Last weekend, Joel and I took a trip to Florida to celebrate my 28th birthday AND to visit some good friends who moved down south back in April. Although we were flying into Ft. Lauderdale and staying with our friends in Davie for most of the weekend, we couldn’t not go to Miami! Miami has been on my list of U.S. cities to see for quite some time (Wynwood Walls is basically every blogger’s version of the Holy Land) and I’m so glad we got a little break from the cold weather in Pittsburgh to soak up the sun and feast our eyes on the most colorful city I’ve ever been to.
When I was researching stuff to do in Miami for our trip, Art Basel kept popping up. “What the hell is this Art Basel thing everyone keeps mentioning” I thought to myself as I scrolled through my Pinterest search of “cool spots in Miami, FL”. Basically, Art Basel is a lot like Austin’s South By Southwest, but instead of music all over the city, there’s art. It’s actually held word wide throughout the year, but Miami is the biggest one. There are tons of events going on throughout the week and there are SO. MANY. PEOPLE. I remember thinking it would be cool to see Art Basel someday (and get invited to some parties or gallery openings because I’d be such a popular blogger in this futuristic fantasy)… I did not realize that Art Basel would actually be wrapping up during our weekend in Florida, but I’m so glad we got to witness the craziness!
Bienvenido à Miami!
As a birthday gift, my friend Jess got us a room at Atton Brickell so we could stay in the city and not have to worry about driving back to Davie Saturday night. IT WAS AWESOME! They have a rooftop infinity pool that we had to ourselves because we were the only people not cold in 60 degrees, south Florida’s version of “winter”. I loved seeing Floridians in their fur coats and down jackets; it reminded me of my hometown of San Antonio where people freeze when it’s any temperature under 70.
During the year’s biggest art festival, Miami’s Art district was the place to be! We went to Wynwood to walk around, eat, drink, window shop, and look at the most beautiful street art in the world. It’s where we spent both Saturday night as well as Sunday morning and early afternoon. Did I pack a suitcase full of different outfits to change into throughout the day? WHAT DO YOU THINK?! I definitely changed clothes in the middle of the street where there were people spray painting 20 feet away too… Miami is not a city where you have to be shy, I actually saw a guy peeing in the street on Saturday night so I figured changing my top would be NBD. I hope there are some people who are looking at the photos in this post without reading anything because it’ll look like we were in Miami for a whole week and not just 24 hours.
Visit Miami If…
- you get inspired by all things colorful
- you want a cool backdrop to have your picture taken in front of
- you want a cool backdrop to take pictures of your food in front of before you eat it
- you enjoy being completely surrounded by beautiful art, both on the streets and in the stores
- you love shopping
- you’re a beach person
- you like Art Deco
- you’re a people person
- you don’t mind traffic
- you want to be fashionably daring, but it’s too cold in your hometown (see my cool jumpsuit in the second photo from the top)
- you’ve had this song stuck in your head for a while now (swap Philly for Pittsburgh, a convertible Bentley for a sweet, sweet Saab, and the music video is literally our trip to Florida in a 90s nutshell)
- you enjoy visiting freakin’ awesome cities
We left Wynwood Sunday afternoon with the top down on our borrowed Saab convertible and headed to South Beach. What a gorgeous part of town!!!! I love the Art Deco hotels that line Ocean Drive and don’t even get me started on the eclectic lifeguard stands on the beach! All the heart eyes for this crazy colorful city.
There are a few things we did not get to do whilst in Miami; such as gawk at the modern architecture, hang out in Little Havana, or visit The Villa Casa Casuarina (aka The Versace Mansion). But it’s always good to leave a few things to come back to…
Party in the city where the heat is on. All night on the beach ’til the break of dawn. Can’t wait to see you again, Miami!