant is incredibly tiny, but the Italian flavors are large enough to flood Coconut Grove. The staff welcomes you like family with hugs and kisses and then they start offering you all sorts of amazing dishes. My favorite is the Truffle Fettuccine because it transports me to another place. My boyfriend really enjoys the seafood pasta because they include every creature that roams the ocean. TOTALLY recommend this restaurant for any event, but if you like small restaurants on Valentine’s Day this is the place to go. Book early — they don’t have many tables.

Higher End “Fru Fru”: Toro Toro (Intercontinental Miami)

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Mister Miami and I recently enjoyed dinner at Toro Toro while we stayed at the Intercontinental Miami (I detail our stay here). Nothing we ate went home with us because we devoured it. Happy Hour had bottles of champagne 50% off so you know my Moet Chandon Rose obsession was noted. The photo shows their Parmesan Crusted Scallops 30 seconds before I practically inhaled them. They are laid on a bed of a citrusy, creamy foam that really added an interesting texture. You must must must try their Truffle Fries and the Fried Brussels Sprouts. Thank me later.

Fusion ~ Funky: Finka Table & Tap

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Imagine an Islas Canarias croqueta but with Kimchi inside. Yes. Finka sells those glorious croquetas that will transform your life. They also have Tostones with Vaca Frita over them. Finka is the interesting restaurant in the middle of a Miami suburb that no one expected but everyone loves now. Their drink menu is extensive and pretty amazing as well. The concept here is Cuban Fusion so you will see many Cuban dishes with a Japanese/Asian twist. Eileen and her crew are picky about their ingredients and you can  bet your life nothing here is frozen. *Fun Fact: The image that brought you to this post is a drink from Finka called Champagne Papi*

Calm, Cool, Delicious: Pincho Factory

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Hear me out. There are a million Pincho Factory restaurants in Miami and they are all the same great service and food. Some couples don’t care for frill but care for flavor and that’s not something that is lacking at Pincho. My favorite is the Pincho Burger, which you can never go wrong with, and their cheese fries. My boyfriend enjoys their Chicken Salad and the Sweet Potato Tots. They don’t require a reservation and if their tables are full, you can go home with your food and enjoy a romantic dinner at home just as well.

Go-To To-Go: Sushi Sake

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If you follow my InstaStories you know for a fact that we order from Sushi Sake on a weekly basis. We took a 2 week break and the delivery guy was worried when he came back to the house (we have a problem.) I am seriously addicted to the Dolphins Roll and the Soft Shell Crab. My week is not complete without it. If you want something sushi but don’t want the madness that is Downtown Miami, this is place to go. Their Bird Road location offers Hibachi that truly gives Samurai a run for its money. You may want to make a reservation, or order from home.

*Disclaimer: This post isn’t sponsored. All these photos are mine and were taken by me with my iPhone during times that I have visited the restaurant mention. We were not paid to go to the restaurant or write this post. I just wanted to share my favorite places to eat in Miami on date night.

Happy Valentine’s Day!

-T.

 

 

Miami Hotels: Intercontinental Miami Edition

Hello Everyone!

Recently Mister Miami and I enjoyed a little “staycation” at the Intercontinental Miami Hotel where he was scheduled to give a presentation. I embraced the opportunity of enjoying my favorite kind of life…which is the hotel life…and walked around while I was there to capture some pictures for you guys.

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One of my favorite parts of this hotel is the lobby. It is so luxurious and elegant with a twist of Miami chic. The marble detail and the comfortable areas to lounge in really offer a welcoming atmosphere.

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The Intercontinental is an excellent place to host events. I’ve been to a few galas here as well as a couple Homecoming celebrations in high school. The view from the ballrooms all the way to the back of the hotel includes a portion of the Miami skyline and Port of Miami.

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One neat thing that I noticed here and have not seen at any other hotel before is that their elevators have touch-screen computers where you can select what floor you want to go to. Valet is $45 per day or you can park your car across the street for $2 an hour, but the traffic in this area is so heavy that it didn’t seem worth the savings.

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The pool is adjacent to the Bluewater restaurant and bar. You can use the towels provided, but you must leave them before entering the hotel again. I wasn’t able to enjoy the pool as it was too chilly for my Miami standards. The opposite side of the pool area is a jogging area for the overachievers that workout while on vacation.

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We had dinner at the restaurant in the main lobby area called Toro Toro which was delicious! I ordered the Truffle Fries and Fried Brussel Sprouts for lunch and passed out from happiness. We also enjoyed the Parmesan seared scallops which were the most delicate scallops I’ve ever had in my life. Definitely recommend going to Toro Toro even if you’re not staying at the Intercontinental.

Tip: Join their rewards program. You get a free Starbucks coffee or tea per person WiFi which is more essential now than water.

I hope you enjoyed this post as much as I enjoyed the disconnect.

Disclaimer: This stay was not sponsored, nor was the post. All these photographs are mine, unless stated otherwise.

-T.

Norwegian Getaway: What I Wore

If you’ve never run away and escaped Thanksgiving, you are seriously depriving yourself of a relaxing experience. Thanksgiving is about being thankful and while I am all for being thankful for family, we need to be thankful for ourselves and our ability to explore the world. Which is why I think we all owe it to ourselves to participate in #EscapeGiving at least once. When that concept dawned on me, I ran it by Mister Miami (what I’ve decided we’re going to call my boyfriend), and he totally agreed so we booked the Norwegian Getaway for Thanksgiving 2017. (Best. Decision. Ever.) I know I am late posting this but Summer outfits in December did not seem like an appropriate post.

Embarkation Day!

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I basically went on a 7-day fashion show, but that is okay. I take my outfits very seriously in my daily life and I promise to try and feature them more on here and Instagram as well. This was what I wore to embark the ship. My hat was a gift from a friend, but I believe it is from Forever 21. Top is from Prinzzesa Boutique here in Miami (one of my favorite places for statement pieces). Pants are from TJ Maxx and I bought them late in the summer last year. They do stretch out, but nothing shows. Sandals are Jack Rogers Palm Beach Style. I bought on Rue La La with a HUGE discount.

Roatan, Honduras

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We were the least bit hopeful that we were going to enjoy this Port of Call because we were welcomed by a rainy morning. Apparently that’s the norm in rainforest type islands. We toured 1/4 of the island with a gentleman that drove us around and took us to the local’s spots. We had delicious local fish for lunch.

DSC_0645 My hat is from Forever 21 and it’s a tad bit old but fedoras are never out of style. Target has cute options here and Nordstrom has this beauty . My tank top is a dri-fit material tank top from Walmart — no shame or shaming — they’re soft and the most comfortable tanks you’ll have in your life. Walmart has them here for $3 and the color variety is insane. Shorts are Old Navy and I have them in about four different colors. Totally recommend these for tropical vacations because they breathe and they keep you dry throughout the day. You can find them here. Necklace is from Prinzessa Boutique here in Miami. Sandals are Sperry’s Parrotfish sandals and I am MADLY in love with them because they dry up quickly and are little clouds for your feet.

Harvest Caye, Belize

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Bikini pictures are not my favorite. I wore over this bathing suit a tank top like the one above but in Hunter Green because we went ZipLining! What an incredible adventure that I 100% recommend. Harvest Caye is a little bit ridiculous in the sense that it’s the company’s private island but they charge you $15 for a drink (even if you have a beverage package) and around $18 for a burger when there are buffets on the ship. Vacations are vacations, but for a 7 day ship this should’ve been included.

Costa Maya, Mexico

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We were actually here on Thanksgiving Day which made it even better. In Mexico they were celebrating with us and asking us what exactly and who exactly we give thanks to on Thanksgiving. Interesting conversation to say the least. My dress is from Marshalls which makes it difficult to link it, but if you follow me on Poshmark (prestiffany) you may be seeing it soon. The sandals are also from Prinzessa’s Boutique here in Miami. ASOS has similar ones here and CiciHot (never shopped from this site) has the EXACT same ones for just $7.99.

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All in all we really enjoyed the Norwegian Getaway. I took tons of notes so let me know if you’re interested in an in-depth post on the ship and all the great things it has to offer.

Happy Shopping!

-T.

Professional Without A Blazer

Happy Monday!

I know those two words are not supposed to go together but without Monday there’s no Tuesday and well that means we never get to Friday. Today I wanted to share with you a couple of looks I put together over the weekend to show that you can look professional without wearing a blazer. Two things cannot be denied here. 1. Blazers do make you look incredibly well put together, professional, clean, and assertive. 2. Miami is ridiculously hot and blazers sometimes are not the way to go for us.

Recently it has been a little chilly here so I am including an outfit for those four hours of Winter we enjoy here in Miami.

My favorite way to slay the day at work is with a statement dress. Dresses make me feel powerful and intelligent. Many of them I find at Marshalls or TJ Maxx, but they are brand name so I will link a few options below. This dress was one of those items that had an aura around it when I saw it at TJ Maxx. I just had to have it and it has not failed me yet. You also can never go wrong with a black and white dress. It screams elegance and radiates all sorts of Chanel vibes that make people realize you mean business.

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Shades are Chanel from Nordstrom and a similar pair can be found here. Dress is from TJ Maxx but it is Calvin Klein and a similar one is on sale here. Shoes are Jones New York with the most comfortable padding that enable me to stand all day and not hate myself for it. I bought them at TJ Maxx as well a while ago but found a similar pair at DSW on sale here. (P.S. Pointed heels are a staple of mine so brace thyselves for many more.) My watch is Kate Spade in duo-tone and can be found here.

“Work until your Idols become your Equals.”

You can wear a turtleneck in Miami and not pass out. It’s all about balance. That morning have iced coffee instead of Cuban coffee. I’ve worn this outfit before with riding boots and it is just as cute but not as empowering. The turtleneck is from a boutique here in Miami that cannot be found anywhere else. It’s really thin but is snug enough to not have one freeze in a “Miami Winter”.

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Other options for turtlenecks here, here, and here. The skirt is vintage Ann Taylor (read: from my mom’s closet) but you can achieve the same look with this skirt from Banana Republic. Shoes are also Ann Taylor and they are my favorite pair of shoes in existence. I couldn’t find them online, but here is a great option.

I hope you enjoyed these looks! Get ready for more to come.

Disclaimer: This post is not sponsored. All of these items were purchased by me or permanently borrowed from my mother’s closet.

-T.

3 Things To Do on Miami “Winter” Days

Miami mainly has one season and that’s SUMMER (read in Olaf voice)! It’s warm here most of the time but every once in a while Mother Nature gives us a break and allows us to wear Uggs boots in a frigid 67 degrees. (I know…you’re from Colorado and it’s -67 half the year. We pray for you.)

This weekend it’s supposed to drop into the 40’s which is unheard of but we are, needless to say, ecstatic! I wanted to share a few things you can do here in Miami when the weather isn’t at melting temperatures.

Hit The Beach!

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Yes, you read that correctly. The beach is so beautiful when it’s cooler here in Miami. They’re typically empty early in the mornings and it’s a refreshing way to start your morning. We really enjoy having a breakfast picnic at Bill Baggs State Park (for Miamians who don’t know…that’s “El Farito”.) Use those blankets you buy at Home Goods and never use because it’s too hot here for a blanket and cuddle up on the sand with a good book. Can’t go wrong with the ocean, a cool breeze, and some delicious food.

Outdoor Shopping!

Miami is not the place for outdoor malls, but we have so many of them I’d need an entire blog to list them for you. I really enjoy visiting The Falls or Merrick Park when the weather is cooler because it is a much more enjoyable experience than it would be on any other day. Yardhouse at Merrick Park has a lovely view of the mall if you choose outdoor seating. Miracle Mile is an excellent spot to stroll down, but right now I’d steer clear because of the massive amounts of construction.

Workout!

Right next to Bayside at the Bayfront Park you can take outdoor yoga classes that regularly feel like sauna yoga. You can also enjoy the many parks around Miami-Dade County that offer exercise equipment for a solid workout. My favorite place to burn some calories is Tropical Park because it is close to home and big enough for me to see a lake, some ducks, the one “mountain” in Miami and then I can take it a step further and walk to La Carreta on Bird Road and enjoy a warm coffee. Can’t go wrong with Cuban coffee.

Enjoy wearing your sweaters for a few days fellow Miamians!

-T.

Welcome 2018!

Happy New Year!

2018 arrived way faster than I expected. It’s only the second day and I am already filled with ideas and goals that I am eager to see come into fruition. Hopefully you all are overwhelmed with joy and excitement as well. For the past two years I have been applying the following three tips to make sure I have a productive, healthy and fun year. I wanted to share them with you in hopes that you will find some inspiration and/or motivation to have your best year yet.

Write It Down

There are so many amazing applications out there for reminders and for scheduling. I use a few of them and find them quite useful, but I always find myself going back to pen and paper. I have a planner that I bought at Marshall’s a few months ago. It runs for almost two years which helps me stick to one book rather than having to keep purchasing agendas. Marshall’s, TJ Maxx, Target, Walmart, and Amazon have tons of affordable options when it comes to agendas and notebooks that are easy to tote around.

I write out my monthly goals and events so I know what I need to plan outfits for and what I need to get gifts for. It really helps when I budget out my month to know that I need to incorporate a baby shower gift or six bottles of wine for a dinner party. As for my goals, I typically lay out different things for the year. For example: I have my dental appointments set up for February and August. I know that in January I have to schedule my dentist appointment. (Miami doctor appointments are nightmares so you need at least a month in advance.) If colors help you, go for it. I separate items by pages. (School, Work, Life, Shopping, Goals, etc.)

Let It Out. Let It Go.

The new year is my favorite time to declutter all aspects of my life. I start with my email inbox and my phone notifications. The best thing I have done for myself in the past couple months is deactivating my social media accounts that have nothing to do with the blog and turning off notifications. I have become much more productive and more organized. The constant ringing of my phone between work and personal emails was going to have me roll my eyes into another dimension. I left the work ones on and I check my personal emails twice a day. For my emails, I unsubscribed from everything I don’t read.

I went through my make-up last week and threw away everything that was expired, oxidized, or just not my style anymore. I managed to put everything in one organizer and my palettes in a drawer. (I apologize to the make-up obsessed. Make-up expires and I don’t need a crazy amount of it if I know what works well for me. I love make-up, but I hate waste.) I did the same with my clothing and undies. Most of it I posted on my Poshmark and the other items I donated. Cleaning up and tidying up makes me feel refreshed and ready to conquer. If my work and living space are clear, my mind will not go haywire.

Document Life

Life flies by. It truly does. Five minutes ago I was graduating in April 2017 and it’s now January 2018. Where did time go? One of my biggest passions is memorabilia. I love holding onto things without hoarding. My magnets from my travel serve as office decorations, so it’s not clutter. However, the best type of memory is the one where you and your loved ones are involved. Photographs and videos are my number one thing. They do not have to necessarily go on social media, but I know of families and couples that share an account on Instagram to keep things all in one place. What I do is I use the Snapfish application and order 100 prints each month. Some photos I order doubles and triples of for grandma’s and mother’s-in-law. It keeps everyone in the loop and I can scrapbook to decompress.

Happy New Year!

-T.

*Disclaimer: The stores and services mentioned here did not sponsor this post. The photos I order on Snapfish I pay with my own money and the same goes for the agendas and notebooks.