Category Archives: Miami

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My new favorite layer

Yesterday in New York, people were outside smiling. Whereas Friday evening, every person I know that wasn’t working had completely given up and was staying in with their roommates because for the love of everything good in this world, enough is enough. Although up until about the second week of January, we had a mild winter, the devastating cold that New York maintained had FINALLY caught up with ALL of us.

So, during my last trip to Miami, buying ANOTHER coat did not seem out of the question, because until yesterday I was convinced I would never be warm again. Granted it’s lightweight, but I’ve worn my new camo jacket accompanied with a second jacket every time I’ve stepped out with it on in New York, which is practically daily as you can see below.

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At Red Bull Studios.

 

At Tribeca Grand Hotel in SoHo.

This one right? I remind you of this jeep?

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And in these streets, clearly.

I’ve worn it over my leather and a sweater, under my wool coat and with everything from dresses to mom jeans. It’s been my only jacket (once in Miami) to one of four layers. At only $35 tucked among a vendor full of fur coats at Miami’s Lincoln Road Vintage Market, I couldn’t be more pleased and I plan on wearing until my friends start to question it.

xo Rae

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Post Basel and Pre NYE: A New Yorker’s Guide to Miami

Miami, it’s like little Manhattan, select long weekends of the year. Specifically, the first weekend of December, during Art Basel and the 24 satellite fairs, the city’s gallerists, artists, art lovers, musicians, photographers, socialites and IG famous embark on the 3o5, jam-packed with openings, receptions, exhibits and guestlist only parties. If you’re unfamiliar, think SXSW but prettier and art rather than tech.

Now, contrary to popular belief, truthfully Miami is a small, big city and for whatever reason despite not having 8 million human, it is still rather inefficient especially for New Yorkers. So, after a fairly successful trip for Basel before some of you inevitably take your talents to South Beach for New Year’s Eve, prepare properly with these Miami hacks for New Yorkers.

Let’s start from the beginning, like prior to arrival. I HIGHLY recommend using AirBnb rather than a hotel. A lot of the hotels are run down and do not look like the photos online. If you have the money, stick to the newly renovated James Hotel, The W South Beach, The Fontainebleu (a bit off actual South Beach), The Raleigh, SLS and however tacky it is, the rooms at The Dream are in good shape. Miami has cockroaches, year round, HUGE ones, stay in a nice place. If you AirBnB, stay off Washington, Collins or Ocean Drive to cut on traffic. Anywhere South of Fifth Ave is pretty good and Alton Road will give you good access to leaving or staying on South Beach. Also, there’s a Whole Foods to eat healthy while on vacation and save on mediocre Lincoln Road, tourist trap restaurants.

Upon arrival, have cash and your Google Maps ready for your cab ride. Fortunately, taxis have set fares to different neighborhoods from the airport however, VERY few take cards, which is archaic but very real. Miami does finally have Uber but it was RARE to see cars available without a 2.2 or higher surge price during Basel. Similar to when searching for accommodations, while in cabs, vehemently demand to stay off Washington, Collins Ave and Ocean Drive as much as possible.

Check every tab at every bar you order a drink at. The majority of your orders will have an automatic gratuity charge thus unless you are interested in tipping upwards of 40 percent, stay aware.

Lastly, Miami Beach has free WiFi. Although I am unsure if it works well, it does exist. The signal is City_of_Miami_Beach_Wifi.

To less ATM fees and a Happy New Year – see you soon Miami.

xo Rae

view from the Fontainebleau

Going, Going, Back, Back to Basel

After departing over a year ago, I’m finally going back to visit Miami. My favorite week was always during Art Basel and the growing amount of satellite fairs in early December. Obviously, this is when I’ve planned my first visit. As a former resident and seasoned Baseler, I’ve combed through plenty of lists, guides and invites. Granted there are A LOT of events I’d like to make it to and just might, as there are definitely some that I’ll be attending that aren’t on this list, however, this is a short list of events/places/exhibits I am attending or highly recommend making it to.

Now is the best opportunity for visitors to get to Wynwood. There is so much more to Miami than South Beach. In addition to being home to a majority of Miami’s galleries, the Wynwood walls are amazing and there are plenty of events going on during Basel.

An installation that I need to make it a point to see is Andre 3000’s “i feel ya: SCAD + Andre 3000 Benjamin”. At Mana Wynwood from December 3-14, the mixed media exhibit will feature the 47 custom jumpsuits Andre 3k wore on Outkast’s reunion tour this past year.

Between the champagne, Soho House/Harper’s Bazaar shopping and beauty pop-ups and the round the clock openings, receptions and exhibits a little something to do right by your body and break up the monotony will be required. Friday morning from 10am to noon may be ambitious but there’s free yoga at the Loews Hotel. I presume my partner in crime will not make this but I will need to get my zen in. Namaste bae baes.

Not one but two Friday night parties will undoubtedly have the best music of the week, IMO. FKA Twigz, James Blake, SBTRKT, A$AP Ferg and Kelala are having performances or shows but for parties, I recommend trying to get into these two. At Soho Studios, in Miami proper, Ketel One’s Friday night edition of the De Nolet event has Cashmere Cat (who headlined an epic Saturday this past summer at MoMA PS1) and NY DJ, GetLive. I’ve seen both and this event will be great. Also, Friday evening, but on the beach, during Le Baron’s 10 Year Anniversary and week long, pop-up take over, “Airball at the Delano“, Snarkiture vs. Alchemist features performances by Theophilus London and Travis Scott.

Contrary to my New Yorker’s belief, while Miamians may be very body conscious, they do eat. You’ll want to have a reservation and you’ll want it somewhere besides staple Prime 112 or Prime Italian. You must try Yardbird. Their speciality drink menu single handedly elevated my appreciation and ability to drink bourbon, like an adult, sort of. And, chicken and waffles, so there’s that.

Seemingly, my faves are music centric. Surprised or nah? You can follow along on Snapchat at knewyork. Although I’m Snapchatless, I’ll be sidekicking here all weekend.

Of course you can find me my own Twitter and IG, both @raewitte but I’ll also be contributing to Luxury Attache’s Twitter and IG @luxuryattache.

If you’re going or have any Miami questions a former resident can help you with, feel free to reach out to me at contactraewitte (at) gmail dot com.

Happy Baseling!

xo Rae

out from under brooklyn crop urban outfitters

hello Brooklyn

No, sleep, til Brooklyn. – Beastie Boys, 1987

Spread love, it’s the Brooklyn way.  – Biggie, 1994

Brooklyn, we go hard. – Santigold, 2008

On 2007’s “Hello Brooklyn” on the American Gangster soundtrack, BK’s finest even professed “if we have a daughter, guess what I’m gonna call her – Brooklyn Carter”.  Apparently, Bey wasn’t having it.  Admittedly, as bittersweet as it is to be departing in a week (!!!!!), I am giving fair warning that I’ll probably be obnoxiously nostalgic over Miami and quoting any and all Brooklyn-relevant lyrics.

With that being said, last Friday, prior to making up for a sleepless week with 10+ hours face down in my pillows, I was browsing (not shopping, browsing) UrbanOutfitters.com.  Tons of sales, aka torture.  So Saturday after packing up a little more of my life, I treated myself to my last pedicure and getting my eyebrows done at my North Miami Beach nail spot (NailSpa – go there, trust me).  After doing so, I HAD to go to UO, strictly to check the sales.  To my dismay, they were not nearly as good as online.  However, this one crop caught my eye and although it wasn’t marked down in the store, I remembered it being on sale online for $9.99.  Honestly, how could I not?

out from under brooklyn crop urban outfitters

From the already low $24.00, the girl at the register gave me the online price.  I wore it out that evening to SL Miami in the James Hotel with my black Carmar jeans and new cut out ankle boots that will be posted soon.

Also, while in UO Saturday I stumbled across and had to force myself to abandon this one.  If you think for one second I’m not going to buy the below, Sparkle & Fade, Miami, sweatshirt, you should keep reading and get to know me better.

sparkle and fade miami sweatshirt urban outfitters

Damn sure ain’t nothing like a Brooklyn girl. – Charles Hamilton, 2008

We’ll see.

xo Rae

womens health mag kettlebell

my bedroom floor

Before my rollerblades and the ankle weights, I loved stair climbers at the gym.  I don’t know what it is but high-waisted leggings and anything work out relative from 90s, I am subconsciously drawn to.  This isn’t like a “buy because it’s cool and never use it again” type attraction, I’m dedicated.  The aforementioned and my sneakers are in the middle of my bedroom floor where they will stay because I use them daily. I recently cracked two wheels while rollerblading and had to call my brother to come find me.  However, I think I have finally added a little more modern variety to my workouts (and another thing to trip over).  On suggestion from my best friend and second year resident OB/GYN (which means I listen to everything she says in life, no questions asked), I purchased a kettlebell a couple weeks ago.  She specifically said “my arms have never looked better”, ummm… sold.

womens health mag kettlebell

 

From Women’s Health Magazine

Now, after using it a couple weeks, I might disagree, my arms have looked better but my core strength has not felt this good since I was a college athlete (yea ancient history).  Although I haven’t lost any significant weight, I feel stronger and a lot better.  I could definitely afford dedicate more time to my workouts but in this transitional time while applying for jobs, still working and packing up my life in Miami, it is amazing to have a kettlebell around the house.  It allows me to do SOMETHING everyday, anytime I’m home.  Even more amazing, it only cost me $7.  Originally priced at a reasonable $32, I got it at Marshalls on clearance.

I predominantly use it for core workouts and my normal ab routine (with my ankle weights, of course and I am 100 percent serious) but here are some of the beginner exercises from Women’s Health mag and more advanced ones from Shape that I’ve tried.

Another little added bonus, they sell VERY reasonably priced yoga mats at both Marshalls and TJMaxx as well.  And the beauty of working out at home, you can do all those bizarre, awkward exercises that seem borderline inappropriate around strangers at the gym but are the best for core and thighs.

xo Rae

hurley bathing suit top

three piece

No, I didn’t get a monokini and bikini and I certainly didn’t get a trikini, which at this point hopefully doesn’t exist yet.  A couple weeks ago I got three bathing suit pieces.  After what seemed like endless, consecutive Saturdays of rain, I finally succumbed to shopping versus spending money brunching.  Success, like normal.

Kat and I switched things up and went to Nordstrom’s Rack in Hallandale.  I could EASILY blow an afternoon and an obscene amount of cash in there.  However, I stuck mainly to staple type of things.  I picked up both top and bottom of a Diane von Furstenberg/Roxy collab special line and brightest thing I’ve ever owned, this Hurley top.

hurley bathing suit top

DVF roxy bathing suit

The Hurley top was originally $34.95 and was marked down to $11.  The DVF/Roxy top and bottom were marked down to $15 each from $46 and $42.  Total I paid $41 for the three pieces which would’ve been $122.95 which is absolutely ridiculous.  Further, the Hurley top looks good with the Roxy bottom as well as bottoms I already have so I purchased 1.5 bathing suits and exponentially increased my options.  The key here to maximizing options is making sure the pieces are complimentary and interchangeable.  You don’t buy one specific shirt to be worn with only one pair of jeans, so why would you do it to bathing suits?  Like a continental breakfast, bikini a la carte?

xo Rae

 

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the Gilt that keeps on giving

Back in April I wrote about one of the most blissful hangovers I’ve ever experienced, my first visit to the Todd Jameson Nue Studio in Midtown Miami.  And after quick and convenient text exchange with the genius known as Karuna last Wednesday, I set up another Saturday morning at Nue Studio.

“More drastic.”  In my mind, two words every hair stylist loves to hear and every client hesitates to say but it’s just hair…. right?  I brought in a couple random Instagram screen shots as a guide for the direction I was looking to go in.  Lana inspired, red.  What Karuna called cinnamon, for this overcast Saturday, shameless finger hearts.

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So on Saturday, I had my Bayalage highlights freshened, a full color over it, a color protecting treatment specifically against heat, my eyebrows done to be closer to my hair (if you hadn’t noticed, I have naturally, jet black brows) and  Karuna went over my entire head and cleaned up my dead ends.  The Gilt deal I bought in April, not only saved me $118 that day, but offered my 30% off my return visit, so honestly how could I not go “more drastic”?

red hair in the sun

So, in the sun, it looks very bright.  I love it but honestly I don’t think it’s this bright.  With the discount, a day that would’ve ran $260 was discounted to $180.  I saved $80.  Further, Karuna travels to New York to work every 5 to 6 weeks.  I. AM. SO. HAPPY.  I am obviously, highly recommending her at this point.  If you mention that I referred you, she’ll knock 15% off your treatments as well.

red hair karuna todd jameson nue studio

I loved being a brunette, but suddenly I feel like I may have short-changed my mid-twenties not being a red head.  You think my neighbor will give me a deal on this truck?  I think it really compliments the new look.

xo Rae

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Summer Inventory

As I was travelling more and shopping less at the end of June and beginning of July I decided compiling two months worth of shopping would be best.

 

Purchase Original Actual
Nike In Season Trainers $72 $42
BDG distressed denim jeans $76 $24
ASOS Beaded Midi dress $101 $50.00
15 AMAZING FREE DOWNLOADS          $15* $0
Kimchi Blu crochet tank $44 $19
Kimchi Blu embroidered circle skirt $49 $10
Cheap Monday gray acid wash jeans $75 $30
Nine West nude leather wedges $98 $49.99
American Apparel denim circle skirt $52 $35
Unlimited week MTA card $50 $30
Kelsi Dagger studded cross body $98 $60
Vintage Lee jean jacket $50 $0
Conquest Maxi Dress $88 $52
Two Tone Michael Kors watch $240 $210
Two Tone green amythyst ring $300 $100
Sam Edelman sandals $120 $29
French Connection silk salmon pants $130 $50
Ecote crochet top $54 $19.99
Theory shirt dress $130 $40
Pins and Needles eyelet sweetheart crop $30 $9.99
total $1,857 $861

In the last two hectic months I saved just a few dollars under $1000 on nearly $2000 worth of stuff.  Currently, I’m back to NY prep and if it weren’t for saving I’d be trying to buy this French Connection leather jacket marked from from $470 to $220 but… priorities.

xo Rae

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freehand miami broken shaker pins and needles white eyelet crop

hashtagMIAMINIGHTS

Bottle popping, model jockin’, Dom P sippin’, waking up in new Bugatti’s after LIV on Sunday (haaaaaaaaannnn) and stumbling into bed in the midst of a humid sunrise, instagram that – #MiamiNights, now return the rental and fly home, because that’s not real life.  Ok… perhaps some of it is here, for some, to a degree but a solid Sunday with a quick trip to Urban Outfitters and hot, late July Tuesday night have restored a little faith in the on again/off again love affair I have with Miami.

A blissful Sunday with pool time, paddle boarding, a thunderstorm, sunny South Beach, actually going into the ocean, Starbucks overload, work and a work out, and of course,  the reason you’re hearing about it, a quick trip to Urban Outfitters on Collins and 7th.  All Miami Sunday’s should be so lucky to be this jam packed.  After paddle boarding in Fort Lauderdale with Kat, my friend Kirsy and I abandoned the developing thunderstorm, headed to South Beach and took it straight to the ocean.  Quick stop at Starbucks and onto UO, we headed directly to the best place to start in any store, the sale section (my type of girl).  She picked up a white eyelet, sweetheart crop which we both ended up trying on.  Never thinking something like this would work for me, I bought it.  From $30 to $9.99, now put successful Sunday in the books.  Don’t get me wrong, Sunday nights in Miami have their perks, however aside from being a little sore, I’ve seen worse Monday mornings.

pins and needles white eyelet crop

As I’ve been in the house more, I took the first opportunity to wear the Pins and Needles crop out to Andiamo’s, in the converted 55th Street Train Station, with Winston for pizza.  What better evening than a sticky, hot, Miami summer night eating meatballs (Winston’s brilliant suggestion) outside to wear such a perfect crop. As rewarding as good meatballs are, the combo of good food and great company called for continuing the evening.  I introduced Winston to the Curtis Kulig, Love Me tagged, Broken Shaker at Freehand Miami, a literal mixologist’s heavenly oasis with crazy smooth jazz (reggae last Saturday, Flexxxa), and poolside board games in incredible atmosphere with a wide array of lounging options.

freehand miami broken shaker pins and needles white eyelet crop

I live for simple, relaxing days and nights like these with the occasional #MiamiNights in the mix.  Oh MIA, your inconsistency kills me.  Figures, with my track record, incorporated July 28, Happy belated Birthday Miami, you would be a Leo.

xo Rae

 

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the Kanye Theory

There is something to be said about quality.  Quite honestly, if I could afford it, I’d most definitely shop A LOT more high end brands but until further notice I’ll keep bringing you my deals.  Theory is absolutely a brand I wish I owned more of.

Two Fridays ago, when I recently picked up my Sam Edelman sandals, I found myself in shopping slump.  Not only have I been shopping less, it seems as though my shape is a little different than last summer and minimally my clothing fits… differently.  Consequently, this is making shopping more of a challenge.  Practically forced, after finding the sandals, I knew I needed/wanted to pick up something but wasn’t quite sure what I was looking for.  Marshall’s is most definitely not the spot for jeans or shorts, which I honestly need, so I found myself looking for a maxi which was promptly forgotten upon the discovery of this shirt dress.  I have a silk Theory shirt dress that I bought at Lord & Taylor prior to moving to Miami that is still in incredible shape.  I’ve honestly probably had that very staple, gray (obviously), silk dress of perfection for 5 years.  I am 100 percent positive I picked this up on sale back then too and I most DEFINITELY got my money’s worth.

So, I still stick to my mission.  In theory, why on Earth would I buy poorer quality, “less expensive” brands at full price when can get trusted quality for nearly the same?  To each their own but I’m going to have to agree with Kanye on his Bound 2 judgement of the women who “rock Forever 21 but just turned thirty.”  Not to say I won’t occasionally pick up something there and I am most definitely not 30 but, (another Ye lyric) do better.

theory striped shirt dress

I picked up this new Theory striped, silk, shirt dress for $40 from originally $130.  I’ve worn it twice thus far, once as more of a cover up on an overcast day hanging at Hyde Beach at SLS.   More recently, pictured here, I wore it with my staple faves, an American Apparel bodysuit and my BDG distressed denim to work and stopping by my friend’s studio during the photo class she teaches after work.  I saved $90 and I’d like to see any dress that’s retail price is $40 come close to this one.

I mean, Kanye also defined what one good girl is worth, too and I couldn’t agree more.   Quality over everything, uh-huh honey.

xo Rae